|Dec. 1.||219. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, for orders to the Receivers General, &c., Ireland, to pay 69l. 4s. 6d. to make good to the regiments below the difference between Irish and British pay from the respective days on which the said regiments left Ireland for England, to 1742, April 25, when they were placed on the British establishment; same being on account of the royal determination to make up the Irish pay of said regiments to British pay from said embarkation to said April 25.|
Appending:—A state of the difference between the 2 pays for the few odd days in each case for the regiments separately of Cols. Johnston, Ponsonby, Bragg, Blighe (total 69l. 4s. 6d.).
[Irish Book IX. pp. 284–5.]
|220. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
Richard Wooley's petition read concerning land adjoining Worcester Castle. Referred to the Surveyor General.
The Customs Commissioners' letter read about the misbehaviour of John Hide, boatman at Hastings. Hide to be dismissed.
A petition of Samuel Ball referred to said Commissioners.
A memorial from the Bank of England read for 39,115l. 1s. 2d. interest on 1,600,000l. advanced by them into the Exchequer.
Write to the Bank for an account of the rebate to the contributors of the 800,000l. raised in 1742 on the credit of the Sinking Fund; and of their cashier's claim for services in receiving the said contributions, so that directions may be given for paying into the Exchequer any balance remaining in the Bank's hands.
A petition from Peter Goizin read concerning parts of New Park sown with barley, &c., by him, and praying permission to hold same till disposed of. Granted, he paying the same rent he paid Mrs. Kingdon.
A same read from James Lemore, prisoner in Newgate, for running goods. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Order for the issue of 20,000l. to the Treasurer of the Ordnance.
Same for same of the following out of the Civil List funds:—
|To Mr. Scrope for Secret Service||5,000||0||0|
|To several Sheriffs||777||3||8|
|To Mons. de Sailly||200||0||0|
|To Mr. Wace for a bill of exchange||1,058||6||0|
|Send to Mr. Farrington, auditor of Wales, two memorials from James Johnston, Sheriff of Carmarthen, and Henry Thomas, same of Montgomery, for rewards for arrests paid after passing their accounts.|
John Sharpe's report on Charles Bowler's petition for discharge from recognizances agreed to.
The officers of the Ordnance to attend Tuesday next.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 158–9; Letter Book XX. p. 74; Reference Book X. p. 228; Crown Lease Book VI. pp. 245, 248.]
|221. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
John Sheen to be one of the 4 messengers of the Exchequer, loco Geo. Oswald, deceased; Robert Anderson, keeper of the warehouse for pepper, loco said Oswald.
Alexander Hume's letter read about his brother's contract for bread and waggons in Flanders. Mr. Hume to deliver in a proper memorial with proposals for a new contract for same to my Lords, who will then consider it.
“Genl. Wade and other principal officers of the Ordnance called in and the estimate delivered by them for the Ordnance, land service, 1743 is read, amounting for the ordinary service 1743 and for the exceedings, 1742, to 284,641l. 2s. 2½d. My Lords desire them to reconsider their estimate and see where any reduction can be made in it.”
An account from the Bank of England read of the 800,000l. contributed last year for annuities transferable there, by which it appears there is a balance remaining in the Bank's hands of 1,822l. 12s. 9d. The Bank to pay said balance into the Exchequer.
Order for a warrant for paying the Bank the 39,115l. 1s. 2d. interest due on their several payments of the 1,600,000l. advanced by them towards the supply, 1742.
Messrs. Burrell and Bristow's letter read concerning the price of the beef for the Minorca garrison, in which they can make no abatement. Being called in, my Lords order them to go on as usual till further notice.
A petition of Mary Scott et al, concerning Lewis Hurlstone's effects, referred to Mr. Sharpe.
A petition read from Mr. Paxton, late Solicitor of the Treasury, that process against him for his accounts may be discharged, he having now laid his accounts before the Auditor of Imprests. Mr. Sharpe informing my Lords that said accounts to 1740 are before the auditors, is to let the Attorney General know my Lords do not object to his agreeing to discharge the process.
Sir Henry Lyddell and Col. Townshend attend on account of the coal bonds of the masters and owners of coal ships. My Lords acquaint them the affair is under consideration and prosecution is stayed.
The Surveyor of the Woods' report for repairs at Cranbourne Lodge to an estimate of 198l. 16s. 7d. agreed to.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 160–1; Latter Book XX. pp. 74, 75.]
|222. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland has intimated to the Earl of Wilmington the desire of the Lords Justices that the money ordered by the King's letter of Sept. 29 last for buying horses and arms to augment the Dragoons may be net money as on the like occasions of the King's letters of 1740, April 2 and 1740–1, March 24. The said words net money accordingly interlined [in the letter] in the presence of their Lordships.
Mr. Corbett's letter read concerning a convoy for provisions sending by Mr. Revell to Georgia. To be sent to Revell.
William Sloper's petition for extension of lease of a house in Green-cloth-yard, referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
The Customs Commissioners' report on John Lockwood's petition for release from Surrey Gaol, read and agreed to.
Order for a warrant for 285l. 2s. 0d. to the Chancellor of the Garter, for half-year to 1742, Lady Day, for the Poor Knights of Windsor.
General Wade called in and told by my Lords that they agree to the estimate of the Ordnance now delivered in, with the reduction of 5,662l. 0s. 1½d., in the article of 15,662l. 0s. 1½d., for ordnance and stores for Minorca, and of 34,293l. 1s. 6d. in that for ordnance sent to the Austrian Netherlands.
George Lewis Scheld's petition read; to be put on the compassionate list.
Mr. Stone's letter read for payment of 2 bills of exchange drawn on him from Paris by Mr. Thompson for 200l. and 345l. Warrant ordered.
Richard Copithorne's petition read. Let what he mentions therein be looked into.
The petition of Stephen Scott, surveyor of the Act of Navigation, rejected.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|To Mr. Lowther for a bill of exchange||1,500||0||0|
|To the Great Wardrobe||2,737||18||0¾|
|To the Master of the Great Wardrobe||500||0||0|
|To the Board of Trade||2,612||9||2½|
|To the Lord Almoner||629||15||0|
|To Earl Waldegrave's executors||892||17||1|
|To Mr. Serjt. Urling||200||0||0|
|Thomas Roper's petition read concerning the damage by storm to the pier at Portland. Auditor Lowndes to enquire and report.|
My Lords agree to a presentment of the Customs Commissioners for discontinuing the present practice of rolling the tide surveyors of Newcastle and Shields. Warrant ordered for fixing their residence. A memorial from same read and agreed to to lay aside one of the two sloops on the Swansea establishment. Presentment from same agreed to for placing Daniel (Danby) Hunter tidesurveyor and warehousekeeper at Workington, Whitehaven port (paid by incidents) on the establishment there. Same from same agreed to for an exchange of places between John Worden (Wooden) an established waterman, and John Ross, a preferable waterman, both of London.
The petition from John Greenhill and Agnes, his wife, for a lease of several houses near St. James's Market referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 162–3; Letter Book XX. p. 75; Customs Book XV. p. 276.]
|Dec. 14.||223. John Jeffreys to the Customs Commissioners. To let the Treasury know whether any laws relating to the revenue under said Commissioners' management are expired or expiring, and fit to be revived and continued.|
The like respectively and severally to the Commissioners for Excise, Salt and Stamps.
[Letter Book XX. p. 75.]
|Dec. 14.||224. Report to the Treasury from the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, dated Customs House, Dublin, on the Treasury letter of the 18 November preceding, relating to a proposal for preventing the running of wool out of Ireland. Are of opinion that if 2 sloops of 110 tons and 35 men each were placed on the Western coast, the commanders acting under commission from the Revenue, Ireland, and as tide surveyors at all the ports, together with letters of marque from the Admiralty to visit all ships on the high seas, in all respects like Captain Mercer, of the “Bessborough” galley, it will stop the clandestine export of wool and import of brandy. These would not be a tenth the expense of the ships of war formerly stationed in Ireland.|
Minuted as under date 1742, Dec. 23. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIX. No. 23.]
|225. The Commissioners of Excise, London, to the Treasury, forwarding (a) and (b) infra. 1 page.|
Appending:—(a) An accompt of the produce of the duty of 20s. per gallon on spiritous liquors 9 Geo. II., from 1736, Sept. 29 to 1742, June 24 (total duty, 532l. 6s. 3d.), and of the produce of the licences granted for the retailing thereof. (Total produce of licences, 1,000l.) Certified by Valens Comyn, Accomptant, Excise Office. 1 page.
(b) Same of the number of prosecutions carried on against offenders in retailing spiritous liquors contrary to 9 Geo. II., and of the fines recovered on such prosecutions. (Total persons convicted, 1,642; total fines recovered, 8,825l. 6s. 4d.) Certified as above. 1 page.
[Ibid. No. 24.]
|226. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
Letter read of the death of Christopher Baker, surveyor of house duties, co. Dorset. John Bennet to succeed.
Same from the collector of Liverpool read, that there is 12,000l. in the Custom House chest there, for which he cannot get bills, and proposing to send it up under a guard. Mr. Monson to be spoken to to know if there are no soldiers quartered in those parts who may use this money and give bills for it here.
A memorial from Mr. Jennison, Master of the Buckhounds, read for repairs at Swinley Lodge, and New Lodge in Windsor Forest for accommodation of His Majesty's hounds and hunters.
The Receiver of South Wales, on Mr. Farringdon's report, is to pay the sheriffs of Carmarthen and Montgomery their disbursed rewards.
William Culliford's petition to be restored to his place as landwaiter, London port, rejected.
Peter Valavine's memorial proposing a method to hinder the diminution of the coin, referred to the principal officers of the Mint.
The Attorney General's report relating to Drew's estate read and warrant ordered for grant of same, excepting the advowson, &c., of Acton.
A petition of John Haddy, Receiver General for part of Devon, for delivery of his bonds, referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
A letter from James Bull, the Receiver General for Brecon, Radnor and Montgomery, concerning his arrears read. A fixed day to be given him by the Taxes Commissioners to pay in, or another receiver will be appointed.
A petition read from Andrew Mouncher, tidesman at Cowes, concerning a fine raised on a person convicted by him. Referred to the Navy Commissioners.
A memorial read from James Abercrombie, Attorney General and Advocate General of South Carolina for an addition to his present salary of 80l. a year. To lie by.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 164–5; Letter Book XX. pp. 76, 77; Reference Book X. p. 228.]
|227. Present. Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon.|
A memorial read from the Governor and Company of Copper Miners in England, for a cutter and 2 dabbs from the Mint, in order to the execution of their contract for 100 tons of copper for Ireland, they having been obliged to erect new works in order to the delivery of a ton a week into the Mint. Referred to the Mint officers.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|To Mr. Hooper, exclusive of French Protestants||7,927||15||1|
|To the Chancellor of the Garter||285||2||6|
|To Mr. Holbetch for watering Whitehall||75||0||0|
|Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands 10l. to Isabella Keating as royal bounty to enable her to return to Ireland.|
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 166; Reference Book X. p. 228.]
|Dec. 20.||228. Lord Lovel and Sir John Eyles, Postmasters General, to the Treasury representing a fraud discovered in the Post Office carried on by Mr. Joseph Bell, the Comptroller of the Inland Office, and Mr. Joseph Archer, alphabet keeper and windowman in the same office, said fraud being explained as follows:—“Upon the opening of the mails the Clerks of the Road and their assistants, with the sorters in the office, take the several bags therein contained and examine the number of letters and the taxes thereon, with the charge sent by each deputy out of the country, and if upon such examination any of the letters are found to be undertaxed (which very frequently happens) they are re-taxed by the officers in our office, and such re-taxed letters are afterwards marked with the stamp of the crown, which denotes their having been so re-taxed, and then are sorted and delivered according to their several directions. Mr. Joseph Bell, the Comptroller, always stampt such re-taxed or advanced letters with the crown stamp. The business of Mr. Joseph Archer, the alphabet keeper, was to deliver letters at the window of the Inland Office to merchants or others who called for their letters there. The practice between them was in the following manner: When Mr. Bell crowned the advanced letters he always placed some of the letters on his right hand and others on his left hand. Those on his left hand were regularly despatched, sorted, and delivered, but those on his right hand he always took with him into his own room at the upper end of the Inland office, and afterwards took an opportunity (when he thought he was not observed by any of the clerks in the office) to deliver them in a secret manner to the said Archer, which letters … could not be brought as a charge upon the said Archer as letters delivered at the window.” From Lady day last it appears that from the books, which only go back to that date, that 151l. 13s. 10d. has been thus embezzled. Have compelled Bell to repay this amount, and discharged both him and Archer. Pray further directions herein.|
Minuted as under date 1742, Dec. 23, infra p. 103. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIX. No. 26.]
|Dec. 22.||229. Further report to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners, dated Custom House, London, concerning their proceedings in recovering the debts to the Crown, arising from the frauds in the coal duties under Mr. Deacon, collector thereof. The whole process from the first importation of coals to the payment of the duties, or giving security for payment thereof is as follows:—The master delivers his cockett (which he received from the Collector at the lading port, expressing the quantity of coals on board his ship) to the Collector of Coal Duties, London, within 4 days after his arrival at Gravesend. He then enters his ship with the said Collector, likewise with the coast collector with whom the cockett is lodged. The crimp and master then give bond or make a deposit with the Collector and Comptroller of the Coal Duties for about double the amount of the duties on the quantity of coals expressed in the cockett. The Collector and Comptroller then grant a warrant to the master, directed to the coal meters, empowering them to admeasure and deliver the ships lading. When the meters have finished their delivery they certify on the back of the warrant the quantity of coals delivered. The crimp then returns the warrant with the certificate endorsed thereon by the coal meters to the Collector and Comptroller, and by this certificate the exact amount of the duty or principal sum due upon the bond is ascertained, which certificate, or a duplicate thereof, ought to be annexed to each respective bond, in order to prove what was due thereon, in case the same had been put in suit for want of payment.|
The work of discovering the coal meters certificates, and of checking the late Collector's accounts by them since his appointment, may take years to perfect. As to a further check to be adopted in future the Comptroller General of Customs has reported as follows, that a Quarter Book be kept (to contain an account of all coals imported, the duties paid or secured thereon, and of every transaction relating thereto; and to be adjusted and settled every quarter) as is done on the several collectors of the out ports, and that the like check of an examiner should be put on the Collector of the Coal Duties as is now placed on the Collector Inwards of London port. Are, however, of opinion that a still more effectual check would be for a duplicate of the coal meters certificate to be returned to the Comptroller General, as well as to the Collector and Comptroller of the Coal Duties. The Comptroller General will thus be able to see the charge made on every coal master and crimp. Detail the proceedings had with regard to the method of recovering from the late Collector Deacon's son and John Woodward.
Minuted:—ut infra, p. 105, under date 30 Dec. 5 pages.
Enclosing:—(a) Report to Customs Commissioners, London, from Richard Swainston, Solicitor to the Customs, dated 1742, Dec. 10, describing the several proceedings had by him in regard to the coal affair since his last report thereon, against the several persons, detailed, concerned therein in the rescue of Gibson.
Minuted:—ut infra, p. 106, under date 1742, Dec. 30. 5½pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIX. No. 28.]
|230. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon.|
A representation from the Postmaster General read concerning frauds by Bell and Archer, as above. Referred to the Attorney General to advise my Lords of the most advisable method to proceed.
Same from same read for the establishment of a new packet boat in place of Capt. Bolderston's boat, lately cast away, and for the making it a whole boat; the last being only a half boat. Said Captain's boat to be put on the same footing as the other packet boats.
A memorial from the Duke of Richmond read for a new lease on surrender of two small pieces of ground in the Privy Garden, and of a small piece on the N.E. side thereof, sometimes used as a passage to the water stairs, and an irregular bay in the river Thames, on the east side thereof. Referred to the Surveyor General of lands.
Same from the Duke of Montagu read for same of his present lease in Whitehall, with the addition of the [above] small piece of ground on the west side of his house, and an irregular bay in the river Thames, on the east side thereof. Referred as above.
Mr. Sharpe's report read on Bassingburn Proctor's petition concerning payment by Mr. Paxton of the remainder of a reward. Mr. Sharpe to attend on Thursday next.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces of 562,636l. 6s. 2½d. out of funds anno 1743 for services as in his memorial of this day.
The said Paymaster's memorial or report read that he has no objection to the payment for transporting the 7 regiments from Ireland to England. Warrant ordered therefor.
John Lloyd's petition to be a surveyor of window lights, loco John Lyon referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
The report from the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, advocating establishing two sloops on the West coast of Ireland on the same foot as Captain Mercer's to prevent running of wool and smuggling, read and agreed to.
Warrant ordered for 50l. to John Rollos for engraving signets for the Marquis of Tweeddale's office as Secretary of State.
The Navy Commissioners' report on Andrew Mouncher's petition read. To be given Mouncher again to get it certified by the Attorney General.
Capt. Copithorne's petition read producing a precedent for the remission of the 1 per cent. duty [supra Vol. II. pp. 37, 124]. On reading said case my Lords are of opinion it does not come up to his.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|To the Almoner for 6 months to 1742, Xmas||359||10||0|
|For the Privy Purse||3,000||0||0|
|For the French Protestants||4,295||10||0|
|To Mr. Prevereau||581||0||0|
|To Sir John Strange||153||9||7½|
|To Mr. Janssen||294||4||0|
|To Mr. Vansittart||322||8||0|
|To Mr. Ryley||75||0||0|
|[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 167–9; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 258.]|
|231. (a) - (k) Abbreviates or statements of account by Allan Whitefoord, Receiver General in Scotland, of the moneys by him received and issued, all for the periods approximately monthly as follow, viz.:— 1741, Dec. 24 to 1741–2, Jan. 30, Jan. 30 to Feb. 27, Feb. 27 to 1742, March 27, March 27 to May 1, May 1 to June 5, June 5 to July 3, July 3 to July 31, July 31 to August 28, August 28 to Sept. 28, Sept. 28 to Oct. 30, November 27 to Dec. 24. 11 double sheets.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIX. No. 29.]
|Dec. 27.||232. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt for the issue to Richard Morley of 105l. for 1742, Xmas quarter, for himself and three clerks for sorting, methodising, &c., the records and writings in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer.|
Appending:—Morley's certificate of work done during the quarter. “Since Michaelmas last Mr. Farley has been employed in sorting the loose fines in Queen Elizabeth's reign, and putting them in their respective bundles. Mr. Smart and Mr. Strachey have been sorting and disposing in their proper bundles the loose fines of Charles I. and II. Mr. Cole has continued making indexes to the Star Chamber records, and Mr. Morgan has finished the cleaning and putting in order the damaged rolls of the Common Pleas.”
[Money Book XLI. p. 154.]
|233. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon.|
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:—
|To the Cofferer of the Household for purveyors||2,000||0||0|
|To the Board of Works||5,582||8||5¾|
|To the Foreign Ministers||9,693||10||8|
|For pensions at the Exchequer||6,646||12||0¼|
|To the Usher of the Exchequer [Receipt]||3,241||4||7¾|
|Mr. Lowther to pay Andrew Mouncher 10l. out of the King's money in his hands as royal bounty.|
A report read from Mr. Bangham, Deputy Auditor of Imprests, on a memorial of Mr. Race, cashier for transacting the annuities transferable at the Bank, for 11,061l. 6s. 7½d. for charges allowed to the Bank on annuities from 1715, Michaelmas to 1739, Midsummer. Warrant ordered for imprest for said sum.
A state of the Act 9 Anne for establishing the Post Office read, and a question formed thereon. Referred to the Attorney General.
A letter from the Customs Commissioners, Scotland, relating to a mob at Banff made on account of two seizures by the Aberdeen Customs officers, and in which a man was shot. Said Commissioners to give the Treasury from time to time the earliest and most exact accounts of what may arise in this affair.
A memorial of the Earl of Exeter for a new lease of the manor, &c., of Kings Cliffe (co. Northampton), and the Surveyor General's report thereon, read and agreed to.
Same read from Thomas Gibson for same of the manor of Marybone and Marybone Park. Referred to Surveyor General.
The Taxes Commissioners' report on John Haddy's petition concerning his change of surety as Receiver General for part of Devon, agreed to.
Lord Henry Beauclerk's memorial for repairs in New Lodge Walk, Windsor Forest, referred to the Surveyor of Woods.
Edward Gregory's petition for discharge of forfeited recognizances rejected.
A petition from Cha. Apulby, of Falmouth, grocer, concerning Virginia hogshead staves under seizure, directed to be laid by.
A memorial from the Duke of Bolton, Lord Warden of New Forest, Hants, for a grant of New Park in said forest, agreed to, he reimbursing Goizin for his expenses in ploughing and sowing.
A third report from the Customs Commissioners read on Deacon's debt, containing a proposal of the Comptroller General for a check on the collector of coal duties, and a same from said Commissioners for a more effectual check, viz. that a duplicate of the coal meter's certificates should be transmitted to the Comptroller General. My Lords agree to the Commissioners' proposal, which they order to be established accordingly.
Inform the Attorney General that my Lords agree to indemnify the sheriffs in order to their making a return of the rescue of Mr. Gibson.
A petition read from Richard Beal (Beale), constable of Covent Garden parish, concerning the costs against him for an illegal distraint. Referred to Mr. Sharpe.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 170–2; Letter Book XX. p. 78; Reference Book X. p. 228; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 254; Customs Book XV. p. 281.]
|Dec. 30.||234. Privy Seal, dated Palace of Westminster, for the issue to Thomas Villiers (appointed Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Poland, 1737, Oct. 31, with an ordinary of 5l. a day), of an additional ordinary of 3l. a day, and 300l. for equipage, it being judged necessary to employ him at the Courts of several princes in Germany, with full power and authority to negotiate divers affairs of great importance. Same to date from Nov. 26 last.|
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. pp. 131–2.]
|235. A state of the National Debt provided or unprovided for by Parliament as it stood on the 31st Dec., 1741, and on the 31st Dec., 1742, respectively, together with an account of the produce of the Sinking Fund in that year, and to the payment of what debts contracted before 1716, Dec. 25, said fund has been applied: said state being intended for presentation to the House of Lords. 1 page.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCCIX. No. 30.]