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 1711
A letter from Mr. Lowndes, of the 3rd of August, 1711, referring to the Board a petition from Mr. Corbet, who was appointed Governor of Maryland, to her Majesty [fo. 434], praying for half the salary from the death of the late Governor of that province, was read, and their lordships resolved to take the same into consideration at a convenient opportunity.
A letter from Mr. Harley, referring to the Board, by order of my Lord High Treasurer, a report from Mr. Blathwayt, on a petition from Mr. Lambert, Lieutenant Governor of St. Christopher's, praying for a confirmation and grant of lands in the French part of that island [fo. 432], was read, and ordered that Mr. Thurston, who solicits that affair, have notice to attend their lordships to-morrow morning, in order to make out the allegations in the said petition, particularly in relation to the expence the said Lambert has been at in improving the land he petitions for.
A letter from Mr. Lowndes, referring to the Board, by order of my Lord High Treasurer, a report from Mr. How, relating to some bills drawn by Colonel Vetch for the use of the garrison of Annapolis in Nova Scotia [fo. 432], desiring to know whether there be not money of her Majesty's revenues in that country that may be applyd towards that expence, was read, and directions were given for preparing an answer thereunto, that their lordships, having no accounts of the revenue of those provinces, are not able to give my Lord Treasurer any state of the revenue there.
An Order of Council, of the 30th of July last, referring to the Board an address from the minister, churchwardens and vestry of St. Mary's in Burlington in New Jersey, relating to an Act lately pass'd in Pennsylvania, constituting a new form of protestation for the Quakers not consonant to the affirmation enjoyned by Act of Parliament here, was read, as was also the Act itself (lately received from Mr. Penn) [P. fo. 23] entituled An Act directing an affirmation to such, who for conscience sake cannot take the oath, passed the 28th of February, 17 10/11. Whereupon order'd that Mr. Penn be acquainted that their lordships desire to speak with him to-morrow, at eleven of the clock in the morning.
A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, of the 17th of the last month, inclosing an extract of a letter from Mr. Wych, her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary at Hamburgh, giving an account of the arrival there of a ship from North Britain [fo. 438] with a lading of herrings so ill cured that they were forced to be thrown into the sea, was read; and the secretary acquainted their lordships that he had already communicated the said extract to the Lord Provost of Edenburgh, who had return'd him an answer, signifying that he had writ to the several fishing townes to acquaint them therewith, and that he would take all possible care to prevent the like for the future, which was also read.
A letter from Colonel Hamilton, Lieutenant General of the Leeward Islands, dated at Antego the 25th of June last, giving an account of the attempts the French had made on Montserrat, and of their having been repulsed, was read.
Another letter from him, dated 13th July, signifying the arrival there of Major Douglas, the Governor-in-Chief, and vindicating himself for not having sent an express on the murder of Colonel Park, was read, as was also the following paper therein referrd to.
Minutes of Council in Assembly of Antego, of 26th of January, 17 10/11, and 10th of July following, in relation to Mr. Hamilton's proposing to the Council the hiring of a sloop, to give her Majesty an account of the death of Colonel Parke.
A letter from Major General Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 24th of May, 1711, with an account of the ships of war that Monsieur Du Cass has with him, in order to convoy home the galleons, was read.
Another letter from him, of the 2nd of June, giving an account of some Acts then pass'd, was read, and the following papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
An address from the Governor, Council and Assembly of that island to her Majesty, relating to the Royal African Company, etc.; a paper entituled, Consideration from the Council and Assembly of that island, relating to the Royal African Company's obtaining an exclusive trade to Africa.
Mr. Thurston attending, as he had been directed yesterday, with Mr. Richard Perry, Colonel Lambert's petition, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, praying for a confirmation and grant of land in the French part of St. Christopher's [fo. 428] was again read, and these gentlemen being asked how they could prove that the said Lambert had been at expence in cultivating the said lands, Mr. Perry communicated to their lordships a paragraph of a letter he had received from Colonel Lambert, informing him that he had planted the said lands with sugar canes. Then Mr. Thurston being desired to give their lordships the form of such grants as her Majesty had passed here [fo. 434] and an account of what quit rents are reserved in grants of lands in St. Christopher's, he promised to do the same accordingly.
Mr. Campbell and Mr. Duport attending, in behalf of the sufferers of Nevis and St. Christopher's, they presented to their lordships a list of the names of the several inhabitants of St. Christopher's who suffered by the French invasion in 1705/6 [fo. 420, 445] and by whom they are impowered to receive debentures, pursuant to an Act pass'd last session of Parliament. They also presented the form of a certificate, relating to the resettlements made by the said inhabitants; which papers were read, and thereupon ordered that Mr. Attorny and Mr. Solicitor General be desired to come to the Board [fo. 436] that their lordships may discourse with them thereupon on Wednesday, Thursday or Fryday next in the morning.
A letter from Mr. Lowndes, of the 3rd of August last, referring to their lordships a petition of Mr. Corbet, appointed Governor of Maryland, to her Majesty [fo. 427] praying for half the salary from the death of Colonel Seymour, late Governor of that province, mention'd in the minutes of the 12th instant, was again read, and directions were given for preparing an answer thereunto.
Copy of her Majesty's order for granting lands in the French part of St. Christopher's, dated the 30th of November, 1705, as also a copy of the confirmation of Mr. Bowden's grant of lands in St. Christopher's, dated the 14th of August, 1707 [fo. 432, 437], were read, and directions given for preparing an answer to Mr. Harley's letter of the 15th of the last month, upon the petition of Colonel Lambert, praying for the confirmation of a grant of land in the French part of St. Christopher's.
The draught of a letter to the Lord Archibald Hamilton, Governor of Jamaica, in answer to his of the 17th of July last, [fo. 431] mentioned in the minutes of the 12th instant, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.
The draught of a circular letter to all the Governors in America, relating to their transmitting accounts of the number of inhabitants, accounts of the revenue and other matters required of them by their instructions [fo. 447], was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed; and that the said circular letter be added to the two abovementioned.
Letter from Mr. Bridger, dated the 23rd of July, 1711, relating to the Palatines being gone on the expedition against Quebec; to his being made Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire; and to an omission of a word in his commission of surveyor of the woods &c., was read.
A letter from Mr. Addington, secretary of the Massachusets Bay, dated the 25th of July, 1711, transmitting several proclamations and other printed papers relating to the expedition against Quebec, was read.
A letter from Mr. Attorny General and Mr. Solicitor General, of the 22nd instant, acquainting their lordships that they would attend them on Thursday morning next [fo. 433, 441], was read; whereupon ordered that they be desired to defer their coming to the Board until Wednesday, Thursday or Fryday next week.
An Order of Council, of the 20th instant, referring to their lordships a clause in a Bill lately transmitted from Ireland, entituled An Act for the encouragement of tillage, which clause relates to premiums to be allowed on the exportation of corn, were read. Whereupon ordered that Mr. Wogan, with such other persons as can give their lordships any information in that matter, have notice to attend their lordships to-morrow morning, and that they do bring with them the Acts mentioned in the aforesaid clause; and further ordered that Mr. Thompson, with any other gentlemen concerned in the corn trade, have notice to attend at the same time.
The draught of a letter to the Secretarys of the Treasury, on the petition of Colonel Lambert, mentioned in the minutes of the 13th instant [fo. 434], praying for a confirmation and grant of land in the French part of St. Christopher's, was agreed, and ordered to be sent.
A letter from the Earl of Dartmouth, of the 25th instant, relating to five persons being brought prisoners from Virginia by Captain Teate, comander of her Majesty's ship the Reserve, for having raised a rebellion in North Carolina, &c., and desiring this Board to communicate to his lordship what accounts they may have received of that matter, particularly in relation to the evidence produced against the said persons, was read, and the secretary laid before their lordships a letter from Colonel Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, dated the 25th of July last; paragraph Q of which letter, giving an account of the said rebellion, was also read, as likewise the papers referr'd to therein, relating to the same. Whereupon a letter to the Earl of Dartmouth, inclosing an extract of Colonel Spotswood's letter and copies of the said papers, was signed.
A letter from Mr. George Tilson, of 25th instant, inclosing a letter from Mr. Free to Mr. Wych, her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary at Hamburgh [fo. 429] relating to the ship's loading of herrings (mentioned in the minutes of the 12th instant) lately arrived at Hamburgh from Scotland, was read. Whereupon order'd that a copy of Mr. Free's letter be sent to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh for his information.
Mr. Thompson, Mr. Merret and another corn merchant attending, as they had been desired yesterday, that clause, of the Bill lately transmitted from Ireland, entituled An Act for the encouragement of tillage [fo. 436, 441], which relates to premiums on the exportation of corn from that kingdom, was read to them; whereupon they said that if that Bill was past into a law with that clause in it, the same would be very prejudicial to the corn trade of this kingdom; for Ireland lying so much more commodious and nearer than this kingdom do's for all the southern trade, their freight is considerably less than what we pay here; so that if besides that advantage they have the benefit of a premium upon exportation, they will be thereby enabled to undersell us in all foreign markets. These gentlemen being then desired to put what they had to offer in writing, they promised to do the same accordingly, and bring it to the office to-morrow morning.
A petition in the behalf of Mr. Alexander Skeen, secretary of Barbadoes, to her Majesty, praying that he may be appointed a member of the Council of that island, in the room of Mr. Lillington, deceased [fo. 441] having been comunicated to the Board by Mr. Lewis of the Lord Dartmouth's office, was read, and the said Skeen's name was ordered to be put among the names of persons recommended to be of the Council.
Mr. Crow, late Governor of Barbadoes, attending, acquainted their lordships that he intended to present a petition to her Majesty in behalf of Mr. Aynsworth, praying that he may be one of the Council of Barbadoes, in the room of the foremention'd Mr. Lillington. Whereupon he was acquainted that when her Majesty should please to referr that matter to them, they would take the same into consideration.
A memorial from the corn merchants at Bear Key, containing their reasons against the Bill for encouraging tillage in Ireland [fo. 438], mentioned in the minutes at the last meeting, was read; and their lordships being acquainted that the said Bill had been agreed to by the Lords of the Committee on Thursday last, ordered that the draught of the report upon that matter be laid by.
A letter from Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General, of the 27th instant, acquainting their lordships that they will attend them on Thursday morning, the 4th of October next [fo. 436], in relation to the sufferers at Nevis and St. Christopher's, was read.