Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 13, January 1768 - December 1775. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1937.
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Journal, July 1769
Several of the principal persons interested in the application for a grant of mines on Lake Superior, attending pursuant to order, their lordships had some discourse with them on the subject, and they were directed to attend again on Thursday, and to come prepared to lay before the Board in writing, the terms and conditions on which the said grant is desired.
Captain Carver attending upon the subject of his petition, praying a reward for his discoveries of the western parts of America, and a compensation for his expence, their lordships had some discourse with him thereupon, and it was agreed to report his case, as a case of compassion, but not as including any just demand on the Crown; whereupon it was ordered, that the draught of a report conformable to this opinion should be prepared.
The draught of an additional instruction to the Governor of New York, on the subject of the lands lying on Lake Champlain, having been prepared pursuant to order, was approved, and a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council thereupon was signed.
Upon application from Raymond Tonna and Marie Frances Fournier, his wife, and from Monsieur Colle, for leave to assign certain leases of small tracts of land in the ceded islands, granted to them by the Commissioners for sale of lands there, their lordships, upon consideration of the cases respectively, directed the Secretary to certify their consent to such assignments.
Read an order of his Majesty in Council, dated June 28th, 1769, approving a report of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, on a Bill prepared by the Council and Assembly of Dominica for laying a tax on all taverns, &c.; forbidding its being passed into a Law; approving the conduct of Lieutenant Governor Fitzmaurice in having withheld his assent to the same; and directing this Board to prepare and lay before his Majesty, the draught of an additional instruction to the Governor of Grenada, &c., for altering the 11th article of his instructions relative to levying money, or imposing fines, forfeitures or penalties, and making it conformable to those subsisting in the old colonies.
The Earl of Hillsborough, by his Majesty's command, communicated to the Board for their consideration, duplicate of a letter, No. 8, from Lord Charles Greville Montagu, Governor of South Carolina, to his Lordship, dated March 1st, 1769, on the temper of the Assembly, and recommending gentlemen to supply vacancies in the Council; also duplicate of a letter, No. 25, from John Wentworth, Esquire, Governor of New Hampshire, dated May 1st, 1769, recommending gentlemen to supply vacancies in the Council of that province.
Their lordships took the said letters into consideration, and representations to his Majesty, recommending that William Wragg and Rowland Rugely, Esquires, may be appointed of the Council of South Carolina; and that Peter Gilman and Thomas Westbrooke Waldron, Esquires, may be appointed of the Council of New Hampshire, were signed.
Read an order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated April 24th, 1769, referring to this Board, for their consideration and report, a petition of David Taitt for a grant of five thousand acres of land in the province of West Florida.
The Earl of Hillsborough signified to the Board, that his Majesty had been pleased to appoint Walter Paterson, Esquire, to be Governor of the island of St. John, and that it was his Majesty's pleasure, that draughts of a Commission and instructions for the said Governor should be prepared; their lordships at the same time read and considered an order of his Majesty in Council, dated June 28th, 1769, approving a report of the Lords of a Committee of Council relative to a plan for establishing a separate government for the island of St. John, and directing this Board to prepare and lay before his Majesty in Council draughts of a Commission and instructions for such person as his Majesty shall appoint Governor of that island, conformable to the said plan; and likewise the form and device of a new Seal for the said island.
The draught of a Commission appointing Walter Paterson, Esquire, Captain General and Governor in Chief of the island of St. John, having been prepared pursuant to his Majesty's command, was approved, and a representation to his Majesty thereupon was signed.
Several of the principal persons interested in the application for a grant of mines on Lake Superior attended, and delivered in a memorial stating the terms, conditions and limitations on which they pray to have a grant of the said mines, which having been read and considered, and sundry additions proposed thereto, with a view to secure the due execution of what is proposed and to prevent stock jobbing, it was ordered, that the draught of a report thereupon should be prepared.
The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the state of Quebec, in respect to the several points mentioned in their lordships' order of the 28th of September, 1768, having been approved, was transcribed and signed.
The Secretary having acquainted the Board, that he was desired by the parties interested in a private Act passed in Virginia in April, 1768, relative to the estate of James Roscow, to move their lordships to lay the same before his Majesty for his royal confirmation, the said Act was read and considered, and it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty thereupon should be prepared.
The draught of a report on the application for a grant of mines on Lake Superior, having been prepared pursuant to order, was approved, transcribed and signed; as was also a representation to his Majesty, proposing the confirmation of a private Act of Virginia relative to the estate of James Roscow; and a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon Mr. Taitt's petition for five thousand acres of land in West Florida.
Read a letter to the Secretary from Mr. Sutton, Secretary to the Earl of Rochford, inclosing, by his Lordship's directions, for the information of the Board, a printed copy of the treaty of commerce lately concluded between France and the republick of Hamburgh.
Read a letter from Sir Henry Moore, Governor of New York,
to the Board, dated June 8th, 1769, relative to an enquiry made
by him into a claim to certain lands set forth in the petition of
Captain Bayard, Sir James Jay and Mr. Henry Flower.
Petition of Captain Bayard to Sir Henry Moore, stating his claim.
Petition of William Sheriff and others.
Memorial of Peter Du Bois to Sir Henry Moore.
Draught of the lands claimed by Captain Bayard, &c.
Twenty Acts passed, the 20th of May, 1769.
Minutes of Council from the 4th of April to the 20th of May, 1769.
Votes and proceedings of the general Assembly for the same time.
List of the Acts passed, May 20th, 1769.
Ordered, that the further consideration of the petition of Sir James Jay, Mr. Bayard and Mr. Flower, to which Sir Henry Moore's letter relates, be postponed until the boundary line between New York and New Jersey shall have been finally settled and determined.
Read a letter from Mr. Poirier to the Secretary to this
Board, dated July 17th, 1769, transmitting,
Copy of a letter from Gilbert Petrie, Esquire, to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, dated Cape Coast Castle, March 10th, 1769.
Their lordships took into consideration applications made by several of his Majesty's new subjects in the ceded islands for leave to assign leases of lands there, granted to them by the Commissioners for sale of lands, as expressed in five several petitions which were read, and the Secretary was ordered to certify their lordships' consent to said assignments.
Read a petition of Mr. Lewis, late a clerk in this office, to the Board, dated July 18th, 1769, praying that their lordships would be pleased to restore him to his place, or appoint him draughtsman to them, with such allowance as they may think proper.
Their lordships, upon consideration of the said petition, did not think fit to restore the petitioner, and it was ordered, that the several clerks, junior to Mr. Lewis, should be advanced according to their seniority, and that the salary of the junior clerk should be received by and remain in the hands of the Secretary, as a fund for defraying the expense of making copies and drafts of maps and plans for the use of the Board.
Their lordships took into consideration a letter to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa from their chief officer at Cape Coast Castle, relative to the Dutch obstructing the Portuguese vessels in selling tobacco to his Majesty's subjects, which letter is mentioned in the minutes of the 2nd of June, and a letter to Lord Rochford thereupon having been agreed upon, and a draft prepared, it was approved, transcribed and signed.
The draughts of general instructions and of those relative to the observance of the laws of trade, prepared for the Governor of St. John's, were taken into further consideration, and having been approved, were ordered to be transcribed, and a representation to his Majesty thereupon was signed.
Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit a copy of the said petition to the Society for the propagation of the Gospel in foreign parts, and recommend the case of the Palatines in South Carolina to their pious consideration.