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, June 1715
The draught of a letter to Mr. Secry. Stanhope [fo. 116, 119], ordered yesterday to be prepared in answer to his of the 30th of May, 1715, upon two extracts of letters, from Monsr. D'Iberville the French envoy, relating to the English fishing near port St. Peters, on the coast of Cape Breton, and Col. Nicholson's obliging the inhabitants of Nova Scotia to remove from thence without delay, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
A letter from Mr. Secry. Stanhope [fo. 121], dated yesterday, desiring to know whether Newfoundland was intirely in the possession of England, or if any other prince had any part of it in the 1670, when the Treaty was made between this Crown and Spain, by Sir Wm. Godolphin, was read; and directions given for preparing an extract of the representation [fo. 120] made by the Board of Trade the 2nd June, 1709, relating to her late Majesty's right to places in the West Indies and North America, possessed or claimed by the French, in order to be transmitted to Mr. Secry. Stanhope, with their lordships answer to his said letter.
Their lordships considering [Dd. fo. 189] that upon his Majesty's happy accession to the throne, it is necessary new seals be prepared for sealing all publick instruments in his Majesty's Plantations in America, a repn. [fo. 141] proposing his Majesty's giving directions that proper seals be made and sent to each of the said plantations for that purpose was signed.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Secry. Stanhope [fo. 117], agreed yesterday, in answer to his of the 30th of May, upon two extracts of letters from Monsr. D'Iberville, relating to the English fishing near port St. Peters, on the coast of Cape Breton, and Col. Nicholson's obliging the inhabitants of Nova Scotia, without delay, to remove from thence, was signed.
Ordered that Mr. Bridger [fo. 104, 125] be desired to bring to this Board on Wednesday morning next, his answer to the queries delivered him the 20th of the last month, about timber and other naval stores, with what else he may have to offer on that subject, and that he be acquainted their lordships will not any longer delay their report to his Majesty relating thereto.
The draught of a letter to the Lord Viscount Townshend, in answer to his lordships letters of the 26th of April and 20th of May last [fo. 106], upon several papers referred to this Board relating to the trade with the Austrian Low Countries, and the expedient of a provisional regulation of commerce there, was agreed, transcribed and signed.
The extract of the repn. [fo. 118] mentioned in the minutes of the 1st instant, relating to her late Majesty's right to places in the West Indies, and North America, possessed or claimed by the French, was ordered to be inserted in the draught of a letter in answer to Mr. Secry. Stanhope's [fo. 118] of the 31st of the last month relating to the possession of Newfoundland in the year 1670, which being accordingly done, the said dt. was transcribed and signed.
A memorial from Mr. Smith of Glasgow [fo. 108], with the observations of several North British gentlemen upon the extract of Mr. Wich's letter, and the copy of a convention with Hamburgh sent him the 25th of the last month, relating to the herring trade there, was read; and the draught of a letter to the Lord Viscount Townshend in answer to his lordships of the 1st of Febry. and 20th past [fo. 107, 122], on that subject, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
The draught of a letter to the Lord Viscount Townshend, agreed yesterday, in answer to his Lordsps. of the 1st of Febry. and 20th of the last month [fo. 121], upon the extracts of letters from Mr. Wich, and a convention with the city of Hamburgh, relating to the herring trade, was signed.
An Account of haberdashery [fo. 98] and millinery wares, laces and wrought silks exported to Germany and Holland from Christmas, 1710 to Christmas, 1714, lately received from Mr. Martyn, Inspector Genl. of the Customs, was laid before the Board, and the draught of a letter to the Lord Viscount Townshend, in answer to his lordships of the 11th of the last month [fo. 97], upon the extract of one from Mr. Whitworth his Majesty's plenipotentiary at Ratisbon, relating to our ribbon trade &c. in Germany, was agreed and signed.
An Order of Council of the 20th of April, 1715, referring to the Board the petition of Thomas Abbot and Charles Earl, natives and inhabitants of the island of Nevis, relating to the hardships they have suffered, and still He under at Martinique as hostages for the payment of 1400 negroes, according to agreement with the French upon quitting the said island of Nevis, was read, together with the said petition; whereupon ordered that General Hamilton, Col. Jory, and Mr. Nevin be desired to attend the Board on Wednesday morning next, and that the papers in the office upon that subject [fo. 125, 126], be in the meantime, looked out and laid before the Board.
A letter from the Lord Visct. Townshend [fo. 132] of the 10th instant, together with the extracts of two letters from Mr. Wich, dated the 7th and 14th of this month N.S. relating to the herring trade at Hamburgh, were read; whereupon ordered that copies of the said extracts be sent to Mr. Smith of Glasgow [fo. 130], and that he be desired to communicate the same to some of the North British gentlemen here in order to their lordships receiving as soon as conveniently may be, what they have to offer thereupon.
Several papers relating to the French invasion of Nevis in the year 1706, were laid before the Board [fo. 124], as directed yesterday and the conditions given by the French to the inhabitants of that island at the time of the descent (Leeward Islands, K. No. 59). As also an account of the taking of Nevis by Monsr. D'Iberville, and his breach of the treaty of surrender &c. (K. 64) were read, whereupon their lordships resolved to consider further thereof tomorrow morning, with the petition of the hostages at Martinique, mentioned in yesterday's minutes.
A letter from Mr. Taylour, Secry. to the Lords Commrs. of the Treasury dated the 9th of June, 1715, desiring the opinion of the Board upon the said Bridger's petition &c. for the renewal of his commission, as surveyor of the woods on the continent of America [fo. 128, 205], was likewise read, together with his said petition and reasons for continuing such an officer. Whereupon ordered that what Brigadier Hunter has written relating to Mr. Bridger, be looked out and laid before the Board tomorrow morning.
General Hamilton, Col. Jory and Mr. Nevin attending [fo. 124], as they had been desired, in relation to the petn. of the English hostages, carried to Martinique upon the capitulation of Nevis in 1706, General Hamilton presented to the Board some objections to the French demands against the inhabitants of Nevis, on account of their being compelled to sign two capitulations and Monsr. D'Iberville's breach thereof; which objections were read, and Mr. James Buttler attending likewise, who was at the same time upon that island, he confirmed the substance of the said objections.
These gentlemen being withdrawn, ordered that a letter be writ to Genl. Hamilton, desiring him to consult such gentlemen here as he judges may inform him (if he knows it not himself) whether the French broke the articles signed the 19th of April, 1706, either by burning houses, works &c. seizing of negroes, or whether they did any other acts of hostility after the said time, and how far the same may be proved, and that he will signify the same to this Board as soon as may be.
A certificate from his Majesty's Remembrancer's Office, dated the 10th instant, of security being given for Mr. Hart [fo. 99], nominated by the Lord Guilford to be Govr. of Maryland, was read; and a letter to Mr. Secry. Stanhope, inclosing the usual draught of instructions, relating to the Acts of Trade and Navigation for the said Mr. Hart, was signed.
A letter from Col. Burges, Govr. of the Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, to the Secry. desiring to be heard before the Board come to any resolution upon the reference from the Treasury of Mr. Bridger's petition for the place of surveyor of the woods on the continent of America [fo. 126, 129, 132], was read; and Col. Burges attending, he was desired to give their lordships an account, what he accuses Mr. Bridger of, and the names of the witnesses to prove the same, which he promised to bring to their lordships tomorrow morning.
Mr. Graves attending, presented to the Board a petition with two papers annexed relating to the miserable state of the Bahama Islands, which were read; whereupon he was desired to bring their lordships a calculation of the charge of sending a Govr. with forces and stores of war &c. for resettling the island of Providence &c. which he promised accordingly.
Several letters from Brigadr. Hunter, Govr. of New York, relating to Mr. Bridger, late surveyor of the woods on the continent of America [fo. 128], being laid before the Board, the paragraphs K. L. and M. of his letter dated the 12th of September, 1711, (New York Bundle Aa. No. 64) and paragraphs V. and W. of his letter dated the 1st of January, 1711—12 (Bundle Aa. No. 91) were read; whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Taylour, to desire he will move the Lords Commrs. of the Treasury, that this Board may be informed upon what account and for what reason the letter mentioned by Brigadier Hunter in his forementioned of the 12th Septr., 1711, concerning Mr. Bridger, was writ to him by Mr. Lowndes, and what informations the then Lord High Treasurer received from any New England gentlemen upon that subject.
A letter from Mr. Tilson, Secry. to the Lord Viscount Townshend, dated yesterday, inclosing an extract of a letter from Mr. Leaths at Bruxels of the 18th instant N.S. relating to British merchants becoming free brokers at Bruges, was read.
A letter from Mr. Smith of Glasgow [fo. 125] dated the 15th in answer to that writ him the 14th instant, upon two extracts of letters from Mr. Wych [fo. 258], his Majesty's Minister at Hamburgh, relating to the herring trade there, particularly the appointing a sole broker in that city for disposing of herrings brought thither by his Majesty's subjects, was read; and directions thereupon given for preparing a reply to the Lord Viscount Townshend's letter of the 10th instant [fo. 132.]
The accounts of the incidental charges of this office for half a year from Michaelmas, 1714, to Lady day, 1715, amounting to two hundred forty six pounds four shillings and three pence, were laid before the Board vizt.
Whereupon a letter transmitting the same to the Lords Commrs. of his Majesty's Treasury's and representing to their lordships the state of the salary due to this Board, as also to the Secry. and under officers, was signed.
The draught of a letter [fo. 124], ordered yesterday to be prepared to the Lord Viscount Townshend upon his lordship. of the 10th instant, and what Mr. Smith of Glasgow has writ in answer to Mr. Wich's proposal of one only broker &c. for our herring trade at Hamburgh, was agreed and signed.
A letter from Col. Burges Govr. of New England, containing particular charges against Mr. Bridger late surveyor of the woods on the continent of America [fo. 128, 133], which was read; whereupon ordered that Col. George Vaughan, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. Mienzies and Mr. Thomas Coram, therein mentioned as persons who can prove the said charges, be desired to attend the Board on Monday morning next.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Secry. Stanhope, recommending Mr. Shirrif for an imployment in Nova Scotia or elsewhere [fo. 132], according to the memorial of his services, mentioned in yesterday's minutes was signed.
Col. Burges attending [fo. 132], with Col. Vaughan, Mr. Lechmere, Mr. Mienzies and Mr. Thomas Coram, who had been summoned to prove several charges of misbehaviour in Mr. Bridger late surveyor of the woods on the continent of America, Col. Burges was called in, and was present when the forementioned gentlemen were severally enquired of concerning Mr. Bridgers conduct in his said office, the substance of what they said being, that he had not been so diligent as was his duty in surveying the woods and marking of trees for the use of the Royal Navy. That they heard he sold licences for a piece of eight or six shillings, to persons to cut logs, which was particularly confirmed by the copy of an affidavit produced by Mr. Coram, and acknowledged by Col. Vaughan to have been taken before him, they added that some of the said persons had no regard to the trees that were marked [fo. 143]. That he permitted none to cut logs without his licences, and being paid for the same, and that they had likewise heard he had taken £50 from Mr. Mico for permitting a ship under contract but without a licence to load masts &c. for the Navy, for which sum Mr. Lechmere acquainted the Board, there was an article inserted in the said Mico his partner's books of account.
Mr. Coram then presented to their lordships the copy of a memorial from himself to the Lords Commrs. of the Treasury, dated the 9th of Janry., 1710, relating to the corrupt practices of the said Bridger, which was read.
Col. Burges acquainted their lordships that the he had some objections to make to the proposal of a land-bank in New England, which he understood would be referred to this Board, whereupon he was desired to bring the same in writing as soon as he could.
A letter from Mr. Secry. Stanhope, of the 15th instant, referring to the Board, an address and petition of several gentlemen and merchants of New England; as also a petn. of the merchants &c. in London relating to a land bank proposed to be established in New England, was read; whereupon ordered that the principal persons in London [fo. 151], who are concerned in the said proposal, have notice to attend the Board on Wednesday morning next.
Letter from Brigr. Hunter Govr. of New York to the Secry.,
dated the 10th of Septr., 1713, relating to the condemned negroes,
the Tuscaruro and five nations of Indians, the meeting of the
assemblies, and to the proclamation of the peace.
Printed Ordinance for regulating and establishing fees, dated 19th Octr., 1710.
Letter from Brigr. Hunter of 27th Augt., 1714, transmitting
several acts passed in that province in 1713 and 1714, with his
remarks upon the same, and complaining of his bills for the subsistance of the palatines, not being paid &c.
List of 18 Acts passed at New York in 1713, and 1714.
Account of the receipt and issue of the revenue of New York, from the 1st July, 1713 to the 30th June, 1714.
Letter from Brigadier Hunter Govr. of New York, to the Board,
dated the 18th October, 1714, relating to his proclaiming the King
there, and inclosing three addresses to his Majesty.
Copy of an address from the Govr. and Council of New York, upon his Majesty's accession to the throne.
Copy of an address from the mayor, recorder, alderman and assistants of New York, upon his Majesty's accession to the throne.
Copy of an address of the Grand Jury of New York, upon his Majesty's accession to the throne.
Letters from Brigr. Hunter, Govr. of New York, &c. dated the
8th and 25th of Novr., 1714, transmitting several acts passed there
in Septr. last &c.
Copy of an address of the Justices of the Peace, Sherrif and Grand Jury of New York, upon his Majesty's accession to the throne.
Letter from Brigr. Hunter, Govr. of New York, to the Secry. dated the 28th of March, 1715, signifying his having recd. no orders since his Majesty's arrival, —and about Col. Nicholson, —as also desiring assistance in the ill condition of his affairs.
Letter from Brigr. Hunter, to the Secry. dated the 9th of April, 1715, relating to his ill circumstances, and signifying his having displaced the Attorney General of the Jerseys, and about the abettors in betraying the service of the Govnt.
A letter to Mr. Secry. Stanhope inclosing the three addresses transmitted with Brigr. Hunters forementioned Lre., to the Board of the 18th of Octr., 1714, in order to be laid before his Majesty, was signed.
A letter from the president and council of Bermuda, dated the 9th of May last, signifying the death of Mr. Pulleyn, late Lieut. Govr. of those islands, and desiring Col. Bennet may succeed him, was read.
The letter from Brigadier Hunter of the 9th of April last, to the Secretary of this Board, mentioned in the minutes of the 21st instant, being read; ordered that an extract of that part thereof, which relates to Mr. Talbot's behaviour in the Jerseys be sent to the Lord Bishop of London [fo. 142.]
An Order of Council of the same date upon another repn. of the 6th of May last [fo. 75] for confirming two Acts at New York, one passed the 15th of Octr., 1713, intituled An Act for laying an excise on all Strong Liquors retailed in this Colony; The other passed the 4th Septr., 1714, intituled An Act for the paying and discharging the several debts and sums of money claimed as Debts of this Colony &c. was read.
An Order of Council of the 30th upon a repn. of the 29th of April, 1715, for confirming two acts past at Jamaica the 19th of May and 31st of July, 1711 [fo. 68, 437], the former intituled An Act for regulating fees, the latter, An Act for the further quieting of possessions and preventing vexatious suits at law, was read.
An Order of Council of the 17th upon a repn. of the 2nd instant [fo. 118, 182], directing this Board to cause new seals to be prepared for his Majesty's Plantations in America, and laid before his Majesty for his royal approbation, was read; where upon ordered that Mr. Roos, engraver of his Majesty's seals, have notice to attend their lordships on Monday morning next.
Another Order of Council of the 17th instant, upon a repn. of the 25th of April last, relating to the ill state of Jamaica &c. [fo. 59] and referring to the consideration of the Board how his Majesty may assist that island from hence, was read, and their lordships agreed to take the same into consideration at the first opportunity.
In the meantime, upon occasion of receiving the forementioned Orders of Council, their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of a letter to the Lord President of the Council to represent to his Lordsp. that it is for his Majesty's service, this Board receive the signification of his Majesty's pleasure upon their repns. as soon as possible after his Majesty's declaration thereof, which was accordingly prepared and signed.
A letter to the Lord Bishop of London [fo. 140], relating to the characters of missionaries sent to the plantations, and inclosing an extract of Brigr. Hunter's letter of the 9th of April last, to the Secry. mentioned in yesterdays minutes, was signed.
The heads of several charges against Mr. Bridger, late surveyor general of the woods on the continent of America [fo. 134, 161], being laid before the Board; ordered that the same be sent to him for his particular answers as soon as may be.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 31st January, 1711, upon a repn. of this Board of the 15th of the same month [P. fo. 63], recommending Mr. Wentworth to be of the Council of New Hampshire, approving the same.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 29th of Octr., 1712, upon the repn. of the 25th Sept., foregoing [P. fo. 211] for the confirming an Act past in Virginia in Novr., 1711, for Sale of part of the estate of the late Col. Parke, approving the same.
Copy of an Order of Council of 15th April, 1713, upon a report from a Committee of Appeals upon a repn. of the 27th of Augt., 1712 [P. fo. 209], proposing the removal of several persons from the Council of New Jersey, and recommending others in their stead.
Copy of an Order of Council of 9th Novr., 1713 [Q. fo. 30], upon a repn. of this Board, proposing the confirmation of An Act, passed in Barbadoes, to enable the surviving executors of Johanna Paris to dispose of lands &c. approving the same.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 31st January, 1711, [P. fo. 71], upon a repn. of this Board of the same day, proposing the confirmation of an Act passed there to dock the intail of certain lands in the parish of Philips &c. approving the same.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 8th March, 1711, upon a letter of this Board to the Earl of Dartmouth [P. fo. 69] upon a petition of Mr. Frere, one of the Council of Barbadoes, praying to be restored to his precendency therein, ordering the said Frere to be restored to his precedency accordingly.
A memorial in behalf of Col. Bennet Lieut. Govr. of Bermuda, relating to several particular matters, wherein he is concerned there, and upon which he desires instructions; was read; whereupon ordered that Sir John Bennet be desired to attend on Tuesday morning next [fo. 146] or any other morning that shall be more convenient for him, except Mondays and Saturdays.
Two letters from the Lord Archibald Hamilton, Govr. of Jamaica, were read, the one dated the 31st of January, 1714–15 with the minutes of the Council of Jamaica the 13th of the same month; the other dated the 26th of April, 1715, with the Receiver Generals Account current of the revenue from Michaelmas, 1713 to Michaelmas, 1714, and minutes of the Council of that island from the 23 Octr., 1713 to the 22 of March, 1714–15.
Ordered that the Secry. write to Mr. Martyn, Inspector General of His Majesty's Customs, to desire this Board may have as soon as possible an account of the quantity of woollen goods, tin, lead and fish exported from all parts of England for six years from Christmas, 1708 to Christmas, 1714, in three mediums vizt. the first containing the exports of 1709 and 1710, the second of 1711 and 1712, and the third of 1713 and 1714.
Sir John Bennet attending [fo. 145] the meml mentioned in the minutes of the 24th instant, in behalf of his brother Col. Bennet Lieut. Govr. of Bermuda, relating to several particular matters wherein he is concerned there, and upon which as Lieut. Govr. he desires instructions, was again read; and after some discourse with Sir John Bennet thereupon, directions were given for preparing a letter to Col. Bennet on the several heads in the said memorial.
A letter from Major Caufield, Lieut. Governor of Annapolis
Royal in Nova Scotia, dated the 12th of January, 1714–15 relating
to his proclaiming King George there, and administering the oaths
to the inhabitants, was read, and the papers therein referred to,
were laid before the Board vizt.
Papers therein referred to.
Manner of proclaiming King George at Annapolis Royal.
Several proclamations of King George, and oaths signed and sworn to by the officers, soldiers and inhabitants of Annapolis Royal, &c.
Declarations signed by several French inhabitants of Nova Scotia, recognizing King George their lawful sovereign.
Another letter from Major Caulfield, dated at Annapolis the 3rd
of January, 1714–15 was likewise read, and the papers therein
referred to, laid before the Board, vizt.
Papers therein referred to
The Commissarys account of corn received into the stores, since General Nicholson's departure with what provisions remain in store.
The answer of the Indians of the River Saint Johns, to the demand made of their swearing allegiance to King George.
Answer of the Indians of Penobscot, relating to their swearing allegiance to King George, and other propositions made to them.
The answer of the priest, and the inhabitants of the river St. Johns, relating to their taking the oath of Fidelity to King George.
The answer of the inhabitants of Checanecton relating to the oath of fidelity required of them.
Answer of the inhabitants of Minus, relating to the proclaiming of King George. &c.
List of the inhabitants of Minues.
A Roll of the inhabitants of Checanecton who were present on proclaiming King George at Beaubassin.
Proclamation of King George in Nova Scotia with subscriptions of the oaths.
The draught of instructions for Col. Bennet, Lieut. Govr. of Bermuda [Q. fo. 449] being preparted in the usual form, a repn. was signed wherewith to lay the same before his Majesty, as also the draught of instructions with particular regard to the Acts of Trade and Navigation.
Their lordships then gave directions for the secrys. writing to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion upon two queries which were drawn up and agreed relating to a writ of ne exeat insulam being granted by any his Majesty's Governors of Plantations, against their predecessors, and to security to be given by the respondents to answer the value of the estate or effects which by virtue of any sentence given by the Govr. and Council of a plantation may come into the said respondents possession, in case his Majesty upon an appeal shall reverse such sentence of the Governor and Council.
The draught of a letter, ordered yesterday to be prepared to Mr. Secry. Stanhope, relating to the present state of Nova Scotia [fo. 149], with regard to the French inhabitants and Indians; and particularly the hardships which the garrison lies under at Annapolis Royal was agreed and signed.
A letter from Mr. James Campbell to the Secry., dated this day, relating to the great want the garrison of Placentia is in [fo. 157], of all necessaries, and to the fishery there, was read; whereupon a letter inclosing a copy thereof to Mr. Secry. Stanhope, was immediately signed.
Col. Byfield and several New England gentlemen and merchants attending [fo. 135, 153, 200], they presented to the Board proposals for erecting a Land Bank in New England, which were read; and their lordships had some discourse with them thereupon, particularly in relation to the 5th article where they offer one third part of the nett profits of the said intended Bank to be appropriated for raising naval stores, being asked if they were not willing to allow one half of such net profits towards the producing naval stores, they did not decline it, and as to the appropriated part for naval stores, they said, the same might be lodged with an agent to be appointed by the Crown.