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 1711
A letter from the Earl of Dartmouth [fo. 4], desiring to know if their lordships have any objection to Mr. Hugh Totterdale's being appointed a member of the Council of Jamaica upon the first vacancy that shal happen therein, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer thereto.
A letter from Mr. George Tilson, of the 31st of the last month, by order of Mr. Secretary St. John, desiring a copy of the project of a Treaty of Commerce with Sweden, as also of other papers relating to the trade to the Baltick, to be sent to Mr. Whitworth, in order to a forming of a Treaty of Commerce with the Muscovites, was read; whereupon order'd that copies of the said papers be made, which are as follows:
The following papers sent him.
Project of a Marine Convention between England and Sweden [Trade B. fo. 391].
Representation upon the said Convention [Ibid. fo. 398, 402, 405, 406], May the 8th, 1702.
Representation upon a memorial from several Swedish merchants [Trade F. fo. 79], relating to passes for ships trading into the Baltic, February 17th, 170 9/10.
Supplemental representation [Ibid. 188], relating to the hardships which the British trade in Sweden lyes under, June 13th, 1710.
Letter to the Duke of Queensberry, in answer to his Grace's letter of 22nd July, relating to Danish certificates for British ships passing through the Sound, August the 10th.
Memorial from the Governor and Company of Merchants trading to Muscovy, relating to the opening a trade to Riga, Revel, &c., in the dominions of the Czar, December 8th.
Letter to the Duke of Queensberry upon the said memorial, January 3rd, 17 10/11.
Another letter to the Duke of Queensberry upon the same subject, 22nd do.
Memorial from Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, Governor of the Muscovia Company, in answer to a letter writ him the 6th instant, relating to that trade, &c., March 19th, 17 10/11.
Memorial from Mr. Philp, Deputy Governor of the Eastland Company, with their opinion upon a proposal of a trade with the Venetians in the Sound, and relating to the trade with Livonia, &c., April 20th, 1711.
Letter to the Duke of Queensberry upon the new regulation for Danish privateers, June 20th.
Letter to Mr. Secretary St. John relating to certificates for British ships passing through the Sound, July 11th.
A reference from the Earl of Dartmouth, upon the petition of Captain John Evans, praying to be restored to a tract of land that he purchased at New York of Colonel Fletcher, late Governor of that province, which land has been since taken from him, and given to some of the Palatines there, &c., was read; whereupon ordered Mr. Weston, agent for the petitioner, have notice to attend their lordships on Wednesday morning next, and that he do bring along with him what proofs he may have to make good the allegations in the said petition.
Their lordships then took into consideration the letter from Colonel Hunter of the 28th November, 1710, together with the several papers referr'd to therein, and gave directions for preparing the draught of an answer thereunto; and ordered that Mr. Richier, Mr. Dockwra, and other gentlemen concern'd in New Jersey, have notice to attend their lordships on Wednesday morning next.
Then their lordships agreed to take into consideration the draught of a representation upon the general state of the trade of this kingdom on Thursday next, and order'd [fo. 7, 130] that letters be writ to Mr. Robert Ball and Sir Edward Gold, for a state of the Italian trade, and to Mr. Robert Vansitart for a state of the trade to Poland, and that they be desired to let their lordships have the same, if possible, some day next week.
A letter to the Earl of Dartmouth [fo. 1], in answer to one from his lordship, relating to Mr. Hugh Totterdel's being appointed a member of the Council of Jamaica upon the first vacancy that shall happen in the same, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was signed.
A memorial from Mr. William Johnstone, on behalf of Mr. Aynsworth, desiring that he may be recommended to her Majesty to be a member of the Council of Barbadoes, in the room of Mr. George Lillington, deceased, was read; and their lordships then taking into consideration the list of persons recommended to be of the Council of Barbadoes, ordered [fo. 8] that Mr. Sharp have notice to attend the Board on Wednesday morning next, in order to inquire of him the characters of the said persons.
A letter from Mr. Bridger, Surveyor General of her Majesty's woods on the Continent of America, dated at Piscataqua the 31st of August, giving an account of the method used in the making of tar; of the waste made in the woods; and of his being loading (sic) a ship with masts for Jamaica, was read; and directions were given [fo. 16] for preparing an answer thereunto.
The letter from Colonel Hunter, of the 12th of September, 1711 [O. fo. 451], mentioned in the minutes of the 31st of the last month, was again read; whereupon ordered [fo. 7] that paragraph D of the said letter, relating to Colonel Hunter's proposal touching the invalides at New York, be sent to Mr. Granville, Secretary at War, for her Majesty's pleasure thereupon: that the draught of a representation be prepared [fo. 16] for laying before her Majesty what he writes in paragraph H of the said letter, concerning the proceedings of the late as well as the new Assembly of that province, in refusing to raise money for the support of the government there; and that paragraph K of the same letter, giving an account of the progress the Palatines have made in preparing trees for tar [fo. 15], and of Mr. Bridger's refusing to attend that service, &c., be sent to the Lord High Treasurer for his lordship's information.
Then their lordships ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to Mr. Whitworth, her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary to the Czar of Muscovy [fo. 13, 16], for an account of the method used in the making of tar in the Czar's dominions.
A letter from Sir Edward Gold, in answer to one writ him the 2nd instant [fo. 4, 50] signifying that he will consult with the Italian merchants, and then bring their lordships an account of the state of that trade, as soon as possible may be, was read.
Captain Evans with Mr. Weston, his solicitor, attending [fo. 3], his petition praying to be restored to a tract of land granted to him by Colonel Fletcher when Governor of New York, which has been taken from him by an Act of that province (mentioned in the minutes of the 1st instant), was again read. And he being asked what proofs he had to make good the allegations in the said petition, he produced to their lordships his affidavit, sworn this day before a Master in Chancery, relating to the purchase money paid by him for the said land, and to the improvements he had made thereon, which was read. Then Mr. Weston was ordered to leave at the office what other proofs they might have in relation to that matter, which he promised to do accordingly.
Colonel Sharpe attending, as he had been desired [fo. 5], and being asked the characters of the persons recommended to fill up the vacancies that may happen in the Council of Barbadoes, he accordingly gave their lordships their characters, and acquainted their lordships that, if they thought fit to inquire of Mr. Beresford and Colonel Cleland, who are lately come from that island, they were able to give their lordships full information in that matter; and being asked whether he could recommend any persons fit to be of that Council, he said that Dudley Woodbridge, Judge of the Admiralty, and Colonel Peirce, who had both of them good estates, were persons every way well qualify'd, as was also Mr. — Beckles, who was a man of good parts, but had no great estate.
Mr. Dockminic, Mr. Richier, and several other proprietors of New Jersey, attending [O. fo. 398], and being asked several questions in relation to the proceedings of the Council and Assembly of that province, they said that they had received letters, signifying that five of the Council of that province had obstructed the publick business there, and that, unless those men were removed from five of the Council of that province had obstructed the publick business there, and that, unless those men were removed from the Council, and Mr. Bass the secretary of the province recalled, they fear'd that province would be ruined; and they presented to their lordships a memorial [fo. 164], referring to former memorials given in to that purpose, and they added in discourse, that there were several articles which had been promised to them as terms upon which they offered to surrender their right of government; but that those articles had not been perform'd, particularly that New Jersey should not be under the same Governor as New York, and that, if her Majesty would be pleased to send a separate Governor, they did not doubt but the Assembly would settle 1,000l. a year upon him.
Mr. Dockwra attending also upon the same subject, and being asked several questions to the same purpose as the other gentlemen abovementioned, he referr'd himself to his letter of the 13th July last, with the papers there inclosed, which were laid before the Board [fo. 22], and he acquainted their lordships that he had several other papers, which with a schedule he would lay before their lordships.
A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, of the 6th instant [fo. 11], referring to their lordships several extracts of letters from Mr. Pulteney, her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary in Denmark, relating to the proceedings of the Court of Admiralty there, in condemning several ships belonging to her Majesty's subjects, together with the said extracts, were read; and thereupon ordered that inquiry be made, whether there be any of the persons here concerned in the said ships, and in such case that they have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning; and further ordered that a copy of Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General's report, mentioned in the extract of one of Mr. Pulteney's foresaid letters, be got.
A letter from Major Douglas, Governor of the Leeward Islands, without date, was read, and their lordships agreed to take into consideration what he writes in paragraph D of the said letter, relating to the 69th article of his instructions.
Their lordships then taking into consideration the letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, read yesterday [fo. 10, 14], relating to the proceedings of the Court of Admiralty in Denmark, touching the condemnation of several ships belonging to her Majesty's subjects there, the copy of Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General's report upon the petition of the said merchants concerned in the said ships, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was read; and Mr. Joy with several Swedish merchants attending, the extracts of Mr. Pulteney's letters read yesterday were communicated to them; and they being asked what they had to offer thereupon, Mr. Joy said that the ship Richard and Joseph in which he and Mr. Behrens were concerned, was a British ship built at Ipswich, and freighted here, and sent to Stockholm with a certificate from the Lord Mayor, where she was loaden with pitch and tar, and some iron, on the sole account of the said Joy and other her Majesty's subjects; and he comunicated to their lordships the copy of an affidavit to that purpose; that in the said ship's return homeward, she was taken by the Danes, and condemned in their Admiralty Court for not having her Majesty's pass, though several other British ships without such a pass (having a proper certificate) have been suffered to go and return without impediment, particularly one that went out with the said Richard and Joseph, and is now arrived at Harwich.
Mr. Brander said that he and Jonas Alberg were owners of the ship Concordia, Norway built, and taken by the Swedes, and by them sold to the factor of the said Brander and Alberg, and loaden with timber and iron on their's and other her Majesty's subjects’ sole account.
That the ship Angel and Jacob is also a Danish built ship, taken by the Swedes and sold to the agents of Mr. Charles Keen, of Lynn, and loaden at Gottenburgh with iron and deals for the said Keen's account.
Then their lordships enquired of Mr. Joy, the other gentlemen being withdrawn, whether he could give their lordships information of the method of making tar in the East country [fo. 6]; whereupon he said that he had never been among the tar makers, and that he had only heard in general that the trees were prepared by barking them about two yards high from the ground, and then after they had stood some while (the particular time he knew not) they were cut down and burnt; and inform'd their lordships that he would speak to Mr. Milford, a gentlemen who had lived there, and get him to put in writing what he knew of that matter, and then lay it before their lordships; and he added that the Finland tar, which is the best, is much cheaper than any other, the price of it there being about 4s. a barril, which are also much better than any other tar barrils; and therefore till other tar, either from the plantations or elsewhere, can be made as good as that of Finland, and as cheap, that tar would have the preference in all markets.
A representation relating to the condemnation of several British ships in Denmark [vide supra], as directed in yesterday's minutes, together with a letter to Mr. Secretary St. John, inclosing the same, were signed.
Mr. Everenden presented to their lordships a certificate, relating to the losses sustained by his son at St. Christopher's, when the French invaded that island; and Mr. John Lewis Peuch, lately come from St. Christopher's, attending at the same time, acquainted their lordships that Mr. John Everenden was then upon the island, and settled upon a plantation there, but not the same he had before the French plunder'd it.
Mr. Hodges, Attorny General at Barbados, being lately come from thence, attending [fo. 17], he acquainted their lordships that he had obtain'd her Majesty's leave to be six months absent from that island, for the recovery of his health and settlement of his affairs, and that he had thoughts of returning by the fleet; but, as the time mentioned in his licence will expire before the fleet sail, he did intend to apply to her Majesty for a longer time.
A representation upon what Colonel Hunter writes [fo. 6], relating to the proceedings of the Assembly of New York, in refusing to raise money for the support of that government, directed the 2nd instant, was signed.
A letter to Mr. Whitworth, her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary to the Czar of Muscovy [fo. 6, 107], relating to the method of making tar in the Czar's dominions, directed the 2nd instant, was signed.
A memoral from Mr. Arthur Slingsby, praying that he may be appointed Attorney General of Barbadoes, in the room of Mr. Thomas Hodges, lately come from that island [fo. 15, 45], was read; and Mr. Tilden, agent for the said Slingsby, attending, he was acquainted that Mr. Hodges, having obtained her Majesty's leave to be absent for six months from that island, for the recovery of his health, had acquainted their lordships that he does design to return thither again at the expiration of that time, or soon after.
A letter from Mr. Rowland Tryon, excusing his not waiting on their lordships, he being indisposed, and praying their lordships will be pleased to make their report to her Majesty for Mr. Skeen to be a member of the Council of Barbadoes, was read.
Another letter from him, dated the 20th of August, 1711, was also 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 ships taken by the Martinico privateers [fo. 30], from July, 1710, to May, 1711.
Minutes of the Assembly of Barbadoes, from the 10th of July, 1711, to the 14th August following.
Minutes of Council, from the 23rd of June, 1711, to the 15th of August following.
An Act for giving further time for payment of the levy lately raised on the inhabitants of this island, pass'd the 21st of July, 1711.
An Act appointing an agent, and the payment of his salary, for transacting and negotiating the affairs of this island in Great Britain, pass'd 21st August, 1711.
An Act for the immediate support and subsistance of the several gunners and mattrosses employed in the several fortifications of this island, pass'd 21st August, 1711.
Abstract of the naval officer's list of ships enter'd and clear'd at Barbadoes, from the 25th of March, 1711, to the 24th of June following.
Letter from Colonel Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, dated the 25th of July, 1711, was read; and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers referr'd to.
Copy of letters from Colonel Spotswood to the President of the Council of Carolina, and to Colonel Cary about the commotions there.
Copy of a letter from the President and Council of North Carolina to Colonel Spotswood, &c. Dated the 29th June, 1711.
Copy of a letter to (sic) Colonel Spotswood to the Earl of Dartmouth, about a forgery that has been committed in Virginia, in relation to the Robinson frigat.
Proclamation for the due holding of Courts, for conveying criminals, &c., and for returning quit-rent rolls.
Copies of two Acts past in North Carolina, as also an address from the Assembly there to the Lords Proprietors of the same, relating to the said Government, &c.
The general account of her Majesty's revenue of quit-rents within Virginia.
Account of her Majesty's revenue of two shillings per hoggshead, 15d. per ton, and 6d. per poll, arising in Virginia.
Minutes of Council of Virginia of 1702, 1705, and 1710, &c., relating to the manner of selling of quit-rents.
Minutes of Council of Virginia, from the 19th of March, 1710, to the 5th of July, 1711.
Whereupon ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared for laying before my Lord High Treasurer [fo. 22] what Colonel Spotswood writes in paragraph B of his said letter, relating to the method of selling the tobacco arising by quit-rents in that province; that paragraph K of the same letter, relating to the badness of the gunpowder there, and desiring a fresh supply, be sent to the Earl of Dartmouth [fo. 22] for her Majesty's pleasure thereupon; and their lordships agreed to reconsider what Colonel Spotswood writes in paragraph R of the said letter, touching the granting of land as prescribed by his instruction.
Mr. Dockwra attending [fo. 9], presented to their lordships several papers relating to the proceedings of the Council and Assembly of New Jersey, together with a schedule of the said papers, which their lordships agreed to take into consideration at a convenient opportunity.
A letter to the Earl of Dartmouth [fo. 21, 34], upon what Colonel Spotswood writes in relation to the badness of the gunpowder in Virginia, and his desire of a fresh supply, directed the 16th instant, was signed.
A letter to the Lord High Treasurer [fo. 21] upon what Colonel Spotswood writes, touching the method of sale of the tobacco, payable to her Majesty for quit-rents, directed also the 16th instant, was signed.
Their lordships again took into consideration the letter from the Lord Archibald Hamilton, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 29th of August, 1711 (and read the 30th of the last month) and gave directions [fo. 24] for preparing an answer thereto; and their lordships agreed to reconsider paragraphs C and G of the foresaid letter, relating to the Acts past about fees and quieting possessions, and ordered that the papers in this office, which relate to the said Acts, be laid before them.
Their lordships, agreeing to take into consideration the Act of Pennsylvania directing an affirmation to such who for conscience sake cannot take an oath [O. fo. 429] on Thursday morning next, ordered that the Lord Bishop of London be acquainted therewith, and desired to be at the Board at that time [fo. 33], and that Mr. Pen have notice to attend likewise.
Their lordships then took into consideration the Order of Council of the 17th of September last [O. fo. 443], read the 23rd of October following, upon the petition of Mr. Simpson and Mrs. Gandy, praying to be relieved from an unjust prosecution by the collector of Jamaica, for mony pretended to be issued from him to fit out two sloops to cruize for the security of the said island, &c., and read the said petition, as also the abstract of a letter from the said Simpson relating to that matter, and a memorial from Mr. Finch upon that subject [fo. 25]. Whereupon ordered that the said Act and other papers concerning the same be laid before their lordships to-morrow morning, and that the persons who appears in behalf of the said Finch have notice to lay before their lordships what vouchers they may have, to make good their allegations mentioned in the foresaid memorial.
A petition from several merchants, creditors of Thomas Finch of Jamaica [fo. 24, 26], praying that an Act past in that island, for vesting his estate in trustees for the payment of 3,800l. may not be confirmed, for the reasons contained in the said petition, was read; and Mr. Soames and some other of the said creditors attending, and being asked whether they had anything further to offer to what is contained in their petition, they said that they had not; and that they hoped their case would appear so just to their lordships, that they would present the said Act to her Majesty for her disallowance.
The copy of a bond entred into by Thomas Finch, Charles Gandy and Thomas Simpson, mentioned in a memorial from the said Finch read the 22nd instant (being received from Mr. Daniel, agent for the said Simpson and Gandy), was read.
Mr. Compere, who appears in behalf of the said Finch, attending, [fo. 25, 29] presented to their lordships the extract of a letter from him, the affidavit of Henry Coleman, the said Finch's council at Jamaica, and an affidavit of the said Finch, all relating to his case; he further presented to their lordships a copy of the note given by Finch to Charles Chaplin, collector at Jamaica, and the copies of the letters writ by Finch to two of the members of the Assembly there, all mentioned in the said Finch's memorial, which papers were read; and Mr. Compere being asked if he had anything further to offer upon that matter, he said that he had not.
He then desired that he might have the copy of an Act lately passed in Jamaica for quieting possessions, which was ordered him accordingly. He further desired that the accounts of the revenue of that island, that had been lately transmitted hither by Major General Handasyd and the Lord Archibald Hamilton, might be sent to Mr. Blathwayt; whereupon he was acquainted their lordships would consider of it.
A letter from Colonel Lambert, Lieutenant Governor of St. Christopher's, transmitting the following papers, was read:
Minutes of Council of St. Christopher's, from the 15th December, 1710, to the 1st August, 1711.
Number of the inhabitants, men, women and children, &c., in St. Christopher's, taken the 10th August, 1711.
Account of stores received the 16th August, 1707; as also an account of the expence of stores, to May, 1710.
Letter from Mr. Hamilton, Lieutenant General of the Leeward Islands, dated the 17th July, 1711 [fo. 29] relating to a dispute between him and the Lieutenant Governor of Antego, who alledges that Mr. Hamilton has no right to sit in any of the Councils of the Leeward Islands, but in that of Nevis only, was read, and direction given for preparing the draught of a report thereupon.
A letter from Mr. Lowndes, inclosing, by order of the Lord High Treasurer [fo. 38], some observations made by the Earl of Clarendon upon two letters from Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York, to the Lord Dartmouth, relating to the progress made by the Palatines there, was read; whereupon ordered that the papers in this office relating to the said Palatines be laid before their lordships.
A report from Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Solicitor General, of the 20th instant, upon the secretary's letter of the 26th of the last month [O. fo. 446; fo. 32], relating to the sufferers at Nevis and St. Christopher's, and to resettlements there was read, and directions given for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.
A representation (directed at the last meeting) proposing that Walter Hamilton, esquire, Lieutenant General of the Leeward Islands, be admitted into the Council of each respective island [fo. 27, 31], and that, in the absence of the Governor, he do preside there, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.
Major General Handasyd attending, and being asked several questions in relation to the passing of the Act in Jamaica [fo. 26, 30] for vesting the estate real and personal of Thomas Finch. late of the parish of Kingston, esquire, in trustees, the better to enable his securities to pay the sum of 3,800l. due from the said Thomas Finch as Commissioner to the publick of this island; he said that the said Finch was Mr. Chaplin's deputy for Kingston; that he had received the money raised there as part of the 5,000l. given for the fitting out of two sloops for the defence of that island; that he never paid that money to the said Chaplin; that there were other receivers for other parts of the island, who in their respective districts received what was there raised as part of the said 5,000l., and, as he believes, never paid the same to the said Chaplin, that the sloops were not fitted out the first year. That he did not know what private agreement or transactions there might be between Chaplin and Finch, and that he looked upon Chaplin to be a very honest man.
Mr. Compere attending, and acquainting their lordships that he should take it as a favour if their lordships would please to let him have a hearing by council in relation to the case of Mr. Finch abovementioned [fo. 29, 32] he was acquainted they would here (sic) what his council might have to offer thereupon on Monday morning next.
Mr. Heysham attending, acquainted their lordships that he had been desired by a Committee of the Council and Assembly of Barbadoes, to move their lordships that they would please to lay the Acts lately transmitted from thence before her Majesty [fo. 18], He further desired that he might have notice, he being appointed by one of the said Acts agent of that island, of anything that might come before their lordships in relation to that island; which their lordships promised accordingly.
He then recommended to their lordships Mr. George Lillington, as a person fitly qualify'd to serve her Majesty in the Council of Barbadoes, in the room of his father, deceased; and being asked the characters of Mr. Samuel Maynard, Mr. Reynard Allen, Mr. Edmund Sutton. and Mr. Richard Worsham, formerly recommended to supply such vacancies as may happen in the said Council, he acquainted their lordships that they were honest gentlemen, and had very good estates.
A letter from Colonel Spotswood, dated 15th October last [fo. 41], giving an account that the Tuscuraro Indians having (sic) taken up arms and murdered a great many of her Majesty's subjects settled in North Carolina, was read; and a letter to the Earl of Dartmouth, inclosing a copy of that part of the said letter, was signed.
And Colonel Spotswood in his said letter informing their lordships that there are two vacancies in the Council of Virginia, and recommending Mr. William Basset and Mr. FitzHughs, as persons fitly qualify'd to be members of her Majesty's said Council, ordered [fo. 34] that the draught of a representation be prepared proposing that the said Basset and Fitzhughs be appointed members of the said Council accordingly.
Ordered that Mr. Daniel, who appears in behalf of Mr. Simpson and Mrs. Gandy [fo. 30, 36] in relation to an Act pass'd at Jamaica, for vesting the estate, real and personal, of Mr. Finch of that island in trustees, &c., have notice that the said Finch's agent has desired to be heard by council upon the said Act on Monday next, and that he may likewise be heard by council at the same time in behalf of the said Simpson and Gandy, if he thinks convenient.
Mr. Penn attending [fo. 23, 36], the Order of Council, of the 30th of July, 1711, upon an address from the Minister, churchwardens and vestry of St. Mary's in New Jersey, about an Act pass'd in Pennsylvania, constituting a new form of protestation repugnant to the affirmation enjoyed by Act of Parliament; as also the said Act (both mentioned in the minutes of the 12th of September last), were again read; and after some discourse with Mr. Penn thereupon (he being withdrawn) ordered [fo. 35] that the draught of a representation be prepared proposing a repeal of the said Act.
The draught of a representation, relating to a clause in an Act of Parliament, directing debentures to be issued for the sufferers of Nevis and St. Christopher's [fo. 29, 34], was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.
The draught of a representation, proposing that Mr. Basset and Mr. Fitzhughs may be appointed members of her Majesty's Council of Virginia [fo. 32, 35], was also agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.