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, June 1705
A letter from Mr. Thurston, signifying that he has now some money in his hands to be sent to Newfoundland for the soldiers there, and desiring a letter to the Admiralty for orders to the captain of the convoy to receive the same money on board his ship, was read, and a letter ordered to be writ accordingly [fo. 397].
A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 4th, in answer to one writ him the 1st instant [fo. 396], relating to the sending of money for the soldiers at Newfoundland by the captain of the convoy now bound thither, was read and communicated to Mr. Thurston.
A letter from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford, desiring copies of the report of Mr. Shepherd and Gardner, and of the representation [fo. 387] of this Board relating to the difference between him and the Dutch at Surinam, and further desiring to know what was done last Councill in his affair, was read; and ordered that he be acquainted that the Board do not give copies of their representations till they have been read to her Majesty, and that they do not know what was done in Councill.
Mr. John Field and Mr. Joseph Wyeth presented to the Board a reply to Sir Henry Ashhurst's answer to their petition relating to an Act of Connecticut [fo. 375, 416], which was read, and a copy thereof ordered to be sent to Sir Henry Ashhurst.
A memorial from Colonel Park, relating to recruits for the regiment in the Leeward Islands, was read; and ordered that the books be searched to see what was done in the last and this present war, in relation to the sending soldiers to the said islands; and Colonel Park was acquainted that the Board would take his memorial into consideration to-morrow morning [fo. 399].
Mr. Penn presented to the Board the draught of a surrender of his government of Pennsylvania to her Majesty [fo. 392], which was read. And their lordships then delivered to him their observations upon the draught of a new patent [fo. 400], which he presented to the Board the 23rd of the last month.
A memorial of Mr. John Knight, signifying the death of Mr. Broughton, Attorney General of New Yorke, and praying to be recommended for the said place was read; whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorny General for his opinion therein.
Colonel Park's memorial mentioned in yesterday's minutes [fo. 398] relating to the regiment in the Leeward Islands and to his passage thither, was again read, and a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges desiring him to lay the same before her Majesty with the opinion of this Board that five hundred men at least are necessary for the security of the said islands, was signed.
Mr. Heysham, Mr. Maycock, Mr. Lillington and several other Barbadoes gentlemen [fo. 386] attending, and desiring to know what resolution their lordships had taken upon the book lately presented to them by the agents of Barbados as a vindication of Sir Beville Granville; they were acquainted that the Board had perused the said book and found but little new matter therein, and therefore expected from the agents a memorial [fo. 400], marking out such places as they laid any stress upon for the Governor's justification, and that then those gentlemen shou'd have copies of the said memorial and papers therein refer'd to.
Sir John Stanley, Mr. Holder and Colonel Cleland, agents of Barbados [fo. 399, 402], presented to their lordships a memorial refering to such places in the book lately received from them as they thought of consequence to the vindication of Sir Beville Granville from the complaints against him; which was read, and copies thereof ordered to be sent to the complainants for their answer thereunto, with signification that they might have the perusal or copies of the papers therein refer'd to, if they found it necessary.
Sir John Stanley further presented to the Board the copy of a letter from Captain Winelsor, relating to what Sir Bevill Granville said to Captain St. Lo when he (the said St. Lo) acquainted him with his having imprest Mr. Lee, which was read.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 4th instant, signifying her Majesty's pleasure that the Commadore of the convoy should not have any command or power over the land officers and forces at Newfoundland [fo. 384], and requiring the Board to prepare an instruction to the Commander-in-Chief of the forces and fort there, to permit the Commadore to inspect the stores, ammunition and provisions in it, and the condition of it, was read, and an answer thereunto inclosing the draught of such an instruction [fo. 404], was signed.
Mr. Penn attending [fo. 400], their lordships entered again into the consideration of his papers mentioned in yesterday's minutes; and their lordships not agreeing to the articles in the new grant desired by Mr. Penn, nor in particular to the expressions therein relating to liberty of conscience, which he said was at present provided for by the laws of that province, their lordships resolved to take the said laws into consideration [fo. 414] before they proceeded any further in examining the said grant.
Mr. Heysham, Mr. Maycock, Mr. Lillington, with Mr. Bernard, solictor for the suspended counsellors, and several other Barbados gentlemen attending, acquainted their lordships that they had perused the Barbados agents' memorial mentioned in yesterday's minutes [fo. 400 and infra], as also the papers therein refer'd to, and that they found nothing material therein; and did not, therefore, intend to trouble the Board with any reply to the said papers, except to such part thereof as their lordships should think of sufficient weight to occasion any alteration or addition to their report, nor did they desire copies of any thing else in the book. Whereupon they were told the Board would consider the said papers delivered to the Board by the Barbados agents, and give them an answer on Wednesday morning next.
The secretary acquainted the Board that Mr. Bernard [v. supra and 403] had desired the copy of a paragraph in folio 49 of the book lately received from the agents of Barbados and refer'd in the said agents' last memorial, as also a copy of a paragraph in folio 48 (not therein refer'd to), together with Mr. Holder's deposition, folio 457 of the said book; whereupon ordered that copies of the said papers be given him.
Their lordships having again perused and considered the last memorial [fo. 400, 402, 405] given in by the agents of Barbados relating to Sir Beville Granville, and not finding anything observable therein, except a clause begining with these words "we also further observe," and ending with these words "by his deposition;" ordered that the said memorial be sent to Mr. William Heysham and Mr. Bernard, with intimation to be communicated to the other persons concerned, that their lordships leave it to them to return an answer thereunto if they think fit, which they are in that case desired to do as soon as possible, that their lordships may dispatch their representation to her Majesty.
In examining the foresaid papers their lordships observed that Sir Beville Granville arrived in Barbados the 10th of May, 1703; that the Assembly satt the 18th of the same month; that Sir Beville Granville received her Majesty's order against taking of presents the 14th of June following; that the 22nd of the said June the Assembly voted him a present of 2,000l. (which he refused); that on the 12th of October, 1703, they voted him 600l. to reimburse him the expences he had been at in sending out spy boats, receiving flaggs of truce and maintaining his servants &c., and on the 4th of January, 170¾, they voted him 500l. to replenish his cellars.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 9th instant returning back the draught of an instruction sent him in the Board's letter of the 8th instant [fo. 401 et infra], for an addition to be made relating to the Commadore's taking the muster of the soldiers at Newfoundland, was read.
The draught of an instruction for Captain Lloyd, pursuant to Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter (mentioned in Yesterday's minutes) [v. supra], was agreed, and a letter inclosing the same to him was signed.
Captain Lloyd attending, acquainted their lordships that Mr. Collin Campbell [fo. 408] was arrived from Newfoundland, and had brought an account that in February last the French with the Indians, to about 4 or 500 in number, had attacked our settlements in Newfoundland, and had carryed off several of the inhabitants, but that the fort and the castle on the south side of St. John's harbour and an island in Carboniere had held out, and he promis'd to bring to-morrow a fuller account in writing.
Mr. Heysham, Mr. Maycock, Mr. Lillington and Mr. Bernard, with the Barbados agents attending, Mr. Bernard presented to their lordships a memorial in behalf of the four suspended counsellors of Barbados, in answer to that paragraph of the Barbados agents last memorial [fo. 403, 407], which relates to the said counsellors, which was read. And Mr. Maycock acquainted their lordships that, having been out of town, he had not notice of yesterday's minutes till this day, and therefore was not prepared to answer the same in writing; however, he said that as to the paragraph of the said memorial mentioned in yesterday's minutes, he could easily give an answer thereunto; and particularly as to that part which relates to the 600l. said to be given for flaggs of truce, spy boats and for the expence in maintaining the Governor's servants &c., he said it was impossible that these articles could amount to such a summe; for before the Governor's arrival there, a house sufficient for that purpose was taken, at the publick charge, for his reception untill a more convenient house could be provided, and there was but one flagg of truce that came there between his arrival and the vote for the 600l., which flagg of truce came at night and went away the next morning; and that the Governor sent out but one spy boat in that time, which cost but 40l. and was paid for by the Treasurer. Then as for the 500l. voted for his expence in wine &c. that, he said, was of the same nature; for the Assembly had laid in wine to the value of about 250l. for his reception, so that there could not be 500l. more expended in liquors between his arrival and the receipt of the Queen's order forbidding him to accept any presents, which was but about a month's time. Colonel Maycock then promised to put what he had said, and what he might have further to add, in writing [fo. 407], and to bring it to the Board to-morrow morning. And both the complainants and the Barbados agents signify'd their desire to rest the matter there, and desired of their lordships a speedy report.
A letter from Mr. Thurston of the 8th instant, with an account of several particulars wanting for the soldiers at Newfoundland for the year 1705, was read, and a letter was immediatly writ by the secretary to Mr. Lowndes, desiring him to lay the said accounts before the Lord High Treasurer.
Another letter from Mr. Thurston signifying that the cloathes for the soldiers at Newfoundland were sent to Portsmouth, and desiring that a letter may be writ to the Admiralty for orders to the Captain of the man-of-war bound to Newfoundland to receive the said cloaths on board, was read, and a letter writ by the Secretary to Mr. Burchet accordingly [fo. 409].
Colonel Maycock presented to the Board a memorial signed by John Kirton [fo. 405, 406, 410], in answer to the second paragraph of the Barbados agents' last memorial, according to his promise yesterday, which was read; and their lordships resolved to take that matter into consideration to-morrow in the afternoon.
Mr. Collin Campbell lately arrived from Newfoundland [fo. 405], acquainted their lordships that Monsieur Subercasse, Governor of Placentia, with 600 men (200 whereof were soldiers, 150 were Canadiens and Indians, the rest inhabitants of Placentia) came in January last, first to the Bay of Bulls, then to Petty Harbour, and then to St. John's, where they burnt and destroyed about 120 houses and all stages and flakes there; that they kill'd about 30 persons at St. John's in cold blood; that they attack'd the fort, but were repulsed by the soldiers, who are not above 70 at the most in number; they lost in that attempt about 200 of their men, and we but three of our soldiers; that they stay'd at St. John's till the 23rd of February, and then carry'd away with them about 200 of our ablest young men; that they in like manner ravaged the coast to the southward, and then crost over to Trinity Bay, where they were when he came away. And he promis'd to bring to their lordships a full account of that matter [fo. 409], as also of the state of Newfoundland, in writing to-morrow morning.
Mr. Nathaniel Gould, Mr. Samuel Heathcote and Mr. William Dawson [fo. 387] contractors with the Czar of Muscovy, presented to their lordships a memorial, desiring that the man and woman at Moscow imployed in rowling and manufacturing tobacco there may not be immediatly recalled from thence nor their tools destroyed, but that some longer time may be allow'd them for finishing the work they have in hand, leaving it to Mr. Whitworth, her Majesty's Envoy there, to judge of the time requisite for that work, was read; and the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Harley thereupon was agreed [fo. 410].
A letter from Mr. Burchet, signifying that the men-of-war are so much loaden that they cannot receive on board the cloathing for the soldiers at Newfoundland [fo. 407], was read; and thereupon ordered that Mr. Thurston have notice thereof, that he may endeavour to get the said cloathing sent by some of the sack ships now going thither.
Two memorials from Mr. Atwood, desiring a certificate of several particulars relating to his salary as Cheif Justice of New Yorke, were read, and the said certificate ordered to be given him accordingly.
A letter from Captain Lloyd relating to the late attempts of the French upon Newfoundland [fo. 409, 411, 412], and desiring their lordships' instructions for his future guidance, was read; and thereupon ordered that Captain Lloyd have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning.
Mr. Robert Heysham with his brother attending, presented to their lordships an Order of Councill of the 23rd of Aprill last, refering to this Board the petition of Richard Downes [fo. 350, 414], complaining that Sir Beville Granville had refused to admit him into the Councill, pursuant to her Majesty's letter in that behalf, which was read. And they further laid before their lordships an answer to the objections of the Governor and Councill of Barbados against the said Downs's being of the Councill; whereupon their lordships resolved to take the same into consideration.
Several Newfoundland merchants attending, presented to their lordships a petition upon occasion of the late attempts of the French upon Newfoundland [fo. 409, 410, 412], praying for a speedy reinforcement of men, arms and ammunition, sufficient to defend the fortifyed places, and to suppress the enemy, which was read; and they were acquainted that it was proper they shou'd first petition her Majesty in a thing of this nature, and that then, if her Majesty refer'd it to the Board, their lordships would give it all the dispatch imaginable.
Captain Lloyd and Mr. Merrit attending, they presented to their lordships a memorial from Mr. Richard Sampson (who was a servant to Mr. Collin Capbell (sic), and came over from Newfoundland in the same ship with him), giving an account of the destruction lately made by the French on the English settlements at Newfoundland, and differing in several particulars from the information already received from Mr. Campbell [fo. 409, 413], was read; and Captain Lloyd being askt several questions, he said that the French had spared four houses at St. John's, viz.: Mr. Benger's, Mr. Coleworth's, Mr. Fletchers', and Mr. Collin Campbell's, and that they had also left seven cattle belonging to one Greasy (a Jersey man), and he added that he had seen in Mr. Campbell's hands a bond from Lieutenant Moody to him, as also the said Moody's instructions to him upon his coming for England, by which it was plain that Mr. Campbell had not thrown all the papers overboard when he was taken by the French privateer; whereupon a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the aforesaid informations of Mr. Campbell and Mr. Sampson, with the Board's observations thereupon, and also inclosing the petition received yesterday from the Newfoundland merchants, desiring an additional force to be sent thither, was signed.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. William Waine [K. fo. 1], Commander of the ship that brought Mr. Campbell from Newfoundland, now at Plymouth, desiring him to make affidavit of what he knows relating to the late attempts of the French, as also of what happen'd to him in his voyage from Newfoundland, and that it be inclosed to Commissioner Greenhill at Plymouth.
A letter from Mr. Penn, desiring the Board to enter upon the consideration of the laws of Pennsylvania [fo. 401], was read. And Mr. Penn himself attending, said that if the said laws of Pennsylvania were once confirmed by her Majesty, there would be then less difficulty in agreeing what he desired as terms of surrender of his government to her Majesty; but as Mr. Attorny General had made some objections to some of the said laws, he desired he might have them again with Mr. Attorny's report upon them, that he might attend him and be heard thereupon. Ordered that the said laws and report be delivered him accordingly.
Their lordships took into consideration the petition of Mr. Downes, refer'd to this Board by Order of Councill of the 23rd of Aprill last [fo. 411, 415], and mentioned in the minutes of the 19th instant. They also read such part of the minutes of Councill of Barbados from the 26th of July, 1704, to the 12th of September following, as relate to the said Mr. Downes, and agreed to proceed further in the examining the said papers to-morrow.
Their lordships again took into consideration the several papers mentioned in yesterday's minutes, relating to Mr. Downes of Barbados [fo. 414], and gave directions for preparing a draught of a representation thereupon [v. infra].
A memorial from Sir Henry Ashhurst in answer to the Quakers' reply to his memorial [fo. 398] relating to an Act of Connecticut entituled Herticks &c., was read; and thereupon ordered that the said memorial be sent to Mr. John Field and Mr. Wyeth for their answer [K. fo. 44].
A letter from the Lord Cornbury of the 19th February last, relating to her Majesty's proclamation for settling the rate of foreign coins in the plantations, together with a memorial from the merchants of New Yorke to his lordship upon that subject, and a report from the Councill thereupon, were read.
A letter from the Lord Cornbury of the 19th of February last, in answer to one writ him the 29th of June foregoing, relating to intelligence had by the French by letters taken on board ships coming from the plantations, and signifying his having observed the directions given him in relation thereunto, was read.
A letter from the Lord Cornbury, without date, relating to the salary payable in England to Doctor Bridges late Cheif Justice of New Yorke, was read; and thereupon ordered that the said letter be sent to Mr. Lowndes, to be laid before the Lord Treasurer, for his lordship's directions therein.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges's of yesterday's date, refering to their lordships' consideration a petition from Colonel Richard Scot, one of her Majesty's Councill of Barbados, desiring her Majesty's leave to stay in England for the recovery of his health, till the first fleet goes next year, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer to Mr. Secretary thereupon [K. fo. 1].