|87. Memorial to the Treasury from Robert Robinson, Chief Judge of the Courts of Judicature lately erected at Gibraltar. Will be obliged to maintain a great number of officers and servants. No provision has been made for these. Prays, in view of the casualties of war, that they may be supplied with such necessaries from the stores at Gibraltar, and in the same manner as other persons in the employ of His Majesty in the said town and garrison.|
Together with a schedule of the so proposed officers.
Endorsed:—1741, June 3. “My Lords do not think fit to allow this expense.” 2 pages.
[Ibid. No. 34.]
|88. Same to same from Lieut. Gen. Honywood. Has received the King's orders to embark seven regiments of foot for Flanders. In order to their payment it will be necessary to settle the rate of exchange, and to instruct the Paymaster to issue their pay accordingly. It is likewise necessary to make contracts, or to empower the commanding officer to make contracts, for furnishing the troops with bread, bread waggons, and forage. Further, a staff and a hospital for the troops having been appointed, prays the establishment of the pay of those officers may commence from Dec. 25 last, as has been usual in such cases.|
Endorsed:—3rd June, 1741, a Privy Seal passed the Treasury empowering Gen. Ligonier to provide and contract for bread and bread waggons for the foreign forces, and directing him to fix the proportion to be deducted from the pay of the regiments, and what proportion ought to be borne by His Majesty, which last proportion the Paymaster is directed to pay on certificates signed by Mr. Ligonier.
Previous to the said Privy Seal the said Mr. Ligonier was directed by warrant dated 26th May, 1741, to inform himself in the best manner of the rates and prices of bread and bread waggons, and in what proportion the same should be deducted from the pay of the forces, and directing him to regulate the same, and for his guidance therein copies of all the contracts found made previously relating thereto were transmitted unto him. 1 page.
[Ibid. No. 35.]
|June 3.||89. Warrant under the sign manual of the Lords Justices, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, to the Clerk of the Signet attending, for a bill to pass the Privy Seal empowering the Paymaster General of the Forces to pay and meet the contracts to be made by Maj. Gen. John Ligonier for bread and bread waggons for the Danes and Hessians taken into British pay; and to be allowed same in his accounts on the production of certain certificates and acquittances detailed; and further authorising him to make a deduction of 2½ per cent. from the pay of said Danes and Hessians, it being an established custom and usage to make said deduction from the pay of foreign troops in the service of Great Britain.|
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. p. 254.]
|90. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Clutterbuck.|
“Messiers John Gore and Joseph Gulstone, junr., attending, are called in, and on reading a memorial presented by them concerning remittances my Lords agree to the proposal, made therein, to furnish their own bills on Amsterdam for such sums as shall be wanting for the public service upon their receiving the value thereof after the rate of 10 guilders 11½ stivers current money of Holland per pound sterling, free of all commissions and charges: subjecting themselves to the risque of such bills as they shall remit, and to the variations of the exchange and agio, their bills to be payable as follows, two thirds at short sight, one third at one month: and my Lords order a copy of this agreement to be transmitted to the Paymaster of His Majesty's Forces, so as he may take the said remitters' bills for the money in his hands for the pay of the Danish and Hessian troops accordingly: whereof two thirds in Mr. Gore's bills and one third in Mr. Gulstone's.”
A letter to be written to Mr. Burchett desiring him to lay before the Admiralty Lords the letter from the Customs Commissioners' secretary to John Scrope of the 30th ult. (desiring an Admiralty sloop to be sent to the coast of Sussex to take the “Jolly Boys,” a smuggling vessel which fired several shot at the Custom House sloop, wounded two of the marines dangerously, and afterwards ran their cargo), together with the representation to said Commissioners from the Customs officers concerning the affair; for their Lordships to give such orders therein as may seem fit.
”Read a letter to the Secretary at War from Lieut. Col. Offarrell, Commanding Officer at Port Mahon, dated from thence the 24th April last, representing the state of the provisions left in store there by the late contractor, and of the quantity which he had parted with at Admiral Haddock's request, for the service of the fleet in the Mediterranean, and my Lords, upon consideration thereof, direct a letter to be writ to Messrs. Burrell and Bristow, the present contractors, directing them to settle and adjust accounts with the said late contractor as to the provisions belonging to him, and secured by the said Lieut. Colo. Offarell for the service of the garrison there; and to take care that the garrison does not suffer for want of provisions by means of any difference or dispute that may happen to arise between the late and the present contractors.”
“Read a letter from Mr. David Campbell, Commissary of stores and provisions for the Expedition to the West Indies, dated from Jamaica the 30th January last, and enclosing a protest against the contractors for supplying the army with provisions there; and my Lords order the said letter and protest, as also a copy of Mr. Campbell's instructions to his deputy at Jamaica on his leaving that Island to attend General Wentworth, to be sent to the Commissioners for Victualling for them to consider, and [for them to] let their Lordps know how the victualling His Mats. forces, as well by sea as land, is conducted in those parts, and directing them to give an account as to Mr. Campbell's affair,” returning the above-mentioned papers with their report thereupon.
The letter of April 24 last to Mr. Scrope from Mr. Revel, contractor for victualling the garrison of Gibraltar, for 422l. 14s. 6d. for the charge of building a convenient coal yard adjoining the Victualling Office at Gibraltar, to be transmitted to the Governor of Gibraltar to consider the reasonableness of the demand, as great sums of money have been paid to Mr. Revel for building the said Victualling Office and making suitable conveniences for stores, &c.
Recall the warrants by which Thomas Marlow was to be deputed boatman at [Ramsgate in] Sandwich port, loco George Parke, and William Vonsden, riding officer at Winchelsea, loco John Jenkins.
Order for a warrant for half a year, due Lady Day last, to the Poor Knights of Windsor.
“Read a memorial of Mr. Robinson, the Chief Justice of Gibraltar, and officers and servants attending him, to be supplied with provisions out of the stores there; and my Lords do not think fit to allow thereof.”
The report of the 7th ult. from the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on Viscount Irvine's memorial (for 500l. out of the revenues of Minorca, on account to enable him to comply with his contract for providing bread for the garrison at Minorca under the present scarcity and great advance in the price of corn), read and agreed to and warrant ordered accordingly.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces of 1,631l. 4s. 7½d. out of Exchequer bills to be charged on malt, 1740, in further part of 200,000l., granted 1740, for the extraordinaries of the war. A warrant ordered for paying same over to Genl. Oglethorpe upon account, and for satisfying bills of exchange drawn by him on Herman Verelst.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 322–5; Letter Book XIX. p. 569, XX. pp. 3, 4; Customs Book XV. p. 119.]
|June 3.||91. Petition to the Treasury from John Anstis, Garter King of Arms. By Lord Harrington's letter of the 26th ult., from Hanover, is to hold himself in readiness to set out for the investitures of the Prince of Hesse and Duke of Saxe-Gotha, upon receipt of order to be signified in the course of 2 or 3 posts, His Majesty being not then absolutely determined in which way to proceed. Therefore prays an advance from the Treasury to be subsequently deducted out of his daily allowance to be made for said employment. ½ page.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 36.]
|June 5.||92. The Duke of Grafton to the Treasury, dated Lord Chamberlain's Office, conveying the King's pleasure for the issue of 500l. as a present to the Ambassador from the Emperor of Morocco, he being to return home soon, 100l. each to his secretary and grandson, 30l. to his interpreter, and 50l. for clothing his slaves. 1 page.|
[Ibid. No. 37.]
|June 5.||93. Memorial to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners, dated Custom House, London. Notwithstanding the Treasury's decision in 1732, concerning the one per cent. imposed by the Post Office on diamonds and lace imported in the mail, have received undoubted information that the practice has been continued of bringing over great quantities of thread-bone-lace in the mails, and that some of the officers of the Post Office were not unacquainted therewith, they having settled a certain price of 7s. per oz. with the importers for admitting it to come that way (the postage by Act of Parliament being no more than 3s. 4d. per oz.). Have communicated with the Postmaster General concerning same, and enclose his reply of Dec. 10 last, in substance acknowledging the allegations as above. Have in consequence proposed to him to obtain a warrant from one of the principal Secretaries of State, pursuant to law, to empower the officers of the Post Office to open in the presence of the merchants all such packets as they suspect contain lace. Enclose the Secretary of the Postmaster's reply to the said proposition declining said proposition as inconvenient. Pray the Treasury to take on them the obtaining of such a warrant in spite of such answer. Further desire an account of the money thus received as extra postage by the Post Office since 1732.|
Endorsed:—12 June, 1741. To Attor. Genll.
29 June, 1741. Mr. Attorney's opinion given hereon.
7 July, 1741. Sent to Comrs Customs to adjust with Postmars.
In duplicate. 3 pages and 1 sheet.
Appending:—(a) Copies of the correspondence referred to above, and an account of the custom and postage of narrow lace (that mostly imported in the mails), showing that the Customs lost greatly exceed the extraordinary postage charged.
Subscribed by:—A query submitting the matter as a case to the Attorney General for his opinion as to the most proper and effectual method to prevent the above practice of running lace in the mails.
And by the said Attorney General's opinion thereupon, signed by Sir Dudley Ryder, 1741, June 29, advising, as the Post House officers were so strictly tied up by the Act that they could not open suspected packets, that they should advise the Customs officers of suspected packets in order to their being seized; with the encouragement of an offer of part of the seizure to the said Post House officers. 1 sheet.
(b) (c) (d) Duplicate copies of the correspondence as above, viz., (b) The Postmasters General to the Customs Commissioners of date 1740, Dec. 10. 1 page.
(c) J. D. Barbutt, the Postmaster General's Secretary, to Mr. Carkesse of date 1740–1, March 4. 1 page.
(d) An account of the postage and custom on narrow lace imported. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 38.]
|94. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Clutterbuck.|
The Customs Commissioners' report of the 3rd instant read on Manuel de Sylva e Souza's memorial concerning a Portuguese snow, of which he is master, now under seizure for importing raw hides from America contrary to the Act of Navigation. My Lords say there is no power in the Treasury to dispense with the said Act, so petitioner must maintain his cause before the Exchequer Court.
“Mr. Bristow, one of the remitters for the West Indies, is called in, and acquaints my Lords that he and Mr. Burrell have discharged such of their factors and agents at Jamaica as misbehaved themselves in their conduct about supplying the money for the public service there: and that as General Wentworth has applyed for the troops to be paid at the rate of 125l. per cent. he will take care that the remittances shall be paid accordingly.”
“The Taxes Commissioners called in and my Lords, on reading their certificates and accounts, nominate the Receivers of the Taxes for the year 1741, by marking of the certificate those who are continued with the letter C, and those who are respited with the letter R.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 326–7.]
|95. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Clutterbuck.|
Mr. Parsons, Comptroller General of Customs, called in and discoursed with about the settling and bringing up the general accounts of the 4½ per cent. duty in Barbados and the Leeward Isles from the year 1684, to which year they are passed. Is ordered to state the difficulties of making up the same from the said year 1684, to 1720: and to state also the like accounts and the difficulties (if any) in perfecting same from 1720 to this present time.
“My Lords, being apprized by letter from Mr. Stone that it is suspected the plague which rages at Smyrna has got on board some English vessels that are on their return home under convoy of the ‘Lark’ sloop,” the Customs Commissioners to consider thereof immediately and report fit precautions.
On a report of this day's date from the Taxes Commissioners respites removed from Mr. Corbet, Receiver of Surrey, and Mr. Mitford, same of Sussex, they having paid in 11,500l. and 12,571l. 7s. 6d. respectively since said respites were made.
[Ibid. p. 328; Letter Book XX. p. 5.]
|96. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Clutterbuck.|
Mr. Stone's letter of the 11th instant read signifying the pleasure of the Lords Justices to the Treasury for instructions to the Collector of Customs at Portsmouth to permit provisions, detailed, arrived at Spithead from Cork, to be removed out of 5 merchant ships, detailed, into His Majesty's ships of war lying there. A warrant ordered for the Customs Commissioners to give the proper orders therefor, and for a like removal of a remainder of the same species coming from Cork to Spithead, in pursuance of their Excellencies' order of the 18th Sept., 1740.
The returns made by the Commissioners of the Victualling to Mr. Campbell's letter of complaint against the contractors for victualling the forces at Jamaica, as transmitted to said Commissioners by letter of the 4th instant, are read, “and my Lords are satisfied therewith.”
A memorial from the Customs Commissioners of the 5th instant read concerning thread-bone-lace brought over in the mails to the prejudice of the revenue. Mr. Paxton to attend the Attorney General for his opinion as to the best course to prevent this method of running goods.
Mr. Paxton's report of 1740, Dec. 2, read on Mr. Carleton's petition concerning an estate vested in the Crown by the death of Mary King, a lunatic, without heir or next of kin, being the natural daughter of Col. Thos. King, deceased. Mr. Paxton to lay a state of the case and of the proceedings therein before the Attorney General, and to pursue his directions therein.
“Read the Treasurer of the Navy's memorial, dated this day, for bills to be made out for allowing the land taxes for the years 1739 and 1740 to the Commissioners of the Navy and Victualling, their officers and clerks, as the same hath been done, alledged, almost ever since the first land tax was laid after the Revolution: and my Lords order the necessary directions to be given for that purpose.”
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of loans on salt for the service of 1741 of 5,000l. to pay bills of exchange on the Sick and Wounded Office.
Mr. Carkesse's letter of the 11th instant read in answer to their Lordships' letter of the 10th concerning the plague being on some English ships coming from Smyrna, under convoy of the “Lark,” “and my Lords, understanding that the Lords of the Admiralty have taken cognizance hereof and given proper orders about the same, and that the officers of the Customs have been directed to use their utmost endeavours to hinder any persons or goods coming out of or going on board those ships when they arrive until they shall receive further orders, my Lords are, at present, satisfied with these proceedings.”
A petition from the minister of the Savoy church for repairs of the chapel there, read and referred to the Board of Works.
Mr. Paxton's report of the 2nd instant read on the petition of William Seawell and 5 others, for His Majesty's two thirds of the fines imposed on 3 Justices of the Peace of the borough of Colchester for extortion. Agreed to in regard the costs of the prosecution far exceed said fines. To be paid by Mr. Paxton to the prosecutors and not taken out of the Master of the Crown Office's hands, in regard of the charges incumbent on the said Master to pay out of the said fines.
Order for a warrant, to be signed by the Lords Justices, for the issue of 200l. to John Anstis, Garter King at Arms, towards his expenses in the investitures of Prince Frederick of Hesse and the Duke of Saxe-Gotha with the Order of the Garter.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 329–32; Letter Book XX. p. 5; Customs Book XV. p. 121.]
|97. Copies of three letters lacking the covering document, as follow:|
(a) Copy of a letter from Thos. Corbett to Mr. Carkesse, dated Admiralty Office, June 16, concerning the demanded discharge of impressed seamen, as below. “The men whose discharge you apply for, having been pressed in consequence of the commands of their Excellencies the Lords Justices to break through all protections, it is not in their Lordships' power to discharge them.” 1 page.
(b) Same of same from Charles Carkesse to Mr. Burchett, dated Custom House, London, June 5, concerning three of the mariners of Captain Philemon Phillips, commander of the “Walker” sloop, in the service of the Customs at Deal. 1 page.
(c) Same of same from same to same, dated Custom House June 15, concerning the said 3 mariners, John Morcock, John Abbott and Robert Abbott, and praying a general order to prevent officers of the Customs from being impressed for the future, and specially at this time, when the smugglers are on all parts of the coast, and it is absolutely necessary to send the Customs sloops to put a stop to their proceedings. 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 40.]
|98. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Clutterbuck.|
Mr. Stone's letter of the 16th instant read, inclosing the Lords Justices' order and a letter from the Envoy of Portugal for suspending the sale of a Portuguese ship, seized for importing goods from America under the Act of Navigation. The merchants concerned in freight of said ship attend and acknowledge the legality of said seizure, but desire the release of the ship, as they were ignorant of the American effects being on board. Their petition agreed to, they first satisfying the officer who made the seizure. The Customs Commissioners to be directed accordingly.
Order for a warrant to the Keepers of the Quarries at Portland for 5,100 tons of Portland stone to be raised there for the use of His Majesty's yards at Portsmouth and Plymouth, as by the Navy Commissioners' letter in that behalf, of the 15th instant.
Mr. Carkesse's letter of the 16th instant read concerning the recall of the orders for staying the English vessels coming from Smyrna, under convoy of the “Lark.” Their Lordships advise that the orders to their officers be not recalled, as the information of the plague's being on board some of the said vessels has not been contradicted.
On the report of the 15th instant from the Customs Commissioners concerning the services of John Cornelius to the revenue, agreed that he be appointed Surveyor General over the supervisors and riding officers in the service of the Customs on the coasts of Essex and Suffolk at a salary of 250l. per an.
Richard Nicholls, of Leominster, to be appointed surveyor of house duties, loco — Palmer, deceased.
The Customs Commissioners' report on the case and petition of Benjamin Lockyer, now a prisoner in the Fleet, to be looked out, and a warrant prepared in the usual manner for his enlargement.
Petitions read and referred as follows:—
James Healy concerning his bond for John Mitford, late tobacco merchant. To Customs Commissioners.
John Simpson, for delivery of 184 sword blades, seized at Borrowstounness, imported, as he alleges, from Germany for the use of His Majesty's troops. To same in Scotland.
Capt. Laws to have the 500l. ordered for his coming from Carthagena paid clear. Mr. Lowther therefore to pay the fees thereon out of the King's money in his hands.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces out of loans on salt for 1741 of 257,784l. 19s. 10d., as by his memorial of this day's date.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 333–5; Customs Book XV. p. 123.]
|99. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Clutterbuck.|
Mr. Alexander Ridley's proposal for a larger vessel (viz. of about 60 tons with 24 men) than that he now commands, for guarding the coasts of Kent and Sussex against smugglers, read and referred to the Customs Commissioners, said proposal being recommended by the Duke of Dorset, the Earl of Cholmondeley, and Mr. Revel.
Order for the issue out of loans on salt of 3,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy, on the head of wages, for Spanish prisoners, as by his memorial of this day.
Write Mr. Hill, Secretary to the Lords of Trade, to acquaint said Lords that as the Parliament has given 20,000l. for re-settling and re-establishing the sufferers of South Carolina in the late fire at Charleston, “my Lords desire to have their opinion to whom the said sum should be distributed, and in what proportions, and the persons to be confided in for receiving the same, and what rates and regulations are proper to be given for the conduct of those persons in the distributing thereof.”
Mr. Lowther is to pay out of the King's money in his hands 20l. as of His Majesty's bounty to Mr. Robinson, who keeps the British Coffee House in the Court of Requests. Also 18l. 11s. 0d. out of the like to Edward Bryant in full of a bill of travelling charges in journeys performed by him 1740, Oct. 17, to 1741, May 3.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 336–7; Letter Book XX. p. 6; Customs Book XX. p. 125.]
|June 24.||100. Treasury warrant to Henry Finch, Receiver General of His Majesty's revenues arising in Minorca, to pay Viscount Irvine, Commissary General of the stores and provisions in the Island of Minorca, 500l. by way of imprest and on account of a loss of 708l. 4s. 3d. sterling upon 2,016 quarters of Naples wheat taken out of a Dutch ship stopped at Minorca by authority of the Governor for the service of said Island at a time of scarcity, and agreed to be paid for at the price of the Lisbon market, which was then at an exorbitant height.|
Prefixing:— Report to the Treasury from P. Medows, a Comptroller of Army Accounts, on the memorial of said Viscount Irvine, setting forth his loss as above, he being under a contract for furnishing the troops in Minorca with ammunition bread at a certain rate, viz., 36 rations of bread for one dollar, but the war with Spain and the scarcity of wheat having occasioned the advance and loss as abovesaid.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVI. pp. 456–8.]
|101. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Clutterbuck.|
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:
|To the Cofferer of the Household to clear 1740, Michaelmas quarter||17,225||0||0|
|To the Treasurer of the Chamber for the like||6,678||9||11|
|To the Great Wardrobe for the like, including the Master's salary to 1741, Lady Day||9,092||2||2¾|
|To Mr. Stuart for pensions, same quarter||8,120||13||0|
|To the Gentlemen and Grooms of the Bedchamber, do.||4,650||0||0|
|To Mr. Selwyn for the Duke and Princesses||7,817||12||9¼|
|To the Lords of the Treasury||2,000||0||0|
|To the Chancellor of the Exchequer||400||0||0|
|To the Duke of Newcastle||462||10||0|
|To Lord Harrington||462||10||0|
|To Lords Clerks of the Treasury||300||0||0|
|To Mr. Fane||50||0||0|
|To Mr. Hayward||50||0||0|
|To Mr. Jones||15||3||4|
|To the Keepers, Richmond Park||44||11||0|
|To Sir Thomas Allen [Allin] and Mr. Odiarne||50||1||0|
|To Mr. Cowdery||25||0||0|
|To Mr. Paxton||250||0||0|
|To Mr. Andrews||37||10||0|
|To Mr. Polhill||37||10||0|
|To Mr. Polhill, more||125||0||0|
|To Mr. Morley||225||0||0|
|To Mr. Holmes||25||0||0|
|To Mr. Walker||100||0||0|
|To Mr. Man et al.||165||0||0|
|To Mr. Betteridge||5||0||0|
|To Mr. Dawson||12||10||0|
|To Mr. Ballowe et al.||50||0||0|
|To Mr. Loft||50||0||0|
|To Mr. Walton by Sir Theod. Janssen||290||4||0|
|To the Duke of Dorset||550||0||0|
|To the Officers of the House of Peers||400||0||0|
|To the Officers of the House of Commons||770||0||0|
|To the Serjt. of the House of Commons||378||18||6|
|To the Serjt. of the House of Peers||81||10||0|
|To the Usher of the Exchequer Court, 1740, Michaelmas term||317||2||2|
|To Mr. Selwyn for Richmond Lodge||763||19||7|
|Mr. Pelham, the Paymaster General of the Forces, being present, desired information at what rate of exchange his deputy abroad should pay the foreign troops taken into the service of Great Britain. “My Lords are of opinion that the payments to them should be at the rate of 10 Guilders 10 Stivers per pound sterling, which is the same rate as the like payments were made at during the late warr; and desire Mr. Pelham to give orders to his deputy accordingly, reserving the other stiver and half, which is the increase on the remittances, for further directions.”|
Mr. Bristow and Mr. Burrell to attend on Friday, when their Lordships will take into consideration the fixing the [exchange equivalence of the] Jamaica currency, and will acquaint the Paymaster General of the Land Forces and Marines with their determinations thereupon.
Mr. Lowther is to pay, out of the King's money in his hands, 1,025l. to Mr. Walthoe for printing work delivered by him up to 1740, Sept. 27.
“My Lords being informed that the Commissioners of the Admiralty have ordered a supply of two months' brandy to be bought in France for the Commissioners of Victualling for Sir John Norris's squadron,” to prevent any delay, order that when the quantity shall be certified a letter be written to the Customs Commissioners to permit its being transhipped from the vessels which bring it to Spithead to the men of war which are to be supplied therewith.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 338–40; Customs Book XV. p. 135.]
|102. An account of the income and issues of the Civil List revenues for the year 1740, June 24 to 1741, June 24. 1 double sheet.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 42.]
|103. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon.|
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of Marines out of loans on salt, 1741, of 55,051l. for services as in his memorial of this day.
Same for same out of the like of 121,117l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for same as in same of the 25th instant.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 341.]