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, October 1710
A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John of the 10th instant, referring to the Board the project of a convention with the city of Hamburgh, relating to the herring trade between Scotland and the said city [fo. 74], was read; whereupon ordered that the secretary send a translation of the said project to Mr. Baillie, and signify their lordships’ desire that he would please to inform himself the best he can, by the merchants in Scotland concerned in that trade, what advantage or prejudice they conceive may arise to this kingdom from such a convention, and to give the Board an account thereof as soon as possible. In the meantime their lordships resolved to consult the merchants in London, trading in herrings from Scotland to Hamburgh, upon this subject, and gave directions for writing to Mr. James Campbell to know the names of such of them as are now in town.
A new commission under the Great Seal of the kingdom, dated the 4th instant, appointing Arthur Moore, esquire, one of her Majesty's Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, was read, and he took his place at the Board accordingly.
Their lordships again taking into consideration the referrence from Mr. Secretary St. John, mentioned in the minutes of 17th instant, relating to a project of a convention with the town of Hamburgh [fo. 73, 76], touching the herring trade between Scotland and that place; ordered that a copy of the said project be sent to Mr. Francis Stratford as likewise to Mr. Cootes, for their opinion thereupon in writing on Tuesday morning next.
The draught of instructions to Colonel Corbet for the government of Maryland, mentioned in the minutes of the 22nd September last [fo. 72, 76], was agreed and ordered to be transcribed. Further ordered that Mr. Perry and Mr. Hyde have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next, in relation to the filling up the vacancies in the Council of the said province.
Letter from Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York, dated the 24th of July, 1710, was read, and directions given for preparing the draught of a letter to the Lord Dartmouth upon paragraph E of the said letter, relating to the mistake in the Christian names of two of the members of the Council of that province [fo. 83], and that the draught of a representation [fo. 83] be also prepared for laying before her Majesty what he writes in the latter part of paragraph G in the same letter, relating to patentees seating their lands in three years after the dates of their grants.
A letter from Mr. Bridger, Surveyor General of her Majesty's woods &c [fo. 80], dated the 26th of July, 1710, about his being to go to Hudson's River in order to the settling of the Palatines on proper land &c., was read, and orders given for answering the same.
Mr. Perry and Mr. Hyde attending, and being acquainted that there were three vacancies in the Council of Maryland [fo. 74], they recommended to their lordships, Mr. Philemon Lloyd, Mr. Richard Tilghman and Mr. John Dorsey as persons fitly qualify'd to fill up the said vacancies; whereupon ordered that the said three names be incerted in the said instructions prepared for Colonel Corbet, Governor of that province.
Mr. Stratford attending, as he had been desired, the 19th instant, he presented to their lordships a memorial relating to the project of a convention with the city of Hamburgh [fo. 74, 88], touching the trade of herrings to that place from Scotland, setting forth the great advantages that will arise from such a treaty to her Majesty's subjects, particularly those that trade from North Britain &c., which was read.
Mr. Cootes also attending, as he had been desired, in relation to the said convention [fo. 74, 88], and being asked several questions thereupon, he said that he had discoursed with Mr. Stratford upon that subject, and intirely concurr'd with him therein, and added that he had written to his correspondents in North Britain, concerned in the herring trade, for a further account, and promised that so soon as he should receive an answer thereunto (which he expected in a short time), he would communicate the same to their lordships.
A letter from Colonel Quary, Surveyor General of her Majesty's Customes in America, to Mr. Pulteney, dated the 5th of July, 1710, relating to Colonel Hunter's having publish'd his commission at New Jersey, and in a great measure composed the animosities there, that everything is in readiness, at Boston in New England, for Colonel Nicholson's expedition &c., was read; and directions were given for preparing an answer to the said letter [fo. 80].
A letter from Mr. Burchet, of the 12th of October, 1710, inclosing the copy of a letter from Captain Smith, commander of her Majesty's ship the Enterprize [fo. 72, 113], relating to the present state of the Bahama islands, was read.
A referrence from the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury of the 13th instant, upon a petition of Mr. Thomas Day to her Majesty, together with other papers relating to a house built by Mr. Samuel Day, formerly Governor of Bermuda [fo. 85], praying a grant of the ground on which the said house stands, was read; whereupon ordered that the papers in this office, relating to that matter, be laid before their lordships.
A letter from Colonel Ingoldesby, dated at New York the 15th of March, 1710, was read, and the papers therewith transmitted laid before the Board, which are as follow, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Address from the Assembly of New York to Colonel Ingoldesby, about defence of the frontiers.
Minutes of Council in Assembly of New Jersey, from the 30th of November, 1709, to the 31st of January, 170 9/10.
Minutes of the Assembly of New Jersey, from the 31st of November, 1709, to the 31st of January, 170 9/10.
Acts past at a General Assembly of New Jersey.
A letter from the President and Council of Maryland, dated the 2nd of February, 170 9/10 [fo. 83, 91], was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows:—
Papers therein referr'd to.
Address from the Council and Assembly of Maryland to her Majesty against the Governor's keeping the seal of that province.
Address from the General Assembly of Maryland to her Majesty, relating to Sir Thomas Lawrence's claim to the ordinary licences in that province &c.
Address from the General Assembly of Maryland to her Majesty, relating to two Acts repealed by her Majesty, the one aboutGauge of tobacco hoggsheads, the other against Cropping and defacing the same, as also to an Act against Devulgers of false news.
Journal of the Committee of Accounts, from October 25th to November 10th, 1709.
Minutes of the Council of Maryland, from the 25th of October to the 12th of November, 1709.
Minutes of the Assembly of Maryland from the 26th of October to the 11th of November, 1709.
Acts past in Maryland in November, 1709.
And their lordships, observing that the passing of the above-mentioned Acts after the death of Colonel Seymour, late Governor, by the whole Council as Governor in chief, is contrary to the method prescribed by her Majesty's instructions, the draught of a representation proposing her Majesty's disapprobation of the said Acts was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.
A letter from Colonel Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, dated the 18th of August last, was read; whereupon ordered that paragraph M of the said letter, relating to illegal trade carry'd on between her Majesty's plantations, and the islands of Curacoa and St. Thomas, be sent to Mr. Carkess for the information of the Commissioners of her Majesty's Customs; and that so much of paragraphs M, N, P and Q as relates to guardships for the said colony be transmitted to Mr. Burchet [fo. 87], to be laid before the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 26th of September upon a representation of the 30th of August last, relating to the disputes that have arisen in Barbadoes about the choice of a treasurer [fo. 72, 200], directing that the Assembly have the nomination of that officer &c., was read.
A letter from Mr. Lillington, President of the Council of Barbadoes, dated the first August, 1710, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
List of negroes &c. in the island of Barbadoes.
List of christnings and burials in Barbadoes from the 1st January, 170 9/10, to the last of July following.
List of persons’ names proposed by Mr. Lillington to fill up the vacancies that may happen in the Council of Barbadoes.
A memorial from Mr. Hodges, Attorney General of Barbadoes, relating to the behaviour of the provost marshal of that island by his deputies there.
Lists of the fees taken by the several patent officers in Barbadoes.
Lists of causes in the several Courts of Barbadoes in July, August, &c., 1710.
Account of stores in the magazine in Barbadoes to the 1st July, 1710.
Naval officers’ list of ships from the 25th December, 1709, to the 24th March, 1710.
Naval officers’ list of ships from the 25th March, 1710, to the 24th June following.
Minutes of Council of Barbadoes from the 15th May, 1710, to 11th July following.
Minutes of Assembly of Barbadoes from the 19th May, 1710, to the 11th July following.
A letter from Colonel Park, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated the first of August, 1710, about Mr. Nevin's having finish'd the affidavits against him of his unfair proceedings in the manner of taking the same &c., was read.
A represention upon what Colonel Hunter writes in his letter of the 24th of July last, mentioned in the minutes of the 24th instant [fo. 75], relating to patentees seating their lands in three years after the dates of their grants, was agreed and signed.
A representation upon the laws past in Maryland in November, 1709 (No. 20), transmitted with the letter from the President and Council of that province [fo. 79], dated the 2nd of February, 170 9/10, proposing her Majesty's disallowance of the said laws, was signed.
A letter to Mr. Lloyd, President of the Council of Maryland, signifying to him that their lordships have laid the fore-mentioned laws before her Majesty for her disapprobation of them, and inclosing a copy of the additional instructions to the late Colonel Seymour, relating to the devolution of government, was signed.
The reference from the Lord Dartmouth upon the petition of Mr. Berkley Seymour, son of Colonel Seymour, late Governor of Maryland, deceased, praying for a grant of her Majesty's share of the duty of 1s. per hogshead on tobacco exported from the time of his father's death &c. [fo. 69, 378], together with the said Seymour's memorial relating thereto, read the 19th of September last, were again consider'd, and the petitioner attending, he presented to their lordships an extract of a letter from Mrs. Contee to him, dated the 20th of April, 1710, setting forth that having received bills for the duties payable to his father on the clearings of several ships in Potomack, Colonel Lloyd had taken these bills out of her hands, which was read; he added that several other bills had likewise been taken out of his mother's hands; whereupon he was directed to get an account of what that duty would have amounted to, if the same had been paid, and likewise to lay before their lordships what other proofs he could procure to the allegations in his petition.
The referrence from the Commissioners of the Treasury of the 13th instant, upon the petition of Mr. Thomas Day [fo. 77, 88, 94], touching the grant of a peice of ground in Bermuda, read the 24th instant, was again taken into consideration, as also the proceedings of a Court of Exchequer held in that island the 1st of December, 1701, relating thereunto (Bun. F, No. 7); whereupon ordered that Mr. Nodin have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next.
Their lordships then took into consideration paragraph J of Major-General Handasyd's letter of the 14th of June, 1709, read the 11th of November following, relating to escheats [fo. 87], and gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.
A letter from the Office of Ordnance, of yesterday's date, desiring to know if there be any demands now before this Board for any stores of war [fo. 87], to the end they may incert the charge thereof in estimates they are preparing to lay before the House of Commons, in order to obtain provision for the same, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer thereunto, signifying that there are no such demands before this Board.
The Order of Council of the 26th of January, 1709 [fo. 58], referring to their lordships an address from the Assembly of Barbadoes to her Majesty, relating to the illegal proceedings of the Court of Grand Sessions in favour of Mr. Walker against Mr. Lillington, mentioned in the minutes of the 7th instant, was again read; whereupon ordered that Mr. Lowther, Colonel Steward, Mr. William Heysham and Mr. Royle have notice to attend the Board on Wednesday morning next.
A letter to the principal officers of the Ordnance, in answer to one from them of the 26th instant [fo. 86], signifying to them that there is no demand of ordance stores from any of the plantations before their lordships, was signed.
A letter to the Lord Archibald Hamilton, appointed Governor of Jamaica, relating to the Act past there in January, 1708/9, entituled An Act for regulating fees, enclosing a copy of the late Solicitor General's report upon the said Act, agreed at the last meeting, was sign'd.
A letter from Mr. Burchet, in answer to one writ him the 27th instant, upon an extract of a letter from Colonel Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia [fo. 80, 96], relating to guardships for that colony, was read, and directions given for preparing a letter to Colonel Spotswood to acquaint him with the purport of the said letter.
A letter from Mr. George Tilson to the secretary, of the 28th instant, relating to Mr. Wyche's pressing for her Majesty's directions on the convention about the herring trade at Hamburgh &c. [fo. 76, 90], was read; and their lordships taking again into consideration Mr. Secretary St. John's letter, and Mr. Stratford's memorial, touching that matter, mentioned in the minutes of the 17th and 24th instant, gave directions for preparing the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary St. John's thereupon.
Mr. Ralph Nodin attending, as he had been desired, and being asked several questions in relation to the house built by Mr. Day at Bermuda [fo. 85], mentioned in the minutes of the 27th instant, he said that the ground on which that house stands is crown lands, and contains about half an acre, that it is at a little distance from the house the Governor now lives in; that though it was called a garden, he never heard that it was ever cultivated as such; that he does not beleive the building that house on that land is any inconveniency to the Governor; that he has heard it cost Mr. Day between 400l. and 500l., and that it is much more convenient for the Governor's habitation than the house he now lives in, for which the island pays, as he had heard, 40l. per annum rent. Mr. Nodin being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing an answer to Mr. Lowndes's letter of the 13th instant, relating to the said house.
Mr. Penn attending, he presented to their lordships a letter from the Lord Dartmouth, referring to the Board a memorial from Mr. Penn [fo. 93], containing proposals for surrendering his government of Pennsylvania to her Majesty &c., was read; whereupon ordered that all the papers in this office relating to that affair be laid before their lordships.
Their lordships, taking into consideration the trade to Africa, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. John Perry, secretary to the Royal African Company, for several of their accounts [N. fo. 314; fo. 109], relating to the trade, from Michaelmas, 1708, to Michaelmas, 1710; as also a letter to Mr. Richard Harris, inclosing several queries to be communicated to the separate traders to Africa, for their answers thereunto.