Treasury Books and Papers: December 1743

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

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December 1743

Dec. 1.
202. Present: Mr. Pelham, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout.
John Hicks to be a stamper, loco [John] Higgins, deceased.
A letter read from Mr. Fox and Mr. Ripley for 20l. 1s. 9d. and 12l. paid by them for rent of 2 pieces of ground at Windsor, leased by them for the Crown, and due at Lady Day last. Mr. Lowther to pay same out of the King's money in his hands.
A memorial read from the Westminster Bridge Commissioners for the remaining 10,000l. of the 25,000l. granted by Parliament, and for same to be free of the deduction of 6d. per £. Warrant ordered.
The Customs Commissioners to be written to, to report to my Lords how Deacon's affair stands, and what has been done thereon.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 359: Customs Book XV. p. 379.]
Dec. 1. 203. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a constat or particular of the Hundred of Nantwich, Cheshire, of which George, Earl of Cholmondeley, prays a new lease.
Prefixing:—Said Surveyor's report on said Earl's petition for same. “It appears by the Parliamentary surveys taken in the year 1650 that the rents and profits of the said Hundred and of the Courts Leet and Court Baron incident thereto amounted to 11l. per an. over and above the reserved rent of 9l. per an. which Mr. Harbord, then Surveyor General, on renewing the premises to Viscount Cholmondeley in 1680, conceived to be a high value. However, on that renewal the jurisdiction of the Court Baron was extended to try personal actions of 20l. which before could only try actions of 40s. … I am certified by Roger Cumberbach, Esq., who has held the courts there for 12 years and upwards immediately preceding the expiration of the last grant, that the charge of jurys' dinners, and the expense of keeping a gaol, and the rent paid to the Crown, amounts to more than all the fines, amerciaments, and other profits arising from the premises. And this, I find, is the case in the several hundreds of Broxton, Wirrall, and Bucklow, all in the said county of Chester, consisting of nearly the same courts, royalties, jurisdictions, and privileges; all of which have been not long since renewed to the respective tenants at the old rents, and without fine, the same being rather honorary than profitable, giving them a command in the country, and jurisdiction in their own estates in the said county, which would be very inconvenient to them in any other hands.”
[Crown Lease Book VI. pp. 373–4.]
Dec. 2
204. Eight monthly certificates of the receipts and balances in the Alienation Office, certified by Stepn. Wicking, Deputy Receiver, viz., separately for the months (1743) May–Decr. 8 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXII. No. 29.]
Dec. 6.
205. Present: Mr. Pelham, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
A memorial read from the officers of the Tally Court, ut infra. Referred to the Auditor of the Receipt.
A report read from the Customs Commissioners on the petition of Daniel Quare, late tobacco merchant, concerning 121l. 4s.d., interest on 1,374l. 10s. 6d. in tobacco bonds. My Lords agree to the remission of said interest.
A representation read from the Surveyor of Woods, of grievances in New Forest with a presentment annexed of the grievances complained of, and the want of a perambulation. My Lords agree to a commission for a perambulation and for making inclosures, and direct inquiry to be made in what manner it may be done.
A report from said Surveyor read with an estimate of the repairs at the pheasantry at Bushey Park, amounting to 256l. 7s. 5d., and proposing payment of same out of land revenues. Agreed to.
A petition read from Thomas Thomas, a tidesman, London port, for leave of absence on account of sickness, without deduction of salary. Agreed to.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To Mr. Scrope for Secret Service 2,000 0 0
For pensions 1743, Sept. 29 quarter 7,832 13 2
To Mr. Lowther 750 0 0
To the Mayor of Lyme [Regis] 25 0 0
To officers of the Tally Court 149 14 0
A petition read from David Dunbar, Surveyor General of His Majesty's Woods in North America, and Surveyor General of Lands in Nova Scotia, praying that a new commissiom may be made out for Benning Wentworth, Esq., now Governor of New Hampshire, to succeed him in the said employments. Write to the Board of Trade to desire them to acquaint my Lords whether the appointing the said Governor to these offices will be inconsistent with His Majesty's service.
“See what has been done in relation to the remitting money for forces abroad before voted.”
A petition read from Peter King, late tide surveyor of Chatham, praying to be made Surveyor there, he having been superannuated by the Customs Commissioners. My Lords say as it is an act of the Customs Commissioners he must apply to them.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 360–1; Customs Book XV. p. 380.]
Dec. 7. 206. Petition to the Treasury from the officers of the Tally Court in the Exchequer. By the Act of 3 Geo. II. for regulating the coal measures, petitioners thought themselves obliged, as having the custody of all the standard weights and measures, to take the proper care of the admeasurement of the coal sacks, and had only 6l. per an. to pay for the oil and whitelead, &c., used for stamping, paid out of the coal duty, which has been lately discontinued. Pray an annual allowance for their trouble and the unwholesomeness of this service.
[Reference Book X. p. 246.]
Dec. 10. 207. Royal sign manual to the Treasury to pay to Mrs. Margaret Purcell 5,080l. 2s. 11¾d. without accompt, viz., 4,824l. 16s. 11¾d. thereof to satisfy several tradesmen and others their respective bills, &c., for wearing apparel and other necessaries by them provided for Princess Lovisa on account of her marriage with the Prince Royal of Denmark, and 225l. 6s. Od. thereof to defray fees and charges attending the receipt of said sum.
Appending:—Abstract of said tradesmen's bills certified by Margaret Purcell.
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. p. 323.]
Dec. 11.]
208. (a–cc) A series of 29 papers, lacking the covering document, being throughout invoices from tradesmen and others for goods sold to Princess Louisa, or money disbursed for her or linen washed for her preparatory to her marriage with the Crown Prince of Denmark. 37 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXII. No. 31.]
Dec. 12.
209. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Sandys. Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
John Satchell, a boatman, Exeter port, prays to be placed on the superannuated list. Write to the Commissioners of Customs to know whether they approve of it.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces of 50,000l. to complete 500,000l., granted last session towards the support of the House of Austria.
Leave of absence to Thomas Cuff, a stamper.
William Langdon, junr., to be a boatman at Brixham, Dartmouth port, loco William Cundett, resigned.
Messrs. Gore and Gulston, attending, offer to furnish their bill for 60,000l. for the subsistence of the forces abroad, which my Lords approve of; “and say they will take care that the Paymaster General of the Forces shall duly satisfy such sums as they shall so advance for this service out of the first fund that shall be granted by Parliament applicable thereto.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 362; Customs Book XV. p. 377.]
Dec. 12. 210. Treasury warrant to Benning Wentworth, Surveyor General of His Majesty's woods on the Continent of America, to observe an Order in Council, ut infra, for the preservation of said woods: said Wentworth being hereby constituted Surveyor General of His Majesty's lands in Nova Scotia, loco David Dunbar, whose commission is revoked hereby: to mark out, set apart, and reserve for His Majesty's use such tracts of His Majesty's said lands as shall be found upon survey to be most proper for producing masts and other timber for the royal navy, and lying contiguous to the sea shore, or navigable rivers, said tracts of land not to amount to less than 200,000 acres in the whole, and to be set apart in such a manner as may for ever hereafter secure a lasting store of timber for the navy, free from any contests that may be occasioned by intermixture of private properties.
Prefixing:—Order of the King in Council, dated St. James's, 1728, March 28, made on a report from the Committee of the Privy Council upon a representation from the Commissioners for Trade concerning the great destruction of woods in North America: said order requiring the Surveyor of Woods to constantly reside in some of His Majesty's Plantations on the Continent of America, with certain allowances for deputies: and further requiring him to proceed forthwith to Nova Scotia to mark out tracts of land there substantially as above set forth; the same having been inserted as a clause in the instructions of Col. Philips when he was appointed Governor of Nova Scotia; as appears from the aforementioned report.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 1914–3.]
Dec. 19. 211. Royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to the Clerk of the Signet attending, for a bill to pass the Privy Seal to determine the establishment of 4,653l. 4s. 0d. per an. allowed for the Princesses Mary and Lovisa by the Privy Seal of 1737–8, March 24, hereby determined, both the said Princesses being now married: and to add to the 14,617l. 7s. 1d., being the establishment of the Princesses Amalia and Carolina allowed by the said same Privy Seal, the further sum of 1,250l. per an., being the salaries of sundry of the officers and servants of the said Princesses Mary and Lovisa, which the King is graciously pleased to continue: thus making the establishment for the said Princesses Amalia and Carolina 15,867l. 7s. 1d. per an.
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. pp. 333–4.]
Dec. 20.
212. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Sandys, Mr. Compton, Sir John Rushout, Mr. Gybbon.
Warrant ordered for a Privy Seal for 1,200l. per an. for Lord Edgcumbe during pleasure.
A report from the Customs Commissioners read on the petition of Antho. Rodrigues de Brito relating to the ship “Nra Senhora da Guia e Almas” under seizure by Mr. Scott. My Lords agree to the report, viz., that as the affair is similar to that of the “Sea Horse”, the officer may go on with the prosecution at his own cost.
Mr. Henry Finch to be Surveyor of the Works.
A memorial read from the Duke of Richmond and Mr. Brudenell for a grant of the escheated estate of William Radcliffe, Esq., in Northumberland.
The Customs Commissioners' report read on Thomas Warren's petition in behalf of several merchants of Kingston upon Hull concerning the seizure of Levant wines from Hamburg. Report agreed to, viz., that the seizure be insisted on, but the merchants admitted to compound.
Order for the issue to Mr. Corbett of 40,000l. [for the Navy].
A letter from the Secretary of the Customs to Mr. Scrope read desiring a landguard to be appointed to assist in order to the due performance of quarantine at Bristol. Write to the Secretary at War to let him know how necessary this service is, and to desire him to write to the officers of the forces there to assist the Customs officers therein.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To Lord Tyrawley 2,800 0 0
To Mr. Walpole, Usher of the Exchequer 1,881 14
To the Cofferer of the Household for purveyors for December 2,000 0 0
For the Privy Purse 3,000 0 0
To Dey Holbech for watering 75 0 0
For fees and salaries [at the Exchequer], 1742, Sept. 29 quarter 5,196 19 2
Humph. Sainthill to be waiter and searcher, Plymouth port (at Bantham in Bigbury Bay in Dartmouth port), loco John Crocker, deceased; Abraham Buckle to succeed him as boatman at Torcross, in Dartmouth port.
A petition read from John Murray.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 363–4; Customs Book XV. p. 383; Letter Book XX. p. 118.]
Dec. 26. 213. An account certified by Daniel Race, a Cashier of the Bank of England, of interest at 3 per cent. upon the contributions for the 1,000,000l. 3 per cent. annuities, part of 1,800,000 for the service of 1743, viz., from the several days whereon each payment of the said contribution was paid into the Bank of England to the respective days appointed by the act for completing the several payments thereof. 5 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXII. No. 36.]
Dec. 28. 214. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, for letters patent to pass the Great Seal of Ireland for an annuity out of the revenues of Ireland to John Lord Monson and John Arscot of 600l. for 31 years from 1743, Xmas: in trust for the sole and separate use of Anne, Lady Yonge, wife of Sir William Yonge, exclusive of her husband, or of any husband she may marry: with certain powers of willing and disposing.
[Irish Book IX. pp. 406–7.]
Dec. 29.
215. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
Opened and read a new commission bearing date the … day of this instant, Deer., appointing Mr. Pelham, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, and Mr. Fox to be Commissioners for executing the office of Treasurer of the Exchequer.
Proceeded to the business of the day.
Let the Usher of the Exchequer know that my Lords complain that the pens and wax furnished by him for the use of the Treasury are extremely bad.
Tristram Twell (Twells) to be customer or collector, Boston port, loco William Johnson, deceased; Francis Thirkill, searcher, to be collector, ibid., loco same Johnson; Samuel Coddington to succeed Thirkill as searcher.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of 183,607l. 5s. 6d.
Same for same to the Treasurer of the Ordnance of 34,637l. 7s. 2d., which completes the vote for 1743.
Edward Wildman to be a landwaiter, and to act as coastwaiter, Poulton port, loco Lawrence Dewhurst, deceased.
The Customs Commissioners to attend with their Solicitor on Tuesday next, concerning the affair of the coal bonds.
A representation read from Maynard Colchester, and — Perk, verderers, and William Jones, conservator of Dean Forest, complaining of Viscount Gage's cutting wood and felling timber in Hangerbury Wood in the bailiwick of Bicknor, in said forest, Referred to the Attorney General to consider the most proper method to put a stop to these proceedings. Mr. Sharpe to attend him thereon.
Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands 10 guineas to Rob. Baker for services performed by him.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Royal Family and others for 1743, Xmas quarter 28,722 12
To Mrs. Purcell 5,083 2
To the under Secretaries, et al., abroad with the King 1,167 5 0
To Mr. Ellis 850 0 0
For the poor of London 1,000 0 0
To the Treasurer of the Chamber for messengers 1,000 0 0
To the Lord Almoner 179 15 0
To the King's goldsmith, 1742, Sept. 29 quarter 4,592 18 0
To Mr. Ripley 97 6 8
To Mr. Walker, Usher of the Exchequer [Court] 472 17 8
To the Judges
A petition read from the President and Fellows of Madgalen College, Oxford.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 365–6; Customs Book XV. pp. 383, 384, 385; Letter Book XX. p. 118.]
Dec. 29. 216. Treasury warrants [to the Auditor of the Receipt] for the deficiencies as follow to be met in manner indicated, viz.:—for 421l. 17s. 10d., being the unsatisfied residue of an order of date 1742, August 16, to the Bank of England for circulation of Exchequer bills, to be paid out of arrears in the Exchequer of malt duties granted for 1727; for 2,134l. 7s. 1d., being the unsatisfied residue on an order of date 1742, November 22, to the Bank of England for the like, to be paid out of same arrears; and for 2,320l. 16s. 6d., being the unsatisfied residue of an order of date 1742–3, Feb. 23, to the Bank of England for the like, to be met out of arrears on malt, 1727, 1728 and 1736.
[Money Book XLI. p. 306.]
Dec. 30. 217. Same for the issue of 105l. to Richard Morley for 1743, Xmas quarter, for himself and 3 clerks for sorting, &c., records and writings in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer.
Appending:—Morley's certificate of work done during the quarter. “Mr. Farley has been sorting loose fines in Queen Eliza. reign; Mr. Smart and Mr. Strachey have been methodising state papers and lres of Hen. 8th reign; Mr. Cole has continued to make indexes to Star Chamber records, and Mr. Morgan has been sorting Star Chamber records into reigns.”
[Ibid. p. 154.]
[end of.]
218. A monthly account for 1743, Dec., of fees at the Treasury, i.e., of fees payable to the Treasury clerks for warrants and orders drawn, &c.
Endorsed:—[Christopher] Lowe's account. 5 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXII. No. 37.]
219. (a) (b) Two different schemes of a lottery for the year 1743, for raising 2,000,000l. by sale of annuities on lives consisting of 100,000 tickets to be drawn through 2 classes at 10l. per ticket each class. 1 sheet and 2 pages.
[Ibid. No. 38.]