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, July 1765
Tuesday, July 2nd. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Bacon, Lord Orwell, Mr. Gascoyne.
The memorial of the French Protestants praying to be settled
in West Florida was further considered, and it appearing, that
many of them were well skilled in the culture of silk and vines,
their lordships were of opinion, that the sums granted in the
last two sessions of Parliament for the encouragement of those
articles of produce in this colony could not be more properly
applied, than in defraying the expence of the passage of these
people thither, and making such other provisions for their
accomodation there as should be necessary; and Lieutenant
Governor Browne having made proposals for taking them on
board a convenient ship now fitting out in the River, to be
allowed 7/7 per head for each freight, and two children under
the ages of fourteen to make one freight, and to victual them
according to the Navy allowance to the King's troops on board
transports, it was thereupon resolved and agreed,
1st. That the agent should contract with Lieutenant Governor Browne for the passage of these people, (amounting in the whole to sixty persons) upon the terms offered by him.
2nd. That the agent should, with the advice and under the direction of the Secretary, provide some arms, tools and implements of husbandry and for building for these settlers, and also bedding and such other articles as shall appear to be necessary in their passage, so that the expence do not exceend three pounds per head to each person, including all contingent charges whatever.
3rd. That these people should be subsisted for nine months after their arrival, allowing provisions to each person to the amount of 4d per diem, and that the Governor should be directed to contract with a proper person for such supply at the above rate, and be authorized to draw bills upon the agent for the amount.
4th. That the Reverend Mr. Peter Levrier, who proposes to attend these emigrants as minister and pastor, be allowed this year one hundred pounds for that service and acting as schoolmaster, and to have an annual allowance or stipend of the same sum, so long as he shall continue with them, the same to be charged upon such grants as shall be hereafter made by Parliament for the encouragement of beneficial articles of produce in this colony.
5th. That all the abovementioned charges and expences be defrayed out of the sums granted by Parliament for the encouragement of beneficial articles of produce in West Florida from Midsummer 1763 to Midsummer 1765, now lying in the agent's hands.
Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor conformable to the above resolutions be prepared, and a copy of the several resolutions communicated to the agent.
The draught of a letter to the Governor of West Florida, conformable to the above resolutions, having been prepared was agreed to, transcribed and signed.