Treasury Books and Papers: June 1739

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Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 4, 1739-1741. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1901.

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June 1739

June 4.
99. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:
£ s. d.
To Mr. Stewart for the establishment of pensions, 1739, Michaelmas quarter 8,917 18 0
To the Usher of the Exchequer Court 776 14 3
To the Tally Court Officers 99 18 0
To Horatio Mann 804 0 0
To Clerks and other servants of the House of Commons 770 0 0
Same for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of loans on land tax 1740, of 73,564l., for services as in his memorial of the 27th ult.
“Write to the Commissioners of the Navy for a scheme of the manner in which they would propose the remainder of the funds for the year 1740 issuable to the Navy should be issued, the times when, for what services, and under what heads.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 223; Letter Book XIX. p. 542.]
June 6. 100. Petition to the Treasury from Joseph Porter, James Bourdieu, and Abraham Desmarette, of London, merchants. At the beginning of 1739 made considerable remittances to Spain for the purchase of silk. The Court of Madrid published a prohibition forbidding the export of that commodity to any country whatsoever. Petitioners' correspondents at the time, and from time to time since, gave them great expectations that there would be a necessity for recalling this prohibition, as the manufacturers of that country could not consume one quarter part of their growth. For this reason petitioners did not seek to get their goods out of Spain in a private manner by means of neutral ships to Leghorn or some of His Majesty's dominions in the Mediterranean, as merchants trading in other commodities have had opportunities of doing. The Parliament having fixed a time, after which no importation of any sort from Spain will be employed, petitioners have been obliged to draw out their silk privately as before mentioned. Have managed to get it to Leghorn, but cannot possibly get it to England by the 25th June. Pray permission to bring said silks in.
Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
[Reference Book X. p. 158.]
June 6. 101. J. Scrope to the Commissioners of Taxes directing their attendance at the Treasury on the occasion of the appointing the Receivers General of land tax for the year, bringing with them the necessary papers and certificates for that business “and that you be prepared to give their Lordships a full and particular account of the receipts and payments of, and the moneys in the hands of each Receiver and of what sums are in arrear in the country.”
[Letter Book XIX. p. 504.]
June 13.
102. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon.
The Taxes Commissioners attend with their account of the Receivers for the land tax 1739 and of their payments and remains. The said Receivers ordered to be continued for land tax, 1740, except those for Huntingdon, Sussex, and North Wales.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:
£ s. d.
To the Wardrobe, 1739, Michelmas quarter 9,147 2 11¾
To the Master of the Wardrobe, salary to 1740, Lady Day 1,000 0 0
To the Judges et al. for 1739, Hilary term 6,582 10 0
To Mr. Stewart for Mrs. Jane Matthews 50 0 0
And for the School Master of Newmarket 25 0 0
Same for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces out of loans on land tax, 1740, of 185,945l. 6s. 8d., for services as in his memorial of the 13th instant.
Same for same out of the like loans of 3,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for bills of exchange for the Sick and Hurt Office as by his memorial of the 10th instant.
Same for the proper warrants for issuing 1739, Xmas quarter, to the late Queen's servants, and for satisfying the allowances payable within the same quarter on account of the Lodge at Richmond and houses and lands at Kew.
“Mr. Chancellor acquaints my Lords that the Bank have agreed to circulate 1,000,000l. in Exchequer bills on the land tax, 1740, and 750,000l. in Exchequer bills on the duties on malt for the same year, at 3l. per cent. per ann. interest.”
The letter of the 11th instant from Mr. Hayes, Deputy Governor of Landguard Fort to the Secretary at War, read “and the Commissioners of the Customs are to let my Lords know whether Mr Davis, their collector at Harwich, had their orders for measuring of lands and taking of distances about that fort, or the business of his office required it: for that the Deputy Governor seized the instruments made use of, and would have secured the collector who behaved indecently towards him but that he thought the revenue might suffer by his detention.”
Order for a warrant for paying the Poor Knights of Windsor to Lady day last.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 224–5; Customs Book XIV. p. 471.]
June 18.
103. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Order for a warrant for the signature of the Lords Justices for 200l. royal bounty to Captain Rentone who brought the news of Admiral Vernon's success in America.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List Revenues:
£ s. d.
To the Treasurer of the Chamber, establishment allowances, 1739, Xmas quarter 6,678 9 11
Salaries and pensions at the Exchequer in full to 1739, Michaelmas 5,711 15
Send to the Secretary at War a copy of the Customs Commissioners' answer to the complaint of the Deputy-Governor of Landguard Fort against Mr. Davies, the collector of Harwich, for measuring lands and taking distances about that fort. Said Deputy-Governor to be desired to return the instruments seized, and to permit the Custom House officers to go on with their measurings in order to the framing a chart of the harbour “which his Majesty's service requires in a trial in the Admiralty Court which is now carrying on,” by an Order of Council.
Mr. Carkesse's letter of the 14th instant read with an inventory of the money and goods taken out of the “St Jago” prize at Gibraltar. The Commissioners for the sale of said prize desiring to know how to apply to get the whole of said inventory put into their hands they are to be instructed to place the value of said money and goods to the Captain's account so as it may be made part of their share in the sale of said prize. “Return the inventory, being an original paper, to the Commissioners of Customs and signify their Lordships', opinion accordingly.”
The Excise Commissioners to report a state of the case of Nicholas Burt of Bolney, Sussex, now under prosecution in the Exchequer. At the Duke of Newcastle's request proceedings to be stayed meanwhile.
The memorial of the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for repairs and alterations there to be transmitted to the Board of Works for survey and estimate.
Benjn. Woodward and Reade Peacock are to be Receivers of land tax and house duties for co. Huntingdon loco Philip Chapman.
The proposal of Mr. Burrell and Mr. Bristow for remitting subsistence money to Gibraltar and Minorca read and agreed to as follows, the Paymaster of the Forces having certified the rates of exchange to be as usual, viz:
25,000 dollars for Minorca payable in gold at sight at 55d. per dollar.
24,700 dollars for Gibraltar payable in gold at sight at 54½d. per dollar.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 226–7; Letter Book XIX. p. 543; Customs Book XIV. p. 479.]
June 24.
104. An account of the income and issues of His Majesty's Civil List revenues, between Midsummer, 1739, and Midsummer, 1740; (total income, 870,293l. 2s. 10¼d.; total issues, 792,761l. 4s.d.; remains, 77,531l. 18s.d.). 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIII. No. 14.]
June 25.
105. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Their Lordships will on Friday next consider Mr. Popple's affair relating to the bills of exchange from Jamaica remaining unpaid by his failure.
Lord Cathcart's estimate for 2,239l. 14s. 8d. for sundry charges (whereof 1,977l. 18s. 0d. is for clothing 1,000 sentinels) read and approved, and warrant to be prepared for paying same to Cathcart.
“Lord Cathcart's memorial on behalf of Dr. Martin and Mr. Malie, Physician and Surgeon General to the Expedition is read and a proper warrant is to be prepared for paying them 10s. per diem each out of contingencies.”
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of the Sinking Fund of 63,123l. to answer services as in his memorials of April 10, and June 20 and 24.
Same for the following issues out of the Civil List Funds:—
£ s. d.
To Mr. Scrope for Secret Service 6,000 0 0
To Mr. Jackson to reimburse expenses for His Majesty's service 1,981 4 6
To the late Queen's servants, 1739, Xmas quarter 4,578 2
To Mr. Extraordinaries of the Stables 2,000 0 0
To Mr. Cofferer of the Household in part of 1739, Xmas quarter 13,000 0 0
To Mrs. Purcell 4,728 2 10
To Mr. Selwyn for servants et al. of Richmond Lodge 493 18 3
To the Wardrobe, 1739, Xmas quarter 3,527 12
To the Works 5,722 18
To the Treasury Lords et al. payable with them, 1740, Midsummer quarter 12,697 12
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 228.]
June 25. 106. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt for the issue of 105l. to John Lawton for 1740, Midsummer quarter, for himself and 3 clerks for sorting, methodizing, digesting and reducing to order the books and writings in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer.
Appending:—Said Lawton's certificate, dated 1740, June 23, of the work done during said quarter. “Mr. Stewart has been sorting records of divers reigns, Mr Smart has been sorting Star Chamber Records, Mr. Whiston, Mr. Farley and Mr. Strachey have attended to inspect the new binding of several decayed volumes of the Court of Wards and Liveries, of which there have been a great many bound since last quarter day.”
[Money Book XL. p. 213.]
June 26. 107. Report to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners, dated Custom House, London, on the memorial (a) infra of Thomas Liveings, executor of Charles Jacobs, mariner, concerning the reward due to said Jacobs for informing against the notorious smuggler, John Hatch.
Endorsed:—1743, Nov. 9 [my Lords] agree to the report. 11 pages.
:—(a) Said memorial of Tho. Liveings, with Treasury order of reference of date, 1739, Nov. 6. 1 sheet.
(b) report to the Customs Commissioners from T. Brian, their solicitor for prosecutions, dated Custom House, London, 1740, June 23, on the state of the prosecutions entered upon on Jacobs' information. 15 pages.
(c) same to same from Jno. Manley on a previous petition of said Liveings, relating to same. Dated London, 1740, May 7. 40 pages.
(d) Thomas Liveings' remarks and observations on the proceedings of the Customs officers on the information of Jacobs against Hatch, dated Feb., 1738–39, Feb. 9. 14 pages.
Enclosing d
(1) copy of Hatch's petition to be allowed to compound: with Treasury order of reference of date, 1731, July 29th, report of the Customs Commissioners thereupon of date 1731, Dec. 10, and Treasury warrant thereupon of date 1732, June 8, for Hatch's composition. 4½ pages.
(e) Said Liveings' observations to the Customs Commissioners concerning the value of Hatch's estate: dated 1739, April 27. 2 sheets.
(f) Said Liveings' observations and objections on the reports of Messrs. Manley and Briant on said Jacob's petition to the Treasury. 7 pages.
(g) Said Liveings' explanation, dated 1739, June 29 of the manner of seizing Hatch's wines and brandy. 4½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIII. No. 15.]
June 27. 108. Sign manual by the Lords Justices, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury for an establishment for a hospital for the expedition under the command of Lord Cathcart. 1 page.
[Ibid. No. 16.]
June 27. 109. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to comply with Order in Council as below:
Prefixing:—Order of the Lords Justices in Council, dated Whitehall, June 26. Whereas (after recital of the provisions of the act of 5 and 6 Edw. VI., against forestalling and regrating corn and grain) the Lords Justices are informed that though the prices of corn are raised to a great height, far beyond the prices in the said act mentioned, divers ill disposed persons for their private lucre do presume to buy up and engross great quantities of corn and grain in order to export and sell the same beyond the seas contrary to said laws and to the great oppression of the poor: therefore ordered that all laws relating to forestalling, regrating and engrossing of corn and particularly the abovesaid act be strictly observed and effectually carried into execution. To that end the Customs officers to take care, when any corn or grain shall be brought to be entered for exportation, to inform themselves of the names and places of abode of such persons bringing same or making such entry, the places from whence the grain is brought, who is the true owner thereof and whether the same be really the growth of the land of the person exporting or bought of any other persons: and to give an account immediately of such particulars to two or more Justices of the Peace of the County, place, or division where such entry is made, to the end such person may be proceeded with according to law, in case they shall not appear to be within some of the excepted cases out of the said act. The Custodes Rotulorum of the several counties and divisions of England and Wales to recommend it to the Justices of the Peace in their respective counties and divisions in the strongest manner to cause the said act and all the said laws to be put into effectual execution, and that they take care that no licence be granted to any badger, lader, kidder, carrier or buyer of corn or grain but according to the directions of the said act.
[Customs Book XIV. pp. 480–2.]
[? June.] 110. Memorial to the Treasury from Charles Lord Cathcart on behalf of the field officers and Surgeon of the regiment intended to be raised in America. For the encouraging of men to list in the said regiments it has been thought proper to put them under the command of Captains of the colonies where the levies are made, at the nomination of the Governors of the respective provinces. Thereby the field officers can have no companies, and therefore to place them on a proper equality with other field officers of regiments of foot, both as to pay and as to half-pay when reduced, apprehends that a special warrant will be required, as the words, “Captain of a Company,” are not inserted in the body of their commission. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIII. No. 17.]