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, April 1767
Read a letter from Sir William Johnson, baronet, Superintendant of Indian Affairs for the Northern District of America, to the Board, dated January 15th, 1767, relative to the state of affairs within his department.
Read a letter from John Penn, esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, to the Board, dated January 21st, 1767, containing an account of manufactures set up and carried on in that province since the year 1734.
Their lordships, having gone through the consideration of the several Plantation laws now lying before them, were of opinion, that one general representation should be made upon all such as are necessary to be laid before his Majesty for confirmation or disallowance; whereupon the draught of such representation was ordered to be prepared, and the orders made on the 29th of January, 10th and 13th of February, and 3rd of March, on the laws and ordinances of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey, were discharged.
Read a letter from the Earl of Shelburne to the Board, dated
March 31st, 1767, transmitting the petition of Mr. Turnbull to
his Majesty, and desiring their lordships to report their opinion
of the utility of introducing Greeks, skilled in the culture of silk
and cotton, into the southern colonies of America, and of the
propriety of granting to Mr. Turnbull the aid he requests.
Petition of Mr. Turnbull.
Read a letter from the Earl of Shelburne, dated March 31st, 1767, referring to the Board, for their consideration and report, several papers relative to claims of property in lands on the Coast of Labrador, in virtue of grants and concessions from the Governor of Canada, whilst in possession of France.
Read a letter from Mr. Secretary Conway to the Board, dated April 3rd, 1767, referring to them, for their consideration and report, a request of the Consul at Elsingoer, that his Majesty would intercede with the King of Denmark, that the officers of the Sound Custom House there, may collect the consullage duties agreed by the merchants trading to the Baltick to be paid on all English ships passing the Sound.
Their lordships agreed to take the said letter of reference into consideration on Tuesday next, and the Secretary was ordered to write to some of the principal merchants, who have entered into the agreement referred to, to desire their attendance on that day.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated the 2nd instant, referring to this Board, for their consideration and report, sixteen Acts passed in the Province of Pennsylvania in 1766.
The Secretary laid before the Board a memorial prepared by the King's agent for the affairs of Georgia, to be presented to the Treasury, praying that he may be enabled out of moneys now lying in his hands applicable to the service of that colony, to pay certain certificates of the Governor, granted on account of the silk culture, etc.; whereupon their lordships approved of the said memorial being presented, and the Secretary was ordered to certify the same.
The draught of a representation to his Majesty on several Acts of the Plantations, having been prepared pursuant to order on the 3rd instant, was read, approved and ordered to be transcribed; as was also the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council on several laws of Pennsylvania, prepared pursuant to order on the 7th instant.
Their lordships agreed to postpone the reference from Mr. Secretary Conway of the application of the Consul at Elsingoer, to Thursday, the 16th instant, and the Secretary was ordered to give notice thereof to the merchants summoned to attend on that business upon Tuesday next.
The Secretary laid before the Board a report of his Majesty's Attorney and Sollicitor General, dated the 10th instant, upon the Act passed in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in December last, entitled an Act for compensation to the sufferers by the disturbances at Boston in 1765, and for indemnity, etc.
Their lordships took the said Act and report into consideration and having agreed upon a representation to his Majesty thereupon a draught of such representation was prepared, approved, transcribed and signed.
Mr. Nettleton, Deputy Governor of the Russia Company, attending, with several other principal merchants trading to the Baltick, on the subject of the application made by the British Consul at Elsingore, respecting the mode of collecting the allowances which several of the merchants trading to those parts had agreed to pay him as their agent, they were called in, and their lordships having heard what they had to offer thereupon, they withdrew, and it was ordered, that the draught of a report to Mr. Secretary Conway be prepared.
The draught of a representation to his Majesty on several Plantation laws having been transcribed, pursuant to order, was signed; as was also a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council on several laws of the Province of Pennsylvania.
Read a letter from the Earl of Shelburne, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, to the Board, dated the 9th instant, signifying his Majesty's commands, that the Board should report to him an exact account of the salaries allowed on the civil establishments of the Plantations to governors, judges and other officers principally employed in the administration of justice.
Read a letter from the Earl of Shelburne, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, to the Board, dated the 9th instant, inclosing a memorial of Mr. Andrew Turnbull relative to the further disposition of the money granted by Parliament for the encouragement of beneficial articles of culture in East Florida, and now remaining in the agent's hands undisposed of.
Read a memorial of Mr. John Howard, employed by Captain Holland in bringing over the survey of Cape Breton, praying that he may have an allowance in consideration of his care and expences in that service.
The Secretary laid before the Board a letter to him from General Monckton, desiring he would acquaint the Board that Mr. Smith, senior, one of the Council of New York, had desired leave to resign his seat in the said Council on account of his age and infirmities.
A representation to his Majesty recommending that William Smith, junior, esquire, may be appointed of the Council of New York, in the room of William Smith, senior, was signed; as was also a representation to his Majesty, recommending that George William Fairfax, esquire, may be appointed of the Council of Virginia, in the room of Philip Ludwell, deceased; and a representation to his Majesty, recommending that Andrew Turnbull, esquire, may be appointed of the Council of East Florida.
The Secretary laid before the Board several laws passed by the legislature of the Southward Charibbee Islands, received from the Secretary of State's Office, and it was ordered, that they should be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.
Their lordships took into consideration the reference from the Earl of Shelburne of the claims of several persons to lands and fisheries on the Coast of Labrador in North America; and it was ordered, that the papers relative to the said claims should be referred to his Majesty's Attorney and Sollicitor General for their opinion of the validity of the said claims.
Read a letter from Mr. Secretary Conway to the Board, dated the 14th instant, referring to them, by his Majesty's command for consideration and report thereupon, several papers relative to the establishment of a company at Altona for a herring fishery, which establishment it is apprehended will prejudice our commerce in that article at Hamburgh.