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, May 1704
The instructions for privateers [fo. 11] being received back from Mr. Secretary Hedges, with his desire that the alterations made by the Board should be only as additional instructions, and not inserted in the body of the former instructions. Ordered that it be done accordingly, and directions were given for preparing a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges thereupon [fo. 24].
Mr. Commissary Blair presented to their lordships his further affidavit against Colonel Nicholson [fo. 21, 30], relating to the clergy, the college and himself. He also presented to their lordships Captain James Moody's affidavit, which were ordered to be communicated to Mr. Thrale, who was directed to bring his answer to the whole complaints, so far as he is able, in writing on Thursday morning next.
Mr. Bridger presented to their lordships a memorial [H. fo. 428], offering to import 14,000 barrells of pitch and tar from New England in five years, the pitch at twenty-three shillings per hundred and the tar at thirty-six shillings per barrill, which was read. Whereupon he was acquainted that no contract could be made to tye her Majesty to take the said stores, but that, if upon the importation they appear to be good in their kind, there was no doubt but the Navy Board would make use thereof.
A letter from Colonel Dudley [fo. 42] of the 19th of Deecmber last, was read, and the minutes of Councill in Assembly from the 27th May, 1702, to the 19th November, 1703, relating to the rebuilding the fort at Pemaquid and to salaries for the Governour, Lieutenant Governour &c. therein refer'd to, was laid before the Board.
A letter from Mr. Addington, secretary of the Massachusets Bay, dated the 4th of March last, inclosing the minutes of the Councill of that province from the 20th May, 1703, to the 21st of October following, was read.
A letter from Mr. Usher, Lieutenant Governour of New Hampshire, to the Board, dated the 30th of December last, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, which are as follows:—
Mr. Jennings presented to their lordships a clause [fo. 21, 31] to be added instead of the preamble to the Bill for establishing the general court and for regulating and settling the proceedings therein, which was read and ordered to be added accordingly.
An Order of Councill of this day requiring the Board to write to the Governour of Barbados to examin the proceedings of the president and Councill of that island in not sending Colonel Codrington notice of Commodore Walker's being arrived there, was read, and a letter to Sir Bevil Granville was accordingly writ and signed.
Mr. Thrale presented to their lordships his answer to the complaints [fo. 23, 41] exhibited by Mr. Blair and others against Colonel Nicholson, Governour of Virginia, which was read, and ordered that a copy be given to Mr. Blair for their reply. And Mr. Blair, complaining that Colonel Nicholson does preside and act in the uper house of Assembly, which he conceived he ought not to doe, he was directed to state his question in writing, and their lordships would resolve thereupon.
Mr. Bridger presented to their lordships a proposal for producing pott-ashes in the plantations, praying that he and those concerned with him may have a patent exclusive of others, for carrying on of that undertaking, was read; and thereupon ordered that the said proposal be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion whether her Majesty may grant such exclusive patent or no.
Mr. Blair presented to their lordships a clause [fo. 29, 94] for preventing the prophanation of the Lord's day to be added to the Bill for the effectual suppression of vice &c., with a proviso to be added at the end of the said Bill relating to the tryals of the clergy, and another clause to be added to the Bill concerning marryages relating to the marrying of servants. Which were read and ordered to be added accordingly.
A letter from Mr. Thurston, desiring that the Lord Treasurer may be moved that the money for the soldiers in Newfoundland may be speedily issued, was read, and a letter writ to Mr. Lowndes accordingly.
Another letter from Mr. Thurston praying that his Royal Highness the Lord High Admiral may be moved for directions to the commanders of the Newfoundland convoy to receive on board the money, cloathes, medicines &c. for the soldiers there, was read, and a letter writ to Mr. Burchet accordingly.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of yesterday's date signifying that the Lords of the Committee of Councill desire to speak with this Board on Thursday next in relation to the production of naval stores in the plantations [fo. 40], was read, and thereupon ordered that the papers in this office be lookt out in order to the preparing an abstract to tbe laid before their lordships.
Mr. Jennings attending, his memorial [fo. 40] relating to the production of pitch and tar in Virginia was again read, unto which he added that if Colonel Nicholson was directed to give all incouragement possible for the producing the said stores out of green trees and not such as are fallen (in those counties which are not proper for tobacco), and if there could be any assurance that the said stores would be taken off here in England, he did not doubt but great quantities might be produced there.
Copy of an Order of Councill of the 20th April last upon the representation of the 4th ditto offering that Mr. Jones, Provost Marshall and Secretary of Bermuda [fo. 2] be restored to his said places from which he had been suspended, was read.
Mr. Attorney General's report upon two Acts [H. fo. 450] past at Nevis the 23rd of October last, as also the said Acts were read; and thereupon ordered that a representation be drawn [fo. 34] to offer the said Acts to her Majesty for her Royal approbation.
A letter from Colonel Quary, dated at Perthamboy in New Jersey the 20th of December last, relating to the proceedings of the Assembly of that province, was read; and their lordships agreed to take that letter into further consideration when they shall hear from the Lord Cornbury in relation to that province.
Mr. Penn attending, and assuring their lordships that he had given and would give further directions to his deputy governour and his other friends in Pennsylvania, that they take care of her Majesty's revenue, and that the Acts of trade and navigation be duly observed and justice impartially administred, and thereupon desiring that their lordships would write to Colonel Quary advising him to live peaceably and amicably with the government there, and not to give them any unnecessary molestation, their lordships ordered that the draught of such a letter be prepared [v. infra].
The secretary acquainting their lordships that Mr. Attorney General made some difficulty in giving his opinion upon the laws of the plantations [H. fo. 288] without the agents attending upon him to pay him fees, ordered that Mr. Borrett [fo. 37] be acquainted that their lordships desire to speak with him.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney General to desire his speedy report [fo. 35, 37] upon the laws of the plantations, and particularly those of Virginia in his hands [H. fo. 136; L. fo. 189].
Mr. Borret attending according to order [fo. 35], and being asked why Mr. Attorney General's report on the Acts of the plantations was not dispatched, he said there was some difficulties in relation to his fees, and promised to put the same in writing and attend their lordships therewith.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Bridger [fo. 38] for an account of the price of pitch, tar, &c. in Norway and the east countrys, and that which is made in the plantations, also the freight from the said places in time of peace and war.
An order of Councill of the 9th of March last, upon the petition of Peter Van Bell relating to some negroes of his that had been seized at St. Christopher's in 1698, praying that the Governour of the Leeward Islands may be directed to transmit the proceedings of the Admiralty court of Nevis, where he had been cast, in order to the hearing the appeal before her Majesty in Councill, was read; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said petition be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion [fo. 54] whether her Majesty may hear the said appeal in Councill and direct the proceedings of the Admiralty court there to be transmitted for that purpose.
Mr. Byfield and others of the Pennsylvania company attending, acquainted their lordships that Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General [fo. 20, 193] made difficulties in relation to the charter for importing pitch and tar from Carolina, and presented to their lordships the queries made by Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General thereupon, with their answers thereunto, which were read.
Mr. Perry and other Virginia merchants attending [fo. 32, 69] and being asked what might be the freight of pitch and tar from Virginia, they answered that it might be now about 8l. per ton, that freight from the Baltick in times of peace was about 2l. per ton and about 6l. per ton in time of war.
Mr. Bridger attending [fo. 38] was desired to give their lordships in writing an account of the price here of pitch and tar brought from the Northern Crowns, and as near as he can to compute what may be the price of it in those countries, and what may be the freight of it from thence.
Colonel Ludwell, Mr. Blair and others [fo. 30, 49] presented to their lordships a reply to Mr. Thrales' answer to their complaints against Colonel Nicholson, which was read, and they were directed to draw up the substance of the material part of their complaint into short articles, upon which their lordships would take further resolutions.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Secretary Harley [fo. 44] to acquaint him that being one of her Majesty's Principal Secretary's of State, he is one of the Commissioners of this Board, and that their lordships would be glad of his assistance when his other affaires will permit.
A letter from Mr. Burchet relating to the map sent by Colonel Dudley from New England, was read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to the Postmaster General to make inquiry about the said map.
Ordered that copy of paragraph K in Colonel Dudley's letter of the 19th December last [fo. 24, 44] relating to ships of war for New England, be sent to Mr. Burchet for the information of his Royal Highness's Councill, and further ordered that copy of paragraph L in the said letter, relating to a descent upon Port Royal in Accadie, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges.
Mr. Champante presented to their lordships a letter from Colonel Romer, ingineer in New England, dated at Boston the 4th January last, desiring, by reason of his ill state of health, to come to England, was read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be prepared to the Board of Ordnance [fo. 44] with the opinion of this Board that he be permitted to come home accordingly, and that another ingineer be sent for the service of New England, New Yorke and the neighbouring continent. And further ordered that the inscription refer'd to in his said letter for the castle at Boston, be sent to Colonel Dudley with the approbation of this Board.
A representation upon an Act past in New Hampshire in October last [fo. 132] for obligeing the inhabitants to do military service and for raising money for a stock of provisions to be in each town ready for a march against the enemy, was signed.
A report to the Lords of the Committee of Councill [fo. 40, 60] relating to the proceedings of this Board in reference to naval stores, and a letter transmitting the same to Mr. Secretary Hedges, were signed.
Ordered that a letter be prepared [fo. 39, 44] to transmit the Act of Jamaica for a publick revenue, to the Lord High Treasurer for his lordship's inspection before it be offered to her Majesty for her royal assent.
A report from the Lord High Treasurer [fo. 1, 47] to her Majesty upon a report from the officers of the Mint to his lordship relating to the rates of foreign coyn in the plantations, being communicated to the Board, was read, and a copy thereof ordered to be taken.
A letter from Mr. James Craggs inclosing the extract of a letter from Captain Lloyd, dated at Newfoundland the 11th of October last relating to Captain George Bald, commander of a New England privateer commissionated by Colonel Codrington, who had plundered most of the inhabitants at Ferryland of their cloathes, money &c. was read; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said extract be sent to Colonel Dudley, Governour of New England, and to Sir William Mathew, Governour of the Leeward Islands, with directions to make inquiry into that matter, and then proceed against him or his sureties as shall be found necessary.
Their lordships took into consideration the Acts past in the Massachusets Bay from the 27th of May, 1702, to the 15th of October following, and made some progress therein, and ordered that the Act for establishing a naval office, and for ascertaining the fees be sent to Mr. Lowndes, to be communicated to the Commissioners of the Customes, for their opinion thereupon.
A letter from Mr. Lowndes [fo. 19] of the 19th instant, with the draught of a letter for her Majesty's signature to the several Governours in America relating to prizes, was read, and ordered that copies [fo. 53] of the said letters be prepared to be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in order to be laid before her Majesty.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Newton [fo. 44, 50], to acquaint him that their lordships desire to speak with him on Fryday morning next, in relation to the proclamation to be issued for settling the rates of foreign coins in the plantations.
A letter from Mr. Jeronimy Clifford [fo. 54] inclosing his account currant relating to the damages sustained in his affaires at Surinam, was read, and thereupon ordered that the said account be sent to Mr. Samuel Shepherd, Mr. Jacob Oosterland and Mr. John Gardner for their report upon this, as upon his other papers sent them the 2nd of March last [H. fo. 428].
The Lord Bishop of London desired that an Act past in the Massachusets Bay entituled An Act more effectually providing for the support of ministers, being an addition to the Act intituled An Act for the settlement and support of ministers and school masters, made in the fourth year of the reign of King William and Queen Mary may not be confirmed by her Majesty, until he be heard thereupon.
Colonel Ludwell, Mr. Blair, Mr. Fouace and Mr. Beverley [fo. 41, 58] presented to their lordships a paper entituled An abstract of the chief articles of Governour Nicholson's mal-administration in Virginia, with the proofs noted in the margin, which was read; and their lordships entring into the examination of the said proofs, and finding that several of them were in general terms, the affidavits formerly presented to the Board by these gentlemen were returned to them, and they were desired to add to those general articles particular instances of the matters of fact they complain of.
Upon occasion of what is said in the foresaid complaints relating to the auditing of the publick accounts, ordered that Mr. Bird be acquainted [fo. 51] that their lordships desire to speak with him on Monday next in the afternoon.
Mr. Newton attending, [fo. 47, 51, 74] and being asked several questions in relation to the table of the weight and value of foreign coins, annexed to the report of the officers of the Mint to the Lord Treasurer, he said that table was not intended to be inserted in the proclamation to be issued by her Majesty, but only to serve as a guide for proportioning the value of the several species of coin in the plantations; but as a Sevil piece of eight of 17½ dwt. is to pass at six shillings, in order to make that matter more plaine, he promised to bring a calculation [fo. 74] of the said species proportionate thereunto.
A letter from Mr. Thurston relating to the salary for the minister at Newfoundland, was read; and thereupon ordered that it be taken into consideration when the Bishop of London shall be at the Board.
Mr. Bird attending according to order [fo. 49, 54], an extract was given him of the several papers relating to the complaint against Colonel Nicholson, which have any reference to the auditing the publick accounts of Virginia, and his answer desired thereunto; but in case he is not able to answer fully to each particular, he was directed to transmit the same to his father for his reply.
An Order of Council of the 18th instant [fo. 44, 50] upon the Lord Treasurer's report on a representation of this Board of the 23rd November last, for settling the rates of foreign coynes in the plantations, directing Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General to prepare the draught of a proclamation, according to the said representation, being read, their lordships gave directions for preparing the rough draft of such a proclamation [v. infra] to be sent with the abovesaid order to Mr. Attorney General.
Their lordships again taking into consideration the Act for raising a publick revenue in Jamaica [fo. 51, 84] and the Lord Treasurer's observations mentioned in the minutes of the 26th instant thereupon, a letter was writ to Mr. Lowndes in answer to his inclosing the said observations.
The draught of a proclamation [v. supra, fo. 74] for settling the rates of foreign coin in the plantations, as mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was agreed and ordered to be sent to Mr. Attorney General.
The draughts of the letters for her Majesty's signature [fo. 46, 106] to the several Governours in America relating to her Majesty's and the Lord High Admiral's share of prizes being now prepared according to the minutes of the 22nd instant, a letter transmitting the said draughts to Mr. Secretary Hedges, was signed.
An Order of Councill of the 18th instant directing the following accounts of goods exported to the East Indies and others that shall be returned to the Councill to be lodged in this office and made use of as the Board shall see occasion, was read. The accounts are as follows, viz.:—
Mr. Attorney General's report [fo. 38] in answer to a letter writ him the 16th of May upon the petition of Peter Van Bell, was read; and thereupon ordered that Mr. Delafaye [fo. 56] and the sollicitor for the said Van Bell have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning.
Mr. Bird presented to the Board [fo. 51] his answer to the extract of complaints against Colonel Nicholson relating to the auditing the accounts in Virginia, which was delivered to him the 29th instant, and the same was read: and Mr. Blair being present, he said that they did not insist in their complaints upon having the Auditor and Receiver General's places in two distinct officers, if the accounts of the revenue be regularly audited before the Council, as usual.