cording to the Scheme then begun, or that should be afterwards thought fitting
carried on: And also to state the Accounts for the Works of the said Hospital,
make Payment from Time to Time for the same: And to perfect all other Matters
Things whatsoever, relating to the Building, Carrying on, and Finishing it. And
provide for such Person or Persons, by Pensions or Provisions for the said
as should be thought necessary, with regard to the Acts of Parliament then made,
should after be made, for the Encouragement of Seamen.
This Commission was directed to Prince George, Hereditary of Denmark; Thomas
Archbishop of Canterbury; John Archbishop of York; Sidney Lord Godolphin; Thomas
Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery; John Duke of Buckingham and Normanby;
William Duke of Devonshire; Charles Duke of Somerset; James Duke of Ormond; John
Duke of Marlborough; and many others; whom She nominated and appointed her
Commissioners, or Governors of the said Hospital.
And these were continued, according to a Statute sometime made and provided, and
Proclamation for that Purpose issued, until her Successor should declare his
Pleasure concerning the same.
King GEORGE, in the First Year of his Reign, set forth a Commission, dated the
of January, for Carrying on, Building, and Providing for the said Hospital:
revoking and determining the former Commission, or Letters Patents, and their
Continuance; and the former Governors in the said Office be removed.
duly weighed and taken into his Princely Consideration, (as the Commission ran)
how great Importance so good and necessary a Work would be to his Service, and
that tender Regard he had for the Good and Welfare of his Loving Subjects; and
extremely desirous to promote and carry on the same; He nominated, authorized
First, George Augustus, his dearest Son, Prince of Wales;
Archbishops of Canterbury and York for the Time being; Lord Cowper, Baron of
Wingham, Lord Chancellor; Daniel Earl of Nottingham, Lord President of the Privy
Council; and those great Officers for the Time being; with a great Number
be Commissioners for the said Hospital. These he ordered, directed and
from Time to Time to meet together, at some convenient Place, for the Execution
K. George's Commission for the same Hospital.
That any Seven or more of them should make a Court: Whereof the Quorum to be the
Lord High Admiral, or one of the Privy Council. Power is given them to proceed
finish the Building, according to the Scheme begun, or that should be thought
hereafter to be further carried on. To state the Accounts for the Works; and to
Payment from Time to Time. To provide for the Maintenance of such Persons, as
should be necessary, with Regard to the Acts of Parliament for Encouragement of
Seamen. That a General Court should be held Quarterly, or oftner, if found
by the Lord High Admiral. The Governor, Deputy Governor, and Treasurer, to
at the Meeting of that General Court, or of the Directors of the Hospital
The General Court, to recommend all Officers for the Hospital to the Lord High
Admiral. The Lord High Admiral to appoint all the Officers, except the Governor
Treasurer. All Officers, or others, to be admitted for the future, to be
Persons. The General Court, with
the Assistance of the Attorney General, and Solicitor General, to prepare a
Statutes for the perpetual Government of the Hospital. Four and Twenty
were appointed and named (whereof Five to be a Court) viz. Mat. Aylmer, Rob.
Robinson, Galfridus Walpole, Sir Joseph Hodges, Sir Alexander Cairnes, Sir
Page, Sir Christopher Wren, Sir Jonathan Andrews, &c. to be a standing
and to be stiled Directors. These, or any Five, or more, to meet once a
oftner, if Occasion require, attended by the Secretary. They are empowered to
the Building; to state the Account for the Works; to make Contracts for
all other Necessaries for the House; to take in Persons by the Approbation of
All Proceedings of the Directors to be laid before the General Court of
at their Quarterly Meetings. The Directors to receive 20s. for every actual
to be paid to such Directors, as shall think reasonable to demand it; the same
to be paid
out of the Revenue of the said Hospital. The Lord High Admiral, or General
when assembled, to Nominate, and Fill up the Number of Directors, in place of
dye, or refuse to act.
The Governors and Officers, not to be concerned in any Contracts, or buying
Provision, or other Matters. The Government of the House to be by the Governor
a Council of Officers, to be appointed by the Lord High Admiral. The
empowered to receive any Gifts, or Bequests of Land, Monies, or other Estate,
Use of the Hospital. Publick Notice to be made of this Commission, by such Ways
and Means as they shall think most conducible to the Furtherance of the said
Power to appoint Persons to take Subscriptions; and to collect Money given, and
make Checks and Comptrols of them. To certify to the Lord Treasurer the Names
the Contributors, and Sums given, to the End a perpetual Memorial be made of
well disposed Persons.
Galfridus Walpole, Esq; nominated and appointed to be Treasurer and Receiver
General, of all the Monies and other Profits to be subscribed, contributed,
bequeathed, &c. The Treasurer, to be subject to such Inspection and
Comptrol, as shall
be appointed by the General Court, or any Seven of them. No Money to be applied
other Uses than the Charity hereby intended, and the necessary Charges relating
The General Court of Commissioners, by Warrant in Writing, are to direct the
of all Sums for Building, Provisions, Salaries for Servants, and all Incidents.
Rules for keeping of the Monies brought into the Treasury; and also for keeping
Stores and Provisions, and issuing the same; and for keeping of Books and
and for auditing the same; and to consider and determine all Matters, for the
compleating the Design of this Commission. The Commissioners to be accountable
every one for his own Acts only.
The Treasurer to receive 200l. a Year Salary. And Lastly, the Commissioners to
all Matters left undetermined by the late Commission.
Anno 1712, 10 Regin. An. an Act was made for the better collecting, and
Duties granted for the Support of the Royal Hospital at Greenwich, and for the
Benefit thereof. Some of the Contents whereof are:
An Act for collecting Duties for this Hospital.
That every Seaman serving the Crown or any Subject, and every Person employed on
Boats upon the Coast of Great Britain or Ireland, in taking Fish which are
to Shore, and in Boats which trade from Place to Place,
Act. 12 Regin: Ann.