Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 2, February 1709 - March 1715. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1925.
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Journal, March 1710
A letter from Mr. Lowndes of the 25th of the last month, referring to the Board the extract of a memorial from several of the members of the Parliament of Ireland, relating to the exportation of Irish linnen to the plantations, was read; and an answer thereunto was agreed and ordered to be sent.
The draught of a representation upon the memorial from the city of Lubeck to Mr. Wych [fo. 352, 386], her Majesty's Envoy to the Hans Towns, desiring that their merchants may have permission to trade to this kingdom, upon the like foot with those of Hamburgh and Bremen, together with a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle, inclosing the same, were agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
The draught of a representation upon the petition of Sir Thomas Lawrence to her Majesty [fo. 383, 386], complaining of hardships he has sustained in his office &c., directed the 24th of the last month, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
The draught of a representation upon the petition of Francis Pouch and Daniel Gashet, complaining of goods belonging to them, seized on board a flagg of truce at Martinico, mentioned in the minutes of the 21st of the last month, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse [fo. 358], secretary to the Commissioners of the Customes, of the 8th February, in answer to one writ him the 7th ditto, promising an account of naval stores imported from her Majesty's plantations into this kingdom, and other foreign parts, from Christmas, 1708, to Christmas, 1709, was read.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 18th February, 170 9/10 [fo. 367] upon a representation of the 14th ditto, relating to the prices of corn, and to the supplying the city of London therewith at reasonable rates, approving the same, was read.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 18th February, 170 9/10 [fo. 368], upon a representation of the 15th ditto, relating to illegal trade carried on at the Isle of Man &c., approving the said representation, was read.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 18th February, 170 9/10 [fo. 372], upon a representation of the 16th ditto, on the petition of Mr. Gordon &c., against an Act passed in Barbadoes in 1667, about clerks and marshals, and approving the said representation, was read.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 18th of February, 170 9/10 [fo. 376], upon a representation of the 17th ditto, relating to passes for ships trading into the Baltick &c., approving the same, was read.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 18th of February, 170 9/10, directing that copies of the complaints against Colonel Park, Governor of the Leeward Islands, be sent to him, and that he do return to this kingdom, to answer the said complaints before her Majesty in Council, was read.
A representation upon the memorial from the city of Lubeck [fo. 383], desiring that their merchants may be permitted to trade to this kingdom, upon the like foot with those of Hamburgh and Bremen, as also a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle, inclosing the same, agreed at the last meeting, were signed.
A memorial from Mr. Laws, relating to the Earl of Carberry's surrender of lands in Jamaica to her Majesty [fo. 257], and to quit rents thereof, was read, and a letter to Mr. Lowndes thereupon was agreed, and ordered to be sent.
Their lordships taking into consideration the Act lately past at Jamaica for regulating fees [fo. 340, 388] (mentioned in the minutes of the 20th of January last), order'd that Colonel Laws, Colonel Long, and Mr. Totterdaile have notice that the Board desire to speak with them on Fryday morning next.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse of the 14th instant [fo. 341], together with an account of goods exported from the out-ports of this kingdom to the Isle of Man, since the begining of this war, vizt., between the 4th May, 1702, to the 25th of December, 1709, was read, and directions given for making an abstract of the said account touching the quantities of tobacco's exported to the Isle of Man.
Their lordships, taking into consideration the Order of Council of the 2nd of June last [fo. 380], relating to Mr. James Campbell's services and sufferings on account of the trade to Newfoundland, read the 21st of the last month, together with the said Campbell's account of his losses, and four affidavits in proof thereof, ordered [fo. 389] that Mr. Campbell, his brother, Captain Moody, Mr. Cummins and Dr. Jackson, if he be in town, have notice to attend the Board on Monday morning next.
Colonel Lloyd and Captain Elmor (one of the Assembly of Jamaica) attending, their lordships acquainted them with the objections that had been made by Mr. Baber and other patentees here to the Act past in Jamaica in —, entituled An Act for regulating Fees [fo. 387], and several parts of the said Act were read; whereupon Captain Elmor acquainted their lordships that the reason for passing this Act, was that there had been several new fees (not appointed by the former Act) taken in the Chancery and Register's Office), and therefore this Act was past for regulating that matter. As to the clause which obliges lawyers to take retaining fees (if not already retained), he said that was brought in by the lawyers themselves, in order to prevent plaintiffs retaining all the best Council in the island; and as to the clause which directs that no person shall be imploy'd to write in any of the offices there that is not a white person, and a Protestant conformable to the Church of England, he said that was intended against the Jews and free negroes, who are frequently imploy'd in the said offices. These gentlemen being withdrawn, order'd [fo. 393] that a copy of the said Act be sent to Mr. Sollicitor General for his opinion in point of law, and that the patentees here, and the persons who appear for the Act, have notice thereof.
Mr. Campbell, with his brother, Captain Moody, and Mr. Cummins attending [fo. 388, 392], as they had been directed, and being asked what were the services done by Mr. Colin Campbell at the time when the French invested the fort at St. John's in Newfoundland, Captain Moody said that, by the means of the said Mr. Campbell, he obtained a truce for 4 or 5 days from Monsieur Subercasse, who commanded the French and Indians; that during the truce he had several conferences with the said Campbell, and sent him over to the South Castle (when nobody else would do it) to incourage Captain Latham to hold out, being apprehensive least he might be under a necessity of surrendring, and that the said Campbell had like to have been killed by the Indians for doing the same; that after the truce was ended, and Monsieur Subercass finding that Captain Moody would not surrender the fort, as he had been made to beleive he would, he threatned to put the said Campbell to death, and used him very barbarously, making him travel 5 days on foot through the woods and snow, carrying part of the said Supercasse's plunder, and, being able to go no further, was there left without help to come home by himself; that after the French were gone, Captain Moody perswaded the said Campbell to come over to this kingdom to lay a state of Newfoundland before her Majesty, which he did accordingly. The substance of all this was confirmed by the other gentlemen present.
Then Captain Moody added that the occasion of his being acquainted with Mr. Campbell's losses, and the effects left by him in Newfoundland, was, that he caused an account to be taken of the said losses, and upon Mr. Campbell's coming to this kingdom, he left with him, the said Moody, all his papers and effects. These gentlemen being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation upon the Order of Council of the 2nd of June, 1709, relating to the losses of the said James Campbell.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Boyle, of yesterday's date, inclosing the copy of an address to her Majesty from the House of Commons [fo. 368, 396], desiring that the report made by this Board to her Majesty relating to the state of the trade in pitch and tar with Stockholm, may be laid before that House, was read, and a copy of the said report being laid before their lordships, it was delivered to Mr. Pulteney, and he was desired to present the same to the House.
Copy of her majesty's letter to Colonel Park, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated the 11th of the last month, recalling him from those islands, and directing him to come prepared to answer the complaints against him, and to permit the complainants to take affidavits or other informations there, for supporting their charge &c., was read.
A letter from Mr. James Campbell, of yesterday's date [fo. 389, 394], desiring to attend their lordships once more in relation to his petition mentioned in the minutes of the 20th instant, was read; whereupon ordered that he have notice that their lordships will be ready to hear what he may have further to offer thereon, on Fryday morning next.
A letter to Mr. Solicitor General, directed the 17th instant [fo. 389; O. fo. 9], with a copy of an Act lately past at Jamaica, relating to fees, for his opinion thereupon in point of law, and particularly on that clause which obliges lawyers to take retaining fees under a penalty, and one other clause for qualifying of writing clerks &c., was agreed and ordered to be sent, and that Mr. Baber and the rest of the patentees here, as also Colonel Lloyd and Captain Elmore, have notice thereof, to the end they may attend Mr. Solicitor, with what ever they may have to offer, either for or against the said Act.
Their lordships took into consideration the body of laws past in Maryland in 1704 and 1705 [fo. 312] (contained in Book No. 16), mentioned in the minutes of the 14th of December, 1709, and read 5 of the said laws.
The secretary acquainting their lordships that Mr. Campbell had desired to be excused from attending this day [fo. 392, vide infra], by reason of his being obliged to be at the House of Commons, ordered that he have notice to attend the Board on Wednesday morning next.
A representation proposing the confirmation of 2 Acts past at Jamaica in April, 1709 [fo. 266, 400], was signed; the said Acts are as follows, vizt.:
An Act for the further and better securing of Port Royal.
An Act appointing way wardens, regulating wharfage, and buoying the Channel between Port Royal and Kingston.
Mr. James Campbell attending, as he was appointed the 27th instant [vide supra, fo. 398], and being asked what he had further to offer in relation to his brother's services at Newfoundland, mentioned in the minutes of the 22nd, he desired their lordships would be pleased to be referr'd to Captain Moody's journal of the occurrences and transactions that pass'd during the time the fort at St. John's was invested by the French in 1704/5, for several particulars in proof of what was set forth in his petition (vizt., Bundle H, No. 10, folio 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, and 25).
A letter from the Earl of Sunderland of the 27th instant, 1710, [fo. 397], touching some designs on foot for breaking the Lustring Company, directing their lordships to enquire into the facts, and to consider of methods proper for supporting that Company, was read; whereupon ordered that Mr. Hilary Reneu have notice to attend the Board on Monday next, with any other of the members of the said Company.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Boyle of the 28th instant, inclosing the copy of a letter from the Commissioners of the Admiralty, upon an extract of a representation of this Board of the 14th of the last month [fo. 391, 399], relating to the pitch and tar trade with Stockholm, was read; whereupon their lordships agreed to take the same into further consideration on Tuesday morning next.