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before the House of Commons; and after having been voted by parliament, the payment of the 'several sums
so voted is provided for by an act of parliament passed PALMERSTON. for that purpose. One of the heads of such estimates
so laid before, and voted by parliament during the several years of 1815, 1816, 1817, and 1818, was entitled as follows, viz. “ Great Britain for an allowance to the Secretary at War, to enable him to defray the charge of compensations, or retired allowances, to the following persons, formerly employed in his office." And one of the items contained under that head is entitled as follows, vis. “To one retired established clerk, 2001."—and the person to whom that description applied, was the said Christopher Holland. In this manner the sum of 2001. had been regularly incladed in the sum voted in each of the said years, and the appropriation thereof provided for by an act of parliament,' as the compensation or retired allowance of one retired established clerk during each of those years respectively. The mode in which the money so voted is placed at the disposal of the Secretary at War, is as follows:
The entire amount of the estimates of army services for the current year is, in the first instance, imprested from the Exchequer into the hands of the Paymaster-General. There is a warrant issued by the Lords of the Treasury to the PaymasterGeneral, in the following form, that is to say:
“ By his Royal Highness the Prince
Regent, of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Ireland. ** Whereas the parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland hath made provision for various services connected with the expenditure of his Majesty's land forces for the year 18
: our will and pleasure therefore is, that the accompanying establishments of the said services do accordingly com
mence and take place from the 25th December, 18
1822. and continue in force until the 24th December, 18 GrDLEY both days inclusive ; and that the amount of each of
LORD the said establishments be issued and applied by the PALMERSTON. Paymaster-General of his Majesty's forces, at such periods, and in such proportions, as sball from time to time be directed by his Majesty's Secretary at War; or in the case of his Majesty's forces serving abroad, by the officer commanding such forces, or by one of the comptrollers of army accounts, in pursuance of the regulations in this behalf established by us, his Majesty's High Treasurer, or the Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury for the time being, or by any act of the legislature; but that.no new charge be added thereto, nor any greater sum be issued on account of the said establishments than is herein authorized in each particular case, without being first communicated to us, his Majesty's High Treasurer, or the Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury for the time being: ako to nie od
£. s. d. (Land Forces, exclusive of India 31. A. Pay of General Officers in the Land Forces,
not being Colonels of Regiments 40. B. Troops and Companies for recruiting India Forces 43. D. Staff and Garrisons
63. E. Full pay for retired and unattached Officers 56 & 67. F. Public Departments and Exchequer Fees - 71.
G. Volunteer Corps 75. K. Medicines and Hospital Expenses
Reduced Adjutants of Local Militia
Todo ello, I als
[Here followed various deductions to be made by the Paymaster-General out of the sums which he should issue pursuant to the said establishment, on account of the pay of the commissioned officers and privates of the two regiments of Life Guards, and the three regiments of Foot Guards.]
The warrant then proceeded as follows:
“We being resolved, that the said deductions shall, as heretofore, be applied towards the support of our Royal Hospital, near Chelsea, or to such other uses relating to our service, as we shall judge proper, by such proportions and in such manner as shall be hereinafter directed, either by warrant under our sign manual, or by direction of his Majesty's Secretary at War, of which the said Paymaster-General is to keep a distinct account in writing, to be from time to time laid before us, his Majesty's High Treasurer, or the Secretary at War for the time being :-and for so doing this shall be, as well to the Paymaster-General of the Land Forces as to the Commissioners for Auditing Public Accounts, the Commissary-general of Musters, and all other persons whom it doth or may concern, a sufficient warrant, authority, and direction.
« Given at our Court at Carlton House, this
18 in the Majesty's reign."
year of his
• By command of his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, in the name and on the behalf of his Majesty."
This warrant is under the royal sign manual, and countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury. The Secretary at War grants, from time to time, warrants upon the Paymaster-General, for the payment of the
sums placed by act of parliament at his disposal ;
1822. which warrants from the Secretary at War, are in the GIDLEY following form, viz.
PALMERSTON. “ Allowances, Compensations and Emoluments,
in the nature of Superannuation or Retired Al-
“ To the Right Honourable the Paymasler-General of
his Majesty's Land Forces for the time being.
“You are hereby authorized and directed, out of such monies as are in, or shall come to your hands, applicable to army services, to issue to Robert Lukin, Esq. or his assign, the sum of pounds, being towards defraying the retired allowances of persons formerly employed in the corresponding department of the War Office, for the quarter ending on the 24th ; the same to be issued without deduction, and without other accompt than such as is liable to be rendered under the authority and direction of the Secretary at War.
“Given at the War Office, this 18 ."
« Received (a) the
day of of the Right Honourable the Paymaster-General, the above sum.
(Signed). “Robert Lukin."
(a) This is given on a receipt stamp. VOL, VII.
1822. The Paymaster-General, after the receipt of these GIDLEY warrants, draws upon the Bank of England for the
amount, and such amount is thereupon by the said Mr. PALMERSTON. Lukin, first clerk to the Secretary at War, paid into the
bank of Messrs. Biddulph and Cox, the bankers of the said Mr. Lukin, and is entered by them in account with the first clerk of the War Office. The money, when so paid, is at the discretion of the Secretary at War, no minute of the Treasury being necessary to take it: and the said first clerk acts as his cashier in the distribution of it; and the first clerk, or his deputy, signs cheques on Messrs. Biddulph and Cox, for the quarterly payments of the compensations and retired allowances in favour of the several parties entitled to them, according to the aforesaid estimates, or as he may be directed by the Secretary at War. In this manner, the entire sums voted for the service of the war department for the years 1815, 1816, 1817, and 1818, have been received by the said Mr. Lukin, and by him placed in the hands of Messrs. Biddulph and Cox, upon the account, and for the purposes before mentioned; and the sums retained out of the allowance to Mr. Holland have, upon the settlement of the said accounts, been since paid by the said first clerk to the account of the Paymaster-General, at the Bank of England. The allowance of 2001. per annum was regularly paid to Mr. Holland, or to bis order, from the yd March, 1815, to the 24th March, 1816, previously to which time, Holland had become embarrassed in his circumstances; and in consequence of certain pecuniary transactions of his, the defendant directed that 50l. a year only of the retired allowance of Holland should be paid to him from the 25th March, 1816, and that the remainder should accrue as a fuod for liquidating the claims of certain half-pay officers, widows, and persons on the compassionate list, for whom Holland had acted as agent. Holland remonstrated