|May 3.||50. Treasury warrant to John Conduitt, Master Worker of the Mint, to renew a contract with the Governor and Company of Copper Mines in England for as much copper as will coin 180 tons of halfpence and 20 tons of farthings, at the rate of 15¾d. per lb. avoirdupois, in fillets of such a thickness that 46 pence or 92 farthings may make a lb. avoirdupois, with a remedy of a 1/40th lb., 2 tons of fillets to be delivered weekly, and the whole paid for, one-half in money on importation and the other half in money and scissel or brokage, reckoning the scissel and brokage at the same rate with the imported copper.|
[Warrants not relating to money XXV. pp. 35–6.]
|51. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.|
The representation of Mr. Carteret, Postmaster General, of the 27th ult. read, relating to an unreasonable demand from one Mr. Forster for a renewal of the lease of a material part of the Post Office. Their Lordships leave it entirely to Carteret to make the best bargain he can with Forster.
A memorial in the name of Henry Cunningham, Esq. on behalf of himself and one Greig, read, concerning their suretyship for George Dishington, a supervisor of salt duties in Scotland. The Excise Commissioners, Scotland, to whom same is to be transmitted, are to be informed that, if the facts are as stated, Cunningham and Greig ought to be freed from all further trouble and charge, and that the said Commissioners take care they be so freed in case they have no material objection to the contrary.
A petition in the name of Lieut.-Gen. George Wade, read, for 400l. per annum for preserving and keeping in good condition the 250 miles of new road made in the Highlands, and the 40 bridges built or building thereupon. Their Lordships think the allowance reasonable, and order a warrant for the first year, the works and repairs to be certified under General Wade's hand to the Paymaster of the Forces.
Mr. Auditor Lowndes's report, dated 1731, December 20, read, on Mathias Hickeringal's petition for payment of 18l. 15s. out of the land revenues of the Crown, for the salary granted to the Earl of Leicester as High Steward of the Honour of Otford, Kent, which appears by the report to be payable out of the profits of the court, and not otherwise. The auditor to reconsider his report, and to certify whether any or what profits are reserved or do arise to the Crown from the said honour, or whether the Crown, considering the grants made thereof, hath any interest at all therein. The auditor is also to certify by what authority this salary was heretofore paid out of the land revenue at large, since it is charged on the profits of the courts only, and for what time it has been so paid.
Order for Mr. Lowther to pay, out of the King's money in his hands, 36l. 4s. 3d. to Robert Clarke, to reimburse the like sum expended by him for His Majesty's service.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 192–3.]
|May 3.||52. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Barons of the Exchequer Court, Scotland, for the issue of 1,000l. to such persons as shall be nominated by the General Assembly of the Church in Scotland, as the royal bounty for the eighth year, to be disposed as the General Assembly shall think fit, for the encouragement of itinerant preachers and catechists to go into those parts where, on account of the extent of the parishes, ministers find themselves unable to visit their parishioners as they ought, to give them such instructions as are absolutely necessary in order to enlighten them and arm them against the practices of many Popish priests that resort thither, in order to pervert and seduce them from the profession and principles of the Reformed Religion; all on condition that the said Assembly annually exhibit an account of the distribution of the said money.|
[North Britain Book X. pp. 434–5.]
|May 3.||53. Treasury warrant for the execution of a warrant from the Lord Chamberlain to Lord Lynn, for the delivery to Mr. Matthew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, of two little flagons, a chalice, a paten, and a receiver to take the offerings in for the use of His Majesty's chapel there.|
Memorandum:—This warrant will amount to 80l. or thereabouts. Robert Sedgwick.
[Lord Chamberlains Warrant Book I. p. 420.]
|54.Same for same of same from the Lord Chamberlain to the Duke of Montagu for the provision of Bibles, Prayer Books, and chapel furniture, detailed, for His Majesty's said chapel in the Leeward Islands.|
Memorandum:—As above. This warrant will come to 106l. or thereabouts. [Ibid.]
|55.Same for same of same from same to same for the delivery to the Bishop of London of Bibles, Prayer Books, and chapel furniture, detailed, as a gift from His Majesty to Christ Church, at Boston, New England, to the value of 106l and also of Communion plate for same, to the value of 80l. [Ibid, p. 421.]|
|May 8.||56. A schedule of papers relating to the sale of the French lands in St. Christopher, presented to the House of Commons by the Lords of the Treasury pursuant to an order of 1732–3.] March 12. In duplicate. 2 pages.|
Appending:—(a.) Gilbert Fleming to John Scrope, of date 1733, March 30, enclosing (a) (1) and (a) (2), as follows. 1 page.
(a.) (1.) Account, dated 1733, March 27, and certified by Wm. Mathew, Gilbt. Fleming and Edward Mann, Commissioners for sale of said lands, of such sales of lands in St. Christopher, formerly belonging to the French. (Total, 109,821l. 8s. 3½d.) Duplicate. 24 sheets.
(a.) (2.) A similar account, dated 1733, March 30, of lands sold by Gilbert Fleming, as sole Commissioner, by virtue of His Majesty's commission of 1731, October 12. (Total, 3,128l. 8s. 8d.) In triplicate. 6 sheets.
(b.) Report of the Attorney and Solicitor General, dated 1733, May 5, to the Treasury relating to the method of grants to be made to purchasers of lands in St. Christopher. In duplicate. 3 pages: enclosing (b.) (1.) Statement of the case with regard to the sale of the said lands and the legal position of the purchasers. In duplicate. 5 pages.
(c.) An account of what money is remaining in the Receipt of the Exchequer arisen by the sale of lands in St. Christopher, certified by Auditor Halifax, 1733, May 7. (Total, 90,308l. 2s. 5½d.) 1 page. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXII. No. 30.]
|[? After May 8|
|57. (a.) A view of the divers proposals made at different times for the speedier and better peopling and settling the late French lands in the island of St. Christopher. Contains a synopsis of five proposal: (1.) By the planters there, 1731, July 14, and 1714, April 30. (2.) By same to the Lords Commissioners for Trade, 1715. (3) By Lieut. Colonel Douglas, 1716, June 22. (4.) Proposals sent to Horatio Walpole from St. Christopher, 1719–20, February 13. (5.) Proposals sent from Mr. Hart, Governor of the Leeward Islands, 1722, July 7. 1 sheet.|
(b.) Undated and unsigned proposals for raising as much money as will be thought advisable on the French lands of St. Christopher without turning out the present possessors. Endorsed Sir W. S. 1 page.
(c.) A scheme for disposing of the French lands in St. Christopher. Undated and unsigned. 1 sheet.
(d.) An estimate of the value and method proposed for disposing of the French lands in St. Christopher. Undated and unsigned. 3 sheets. [Ibid, No. 31.]
|58. A schedule of papers laid before the House of Commons, pursuant to its order of 1733, April 24, relating to the proceedings had in collecting and levying the rents of the estates of James late Earl of Derwentwater, since the death of John Radcliffe, his son.|
Appending:—(a.) Copy of the aforesaid order of the House of Commons of 1733, April 24. 1 page.
(b.) John Watson to the Treasury, dated Newcastle, 1733, April 5. Enclosing (b) (1.) 2 pages.
(b) (1.) An account of what proceedings have been had in collecting aforesaid rents, and what moneys thereby have been paid into the Exchequer. 3½ pages.
(c.) Certificate by Auditor Halifax, dated 1733, May 10, of the payments into the Exchequer from the rents and profits arising by the Derwentwater estate. (Total, 960l.) 1 page.
(d.) Same by Thos. Madockes, dated Bank of England, 1733, May 10, of the bills remitted by Mr. Watson (“most of them on coal traders who are very slow paymasters”) on account of the Derwentwater estate. 1 page. [Ibid, CCLXXXIII. No. 1.]
|[May 16 ?]||59. Treasury warrant for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant for the provision of furniture, detailed, for His Majesty's service at St. James's, Richmond, and Somerset House, including items for the Prince of Wales's library, Baron Hattorff, the Duke of Cumberland, the Princesses, Mr. Brinkman, senior, Mr. Brinkman, junior, and Mr. Pointz. All at an estimate of 850l. [Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 422–3.]|
|60.Same for same of same for furniture, detailed, for His Majesty's service at St. James's, Richmond, Kensington, and Kew, including inter al. items for Mr. Brinkman, senior, Mr. Cranburgh a page to the Princess Royal, Mr. Kemp at the Duke of Cumberland's, Lady Hamilton, Mrs. Russell, a table with drawers upon casters, with a leather cover for the Princess Royal to draw on, and items for Lady Ann Lumley, Lady Isabella Finch, and Mrs. Purcell. All at an estimate of 1,620l. [Ibid, pp. 423–6.]|
|May 18.||61. Thos. Brian, solicitor for bonds and criminal prosecutions, to the Commissioners of Customs forwarding (a.). 1 page.|
Appending:—(a.) Return containing an account of the frauds in the import and export, landing, reshipping, and running of tea and brandy in which prosecutions have been commenced since 1723, Christmas. 3½pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXIII. No. 2.]
|May 24.||62. The Commissioners of Customs, Edinburgh, to the Treasury, forwarding (a.) Despair of a remedy for such an ill situation. Propose the offer of the King's pardon to imformers. 1 page.|
Appending:—(a.) Robert Middleton to the Customs Commissioners, Edinburgh, dated Custom House, Inverness, 1733, May 18. Yesterday the Custom House boat was carried across the ferry, cut in two, and half of it disposed to the waves. “Its hard to tell where this will end. The warehouse has been twice broke open, the boat destroyed, the expresses from the outports stopped and the letters taken away, a person under suspicion of being an informer dragged across the Firth and his ears cut out, and hints every day given to myself to take care of my life; in short no part of the face of the earth is peopled with such abandoned villains as this country.” 1½ pages. [Ibid, No. 6.]
|May 26.||63. Treasury warrant for the execution of the Lord Chamberlain's warrant for the delivery to Richard Fitzwilliams, Governor of the Bahamas, of Bibles, Common Prayer Books, and furniture, detailed, for the use of His Majesty's chapel there. All at an estimate of 106l.|
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 426.]
|May 28.||64. Same for same of same for the provision of furniture, detailed, for His Majesty's service at St. James's, Kew, Richmond, Hampton Court, Somerset House, the Council Office in the Cockpit, the House of Peers, and Kensington, including inter al. items for the German Chapel at St. James's, Lady Susan Hamilton, Mrs. Kemp, Baron Hattorff, Mr. Lorenzo, Lady Isabella Finch, “also to cover the bar in the painted chamber in the House of Peers with green bays and repair the bar, fourms, woolpacks, &c. in the House, with the fourms, &c. in the House of Commons, and to alter the window curtains there.” All at an estimate of 730l.|
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 429–31.]
|May 29.||65. Royal sign manual to the Clerk of the Signet attending, for the preparation of a bill to pass the Privy Seal, authorising the Treasury to issue commissions to the Receivers General of the Land Tax, 1733, for the respective counties, cities, and places as in the Act for granting the said tax. [Affairs of Taxes IV. p. 37.]|
|May 30.||66. John Watson, receiver of the Derwentwater estate, to the Treasury, dated from Goswick, near Berwick, concerning his administration of the estate, and enclosing papers as follow. 2½ pages.|
Appending:—(a.) A stated case, drawn up by Mr. Simpson, clerk of the peace for Cumberland, concerning the fines leviable on the Derwentwater estate in the customary manors of Castlerigg, Derwentwater, and Thornthwaite. In duplicate. 2 pages.
(b.) Extracts from the chapter books of the Dean and Chapter of Carlisle concerning the corn tithes of Dilston and Harbottle. In duplicate. 2 pages.
(c.) Five certificates of local tradesmen, &c. of their refusal to bid for the timber and ore products of the estate at certain auctions advertised in the “Newcastle Courant.” 5 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXIII. No. 7.]
|67. Present: — Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.|
The Duke of Newcastle's letter of this day, communicating information concerning the town of Tripoli and the adjacent countries being infected with the plague, read. A copy ord-red to be sent to the Customs Commissioners for them to take the necessary precautions till His Majesty's pleasure be further known.
The memorial of the Commissioners of Customs, Scotland, of the 24th instant, with the copy of a letter from the collector of Inverness concerning violences there, read. The Commissioners to advertise in the public papers His Majesty's pardon to anyone concerned who shall make a discovery leading to conviction, with such reward as they shall judge necessary.
Order for a sign manual for 200l. royal bounty to Josiah Diston.
Arden Sully to be a waiter and searcher at Shoebury, Maldon port, loco Gervas Sully, his father, resigned.
Order for the payment by Mr. Lowther, out of the King's money in his hands, of 283l. 6s. 8d. to John Walthoe for 850 double “Courants”sent to the Post Office every post day from 22 February last to 19 May instant.
Same for same out of same of 289l. 11s. 8d to Mr. Wilkins for “London Journals” delivered at the Post Office between December 2 last and May 26th instant, and for writing, &c.
Same for same out of same of 126l. 17s. to Daniel Prevereau for fees paid by him for passing the commission and instructions of Lord Muskerry, who is going to Newfoundland.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 194.]
|May 31.||68. Charles Delafaye to John Scrope, forwarding a translation [wanting] of an Arabic letter received from an Envoy of Tunis. “It seems we have two of them, both with credentials equally authentic, but of different date, one having been at the Court of Vienna, from whence he proceeded hither, the other coming directly from home.” Proposes that, if there were 20 of them, they should all live on the allowance usually made to one, and that they should have their answer and be sent packing as soon as possible. Proposes to continue to Mahomet the Tremecen his necessaries, and particularly his Bolargo to feed upon till he gets into better pasture. 1 page.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXIII. No. 8.]
|May 31.||69. Treasury warrant to the Board of Works on the report from said Board, prefixed, of date May 29. Authorise the allowance of 150l. per annum to the Governor and Company of Chelsea Waterworks for their works and services in supplying the royal palace and gardens at Kensington with water, viz. 100l. per annum for supplying the great basin in the paddock in the said gardens, 50l. per annum for supplying the said palace. “And forasmuch as it appears … that the great bason in the paddock has been filled with water ever since Midsummer 1728, and that the said palace has been supplied with water ever since Lady Day 1732.” … therefore payment of above to date from the latter date.|
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. pp. 428–9b.]