Treasury Books and Papers: November 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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November 1739

Nov. 4.
165. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Earle, Mr. Winnington.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To Earl Waldegrave 1,300 0 0
To Mr. Lowther 1,000 0 0
To Mr. Ellis 850 0 0
To the Privy Purse 3,000 0 0
To Mr. Scrope for Secret Service 6,000 0 0
Same for the issue of 150l. to Mr. Steuart for 1740, Michaelmas quarter, to Lord Saye and Sele.
Mr. Lowther out of the King's money in his hands is to pay Stephen Whatley 50l. as royal bounty.
“Let the usual letters be writ to the public offices for transmitting to my Lords the estimates and accompts to be laid before the House in the ensuing session.”
The memorial of the Excise Commissioners concerning a mistake in the tallies struck for a payment on malt duties 1737 and 1738, the years being interchanged, to be transmitted to the Auditor of the Receipt for his opinion “how the mistake may best be rectifyed.”
The letter from Mr. Carkesse of the 31 ult. read stating the case of Thomas Perrin in custody for his debt to the crown. Their Lordships think said Perrin should have the freedom of his person as by the warrant of 1732, May 25.
Same from same of same date read relating to the ship “St. Ambrose,” Francis Manuel de Lima master, “and my Lords finding thereby that the Serjeant of the Admiralty of the Cinque Ports hath seized the said ship and her cargo as prize and a perquisite to the Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports, their Lordships do not think fit to give any order about the same.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 265–46; Letter Book XIX. p. 552; Customs Book XV. p. 21.]
Nov. 6. 166. The Board of Works, Whitehall, to the Treasury concerning the action of the Duke of St. Albans, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle, in preventing the workmen of said Board to make the necessary repairs ordered there for His Majesty's service, as not being appointed by warrant under his hand and seal. The said Duke's deputy Mr. Olivier threatened the clerk of the works as well as the artificers to send them to prison if they attempted to do any business there without leave of the Duke. This conduct was represented by a memorial of the Board to the Treasury on March 12 last but was renewed in July last notwithstanding. Enclose as below and pray assistance and resolution from the Treasury as to their powers to execute repairs in accordance with same.
Minuted as under date Novr. 6 infra.pages.
:—(a) Copy of the sign manual of Geo. I. of date 1715, August 19, for including the works in Windsor Castle under the Board of Works in general. 1½ pages.
(b) A paper of the proceedings and appointments of the Board of Works from time to time of the several workmen employed at Windsor Castle since the above quoted incorporation of 1715, August 19. 2½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIV. No. 18.]
Nov. 6.
167. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Earle, Mr. Winnington.
“Write to the Commissioners of the Navy for an account of the charge of transports at the time the fleet last sailed from St. Helens, and what further charge will incur for that service in the year 1740, as also for an account of all other the extraordinary expenses for the Navy and Victualling not provided for by Parliament, and of the sums which have been paid towards satisfying the said services or any of them.”
The representation of this day from the Board of Works read relating to the opposition given by the Governor and Constable of Windsor Castle or his Deputy to their workmen going into said Castle to make repairs as not being appointed by his warrant. On consideration of the late King's warrant of 1715, August 19, for incorporating the works at Windsor Castle into the Works in general, their Lordships are of opinion the Board of Works ought to employ their own workmen in said repairs, and are directed to govern themselves accordingly.
“Mr. Lowther is to pay out of the King's money in his hands a sum not exceeding 160l. for the great clock and all its furniture set up in the Lords room here [at the Treasury] to Mrs. Clay, widow of Mr. Clay, who made the same.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 267–8; Letter Book XIX. p. 553.]
Nov. 11. 168. Report to the Treasury from the Board of Works on the petition (a) infra from the Ministers and Elders of the French Church in the Savoy to the Treasury. Find that in Charles II.'s time petitioners did enlarge the church granted to them by building a new brick wall and a roof. The charge thereof might be 1,300l. But the materials are of little or no value and as petitioners have had the use of the said building ever since Charles II.'s time and are now leaving it at their own desire, do not conceive they are entitled to any equivalent for their expenditure in building or repairs. 1 page.
:—(a) Said petition to the Treasury from the ministers and elders of the French Church in the Savoy. Are obliged to discontinue divine service in said church because of the ruinous condition of great part of the roof it being of the same standing with that of the barracks unto which it is contiguous. To repair it would cost 500l. and not being in a capacity to raise that sum are inclined to deliver up said church to His Majesty of whose bounty they hold it, and transfer their congregation to another chapel. Pray some grant as an equivalent for the great charges they have been at in the past in repairing and enlarging the church since the first grant of it to the French by Charles II.
Together with Treasury order of reference of date 1740, Sept. 11. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIV., No. 20.]
Nov. 11. 169. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt, the Clerk of the Pells, the Tellers of the Receipt and all others concerned to continue the payment of a reversionary annuity of 14l. per an. purchased on an act 9 Wm. III., in reversion after the death of Frances Lloyd, notwithstanding the said Lloyd appears but now lately to be dead before the said purchase in reversion of her life was made: payment to be made to the Directors of the Bank styled the Million Bank, provided said Bank or their Trustees agree to sink and abate 2 years' annuity in the future directions upon the order for the said annuity to the end the act of 11 and 12 Wm. III. may be complied with, whereby the nominees of such reversionary annuities were to be taken as dead unless proper certificates of their lives were produced within 2 years after the annuities should become payable.
Prefixing:—Memorial from Lord Robert Walpole, Auditor of the Receipt to the Treasury. Said reversionary tally struck in the name of Richard Earl of Ranelagh was by him assigned to James Boddington and by him to the Trustees of a Society who call themselves the Million Bank in whom the title now rests, who have received the annuity thereon from 1701, Michaelmas to 1738, Michaelmas as if the said Frances Lloyd the nominee in the said order, had been living at the time of the purchase of such reversion and dead since. “Whereas by an authentick certificate lately delivered into my office by Mr. Neale, Secretary to the said Million Bank … it appears the said Frances Lloyd died before the said reversionary purchase was made.” The order made out in the names of the said Earl of Ranelagh, recites that the purchase money, 56l., for the reversion of the said annuity was paid into the Exchequer 1698, Sept. 9, and according to the abovesaid certificate said Frances Lloyd was buried on the 9th April, 1697, a year and 5 months before the purchase was actually made. Such purchase is therefore null and void, and the 518l. paid on said annuity to said Million Bank ought to be repaid into the Exchequer. The Directors of said Million Bank have been applied to, to so return the money wrongly received by them, but they peremptorily refuse. Therefore represents the case to the Treasury.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVI. pp. 370–2.]
Nov. 11.
170. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Earle, Mr. Winnington.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List funds of 10,575l. to the Cofferer of the Household to complete the expense in that office for 1740 Lady day quarter.
Same for same out of funds anno 1740 of 13,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy as by his memorials of Sept. 3 and this day, viz.:—
£ s. d.
For Greenwich Hospital 10,000 0 0
For bills of exchange on the Sick and Wounded Office 3,000 0 0
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 269.]
Nov. 19. 171. Report to the Treasury from the principal officers of the Mint on the representations made to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland concerning a copper coinage for that country. By royal sign t manual of 1732–3, January 26, 50 tons of copper half-pence and farthings were coined at the Tower for Ireland. Are of opinion that the coining of a further 100 tons of same, if ordered, could not be upon better terms and conditions than those laid down in the said sign manual.
Endorsed:—A copy of this report to be sent to the Lord Lieutenant. 1 page.
—(a) J. Scrope to the principal officers of the Mint dated Treasury Chambers, 1740, November 6, enclosing (b) for report. 1 page.
(b) Copy of the representation to the Duke of Devonshire, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, from the Lords Justices and Privy Council of that kingdom dated Council Chamber, Dublin, 1740, Oct. 20. “The many complaints from all parts of this kingdom and particularly from the cities of Dublin and Cork of the great want of copper coin, oblige us” to apply for the royal licence for the coining of 100 tons of copper in like manner as under the royal warrant of 1732–3, January 26.
Together with same to same from same dated Dublin Castle, 1740, Oct. 22, praying power to appoint an agent, and directions to the Vice-Treasurer of Ireland to pay for the copper and defray all charges of transmitting, &c., as was done upon the last coinage. “The distress we are in for want of this coinage makes us apply for double the quantity formerly granted and obliges us to beg the favour of your Grace to use your good offices for a speedy redress.”
Together with copy of the Duke of Devonshire's letter to the Treasury dated Devonshire House, transmitting the abovesaid copies. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIV. No. 22.]
Nov. 19.
172. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Earle, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Treby.
“His Majesty having been graciously pleased to order the Chancellor of the Exchequer to send Capt. Peddie the sum of 100l. for his gallant and brave defence of his ship at sea against a Spanish privateer and in compassion of the loss he afterwards sustained by the wreck of his said ship in the late storm, Mr. Lowther is to carry the Captain the said sum out of the King's money in his hands.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 270.]
Nov. 20. 173. Warrant under the royal sign manual countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury to Richard Arundel, Master and Worker of the Mint at the Tower: to receive into the said mint from persons contracted with the Lord Lieutenant and General Governor or the Lords Justices of Ireland fine copper nealed and thereout to coin 100 tons or such greater quantity as shall be necessary for the kingdom of Ireland, one-sixth in farthings and five-sixths in half-pence, of such a bigness that 52 halfpence or 104 farthings may make 1lb. avoirdupois with a remedy of 1/30 lb. weight: the moneys coined to be delivered to the authorised person, the scissel and brockage to the contractors for the copper: the effigies Georgius II. Rex to be stamped on the one side and the Irish Harp crowned on the other side; the assay to be by weighing and heating in manner prescribed; the said Mint to bear all charges and waste in cutting, kneeling, flatting, scouring, blanching, barrelling, coining, assaying, weighing and delivering for 5d. per lb. weight avoirdupois, exclusive of the 20s. sterling per ton to be paid to the Deputy Comptroller of the Mint for overseeing the said coinage and keeping the accounts thereof, the said 5d. per lb. and 20s. per ton to be paid quarterly by the kingdom of Ireland, the kingdom of England being indemnified from any charge or demand whatsoever in respect of the said coinage. All persons bringing in the said copper to have free ingress and egress by the gates and through the Tower and franchises thereof. Also to deliver to the contractors for the copper, a half penny and a farthing cutter to enable them to size their bars, they giving security to return it at the expiration of their contract.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. pp. 148–150.]
Nov. 21. 174. Warrant under the royal sign manual countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. To appoint an agent to contract for 100 tons of copper to be delivered to Richard Arundel, Master and Worker of the Mint, London, to be coined for the service of Ireland in accordance with the terms in the royal warrant to said Arundel: to receive the half pence and farthings from said Arundel as they shall be coined and transmit them to the Vice-Treasurer and Receiver-General and Paymaster-General, Ireland. said Vice-Treasurer, &c., paying for same and defraying the charge of coinage and carriage, the profit arising by said coinage to go into the public revenues at large of Ireland.
[Irish Book IX. pp. 207–8.]
Nov. 25. 175. Memorial to the Treasury from Herman Verelst. By General Oglethorpe's letter of August 28 last, from Frederica in Georgia his charges for the expedition against Augustine in America, undertaken by him pursuant to His Majesty's orders, amount to 6,430l. To meet bills of exchange drawn for said service has been paid by said General's agent 1,544l. 17s. 0d. being paid by the Paymaster General of the Forces by virtue of warrants for that purpose. Prays that the balance of 4,885l. 3s. 0d. may be provided for by Parliament and paid without any deduction; together with the charge of fortifying Frederica mentioned among the particulars below.
Together with particulars or an accompt of the charges of boats and vessels, rangers, Indians, militia and artillery engaged in His Majesty's service by General Oglethorpe for the expedition against Augustine in America. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIV. No. 23.]
Nov. 25.
176. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Earle, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Treby.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List Funds:—
£ s. d.
To Mr. Steuart for the Lord Almoner for private pensions and half a year to Michaelmas, 1740 400 0 0
And for the two Arabic professors 50 0 0
To the Master of the Robes, 1740, Lady Day quarter 787 2
To the two Secretaries of State for Secret Service, 750l. each 1,500 0 0
To Mr. Couraud and Mr. Stone 1,300 0 0
To Mr. Weston, et al. 1,116 10 0
To the Commissioners for Trade, 1740, Lady Day quarter 2,000 0 0
To their Secretary and Clerks 576 18 7
The Commissioners of Hawkers and Pedlars to constitute William Davile a riding surveyor for those duties loco Thomas Parry, deceased.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 271; Letter Book XIX. p. 554.]
Nov. 25. 177. An account, certified by R. Parsons, Comptroller General [of Customs] and dated Custom House, London, of the bounties paid on corn exported from London and the outports for 5½ years, viz., 1734, Xmas to 1740, Midsummer (total bounties for the whole period, 593,298l. 13s.d.). 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIV. No. 25.]
Nov. 27. 178. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to comply with an Order in Council as follows.
Prefixing:—Order of the King in Council at St. James's of same date, made on the address to the King from the Lords and Commons in Parliament, and ordering in accordance therewith an embargo to be forthwith laid on all ships laden or to be laden with corn, grain, starch, rice, beef, pork, or any other provisions of victuals to be exported to foreign ports.
[Customs Book XV. p. 28; North Britain Book XIII. pp. 72, 73.]