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, November 1710
Mr. Lowther, Colonel Stewart and Mr. Royle attending, as they had been desired [fo. 86], the Order of Council of the 26th of January, 170 9/10, referring to the Board an address from the Assembly of Barbadoes to her Majesty relating to the illegal proceedings of the Court of Grand Sessions there, was read, as also a paper lately lodged in this office containing some regulations proposed for preventing irregularities in the Courts of Barbadoes; whereupon Colonel Steward acquainted their lordships that, besides what is mentioned in the last paper, there were several other things in the method of proceedings in the said Courts which required redress, and instanced in several particulars. These gentlemen being withdrawn, ordered that letters be writ to Colonel Steward and Mr. Royle, desiring them to consult with such other persons as they think proper, and then to lay before their lordships in writing as particular an account as they can of such things in the proceedings of the said Courts, as are proper to be redress'd, and that at the same time they propose to their lordships what they conceive necessary for remedying the same.
The three addresses from Maryland [fo. 79, 92], mentioned in the minutes of the 25th of the last month, vizt.:
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 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Address from the General Assembly of Maryland to her Majesty, relating to two Acts repealed by her Majesty, the one about Gauge of tobacco hogsheads, the other against Cropping and defacing the same, as also to An Act against devulgers of false news,
were now read; whereupon ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing the said addresses, and desiring they may be laid before her Majesty for her pleasure thereupon. That, in case it shall be found necessary, instructions may be prepared for Colonel Corbet before his departure to Maryland.
A letter from the Duke of Queensberry of the 1st instant, with an extract of a letter from Mr. Pulteney, her Majesty's Envoy at Denmark, in relation to the stopping the passage of letters into Sweden &c. [fo. 94, 98], was read; whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Wordsworth, to desire him to consult with some of the merchants concerned in the trade to Sweden and the Baltick, and to let their lordships have his and their thoughts thereupon in writing on Wednesday morning next.
Their lordships took into consideration Mr. Penn's proposal for a surrender of his government of Pennsylvania, mentioned in the minutes of the 31st of the last month [fo. 98, 191], and agreed upon several queries to be sent to Mr. Penn for his particular answers thereunto [fo. 154], and ordered the same to be sent accordingly.
The Lord Baltimore being at the Board, his letter of the 7th of July last, relating to an Act (in the Book of Maryland Laws, No. 18, folio 76) [fo. 31], pass'd in that province the 15th of April, 1707, entituled An Act requiring the agents of the Lord Baltemore to certify into the secretarie's office the instructions and conditions of plantations, with the fees by them demanded, and obliging his lordship's deputy surveyors to qualify themselves according to law, was read, together with the said Act, the Assembly's reasons for passing the same, and his lordship's answers thereunto, and after some discourse with his lordship on the said Act, he withdrew; and the Board, taking that matter into further consideration, ordered that his lordship be acquainted that when he comes next to town, they shall be glad to discourse with him again upon that matter.
Mr. Day attending in relation to the house built by Mr. Samuel Day in Bermuda &c., mention'd in the minutes of the 31st of the last month [fo. 85, 88, 421], and being ask'd several questions thereupon, he said that he had been inform'd the building of the said house cost between 500l. and 600l. That it has been let for 20l. per annum, and added that he was willing to dispose of the said house for 200l. sterling; and he being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for finishing the letter to Mr. Lowndes [fo. 95], directed the 31st of the last month.
A letter from Mr. Wordsworth, of this day's date, touching the stopping of the passage of letters into Sweden &c. [fo. 92], mention'd in the minutes at the last meeting, was read; and their lordships, finding that some matters in the said letter wanted explanation, ordered that the said Wordsworth be desired to attend their lordships to-morrow morning, and that he bring along with him some other of the gentlemen trading to Sweden.
An Order of Council of the 2nd instant, upon a representation of the 26th of the last month, proposing her Majesty's disallowance and disapprobation of the laws past in Maryland the 11th of November, 1709, approving the same, was read; whereupon a letter to the President of the Council of that province, inclosing the said order, was agreed, and ordered to the transcribed.
A letter to Colonel Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, inclosing a copy of Mr. Burchet's letter relating to guardships &c. [fo. 87], mentioned in the minutes of the 31st of the last month, was signed.
Mr. Wordsworth, Mr. Joy, Mr. Tomlinson and Mr. Green (Swedish merchants) attending, as they had been desired yesterday, Mr. Wordsworth's letter, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was again read. They all agreed with the first part of the said letter, vizt.: That the stopping of the passage of letters hither from Sweden will be a prejudice to their affairs there [fo. 94], though not so much in the winter as toward the spring, at which time they give their factors orders for providing cargoes for such ships as they intend to send thither. But, however, they hoped the King of Denmark might be prevailed with to permit the letters from hence to be carried from Copenhagen and landed at Helsingberg in Schonen, the sickness not being there. As for the return of their letters from Sweden, they said that since the war in the north, packetboats have been established between Ydstad and Stralsund, from whence the letters come through Pomerania to Hamburgh, and from thence hither, and therefore they desired that the King of Denmark might be moved to give directions to the captains of his men-of-war and privateers not to molest or interrupt the course of the said packet-boats. They added that the sickness in Sweden is now got as far as Stralsund.
As to the second part of the said Mr. Wordsworth's letter, which relates to the difficulties they lye under in obtaining liberty for their ships from Sweden to unload after they have performed quarentine, these merchants confirmed the same, and added that when their ships come to anchor, the captain of the man-of-war, appointed for a guardship at that place, sends every day during the 40 days on board the said merchants’ ships; after the expiration of 40 days, the Custom House officer there also views the said ship's crew; then, oath being made of their health, the merchants are obliged to petition her Majesty in Council, from whence they are referr'd to the lords of the Treasury, which reference costs them 3l. 2s. 6d. From the Treasury they are referred to the Commissioners of the Customs, which costs them 15s.; the report of the Commissioners of the Customs back to the Treasury 15 shillings more; then is obtained an Order of Council for delivery, which costs 2l. 12s. 6d., and a duplicate thereof from the Admiralty 30 shillings more. After this, the lords of the Treasury make an order to the Commissioners of the Customs, which costs 30 shillings; then the Commissioners of the Customs’ discharge fees, 15 shillings more. In the whole, 11l. 0s. 0d. for every ship, though never so small or her cargo inconsiderable. That they now sometimes petition before the quarantine is expired, and get a discharge of their ships by that time, but then it is very chargeable and burthensom to them; that during the quarantine several seamen belonging to their ships are frequently permitted to come on shore, and even up to the town, which, were they sickly, would not be allow'd of; that the ships that arrive at Lynn and Plymouth from Sweden do not make any quarantine before their delivery. For remedy of all which, they desired that the Custom House officer, at the several places where ships are obliged to perform quarantine, be impowered, after certificate produced to them of the ships having done the same, and oath made of the health of the crew, to permit such ships to sail into port, and to unlade according to the usual method, without staying for a determination upon the merchants’ petition here.
These gentlemen being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing an answer to the Duke of Queensberry's letter of the first instant, relating to the stopping the passage of letters from Sweden [fo. 92, 99], in which answer notice is to be taken of the fore-mention'd complaint in relation to the quarantine, and a remedy to be offered for relief thereof.
Their lordships, taking into consideration their representation of the 19th of December, 1709, and the draught of an Act for preserving white pines or mast trees on the continent of America, ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared, inclosing to the Lord Dartmouth a copy of the said representation and Act, and desiring his lordship to receive her Majesty's pleasure thereupon.
A letter to the Duke of Queensberry upon the extract of a letter from Mr. Pulteney, her Majesty's Envoy at the Court of Sweden, relating to the stopping the passage of letters through Denmark into Sweden [fo. 98, 100], as also upon the complaints of the merchants touching the quarantain, directed at the last meeting, was signed.
A letter to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing to his lordship a copy of this Board's representation of the 19th of December, 1709, and the draught of an Act for preserving white pines or mast trees on the continent of America, directed at the last meeting, was also signed.
A letter from Colonel Parke, dated at Antego the 16th of August, 1710, desiring that Mr. Perry or his solicitor may have such papers as shall be directed to the Board, relating to the complaints against him, was read.
A memorial from Mr. Gully, first lieutenant of the late independant company of soldiers at Newfoundland, praying that he may be recommended to succeed Major Lloyd, deceased, in the command of the garrison that shall be appointed for St. John's &c., was read; whereupon ordered that he be acquainted that their lordships do not recommend persons to such employs.
A letter from the Duke of Queensberry of the 10th instant, in answer to that part of the Board's letter of the same date [fo. 99], relating to the hardships complain'd of by the Swedish merchants about entring and delivering their ships after the time of performing their quarantain is expired, importing that the lords of the Committee of Council were of opinion that no alteration should be made in that matter, during the present danger of infection, was read.
An Order of Council of the 2nd of November, 1710, referring to the Board an account of the East India Company's exports from April, 1709, to September, 1710 [fo. 106], directing the Board to examine and compare the same with the returns of other years, and to report thereon &c., was read; whereupon ordered that the said account be compared accordingly, and laid before their lordships.
Their lordships, taking into consideration the four laws past at a General Assembly in Jamaica the 5th of April, 1710 (No. 17), and finding that the same are temporary and expiring, they did not think it necessary to lay the said laws before her Majesty, and gave directions that Colonel Handasyd be acquainted therewith.
A letter from Colonel Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, dated the 13th of June, 1710, relating to James Brigs, a pirate, and to a combination of several sailors and soldiers to seize a sloop [fo. 103], and go a pirating therewith &c., was read, and the papers therein referr'd to, were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Tryals of several soldiers in Bermuda for conspiring with some sailors to run away with the sloop Flying Fame &c.
Tryals of Captain Hebart's sailors for conspiring and combining to run away with the sloop Flying Fame, in order to go a pirating.
Depositions of Samuel Saltus, William Richardson, Richard Jennings and Joseph Dill relating to James Briggs, a pirate, &c.
Another letter from Colonel Bennet, dated the 30th of August, 1710, relating to the seizure and condemnation of the sloop James for having contraband goods on board, and to his having received her Majesty's new seal for Bermuda &c., was read, and the papers referr'd to therein were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers referr'd to therein.
The President of the Council of Barbadoes's licence for the sloop James to sail to New Spain &c.
Proceedings of the Admiralty Court in Bermuda against the sloop James, the 7th July, 1710.
Several depositions relating to the sloop St. James, condemned in Bermuda for having contraband goods on board &c.
An Act impowering Richard Jenings to sell one share of land in Smith's tribe.
Their lordships taking into consideration the two letters from Captain Bennet, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda [fo. 102], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, the same were again read; where-upon ordered that paragraph B of the first of the said letters, relating to one James Briggs, who is charged with piracy, and in custody in that island, and pretends he was examined and cleared by Sir Charles Hedges in the year 1700, but produces no vouchers for the same &c., be sent to Sir Charles Hedges [fo. 108], and that he be desired to inform their lordships if what the said Briggs alledges be true; further ordered that the secretary do prepare answers to the said letters.
Two letters from Colonel Lillington, President of the Council of Barbadoes, dated the 2nd and 14th of September, 1710, were read, and the papers therewith transmitted were laid before the Board, and are as follows:
Papers therein referr'd to.
The Assembly's answer to that of the Council upon a message relating to the Excise Bill.
Minutes of the Council of Barbadoes in Assembly, from the 11th of July to 5th September, 1710.
Minutes of the Council of Barbadoes in Assembly the 6th September, 1710.
Minutes of the Assembly of Barbadoes, from the 11th July to 6th September, 1710.
A letter from the Duke of Queensberry, of the 14th instant, relating to a pass for the ship Concordia bound from Gottonburgh to London [fo. 107], desiring to know if the said pass be agreable to the intention of the 20th article of the treaty of commerce with Denmark in the year 1670, was read; whereupon ordered that the secretary do write to Sir Charles Hedges, to acquaint him that their lordships are desirous to discourse with him in relation to the forms of such passes, at the Board to-morrow morning.
|The secretarie's account of petty expences from Midsummer, 1710, to Michaelmas following, amounting to||4||6||6|
|The stationer's account for the same time||32||18||9|
|The Post Office account for the same time||26||16||4|
|Amounting in the whole to||64||1||7|
Their lordships, taking into consideration the account of the exports of the East India Company, from April, 1709, to September, 1710 [fo. 101, 148], mentioned in the minutes of the 14th instant, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Woolley, secretary of the said Company, to desire him to inform their lordships what part of the said exports were shipt off between April, 1709, and April, 1710, and what part between April, 1710, and September following.
Sir Charles Hedges, coming to the Board, as he had been desired, the letter from the Duke of Queensberry, relating to the form of a pass for the ship Concordia, bound from Gottenburgh to London [fo. 105, 109], desiring to know if the said pass be agreable to the treaty of commerce with Denmark, 1670, mentioned in the minutes of the 16th instant, was read: whereupon Sir Charles said that though the said treaty makes no provision for ships homeward bound, and though the ship Concordia be a Swedish built ship, he was of opinion that the said ship being English property, her Majesty's pass ought to be allowed as a safe conduct; but that the merchants, for their better security, do take care that the master of the said ship have on board the bill of sale and the receipt for the money indorst thereon. He further observed, that in the draught of a pass referred to in the Duke of Queensberry's foresaid letter, after the words, not prohibitted or contraband, the following words ought to be incerted, they being in the form of a pass mentioned in the foresaid treaty, vizt., nor belonging to either of the parties in hostility. He further took notice that in the said draught there is no schedule mentioned to be annex'd, which is required by the form in the treaty; but that being a homeward bound voyage, he supposed could not be done.
He further acquainted their lordships, in relation to the letter writ him the 16th instant, relating to the pirate Briggs at Bermuda [fo. 104, 117], mentioned in the minutes of the 15th, that he remembred nothing of that matter; however he would examine in the registers of the Admiralty Office, and give their lordships a better account thereof.
A letter from Mr. John Perry, secretary to the Royal African Company, of the 17th instant [fo. 89, 120], in answer to one writ him the first ditto, containing accounts of the 10 per cent. paid by the separate traders to the said Company, the Company's exports, the charge of the forts, negroes imported into the plantations, and of the said Company's settlements in Africa, was read; whereupon ordered that the said accounts be extracted, and laid before their lordships.
Order of Council of the 11th of May, 1710 [fo. 67, 112], referring to the Board the petition of Wait Winthrop and other proprietors of part of the Narraganset country, praying a confirmation of their grant, mentioned in the minutes of the 15th of September last, was again read, together with the several papers referr'd to therein; whereupon ordered that the agent concerned in the said petition have notice to attend the Board on Thursday morning next.
Then their lordships took into consideration the body of Maryland laws past in 1704 and 1705 [fo. 4, 111], contained in Book No. 16, mentioned in the minutes of the 7th of June, 1710, and went through the same.
A letter from Mr. Blathwayt, of yesterday's date, desiring to know whether their lordships have any addition to make to their representation of the 23rd of February last [N. fo. 123, 381], relating to Newfoundland, was read; whereupon ordered that the secretary do acquaint him that their lordships have nothing new to offer in relation to Newfoundland.
Their lordships took into consideration the books of Maryland laws, Nos. 17 and 18, past in April, 1706, and April, 1707 [fo. 110], went through the first of the said books, and read 16 of the laws in the 2nd book.
A letter from the Duke of Queensberry, of yesterday's date, relating to a proposal for opening a trade with Riga, Revel and other ports of Livonia, now in possession of the Czar of Muscovy, directing their lordships to consider thereof, was read; whereupon ordered that Mr. Wordsworth [fo. 115, 126, 197] and Mr. Joy be acquainted therewith, and desired to consult with other Swedish merchants, and then to lay before the Board in writing, on Tuesday morning next, what they may have to offer for the advantage of our trade to those parts.
Two letters from Mr. Usher, Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire, one dated the 5th of August, 1710, the other without date, were read, and the papers therein referr'd to, were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Mr. Usher's speech to the Assembly of New Hampshire, with their answer thereunto &c.
Mr. Usher's computation for quit rents on mills. Mr. Vaughan's account of his agency, and Minutes of Council relating to reflections on the Governor.
Their lordships again taking into consideration the book of Maryland laws, No. 18, past in April, 1707, mentioned in the minutes of the 21st instant [fo. 111], went through the same, and gave directions for sending several of the said laws, and of others formerly read, to Mr. Solicitor General, for his opinion in point of law.
Mr. Waterhouse, who appears in behalf of the petitioners and proprietors of part of the Narraganset country, attending, and being asked if he had anything more to offer [fo. 109, 314] than what was contained in the petition and papers annex'd, he said he had not; whereupon their lordships returned him the said papers, and desired he would make an abstract of them, and lay the same before the Board, which he promised to do accordingly.
A letter from Mr. Burchet to Mr. Warr and Mr. Lewis, of the 22nd instant, relating to an engineer to be sent from Jamaica to the Bahama Islands [fo. 77, v. infra], to take a survey of the same, and to a man-of-war's being appointed to attend that service, being communicated to the Board, the same was read, and directions given for taking a copy thereof.
A reference from the Lord Dartmouth of the 14th instant, upon the petition of Anne Pauley, in behalf of Charles Arrabella, a prisoner in Virginia or Maryland for blasphemy [fo. 125], praying that the fine set upon him for the said crime may be remitted, and he discharged out of prison, was read; whereupon ordered that if there be any papers in this office relating to the said Arrabella, the same be laid before the Board.
A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, of the 24th instant, inclosing a copy of a memorial from Mr. Palmes, her Majesty's Envoy at Vienna, to the Emperor, concerning the woollen manufactures at Lintz &c. [fo. 121], and likewise an extract of a letter from Mr. Palmes to Mr. Secretary St. John, upon that subject, were read.
Two letters, the one from Mr. Wordsworth, and the other from Mr. Joy, of the 27th instant, in answer to one writ them the 23rd ditto, relating to the Czar's opening a trade with Riga &c. [fo. 111, 126, 128], signifying that they had communicated the said letter to the Russia and Eastland Company's, who would in a few days attend their lordships thereupon, were read.
Mr. Baillie communicated to their lordships the observations of the merchants of North Britain upon the several articles of the project of a convention with Hamburgh [fo. 90, 117], relating to the herring trade referr'd to in Mr. Secretary St. John's letter of the 10th of October last, which was read, and directions given for preparing the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary St. John's there-upon.
A packet directed to their lordships from Colonel Park, the postage whereof amounted to 42l. 12s. 0d., being laid before the Board, and it appearing by a letter from him to the secretary of the 16th August last, that the papers contain'd in the said packet relate to Colonel Park's private affairs only, and that they are for Mr. Micajah Perry to make use of as occasion may require, ordered that the said packet be returned to the Postmaster General, and that he be desired to strike the said 42l. 12s. 0d. out of the account of this office, and that the same may be sent to the said Mr. Perry, who is to pay the postage thereof.
Their lordships again took into consideration the Acts past in the province of the Massachusets Bay the 12th of February, 170 o/1 (No. 21) [fo. 115], mention'd in yesterday's minutes, and read four of them.
Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary St. John upon the project of a convention with Hamburgh [fo. 115, 118], relating to the herring trade from Scotland, directed the 28th instant, and made a progress therein.