Treasury Books and Papers: March 1741

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Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 4, 1739-1741. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1901.

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March 1741

March 5.
36. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Earle, Mr. Treby.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:
£ s. d.
To the Earl of Hyndford on his several appointments 1,828 0 0
To the Cofferer of the Household to complete 1740, Midsummer 10,000 0 0
To the Treasurer of the Chamber to clear debts in that office to same date 6,420 4 9
Same for same out of funds anno 1740, of 41,434l. 4s. 8d. to the Treasurer of the Ordnance to complete the sums payable to the Ordnance out of said funds.
Same for same out of loans on land tax 1741 of 20,000l. to the said Treasurer, viz. 10,000l. for sea services and 10,000l. for land services.
Mr. Lowther out of the King's money in his hands is to pay the fees for the 350l. issued to Sir Clement Cottrell as his Majesty's present to Count Truchses [de Waldbourg] the Prussian envoy.
Richard Morley is to succeed Mr. Lawton, lately deceased, as Keeper of the Records at Westminster.
The Attorney General's report of the 27th January last read on the petition of the sisters of Charles Drew who was executed for murdering his father. The King is inclined to grant [to said sisters] the crown title to such of his estates as are forfeited thereby. Order for a warrant for issuing a commission to find the Crown's title thereto, according to said report.
John Morgan, at the recommendation of Thomas Morgan, esq., is to be a tidewaiter at Newport, Monmouthshire, loco James Lewis, deceased.
Mr. Serjeant Urling's memorial read for consideration for trouble and loss sustained by leaving his bar practice to supply the place of Judge of Assize in Suffolk in the summer circuit 1736, the Lord Chief Justice Reeve not attending, being sick, and the Lord Chief Baron Reynolds being then disqualified in regard his residence was at Bury. The usual allowance for the like occasion agreed to.
The Customs Commissioners' report of January 23 last read on the petition of Joseph Lyddell et al, merchants at Newcastle, concerning corn imported for the relief of the town under the greatest distresses for want thereof. Their Lordships are of opinion prosecution should be stayed against petitioners on their paying the low duty on said corn.
Their Lordships having this day entered into a contract with Peter Burrell and John Bristow, of London, merchants, for furnishing the garrison of Minorca with flesh meat “and it being thereby stipulated that the said contractors shall have and receive 8d. per man for every 7 days' victualling, whereof 6d. per man to be paid out of stoppage, and 2d. per man to be paid out of contingencies, for 3,500 men certain without deduction, being the same rate as was allowed to Mr. Gilman, the former contractor for this service, their Lordships, considering the present scarcity and high price of provisions of all kinds, are pleased to declare that the said contractors shall have and receive an additional penny per man for every 7 days' victualling for 3,500 men certain, until the rates of provisions shall be reduced to a more reasonable and moderate price.” The additional penny per man to be paid by the Paymaster General of the Forces out of contingencies.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 295–7.]
March 5. 37. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to observe an Order in Council as below.
Prefixing:—Copy of an Order in Council dated Whitehall, 1740–1, March 3, made on the petition of Thomas Wilson, D.D., on behalf of his father, the bishop of Man, and the inhabitants of that island, said petition setting forth that by the late embargo all corn and provisions are prohibited from being exported to the Isle of Man out of any part of the 3 kingdoms, whereby petitioners are in want of bread, and run the risk of starvation. Therefore ordered that a quantity of barley and oats, not exceeding 50 tons of each, and of wheat not exceeding 20 tons, be permitted to be exported from either Liverpool or Whitehaven for said island under certain security detailed.
[Customs Book XV. pp. 86–7.]
March 5. 38. Articles of agreement between the Treasury of the one part and Peter Burrell and John Bristow, of the city of London, merchants, of the other part, for the victualling of the garrison of Minorca with flesh meat, the contract to commence from 1741, April 24, to continue for one year certain, and afterwards subject to a 6 months' notice.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVI. pp. 393–8.]
39. Treasury warrant to Thos. Lord Lovel and Sir John Eyles, jointly Postmaster General, approving said Postmasters' proposal to continue to Ralph Allen the farm or contract for 7 years from Midsummer next of the bye and cross road letters.
Prefixing:—Report to the Treasury from said Postmasters General, dated 1740–1, Feb. 27, on the petition of Ralph Allen for said new contract. Under this method of farming said bye and cross road letters the revenue has received considerable advantage, and the said conveyance become under said Allen's management regular, useful and convenient. Therefore think it only just to renew the contract, but with the following additional advantages: “That whereas he now stands obliged only to make good any deficiency that might happen in the produce of the country letters, that is of letters which are sent from one part of the kingdom to another through London, which in the year 1733 was on a medium of the six preceding years found to be 17,364l. 1s. 6d. [sic] per an., the produce of the said letters being by a like medium for the six years past of his present contract found to be 170,502l. 16s. 8d. [sic], which is an advance of 138l. 15s. 2d. per an., we propose that he shall stand engaged to make the same good to the revenue, to which he agrees.
“And for the further improvement of the revenue, as well as for the encouragement of trade and correspondence, it is proposed that in the new contract the said Ralph Allen shall be obliged to settle and support at his own charge a post and conveyance of letters six days in every week instead of the present three days between London, Cambridge, Lynn, Norwich and Yarmouth; and likewise from London to Bath, Bristol and Gloucester, and the intermediate towns.”
Petitioner's allegations with regard to the alterations and the rule as to frank letters are true, as is plainly shown by the franks for last year amounting to upwards of 52,000l., which is about 6,000l. more than the preceding year. The only expedient which can be devised for his relief herein is that he should be at liberty to resign his contract on six months' notice if he finds himself in danger of loss from the great increase of frank letters.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVI. pp. 401–3.]
March 10.
40. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington, Mr. Earle, Mr. Treby.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:
£ s. d.
To the Gent and Grooms of the Bedchamber to clear 1740, Midsummer quarter 4,913 7
To the Privy Purse 3,000 0 0
To Earl Waldegrave for extraordinaries, 1740, Lady day and Midsummer quarters, as Ambassador to France 1,310 0 0
Same for the issue of 173,170l. 17s. 10d., to the Treasurer of the Navy, including 10,000l. for Greenwich Hospital, and 91,000l. for Ordnance (sea service). This completes 2,029,706l. 8s. 3d. appropriated out of supplies 1740, for naval services. The amount to issue as follows:
£ s. d.
Out of Exchequer bills on malt, 1740 90,538 5
Out of loans on land tax, 1741 82,633 12
A memorial of Robert Robinson, Chief Judge at Gibraltar, read for 800l. for equipage money and other contingencies, and that his salary may be accounted from the date of his nomination, instead of from the date of the charter establishing said courts. “My Lords are of opinion that his salary must commence from the date of the said charter, and that no other sum ought to be granted to him.”
The Customs Commissioners' report of August 14 last read on Sir Jasper Cullum's petition for remission of interest due from him to the Crown on bonds for wine duties. Their Lordships have no objection to said Commissioners proceeding against Cullum for recovery of said debt.
Mr. Lowther is to pay out of the King's money in his hands 975l. to Mr. Walthoe for printing work delivered for His Majesty's service to 1740, June 24.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 298–9; Customs Book XV. p. 89.]
March 10. 41. Treasury letters patent appointing Richard Morley to sort, digest and methodise the records, papers and writings in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer, and to make proper calendars, indexes and catalogues thereof, all in place of John Lawton, thereto appointed in 1727, Nov. 25, and lately deceased: with a yearly salary of 420l., viz., 200l. thereof for himself, 100l. for his first clerk, 70l. for his second clerk, and 50l. for his third clerk. “And whereas, in the constitution by which the said John Lawton was appointed to the said office it is recited that the custody of the said records, papers and writings were under 3 different locks and keys, which keys did remain in the hands of the two Deputy Chamberlains and the Auditor of the Exchequer's clerk, and that by means thereof free access was not at all times to be had for carrying on and performing the said laborious work as it ought to be, and for remedying the inconvenience and delay that might arise thereby, every of the officers having the said 3 keys were required to deliver the same over to the said John Lawton, whose receipt or receipts for the same should be a sufficient discharge, provided the following particulars were set apart in such manner as that they might be and remain in the custody and care of the said Chamberlains or their deputies and the said Auditor of the Receipt or his chief clerk, and secured under three different locks and keys, two of which keys were to be kept by the said Chamberlains or their deputies, and the other key by the said Auditor or his chief clerk, the said particulars being such as the public had an immediate interest in, and did not any ways relate to the records, papers and writings meant or intended to be methodized as aforesaid, that is to say:
The seal of the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer, wherewith are sealed indentures for standard weights and measures when delivered.
Several old stamps of coins, scilicet the Rose Nobles, Spur Royals, &c., the standards of weights Averdupoise and Troy, with those of measures.
A box sealed with the seal of the late Earl of Halifax wherein are certain assays of gold and silver, small wedges of silver, old small weights, old Rolls of the Trial of the Pix, warrants and accompts thereof, assays of gold of several king's reigns, &c.
The Indenture Pieces of gold and silver for the Trial of the Pix.” … … it is hereby required that the executor of said John Lawton deliver over the said 3 keys on demand.
Appending:—An accompt or description of the said records, papers and writings in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVI. pp. 407–13.]
March 12.
42. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Earle, Mr. Treby.
Order for the issue out of loans on land tax, 1741, of 30,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for paying ships as by his memorial of this day.
Same for same out of same of 49,060l. 10s. 4d. to the Paymaster of Marines for services as in his memorial of the 6th instant.
Same for same out of the Civil List funds as follow:
£ s. d.
To the Treasurer of the Chamber for the Maundy 400 0 0
To do., a quarter to the poor at the gate 179 15 0
On considering an account of the proceedings concerning Mr. Popple's debt to the 6 Independent Companies in Jamaica, and the Independent Company in the Isle of Providence, their Lordships are of opinion that the parties concerned should apply by petition to the Parliament for relief: and accordingly they advise them so to do.
“My Lords, notwithstanding the minute dated 12th of Septr. last past, upon the Commissrs. of Customs report upon Edward Carbold's petition to be released from his imprisonment, are pleased now to direct that he be released” on giving security not to be again concerned in smuggling, &c.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 300.]
March 20. 43. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners severally in England and Scotland to observe an Order in Council as below:
Prefixing:—Order of the King in Council dated St. James's, March 19, taking off, from and after the 21st instant, the embargo laid by order of 1740, November 27, on all ships laden in the ports of Great Britain with corn, grain, beef, or other provisions of victuals to be exported to foreign parts. The Treasury, the Lords of the Admiralty, and the Lord Warden of the Cinque ports to give the necessary directions herein as to them respectively appertain.
[Customs Book XV. p. 97; North Britain Book XIII. p. 117–8.]
March 23. 44. Memorial [to the Treasury] in the form of a note, dated London, from Monsr. Sohlenthal, of the amount of subsidy remaining due to the King of Denmark from Great Britain to 1740–1, March 3, as follows: paid on the 2nd January, 1740–1, the sums of 14,583l. 6s. 8d. and 14,583l. 6s. 8d. being two quarters' subsidy, due respectively 1740, June 3 and Sept. 3; remaining due the like sums of 14,583l. 6s. 8d. and 14,583l. 6s. 8d. for the like, due respectively 1740, Dec. 3 and 1740–1, March 3.
Endorsed:—N.B.—There remains payable out of the supplies, 1740, only one quarter, due 3rd December, 1740. French. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 15.]
March 24. 45. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for the necessary orders for raising the 9 men intended to be added to each troop of horse and dragoons in Ireland as by the royal letter of 1740, April 2, same being to be placed on the military establishment of Ireland from 1741, March 25 inclusive, and to be mustered and paid for this year in the same manner as the like number of men were directed to be mustered and paid last year, i.e., 5 of the said 9 per troop to be mustered complete from 1741, March 25 to June 30, and the remaining 4 per troop to be allowed on the muster rolls complete from 1741, March 25 to Dec. 31.
[Irish Book IX. pp. 219–20.]
March 24.
46. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Earle, Mr. Treby.
Order for a warrant for clearing foreign ministers on their allowances, and for the salaries and pensions payable at the Exchequer to 1740, Midsummer.
Mr. Basket, the printer's, order for 5,097l. 10s. 0d. for printing to 1740, June 24, is to be satisfied by weekly payments, viz.: 597l. 10s. 0d. this week, and 500l. per week for 9 weeks more, successively.
A report from the Attorney General of the 13th Feb., 1739–40, read on Mr. Douglas's petition, Mr. Whitford's representation, and Col. Cornwallis's memorial, all relating to a bill of 650l., unpaid by Mr. Popple's failure, said bill having been given to the Receiver of land tax, Scotland, for moneys taken up there for the use of said Cornwallis's regiment. As the Attorney and Solicitor are of opinion the Colonel is liable to make satisfaction for the said bill their Lordships conceive they have nothing to do therein.
John Sigismund Tanner to be Chief Engraver to the Mint, loco Mr. Croker, deceased, James Anthony D'Assier to succeed Tanner.
Mr. Lowther, out of the King's money in his hands, is to pay Thos. Wells 20l.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 301.]
March 25.]
47. Note of an instruction to a Committee of the House of Commons empowering it to receive a clause of credit, directing that the deficiency which shall be on the 25th March, 1741, of the income of the malt duties, anno 1739, be made good out of the supplies, anno 1741. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCV. No. 17.]