Treasury Books and Papers: April 1743

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April 1743

April 7.
69. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
George Payne to succeed Francis Sorrell as Secretary to the Taxes Commissioners; Richard Hammersley to be the officer to take care of the execution of Receivers' bonds; and the vacancy of the youngest clerkship, which will happen by the gradual promotions, to be filled up by Austin Leigh.
The report from the Auditors of Imprests read op precedents of warrants prepared by the Secretary at War, signed by the King and countersigned by the Secretary at War.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the late Queen's servants 3,954 17 1
For Richmond Lodge 929 1 5
To the Great officers 5,277 10 10
To the Privy Purse 3,000 0 0
The following presentments from the Customs Commissioners and Salt Commissioners, Scotland, confirmed: Robert Howdon, tidesman, Inverness, loco James Steward (Stewart), deceased; Robert Livingston, Comptroller of Customs, Fort William, loco Silvester Lamy, deceased; William McGybbon, tidesman, Campbeltown, loco Daniel McGybbon, deceased; Kenneth Millar, landwaiter and searcher, Alloa, loco Alexander Gordon; William Duncan, tidesman, Glasgow, loco James Morrison, deceased; Walter (Walker) Miller (Millar), Comptroller, Perth, loco John Moncrief, deceased; John Durham, supervisor of salt duties, Kirkcaldy, loco William Menzies, deceased.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 235; North Britain Book XIII. p. 406; Letter Book XX. p. 90.]
April 12.
70. Present: ut supra.
James Chandler to be a stamper, loco Henry Hinks, deceased.
The Earl of Loudoun brings from the Earl of Stair a proposal of Aron Cappadoce and Co. for providing bread for the British troops wherever they shall go this campaign.
Richard Waters to be riding officer at Hastings, Rye port, loco Mark Bayley, deceased.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces of 329, 642l. for services as in his memorial of the 7th inst.
Write to the Victualling Commissioners to let my Lords know by what authority provisions were transhipped in the year 1741 as mentioned by them in their letter of the 4th instant to the Admiralty concerning transhipping Irish beef and pork into the victualling ships at Spithead and Portsmouth.
Mr. Corbett's letter read concerning putting the Victualling Commissioners in possession of a watermill, &c., at Portsmouth. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
A memorial from Mr. Clinton, appointed Governor of New York, for the usual presents to the Indians of the Six Nations, referred to the Board of Trade, together with a particular of the things intended to be sent.
The Customs Commissioners' report on the petition of Messrs. Whichurch and Hall concerning oil to be admitted to entry, read and agreed to.
A letter from the Duke of Richmond read for 3,000l. for plates and other services of the current year.
The letter from Mr. Wood, Secretary to the Customs Commissioners, in answer to Mr. Scrope's letter transmitting to the Customs [Commissioners] two memorials of Monsr. de Bussy, to be sent to the Duke of Newcastle.
Mr. Corbet's letter from the Admiralty of March 10 last read concerning the transhipment of Irish beef and pork now at Cork.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 236–7; Letter Book XX. pp. 91, 92; Reference Book X. p. 234.]
April 13. 71. Report to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners, London, on the petitions of James Wilder, late collector, and John Clarke, late deputy comptroller of customs in Ipswich port, and William Runting, landwaiter there, praying restoration to their places. Petitioners were dismissed for fraud connected with the shipment of corn in said port in three vessels “Timothy and Mary,” “Starling,” and “Cornelius and Harwood,” by conniving at a less shipment than was expressed in the despatches outwards in order to receive the bounty on the balance. Cannot advise petitioners' restoration.
Minuted as under date April 28, infra p. 266. 2 pages.
:—(a) Petition of said Wilder and Clarke. 1½ pages.
(b) Same of said Runting. 1 page.
(c) Affidavit by the abovesaid three officers. 1 page.
(d. Copy of a minute of the Customs Commissioners, dated 1742–3, Feb. 25, detailing their investigation into the affair. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 41.]
April 14. 72. Same to same from the Deputy Auditors of Imprests in reply to the Treasury commands of the 7th instant. Have searched into the accompts of the Paymasters General of the Forces in the late war, passed in the Auditors' office, to see, as far as the schedules from the War Office transmitted to said Auditors' office will permit, whether any sums for services mentioned in those schedules have been allowed without being included in some Privy Seal for passing the said accounts. Find that the several payments mentioned in the warrants contained in list a, infra, being part of those schedules, have been allowed by Privy Seals. But that the sums paid upon the warrants, countersigned by the Secretary at War, contained in list b, infra, being other part of said schedules, appear to have been allowed by virtue of those warrants in pursuance of treaties with foreign princes, and are not included in any Privy Seal. As to the rest of the warrants mentioned in said schedules, have not been able, upon search, to find same. Conceive that according to the strict rules of the Exchequer, all payments made upon warrants signed by the Secretary at War, for subsidies payable to foreign princes, or for the pay of the troops, for forage, waggon money, and other extraordinaries of the war not provided for by establishments, or authorised by treaties, or other special direction from the Crown, will require the authority of Privy Seals or warrants under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury, for allowing such payments. 2 pages.
:—(a) A list of warrants for extraordinaries for the forces in the Low Countries in the late war allowed by Privy Seal. 1 page.
(b) Same of same for same for said forces in said war, and for subsidies to foreign princes according to treaties. 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 43.]
April 14.
73. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
General Wade attends concerning Mr. Aron Capadoce's proposal sent over by the Earl of Stair, for furnishing the troops with bread this campaign, which proposal, dated Aix la Chapelle, 1743, April 11, N.S., is as follows: (1) good wholesome bread, all wheat, at 4¾ stivers, Brabant currency, per loaf of 6 lb., Brabant weight. (2) Magazines and bakers houses' to be erected wherever the Earl of Stair thinks fit. (3) Each soldier during the campaign to be provided with one loaf of bread every 4 days. (4) The contractor to be at no charge for waggons, boats, or other carriages, either for the bread or removing magazines, but that all the bread shall be delivered at the bakehouses, the contractors providing a proper person to see it distributed, and to take the receipts at the head of each Brigade. (5) In case any magazine or convoy of bread shall be lost or destroyed by the enemy, the contractors to be indemnified for such loss on producing proper certificates. (6) The contractors to have always 2 months' provision in each magazine to prevent the troops wanting in case of accident. (7) Whatever stores remain in the contractor's hands at the end of the campaign shall be at the charge of the Government. (8) An advance of — to be made to form magazines. (9) Contractors are willing to provide for the rest of the army in the pay of Great Britain at a proportionable price, if of rye. (10) Propose as sureties Jacob Gomez Serra and Alexander Dundas, of London, and Assur Mever, of Coblentz.
My Lords upon consideration of the above proposal think the bread should be two thirds wheat and one third rye, to preserve the moisture; which is confirmed by Mr. Gomez Serra. Certain verbal alterations, detailed, are ordered. Also that 5,000l. be the advance under article 8, and that such articles of Mr. Hume's contract as are proper be inserted in this contract. The whole proposals so altered to be re-written.
Mr. Pouchoud called in and his proposal for providing carriages for His Majesty's baggage abroad is read.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance of 66,000l. for services as in his memorial of the 12th instant.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 238–40.]
April 19. 74. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to cause letters patents to pass the Great Seal of Ireland for a grant to George, Earl of Cholmondeley and Robert, Lord Walpole, of an annuity of 3,000l. out of the revenues of Ireland for 31 years from Lady Day last in trust for the Countess of Yarmouth, wife of Adam Gottlieb de Wallmoden, exclusive of her said husband or any other husband, with powers of disposing or willing, &c., detailed: same being in place of an annuity to the like amount formerly granted for 31 years from 1738, June 24, to the same trustees, and for the use of said Amalia Sophia Mariane de Wallmoden.
[Irish Book IX. pp. 390–3.]
April 19.
75. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
The Earl of Loudoun and Mr. Gomes Serra being present, Mr. Capadocé and Company's (viz., Jacob Gomes Serra, Mr. Alexander Dundass, of London, Assur Meyer, of Coblentz) proposal for providing bread for the British troops this campaign is read as altered by the Treasury Lords. Mr. Serra, on reading the article relating to the advance money, agrees that after he has erected the magazines and done everything agreeable to the Earl of Stair he may have 5,000l. paid him instead of advance money mentioned in the 8th article of Mr. Capadoce's original proposal. Mr. Keith, of Fenchurch Street, merchant, and Mr. Raphael Franchi, a merchant at Mr. Shaw's, and apothecary in Leadenhall Street, to be the securities for the contractors in 10,000l. The Earl of Loudoun to have a copy of the revised proposal to transmit to the Earl of Stair.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of 170,490l. 11s. 5d. on his several memorials of Feb. 14, March 7 and 14 last, and April 8 and 11.
Same for same to the Master of the Horse of 2,000l. to be imprested to Mr. Pouchoud for His Majesty's carriages abroad.
A report from the Customs Commissioners read on the petition of Henry D'Arcy, sheriff of Yorkshire, for stay of process on the escape of John Anderson. Agreed to.
Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands 20 guineas to George Dowdall for services performed by him.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 241–2.]
April 20. 76. Harman Verelst to John Scrope, dated Queen Square, Westminster. “General Oglethorpe's private credit and my endeavours to support it being at a crisis,” forwards (a) infra for the Treasury hoping the case will plead for relief. 1 page.
:—(a) Petition to the Treasury from same on behalf of said Oglethorpe. Since 1741–2, January 11, none of Oglethorpe's bills have been satisfied. His public credit is hereby destroyed, and his private credit passing through petitioner's hands cannot be longer supported. Prays some issue by way of imprest on account of Oglethorpe's credit for services approved by the Lords Justices on the 19th Oct., 1741. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 46.]
April 21.
77. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To Mr. Pouchoud 2,000 0 0
To the Privy Purse for [the month of May] 3,000 0 0
To Mr. Jager et al. 185 0 0
A memorial read from the Paymaster of the Forces for a proper warrant to authorise the Auditors of Imprests to allow in his account 40,000l. paid by him last year to the Duke D'Arenberg. A proper warrant ordered.
A memorial of this day's date read from the Navy Treasurer for 50,000l.
Two letters read from the Bishop of London for 20l. each to 2 clergymen going abroad to propagate the gospel.
A letter from the Victualling Commissioners to Mr. Scrope read concerning beef and pork from Cork, transhipped from the victualling boats to His Majesty's ships at Spithead and Portsmouth in 1741, and desiring the like permission for the meat now arrived at Spithead. My Lords do not think it advisable to comply with the request.
Write to the Commissioners of Revenue, Ireland, to enquire into the present price of provisions for victualling.
A petition read from — Coke, clerk assistant to the warehousekeeper in the Stamp Office for increase of salary.
Same read from John Gibson, late of West Ham, merchant, concerning his coal bonds with Nicholas Furrs, a coal merchant. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A report from the said Commissioners read on the petition of James Steward, concerning pickled salmon. Request not granted. The like read on same of Thomas Hanley, a prisoner for running tea. Not a proper order of favour. The like read on same of Henry Simon, a prisoner in the Exeter gaol for smuggling. Agreed to his discharge on his entering himself on board one of His Majesty's ships. The like read on same of Benjamin Fisher, now in Norwich gaol for running tea, in which they are against discharging him. The like read on same of Charles Purcase under prosecution for running goods. Not to be discharged without composition and discovering his accomplices.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 243–4; Letter Book XX. p. 92; Reference Book X. p. 235.]
April 21. 78. Treasury warrant for the execution of a warrant of the 15th instant, from the Earl of Effingham to Lord Abergavenny, Master of the Jewels, to provide for said Earl, as Deputy Earl Marshal, a truncheon or staff of gold containing 15 oz. weight of the goodness of 22 carats, to be made in like manner as at His Majesty's coronation, only the King's arms to be engraven at one end, as the same are now borne by His Majesty, and the Earl Marshal's own arms at the other, both engraved on gold and the rings at each end to be enamelled black: all to an estimate of 90l.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. p. 190.]
April 22. 79. Treasury warrant dormant to the Auditor of the Receipt, to pay to the Bank of England 16,712l. 6s. 6d., being for 61 days, 1743, June 1 to August 1 on the yearly sum of 100,000l. due to said Bank as by several Acts of Parliament in that behalf; and further to pay to the said Bank for 1 year to 1744, August 1, two sums of (1) 96,000l., being 3 per cent. on the whole principal sum of 3,200,000l. due to the Bank on their original fund, and (2) 4,000l., being the allowance hitherto granted them towards their charges of management; and further to continue to pay yearly to said Bank the said two sums of 96,000l. and 4,000l. for the future: all as in accordance with the Act of 15 Geo. II. for establishing an agreement with said Bank for the advance by same of 1,600,000l. towards the supply of 1742.
[Money Book XLI. p. 221.]
April 23. 80. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, to the Auditors of Imprests, to pass and allow in the accounts of Henry Pelham, Paymaster of the Forces, two sums of 20,000l. each, same having been paid by his deputy at Amsterdam to Count D'Arenberg, Commander-in-Chief of the Queen of Hungary's forces in the Austrian Netherlands, for putting the said forces in motion, being in pursuance of orders and warrants from the Earl of Stair, Field Marshal and Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces in the Low Countries.
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. pp. 208–9.]
81. Same, countersigned by same, to Henry Pelham, Paymaster of the Forces, to pay said Earl of Stair 4,000l. for secret services relating to the army in the Low Countries and Germany; it having been represented by said Earl to the Treasury “and we are well assured, that the service there requires the disbursement of considerable sums for secret services, and that it is necessary that a sum be issued to him to answer the same.”
[Ibid. pp. 209–10.]
April 25.
At the Court
at St. James's.
82. Establishment under the royal sign manual, and countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, for augmenting the officers of the hospital for the service of the forces in Flanders, by a physician, a surgeon, an apothecary, 4 surgeon's mates, and 2 apothecary's mates: to a total charge of 4l. per day. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 48.]
April 28.
83. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
John Norton to be a boatman at Orford Haven, Aldeburgh port, loco Matthew Rust, dismissed.
Mr. Winnington called in, in relation to a proposal from Mr. John Gore for remitting money abroad for the Greencloth at the rate of 10 gu. 13 st. per £.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To pay Sir Cyril Wich's bill of exchange 3,500 0 0
To the Treasurer of the Chambers for servants attending the King abroad 704 12 0
To the Cofferer to pay half a year to Sept. 29 last to servants of the stables attending the King abroad 2,729 7 2
To the same for Mr. Evans and the necessary woman, same 100 0 0
To 2 Lords and 2 Grooms of the Bedchamber, half-year to Xmas last as attending the King abroad 1,480 0 0
To the Treasurer of the Chambers for messengers abroad 1,000 0 0
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 136,551l. 15s. 4d. for services as by his memorial of this day.
Write to the Navy Commissioners for an exact list of the ships now to be paid, and to send word what of the sums on their certificate [of cash] in the hands of the late and present Treasurer of the Navy for the month ended March 31 last, standing under the head of wages, may be applied thereto.
The Customs Commissioners' report on the petition of James Wilder and John Clark, officers of Ipswich port, read and agred to. Walter Kettilby (Kettleby) to be collector of said port, loco said Wilder, dismissed; Thomas White, surveyor, ibid, loco Richard Wastall, dismissed. Robert Mitchell to be Commander of the sloop at Boston, loco John Jewel, deceased; the place of a boatman at Wyberton Roads, Boston port, held by said Jewel at 30l. per an. to be sunk; James Strahan to be land and coastwaiter at Ipswich, loco William Runting, dismissed; Thomas Payne, tidesman, superior list, London port, loco William Hetteridge (Hetheridge), deceased; William Fowler, to succeed Payne in the inferior list; Robert Dixon, a tidesman and boatman at Stockton, loco William Robinson; Hercules Penn, tidesman, inferior list, Bristol port, loco John Curtis, deceased; Thomas Gardner, register of certificates in the Isle of Guernsey; Thomas Dodd, boatman at Helbre and Hoylake, Liverpool port, loco John Addison, deceased; Bedson Broadstock to succeed Dodd as boatman, Liverpool; John Peel, collector, Yarmouth port, loco Thomas Cook, deceased; Henry Halford, waiter and searcher at Limekilns, Bristol port, loco Samuel Sharp, deceased.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Marines of 49,226l. 16s. 8d. for 4 months' subsist to 1743, June 24.
A petition from Lord Elibank read for discharge of an arrear of Bishops' rents due to the Crown.
A same read from Frances Jeffreys, widow of Herbert Jeffreys, one of the securities of Mr. Bull, late Receiver for Brecon, &c. Referred to Taxes Commissioners.
A memorial read from Lord Hobart to say that his office is now greatly exposed to accidents. To be enquired into.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 245–7; Customs Book XV. p. 305; Letter Book XX. p. 93; Reference Book X. p. 235.]
April 28. 84. Treasury warrant for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant to the Duke of Montagu, Master of the Great Wardrobe, for the provision of furniture, detailed, for the service of His Majesty at Kensington, including inter al. a boarded bottom to a bedstead in being for the Countess of Yarmouth, and items for Lady Ann Montague, Mr. Bilderbuck's servant, Lady Bell Finch, and Mrs. Delaben: all to any estimate of 594l.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. pp. 190–1.]
85. Same for same of same from same to same for provision of furniture, detailed, for the use of His Majesty at St. James's, including inter al. items for the Countess of Yarmouth and her son, Mrs. Boatson, Mrs. Deering, Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Rupton, Lady Harriet Campbell, Lady Deloraine, Mr. Longuist and Baron Steinberg: all to an estimate of 3,170l.
[Ibid. pp. 191–4.]
April 28. 86. Report to the Treasury from the Lords of Trade on the memorial of the Honble. George Clinton, Governor of New York. Said memorial sets forth that the most effectual method to keep the Six Nations of Indians, bordering on New York, steady to the British interest has always been by making presents to them, and that on the appointment of a new Governor of New York it has been customary to give them presents to the value of 8–900l. Enclose a former report made by them in the like case, and advise a compliance with the present Governor's request, as nothing appears to have been done on said previous request. 2 pages.
:—(a) Copy of a previous report made 1739, Dec. 20, by said Lords of Trade to the Lords of the Committee of the Privy Council, on a list transmitted by George Clarke, Lieut. Gov. of New York, to the Duke of Newcastle, 1739, August 30, of goods proper to be sent as a present to said Six Nations. Detail similar previous presents, viz.: in April, 1700, at the request of the Earl of Bellomont, Governor of New York; in 1710, on the occasion of Col. Hunter's conference with the said Indians at Albany; in 1714, by Col. Hunter, then Governor; in 1719, through Governor Robert Hunter; in 1722, on the request made 2 years before by Governor Burnett. These are irrespective of the presents made by the Governors at the expense of the Province itself. Said Nations are the most powerful natives of that part. They have always been faithful allies to the British; though the French, to whose settlements they are almost as near as to the British, always took great pains to seduce them from the British interest, and in the late war had once got a considerable number of families of them to Montreal. Furthermore the presents spread a knowledge of English goods among other Indians and are thus good for trade.
Followed by:—Extracts lettered A–F of papers referring to the presents made on the occasions enumerated above.
Endorsed:—1743, May 11, ordered. 16 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCX. No. 51.]