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'Treasury Books and Papers: December 1730, 21-31', Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 1: 1729-1730 (1897), pp. 494-502. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=87315 Date accessed: 26 July 2014.


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December 1730, 21–31

December 21.742. Royal sign manual directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue of 1,500l. to Charles Wither, by way of imprest and upon account for carrying on the work of laying the six ponds in Hyde Park into one.
Memorandum:—Warrant signed by the Lords of the Treasury, December 22. [Kings Warrant Book XXX. p. 117.]
December 22.743. 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 lands near the Royal Hospital at Chelsea to Thomas Ripley, Esq. for 29½ years from 1751, June 16, at the ancient rent of 9l. without fine.
Appending:—(a.) Particular and memorandum of the premises, dated 1730, August 3, certified by W. Lowndes, auditor.
(b.) Constat of same rated by Exton Sayer, Surveyor General, 1730, December 8.
(c.) Entry in Latin of the release.
[Crown Lease Book II. p. 162–7.]
744. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the 'Attorney or Solicitor General to prepare a bill to pass the Great Seal for a grant of a piece of land lying east of the Royal Hospital of Greenwich, abutting east on the garden of Sir Wm. Saunders, with messuages, sheds, &c. thereupon and another piece adjoining to the north end of the aforesaid piece and containing a wharf and crane, to Sir John Jennings, Bart. Joseph Soanes, Philip Cavendish, Sir Gerard Conyers, Sir Edward Bellamy, Sir Joseph Thompson, Samuel Holden, William Fawkener, Baltzar Lyell, John Hanbury, Ralph Radcliffe, Nicholas Clarke, William Baxter, Sidney Godolphin, Charles Chamberlain, Edward Vernon, William Collyer, Jeyes Sewell, Charles Vanbrugh, Joseph Bell, Thomas Ripley, John Wainwright, Peter Jonneau and Richard Morton, present directors of the said Royal Hospital, to hold for ever as of the royal manor of East Greenwich, in free and common socage by fealty only.
Appending:—Constat of the premises made forth and rated by Exton Sayer, Surveyor General, 1730, November 11.
[Ibid, pp. 168–71.]
December 22.745. Report of the Commissioners of the Customsto the Lords of the Treasury concerning the consultation with the Commissioners for Salt Duties for the purpose of fixing a scheme of management and representing the officers proper to be continued with regard to both commissions and those to be absolutely dismissed after the 25th instant. Represent a scheme for the retention of 59 officers for the salt duties, to be wholly employed by the Commissioners of Salt, at salaries amounting to 4,378l. 10s. per annum, together with six others to be partially employed, and 37 others to be continued on trial by the Commissioners of Customs, with salaries amounting to 1,340l. thus leaving 342 salt officers not employed either by the Commissioners of Customs or the Commissioners of Salt, with salaries hitherto amounting to 9,963l. 10s. 2 pages.
Appending:
—(a.) The Commissioners of Salt to John Scrope, dated Salt Office, 1730, December 17, transmitting a copy of a letter from Mr. Carkesse by order of the Commissioners of the Customs, with a list of salt officers proposed to be continued by them after 1730, December 25. 2 pages.
(b.) Charles Carkesse to Edward Davie, secretary to the Commissioners of Salt Duties, dated Custom House, 1730, December 15, transmitting the list aforesaid as under (a) of the salt officers proposed to be appointed on trial by the Commissioners of Customs. 3 pages.
(c.) The report of the Commissioners of Salt Duties to the Lords of the Treasury, 1730, December 15, of the officers which it maybe necessary to retain after 1730, December 25 in order to get in, receive and accompt for the duties, which determine on December 25, or any arrears or securities for same, with a list of same for London, the various collections in the country and the several ports where fish curers' accounts are to be returned. Representing also the pitiable condition of the numerous officers to be dismissed. 8 pages.
(d.) A return dated Salt Office, 1730, December 15, containing a list of the officers of the salt duties who may be dismissed from their employment on 1730, December 25, with their salaries, amounting in all to 10,559l. 18 pages.
(e.) Memorial of the Commissioners of the Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1730, December 9. By the Act of last session for taking off certain duties on salt, the management of the duty of 3d. per gallon on foreign salt, which is thereby continued, is put under care of memorialists. In most of the ports the present officers of the Customs are willing to undertake this. At ports where great quantities of salt are imported and locked up for security of the duty or where there are many fish curers, it will be necessary to continue some of the present salt offiers. Therefore pray a warrant to enable them to grant deputations on trial to such as they shall think fit. 3 pages.
Minuted:
—December 10, to be considered when the Commissioners of Salt make a return.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 63.]
December 22.746. Account made out by Mrs. Edith King, for the entertainment of S. Mohamed Elhadge Saye'd, Ambassador from the Sultan and Government of Algiers, from 1730, October 18, to November 22, total 135l. 4s.; with acknowledgment by Edith King of the receipt of the amount from Jezreel Jones, 1730, December 23. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 64.]
December 22.747. The representation from the Commissioners of Customs, containing the lists of officers to be continued or dismissed, read and approved. The proper warrants directed to be prepared accordingly, declaring that the same are to continue for only six months from 1730, December 25. At the expiration of that time the Commissioners are to represent what alterations may be necessary. The above lists being as follows:—
£s.d.
59 officers to be continued under the Commissioners of Salt Duties with salaries of4,453100
37 officers to be continued upon trial by the Commissioners of the Customs1,26500
342 salt officers to be dismissed9,963100
A similar representation from the Commissioners of the Customs in Scotland, of the officers proper to be continued there, read. Agreed to be continued for six months.
The case between Andrew Thauvet and Miss King, &c. relating to a plantation in the French part of St. Christopher, heard. Their Lordship are of opinion that the preference or right of pre-emption, according to the fifth article of the instructions to the Commissioners for sale of the said lands, ought to be given to Miss King, &c. the present possessors of the plantation.
The memorial of the Treasurer of the Ordnance of the 21st instant read, renewing his solicitations for an extraordinary issue to meet 2,994l. 13s.d. expended by the Ordnance for repairing guard-houses at Kensington, &c. pursuant to a warrant under the late King's sign manual, of 1724, December 14, and for 862l. 14s. 8d. for repairing the victualling offices at Gibraltar, pursuant to an order from the Treasury, dated 1728, September 18. Their Lordships think same may be included in the estimates for repairs of storehouses, barracks, &c. The facts, with what has been done thereon, to be stated and laid before their Lordships.
Order for the preparation of a proper warrant for approving General Wade's account of the charge of carrying on the roads and bridges in Scotland, anno 1730, amounting to 3,520l. 8s. and for authorising the payment thereof by the Paymaster of the Forces without setting the General in super for the same.
A petition of Sir Bibye Lake read, for leave to clear the debts owing by Mr. Mason to the public on the foot of his account as late treasurer for transports, so as he may be let in to recover the money on his mortgage upon Mason's estate, read and not agreed to. The process of the Exchequer is to go against Mason till the said debt be paid, and no further stay of process to be allowed him. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 381–2.]
December 23.748. J. Scrope to the Auditor of the Receipt, for a return to the Lords of the Treasury of the income into the Exchequer from 1730, Michaelmas, to Christmas, of the additional duties on stamped vellum, paper and parchment, and the additional duties on salt, which were charged till 1730, Michaelmas, with the East India Company's fund. [Letter Book XIX. p. 20.]
December 23.749. Richard Plumpton, J. Jolliffe, Jas. Ferrers, Ant. Corbière, Commissioners of the Wine Licences, to John Scrope, forwarding an account of the arrears of revenue under their management from 1724, Christmas, to 1729, Christmas. For the period before 1728, some of the debtors are broke, some are dead insolvent, but those standing out from the years 1728 and 1729 are daily applying to discharge the same, prosecutions being commenced against them. 1 page.
Appending:
—An account of what arrears of the revenues under the management of the Commissioners of Wine Licences are now standing out, and from whom the same are due for the above date; total arrears for the five years, 3,491l. 6s. 3d. 66 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 65.]
December 24.750. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of Customs, approving the list in detail of salt officers proposed to be continued upon trial by the Commissioners of the Customs from 1730, Christmas, six of them to be paid in part by the Commissioners for Salt Duties for such time only as they shall employ them. [Customs Book XIII. pp. 150–1.]
December 24.751. Same from same to the Commissioners for Salt Duties in Scotland, “to wit, the duties taken off from 1730, December 25,” approving their memorial annexed, and empowering them to execute same, save only that in case where the continuing of officers is proposed for 12 months it shall only be for six months.
Appending:—Memorial of the Commissioners for Salt Duties to the Lords of the Treasury, of date 1730, December 15, reporting the names of collectors and supervisors of the salt duty necessary to be continued, with their salaries.
[North Britain Book X. pp. 45–7.]
December 24.752. J. Scrope to Nicholas Paxton, signifying his appointment by the Lords of the Treasury as Solicitor for the Affairs of the Treasury, in place of Anthony Cracherode. “Their Lordships do direct you to attend as constantly as may be in the Court of Exchequer and other Courts where His Majesty's service may require your attendance and to take care of the particular causes in your charge and such other matters as may occasionally happen there, and that on the first of every terra you lay before their Lordships a state of the several causes, matters, and things with which you shall be entrusted, and what progress has been made therein from time to time and what the charges thereof respectively.” [Letter Book XIX. p. 21.]
December 24.753. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of Excise, authorising them to pay 10l. additional salary to Thomas Whittaker, clerk to the Register of Excise, the business under the Excise Commissioners having been increased by putting under their management the duty on victuallers within the weekly bills of mortality.
Prefacing:—Report of the Commissioners of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, of date 1730, April 30, on Whittaker's petition for same.
[Warrants not relating to money XXIV. p. 323.]
December 24.754. Order for the preparation of a sign manual for the receiver of the quit-rents of Carolina to pay 700l. per annum thereout to Mr. Burington, who is going Governor to North Carolina, same to commence from date of his commission, viz. 1730, April 29.
Order for the issue to the paymaster of the works of 400l. for Mr. Bridgman, in further part of 5,000l. which was agreed to be paid for certain works to be performed by him in the royal paddock at Kensington.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer acquainting their Lordships that Mr. Cracherode had been with him and made a resignation of his office of solicitor for law affairs in the Treasury, their Lordships accept same and order the appointment of Mr. Nicholas Paxton to succeed him.
Order for the preparation of a warrant on the Paymaster of the Forces to pay to the Treasurer of the Ordnance 862l. 14s. 8d. for repairing the victualling storehouses at Gibraltar, to be placed to contingencies and entered with the auditors so as the Treasurer may be surcharged therewith.
Sir William Strickland laid before their Lordships a draft contract with Mr. Missing, for furnishing two regiments of foot going from Gibraltar to Jamaica, with six months' provision. Read and agreed to. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 383.]
December 25.755. A state of what remained unissued to the creditors of the public debt in Scotland by the late Commissioners of Equivalents.
£s.d.
Total unissued at the determination of their commission -16,0601075/6
Whereof issued by the Barons of the Exchequer up to 1730, December 25 -13,9991473/12
Total debts unissued, including interest to Midsummer, 17142,0601607/12
1 page. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 66.]
December 25.756. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners for managing the Salt Duties approving the list of officers and salaries proposed to be continued under their management for six months, as allowed by a clause in the Act of the last session of Parliament for taking off certain duties on salt; and further requiring them to vacate or supersede the deputations of the 342 men, with annual salaries amounting to 9,963l. 10s. according to the list of such dismissees as drawn up by the Commissioners for the Salt Duties and the Commissioners for Customs.
Prefacing:—(a.) The list in question of officers that will not be employed either by the Commissioners of the Salt Duties or by the Commissioners of the Customs, after 1730, December 25.
(b.) A list of the officers of the duties on salt that are proposed by the Commissioners of the Salt Duties to be continued after December 25, some few of which are to be employed conjointly by the Commissioners of the Customs.
[Warrants not relating to money XXIV. pp. 311–21.]
December 26.757. The like warrant as above, 1730, September 30, p. 458 supra, for 105l. to John Lawton for Christmas quarter, 1730.
Appending:—Lawton's certificate of the work done during the quarter. “Since Michaelmas last, Mr. Stewart has been employed in cleaning and putting in order rolls of assizes taken before the Justices in Eyre of Edward I., putting new covers on such as are decayed, and making endorsements thereon. The two other clerks, Mr. Stuart and Mr. Whiston, have been cleaning, sorting, and endorsing essoin rolls and placita coronœ of several late reigns.”
[Money Book XXXV. p. 322.]
December 28.758. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of the Revenues, Ireland, for the landing and delivery free of duty of the arms for the regiment of foot in that kingdom late under Colonel Hawley's command, and the furniture for the regiment of dragoons of which he is now colonel. Statement of same appended in detail. [Irish Book VIII. p. 383.]
December 28.759. Same from same to the Receiver General and Cashier of the Customs, to pay the quarterly bill of salaries for the officers of the Customs for London port for the quarter ending 1730, December 25 (total, 7,939l. 10s.d.).
[Customs Book XIII. p. 151.]
760. Same from same to same to pay the quarterly bill of salaries for the officers of the Customs in the Plantations for the half year ended 1730, December 25 (total, 1,780l.). [Ibid.]
761. Same from same to the Commissioners of Customs to give directions to the collectors of Customs in the outports to pay the established salaries for the quarter ended 1730, December 25, to the officers of the Customs of the outports. [Ibid, p. 152.]
December 28.762. Order from same for the execution of a warrant, dated 1730, May 16, for the supply to Sir Conyers Darcy, Comptroller of His Majesty's Household, of the usual allowance of 1,000 ozs. of white plate. [Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. 341.]
December 29.763. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue and apply 40,776l. 0s.d. the income for the quarter ended 1730, December 25, of the duties lately charged with the East India Company's fund, to certain uses and purposes, detailed, towards paying off the principal on Exchequer bills charged on the Paymasters of Exchequer bills, by virtue of a clause in the Act of the last sessions, for raising 550,000l. by Exchequer bills.
Prefixing:—Certificate, dated Exchequer, 1730, December 24, by the Earl of Halifax, of the receipts at the Exchequer, 1730, September 29, to December 24, on the funds which were charged till Michaelmas, 1730, with the East India Company's fund.
[Money Book XXXV. p. 400.]
December 29.764. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Paymaster General and the Auditors of the Imprests, for the issue of 520l. 8s. to Lieutenant General Wade to complete 3,520l. 8s. for making roads and bridges in Scotland, 53¼ miles of road having been completely finished between 1730, May 1, the time when the work was begun, and October 31 following, with detailed statement of cost of same.
[King's Warrant Book XXX. pp. 117–9,]
765. Royal sign manual directed to Walter Chetwynd, ordering the establishing of a pension of 30l. per annum to the churchwardens of St. Mary le Strand, in trust for the poor of the said parish, to date from 1730, Michaelmas. [Ibid, p. 119.]
December 29.766. Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of 21,009l. 10s. out of the supplies, anno 1730, for services as in his memorial of this day's date.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 384.]
December 31.767. Same for the issue of 10,802l. 15s. 6d. to Mr. Chetwynd, for Christmas quarter on the pensions established, payable by him.
Same for the issue of 4,295l. 10s. to Mr. Chetwynd for half a year, due Christmas, 1730, on the allowance to the French Protestants.
The Earl of Warwick is to be paid Christmas quarter on his pension. [Ibid, p. 385.]
[1730.]768. Copy of the memorial from Lord Carpenter, Governor, and Colonel Kane, Lieutenant Governor of Minorca, to the Lords of the Treasury. Have previously represented the many urgent reasons for establishing an English consul in Majorca, and recommended Samuel Scott for that service. Their Lordships having replied that the trade of Majorca was too inconsiderable to support a consul, memorialists propose instead an allowance of 150l. to Scott, out of the ecclesiastical revenues of Minorca, “it being a great service and safety to the island of Minorca to have an English consul established at Majorca.” 1 page.
Minuted in dorso:
—With minutes of 1731, April 29, “to be laid before the King,” and of May 4, as below under date.
Appending:—A copy of the commission of Samuel Tucker as consul at Alicante, dated 1728, December 11. (Latin, 4 pages.)
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 67.]
[1730 ?]769. “Prices of paper from Thomas Druce.” 1 small page.
[Ibid, No. 68.]
770. Memorial of Sir Robert Munro to John Scrope, praying opportunity of reminding Sir Robert Walpole, of his pretensions to the chaplain duties of Ross, extending to about 45l. per annum, void from the death of Alexander Duff, of Drumuire, anno 1729. Petitioner pays a considerable part of the chaplain duties out of his own estate, and desires it for his brother, George Munro. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 69.]
771. A paper of 13 calculations of deductions from the South Sea Company's allowance for management, on the 1,000,000l. paid off, anno 1730. 5½ pages. [Ibid, No. 70.]
772. Estimate signed by H. Pelham of the charge of the out-pensioners of Chelsea Hospital for the year 1730 (total, 29,952l. 16s. 3d. for 3,609 out-pensioners, 100 letter men and 50 sergeants). 1 page. [Ibid, No. 71.]
773. Same signed by same, of the charge of the guards, garrisons and other land forces in Great Britain for the year 1730; total, 651,484l. 17s.d. 2 pages. [Ibid, No. 72.]
774. Same of the charge of the Office of Ordnance for the year 1730 (total, 94,400l. 9s. 3d.). 1 page. [Ibid, No. 73.]
775. Same of the charge of His Majesty's forces in the Plantations, Minorca, and Gibraltar, for the year 1730 (total, 160,235l. 8s.d.) 1 page. [Ibid, No. 74.]
776. Same of the charge of 2,224 horse, 1,836 dragoons and 8,934 foot, of the troops of the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel, from 1729, December 25, to 1730, December 24 (total, 241,259l. 1s. 3d. reduced at an exchange of 10 guilders 10 stivers to the £). 1 page. [Ibid, No. 75.]
777. Representation to the Lords of the Treasury from the late acting Commissioners of the Land Tax, 1730, for the hundreds of North and South Erpingham, Tunstead, Happing, East and West Flegg, Blofield, Walsham, Taverham, Forehoe, Humbleyard, Holt, North Greenhoe, Gallow,'Smithdon, Brothercross, Clackclose, Freebridge citra Lynn, Freebridge-Marshland, and Lynn Regis, in the county of Norfolk, praying relief against process of the Exchequer issued against them for separate sums amounting in all to 4,412l. 6s. 11¾d. which have been set in super on those hundreds in the account of Simon Taylor, Esq. Receiver General of the Land Tax, 1730, for part of Norfolk, the same having been improperly paid to William Allen, late Receiver General for part of Norfolk. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIV. No. 76.]
[1730 ?]778. Petition of Henry Turner Broom, gent. to the Lords of the Treasury. The Committee of the House of Commons appointed the last session to provide a place for the waiting of the footmen attending the Members of the House, pitched upon a room, commonly called the Auction Room, used by the petitioner for the sale of pictures, of which he held a 62 years' lease. Has delivered possession of the room, but not as yet received any payment towards the 550l. claimed.
Appending:—(a.) Report in duplicate of the Committee of the House of Commons appointed to consider of proper methods for the more effectual preventing the disorders committed by footmen, made 1729, April 10, recommending a room which was part of the Court of Wards and now used partly for the sale of pictures and partly as a coffee room with a door opening into Westminster Hall, but occupied by the Crown in case of a coronation. Also giving an account of the lease of same. 6 pages.
(b.) Two numbers of printed leaflets, entitled “Votes of the House of Commons,” viz. No. 60, 1729, April 10, and No. 62, April 12. [Ibid, No. 77.]
[1730 ?]779. Memorandum of a proposition for the further improvement of the duty on wrought plate and the encouragement of the makers, proposing the imposition of a duty on all old plate sold by any goldsmith and maker of plate.
“N.B.—The practices of the goldsmiths are to make some alteration in the old plate, preserving the mark, whereby the Plate Act is evaded and the revenue lessen'd, and it is to be observed that they sell this plate for six pence an ounce more than they did before the duty was laid, but yet six pence an ounce less than they sell new plate of the most ordinary workmanship.”
[Ibid, No. 78.]