Treasury Books and Papers: April 1741

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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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April 1741

April 1.]
48. (a) Estimate of the charge of 600 horse, 600 Dragoons and 4,800 foot to be taken into the service of Great Britain from the King of Sweden as Landgrave of Hesse Cassel from 1740, November 9 (to which time the annual subsidy of 250,000 crowns was last paid) to 1741, April 1 (when it is deemed these forces will be taken into British pay), and from said April 1st, if then taken into British pay, to the 25th December following. (Total charge of pay, &c., 154,799l. 5s. 1d. sterling.) In duplicate 1 and 1 pages.
(b) Same of same of 1,000 horse and 5,000 foot to be similarly taken into the service of Great Britain from the King of Denmark, computed as above from 1740, Decr. 3 (to which time same was last paid) to 1741, April 1, when it is deemed that these forces will be taken into British pay) and so to Dec. 25 as above. (Total charge of pay, &c., 142,500l. 10s. 10d. sterling.) In triplicate. 1, 1 and 1 pages.
(c) A paper of computations giving the charge of Danish and Hessian forces, anno 1701, viz., of a regiment each of Danish Foot, Danish Horse, Hessian Horse, Hessian Dragoons, Hessian Foot, and a computation of the charge of the pay of the present Danish and Hessian forces if made on the basis of or in proportion to the said establishment of 1701 (said proportionate present computation being as follows, viz., for 1,000 Danish Horse and 5,000 Danish Foot, 97,658l. 4s. 8d.; for 1,200 Hessian Horse and Dragoons and 4,800 Hessian Foot, 101,268l. 12s. 9d.). 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 18.]
April 2.
49. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Earle, Mr. Treby.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List revenues of 7,235l. 6s.d. to the Paymaster of the Works to clear the debt in that office for 1740, Michaelmas quarter.
A memorial read in the name of Alexander Ridley, commander of a Custom House sloop at Dover, for reimbursement of 39l. 14s. 4d., his charges in seizing a Portuguese ship laden with Spanish wines, which, on the application of the Portuguese envoy, was ordered to be discharged, all proceedings in the Admiralty Court for condemning said wines being stopped. Order for a warrant for said charges as reasonable: to be paid by the Receiver General of Customs.
Mr. Lowther to pay 25l. out of the King's money in his hands for the subsistence and funeral expenses of the late Mrs. Richards.
Order for the issue out of the loans on land tax, 1741, of 5,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy on the head of wear and tear, as by his memorial: and 5,000l. on the head of wages, to pay bills of exchange drawn on the Sick and Wounded Office.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 302.]
April 9. 50. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, made in consideration of the said Lord Lieutenant's letter of the 7th instant to the Treasury, which represented that by a clause of the royal letter of 1740, April 2 (directing all warrant men to be taken off the muster and pat on the establishment) there is a clause by which it is apprehended that the usual method of mustering the forces in Ireland is altered in such manner that the power of removing respites is become doubtful, and therefore desiring that the said muster may be made in the same manner as before the said royal letter. Therefore ordered that the said musters in Ireland shall be put on the old footing, and taken in such manner as they have been usually and customarily.
[Irish Book IX. p. 221.]
April 9.
51. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Earle, Mr. Treby.
A petition from the Commissioners for building Westminster Bridge read for a grant of some crown estates, and an abatement in the price thereof set by the Surveyor General. Their Lordships cannot agree to any abatement, but order the Surveyor General's report to be looked out and laid before them at their next meeting.
“My Lords on reading a letter from the Board of Ordnance, dated 28th March 1741, order the usual warrant to be prepared for the chests of arms therein mentioned, which are arrived from Holland, to be lodged in the King's stores, and are of opinion this method ought to be continued, and not a General Warrant given to the Commissioners of the Customs for all arms which shall be imported from thence for his Mat's service.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 303.]
April 13. 52. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, to the Duke of St. Albans, Constable of Windsor Castle, directing the observance of the order made by the late king, Geo. I. by his sign manual of 1715, August 9, whereby all the rules for managing the affairs of His Majesty's Works in general were to extend to the works in Windsor Castle, the said works being thereby incorporated in His Majesty's Works in general, and the artificers to be employed therein to be properly appointable by the Office of Works. In accordance herewith direct the Constable of said Castle to permit the workmen of the Board of Works to perform all works and repairs necessary without lett or hindrance.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. p. 208.]
April 14. 53. Memorial to the Treasury from Monsr. J. H. Alt, Counsellor and Hessian Chargé d'Affaires from the King of Sweden as Landgrave of Hesse, dated from London, enclosing an account (a) infra of the money due to said King from Great Britain for the hire of 6,000 Hessians, as by the treaty of 9 May, 1740. Prays issue of the same, the money being badly needed to put the troops in marching order by the time desired by the King of England. French. 1 page.
:—(a) Said account in detail. (Total for levy money and subsidy to 1741, March 25, being 52,620l. 2s. 3d. sterling.) French. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 20.]
April 14. 54. Treasury warrant to the Master and officers of the Jewel Office for the execution of a royal warrant to the said Master for the provision severally for the Duke of Marlborough, the Duke of St. Albans, the Duke of Kingston and the Duke of Portland, lately elected Knights Companion of the Order of the Garter, of each a great Collar of the said Order according to the usual form and weight with an enamelled George appendant, as also a plain gold George and a quarter of blue velvet with gold letters, buckle and pendant as usual: all to an estimate of 240l. or thereabouts in each case severally.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. p. 154.]
April 15. 55. J. Scrope to the Board of Works to execute work as below.
Prefixing:—Copy of a letter from the Duke of Grafton to the Treasury conveying the King's pleasure for his arms to be carved and painted and delivered to Robert Robinson, esq., Chief Justice at Gibraltar, to be put up in the Court House there.
[Ibid. p. 155.]
April 16.
56. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Earle, Mr. Treby.
Order for the issue out of loans on land tax, 1741, of 80,000l. to the Treasurer of the Ordnance as by his memorial of the 15th instant; whereof 40,000l. for land and 40,000l. for sea services.
Same for same out of same of 34,375l. 12s. 6d. to the Paymaster of Marines for 2 months' subsistence, 1741, April 25 to June 24 as by his memorial of the 14th instant; whereof 20,675l. 7s. 6d. in further part of 124,052l. 5s. 0d. for the 6 regiments first raised, and 13,700l. 5s. 0d. in further part of 90,201l. 10s. 0d. for the 4 new regiments.
Mr. Carkesse's letter to Mr. Scrope of the 15th instant read concerning Captain Ashe's behaviour about the Swedish ship seized at Poole as complained of by Monsr. Wasenbourg, the Swedish agent. Their Lordships are of opinion from the affidavits, &c., that the said Captain's behaviour was well justified, and that he should go on with the prosecution against the said ship and cargo, and be assisted therein by the Customs Commissioners, rather than answer the sum of 164l. or any part thereof demanded by the said claimants for damages.
Benja. Burton to be a tidesman in the inferior list, London port, loco Ronald Campbell, who is going to the West Indies.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 304.]
April 17. 57. Treasury warrant to the Board of Works to execute repairs as below at the estimate of 250l.
:—Memorial to the Treasury from said Board dated 1741, April 9, concerning the condition of the engine at Windsor Castle. In Feb., 1739, had informed the Treasury that said engine had gone to ruin, so that the Castle was without water, and that the charge of making a new engine, repairing the sluices, making new a great part of the lead main to the Castle, &c., would be 1,047l. “We have since caused the said engine and works about it to be re-examined, and find that it may be repaired for the present, but not in a durable manner, for the sum of 250l.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. p. 155.]
April 20. 58. Messrs. Tufnell and Jelfe, contractors for the building of Westminster Bridge, to Sir Robert Walpole, dated from Westminster. The Grove quarries at Portland, the only quarries that can serve the bridge, are stopped by Messrs. Bryer and Tizzard forbidding Mr. Tucker to work them. Mr. Tucker has a lease of the said quarries, which are in the King's lands, and says that although said Bryer and Tizard have obtained the place of Surveyor, Supervisor, Guardian and Director of all His Majesty's quarries, that does not empower them to raise stone in the Grove quarries, and that he will not suffer any persons to work there except for his use, and further that he always apprehended the King's quarries to be those in the commons or parish ground. Unless authority intervenes the dispute may not be decided for 4 months, and will draw on a total stop to Westminster Bridge at the finest season of the year, and thereby disappoint the impatience and great expectations of the whole town, and cause a great clamour among the Bridge Commissioners. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 24.]
April 21.
59. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
The Lord Almoner to be paid 1741, Lady Day quarter.
The respite on Mr. Stert's salary as Commissary [for the Seville Treaty] to be taken off.
Lord Saye and Sele to be paid a quarter on his pension to 1741, Lady Day.
The report of the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland on Mr. Cockran's petition for a lease agreed to.
The payment of Mr. Patrick Haldane's arrear of salary as late Commissioner for Forfeited Estates in Scotland agreed to as by a report of the said Barons.
Thomas Marlow and Richard Fennell, boatmen at Ramsgate, Sandwich port, [hitherto] paid by incidents, to be placed upon the establishment, locis Thomas Daines and Geo. Parke: Thomas Malpas, Edward Marshall and John Debock, boatmen at Margate, in same port, [hitherto] paid by incidents, to be placed upon the establishment, locis John Hubbard, Thos. Wyat and Thomas Burnell: Order for warrants for Lytcot Fisher to succeed John Tucker, who, is to be superseded, as riding officer in Deal port: John Crowder to be a surveyor of cards and dice, loco Robt. Graham.
“Write a letter for issuing out of the Civil List revenues to Mr. Stuart, to be paid to the daughter of Mrs. Jane Steuart, the arrears of her mother's pension, to bury her.”
Mary Haryes and Mary Selby to be continued on the bounty list.
Order for a warrant for — Westbeech to be a tidesman, Sandwich port.
“Write a letter for recommending Sarah Allen, widow of the late minister of Eyemouth, in Scotland, to the Barons of the Exchequer there for an allowance of 15l. per annum out of the sum appropriated for charitable uses.”
Order for a warrant for John James Lausat to be deputy to Dr. Thirlby, lately made a King's waiter, London port.
Write a letter for issuing to Sir Clemt. Cottrell 545l. 17s. 6d. as His Majesty's present to Count Esterhasi.
John Norton, a riding officer at Deal, to be superannuated.
Joseph Bartholomew to have leave of absence as tidesman, London port, for a month or thereabouts. Order for a warrant for Stephen Goulson to be a weighing porter at Newcastle, loco Nicholas Pattison.
“Prepare a warrant for letters patent to appoint Horatio Walpole, esq., a Teller in the Exchequer for life in the room of Lord Onslow, deceased.”
“My Lords agree to the memorial of the Paymaster of the Forces, dated this day, except the two articles for levy money to the Danes and Hessians.”
Md. The two articles above mentioned were afterwards agreed to, and a letter dated the 29th instant was sent to the Exchequer for issuing them pursuant to the following minute. [Viz., the first minute under date 1741, April 28, p. 460, infra.]
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 305–6; Customs Book XV. p. 106.]
April 21. 60. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of several parcels of land and premises as below, and for ratal of same in order to the passing a grant of the inheritance thereof under the Great Seal to Sir Joseph Ayloffe, of Acton, Midd., and Thomas Lediard, of St. Margaret's, Westminster, in trust for the use of the Commissioners for building a Bridge at Westminster: all for a stipulated fine of 2,505l. 9s. 9d., &c.
Appending:—Report to the Treasury from said Surveyor General on the memorial of said Commissioners praying the several estates named in New Palace Yard and parts adjacent for the purpose of opening ways and passages to said bridge. Details the various plots and premises in question, seventeen in all.
[Crown Lease Book V. pp. 474–81.]
61. Petition to the Treasury from the Commissioners for building Westminster Bridge. Find it necessary to purchase His Majesty's fee of a house and ground in Westminster Market, late in possession of Mrs. White and Mrs. Warner, and a slip of ground in Old Palace Yard, part of the garden belonging to the Clerk of the Parliament. Pray a grant of the inheritance thereof to them [for the purposes of the Bridge].
[Ibid. p. 464.]
April 21. 62. Royal sign manual to the Paymaster General of the Forces to pay to the King of Denmark 43,774l. 10s. 10d. for purposes as follow, viz.:
£ s. d.
For the remaining moiety of 80,000 Crowns current money of Hamburg, being levy money for 1,000 horse 9,000 0 0
For the like of 150,000 Crowns levy money for 5,000 foot, and in pursuance of a vote of the House of Commons of the 14th instant 16,875 0 0
For the proportion of the annual subsidy of 250,000 Crowns bank money of Hamburg, payable for 112 days from 1740, Dec. 3 to 1741, March 25, in part of 44,529l. 8s. 1d. contained in a like vote of said House of Commons 17,899 10 10
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. pp. 216–7.]
April 22. 63. Same countersigned by same to the same to pay to the King of Sweden, as Landgrave of Hesse Cassel, 52,620l. 2s. 3d. for purposes as follow:
£ s. d.
To answer the difference in the value of 182,500 Crowns, levy money and subsidy for which 42,583l. 6s. 8d. only was issued, instead of 43,914l. 1s. 3d., being the real value thereof, computed at 4s.d. per Crown 1,330 14 7
For the remaining moiety of 96,000 Crowns, levy money for 1,200 horse, being 48,000 Crowns at the like rate 11,550 0 0
For the remaining moiety of 144,000 Crowns, levy money for 4,800 foot, being 72,000 Crowns at the like rate, all in pursuance of a vote of the House of Commons of the 14th instant 17,325 0 0
For the proportion of the annual subsidy of 250,000 Crowns at the like rate, payable for 136 days from 1740, November 9, to 1741, March 25, included in part of 49,608l. 6s. 1d., contained in a like vote of the said House and date 22,414 7 8
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. p. 217.]
April 23. 64. Ste. Fox to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, conveying the desires of the Treasury that Mrs. Sarah Allen, widow of the late minister of Eyemouth in Scotland, may be afforded 15l. per an. relief out of the established allowance for charitable uses under the disposal of said Barons.
[North Britain Book XIII. p. 144.]
April 24. 65. Tho. Revell to Sir William Yonge, Secretary at War, submitting an account of 422l. 14s. 6d. for the expense of a new enclosure for the security of coals at Gibraltar, which the agents of said Revell have been lately obliged to begin building “in order to prevent their being exposed to waste and embezzlement; the office of Ordnance wanting the ground where the old Magazine stood to erect part of a ramp on near the South Port,” where the Governor also thought it improper to land and lodge the coals in time of war.
Endorsed:—The Secretary at War to transmit a copy of this letter and estimate to the Governor of Gibraltar. 1 page.
:—(a) Duplicate of said account or estimate (of 442l. 14s. 6d.) 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 26.]
April 24. 66. Petition to the Treasury from Ralph Jenison, esq., Master of the Buckhounds, conveying the Duke of Cumberland's desires that a bridge may be built over the mill stream at Sunninghill, and a new kennel made for proud bitches at New Lodge, and that two ridings may be made over the Great Western road between Basingstone Hill and Blackwater.
Referred:—To the Surveyor of the Woods.
[Reference Book X. p. 181.]
April 27. 67. Lord Harrington to the Treasury, dated Whitehall, conveying the King's pleasure for the following issues to the persons detailed, being intended to attend the King during his absence in Germany for the despatch of the affairs of the Secretary's office, viz.: Edward Weston, under Secretary, 300l.; William Blair and John Wace, first clerks, 200l. each; Joseph Richardson, John Larpent, George Huxley, and Francis Wace, clerks, 100l. each; and John Somers, office keeper, 40l., for the extraordinary expenses of their journey; together with sundry daily allowances, detailed, for board ways from the day of departure to the day of return. 2½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 27.]
April 28.
68. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Earle.
“The Danes and Hessians to be paid the sums for levy money which by a minute of the 21st preceding were directed to be stopped, on reading the Paymaster's memorial therein mentioned.”
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:
£ s. d.
To Mr. Robinson, Chief Justice of Gibraltar 436 12 8
To Arthur Collins 100 0 0
To Earl of Cholmondeley 600 0 0
To the Duke of Dorset 1,155 0 0
Same for same out of loans on salt, 1741, of 160,791l. 14s. 0d. to the Treasurer of the Navy to satisfy services as in his memorial of the 27th instant.
The memorial of the Commissary General of Minorca for an imprest of 500l. out of the revenues of said Island towards his losses by the advanced price of bread-corn on occasion of the scarcity there, to be transmitted to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts, who are to consult with the Governor or Lieutenant-Governor [of said Island] and to report the terms of the contract made for the amunition bread, and what may reasonably be done in the contractor's behalf.
The Duke of Newcastle's letters of the 25th instant concerning goat skins from Dunkirk seized on pretence of being the produce of Spain, although proved by the certificate to be the produce of France, to be transmitted to the Customs Commissioners for the proper inquiries therein, “and to let his Grace have their opinion what is fit to be done therein so as he may return an answer to Monsr. Buissy, minister here from the French King.”
“Read the Duke of Newcastle's letter, dated the 26th instant, inclosing an extract of Col. Gooch's letter from Jamaica, 7th January last, complaining of orders wanting for money and provisions: also an extract of Brigadier Gen. Wentworth's from thence, of the 20th do., proposing the fixing the Jamaica currency at 125l. per cent for the pay of the troops there,” so that the men may escape the inconveniencies of a fluctuating currency. Ordered to be transmitted to the Paymaster of the Forces, and to the remitters [of subsistence money] for their consideration and opinion.
Mr. Lowther is to pay out of the King's money in his hands 20l. to Richard Mason as His Majesty's free gift and royal bounty.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 307–8; Customs Book XV. p. 112; Letter Book XX. p. 2.]
April 28. 69. Treasury warrant to the Commissioners and Trustees for Fisheries and Improvements in Scotland to apply 1,066l. 17s. 6d., being part of the sum of 1,556l. 1s. 7d., the savings in the hands of the Cashier to said Trustees of the expense of the year 1740, in a manner detailed at length for the promotion of the linen trade, weaving, bleaching and fisheries of Scotland.
[North Britain Book XIII. pp. 148–9.]
April 28. 70. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Lords of the Treasury to pay to Augustus Schutz, Peter Leheup and Henry Fane 40,000l. in full of the marriage portion of Princess Mary of Hesse to be by them placed out on the loans on salt now making at the Exchequer and on account of said Princess.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. p. 231.]
April 29. 71. Edward Tizard and Thomas Bryer to the Treasury, dated from Weymouth. Application has been made by Messrs. Andrews, Jelfe and Tufnell, masons or contractors for building the new bridge at Westminster, for the supply of stone for said bridge out of His Majesty's quarries in the Isle of Portland. Submit that without a Treasury warrant cannot contract for the supply of said stone.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 29.]
April 30.
72. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Clutterbuck.
The new Commission appointing Thomas Clutterbuck, Esq., a Commissioner of the Treasury, loco Thomas Winnington, Esq., read [and entered in extenso.]
Mr. Legg appointed Joint Secretary of the Treasury, loco Mr. Fox, who has resigned.
The pay of Mr. Pelham as Secretary to the Extraordinary Embassy in France, to cease from the day of his being appointed Commissioner for Trade.
Earl of Effingham's pension to determine from the time he had the Troop of Guards.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 309–11.]