|102. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton.|
Mr. Christopher Tower's letter read in answer to Mr. Paul's charge concerning a deposit of 1,800l. in the hands of his father, deceased, on account of the 5 per cent. on the ship “Joseph” from the East Indies.
A further letter from Thomas Tomkyns, of the 31st ultimo, read. Their Lordships adhere to the minute of July 19.
Sir Humphrey Howorth's petition for sundry allowances in his accounts read. Mr. Paxton and Howorth to prepare a proposal for satisfying the debt to the Crown by the allowances craved and by the sale of Howorth's estate.
Petition in the name of Lord and Lady Petre relating to the Lady's portion of 20,000l. charged on the late Earl of Derwentwater's estate read and referred to the Attorney and Solicitor General.
Mons. Renard is to be paid 50l. by Mr. Lowther for the year's correspondency, due Midsummer last.
Petition of George Douglas for an established allowance to be made him as solicitor for the late bishop's tithes in Scotland, read and referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland.
Order for the issue of 240l. to Lord Gage for charges and expenses in the discovery of fraudulent sales of the late Earl of Derwentwater's estate.
Order for a sign manual for the issue of the 1,500l. to Viscount Howe, as Governor of Barbados, out of the 4½ per cent., duty in manner as the like sum was issued to Mr. Chetwynd and Mr. Worseley his predecessors.
The Taxes Commissioners report of this day read on Mr. Lane's debt as Receiver-General of Worcestershire. Lane to be continued receiver in case Sir Richard Lane pays in the sums of 4.560l. promised by the dates fixed. The Commissioners to ascertain the arrears in the country on Lane's accounts.
Order for a sign manual for 2,650l. in the name of Wm. Richards, to reinburse the like sum expended for His Majesty's service.
Samuel Forster, late ferryman at Putney, to have the waterman's place at the Customs House now vacant.
James Jane to succeed John Campbell, in case he be dead, as boatman at Chepstow.
John Andrews to be tidesman at Truro, loco Kinsey, deceased. Wm. Philips to succeed Luke, deceased, as landwaiter, ibid.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 142–3.]
|August 3.||103. Treasury warrant for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant for furniture, detailed, for His Majesty's service at Kensington, Richmond, Kew, and St. James's, including, inter al a large folding wainscot table for the royal family to dine on at Kew, &c.|
Memorandum:—This warrant will come to 1,616l. or thereabouts. Tho. Dummer John Halls, comptroller.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. pp. 400–1.]
|104. Same for same of same for new furniture, detailed, for His Majesty's service at Kensington, including, inter al. a state bed for the Prince of Wales, complete with a boarded bottom, “vauzes” and furniture of green damask. a counterpoint ditto, and a complete set of bedding, &c. and items for the Duke of Cumberland, the Princesses Royal, Amelia, and Caroline.|
Memorandum:—Signed as above This warrant comes to 6,810l. or thereabouts. [Ibid, pp. 401–6.]
|105. Same for same of a warrant from the Duke of Montagu for robes, detailed, for the Duke of Cumberland as Knight Companion of the Bath, and for same, detailed, for the Duke of Montagu as Great Master of the said order, as also same to the Genealogist, Register, Secretary, and Gentleman Usher, messenger, the five Prebendaries of Westminster, and 12 poor almsmen.|
Memorandum:—Signed as above. This warrant will come to 206l. or thereabouts. [Ibid, pp. 407–8.]
|August 3.||106. Petition of Thos. Bowes to the Treasury, praying the continuance to himself of the tending of the lamps at Westminster Hall at 1s. per lamp per week, all charges included. 1 page.|
Appending:—Same to same, of date Axe Yard, King Street, Westminster, August 1. “Petitioner's wife's father, Anthony Vernatty (whose only child she is), was the inventor and sole patentee of those sort of lamplights now used at the Courts and both Houses of Parliament, and had an order of Parliament for setting up, maintaining, and lighting of them for the accommodation of both Houses.” Is willing to accept the price allowed by the Board of Works for same. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIX. No. 35.]
|107. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of tho Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.|
Thos. Bowes' petition for the business of maintaining and lighting the lamps for the accommodation of Parliament read. Their Lordships can do nothing herein.
Order for a warrant for charging 400,000l. in Exchequer bills on the land tax, 1732, to be issued and dated as shall be notified.
The Treasurer of the Navy's memorial of this day for 20,000l. for paying off three ships, and towards reducing the guardships, read and ordered.
Order for 1,000l. to Mr. Whitworth, to be charged by debenture on the land revenues of the Crown in the hands of any receiver, upon account for repairing the bridges, ridings, &c. in Windsor Great Park.
The memorial of the Board of Works, of the 3rd instant, representing the dangerous condition of the building in which the Treasury is kept, and that the charge of fitting up the Lottery Office for their Lordships' accommodation will amount to 450l. read and agreed to.
Same from same read, concerning the excess of the expense in building the new stable in the Mews, the estimate being 6,500l. and the cost 13,500l. A warrant to be prepared for carrying on same.
The Customs Commissioners' report of June 27 last read, on Captain John Flower's petition for gold to be restored to him being brought on shore by him from the ship “Macclesfield,” and seized at Portsmouth. Their Lordships think the same favour should be granted to him as lately to Mr. Fazakerly and others, and order a warrant accordingly.
The time for paying John Hatch's composition money enlarged to Michaelmas next.
Order for payment by Mr. Lowther, out of the King's money in his hand, of 33l. 12s. 6d. to Mr. Reed, being fees on the 500l. issued to him for a present to the Dey and chief officers of the Government of Tripoli.
The representation of the Taxes Commissioners on the cases of Hartley, receiver of Bucks, and Cowper, receiver of Northampton, read. An extent to be taken out against Hartley. Cowper to be continued receiver on paying into the Exchequer 2,000l. this month and the remainder of his debt in September next.
The said Commissioners think it will be for the advantage of the Crown to oblige Hartley and Cowper immediately to state and pass their accounts for land tax and duties on houses, 1730, to pay into the Exchequer all the money in their hands on the same, 1731, to deposit their bills in the Bank of England, to deliver a particular of all debts due to them, and to give an exact account of arrears. Their Lordships agree and order same accordingly.
“My Lords agree to meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, at 12 of the clock, at Mr. Chancellor's house in Arlington Street, until the Lottery Office shall be fitted up for their accommodation.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 144–5.]
|108. Petition to the Treasury from Wm. Reed, Consul at Tripoli. Pursuant to His Majesty's directions has laid out 500l. for a complete present to carry to Tripoli. Prays payment of 33l. 12s. 6d. being Treasury fees on same.|
Together with Reed's receipt for 33l. 12s. 6d. dated 1732, August 4. 1 page.
Appending:—An account of the goods bought for a present for the Dey and chief officers of the Government of Tripoli. 3 pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIX. No. 38.]
|August 7.||109. The Commissioners of the Revenue, Ireland, to the Treasury, transmitting two memorials of Alexius Clayton, agent for and on behalf of Charles Earl of Arran, relating to the duties of Prizage and Butlerage of Wines, anciently vested in his family, but now in lease to the Crown at the yearly rent of 3,500l. The lease is near expiring and the Earl offers a renewal of it at 5,000l. rent per annum. On an average of the last 14 years said Prizage has produced 4,873l. a year. 3 pages.|
Appending:—(a. and b.) Said memorials of Clayton to the Governors and Chief Commissioners of His Majesty's Revenue, Ireland, received July 19 and August 3 respectively. 2 pages.
(c.) Statement of the produce of said Prizage for 14 years past and of Excise and additional duties on same. Certified by T. Lills, examiner. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 39.]
|110. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.|
The Customs Commissioners' memorial, of the 28th July last, for additional soldiers for the coasts of Suffolk, Sussex, Essex, and Kent, to assist the Customs officers, read and approved, and to be transmitted to the Secretary at War to obtain the necessary warrants to be signed by Her Majesty thereupon.
Order for the issue of 2,686l. 4s. 10d. to satisfy bills and warrants charged on that office by the Lord Chamberlain to Midsummer, 1732.
Orders for 20l. royal bounty to Mrs. Eliz. Warren and 31l. to Robert Swannack out of the King's money in Mr. Lowther's hands.
David Boyce's petition for release from the Fleet referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Same from Thos. Lake for same without paying the composition money, by warrant dated 31st December, read and rejected.
The Earl of Arran's state of the duty on the Prizage of Wines in Ireland, and for a further lease to be taken thereof by the Revenue Commissioners there, read and referred to the said Commissioners.
Mr. Russell, Consul at Tetuan, having exhibited an account of his expenses on his journey to Mequinez, and during his stay there, beginning the 17th August 1728, and ending the 25th June 1730, amounting to 907l. 2s. 10d. on which 800l. has been paid, “let the particulars be examined and cast up and the whole as to charge and discharge be verified upon oath to be taken before a Master in Chancery.”
The report of the Commissioners of Stamp Duties, of 4th April last, on Samuel Elliot's petition to be allowed 17l. 13s. 2d. the amount of stamp goods destroyed by fire at Blandford, read and agreed to.
Sir Humphrey Howorth and Mr. Paxton to attend Thursday next. [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 146.]
|August 10.||111. Treasury warrant to the Clerk of the Pipe or his deputy for a lease to Charles Duke of Richmond of a mansion house and grounds in the Privy Garden within the precincts of Whitehall Palace, for 41 years from date of expiry of present term in 1740–1, March 20, at the ancient rent of 20l. and fine of 500l.|
Prefixing:—Constat of the premises.
[Crown Lease Book II. pp. 425–7.]
|112. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton Sir Wm. Yonge.|
Order for a commission for Hadley to be surveyor of houses, loco his father.
Edmund Eccles' petition for lease of an estate at Goosnargh, Lancashire, reverted to the Crown, read and referred to the Attorney General.
Mr. Paxton's report, of the 8th instant, on Sir Humphrey Howorth's proposal for payment of his debt, read. Paxton ordered to state the case and attend Mr. Attorney General for his opinion thereupon.
A memorial from the Salt Commissioners, dated July 21 last, read, for directions concerning the payment of money, amounting to 9,925l. 4s. 0¾d., received on the salt duties, which expired 1730, December 25. Ordered to be paid into the Exchequer, except 1,200l. part thereof, to answer necessary charges and demands. The officers of the Exchequer to set apart the amount received in their accounts and certificates till determination of the present disputes between the Crown and certain salt traders.
John Parker's petition for an augmentation of salary as Solicitor of the Customs in Scotland read and referred to the Commissioners of that revenue.
The report of Auditors Lowndes and Godolphin, of the 3rd instant, on the petition of the executor of Richard Rose, late receiver of land revenues of Lincoln, Nottingham, Leicester, and Warwick, read, and order taken thereupon.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 147.]
|113. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.|
Order for a sign manual for the issue of 1,000l. to the Music Academy as His Majesty's bounty for the opera the last season.
Michael Hind to be waiter and searcher at Manningtree, Harwich port, loco Bryan Knowles, deceased.
Order for directions to the Auditor of the Exchequer to prepare with all expedition a copper plate for printing off Exchequer bills on the Act for reviving the salt duties, so as the same may be ready in case their Lordships think tit to charge any part of the credit on that Act with Exchequer bills.
Papers read concerning Mr. Watson and Mr. Elstob appointed for the receipt and management of the late Earl of Derwentwater's estate.
The Attorney General's report of May 29, 1731, on the petition of John Cook and others concerning the account of Samuel Home, deceased, collector of Customs in Antigua, read and adhered to.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of Exchequer bills, out of the surplus, 1732, of so much as will pay off Exchequer bills undischarged upon the duties on malt for 1730.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 148.]
|114. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.|
Order for a sign manual for the issue of 5,905l. to Mr. Scrope for His Majesty's secret service.
Mr. Whitworth's letter, of the 10th instant, concerning the stealing and destruction of timber in New Forest, to be forwarded to Mr. Paxton to lay the matter before the Attorney General.
The report of the Customs Commissioners of the 7th instant, concerning the condition of the accounts of the 4½ per cent. duty from Barbados and the Leeward Islands to be sent to the Auditors of Imprests for them to prepare the accounts in the manner desired by the said Commissioners, unless they have another form to propose by which a rule for the better settling those accounts may be made for the future.
Mr. Auditor Barley's statement, of the 5th June last, of Mr. Kennedy's accounts as paymaster of salaries to inferior officers and incident charges of the Commissioners for Forfeited Estates in Scotland referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, to consider and to certify the separate account for Scotland when passed under the Exchequer seal there.
Mr. Pelham's memorial of the 5th instant, enclosing Sir Joseph Eyles's proposals for remitting the subsistence to Minorca and Gibraltar, 1732, August 25 to October 24, read and agreed to as follows:—
16,500 dollars for Minorca at sight, payable in gold, at 55d. per dollar.
25,000 dollars for Gibraltar, at 54½d. per dollar.
[Ibid, p. 149.]
|August 24.||115. “Write to the Commissioners for Hackney Coaches and Chairs for Henry Stower to have the vacant chair, No. 320.”|
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 150.]
|August 29.||116. Order for a sign manual for 11,000l. royal bounty in the name of George Draper, the fees to be defrayed out of the King's money in Mr. Lowther's hands.|
“Know if the Bank will take from the trustees of the Marlborough estate 50,000l. or 100,000l. first in course of the loane they lately made on the revived duties on salt, so as to enable the trustees to make a loan of the sum the Bank takes upon the same duties payable after 300,000l.”
Sir Humphrey Howorth's petition for staying the proclamation to be made next audit, against his receiving any more of the Crown revenues in North Wales and Cheshire, read, and not complied with. [Ibid.]