Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 3, March 1715 - October 1718. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1924.
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Journal, September 1716
September 5. Present:—Mr. Cooke, Mr. Docminique, Mr. Molesworth.
Governor Pitt, for perusal of papers.
Mr. Pitt, Govr. of Jamaica [fos. 62, 114], attending and desiring
to have the perusal of the last letter and papers received by the
Board, from the Lord Archibald Hamilton, directions were given for
sending to him the following letter and papers vizt.:—
Letter from the Lord Archibald Hamilton to the Board, dated 12th June, 1716.
Memorial from the Council of Jamaica to the Lords Commrs. for trade and plantations, dated 13th March, 1716.
Repn. of the Council of Jamaica relating to several bills passed in the Council or Assembly of that island, and shewing why they were rejected.
Copies of two addresses, and an association from the Govr. Council and town of Kingston in that island.
Copies of several bills rejected in Jamaica.
Minutes of the Council of Jamaica from the 2nd of October, 1714, to the 16th of May, 1716.
Letter from Sir Peter Delme.
A letter from Sir Peter Delme, dated this day, relating to the queries communicated to him and other Portugal merchants the 21st of the last month about our trade and settlements in the Brazils, was read.
Letter from Mr. Howard.
A letter from Mr. Howard of this days date, relating to an answer which some of the Portugal merchants are preparing, to the said queries, was read; whereupon ordered that Mr. Howard be acquainted with the Board's desire that as soon as the said answer is signed by the merchants, it be transmitted to the secry. to be laid before their lordships at their first meeting after it shall be received.
4½ per cent.
Letter to Mr. Carkesse.
Their lordships being informed that pursuant to their desire signified to Mr. Lowndes, the 25th of July last, for an account of the annual net produce of the duty of 4½ per cent. in the Leeward Islands since the year 1702, he had writ to the honble. the Commrs. of his Majesty's Customs for the said account, but the same not being yet received, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Carkesse to desire him to move the said Commrs. that it may be dispatched with all convenient speed.
September 10. Present:—Earl of Suffolk, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Molesworth.
Letter from Colonel Spotswood.
A letter from Col. Spotswood Lieut. Govr. of Virginia, dated
the 3rd July, 1716, relating to a nest of pirates endeavouring to
settle themselves at the Bahama Islands, was read, together with
the following papers therein referred to vizt.:—
Papers referred to.
Copy of the deposition of John Vicars and Alexander Stockdale in June, 1716, concerning the disorders at Providence.
Copy of the instructions from Colonel Spotswood, Lt. Govr. of Virginia to Capt. Henry Beverley of the sloop Virgin, bound to the Bahama Islands in quest of pirates.
Letter to Mr. Secretary Methuen.
Whereupon directions were given for preparing the draught of a letter to Mr. Secry. Methuen.
September 13. Present:—Earl of Suffolk, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Docminique, Mr. Molesworth.
Letter from Mr. Bampfield.
A letter from Mr. Bampfield to the Secry., dated this day, desiring him in behalf of some of the persons concerned to move the Board that an Act passed in Jamaica in 1703, intituled an Act to confirm an agreement made between Olivia Read widow and Nathaniel Brown and Petronella his wife &c., and an Act passed in Antigua the 29th Octr., 1715, intituled an Act to enable Richard Cochran and Archibald Cochran esqrs. to sell and dispose of certain lands in Old North Sound, may be laid before his Royal Highness for confirmation, was read; whereupon ordered that the last mentioned act and a copy of the first be sent to Mr. Sollicitor General for his opinion in point of law.
Letter to Mr. Secretary Methuen.
The draught of a Ire. to Mr. Secry. Methuen, ordered to be prepared the 10th instant upon that from Col. Spotswood relating to a nest of pirates endeavouring to settle themselves at the Bahama Islands, was agreed and signed.
Portugal merchants answer to queries.
The answer of several Portugal merchants, to the queries delivered to Mr. Watts the 21st of the last month, relating to the English settlements in the Brazils, being now received, was read.
September 27. Present:—Mr. Cooke, Mr. Docminique, Mr. Molesworth.
His answer to Colonel Spotswood's charge.
Mr. Byrd, late Receiver General of Virginia, attending, presented to their lordships his answer to the charge exhibited against him by Col. Spotswood Lt. Govr. of that colony, which their lordships resolved to take into consideration, the first convenient opportunity.
Order of Council.
Mr. Keith, deputy Governor.
An Order of Council of the 13th Septr., 1716, upon the recomendation of Mr. Penn and his trustees, for Mr. Keith to be deputy Govr. of Pennsylvania, was read, and their lordships resolved to take the same into consideration the first opportunity.
Letter from Perry and Hyde to be sureties.
Letter from Mr. Perry and Mr. Hyde, offering to be sureties for Mr. Keith to be deputy Govr. of Pennsylvania, was read.
Act about Andrew Murray.
Sent to Solicitor General.
An Act passed at Antigua the 24th of May, 1716, intituled an Act to inable Andrew Murray of this island of Antigua, planter, and Elizabeth his wife to alien or settle by deed certain lands and tenements within the said island of Antigua and to make such deeds effectual to bar all estates tail created or in being, being laid before the Board, ordered that the same be sent to Mr. Solicitor General for his opinion thereupon in point of law.
Act about Summers.
Sent to Solicitor General.
An Act passed at Barbadoes the 31st of May, 1716, intituled, an Act to dock the intail limited on a certain plantation situate in the parish of St. Michael, and to enable Thomas Summers esqr. to sell the same, with the negro slaves thereunto belonging, being likewise laid before the Board, was sent to Mr. Solicitor General for his opinion thereupon in point of law.