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, November 1767
Read a letter from Mr. Alderman Trecothick, dated the 30th ultimo., containing the sentiments of the merchants trading to North America, and of several agents for the colonies, met together the 29th ultimo, concerning the management of Indian affairs, and the forming new governments in the interior country in North America.
Their lordships took into further consideration the subject matter of the Earl of Shelburne's letter of the 5th ultimo, and after discoursing with Sir Jeffery Amherst and General Monckton on the several points contained in the said letter, several other officers employed in different departments of the service were examined.
Their lordships made a further progress in the consideration of the subject matter of the Earl of Shelburne's letter of the 5th of October, and several officers employed in various departments of his Majesty's military service in North America, were examined touching the several points referred to in the said letter.
Mr. Bollan, late his Majesty's Advocate General of Massachusets Bay, attended, and moved their lordships for a copy of their report to the Privy Council upon his memorial, relative to the preservation of his Majesty's woods in America, which their lordships did not think fit to grant.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated the 24th of August, 1767, referring to this Board, for their consideration and report, a petition of the Proprietaries of Maryland and Pennsylvania, praying his Majesty's confirmation of certain proceedings relative to the boundaries between those two provinces.
A report to the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs upon the address of the new subjects in the Island of Grenada, referred to this Board by an Order mentioned in the minutes of the 16th ultimo, was agreed to and signed.
Their lordships took into consideration an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, referring the petition of Mr. de Frudenberg for a grant of thirty thousand acres of land in New York or Quebec; and the Secretary having acquainted the Board, that General Graham desired to appear before their lordships, in support of the said petition, it was agreed to take it into consideration on Thursday next, and that notice thereof should be given to General Graham.
The Secretary laid before the Board the following extracts
and copies of papers transmitted from the Secretary of State's
office by the Earl of Shelburne's order, vizt.,
Extract of a letter from Major General Gage to the Earl of Shelburne, dated New York, October 10th, 1767, relative to Indian affairs.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Stuart to the Earl of Shelburne, dated Charles Town, October 3rd, 1767, respecting the Indians.
Two affidavits of Joseph Mackenfus concerning a murder committed by the Indians.
Their lordships took into consideration an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, referring a petition of Captain Piggot, praying for a grant of five thousand acres of land in Georgia, and Mr. Jenyns having stated the merit and services of Captain Piggot, it was ordered, that the draught of a report should be prepared, proposing that the prayer of his petition may be complied with.
Their lordships took into further consideration the reference of the petition of Charles de Frudenberg, praying for a grant of thirty thousand acres of land in New York or Canada, and General Graeme attending, their lordships heard what he had to offer in support thereof, after which their lordships communicated to General Graeme a report lately made by them to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the subject of the preservation of his Majesty's woods in North America, recommending that no grants of land whatever should be made in those provinces, untill surveys and reservations had been made of such spots as should be fit for naval purposes.
Their lordships having observed to General Graeme, that they could not, consistent with their report, now under the consideration of Council, recommend, for the present, that Mr. de Frudenberg's petition should be complied with, it was resolved, at the request of General Graeme, that it should lye by for further consideration when the Council should have determined upon the abovementioned report.
Their lordships then took into consideration the petition of the Proprietaries of Maryland and Pennsylvania, praying a confirmation of several proceedings respecting the limits between those provinces, and the agents for the Proprietaries attending, were heard thereupon; after which it was ordered, that a copy of the petition should be sent to the Attorney and Solicitor General for their opinion in point of law, how far it may be necessary or proper for his Majesty to comply with the prayer thereof, or with any part of it.
Ordered, that the said petition and Act therein mentioned be taken into consideration on this day sennight, and that notice be given to the agent for the petitioners, and also to Mr. Wilmot, agent for the Island of St. Christopher's.