Treasury Books and Papers: September 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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September 1739

Sept. 4.
150. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance out of funds anno 1739, of 40,000l. for services as in his memorial of this date.
Mr. Lowther is to pay out of the King's money in his hands 333l. 7s. 6d. to Henry Fane for fees paid by him in passing the letters patents for the annuities for the Duke of Cumberland and the Princesses; and 20l. for disbursements for His Majesty's service.
“Transmit to the Commissioners of Excise a paper intituled the case of the importers of sheep and lambskins from Ireland who live at the City of Chester, with account of the duties that have arisen therefrom, as well by customs as by way of excise, for sundry years there mentioned, for said Commissioners to consider the matter there proposed, and if need be to consult the Customs Commissioners thereupon.”
The memorial of William Henn, lately appointed coastwaiter at Portsmouth, for his salary to commence from the date of his commission, read and referred to the Customs Commissioners who are to comply therewith, if they have no material objections.
“Write to the principal officers of the Board of Works to wait on the Speaker of the House of Commons with the several designs prepared by them for a new House of Commons, in case of erecting one, and to consult and agree with Mr. Speaker upon the design and plan which in their opinions shall be best to be executed; and to let my Lords know their determinations therein, to the end necessary orders may be given for providing materials and making contracts for carrying on said work.”
The memorial of Ralph Jenison, Master of His Majesty's Buckhounds, read representing the want of a kiln and mill at New Lodge in Windsor Forest for drying and grinding oatmeal for the hounds. Referred to the Surveyor General of Woods for his report and estimate.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List Revenues of 3,000l. to the Privy Purse.
Same for a sign manual for 4,776l. 2s.d. to Mr. S elwyn, junior, for 1739, Lady Day quarter, for the late Queen's servants.
Same for same, for 700l. to Mr. Jenison for his extraordinaries as Master of the Buckhounds, for the year ended 1739, June 24.
Lord Elphinstone's pension of 300l. per annum is to be determined from 1739 midsummer, and David, Earl of Buchan, is to have 400l. per annum from that time. The proper warrants ordered accordingly.
A letter from the Taxes Commissioners of this day read, and the respites on the Receivers therein named are ordered to be taken off.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 164–6; Letter Book XIX. p. 512.]
Sept. 4. 151. Royal sign manual countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury and directed to the Clerk of the Signet attending, for a bill for the royal signature to pass the Privy Seal containing a grant to John Savary loco Francis Burton, deceased, of the office of Receiver General of all the moneys arising from the deduction of 6d. per £, and of all moneys paid for or on all pensions and annuities and on all salaries, fees and wages payable in respect of offices of profit derived from the Crown (the pay of commission and non commission officers and privates serving in the army or navy only and always excepted). All with a reward of 3d. per £ on all moneys paid into the Exchequer therefrom.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIII.p. 358–60.]
Sept. 12. 152. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners for an account of the moneys arisen by the duties on bay yarn and woollen yarn, for 7 years past to 1739, Dec. 25, in the manner prescribed by the act of last session of Parliament, for taking off the duties on woollen and bay yarn imported from Ireland to England, and for the more effectual preventing the exportation of wool from Great Britain, and of wool and manufactured wool from Ireland to foreign parts: all to the end that the annual sum arising on an average or medium according to said account may be charged on the Aggregate Fund, and issued, paid, distributed and applied as directed by the said act.
[Customs Book XIV. pp. 383–4.]
Sept. 12. 153. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury for the necessary orders for placing on the military establishment of Ireland 110 sergeants, 110 corporals, 110 drummers, and 3,960 privates added to the regiments of foot there for the same pay respectively “as the other sergeants, corporals, drummers, and private men of our said regiments are placed from the 24th day of June last past from which day the 10 regiments of foot lately removed from thence are placed on the establishment of this our Kingdom of Great Britain.” Subsistence money to the said 3,960 privates to be paid only from the respective dates of landing in Ireland. The accoutrements to the value of 6,864l. being after the rate of 1l. 12s. 0d. per man, to be provided for out of savings effected by the removal of said 10 regiments to England.
[Irish Book IX. p. 159.]
154. Same to same for him to authorise the Receivers General and Paymasters of Revenue Ireland to remit to John Plumptre, Treasurer of the Ordnance, England, 6,696l. 5s. 0d. clear of all deductions of exchange or otherwise to answer the expense of 4,070 musquets and bayonets and 165 chests, delivered out of the Ordnance stores at the Tower of London for the service of the forces in Ireland together with a further 104l. 16s. 11d. to answer freight and insurance of said arms.
[Ibid. pp. 160–1]
Sept. 12.
155. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Giles Earle.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List revenues of 6,678l. 8s. 11d. to the Treasurer of the Chamber for the established allowances in that office, 1739, Lady Day quarter: and of 5,000l. to the Cofferer of the Household in further part of same quarter.
Same for issue out of Exchequer bills on land tax, 1739, of 3,526l. 9s. 7d. to the Treasurer of the Navy for services as in his memorial of the 7th instant.
Order for stay of proceedings for 6 months against Thos. Brereton, Richd. Gildart and Laetitia Lloyd, sureties for William Tongue, late distributor of stamps for Lancashire.
Same for a warrant for 81l. 7s. 6d. to Mr. Hardinge to satisfy a bill for printing sundry bills ordered by the House of Commons to be printed in the last session.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 157.]
Sept. 12. 156. Copy of a sign manual, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, to the Duke of Devonshire, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, establishing and allowing one day's pay for the 29th February in every Leap Year to the officers and privates of the Horse Dragoons and Foot on the establishment of Ireland.
“Entered at the Signet office the 26th day of Sept., 1739, Wm. Marwood, Deputy.” 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers, CCCI. No. 31.]
Sept. 13. 157. Memorial to the Treasury from the Bank of England. The following services have been performed at the Bank in obedience to acts of Parliament and the Treasury's orders thereupon, viz.—
£ s. d.
Transferring, receiving, paying and accounting upon the Lottery Annuities at 5 per cent., Army Debentures at 4 per cent., Annuities for Tallies of Sol at 4 per cent., Navy Annuities at 5 per cent. Up to 1719 there was allowed 1,190l. per annum for said service, and the same work having been continued for one year longer, viz., to Michaelmas 1720, pray 1190 0 0
Transferring, receiving, paying and accompting for 6 sorts of annuities for 7 years. Since 1720 Michaelmas, there have been added to the said work 2 sorts of annuities more, viz.:—
The lottery annuities, 1719, at 4 per cent.
Civil List annuities at 5 per cent. From Michaelmas 1720 to Michalmas 1727, when these annuities were finally paid off and discharged, is 7 years, for which computing at a moiety of 1,190l. per annum is
4165 0 0
Receiving, paying and accounting for the moneys to discharge the certificates on 4 Malt Lotteries drawn 1721, 1722, 1723, 1724, for which is craved 800 0 0
Same for the moneys to discharge the interest in arrear at Midsummer, 1717, on certain orders made forth on 4 Lotteries drawn in 1711 and 1712, for which is craved 100 0 0
Taking in certificates on 2 Lotteries, viz., 1726 Lottery for 1,000,000, 1731 Lottery for 800,000l., and delivering out receipts in lieu to proprietors of 3 % annuities, for which is craved 200 0 0
£6,455 0 0
All said sums being in proportion to former allowances made and agreed by the Treasury. “Referred 25 Sept., 1739, to William Benson and William Aislabie, Auditors of Imprests, who are to examine the demands of the memorial, and after comparing the same with former allowances to report a state thereof to their Lordships with their opinions thereupon.”
[Reference Book X. pp. 135–6.]
Sept. 18.
158. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Earle.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List Revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Cofferer of the Household in further part of 1739, Lady day quarter 6,000 0 0
To Mr. Selwyn, junior, for same quarter, for the late Queen's servants and family 4,776 2
The report from the Postmaster General of the 14th instant, read on James Ellis's petition to be discharged from a debt as Deputy Postmaster of Dartford. Their Lordships agree to his discharge.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 158.]
Sept. 29.
New Style.
159. a.–g. Seven bills of exchange with various endorsements drawn from Berlin by Melchior Guy Dickens, on Thomas Lowther in his apartments at the Treasury, the Cockpit, London, to the order of George William Schweigger, and accepted by Lowther: variously on the 21 Sept. [o.s.], 29 Sept., and 21 Oct.: said bills being respectively for 150l., 125l., 255l., 245l., 200l., 100l., 175.; a total of 1,250l. 7 pages, with a covering slip and small note of account referring to same.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCI. No. 32.]
Sept. 25.
160. Present: The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Earle.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List Funds of the following particulars inserted in the paper of cash to clear 1739, Lady Day quarter.
£ s. d.
To the Cofferer of the Household 6,970 0 0
To the Foreign Ministers 9,591 10 0
To Pensions payable by Mr. Stuart 9,202 8 0
To Salaries and pensions at the Exchequer 9,351 0
To the Wardrobe including 500l. for the salary of the Master of said Wardrobe for 1739 Midsummer quarter 2,025 8 5
To Mr. Finch who is returning from Stockholm 1,548 0 0
The memorial from the Bank of England to be satisfied certain demands for public services by them performed referred to the Auditors of Imprests so as their claims may be examined and compared with former allowances.
The memorial from the Treasurer of the Navy of the 19th instant read “for bills to be made out allowing in his accounts the land taxes for 1737 and 1738 that have been paid out of Old Stores for the salaries to the Commissioners of the Navy and Victualling, their officers and clerks, as hath been usually done.”
John Sandell's petition for an addition to his salary as porter at the Mint referred to the officers of said Mint.
“Let Mr. Arnold know the establishments are signed and will be delivered to the Secretary at War and the Pay Office when he shall send to the Treasury for the same.”
Order for the issue of 35,063l. to the Treasurer of the Navy out of funds anno 1739 for services as in his memorial of this day.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 159.]
Sept. 25. 161. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a constat or particular of a piece of ground with sheds and other buildings thereon near the Horseferry at Westminster, of which Joseph Emms pays a lease.
Prefixing:—Report to the Treasury from said Surveyor General on Emms' petition for the above. Premises are situate in Millbank Street, near the Horse ferry between Abington Buildings and the Thames. They are 105 ft. 6 in. by 100 ft., with a passage 20 feet wide from said premises to said street. There are now standing on the ground, some old brick buildings and a shed worth about 40l. per annum. “The title to this parcell being undisputedly in His Majesty, but the same having never produced any benefit or advantage to the land revenue, I have caused enquiry to be made by what means it has happened that the premises have never come in charge, and I find that this was anciently the place for slaughtering cattle for the King's Household, but has not been used for that purpose since the ancient puveyances for the Royal family were taken away by act of Parliament, nor probably for many years before; that when the King's Household came to be supplied with provisions another way, the use of the Slaughter House consequently ceased, and from that time the ground and buildings standing thereon came into the hands of some of the officers of the Acatery [and] were converted into a sort of yards or warehouses for sale of coal and wood; the rents and profits whereof instead of coming in aid of the land revenue have been received and taken by them and their successors, and applied to their own use, and are now enjoyed by Henry Powell, Esq., the present clerk of the Acatery,” who has received same for 40 years past by virtue of his office, under protection of the Lord Steward, but without alleging any particular warrant from said Lord Steward, or any mention of it in the warrant or constitution for his said office. The Civil List Act of I Anne contemplated the improvement of the land revenues of the Crown, and several estates formerly held in right of office have since in consequence been brought into charge, and several reserved rents formerly directed to be paid in favour of particular officers are now payable to the Crown. If the Treasury decide to grant a lease of the premises it may be a means to discover other parcels held thereabouts without legal authority.
[Crown Lease Book V. pp. 204–6.]