Treasury Minutes
October 1717, 2-31

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'Treasury Minutes: October 1717, 2-31', Calendar of Treasury books, Volume 31: 1717 (1960), pp. 48-57. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=85399 Date accessed: 31 July 2014.


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October 1717, 2–31

Oct. 2.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Stanhope, Lord Torrington, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
[The Principal] Officers of the Mint attending according to order are called in and lay before my Lords an account of what tin under their care remains unsold or undisposed of.
tonscwt.qrs.lbs
in the Tower of London1,7930122
four ships now loading in Cornwall will bring, if full, about250000
the quantity remaining unsold in the hands of Mr. Beranger in Holland: about961000
in the hands of Sir John Lambert and Capt. Gibbon at Hamburg804000
in the hands of Sir Theodore Janssen270000
4,0780122
What remains in Devon there is no manner of account of, but the quantity must be but small.
Upon considering the above state my Lords direct the [Principal] Officers of the Mint to make publication that 500 tons of tin will be exposed to sale by inch of candle at 2l. 10s. 0d. per hundredweight and that after the disposal of this quantity no more shall be sold within the space of three months.
[My Lords request] Sir Isaac Newton and Dr. Fouquiere to prepare an advertisement [as to the above sale] to be inserted in the Gazette on Saturday and the Daily Courant.
[My Lords order] Mr. Lowther to pay the fees of the warrant &c. for 800l. in the name of Sir Alexander Cairnes.
Prepare a warrant for a pension of 80l. per an. [to be payable] by Mr. Clayton to Benjamin Tyers, which his Majesty is pleased to grant him in consideration of the services performed by him in the time of the late Rebellion.
The like for William Powel to be inserted on Mr. Clayton's list for a pension of 40l. per an. and a bounty of 20l. to be given him by the hands of Mr. Lowther.
Issue a quarter's allowance to Michaelmas to Mr. Frampton.
Issue 300l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber to defray the charges of lodgings and other expenses which may arise during his Majesty's stay at Newmarket.
Issue 2,600l. to Francis Negus, Master of the Horse, upon account of the Contingencies of his Majesty's Stables. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, pp. 153–4.
Oct. 2,
Wednesday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Memorial from Mr. Negus for 2,600l. for Contingencies of the Stables. Ordered.
The Treasurer of the Chamber's memorial for 300l. towards the King's expenses at Newmarket. Ordered.
The petition of Sir Mathew Decker, bart., praying payment of what is due to the Bishop of Munster. Mr. Sloper to make a demand of so much as is now to be paid to them upon this account, [distinguishing it] under the proper heads.
The petition of the said Sir Mathew Decker for what is due to the Duke of Saxe Gotha. The like minute as above.
The petition of the said Sir Mathew Decker praying payment for four Battalions of Troops of the Duke of Brunswick Luneburg. Ordered out of the 250,000l.
Representation from the [Barons of the] Exchequer in Scotland about Mr. Murray's commission to collect the Bishops' rents. Agreed.
The report from the Commissioners for Hawkers and Pedlars on the case of the buyers of old cloathes. The Duty must be raised [paid] according to law.
Petition of Mr. Ayerst, late Secretary to the Embassy in Holland. To be considered with the rest of the [late] Queen's [Civil List] debts.
The memorial of General Tatton and Col. Robinson about the Guard houses. Referred to the Board of Works.
The petition of Edward Rudge, Bouer Lagarde and others for interest on Port Mahon bills of exchange. The petitioners must apply to Parliament.
Memorial of Lord Molesworth in behalf of Mr. Benjamin Tyres. His Majesty is pleased to grant him a pension of 80l. per an. [payable] per Mr. Clayton.
Memorial of William Powell, huntsman to King William. [My Lords order him] 40l. per an. [payable] per Mr. Clayton and 20l. bounty [to be paid] per Mr. Lowther. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 33.
Oct. 3.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Stanhope, Lord Torrington, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
[My Lords order] Mr. Colby, [one of the] Commissioners for Transports, to provide all things necessary for the transportation of the 200 Wurtembergers and Palatines mentioned in a list transmitted to my Lords by Lord Sunderland pursuant to his Majesty's command and for all such others of the said poor [Palatines &c.] as will go for Holland, [such transport to be] at the easiest and cheapest rates. My Lords direct 10s. per head to be allowed them for their provisions in their voyage and 10s. more to be paid to each of them at their arrival at Rotterdam.
The list and a copy of Lord Sunderland's letter is to be sent to Mr. Colby with these instructions.
[My Lords order] Mr. Lowther to reimburse Mr. Beranger the fees paid by him [Beranger] upon receiving at the Exchequer the amount of the several bills drawn upon him by Mr. Whitworth and Mr. Leathes at the Hague for the maintenance of Baron Gortz during his confinement. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 155.
Oct. 3,
Thursday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
A letter from Mossom Wye praying some bounty from the Treasury Lords. [My Lords order him to be given] 30l. per Mr. Lowther.
The report from the Commissioners for [Taxes and] Hides on Mr. [Jonathan] Smart's [proposed] securities [for his employment as] Receiver [General of the Land Tax anno 1717] for Co. Herts. Prepare a new commission.
The petition of John Drummond, late Commissary for the Trade of the Spanish Netherlands. Referred to the Postmaster General.
Mr. Lovell's proposal relating to packet boats. Referred to the Postmaster General.
The memorial of the Commissioners of the Equivalent. To be stated upon the Act of Parliament.
The report from the Lords of Trade upon the petition of Francis Kenedy. Prepare a sign manual directed to the Governor of Virginia to pay him [Kenedy] 200l. for his expenses in going to Carolina and 50l. as a reward for his services.
Memorial of Robert Hewett. Referred to the Auditor.
Mrs. Parker's letter recommending her son in law Thomas Barnaby for some employment in the Customs. To be considered on a vacancy.
Mr. Lovell's proposal about the packett boats. Referred to the Postmaster General [entry duplicated apparently by oversight]. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 34.
Oct. 9.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Stanhope, Lord Torrington, Mr. Baillie. Mr. Micklethwaite.
Mr. Aislabie [Treasurer of the Navy] comes in and lays before my Lords a memorial for 85,025l. 17s.d. to answer the service of the Navy; whereupon my Lords order 20,000l. in part to be issued out of loans now in the Exchequer on the Duties on Malt anno 1717; and that the remaining 65,025l. 17s.d. be negotiated between the said Mr. Aislabie and the Earl of Lincoln in manner following, viz. 65,025l. 17s.d. is to be issued out of the like loans unto the Earl of Lincoln, who is immediately to pay the same over unto the said Mr. Aislabie upon his transferring to the said Earl in lieu thereof a like sum out of the [annuities] stock that he (Mr. Aislabie) is possessed of for the use of the public in the Bank and upon which there is payable an annuity after the rate of 4 per cent. per an. [under clauses 21 and 22 of the Act 3 Geo. I, c. 7]; the said stock to remain in the hands of the Earl of Lincoln to attend [its application to] such services as my Lords shall direct hereafter.
Memorandum: copies of this minute were given to Mr. Aislabie and Mr. Sloper. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 156.
Oct. 10.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: ut supra.
Mr. Sloper (for the Earl of Lincoln) is called in. He presents a memorial [for money for the Forces] upon which my Lords order as follows:
£s.d.
in further part of 85,000l. voted for Half Pay Officers anno 1717.
for three months' half pay from June 25 last to Sept. 29 last for the Disbanded Officers of the Land Forces and Marines payable by Establishments or warrants
26,613173
Write to the Auditor of the Receipt to send my Lords a certificate [of the money] remaining unsatisfied upon the Low Wine Act which expired on or about 24 June 1714 and the int[erest] due thereupon to the day of the date of his certificate.
And the like certificate for the principal and interest on the Candle [Duty] Act which expired on or about the 1st May 1715. Ibid., p. 157.
Oct. 10.Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of Sir William Moore, bart., praying a pension of 300l. per an. My Lords can advise nothing about this.
Petition of John Peter Nucella and Sebastain Vander Eyken, Dutch chaplains, praying payment of a debt due from the late Queen. To be considered with the rest of the Queen's debts.
Mr. Nicoll's petition for an allowance in his account of tin. To be considered when his final account is brought in.
Petition of Robert Mathews, a buyer of old clothes. Referred to the Commissioners of Hawkers and Pedlars.
Letter from Mr. Buckley about coyners. Referred to the [Principal] Officers of the Mint. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 35.
Oct. 16.Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of Col. Vetch. To be sent to the Board of Ordnance.
Petition of Mr. Burrough, Clerk to the House of Commons, praying some employment in the Customs for his son in law. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Petition of the Commissioners of Salt Duties in Scotland for an allowance for extraordinary trouble in that Duty. Agreed to.
Mr. Colby's letter acquainting the [Treasury] Lords that he has transported the 200 poor foreigners as directed. Read.
Mr. Smith's letter recommending Richard Smith for [employment as] a landwaiter at Appledore. Ordered. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 36.
Oct. 22.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
My Lords, on reading a memorial from the Earl of Lincoln signed by Mr. Sloper for arrears to the Munster and Saxe-Gotha Troops taken into service upon occasion of the late Rebellion, do order that the said arrears amounting to 24,188l. 3s. 10d. as followeth be paid out of the Fond for Annuities at 4 per cent. per an. for the use of the public in the hands of the Treasurer of the Navy: viz.
£s.d.
to complete the pay of the Munster Troops taken into his Majesty's service at the time and upon occasion of the late Rebellion12,444180
for the pay of the Saxe-Gotha Troops taken into his Majesty's service upon the same occasion11,743510
£24,188310
and for negotiating this affair my Lords do likewise order that the sum of 24,188l. 3s. 10d. be immediately issued to the Earl of Lincoln out of the public funds in the Exchequer so as his Lordship may pay over the sum to the Treasurer of the Navy upon his transferring the like sum in the said Fond for Annuities for the uses aforesaid.
Memorandum: copies of this minute were given to Mr. Aislabie [Treasurer of the Navy] and Mr. Sloper.
[Write the] Agents for Taxes to attend to-morrow at 11 o'clock and to bring with them a state of [Robert] Peters' debt [as late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Herts] and what part of his estate is extended or may be extended for payment of it. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 158.
Oct. 22,
Tuesday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of Mr. Este for some employment in the Customs. [My Lords order him] 50l. to be paid per Mr. Lowther.
Letter from Lord Carnarvon [late Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] relating to South [Sea] Stock deposited in his hands to satisfy assignments of offreckonings made [made by several Colonels to Mr. Peters for clothing and re-assigned to others] by Mr. Peters. Read.
Representation from the Customs Commissioners in Scotland about a list of the officers in that revenue, [which list was] directed by the [Treasury] Lords to be made out by them [the said Commissioners]. Read. Vide Minute Book. The Commissioners to send to my Lords an account of the character and abilities of the several officers in that revenue according to their own knowledge of them as also the report made by the inspectors.
Lord Sunderland's letter enclosing Capt. Hanmer's memorial praying a reward for attending Count Gyllenborgh. To be brought in when Lord Stanhope comes to the Board.
Mr. Conway's petition to be [appointed] Receiver [General of Taxes for the counties] of Merioneth, Anglesea and Carnarvon. [My Lords decide] to speak about this to-morrow.
Memorial of James Jefferys [praying] to be put on the Establishment of Ireland for 10s. a day. Referred to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
Memorial of William Muire, junr., Esq., of Cladwell, for the payment of his pension of 200l. per an. out of the rents and Duties of the Earldom of Ross in Scotland. Prepare a letter to the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland inclosing this petition [and] desiring them if they find the allegations true, to pay the sum demanded according to the privy seal.
Letter from an officer in his Majesty's Yard at Deptford [praying] to be excused from paying taxes. Referred to the Agents for Taxes.
The Customs Commissioners' report on the petition of Keneth Gordon to be collector of Philadelphia. Agreed.
Mr. Shirs' petition to the King and the order of reference [by the Privy Council, thereof] to the Treasury Lords. Mr. Powys to prepare a report to be made to the King, taking notice that when the principal and interest upon the loans on tin is paid off this is proper to be considered among the rest. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 37.
Oct. 23.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
The Commissioners for Taxes attending are called in and a certificate is read of money paid into the Exchequer upon the sixteenth 4s. Aid inno 1716 with an account of the arrears standing out in the country and the remains in the hands of the respective Receivers. My Lords upon considering the same are pleased to direct the [Taxes] Commissioners to prepare the following letters and to lay the same before my Lords for their approbation: viz.
to the [Assessment] Commissioners for Land Tax for Co. Surrey to acquaint my Lords with the reason why so great an arrear as 16,586l. is standing out in the country uncollected.
a like letter to Archibald Douglass, Receiver [of said Aid] for Scotland, to certify my Lords the reason why so great an arrear as 14,954l. remains in his hands and [in] the country; as also to send my Lords an account of the money paid by him out of the public money in his hands for arms brought in by the several Clans pursuant to an Act of Parliament [1 Geo. I, st. 2, c. 20] in that behalf.
The [Taxes] Commissioners' report relating to Peters' debt is read, Mr. Turner (agent for Sir Biby Lake) being present. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 159.
Oct. 23,
Wednesday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of Samuel Elisha of Shrewsbury, gent. Referred to Mr. Cracherode.
The Commissioners of Taxes' report on Mr. Peters' debt. Read.
The King's warrant for a grant of 4,000l. per an. to Prince Charles of Denmark. To be transcribed without alteration for the King's hand [signature].
Petition of Rebecca Paulden, widow. Referred to Mr. Cholmley.
Petition of Monsieur van Loone for a debt due to his father from King William. There is no money in the Exchequer [of the Civil List arrears] of the revenue of King William and when there is my Lords cannot dispose of it to one person.
Petition of Charles Palmer for some reward for service done to the Crown. He may apply when the King's Bounty is distributed at Xmas.
An affidavit relating to Mr. Jowles. To be laid up with the rest of his papers.
The report of the Commissioners of [the Customs in] Scotland on Basset Eade's petition. [My Lords order him] to be made one of the first [vacant] tidesurveyors when vacant.
A letter from the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance for repayment of their taxes. To be laid before the King.
Report [from the Customs Commissioners] on the petition of Casper Feching (Feeching) about three pieces of Holland [linen] seized. My Lords are of the same opinion with the Commissioners.
A letter from John Harrison to the Lords of the Treasury. [My Lords order the] Commissioners of the Customs to examine into the matters mentioned and report the same to my Lords.
The petition of William Hatton of East Moulsey, Co. Surrey. Referred to the Board of Works.
The report from the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland about the Earl of Marchmont. Prepare a warrant to be laid before the King. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 38.
Oct. 25.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
The Navy Treasurer is called in and upon reading his memorial [for money for the Navy and Victualling] my Lords direct issues as follows to the Navy Treasurer: viz.
£
to the head of Wear and Tear.
for paying bills of exchange and imprests
3,000
to the head of Victualling.
for Necessary Money and Short Beer Money to the pursers of ships and for other charges of the [Victualling] Office
4,500
£7,500
which sum my Lords are pleased to direct out of money remaining in the hands of the Navy Treasurer arisen by sale of Reversionary Annuities.
N.B. A letter to Mr. Aislabie [Treasurer of the Navy] is signed by Mr. Lowndes 31 Oct.
Mr. Sloper for the Earl of Lincoln [Paymaster of the Forces] presents a memorial for [money for] subsistence &c. to the Forces, upon which my Lords are pleased to order issues to the said Earl as followeth:
£s.d.
in further part of 959,943l. 1s. 10½d. voted for Guards, Garrisons &c. anno 1717.
for one month's subsistence from Oct. 25 inst. to Nov. 24 next to the Regiments, Troops and Companies provided for in this sum (exclusive of those transferred to Ireland or broken)
45,66629
in further part of 57,029l. 14s. 7d. voted for Forces and Garrisons in Minorca anno 1717.
for two months' subsistence from Oct. 25 inst. to Dec. 24 next to the four Regiments provided for in this sum
6,31816
to complete the allowance for Contingencies to the same time5841311
in further part of 37,192l. 14s.d. voted for the Forces and Garrison at Gibraltar anno 1717.
for the same two months' subsistence to the three Regiments provided for in this sum
4,32143
to complete one year's Contingencies to the same time341911
in further part of 34,742l. 14s. 2d. voted for Forces in the Plantations anno 1717.
for subsistence for one month from Oct. 25 inst. to Nov. 24 next to the Regiment and Independent Companies provided for in this sum
2,16258
£59,393180
towards which my Lords direct the sum of 51,393l. 18s. 0d. to be issued to the Earl of Lincoln out of loans on Malt anno 1717 remaining in the Exchequer, and the [remaining] sum of 8,000l. [to be issued to him] by annuities of 4 per cent. Memorandum: a letter [of direction to the Exchequer] signed by Mr. Lowndes accordingly 31 Oct. 1717.
Treasury Minute Book XXIII, pp. 160–1. Disposition Book XXIV, pp. 34–5.
Oct. 25,
Friday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of Robert King praying that prosecution against him may be stopped in relation to Mr. Peters' debt to the Crown. Referred to the Attorney General.
A representation from the Commissioners for Stamp Duties for an additional allowance of 50l. per an. for their secretary Mr. Mowbray. Agreed to.
Mr. Payne's representation to the Lords of the Treasury with the Excise Commissioners' report [thereon]. Read. My Lords have read again the report of the Commissioners of Excise and this replication and do concur in opinion with the Commissioners and therefore cannot advise the King to remit this money, which is appropriated by several Acts of Parliament.
The petition of Capt. John Key for a pension. The petition and reference to be translated into French [for the King's perusal] and [the petitioner] to be recommended to the King for a pension of 100l. per an.
Memorial of William Tipton. The Comptrollers of Army Accounts to examine into his allegations and make a report to my Lords.
Mr. Lucas, the coachman's, bill for carrying Count Gyllenborg. To be paid. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 39.
Oct. 29,
Tuesday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of Samuel Thomson, Consul at Algier. To be considered after the principal and interest on loans on tin are paid off.
The Customs Commissioners' presentment for a Regulation of the tidesmen at Bristol. Agreed to.
The report of Henry Harcourt, Comptroller of the Two Million Adventure. Referred to the Attorney General.
Mr. Medlycott, petition as Commissary of Stores. [My Lords desire the Commissioners for Stating Army Debts to inspect the accounts of the Forces mentioned by him and to see what justice has been done to the Crown in respect of money advanced upon account of pay; and to give my Lords their opinion what is just and reasonable to be done therein.
The Salt Commissioners' report on Mr. Symmer's petition. The petitioner may apply to Parliament. My Lords can give no other relief than ordinary [viz., by ordering] process to be stopped to the end of Hilary term next.
The Customs Commissioners' report on the petition of Robert Knapton [who prays] to succeed Mr. Stephens. Agreed.
The petition of Gilbert Pepper. My Lords can do nothing in it.
The memorial from the Commissioners of the Equivalent. See if there be any arrears of the year 1716 to pay the Commissioners to the 2nd July 1717 and, if there be any, send to the Attorney General for his opinion on point of law for the application thereof.
John Evans' petition praying some recompense for his sufferings. Mr. Cracherode to inform himself of the facts he [Evans] alleges in his petition.
Petition of Mr. Cracherode for his fees and expenses in attending Lord Oxford's trial. Referred to the Attorney General.
A letter from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland about trees cut in New Forest by the Woodward. Referred to the Surveyor [General] of Woods.
A letter from Mr. Young about trees felled in Cranbourne Chase in Windsor Forest. Read. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 40.
Oct. 30.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
[My Lords order the] Treasurer of the Ordnance to dispose of the sum of 38,496l. 18s. 2d. [standing in the form of] Annuities at 4 per cent. remaining in his hands [and when he has raised money thereon my Lords order the proceeds] to be applied to the Course of his [the Ordnance] Office. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 162.
Oct. 31.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
My Lords direct 150l. to be paid to Benjamin Joules, by Mr. Lowther, for the clay that was taken out of his pit upon his dry land at Hampshaw, near Portsmouth, he acknowledging in his acquittance that the clay which hath or shall be taken from under the soft ooze is the King's right and that he disclaims all future pretensions thereto.
[My Lords order] William Jennings to be a patent searcher in the port of London in the room of his father.
Write to the several Offices to prepare their Estimates to be laid before the House of Commons for the service of their respective Offices [Departments].
[My Lords order] Mrs. Thomas and Charles Wilkinson to be appointed Receiver for the Land Tax and Duties on Houses for Cos. York and Durham upon [condition of] their proposing their securities to the Taxes Commissioners and the approving thereof by the said Commissioners. Ibid., p. 163.
Oct. 31,
Thursday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
The petition of John Pigg [praying] to be restored to his employment. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Mr. Bamber's petition about diamonds seized. Ordered.
The petition of William Pitt, Keeper of Newgate [Gaol]. My Lords do not think reasonable to make any of the allowances craved and do therefore reject this petition.
A letter from the Duke of Norfolk about the office of Garter King at Arms. [Refer] to the Attorney General for a copy of this warrant.
A memorial from the Commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland about the state of the Aulnage Duties. Read.
The report from the Commissioners of Hawkers and Pedlars about bone lace makers. My Lords direct a warrant that neither the Commissioners nor their solicitors shall suffer any process to go out against these people till the next Session of Parliament.
Petition of the widow Briggins (Biggins) for a lease of some old houses in the Savoy. Referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands].
Petition of Mr. Horspole [praying] that a landwaiter in the Customs may [have my Lords' consent for to] resign to him. Referred to the Customs Commissioners. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 41.