Treasury Books and Papers: March 1743

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March 1743

March 1.
32. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
Warrants ordered for the following as requested in two letters from the Lord Chamberlain, viz., 350l. to Sir Clement Cotterell Dormer as a royal present to Baron Uterode on his departure; and 300l. to same for Brigadier Burmania, who brought the account of the Princess of Orange's being brought to bed of a daughter.
The bill of Burnaby Parker, Consul at Oporto, amounting to 450l. 10s. 0d. to be paid by His Majesty's order. Warrant ordered.
Sir Joseph Ayloffe and Mr. Lediart to attend the Treasury on Thursday next on a memorial from the Westminster Bridge Commissioners.
A letter read from the Customs Commissioners, Scotland, concerning the discovery of 2 or 3 of the rioters at Banff.
A petition read from Thomas Mills, cashier of the Wine Licence revenues, praying leave to appoint a deputy, being old and infirm. Referred to the Wine Licence Commissioners.
A letter from the Admiralty Office to the Secretary to the Treasury, dated 24th ult., read concerning victualling stores on board transports from the West Indies. Referred to the Commissioners of Excise and Customs respectively.
A petition read from Benj. Fisher, a prisoner in Norwich Castle for running tea. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Same read from Jonathan Wood for his expenses in assisting Tomkins in taking smugglers.
A presentment of the Customs Commissioners agreed to for accepting several sums deposited by persons under prosecution for running goods. Warrant ordered.
A petition of John Hudson read for rewards for his services in printing several proposals for altering the laws relating to the retailers of spiritous liquors.
A letter read from the Salt Commissioners, Scotland, concerning the moneys from said duties in the hands of the Receiver General [there], acquainting my Lords that they have remitted 1,000l. to the office in in London, and that they do not think the balance in the Receiver's hands too much to answer daily demands for fish debentures.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 212–3; Letter Book XX. p. 85; Reference Book X. p. 232.]
March 1. 33. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to pass letters patent under the Great Seal of Ireland, for a grant to Mary Louise, Baroness de Steinberg, of an annuity of 300l. charged on the revenues of Ireland for 31 years from Xmas last: same being in place of an annuity of the like amount, granted by Geo. I. for 20 years, to Maria Hedwig Mehmet, to which annuity said Baroness Steinberg has become entitled, and which she is now desirous of surrendering to the King.
[Irish Book IX. pp. 387–8.]
March 1. 34. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Woods to give directions for removing and re-building the dog kennel now at New Lodge in Windsor Forest to Burleigh, near Swinley Lodge, it being thought the most convenient situation, both in regard to the great plenty of water there, and as being near to the place where the royal family meet to hunt: all to an estimate of 576l. 1s. 2d., and to be defrayed out of wood sales.
Prefixing:—Report to the Treasury from H. Legge, said surveyor, on the memorial of Ralph Jennison, Master of His Majesty's Buckhounds, concerning the repair or the removal of said kennel.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. p. 117.]
March 3.
35. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
The memorial of the Westminster Bridge Commissioners read again. Sir Joseph Ayloff and Mr. Lediard attend, and my Lords ask them concerning the Usher of the Exchequer's house, and the accommodating the offices which are to be pulled down. The Commissioners produce a plan showing how they at present propose to settle the streets, &c. My Lords direct them to make an exact plan of what offices and buildings they want to have granted to them, and what space of ground, contiguous to the Exchequer Court and the Remembrancer's Office, they are now possessed of, which may be proper to replace the said offices; with an estimate of the expense.
Mr. Sharpe's report of the first inst. read on the petition of the inhabitants of Coleford, co. Gloucester, and concerning the disputed right of possession of certain waste claimed by Viscount Gage for himself, and by the Earl of Berkeley for the Crown. Finds the question of possession extremely difficult, but the market place, which is near the chapel, has always been in those who hold under the Crown.
A memorial read from Mr. Arundell, Master and Worker of the Mint, for the expense of preparing 6 gold medals ordered by the King. “Enquire how [such like as] these expenses have been defrayed.”
A representation read from the Provost and Moneyers of the Mint, saying that they are not employed when there is no coinage, and that there has been for several years past hardly any, and none this last 2 years, and therefore praying an increase of salary. Referred to the principal officers of the Mint.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of 29,055l. 7s. 11d., to complete 50,000l. demanded for wages.
James Lashford to be a tidesman and weighing porter, Southampton port, loco Stephen Earley, superannuated.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Privy Purse 3,000 0 0
To Gentlemen and Grooms of the Bedchamber 4,150 0 0
To Earl of Stair 2,100 0 0
To Monsr. de Salis 1,875 0 0
To Mr. Hardinge 1,000 0 0
To Mr. Sharpe for rewards 900 14 0
To Clerks of the Council 200 0 0
To Sheriff of — 40 0 0
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 214–5; Reference Book X. p. 232; Customs Book XV. p. 296.]
March 3. 36. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to William Benson and William Aislabie, Auditors of Imprests, to allow in the accounts of the Paymaster of the Forces the pay of the Electoral Hanoverian troops from 1742, August 31 to Dec. 25, on the certificate of Thomas Watson, one of the deputy commissaries appointed to muster said troops; the said Paymaster having represented that he may meet with some difficulties in passing his accompts of same by reason the muster rolls of said troops for said time may not, by means of some errors and omissions, be so exact and regular in their form and method as is required to be observed in the muster rolls of the British forces.
Appending:—Said Watson's certificate. “I did muster the Electoral troops of Hanover in the pay of Great Britain from the 21st day of August to the 25th day of December, 1742, consisting of 1 troop of Lifeguards of 192 men, 7 regiments of Horse of 300 men each, making 2,100 men, 4 regiments of Horse of 600 men each, making 2,400 men, 13 battalions of foot of 609 men each, making 7,917 men, 3 companies of the train of Artillery of 70 matrosses each, making 210 men; the whole of Lifeguards, Horse, Foot, and train of Artillery, with officers included, amounting to 16,268 men: and I hereby certify that I found the said forces complete according to their establishment for 117 days from the 31st August to the 25th of December, 1742.”
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. pp. 168–9.]
March 3. 37. J. Scrope to Auditor Aislabie and Auditor Benson severally, as Auditors of Imprests, to inform the Treasury how the remittances by Sir Henry Furnesse to the forces in Flanders were made in the last war, and whether there was any rate fixed by contract between him and the Treasury for that service, and if so what rate. “And you are also directed to give such other lights into the affairs of his remittances as may arise from any account thereof in your office.”
[Letter Book XX. p. 85.]
March 3. 38. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners authorising them to cause a moiety of 297l. 1s. 0d. to be paid into the Receipt, under the head of compositions, being deposits by persons prosecuted for Customs frauds, and to cause a third of the other moiety to be paid to the officers concerned, reserving the remainder for charges; and similarly with a sum of 1,109l. 6s. 8d., being deposits in the hands of the Customs Solicitors arisen by penalties on offenders for running of goods.
Appending:—(a) Memorial to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners concerning the above. (b) Accounts of the said two sums with names of the offenders.
[Customs Book XV. pp. 293–5.]
March 5. 39. Harman Verelst to John Scrope, dated Queen Square, Westminster, forwarding (a) infra praying his compassionate promoting thereof as a relief to a distress of a twofold nature “the one to replace the cash General Oglethorpe has overdrawn me on his private account, with which he defrayed the charge of the Highland Independent Company … the other to enable me to pay Captain Thomson's draughts on me for warlike stores and presents to the Indians…. My present distress arises from my endeavours to support the credit of one who exposes his life and fortune in the King's service, and has been providentially successful.” 2 pages.
:—(a) Petition to the Treasury from same of same date, for an imprest for 7,240l. 4s. 0d., for General Oglethorpe, to meet his bills which have not been met, and are ready to be returned unless prevented; said bills representing unavoidable expenses incurred through the late invasion of Georgia, and in connection with the establishment of the forces in Georgia, proposed by said General in July, 1741, as necessary to be continued during the war; said establishment being approved by the Justices in the following October.
Endorsed:—1742–3, March 8. Read. 1 page.
(b) A computation of one year's expense of the 2 troops of Rangers of 60 men each, the Highland Company of 100 men, the 100 boatmen and the 2 half-galleys proposed by Oglethorpe in July, 1741, as necessary in Georgia during the war. (Total establishment 8,398l. 6s. 8d. per an.) 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 30.]
March 7. 40. Report to the Treasury from the Excise Commissioners, London, on the letters from the Admiralty Lords and Victualling Commissioners, desiring that sundry small parcels of brandy, rum, &c. lately arrived in transports from Jamaica, may be put into storehouses under double key till opportunity offers of re-issuing same to some of the King's ships outward bound. This is against the Excise laws. In a few instances indulgences have been given to captains of men-of-war to land or transfer brandy upon their removal to a different ship or during refit, but always in order to an immediate voyage in view. If this indulgence should be extended not only to the 5 ships in question but to all transports arriving hereafter, are of opinion it may open a door to great frauds.
Endorsed:—March 8. Read and agreed to. 2 pages.
:—(a) R. Osborn [to the Excise Commissioners], dated Admiralty Office, 1742–3, Feb. 24, forwarding (a) (1) infra, and requesting as above. 1 page.
(a) (1) Copy of a letter from the Victualling Commissioners to Mr. Corbett, dated Feb. 22. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 31.]
March 8.
41. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
William Hollis to succeed John Green, deceased, as boatman at Pagham, Chichester port.
The Customs Commissioners to pass the baggage of the Marquis Fogliani, Envoy Extraordinary from the King of the Two Sicilies, now arrived in the Thames.
The Salt Commissioners' report read on Graffin Prankard's petition concerning salt destroyed by an overflow of the Severn. Agreed to allow him the like quantity duty free.
A petition read from Mr. Verelst on behalf of Gen. Oglethorpe, praying an imprest of 7,240l. 9s. 0d., being less than the approved service of one year, which, by a computation exhibited by him and now read, amounts to 8,398l. 6s. 8d.
A bill of Mr. Norton, Solicitor to the Mint, read for 537l. 3s. 11d. expended in prosecutions against counterfeiters of the coin. Warrant ordered.
A letter of the 5th instant from a clerk of the Admiralty read concerning rum and brandy brought home in the “Kenningham Castle,” a transport. The Excise Commissioners' report read concerning the conditional landing of victualling stores from transports from the West Indies, and objecting to same as opening the door to great frauds. A copy to be sent to the Admiralty.
Mr. Legg's report on Mr. Jennison's memorial for 2 years' arrears on 140l. per an. for Swinley Lodge, Windsor Forest, read and warrant ordered for same out of woodsales. Sir John Jennin's memorial for repairs in Greenwich Park referred to said Legg.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces of 176,398l. 18s.d. for services as in his memorial of this day.
A petition read from William Smith, purchaser of part of the Derwentwater estate, concerning the payment due to him, said purchase being afterwards made void by Parliament. Referred to the Commissioners for Greenwich Hospital.
Samuel Turvin to be Surveyor of Customs at Berwick, loco his father, Daniel Turvin, to be superseded.
Mr. Sharpe's memorial read concerning a debt due to the late Moses Beranger, a debtor to the Crown, from the assignees of Sir Stephen Evance, et al. Sharpe to take steps to secure said debt.
The Customs Commissioners' report read on the petition of Thomas Borne, a fisherman of Hastings, for leave to compound for smuggling. The prosecution to go on.
A representation read from the Surveyor General of Lands against Thomas Powell and others for opening lead mines in the waste and commons of the Crown manor of Cwymwd y Perfedd. Mr. Sharpe to defend the Crown rights.
A report from said Sharpe read on the petition of Thomas Langthorne for the sheriff of York to pay said Langthorne 50l. Agreed to.
Thomas Cummins to be a waterman, London port, loco John Burrisgill, deceased.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 216–8; Customs Book XV. p. 296; Letter Book XX. p. 86; Reference Book X. pp. 232, 233.]
March 10.
42. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
Richard Merriman to be surveyor of houses in Essex, loco James Malden, deceased.
Viscount Duncannon's letter desiring permission to import duty free 40 chests of arms from Bremen for the service of Ireland.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Commissioners for Trade 2,000 0 0
To their Secretary and clerks 571 4
To the Cofferer, for purveyors 2,000 0 0
To the Master of the Horse for extraordinaries of the Stable 2,000 0 0
To Sir Clement Cotterell Dormer 714 17 0
To Secretaries of State for Secret Service 2,250 0 0
To several sheriffs 1,569 18
For the Maundy 400 0 0
Mr. Thornehaugh's petition for stay of proceedings against him on account of windfall timber in Sherwood Forest, taken by Sir Thomas Hewet, referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
James Harrison to be tidesman at Scarborough, loco Ben Mountford (Muntford), deceased; John Atkins, tidesman and boatman, Dover, loco Geo. Wellard, deceased; John Burrows, same, Plymouth, loco Mathew Olden, superannuated; John Baldwin (Balsam) boatman, ibid, loco Peter Ellery, deceased; Robert Warmington, tidesman and boatman, ibid, loco Eneas Symons, superannuated; John (Robert) Stevens, same, ibid, loco Francis Hall, same.
An account read, and approved, of the sale of 4,000l. in 3 per cent. annuities for the Prince and Princess of Orange, the clear produce of which was 3,965l. 17s. 6d.
A proposal read from Isaac Coronell for providing bread, bread waggons and horses to carry the bread for the troops in the Low Countries, dated from Ghent, 1743–2, January 20, and proposing as his securities John Mendez da Costa, of Winchester Street, and the Rev. Dr. Charles Long. The sufficiency of said securities to be enquired into.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 219–20; Customs Book XV. p. 296; Reference Book X. p. 233.]
March 12. 43. Report to the Treasury from the Comptrollers of Army Accounts, dated Comptrollers' Office, on the memorial and draft proposals from John Gore for victualling the Independent Company of foot at New Providence, consisting of 150 men. Find the proposals to agree with the contract for victualling Oglethorpe's regiment at Georgia. “Before we close we must submit it to your Lordships whether it might not be better for the service that as the Governor or Commanding Officer in Chief of the said Company is obliged to give receipts for the provisions delivered at New Providence for victualling the said Company, provided they are sound and good, that those receipts as well as the bills of lading be left at this office, by which means we may be better enabled, as occasion shall require, to report to your Lordship the quantity of provisions in store there.”
Endorsed:—Agreed to. 1 page.
:—(a) Said memorial of John Gore. 1 page.
(b) Said proposals of same. Endorsed with reference of date 1742–3, Feb. 3.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 32.]
March 15.
44. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
“Write to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] to send my Lord an account of what right and title the Crown hath to any part of the ground on which Buckingham House stands, or to the gardens or any part of the ground belonging to the said house.”
Owen Davis to be surveyor, waiter and searcher at Holyhead, loco Lewis Morris, who is employed by the Admiralty in the service of the public.
Mr. Townshend's memorial read praying that the rent of his house, as one of the Tellers of the Exchequer, hitherto paid by the Paymaster of the 1710 lottery, may, now that the lottery is expired, be paid him by the Taxes Commissioners and the Paymasters of Exchequer Bills, who have their offices there. A state of the matter to be laid before my Lords.
Two memorials read from General Clayton for 500l. to William Caulfield, and 12l. 12s. 0d. for himself, for repairs of roads in Scotland. Warrant ordered.
John Ballard's petition to be made a boatman, London port, for losing his hand on the “Walker” sloop, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Two reports read from the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, of 1734–5, Feb. 27, and 1742–3, Feb. 14, on the case of Norman M'Leod, concerning his lands on which the barrack in Bernera and Glenelg stands. Referred to the Lord Advocate [Scotland].
Order for the issue of 1,000l. to the Treasurer of the Chambers for the messengers, as by Lord Carteret's letter.
A report read from the Postmaster General for allowing a shilling per man per month for a fund for wounded seamen from this time forward. “My Lords observing thereupon that the Postmasters acquaint them that as to the particular relief of the petitioners (the seamen of the “Townshend” packet boat), they are not yet sufficiently informed of the truth of their respective cases so as to determine it, say they will give their directions thereupon when the Postmaster shall be so informed.”
Presentments as follows, from the Customs Commissioners, confirmed; Thomas Bruce, waiter and searcher at Blythnook, Seaton Sluice, and Cullercoates, Newcastle port, loco Jno. Atkinson, superannuated; John Burwood, boatman at Aldeburgh, loco Jno. Aldrich, dismissed; Thomas Garret, master of the “Calshot” sloop, at Southampton, loco William Price (Rice), dismissed; Thomas Woolfreys, tidesman, Liverpool, loco Thomas Davies, resigned; Daniel Gybbon, a tidesman, inferior list, London port, loco William Baillie, superannuated; John Murray to succeed Gybbon on the inferior list; John Beckwith, tidesman, inferior list, ibid, loco Edward East, dismissed.
“Sir John Ayloffe and Mr. Lediard called in and shew my Lords a plan by which it is proposed taking away part of the Remembrancer's office, and of that of the Usher of the Exchequer, and rebuilding them in a place marked in the plan. My Lords direct them to show the plan to the Barons of the Exchequer to know how they approve of the proposal.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 221–3; Customs Book XV. p. 297; Letter Book XX. p. 87; North Britain Book XIII. p. 405.]
March 15. 45. Harman Verelst to John Scrope, dated from Queen Square, Westminster. The approbation by the Lords Justices in Oct., 1741, of the provincial troops and vessels proposed in the preceding July by General Oglethorpe as necessary to be continued during the war, was obtained on the letters and accounts thereof, given in to Mr. Stone to lay before said Lords Justices. This was by order of the late Chancellor of the Exchequer, and in his own words related to a new credit, being subsequent to the order of the same Chancellor to draw no more bills till further order. The approbation was communicated to Oglethorpe in Mr. Couraud's letter of 1741, Oct. 19, and has been certified to the present Chancellor of the Exchequer. Therefore prays an imprest on account of the establishment as by his petition of March 5, supra p. 245, seeing that the last imprest of 3,123l. 0s. 4d., applied for 1742, April 27, was to satisfy bills drawn in December, 1741 and January, 1741–2, and as none of Oglethorpe's bills have been satisfied for more than 10 months.
Endorsed:—Read. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 33.]
March 17.
46. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
A letter read from Mr. Verelst of the 15th inst. Nothing done.
A same from Mr. Stone read for 300l. to answer a bill drawn on him by Mr. Thompson at Paris. Warrant ordered.
A memorial read from land holders et al. in Herefordshire, Devon, and other places concerning the 4s. duty on the first buyer of cider and perry. Referred to the Excise Commissioners to state what has been paid hitherto thereon.
Sir William Yonge attends with respect to horses lost in Flanders by the glanders. See what has been done on the like occasions.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To Burnaby Parker 450 10 0
For fees and salaries 7,104 19 0
To Mr. Sharpe 800 0 0
To Sir Theodore Janssen 290 4 0
The Earl of Loudoun and Gen. Clayton attend concerning Mr. Coronel's proposals. My Lords acquaint them that they do not find Coronel's securities of sufficiency equal to the undertaking and to the sum it may be necessary to advance thereon, “which General Clayton says he also has heard. My Lords desire them to consult Mr. Pelham as to what may be done in the present exigency, and they will meet here to-morrow and consider further of this affair.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 223; Letter Book XX. p. 88.]
March 18.
47. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout.
“Read a memorial in the name of the Earl of Loudoun by direction of the Earl of Stair, but signed by General Clayton and the Earl of Loudoun, mentioning Mr. Coronell's contracts not being approved on account of the insufficiency of himself and his securities, and representing that so much time will be taken up before proposals for other contracts can be transmitted to my Lords for their approbation that the army must inevitably be distressed thereby for want of bread; and desiring, therefore, their Lordships to order such sum or sums of money as shall be thought sufficient to be issued to the Paymaster General, and by him to his deputy or deputies abroad, for answering this service as the Earl of Stair or the Commander in Chief shall direct, till proposals shall be sent to and approved by the Treasury. My Lords, upon consideration of the said memorial, direct a warrant to be prepared to be signed by His Majesty for issuing 10,000l. to the Paymaster of the Forces to be remitted to his deputies abroad for the said service accordingly.”
Viscount Duncannon's letter as forwarded from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, desiring free importation of 40 chests of arms from Bremen for His Majesty's service in Ireland, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A memorial from the Master Worker of the Mint transmitting the Solicitor of the Mint's bill for 96l. 6s. 8d. for prosecuting counterfeiters of half-pence in Birmingham, agreed to.
The Taxes Commissioners' report read on the petition of William Mitford, Receiver General for Sussex, concerning a transfer to the year 1741 of an overpayment by him on account of land tax, 1740. Warrant ordered.
A memorial read from Mr. Eckersal, Receiver General of Customs, praying a warrant to the Exchequer for altering an error in the account sent to the Exchequer, viz. in mis-applying the duties to two sums of money paid into the Exchequer on the 14th July, 1742. Warrant ordered.
The Excise Commissioners' report read concerning duty on Jamaica rum belonging to William Pitts, accidentally lost.
Presentments of the Customs Commissioners confirmed as follow:—Henry Eynon, mate of the Customs smack at Bristol, loco George Webb, deceased; Joseph Jordan, boatman at Deal, loco Daniel Brown, dismissed; William Osmond (Osman), boatman at Dartmouth, loco William Langdon, deceased: Matthew Stubbs, waterman, London port, and Jeremiah Clerk, a preferable waterman, ibid, to exchange places: Christ. Baker, land carriage man, ibid, and William Brown, tidesman, ibid, to exchange places.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 224–5: Customs Book XV. pp. 297, 298.]
March 22. 48. Treasury warrant to Richard Arundell, Master and Worker of the Mint, to pay John North 96l. 6s. 8d., his expenses as Solicitor to the Mint for prosecutions ut infra.
:—Memorial to the Treasury from said Arundell. At the latter end of last summer received notice of a practice carried on notoriously and openly of counterfeiting half-pence at Birmingham. The Solicitor of the Mint was sent down, found same true, and apprehended and sent to Warwick gaol 10 persons, who will be tried next assizes.
Appending:—John North's account of his said expenses in said prosecutions.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 152–4.]
49. Same to Sir William Yonge, Secretary at War, for preparation of a royal warrant for the payment of 5,322l. 18s. 4d. by the Paymaster of the Forces for the clothing of the several Companies of Invalids.
Prefixing:—Report by the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on the memorial of said Paymaster for said clothing. The usual time for said clothing appearing to be completed and due “we caused patterns to be exhibited and sealed, and the clothes which are since made, being the same as were provided for them last clothing, to be viewed and found answerable to those patterns in every respect. We have examined into the prices and find them also to agree with the former clothing, the charge whereof for each man after the rate of 1d. per day amounts in two years or 730 days to 3l. 0s. 10d. The whole charge of the clothing for the 35 companies, including 2 sergeants, 2 corporals and 1 drummer in each company, amounts to 5,322l. 18s. 4d.
[Ibid. p. 144.]
March 22. 50. Treasury commission in the form of letters patent constituting James Collier, Daniel Race, John Carruthers, Elias Simes, Andrew Prime, Richard Handes, and William Stone, cashiers of the Bank of England, to be His Majesty's Receiver and Receivers of the 1743 lottery for 800,000l., as by the Act of present session; to receive the contributions thereof, and to pay same without delay into the Receipt of the Exchequer.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. p. 145.]
March 22. 51. Treasury commission constituting the following as managers and directors of said lottery for preparing and delivering tickets, overseeing the drawing of lots and ordering and performing all other matters therein by them to be done and performed as by said Act, &c., viz.: Henry Fane, Peter Leheup, Christopher Lowe, Joseph Wight, John Burman, William Theed, Henry Stratford, James Moneypenny, Metcalf Graham, George Williams, Charles Johnson, William Procter, John Soley, John Innes, Henry Myddleton, Charles Gibbon, Henry Stracey, Thomas Gilbert, Philip Trahern, Gawen Harris Nash, John Kirrill, Thomas Rider, Elfred Staples, John Aubrey, Robert Charles, Thomas Lediard, junr., Zachary Cradock, Francis Morgan, Joseph Pennington, William Lambton, John Scott, John Sandford, Claudius Devins, Brown Langrish, John Price, George Riste, Edward Legrand, Robert Jenner, Thomas Cheek, junr., Edmund Burt, George Payne, and Charles Palmer.
[Ibid. pp. 146–7.] March 22. 52. Two surety bonds in 300,000l. each given by the Bank of England to the Treasury as securities (a) for their cashiers, James Collier, Daniel Race, John Carruthers, Elias Simes, Andrew Prime, Richard Handes, William Stone, as Receivers of the lottery anno 1743, (b) as same for James Collier and Daniel Race, their chief cashiers, as Receivers of the million [annuities], 1743. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 35.]
March 22. 53. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt, the Chamberlains of the Exchequer, the Clerk of the Pells, the Tally Cutter, and all other officers of the Exchequer, concerned; to take up and cancel two tallies which appear to have been struck by mistake, as also the foils and counterfoils to the same belonging, viz.: for 3l. 9s. 5d. for the additional duty on hides, and 4l. 0s. 10d. for the new duty on soap; and in lieu thereof to strike two other tallies acknowledging the said sums for respectively the new duty on soap, and the additional duty on soap.
Prefixing: Memorial to the Treasury from John Eckersal, Receiver General of Customs. “Although the weekly certificates to your Lordships from 3rd July, 1742, to 10th of the same month, was right, yet an error was committed in the accompt sent to the Exchequer,” viz. in the above two items.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 145–6.]
March 22. 54. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to Henry Pelham, Paymaster General of the Forces, to pay to William Caulfield, Inspector of roads and bridges in North Britain, 500l. for repairs of said roads and bridges, and to Lieut. General Jasper Clayton, 12l. 12s. 0d., being the balance due to him of the cost of repairing the road from Stirling to Crieff.
Appending: Said Clayton's two memorials to the Treasury, the former dated 1742–3, March 10, containing a certificate of Caulfield's work as follows. “I do hereby certifie that the said William Caulfield did the last year repair the roads from the Water of Nairn, near Inverness, to Ruthven, the new road near Dunblane, from thence to Crieff, thence to Tay Bridge, Dalnacardoch, the Corryarrick, and Fort William, and also ploughed the new road at Sheriffmuir, and repaired 47 bridges: that in these works he employed 110 men, besides artificers, carts, horses, &c., during the whole summer season; the expense whereof, with the contingent charge attending the same, amounted to the full sum of 500l.
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. pp. 174–7.]
March 22.
55. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
A letter from the Navy Commissioners read for half a year to the yards. When the Commissioners send their scheme for the distribution of the money for the year 1743, my Lords will consider it.
Order for the issue of 50,000l. to the Navy Treasurer as by his memorial of the 21st instant.
A letter from the Master of the Horse read for 3,000l. towards the extraordinaries of the Stables, 1742, no part of which is paid. To be considered on Thursday next.
The report from the Comptrollers of Army Accounts read on Mr. Gore's proposal for victualling the Independent Company in the island of Providence. My Lords agree thereto. Contract ordered, with an article to be inserted concerning the receipts for delivery of provisions.
A petition of Joanna, widow of Saml. Burridge, late Receiver co. Devon, read concerning her late husband's estate and debts. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
Order for a Privy Seal to authorise the Treasury Lords to appoint Receivers of land tax, anno 1743.
A petition read from Richard Lane, late Receiver co. Worcester, for allowances on the account of house duties, 1738. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
Auditor Benson's state of Sir Robert Brown's account as Paymasters of the Works for the year ended 1741, Sept. 30, read. Warrant ordered.
A petition read from Charles Sheffield against the granting any new lease of Buckingham House till he be heard therein. A caveat to be entered accordingly.
A petition from Thomas Palmer of Walton, Surrey, for a revisionary grant of the manor of Walton Leigh, referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
A letter from the Secretary of the Customs read informing that arms, from Bremen for the service of Ireland have been imported duty free. Warrant ordered for the arms mentioned in Viscount Duncannon's letter.
A memorial from John Selwyn, junr., Paymaster of the salaries and pensions to her late Majesty's servants, read for fees on his accounts for one year to 1741, June 24. Referred to the Auditors of Imprests.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 226–7; Letter Book XX. p. 88; Customs Book XV. p. 298; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 297; Affairs of Taxes IV. p. 354.]
March 24. 56. Treasury warrant to the Governor and Company of the Bank of England to give directions to their cashiers and the Accomptant General of the Bank to prepare all things necessary for the receiving and taking in at the said Bank of any sum not exceeding 1,000,000l. in 3 per cent. annuities, as by the late act for 1,800,000l. in annuities and a lottery for the service of 1743: with further instructions as to the allowance of rebate or premium in case of prepayment of the instalments, and as to the method of taking contributions from persons subscribing both to the annuities and the lottery.
[Money Book XLI. pp. 212–3.]
March 24.
57. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
Maurice Butler to be a landwaiter, London port, when the presentment for the vacancy of John Wale, deceased, comes down.
Write to the Auditor of the land revenue for a state of what rent is due to the Crown from the Duchess of Buckingham for the Mulberry Garden.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Office of the Wardrobe 2,605 12
To the Master thereof 500 0 0
To Mr. Prevereau 300 0 0
For His Majesty's daily alms 179 15 0
For His Majesty's private pensions and charities 450 0 0
For the preachers at Whitehall 750 0 0
To a chaplain going abroad 20 0 0
To the Master of the Revels 5 0 0
A report read from the principal officers of the Mint on the Moneyers' petition for increase of salary. An addition of 15l. per an. when the coinage shall not amount to 500,000l. per an. agreed to.
A memorial from the Earl of Halifax for repairs in Salcey Forest referred to the Surveyor General of Woods.
Same from Anthony Chute and Thomas Puckridge, executors of Richard Whithed, heir to the late Mr. Norton, Lord Warden hereditary of Bere Forest, co. Southampton, for repairs in Bere forest; referred to same.
Mr. Lowndes to lay before my Lords a state of the Earl of Halifax's claim upon the land revenue.
A memorial of this day read from the Paymaster of Marines for 34,375l. 12s. 6d. for 2 months' subsist and pay.
A same from General Churchill for repairs at St. James's Park referred to the Board of Works.
A petition from James Gee, Receiver of house duties, co. York, read for relief, the Auditors [of Imprests] refusing to pass his accounts for want of a duplicate of the duties within the liberty of Scarborough, the magistrates having refused to assess the houses within that liberty. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
A state read of the 100l. per an. rent paid to Mr. Townshend for the rent of his house as a Teller of the Exchequer. My Lords agree to the payment thereof provided Mr. Townshend delivers up to my Lords' order the said house for the service of the public.
A petition from James Coutes read for delivery up of his bond for tobacco duties. My Lords can do nothing in it. He must apply to Parliament for relief.
Robert Allen to be a tidesman, inferior list. London port, loco William Draper.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 128–9; Customs Book XV. p. 297; Reference Book X. p. 233; Affairs of Taxes IV. p. 354.]
March 25.
58. Memorial to the Treasury from Viscount Weymouth for directions for repairs in St. James's Park, viz., inter al, the wall round the park in general, particularly the part opposite Devonshire House, of which 30 yards is already fallen down, and thence to the lodge upon the park wall, where the turnpike lately stood; to new rail the Grove in the Green Park, which is the only shelter for the deer; new gravel Birdcage Walk and the road from bottom of same to the head of the canal: to repair the wharfing along side of said walk; to raise the ground at the margin of the water; to repair the lodges, especially that on Constitution Hill, and the rails which divide the two parks; and to clean the Looking Glass and the little ponds in the island.
[Reference Book X. p. 234.]
March 25.]
59. Papers of accounts of exceedings as follows:
(a) Payments made in the Treasury Office, Dublin, on account of Barracks [Ireland], in one year from 1742, Lady day, to 1743, Lady Day. (Total payments, 27,580l. 6s.d., against an established allowance of 13,336l. 10s. 0d.) 8 pages.
(b) Same made in same on account of Concordatums [Ireland] for same year. (Total payments 5,751l. 12s.d., against an established allowance of 5,000l.) 6 pages.
(c) Same made in same on account of Military Contingencies [Ireland] for same year. (Total payments 3,549l. 17s. 11½d., against an established allowance of 3,000l.) 5 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 36.]
March 28. 60. Report to the Treasury from Thomas Walker, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, on the memorial of Robert Pauncefort, Attorney General to the Prince of Wales, desiring on behalf of the said Prince a lease of a piece of waste ground adjoining Carlton House. Said piece of ground was heretofore part of the old highway leading from Charing Cross to St. James's House. At the north-east end the Prince has erected a guard room 27 feet by 12, and George Dodington, Esq., has erected at the south-west corner a small closet or part of a closet. The Prince finds said ground very useful and necessary for him, being the only way or passage he has from Pall Mall to Carlton House, which is occupied by him.
Together with:—An unsigned Treasury warrant for a particular of the said plot. 2 pages.
:—(a) Said memorial to the Treasury from said Pauncefort, with Treasury order of reference, of date 1742–3, March 24. Endorsed:—1743, March 29: agreed to. 1 page.
(b) Robert Andrews to [? John Scrope], dated Grosvenor Street, Wednesday morning [? 1743, March 28], conveying the Earl of Scarbrough's desire that the proceedings on said Pauncefort's memorial be stayed, and the Surveyor General's report thereon not read till further application. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 37.]
March 29.
61. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Marines of 24,816l. 16s. 8d. for 2 months' subsist in part of 34,375l. 12s. 6d. demanded for subsist and pay.
Same for same to the Paymaster of the Forces of 150,000l. in further part of 500,000l. for the House of Austria, as by his memorial of this day.
Same for same to the Navy Treasurer of 168,952l. 14s. 6d., in part of 191,203l. 10s. 10d. desired in his memorial of the 28th instant.
A memorial from the Duke of Somerset, for repairs in Hampton Court House Park, referred to the Surveyor of the Woods.
A letter read from the Duke of Newcastle with a copy of Monsr. de Bussy's memorial relating to the seizure at Hull of wine and brandy on a French ship, the “St. Louis,” driven by storm on the English coast: also another memorial concerning the seizure at Plymouth of another French ship, the “Three Brothers,” for having 41b. of tea on board. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A proposal read from Mr. Le Fevre to the Earl of Stair for furnishing the troops abroad with forage.
A report of the Customs Commissioners on the petition of George Leicester, a landwaiter, London port, concerning oranges and lemons seized by him, read and agreed to. Warrant ordered.
A petition read from several deputy King's waiters, praying that they may succeed according to their seniority such landwaiters, London port, as may be transferred from the inferior to the superior list.
A report read from the Surveyor General of Lands on Mr. Pauncefort's memorial in behalf of the Prince of Wales for a reversionary lease of a piece of ground near Carlton House at 40s. per an. rent. Order for a lease in the name of Mr. Pauncefort or his nominee.
Michael Knott to be distributor of stamps for Westmorland and Cumberland, loco Mr. Hutchinson preferred.
A petition read from Richard Osmint (Osment), prisoner in Winchester Gaol, as executor of Richard Hally (Haley), late purser of the “Norfolk.” Referred to the Navy Commissioners.
A petition read from William Gwyn Vaughan and Peter Richards, sureties of Mr. Bull, late Receiver of land tax for Brecon, &c., for stay of process, &c. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
John Kevill (Revill) to be tidesman and boatman, Penzance, loco his father, superannuated; Benjamin Hill, waiter and searcher at Lympston, Exeter port, loco Edmund Crouch, deceased.
The Paymaster of the Forces' memorial of this day transmitting Burrell and Bristow's proposal for remitting subsistence money to Minorca and Gibraltar, 1743, April 25 to June 24, read and agreed to as follows, viz.: 24,000 dollars for Minorca at 55d. per dollar, 24,000 same for Gibraltar at 54½d. per dollar.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 230–2; Customs Book XV. pp. 297, 299; Reference Book X. p. 234; Affairs of Taxes IV. p. 355.]
March 29. 62. J. Scrope to the Auditors of Imprests. “Having received from the Secretary at War, and laid before the Lords of the Treasury several precedents of warrants signed by her late Majesty, Queen Ann, by the late King and by his present Majesty and countersigned by the several Secretaries at Warr for the time being, their Lordships command me to transmit the same to you which you receive enclosed, viz.:
(1) Memorandums about subsidies to foreign princes.
(2) Warrants for extras for the forces in the Low Countries in the late war.
(3) Precedents of warrants for recruit horses.
(4) Copy of a warrant for an allowance for horses lost and killed in Flanders.
(5) Warrants to Mr. Garnier for medicines for forces abroad.
Their Lordships direct you to inform them whether the warrants contained in the 4 first numbers were confirmed by the Treasury. If they were not, how they operated in the Paymaster's accounts, that is, were they admitted as vouchers for the sums they directed or was the intervention of a Privy Seal necessary for the making them such [i.e. equal to vouchers]. Their Lordships also direct you to let them know what warrants signed by the Secretary at Warr are deemed by you to be sufficient vouchers.”
[Letter Book XX. p. 89.]
March 29. 63. Treasury warrant to the Master and Worker of the Mint and all others concerned for an additional allowance of 15l. per an. each to be paid to the Provost and the rest of the Master Moneyers in addition to their present salary of 25l. per an. each; same to be paid to them when the whole coinage of gold and silver does amount to 500,000l. in one year. The object of the additional salary is to prevent the moneyers being exposed to temptations by their necessities. “And we do hereby will and require you to take care that the restriction under which the corporation of moneyers have for some time been of not taking apprentices without the lycence and permission of the Master and Worker of His Majesty's Mint be strictly pursued.”
Prefixing:—Report to the Treasury from R. Arundell, Master and Worker of the Mint, Richard Morgan, Deputy Warden of same, and Charles Smith, Deputy Comptroller of same, on the petition of said Provost and Fellow Moneyers for said additional salary.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. p. 148.]
March 30. 64. Royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to the Clerk of the Signet attending for preparation of a bill to pass the Privy Seal to empower the Treasury Lords to appoint the Receivers General of the land tax for the year 1743. (Privy Seal dated 1743, April 14.)
[Affairs of Taxes IV. p. 357.]
March 30. 65. Articles of agreement made and concluded by and between the Lords of the Treasury, on the part of His Majesty of the one part, and John Gore, of the city of London, of the other part, for the said Gore's victualling the Independent Company of foot at New Providence.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 149–50.]
March 31.
66. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
Warrant ordered for answering Sir Cyril Wich's bill from Petersburg on Mr. Lowther for 3,500l.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To Mr. Compton 225 0 0
To the Duke of Ancaster 27 2 3
To Lord Cadogan 9 3 4
To Mr. Hooper 7,816 9 8
To Secret Service 10,000 0 0
To Mr. Lowther 1,500 0 0
To the Judges, 1742, Trinity term 6,582 10 0
To Mr. Collins 100 0 0
A memorial read from the Managers of the Lottery, 1743, for 1,500l. to their secretary for incidents. Ordered out of contribution money.
A letter read from the Governor of the Bank of England desiring my Lords to fix the allowance for their taking in the 1743 annuities and lottery. Write to him to lay before the Secretaries of the Treasury a scheme of the Bank's demand for that purpose.
A letter read from Richard Lane, late Receiver co. Worcester, praying an allowance of 590l. for losses and charges. My Lords adhere to the resolution of the Treasury in making no further allowances to receivers.
The petition of James Wilder, late collector, and John Clarke, late deputy comptroller, Ipswich port, for restoration to their places, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Mr. Legge's report concerning repairs in Bere Forest amounting to 516l. 3s. 9d. read and agreed to. Warrant ordered. Same from same on the memorial from the Earl of Halifax for repairs in Salcey Forest to an estimate of 409l. 10s. 5d. read and agreed to. Same from same on same from Mr. Jennison for repairs at Swinley and New Lodge, Windsor Forest, to an estimate of 144l. 1s. 8d. read and agreed to.
Write to Mr. Chambers for the executors of the Duchess of Buckingham to pay in the arrears of rent due from her, to prevent Exchequer process thereupon.
Look out the proclamation for the reward of 100l. for convicting street robbers and all papers relating thereto and lay them before my Lords at their next meeting.
Forrester Ford to be surveyor of the quays, London port, loco Philip Bowen, deceased.
A memorial from Mr. Pauncefort read for a lease of the piece of waste ground formerly part of the highway from Charing Cross to St. James's Palace, granted 7 Geo. II to John Walworth, gent., and lying contiguous to his Royal Highness's house and garden. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 233–4; Customs Book XV. p. 297; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 297; Letter Book XX. p. 90.]
March 31. 67. Report to the Treasury from the Excise Commissioners, London, on the memorial of divers landowners and inhabitants of the counties of Hereford, Worcester, Gloucester, and Devon, makers and growers of cider and perry, concerning the duty of 4s. a hogshead, payable by the first buyer or retailer of cider and perry. Said duty was intended as an equivalent for the duty on malt in those counties where cider is commonly used, and must therefore have been intended by the legislature to be levied on the first buyer whether he was a retailer of same or not. Are confirmed in this opinion by a clause in the malt act of 7 Anne. The officers have therefore charged said duty on the first buyers, whether dealers or not, and if this charge has not hitherto amounted to much it has been due to concealments, and to the opposition and other difficulties met with by the officers there, this branch of the revenue being in general less secured by the laws than most other branches of the Excise, a brewer of malt for his own use being liable to duty, whilst a maker of cider for his own use is not. The question of the liability of the first buyer was tried in the Exchequēr, temp. Queen Anne. As the dispute has been lately revived in Herefordshire, have been obliged to recur to the Exchequer Court for a second determination on the point.
Endorsed:—May 4. Read. 3 pages.
:—(a) Memorial to the Treasury from 49 landowners and inhabitants of abovesaid counties, claiming that the said duty was only intended to be laid on such buyers as should sell the cider again by retail or otherwise, and praying a cessation of proceedings against persons not dealers in or retailers of cider, &c., till the sense of Parliament can be had thereupon. Endorsed:—With order of reference of date 1742–3, March 17. 3 pages, with autograph signatures.
(b) An accompt, dated 1743, March 31, of what money has been annually paid in to the public upon the abovesaid duty of 4s. per hogshead, from 1697, April 20, when said duty commenced, to the end of 1742. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 38.]
March 31. 68. J. Scrope to the Customs Commissioners, Scotland. “Having laid before the Lords Commissioner of His Mats. Treasury your letter to me of the 24th instant in relation to the clause impowering you to remove or displace officers being left out of the present commission, their Lordships have commanded me to acquaint you that they find the warrant from hence to the Attorney General to prepare the bill is the same as the last warrant which was signed before the two commissions were united, and by it the Attorney General is directed to insert all such powers and authorities as have been usual in the like commissions. Their Lordships observe by the paper enclosed in Mr. Tuder's letter to me that your Board hath acted under three different commissions in which this clause was omitted, and they think the right of removing and displacing officers and representing the same to their Lordships is inherent in you, and consequently that there can be no necessity for putting the publick to the expense of a new commission for this omission only.”
[North Britain Book XIII. pp. 405–6.]