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, June 1772
The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs upon the petition of Dr. Cooper, mentioned in the minutes of Friday last, having been prepared pursuant to order, was approved, transcribed and signed.
Ordered, that the Secretary do acquaint Mr. Auchmuty, that he appears to be intitled to a grant of lands under royal proclamation, and that he must make his application to the Governor of the colony in which he proposes to make his settlement.
Read a memorial of Francis Mackay, Esquire, of the province of Quebec in North America, stating his having, at the request of General Carleton, surrendered to the Indians a valuable tract of land upon promise of compensation, and praying that such promise may be made good.
Read a memorial of William Leyborne, Leyborne, Esquire, Governor of Grenada, to the Board, praying that all grants and leases of lands in the island of Dominica may be passed under the Seal of the said Governor be Grenada.
Their lordships took into further consideration Mr. Mackay's memorial, mentioned in the minutes of the 2nd instant; and it appearing, from the information of Governor Carleton, who attended as desired, that the subject matter of the said memorial had been under the consideration of the Lords of the Treasury, and that Governor Carleton had, upon a reference from that Board, reported his opinion upon Mr. Mackay's case, their lordships were of opinion, that it was not fit for them to make any representation to his Majesty thereupon.
Their lordships read and considered the draught of a representation to his Majesty upon the resolutions and proceedings of the Assembly of New York, declaring incapacity in certain cases mentioned therein.
Read a letter from the Earl of Rochford, one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, dated June 6th, 1772, transmitting, for the Board's information, the extract of a letter from Mr. Secretary Craggs to Mr. Stanhope, dated the 12th of June, 1718, relative to Crab Island.
The draught of a representation to his Majesty upon the proceedings and resolutions of the New York Assembly, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, was approved and ordered to be transcribed: as was also the draught of a representation upon Governor Leyborne's memorial, mentioned in the minutes of the 2nd instant.
Read a letter from Governor Tryon to the Earl of Hillsborough, containing his observations upon several bills passed by the Council and Assembly of New York, as also upon three Acts of the Legislature there, passed with clauses suspending their execution until his Majesty's pleasure can be known.
Their lordships read and considered a memorial presented to Governor Carleton by the proprietors and possessors of certain seal fisheries upon the coast of Labradore; also a state of the case of the said seal fisheries, and it appearing to their lordships, that it would be for his Majesty's service, and for the advantage of the commerce of this kingdom, that those parts of the coast of Labradore, on which the said seal fisheries are carried on, should be re-annexed to the Government of Quebec, it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty, recommending this measure, should be prepared.
Read a memorial of William Gilchrist of the island of Jamaica, stating his discovery of a new method of constructing sugar mills, and praying that he may be recommended to his Majesty for letters patent, securing to him the exclusive privilege of making such mills in the different islands of the West Indies.
Their lordships were of opinion, that it would be advisable for Mr. Gilchrist to apply to the Legislatures of the several islands for laws in his favour, to the same effect as that passed in the island of Jamaica.
The Secretary laid before the Board memorials to the Lords of the Treasury of the agents for the affairs of those colonies whose civil establishments are supported by grants of Parliament, praying that such grants may be issued into their hands, to be applied conformable to the estimates, and their lordships approved of the said memorials being presented to the Lords of the Treasury for their lordships' directions thereupon.
Read an Order of the King in Council, dated May 6th, 1772, referring to this Board, for their consideration and report thereupon to the Lords of the Committee of Council, a petition of Charles Schaw Cathcart Grosett, Esquire, to his Majesty, for a grant of ten thousand acres of land in the province of West Florida.
Read a memorial of Lewis de St. Pierre, Esquire, to the Board, dated June 4th, 1772, praying that fifty pounds per annum may be ordered for two years to the Minister at New Bourdeaux, till the place is established as a parish; and that one hundred and fifty musquets may be granted to him.
The draught of a letter to Governor Patterson upon the subject of the memorial of the Lord Advocate of Scotland, mentioned in the minutes of the 29th of May, having been prepared pursuant to order, was approved, transcribed and signed.
The draught of a representation to his Majesty upon the proceedings and resolutions of the Assembly of New York, having been transcribed pursuant to order, was signed; as was also a representation to his Majesty upon Governor Leyborne's memorial, mentioned in the minutes of the 2nd instant.
Read a memorial of William Knox, Esquire, late agent for the affairs of East Florida, stating some demands made, and others intended to be made upon him by the Governor of that province, for services, which the said Governor informs him were to be provided for out of the ballance remaining in the agent's hands of the several grants of Parliament for the support of the civil establishment of East Florida, and therefore he, the said agent, prays their lordships' directions in the case.
Their lordships thereupon took into further consideration the memorial of Governor Grant relative to the application of the said ballance, which memorial is mentioned in the minutes of the 12th of May last, and it was agreed and ordered, that the expence of the several services therein stated should be defrayed out of the ballance of former grants of parliament for the support of East Florida remaining in the late agent's hands, so far as the said ballance shall be sufficient to answer the same.
Their lordships read and considered twenty five Acts passed
in the island of Jamaica in the year 1770, together with three
reports of Mr. Jackson thereupon, and it was ordered, that the
draught of a representation to his Majesty should be prepared,
proposing the disallowance of one of the said Acts, vizt.
An Act for dividing the parish of St. James into two distinct parishes for the ease of the inhabitants.
The draught of a representation to his Majesty on the subject matter of the papers relative to the seal fisheries on the Labradore coast, having been prepared pursuant to order, was approved; as was also a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon Mr. Grosett's petition for a grant of lands in West Florida.
Read a letter from Thomas Hutchinson, Esquire, Governor of
Massachusets Bay, to the Board, dated May 8th, 1772, transmitting the Acts passed in the last session of the General Assembly.
Remarks upon said Acts.
Their lordships read and considered the law passed in the island of St. Vincent in July, 1771, "declaring all purchases and conveyances made, or agreements entered into with the Charibbs of St. Vincent to be ipso facto null and void," etc., together with Mr. Jackson's report thereupon, and it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty, proposing the disallowance of the said law, should be prepared.
Mr. Jackson attending, their lordships had some discourse with him upon the subject matter of a law passed in the island of Jamaica "relative to corn," and it was agreed, that the said law should lye by, until the further effect and operation of it can be known.
The following representations and reports having been transcribed, were signed, vizt.
Representation to his Majesty, proposing the disallowance of an Act of Jamaica "for dividing the parish of St. James."
Representation to his Majesty, proposing the disallowance of an Act of the island of St. Vincent "relative to the Charibb purchases."
Representation to his Majesty, on the papers relative to the seal fisheries on the Labradore coast.
Report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon Mr. Grosett's petition for a grant of lands.
The Secretary acquainted the Board, that he was desired by Dr. Cooper to move their lordships, that he may have a copy of their lordships' report upon the petition of the College at New York, relative to a remission of the quit rents reserved on a grant of land made for the benefit of that establishment.
The Board having been informed, that their report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the memorial of Mr. Walpole and others for a grant of a large tract of land in America had been printed with remarks upon it, it was resolved, that no copies should for the future be given of any reports or representations of this Board, except in particular cases upon petitions, where a claim of right, on the part of the petitioner, is in question.