|Oct. 1.||180. A paper of account of payments usually made in Michaelmas quarter out of His Majesty's Civil List and of the state of the cash in the Exchequer, 1742, Oct. 1. 3 pages.|
Appending:—A paper of figures relating to same. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIX. No. 1.]
|181. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer.|
Mr. Gore's proposal approved, to supply the Cofferer with bills at Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, and Ostend, at 12 guilders current money of Flanders, either by bills of exchange on his correspondent here, or on the Deputy Cofferer Mr. Delaune's bills on the Cofferer at home.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:—
|To two Gentlemen of the Bedchamber||1,000||0||0|
|To two Grooms of same||250||0||0|
|To Mr. Evans||222||0||0|
|To Mr. Ranby for Mr. Brinkman||100||0||0|
|To the Duke of Richmond et al.||1,557||16||0|
|To Edwd. Finch||442||4||1|
|To Mr. Lowther||1,500||0||0|
|To John Shepherd for bills of exchange||1,500||0||0|
|To the Cofferer of the Household to complete 6,000l. for purveyors||1,000||0||0|
|To the Treasurer of the Chamber for Brinkman||85||0||0|
|To same for messengers||1,000||0||0|
|To the Earl of Tankerville||700||0||0|
|To Mr. Jennison||700||0||0|
|To Charles Hatton||400||0||0|
|To Mr. Sharpe, Solicitor of the Treasury||1,000||0||0|
|[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 127.]|
|182. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon.|
Read an establishment of the charge of the Hospital for the forces in Flanders amounting to 1,365l. for 280 days from 1741–2, March 20 to 1742, Dec. 24. Same read for additional officers for said Hospital, to commence from 1742, August 24.
A letter read from Mr. Stone concerning 2 bills for 1,159l. drawn —one on him and one on the Duke of Newcastle—by Mr. Thompson at Paris, and concerning a balance of former bills drawn by same. Warrant ordered.
Read a letter from Capt. Alex. Wilson to Sir William Yonge, and said Yonge's memorial, for new bedding for the five regiments, 2,900 men, at Minorca. The drafts of two letters giving directions hereupon—one to the Board of Ordnance, the other to Henry Finch, Receiver General of Minorca—also read.
Robert Austen's petition proposing sureties as Receiver General, co. Surrey, referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
Mr. Adair's letter read for leave to import from Ireland, duty free, 600 knapsacks bought there for Col. Cotterell's regiment of Marines. My Lords say they cannot dispense with the laws.
A letter from Stephen Kneller, surveyor of house duties, co. Southampton, complaining of Mr. Holford, collector of salt at Portsea, refusing to pay duty, referred to the Salt Commissioners.
Order for the issue of 10,000l. to the Navy Treasurer towards Greenwich Hospital, and of 9,075l. and 372l. 5s. 0d. as by his memorials of the 30th ult. and 4th instant.
The Duke of St. Albans' memorial read relating to trespasses committed in Windsor Forest, with a list of the trespassers' names. Referred to the Attorney General.
Mr. Sharpe's report on William Bradshaw's petition concerning Mary Cooke's estate, agreed to. Warrant ordered.
A petition of several masters and owners of ships in the coal trade (recommended in a letter from Mr. Hedworth et al.) read for stay of prosecution on coal bonds. Same from same concerned in the coal trade at Yarmouth. Both referred to the Customs Commissioners. Mr. Walpole and Col. Townsend, who delivered the last petition, come in, and my Lords acquaint them that nothing will be done to distress the petitioners before they can apply for redress.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 128–9; Letter Book XX. pp. 63, 64; Reference Book X. p. 223.]
|Oct. 4.||183. Further report to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners, London, on the frauds relating to the coal duties. Have examined Mr. Savage, late Comptroller of said duties, whose confession is “that Mr. Deacon, through his [Savage's] connivance, had given large credit to Gibson and other crimps to the end of 1729 by omitting to insert a true state of the bonds in the weekly certificate on purpose to secrete and keep them from the knowledge of the Comptroller General and other proper officers in charging him and passing his accounts; and that through fear of a discovery he was obliged to continue in the same practice.” Find that the total frauds from 1724–1742 are very large, there being bonds unpaid found in his office to the value of 125,879l. 17s. 11d. Have called on the Comptroller General to know from what vouchers he passed the late collector's accounts from week to week, and likewise passed them before the auditors to Xmas, 1737. He reports that the Collector of the Coal Duties in London is charged in his books from weekly certificates signed by the collector and comptroller, which are the only accounts that come to his hand from the Coal Office, containing the money received on entries, the money received on bonds, the interest received on bonds, and the bonds charged. From these certificates he charges the collector with the money and interest received in his cash account and in his bond account with the bonds charged; and when in the said certificate the collector acknowledges to have received money on bonds then the said collector has credit given him in his bond account and in his cash account is debited with the amount of that credit. In this manner the account of the Collector of the Coal Duty is made up in the Comptroller General's Office, and thence transmitted to the auditor with the certificates as vouchers. As to the traders concerned in these frauds there are upwards of 500 persons concerned, most of them masters of ships now employed in the coal trade. Have therefore thought fit to use caution before putting their bonds in suit by previously inquiring into their circumstances so as to give the less substantial of them an opportunity of applying to the Treasury for a reasonable time for payment. Have further ordered a charge to be made upon the late collector from the time he entered upon his office from the coal meter's certificate, which is the only way of ascertaining the duties. The method of charging the duty upon coals by the collector is from the said coal meter's certificates, “which being delivered by them to the Collector and Comptroller of those duties only, it has been, and may still be, in their power to conceal and omit what bonds they will in their weekly certificates delivered to the Comptroller General, who has no account from the entries to charge them, or any other vouchers for passing their accounts with the Auditors.” This was the method fixed by the Customs Commissioners, and approved by the Treasury at the commencement of the coal duties. Conceive some further check necessary, and are engaged in devising one for report to the Treasury.|
Endorsed: 1742, Oct. 7. “The Commrs Customes to inform my Lords whether a state of the case relating to the rescue of Gibson has been laid before the Attor. and Solr. Gen.” “What step to be taken relating to the process to seize the estates of Deacon upon the certificate of the Comptroller.”
21 Oct. “read; the Commrs. Customes present. My Lords direct them to attend the Attor. and Sol. Genl., &c., ut infra p. 86.
Appending:—(a) An account of the number of bonds entered into for the duties of coals, culm, and cinders between 1723 and 1742, the number of crimps and other persons bound and the amounts payable thereon, as computed from the coal meter's certificates of the quantity of coals, culm, and cinders delivered.
(b) A copy of the report by Rd. Swainston, Solicitor of the Customs, 1742, Sept. 28, containing in accordance with the Treasury minute of August 17 last a general return of the several matters referred to and transacted by him since Deacon's death, and in particular concerning his proceedings against John Gibson, agent or crimp for many of the masters of ships in the coal trade, and other crimps concerned in the bonds found in Deacon's office; further as to his proceedings with Mr. Woodward, late clerk to the Collector of Coal Duties, and Mr. Savage, the late Comptroller; further as to the violent rescue of said Gibson. 8¼ pages.
(b) (1) Copy of an affidavit in a case brought in the Common Pleas by Bartholomew Prust, plaintiff, against John Gibson, defendant. 1 page. (b) (2) Praecipe in said case. 1 small page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIX. No. 2.]
|Oct. 6.||184. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, for the allowance in the accounts of the Vice-Treasurer of Ireland of various sums, detailed, including 26,368l. 15s. 8½d. and 900l. interest thereon, for 25,000l. advanced before the act passed and already expended, pursuant to an address of the House of Commons in Ireland, anno 1739, for providing 20,000 firelocks and bayonets for the militia of Ireland; also for the expenditure of a further remaining sum of 8,893l. 14s. 3½d., to pay for arms which are now providing and daily delivered into the stores of war, Ireland.|
[Irish Book IX. pp. 279–80.]
|Oct. 6.||185. J. Scrope to the Board of Works. “The back stairs leading up to the top of the Treasury, and the stairs leading to the vaults under the Office lying quite open to all persons, so that many and, it is to be feared, great indecencies and irregularities are committed there,” my Lords direct same to be viewed and such proper doors to be made as may prevent such practices for the future.|
[Letter Book XX. p. 64.]
|186. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon.|
A second report read from the Customs Commissioners concerning coal bonds in Mr. Deacon's office, and the copy of a report from the Solicitor of the Customs thereupon.
Mr. Pelham informs my Lords of some difficulties in relation to the manner of making payments to Mr. Hume on the contract for the supply of bread to the forces in Flanders. Will draw up a state of this affair.
Alderman Baker's letter to Mr. Scrope read concerning the deduction of 6d. per £ at the Exchequer on the money granted for the sufferers by the fire in Carolina. The Auditor of the Receipt to remit said deduction.
The Navy Treasurer's memorial of the 5th instant read for remission of land tax, 1741, on Navy and Victualling officers and clerks. Lay before my Lords a state of what has been done relating to the like remission in former years.
A representation read concerning the Transfer Office for the 1741 lottery, as also the draft of a warrant for appointing a person to finish and make up the business of that lottery. Enquiry to be made to what time the house where the office is kept is taken, and Mr. Reynolds to be the person for finishing the business.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:—
|To the Speaker of the House of Commons||500||0||0|
|To Mr. Collins||100||0||0|
|To the Great Officers as by list||6,407||2||1|
|To the late Queen's servants||4,245||16||0½|
|For Richmond Lodge||791||18||0|
|To the Privy Purse||3,000||0||0|
|To Secret Service||7,000||0||0|
|To Mr. Stone for Thompson's bills||1,244||14||0|
|[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 130–1.]|
|Oct. 7.||187. John Burton to John Scrope, dated Cofferer's Office, transmitting as from the Cofferer of the Household an account of the several sums paid by him to the respective officers and servants of His Majesty who are directed to attend His Majesty to Flanders (total 6,004l. 17s. 8¼d.). 1 page.|
Appending:—(a) An account of the several sums paid as above to officers, &c., under the Lord Steward, viz. for half year to 1741–2, March 31 (total 2,478l. 15s. 10¼d.).
Together with:—Same of same paid as above to the officers, &c., under the Master of the Horse (total 3,329l. 10s. 10d.). 2½pages.
(b) An account of moneys issued to said Cofferer for persons going abroad, viz., for half-year to 1742, Lady Day (total issues for the members of the Household, 2,582l. 19s. 10d.; for ditto of the Stables, 3,403l. 6s. 8d.) 1 page.
(c–h) Six loose papers apparently referring to the same matter, viz. (c) a list of the officers on the establishment of the Stables appointed to attend His Majesty as above. 1 page.
(d) A note of further items of wages, &c., due to the Master of the Horse, apparently as additional to the list in (c). 1 page.
(e) A Note of a further item of addition to the list as in (c). ½ page.
(f) The like of further items of demand sent down from the Board of Greencloth to the Cofferer's Office. ½ page.
(g) The like of salaries due to Thomas Hales, clerk, Comptroller of the Greencloth, and his clerk. ½ page
(h) The like of same to Mrs. Susan White, necessary woman to His Majesty's own apartment, being ordered for Flanders. ½ page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIX. No. 4.]
|188. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon.|
A petition read from Thomas Brereton, et al., sureties of William Tonge, late distributor of stamps, co. Lancaster, for stay of process. Referred to the Stamp Commissioners.
A memorial from the Duke of St. Albans read for repairs at Cranborne Lodge. Referred to the Surveyor of Woods.
A report from the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, read on Mr. Swinny's proposal for preventing illicit wool and spirit trade there; wherein they agree to the establishment of the sloops proposed. A copy of part of this report to be sent to the Admiralty.
A petition read from John Bird, late Receiver General for co. Warwick, referring to a former petition for allowance of conduct money.
A representation and petition read from the Verderers and Justices in Dean Forest for the repair of the lodges and roads there, to an estimate of 866l. Referred to the Surveyor of Woods.
A petition read from John Ord for a lease of 2 mills near Newminster Abbey, Northumberland. Referred to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands.
A memorial from Mr. Pelham, of the 30th ult., transmitting Burrell and Bristow's proposal for bills for subsistence at Minorca and Gibraltar, viz., 26,000 dollars for each, read and agreed to.
The report of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands on the petition of Thomas Bassenit, coachmaker, for a lease of certain tenements in Piccadilly, read and agreed to.
Land tax, 1741, to be remitted to the Navy and Victualling Commissioners and their clerks, “it appearing from a minute and other papers now read that it hath been done for many years.”
Mr. Corbet's letter to Mr. Scrope read for the like remission of land tax in his office.
My Lords to be reminded on Thursday next of issuing to the Treasurer of the Chambers half a year to August 12 for the Russian minister's lodgings.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 132–3; Reference Book X. p. 224.]
|Oct. 12.||189. Treasury warrant appointing James Reynolds to execute all business remaining to be done in the Transfer Office of the 1710 lottery.|
Prefixing:—Representation to the Treasury from George Payne, in the absence of Owen Brereton, Paymaster of the said lottery. The late Mr. Strickland, Commissioner of the Transfer Office of the said lottery, is dead, and no other person appointed, and the clerk who did the business of the said office is also dead, and no person left to do that duty. Has been applied to by the proprietors of the annuities in said lottery to acquaint the Treasury herewith in order to the appointment of some person. As the term of said office expires at Michaelmas next refers it to their Lordships as to the taking a smaller house in which to deposit the books of the said lottery, also as to whether said Transfer Office must still be in London, as by the Act was first ordered.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 95–6.]
|190. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 11,000l. for services as in his memorial of this day.
A petition read from James Henshaw, et at., agents for the captors of the “Nostra Señora de la Assumption and Sta. Petrie,” a Spanish ship taken by Lord Banff in the “Hastings” man-of-war, for remission of duties in certain prize goods, detailed, on board. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The report from the Surveyor General of Crown Lands on Cuthbert Dowgall's petition for a lease of a house near the Mews, Charing Cross, agreed to.
A letter read from Henry Finch relating to the revenues of the island of Minorca.
A petition read from Charles Wells, et al. for proclamation reward for an arrest. Referred to the Solicitor of the Treasury.
A memorial read from the Duchess Dowager of Marlborough, for repairs at the keepers' lodges in Windsor Little Park, having been referred in 1741 to the then Surveyor of Woods. The present Surveyor to complete the work unfinished and report further.
A memorial from the Westminster Bridge Commissioners read against the deduction of 6d. per £ at the Exchequer on the 10,000l. issued to them.
Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands 12l. 2s. 6d., the fees on 100l. royal bounty paid to David Perronet.
Order for the following out of the Civil List funds:—
|To the officers of the House of Lords and Commons||1,995||8||6|
|To Mr. Harding for the Journalls||2,500||0||0|
|To the Earl of Kilmarnock||150||0||0|
|To the keepers of the Council Chamber||40||0||0|
|To Mr. Man and Mr. Parker||764||10||0|
|For the Russian Minister's lodgings||227||14||6|
|To Mr. Basket||500||0||0|
|[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 134–5; Reference Book X. p. 224.]|
|191. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance of 62,728l. 9s. 1d.: viz., for services anno 1741 not provided for by Parliament 2,728l. 9s. 1d.; for sea services 30,000l.; for land services, 30,000l.
The Customs Commissioners' report on Capt. Copithorn's petition read and agreed to. Same from same read on Mann Horner's petition concerning black cloth; prayer granted. Same from same read on John Portman's petition concerning services in apprehending smugglers at Clerkenwell; agreed to. Same from same read on the petition of Hugh Light a prisoner for smuggling; agreed to. Same from same read on Richard Harriman's petition to be admitted to compound for smuggling; agreed to.
The Attorney General's report on the Duke of St. Alban's memorial concerning trespassers in Windsor Forest read. Mr. Sharpe to prosecute said trespassers.
Mr. Corbett's letter read concerning remission of taxes, 1741, on the salaries of Admiralty clerks, and desiring to be reimbursed those on his own salary. My Lords do not find any allowance has been made to the Secretary of the Admiralty many years past.
The respite on Mr. Bull, Receiver General of land tax for part of North Wales, to be taken off when the bills for 5,000l. mentioned in his letter shall be paid into the Exchequer, and bills for the remainder remitted to Mr. Child as he promises.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 136–7.]
|Oct. 20.||192. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to deliver to Mr. Mann Horner a piece of cloth as below, on his depositing the duty till exportation.|
Prefixing:—Report to the Treasury from said Commissioners on said Horner's memorial. Said petition sets forth that memorialist having resided some time at Lisbon, observed that the Dutch had a peculiar method in packing and stamping their black cloths for the Portugal markets, which made them preferable to the English black cloth. He therefore sent to Lisbon for an entire piece of Dutch black cloth for an experiment to be made, whether it could not be imitated by the English manufacturers, and afterwards to be returned to Lisbon again. Said cloth has been arrested at the Custom House. Propose to indulge petitioner in this particular instance on deposit of the duty.
[Customs Book XV. pp. 268–9.]
|193. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
The Customs Commissioners attend concerning the bonds in Mr. Deacon's office for coal duties. Their report of the 4th instant read and the report to them from their Solicitors. Asked: What check has been on the Receiver of the Coal duties. Answer None since 1713 but the Comptroller. Asked: Whether there is not a particular officer in the Port of London to inspect inter al. the coal duties. Answer: No. Asked: What steps have been taken. Answer: A case has been stated for the Attorney and Solicitor General waiting their return to town. Asked: As to recovering from Deacon's estate. Answer: No charge can as yet be made on him as the Comptroller has certified that he is not indebted. Asked: Would not a bill to oblige Woodward (Deacon's clerk) to discover be proper? Answer: Apprehend he will demur to such a bill. Asked, as to Williford (Deacon's partner). Answer: A bill will be filed against him the 1st day of the next term. My Lords think that every step that can be should be taken in this case, and that it may not be improper to try a bill against Woodward. The Commissioners withdraw. Directions ordered to be given them to lay the whole fully before the Attorney and Solicitor General.
A memorial read from Lieut. Gen. John Campbell, Governor and Constable of Edinburgh Castle, for a warrant for the stated allowance of grain to said Constable from the death of his predecessor to his own commission. Referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland.
Order for the issue of 164,380l. 2s. 0d. to the Paymaster of the Forces for services as in his memorial of this day.
Same for same of 2 months' subsistence to 1742, Dec. 25, to the Paymaster of the Marines, as by his same of the 19th instant.
Same for a sign manual for 1,000l. as royal bounty to the poor of London.
Same for the issue out of the Civil List funds of 500l. to Mr. Serce[s] for foreign Protestants; 2,000l. to the Cofferer of the Household for purveyors; and 901l. 13s. 0d. to several sheriffs.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 138–9.]
|Oct. 25.||194. Royal sign manual to the Clerk of the Signet attending, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, for a bill to pass the Privy Seal for the payment of the 12,000l. per an. (granted by a Privy Seal of 1738, March 24, to be paid to John Selwyn for the Duke of Cumberland during his minority) to be paid direct to said Duke, he having attained the age of 21 years.|
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. p. 101.]
|195. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of 164,039l. 7s. 8d. on the heads as in his memorial of the 25th instant.
A letter from Mr. Corbett to the Secretary of the Treasury read enclosing copy of a clause in the instructions to the commanders of His Majesty's ships employed in cruizing, relating to the exportation of wool from Ireland to France.
The clerks of the Admiralty to be repaid taxes, anno 1741, including Mr. Corbet as clerk for that year.
Mr. Gooch's letter read enclosing two accounts of revenues in Virginia, one by quit rents, the other by 2s. a hogshead on tobacco.
A memorial from the Office of Ordnance read for allowance, out of Old Stores, of taxes, anno 1741, on the Master General and principal and inferior officers of said office.
A petition read from Thomas Cooper et al sureties of Nicholas and William Dee, late Receivers for Sussex. Referred to the Agents for Taxes.
A memorial from Messrs. Burrell and Bristow read for 1,398l. 8s. 1d. for beef for the garrison of Minorca. Referred to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts.
A letter from Henry Wilkinson, of Gateshead, complaining of Mr. Mountney Mountiny, a salt officer, South Shields, referred to the Salt Commissioners.
A letter read from Pinkney Wilkinson and Hen. Muilman, concerning their supplying the troops abroad with money.
Report from Mr. Sharpe on the petition of John Lock and his wife agreed to. Same from same read on same of Charles Wells et al. for proclamation rewards. Same from same read on same of Sarah Gardner et al. for same. State the several rewards due as by Mr. Sharpe's report of August 12 last with respect to priority.
A memorial read from James Wright, one of the messengers of the Exchequer attending the Treasury, for allowance for several journeys made by him in 1741. “My Lords order an account of what has been the antient custom in the Treasury relating to paying the messengers for journeys, &c., to be laid before them.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 140–1; Letter Book XX p. 66; Reference Book X. p. 225.]
|196. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Whitehall, Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
“Read a letter from the Judges relating to the payment of their salaries. Write to Lord Chief Justice Lee to let him know that both the said letter and a former letter and copy of the letters patent for payment of their salaries had been duly read to my Lords. That it was with great concern my Lords “found upon coming to this board so large an arrear due to their Lordships (the Judges) and the rest of the King's servants. But that in all payments ever since, which my Lords have directed,” they have constantly given the Judges preference over all the King's servants payable in that quarter.
A memorial from Lord Gage concerning the enlargement of Coleford Chapel, read with the minute of August 22, last, and the entry of a memorial from the Earl of Berkeley et al. Viscount Gage comes in and is informed that Mr. Sharpe is to report what proceedings have been had. Further informed as to my Lords' indulgence, but also as to their necessary attitude in case any invasion of crown rights be shown.
Mr. Chitty called in, and his reply to the Customs Commissioners' report is read concerning the suit with him over duties on raisins. My Lords adhere to their former opinion.
A memorial of the Board of Works read for John Harris to pay his balances as late Paymaster to the present Paymaster. Warrant ordered.
Order for the issue of 8,600l. to the Navy Treasurer for services as in his memorial of the 27th instant.
The Customs Commissioners' report on the petition of Thomas Ives et al., prisoners in the Fleet, read. To send the names of such prisoners as they think proper objects of favour.
Order for the issue of 3,000l. to the Privy Purse.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 142–3; Letter Book XX. p. 67.]