America and West Indies: July 1724, 16-20

Pages 166-167

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 34, 1724-1725. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1936.

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July 1724, 16–20

July 16.
Treasury Chambers.
269. Mr. Scrope to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Reply to June 30th upon Revenue Bill of Jamaica, (i) The general way taken by the bill of declaring all Acts as they now stand and are accepted and used to be in force there for ever, without specifying the particular Acts and Laws in title or substance is not well approved by my Lords of the Treasury. (ii) They have reason to beleive the new revenues are overestimated, (iii) No provision is made for discharging the present debt, about £16000. (iv) The lowering the duties on indigo and sugar will encourage the trade from the French colonies, which ought by all means to be avoided, (v) The not permitting a clause to be inserted in the bill to suspend the execution thereof till H.M. pleasure should be known, is a behaviour no ways answering what might be expected from subjects to whom H.M. shows such great goodness and favour, (vi) The overplus of the Revenue (if any) instead of being disposed of by act of Assembly, ought to have been left to H.M. disposal, the rather for that the Assembly have assumed by the bill to appropriate all the patrimonial revenues of the Crown for the support of the Government and the contingencies thereof, and at the same time deprive H.M. of the power of disposing the overplus. (vii) The Receiver General of the Revenues is to accompt only with the Governour Council and Assembly or a Committee thereof. This in my Lords' opinion is a setting up an insufferable independancy, and therefore they do insist, that the Receiver General be made to accompt before their Lordships or the Auditor of the Plantations under them according to H.M. Instructions to the Governor General. Signed, J. Scrope. Endorsed, Recd. 18th, Read 21st July, 1724. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 14. ff. 355, 356v.]
July 16. 270. Mr. West to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Report upon several Acts of Jamaica passed in 1723. Signed, Richard West. Endorsed, Recd. 16th July, Read 12th Aug., 1724. 51/3rd. pp. [C.O. 137, 14. ff. 367–370v.]
July 17.
271. H.M. Warrant to Mr. Attorney or Solicitor General to prepare a bill for H.M. signature appointing John Selwyn Chief Clerk, Register and sole Examiner in the Court of Chancery in Barbadoes, and Clerk of the Crown and Peace there, upon the death or surrender of Anthony Cracherode, for and during the natural lives of John Selwyn the younger and George Augustus Selwyn, his sons, and the life of the longer liver of them etc. You are to insert in the said bill a clause, declaring our acceptance of the surrender lately made to us by Nicholas Paxton and Barnabas Legard of their several reversionary estates and interests of and in the said offices and of our grant thereof unto them etc. Countersigned, Holles Newcastle. Copy. [C.O. 324, 35. pp. 74, 75.]
July 18.
272. Duke of Newcastle to Governor Worsley. My Lord Carteret having put into my hands your letter to his Lop. of 3rd March etc., I will take the first opportunity of receiving H.M. commands upon them. In the mean time I would not omit acknowledging the receipt of your letter, and assuring you, that, if any thing shall happen in the course of our correspondence, wherein I can be of use to you, you may depend upon my doing you all the service in my power; as I had the happiness of your acquaintance when you were here, I shall be glad of all occasions of recommending myself to your good opinion, and of convincing you, that I am with the greatest truth and esteem, Sir, Your most faithfull and most humble servant. Signed, Holles Newcastle. [C.O. 324, 35. pp. 75, 76.]
July 20. 273. N. Torriano to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Reply to Queries on Sugar and Tobacco trades, v. 14th May. Similar to other replies, 30th May-18th June. Signed, Nathaniel Torriano. Endorsed, Recd., Read 21st July, 1724. 9 pp. [C.O. 388, 24. No. 153.]