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'Treasury Books and Papers: August 1730', Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 1: 1729-1730 (1897), pp. 427-444. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=87310 Date accessed: 30 October 2014.


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August 1730

August 1.470. Statement of opinion by Sir P. Yorke on the following questions submitted concerning the method of dealing with the estate of Wm. Allen, Receiver General of the land tax for part of Norfolk, one of his mercantile creditors having applied for a commission of bankruptcy against him. (1.) Would the adjudication as a bankrupt prevent Allen assigning his estates to trustees to meet his debt to the Crown? (2.) Would it be safe to meet the particular application in question by payment of the debt due to applicant? 3 pages. [Ibid, No. 14.]
471. The Duke of Newcastle to the Lords of the Treasury transmitting a copy of a letter from Mr. Parker, Consul at Corunna. His Majesty has consented that Parker be paid 52l. 11s. 0d. for disbursements for the public service. Windsor Castle, August 1. 1 page.
Appending:
—John Parker to the Duke of Newcastle, of date December 27/January 7, 1729/1730
“ Just upon the breach of the last rupture with the Spaniards, being then under confinement, I despatched three expresses to His Majesty's envoy at Lisbon with letters for your Grace advising the arrival of the Spanish flota.” Said expresses were at writer's proper cost and charge, 52l. 11s. 0d., and he is yet in disburse for same. Corunna, 1730–29, January 7. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 15.]
August 3.
Windsor Castle,
Treasury
Chamber.
472. A letter read from the Commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland, dated July 24 last, setting forth the inability of the officers and vessels to hinder the exporting wool to foreign parts and the fraudulent importation of goods from the East and West Indies, and desiring two armed vessels to cruise between Arran and Baltimore and Baltimore and Kinsale. Referred to the Lords of the Admiralty.
The report of the Attorney and Solicitor General read, dated July 29, on the representation of the late Surveyor General touching the wharf and buildings in Scotland Yard, of which the Duke of Chandos desires a renewal of lease. Advises the bringing a scire facias to repeal the first grant, on which the Crown was deceived. Deferred till the Duke of Chandos has seen the report.
The Attorney General's report of 1730, June 1, on Sir John Mere's petition about fee farm rents purchased from the late Earl of Portland, read and agreed to.
[Treasury Minute Book, XXVI. p. 337.]
August 3.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
473. Order for 20l. to Wm, Tomkins as royal bounty.
The Commissioners for Taxes exhibit to their Lordships a state Mr. Diston's debt as late Receiver for Westminster and Middlesex: original debt, 23,446l.; paid by his sureties, 17,574l.; remainder, 5,872l. And a state of Mr. Wilkinson's debt as late Receiver for York, Durham, and Northumberland: original debt, 30,340l.; paid by trustees, 2,426l.; arrears, 27,913l. Their Lordships are concerned to find that, notwithstanding such length of time, there should be so great an arrear still unrecovered from Wilkinson and his sureties. The agents hereupon exhibit a paper containing a short state of Wilkinson's affairs, which is read, and proves no more than that suits have abated and further delays happened by the death of parties. They are admonished to take care that all the necessary prosecutions be pursued with diligence and effect.
The securities of Wm. Allen, late Receiver of part of Norfolk, attend, with Mr. Perkins, their solicitor, and submit the Attorney General's opinion on a case stated touching Allen's assigning Ins estate, or their proceeding by commission of bankruptcy. (Statement of opinion, ibid, at length.) Admonished to bring the affair to a speedy conclusion, and for the saving of wine seized on extent, to consult the attorneys in the King's Remembrancer's office, since the Barons are now on circuit and the writ venditioni exponas cannot immediately be sued forth.
The fees, 6l. 11s. 6d. for the warrant for Mr. Charles Valence Jones's salary, to be paid by Mr. Lowther out of the King's money in his hand. [Ibid, pp. 338–40.]
August 3.474. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of Customs, authorising the sloop at present guarding the Suffolk coast to be removed to the Essex coast, under the command of Captain John Bowen, who was removed for that purpose from being mate of the “Queen Caroline” sloop; and further establishing a boat at Aldborough for the guard of Orford haven, with a sitter at 40l. per annum, and six good hands at 30l.
Prefixing:
—Memorial of the Commissioners of the Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1730, July 29, proposing as above, with the list of the sitter and the six boatmen.
[Customs Book XIII. p. 105.]
August 3.475. Same from same to the Surveyor General to send to the proper auditor for a particular or to make forth a constat, as the case shall require, of seven messuages in Stonecutter Street and Pall Mall, in order to the passing a lease thereof under the Exchequer Seal to Jane Barnes, widow, for 39½ years from 1730, lady Day, for a fine of 300l. and a ground rent of 2s. 6d. in the pound on 142l., reported as the yearly value of the premises.
Appending:—Report, dated 1730, July 22, from Exton Sayer to the Lords of the Treasury, on Jane Barnes's petition for reversionary lease as above. [Crown Lease Book II. pp. 81–2.]
August 3.476. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Surveyor General to make forth a constat, or to send to the auditor for a particular, of a piece of ground with several messuages thereon in Great and Little Swallow Streets, in the bailiwick of St. James, and to rate same, in order to the passing a lease under the Exchequer Seal to Anthony Bruce for 14 years from 1766, Lady Day, at the old rent of 5l. 10s. and fine of 12l.
Appending:
—Report, dated 1730, July 29, from Exton Seyer to the Lords of the Treasury on Bruce's petition for reversionary lease as above. [Ibid, pp. 82–4.]
August 4.477. Same from same to Edmund Halley, LL.D., Astronomical Observator, James Hodgson, Master of the Royal Mathematical School in Christ's Hospital, and John Theophilus Desaguliers, LL.D., desiring their repair to the Receipt of the Exchequer to examine and prove the dimensions and contents of the standard coal bushel made in accordance with the warrant of date 1730, July 27, and to certify same under their hands. The said bushel to be then received into His Majesty's Exchequer and kept as standard.
[Warrants not relating to money XXIV. p. 285–6.]
August 4.478. Royal sign manual directed to the Attorney or Solicitor General for preparation of a bill to pass the Great Seal conveying to Arthur Onslow, Chancellor to the Queen, Henry Earl of Grantham, Chamberlain to the Queen, and Sir Robert Walpole, a grant of the royal manor of East Greenwich, with the Queen's house, the Old Tilt yard, the Queen's garden, in trust for the Queen during the life of William Duke of Cumberland and the Princess Amelia.
Memorandum:—This warrant was cancelled, and the grant went in the Queen's own name.
Appending:—(a.) Constat, dated July 22, of the manor of East Greenwich, parcel of the ancient possessions of the Crown of England, in the county of Kent, made out by William Lowndes, auditor, by virtue of a warrant from the Lords of the Treasury, of date 1730, July 20.
(b.) Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury, of date 1730, September 2, to the Surveyor General, to rate the particular of Greenwich Manor, in order to the passing a lease thereof to the Queen. [King's Warrant Book XXX. pp. 49–51.]
479. Same directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue of 300l. to Mr. Decloise, “which we are pleased to bestow upon him for bringing over from Constantinople letters of congratulation from the Grand Signior and Grand Vizier unto us upon our accession to the Crown of these kingdoms.” Given at the Court at Windsor Castle.
Memorandum:—A warrant signed on the aforegoing, 1730, August 8. [King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 51.]
August 4.480. Royal sign manual directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue of 300l. to Robert Johnson towards defraying the expense of subsisting here the Chiefs of the Cherokee Indians bordering on Carolina, who are lately come from thence to pay their duty to the King, and the charge of transporting them back.
Memorandum.—[Ut supra.] [Ibid, p. 52.]
August 4.481. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury [to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland], directing the necessary orders to the Commissioners appointed to take the accounts of the Vice Treasurers of Ireland to allow thereupon the several exceedings or overdrawings under the head of concordatums, military contingencies and barracks, amounting to 14,333l. 9s.d. as if the same had been paid by particular warrants. [Irish Book VIII. pp. 373–4.]
August 4.482. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Clerk of the Pipe or his deputy to prepare a lease to pass the Exchequer Seal of the manor of Marylebone (&c. ut supra, 1730, July 23) to Thomas Gibson, John Jacob, and Robert Jacomb, for 24½ years from 1736, December 20, at the rent of 36l. 14s. 6d. and a fine of 800l.
Appending:
—(a.) Particular and memorandum of the premises, certified by Wm. Lowndes, auditor, 1730, July 24.
(b.) Rated particular of same by Exton Sayer, Surveyor General, 1730, July 29.
(c.) Entry in Latin of the release.
[Crown Lease Book II. pp. 76–80.]
483. Same from same to same to prepare a lease to pass the Exchequer Seal of a messuage and land on the north side of Piccadilly, abutting east on the Old Bear Inn, to John Wrangham, of the parish of St. James's, gentleman, for 46 years from 1734, Lady Day, at the rents of 50s. and 12d. and fine of 45l.
Appending:
—(a.) Constat of the premises made forth and rated by Exton Seyer, Surveyor General, 1730, August 1.
(b.) Entry in Latin of the release. [Ibid, pp. 84–7.]
August 5.484. Memorandum relating to Lord Slane's pension. “It is proposed that the pension of 300l. per annum be granted to the Lord Viscount Massarene, and the Rev. Archibald Stewart, D.D. in trust that they apply such part thereof as they shall judge necessary and proper for the maintenance and education of Christopher Fleming, Esq. only son of Lord Slane, and do pay the remainder to Lord Slane for the support of himself and his three daughters.
N.B.—Lord Slane is in very low circumstances, and has been near three years in England soliciting for His Majesty's charity. The expense has been considerable' to a person in his poor condition. It is therefore hoped that the grant may have a retrospect of two years.” 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 16.]
August 5.485. Statement of opinion by the Attorney General, Sir Philip Yorke, on certain questions as follow, submitted concerning Mr. Allen's case, an extent having been executed, and the sheriff being now in possession of all his goods.
(1.) Whether any one of the Barons of the Exchequer can in the present vacation time order a venditioni exponas to issue to sell the wines and salt which are perishable, or can the Lords of the Treasury, or may the sheriff?
(2.) Can the sureties receive the debts in order to save the sheriff's poundage, or can the Lords of the Treasury order any person to receive those debts, or may the debtors, if they think fit, pay their debts into the receipt of the Exchequer, and strike a tally upon the account of Mr. Allen, the receiver, and be safe in so doing?
(3.) How must Mr. Allen's books and papers, which have been seized, be got to London? Can the Lords of the Treasury make an order upon the sheriff to deliver them to the sureties or any other person?
(4.) In case, from this commission of bankruptcy, Mr. Allen should be declared a bankrupt before the teste of the extent, will that avoid the sheriffs seizure, and take place of, or be subsequent to the debt due to the Crown?
(5.) Supposing the creditors should be advised to stay all further proceedings upon the commission of bankruptcy in order to save expense, may the Lords of the Treasury stay proceedings upon the extent, and will the sheriff's poundage by that means be saved? 3 pages. [Ibid, No. 17.]
August 5.486. Warrant under the royal sign manual, directed to the Chief Baron and the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland, authorising them to make up and pass the accounts of Sir Robert Sinclair, deceased, as late Receiver General of the revenues in Scotland, paying any surplusage to said accomptant, and those who claim under him out of moneys arisen from forfeitures.
Appending:—(a.) Report of the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, to the Lords of the Treasury on the affair of Sir Robert Sinclair's balances, dated Edinburgh, Exchequer Chamber, 1729 July 25.
(b.) Affidavit, dated 1729, July 8, of Alexander Innes, deputy to the deceased Sir Robert Sinclair, Receiver General for Scotland, and Receiver General of the forfeited estates, of his method of receiving in and paying out the said moneys.
[North Britain Book X. pp. 2–4.]
August 5.487. Warrant under the royal sign manual to Henry Pelham, Paymaster General, to pay 133l. 3s. to John Osborne, appointed by commission, dated 1728, September 12, from Thomas Earl of Londonderry, to act as Lieutenant Governor of Montserrat, one of the Leeward Caribbee Islands in place of Paul George, deceased, pending the appointment of a governor by the King: said salary being computed from date of commission as above to 1729, May 14, when a commission under the royal signet and sign manual was issued, nominating Thos. Diggs, Esq. Lieutenant Governor of the said island.
Memorandum:—Warrant signed thereon at Windsor, 1730, August 10, by the Lords of the Treasury.
[King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 54.]
488. Same to same for payment of Missing's bill for 1,597l. 1s.d. for victualling the garrisons of Placentia and Annapolis Royal, 1728–9, January 1, to 1729, June 30.
Appending:—Report of the Comptrollers of the Army Accounts of date 1730, May 30 [to the Lords of the Treasury], on the list of persons victualled, &c. as above. [Ibid, pp. 55–7.]
August 6.489. J. Scrope to Mr. Burchett, Secretary to the Admiralty, transmitting from the Lords of the Treasury the letter from the Commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland concerning the inability of their officers and vessels to prevent the illicit export of wool and import of other goods, for same to be laid before the Lords of the Admiralty. [Letter Book XIX. p. 3.]
August 6.490. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Auditor of the Receipt, to draw one or more orders for paying to the South Sea Company 833,214l. 7s. for the additional fund becoming due to the said Company after the rate of 4 per cent. per annum for the year 1730, June 24, to 1731, June 24, on the principal sum of 20,830,358l. 16s. 8d. being the present increase of their capital stock on the Act 6 George I.
Appending:—Statement in detail of the additions to the capital stock and yearly fund of the South Sea Company by reason of the annuities and other public debts taken in by virtue of the Act 6 Geo. I. as the same annuities stand declared by six several instruments in writing under the hands and seals of the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, dated 1720, September 28, and December 9, 1720–1, January 21 and 23, 1721, July 7, and May 18. [Money Book XXXV. pp. 278–80.]
August 10.491. A petition read from Robert Johnson, Governor of South Carolina, concerning the disposal of the interim fees of the office of governor since the death of Governor Nicholson (1727–8, March 5), and his own commission, 1729–30, January 1. A moiety belongs to the President of the Council. Of the other moiety, 509l. 5s. remains. Begs grant of same to himself towards answering his extraordinary charges in attending here six years, and using his best endeavours towards bringing the said province under His Majesty's protection. Agreed to by their Lordships.
Mr. Scrope to acquaint Sir John Shelley that the tidesman's place vacant at Arundel was disposed of before receipt of his request.
The Duke of Newcastle's letter of the 4th instant signifying the King's pleasure that a present should be made to the Bey of Tunis not exceeding 500l. read. Sir Charles Wager to appoint some person to take care thereof.
Order for the preparation of a warrant for payment of 100l. to Mr. Pine for publishing the procession of the Knights of the Bath.
Mr. Aldworth and Mr. Manning attended with the Attorney General's opinion concerning Mr. Allen's books and papers wrongly seized.
Memorial of John Savage for consideration for his service in discovering several frauds committed by Jonathan Newman, read. Newman ordered to be discharged out of Exeter gaol.
Several letters from the Commissioners for Sale of Lands at St. Christopher, read, acquainting their Lordships that they have sold all the lands except some salt ponds, which are not vendible, and praying allowances. Ordered that Wm. Matthews, Gilbert Fleming, and Edward Mann, Commissioners for Sale, be allowed after the rate of 800l. per annum each, and Henry Fane, the agent, to have 6d. per £ on all money paid into the Exchequer.
The memorial of Brigadier Pocock praying to be discharged from the tax of 4s. in the £ in Ireland, read. Their Lordships can do nothing herein by reason of “His Majesty's command that no person should be exempted from the said tax but Members of the Parliament of Great Britain and those that were obliged to attend the persons of their Majesties.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 341–2.]
August 10.492. J. Burchett to John Scrope, in reply to Scrope's letter of the 6th instant concerning the representation of the Commissioners for Revenue in Ireland, as to their inability to prevent the illicit export of wool from and import of merchandise into Ireland. The Lords of the Admiralty inform the Lords of the Treasury that within the present cruising station of Her Majesty's ship the “Sea Horse,” of 20 guns, commanded by Captain Saunders (which is between Waterford and Cape Clear), is included one of the stations mentioned in the letter from the Commissioners of the Revenue, viz. from Baltimore to Kinsale. Saunders has strict charge to assist the vessels employed for securing the revenue. As to the other station their Lordships will appoint His Majesty's sloop the “Spence,” of 80 men, to cruise between the river of Galway and Cape Clear. Further encloses an acccount of such ships and sloops as are employed on the coast of England and Ireland to prevent the running of wool or any illicit trade, the same much exceeding the four ships of war and eight armed sloops as appointed by the Act of 10 & 11 Wm. III. Admiralty Office, August 10. 4 pages.
Appending:
—A list of the ships and sloops (19 in all) stationed on the coast of England and Ireland, to prevent the export of wool or illicit trade, together with their stations. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 18.]
August 10.493. Order from the Lords of the Treasury for the Board of Works to perform the repairs at the Earl of Halifax's house and offices adjoining at the estimated 1,160l. 15s.
Prefacing:
—Report from the Board of Works to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1730, June 25. The front next the Thames has given way in several places, several of the window frames and floors are rotten and decayed.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 331.]
August 10.494. Warrant from same to the Surveyor General to make forth a constat or send to the proper auditor for a particular of certain lodgings within the Palace of Whitehall, and to rate same in order to the passing a lease under the Exchequer Seal to Edmund Bishop of London for 50 years without fine at the old rents of 16l. 13s. 4d. and 1l. 13s. 4d.
Appending:
—Report dated 1730, August 3, from Exton Sayer to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of the Bishop of London for the above. [Crown Lease Book II. pp. 87–9.]
495. Same from same to same for same of lands called the Queen's Lease in the manor of Bray, in the county of Berks, in order to the passing a new lease thereof under the Exchequer Seal to John Winder, and Robert Lawrence, for 28¾ years from 1732, May 5, in trust for His Majesty's tenants and inhabitants in the parish of Bray at the ancient rent of 2l. 10s. without fine.
Appending:—Report, dated 1729–30, March 19, from Phillips Gybbon to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Sir William Stapleton, Sir John Werden and others, tenants of the manor of Bray. [Ibid, pp. 89–91.]
August 11.496. Same from same allowing the quarter salary bill of the Excise in Scotland (Edinburgh and precincts), for the quarter ended 1730, June 24.
Prefixing:—Bill in detail with names and amounts (total 1,764l. 13s.d.). [North Britain Book X. pp. 5–7.]
497. Same from same allowing the quarterly bill for incidents, Excise, Scotland (Edinburgh and precincts), for the same quarter.
Prefixing:—Bill in detail (total 356l. 12s.d.).
[Ibid, pp. 8–9.]
August 12.498. Order for the transmitting to the Commissioners of the Navy for report a memorandum inserted in the Treasurer of the Navy's declaration of account as follows:— “It being alleged by this accountant with respect to the aforesaid balance of 158,596l. 10s. 5d. standing upon him that the greatest part thereof has been issued and paid to divers persons upon imprest bills, which payments not being brought to account it is here noted that the Treasurer of the Navy be required to bring to account in his subsequent ledgers all imprests paid by him within the time of each ledger that are standing out and uncleared that so the net balance in cash remaining in his hands at the end of the year's accompt may appear.”
Mr. Cracherode's memorial of the 8th instant, for 1,500l. on account of rewards which will probably arise on the conviction of street robbers, read and warrant ordered.
Mr. Jacomb lays before their Lordships Sir Joseph Eyles's proposals for remittances to Minorca for the forces at the following rates, 15,000 dollars for Port Mahon at sight payable in gold at 55 pence per dollar, 32,000 dollars for Gibraltar at sight payable in gold at 54½ pence per dollar. Agreed to.
The report of the Lord Warden of Windsor Forest of the 7th instant on Mr. Wither's memorial for regulations with respect to forest lands lately laid into Windsor Great Park to prevent disputes about jurisdiction between the Warden and Ranger read and to be considered by their Lordships at Windsor, Monday next.
Their Lordships reconsider Mr. Cracherode's report on the memorials of Sir Bibye Lake and Charles Mason, and order Mason to pay the sum due to the public to balance his account as late treasurer and paymaster of the transport service.
The letter of the Board of Trade of the 11th instant for the appointment of an additional officer, with the title of Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports, at 200l. per annum salary, read and agreed to.
The petition of William Newsham for 1,128l. 16s. 2d. for extraordinaries to be allowed his father, deceased, as late receiver of the taxes for Warwick, read and referred to the Agents for Taxes.
The report of the Commissioners of Taxes of June 9 last on Bonner's petition for extraordinary allowances as receiver of the taxes for part of Lincolnshire read. Their Lordships allow 80l. 11s. 4d. as a balance for duties on houses, but otherwise adhere to their minute of 1730, May 26.
The memorial of the Auditor of the land revenue for England and Wales for a warrant to be renewed for the passing their precepts and notices to the sheriffs for the tenants of the Crown to attend and pay their rents free of postage, read. Copies of former warrants ordered to be laid before their Lordships.
Auditor Godolphin's report by his deputy in relation to the receivers account of the land revenue in Wales read. The receivers are to account to the King till it shall appear that His Majesty has granted these revenues to the Prince of Wales.
Order for the preparation of the necessary warrants and directions for clearing the heads of the Civil List expense to Midsummer, 1730.
Order for the payment to Wm. Emersen of so much as may be due to him from the late King up to Midsummer, 1726, for watering the road from Kensington Park Gate to the corner of the Paddock in Hyde Park.
Henry Bradshaw to succeed to the next tidesman's place vacant in the port of London.
The Auditor's state of Mr. Cracherode's account for law charges for one year ended 1729, June 10, read and approved.
The Auditor's state of the Earl of Scarborough's account for the stables and stud for one year ended 1729, June 30, read and approved. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 343–5.]
August 12.499. Report of the Commissioners of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury read on the petition of Christian Levi praying release from 200l. unpaid on his composition fine of 300l. for running 3,700 lbs. of tea. Petitioner is worth over 1,000l. and has two shops of good trade in selling grocery, tea, &c. but kept under other people's names or purposes of fraud. 1 page.
Appending:
—Levi's petition and order of reference thereon, dated 1730, July 14, from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of Excise. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 19.]
500. Same from same to same on the letter from a member of the Corporation of Durham, in behalf of Francis Harrison, late tanner there. Harrison had for a considerable time made use of a false stamp to his leather, by which he had carried on a very great fraud, and on discovery made fraudulent conveyances of his goods and effects, and on the execution of the warrants against him a mob was raised against the Peace and Excise officers, and they were turned out of possession of the goods they had seized. 1 page.
Appending:
—(a.) Petition signed by 90 members of the Durham Corporation, and addressed to John Hedworth, M.P. in favour of Harrison, “a friend of ours.” 3 pages.
(b.) Order of reference thereupon, dated 1730, April 7, from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of Excise. 1 page.
[Ibid, No. 20.]
August 12501. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to Thomas Foley one of the Auditors of Imprests, authorising the making up and passing the accounts of Anthony Cracherode, solicitor for the affairs of the Treasury, from 1727, June 11, to 1728, June 10.
Prefacing:—The account in question, certified by Duke Parsons, deputy to Thomas Foley. (Charge 7,873l. 8s. 7d. discharge 5,578l. 3s.d.)
[Warrants not relating to money XXIV. pp. 287–8.]
502. Same from same to Edward Harley, one of the Auditors of Imprests, authorising him to make up and present for declaration the accounts of the Earl of Scarborough, Master of the Horse, for the year 1728, Midsummer, to 1729, Midsummer, and for the extraordinary expense of the stables and stud for the year ending 1729, June 30.
Prefacing:—Statement of the accounts in question (charge 12,500l. discharge 11,452l. 11s. 11¼d.). [Ibid] pp. 288–92.]
August 12.503. J. Scrope to auditor Godolphin, conveying the commands of the Lords of the Treasury that the receivers of North and South Wales should account regularly with His Majesty for those revenues until they are granted to the Prince of Wales.
[Letter Book XIX. p. 4.]
504. Same to the Lords of Trade, conveying the assent of the Lords of the Treasury to their appointing an additional officer, with the title of Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports, at 200l. per annum, to be inserted in the quarterly bill of incidents.
[Ibid.]
505. Same to Mr. Cracherode, conveying the consent of the Lords of the Treasury, to the expense of defending all constables and other officers of the peace of Westminster against suits brought for anything done by them in obedience to warrants from justices of the peace for searching night houses and night cellars, &c.
[Ibid.]
August 13.506. Report from H. Hole, G. Drummond, G. Vaughan, Commissioners of Customs, Scotland, to the Lords of the Treasury on the memorial of the Duke of Hamilton. “By the Act of 14 Car. 2. cap. 11, and 6 Anne, cap. 26, the King may from time to time, by commission out of the Court of Exchequer, appoint such places, ports, members, and creeks as shall be lawful for the landing or shipping of goods or merchandise, and where the officers or their deputies shall reside. In consequence of the last named Act, commissions were issued out of the Court of Exchequer in Scotland for settling and appointing the several ports, members, and creeks now in Scotland. But the Isle of Arran being about 30 miles distant from the mainland, and without trade or manufacture, with many other islands and places in the like circumstances were not included in any of the aforesaid Commissions. About six years ago, some salt pans were erected, and a colliery set on foot on the Duke of Hamilton's estate in that island. The duty arising by the former is soon to cease, and when collected was so small that it did not pay the expense of the officer attending them; nor can it be supposed that the duty to arise by the exportation of the coals can in any degree answer the charge the Crown would be put to by appointing officers to collect same, who, besides … cannot be legally appointed without the … authority aforementioned; and experience having shown us the many inconveniences as well as detriment that the revenue sustains by the great number of places in Scotland which already enjoy the privilege of ports, as we fully represented to your Lordships in our memorial of 1723–4, January 28, we can't but be extreme cautious how we give any encouragement to your Lordships being applied to for increasing of them…” 2½ pages.
Appending:
—The memorial of James Duke of Hamilton to the Lords of the Treasury, praying that the custom officers in Arran might be appointed to act as deputies to the principal officers of the port of Irvine in that particular only which respected the shipping of coal and salt, their accompts being brought in quarterly with those of Irvine.
Minuted:—With reference thereof, of date 1728, October 15, from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of the Customs in Scotland. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 21.]
August 13.507. J. Scrope to the Commissioners of Taxes, conveying the directions of the Lords of the Treasury for an inquiry concerning the Receivers General of the Land Tax, 1730, who have not yet taken out their commissions though long since signed.
[Letter Book XIX. p. 4.]
August 13.508. Same to the Commissioners of the Revenue, Ireland, transmitting the answer of the Lords of the Admiralty to the late letter from the said Commissioners concerning the appointing of two armed vessels to cruise on the coast of Ireland to prevent exporting wool, &c. [Irish Book VIII. p. 375.]
August 15.509. The Earl of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to the Lords of the Treasury, returning the petition of John Browning and Thomas Beach, who pray a grant of the mines in Ireland for 31 years, and enclosing the report of the Attorney and Solicitor General of Ireland upon same, as also the copy of a letter to writer from the Lords Justices of Ireland. Whitehall, August 15. 1 page. Copy.
Appending:
—(a.) The petition of Browning and Beach to the King. 1 page. Copy.
(b.) Report of Thomas Marlay and Robert Jocelyn, Attorney and Solicitor General for Ireland to the Lords Justices General and General Governors of Ireland on said petition. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 22.]
August 17.510. Warrant under the royal sign manual ordering a patent and commission to be made to pass the seal appointed by the Treaty of Union to appoint Edward Edlin, barrister at law, to be one of the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, with a salary of 500l. per annum in place of Edmund Miller, deceased.
Appending:—An enclosing letter from Holles Duke of Newcastle to the King, explanatory of same.
[North Britain Book X. pp. 11–12.]
August 17.511. Order for the exemption of Major General Russell from the 4s. in the £ duty on his pay in Ireland as a Brigadier General in consideration of his attending the King here as a silver staff officer.
Order for the preparation of a sign manual for the issue of 3,671l. to Mr. Scrope for secret service.
Same for the preparation of a warrant for impresting 1,200l. on Cracherode's memorial of the 13th instant, in order to pay for the estate and interest purchased by the Crown in the Auction Room and Coffee Room adjoining the Parliament House.
Order for the preparation of a letter for the King to sign requiring the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to order the pay and subsistence of the three Irish regiments at Gibraltar to be paid at the same time with the other regiments abiding in Ireland, and for the remittance here of the arrears of 54,000l. by 5,000l. a month. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 346.]
August 17.512. Royal sign manual directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue of 728l. to Wm. Finch, on his allowance of 5l. per day as envoy, and 3l. per day as plenipotentiary to the States General, for 91 days from 1730, March 25, to June 24.
Memorandum:—Warrant signed hereupon by the Lords of the Treasury, August 19. [King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 59.]
513. Same directed to same for the issue of 100l. to John Pine, gent. allowed him as royal bounty in consideration of his having published and presented unto the King a book concerning the procession of the knights of the Order of the Bath.
Memorandum:—Warrant signed August 26, by the Lords of the Treasury. [Ibid, p. 60.]
514. Same directed to same for the issue of 3,671l. to John Scrope for secret service. [Ibid.]
August 18.515. Same directed to same for the issue of 2,000l. to John Hedges for the use of the Prince of Wales.
Memorandum:—Warrant signed by the Lords of the Treasury, August 19. [Ibid, p. 48.]
August 19.516. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury confirming articles of agreement of sale between the King and Francis Phipps, Esq. of the Island of St. Christopher, of 131a. 2r. 21p. in Cabeca Terre quarter.
Appending—The articles of agreement.
[Crown Lease Book II. pp. 91–2.]
August 19.517. Wm. Hucks, deputy to Benjamin Hudson, King's waiter at London port, to be a land waiter, loco. Child, deceased; and Wm. Richards to be deputy King's waiter in his place.
“The King is pleased to bestow 500l. as royal bounty towards the rebuilding or repairing Kingston Church.” Order for preparation of warrant for issue of same.
John Daniel to be made a deputy King's waiter on the next vacancy.
The Duke of Newcastle's letter, dated 15th instant, enclosing a memorial from the French Ambassador complaining of the captain of an English sloop, for having taken by force a smuggling vessel out of one of the ports of France, read and referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
The Duke of Dorset's letter of the 7th instant, transmitting the reports from Ireland on the petition of John Browning and Thomas Beake for a grant for 31 years of His Majesty's interest in mines in that kingdom, read. Warrant ordered for passing the grant accordingly.
Mr. Baskett's petition for 2,822l. 0s. 2d. out of the late King's arrears, to clear his account as the late King's printer, to Midsummer, 1726, read and ordered, “in case it appears to be due at that time so as he may be put on the same foot with other the late King's tradesmen, who have been paid to that time.”
The Duke of Montagu's letter of the 18th instant on the petition of Robert Manning and others for the allowance usually paid them out of the Wardrobe in lieu of clothes, as Yeomen of the Guard, exempted from duty, read, and the allowance continued as of ancient standing.
the petition of Richard Gildart, of Liverpool, merchant, surety for Sir Thomas Johnson, concerning the repayment by instalments of Johnson's debt of 2,002l. 5s. 7d. to the Crown, read and approved.
The memorial of the Paymaster of the Forces, dated the 19th instant, for 100,722l. 14s. 8dd. to carry on the subsistence to October 24 next, read and ordered.
The Auditors of Imprests to state what accomptants under the late King for any part of his Civil List revenues are behind in their accompt, and for what time.
Petition of Joseph Mason for a further reward for himself and Dr. Cross for proposing that the staving of decayed wines might be altered in making them saleable for brandy, read and not allowed, 300l. apiece having been already granted.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 347–8.]
August 19.518. Report of the Commissioners of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Richard Wogan, common brewer at Deptford, Kent, concerning his lease of a brewhouse there to one John Hall, who had run in arrear with his duty and allowed his utensils to be seized. For the security of the revenue the laws of excise make all utensils in the possession of any brewer, &c. liable to the payment of duty. It would be of very ill consequence to the revenue to give countenance to any private agreement made with the object of escaping this forfeiture. 2 pages.
Appending:
—(a.) Wogan's petition to the Lords of the Treasury, with order of reference, dated 1729–30, January 23, from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of Excise.
(b.) Affidavit, dated 1729–30, January 9, by Wogan, as to his lease and case. 2 pages.
(c.) Affidavit, of same date, by William Newland, of Deptford, as to the ownership of the utensils lent to Hall. 2 pages.
(e–j.) Six affidavits of John Onslow, collector of Excise for Rochester, 1729–30, February 10, John Todd, officer of Excise at Deptford, 1729–30, February 9, Samuel White, officer at Deptford, of same date, William Baker, officer at Deptford, of same date, Thompson Pater, officer at Deptford, of same date, and Stephen Sowton, clerk to John Onslow, collector. 9 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 23.]
August 19.519. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Postmasters General, authorising the sending free of postage the packets with proclamations transmitted from the auditors of the revenue to the respective sheriffs, it being found by experience that the sheriffs do not receive the said proclamations when directed to them, under pretence they have no allowance on their accounts to defray the charge. Given at the Court at Windsor Castle.
[King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 52.]
520. Same to Spencer Earl of Wilmington, late Paymaster General, or Henry Pelham, present Paymaster, to pay sums not exceeding 500l. 5s. to Robert Johnson, appointed Governor of the province of South Carolina, same to be paid out of the sums saved by the vacancy of the said governorship from 1727–8, March 5, the date of death of Francis Nicholson, to 1729–30,January 1, the date of Johnson's commission. [Ibid, pp. 62–3.]
August 19.521. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury allowing the bill of incidents on account of the malt duty in Scotland, Edinburgh and precincts, for the period 1722, September 29, to 1725, March 25.
Prefixing:—Bill. in detail (total, 279l, 14sd.).
[North Britain Book X. p. 10.]
August 19.522. Same from same to the Commissioners of Customs approving additions to salaries of officers in Cardiff port, as by a report of the said Commissioners to their Lordships, dated 1730, August 11, on the petition of the collector, surveyor, and other the preventive officers in Cardiff port.
Prefixing:—Report referred to. In 1729 complaint was made that the officers at Cardiff obliged masters of ships clearing coastwise to Bristol and other ports up the Severn to take out coastswise and give bond. The Commissioners directed them to forbear, as the officers could not insist on a coast coquet or bond in regard the ships did not go to open sea. This has lessened the fees to the collector, comptroller, and searcher of the said port of Cardiff. Therefore recommend additional allowances, detailed.
[Customs Book XIII. pp. 107§8.]
August 20.523. Same from same to George Earl of Halifax, Auditor of the Receipt, Robert Lord Walpole, Clerk of the Pells the Chamberlains of the Exchequer, and other the Officers of the Receipt, ordering the sealing of the vessel made for a standard coal bushel, in accordance with the warrant of 1730, July 27, and the receiving and keeping same in the Exchequer as the standard.
Prefacing:—Certificate of Edmund Halley, James Hodgson, and J. The. Desagaliers to the Lords of the Treasury, of date 1730, August 13, as to the correctness of the vessel according to the requirements of the Act of Parliament.
[Warrants not relating to money XXIV. p. 286.]
August 20.524. Warrant under the royal sign manual for the issue of 6,025l. 6s. 8d. to Sir Robert Corbet, Giles Earl, Robert Bristow, James Eckersal, and Henry Lowman, to be paid into the receipt in discharge of an in super returned on them in the Receiver General's accounts as acting Commissioners for the tenth two-shilling aid for 1726 arising within the palaces of Whitehall and St. James's.
Appending:—Certificate, dated 1730, July 15, as to the in super, by W. Lowndes, auditor.
Memorandum:—Warrant signed thereupon by the Lords of the Treasury, August 26.
[King's Warrant Book XXX. pp. 60–1.]
August 22.525. Statement of opinion by Sir P. Yorke, Attorney General, concerning the warrant for the Queen's grant and the draft of the bill [see p. 429]. The auditor's constat only is annexed to the warrant, and not the particular as rated by the Surveyor General. “In all warrants for leases which I have seen, the annexed parchment describing the premises is called a particular (for I take the constat to be a previous instrument), and there is a subscription to it by the Surveyor General settling the rent to be reserved, and proposing such covenants and clauses as he thinks necessary to be added to those intimated by the auditor.” Apprehends this form to be necessary to make the grant good in law. Recommends the making of the grant directly from the King to the Queen, as in the case of some of the grants already made, the Queen Consort being considered a sole person in law. There will then be no need for trustees, and the covenants for repairs, &c. will be upon the Queen and her executors. Recommends the ascertaining the fact as to the surrender of Lord Romney's lease, and as to whether the legal estate of it ever came back to the Crown or not. Tunbridge Wells, August 22. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 24.]
August 22.526. J. Scrope to the Commissioners of Customs, transmitting from the Lords of the Treasury for report a letter from the Duke of Newcastle, with copy of a memorial of the French Ministry delivered to His Majesty's Ambassador at Paris, complaining of an English sloop for having taken by force a smuggling vessel out of one of the ports of France, and desiring satisfaction for the affront by breaking the captain. [Letter Book XIX. p. 6.]
August 26.527. Letters patent constituting Charles Earl of Carlisle Master of the Harriers and Master of the Foxhounds, and allowing him 2,000l. per annum for the establishment of harriers and foxhounds. Given at the Court at Windsor Castle.
[King's Warrant Book XXX. pp. 63–4.]
528. Privy Seal directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the payment to Melchior Guy-Dickens, appointed British Secretary at the Court of the King of Prussia, of 40s. per day from June 20 last. [Ibid, pp. 64–5.]
August 26.529. The Earl of Carlisle's allowance of 2,000l. per annum as Master of the Harriers and Master of the Foxhounds to commence from the day the Duke of St. Alban's allowances commenced, who succeeded the Earl in the offices of Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and Warden of the Forest.
Richard Somers to succeed George Ross in the Commission for the Excise in Scotland, Ross being removed to be a Commissioner of Customs.
The representation of the Board of Works of the 24th instant about the dangerous condition of some part of Somerset House, lately ordered to be repaired, read. Their Lordships agree to the rebuildings proposed by them at the estimated charge of 1,025l. 12s. 11d and 200l.
The report of the late Surveyor General, dated 1729, June 12, relating to ground desired for Greenwich Hospital read and minuted on 1729, August 5, is now re-considered, and a warrant is to be prepared for a grant of the said ground to the said hospital accordingly.
The representation from the Commissioners for Greenwich Hospital of 1730, August 19, read for the calling to account the receivers of prizes and gun money applied, by an Act of 10 Queen Anne, to the benefit of the hospital. The account ordered accordingly.
The report of the Auditors of the Imprests, dated 25th instant, on derelict accountants under the late King for any part of the Civil List revenues returned to the auditors for the insertion of the sums remaining in the accountants' hands.
Mr. Lowther is to pay Henry Tomkins 20l. as royal bounty. Wm. Hay ward is to succeed John Boyce as tidesman in the inferior list, London.
Order for the preparation of a sign manual for issuing 200l. as royal bounty to Charles de Sill, and for 100l. to Daniel Prevereau, with the fees included paid by him to the French courier who brought last year the news of the birth of the Dauphin and now of the birth of the Duke of D'Anjou.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 349.]
August 28.530. Royal sign manual directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue of 1,000l. to Charles Wither on account of levelling, repairing, mending and enlarging the ridings, bridges, and causeways in the Forest of Windsor. Memorandum:—Warrant signed September 1, by the Lords of the Treasury. [King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 65.]
August 28.531. The Commissioners of the Navy to John Scrope concerning Mr. Auditor Harley's memorandum inserted at the foot of the account of the Treasurer of the Navy for the year ending 1726, Christmas, relating to imprests not brought to account within the year. It is not consistent with the Treasurer of the Navy's payments to bring to an account at the end of each year all the imprests paid by him, neither can he with any sort of safety to the Crown be allowed those imprests until the persons to whom they have been advanced have accounted for and cleared the same, nor has it ever been the practice so to do, unless it were at the determination of a treasurership upon the ultimate ledger. This matter has been fully stated in a report to the Lords of the Treasury, of date 1693, November 8. For the future have determined to subjoin a memorandum at the foot of the treasurer's ledger noting what money by way of imprests he has paid which he has had no allowance for in the said ledger, whereby the Auditor may distinguish the net balance in cash remaining at the end of each year's account. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 25.]
August 29.532. D.V.H. “Le Connû” to [Sir Robert Walpole] requesting issue of a warrant for his pension in the name of Charles de Sailly. 1 page. French.
Memorandum in dorso:—The last warrant for 200l. bears date 1729, September 17. [Ibid, No. 26.]
August 31.533. Order from the Lords of the Treasury for the performance of works at Somerset House at the estimated 1,025l. 12s. 11d. and 200l.
Prefacing:
—Report from the Board of Works to the Lords of the Treasury upon the repair of the wall at Somerset House pursuant to their Lordships' directions, dated 1730, June 24. An adjoining wall and stack of chimneys is in danger of falling and the roof of the royal apartment is in a very dangerous condition, occasioned by the weight of an apartment very injudiciously placed upon it, now in the possession of Black Rod. It is an absolute necessity to shore the roof and floors, to take down the wall and chimneys and rebuild them, and repair the roof, windows and floors. [Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 332.]
August 31.534. Royal sign manual directed to the Lords of the Treasury for issue of 100l. to Daniel Prevereau, gent, to reimburse the like sum paid by him to the French courier who brought last year the news of the birth of the Dauphin and now of the birth of Anjou, and 112. 7s. 6d for fees attending receipt thereof.
Memorandum:—Warrant signed by the Lords of the Treasury, September 1. [King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 65.]