Volume 240: July 6-December 26, 1722

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Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 6, 1720-1728. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1889.

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July 6–December 26, 1722

6 July.]
1. Memorial of Mr Robert Gray, Minister of the Gospel at Brichen, to the King. In the time of Episcopacy the Bishop of Brichen by himself and his chaplain officiated as one of the ministers of the burgh and parish, and after the Revolution another minister was needful and a stipend was settled for him, and Mr Gray and his predecessors possessed the Bishop's house, not having any manse. The burgh and parish plead that they are not bound to furnish another manse, whereby memorialist has been put to much charges in keeping up the Bishop's house, or it would have fallen to the ground. It will take 1,590l. 17s. Scots money to make it sufficient. Prays for orders for payment of such a sum as will be sufficient to repair the house.
Referred on 6 July 1722 to the Lords of the Treasury. 1 page.
6 July. 2. Report of Ch. Wither to the Lords of the Treasury, on the representation of two of the verderers of Sherwood Forest, complaining of the method of felling trees there, by the King's sign manual. Has observed the same course in cutting wood there, as in other places, and nothing has been done without the privity of these gentlemen. His deputy waited on them, as well to inform them of his Majesty's pleasure, forbidding the officers of the forest to mark or fell any wood under pretence of fee trees, and allowing them 5l. a piece annually in lieu thereof, as to let them know that there were several dead trees in his Majesty's hayes of Birkland and Billhaigh that were neither of use nor ornament to the forest, which were directed to be sold, to raise the arrears to be paid to several forest officers, &c. Approved of what had been done in this respect by his deputy. Would be at a loss to find a cause for their complaint, but that the verderers of Sherwood Forest are very displeased with being forbidden to cut trees by their own authority, as fee trees, and are not satisfied with the King's allowance of 5l. a piece annually in lieu thereof, and have endeavoured to obstruct the execution of the sign manual, which they say has deprived them of a privilege, they having commonly made 7l. or 8l. per ann. of their pretended fee tree, which they might do, when they had the liberty of picking the best trees in the forest. For a further proof of what he has advanced, informs their Lps that Mr Digby, Mr Chappel, and Mr Mollineux, three of the verderers, have, in direct disobedience to the King's will and pleasure, marked and caused their fee trees to be felled, having first refused 5l. allowed them in lieu thereof, though tendered by his deputy. And when his deputy marked the trees with the broad arrow for his Majesty's use, according to the directions of the sign manual, the gentlemen declared they would not regard it, but ordered the men to work them up and promised to hold them harmless. Begs directions as to how he is to proceed with the verderers who have acted so directly in contempt of his Majesty. July 6, 1722.
Minuted:—“18th July 1722. Inspect the Treãry Books for precedents of warrants for cutting down trees in any of his Mãts forests, & particularly of Sherwood, & what regard has been had to the verderers therein; when my Lords will give further directions herein.”
The representation referred to which was addressed to the Lords of the Treasury. 4 pages.
7 July. 3. Report of General Hart, Governor of the Leeward Islands, to the Lords of the Treasury. Has done his utmost to prevent the illegal trade carried on with the French and Dutch in the adjacent islands, by which means, and more especially by the great quantities of sugars made here this year, the revenue of 4½ per cent. is greatly increased, “the sugar colonies having suffered very much by dry weather for three years past.” Could never prevail on Mr Hamilton, the late Governor, to deliver an account of the casual revenue, although he used menaces to oblige him to comply. He assured the General, a few days before his death (which happened at the latter end of April last) that he made out his account but never delivered it to the Receiver, who since his death, has petitioned for a Court of Exchequer to be erected at St Christophers in order to inquire into the affair, &c. As Mr Hamilton died possessed of a considerable estate, doubts not, but their Lps will have a good account from the executrix of what is due to the Crown. During the three months that he resided at St Christophers, was chiefly employed in inquiry into what disposition has hitherto been made, of that part of the French lands surrendered to His Majesty, by the Treaty of Utrecht, but does not find that any benefit accrued to the Crown except the 4½ per cent. paid here, and the duty of 3s. 6d. per hundred on sugars landed in England. Transmitted an account of the number of acres, and present possessors of the lands in the two quarters of Bass-terre and Capisterre, which amounted to 11,161; but upon further inquiry finds it amounts only to 11,142 acres (as appears by enclosure No. 1), exclusive of patent land granted by Her late, and by his present, Majesty, to French protestants who were formerly possessors of those lands under the French, and exclusive of that tract of land called the Salt Ponds, containing about 2,000 acres, only fit for pasture. This was given by the French when in their possession to poor people gratis, in order to strengthen the Island by their numbers, and it is the most proper use it can be applied to. For his better information to procure a particular account of the real value of the French lands, and how they have been, and are now managed, ordered the publication enclosed (No. 2) to be affixed in the most public places of St Christophers, requiring all persons possessed of French lands to produce their grants, &c., which most of them complied with. Found those grants had been given in a very irregular and confused manner, which has occasioned a number of law suits, there having been many grants given to several persons for one and the same tract of land: all which disputes he has determined in Council, and quieted their minds by giving new grants to such as desired it during His Majesty's pleasure only. In the same publication he made proposals to all persons concerned in the French lands, to know upon what terms they were willing to hold the same of His Majesty. The answer of many of the possessors is enclosed (No. 3). They are willing to lease or purchase upon any reasonable terms His Majesty shall think fit, but expect that a price should be first put upon those lands, and further expect His Majesty's favour not to require the extreme value from the present possessors. These gentlemen have endeavoured to keep him in the dark as to the real value of the lands, though he is credibly informed that most of them have made very good fortunes out of the lands, and having possessed them so long without any acknowledgment to the Crown, they take it for granted that they are still to retain them on the same terms, or for very slight consideration. Presumes that their Lps will admit that the revenue has been improved, and the value of the lands highly advanced by the industry, and at the expense of the present possessors, at the same time the profits have amply rewarded their labour. Submits whether it is not high time that the Crown should have, for the future, a valuable consideration for those lands. Therefore, in obedience to their Lps' commands, lays the proposals (No. 4) before them. By these means the revenue will be advanced, and the purchaser or lessee have a much better bargain than if the lands were in the English quarter. This would be a convenient season for the disposal of these lands for they are now all employed in sugar canes, which very much impoverishes the ground; nor is the soil capable of a greater improvement, and in case of a rumour of war it will much abate the value, having been so often ruined by the French. Should the present possessors refuse to purchase or lease the lands at the price mentioned in the proposals, if their Lps give him authority, he will make publication in the Islands of Barbadoes and Antigua and numbers of people will readily take them. Antigua, 7 July 1722.
Minuted:—“Mr Lowndes & Mr Walpole to collect all orders, minutes & other directions which have been given at any time in relation to these lands.”
The first enclosure is not now with the report; the others, however, are with it. 12 pages.
10 July. 4. “Memorial from ye Board of Works relating to new buildings &ca that are carrying on in St. James's parke” without the sanction or control of the Board, sending “the plan and upright” which were sent to their Clerk after the houses were far advanced. Whitehall, Office of Works, July 10, 1722.
Minuted:—“24 July 1722. To the workes taking notice their memll dated the 10th was rec[eive]d but ye 19th.” 1 page and the plan, which is of an ordinary dwelling-house.
13 July. 5. Memorial of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury. Their Lps having given directions that some pictures belonging to Lord Whitworth (His Majesty's late Ambassador at Berlin), which he has had a great while, and are now under stop here, may be delivered in like manner as has been accustomed to be done to other Ambassadors on their return. Acquaint their Lps that by several laws certain duties are laid on pictures imported. The proper officers have certified that the duties on these 23 pictures amount to 66l. The present Bishop of London on his return from being Envoy in Sweden paid custom for a considerable quantity of plate, pursuant to directions from the Treasury. The Earl of Strafford, when Ambassador from his late Majesty to the States of Holland, paid duties upon his pictures, under a report to the Treasury in 1712, and it has been the constant practice ever since to insist on the payment of the duties of pictures, &c. Are, therefore, of opinion that the duties in question ought to be paid, the same being by law appropriated. Custom Ho, London, 13 July 1722. 2 pages.
16 and
26 July.]
6. Messrs H. Holt Henley and John Burridge to the Rt Hon. Robert Walpole, Esq. Ask that orders may be issued for payment of the annuities due to the town of Lyme Regis for the repair of the Cob.
Minuted:—“July 26, 1722. Order'd. Warrt signd 8th Augt 1722.”
Also letter from Robert Burridge to his son, “Mr John Burridge, Membr of Parliamt,” urging him in conjunction with his brother member to press for payment of the annuities amounting to 250l., in order that the corporation may be provided with funds to carry on the work before winter. Lyme, 16 July 1722. 2 pages.
16 July.]
7. Memorial of James Carstairs to the King. His Majesty had granted the estate of Kilconquhar to James Carstairs, subject to payment of the debts affecting it, reserving power to revoke the grant. The debts on it amounted to two thirds of the value, and a sale could not be accomplished if the estate were subject to the revocation; whereupon memorialist and others in the like case had prayed for relief. This was referred to the Lord Advocate, who had reported that the power of revocation would disappoint the intention of the grant, and suggested an alteration in the Act vesting the forfeited estates, or that his Majesty should discharge the power of revocation. Memorialist has found a purchaser who is satisfied with the title, if his Majesty will discharge the power of revocation by privy seal. Prays that this may be done.
Referred to the Lds of the Treasury on 16 July 1722.
Minuted:—“2d Augt. It being a rule to all, my Lords will not advise the King to alter it.” 3 pages.
16 July. 8. Lord Carteret to the Lords of the Treasury. The Sieur D'Hiriberij in the year 1719 made a voyage to the Isle of Canceau in America, by order of the late Lords Justices for the purpose of obtaining restitution of his effects seized there in 1718. The order proved ineffectual, and the case was referred to the Lords of the Privy Council, who ordered Captain Smart, the commander of H.M. ship “Squirrel,” to give an account of his proceedings in relation thereto, and he attended the Privy Council, but neither D'Hiriberij attended, nor anyone for him, and their Lps were of opinion that the captain should be dismissed from further attendance, and this was approved by the King; but his Majesty, out of special grace, commands that directions be given to pay the Sieur D'Hiriberij 800l.
—“17th July 1722. My Lords will take the King's pleasure upon this.” Again:—“24 July 1722. Ordered. Warrt signd 8th Augt 1722.” 3 pages.
16 July.]
9. Memorial of Lord Balmerino to the King. Her late Majesty granted to memorialist the feu and blench duties of the lordships of Balmerino and Coupar “for the yearly payment of a small elusory duty for her Majesty's lifetime and 38 years after her decease”; but, as it was countersigned by the Secretary of State, the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland refuse to pass it, insisting that it ought to be countersigned by the Comrs of the Treasury. Prays for a new gift to be passed in the usual way.
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 16 July 1722.
Minuted:—“8th Augt 1722. Prepare a warrt.” 1 page.
[? About
19 July.]
10. Memorial of Brigadier General Thomas Stanwix, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury. Has no opportunity of subsisting the regiment of foot under his command (now in camp near Hungerford) without the expense of a guard to Bristol. Hopes for the same indulgence that Col. Montague lately received, viz., by having an order from their Lps to the Comrs of Excise to send to the collectors to supply the regiment with 600l. monthly, taking the commanding officer's bills upon the agent.
Minuted:—“July 19, 1722 Order'd. L~re signed.” 1 page.
21 July. 11. Lord Lieut. of Ireland (Grafton) to the Lords of the Treasury. The House of Commons of Ireland has recommended the enclosed petition of Alderman Edward Surdeville, of Dublin (in behalf of himself and Mrs Joanna Bradshaw, &c.) desiring that 600l. might be granted the alderman and the executors of Thomas Bradshaw, deceased, for their loss and expense in maintaining the ancient rights and liberties of Dublin in 1713, “when they were sheriffs of that city.” Their conduct at that juncture was of great service to the protestant interest of Ireland. Desires their Lps to lay the enclosed address before his Majesty. 21 July 1722.
Minuted:—“26 July 1722. Ordered. Warrt signd 8th Augt 1722.” 1 page.
21 July. 12. The same to the same. Has lately received the enclosed representation from the Board of General Officers in Ireland setting forth that the arms and accoutrements of the several regiments of foot in Ireland are unfit for service, and proposing that the Colonels (as in Great Britain) may be empowered by his Majesty's warrant to provide a new set of arms and accoutrements out of their off reckonings, by allowing them to clothe their respective regiments but twice in the three years next to come, instead of annually, by which the expense may be defrayed. Thinks it is expedient that the arms should speedily be provided, and recommends this method, &c., and that it be left to the discretion of the Colonels (where any regiment included in the list of regiments given, is not in immediate want of new arms) to continue their assignments for clothing as usual. Bond Street, 21 July 1722.
Minuted:—“26th July 1722. Agreed to. Warrt sign'd 8th Augt 1722.”
The representation above mentioned. 4 pages.
21 July. 13. The same to the same. Has considered the pretensions of the persons hereafter named who formerly enjoyed half pay, viz.: (1.) Of Captain William Browning, of Col. Abraham Creighton's regiment of foot, who was by mistake omitted in transcribing a new establishment of half pay. He, with others, was recommended by an address of the House of Commons of Ireland to be restored, and was found to be qualified by the Commrs appointed to enquire into the pretensions of half pay officers. (2.) Of Lieut. George Cashell, of the same regiment, recommended by the same address and by a similar certificate. (3.) Of Cornet William Stewart, of the Lord Viscount Mountjoy's late regiment of dragoons, who was about the year 1718 struck off the half pay for disaffection to the Government. Is informed that it was rather an accidental act of intemperance than any settled disloyalty. The enclosed certificate from some persons of distinction inclines him to recommend him to his Majesty. Same date.
Minuted:—“Warrt signd 8th Augt 1722.” 3 pages.
[? About
24 July.]
14. Petition of Ambrose Warren, of the parish of St James, Westminster, clerk, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that Major Lenham, who brought over the Prince of Orange's declaration in 1688, was put into Newgate, but escaped death by the arrival of the Prince and by King James's abdication, but lost his life at the Boyne in 1690. He had one son, William Lenham, who was brought into England about 1695, and placed with petitioner, “Dr. Tenison, then Bishop of Lincoln, late Archbishop of Canterbury, the several Secretaries of State in succession paying for him until Michs. 1700, when he was placed clark to Mr Fearn at the Custom House,” but became disordered in his mind, and was removed about 1706, and was by the late Lady Auverquerque settled with Mr Tollit, reader of King St Chapel, the late Queen Anne allowing 40l. per ann. for his maintenance. From her Majesty's death Lady Auverquerque advanced the 40l. per ann. until her death, and it was continued by her heirs till 1720; all which remained unpaid by the Crown. The widow Toilet with whom Lenham then was being reduced to necessity, and the naked hungry lunatic being chained in the dark and fed only by some few neighbours, petitioner presented a memorial of his case in July 1720 to the Lords of the Treasury, who in August following ordered 20l. for his support, and he was removed to the parish beadle's at 10s. per week. When that sum was expended, petitioner in April 1721 presented another petition to their Lps, and continued the weekly expenses until he could bear it no longer, and had spent 19l. 15s. Mr Ellis put the lunatic on the parish charge at 2s. 6d. per week, but his illness requiring a strict attendance, the parish allowance falls short of what is necessary for his relief. Prays for reimbursement and for further relief of the sufferer.
Minuted:—“24 July 1722. Send this to St James Vestry to be further considered out of the King's bo to the parish.”
Another petition from him, probably that above referred to as of April 1721. 2 pages.
[? About
24 July.]
15. “Report of Commrs of forfeited estates on the accts and observations delivered by Mr Cotton.” The report encloses an account of all moneys paid into the Exchequer from the forfeited estates of James, late Duke of Ormond, and of all moneys issued from the Exchequer out of the money so paid, to creditors whose claims have been allowed and debentures already issued by the Commissioners.
It will be observed that there remains in the Exchequer from the forfeited estate in Ireland (above the 5,691l. 1s. 8d. issued for payment of creditors) 12,277l. 16s. 5d., and from the English part of the estate (above 10,063l. 10s. for payment of creditors) 4,533l. 16s. 7d.
Lord Arran was the purchaser of the estate, and there were complications arising out of his purchase.
The account referred to.
Minuted:—“July 24th 1722. Read, Order'd by the Lords that a copy be given to Mr Coton for his answer & observations upon it, & that ye Commrs for forfeited estates, & the said Mr Cotton doe attend on Fryday ye 27th 1722.” 9 pages.
25 July. 16. Robert Armstrong to Charles Burniston, Esq., Surveyor General of his Majesty's Woods in America. The inhabitants have presumed to cut down several trees contrary to the Act of Parliament and the reservation in the Royal Charter. Brought the case to two trials, in which it was made apparent by affidavits, that 43 pine trees seized were all upwards of 24 inches at the butt, and most of them from that measurement to near 30 inches; and that the land on which they were grown lies in the township of Barwick, three miles within the woods, and could not be called a private property; but the inhabitants claim a private property in all lands granted into townships before the late charter, and will not allow of any reservation for the Crown, but in such townships as were granted since the late charter, which reserves all trees of 24 inches, not heretofore granted to any private person. “Quere wither within any of ye townships the inhabitants therein can cutt any trees of ye dimensions reserved without licence, upon pretence that they grow within ye bounds of their townships.” Sends the letter home by the master of the vessel on board of which are the 43 trees seized. Has marked in the several townships about 400 trees for his Majesty's service with the broad arrow, which the inhabitants do not regard, notwithstanding the penalty of 5l. a tree.
Has pressed for several years to obtain an act against exportation of timber, plank, &c. to Portugal, Spain, &c., but nothing is done. Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 25, 1722.” 2 pages.
[? About
25 July.]
17. Petition of “Rachael Armstrong, born at Yarmouth, and the widow of Mr Farrer Armstrong, of Hexham, in Northumberland, attorney at law, to the Lords of the Treasury. Petitioner's husband during three years attended the trustees of the forfeited estates in Great Britain and Ireland, and made several useful discoveries to those gentlemen without reward. Petitioner and her husband whilst they lived at Hexham, in Northumberland, received officers of note in the Army, when no other place could be found to entertain them. Is left with two children in very deplorable circumstances. The eldest is a midshipman of H.M. ship Leopard and the other, John Armstrong, is a writer in the Examiner's Office. Prays that Robert, the elder, may be recommended to the Lords of the Admiralty for a Lieutenancy, and that they would provide for the younger son in the Stamp Office, and that petitioner may receive his Majesty's bounty.
Copy of certificate in corroboration of the petition. 1½ pages.
[? About
26 July.]
18. Petition of Thomas Baldwin to the Lords of the Treasury. To be allowed 1,422l. 2s. 9d., being the difference between what was allowed on certain claims for supplies to the allies in Spain, and what ought to have been allowed. The original claim was for 7,020l. 3s. 6d., and the petitioner received but 6,298l. 0s.d., the difference being in the computation of the Spanish dollar.
Minuted:—“26th July 1722. This allowance was pursuant to the report of the Comrs whose power is now determined; therefore, my Lords can do nothing in it.” 1 page.
27 July. 19. Peter Laurans to [? the Secretary of the Treasury] enclosing the following petition. Dated “Att Mr Williams in Salisbury Street in the Strand,” July 27, 1722.
Petition of the same to the Lords of the Treasury. Has by long study attained to the knowledge of making a machine for the discovery of the “longitude upon sea,” but has “thereby throw'd himself in low circumstances,” which renders him incapable of producing the machine to the world in all its perfection. Is informed that there is a “piece of money” lodged in their Lps' hands for the encouragement of any person that shall produce such a machine. Prays their Lps' assistance that he may produce this thing to the world.
The petition is minuted:—“Read 27 July 1722. My Lords canot pay any of the mony prescribed by the Act until the machine be produced to the Trustees named in the Act and approved by them.” 3 pages.
27 July. 20. “Petition & affidt of Robt Thompson, of Aberdeen, concerning frauds & abuses committed in that port.” Addressed to the Lords of the Treasury. London, July 27, 1722.
Minuted:—“3d Augt 1722. The petr to attend the Commrs customs in order to make good his allegations.
He charges Mr Gorden, collector of Aberdeen, with conniving at the running of goods and with seizing a few hogsheads of wine for a sham. Mr Ogellby, controller, was also privy to the same. He also charges Mr “Elphaston,” surveyor, with refusing his assistance or use of his boat to prevent the running of goods on another occasion and with having an interest in the cargo. The collector and superior officers also refused to search for the goods though he offered to take them where they lay. He further makes one or two other similar charges. 4 pages.
28 July. 21. W. Palmer, Usher of the Council Chamber, to John Whichcote, Esq., Secretary to the Duke of Grafton, “Lord Lieut. of Ireland, in Dover Street, London. Respecting a dispute in paying his fee upon Public Bills. He says, “why you don't see a precedent of its being paid me is, because I kept a Deputy since the 2d year of the late Queen's reign, who only had a salary from me, so that he entirely neglected collecting my fees.” “Those who got Private Bills this last session, paid the fee without disputeing it, and I hope I shall not be put to the necessity of applying to the Government, either here or in England, for the recovery of it, wch I must do if not allow'd it, because 'tis the best perquisite I have.” Dublin, July 28, 1722. 2 pages.
31 July. 22. Lord Lieut. of Ireland to the Lords [of the Treasury] on the petition of William Caulfield, Esq., one of the Judges of the Court of King's Bench in Ireland, setting forth that it is his province as second Judge of that Court to give the charge to the Grand Jury of the county of the city of Dublin, and to pronounce the judgment of the law against such criminals as are convicted in that court; that for this service a fee of 10l. a term has been allowed to his predecessors, and usually paid them out of the fines of that court, but there is not a sufficient authority extant for this application; that the like allowance is granted in Great Britain. Moreover that the Judges of the Court of King's Bench “in this Kingdom” are empowered to pay a third part of such fines, and likewise to order 10l. a year to the coroner of that Court for passing the accounts of the fines in the Court of Exchequer. His Majesty is pleased to consent that the like allowances should be established in Ireland. Asks their Lds to obtain a proper warrant to empower the Judges of the King's Bench in Ireland, to apply a proportion of the fines to discharge the allowance of 10l. a term to the petitioner. Bond Street, 31 July 1722.
Minuted:—“15th August 1722. Approved.”
The petition or memorial referred to and a copy of a privy seal relating to the same fines. 7 pages.
[? About
3 Aug.]
23. Memorial setting forth the causes of the meanness and diminution of the revenue of the King's College and University of Aberdeen. King James the Fourth, with a special view to civilise the north Highlands of Scotland, which lie adjacent to Aberdeen, erected the University with most ample and honourable privileges. Private persons gave donations for the maintenance of bursars, and for new buildings; and magnificent and large structures were built. Sundry Kings and private persons also made donations of “teiths” to the college. The heritors, out of whose lands the teiths were payable, raised processes of valuation, putting the University to considerable charges, and the revenue was much diminished. Besides which, new erections of parishes were made, and ministers obtained augmentations of their stipends out of the teiths: “for by the laws of Scotland, the teiths are so far the patrimony of the church, that the parochial ministers are preferred to their stipends and maintenance out of them.” By these means, notwithstanding donations by King Charles II., King William and Queen Ann, the revenues are diminished about two thirds; and by law suits they have contracted debts, and the college scarcely receives sufficient to pay the masters' salaries, &c., and cannot pay for the repair of the fabric. The principal's salary is very little better than 100l. per ann., the professor of Divinity's is under that sum, the professors of Law, Medicine, and Humanity, also the sub-principal's, does not exceed 40l. per ann., and the professors of Philosophy and Greek have only about 30l., “and which is worse, after payment of the ‘carents’ of debts, which are daily increasing, the college revenue is not by farr sufficient for payment of those salaries.” After the Rebellion was suppressed, His Majesty appointed Commissioners to visit the University, and they deposed several of the old masters as accessory to the Rebellion, and their places were, by his Majesty, supplied with gentlemen of known abilities and affection to the present happy establishment in Church and State, and who in conjunction with the other masters have used their utmost endeavours to inculcate true protestant principles in the youth under their care. This has exposed the University to several law suits commenced by disaffected persons; all which the masters have borne patiently, but unless his Majesty speedily take the matter into consideration, it will not be safe for them to struggle any longer.
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 3 Aug. 1722. 1 large page.
[? About
3 Aug.]
24. “The managers memorial to be employed in exchanging the tickets in this year's lottery as they were in the last year.”
The following were the persons who sent in the memorial:—Christopher Tilson, Thomas Cornwallis, Nehemiah Arnold, John Duncombe, Christopher Rhodes, and Robert Manning.
Minuted:—“3 Augt 1722. Agreed to, adding Mr Nelson to ye number.” 1 page.
8 Aug. 25. Report of J. Pulteney, Surveyor General, to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning a grant passed in 1689 to Henry Lord Delamer, of lands, &c., in the counties of Monmouth and Hereford, of the yearly value of 459l. for 31 years, since elapsed at a rent of 5l.; which estates had been, by inquisitions, found to be forfeited to the crown by being given to Popish and superstitious uses. Wrote to the present Earl of Warrington, who was executor to his father, the late grantee of the premises; and who did not think it advisable to proceed to the recovery of those estates. His Lp says he never had any benefit from that grant, nor does he find that his father had any; that he does not know the yearly value of them or in whose possession they now are. Mr. Booth, of Gray's Inn, informed him that he had heard the Lord Delamer say, that not long before, he had a trial with the Duke of Beaufort in the Common Pleas, for some of those lands, and obtained a verdict. The grant to Lord Delamer having determined, and as no other grant has been made of the premises, if his Majesty please to make a further grant thereof, it may pass for any term not exceeding 31 years, or three lives, &c. Soon after the late happy Revolution several such grants were obtained from the Crown, and afterwards some of them appeared to have been procured, with no other view than of raising money by sales to the best bidders, who, becoming purchasers, very often obliged the possessors of these estates to compound for sums of money which they paid rather than be disturbed, &c. 8 Aug. 1722.
This is said on the back to be a copy. It seems doubtful if that is the case; but there is another copy of the report with trifling variations which is minuted:—“5 Aug. 1723. Rept agreed to & wt to be prepared.” 10 pages and 2 halves.
[? About
8 Aug.]
26. Memorial of Anthony Balam, Inspector General of Imports and Exports, to the Lords of the Treasury. The Inspector General's Office was erected to keep a Register of all species of goods exported from, and imported into England, specifying the places from whence imported and whereto exported; that from thence some judgment might be made of the increase or decrease of our several foreign trades at distinct times: and that a balance of trade in general or any particular branches of it might at any time be calculated tolerably near the truth; which before, for want of such a regular register, was altogether impracticable. Offers suggestions for the improvement of the office. Recommends Mr John Oxenford to be appointed as First Clerk in the Inspector General's office with a salary of 120l. per ann. and the addition of 80l. to salaries of other clerks.
Minuted:—“8th Augt 1722. Prepare a warrt for the additions craved in the memll.” 2 pages.
8 Aug. 27. Memorial of Sir David Nairne to the Rt Hon. Robert Walpole, Esq. In the year 1703 was made Secretary to the most ancient and most noble Order of the Thistle, with a salary or pension of 300l. per ann. for life, by commission and grant, as the laws of Scotland required before the Union. Was paid on the Civil List until the Union, then the payments on the Civil List being precarious, the Earl of Godolphin procured him a privy seal for payment of his salary in England, on which he was paid till Feb. 1712–13. During the Earl of Oxford's administration could obtain no payment. Did not know until lately, that he should have had his privy seal renewed at the King's Accession. Has received no part of his salary since that time. Has suffered much by the general calamity which has of late years happened, besides other losses. Prays payment of arrears.
On the back is a report thereon signed R. Powys corroborating the facts in the petition. 8 Aug. 1722.
Minuted:—“15th Augst 1722. Read.” 2 pages.
[? About
8 Aug.]
28. Petition of John Hill and John Jephson the surviving assignees of the Commission of Bankrupt awarded and now in prosecution against Robert Peter or Peters late Receiver General of the county of Hertford, and other his creditors, to the Lords of the Treasury. Setting forth many of the particulars referred to in a previous entry in this calendar (vol. ccxxii. 45). Petitioners had not been able to get in any part of the estate, the debtors pretending they were liable to the extents, and would pay to the Crown, or to Sir Biby Lake (one of the creditors), who refused to receive or get in the same, whereby great part of the debts are become desperate. Sir Bibye Lake on divers pretences, still neglects to pay the 10,892l. 5s.d. according to his undertaking. Pray that he may be ordered by a short day, to pay the same, or that process may issue to compel him. [See various references to Peters affairs in previous volume of calendar.]
Minuted:—“8th Augt 1722. Send a copie of this to Sir Bibye Lake directing him to return to my Lords a speedy answer.” “A copy sent.” 19 7br 1722 A l~re from Sr Biby Lake in answer.” 1 page.
10 Aug. 29. Joseph Billers to the Rt Hon. Robert Walpole, Esq., on the 20th ult. troubled their honours with a letter praying for relief. Continues his request for a speedy supply. Encloses “An estimate of what the estate of Joseph Billers, citizen of London, might probably have been if he had not been engaged in detecting several public abuses by direction of the government.” The total of which comes to 23,553l. 8s.
—“10th Augt 1722. My Lords order a warrt for 500li in full of all his services and demands.” Again:—“15th Augst 1722. My Lords confirm ye above Minute on condic[i]on he promisses to trouble the Treasury no farther on accot of his p[re]tended services.” 2 pages.
10 Aug.]
30. Petition of Richard Lloyd, late collector of the land tax of St James and Whitehall, to the Lords of the Treasury. Their Lordships had answered his former petition (annexed) that they had no objection to the composition therein proposed, in case the debt to the Crown was secured. The auditor's certificate (annexed) would show the debt was fully paid. The petitioner's friends are ready to pay to the Comrs of Taxes, for the use of the inhabitants, the sum agreed on (1,700l.) upon the Lords of the Treasury granting their warrant to the Attorney General for discharging the extent. The Attorney General has given his opinion (also annexed) that their Lps may grant their warrant to him for discharging the extent, and and that thereupon it may be discharged. Prays the warrant accordingly.
Minuted:—“10th Aug. 1722. Agreed to.”
The papers above referred to, and a draft of the warrant prayed for, ordering a nolle prosequi, in which it appears that an extent was awarded out of the Exchequer against the said Lloyd who was collector of land tax for the palaces of St James's and Whitehall, for 4,900l., by him received and embezzled, and that his effects amounted to no more than 598l. 8s. His friends offered 1,700l., provided the extent were discharged and the effects seized were restored. This the Comrs advised should be accepted. 7 pages.
15 Aug. 31. Robert Jacomb to Horatio Walpole, Esq. Troubles him again in the affair of the money due from Ireland, to the Earl of Lincoln and Mr Walpole's brother, for the pay of the Irish regiment that was here, during the time they were paymasters of the forces. Notwithstanding his (Mr Walpole's) letter to Mr Secretary Hopkins, there remains upwards of 6,000l. of Lord Lincoln's warrant unpaid, besides which, the warrant to Mr Walpole's brother is for upwards of 17,000l., and there is another warrant to Lord Cornwallis for 4,550l. 18s. 4d. still unpaid, the whole amounting to 38,000l. The slow remittances hinder the clearing of the forces for Lord Cornwallis's time, and prevent Mr Walpole's brother from passing his accounts. Asks him to consider what further can be done. Horse Guards, 15 Aug. 1722.
Minuted:—August 16, 1722; a letter to be writt in the strongest terms to Lrd Leut. to be sign'd by ye Lords.” 2 pages.
[? About
17 Aug.]
32. Memorial of Charles King, late Chamber Keeper to the Treasury, to the Lords of the Treasury. By order of the Earl of Sunderland, when first Lord of the Treasury, memorialist printed and sent into each of the Corporations of Great Britain, which send members to parliament, and to each of the colleges and halls in the universities, one set of the “British Merchant” for the use of the inhabitants, being 331 sets. Prays payment of 1,117l. 2s. 6d. for the same.
Minuted:—“17th Augt 1722. Prepare a warrt.” 1 page.
The receipts given by the recipients of the volumes. 60 parts of pages.
17 Aug. 33. The Lord Lieut. of Ireland (Grafton) to the Lord of the Treasury. Sends petition of Captain Henry D'Albenaj with other papers relating thereto, praying for restoration of his pension on the establishment of Ireland, it having been omitted on the framing of the new establishment in 1704 when he was at Geneva. The petitioner served as Captain of horse during the war in Piedmont, which began in 1690, and at the conclusion King William granted him a pension of 4s. a day; advises the restoration of his pension.
Minuted:—“August ye 22, 1722. Prepare a warrant accordingly Warrt signed 3 8br 1722.” 2 pages.
[? About
17 Aug.]
34. Petition of Robert Weemyss collector of customs at Anstruther, to the Lords of the Treasury. Was appointed in 1714. The port was at first a member port, subject to the port of Kirkaldy, but business increasing, especially in the importation of foreign salt, it was declared independent. Was obliged to have a clerk. Has but a salary of 30l., which is inferior to many of the Land-waiters, and little more than that of the boatmen. In the year 1715, when the Rebellion broke out in Scotland, parties came down from the rebel camp to Anstruther, which lay removed from the assistance of his Majesty's troops, and plundered petitioner's house, laid waste his small estate in that country, scattered his family and carried himself to Perth; where he was kept close prisoner for many weeks; and all because he would not deliver up the public money nor own their pretended government.
Referred to the Comrs of Customs, Scotland, 17 Aug. 1722. Also five affidavits in corroboration of the above. 3½ pages.
[? About
17 Aug.]
35. Part of a petition of “Her Majesty's mesne tenants of the manor of Bray in the County of Berks” in which it is stated that the common, bridges and pounds belonging to the manor of Bray, about the year 1700, were repaired at the charge of the King as lord of the manor, and in 1718, the bridges and pounds being out of repair, as presented at the Courts Leet and Court Baron, the tenants petitioned the Lords of the Treasury to have the same repaired. The Surveyor General reported thereon, that the expense of the same would be 206l. The Receiver General of the co. of Berks was empowered by warrant to pay the charge. The surveyor received 50l. but never disbursed any money thereon. About the year 1721, the tenants lodged another petition embodying the same particulars as to the warrant, and stating that the bridges, &c., were still ruinous. Pray that the warrant may be vacated, and that direction may be given for payment of the 206l. out of the Exchequer.
Minuted:—“17th Aug. 1722. When Mr Lowndes is …” 1 page.
21 Aug. 36. Denis Bond, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury. Lays before their Lps an abstract of the acts to oblige Papists to register their names and real estates with his “opinion wherein the same is defective,” and also the value of the estates registered in each county, where the estates are valued in the registries; but there are also several estates of very great value in the possession of the persons registering, the value whereof cannot be ascertained. Essex House, Aug. 21, 1722.
The abstract is not with it. 1 page.
27 Aug. 37. Comrs of the Navy to the Secretaries of the Treasury. Laying before them three lists of salaries and pensions above 50l. per ann. liable to the deduction of 6d. in the pound. Give some names and particulars of persons who they think ought to be excepted.
There are minutes against most of these not approving of the exceptions.
On the dorse is:—“Warrt signed 28th 7br 1722.” 3 pages.
27 Aug. 38. Copy of divers petitions to the Lords of the Treasury and to his Majesty, together with several other documents relating to the affairs of Captain John Webbe, a prisoner in the King's Bench. He complains that he has been ruined by numerous sham actions commenced against him for having made discoveries of the fraudulent sinking of ships, to obtain the insurances upon them. By these discoveries he is upwards of 2,000l. out of pocket. The persons he principally singles out for complaint are William Adye, a packer, living at “Blackwell Hall,” and Nicholas Mandell, the Swedish secretary. The latter, he says, had often solicited him to endeavour the burning of the British squadron under command of Sir George Bing, then in the Mediterranean, and to destroy his own and other ships, to obtain the insurance. Another person who he says conspired against him, was Mr Edward Morgan, a Roman Catholic living in Bloomsbury Square, “who was round the Globe” with Captain William Dampiere and was the death of him, by turning him on shore at the Island of St Jago, where he ended his days with hunger and grief. He was afterwards the ruin of the expedition, and now endeavours to ruin the petitioner. States that he (the petitioner) sailed round the Globe with Dampiere in the years 1703, 4, 5, and 6. He claims to be able to make discoveries in the South Seas, and is anxious to be examined by the Comrs of Trade as to the establishment of a company by charter, for carrying on a trade to “Terra Australis.” His reasons for the establishment of this company are given in one of the papers.
In one of his petitions to his Majesty he says that if the treasonable and felonious practices complained of, are encouraged, and his Majesty's subjects suffered to be ruined for discovery of the same, the protestant interest and the balance of Europe cannot long be maintained, neither can his Majesty and his illustrious line expect long to sit upon the British throne; but Popery and arbitrary government must ensue.
In the last paper of the collection dated 21 Aug. 1722, the Captain says he encloses “a Treatise of Philosophy proveing the possibility of regeneration and transmutation called the Philosopher's Stone,” which he wrote since his confinement in the King's Bench. Begs that he may have some relief till the parliament meets. The paper finishes thus:—“In consideration of the consequence of my proposals (viz.) one hundred millions sterling which I will engage my life to maintain before the House of Commons whenever I can be admitted.” Dated on the back:—Aug 27. 34½ pages.
29 Aug. 39. Report of the Comrs of Customs, Scotland, to the Lords of the Treasury in respect to the salaries of the inferior officers. Find it a work of time to adjust their merits and allowances. In the mean time think the salary of Mr Lane Whitehall, (See 1 Feb. 1721–22) should be augmented to 100l. per ann., and that it would be no unreasonable reward for his fidelity and services. Custom House, Edinburgh, 29 August 1722. 1 page.
30 Aug. 40. Report of the Surveyor General (J. Pulteney), to the Lords of the Treasury. Has examined the annexed petition of the minister, churchwardens and overseers of the German Reformed Protestant church in the Savoy, in behalf of themselves and the whole congregation, wherein is set forth that the King of Prussia allowed a pension of 120l. per ann. to their late minister, Doctor Cæsar, but that since his death (in the year 1719) it had been discontinued, as proved by an affidavit annexed. The petitioners allege that they had a promise of the late Queen Anne of 1,000l. for the building of a church, and that the Lord Treasurer had orders to pay that sum; in proof of which they produce a memorial of the Consistory of the Prussian church, and an affidavit. As his Majesty has lately bestowed his favours on their brethren of the Lutheran church, petitioners hope they may be extended to them, and they pray for a lease of the place they now use for public worship, and for an apartment or house for the minister. Finds that the place mentioned has been in their possession since 1697, and a report in 1715 states that it was held at a rent of 16l. per ann., which has been paid to Mich. 1721. The house adjoining, which they desire for their minister, is held at a rent of 16l. per ann. and for the reasons given, he cannot advise the dispossession of the tenant. The other house, which petitioners desire is called the Master's house, is valued at 30l. per ann. and is in possession of Dr. Pratt, but he has paid no rent on pretence of having been burnt out at Whitehall; though his son says the house was given to his father by the late Queen, in consideration of his having been outed of his lodgings in St James's House, when the council chamber was built in that Palace. Petitioners ask, that as the house is large and beyond the tenant's requirements, a dwelling may be made out of it for the minister. As to what was bestowed on their brethren in the Savoy, finds that a constat was made in order to a lease for 50 years of the chapel in use by the High German Protestants and several rooms or lodgings for their minister, at a rent of 5l. per ann., which lease was never perfected, but in Sept. 1721, they obtained a sign manual for continuance during pleasure, of their possession. Takes leave to acquaint their Lps that in 1702, upon the Lord Keeper Wright's visitation, the hospital was declared dissolved for want of members, agreeable to the intent of the founder King Henry the seventh, whereby the revenue has been in the hands of the Crown, and leases have been, and may be granted. Therefore the premises may be surveyed in order for a lease to be granted to such person or persons as their Lps think fit, in trust for the petitioners, for such term of years and at such rent as will be agreeable to the Civil List Act, or the lastmentioned premises might be held by the sign manual during pleasure. 30 Aug. 1722.
Minuted:—“21st August 1723. Prepare a S.M.”
The petitions, two affidavits, and the memorial referred to, also a copy of the above report. 15 pages.
30 Aug. 41. Memorial of the managers and directors of the Lottery, 1722, to the Lords of the Treasury. By their care and diligence the expenses of their work have been defrayed for 1,569l. Pray that their Lps would direct the sum of 430l. 6s. 2d. to clear their expenses and for a suitable reward. Lottery Office, 30 Aug. 1722.
Minuted:—“The Comrs to have 150li a piece. Where 2 dyed and 2 came in then to be p'd p[ro] rata and the 430l. 6s. 2d. is orderd.”
Also the detailed account of the 1,560l. expended. 3 pages.
31 Aug. 42. Lord Lieut. of Ireland (Grafton) to the Lords of the Treasury. It being customary for the crown to grant to several persons in England and Ireland, through whose hands the Bills of every session of Parliament in Ireland pass, certain allowances for their trouble in dispatching them, transmits a list of the allowances due on account of the last session, and of the several “offices” to which they are to be paid. Asks that his Majesty's warrant might be obtained for payments of the same. Bond Street, 31 Aug. 1722.
Also the list of the allowances. 2 pages.
4 Sept. 43. Proposal of John Gore to the Lords of the Treasury, in relation to the tin at Hamborough. The Trustees for the South Sea Company are desirous to receive the debt due to his estate “in a pawn of tin at Hamburgh, being about 18,000l.” London, 4 Sepr 1722.
Minuted:—“5th Septr 1722. Read and agreed to.” 1 page.
[? About
5 Sept.]
44. Petition of John Fearne and four others, to the First Comr of the Treasury. Are entitled to several houses in the bailiwick of St James's, Westminster, which they hold from the Crown for eleven years to come. Three or four years since petitioners applied to the Comrs of the Treasury for a renewal to make up their term to 50 years, to enable them to rebuild. Pray that the warrants which are signed may be ordered to be delivered to them.
Minuted:—“5 7br 1722. Look out these warrts to be layd before my Lords as soon [as] the report concerning such leases comes from Mr Attorny & Mr Sollr.” 1 page.
10 Sept. 45. Lord Carteret to the Lords of the Treasury. George Lambe, Robert Thompson, Philip Howell and Daniel Douglas, having applied themselves to his office and voluntarily given their information upon oath concerning the seditious and treasonable behaviour of several officers of the customs, and others at Aberdeen and other ports of Scotland, has laid the same before his Majesty, who has commanded that they should be transmitted to their Lps for their consideration. Whitehall, 10 Sept. 1722.
Minuted:—“12th Sept. 1722. To Lord Carteret wth a copie of a report from the Comrs Cust. in Scotl. of the 13th Augt 1722, wherein the sevll informations of Lamb, &c., relating to frauds committed in the Scots revenue of customs are declared by the sd Commrs, upon the most strict examinations, to be false and malicious. Mr Chancr will speak to Ld Carteret touching the informations sent hither by his Lorđp.”
The report of the Comrs of Customs above referred to, on the informations, declarations and affidavits of George Lamb, Philip Howell, John Pagan and Danl Douglas, of many illegal practices connived at by the officers of the Customs, to the great prejudice of the revenue. It states that George Lamb informing them that he could make discoveries of frauds carried on, to the prejudice of the revenue, they made trial of him. The collector and surveyor of Aberdeen were ordered to confer with him. The former says in a letter, that no credit was to be given to his informations; but they gave him letters to the officers in their district, to give him assistance, but no service was likely to be rendered by him. He publicly exposed the officers' letters, whereby the merchants would guard against him. By another letter he is accused of taking a bribe, and this appears by a letter under his own hand to Mr Paterson, land surveyor, wherein he acknowledges to taking four guineas. He had been prosecuted for frauds, and fined 100l. and absconded. The pretended frauds were to protect himself.
Philip Howell, late tidesman of Aberdeen, connived at running a cargo, and was dismissed. After which he calumniated the officers. Upon a hearing, he was found to prevaricate and contradict himself, &c.
The complainant, Pagan, was suspended upon suspicion that he had not dealt fairly in his trust, but they found cause to restore him.
Daniel Douglas' information never came to their knowledge in the manner set forth to their Lordships. Were of opinion that the complainants were in no way able to serve the revenue, and that they wanted employment or money before they did anything to deserve it. Custom house, Edinburgh, 13 Aug. 1722.
Also the “Information and Declaration of George Lamb” and the “Declaration of Daniel Douglas.”
George Lamb's paper contains a very wordy account of smuggling transactions, one of which was at the Laird of Troup's house between Banff and Fraserburgh, and he says that the Laird of Troup and Col. John Buchan, Justices of the peace, and the family of the laird were concerned in it, the lady having made the guard of soldiers all drunk. 10¼ pages.
12 Sept. 46. Comrs of Victualling to Mr Walpole. Send lists of salaries liable to pay the 6d in the pound. Give certain exceptions which they have not inserted in the lists, conceiving them not liable to the deductions, &c. Victualling Office, 12 Sept. 1722.
Minuted:—“20th 7br 1722. My Lords make the same orders in this as the Navy l~re when the cases are the same.” 4 pages.
17 Sept. 47. Report of the Attorney and Solicitor General to the Lords of the Treasury on the memorial of the proprietors of the Equivalent debentures, and on the draft of a charter, for incorporating the proprietors. Have heard Counsel as well for the Bank of England, as for the proprietors. On behalf of the Bank it was insisted, that it was not conformable to the Act of the fifth year of the present King, and that the draft far exceeds the purposes of the Act, and creates a general corporation as large and extensive as possible; further, that in the subsequent clause they may set up any trade, or even erect themselves into a Bank of credit, and this would be an infringement of the privileges of the Bank, and that letters patent passed in this form would be illegal, &c. On the other side, on behalf of the proprietors of the Equivalent debentures, it was admitted that they could not by law, claim or exercise any exclusive rights granted to the Bank. But it was insisted that it was not the intention of Parliament that they should be strictly confined to the receiving and distributing the annual sum of 10,000l., and that for this purpose there could have been no occasion for a body corporate,or an allowance of 600l. per ann. for management. The agents for the Proprietors of the Equivalent debentures attended them a second time, to explain the particular powers they desired to have granted by the charter, that were not expressed in the Act. They insisted that, as the debt from the Government to them was made the capital stock of the Company, they ought to have the liberty of making use of the capital in any lawful way for their advantage; and that the particular use they desired to make of it was, to be enabled to borrow money on their bonds, payable at a certain distance of time, upon the security of, and to, the value of that capital. Having considered the act and the arguments of counsel, are of opinion that the corporation is to be erected for the purposes expressly declared in the act; which are the receiving, recovering, and distributing of the sums received of the government on account of the Equivalent debt. Are also of opinion that, in the present letters patent, it is not advisable to add such further privileges as were proposed “for that a charter to be passed pursuant to an Act of parliament ought properly to be made conformable to the Act, which is its foundation.”
The draft as sent down to them is not proper to pass, and they have made such alterations in it as are necessary. 17 Sept. 1722.
The petition and the draft with the amendments. 28½ pages.
18 Sept. 48. An accompt of the debt that will be due and owing on the pensions payable in the office of Walter Chetwynd, Esqre, from Michaelmas 1721 to Michaelmas 1722. 18 Sept. 1722. 7 pages.
Sept. 18.]
49. Copies of A. Cracherode's report and letters relating to James Gartside. The report of A. Cracherode to Viscount Townshend, his Majesty's Principal Secretary of State, contains a state of the case of James Gartside, who had given information against James Leonard, commonly called Captain Leonard, of high Treason committed by him in Calais, in the month of December 1716, by being himself paid as a soldier in the Pretender's service, and paying others in the same service. In Trinity Term, 1718, a bill of Indictment was found for the above foreign treason in the Court of King's Bench, upon the evidence of Gartside and three others. Leonard was tried at Lancaster for High Treason, for being in the Rebellion at Preston and acquitted; and Gartside gave evidence, and the latter was subsisted for a long term, but on Leonard being pardoned, there was no further occasion for the evidence of Gartside, and his subsistence was stopped. Believes he is very poor and an object of charity.
There are copies of four documents in all. The last is dated 18 Sept. 1722. 2½ pages.
19 Sept. 50. Comrs of Revenue, Ireland, to the Lords of the Treasury. Mr French, their agent in England, has presented to their Lps a memorial relating to a patent, said to be passing in England, to empower persons to coin half pence and farthings for the use of Ireland. Persons of rank and fortune, and merchants and traders, apprehend such a patent will be highly prejudicial to the trade and welfare of this kingdom. It will be more particularly detrimental to the revenue. As the matter has made a great noise here, the mischiefs and inconveniences which must attend it may be prejudicial to his Majesty's affairs in the ensuing parliament here, there not appearing, at present, the least want of such small coins for change. Would have had no knowledge of the matter, but from the public newspapers, and if their agent had not sent an account of it. Custom House, Dublin, Sept. 19, 1722.
Minuted:—“28th 7br 1722. The patent hath been long since passed.” 1 page.
19 Sept. 51. Sir Bibye Lake to the Lords [of the Treasury]. In reply to their Lps' commands to answer the petition of Mr Peter's creditors, wherein they set forth that he has neglected to make good his proposal relating to Mr Peter's debt to the Crown. This representation of theirs is extremely unhandsome. They know that in 1713 he undertook to discharge that debt, with no other view than to serve them (having himself at that time much more than sufficient securities to discharge the debt Mr Peters owed him). They know that he or his agents, almost every day, have solicited the finishing of this affair. His present misfortune is that Mr Turner, who has had the business in hand, has the papers, and is, during the vacation, in Derbyshire. Prays that it may be deferred until next month. 19 Sept. 1722. 1 page.
25 Sept. 52. Draft of a Treasury Minute of 25 Sept. 1722, as to the charging of 43,629l. 17s. 9d. upon Sir John Shaw's account, that sum being the difference of the duties upon unrated goods of the East India Company, and deposited by that company, &c. 1 page.
26 Sept. 53. Lord Carteret to the Lords of the Treasury for directions to be given to pay 300l. a year for life out of the revenues of Ireland to Edward Hopkins, Esq., to whom the King had granted the office of Master of the Revels and Masks in Ireland. Whitehall, 26 Sept. 1722.
Minuted:—“26th 7br 1722. Orderd. Wart signd 28th.” 1¼ pages.
26 Sept. 54. Petition of Thomas Wells to the Lords of the Treasury in relation to frauds and impositions in the Wine Licence Office, where he says they give receipts for the rents received, and tell the tenants they are busy, and if they want new licences they must call again, but there is no occasion, they being safe in the receipts only. By this means the Crown has been defrauded of about 800l. per ann. Believes that the Comrs for Stamp Duties sent their inspectors to the Wine Licence Office to inspect their books, and they found the number paid for was 38,890, and the petitioner is well assured that one half of that number has not been paid for at the Stamp Office. Is informed one Harbin (a person through whom a great part of the frauds was committed) has laid an information in order to deprive petitioner of his reasonable reward. Prays to be allowed to search the books, and that he may not be deprived by the artful management of others of his reward.
Minuted:—“28th 7br 1722. To Commrs Wine Licences to state the facts.” 1 page.
26 Sept. 55. Lord Carteret to the Lords of the Treasury. Encloses for their Lps' consideration copy of memorial to the King by the Countess Dowager of Seaforth, who complains that she has not received any part of her jointure upon the late Earl of Seaforth's estate, and alleges that the Government is likewise deprived of what advantage might accrue by the forfeiture of the estate. 26 Sept. 1722.
The memorial.
Minuted:—“28th 7br 1722. This is not a matter before the Lords of the Treasury.” 2 pages.
[? About
28 Sept.]
56. Memorial of George Luellain, Chamberlain of the City of London, to the Lords of the Treasury. About December last, his Majesty acquainted the Lord Mayor that he had ordered the Bishop of London to receive 1,000l. out of the Treasury, to be distributed by him and the Bishop, to the poor of London and Westminster, and parts adjacent, together with what should be collected in the several parishes. The collections have been made, and are ready as soon as the 1,000l. shall be paid. The time of the Lord Mayor being very short, unless speedily done, it cannot be distributed according to his Majesty's directions. Prays an order to be made thereon.
Minuted:—“Order'd. Warrt signd 28th 7br 1722” 1 page, quarto.
1 Oct. 57. Certificate to the Treasury of the Comrs of Alienations (W. Ashburnham and W. Jessop) of the gross and net produce of writs of entry, and writs of covenant, in the Alienation Office, for the year ended at Michaelmas 1722. Alienation Office, Oct. 1, 1722.
With this note at the foot:—“The post fines are always collected by ye sheriffs & accounted for in ye Pipe, & therefore are not included in this account.” 1 page.
3 Oct. 58. J. Burchett to Horrace Walpole, Esq. Has to reply to his letter that the Navy Board are preparing the usual Naval estimates, but they cannot be finished until it is known what number of men will be appointed for the next year. Their Lps have sent a memorial to be considered by his Majesty in Council. When his Majesty's pleasure is known, the estimates will be laid before the Lords of the Treasury. Admy Office, 3 Oct. 1722.
On the back is:—“Lrd president to be reminded of fixing ye number of men for sea service in Council.”
Minuted:—“5th 8br 1722. Mr Chancr hath reminded Ld Presidt.” 1 page.
10 Oct. 59. Memorial of the Trustees for circulating Exchequer Bills to the Lords of the Treasury. Have examined the computations upon all the Exchequer Loan Bills (ao 6 Geo. I.) that have been cancelled at the Exchequer to 28 Sept. 1722. Have, according to the abstract annexed (out of money in their hands on the South Sea Account) paid into the receipt of the Exchequer, upon the account of that company, for interest on Exchequer Bills, 15,041l. 3s. 11d. Send the account of the salaries for executing their trust. Pray for a warrant to pay the same. Trustee's Office, 10 Oct. 1722.
Minuted:—“7th 9br 1722. Read & orderd.”
The abstract referred to. 3 pages.
12 Oct. 60. J. Burchett to Horatio Walpole, Esq. In respect to the claim of Doctor Hawkshaw, Judge of the Admiralty of Ireland, to be reimbursed 124l. 7s. 8d., expended by him in a suit against the Corporation of Galway, relating to Admiralty jurisdiction. The Lords of the Admiralty had desired that, since the Receiver of the Rights and perquisities of Admiralty had not any money in his hands, to defray the expense, the sum might be paid out of such perquisites of Admiralty as have been accounted for to the Crown; there being no other fund for services of this nature. Mr Walpole had represented, that possibly the Receiver might now have sufficient to defray the expense, and the Lords of the Treasury conceived that to be the only fund for satisfying the doctor's demand He (Mr Burchett) has to reply that the Receiver has not where withal to reimburse the doctor, and cannot see when sufficient money will be in his hands, and their Lps (of the Admiralty) are of opinion that the perquisites of Admiralty, and particularly the effects of pirates, may better answer the contingencies which the Lords of the Treasury may think necessary to defray out of them, if due care be taken in collecting the same.
The Lords of the Admiralty are sensible that the perquisites of the Admiralty are to be disposed of as the Lords of the Treasury shall judge most for his Majesty's service. But the collecting the perquisites, is expressly allotted to such persons as they (the Lords of the Admiralty) shall authorize.
The Lords of the Admiralty would be very far from interfering with the Lords of the Treasury in anything that does not properly belong to them; and even in this case, they have no other view than to represent to their Lps the obligation they are under (by the clause in the patent) of acting in the manner they have done, and to show the difficulties which arise from the appointment of two receivers for collecting the perquisites. Admiralty Office, 12 Oct. 1722.
Another letter and three other papers on the same subject. 9 pages and 2 halves.
18 and 31
61. Memorial of Charles Dartiquenave, Paymaster of H.M. Works, to the Lords of the Treasury. In the annexed “state” is set forth the reason why Mr Auditor Foley cannot proceed in passing the accounts without a royal warrant. Prays for a warrant.
The “state” or certificate referred to, by which it appears that the sum of the expenses was 18,612l. 2s.d., which was 4,212l. 2s.d. in excess of the yearly allowance of 14,400l. limited by his Majesty's instructions. Certified 18 Oct. 1722.
Minuted:—“31st 8br 1722. Prepare a warrt to the Audr for allowing these articles in the Paymrs accounts.” 3½ pages.
18 Oct. 62. J. Burchett to the Secretaries of the Treasury. The Comrs for Victualling had represented to the Comrs of the Admiralty the bad condition of their storehouses, &c., and proposed several works to be done, amounting to 34,377l. Asks that their letter, which he encloses, may be laid before the Lords of the Treasury, that they may see how needful it is that the money may be supplied. Admiralty Office, 18 Oct. 1722.
The copy of the letter referred to, in which the Commrs of Victualling say “neither ought the present shattered condition of the buildings to appear strange, when it is considered that they are no other than what were allotted for the victualling service, long before the Revolution, when the business bore no manner of proportion with what it has been since; so that time itself might be said to have wore them out, and the rather, as no money has been ever given by Parliament, either for supporting them, or making those additions which the increase of the service has necessarily called for.” 10 pages.
18 Oct. 63. Lord Lieut. of Ireland (Grafton) to the Lords of the Treasury asks them to obtain a warrant from the King for placing Mr Vernon Hawly, Major of the Royal Hospital, on the Irish Establishment of Half-pay, as Lieut. of Foot, in the room of Mr Ambrose Burroughs, a reduced Lieutenant of Brigadier Creichton's late regiment of foot. It is stated that the Major had become unfit for his duties, and desired to exchange with Mr Burroughs. Bond Street, 18 Oct. 1722. 2 pages.
19 Oct. 64. The same to the same. His Majesty has declared that a new warrant shall be granted to supply the defect of the warrant for placing on the establishment of Ireland the pension of 2,600l. per ann., intended to be granted to the Countess Dowager Stanhope, for the term of 31 years. Sends the draft thereof. 19 Oct. 1722.
The draft is not now with it. 2 pages, quarto.
23 Oct. 65. Report of the Surveyor General (Pulteney) to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir John Vanbruge, who prayed for a lease of the wharf belonging to Somerset House, with the shed thereon, for 31 years. By an Act passed in the 1st year of the present reign, for settling a revenue on her Royal Highness the Princess (in case she shall survive the Prince of Wales) a power was given to his Majesty, at any time before the 25th of March 1716, to grant that palace to her Royal Highness for life, in case she survived his Royal Highness the Prince; which power having been exercised, he conceives that any lease of the wharf, to be granted for a term, will be determinable upon the contingency in the Act mentioned. Would not have advised the granting of the lease if the Act had not been made, as Somerset House may come to be a residence for some of the Royal Family, and then the wharf will be necessary. Gives also other reasons. Has forborne to lay before their Lps a state and value of the premises until he receives their Lps pleasure thereon. 23 Oct. 1722.
The petition referred to. 3 pages.
23 Oct. 66. “A. Cracherode's particular of causes under prosecution wth states thereof. 23o Octbr 1722.”
[The causes have no minutes against them.] 10 pages.
24 Oct. 67. Certificate of the Deputy-Auditors of Imprest to the Lords of the Treasury, in reply to their Lordships' enquiry whether any accounts had been rendered to them by Thomas Missing, Esq., as Contractor for Victualling the garrisons of Gibraltar and Placentia, and in what manner the same are to be passed. Mr Missing has not rendered any account. Give reasons why he should render a General account. Oct. 24, 1722.
Minuted:—“1st 9br. 1722. Mr Missing to render an accot from the commencemt of his sevll contracts p[er]suant to their report. Send a copie of this to the Comptrs Army, acquainting them that, as it appears to my Lords, the passing of the Contractors' accots will take up a considerable time, they do proceed to report upon the Lists & Certificates to them referr'd as formerly, & that my Lords have directed Mr Missing to lay his vo[u]chers before the Audrs, that there may be no delay in passing his accots.” 1½ pages.
31 July–25 Oct. 68. Three letters of Lord Carterett to the Lords of the Treasury, touching payment of bills of Exchange, for money expended at Paris by Sir Luke Schaub, for his Majesty's immediate service.
In the Minute Book, Vol. 23, p. 164, on 28 April 1722, is the following:—“400li to Sir L. Schaub expended for his Majesty's service at Paris pursuant to his Mats commands.” 4 pages.
31 Oct. 69. Memorial of Anthony Vezian, late Agent to the Garrison of Placentia, on behalf of the several Officers of the Garrison and Four Independent Companies there. Praying payment of their demands. Is daily pressed by the Officers and merchants who have given credit for the support of the garrison. Several of the officers are reduced to great necessities for want of their pay, due from 25 Aug. 1717. Praying for directions to be given thereon. 1 page.
1 Nov. 70. Memorial of Thomas Missing, contractor for Victualling the Garrisons of Gibraltar, Anapolis, and Placentia. Finds that the passing his accounts by the Auditors will take too long for the contractors to support so great a credit. Prays their Lps orders to the Controllers, that in the mean time they go on reporting as usual, that payments may be obtained according to contracts.
Also the state of the Account.
Minuted:—“1st 9b[e]r 1722. See the minute on the Audrs Rept abt the manner of the Contractors passing his Accounts,” [The Minute referred is given to the paper of 24 Oct. 1722.] 2 pages.
3 Nov. 71. “Commissioners' presentment relating to the six pence in the pound [for salaries, fees, and wages] to he deducted out of all payments that shall be made out of the duties on salt.”
A memorial thus docketed from the Salt Comrs to the Lords of the Treasury.
Doubts having arisen, whether the deduction is to be made out of the incident expenses and charges in the receipt and management of the duties, the Comrs pray their Lps directions, whether any, and which of the payments therein specified, are subject to the deduction. Salt Office, 3 Nov. 1722. 2½ pages.
6 Nov.]
72. Petition of Kingsmil Eyre, Esq., Agent to General Nicholson, Governor of South Carolina, in America, to the King. The Lords Justices, finding it necessary for his Majesty's service, that new fortifications should be erected in South Carolina, and barracks built there, directed (by warrant) the employment of as many of “the Company” as could be spared in the fortifications and barracks, for which they were to be paid 6d. a day each. Pursuant thereto, a number of those soldiers were employed in building the same. Pray that the Board of Ordnance may be ordered to reimburse the petitioner the 960l. 8s. expended. Referred 6 Nov. 1722.
Another petition to the Lords Justices, copy of the warrant of the Lords Justices, and copy of an account of the charge. 4 pages.
8 Nov. 73. Copy of Report of the Lords of the Treasury to the King, on a petition of Bernard Cooke, gent., praying further relief for having attended in England, to prosecute some complaints against Mr Lowther, late Governor of Barbadoes, and some of the Council, Judges, and Justices of that Island. Their Lordships had referred the examination thereof to Mr Cracherode the Solicitor for affairs of the Treasury, who was of opinion that the petitioner ought not to expect any further reward, than the 100l. he had received, until he should have made good his complaints (which it appeared he had failed in proving) or until he should have been able to do some further service. In this opinion they concurred. 8 Nov. 1722.
The Report referred to on Cooke's petition, in which he complained of illegal proceedings against himself and his wife, who gave evidence of traitorous speeches against James Grazett, of Barbadoes. The wife was sentenced to stand in the pillory several times, though ill, and big with child, which usage is said to have caused her death. Grazett was indicted for uttering the following seditious words, viz., “God damn King George and all his family. He is a Dutch dog and son of a whore,” and further, “Here is King James the third's health, right and lawful heir to the Crown.” He was, however, acquitted. An indictment was found against the wife of the petitioner for having pronounced the following words:—“God damn King George and all his country,” and also for having uttered (kneeling) the words following, viz., “Here is King James the third's health.” She was found guilty of the last part of the indictment only, and for this was sentenced as above to the pillory. The petitioner's complaint against the Governor was, that to gratify his private resentment against petitioner, he pretended that he had uttered words reflecting on the modesty of Robert Warren's wife, and had caused him to be bound over to a Petty Sessions of the Peace to punish him, and that the Justices refused him a trial by Jury, and condemned him to be publicly whipped, and to have twice thirty-nine lashes; which order was barbarously executed in open Court by the common whipper of slaves. Petitioner offered no proof against the Governor, as to his being illegally whipped, and the petition against him was dismissed, but the Justices and two of the Council were removed for acting arbitrarily and cruelly. 11 pages.
9 Nov. 74. Order in Council referring a report of the Comrs of Trade on the petition of Col. Moody, to the Lords of the Treasury, for their report thereon. The petitioner set forth that during the time he was Governor of Placentia, in Newfoundland, he had purchased some houses and lands which were afterwards seized for his Majesty's use to erect forts upon. He prayed that he, and his tenants, might be reimbursed. The Comrs of Trade were of opinion that satisfaction ought to be made to him. 9 Nov. 1722. 2½ pages.
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75. Petition of several merchants trading to Virginia and Maryland, in behalf of themselves and others, complaining that since the Union with Scotland, that nation was let into the Plantation trade, and they import into Scotland vast quantities of tobacco from Virginia and Maryland, and bring large quantities thereof into England, and there is just ground to suspect that the duties chargeable on tobacco, brought into this kingdom, are not paid by the traders of Scotland upon the arrival of their tobaccos there. The merchants here find a great decay in their trade, and cannot sell the tobacco at any tolerable rates so as to pay the duties to the crown; pray their Lps to recommend this affair to Parliament, that some method may be taken to settle the tobacco trade upon a just and honest foundation. With 35 signatures.
Minuted:—“13th 9br 1722. Read. Mr Brent to attend with his report, concerning the frauds complained of in Scotland to morrow morning. Make an extract of all the directions that were given in pursuance of the hearing of the Merchants at this Board the last year, & what returns have been made to such directions.” 1 large page.
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76. Petition of Frances Wyndham to the Lords of the Treasury, setting out the same particulars as are contained in her petition previously noticed under 6 April 1722, and praying that order may be given to pay her arrears.
Minuted:—“13th 9br. 1722. To be read when Mr Chancr is here.” 1 page.
17 Nov. 77. Three reports of the Surveyors General to the Lords of the Treasury upon petitions of William Van Hulls, Esq., who in the last of these reports is described as lately deceased, and who was seeking to obtain the grant of a lease of some ground adjoining the Cockpit, Whitehall. He says, in one of his petitions, that soon after the fire at Whitehall, he obtained King William's promise of a piece of ground in the Privy Garden, to rebuild that part of his lodgings which he lost by the fire, and that a lease was granted him in Queen Anne's time, and he expended 2,500l. in repairs and new building; yet he had been obliged to quit the best part thereof, whereby the remainder is rendered entirely useless. The report, last in date, gives several particulars as to the situation of two of the pieces of land desired, and refers to a plan annexed, and advises a grant of the lease for 31 years (petitioner surrendering the lease in being), and for the first piece that a fine of 18l. 16s. 8d. should be paid, reserving to the Crown the present rent of 6s. 8d. per ann. during the first 22 years, and 13l. 16s. 8d. per ann. during the remainder of the term; and for the second piece, a fine of 50l., reserving to the crown a rent of 5l. per ann. during the whole term. The petitioner waived his application for a third piece of ground whereon the Battery stands. These petitions are the first of the kind which have fallen under his consideration for a lease of ground within the precincts of Whitehall. The dates of the reports are 13 April 1720, 15 Jan. 1721, and 17 Nov. 1722.
Minuted:—“23d March 1722–3. The Petr must be content with his present int[ere]st in ye premisses, for my Lords cannot permit the leasing out that ground, now ye way is to be widened for the conveniency of both houses of Parlt.”
Besides the three reports are two ground plans, two petitions, and three letters, 19 pages and 2 halves.
22 Nov. 78. Memorial of the Directors of the United East India Company (by Tho. Woolley their secretary) to the Lords the Treasury. By the two million Act there is a clause for the better securing the trade to the East Indies, that three fourths of the forfeitures should be given to the Company and the other fourth to the Crown. By the last act ⅓ of the forfeitures for breach thereof was given to the Crown, ⅓ to the Company, and ⅓ to the officers of the Customs. The Directors have had, and may have, the first information of clandestine and illegal trade, contrary to the acts, and it would be very hard to oblige them to go to a Custom House officer and give him information, which would intitle him to the third of the forfeiture. This they ought to have, who receive the first information and are willing to prosecute. Pray for deputations to two persons named to be Custom House officers for this purpose. East India House, 22 Nov. 1722.
Minuted:—“6th Decr 1722. Mr Chancellour directs deputations to be made out accordingly. Deputations signd.” 1 page.
24 Nov. 79. Governor, &c. of Greenwich Hospital to the Secretaries of the Treasury. Have received information that several persons are now building and applying for leases of ground on Blackheath, and in Greenwich, within H.M. manor of East Greenwich, wherein are several aqueducts, conduits, and pipes for conveying water to the Hospital, which, by such buildings, may be greatly obstructed, to the damage of the hospital and of several houses of the town of Greenwich that rent their water from the hospital. Desire that the Lords of the Treasury would order a caveat to be entered in their office; that no such lease or grant be issued without notice to the Governor. Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, 24 Nov. 1722.
Minuted:—“9th April 1723. Read.” 1 page.
27 Nov. 80. Report of the Surveyor General of Woods (Ch. Wither) to the Lords of the Treasury on the memorial of Mr Norton, Warden of his Majesty's forest of East, alias South Bere, alias Beir, in the county of Southampton, praying payment of three years' arrears of salary due to two keepers of Bere Forest, and for some establishment for the future payment thereof, in lieu of an allowance of cordwood, which they had had time immemorial, but of which there is now no more left. The Surveyor confirms the statement as to the arrears, and the mode in which the keepers were paid. There is now due to the two keepers 150l. As they have nothing to subsist upon except their wages, thinks it reasonable they should be paid as other keepers of Forests are, and as there is no timber that can be felled with good husbandry, submits that they should be paid out of the Exchequer 27 Nov. 1722.
Minuted:—“Warrt signd 14 Decr 1722.”
Also the memorial. 3 pages.
28 Nov. 81. “Petition and memorial” of Robert Bonell to the Lords of the Treasury. Petitioner sent an anonymous letter to their Lps offering to make great discoveries of frauds in the revenue. In answer to advertisement, petitioner waited on the Hon. Horatio Walpole, Esq., and made a full discovery of the frauds and abuses, an account of which he now annexed. Petitioner since attended the Comrs of Customs several times, and the Comrs ordered prosecutions to be commenced against a great number of persons, who have raised considerable estates by such corrupt practices. The consequence would be the immediate recovery of at least 100,000l., and a certain prospect of increasing the revenue 100,000l. per ann. Petitioner accepted several gratuities from the runners, but his whole design in so doing was the service of his Majesty, and his expenses have far surpassed his gains. At first, when he could not be brought to give his seeming consent to these corruptions, he was once attempted to be poisoned, and was actually so another time; so that he apprehends himself to be in danger of his life if his name shall be discovered. Prays for encouragement and protection, and that the Comrs of Customs may make a report upon his services. November 28, 1722.
Minuted:—“Decbr 19, 1722. 200 to be payd out of incidents of ye customs.”
On the next page to the petition is a warrant from the Lords of the Treasury for the payment of 200l. in full satisfaction and reward for his services. Dated 17 Jan. 1722.
Then follow two schedules entitled:—(1) “The officers of the Customs, together with the smuglers, did agree with the merchants, captains of ships, supercargoes and others, importing goods into this port, to run them at the prices following.” (2) “An account of monys paid to the officers of the Customs and others, for running of goods out of the following ships according to ye sd prices.” 3½ pages.
28 Nov. 82. Petition of Josias Thompson and Elias Barnes, to the Lords of the Treasury. Part of the many services which petitioners have rendered his Majesty, in various kingdoms, may appear by the papers which are recommended to their Lps by the Comrs of Trade and Plantations, and by letters under the hands of the Comrs for Ireland, which the petitioners are ready to produce, &c.; pray for some small subsistence.
Minuted:—“28th 9br 1722. Their papers are sent to Ireland, whither they ought to go to attend the Commrs, but my Lds do not think it reasonable to allow them any thing to carry over” (sic). 1 page.
29 Nov. 83. Lord Lieut. of Ireland (Grafton) to the Lords of the Treasury. Transmits a memorial of the Lieutenants of Killmain's regiment, together with a memorial in their behalf, of Lord Killmain, their Colonel, representing the loss they have suffered in their pay and in the value of their Commissions, since they were removed from the establishment of Great Britain, to that of Ireland. These memorials set forth that this regiment has been raised near forty years, and had always two lieutenants to each company, who received pay as such, till sent to Ireland in 1718; that from that time, the nine youngest lieutenants have received no more than ensign's pay, though all of them who purchased before that time, paid the price of lieutenancies, and their Commissions give them that rank; that the nine eldest lieutenants likewise partake of this hardship, not being able, at any time, to dispose of their Commissions in order to their preferment, but at the price of ensigncies; by which means several of them have lost opportunities of advancing themselves according to his Majesty's regulation; moreover, that some of them who were Lieutenants in other regiments, and came into the Royal Fusiliers by exchange, to relieve the Garrison of Minorca, from whence the regiment was sent home, do now receive no more than ensign's pay, though they parted with Lieutenancies in other regiments, in exchange. Desires that their Lps will obtain his Majesty's warrant for allowing the nine youngest lieutenants the same pay, as all other regiments of foot, on the establishment of Ireland, have. Bond Street, 29 Nov. 1722.
Minuted:—“6th Decr 1722. Prepare a warrt.”
Also the petitions referred to. 5 pages.
84. Memorial of Col. George Douglas, Sir William Hope, Col. George Somerville, William Stuart, Physician General, and George Preston, surgeon, to the Lords of the Treasury. Were paid out of the Treasury of Scotland before the Union, but upon the Union, were placed upon the contingencies of the forces allowed upon the Establishment of Great Britain. State further how they have been paid since, and that they are now two years and a half in arrear, amounting to 2,087l. 8s. 3d., as appears by certificate annexed. Pray that they may be paid.
Copy of a warrant and the certificate referred to. Dated 16 Nov. 1722. 3 pages.
3 Dec. 85. Representation by the Commrs for Hackney Coaches and Chairs, to the Lords of the Treasury on the memorial from Francis Burton, Esq., Receiver General of the Deductions. Apprehended that the deduction of 6d per libr. was to be made only upon salaries, fees, &c., but not upon the rent of their office, or upon tradesmen's bills, &c.; and hitherto they have not made such deductions; but as the memorial alleges that other offices have been directed to make such deductions, they pray for directions. 3 Dec. 1722.
Minuted:—“In this as in other Revenue offices.”
Also the memorial. 2 pages.
4 Dec. 86. Report of Sir Robert Raymond, Attorney General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the report of Charles Withers, Esq., Surveyor General of H.M. Woods on the memorial of the Duke of Kingston, praying the royal licence to enlarge his park at Thoresby (Notts) by taking in some barren closes and lands of inheritance belonging to the Duke, which lie within the Rangership of Sherwood Forest, and to have free chase and free warren therein. Is of opinion, that since the lands desired to be enclosed are the Duke's inheritance, and that as the Crown has no other rights thereto, than their lying within the Rangership of the Forest, his Majesty may lawfully gratify the Duke therein. 4 Dec. 1722.
The intended enclosure consisted of 1,217 acres 3 r. 30 p.
Also the report and memorial referred to. 3 pages.
5 Dec. 87. “Auditor Harley's report on the demands of the Bank of England for the charges of the annuity offices there, for two years, ending at Michãs 1719.” 5 Dec. 1722.
The demands fall under the following heads:—
(1) The charge of building offices at the Bank for the transferable annuities, (2) the incident charges of the said offices, (3) the wages or salaries of the officers and clerks employed therein, and (4) a consideration for the pains and service of the persons appointed to take in the Lottery orders at the Bank.
Minuted:—“Wts signed on ye Bills reported.” 5 pages.
12 Dec. 88. Robert Armstrong to Charles Burniston, Esq., Surveyor General of his Majesty's woods in America. Reiterates much that is previously set out in another letter of 25 July 1722 (see vol. ccxl., 16), on the subject of the unlawful cutting of trees claimed to belong to townships. If the inhabitants claim of properties within the townships be good, “then the reservations made by his Majesty for supplying the Royal Navy will only extend to the land lying without the townships, where it is impossible for the crown to be furnished with masts, but at six times the charge, being so great a distance.” New Hampshire in New England, 12 Dec. 1722. 2 pages.
16 Dec. 89. C. Sibourg to —. Begs him to remember his favourable promise made about seven months ago, to add so much to his small salary of the Lieutenant Governorship of Nevis, as would make it 400l. per ann. As his fate depends upon one who never forfeits his word, his (Mr Sibourg's) hopes are, that his friend, General Harvey, will have such a definitive answer as may set him (Mr Sibourg) above the fears of starving. Bowney in Oxfordshire, December 16 [1722].
Minuted:—“An addll 100li p[er] ann. upon the same foot as his salary as Govr.” Again:—Warrt signd 7th Feb. 1722–3. 2 pages.
20 Dec. 90. Petition of Edward Young, Esq., late Surveyor of the Woods, to the Lords of the Treasury, for payment of 25l. 11s., being the costs of a suit which Pitman Blanchard, a carpenter, brought against petitioner for work pretended to be done for his Majesty's service in the New Forest, but which the Jury gave against the petitioner. 20 Dec. 1722. 1 page.
26 Dec. 91. Representation and memorial of James Loudoun, collector, and Alexander Kennedy, comptroller of his Majesty's Customs at “Glasgow toun” to the Lords of the Treasury. Having seen a copy of a report concerning frauds in the tobacco trade, laid before their Lps in November last, by Humphrey Brent, Esq., one of the Comrs of the Customs in Scotland, and finding that the permits issued out of this office, either for exportation from the principal port of Port Glasgow (whereof this is only a wharf), Greenock, or other ports of the Kingdom, or for home consumption mentioned in that report, as one proof for such alleged frauds, they (the memorialists) offer various considerations for their vindication; though considering they neither have, nor had, any concern in the entries or receipt of duties for tobacco or any other goods, their Lps would perceive, that any frauds that have been, or may be, discovered, cannot be justly charged upon them, being capable of drawing no advantage from them. Represent that since the Union, no other books have been kept in this Custom house but Permit books, where all permits outwards are fairly recorded and numbered. “But there don't remain the least foot steps of any order, rule, or precedent for keeping a Leiger either for tobacco or any other goods, or strikeing a balance between the permits for tobacco inwards, and the permits issued out, especially for home consumption,” &c. Have gone on in the method of their predecessors, and had never had any distinct rules given them for their conduct till June last, when Mr Brent came thither and called for the books, when the system of carrying on the business was explained. Memorialists give various other particulars in connexion with their method of procedure in their business, and think they have given sufficient evidences that none of the tobacco frauds can be imputed to them. All their endeavours to keep their books in the manner prescribed, will scarce suffice, without a sufficient number of hands. Have sometimes been obliged to keep one or two clerks, which their small salaries can very little afford (the Collector having only 30l. per ann. and the Controller 25l.) unless, in answer to their petition, they have an augmentation of their salaries. “Custom ho, Glasgow town, December 26, 1722.” 3 large pages.
[? 1722.] 92. Petition of Nathaniel Kinderley, of Lynn Regis, Norfolk, gentleman, to the King. “Petitioner being one of the Commrs of Sewers for the hundred of Wisbeach, in the Isle of Ely, and also one of the Conservators of the Corporation of the Great Level of the fens, called Bedford Level, and by the said Corporation directed to proceed in finishing a work by them begun for the relief of part of the Fen Country under their care,” the rest of the Commrs for that hundred “taking umbrage thereat, under pretence that the Navigation of the River of Wisbeach under their care, would be prejudiced thereby, did at a sessions of sewers by them held at Wisbeach, on Wednesday the thirteenth day of June 1722, set a fine of five hundred pounds” upon the petitioner for proceeding with the work and estreated the fine into the Exchequer. These proceedings of the Comrs of Sewers were occasioned from a clashing of Jurisdiction between them and the Corporation, the merits whereof have been heard in the Court of Chancery, and satisfaction has been decreed to be made to the Comrs of Sewers, by the Corporation, and as the petitioner only acted in obedience to the Corporation, the proceedings (as against petitioner) were dismissed. Prays that the fine may be remitted. Undated. 1 page.
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93. “The claims decreed out of forfeitures, unsatisfyed for want of sufficient money in the Exchequer for that purpose.”
The claims amounted to 9,548l. 8s. 9d., and the money in the Exchequer to meet them was 3,984l. 7s. 11d. 1 page.
[? 1722.] 94. A printed paper with various notes (? in Lownde's hand) in the margin, and continued on the back, entitled:—“Proposals for an agreement between the South Sea Company and the Bank of England as settled by the Courts of Directors of each Company.” 1¼ pages.
[? 1722.] “95. Distribution of the 500,000l. raised by an Act 7 Geoii for the debt of his Mats Civil List.”
“List of the Warrants signed for applying the 500,000li granted 7o Gii Rs for the Civil List.” 4 pages.
[? 1722.] 96. Petition of Thomas Lechmere, Surveyor General of the Northern continent of America, to the Lords of the Treasury. Was appointed on 1 May 1721, and arrived in New England in September. His salary, &c. are ordered to be paid from 12 Sept. when he was sworn in. Others were paid from the date of the warrant. Prays an order to be paid from the date of the warrant. 2 pages.
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97. The case of Thomas Corbin late Virginia merchant. Showing the amounts, &c. for which persons had failed who were indebted to him. Corbin was indebted considerably to the crown. “Since the failure of Lee and Corbin the Crown has received by Corbin's means, out of their effects, no less than 32,000l., which is more than ever was recovered (in the memory of man) from any persons whatsoever in the like circumstances.” “It appears Corbin has concealed nothing; but on the contrary used his utmost endeavours to serve the crowne. Therefore in a very particular manner merits favour and relief from the Government.” 2 pages.
[? 1722.] 98. Report, unsigned, but? of the Lords of the Treasury or Board of Trade, to the King, on the petition of the Duke of Montagu, setting forth that the Islands of St Lucia and St Vincent, being part of his Majesty's territories in America, have not hitherto been settled, and that if they were settled it might be an advantage to Great Britain; and praying to have a grant of the same, as well as to be appointed Governor, with power to appoint a Deputy. These are two of the Windward Carribbee Islands comprehended in the Commission of the Governor of Barbadoes; but as neither of them have been settled, they produce no revenue to the Crown, nor advantage to these kingdoms. It would undoubtedly be an advantage that they should be effectually settled and planted, and so much the rather, because the French have heretofore made several attempts to possess them, to the manifest prejudice of the King's title. The petitioner proposes, in consideration of an absolute grant (the Government with all royal and sovereign authority being reserved to his Majesty) to send over five hundred white people at the least, to make a settlement on the Island of St Lucia, within three years. The Duke proposes to be accountable for a quit rent for a third part of the Island at the rate of 2s. 6d. for every 100 acres of land within 13 years; for one other third within 10 years; and for the remaining third, as it shall be leased out or taken up. As the Island of St Vincent is at present possessed by indians, or negro slaves, who have escaped thither from the neighbouring islands, who are armed and very numerous, he hopes for a further term in settling that Island, and that he may be allowed ten years for making such a settlement as may be sufficient to secure the possession thereof, to his Majesty, and that the quit rent shall not commence, but in proportion as the land shall be taken up; that is to say, within three years after the date of each respective lease or grant to be made by his Grace. These proposals are for his Majesty's service, and for the advantage of Great Britain, and tend to open a new branch of trade. When the settlement of Tobago was under consideration, certain rules and restrictions were passed by the writers of the report, to be observed by the Governor of Barbadoes, in the disposition of that Island, which were approved by his Majesty in Council, and if the grant be made, his Grace should be enjoined to observe the same rules in the distribution of these lands; for which reason, they have annexed restrictions of the same nature, which they would make the condition upon which the grant should be made.
Also the restrictions referred to. 4½ pages.
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99. “Reasons offer'd why his Grace ye Duke of Montagu ought not to be restrain'd from planting sugar canes in settling the Island of St Lucia.”
The paper finishes thus in respect to the restriction in planting sugar:—It is “not more reasonable that it should be confin'd to one spot of ground, than that one parish in England should be restrained from plowing their lands, least it should lower the price of corn; and all the King's subjects ought to enjoy their propertys in an equall manner, and have an equall liberty of making ye best advantage of it they can.”
Also another paper containing some memoranda. 4 pages.
1722. 100. “Petition and case” of William Atkinson on behalf of himself, Mary his wife, Agmondesham Atkinson their son, and the rest of their children, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that Agmondesham Pickayes, the elder, of London, was by letters patent, goldsmith to King James I. and Charles I., and had two privy seals for work done for 4,206l. 12s., and Agmondesham Pickayes, the younger, grandfather to petitioner's wife, had a privy seal for work done for King Charles II., for 1,345l. 13s. Petitioner prays for 40l. a year and arrears for nine years and a half's interest on the 1,345l. 13s. due at Midsummer 1722 (380l.).
Also copy of the privy seal of Charles II. 2 pages.
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101. Petition of Capt. George Gordon, late Commander of H.M. ship Pearl, in behalf of the officers and company of the ship, and those of H.M. ship Lime, lately commanded by Capt. Ellis Brand, to the King. In November 1718 these ships' companies took a pirate vessel, commanded by Captain Thatch (commonly called Blackbeard), in which engagement, several men were killed on both sides. The pirate vessel and cargo were condemned in Virginia, and the money lodged with the Lieut. Governor for his Majesty's use. By an order in Council the money was directed to be paid to the Court of Admiralty here, and to be granted to the officers and company who belonged to the ships Pearl and Lyme. By another order in Council his Majesty directed the royal bounty or head money, published in his proclamation, to be paid, and by warrant ordered the same, amounting to 710l., to be paid by the Lieut. Governor out of the effects. Prays for the grant of the remainder of the pirate's effects.
Also the Copy of the Order in Council of 23 Oct. 1721. [After 19 Sept., 9 Geo. I., as the warrant referred to is dated on that day. See King's Warrant Books, vol. 25, pages 194–196.] 3 pages.
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102. Memorial of several Officers of the regiment formerly commanded by Lieut. General Macartney, Brigadier Sutton, and the late Col. Leigh, to the Lords of the Treasury. Several months after the regiment was “broke,” it appeared that the Government was overpaid. The Comrs for stating and determining the debts of the Army in Jan. 1721–22 ordered certificates to be prepared upon the overpaid officers, for the payment of others who had balances due; but no certificates were issued, and the Commission had expired: pray for a clause to be inserted in some Act of Parliament to empower the issue of proper certificates. 1 page.
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1722 or in
103. “The case of John Lucas, gent., Receiver General of his Majesty's Land revenue in the counties of Worcester, Hereford, Salop, and Stafford. Executed the office of Mr John Digby who was the Receiver from 1689 to 1709–10, and on his decease made up the accounts. Petitioned the Chancellor of the Exchequer and prayed to be appointed, but Mr Robert Hewit was appointed. On the demise of her late Majesty, the receivership determined, and he (Lucas) again petitioned, and was constituted receiver and delivered in his accounts to Mich. 1722; when there was a surplus of 48l. 7s.d., but as Hewit's accounts are not yet declared he (Lucas) is incapable of getting his accounts declared, and has petitioned the Chancellor of the Exchequer for a special order for declaring his accounts. 1 page.
[After 1722.] 104. “The exact form and method that all ministers have ever gone on an Embassy to the Emperor of Morocco from George Delaval Esq., in 1707, to Charles Stewart, Esq., in 1722.” Undated.
Showing the number of persons who went with embassies and their equipage. It is mentioned that there are no inns or entertainment whatever in all Barbary. 1 small page.
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105. “State of the case upon several acts of Parliament relating to army debentures.”
Giving the effect of various Acts between 1 and 8 George I. as respects army debentures.
It is stated at the end that Mr Serjeant Pengelly, Mr Attorney General, and Mr Solicitor General, are of opinion, that the alteration of certain debentures by Captain Pakenham is not felony, because the debentures so altered by him, appear on the face of them, not to have been made out in pursuance of any Act of Parliament. 2½ pages.