Treasury Books and Papers: March 1741

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March 1741

March 1. 39. J. Scrope to the Governor and Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. “My Lord Wilmington thought it proper to communicate to some of the most considerable members of the House of Commons your proposition for advancing 1,200,000l. on the fund for your original capital, before the Chancellor of the Exchequer went out of town. And therefore had a meeting with them on Friday night, where all the clauses in the severall acts of Parliament in favour of your extensive privilege of banking were maturely considered, as was also the state of your stock and all other circumstances relating to your corporation. And the gentlemen who met were of opinion it would be to no purpose to make any proposal to the House of Commons unless you will advance 1,600,000l. But if that was done they inclined to think that the House would consent to the explaining and continuing your power of banking. They therefore thought it would be right for you to lay this affair not only before your Court of Directors, but also before your General Court that the sense of the proprietors may be taken in an affair of so great consequence to them.”
[Letter Book XX. p. 30.]
March 2. 40. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands authorising the widening of St. Margaret's Lane and Union Street, as below.
Prefixing:—Memorial to the Treasury from said Surveyor. On making forth constats of divers parcels of crown lands near New Palace Yard, Westminster, wanted by the commissioners for opening ways and passage, &c. for the intended Westminster Bridge, find that as a result of the intended plans the West end of Union Street and the South end of King Street would be narrowed 15 feet. As these streets will be one avenue leading to both Houses of Parliament and Westminster, though not the principal one, conceives this would be detrimental to the public and proposes rather to have Union Street widened according to a plan annexed. The above-said Commissioners have assented hereunto. Further, a long slip of ground on the North side of Palace Yard was intended by the said Commissioners to make their intended buildings range in a straight line. In consideration whereof they were to purchase and lay open [so as] to enlarge the Palace Yard a much longer piece of ground at the West end of said yard, from St. Margaret's Lane end to Union Street. On this head the Board of Works have represented that if the lane or passage leading between the two Palace Yards called St. Margaret's Lane was opened and enlarged to 60 feet wide at the expense of said Commissioners it would be more commodious than the intended enlargement at the West end of Palace Yard, and would also be a recompense to the public for an encroachment lately made by building the vaults and terrace on the North side of Palace Yard.
Appending:—Plan of the works and plots referred to.
[Crown Lease Book VI. pp. 126–8.]
March 2.
41. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of 10,000l. for wear and tear as by his memorial of the 2nd ult.
Same for same of the following out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Treasurer for the Chambers for Messengers 1,000 0 0
To the Duke of Newcastle for Xmas quarter's Secret Service as Secretary of State 750 0 0
To the Lord Harrington for same as late same 750 0 0
To the Gentlemen and Grooms of the Bedchamber, 1741, Midsummer quarter
To the Usher of the Exchequer, 1741, Trinity Term 154 7 4
To the Robes, 1741, Midsummer quarter 1,007 12 6
To the Mr. Whitaker and Mr. Caner, going abroad 20 0 0
To the Sir Clement Cotterell Dormer for Mr. Rossette 330 16 0
To the Deputy Chamberlains 62 14 0
Harman Verelst's memorial read for 980l. 16s. 0d. to meet General Oglethorpe's bills drawn from America. Power given him to accept the said bills but no more in future, “Mr. Verelst having this day acquainted my Lords that he signified the pleasure of the late Chancellor of the Exchequer on the 4th of July last to the General not to draw any more bills, which advice he must have received long agoe.”
Lord Harrington's certificate of January 30 last being read, that John Burnaby, Esq., Secretary at the Court of Sweden returned into His Majesty's presence the 20th of that month, care to be taken that in the warrant for his arrears he be paid no further than that date. Similarly for Messrs. Martin Bladen, Samuel Tufnell, and John Drummond, Commissaries for treating at Antwerp with those of the Emperor and the States General, certified by Lord Carteret, one of the Principal Secretaries of State, to have returned into His Majesty's presence Feb. 25 last.
The petition of the coal fitters of Sunderland port for stay of process upon their coast bonds, for coal driven to foreign ports by stress of weather and unladed there, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Order for the issue of 78l. to the Cofferer of the Household out of the late King's arrears for Sackville Bale in further part of his debt as Groom of the Poultry.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 13–14; Reference Book X. p. 204.]
March 9.
42. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
The Duke of Newcastle's letter of Feb. 27 last read with a bill for 416l. 10s. 0d. from Burnaby Parker, Consul at Oporto, disbursed there for His Majesty's service, and signifying His Majesty's consent to the payment thereof. Order for the necessary warrant.
Same from same of same date read signifying the King's pleasure for payment of 100l. to Daniel Goatly, master of the “Diamond,” for services in delivering [despatches] to Admiral Haddock. The like order.
Order for a sign manual for 500l. to Sir Clement Cotterell Dormer as a royal grant to Prince Scherbatow on his return home.
A petition read from the Agents and planters of the British Sugar Settlements in America for the assistance of the Treasury in obtaining an Act for warehousing in bond rum and spirits of the produce of the British Plantations. Referred to the Excise Commissioners.
Order for issue of 10,000l. to the Navy Treasurer for services as in his memorial of the 4th instant. The like for 15,596l. 7s.d. out of the Civil List funds for persons named in a letter of direction to the Exchequer.
A petition of William Reynolds, merchant, of London, concerning his ships “Elizabeth” and “Unity,” seized by the Collector of Cork port, referred to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland.
Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands 40l. to Mrs. K. Gregson as royal bounty, and 5l. to Mrs. Pugh as same.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 15–16; Irish Book IX. p. 248.]
March 10. 43. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to repay to the Rev. Littleton Brown, M.A., 13l. 4s. 0d., being the duty on paper used at the press of the University of Oxford in the printing of John James Dillenius's “Historia Muscorum.
Appending:—Affidavit by Thomas Wood, chief manager of the said printing press, as to the said paper so used.
[Customs Book XV. pp. 216–7.]
March 11.]
44. Papers of army estimates as follows:—
(a) An estimate of the charge of the Guards, Garrisons and Land Forces [in Great Britain] for the year 1742. (Total estimate 1,004,947l. 0s. 10d.) 3 pages.
(a) (1) Same of same for same year, including the land forces and marines in the American Expedition, being the form first presented. (Total estimate 1,211,200l. 15s. 10d.) 3 pages.
(b) Same of the charge of the forces in the Plantations, Minorca and Gibraltar for same year. (Total estimate 266,616l. 6s.d.) 1 page. (b) (1) Same of same for same year, being the form first presented. (Total estimate 266,160l. 1s.d.) In duplicate 1 and 1 pages.
(b) (2) A comparison of the said estimate for the Plantations, &C., in the years 1741 and 1742 respectively. 1 page.
(c) Same of the charge of the Office of Ordnance for same year. (Total estimate 210,431l. 16s. 0d. In duplicate 2 and 2 pages.
(d) A skeleton draft estimate of the charge of half-pay and of half-pay officers' widows for same year. (Total estimates respectively 27,968l. 2s. 6d. and 4,168l.) ½ page.
(e) Same of the charge of ten regiments of Marines for same year (total estimate 206,253l. 15s. 0d.) 1 page.
(f) (1) Same of the charge of several officers appointed for the expedition in America for same year. (Total estimate 11,611l. 13s. 4d.) In duplicate. 1 and 1pages.
(f) (2) Same of same of the staff officers to attend the hospital for said expedition for said year. (Total estimate 1,277l. 10s. 0d.) In duplicate. 1 and 1 pages.
(f) (3) Same of same of a regiment of foot raised in America for service in the West Indies for same year. (Total estimate 53,955l. 13s. 4d.) In Duplicate, 1 and 1 and 1 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVII. No. 23.]
March 11.
45. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon.
The Secretary at War attends with the estimates for service for the forces anno 1742, proposed to be laid before the House of Commons, viz: for the officers for the expedition in America (11,611l. 13s. 4d.); for the staff for the Hospital for same (1,277l. 10s. 0d.); for the forces in the Plantations, Minorca and Gibraltar (260,616l. 6s.d.); and for services incurred anno 1741, not provided for by Parliament (44,008l. 3s. 7d.)
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 17.]
March 18.
46. Present:—The Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton.
The Customs Commissioners' report of the 9th instant on a memorial of Alexander Dundas and John Ferguson relating to transhipment for Holland of Spanish prize tobacco bought at Jamaica, read and agreed to.
The Secretary at War attends with a memorial from Captain Wilson, agent to the American Regiment in the West Indies, commanded by Col. Gooch, representing its immediate necessity for new clothing. To be transmitted to the Paymaster General [of the Forces] for his opinion.
“Mr. Arundell, the Master and Worker of the Mint, attended my Lords with a memorial from the traders in gold and silver bullion against the Bank for monopolizing bullion. For the consideration of Parliament.”
A memorial read from the landowners et al. of St. Clement Danes.
The Solicitor of the Stamp Office attends with a memorial about unstamped newspapers.
Refer to the Attorney and Solicitor General a draft of clauses proposed by the Customs Commissioners to prevent abuses in registering ships trading to and from the British Plantations, for their consideration and report.
Messrs. Burrell and Bristow's answer read concerning the Jamaica currency.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 18–19; Letter Book XX. p. 31; Reference Book X. p. 203.]
March 18. 47. Treasury order for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant of date 1741–2, March 5, to Lord Abergavenny, Master of the Jewels, for the delivery to Lord Carteret, one of the Secretaries of State, of the usual allowance of 1,000 oz. of white plate to be made into such vessels and after such fashion as his Lordship shall direct: all to an estimate of 400l.
The like for the Marquess of Tweeddale.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. p. 174.]
March 22. 48. Warrant under the royal sign manual countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury to Augustus Schutz, Peter Leheup, and Henry Fane trustees for the 40,000l. wedding portion for the Prince of Orange and the Princess Royal, to sell 8,500l. being so much of the 3 per cent. annuity orders in which the said sum is invested as will produce 8,000l. clear; to be paid over to the use of said Prince and Princess.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. pp. 512–3.]
March 23.
49. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon.
Messrs. Burrell and Bristow's proposal for remittance of subsistence money to Minorca and Gibraltar for 1742, April 25 to June 24, agreed to as below, viz.:
20,500 dollars for Minorca at 55d. per dollar.
21,000 dollars for Gibraltar an 54½d. per dollar.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 20.]
March 23. 50. Report to the Treasury from the Commissioners of Excise on the petition of the Agents and planters of the British Sugar settlements in America for the obtaining an Act of Parliament to permit the warehousing under bond of all rum or spirits of the produce of the British Plantations imported into Great Britain under the like restrictions and penalties as is now practised with regard to coffee of the British Plantation growth. Describe the present practice with regard to rum, which is to make entry of and pay duty for two-thirds, to gauge the liquors on landing and make a post entry of the remainder. This rule is only dispensed with in the case of arrack imported by the East India Company on which the duty is not paid till the ships are cleared, which is generally within 6 weeks. The proposed warehousing might lead to loss to the revenue by waste and leakage; also by overproof rum losing its strength. As to the warehousing of coffee, no warehouses are provided by the Excise for that purpose, the same being by 10 Geo. I. directed to be at the expense of the importers themselves. Moreover coffee is allowed a 3 years' limit for re-exportation. Conceive the proposal as injurious to the revenue and entailing risk and cost in the management. 2 pages.
—(a) Said petition to the Treasury signed by 19 of said Agents and planters. With Treasury order of reference of date 1741–2, March 9. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVII. No. 27; Reference Book X. p. 204.]
March 25.
51. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of the following on his memorial of the 24th instant for 331,672l. 4s. 9d., viz.:—
£ s. d.
On the head of Wear and Tear, to pay one month's course due 1741, Oct. 31 71,491 12 2
On the head of Transports, imprests to transports registered in same month 958 14 1
On the head of Victualling, one month's course to 1741, Oct. 31 49,377 0 0
The Treasurer of the Ordnance's memorial of the 17th instant read for 7,094l. 19s. 1d. to complete 76,071l. 1s. 4d. for services incurred last year not provided for by Parliament. Ordered to be raised out of funds anno 1742.
Order out of the like for 77,173l. 10s. 0d. to the Paymaster General of the Forces in part of his memorial of the 22nd instant for 190,875l.; same to be for 1 month's subsistence and pay of the forces in Great Britain, 1742, March 26 to April 24.
Same for the like of 34,375l. 12s. 6d. to the Paymaster General of Marines on his memorial of the 23rd instant for 68,751l. 5s. 0d.; same to be for 2 months' subsistence and pay to 1741–2, Feb. 24.
Same for the issue out of the late King's arrears of 100l. 3s. 3d. to Sackville Bale in further part of his debt.
A petition of John Keith, concerning Maderia wines seized in Dublin, read and referred with other papers, detailed, to the Customs Commissioners.
The report from the Salt Commissioners of 1741, March 23, on the petition of Ralph and Edward Barrow read and agreed to, “in asmuch as the loss they desire to be relieved in did not happen by the sinking of the ship or the enemy.”
Edward Jasper's memorial read concerning prize money of the ships “S. Joseph” and “S. Jago.” Mr. Paul to attend the Treasury herein on Tuesday next.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 21–2; Letter Book XX. p. 33.]
March 25]
52. Statements of exceedings or overpayments as below, for the year ended 1742, Lady day, all certified by Luke Gardiner, Deputy Receiver General, Ireland.
(a) Payments made in the Treasury Office, Dublin, on account of Barracks, Ireland, in said year. (Total payments 15,269l. 16s.d. against an established allowance of 13336l. 10s. 0d.) 6 pages. (b) Same of same in same, on account of Concordatums, Ireland, for same year (total payment 12,063l. 6s.d. against an established allowance of 5,000l.) 10 pages. (c) Same of same in same on account of Military Contingencies, Ireland, for same year. (Total payments 4279l. 5s.d. against an established allowance of 3,000l.) 6½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers. CCCVII. No. 29.]
March 26. 53. Memorial to the Treasury from the Commissioners for the sale of the Spanish prizes “S. Joseph” and “S. Jago.” Detail their proceedings herein, the produce of the sales, and ask for certain commissions and allowances. 4 pages.
(a) An account of the produce of the said sale of the “S. Jago.” (Total 21,024l. 6s. 11¼d.). 3 pages.
(b) Same of the “S. Joseph.” (Total 122,822l. 14s. 7d.). 4 pages.
(c) Certificate dated herewith of the commission usually allowed in the city on the sale of cocoa nuts. 1 page.
(d) Certificate dated herewith by James Henshaw of the commission allowance made to the captors of prizes through Sir Harcourt Masters their agent, during the late French war (viz. 6 per cent.) as “it appears by Sir Harcourt Masters' books in my possession.” 1 page.
[Ibid. No. 30.]
March 29. 54. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt for the issue for 105l. to Richard Morley for 1742, Lady Day quarter, for himself and 3 clerks for sorting, methodising, &c., records in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer.
Appending:—Said Morley's certificate of work done during the quarter: “Since Xmas last Mr. Farley has sorted Assize Rolls of several reigns, and Mr. Smart, Mr. Strachey and Mr. Cole have made indexes to Star Chamber records and Mr. Morgan has sorted them into reigns, and they have likewise disposed in proper order all the fines from the reign of Richard the 1st to Richd 3d incl.”
[Money Book XL. p. 402.]
March 29]
55. Two certificates relating to the salt duty, as follow:
(a) Certificate, by M. Cardonnel, Accomptant, and George Brown, Deputy Comptroller of the salt duties, of the distribution, or of the receipts and payments on account of the duties on salt for the week 1741–2, March 22 to 1742, March 29. 1 page.
(b) An account of rests, receipts and payments by Roger Mainwaring, Esq., Receiver General of Salt Duties for the same week. (Total receipts and payments into the Exchequer 1,000l.) 1 double sheet.
[Treasury Board Papers CCVII. No. 33.]
March 30.
56. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon.
A petition of Daniel Eaden alias Elsden, a prisoner in Maidstone gaol, read. Order for a warrant for his enlargement.
A memorial from Thomas Blackmore, late contractor for slop cloths for the Navy, read, for an imprest on account of the debt to him for that service. Referred to the Navy Commissioners.
General Clayton's memorials read, for 68l. 19s. 0d. to complete 1009l. 11s. 0d. for repairing roads in Scotland anno 1741, and for 500l. to Mr. Caulfield for the annual allowance for repairing said roads, &c. The proper warrants ordered.
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 15,152l. for services as in his memorials of the 25th, 29th and 30th instants.
The like for the following issues out of Civil List funds:—
£ s. d.
To the Lords of the Treasury et al. 38,618 18 1
To the Treasurer of the Chamber, 1741, Midsummmer quarter 6,183 4 11
To the Paymaster of the Works for same 5,072 9
To His Majesty's gardeners 1742, Lady day quarter 1,383 4
To the Earl of Hyndford 1,064 0 0
To Lady Lovelace and others 242 12 6
To Mrs. Cresset 200 0 0
The report from the Board of Works concerning repairing the late Treasury Office in Privy Garden for an office for Lord Carteret, to be returned to them for an estimate “of such works and repairs only as are necessary for the accommodation of his Lordship and his office, and with regard to plainness and cheapness.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 23–4, Letter Book XX. p. 34.]
March 31. 57. J. Scrope to the Board of Works returning for amendment the estimate relating to the fitting of the rooms in the Privy Garden (where the Treasury was lately kept) as an office for Lord Carteret, said estimate incorrectly including items for the building a shed for the reception of the goods and wheels belonging to the State Lotteries.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. p. 175.]