Treasury Books and Papers: February 1741

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February 1741

Feb. 2. 11. Royal warrant to William Aislabie, one of the Auditors of Imprests, to pass the Royal Africa Company's account of the 10,000l. imprested to them anno 1735 for the support of British forts and settlements belonging to said Company on the coast of Africa.
Appending:—Said account in detail, showing items of the Company's expenditure to a total of 13,057l. 14s. 7d. at Cape Coast Castle, Dixcove, Secondee, Commendah, Tantumquerry, Winnebah, Accra, Whydah, James Fort, and 8 factories, named, on the Gambia.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. pp. 403–6.]
Feb. 4. 12. Contract between the Treasury and the Bank of England for circulating 750,000l. in Exchequer bills on malt, mum, cider, and perry for the service of 1742, with the like covenants, articles, and agreements, mutatis mutandis, as to interest and premios as in previous years.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXVII. p. 10.]
13. Same between same and Andrew Reid for 21 years, from 1742, April 5, for the transporting of felons to America, from Newgate and the county gaols of Herts, Bucks, Essex, Kent, Sussex, and Surrey: all at the price of 5l. a head.
[Ibid. pp. 11–12.]
Feb. 4. 14. Memorial to the Treasury from Harman Verelst for an allowance for his trouble and expense in honouring Oglethorpe's bills from America, his acceptances and payments being always in advance of the Treasury imprests for his reimbursement. Merchants in America on remitting bills of exchange to England without any risk of their own, charge a commission of 5% thereon.
Together with a statement of the Treasury imprests to General Oglethorpe for satisfying his bills of exchange, drawn on said Verelst (total from 1740, Sept. 11, to 1741–2, Feb 2,17,098l. 10s. 10d.). 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVII. No. 12.]
Feb. 4.
15. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Earle, Mr. Clutterbuck.
John Jones and George Oswald to be Messengers of the Exchequer locis Samuel Clarke, deceased, and Edmund Grantham, superseded. Edward Bryant to succeed said Jones as the Messenger to the High Treasurer or Commissioners of the Treasury. Joseph Kitchin to succeed said Bryant as doorkeeper of the Treasury.
“The issuing Exchequer hills for 750,000l. to be raised on the duties on malt granted for the service of the year 1742, requiring as much dispatch as possible, and the Governor and Directors of the Bank of England having consented to the making out the said bills in the proportions following, that is to say:
£ s. d.
2,000 bills of 100l. each from No. 1 to No. 2,000 both incl. 200,000 0 0
550 bills of 1,000l. each from No. 2,001 to 2,550, both inclusive 550,000 0 0
£750,000 0 0
my Lords are pleased to agree thereto, and direct the proper warrant to be prepared accordingly.”
David Fackny to succeed David Ogilby, deceased, as surveyor of windows, London.
A memorial from Mr. Jackson, Deputy Ranger of Richmond New Park, for repairs there and a new lodge at Ham Gate, read and referred to the Surveyor of Woods.
A report from the Comptrollers of Army Accounts, dated the 23rd ult, read concerning 2 bills of exchange drawn from Placentia, 1734, Sept. 13, by Lieutenant Prendergast. A warrant ordered for the payment thereof.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 4–5.]
Feb. 4. 16. Royal warrant, countersigned, to William Benson, one of the Auditors of Imprests, to pass the account of Major Gen. Philip Anstruther, Lieut. Gov. of Minorca, for wood, oil, and other contingencies of the garrison there, 1738, May 17, to 1740–1, Feb. 20.
Appending:—Said account. (Total charge, 8,901l. 0s.d.; total discharge, 9,647l. 6s.d.).
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. pp. 419–22.]
Feb. 5.]
17. Peter Burrell and Jno. Bristow to the Treasury in answer to the Treasury order of reference [of 1741, Dec. 29, supra, Vol. IV., p. 512] concerning the fixing of the rate of exchange of the Jamaica currency, said order of reference being made upon a memorial of the Paymaster General of the Forces, of Dec. 15 last, containing a state of the transactions at Jamaica relating to the exchange and the pay of the troops there, and referring to several letters from his deputy in that island of the 1st, 7th, and 12th September last, and also to a letter from Brigadier General Guise, dated Sept. 4. In reply thereto, detail their manner of ascertaining the exchange rate with Jamaica. In order to ascertain the rate at which money might be raised in that island endeavoured to procure bills here on Jamaica, but could not succeed even at 120. It is well known that Jamaica has no specie of its own, but is supplied almost entirely by what it draws from the Spanish West Indies for balance of trade, and of this [only] a very small quantity does or can remain in the island, because silver, in which that balance is paid, bears a higher price in England in proportion to the exchange than it does in Jamaica. The currency of the island is so inconsiderable that it is extremely difficult to recover debts of any kind but in sugar or some other produce of the Plantation. The par of exchange between England and Jamaica is deemed to be 125 per every 100l. sterling. But this rate is sujbect to all contingencies. The larger sums necessary for the pay of the troops have altered the case, as it did with regard to Colonel Blakeney, who, before the arrival of the forces under General Wentworth, could with difficulty raise a small Bum for subsistence of the American regiment at 120. If this result had not been foreseen no man can say at what rate the persons in possession of the currency would have given it, or what price the exchange would have fallen to, probably much under 120. Were, therefore, obliged to provide a new currency by exporting the proper funds for that purpose. The receipt of this money at Jamaica had the desired effect, as it broke a combination which had actually been entered into to lower the exchange and distress the service. By this means money was raised by drafts from Jamaica at 130 “which enabled us to alter the price from 120 to 125. And as this money was the sole cause of supporting the exchange in the beginning so to that, together with what hath been since sent out and the great reduction of the pay from the fatal mortality among the troops, must be attributed the further rise of the exchange to 134 and 140.” Detail the facts relating to the friction between Merewether and Manning their agents and Mr. Colebrooke the Deputy [Paymaster of the troops there], who persists in drawing direct on the Paymaster General in England. Colebrooke's assurance to the latter that the exchange must keep up at 140 is most extraordinary, for nothing in nature can be more precarious than the course of that exchange. The computations contained in said Colebrooke's letter of the 1st Sept. are fallacious. “Pistoles instead of the price which he mentions of 16s. 8d. are not to be bought under 17s. 2d. and moedas of 27s. not to be found for any large sum; the non coinage of this particular specie for many years having rendered it very scarce. The addition of 6 percent, to this computation for freight and insurance from Jamaica to London is placed directly contrary to what it ought to be. It is a necessary charge upon the remitter who sends it from home and at whose expense it got thither and by which means alone the exchange bears any price at all. His computation on silver is equally erroneous. The price which he mentions to be 5s. 6d. in England has been, since the commencement of the war with Spain and will probably remain so during the continuance of it, from 5s. 7d. to 5s.d. for pieces of eight and so in proportion for small pieces, which upon a medium of 7s. 3d. and 7s. 2d. Jamaica currency forms an exchange of about 1285/8 per cent.” Furnish calculations based on the values in England and Jamaica respectively of pistoles, guineas and moedas, to show that after deduction of 7½ per cent, for charges the medium exchange is 129 and as their contract price is 125 it leaves them only the moderate gain on the transaction of 4 per 139½ in Jamaica currency or not quite 3 per cent. The Paymaster General's desire, as in his memorial, for directions for the disposal of the profit for difference by exchange on the bills drawn upon him by his deputy is against equity. Petitioners are bound by contract With the Treasury and had the exchange gone the other way they would have had to meet the loss thereby.
Endorsed:—Reed. 5 Feb. 1741–2, read 18th ditto. 4 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVII. No. 13.]
Feb. 6.]
18. Report to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland by Arthur Dobbs, Engineer and Surveyor General, Ireland, on Joseph Gascoyne's petition as below.
Together with(affixed) papers of estimates and affidavits by William Maguire and John Wilkinson, and
Together with (prefixed) memorial from Joseph Gascoyne to the Duke of Devonshire, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, concerning the agreement relating to the construction of the new passage into Dublin Castle, petitioner having removed out of Doran's tenement, but the construction of said passage being delayed by difficulties arising. Prays payment of the agreed compensation of 93l. 15s. 0d. per an. from 1738, Lady Day. Together with order of reference thereupon, dated 1741–2, January 28, to said Arthur Dobbs. 5 pages.
:—(a) A memorial to the like effect from said Gascoyne to the Lords Justices General, &c., of Ireland, endorsed with order of reference to the Attorney or Solicitor General, Ireland, 1740–1, January 16. 1 page.
(b) Report to the said Lords Justices General, &c, from John Bowes and Lewis Meares, respectively Attorney and Solicitor General [Ireland], dated 1741, June 19, on (a) supra. 6 pages.
[Ibid. No. 15.]
Feb. 8. 19. Royal sign manual to the Clerk of the Signet attending, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, for a Privy Seal to pass to the following effect:—By royal warrant of 1739, April 10, Charles Longueville who was auditor to the late Queen Caroline was ordered to take John Selwyn's account, as Treasurer and Receiver General to the said Queen, of all moneys had and received for her use from 1733 Michaelmas to which time they appear to have been settled and adjusted by Commissioners appointed by said Queen under her Great Seal for said purpose. Said accounts have been made up, stated, engrossed and laid before the King by said Longueville and graciously allowed of and approved. Nevertheless as said Selwyn has prayed that said accounts may pass the forms of the Exchequer so that he may be able to sue forth a quietus or quietuses thereupon, therefore the Auditors of Imprests are to receive the said accounts from Selwyn so made up, stated and engrossed by Longueville, and thereupon to make up and engross the same in the usual form and exhibit the same for declaration accordingly, to the end said Selwyn may obtain a quietus for his final and effectual discharge.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. pp. 424–5.]
20. Same to the Paymaster General of the Forces, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to pay to Thomas Watson, 40s. a day, as one of the deputy Commissaries of the Musters to attend the musters of the foreign troops belonging to the King of Denmark and the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel, taken into British pay on the 25 March past. Said pay to date from 1741, March 25, and to come out of the deduction of 6d. per £, made out of the pay of said troops, or out of the deduction of 12d. per £ out of the pay of any British troops sent abroad to act in conjunction with them.
Appending:—(1) A royal sign manual of 1732, May 29, appointing Thomas Watson a Commissary of musters in South Britain loco Christopher Wyttel.
(2) Sir William Yonge to George Huxley, of the Commissary General's Office, dated War Office, 1741, July 2, conveying the pleasure of the Lords Justices for Watson to repair to Hanover to take his instructions from Lord Harrington, as to where to muster said Danish and Hessian troops, &c.
(3) Said Huxley to said Watson in accordance with the above.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. pp. 426–7.]
Feb 8. 21. Separate warrants under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to exempt from the tax of 4s. per £, payable on all salaries, fees, and pensions there, the following persons separately: viz.: Pattee Viscount Torrington and Richard Edgcumbe, as [joint] Vice-Treasurer, Receiver or Paymaster General of Revenues, Ireland; Henry Viscount Palmerston, as Chief Remembrancer of the Exchequer, ibid; George Dodington, as Clerk of the Pells, and also as Clerk of the Treasury of the Exchequer, ibid; Thomas Coplestone, as Register of the Forfeitures, and also Clerk of the Quit Rents and Crown Rents, ibid; Paul Whichcote, as Clerk of the Peace and Clerk of the Crown of the Province of Leinster; Charles Delafaye, as Taster of all wines and all other liquors, and Surveyor of the outports and defects of same, which shall be imported to any port, haven, or creek of Ireland; Lord George Sackville, as Clerk of the Council in Ireland, and Lieut. Col. of a regiment of foot there; Thomas Hatton, as Constable of Dublin Castle; William Glanville, John Viscount Galway, Viscount Dupplin, and Sir William Corbett, as Commissioners of Revenue, ibid; William Lord Harrington, on a pension of 2,600l. per an.; Henry Earl of Grantham, on the like of 1,500l. per an.; Ernest Hartman Baron Diemar,on the like of 1,000l. per an.; Francis Fane, on the like of 800l. per an.; George Earl of Cholmondeley and Robert Lord Walpole, on the like of 3,000l. per an.; Pattee Viscount Torrington, on the like of 600l. per an.; Augustus Schutz, on the like of 1,200l. per an.; Randolph de Sporcke, on the like of 1,000l. per an.
[Irish Book IX. pp. 246–7.]
Feb. 9. 22. Treasury warrant to William Benson, one of the Auditors of Imprests, to make up and pass the account as below, conformable to the statement thereof, and to present same for declaration accordingly.
Prefixing:—Statement of account of Nicholas Paxton, Solicitor for affairs of the Treasury, of all moneys issued to him on the final account of his predecessor Anthony Cracherode, and impressed to him separately at the Receipt and of the expenditure of same in; prosecuting and defending law suits on his Majesty's behalf and for defraying divers other charges and expenses, detailed, for his Majesty's service, viz.: from 1730, Dec. 22, to 1732, Dec. 22 (total charge, 28,235l. 0s.d.; total discharge, 26,630l. 4s. 5d.)
[Warrant not relating to Money XXVII. pp. 19–26.]
Feb. 9. 23. Petition to the Treasury from Joseph Browning, contractor for slop cloths for the Navy. Had previously applied for an imprest of 25,000l. on his said contract. The Navy Commissioners reported same to be necessary, but the Treasury thereupon only ordered an imprest of 10,000l., intimating that petitioner might soon call again for the rest. On the 8th January last was in advance on account of sailor's cloths not less than 63,000l., and is still daily obliged to buy up vast quantities of goods and to keep some hundred people at work making cloths at an expense of 4,000l. a month. Therefore prays a further imprest of 15,000l. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVII. No. 16.]
Feb. 9.
24. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Earle, Mr. Clutterbuck.
Gerard Boothby to be Collector of the Bahamas loco Chaloner Jackson, deceased.
Mr. Ripley's memorial read for 90l. due to Sir Robert Grosvenor for 6 years' rent to 1741 Xmas for the first house and gate called Pimlico on his Majesty's private road to Fulham. To be paid by the Paymaster of Works and placed to the account of incidents.
A petition read from Joseph Browning, contractor for slop cloths. A further imprest of 15,000l. ordered. The Navy Treasurer to apply therefor in the usual manner.
Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands the Bounty list for Xmas, 1741, amounting to 1,200l, as settled this day by the Lords of the Treasury and signed by Mr. Scrope.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 6; Letter Book XX. p. 28.]
Feb. 10. 25. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners approving their proposal as below to accept 2,405l. 0s. 7d. as smuggling compositions from divers smugglers and to pay one-half thereof into the Exchequer, reserving the other half as reward for officers and informers.
Prefixing:—Memorial to the Treasury from said Commissioners proposing to accept the said sum from divers smugglers of small means from whom there is little chance of recovery.
Together with a detailed list of the said smugglers' names (81 in all) with their offence and the composition deposited.
[Customs Book XV. pp. 207–9.]
26. Like warrant to same approving the proposed distribution of rewards to officers concerned in the smuggling prosecutions; all as below.
Appending:—Memorial to the Treasury from said Commissioners. By a Treasury warrant of date 1736, July 27, it was laid down that in case of prosecutions for offences against the revenue if an officer was unwilling to be at the whole charge of the prosecution, but would be at the hazard of making the arrest, the Treasury would bear all other expenses of prosecution. In such cases one half the fine to go to the Exchequer, one third to said officers, and the remainder to be left for charges. In three cases the fines have been paid in whole into the Exchequer, in 37 other cases the fines are in hand. Pray, therefore, a return of one-third the fines wholly paid in, and orders for allowance of the third part of the fines still in hand before payment of the King's moiety thereof into the Exchequer.
Together with lists of both these sets of smugglers' fines (total of the 3 fines, 87l. 15s. 0d.; total of the 37 fines, 1,276l. 15s. 9d.)
[Customs Book XV. pp. 210–2.]
Feb. 15. 27. Royal letters patent by the King constituting John Lord Cartaret, one of the Principal Secretaries of State loco William Lord Harrington thereto appointed by letters patent of 1730, June 27: all with the annuity or yearly rent of 100l. to date from the 12th instant and to be paid out of the Exchequer.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. 489–90.]
Feb. 16.]
28. A state of the debt upon the Civil Governnent to 1741, Dec. 25, as the same has been make up and transmitted to the Treasury by the various officers, detailed, concerned, and as it stood on the 16th of Feb. 1741–2, being the date of the new Commission of the Treasury. (Total debt remaining 309,853l. 16s.d.) 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVII. No. 17.]
Feb. 18. 29. Treasury order for the execution of a warrant to the Duke of Montagu from the Earl of Effingham [as Deputy Earl Marshal] for the provision for John Cheale, late Arundel Herald extraordinary and now appointed Norroy King of Arms, loco Stephen Martin Leake, of a coat of His Majesty's royal arms embroidered upon velvet, a cap of crimson satin turned up with ermine and a gold tassel thereon, together with a case for same. All to an estimate of 92l.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. p. 171.]
30. Same for same of same to Lord Abergavenny from same for similar provision for said John Cheale of a crown of silver gilt, a gold chain with the badge appendant thereto, enamelled on one side with His Majesty's royal arms, and on the reverse the arms of the office of Norroy, and also a collar of SS of silver gilt: all to an estimate of 80l.
Feb. 18.
31. Present: The Rt. Hon. the Earl of Wilmington, Samuel Sandys, Esq., George Compton, Esq., Sir John Rushout, Bart., Philips Gybbon, Esq.
“Opened and read to my Lords by Mr. Legge, one of the Secretaries of the Treasury, his Majesty's commission bearing date the 16th inst. revoking and determining that of the 28th of April in the 14th year of his reign, whereby Sir Robert Walpole (now Earl of Orford) William Lord Sundon, Giles Earl, George Treby, and Thomas Clutterbuck Esqrs. were appointed Commissioners for executing the office of Treasurer of his Majesty's Exchequer; and appointing the Right Honbl. Spencer Earl of Wilmington, Samuel Sandys and George Compton, Esqrs., Sir John Rushout, Bart., and Phillips Gybbon Esq. to be his Majesty's commissioners for executing the said office.” Likewise the royal letters patent of the 12th instant appointing Samuel Sandys, Esq., Chancellor of the Exchequer loco Sir Robert Walpole. Likewise same of same date appointing same as Under Treasurer of His Majesty's Exchequer loco same.
“And then their Lordships proceeded to give the following directions.”
Order for the issue of 52,200l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for services as in his three memorials of the 2nd, 5th and 16th instant.
Mr. Browning's memorial of the 11th instant read for a further imprest of 15,000l. for slop cloths for the Navy. No directions given herein.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster General of the Forces of 286,312l. on the order in his name for 300,000l. for services as in his memorial of the 8th instant.
The Customs Commissioners to deliver 600 bottles of Burgundy stopped at the Customs House and belonging to Monsr. de Bussy, Minister from France (on Bussy's paying the duty).
William Powell to be tidesman and boatman at Bideford.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List revenues of 3,000l. to the Privy Purse, and 270l. 2s. 0d. to John Shepherd for a bill of exchange and fees thereon.
A memorial read from Messrs. Burrell and Bristow, remitters to the forces in the West Indies, in reply to papers transmitted to them in Mr. Scrope's letter of the 30 Dec. last, concerning the rates of the Jamaica currency.
Order for the issue out of, and to complete the credit on, malt 1741, of 28,201l. 5s. 10d. to the Treasurer of the Ordnance in further part of 76,071l. 1s. 4d. granted for services anno 1740, but not provided for by Parliament.
The Lord Chamberlain's letter to the Treasury signifying the King's pleasure for renewing the lease of the three barge houses and barge masters' two houses leased by the King from the Archbishop of Canterbury, referred to the Surveyor [General of Crown Lands].
Write to the following offices for the accounts of the debt owing there at Xmas 1741; viz.: the Auditor of the Exchequer for fees, salaries and pensions, Master of the Horse for Extraordinaries of the Stables, Master of the Jewel Office, Treasurer of the Chamber, Master of the Great Wardrobe, Master of the Robes, Mr. Stuart for pensions, Board of Works, Board of Greencloth for the debt of the Household.
Burrell and Bristow's proposal for remittances to Minorca and Gibraltar 1741–2, Feb. 24, to 1742, April 24, read and agreed to as follows, the rates of exchange being certified to be as usual, viz.:—
20,500 dollars for Minorca, payable in gold at sight at 55d. per dollar.
26,500 ditto for Gibraltar at 54½d. per dollar.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 7–9; Letter Book XX. pp. 28–9; Customs Book XV. p. 213.]
Feb. 20.
[So dated in
original, but
doubtless an
erratum for
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32. Richard Mason, clerk, to Sir Robert Walpole, concerning the remission of the debt due to the Crown from his father's estate and praying to be appointed receiver for the use of the Crown. “I shall only add that I have some interest in Bishops Castle for the ensuing election, which shall be devoted where you please to command it. I am advised by my relations, as I am but in deacon's orders, to lay aside my gown and stand a candidate, which I am fully determined to do unless you disapprove of it.”
Docquetted:—Mason. To be brought in on Tuesday. 1 page.
—(a) A rough note to the same effect as above, concluding “my uncle is returning officer.” 1 page.
(b) A petition to the King from same, praying as above, in view of the services of his father, Charles Mason, of Bishops Castle, Salop; who seized Red Castle in said County for the Prince of Orange at his own cost, who in the House of Commons zealously supported the Hanoverian interest and who was the only member of the said House who attended the Earl of Macclesfield to Hanover when he carried thither the Act of Succession. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVII. No. 19.]
Feb. 20. 33. Royal letters patent by the King appointing John Marquis of Tweeddale, a principal Secretary of State, the public businesses of the United Kingdom of Great Britain increasing so that it seems expedient to appoint one other Principal Secretary of State besides the two already constituted, together with a certain annuity or yearly rent of 100l. payable out of the Exchequer: to date from the 15th instant.
[King's Warrant Book XXXIV. pp. 491–2.]
Feb. 23.
34. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon.
Order for the issue to the Cofferer of the Household of 93l. 9s. 3d. out of his late Majesty's arrears to part pay Sackville Bale's debt as Groom of the Poultry to his said Majesty.
Same for same to the Treasurer of the Navy of 167,683l. 12s. 7d. for services as in his memorial of the 23rd instant.
The report of the Barons of the Exchequer Scotland read, on Lord Glenorchy's petition for a grant of mines within his own heritages. The signature therefor to be laid before the King.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:—
£ s. d.
To the Cofferer of the Household to be imprested to purveyors 6,000 0 0
To the Judges et al. 1741, Trinity term 6,582 10 0
To the Great Officers, 1741, Midsummer quarter 4,242 10 10
The Custom House to deliver some pictures, stopped there, belonging to Monsr. Wasner.
Two of the Excise Commissioners to attend on Wednesday concerning the repayment of duty on cider made into vinegar which the excise laws do not allow.
Mr. Basket's bill of 5,186l. 9s. 7d. for stationery ware, &c. for 1 year to 1741, June 24, to be paid at the rate of 500l. a week.
A list of the Sheriff's unsatisfied warrants and orders to be made forth and laid before their Lordships on Tuesday.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 10; Letter Look XX. p. 29; Customs Book XV. p. 216.]
Feb. 25.]
35. Petition to the Treasury from Sir Thomas Robinson appointed Governor of Barbados, praying the usual allowance to said Governors, previous to their departure, as a mark of royal favour.
Endorsed:—25 Feb., 1741–2. Ordered. 1 page.
—A note of the allowance of 1,500l. each to the following Governors of Barbados: 1721, May 20, Lord Belhaven; 1722, Sept. 13, Mr. Worsley; 1731, July 1, Mr. Chetwynd; 1732, August 8, Viscount Howe; 1737, Oct. 29, Sir Orlando Bridgman; 1739, Sept. 13, Mr. Byng. ½ page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVII. No. 21.]
Feb. 25. 36. An account of the debt of the Great Wardrobe at 1741, Midsummer, Michaelmas and Xmas quarter days: certified by Thomas Dummer, deputy to the Master of the said Wardrobe and John Halls, comptroller of same. 1 sheet.
[Ibid. No. 22.]
Feb. 25. 37. Treasury warrant to the Clerk of the Pipe or his deputy for a lease for 50 years from date hereof to the Luke of Chandos of certain wharves in Scotland Yard as follows, viz: the buildings late in the possession of Sir Stephen Fox, within the precincts of Whitehall Palace; the little garden contiguous thereto and near the Woodyard there; all that ground lately used as a passage not only to said buildings but to the Woodyard watergate from Scotland Yard and the rooms called the Old Bakehouse under parts of the rooms late in the possession of said Sir Stephen Fox, all abutting northwards on Scotland Yard dock; also the stable and coach house near the Guard House in Whitehall Palace; also the passage behind said Guard House leading to the Granary lodgings and the passage leading under the said Guard Room from Scotland Yard to said premises. Further of the wharf and dock and Old Carpenters' Yard, situate in the north Scotland Yard within the precints of Whitehall Palace, excepting to his Majesty the right to free use of said wharf and the cranes there: all on certain rents amounting to 1l. 6s. 8d., and 12l., per an. and on a fine of 470l.
—Two particulars and memorandum by Auditor Lowndes, and ratal of same by the Surveyor General of Crown Lands.
[Crown Lease Book VI. pp. 118–25.]
Feb. 25.
38. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gybbon.
A petition read from Sir Thomas Robinson, Governor of Barbados for the usual mark of the royal favour to Governors of that Island. Order for the issue of 1,500l. to him out of the 4½ per cent. duties.
The report from Mr. Whitworth, Surveyor General of Woods, read on the petition of Baptist Nunn for 1,561l. 7s.d. being in excess of the estimate, for repairs in Windsor Great Park made on a memorial of the Duchess of Marlborough. Agreed to and warrant ordered, the repairs being certified as absolutely necessary.
The representation from the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the 24th instant, read, on the application from the Commissioners for building Westminster Bridge, relating to the widening the passage leading to both houses of Parliament through Union Street and St. Margaret's Lane, according to a plan annexed. Approved and agreed to and a warrant ordered.
The estimate of the Board of Works for repairs at the house late Mrs. Howe's at Denmark House, appointed by the Lord Chamberlain for Lord Henry Beauclerk, read and agreed to.
“Mr. Stone attending acquaints my Lords that Mr. Thompson, the King's minister at Paris, has drawn bills of exchange on him for 985l., which the merchants have for born but are now impatient to have accepted and paid: and that there is now lying before the Duke of Newcastle Mr. Thompson's account of monies disbursed in France for his Majesty's special service to the amount, he believes, of the said bills of exchange. My Lords thereupon agree to Mr. Stone's accepting the said bills; and a warrant may be prepared for issuing the said sum to Mr. Thompson, to be esteemed and taken for and towards the allowance that is now due or shall or may become due and payable to him by way of ordinary or extraordinary.”
Mr. Verelst to attend Tuesday next concerning his memorial for 980l. 16s. 0d. to meet bills of exchange drawn by Gen. Oglethorpe.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 11–12; Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. pp. 172–3.]