Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 6, January 1729 - December 1734. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1928.
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Journal, June 1730
Ordered that the following advertisement be inserted in the
three next Gazettes, viz:—
Whereas advertisements were inserted in the Gazettes of the 25th and 28th of April and of the 2nd of the last month, to inform all such as have any claims upon the court of Spain for losses sustained by them, that the Rt. Honble. the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations would meet every Tuesday and Friday at their office in order to receive the said claims; these are now to inform such claimants that, instead thereof, the said Lords Commissioners have appointed every Tuesday and Thursday for that purpose.
By Order of their Lordships,
June 2, 1730.
Ordered that a letter be wrote to Mr. Daniel Pulteney, desiring he will communicate to the Board any particular facts or observations that may have occurred to him, material for the fixing His Majesty's title to Santa Lucia.
The Board taking into consideration An Act, passed at Jamaica in 1729, to prevent danger that may arise from disguised as well as declared papists, Mr. Fane's report thereupon was read, and their Lordships agreed that the said Act should lye by probationary.
A letter from Major General Hunter, Governor of Jamaica,
to the Secretary, dated October, 29th, 1729, was read, and the
paper, therein transmitted, laid before the Board, viz:—
Copy of a letter from Peter, king of the Musketoes, to Major General Hunter.
A letter from General Hunter to the Board, dated the 12th of
March, 1729–30, was likewise read, and the paper, therewith
transmitted, laid before the Board, viz:—
General Hunter's speech to the Council and Assembly.
A memorial from several merchants trading to South Carolina, desiring the Board to consider the several laws of that province relating to the distribution of justice, was read; whereupon ordered that a copy of the said memorial be sent to Mr. Fane, together with the several laws of his province, for his opinion in point of law; whether any of the said laws are lyable to the merchants' objections.
Ordered that a letter be wrote to Mr. Fane, for his opinion in point of law, whether, according to the charter of Carolina, any grants made by the lords proprietors be valid, unless signed by them all and be under the common seal.
Ordered that the draughts of representations be prepared upon the draughts of instructions to Colonel Johnson, Governor of South Carolina, agreed the 27th of the last month, and upon the draughts of instructions to Capt. Burrington, Governor of North Carolina, agreed at the last meeting.
Their Lordships, taking again into consideration the Order of the Committee of Council, dated the 14th of July, 1727, referring to the Board a petition from South Carolina for permitting old bills of credit to be continued, read the 27th of September, 1727, ordered that the draught of a report be prepared thereupon.
Order in Council of 22nd January last, approving the draughts of additional instructions to several Governors in America, requiring them to assist the deputy receivers of the 6d. per month out of the seaman's wages, for Greenwich Hospital.
Order in Council of the 20th of April, 1730, approving the draughts of additional instructions to several Governors, relating to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Bishop of London in the plantations.
Order in Council of the 20th of April, 1730, approving the draughts of additional instructions to Colonel Phillips, Governor of Nova Scotia, and to Colonel Dunbar, Surveyor General of the Woods, about settling some Irish and Palatine families in that province.
Order in Council of the 2nd of February, 1729–30, (upon a representation of the Board of Trade and a report of the Lords of the Committee of Council), approving an Act, passed at St. Christophers in January, 1728–9, for raising a tax on negroes for erecting a court house, etc.
Order in Council of the 19th of November, 1729, upon a representation for confirming an Act, passed at Antigua in September, 1725, to invest certain lands in His Majesty, etc., for the use of His Majesty's ships of war, etc.
Order in Council of the 19th of November, 1729, approving the draught of an additional instruction for the Governor of the Leeward Islands relating to English Harbour in the Island of Antigua, and to the better accommodation of His Majesty's ships with fuel, water, etc.
Order in Council of the 19th of November, 1729, upon a representation of the Board of Trade and a report of the Lords of the Committee of Council, approving an Act, passed in Antigua in 1728, for granting to His Majesty certain duties upon the import of liquors and house rent, etc., for the payment of six hundred pounds per annum to the Earl of Londonderry.
Order in Council of the 8th of May, 1730. requiring Mr. Belcher to acquaint the General Assembly of the Massachusetts that it is expected they should make good to the children of Mr. Burnet, the late Governor, the sum voted to him in August, 1729, or such a sum as should appear due to him at the rate of £1000 per annum.
Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated the 18th of February, 1729–30, referring to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General some alterations proposed to be made in the draught of a charter for Gibraltar.
Order in Council of 22nd January last, requiring copies of the papers of complaint from the members of the Council of North Carolina against Sir Richard Everard, Deputy Governor of that province, under the Lords Proprietors: as likewise of the complaint made by Sir Richard against the said Council, to put into the hands of Captain Burrington, now appointed Governor, for his examination into and report of the facts.
Order in Council of the 22nd January last, upon a representation of the Board of Trade, approving the suspension of Mr. Morris from the Council of New York, and for appointing Mr. Courtland to supply his place.
Order in Council of the 11th of December, 1729, referring to the Lords of the Committee a representation of the Board of Trade, and several Acts of Jamaica, relating to the settlement of the north east part of that island, near Port Antonio.
The Secretary then laid before the Board the copy of an account of the prices of several sorts of goods proper for the African trade, which are bought cheaper in Holland than in England, which he had received from Mr. Tinker; and the same being read, ordered that the draught of a report be prepared upon the Order of the Committee of Council, relating to some inconveniences, which the trade to Africa at present labours under, read the 13th of March last.
Two letters, the one from the Mayor of Tiverton, dated the 13th of May, 1730, the other from the Mayor of Exeter, without date, both relating to the decay of their trade in the woollen manufacture by the running of wool from Ireland to France, were severally read; whereupon ordered that the draught of a report be prepared upon the Order of the Committee of Council upon the same subject, read the 4th December last.
Their Lordships, taking again into consideration the letter from his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, referring to the Board several papers, relating to Jamaica, North Carolina and Newfoundland, read the 26th of November last, gave directions for preparing the draught of an answer thereto.
Mr. Fane's report into the validity of such grants of offices from the late Lords Proprietors of Carolina as are not signed by them all, was read, and ordered that copies thereof be given to Colonel Johnson and Capt. Burrington, Governors of South and North Carolina.
Ordered that a letter be prepared to Colonel Johnson, for inclosing to him copies of several complaints against the Assembly of South Carolina, referred to the Board by an Order of the Committee of Council, read the 28th of July, 1729.
A letter from Mr. De la Fontaine, dated the 29th of the last month, in relation to some Palatines, who are desirous of settling in South Carolina, was read; and their Lordships gave directions for acquainting Mr. De la Fontaine with the encouragement the Board had proposed by Colonel Johnson's instructions for this purpose.
Ordered that Mr. Missing, whose letter upon this subject was read the 13th of March last, and Mr. Purry, whose memorial was read the 25th of the same month, be likewise acquainted therewith, as also all others, who may at any time have made or make any proposals for settling this province.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, dated the 5th inst., was
read, and the papers, therewith transmitted, were laid before the
A letter from Mr. Thomas Lowndes to the Duke of Newcastle in relation to the making of potashes in South Carolina.
Copy of Mr. Lambton's letter to Mr. Lowndes upon the same subject.
A letter from Mr. Thomas Lowndes to the Secretary, dated
the 19th of May last, was read; and the papers, therein referred
to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Copy of a letter from Mr. Lambton to Mr. Lowndes in relation to the making of potashes in South Carolina.
Provost Marshal's place.
Copy of a paragraph of Colonel Bull's letter to Mr. Lowndes about the Provost Marshal's place in South Carolina.
Their Lordships then took into consideration the draught of a representation, ordered likewise to be prepared the 4th inst., relating to the running of wool from Ireland to France, and made a progress therein.
Mr. Lowndes attending, as he had been desired, their Lordships took again into consideration the letter from the Duke of Newcastle, referring to the Board a letter from Mr. Lowndes, in relation to the making of potash in South Carolina; and their Lordships desiring he would inform the Board what encouragement he thought necessary for this purpose; he said, that a number of potash makers would go to Carolina, if their passage were to be paid for them, and if their negroes might be tax free for seven years; whereupon their Lordships resolved to recommend this matter to Colonel Johnson, Governor of this province, at their next meeting.
Colonel Williamson attending, acquainted the Board, that he was sorry Mr. Hintz, whom he had recommended to take care of the transporting some Palatines to Nova Scotia, had not answered the character he had given of him, but that the Government should not lose anything upon this occasion, being determined to repay the money Mr. Hintz had received from the Treasury.
Colonel Johnson attending, the Board informed him with what Mr. Lowndes had proposed at the last meeting about making potashes in South Carolina, and desired he would give all the encouragement he could to that undertaking.
An Order of the Committee of Council, dated the 14th of the last month, directing the Board to consider An Act, passed in Pennsylvania in 1727, for establishing courts of judicature in this province, complained of by the petition of John Moore, Esq., collector of the customs there, was read, whereupon ordered that Mr. Fane be reminded of the letter wrote to him the 15th of April last, with the said Act, and that he be desired to send his opinion thereupon as soon as possible.
An Order of the Committee of Council, dated the 3rd inst., directing the Board to prepare draughts of instructions to the Governor of New England, and to Colonel Dunbar, Surveyor of His Majesty's Woods, about the granting His Majesty's share to the informer of the penalties inflicted by the Act for the further encouragement of Naval Stores, was read, and ordered that the draughts of instructions be prepared accordingly.
An Order of the Committee of Council, dated the 15th of April, 1730, referring to the Board the petition of Samuel Waldoe and others of New England, complaining of an obstruction they met with from Colonel Dunbar, Surveyor of His Majesty's Woods, when they went to make settlements upon their own lands, was read, and their Lordships agreeing to take the same into consideration on Wednesday morning next, ordered that Mr. Waldoe be desired to attend the Board at the same time.
Ordered that if the several merchants and others, who have given into this office any original papers to prove their losses sustained by the Spaniards, do desire to have them returned, that the Secretary do return the same, taking copies thereof and receipts for the originals.
Mr. Shelton, Secretary to the late Lords Proprietors of Carolina, attending, acquainted the Board that he had taken an opportunity of waiting upon the Lord Carteret, one of the Proprietors of the Bahama islands, to know whether his Lordship would join with the other Proprietors in the offer to sell those Islands to His Majesty, presented to this Board the 27th of the last month, but that his Lordship would not join therein.
Mr. Purry, whose memorial concerning a Swiss settlement, proposed to be made in South Carolina, was read the 25th of March last, attending with Mr. Vatt, desired their Lordships would please to let him know what encouragements were proposed for such as were willing to go to that province, and their Lordships ordered that he should have an extract of Colonel Johnson's instruction for this purpose.
Mr. Waldoe attending, as he had been desired, in relation to the petition of himself and several others, referred to the Board by an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, read the 19th inst.; complaining of an obstruction they met with from Colonel Dunbar, when they went to make their settlements upon their own lands, presented to the Board several papers, which their Lordships resolved to consider at another opportunity, and return to him again.
|Account of petty expences, from Lady Day, 1730, to Midsummer following||125||11||1|
|The stationer's account for the same time||87||13||8|
|The postman's account for the same time||27||0||8|
|Account of wood and coals||12||6||9|
Mr. Lopez, attending, presented to the Board an account of losses sustained by his brother from the Spaniards in 1719, which was read; and he acquainted the Board that the original proofs of these losses were already with Mr. Keene.
The report and instruction to the Governor of New England and to Colonel Dunbar, signifying His Majesty's being willing to give up his moiety of the penalty inflicted on such as destroy the woods, ordered to be prepared the 19th inst., was signed.
The draught of a report upon the two letters from the Mayors of Tiverton and Exeter, relating to the decay of their trade in the woollen manufacture, by the running of wool from Ireland to France, directed to be prepared the 4th inst., was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle of the 23rd inst., was read, inclosing, by His Majesty's order, a draught of instructions for the Commissaries appointed to treat with those of Spain, in pursuance of the treaty of Seville, and directing their Lordships to offer such additions or alterations as this Board may have to propose to the said draught; as also such further informations as may be necessary to be given by their Lordships to the said Commissaries. Whereupon directions were given for laying before the Board their representation of the 25th of September, 1717, relating to the right His Majesty's subjects have to cut logwood in the Bay of Campeachy, and also for collecting and laying before the Board the letters received from His Majesty's consuls in Spain, with regard to grievances suffered by His Majesty's subjects in their trade there, together with several other papers relating to the subject matter of the said instructions.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle of the 23rd inst., signifying His Majesty's pleasure that this Board prepare a representation with their observations upon all His Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in America, particularly with respect to the use, which the Bahama Islands and South Carolina may be of to the trade and security of his subjects in those parts, was read; whereupon some directions were given for preparing the draught of such a representation accordingly.
Their Lordships made some progress in collating and examining the several proofs, referred to in the draught of a representation agreed the 18th inst., relating to His Majesty's right to the island of Santa Lucia, whereof copies are to be added by way of appendix to the said representation.