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, February 1724
A memorial from Abel Alleyne, Esq., praying for the confirmation of an Act, passed at Barbadoes in 1722, entituled, An Act for enabling Elizabeth Alleyne, widow and relict of Timothy Alleyne, late of the parish of St. James, esquire, deceased, formerly Elizabeth Buttall, one of the daughters and devisees of Charles Buttall, late of the said Island, also deceased, Abel Alleyne, Reynold Alleyne, and John Alleyne, esquires, executors of the last will and testament of the said Timothy Alleyne, and guardians of the bodies and estates of Thomas Alleyne and Mary Alleyne, infants, son and daughter of the said Timothy Alleyne, deceased, to sell and dispose of a moiety or half part of a plantation, slaves and buildings etc., was read; whereupon ordered that the said Act be sent to Mr. West, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.
A letter from Colonel Hope, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda,
dated 11th November, 1723, promising a speedy answer to some
queries lately sent him, was read, as also
Acts and Minutes therein referred to.
The Minutes of Assembly of the 24th, 25th and 26th September, 1723.
An Act to supply the deficiency of the several funds in these Islands and for the immediate support of the Government and for repairing the fortifications.
An Act for the better security of all such as are lawfully possessed of any negroes or other slaves in these Islands, whereby to secure their lawful rights, interest and property of and to the same.
An Act for prolonging and making some alterations in the Act, entituled, An Act for the attaching the goods or effects of any persons, inhabitants or others not residing in these Islands.
A second additional clause to an Act, entituled, An Act for vessels paying powder money.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Sir Philip Yorke, His Majesty's Attorney General, to hasten his report upon the state of the laws of Jamaica at the expiration of the Revenue Act in October, 1724, referred to him and the then Attorney General, Mr. Justice Raymond, the 14th of October, 1723.
A letter from the Lord Viscount Townsend, of the 4th inst., inclosing a petition from the Muscovia Company, relating to the importation of hemp from the Netherlands, was read; ordered that Sir Randolph Knipe and Mr. Godfrey be acquainted that the Board desire to speak with them thereupon on Thursday, the 13th inst.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, of 6th February, 1723–4, in answer to one from the Secretary of the 29th of last month, upon An Act of Barbadoes, passed in 1723, for laying a duty on Wines etc. imported this Island; which Act the Commissioners of the Customs judge to be repugnant to the laws of Great Britain, was read; whereupon ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared thereupon.
The draught of a representation, ordered yesterday to be prepared, upon an Act, passed in Barbadoes in 1723, entituled, An Act for laying an imposition or duty on Wines and other strong Liquors imported this Island in order to raise money for carrying on the Fortifications, for payment of such persons as are or shall be imployed at the public charge and for such other public uses as are herein appointed, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Sir Nathaniel Gould, Mr. Godfrey, Sir Peter Moyer and Mr. Sperling attending with several other gentlemen concerned in the importation of hemp from Holland and Russia; the Lord Townsend's letter of the 4th, inclosing a representation from the Muscovia Company upon the subject, (mentioned in the Minutes of 5th inst.), was again read; and
Sir Nathaniel Gould, in behalf of the Muscovy Company, acquainted their Lordships that he conceived hemp of the growth of Muscovy should be only brought from thence in English ships, as intended by the Act of Navigation, passed in the 12th year of King Charles the 2nd; that for the space of twenty years after the passing the said Act, the trade was carried on in the aforesaid manner; that some time after, hemp of the growth of Muscovy was attempted to be imported from Holland: that there was a tryal at law begun upon this occasion, which was never determined, by reason of some doubts raised upon the words of the Act; since which the importation of hemp from the Netherlands has daily increased; and that in proportion to the increase of the importation from Holland and Flanders, the fewer British ships would be imployed, which will be a great discouragement of the British navigation.
Their Lordships then desired to know if any gentlemen present had anything to object to what Sir Nathaniel Gould had said, or anything further to offer upon the subject of the aforesaid representation, but nobody objecting to what had been said, their Lordships resolved to consider further thereof at another opportunity; in the meantime.
A letter from Mr. Partridge, of the 10th of February, 1723–4, inclosing one from the Government of Rhode Island, signifying their unwillingness to be annexed to the Government of New Hampshire, and desiring to be heard by counsel relating to the bounds between that Island and Connecticut, was read; and their Lordships resolved to consider thereof when they should receive the answer of Connecticut.
A letter from Mr. Leheup, agent for Virginia, desiring the confirmation of a Virginia Act, for the better improving the staple of Tobacco, was read; and their Lordships resolved to consider further thereof at another opportunity.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Carkesse, secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, for an account of sugars exported from this kingdom to all parts, from Christmas, 1719, to Christmas, 1723.
Mr. Barnes, attending, as he had been desired, their Lordships after some discourse with him in relation to his memorial, (mentioned in the Minutes of 14th inst.), deferred the consideration thereof to another opportunity.
Two letters from Colonel Hart to the Board, dated at St.
Christophers, the 8th of June, 1723, were read; as likewise
Minutes of Council, etc.
Minutes of Council and messages of the Assembly in April and May, 1723, upon the repeal of the Act for the support of His Excellency John Hart, Esq.
Their Lordships then resolved to consider further of the draught of a representation upon the Acts passed at St. Christophers and Montserrat since His Majesty's accession to the Crown, to the year 1722 inclusive, ordered to be prepared the 9th of January last.
A letter from Mr. Chapman, of Froome in Somersetshire,
relating to a prosecution against Edward Coward of that town, for
enticing artificers in the woollen manufactory to go to Padua
was read, as also
A copy of the information of John Smith against the said Edward Coward.
Their Lordships took into consideration the letter from Mr. Chapman, and the information of John Smith, therein enclosed, mentioned in the Minutes of the 21st inst., and resolved to consider further thereof at another opportunity.
A letter from the Lord Carteret of the 26th inst., referring to the further consideration of this Board several points contained in a late memorial from Colonel Philips, Governor of Nova Scotia, about the state of that province, was read.
A letter from Mr. Worsley, Governor of Barbadoes, to the
Board, dated the 11th January, 1723-4, was read; and the papers,
thereing referred to, were laid before the Board, and were as follows,
Papers therein referred to.
Minutes of Council, from the 8th August, 1723, to the 26th November following, inclusive.
Minutes of the Court of Chancery, from the 13th of October, 1723, to the 7th December following.
Copy of the address of the grand jury to His Majesty.
Copy of the address of the grand jury to Mr. Worsley.
Copy of the depositions of Henry Hunt, master, and Thomas Blackston, mate, of the Delight Galley, relating to their being taken by the pirates.
Copy of the depositions of four Portuguese, relating to themselves and others being taken by the pirates.
An Act to raise a levy on the inhabitants of this Island, and to establish a method to supply the want of cash for the payment of the public debts, passed in 1723.
A letter from the Lord Viscount Townsend, of the 4th inst., enclosing a petition from the Muscovia Company, mentioned in the Minutes of the 5th inst., was again read; and their Lordships ordered the draught of a representation to be prepared thereupon.
The draught of a letter to the Lord Carteret, directed to be prepared the 18th inst., inclosing copies of the Board's letter to Mr. Walpole of 14th November, 1723, as also of a letter from Mr. Chapman, and of an information, mentioned in the Minutes of the 21st inst., relating to a woollen manufacture established in the Venetian territories by English artificers, seduced from hence for that purpose, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed
Their Lordships took into further consideration the Lord Carteret's letter upon the late memorial of Colonel Philips, mentioned in yesterday's Minutes, and ordered that the said Colonel Philips, Governor of Nova Scotia, be acquainted that the Board desire to speak with him on Tuesday morning next.