|37. Present: ut supra.|
Order for 2,000l. for defraying the expense of the Earl of Holdernesse's public entry at Venice.
Same for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|To the Great Officers [of State]||8,147||7||7¾|
|To the Cofferer for purveyors||2,500||0||0|
|To Mr. Robinson, the King's confectioner||300||0||0|
|To Mr. Watson||200||0||0|
|To the 2 daughters of Dr. Smallridge||200||0||0|
|To the Treasurer of the Chamber for messengers||1,000||0||0|
|A letter read from Mr. West with a copy of one to him from Mr. Corbett conveying the Admiralty's directions to him to take on board and entertain Admiral Perez: with Mr. West's bill of expenses amounting to 177l. To be paid by the Commissioners of Victualling.|
A representation read from the Excise Commissioners, Scotland, concerning the lease of their office. Agreed to their taking a lease at a rent not above the present rent.
The Customs Commissioners' report read on a petition from the tradesmen at Falmouth concerning goods seized in the packet boats. Agreed that the prosecutions against the goods go on.
The Customs Commissioners' report read on a petition from the Mayor, &c., of Margashiew, co. Cornwall, for the appointment of an officer there to receive their entries and duties, “which the Commissioners thinking not proper, my Lords agree thereto.”
The report from the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, on the petition of Duncan and Sybilla Robertson praying a grant of the forfeited Strowan estate agreed to, the Barons advising a grant to Duncan as the male heir.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 129–30.]
|38. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttleton.|
The Customs Commissioners' report read on Daniel Macmamara's petition for delivery of a sloop seized under the Navigation Act. In consideration of some particular circumstances of the case my Lords think it reasonable that His Majesty's share should be remitted.
Leave of absence to Mr. Drummond, a Commissioner of Excise, Scotland.
A report read from the Surveyor General of Lands on the petition from Thomas Orby Hunter for a reversionary lease of the manor of Crowland, alias Croyland, co. Lincoln.
A petition read from Thomas Williams, late sheriff of Brecon, for repayment of several expenses and cravings on account of prisoners. Referred to the auditor of Wales.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 131; Reference Book X. p. 270.]
|March 9.||39. Report to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners on the Earl of Harrington's letter as in (a) infra relating to an exemption from port duties desired by the Dutch minister in favour of such vessels as shall be solely employed in carrying provisions and ammunition from Holland for the Dutch auxiliary squadron at Portsmouth. Enclose the reply of the collector of Portsmouth on the subject, stating that he receives no port duties from the Dutch men of war, but that light duties are constantly collected by the Master and Warden of Trinity House. Also forward the reply of Trinity House as in (b) infra to a query concerning said light dues. 1½ pages.|
Appending:—(a) The Earl of Harrington to the Treasury, dated 1744–5, March 7, forwarding (a) (1) and (a) (2) infra. 1 page.
(a) (1) Memorial to the Earl of Harrington from H. Hop, the minister from the States General, dated London, 21 Feb./4 Mar. 1744–5, complaining of the port dues as above. 1½ pages. French.
(a) (2) Report on (a) (1) from the Admiralty to the Earl of Harrington, dated 1744–5, Feb. 25. 1½ pages.
(b) John Whormby to William Wood, dated Trinity House, 1744–5, March 8, concerning light dues as above. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXVI. No. 21.]
|March 12.||40. J. Scrope to the Customs Commissioners. “The House of Commons having yesterday ordered a bill to be brought in for preventing frauds and abuses in publick revenues, my Lords [of the Treasury] desire to know if you have any clauses necessary to be inserted therein. Their Lordships have also directed me to acquaint you that the merchants of London have applied to them for a clause to ascertain the limits of the port of London, so that the London duties of wines imported into the outports and afterwards brought to London may be paid and secured. And the merchants of London and Bristol have also applied for a clause to ascertain what quantity of wines sold can be deemed to make a retailer and oblige him yearly to take out a lycence. And if you have no objections to these requests their Lordships desire you will cause proper clauses to be prepared for these purposes, and transmit them to them with all convenient speed together with such others as you shall think necessary.”|
[Customs Book XV. p. 489.]
|41. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttelton.|
A petition read from John Gilbert, of Wandsworth, for stay of process against him for running goods. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A memorial read from John Beard and Co., merchants in Edinburgh, and John Whitfield and Co., same at Lewes, in Sussex, on behalf of the merchants in England and Scotland, concerning wines imported by them into several ports, but seized as Spanish wines. Referred ut supra.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues: to the Privy Purse, 3,000l.; to the Duke of Richmond, 2,000l.; to Christ's Hospital, —[sic].
A memorial read from the Paymaster of the Forces for authorisation to pay 15l. 10s. 0d. for contingencies of the forces at Ruatan. Warrant ordered.
A petition read from Henry McCullock, inspector and comptroller of quit-rents in Carolina, for leave to return to England for some time, and for 1,000l. salary to be advanced him out of the 4½ per cent. duty. “The petitioner may have leave to return, but as his salary is payable out of the quit-rents my Lords will not make an order for paying it out of the 4½ per cent.”
A memorial read from Chauncy Townsend for 2,281l. 5s. 0d. for the loss of provisions for General Phillips's regiment (of which he is victualler) shipped by him on board the “Tygar” for Newfoundland in Sept. last, which ship was lost at sea in Torbay when under the convoy of Admiral Medley. Referred to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts.
A petition read from Dr. Juan Company y Gomila, Doctor of Laws, assessor in the Court of the royal government of Minorca, praying payment of his salary from May, 1737 to Sept., 1738, and for a fixed salary for the future, his salary having been promised him by the bishop there at the time of his appointment in 1720, but those revenues having been sequestered and applied to the royal patrimony. Referred to the Receiver of the rents in Minorca.
Same read from John Griffiths for payment of 20l. 7s. 2d. disbursed by him in the service of the Crown. Referred to Mr. Sharpe.
Same read from Thomas Clyfford for stay of process till Michaelmas next as Receiver General for Monmouthshire. Agreed to.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 132–3; Letter Book XX. p. 166; Reference Book X. pp. 270, 271.]
|42. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttelton.|
A petition read from Daniel Saunders, of Bristol, merchant, for delivery to him of some orangoes which were refused an entry at the Custom House, in order to their re-export. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A memorial from Mr. Winnington, Paymaster of the Forces, for 34,868l. 18s. 10¼d., to complete all the services voted for 1744 read and agreed to.
Leave of absence to John Chaffin.
A petition read from Henry Masterman for 282l. 14s. 0d. for business performed for His Majesty's service as His Majesty's clerk in court in the King's Bench. Referred to Mr. Sharpe.
A letter read from Col. Gooch, Deputy Governor of Virginia, for repayment of the expenses of two treaties with the Indians of the Six Nations concerning lands in dispute.
A petition read from William Clark, mariner, for leave to compound for smuggling. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 134; Reference Book X. p. 271.]
|March 16.||43. J. Scrope to the Navy Commissioners concerning their letter of the 2nd ult. relating to money in the hands of the several late Treasurers of the Navy and of Mr. Corbett. As to the statement that there was actually due on the 31st December last 197,619l. 16s. 9¾d. to the men on the books of ships paid off, the Treasury desire to know whether any and what part of that sum was due before Mr. Onslow was appointed Treasurer of the Navy, and whether Mr. Onslow has money now remaining in his hands to answer all the demands that will be made upon him on account of his said late office. “Their Lordships desire you will distinguish also how many of the pay books, said by you in your said letter to be upwards of 300 in number, are in the time of each of the said respective Treasurers and Mr. Corbett.”|
[Letter Book XX. p. 167.]
|March 18.||44. Royal warrant, countersigned by the Treasury, to George Stone, Receiver General of the Post Office revenue for the ceasing and determining from Xmas last of the yearly sum of 4,700l. ordered by royal sign manual to be issued to the Secretary of the Postmaster General to be disbursed by him for the King's special service, and for the issue in place thereof from 1745, Lady Day, of a sum of 4,510l. per an. to be similarly paid and disbursed according to such orders and directions as shall be issued from the Treasury Lords for the time being: the present Secretary of the Postmaster having exhibited an account of the moneys remaining in his hands of the said yearly sum of 4,700l., whereby it appears that 1,267l. 14s. 6d. rests in his hands, and that 4,510l. will be sufficient to answer those services for the future.|
[King's Warrant Book XXXVI. p. 107.]
|March 19.||45. Treasury warrant to George Shelvoke, Secretary to the Postmaster General, to pay the sums due at Lady Day, 1745, on the abovesaid 4,700l. per an., and from that day onwards to pay the respective salaries set out as below [on the 4,510l. per an. as above] quarterly till further order from the Treasury.|
Prefixing:—A state of the sum of 4,700l. issued to the Secretary of the Post Office, and an account of what will clear all payments thereon to 1745, Lady Day (said account setting out the names of the recipients of the separate salaries, amongst them being the Bishop of Bath and Wells and his son, 1,000l. per an., and two others, named, all decipherers; six of the Secret Office; Edward Hill, porter and messenger of the Secret Service; and five others, officers or pensioners, viz., Scholing, Bode, Zolman, Edward Willes and William Willes). [Money Book XLI. pp. 466–7.]
|46. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell.|
A report read from the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on a petition of Monsr. Zanier for 62,481 florins Brabant currency for forage delivered to the army abroad, “in which the Comptrollers say they apprehend that without a sight of the vouchers they can state no account of this matter that will be satisfactory to my Lords.” Approved of.
Same from same read on Mr. Woodford's memorial for payment for victualling Annapolis, &c., from 1744, Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. Warrant ordered.
A letter read from Mr. Sediere, dated from Newfoundland, giving my Lords an account of his having contracted with Messrs. Masters and Ballard from the 1st instant for victualling the garrison [there]. My Lords order an exact state to be made of this whole affair.
Order for the issue of 64,000l. to the Navy Treasurer for services as in his memorial of this day.
Same for same of the following out of the Civil List revenues:—
|To the Treasurer of the Chambers for 1743, Xmas quarter's establishment||5,705||14||11|
|To the Gent. and Grooms of the Bedchamber||4,674||13||1¾|
|To the late Queen's servants||3,597||9||1|
|To Richmond Lodge||1,012||10||0|
|Leave of absence to Mr. Swainston, Solicitor of Customs in Scotland.|
A report read from the Deputy Remembrancer on the Surveyor General's report on a representation from the Board of Works concerning the offices belonging to the Courts of Justice adjoining Westminster Hall, with relation to buildings on ground purchased by the Commissioners for Westminster Bridge, which it is apprehended may be prejudicial to said offices.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 135–6; North Britain Book XIV. p. 150.]
|March 19.||47. Commission in the form of Treasury letters patent appointing the following cashiers of the Bank of England, viz.: James Collier, Daniel Race, Elias Simes, Andrew Prime, Rich Handes, Ralph Morrison, and William Stone, to be His Majesty's Receiver and Receivers of the 1,000,000l. contributions on salt, as by the act of the present year.|
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 297–8.]
|48. Same appointing same to be Receivers of the 500,000l. to be raised by contributions to the lottery and to the annuities for lives attending thereon as by the like act. [Ibid. pp. 298–9.]|
|March 19.||49. Treasury warrant to the Governor and Deputy Governor of the Bank of England to order and appoint the first payment, on the act for the lottery and annuities, to be made on or before April 8 next, “and you are to cause publick notice to be given thereof accordingly. And whereas the several persons mentioned in the lists herewith transmitted [wanting], marked as per margent, have already subscribed and are desirous to become contributors to the amount and for the sums in the said severall lists set against each of their respective names for the purchase not only of the said tranferable annuities and of the tickets in the lottery for 500,000l. joined with annuities for lives attending thereon, authorized by the same act, but also of certain orders to be made forth on credit of the duties on salt for any sum not exceeding 1,000,000l. … therefore we require you to give instructions to your cashiers and such of your officers as are or shall be appointed Receivers of the said lottery and of the said contributions on credit of the salt duties, to receive and take all and every the said contributions from the severall persons mentioned in the said lists according to the respective sums and in the proportions set against their severall names … until they shall have completed the first payment … and that in case default shall be made in such payments by any such contributors their names be forthwith returned unto us.”|
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. p. 307.
|March 22.||50. Royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to Col. William Gooch, Lieut. Govr. Commanding in Chief in Virginia. “We are made acquainted by your letter to the Commissioners of our Treasury here bearing date the 20th day of December, 1744, which they have laid before us, that on or about the month of July last past, 1744, a new treaty of peace was made in our names at Lancaster, in Pennsylvania, between … Thomas Lee and William Beverley, Commissioners appointed on behalf of our Colony of Virginia, and the chiefs of the Six United Nations of the Northern Indians bordering upon that colony, and that a general release was then signed and executed by the said chiefs of all their claims and pretensions whatsoever to any the lands within our said colony, as it is now or hereafter may be peopled and bounded by us, our heirs, and successors.” The disbursements in presents to the Indians on said occasion amounted to 920l. 2s. 11d. In addition 700l. is proposed as a fit allowance to said Commissioners for their service in undertaking so long a journey to meet the said chiefs at a season when their own affairs suffered by their absence. Both these sums are hereby authorised to be paid out of quit rents in Virginia.|
Appending:—Account of said expenditure in presents and copy of a minute of the Council in Virginia, held 1744, November 1, praying a warrant to charge the whole sum on quit rents.
[King's Warrant Book XXXVI. pp. 109–11.]
|51. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttelton.|
A memorial read from the Foremen of the Company of Vintners concerning retailing wine without paying the retailing duties. My Lords told such of them as were then attending that they will give directions to inquire into the affair against the next year, but that it is too late to take it into consideration this year.
A petition read from Dame Mary Clarke and Mary and Henrietta Shaw for a reversionary lease of the manor of West Walton, co. Norfolk. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
The Lord Almoner's letter read for 1,209l. 10s. 0d. for the Maundy, &c. Ordered.
A petition read from Edward Mason, late Secretary to Marshal Wade, praying an additional allowance of 30s. a day, as he says Mr. Keith had when Secretary to the Earl of Stair. The case of Mr. Keith being different from that of memorialist, my Lords cannot encourage this application.
Order for the following issues out of Civil List revenues:—
|To the Earl of Holdernesse||2,000||0||0|
|To the Speaker of the House of Commons||500||0||0|
|To the Great Wardrobe||3,359||6||1¾|
|To the Master [of the Wardrobe's] salary||500||0||0|
|To the Lord Almoner||1,209||10||0|
|To the three Secretaries of State, Secret Service||2,250||0||0|
|To the foreign ministers||7,462||7||2|
|To the purveyors for the month of March||2,500||0||0|
|To the Royal family, Lords of the Treasury et al., 1745, Lady Day quarter||28,397||5||7¾|
|Same for the issue of 49,226l. 16s. 8d. for subsist of the 10 regiments of marines, from  Dec. 25 to 1745, April 24.|
A report from the Comptrollers of Army Accounts read on the Apothecary of the Army's bill for medicines for the hospitals abroad. The bill to be paid. The Secretary at War to be written to (with a copy of this report) for him to certify when and by what authority and upon what representations the hospitals in the West Indies, viz.: at Bermudas, Jamaica, Ruatan, and New Providence, were erected, there being a considerable sum demanded for medicines shipped for their use.
A memorial read from Sir John Cope for a warrant for 500l. to Mr. Caulfield for repairing the roads in Scotland. Warrant ordered.
Same read from Messrs. Burrell and Bristow for payment for beef furnished to Minorca [garrison]. Referred to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 137–8; Letter Book XX. p. 168; Crown Lease Book VII. p. 47.]
|52. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttelton.|
Leave of absence to Mr. Tudor, Secretary of the Customs in Scotland. Order for the issue of 50,000l. to the Paymaster of the Forces in part of 200,000l. for the King of Sardinia.
A petition read from the Mayor, &c., of Harwich about the damages they have suffered and apprehend from the want of repair of the lands called the Beacon lands, purchased there by the Crown for the better fortifying that place, by reason of their wasting away by the washing of the tide in consequence of their wanting proper fencing, whereby the town is become almost environed by the sea, which has lately made a great breach in the Forelands upon the south east part of the town nigh unto the highway, which is frequently submerged and in danger of being rendered impassable. Referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands].
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 139; Crown Lease Book VII. p. 47.]
|March 30.||53. Petition to the Treasury from Jacob Peake, Commander of the “Dove” privateer. Sets forth that having been guilty of illegal practices he took the benefit of the King's proclamation and entered himself and vessel into His Majesty's service with the approbation of the Lords of the Admiralty, notwithstanding which he was on the 25th of January last taken up by capias for smuggling and assaulting an officer of the Customs previous to the said proclamation, for which he is now a prisoner in Norwich gaol. Prays discharge.|
[Reference Book X. p. 272.]