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, July 1704
The memorial from Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu and Sir Gilbert Heathcote [fo. 77, 79] relating to the present state of the Island of Jamaica which had been returned to them the 28th of the last month for alterations, being now received back, was read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 79] to desire to be informed of the naval strength at present at Jamaica.
Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a representation [fo. 82] upon Colonel Dudley's late letter relating to the state of the provinces of the Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, and made some progress therein.
The draught of an additional instruction [fo. 82] to the several Governours and proprietors in America, relating to the number of seamen allowed by an Act past in the last session of Parliament, for navigating of English ships during the war, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Mr. Attorney General's report, in answer to a letter writ him the 31st of March last [H. fo. 467] relating to the renewal of the commissions for the tryal of pirates in the plantations, was read; and thereupon ordered that a representation be drawn in pursuance of Mr. Attorney General's report [fo. 83].
Copy of an Act for raising a publick revenue for the support of the government of these his Majesty's Islands, past in November, 1698, to which is annexed the depositions taken about the original of this Act.
Ordered that a letter be prepared to transmit to Mr. Secretary Hedges the copy of Monsieur Du Tilly's examination [fo. 80, 83] received from Newfoundland in Captain Lloyd's letter mentioned in yesterday's minutes.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 80, 106] with additional instructions to all the Governours and proprietors in America relating to the number of seamen allowed by an Act past the last session of Parliament, for navigating of English ships during the war, was signed.
An Order of Council of the 6th instant refering to this Board the petition of Peter Sonmans and William Dockwra for their selves and the rest of the proprietors of the eastern division of New Jersey relating to their title to the Island of Staten, was presented to the Board by the said Sonmans and Dockwra and read; whereupon they were directed to bring to their lordships what papers or proofs they had to make good their said title, in order to be sent to the Lord Cornbury to return his answer in behalf of the Queen.
Ordered that a representation [fo. 84] be prepared for laying before her Majesty an Act past at Bermuda in November, 1698, entituled an Act for raising a publick revenue for the support of the government of those his Majesty's islands, for her Majesty's royal approbation.
Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a representation [fo. 83, 85] upon an Act past in Bermuda in 1698 for raising a public revenue for the support of the government of those islands, and made some progress therein.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes [fo. 52, 89] to desire to know if the Lord High Treasurer have any objection why her Majesty should not approve of the Act lately past at Jamaica for raising a publick revenue.
Mr. Sollicitor General's report [fo. 57] upon the Acts past at Bermuda in 1690, 1691, 1693 and 1694, was read; and the said Acts having been read the 14th May, 1703 [H. fo. 113], their lordships gave directions for preparing a representation thereupon [fo. 85].
Colonel Whetham presented to their lordships a memorial [fo. 92] on the behalf of Colonel John Johnson, who was appointed Lieutenant Governour of Nevis by Colonel Codrington the 1st of July, 1703, praying that the said Johnson may have her Majesty's commission for that post, and that the salary be allowed him from that day, which was read.
Mr. Partridge attending according to order [fo. 82], and several questions being asked him relating to the production of naval stores in New England, he said that he would undertake to import a ship's load of pitch and tar by Christmas next, or 10,000 barrels if required in a year's time, upon contract with the Navy Board. That having about two years ago sent over from New England 10,000 barrells of turpintine, which remain yet unsold, not being able to get the value of the freight for it, he would not venture now to import pitch and tar without a certainty of a market. As for a premium of three pounds per ton to be allowed upon the importation of pitch and tar, he thought that was not a sufficient incouragement, but being desired, he promised to consider thereof, and offer to their lordships his opinion thereupon [fo. 90].
An Order of Councill of the 6th instant upon a representation [fo. 65] of the 13th of the last month relating to the petition and case of Peter Van Bell about some negroes of his seized at St. Christophers and condemned at a court of Admiralty at Nevis in May, 1699, directing the Board to write to Sir William Mathew, Governour of the Leeward Islands, according to the said representation, was read, and directions given for preparing a letter accordingly [fo. 88].
Mr. Davis attending, and being asked several questions relating to the tobacco at Bermuda, he said there was but little tobacco made there, and what was exported (besides what was carryed by the seamen for their provisions) was to the Leeward Islands, and that but in small quantities. That Mr. Nodin has some times received some from thence, but that it was so strong and bad that it could not be used here.
Copy of an Order of Councill of the 6th instant upon a representation of the 21st of the last month [fo. 71], relating to a present of 2,000l. to the heire at law of the late Major General Selwyn, Governour of Jamaica, approving the same, was read.
A letter to Mr. Lowndes desiring to know whether the Lord High Treasurer have any objection to laying the Act for raising a revenue in Jamaica before her Majesty for her royal confirmation [fo. 84, 94] as directed the 11th instant, was agreed and ordered to be sent.
Two Acts past at Nevis the 23rd of February last, entituled An Act for the establishing of courts and settling due methods for the administration of justice in this island, and An Act for the better government of negroes and other slaves, were laid before the Board, and ordered that they be sent to Mr. Attorney or Mr. Sollicitor General for their opinion in point of law.
Mr. Partridge presented to their lordships a memorial [fo. 87, 91] relating to the production of naval stores in the plantations, which was read, and he was desired to produce the substance of the said paper with plain proposals against to-morrow morning, which he promised to doe.
Mr. Bennet presented to their lordships another letter from his brother, Colonel Bennet, dated at Bermuda the 31st May last, desiring their lordships assistance in procuring him the command of the soldiers at Bermuda in the place of Captain Sandys, lately dead, which was read. And Mr. Bennet was acquainted that if his brother's petition to her Majesty, which he also communicated to the Board, was refer'd to the Board, their lordships would do what they could for Colonel Bennet's service.
A letter from Colonel Handasyd, dated at Jamaica the 4th May last was read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 92] to inclose an extract of what relates to the French prisoners sent home.
Mr. Partridge [fo. 90] presented to their lordships a proposal, as directed in yesterday's minutes, for supplying her Majesty with 10,000 barrills of tar yearly for seven years, or for a lesser time, which was read; and thereupon a letter inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, was signed.
A memorial from Mr. Wharton in behalf of Mr. Usher, Lieutenant Governour of New Hampshire, praying that a salary may be settled upon him, was read; whereupon the secretary was directed to acquaint the said Wharton that no salary having been allowed from England to any Lieutenant Governour of New Hampshire, their lordships did not think this a proper season to move her Majesty in that affaire; but if he can perswade the Assembly to pass any Act in his behalf, their lordships would not be against offering it to her Majesty for her royal approbation.