Treasury Books and Papers
July 1729

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'Treasury Books and Papers: July 1729', Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 1: 1729-1730 (1897), pp. 103-125. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=87286 Date accessed: 19 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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July 1729

July 3.430. The Board of Trade and Plantations to the Lords of the Treasury enclosing accounts of the incidental charges of the office, 1729, Lady Day to Midsummer. Whitehall, 1729, July 3. 1 page.
Appending:
—Accounts referred to. 7 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 62.]
July 8.431. Order for the issue of 3,000l. to the Privy Purse for July, and for the Exchequer to apply 63,902l. 15s.d. out of the public funds, anno, 1729, to make good the deficiency of the general fund in the year ended Michaelmas, 1728, pursuant to the clause of appropriation in that behalf.
Their Lordships agree that the contract with the Bank for circulating Exchequer Bills, which ends the 24th instant, be renewed upon the same terms for another year.
Thursday next appointed to consider the proposals given in some time since to the office for supplying the Mint with copper for the intended coinage of copper farthings and halfpence.
The memorial of the Treasurer of the Navy, of the 8th instant, for 11,339l. 7s. 10d. for several services, read and ordered out of the public supplies, anno 1729.
“Write to the Commissioners of the Navy acquainting them with the present state of the supplies for 1729, and direct them to adjust and apportion to what services and at what times the residue of the supplies for that year may be issued to accommodate all naval services till new supplies are granted.”
On the petition of John Wilkinson, minister of the Precinct of the Savoy, and in consideration of his great duty in that employment, their Lordships order his present salary of 20l. payable out of the revenues of that hospital, to be augmented to 50l. per annum.
Order for the issue to Mr Chetwynd of so much as will clear the pensions on the establishment payable by him for the quarter ending Midsummer, 1729.
Like order for 26,880l. to clear the expense in the Cofferer's office for Midsummer quarter, 1729, payable through Mr. Thomas Cremer as formerly.
Sir William Moor is to be advanced from the inferior to the superior list of tidesmen upon the first opportunity.
“Mrs. Levett, who is frequently importuning my Lords for money, is to be told that the King will allow her no more than 40l. per annum bounty.”
Order for the issue to the judges and others payable with them of salaries for Trinity term.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 229.]
July 8.432. The Lords of the Treasury to the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland approving the list of salaries and sums due on the Civil List in Scotland, for the quarter ending Midsummer, 1729, and amounting to 10,396l. 2s.d.
Appending:
—Detailed list with names and amounts.
[North Britain Book IX. pp. 292–6.]
433. Same to same approving similar list of the establishment for the Commissioners and officers employed in the Salt Duty in North Britain for the same quarter, amounting to 956l. 5s.
Appending:
—Detailed list as above.
[Ibid, pp. 297–9.]
434. Same to same approving similar bill of salaries for the officers of the Customs in North Britain for the same quarter, amounting to 5,939l.
Appending:
—Detailed list as above. [Ibid, pp. 300–13.]
July 9.435. Order to the Board of Works to take care that the Auction Boom and coffee room thereto adjoining, formerly part of the Court of Wards, be made a convenient place for the footmen attending the members of the House of Commons to wait in, pursuant to an address of the House to the King, 1729, April 10.
A copy of the representation of the Board of Works about the rooms near the Office of the Works in Whitehall, in possession of his servants and formerly used by the clerk of the works for tracery rooms, ordered to be sent to Sir James Thornhill, who is to make the Board of Works easy therein, as there is a necessity of restoring the rooms to their former use.
The memorial of the Board of Works of 1729, April 29, about the bad condition of the road leading to Fulham, and estimate of 990l. 12s. 6d. for the repair, read. Half the work ordered for this year and half for next, as the charge is so considerable.
Mr. Dummer's report of 1729, June 28, on the Yeomen of the Guard's petition for 420l. for watch gowns, read. The demand is said by Mr. Dummer to be included in the mourning and coronation accounts with His present Majesty, which have been satisfied. Further explanation required.
On Mr. Cracherode's memorial of 21st March last, apprizing their Lordships of 33l. 4s. 11d. due to Kent, the late messenger of the press, it is agreed to be paid and placed to his current account of law charges.
On the report of the Commissioners of the Stamp Office, on the petition of John Carr, their housekeeper, for an increase of salary, 20l. ordered as an addition to his salary of 50l.
Report of the officers of the Mint, of May 22 last, on the moneyers' petition for an annual allowance, read and agreed to, viz. that from Midsummer last an allowance be made to each moneyer of 25l. per annum, whenever the whole coinage of gold and silver within that year shall not amount to 500,000l. and that the moneyers be continued under the present restriction of taking no apprentices without the licence of the Master and Worker. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 230–1.]
July 9.436. J. Scrope to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts transmitting Missing's lists of persons victualled at Gibraltar, from 1729, April 7, to May 5. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 400.]
437. Same to the Commissioners of the Navy, stating the supplies for 1729 for the navy, amounting in total to 966,385l. 10s.d. and requesting the apportionment of the balance not yet issued.
[Ibid.]
July 10.438. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to Richard Arundell, Esq. Surveyor-General and the rest of the Board of Works, authorising the inserting of 140l. per annum in the books of the office of Board of Works, under the head of ordinary, to be paid to Charles Bridgman, from Lady Day, 1728, in like manner as other allowances for the following services:—
The work of keeping the Great Terrace at Windsor, with the leads and little gardens adjacent.
The work of keeping the slopes on the south side of the Castle mowed and weeded, and the Great Courtyard in the Castle mowed and weeded, in which is included one acre and a half more than was taken care of by Henry Wise, late His Majesty's gardener.
The work of looking after the walks, avenues, and plantations in both the parks at Windsor, and tying and pruning the trees therein and washing with lime to preserve them from deer, as occasion shall require, and for paying a mole catcher 30l. per annum, the said works having been performed by Bridgman, His Majesty's gardener, since Lady Day, 1728.
Appending:—Report to the Lords of the Treasury from the Board of Works, dated 1729, April 15, on the reference dated 1728, December 20, of Bridgman's memorial as above.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. pp. 303–4.]
July 10.439. John Scrope to the Lord Advocate of Scotland transmitting the memorial of the late Commissioners and trustees for forfeited estates in Scotland, with the list subjoined to it of sums due upon certificates lodged in the Exchequer there relating to estates not exhausted by debts, also what is due from the York Buildings Company for the forfeited estates by them purchased and also balances of the produce of the forfeited estates due from the late General Receivers. The Lords of the Treasury desire the prosecution and recovery of the arrears mentioned in the said list with all expedition. [North Britain Book IX. p. 315.]
July 10.440. Sign manual by the Queen, as Guardian of the kingdom, and in the King's name, directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue to Thomas Cremer of 30,000l. by way of imprest and upon account to carry on the payments usually satisfied by the Cofferer of the Household, until the appointment of some person to fill the present vacancy of the said office. Given at the Palace at Kensington.
Memorandum:—Warrant signed thereupon 1729, July 11.
[King's Warrant Book XXIX. pp. 373–4.]
441. Same from same to same for the issue to John Scrope of 5,300l. for the secret service. Given at the Palace at Kensington.
Memorandum:—Warrant signed thereupon 1729, July 11.
[Ibid, p. 374.]
442. Same by same to same for the issue to John Hedges, Treasurer or Receiver General to Frederick Prince of Wales, of 2,000l. for the service of the Prince. Given at the Palace at Kensington.
[Ibid, p. 374.]
443. Same by same to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue to Augustus Schutz, Esq. Master of His Majesty's Robes, of 502l. 16s. 3d. by way of imprest and upon account to clear the expense in the Office of the Robes between Lady Day, 1729, and June 30, following. Given at the Court at Kensington.
Memorandum:—A warrant signed on the aforegoing, 1729, July 15. [Ibid, p. 376.]
444. Sign manual by the Queen, &c. to the Clerk of the Signet attending, for the preparation of a bill to pass the Privy Seal to direct the Lords of the Treasury to pay to Charles Viscount Townshend, one of the principal Secretaries of State, 3,000l. for the secret service without account, imprest, or other charge. Given at the Palace at Kensington.
Below:—“Thomas Holles, Duke of Newcastle, the like.”
[Ibid, p. 375.]
July 10.445. Sealed proposals for furnishing copper for the intended coinage of farthings and halfpence opened from the following:—
Sir Abraham Elton and Sir George Caswell.
Wm. Burroughs.
[Company of] Copper mines in England.
Thomas Briggs.
Benjamin Boss.
Andrew Niblet. Wm. Wood, junr.
John Appleby and Henry Hyne.
William Thoytes.
The proposals ordered to be transmitted to the Master and Worker of the Mint for examination and report, with such observations as shall occur to him thereupon.
“Mr. Conduit's representation of the 28th March, 1729, proposing that the silver monies may be tried by the silver trial pieces made the 11th of April 1728, which is standard, and the gold monies by the gold trial piece of 1688, which is the most exact, and that he may not be under any obligation of coining quarter guineas except when he shall be specially ordered and directed so to do, is read, and a copy thereof ordered to be transmitted to Mr. Attorney General for him to form the draft of the indenture for the Mint accordingly in case he has no objection thereto.”
Robert Gates appointed tidesman in place of Nicholas Gatehouse.
John Bond appointed collector of the customs at Antigua in place of Hopefor Bendall, deceased.
Mr. Bertie to attend on Tuesday next, when the letter from the Duke of Newcastle, enclosing one from the Governor of North Carolina, with his speech to the Council there, is to be read and considered.
Order to the Exchequer to satisfy the Lord Byron's warrant for his pension to Lady Day, 1729.
Order for the preparation of a warrant to be signed by the Queen for issuing 5,300l. to Mr. Scrope for His Majesty's secret service, and for issuing 2,000l. to the Prince by the hands of his treasurer, Mr. Hedges.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 232.]
July 11.446. Royal sign manual by the Queen, as Guardian of the kingdom and in the King's name, for the passing of letters under the Privy Seal of Scotland for the granting to John Duke of Argyle and Greenwich, all feu and blench duties, taxtward duties, tack duties, &c. payable by him out of the Dukedom, &c. of Argyle, since the demise of the late King and for the future during pleasure, in consideration of the great duties performed by the family of Argyle to the royal family, and in imitation of the grant made to them by Queen Anne by letters under the Great Seal, of date 1704, December 1, excepting therefrom all tythes, customs and other casualties due and payable out of the said lands to the late bishops. [North Britain Book IX. pp. 314–5.]
July 11.447. J. Scrope to Mr. Cracherode for the payment of 33l. 4s. 11d. to Frances Kent, widow and administratrix of John Kent, late messenger of the press, for expenses in buying up and getting marked for evidence all pamphlets from 1728, March 26 to December 10 following. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 401.]
July 11.448. Same to the Board of Works, communicating the orders of the Lords of the Treasury that the Auction Room and the coffee room thereto adjoining, formerly part of the Court of Wards, be made a convenient place for the footmen attending the members of the House of Commons to wait, in pursuance to the address of the said House to His Majesty of 1729, April 10.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 305.]
449. Same to Sir James Thornhill, transmitting a copy of the representation from the Board of Works relating to certain rooms near to the Office of Works in Whitehall, now in possession of Thornhill's servants, which were formerly used by the clerk of the works for tracery rooms, there appearing a necessity of restoring these rooms to their former use. [Ibid, p. 305.]
July 11.450. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury confirming articles of agreement between the King and Wm. Woodley, senior, gent. of St. Christopher, for the purchase of 30 acres in Basse Terre quarter.
Appending:—Articles of agreement.
[Crown Lease Book I. pp. 362–3.]
451. Same from same confirming same between the King and John Africa, of the island of St. Christopher's, free negro, for the purchase of 7a. 1r. in Basse Terre quarter.
Appending:—Articles of agreement. [Ibid, pp. 364–5.]
July 11.452. J. Scrope to Mr. Conduitt transmitting for report the tenders for furnishing copper for the copper coinage, with names of the persons tendering. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 402.]
July 12.453. Memorial of Tobias Wall, of London, to the Lords of the Treasury, on behalf of several inhabitants of St. Christopher, who have contracted for the purchase of their plantations from the Commissioners. Prays that the money due on the contracts for purchase for principal and interest may be payable in London and not at St. Christopher, money being so scarce there that it was difficult to raise the one-third already paid, “for they were obliged to go to the other islands and dispose of their bills of exchange at 40 per cent. and gave your Lordships' Commissioners 50, which was 10 per cent. loss to them.” There is not so much money in all these islands as will pay the remaining two-thirds. 2¼ pages.
Enclosing:—A note dated St. Christopher's, 1729, April 24, from Gilbert Fleming to Tobias Wall, demanding payment of two sums on his contract, which are overdue, in order to prevent an entry. 1 page. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 64.]
July 12.454. The Lords of the Treasury to the Attorney and Solicitor General and Mr. Sergeant Cheshire, referring to their consideration the question of the application and appropriation of the fund of 35,000l. per annum granted for the Civil List Lottery, from the time the principal and interest on the orders for the said lottery which were not subscribed into the South Sea Company were paid off and discharged. 1½ pages.
Appending:
—“The Attorney and Solicitor General's opinion on the Civil List case,” dated 1728, December 2, together with extracts from the Acts of 12 Annae, 1 Geo. 1, 6 Geo. I, 1 Geo. 2, bearing on the question. 7 pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 65.]
July 12.455. Reference by the Lords of the Treasury to the Board of Works of John World's memorial setting forth that the rent of Essex House, leased for the King's and Cotton libraries is unpaid for some time before His Majesty's demise, that there are several repairs wanting there, that the rent which has been paid to Michaelmas, 1728, of 140l. per annum, and 12l. per annum for parish duties, is much too little, and praying that a new lease may be made with 30l. per annum additional to the rents.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 304.]
July 12.456. J. Scrope to Mr. James Bertie concerning a letter from the Duke of Newcastle, enclosing one from the Governor of North Carolina, with his speech to the council there, and desiring his attendance at the Treasury in order to the communicating the name to him. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 402.]
July 12.457. Report of the Surveyor General to the Lords of the Treasury on Henry Holmes's petition for a reversionary lease of a messuage near the Horse Guards. Petitioner had grant of lease for 31 years by letters patent, dated 1703, July 12, at the old rent of 10s. per annum. In 1702 the premises yielded on the rack rent near 100l. per annum. Holmes is heir and executor of Sir Robert Holmes, who built the house in 1671. Recommends a renewal of the lease to Holmes for 45 years at the old rental, with a fine of 360l. with the old proviso of the premises being resumed on the contingency of the rebuilding of Whitehall Palace. 2½ pages.
Enclosing:
a. A letter from Holmes to one of the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1729, July 9. 1 page.
b.
Plan of the house and land. 1 page.
c.
Holmes's petition to the Lords of the Treasury praying grant of reversionary term of lease, with the reference, dated 1729, June 17, of same from the Treasury to Phillips Gybbon, Surveyor General. 1¼ pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 66.]
[About
July 15.]
458. Memorial of the late Commissioners and Trustees for forfeited estates in Scotland for the issue of 500l. to each of the Commissioners on account of salaries due from March 25, 1725. 2½ pages.
Appending:
—(a.) A letter of Alexander Ross, dated July 15 [? 1729], to Mr. Burnbury, giving a statement of the case as to the salaries in question. 1 page.
(b.) A memorial, endorsed June 19, 1729, from the same Commissioners to the Lords of the Treasury, annexing a copy of the opinion of the Attorney General and the then Solicitor General on the powers of the memorialists and the salaries due to them. 1 page.
(c.) The opinion as above of the Attorney and Solicitor General dated 1725, April 2. 2 pages. [Ibid, No. 67.]
July 15.459. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to Henry Howorth, receiver of the rents and revenues of the late dissolved Hospital of the Savoy, for the allowance to John Wilkinson, minister of the Precinct of the Savoy, an additional 30l. per annum.
Appending:—Wilkinson's petition to the Lords of the Treasury. By the separation of the parish of St. Mary-le-Strand from the aforesaid precinct by an Act of Parliament petitioner is deprived of 130l. per annum. His present collections amongst the inhabitants, most of them poor, together with a fee of 20l. amount only to 40l. Has officiated for five years as chaplain to His Majesty's three regiments of Guards, &c. without consideration.
[Warrants not relating to money XXIV. p. 179.]
July 15.460. John Scrope to the Board of Works, concerning their memorial of April 29 last, on the bad condition of His Majesty's road leading to Fulham, and the charge of repairing same. The Lords of the Treasury think the work necessary to be done, but as the charge is so considerable, viz. 990l. 12s. 6d. they think it better to perform half the work this year and half next. “You are to signify this to the surveyor of His Majesty's roads”
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant I. p. 305.]
July 15.461. Same to the King's printer for the despatch of 100 copies of the Act of Parliament passed in the last session, “For the better preservation of His Majesty's woods in America, and for the encouragement of the importation of naval stores from thence and to encourage the importation of masts, yards, and bowsprits from that part of Great Britain called Scotland” for the same to be distributed amongst such Governments and officers in the Plantations where they may be of most service, in accordance with the representation of the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 403.]
462. Same to Mr. Serjeant Cheshire, Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General, and Thomas Reeve, Esq. enclosing a statement of the fund of 35,000l. per annum granted for the Civil List lottery, anno 1713, for their opinion what directions are proper to give to the officers of the Exchequer concerning it from the time the principal and interest on the orders for the said lottery which were not subscribed into the South Sea Company were paid off and discharged. [Ibid, p. 402.]
July 15.463. Report from John Conduitt to the Lords of the Treasury on the tenders for supply of copper to the Mint for the proposed copper coinage. 3½ pages.
Enclosing:
—Separate tender from Wm. Wood, junr. dated 1728–9, March 24. 1 page.
[[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 68.]
July.15.464.“The pension of 8,591l. per annum payable by Mr. Chetwynd for the relief and support of the French Protestants is to be paid half-yearly from time to time. So issue to Mr. Chetwynd 4,295l. 10s. for the half-year due Midsummer last.”
Mr. Conduitt called in and his report of the 15th instant on the several proposals for supplying His Majesty's Mint with copper for the intended coinage of farthings and halfpence read as follows:—
“In obedience to your Lordship's order of reference of the 11th current, directing me to examine the several proposals for supplying His Majesty's Mint with copper and to report a state of the same with such observations as shall occur thereupon, I beg leave to acquaint your Lordships that several of the persons who propose to contract set forth that there are different degrees of fineness of copper, that the sort of which the last coinage was made is only melted from the ore with sea coals into cakes, but that a finer sort is made by melting those cakes over again with charcoal, and others allege that they have the art of making it as fine with sea coal as it can be made with charcoal.”
“The several proposals that have been made for either of the above-mentioned sorts of copper are as follows, viz.:—
“William Wood,junr. proposes to furnish the first sort of copper, at16d. per lb.
“John Applebee and Henry Hines, who were the contractors for the last coinage, at14½d. per lb.
“Thomas Briggs, at14½d. per lb.
“William Boroughs, Esq. at 116l. 13s. 4d. per ton,reckoning only 2,000 lbs. to the ton, which is14d. per lb.
“Benj. Boss proposes to furnish copper melted with sea coal only at 130l. per ton, reckoning 2,240 lbs. to the ton, which is14¼d. & 6/7 of a farthing.
ldquo;Or copper melted over again with charcoal, at 140l. per ton, which is15d. per lb.
“William Thoyts proposes to furnish copper melted with sea coal only at 130l. per ton,reckoning 2,240 lbs. per ton, which is13¾d. & 5/7 of a farthing.
“Or copper melted over again with charcoal, at14½d. per lb.
Benjamin Robinson, on behalf of the Company of Copper Miners in England, offered in his first proposal to furnish such copper as was advertised in the ‘Gazette’, at -15½d. per lb.
“And by a second proposal hereunto annexed, copper melted from the ore with sea coal and toughened with charcoal as far as 100 tons, at13¾d. per lb.
“Sir Abraham Elton and Sir George Caswall's proposals are not expressed in the terms advertised in the ‘Gazette’ but Sir Abraham Elton declares they intend to conform thereto. They propose to furnish such copper as was advertised in the ‘Gazette’ at14d. per lb.
Or as low as anyone else shall propose for one year.
“Sir Abraham Elton says his copper is so much better than other copper that it does not want to be melted over again with charcoal; but that, if your Lordships think proper to have that sort, he will furnish it as cheap as any other person.
“Andrew Niblett proposes to furnish copper melted over again with charcoal, at
15d. per lb.
“Or copper in cakes, at13d. per lb.
“But declares that he will not engage that the copper he delivers at that price shall be so good as to stand the assay of the Mint.
“I humbly represent to your Lordships that to prevent any imposition of Barbary copper, the contractor or contractors may be obliged to make oath that all the copper delivered by them to His Majesty's Mint is made out of ore which is the product of Great Britain or His Majesty's plantations, for all copper which is made out of plantation ore is esteemed British copper, and the ore from New York is much better than any found here. All which is submitted, &c.
John Conduit.”
” Mint Office, 15 July, 1729.”
” Their Lordships thereupon do adjudge the Company of Copper Miners in England to be the fairest bidders, and order that Mr. Conduitt do contract with the said Company for supplying His Majesty's Mint with copper at 13¾d. per lb. avoirdupois according to their proposal upon the terms advertised in the ‘Gazette’ and entered in the minutes of the 4th day of March 1728–9, taking care to insert in the said contract that the Governor, or some other proper officer belonging to the said Company, do make oath before one of His Majesty's justices of the peace for the county of Middlesex that all the copper delivered by the said Company into His Majesty's Mint is, to the best of their knowledge and belief, made out of ore which is the product of Great Britain or His Majesty's Plantations abroad.”
Order for the preparation of the necessary warrant for setting the said copper coinage on foot. The draft warrant to be sent to Mr. Conduitt for his perusal and approbation.
Order for the issue of 3,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy to pay imprests and bills of exchange according to his memorial of the 15th instant.
Order for preparation of the warrant desired by Mr. Cracherode for 2,500l. on account of law charges, the bills of the clerks in court for the year ending June 11 last amounting to above 1,500l.
Mr. Cracherode is to carry on the prosecutions at the King's expense against the riotous tinners in Cornwall and against the Keeper of the Marshalsea, his turnkey, and others, for offences committed therein, according to His Majesty's pleasure signified to him by the Secretary of State.
A memorial read from Thomas Cornwallis and others, the late Commissioners' for taking in lottery tickets and delivering out other securities in lieu thereof, to be rewarded for services in executing their Lordships' orders with respect to the outstanding tickets at the time the said Commission was superseded, and also for what remains still to be done with relation to the business of past lotteries on all future petitions to their Lordships. Their Lordships agree to allow them 200?. each, being four in number, and 200l. for clerks and incidents.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 233–5.]
July 16.465. J. Scrope to the Commissioners of Excise for orders to the collectors to supply the Earl of Deloraine's regiment with subsistence money. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 403.]
466. Same to J. Conduitt, enclosing a draft of a warrant prepared for authorising the intended coinage of halfpence and farthings, for any amendments or alterations. [Ibid.]
467. Same to Mr.Cracherode directing the carrying on of the prosecution, in the King's name, against the riotous tinners in Cornwall, and against the Keeper of the Marshalsea Prison, and others. [Ibid.]
July 16.468. Order for payment of 50l. to Charles King, late office keeper, by Mr. Lowther, out of His Majesty's money in his hands. Order for preparation of warrants for payment of pensions to the Earls of Warwick and Sutherland to Midsummer last.
The Surveyor General's several reports of the 12th instant read on the petitions of the Earl of Kinnoull and Henry Holmes, each for a reversionary lease of a house near the Horse Guards, in which Holmes has the remaining term of five years, while the Earl has a Crown lease for 50 years of the house next adjoining. As the ground on which Holmes' house stands breaks in on the Earl's ground, and the house overlooks and otherwise incommodes the Earl, their Lordships assign the reversionary lease to the said Earl. But he is first to answer Holmes' charge of nonpayment of rent during the three years he rented the house from Holmes. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 236.]
July 17.469. Memorial of the Commissioners of the Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, praying a reprieve of Richard May and Peter Barnard and of John Horlock, Robert Hawker, John Kempthorne, Edward Volpee, Thomas Welch, and William Jackson, officers of the customs in the port of Plymouth, for killing Du Putron, master of a smuggling sloop, the “William,” of Guernsey, in the discharge of their duty, he having refused to allow them to board, 2¼pages.
Appending
(a.f.):—Separate affidavits of William Layer, John Marcon, and Louis Dupont, mariners of Guernsey, and Jean Mauger, passenger by the “Guillaume de Guernesey,” and William Sinclear, mariner, of Guernsey, and of Horlocke, Hawker, Kempthorne, Volpee, Welch, and Jackson. 17 pages.
Minuted:
—1729, July 23, read; and Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer will lay the same before the Privy Council
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 69.]
July 18.470. J. Scrope to the Comptrollers of the Army Accounts transmitting for report a draft contract with John Gilman, of Cork, for victualling the garrison at Minorca with salt beef.
[Letter Book XVIII. p. 404.]
July 20[?error
for June.]
471. Same to Mr. Delafaye: “You will receive herewith a letter from the Secretary of the Customs to me of the 17th instant giving information of French vessels hovering on the coast between Yarmouth and Newcastle, and publicly selling brandy, with very great insolence, to the colliers, and in defiance of the sloops appointed to guard the coast, one of whom they have engaged, and wounded some of his men, as appears by the captain's letters, a copy whereof is here enclosed, as also a copy of a letter from the Collector and Comptroller of the Customs at Yarmouth about this practice. You'll please to lay these before his Grace the Duke of Newcastle that it may be so represented to His Majesty's Minister in France that he may communicate it to the Court there and procure a stop to be put thereto.”
[Ibid, p. 399.]
July 22.472. Mr. Russell, Consul at Tetuan, having by letter from Gibraltar, dated 6th June 1729, advertised their Lordships that for enabling him to repair to the Court of the present Emperor of Morocco according to His Majesty's orders in that behalf, he has drawn a bill on their Lordships for 200l. payable to John Noble, their Lordships order Mr. Lowther to accept and pay same for this time, but in consideration of the moneys already received by Mr. Russell to make his journey, the said 200l. is to be repaid Lowther out of the salary becoming due to Russell as Consul.
Mr. Auditor Harley to hasten his report upon the instructions lately transmitted for his consideration relating to the control upon the office of Master of the Great Wardrobe and the accounts thereof.
The Earl of Kinnoull having given their Lordships satisfaction as to Mr. Holmes's demands upon him with respect to the house near the Horse Guards, in possession of Holmes, and lately inhabited by the said Earl, their Lordships order the reversionary lease to pass according to the Surveyor's report.
The Commissioners of Excise, by their letter of the 16th instant, desired to know whether, in their weekly certificates after Midsummer, 1729. it is to be distinguished how much of his Majesty's Civil List revenues contained therein did incur and become due before Midsummer, 1729, and how much since. Their Lordships see no cause for such distinction in any of the accompts of the Civil List revenues whatsoever, there being no directions by authority of Parliament for so doing.
The Governor and Company of Copper Miners having by petition desired that a tool or instrument called a cutter may be delivered to them by the Master of the Mint for cutting the blanks out of the copper they are to furnish to the Mint for the intended coinage of farthings and halfpence there, their Lordships refer same to the Master of the Mint to know whether the cutting is not meant to be performed at the Mint, and defrayed out of the 4½d. per lb. for charges, &c.
Mr. Paxton called in and Major Horsey and Mr. Shelton's petition, secretary to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, complaining of the reductions of his demands on the said Proprietors, read. The Proprietors are to take care when the 5,000l. is paid to them, to satisfy the debts, demands, which by the account given in amounted to no more than 4,824l. 7s. 1d. whereof Shelton's is part, that the persons having such demands be satisfied to secure His Majesty or their Lordships from all importunities about the same, and the arrears meant to be purchased for the said 5,000l. be no ways incumbered therewith.
Order for the preparation of warrants for issuing to the proper persons named in the Act of Parliament, 17,500l. for the purchase of seven-eighth parts, the whole in eight parts to be divided, of the province of Carolina, and 5,000l. for seven eighths, the arrears of quit rents, &c. due to the persons from whom the seven-eighths of the said province is to be purchased, which are to be granted and assigned to his Majesty.
Mr. Paxton to take care that the deeds relating to the Carolina affair be executed on Friday next.
The two letters enclosed in Mr. Walter Plummer's letter of the 18th instant from William Carter and J. Sparrow claiming a right to the receipt of the land tax and house money for the same part of Suffolk referred to the Agents for Taxes.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 237 8.]
July 22.473. Warrant by the Queen, as Guardian of the kingdom and in the King's name, to the Lords of the Treasury to authorise the issue to John Hart, Esq. as His late Majesty's Captain General and Governor-in-Chief in the Leeward Caribbee Islands, what is due to him on his allowances of 700l. per annum salary, and 500l. in lieu of all gifts and presents from the Assemblies of the said islands. The said Hart was lately succeeded as Captain General and Governor-in-Chief by Thomas Earl of Londonderry, but his said salary and allowances were paid only up to 1723, December 19, the Privy Seal of August 23, 9 George I. authorising payment of the salary, having become void by the death of George I Given at the Palace at Kensington.
Appending:—Certificate by Halifax, dated Exchequer, 1729, July 23, of the payment of the salary and allowances up to 1723, December 19. [Kings Warrant Book XXIX. pp. 377–8.]
July 22.474. J. Scrope to Mr. Burton, receiver of the deduction of 6d. per £ to collect same in the several offices where due and pay the sums forthwith into the Exchequer.
Memorandum:—“The Bank stops paying their dividend for want of this money.” [Letter Book XVIII. p. 405.]
[Before 1729.
July 23.]
475. Statement of the arrears of salary due to the livery servants of the late King from 1726, July 1, to 1727, June 10, who have not been provided for by their present Majesties' nor the Prince of Wales's establishment. 1 page.
Further claims by the aforesaid which were passed and allowed in the creditor for the extraordinary expense of the King's stables. 1page.
Minuted:
—With minute verbatim as below, p. 117.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXI. No. 70.]
July 23.476. A memorial from the Commissioners of the Customs of 1729, July 17, for the reprieve of several officers of the customs and salt duties at Plymouth who shot Wm. De Putron, master of a Guernsey smuggling vessel, for which the coroner's inquest has brought in May and Bernard guilty of murder and six other officers of manslaughter. Referred for Mr. Chancellor to advise with the Privy Council.
The memorial of the Treasurer of the Navy, of the 22nd instant, for 14,000l. for six months' half pay to sea officers and for 3,850l. for six months pension to superannuated officers, both due Midsummer, 1729, read and ordered to be issued at the Exchequer.
The Lord Chamberlain having signed a warrant, dated 1727, August 18, directed to the Jewel Office, for staffs with gold and silver heads with His Majesty's arms, estimated at 60l. to be provide 1 for the officers of the Battle Axe Guards in Dublin, and the said warrants lying before their Lordships to be confirmed, they reject same, “thinking it very unreasonable for His Majesty's Civil List to be charged with this expense.”
Order for the issue of Midsummer quarter, 1729, to the Treasurer of the Chamber, as also to the Earls of Chesterfield and Sutherland and Mr. Poyntz, the moneys remaining unpaid on their orders lately signed.
The report of the Commissioners of Excise in Scotland on Isaac Hyde's petition for payment to him of a further amount, 91l. 10s. for his late services as one of the inspectors into the receipt and management of those revenues there, agreed to.
Report of the Commissioners for Taxes of 12th April last on George Wilson's petition for a salary of 100l. as Solicitor for Affairs of Taxes, read and agreed to, to be paid from Christmas last out of the duties on houses by the receiver thereof for London, Middlesex and Westminster.
The order of Council of June 16 last, referring to their Lordships the petition of Thomas Tomkyns, late Cashier to the [Commissioners of] Hawkers and Pedlars, praying liberty from his imprisonment under an extent for debt to the Crown, so as he may prosecute an undertaking by patent for making iron malleable with sea or pit coal fire, read. Their Lordships find the debt inexcusable, and that the public affairs in Parliament have suffered thereby, and that his pretence of being the inventor of making iron malleable in manner aforesaid is no sufficient cause for his enlargement, nor can he, in in their opinion, be enabled by means of the said undertaking to make any satisfaction to the public for the said debt.
The report of the Surveyor General of the 2nd instant on Sir Gilbert Pickering and John Kipling's petition for a reversionary lease of a messuage on the south side of Pall Mall in trust for Lucretia, wife of Thomas Pickering, read and agreed to.
Order for the issue to the Great Wardrobe of 483l. 0s. 6d. to satisfy debts remaining to be paid there on account of mourning for the late King, and 319l. 3s. 2d. for debts remaining to be paid there on account of the coronation of His present Majesty, according to the particulars in Mr. Dummer's memorial of to-day in explanation of the Yeomen of the Guards' demands for watch gowns, &c.
Sir William Thompson is to be paid 453l. 8s.d. due to him in the late King's time on his several allowances, part as Cursitor Baron of the Exchequer, according to the Earl of Halifax's certificate in that behalf.
Richard Tidder's petition for a further reward for services to the Commissioners of Hawkers and Pedlars referred to the said Commissioners.
Such of the livery servants of His late Majesty as have not been taken into His present Majesty's service and are now out of employment to be paid their arrears due at the late King's demise.
Order for a statement of the debt to the foreign ministers to Midsummer, 1729, distinguishing each quarter.
The Commissioners of Wine Licences are to show how it happens that their accounts of that revenue are passed no further than Christmas, 1728, and are to give in their unpassed accounts to the Auditor with all speed.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 239–40.]
July 23.477. Allowance by the Lords of the Treasury, Whitehall, of the bill of account of incident charges in Excise for Edinburgh and precincts for the quarter ending 1729, June 24, amounting to 709l. 14s. 3d.
Appending:
—Detailed bill with names and amounts.
[North Britain Book IX. pp. 317–8.]
July 23.478. Similar allowance of the account of salaries, Excise, for Edinburgh and precincts for the same quarter, amounting to 1,826l. 12s. 8d.
Appending:
—Detailed bill as above.
[North Britain Book IX. pp. 319–20.]
July 23.479. J. Scrope to the Auditors of the Imprests calling for a report on the instructions contained in letter of date June 12, supra, for Mr. Hall's guidance in the Office of Comptroller of the Great Wardrobe. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 406.]
480.Same to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, concerning the complaints of Richard Shelton, secretary to the Lords Proprietors, of the reduction of his claims upon them. [Ibid, p. 405.]
481.Same to the Commissioners of Wine Licences for a reason why their accounts are passed no further than Christmas, 1725. [Ibid.]
July 23.482. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Auditor of the Receipt, Clerk of the Pells, Chamberlains of the Exchequer, Tally Cutter, and all other the Officers of the Receipt, authorising the innovating several tallies by virtue of warrants from one of the Barons of the Exchequer according to the usual course in that behalf, making at the same time memoranda in the books of the respective offices that the foils of the tallies lost could not be taken up and broken because they were undistinguishable and perished in the place where kept.
Appending:—Memorial of the officers of the Tally Court, to the Lords of the Treasury praying directions concerning the applications of Wm. Thomas, James Martin, and Thomas Glegg, proprietors of several annuities for new tallies in lieu of those lost, the Barons of the Exchequer, by writ to the Deputy Chamberlains, having directed the striking of new tallies and the destruction of the old foils, and the Deputy Chamberlains having certified that they cannot find the said foils.
[Warrants not relating to money XXIV. p. 182.]
July 24.483. J. Scrope to Mr. Conduitt, transmitting for reference and report the memorial of the Governor and Company of Copper Mines in England to be supplied with a cutter out of the Mint for the intended coinage of halfpence and farthings ut supra, p. 115.
[Letter Book XVIII. p. 405.]
July 24.484. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of Customs for the exportation of a bell of about 800 lb. weight for the service of the church at Bristol in America.
Appending:—Petition of Thos. Landford to the Lords of the Treasury for leave to export same. [Customs Book XII. p. 411.]
July 24.485. Sign manual from the Queen, as Guardian of the kingdom and in the King's name, directed to John Conduitt, Master and Worker of the Mint, authorising the receipt of fine British copper of specified quality and the coinage of same into halfpence and farthings of such a bigness that 46 halfpence or 92 farthings may make a pound weight avoirdupois with a remedy of 1/40 the total weight. The imported copper to be paid for at rates allowed by the Treasury, the one-half to be in money and the other half in money and scissel. The quantities of the coinage to be determined by the Lords of the Treasury for the time being. The coins to be assayed in a certain manner here prescribed both for weight and fineness of copper and to be delivered in small parcels to such of His Majesty's subjects as shall come for the same at the price settled and stated by the assay, abating one penny in every seven pound weight for any small defect. All accounts to be entered in a book by a clerk, to be called the King's clerk for the time being. Regulations as to these accounts. Given at the Palace at Kensington. [King's Warrant Book XXIX. pp. 383–5.]
July 24.486. Sign manual from the Queen, as Guardian, &c. directed to the Clerk of the Signet for preparation of a bill to pass the Privy Seal for the payment to Thomas Earl of Londonderry, appointed Captain General and Governor-in-Chief of all the Leeward Caribbee Islands, by letters patent of 1728, April 17, the accustomed salary of 1,200l. out of the 4½ per cent. duty, being 500l. in lieu of all presents and gifts, from the Assemblies and 700l. for his maintenance, same to commence from date of the letters patent. [Ibid, p. 381–3.]
487. Warrant by the Queen, as Guardian, &c. addressed to Spencer Lord Wilmington, for the issue to John Mulcaster, agent to Thomas Corphy and the Independent Company, of 500l. in satisfaction of all demands for services performed by him, Corphy, having, upon settling a colony in the Bahama Islands and forming an Independent Company of Foot to do duty there, been appointed chaplain to the said Colony and Company by commission bearing date 1722, December 10, on which commission he stayed in the island from date of receipt of it till 1727, December 14, in hopes of being placed on the military establishment, and thereby lost hopes of ecclesiastical preferment at home. Given at the Court at Kensington.
Memorandum:—Signed by three Lords of the Treasury. “We have been made acquainted with the aforegoing warrant.” Whitehall, Treasury Chambers, 1729, August 14. [Ibid, p. 389.]
488. Warrant by the Queen, as Guardian, &c. directed to John Grymes, Esq. His Majesty's Receiver General in Virginia, for the payment in accordance with the representation of William Gooch, Esq. His Majesty's Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Virginia, of 1,000l. for the expenses and salary of the Commissioners and Surveyors who have surveyed the boundaries between His Majesty's Colonies of Virginia and North Carolina, and transmitted plans as it is now run and marked out to the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, same to be paid out of the King's revenue from quit rents in Virginia. Given at the Palace at Kensington. [Ibid, pp 378–9.]
July 24.489. Warrant by the Queen [as Guardian, &c.] directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the payment, as by the Act of the last sessions of Parliament, of 17,500l. to Edward Bertie, of Gray's Inn, Samuel Horsey, of St. Martin's in the Fields, Henry Smith, of Caversham, Oxford, and Alexius Clayton, of the Middle Temple, for the surrender by them, by deed indented and to be enrolled in Chancery, to His Majesty all those seven undivided eighth parts (the whole into eight equal parts or shares to be divided), to which certain persons named in the said act are entitled in the provinces or territories called Carolina, and all the royalties, franchises, lands, &c. therewith enjoyed under letters patent of Charles II.; and of a further 5,000l. to the same for the similar assigning to His Majesty of the seven eighth parts of all the arrears of quit rents and other rents, debts, duties, accounts, &c. due to the persons therein named who are entitled to the seven eighth parts of the said province. Given at the Palace at Kensington.
[King's Warrant Book XXIX. pp. 379–80.]
July 24.490. At Mr. Shelton's request, a letter to be written to Major Horsey to desire him, with Mr. Leheup, to inspect the books and accounts belonging to the Lord Proprietors of Carolina, and to state their debt to Shelton as their secretary.
Henry Roberts appointed Comptroller of the Customs at Southampton, at the request of Lord William Powlett, in place of Thomas Morgan, whose patent is to be revoked.
Josiah Colebrook demands a far greater reward than the 100l. already paid him for his service in detecting and discovering many frauds in the Customs. Is to state particulars.
The memorial of Lord Carpenter and Colonel Kanes for a copper coinage to the amount of 2,000l. to be made for Minorca, referred to the Master Worker of the Mint.
Mrs. Levet is to have 20l. as the King's bounty, out of the King's money in Mr. Lowther's hands.
Order for preparation of warrants for paying the late Duke of Devonshire on his appointment as President of the Council to the day of his death. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 241.]
July 25.491. Report of the Barons of the Exchequer to the Lords of the Treasury, on the feu duties payable out of Islay in Scotland, granted by Queen Anne to Edward Hyde, afterwards Lord Corabury and Clifton, and now claimed by Lord Darnley as heir of Lady Darnley, his mother, the sister of said Edward Hyde. (1½ pages.) [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXII. No. 1.]
July 27.492. Report from the Commissioners of the Board of Works to the Lords of the Treasury on the condition of part of the wall of St. James's Park between the passage leading into Dartmouth Street and the gate to Queen's Square. The wall is in a very dangerous condition, occasioned by the springing of the vaults to support the terraces of the inhabitants from the upper part of the said wall. Will cost 80l. to rebuild. Whitehall, Office of Works, 1729, July 27. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 2.]
July 29.493. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury, Whitehall, to the Commissioners of Excise in Scotland, authorising the allowance to Isaac Hide, of 91l. 10s. for the services by him performed on resuming the business to which himself, together with Henry Robinson and Wm. Pinney, were appointed in 1723, of surveying and inspecting the management of the revenues of excise there, and reporting the state thereof.
Appending.— (a.) Certificate by Henry Robinson and Wm. Pinney, dated 1728, April 9, of Isaac Hide's resuming, by his letter of 1726, September 15, the employment to which he was nominated by an instrument of the Lords of the Treasury, of date 1723, June 14, and which he declined by his letter of 1723, August 7. (b.) Report to the Lords of the Treasury by the Commissioners, of Excise, Scotland, dated 1729, July 11, Edinburgh, on the case, and advocating payment to Hide of his allowance of 30s. per day for the 61 days he claims.
[North Britain Book IX. pp. 321–3.]
July 29.494. J. Scrope to John Conduitt, transmitting for consideration and report a memorial of Lord Carpenter and Colonel Kane for a copper coin to the value of 2,000l. to be made for the island of Minorca. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 406.]
July 29.495. Several tradesmen of the wardrobe called in demand that the liveries provided for certain of His late Majesty's servants just before his demise, and which were used at His present Majesty's coronation, might be paid for by His present Majesty, and not placed to the account of the late King's arrears. Their Lordships will lay the matter before the King upon his return.
A memorial of Christopher Rex and others for the proclamation reward for taking a highwayman in the late King's time, referred to Mr. Cracherode, and, on his report, is to be paid out of the late King's arrears.
The report of the Surveyor General of 1729, April 25, on James Anderson's petition for a lease of a chapel in Swallow Street for the benefit of the Scotch congregation who now use the same, read, and the lease agreed to on the terms proposed by the Surveyor, excepting the payment of the fine of 40l. which, in consideration of the ruinous state of the chapel and the poverty of the said congregation, their Lordships, on His Majesty's behalf, remit.
The petition of Jacob Tonson and others for 591l. 10s. for reports, votes, and representations of the proceedings in the House of Commons, read. Their Lordships understanding that the votes delivered for the service of the House itself were not used heretofore to be paid for by the Crown, order that fact to be inquired into, and also whether the printed reports for the House about the South Sea Directors' Estates, dated 6th February, 1721, and 25th April, 1726, for which 32l. 18s. is charged, were printed and delivered in this King's or the late King's time.
Thomas Selbourne, having had both money and employment found him for his services to the Government in the late rebellion, and now soliciting further provision for himself and family, is to provide for himself, “for that my Lords will do nothing further for them.”
John Rogers is to have 20l. as His Majesty's bounty, out of the King's money in the hands of Mr. Lowther.
The Exchequer is to pay Lord Warwick's unsatisfied order.
The auditor's last statement of the land revenue account in Mr. Scrope's hands is to be laid before their Lordships.
A copy of Mr. Sohlenthal's letter concerning the seizure of a Danish ship, the “Golden Rose,” John Seaman master, to the Commissioners of the Customs for advice.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 242–3.]
July 30.496. Report from Samuel Horsey and Peter Leheup to the Lords of the Treasury on Richard Shelton's demands as secretary to the late Lords Proprietors of Carolina. His account for 1,567l. is correct. He was admitted Secretary 1708–9, February 3, his salary at first being 40l. “There does not appear any order for allowing him the additional 40l. per annum from 1711, February 12, as charged, but he alleges for a reason why that salary was granted that North Carolina was about that time separated from South Carolina and put under a distinct governor, and so required double trouble, and that Lord Carteret told him not to insert the secretary's accounts in the minute book, that it might not appear how much they were in arrear with him … In the subsequent accounts he continues to charge the same salaries of 40l. and 40l. per annum to the 3rd June 1723, and from that day to February 1727, when his demands cease, he charges 100l. per annum salary, viz. 40l. per annum for South Carolina and 60l. per annum for North Carolina. To maintain this addition of 20l. per annum he produces in the North Carolina book two bodies of instructions under the hands and seals of the Lords Proprietors, dated 1723, June 3; the first for George Burrington, then Governor, direct him to prepare an establishment of the salaries and expenses of North Carolina, and to charge therein, among other salaries, for their Secretary residing in London, for himself and his clerk 60l. per annum salary sterling money; the other instructions to Arthur Goffe, their Receiver General, direct him, among other salaries, to pay thei Secretary residing in London 60l. per annum. The entries of these instructions are signed in the book by the said Burrington and Goffe.
“Mr. Shelton, to maintain his charge of 400l. for eight years' rent of an office at 50l. per annum, says that the same was agreed by word of mouth to be paid him upon the Proprietors declining to keep it in their houses, as Lord Carteret had done, till he went to Sweden. He alleges he has paid that rent for a house he took in Bury Street for that purpose.
“In further proof of the truth of these accounts Mr. Shelton produces a copy of a memorial from the Lords Proprietors to the Privy Council about settling the arrears of quitrents, &c. then offered to be sold, and of an account thereunto annexed and signed by them, intituled An Account of several Claims not yet adjusted, wherein there is charged 1,039l. 7s. 1d. for the Secretary, 165l. for clerks, and 400l. for rent of a house; and these claims, being 37l. 7s. 1d. more than is demanded by Mr. Shelton, the said Proprietors say in their memorial ought regularly to be answered out of the said arrears of quit rents, &c. which were purchased for 5,000l. and the said account of claims amounted to 4,824l. 7s. 1d.” 2½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXII. No. 4.]
July 30.497. The Commissioners of the Board of Works to the Lords of the Treasury. Have directed half the road leading to Fulham to be repaired at a cost of 495l. 6s. 3d. Require an imprest of half the amount to the Paymaster of the Works as works of this nature require the advancement of money beforehand. Whitehall, Office of Works, 1729, July 30. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 5.]
498. Carteret Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, from Arlington Street. The Lords Justices of Ireland have transmitted a memorial of the Commissioners of the Infirmary in Dublin proposing the building of a new infirmary at a cost of 750l. as the lease for the present infirmary will expire next year and the building is so old and crazy that a considerable sum would not put it into tolerable repair. They have pitched on a piece of ground that may be had at a less rent than the present infirmary. The Infirmary Fund appears to be overdrawn, but the Commissioners are of opinion that the save in repairs would soon equal the charge of the new building. The King has consented to give his royal letter of approval for their taking the ground in trust for His Majesty and going on with the building. Encloses draft of a letter by the Attorney General in Ireland for this purpose. Desires preparation of the proper instrument. 2 pages.
[Ibid, No. 6.]
July [31].499. Treasury fees for the month of July (ut supra January 31), 546l. 10s. 3d. divided equally ut supra ibid and with receipts of Horace Walpole, John Scrope and the clerks.
[Treasury Fee Book VI. pp. 301–8.]
July 31.500. Mr. Burchet's letter of the 25th instant for the usual indulgence to the clerks of the Admiralty in refunding the taxes on their salaries for 1728, amounting to 147l. 10s. agreed to.
The Commissioners for wine licence revenue inform their Lordships that their accounts had been delivered in up to 1727 and not merely to 1725, as represented by the Auditors.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 244.]
July 31.501. Report from P. Medows and J. Bruce, Comptrollers of Army Accounts on the draft of the contract with John Gilman for the supply of Minorca with salt beef, approving same with slight alterations. 1 page.
Appending:
—The note of alterations proposed. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXII. No. 8.]
July 31.502. Order from the Lords of the Treasury endorsing a warrant, dated 1728, May 15, from the Duke of Grafton to the Master of the Great Wardrobe, for the delivery to the Lord Privy Seal of a rich purse for the year 1728.
Memorandum:—This warrant will come to 21l. Thomas Dummer. [Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. 305.]
[July or
August?]
503. Petition of Jezreel Jones to the Lords of the Treasury. According to their Lordships command, has shipped from Portsmouth, Abdrahhaman Shreif, nephew of the late Ismail Shreif, and cousin to the present Abdalah Shreif, Emperor of Morocco, with his wife, children and baggage, to Barbary, on the “Scarborough,” Captain Barnsley. On this account has expended 161l. 3s. Has also expended 161l. 17s. 6d. on Isaac Bueno de Mezquita, who brought a letter for the King from his master, Muley Abdalah, the present Emperor of Morocco, and come to buy cloth and other goods for his master. Was ordered by the Earl of Townshend to send in his account to their Lordships as formerly and similarly had Mr. Adams' order to repair to their Lordships for an order for 36l. for coach hire for Cossum Hoja. 2 pages.
Appending
:—a. Jones's account for lodging and diet of Isaac Bueno de Mezquita, October 1728 to January 5, 1728–9. 1 page.
b.
Petition from Jones to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1728, Sept 3, asking for an advance of 100l. upon his expenses, the Moorish Ambassador having got all his baggage on shore and having that day removed to a house recommended by Sir Clement Cotterell, the Master of the Ceremonies, in Suffolk Street, where the last Morocco was. 1 page.
c.
Jones's account for lodging and loans, &c to Muley Abdrahhaman Shreif at Portsmouth from the date of last account to the receipt of orders from the Lords of the Admiralty for his embarkation. 2¼ pages.
d
and e. Jones's petition to the Earl of Scarborough, enclosing account of the coach hire on behalf of Cossum Hoja, with certification of same by Wm. Lunn, Secretary to Senor Bengota, Secretary to Cossum Hoja. 2 pages.
f-v.
A series of 18 papers, mostly receipts, relating to Jezreel Jones's claims on account of the entertainment of Abdrahhaman Shreif, the Emperor of Morocco's cousin, and of Cossum Hoja, the Tripoly Ambassador as follows.
f-l. Receipts of payments to or for Muley Abdrahhaman the Moor, July 1 to July 23, 1729. 7 papers.
m.
Letter from Elizabeth Moore at Portsmouth, June 2, to Jezreel Jones. “Cosan Mojer is gon the same day as I com to Portsmouth.” Asks Jones for money and to send to the King of Barbary to get her home. 2 pages.
n.
“This letter came from Portsmouth to Abdrahhaman Shreif from Mustafa Shreif, the Tripoly Ambassador's cousin, desiring him to come away and not to trifle away his time as having been long enough in Christendom. He writes also to me in this letter thanking me as also all the rest of their friends for the favours and kind usage they received all of them from me and desires me to send him for else he will loiter and spend his money and his time to his ruin. When he had read this letter he sent it to me the 23 June 1729 and told me as soon as he saw me that he would not go to Portsmouth for he knew the Ambr intended to poison him. This jealousy was heightened by the nurse whose name is Moore who pretends to cast coffee grounds for him in whose confidence he puts his main belief and will depend upon her as if she were his goddess. He is so deep in love with her that he frequently threatens the black woman he will kill her to make Moore his wife and have white children.” 1 page. English and Arabic.
o, p, q, r. Three letters in Arabic, and “abstract of Muley Abdrahhaman's letter, the Emperor of Morocco's cousin, to the Lords of the Treasury from Portsmouth July 21 1729 from the Arabic”; the letter as follows:—
“Thanks be to God alone and praise to your Excellencies. Our acknowledgements are due for all the favours received by us for we were never supported by the Tripoly Ambassador nor acquainted with any kindness from him but your goodness in subsisting us and desire leave to acquaint you that Mr. Jones has behaved himself towards us as deserving your favour.” 9 pages.
s.
Receipt in Arabic. 1 page.
t, u, v.
Three papers relating to Jezreel Jones's accounts for coach hire and attendance, 36l. September 14 to November 14, 1728, being for two months after the said Ambassador had his audience of their Majesties at Windsor, which account was certified by Bengota, the Ambassador's secretary.” Also certified by Cossum Hoja the Ambassador separately. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXII. No. 9.]