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, October 1716
Mr. Secry. Methuen coming to the Board [fo. 108, 125], his letter of the 24th September, 1716, referring to the Board a memorial from Mr. Pitt, appointed Govr. of Jamaica, representing the disorders and confusions and present defenceless state of that island, and praying it may be considered before his departure, was read. Then Mr. Secry. comunicated to their lordships a paper of memorandums from Mr. Pitt, relating to the confusion, disorder and dangerous state that island is in, with proposals for a remedy, as also one clause in the Govrs. commission and another of his instructions about the suspending of Councillors, which were read; and after some discourse with Mr. Secry. thereupon ordered that the several papers and informations that are to be found in this office, relating to the foresaid memorandums, be laid before the Board at their next meeting.
Mr. Secry. Methuen further communicated to their lordships a
letter from the Lord Archibald Hamilton to Mr. Secry. Stanhope, of
the 12th of June last, which was read, and the following papers
therein referred to, were laid before the Board vizt.:—
Copy of the commission for taking pirates.
Copy of the instructions given to the commanders of the vessels commissioned against pirates.
The form and condition of the bonds taken for the vessells commissioned for taking pirates.
Copy of a letter from the Govr. of the Havana.
Copy of a letter to the Govr. of the Havana in relation to the Spanish wreck.
The case of Mr. Keith, late Surveyor General in the Customs in America, and now nominated to be Lieut. Govr. of Pennsylvania, was read; whereupon their lordships took into consideration the Order of Council of the 13th mentioned in the minutes of the 27th of the last month, on Mr. Penn and his trustees recommendation of the said Keith to be deputy govr. of Pennsylvania, and signed a repn. to his Royal Highness upon that subject.
Mr. Stephen Duport attending, and his powers of attorney from Mr. John Abbot as guardian to Mr. Charles Waters and Mr. William Abbot, who were sufferers by the French invasion of St. Christophers &c. being examined, the two debentures numbered 62 and 63 were delivered to Mr. Duport.
A letter from Col. Moody, Lt. Govr. of Placentia in Newfoundland, dated the 3rd of this month, relating to the ill state of the garrison and fortifications there, was read; whereupon a letter for transmitting a copy thereof to Mr. Secry. Methuen that some speedy directions may be given therein, was signed.
Three reports from Mr. Solicitor General the first upon an Act, passed in Barbadoes in May, 1716, intituled, an Act to dock the intail limited on a certain plantation situate in the parish of St. Michael, and to inable Thomas Somers esqr. to sell the same &c. the second upon an Act passed in Jamaica in 1703, intituled an Act to confirm an agreement made between Olivia Read widow, and Nathaniel Brown, and Anna Petronella his wife for the maintenance of the said Olivia &c., and the last upon an Act passed at Antigua in May, 1716, intituled an Act to inable Andrew Murray of the island of Antigua, planter, and Elizabeth his wife, to alien or settle by deed, certain lands and tenements, within the said island of Antigua &c. being severally read their lordship's signed three repns. for laying the said Acts before his Royal Highness, for the royal assent.
Two Acts passed at Nevis in Decr., 1714, and April, 1715, the one intituled an Act to repeal an Act intituled, an Act to oblige all persons to give in a list of their negroes and other slaves upon oath, and for making another Act to the same purpose more effectual, the other intituled an Act for raising and making a fortification on Saddle Hill, being laid before the Board; ordered that they may be sent to Mr. Attorney General, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.
The copy of an Order of Council of the 6th July upon a repn. of the 28th June, 1716, on the petition of Sir Edward Ernley, relating to Mr. John Colleton's being appointed of the Council of Barbadoes, was read.
The copy of an Order of Council, of 13th Septr., 1716, upon a repn. of the 8th August, for confirming an Act passed at Nevis in 1715, to settle the estate of Thomas Herbert on him and his heirs for ever, approving the same was read.
A letter from Mr. Secry. Methuen of the 17th of the last month,
referring to this Board the following papers, relating to the Royal
African Company, was read, together with the said papers vizt.:—
Royal African Company.
Copy of a letter from the Lords Commrs. of the Admiralty to Mr. Secry. Methuen, dated 7th Septr., 1716, relating to the Royal African Company's desire of some naval force, to cruise on their coast.
Copy of a report from the Lords Commrs. of the Admiralty to his Majesty the 14th Octr., 1715, relating to some naval force desired by the Royal African Company to cruise on their coast, &c.
Copy of the Royal African Company's petition to his Majesty dated the 23rd August, 1716, praying some naval assistance for the security of their forts and settlements.
And Mr. Pierce and Mr. Benson attending, in behalf of the Company, they were asked what number of ships they designed for the coast of Africa, how soon and what cargoes, they were to carry, to which the said gentlemen answered, that the Company intended about the middle of next month to send six ships for the coast of Africa, with the value of between 40 and 50,000l. in stores of all sorts, for their forts and settlements and other goods; and another cargo of about the like value in three months after; they further said, that besides the Sallee Rovers from whom the Company's ships might be in danger in the voyage, there were several pirates on the coast of Africa, for which reason the Company desired that the ships to be granted them, might have orders to remain some time on the said coast; that at present the separate traders are permitted to have the benefit of the Company's forts by order of their Court of Assistants; and the trade is chiefly in danger from foreigners and pirates; Mr. Pierce and Mr. Benson were then desired to bring, as soon as conveniently they could, what informations and proofs the Company have, concerning such pirates and whatever else they might have further to offer, to induce the Govnt. to comply with the Company's present desire, which they promised accordingly.