Treasury Books and Papers: May 1744

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May 1744

May 1.
75. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
A Petition read from Edmund Field, of London, merchant, on behalf of his correspondent in Portugal concerning the prosecution of the ship “Nra. Sra. de Gasa (da Guia) e Almos,” seized (with her cargo, which has been already compounded for) under the Navigation Act. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A letter read from Mr. Wood with other papers concerning Christopher Marot, a subject of the French King. To be sent to Mr. Stone to be laid before the Duke of Newcastle.
Same from same read with other papers relating to the ship “Rose,” bound in June for Morlaix but detained at Falmouth. [To be sent] to the Clerk of the Council in waiting.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Chamber of 1,000l. for messengers, according to a letter from the Duke of Newcastle in that behalf.
Sir William Yonge attended concerning the establishment for the difference between the Dutch and English pay for the 6,000 Dutch troops here.
A report read from the Navy Commissioners on the memorial of John Simpson and other contractors for slops for the Navy for a further imprest of 25,000l. The Commissioners gave it as their opinion that making a new contract at present may be attended with great inconveniences, and that an imprest is necessary. Said Commissioners being present my Lords desire to be informed what information they have received from Admiral Mathews relating to slops and what fresh supplies thereof he has lately represented as necessary.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Cofferer of the Household for purveyors 2,140 0 0
To Mr. Parke 387 0 0
To the Treasurer of the Chambers for messengers 1,000 0 0
To Monr. de Salis 200 0 0
To Mr. Lowther 745 4 10
To Mr. Ellis 850 0 0
Mr. Auditor Benson's state read of Mr. Race's account as Receiver for the Bank of the annuities and lottery, anno 1743.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 17–18; Letter Book XX. p. 134; Reference Book X. p. 254.]
May 3
and before.
76. (a-e) Five monthly certificates by Stephen Wicking, Deputy Receiver of the Alienation Office, all dated Alienation Office, of the receipts in the said office for the several and respective months ending 1743, Dec. 31 (dated 1743–4, Jan. 2), 1743–4, Jan. 31 (dated Feb. 2), Feb. 29 (dated March 2), 1744, March 31 (dated April 3), and April 30 (dated May 3). 5 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXIV. No. 1.]
May 3.
77. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
A report read from the Customs Commissioners on the case of John Hendrick Herring relating to the seizure of the ship “Providence” with Spanish wines. A copy of the report to be sent to Monr. Hop.
A letter read from the Navy Office to the Secretaries of the Treasury concerning slops, wherein they acquaint my Lords that the Admiral has complained of the improper sortment of the slops, but never found fault with their being inferior to the contract, and that at present he is in great want of slops. An imprest ordered to be made to the slop contractors of the further sum of 20,000l.
A memorial read from several officers of the Foot Guards and regiments of foot for an allowance of 2 rations more a day and of 10l. for an additional bas horse: certified by Generals Honywood and Legonier.
On Mr. Legge's report order for a warrant for 140l. for Mr. Jennison for tilling enclosed grounds and other services at Swinley Lodge, Windsor Forest. Mr. Legge's report also read on said Jennison's memorial for repairs at said lodge amounting to 194l. 10s. 10d. Ordered.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces of 40,000l. in part of 66,109l. 13s. 10d. voted for extraordinaries in Georgia.
A petition read from John Cooke, clerk assistant to the warehousekeeper of stamped vellum, parchment and paper for an addition to his salary. Referred to the Stamps Commissioners.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 19–20; Reference Book X. p. 254.]
May 8.
78. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex.
Look out a report of the Board of Works about the palace at Greenwich.
The Stamps Commissioners' report read advising an additional salary of 30l. per an. to Thos. Cooke, warehousekeeper of stamped paper, &c. Agreed to.
A memorial read from Mrs. Sorrell, widow and administratrix of Mr. Sorrell, deceased, late Secretary to the Taxes Commissioners, praying the same allowance for his service in the affair of Mr. Burridge as was made to Mr. Wilkinson. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
Copies of letters to the Customs Commissioners as follow read, viz., from Milford concerning a privateer snow lying near that port; from Plymouth for a man of war to be appointed to oblige ships to a due performance of quarantine; from Dover concerning smugglers running goods at Dungeness and on the Sussex coast, and bringing over passengers from France with French passes, if not commissions as privateers. To be sent to the Admiralty.
A memorial read from the prebendaries of St. Peter's, Westminster, representing the dangers their houses are exposed to from the ruinous condition of His Majesty's Record Office. Referred to the Board of Works.
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 17,350l. for services as in his memorial of this day.
Same for same of the following out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To the Secretaries of State 4,500 0 0
To Sir Thomas Deveil 438 6 0
To Mr. Trevor 1,974 10 0
To the Privy Purse 3,000 0 0
To the Tally Court officers 97 2 0
“The Secretary at War and Paymaster Forces attending, the Chancellor of Excheqr. lays before the Board a memorial which he had received from the Earl of Stair relating to the subsistence of the volunteers and pressed men. And the Secretary at Warr and Paymaster having proposed that the agents be directed to answer such bills as shall be drawn upon them by the recruiting officers for the services aforesaid; and that they should account with and be reimbursed by the agents of the several regiments to which the recruits shall be delivered as aforesaid for the money advanced by them for subsistence, and if the said agents shall at any time not have money in their hands the Paymaster General is upon application to him to advance money to them upon account: which proposal my Lords approve of.”
“Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer acquaints my Lords that he hath laid before His Majesty a representation made to their Lordships by Sir John Eyles concerning the several packet boats ordered by His Majesty to be put on the establishment they were [on] during the last war: and the Lisbon packet boats being also directed to be of 300 tons and 100 men: and that His Majesty observing from an estimate thereto annexed that the same will amount to a very great expense, and much exceed the clear revenues of the Post Office, viz.: to 34,800l. for the present cost of building and furnishing them out to sea, and to 28,940l. 17s. 3d. per an. on account of the French war, is pleased to say that he doth not think it reasonable that he should take upon himself an expense that will so much exceed the branch of revenue which should naturally defray it, and thereby draw a charge on the other branches of the Civil List: that it is His Majesty's opinion that light vessels and quick sailers are the fittest for the carriage of letters, which is the principal intention of packet boats, and that with respect to the merchants my Lords think that what they desire may be answered by the Admiralty's being directed to protect their trade by ships properly stationed and employed for that purpose. This their Lordships order that the Postmaster General be made acquainted with, who are to let them know whether there will be occasion for any such light vessels to be built more than those already employed, and if so, what will be the expense thereof.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 21–3; Letter Book XX. p. 136; Affairs of Taxes IV. p. 384.]
May 9. 79. Petition to the Treasury from Dr. Nicoll, Dr. Friend and Dr. Hume. Set forth that their prebendal houses adjoin His Majesty's Record Office in the Abbey cloisters, that the walls and buttresses of this building are in so ruinous a condition that they are exposed to constant danger. Therefore desire Treasury orders for hastening the repair of said building. Referred:—to the Board of Works.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. p. 210.]
May 16. 80. Royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, for letters to pass the Privy Seal of Scotland for a grant to James Abercromby, of Glassaugh, and Alexander, his son, of the office of limner and painter in Scotland.
[North Britain Book XIV. p. 63.]
May 17.
81. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
A memorial of the 14th inst. read from the Paymaster of the Forces for 225,945l. for services therein. Ordered.
Same read from the Salt Commissioners concerning, their Secretary, Mr. Davie, resigning his office to Mr. Pettier on account of ill health. Agreed to.
A report read from the Customs Commissioners on Mr. Macnamara's petition concerning the ship “Nancy” under seizure under the Navigation Act. My Lords agree to the officer prosecuting if he will.
The Apothecary General's bills for medicines, &c., delivered by George Garnier, said Apothecary, to the army for the hospitals in Germany and Flanders, referred to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts to examine into the reasonableness of the prices.
The Secretary at War attended with the establishment for the 6,000 Dutch troops, and acquaints my Lords that he will have it ready for the King's signature by the beginning of next week.
A memorial read from the merchants possessed of General Oglethorpe's bills praying relief as to interest, re-exchange and charges thereon. My Lords say that as there is no provision for any such demands in the vote for these bills they can give no directions thereon.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 24; Letter Book XX. pp. 136, 137.]
May 17. 82. Royal warrant countersigned by the Treasury Lords for the issue of 145l. 9s. 8d. to Lieut. Thomas Hodgson for sums due as follows, viz.: said Hodgson having been sent down in Feb. 1741–2, from Jamaica to the Mosquito Shore, by Major Gen. Wentworth and Governor Trelawney, with an ensign, sergeant and 32 privates, belonging to the American regiment, in order to raise a body of Indians to serve against the Spaniards: the said ensign with 20 men being sent back 2 months after to Jamaica; the said regiment “was reduced on or about the 24th day of October 1742 except 4 companies for Ruatan and this detachment for the Mosquito Shore, which by mistake was charged only for 6 men instead of 12: whereby the said Robert Hodgson was obliged to advance 49l. 9s. 4d. for the pay of the rest and there remains due to him for his own pay to the 24th of April 1744 during which time he continued in actual service, the further sum of 96l. 0s. 4d. both which sums … cannot by reason of the reduction of said regiment be now paid without our special warrant.”
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. p. 427.]
May 22.]
83. Memorial to the Treasury from William Latton, Consul General to the Emperor of Fez and Morocco, for payment of a bill for 198l. 2s. 0d., the id of certain presents made as a matter of absolute necessity to the Emperor Muley Abdalla by William Petticrew, Vice Consul at Tangier.
Minuted:—As under date May 22, infra p. 480. 1 page.
:—(a) Said William Petticrew to the Treasury, dated Tangier, 1743–4, January 18. On the arrival of Muley Abdallah at Tangier in August last was obliged to wait on him several times as a matter of form, and to satisfy him on the demands he several times made for the payment of the redemption money contracted for by the King's late ambassador, Mr. Sollicoffre. In these affairs was obliged to make presents to him, his secretaries, and favourites. Having drawn a bill for the id hereof on Mr. Latton, it has been refused, as it should have been drawn on the Treasury. Has therefore drawn on the Treasury instead, and prays payment.
Endorsed:—Recd. 1744, April 3. The bill of exchange to be sent to Mr. Latton, who is to lay a memorial before my Lords. 2 pages. (b) Said bill of exchange so drawn on the Treasury. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXIV. No. 2.]
May 22. 84. Petition to the Treasury from Jno. Devall and 8 others, artificers and tradesmen in the Office of Works. By advertisements in the public papers in 1730 petitioners did in consideration of the speedy payments then made and to be made every 3 months deliver proposals at the Office of Works at such low rates and prices as were found reasonable for prompt payment. Petitioners are now in the 6th quarter of arrears, which hath exhausted their substance in such manner that many of them are obliged to pay exorbitant interest for money to carry on His Majesty's works, most of them having large arrears due from His late Majesty. Pray payment of the arrears, and that future payments may be made quarterly. 1 page.
[Ibid. No. 4.]
May 22.
85. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
A petition read from Elizabeth, widow of Edward Lowbridge, Receiver of land tax for Worcester, for an allowance for her husband's expenses in collecting said tax. The Board adhere to the resolutions of former boards not to make any allowance to Receivers or their executors.
A petition read from John Morris, Lieut. en seconde, praying a warrant for Lieutenant's full pay. There being no pay due to him my Lords can give no warrant for full pay.
A letter read from the Secretary at War with the petition of Thomas Mallie, Surgeon General to the expedition to America, for 182l. 10s. on his warrant for 10s. a day additional salary out of contingencies. To be returned to the Secretary at War, who is desired to let my Lords know if there be any other cases of the like nature and whose they are, and to give my Lords his opinion thereon.
A memorial read from the Bishop of Bangor concerning ground on the East side of St. James's Park, let by lease from the Crown to Samuel Edwards, and now in possession of said bishop. Referred to the Surveyor General of Lands.
A petition read from several merchants of Glasgow in behalf of themselves and of other merchants in North Britain, trading to the British colonies in America, praying leave to export tobacco now or hereafter in their possession, to France in neutral vessels or in British built ships, under such restrictions as my Lords shall think fit, and that licences or passes be granted for such ships: without which indulgence they apprehend this beneficial branch of trade will fall into the hands of some neutral powers who will supply the French with tobacco to the great detriment of this nation. Referred to the Customs Commissioners, Scotland.
A memorial read from William Latton, Consul General to the Emperor of Fez and Morocco, for repayment of 198l. 2s. 0d. expended by William Petticrew, Vice Consul there, for presents made to the Emperor. Warrant ordered.
A memorial read from the Duke of Bolton for raising 300l. for a year's salary to 1744, Lady Day, for the keepers of New Forest, out of woodsales in said forest. Prepare the usual warrant.
Same read from Lord Lyon for a lease of tithes in and belonging to the bishopric of Murray, formerly sold to his great grandfather, and now in the Crown by the Act for abolishing episcopacy in Scotland. Referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List revenues:—
£ s. d.
To Mr. Walton 200 0 0
To the Great Officers 8,670 2
To the late Queen's servants 3,938 12 7
To Richmond Lodge 1,156 17 5
A petition read from the artificers and tradesmen under the Board of Works for payment of their arrears.
The Taxes Commissioners to attend on Tuesday next for appointing receivers for 1744.
Mr. Lowther to pay 50l. to Mr. Renway [sic, ? erratum for Renard] and 20 guineas to Mr. Dowdell as of His Majesty's bounty for services performed.
A petition read from Norman McLeod for the value of 81 acres of land at Bernera, co. Inverness, seized by the Barrackmaster, Scotland, for the erection of a barracks, and further proposing to convey same to the Crown. My Lords think he ought to have satisfaction for the profit of his lands for so long as they have been in the hands of the Crown, and that so much thereof as is necessary for the barrack should be conveyed by him for a consideration in trust for the Crown, but as only 5 acres are necessary for the barrack, and the rest has been possessed by the Barrackmaster and converted to his use, it is referred to the Board of Works to state what of the said land is necessary for the barrack, and to whom it may properly be conveyed, “and let my Lords know how it came to pass that when the barrack was first built satisfaction was not made to the owner of the land.”
Robert Hookie's (Hookey's) presentment to succeed Vesey How as riding surveyor between Poole and Southampton to be returned to the Customs Commissioners with the intimation that as my Lords have received a good character of How from his superior officer they have no objection to his being restored.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. p. 25–7; Letter Book XX. pp. 137, 138; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 419; Customs Book XV. pp. 431, 433; North Britain Book XIV. p. 65.]
May 22. 86. Royal warrant, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, for the issue of 40,000l. out of supplies anno 1744, of 40,000l. to Henry Frederick Baron de Sohlenthal, Ambassador Extraordinary from the King of Denmark, being the sum agreed to be paid as the dowry of the Princess Louisa, on her marriage with the Prince Royal of Denmark. [King's Warrant Book XXXV. p. 428.]
May 24.
87. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
Lord Clinton's letter read for delivery of some household furniture lately arrived from France. To be sent to the Customs Commissioners to facilitate delivery thereof.
The Customs Commissioners' report read on the petition of Pascoe, prisoner at Bodmin for smuggling, to be discharged on entering on board a man of war. Warrant ordered.
Order for a warrant for 198l. 2s. 0d. to pay Mr. Petticrew's bill for presents to the Emperor of Morocco.
A report read from the Board of Works with an estimate of the charge of repairing Col. Equerry Fielding's house in the Mews [at Charing Cross]. Approved at the estimate of 203l.
A petition read from Robert and Lillie Smith for remission of the King's share of the seizure of their ship under the Navigation Act. Agreed to.
Mr. Russell to be paid 137l. 6s. 4d. for expenses on account of the Tripoli Ambassador, whom he was directed by the Lords Justices to receive on his arrival.
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 48,000l. for services as in his memorial of the 22nd inst.
A memorial read from the Westminster Bridge Commissioners for 25,000l., granted by Parliament anno 1744, towards the building thereof, and that it may be exempt from the deduction of 6d. per £ at the Exchequer. Order for the issue of 10,000l.
A petition read from John Mordaunt, Ranger of Alice Holt Forest, representing spoil done in said forest by cutting and carrying away bushes and young trees. Referred to the Solicitor of the Treasury, with directions to prosecute the offenders.
The Customs Commissioners' report read on a petition from John Gilbert and Henry Woodford, sureties of Newland Reynolds, late collector at Cowes, concerning the charges of a prosecution against them. Agreed to.
A petition read from James Douglas, of London, merchant, for a reward of 5 per cent. on money received in Holland from Mr. Burridge's debtors. Referred to the Taxes Commissioners.
Same read from Isaac Coronell and David Mendez da Costa for 871l. 8s. 8d., the balance of their account for furnishing the Army in Flanders with bread. My Lords having no cognizance of the subject matter of the petition can give no directions therein.
A memorial read from the Earl of Leicester, praying that a surveyor and 6 boatmen of Bristol port, but doing duty chiefly at Posbury, may be assessed in said parish for their salaries, and not in that of St. Nicholas, in Bristol. It being a matter of law my Lords can do nothing in it.
A report read from the Customs Commissioners on a petition of Robert Jones, owner of the “Success,” accidentally burned at the Hope when performing quarantine. Report agreed to, viz.: that the granting relief herein may be attended with ill consequences to the revenue.
Same from same read on a petition from Patrick Hewett, of Northumberland, for discharge of a prosecution for uncustomed goods found in his house. Said Commissioners represent him as the encourager of a notorious gang of smugglers from Scotland and the coast of Kent. Prosecution to go on.
A memorial read from General Guest, Barrackmaster for Scotland, for 958l. 19s. 8d., for firing, candles, &c., &c., for said barracks for one year to 1743, Xmas. To be paid upon account.
A petition read from Peter Rainier for the cargo of the “St. Dominick and St. Francis,” bound for Dunkirk, but stranded near Deal, to be removed to Sandwich port, and lodged in warehouses in order to exportation. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Same read from Benja. Fisher, mariner, prisoner in Norfolk gaol for smuggling, for release. Referred ut supra.
Same read from Robert Thacker, father of James Thacker, for wages due to said James as a sailor on the “Victory,” but forfeited by said James being attainted of murder, for same to be granted to an infant daughter of said James.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 28–31; Letter Book XX. pp. 137, 138; Reference Book X. pp. 254, 255; Customs Book XV. p. 433; Affairs of Taxes IV. p. 385.]
May 28. 88. Royal warrant, countersigned by the Treasury, for the issue of 137l. 6s. 4d. to John Russell for expenses and disbursements for the service of Hadge Abraham Aga, Ambassador from Tripoli to Britain, whom he was ordered by the Lords Justices of Great Britain to attend upon his arrival on the coasts here in October last and to conduct to London.
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. p. 431.]
May 29.
89. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of 98,181l. 12s. 2d. to pay bills carrying interest in part of his memorial of this day for 162,111l. 11s. 1d.
A memorial read from the Paymaster of Marines for 59,681l. 15s. 0d. to carry on the subsistence to June 24 next.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List revenues of 3,000l. to John Scrope for Secret Service, and 12,000l. to the Cofferer of the Household in part.
The Taxes Commissioners attend for the appointing Receivers of the land tax for 1744. The following directions are given by my Lords, viz., that observing that many of the Receivers delay paying in the money of their respective receipts till near the time of the appointing new receivers, the Taxes Commissioners are directed to signify to them that if they do not alter that method my Lords, when they come to appoint receivers for the next year, will take the proper notice thereof. Further, that in the list of Receivers 13, detailed, be respited and 12 others, detailed, be written to, whilst one, the Receiver of Monmouth, is to have more time allowed him.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 32–3.]
May 30.]
90. A series of papers, lacking the covering document, relating to the bounds of both the manor and parish of Abenhall, in the Forest of Dean; and concerning the right of cutting and taking of timber on Whites Hill and Sheppridge.
(a) A plan of the parish of Abenhall, as the bounds were walked by the parson and parishioners, 1743, June 3. 1 sheet.
(b-t) 18 affidavits referring to the matter, viz.: by William Welch, of Longhope; John James, of Abenhall; John Rice, of Longhope; Henry Martin, of Flaxley; Joseph Butcher, of Abenhall; Thomas Yem, of Mitcheldean; William Lane, of same; William Jelf, of Ruardean; Joseph Underwood, of Longhope; William Beard, of same; Gyles Creed, of Coleford; John Knight, of Abenhall; William Harper, of same; John Colwell, of Aston Ingham, co. Hereford; John Nelme, of Abenhall; Peregrin Martin, of same; John James, of same; William Evans, of English Bicknor, co. Gloucester, and John Ellis, of St. George's, Hanover Square. 22 pages or sheets.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCXIV. No. 8.]
May 31. 91. Representation to the Treasury from Sir John Baird on behalf of himself and Alexander Abercrombie, Patrick Campbell, and Robert Johnston, late Receivers and Paymasters of the interests due to the creditors of the public in Scotland. By several Acts of Parliament relating to the public debts of Scotland the Commissioners of Equivalent were empowered to take the necessary expenses of their office out of the first and readiest of the money in their hands, and the same was provided for by Parliament when the next provision for interest of said debts was made. In 1719, when the said Commission was annulled by Act of Parliament, and provision made for 2 years' interest, and for the fees and salaries and incidents of the office, the same was short by some mistake by 1,000l. of what had been justly and bona fide expended by the powers in the former acts. When the Commissioners of Equivalent paid over their balances to petitioners, as Paymasters of the annuity and as appointed to receive them, they retained in their hands the said 1,000l. Petitioners applied to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, for allowance of the said sum in passing their accounts in the Exchequer, Scotland, but same was refused, being appropriated money. Consequently petitioners were obliged to pay the Equivalent Corporation that whole sum. Further, have been charged with 51l. as fees for passing their accounts in the said Exchequer. Petitioners therefore laid the matter before the Treasury, further representing that although the royal warrant for ceasing from 1724, Dec. 24, the salaries and incidents of their office was dated 1724–5, March 11, yet as there was money in their hands due and preceding Michaelmas, 1724, and the creditors daily demanding it, they did continue their officers and office, and paid to the 18th August, 1725, being interpelled by warrant from the Lords Justices, and indeed necessitate so to continue payments both out of regard to the public credit and to prevent the clamours of the needy creditors. Petitioners' case was referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, 1726, May 16, who reported, July 22 following, certifying the truth of the above facts, and further certifying that petitioners continued paying the creditors of the public in Scotland until 1725, August 17, they having no notice till then of the Lords Justices' warrant to make up their accounts and pay over their balances to the Equivalent Company. 2 pages.
[Ibid. No. 9.]
May 31. 92. Petition to the Treasury from Philip Livingston. By royal commission has a salary of 100l. sterling out of the revenue of New York as Secretary of Indian Affairs. By warrant, countersigned by the Treasury, the King directed in lieu thereof a salary of 100l. current money of New York to be paid him out of quit rents there, which is computed at 65 per cent. worse than sterling. Prays that the salary may be either paid in sterling money or at least in proclamation money, being the like currency in which the quit rents are received.
[Reference Book X. p. 255.]
May 31.
93. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon, Earl of Middlesex, Mr. Fox.
A Petition read from Edmond Field, of London, merchant, for a noli prosequi in the case of the ship “Nostra Sra da Guia e Almas,” having already compounded for the cargo. Agreed to on condition of the officer receiving satisfaction.
A report read from the Customs Commissioners on the petition of Hendrick Herring for remission of the King's share of the seizure of the “Providence” and her cargo by Mr. Bland. My Lords say they cannot remit His Majesty's said share, it being already paid into the Exchequer.
Same read from Mr. Legge on the Duke of Grafton's memorial for repairs and for the purchase of Capt. Brundenell's house in New Forest. The purchase to be inquired into.
A memorial read from the Postmaster General concerning His Majesty's recalling his orders to the Secretary of State relating to the packet boats during the war.
A same read from Mr. Levingston, Secretary for Indian affairs in New York, for payment of his salary ut supra. Referred to the Auditor of the Plantations.
A petition read from Mary Wallis for discharge from Newgate gaol.
Mr. Secretary at War attended with the establishment for the 6,000 Dutch: and brought with him also an account of the expense of augmenting 14 regiments of foot with 300 privates and 40 officers each, to a total for this latter of 40,695l. 13s. 4d. for 214 days from 1744, May 25 to Dec. 24.
A petition read from James Stewart concerning smugglers to be enlisted pursuant to proclamation.
Same read from Benja. Godfrey and others, representatives of James Cruttall, praying to compound a judgment against him, 1st Annæ for smuggling. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
[Treasury Minute Book XXX. pp. 34–5; Reference Book X. pp. 255, 256.]