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for the licences they dispose of; a monthly journal of which Appendix. they usually send up to the office; and in the month of June, every year, they generally come to London, to settle their year's accounts, return the licences undispoled of, and pay in the balance due from them : they are directed never to keep more money in their hands than is sufficient to pay their salaries.

The money received at the office, and from bills, is paid. by the cashier, in consequence of a general order of the board, every Wednesday into the exchequer, pursuant to the gth and 10th of William the Third, provided it amounts to more than two hundred pounds, reserving such a sum as may be sufficient for the payment of salaries, incidents, and current expences of the office; and the cashier brings to the board the tallies for the sums paid in.

The commissioners make up their accounts yearly, swear to them before the barons of the exchequer, and then they are sent to the office of the auditors of the imprest, to be examined and passed.

The commissioners are three in number; they usually meet on a Thursday, if they have any buliness. At the time of granting licences, about Midsummer, they attend eight or ten days together; at other times they frequently do not meet for a month together, unless businels requires it. Guy Carleton,

T, Anguis,
Geo. Drummond.

No. 11.

The Examination of Mr. Joseph Marshall, Clerk to the Receiver Joseph

General of the Duties on Hackney Coaches and Chairs; taken Marshall. upon Oath, the 13th of December, 1780.

THIS examinant faith, that the duties arising from the rents of hackney coaches and chairs, are all paid to the receiver general, at the hackney coach office in London, in the name of the respective proprietors of the licences or figures, The payment for each coach ought to be twenty Thillings every twenty-eight days, or fourteen days after; and for each chair two shillings and fixpence every quarter day, or fourteen days after; and the full payment is usually made within two or three months after it becomes due. The number of coaches are one thousand, and of the chairs four hundred. Of these dut:es thirteen payments are always

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Appendix, made by the receiver general, every year, into the exche

quer. In three of the quarters, the payments are generally two of one thousand pounds each, and one of five hundred pounds; in the other quarter, three of one thousand pounds cach, and one of five hundred pounds. In those monthis when the five hundred pounds only is paid, a súm-is reserved for the payment of the quarterly salaries of the officers, and the incidental expences of the office. These payments into the exchequer are made according to the usual course of the Teceiver's office, without the intervention of the commisfioners; the tallies for the payments are brought to the office; and the receiver general inakes out a certificate of the receipts, payments, and remains for the month, which he figns, and carries to the board ; the-register copies the account, which the commissioners fign, and certify to the treasury.

The accounts of the office are usually made up to the 5th of July, about the Christmas-following; and the whole balance is then paid into the exchequer.

· After the commiflioners have examined the accounts, they are carried to the office of the auditor of the impreft to be passed, and the receiver general swears to them, before the barons of the exchequer.

There are five-commissioners in this office, and they meet
once or twice a week, as the business requires.
Guy Carleton,

T. Anguish,
Rich. Neave,
Sam. Beachcroft,
Gço. Drummond.

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No. 12.

General Poft Office, London. An Account of Receipts and Payments by Robert Trevor, Esquire, Receiver General there, from the 29th of Auguf

to the 5th of September, 1780.

A. 1781.

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To a balance remaining the said 29th
day of August, 1780

15,524 10 6
To so much received from that time to
the 5th day of September following 2,142 10 5

£ 17,677 On


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740 00 16,667 ON



Balance as above

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92,667 0 1
Paid by incidents, since July 5, 1780, 7,568 18 11 cm
Balance in hand

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Robert Treo The Examination of Robert Trevor Esquire, Receiver General

of the Revenue of the Post Office; taken upon Oath, the 12th
of December, 1780.

THIS examinant faith, that he is receiver general of the
revenues of the post office, and appointed by patent under
the great feal.

The revenue of the post office is received by the receiver general, either in London, or in the country : in London, froin the clerks who receive the postage of letters paid at the office from the collector of the bye and cross roads letter office ; from the collector of the penny poft office, and the forter at the chief penny post office; from the inland and foreign letter carriers; and exprels money from a clerk in the secretary's office: in the country, from the post masters only: Those clerks who receive the postage of inland letters paid at the office, and the inland letter carriers, pay their receipt to the receiver general every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, according to a charge made upon them by their comptroller; except the postage to America, which is paid once a quarter. The collector of the bye and cross road office pays him, about the end of each quarter, to the amount of twelve or fifteen thousand pounds, upon an average ;

and the collector of the penny post office pays him, at the same time, about one thousand pounds, upon an average. The clerks who receive the postage of foreign letters paid at the office, and the foreign letter carriers, pay in their receipt every Wednesday, according to a charge made upon them by their comptroller.

The oft masters in the country remit their receipt by bills to the secretary of the post office, who delivers them to the accountant general, and he brings them to the receiver general, who deposites them, after acceptance, in the bank, to he received when due. He pays into the exchequer every Tuesday seven hundred pounds, pursuant to the act of the gth of Queen Anne, and at the same tiine fends thither a certificate of the balance in his hands; and at the end of every quarter he pays in the balance of his receipt, reterving about five thousand pounds to answer the incidental warrants from the board, which are coming to him continually, to pay salaries, allowances to officers, clerks, and tradesmen; which payments he does not take credit for until the end of the quarter ; because the bill of incidents


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cannot be closed until that time. He makes up his accounts Appaadisi
annually, and sends them to the office of the auditor of the
impreft, to be passed.
Guy Carleton,

I. Anguish,
A. Piggott,
Richard Neave,
Samuel Beachcroft,
George Drummond.

No. 14.

The Examination of William Fauquier, Esquire, Accountant W. Fauo

General of the Post Office; taken upon Oath, the 15th of Don quier. cember, 1780.

THIS examinant faith, that it is one branch of his office to keep the accounts of the post masters in the country; the charge upon them is made out by the fix inland clerks of the roads, and generally sent by them every other day to the accountant general's office.

The account of each poft master is sent to him quarterly, examined and signed by the accountant general.

The receiver's bill book is sent to the accountant general's office every day, by which it appears what bills have been remitted by each post master.

The accountant general sends to each post master, every quarter, an account of the balances due to or from him. These accounts cannot be made up from the several books until near fix weeks after quarter day, therefore, until that time, they do not know how much the quarter's charge amounts to.

The office expects they shall clear this balance before the expiration of the next quarter; if they are above two quarters io arrear, the solicitor has orders to proceed against them.

The post masters of most of the great towns keep constanta ly remitting; and they all give security for their offices.

There are but few defaulters, and those not to any confi.
derable amount.
Guy Carleton,

W. FAUQUIER, Junior.
T. Anguish,
A. Piggott,
Richard Neave,
Samuel Beachcroft,

Geo. Drummond.



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