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, August 1723
Mr. Yonge, agent for South Carolina, and Mr. Buck attending, as they had been desired, with Sir Charles Wager and several merchants, concerning a memorial mentioned in the Minutes of the 4th instant, in relation to two sloops being seized and condemned by General Nicholson, Governor of the said province; their Lordships acquainted them that, as the said case had been determined in Carolina, their appeal from thence ought properly to have been laid before the King in Council, and that for that reason the Board could not take cognizance of it, without it should come referred to them.
Mr. Dummer, agent for the colony of Connecticut, and Mr. Partridge, agent for that of Rhode Island, attending, as they had been desired, their Lordships took again into consideration an Order of the Committee of Council of the 17th of the last month, and mentioned in the Minutes of the last meeting, directing the Board to enquire of the said agents whether the said colonies are willing to submit themselves to His Majesty's immediate government, to which the said agents said they had no power to agree, but desired their Lordships would be pleased to grant them copies of the said order, that they might send them to the said colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island, to receive further instructions upon this head; whereupon ordered that copies thereof be given to the said agents.
A reference from Mr. Delafaye, by order of the Lords Justices of the 23rd of the last month, upon the petition of John Conrade Weiser, in behalf of himself and the poor Palatines at New York, praying for a tract of some land, mentioned in the Minutes of the last meeting, was again read. And the said Conrade Weiser attending, as he had been directed, with his interpreter, their Lordships asked him whether he had any fresh instructions from the Palatines to apply for the said tract, to which he answered, that his instructions were signed about five years ago, and that he had none since. These gentlemen being withdrawn, their Lordships took again into consideration the letter from Mr. Burnet, Governor of New York, dated the 21st of November, 1722, mentioned in the Minutes of the 10th of January last, wherein he gives their Lordships an account of the settlement of the said Palatines; whereupon ordered that an extract of so much of the said letter, as relates thereto, be inclosed in a representation to the Lords Justices, which was immediately agreed and signed.
A letter from Mr. Bampfield to the secretary, dated the first instant, desiring the confirmation of an Act passed at New York in 1719), entituled, An Act for running and ascertaining the lines of partition betwixt this colony and that of Connecticut, and desiring that Mr. Ayres, recommended by Mr. Burnet, to supply the place of Mr. Anderson, lately suspended from the Council of New Jersey, may be appointed accordingly, was read. Whereupon ordered that Mr. Bampfield, agent for New York and New Jersey, and Mr. Dummer, agent for Connecticut, be acquainted that the Board desire to speak with them on Tuesday morning next.
Their Lordships taking again into consideration the petition of Colonel Vetch and the other officers, mentioned in the Minutes of the 5th of March last, desiring to be heard upon their petition for a tract of land in Nova Scotia, referred to this Board by order of Council of the 21st of July, 1719, mentioned in the Minutes of the 1st July, 1720; ordered that the said officers be acquainted that the Board desire to speak with them on Tuesday morning next.
Colonel Philips, Governor of Nova Scotia, attending, as he had been desired, as likewise the several officers, who signed the petition for a tract of land in Nova Scotia, mentioned in the Minutes of the last meeting; their Lordships after some discourse with them thereupon, ordered them to lay before the Board their proposals for settling the said tract, which they promised to do on Tuesday next.
Mr. Bampfield, agent for New York, and Mr. Dummer, agent for Connecticut, attending, as they had been desired, their Lordships took into consideration the Act passed at New York, for running a division line between that province and Connecticut, mentioned in the last Minutes, and resolved to consider thereof on Tuesday morning next.
The several officers, who petitioned for a tract of land in Nova Scotia, mentioned in the Minutes of the last meeting, attending, as they had been desired, laid before their Lordships proposals for settling the said tract, which was read. And their Lordships observing that their pretensions were grounded upon the instructions given by the late Queen to General Nicholson, when he went upon the expedition against Port Royal, now Annapolis Royal, in Nova Scotia, desired them to bring an authentic copy thereof.
Mr. Bampfield, agent for New York, and Mr. Dummer, agent for Connecticut, attending, as they had been desired, upon an Act passed at New York in 1719, entituled, An Act for running and ascertaining the lines of partition and division betwixt this colony and the colony of Connecticut; Mr. Dummer acquainted their Lordships that he had no objection thereto, and Mr. Bampfield then desired the said Act might be confirmed. Whereupon ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared for that purpose.
A reference from Mr. Delafaye, upon the memorial of Colonel Shute, Governor of New England, in relation to the state of that province, was read. And Mr. Sanderson attending, presented to their Lordships a declaration from the Assembly of the said province, which was read, and desired their Lordships would please to give him a copy of Colonel Shute's said memorial, which was ordered accordingly.
Colonel Shute, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, attending, as he had been desired, as likewise Mr. Sanderson and Mr. Sandford, agents for the Assembly there, their Lordships took into consideration Colonel Shute's memorial, and the declaration of the Assembly, both mentioned in the Minutes of the last meeting, which were again read, and Colonel Shute, after having laid before their Lordships several votes of the Assembly, in proof of the several articles of his memorial, desired their Lordships would please to grant him a copy of the Assembly's said declaration, which was ordered accordingly. Mr. Sanderson and Mr. Sandford then desired their Lordships to defer making their report till they should have received from the Assembly an answer to Colonel Shute's memorial. And their Lordships resolved to consider further thereof at another opportunity.
Their Lordships taking again into consideration the petition of several officers praying for a tract of land in Nova Scotia, mentioned in the Minutes of 20th instant, and several of the petitioners attending, their Lordships, after some discourse with them thereupon, desired they would bring to the Board an affidavit (signed by some of the officers present at the reduction of Port Royal) of the number of the petitioners then present.
Their Lordships taking into further consideration Colonel Shute's memorial (mentioned in yesterday's Minutes) and several votes of the Assembly in New England, now laid before the Board, the draught of a representation, directed yesterday to be prepared thereupon, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
A reference from Mr. Delafaye, dated the 29th instant, upon the petition of Mr. Sandford and Mr. Sanderson, was read, and their Lordships ordered the draught of a representation to be prepared thereupon.