|June 7||83. Royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to John Duke of Montagu, Master General of the Ordnance. “Whereas by a convention, bearing date at the Hague, the 5th day of May, 1745, made between His Majesty and the States General of the United Provinces, it is stipulated that a balance should be stated of what Great Britain and the States General should have furnished beyond the proportion of each to the train of artillery and ammunition therein agreed upon, and that Great Britain should pay within a month from the date [sic] to the Receiver General of the States at the Hague the sum that should be found due by Great Britain to answer the two thirds of the said artillery and ammunition which are stipulated to be furnished by Great Britain in the Low Counties according to said convention: and whereas it appears by a separate article of the same convention that Thomas Lascelles, Esq., Inspector General of the British Artillery, and Thomas Jones, Esq., Controller General thereof, together with two officers of artillery appointed on behalf of the States General had stated the balance due by Great Britian to make good their quota of the said artillery and ammunition, which, according to the particulars mentioned in a list annexed to the convention, doth amount to 319,098 guelders, 11½ deniers, current money of Holland.” Therefore ordered hereby to pay 29,962l. 5s. 1d. to meet same at an equivalence of 10g. 13st. per £: same to come out of the 500,000l. granted by Parliament to enable the King to make good treaties and other services of the war.|
[King's Warrant Book XXXVI. pp. 155–6.]
|June 11.||84. Warrant under the sign manual of the Lords Justices, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, for the establishment of a regiment of foot (ordered to be forthwith raised in the Highlands of North Britain under the command of John Earl of Loudoun) to commence from 1745, April 25.|
Followed by:—Said establishment in detail and similar warrants for (1) deducting 12d. in the £ and one day per annum out of all payments on said establishment; (2) the regulation of subsistence; (3) deducting the subsistence of two men per company in case said companies be not kept complete through respites of privates. 5 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXVII. No. 8.]
|85. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Lyttelton.|
A memorial read from the Paymaster of the Forces for 54,000l. for levy money and pay of the Austrian troops in Flanders. My Lords desire Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer to carry this memorial to the Lords Justices for their directions upon it.
Order for the issue of 110,000l. to the Navy Treasurer for services as in his memorial of this day's date, and 39,300l. in further part of his memorial of the 28th ult.
Same for 124,964l. to the Paymaster of the Forces in part of his memorial for 140,579l. 13s. 10¼d.
A memorial of the 31st ult. read from said Paymaster forwarding Messrs. Burrell and Bristow's proposal for providing subsistence money for the forces in Gibraltar and Minorca from June 25 to August 21. Agreed to as folllows:—25,000 dollars for Minorca at 55d. per dollar, same for Gibraltar at 54½d. per dollar.
Write to the Navy Commissioners to form a scheme for the disposal of the remaining cash to the Navy for the current year.
A report read from the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, relating to duties and fees demanded [at Kinsale] on shipping provisions for His Majesty's service. See what has been done in the like cases.
Same read from the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on Mr. Townsend's memorial for 2,281l. 5s. 0d. for provisions shipped for America on board the “Tygar,” lost in Torbay. “My Lords think it just that the contractor should be allowed the quantity and real value of the provisions so lost, and direct the said Comptrollers to make the best enquiry they can of the said real value abstracted from the profit which might have arisen to him if the provisions had arrived safe in America.”
Same read from the Customs Commissioners on Mr. Whitfield's petition for delivery of wines under seizure. The duties to be paid by the petitioner, and the wines to be delivered to him, he defraying the charges of prosecution. The Commissioners to certify to my Lords the proportion of the seizures made by their officers in their own right, together with their respective names and offices, and also what they think may be a reasonable recompence to those officers and informers who acted by their direction.
Report from the Customs Commissioners read on a petition of Mr. Baird for delivery of wines under seizure. The like direction as above.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|For the Privy Purse||3,000||0||0|
|For the Duke of Cumberland||1,000||0||0|
|For Sir Clement Cotterell Dormer||545||18||6|
|For Mr. Davies||200||0||0|
|For Mr. Bentley||100||0||0|
|For the late Queen's servants||3,572||9||0¼|
|For Richmond Lodge||919||15||2|
|For the Treasurer of the Chambers for extraordinary disbursements||4,901||16||2⅓|
|For Mr. Keen||577||2||5½|
|Leave of absence to Mr. Ponsonby, a Revenue Commissioner, Ireland. Sir William Corbet to go over to Ireland [to keep up the quorum of the Revenue Commissioners]. Same for Captain Ash, commander of the sloop at Plymouth. “But my Lords say this is the last indulgence of that nature he is to expect.”|
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 156–8; Letter Book XX. pp. 174, 175.]
|86. Memorial to the King from Lieut. Gen. Philipps, colonel of the regiment of foot in America. In pursuance of the King's order of August 31 last 235 of the men raised under the Imprest Act were enlisted in said regiment and embarked for Newfoundland on the “Tyger” transport. On the 27 Feb., 1744–5, this ship was lost in Tor Bay, about 170 of the recruits drowned, and the rest dispersed. Prays an allowance of 3l. a man for levy money for new recruits, and 1,124l. 4s. 4d., for the value of clothing and accoutrements lost in the “Tyger.” Together with:—Order of reference (also in dorso) of date 1745, April 23 (25), to the Secretary at War. 1½ pages.|
Followed by:—(a) An account of the subsistence and necessaries provided for the men embarked on the “Tyger” transport: certified by King Gould, agent to said regiment. 3 pages.
(b) An account concerning the 223 recruits for said regiment lost on board the “Tyger” as above. 2 pages.
(c) Affidavit by Galfridus Mann, dated 1745, June 12, as to the clothing of the above regiment lost with said recruits as above. 1 page.
(d) Same by King Gould of same date, concerning said loss as in (c). 1 page.
(e) Same by Patrick White, of Ratcliff, co. Midd., late master of the “Tyger” transport, concerning the loss of said ship. 1 page.
(f) A state of the regiment of foot commanded by Lieut. Gen. Philipps, as it now stands, certified by R. Philipps, 1745, June 8. (Total of regiment, 789 men). 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXVII. No. 11.]
|June 13.||87. Report to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners, London, on the letter from Sir Thomas Robinson, Governor of Barbados, to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, dated May 8 last, complaining of the extraordinary behaviour of the Customs officers at Bridgetown. From said letter and from one written by said officers to the Customs Commissioners, England, of date 1745, May 7, it appears that there had been several alarms of an invasion from the French, and that the Governor had called on said officers with the rest of the inhabitants to appear under arms in the Militia, but that said officers had refused. Consider this refusal to be contrary to the 56th Article of the King's instructions to said Governor and a piece of impertinence on the part of said officers.|
Minuted:—As under date June 19, infra p. 697. 2 pages.
Appending:—(a) Said Robinson's letter, dated Pilgrim House, Barbados, 1745, May 8. “On the 25th of March last this island was alarm'd with ten large ships in view, and within three leagues of us. These ships were then suspected, and have since been prov'd to be a French fleet. The gross neglect of many of the inhabitants in not appearing in arms on this occasion oblig'd me to take the measures prescrib'd by the militia law of the island to punish the late defection and to prevent it for the future.” Details the conduct of Daniel Moore, collector of Bridgetown, and Mr. Gosling, the comptroller of same, in refusing to do militia duty as above. Their pretence of guarding the Custom House is unreal, for although Lascelles, the former collector, remained in the Custom House day and night, Moore has never remained a single night there, but left it to the negroes, “and this at a time when we have had more robberies and outrages committed by them in and about town than ever had been known for many years … Since the alarm above mention'd on the 25th March, the island has again been brought under arms by another on the 27th of April last, when it was currently reported that 30 of the enemies ships were standing for this place …. On the 5th instant we had another alarm, when 27 vessels were actually in sight on the N.E. part of the island, which have since prov'd to be friends, but, however, kept the whole island under arms for 16 hours.”
Followed by:—Three appendices (a) (b) (c), being an abstract of instruction 56, as above, and two depositions. 9 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXVII. No. 12.]
|June 14.||88. The Commissioners of the Navy to John Scrope concerning the large sum wanted on the head of wages to complete the payments of ship's books begun in the Treasurer ship of Sir John Rushout, late Treasurer of the Navy, all the money in his hands having been paid away except two small items, detailed. There are but two ways of carrying on the payments on the slips' books begun by Sir John Rushout, the one by issuing more money to him, the other by abstracting the pay books into fresh books to enable the present Navy Treasurer to carry on those payments. This latter method would involve hazard and expense, and take near a twelve month, and would be injurious to the men having wages due, as they would have to wait till the books were abstracted. Therefore prefer the former method, and advise an imprest to Sir John Rushout of 50,000l. as the nearest estimate that can be made shows about 80,000l. as due as above for wages and defalcations.|
Minuted:—As under date 1745, June 26, infra. 3 pages.
Appending:—(a) A printed list of ships paid in the Treasurership of Sir John Rushout (102 ships in all being named). 1 sheet.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXVII. No. 13.]
|89. Computations on the Hessian Treaty, dated 1745, June 5/16. “The subsidy is made payable in Bank Crowns, without mentioning either Holland or Germany. All the other subsidies now payable to German Princes in Crowns are paid in German Crowns at about 3s. 6d. each. But the Hesse Cassel [treaty] Crown in 1742 and 1743 was paid as a Crown Bank of Amsterdam, which was then equal to 4s. 9¾d., and paid at that rate. But by the present course of exchange for Holland (35s. 7d.), the par of the Dutch Crown is 4s. 8d. only. N.B.—By the treaty in 1702 with Hesse Cassel for 6,000 men the subsidy was only 100,000 Crowns per an. …. The establishment of pay of the Hessians in 1742 and 1743 for 1,264 horse and 4,908 foot was 125,514l. 2s. 1½d. per annum.” 1 page.|
[Ibid. No. 14.]
|June 19.||90. The Duke of Devonshire, late Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to the Treasury, dated from Devonshire House, strongly recommending the petition of Thomas Kennedy, surveyor of Cork, ut infra. The Duke of Newcastle having “acquainted me that the victualling ships destined from the British ports to the Mediterranean were prevented from sailing by the cruising of the French squadron in the Channell, whereby it was feared that the fleet under Admiral Mathews's command there might be greatly distressed for want of provisions, and having therefore in the strongest manner recommended it to me forthwith to give directions for buying up provisions in Ireland, and sending them with the utmost expedition to Mr. Mathews,” Kennedy was employed in said service, and acted with such despatch that the provisions arrived soon after in the Mediterranean, and were a seasonable relief to the fleet.|
Followed by:—A copy of said Kennedy's petition to the Duke of Devonshire, then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Was directed in Feb., 1743, to procure ten pilots for the fleet under Sir John Norris, which was immediately expected on the coast of Ireland. Had a receipt for the said pilots from Capt. Mercer (who was ordered to carry them to the fleet) dated on board his ship at Castlehaven, several leagues to the south west of Kilsale, within 40 hours of the writing the order at Dublin. In the following March was commanded to seize all the French ships with their cargoes and men that were then in Cork harbour, which was done. Some time afterwards they were set at liberty, and by a second order seized again. Further narrates his services and trouble over the abovesaid provision of beef for the Mediterranean fleet. 3 pages.
[Ibid. No. 16.]
|91. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Lyttelton.|
Leave of absence to Mr. Chaffin, a tidesman.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|For the Great Officers||8,662||11||9½|
|For Sir John Hynde Cotton||10||13||4|
|For the Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer||55||1||6|
|For the Officers of the Tally Court||213||0||0|
|For Messrs. Ballow and Farley||40||0||0|
|For Mr. Sharpe||250||0||0|
|For the sheriffs||500||0||0|
|A memorial read from the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire for a reversionary lease of a house he has in Duke Street, Westminster, lately possessed by Lady Diana Fielding. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.|
A petition read from John Baird and Co., merchants, about some Spanish wines bought in Scotland, and brought thence to London with regular cocquets, and now under seizure. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A memorial read from the Duke of St. Albans for repairs at Cranbourne Lodge. Referred to the Surveyor of Woods.
Same read from John Bernard for 1,243l. 7s. 11d. due to him from Mr. Whitworth, and 517l. 7s. 3¾d. from Mr. Legg for works and repairs done by him in Hyde Park, Bushey Park, Windsor Forest, New Lodge, Cranbourne Lodge, Greenwich Park, &c., in the time of said Whitworth and Legge being successively Surveyor General of Woods.
The report from the Customs Commissioners, ut infra, read on the letter from Sir Thomas Robinson, Governor of Barbados, complaining of the behaviour of the Collector and Comptroller of Customs at Bridgetown there. Said Commissioners are of opinion said officers are very blameable in their behaviour to the Governor. A copy hereof to be sent to said Governor.
Same from same read on the petitions of Edward Lascelles, Arthur Upton, and William Rawlings, officers of Customs in Barbados.
A petition read from Charles Dunbar, late surveyor of Customs at Barbados, complaining of Mr. Dinwiddie's behaviour in relation to himself.
Same read from the Earl of Home for discharge of an arrear due from his late father as sheriff of Berwick, anno 1710, and from himself for his own service and infeofment of the Barony of Home, and for blench and other duties whilst he was sheriff. Referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland.
A letter read from Admiral Martin, on board the “Edinburgh,” in Plymouth Sound, concerning the drawback on prize French sugar and coffee, praying that the collector of Plymouth may keep in his hands so much of the moneys paid for the high duties thereon as will enable him to pay off the debentures as soon as exportation is made. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The Agents for Taxes attend my Lords for the appointing receivers for the land tax, 1745. Ten of them, detailed, respited. Directions given in three other cases.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 159–61; Reference Book X. pp. 280, 281; Crown Lease Book VII. p. 67.]
|June 19.||92. Certificate, signed by John Scrope, that the University of Glasgow has exhibited to the Treasury accounts of the yearly revenue and expenses of the University of Glasgow for the years 1733, 1734, 1735, and 1736, signed by Neil Campbell, principal: upon the foot of which accounts it appears that the revenue exceeds the expenses in 1733 and 1734 by 213l. 17s. 45/18d., and in 1735 and 1736 by 18l. 1s. 1131/48d.|
[North Britain Book XIV. p. 176.]
|[June 24?]||93. A statement of the debt due at Midsummer, 1745, on salaries and pensions [payable at the Exchequer]. 1 page.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXVII. No. 18.]
|June 25.||94. Warrant by the Lords Justices to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for his giving the necessary orders and directions for allowing the payments already made to the widows of officers on the establishment of Ireland, for continuing on that establishment the present annual allowance, and for observing the method which has been long practised with respect to the payment of the said allowance to them.|
[Irish Book IX. p. 449.]
|95. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Lyttelton.|
A memorial read from General Honywood for the King's moiety of 100 doz. of French wine, part of his stores abroad, but seized on importation here, to be remitted. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The Navy Commissioners to attend on Wednesday next, when my Lords will take into consideration the methods proposed by said Commissioners for issuing money for completing the payments on the ships' books begun in Sir John Rushout's treasurership.
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 120,933l. 5s. 6d. for services as in his memorial of this day.
A letter read from the Navy Commissioners to Mr. Scrope, enclosing a scheme for a distribution of the naval cash remaining to be issued for the service of 1745.
Order for the issue of 34,948l. 3s. 0d. to the Paymaster of Marines.
Mr. Danvers allowed 1,000l. for the burning of his house in Surrey Street, and in consideration of his having laid out 800l. in fitting it up for the Comptrollers of Army Accounts: all on his giving a general release.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List funds of 19,600l. to the Cofferer for 1744, Lady Day quarter; 2,500l. to the purveyors for the present month of June, and 600l. to Mr. Davies.
A report read from the Customs Commissioners on the petition of Joseph Kemp. His desires agreed to.
Respites taken off Richard Gildart, Receiver General for co. Lancaster, and Michael Thirkle, same for part of Suffolk.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 162–3.]
|June 28.||96. J. Scrope to the Navy Commissioners. Has laid before the Treasury their letter of the 14th inst. desiring an issue of 50,000l. to Sir John Rushout towards completing the payments of ships books begun in his Treasurership. As said Rushout's patents are revoked by the appointment of Mr. Dodington to be Navy Treasurer, my Lords are doubtful whether they can comply with said request. Therefore desire the Commissioners' attendance at the Treasury as above for the consideration of this matter.|
[Letter Book XX. p. 175.]