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Journal, November 1763: Volume 70

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Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 11, January 1759 - December 1763. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1935.

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Journal, November 1763

fo. 288.

Tuesday, November 1. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Mr. Gascoyne.

Grenada.

Ordered, that the consideration of the memorial of Messrs. Henderson and Ebell, mentioned in the minutes of Thursday last, be postponed, and that notice thereof be given to the memorialists.

Grenada.

Dominica.

St. Vincent's.

Tobago.

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon the method of disposing of his Majesty's lands in the Islands of Grenada, Dominica, St. Vincent's and Tobago, and made some progress therein.

St. Lucia.

St. Vincent's.

fo. 289.

Read a memorial of the Earl and Countess of Cardigan, apprizing the Board of their claim to the Islands of St. Lucia and St. Vincent's, and praying that no measures may be taken for the disposal of lands in St. Vincent's, till the royal determination be declared upon a petition presented by the memorialists to his Majesty.

Ordered, that a copy be made of the said memorial to be laid before his Majesty, together with the abovementioned representation.

East Florida.

Read a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury to Mr. Pownall, dated November 1st, 1763, in answer to his letter of the 21st of October concerning the settlement of a body of French Protestants in East Florida.

Ordered, that the said letter do lye by for further consideration.

fo. 290.

Wednesday, November 2. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Mr. Gascoyne.

East Florida.

The letter from the Secretary of the Treasury to Mr. Pownall, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, was taken into consideration; and Monsieur Boutiton, agent for the French Protestants, mentioned in the minutes of the 21st ult. attending, with the Reverend Mr. Majundie, they were called in, and their lordships had some further conversation with them on the subject matter of the proposition of going to East Florida.

Grenada.

Dominica.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon the method of disposing of his Majesty's lands in the Islands of Grenada, Dominica, St. Vincent's and Tobago, was again read and considered.

fo. 291.

Thursday, November 3. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Gascoyne.

Trade.

Africa.

Ordered, that the consideration of the papers received from the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, concerning the establishments at Senegal, be postponed.

East Florida.

fo. 292.

Their lordships had some further discourse with Monsieur Boutiton, the Reverend Mr. Majundie and Mr. Shellier, who interests himself in the affair of the foreign Protestants, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, and, the gentlemen being withdrawn, the draught of a representation to his Majesty upon the method of peopling the new government with useful and industrious inhabitants, having been prepared pursuant to order, was read and considered.

Post Meridiem.

Grenada.

Dominica.

St. Vincent's.

Tobago.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon the method of disposing of his Majesty's lands in the Islands of Grenada, Dominica, St. Vincent's and Tobago, was approved, transcribed and signed.

Quebec.

Grenada.

East Florida.

West Florida.

The draughts of general instructions and of those relating to the observance of the Laws of Trade, for the Governors of Quebec, Grenada, East Florida and West Florida, were approved, and a representation to his Majesty thereupon was signed.

East Florida.

West Florida.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty upon the method of peopling the new governments with useful and industrious inhabitants, was approved, transcribed and signed.

fo. 293.

Friday, November 4. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Mr. Gascoyne.

Grenada.

Dominica.

Read a letter from Campbell Dalrymple, Esquire, Commander in Chief of Dominica, to the Board, dated August, 1763, containing an account of the measures he has pursued for fortifying and settling that island, St. Vincent's and Tobago, and remarks on the state of Dominica, and the proceedings of the French at Guadalupe, and St. Lucia; and transmitting,
Answer to heads of enquiry relating to the state of the Island of Dominica.

Plantations General.

fo. 294.

Read a letter from Edward Sedgwick, Esquire, Secretary to the Earl of Halifax, to Mr. Pownall, dated October 31st, 1763, inclosing copies of papers from Sir Jeffery Amherst, respecting the disposition of the troops in North America.
Disposition of his Majesty's forces in North America, August, 1763.
Sir Jeffery Amherst's instructions to Lieutenant Colonel Robertson on his going with the orders for the arrangement of the troops, etc. at Florida and Louisiana, dated New York, 24th August, 1763.
Sir Jeffery Amherst's orders to the officers commanding at Florida and Louisiana, New York, 23rd August, 1763.
Additional orders from Sir Jeffery Amherst to the officers commanding at Florida and Louisiana, 24th August, 1763.
Copy of a letter from Sir Jeffery Amherst to the Governor of New Orleans, New York, 23rd August, 1763.

fo. 295.

Monday, November 7. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke.

Trade.

Africa.

Mr. Reynolds, Member of Parliament for Lancaster, attended, and presented to the Board a memorial of the merchants of that place trading to Africa, complaining that several of his Majesty's subjects have entered into contracts for supplying the French with slaves.

Ordered, that a copy of the said memorial be transmitted to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, and that they be desired to communicate to the Board any information they are able, with respect to the facts set forth in the said memorial.

fo. 296.

East Florida.

Their lordships took into further consideration the Order of Council of the 29th of July, 1763, referring Monsieur Gilbert's memorial, concerning a settlement in Carolina for a number of French Protestants going over to that province, and it was ordered, that notice should be given to Messrs. Majundie and Boutiton, and also to Mr. McNutt, to attend the Board to morrow.

Plantations General.

Read a letter from the Earl of Halifax to the Board, dated November 5th, 1763, signifying his Majesty's pleasure, that they should report, whether there be any means of employing in America persons of either sex, who having been convicted of crimes, which are now capital, shall be transported thither.

fo. 297.

Tuesday, November 8. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Mr. Gascoyne.

Grenada, Dominica.

Their lordships took into consideration the memorial of Messrs. Ebell and Henderson, concerning an establishment for a factory in the Island of Dominica, and Mr. Ebell attending without, he was called in, and their lordships had some conversation with him upon the subject matter of the said memorial.

Mr. Ebell being withdrawn, it was ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Commander in Chief at Dominica, containing directions to him with respect to the case of the memorialists, should be prepared.

fo. 298.

Plantations General.

Ordered, that the Secretary do write to his Majesty's Sollicitor General for his opinion, whether aliens not naturalized under the Act of the 13th of George 2nd Cap. 7, are capable of acquiring property in lands in America, either by purchase or grant, or leave from the Crown.

South Carolina.

Messrs. Majendie and Boutition not attending as desired, the consideration of the Order in Council referring Monsieur Gilbert's petition for an establishment in South Carolina, was postponed.

fo. 299.

Wednesday, November 9. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Mr. Gascoyne.

Grenada.

Dominica.

The draught of a letter to the Commander in Chief of the Island of Dominica, upon the case of Messrs. Ebell and Henderson, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

fo. 300.

Thursday, November 17. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne.

South Carolina.

Their lordships took into further consideration the Order of his Majesty in Council, referring the petition of Monsieur Gilbert, relative to a settlement in South Carolina for some French Protestants, lately retired here, on account of their religion, and Messrs. Majendie and Boutiton attending, their lordships had some conversation with them on the subject matter of Monsieur Gilbert's petition.

fo. 301.

Mr. McNutt also attending, their lordships had some conversation with him on the subject matter of his agreement with the Treasury for the passage of these French Protestants to Charles Town.

Post Meridiem.

Mr. McNutt attending again, their lordships had further conversation with him touching his agreement with the Treasury.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon Monsieur Gilbert's petition concerning a settlement in South Carolina for the French Protestants, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed; as was also a letter to the Governor of that province, containing directions for laying out a township for such settlement, and recommending these people to his care and protection.

fo. 302.

Friday, November 18. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne.

South Carolina.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon the petition of Monsieur Gilbert, concerning a settlement for the French Protestants in South Carolina, having been transcribed, was signed; and, Mr. McNutt having delivered in a specification of the conditions, upon which he proposes to provide a passage for these French Protestants to South Carolina, Mr. Pownall was ordered to transmit it to the Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, and to signify to him, that this Board submits it to the consideration of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, whether the contract with Mr. McNutt for this service should not be in writing.

fo. 303.

Post Meridiem.

Nova Scotia.

Read an Order in Council, dated the 4th of November, 1763, referring back to the Board a representation of their lordships, of the 30th of August last, on the Sieur de Stumpel's petition for a grant of lands upon St. John's River in Nova Scotia.

Read also a petition of the Sieur de Stumpel, praying that his request for a grant of lands in Nova Scotia may be complied with.

Ordered, that the said order of reference and petition be taken into consideration on Friday next, and that the Sieur de Stumpel have notice to attend.

Read a letter from Jonathan Belcher, Esquire, late Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, dated August 13th, 1763, concerning the accounts of the Indian commerce, and inclosing,
fo. 304.
Observations upon the accounts of the Indian commerce by the gentlemen appointed to examine and audit the said accounts.

Ordered, that the agent for the settlement be directed to prepare, with all possible dispatch, an account of the expences incurred for the support of the civil establishment of Nova Scotia for the year 1762.

Ordered, that the abovementioned letter and paper received from Mr. Belcher, be laid before the Board, when the accounts for the year 1762 and the estimate for 1764 shall come under consideration.

Read a letter from Montague Wilmot, Esquire, Governor of Nova Scotia, to the Board, dated September 27th, 1763, informing their lordships of his having taken the administration of government upon him, and transmitting an estimate for the succeeding year.
fo. 305.
Minutes of Council from the 28th of July to the 26th of September, 1763.
Ditto; from the 28th of July to the 17th of September, 1763, relative to the granting of lands.

Nova Scotia.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to Governor Wilmot be prepared, congratulating him upon his arrival in his government, and containing the Board's sentiments and directions with respect to the accounts of the publick money.

Read a memorial of Hutchison Mure and others, desiring that a certain part of the Island of St. John may be granted to them, to make a settlement and carry on a fishery there.

Read a memorial of Robert Mackoun and Co., desiring a grant of 200,000 acres of land in Nova Scotia or Cape Breton, as they propose one or more fisheries on those coasts at their own expence.

fo. 306.

Ordered, that the said memorials be taken into consideration on Friday next, and that notice be given to the parties to attend.

Quebec.

Read the following letters and papers received from the Honourable James Murray, Esquire, Governor of Quebec, viz.,
Letter from Governor Murray to the Earl of Shelburne, dated September 12th, 1763, recommending Mr. John Gray for the confirmation of his grant for the post of Great Mekatinat, to which Monsieur Hocquart lately put in his claim, and desiring a grant for the post of Cape Chat on the south side of St. Lawrence for Mr. Richard Murray, and inclosing,
fo. 307.
Copy of a letter from Governor Murray to the Earl of Egremont, Secretary of State, the 7th of September, 1763, relative to Monsieur Hocquart's claim to a district of land in the lower part of the River St. Lawrence.
Copy of a private letter from Governor Murray to the Earl of Egremont, Secretary of State, September 7th, 1763, relative to Monsieur Hocquart's claim to a district of land in the lower part of the River St. Lawrence.
Letter from Governor Murray, dated September 14th, 1763, respecting a from of church government, desired by the French inhabitants, the ill behaviour of Monsieur Montgolfier, the good character of Mr. Bryant, the peaceableness of the Northern Indians; the depredations of the New England fishermen; and the recommendation of Mr. Cramahé for a grant of the post of Labrador, and inclosing,
Copy of an address from the chapter of Quebec to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, 12th September, 1763.
fo. 308.
Copy of a letter from Monsieur Montgolfier, Vicar General of the Government of Quebec, to Monsieur Houdin, 26th February, 1761.
Translation of a declaration dated Little Chippagan, 10th August, and of Louis Brisard's deposition, September 13th, 1763.
Translation of a certificate dated Miscou, August 9th, and copy of Louis Brisard's deposition, September 13th, 1763.
Copy of the depositions of Pierre Valière, Francçois Gosselin and Louis Brisard, September 13th, 1763.
Letter from Governor Murray to the Earl of Shelburne, dated 2nd October, 1763, recommending to his Lordship's favor Messrs. Marteilhe and Mounier, and inclosing,
fo. 309.
Memorial from Messrs. Marteilhe and Mounier to Governor Murray, August 31st, 1763, desiring the grant of lands on the south of the Baye des Chaleurs, etc.
Memorial of John Marteilhe of London, merchant, to the Board, desiring a confirmation of his purchase of an estate and island in the Lake Champlain from M. Maitre François Daine.

A representation to his Majesty, humbly to lay before him the address of the Chapter of Quebec, praying a bishop may be appointed for that government, was agreed to and signed.

Ordered, that the memorial of Messrs. Marteilhe and Mounier, concerning the purchase of lands of Lake Champlain, and their request to have a grant of other lands to the south of the Baye des Chaleurs, be taken into consideration on Friday next, and that Mr. Marteilhe, now in England, have notice to attend.

fo. 310.

Read two memorials, one of Mr. Hugh Finlay, desiring the Island of Miscou may be granted to him, to carry on the fishery of sea cows; and that he may have a right to lay up his vessels in the River of Karaket; the other of Mr. Isbister, desiring a grant of a tract of land upon the Labrador coast between the River St. John and Mount Joli.

Their lordships, upon consideration of the said memorials, and also of the requests of Messrs. Gray and Cramahé, for posts upon the Labrador Coast, as recommended by Governor Murray, were of opinion, that, as there is yet no civil government established in this country, or in the isles of the gulph of the River St. Lawrence dependent thereon, it would not be adviseable to recommend the making such grants as are desired.

fo. 311.

Ordered, that the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council be prepared, of the like opinion upon the petition of Colonel Gridley, for a grant of the Island of Magdalene, mentioned in the minutes of the 14th of January last.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to Governor Murray, in answer to those received from him, be prepared.

Read a petition of Benjamin Price and William Knutton of Quebec, merchants, desiring a grant of lands for a settlement between the River A Claude and Gaspée Cape.

Ordered, that the said petition be taken into consideration on Friday next, the 25th instant, and that notice be given to the petitioners or their agent to attend.

fo. 312.

Monday, November 21. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne.

East and West Florida.

Read on Order of his Majesty in Council on the 14th of November, 1763, approving a representation of this Board, concerning the peopling and settling the Provinces of East and West Florida with useful and industrious inhabitants, and authorizing and directing the Board to publish an advertisement in the Gazette, conformable to what is proposed in the said representation.

Ordered, that the following advertisement be inserted in the London Gazette, viz.,
fo. 313.
fo. 314.
The Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations having received information, that many persons are desirous of grants of land in his Majesty's Provinces of East and West Florida in America, in order to the cultivation of the same for the raising of silk, cotton, wine, oil, indigo, cochineal and other commodities, to which the said lands are adapted, their lordships, therefore, to avoid any delay in the making of such settlements, do, by his Majesty's command, give publick notice, that his Majesty has been pleased to direct, that the lands in his Majesty's said Provinces of East Florida and West Florida shall be surveyed and laid out into townships, not exceeding twenty thousand acres each, for the convenience and accommodation of settlers, and that these townships, or any proportions thereof, will be granted upon the same moderate conditions of quit rent and cultivation as are required in other colonies, to such persons as shall be willing to enter into reasonable engagements to settle the lands within a limited time, and at their own expence, with a proper number of useful and industrious Protestant inhabitants, either from his Majesty's other colonies, or from foreign parts; and all persons, who may be willing to obtain such grants, are desired to send in their proposals in writing to John Pownall, Esquire, Secretary to the said Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations.

By Order of their lordships.
John Pownall,
Secretary.

fo. 315.

South Carolina.

Read a letter from Francis Biddulph, Esquire, late an officer in his Majesty's land service, to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated October the 30th, 1763, desiring orders may be given to the Governor of South Carolina to make him a grant of lands in that province, as far as may be proportioned to what is allowed to officers, who have served in America.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of South Carolina, upon the subject of Mr. Biddulph's application, be prepared.

Plantations General.

Read a letter from the Earl of Halifax, dated November 12th, 1763, signifying his Majesty's pleasure, that they should consider and report, whether it be necessary or expedient, that a superintendant should continue to reside at the Mosquito Shore; and inclosing,
fo. 316.
Extract of a letter from Governor Lyttelton to the Earl of Egremont, Jamaica, August 30th, 1763, desiring to be informed, whether it be the King's pleasure, that he should recall Captain Otway from his superintendency of the settlement on the Mosquito Shore.
Copy of the Duke of Bedford's letter to Governor Trelawney, dated October 5th, 1749, relative to the appointment of Captain Hodgson to be superintendant of the settlement on the Mosquito Shore.

Ordered, that the said papers be taken into consideration on this day sennight.

Read a letter from Sir William Johnson, superintendant for the affairs of the Indians in the Northern District, dated September 25th, 1763, containing an account of the present state of Indians affairs.

fo. 317.

Nova Scotia.

Quebec.

The draughts of letters to the Governors of Nova Scotia and Quebec having been prepared pursuant to order, were agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

Tuesday, November 22. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne.

New York.

New Jersey.

fo. 318.

Their lordships took into further consideration the Acts passed in the Provinces of New York and New Jersey, for submitting to his Majesty the method of decision upon the controversy concerning the boundary line between the said provinces; and Mr. Charles, agent for the Province of New York, Mr. Wilmot, agent for the Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey, and Mr. Sherwood, agent for the Province of New Jersey, attending without, they were called in, and Mr. Charles and Mr. Wilmot moved their lordships to lay the said Acts before his Majesty, for his confirmation.

fo. 319.

It appearing, upon a consideration of the Act passed in the Province of New Jersey, that one of the agents appointed on the part of the Proprietors of the Eastern Division, to manage the controversy, was styled in the said Act the Right Honourable William, Earl of Sterling, the claim to which title had not been allowed by the House of Lords, their lordships did not think it adviseable to lay the said Act before his Majesty, for his approbation, but, as no other objection appeared to the Act, it was recommended to Mr. Wilmot to acquaint his constituents with this irregularity, in order that another Act for the same purpose might be passed, free from this objection; and, in the meantime it was agreed that the further consideration of this matter should lye over, until such other Act should be received.

South Carolina.

The draught of a letter to the Governor of South Carolina, containing directions for the settlement of the French Protestants in that province, having been transcribed, was signed; as was also a letter to the said Governor, recommending Captain Biddulph for a grant of lands in the said province.

Nova Scotia.

Quebec.

The draughts of letters to the Governors of Nova Scotia and Quebec, having been transcribed pursuant to order, were signed.

Read the two following petitions transmitted to the Secretary, viz.,
fo. 320.
Massachusetts.
Petition of John Turner, stating his being an hostage to the payment of a sum of money to ransom a New England schooner taken by a French letter of marque vessel, and being since confined in a prison at Bordeaux, and desiring relief from their lordships.
New York.
Petition of Henry Constant of New York to the Board, stating his having been taken by a French ship and carried prisoner to Bordeaux as a ransomer, or hostage for the said vessel, where he still lies in confinement, and begging relief from their lordships.

Ordered, that the said petitions be copied to be transmitted to the Earl of Halifax, and that the draught of a letter to his Lordship thereupon be prepared.

fo. 321.

Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit copies of the said petitions to the Governors of New York and Massachusets Bay, with letters recommending to them to make enquiry of the owners of the vessels, to which the petitioners belonged, concerning the facts they allege, and to endeavour to prevail upon the said owners to take the proper steps for the release of their ransomers.

Ordered, that the Secretary do acquaint the petitioners by letter with the directions which have been given upon their petitions.

New Hampshire.

Read a letter from Benning Wentworth, Esquire, Governor of New Hampshire, dated the 14th of August, 1763, acknowledging the receipt of the Board's letters on the appointment of a day of thanksgiving for the peace, and his correspondence with the Board; and containing remarks on the boundaries of that province; also inclosing,
fo. 322.
Naval Office list of ships and vessels entered and cleared in the Port of Piscataqua between the 5th of January, 1760, and the 5th of January, 1763.
Forty-nine Acts passed in 1757, 1758, 1759, 1760 and 1761.

Ordered, that the Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

New York.

Read a letter from Cadwallader Colden, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of New York, dated September 26th, 1763, containing remarks on a representation of five gentlemen of the Council to Governor Monckton, relative to the boundaries of New York.

Connecticut.

Read a letter from Thomas Fitch, Esquire, Governor of Connecticut, dated September 15th, 1763, acknowledging his receipt of the King's instructions, respecting a settlement at Wyoming on Susquehannah, and the Board's letters on the proclamation of the peace, and the correspondence of governors with the Board.

fo. 323.

Maryland.

Read a letter from Horatio Sharpe, Esquire, Deputy Governor of Maryland, dated the 28th of July, 1763, acquainting the Board with his having received their letter of 29th of April, last, and appointed a day for a publick thanksgiving for the peace.

Grenada.

Post Meridiem.

Read a letter from Mr. Scott, Commander in Chief at Grenada, dated August 30th, 1763, acquainting the Board that he had proclaimed the peace; that the inhabitants behave well; that some vessels from New Spain have brought mules, etc., to exchange for British manufactures; that he sends a map of the island, with the plantations delineated on it; that, with respect to forfeited lands, he will wait the Board's orders; and recommending Mr. McLeane.

fo. 324.

Their lordships took into consideration the Earl of Halifax's letter of the 27th of September, 1763, inclosing several cases concerning the seizure in Grenada of goods, the property of French subjects, found in the possession of the inhabitants of that island at the surrender; the forfeiture of lands for non-compliance with the conditions of the grants and the rights of escheatage; and it was ordered, that the Secretary should transmit a copy of the said letter, and of the cases therein referred to, to his Majesty's Advocate and Sollicitor General, for their opinion upon the cases, in the several points stated by the Earl of Halifax.

Barbados.

Read a letter from Francis Reynolds, Esquire, dated November 2nd, 1763, in answer to one from the Secretary, relating to a Barbados Act, which he complains of, as affecting his interest in the office of Provost Marshall.

fo. 325.

Ordered, that the Secretary do write to Mr. Pickering, late agent for the Island of Barbados, for such answers as he may have received from the gentlemen trading to and interested in that island, to the letter wrote to him, desiring him to take their opinion upon that part of the Act complained of by Mr. Reynolds, which it was alleged affected their interests.

fo. 326.

Their lordships took into consideration a private Act of the Island of Barbados, passed in February last, entituled, an Act for the sale of the lands, buildings, negro slaves and premises belonging to the estate called Warners in the Parish of Christ Church, in the island aforesaid, and for settling the monies arising by such sale to such uses as are hereinafter mentioned; and the said Act having been read, as also Sir Mathew Lamb's report upon it, and no objection appearing against it, it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty should be prepared, proposing that it may be confirmed.

Jamaica.

Read a letter from William Henry Lyttelton, Esquire, Governor of Jamaica, dated August 30th, 1763, in answer to their lordships' letter of the 29th of April last, respecting his claim to a part of the salary, as Governor in chief, antecedent to the arrival in his government, and inclosing,
Copy of an Act to augment the salary of his Excellency, George Haldane, Esquire, and for providing certain lands and premises to be annexed to the government for the use of the Governor for the time being.
fo. 327.
Extracts from the minutes of the Council of Jamaica.
Jamaica.
Copy of Lieutenant Governor Moore's Commission.
Copy of the case of William Henry Lyttelton, Esquire, Governor of Jamaica, and of the Honourable Charles Yorke, Esquire, his Majesty's Sollicitor General's opinion.

Ordered, that the said letter and papers be taken into further consideration on Monday next.

fo. 328.

Thursday, November 24. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne.

Massachusetts.

New York.

Barbados.

The draught of a letter to the Earl of Halifax, with the copy of the petitions of Messrs. Turner and Constant, complaining of their being detained at Bordeaux and kept in close confinement, as ransomers of vessels taken by the French in the late war, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to and signed, as was also a representation to his Majesty, proposing the confirmation of a private Act of Barbados for the sale of an estate called Warners in that island.

Nova Scotia.

fo. 329.

The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation affairs, upon Colonel Gridley's petition for a grant of the Island of Magdelene, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Virginia.

Read a letter from Mr. Athawes to Mr. Pownall, signifying that the merchants of London trading to Virginia, desire to attend the Board, upon the remonstrance of the Assembly of that colony to the Lieutenant Governor, concerning the paper currency, when the Board shall be pleased to appoint.

Ordered, that this affair be taken into consideration on Thursday next, the 1st of December, and that notice thereof be given to the merchants.

Georgia.

fo. 330.

Read a memorial of Denys Rolle, Esquire, in behalf of himself and others, relative to their design of settling a colony between the Rivers Apalachicola and Alatamaha, and inclosing copy of a memorial presented to Lord Shelburne, stating their intention and proposals on that subject.

Friday, November 25. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne.

Nova Scotia.

Quebec.

fo. 331.

Their lordships took into consideration the applications of the Sieur de Stumpel for a grant of lands upon the River St. John's, and also the petitions of Messrs. Mure, Cathcart and Spence for a grant of a part of the Island of St. John's, and of Mr. Mackoun and Co., for lands in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton; and, the several parties attending, they were respectively called in, and heard in what they had to offer, and were desired to state their several propositions more particularly in writing, and, in the meantime, the further consideration of their applications was postponed; as was also the further consideration of the applications of Messrs. Marteilhe and Price for grants of land in Nova Scotia and the Government of Quebec.

Monday, November 28. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Eliot, Mr. Rice.

Newfoundland.

fo. 332.

Read a letter from Edward Sedgwick, Esquire, to the Secretary, dated November 28th, 1763, desiring (by the Earl of Halifax's direction) that the articles of instructions to the Governor of Newfoundland, regulating his conduct with respect to the fishery between Cape Bonavista and Point Riche, allowed to the French by the Treaty of Utrecht, may be transmitted to his Lordship.

Ordered, that a copy be forthwith made of the 2nd and 4th Articles of the Instructions to the Governor of Newfoundland, and that the Secretary do transmit such copy to Mr. Sedgwick, to be communicated to the Earl of Halifax.

Miscellanies.

Ordered, that no paper, or copy of any paper in this office, be communicated or delivered to any person whatever, without an order of the Board entered upon the Journal.

fo. 333.

Jamaica.

fo. 334.

Their lordships took into consideration the memorial of Henry Moore, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of the Island of Jamaica, complaining of Mr. Lyttelton's having refused to sign an order for the payment of the last quarter's salary, alleged to be due to him as Lieutenant Governor, which said memorial is mentioned in the minutes of the 12th of April last, and the said memorial having been read, as also Mr. Lyttelton's letter in answer thereto, mentioned in the minutes of the 22nd instant, their lordships were of opinion, that Mr. Moore was not entitled, during his administration, to more than a moiety of the established salary of two thousand, five hundred pounds, appropriated to the salary of the Captain General by the Revenue Act of 1728, and that Mr. Lyttelton was therefore fully justified in refusing to sign an order for the last quarter's payment of that salary to Mr. Moore; their lordships being also of opinion that the other moiety becomes, by the absence of the Captain General and Governor in Chief, the property of his Majesty, to be disposed of as his Majesty shall think fit.

Plantations General.

Their lordships took into consideration the Earl of Halifax's letter of the 12th instant, desiring the Board's opinion, whether it will be expedient to continue a superintendant upon the Mosquito Shore, and several papers relative to the establishment upon that shore were laid before the Board and read; after which, the further consideration of this affair was postponed.

Their lordships also took into consideration Sir William Johnson's letter of the 25th of September, mentioned in the minutes of the 21st instant, relating to the present state of Indian affairs, and made some progress therein.