Treasury Books and Papers
November 1744

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'Treasury Books and Papers: November 1744', Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 5: 1742-1745 (1903), pp. 530-537. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=92054 Date accessed: 03 September 2014.


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November 1744

Nov. 1.181. J. Scrope to Mr. Masters and Mr. Ballard, conveying the Treasury's directions for them to cease supplying the garrison of Fort William, in Newfoundland, with provisions for the future, their contract for same with Thomas Smith having expired and the Treasury having contracted [elsewhere] for said victualling. “Their Lordships desire also to know from you whether any and what quantity of provisions have been placed by you in the storehouse built in the said fort on any orders you may have received from James Wibault, Esq., acccording to one of the articles in the said contract.”
[Letter Book XX. p. 155.]
Nov. 1.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
182. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
Thomas Heath's three forfeited recognizances of 20l. each to be discharged, Mr. Sharpe having reported in his favour.
Messrs. Burrell's and Bristow's papers relating to insurance of provisions to Minorca to be looked out against the next Board day.
A letter from the Board of Ordnance read with Capt. Smith's contract for furnishing provisions for the marines left at Newfoundland. Write to the contractors that as their contract is expired my Lords have taken care for the future to supply those troops.
Dr. Thomas Wilson to be paid a year's salary as sub-almoner, amounting to 93l. 15s. 0d.
A petition read from John Seddon, of Manchester, apprising my Lords of several estates, amounting to 400l. per an., escheated to the Crown by the death of George Britland, Esq., of Grays Inn, who died intestate without heir. Mr. Sharpe to attend the Attorney General thereon.
A petition read from John Baptist Zanier for payment (for his support) of part of what remains due to the late Mr. Le Fevre for forage abroad. Referred to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts, to whom Le Fevre's affair is referred.
Send to the Duke of Devonshire the memorial of Luke Gardiner, with the contract and accounts relating to the payment of 13,097l. 17s.d. for transporting troops from Ireland to Ostend and Chester, desiring his report thereon; the Secretary at War (to whom, with the Comptrollers of Army Accounts, this affair was referred) not having any cognizance thereof.
A memorial read from George Campbell for a reversionary lease of a house in Glasshouse Street. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
Same read from the Earl of Dunmore and William Hunt, his tenant, complaining of the Board of Works for making a dam in the river (which supplies his paper mill with water) for carrying a greater quantity of water to Hampton Court Palace: and praying that the Exchequer Court may decree to whom the right of the stream belongs, to prevent future deviations thereof. Referred to the Board of Works to let my Lords know if they have any objection.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£s.d.
To the Duke of Richmond for extras of His Majesty's stables abroad2,00000
To Mr. Basket2,00000
To Mr. Anstis40000
To Dr. Wilson93150
To the sheriffs50000
A petition read from John Brackenbury, collector of Excise in Hertford collection, concerning a bill for 100l. returned for non-payment. Referred to the Excise Commissioners.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 84–5; Crown Lease Book VII. p. 1; Letter Book XX. p. 154; Reference Book X. p. 264.]
Nov. 5.183. J. Scrope to the Master General of the Ordnance for the transmission to the Treasury of the estimates for his office for the service of the year 1745, proper to be laid before the House of Commons in the ensuing session of Parliament.
The like, severally and respectively, to the Paymaster General of the Forces, the Secretary at War, and Thomas Corbet (for the Navy).
[Letter Book XX. pp. 114–5.]
Nov. 6.
Whitehall,
treasury
Chambers.
184. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
A memorial read from the Earl of Pembroke for a new lease on surrender of a piece of ground in Whitehall, with such part of the Terrace lying between said premises and the river as my Lords shall think fit. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
A same read from the Countess Dowager of Portland for a like renewal on surrender with so much of the aforesaid Terrace between her ground and the river as my Lords shall think fit. Referred ut supra.
Same read from the East India Company for an order to the Customs Commissioners to deliver up to them all their bonds on which duties have been fully paid, or that my Lords will make such other order thereon as they shall think meet. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A letter read from the Duke of Newcastle informing my Lords that the King having appointed Mr. White to be Consul at Tripoli, it has been usual to send with a new consul a present to the Dey, and desiring that 500l. may be issued for buying several particulars, specified in a list, for that purpose. Warrant ordered.
The report from the Surveyor General of Lands read on the petition of Richard Bailly for a reversionary lease of some houses in Ryder St. and Jermyn St., Piccadilly. Agreed to.
A petition from Hugh Bethell for a lease for leave to dig for mines of lead and tin in his manor of Galtres, co. York, referred to said Surveyor General.
The Customs Commissioners' report read on a petition of Joseph Chitty, of London, merchant, concerning duties on raisins. Agreed to, viz., that he should pay the high duty.
Inquire how far the bounty to the Dissenting ministers is paid.
A presentment read from the Customs Commissioners for accepting and applying several sums deposited in the hands of their solicitors by persons prosecuted as runners of goods, and for rewarding the officers prosecuting. Write to said Commissioners to let my Lords know whether the compositions mentioned have been made in consequence of any application to or orders from the Treasury.
A petition read from John Savery, Receiver General of the [deduction of] 6d. per £, for his expenses in passing his account for 1 year to 1742, Sept. 29. My Lords do not think fit to make any more than the old allowance.
A petition read from John Clark and John Bland, citizens of London, acquainting my Lords that they have sent 1,500l. to Robert Robinson, Chief Judge of Gibraltar, on his salary for that office, and praying that the said salary may be continued till they shall be reimbursed. Rejected.
The Customs Commissioners' report read on a petition of Dominique Ross, a Portuguese sailor on board the “Centurion,” praying delivery of some tea, tea cups, and other small things bought by him when in China. Agreed to, viz.: the said things not to be delivered.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 86–8; Crown Lease Book VII. p. 8.]
[Before
Nov. 8.]
185. A memorandum of the times when the victualling money for the widows' charity was received by order of the Treasury and the sums, viz.:—
£s.d.
22 Oct., 17354,003115 on the head of victualling.
18 Aug., 17362,886142 on the head of victualling.
29 Oct., 17373,41280 on the head of victualling.
28 Sept., 1738558154 on the head of victualling.
15 Sept., 17391,52697 on the head of victualling.
25 Sept., 17401,622120 on the head of victualling.
13,00000 on the head of wages.
17 July, 174110,499511 on the head of victualling.
8,20000 on the head of wages.
30 June, 17426,539194 on the head of victualling.
2 Dec., 17436,396192 (“out of money received for victualling bills of exchange and imprests. Nothing appears of this last article in the Treasury books.”)
Minuted:—As under date Nov. 8, infra, p. 533. 2½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXV. No. 19.]
Nov. 8.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
186. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
A memorandum read from Mr. Thomas Corbett as to the times when the victualling money for the widows' charity was received by order of the Treasury, and the sums issued. Prepare an answer to this memorandum.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance of 20,000l., viz.: 6,500l. for sea service, and 13,500l. for land service, in part of a memorial from the Ordnance of the 6th inst. for 50,000l.
A memorial read from the Navy Treasurer of this day's date for 15,000l., “and my Lords observing that 10,000l. thereof is for imprest and bills of exchange on the head of wear and tear, would be informed when the bills of exchange will become due.”
A representation read from the Commissioners of Customs and of Salt, Scotland, touching a demand made by Henry Crawford for discovering fraudulent claims for debentures for foreign salt. Agreed to.
Mr. Burrell attends my Lords with respect to the increase of the premiums on insurance of provisions sent by him and Mr. Bristow to Minorca, and proposes that he may be allowed 10 per cent. on the same footing as Mr. Revell. My Lords agree to make trial of 10 per cent. on provisions issued with and without convoy.
A memorial read from the managers appointed to make out certificates for tickets of the 1743 lottery, praying a reward for their service and trouble. Ordered that 200l. each be allowed them.
A representation read from the Taxes Commissioners praying that the 100l. per an. made payable to them by bills of Privy Seal out of the Civil List revenues in the Receipt of the Exchequer, may for the future be made payable by the Receivers of the land revenues. Ordered.
A petition read from Joseph Cole, of Grays Inn, for stay of process against him as a surety of Edward Clark, late Receiver General of Suffolk. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners. A report read from said Commissioners on a petition of William Cowper, a debtor of said Edward Clarke, for the like stay of process. Agreed to.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 89–90.]
Nov. 15.187. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a constat of the house in the Privy Garden, Whitehall, belonging to the Countess Dowager of Portland, and of the Terrace Walk, lying between said house and the river, of which the said Countess prays a fresh lease on surrender.
Prefixing:—Said Surveyor's report on said Countess's memorial for same.
Appending:—Plan showing said terrace and the Thames, &c.
[Crown Lease Book VII. pp. 9–12.]
Nov. 15.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
188. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
The report from the Surveyor General of Lands read on the memorials from the Earl of Pembroke and the Countess of Portland. Agreed to. Warrants ordered.
A letter read from Mr. Walker et al., acting Commissioners o land tax for the west half hundred of Brixton, Surrey, acquainting my Lords that they have discovered erasements, interlineations, and alterations fraudulently made in the collecting book (duplicates) of that tax in the parish of Wandsworth, for the year 1742, after the same were signed by the Commissioners; and that the persons guilty of those forgeries are Frances Lambert and Jonas Parker: and desiring to know what solicitor and counsel my Lords think proper to order to prosecute them. My Lords order that the Solicitor to the Taxes Commissioners do proceed against them.
Order for the issue of 117,902l. 19s. 9d. to the Paymaster of the Forces for services as in his memorial of this day's date.
The Taxes Commissioners' report read on the petition of the sureties of Edward Clarke, deceased, for stay of process. Process to be stayed for 3 months, “but the warrant to contain a positive direction for reviving the same if the debt be not discharged in that time.”
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 15,000l. for services as in his memorial of the 8th inst., Mr. Hervey having produced a list (amounting to 9,761l. 12s. 4d.) of the bills of exchange contained in the article for 10,000l. in the said memorial.
A letter from Mr. Wood to Mr. Scrope read enclosing one from Mr. Hurst, collector at Eastbourne, concerning the insolence of smugglers.
A petition read from Alice, widow of — Dennet, late tidesman, London port, for some support, her husband being drowned in the execution of his office. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A report read from the Board of Works on the petition from the Earl of Dunmore concerning said Board's making a dam for carrying water to Hampton Court, and the consequent damage to his paper mills, “and it being their opinion his lordship's request may be granted, my Lords agree thereto.”
Order for the issue to Mr. Sharpe of 500l. to pay rewards on the new proclamation for suppressing street robbers.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 91–2; Letter Book XX. p. 155.]
Nov. 20.189. J. Scrope to the Customs Commissioners, Scotland. On perusal of the account, lately transmitted to London, of debts due at Michaelmas last to the Crown from the collectors of Customs and salt duties, Scotland, the Treasury Lords are surprised to find said debts as well in money as in bonds so much increased as compared with last year, without any reason assigned for same, and therefore order information to be sent how this increase has happened, and further that the several collectors be forthwith written to to pay the balances in their hands to the Receiver General as soon as possible. “And their Lordships are also pleased to direct me to acquaint you that the Commissioners of the Customs here [in England] always subjoin to their account of debts in collectors' hands observations and reasons why the balances are not paid to the Receiver General, together with a list of the letters written by them to quicken the said collectors and their answers thereto. Which method their Lordships desire you will pursue in the future accounts you transmit to them of debts due to the Crown.”
[North Britain Book XIV. p. 125.]
Nov. 22.190. Royal warrant, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to the Lord Lieutenant, Ireland, to continue on the Irish establishment the pay of the regiment of Dragoons under Major Gen. Richard St. George, and the 2 regiments of foot under Major General Charles Frampton and Col. Edward Richbell, from the time they were removed from Ireland and during the time they shall continue out of Ireland to the time of their return thither, notwithstanding the want of muster rolls, the pay being reserved and remitted to the Paymaster of the Forces, England, and not issued or applied to any other purpose whatever. “But you are to give especial orders and directions that upon their respective returns into that our kingdom they be thenceforth cleared and paid according to regular musters only.”
[Irish Book IX. p. 437.]
Nov. 22.191. Same, countersigned by same, to the Auditors of Imprests, to allow in account to Henry Pelham, late Paymaster General of the Forces, 45,792l. 10s. 5d., being payments made by him for extraordinary and contingent expenses of the expedition to America under the command of Major General Thomas Wentworth, and for the charges and expenses of the hospital upon that expedition: said sums being paid pursuant to orders and warrants of said Wentworth or of the officer commanding in his absence: which said orders and warrants were not sufficient authority to said auditors to pass and allow same without a particular royal warrant for that purpose.
Appending:—Account of said extraordinary and contingent payments.
[King's Warrant Book XXXVI. pp. 34–8.]
Nov. 22.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
192. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
A letter read from the Duke of Richmond for 13,000l. to be issued to him for clearing the extraordinaries of the Stables to 1743, Xmas. My Lords desire to know what the expense of a livery may be, not having it in their power to issue the whole sum; the other parts of His Majesty's household being cleared only to Midsummer, 1743.
A report read from the Customs Commissioners, Scotland, on the petition from the merchants of Glasgow, praying for power to the Customs officers there to administer oaths. It being the Lord Advocate's opinion that the desire should not be granted, my Lords agree thereto.
A letter read to my Lords from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland on Luke Gardiner's memorial for 13,097l. 17s.d. for Mr. Maccarrell on his contract for transporting forces from Ireland to Chester and Ostend. Warrant ordered for payment accordingly.
A memorial read from the Navy Treasury enclosing an estimate of the charge of building and equipping several ships and sloops of war, amounting to 98,148l.
A letter read from Mr. Wood to Mr. Jefferys in answer to one from him to know by what authority the Customs Commissioners accepted the deposits made by smugglers as compositions for their offences. A warrant ordered for authorising the payment of the several sums mentioned in a list thereof from the said Commissioners. “But insert a clause therein directing the Commissioners to certifye to my Lords for the future the case of each smuggler who shall apply to them to make a deposit, before accepting the same, that they may receive their Lordships' directions thereupon.”
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£s.d.
To Mr. Sharpe2,50000
To the purveyors, for the present month2,50000
To the Master of the Great Wardrobe for his salary50000
Mr. Chitty's reply to the Customs Commissioners read concerning the duties on raisins.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 93–4.]
Nov. 23.193. The Commissioners of the Navy to Sir John Rushout, Treasurer of the Navy, forwarding an estimate as below; to be laid before the Treasury for money to answer the said service. 1 page.
Appending
:—(a) An estimate, dated Navy Office, 1744, November 19, of the charge of building a new 50-gun ship in lieu of the “Colchester” and 2 sloops, and completely equipping them with masts, yards, sails, ground tackle and all other boatswain and carpenters' sea stores for an eight months' proportion. (Total estimate 24,090l., viz., 17,306l. for the 50-gun ship, and 3,402l. and 3,382l. for the sloops.) 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXV. No. 20.]
Nov. 27.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
194. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
A report read from the Surveyor General of Crown Lands on the Duke of Portland's memorial for a new lease of some ground and buildings in Whitehall, and of such part of the Terrace as lies before his said buildings, and it being his opinion that the Duke may have a new lease of what he is now possessed of, my Lords agree thereto.
A petition read from Edmund Butler, of the Middle Temple, proposing to make out and defend at his own expense the Crown's title to several messuages and lands in co. Lancaster, and the tithes of Aucliffe there, which have been concealed. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List revenues of 8,510l. 7s.d. to the Great Officers, and 809l. 10s. 0d. to the Lord Almoner.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 95.]
[Before
Nov. 29.]
195. Memorial to the Treasury from the Comptrollers of Army Accounts. By Treasury letter of 1741, August 7, were ordered to take a house in Surrey Street from Joseph Danvers for the purpose of an office, at a rental of 130l. per an., increased to 150l. per an. by a later letter on account of taking in a small house adjoining the back thereof. Soon after the books and papers of the office of the Comptrollers of Army Accounts, and of the Board of General Officers for inspecting and regulating the clothing of the army, were removed from the Privy Garden to the said house in Surrey Street, where the said offices have been kept to the 10th of Oct. last; on the evening of which day the said house was consumed by a fire, occasioned by a stove chimney erected by one Jewell, a tailor, against the end wall of said house, as appeared to Mr. Ripley and a committee appointed by the Hand in Hand Fire Office on their survey. But the books of the said offices, and most of the material papers were by great care and good fortune saved. Desire directions of the Treasury as to where said offices shall be kept for the future, that proper care may be taken of the books of said office, and also of the muster rolls.
Minuted: — 1744, Nov. 29. The Comptrollers are to consult with the Board of Works about a proper house for an office, and to certify my Lords the terms upon which the same may be hired, upon which my Lords will give their directions. 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXV. No. 21.]
Nov. 29.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
196. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
A letter read from the Duke of Richmond for 500l. for Mr. Pouchoud. Order for the issue of same to said Duke.
A memorial read from the Paymaster of the Forces for 12 months' pay to the General and Staff Officers in Great Britain and garrisons there, and for half-pay for the year 1744, amounting to 91,111l. 0s.d. Order for the issue of 26,947l. 18s. 10¼d., to complete the whole money voted for the forces.
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 81,940l. 14s. 8d. on the heads marked in his memorial of this day for 150,951l. 8s. 3d.
A report read from the Customs Commissioners on the petition of Joseph Houghland concerning some rum under seizure. Agreed to.
A letter read from the Commissioners of Customs and Salt, Scotland, concerning the reward to be given to Henry Crawford for discoveries of frauds in salt debentures. The proposed reward agreed to.
The Navy Treasurer's memorial read acquainting my Lords with the charge of building and equipping a new ship and 2 sloops of war, amounting to 24,090l.
A memorial read from the Comptrollers of Army Accounts desiring the Treasury's direction as to a place where they may deposit their papers and keep their office, their late office in Surrey Street being burned. They are to look out for a proper place and consult with the Board of Works thereupon.
Robert Glass to be surveyor of houses, loco John Sesse, resigned.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 96–7.]