Treasury Books and Papers
May 1729

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'Treasury Books and Papers: May 1729', Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 1: 1729-1730 (1897), pp. 61-77. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=87284 Date accessed: 20 October 2014.


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May 1729

May 3.272. J. Scrope to the Commissioners of Excise transmitting the memorial of Mr. Bolton, agent to Major General Grove, for orders to the collectors in the several places concerned to provide Major General Grove's regiment of foot with subsistence money.
[Letter Book XVIII. p. 388.]
273. Same to Mr. Fleming. “The Lords of the Treasury having observed in looking over the accounts transmitted to them by the Commissioners for selling the French lands in St. Christopher that there are great sums of money standing out for the first payment of the purchase money for these lands, their Lordships are pleased to direct you forthwith to call upon the purchasers for their said first payments, as also for the interest monies become due upon their respective contracts and to return the same here to be paid into the Exchequer for the use of the public.” [Ibid.]
May 3.274. H. Pelham to John Scrope, transmitting for order or reference thereupon the proposals presented to the King by Lord Carpenter and Colonel Kane for furnishing Minorca garrison with salt provisions. Whitehall, 1729, May 3. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 24.]
275. Report of Phillips Gybbon, Surveyor General, to the Lords, of the Treasury, on the petition of the town of Harwich. The petition represents that the Crown has purchased certain lands and tenements there, and granted same by lease, dated 1717, July 24, to Sir Philip Parker and Thomas Heath, who have not secured the lands against the tides, and thereby the great wharf called the Custom House Quay is in danger of being washed away. Has communicated the complaint to Parker and Heath, who deny liability to make new fences against the sea. They have added two new breakwaters and a great bank of earth, at a cost of over 300l. They had not repaired the Custom House wharf because the Office of Ordnance had held it from the beginning of the lease till 1724. The inclusion of the Custom House, as well as the Custom House wharf, in the lessees' letters patent is a clerical error. Lessees affirm also that several persons have taken great quantities of large stones from the foot of the cliff to mend their marsh walls. Is informed by a Commission of Inquiry that on one side the Crown lands and marshes are very well protected from the sea by four shies and a long quay and wall, and on the other side by a substantial wall against Manningtree water. The cliff above the marshes has been washing away for years, and if nothing is done the town will in a few years be an island, the Harwich water and Manningtree water being within a very little of falling into each other. The great wharf is so much out of repair that were it not for the breakwater the greatest part of the town would be in danger of being destroyed. Over 9,000l. has been laid out by the Government in purchasing lands, &c. at Harwich for the better fortifying the place. Advises the despatch of an engineer thither to report, and that lessees be obliged to put the great wharf in as good condition as in 1717. 5 pages.
Appending:
—(a.) Letter from Parker and Heath, dated 1728, November 25. 2¼ pages.
(b.) The petition in question of the mayor, aldermen, and capital burgesses of Harwich, with reference, dated 1728, June 21, of same from the Lords of the Treasury to the Surveyor General. 1 large sheet with signatures. [Ibid, No. 25.]
May 5.276. J. Scrope to the Commissioners of Excise, transmitting memorial of Mr. Bolton, agent to General Sabine's regiment, for orders to the collectors to furnish subsistence money to the regiment. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 389.]
May 6.277. The memorial of the Treasurer of the Navy of the 2nd instant for 11,359l. 5s. 11d. for particular services therein mentioned, read and ordered as follows:—
6,359l. 5s. 11d. out of the money in the Treasurer's hands of the supplies anno 1728, and 5,000l. out of the supplies anno 1729.
The Commissoners of the Customs to give Edward Williams, a landwaiter at Newcastle, leave of absence for two months without suspension of pay.
The Exchequer to issue to the Secretary of State the money due on the secret service account.
Mr. Delafaye's letter of the 6th instant, enclosing one from Monsr. Gastaldi, the Genoese Secretary, relating to a parcel of gloves stopped at the Custom House, which are imported for his own use, read and ordered to be sent to the Commissioners of the Customs to do what is usual in this case, the Secretary having alleged that the gloves are part of his equipage.
Order for the issue of 500l. upon account to the Paymaster of the Works, to be applied by the Board of Works to pay the call men belonging to His Majesty's palaces their small wages weekly. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 207.]
May 6.278. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Attorney General for the entering of a noli prosequi in the case of the sloop “Mary,” John Cranwell, master, which brought over from Rotterdam the servants and baggage of the Prince of Wales, having some tea and other prohibited goods found on board, of which master and mate make oath that they were unaware.
Appending:—(a.) Petition of Cranwell and Joseph Quans, his mate, to the Prince of Wales for intercession. (b.) Certificates, dated May 2 and 3, by John Edgell, of the seizure of the ship and of the prohibited goods found, and of the subsequent proceedings thereupon. [Customs Book XII. pp. 352–4.]
May 6.279. Allowance by the Lords of the Treasury of the bill of salaries for the quarter ended Lady Day, 1729, for the officers of Excise in Edinburgh and precincts, amounting to 1,827l. 7s.d.
Appending:
—The detailed list with names and amounts.
[North Britain Book IX. pp. 279–80.]
280. Same by same, of the bill of incident charges for excise in Scotland for Edinburgh and precincts for the quarter ending Lady Day, 1729, and amounting to 1,169l. 7s.d.
Appending:
—The detailed bill with names and amounts.
[Ibid, pp. 282–4.]
May 6.281. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury for the execution of a royal sign manual, dated 1729, April 29, issued by the Bishop of Sarum at the King's command, and addressed to James Brudenell, Master of the Jewel Office, ordering the provision, for Peniston Booth, D.D., Dean of Windsor and Register of the Order of the Garter, of one gold chain of. the usual weight and one badge of gold enamelled according to the form and weight and in like manner as those made for the late Register of the said Order.
Memorandum:—This warrant will amount to 50l. or thereabouts.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. 225.]
May 6.282. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of the Office of Alienations authorising the repairs desired in the office so that the charge does not exceed 237l. 6s. 4d.
Appending:
—Report from the Board of Works to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1729, April 15, estimating the cost as above.
[Ibid, 296.]
May 7.283. J. Scrope to the Auditor of the Receipt requesting accounts of payments into the Exchequer on account of the Civil List revenues, 1728, Midsummer, to 1729, Lady Day.
[Letter Book XVIII. p. 388.]
May 7.284. An account of how much of the arrears of the Civil List revenues due at Midsummer, 1728, has been paid into the Exchequer since that date, and at what times. 1 large sheet
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. 26.]
285. Warrant from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu, Master of the Great Wardrobe, for the delivery to the Honourable Grey Maynard, Yeoman of the Removing Wardrobe, the following for the King's service at St. James's: a walnut-tree bookcase for the King's library; a. hassock, covered with velvet, for the Bang; four footstools, covered with crimson damask, for the Prince of Wales and the three Princesses Royal; a deal press bedstead, with harrateen furniture and a complete set of bedding; 18 walnut-tree matted-bottom chairs and two deal tables for the King's service. And for the room on the island in St. James's Park: ten chairs with black leather bottoms and two arm-chairs of the same, window curtains for two windows, and a curtain to the door of crimson harrateen trimmed with crimson lace; also for covering a fire-screen with crimson damask for the Queen's dressing-room.
Enfaced:—The particulars of this warrant will come to 166l. or thereabouts. Tho. Dummer. 1 page. [Ibid, 27.]
May 8.286. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury confirming articles of agreement between the King and Peter Mitchel, of St. Christopher, planter, for the purchase of 15a. 1r. 27p. in Basse Terre Quarter.
Appending:—The articles of agreement.
[Crown Lease Book I. p. 335–7.]
287. Petition of Sir Gilbert Pickering and John Kipling for extension of lease of a messuage in Pall Mall, in trust for Lucretia, wife of Francis Pickering. Referred by the Lords of the Treasury to Phillips Gybbon, Surveyor General, to consider, value, and report. [Crown Lease Book I. p. 428.]
May 8.288. Petition from Catherine Compton for extension of lease of two messuages on the south side of Pall Mall, referred ut supra.
[Ibid.]
289. Same from Robert Young for extension of lease of several old, decayed tenements in Duke Street, Bury Street, and Ryder Street, St. James's, referred ut supra. [Ibid.]
May 8.290. J. Scrope to the Commissioners of Excise for an account to be laid before the House of Lords of the gross produce of the hereditary and temporary excise for the year ended Midsummer, 1728. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 389.]
291.Same for same to Postmaster General and Commissioners of Customs. [Ibid.]
292.Same to A. Cracherode to pay the expenses of the passing an Act now depending in Parliament to empower His Majesty to visit the Collegiate Church of Manchester during such time as the wardenship of the said church shall be held in commendam with the bishopric of Chester. [Ibid, p. 387.]
May 8.293. Royal sign manual for the passing of letters under the Privy Seal of Scotland for the granting to James Douglas, Esq. as royal bounty the yearly reserved rent or tack duty of 200l. payable by John Coventry, of Newark, in the county of Orkney, to His Majesty, by the lease under the seal of the Exchequer Court, Edinburgh, of 1727, which demised to Coventry all the duties, teinds, tacks, rental rolls, &c. &c. belonging to the late Bishop of Orkney, and then, by the abolition of Episcopacy, appertaining to His Majesty, the same being let to Coventry for five years from 1727. [North Britain Book IX. p. 281.]
May 8.294. Same directed to the Clerk of the Signet attending, for the preparation of a Bill to pass the Privy Seal to authorise the Lords of the Treasury to pay to Woodes Rogers, appointed Captain General and Governor-in-Chief of the Bahamas, his salary of 400l. per annum out of the duties of 4 and 2 per cent. from Barbadoes and the Leeward Islands, and in case the said duties prove insufficient to meet the charge by reason of the perpetual annuity charged thereupon, and payable to the Earl of Kinnoull, the salary, or any balance due on it, shall be paid from any revenues in the Exchequer. [King's Warrant Book XXIX. p. 316–7.]
295. Same directed to Spencer Lord Wilmington, Paymaster of the guards, garrisons, and land forces, to pay Joshua Guest, Esq. Barrack Master General in North Britain, 884l. 14s. 2d. to reimburse his expenses in providing fire, candle, bedding, transport of stores, commissaries' wages, &c. for the four garrisons in the barracks in North Britain for the year commencing 1727, December 25, and to make good the poundage deducted on the like account for 1727.
Appending:—Report to the Lords of the Treasury of the Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army on Guest's bill of particulars, dated Comptroller's Office, 1729, April 23, together with Guest's account. [Kings Warrant Book XXIX. pp. 318–20.]
May 9.296. J. Scrope to the Commissioners of Customs:—
“It is expected that the account which you are to prepare to be laid before the House of Lords should be given in to the House this day.” [Letter Book XVIII. p. 389.]
297. Same to like effect to the Postmaster General and Commissioners of Excise. [Ibid.]
298. Same to the Commissioners of Customs to appoint officers to visit the baggage of Lord Townshend, Baron Hattorff, Monsieur Reich, and General Diemar, preparing to attend His Majesty on his journey to Hanover. [Ibid, p. 390.]
May 9.299. Lord Scarborough, Master of the Horse, to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring the issue to himself of 2,500l. on the unsatisfied order for 5,000l. for extraordinary expenses of the King's stables. 1 page. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 29.]
300.Return of the Commissioners of the Customs to an order of the House of Lords of the 8th instant requiring au account of what drawbacks or premiums have been allowed upon the importation of naval stores from America upon the several Acts of 3, 4 and 12 Anne for the importation of naval stores from the British plantations in America. By 3 & 4 Anne a premium of 5l. per ton was allowed on tar, 4l. per ton on pitch, 3l. per ton on resin or turpentine, 6l. per ton on hemp water-rotted, clean and bright, 1l. per ton girth measure for masts, yards, and bowsprits.
The Act of 12 George I. allowed the like premiums on such naval imports from Scotland into South Britain. The officers of the Customs only view and certify such goods, the certificates being carried to the Commissioners of the Navy, who pay the premiums. 2 pages. [Ibid, No. 30.]
301. Report from the Commissioners of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of several gentlemen of Kendal, who represent that Kendal has been a place of great trade by the manufacture of several sorts of woollen stuffs and tanning of leather; that the turf, hitherto their usual fuel, being exhausted, the expense of firing has caused almost the entire loss of their trade. There has been shipped at Whitehaven, and entered at the port of Lancaster, and discharged at Milnthorpe, within that port, in five years past, upwards of 308 chaldrons of coal, for which duty has been paid, and the quantity has increased of late years, besides upwards of 1,000 chaldrons discharged at Grange,Penny Bridge and Rampside, places in Lancaster waters. If coals landed at Milnthorpe be exempted the duty, the other places may demand the same. 2 pages.
Enclosing:
—The memorial of several gentlemen, on behalf of the town of Kendal, to the Lords of the Treasury, with reference, dated 1728–9, March 13, from them to the Commissioners of the Customs, 1¼pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. 31.]
May 12.302. James Oglethorpe to Sir Robert Walpole, at the request of the Committee appointed to inquire into the state of the gaols, desiring payment to Alderman Child of 700l. for pay and expenses of clerks and officers who have attended the service of the Committee.
Minuted:—In dorso with minute of 1729, May 19, verbatim as infra under date. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 32.]
May 13.303. Thomas Cremer to the Lords of the Treasury requesting the issue of 1,000l. upon account towards-defraying the expense of the King's voyage to Holland. Cofferers' Office, 1729, May 13. 1 page.
Enclosing:
—Letter from T. Reade and Thomas Hales, Officers of the Board of Greencloth, to Cremer announcing the need of 1,000l. to meet the expenses of the King's voyage to Holland and the payment of the allowance to the Envoy of Tripoli. 1 page.
[Ibid, No. 33.]
May 14.304. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Attorney or Solicitor General to prepare a Bill to pass the Great Seal granting to Greenwich Hospital the lighthouses on the North and South Forelands, parcel of the ancient rights of the Crown of England in the county of Kent.
Appending:—A memorandum and particular of the farm of the rights of the said lighthouses. [Crown Lease Book I. 433–50.]
May 14.305. J. Scrope to the Auditor of the Receipt for the officers of the Exchequer to attend to public business in their offices to-morrow notwithstanding it is a holiday. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 390.]
May 14.306. Carteret Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, from Arlington Street. The King has signed a commission for Francis Ligonier to be major of the regiment of Dragoons commanded by Major General James Crofts, in the room of Henry Goddard, placed on the half-pay establishment as major and captain of Dragoons. Desires the King's warrant for placing said Goddard on the half-pay establishment accordingly. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. 34.]
May 14.307. Warrant under the royal sign manual to Spencer Lord Wilmington, Paymaster General of the guards, garrisons and land forces, for the payment of 426l. to Thos. Revell, gent, appointed by warrant of 1718–9, February 2, to muster the forces on board the fleet which served in the Mediterranean under Sir George Byng, he having performed that service from 1718, June 25, to 1720, October 24. Given at the Court at St. James's.
Memorandum by three Lords of the Treasury. “We have been made acquainted with this warrant.” Whitehall, Treasury Chambers, 1726, June 12. [King's Warrant Book XXIX. 355.]
May 14.308. Warrant under the Royal sign manual directed to the Attorney or Solicitor General for the preparation of a Bill to pass the Great Seal to renew the letters patent of February 15, 1 George I. granting to Charles Powlett, then Marquis of Winchester, and now Duke of Bolton, certain offices in South Wales, viz. Chamberlain of the town and borough of Brecon and the counties of Brecon, Radnor and Glamorgan, steward and keeper of the court leets, &c. of the lordships, &c. of Mallaen, Caio, Mable view, Mabedrud, Manordiloe, Kethinock, and the forests of Glyngothy and Pennant, in the county of Carmarthen, and steward and bailiff of the manors, &c. of the late dissolved monastery of Talley, in the said county, and steward and keeper of the court leets, &c. of the manors, &c. of Mavon, alias Mavonion, Gwinioneth Ucharden, alias Gwinioneth Youcharden, Iscoyd Isherwin, Generglyn, Blaenaeron (“Blaine Arian”), Silian, and Tallisarne Green, and steward of the lordship and manor of Brecon. Given at the Court at St. James's.
[King's Warrant Book XXIX. p. 337–38.]
309. Same addressed to the Receiver, pro tempore, of the Royal Revenues of Minorca, directing the issue to Richard Kane, Esq. Lieutenant Governor of the island of Minorca, of 425l. 5s. for the chartering of the ship “Beauclerk,” George Bayly, master, 135 tons burden, for bringing over thence to this kingdom the envoy from the Bey of Tripoli, with his servants, equipage, and presents, being after the rate of 3l. per ton for 135 tons complete, and 5 per cent. primage: and also of 100l. expended by Kane in the entertainment of the said envoy in.the island of Minorca, and in fitting him with many necessaries for the voyage to this kingdom. [Ibid, pp. 328–9.]
310. Same addressed to the Lords of the Treasury directing the issue of 1,240l. for persons in the Secretary's Office attending the King during his absence in Hanover, and for the extraordinary expenses which shall be occasioned by their respective journeys from hence to the King's dominions in Germany and back, viz. to George Tilson and Thos. Townshend as under secretaries, 300l.,each, John Wace, as first clerk, and four other clerks. [Ibid, pp. 330–1.]
311. Royal sign manual directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue of 100l. to Charles Delafaye “to answer bills that shall be drawn upon him from our court at Hanover, during our intended residence there, to defray extraordinary expenses for postage, ‘staffetes,’ expenses and other incidental charges relating to our principal Secretary of State there.”
Memorandum:—Warrant signed May 15. [Ibid, p. 332.]
312. Warrant under the Royal sign manual to the Attorney or Solicitor General for the preparation of a Bill to pass the Great Seal to determine the letters patent appointing Sir Brocas Gardiner, Bart. John Schutz, John Turner, John Shorter, and Wm. Hewitt, Esq. commissioners for the management of the duties, &c. arising by stamped vellum, parchment and paper and the rates upon moneys to be given with clerks and apprentices, and to reconstitute them commissioners, along with Richard Shelley for the above duties and all other rates and duties whatsoever, which by any Act of Parliament have been granted on vellum, parchment or paper or other things directed to be marked or stamped and put under the care of such commissioners; with power to appoint inferior officers; the salaries of the commissioners to be 400l. each, Shelley's to date from date hereof, the remaining five to date from 1729, Lady Day. Wm. Brydges, Esq. to be secretary or chief clerk to the Commissioners at a salary of 200l., and proper clauses to be inserted for the payment of inferior officers and general expenses, and also for paying John Schutz his arrears from date of last payment till date hereof.
[King's Warrant Book XXIX. pp. 327–8.]
May 15.313. C. Tilson (in the absence of John Scrope) to the Commissioners of the Customs for officers of the customs to attend the Board of Greencloth at St. James's for directions concerning shipping His Majesty's baggage to Hanover. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 391.]
May 16.314. Royal sign manual addressed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue of 1,837l. 3s. 10d. to defray the charges of passing the letters patent for creating Prince Frederick Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester. Given at the Court of St. James's.
Memorandum:—A warrant signed on the aforegoing, 1729, May 19. [King's Warrant Book XXIX. p. 337.]
315. Same addressed to the Attorney or Solicitor General directing preparation of a Bill to pass the Great Seal for a grant to Dame Anne Stanley, wife of Sir John Stanley, of the office of “keeper of all that our palace or capital messuage called Denmark House alias Somerset House alias Strond House” at a salary of 200l. as granted to her by George I. The grant to determine in case the palace descend to the use of the Queen as by Act of Parliament in that behalf. [Ibid, p. 333.]
316. Warrant under the Royal sign manual to Edward Harley and Thomas Foley, Auditors of the Imprests, authorising the making up and passing the accounts of the expense of the Office of the Great Wardrobe of the late King for the years 1722–5, notwithstanding the exceeding of the expense limited, and provided the particulars are maintained by vouchers in the usual form. From the Court at St. James's.
Appending:—Statements of the accounts of the said office for the said years certified by Duke Parsons, deputy to Thomas Foley. [Ibid, pp. 338–41.]
May 16.317. Warrant from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu, Master of the Great Wardrobe, for the delivery to the Honble. Grey Maynard, Yeoman of the King's removing wardrobe, the following for the King's service at Kensington, 16 pieces of crimson harrateen for furnishing the Prince of Wales's apartment with crimson silk lace, crimson harrateen furniture, with complete bedding for three press beds, crimson serge cases for three forms and six stools, a curtain and valance of red taffeta, trimmed with red lace, for a closet joining to the Princess Royal's dressing-room. Also to give orders for putting handles and castors to the walnutted frames in the Queen's gallery, and to order the upholsters, joiners and cabinet makers to Windsor to remove furniture to be put up at Kensington: likewise four glass nozells with pans for the Prince of Wales's apartment at St. James's.
Enfaced:—The particulars of the warrant will come to 237l. or thereabouts. Thos. Dummer. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 35.]
May 16.318. Warrant under the Royal sign manual [directed to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland] authorising the issue of the necessary warrant to the Receivers General and Paymasters of His Majesty's revenues in Ireland for the payment to the Lord Lieutenant of so much as shall make his salary up to 4,000l. a year, “we being given to understand by a representation from yourself bearing date 1729 May 12 that the fees of licences for exporting wool from Ireland to England was, upon a medium of the produce thereof for the last seven years of the reign of Charles II. reckoned at 4,000l. a year and that as the said fees have always been taken as part of the revenue belonging to the Lieutenant General and General Governor it has been usual for our royal predecessors when the same have happened to fall short of 4,000l. a year to make good the deficiency thereof out the revenues in Ireland and … further that the said fees have not answered to you the sum of 4,000l. for the year 1728, May 6 to 1729, May 6.” Given at the Court at St. James's.
[Irish Book VIII. p. 335–6.]
May 19.319. Order from the Lords of the Treasury for the execution of a warrant from the Duke of Grafton to James Brudenell, Master of the Jewel Office, dated 1728–9, February 10, for the provision and delivery to the Hon. Pattee Byng, 80 ozs. of gilt plate as a gift from the King at the christening of his child, to be made into such vessels and after such fashion as he shall direct.
Memorandum:—This warrant will amount to 45l. or thereabouts. R. Sedgwick.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book, I. 297.]
320. Same from same for execution of a warrant from the Duke of Grafton to James Brudenell, of date 1728–9, February 10, for the provision and delivery to the Marquis of Hartington 160 ozs. of gilt plate as a gift from His Majesty at the christening of his child, to be made into such vessels and after such fashion, &c. [as above].
Memorandum:—This will amount unto 90l. or thereabouts. R. Sedgwick. [Ibid.]
May 19.321. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury confirming articles of agreement between the King and Peter Thomas, of the island of St. Christopher, for the purchase of 150 acres in Basse Terre quarter.
Appending:—The articles of agreement.
[Crown Lease Book I. p. 337–9.]
May 19.322. Order for the preparation of a sign manual for the issue to Mr. Alderman Child, at the instance of Mr. Oglethorpe, Chairman of the Committee for Inspecting Gaols, the sum of 700l., for the payment of clerks and others who attended that committee.
A petition of John Huggins, for their Lordships' direction to the Attorney General to put off till next term the trials between him and the King touching escapes when he was Warden of the Fleet, referred to Mr. Attorney General. Considering the prosecution Mr. Huggins at present labours under, their Lordships do not object to the petition.
On the recommendation of Mr. Charles Cathcart, Walter Crosset appointed Collector at Alloa, instead of John Innerhead, whose deputation is to be revoked.
A petition of Thomas Maddockes and others, Receivers of the contributions to the lotteries, 1719, 1721, 1722, 1723, 1724, and 1726, to be recompensed for their labours and charges, read. Their Lordships being. informed that the allowance to the like Receivers on receiving 6,600,000l. contributed to the lotteries, 1710, 1711, 1712, amounted to 5,318l. 4s. 6d. order them to be paid in proportion for the 4,911,990l. contributed upon the lotteries now in demand.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 208.]
May 20.323. Charles Jacob's petition for reward for services in giving information against smugglers, particularly as to Hach, from whom near 7,000l. has been recovered, referred to the Commissioners of the Customs.
A report from the Barons in Scotland, dated 1725, February 15, touching Sir Robert Sinclair's balances as late Receiver General of the Revenues in Scotland, and the reward of 3d. per pound sterling proposed to be allowed him for his trouble and risk in receiving and accounting for the money arisen from the forfeited estates, read; as the report bears a long date, the Barons are to certify the present state of his accounts, and to consider whether the transacting the affair of charging and discharging the sums allowed to creditors, which appear by the said report to amount to 234,517l. 13s. 7d. deserves so great a reward.
Memorial of the Treasurer of the Ordnance of 7th April last, for a further supply to enable the Officer of Ordnance to keep up their credit, read. Their Lordships order 43,829l. 11s. 8d. to be issued in Exchequer bills on the land tax, anno 1729, in part of 93,829l. 11s. 8d. granted out of the supplies, anno 1729, to make good a deficiency to the ordnance, 1728.
At the request of Mr. Hucks, Edward Burroughs is appointed one of the stampers on the resignation of Thomas Jones.
The memorial of the Paymaster of the Forces of the 20th instant for 80,922l. 16s. 6d. for sundry services read and ordered out of the Exchequer bills on the land tax, 1729.
Order for a sign manual for the issue to the Master of the Ceremonies of 410l. for the presents to the envoy from Tripoli and his retinue, according to his Majesty's pleasure as signified by the Lord Chamberlain's letter of the 16th instant.
Order to the Exchequer to satisfy the Earl of Warwick's warrant.
The report of the Secretary at War of the 7th January last, for allowing 5s. per diem additional pay out of the royal revenues in Minorca to Major Crofton on account of the extent of his commission by being appointed not only as Major of Fort St. Ann, for which he has 5s. per diem established, but also of all the forts and garrisons on that island, exclusive of St. Philips Castle; also another report of the same, dated July 30 last, on James Scott's petition for an additional allowance of 5s. per diem out of the like revenue, being appointed not only surgeon to St. Philips Castle, but also surgeon to the island, read and referred to Mr. Finch, present Receiver General of those revenues, who is to report upon the state of those revenues generally, and the accounts of same under the receivership of Mr. Gascoigne.
Order for an account of the allowances given for watering Hyde Park, to whom paid, and what parts thereof are watered for the same, also what was allowed extraordinary for watering when the camp was in the park.
Warrant ordered for the payment of Lady Day quarter's allowance to the Earl of Sutherland.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer to take the Queen's pleasure on the memorial of the Board of Works of this day's date for 500l. for necessary works to be done to the new lodge in Richmond Park. [Treasury.Minute Book XXVI. pp. 209–10.]
May 21.324. Warrant in Latin from the Lords of the Treasury for the preparation of letters patent constituting Wm. Erdman Fox, gent. Collector of Customs at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
[Customs Book XII. p. 367.]
May 21.325. Mr. Auditor Harley's representation of the 19th instant, relating to the memorandums standing upon the account of the Duke of Chandos, as late Paymaster General of the Forces in the Low Countries, Spain and Portugal, to be considered on Friday next, the auditor and his Grace to attend.
The memorial of the Treasurer of the Chamber for 7,666l. 4s. 10d. to clear the debts in that office, Lady Day quarter, 1729, read and ordered.
The late Commissioners for Forfeitures in Scotland called in and their memorial for allowances to themselves and for their clerks and incidents to Lady Day, 1729, read. Their Lordships acquaint him that they have no fund in their power. The Commissioners say that there is 8–9,000l. due from superiors and factois in Scotland recoverable by the Exchequer there, and 18–19,000l. due from the York Buildings Company for the Scotch estates purchased by them, and about 12,000l. from the same company for the purchase of Widdrington estate in England. The Commissioners are required to reduce this information to writing.
A memorial of the York Building Company, dated the 16th of January last, for the delivering into the Court of Exchequer in Scotland all papers relating to the company's purchase of forfeited estates there, read. Their Lordships order all affairs depending between them and the late Commissioners to be first adjusted.
A warrant ordered to be prepared for superseding the deputation of Ventrice Columbine to be distributor of stamps for North Britain and for appointing William Jones in his stead.
Lord Grange's petition for renewing the lease of a house in Privy Garden, Whitehall, where the Scots Secretary's office was formerly kept, read and ordered to be referred to the Surveyor General to consider and report.
Order to the Exchequer to satisfy the warrants signed for the Earl of Findlater and the Earl of Sutherland.
The report of the Commissioners of the Customs of 1729, May 10, on Thomas Bainbrig's petition to be eased from a judgment against him as security for Duksbury, a Custom House officer, now in custody by means of Bainbrig, read. Their Lordships allow the penalty to be paid by 25l. per annum.
A warrant to be prepared for the Mayor of Macclesfield on the annuity for preachers for Lady Day last.
Report of the Board of Works on Mr. Wise and Mr. Bridgman's memorial of 1729, April 15, for 100l. 6s. 3d. for the new additional gardens at Kensington, read and ordered to be inserted in the state of the debt of the works for next Midsummer quarter.
Another memorial of the same date for 58l. 19s. for expenses in watering the trees in the Great New Plantation at Kensington, and for mowing, clearing, and carting away the weeds there, read and similarly ordered.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 211, 212.]
May 21.326. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury for the Board of Works to undertake the repairs in connexion with the barge houses commanded by His Majesty, so the charge do not exceed the estimated 150l.
Appending:—a.
Letter from the Duke of Grafton to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1728–9, February 25. The master of His Majesty's barges has represented that the barge houses are so very ruinous that the State barges will be spoiled by the weather if not speedily repaired. His Majesty requires their Lordships to give orders to the Board of Works to repair same.
b. Letter of John Scrope to the Surveyor General and officers of the Board of Works, dated 1728–9, March 15, conveying the order of the Lords of the Treasury for an inspection of the state of the barge houses and an estimation of the charge.
c. Report of the Board of Works of date 1729, April 15, to the Lords of the Treasury, estimating 150l. for the restoration.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. 298.]
May 23.327. John Scrope to the Board of Works conveying the assent of the Lords of the Treasury to the payment of 100l. 6s. 3d. to Mr. Wise and Mr. Bridgman for keeping such part of the new gardens at Kensington as was finished at the time of His Majesty's accession, viz.:—For three months keeping 5 acres 30 perches of grass and gravel finished on those parts of the great walks parallel to the old gardens and that lie north of the lawn before the palace, at the rate of 20l. per acre; and for the same of 6 acres 3 roods 10 perches of grass and gravel finished on the same north parts of those walks, 1 acre 2 roods 20 perches of which quantity was a further finishing done the last quarter over and above the preceding 5 acres 0 roods 30 perches, at the same rate of 20l. an p.74 acre, from Michaelmas to Christmas, 1727; and for the same keeping of 8 acres 0 roods 10 perches of grass and gravel finished on the same northern parts and also on some parts of those walks continued south of the lawn before the palace at the rate as before of 20l. an acre per annum from Christmas, 1727, to Lady Day, 1728: the further increase of 1 acre 1 rood being finished the last quarter and brought into keeping.
Appending:—Report of the Board of Works to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1729, April 15, on Wise's and Bridgman's bill as above. [Ibid, pp. I. 298–9.]
328. Same to same conveying the authorisation of the Lords of the Treasury to the inserting of the sum of 58l. 19s. in the debt to the Works at Midsummer, 1729, for Charles Bridgman's bill for watering the trees in the new plantation at Kensington and for mewing, clearing, and carting away the weeds that infested the same from Midsummer to Michaelmas, 1728.
Appending:—Report from the Board of Works to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1729, April 15, on Bridgman's account, sanctioning same, “but beg leave to observe to your Lordships that its impossible for us to ascertain the number of men and carts employed by day, the work being performed by Mr. Bridgman, some time ago and not under the inspection of any officer of the Works.” [Ibid, I 299.]
May 23.329. Petition of James Erskine for a lease of a house in Privy Garden, late in the possession of John Earl of Mar, of which a lease had been granted to Wm. Lord Cheyne, now deceased, in trust for Frances, wife of the said Earl of Mar, and she having been now declared a lunatic by the Lord Chancellor. Referred to the Surveyor General to value and report.
[Crown Lease Book I. 428.]
May 23.330. The Duke of Chandos and Mr. Auditor Harley called in and the auditor's representation of the 19th instant relating to the memorandums standing upon his Grace's accounts as above (p. 72), read. Their Lordships think his Grace ought to be cleared and discharged from the said memorandums. Order the auditor to have the same allowances for making up and examining the final account as he received for the audit of his Grace's accounts for 1712.
It being the Queen's pleasure that during her residence at Kensington for the summer season, the whole road through Hyde Park thither should be entirely watered, their Lordships for that purpose agree that the 65l. per annum, which was used to be paid to William Emmerson for watering the said park, from the upper end of the paddock to the palace at Kensington, shall be made up 200l. for this summer's watering and be issued to the Earl of Essex, ranger of that park, for that service.
The petition of the Yeomen of the Guard for 420l. alleged to be due to them for watch gowns referred to Mr. Dummer to report. [Treasury Minute Book, XXVI. 213.]
May 23.331. Report of Edward Carteret and E. Harrison, Postmasters General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on Jonathan Gurnell's petition concerning the loss in the post of a bill of exchange for 100l. and a bank note of 40l. remitted from Chester by Joseph Soreton, merchant there. Have been unable to discover the person who embezzled the letter. Notwithstanding the utmost caution in the choice of the officers and the greatest watchfulness over them there is no security against such accidents. Submit it to their Lordships whether petitioner ought to be relieved in this case, but “apprehend that as this is an office for intelligence and not for insurance or conveyance of treasure the revenue in strictness of law is not liable to make good this loss, and we are apprehensive it may be of dangerous consequence to make precedents of giving satisfaction for such losses out of the produce of the revenue.” General Post Office, 1729, May 23. 2 pages.
Enclosing:—a.
The petition of Jonathan Gurnell, of London, merchant, to the Lords of the Treasury, and reference, dated 1729, April 15, of same from the Lords of the Treasury to Carteret and Harrison. 1 page.
b.
Affidavits, dated Chester 1728–9, February 5, of Joseph Soreton, of Chester, wet glover, and Joseph Soreton, the younger, of Chester, merchant, concerning the loss as above. 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 38.]
May 26.332. Report of E. Harley and T. Foley, Auditors of the Imprests, to the Lords of the Treasury on the state of the debt, if any, owing from Mr. Swete, deputy paymaster of the forces in the late war, which Baron Walef and many officers in his regiment, which was in the English service during the said war, state to amount to 27,713 florins, and which they beg in payment of arrears due to them.
By the accounts of the Duke of Chandos, late Paymaster General of the Forces, there appears a balance against Mr. Swete of 2,576l. 16s. 1d. being the value of 27,700 florins 13 stivers, which he alleges was paid by him to the agent of the regiment of dragoons commanded by Baron Walef, who soon after became a bankrupt. But this sum appearing to the auditor to exceed the pay of the regiment, the auditor could not allow same, and Swete was returned in super for that sum as part of 5,378l. 9s. 2d. due from him, and which can only pertain to the Crown. The allegations of the petitions on behalf of Walef and the officers have not been supported by the attendance of any person, and Walefs bill in Chancery against Swete claiming the same was dismissed with costs. 2 pages.
Appending
:—a. “The case of Mr. Benjamin Swete with Baron Walef, colonel of a regiment of dragoons in Flanders.” Undated. 1 page.
b.
Letter from Swete to Ed. Harley, dated 1729, May 10. 1 page.
c.
Letter from M. Chenévière, a relative of Walef and a French officer. Dated London, 1729, April 10. 1 page.
d.
A representation of Captain Lieutenant Michael Parmentier and Lieutenant William Arnaud, both of Walefs late regiment, claiming the money as due to them and not to him. Undated. 1 page.
e.
Petition of Captain Lieutenant Michael Parmentier and Cornet William Arnaud to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1729, April 24, on behalf of the Protestant officers of the regiment, similar to preceding. 1 page.
f.
Two petitions in French, one printed in duplicate, of Walef, to the King, with certificate from the Duke of Ormonde to Walef, promising consideration of all arrears. Undated. 6 pages.
g.
Copy of an order of the Privy Council, of date 1713 (?), December 20, concerning “le regiment de Borlé.” 1 page.
h.
Two petitions, in French, from Walef to Walpole. Both undated. 2½ pages.
i
Petition of Louis de Chenévière, chevalier de St. Louis, capitaine au regiment de champagne, to the King on behalf of Walef. Undated. French.pages.
j.
Petition of Walef to the King. Undated. French. 3 pages.
k.
Copy of the dismission of Walef from the King of Spain, dated 1728, October 10. 2 pages. French.
l.
Privy Seal of Queen Anne, dated 1713, October 20, granting a pension of 500l. per annum to Henry St. Pierre. 1 page.
m.
Translation into French of the report of Henry Watkins, to the Earl of Oxford, dated 1713–4, March 23, on the demands of Walefs regiments. 4 pages.
n.
Copies of the patents of grant of the rank of brigadier to Blaise Henry Descortes Baron de Walef, from the Duke of Marlborough, dated 1708–9, January 1, and of the rank of General Major, 1711–2, January 1. 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 39.]
May 29.333. J. Scrope to the Surveyor General for survey of a crane and the ground it stands on, desired by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to be inserted in the grant to Greenwich Hospital.
[Letter Book XVIII. p. 393.]
May 29.334. E. Hughes to — concerning the unhappy condition of several prisoners in the Fleet, debtors to the Crown as smugglers, with names of same marked in the margin. Two of them employed by Captain Holden, of an East India merchant ship, are in the Fleet on a verdict of 5,600l. The captain compounded for 1,200l. the seamen are still in prison, and not once visited by the captain. Encloses their cases as forwarded by their solicitor to be laid before the Lords of the Treasury for their Lordships' indulgence. Horse Guards, May 29. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 40.]
May 30.335. The Duke of Newcastle to the Lords of the Treasury enclosing a memorial for consideration, at the request of the Queen, from the inhabitants of the island of Minorca who have not been restored to their estates, pursuant to the Treaty of Utrecht, 1page
[Ibid, No. 41.]
May [31.]336. Treasury fees, &c. for the month of May (ut supra January, p. 13),462l. 13s. 3d. divided equally ut supra ibid, and with receipts of Horace Walpole, John Scrope, and the clerks.
[Treasury Fee Book VI. pp. 279–288.]