Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 1, April 1704 - January 1709. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1920.
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Journal, April 1705
An Order of Councill of the 29th of the last month, refering to the consideration of this Board a report from the Commissioners of the Customes, and one from the Lord High Treasurer upon a memorial from the Virginia merchants, relating to the settling of ports in Virginia, was read; and thereupon ordered that the Virginia merchants be summoned to attend their lordships to-morrow at ten of the clock in the morning; [fo. 349] and further ordered that the Acts for cohabitation and settling of ports in Virginia be lookt out.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of this date, directing the Board to prepare the commission and instructions for Colonel Edward Nott [fo. 351, 359] to be Governor of Virginia, was read; and directions given for preparing the commission to be laid before her Majesty on Thursday next.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 28th of the last month [fo. 345], relating to Mr. Dummer's desire that his packet boats may be exempted from paying the powder duty and all other duties in the plantations, inclosing to Mr. Secretary the draught of a letter to be writ to the Governors of the said plantations for suspending the levying the said powder duty, and for indeavouring to get Acts past in the respective Assemblies for exempting the said packet boats from paying the same, was signed.
A memorial from Sir John Colleton [fo. 344] praying their lordships' directions to Sir Beville Granville, that he take care that Mr. James Colleton may not, by virtue of his being one of her Majesty's Councill, any ways impede or obstruct the proceedings at law of the said Sir John against the said Mr. Colleton, was read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Sir Beville Granville [fo. 353], directing him not to admit the said Mr. Colleton to sit as judge in any of the courts in that island, nor in Councill upon any writ of error or appeal any ways relating to this cause, till the suit between him and Sir John Colleton be determined.
A reference from Mr. Secretary Harley of the 29th of the last month [fo. 325, 349] upon a petition of Mr. Bridger to her Majesty, praying that he may be appointed Surveyor General of the woods in America, and that he may be imployed in promoting and incouraging the production of naval stores in the plantations, was read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary Harley in answer thereunto.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges inclosing to him the draught of a circular letter [fo. 352] to the Governors on the continent of America, relating to the production of naval stores, for his consideration thereof, was signed.
Mr. Perry with other Virginia merchants attending [fo. 347], her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 29th of the last month upon their memorial relating to the settling of ports in that colony, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was read; and several questions being asked them, they said that they did not mean that the said ports should be settled till towns and warehouses could be built at the places that should be agreed upon; and therefore they only desired that her Majesty would please to give an instruction to Colonel Nott that he move the Assembly to pass an Act for setting out of lands for building the said towns and warehouses on, in order to be ports; but that the said places be not reckoned as ports till two years after the passing the said Act. And they promised to bring to their lordships on Thursday next a list of the names of such places [fo. 351], as they conceived proper for that purpose. And in the meantime their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon [fo. 351].
Mr. William Heysham with his brother presented to their lordships [fo. 411] an answer to Sir Beville Granville's reasons for not admitting Mr. Downes into the Councill of Barbados; and they were acquainted that that matter did not properly lye before their lordships, but that their best way would be to apply to her Majesty.
Ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary Hedges, to remind him of the letters writ him the 2nd of February last and the 3rd instant relating to pirates seized in New England [fo. 256, 349, 355] and to a circular letter relating to the late Act for incouraging the importation of naval stores from America.
An Order of Councill of the 5th instant upon a representation [fo. 351] of the same date relating to the settling of ports in Virginia, approving the same and directing the Board to prepare an instruction to Colonel Nott, as is proposed in the said representation, was read, and directions given for preparing the said instruction accordingly [fo. 358].
The draught of a letter for her Majesty's signature for the revocation of Colonel Nicholson [fo. 351, 354] from the government of Virginia, as also a letter inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, were agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
A letter to Sir Beville Granville upon Sir John Colleton's memorial [fo. 348, 354] relating to Mr. James Colleton's being of the Councill of Barbados mentioned in the minutes of the 2nd instant, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
A letter from Mr. Thurston desiring to know whether the company of soldiers at Newfoundland are to stay there or to be relieved, was read, and directions given for preparing a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 354] thereupon, and further ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet to inquire when the Newfoundland convoy will be ready to saile [fo. 355].
Their lordships took into consideration the Lord Cornbury's letters of 14th January, 170¾, and 4th of November last [fo. 256, 257], relating to his government of New Jersey, which were read the 2nd of February last and made some progress therein; and ordered that Mr. Dockwra, Mr. Dockminique and the other proprietors [fo. 356, 357] be summoned to attend their lordships on Friday morning next.
A letter from Mr. Thurston with an account of the necessaries annually sent for the company of soldiers at Newfoundland, was read, and a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, as directed in yesterday's minutes [fo. 353] inclosing also the said account, was signed.
A memorial from Mr. Jennings desiring the Board's recommendation of him to the Admiralty for his passage to Virginia [fo. 358] in one of the men-of-war now bound thither, was read; and a letter ordered to be writ to Mr. Burchet accordingly.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges relating to the pirates condemned in New England [fo. 352, 359] and to a circular letter for inclosing the Act for incouraging the importation of naval stores [fo. 352, 360] from the plantations, as agreed at the last meeting, was signed.
A letter from Mr. Fawler in the absence of Mr. Burchet, secretary to his royal highness the Lord High Admiral [fo. 353], signifying that the Newfoundland convoy were sailed for the Downes in order to their proceeding to Newfoundland, was read, and a letter writ to him inclosing the usual heads of inquiry [fo. 364] to be sent to the Commodore of the said convoy for his answers thereunto.
Colonel Nott presented to their lordships a memorial setting forth that he could not have his dispatches so as to be ready to go along with the Virginia fleet the 20th instant, and praying that the said fleet may be stopt ten days longer, or that a man-of-war may be ordered to stay for him, was read; and a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the said memorial to be laid before her Majesty, was signed.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 12th instant [fo. 369] inclosing several Spanish and French letters taken on board a ship coming from Martinico, and desiring the Board to see if there be anything for her Majesty's service in them, was read.
Mr. Docmenique attending [fo. 353], acquainted their lordships that he had not yet been able to get a court of the proprietors of West New Jersey, and, therefore, could not give their lordships any answer to the papers from the Lord Cornbury that had been communicated to him; whereupon he was desired to bring a memorial [fo. 360] of what he and others might have to offer, on Tuesday next at furthest.
Mr. Dockwra and Mr. Cox attending [fo. 353, 358], and being asked about the method of choosing Assembly men in New Jersey, they said that they thought it might be for the good of the province that the Assembly men be elected as follows, viz.:—Two for the town of Perthamboy in East New Jersey, and two for each county, there being five counties in the said division; two for the town of Burlington in West New Jersey, and two for each county; but, there being but four counties in that division, they offered that two might be chosen for the town of Salem in the said division, which together make up the number of twenty-four, as is limited by her Majesty's instructions to the Lord Cornbury.
They further proposed that there being two vacancies in the Councill of New Jersey, their lordships would be pleased to recommend Mr. Sonmans to her Majesty [fo. 378] to fill up one of the said vacancies, which their lordships resolved to consider of at their next meeting, and they now agreed to recommend Mr. Cox to her Majesty to fill up the other vacancy.
Mr. Henry Baker [fo. 353, 361] presented to their lordships nine commissions for the tryal of pirates in America as follows:—One for the Massachusets, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, one for New Yorke, New Jersey and Connecticut, one for Maryland and Pennsylvania, one for Virginia and Carolina, one for Jamaica and the Bahama Islands, one for the Leeward Islands, one for Barbados, one for Bermuda, and one for Newfoundland.
A letter from Mr. Fawler signifying that his royal highness the Lord High Admiral's Councill had given directions for Mr. Jennings and his servants passage in one of the men-of-war bound for Virginia [fo. 354], was read.
The draughts of letters to the Lord Cornbury and Colonel Dudley [fo. 341, 361], inclosing a charge against the charter governments of Connecticut and Rhode Island, were agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Colonel Nott returned to the Board the draught of his instructions for the government of Virginia, which had been communicated to him some days ago, and acquainted their lordships that he had no objections thereunto; whereupon ordered that the said instructions be transcribed [fo. 347, 362].
Mr. Cary desired their lordships to report upon an Act past at Antegoa the 3rd of July, 1704; whereupon the said Act, viz.:— An Act for holding a court of chancery in this island by the Lieutenant Governor or President and Councill in the absence of the Commanderin-Cheif, and for the more speedy dispatch of causes in the said court, was sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion in point of law.
The secretary acquainted the Board that Mr. Ellis had told him that, her Majesty having been pleased to pardon the pirates in New England [fo. 355], Mr. Secretary Hedges would write to Colonel Dudley accordingly. That Mr. Secretary thought fit to write himself the circular letter to the Governors on the continent of America relating to the late Act for incouraging the importation of naval stores from the plantations [fo. 355], the draught whereof was sent him the 3rd instant, and that the draught of a letter for her Majesty's signature to Colonel Dudley about Pemaquid and the Governor's salary, laid before her Majesty with a representation from this Board of the 11th January last, having been mislaid, he desired another copy thereof, which was ordered to be given him accordingly.
The draught of an additional instruction to Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland [fo. 363], relating to the settling of ports in that colony [v. Virginia, fo. 358], was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Mr. John Field and Mr. Wyeth presented to their lordships a reference from Mr. Secretary Harley upon their petition to her Majesty in behalf of the Quakers in Connecticut, praying her Majesty's disallowance of an Act of that colony intituled Hereticks which was read; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said petition, reference and Act be sent to Sir Henry Ashurst [fo. 366] for his answer thereunto.
Mr. Docminique presented to their lordships [fo. 356] a memorial containing some complaints of the Lord Cornbury's administration in New Jersey, which was read, and their lordships agreed upon several heads to be writ to the Lord Cornbury thereupon.
Colonel Nott attending [fo. 359, and infra], his instructions for the government of Virginia were read and agreed. And Mr. Jennings, who attended at the same time, acquainted their lordships that Colonel Dudley Diggs having formerly been of the Councill of Virginia, and having been omitted in Colonel Nicholson's instructions, he desired to be restored to the same place in which he had been put by Sir Edmond Andros. Whereupon their lordships agreed to insert his name in Colonel Nott's instructions in the same place accordingly, and ordered that the list of persons recommended by Colonel Nicholson [fo. 364] to fill up vacancies in the Councill be laid before their lordships to-morrow, in order to the filling up the vacancy there by the death of Mr. Matthew Page.
The draught of a representation [fo. 365] for laying before her Majesty Colonel Nott's instructions for the government of Virginia [v. supra] and his instructions relating to the Acts of trade, as also an additional instruction to Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland [fo. 360], about settling of ports in that colony, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
A representation [fo. 364] for laying before her Majesty new seals for New Hampshire, the Massachusets Bay, New Yorke, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Barbados, the Leeward Islands and Bermuda, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Mr. Wilcox communicated to their lordships a letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges to Colonel Nicholson [fo. 354] signifying that her Majesty did not recall him from his government of Virginia upon account of any informations against him, or of any displeasure her Majesty has taken against him, which was read, and a copy thereof ordered to be taken.
A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 19th instant, signifying that her Majesty's ship the Loestaff was now in the Downes under orders to saile to New Yorke, and that the Deptford would shortly be at Portsmouth, from whence she is to saile in a little time to New England, was read; and thereupon ordered that the packets for the Lord Cornbury and Colonel Dudley be sent to the Postmaster General, to be sent to the Downes and Portsmouth, to be put on board those respective men-of-war.
A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 17th instant, signifying that the heads of inquiry which were sent him the 13th instant [fo. 355], to be given to the Commodore of the Newfoundland convoy, have been sent to the said Commodore.
A representation [fo. 362, 372] for laying before her Majesty Colonel Nott's instructions for the government of Virginia and his instructions relating to the Acts of trade, as also an additional instruction to Colonel Seymour, relating to the settling of ports in Maryland [fo. 370], was signed.
Circular letters to the Governors of the Massachusets Bay, New Yorke, Maryland, Virginia, Jamaica, Barbados, Leeward Islands, and Bermuda [fo. 361], inclosing her Majesty's commission for the tryal of pirates, were signed.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 21st instant [fo. 379], upon a representation of this Board of the 18th of January last upon the petition of the Canary merchants [fo. 234]; desiring to know in what particulars Mr. Raworth has not complyed with the literal sense of her Majesty's licence for sending two ships with convoy to the Canaries, was read; and thereupon ordered that the papers relating to that affaire be laid before the Board at their next meeting.
Letters from Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of Nevis, dated the 6th and 9th of February last, were read; as also the copy of an agreement made between him and the Governors of the French islands relating to the exchange of prisoners, were (sic) read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be prepared for transmitting the said agreement to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 369], as also copies of paragraphs D. and E. of the aforesaid letter of the 6th of February relating to the trade of St. Thomas, and to the want of a man-ofwar in the Leeward Islands.
Another letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the extract of a letter from Colonel Johnson, Commander-in-Chief of the Leeward Islands [fo. 366], relating to the trade of St. Thomas, as also an agreement with the French islands for exchange of prisoners, was signed.
A representation relating to the tryal of Lieutenant Henley in Bermuda [fo. 368, 372], and to the repeal of an Act lately past [fo. 370] there for preventing the insolency of negroes and other slaves, was signed.
A letter from Mr. Simon Clement, inclosing the conditions upon which Mr. Penn [fo. 318, 373] was willing to surrender his government, as also the powers he was willing to surrender, which were read, and resolved to be taken into consideration at the next full Board.
Copy of an Order of Councill of the 23rd, approving the draught of an additional instruction for Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland [fo. 365], relating to the settling of ports in that colony, laid before her Majesty with a representation of this Board of the 20th instant, was read.
Copy of an Order of Councill of the 23rd instant, approving the draught of an additional instruction for the Lord Cornbury [fo. 372], relating to his government of New Jersey, laid before her Majesty with a representation of the 20th instant [fo. 365], was read.
An Order of Councill of the 26th instant upon a representation of the same date [fo. 369], repealing an Act lately pass'd at Bermuda for preventing the insolency of negroes and other slaves, was read.