|May 1.||68. Royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury, to the Paymaster of the Forces, for the issue of 3,500l. to Christopher Kilby, as imprest for the service of the four New England companies raised by Governor Shirley for the assistance of Annapolis Royal, ut supra, p. 669: of which companies said Kilby is agent: the said Governor having certified, Feb. 22 last, that on the 29th of June, 1744, he delivered commissions to all the captains, &c., of the said companies, and that they had all begun to enlist soldiers before the said day; and the said Kilby, agent for the Province of Massachusetts Bay, having further represented “that in raising the said forces Governor Shirley at first intended to confine them to three companies of 60 men each, believing them sufficient for that purpose, but that afterwards having been made acquainted by the Commander in Chief and Council of Annapolis that the garrison there was much weaker than he was apprized of, and that a company consisting chiefly of Indian Rangers under experienced officers would be of great service, our said Governor did thereupon appoint Capt. Graham and other officers, who immediately raised a fourth company, which was peculiarly serviceable in routing the French and Indian camp then lying before Annapolis”; said Kilby having further estimated the pay for the said four companies to be 4,572l. 12s. 8d. for one year to 1745, June 28, before which time he apprehends the said companies cannot be relieved by any troops sent from England.|
Appending:—Kilby's said estimate.
[King's Warrant Book XXXVI. pp. 135–7.]
|May 2.||69. Royal warrant, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to Thomas Pelham, late Paymaster of the Forces, to pay to Nicholas Carpentier 6,422l. 7s. 6d. for his extraordinary expenses during the campaign of 1743 as contractor for bread waggons for the British forces in Flanders and Germany by his being obliged to furnish dry forage for all his waggon horses in Germany during the whole of the said campaign at a very exorbitant rate.|
Appending:—(1) Alexander Hume's memorial to the Treasury on behalf of and as attorney for said Carpentier. (2) Said Carpentier's memorial in French detailing his services, and his said extra expenses. (3) A certificate by the Earl of Stair et al. as to said Carpentier's said extras:—“It is very true that our army during the course of the last summer has not foraged upon the country as armies generally do, but has had dry forage delivered to them during the course of the whole year … and I think the consideration to him for the said forage should be larger, because forage was excessively dear during the greatest part of the whole campaign.” (4) Report by Abraham Hume and Thomas Orby Hunter on said Carpentier's memorial.
[King's Warrant Book XXXVI. pp. 161–5.]
|May 2.||70. J. Scrope to the Navy Commissioners for an account of the unpaid arrears on the pay books of Onslow's treasurership, and for the like of how much money was paid by the late Mr. Clutterbuck on the 64 books in the time of his Treasurership and of how much remains unpaid thereon; and of the like for the 70 books in Sir Charles Wager's Treasurership, the 65 books in the time during which Mr. Corbet carried on the payments, and for the 116 books in Sir John Rushout's Treasurership.|
[Letter Book XX. p. 171.]
|71. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttleton.|
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|For the Duke of Cumberland||2,000||0||0|
|For the Earl of Harrington||3,000||0||0|
|For city impost [of wine]||96||12||0|
|For Lord Cornwallis||118||2||6|
|For Mr. Ellis||850||0||0|
|For Mr. Villettes||147||17||2|
|For the messengers||1,000||0||0|
|For Lady Bridgeman||200||0||0|
|For Mr. Walpole, Usher of the Exchequer||1,779||14||8|
|For the Master of the Horse||2,000||0||0|
|For fees and salaries at the Exchequer||5,786||8||10¾|
|For nine chaplains||180||0||0|
|For the Russian minister's lodgings||113||17||9|
|A report read from the Secretary at War on the memorial of the Captains of the three Independent Companies to be formed for Carolina.|
A petition read from Sir John Cope for extension of lease of a piece of ground in St. James's bailiwick, and for leave to build a bow window into St. James's Park, and to open three windows into the said Park and to fix iron rails. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands as to renewing the lease.
A report read from the Customs Commissioners on a petition of Ralph and Robert Green, prisoners in the Fleet, for release. Agreed that they do not merit favour.
Send to the Paymaster of Marines to know if he has non-effective money in his hands to answer a sum of money desired for new arms.
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 30,000l. for ships under order of payment as by his memorial of the 2nd inst.
A further representation from Mr. Danvers read about his house in Surrey Street destroyed by fire. The Board of Works to report what sums were expended for repairs and conveniences when it was fitted up for a public office.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 149–50; Letter Book XX. p. 172; Crown Lease Book VII. p. 58.]
|May 9.||72. Petition to the Treasury from Joseph Mico, et al. Set forth that the ships “Britania” and “Queen of Hungary,” from Philadelphia, lately taken by the French, had goods on board belonging to petitioners: which said goods are now condemned, and to be sold in France. Pray liberty of buying up said goods, and of importing them to London, on producing certificate of their being the same goods and paying the Plantation duties.|
[Reference Book X. p. 276.]
|73. Present: Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttelton.|
A petition read from William Dawson, of Manchester, executor and residuary legatee of Lady Barbara Fitzroy praying a sight or copy of all warrants by which the late or present Duke of Cleveland received any pension or grant by virtue of grants from Charles II. or his successors. “As the books in this office are not matters of record, my Lords will not grant the petitioner's request, especially as there is an Office of Record where grants of this nature may be met with.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 150.]
|May 15.||74. Commission in the form of Treasury letters patent to the following persons to act as managers and directors of the 1745 lottery, for preparing and delivering tickets and to oversee the drawing of lots, &c., &c., viz.: Henry Fane, Peter Leheup, Christopher Lowe, Joseph Wight, Henry Stratford, James Moneypenny, Metcalf Graham, George Williams, William Proctor, John Soley, John Innys, Edward Legrand, Philip Trahern, Gawen Harris Nash, John Kirrill, Sir Thomas Ryder, Elfred Staples, Robert Charles, Thomas Lediard, Zachary Craddock, Francis Morgan, Joseph Pennington, William Lambton, John Scott, Claudius Devins, Robert Fowler Coade, George Riste, Thomas Cheeke, George Payne, Charles Palmer, William Morrison, Richard Grape, William Leeves, Samuel Smith, Nicholas Wollaston, Samuel Howard, John Lekeux, Charles Brunval, Charles Bodens, John Bach, Thomas Salter, Richard Graham, Thomas Mulso, and Nicholas Fen wick, junr.|
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 312–3.]
|75. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttelton.|
Mr. Bristow and Mr. Van-neck attend with a memorial of the contributors to the subscription for raising 2,000,000l. praying my Lords to direct the receivers at the Bank to give such certificates, and the Clerks of the Exchequer to make out such annuity orders in lieu thereof (for any sums not less than 4l. 10s. 0d.) as may best suit the convenience of the memorialists and their assigns. The Cashiers of the Bank are to consult with the officers of the Exchequer in order to consider in what manner the prayer of the memorialists may be best complied with as far as is consistent with the directions and intent of the Act of Parliament.
Order for the issue of 40,000l. to the Treasurer of the Ordnance in part of his memorial of the 14th inst. for 68,426l. 14s. 6d. for the exceedings of last year and 20,000l. in further part of the present year.
Same for 5,000l. to the Navy Treasurer for subsisting prisoners at war.
A memorial read from Mr. Hamilton, the Receiver of His Majesty's revenue in Minorca, for fixing the rate of exchange on the currency there at 4341/513 [pence per dollar current of Minorca] or 1l. 7s. 1d. sterling per moidore. Agreed to.
A report read from said Receiver upon the petition of Dr. Company y Gomila.
A memorial read from the Cofferer for 2,000l. to be advanced to the King's linen drapers to enable them to furnish linen for this year to the Household. Mr. Hale is desired to attend my Lords next Wednesday to explain the said memorial.
A petition read from Samuel Jeake, late collector of Rye, for stay of process on the balance of his account. Warrant ordered.
A memorial read from Viscount Gage relating to his claim to some timber in Dean Dorest. The cause being now under consideration of the proper officers of the Crown, my Lords cannot give any directions herein. But if his Lordship pleases to make such a proposal to the Attorney General and the Solicitor of the Treasury as they shall think fit to lay before my Lords, then my Lords will take same into consideration.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List revenues of 1,000l. to Mr. Sharpe for law charges, and 2,500l. to the purveyors for the month of May.
Mr. Davis is to pay out of the King's money in his hands 50l. to Peter Renouard as of His Majesty's free gift and royal bounty.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 151–2.]
|May 17.||76. J. Scrope to the Lord Steward of the Household for an account to be made up and transmitted to the Treasury as soon as possible after Midsummer of the debt in the office of the Cofferer of the Household at Midsummer next, distinguishing the same quarterly as it has become due.|
The like to the Master of the Horse, Treasurer of the Chamber, Master of the Great Wardrobe, Master of the Robes, Paymaster of the Pensions, Board of Works, John Selwyn, senior, for Richmond Lodge, and John Selwyn, junior, for the late Queen's servants.
[Letter Book XX. p. 172.]
|May 22.||77. Treasury warrant to Charles Hamilton, Receiver General of His Majesty's revenues in Minorca, and to the Auditors of Imprests, authorising the following rate of exchange, viz., 4341/513 pence sterling per dollar current of Minorca for the purpose of regulating, stating, and making up the accounts of said revenue.|
Prefixing:—Said Hamilton's memorial to the Treasury on the subject of said rate of exchange. “Minorca being a place of very small commerce there is seldom any regular course of exchange there, everyone making the best bargain they can according to the security of the bills they take when they have occasion to remit to England. This put the late Receiver General of His Majesty's revenues there to great difficulties, as he was under a necessity of taking whatever bills of exchange he could get at various rates of exchange, and sometimes doubtfull securities. At last he settled the exchange with the remitters at 50 pence sterling for the dollar of gold, which … is 4341/513 pence sterling per dollar current of Minorca, or 1l. 7s. 1d. per moida (N.B., the gold dollar, valued at 6½ per moida). Upon this foot the remittances have been for several years, and continue so at present, and upon the strictest inquiry I have been able to make both from the remitters and others it is the best rate of exchange can be settled for a constancy.” Prays that this may be authorised as the settled rate in order to prevent confusion in his accounts.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 313–4.]
|78. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttelton.|
Mr. Hales attends in relation to the Cofferer's memorial for 2,000l. for the linen drapers.
A memorial read from Messrs. Burrell and Bristow for 1,365l. 17s. 6d. for provisions sent to Port Mahon to 1744–5, Feb. 24. Referred to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts.
The report from the Master and Worker of the Mint read about furnishing copper for coinage of farthings and half pence. Agreed to.
Order for the issue of 6,700l. to the Treasurer of the Navy on his memorial of the 16th inst. for 16,700l.
The receivers of the land tax to be appointed the Wednesday after Whitsun week.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List revenues of 7,000l. for secret service, 300l. for Mr. Sharpe, 800l. for Mr. Davis, and 5,000l. for the Cofferer.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 133.]
|May 23.||79. J. Scrope to the Paymaster General concerning the memorial of several planters and merchants interested in the British Colonies in America, relating to the appointment of packet boats for the correspondence with the West Indies. The Treasury desire to know “by what contracts or other methods the like service was performed in the late war, and how you now propose to carry on the same, and what will be the necessary expense thereof.”|
[Letter Book XX. p. 173.]
|May 23.||80. Petition to the Treasury from John Fisher, of Great Yarmouth, merchant. Prays permission to land goods at a wharf of his own on the river side in Yarmouth port, upon entering said goods and paying all duties and fees, without landing them at the lawful quay; and that the officers may be directed to grant him sufference so to do upon his paying for the same and rewarding the officers for their extraordinary trouble: the same indulgence being granted in several other ports.|
[Reference Book X. p. 276.]
|May 23.||81. Thomas Ramsden [an under secretary of the Duke of Newcastle's office] to the Treasury, dated from Whitehall, forwarding (a) infra for the Treasury to give proper orders thereon. 1 page.|
Enclosing:—(a) The Admiralty to the Duke of Newcastle, dated 1745, May 14, forwarding (b) infra, and desiring a stop to be put to the new and prejudicial demands made by the Customs officers at Kinsale in requiring an entry to be made of all provisions sent off from that port to His Majesty's ships. 1 page.
(b) The Commissioners of Victualling to Mr. Corbett at the Admiralty, dated Victualling Office, 1745, May 10, concerning such fees as above, which have formerly appeared in the accounts of the Victualling Commissioners' correspondents at Cork, and which are now demanded at Kinsale as in (c) infra. 2 pages.
(c) Extract of a letter to said Victualling Commissioners from Ralph Uvedale, their agent at Kinsale, dated 1745, April 26, to said Commissioners detailing the abovesaid demands as made by the Customs officers at Kinsale. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXVII. No. 4.]
|82. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttelton.|
The Excise Commissioners' report read on a petition of John Smith, of Slindon, in Sussex, a smuggler, now in Horsham gaol. Agreed that he be not discharged.
The Customs Commissioners' report read on a petition from Joseph Mico and others, for leave to import some goods taken by the French. Agreed that the request cannot be complied with.
A petition read from Robert Jones, of London, merchant, for repayment of 692l. 9s. 0d. paid into the Court of Admiralty, being the produce of the ship “Success,” arrested as belonging to the King's enemies, and as perquisites of the Admiralty of England. “And upon consideration of the case it appearing reasonable that the ship and goods might have been discharged, my Lords say they cannot have any objection that the money retained by the Court of Admiralty as aforesaid should not be paid to the petitioner.”
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 126,272l. 8s. 0d. in part of his memorial of the 28th inst. for 206,432l. 4s. 7d.
Same for 24,816l. 18s. 8d. to the Paymaster of Marines for two months' subsist to June 24 next as by his memorial of the 1st inst.
Same for 40,000l. to the Ordnance in part of 68,426l. 14s. 6d., the sum due for extras last year not provided for by Parliament.
Mr. Davis to pay Mr. Dowdal 20 guineas out of [the King's] money in his hands as of His Majesty's royal bounty.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List funds of 6,478l. 16s. 0d. to the Treasurer of the Chamber for bills, 1,816l. to Mr. Trevor for half a year's appointments, and 4,500l. to the Secretaries of State.
A memorial read from Mr. Hooper, late Paymaster of Pensions, for the same allowances to be made to him (for paying small pensions without deduction of poundage) as were made to former Paymasters. “Lay a state before my Lords of allowances to former Paymasters.”
A memorial read from the officers of the three Independent Companies to be formed for the service and defence of South Carolina, praying to be paid their subsistence. The officers ordered to be paid their personal pay from the dates of their commission, pursuant to the establishment thereof lately signed by the King. But the Paymaster General to make no further payment on account of said establishment of said Companies till further orders.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 154–5; Letter Book XX. p. 174.]