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 1709
Their lordships taking again into consideration the settlement of some Palatines at Jamaica [fo. 221, 224] and Lynch Island, belonging to Mr. Cotton, being thought convenient to be made use of on that occasion, ordered that a letter be writ to Sir Robert Cotton, desiring him to come to the Board on Thursday morning next, or such other time as he shall be able, in order to confer with him thereupon.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Savage, secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs [fo. 237, 243], to desire an account of all sorts of corn exported to foreign parts from London and the out ports, from Christmas, 1708, to Michaelmas last, as also an account of the price of corn in the said out ports, as it was at or about Michaelmas last.
An Order of Council of the 26th, upon a representation of this Board of the 6th of the last month [fo. 214], relating to the seizure of goods in Carolina which belonged to some Indian Traders of Virginia, was read; whereupon their lordships gave directions that a copy thereof be kept, and that Colonel Blakiston, agent for Virginia, be desired to deliver the said order to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, and acquainted that ‘tis necessary he should procure a duplicate of the same to be transmitted to the Government of Virginia.
The draught of a representation upon an Act pass'd in New Jersey in December, 1704 [fo. 216, 231], intituled An Act for regulating negro, Indian and mulato slaves within this province of New Jersey, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Sir Robert Cotton attending, as he had been desired the 4th instant [fo. 222, 228], in relation to the settlement of 1,000 of the poor Palatines on Lynch Island in Jamaica, and their lordships having discoursed with him thereupon, he desired that they would send him a proposal upon that matter in writing, which their lordships promised to do accordingly.
A letter from the Earl of Sunderland, of the 5th instant, touching the purchasing of wheat and flower in New England, New York and Pennsylvania [fo. 230], for the service of the forces of the King of Portugal &c., was read; whereupon ordered [fo. 225, 226] that Colonel Jory, Mr. Duport, Mr. Perry and Mr. Hyde have notice to attend the Board on Monday morning next.
The secretary acquainted their lordships that he had received a letter from the Earl of Sunderland [fo. 235], directing him to summon the absent Commissioners immediately to town &c., and that he had writ to them accordingly.
Mr. Duport attending, as he had been directed [fo. 224], and being acquainted with the purport of the Earl of Sunderland's letter relating to the Portuguese purchasing corn in the plantations, and being asked his opinion thereupon, he said that, if there were plenty of corn in the provinces on the Continent, he did not foresee any inconvenience by complying with the Portuguese desire; but, if corn were not plentifull, the sugar islands might suffer by such an exportation.
Mr. Perry and Mr. Hyde attending also [fo. 224], and being enquired of on the same matter, they said that there was no law to hinder the exportation of corn from the plantations to Portugal, in British ships; but they were afraid that, if there were not a very great quantity in those Colonies, it might advance the price in the islands; that this was a wrong time of year to send thither for corn, for the ships that shou'd go now, would not be able to return from thence before the middle or latter end of April, and that before they could arrive in Portugal, the next year's crop there wou'd be got in; that if the Portuguese were limitted not to buy corn till after the 25th of June, it wou'd then be no detriment to the islands, for that they always buy their year's provision before that time; that when the plantations on the Continent have a surplus of corn more than is necessary for their own consumption, and for the service of the islands, they generally send it to the Maderas in exchange for their wines; they added that there was annually great quantities sent to Jamaica, and from thence exported to the Spanish West Indies.
A letter from Mr. Rowland Tryon upon the same subject, was read [fo. 224], signifying that it might be of dangerous consequence to the sugar islands shou'd any quantities of corn be allow'd to be sent from the Continent to Portugal.
Mr. Nevin attending [fo. 224], and being acquainted with the purport of the Earl of Sunderland's letter of the 5th instant, relating to the purchasing of corn in the plantations for the Portuguese, he said that it was very rare that the plantations on the Continent had any overplus of corn; that about two years ago there was great scarcity in the said plantations; that when there happens to be an overplus remaining more than is necessary for their own consumption, and for the supply of the islands, it was generally sent to the Maderas; that the ordinary price in the Leeward Islands of flower, is between 30 and 40 shillings per hundred-weight; that if any quantity was exported from the Continent to Portugal, it might be of very fatal consequence, for those provinces on the Continent are the only places from whence the islands are supply'd, and on which they can depend.
Their lordships’ letter to the Earl of Sunderland, of the 29th of the last month [fo. 220], relating to a clause in Colonel Hunter's instructions concerning the pressing of seamen, was now return'd from his lordship, with a minute indorsed upon it, that the said clause be left out; whereupon ordered that the same be done accordingly.
Sir Robert Cotton and Mr. Dolben attending [fo. 224, 230], Sir Robert presented to their lordships his son's letter, in answer to the secretary's letter of the 7th instant, consenting to surrender to her Majesty in fee 30 acres, part of Lynch Island, which letter was read; whereupon Sir Robert said that his son further consented that the timber on the said island should be made use of for building of hutts for the Palatines, provided that leave be given him to cut the like quantity of timber elsewhere on her Majesty's lands ungranted, in case he should need any for the further settlement of Lynch Island, which their lordships thought reasonable. Then Sir Robert being acquainted that in order to compleat the settlement intended at Jamaica, it was necessary that the proprietors of uncultivated lands between Rio Grande and Point Morant, should likewise surrender to her Majesty in fee part of their said lands, be said that, if their lordships would give him a proposal in writing, be would transmit it to his son for his answer, which was ordered to be done accordingly.
The draught of a letter to the Earl of Sunderland, relating to the purchasing of wheat and flower in New England, New York and Pensylvania [fo. 224, 231], for the service of the King of Portugal's forces (mention'd in the minutes of the 6th instant), was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
A memorial from several merchants trading to Maryland [fo. 285], complaining of three Acts past in that province, was read; and the draught of a representation for repealing one of them of the 17th of December, 1708, entituled An Act for the relief of poor debtors and languishing prisoners [fo. 214, 232], was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.
A letter to Sir Robert Cotton, containing a further proposal relating to the settlement of the poor Palatines on Lynch Island in Jamaica [fo. 228], as directed the last meeting, was agreed and order'd to be sent.
The representation for repealing an Act past in New Jersey in December, 1704 [fo. 223, 243], entituled An Act for regulating negro, Indian and mulato slaves within this province, agreed the 4th instant, was signed.
|The secretary's account of petty expences, amounting to||7||0||2|
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Their lordships understanding that the representation of the 8th of September last upon the body of laws past in Pennsylvania in 1705 [fo. 217, 244], had not yet been laid before her Majesty, a letter to the Lord President of the Council, signifying the same to his lordship, and acquainting him with the necessity of her Majesty's pleasure being declared thereupon, was signed.
Their lordships taking into consideration an Act past in Jamaica, transmitted with Brigadier Handasyd's letter of the 25th of May, 1709, entituled An Act for the regulating fees, as also an Act for quieting possessions and preventing vexatious suits at law [fo. 262], ordered that Mr. Baber and Mr. Compere be acquainted that if they have any objections to make to the first of the said Acts, they do the same in writing on Fryday morning next [fo. 245], and that the other Act about possessions be sent to Mr. Attorny General for his opinion thereupon in point of law.
Mr. Heysham and Mr. Royle attending, and desiring that their lordships would please to propose to her Majesty a confirmation of the two following Acts, vizt.:
An Act past in Barbadoes the 11th of May, 1708 [fo. 252], entituled An Act for holding a Court of Grand Sessions of Oyer and Terminer, General Goal Delivery and General Sessions of the Peace in this island.
An Act past the 16th of May, 1708 [fo. 172], entituled An Act appointing Agents to transact the publick affairs of this island.
The secretary, acquainting their lordships that he had received from the Earl of Sunderland's office her Majesty's letter to Colonel Ingoldsby of the 17th of September last [fo. 208, 237], for the revocation of his commission of Lieutenant Governor of New York, as likewise a copy thereof, which copy was read, and directions given for writing to Colonel Hunter, to enquire if he knew of any opportunity of sending the said letter.
Their lordships, taking into consideration the trade to Africa, ordered [fo. 11] that a letter be writ to Mr. John Perry, secretary to the Royal African Company, for several of their accounts relating to that trade, from Michaelmas, 1708, to Michaelmas, 1709; as also a letter to Mr. Richard Harris [fo. 290], inclosing several queries to be communicated to the separate traders to Africa, for their answers thereunto.
Their lordships then took into consideration the Act past in Barbadoes the 16th of May, 1708 (mentioned in the last minutes) [fo. 233, 252], entituled An Act appointing agents to transact the publick affairs of this island, and read some positions of the General Assembly relating to their appointing agents for managing affairs in Great Britain, exclusive of the Governor and Council (laid before the Board the 30th of November, and read the 21st of December last), with their lordships’ answer (then drawn up) thereunto, as also several extracts out of the Council and Assembly Books of that island, touching their proceedings in relation to the nomination and appointment of agents; and gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation, for laying the same before her Majesty.
Ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to the Earl of Sunderland [fo. 218, 240], to acquaint his lordship with the steps that have been made towards settling the poor Palatines at Jamaica, since his lordship's reference of that matter, of the 22nd of the last month.
Their lordships again taking into consideration the memorial from Mr. Whitchurch and Captain Jones [fo. 227] (read the tenth instant), touching the settlement of the said Palatines, ordered [fo. 242], that a letter be writ to the Commissioners of the Transport Office for an account of the charge of the following particulars vizt., 4,000cwt. of biscuit, 500cwt. of oatmeal, 500cwt. of peace, 200 bushels of salt, 500 beds, 1,000 blankets, as also what the charge of transporting 1,000 Palatines (men, women and children) to Jamaica, will amount to per head.
A second letter from Mr. Savage, of the 6th instant [fo. 222], with the following accounts of corn exported, and the price thereof in London, was read.
Account of corn exported from London from Christmas, 1708, to Michaelmas, 1709.
Account of the prices of corn at Bear Key in September and October, 1709.
Copy of an Order of Councill, of the 5th of September last [fo. 208, 234], upon a representation of the 2nd ditto relating to Colonel Ingoldsby's having assumed the Government of New York, and directing a warrant to be prepared for revoking his commission of Lieutenant Governor of that province, was read.
Whereupon ordered [fo. 237] that her Majesty's said letter be directed to the President and Council of New York for the time being, and sent to Mr. Gookin [fo. 260], Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania, to be sent forward by a safe hand to the said President and Council.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 28th of April, 1709 [fo. 66, 356], upon a representation of the 18th of the same month, on the petition of Mr. Skene, secretary of Barbadoes, relating to incroachments on his office, was read.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 9th of June last [fo. 51, 356], upon a representation of the 24th of March, 1708/9, on the petition of Mr. Gordon, provost marshal general of Barbadoes, complaining of incroachments on his office by several Acts of Assembly, approving the said representation, was read.
A second Order of Council of the same date [fo. 51], upon two representations of the 24th of March, 1708/9, and the 3rd of June following, upon Mr. Gordon's complaint of encroachments on his office by some Acts made by the General Assembly of Barbadoes, directing the Earl of Sunderland to prepare an instruction for her Majesty's signature to Mr. Crow, that he give all just countenance and protection to the said Gordon in the execution of his office, was read.
A memorial from Mr. Rayner against an Act pass'd in New York, entituled An Act for regulating and establishing fees, was read; whereupon their lordships took the said Act into consideration, and ordered [fo. 241] that Mr. Rayner be desired to explain some part of his said memorial touching the said Act.
Mr. Pulteney gave their lordships an account of what the Lord Carbury had said to him upon the letter writ to his lordship the 18th instant [fo. 231, 250], relating to the settlement of the poor Palatines in Jamaica, the substance whereof was, that his lordship was not willing to give up any part of his land on that island, but would part with the same at about 5s. an acre; and their lordships taking notice by a paper the Lord Carbury had left with Mr. Pulteney that his Lordship's lands lay in the parish of St. Mary's, far distant from the place intended for the Palatines, they resolved to proceed no further with his Lordship therein.
And that their lordships may have an account of what other persons there are in this kingdom that have lands in those parts, ordered that Mr. John Heathcote have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning.
A letter to the Earl of Sunderland, as directed the last meeting [fo. 235], giving his lordship an account of the steps made by this Board towards the settlement of the Palatines on Jamaica, was signed.
Their lordships, taking into consideration the settlement of the Palatines in Jamaica, and beleiving that Mr. Blathwayt may be able to inform them of the names of the persons that have grants of lands lying between the north-east of Rio Grande, and the southeast of Point Morant, ordered that a letter be writ to him [fo. 255] for the names of the persons, as likewise for an account of the number of acres in each grant, how scituated, what quit rents are reserved, and what arrears of such quit rents there are, and of what lands there are which remain in the Crown ungranted.
A letter from Mr. Daniel Pulteney, her Majesty's Envoy in Denmark, of the 19th of October, 1709, n.s. [fo. 80], relating to Consuls for Norway and Elsignore, and to the trade to those parts &c., was read; whereupon ordered that the papers in this office relating to the Eastland trade be laid before their lordships, and that the secretary do write to the Governor of the Eastland Company, for what they may have to offer since their memorial delivered to their lordships the 15th of June, 1698.
Their lordships again taking into consideration the Act past at New York, entituled An Act for regulating and establishing fees [fo. 239], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, Mr. Rayner's explanation of some part of his memorial against the said Act was read; and directions given for preparing the draught of a representation proposing her Majesty's repeal of the said Act.
Mr. Compere attending [fo. 254], in relation to the settlement of the poor Palatines in Jamaica, and being asked what land he had there, he said that he had 1,000 acres near Point Morante, and that he had paid the quit rent for the same; that he had been offered 600l. for his said land; and being further asked if he was willing to part with any of his said land (in order to the settling of the said Palatines) upon the same terms as had been proposed to Mr. Cotton &c., he promised to return their lordships an answer in ten days.
A letter to the Earl of Sunderland, with the draughts of warrants for her Majesty's signature to the Governors of New York, New Jersey, the Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, the Leeward Islands, Barbadoes and Bermuda, impowering them to use the new seals for the said government, was signed.
A letter from the Commissioners of the Transport Office, of yesterday's date, in answer to one writ them the 21st instant [fo. 236], relating to the charge of provisions &c. for the poor Palatines and their transportation to Jamaica, was read.
A letter from Mr. Savage, secretary of the Customes, of yesterday's date [fo. 222, 245], in answer to one writ him the fourth instant, for an account of corn exported to foreign parts from the out ports of this kingdom, between Christmas, 1708, to Michaelmas, 1709, &c., was read.
Order of Councill, of the 24th instant, upon a representation of the 18th ditto, proposing the repeal of an Act past in New Jersey in December, 1704 [fo. 231, 249], entituled An Act for regulating negro, Indian and mulato slaves within the province of New Jersey, approving the said representation, was read.
A second Order of Council, of the 24th instant, upon a representation of the 18th ditto, upon an Act past in Maryland the 17th of December, 1708 [fo. 232, 249], entituled An Act for relief of poor debtors and languishing prisoners, proposing a repeal of the said Act, was also read. Whereupon ordered that the draught of letters be prepared for transmitting the said orders [fo. 252], to the Governor[s] of New Jersey and Maryland in order to their being published and entred on the Councill Books in those provinces as usual.
A third Order of Council, of the 24th instant [fo. 233], upon a representation of the 8th of September last, on the body of laws past in Pennsylvania in 1705 by John Evans, esquire, then Deputy Governor of that province, proposing a repeal of six of the said laws, was read. Whereupon ordered that a copy of the said order be taken and the original delivered to Mr. Penn.
A fourth Order of Councill, of the same date [fo. 233], upon the same representation, approving thereof, and directing this Board to recommend to Mr. Penn the several matters set forth in the said representation. And Mr. Penn attending thereupon, the said orders were read to him; whereupon he desiring that he might have the order of repeal, and the copy of the last mentioned order, as also the reasons for the repeal of the Acts afore-mentioned; ordered that the same be given him accordingly.
Mr. Attorney General's report upon an Act past in Jamaica, sent him the 30th instant [fo. 233, 254], entituled An Act for the further quieting possessions and preventing vexatious suits at law, was read, and directions given for preparing the draught of a representation, proposing her Majesty's disallowance of the said law.
The accounts of corn exported from the port of London, and the out ports of this kingdom, between Christmas, 1708, and Michaelmas, 1709 [fo. 243] (mentioned in yesterday's minutes), having been compared with the like accounts of exports from Christmas, 1707, to Christmas, 1708 (mentioned in the minutes of the 2nd of March last), were laid before the Board, and read.
Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Mr. John Heathcote, his brother, attending, in relation to the settlement of the poor Palatines at Jamaica, and being asked if they knew any of the proprietors’ names here in England, who had lands in that island, lying between the north-east of Rio Grande, and south-east of Point Morante, Mr. Heathcote said that he did not, but that he beleived Mr. Edward Broughton, Colonel Lloyd and Colonel Long might be able to give their lordships some information in that matter. Mr. Heathcote added in discourse that he had lands in the precincts of St. Elizabeth's, which he was willing to surrender up for the good of the said Palatines, if it were thought proper to settle them there. These gentlemen being withdrawn, ordered [fo. 247] that Mr. Broughton have notice to attend the Board on Monday morning next, and that Colonel Lloyd and Colonel Long have notice to do the same [fo. 249] on Tuesday morning next.
Then their lordships took into consideration the Acts past at New York in September and October, 1708 [fo. 201, 288], and in May and June, 1709, transmitted with Colonel Ingoldsby's letter of the 5th of July, 1709, mentioned in the minutes of the 25th of August last, and went through the same; whereupon ordered that two of the said laws, entituled—An Act to relieve this Colony from divers irregularities and extortions; an Act for the easier partition of lands in the joint tenancy or in common, past the 30th of October, 1708 [fo. 277], be sent to Mr. Solicitor General, for his opinion upon them in point of law.
Mr. Broughton attending, as he had been desired the 28th instant [fo. 246], in relation to the settlement of the poor Palatines in Jamaica, and being asked several questions, he said that he did not know the names of the proprietors of the lands intended for the settlement of the poor Palatines; that he did not doubt but that there were lands enough in those limits ungranted; but, however that be, if 1,000 Palatines were sent thither, he made no question but that the patentees of the lands in those parts wou'd readily give them enough to make their settlements; that he thought it would be necessary to send bread with them for one year; but for the other sorts of provisions, he thought if they had enough for six months, it would be sufficient; that it would be necessary to send about 400 bushels of salt, with an iron pot to each family; and as for the powder to be sent with them, he said it ought to be put in small barrels, containing from three to six pound each.
Their lordships, taking again into consideration the Act past at New York the 8th of June, 1709 [fo. 247], entituled An Act for the currency of bills of credit for five thousand pounds (mentioned in the minutes of the last meeting) gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation proposing a repeal of the said Act.
The draught of a letter to Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland, inclosing her Majesty's Order in Council of the 24th instant [fo. 244], repealing an Act past in that province, entituled An Act for relief of poor debtors and languishing prisoners, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.
The draught of a letter to the President of the Council of New Jersey [fo. 243], inclosing her Majesty's Order in Council of the 24th instant, repealing an Act past in that province, entituled An Act for regulating negro, Indian and mulato slaves within this province, was also agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.