Treasury Books and Papers
May 1739

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'Treasury Books and Papers: May 1739', Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 4: 1739-1741 (1901), pp. 241-248. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=91936 Date accessed: 31 July 2014.


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May 1739

May 2.79.Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt, the Clerk of the Pells and all [other] the officers [of the Receipt concerned] to set apart out of the Sinking Fund 1,200,000l., to be issued and applied for the service of 1740, according to Treasury notifications from time to time, and in pursuance of the late Act of Parliament.
[Money Book XL. p. 186.]
May 2.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
80. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of the 1,200,000l. reserved out of the Sinking Fund for the supply of 1740, of 239,861l. 9s.d. on his memorials of March 27 and 28 and April 10 and 28 to be applied to the various heads of Ordinary, Pensions, Wages, Victualling and Wear and Tear in amounts detailed; all in completion of the said memorials except the articles of 6,000l. to the chest at Chatham, and the 20,000l. proposed to be imprested to Mason and Simpson.
The memorial of Edward Jackson, Deputy Ranger of Richmond New Park of the 26th ult. for repairs there, detailed, referred to the Surveyor General of Woods.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 213–4.]
[before
May 6.]
81. The draft of an establishment of the hospital for the intended expedition to America (total of the establishment, 11,496l. lOs. 10d.).
Endorsed:—6 May, 1740. Referred to the Paymaster [General of the Forces] and the Secretary at War. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIII. No. 1.]
May 6.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
82. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Lord Harrington's letter to their Lordships of the 3rd instant read and sign manuals ordered for the issue of the following sums:—
£s.d.
To Edward Weston for postage, &c., and incidents for the Principal Secretary of State's office abroad1,00000
To him more as well for himself as for clerks, officers and others named in said letter for the charges of their journey to Hanover and back1,14000
Order for same for 3,000l. to Lord Harrington himself, who goes abroad with the King as Secretary of State, for his charges as usual.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List Revenues:
£s.d.
To the Privy Purse3,00000
To the Cofferer Household in part of 6,000l. for imprests3,00000
Same for a sign manual for 8,000l. for Secret Service to be issued to Mr. Scrope, and 4,000l. to William Jefferson to reimburse expenses for his Majesty's service.
Same for a warrant to the Customs Commisioners to cause 84l. 5s. 0d. to be paid out of the Old Customs to Charles Carkesse, Esq. for himself and clerks for their extra trouble and attendance on account of embargoes on 81 and 94 ships and in consideration of their remission or reduction of fees accustomed to be taken on that occasion.
“Lord Cathcart comes in and my Lords consider with him the plan of an estimate for the staff officers on the intended expedition, and my Lord Cathcart's plan and the plan agreed to by my Lords are as follows.
Lord Cathcart's Plan.Plan agreed to.
£s.d.£s.d.
General and Commander in Chief10001000
Two Aide's de Camp 10s. each100100
One Major General200200
One Aide de Camp01000100
3 Brigadiers 1l. 10s. 0d. each41004100
3 Majors of Brigade 10s. each11001100
Quarter Master General100100
Adjutant General100100
Judge Advocate01000100
Secretary to the Commander in Chief01000100
Chaplain068068
Physician General100100
Surgeon General100100
Two Mates 5s. each01000100
Commissary of the Muster01000100
Commissary for Stores11001100
Agents for Transports100100
This thought proper by the Lords of the Treasury to be placed to the account of the Transport Service so to be omitted on this establishment, and to bc notified to the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty.
Provost Marshal and 2 men
01000100
Contingencies upon account500000200000
Mr. Lowther is to pay out of the King's money in his hands 50l. to George Bonell sent over by their Lordships to Ireland to attend the Parliament there upon account of the woollen manufacture, being in full of all his demands and pretensions.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 215–7; Customs Book XIV pp. 466–7.]
May 7.83. J. Scrope to the Secretary at War forwarding for his information the establishment for the General and other officers going upon the expedition to the West Indies as adjusted by the Treasury, Lord Cathcart being present. [Said establishment being set out in duplicate form as above viz. (a) Lord Cathcart's plan, (b) plan agreed to: but the following items being reduced in (b)—marking a discrepancy between the present entry and that in the Minute Book supra, p. 242.]
Lord Cathcart's plan.Plan agreed to.
£s.d.£s.d.
Quarter Master General1000100
Physician General1001100
Surgeon General1000100
[Letter Book XIX. pp. 535–6.]
May 8.84. Same to the Paymaster of the Forces and the Secretary at War transmitting Lord Cathcart's draft, appended in detail, of a hospital for the intended expedition to America, for them to confer thereupon and report.
[Ibid. p. 536–7.]
May 10.85. Petition to the King from Du Plan, dated London, praying the King's beneficence for the Protestant churches in France, whether by way of present or pension. “The King will not be sorry to hear that the Princess Royal of England and the Prince of Orange, her husband, each give a pension of 500 Dutch florins for the good cause in which his Majesty is interested, and Prince William of Cassel gives a pension of 200 écus. The Archbishop of Canterbury is willing to be employed in this good work. He will be able to correspond with the pastors and professors who direct the affair, and will render an account of the whole.” French. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIII. No. 3.]
May 12.86. a-d. Four royal sign manuals, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury for the following several and respective establishments detailed:
(a) For 10 regiments of foot at Minorca and Gibraltar, to commence from 1739, August 25.
Together with a royal warrant of same date, to the Paymaster of the Forces for deducting 12d. in the £ and one day's pay per annum. 4 pages.
(b) For 6 regiments of marines to commence from 1739,
Dec. 25.
Together with four royal warrants of same date, to Charles Hanbury Williams, Paymaster of the Marine Forces for the like deductions severally of 12d. in the £ and one day's pay yearly, for the regulation of subsistence for a regiment of marines, and for the deduction of the subsistence of 2 men per company from the Captain for respites of privates. 6 pages.
(c) For an additional establishment of General officers and others to commence from 1740, May 1. 1 page. (d) For several officers to attend the land forces going under the command of Charles Lord Cathcart, to commence from 1739, Dec. 26, and to continue during said expedition and no longer. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIII. No. 4.]
May 12.87. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to the Commissioners and Trustees of Fisheries and Improvements, Scotland; approving the said Trustees' plan for the distribution of the moneys intended for said improvements for 3 years from Xmas last: said plan, recited in full detail, providing for a total grant of 2,650l. for the fishery, 3,650l. for the linen and hemp manufacture and 700l. for the coarse wool trade: and further approving of the additional propositions likewise recited in detail for the employment of the 1,205l., part of the savings accumulated in the hands of the Cashier to said Trustees.
[North Britain Book XIII. pp. 7–10.]
May 12.88. Royal sign manual countersigned as above to Sir Henry Penrice, Judge of the High Court of Admiralty, for the passing of a Commission under the seal of said Court to Robert Paul, Esq., and 5 others named for the sale of two Spanish prizes, the “St. Joseph” Don Christoval Loidi, commander, taken 1739, Oct. 4, by the fleet under Rear Admiral Haddock, and the “St. Jago” taken 1739, Oct. 10, by the “Pembroke” under Fitz Roy Henry Lee. 5 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIII. No. 5.]
May 12.89. Same countersigned by same for the issue to Mrs. Margaret Purcell of 4,488l. 19s. 4d. and 239l. 3s. 6d. for fees thereon, to be paid over to meet the bills, debts, and demands of the several tradesmen for wearing apparel and other necessaries by them furnished for Princess Mary on account of her marriage with the Prince of Hesse.
Appending:—Abstract of the said several bills for. Princess Mary's wedding clothes.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. pp. 81–2.]
May 13.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
90. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
“The Duke of Newcastle acquainting my Lords by letter dated the 21st of March last that Sir Everard Fawkener had procured the pardon of 7 of his Majesty's subjects who were in slavery in Turkey and sent them home on board the ship ‘Wilmington,’ Mr. Lowther is ordered to pay 20l. 11s. 4d., the expense of this transaction, out of the King's money in his hands.”
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of loans on land tax 1740 of 15,000l. for services as in his memorial of the 12th instant.
The report from the Surveyor of Woods of the 12th instant on the Duke of Grafton's memorial for works and repairs in Whittlewood Forest read and agreed to at the estimated 219l. 10s.d.: to be defrayed by sale of dotard trees &c. there.
Mr. Revell's petition read complaining that the victualling lists for the garrison at Gibraltar are to his great detriment retarded and not sent home in time by reason of the absence of the deputy Commissary of Stores, who is to sign same. To be transmitted to Mr. Hampden, the Commissary General, for such methods to be pursued as may remedy this inconvenience for the future.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 218; Letter Book XIX. p. 538.]
May 15.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
91. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces out of loans on land tax 1740 of 171,362l. for services as in his memorial of the 13th instant.
The Attorney and Solicitor General to attend on Tuesday next concerning their report on the Earl of Pembroke's and the Countess of Portland's petition about the terrace walk at Whitehall “and to advise the method most proper to be taken for recovering the possession thereof to the Crown since the lease under which the said Countess holds the same is deemed to be void.”
[Treasury Minute Book Ibid. p. 219; Letter Book Ibid. p. 539.]
May 16.92. Report to the Treasury from Henry Pelham, Paymaster General of the Forces, and Sir William Yonge, Secretary at War, on the draft establishment of a Hospital for Lord Cathcart's expedition to America. The number of troops for the proposed expedition are about equal to those in the last siege of Gibraltar in 1727. The estimate as below, therefore, for officers on the [Hospital] establishment is the usual one. Wages for under-officers, nurses, &c., have been usually allowed in the accounts of the Director of the Hospital, being certified by the Physician or Master Surgeon, to be paid by warrant under the hand of the Commander in Chief directed to the Deputy Paymaster of the Forces. Extraordinary expenses for the service of the Hospital may be provided for in like manner by warrants from the Commander in Chief payable to the Director of the Hospital who is to be accountable for same. The account of utensils, stores, &c. to be prepared by said Director and laid before the Secretary at War, when a King's warrant will issue. Drugs and medicines usually provided by the Apothecary General are paid for in like manner. The number of sick and wounded cannot be anticipated but it has been usual to instruct the Deputy Paymaster to deduct 5d. a day per man out of the subsistence of each soldier while in Hospital for his diet. The same to be paid over to the Director of the Hospital, and if the charge thereof shall exceed the 5d. per man per day such exceeding together with all extraordinary and contingent expenses may be paid either out of a sum particularly to be appropriated for that purpose, or out of the sum allowed for contingencies in general of this expedition. These two last-named allowances are in the discretion of the Treasury. The establishment of the Hospital at Gibraltar in the last seige of 1727 was as follows:—
£s.d.
Pay of officers on the establishment1,44750
Stores, utensils and necessaries841154
Physical and surgical medicines1,39714
Imprests to the Director of the Hospital by warrants of the Commander in Chief for extraordinaries1,68000
£536618
Whether the above establishment is applicable to the present intended expedition or not depends on the nature of the service and climate. 2 pages.
Appending:
—(a) Estimate of the charge of an establishment for the pay of the officers of a hospital for the service of the intended expedition to America (total for the officers, 1,277l. 10s.) 1pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIII. No. 7.]
May 19.93. J. Scrope to George Turbill, forwarding the statement of account of Chambers Slaughter, Paymaster of the salaries and incidents under the Commissioners of Forfeited Estates, for 6 years from 1716, June 24, the Lords of the Treasury observing that many articles in the said accompt, although vouched by receipts, appear to want warrants or orders from the said Commissioners for payment thereof. “As all the books and accompts belonging to the said Commissioners are in your custody, you are to inspect the same and certify their Lordships the proceedings, if any, you shall find therein that may justify or maintain the payments so made.” Also to consider of said Slaughter's account of 952l. 19s. 6d., annexed to the account whereon a balance of 506l. 19s. 9d. appears as due from him to the Crown.
[Letter Book XIX. p. 539.]
May 20.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
94. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List Funds:
£s.d.
To the Commissioners for Trade2,00000
To Mr. Hill, their Secretary, for salaries and incidents5707
To Mr. Paxton1,50000
To Mr. Shepherd73966
To The Earl of Warwick20000
To the Foreign Ministers, 1739, Michaehlmas quarter8,89930
To Lord Saye and Sele a quarter's pension to 1740, Lady day10000
To Eliz: Whiteman, three quarters to same date37100
Same for same to the Treasurer of the Ordnance out of loans on land tax, 1740, of 20,000l. for services as in his memorial of this day. Memorandum:—“This in part of 46,362l. 13s. 5d. granted for defraying the extra expense for land service 1739 not provided for by Parliament.”
Same for same to same out of said loans of 18,305l. 17s.d. for services as in his memorial of the 12th instant.
Mr. Carkesse's letter of this day read concerning the commission to Mr. Paul and four others, for the sale of the “St. Joseph” and “St. Jago” Spanish prizes. The Customs Commissioners to be acquainted that “my Lords have no reason to doubt but that the Commission will be well and faithfully executed: nevertheless, that it may not be amiss since it is generally reported that great treasure and effects lie hid and concealed in the said ships that more than ordinary care be taken to look after and secure the same.”
The Attorney and Solicitor General attending and having given in their opinion that the Terrace Walk at Whitehall, now enjoyed by the Countess of Portland under a Crown lease, is not to be considered as a building under the meaning of the Civil List act, and that the grant is a separate lease from that of the lodgings held by her ladyship, and consequently void by that act; Mr. Paxton is to attend said Attorney and Solicitor General for their directions for bringing an information of intrusion in order to recover said terrace walk to the crown.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 220–1; Letter Book XIX. p. 540; Customs Book XIV. p. 470.]
May 20.95. Treasury warrant to the Board of Works to put up an iron palisade to secure the windows on the ground floor before the front of the New Treasury buildings next the Park: to an estimate of 70l.
Prefixing
:—Memorial to the Treasury from said Board concerning same.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. pp. 136–7.]
May 22.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
96. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr.Winnington.
The report from the Paymaster General of the Forces and the Secretary at War, relating to the proposed hospital to be established for the intended expedition read, and the articles therein agreed to.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of loans on land tax 1740, of 20,000l. to be imprested to John Mason and John Simpson for providing and delivering at Jamaica 12 months' provision for 6,000 men, for the use of land forces going to the West Indies; same remaining unissued on said Treasurer's memorial of the 28th ult.
Same for same to same of 5,000l. out of the like loans, as by his memorial of the 20th instant.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 222.]
May 23.97. J. Scrope to the Surveyor General of Woods. Ralph Jenison, the master of the Buckhounds, having signified the desire of the Duke of Cumberland for a grass yard to be added to his Majesty's kennel at New Lodge in Windsor Forest for the benefit of the stag hounds kept there, the Treasury desires a proper piece of ground to be enclosed for said purpose, and an estimate of the charge of same. [Letter Book XIX. p. 540.]
May 23.98. J. Scrope to the Secretary at War communicating the Treasury's resolutions as under, made on the report to them from the Paymaster of the Forces and said Secretary, on the Hospital proposed to be established for the intended expedition to America, viz.—
An establishment to be formed for officers of said hospital at 3l. 10s. 0d. per diem:
Wages for under officers, nurses, and other servants to be allowed in the accounts of the Director of said Hospital to be made up by him and certified by the Physician or Master Surgeon attending same, and to be by warrant under the hand of the Commander in Chief directed to the Paymaster of the Forces.
The extraordinary expenses and contingent charges to be paid in like manner by warrant from the Commander in Chief to the Director of the Hospital who is to be accountable for same. The account of utensils, stores and other necessaries to be drawn up by the said Director and laid before the Secretary at War in order to the obtaining a proper warrant therefor.
The drugs and medicines to be provided by the Apothecary General in London, and paid for as in the case of utensils above. The Deputy Paymaster to be instructed to deduct 5d. a day per man out of subsistence for diet of each soldier while entertained in said hospital. Said deductions to be paid to the Director who is to charge himself with the same in his accompts.
The Commander in Chief to be invested with discretionary power to provide for all such matters as the exigency or necessity of affairs may from time to time require.
[Letter Book XIX. p. 541.]