Volume 223: November 12-December 31, 1719. Classified Part I.

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November 12–December 31, 1719. Classified Part I.

12 Nov. 1. Computation of the amount of subsidy lately agreed on his Majesty's behalf to be advanced to the Queen of Sweden. The amount was 65,576l. 16s. Signed: Wm Sloper, Nov. 12, 1719. 1 page.
18 Nov. 2. Copy of report of the Board of General Officers appointed to enquire into the pretensions of the half pay officers in Ireland, with various lists of officers. Dated 18 Nov. 1719. Also four other similar lists and one rough draft. Also copy of “King's letter appointing a Board to examine the pretensions of half-pay officers.” Dated 23 March 1718–19. 53 pages.
19 Nov. 3. Memorial of William Watkins, Surveyor of his Majesty's Private Roads, to the Lords of the Treasury. Was, by patent of 12 Sept. 1716, constituted Keeper of his Majesty's private roads, gates, and bridges, and conductor or guide to his Majesty's person, by which he was entitled to the benefits of all contracts for keeping up and repairing the roads. In lieu of these advantages had, by sign manual of 12 April 1717, a grant of a salary of 200l. per ann. as an officer of the Board of Works, which Board was authorized to repair the roads. But his Majesty's late instructions for governing the office of works give no directions to the officers to take cognizance of the roads. Asks their Lps to signify their pleasure thereon. Dated 19 Nov 1719. 1 page.
[? About
24 Nov.]
4. Memorial to the King, of the Lords of Session, Judges' Delegates of Appeals from the Comrs and Trustees of the Forfeitures in Scotland. Five Lords of the Session are appointed to be a Court of Delegates for determining such appeals as shall be made from the Comrs and Trustees of Forfeited Estates in Scotland. The decision of such cases is exceedingly intricate, and has increased the trouble and attendance of the judges. The Lord Kimergem, for himself, and the other judges, lays the case before his Majesty, that he may give directions thereon.
A note on 24 Nov. 1719 at the foot, refers the matter to the Lords of the Treasury.
Minuted:—“18 Xber 1719. The memorialists, if they think fit, may apply to Parłt.” 2 pages.
25 Nov. 5. Report of A. Cracherode to the Lords of the Treasury, on the complaint sent up to the Comrs of the Admiralty by Wm Hull, Esq., a justice of the peace of Devonshire, against one Wm John, an attorney of Exeter, for rescuing William Johnson, one of the rioters of Topsham, who assaulted and wounded Roger Barton, gent., and and others belonging to H.M. ship “Falmouth.” Finds that the complaint of the rescue was made by Mr Justice Eyre, before he left Exeter, and that he summoned the said John to attend him, who then delivered up Johnson, and he is still in gaol for want of other sureties. Finds further that the said John takes all occasions to show his disaffection to his Majesty and the Government. Is of opinion that the annexed affidavits should be sent to the Attorney-General for an information to be prepared and filed against Wm John. 25 Nov. 1719.
Five affidavits and two other papers. 9 pages.
25 Nov. 6. Report of the same to the same, on the abuses committed in Windsor Forest. Many of the woods, &c. have been felled and grubbed up, and the people threaten a total destruction of the covert. The people within the forest make their hedges so very high, and spike their gates in such a manner, that it is impossible for the deer safely to pass. The heath and turf is yearly carried off the forest and sold to the inhabitants of parishes which do not belong to the forest, nor have right to firing from thence. Great numbers of sheep are kept in the forest by persons who have no land in the forest, and the deer are deprived of their food. When offences are committed, the keepers can scarce prevail with the justices to take their affidavits, and when they do, they will not levy the penalties. [Gives instances.] As regards some of the offences named, they are not offences for which they can be prosecuted in any other court than the Forest Court, and according to the forest laws. And such prosecutions are very ineffectual, because the courts there are (1st), a 40-day's court, (2nd), a swainmote court, and (3rd), a justice in Eyre's court, and offences against the laws of the forest are first complained of at the 40-day's court, and then presented at the swainmote court (which is held but rarely), and after that cannot be tried, but at a justice-in-Eyre's seat, which has not been held for this forest for many years, and is very expensive to the Crown. Besides which, by the late Act for the King's general pardon, all offences committed against the forest laws before 5 May 1717 are pardoned. The only method would be to exhibit against them an English information in the Exchequer. Gives his opinion as to what ought to have been done with one Herring, who had coursed certain deer, viz., a warrant ought to have been issued to levy 20l. forfeited by such offence, and for want of such distress Herring ought to have been committed to prison for a year. Dated 25 Nov. 1719.
Seven other papers in connection therewith. 13 pages and 4 halves.
26 Nov. 7. J. Burchett, for the Lords of the Admiralty, to the Secretaries of the Lords of the Treasury. Sends extract of a letter from Capt. Brand, late commander of H.M. ship, the “Lyme,” upon his return from Virginia, complaining of Tobias Knight, collector of Customs of North Carolina, and Richard Fitz Williams, collector of the Lower district in James' River, Virginia, in taking part with the pirates, and contriving vexatious suits and prosecutions against H.M. ships. Admiralty Office, 26 Nov. 1719.
The extract named. 3 pages.
27 Nov. 8. Report of the Attorney-General (Lechmere) to the Lords of the Treasury, on the inclosed draft of a charter for incorporating the proprietors of debentures, which were chargeable on the fund for the Equivalent to Scotland. The Bank of England maintain that the corporation thereby intended is confined to the purposes limited by the Act of the last session, viz., for the receiving and distributing the annual sum of 10,000l. among the proprietors of the Equivalent, and that the charter to be granted ought to be pursuant to that Act; but the letters patent, according to the draft, would constitute the proprietors of the Equivalent debentures a corporation of a general and unlimited nature, with equal powers to the Bank of England, and with a further power of being a trading corporation, from which the Bank is restrained. This would infringe upon the privileges of the Bank of England. If passed into letters patent it would be illegal. On the behalf of the proprietors of the Equivalent debt it was insisted that altho' the receiving and distributing of the annual fund of 10,000l. was a great inducement to Parliament to empower the Crown to constitute them a corporation, yet his Majesty was not disabled from granting them larger powers. The Bank of Scotland claim to have been established by Act of 1695. Is of opinion that the corporation was intended to be erected for special purposes, viz., the receiving and distribution of the annual fund. The annual sum of 2,000l. settled, is directed to be applied to encourage the fishery, and such other manufactures and improvements in Scotland as may most conduce to the general good of the United Kingdom; but the capital sum or the annual sum granted in respect thereof, is no part of the capital stock of the “incorporation” intended. There is to be paid to the corporation 600l. per ann. for management. The King by his prerogative can annex any other legal privileges to the corporation, so that they are not inconsistent with the particular purposes to which the Act has restrained the intended corporation. Their Lordships ought not to pass the draft as it now stands. Dated 27 Nov. 1719. 8 pages.
[? About
27 Nov.]
9. Memorial of Robert Nicholson and Thomas Brigg to the Lords of the Treasury. Cannot prevail with Sir Isaac Newton to receive the five tons of copper. The latter has received several tons from Hines and Applebee. Pray for a warrant to have a cutter or cutters to size the bars, and for a renewal of their order to Sir Isaac Newton, who, observing that Hines and Applebee are incapable of delivering the blanks with round edges, says he will not receive any so prepared.
Minuted:—“Nov. 27, 1719. Write to Sr Isaac Newton to be here to-morrow at eleven with the petition.”
Also copy of a previous minute.
In the Minute Book, Vol. 22, p. 230, 28 Nov. 1719, is:—“Sir Isaac Newton says he is ready to receive the same if he has a warrant for so doing, not thinking a minute of the Treasury only, sufficient, and provided Nicholson and Briggs give security that their copper be English and not Barbary copper. My Lords respit the further consideration thereof, and direct an enquiry previously to be made of the characters of ye said Nicholson and Briggs.” 2 pages.
Nov. 10. Memorial of the [Comrs of Excise] to the Lords of the Treasury. Two years since represented the sudden increase of drawbacks out of the duties on malt occasioned chiefly by the frauds of the maltsters in Norfolk and other parts, who work for exportation. The drawbacks have still increased. Forbearance has only encouraged the carrying on of their frauds. In several places in Norfolk they run out their malt to such a length upon the floor, that the goodness of the corn is thereby destroyed, and in lieu of malt they make a commodity of little or no value, but by which they obtain considerable sums for bounty money. If their Lps are of opinion that the putting in execution of the law of Edw. VI. for true making of malt would bear too hard on Norfolk, they will then only propose a remedy against the destruction of barley, viz., in the next Malt Act that no premium or drawback be allowed for any malt exported, but such as shall be well dried, rubbed, screened, and cleansed from “tailes and dust.” This, they apprehend, would stop the frauds committed in making malt. The revenue has suffered by frauds by want of Custom House officers. This may be remedied by the next Malt Act, and by placing waiters on board to prevent re-landing the malt. “Novr 1719.”
Also copy of memorial referred to, and two other papers touching drawbacks. 10½ pages.
2 Dec. 11. John Hanger, Governor of the Bank of [England], to “My Lord,” laying before him an account of the Bank's late negotiations by exchange to prevent the exportation of our coin, upon which subject a deputation is ready to wait upon his Lordship. “Bank, 2 Dec. 1719.”
The account referred to. 2 pages.
4 Dec. 12. Comrs of Excise, Scotland, to the Lords of the Treasury. Have made sundry representations of their difficulties in the management of the Excise which still remain, and require a Parliamentary remedy. [State their difficulty as regards the Scots gallon in proportion to the barrel. See Vol. CIII., No. 16.] The Brewers, taking the benefit of the justices' sentence, detain one seventeenth of the duty charged by the officers, which gives great trouble to the collectors, and perplexes the accounts. The arrear amounts to upwards of 26,000l., the greatest part of which will be lost. The victuallers, candlemakers, tanners and tawers in many of the isles and remote parts have so small a trade that the duties will not answer the expenses of surveying or making compositions with the persons chargeable. Are of opinion that they should be empowered to let these to farm. Excise Office, Edinburgh, 4 Dec. 1719.
Minuted:—“1st July 1720. To be considered before the next meeting of Parlt.” 2 pages.
11 Dec. 13. “The Auditors of Imprests' Report of the state of all accots depending before them.” Signed: “T. Foley, Audr; Jer. Oakeley, Deputat. Honlis Edvdi Harley, ar~i, Auditris.” Together with observations on the accounts. 11 Dec. 1719. 20 pages.
12 Dec.]
14. Petition of Thomas Sabourne, tailor, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, to the King. In November last petitioned his Majesty, stating the service he had rendered, particularly in the last rebellion in Northumberland, having principally raised 600 to 700 Reformed Protestants in Newcastle, when the rebels were near. For this is hated by H.M. enemies, who have endeavoured to ruin his family. Asks for a King's waitership for René Sabourne, his son. Prays for consideration. Adds that his trade brought him more than 200l. per ann. [French.]
Minuted:—“12th Decr 1719. To be translated. My Lords h order'd him 100l. by Mr Lowther.” 1 page.
12 Dec. 15. “Rept from ye Commrs for Trade and Plantns upon ye pet of the weavers agt the use of printed calicoes.” 12 Dec. 1719.
Have discoursed with the Company of Weavers and the manufacturers of Norwich and Canterbury, also with the Turkey Company and the Italian merchants on the one side, and the linen drapers, merchants, and factors of North Britain, and the calico printers on the other side.
The Company of Weavers, London, and all the manufacturers and retailers who make and sell woollen and worsted stuffs, wrought silks and stuffs mixed with silk, thread, &c., assert that these manufactures have been exceedingly improved and increased since the trade with France, and the wearing of East India wrought silks, Bengals, stuffs, and printed calicoes. The home consumption has been plentifully supplied, and much greater quantities of stuffs have been exported of late. The materials are either of our own growth or purchased in other countries with British woollen goods and products, and 16,000 looms have been employed in and about London maintaining 160,000 persons. At Canterbury they keep 334 looms, and at Norwich 130,000 people. They argue that this kingdom has not only saved vast sums heretofore paid to France, East India, and other foreign countries, but has gained a notable additional consumption for its wool, augmented its foreign trade and navigation, and acquired many useful and profitable employments for the industrious poor. But they now complain that their manufactures are very much obstructed by the clandestine importation of foreign wrought silks and prohibited East India goods, but more especially by the almost universal wearing and using of printed and stained calicoes and linens, that their wrought silks and stuffs are either disused or only worn interchangeably with the prohibited East India goods, and printed calicoes and linens by the generality of people in this kingdom; that having had very little vent for some time past, they are so overstocked with all sorts of wrought goods that they are no longer able to carry on their trade; that they have been compelled to lessen their looms and discharge many of their people, and were it not for hope, one half of the remainder would be turned out of work. Further, that white calicoes are a foreign manufacture purchased in East India with bullion exported hence; that about 800 persons are employed in printing and staining calicoes and linens; that the major part of the masters and chief workmen are French Roman Catholics, who settled this trade here after it was prohibited in France, and two thirds are labourers, women and children, who are not fit for any other employment; that altho' the duties on these printed goods amount to a considerable sum, yet the excise, &c., produce most when the poor are fully employed, and on the contrary, they always decline as domestic trade decreases. It is frequently objected against the weavers (1) that the want of employment arises from the greater number of apprentices and journeymen taken by the masters; (2) that it is unreasonable that people should clothe themselves in their manufactures, when they can buy printed calicoes and linens at a much cheaper rate. In answer to the first, the weavers, in obedience to the Order in Council of 4 May 1670, admitted many foreign weavers to their fellowship, but for 10 years past they have bound no more than 3,213 apprentices, and those privately bound cannot exceed one third more. In the last seven years they have bound at Canterbury but 85, and at Norwich their trade is so bad that not one eighth of the weavers have any apprentices. In answer to the second objection, the weavers have produced several patterns of their own manufactures, and of printed calicoes and linens, to show that the common people may furnish themselves at about one and a half or two thirds less than the printed calicoes or linens. Several of the manufacturers, for want of subsistence at home, have been seduced into France, and probably into other countries, to carry on their trade. Implore his Majesty in order to retrieve the manufactures at home, and to prevent the setting them up abroad, to prohibit the wearing of printed and stained calicoes and linens.
The Levant Company have also complained against the wearing of calicoes, and are of opinion that the trade to Turkey cannot be carried on if printed calicoes and linens are generally used, and that it is necessary that the silk and other manufactures made in this kingdom should be supported and the printed calicoes and linens prohibited. Before the Act 11 & 12 Guil. III. the trade to Italy was at a very low ebb, but that law revived the silk trade until interrupted by the clandestine importation of foreign manufactures, and the almost universal wear of printed calicoes and linens.
The East India Company, on the other hand, represent that they have the entire trade to and from the East Indies, as prescribed by Parliament, and the importation complained of is a national benefit.
The Linen Drapers say that thousands of poor families heretofore employed in weaving worsted stuffs now want work. The high duties on calicoes have made them too high to interfere with any worsted stuffs for women's use. Further say that a great deal of bullion has been exported to Turkey, and great sums to Italy, instead of woollen manufactures for raw silks. The cost of calicoes consumed here amounts to 30,000l. per ann., to purchase which the East India Company has exported annually in English goods 80,000l., and sold the goods at an advance of 50 per cent. The linens printed here are the growth and manufacture of Great Britain and Ireland (except a few German linens for handkerchiefs) The linen drapers further ascribe the diminution (if such there be) to clandestine importation, to the extent of 150,000l. per ann., &c. Further refer to a case laid before Parliament at the end of the last reign, wherein the weavers affirmed that the manufacture of silk and woollen goods increased 20 times since 1664, and black silks alone amounted to 300,000l. per ann., which is inconsistent with such loud complaints.
The merchants, &c., for themselves and manufacturers of linen in Scotland, allege that the linen manufacture of Scotland is as ancient as any manufacture in England, and by the Act of Union they expect care to be taken of it. It is the only manufacture left in Scotland to maintain the poor, since the woollen manufacture of England has totally sunk the woollen manufacture of Scotland. The materials wrought up by the weavers of London are foreign, whereas Scots linen is made of the native product, and almost every village, town, and county in Scotland is concerned in it. Above double the value of English manufacture is consumed in Scotland to that of Scots linen imported into England. The hardships would be the greater on Scotland by discouraging its linen, because the trade of dyeing it is lost, and the using it white is cut out by German linen, so that Scots linen can now be only vended by printing. The duty of 3d. per yard on Scots linen printed amounts to near 30 per ct on the prime cost, whereas the London weavers have no duty on their goods. The printers have so improved the art of printing British and Irish linens that the consumption has very much increased. Many thousands are employed on these linens. Have printed large quantities of English calicoes from the plantations, but the duty of 6d. a yard has checked the manufacture. They print large quantities of white calicoes imported from India, which are the return of our woollen and English goods. The improvement of the calicoes by printing and duty exceeds that of any English manufacture made of foreign materials, and ought to have the preference. The printed calicoes do not interfere with the woollen manufacture, but if they interfere with the silk the improvement on the prime cost is greater, and much more advantageous to the nation. The foreign-wrought silks legally imported amount to a greater sum than the printed calicoes consumed, notwithstanding the improvement thereon. The clandestine running of foreign silks exceeds that of printed calicoes. Have been at great costs to carry on the trade.
[Having recited the foregoing] the Comrs lay before his Majesty the state of this matter, viz.:—The consumption of unwrought silks increased annually after the Restoration, and those of our own manufacture were exceedingly discouraged by importation from France and other countries. [Here the imports are set out, and the history of the trade is traced. Among other matters they state that]:—Between 1685 and 1688 there were annually imported 109,626 cwt. of wrought silks. The Revolution put an end to this, and the silk manufacture again revived, and since 1688 it has increased by 400,000l. per ann.; and another happy effect of these prohibitions is the increase of the manufactures of woollen and worsted stuffs mixed with silk thread; and as the consumption has increased at home, so the demand for exportation has prevailed. In 1688 this manufacture was very inconsiderable, but from 1712 to 1716 there was exported 3,596,384 cwt. per ann., and without prejudice to the woollen manufacture, which had increased from 2,626,000l. to 3,288,000l. “Several other instances might be likewise given to prove that our foreign trade has been promoted and extended by the said prohibitions.” [Here follow various statistics.] It being therefore self-evident that printed and stained calicoes and linens are used and worn by almost all sorts of people in this kingdom, and that every piece so worn prevents the consumption of the same quantity of our woollen and silk manufactures, it must be concluded that the complainants have been and are exceedingly discouraged, and their trade prejudiced thereby, tho' they cannot pretend to ascertain the quantum. Conclude that the greatest part of the printed calicoes have been clandestinely imported. Recommend that the wearing of printed calicoes be prohibited.
Although considerable quantities of British and Irish linens have been printed and consumed, and the manufacture ought to be cherished, yet this kingdom is a mart for foreign linens to the value of 800,000l. per ann., which pay high duties on importation, and it cannot be any hardship on the linen manufacture to vary those sorts that are now used for printing, to such sorts as are wanted. It particularly concerns “the North Britains” to consider the advantages they enjoy by the consumption of their thread or linen yarns in the stuff manufactures. Upon the whole, it is a matter of the greatest importance to this kingdom to support the woollen and silk manufactures; and as at least 2/3 of the woollen and almost all the silk manufactures made in Great Britain are consumed at home, it is reasonable and necessary that the expense of foreign manufactures should be prevented as much as possible, because they always interfere with and obstruct the consumption of our own. Since printed calicoes are generally worn, in opposition to British manufactures, notwithstanding the duties, the Comrs advise that a law prohibiting the same be passed to include wholesome severities against smuggling. Further propose that the laws for preventing the exportation of wool be further explained and put into execution, and that a bounty be allowed on the exportation of wrought silk. Whitehall, 12 Dec. 1719. (Copy.)
In the Minute Book, Vol. 22, p. 234, 14 Dec. 1719, is:—
“Several directors of the E. I. Compa are call'd in. My Ld Sunderland tells them that the design of their meeting was to consult the proper methods to ease the weavers of the hardships they lye under, and to give the Compa all the assistance and encouragement that can be thought of. They present a memll which they say contains the substance of what they have to say upon this head. The memll is read.
“Mr Dawson recounts the sevll expenses they have been at in fortifying sevll places in India, and the priviledges granted to the Compa by the Great Mogul. That if the Parliamt prohibits the importation of stain'd callicoes, the vent of our commoditys, wch are sent thither in exchange for them will naturally be stopped. That the ground of the complaint of the weavers is:—1st The great number of apprentices taken by them, which makes it impracticable to find full employment for them all, and the great difference in the charge of workmanship between those made in India and here, and the excessive dutys layd upon them.
“They all agree that it is of absolute necessity to find out some effectual way to distinguish the India goods from those made here, and that a stamp upon each piece of callicoe so imported, and a great penalty upon those who counterfeit or otherwise elude the force of such a law will be the best method to answer that end.
“Sir Gregory Page says:—If a prohibition upon the stain'd callicoes takes place, all the Compa settlements on the coast of Coromandel, which depend upon the fabrick of callicoes, must be ruined, and instead of such prohibition being an advantage to the weavers, it will let in all the stain'd and striped linnens from Hamburgh and Holland, which are more expensive and less lasting than those made here, as was the case upon the prohibition in 1701.” 30 pages.
21 Dec. 16. “Copie of a l~re frõ Col. Rhett abt an insurrection in South Carolina.”
The people of this province have lately run into rebellion and deposed their Governor, Robert Johnson, Esq., and all his Council, and all officers that were in commission from Lord Carteret and the rest of the Lords proprietors of the Colony, and have set up Col. James Moore, a planter, as governor. Their chief pretence in raising this sedition is to take the Lords' charter from them and bring the province under the immediate care and government of his Majesty. What they charge Lord Carteret and the proprietors with, is a mere sham. They were ever raising mutinies and commotions. A little time past they rebelled against his Majesty in calling together 70 or 80 men to fire upon the “Shoreham,” man-of-war. At this time the writer was shot through the body, and the wound is hitherto incurable. Some of those who are the principal contrivers of this rebellion are the persons that were so active in that barbarous action. Several of the leading men have been the most concerned in a notorious clandestine trade, particularly Mr Samuel Eveleigh, who has been often complained of by Col. Quarry and the writer. He is now made one of the Council in this rebellious usurpation. If they are not cropped in the bud they will set up for themselves against his Majesty, as well as the proprietors. They are in debt to the Lords for rent of land a great many thousands of pounds, and they have taken this rebellious method to pay their old scores. Sir Hovenden Walker has been one of the chief incendiaries, and it is by his scheme that they model their present government. He is made president of their council. South Carolina, 21 Dec. 1719.
Minuted:—“16th Feb. 1719–20. Read. A copie of this to be sent to Mr Sec[reta]ry Craggs.” 2½ pages.
22 Dec. 17. “Memorial of the Bank of England, touching the Equivalent Charter,” to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated Bank, 22 Dec. 1719.
[More particularly referred to in the report of the Attorney-General of the previous 27 Nov.]
Minuted:—“22d Decr 1719. Read.” 2 pages.
22 Dec. 18. Report of the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Thomas Pringle, Deputy Keeper of the King's Signet in Scotland. The petitioner was appointed by Viscount Townsend and Earl Stanhope, and was continued in office by the Duke of Roxburgh. The Keepers of the Signet were allowed between them before the Union a salary of 100l. per annum, but this was not continued on the establishment since the Union. Have no authority for paying any such salary. If his Majesty allows it they have nothing to say against it. Edinburgh, Exchequer Chamber, 22 Dec. 1719.
Minuted:—“8th June 1720. Agreed to. Prepare a warrt accordingly. 15th June 1720. Warrt signd.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
22 Dec. 19. Report of [Anthony Cracherode, Esq.] to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Nost, journeyman printer, who claimed to have served the Government as the only discoverer and witness against Mr Howell, the non-juring parson, for publishing, and Mr Redmayne for printing a libel, entitled, The case of schism in the Church of England truly stated. Petitioner received a reward of 200l., besides a weekly subsistence, whilst engaged in the service. The allegations are true, but the reward was very sufficient, and even generous. Dated 22 Dec. 1719.
Minuted:—“5th July 1720. My Lords think the reward of 200li already given him to be sufficient.”
Also his petition. 2 pages.
[? About
24 Dec.]
20. Petition of Thomas Sabourne, of Newcastle, master tailor, to the King [setting out the same particulars as are given in his petition of 10 Oct.], asking that his services might be considered, and that his son might have the appointment of King's waiter.
Referred to Anthony Cracherode, Esq., for his report. 24 Dec. 1719. 1 page.
[25 Dec.] 21. “An account showing the amount of the expence of his Mats foreign ministers for one year, as also what is in arrears thereupon at Micħas 1719.”
Also duplicate thereof, with one or two trifling variations. “State of the debt to foreign ministers at X~mas 1719.” 3 pages.
1719. 22. Abstract of the out-pensioners of Chelsea Hospital for the year 1719. 1 page.
[? 1719.] 23. “Supplys for the years 1715, 1716, 1717, 1718, & 1719.”
A paper thus docqueted containing totals under navy, ordnance, and forces. 1 page.
[? End of
24. “An abstract of the severall Acts of Parłmt for stating and determining the equivalent debt of Scotland, with the proceedings thereupon.” 2 pages.
31 Dec.]
25. “Petition of divers merchants trading to America, and others who are possessed of Bounty Bills for importing naval stores from our plantations.”
The course of the navy is more than two years in arrear, and since the bills have been postponed and not paid in course, the discount has advanced to above 30 per cent. Pray that the bills may be paid up to the 31st of Dec. 1719.
Numerous signatures.
Minuted:—“14th July 1721. To be considerd when Sir Geo. Byng's next memll is considerd.” 1 page.
1719. Classified. Part I.
26. Letters from the Admiralty Office, chiefly from J. Burchett to the Secretaries of the Treasury, on the following subjects, viz., the sending back to France of certain French seamen, with whom it had been proposed to man the fleet; poundage of the marine regiments; an insult suffered by Captain Boyle, Commander of H.M. ship “Worcester,” a mob being raised against him at the instigation of the Collector of Excise of Orkney; convoys to Gibraltar; Mr. Bridger, late Surveyor of Woods in New England, and the spoil of woods; deeds and writings relating to the purchase of the houses or ground belonging to the Admiralty Office. 20 pages and 4 halves.
27. Reports of the Comrs for examining debts due to the Army, addressed to the King on the following subjects, viz., (1) the demand of the King of Poland for arrears due to the Saxon troops [Minuted:—“10th January 1718. The Auditors of Imprests to prepare a sign manual. Warrant signd.”]; (2) demands of Viscount Shannon for wagon money, &c. [Minuted:—“5th March 1710–19. Audrs impts to prepare a sign manual for so much of these demands as shall appear to them to be within the power given to the Commrs by any Act or Acts of Parlt.” “9th Do. Warrt signd.”]; (3) demands of Sir Daniel Carroll for horses bought and recruits raised [Minuted:—“22d July 1719. Prpare a sign manual.”]; (4) demands of the King of Denmark, the Bp and Prince of Munster, the Prince of Oost Friezland and Mons. Jamaert for arrears to their troops [Minuted:—“20th Feb. 1718–19. To Audrs Imprests to prepare a sign manual. Warrt signd 25th Febr.”]; (5) demands of the regiments of Caris and Delsuperche [Minuted:—5th March 1718–19. To Audrs Imprests to prepare a sign manual. Warrt signd 9th Do.”]; (6) demand of Col. Charles Stratton, late Quarter-Master Genl of the Forces in Scotland, whose office was discontinued on the Union, for 20s. a day [Minuted:—22d July 1719. Agreed”]; (7) demand of Mr. Zeger Goris, Mr Pierre Pangaert and others, late contractors for forage to the forces in the Low Countries in the campaign of 1711, to make good a loss by the enemy, who burnt twelve vessels with forage for the army on the river Scheldt, 9 May 1711 [Minuted:—“22d July 1719. Sign manual to be p[re]pared by ye Auditors”]; (8) demand of Sir Solomon de Medina, late contractor for bread and bread wagons in the Low Countries [Minuted:—“Audrs report read 30 Oct. 1719, and my Lords order that this be transmitted again to the audrs to prepare a wt accordingly”]; (9) demands of the King of Poland for arrears to his troops [Minuted:—“9th June 1719. To Audrs imprests to prepare a sign manual. Warrt signd 5th Augt 1719”]; (10) demands of several regiments that served in Spain or Portugal [Minuted:—“23d July 1719. Audrs to prepare a warrt”]; (11) demand of the executor of Major Peter Browne, deceased, late engineer at Gibraltar, for his pay [Minuted:—“23 July 1719. Audrs to p[re]pare a warrant”] (12) demand of the King of Denmark for several arrears of pay during the late war [Minuted:—“6th August 1719. The Audrs Imprests to prepare a sign manual”]; (13) demands for forage by the Colonels, of the Royal regiment of North British dragoons [Minuted:—“27 Augt 1719. Audrs to prepare a S.M.”]: (14) demand of the King of Portugal for arrears of subsidy, &c., for his troops [Minuted:—“28 Augt 1719. To Audrs to prepare a sign manl”]; (15) demands for arrears to his Majesty's troops of Hanover, and for those of the King of Prussia, the Bishop, and Prince of [Munster], the Bp of Osnabrugg, the Prince of Oost Frizeland, and the regiments of Caris, Jamaert, and Delsuperche [Minuted:—“9th Sepr 1719. To Audrs impts to prepare a sign manual”]; (16) demands by Mr Peter La Ponge for salaries unpaid to officers in her late Majesty's hospital in Spain in the year 1712 [Minuted:—“9th Septr 1719. To Audrs imprests to prepare a sign manual”]; (17) demands of the King of Sardinia for subsidy for his troops [Minuted:—“22d Decr 1719. Read. The Audrs to prepare a S.M. for the sum of. 80,474l. 13s. 4d., and not to insert the demand of 30,058l. 7s. 4d. for the reasons mentioned in this report”]; (18) demands of officers of Col. James Tyrrel's late regiment of foot [Minuted:—“5th Feb. 1719–20. The Audrs imprests to prepare a S. Manual for these allowces”] 39 pages, 4 halves.
28. Four certificates, signed “Holles Newcastle,” of admissions to the office of Gentlemen of the Bedchamber of the following persons, viz., the Rt Hon. Robert, Earl of Holderness, Rt Hon. Edw. Henry, Earl of Warwick, the Rt Hon. Peregrine, Marquis of Lindsey, and the Rt Hon. Scroop, Earl of Bridgewater. 9 May 1719. 4 pages.