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, October 1706
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 26th of the last month [fo. 386], directing a commission and instructions to be prepared for Mitford Crow, esqr., to be Governor of Barbados in the room of Sir Beville Granville recalled, was read; and the draught of a commission being laid before the Board, was agreed, and a representation signed [fo. 387] for presenting the same to her Majesty.
Mr. Bernard and Mr. Lillington attending, and desiring a copy of Sir Beville Granville and the Councill of Barbados's order of the 1st of May, 1705, for appointing Edward Burk, esqr., judge of the ensuing Court of Oyer and Terminer to be held on the second Tuesday in June, 1705,—copy of the like order of the 4th of June, 1705, appointing the Councill themselves judges of the said Court,— copy of the like order of the 20th of July, 1705, for discharging Mr. Chilton out of the custody of the provost marshall; ordered that copies of the said papers be given them accordingly.
Mr. Tryon, agent for Mr. Alexander Skene, secretary of Barbados, presented to their lordships an answer from the said Skene to the several complaints exhibited against him [fo. 318], which was read; and their lordships resolved to take the same into further consideration at their next meeting [fo. 385].
Their lordships again took into consideration the Act of Barbados [fo. 378] about establishing a paper credit in that island (mentioned in the minutes of the 24th of the last month) and made several observations thereupon; and ordered that a letter be writ to the Royal African Company [fo. 381] to desire some of the members thereof to attend their lordships upon the said Act on Tuesday morning next, as also another letter [fo. 381] to the Barbados merchants to the same purpose.
A letter from Mr. Taylor of the 2nd instant [fo. 383] referring to the Board, by order of the Lord High Treasurer, a report from the Comptrollers of the accounts of the army upon Captain Moody's petition relating to his subsisting the garrison at Newfoundland, was read.
A letter from Mr. Thurston, agent for the said garrison at Newfoundland, upon occasion of the foresaid reference, was also read; and thereupon ordered [fo. 383] that Captain Moody have notice to attend the Board with his accounts and vouchers thereunto, on Thursday morning next.
The Barbados merchants and the African Company not attending [fo. 380, 382], as expected, in relation to the Barbados Act for supplying the want of cash; order'd that they both have notice to attend their lordships on Thursday morning next.
Mr. Perry, Secretary of the Royal African Company, presented to the Board a memorial from the said Company [fo. 381] containing their objections against An Act lately past in Barbados to supply the want of cash &c., which was read.
Several of the Barbados merchants attending, presented to the Board a memorial [fo. 381] containing their objections to the Barbados Act for establishing a method of credit there, which was read; and their lordships then made a further progress in the draught of a representation upon the said Act [fo. 382 and infra].
Their lordships took consideration the reference from the Lord High Treasurer upon Captain Moody's accounts [fo. 381], and order'd that he and Mr. Thurston have notice to attend the Board on Thursday morning next [fo. 384].
A representation for repealing the Act lately past at Barbados [fo. 383, 385], intituled An Act to supply the want of cash &c., together with a letter inclosing the same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, were signed.
Captain Moody and Mr. Thurston attending, according to order [fo. 383], their lordships took into further consideration the papers referr'd to them from my Lord Treasurer relating to the said Moody's accounts, and gave directions for preparing a letter to Mr. Taylor [fo. 385], to be laid before my Lord Treasurer with their opinion thereupon.
The draught of a letter from the Secretary to Mr. Taylor [fo. 384], in answer to his of the second instant relating to Captain Moody's accounts, was laid before the Board, and agreed and ordered to be sent.
An Order of Councill of the 21st instant, upon a representation of the 17th ditto [fo. 384, 386] for repealing the Act lately past at Barbados, intituled An Act to establish a method of credit &c., approving the same, was read.
A second Order of Councill of the same date upon the same representation [fo. 384], directing this Board to prepare the draught of a circular letter for her Majesty's signature [fo. 387] to the several Governors in the Plantations, to forbid them to pass any Acts of the like importance as the foregoing without first having received her Majesty's pleasure thereon, was read.
The Order in Councill of the 21st instant [fo. 386], upon a representation of the 17th ditto relating to the Act lately past at Barbados for establishing a method of credit [fo. 388] and directing the Board to prepare the draught of a circular letter for her Majesty's signature to the several Governors in America, requiring them not to pass any Acts in their respective General Assemblies of the like unusual and extraordinary nature and importance, without first having received her Majesty's directions therein, was again read; and directions given [fo. 389] for preparing the draught of such a letter accordingly.
The draught of an instruction for Mr. Crow upon the Act lately passed in Barbados for establishing a method of credit in that island &c. [fo. 387, vide infra], pursuant to an Order of Councill mentioned in the minutes of the 24th instant, was laid before the Board.
Their lordships again took into consideration the draught of an instruction to Mitford Crow, esqr. [vide supra and fo. 392] relating to the Act past in Barbados to establish a method of credit &c. in that island (mentioned in the minutes of the 25th instant), and made a further progress therein.
Their lordships also took into consideration the draught of a circular letter to the Governors of her Majesty's several Plantations to the like effect as the foregoing instruction [fo. 387, 392], and agreed the same.
Mr. Crow attending [supra and fo. 390], their lordships explained to him several difficulties which he had upon the draught of his instructions for the government of Barbados; and ordered that Mr. Patrick Meine, one of the Councill of Barbados, have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning [vide infra], in order to know of him when he intends to return to his post in that island; and further ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet, to desire him to move his Royal Highness the Lord High Admiral that Mr. Crow may have a commission of Vice Admiralty, as usual.
Mr. Crow attending [fo. 389], their lordships added a clause to his instructions [fo. 391], relating to his giving incouragement to the native inhabitants of St. Vincent's, to submit themselves to her Majesty and shake off all dependence on the French.
Mr. Patrick Meine, one of the Councill of Barbados, attending [vide supra], and being ask'd whether he designed to return to his post in that island, he said he did, and only waited for a determination of a suit in Chancery. But he was acquainted that having been now above two years in England, it was necessary that he either return very speedily to Barbados, or that his place in the Councill be filled up by another person; whereupon he desired their lordships to allow him six months longer to finish his business here, at the expiration of which term he would either go to Barbados, or be content to have another put in his place.