|112. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon.|
A letter read from Sir Clement Cotterell Dormer for 300l. to Monsr. Narischkin for three quarters' house rent and 41l. 11s. 9d. for fees thereon. Order for the issue thereof to the Treasurer of the Chambers.
A petition read from Francis Page, a prisoner in the King's Bench prison on estreated recognizances, praying relief. Referred to Mr. Sharpe.
A memorial read from Mr. Adams, Clerk of the Stables, for 3,000l. for plates, &c., the Master of the Horse having paid 2,691l. 8s. 5d. “for contingencies on account of that intended last year and of the present expedition abroad.” My Lords direct an account to be laid before them of the issues to the Master of the Horse since Sept. 29 last.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|To the Cofferer for remittances||2,000||0||0|
|To the Treasurer of the Chamber for Monsr. Nareshkin||341||11||9|
|To Mr. Atkinson||200||0||0|
|To Mr. Prevereau for bills of exchange||1,068||12||10|
|To the Privy Purse||3,000||0||0|
|To the Tally Court officers||217||14||0|
|To Mr. Robinson, 1742, Lady Day quarter||125||0||0|
|A petition read from the executors of Searles Goatly concerning the extent against them for the arrear of rent due from said Goatly for houses and lands held of the Crown at Chatham and Gillingham.|
Process to be threatened against Mr. Chambers and the other executors of the Duchess of Buckingham if they do not immediately pay in the arrear of rent due from her [for the alum works].
The Duke of Grafton's letter read for the issue of 350l. for a royal present to Marquis Fogliani on his return home. Warrant ordered.
Write to the Surveyor General [of Lands] to hasten his report on the Duchess of Buckingham's house and gardens near St. James's Park or the lands thereto belonging or any part thereof.
A petition read from Sir John Robinson for a new lease of the site of St. Dewes Hospital [Kingsthorp], co. Northampton. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
Same read from Edward (Edmund) Moore for a lease of lead mines in Grinton, Whitaside, Harkerside, and Fremington, co. York. Referred ut supra.
Same read from the widow of Commissary Burroughs for his allowance to the date of his death. She must produce her letters of administration.
Same read from Landon Jones for grant of administration for the benefit of the Crown of the estate of William Landon, an intestate minor and natural son of Sylvanus Landon. Referred to Mr. Greenly.
The account read of the arrears of the 1710 lottery, amounting to 5,846l. 15s. 0d. State the Act of Parliament, the appointment of the officers, &c.; my Lords being of opinion that the salaries should cease.
A memorial read from Mr. Robinson, Chief Justice of Gibraltar, for his salary to Lady Day last. My Lords order three months' salary to 1742, Lady Day.
John Young to be boatman at Whitby, loco William Allely, deceased.
A letter read from the Navy Commissioners to Mr. Scrope with a copy of one from Mr. Corbett for 30,000l. to carry on the payment of ships' books in Mr. Clutterbuck's treasurership and 50,000l. for wages.
A memorial from the Board of Works read for rebuilding the South East corner of Denmark House, at an estimate of 1,365l. Ordered.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 265–7; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 330; Customs Book XV. p. 308; Letter Book XX. p. 97; Reference Book X. p. 236.]
|113. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
A letter read from the executors of the Duchess of Buckingham, that they are ready to pay the arrear of rent for the alum works, being allowed the land tax; also an agreement by them of this date to stand by the opinion of the Attorney General concerning allowance or not of said land tax. The Attorney General to attend the Treasury next Wednesday concerning this affair.
The Taxes Commissioners' report read in favour of George Pemberton as Receiver for co. Herts. Agreed to.
The Excise Commissioners' report read on Robert Couts's petition. To be considered when the Customs Commissioners shall report.
A petition of Edward Robinson, Master of the British Coffee House in Old Palace Yard, read concerning the inconveniencies he lies under on account of a passage through his house to the Court of Requests, and praying consideration with regard to advanced rent, losses, and charges, having been allowed 80l. for the time past. See how that 80l. was paid and what proceedings were had at that time.
A letter read from Mr. Broadrib, Receiver for co. Worcester, who was postponed. Prepare his commission.
A memorial read from the Paymaster General [of Forces] of the 7th instant for 50,000l., in further part of 500,000l. granted last session for the House of Austria. Ordered.
A petition read from Daniel Farley, of co. Worcester, concerning duty on salt lost between Worcester and Bristol.
Same from Henry How, of Hawkhurst, Kent, periwig maker, concerning his prosecution for running tea, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A memorial from said Commissioners read concerning great quantities of goods run in Sussex, and the manner in which the smugglers there treat the Excise officers, and desiring three troops of dragoons to assist them. The Earl of Wilmington takes the memorial to lay it before the Lords Justices.
A report from same Commissioners read on Baron Mardefelt's plate, which they say they have ordered to be delivered. The Earl of Wilmington takes this also to lay before said Lords Justices.
The Duke of Newcastle's letter read for 1,000l. for the messengers on their being sent abroad.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|To the Cofferer of the Household||19,805||6||5|
|To Sir Clement Cotterell Dormer for Monsr. Fogliani||383||18||6|
|A report read from the Attorney General on the petition of Deborah Drew, since dead. Warrant ordered for the grant of Charles Drew's estate to the other persons named in said petition.|
A memorial read from the Navy officers at Plymouth dock for repayment of their assessments to the land tax, 1742, amounting to 307l. 4s. 0d. Write the usual letter for paying same out of money arising by sale of old stores.
A petition of Thomas Toller senr., praying leave to resign his office of surveyor of house duties, co. Herts, to his son Thomas Toller junr. agreed to.
Same from William Shepherd offering a composition for running tea, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
George Powlet to succeed Thomas Brian as searcher, Plymouth port; Edward Franklin to be a noontender, London port, loco William Massey, deceased.
Lieut. Gen. Neville to be exempted from the tax of 4s. per £ in Ireland.
A petition read from Samuel Saville (Savile), for a reversionary lease of houses in the Haymarket and Market Lane. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
Warrants ordered on reports of Auditor Farrington for the Receiver of South Wales to pay 10l. to Rowland Dawkin, and 50l. to Anthony Morgan, sheriffs.
A petition read from Lewis Merrick, late undersheriff of Merioneth, for repayment of his expenses, &c., in procuring a person out of England to hang the convict David Williams in Wales. Nothing done.
A petition read from Henry Woodford and John Gilbert, sureties for Newland Reynolds, late Collector of Cowes, praying to be remitted costs, they having consented to pay Reynolds' debt to the Crown. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Mr. Sharpe's report read on the petition of John Eyles, Warden of the Fleet, concerning the escape of Vaughan and Creed and other smugglers. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The memorial of the Paymaster of the Forces forwarding the proposal of Messrs. Burrell and Bristow for furnishing subsistence money for the forces in Minorca and Gibraltar, 1743 June 25 to August 24, read and agreed to as follows: 25,000 dollars for Minorca at 55d. per dollar; 26,000 dollars for Gibraltar at 54½d. per dollar.
Write to the Wine Licences Commissioners for an account of what fees, rewards, or sums of money have been taken by them or their officers for granting of every licence for 7 years last past, distinguishing for what the same is taken and how applied, together with an account of the fines within that period, and how applied; and also the gross produce of the revenue by licences within that time.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 268–272; Customs Book XV. pp. 309, 311; Letter Book XX. p. 97; Reference Book X. p. 237; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 330.]
|June 10.||114. Report to the Treasury from T. Walker, Surveyor General of Crown Lands on (a) infra relating to the three water corn mills at Portsmouth, of which the Commissioners of the Victualling Office are soliciting a lease to employ them for grinding corn for the service of the fleet, as a means of preventing frauds and combinations to enhance prices, and as a further means of saving the charge of 2 boulting mills, which the Commissioners work at present by hand labour, and which are not so thoroughly capable of separating the bran from the flour. As this would be for the public service, advises a resumption of the grant from Martin Tyler, the present possessor. Further is informed by the Board of Ordnance that as the glacis of the covert way in front of Guy's bastion and Beeston's demi-bastion at Portsmouth terminates at the mill pond of the abovesaid mills, the water undermines the foundation thereof, to prevent which a revêtement or wall of masonry is to be built at the side of the mill pond to the height of high-water mark. To effect this the mill pond may be emptied, and the sluices secured to prevent the tide coming in. 3 pages.|
Appending:—(a) The Board of Ordnance to the Treasury, dated 1743, May 24, concerning the necessity of emptying the said mill pond for abovesaid work, and Tyler's opposition thereto. 2 pages.
(b) Thomas Bowen (in the absence of the Secretaries to the Treasury) to said Surveyor General, forwarding (a) supra for report. 1 page.
(c) Thomas Corbett to John Scrope, dated Admiralty Office, 1742, April 1, conveying the desires of the Victualling Commissioners as above. 2 pages.
(d) J. Scrope to said Surveyor General forwarding (c) supra. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 20.]
|115. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
Joseph Knocker to be a tidesman, inferior list, London port, loco John Williams, deceased; Bent Carver, riding officer at Felpham, Chichester port, loco John Bennet, deceased.
[Order for the following issues out of Civil List revenues]:—
|To the Treasurer of the Chambers to clear the establishment for 1742, June 24 quarter||6,195||14||11|
|To same for the messengers||1,000||0||0|
|To the Cofferer to answer bills of exchange||1,000||0||0|
|To the Master of the Robes||1,466||5||9|
|To Mr. Lowther for bills of exchange||300||0||0|
|Order for the issue to Mr. Corbet of 23,000l. for the Navy in part of his memorial of the 14th instant for 43,396l. 19s. 2d.|
Same for same to the Paymaster of the Forces of 178,150l. 9s. 7d. for services as in his memorial of the 14th instant.
A memorial read from Henry Tolcher, tidesurveyor at Plymouth, concerning his hard case. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Repayment of taxes, 1742, ordered to Customs patent officers of not more than 60l. per an. salary; on a presentment of the Customs Commissioners for same.
A memorial read from James Murray, Receiver of Customs, Scotland, for 4 months' leave of absence to go to the Isle of Man. Write to the Customs Commissioners, Scotland, that my Lords consent if they have no objection. An application read from Sir Humphr. Howarth and Thomas Morgan for 6 months' leave of absence to Charles Walbeof (Walbeoffe). My Lords consent to 3 months, but this is the last indulgence he is to expect of that kind. Six weeks' leave of absence to Mr. Drummond, an Excise Commissioner, Scotland. Richard Righton, coastwaiter, London port, 3 months' leave of absence.
Order for a warrant for the 12,000l. granted last session for the colony of Georgia.
A petition read from Robert Clayton, Receiver General of Hereford, for an overpayment on land tax, 1741, to be transferred to land tax, 1742. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
Same read from Joanna Clarke for a reversionary lease of 2 houses in Jermyn Street. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
Mr. Greenly's report read on Landon Jones's petition. My Lords agree to his taking out administration on giving security to account to the Crown.
Mr. Hardinge's bill of disbursements the last session of Parliament amounting to 154l. 17s. 0d. to be paid with the rest of the clerks.
A petition read from Joanna, widow of William Burridge, late surety of Samuel Burridge, formerly Receiver General, co. Devon, for certain allowances in account. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
The memorial from the Paymaster of the Marines read for 27,066l. 6s. 8d. for subsistence and contingencies for the Marines. The subsistence ordered; not the contingencies. See how far the said Paymaster's account has been passed.
A petition read from George Lowen, Chief Huntsman, for 128l. for catching and carrying deer from Richmond Park to Windsor Forest. Ordered.
A report read from the Surveyor General of Lands concerning the mills at Portsmouth being put into the hands of the Commissioners of the Victualling Office, advising that same be resumed into His Majesty's hands, and then they may be granted to said Commissioners.
Lord Walpole's certificate read of the repairs of Mr. Yorke's house at the Exchequer as a Teller, amounting to 705l. 3s. 6d. Agreed to.
The Board of Works to hasten their report on the repairs of St. James's Park.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 273–6; Letter Book XX. p. 98; North Britain Book XIII. pp. 442, 443; Customs Bonk XV. pp. 309, 312; Reference Book X. p. 237; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 335.]
|June 15.||116. Treasury warrant to Owen Brereton, Paymaster of the 1710 lottery, and James Reynolds, gent., to whom the care of the Transfer Office of the said lottery is committed, to convey to the house belonging to Thomas Townsend, as Teller of the Exchequer, but rented by His Majesty for public services of the like nature as this, the books of the prizes of the 1710 lottery, the books of accompts, register books, receipt books, books of the accompt of the prizes who the proprietors were and to whom the tickets were delivered, and books of the examination of the drawing of the said lottery: same being necessary to be preserved to the end they may be resorted to as there may be occasion. “But as to the books of the blanks, with the files of the numbers of the drawing of the said lottery, with other papers which are partly destroyed by damps and dust, by lying loose in a garret,” same are to be burned or destroyed.|
Appending:—Said Reynolds's memorial to the Treasury, concerning the above papers and books.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 175–6.]
|June 21.||117. Account certified to the Treasury by the Commissioners for Wine Licenses and their officers, detailed, of the whole receipt of said fund from 1735, Xmas, to 1742, Xmas, under its several heads of fees for licences, fees for stamps, acquittance money being 4d. for each receipt, and fines or compositions. (Total for the 7 years, 72,945l. 7s. 6d., or an annual average receipt of 10,420l. 15s. 4¼d.) 1 page.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 23.]
|118. Three documents lacking the covering document:—|
(a) Copy of the letters patent of lease dated 1738, March 21, to the Duchess of Buckinghamshire, of the manor and lordship of Mowgrave, alias Mulgrave, manor of Seaton and the alum mines and works in said manors. 21 pages.
(b) The Earl of Orrery and W. Kelyngs (executors to said Duchess) to John Scrope, dated Buckingham House, 1743, June 3, concerning the deduction of land tax from the rent due to the Crown from said Duchess. 2 pages.
(c) C. Taylor, Deputy King's Remembrancer, to [? John Scrope] as to the question of process issued out against the said late Duchess for arrears of rent due from her. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 24.]
|119. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
[Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues]:—
|To the Treasurer of the Chamber for bills, 1742, Midsummer quarter||6,146||6||1|
|To Mr. Read for transporting felons||660||0||0|
|To the Gent. and Grooms of the Bedchamber||4,150||0||0|
|To the Board of Trade||2,000||0||0|
|To the secretaries and clerks of said Board||566||2||0|
|To Mr. Lowther for fees||500||0||0|
|A memorial read from the Westminster Bridge Commissioners for the 25,000l. granted last session towards building said bridge. The Commissioners to signify what is immediately wanted.|
Same read from the Royal Africa Company for the 10,000l. granted last session towards the maintenance of forts in Africa. Warrant ordered.
Mr. Corbett's memorial again read for 43,396l. 19s. 2d., of which 23,000l. was issued last week. The case to be stated in relation to the widows' men in the said memorial. Order for the issue to said Corbett of 1,000l. for transport service.
A representation read from the Taxes Commissioners as to the sums since paid in by the several Receivers who were postponed or respited. John Shepherd for Hants, and William Mitford for Sussex to be continued Receivers. The respite taken off from Richard Gildart as same for Lancashire.
A memorial read from George Sawyer for leave to bring over to Scotland, duty free, some accoutrements provided in Ireland for Col. Bland's late regiment now in Scotland. Agreed to.
A representation read from the Customs Commissioners on the petition of William Shepherd under prosecution for running tea. His composition of 103l. agreed to.
Same read from the Surveyor of Woods with the answer of the Verderers and Conservator of Dean Forest to Howell's complaints, with some affidavits to support the Crown rights, and desiring that the Solicitor to the Treasury may have orders to attend the Attorney General therewith. Agreed to.
“Read a report from the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] in relation to the ground where the Dutchess of Buckingham's house stands, in which he acquaints my Lords that some part thereof is freehold, and some part thereof is leasehold; and that he hath employed three able surveyors to settle what part is free and what part is leased. To be laid by.”
Same from same read on Edward Moore's petition for extension of lease of certain mines in Yorkshire. Agreed to.
A letter read from William Burton, land surveyor, Glasgow port, for 3 months' leave of absence. Referred to the Customs Commissioners, Scotland.
A letter read from Mr. Wilkinson to know what reward a friend of his shall have for recovering 800l. due to the Crown. If he makes the discovery he will have a proper reward.
The Taxes Commissioners' report read on Robt. Clayton's petition as Receiver for Herefordshire. Agreed to.
Warrant ordered for the issue of 68l. 17s. 9d. to the deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer for joining tallies between 1741, Sept. 29, and 1743, Sept. 29.
The petition from Thomas Alcock, deputy Customer, Sunderland port, concerning his expenses in the condemnation of the ship “Collyer,” referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Same from Thomas Wade for leave to compound for smuggling, and for discharge from his long imprisonment in the Fleet, referred to same.
William Fenwick to be riding officer at Staithes, Whitby port, loco James Carr, deceased; Henry Sumner, tidesman, inferior list, London port, loco Richard Ewin, deceased; George Stupples, a boatman, Faversham port, loco Lawrence Hall, dismissed; Richard Bean (Beane), same, ibid, loco Samuel Scoler, dismissed; John Hunt, a waterman, London port, loco John Smith, deceased; Thomas Dawes, a tidesman, superior list, London port, loco Arthur Pearson, dismissed; Samuel Browning to succeed Dawes in the inferior list; Henry Bengouch, a tidesman, Liverpool, loco Richard Huddleston, dismissed.
Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands 100l. to John Parker the messenger who brought the news of the success of His Majesty's arms in Germany. “Mr. Scrope, by direction of the Lords of the Treasury, ordered this minute to be made the 23rd instant.”
Same to pay out of same 15l. to Mrs. Lovisa Duperse as royal bounty.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 277–80; Customs Book XV. pp. 309, 313; Letter Book XX. p. 99; Reference Book X. p. 237.]
|120. Unfinished draft of a Treasury minute or letter on the subject of the method used in reckoning the pensions of poor sea officers' widows. 1½ pages.|
Together with:—(a) A state of the sea officers' widows' charity. The royal letters patent instituting the charity under Governors named therein, were dated 1733, August 30. Thereby a stoppage of 3d. per £ was directed from the pay and half-pay of the several officers of the Navy for the relief of Commission and Warrant Officers' widows. By the Act 6 Geo. II. an allowance was given from 1733, June 24, on the books of every ship of war in sea pay of one man per 100 of her complement for relief of said widows. The paper further details the various demands which have been made since 1735 by the Treasurer of the Navy for issues to William Corbet, Paymaster of said charity. 2¼ pages.
(b) A statement of the case of the poor sea officers' widows, addressed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. By an act of 1733, one fictitious man per 100 is allowed on the men-of-war's books for the benefit of sea officers' widows. From 1733 to 1741 this money was paid from the money arising from ships paid off. “In 1740, there being above 50,000 men in sea pay, and the poor widows receiving but a small proportion of money because few ships were paid off that year, it was put into their heads that they were cheated, and that they had a right to the produce of wages and victuals for every fictitious man according to the proportion of 50,000 men employ'd, which amounted to a much larger sum: upon which they were so clamorous about the House of Commons that the Earl of Orford and Sir Charles Wager agreed they should be paid on that foot for the future, and it has been so practised ever since.” The Governors of the charity think this is a juster way. It is a matter wholly indifferent to the Treasury, for either way a sum must be issued from the Treasury to pay the value of the victualling, but while the Lords of the Treasury seem to differ in opinion with the Governors of the charity, no money is issued and the poor widows remain in a miserable condition for want of their small pensions. 2 pages.
(c) A state of the money received and to be received by William Corbett, said Paymaster as above. Endorsed, 1743, June 21. 2 paqes.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 26.]
|121. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
The Customs Commissioners to hinder the unlading of a ship believed to be the “London,” coming from Messina, and of the “Duke of Lorrain,” from Sicily; the plague being now at Messina.
The Attorney General's letter read concerning the allowing of taxes to the executors of the Duchess of Buckingham. Mr. Sharpe to attend him on the part of the Crown.
Benjamin Soundy (Sounday), a tidesman, superior list, London port, loco Henry Bernier, resigned; John Price to succeed Soundy in the inferior list; William Spicely, a boatman, Faversham port, loco George Keene, dismissed; William Walter, a boatman, ibid, loco John Fisher, dismissed.
Send to the Customs Commissioners a letter and other papers received by my Lords from Mr. Lechmere, Surveyor General of the Northern Continent of America, concerning some practices there to the loss of the revenue.
A report from said Commissioners read, dated 1743, May 5, concerning the conduct of the officers in collecting the 4½ per cent. duty and the enumerated duties in Barbados and the Leeward Isles, same being upon Mr. Dinwiddie's report, who was sent out by them in 1738 to make inquiry upon the complaint against Mr. Brounker. Represent the great mismanagement of said officers and loss to the revenue, and that they have dismissed Mr. Dunbar, the Surveyor General. Propose to send Mr. Dinwiddie to settle matters there before any new Surveyor General be appointed. Recommend Mr. Wilson, who informed against Brounker, for some employment in the 4½ per cent. duties.
A petition read from William Dunbar on behalf of his brother, Charles Dunbar, Surveyor General of Customs in the Leeward Isles, against the action of the Customs Commissioners in dismissing his said brother, and praying a copy of the report against his said brother. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 281–2; Customs Book XV. pp. 309, 313; Reference Book X. p. 237.]
|122. An abstract of the receipts and payments of the Customs, subsidies, imposts and other duties in North Britain from 1743, March 25 to June 24, certified by William Murray, pro Receiver General. (Total receipts from all sources 17,629l. 5s. 8½d.) 1 sheet.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 27.]
|123. A tabular view of the income and expenditure of the Civil List for the several years ending 1719, Sept. 29 to 1727, Sept. 29; and June 24, 1728 to June 24, 1743. 6 pages.|
[Ibid. No. 28.]
|124. An account of the income and issues of the Civil List 1742, June 24 to 1743, June 24. 1 double sheet.|
[Ibid. No. 29.]
|125. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.|
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|To the Treasury Lords et at.||29,082||8||1¾|
|To the Board of Works||5,666||0||11½|
|To the foreign ministers||9,931||10||0|
|To the Judges||6,582||10||0|
|To the Secret Service||4,500||0||0|
|To the purveyors for the month of June||2,000||0||0|
|To Mr. Basket||500||0||0|
|Same for the issue to Mr. Corbett of 120,521l. 19s. 4d. for the Navy for services as in his memorial of the 28th instant.|
Same for same to the Treasurer of the Ordnance of 40,000l. (in part of 80,000l. desired in his memorial of the 25th instant), half for sea service, half for land service.
Mr. Stone's letter read, transmitting 2 letters from Consul Allen and Mr. Corbett, with an account of distemper at Messina.
William Dudfield to be a stamper, loco Thomas Thompson, deceased.
“See what warrants were granted for exempting persons from paying the 6d. duty.”
The Customs Commissioners' report read on James Ferne's petition concerning the river Kennet shares. Said shares have been twice put up for auction, and said Commissioners think they should be put up again.
A report from the Board of Works read on Viscount Weymouth's memorial concerning repairs in St. James's Park. A memorial also read from Genl. Churchill stating the works, &c., done there by said Board, and those done by the Surveyor General of Woods. Ordered that said Board do the repairs mentioned in the first part of their report, amounting to 1,218l. 10s. 0d.
A memorial read from Richard Wilson acquainting my Lords that he can make a discovery of an estate which belongs to a person in actual service of the Crown of Spain. Direct him to attend Mr. Sharpe on that affair.
A petition read from Joseph Hinxman, Woodward of New Forest, for certain allowances on his accounts. Granted.
Fryer Walker's petition for lighting lamps referred to the Board of Works.
The report from the Surveyor General of Lands on Thomas Palmer's petition for a reversionary lease of the manor of Walton Leigh, co. Surrey, read and agreed to.
Same from the Customs Commissioners, read, dated the 28th instant, on William Dunbar's petition.
Mr. Dinwiddie called in and produced his scheme relating to the collecting the 4½per cent. revenue.
Said Dinwiddie's memorial read as to his services in Barbados and the Leeward Isles, and for his charges and trouble.
The Customs Commissioners' report of May 5 last again read on the 4½ per cent. duty. Agreed to.
The report from Mr. Sharpe on Francis Page's petition read. His discharge agreed on.
Same from same read on John Dennis's petition for moneys in the hands of the sheriff of Southampton recovered from Robt. Hall, to be delivered to him. Agreed to, after deduction of the sheriff's poundage.
The memorial of Mr. Adams for 3,000l. for extraordinaries of the Stables, read again. An account read of what money has been issued to the Master of the Horse for extraordinaries of the Stables, &c., since Sept. 29 last, amounting to 22,000l.
A petition read from Deborah, widow of — Marler, collector of Excise for Reading collection, concerning a dishonoured bill for 100l. Referred to the Excise Commissioners.
Same from William Campbell, of Lochdochart, for a charter for some lead mines on his lands, referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland.
Order for a warrant, pursuant to a memorial now read, for paying Capt. Hargrave, Chief Engineer at Minorca, the salary attending that office.
A petition read from Don Juan Company, Doctor of Laws of the Island of Minorca, praying payment of arrears due to him as Assessor interim in the royal government of Minorca, from 1737, May 16, to 1738, Sept. 16, after the rate of 365 pesos per an., and also as Assessor in Chief of the Ecclesiastical Court in said island (for which there has been usually paid 300 pesos per an. salary), and further that a salary may be fixed for said office from his entering upon it in May, 1720, to the present. Referred to Mr. Finch, Receiver General of Minorca.
A petition of Edward Page (William Bage), for leave to compound by 10l. for 13,350l. frauds on the Customs, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Same from John Nicholson, a printer, under prosecution for publishing unstamped farthing newspapers, for his prosecution to be dismissed and his returns of unsold stamps to be allowed him, referred to the Stamps Commissioners.
A report read from the Board of Works in 1738–9, on the case of Mr. Robinson, Master of the British Coffee Tavern, in the Court of Requests: also said Robinson's petition for an allowance in reference to the passage to said Court through his house. Referred to said Board, and to know to whom said house belongs.
An application read from Antho. Morgan, late sheriff of Brecon, for repayment of rewards paid by him after passing his accounts. Warrant ordered for payment of same by the Receiver of land revenues in South Wales.
A petition read from William Lowndes and the executors of Mark Frecker, for reward for their trouble in the sale of the late Earl of Ranelagh's estate, for which they were trustees. Agreed to allow them 500l.
The sheriff of co. Warwick to be repaid 20l., paid to John Noel for convicting William and John Lea for counterfeit halfpence.
My Lords direct the Taxes Commissioners to take possession of such part of the house in Stephen's Court, belonging to Mr. Townshend, as one of the Tellers of the Exchequer, as they shall find necessary and convenient to be made use of to transact the business of their office in, paying 60l. per an. rent for same: likewise the Trustees for circulating Exchequer Bills, whose office is likewise kept in said house, to pay 40l. per an. rent for same, from Sept. 29 last. “My Lords are further pleased to order that possession of the said whole house be given in form by Mr. Townshend or his deputy to the Commissioners for Taxes, who are hereby authorised to make use of such part thereof as they shall want for the use of their office, and to retain and keep possession of the remaining rooms and apartments in the said house and outhouses (except that part now in the possession of the Trustees for circulating Exchequer Bills), till my Lords signifye their further pleasure.” An exact plan of the house and offices to be made and laid before their Lordships.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 283–8; Letter Book XX. p. 100; Reference Book X. p. 238; North Britain Book XIII. p. 443.]
|June 30.||126. Petition to the Treasury from Edward Robinson. For many years has kept the British Coffee House in Old Palace Yard, through which there is a passage leading to the Court of Requests, which is frequented by the Lords and Commons [in passing] to their respective Houses. Has cleaned said passage and maintained a lamp there, and likewise pays an extraordinary rent of 5l. per an. in consideration thereof. For all this has had no allowance since the year 1737–8. Prays consideration of the case.|
Referred:—To the Board of Works.
[Reference Book X. p. 238.]