Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 12, January 1764 - December 1767. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1936.
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Journal, March 1765
The Secretary having acquainted the Board that the Cherokee Indians, ordered by his Majesty to be sent back to Virginia, were ready to embark, a letter to the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, giving him notice of their departure pursuant to his Majesty's commands, was prepared, agreed to and signed.
The draughts of representations to his Majesty upon the project of a treaty of commerce with Russia, and upon the validity of the Marine Treaty of 1686, having been transcribed, were signed; as were also letters to the respective Secretaries of State inclosing the same.
The Secretary laid before the Board an account transmitted to him by the agent for Virginia of the expence of the passage of the three Cherokees to Virginia, and of some presents to them on their departure, and a letter to Lord Halifax inclosing the same was agreed to and signed.
Read a letter from William Henry Lyttelton, esquire, Governor
of Jamaica, to the Board, dated December 24th, 1764, relative to
some proceedings and resolutions of the Assembly of that island
concerning their privileges.
Copy of the resolutions of the Assembly of Jamaica, December 19th, 1764.
Copy of the entry which the register of the Court of Chancery made of the Governor's decree relating to Mr. McNeill.
Copy of the resolutions of the Assembly of Jamaica on the 21st of December, 1764.
The said letter and papers appearing to be of great importance to his Majesty's service, and that it was expedient forthwith to lay them before his Majesty in Council, they were ordered to be copied, and a representation to his Majesty in Council thereupon, was signed.
Their lordships took into further consideration and agreed upon an estimate for supporting and maintaining the civil establishment of Nova Scotia for the year 1765, and Mr. Bacon was desired to present the same, as also the estimates for Georgia, East Florida and West Florida, and for general surveys, to the House of Commons, pursuant to his Majesty's commands.
Their lordships took into consideration the demands made on
account of expences incurred for the service of Nova Scotia
antecedent to the year 1764, and the following papers were read
and considered, vizt.,
Memorial to the Right Honourable the Lords of Trade and Plantations, presented by the widow of the late Colonel Edward How, praying that her account may be audited by the Council of Nova Scotia, or whom their lordships think meet, and such relief be granted as her case may merit.
Letter from Joshua Mauger, esquire, to the Secretary, dated February 1st, 1765, inclosing,
List of bills of exchange in the possession of Mr. Mauger drawn by Lieutenant Governor Belcher and Lieutenant Governor Wilmot of Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 1st, 1765.
Letter from Mr. Mauger to the Secretary, dated March 14th, 1764, desiring the Board to give him relief with respect to the money advanced by him for the use of the Government of Nova Scotia; and acquainting him that, unless some steps be taken for that purpose by their lordships, he shall present a petition to Parliament.
Letter from Jonathan Belcher, esquire, to the Secretary, dated June 20th, 1764, stating the circumstances of Mr. Mauger's furnishing the Government of Nova Scotia, during his administration, with the sum of £2,200, and praying the Board's favourable consideration of his case.
Letter from Jonathan Belcher, esquire, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, to the Secretary, dated July 28th, 1764, in favour of Mr. Pernette, who advanced £500 sterling during his administration, for the service of that government.
Letter from Jonathan Belcher, esquire, dated October 29th, 1764, in favour of Charles Procter, esquire, who advanced £500 for the service of Nova Scotia.
Read a letter from Messrs. Hinshelwood and Pernette to Mr. Mauger, dated October 10th, 1764, containing their sentiments on the order of the Board to strike off Mr. Zouberbuhler and Mr. Creighton from the civil list at Lunenburg.
Memorial of Sebastian Zouberbuhler, esquire, to the Board, dated October 4th, 1764, stating his services in directing the settlement of Lunenburg, and praying their lordships to continue to him the salary allowed him heretofore, or recommend him to his Majesty for some other employment.
Their lordships, upon consideration of Mr. Zouberbuhler's case, ordered a minute to be made that the Governor should be directed to pay him fifty pounds for the year 1765, and to charge the same to the account of contingencies.
The Secretary laid before the Board a memorial prepared by Mr. Knox to be presented to the Treasury, stating his being appointed agent and attorney to Mr. De Brahm, Surveyor of Lands for the Southern District of North America, and praying that the sum of seven hundred pounds, sixteen shillings, granted by Parliament last Sessions to defray the expence of such survey for the year 1764, may be issued to him on account of the said De Brahm; and their lordships approving the prayer of the said petition, it was ordered, that the agent and attorney to Mr. De Brahm should present it to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their lordships' directions upon it.
Read a memorial of Mr. Knox, agent in behalf of the publick of East Florida, stating two bills drawn upon him by Mr. De Brahm for his salary as provincial Surveyor of that colony, due at Midsummer last; and their lordships, upon consideration of the circumstances of the case as set forth on the memorial, approved of the said bills being accepted and paid.
The Earl of Hillsborough acquainted the Board that a complaint having been made to the House of Lords that two Indians of the Mohawk Nation had been brought to England and exhibited to publick shew, that House had in consequence thereof directed the said Indians to be taken proper care of untill this Board should give orders for their being removed from the place they are now in, in order to be sent back to America; whereupon a letter to the Earl of Halifax, desiring him to move his Majesty that the Board may receive such directions from his Majesty, with respect to the said Indians, as may enable the Board to carry the resolutions of the House of Lords into due execution, and to defray the expence that will attend the maintainance of the said Indians whilst here and of their passage to America, was agreed to and signed.
Read a memorial of the Earl of Ilchester, Lord Holland, Mr. Upton and others their associates, setting forth the difficulties and obstructions they have met with in locating the lands ordered by his Majesty to be granted to them in New York, and praying the Board's directions to the Governor thereupon.
The Secretary laid before the Board the following letters of
advice of bills drawn by the officers in East Florida for their
respective salaries, vizt.,
Letter from William Greening, esquire, to the Board, dated November 21st, 1764, informing their lordships of his having drawn bills on the agent for a year's salary, due to him as Register of East Florida.
Letter from Mr. John Dunnett, Secretary and Clerk of the Council of East Florida, to the Board, dated November 24th, 1764, acquainting their lordships that he has drawn on the agent for his yearly salary, due 24th June, 1764.
Letter from James Moultne, esquire, to the Board, dated November 25th, 1764, informing their lordships of his having drawn on the agent for East Florida for £500 sterling, being a year's salary due to him as Chief Justice on 24th June, 1764.
Letter from James Box, esquire, to the Board, dated December 10th, 1764, informing their lordships of his having drawn upon the agent for East Florida for £150, being his salary for one year as Attorney General of that province, due June 24th, 1764.
Read a letter from William Gerard De Brahm, esquire, Surveyor
General of the Southern District of America, to the Board, dated
20th December, 1764, relative to the measures he has taken for
making a survey of that part of East Florida, which lies to the
southward of the Bay of St. Augustine as far as the Cape of
Charter party made at Savannah in Georgia, December 17th, 1764, between Francis Goffe, master of the schooner Augustine Packet, and William Gerard De Brahm, esquire.
Read a memorial of the agent of Nova Scotia, desiring the Board would authorize him to pay certain salaries therein stated to be due, and their lordships, upon consideration thereof, approved of the several sums due upon the services therein mentioned being paid.
A bill drawn upon the agent of Nova Scotia by the Governor of that province for eight hundred, seventeen pounds, ten shillings and three pence, for defraying the expence of the civil establishment there, from the 1st of October to 31st of December 1764, was presented to the Board for approbation; and the account of services annexed to the said bill appearing, upon examination, to correspond with the Board's directions to the Governor in their letter of the 20th of March, 1764, their lordships approved of the said bill being accepted and paid.
A bill drawn upon the agent of Nova Scotia by the Governor of that province for one hundred, sixty four pounds, nineteen shillings and two pence, for defraying the expence of a survey of the Islands of St. John and [Cape] Breton, pursuant to orders of this Board, was presented for approbation, and their lordships approved of the said bill being accepted and paid, and the amount thereof to be charged to the account of contingent expences for the service of Nova Scotia for the year 1764.
Their lordships, upon consideration of Mrs. How's memorial, mentioned in the minutes of the 5th instant, called for the state of her account, and the same having been presented, it was ordered, that it should be referred to the agent for Nova Scotia to examine the said account with the proper vouchers, and report a state thereof to the Board.
Ordered, that the agents for Nova Scotia, Georgia, East Florida and West Florida, do respectively prepare and lay before the Board a state of the several sums issued to and paid by the said agents, out of the last grants of Parliament for the said colonies respectively.
Their lordships, upon consideration of the resolutions and proceedings of the House of Lords in respect to the Mohawk Indians now here, agreed upon the draught of a Bill to be moved for in Parliament to prevent the evil practice of carrying Indians from his Majesty's colonies and plantations in America, and the Earl of Hillsborough was desired to present the said Bill to the House of Lords.
Their lordships took into consideration their resolutions on the 7th of February last respecting the annual Tax Act of Jamaica, imposing duties upon slaves imported and exported, and it was ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of Jamaica, conformable to the said resolutions, should be prepared.
Ordered, that notice be given to Mr. Eyre, sollicitor for Mr Jasper Hall and others, and to Mr. Pickering, sollicitor in behalf of the Island of Jamaica, to attend the Board on Thursday next, the 12th instant.
Read the following letters received from the Governor of
Letter from Governor Lyttelton to the Board, dated December 12th, 1764, recommending Archibald Sinclair, esquire, to succeed Edward Clarke, esquire, who has desired to resign his seat at the Council Board.
Letter from Governor Lyttelton to the Board, dated December 30th, 1764, containing his reasons for refusing his assent to a bill offered to him by the Assembly, for raising several sums of money, and applying the same to several uses, etc.
Mr. Eyre, sollicitor in behalf of Mr. Jasper Hall and others, complainants against the annual Act of Jamaica, laying duties upon slaves imported and exported, and Mr. Pickering, sollicitor in behalf of the island, attending, they were called in and acquainted with the Board's resolutions upon the said Act.
Read a letter from the Earl of Halifax to the Board, dated March 12th, 1765, containing the King's directions to their lordships respecting the passage of the two Mohawk Indians, mentioned in their letter of the 6th, to New York, and the safe delivery of them to the Lieutenant Governor of that province.
Ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty be prepared, proposing that Archibald Sinclair, esquire, may be appointed of the Council of Jamaica, in the room of Edward Clarke, esquire, who has resigned.
The draught of a letter to the Governor of Jamaica, containing the Board's orders and resolutions in respect to the annual Tax Act of that island laying duties upon slaves imported and exported, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.
Their lordships then took into consideration the letter from the Governor of Jamaica, mentioned in the minutes of the 1st and 8th instant, and ordered the draught of a letter to the Governor in answer thereto to be prepared.
Read a letter from Charles Pinfold, esquire, Governor of
Barbados, to the Board, dated November 12th, 1764, acknowledging the receipt of their lordships' letter of 11th May last, and
respecting the behaviour of Mr. John Adams.
Minutes of Council of the 10th and 30th of October, 1764, in the case of a rescous by Mr. John Adams.
Read a letter from Robert Melvill, esquire, Governor of Grenada, to the Board, dated January 3rd, 1765, relating to his arrival in his government, and the steps he has taken for the settlement of Tobago and Grenada, and recommending some gentlemen to be of the Council.
Ordered, that draughts of letters to the Lieutenant Governor of New York and to Sir William Johnson, inclosing copies of the resolutions of the House of Lords in respect to the said Indians, and containing the Board's directions thereupon, be prepared.
The draught of a letter to the Governor of Jamaica, containing the Board's directions and resolutions upon the Act laying duties upon negroes imported and exported, having been transcribed pursuant to order, was signed; as was also a letter to the said Governor, containing the Board's answer to his letters of the 24th and 30th of December last.
The draughts of letters to the Lieutenant Governor of New York and to Sir William Johnson concerning the Mohawk Indians, having been prepared pursuant to order, were agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Council, dated March 4th, 1765, referring to the Board, for their consideration and report, the petition of Hutchinson Mure, John Cathcart, George Spence and John Mill of London, merchants, praying that his Majesty will be pleased to order grants to be made to them of the lands in the Island of St. John, which they solicited and were encouraged by this Board to expect.
Their lordships took the said order into consideration, together with a letter from Mr. Cathcart, one of the petitioners, upon the subject matter of the said reference; and Mr. Cathcart attending, their lordships had some discourse with him thereupon, and a report to the Lords of the Committee upon the petition was agreed to and signed.
Mr. Cathcart being asked whether he and his associates desired to continue proponents for lots of lands in the Island of St. John upon the plan of settlement approved by his Majesty, he desired for himself and them that they might be admitted as proponents for land upon that plan, and then he withdrew.
Their lordships took into consideration the demands made on
account of expences incurred for the service of Nova Scotia
antecedent to the year 1764, and not provided for by Parliament,
and the following account was prepared, vizt.,
An account of the sundry expences incurred for the service of Nova Scotia in the years 1750, 1751, 1752, 1762, 1763, and not provided for by Parliament, as far as the accounts of such services have hitherto been brought in and examined.
Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit the said account to the Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, to be laid before that Board, to the end that, if it is approved, this Board may receive his Majesty's commands to present the same to Parliament.
Read a letter from Mr. William Sharpe, one of the Clerks in ordinary to his Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, to Mr. Pownall, dated this day, inclosing a letter from the said Council to the Governor of Jamaica, to signify his Majesty's pleasure upon the extraordinary proceedings of the Assembly of that island in December last, and desiring, by the order of the Lord President, that this Board would immediately transmit the same to the Governor, and inform him that he is at liberty to make such use of the said letter as he shall see expedient, or as the exigency of affairs in the island shall require; whereupon a letter to the said Governor, pursuant to the directions of the Council, was agreed to and signed.
Read a letter from Charles Jenkinson, esquire, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, to Mr. Pownall, dated 21st of March, 1765, desiring him to inform this Board that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has received the King's commands, that their lordships should lay before the House of Commons the account of expences inclosed in his letter of the 20th instant.
The sollicitor reported that the Mohawk Indians were embarked last Sunday on board the Friendship, Captain Frost, for New York, and delivered in an account of the expence incurred for their passage, and for their maintenance and other contingent expences before their departure, which account was approved, and a letter to Lord Halifax, inclosing it for his Majesty's directions thereupon, was agreed to and signed.
Read a letter from James Murray, esquire, Governor of Quebec,
to the Board, dated November 17th, 1764, complaining of the
conduct of some British merchants relative to the collection of
the duties on spirituous liquors; and respecting the grants of
land made by him.
Copy of the first Ordinances published in the Province of Quebec.
Copy of Commissions granted by Governor Murray. Copy of a letter from Mr. John Gray to Governor Murray,
dated Quebec, November 16th, 1764, relating to the design of some merchants to prosecute him for collecting duties on spirituous liquors.
Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit to the Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, to be laid before that Board, an extract of so much of Mr. Murray's letter as relates to the intention of the merchants to sue for the recovery of the duties levied by warrant from him, dated in 1761, and also a copy of Mr. Gray's letter therein referred to.
Read a letter from the Earl of Halifax, dated March 23rd, 1765, signifying his Majesty's commands, in pursuance of an Address of the House of Commons, that this Board should prepare and lay before that House an estimate of the expence of the civil establishment proposed to be made on that part of the Coast of Africa which lies to the northward of Cape Rouge.
Ordered, that the Secretary do write to the Committee for an account of the several establishments, salaries and allowances for the departments of Senegal and Gambia, distinguishing the time from which such establishments, salaries and allowances took place, and to what period the grants of Parliament extend, also to desire that all papers relative to those departments since the peace, may be laid before the Board.
Read a letter from Mr. Jenkinson, Secretary to the Lords of the
Treasury, to the Secretary, dated March 19th, 1765, inclosing the
following copy of a memorial, and desiring the opinion of the
Board on that part of it, which relates to the granting a bounty
on American firr and timber imported into Great Britain.
Copy of a memorial of the merchants trading to the plantations in America, relative to a bounty on America firr and timber imported into Great Britain; to the exportation of lumber from America to Ireland, etc.; the intercourse between the colonies, and the search of British ships.
Ordered, that the said memorial be taken into further consideration on Monday next, and that the Secretary do write to the gentlemen who have signed it, and to such others as are principally concerned in the North American trade, to desire their attendance at the Board on that day.
Their lordships had under consideration the heads of a plan for the future management of Indian affairs, and the other papers relative thereto, mentioned in the minutes of the 18th of February, and agreed to consider further thereof on Tuesday next.
Read an order of the Lords of the Council, dated March 19th, 1765, referring to this Board, for their consideration and report, the petition of the Honourable Nicholas Herbert, Andrew Stone and John Pownall, esquires, praying for the establishment of the fees now taken in their respective offices in Jamaica.
Read two letters from Dr. Burton to the Secretary, dated the 18th and 25th of March, 1765, recommending, by the direction of the Society for propagating the Gospel in foreign parts, Mr. John Firby to be a schoolmaster at Pensacola, and Mr. Read, a schoolmaster at St. Mark's in East Florida.
Ordered, that copies be made of the said letter to be transmitted to the Earl of Halifax, and that a letter to his Lordship be prepared, for inclosing the same for his Lordship's directions thereupon.
Ordered, that the Secretary do desire Dr. Burton to signify to the Society for the propagation of the Gospel their lordships' acknowledgments of the Society's attention to the welfare of the new established colonies in Florida, in their recommendation of proper persons to be ministers and schoolmasters, desiring that for the future such recommendations may be made to the Secretary of State for the Southern Department.
Their lordships took into consideration the Order of Council referring the petition of the patentees of several offices in Jamaica, mentioned in the minutes of the 26th instant, and a further progress was made therein.
Read a letter from William Henry Lyttelton, esquire, Governor
of Jamaica, to the Board, dated November 10th, 1764, containing
an account of the fees taken in the publick offices of that island;
of the meeting of the Assembly; and the appointment of Mr.
Stephen Fuller to be agent.
Printed copy of the speech of Governor Lyttelton to the General Assembly of Jamaica, with their addresses and his answers.
The draught of a letter to the Earl of Halifax, inclosing copies of two letters from Dr. Burton to Mr. Pownall, recommending schoolmasters for East and West Florida, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Read a memorial of Mr. Jones Read to the Board, stating that the Earl of Halifax has, by his letter to James Grant, esquire, Governor of East Florida, directed the said Governor to appoint him schoolmaster at St. Mark's in that province, and praying an allowance for his passage and accommodations in the voyage.
Ordered, that the agent for East Florida do pay to Mr. Read the sum of twenty five pounds out of the surplus money of the last year's grant of Parliament towards defraying the expence of his passage to Florida.