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, September 1710
An Order of Council of the 26th of January, 1709, referring to the Board an address from the Assembly of Barbadoes to her Majesty [fo. 60, 86], touching the illegal proceedings of the Court of Grand Sessions in that island, was read, and directions given for looking out all the papers in this office relating to that matter, in order to the laying the same before the Board.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 31st of July last, approving the draughts of commissions for the Governors of Jamaica, Barbadoes and Maryland [fo. 40, 41, 43], and directing the Lord Dartmouth to prepare the same for her Majesty's royal signature, was read.
Letter from the Lord Dartmouth of the 4th instant, relating to the representation about a dispute between the Assembly and Council of Barbadoes [fo. 35], concerning the naming of a treasurer for that island &c., was read.
A memorial from the Hamburgh Company, in answer to the letter writ them the 30th of the last month [fo. 57], relating to a duty intended to be laid by the Elector of Hannover upon coarse woollen cloaths imported into his dominions, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer to the referrence from Mr. Secretary Boyle upon that subject [fo. 57, 63], mentioned in the minutes of the 29th of the last month.
A letter from Mr. Lillington, President of the Council of Barbadoes, dated the 25th of June, 1710, relating to the Excise Bill, and to several address from the Grand Jury of that island &c. [fo. 58], was read, together with the papers therein referr'd to, which are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Copies of address to her Majesty, the President of the Council of Barbadoes, and to three of the members thereof, from the Grand Jury of that island.
Proceedings of the Court of Grand Sessions in Barbadoes, begun the 13th June, 1710, and ended the 16th ditto.
Minutes of the Council of Barbadoes of the 13th of June, 1710.
And their lordships gave directions for preparing an answer to the said letter, as soon as her Majesty's pleasure shall be known upon their letter to the Lord Dartmouth of the 30th of August, concerning the dispute between the Council and Assembly of Barbadoes [fo. 57, 63], about the nomination of a treasurer in the fore-mention'd Excise Bill.
A letter from Major-General Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 9th of June, 1710, relating to a murder committed there, was read, and several minutes of the Council and Assembly, and Acts therewith transmitted were laid before the Board, which are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Minutes of the Council of Jamaica from the 16th June, 1709, to the 5th of April following.
Minutes of Council in Assembly at Jamaica from the 1st March, 170 9/10, to the 5th of April following.
Minutes of the Assembly of Jamaica from the 1st of March, 170 9/10, to the 31st following.
Four Acts past at a General Assembly in Jamaica the 5th of April, 1710.
Another letter from Major-General Handasyd, dated the 22nd July, 1710, was read, as likewise the copy of a proclamation there inclosed for pardoning several pirats &c.; whereupon ordered that the draught of an answer to this and the foregoing letter be prepared.
A letter from Colonel Parke, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated the 30th of June, 1710, relating to the complaints against him, and signifying his intention of coming home with the first man-of-war, was read.
An Order of Council of the 28th of August, 1710, upon the reports from the principal officers of the ordnance &c., relating to Mr. Kemey's proposal for building a fort in the river of Kilmare in Ireland [fo. 64], respitting any determination thereupon, untill this Board have consider'd the resolutions of the Commons of Ireland &c. about a redoubt to be built in the island of Valentia, and directing their lordships to report their opinion upon the said two memorials with regard to the security of her Majesty's ships, and those of her subjects coming upon that coast, was read; whereupon ordered that Mr. Hyde, Mr. Harris, and Mr. Milner be writ to for their opinion in relation to the said two forts, and that they be desired to let their lordships have it on Wednesday next.
Upon consideration of the referrence from the Lord Dartmouth on the petition of the Company of Lorinors of London, praying to be incorporated [fo. 58, 63], mention'd in the minutes of the 30th of the last month, order'd that Mr. Kendall, a Lorriner, in St. Martin's Lane, have notice to attend the Board on Wednesday morning next.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle, in answer to his of the 28th of last month [fo. 60], referring to the Board the extracts of several letters from her Majesty's secretary at Hanover, relating to a duty to be laid on coarse woollen cloaths imported into his Electoral Highness's dominions, directed yesterday to be prepared, was now agreed and signed.
A letter from Mr. Lillington, President of the Council of Barbadoes, to the secretary, dated the 9th of July, 1710, together with the minutes of the Assembly of that island of the 27th of June foregoing, relating to the Excise Bill and other matters [fo. 60, 65], were read.
Mr. Kendal and others attending, as desired, in relation to the petition of the Company of Loriners [fo. 62, 68], they were acquainted with the purport thereof; who declared their opinion that the charter of incorporation pray'd for in the said petition, would be of advantage to the Company in excluding all foreigners, that is such as should not serve an apprenticeship of seven years to the profession; whereupon ordered that the petitioners have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next.
Mr. Perry, Captain Hyde and Mr. Harris attending, as they had been desired, and Mr. Keymes being also present, the Board desired to know of those gentlemen their opinion whether a redoubt or barrack on the island of Valentia, or a fort in the river of Kilmare [fo. 62] (as proposed by Mr. Kemeys) would be most advantagious for the security of her Majesty's ships, and those of her subjects. Whereupon they all agreed that a redoubt at Valentia would certainly be of advantage, in regard it might protect such merchant ships as should be chased in there by French privateers, but they said there was not water enough in the harbour to receive her Majesty's ships of war, that a fort in the river Kilmare, as proposed by Mr. Kemeys, was preferable for the following reasons; first, the river Kilmare, being to the southward of Valentia, lies more in the way of our homeward bound ships from the plantations, and other parts of the western navigation, and will be more easily made, when such ships shall be in danger of the enemy, or by stress of weather be forced upon the coast. Secondly, the harbour in the river of Kilmare is capacious and fit to receive ships of any burthen, and may be made very secure, having but one deep and narrow entrance, which will be commanded by the fort proposed. Thirdly, though there will require almost the same wind to come out of Kilmare as out of Valentia harbours, yet, by reason of the breadth of Kilmare river, the boldness of its shores, the strong current that runs there at ebb, the coming out from thence is much easier and safer. Fourthly, the harbour of Kilmare is preferable from the fertility of the lands adjacent, from which ships at any time may be supply'd with fresh provisions, which, after long voyages, they frequently stand in need of. These gentlemen being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation upon the Order of Council of the 28th of the last month [fo. 66], upon this matter mentioned in the minutes of the 11th instant.
A letter from three of the members of the Assembly of Barbadoes [fo. 63, 349], appointed a committee for correspondence, relating to the dispute between that House and the Council about nominating a treasurer in the Excise Bill, dated the 9th of July, 1710, was read.
A representation upon the Order of Council of the 28th of August, 1710, relating to the building a fort in the river Kilmare and a redoubt in the island of Valentia [fo. 65], on the coast of Ireland, directed at the last meeting to be prepared, was signed.
An Order of Council of the 28th of August, 1710, upon a report from Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General, and a representation of this Board of the 2nd of February, 1708/9, relating to her Majesty's taking the Bahama Islands into her immediate protection, and directing their lordships to consider of, and propose the best and most effectual ways for the speedy putting in execution, what is offered in their said representation, was read; whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Graves, collector of the Customs at Bahama Islands [fo. 71], to desire he will consult with such persons as he thinks best acquainted with the state and condition of them, and let the Board have as soon as possible their joint opinion what may be the best method for facilitating the settlement of the said islands with regard to the advantages of trade, and the security of the inhabitants and shipping there.
An Order of Council of the 11th of May, 1710, referring to the Board and to her Majesty's Attorney or Solicitor General the petition of Wait Winthrop and others in behalf of themselves and the rest of the associated proprietors of that part of the Narraganset country in New England [fo. 109], called the mortgage lands &c., praying her Majesty's confirmation of their grant of those lands, whereof they have been deprived by persons settling thereon without right, was read; and thereupon ordered that the agent who solicits this affair on the part of the petitioners have notice to attend the Board.
Sir James Bateman, with several members of the Company of Loriners, attending, their petition praying to be incorporated by charter [fo. 63, 69], mentioned in the minutes of the 13th instant, was again read; and these gentlemen being asked several questions, they said in substance as follows:—
That at first their Company consisted only of such as made spurs and bits for bridles, but the easy terms upon which a freedom in that Company is obtained have occasioned persons of other trades, as merchants, founders, warehouse keepers, blacksmiths &c., to become members thereof; so that at present, there are very few that are really Loriners of that Company. The reason why they desire to be incorporated is that they may have power to make by-laws and to put the same in execution, as also to oblige the members to pay their contribution towards the charge of their hall, and other incident expences, which though it be but small (vizt., sixpence a quarter for every member), several persons have refused to pay, because the Company at present have not power to exact the same. They declared that they did not intend to demand the said contribution of any persons, but of such as were free of the Company.
Then, being asked who the persons were that had refused to pay as aforesaid, they named John Turner, a cuttler in Westminster, Peter Shuttleworth at Charing Cross, and Robert Banks, a distiller, in Thames Street [fo. 68, 70]. The gentlemen being withdrawn, ordered that the three persons above-mentioned have notice to attend the Board on Thursday morning next.
A reference from the Lord Dartmouth, upon the petition of Mr. Seymour, son of Colonel Seymour, late Governor of Maryland, praying for a grant of her Majesty's share of the duty of one shilling per hogshead on tobacco exported out of that province between his said father's death and the date of a new Governor's commission [fo. 84, 378], was read; as likewise a memorial from the said Mr. Seymour on the same subject; whereupon ordered that he be desired to produce what proofs he has to the several allegations in his said petition and memorial.
Mr. John Turner and Mr. Peter Shuttleworth attending [fo. 69, 72], as they had been desired, they were acquainted with the substance of the petition from the Company of Lorinors to her Majesty (mentioned in the minutes at the last meeting), and being asked if they had any objections to what was desired by the said petition, they said that they had none; and being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.
Their lordships being inform'd that Mr. Bird, a member of the Council of Virginia, had been left out of the instructions to the Lord Orkney, by the omission of the transcriber thereof, a letter to the Lord Dartmouth, proposing the said Bird's being re-instated in the same rank and precedency he formerly enjoyed in the said Council, was signed.
Mr. John Graves, with Mr. John James, attending [fo. 67], in relation to her Majesty's taking the Bahama Islands into her protection, as mentioned in the minutes of the 15th instant, they presented to their lordships a memorial of what would be necessary for fortifying and securing the said islands, which was read; and Mr. Graves added that he had received advice that the Spaniards had carry'd away from Providence most of the guns they found there, and that they had spikt up those which remained on the place; and directions were given for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon [fo. 72].
A memorial from Mr. Micajah Perry and other merchants trading to Maryland [fo. 72], praying that an instruction be given to the Governor of that province, not to pass any law relating to navigation and commerce unless a sufficient time be allowed in such law, before its commencement, so that her Majesty's pleasure may be known thereupon, was read; and directions given for preparing the draught of a clause to be added to Colonel Corbet's instructions accordingly.
Then their lordships taking into consideration the said instructions [fo. 71, 72], made a progress therein, and ordered that Mr. Micajah Perry and Mr. John Hyde have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next, in relation to the filling up the vacancies that are at present in the Council of the said province.
A letter from the Lord Dartmouth of the 25th September, 1710, inclosing a report from the Attorney and Solicitor General [fo. 57, 81], relating to the disputes in Barbadoes about the choice of a treasurer, and directing their lordships to attend the Queen this day in Council thereupon, being read, their lordships went to attend her Majesty accordingly.