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, November 1768
Their lordships made a further progress in the consideration
of the affairs of Quebec.
Representations to his Majesty were signed recommending, Richard Stockton to be of the Council of New Jersey.
Hugh Wallace and James Delancy, Esquires, to be of the Council of New York.
John Ravel Frye and Robert Piper to be of the Council of Montserrat.
John Ward to be of the Council of Nevis.
Drewry Ottley, Esquire, to be of the Council of St. Christopher's.
Rose Herring May, Esquire, to be of the Council of Jamaica.
Read a memorial of Charles Freidenberg, Esquire (whose petition for thirty thousand acres of land in New York is mentioned in the minutes of the 23rd of October, 1767), praying the Board's favourable report upon his said petition.
Mr. Freidenberg attended, and stated to their lordships the steps he had taken for making a settlement upon Lake Champlain, in consequence of some assurances given him, that the lands should be confirmed to him by a grant from his Majesty.
Read a letter, No. 5, from William Bull, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, to the Board, dated September 6th, 1768, containing an account of the manufactures set up and carried on in that province since the year 1734.
The Secretary laid before the Board a certificate from the office of the King's Remembrancer in the Exchequer, dated the 2nd instant, that Robert Eden. Esquire, appointed Lieutenant Governor of the province of Maryland, had given security in that office according to usage; whereupon a draught of instructions to the Proprietaries was read and approved, and a representation to his Majesty thereupon was signed.
Mr. Maynard, heretofore a member of the Council in the island of Nevis, attended the Board, to request that he might be permitted upon his return to that island to resume his seat and rank at that Board. Mr. John Richardson Hubert, senior councillor there, also attended, to oppose what is requested by Mr. Maynard, and it was ordered, that Mr. Maynard should deliver in a memorial in writing upon the subject of his request, in order that the parties might be heard thereupon.
Mr. Winter attended in behalf of the wife of the Chief Justice of West Florida, complaining that the agent refused to pay her a portion of the salary of the said Chief Justice due at Midsummer last, upon an assignment of the said Chief Justice to her. The agent attended upon this occasion. when their lordships acquainted the parties, that it was a matter in which they did not think fit to give any directions, and recommended to them to settle it amongst themselves.
The following papers were signed.
Report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the petition of the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania and Maryland touching their boundaries.
Report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon a petition of Major Maurice for a grant of lands in East Florida.
Representation to his Majesty upon a letter from the Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica, respecting the jurisdiction in cases of murther committed by seamen on board his Majesty's ships in the harbour of Kingston.
The draught of a letter to the Commissioners of Revenue in Ireland, desiring an account of raw hides and skins exported from thence, and also of tanned leather, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Their lordships took into further consideration the memorial of Mr. Freidenberg, mentioned in the minutes of the 3rd instant, and it was ordered, that the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon his petition, referred to this Board by their lordships, should be prepared.
Their lordships then took into consideration a letter from the Governor of Georgia to the Earl of Hillsborough, touching the silk culture in that colony, which letter had been communicated to the Board by his Lordship, in consequence of his Majesty's commands.
The Board, having made some progress in this business, agreed to resume the consideration on Thursday, the 17th instant, and the Secretary was ordered, to give notice thereof to the agent for the affairs of Georgia, and to desire his attendance.
The Secretary laid before the Board several copies of Orders
in Council. received from the clerk of the Council; vizt.
Copy of an Order of the King in Council, dated July 6th, 1768, directing the appointment of four Courts of Vice Admiralty in the colonies of North America.
Copy of an Order of his Majesty in Council, dated June 29th, 1768, requiring the Governor of Nova Scotia to forbear passing grants of lands in the island of St. John, unless the royal Order in Council directing the same be produced to him before the 1st of May, 1769.
Copy of an Order of the King in Council, February 26th, 1768, repealing an Act passed in Virginia in 1766, for giving a salary to the Speaker of the House of Burgesses; and signifying his royal allowance for providing for the same in a constitutional way.
New York, Quebec.
Copy of an Order of his Majesty in Council, dated August 12th, 1768, relative to the line of division between the provinces of New York and Quebec.
Copy of an Order of the King in Council, dated February 26th, 1768, repealing an Act passed in New Jersey in 1766, to extend to that province two Acts of Parliament relating to ships and goods forced on shore or stranded; and directing that notice should be given to the Governors of the several colonies in America of the opinion of the Attorney and Solicitor General on the said Acts of Parliament.
Copy of an Order of the King in Council, August 12th, 1768, repealing an Act passed in New Jersey in June, 1767, appointing Commissioners for supplying the barracks, etc., and directing that the Governor should be admonished for having passed that Act, contrary to an Act of Parliament.
Copy of an Order of the King in Council, February 1st, 1768, directing that Henry McCulloh and his associates and tenants shall not at any time pay quit rents for certain escheated and surrendered lands in North Carolina.
Copy of an Order of the King in Council, February 17th, 1768, repealing two Acts passed in Jamaica in August, 1766, relative to bills, bonds, etc., and setting mutual debts one against the other; and signifying his royal allowance for the immediate re-enacting the Act respecting mutual debts, without any other signification of his Majesty's pleasure.
Leeward Islands, St. Christopher's.
Copy of an Order of the King in Council, February 26th. 1768, repealing an Act passed in St. Christopher's in August, 1766, for constituting a court of Chancery; and directing the Governor to recommend the passing of another Act with the same powers and privileges, to take effect without any further signification of his Majesty's pleasure.
Copy of an account of his Majesty's defacing in Council the old Seals of several of the islands and colonies in America, April 20th. 1768.
The Secretary acquainted the Board, that Sir Matthew Lamb, one of his Majesty's counsel at law appointed to attend this Board, was deceased. and laid before their lordships a list of several plantation laws. which had been referred to Sir Matthew Lamb and not reported upon; whereupon he was directed to write to Sir Penyston Lamb, to desire the said laws may be returned to the office.
The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the petition of Mr. Freidenburg for a grant of thirty thousand acres of land on Lake Champlain, was approved, transcribed and signed.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated September 28th, 1768, referring to this Board, for their report, the copy of a letter from the Governor of New York, relative to his having refused his assent to an Act for the repeal of two Acts concerning insolvent debtors, as being contrary to the 13th article of his instructions; and submitting, whether, in matters relating intirely to their internal policy. a relaxation of that instruction may not be proper and beneficial to the province.
Their lordships, upon consideration of the said order of reference and of a report of this Board in 1761, upon a case of the like kind in Virginia, agreed upon a report thereupon, and ordered a draught to be prepared.
The Secretary having acquainted the Board that he had received no answer to the letter wrote by him to Earl Granville, by order of the Board. on the subject of the Act of North Carolina for confirming a lease of lands from the Tuscarora Indians, it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty should be prepared, proposing that the said Act may be confirmed.
Their lordships took into further consideration the letter from the Governor of Georgia to the Earl of Hillsborough respecting the silk culture in that colony, and the agent attending, their lordships had some discourse with him thereupon.
The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon a letter from the Governor of New York to the Earl of Hillsborough, recommending an alteration in the 13th article of his general instructions, having been prepared pursuant to order, was approved, transcribed and signed; as was also a representation to his Majesty, recommending the confirmation of an Act of North Carolina, relative to a lease of some lands granted by the Tuscarora Indians.
Read a petition of William Maynard, Esquire, heretofore a member of his Majesty's Council in the island of Nevis, praying that, upon his return to that island, he may be restored to his seat and rank in the said council.
Their lordships, upon consideration of the said petition, and after hearing what Mr. Maynard had to offer in support of it, came to a resolution, that it would not be adviseable to comply with the prayer thereof.
Their lordships took into further consideration the memorial of the Cordwainers Company, mentioned in the minutes of the 31st ult., and it was ordered, that the Secretary should write to the Commissioners of Customs for an account of the quantity of bark exported from England to Ireland for ten years last past.
Their lordships made a further progress in the consideration of the means by which the culture of raw silk in America may be most effectually promoted, and it was ordered, that the Secretary should write to Messrs. Lloyd, Nouaille and Paterson, to desire the favour of their attendance at the Board on Tuesday, the 29th instant.
Upon a motion from Mr. Fuller, agent for Jamaica, their lordships took into consideration an Act passed in that island,
An Act to vest certain parcells of lands situate, lying and being in the parish of St. Catherine in the Justices, Vestrymen and Churchwardens of the said parish, and the Justices, Vestrymen and Churchwarden or Churchwardens of the said parish for the time being for the use of the inhabitants of the said parish, and to enable the present Justices, Vestrymen and Churchwarden or Churchwardens of the said parish, or the Justices. Vestrymen and Churchwarden or Churchwardens for the time being to maintain or defend any suit or suits at law or in equity for recovery of the same or any part or parcel thereof, and to make leases of part of the said lands for the use of the said parish.
and after some time spent therein, it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty, recommending the confirmation of the said Act, should be prepared.
Their lordships took into further consideration by what means the culture of raw silk may be most effectually promoted in the American colonies, and Messrs. Nouaille and Paterson attending, their lordships had some discourse with them thereupon.
The Secretary acquainted the Board, that the several laws of the Plantations, which had been referred to the late Sir Matthew Lamb and not reported upon, were returned to him by Sir Matthew Lamb's executors.