Addenda: August 1693

Pages 630-631

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 17, 1699 and Addenda 1621-1698. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1908.

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August 1693

Aug. 5. 1,301. The Attorney General to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Forwarding a draft charter from Thomas Lane and Company, merchants of New Jersey. [Board of Trade. Trade Papers, 13. p. 114.]
Aug. 24. 1,302. Minutes of the Privy Council. Draft charters for Trading Companies to Pennsylvania and New Jersey were read, with the Attorney General's opinion thereon, and referred back to the Lords of Trade and Plantations, to whom the petitioners are to present an account of the quantity of tar, pitch and naval stores they will undertake to import into England for the use of the Royal Navy, and at what rates, also in what other commodities they intend to trade.
Abstract of the Pennsylvania Merchants' proposals. (1) On obtaining their charter they will apply themselves to making tar and pitch, and will send for men of knowledge therein from abroad. They will furnish the King with 10 tons at the end of the third year, and so forward at the market price, or sell it to the King in America, on six months' notice of the quantity required. They will also settle whale-fishers, plant hemp and flax, and will build ships and deliver plank. [Board of Trade. Trade Papers, 13. pp. 91, 92.]
Aug. 1,303. Sir Robert Robinson to William Blathwayt. I framed a map of Newfoundland. The trade of the place is most important to England, employing 300 vessels, 9,000 seamen, and making gains of £300,000 a year. The Dutch employ many ships in Placentia, and about 100 on the Main Bank. If they should at this time seize our ports and secure St. Johns, Ferryland and Havre du Grace, they will easily command the whole country, and beat us out of the trade for ever; and this they may easily do. I advised King Charles to have a fort in each place. The French have one. Signed, Robt. Robinson. A rambling statement. 1 p. Endorsed, Aug., 1693. [Colonial Papers, Vol. LXVI., No. 96.]