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, December 1768
Thursday December 2. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Fitzherbert.
Their lordships made a further progress in the consideration of the silk business, and Mr. Delamar attending, as desired, the Board had some conversation with him thereupon, and he was desired to attend again this day sennight.
Thursday December 9. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Robinson.
The Earl of Hillsborough having communicated to the Board, by his Majesty's command, a letter from the Governor of New York, recommending Mr. Henry White to be of the Council in that province, a representation to his Majesty thereupon, proposing that Mr. White may be accordingly appointed of the said Council, was signed.
The Board made a further progress in the consideration of the silk business, and Mr. Delamar attending, as desired, their lordships had further conversation with him thereupon, and he delivered in certain proposals in writing relative thereto.
Tuesday December 20. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Fitzherbert, Mr. Robinson.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated the 16th instant, referring to this Board, for their consideration and report thereupon, twelve Acts passed in the province of Pennsylvania in September, 1767, and February, 1768.
Their lordships took the said Acts into consideration, and after some time spent therein, it was ordered, that the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council should be prepared.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated the 12th instant, referring to this Board, for their consideration and report thereupon, a petition of Colonel John Hale, praying for a grant of ten thousand acres of land in Nova Scotia.
Their lordships, upon consideration of the said petition, ordered the draught of a report thereupon to be prepared.
Read a letter from Hugh Pallisser, Esquire. Governor of Newfoundland, stating that, in consequence of an action brought against him in the King's Bench by Messrs. Bayne and Brymer of Quebec, relative to some regulations made by him touching the fishery on the Labradore coast, the Judge had advised the parties to apply to this Board, as a matter properly before them, and that he was accordingly preparing to lay the matter before their lordships, whenever he might be allowed so to do.
Ordered, that the Secretary do acquaint Governor Pallisser by letter, that, if he, as Governor of Newfoundland, had any matter to lay before them respecting his government, the Board will be ready to receive the same on any of the usual days of meeting.
Leeward Islands, St. Christopher's.
Read a petition of Messrs. Boyd and Molineux, planters in the island of St. Christopher's, praying to be heard by counsel against an Act passed there in August last, intitled. an Act for the bringing down fresh water from the publick rivers of the said island to the town of Basseterre and other places where there is a want of the same.
The said Act, having been laid before the Board, was read and considered, and it appearing to have been passed without a clause inserted therein suspending and deferring its execution until his Majesty's pleasure could be known, it was ordered. that the draught of a representation to his Majesty should be prepared, proposing that the said Act should, for that reason, be disapproved.
Read a letter from Philip Stephens, Esquire, Secretary to the Lords of the Admiralty, to the Secretary to this Board, dated December 15th, 1768, transmitting copies of accounts of the state and condition of the forts and settlements on the coast of Africa.
Thursday December 22. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Fitzherbert, Mr. Robinson.
The following draughts of a representation to his Majesty and
reports to the Lords of the Committee of Council, having been
prepared pursuant to order, were approved, transcribed and
Representation to his Majesty on an Act passed at St. Christopher's in August last, for bringing down fresh water from the publick rivers of the said island to the town of Basseterre, etc.
Report to the Lords of the Committee of Council on twelve Acts passed in Pennsylvania in September, 1767, and February, 1768.
Report to the Lords of the Committee of Council on Colonel John Hale's petition for a grant of land in Nova Scotia.
Their lordships made a further progress in the consideration
of 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 Secretary to the Commissioners of his Majesty's
Customs for the following account, vizt.
An account of the quantity of raw hides and raw calf-skins imported from Ireland into England from Christmas 1757 to Christmas 1767, distinguishing each year and the amount of the duties paid thereupon.