Treasury Minutes
January 1718, 2-31

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'Treasury Minutes: January 1718, 2-31', Calendar of Treasury books, Volume 32: 1718 (1962), pp. 1-10. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=85511 Date accessed: 30 October 2014.


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January 1718, 2–31

1717–18.
Jan. 2.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Stanhope, Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Micklethwaite.
[Write to the] Attorney General to attend on Thursday morning next.
[Write] to the Commissioners of the Navy to certify how much of the 200,000l. voted the last year for extra repairs hath been applied to that service.
[My Lords direct] 20,000l. [in] Land Tax tallies anno 1718 to be made out with interest at 3 per cent. to be issued to Mr. Aislabie, Treasurer of the Navy, to redeem the like sum in Land Tax tallies anno 1717 at 4 per cent. interest: [the said 3 per cent. interest on the said new tallies] to commence from the day of the date of the tallies.
Mr. Aislabie will send a memorial with the several particulars of his demand to-morrow. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 183.
Jan. 2.Entry of Petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Mr. Methuen and Mr. Rogers [their] account of the proceedings against Richard Row in a fraud of the Leather Duty.
Referred to the Commissioners of Hides &c. to report their opinion as soon as possible. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 71.
Jan. 3.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Minutes.
Present:
Lord Stanhope, Lord Torrington, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
Issue to the Cofferer [of the Household] 2,300l. to answer bills of exchange drawn from France for wine bought there.
Mr. Sloper presents the following memorial which my Lords direct [to be issued] out of loans remaining in the Exchequer:
£s.d.
in part of 650,000l. voted for Guards and Garrisons anno 1718.
for one month's subsistence and upon account of pay to the Forces from 25 Dec. 1717
48,940105
in part of 35,766l. 5s. 0d. voted for the Forces and Garrisons in the Plantations anno 1718.
for the same month's subsistence and upon account of pay to the Regiments and Independent Companies in America
3,17748
£52,117151
Jan. 3.The Treasurer of the Navy comes in and presents the following memorial for several Naval and Victualling services: [which my Lords order] to be supplied and paid in the manner hereunder detailed: viz.
£s.d.
by money received at the Exchequer of loans on the Land Tax anno 17179,317510½
of loans on the Duty on Malt anno 171716,00000
of loans on the Land Tax anno 17182,00031
by loans to be made by [the Navy Treasurer] himself on credit of the Land Tax anno 1718: [the orders of repayment for said loans to be issued] without interest120,00000
£147,317811½
[the abovesaid moneys are by my Lords directed to be applied to] the services [following]:
£s.d.
to the head of Wages.
for paying off several of his Majesty's ships ordered to be laid up
50,00000
for bills of exchange on account of Sick and Hurt Seamen1,1471811
51,1741811
on the head of Ordinary.
for salaries to the Lords of the Admiralty and other officers [of the Admiralty and Navy Offices] due at Xmas 1717
8,00000
towards paying the Yards Xmas quarter 1716 and Lady day quarter 1717:
in part of 91,356l.
26,92300
for half pay due to the Sea Officers at Xmas last30,00000
64,92300
to the head of Wear and Tear.
for paying imprest[s] and bills of exchange
2,00000
for answering Exchequer fees and other disbursements of the [Navy] Treasurer's Office2,4880
4,4880
to the head of Victualling.
for paying Necessary Money and Contingencies of that [Victualling] Office
3,00000
for bills of exchange3,73191
6,731911
to repay money borrowed at 4 per cent. interest on a deposit of tallies and orders on Land Tax anno 171620,00000
total£147,3178
N.B.—This 20,000l. is to go in part of the provision of the Navy for the year 1718.
Their Lordships also direct that the sum of 200,000l. remaining in the [Navy] Treasurer's hands in 4 per cent. Annuities, with the interest due thereupon from the dates of the tallies of sol be applied and paid by him in manner following: viz.
£s.d.
to the head of Wear and Tear.
for the new Course of the Navy for the months of Jan., Feb., Mar., April, May and June 1717
83,40000
to the head of Victualling.
for the new Course of that Office for the same six months
65,51811
for the South Sea Company to make good the Deficiency of their fond for the quarter ended at Xmas 171751,0818
£200,00000
making a total of 347,317l. 8s. 11½d Treasury Minute Book XXIII, pp. 184–5.
Jan. 3.Entry of Petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
[By a clerical slip this day's entries are dated 1717 Dec. 3.]
The Commissioners for Trade [their] representation [is read] on a draft of a warrant for new settlements in Nova Scotia; with the Attorney General's report. [Ordered by my Lords] to be translated into French.
Memorial [from the] Earl of Carlisle. Referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands].
Mr. Goddard's petition. Referred to the Commissioners of Stamp Duties who are to report their opinion as soon as possible. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 72.
Jan. 8,
Wednesday.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Minutes.
Present:
Lord Stanhope, Lord Torrington, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
Prepare a warrant for 100l. [as royal] bounty to Constantine de Renneville. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 186.
Jan. 8.Entry of Petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
[My Lords read a] memorial of Sir Mathew Decker proposing to deliver bills of exchange for 200m. [200 thousand florins] and to lend the same at 2½ per cent. on [security of the] Land Tax anno 1718. The money for the Emperor is to be paid to his Minister here.
[My Lords read a] letter from Lord Sunderland for the usual allowance of the hogshead of wine to be imported, Customs free, for the Resident of the Czar of Muscovy. The Commissioners of the Customs to give directions for allowances of this kind themselves without directions from this [Treasury] Board.
[My Lords read a] letter from several merchants, owners of sundry Canada [Expedition] bills. Referred to Lord Carnarvon and my Lords desire his answer as soon as possible.
[My Lords read the] report from the Master and Comptroller of the Mint upon the Representation of the Agents for [the King's] tin. When the directions mentioned are complied with and when by the account it appears to my Lords what more moneys will be necessary they will give orders accordingly.
[My Lords examine] Lord Chetwynd's bill for keeping the Mall in St. James's Park. See if this bill agrees with the last.
[My Lords read a] letter from one of the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland about the 10,000l. issued to the Duke of Argyll in 1715 by his Majesty's warrant. Mr. Sloper to exchange 10,000l. out of Four per cent. Annuities [in his hands] into money. Prepare a sign manual [for him] to pay the same over to the Commissioners of Excise in Scotland to replace the like sum paid to the Duke of Argyll by him pursuant to a warrant in that behalf: and care is to be taken in the said sign manual that the Duke of Argyll is to be charged with [same in order to his rendering] an account of the expenditure of the same. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 73.
Jan. 9,
Thursday.
Entry of Petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of David Ellis. Read.
Petition of Mrs. Aldworth. Referred to Mr. Auditor Jett. Ibid., p. 74.
Jan. 10.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite. [Write] to the Commissioners of the Navy for a state of the debt of the Navy as it stood at Xmas last, deducting all the moneys which before this day have been furnished [or directed by my Lords] and do now remain in the [Navy] Treasurer's hands. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 187.
Jan. 10,
Friday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Memorial of Col. Robert Munro. Write to the Secretary at War [with directions] for paying the sum out of [Army] Contingencies.
Memorial of Mr. Walpole as Auditor of the Plantations. My Lords will appoint an officer and [do] direct the [said] Auditor to propose what allowance by poundage or otherwise is fit to be made.
Report from the Commissioners of Hackney Coaches on the petition of Elizabeth Drew and others. My Lords find the petitions to be groundless and do therefore reject the same.
Memorial of Thomas Moore, Esq., late Paymaster General. [My Lords order] this to be done in the [same] manner as Lord Carnarvon's.
Petition of John Pashley and Eliz[abeth] his wife. Referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands].
Petition of Joseph Barret. Referred to same.
Petition of Eliz[abeth] Nicholls. Referred to same.
Petition of Richard Tregoning. Referred to same.
Petition of Joseph Grace. Referred to the Commissioners of Taxes.
Petition of John Tomlinson. Referred to Auditor Jett.
Petition of John Colton, Esq. Referred to same. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 75.
Jan. 11.Entry of Appointments.
Sir Isaac Newton to attend on Monday morning next.
Same of the Directors of the East India Company to attend at the same time about taking off some of the tin now remaining in the Tower. Appointment Book T 64/4, p. 94.
Jan. 13,
Monday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
[My Lords read a] letter from the East India Company [and order them] to attend on Thursday.
The petition of Thomas Ingoldesby, Esq. Referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands].
[My Lords read a] letter from the Secretary at War about Colonels Dubourgay's and Pocock's [their regiments'] clothing. [Referred] to the Commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland to make report. Ibid., p. 76.
Jan. 14.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury minutes.
Present:
Lord Stanhope, Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
[My Lords direct the] Treasurer of the Navy to dispose of 87 Bank Four per cent. Annuities at the current price. An account of the disposal of them to be laid before my Lords for their further directions. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 188.
Jan. 14.Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
The memorial of the Earl of Hyndford. Referred to the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland.
The Secretary at War's report on Woodes Rogers' petition. Ordered.
Letters from the Commissioners of Excise in Scotland for replacing 10,000l. paid to the Duke of Argyll. Mr. Sloper to attend to-morrow: vide Minute Book [see infra, p. 6].
Mr. Beranger's proposal for remittances to Gibraltar and Port Mahon. My Lords agree to this proposal.
The Lord Chamberlain's letter about Count Guicciardi's executors. Prepare a warrant.
The petition of James Miller, Quarter Master. Referred to Mr. Cracherode.
Mr. Negus' letter for [money for the] Contingencies of the Stables. Ordered.
The memorial of the Earl of Lauderdale. To be brought in when Sir Isaac Newton is here.
The memorial of Thomas Barrington to have Mr. Dale's employment in the Customs. There having been reports in 1702 and 1716 in Dale's case against the practice [of reversionary grants of office] my Lords reject this petition.
Mr. Popple's letter about a claim of Col. Codrington's in St. Christopher. [My Lords order] Mr. Cracherode to attend the Lords of Trade accordingly.
The petition of Anto[ny] Nott for a lease of houses in the Savoy. My Lords have resolved to cause the houses in the Savoy to be repaired out of the money in the Exchequer arisen by that revenue and not to grant a lease or leases of any of the said houses to any person whatsoever till they are so repaired.
The draft of a [charter of] gift to Mr. Houston. Referred to the Barons of the Exchequer [in Scotland].
The memorial of Joseph Shaw, Esq. Referred to the Comptrollers of the Army Accounts to examine the nature of the within [therein] mentioned claim of 6,737l.
The petition of William Delarose. [Referred] to the Commissioners of Excise to send my Lords a state of this matter with their opinion. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 77.
Jan. 15.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall
Minutes.
Present
: Lord Stanhope, Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners that they will inform themselves of the character of the Collector of Exeter [port] both as to his principles in relation to the Government and his behaviour in the execution of his office: and to send an account thereof to my Lords.
[Write to] Mr. Cracherode to attend when the Attorney General is here about the prosecution of the persons concerned in the frauds in Chelsea Hospital.
[Write] to Lord Lincoln [the Paymaster General of the Forces] to acquaint the Commissioners of Excise in Scotland that the like sum of 10,000l. which was advanced by them to the Duke of Argyll is now in his [the said Paymaster's] hands to be refunded to them to make good their account, upon their delivering to his Lordship the Duke's note to [enable the said Paymaster in his own accounts to] charge his Grace with the said sum. The [Excise] Commissioners to signify to Lord Lincoln the means by which they would have the said 10,000l. remitted to them. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 189.
Jan. 17.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Minutes.
Present: ut supra.

My Lords read the following memorial of Mr. Sloper [on behalf of the Earl of Lincoln, Paymaster of the Forces, for issues as follows] and [do] direct [the issues thereof] out of loans on Land Tax anno 1718 remaining in the Exchequer: viz.
£s.d.
in part of 57,613l. 14s. 7d. voted for the Forces and Garrison in Minorca anno 1718.
for two months' subsistence from Dec. 25 last to Feb. 23 next to the Forces provided for in this sum
9,24856
for Contingencies for the same time353160
in part of 39,382l. 14s.d. voted for the Forces and Garrison in Gibraltar anno 1718.
for the same two months' subsistence to the Forces provided for in this sum
6,39683
for Contingencies for the same time16723
£16,165120
A memorial from Mr. Beranger dated the 14th inst. is at the same time read and agreed to: [to wit as follows]:
The humble proposal of Moses Beranger: that he will furnish his bills for the subsistence of his Majesty's Garrisons and Forces at Gibraltar and Port Mahon for the undermentioned sums viz. 300l. for Port Mahon at sight at 54½ pence [sterling] per piece of Eight: and 1,500l. for Gibraltaat 54 pence [sterling] per piece of Eight: the value of both sums to be paid in gold at both places.
Ibid., p. 190.
Jan. 20.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Minutes.
Present: ut supra.

Lord Stanhope comes in and signifies his Majesty's pleasure that warrants be prepared for the following pensions: viz.:
Lord Tankerville, 700l. per an. additional salary as Lord Chief Justice in Eyre: to commence from —
Lord Delaware, 1,200l. per an.: to commence from —
Mr. Coke, 1,000l. per an.
Lord Suffolk, 1,200l. per an.
Ibid., p. 191.
Jan. 20.Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of William Gard. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The Bishop of London's letter for 20l. to Alexander Deucher. Prepare a warrant.
Lord Cobham's memorial for red deer in Windsor Forest. Referred to the Surveyor [General] of Woods, who is to make an estimate of the charge desired in the memorial and return the same with all possible speed.
Petition of Monsieur Pettecum. Referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
Report from the Board of Works upon Mr. Hatton's memorial. My Lords agree to give the petitioner 30l. by [the hands of] Mr. Lowther in considetation of the damage done [to] his land in taking up the drains which carry water to Hampton Court: the receipt to be given in full of all demands.
The Customs Commissioners' report on the petition of John Horspole. My Lords agree to the report. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 78.
Jan. 22,
Wednesday, forenoon.
Appointments.
The Auditors of Imprests to attend between 10 and 11 of the clock. Appointment Book T 64/4, p. 95.
Jan. 23.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Minutes.
Present:
Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
Prepare a warrant for 250l. to Mr. Holsendorf [secretary to Ambassador Stanhope] to defray the charge of his journey from Madrid to England and from hence back again.
[Write] to the Commissioners of Customs to hasten their report on Mr. Offley's petition.
My Lords agree that Mr. Pit be an underclerk [in the Treasury Office] upon the vacancy made by the death of Mr. Glanvill and the promotion of Mr. Lowndes, junr., in his [Glanvill's] room.
Prepare the proper warrant for coining quarter guineas: [to be] directed to the Master and Worker of the Mint.
Prepare a warrant for 2,500l. [for] Secret Services.
[Ditto for] 5,000l. for the Privy Purse. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 192.
Jan. 24.Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of Mr. Collins to be Collector of Dartmouth. Agreed to.
Petition of John Etheridge. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The Commissioners for examining and determining the Debts due to the Army, [their] report to his Majesty on Mrs. Coatsworth's demand for Dunkirk and Newport Hospitals. [Send] to the Auditors of Imprests to prepare a sign manual. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 79.
Jan. 25.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Minutes.
Present:
Lord Stanhope, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
Prepare a warrant for 1,050l. to Lord Fitz-Walter as of his Majesty's royal bounty.
[The like for] Frederick Smith for 300l. [as of his Majesty's royal] bounty.
Sir Mathew Decker makes a proposal to lend 50,000l. on the Land Tax at 3 per cent.: which my Lords agree to. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 193.
Jan. 25.Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Letter from Mr. Auditor Walpole about the forfeiture of a ship in Virginia. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Memorial of Hugh Sutherland. [My Lords order him] to be recommended to the Commissioners of Customs in Scotland.
Memorial of Sir Mathew Decker about regulating the exchange from the Duke of Brunswick Luneburg. Referred to Mr. Sloper.
Baron Bothmar's letter for 300l. bounty to Mr. Smith. Prepare a warrant.
Sir William Humphrey's [letter] recommending Mr. Stephenson to be riding officer at Berwick. Ordered, when the presentment comes up.
Mr. Walpole's memorial as Auditor of the Plantations: brought back by Mr. Walpole. My Lords will further consider it. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 80.
Jan. 28.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Minutes.
Present:
Lord Stanhope, Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
The Agents for Taxes come in and lay before my Lords an account of the number of guineas in the hands of the several Receivers [General], Collectors &c. of the Taxes and Duties under their management at the time of issuing his Majesty's Royal Proclamation [of 22 Dec. 1717 re guineas], together with an account how much the allowance of 6d. in each guinea doth amount to.
£s.d.
Collectors of the Duties on hides5918
Receivers General4404
Receivers of Taxes in Whitehall &c.81100
£581126
My Lords sign Mr. Stone's constitution and resolve that for auditing the accounts now committed to his care he shall have the same allowance for each year as was allowed to the Auditors of Imprests for the same accounts.
The following memorial from the Earl of Lincoln [for money for the Forces] is read and agreed to [and issues are ordered accordingly as follows]: viz.
£s.d.
in part of 650,000l. voted for Guards and Garrisons anno 1718.
for one month's subsistence and upon account of pay to the Forces from Jan. 24 inst. to Feb. 23 next
50,196134
in further part of 35,766l. 3s. 0d.voted for the Forces and Garrisons in the Plantations anno 1718.
for the same month's subsistence and upon account of pay to the Regiments and Independent Companies in America
3,24794
£53,44428
which sum my Lords direct [to be issued] out of loans on Land Tax 1718 remaining in the Exchequer: and a letter [of direction] is signed by Mr. Lowndes accordingly. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 194.
Jan. 28.Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
The Surveyor [General of Crown Lands his] report on Mr. Ingoldesby's petition. Agreed to.
Petition of Seymour Stillingfleet. Referred to the Commissioners of Hackney Coaches.
The Earl of Lincoln's memorial for 53,444l. 2s. 8d. for Guards, Garrisons &c. Ordered out of money remaining in the Exchequer of loans on Land Tax.
The Barons of the Exchequer [Scotland their] report on the Earl of Northesk's petition. Prepare a sign manual.
Petition of Thomas Batchelor. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The Earl of Suffolk's memorial. Prepare a warrant for 1,500l. in full of all the memorialist's demands.
Mr. Lewis's letter recommending Mr. Williams for an employment in the Customs. Agreed to.
The Duke of Kent desires that my Lord Stanhope will be pleased to give Mr. Cracherode orders to exert [assert] the King's right in the preferments given to Dr. Grey at Chichester, the Chapter having elected another person and declared they will defend themselves in so doing. Ordered.
The Surveyor General [of Crown Lands his] report on Mr. Dunch's petition. Ordered.
Mr. Gidderdale's letter to Lord Stanhope. [My Lords order him] 100l. per [by the hands of] Mr. Lowther.
Mr. Hudson's petition that Mr. Bugbard may be his deputy. Agreed if the Commissioners of Customs have no objection.
The Commissioners for [Duties on] Hides [their] representation about guineas. Read, the Commissioners being present.
The Lord Lieutenant's report in behalf of Courcy Ireland for a pension of 50l. per an. Prepare a sign manual.
Ralph Fell recommended by Mr. Liddell to be riding officer at Hexham. Agreed to.
Petition of Jackman Morse. Referred to the Auditor.
Mr. Colby's letter about the Transport Office. Mr. Colby to send an authentic certificate of this and all [other] arrears with the particulars thereof, whereupon my Lords intend to direct the Navy Commissioners to make out perfect bills to the Treasurer of the Navy for payment thereof. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 81.
Jan. 29.Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Report from the Commissioners of Stamp Duties on Mr. Cardonell's petition. Agreed to.
Mr. Hutchinson's petition to be a watchman on a vacancy. Agreed to.
The Navy Treasurer's memorial for 38l. 5s. 6d. for loss by guineas. Agreed to.
Ditto for 219l. 3s. 0d. for ditto. Agreed to. Ibid., p. 82.
Jan. 31.Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Mr. Missing's contract for victualling Gibraltar. Mr. Slooper to attend to-morrow morning to make an answer to this letter.
Copy of oaths to be taken by Mr. Horspoole. Send this to the Customs Commissioners desiring them to intimate to their Lordships whether this oath proposed to be taken by both parties be the usual oath upon such occasions.
Petition of Joseph Marte, Esq. My Lords can do nothing in this case.
Representation of the Governors of the Bounty of Queen Anne for maintenance of the poor clergy, desiring that Edward Barker, Esq., their Treasurer, may be Receiver of that revenue. Agreed to.
Thomas Gill, petition to be a tidesman. Prepare a warrant.
Customs Commissioners' report acquainting the Lords that Monsieur Petcum's silk seized is under condemnation and [that the prosecution] ought to go on. My Lords are of the same opinion.
Letter from John Arnold, Customs House officer, acquainting the [Treasury] Lords that he has seized 40,000 ounces of foreign silver. [Send this] to the Customs Commissioners.
Auditor Harley's report on Mr. Conduit's account &c. [Referred to the] Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army to examine this state and to return the same to their Lordships with such observations as they think proper.
Petition of John Rotheram. Referred to the Customs Commissioners. Ibid., p. 83.