Treasury Books and Papers: July 1731

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Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 2, 1731-1734. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1898.

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July 1731

July 3. 202. Order for the issue to the South Sea Company of 9,332l. 14s.d. being with 769l. 2s. 2d. per annum abated on the principal sum of 1,500,000l. part of the additional stock of said Company which has been discharged, their proportion of the 12,000l. for expenses of management, allowed to the said Company by instrument of 1725, February 28, for one year to Midsummer, 1731. [Order Book XV. pp. 46–7.]
203. Same for same to the Bank of England of 1,898l. 3s.d. their proportion of the above 12,000l. for one year arising from an assignment dated 1722, October 3, of the yearly sum of 200,000l. (since reduced to 160,000l.) from the South Sea Company to the Bank of England. [Ibid.]
July 6.
204. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Sir William Yonge.
The report of the Commissioners of Customs of 1731, July 3 on Nathaniel Smith's petition for charges and expenses as late collector at Liverpool, read. Their Lordships agree that 343l. be paid him by the Receiver General of the Customs, same being placed to the account of Incidents.
The Earl of Sutherland is to be paid Midsummer quarter on his pension, payable at the Exchequer.
Timothy Fisher is to succeed Joseph Milner, superseded, as riding officer at Aglionby, Whitehaven.
The report of the Commissioners of Stamps of 1731, June 17, on John Savage's petition for ceasing a prosecution against him for marrying without a license, read, and in regard to the meanness of his circumstances agreed to without his paying costs.
The report of same of 1731, June 18, read on the petition of the sureties of Ventrice Columbine, proposing a method of discharging Columbine's balance as distributor and collector of the stamp duties in North Britain. Their Lordships agree to stay of prosecution on condition that the arrears and subsistence belonging to Columbine as a lieutenant in the army be assigned over to one of the sureties, so as his balance of 232l. or thereabouts be discharged thereby.
The petition of Sir Griffith Williams and others for a lease of mines in the waste lands in the counties of Merioneth and Denbigh read and referred to Dr. Sayer, His Majesty's Surveyor General, who is also to reconsider a former report made on the petition of Wynne for the lease of the like mines.
The petition of William Barneley complaining against Sir Humphrey Howorth, and praying that Howorth may be called upon for his account as Receiver of North Wales, read and referred to Mr. Paxton, who is to apply to the auditor for a statement of Howorth's debt.
The proper auditor to be written to for an account of the time to which the receiver of the Savoy rents has passed his accounts and what money may be remaining in his hand.
The Surveyor General's report on the petition of George Smith, for a lease of some houses in Richmond parish, to be considered when the Chancellor of the Exchequer returns.
Mr. Lowther, out of the King's money in his hands, is to pay the fees for the 495l. issued in the name of John Shepherd, to answer bills of exchange drawn by Mr. Robinson from Vienna.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 42–3.]
July 7. 205. Treasury warrant for a lease of 15 messuages in St. James's bailiwick to Christopher Key, nominee of Bartholomew Wimberley and Henry Binfield.
[Crown Lease Book II. pp. 248–53.]
206. Same for same to John Duke of Montagu of three parcels of land in Whitehall, part of and near the Privy Garden, abutting respectively:—
(1.) West and south on the Privy Garden, east on the Thames, and north on certain possessions of James Heymans.
(2.) North on a piece of land of Robert Viscount Molesworth, south on a passage leading from the Privy Garden to the steps by the Thames and on a house now in the possession of the Comptrollers for Army Clothes, west on the Privy Garden, and east on the Thames.
(3.) Adjoining the west ends of the said two pieces and projecting further into the said Garden.
[Crown Lease Book II. pp. 255–9.]
July 15. 207. Report from the Commissioners of the Customs, London [to the Treasury], on the petition of Charles Whytell, gent. for rewards for preventing frauds on the Customs from the Isle of Man. On the passing of the Act 12 George I. four vessels were stationed at Whitehaven, Liverpool, Beaumaris and Aberdovey to prevent frauds from the Isle of Man. The results not answering the expense, after an inquiry three of the sloops were paid off and several small boats employed instead at proper places on the coast. The sloop at Liverpool was continued for the guard of the mouth of the river, there being a great trade carried on from all parts. Petitioners' scheme is impracticable as the law now stands, the officers of the Customs having no power by law in the said island. 3 pages.
—(a.) Whytell's petition as above to the Treasury with order of reference, dated 1731, April 22, to the Commissioners of Customs. 1½ pages.
(b.) Whytell's “proposition for redeeming the yearly expense of the Isle of Man from 2,008l. 8s. 8d. the present charge, to 580l. and a more effectual method proposed for preventing the fraudulent practices in that island,” dated 1730, March 19. 3 pages.
(c.) A later petition similar to (a.). Minuted with minute as under date 1732, April 13, infra, and certificate by Mr. Lowther of the total (857l. 10s.) paid to Whytell and Joshua Robinson as allowance. 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVI. No. 28.]
July 21. 208. Same from same, London [to the Treasury], on the memorial of the Warden and Assistant of Dover Harbour, praying that the new quay they have built in the lower basin of the harbour for the better accommodation of large ships may be made a free quay; and also on the petition of Henry Henshaw, of the said port, praying similarly for a quay on the N.N.E. side of Dover Harbour belonging to him, and which has been used for 30 years past. Have no objection to said quays being made lawful for the landing and shipping of goods, as they adjoin the other lawful quays, and would not involve any additional expense to the revenue. Minuted:—With minute as under date 1731, August 17. infra. 2 pages.
—(a.) The memorial of the Warden and Assistants as above to the Treasury. Minuted with order of reference, dated 1730, June 3, to the Commissioners of Customs, 1¼ pages.
(b.) A later representation from same to the Commissioners of the Customs with rectified details of the quay. 1 page. (c.) Petition of Henry Henshaw as above to the Treasury, with similar order of reference, dated 1731, June 2. 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVI. No. 30.]
July 26. 209. Report from the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, to the Treasury on the petition of the Duke of Argyle and Greenwich, praying a grant of mines and metals within the earldoms, lordships, baronies, and other lands, held by him of the Crown. By the law of 1592 the Crown may make such grant subject to a royalty of a tenth. The grant would be valid though there is no concurrence of a Master of Metals, that office having been long disused. The duty must be collected by such officer as His Majesty shall appoint, it being impracticable to carry on the process of refining the ore as directed by said Act. 1½ pages.
—(a.) Petition of the Duke of Argyle to effect as above to the Lords of the Treasury, with reference thereon, dated 1731, May 29, to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland. 1¼ pages.
(b.) Duplicate of both petition and report. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVI. No. 33.]
July 28].
210. Petition of Robert Duck, of Frackafield [to the Treasury], concerning his tack or lease of the Excise of malt liquors, candles, and leather, in the island of Zetland, which he obtained from the Commissioners of Excise for a certain number of years from 1729 at 70l. per annum. Applied to the justices there for putting the laws of Excise in execution, who told him they had not qualified themselves nor would not. The people liable to payment being apprised of this paid what they pleased, which will not pay the tack by 25l. for 1729 and 1730, besides charges and loss of time. On acquainting the Commissioners of Excise, Scotland, therewith was informed he could be relieved no way but by their Lordships. Prays relief. Referred to the Commissioners of Excise, Scotland.
[North Britain Book X. p. 139.]
July 28. 211. The Earl of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to the Treasury, transmitting a letter [wanting] from the Lords Justices of Ireland, of the 7th instant, enclosing a report of Deputy Vice Treasurer Gardiner concerning the pay of the three Irish regiments serving abroad. 1½ page.
—Report, dated 1731, June 23, to the Lords Justices General and General Governors of Ireland, from Luke Gardiner, Deputy Receiver General, in reply to Pelham's memorial concerning the pay of the Irish regiments of Cols. Newton (now Cope), Hayes, and Middleton, as signified by Secretary Tickell's letter of the 21st instant. By His Majesty's letter of 1729–30, January 23, was directed to pay Lord Wilmington 27,238l. 2s. 6d. and by a second letter of 1730, September 16, a further 13,581l. 15s. making in all the full Irish pay of the regiments, 1728, December 25, to 1730, June 24. Of this sum has paid 27,238l. 2s. 6d. To have paid the rest would mean an entire stop to the current and necessary payments. By the nature of His Majesty's letter of 1730, September 16, directing the subsistence of the regiments from 1730, June 25, to be set apart at the same time as that of the other regiments in Ireland, conceives that it is believed that “the receipt of His Majesty's revenue by the several collectors in this kingdom is by them a brought up and paid into His Majesty's Exchequer here, as I am informed the method is in Great Britain. But the practice here is to let the money lie in the several collectors' hands, on whom Exchequer acquittances are drawn every month to answer the pay of the army in the several quarters in this kingdom, and if there should appear to be a redundancy in any of the collectors' hands it is then sent for by the Vice Treasurers at their own proper cost and risque. Messrs. Henry and Burton, by whom this money was ordered to be remitted, were very sensible that receiving Exchequer acquittances every month in the manner the rest of the army was subsisted would be of no service, and refused to accept them, and chose to wait until there was a redundancy in some of the collectors' hands worth sending for.” Encloses a statement of the receipts and payments of His Majesty's Treasury in Ireland, 1729, March 25, to 1731, March 25, showing that the payments during that time for regiments serving abroad, but continuing on the Irish establishment, was 95,709l. 8s. 8d. “which is the eleventh part of the whole revenue of this kingdom for the said time. The arrears due to the several branches of the establishment at Lady Day last have been since increased and not lessened.” 3 pages.
—“In Lords Justices' letter of 7 July, 1731.”
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVI. No. 35.]
July 28.
212. Present: — Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Chamber of 1,000l. to enable the messengers to perform foreign journeys, according to the Duke of Newcastle's request of the 27th instant.
The Duke of Newcastle's letter of the 12th instantread, inclosing an extract of a letter from M. Chammorel, the French Secretary, recommending the petition of John Baptist Foscave for an allowance to make good damages alleged to have been sustained by the detaining of his ship in the port of Bridlington after she had been discharged. Referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
The petition of the merchants trading to Denia for 4d. tare to be allowed for the baskets in which Denia raisins are imported, read and referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
The Surveyor General's report of 1731, May 24, on Mr. Hucks' petition for a lease of houses in Old Soho, ordered to be transmitted to the Attorney and Solicitor General for them to hear the parties and report whether the premises petitioned for by Mr. Hucks are already granted to the Duke of Portland or not.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance of 20,000l. for the current services of the Ordnance out of the supplies, anno 1731.
Order for the preparation of warrants for payment of foreign ministers on their appointments, to 1731, Midsummer.
Order for the issue of 7,500l. to the Treasurer of the Navy out of the supplies, 1731, for the services as in his memorial of the 27th instant.
Wm. Corbet's memorial for 149l. 17s.d. to be allowed him for his service relating to the Transport Office, read and referred to the Navy Board.
Priscilla Birt's petition for discharging imprests on her late husband, Edward Birt, to defray contingent expenses of the Admiralty Office, where he was first clerk, and for staying process against her in the meantime, read and referred to the Commissioners of the Navy. Their Lordships agree to stay process till the end of next Michaelmas term.
A letter from the Governors of Greenwich Hospital, of the 21st instant, read, concerning the prejudice done to the said hospital from the negligence of the Receivers of the Prize Office in not attending the passing their accounts before the auditors. Ordered to be transmitted to the auditors to certify their Lordships who the receivers are, what accounts lie before them, with the state thereof and their opinion thereon.
The petition of John Hatch, a prisoner in the Fleet, proposing the payment of 2,500l. as composition for running goods, read and referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
The presentment of the Commissioners of Customs of the 17th instant, about salt officers proposed to be placed on the Customs' establishment from 1731, Midsummer, read and agreed to.
Thos. Howel, at the recommendation of Mr. Thos. Edwards, is to be a waterman, loco Thos. Harlow, deceased, in case Howel be a watchman on the preferable list.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 44– 5.]