|47. Present. Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.|
His Majesty's commission, dated the 20th ult., for constituting Mr. Winnington one of the Commissioners of the Treasury upon the removal of the Earl of Cholmondeley, opened and read, and entered in full.
The Commissioners for Taxes attend and their representation concerning the Receivers General, together with the state of their arrears, read. Said Receivers continued for land tax 1736 except five, detailed.
The report from said Commissioners of April 22 last read on the petition of John Airey and George Billings concerning Billings' bid for an estate belonging to one of the sureties of Charles Wilkinson, late Receiver General of Yorkshire.
Same from same of January 8 last read concerning the duties on houses and the management and great decrease thereof, “and in regard the inconveniences represented are not to be remedyed without authority of Parliament, the Commissioners are directed to prepare proper clauses for that purpose against the next Session of Parliament.”
Their Lordships, on discoursing the said Commissioners and reading other their papers, take notice of the great arrears standing out in London, Westminster and Middlesex, Surrey and Worcester. The Receivers for those districts to be quickened.
Said Commissioners are to lay before their Lordships a state of the Receivers' demands for rewards and charges, as well on reports already made and not answered as on like claims now lying before them to be reported.
A petition of the noon tenders in the port of London for increase of salary read and referred to Customs Commissioners.
The Commissioners of Excise to direct their solicitor to defend John Hackworth, Wm. Rogers, John Sherring, and John Thompson in the cause now carrying on against them at the Common Pleas, wherein Mr. Bell is plaintiff, and to subsist the defendants above named, “it appearing that the prosecution against them is for having discharged their duties in the service of the Crown.”
Order for the proclamation reward of 100l. to be paid to the widow of Mr. Pontifex, who was murdered by highwaymen at West Wycombe, Bucks.
Same for the issue to the Cofferer of the Household of 10,000l. in further part of Lady Day quarter, and 10,596l. 10s. 6d. to Mr. Stuart to pay same quarter on the establishment of pensions under his care of payment.
Daniel Prevereau is to be paid out of the King's money in Mr. Lowther's hands 81l. 8s. 6d. for the fees on passing the Queen's Commission of Regent of the kingdom.
“Mr. Burnbury, one of the under clerks of the Treasury, being dead, Mr. William Davis and Mr. Cornelius Vandinande are to be admitted as clerks at the salary of 50l. each (being no additional expense to the office), who are to attend the secretaries, assist in the paper office, and to do such other business as shall be required of them by the secretaries and chief clerks, and upon the vacancy of any other clerk they are to succeed and advance in the office in course.”
Thomas Arnall is to be paid 200l., as his Majesty's bounty, by Mr. Lowther out of the King's money in his hands.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 379–382; Reference Book X. p. 73; Letter Book XIX. p. 406.]
|June 2.||48. Royal warrant by the Queen as Guardian of the Kingdom to the Commissioners and Trustees for Fisheries and Improvements in Scotland, sanctioning the report from said Commissioners of Christmas last and the propositions therein contained for employing 540l. 1s. 6d., being the savings from the Improvements money 1735: said propositions, detailed, including inter al. the entertainment of foreign hecklers, staplers and reed makers, and two Dutch weavers, one at Edinburgh, the other at Ormiston, and of some foreigner skilled in raising and dressing flax, entertaining apprentices on Mr. Hope's farm for raising and dressing flax, and purchasing looms and a Dutch press for folding and pressing linen at Ormiston. [North Britain Book XI. pp. 432–3.]|
|June 3.||49. Treasury warrant to the Auditor and other officers of the Receipt of the Exchequer confirming and approving a list of warrants and orders as below.|
Prefixing:—A list of “warrants and orders which happened to be signed under the last commission of the Treasury, but not being satisfied before the present commission passed, want now to be confirmed by your Lordship for so much as remains unsatisfied thereupon.” [Order Book XVI. p. 208.]
|June 3.||50. Same to the Auditor of the Receipt, the Clerk of the Pells, the Chamberlains, Tellers and all others [officers of the Exchequer] concerned. To take in to the Receipt of the Exchequer 600,000l. for the purchase of three per cent. annuities to be charged upon the Sinking Fund as by the Act of last Session. Annuities to date from St. John Baptist 1736.|
[Money Book XXXVIII. pp. 297–8.]
|51. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.|
Order for the issue to the Cofferer of the Household of 11,830l. to complete 31,830l. for 1736, Lady Day quarter.
Order for the issue of 4,797l. 7s. 0½d. “to satisfy warrants signed and inserted on this day's cash, which want letters for satisfying the same.”
Mr. Paxton's report of May 12 last on James Lee's petition concerning the estate of his half brother, Samuel Lee, deceased, read and referred to the Attorney General for his opinion how far the Crown is restrained from making grants of escheated intestate estates by the Act 1 Geo. II.
Henry Pullein's letter claiming the reward for apprehending the smuggler for murdering the watchman in Bunhill Row, referred to the Excise Commissioners in order to the prosecution of George Watson, the man apprehended.
General Sabine's letter read, dated 1736, April 27, concerning his appointment of Mr. Skinner to take care of the victualling storehouses now building under contract with Mr. Revell, and for several additions to be made to said contract as absolutely necessary, viz.:—Inter al. to enlarge and repair the little Mole out of the South port, called the Ragged Staff, for landing the provisions: the Durant Bridge of the Ragged Staff to be removed and a ramp to be made. A copy to be sent to Mr. Revell for a tender, “and know how it happened they were omitted in his plan of the building, in regard it seems to their Lordships they were provided for in the plan made by General Sabin, which Mr. Revell had to consider before his plan was accepted.”
The Earl of Halifax's memorial for raising the ground floor of his house at the Exchequer to hinder the water coming in on the great tides, referred to the Board of Works.
John Matthews, at the recommendation of Mr. Leathes, to be tidesman at Harwich, loco Anthony Deane, superannuated.
George Williams's petition read for the aid of the Crown to recover at his own charge his right to certain lands, messuages, &c., called the Hospital of St. John Baptist, Bedford, his claim being founded on a grant made by Queen Elizabeth. Referred to the Attorney General.
“The presentment of Joseph Harvey to be watchman at London in the room of Thos. Coulton, deceased, is agreed to.
The Surveyor General's reports and representations read touching the manors of Mulgrave and Seaton, co. York, and the alum mines there, reverted to the crown for want of heirs male of the late Duke of Buckingham. Ordered that Mr. Chambers, the Deputy-Surveyor General, do immediately repair there, and take surveys and accounts of the said estates and their rents, &c., and of the alum mines, works, and materials. Instructions to be prepared for his ascertaining what alum, utensils and materials belong to the Crown and the Duchess of Buckingham respectively, “so as her Grace may be at liberty to take and remove the same.”
Mr. Lowther is to pay out of the King's money in his hands 10l. to Mary Egerton, as His Majesty's bounty.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of supplies, anno 1736, of 7,000l. for a year's pension to the Chest at Chatham due at Lady Day last, and 2,000l. for bills of exchange on the Sick and Hurt Office.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 383–4; Letter Book XIX. p. 408–9.]
|52. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.|
“My Lords will consider on Tuesday next the report from the Secretary at War's office concerning the arrear owing from Stevenson, deceased, to the Independent Companies at Jamaica, wherein the Duke of Portland is concerned. So look out the papers.”
Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, Deputy Postmaster, Ireland, is to have the 200l. per annum on the establishment of Ireland, which Mr. Manley, the late Postmaster, had. Order for the proper warrant accordingly.
Order for the following issues at the Exchequer:—
|To the Treasurer of the Chamber for 1736,|
Lady Day quarter
|Lord Privy Seal||748||15||0|
|Mr. Whitworth for works in Richmond Park||600||0||0|
|Mr. Paxton's report of 1735–6, March 10, read on Ste. Tilley's petition for reward and charges as undersheriff of Cornwall in the pursuit of Henry Rogers, executed for murder. Their Lordships order not only his bill of 67l. 10s. 2d. therein to be paid, but also a further 132l. 9s. 10d. for reward.|
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance out of funds 1736 of 30,000l., one moiety for land, the other for sea services.
“My Lords on Thursday next will read the Earl of Halifax's report on my Lord Middleton's pretencons to a banker's debt from King Charles II. under letters patents granted to Henry Barnard.”
On Mr. Paxton's memorial of March 2 last the following expense agreed to be paid by His Majesty, viz.:—200l. for apprehending Street and Williams, two persons concerned with Henry Rogers in obstructing the undersheriff of Cornwall in the execution of his office, and for prosecuting the rioters at Bristol and Henry Justice for stealing books out of Cambridge library.
The petition of the weighers in fee for an addition to their salaries referred to the Customs Commissioners.
William Alison to be a tidesman and boatman at Shields, loco — Oates, deceased, at the recommendation of Mr. Lambton.
Thomas Johnston, the present postmaster, Norwich, is to be paid 50l. per annum so long as — Parminter, the late postmaster there, shall continue on the list of superannuated officers.
“Enquire if there be not more monies of the late King's Civil List Revenues to be recovered and paid into the Exchequer, from whom, and what amount.”
Catherine Gregson is to be paid 20l., as His Majesty's bounty, by the hands of Mr. Lowther.
The memorial of the 4th instant from the Deputy-Paymaster of the Forces, enclosing Sir Joseph Eyles's proposal for remitting subsistence money to Gibraltar and Minorca 1736, June 25 to August 24, read and agreed to as follows, the rates of exchange being certified to be as usual: viz.:—17,000 dollars for Minorca payable at sight in gold at 55d. per dollar; 24,750 dollars for Gibraltar payable at sight in gold at 54½d. per dollar.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 385–6; Letter Book XIX. p. 409.]
|June 17.||53. Royal warrant by the Queen as Guardian of the Kingdom, &c., to the Ranger and Keeper of Hyde Park and to the Board of Works, granting liberty to the Governor and Company of Chelsea Waterworks to enlarge the reservoir in Hyde Park by a circle of 70 feet in width more or less round the same, and to extend the enlargement in form of canals from the said circle northward and southward seven hundred feet more or less, as the ground will admit, said company finding said reservoir of insufficient extent to serve Hanover and Grosvenor Squares and the houses adjacent with such certainty or quantity as they ought to have: all in consideration of the fact that the said company, encouraged by the “reservoirs and other emoluments, which they enjoy in St. James's and Hyde Parks, have at an excessive charge and expense, without any profit hitherto arising to themselves, brought their works to such perfection as to supply great numbers of our subjects in the upper and lower liberties of our city of Westminster with water for their houses.” Further granting said company liberty to enlarge their engine house near said reservoir in Hyde Park, and to build at their own charge under or beyond the bridge conveying the wasted water from the Serpentine in Hyde Park, through the town of Knightsbridge an engine or water wheel, the company having decided by experiments that the said waste water has power enough after great rains to turn an engine, by means of which and of the mains they have supplied, they intend to supply water in greater abundance for keeping up the great Basin in Kensington Gardens to a due and proper height: all provided the present royal works now making between said river and the said bridge or town of Knightsbridge be not damaged or prejudiced thereby. [King's Warrant Book XXXII. pp. 179–83.]|
|54. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.|
Order for a warrant to pay the Chancellor of the Garter for the poor Knights at Windsor to 1736, Lady Day.
Philip Westfaling is to be one of the undersearchers, London port, loco Charles Westfaling, whose grant is revoked.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 387.]
|June 22.||55. Memorial to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners concerning difficulties arising from the Act of Indemnity of last Session. Since 1723 there were under prosecution 2,462 persons for the treble value of goods clandestinely run up to April 27 to a value of 4,071,820l. 19s. 4d. For other penalties relating to the Customs 133 persons were prosecuted for a value of 15,870l. 18s. Eighty-two of these latter are now in prison. For the duties of goods run before that time 224 persons were under prosecution to a value of 68,458l. 11s. 10¾d. For criminal offences relating to the Customs revenue 494 persons are under prosecution. The Solicitors of the Customs are in doubt whether the above 224 come within the exception of the latter part of the 8th clause. Propose to undertake the defence of all Customs officers persecuted for putting said Act in execution, and further desire an order of the Queen in Council to the Custos Rotulorum and the Justices of the peace, &c., to enforce the execution of this and other Acts relating to the revenue and to assist the Customs officers. 4 pages.|
Minuted as under 1736, June 29, pp. 175–6, infra. 4 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCI. No. 55.]
|June 23.||56. Treasury warrant for the execution of a warrant from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu for furniture, detailed, for the Chapel Royal against the wedding of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and for the taking down the ornaments after the marriage and packing them in baize lined cases.|
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. pp. 53–4.]
|57. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.|
“My Lords on reconsidering Mr. Arnold's report dated the 15th May 1735 relating to 1,684l. 18s. 2d. due from Alexander Stevenson, who dyed indebted in that sum to the Independent Company at Jamaica, and for 278l. 16s. 2d. to satisfy interest thereupon, do allow and think reasonable that the said loss be made good to the said company out of money repaid into the Exchequer by the Earl of Wilmington as late Paymaster of the Forces.” Order for a warrant for issue of same accordingly.
The Earl of Halifax's report of 1735, September 16, read relating to a banker's annuity unclaimed upon the principal sum of 2,862l. 0s. 5d., whereof Francis Lord Middleton and Dame Eliz. Louise Walter appear thereby to be proprietors. “My Lords are of opinion that the said unclaimed debt and annuity ought to be satisfyed and discharged as other the bankers' debts have been to such persons as shall be legally entitled thereto. Therefore prepare a warrant to the Exchequer for making out an order for the payment of the said principal and annuity in the usual manner to such person or persons as the Attorney General shall certify to be the persons legally entitled to receive the same.”
“Prepare an account of what remains to be paid to clear the Civil List to Lady Day 1736.”
Thos. Morley's petition to be continued in the possession of some houses in the Savoy referred to the Surveyor General.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 388.]
|June 24.||58. Memorial to the Treasury from the Court of Directors of the Bank of England signed by Na. Eeles, deputy-secretary. On a memorial from said bank of date 1726, November 17, for an allowance for the charge of books and clerks for the 1,000,000l. lottery of the preceding session, the Treasury granted an allowance of 360l. per annum for such charges of management. Pray some such allowance for same in connection with the lottery of 4 Geo. II.|
Endorsed:—“Allowed 288l. per annum.” 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCI. No. 56.]
|June 24.||59. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to John Lawton 105l. for himself and three clerks for midsummer quarter for sorting, digesting and methodising the records and writings in the Exchequer Court.|
Appending:—Lawton's certificate of work done during the quarter: “Mr. Stewart continued sorting records of divers reigns; Mr. Smart Star Chamber Records; Mr. Whiston in indexes to different rolls; Mr. Farley in methodising books of the Court of Wards and Liveries; and Mr. Strachey assists Mr. Smart at the Star Chamber Records.” [Money Book XXXVI. p. 234.]
|60. Account of the income and issues of His Majesty's Civil List Revenues between midsummer, 1735, and midsummer, 1736. 2 pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCXCI. No. 57.]|
|June 26.||61. The Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to the Treasury, dated from Whitehall. The sum of 1,006l. 4s. 5d. per annum directed by Her Majesty's royal letter of September 10 last to be paid out of the revenues at large in Ireland to supply the deficiency of the fund of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham occasioned by the removal of the eight regiments of foot from the Irish establishment to that of Great Britain is no longer necessary for that purpose, as the eight regiments are since replaced on the Irish establishment. Desires the proper instrument for the ceasing of said payment accordingly from midsummer last. 1 page.|
[Ibid. No. 63.]
|62. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.|
Order for a sign manual for the issue of 1575l. to John Selwyn to be paid to Robert Jeffs of Mortlake for the purchase of a farm called Keeles Farm, near Richmond Park, for the use of the Crown.
The Commissioners of Excise to be notified that Bendall Martyn is to be appointed the secretary attending that board, loco Samuel Grey, made one of the Commissioners of the Revenue, Ireland.
Henry Pulleyne is to be paid 50l. by the said Commissioners for his services in apprehending George Watson, a smuggler, convicted for the murder of Samuel Alexander, a watchman.
Coote Molesworth, physician to the garrison of Gibraltar, is to have his allowance of 10s. per diem made 20s. per diem from midsummer last out of the revenues of Minorca.
Order for a sign manual for 100l. to Arthur Collins, as royal bounty.
The presentment of the Customs Commissioners, Scotland, of April 8 last, concerning declaring the town of Newburgh, near Perth, a creek or quay of the port of Perth for imports and exports and establishing an additional tidesman there at 18l. per annum, read and agreed to.
Same from Customs Commissioners, England, of 1735, Oct. 20, concerning Abraham Coleman's debt read. Agreed to prosecute Coleman for his debt in arrear.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy, out of supplies anno 1736, of 154,775l. 11s. 5d. for services as in his memorial of the 24th instant.
Leave of absence granted to Jonathan Burrard, joint undersearcher with Phi. Westfaling.
The final account of Watson and Hutchinson of the late Earl of Derwentwater's forfeited estate referred to the Auditors of Imprests to examine.
On the Customs Commissioner's memorial of the 23rd instant, touching the late Act of Indemnity, their Lordships order as follow:
That their Solicitors do attend the Attorney and Solicitor General with the forms of the warrants for apprehending or committing offenders and obtain their approbation thereof,
That the officers of the customs do let the Justices of the peace know that if they shall happen to be vexatiously prosecuted for putting the said Act in execution, they shall be defended at the charge of the revenue.
That the Clerk of the Council in waiting will lay that part of this memorial before the Queen in Council, which desires orders to enforce the execution of the Acts relating to the revenue and the aiding and assisting the officers thereof, and their Solicitors are to attend and forward the passing of such orders, in case her Majesty in Council shall agree to the same.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 389–90; Letter Book XIX. p. 411; Customs Book XIV. p. 176.]