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, July 1710
A letter from the Lord Darmouth of yesterday's date, requiring an account of the number of the men-of-war and privateers the French have near Jamaica [fo. 26], what condition we are in to resist them, and what force may be necessary for the security of the said island and trade there, was read. Whereupon ordered that letters be writ to Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Colonel Lloyd to acquaint them therewith, and to desire them to communicate the same to such persons as they shall think proper, and let their lordships have their opinion in this matter in writing on Thursday morning next.
Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Skinner attending, as he (sic) had been directed the 28th of the last month, in relation to the petition of the said Skinner &c., touching the ship St. Antonio of Padua's [fo. 18, 30], being stopt at Cascas Road by the Portuguese Governor there &c., the said petition was again read; and the said Skinner being there-upon asked the number of marriners that were on board the said ship, when she was seized, he said there was the master and five Spaniards and three English, and that a pass from the Duke of Anjou and Spanish colours were found on board, which were the reasons for her seizure. And Mr. Skinner being further asked if the property of the said ship was wholly English, he said it was. Whereupon he was desired to procure an affidavit thereof, which he promised to do, and lay the same before their lordships. Then these persons being withdrawn, ordered that a letter be writ to Sir Nathaniel Lloyd, her Majesty's Advocate General [fo. 30], to know how far it may be proper for her Majesty to interpose in this case (as is desired by the petitioners) in regard the master and five of the eight marriners are Spaniards and in regard that a pass from the Duke of Anjou and Spanish colours were found on board as aforesaid.
Another letter from him of the same date was also read, and directions given for preparing answers thereunto, and that paragraph E and F of the said letter relating to recruits [fo. 29], and the pardon of a serjeant for murder, be communicated to Captain Gardner, and that therefore he have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning, and that he be desired to give their lordships what information he can in relation to those matters.
Mr. Lowther attending, presented to their lordships a representation of the masters and owners of ships of Whitehaven &c., relating to the coal trade to Ireland, and to an Act of Parliament pass'd in that kingdom concerning the said trade, the same was read; and the Board was of opinion that the most proper method would be to petition her Majesty in Council by way of caveat against the passing the said Bill.
Letter from Mr. Crow, Governor of Barbadoes, dated the 6th March, 170 9/10, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Naval officers’ list of ships from 24th September, 1709, to 25th December following.
Minutes of Council of Barbados from the 9th of November, 1709, to 24th January following.
Minutes of Assembly of Barbadoes from 15th November, 1709, to 28th February following.
Mr. Astel attending, as he had been desired the 30th of the last month, in relation to the light house erected on the Island of Terderoe [fo. 21, 32], and being asked several questions there-upon, he said that, pursuant to their lordships’ directions, he had consulted the principal merchants trading to Norway, who were of opinion that the said light house was very usefull to all ships sailing to Dram, Christiana and other ports to the eastward of the Naes, and that therefore they did think the duty demanded, of one penny per last, was but reasonable, and that the merchants were very willing to pay it; that in times of peace above one hundred ships were employ'd in the said trade to the aforesaid ports to the eastward of the Naes. He further said that, if what he had now offered to their lordships was not sufficient for their information, he would procure the opinion of the said merchants in writing, and lay the same before their lordships on Monday or Tuesday morning next; which he was desired to do accordingly.
Colonel Lloyd and Mr. Harris attending, Colonel Lloyd presented to their lordships a memorial relating to the number of men-of-war and privateers the French have cruizing to windward of Jamaica [fo. 21, 27], and other parts of the West Indies, to the weakness of her Majesty's ships there for want of seamen, many of whom are driven from the said island by the rigorous execution of the power given for collecting duties on prize goods, and proposing that the power to the said collector be recalled, and that eight men-of-war be forthwith sent to that island &c., was read; and Mr. Harris acquainted their lordships that the French ships of war mentioned in the said memorial to be gone to the West Indies, were large ships, from 50 to 70 gunns. These gentlemen being withdrawn, ordered that an answer be prepared to the Lord Dartmouth's letter of the 3rd instant.
A second letter from him, dated the 9th of March, 170 9/10, relating to the meeting of the General Council and Assembly, two murders committed by Mr. Tankard and his brother, and to the invasion of Montserrat by seaven French privateers, was read.
Two letters from him dated the 11th of May, 1710, were read, with the following papers, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Minutes of the General Council of the Leeward Islands in Assembly, from the 23rd of March, 170 9/10, to the 14th of April, 1710.
Minutes of the Council of Antigua from the 10th of January, 170 9/10, to the 14th of March following.
A letter from Mr. Hodges, Lieutenant Governor of Montserrat, dated the 2nd of February, 170 9/10, relating to an attack made by seven French privateers on that island, and proposing that one of the frigats attending the Leeward Islands may have her station at Montserrat, to ease the people of guards &c., was read.
Mr. Lloyd attending upon the petition of Mr. Broughton and Wilkins, mentioned in the minutes of the 30th of the last month [fo. 19], and being asked several questions in relation to the ship for which the pass is desired, he said that she came from Bilboa, and was bound for Holland with Spanish wooll on account of Hollanders, and being met with by one of her Majesty's ships of war, was brought up to Plymouth; that the matter has been heard in Doctors’ Commons and the ship cleared; and for their lordships’ further information, he promised to bring their lordships an extract of the proceedings in Doctors’ Commons [fo. 31].
Captain Gardner attending as he had been desired, paragraph E of Major-General Handasyd's letter of the 9th of April last, relating to the recruits [fo. 23], was communicated to him. Whereupon he said that the Major-General had writ the same thing to him, and that he had put it in the proper method of examination, that five pound per man is allow'd to all the recruits sent to Jamaica; but is not paid till the master of the packet has given a certificate of his having received on board such a number of men; that the master of the packet-boat mentioned by the said General did give a certificate for 70 men, and therefore Captain Gardner concluded there was some unfair dealing between the officer and the master of the packet-boat.
Their lordships further communicated to Captain Gardner paragraph F of the forementioned letter relating to the pardon of a serjeant in Jamaica [fo. 23]. Whereupon he said that he had sent the said pardon about one year ago, which he beleives miscarried; and a duplicate thereof in January last.
A letter from Sir Nathaniel Lloyd, her Majesty's Advocate General, of the 10th instant, to the secretary, inclosing his report upon the petition of Nicholas Skinner &c., relating to the ship St. Antonio de Padua [fo. 22, 39], seized in Cascas Road by the Portuguese Governor there, although she had her Majesty's pass &c., was read. Whereupon ordered that the secretary do return an answer to Sir Nathaniel Lloyd, acquainting him that by the powers of this commission their lordships are authorized to require the opinion of her Majesty's Attorney and Solicitor General or any other her Council at law &c. Further ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary Boyle upon the forementioned petition.
A letter from the Custom House officers at Bristol, of the 8th instant, inclosing a list of the names of the fishing ships that have sailed from that port to Newfoundland from the 24th of June, 1709, to the 24th of June, 1710, was read.
A letter from the Lord Baltimore, dated the 7th instant [fo. 93], relating to an Act past in Maryland, requiring the surveyors of land there to qualify themselves by taking the oaths &c., with the reasons for passing the said Act and answers thereunto, was read. Whereupon their lordships agreed to take the same into consideration, when a return should be made to the letter of this Board of the 12th January, 1708/9, requiring Colonel Seymour and the Council of that province to give the reasons for passing the said Act.
Mr. Lloyd attending in relation to the pass for the ship St. Bernardo of Bilboa &c., he presented to their lordships as directed the 7th instant [fo. 29, 32], a certificate from the Admiralty Court of their proceedings there relating to the said ship, which was read, and directions given for preparing the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle thereupon.
A copy of the declaration of neutrality for Germany to be observed by the northern princes now in war, was read. Whereupon ordered that some of the merchants trading to the Baltick have notice to attend the Board thereupon on Thursday morning next.
A letter from Mr. Astel, with the opinion of himself and several other merchants trading to Norway, relating to a light house built by the King of Denmark on the Island of Terderoe [fo. 25], mentioned in the minutes of the 6th instant, was read, and a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle thereupon was signed.
Another letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle upon the petition of Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Broughton, praying for a pass for the ship St. Bernardo, of Bilboa &c. [fo. 31], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was also signed.
Two letters from Colonel Quary, dated the 2nd of December, 1709, and 10th of February, 170 9/10, relating to the government of Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, together with the copy of an Act past in Maryland, entituled An Act reviving an Act for limitation of officers’ fees, were read. Whereupon ordered that answers be prepared to the said letters [fo. 52].
Several members of the Turkey Company attending, they presented to their lordships a memorial upon the extract of a letter from Mr. Palmes, her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary at Vienna, touching a proposal for opening a trade with the Emperor's ports in the Adriatick [fo. 11, 35], mentioned in the minutes of the 20th of the last month, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer to Mr. Boyle's letter referring the said proposal to this Board.
A letter from the Lord Dartmouth of the 7th instant, desiring this Board to prepare the draught of a commission and instructions for Colonel John Corbet to be Governor of Maryland [fo. 40], was read, and directions given for preparing the same accordingly.
An order of the right honourable the Committee of her Majesty's Council of the 12th instant, referring to the Board a Bill lately transmitted from Ireland, entituled An Act to inforce such Acts as have been made for the improvement of the linnen manufacture and a further regulation of the same, directing their lordships to peruse the said Act and to report their opinion upon the scope thereof, which Order and Bill were read.
Whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to the Governor or Deputy Governor of the Hamburgh Company [fo. 36], inclosing the copy of a clause of the said Act, which lays a duty upon all callicoes and other linnen imported into that kingdom, to know if they have any objections thereto.
Further ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Carkesse [fo. 36] for an account of the quantities of white, printed or stained callicoes, or other linnens that have been exported from hence to Ireland, for one year ending at Midsummer last, or an account of such exports for so much of that time as he can.
A letter from the Council of Barbadoes of the 22nd of April last, relating to disputes between them and the Assembly [fo. 59], about the Treasurer in that island, was read, as were likewise the papers therein referr'd to, which are as follows, vizt.:
Resolves of the Assembly of the 14th March, 1709, against the Council upon occasion of nominating a Treasurer in the Excise Bill.
Council of Barbadoes’ answer to the Assemblies resolves upon occasion of nominating a Treasurer in the Excise Bill.
Mr. Ward, Governor of the Hamburgh Company [fo. 34, 38], with several of the members thereof attending in relation to the Bill lately transmitted from Ireland, entituled An Act to enforce such Acts as have been made for the improvement of the linnen manufacture, and a further regulation of the same; he presented to their lordships a memorial upon that clause of the said Act relating to the duties on callicoes &c. imported into that kingdom (mentioned in the minutes of the 13th instant), as also to the trade with the Emperor's dominions in the Adriatique, which was read; and he added in discourse that this Irish Bill did not much affect their Hamburgh trade, by reason that since the establishment of the linnen manufacture in Ireland, very few of the Hamburgh linnens have been exported thither; and these gentlemen being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of a report to the Lords Committee of Council upon the said Bill.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, of the 15th instant, in answer to one writ him the 13th ditto [fo. 35], with an account of callicoes and linnens exported from hence to Ireland for one year &c., was read.
A report to the right honourable the lords of her Majesty's most honourable Privy Council in answer to their lordships’ reference of the 12th instant [fo. 36], upon a Bill lately transmitted from Ireland, to inforce such Acts as have been made for the improvement of the linnen manufacture &c., mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was signed, and sent to the Clerk of the Council in waiting.
Minutes of Council of Barbadoes from the ninth of November, 1709, to the 24th of January following.
Minutes of Council of Barbadoes from the 24th of February, 170 9/10;, to the 20th of April following.
A letter from the Lord Dartmouth of the 15th instant, requiring this Board to prepare the draught of a commission and instructions for the Lord Archibald Hamilton to be Governor of Jamaica [fo. 41, 50], in the room of Major-General Handasyd, who is re-called, was read, and directions given for preparing the same accord-ingly.
The secretary laid before their lordships an affidavit of Nicholas Skinner, setting forth that he and Disney Staniforth are sole owners and proprietors of the ship St. Antonio de Padua, and of her loading, mentioned in the minutes of the 11th instant, was read. Whereupon a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle [fo. 30] upon the petition of the said Skinner and Staniforth, relating to the said ship, was signed.
A letter from Mr. John Philips to the Lord Stamford, being received from his lordship [fo. 46], wherein the said Philips offers to make a discovery of some indirect practices committed by a person employ'd in the plantations &c., the same was read. Whereupon ordered that he have notice to attend the Board on Fryday morning next.
The secretary acquainting their lordships that he had received from Mr. Penn the copy of an extract of a letter from Mr. Francis Dickenson, at Antego, to Mr. Askew, in London, dated the first of March, 170 9/10, relating to the French privateers in those seas, the same was read. Whereupon ordered that a copy thereof be sent in the following letter to Mr. Burchet for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
A letter from Major-General Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 4th of June last, was read. Whereupon a letter to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing paragraph B of the said letter in reference to the recruits that are arrived for the regiment there, and paragraphs M, N, and Q, relating to the galleons and other ships at Carthegena, and to her Majesty's ships at Jamaica, was signed; and ordered that the said paragraphs M, N, and Q of the said letter be sent to Mr. Burchet for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
A memorial from the Eastland Company in answer to the secretary's letter of the 14th instant, upon a letter from the city of Lubeck, referr'd to this Board by Mr. Secretary Boyle, mentioned in the minutes of the 20th of the last month [fo. 12, v. infra], desiring they may have liberty to sail unmolested to and from any places in the Baltick, was read. Whereupon order'd that a letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary Boyle upon the fore-mention'd referrence.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle upon the letter from the city of Lubeck to her Majesty [v. supra], praying that they may have liberty to sail to and from any places in the Baltick, directed at the last meeting, was signed.
Sir Charles Turner acquainted the Board with the desire of Sir Charles Wager and Sir George Bing that Richard Rigby may be of the Council of Jamaica, when there shall be a vacancy. Whereupon ordered that the said Rigby be minuted down amongst the persons to fill up vacancies.
A letter from the Lord Dartmouth of the 22nd instant, requiring this Board to prepare the draught of a commission and instructions for Mr. Lowther to be Governor of Barbadoes in the room of Mr. Crow [fo. 46, 59, 81], was read, and the draught of a commission for Mr. Lowther having been prepared, and laid before the Board, a letter for inclosing the same to the Lord Dartmouth, was signed.
Letter from the Duke of Queensberry of the 22nd instant, referring to the Board the extract of a letter from Mr. Pulteney, her Majesty's Envoy to the King of Denmark [fo. 44], relating to that King's being willing to allow certificates to the British merchants passing through the Sound &c., was read.
Letter from the Duke of Queensberry of the 22nd instant, referring to the Board a remonstrance from her Majesty's subjects in the town of Dantzick [fo. 45, 52], in relation to their trade &c., was read.
Mr. Philps, Deputy Governor, with several members of the Eastland Company, attending, the extract of Mr. Pulteney's letter above-mentioned was communicated to them [fo. 43]; whereupon they said that at present in their passage through the Sound they gave security to pay the duties at their return, and, though their ships be lost in the Baltick, the duties are nevertheless paid, pursuant to the security given; so that they did not see what reason the King of Denmark had to require the payment of those duties in their going through. If that be insisted on, it will be an inconvenience to the trade, in that money must be sent from hence to pay those duties, which is to be done in specie dollars, and the difficulty of procuring that sort of coin here, particularly in the out ports, will be very great; besides it cannot be certainly known here what those duties will amount to. They added that, if the King of Denmark will not allow of the certificates mentioned in Mr. Pulteney's letter, without we submit to pay the duties in going through, they were of opinion it were better to comply than lose the benefit of those certificates. However, they promised to bring their lordships their thoughts more fully thereupon in writing as soon as possible [fo. 49]. Then the remonstrance from the British merchants of Dantzick afore-mentioned [fo. 43, 49] was also communicated to them; whereupon they desired a copy thereof, that they might consider the same, and bring their lordships their opinion in writing, which was ordered to be sent them accordingly.