|December 5.||154. Report from the Commissioners of Revenue, Ireland, to the Treasury on the petition of the merchants and sugar bakers of Bristol. Detail the duties on sugars of various kinds. Sugar imported by petitioners into Ireland are refined and must pay 7l. per cwt. Excise, as by the Book of Rates. Petitioners' assertion that the sugar bakers of Ireland have hitherto chiefly supplied themselves with raw sugars from the French plantations is untrue. One year's import of British Muscovado sugar on an average exceeds seven years' import of foreign Muscovado sugars by 5,465l. 3s. 4d. 4 pages.|
Appending:—(a, b, c.) Copies of entries inwards at Cork of sugar imported by three Bristol merchants, Holland Goddard, Francis Goold. and Steph. Harrold, certified by Tho. Lill, examiner. 3 pages.
(d.) An account of the quantities of Muscovado or brown sugar imported into Ireland, 1726-32, from the British and foreign Plantations respectively.
Endorsed:—Received December 18, 1732. 1 page.
[Ibid, No. 10.]
|155. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.|
A petition of Wm. Finch, son and heir of George Finch, for filling up a term of 31 years in a small parcel of land belonging to him in Waltham Forest, read and referred to Mr. Walker, Surveyor General.
Francis Jackson, a deputy king's waiter, is to be a landwaiter, inferior list, London port, loco Mr. Hucks, promoted to succeed Francis Horsfield, deceased, in the superior list. John Seddon to be deputy king's waiter, loco Jackson.
Order for a warrant for the issue of 2,278l. 16s. 3½d. to Nathaniel Blackerby, treasurer to the Commissioners for building New Churches, same to be for building churches as by the said Commissioners' memorial of the 3rd instant.
The petitions of Lady Catherine Radcliffe and Ralph Radcliffe for the payment of the several annuities of 200l. and 100l. and arrears of same chargeable on the late Earl of Derwentwater's estate, referred to the Attorney General.
Thos. Read to be a stamper, at the recommendation of Sir Wm Yonge. [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 172.]
|156. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Dodington, Sir Wm. Yonge.|
John Man to be the copying clerk of entries inwards, London, loco Henry Mory, deceased.
The Customs Commissioners to order an account to be made forth of the gross and net produce of the duties on tobacco for seven years last, distinguishing the years, and showing the discounts, allowances, drawbacks, &c. “and to enlarge the account by such observations and memorandums as may fully inform my Lords of the state of that revenue.” The like for the duty on wines.
The Commissioners of Customs, Scotland, to procure the like accounts.
Order for the issue of 4,000l. to the Paymaster of the Works, to be imprested to the artificers, to enable them to carry on and finish the new buildings in the Mews.
Mr. Conduitt's sureties as Master and Worker of the Mint, referred to the King's Remembrancer, as usual. “Therefore he is to present their names to my Lords in the accustomed manner, without craving the allowance of the fees to be paid on taking the same, as he hath done in his memorial dated the 12th instant.”
The petition of Richard Toller, a Custom House officer, Ireland, concerning prosecutions against him by Joseph Cook, an attorney concerned for runners, read and referred to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland.
“Transmit to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland a copy of the officers of the Mint's report, dated the 14th instant, upon the representation of the Lords Justices and Privy Council of Ireland, relative to a copper coinage for that kingdom.”
The King consents to pay the charge of the Charitable Corporation for the bills passed last session for restraining Sir Robert Sutton and others from departing the kingdom or alienating their estates. Mr. Paxton to examine the particulars of the bill, paying not more than 463l. 16s.
Petition of sundry merchants for allowance of a drawback on Barbary copper after it is melted and refined here, read and referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Order for a King's warrant for Edward Trelawney to be a Commissioner of the Customs, loco Thos. Walker, nuw Surveyor General.
Petition of Wm. Freke and others, sureties for John Shermer, late receiver of Berks, referred to Taxes Commissioners.
Memorial of Sir John Jennings, keeper of Greenwich Park, for repairs of lodges, &c. there, read and referred to the Surveyor of Woods.
Order for a sign manual for 350l. to be paid to Count Watsdorf, who has taken his audience of leave as Envoy from the King of Poland, and 350l. to Count Rantzau, who has taken the like audience as Envoy from the King of Denmark, as by His Majesty's pleasure signified by the Lord Chamberlain on the 11th instant.
Mr. Andrew's memorial (in the absence of Mr. Pelham), of the 4th instant, enclosing Sir Joseph Eyles's proposal for remitting the subsistence to Minorca and Gibraltar from 1732, December 25 to February 23 following, read and agreed to as follows:—
15,000 dollars for Minorca, at 55d. per dollar.
24,500 dollars for Gibraltar, at 54½d. per dollar.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 173–4.]
House in St.
|157. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Dodington, Sir Wm. Yonge.|
Henry Hall to a noontender, loco Charles Grey, superseded.
Thos. Carns to be a waiter and searcher, Lancaster port, loco James Smethurst, deceased.
James Sheriff to be one of the layers of paper on the “rowling” press, loco James Williamson, deceased.
An anonymous letter signed G. D., of the 12th instant, read tending to discover a deficiency in the execution of a duty that brings in several thousand pounds less than it ought to do. An advertisement ordered to he inserted in the “London Gazette,” that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will hear G. D. at his house in St. James's Square any morning at 8 of the clock.
Mr. Lowther is to pay, out of the King's money in his hands, 51l. 3s. to Samuel Barnsley for necessaries for the Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
John Plaxton's letter to Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, of the 13th instant, praying a lease of some concealed Crown lands in Yorkshire, referred to the Surveyor General.
[Ibid, p. 175.]
|December 20.||158. King's letter to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for the remitting of 16,180l. 1s. 8d. being the Irish pay of the regiments of the Earl of Rothes (late Col. Middleton's), Col. Cornwallis and Col. Cope, in order to make good the Paymaster General's accounts in England, the Parliament of Great Britain having only provided the difference of pay between the English and Irish establishments.|
[Irish Book VIII. pp. 436–7.
|December 20.||159. Report to the Treasury from Horace Walpole, Auditor of the Plantations, on the petition of Wm. Mathew, Gilbert Fleming, and Edward Mann, concerning their account of incidents as Commissioners for sale of French Lands in St. Christopher. 7 pages.|
Appending:—(a.) Copy of the royal warrant, dated 1731, September 1, for allowances to said Commissioners. 3 pages.
(b.) Account of the two-thirds principal money and interest thereon paid into the Exchequer by the respective purchasers of lands in St. Christopher, certified by Hopton Haynes. Auditor's Office, 1732, August 22. Total, purchase money, 50,714l. 17s. 2½d.; interest 8,393l. 5s. 3d. 1 large sheet, partially destroyed.
(c.) Report to the Treasury concerning the cases of Willet and Spooner, and other cases and points remaining unsettled relating to said sales. 5 pages, partially destroyed.
(d.) The said Commissioners to John Scrope, dated St. Christopher, 1726–7, January 12, concerning obstructions from Governor Hart to their acting. 4 pages partially destroyed.
(e.) Memoir concerning the late French lands at St. Christopher. 2 pages (slightly worn).
(f.) Portions of a book containing “a state of the proceedings in relation to the disposal of the late French lands in the island of St. Christopher.” In duplicate. Each portion opening with a “list of  papers [all wanting] relating to the settlement of the said lands.” First copy very much worn, second copy (duplicate) in better condition and containing 3½ pages of additional matter. 31 pages.
(g, i, j.) Three lists of the present possessors of the French lands, and the quantity of acres possessed at the time of the public survey of this island. 9 large pages, much destroyed.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXX. No. 14.]
|160. (a.–g.) Seven weekly statements of cash or disposable money in the Exchequer for the weeks ended October 8, November 1, 8, 22, December 6, 13, 20. Receipts only given, and arranged under the heads “civil government,” “late King's debts,” “uses to be appointed,” and “services anno 1732.” 7 pages.|
[Ibid, No. 15.]
|December 23.||161. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt for 105l. to John Lawton, gentleman, for Christmas quarter, for himself and three clerks for sorting, &c. records and writings in the Exchequer Court.|
Appending:—Lawton's certificate. “In obedience to Her Majesty's sign manual, dated the 1st of September last, I have employed three clerks, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Smart, and Mr. Whiston, to receive into the Chapter House the records, books, and papers of the Court of Wards and Liveries, and of the Court of Requests, lately in the custody of Sir Wm, Saunderson, and also other records which were in the custody of Mr. Spence, being proceedings of the Court of King's Bench, all which are now laid upon new shelves made for that purpose in order to their being digested and methodized.” [Money Book XXXVI. p. 376.]
|162. Monthly abbreviat accounts rendered to the Treasury by Allan Whitefoord, Receiver General of His Majesty's Rents in Scotland, of the moneys by him received and issued 1731, December 25, to 1732, December 25. 11½ sheets.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXX. No. 20.]
|163. Memorial of John Lawton to the Treasury. Has received into the Chapter House at Westminster the several records of the Courts of Wards and Liveries and of Requests, lately lying in the rooms near the House of Lords, and also a large quantity of records in rooms adjoining the House of Commons. Since memorialist's appointment in 1724 to take care of the records then in the Chapter House, their quantity has been very greatly increased by records sent from other offices. The Committee of the House of Lords of 1728 visited the Chapter House and found that memorialist and his clerks were then fully occupied with the records under their care, and proposed the addition of two clerks and a person to brush, clean, and sew covers on, &c. if the work was to be done in any reasonable time. The Committee of the House of Commons also reported their opinion that these records should be immediately removed and methodized. Desires some allowance settled in view of the great increase of the records in the Chapter House.|
Minuted:—As under December 28, infra. 1 page.
Appending:—(a.) Said report of the Lords' Committee, of date 1728, May 25. 6 pages.
(b.) Resolutions of the Lords' House thereupon, of same date and May 28. 1 page.
(c.) Copy of the Royal sign manual by the Queen thereupon, of date 1 September 1732, ut supra, p. 250. 2 pages.
[Ibid, No. 22.]
|164.Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir. Wm. Yonge.|
The Earl of Wilmington's memorials of September 26 last, for allowance of 233l. 3s. 2d. in his account as late Paymaster of the Forces for fees in passing his final account, and for 4,658l. 4s. for rewards to persons employed in making up same, read and agreed to.
Order that when the new Commission of the Customs is passed, Mr. Trelawney to be appointed for Scotland, loco Mr. Hale who is to be here.
Treasurer of the Navy's memorial, of to day's date, for 8,867l. 10s for salaries and allowance to the Earl of Peterborough, read and ordered out of funds, 1732.
Mr. Lawton's memorial for additional allowances to himself and clerks in regard to the great increase of records in the Chapter House, Westminster, read. The following allowances made as from Michaelmas, 1732, in addition to the 420l. per annum already payable:—
|To Mr. Lawton||200|
|To James Stewart, 1st clerk -||50|
|To James Whiston, 3rd clerk -||50|
|Two additional clerks -||100|
|A person to attend the office, to brush and clean records, and for parchment, papers, pens, ink, canvas, binding up records, and other incidents - - -||80|
|Two reports of Dr. Sayer, late Surveyor General, on the petitions of Thos. Barlow and John Wood, concerning Crown lands in Middlethorpe and Dringhouses, co. York, to be sent to the auditors of the land revenues of the Crown in that county to consider petitioner's pretensions.|
A letter from the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, of October 12 last, proposing 3,150l. per annum as a reasonable price to be given to the Earl of Arran on the renewal of the lease for the Prizage of Wines, read. To be considered with other papers relating thereto at thw next meeting.
Charles Eversfield's petition relating to lands called Cheesworth Lodge, in Horsham, read and referred to the Surveyor General.
John Lyons is to be paid 50l. out of the King's money in Mr. Lowther's lands for 1,000 copies of the 2nd edition of the “Danverian History” delivered to the Post Office.
Brigadier-General John Moyle, who now commands the troops in Scotland, is to be exempt from the tax of 4s. per £ on the pay he receives in Ireland.
Mr. Lowther is to pay, out of the King's money in his hands, 14l. 8s. to Mr. John Lawton to reimburse the like sum expended by him for sundry searches in offices and for copies of records and other papers for the use of this office.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 176–7.]
|165. Statement of account, in triplicate, of services incurred anno 1732, and not provided for by Parliament (total 19,202l. 0s. 5½d.). 4 pages.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXX. No. 23.]
|166. Six statements of the National Debt as it stood 1732, December 31, a, b, c, and d being identical (total, 48,442,655l. 6s. 1½d.), e and f presenting variations (totals, 48,754,566l. 10s. 6¾d. and 51,378,667l. 18s. 1¾d. respectively). 2 sheets and 4 pages.|
[Ibid, No. 24, a–f.]
|167. Statement of the account between the Exchequer and the Sinking Fund, 1731, December 31, to 1732, December 31. 1 sheet.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXX. No. 25.]
|[? 1732.]||168. Representation to the Treasury from Lieutenant General George Wade for an imprest for 3,000l. for 1732, towards the completion of the great road for wheel carriage between Inverness and Fort William, of about 60 miles in length, on which he proposes to employ 500 soldiers. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 30.]|
|169. Same to same from same, with an account of the men employed in the above work and of the work done. Has completed this summer above 40 miles of the said road, the greatest part of it entirely new, and above 2,000 yards of it cut through the solid rock. Has erected two stone and two timber bridges, and is projecting a stone bridge over the Tay of above 400 feet in length. 2 pages.|
Appending:—A note of the wages paid and incident charges. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 31.]