Volume 217: 1718 Classified. Part I.

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Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 5, 1714-1719. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1883.

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1718 Classified. Part I.

1718 1. Letters of J. Burchett for the Lords of the Admiralty to William Lowndes, Esq., as to the management of the Transport Office, as to Mr Bridger and his Majesty's woods in New England, as to a privy seal for the salaries of the Lords of the Admiralty, and as to the remission of the taxes paid by the clerks. Also three other papers relating to a pension sought for by Abigail Nichols, widow. 11 pages.
2. Reports to the King, of the Comrs appointed to examine, state, and determine the debts due to the army, viz.:—on respits and deductions from the accounts of the regiments which served during the late war in Spain and Portugal; on accounts and demands of various persons, such as for coals for Gibraltar, contingent charges of of Brigadier Lepel's regiment of foot, the Earl of Carnarvon for services relating to the army, &c.; on the demands of the Duke of Saxe Gotha; on allowances to regiments of horse and dragoons that served in Spain and Portugal in the late war; on subsistence of prisoners; on the demands of the Landgrave of Hesse-Cassel for Great Britain's proportion of an arrear due on account of his troops which served in the late war (two reports); on demands of regiments which served in Spain and Portugal; on the state of an arrear due to the Prince of Oost Friesland; and on a demand of an arrear due to the King of Denmark for recruit money to his troops. During the year 1718. 35 large pages or parts of pages.
3. Reports of the Controllers of the Accounts of the Army (Medows and Bruce) to the Lords of the Treasury, on a memorial of Thomas Moore, Esq., late Paymaster of the Forces, together with his scheme for carrying on and performing the service of issuing debentures for such debts as are certified by the Comrs for determining the debts due to the army; on a charge made by the Transport Office on several regiments for provisions in their passage from Ireland to Scotland; and on the provisioning of Gibraltar. In the year 1718. 11 pages.
4. Reports of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, during the year 1718. In addition to the reports on various petitions arising out of the seizures of contraband goods, and other ordinary matters connected with the Customs Department, there is one of 24 April on the rebuilding and enlarging of the Custom House in Thames Street. Sir Jonathan Cope had a warehouse on the north side of the Custom House, and two taverns, and a ground rent of 274l. per annum from the present Custom House. Sir Jonathan Cope's terms are very high, and he can only grant a perpetual lease. Will lay the treaty with the Trustees of the Free School at Seven-oaks before their Lordships when it is completed, in order to make an addition to the eastward of the present building. Recommend that the west end, which was damaged by fire, and the two taverns adjoining, should be rebuilt.
Also a plan and a presentment of 9 May 1717 on the same subject. They recommend Mr Ripley to take charge of the work.
Another paper shows that guineas were to be received at the rate of 21s. each, with a proportional abatement on all gold coin. 26 papers or sets of papers.
5. A few reports of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, in the year 1718. Amongst them is one (of 13 Jan.) as to the revenue arising from malt by the different ways and times of gauging used at the beginning of the late reign and those now practised, which concludes:—“Many of the malsters in the most considerable malting countrys are fallen into a practice of throwing their corn out of the cistern before it is fully steeped or swoln, by which means they prevent the officers takeing such gages in the cistern or couch as will answer the allowance given, and afterwards they supply that defect in steeping, by watering the corn on the couch or floor, which we are informed was never in use before the dutys commenced, and we are humbly of opinion that a prohibition of that practice would be no prejudice to the fair working malsters, and a considerable advantage to the revenue on malt.” Another relates to the lessening of the price of the guineas and broad pieces of gold. 12 pages.