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, June 1711
A representation upon the proposal from the Emperour of Morocco to Colonel Bennet [fo. 356], relating to the making Gibraltar a free port for his trading ships and crizers, mentioned in the minutes of the 30th of the last month, together with a letter to the Lord Darmouth, inclosing the same, were signed.
A letter from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford, inclosing some printed cases, relating to the damages sustained by him at Surinam by means of unjust sentences given against him by the Governor of that place &c. was read.
|The secretary's account of petty expences, from Christmas 1710, to Lady Day following, amounting to||4||2||8|
|The stationer's account for the same time||25||6||11|
|The post officer's account for the same time||19||3||8|
|Amounting in the whole to||£48||13||3|
A letter from Colonel Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Viriginia, dated the 6th of March, 17 10/11, relating to some Acts past in that colony, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before this Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers referrd to.
Proclamation declaring her Majesty's pleasure concerning the granting of land.
Form of a writ for electing burgesses in Virginia.
Minutes of Council of Virginia, from the 10th October, 1710, to the 6th of Febuary, 17 10/11.
Minutes of the Assembly of Virginia, from the 25th of October, 1710, to the 9th of December following.
Minutes of Council in Assembly, from the 25th of October, 1710, to the 9th of December, 1710.
Whereupon their lordships agreed to take into consideration the Acts mentioned in paragraph A of the said letter, the one entituled An Act for preventing frauds in the Customs &c., the other entituled An Act declaring who shall not bear office in this country, both contained in the book of Virginia laws No. 2 [fo. 25 and 165], as also paragraph F, relating to the writs for summoning an Assembly, and paragraph I, touching a new counsellor.
Another letter from Colonel Spotswood, dated the 6th of March, 1710/11, containing observations upon several Acts past in October, 1710 (and transmitted with the said letter), was read, and their lordships agreed to take into further consideration at the first opportunity [fo. 394], the following paragraphs, vizt.: The latter end of the 5th paragraph, which relates to the Virginia owners of ships having greater priviledges and exemptions than British ships; the latter end of the 6th paragraph, relation to the probate of wills; and the 7th paragraph, relating to the rates of foreign coins.
Mr. Milner attending, presented to their lordships a memorial sign'd by several Portugal merchants. The first part whereof is in answer to a letter wrote them the 6th March last [fo. 255], relating to the general state of that trade; the other part of the said memorial relates to the complaint of the Consul at Lisbon, [fo. 353, 395], touching the refusal of several merchants there to pay their contribution, and to Mr. la Roche's refusing to take care of the effects of a merchants deceased; which memorial their lordships agreed to take into consideration at a convenient opportunity.
Their lordships took into consideration the King of Denmark's new regulations for privateers [fo. 326, 377], referr'd to in the Duke of Queensberry's letter of the 1st of May last, and read the 3rd of the same month; and upon comparing these regulations with those of the last year, their lordship found that the second article in the new regulations is the same as the former, and therefore agreed to make the same observation as they did the last year; that the third article of the last year, relating to privateers giving security to make good damages committed by them, is intirely omitted in the new regulations; that the third article of the new, agreeing in substance with the fourth article of the old regulations, their lordships resolved to make the same observations upon this, as they had the last year upon that. Then they agreed to proceed further in the consideration of the said regulations to-morrow morning.
A new commission from her Majesty was open'd and read, whereby (besides the great officers of state as in other commissions of this Board) the Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore and Mr. Gwyn, are appointed Commissioners for promoting the trade of this kingdom, and for inspecting and improving her Majesty's Plantations in America and elsewhere; and his lordship, being present, took his place at the Board accordingly.
A letter from Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York and New Jersey, dated the 7th of May, 1711 [fo. 381], containing an account of the present state of those governments, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers referrd to.
Two letters from Mr. John Cast, one of the officers who takes care of the Palatines, to Colonel Hunter, relating to the conduct of those people &c.
Copy of a letter from Colonel Hunter to the Commissioners of the Customs, dated the 7th of May, 1711, complaining of Mr. Birchfield, Surveyor of the Customs at New York, in relation to a prize brought in there, laden with cocoa, as also of his having suspended the collector at Amboy, and put in a person not so well qualify'd for that office, together with several papers relating thereto.
Minutes of the Council of New York, from the 27th of November, 1710, to the 3rd of May, 1711.
Minutes of the Assembly of New York, from the 3rd of April, 1711, to the 20th following.
Acts past at New York the 25th of November, 1710.
New Jersey papers.
Several papers complaining of the male administration in the courts of justice in New Jersey, and of Judge Pinhorn's refusing writs of habeas corpus &c.
Address of the Assembly to Colonel Hunter against Mr. Hall, one of the Council of New Jersey, Judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas, complaining of his unjust proceedings in the execution of his said office, together with several depositions relating thereto, with Mr. Hall's answer.
Several petitions, depositions and other papers, containing complaints against Mr. Sonmans, one of the members of the Council of New Jersey, with his answer.
Several addresses and depositions against Mr. Bass, secretary of New Jersey.
Answer to Mr. Bass, secretary of New Jersey &c. to a representation of Mr. George Wilcox against him, complaining of hardships put on him by the said Bass.
An abstract of the representation of the Assembly of New Jersey on an address communicated to them by the Lord Lovelace from the Lieutenant Governor and Council of that Province to her Majesty &c.
Votes of the Assembly of New Jersey, from the 6th of December, 1710, to the 10th of February, 1710/11.
Copies of 14 Bills pass'd by the Assembly of New Jersey, but not assented unto by the Council.
Minutes of the Council of New Jersey, from the 6th of December, 1710, to the 10th February, 17 10/11.
Acts pass'd in New Jersey in March and April, 1709, during the government of the Lord Lovelace.
Acts past in New Jersey in February, 17 10/11.
Another letter from Colonel Hunter, of the same date, was also read, and the paper referr'd to therein was laid before the Board (vizt.):
Account of Colonel Hunter's conference with the Indians at Albany, the 7th of August, 1710, as also of the presents he made them.
A letter from Colonel Quary to the secretary, dated the 5th of May, 1711, relating to the governments on the continent, was also read, and their lordships agreed to take the said letters into further consideration.
Their lordships took into consideration the king of Denmark's regulations relating to privateers [fo. 371, 379], mentioned in the minutes of the 14th instant, and gave directions for preparing the draught of a letter to the Duke of Queensberry thereupon.
Their lordships then took into consideration the reference from the Lord Dartmouth, read the 19th of September last, upon the petition of Mr. Seymour, praying a grant of her Majesty's share of the duty of one shilling per hogshead on tobacco, from the death of his father [fo. 84, 391], late Governor of Maryland, to the date of a new Governor's commission. Whereupon ordered that Mr. Seymour be desired to get an account of what that duty will amount to from the time of his father's death aforesaid, and lay the same before the Board.
Colonel Blakeston attending, he presented to their lordships the copies of 2 addresses to her Majesty [fo. 380], the one from the Council of Virginia, the other from the Assembly of the said colony. Whereupon ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared for transmitting the same to the Lord Dartmouth, to be laid before her Majesty.
The draught of a letter to the Duke of Queensberry, upon a referrence from his Grace of the 1st of the last month [fo. 377, 380], relating to the regulations for Danish privateers, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a representation upon the Lord Baltimore's petition to her Majesty [fo. 359, 381] (mentioned in the minutes of the 31st of the last month) relating to the right of appointing Governors of Maryland, and made a progress therein.
Their lordships then agreed to take into consideration to-morrow morning, the letters from Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York and New Jersey, together with the papers referr'd to therein, mentioned in the minutes of the 15th instant.
Their lordships again taking into consideration the draught of a representation upon the petition of the Lord Baltemore [fo. 379, 415], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, ordered that a copy thereof be sent to Mr. Attorney General, for his opinion thereupon.
A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, of the 19th instant, refering to their lordships the copy of an address from the House of Commons to her Majesty, relating to the trade to Africa [fo. 379, 397], directing the Board to consider that trade, and in what manner it may be carried on with the greatest advantage to her Majesty's subjects, and to lay a full and ample state of the same before her Majesty, was read.
Their lordship then took into consideration Colonel Hunter's letters of the 7th of May, 1711, mentioned in yesterday's minutes [fo. 373, 385], and gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation upon paragraphs B, C.c, D.d and G.g, which relate to the behaviour of several of the Council in New Jersey, upon paragraph W.w and X.x, that relate to the dissolution of the Assembly of New York, and further ordered that the secretary send to Mr. Lowndes what Colonel Hunter writes in relation to the settlement of the Palatines [v. infra] for the information of my Lord High Treasurer.
A letter to the Secretarys of the Treasury, inclosing the extract of Colonel Hunter's letter of the 7th of May last, relating to the settlement of the Palatines on Hudsons River in New York [v. supra, fo. 394], and to the difficulties he labours under to subsist them, directed at the last meeting, was agreed and ordered to be sent:
Copy of an Order of Council, of the 14th instant, approving a representation of the 8th of May, 1711 [fo. 331], on an address from the Assembly of Maryland against the Governor's having the custody of the seal of that Province, and upon two Acts past there in July, 1699, and October, 1704, proposing a repeal thereof, was read.
Copy of another Order of Council, of the 14th instant, upon a representation of the 8th of May, 1711, upon an address from the Assembly of Maryland, relating to a repealed Act, about the guage of tobacco hogsheads [fo. 331, 384] and against the cropping and defacing the same, approving the said representation, and directing the Lord Dartmouth to prepare an instruction to the Comander in Chief of that Province, as is proposed in the said report.
A memorial from the Eastland Company, in answer to a letter from the secretary of the 2nd instant, upon the extract of a letter from Mr. Pulteney, her Majesty's Envoy at Denmark, relating to certificates for British ships passing through the Sound &c. [fo. 351], was read. Whereupon ordered that a copy of the said extract of Mr. Pulteney's letter, as also of the forementioned memorial [fo. 393], be sent to Mr. Carkesse, to desire to know how far the matter therein proposed is practicable.
A letter from the Board of Ordnance, of the 18th instant, inclosing the copy of one from Colonel Hunter, of the 7th of May, to the Duke of Marlborough, with an account of the ordance stores in the garrison at New York, as also of the want of small arms there, was read.
Their lordships taking again into consideration what Colonel Hunter writes in relation to the proceedings of the last Assembly of New Jersey, ordered that Mr. Docminique, Mr. Dockwra and Mr. Richier, have notice to attend their lordships on Wednesday morning next.
The draught of instructions to the Commander in Chief of the Province of Maryland [fo. 383], relating to the guage of tobacco hogsheads, and to the appointing an agent to negotiate the affairs of the said province here, was agreed, and a letter transmitting the same to the Lord Darmouth was signed.
A letter from the Bishop of London, of the 21st instant, recommending Mr. Edward Hill to be a member of her Majesty's Council of Virginia, was read; and their lordships agreed to take the same into consideration at a convenient opportunity.
Their lordships then took into consideration the 14 Bills pass'd by the House of Representatives of New Jersey, and rejected by the Council there, referr'd to in Colonel Hunter's letter of the 7th of the last month [fo. 381, 386], together with his remarks thereon, contained in the said letter, and went through the same, and agreed to consider to-morrow morning the other papers referr'd to in the said letter.
Their lordships then took into consideration the several papers referr'd to in Colonel Hunter's letter of the 7th of May last [fo. 385, 386], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, and read those which follows, vizt.:
Address of the Assembly to Colonel Hunter against Mr. Hall, one of the Council of New Jersey, Judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas, complaining of his proceedings in the execution of his said office, together with several depositions relating thereto, with Mr. Hall's answer.
Several petitions, depositions and other papers containing complaints against Mr. Sonmans, one of the members of the Council of New Jersey, with his answer.
Several papers complaining of male administration in the courts of justice in New Jersey, and of Judge Pinhorn's refusing writs of habeas corpus &c., with his answer.
A letter to the Secretaries of the Treasury, desiring them to move the Lord High Treasurer that this Board may have an order to her Majesty's printer to deliver to them from time to time so many printed copies of Acts of Parliament, proclamations, or other publick papers, which may relate to the plantations or the trade and navigation of this kingdom, as may be necessary to be transmitted to the said Plantations, was agreed, and ordered to be sent.
Mr. Dockwra and Mr. Cox attending, in relation to what Colonel Hunter writes in his letter of the 7th of May last [fo. 386], mentioned in the minutes of the 20th instant, touching the proceedings of the Council and Assembly of that Province, and being asked what they knew concerning the same, they said, that they had received some letters from thence, but were not able at present to give their lordships any particular account of that matter; that, so soon as other letters which they expected were come to hand, they should then be better prepared to inform their lordships of what they at present desired to know.
Mr. Richier and Mr. Bridges also attending, and being asked the same thing, they said that as yet they had received no account of the proceedings of the said Council and Assembly, but when they did, their lordships should be acquainted therewith.
Whereupon ordered that an extract of the foregoing letters from Colonel Hamilton, relating to the want of men of war for the defence of the Leeward Islands, be sent to Mr. Burchet, to be laid before the Commissioners of the Admiralty, and that an extract of the said letters, relating to the want of arms and stores of war for those islands [fo. 392], be sent to the Lord Dartmouth.
A letter from Mr. Lillington, President of the Council of Barbados, dated the 14th of April, 1711, relating to an amendment made by the Council to a Levy Bill sent them by the Assembly [fo. 349], and transmitting the minutes of the said Assembly, from the 26th of December, 1710, to the 20th of March following, was read.
Accounts of her Majesty's Revenue, vizt., fines and forfeitures, quit-rents, wine licences, impost account of the fortifications, and account currant, from the 25th March, 1709, to the 25th March, 1710.
A second letter from him, dated the 19th of May last, relating to the repeal of a judgement given in the Supream Court at Jamaica in favour of Charles Long, esquire, and to an address that will be sent to her Majesty from the Council and Assembly of that island thereupon.
Mr. Micajah Perry and Mr. Cobb, his solicitor, attending, he presented to their lordships a letter from Mr. Thomas Morris, one of the members of the Council of Antego [fo. 377; P. fo. 62] giving an account of some proceedings there since the murther of Colonel Park, which was read.
The Earl of Winchilsea communicated to the Board a letter from Mr. Berkly Seymour to his lordship, dated the 27th instant, relating to the amount of the duty of 1s. per hogshead on tobacco in Maryland [fo. 378, 393], since the death of his father, the late Governor there, to the date of a new commission for that government, was read, and then their lordships agreed to take the same into consideration on Fryday morning next.
Sir Charles Orby attending, recommended to their lordships Mr. Hugh Totterdale to be a member of her Majesty's Council in Jamaica, in the room of Mr. Thomas Clark, junior, deceased. Whereupon ordered that the said Totterdale's name be added to the list of persons recommended to serve her Majesty in that station.
A letter to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing the extract of Colonel Hamilton's letter [fo. 389], relating to the want of arms, &c., stores of war for the Leeward Islands, directed at the last meeting, was signed.
A letter to Mr. Burchet, inclosing extracts of Colonel Hamilton's letters, relating to the want of men of war for the defence of the Leeward Islands [fo. 389, 396], directed at the last meeting, was agreed, and ordered to be sent.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, of the 27th instant, promising the opinion of the Commissioners of the Customs, upon the extract of a letter from Mr. Pulteney, &c., relating to certificates for British ships passing through the Sound [fo. 383, 396] sent them the 23rd instant, was read.
Their lordships taking into consideration Mr. Seymour's petition, praying for her Majesty's share of the duty of 1s. per hogshead on tobacco in Maryland, &c. [fo. 391, 395] together with the several papers relating thereto, gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.
Another letter from him, dated the 20th of March, 17 10/11, relating to the woollen manufacture carried on in that colony, and to the production of naval stores, was also read; and their lordships agreed to take these and his two former letters into further consideration at the first opportunity. In the meantime ordered that the secretary do write to Colonel Spotswood to acknowledge the receipt of his late letters [fo. 369, 370], and to acquaint him that, after their lordships have fully considered the same, they will then return him particular answers thereunto.