Treasury Books and Papers
June 1731

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'Treasury Books and Papers: June 1731', Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 2: 1731-1734 (1898), pp. 64-75. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=91709 Date accessed: 31 October 2014.


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June 1731

June 1.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
180. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Mr. Lowther, out of the King's money in his hands, is to pay the fees of the 1,000l. ordered to be issued to Mr. Wace to satisfy a bill of exchange.
Two letters from Mr. Worseley, the Governor of Barbados, dated 1730–1, January 17, and 1731, March 27, relating to arrears due to His Majesty on the 2s. 6d. levy in Barbados for 1729 and 1730, and proposing expedients for gathering in same, read and transmitted to the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations for report.
Order for the issue to Mr. Blackerby, the Treasurer for Churches, of 5,000l. out of the appropriated moneys for this purpose for rebuilding the parish church of Gravesend, pursuant to the Commissioners memorial in that behalf of May 14 last.
Dr. Sayer's representation of April 28 last read, concerning the estate of the manor of Garstang, Co. Lancaster, belonging to the late dissolved hospital of the Savoy, of considerable value and of great influence in the county, and upon which a question has arisen whether the same, upon renewing a lease thereof, which is applied for, is within the survey of the Duchy of Lancaster or the Exchequer. Their Lordships transmit said representation to the Attorney General. Dr. Sayer to attend him to consider subject matter of same, and also the condition of the Savoy Hospital itself and all other the estates belonging thereto; so as their Lordships may have a state of the whole affair reported to them to be laid before the King.
Order for the preparation of a sign manual for the issue of 2,500l. in the name of Wm. Richards, to reimburse expenses for His Majesty's service.
The name of Wm. Leigh, inserted as a manager of the lottery in the Commission for that purpose, to be altered to Austin Leigh. [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p 28.]
June 1.181. Report to the Treasury from the Commissioners of Stamp Duties on the representation of Edmund Curll. Apprehend that there is no law in being for ascertaining the size of paper on which newspapers are to be printed nor to limit the number of lines which are to be made use of in advertisements. Conceive that if same were ascertained and limited by Act of Parliament, it would tend to the advancement of Her Majesty's revenue. “As to musick ballads we apprehend they are liable to the payment of the duties, and therefore as often as we receive information of their being printed and published contrary to law, we cause the offenders to be prosecuted and have ordered our inspectors to attend Mr. Curll to take his direction how to discover the offenders for the future.” Have a Register of Pamphlets and Advertisements who is well qualified for the services aforesaid, and do not think it necessary to put the Government to the expense of an inspector of newspapers and advertisements. Stamp Office, Lincoln's Inn, June 1. 1 page.
Appending:
—Representation of Edmund Curll to Sir Robert Walpole and the other Lords of the Treasury, proposing the appointing of an inspector for effect as above; which would advance the revenue above 10,000l. per annum. Minuted with order of reference, dated 1730–1, March 16. 1¼ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVI. No. 14.]
June 2.182. Treasury warrant for the repair of the paintings in the court leading to the King's great staircase, and in the open gallery of communication from the King's to the Queens apartments at Windsor, in the best and cheapest manner that may be. The total cost not to exceed 450l.
Prefixing:
—A report from the Board of Works that the said paintings are so decayed and defaced that if not soon repaired it will be impossible to restore them.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 352.]
June 3.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
183. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George 0xenden Mr. Clayton.
The representation of the Salt Commissioners, dated 1731, May 28, read, concerning the miserable circumstances of the dismissed officers, and desiring authorisation to make them some small allowance for their present subsistence till provided for. Their Lordships conceive they have not such power over the moneys coming in for arrears of the late salt duties as to apply same to paying the allowances desired; but order the Acts of Parliament to be inspected.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of Exchequer Bills of 350,000l. out of the supplies now in the Exchequer for 1731, towards cancelling the Exchequer Bills which till Christmas last were chargeable on the additional stamp duties, &c. being part of the East India Company's fund.
Mr. Haldane, late one of the Commissioners for Forfeitures in Scotland, attending, some papers are read to maintain his demand of 2,000l. for his salary as a Commissioner to Lady Day, 1727, the time to which four others, who acted in the same Commission, have been paid. The Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, are to give their Lordships an account of moneys standing out on the said head of forfeitures, and from whom to be recovered, and the claims or demand, if any, chargeable thereon.
Auditor Jett's report on the petition of Mr. Burton, late Receiver of the Savoy Hospital rents, to be allowed the charges of passing his accounts, read and agreed to.
“The Bishop of Oxford's lease of, is to pass without fine, and Colonel Terrel's lease is likewise to pass, according to the Surveyor's report. Warrants to be prepared accordingly.”
Order for preparation of a sign manual for 400l. for Governor Shute out of 4½ per cent. [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 29.]
June 3.184. Report from the Commissioners of Customs, London, to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Joseph Bentley, one of the land surveyors in Liverpool port, praying allowance for French wine and brandy, seized from him by the rebels in the late rebellion, when he was collector of Customs at Lancaster, petitioner having managed to secure above 400l. of the Kings' money in his hand and also to save all the bonds from the rebels' “though they got all the rest of the money as Excise, leather and Post Office.” Minuted:—With minute as under June 15, infra.pages.
Appending:
—Bentley's petition to effect as above to the Lords of the Treasury with order of reference thereupon, dated 1731, May 6. 1½ page. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVI. No. 15.]
185. Same in duplicate from the Commissioners for Hawkers and Pedlars to the Treasury on certain “proposals for increasing the revenue on hawkers and pedlars, and thereby obliging all shopkeepers in cities, corporations, and market towns.” The traders in markets who attend and keep stall or stand there on market days do not, as is alleged, evade the taking of licences, as by 9 & 10 Wm. III. licence for them is not required. An Act of Parliament would therefore be necessary for requiring such licences. The office of Surveyor General was reduced in 1715, and in lieu thereof two new surveyors added. The proposed re-establishment of such Surveyor General to survey the other surveyors would be useless, because such officer could not survey the whole of England and Wales in such a way as to be a check upon the other surveyors, who are only nine in number, and the present method of keeping the surveyors to their duty answers the purposes for which such Surveyor General might be useful in a much better manner than it can ever be by a General Surveyor, “for our surveyors, every month, send to the board a journal, upon oath, containing an account of what towns they survey, what number of miles they ride each day, what quantity of time employed therein, what persons they find trading with or without licences, and if without, what steps are taken in the prosecution of them, and what the effect of such prosecutions are.” Hawkers' and Pedlars' Office, June 3. 6 pages.
Appending:
—The “proposals” referred to, partly in duplicate.
Minuted:—With order of reference, dated 1731, May 25.
3 pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVI. No. 17.]
June 4.186. Memorial of J. Stanley, T. Walker, J. Hill, J. Evelyn [to the Treasury], representing the extraordinary insult received by Mr. Joseph Southgate, mate of the “Walpole” sloop, employed in the revenue at Wells, Norfolk, from the commander of two French shallops within the limits of said port. 1 page.
Appending:
—Affidavit as to the affair by Southgate. Having accosted two shallops suspected of supplying brandy to a large fleet of colliers near Burnham Flats, Cheyne, the commander of one of the shallops fired on him, and with Peters, commander of the other shallop, chased the sloop to near shore in Holkham Bay, boarded it and forced deponent to go on board Peters' shallop, being under the impression deponent was Captain Harold, of the Custom House sloop at Yarmouth, whom they were resolved to murder. 4 pages. [Ibid, No. 19.]
187. Report to the Treasury from George Wright, deputy auditor, on the petition of several of His Majesty's tenants in the manors of Barton, Barrow, and Goxhill, in the county of Lincoln. Has made strict inquiry into the customs of those manors, and finds that yearly proclamation has always been made for the payment of the several rents therefrom and that these rents have always been a distinct and separate collection from the rest of the county. The charges of acquittance money have been usually, for each acquittance, 8d. for copyholders and leaseholders, and 4d. for freeholders. Acquittance money in the various counties differ according to custom, and range from 4d. to 60d.pages.
Appending:
—Petition of 34 of His Majesty's tenants of the above manors complaining of the charge for acquittances, ut supra, p. 19. Minuted:—With order of reference to Sidney Godolphin, one of the auditors of land revenues. 1¼sheets with signatures.
[Ibid, No. 20.]
June 10.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
188. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Order for preparation of a sign manual for the issue of 1,850l. in the name of Wm. Richards, without account, to reimburse expenses for His Majesty's service. Mr. Lowther to pay the fees thereof out of the King's money in Ins hands.
Same for the issue of 5,200l. to John Scrope for His Majesty's secret service without account.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Chamber of 1,000l. for the messengers for their foreign journeys, according to the Duke of Newcastle's letter of the 5th instant.
Mr. Patrick Haldane called in and informed that upon receiving from the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland an account of the cash standing out on the forfeited estates, Scotland, they will allow him his salary as late a Commissioner of the said Forfeitures to the time four others in the same Commission have been paid.
The report of the Commissioners of the Customs, Scotland, touching incidents claimed by John Haldane, collector of Prestonpans, who failed, to be allowed on his account, ordered to be locked out and laid before their Lordships, and all proceedings against his sureties stayed for six months.
Their Lordships agree and fix upon Tuesdays and Wednesdays as their days of meeting here during the King's residence at Hampton Court.
John Wilkinson's petition for 63l. 1s.d. out of Savoy rents to reimburse the charges he has been at in repairing the house he occupies as minister of the English Church there, read and referred to the Board of Works.
John Russel's petition read for an allowance of 3l. per day for the time he was employed as the King's plenipotentiary to Morocco. Their Lordships would be informed what his appointments are as consul, what charges have been allowed him for his journey to and from Fez, and what precedents there have been of allowing 3l. per day above consul's pay and charges.
Their Lordships approve the appointment by the Commissioners of the Revenue, Ireland, of Mr. Allen to be their secretary, loco Mr. Forth, lately dead, and Mr. Hewson to succeed Allen as their solicitor, said Hewson having been recommended by them for that employment at the time Allen obtained the same.
James Pitt, appointed viewer and examiner of tobacco inwards and outwards, London port, loco Thomas Evans, deceased.
The Surveyor General's report on George Wynn's petition for a lease of certain mines in Derbyshire, with a warrant thereupon for rating a particular in order to the said lease, is signed by two of their Lordships. Nevertheless, care is to be taken that the same be not delivered out without their Lordships particular order in that behalf.
When the particular annual bounties formerly paid out of the 2,400l. or thereabouts issued in the name of Richards, come- again to be paid, care is to be taken that Mlle. de Lisle, aged about 85 years, be inserted for the pension her daughter had on Mr. Blagny's list before she died.
Mr. Pelham's memorial of the 3rd instant, inclosing Sir Joseph Eyles's proposal for remitting the subsistence to Minorca and Gibraltar, from 1731, June 25, to August 24, agreed to as follows, the rate of exchange being certified to be as usual.
25,000 dollars for Gibraltar at sight, payable in gold at 54½d. per dollar.
19,000 dollars for Port Mahon at sight, payable in gold at 55d. per dollar. [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 30–1]
June 12.189. Letters patent by the King, in Latin, constituting William Duke of Devonshire, Lord Privy Seal, with all the fees, rights, &c. formerly enjoyed by Thomas Lord Trevor, and a salary of 365l. per annum, in place of Abraham Stanyan and Robert Jackson, appointed Commissioners for the Privy Seal by previous letters patent of 4 January, 4 George II.
[King's Warrant Book XXX. pp. 244–5.]
June 15.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
190. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir William Yonge.
Order for preparation of a sign manual for 450l. in the name of John Shepherd, to reimburse expenses for His Majesty's service without account.
The report of the Commissioners of Customs of the present month read on Joseph Bentley's petition to be rewarded for service in the revenue as collector of Lancaster, in the year 1715, being the time of the rebellion. Their Lordships allow him 200l. in consideration of his services and losses as set forth in the said report.
The like report, of date 1730–1, January 18, on the petition of the sureties of Nathaniel Smith, late collector of the Customs at Liverpool, for reimbursement of sundry expenses, read. The Commissioners of Customs to report further to what degree and in what manner compassion may be extended to Smith.
Auditor Lowndes's report of the 10th instant read, stating the ipsums upon the accounts of Edward Young as Surveyor General of His late Majesty's woods, South of the Trent, and for Sherwood Forest, North of the Trent, against the surplusages on other his accounts. Their Lordships order payment of the said surpluses out of the land revenues in the hands of any of the receivers within Mr. Lowndes's and Mr. Godolphin's audit.
The memorial of the Commissioners of Customs of the 4th instant, with an affidavit annexed, touching an insult from the commanders of two French shallops to Joseph Southgate, mate of the “Walpole “sloop, in the service of the Customs at Wells, to be sent to the Secretary of State to be laid before the King for his directions therein.
The Treasurer of the Navy representing by his memorial of this day's date, that the taxes charged on the Commissioners of the Navy and Victualling their officers and clerks for 1729 and 1730, have been paid by him out of moneys arisen by sale of stores, their Lordships order the usual letters for allowing the taxes so paid on the Treasurer's account.
The report of the Commissioners of Customs of 1731, March 29, read on Mr. Chitty's two memorials complaining of oppression from the said Commissioners and their officers. Their Lordships agree that Mr. Chitty has misrepresented the Commissioners.
“My Lords being moved by Mr. Parsons and Mr. Hays, two of the directors of the Africa Company for their opinion whether the tax of 6d. per £ ought to be stopped upon the 10,000.l. issued out of the public supplies to that Company during the two years past, let the warrant authorising the Exchequer officers to make the said deduction be laid before my Lords for their consideration.”
The Attorney General's report of 1730, October 9, read on Henry Hole's petition for a grant of the personal estate of Stede Bonnet in the Leeward Islands, who was convicted and executed for piracy, towards satisfying a debt by judgment of 1,707l. owing from Bonnet to Hole. A warrant to be prepared for granting same accordingly, grantee giving security to account in the Exchequer for any surplus over the said debt, interest and costs.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 32–3.]
June 16.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
191. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
“Their Lordships inspect the Act of Parliament and the late King's warrant grounded thereupon, by which the deduction of 6d. in the £ is authorised to be made out of payments at the Exchequer, and upon consideration thereof their Lordships are of opinion that the 10,000l. which hath been granted for two years together out of the public supplies to the African Company towards the maintenance of the British forts and settlements belonging to them on the coast of Africa, ought not to be charged with this deduction, and order a copy thereof to be transmitted to the Auditor of the Receipt for the officers there to govern themselves accordingly.”
The memorial of the Paymaster of the Forces of the 16th instant, for 163,222l. 14s. 8d. for subsistence and contingencies from, June 25 to August 24 next, including 40,000l. for the Hessians on account, read and ordered out of the supplies, anno 1731.
The memorial of the Treasurer of the Navy for 30,000l. on the head of wages, and 3,000l. for imprests and bills of exchange on the head of wear and tear, read and similarly ordered.
Mr. Wilkins is to be paid by Mr. Lowther out of the King's. money in his hands 259l. 3s. 4d. for the London journals delivered to the Post Office for six months, 1730, December 5, to May 29, including 100l. for writing, &c.
James Raw, at the recommendation of Mr. Hedworth, to be boatman at Sunderland, loco Rigby Acock, in case he be dead.
Mr. Lowther is to pay Mr. Preverau, out of the King's money in his hands, 107l. 1s. for the fees and charges in passing Captain Clinton's command as Governor of Newfoundland. [Ibid, p. 34.]
June 17.192. Report from the Commissioners for Stamps to the Treasury on the petition of John Savage, clerk. In January last received information that petitioner had celebrated a marriage without licence or publication of banns. Ordered a prosecution to prevent a practice so prejudicial to the stamp revenue. Petitioner has ever since absconded. Are informed that he is in very mean circumstances, and under the sentence of the spiritual court. Minuted:—With minute of approval by the Treasury, requiring stay of action against Savage, without insisting on his paying the costs of suit. 2 pages.
Appending:
—Savage's petition to the Treasury. Has been suspended ab officio et beneficio by the spiritual court for three years, and thereby lost two small livings in Nottinghamshire. Prays stay of the Stamp Office prosecution for 100l. having upon all occasions shown the utmost zeal for His Majesty's Government. Minuted:—With order of reference, dated 1731, May 27. 1 page. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVI. No. 22.]
June 22.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
193. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Warren Lisle's salary as supervisor of the riding officers at Weymouth is to be augmented from 60l. to 100l.
Richard Kelsall, at the recommendation of Mr. Brereton, is to be land surveyor at Liverpool, loco John Digby, deceased.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer acquaints their Lordships that the King is pleased to give 1,000l. towards the relief of the sufferers by the fire at Tiverton, and 1,000l. for the sufferers by the fire at Blandford. Sir Wm. Yonge to distribute the former, and Mr. Dodington the latter, as they shall think fit.
The Commissioners of Taxes attend, and their representation of the 22nd instant read, of the sums paid by such of the receivers of land tax as were respited since the time of their being so respited. Their Lordships take off the respites on eight receivers named.
The Commissioners acquaint their Lordships that Langley Banks, Receiver of part of Lincoln, is in ill circumstances, but that his security is substantial, and that they have no reason to fear that the public will suffer any loss by such failing. Their Lordships advise them, nevertheless, to take out an extent against him, “though it may not be absolutely necessary to carry it immediately into execution.”
Mr. Cracherode's report of 1729–30, January 21, for 40l. to be paid to Wm. Crew, one of the keepers of Enfield Chase, for the arrest of Aaron Maddox, a notorious deer stealer, read and agreed to.
Mr. Paxton's report of the 15th instant, on petitions of Wm. Sampson, Godman Jenkin, and Thos. Best, claiming the proclamation reward of 300l. for apprehending incendiaries, agreed to.
The memorial of the Commissioners of Salt Duties of the 18th instant read and agreed to, proposing the dismissal of other of their officers from the 24th instant with salaries amounting to 530l. per annum, and the continuing of others of the said officers, as in an annexed list, with salaries amounting to 3,923l. 10s. per annum, as also of others to be continued and paid by the Commissioners of Customs, with salaries amounting to 105l. per annum. At Christmas next the Commissioners are to represent to their Lordships the officers to be then dismissed or continued for bringing the affairs under their management to a conclusion.
Mr. George Holmes, Chief Clerk to the Keeper of the Records in the Tower, in consideration of the length of time he has served in the said office, and his care and fidelity therein, is to be allowed the vacant salary of the keeper for the intermediate time between Mr. Topham's death and Mr. Polhill's admission to the said office of keeper.
Mr. Attorney General's report of 1731, April 30, on Martin Bedwell's petition for a lease of an escheated estate in Essex, belonging to John Blandford, convicted of felony, read and agreed to.
Petition of Wm. Noakes, late Sheriff of Berks, to be repaid two 40l. paid for reward of conviction of a highwayman, tried on two indictments, read, “My Lords being of opinion that one 40l. ought only by law to be paid, the making a precedent of paying more may be of ill consequence to His Majesty's service.”
Thomas Holden's petition relating to a debt and demand upon the Fleet prison, read and referred to Mr. Paxton.
Postmaster General's report of the 16th instant on John Arden's petition to be paid 50l. for a banknote stolen out of a letter by Thos. Hassle, one of their officers, who was tried for same, read and agreed to.
Mr. Lowther, out of the King's money in his hand, is to pay John Walthe, junior, 243l. 15s. for 750 double “Courants” sent to the Post Office every post day from 1730–1, February 22, to 1731 May 22. [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 35–7.]
June 23.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
194. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Doddington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Edward Berkley to be tide surveyor at Portsmouth, loco James Pitt, preferred to be viewer and examiner of tobacco, inwards and outwards, London port.
Mr. Burchett's letter of the 22nd instant with the accompanying extract of Captain Colliers' letter relating to the damage done to the “Fubbs” yacht, under his command, by the Custom House officers, referred to the Commissioners of Customs for report.
The memorial of the Treasurer of the Navy of to-day's date for 116,623l. 10s. for sundry services read and ordered.
On a report from the Commissioners of Taxes, Mr. Manning, their secretary, is ordered to be paid 200l. for extraordinary attendances and trouble in executing that office. Same to be inserted in next quarter's incidents bill.
Mr. Chetwynd, who is going Governor to Barbados, is to have 1,500l. out of 4½ per cent. in like manner as was paid to the last Governor.
The Commissioners of Taxes present a particular account of payments and arrears of the respited receivers, anno 1731. Their Lordships approve the taking off the respite on all the receivers named in the minute of 1731, June 22, supra, except Mr. Meredith, Receiver of North Wales, whose respite is to continue till payment of the 6,0001l. due from him.
The petition of William Fazakerly and Samuel Skinner transmitted to the Commissioners of Customs. The trial of same, for running gold bullion out of an East India ship before entry, to he deferred till Michaelmas term.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII p. 38.]
June 25.195. Order for payment to David Polhill, as supervisor of 37l. 10s., and George Holmes, as chief clerk, of 25l. for digesting and putting into order the Records in the Tower, 1731, Midsummer quarter. [Order Book XV. p. 29.]
196. Same for same to George Holmes of 236l. 19s.d. for services as chief clerk to the Keeper of the Records in the Tower, from 1730, September 7, the death of Richard Topham, late Keeper of the Records, to 1730–1, February 17, the day of David Polhill's admission to the said office; on 500l. per annum. [Ibid, p. 34.]
197. Same for same of 105l. to John Lawton, senior Deputy Chamberlain of the Exchequer, for sorting and digesting the writings and records in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer, 1731, Midsummer quarter.
Appending:—Lawton's certificate. “Since Lady Day last, Mr. Stewart has endorsed and put labels upon a great many old assize rolls of several reigns. Mr. Smart has been sorting miscellaneous records which formerly lay in the rooms over the Gateway, and Mr. Whiston has been comparing the abstracts (bought lately of the executors of Mr. Le Neve) with the records and putting endorsements upon them.”
[Ibid, p. 30; Money Book XXXVI. pp. 30–1.]
June 29.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers
198. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Mr. Lowther, out of the King's money in his hands, is to pay the fees of the royal bounties to the towns of Tiverton and Blandford, towards repairing their losses by fire.
Mr. Carr Brackenbury, Receiver of the Land Tax for part of Lincoln, is to be receiver of the whole county now Mr. Banks, the late Receiver of part of Lincoln, has failed. Thos. Eyre, the Receiver for Cheshire, is to be Receiver for North Wales also. Some fit person to be recommended as Receiver for Hertford, loco Runnington, who declines same.
John Hope is to be riding officer in the Isle of Sheppey, loco Thos. Goble, deceased.
The memorial of the Paymaster of the Forces of to-day's date for 43,320l. 19s. 2d. for half-pay to reduced officers and for defraying the charge of Chelsea Hospital, read and ordered.
On reading Mr. Auditor Harley's statement, dated 19th instant, on Mr. Cracherode's final accounts, terminating 1730, December 22, their Lordships agree to allow 263l. 13s. 11½d. craved therein for arrears of salary payable at the Exchequer, to 1727, June 11. Care to be taken that proper memorandums are made thereof at the Exchequer to prevent double payments, and that 99l. 16s.d. the balance of said account be paid over and charged upon the succeeding solicitor.
The reports of the Deputy King's Remembrancer and Mr. Auditor Harley read on Mr. Blackerby's petition to have Richard Farwell, of Westminster, accepted a security for him as Receiver for the Churches, loco Leonard Street, deceased. Their Lordships agree thereto.
Order for preparation of a warrant for the quarter's pension due to the Earl of Warwick at Midsummer last.
The representation from the Commissioners of the Customs in Scotland, of the 17th instant, for continuing some officers of the Salt Duty there for six months from the 24th instant, read and agreed to. In the warrant to be drawn thereupon the Commissioners are to be apprised of the order relating to John Haldane, collector of Prestonpans.
The memorial from same of 1730–1, March 3, relating to the salt given over to the officers at Anstruther in 1719, and for which the debentures were not to be made out or delivered in regard to the frauds practised by the merchants over said salt, read and the several propositions therein agreed to.
Mr. Missing's letter of the 24th instant, complaining of the want of storehouses at Gibraltar, and of the opposition made by the garrison there to accept beef in lieu of pork, in a due proportion till both species in store there are brought to an equality, ordered to be transmitted to the Secretary at War.
The memorial of Mr. Hart, late Governor of the Leeward Islands, for remission of interest on his purchase money of lands in St. Christopher, read. Their Lordships are to be informed what orders were formerly given upon the like application of Mr. Hart.
Richard Gildart's petition for time to pay in the remaining debt as surety for Sir Thomas Johnson, merchant at Liverpool, read. Their Lords agree to the terms proposed.
David Bindon's memorial, representing his services relating to the hindering the clandestine exportation of wool from Ireland, and praying recompense for same, read, “but my Lords being wholly unacquainted with petitioner's pretensions give no order therein.”
Thos. Lake's petition to be admitted to a composition for running goods, read and referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
Isaac Migault, one of the tidesmen of London port, is to be a coast-waiter. [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 39–40.]
June 29.199. Treasury warrant to the Postmaster General for repayment of 50l. to John Arderne, of Manchester, for loss of a lank note in the post.
Prefixing:—Report of the Postmasters General, Edward Carteret and E. Harrison, to the Treasury, recommending the payment of the money least merchants, finding themselves liable to the loss of money in the post, should adopt other means of conveyance. “The caution we have taken to secure the revenue from bearing these losses is the security which every officer gives at his admittance of having two persons bound with him in 200l. for his fidelity. And in the present case this would have secured the revenue had Hassell been convicted, but as he was acquitted Mr. Arderne is without remedy.”
[Reference Book IX. p. 436, Money Book XXXVI. pp. 53–4.]
June 30.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
200. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm, Yonge.
Order for the issue of 29,850l. to the Cofferer of the Household to clear the debt of the Household, 1731, Midsummer quarter.
Same for 6,473l. 4s. 11d. to the Treasurer of the Chamber to clear the salaries on the establishment of that office for same quarter. [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 41.]
June 30.201. Treasury dormant warrant to John Hammerton, Receiver General of the Revenues of North and South Carolina, for the payment of a salary of 100l. per annum and the usual 5 per cent. fees to the Auditor and Surveyor General of His Majesty's Revenues in America.
Prefixing:—Memorial to the Lords of the Treasury from Horace Walpole, Auditor and Surveyor General of His Majesty's Plantations in America. Since the purchase of North and South Carolina the quit rents and other revenues of those provinces are come within his audit. Has appointed a deputy to reside in Carolina, and is about to proceed in the execution of his office there. Prays the establishing of his salary in respect thereof. “In Virginia and New York, the only colonies in which the quit rents are accounted for to the Crown in like manner as in Carolina, there is a salary of 100l. per annum in each settled for the auditor and his deputy, besides 5 per cent. the usual fees.”
[Warrants not Relating to Money XXIV. pp. 398–400.]