|146. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
A petition read from Joseph Walton of Gateshead concerning duties on candles and soap destroyed by fire. Referred to the Excise Commissioners.
A letter read from General Oglethorpe to the Earl of Wilmington dated June 7 last, relating to the state of Georgia; together with a letter of intelligence. Mr. Verelst called in and his memorial read concerning several bills of exchange drawn on him by said General to the amount of 4,256l. 5s. 8d.
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 61,000l. for services as in his memorial of the 29th ult.; and 34,375l. 12s. 6d. to the Paymaster of the Marines for same as in same of same date.
The report from the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, read on the petition of the magistrates of Glasgow relating to the tithes of the parishes of Glasgow.
A report from the Customs Commissioners of the 29th ult. read relating to putting a sloop under Alexander Ridley on the Customs establishment. Ordered.
Same from same read of the 31st ult. on Robert Baker's petition.
A paper read from Benj. Keene and Arthur Stert relating to the losses and claims of the merchants.
Mr. Paxton, late Solicitor to the Treasury, to deliver over all papers relating to his office to Mr. Sharpe, the present Solicitor.
A letter of this day's date read from Mr. Bangham, deputy to Auditor Benson, concerning the state of the accounts of Mr. Chambers Slaughter, as Paymaster of the salaries and incidents under the Commissioners of Forfeited Estates in England.
A memorial of Sir John Jennings read for an arrear of 675l. on his allowance of 150l. per an., for keeping Greenwich Park and Gardens. Referred to the Surveyor General of Woods.
A representation from the Board of Works of repairs necessary in the house adjoining the new Treasury, now in the possession of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to an estimate of 205l., read and agreed to.
Two petitions read for rewards for convicting street robbers, viz., of Mary Chaplin for convicting William Cardell, and of John Haine for convicting Thomas Pinks and Stephen Jenkins. Referred to the Solicitor of the Treasury.
A petition read from John Bird. His case to be enquired into.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 93–4; Letter Book XX. pp. 56, 57; Reference Book X. pp. 216, 217.]
|Aug. 3.||147. Harman Verelst to the Treasury concerning the bills of exchange drawn on him by Oglethorpe from America. Of these some are noted, some protested, and some expected to be returned by a ship going this week to South Carolina. Represents the serious case of the drawees herein.|
Endorsed:—“3rd Aug, 1742, read.” 1 page.
Appending:—(a) and (b) Copies of same to same of dates 1742, June 29 and July 6, praying, separately, imprests for 4,256l. 5s. 8d. and 4,249l. 12s. 8d. for like bills of exchange entered in detail. 2 pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCCVIII. No. 44.]
|148. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
A return read from the Deputy Governor of South Carolina concerning the sufferers from the late fire at Charleston. Also a report from the Committee of the Council of the Assembly there relating to the distribution of the money granted by Parliament for relief of same. Mr. Fury, Agent to the Province, comes in and acquaints their Lordships that he has no authority to receive the money belonging to said sufferers, and does not care to receive it. Mr. Fury with Mr. Abercrombie to attend Mr. Scrope on this affair.
Sir John Eyles's report of the 4th instant read concerning bank notes stolen in the post out of the Wisbech bag.
Part of a memorial from Mr. Verelst read relating to General Oglethorpe's orders for drawing bills. Mr. Verelst called in and reads several letters to him from General Oglethorpe, giving him advice of the drawing of several bills.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:—
|To the Great Wardrobe to complete 1741, Michaelmas quarter||5,056||10||9|
|To the Earl of Loudoun||1,000||0||0|
|To executors of Mr. Basket||500||0||0|
|To sundry Sheriffs||920||0||0|
|To sundry other Sheriffs||775||19||6¾|
|To Mr. Holmes, Deputy Keeper of the Records||65||5||0|
|A memorial read from the Commissioners for building Westminster Bridge for the issue of 10,000l., part of 20,000l. granted by Parliament last session towards said building.|
Captain Copithorne's petition in answer to the Customs Commissioners' report on his former petition, read and dismissed.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 95–6.]
|Aug. 5.||149. Harman Verelst to the Treasury concerning the standing orders referred to by General Oglethorpe as a foundation for his drawing bills for His Majesty's service. On the 15th June, 1739, the King sent Oglethorpe orders to annoy the subjects of Spain and put himself in a posture of defence. On the 28th April, 1740, he further received the King's orders by the “Colchester” man-of-war for the attempt against St. Augustine. In July, 1741, he sent home certain proposals (a) infra relating to the war in Georgia and Florida and an account of the services performed in the defence of South Carolina and Georgia. These were received in October following and laid before the Lords Justices. On the 19 October said Lords Justices approved the said services and referred the proposals to the consideration of the Duke of Montagu, Sir Charles Wager, General Wade, and Col. Bladen, who after several meetings and examinations soon made their report, which is in the Duke of Newcastle's office. Oglethorpe began to draw bills on June, 1740, and by the Chancellor of the Exchequer's direction Verelst accepted same and applied to the Treasury for an imprest to satisfy them, which was accordingly issued out of the 200,000l. for the extraordinaries of the war, 1740. This imprest was received by Peregrine Fury, Oglethorpe's agent, who reimbursed Verelst. The bills were delivered up to Fury for the Paymaster of the Forces' discharge, the auditors returning General Oglethorpe in super for the same. This method is still used. The imprests have sometimes been issued out of the 200,000l., and sometimes as extraordinaries of the war anno 1741, which have been since provided for by Parliament. In Feb. 1741–2 the Treasury ordered Verelst to accept no further bills till their Lordships had been made acquainted therewith. Conceives that these expenses are still extraordinaries of the war and submits the evil consequences of not supporting Oglethorpe's credit. 1½ pages.|
Appending:—(a) Oglethorpe's abovesaid proposals relating to the war in Georgia and Florida.
“Offensive:—If I had one battalion of land forces more, with a small train of artillery, engineers, and gunners from Europe, and an allowance for pioneers, whom I could raise in America, and for the two troops of Rangers, the Highland Company, the Indians, and for one hundred boatmen, and to buy such craft here as might oppose the half gallies, I think the place might be reduced this winter …
“Defensive:—If we are to act upon the defensive the two troops of Rangers, one hundred boatmen with proper craft and the 2 sloops that are now here [Frederica], the small garrisons that are in the country and the Highland Company will be necessary to be continued, as also some artillery and ammunition to be sent for the defence of the town and harbour, and the fortifications of Fort St. Andrews and Fort William to be improved, and orders for me to continue the fortifying this town, the barracks &c. …
“If there is a war with France. It will be necessary to raise the Creek, Chickasaw, and Cherokee Indians and keep them in arms, and to augment the Rangers to 60 in a troop, to raise more Rangers, to fortify strongly at Mount Venture and Fort Augusta. For the French have 1,500 regular troops at the Mobile at New Orleans and on the river Mississippi, and can march from their advance fort to Charleston in about 20 days. But as they must pass over several great rivers in the Creek country, a large body of Rangers with the assistance of the Indians might stop them there. They can also march through the Cherokee country, but that is a much longer road. Both these nations are within the province of Georgia and faithfull to His Majesty and assisted us in the seige at St. Augustine.”
Together with.—An account of the necessary services performed by General Oglethorpe for the defence of South Carolina and Georgia, including the maintenance of 80 Spanish prisoners taken in Florida, keeping garrisons upon the Alatamaha and Savannah rivers, 100 miles from the sea, and at Fort Augusta, near 300 miles from the sea, the charges of the Indians, who prove very useful, particularly in blocking up St. Augustine, as testified by the examination of Felix Acquilar, a Spanish prisoner, coming to England, “by all which measures the General has held the Province without any loss of life since the siege of Augustine, except a few men lost at Mr. Carr's plantation.” Further stating the progress of the fortification of Frederica and the General's wants in the way of ordnance. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVIII. No. 46.]
|150. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
Mr. Harding's memorial read concerning printing the Journals of the House of Commons. Being called in he says he cannot well undertake it without being paid 2,500l. immediately, half the sum voted by Parliament for that service. An imprest for 2,500l. ordered to enable him to make contracts for the paper and to proceed in the printing.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, of the 5th instant read concerning a bill of expenses of 464l. 10s. 0d. for His Majesty's service by Mr. Parker, employed by His Majesty at Oporto. Warrant ordered.
Mr. Harding's bill of 267l. 0s. 6d. for copying several bills of the House of Commons, and other expenses relating thereto, read and warrant ordered.
Mr. Metcalf to succeed Mr. Bryan as Solicitor of the Customs for London port, and the western ports. Edward Wyat to succeed Metcalf as Solicitor for the Northern ports of England and Wales.
A memorial of the Paymaster General read for a royal warrant to authorise him to pay a bill of extras for 735l., drawn on him from Port Mahon by Major General Anstruther for stores of oil, wood, &c., for said island. Warrant ordered.
Ralph Sharret to be surveyor of house duties, co. Cardigan, loco Evan Meredith, to be superseded; William Temple to be collector of Berwick, loco Samuel Kettilby, deceased. Fiat ordered for John Tatlock to be searcher, Plymouth port, loco Thomas Brian, whose patent is to be revoked.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 97–8.]
|151. Present: ut supra.|
A petition read from William Frankland, brewer, prisoner in Newgate, praying discharge. Referred to the Excise Commissioners.
A petition read from Elizabeth Baker, widow of George Baker, late Receiver of land tax for Kent, praying allowances. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
Joseph Barnard to be a Commissioner of the Stamp duties, loco John Bird.
A memorial read from Cuthbert Constable concerning land left by the sea at the Humber, and claimed by him as pertaining to the Seigniory of Holderness. Referred to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands.
A same read from the Postmasters General of the 5th instant for additional strength to the packet boats between Dover, Calais, and Ostend. Agreed to.
Same from same of the 11th instant for a power from the Treasury to make the same contract with Capt Pybus as they had with Mr. Hall, with a new clause to indemnify him for such extra boats as may be taken by the enemy. Agreed to.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:—
|To the Privy Purse||3,000||0||0|
|For salaries and pensions at the Exchequer, Michaelmas quarter, 1742 (sic ? 1741)||5,509||16||2½|
|For Mr. Burrish||354||0||0|
|For Mr. Porter||1,122||0||0|
|For Mr. Waller||100||0||0|
|For Mr. William Robins, sheriff of Gloucester||40||0||0|
|Richard Tucker to be cashier of the Hawkers and Pedlars, loco James Joyeux to be superseded.|
A report from the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] of the 16th April last read on Viscount Lymington's memorial relative to the office of Keeper in New Park, New Forest, co. Southampton. Same from same of the 30th ult., read on the petition of David Goizin, the late Mrs. Kingdon's tenant of the said park for a lease thereof. To be transmitted to Viscount Lymington. Same from same of same date read on Abell Walter's petition for a lease of said park. Same from same of the 10th instant read on a memorial of the Duke of Bolton praying the said park may for the future be put under the care of the Lord Warden of New Forest. Read also a new memorial of said Duke of Bolton desiring a grant of said park for 3 lives.
“His Majesty having signified his pleasure to determine and suppress the office of Surveyor, Guardian, Director and Supervisor of all the quarries, piers, cranes and ways in the Island of Portland now executed by Edward Tyzard and Thomas Bryer together with the salary of 500l. a year granted to them with the said office,” warrant ordered for the royal signature accordingly.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 99–101; Letter Book XX. p. 57; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 240.]
|Aug. 12.||152. Report to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners, England, dated Custom House, London, concerning the decrease in the proceeds of the New Subsidy, viz. from 39,109l. 10s. 0½d. in the month of July, 1741 to 20,857l. 4s. 6½d. in the same month in The payments into the Exchequer from the new subsidy will always depend upon the ships entered, and these were 215 in July, 1741, whereas they were only 163 in July, 1742. 1½ pages.|
Appending:—(a) William Brown pro the Comptroller General of Customs, dated 1742, August 9, to the Customs Commissioners, certifying the money in the hands of the Receiver General of Customs on account of the New Subsidy. 1 page.
(b) John Eckersall, Receiver General of Customs, dated 1742, August 9, to same, certifying the payments into the Exchequer on the New Subsidy in July, 1741 and July, 1742. 1 page.
(c) Robert Paul, Deputy Collector Inwards, to the same, dated 1742, August 12, concerning said decrease. Between 1741, June 24 and July 4 a great number of ships entered from the Straits, Holland and the Plantations. In the late wars it was frequently the case for shipping to come home in great gluts which swelled the Customs with entries for a while and afterwards the revenue decreased for some time. The number of ships arriving in the port of London in June and July, 1741, was 205 and 215 and in the same months in 1742, 122 and 163 respectively. Details the state of the account as it stands between the Crown and the East India Company. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVIII. No. 47.]
|Aug. 17.||153. Treasury warrant to the Postmasters General empowering them to add a clause to the contract with Capt. Bryan Pybus, agent for said Postmasters for the packet boats at Dover in place of Richard Hall (formerly said agent, and now one of the Commissioners of the Victualling Office), to indemnify him from loss if his extra boats should be taken by the enemy.|
Prefixing:—Representation from Sir John Eyles praying power to add to the said contract a clause for indemnity as above, “as has been the constant usage in the like case with regard to all other vessels or boats employed” by the Post Office.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. p. 83.]
|154. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
The draft of an agreement between the Treasury and Abraham Hume read for furnishing 250 waggons for the carriage of the bread for the troops in Flanders, as signed by said Hume and the Earl of Stair. To be engrossed.
James Strickland attends concerning discoveries of money secreted from the public, desiring an allowance of a third. My Lords acquaint him he may expect a proper reward, but will not bargain with him.
Lieut.-Col. Cook, of Col. Oglethorpe's regiment, to attend Thursday morning next.
The memorial of Mr. Sharpe, Solicitor of the Treasury, for several expenses read.
A petition read from Henry Corner et al. for reward for convicting John Johnson.
A letter read from the Bishop of London for 20l. to Reverend Nathl. Hodges for passage money to the Bahamas.
A memorial from John Simpson, senr., read for liberty to import 5,000 sword blades for the army in Scotland. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The Excise Commissioners' report on William Frankland's petition read and agreed to.
The Attorney General's report read on the petition of Deborah Drew, et al., and on Sir Cordell Firebrass's petition, both concerning Charles Drew's forfeited lands.
The Customs Commissioners' report of August 18 read on the petition of William Capelman, of Hull, concerning the seizure of his ship. The King's share to be allowed him.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of 5,000l. for services as in his memorial of the 17th instant.
Henry Hinks to be assistant warehousekeeper for stamped parchment and paper, loco Benj. Hall, deceased; John George to be entering clerk of cards and dice, loco said Hall; Thomas Hall to be Commander of the “Duke” sloop, in Albeburgh port.
A petition of Henry Oaks, formerly a Customs officer, read.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 102–3; Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. p. 61; Letter Book XX. p. 58.]
|155. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
Lieut.-Col. Cook attends. Acquaints my Lords that General Oglethorpe has a sloop and a schooner to cruize, about 7 men called Rangers, never saw any more, never saw them on horseback; the General sent to Virginia and listed some men; kept them at C.'s Plantation cutting wood. Takes the money employed to be [Georgia] Trustees' money. A fort built on the South of Cumberland [Sound?], whole expense of it about 70l., the expense of repairing another about 12l., another at his coming away cost 340l. The most that has been laid out in forts is about 500l. The General has said there are a good many more than the 7 Rangers. The garrison of Fort Argyle consisted of an old Dutchman and a servant maid. Some of the regiment always went on board the sloop; 17 sailors and a master only employed. General Oglethorpe gives the commissions and sends over officers to recruit. Are clothed very poorly; three clothings since they went. The bedding has never been issued and is eaten up by vermin in the stores.
Mr. Alexander Hume called in and the contract with his brother Abraham Hume for 250 bread waggons for the forces in Flanders at 5 guilders 10 stivers a day per waggon read and signed. A warrant ordered for 7,746l. 9s. 6d. for 60 days' advance on said contract.
The Solicitor of the Treasury to attend Col. De Veil to collect the several informations made before him relating to the persons killed in St. Martin's Round House, to lay them before the Attorney General with a view to the prosecution of Bird or any other.
A memorial read relating to the office of Surveyor, &c, of Portland quarries and Edward Tucker's constitution as such of date 1714, Dec. 31.
The Customs Commissioners to acquaint the Treasury what money remains in the hands of their late and present Solicitors and to what time they have accounted with them.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List funds of 4,500l. to the Foreign Ministers, and 2,566l. 13s. 4d. to the Secretaries of State for Secret Service.
Order for a fiat for Martin Sandys to be one of the 5 undersearchers, London port, loco William Popple whose patent is to be determined. Richard Cooksey to be one of the Paymasters of Exchequer Bills, loco Edmond Anguish. Nicholas Booles to be waiter and searcher at Seaton, Beer and Branscombe, Exeter port, loco Michael Colesworthy; John Chaffin and Edward Price (Peirce), tidesman London port, preferred to the superior list, locis Nathl. Heckford preferred and John Cayron dismissed; William Brabant and Anthony Rudge to succeed them in the inferior list, Ibid.; John Thomas to succeed Rudge in the hundred list.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX pp. 104–6; Customs Book XV. pp. 257–8, 262.J
|Aug. 19.||156. Articles of agreement between the Treasury and Alexander Hume, of St. James's, Westminster, for and on behalf of his brother, Abraham Hume, of the same parish, for the furnishing of 250 bread waggons for His Majesty's troops in the Low Countries, said waggons to pass the review, Sept. 15, ensuing.|
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 87–90.]
|157. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton.|
A letter read from Mr. Corbet, Secretary to the Admiralty Lords, for the usual allowance of land tax, 1742, for the clerks of the Admiralty.
A letter read from Mr. Hill, Secretary to the Board of Trade, to Mr. Scrope, enclosing a letter from Mr. Johnson, Governor of North Carolina, to the Commissioners of Trade concerning the difficulty of collecting quit rents of that province and desiring instructions how to proceed therein. “Write to Mr. Hill to inquire whether there is any established court of Exchequer there.”
A representation read from Henry McCullock relating to the quit rents of South Carolina, as also a memorial from him praying instructions how to proceed in collecting said quit rents.
The representation from the Surveyor General of Crown Lands read about estates forfeited to the Crown for popish and superstitious uses; with a list of said estates certified into the Exchequer and remaining in the hands of receivers without account to the public. The Solicitor of the Treasury to obtain possession, and in especial of the estate in Fleet Street sold to one Thos. Hartwell, and to inquire for a proper person to be appointed receiver of the above and to inquire who have been the receivers hitherto, and to call for an account.
A petition from Thomas Powell, of Hawkhurst, Kent, for leave to compound for running goods referred to the Customs Commisioners.
Same from Benjn. Graves read praying preferment. My Lords can do nothing in it.
The memorial from the Earl of Berkeley et al. trustees for repair of Coleford Chapel, Newland Manor, Dean Forest, read concerning the dispute between them and Viscount Gage. The Solicitor of the Treasury to appear for memorialists in all actions which may be brought against them by Viscount Gage, and to assert the Crown right to the land, and further to inform my Lords what proceedings have been had herein.
Order for a warrant for revoking the present constitution of the Customs and for a new Commission for England, with Wardell George Westby and Beaumont Hotham to be added, and Samuel Mead to succeed Isaac Leheup, making in all 9 Commissioners for England at 1,000l. per an. each.
Same for same for a new commission for Scotland with James Cardonell, loco Gwyn Vaughan and Alexr. Arbuthnot, loco John Campbell, making 5 Commissioners in all for Scotland at 500l. each.
Same for same for a new commission for the salt duties, with Joshua Churchill, loco James Cardonel, preferred, as above.
Same for same for a new Commission of Excise, Scotland, with Alexander Udney, loco Gilbert Burnett, deceased.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 107–8; Letter Book XX. pp. 58, 59, 60; Reference Book X. p. 218.]
|Aug. 24.||158. Treasury warrant to the Board of Works to perform works as below: to the estimate of 115l.|
Prefixing: Memorial to the Treasury from said Board of date August 19. “There being an extreme want of water at His Majesty's palace at St. James's, the Chelsea Company at present not serving any and but very little coming from the conduits in Hyde Park, we have caused the pipe from the main conduit to the receiver to be examined, and find it is so eaten in holes and decayed by length of time that no water at all came through it to the receiver.” Have therefore, without loss of time, ordered the said pipe to be changed, that water may be brought to the Palace as soon as possible. Further apprehend that such an additional pipe may now be laid from the head of the Great Water in Hyde Park and joined to the other pipes as will always secure a sufficient quantity of water to St. James's palace. As the ground is now open about the pipes and conduits the charge thereof will amount to about 115l.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. p. 184.]
|Aug. 25.||159. Copy of a warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Lord of the Treasury, to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a bill to pass the Great Seal for a fresh Commission of Customs, for separating the English and Scotch Boards of Customs, and for constituting an English Board of the following members, viz. Sir John Stanley, Sir John Evelyn, Bryan Fairfax, John Hill,W.G. Westby, Sir Robert Baylis, Richard Chandler, Beaumont Hotham, and Samuel Mead, with salaries of 1,000l. per an, each. 4 pages.|
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. pp. 67–8; Treasury Board Papers CCCVIII. No. 50.]
|160. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Compton.|
The charge of the new Commission of Customs, Scotland, to be paid out of incidents there.
A letter read from Viscount Lymington to Mr. Scrope, wherein his Lordship declines interfering any further in the lease of New Park in New Forest.
Mr. Wood's letter read of the death of William Richards deputy to Benjamin Hudson, King's waiter, London port.
Henry Fane appointed one of the four chief clerks of the Treasury, loco Christopher Tilson.
Thos. Hinckman, junr., to be a riding officer Weymouth port, loco Edward Bayly to be superseded; Thomas Bishop, tide surveyor, ibid., loco Isaac Bird, who is to be superseded.
Order for the issue of 10,000l. to the Commissioners for Westminster Bridge in part of 20,000l. granted last Session.
Petitions read from Sarah Gardner et al., Susannah Nichols et al., Hester Parker et al., Arabella Strickland et al., Basingbun Proctor, for rewards for convicting certain street robbers, detailed separately. Referred to the Solicitor of the Treasury.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List funds of 1,000l. to the Cofferer of the Household for purveyors, and 100l. to Thos. Martin, Esq.
Herman Verelst's memorial read concerning General Oglethorpe's bills returned protested.
Henry Turner to be deputy King's waiter, London port, loco William Richards. The Customs Commissioners to order him to be instructed.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 109–10; Customs Book XV. p. 258; Reference Book X. pp. 218–9.]
|161. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Compton.|
A letter read from Mr. Hill, Secretary to the Board of Trade, to Mr. Scrope acquainting him that there is a Court of Exchequer in North Carolina.
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 137,095l. 6s. 11d. for services as in his memorial of the 27th instant.
A petition from Thomas Langthorn read for 50l. when found in a sheriff's hands, levied on Christopher Gregg. Read also a warrant on the like occasion on behalf of — Gedney. Referred to the Solicitor of the Treasury. A petition of Edward Gregory read for 34l. 4s. 10d. to be paid over to him by the Sheriff of Middlesex.
Mr. Paxton's report on Mr. Dennis's petition read. Read also a petition of John Dennis praying an order on the Exchequer for 26l. 6s. 0d. paid into the Exchequer by the Sheriff of Southampton. Referred to the Solicitor of the Treasury.
John Field's petition read for 44l. 1s. 1d. levied on Margaret Cottrill by the Sheriff of Worcester. Referred ut supra.
A petition from Mr. Vaughan late High Sheriff of co. Brecon, read for his expenses in bringing up prisoners. Referred to the principal officers of the mint.
A same from John and Elizabeth Lock for 40l., in the hands of the sheriff of Wilts, levied on Joseph Davies of Downton, referred to the Solicitor of the Treasury.
Mr. Paxton's report on Thomas Atwood's petition for 22l., in the hands of the sheriff of Middlesex, read and agreed to.
A petition read from Jeffrey Jeffries, late sheriff of Brecon, for 10l., paid for the conviction of a sheepstealer, after his accounts were passed. Write to Thos. Farrington, the auditor of South Wales, to know whether the Receiver has money in his hands to satisfy same.
A petition from Owen McSwiny read about the practice of running wool from Ireland to France and other places, and offering to make proposals for preventing it. Mr. Swiny to inform my Lords, in writing, what he knows of such practices, and what he has to propose for preventing them.
Report from Mr. Sharpe on the petition of Bentley et al., for remainder of reward for conviction of two highwaymen read. To be considered when Mr. Paxton exhibits his accounts.
Same from same read on the like of Mary Chaplin et al., and John Haynes et al., for like rewards.
A memorial from same for 1,700l. remaining due for rewards on the conviction of felons.
Mungo Graham's petition for an allowance for receiving the salt duties and seizures in Scotland read and referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 111–3; Letter Book XX. p. 60; Reference Book X. p. 219.]