Treasury Books and Papers: September 1742

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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 1742

Sept. 2.
162. Present: ut supra.
Owen McSwiny's letter read enclosing two papers containing informations of the manner of importing unlowered spirits from France to Ireland, and of the exporting wool from Ireland, and proposing a method by two cruisers to hinder same.
Mr. Lowndes's report on the Earl of Halifax's account as steward of the honor and manor of Hampton Court read. Warrant ordered.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces of 50,000l. to complete 500,000l. granted for the support of the House of Austria.
A petition from Henry Badcock, sometime collector of Customs at Penzance, for divers allowances, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Same from John Hill of Walsingham, Norfolk, for payment of a debenture for corn shipped by him, referred to same.
Same from Thomas Toes et al., smugglers, for release from Fleet prison, referred to same.
Order for the issue out of the Civil List funds of 4,177l. 2s. 5d. to foreign ministers to complete 1741 Michaelmas quarter, and 1000l. to the Cofferer for the Household for purveyors.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 114–5; Reference Book X. p. 220.]
Sept. 7.
163. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Compton.
A letter read from the Lord Chamberlain signifying His Majesty's pleasure that the rooms lately made use of by the Treasurer of the Chambers at Whitehall be fitted up, repaired, and added to the Archbishop's apartments there.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance of 17,500l. for sea and 17,500l. for land services in part of his memorial of the 6th instant for 72,728l. 9s. 1d.
The Customs Commissioners' report read on the petition of John Sandridge, of Hull, agreed to.
James Skinner to be supervisor of salt, Borrowstounness.
The report from the Customs Commissioners, Scotland, read on the petition of John Simpson, cutler. “My Lords consent to Sympson's importing 1,500 sword blades from Germany, the number certifyed by General Clayton.”
John Wilson to be tidesman, Irvine port, Scotland.
A petition of — Porter, at Morton in Lancashire, for release from prison, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX p. 116.]
Sept. 7. 164. Docquet of royal warrant, signed by J. Caulfield, Treasury Chambers, and countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, constituting George Lord Boss, Richard Somers, Colin Campbell, James Cardonnel and Alexander Arbuthnot, Commissioners for Customs and Salt, Scotland (“for the receipt and management of His Majesty's Customs and other duties in Scotland and the duties on all salt and rock salt imported and upon salt there”) with the salaries of 400l. each for customs and 100l. each for salt. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVIII. No. 53.]
Sept. 8.]
165. A statement of account in the case of the Attorney General v. Denzill Onslow, Esq., of the errors which do appear and are insisted on in the accounts of the defendant as Receiver General of the revenues of the Post Office (said account extending from 1740, Oct. 1, and showing a net balance of 10,068l. 2s. 11d. due to His Majesty from said Onslow). 10 pages.
[Ibid. No. 54.]
Sept. 9.
166. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Compton.
A memorial read from the sheriffs of London relating to the escape of Thomas Baldry from the Poultry Compter. Referred to the Customs Commissioners, prosecution against said sheriffs being stayed meanwhile.
Same from Paymaster of the Forces read for an allowance of 296l. 7s. 0d. to be made by the Auditor on his accounts, 1740, for fees. Warrant ordered.
Order for the issue to the said Paymaster of 98,345l. 13s. 8d. for the pay of the Danish troops to 1741–2, March 3, and 33,309l. 7s. 0d. for same of the Hessian troops to 1741, Dec. 24, as by his memorial of this day.
Same for same of the following out of the Civil List funds:—
£ s. d.
To the Privy Purse 3,000 0 0
To the Master of the Horse 3,000 0 0
To Mr. Sharpe, out of which he is to pay Mr. Christie £150 500 0 0
To Mr. Hodges 20 0 0
The report of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands read on the petition of Nath. Booth for lease of lands in co. Flint. A new lease ordered on surrender.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 117.]
Sept. 13. 167. Mr. Fane's bill of fees received in the Crown Office for the passing of the Commission of Customs for England. (Total 94l. 12s. 0d.) 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVIII. No. 54.]
Sept. 14.
168. Present:Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton.
A memorial of Zachary Hamlin read for allowance of 620l. 19s. 4d., received by him on the pension of 500l. granted to Henry Davenant, being received after said Davenant's death. The Auditors of Imprests not to allow on the Paymaster of the Pensions' account any payment on Mr. Davenant's pension after 1739–40, March 19, the day of his death.
A same read from Mons. Sohlenthall, the Danish minister here, for payment of the quarter of the subsidy due to the Danish King, and that 958l. 6s. 8d. may be paid for the difference of 2d. per crown on the Danish levy money, he having received it at 4s. 6d. instead of 4s. 8d. per crown. Referred to the Paymaster of the Forces.
A petition read from Henry Corner et al., for 200l. reward for convicting Francis Pigot, alias Hoston and John Johnson. Same from Francis Waker et al., for same for convicting John Fox. Both referred to the Solicitor of the Treasury.
A report read from Mr. Faringdon, auditor of South Wales, on the late sheriff Jefferies' petition. Ordered to repay him 10l.
A report from the Surveyor General on John Wright's petition read.
Mr. Verelst's memorial read from 3,100l. for bills of exchange drawn on him by Gen. Oglethorpe. My Lords say there is no money in the Exchequer applicable to this service.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 118–9; Reference Book X. p. 221; Letter Book XX. p. 61.]
Sept. 15. 169. Royal warrant to the Treasury, countersigned by the Treasury Lords, for the issue to William Baker Lieut. Gen. and Commander in Chief of Carolina, of 6,460l. 17s.d. as part of the 20,000l. granted by Parliament towards the relief of the sufferers by the late dreadful fire at Charleston.
Appending:—A list of the certificates of the losses of 47 of the said sufferers, with names detailed, and with losses to the abovesaid total; all as transmitted to England by the Committee of the Council and Assembly of said Province appointed 15 July, 1741, to enquire into said losses. Treasury warrant hereon signed Sept. 16.
[King's Warrant Book XXXV. pp. 78–80.]
Sept. 16.
170. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Compton.
A report from the Customs Commissioners read on Capt. Richard Copithorne's petition. Also a letter, &c., from said Captain concerning the 1 per cent, duty on his cargo from the Straits, under the Act of 12 Charles II. To be sent to the said Commissioners to inform my Lords if any favour has ever been shown in the like cases.
A petition from Kenneth Mackenzie, commonly called Lord Fortrose, read for a new lease of estates at Eldon, being a fourth part of 4 prebends of Auckland Church, in the bishopric of Durham. Referred to the Surveyor General of Crown lands.
The memorial from the Duke of Richmond, Master of the Horse, for repairing the paddock course in Bushey Park, Hampton Court, referred to the Surveyor of Woods.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 120; Customs Book XV. p. 263; Reference Book X. p. 221; Crown Lease Book VI. p. 239.]
Sept. 21.
171. Present: at supra.
A memorial read from several merchants trading to Spain, sufferers by Spanish depredations, praying that a distribution may be made of the prize money taken from the Spaniards. Mr. Chitty and the merchants called in and my Lords acquaint them that this affair has been all along before the Duke of Newcastle, and as the commission for distribution must arise out of his office, my Lords decline meddling with it, and they must apply to the Duke.
A petition read from Charles Fielding, a sufferer by the Spanish depredations, to be included in the list of sufferers before the Parliament. This matter is before the Duke of Newcastle.
Sir H. Lyddell presents a petition from the masters and owners of coal vessels at Whitby concerning the prosecution on their bonds. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Mann Horner's petition read concerning black cloth from Lisbon detained at the Custom House. Referred to same.
Thomas Meredith's petition read for leave to surrender the office of Keeper of the Seal of Originals in Denbigh and Montgomery to his son Myddleton Meredith. Warrant ordered.
The Paymaster of the Forces' memorial for directions to contract for the clothing of the invalids referred to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts to consider the prices and patterns.
The Auditors of Imprests' report on the Salt Commissioners' memorial for salaries and incidents to salt officers in the country for the year ending 1741, Lady Day, agreed to.
A petition from Hugh Light for release from Dorchester gaol, on compounding, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Same from Jonathan Dowse, prisoner in the Fleet for restitution of a quartern of Geneva by the Excise Commissioners, referred to said Commissioners.
Same from William Bradshaw to be appointed administrator to the estate of Mary Crook, of Deptford, referred to the Solicitor of the Treasury.
Same from Leond. Mintor, of Seaford, Sussex, relating to tea seized, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Order for the issue of 1,000l. to the Cofferer of the Household for purveyors.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 121–2; Letter Book XX. p. 62; Reference Book X. pp. 221, 222.]
Sept. 23.
172. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer.
A memorial read from Mr. Philip Yorke for repairs at his house as Teller of the Exchequer.
A petition from John Smith, of Dymchurch, Kent, baker, now a prisoner in the Fleet for running goods, for release, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
A memorial from Henry Baxter (who has been employed under the Farmers General in France, is skilled in navigation, and acquainted with every port and creek in Great Britain and Ireland from which wool is run) concerning means of stopping said exportation of wool, referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:—
£ s. d.
To David Perronet 100 0 0
To — Ellis, Esq. 850 0 0
To the Judges 6,482 10 0
To Mr. Basket 500 0 0
To the Master of the Robes 610 14 2
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 123; Reference Book X. pp. 222, 223.]
Sept. 28. 173. T. Winnington, Cofferer of the Household, to the Treasury, dated Cofferer's Office, forwarding (a) infra, and praying the issue of 4,500l. to meet the preparations ordered for His Majesty's service in Flanders, great part of the provisions being bought of persons who are not purveyors to His Majesty, and those who are purveyors being promised half their money in hand on account of the largeness of the service. 1 page.
:—(a) The Board of Greencloth to said Winnington, dated 1742, Sept. 27, representing and requesting as above. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVIII. No. 57.]
Sept. 28.
174. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer.
A memorial read from the Cofferer of the Household, with a letter from they Board of Greencloth, applying for 2,500l. for purveyors, and 2,000l. to remain in the Deputy Cofferer's hands for services in Flanders. Order for the issue of 2,000l. to said Cofferer, out of the Civil List funds.
Read the copy of a paper delivered to James Delaune, Esq., Deputy Cofferer, by Mr. Gore, relating to the supplying what money may be wanting for His Majesty's service in Flanders, for the Cofferer's office.
Mr. Winnington comes in with a proposal from Mr. Gore to give his bills of exchange for what may be wanted in Flanders in Winnington's office [of Cofferer] at the rate of 12 guilders current money of Flanders per £ sterling, he receiving the money immediately. A letter of credit shall be sent to Mr. Winnington's deputy in time. Mr. Gore's son called in, and my Lords desire a proposal from his father at such rates as he can afford, he receiving the money a month after the payment of it in Flanders.
Order for the issue of 75,000l. to the Paymaster of the Forces for 2 months' subsist and pay to the forces in Flanders, as by his memorial of this day.
Same for same of 98,325l. 16s. 8d. for services as in his same of the 27th instant, and of 178,687l. for same as in same of the 9th instant.
A memorial read from the Navy Treasurer enclosing an estimate from the Navy Commissioners of 5,917l. for the building of 2 new sloops.
Sir William Yonge comes in with Mr. Hollywood's letter to him relating to the baggage and forage money necessary for the troops in Flanders, and acquaints my Lords from the Paymaster General of the Forces that all the money granted for contingencies is already expended.
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. pp. 124–5.]
Sept. 28. 175. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt for the issue of 105l. to Richard Morley for 1742, Michaelmas quarter, for sorting, digesting, &c., the records, &c., in the Exchequer Court. Appending:—Morley's report of the work done during the quarter. “Mr. Farley has sorted all the loose fines of Ed. VI. and Ph. and Mary and put them into bundles, and is proceeding on those of Queen Eliza. Mr. Smart and Mr. Strachey have disposed in order all the bundles of fines from [anno] 40 of Queen Eliza, to the end of James 2nd, and sorted several loose fines of Car. 1 and 2nd, and Mr. Cole has continued to make indexes to Star Chamber records. And Mr. Morgan has been cleaning and putting in order the damaged rolls of the Common Pleas.”
[Money Book XLI. p. 31.]
Sept. 29. 176. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, for the issue of Arthur Dobbs, Chief Engineer and Surveyor General of fortifications and buildings, Ireland, of 1,883l. 16s. 5d. for the expense of building a new armoury with convenient apartments for the store keeper in the north west part of the Old Artillery Yard adjoining the royal garden in Dublin Castle.
Appending:—Said Dobbs's memorial for same to the Lords Justices, Ireland: and an estimate of said expense.
[Irish Book IX. pp. 274–6.]
Sept. 29. 177. Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for augmenting the several regiments of Dragoons, Ireland, viz.: those under Richard Viscount Molesworth, Col. Rich. St. George, Col. John Brown, Col. Alexander Rose, as from Oct. 1 next; also for the issue of 15,525l. for buying 621 Dragoon horses at 25l. each, and 1,863l. for arms, being at the rate of 3l. per man for 621 men.
[Ibid. pp. 277–8.]
Sept. 30. 178. Sir William Yonge to John Scrope, dated War Office, transmitting by the King's command (a) infra, to be laid before the Treasury at the first opportunity.
Endorsed:—“lres wrote.” 1 page.
:— Memorial from Captain Alexander Wilson to said Yonge, Secretary at War, on behalf of the 5 regiments in garrison in the Island of Minorca, for 1,450 new bedding for the 2,900 men, of which the said regiments consisted before their augmentations of 1739, June 24 and August 24, they having had no supply of that kind for 9 or 10 years last past; and the bedding sent 2 years since being only for the additional men; the Office of Ordnance maintaining that it does not belong to them to provide bedding for the said troops, and that when upon emergency they have supplied such bedding the charge was constantly repaid out of the royal revenues of the Island by warrants from the Treasury. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCCVIII. No. 60.]
Sept. 30.
179. Present: Earl of Wilmington, Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer.
Mr. Gore's proposal read for supplying bills of exchange at 8 days' sight on a letter of credit on Theodore Muilman, of Antwerp, for whatever money be wanted by the Cofferer of the Household at Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, and Ostend on the Deputy Cofferer's receipt at 12 guilders current money of Flanders per £ sterling, computing the schilling at 6½ stivers as usual.
A memorial read from the Navy Treasurer for 9,075l. for salaries, &c.
A letter read from the Customs Secretary for a reward for the apprehension of a smuggler.
Order for the following issues out of the Civil List funds:—
£ s. d.
To sundry persons as per list 34,724 7
For Secret Service 10,000 0 0
To the Duke of Cumberland 2,0000 0 0
[Treasury Minute Book XXIX. p. 126.]