|134. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Fox.|
A memorial read from the Navy Treasurer of this day's date for 71,856l. 4s. 6d. “The Chancellor of the Exchequer having this day been informed by some of the Commissioners of the Navy that nothing would be immediately wanted for the service thereof, except the course, my Lords direct the course to be paid; but direct no part of the said memorial, except the quarter's salary due Michaelmas last to the Lords of the Admiralty et al., amounting to 9,400l.” Order for the issue, for the course, of 96,325l. for bills carrying interest for the month of April last, and 2,646l. for bills on the transports for the month of March, 1745.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|For the royal family, the Treasury Lords et al.||28,462||14||1½|
|For the Treasurer of the Chambers for bills for 1744, Lady Day quarter||3,150||4||1¾|
|For the Mr. Basket||4,000||0||0|
|For the Cofferer, for purveyors for 1745, September||2,500||0||0|
|For the Privy Purse||3,000||0||0|
|For Mr. Hatton||400||0||0|
|For Mr. Jennison||1,050||0||0|
|For Secret Service||5,000||0||0|
|For Mr. Davis||500||0||0|
|For the Riley, hay for the deer at Windsor||82||10||0|
|For the Great officers||8,697||2||9¾|
|Leave of absence to Thomas Plowes, coastwaiter, London port.|
The report from the Surveyor General [of Lands] read on a petition from the Mayor et al. of Harwich about the damage their town has and may suffer by want of repair of the lands purchased there for the better fortifying that place, in which he is of opinion that what is desired may be complyed with. Order for a warrant for the Receiver of Crown revenues there to pay out of money in his hands arisen from the rents of lands leased there 300l. to the Mayor and Chamberlain of Harwich to be applied to said repairs.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 188; Customs Book XVI. p. 21.]
|Oct. 2.||135. Henry Fane (in the absence of the Secretaries to the Treasury) to the Commissioners of Victualling concerning the Order by the King in Council of May 16 last, whereby the King referred to the Treasury the consideration of certain proposals made for supplying the castles in the Islands of Jersey and Guernsey with six months' dry provisions to be kept constantly in store there during the continuance of the war with France, in like manner as has been practised in former wars: which provisions in said proposals are made to amount to 375 quintals of biscuit, 21,000 lbs. of Cheshire cheese, and 500 bushels of salt for each island. The Treasury desire an account of the expense of each specie of said provision, and further to know what quantity of the six months' dry provisions for 500 men, which by the said Order in Council were to be sent to each island, has been actually sent.|
[Letter Book XX. p. 185.]
|136. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Fox, Mr. Lyttelton.|
A memorial read from George Ross, Agent to the Independent Companies to be raised in the North of Scotland, praying directions about sending to Scotland the sum of 4,290l. 6s. 8d., received by him on account of the subsistence of said Companies. “As the money is directed to be issued to Mr. Ross, pursuant to a letter from the Marquis of Tweeddale, he must apply to the Admiralty for what he wants.”
Same read from the Customs Commissioners desiring directions for their government on the arrival of ships from Scotland. The Commissioners to attend my Lords next Friday hereupon.
A report read from same Commissioners relating to the exportation from Holland of hides, salted, of beasts that perished there by the contagion amongst the cattle, with Dr. Mead's and Dr. Lee's opinions thereupon. To be sent to the Clerk of the Council in waiting.
A report and estimate read from the Board of Works for repairing Sir John Hind Cotton's office adjoining the Archbishop of Canterbury's apartment in Whitehall. To be sent to Sir John Hind Cotton.
Same and same from same read on repairs in Hyde Park. My Lords agree to all the articles except to that for posts and rails from the New Bridge to those on the Old Road.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 188; Letter Book XX. pp. 185, 186.]
|Oct. 3.||137. Treasury warrant to the Receiver of land revenues of the Crown in Essex to pay to James Clements, present mayor of Harwich, 300l. to be applied towards making good a breach of the sea and in defending the forelands from the sea.|
Prefixing:—Report to the Treasury from T. Walker, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, on the petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, &c., of Harwich concerning said breach. By two Acts of 8 and 9 Anne several lands were purchased for fortifying said town and harbour. The premises then consisted of 134 acres of land, a windmill, 27 dwelling houses, and about 20 other small parcels as storehouses, stables, boatbuilders' sheds and the like. These premises cost the public 9,149l. 13s. 2d., and the yearly value thereof was about 366l. The scheme for fortifying the said town and harbour not being carried out, a part of the premises consisting of eight houses and a wharf of the yearly value of 50l. were in 1716 by an Order of Council directed to be put into the possession of the gunners and store keepers of Land Guard Fort till such time as a barrack and other conveniences could be built for them at the said fort. All the remaining parts of the said premises were demised by George I. by letters patent under the Exchequer Seal, 1729, July 24, to Sir Philip Parker and Thomas Heath for 31 years at 110l. per an., with covenants for repairs and for preventing waste, and with a special clause of resumption at pleasure. Has had premises viewed and finds that lessees have not only neglected the defence of the premises against the sea, but have also suffered the houses and buildings to go to ruin for want of common repairs. Since 1709 there has been 7a. 3r. 26p. of the best of the land washed away by the sea, and no less than 17 parcels consisting of houses, warehouses, and stables are totally destroyed, not by the sea but for want of common repairs, the materials having been sold or converted without any regard to the covenants of the lease. There has been a breach made by the sea a little to the south east of the town, which will soon reach the King's highway and reduce the town to an island if not prevented. This may be easily repaired by erecting breakwaters on the shore where the breach is made, and these breakwaters may afterwards be continued round the cliff and forelands at proper distances if by experiment they shall be found to answer the desired end. The 300l. similarly granted by the Treasury in 1732 to repair damage done by the sea has been duly applied, and in great measure answered the use intended.
[Money Book XLII. pp. 96–7.]
|Oct. 4.||138. The Commissioners of Victualling to John Scrope in reply to Mr. Fane's letter of the 2nd instant concerning the provisioning of Jersey and Guernsey with six months' dry provisions to be kept constantly in store there during the war with France, in like manner as has been done in former wars. Enclose a copy of their letter to Mr. Corbett, dated 1744, August 1, in reply to said Corbett's letters of 1744, July 21 and 28, desiring to know, for the Admiralty, who paid for the provisions sent over to Jersey and Guernsey in 1693. Also enclose an estimate of the provisions proposed to be sent. 2½ pages.|
Appending:—(a) Copy of said Commissioners' letter to Mr. Corbett of date 1744, August 1, with an account of the provisions furnished for Jersey and Guernsey in 1693. 3 pages.
(b) An account of the provisions intended to be sent as above. 1 page.
(c) Copy of an order dated 1745, May 16, at the Council Chamber, Whitehall, and made by the Lords of the Committee of Council for the affairs of Jersey and Guernsey referring to the Treasury the matter of the undertaking of the provisioning of said islands: together with the proposal of John Le Hardy, of Jersey, for same. Followed by:—(1) Reasons offered by the storekeepers of Jersey and Guernsey to show that it is not safe for any person to undertake the keeping up six months' dry provisions for 500 men for the sum of 40l. per annum for each of those garrisons. (2) Memorial from said John Le Hardy to Richard Viscount Cobham, Governor and Commander-in-Chief in Jersey. (3) Said Hardy's proposal to undertake for said provisions.
Minuted in dorso:—1745, Sept. 26. Read. Messrs. Le Cocq and Lempriere and Mr. Coade to furnish the provisions. 13 pages.
(c) (1) Petition to the Treasury from Robert Fowler Coade with his offer for furnishing six months' provisions as above. 4 pages.
(c) (2) Another like offer from said Coade. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXVIII. No. 12.]
|139. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Lyttelton.|
Mr. Daniel Wray was sworn before my Lords deputy to Mr. York, one of the four Tellers of the Receipt.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster General of the Forces of 20,000l. for the services of General Wade's army out of the 500,000l. for extraordinary services of the war: and 25,000l., being the remainder of the 200,000l. granted last session of Parliament for the King of Sardinia.
Same for 52,456l. 4s. 6d. to the Navy Treasurer, being the remainder of his memorial of the 1st inst.
A memorial read from the Duke of Grafton for repairs at Wakefield Lodge, in Whittlewood Forest. Referred to the Surveyor of Woods.
Enquire of Mr. Chauncey Townsend concerning the bill drawn from Fort William, in Newfoundland, by Mr. Sediere for subsisting marines there.
A letter to Mr. Scrope from the Secretary of the Royal Africa Company read praying payment of the 10,000l. addressed for last session towards the support of their forts and settlements. “My Lords upon reading the said letter observe that the Company do not intend to apply more than 5,000l. towards the support of their forts and settlements but to apply the remainder towards payment of their debts, and upon considering the address of Parliament for issuing the 10,000l. do not think they are thereby authorized to issue at present more than 5,000l., which the Company say (and declare in this letter) is all they intend to apply this year towards the support of their forts and settlements.”
The Customs Commissioners attend and their memorial read desiring directions for their government on the arrival of ships from Scotland. A list of ships lading in the river for Scotland is also read, and the Secretary of the Customs' letter about gunpowder found on board one ship in the said list and on board another ship for Leith. “My Lords order that all the ships in the list be detained, and all ships coming from Scotland with any cocquets to be examined and stopt till the Commissioners of Customs give their Lordships an account of such [and receive their Lordships' opinion thereupon]And no [arms or] military stores on board any ship are to be permitted to go to any port of Great Britain without an order from the Commissioners of the Customs.”
The Paymaster General of the Forces attends with a letter from the Earl of Loudoun acquainting the Paymaster that by order of the Earl of Stair he had drawn bills on him for 2,360l. for subsistence of the troops at Inverness under his command. My Lords thereupon direct said Paymaster to acquaint the Earl of Loudoun that 4,290l. 6s. 8d. has been already issued to Mr. George Ross to be sent for the subsistence of the 20 Highland companies according to an estimate transmitted to the Treasury by the Marquess of Tweeddale, but that, however, he will accept these bills as upon the further account of the subsistence of the said 20 companies, but to let his Lordship know that for the future he must take no authority to draw for money on account of subsistence of forces, but from the Lords of the Treasury or their order.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 190–1; Letter Book XX. p. 187; Customs Book XVI. p. 24.]
|Oct. 8.||140. Treasury order to the Customs Commissioners to give orders for the due observance of an Order of Council, dated Whitehall, Oct. 4, prohibiting the importation of salt hides of beasts from Holland, as follows: “Whereas there was this day read at the [Council] Board an extract of a letter from Robert Trevor, Esq., His Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the States General, to the Right Honble. the Earl of Harrington, one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, dated at the Hague the 28 Sept. last, n.s., representing that at the first breaking out of the contagion amongst the horn cattle in Holland the States had ordered all the beasts that died of it to be buried unflayed; but that upon information being afterwards given that the carcases would be so much the longer in consuming, and that the poor proprietors might make something of the hides, they were allowed to take off and sell the skins: that the farmers in that country who used to buy up the said hides have at present discontinued the same, which has occasioned the people to begin to export them salted to foreign markets, and especially to that of London, for which port he is informed there is a quantity actually shipping off now from Rotterdam,” therefore ordered that the directions already given by the Customs Commissioners for not admitting any such hides to an entry be approved and observed.|
[Customs Book XVI. p. 23.]
|Oct. 9.||141. J. Scrope to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts forwarding the following papers, viz.:—(1) Letters from Capt. Gabriel Sediere to the Treasury from St. John's, Newfoundland, dated 1744–5, March 19, and 1745, July 23, with advice of a bill for 619l. 16s. 0d. drawn on the Treasury for victualling the garrison in Fort William, Newfoundland. (2) Copy of the contract entered into 1744, Oct. 31, by Capt. Sediere with Messrs. Masters and Ballard for victualling said garrison. (3) Seven monthly certificates signed by Capt. Sediere of the men victualled in said garrison, 1744, Nov. 30 to 1745, May 31.|
The Treasury desire report hereon after consultation with Mr. Chauncey Townsend, the present contractor for victualling part of General Philips's regiment in Newfoundland.
[Letter Book XX. p. 186.]
|142. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.|
A memorial read from the Board of Ordnance for 80,000l. (on which 10,000l. has been already issued). Order for 20,000l. in further part thereof; also for 11,000l. to the Treasurer of the Ordnance to pay for 10,000 musquets bought in Holland.
“Read a representation from the Mayor of Newcastle and several gentlemen, wherein they acquaint my Lords with their apprehensions of the want of specie from the money raised at Newcastle to supply His Majesty's troops there and at Berwick, and those under the Earl of Loudoun in Scotland, and desiring a sufficient supply in specie may be sent down for paying the troops in those parts, or they apprehend their manufactures must suffer. My Lords order Mr. Scrope to write a letter to the Mayor, &c., to let them know how greatly their Lordships are concerned to find that they are apprehensive of a want of current cash to answer the necessary daily demands of the workmen in the several manufactures in their parts; and that they are the more uneasy at the hearing it since this misfortune has arisen from their goodwill to the public by supplying His Majesty's forces at Newcastle and Berwick, and those under the Earl of Loudoun in Scotland; for the last of which ample provision had been made by money sent in one of His Majesty's ships of war directly to Inverness. Their Lordships also direct Mr. Scrope to acquaint them that Mr. Abbott, the Deputy Paymaster, carried a considerable sum in specie with him, [and] that he is impowered to take from the Receiver General and Collectors of the Customs and Excise of the several counties the troops shall march through, and the neighbourhood thereof, what money shall be wanted for the service of the troops; by which my Lords hope that the money taken up at Newcastle will soon return again into the country. However, my Lords will be very glad from time to time to make everything relating to this service as easy to them as they possibly can.”
The state of the account of Robert Peele, Receiver of the King's estate at Aldcliffe, in the parish of Lancaster, to 1745, Lady Day, read and agreed to.
The Earl of Stair and the Secretary at War attend with an estimate of the sums necessary for the forces to be encamped in Hyde Park and near Dartford. “Prepare a warrant for this estimate, except the following articles,” viz.:—
|2l. 10s. 0d. for the purchase of each horse, amounting to||620||0||0|
|For bât horses||1,490||0||0|
|Camp necessaries for the Foot Guards||1,547||10||0|
|Camp necessaries for the five regiments from Flanders||420||8||8|
|The Secretary at War and the Paymaster of the Forces to attend on Thursday next upon the general business of the American regiments.|
Mr. Winning on to pay Mr. Verelst 800l. for transporting German Protestants to Georgia; out of money remaining in his hands for the service of Georgia.
Order for the issue to the Cofferer of 400l. for the necessary provisions for the Duke of Cumberland's voyage from Holland on his return to England.
A memorial read from Mr. Chauncey Townsend, contractor for victualling the garrison of Ruatan, praying payment of 1,630l. 4s. 0d. for provisions sent thither 1744, Lady Pay to 1745, May 27, and 1,048l. 16s. 0d. on his allowance of 6d. per man per day for 456 men certain from the latter date. Referred to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|To the Cofferer||400||0||0|
|To the Under Secretaries of State et al. for attendance on the King abroad||1,240||0||0|
|To the Master of the Robes||1,308||11||8|
|To the Duke of Cumberland for his table||1,000||0||0|
|To Mr. Bentley, library keeper||50||0||0|
|To the Collins||100||0||0|
|Write to the Customs Commissioners to hasten their report on Henry Lascelles's petition and case.|
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 192–4; Letter Book XX. pp. 187–8; Reference Book X. p. 285; Customs Book XVI. p. 24.]
|143. Estimate of the extraordinary pay, waggon money, and other extraordinaries due to the Hessian Forces in the pay of Great Britain from 1745, August 6 to Oct. 15, when they went into winter quarters (total 71,298l. 18s. 0d.). 1 page.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXVIII. No. 13.]
|144. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell Mr. Lyttelton.|
Memorials read from the Paymaster of the Forces for two months' subsist and pay of the Flanders forces, of the Guards and Garrisons and of the forces in the Plantations. Order for the issue of one month on each memorial amounting respectively to 62,482l. 35,016l., and 19,939l. 10s. 0d.
A petition read from Mr. Cookson, Mayor of Hull, relating to Spanish wines under seizure, with two affidavits relating thereto. To be sent to the Customs Commissioners.
A letter from the Secretary of the Customs to Mr. Scrope read enclosing one from Mr. Okes, coast surveyor, giving an account of the arrival of the ship “Liberty,” John Ferguson master, from Dunbar and Kirkcaldy in Scotland. To be sent to the Clerk of the Council in waiting to be laid before the President of the Privy Council for his information in the affair.
Mr. Drummond, Commissioner of Excise in Scotland, may come to London if he thinks fit.
The Secretary at War and the Paymaster General of the Forces attend concerning the affair of the American regiments, and a report of the said Paymaster thereupon is read, as also a letter from the Lords of the Admiralty to the Duke of Newcastle enclosing the extract of a letter to Mr. Corbett, their secretary, from Rear Admiral Warren representing that it will be necessary when the garrison at Louisburg shall be established that the soldiers should be supplied with the thickest and warmest kind of clothing, and that a considerable allowance should be made them for firewood and for some spiritous liquors, as rum and brandy. As to the clothing, the Secretary at War acquaints my Lords that proper care is already taken by the addition of a flannel waistcoat for each man, and that as to the firewood there stands already on the estimate of the charge of said garrison an allowance of 5s. 8d. a day for fire and candle, which he says is the usual allowance to garrisons of the like strength: and as to spiritous liquors, my Lords say they will without delay make a contract with proper persons for victualling that garrison, towards which only 3d. per man per day shall be deducted out of the soldier's pay, and the remaining 3d. per man per day be paid them, which is an extraordinary allowance of 1d. per man per day, and is by my Lords thought sufficient for purchase of spiritous liquors.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 195–6; Letter Book XX. p. 188.]
|Oct. 19.||145. An account, certified by John Bayly, of money advanced for the service of the drafts made out of Sir John Bruce's regiment of foot in February, 1743–4, by the agent. 1 sheet.|
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXVIII. No. 14.]
|146. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttelton.|
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
|One quarter to the Earl of Hyndford, about||1,100||0||0|
|To the Judges, one term||6,582||10||0|
|To the Speaker of the House of Commons||500||0||0|
|To the purveyors, for the month of October||2,500||0||0|
|To the Henneth Morison, a chaplain||20||0||0|
|Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 14,392l. 7s. 9d., to pay bills of exchange as in his memorial.|
A memorial and proposal read from John Tomlinson and John Hanbury for victualling, and remitting money to, the garrison at Louisburg in Cape Breton. Referred to the Paymaster of the Forces and the Comptrollers of Army Accounts.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 197; Letter Book XX. p. 190.]
|Oct. 22||147. J. Scrope to the Customs Commissioners conveying the Treasury's permission for discharging the ships which are under stop from Scotland in the ports of London, Liverpool, and Newcastle; the said Commissioners having no objection to the entry and delivery of their cargoes.|
[Customs Book XVI. p. 27.]
|Oct. 22.||148. Articles of agreement between the Treasury of the one part and Robert Fowler Coade, Thomas Le Cocq, and Charles Lempriere, merchants, of the other part, for furnishing provisions for the garrisons in Jersey and Guernsey.|
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 334–7.]
|Oct. 23.||149. J. Scrope to the Clerk of the Council in Waiting transmitting from the Treasury a memorial of the Customs Commissioners with two lists of ships in the Thames which are lading for Scotland, but detained by their order; also two letters of the 19th inst. from Mr. Wood, Secretary to said Commissioners, the one concerning three of the said ships, and the “Catherine and Betty,” also for Scotland; the other concerning the “Agnes and Mary,” lading at Bristol for Scotland: all which the Treasury desire to be laid before the Privy Council for their direction whether the said ships in the present situation of affairs should be permitted to sail for Scotland. “The ships that are arrived from Scotland have been permitted to unlade their cargoes.”|
[Letter Book XX. p. 190.]
|150. Present: Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell.|
The Secretary at War attends my Lords and delivers two estimates for 1746, the one the charge of the Guards and Garrisons, the other of the 10 regiments of marines.
A letter read from the Earl of Harrington enclosing an extract of one to him from Mr. Trevor about his having received secret intelligence of the appearance of a pestilential distemper at Viborg, on the borders of Finland. The Customs Commissioners to use such caution as they shall think proper till further direction.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 198; Customs Book XVI. p. 27.]
|151. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Fox, Mr. Lyttelton.|
The memorial of the Navy Treasurer for 7,000l. for subsisting prisoners of war, and for medicines for hospitals, read and agreed to.
The Secretary at War attends and delivers in an estimate of the charge of two regiments of horse and 13 regiments of foot raised under the command of several noblemen and of 20 Independent Companies of foot raised for the defence of the Highlands for one year from the respective times of their being raised.
Mr. Laurence Burton is to succeed Mr. Shepherd as assistant door keeper.
Dr. Hardisway's (Hardyway) proposal of means for preventing smuggling read and referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Copies of three letters to the Customs Commissioners read, having been transmitted to my Lords in Mr. Wood's letter to Mr. Scrope, for liberty to send gunpowder to the places following, viz.: one of the 24th inst. from Mr. Walton for leave to send to Falmouth several parcels of gunpowder for the use of the tinners in Cornwall; another of the same date for like leave to send 40 barrels of gunpowder to Falmouth for the use of the “Salt Ash,” “Warren,” and “Spy,” privateers; and the third of the 25th inst. from Mr. Taylor for the like leave to semi 84½ barrels to Falmouth for the use of the tin miners in Cornwall. My Lords observing that the Master General of the Ordnance has no objection thereto (except as to 33 barrels of Walton's powder which he has directed him to send to the store keeper for the office of Ordnance at Chester) consent thereto.
Order for the issue of 21,645l. to the Cofferer of the Household.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 199–200; Letter Book XX. p. 192; Customs Book XVI. pp. 28, 29.]
|152. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox, Mr. Arundell, Mr. Lyttelton.|
A letter read from Richard Wentworth, Governor of New Hampshire, enclosing a bill of exchange for 475l. 6s. 8d., dated 1715, Sept. 7, drawn on the Treasury by said Wentworth for the hire of the ship “Speedwell” to transport 72 French inhabitants of Cape Breton to France. Transmit the bill to Mr. Corbet for the directions of the Admiralty.
Mr. Temple's memorial as auditor of the duties on hides, &c., referred to the Excise Commissioners.
A report from the Comptrollers of Army Accounts read on a bill of the Apothecary General's for the medicines delivered to the army in Flanders in 1745, to the payment of which they have no objection. Agreed to.
Same read from the Customs Commissioners on a petition of James Bell, a prisoner in Lancaster goal for running of goods. Agreed that petitioner be set at liberty upon the terms in the report, and in consideration of the difficulty and expense the Crown will be at in getting possession of and selling the house and lands, said to be worth 40s. a year, they are of opinion the said estate may remain with the petitioner.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 201; Letter Book XX. p. 191.]