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, January 1705
The copy of a letter from Mr. Robinson, her Majesty's Envoy in Sweden, to Mr. Secretary Hedges, dated 4th August, 1703, n.s., relating to the difficulty in getting pitch and tar from thence, was communicated to the Board and read.
Mr. Bridger [fo. 220, 224] presented to their lordships the draught of a Bill for the incourageing of the importation of naval stores from the plantations, which was read, and some progress made in the consideration of that matter.
A letter from Mr. Penn, containing new proposals for a surrender of his government of Pennsylvania to her Majesty [fo. 221, v. infra], was read; and their lordships resolved to take the same into consideration at the first opportunity.
Mr. Livingston presented to the Board a memorial relating to his suspension from his place of Secretary of the Indian affaires at New Yorke, as directed the 20th of the last month [fo. 215, 225], which was read; and directions were given for preparing a representation to Her Majesty thereupon [fo. 226].
A letter from Mr. Penn in further explanation of his additional proposals [v. supra, fol. 230] mentioned in yesterday's minutes relating to the surrendering of his government to her Majesty's, being read; their lordships gave directions for preparing a representation thereupon.
Their lordships entred into the further consideration of the draught of a Bill for the incouragement of the importation of naval stores from the plantations [fo. 222, 225], and made some progress therein.
A letter from Mr. Lowndes of the 2nd instant signifying my Lord Treasurer's desire to have the opinion of this Board upon a petition of Mr. John Taylor relating to a duty demanded by the government of New England upon his ships, though built in that country, for transporting of masts to England, was read; and an answer thereunto immediatly drawn up and sent; and ordered that, in the next letter to be writ to Colonel Dudley, a copy of the said petition be sent to him, and that he be directed to transmit to their lordships an authentic copy of the Act whereby the foresaid duties are laid.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 18th of the last month inclosing the draught of a Bill [v. supra, fo. 325] for the effectual incouraging the importation of naval stores from her Majesty's plantations in America, was signed.
Mr. Livingston attending [fo. 223, 226], and desiring their lordships report upon his petition refer'd to their lordships by her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 14th of the last month; he was told their lordships would take that matter into their consideration the first opportunity.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 5th instant, refering to the consideration of this Board several papers relating to Placentia, and to the company of soldiers at St. John's in Newfoundland, was read; and directions given for preparing an answer thereunto [fo. 232].
Mr. Berwick [fo. 221] presented to their lordships an extract of a letter from Sir William Matthew to himself, dated the 28th September last, relating to stores of war wanting in the Leeward Islands, which was read, and directions given for preparing a representation thereupon [fo. 229].
Four letters from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford [fo. 129], dated the 13th and 20th November, the — and 19th instant, together with a book containing an account, as stated by him, of the damages done him by the Dutch governour and Councill of Surinam, were laid before the Board, and directions given for writing a letter to the merchants [fo. 228] to whom his accounts are refer'd for their report in that matter.
An Order of Council of the 30th upon a representation of the 7th of November last [fo. 154, 229] relating to stores of war for New England, directing the Board to prepare a letter for her Majesty's signature to the Governour of New England, as proposed in the said representation, was read; and thereupon ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared accordingly [fo. 229].
Mr. Blathwayt communicated to the Board an extract of a letter from Captain Wenham, dated at New Yorke the 2nd of November last, relating to the proclamation for settling the rate of foreign coin in the plantations.
A letter to Mr. Samuel Shepherd [fo. 227], Mr. John Gardner, and Mr. Jacob Oosterland, desiring them to dispatch the examination of Mr. Clifford's accounts, was signed and ordered to be sent in a letter from the secretary to Mr. Clifford to deliver as he shall see cause [fo. 250].
The draught of a letter [fo. 96, 228, 231] for her Majesty's signature to Colonel Dudley relating to the re-building of Pemaquid fort, the contributing towards the charge of the fort at Piscataway and the settling a salary on the Governour and Lieutenant Governour of the Massachusets Bay for the time being, pursuant to her Majesty's order of the 30th of November last; [fo. 227], as also a representation [fo. 231] for laying the same before her Majesty, were agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Copy of an Order of Councill of the 14th of December last, upon a representation [fo. 207] of the same date relating to two Acts past at St. Christophers the 23rd of September last, approving the same, was read.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon Mr. Penn's proposal [fo. 223] for surrendering his right of government of Pennsylvania and his claim to the government of the three lower counties to her Majesty, was read; and thereupon ordered that the following queries be sent to Mr. Penn for his answer in writing on Fryday morning next, viz.:—
Q. What is meant by the people called Quakers being continued as capable and eligible to any civil imployments? What are those imployments? Is it intended such people shall be admitted to imployments without taking the oath directed by the law of England or the affirmation allowed to Quakers? And will such people allow such persons as in England would be obliged and are willing to take an oath in any publick proceedings, to doe the same?
A representation [fo. 229, 248] with the draught of a letter for her Majesty's signature to Colonel Dudley relating to the rebuilding the fort at Pemaquid &c. as agreed in yesterday's minutes, was signed.
Mr. Baron, late minister in Bermuda [fo. 213] presented to their lordships a further petition relating to what is due to him for having officiated one year and nine months at the church of St. Georges; whereupon he was told their lordships would take that matter into consideration at the first opportunity.
Captain Lloyd, Commadore Bridge with Captain Richards [fo. 227] attending, presented to their lordships two letters relating to the behaviour of Mr. Jackson [fo. 264], minister at Newfoundland. Then their lordships agreed the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 226 et infra] in answer to his of the 5th instant relating to Newfoundland, and ordered it to be transcribed.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [v. supra] in answer to his of the 5th instant, relating to Newfoundland, inclosing to him copies of the examinations of several spies sent to Placentia and of deserters from thence, as also a copy of the foregoing extract, was signed.
Mr. Penn presented to the Board his answer to the queries [fo. 230, 318] mentioned in the minutes of the 10th instant, which was read; and some difficulties arising upon the first article, he promised to bring a further explanation thereof. And as to the second, wherein he says by successors he means his children and posterity, yet he agreed it should be understood only of the males. He further promised to present to their lordships some general proposals which he thought would tend very much to the good of the plantations on the continent of America.
A representation upon the petition of the Canary merchants [fo. 200, 234] complaining of Mr. Raworth &c. for not allowing them sufficient tonnage in the two transport ships sent to fetch off the effects of her Majesty's subjects at the Canaries, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
An Order of Councill of the 11th instant, requiring this Board to prepare the draught of an instruction to the several Governours in America requiring them to send to the Board of Ordnance accounts every six months of the state of the several ordnance stores within their respective governments, was read; and thereupon ordered that an instruction [fo. 247] be prepared accordingly.
And thereupon ordered that copy of paragraph M of the foresaid letter, relating to the prize taken in Maryland, and copy of the Council proceedings thereupon, be sent to Mr. Lowndes, to be laid before the Lord Treasurer.
Whereupon their lordships signed a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing to him a copy of the foresaid petition of the merchants of Boston mentioned in Colonel Dudley's foregoing letter of the 17th of October, relating to their ships taken and carryed to Martinico &c.
A letter from Mr. Merret, inclosing to their lordships a letter from Mr. Roop of the 8th of October last, giving an account of the present state of Newfoundland, as also a petition of several traders to Newfoundland against Mr. Campbell, sub-commissioner of the prizes there, were read; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said petition be sent to Mr. Lowndes, to be laid before my Lord Treasurer.
Mr. Merret attending, presented to their lordships a memorial relating to convoys for the next year's trade to Newfoundland, which was read; and thereupon ordered that a representation [fo. 244] be prepared for laying the same before her Majesty.
A memorial from Captain Lloyd relating to his expences in purchasing provisions &c. for the soldiers at Newfoundland, was read; and thereupon ordered that when Captain Lloyd calls next at the Office he be desired to produce the accounts of his said disbursements [fo. 283].
Colonel Blakiston and Mr. Perry attending, communicated to their lordships an address from the Governour and Councill of Maryland to her Majesty, relating to the raising of men in Virginia and Maryland for the service of New Yorke, which was read; whereupon they were advised to lay the said address before her Majesty by one of her Principal Secretaries of State.
Sir John Stanley, Colonel Cleland and Mr. Holder [fo. 219, 261] agents for Barbados, attending, presented to their lordships a memorial praying that, in order to the justification of Sir Beville Granville's proceedings against the complaints of five of the Assembly of that island, they may be permitted to peruse the minutes of the Councill and Assembly since Sir Beville Granville's government. Whereupon ordered that they may peruse the same in the presence of one of the clerks of the office, and take such extracts thereof as they shall find necessary.
An Order of Councill of the 11th instant refering to this Board the petition of the agents of Barbados, complaining that one Mr. Francis Lee [fo. 246], a sollicitor and ensign of the militia there, was forcibly brought from that island by Captain St. Loe, commander of her Majesty's ship the Dolphin, was read.
An Order of Councill of the 18th instant, upon a representation of the same date [fo. 234], relating to the Canary merchants' petition, directing the parties concerned, as also this Board to attend the Councill [fo. 248] with such papers as are lodged in this office, the next Councill day, was read; and thereupon ordered that the said papers be got in a readiness.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet to desire him to move his royal highness the Lord High Admiral's Council that Captain Bridge may have directions to give their lordships an answer to the queries given him on the 19th December last [fo. 211, 247] relating to the state of Newfoundland, and particularly an account of his suspension of Captain Lloyd.
Mr. Nathanael Cary attending, presented to their lordships the copy of an address and memorial to her Majesty from the Councill and Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, relating to stores of war &c. [fo. 128, 245], the originals whereof are mentioned in the minutes of the 3rd of October last to have been thrown overboard when the said Cary was carryed prisoner into France, which were read.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 244] of yesterday's date, refering to the consideration of this Board an address and memorial of her Majesty from the Councill and Assembly of the Massachusets Bay (the copies whereof were presented to the Board yesterday by Mr. Cary) relating to stores of war, was read; and an answer thereunto inclosing to Mr. Secretary the representation of this Board of the 7th of November last, was signed.
Colonel Ludwell, Mr. Blair and Mr. Fouace [fo. 95] presented to their lordships an abstract of several letters they had lately received from Virginia, giving an account of Colonel Nicholson's behaviour there, as also the copy of an indictment prefer'd against Mr. Monroe for words spoken by him against Colonel Nicholson, refer'd to in the foresaid abstract, which were read.
Mr. Lee [fo. 242, 267] mentioned in the petition of the agents of Barbados to have been forcibly brought off that island by Captain St. Loe, commander of her Majesty's ship the Dolphin, attending, presented to their lordships his affidavit setting forth the manner of his being carryed off the island and what further happen'd till his arrival in England, which was read; and Mr. Holder, who attended at the same time, communicated to their lordships a letter to himself and Mr. John Bromley, giving a further account of this matter, which was also read, and a copy thereof ordered to be taken. And further ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 260] inclosing to him a copy of her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 11th instant upon the foresaid petition of the Barbados agents, and desiring him to move his royal highness the Lord High Admiral's Councill that Captain St. Loe and his Lieutenant Nicholas Wanley may be directed to attend their lordships as soon as may be, in order to their report to her Majesty upon that matter.
The draught of an instruction [fo. 234, 248] to the several governours in America for transmitting half yearly accounts of stores of war in their respective governments, as directed in the minutes of the 18th instant, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
A letter from Mr. Provey, signifying that the hearing of the Connecticut and Rhode Island agents before her Majesty in Councill was put off to Thursday, the 8th of the next month [fo. 209, 264], as also that this Board's attendance on the Councill [fo. 242] in relation to the Canary merchants will not be expected, but that the papers before their lordships relating to that matter be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges, was read; and thereupon ordered that the said papers be sent to Mr. Secretary accordingly [fo. 253].
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing the draught of a circular letter [fo. 247] for her Majesty's signature to the several Governours in America, relating to their transmitting half-yearly accounts of the stores of war in their respective governments, was signed.
Copy of an Order of Councill of the 11th, upon a representation of the 10th instant [fo. 229], relating to Mr. Livingston's being restored to his place of secretary of the Indian affairs at New Yorke, approving the same, was read.
Copy of an Order of Councill of the 11th instant, upon a representation of the same date [fo. 231], with a letter for her Majesty's signature to Colonel Dudley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, relating to the building of Pemaquid [K. fo. 178] and settling a salary upon the Governour for the time being, approving the same, was read.
An Order of Council of the 11th, upon a representation of the 10th instant [fo. 229] relating to the want of cannon &c. for the Leeward Islands. refering the same to the Lord High Treasurer, was read.
Copy of an Order of Councill of the 14th, upon a representation of the 13th of December last [fo. 206] relating to Mr. Chilton, Attorney General of Barbados's desire to be absent from that island for the recovery of his health, approving the same, was read.
The letters from Colonel Dudley of the 13th July, 10th and 17th of October, as also one of the 7th October from Mr. Addington to the secretary, inclosing several papers of publick proceedings, the list whereof is mentioned in the minutes of the 23rd instant, were read; and thereupon ordered that copy of paragraph F in the letter of the 13th July, relating to the sending of missionaries among the Indians, be sent to the Bishop of London, and that paragraphs I and K, relating to pirates tryed and condemned in New England, as also praragraphs L and Bb, relating to Captain Larimore and Lieutenant Wells, accessories to the said pirates, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 256] for her Majesty's pleasure thereupon.