Declared Accounts
Hackney Coaches


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'Declared Accounts: Hackney Coaches', Calendar of Treasury books, Volume 31: 1717 (1960), pp. CCCLXXXII-CCCLXXXIII. URL: Date accessed: 22 October 2014.


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Hackney Coaches


AUDIT OFFICE: BUNDLE 1327, ROLL 23 [A.O.1/1327/23].

Edward Wharton, Receiver General of the money arising by licensing Hackney Coaches and Chairs.

25 June 1716 to 24 June 1717.

Arrears: remaining in the Accomptant's hands upon the end of his last Accompt304102
depending upon sundry hackney coachmen in arrears for the rent of their licences and for the King's moiety of forfeitures72500
Receipts: money arising under the Acts for licensing and regulating hackney coaches within the time of this Accompt:
for the rent of 800 hackney coach licences at 5s. each a week payable monthly10,40000
for the King's moiety of two forfeitures of 5l. each500
for ditto of five forfeitures of 2l. each800
for ditto of sixteen forfeitures of 1l. each800
for ditto of one forfeiture of 15s.076
for ditto of forty-two forfeitures of 10s. each10100
money arising under the said Acts for licensing and regulating hackney chairs, ditto:
for the rent of 300 hackney chair licences at 10s. each per annum payable quarterly
for the King's moiety of one forfeiture of 2l.100
total charge and receipts£11,60978
Salaries: John Way, Thomas Sutton, More Molyneux, Charles Barnard and John Idle, Commissioners, 500l.; Edward Wharton, Receiver, 62l.; Charles Bolton, clerk, 50l.; James Cook, housekeeper, 40l.; George Edes and Richard Colton, messengers, 80l.; Edward Dickenson and William Kemp, street-keepers, 70l.80200
rent: to Mr. Joyce Collins for the house in Surry Street in the Strand 38l.; to Mr. Balslow, Doctor in Phisick for the house in York Buildings hired by the late Commissioners for a new Office but now let, Michaelmas quarter 1716, 11l. 5s. and thereafter to Midsummer 1717, ‘being so much more than is received for the rent of the said house as it is now let’, 5l. 5s.54100
incident charges: Treasury and Exchequer fees (to Edward Wharton, Receiver General); legal fees (to John Pye, Solicitor, including fees for an Opinion from Sir Edward Northey), costs of settling and engrossing the by-laws and of preparing a new Bill, office necessaries etc. and an iron press for making the impression of a rose on the tinplates used by the hackney coachmen3430
Officers' taxes8040
Edward Harley, for the Auditor's fee1500
(total allowed as above for the charges of managing this revenue 1,294l. 14s.d.)
money paid into the Exchequer by dates:
for the Duty on Hackney Coaches
for the Duty on Hackney Chairs15000
total payments and allowances£10,87978
and so remains73000
whereof depending on several hackney and stage coachmen for arrears and for the King's moiety of forfeitures72500
and so the Accomptant is Indebted
Declared 8 March 1717–18.