Treasury Books and Papers: February 1737

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Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 3, 1735-1738. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1900.

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February 1737

Feb. 1.]
16. Draft account of public debts, respectively contracted and discharged since the representation of the House of Commons [of 1728, April 28] to the 1st February 1736–7.
(Total debt contracted, 7,793,901l. 2s.d.; total debt discharged, 13,966,827l. 14s. 8d.) 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCIV. No. 15.]
Feb. 4.
17. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxendens, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Thomas Brian is to be appointed one of the Solicitors of the Customs, loco Richard Wyatt, deceased. Thomas Kinaston is to succeed Brian as Solicitor for Bonds and Criminal Prosecutions.
The memorial of the Deputy-Paymaster of the Forces on Sir Joseph Eyles's proposal for remitting the subsistence money to Gibraltar and Minorca 1736–7, February 24, to April 24 read and agreed to as follows, the rates of exchange being certified to be as usual, viz.:—16,200 dollars for Minorca, payable in gold at sight at 55d. per dollar; 24,000 dollars for Gibraltar, payable in gold at sight at 54½d. per dollar.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 13.]
Feb. 4. 18. Petition to the Treasury from the Provost, Baillies and Town Council of Glasgow. Said city has for centuries been kindly tenents and rentallers in the milln of Partick (part of the Barony of Glasgow, formerly belonging to the Archbishops), paying for same a very high duty of 50 bolls of malt for the mill and eight bolls victuall for four acres of land, and ten marks with some hens for the miller's house. It has constantly been the practice of the Crown, when Prelacy was suppressed in Scotland, to grant feu rights to the kindly tenents and possessors of the Church's temporalities, as evidenced in particular by charters granted in 1595 by the Lord and Prior of Blantyre. The rentallers in the Bishopric of Glasgow have been adjudged to have a right perpetual in the nature of a copyhold, and upon application feu rights have never been denied to them. Are willing to lay out money on the improvement of the mill, if His Majesty will grant a feu right of the said mill and others for payment of the usual duty in name of feu farm. Therefore pray directions for the making out in the usual manner of such a feu right of the said mill, mill lands and houses for payment of the ordinary rent in name of feu farm in favour of petitioners in behalf of the city.
With order of reference, dated 1737, June 9, from the Treasury to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland. 1 sheet.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCIV. No. 17; North Britain Book XII. p. 65.]
Feb. 6.]
19. Account of the proceedings in the disposal of the lands in St. Christopher from the year 1702, when the French were driven out by Col. Codrington, then Governor of the Leeward Islands. 21½ pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCXCIV. No. 18.]
Feb. 10.
20. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
The memorial of the Auditor of the Plantations of the 31st ult. read concerning the accounts passed and to be passed of the lands sold at St. Christopher. Ordered that the puke of Newcastle be moved to obtain the King's leave for Mr. Fleming, the Lieut. - Governor of said island, to come over to finish and pass said accounts, in which he is concerned.
The petition of William Hartley, late Receiver General for Bucks, read for relief as to the sum of 366l. 5s. being public money, and owing to him from the late Duke of Wharton on two notes under his hand. “Send this to the Commissioners for Taxes, and let them know the late Duke's estate was granted to his sister subject to the payment of his just debts, and direct them to be assist ing to Mr. Hartley in recovering this debt from the said estate to the best of their power.”
Order for the issue, out of the Civil List Revenues, of 16,757l. 10s. 9d. for the several persons specified in the letter to the Exchequer dated this day, and the further sum of 4,000l. for the Prince of Wales.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 14; Letter Book XIX. p. 430.]
Feb. 17. 21. J. Scrope to the Commissioners respectively of Stamps, Salt, Excise, Customs, Hawkers and Pedlars, Hackney Coaches and Wine Licences, to inform the Treasury as soon as convenient whether any and what laws relating to the revenues under their respective managements are expired or near expiring, and will need legislative re-enactment. [Letter Book XIX. p. 431.]
Feb. 24.
22. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
Arthur Alnwick to be a tidewaiter and searcher at Alnmouth, Northumberland, loco James Greve, deceased, at the recommendation of Sir Wm. Middleton.
The Levant Company's petition read for reduction of the import duty on Smyrna raisins to the level of the rate charged on raisins from Denia and Alicant. Referred to Customs Commissioners.
Petition of Samuel Hyde, merchant, for relief concerning debentures for tobacco re-exported a month too late, read and referred to Customs Commissioners.
State the arrears due to Augustus Hannington from Queen Anne to himself and his father as officers in Windsor Forest, and let same be satisfied out of the arrears of said late Queen, now in the Exchequer.
The petition of the verderers of Dean Forest for repairing the roads through same at an estimate of 645l. referred to the Surveyor General of Woods. [Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 15.]
Feb. 25. 23. Petition to the Treasury from William Jukes, gunfounder, for permission to export 30 great guns and two mortars for Bombay in the East Indies, and four guns and three mortars for the use of the King of Portugal.
Referred to the Customs Commissioners for their opinion.
[Reference Book X. p. 86.]
Feb. 28. 24. Report to the Treasury from J. Conduitt, Master and Worker of the Mint, Richard Morgan, Deputy-Warden, and Cha. Smyth, Deputy-Comptroller of same, on the memorial of the Governor and Company of Copper Miners in England, tendering for a further contract for the supply of 180 tons of copper halfpence and 20 tons of farthings at 15¾d. pence per lb. weight avoirdupois, taking back the scissel as before. 1 page.
—(a.) Said memorial to the Treasury dated 1736–7, February 7, with Treasury order of reference dated 1736–7, February 23. 1 page.
(b.) Certificate dated London, 1736–7, February 8, by John Applebee and Benjamin We ale, the two most considerable private dealers in copper, that “copper battered or hammered was sold in the year 1733 at the following prices, viz.:—Strong work at fifteen pence the pound, and slight work at sixteen pence the pound, and that the said battered or hammered copper hath continued ever since to be, and is now sold at the above-mentioned prices.” ½ page. [Treasury Board Papers CCXCIV. No. 24.]