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hold stores. Unclaimed property of deceased pensioners and nurses. Interest of money in the stocks, being savings from the above-mentioned funds. The clothing of the boys, as well linen as woollen, is of the same quality as that of the pensioners; and when bound out, are supplied with two complete suits, and other necessaries.
The following Table shewe the number of wards and beds in the several parts of the building:
No. of Beds. King Charles's Building - - - 301 King William's ditto . . . . 550 Queen Ann’s ditto
437 Queen Mary's ditto
Total 2381 We shall conclude this article with an account of the respective sources whence the whole revenue of the Hospital is at present derived, and also the principal articles of its expenditure.
REVENUE.-Ist, Sixpence per man per month for all seamen and marines belonging to his majesty's ships, including those in ordinary. 2d, Ditto for all seamen employed in the merchants' service. 3d, The duties arising from the North and South Foreland lighthouses. 4th, The half-pay of several of the officers of the hospital who are entitled thereto. 5th, The wages, with the value of provions and other allowances, of the two chaplains of Woolwich and Deptford dock-yards. 6th, The rents and profits of the Derwentwater estates, including l'ead mines. 7th, The rents of the market at Greenwich, and of the houses there and in London. - 8th, Interest of money invested in the public funds. 9th, Fines for fishing in the river Thames with unlawful nets, and other offences. 10th, Forfeited and unclaimed shares of prize and bounty money. · EXPENDITURE.-Ist, Cloathing, victuals, necessaries of all kinds, and weekly allowance of money to the pensioners and nurses; together with salaries and allowances to the officers and clerks, and wages and allowances to cooks,
scullery-men, and other inferior officers and servants. 2d, Ordinary works and repairs of the hospital, including the infirmary, boys school, brewhouse, and other buildings, and salaries to the officers, &c. in that department. 3d, Contingent expences for director's attendances, law charges, stationary, and various other articles, including the Derwentwater estate. 4th, Pensions to out-pensioners, including salaries to clerks, and other expences incident to that service.
Present Establishment of. Oficers, &c. A master and governor, 10001.; one clerk at 501.". A lieu. tenant-governor, 4001. Four captains, each 2301. Light lieutenants, each 1151. A treasurer and receiver, 2001.; tiree* clerks at 501. A secretary, 1601.; two clerks, one at 601. and one at 501. An auditor, 100l.; one clerk at sot. Tro chaplains, each 1301. A physician, iOs. per diem, 1$21, 10s. A steward, 1601.; four clerks, one at 601. and and three at 40l. each. A surgeon, 1501. ; two assistants, at 401. each, one servant at 301. A clerk of the checque, 1606; four clerks, one at 60l. and three at 401. each. A surveyor, 2001. A clerk of the works, 5s. per day, 911:55; one clerk at 601. A dispenser, sól:; one assistant at 307. Three matrons, each 401. A schoolmaster, 1501. A master brewer, 60l. An organist, 601. A butler, 251.; two mates at 15l. each. Two cooks, each 30l. ; four mates, two at 201. and two at 151. A sculleryman, 201. ; two mates at 151, each. A messenger, 301. Two porters, each 151. Barber, 12l. +
* One of them was appointed on account of out-pensioners; and the first clerk has 501. more on the same account.
† On account of improper persons having obtained lucrative situations in this establishment, and who had not been in the sea service, it was moved in the House of Commons, on the 22d of March, 1808, by viceadiniral Sir Charles Morice Pole, member for Newark, that some reguJations were necessary to be adopted. He observed, that “as a member of parliament, and one of the late members of the late Board of Admisalty, he found it necessary to make a motion on the subject of the charter
The number of pensioners maintained in the hospital is two thousand three hundred and fifty; every boatswain is
of Greenwich Hospital, and to correct a repetition of the errors which had crept into that meritorious establishin;ent. The noble lord who presided at the head of that board (earl St. Vincent) was ever anxious to see ample justice done to the navy, and every man connected with it, and therefore was of opinion with himn, and with every disinterested man, in the country, that the strict spirit of the charter should be adhered to, and that all offices should be filled in Greenwich Hospital by seafaring men, who were competent to the task. The honourable member then proceeded to read the commission issued by William III. by queen Anne, by George II. and the subsequent charter. From all these it appeared, that the Hospital was established for the confort of those who were wounded or maimed in the navy, as being an industrious and laborious set of men, who ought to be invited, rather than forced, into his majesty's navy, whose glory, from their exertions, reached the remotest parts of the world... He then proceeded to read an abstract from the fourteenth Report of the Commissioners of Naval Enquiry, page 549, stating that they had enquired into the state of Greenwich Hospital, and that they found a number of persons had been admitted of a description and class that ought not to have been. It was to remedy this evil that he would submit some resolutions, which he had prepared, to the house, as it was the duty of every naval officer to anticipate the legitimate wants of every seaman, who suffered great privations while serving his country, and by which he ought ever to be cherished and protected. For these reasons he moved the following resolutions :*7** Resolved, That it appears the commission granted by king William
for the benefit of Greenwich Hospital was since enlarged, by a subsequent act and charter.
Resolved, That it appears to the house that the rules and regulations were strengthened by an act of William, Anne, and Geo. II.
Resolved, That it appears, by the fourteenth Report of the Naval Commissioners, that a number of offices were filled by a description of per sons, in violation of his majesty's gracious intention, as expressed in his charter.
Resolved, That an humble address be presented to his majesty, that he be graciously pleased to give direction, that in conformity to the said charter, its regulations may be complied with, as far as was convenient, according to the intention of the said charter."
The chancellor of the exchequer (Mr. Percival) “ said he was very desirous of giving every facility to the wishes of the hon. baronet, on a subject which so justly excited the feeling of a gentleman, particularly of his pro
allowed 2s. 6d.; every mate 18: 6d.; and every private man Is. per week for pocket moncy: Their * cloathing consists of a blue suit, hat, three pair of blue yarn hose, three pair of shoes, four shirts, every two years. The coats and hats of the boatswains and boatswains mates are distinguished by a broad or narrow gold lace. The 'pensioners are also allowed neckcloths, nightcaps, and all necessaries for bedding, which are changed as worn out. Great coats are allowed for the old and infirm, and watch coats for those on guard. iii,, ; . . ia · The pensioners dine at twelve, o'clock; when the lieutenant on duty attends to see that good order be preserved
during their meals t..... Homi - There are a number of nurses appointed by warrant from the admiralty, who must all be widows of scamen; and under the age of forty-five ycars, at the time of admission. Their aliowances are, wages, each, per unnum, 81. A
fession. He had no objection to his preceding resolutions, but he conceived 'the latter would defeat his object, and he would therefore more an amendment, by leaving out the words, “ as far as convenient,” and restrict the trustres in their appointments, by specifying those officers alone who may be selected from those who were not at sea; for instance, the surveyor, the clerk of the works, the auditor, who was also a legal adviser, the brewes, and the organist. He was of opinion that these could not be conveniently selected from the navy, but in case of vacancy he would it advertised for one month previous to the clection, to see if any naval man would apply, who, if found competent, would be elected. Such, he said, was the amendment he'would propose, which would, he hoped, inect the wishes of the honourable baronet, and the concurrence of the house”
The motions, as amended agreeably to the suggestion of the chancellor of the exchequer, were agreed to.
* By an act of parliament passed in the twentieth year of George II. it was enacted, that persons taking to pawn clothes belonging to be hospital, or changing the colour or marks thereof, should forfeit 3). upon conviction before one of his majesty's justices of the peace; or be comInitted to prison for three months: and that the pensioner, or nurse', gom ing off with the same, should be committed for six inonths. One moiety of this sum is directed to be paid to the informer, the other for the benefit of the hospital.
+ The surplus of pease-soup, being a considerable quantity, is given away to the pensioners families at the gates of the hcapital.
grey serge gown and petticoat, yearly.. Provisions and bedding, the same as a pensioner. The nurses are required to take out certificates of their husband's service in the navy in the same mode as the pensioners; and to produce certificates of their age and marriage to the admiralty on the day of examination.. in
In consequence of an act of parliament passed in 1763, one thousand four hundred out-pensioners were appointed at 71. per annum each ; whose numbers gradually decreased in consequence of death, or admission into the hospital, till the year 1782, when five hundred additional ones were appointed, and in the year following as many more; the inpensioners, who were desirous of it, were allowed to retire upon the out-pension, if they thought proper, there appearing to be no objection; and there have been progressive admissions since that period*. : ."'.' . · For the above interesting description of this grand national establishment, we are obliged to the authentic account of Greenwich Hospital by the rev. Mr. John Cooke, and the rev. Mr. John Maule, joint chąplains. ....
- The Painted Hall is commemorated for being the deposia tory of the revered remains of the gallant lord NELSON, previously to its public interment in St. Paul's.
In the centre of the grand front is a descent to the river, by a double fliglit of steps, as represented in the plate. The ground-plot of the whole edifice forms nearly a square, of which, King Charles's Building occupies the north-west angle; Queen Anne's, the north-east; King William's, the sõuth-west ; and Queen Mary's, the south-east. The in
* By the above-njentioned act, “. All assignments, bargains, sales, orders, contracts, agreements, or securities whatsoever, which shall be given or made by any out-pensioner, for, upon, or in respect of any sum or sumns of money, to become due on any out-pension granted by the commis sioners or governors of the hospital, shall be absolutely null and void to all intents and purposes."
Also, “the personating or falsely assuming the name and character of an out-pensioner of Greenwich Hospital, in order to receive the outpension, or procuring any other to do the same, is made felony without benefit of clergy."