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Treasury Books and Papers: July 1738

Pages 491-498

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

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July 1738

[After July 1.] 84. An account of the receipts and payments (issues) of His Majesty's Civil List Revenues between 1738, June 1, and July 1. 1 sheet. [Ibid. No. 22.]
July 4. 85. Report to the Committee of the Privy Council from the Commissioners of Trade and Plantations on the petition of Col. Dunbar, Lieutenant-Governor of New Hampshire and Surveyor General of the Woods in North America, concerning his expenses in settling people on lands deemed to be the western parts of Nova Scotia.
Find that in 1729, under the apprehension that the Crown had a right to all the lands lying between the river Penobscot and St. Croix, several persons being disposed to settle there, Col. Dunbar was empowered by royal warrant of 1730, April 27, to lay out lands for them. He took possession of an old fort called Pemaquid, repaired it, set out six townshops in the neighbourhood, and settled about 50 families there chiefly at his own expense, as appears by the information of Henry Tripsack, Lieutenant in Col. Philipp's regiment, and Mr. George Mitchell, Deputy Surveyor of Woods and Lands. On application some time after to His Majesty in Council it was found that some other persons claimed the lands, and upon hearing it was ordered by the King in Council that the possession should be restored to such claimants and the Colony dislodged. Think some compensation ought to be made to Col. Dunbar. 3 pages.
Endorsed:
—R[ecd.] 13 July, read 14 July at the Committee.
Appending:—(a.) Said petition to the King from said Dunbar. Having been employed in the King's service in Spain petitioner suffered great hardships, being made a prisoner when endeavouring to go to Gibraltar, and brought back to Malaga, where he was confined in the common prison for three months. On his return, was appointed to the above-mentioned posts, but has been disappointed in his expectations of benefit therefrom by the continual oppositions of Mr. Belcher, chief Governor of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire. In 1729, on a petition from great numbers of Protestant subjects in Ireland for leave to settle a new Colony in a part of the wilderness in America, then deemed by the Lords of Trade to have been in the western parts of Nova Scotia, petitioner recommended same, and the Lords of Trade advocated it, as appears from their report of 1729, May 14. On this report and before definite orders from His Majesty petitioner proceeded forthwith with the said settlement, least the Colonists who had assembled should disperse. He therefore went with above 300 of them near 60 leagues to Pemaquid and began a vigorous settlement, built a stone fort with guns and carriages, barracks for 100 men, and settled six regular townships, viz.: —Frederick's Fort, Newcastle, Walpole, Townshend, Harrington and Torrington. Petitioner received sundry marks of royal approbation, particularly in April 1730, together with the dispatch of troops from Nova Scotia to assist the settlement, said troops being quartered in said fort for more than two years. The people of Massachusetts in envy prepared to destroy the settlement till prohibited by the order in Council of 1730, November 12. Then the said people set up a claim to the government of the lands. His Majesty's right thereto was defended for more than two years by the Agents. On the 11 August 1731 the Attorney and Solicitor General reported in favour of claimants, which was confirmed by Her late Majesty in Council 1732, August 10, and petitioner ordered to quit; the Colony has been abandoned and gone back to wilderness and petitioner coming to England to press his case has been sued and confined for the tools, &c., he provided for said Colony.
Together with an account of petitioner's disbursements in connexion with said Colony. (Total, 4,074l.)
Endorsed:—Received 1 May 1738; 25 ditto, read and referred to a Committee. 4 pages.
(b.) Certificate by Captain Thomas Durell, Commander of H. M. ship “Scarborough” of a visit to Frederick Fort in 1734 on the occasion of his putting into John's River near Pemaquid for water and of the great improvements he witnessed there. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers Of CCXCVIII. No. 24,]
July 5. 86. Representation to the Treasury from the Corporation of Plymouth. Rice from the Plantations must be landed in England before it can be carried to Holland or any of the Northern countries. It pays duty inwards 5s. 0 12–20d. per hundred and on exportation draws back 4s. 5d. A ship with 200 tons of rice pays inwards 1,010l. and draws back 883l. 6l. 8d., to be repaid 30 days after the sailing of the ship. The port of Plymouth is very commodious for landing and re-shipping rice designed for the North, but by the paying down and being kept out of such a sum of money the merchant loses all the benefit of his commission. Petitioners therefore pray that the merchants on paying the 7 12–20d., being the duty remaining after drawback deducted, may have liberty to bond the 4s. 5d., which is to be drawn back on the exportation, the officers of the Customs always keeping their key on rice entered inwards and immediately exported, a ship being seldom above a week landing and reshipping her cargo.
Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
[Reference Book X. p. 113]
July 5.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
87. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Earle.
Orders for the following issues out of the Civil List Funds: —
£ s. d.
To the Sheriffs, according to the list 2,960 6
To the Judges and others, payable with them 1738, Easter term 6,582 10 0
To the Secretaries of State Secret Service 1,500 0 0
To Mr. Lowther 2,000 0 0
To Mr. Paxton 1,500 0 0
To Mr. Kerr and Mr. Whittle by the hands of Mr. Stewart to 1738, midsummer
Mr. Whatley is to be paid 50l., as royal bounty, by the hands of Mr. Lowther. Captain Monro is to be paid on his pension of 400l. per an. to 1738, midsummer.
Order for a sign manual for 364l. to be issued to Robert Sutton for all charges in maintaining the establishment of the Stag Hounds in Sherwood Forest between the death of Govr. Sutton and the appointing the Duke of Kingston to be Master of those Hounds.
Barwell Smith being called in lays before their Lordships a writing, signed by Lord Onslow, appointing him his deputy as one of the Tellers of the Exchequer. The oath of office was thereupon administered to him according to the Act of Parliament in that behalf.
On reading a report from the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, with a letter from the Lord Lieutenant concerning a new lease from the Earl of Arran of the Prizage and Butlerage of Wines in Ireland, their Lordships agree to another lease thereof for three years from 1738, Michaelmas, at 400l. [sic for 4,000l.] per an., clear of all deductions. A warrant ordered accordingly, “in which care is to be taken that the like rent be secured to be paid to the said Earl for the time the said revenues have been held over and received or to be received for the use of the Crown since the last lease thereof determined (to wit) from Michaelmas 1735 to 1738.”
Order for the issue, out of the funds anno 1738, of 10,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for paying ships at the Broadstreet and the Nore.
Same for Mr. Lowther to pay, out of the King's money in his hands, 1,000l. to John Walthoe to reimburse expenses for His Majesty's service. [Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 85.]
July 5. 88. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of a piece of ground situate between the Duke of Richmond's House in Privy Garden and the Thames, of which the said Duke prays a lease for 50 years, subject to the reservations of resumption to the Crown, in case of the rebuilding of the Palace of Whitehall, and also of a passage ten feet wide to the water stairs, which is to be removed to the north-east corner of the said ground at lessee's expense.
Prefixing:—Said Surveyor's report to the Treasury, dated 1738, May 9, on said Duke's petition for the lease. “There are two old houses standing thereon in possession of the Rt. Honl. the Lord Middleton and Sir Philip Meadows in right of their office of Comptroller of the Accounts of the Army, for whom it will be necessary some convenient office be provided, if your Lordships shall think fit to grant the desired lease.”
[Crown Lease Book IV. pp. 478–9.]
89. Same to same for a particular of the profits of Original Seal in the counties of Brecknock, Radnor, Glamorgan, Pembroke, Carmarthen and Cardigan, and also of the Post Fines in the said counties and in the county and town and borough of Carmarthen, of which the Duke and Duchess of Bolton pray a new lease.
Prefixing:—As above. “I have no survey or account of the profits of the premises remaining in my office, but find that my predecessor, Sir Charles Harbord, was of opinion that if the premises were out of lease they wou'd not produce to the Crown so much yearly revenue as the present, rents amount to, which was the inducement to passing the first lease thereof to the memorialists' ancestors by King James the First, and also the subsequent ones to this time, without fine.” [Ibid. pp. 480–1.]
July 6. 90. J. Scrope to Mr. Finch to make the best enquiry into the grievances of the inhabitants of Minorca, complained of by the Jurats and deputies of Minorca in their letter to the Treasury of 1738, April 24. [Letter Book XIX. p. 476.]
July 6. 91. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to cause letters patents to pass the Great Seal of Ireland, granting to George, Earl of Cholmondeley, and Robert, Lord Walpole, an annuity of 3,000l., payable to them out of His Majesty's revenues in Ireland from 1738, June 24, upon trust for the sole and separate use and benefit of Amalie Sophia Mariane de Wallmoden, wife of Adam Gottlieb de Wallmoden, Esq., exclusive of her said husband or any other husband she may hereafter happen to marry, so as he or they shall not intermeddle therewith, and the same not to be subject to any of the debts, &c., of the said husband or husbands, for the term of 31 years, with power to the said Amalie to dispose same by will.
[Irish Book IX. pp. 140–1.]
[Before July 7.] 92. Memorial to the Treasury from the Trustees of the Kensington Turnpike, signed by J. Bowack, clerk to said Trustees. The road at the East entrance of the town of Kensington to the old gate leading into Hyde Park by the wall of His Majesty's gardens is exceeding bad in the winter, and as it were one continued slough, notwithstanding great quantities of screened ballast laid on it annually by said Trust for the last twelve years. It is apprehended there is no method to effectually repair it but by raising said road and paving it with substantial pebbles. Before the Act of Parliament which created this Trust the aforesaid part of the road was kept in repair at the sole expense of His Majesty. Being in debt pray that the said road should be raised and paved at His Majesty's expense, when memorialists will in future undertake the repair.
Endorsed:—1738, July 7. “The sums received by the Turnpike are sufficient for this service.” 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCVIII. No. 27.]
July 7. 93. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for the passing; of letters patents under the Great Seal of Ireland, granting to Charles, Earl of Arran, his heirs, &c., 4,000l. per an. from 1738, Michaelmas, for three years, as rent for his lease to the Crown of the duties of Prizage and Butlerage in the several ports and places of Ireland.
[Irish Book IX. pp. 138–9.]
July 24. 94. Treasury endorsement or renewal of the contract with the Bank of England for circulating Exchequer bills not exceeding 2,500,000l. for one year to 1739, July 24, at three per cent, per annum on the same terms as the contract for the preceding years. [Warrants not relating to Money XXVI. p. 102.]
July 25. 95. Henry Finch, Receiver General of His Majesty's revenues in the Island of Minorca, to John Scrope, concerning the letter from the Deputies of the Jurats of Minorca to the Treasury, complaining of the establishing or enclosing of commons in the said island.
Prefixing:—(1.) Copy of letter from same to his deputy, Captain William Sharman, dated London, 1738, July 12, requiring an answer to said letter of the deputies.
(2.) Said Sharman's reply to said Finch, traversing point by point the letter from the said deputies. “Governor Kane was forc'd to use threats and often shew'd disregard to many of the people of Minorca before he could prevail upon them to tell truth or represent reall facts, and now since his death they are returned to their old vice, for I assure you, Sir, that that island is almost as much improved as it is possible, and had you seen it 26 years ago, together with the poor thereof, their dress, manner of living, &c., you would be convinced of the false representations of these deputies…. This is not the only combination that has been form'd to diminish the King's revenues: but as Lieut.-Colonel Pinfold is no longer Commandant, so their Lordships will be no more troubled with such unusual applications. 4 pages.
Appending:
—(a.) Translation from the Spanish of the letter to the Treasury from the said deputies of the Jurats, viz.: Dr. Simon Oliver and Cardona of Ciudadela, Dr. Frans. Caules of Mahon, Bartholomew Mascaro of Alayor, Thomas Castell of Mercadal. 2 pages.
(b.) Said original letter in Spanish. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCVIII. No. 32.]
July 26.
Whitehall,
Treasury
Chambers.
90. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Earle.
Orders for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues: —
£ s. d.
To the Treasurer of the Chamber, to clear 1737, Christmas quarter 2,871 1 11
To Mr. Campbell, Mr. Small and Mr. Chickley, chaplains, 20l. each 60 0 0
To the Band of Pensioners (travelling charges) - 504 0 0
To To the Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer 48 16 0
To the Earl of Essex 200 0 0
To Mr. Marsay 1,500 0 0
To Sir Theodore Janssen 293 14 0
To Mr. Jacombe 800 0 0
To Mr. Cope 214 0 0
To Mr. Robinson 417 0 0
To Mr. Cocks, Sheriff 80 0 0
To Mr. Movie, Sheriff 80 0 0
To Mr. Loft 50 0 0
To the Duke of Richmond, for Extraordinaries of the Stables 3,000 0 0
£ s. d.
To the Privy Purse 3,000 0 0
To the Messengers 1,000 0 0
To Whitehall Preachers 187 10 0
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 86.]
July 26. 97. The Duke of Devonshire, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to the Treasury, dated from Piccadilly, forwarding accounts, as below, and praying the allowance of the overdrawings therein in the accounts of the Vice-Treasurer of Ireland by placing them to the account of His Majesty's revenue at large in that kingdom. 2 pages.
Appending:
—(a.) Statement, certified by Luke Gardiner, Deputy Receiver General, Ireland, of payments made in the Treasury Office, Dublin, on account of Concordatums, Ireland, 1737, Lady Day, to 1738, Lady Day. (Total payments, 9,8817. 3s.d., against an established allowance of 5,000l.) 6 pages.
(b.) Same, certified as above, of same on account of Military Contingencies, ibid. in same year. (Total, 3,519l. 11s.d., against ani established allowance of 3,000l.) 4 pages.
(c.) Same, certified as above, of same on account of Barracks, ibid. in same year. (Total, 21,7457. 1s.d., against an established allowance of 13,336l. 10s.) 5 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCVIII. No. 33.]
98. Memorial to the Treasury from the Commissioners for building a bridge at Westminster. Several parcels of land in and about New Palace Yard, Cannon Row, and parts adjacent are the property of the Crown, and may be wanted in order to open streets and passages to the intended bridge. Therefore desire that no new leases or renewals of old ones may be passed for the said lands. Desire from the Surveyor General of Crown lands an account of all the Crown estates thereabouts. 1 page.
Appending:
—Report to said Bridge Commissioners from their Surveyor, T. Lediarde, dated Bridge Office, 1738, July 26. The houses, ground and fee farm rents and wastes belonging to the Crown, which may be necessary to purchase in order to make the openings to the bridge, may be comprehended under the following limits:—
”1. The limits of the old Palace of Westminster, which as described in ancient Acts of Parliament, extend from the King's slaughter house, near Mill Bank, northward, along the Thames to the Woolstaple, and westward alone Abingdon gardens and the college wall to the Parliament Office, from thence again northward by the end of King Henry VII. chapel, down the west side of St. Margaret's lane, and cross new Palace yard to the old wall of the Palace, which is about 16 or 18 feet behind the present fronts of the houses on the north side of New Palace yard and stretches eastward to the Thames.
“2. The limits from the west end of Queen's Square in a line eastward thro' Queen's Street to Union Street and the Thames, and northward along the Thames to Privy Garden, and again eastward along the Part wall to Storey's Gate, and from Storey's Gate along the Park wall, northward, behind Duke Street to the end of Downing Street, and from thence in a line eastward by the front of the Plantation Office to the Privy Garden wall, including Mr. Lowther's house, and behind the Lord Loudon's and the Duke of Richmond's houses and the Thames.” 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCVIII. No. 34.]