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, January 1772
Read a petition of William Henry, Earl of Rochford, to the King, praying his Majesty to direct a grant to be passed to him of the several islands, grounds and shoals in the bay and within the river of Delaware, from the mouth of the said bay to Station point in latitude 41.40, under a payment of such quit rents as to his Majesty shall seem meet.
The Secretary having acquainted the Board, that the agent for the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania had in May, 1767, entered a caveat on the part of the said Proprietaries against any proceedings upon an application for a grant of the islands on Delaware without notice to the said Proprietaries, it was ordered, that notice should be accordingly given to the said agent of their lordships' intention to take the above mentioned petition on Thursday next.
Their lordships resumed the consideration of the objections stated by Mr. Jackson to two laws passed in the colony of Georgia in the year 1770, mentioned in the minutes of the 18th of last month, and ordered, that the draught of a letter to the President of the Council of Georgia upon the subject of the said laws should be prepared.
Their lordships also took into further consideration an order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs referring the petition of George Milner, complaining of his having been dispossessed of a fishing post in Newfoundland, and it was ordered, that the draught of a report thereupon should be prepared.
The Secretary laid before the Board the following paper
received from the Committee of the Company of Merchants
trading to Africa, vizt.
Copy of a letter from David Mill, Esquire, Governor of Cape Coast Castle, to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, dated 4th of August, 1771.
Ordered, that an extract be made of so much of the above mentioned letter as relates to the conduct of the Dutch General at Elmina with regard to an English vessel retaken by a Dutch ship from the slaves, and that the draught of a letter to the Earl of Suffolk, transmitting the said extract to him, for his Majesty's information, be prepared.
Read an Order of the King in Council, dated January 15th, 1772, disallowing an Act and four Ordinances passed in Georgia in 1770, for the appointment of persons to various executive offices in that colony, and directing this Board to prepare and lay before his Majesty a draught of an additional instruction to the Governor not to give his assent for the future to any laws of the like nature.
Read an Order of the King in Council, dated January 15th, 1772, disallowing two Acts passed in New Jersey in October 1770, and directing this Board to prepare and lay before his Majesty a draught of an additional instruction to the Governors of all his Majesty's colonies, restraining them from giving their assent to any law, by which the lands, &c. of persons, who have never resided within the colony, shall be made liable to be attached for the recovery of debts due from such persons.
Ordered, that draughts of additional instructions to the Governor of Georgia, and to the Governors of his Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in general, be prepared, conformable to the above mentioned orders.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated November 28th, 1771, referring to this Board, for their consideration and report, the memorial of Henry Remsen and his associates, praying his Majesty's confirmation by letters patent of a tract of land on the Mohawk River ceded to them by the Indians in 1766.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated January 10th, 1772, referring to this Board, for their examination and report, an account of the East India Company's exports from the 29th of September, 1770, to the 29th of September, 1771.
The Earl of Hillsborough signified to the Board his Majesty's commands, that they should prepare and lay before the House of Commons estimates of what sums will be necessary for supporting the civil establishments of Nova Scotia, Georgia, East Florida, West Florida and Senegambia for the year 1772, and also for general Surveys of his Majesty's dominions in America.
Their lordships considered several applications of persons interested in leases of lands in the Ceded Islands for their lordships' approbation and allowance of assignments of the said leases to British subjects, and it was ordered, that the Secretary should certify their approbation of such assignments, vizt: