|26. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington.|
Mr. Stephen Whatley to be paid 50l. by the hands of Mr, Lowther.
Gentlemen and Grooms of the Bedchamber are to be paid 1734, Christmas quarter, the Commissioners of Trade 2,000l., and Mrs. Coleman 1,371l. 5s. 6d.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 307.]
|March 5.||27. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners, approving a series of rules drawn up by said Commissioners for the regulation of the custody of Custom House bonds deemed insolvent, and of any money received thereupon. Entries of said rules to be made in the respective offices concerned, viz., of the King's Remembrancer, the Receiver General and Comptroller General of Customs, the Comptroller of the Receiver General's issues, and the Solicitor of the Customs.|
Prefixing: Memorial to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners, London, dated 1734–5, February 26, proposing said rules as above in detail. [Customs Book XXIV. pp. 79–81.]
|March 5.||28. Same to same, for their appointment of officers as proposed by them as follows:—|
Prefixing: Report to the Treasury from said Commissioners, dated 1734, July 2, on certain proposals for the better guard of the western division of the coast of Sussex. There is but one supervisor of riding officers in said division, which extends 60 miles, and contains two harbours, viz., Arundel and Pagham. Propose to have two supervisors named, one to reside at Arundel, the other at Chichester, to control respectively from Shoreham to Pagham. and from Pagham to Bedhampton point. 3 pages.
Prefixing: Said proposals, with reference, dated 1734, April 5. 2 pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXVIII. No. 25.]
|March 7.||29. Account, certified by Alexander Chocke, to be laid before the House of Commons, “Of what money has been received into the Exchequer in England from that part of Great Britain called Scotland, from Christmas 1731, to Christmas 1734, distinguishing each head and each year.” 1 sheet. [Ibid. No. 26.]|
|30. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.|
The following issues ordered out of the Civil List Revenues:—
|The Treasurer of the Chamber to clear the messengers on their bills to 1734, Christmas||3,216||9||9|
|Mr. Berkeley and Mr. Lumley for the extraordinaries of the Stables upon account||2,500||0||0|
|The following issues ordered out of the public i supplies: —|
|To the Treasurer of the Ordnance||20,000||0||0|
|To the Treasurer of the Navy for imprests and bills of exchange||3,000||0||0|
|— Yards, one quarter to 1734, September 29||49,511||0||0|
|— Sick and Hurt Office, two quarters||1,659||17||11|
|Papers read relating to repairing the old buildings and erecting a new store house for the victualling at Gibraltar. Their Lordships are of opinion that the different plans and estimates from General Sabine, the Governor, and from Mr. Revell, the contractor for the victualling, should be laid before the House of Commons.|
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 308.]
|March 14.||31. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Court of Assistants for managing the Charity of poor Widows of sea Officers, to apply the whole money from the sea pay and victuals of one man in every hundred men upon the books of every ship of war in sea pay to the relief of poor officers' widows in general in accordance with the clause of 6 Geo. II., and without regard to the maximum limit of 1,200l., fixed by the order in Council of 1734, August 8, prescribing that limitation from 1732, August 30, date of the royal commission establishing said charity.|
[King's Warrant Book XXXI. pp. 447–8.]
|March 17.||32. J. Scrope to the Commissioners of Salt duties. At Lady Day next, when the act for reviving the salt duties for three years will expire, a considerable sum will remain unsatisfied to discharge the principal borrowed thereupon with interest. The Treasury therefore direct that a distinct account be kept of the arrears coming in after that date, and that such arrears be paid weekly into the Exchequer separately from the proceeds of the salt duties continued from that time; so that same may be applied towards paying off said remaining debt until the time that the other provision made for satisfying any deficiency thereupon shall take place.|
[Letter Book XIX. p. 365.]
|March 19.||33. Report to the Treasury from the Commissioners of Customs, London, on the petition of the merchants and planters interested in the sugar Colonies, concerning the restraints laid on them by the Acts of 12 and 25 Charles II., and desiring leave to apply to Parliament for a direct exportation of the produce of said colonies to the foreign ports of Europe, and for a reduction of the high duties on rum, so as to stop the use of French brandy. To show the state of the sugar trade enclose an account [wanting] of sugars imported to this kingdom from the Plantations and exported hence to foreign parts for five years to Christmas 1733, and drawbacks thereon. As all the duties paid on sugar at importation are by Act of 6 Geo. II. drawn back on export the liberty desired will not affect the Customs Revenue, “but as it will occasion so great an alteration in the laws relating to trade and the Plantations we cannot take upon us to say how far it may affect the general trade and navigation of the kingdom.” Petitioners propose a reduction of 2s. per gallon on rum. Cannot say how far it will affect the Excise Revenue. Enclose two papers [wanting] exhibited by petitioners (1), an account of the sale of a parcel of brown sugar sent to France from a French plantation and the charges thereon compared with the sale of a like quantity sold in London. (2), A copy of the French King's Edict of October 1727, relating to the carrying of sugars and other merchandise from the French islands to the ports of Spain. 3 pages.|
Appending: (a.) Said memorial of the planters and merchants with signatures: With order of reference, dated 1734–5, February 14. 2 sheets.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXVIII. No. 28.]
|34. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer.|
John Massabeky to have 50l., as royal bounty, by the hands of Mr. Lowther.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 309.]
|March 21.||35. Treasury warrant to Francis Whitworth, Surveyor General of Woods, to deliver to the Purveyor of the Navy, by indenture, such of the trees blown down in the late storm on January 8 last as are fit for the service of the Navy.|
Prefixing:—Wither's memorial to the Treasury, dated 1734–5, March 4, giving an account of the trees blown down in New Forest, Hampton Court House Park and Windsor Great Park.
[Warrants not relating to money XXV. pp. 237–8.]
|36. J. Scrope to Mr. Paxton, enclosing report as below for him to inform himself as to the right, if any, which the Crown has in the almshouses described, or the grounds belonging thereto, and in case of encroachment thereupon to pursue the recovery thereof, with the advice of the Attorney General.|
Prefixing: Report dated 1734–5, February 27, from the Board of Works to the Treasury on the petition of the poor almsmen of St. Stephen in the Woolstaple, in the parish of St. Margaret's, Westminster. There has always been an open cartway leading to the waterside between said almshouses and the Woolstaple. The tenant, who now rents the dock and grounds of the Woolstaple Company, is a carpenter, who has enclosed the said cartway with gates and erected a timber frame across the passage for the convenience of piling deals. Apprehend this to be an encroachment.
[Letter Book XIX. p. 366.]
|March 26.||37. Petition to the Treasury from Dame Henrietta Vanbrugh and Charles Vanbrugh, Esq. Geo. I. by letters patent of 1716, March 26, demised to Sir John Vanbrugh the gateway leading out Phoenix Yard in the Haymarket, with the theatre and other buildings for 25 years from 1740, Michaelmas, at a rental of 50l. per annum. By indenture of 1720, October 13, Sir John sold to said Charles Vanbrugh aforesaid theatre with the use of the Piazza, &c., for 45 years, from 1720, Michaelmas, under the said rent of 50l. Pray to have their present term in same made up to 50 years. Referred to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands to report a value of the premises, &c.|
[Crown Lease Book III. p. 320.]
|March 26.||38. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt for payment of 105l. to John Lawton for Lady Day quarter for himself and three clerks for sorting, digesting, &c., the Records in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer.|
Appending:—Lawton's report. “Since Christmas last Mr. Stewart and Mr. Smart have proceeded in sorting Star Chamber Records; Mr. Whiston in making indexes to forest Records; Mr. Farley in methodising the books of the Court of Wards and Liveries and Court of Requests; and Mr. Strachey has been sorting some miscellaneous and Star Chamber Records.”
[Money Book XXXVII. p. 440]
|39. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton.|
Order for warrants for clearing all salaries and pensions payable at the Exchequer to Christmas last.
Mr. Hinksman s representation concerning his right as Woodward of New Forest to take care and account to the Crown for all windfalls happening in said forest, referred to Mr. Whitworth, Surveyor General of Woods. Meantime the warrant made upon Mr. Whitworth's memorial for himself to take care of said windfalls to be recalled.
Wm. Collins to be riding-officer at Chichester upon the resignation of John Roill.
Mr. Paxton's memorial of this day for the expense of preparing a bill for limiting playhouses, and for expenses in the King's behalf on account of a petition now in the House of Lords by James Mackgill, claiming the title of Viscount Oxfurd and Lord Mackgill, read and agreed to.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of 61,262l. 10s. for services as in his memorial of the 25th instant, and for the following in part of demands as in his memorial of this day, viz.: —
|For half-pay to sea officers||9,500|
|— Pensions to superannuated officers||3,814|
|— Course, on the head of wear and tear for 1734, October||32,657|
|— Same on the head of victualling for same month||29,051|
|Same for same out of the Civil List Revenues of 37,000l. or thereabouts to clear debts to 1734, Christmas.|
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 310; Letter Book XIX. p. 366.]
|March 27.||40. Royal sign manual to the Attorney or Solicitor General for preparation of a bill to pass the Great Seal of Great Britain in terms recited at length for vesting the French lands remaining unconveyed in St. Christopher in the hands of Wm. Matthew, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Leeward Carribbee Islands, Gilbert Fleming, Lieut.-General of the same, and John Willet as trustees for the purpose of conveyance of same, where the purchase money does not exceed 100l., to the contractor for purchase thereof by deeds of grant, bargain, and sale to be acknowledged before some of the Justices of the Common Pleas, St. Christopher, and enrolled in the Secretary's or Register's Office there. 14½ pages.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXVIII. No. 31; King's Warrant Book XXXI. pp. 448–455.]
|March 28.||41. Report to the Treasury from Edward Bangham, deputy to Auditor Edward Harley, on the petition of Wm. Dawson, formerly clerk in the office for the Classis Lottery, 1711. Has inspected and sorted the books of accompts and other effects belonging to said lottery in petitioner's possession. They appear to be books of direction for payment of interest, Register and Transfer books, and other books kept by the Comptroller of the said lottery, and consist of 60 large folios, together with a large chest containing the original tickets exchanged for lottery orders. Has drawn up three schedules or inventories of same and caused said books and effects to be placed in the Record rooms, belonging to the Auditors of Imprests' Office at the Exchequer. The particulars of the said Dawson's charge for safekeeping, &c., the above is 58l. 9s. 3 pages.|
Appending:—(a.) Said petition of Dawson to the Treasury. 1 page.
(b.) Said bill of Dawson's charges. 1 page.
(c.) Said schedule of said books and effects. 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXVIII. No. 33.]