|Feb. 10.||26. P. Burrell and Jno. Bristow to John Scrope, dated London, in reply to John Scrope's letter of the 5th instant. In pursuance of their contract for furnishing subsistence money for the forces in America under Lord Cathcart have sent by Sir Chaloner Ogle's fleet the proper orders and necessary supplies to their agents in Jamaica. A copy of said orders had reached the agents' hands by a merchant ship. The agents did not think themselves empowered thereby to answer the demand made upon them by Col. Blakeney for the pay of the American regiment but at the same time send advice that endeavours were using to raise the money necessary for that immediate service. Have no doubt this will be attended with success and from the arrival of Sir Chaloner Ogle's fleet at Jamaica the Treasury may rely upon effectual supply of money to all the forces in America under Lord Cathcart.|
Endorsed: 1740–1 Feb. 16. Copy sent to Duke of Newcastle in Mr. Scrope's letter to Mr. Stone. 2½ pages.
[Treasury BoardPapers CCCV. No. 11.]
|27. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Earle, Mr. Treby.|
Order for a warrant for taking in 200,000l. in 3% loans on land tax 1741 payable after 1,000,000l. [in loans and Exchequer bills] already thereon.
Same for the issue, out of Exchequer bills on malt 1740, of 8,084l. 15s. 1d. to the Treasurer of the Navy for services as in his memorial of the 9th instant.
Same for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:
|To the Cofferer of the Household in part of 21,700l. for Midsummer quarter||5,000||0||0|
|To the two Secretaries of State, each 750l. for secret service, 1740, Xmas quarter||1,500||0||0|
|To same, on their patent salaries 100l. each||200||0||0|
|To Mr. Lowther to reimburse expenses||1,000||0||0|
|[Treasury Minute Book. XXVIII. p. 291.]|
|Feb. 13.||28. Petition to the Treasury from John Cochran of Waterside. Has been at a considerable charge in carrying on a linen manufactory in the West of Scotland and has brought it to a very great length. Finds by experience that Glasgow is the best place for carrying on such undertaking. Therefore prays a lease of an old uninhabited house and yard there, formerly belonging to the Archbishop of Glasgow [the Archbishop's Palace].|
Referred:—To the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland.
[North Britain Book XIII. p. 117.]
|Feb. 16.||29. Same to same from Ralph Allen. Sets forth that in 1719 he formed a plan and in 1720 contracted with the Postmaster General for the improvement of the revenue by byeway and cross road letters. That upon the Treasury order of 1733–4, March 22, the Postmaster General was empowered to grant him a third term for 7 years on condition the petitioner, among other new covenants, should oblige himself to support the improvements he made on the country letters, a branch that greatly interferes with the bye and cross road letters, and which before his first contract was much lessened and in danger of being lost. That during this term, which expires at midsummer next, his Majesty's warrant was declared to be the rule to distinguish letters to be taxed from such as were to be sent in the bye and cross road bags free of postage. But in 1735 the House of Commons came to resolutions relating to frank letters which petitioner apprehends materially alter this rule and sensibly affect his contract. In the execution of his contract has not only augmented the revenue, but greatly quickened and improved correspondence, the life of trade. His officers have in many instances been serviceable to the Postmaster General without any expense to the revenue. The chief produce of the byeways and cross road letters arise from correspondence between trading towns in distant parts of the kingdom, which causes the direction of this concern to be intricate in itself and distinct from the management of the General Post Office. Therefore prays a further term in his contract, and freed from the danger he apprehends from the great increase of frank letters.|
Referred:—To the Postmaster General.
[Reference Book X. p. 175.]
|30. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Earle, Mr. Treby.|
Order for the issue, out of loans on land tax 1741, of 224,866l. to the Paymaster of the Forces to answer services as in his memorial of the 18th instant.
Same for same as follow, out of the Civil List funds:
|To the Privy Purse||3,000||0||0|
|To the Speaker of the House of Commons||500||0||0|
|To Jno. Shepherd on foreign bills of exchange||1,059||7||0|
|“Let the commissions and instructions to any of the Receivers of the Crown Revenues in the Plantations be inspected by Mr. Leheup, who is to observe what directions have been given such Receivers, thereby, to transmit accounts of their receipts and payments from time to time to the Lords of the Treasury here, and how those directions have been complyed with; so as more strict orders may be sent to them about the same, in case it shall appear that those they are already under have been disobeyed or neglected; and to lay before my Lords the names of the said Receivers and their districts, distinguishing those who have complyed with their instructions from those who have failed therein.”|
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 292.]
|Feb. 19.||31. Royal warrants countersigned by the Treasury Lords to the Paymaster General of the Forces to pay 1,400l. each to the following colonels for the levy money of regiments to be raised by them, each regiment to consist of 10 companies, each company of 3 sergeants, 3 corporals, 2 drummers and 70 effective privates, besides commission officers, viz.: to Cols. James Long, John Price, John Mordaunt, Daniel Haughton, Thomas Fowke, James Cholmondeley.|
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. p. 175.]
|Feb. 21.||32. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to observe and comply with Order in Council as below.|
Prefixing:—Order in Council dated Whitehall, 1740–1, Feb. 19, made at the petition of the agents of His Majesty's Sugar Islands in America and of the planters and merchants thereto subscribed, said petition setting forth the dependence of said Islands on Great Britain and Ireland and America for supplies and the danger arising to them from the victualling embargo. “It is thereupon ordered in Council that all ships and vessels bound from any port of Great Britain to the Sugar Islands in America be permitted to export biscuit, beans and oats for the use and service of his Majesty's said Sugar Islands” on proper securities and declarations specified.
[Customs Book XV. pp. 78–9.]
|Feb. 23.||33. Horatio Walpole to the Treasury, transmitting an accompt of the quit rents in South Carolina and of the application of same from the purchase thereof by the Crown to 1740–1, March 25, stated from the original rent rolls and accompts in said Walpole's custody, transmitted to him from his deputy there. Is not at present able to forward the like accompt of the quit rents in North Carolina, of which Eleazar Allen, esq., one of the Council there, has been appointed Receiver by commission from the Governor there. 1 page.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 14.]
|Feb. 26.||34. J. Scrope to the Customs Commissioners forwarding from the Treasury, for their compliance therewith, copy of an Order in Council as below.|
Appending:—Copy of said Order in Council dated Whitehall, 1740–1, Feb. 19, for preventing the exportation of corn and grain and other provisions of victuals (except rice and fish) from his Majesty's Sugar Islands in America except to such islands or colonies as belong to the Crown of Great Britain and then only under certain declarations and securities laid down in detail.
[Customs Book XV. pp. 81–2.]
|35. Present: Sir Robert Walpole, Mr. Earle, Mr. Treby.|
Order for the issue, out of funds anno 1740, of 118,333l. 8s. 1d. to the Treasurer of the Navy for services as in his memorial of the 23rd instant.
Same for same of the following, out of the Civil List funds:
|To the late Queen's servants, 1740, Midsummer quarter||4,699||14||2½|
|To the Cofferer of the Household in further part of same quarter||6,750||0||0|
|To Mr. Lowther||1,500||0||0|
|To the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners||1,500||0||0|
|Mr. Lowther is to pay to Mr. Stephen Whatley 50l. out of the King's money in his hands.|
Mr. Verelst is to attend the Treasury on Tuesday next with the letter of attorney or other powers given him by General Oglethorpe to receive moneys here for his accompt.
Mr. Paxton's report of the 4th Dec. last read on the petition of Thomas World and Joseph Kell, relating to the estates mortgaged to them by Francis Negus, esq. As his Majesty is disposed to release to the said mortgagees his right to the said estates, the Attorney General is to be advised about the method of doing same, and a proper warrant to be prepared and approved by him for that purpose.
The Salt Commissioners' report of 1740, April 11 read, on the petition for Robert Lang and Co., merchants in Glasgow, concerning the importation of rock salt from England to salt works at Glasgow. “My Lords apprehend the revenues here will be greatly affected by such permission and postpone the consideration thereof to a further opportunity.”
Order for a warrant for paying the Earl of Hyndford his allowance at the Exchequer as one of the Commissioners of Police to Xmas last.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 293–4; Letter Book XIX. p. 567.]