Treasury Books and Papers: September 1743

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Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 5, 1742-1745. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1903.

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September 1743

Sept. 1. 161. J. Scrope to Mr. Cowdery. “I desire you will transmit to me such orders remaining in the Exchequer unsatisfied in part or in the whole as by reason of the new commission of the Treasury will want to be confirmed by the present Lords thereof; that a proper warrant may be signed by their Lordships in that behalf.”
[Letter Book XX. p. 105.]
[Sept. 1
and later.]
162. Copy of a letter, dated Sept. 1, to the Receivers [General of land tax] of those counties where the payments are backwarder than in former years: with their answers. 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXII. No. 11.]
Sept. 2.
163. Present: Mr. Pelham, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon.
By a commission under the Great Seal of Great Britain of date 1743, August 25, His Majesty did revoke the letters patent of 1741–2, Feb. 16, whereby Spencer, Earl of Wilmington and 4 others were appointed commissioners for executing the office of Treasurer of the Exchequer, and in place thereof did appoint Henry Pelham, Esq., Samuel Sandys, George Compton, Sir John Rushout and Philips Gybbon Commissioners for same, with power to confirm and approve all those orders and warrants which have been already signed by the late Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury and remain unexecuted, and which should seem to them reasonable and for His Majesty's service.
William Begbie to be a tidesman at Dunbar, loco James Corrie, resigned. This place was first given to Charles Kinross, but recalled.
A letter read from the Governor of the Bank that they are ready to attend whenever my Lords please.
The resolution of the Bank read to circulate the further sum of 518,600l. in Exchequer bills. Resolved that a contract be made with them accordingly.
Order for the issue. to Mr. Corbett for the service of the Navy of 89,962l. 11s. 6d. on the head of wear and tear, transports, wages, and victualling, in proportions detailed: all in part of his memorial of the 29th ult. for 124,888l. 8s.d.
The memorial from the Cofferer of the Household read for 2,000l. to pay bills of exchange. Ordered.
Same read from the Clerk of the Stables for 3,000l. to pay the King's plates, &c. Ordered.
Same read from Lord Hobart for 1,000l. for the Removing Wardrobe attending the King abroad.
Same read from Mr. Sharpe for 200l. reward on conviction of two felons.
Same read from the Commissioners for Westminster Bridge for 15,000l., part of 25,000l. granted last session. Ordered.
A report read from the Excise Commissioners on the petition of Capt. Hanway. Agreed that the rum in question be not restored.
A petition read from Robert Ham in Dorchester gaol for starch duties, praying discharge. Referred to the Excise Commissioners.
Mr. Revell's letter of the 25th ult. concerning convoy for the ship “Dettingen,” with provisions for Oglethorpe's regiment in Georgia, to be sent to the Admiralty.
Warrant ordered for 819l. to Mr. Woodford for victualling Placentia for three months to 1743, June 30.
Same for 4,606l. 10s. 41/7d. to Thomas Revell for victualling Gibraltar, and 309l. 3s. 2¾ 5/7d. on the additional allowance of ¼ 3/7d. per day.
A memorial read from Lady Allen and Michael Ward concerning Maynard's debt, praying that no prosecution may go against them while they continue to pay the instalments thereon. My Lords on reading the warrant conceive there is no occasion for further order in order to quiet memorialists.
An application read from the Bank for an allowance to them for taking in the contributions to the annuities and lottery for the present year. See what allowances have been formerly made. The Governor of the Bank to be here on Wednesday se'nnight.
The report from the Customs Commissioners read concerning the ship “Mermaid,” now under quarantine, advising that the silk on board, which came from Messina, be burned. To be sent to the Clerk of the Council.
Same from same read on the petition of Richard Jackson, owner of the ship “Duke of Lorain,” advising the burning of 3 bales of silk as above. To be sent as above.
Same from same read on a second petition of James Ferne, offering 20l. for the 2 shares in the river Kennet. Report agreed to.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To Lord Hobart for the officers of the Removing Wardrobe 1,000 0 0
To the Cofferer for bills of exchange 2,000 0 0
To the Master of the Horse for extras and plates 3,000 0 0
To Mr. Janeway 20 0 0
Warrants ordered on Orders of Council, dated the 1st instant, relating to the following ships under quarantine:—“Neapolitan,” “Stubbington Galley,” “Happy Jennet,” “Westmoreland,” “Bacchus.”
The Taxes Commissioners' representation read for appointing a trustee as desired by Mr. Bull's securities. Warrant ordered.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 318–321; North Britain Book XIII. p. 472; Letter Book XX. 105; Reference Book X. p. 241.]
Sept. 5. 164. Memorial to the Treasury from 28 merchants, subscribed, interested in Oglethorpe's bills of exchange from America, which since April, 1742, have been refused acceptance, protested, and returned to America, and on which the endorsers are liable for an additional 20 per cent. or thereabouts for re-exchange and charges according to the established rule in those parts. Said bills are now returned back, and other bills for further sums arrived since, General Oglethorpe still insisting that they are to be paid in London. 1 sheet with autograph signatures.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXII. No. 12.]
Sept. 7.
165. Present: Mr. Pelham, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
Samuel Ingmire to be riding officer at Barmston, Bridlington port, loco John Knowsley, deceased.
A memorial read from the Clerk of the Stables for an issue of 2,000l. to the Master of the Horse to answer bills drawn by Mr. Pouchoud on Mr. Gore. Ordered.
Same read from Mr. Corbett with an account of the expenses in building ships and sloops amounting to 172,237l.
Same read from Lord Harry Beauclerc for 70l. for turnips sowed by him for the deer in Windsor Forest. Warrant ordered.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Duke of Richmond for Mr. Pouchoud 2,000 0 0
To Lord Hen. Beauclerc 70 0 0
To the sheriffs 500 0 0
To Master of the Robes 990 13 10
The list of the sheriffs' claims, amounting to 5,313l. 11s. 5d., to be paid by 500l. a week till the whole is paid.
Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands 115l. 17s. 2d. to John George for his expenses and trouble in attending His Majesty in the army.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 322; Customs Book XV. p. 318b.]
Sept. 7. 166. Treasury warrant for execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant to the Duke of Montagu, Master of the Great Wardrobe, for the provision of furniture, detailed, for His Majesty's service for to go to Flanders: including items for the King, the Lord of the Bedchamber and his servant, the Groom of the Bedchamber and his servant, the King's 4 pages and their servants, the yeoman hangers, the chapel, the minister, the physician and the surgeon and their servants, the apothecary and the wardrobe officer and their servants, the laundress and necessary women and their servants, and stores for the wardrobe: all to an estimate of 1,106l.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. pp. 199–200.]
Sept. 13. 167. E. Weston to the Attorney General, dated from Whitehall, transmitting a letter sent from Mr. Glegg and Mr. Legh, Justices of Peace, Cheshire, to the Duke of Newcastle, enclosing informations against James Dougan, alias O'Daniel, now in Chester Gaol for being an officer in the service of the King of Spain, and for frequently having enlisted men in Ireland for the service of said King. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXII. No. 14.]
Sept. 13.]
168. A paper of notes concerning the necessaries and apothecary's bills for the flying hospital in Germany, and concerning the method of paying the expense thereof. “Memorandum:—All the warrants, countersigned by the Secretary of Warr, for paying the apothecary's bills have been payable by the Paymaster General out of any money that should come to his hands for this use, but no mention is made of contingencies. The method for some years past hath been for the Secretary at Warr to countersign the warrants, and the Lords of the Treasury to underwrite that they have been made acquainted therewith.”
Endorsed:—With the prices of various drugs. 1 page.
[Ibid. No. 15.]
Sept. 14.
169. Present: Mr. Pelham, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
A petition read from Thomas Baker, of Seaford, Sussex, blacksmith, concerning the murder of his son by smugglers on board the Custom house sloop at Newhaven. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Orders of the Council of the 8th instant concerning the ship “Mermaid,” under quarantine, and the “Duke of Loraine,” referred, ut supra.
Same of same of same date read approving the persons nominated by the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen for the opening and airing goods in ships under quarantine. Warrant signed thereupon.
Mr. Stone's letter read transmitting to the Treasury a petition from several merchants, holders of General Oglethorpe's bills of exchange, and desiring my Lords to report their opinion thereupon to the Lords Justices. The merchants' petition read. My Lords order a state of all the transactions relating to these bills to be made out. A memorial also read from some of the said merchants, who inform my Lords that they are attending thereupon. Being called in they say that several of Oglethorpe's bills have been formerly paid, and on the credit of that they have gone on in the same method; further that they never heard any stop was put to drawing bills, and that Verelst has always told them the bills would be paid.
Thomas Plowes to be a coast waiter, London port, loco William Judge, resigned (superseded); John Elsworth, surveyor of houses, co. York, loco William Dealtry, deceased.
“Read the endorsement on the contract with the Bank for circulating Exchequer bills, with respect to those on the Victuallers' act, and the 518,600l. granted this year, the Governor and Deputy Governor of the Bank being present, who desiring to carry it with them to lay it before a Court of Directors, my Lords agree thereto.”
A memorial read from Mr. Corbett of the 9th instant for 22,833l. for services of the Navy.
A report read from the Customs Commissioners on a petition of Thomas Wade concerning his composition. Agreed that he either pay the penalty or discover the persons concerned with him.
Same from same read on same of William Ousley, praying to be admitted to compound. Warrant ordered.
Same from same read on same of Robt. Banks, late sheriff of Lancaster. Agreed to.
A memorial from same read for a supersedeas for discharging Thos. Story out of Durham gaol. Warrant ordered.
Order for the issue of the following out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Great Officers 6,034 0 0
To Mr. Lowther 700 0 0
To the sheriffs 500 0 0
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 324–6; Customs Book XV. XV. p. 318b; Reference Book X. p. 241.]
Sept. 21.
170. Present: Mr. Pelham, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
A memorial read from the Customs Commissioners concerning a box of velvet in the “Duke of Lorain.” To be sent to the Clerk of the Council in waiting.
A letter read from the Comptroller and Collector of Exeter port to the Customs Commissioners “giving an account that two persons who were suspected to have been two sailers belonging to the Dutch ship supposed to come from Messina infected with the plague proved [to be] Spanish prisoners broke out of Plymouth gaol.”
A letter read from the Secretary at War of July 28 last transmitting the Apothecary General's bills for medicines provided by him for the use of the hospitals in Flanders and Germany, amounting to 2,687l. 3s. 2d., the bills being dated 1743, April 7 and June 10. Read also a letter from same of the 13th instant enclosing an invoice of medicines, materials and utensils wanted for the British hospital in Germany, signed on the 20th of August last by the Earl of Stair, and by a physician, surgeon and apothecary belonging to said hospital. The Secretary at War to state the case and lay it before my Lords.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster General of the Forces of 166,781l. 9s.d. for services as in his deputy's memorial of the 20th instant.
A memorial read from Mr. Monson for 771l. 5s. 6d. to pay a bill of exchange drawn on the Paymaster General of the Forces by Maj. Gen. Anstruther, Lieut. Gov. of Minorca, for the balance of his account of contingencies to 1740–1, Feb. 20. Warrant ordered.
Same read from same for 7,498l. 6s. 3d. to pay the expenses of transporting St. Clair's and Rothes's regiments from Cork to Ostend. Warrant ordered.
Same read from the Cofferer of the Household for 4,000l. to answer bills of exchange for the service of the Board of Greencloth attending the King abroad; and for 525l. to provide for the Princess's voyage. Ordered 2,000l. for bills of exchange and 525l. for the Princess's voyage.
Same read from Mr. Sharpe letting my Lords know that the Duke of Newcastle had ordered him to pay 191l. 5s. 3d. to the gaoler of Gravesend for maintaining 3 prisoners, and 126l. to Mr. Chiselden for cutting Mr. Plunkett of the stone. Mr. Sharpe to inquire into the two cases and to attend on Wednesday next.
A petition read from Richard Crosse for allowance of duties on brandy accidentally lost. Referred to the Excise Commissioners. A report read from said Commissioners on a former petition of Crosse's, in which they are of opinion that by law no relief can be given for the duty.
The Bishop of London's letter read for 20l. for Mr. Thompson, a minister going abroad. Ordered.
A petition read from Charlotte Montseagur concerning an arrear due to her father, an officer in the Ordnance. She must apply to the proper office.
A memorial read from the officers of Portsmouth dockyard for repayment of their land taxes –Ordered.
Same read from the Commissioners for Westminster Bridge for remission of the 6d. per £ on the 15,000l. lately issued to them. Ordered.
Read a state of the allowances made to the Bank on account of their negotiating lotteries and annuities.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Cofferer of the Household for bills of exchange 2,000 0 0
To same for the Princess's voyage 525 0 0
To the sheriffs 500 0 0
Write to the Paymaster General of the Forces and to the Paymaster of Marines to make up an account of money in their hands of the sums deducted by them or their deputies for respites upon the regiments under their care of payment in the American expedition, and what sums have been paid out of such moneys for extraordinaries on account of said expedition.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 327–9; Letter Book XX. pp. 106, 107.]
Sept. 28. 171. Memorial to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners, London, for orders to the King's Remembrancer to issue a commission at the expense of the merchants and traders concerned, for the appointing of a new dock and a dry pier, erected at Liverpool by the merchants and traders there, to be lawful places for the shipping and landing of goods, the present lawful quays there having become too small for the great increase of trade: also for said Commission to contain power to said Commissioners to disannul or make void such or so much of the present quays and places as are not commodious for the above purposes or prejudical to the revenue.
Endorsed:—Oct. 5. Prepare a warrant pursuant to this report, and transmit the draft of a commission. 2½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXII. No. 17.]
Sept. 28.
172. Present: Mr. Pelham, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton.
Treasury A petition read from Roger Drake and Beeston Long, of London, merchants, for leave to import, free, certain goods exported by them in Dec. last in the “Pretty Betsey” for Jamaica, and ransomed by them from said ship when it was taken in the channel and carried into Cherbourg, in France, by a Spanish privateer. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Anthony Triscott to be a tidesman and boatman at Plymouth, loco John Tolcher, deceased; James Connell, sitter in the boat at Erme river, Plymouth port, loco Joseph Tolcher, preferred, to be tide surveyor there.
A memorial read from Mr. Wilkinson, minister of the Savoy Church, praying that an organ and clock set up there may be paid for out of a sum of money he proposes to discover in the hands of a dead receiver of land tax. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
Same read from Messrs. Burrell and Bristow, contractors for salt beef for Minorca garrison. Referred to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts.
Reports from the Customs Commissioners read on Joseph Wright's memorial concerning goods on board the “Gibraltar” packet, and Messrs. Marsh's petition concerning goods on the “Genoa” packet. To be sent to the Clerk of the Council in waiting.
Same from same read with an account of cost and freight of silk shipped on board the “Duke of Lorain,” at Messina, and of silk shipped on board the “Mermaid,” at Messina, intended to be discharged. To be sent ut supra.
A memorial from same read for the building of sheds and other conveniences for opening and airing goods subject to quarantine, to an estimate of 1,672l. 11s. 0d. To be sent ut supra. Memorandum:— Care to be taken if a lease shall be taken as mentioned in the said memorial that at the expiration of the term all the materials, &c, used in the said buildings do return to the public.
A same read from the Earl of Cholmondeley for a new lease of the Hundred of Nantwich, co. Chester. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
A petition from George Baker read for a new lease of an undivided third of the manor of Easthorpe, Essex. Referred ut supra.
General Oglethorpe attending is called in and gives an account of several bills drawn by him which he says were for necessary expenses for the public service abroad. My Lords desire him to put into writing a state of this whole matter, and to lay the same before them.
Order for the issue of 89,850l. 13s. 4d.L to Mr. Corbett for the Navy, in amounts detailed, on the various heads of wear and tear, transports, ordinary, and victualling, in part of his memorial of the 27th instant for 238,524l. 15s. 11d. The Navy Commissioners to attend with the next memorial.
A letter from Lord Carteret to the Duke of Newcastle read, with a memorial of the pastor and others of the Vaudois Church, in Würtemberg, praying payment of an arrear on their pension of 500l. per an.
Extended leave of absence to George Robinson from his office in the Stamp duties.
A petition from John Nicholson, printer, concerning the prosecution against him for publishing some unstamped newspapers, referred to the Stamps Commissions.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the sheriffs 500 0 0
To the Royal Family, the Lords of the Treasury, &c, 1743, Sept. 29 quarter 29,338 10
To the King's gardens, same 1,383 4
To the Cofferer, same 20,320 13 11
To the same for purveyors 2,000 0 0
To the Judges, 1742–3, Hilary Term 6,582 10 0
To Earl Ferrers 400 0 0
To small pensions (about) 600 0 0
To Mr. Huxley 250 0 0
To Mrs. Diana Lancaster 50 0 0
A memorial from the Paymaster General of the Forces of this day, transmitting Messrs. Burrell and Bristow's proposal for furnishing subsistence money for the forces in Minorca and Gibraltar, 1743, Oct. 25 to Dec. 24, read and agreed to as follows, viz.:—25,000 dollars for Minorca, at 55d. per dollar; 25,500 dollars for Gibraltar, at 54½d. per dollar.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 330–3; Reference Book X. p. 241; Customs Book XV. p. 318b; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 354; Letter Book XX. pp. 107–8.]
[?Sept. 29] 173. Treasury warrant for the issue of 105l. to Richard Morley for 1743, Michaelmas quarter, for himself and 3 clerks, for sorting, digesting, methodising, and reducing to order, the records and writings of the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer.
Appending:—Morley's certificate of the work done in said quarter. “Since Midsummer last Mr. Farley has been employed in sorting the loose fines of Queen Elizabeth's reign, and putting them into their respective bundles. Mr. Smart and Mr. Strachey has finished sorting and disposing in their proper bundles the loose fines of Charles the 1st and 2nd, Mr. Cole has continued making indexes to the Star Chamber records, and Mr. Morgan has been, employed in sorting Star Chamber records into reigns.”
[Money Book XLI. p. 154.]