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 1715
A letter from Colonel Dudley dated at Boston the 31st of July last, with a postscript of the 4th of August, relating to the French influence on the Indians of Nova Scotia, and their seizing several of our fishing ships &c. was read; and a letter inclosing a copy thereof to Mr. Secry. Stanhope for his information, was signed.
A letter from Mr. Lowndes of the 16th of the last month referring to the Board a memorial from Mr. Rayner relating to his salary as Attorney General of New York, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer thereto.
Mr. Rayner, Attorney General of New York, attending, produced to the Board Her late Majesty's Licence for his being absent from that province, and presented to them a copy of His present Majesty's Warrant for his being appointed Attorney General of the said pro vince; after which the draught of an answer to Mr. Lowndes's letter mentioned in yesterday's minutes upon the said Rayner's Meml. to the Lords of the Treasury, relating to his arrears and growing salary, was agreed and ordered to be sent.
A letter from the Lord Viscount Townshend of the 12th Octr. 1715, together with the copy of one from Mr. Wych [fo. 130, 262] relating to the progress made with the Senate of Hamburgh, for renewing the Convention, relating to the herring trade.
A letter from Mr. Secry. Stanhope dated the 13th instant, together with one from the Lords of the Admiralty and a letter from Capt. Kempthorn Commodore at Newfoundland [fo. 259], relating to the state of affairs in that Island, and the Fishery there, for the Report of this Board in order to the remedying several abuses complained of, were read; whereupon their Lordships gave some directions for preparing an answer to Mr. Secry. Stanhope.
A letter from Mr. Bridger, Surveyor General of His Majesty's Woods on the Continent of America, dated yesterday, signifying that he has lately received his instructions for that imployment [fo. 236], and that the shipping designed for New England at present being gone, he has taken his passage in the ship that is to sail first for those parts, was read.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Martyn, Inspector General of the Customs, to desire an account of pot ashes and barilla imported into England from all parts, between Michaelmas, 1697 and Christmas, 1701.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Stanhope of the 8th instant, referring to the Board a petition from Monsr. Durepaire [fo. 261] praying to be put in possession of three plantations in the late French part of St. Christophers, which he claims in right of his wife, formerly the widow of Monsr. Maigne, was read, together with the said petition. And Monsr. Durepaire attending with Mr. Duport, their Lordships had some discourse with them upon this subject, wherein among other questions Mr. Durepaire being asked, whether his wife was a protestant, he answered she was, and that she lived at present in the Island of St. Thomas—that the plantations he now sues for, are very well known to the inhabitants of St. Christophers to have been possessed by his wife, but that by reason of the Wars and taking and retaking of that part of St. Christophers, he had no writing or instrument to produce of the title to the said plantations which he said were called Le Jardin, La Solovette and La Frontiere. Mr. Duport acquainted the Board that he knew Mr. Durepaire's wife had lands in St. Christophers descended to her from her father and grandfather, but that he could not tell the quantity or names of the plantations.
These gentlemen then withdrew, and General Hamilton being called in was asked several questions relating to Monsr. Durepaire's forementioned petition [fo. 260], whereupon he said that he knew Mrs. Durepaire and her former husband, who was Lieut. Du Roy for the French part of St. Christophers—that she never past for a protestant in those days, but was reputed otherwise, having retired with the French each time when their part of St. Christophers was taken by the English in years 1690 and 1702, at which General Hamilton said he was present, and in the last mentioned year she went to the Island of St. Thomas, where he is informed she still resides.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Attorney General with the state of the case of Monsr. Durepaire [fo. 261, 286], mentioned in the minutes of the 21st instant, for his opinion thereupon, was agreed and ordered to be sent.
A letter from the Lord Viscount Townshend, dated yesterday, with the extracts of two letters from Mr. Wych [fo. 258, 266], His Majesty's Minister at Hamburgh, relating to the Herring Trade with that City, and the opposition made by the Dutch Resident to our Convention with them relating to the importation of herrings caught before midsummer day, were read; whereupon ordered that notice be given to Mr. Smith of Glascow, [v. Infra], that the Board desire the favour of speaking with him at ten of the clock on Tuesday next, and that he would bring with him any North British Gentlemen who are acquainted with the early Fishery on the coast of North Britain.