Treasury Books and Papers: July 1743

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July 1743

July 3. 127. Treasury warrant to Henry Fox, Surveyor General of the Board of Works, and all others the officers of said Board to pay, through the Paymaster of the Works, 15l. to Edward Robinson for cleaning the passage leading to the Court of Requests and the Parliament Houses.
Prefixing:—Report to the Treasury from the principal officers of the Board of Works on Robinson's petition for consideration. Think it not reasonable to allow petitioner any rent for the use of the passage, it being repaired and lighted at the expense of the Crown, and being of the same use to him as to the public. But think that he deserves 15l. for having cleaned the said staircase and passage in parliament time from 1738–9, Jan. 9 to 1743, April. Have inquired and find that the house inhabited by Robinson belongs to William Woodruff, who lives at Isleworth.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. p. 183.]
July 5. 128. Andrew Stone to the Treasury, dated Whitehall, enclosing from the Lords Justices a copy of a letter from the Admiralty, informing of some ships expected from Messina, where a contagious distemper now rages; for directions to be given to the Customs Commissioners thereon.
Minuted in dorso:—ut infra under date July 6. 1 page.
:—(a) Said letter to the Lords Justices, dated Admiralty Office, July 2, informing as above, and forwarding a (1) infra. 1 page.
(a) (1) Extract of a letter from Captain Hanway, of His Majesty's sloop “Mortar,” to Mr. Corbett, Secretary to the Admiralty, dated King Road, Bristol, June 29, concerning the expected arrival of the “London” and the “Duke of Lorrain” from Messina. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 36.]
July 6.
129. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
A letter from Mr. Weston, by order of the Lords Justices, read for a gratuity of 200l. to Brigadier Blakeney for reducing and taking the Highlanders; and to other officers for loss of horses, 143l. 4s. 6d.; and to Major Hassel, 50l. To be paid out of contingencies of the Army.
A letter read from Mr. Stone, with one from Mr. Corbett, concerning some ships coming from Messina, where the plague rages. A copy of the Treasury letter to the Customs Commissioners on this affair to be sent to Mr. Stone.
A report read from the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, with a signature for a grant of the teinds of the Isle of Bute in favour of the Earl of Bute. Warrant ordered.
Same from same read on the Reverend James Houston's petition, and in favour of same. Said Barons to prepare a proper signature.
A memorial from the Countess of Home concerning the proceedings threatened on the Earl of Home's accounts as sheriff of Berwick, said Earl being in the army in Germany, read and referred to said Barons.
Order for a warrant for 20l. each to Thomas Bosomworth, going as a minister to Georgia; and to Richard Lock, going as same to the Bermudas.
A memorial read from the Cofferer of the Household for repairs in his office in the Palace Yard. Referred to the Board of Works to estimate.
Same read from Mr. Brudenell, Gentleman of the Horse to His Majesty, for repairs to his house in the Mews. Referred ut supra.
A state read of the deductions of 6d. in the £, by which it appears there is a deficiency of 6,547l. 14s. 9d.
Robert Smith, landwaiter and searcher at Anstruther, to be Comptroller at Dundee, loco Jas. Stephens, deceased; Thomas Thompson, a tidesman at Prestonpans, loco Robert Clark (Clarke), deceased; John Gray, David Gray and James Dicky, boatmen at Leith, locis John Gregory, Andrew Walker and Robert Paterson; Thomas Forbes, a tidesman at Irvine, loco John Crauford; Samuel Mackarell, a tidesurveyor at Yarmouth, loco Robert Smith, deceased; William Tooting, surveyor of window lights, co. Cambridge, loco William Ralph, deceased.
“Read a letter from the minister of Boston, in New England, praying that the pension upon the establishment may be paid. Write a letter for payment of 100l. to the Bishop of London, to whom it is made payable on the establishment.”
A petition read from Charles Spivey, a prisoner in Newgate for running tea, praying release. Rejected.
The Auditors of Imprests' state of accountants is presented. To be considered this day sevennight.
A letter read from the Board of Ordnance concerning the arms to be sent with Governor Clinton as a present to the Indians, acquainting my Lords that they have none of the sort desired, and exhibiting an estimate of the charge of providing them, viz., 503l. 10s. 0d. Warrant ordered.
A memorial read from Sir John Eyles, Postmaster General, concerning paying Mr. Lumley out of the Post Office revenues, he being one of the three riding surveyors paid by Mr. Allen.
A letter read from Mr. Wood, Secretary of the Customs, with copies of letters concerning the arrival of the “Duke of Lorrain” in Dover Road. My Lords approve of the ship going into Standgate Creek. The Customs, Admiralty and Mr. Stone to be so informed.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Cofferer of the Household for services abroad 2,000 0 0
To Mr. Hooper 7,618 2 5
To The Earl of Kilmarnock 150 0 0
To Mr. Lowther 348 0 0
To the Minister at Boston, New England 100 0 0
Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands 10 guineas to Thos. Gaskins for his expenses and service in going express to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's house in Cambridgeshire upon the Earl of Wilmington's death. Also 50l. to Mr. Schicke for Mr. Renard for sending the Dutch news for one year to June 24 last.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 289–92; Letter Book XX. pp. 99, 100; North Britain Book XIII. pp. 462, 463; Customs Book XV. pp. 318, 318b.]
July 6. 130. E. Weston to the Treasury, dated from Whitehall, conveying the recommendation of the Lords Justices for the issue of 50l. to L'Ange de Morgani, a native of France, who was encouraged by the English minister in Paris to come to England (where he has been for some months past, and now in necessitous circumstances) in order to lay before the King the model of an engine invented by him to be of great use in navigation. Said model has been examined by the proper officers who have reported that it would not answer the ends proposed.
Endorsed:—July 13. Prepare a warrant. 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 37.]
July 8. 131. J. Scrope to the Customs Commissioners [England]. “Enclosed you will receive an Order of Council for a quarantine on ships coming from Sicily and the Mediterranean, which, tho' only signed by two of the Lords of the Treasury, I send to you that the proper orders may be given by you, in a matter of so great consequence, and if you will return it to me I will get another hand to it as soon as either of the other [Treasury] Lords come to town.”
[Customs Book XV. p. 320.]
132. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners in England and Scotland respectively, to observe an Order of Council, ut supra, prefixed in extenso, of date, Whitehall, 1743, July 7, for all ships coming from Sicily and the Mediterranean to perform quarantine, information having been given that the island of Sicily is visited with the plague.
[Ibid. pp. 319–20; North Britain Book XIII. pp. 463–5.]
July 8. 133. Report to the Treasury from T. Walker, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, on the memorial of the Earl of Bath, relating to the present King's grant of a piece of ground in Swallow Street, St. James's, whereon a meeting house is erected, to trustees for the Scotch congregation for 45 years, from 1734, Lady Day, said Earl being informed that said grant comprehends a part of his freehold. Details the bounds of the several plots in question, gives a history of the title of the said Scotch congregation to their plot, and shows by a plan that their building has encroached some few inches north and south. Together with:—Said plan. 6 pages.
:—(a) Said memorial of the Earl of Bath, with Treasury order of reference of date 1742–3, Feb. 23. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 38.]
July 12. 134. Warrant under the sign manual of the Lords Justices, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to the Duke of Montagu, Master General of the Ordnance, to issue stores, detailed, viz.. 400 fusils or musquets, 30 barrels of gunpowder, and 10,000 flints, &c., to form a present to the nations of Indians bordering on New York in the British interests; it being necessary to make said present on the occasion of the Hon. Geo. Clinton's first going over to New York as Governor of that Colony.
[Kings Warrant Book XXXV. p. 267.]
July 13.
135. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
The Customs Commissioners to give Mr. Talbot liberty to bring over from Ireland some pictures left him by the Bishop of Derry.
A petition read from James Nesbitt under prosecution for running tea. Referred to the Excise Commissioners.
A memorial read from William Corbett concerning money due upon ships' books in Sir Charles Wager's treasurership of the Navy. Mr. Bangham, deputy Auditor [of Imprests], called in with Mr. Corbett, and Bangham giving it as his opinion that the money may be properly issued to Mr. Corbett, such a warrant is ordered as said Bangham shall think sufficient for that purpose.
A letter read from Mr. Weston acquainting my Lords that Sir Chaloner Ogle, Commander in Chief of the squadron in the West Indies, has orders to draw bills on the Paymaster General of the Forces to reimburse the charge of supplying with necessary provisions the troops employed in the defence of the new settlement at Ruatan, in the Bay of Honduras. To be sent to the said Paymaster for him to acquaint my Lords out of what moneys the bills can be paid.
Same read from same by order of the Lords Justices for a gratuity of 50l. to Mr. L'Ange de Morganie, a Frenchman, who produced a model of an engine which he thought would be of use in navigation, although his model did not answer. Warrant ordered.
A petition read from Sir Robert Adams praying some civil or military employment.
The Taxes Commissioners letter read concerning Mr. Phipps, postponed as Receiver of land tax for Wilts. His re-appointment agreed to.
Warrant ordered for the Paymaster of the Forces to pay to John Gore 50,000l. out of 500,000l. granted last session to enable His Majesty to concert proper measures [for the support of the House of Austria], &c.
A memorial read from Mr. Adams, Clerk of the Stables, for the issue to the Master of the Horse of 2,750l., to be paid to Mr. Gore to satisfy 2 bills of Mr. Pouchoud, who has the care of the King's carriages abroad.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
For the Privy Purse 3,000 0 0
To the Master of the Horse for Mr. Pouchoud 2,750 0 0
To Mr. Lowther 500 0 0
George Williams, a tidesman, superior list, London port, loco John Nalton, deceased; John Kitchen to succeed him in the inferior list; Henry Everitt, boatman at Blakeney and Cley, loco Robert Davis, deceased; Robert St. John Wright, riding surveyor, Beaumaris, and Thomas Paynter, waiter and searcher at Chester, to change places; Robert (John) Ball, a tidesman inferior list, London port, loco Thomas Peake, superannuated.
Several Orders of Council read and referred to the Customs Commissioners on the petitions of several merchants, for discharging from quarantine the ships “Success,” “Bacchus,” “Tito,” and “Mermaid”: also an Order of Council concerning the opening and airing the goods on board the ships from Sicily and the Mediterranean; and for an account to be transmitted from the Customs Commissioners of the different species of goods from those parts, distinguishing such as may be most liable to infection. A warrant signed upon an Order of Council of the 12th instant for disharge of the ship “la Roza” from quarantine.
A petition of William Owsley read and referred to the Excise Commissioners.
Mr. Woodford's memorial for 3 months' victualling of Placentia to June 30 last, referred to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts.
A report read from said Comptrollers on Mr. Revell's list for victualling Gibraltar for one month to March 20 last. Warrant ordered.
Same from same read on the memorial of Messrs. Burrell and Bristow for 1,372l. 16s. 3d. for salt beef for Minorca garrison, 1742, Dec. 25, to April 24. Warrant ordered.
Same from same read on Mr. Revell's memorial for 1,392l. 12s. 2d. for 1 year's insurance of provisions sent to Gibraltar, to 1742–3, Jan. 24. Warrant ordered.
Warrant ordered for 67“l.” 10s. 0d. to Mr. Ryley for hay for the deer in New Lodge Walk, Windsor Forest, for the year to 1743, June 24.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 293–6; Letter Book XX. p. 100; Customs Book XV. pp. 318, 318b, 326; Reference Book X. p. 238.]
July 14. 136. J. Scrope to Mr. Monson, Deputy Paymaster [of the Forces], concerning the article of 4,320l. for levy money for the augmentations of Maj. Gen. Hamilton's and Brig. Bland's regiments of Dragoons, said item being inserted in the establishment for 1743, although already paid by 2 warrants of 1742, Dec. 31. My Lords are pleased, “as the said establishment is signed by his Majesty the 25th of April, 1743, to direct a memorandum to be made in the margin against that article (which you will find in the said establishment) to prevent a double payment.”
[Letter Book XX. p. 100.]
July 14. 137. Report to the Treasury from the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, on two memorials from the Equivalent Company, ut infra. There are now due to the said Company three quarters' payments of their annuity, being due out of the salt duty, and amounting to 21,496l. Have considered the act of 5 Geo. I., and regard it as really the 15th article of the Treaty of Union, put in a new form. Are of opinion that the salt duties in Scotland, as well as other duties leviable there, are applicable to the payment of the Equivalent annuity. 1 page.
:—(a) Memorial to the Treasury from said Equivalent Company, dated London, 1742–3, Feb. 15, and signed by order of the Court of Directors, by James Mathias, Secretary. Memorialists are creditors of the public for the principal sum of 248,550l. 0s.d. By the Act 5 Geo. I. they are entitled to receive 10,000l. per an. by quarterly payments, and 600l. per an. for charges of management. Said annuity is charged on certain funds, as in the said act recited, and, failing them, on any other revenues in Scotland, unless expressly otherwise appropriated. Memorialists received said fund till Midsummer, 1730. On the succeeding Michaelmas and Xmas quarters there was a deficiency which gave rise to memorialists' petition of date 1730–1, Feb. 12. Thereupon the Treasury wrote so effectually to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, that the annuity was paid to 1738. There was again a deficiency in that year which led to the Treasury warrant to said Barons of 1738–9, Feb. 15, to make good said deficiencies. The annuity was then paid quarterly up to 1742, Midsummer. Since then it is again in arrear. Fear least this branch of the public credit (out of which the capital fund of the Royal Bank of Scotland proceeds) should suffer disgrace. Suggest that the management of the salt duty since it was revived may have contributed to the present deficiency through observing that 21,000l. and upwards has been at several times applied out of that duty for repayment of their annuity. Pray such directions to said Barons as shall procure payment of the arrears and secure payments quarterly in the future. In duplicate, 3 and 3 pages.
(b) J. Scrope to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, dated Treasury Chambers, 1742–3, Feb. 18, enclosing a copy of the abovesaid for report. 1 page.
(c) A second memorial from said Equivalent Company to the Treasury, dated London, 1743, May 20, renewing their application in view of the approaching half-yearly dividend at Midsummer next, which it has been their constant practice since the date of their establishment in 1724 to advertise in the London Gazette at the beginning of every June. The delay of payment would endanger the credit of both the Equivalent Company and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Together with:—Treasury order of reference of date 1743, May 28.
Minuted:—As under 1743, August 3 and 10, infra, pp. 304, 307. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 39.]
July 20. 138. J. Scrope to the Auditor of the Receipt for a new copper plate to be engraved for printing off Exchequer bills on the duties for licences to sell spiritous liquors and strong waters by retail as by the Act 16 Geo. II. “And your Lordship will please to give orders that the sum for which the said bills are to be made forth be not engraved on the plate, but be written upon the Exchequer bills after they are printed in such manner as my Lords shall think fit to direct.”
[Letter Book XX. p. 101.]
July 20.
139. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout.
A letter read from the Customs Commissioners to John Scrope concerning the discharge of the ship “La Roze” prize, from quarantine; and giving an account of ships under quarantine.
John Oldnall to be one of the four messengers of the Exchequer, loco Thomas Lowther, who resigns.
A letter read from the Secretary of the Customs concerning some smugglers who seized the Custom house boat off Dover, and made use of her in running tea; and desiring that a man of war be stationed on that coast to prevent smugglers. The Chancellor of the Exchequer to carry the letter to the Privy Council.
A report read from the Surveyor General of Lands on the Earl of Bath's memorial concerning the grant [to the Scotch Church] in Swallow Street. A copy thereof to be sent to said Earl.
John Way to succeed John Wallworth, deceased, as Receiver of the duties on hackney coaches and chairs.
A report from the Excise Commissioners read on the petition of Deborah Martin concerning a dishonoured bill. Thomas Read, the drawer, and Mary Tull, the acceptor, to be set in super, and said Martin to be discharged.
Same read from the Customs Commissioners on Thomas Alcock's petition. The remains of his expenses in the prosecution to be repaid him, viz., 80l. 9s.d.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces of 179,292l. 12s. 11d. for services as in his memorial of the 18th instant.
Mr. Sharpe to attend on Wednesday next to give an account of what he has done in relation to the arrear due from the Duchess of Buckingham.
A memorial read from the Earl of Arran concerning the Prizage and Butlerage in Ireland for a sale or new lease thereof to the Crown, and for arrears incurred since the expiration of the last lease. The Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, to be put in mind of a former memorial thereupon referred to them.
The Taxes Commissioners' report read on the petition of widow Burridge and William Burridge surviving security of Samuel Burridge. As the debt has been reduced to 900l. 12s. 0d., and the circumstances have been uncommon, my Lords request the Attorney General's opinion how the said balance may be discharged to petitioners as proper objects of favour.
A petition read from Robert Banks, late sheriff of Lancashire, concerning the escape of John Sharpe, a prisoner in Lancaster gaol for smuggling. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A computation to be made of all the allowances of taxes which are repaid to the several offices.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Wardrobe, 1742, June 24 quarter 5,507 5 6
To the Master of the Wardrobe, 1743, Lady Day quarter 500 0 0
To the Officers of the Houses of Lords and Commons 1,783 5 8
To the Usher of the Exchequer 2,461 6
To Mr. Basket 500 0 0
Write to the Customs Commissioners to know what they have done in relation to the coal affair. Mr. Swainston to attend my Lords hereon next Wednesday.
A letter read from the Customs Commissioners in North Britain to Mr. Scrope to the effect that they have given the proper orders in relation to the quarantine.
The Deputy Auditors of Imprests and Mr. Lowndes to attend Wednesday next.
William Lamkin to be tidesman and boatman, Cowes port, loco George Newnham, superannuated.
A memorial read from the Postmasters General for repayment of the taxes for the year —, which memorial being dated the — day of —, my Lords desire to be informed how it comes to be presented so long after its date.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 297–300; Customs Book XV. pp. 318b, 329; Letter Book XX. p. 101; Reference Book X. p. 239.]
[? Before
July 22.]
140. Representation to the Treasury from the Bank of England, signed by Robert Lewin, secretary. Have made the necessary preparations for transferring and paying the 3 per cent. annuities as by the act of 16 Geo. II. for raising 1,800,000l. by annuities and a lottery. Therefore pray the issue of the annual sum of 1,600l. pursuant to said act for their expenses herein: to commence from 1743, June 24. Endorsed:—Prepare a warrant for 1,012l. 10s. 0d. per an., the proportion to the allowance for annuities anno 1742. 1 page.
? Appending:—(a) Note of the various allowances made to the Bank in connexion with the above for expenses of management: and a note of the Exchequer bills on licences to retail spiritous liquors. Endorsed:—Recd. July 22, 1743. Minuted:—With undated minute as under date Sept. 2, infra p. 312. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 42.]
July 22.]
141. An account of the extraordinary services incurred in Georgia for the preservation and defence of His Majesty's dominions on the continent of North America, from 1738, Sept. 22, to 1743, July 22, when General Oglethorpe sailed for England, viz., to the respective times those services were severally made up to, and from thence computed to Michaelmas, 1743: subscribed by said Oglethorpe, with a request to the Treasury for payment of same, “for which sums, together with those I have already received, I will forthwith prepare an account to be laid before the proper officers, to be examined and stated in order to be passed in the Exchequer.” 1 sheet.
[Ibid. No. 43.]
July 23. 142. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners, England and Scotland, respectively, to observe a second Order in Council, prefixed in extenso, of date Whitehall, 1743, July 21, for ships coming from Sicily and other ports of the Mediterranean to perform quarantine.
[Customs Book XV. pp. 329–32; North Britain Book XIII. p. 471.]
July 25. 143. Entry of renewal of the contract between the Treasury and the Bank of England for the circulation by the latter for 1 year to 1744, July 24, of all Exchequer bills [as made forth] by [virtue of] any act now in force: to an account not exceeding 2,500,000l. at 3 per cent. per an. for premio and interest.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. p. 182.]
July 27.
144. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
Mr. Sackville Gwynne to succeed Mr. Rees Williams, deceased, as surveyor of windows in co. Brecon.
The Solicitor of the Customs called in concerning the frauds on the coal duties. He acquaints my Lords that he is preparing a report on that affair, which my Lords direct him to hasten.
Order for a sign manual for 500l. to the Speaker of the House of Commons.
The Deputy Auditors of Imprests called in and the Auditors' certificate to the 15th instant (signed by said deputies) of imprest accountants who have not passed their accounts is read, and my Lords' directions thereupon are entered in the margin against the respective accountants.
Order for a warrant for paying the Chancellor of the Garter half a year at Lady day, 1743, for the Poor Knights of Windsor.
A memorial read from the Treasurer of the Chamber for 1,000l. for the officers of the Removing Wardrobe attending the King abroad. Ordered. Order for the issue to him also of 1,000l. for advance to messengers on a letter from the Duke of Newcastle.
Order for the issue to Mr. Corbet for the service of the Navy of 91,934l. 9s. 5d. (on his memorial of this day for 103,434l. 9s. 5d.), being the course for the month ended Feb. 28 last. The like for 87,886l. 9s. 6d. in part of his memorial of the 20th instant for 190,416l. 18s. 10d., being for one quarter to 1743, Sept. 29, for all the yards and for the officers, labourers, &c., of the Victualling.
Same for same to the Treasurer of the Ordnance of 20,000l., half for land and half for sea service, in part of his memorial of the 26th instant.
A representation from the Board of Works for further repairs in St. James's Park, read and agreed to, to an estimate of 325l. My Lords also agree to the impresting to the Paymaster of the Works of 750l. to carry on the works and repairs already approved in said park.
A petition read from Henry Archer for renewal of a lease of the manor of Kings Norton, co. Worcester. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
The report from the Board of Works read on Mr. Robinson's petition for a reward for cleaning the staircase and passage leading through his house to the Court of Requests. Warrant ordered for 15l. to him.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To Lord Hobart for messengers 1,000 0 0
To same for the officers of the Removing Wardrobe attending the King abroad 1,000 0 0
To the Cofferer for purveyors for July, 1743 2,000 0 0
To Mr. Sutton 800 0 0
To the Board of Works for St. James's Park 750 0 0
To the Earl of Warwick 800 0 0
A memorial from the Paymaster of the Forces with Messrs. Burrell and Bristow's proposals for furnishing subsistence money to the forces in Minorca and Gibraltar from 1743, August 25 to Oct. 24, read and agreed to as follows: viz. 26,000 dollars for Minorca at 55d. per dollar; 25,000 dollars for Gibraltar at 54½d. per dollar.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 301–3; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 352.]
July 28. 145. J. Scrope to the Clerk of the Council in waiting, forwarding from the Treasury a letter sent to the Customs Commissioners by the collector of Bristol with an affidavit of the master of the ship “Neapolitan,” lately arrived from Zante, and now under quarantine at Bristol, and an attestation of Charles Jones of what he had heard the said master say concerning the quarantine observed at Zante by all vessels arriving there from Cephalonia.
[Letter Book XX. p. 103.]
146. Same to the Auditors of Imprests and to Robert Parsons, Comptroller General of Customs. The Treasury Lords observing that “upon the general accompts of the several branches of the revenue of the customs lately declared, many of the collectors who are long since dead stand charged as debtors upon some branches for several great sums of money and that there appear overpayments by them upon other branches, but it does not appear upon any of the said accompts whether the said collectors are really debtors to the Crown; which may create disquiet to their families, and confusion in the said accompts,” therefore desire attendance at the Treasury to inform their Lordships whether some balance may not be made of the said collectors' debts and overpayments, that it may appear what they are really indebted to the Crown; and whether for the future it may not be made to appear at the foot of each general accompt what each collector is, upon his whole accompt, indebted at the time to which the said accompt is made up.
July 31. 147. Extract of a letter from Sir Chaloner Ogle to Mr. Corbett. “On the 3rd instant Captain Colby arrived in His Majesty's ship Falmouth from Ruatan, who brings account that upon his leaving it there were besides that garrison only 55 settlers upon the island, including negroes and children, but that their number would considerable increase from the opposite shore as soon as they knew any certainty of its being supported by the royal authority: that no interruption or molestation had happened in the progress of the settlement from the Spaniards but that the land forces were extremely uneasy at their situation, and murmured for their want of pay, and the not knowing what establishment they were upon. … I have sent them provisions from time to time before they could be in want and am repeating my supplies of that kind in the ‘Greenwich,’ which … will sail for that place in a few days.” In order to keep the troops together proposes to send them 1,400l. which will subsist them for 4 months. Hopes there will be no difficulty made about this money in view of the promising circumstances of said settlement, and the expectation of its proving a valuable acquisition to the Crown. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 44.]
July 31.]
148. Abstract of the cash in the hands of the Rt. Hon. Arthur Onslow, Mr. Clutterbuck, and Sir Charles Wager respectively, late Treasurers of the Navy, on the 31 July, 1743, and in those of Mr. Corbett of the money issued to him for services of the Navy; as specified in the accounts of the Commissioners of the Navy for the month of July, 1743. (Total 308,266l. 17s.d.) 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXI. No. 45.]