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, August 1730
A letter from Mr. Hintz, dated at Rotterdam, the 8th of this month, N.S., was read, relating to some delay in the affair of the German protestants, whom he had undertook to procure to go and settle in Nova Scotia, and desiring to have a credit for thirty pounds in order to complete his undertaking; whereupon directions were given for preparing an answer to the said letter.
The draught of a letter to the Duke of Newcastle, ordered the 22nd past to be prepared, for transmitting to His Grace the duplicate of a petition and representation of the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Assembly of Bermuda to His Majesty, with the copy of a letter from Capt. Pitt and the Council of that Island of the 9th of October last, and an inclosed account of vessels, etc., seized by the Spaniards, was agreed and signed.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Capt. Burrington, appointed Governor of North Carolina, to acquaint him that the Board have signed their representation upon his instructions so long ago as the 10th of June last, and have waited ever since for his list of Councillors, but that if he does not bring the names of twelve persons proper to be inserted upon the occasion by Monday next, their Lordships will either send away his instructions without Councillors, or name them without waiting any longer for his advice upon that subject.
Mr. Galfridus Gray attending, his letter and memorial, dated July 7th, were read, referring to some former memorials he had presented, and about shutting up the Spanish Trade from America when we please, particularly representing the great value and consequence of the Bahama Islands and proposing a settlement to be made at Heneago, one of the Bahamas; and their Lordships having some discourse with him on this subject, he was acquainted, that if he would lay before them any scheme for settling the said island of Heneago, or other places, and how means may be found for defraying the charge thereof, their Lordships would represent what might be proper thereupon to His Majesty, and as to any reward Mr. Gray might expect for services or such useful discoveries as he might communicate to them, they could only recommend him to His Majesty's favour.
A memorial from Mr. Yeamans, agent for the Island of Antigua, praying their Lordships to recommend an Act, passed there in 1728, to supply the defects of a certain Act of this Island, entituled, An Act for constituting a Court of Chancery in this Island and for holding Courts of Chancery in the absence of the Commander in Chief, etc., for His Majesty's approbation, whereupon directions were given for inquiring into the constitution of the Courts of Chancery in His Majesty's other plantations in America.
A letter to the Duke of Newcastle, with the Board's observations upon the draught of instructions prepared for the Commissaries appointed to treat with those of Spain, pursuant to the treaty of Seville, and transmitting other papers annexed, agreed the 30th of last month, was signed.
A letter from the Lord Carteret, dated this day, in answer to their Lordships' of the 4th inst., relating to his eighth part of the province of Carolina and the value his Lordship sets upon it, was read; whereupon directions were given for preparing the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council, mentioned in the Minutes of the 28th of the last month, upon that subject.
The Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations being informed that several persons have paid money to their secretaries or clerks as fees or gratifications for their trouble in matters transacted in this office, more particularly on the passing of commissions and instructions for Governors, on reports for appointing of Councillors, and upon hearings before their Lordships in matters of controversy; as these gratuities have been received without their Lordships' privity or consent, who do neither know or allow of any fees or gratuities due or to be taken for business transacted in their office, now their Lordships have thought fit to express their utter dislike of such practices, and they do hereby strictly forbid their secretaries, clerks and other officers from demanding, taking, or receiving any fee, gratuity, or reward whatsoever, upon any pretence, for business done or to be done in this office; but they are not hereby restrained from receiving such reasonable gratuities as any person shall think fit to bestow upon them for extraordinary attendances out of the office, or for copies of papers, made at the request of parties therein concerned.
A letter to Mr. Daniel Hintz was agreed and ordered to be sent, in answer to his of the 8th of this month, N.S., which was read the 4th inst., relating to some delay in the affair of the German protestants, whom he undertook to procure to go and settle in Nova Scotia, and to a credit for thirty pounds, desired by him to complete his undertaking.
The draught of a report, directed to be prepared the 5th inst., to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the Lord Carteret's answer, relating to his eighth part of the province of Carolina and the value his Lordship sets upon it, was agreed, transcribed and signed.
Their Lordships considering that the business of this office has been very much increased of late, and is likely to be augmented, which creates an occasion for more assistance than the ordinary establishment will admit, the draught of a letter to the Lords of the Treasury was agreed and signed, desiring them to impower this Board to appoint an additional officer with the title of solicitor and clerk of the reports, and that a salary may be allowed him of two hundred pounds per annum in the accounts of the incident charges of the office.
The draughts of instructions for Capt. Burrington, Governor of North Carolina, which were agreed the 3rd of June last, having remained in this office for want of a list of persons expected from him to fill up His Majesty's Council for that province, and some alterations having in the interim been found proper to be made in the said instructions, conformable to what has since been approved for South Carolina; their Lordships agreed the said alterations, as likewise the said instructions, which particularly relate to trade and navigation; whereupon the draughts of a representation, for laying the same before His Majesty, and of a letter to enclose them to His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, were agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General's report, relating to the validity of certain grants made by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, particularly one to Sir Nathaniel Johnson in 1686, was read, whereupon ordered that copies of the said report be prepared for Colonel Johnson and Captain Burrington, Governors of South and North Carolina.
A representation, for laying before His Majesty the draughts of general instructions and of those relating to the Acts of Trade and Navigation for Capt. Burrington, Governor of North Carolina, agreed at the last meeting, was signed.
An Order of the Lords of the Committee of the Privy Council, dated the 4th of July last, was read, approving the draught of an instruction, relating to His Majesty's share of forfeitures incurred for destroying his woods in America, and requiring instructions to be prepared accordingly, not only for the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire and for Colonel Dunbar, Surveyor General of the Woods on the Continent of America, but also for the Governors of all the colonies named in an Act of Parliament giving further encouragement for the importation of Naval Stores, and for other purposes therein mentioned. Whereupon the said instructions being prepared, a report, for laying them before the Lords of the Committee, was signed.
A report from Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General, was read, upon the copy of the charter to the colony of Connecticut, and of a memorial of John Winthrop, Esq., in answer to a letter writ to them for their opinion concerning the power of that colony to make laws, which affect property; whereupon directions were given for looking out and laying before the Board at the first opportunity the particular Act complained of in the said memorial, relating to the settlement of intestates' estates.
Mr. Browne, Judge of the Court of Admiralty of Pennsylvania, having prepared a state of his case in writing, as directed the 23rd of the last month, with respect to his complaints against Major Gordon, Deputy Governor of that province, the same was read, and their Lordships were pleased to order copies to be made of the several papers presented by Mr. Browne to this Board, relating to his said complaints, to be transmitted to Major Gordon for his particular answers, with all convenient speed, and that in the meantime the draught of a report be prepared to the Lords of the Committee of Council, proposing that His Majesty's pleasure be signified to Major Gordon, requiring him not to interfere with the proceedings of the Admiralty Court upon prosecutions there for breaches of the Acts of Trade and Navigation, but to give all countenance and due encouragement to the several officers thereof in the performance of their duty.
Colonel Johnson, Governor of South Carolina, attending, their Lordships had some discourse with him, relating to the Cherokee nation of Indians, bordering upon the frontiers of that province, and concerning some of their chiefs now in this kingdom; whereupon ordered that Sir William Keith, late Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania, who has formerly had conferences with the Indians, be acquainted that the Board desire to speak with him at eleven of the clock to-morrow morning.
A letter from Mr. Scrope, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, dated the 12th inst., was read, signifying that their Lordships of the Treasury do consent and agree to this Board's appointing an additional officer under them with the title of solicitor and clerk of the reports, for so long time, as their Lordships shall want the assistance of such an officer, and that he be allowed two hundred pounds per annum out of the contingences of this office, as proposed by the Board the 11th of this month; whereupon their Lordships were pleased to nominate and appoint Mr. Onslow Burrish to be solicitor for this office and clerk of the reports; and Mr. Burrish attending, was called in and acquainted therewith.
Their Lordships then made a progress in collating and examining several proofs referred to in the state of His Majesty's title to the island of St. Vincent's, agreed the 23rd of June, and gave directions for preparing copies of the said proofs to be annexed as an appendix thereto.
After which, Sir William Keith attending, as desired, their Lordships had some discourse with him concerning several nations of Indians bordering upon His Majesty's plantations on the continent of America, and the manner of conferring and treating with them; whereupon Sir William was desired to let their Lordships have in writing, agreeable to the Indian style, the form of a declaration or agreement proper to be mutually made by the chiefs of the Cherokee Indians now here, and by such as His Majesty shall appoint on his part for that purpose, upon the said Indians having submitted their dominion and territories to His Majesty, which Sir William Keith promised accordingly.
Sir William Keith attending, presented to their Lordships, as desired, the form of a declaration or agreement proper to be mutually made by the chiefs of the Cherokee Indians now here, and by such as His Majesty shall appoint on his part, which was read; and the draught of a letter to His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, to know His Majesty's pleasure on this subject, was agreed and signed.
The representation, containing a state of the King's title to the island of St. Vincent's, agreed the 23rd of June last, was signed, as also a letter, for inclosing the same to His Grace the Duke of Newcastle.
Capt. Labord, agent for Colonel Dunbar, attending, acquainted the Board that Capt. Marwood, commander of the Lyme, could give an account of the tract of land between New England and Nova Scotia, where Colonel Dunbar has lately made some settlements; whereupon ordered that Capt. Marwood be desired to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next.
Mr. Shelton attending, desired their Lordships would please to make their report upon the Order of the Committee of Council, mentioned in the Minutes of the 31st of October last, directing the Board to consider the value of the lands of the Bahama Islands, and what sum may be proper to be given for them, etc., and their Lordships, taking the same into consideration, gave directions for preparing a report thereupon.
Their Lordships then took again into consideration the draught of a report upon the King's title to the island of Dominica, mentioned in the Minutes of the 4th of May last, and made a progress therein.