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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A representation upon the petition from the clothiers and buyers of wooll and others in the county of York &c., as directed the 25th of the last month [N. fo. 455], together with a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle, inclosing the same, were signed.
A letter to the Earl of Sunderland on a petition from the merchants of Biddyford, desiring that all that part of Newfoundland, whereof the French are now possest [N. fo. 458], may, whenever a treaty of peace is made with France, be delivered up to her Majesty, as directed the 26th of the last month, was signed.
The draught of a representation upon the present state of the trade of this kingdom with Sweden [N. fo. 456; fo. 5], mentioned in the minutes of the 25th of the last month, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, of the 26th of the last month, in answer to one writ him the 25th ditto [N. fo. 456], for an account of the exports and imports from Scotland to Sweden, since the Union of the two kingdoms to Christmas last, signifying that the Commissioners of the Customs here have no such account, was read; whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes, to desire him to move the Lord High Treasurer, that their lordships may have from the Commissioners of the Customs in Scotland the accounts before mentioned, and that the said Commissioners do give this Board, half-year or yearly, as shall be most convenient, an account of the general trade of that part of Great Britain.
A letter from Colonel Jenings, President of the Council of Virginia, dated the 10th of March, 1709, relating to ships of war for the defence of the coasts in that colony, and to a sloop's being taken up and employed in that service, was read, as also the following minutes of Council referr'd to therein:
Minutes of the Council of Virginia, of the 8th of March, 1709.
Their lordships took into consideration the body of Maryland laws passed in 1704 and 1705, contained in book No. 16 [fo. 4], mentioned in the minutes of the 24th of March last, and read eight of the said laws.
Mr. Jeremiah Dummer attending, presented to their lordships a letter from Sir William Ashurst, dated the 10th of May last, acquainting their lordships that the Assembly of the Massachusets Bay had appointed the said Sir William Ashurst agent of that province [fo. 217], but that he could not by reason of his want of health act in that station, and had therefore appointed the said Dummer to attend their lordships upon the affairs of that province, as occasion might require, which letter was read.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Boyle, of the 7th instant [fo. 8], referring to their lordships the extract of a letter from Mr. Palmes, her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary at Vienna, relating to a proposal for opening a trade with the ports of the Emperor's dominions in the Adriatique, was read, and their lordships agreed to take the same into consideration on Tuesday morning next.
A second letter from Colonel Park, of the 27th of the same month, transmitting the minutes of the General Council of the Leeward Islands in Assembly, from the 23rd of March, 170 9/10 to the 27th of the same month, [? was read] and in regard Colonel Park is ordered home, and suddainly expected here, no directions were given for preparing an answer to the said letters.
An account of the losses sustained by Mr. James Campbell in Newfoundland [N. fo. 458; fo. 215], with an inventory of his estate remaining in that colony in May, 1705, together with the affidavit of Colin Campbell, his brother, and one from [him]self, to prove the truth of the said accounts, were read.
Their lordships went to Westminster Hall, and took the oaths at the Court of Queen's Bench, pursuant to an Act made in the eighth year of her Majesty's reign, intituled An Act for explaining and inlarging an Act of the 6th year of her Majesty's reign, intituled an Act for the security of her Majesty's person and government.
A memorial from several merchants of Exeter, upon a proposal of the Private Court Chancery of Austria to the Royal Court Chancery of Bohemia [N. fo. 455; fo. 8], relating to the importation of the English woollen manufactures in those countries, was read; and directions given for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.
A Memorial from several merchants trading to Sweden, relating to the grievances they lye under in that kingdome, was read; and the secretary having thereupon prepared the draught of a supplemental representation to that signed the 9th instant [fo. 5], the same was agreed and signed, together with a letter inclosing it to Mr. Secretary Boyle.
Their lordships again taking into consideration Mr. Secretary Boyle's letter of the 7th instant, mentioned in the minutes of the 9th ditto [fo. 4, 11], referring to the Board the extract of a letter from Mr. Palmes at Vienna, relating to a proposal for opening a trade with the Emperor's ports in the Adriatic; ordered that one or two of the members of the Turkey Company, as likewise one or two of the Italian merchants, have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday next in the morning.
The draught of a representation upon a proposal of the Private Court Chancery of Austria &c. [fo. 7, 10], relating to the importation of the English woollen manufactures into those countries was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.
A report from Mr. Solicitor General (now Mr. Justice Eyre) upon an Act past in Jamaica in January, 1708/9, entituled An Act for regulating fees, transmitted to him the 22nd of March last [N. fo. 393], was read. Whereupon ordered that the draught of a letter to Major-General Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, be prepared for inclosing a copy of the said report, and that he be advised to lay the same before the Assembly, to the end a new Act may be pass'd, not liable to the objections Mr. Solicitor has made, otherwise their lordships will be obliged to lay the above mentioned Act before her Majesty for her disallowance thereof.
Another report from Mr. Solicitor General (now Mr. Justice Eyre) in answer to a letter writ him the 24th of April last [N. fo. 415], for his opinion upon two clauses in the charter of the Massachusets Bay, for reserving to the Crown such trees as are fit for masts, was read; whereupon ordered that a copy thereof be sent to Colonel Dudley for his information.
A representation upon the proposal of the Private Court Chancery of Austria to the Royal Court Chancery of Bohemia [fo. 8], relating to the importation of the English woollen manufactures into those countries, agreed at the last meeting, together with a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle inclosing the same, were signed.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, secretary to the Commissioners of the Customes, inclosing the extract of a letter from Mr. Perry, Surveyor General of the Leeward Islands, relating to an illegal trade carried on from Antego to Martinico [fo. 53], was read; whereupon ordered that the secretary do write an answer thereto.
Sir William Hodges, with Mr. Thomas Vaughan, husband of the Turkey Company, attending as they had been desired, Mr. Secretary Boyle's letter of the 7th instant, and the extract of Mr. Palmes's letter therein referr'd to [fo. 8, 33], relating to the opening of a trade with the Emperor's ports in the Adriatic, were read. Where-upon Sir William Hodges said that if our ships should go to any of the Emperor's said ports, he did not know how they could be loaded back from thence, so that they would be obliged to go to Venice to seek freight homeward, and in that case of having discharged part of their loading in the Emperor's said ports, they would not be admitted by the Venetians to load currants at Zant and Zepholonia &c., as free ships, and therefore upon the whole he did not see at present what advantage the opening a trade to the Emperor's ports would be to this kingdom. He added that he thought it would interfere with the Hamburgh Company's trade to Germany. Mr. Vaughan desired their lordships, that a copy of Mr. Palmes's said letter might be sent to him in order to his transmitting to their lordships the opinion of the Turkey Company thereupon. These gentlemen being withdrawn, ordered that a copy of the said letter be sent to Mr. Vaughan accordingly, and another copy to the Governor of the Hamburgh Company, for the opinion of the said Company upon that matter.
Sir William Hodges communicated to their lordships some reasons for the granting of passes to two Spanish ships, the Nuestra Seniora del Rosaria and St. Joseph, mentioned in the representation of this Board of the 17th of December, 1708.
A letter from Colonel Park, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated the 24th of April last [fo. 13, 19], inclosing the copy of a petition to himself and General Council from the soldiers in the regiment commanded by Colonel Jones, complaining of the hardships they suffer there for want of their pay &c., were read. Where-upon ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing copies of the said letter and petition for her Majesty's directions for the relief of the petitioners.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Boyle of the 17th instant, referring to this Board copies of two letters to her Majesty, one from the Elector Palatine [fo. 15, 41], relating to the customes laid by Act of Parliament upon linnen and thread imported from the Dutchy of Berg; the other from the town of Lubec about their trade in the Baltick, were read. Whereupon ordered that the secretary do write to Mr. Carkesse for an account of the duties upon linnen and thread from the Dutchy of Berg [fo. 15], and to know what proportion those duties bear with those on linnen and thread from other parts of Germany.
A letter to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing the copy of a letter from Colonel Parke, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated the 24th of April last [fo. 12], with a petition to himself and General Council, from the soldiers in the regiment there, as directed at the last meeting, was signed.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Boyle of yesterday's date, referring to the Board the copy of a letter from Monsieur Rosenkrantz, the Danish Envoy, relating to a light house erected in the Isle of Terderoe, was read. Whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Wordsworth [fo. 17], to acquaint him that the King of Denmark, having some years ago set up the said light house for the maintenance of which, one solz per last has been paid by all Danish ships passing that way, and that it having been represented to his Majesty that the same is not sufficient for the maintenance of the said light house, he had determined to demand one solz per last of all foreign ships sailing into those seas, and to desire the said Wordsworth to communicate this matter to such persons concern'd in that trade as he shall think proper, and that he would let their lordships have his and their opinion thereupon, particularly whether the said light house by its scituation be of any advantage to the trade of this kingdom.
Copy of a letter from the Earl of Sunderland to Sir Charles Hedges of the 5th of May, 1710, relating to Spanish ships bound to the Buenos Ayres under the protection of her Majesty's passes, which the Dutch have seized &c., with Sir Charles Hedges’ answer thereunto, was read.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, of the 23rd instant, in answer to one writ him the 21st ditto, an account of the duties upon linnen and thread from the Dutchy of Berg &c. [fo. 13], signifying that those duties on threads and linnens pay the same duties as all others from any other part of Germany, was read.
Then their lordships, taking into consideration the copy of the letter from the Elector Palatine [fo. 12, 16] to her Majesty, referr'd to in Mr. Secretary Boyle's letter of the 17th instant, read the 20th ditto, relating to the aforementioned duties, ordered that the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle be prepared there-upon.
A reference from Mr. Secretary Boyle of the 23rd instant on the petition of Mr. Joseph Wilkins and Mr. Andrew Broughton to her Majesty, praying for a pass for the ship St. Bernardo of Bilboa [fo. 17], to sail from Plymouth to Holland and Archangel, and so back to Bilboa, was read. Whereupon ordered that the petitioners have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle upon the copy of a letter from the Elector Palatine to her Majesty, relating to the duties paid here upon linnen and thread imported from the Dutchy of Berg &c. [fo. 15], directed at the last meeting, was signed.
Mr. Broughton and Mr. Lloyd attending, as directed the 27th instant, in relation to the reference from Mr. Secretary Boyle, on the petition of the said Broughton for a pass for the ship Bernardo of Bilboa [fo. 16, 19], the same was again read, and Mr. Broughton being asked several questions thereupon, he produced to their lordships a certificate of Joseph Wilkins concerned in the said petition, setting forth that the said ship is intirely the property and doth belong to her Majesty's subjects of this kingdom, and that no part of the said ship does belong to any foreigner; and being further asked how he proved that the property of the cargo outwards was English, as is alledged in the petition, he said that the property of the cargo outwards was not wholly English, and therefore desired that he might be permitted to withdraw the said petition, to the end proper alterations might be made therein, and then presented to her Majesty again, whereupon the same was returned to him accordingly.
A letter from Mr. Wordsworth of yesterday's date, in answer to one writ him the 22nd ditto, about a light house, set up in the Island of Terderoe [fo. 14, 19], was read, signifying that he had consulted the merchants thereupon, and that they had declared they did not know any such Island as Terderoe, or that such a light house would be of any use to them; that they did already pay light money up and down the Sound, and thought the same too much. Whereupon ordered that some of the masters of the ships mentioned in the said letter [fo. 19] have notice to attend the Board on Fryday morning next.
A reference from Mr. Secretary Boyle, of the 25th instant, upon the petition of Nicholas Skinner and Desney Staniforth to her Majesty, touching the ship St. Antonio de Padua's being stopt at Cascas Road by the Portuguese Governor there [fo. 22], although she had her Majesty's pass, praying that the said ship may be permitted to pursue her voyage to this kingdom, was read. Where-upon ordered that the petitioners have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next.
The petition of Mr. Broughton and Mr. Wilkins, mentioned in the minutes of the 28th instant [fo. 17, 28], was again brought to the Board, altered, and their lordships resolved to take the same into consideration on Tuesday morning next.
Mr. Wordsworth, with several masters of ships trading into the Baltick, vizt., Charles Hales, Robert Lister and John Tomlin, attending [fo. 18], Mr. Boyle's letter of the 21st instant, relating to a light house set up by the King of Denmark on the Island of Terderoe, was read to them; and being asked several questions thereupon, they said that they had most of them traded into those seas about 30 years, [and] that they never heard of any light set up on the said island. One of the said masters said that he had been in that part of the sea called Soen Water, in which the Island of Terderoe lyes, about seven years ago, and that then he perceived no light upon it. However that be, they said that the Island of Terderoe lies intirely out of their navigation, for, when they sail into the Baltick, they are forced to make a Cape of Jutland, called the Schau, which is between 25 and 30 leagues from Terderoe; so that, if there were any light upon the said island, it could be of no use to the Baltick traders, and therefore they thought it very hard they should be obliged to contribute to a light which can be of no use to them, the same being so distant from the course of their navigation. They said further that, between the forementioned Cape Schau and the passage through the Sound, there are five several lights; that each ship that passes there (great or small) is obliged to pay 4½ specie dollars going up and the same in her return; and therefore they hoped that they should not be obliged to pay to the light at Terderoe, which is of no use to them as aforesaid. They added that such ships as trade to the Long Sound or Soenwater (which they thought were but few, for that the chief trade to Norway lyes another way) have the benefit of the said light, and therefore might pay to it. These gentlemen being withdrawn, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. William Astel [fo. 25], a Norway merchant, acquainting him with this matter, and to desire his attendance on the Board on Tuesday morning next.