Treasury Books and Papers
September 1739

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'Treasury Books and Papers: September 1739', Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 4: 1739-1741 (1901), pp. 266-272. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=91940 Date accessed: 01 October 2014.


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September 1739

Sept. 3.139. James Serces, minister of his Majesty's French chapel at St. James's to [John Scrope]. “When Mr. Du Plan and I waited upon you this day sen'night you was pleased to assure us that the money appointed by His Majesty for the relief of the persecuted Protestants abroad would for certain be ordered without delay. I call'd at the Treasury last Monday, but the gentleman whom I applied to had not heard as yet of that affair.” Prays the issue of the amount and also exemption from fees, the former sums granted by His Majesty for this purpose having been paid without diminution. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIV. No. 1.]
Sept. 3.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
140. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
“Monsr. Alt, King of Sweden's minister as Landgrave of Hesse Cassell is called in, with Mr. Gore, the remitter, and acquainted that a warrant shall immediately be prepared for paying to him by the hands of the Paymaster of the Forces, 42,583l. 6s. 8d. to answer the value of 182,500 crowns for levy money and subsidy, payable to His said Majesty as Landtgrave, pursuant to a late treaty in that behalfe.”
Order for a warrant for 1,000l. as royal bounty to foreign Protestants in like manner as the last 1,000l. was paid; the fees on said warrant to be paid by Mr. Lowther.
Same for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of the Sinking Fund, of 20,000l. for wages as by his memorial of the 1st instant.
Same for same out of the Civil List Funds of 400l. on the order for that sum in the name of Richard Hall.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 245.]
Sept. 9.141. Warrant under the sign manual of the Lords Justices countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury to Henry Pelham, Paymaster General of the Forces, for the issue to the King of Sweden as Landgrave of Hesse Cassel of 42,583l. 6s. 8d., in accordance with the terms of a treaty made with him of date 1740, May 9: same being to answer the value of 182,500 crowns Bank Money of Amsterdam for the following purpose.
For a moiety of 96,000 crowns, levy money for 1,200 horse48,000
For a moiety of 144,000 crowns, levy money for 4,800 foot72,000
For a quarter of the annual subsidy of 250,000 crowns, payable to the said King of Sweden, and due 1740, Aug. 962,500
182,500
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. pp. 116–7.]
Sept. 9.142. Same countersigned by same [to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland] for the setting out of sufficient of his Majesty's ground at Bearhaven for the erection of a barracks thereupon for a company and a half of foot, according to the present establishment, or three companies according to the old establishment, to prevent the great evils complained of there in the memorial of the gentlemen of the neighbourhood, viz. running of goods and the shipping of men off for foreign service.
[Irish Book IX. p. 204.]
143. Same countersigned by same [to same]. To permit the Mayor, Sheriffs and Commonalty of the City of Cork at their own expense to arch over and enclose the North West bastion of the fort where the new barracks in the South Liberties of the said city are built, for a magazine for the safe keeping of gunpowder that shall be imported there: provided that separate magazines be made there, that the powder belonging to the Government and the city may not interfere, and that said magazines are built by an engineer belonging to the Office of Ordnance, Ireland.
[Ibid. p. 205.]
Sept. 10.144. An account of what money remains to come in for naval services from the supplies of the year 1740, showing at what times and for what services and under what heads the same may probably be called for to accommodate naval services till the granting of new supplies in the next Parliament. Prepared in accordance with the Treasury request as by Mr. Scrope's letter of 1740, June 5.
Also: An account showing the debt due on the course of the Navy and Victualling to the 30th June last. 2½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIV. No. 2.]
Sept. 10.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
145. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List Revenues:—
£s.d.
To the Judges and others payable with them, for 1740, Easter term6,582100
To the Paymaster of the Works for the debt in that office, 1740, Lady Day quarter.4,2176
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of funds anno 1740 of 29,064l. for services as in his memorial of the 8th instant.
Edward East to be a tidesman on the inferior list London port loco John Danford deceased.
Robert Boyfield's petition for release of a Portuguese ship “Nostra Senhora da Piedade e bon successo” belonging to Manuel da Silva Cunha of Lisbon, seized for importing prohibited drugs, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A petition of the ministers of the French Church in the Savoy for repayment of their charges about buildings and repairs in and about said church read and referred to the Board of Works.
“Write to the Commissioners of the Navy for the account to be now made up which was sent for the 5th of June last of the application of the sums now remaining to be issued to the Navy out of the funds for the year 1740.”
Order for a warrant for the Paymaster of the Forces to pay 400l. to Gen. Oglethorpe to answer his bills of exchange from America drawn on Herman Varelst for his Majesty's service there.
Thomas Blacklock on the recommendation of Sir James Lowther to be tidesman and porter at Whitehaven, loco Richd. Coates, who is said to have left his employment, when a presentment shall come from the Customs Commissioners notifying the vacancy.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 246–7; Customs Book XV. p. 8.]
Sept. 12.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
146. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
A memorial of the Paymaster of the Forces of the 12th instant read for 9,082l. 3s. 6d. to pay Col. Blakeney's bills of exchange drawn on said Paymaster from America for the service of His Majesty's forces there. Ordered to be issued as part of the 200,000l. for the extraordinaries of the war, and a warrant to be prepared for the Lords Justices to sign for same to be paid by said Paymaster to said Blakeney.
“Write to the Board of Works to consider of some convenient house for the Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army to remove to and keep their office in, and to make report thereof with the rent that is reasonable to be paid for the same,” the Duke of Richmond having obtained a lease of the house and ground in Whitehall for many years used by said Comptrollers for their office.
“Write to the Commissioners of the Navy to know if the demands they make from time to time for wages are calculated to pay the seamen in the method prescribed by an Act in the first year of his Majesty's reign for the constant, regular and punctual payment thereof.”
The account of the equipage of Monsr. Bussy, the French minister, to be transmitted to the Customs Commissioners for the use of all civility and despatch on its arrival.
The memorial of the Commissioners of the Victualling of this day read for brandy and wine provided for the King's ships and land forces on the expedition to be removed out of ships bringing same into the King's ships and transports. The Customs Commissioners are to comply with said request, the service of the expedition requiring same.
Mrs. Jane Norsiter is to succeed Mrs. Burton, lately deceased, as Keeper of the Exchequer Bill office at the salary of 100l. per an. for life.
Emanuel Searfield, at the recommendation of Sir William Middleton, to be a tidewaiter, Newcastle port, loco George Bettlestone drowned.
The Customs Commissioners' report of the 10th instant read on Edward Carbold's petition for discharge from his imprisonment in the Fleet for smuggling. “My Lords find no reason to favour him in his said request.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 248–9; Letter Book XIX. p. 547; Customs Book XV. p. 8.]
Sept. 16.147. J. Scrope to the Navy Commissioners, on the item of 703,123l. 12s.d. for wages entered in the account of the residue undisposed of the funds for the year 1740. The Treasury desires to know if the said sum is calculated to pay said wages according to the Act of 1 Geo. II. for granting 500,000l. towards discharging wages due to seamen; the said Act having established a method for the constant, regular and punctual payment of seamen's wages on pay lists to be made out and transmitted to the Navy Commissioners in a manner directed. They also desire to know if the directions of said act as to said transmission of lists are followed by the Captains or Commanders of ships and if the moneys issued on the head of wages to said Navy Commissioners are applied conformably to the rules established by said Act.
[Letter Book XIX. p. 548.]
Sept. 17.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
148. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Earle.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List Revenues:—
£s.d.
To the Cofferer of the Household in part of 1740, Lady Day quarter5,00000
To Mr. Lowther to reimburse expenses2,00000
The copy of Lieut. Leyson's letter to the Secretary at War, giving an account of a skirmish between a party of Campbell's Dragoons, under his command, and a gang of smugglers near Shoreham, in Sussex, read and to be transmitted to the Customs Commissioners for them to obtain from their officers affidavits of the facts, to be laid before the Lord Chief Justice for his warrant for search for said smugglers.
General Wade's memorial for the free entry and delivery of arms imported from Hamburg, for the use of his and Col. Churchill's regiments, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Mr. Lowther is to pay out of the King's money in his hands, 975l. for printing work delivered to the Post Office by John Waltho, between 1739, Dec. 27, and 1740, March 25.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 250; Customs Book XV. p. 10.]
1740.
[after
Sept. 17.]
149. A paper of extracts of orders to the Commissioners of Victualling from the Navy Commissioners and the Admiralty Lords from 1739, Dec. 29, to 1740, Sept. 17, relating to the victualling of Captain Anson's squadron, and of Jamaica for Lord Cathcart's expedition, and of Virginia for Major General Spotswood in connection therewith. 2 pages.
Appending
:—Several of said orders in copy in full, as follows:
(a) Copy of a letter dated 1739, Dec. 29, from the Commissioners of the Navy to the Commissioners of the Victualling for the victualling of 6 ships, named in detail, for 500 soldiers, in addition to their allowed complements, with provisions suitable for hot climates, and with brandy instead of beer. All with the greatest despatch, in pursuance of the orders of the Lords of the Admiralty of date 1739, Dec. 28. 1 page.
(b) Same of an order from the Admiralty Lords to the Commissioners of the Victualling of date 1739–40, January 13, to contract for and to send to Jamaica, provisions of the proper species for 6,000 men at whole allowance for 12 months. 1 page.
(c) Same of same from same to same, dated 1740, March 28, to cause a separate and distinct account to be kept of the expense directed by several orders from the Admiralty Office for the furnishing of 6 months' provision for 8,000 men at two-thirds allowance to be put on the transport ships for America, and 12 months' provisions for 6,000 men at whole allowance for Jamaica, and same at like whole allowance for 500 soldiers to serve in the squadron under Captain Anson; the said services not being included in any estimates delivered in to Parliament. From time to time said account to be laid before the Treasury, and repayment of same to be solicited out of money granted by Parliament for extraordinaries not comprehended in any estimates before the House of Commons. 1 page.
(d) Same of same from same to same, of date 1740, April 2, to provide in Ireland salt provisions for 3,000 men for a month, to be despatched to Virginia for Major-General Spotswood, part to be landed there and part to be carried to New York and New England as said Spotswood shall direct. 1 page.
(e) Same of same from same to same, of date 1740, June 25, for provision on board the “Three Brothers,” Christopher Yeomans, master, for a coxswain and 6 watermen, and the like on board the “Wiltshire,” Thomas Brown, master, for a coxswain and 4 watermen to proceed on the expedition under Lord Cathcart, in addition to the officers and others of the train of artillery. 1 page.
(f) Same of same from same to same, of date 1740, Sept. 5, for the timely supply of provisions to Jamaica for His Majesty's ships in those parts, it being intended that 4 ships of 80 guns, 6 of 70 guns, and 3 of 60 guns should be sent to said Island to reinforce the squadron under Vice Admiral Vernon. Also to provide and send to Jamaica 6 months' provisions, whole allowance, for 6,000 land forces. 1 page.
(g) Same of same from same to same, of date 1740, Sept. 17, to make up to 6 months' complement the provisions for the soldiers on the transports belonging to Lord Cathcart's expedition, and to keep same up to said complement till they proceed to sea, they having expended a considerable quantity of the 6 months' supply already issued. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIV. No. 3.]
Sept. 24.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
150. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Earle.
Order for a warrant for the Paymaster of the Forces to pay 944l. 17s. 0d. to General Oglethorpe to answer his bills of exchange from America, drawn on Herman Verelst for his Majesty's service there.
Same for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of funds, anno 1740, of 5,750l. and 21,622l. 12s. 0d. for services as in his memorials of the 18th and 22nd instant.
Same for same out of same of 9,500l. to the Paymaster of the Marine regiments for the subsistence of said regiments, to answer bills of exchange to be given by Burrell and Bristow, according to their agreement for furnishing money at Jamaica for the expedition under Lord Cathcart: all as by the memorial of the Deputy Paymaster of Marines of the 23rd instant.
Same for same of 3,000l. to the Privy Purse out of the Civil List Funds.
A [further] memorial read from the Commissioners of Victualling of the 19th instant for the transhipment without importation of brandy and wine, provided for the King's ship and land forces bound on the expedition. The Customs Commissioners to comply therewith “the service of the expedition requiring it.”
Mr. Whitworth's report of the 12th instant on the memorials of the Dukes of Somerset and Richmond for works and repairs in Hampton Court Park, read and agreed to.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 251–2.]
Sept. 26. Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
151. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Earle.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of funds anno 1740, of 66,488l. for services as in his memorial of the 25th instant.
“My Lords on reading a memorial from the Paymaster of the Forces dated the 25th instant, for carrying on the subsistence of the forces under the Lord Cathcart from the 25th Dec., 1740, order 11,024l. 15s.d. to be issued to the said Paymaster on the order in his name for part of the 200,000l. appropriated for extras of the war, to be appointed towards the service of the expedition to the West Indies.”
Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands 15l. 6s. 8d. to Edward Bryant, doorkeeper of the Treasury, for his attending the Chancellor of the Exchequer to Houghton and back again from 1740, July 12 to Aug. 3, at 13s. 4d. per diem.
[Ibid. p. 253.]
Sept. 30.152. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt for the issue of 105l. to John Lawton for 1740, Michaelmas quarter, for himself and 3 clerks for sorting, digesting, methodizing, and reducing to order the books and records in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer.
Appending:—Lawton's certificate dated Sept. 29, of work done during the quarter. “Mr. Stewart and Mr. Farley have been sorting Star Chamber Records, Mr. Whiston and Mr. Strachey in their turns till the end of August waited on the new binding of such of the books of the Court of Wards and Liveries as remained fit and proper to be new bound, and since the beginning of this month Mr. Strachey and Mr. Cole have been employed in sorting of Star Chamber Records.”
[Money Book XL. p. 213.]