Treasury Minutes
April 1718, 1-30

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'Treasury Minutes: April 1718, 1-30', Calendar of Treasury books, Volume 32: 1718 (1962), pp. 31-48. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=85514 Date accessed: 23 July 2014.


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April 1718, 1–30

April 1.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. [Aislabie], Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
Mr. Lancelot Burton and Mr. Samuell Edwards are called in. They present their appointments from Lord Torrington and Lord Onslow, two of the Four Tellers of the [Receipt of the] Exchequer, to be their First Clerks (Deputy Tellers).
My Lords approve of them and administer to them the oath prescribed for the better observation of the ancient Course of the Exchequer, which is done accordingly.
The Commissioners for Forfeitures are called in. They lay before my Lords a state of what hath been issued to them upon account of their salaries and those of their inferior officers and what remains due to them upon those several heads.
Issue to the [said] Commissioners or their agents the sum of 3,653l. 19s. 3d. now in the Exchequer arisen by Forfeitures: to be applied towards paying the salaries of inferior officers and incident charges.
The hearing between Lord Carlisle and the heirs of Dacres about lands at Lanercost in Co. Cumberland is put off till Thursday se'night.
The Treasurer of the Navy's memorial is again considered [and my Lords directed issues as follows thereon]:
£
ordered on the head of Wages.
for paying turned-over men and laying up the Bedford galley
6,000
for imprests, for manning the Fleet1,000
£7,000
Their Lordships direct this to be issued to the Treasurer of the Navy out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1718 now remaining in the Exchequer. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 8.
April 1.Entry of petitions, memorials, warrants &c. this day read.
Memorial of John Pratt, Deputy Vice Treasurer of Ireland. A copy of this to be sent to Mr. Merrill. (Delivered to Mr. P.)
Memorial of John Harding, Deputy Remembrancer [in the Exchequer Court], about Mr. Fern's bonds in his hands. The Customs Commissioners to re-examine this affair. (Delivered ut supra.)
Memorial of John George Hugk about Prince Charles of Denmark's pension. One year to be paid. (Delivered to Mr. T.)
[Memorial from the] Bishop of Sarum for half a year's salary for the Poor Knights of Windsor. Ordered. (Delivered ut supra.)
Report of Mr. Craggs upon the petition of John Hudson. The petitioner may apply to the Commissioners for Army Debts. (Delivered ut supra.)
Letter from Mr. Burchett for a privy seal for salaries to the Lords of the Admiralty. Prepare a warrant. (Delivered ut supra.)
An accompt [from the Jewel Office] of the several indentures for plate delivered out of the Jewel Office. To be again considered.
A General State of the Contingent Expense of the Stables. To be again considered on Wednesday.
Letter from the Earl of Halifax desiring [that] a friend of his lordship's may succeed Mr. Newton, Woodward of Salcey Forest, in case of his death. Agreed to. (Delivered ut supra.)
Letter from Mr. Carkesse about John Burridge, junr. The [Customs] Commissioners to take care that process issue against him to secure and levy the King's debt effectually. (Delivered to Mr. P.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 117.
April 2.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. [Aislabie], Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
The Commissioners of Taxes attending according to order are called in. They lay before my Lords a certificate of the receipts and payments of the Receivers of the Land Tax and Duties on Houses.
[My Lords direct the said] Commissioners to write to the several Receivers [General] to hasten their payments and to send them a state of their receipts and payments, which the Commissioners are to lay before my Lords on this day month, as they [the said accounts] shall then stand.
[My Lords direct] an authentic account to be made out by the [said] Commissioners of the amount of the sixpences [allowance] lately reduced in the guineas which were in the hands of any of the Receivers [of Taxes] at the time of the reduction [of guineas]: upon which my Lords will order a warrant for allowing them upon the proper accounts.
The Commissioners will make up as perfect a state as they can of what money hath been advanced out of the Land Tax in Scotland for arms for the defence of that kingdom.
Prepare a warrant for paying Mr. Cholmley's salary as Surveyor General of Crown Lands.
The Directors of the East India Company are called in and congratulate my Lords upon their accession to their office and desire their favour and protection. Treasury Minute Booh XXIV, p. 9.
April 2.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
Representation from the Taxes Commissioners [is read]; with an account relating to guineas. An authentic account [is] to be laid before their Lordships of what sum of money these sixpences will amount unto; and thereupon a warrant [is to be directed] to the Auditor [of Imprests] to allow the same upon the proper [the respective relative] accounts. (Delivered to the hands of L.)
The Taxes Commissioners' report [is read] on the petition of Mr. Gace, Receiver [General of Taxes for Co.] Lincoln, for [adjustment of] an overpayment, Agreed to. (Delivered ut supra.)
The Commissioners for Forfeitures [in Ireland, their memorial is read] desiring [that] the two y[ears'] rent of the Butlerage and Prizage [of wines in Ireland] granted to the late Duke of Ormonde and now in the hands of the Vice Treasurer of Ireland [may] be paid into the Exchequer of England. Refer to the Attorney and Solicitor General [of England] to consider this case. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
Mr. Auditor Godolphin's report [is read] upon Mr. Whittingham's petition for [his payments for] recruits. The Earl of Carnarvon [late Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad is] to certify my Lords if allowance hath been made of these sums in their regimental accompts and whether he has money in his hands to be applied to the Receivers' accompts. (Delivered ut supra.)
Representation about uniting the Duties on hides &c. Respited. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. L.)
Memorial of Sir Cha. Farnaby, Cashier of the Duties on hides &c., for allowances. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners. (Delivered ut supra.)
Memorial of same for additional salaries to his three clerks. Referred ut supra. (Delivered ut supra.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 118.
April 3.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
Mr. Lowndes (by my Lords' order) signs a letter to the Commissioners for Forfeitures enclosing a report of Mr. Cracherode upon the memorial of Mr. Harcourt, Secondary of the Court of King's Bench, for the sum of 87l. 10s. 0d. for services performed by him upon a precept of the said Commissioners; which sum my Lords are of opinion ought to be paid out of the money imprested to them for incident charges relating to the said Commission.
[Desire] Sir Isaac Newton to attend my Lords on Tuesday morning next to give my Lords an account of the progress made in coyning copper money and to acquaint my Lords what preparations are made in order to coin quarter guineas according to my Lords' directions some time since.
[Direct] Mr. Cracherode to attend my Lords on Tuesday with a state of the prosecutions against those concerned in the frauds in Chelsea Hospital.
Lord Sunderland signifies his Majesty's pleasure that Walter Mitchel (Mitchell) of Alderstone, junr., be appointed Counter Warden of the Mint in Scotland in the room of Mr. Sheilds. Prepare a warrant accordingly. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 10.
April 3.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
The memorial of John Higgins, with certificates. [He is] to be landwaiter in the room of Benjamin Stead at Minehead. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.)
The memorial of the Commissioners of the Equivalent. Respited. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. K.)
The memorial of Edward Hooper, Master Keeper of Ashley Lodge in New Forest. Look out the former order for repairs of Lodges by Keepers after [once] they had been repaired by the Crown. (Delivered ut supra.)
The Surveyor General [of Woods, his] report on repairs at Bolderode Lodge in New Forest. Make an abstract of what it has cost his Majesty for such repairs and [to lodges of] Keepers of parks &c. and what further charge is now demanded. (Delivered ut supra.)
The report from same on the number of trees in King's and Berkley's Coppices in New Forest. Read. (Delivered ut supra.)
The memorial of Mr. Portman relating to repairs in Hyde Park. Lord Sunderland will take the King's pleasure in this. (Delivered ut supra.)
Mr. Cracherode's report on the petitions of Lindsey, Shaftoe, Liddel and Cameron. Ordered to be abstracted. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of Rowland Trion, merchant. Ordered to be abstracted. His Majesty agrees to the abstract. (Delivered ut supra.)
The Treasurer of the Chamber [his memorial] with a list of payments for which the King's sign manual is wanting. Referred to the Auditors of Imprests to examine the particular of the annexed account with the vouchers and to return the same to my Lords with his opinion. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
The Commissioners for Stating the Debts of the Army [their memorial is read. Referred] to the Auditors of Imprests to prepare a sign manual for these allowances pursuant to the Act of Parliament. (Delivered ut supra.)
The report from the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] on the petition of Sir John Vanbrugh about Portland stone. Read. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. K.)
Mr. Cracherode's report on the petition of Brian Carrigan. My Lords see no reason for paying the 200l. prayed by the petitioner. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. L.)
Mr. Cracherode's report on the petition of William Galloway. Agreed to. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
Petition of Richard Carter. Referred to the Surveyor General. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. L.)
Ditto of John Tyrrell. Referred ut supra. (Delivered ut supra.)
Ditto of the Board of Ordnance about rebuilding his Majesty's wharf at Harwich. Referred ut supra. (Delivered ut supra.)
Mr. Colby's report on an exception made by the Officers of the Regiments that were transported from Ireland to Scotland, against a charge set on them by the Transport Office. [Referred] to the Earl of Lincoln to inform my Lords what charge the Crown hath been at for the transportation of Troops from England to Ireland. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
Auditor Harley's report on the petition of Mrs. Harriet Ramondon for the salary of Dr. Lawrence, Physician to his Majesty. Referred to the Attorney General: and direct the petitioner to attend the Attorney [General] with Dr. Lawrence's patent. (Delivered ut supra.) Register of Papers T 4/20, pp. 119–20.
April 4.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
Prepare a sign manual for 300l. without fees to Lawrence Echard, A.M., as of his Majesty's free gift for his good service in compiling a history of England which he hath dedicated to his Majesty.
[Write] Sir Roger Mostyn to attend [my Lords] on Wednesday next.
My Lords upon reading a memorial of Messrs. Mead and Cartizes praying that a caveat may be entered in the Treasury Books declaring that as the money due to them by the King of Portugal is owned by his Minister here to be a just debt and that it is intended that the same shall be paid out of the remains of subsidies due to that Crown from Great Britain, the said demand shall be satisfied preferably to all others: my Lords are pleased to order their case to be reconsidered before any subsidies be paid to the King of Portugal. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 11.
April 4.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
Petition of John Silverside about citron water seized. Referred to the Customs Commissioners. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.)
Petition of Thomas Corbin. Referred ut supra. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of John Stapleton, “one of the late Prince George's [of Denmark's] servants.” Write to the Commissioners of Customs to know for what cause he was turned out. (Delivered ut supra.)
Memorial of Mr. Griffith relating to exportation of wool from Ireland to France. Send the original in a letter of my Lords to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and refer a copy to the Commissioners of Customs. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of Daniel Smith, Esq., Lieutenant Governor of St. Nevis. Mr. Powys to state this. (Delivered ut supra.)
Mr. Auditor Jett's report on the petition of Jackman Morse. Granted. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
Report of the [Principal] Officers of his Majesty's Mint upon the Bill of the administratrix of Mr. Roose, late graver of public seals. To know whether this can be paid out of the incidents of the Mint. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
Memorial of Sir Roger Mostyn to have his die fitted to the socket of the stamp engine. [Referred] to the Commissioners of Stamps to know if they have any objection. (Delivered to L.)
Petition of Henry Weston. Referred to the Postmaster General. (Delivered ut supra.)
[Memorial from] Mr. Cracherode about prosecutions of persons concerned in the frauds in Chelsea Hospital. [Write to] one of the Under Secretaries of State to lay before my Lords on Tuesday next the report of the Attorney General relating to the state of these prosecutions. (Delivered ut supra.)
The order of Council referring the petition of 13 surviving livery servants of Prince George of Denmark, for continuance of their pension. Referred to Mr. Godfrey. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of the widow of “ditto” [other of the late Prince's] servants. Referred ut supra. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of John Jones. Referred to Mr. Cracherode. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of Edward Jennings. [My Lords order him] to be paid for the [present] King's time. (Delivered ut supra.)
Memorial of the late Commissioners of Transports. Referred to the Auditors of Imprests. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of Eliza[beth] Smart et al., late almswomen. Referred to Mr. Jett. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of Jane Beeston, Henry Collings, Richard Blackal et al., John Richardson, William Gould, to renew their leases from the Crown. Referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands]. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of John Goddard. Referred to Mr. Coleby. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of the chapel warden and overseer of the poor of the Savoy Precincts. Referred to Mr. Burton. (Delivered ut supra.)
Memorial of John Mead, Esq., and Don Joseph Cortizes. Whenever any payment is to be made to the K[ing] of Portugal his [Cortizes'] pretensions shall be reconsidered. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of Robert Bedoe. My Lords cannot put an additional charge on the present Establishment. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of Michael East for a pension. Read and dismissed. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of William Este, praying some immediate pension for himself and family. Read and dismissed. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of Anne Weket for the like support. My Lords according to a former minute will consider him [her son] on a proper vacancy. (Delivered ut supra.)
Petition of Henry Norris praying a payment for stores delivered at Gibraltar. If the allegations of this petition be true he may apply to the Commissioners for Stating and Determining the Army Debts. (Delivered ut supra.) Register of Papers T 4/20, pp. 121–2.
April 8,
Tuesday,
forenoon.
Treasury appointments.
Sir Isaac Newton to attend at 10 a clock. Mr. Cracherode to attend at the same time. Appointment Book T 64/4, p. 96.
April 8.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
Sir Isaac Newton attending according to order is called in and gives my Lords an account of the progress made in coyning copper farthings and half pence. He says six tons of half pence have already been issued out of the Mint.
My Lords ask him what preparations have been made in order to coin quarter guineas pursuant to the directions of the late Lords of the Treasury. He answers that the dyes and puncheons are ready, but that a power under the great seal or by his Majesty's Proclamation is wanting to authorise him to coyn the same.
My Lords admonish him to hasten the passing of the Indenture for coyning gold and silver.
On Tuesday next my Lords will consider the reports of the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland upon the petitions of the wives of several persons whose estates were forfeited upon their entering into the late Rebellion; and the report of the Commissioners of the Customs in Scotland about the frauds committed in the Customs at Inverness. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 12.
April 8.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
The Auditors of Imprests: [my Lords read their] state of the accompt of Sir William Scawen, Hen. Cornish et al. for clothing the Army in Ireland anno 1690. [My Lords order] the King's Counsel to advise my Lords of the proper methods in law to relieve their [sic? for these] accomptants and to do right to the publicque by preventing a double charge. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
The memorial of the Prussian Minister about [subsidy] arrears due to his master [the King of Prussia]. Prepare a warrant pursuant to the clause in an Act [4 Geo. I, c. 9] of last Session. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. K.)
The complaint of the Commissioners of Customs in Scotland against Mr. Boughton, their Secretary. Respited. (Delivered ut supra.)
The memorial of John Smith, Esq., one of the [four] Tellers [of the Receipt], about the rent of the house belonging to that Office. Make a dormant warrant to the present Paymaster [of the Lotteries for payment of said rent] on producing a certificate from the late Paymaster how far he [Smith] is paid already. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
The petition of Susanne St. Leger de Bacalan. The petitioner must apply to the King for his directions to the Commissioners [for Army Debts] to state the demand. (Delivered ut supra.)
The Commissioners for Forfeitures [their memorial is read] about money in the Exchequer of Scotland. My Lords direct this money to be issued accordingly towards defraying the salaries and incident charges of the Commission: [later]: Respited. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. K.)
The Duke of Bolton [his letter is read] recommending a person to succeed a tidewaiter at Totnes. My Lords have given orders about this [vacancy]. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.)
[My Lords read] a state of the prosecution against James Duke Crisp. My Lords are of opinion that the Solicitor [of the Treasury] should bring this matter to a trial. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
The memorial from the Earl of Lincoln about the pay of the Luneburg Troops. A copy to be made against to-morrow. (Delivered ut supra.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 123.
April 9.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
Several memorials and petitions are read and minutes [are] taken [thereon and endorsed] thereupon.
Prepare a warrant for 1,000l. in the name of Mr. Lowndes [out of Civil List money for] Secret Services.
[My Lords order a] warrant for 100l. to Charles Holzendorf, for the charges of his journey to the Court of Madrid upon his Majesty's service: the [Exchequer] fees [thereon] to be paid by Mr. Lowther.
[Write] Mr. Richard Carter to attend on Tuesday next about the state of the Marine Regiments' accounts. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 13.
April 9.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
The petition of Isaac D'alais, late Secretary at Hanover. To be considered with other demands of this kind. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.)
The representation of several late tidesmen in the port of London. Referred to the Customs Commissioners to examine and hear the several parties and report their opinion. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of William Harley. Referred to the Customs Commissioners. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Timothy Motteux. Referred ut supra. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Thomas Hartley. Referred ut supra. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of William Tate. Referred ut supra. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Mathew Tretane. Rejected. (Delivered ut supra.)
[The Band of] Gentlemen Pensioners [their memorial is read concerning their] travelling charges [whilst the Court was] at Hampton Court. Mr. Powys to see whether this warrant be according to the Regulation [as to Riding charges]. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Richard Dawson. Referred to the Customs Commissioners. (Delivered ut supra.)
A letter from Philip Taylor, officer of the Customs at Weymouth, with affidavits relating to smugglers. My Lord [Sunderland] will lay this before the King in Council. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. K.)
The Commissioners for Trade and Plantations [their memorial is read] about a Bill for preserving the rights of British built ships. My Lords are of the same opinion with the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations that there is no occasion for such Bill. (Delivered ut supra.)
The memorial of Mr. Hewett, late Surveyor [General] of the Woods. My Lords will appoint a day to hear both parties. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Jasper Clayton, Esq., appointed to inspect the demolition of Dunkirk, [praying] for further allowances. He may, if he thinks fit, apply to his Majesty. (Delivered to the hands of L.)
The petition of Peter Le Neve, Esq., “for 17th vol. of Rymer's Fœdera.Granted. (Delivered ut supra.)
The memorial of Sir Thomas Travell. He has received 133l. 12s. 4d. already in full of all demands; so that my Lords can proceed no further. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Thomas Ridding, Chapel Closet Keeper. Inspect the Establishments. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of John Rayner, Esq. Referred to the Commissioners of Trade. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Col. Philips. Referred ut supra. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Godfrey Franks. If he has equity he must seek relief in the Court of Exchequer, where 'tis charged as public money. (Delivered to himself.)
The petition of Ezekiel Johnson about works done in the Savoy. Look out the report. (Delivered to the hands of L.)
The petition of Captain James Greenham. Direct the Surveyor to hasten such report as he can make by his present lights. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Mrs. Barbara Colingwood. Respited. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of the administratrix of William Roberts, late Paymaster of Windsor Works, for [payment of] a surplus on his accompts. [My Lords order it] to be paid out of the produce of [the late Queen's] tin when others are paid. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of John Howse, administrator of Henry Shales, Esq., deceased, for his salary as Auditor of the [Crown] Land Revenue. The like Minute. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Thomas Atterbury, late Clerk of the Cheque, [praying] for [his] salary. The like Minute. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of two Clerks of the Cheque and forty Messengers [of the Chamber]. To be considered when there is any money to pay the [late] Queen's [Civil List] arrears. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Thomas Byerley, Esq., with certificates. Enquire who Dixon is and by whom recommended. (Delivered ut supra.)
The memorial about making perpetual the lease of the Lighthouses: for Greenwich Hospital. Referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands]. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Guy Palmes, Esq. Referred to Walter Chetwynd, Esq., Paymaster of these pensions, for a true state of this case. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of widow Vincet. She may apply if she thinks fit to the Commissioners of Hackney Coaches. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Stephen Browne about lands in St. Christophers. [My Lords order] all the papers concerning these lands to be read again when Lord Sunderland is here. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of [Gerard] Fitz Gerald and [John] Jennings, under clerks of the House of Lords. Read and refused. (Delivered ut supra.)
The Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army their report on the proposal of Joseph Shaw to make discoveries of debts due to the Crown. The petitioners may apply to the Commissioners of Accompts [of Army Debts] for determining such of his claims as are within the compass of their Commission. (Delivered ut supra.)
The Commissioners for Taxes [their] report on the petition of John Calendar. [My Lords order] the Commissioners to present him to the next vacancy. (Delivered ut supra.)
Mr. Cracherode's report on the petition of Thomas Winteringham Granted. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
The petition of the four Clerks of the [Privy] Council for their salaries. The quarter [due] at Midsummer 1714 must be paid out of the [late] Queen's [Civil List] arrears. The quarter [due] at Lady day 1718 will be soon directed. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. L.)
The petition of Catherine Barret. She may apply to his Majesty if she pleases. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Walter Butler. My Lords give no preference. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Mary Barker. My Lords can advise no new pensions. (Delivered ut supra.)
The [separate] petitions of Cha. Shelley, Eliz[abeth] Shelley, Eliz[abeth] Brooks, Ruth Bartram, Eliz[abeth] Lasley, Sarah Davis. all praying for pensions: [are all read and] rejected. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Joseph Watts. Rejected. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Thomas Carr, laceman, praying some office, place or reward in consideration of arrears due to him from the late King William. Rejected. (Delivered ut supra. Register of Papers T 4/20, pp. 124–6.
April 10.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
See how much remains unsatisfied [of the loans taken in] upon the Tin Register at the Exchequer.
Mr. Solicitor General and Mr. Walter [attend] on behalf of the Earl of Carlisle: Sir Con[stantine] Phipps and Mr. Serjeant Darnell [attend] on behalf of the creditors of James Dacres, Esq., deceased, in relation to the passing a lease of the scite of Lanercost, Co. Northumberland, to the said Earl of Carlisle.
Upon hearing the Counsel on both sides and by their consent my Lords agree to pass the lease, care being [to be] taken that nothing be inserted therein but what is contained in the grant made by Hy. VIII. to Sir Thomas Dacres and the heirs male of his body.
[Write] to Sir Roger Mostyn that my Lords, believing he hath by this time computed the money due to the several Marine Regiments, the muster rolls having been delivered into his Office above a year since, do direct him to lay a state of the said account made up from the said muster rolls before my Lords. My Lords require an immediate answer. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 14.
April 10.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
The petition of Henry Mory. [My Lords order] the Customs Commissioners to present him upon a proper vacancy. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.)
The Customs Commissioners' presentment of Andrew Wyat and others. Respited. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Obed. Smith. Referred to the Commissioners of Stamps. (Delivered ut supra.)
The memorial of Col. Cane, Lieutenant Governor of Minorca. The memorialist to lay before my Lords to what particular uses the 2,000l. per an., voted for contingencies for that island, hath been applied by him since his command there. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. K.)
The petition of several tradesmen who furnished goods for her late Majesty's Stables. To be considered with the rest of the demands of the late Queen's creditors. (Delivered ut supra.)
The report [from the Principal Officers of the] Ordnance on the memorial of the Marquess of Winchester &c. about swords. My Lords agree to the report. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Ralph Bethell. Referred to Mr. Cracherode. (Delivered to the hands of L.)
The petition of Henry Scott. Referred ut supra. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Edward Pleydell, Esq., et al. for renewal of a lease. Referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands]. (Delivered ut supra).
The petition of Eliz[abeth] Wroth, widow of the late Receiver [General of Taxes] for Essex. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners. (Delivered ut supra.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 127.
April 16
altered to
April 11.
Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
Petition of Thomas Robertson, merchant of Inverness. My Lords cannot advise the King to shew any favour to the petitioner till he hath refunded the money whereof he hath defrauded his Majesty and [until he has] made the discoveries promised in this petition, the said money being appropriated to several publique uses and he appearing to be the principal person concerned in those frauds. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.)
The Customs Commissioners' report on the petition of Mr. Lanthrow to be Deputy Comptroller of Barnstaple. My Lords agree to the report. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of John Moor and John Doulevy, wine tasters. Referred to the Customs Commissioners. Ibid., p. 128.
April 14.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
The petition of Nathaniel Rich. My Lords cannot put him upon any Establishment, but will give him 10l. for his present relief. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Lowther.)
The memorial of William Minshull, Esq. My Lords can do nothing in this. (Delivered ut supra.)
The Commissioners of Stamps [their memorial] about Henry Jordan. The petition is rejected.
The petition of Henry Gill to be a boatman. See who had this place given to him and whether he refused. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.)
The memorial of Sir Peter Halket. [Referred] to the Commissioners of Customs in Scotland to state this case and report their opinions. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. K.)
The memorial of Ben Johnson. [Referred] to the Customs Commissioners. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.)
The report of the Board of Works on the petition of Jam. Herauld, Esq. There being no regular order for this expense my Lords cannot allow it. (Delivered to the hands of L.)
The report of the Commissioners of Hawkers and Pedlars about Thomas Meysey. Rejected. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Alexander Abercrombie on the behalf of James Ogilvie. My Lords have entered a minute in his favour already. (Delivered ut supra.)
The Auditor of the [Crown Land] Revenues [his] report on the petition of Mr. Hewit. See if Mr. Hewit hath had any allowance for these services. (Delivered ut supra.)
Mr. Macartney [his petition] for a lease of Holy Island as Governor of Berwick. When the Surveyor [General of Crown Lands] makes his report my Lords will appoint a day for hearing all parties. (Delivered to the hands of L.)
The petition of the clerks of the [Privy] Council. Pay 'em for the King's time to Michaelmas [last]. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
The memorial of the Duke of Bolton. Prepare a warrant. (Delivered ut supra.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 129.
April 15,
Tuesday,
forenoon.
Treasury Appointments.
Mr. Coleby to attend at 11 a clock. Appointment Book T 64/4, p. 97.
April 15.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
Issue to Mr. Negus 2,000l. upon account for the service of the Stables.
Mr. Colby [is] called in. My Lords acquaint him that directions will be given to him to provide transport ships to carry Troops from Ireland to the Isle of Wight and direct him in the meantime to consider of the proper methods for performing that service, and to lay before them such a computation of the expense thereof as he can at present make. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 15.
April 16.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
The report of the Commissioners of the Customs in Scotland is read and considered relating to the frauds committed by several officers of the Customs at Inverness. The observations and directions [of my Lords] thereupon are inserted in the margin of the report.
My Lords will take the state of the Civil List into consideration on Friday se'night.
[My Lords order] Mr. Lowther to pay 10l. bounty to Thomas Gill and [he is] to be recommended to the Customs Commissioners in Scotland to present him to a better employment than that now given him (viz. a tidewaiter at Borrowstounness) if by his behaviour they shall judge him deserving of any further favour.
[My Lords order] Mr. Lowther to pay the fees of Major Finbow's warrant for 300l. Ibid., p. 16.
April 17.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
The Deputy Governor and several Directors of the South Sea Company attending are called in. They pray my Lords' directions for payment of the last quarter's annuity due to the said Company at Lady day last amounting to 68,000l.
My Lords answer that when the Treasurer of the Navy shall make a demand for this sum they will give directions therein accordingly.
[Write to desire the] Treasurer of the Navy or his Cashier to be here to-morrow and to bring with him the estimate of the expense of that [the Navy] Office to Xmas next. Ibid., p. 17.
April 18.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
[Desire] Col. Otway and Mr. Colby to attend to-morrow at 9 a clock about the transportation of two Regiments from Ireland to the Isle of Wight.
[My Lords order] Mr. Lowther to pay the [Exchequer] fees of Mr. Plunket's warrant for 200l. Ibid., p. 18.
April 18.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
The letter from the Commissioners of Forfeitures about money in the hands of the Receiver General of [the King's revenues] of Scotland [viz. money] arising by forfeitures. [Referred] to the [said] Receiver General to send [to my Lords] a certificate of this money being in his hands.
The petition of John Bursey. Referred to the Customs Commissioners. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 130.
April 19,
Saturday,
noon.
Treasury Appointments.
Col. Otway and Mr. Colby to attend at 12 a clock. Appointment Book T 64/4, p. 98.
April 19.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
Mr. Colby and Col. Otway are called in. Mr. Colby acquaints my Lords that the Lords of the Admiralty have given him instructions to provide transport ships, victualling &c. for the three Regiments directed to be transported from Ireland to Portsmouth. He lays before my Lords according to their directions an estimate of the charge thereof, which upon the nearest computation he can make will amount to 30s. a head. My Lords acquaint him that they will give directions to the Commissioners of the Navy to accept such bills as shall be drawn upon them for this service.
[My Lords order] Charles Westfaling to be a patent searcher jointly with Mr. Sloan in the room of Mr. Meeke.
[My Lords order] Joseph Banks, junr., to be Customer of Newcastle in the room of Ferdinand Latus.
The petitions and reports from the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] for leases, which now lie before my Lords for signing, [are ordered] to be considered on Wednesday next, the Surveyor [General] of the [Crown] Lands being directed to attend at the same time. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 19.
April 19.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
The memorial of Mr. Stedman. Ordered upon [the falling of] a proper vacancy.
Lord Lonsdale's recommendation of Mr. Robert Pattenson to be a landwaiter. Ordered upon this or the like vacancy.
The petition of Mathew Tretane, late tidesurveyor, London port. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The petitions of the Deputy Chamberlains and officers of the Tally Court [for their fees]. Prepare the usual warrants. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 131.
April 22.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
Send to the Exchequer for a certificate of what will be wanting to clear the principal and interest on the Malt [Loan Register] anno 1716, after [perusal of] which my Lords will direct the warrant (now lying there) for payment [i.e. will direct it to be paid] out of the remainder of the said [Malt] money to satisfy the salaries to Lady day next of the Commissioners for Stating the Army Debts.
The Treasurer of the Navy attends according to order with an estimate of what will be wanting for Naval and Victualling services to Xmas next, distinguishing what will be immediately necessary to carry on the service.
My Lords will reconsider it and [do] desire him to call again on Tuesday next.
[My Lords order] Mr. Hewett, late Surveyor [General] of the Woods, to attend on Tuesday se'night when the complaints made against him by the verderers of Shirewood [Sherwood] Forest will [be] heard and determined by their Lordships. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 20.
April 22.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
An abstract of the charge on sundry Regiments for provisions supplied [to them] in their transportation from 1702 to 1714. Referred to the [Earl of Carnarvon] late Paymaster [General] of the Army [Abroad] [and his predecessors Charles Fox and the Earl of Ranelagh] who are charged with this money in their accounts.
A warrant for repairing the Horse Guards. [My Lords order the] Board of Works to lay before my Lords an estimate of what is immediately necessary to be repaired.
The petition of Edward Green. Ordered.
The memorial of Col. Phillips. [Referred] to the Secretary at War and the Comptrollers of Army Accounts.
A letter from the Commissioners for Forfeitures about money due to Mr. Harcourt for copying records pursuant to their direction. To be brought in when the [said] Commissioners are here. The Lords [Commissioners] for Trade [and Plantations, their] letter for their salaries. To be considered with other demands for salaries.
The Navy Treasurer's memorial for a supply of 225,953l. 3s. 10½d. immediately to answer several services of the Navy, Victualling and South Sea Company. To be considered again on Tuesday next.
A letter recommending Jos. Barber to be a coastwaiter. Ordered on the first vacancy.
Col. Blackiston's petition. Read.
The petition of James Halliburton et al. Referred to the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland.
The petition of Henry Blencow, Esq., late High Sheriff of Co. Cumberland. [My Lords order] Mr. Cracherode to state the facts. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 132.
April 23.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
Several reports of the Barons of the Exchequer [in Scotland], draughts of signatures and other representations and papers relating to the kingdom of Scotland are read and minutes are taken [thereon and are margined] thereupon. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 21.
April 23.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
Lord Stanhope's letter about Richard West, Esq. [is read]. To be read at a full Board.
The Commissioners of Customs in Scotland, their representation against their Secretary [is read]. [My Lords order] Mr. Boughton to have a copy of this representation and [to] return my Lords an answer in writing thereto.
The Commissioners of Customs in Scotland their report about guineas. Read.
A signature of the barony of Kilhilt in favour of Andrew McCredie &c. Agreed to.
A petition from William Carmichael, Esq., late Solicitor in Scotland. [My Lords order him] to be paid out of the arrears in the hands of the Receiver [General] of [Crown] Lands, Rents and Casualties (if any) for the time he acted as Solicitor before the Union.
The draft of a warrant prepared by the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland to be signed by his Majesty for granting to James Rankin of Culloden [“Colodoun”] and his heirs &c. the lands of Colodoun, Cavelstoun and Barnhill &c. Agreed to.
A like draft of a warrant for granting to David French of Frenchland, writer in Edinburgh, the lands of Wester Baghillie, Caldham and Baidland. Agreed to.
The Taxes Commissioners' report on the petition of Mary Wroth, widow of John Wroth, Esq., late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Essex, [praying authority] to receive the last quarter of the Land Tax anno 1717 and the Duties on Houses. Agreed to. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 133.
April 24.Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
My Lords direct that all memorials or demands for money from any Treasurers, Paymasters &c. be entered in the Treasury Books with the Minutes upon them: and the memorials themselves to be kept in the [Treasury] Office. In the margin: “a Book to be kept for entering memorials for money.”
[Write] to the Commissioners for Victualling that my Lords will direct a deposit of tallies without interest to be made to answer [victualling] bills of exchange from the Baltic.
Prepare a warrant to the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland for 1,000l. to the Earl of Rothes as High Commissioner of Scotland.
[Direct the] Auditors of Imprests to attend with a state of Mr. Eversfeild's accounts. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 22.
Eodem die,
Afternoon.
Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners attend: their papers are read [and minuted].
My Lords read the [said] Commissioners' report concerning the stores exported by the East India Company and hear Mr. Pengelly and Mr. Hungerford for the [said] Company in presence of the Commissioners of the Customs and several Directors of the said Company. Ibid.
April 24.Draught of a minute upon a Hearing between the Commissioners of the Customs and the East India Company the 24th April 1718.
Present: ut supra.
My Lords finding that the late Attorney General gave his opinion that Duties were payable for the Company's stores sent out and being informed that the small sum which was deposited for the Duties of the stores lately exported by the Company are made a perfect payment and the money brought into the Exchequer and there applied to the several uses to which the respective Duties are appropriated by several Acts of Parliament,
their Lordships cannot recall [revoke] the same but will direct the present Attorney and Solicitor General to reconsider the report made by the last Attorney General together with the [two] old Companies' [separate] charters and the indentures made between the late Queen and the two Companies and the Act of Parliament confirming the same and [my Lords] desire their opinion in the case and will thereupon give further orders.
As to the wrappers in which East India goods are imported, in case the Commissioners of Customs do not find cause to suspect abuses intended to the revenue by importing wrappers of a greater value or number than have been usual or necessary for the importation or preservation of merchandise of linens their Lordships do not apprehend that any Duty ought to be demanded for the same. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 43.
April 24.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Craggs for leave of absence for Mr. Arbuthnot, one of the Auditors of the Exchequer in Scotland, [to wit for him to attend the Earl of Stair at Paris]. He hath leave of absence from my Lords accordingly. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. K.)
The Duke of Bolton's recommendation of Richard Walley to be a tidesman at Liverpool. To be brought in on a vacancy. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.)
Same from same for James Nevill to be a landwaiter, coastwaiter or landcarriageman [? in London port]. The like minute. (Delivered ut supra.)
A memorial from Mr. Byde, Judge Advocate [of the Forces] for salary for himself and clerks for attending the Board of General Officers. He must apply to the Secretary at War. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.) Register of Letters T 4/20, p. 134.
Eodem
die,
post
meridiem.
The petition of the Earl of Holderness for a piece of waste ground in Whitehall. Referred to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. L.)
The Earl of Westmorland [his petition] praying a grant of free hay &c. of some woods in Rockingham Forest. Referred to the Surveyors General [viz.] Mr. Cholmley [Surveyor General of Crown Lands] and Mr. Young [Surveyor General of Woods]. (Delivered ut supra.) Ibid.
April 25.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
The petition of Susanna Merrill. Send this to Mr. Negus desiring him to state the matters of fact.
The memorial of Olof Nordborg about Swedish prisoners in the Marshalsea. [Send] to Mr. Cracherode to enquire into this and [to] lay an account before my Lords.
The underclerks of the [Privy] Council their petition for [payment of their] salary. Prepare a warrant accordingly.
The memorial of Col. Munro. [Referred] to the Lord Lieutenant [of Ireland].
The petition of Lord Dupplin. See what is due for salaries to all the officers of the Plantations in America to Lady day last.
The memorial of Edward Pauncefort, Esq. Read and refused. Ibid., p. 135.
April 26.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Earl of Sunderland, Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
My Lords read and consider the underwritten draught of a receipt of Sir Mathew Decker, Bart., and have directed me [Henry Kelsall] to certify their approbation thereof by the certificate subjoined to it:
I the underwritten Mathew Decker, bart., do acknowledge to have received by virtue of a full power from his Majesty the King of Denmark (a copy whereof [missing] is hereunto annexed) from the Right Honourable the Earl of Carnarvon the sum of 45,000l. being a loan made by the King of Great Britain to the King of Denmark on account of the arrears of subsidy due to his Danish Majesty: which sum I do hereby promise to repay to such person or persons as his Majesty of Great Britain by his warrant shall direct, out of such sums of money or effects as shall be provided by Parliament for arrears of subsidies due to his said Majestie, the King of Denmark, and [as] shall be paid to me for the satisfaction of the same, provided that this receipt be delivered back to me at the same time.
26th April 1718.
I do hereby certify that the Right Honble. the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury do approve of the Earl of Carnarvon's paying the loan made by his Majesty to the King of Denmark of 45,000l. to Sir Mathew Decker, bart., upon his giving a receipt for the same in the form above specified.
Henry Kelsall.
Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 23.
April 29.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
The Treasurer of the Navy [is] called in. His estimate of what will carry on the Navy and Victualling services to Xmas last and what will be immediately wanted is again read and considered. Ibid., p. 24.
April 29.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
The memorial from the Commissioners of Equivalent for their allowances to 2 Jan. last [is read]. Ordered. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
Cha. Medlycot, Esq. [his petition] for a free hay in Rockingham Forest. [Referred] to the proper officer to inform my Lords what privileges the petitioner already hath in his lands and what is the yearly value of the exemption desired; because a third [part] must be reserved. (Delivered ut supra.)
A memorial for the money appointed by Act of Parliament for the repairs of Westminster Abbey. Ordered. (Delivered ut supra.)
The Commissioners for stating Army Debts [their petition] for salary and incident charges to Lady day last. Ordered. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T..)
L'Envoyé du Danemark [Heinrich Friedrich von Söhlenthal his letter is read]. [Referred] to the Customs Commissioners. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.)
A memorial from the Commissioners for building fifty new churches [precepting a loan] for 25,000l. Ordered [to be taken in at the Exchequer for them] at — per cent. interest. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. T.)
The petition of Sir Robert Constable. The petitioner and the Commissioners for Forfeitures [are] to attend on Thursday morning next. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. K.)
The petition of John Sandes, Esq. Read. (Delivered ut supra.)
The petition of Mr. William Ross. To be considered upon a proper [fitting] vacancy. (Delivered ut supra.)
William Mills, now a tidesman in the port of London [his petition is read by which he] desires to be a coastwaiter. Agreed to, upon a vacancy. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. P.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 136.
April 30.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Treasury Minutes.
Present:
Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer], Mr. Wallop. Mr. Baillie, Mr. Clayton.
[Write] the Commissioners for Taxes to attend on this day fortnight with their list of Receivers of Land Tax and House Money and a state of their [the said Receivers'] receipts and payments. Treasury Minute Book XXIV, p. 25.
April 30.Entry of petitions, memorials, reports &c. this day read.
Mr. Denton, King's Counsel [his petition is read] for a dormant warrant for his [40l. per an.] salary. Ordered.
Mr. Lechmere, Attorney General, [his petition is read] for a like dormant warrant for payment of the augmentation of his salary. Ordered. Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 137.