|1727.||1. Letters from the Secretary to the Lords of the Admiralty to John Scrope, Esq.|
(1.) The Lords of the Admiralty do not conceive it can be of any service to send the Lords of the Treasury the particular stations of the ships employed the last year: but send the names of the ships and vessels employed, with their complements of men. 10 Jan. 1726–7.
There is the following “Draft of ye letter to Mr Burchett 11th of Janry 1726–7.” In reply, “I am com[m]anded to acquaint you that the Ld C. of the Treasury are suprised at the answer you sent by order of the Lords Co. of ye Admiralty to my letter of [10th] inst. It having been usual for ye House of Com[m]ons to call every year for the very same account which I wrote to desire you to move the Lds of the Admiralty for. The Lords of the Treasury desired they might see it for their information only, that they might be the better enabled to serve His Majesty in parliament when the several accounts usually laid before the House of Com[m]ons shall come to be considered there & did not expect there would have been any objection to their seeing this week, what everybody will see next week. As for ye account you sent, it can be of no possible use to any body, it being as is supposed an account only of ye compliments of ye severall ships, wthout distinguishing the several times when the severall ships were in sea-pay and what number of men were born[e] or muster'd each month on ye several ships.”
The following is added, but is scored out:—
“But as an account of this kind is absolutely necessary for his Majesties service, to be laid before the Lords Com~ of his M's Treasury, their Lordships have sent an order to the Com[m]issioners of the Navy to prepare and lay this account before them, from whom they hope they shall receive a civil answer.”
A copy of the letter is referred to and entered in the Minute Book, vol. 25, p. 266, 11 Jan. 1726. In the notice of the letter before the copy of it is:—“My Lords resent this treatment from the Lords of the Admiralty and agree to Mr Scropes signing the following letter to Mr Burchett thereupon”.
(2.) As to the difficulty of furnishing masts from New England. (Two enclosures.)
(3.) As to the raging sickness at Chatham. The workmen prayed to have some part of their wages. (Petition enclosed.)
(4.) As to the waste of his Majesty's woods in New England by the inhabitants cutting them down and using them. (Three enclosures.) 33 pages or parts of pages.
|2. Reports of the Commissioners of the Office of Alienations to the Lords of the Treasury, certifying the gross and net produce of the office, &c. 4¼ pages.|
|3. Twenty-two certificates of the swearing and admission of various persons to offices in the Household by the Duke of Grafton, Lord Chamberlain of the Household. 22 pages.|
|4. A parcel of bills and memoranda of materials delivered to the Great Wardrobe, &c, connected with the coronation of King George the Second. There are also four other papers of a similar nature connected with the Office of the Robes, one of which relates to materials furnished for the coronation of King Geo. I. 49 pages or parts of pages.|
|1727.||5. Reports of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury respecting (1) the running of East India Goods out of the ship Carnarvon in A.D. 1722: (2.) The proceedings against Wm Bradford of Brighthelmstone, Sussex, mariner, who had a deputation from the Duke of Newcastle as Vice Admiral of the County to seize goods “found floating on the sea for the use of his Grace”: (3.) The petition of several merchants, importers of copper from Barbary, for a drawback on copper refined in England: (4.) “The petition of the merchants of Norwich, relating to the ‘premios’ on stuff manufactures exported on an Act of the 8th of the late King, the debentures for which are stopped by the Custom House officers at Yarmouth.” This is accompanied by a copy of the Attorney and Solicitor General's opinion. 27 pages.|
|6. Estimates, viz., of the charge of guards, garrisons and other H.M. land forces in Great Britain; of several extraordinary expenses of H.M. forces incurred and not provided for by Parliament (two): of the Office of Ordnance (two); of the out-pensioners of Chelsea Hospital; of the charge of H.M. forces in the plantations of Minorca and Gibraltar; and of the charge of augmenting H.M. forces in Great Britain. For the year 1717.|
Also two accounts of services incurred and not provided for by parliament, and a computation of savings by the reduction and sending back of four regiments of foot from Great Britain to Ireland; in the year 1727. 15 pages.
|7. Reports of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury (1) on the produce of the Civil List. (2.) On an account of the gross produce, salaries, incidents and other deductions, and the net produce of the revenues under their management. (3.) On a grievous outrage upon one of their officers at Blackstock, near Snape, in the co. of Suffolk, by the smugglers who cut off the nose of the officer. (4.) As to repayment of 26,428l. 11s. 5d. paid out of his late Majesty's Civil List Revenues. (5.) Concerning the 3,700l. per week paid out of the late King William's arrears, and whether the amount was made good or replaced to the late King's account. (6.) As to money, paid into the Exchequer, arising out of that part of the excise which was appropriated to the Civil List. Also as to arrears. 12 pages.|