Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 5, January 1723 - December 1728. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1928.
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Journal of the proceedings of Her Majesty's Commissioners for promoting the trade of this Kingdom, and for inspecting and improving her plantations in America and elsewhere, from the seventh of January, 1725/26, to the twenty —first of December, 1726.
Journal, January 1726
The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the incidental charges of this office, from Midsummer, 1725, to Christmas last, amounting in the whole to four hundred and seventy-eight pounds, seventeen shillings and seven pence three farthings, viz.:—
Whereupon a letter to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring payment thereof, as likewise three months' salary due to the secretary and other officers in the service of this commission, was agreed and signed.
Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General's opinion upon some questions sent to them the 8th of last month, in relation to the trial of Mr. White, who killed one Cary in Spanish town, one of the Virgin Islands, was read; whereupon ordered that a copy thereof [vide letter to Colonel Hart, dated 9th February, 1725–6] be sent to Colonel Hart, Governor of the Leeward Islands.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 25th upon a representation of the 11th of November, 1725, for appointing Charles Pym, Esquire, to be of the Council of St. Christopher's in the room of Major Holmes, was read.
Copy of an Order of Council of the 25th upon a representation of the 4th of November, 1725, for confirming An Act passed at Antego in May, 1724, for cutting off the intail of certain lands etc., belonging to John Vernon, Esquire, was read.
Mr. Fane attending, their Lordships took into consideration An Act passed at Jamaica in 1722, entituled, An Act for encouraging the speedy settling of the Plantation commonly called Pero or Pera Plantation, situate at Port Morant in the Parish of St. Thomas in the East in this island, and for obliging all persons entituled to the equity of redemption thereof to redeem the same by a prefixt time, Mr. West's report thereupon, mentioned in the Minutes of the 27th November, 1723, as also Mr. Gordon's memorial against, and Mr. King's memorial for the confirmation of the said Act, both mentioned in the Minutes of the 2nd of June, 1725. Their Lordships, after some discourse with Mr. Fane on the subject of this Act, gave directions for sending copies of the several above said papers to Mr. Fane, that he may hear what each party has to offer, and report a full state of the matter to the Board.
A letter from the Earl of Orkney, dated the 30th of the last month, both recommending John Grimes, Esquire, to supply a vacancy in the Council of Virginia, occasioned by the death of Colonel John Lewis, were read. Whereupon a representation was agreed and signed accordingly.
Mr. Stevenson, agent for Jamaica, attending, presented to
the Board the Duke of Portland's speech to the Council and
Assembly of Jamaica, with their addresses to him, which were
read, as also,
Memorial about revenue.
A memorial from Mr. Stevenson, in relation to the revenue of Jamaica.
Their Lordships took into consideration the letter from the Lord Townshend of the 19th of January, 1724–5, mentioned in the Minutes of the 26th of the same month, inclosing two ordinances of the king of Sweden in 1724, relating to the navigation of foreigners to Sweden and Finland, as also the merchants' memorial upon this subject mentioned in the Minutes of the 3rd of June, and 21st of October last, and gave some directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.
Their Lordships took again into consideration an order of a Committee of Council of the 17th, and mentioned in the Minutes of the 31st July, 1723, referring back to the Board their representation of the 22nd March, 1722–3, in relation to the boundaries between Connecticut and Rhode Island, and directing them to enquire of the agents, whether the two colonies are willing to submit themselves to His Majesty's immediate government, and, if the Agents are not impowered to make proposals of this kind, to order them to write to their principals in order to their being authorised and instructed upon this head. Their Lordships also read again the letter from Mr. Partridge, agent for Rhode Island, inclosing one from the Government of that colony, mentioned in the Minutes of the 14th February, 1723–4, as also a letter from the Governor and Company of Connecticut, mentioned in the Minutes of the 12th of August, 1724, and a letter from the Governor and Company of Connecticut to their agent, mentioned in the Minutes of the same date. Their Lordships, upon consideration of these papers, gave some directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.
Their Lordships took into consideration the draught of a representation, relating to the boundaries between Rhode Island and Connecticut, mentioned in yesterday's Minutes and made a further progress therein.
Mr. Gray attending, desired their Lordships would please to appoint a day for hearing what he has to offer, in relation to his proposal for preventing the insults of the Indians in the Plantations, which was read. And their Lordships were pleased to appoint next Wednesday at 11 o'clock in the morning.
Ordered that Brigadier Hunter, late Governor of New York and New Jersey, General Nicholson, Governor of Carolina, Colonel Spotswood, late Lieut.-Governor of Virginia, Colonel Shute, Governor of New England, and Colonel Philips, Governor of Nova Scotia, be acquainted that the Board desire to speak with them on Wednesday morning next at 11 o'clock.
Mr. Sharpe attending, their Lordships read [Jour. Dd. fol. 148] and considered a reference from Mr. Delafaye of the 19th of August, 1725, upon the petition of Mr. Greathead, praying for a grant of some lands, which he has purchased in St. Christophers, and also a letter from the Duke of Newcastle, of the 11th of March, 1724–5, read the 23rd of June last, inclosing a petition of Thomas Rowland, Esquire, who claims certain lands in that island. And their Lordships, after some discourse with Mr. Sharpe upon the subject of these petitions, gave directions for sending copies of the same to Colonel Hart, Governor of the Leeward Islands, with directions that he examine the same and send a state thereof to their Lordships.
A copy of an Order in Council, of the 12th of September, 1725, directing Colonel Hart, Governor of the Leeward Islands, copies of the several complaints against him, as proposed by a representation of this Board, for his answer thereto, was read.