|Feb. 1.||11. Same to same, dated Custom House, London, forwarding (a.). 1 page.|
Appending:—(a.) Affidavit by John Dawgs, a bailiff of the Sheriff of Middlesex, giving a narrative of the rescue of James Ponder and John Harvey, two notorious smugglers, out of deponent's house in Wharton Court, St. Andrew's, Holborn, by a body of 15 persons armed with pistols, swords, and clubs on Wednesday, January 29 ult. 2½ pages. [Ibid. No. 12.]
|Feb. 3.||12. Estimate signed by the Commissioners of the Navy and Victualling, dated Navy Office, of the debt of the Navy as it stood 1734, December 31, disposed under the heads of wear and tear, wages, and victualling. (Net total, 693,502l. 19s. 5½d. In quadruplicate. 4 sheets. [Ibid. No. 14]|
|Feb. 6.||13. Statistical statement by Joseph Fox, naval officer at Charleston, South Carolina, and attested by Thos. Broughton, President of the Council, of the vessels entered inwards and cleared outwards at the port of Charleston for the quarter ended 1734, Christmas, with details of tonnage, cargo, destination, &c., &c. 3 large sheets. [Ibid. No. 15.]|
|Feb. 7.||14. J. Scrope to George Turbill. The Treasury, being apprized by certain papers of sundry estates given to superstitious uses, and to which the,Commissioners for Forfeited Estates, before whom same were found, did appoint receivers or put persons into possession of for the use of the Crown, direct a full account to be laid before them of the proceedings and adjudications had before said Commissioners touching such estates, of the persons to whom the receipt, trust, or management thereof was committed, and of the accounts, if any, which have been given in concerning same.|
[Letter Book XIX. p. 359.]
|Feb. 7.||15. Royal sign manual to the Clerk of the Signet attending, for preparation of a bill to pass the Privy Seal to empower the Commissioners of Admiralty to give orders to the principal officers and Commissioners of the Navy to sell and dispose of old and decayed Navy stores to the best advantage.|
Appending:—(1) Order of the King in Council of January 9 ult., referring to the Treasury a memorial from the Admiralty Lords for the above. (2) An account of old naval stores, laid apart at His Majesty's several yards being wholly unfit for any service in the Navy or capable of being made so to His Majesty's advantage by conversion or otherwise and proposed, to be sold. (3) An abstract, dated Navy Office, 1734, December 20, of old naval stores sold at His Majesty's several yards since the last Privy Seal, dated 1734, December 26, as also at Jamaica, Gibraltar, Port Mahon, and Lisbon, pursuant to orders received from the Admiralty Lords in that behalf, together with a note of ships or sloops sold, &c.
[King's Warrant Book XXXI. p. 425–433.]
|Feb. 8.||16. The Commissioners of Customs, London, to the Treasury, concerning the appointment of additional customs officers in America, where wanted, for the execution of the Act, 6 Geo. II. for the better securing and encouraging the trade of the sugar Colonies. Detail the additional officers employed upon trial at Salem, Rhode Island, and Boston. 2 pages.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXVIII. No 16.]
|17. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.|
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer will lay before the King a memorial from the Commissioners of Excise for forces to assist the coast officers in suppressing smugglers, which are in great numbers in the county of Norfolk.
The annuities to the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Pembroke as Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to the King are to cease from date of commencement of their present employments as Master of the Horse and Groom of the Stole respectively.
John Grover is to be paid for his attendance on the Committee last Session for inquiry into the Navy debt as Mr. Erie, chairman of same, and Mr. Scrope shall think reasonable.
The petition of the merchants trading to the sugar Colonies for leave to apply to Parliament to alter the laws relating to the export of sugar from those colonies, and to lower the duty on rum, referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
Said Commissioners' report of the 29th ult. on the petition of Wm. Terry, under prosecution for smuggling read, and warrant ordered.
Mr. Carkess's letter of the 1st instant read concerning the rescue of two notorious smugglers out of the house of a Sheriff's officer in Holborn on the 29th ult.
“Write to the Exchequer for a plate to be prepared for printing off Exchequer bills on the Malt Act for this year.”
James Buchanan's petition on behalf of Thos. Lee, late collector of revenues in Virginia, to be allowed 586l. 10s. 9d., lost by a failure in the bills of exchange, referred to Mr. Hor. Walpole, Auditor of the Plantations.
Order for the issue of 5,000l. to the Cofferer in further part of the quarter to 1734, Christmas.
Frances Alezieu, alias Dumeny, having had a pension of 3s. per day on the establishment of Ireland, which in 1710 was added to that of her husband to make his half-pay equal to the half-pay of a Captain of Dragoons, is since the death of her husband to have the same pension of 3s. per day continued to her.
The 600l. lately issued to the Trustees for Georgia for carrying over foreign Protestants, is to be freed from the 6d. per £ deduction, as the other moneys issued to them at the Exchequer are.
Wm. Arnal to be paid 950l. out of the King's money in Mr. Lowther's hands for writing and printing “Free Britons,” &c.
John Grover to be paid 30l. by same out of same for attending the Committee for inquiring into the Navy debt.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 304–5; Reference Book X. p. 44; Letter Book XIX. p. 361–2.]
|Feb. 13.||18. Treasury warrant for the execution of a warrant from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu for the provision of furniture, detailed for His Majesty's service at St. James's, Kensington, Richmond, Kew, and the Council Chamber at the Cockpit; including inter al items for the Maids of Honour, Lady Finch, Mr. Stillingfleet, Mrs. Swinton, the French Chapel at St. James's, and “four pieces of tapestry hangings for the doors in the House of Lords,…and for a joyner to attend Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal to Holland.” All at an estimate of 910l. or thereabouts.|
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. pp. 21–3.]
|Feb. 21.||19. Petition to the Treasury from the minister and churchwardens of the Lutheran Church in the Savoy for the repair of their charity school in the Savoy, now much out of repair and damaged by the late great wind. Pray that the Receiver of the Savoy may pay them 200l. for repair of same. Referred to the Board of Works to estimate and for their opinion.|
[Reference Book X. p. 46.]
|20. Estimate showing what sums will be due and payable by the Paymaster General of the Forces on or before the 23rd February, 1734–5. In duplicate. 2 pages.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXVIII. No. 20.]
|21. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.|
The Customs Commissioners, Scotland, to remit to the Salt Commissioners, London, the money remaining in their cashier's hands on account of the revived duties on salt, “So as the same may be paid into the Exchequer towards repaying the debt carrying interest, which is charged upon these duties.”
Warrants ordered to be laid before their Lordships for 1734, Christmas quarter, to the Gentlemen and Grooms of the Bedchamber.
Mr. Till, riding-officer at Emsworth, to succeed Richard Libbard, riding-officer at Chichester, superannuated; James Libbard to succeed Till at Emsworth, at the recommendation of the Duke of Richmond.
The Customs Commissioners' report of the 5th instant read on Nathaniel Smith's petition for further consideration for his services as late collector of Liverpool. As 343l. has been already paid their Lordships do nothing herein.
Order for sign manuals for the following services:—
|Mr. Scrope for Secret Service||5,000|
|George Middleton to reimburse expense for special services||1,675|
|Wm. Richards the like||1,812|
|Order for the issue out of the Civil List Revenues of 5,000l. to the Cofferer of the Household, 3,000l. to the Privy Purse, and 2,000l. to the Commissioners of Trade.|
John Mun, who made a journey to Calais with the Princess Royal, and was careful in settling the routes for her further progress, is to be paid 50l. for his service and charges out of the King's money in Mr. Lowther's hands.
“Call on Mr. Buckley for an account of the charges of passing a patent relating to University College, Oxford.”
“An additional bounty list is settled by my Lords amounting to 211l. 10s., and ordered to be paid by Mr. Lowther out of the King's money in his hands.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 306.]
|22. Petition to the Treasury from the Provost, &c, of the Burgh of Aberdeen. By a charter under the Great Seal of Scotland of 1641, Charles I. granted to the then provost and their successors the parsonage tithes of the parish of St. Nicholas (the lands whereof are a part of the royalty and property of the said town) for maintaining the ministers serving the cure at the said church. This was confirmed by Charles II. Said grant could not take place in regard the Bishop of Aberdeen, titular of the said tithes, had in 1585 let a lease thereof to John Gordon of Cluny for three 19 years, which lease is now in the possession of Thos. Barnet of Kirkhill, but believed to be near expiring. By the abolition of Episcopacy said tithes will be in His Majesty's disposal. Pray a grant thereof. Referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland.|
[North Britain Book XI. p. 225.]
|Feb. 27.||23. Same to same from Peregrine Fury, agent for South Carolina, on behalf of said province, for the liberty of loading rice directly to the Dutch, French, and Spanish Islands, and to the Continent of America, and southward of Cape Ushant in France as they were permitted to do by act of 3 Geo. II. to any ports of Europe south of Cape Finisterre, which act also being to expire “at the end of the next Session of Parliament after 1735, September 29, they pray may be continued for seven years longer, and the exportation above mentioned empowered thereby.” Referred to Customs Commissioners.|
[Reference Book X. p. 47.]
|Feb. 27.||24. Account of debts due to the King in money and bonds from the several late collectors of the old duty on Scotch salt on the 25th December 1734, with the bonds then due, and how many thereof are in process. Certified by Antho. Norman, assistant Comptroller General, Salt Office, Edinburgh. 1 page.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXVIII. No. 22.]
|Feb. 28.||25. The Commissioners of Customs, London, to the Treasury, laying before their Lordships an account [wanting] of the laws relating to the revenues under their management that are expired or near expiring, and are fit to be revived and continued. 1½pages.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXVIII. No. 24.]