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, October 1731
October 5. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Brudenell, Sir A. Croft.
Incidents and salary,
The Secretary laid before the Board the account of petty expences and incidental charges of this office, between Midsummer, 1731, and Michaelmas following, amounting to two hundred and sixty seven pounds and tenpence.
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sent to Treasury.
And a letter to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring payment thereof, as also of one quarter's salary due to the Secretary and other officers at Michaelmas last, was signed.
Santa Lucia, papers to the Duke of Newcastle.
A letter to the Duke of Newcastle, enclosing an extract of Mr. Worseley, Governor of Barbadoes, his letter of the 27th June last, relating to the Islands of Santa Lucia, St. Vincent's and Tobago, with copies of papers, therein referred to, as ordered the 22nd of the last month, was agreed and signed.
Scheme, running of wool.
An anonimous letter from Dublin, proposing a scheme to prevent the running of wool from Ireland, upon promise that the author's name shall be concealed, was read, and ordered that an answer be sent to the said letter, as directed therein, promising what is thereby desired.
October 13. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Mr. Brudenell.
Letters and papers from Colonel Dunbar.
The Board took into consideration and read the following letters and papers from Col. Dunbar, Lieut. Governor of New Hampshire and Surveyor General of the Woods in America, and agreed to consider further thereof on Tuesday morning next.
A letter from him, dated the 12th of January, 1730–1.
Mr. Belcher's letter of the 12th of January, 1730–1, to Col. Dunbar.
Copy of a letter from a French Jesuit to Col. Dunbar, dated the 30th of December, 1730.
Papers relating to the dispute between the Government of New England and Col. Dunbar, etc., relating to the new settlements between New England and Nova Scotia.
Copy of Col. Dunbar's letter to Col. Westbrook, relating to mast trees marked for the King's service, dated 7th January, 1730–1, in answer to one from Westbrook, dated the 6th of the same month.
Col. Westbrook's letter to Col. Dunbar, dated the 6th of January, 1730–1, desiring assistance to hew trees contracted for, to be delivered for the use of His Majesty's navy, and a second letter, dated the 23rd February, 1730–1.
A letter from him to the Secretary, dated the 4th of June, 1731,
and another letter dated the 11th of July, 1731.
Governor Belcher's order for calling and proroguing the Assembly of New Hampshire, dated the 21st of June, 1731.
The Lieut. Governor's speech to the Assembly and their answer.
A letter from him, dated the 18th of August, 1731.
A letter from him, dated the 20th of August, 1731.
Copy of a dedimus granted by Governor Belcher for administering wrong oaths, and a return of so doing.
36th instruction about the Governor's salary and absence.
Copy of a letter from Col. Dunbar to Governor Belcher, dated the 16th of August, 1731.
Governor Belcher's orders to Col. Walton, as Captain of the fort, dated the 18th of July, 1731.
Attested copy of Governor Belcher's order to the Captain of the fort, not to admit the Lieut, Governor.
Affidavit about shutting the gate of the fort against the Lieut. Governor.
Impression of a seal, sent by Governor Belcher to be used as a Custom House seal in New Hampshire.
Governor Belcher's order about a collector, 16th August, 1731.
Clearance of a vessel at New Hampshire, 20th August, 1731.
Copy of the last clause but one in Governor Belcher's commission.
Governor Belcher's answer, dated the 18th, to Col. Dunbar's letter of the 16th of August, 1731.
The following memorials and accounts of several losses of His Majesty's subjects, by the depredations of the Spaniards, being laid before the Board, directions were given for delivering the same to Mr. Crookshanks, Secretary to His Majesty's Commissaries in Spain, and the copies thereof ordered to be kept, as usual.
The loss of John Hay and Company, of London, merchants.
Schedule of the losses of the Governors and Company of the Royal Exchange Insurance.
An account of the ships taken by the Spaniards in the year 1727, that were insured by the London Insurance.
The loss of the owners of the ship John of Dublin.
The loss of the ship Cato, and the case of the merchants concerned.
The copy of a letter of the Lords of the Admiralty to the Lord Carteret.
Extract of the Lord Carteret's letter to Col. Stanhope at Madrid.
Copy of the oaths of the two mates of the ship Cato.
The proof of the value of the ship Cato, and her cargo.
Papers relating to the ship Prophet Samuel.
The case of the merchants concerned in the said ship.
Copy of the proof of her capture.
Copy of the proof of her value.
Papers about the loss of the ship Swallow, John Tupper, captain, with his claim.
Copy of the certificate before whom the cargo was sold.
An account of her value.
And the following papers were likewise ordered to be delivered to Mr. Crookshanks.
Extent of the British seas.
Letter from Mr. Parminter, in answer to one wrote to him, and Mr. Barrow, merchants in Bilboa, for copies of such proceedings as they could find with the notaries there to ascertain the extent of the British seas.
Copy of Sir Henry Penrice's opinion, relating to the bounds of the British seas.
October 19. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Brudenell.
Letters from Colonel Dunbar, with papers.
The two following letters from Col. Dunbar, Lieut. Governor of New Hampshire, were read, and the papers, therein respectively referred to, were laid before the Board.
A letter from him, dated the 14th of July, 1731.
Copy of a vote to be passed into an Act for emitting £40,000 of paper bills in New Hampshire.
Vote of May the 10th, 1731, for suspending an address for leave to issue £40,000 paper currency there.
A letter from him, dated the 15th of July, 1731.
Copies of two papers to prove that Governor Belcher did exercise a jurisdiction near Fredericks Fort in 1730.
Copy of the information and complaint of Josiah Grover to the Governor and Council of the Massachusetts Bay, about being driven from his settlement to the eastward of the Massachusetts Bay, and being seized in a schooner by some Irishmen from Pemaquid or Fredericks Fort.
Copy of the General Court Act for annexing the land to the eastward of the province of Maine to the county of York.
Letters from the Governor, with papers.
The following letters from Mr. Belcher, Governor of the
Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, were read, and the
papers, therein respectively referred to, were laid before the
A letter from him, dated the 12th of July, 1731.
A letter from him, dated the 13th of July, 1731.
A letter from him, dated the 26th of July, 1731.
Votes of the House of Representatives, from the 10th of June, 1731, to the 24th of July following.
A letter from him, dated the 20th of August, 1731.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Belcher to Col. Dunbar, dated the 18th of August, 1731, relating to the dispute about the command of Fort William and Mary in New Hampshire.
Copy of Col. Dunbar's letter to Mr. Belcher upon this subject.
Copy of Mr. Belcher's letter to Col. Walton, captain of Fort William and Mary, dated the 18th of July, 1731.
Copy of Mr. Belcher's orders to Captain Walton.
A letter from him, dated the 21st of August, 1731.
Votes of the House of Representatives, from the 27th of July, 1731, to the 24th of August following.
A letter from him, dated the 27th of August, 1731.
Representation of the House of Representatives of the Massachusetts Bay to their electors.
A letter from him, dated the 31st of August, 1731, with a copy of his letter to Col. Dunbar, 16th August, 1631.
Their Lordships resolved to consider further of these letters and papers to-morrow morning.
October 20. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Brudenell.
Letter from the Lord Harrington, with papers.
A letter from the Lord Harrington, dated the 18th of October,
1731, referring to the Board the following papers, was read.
Extract of Sir Cyril Wich's letter to the Lord Harrington, dated the 18th October, 1731, N.S.
Convention concluded between His Britannic Majesty and the town of Bremen, relating to the herring trade, in 1731.
Mr. Elkin summoned.
Whereupon ordered that Mr. Elkin, who attended the Board formerly upon the Bremen trade, be acquainted with the Board's desire of speaking with him to-morrow, or Tuesday or Wednesday next, upon this subject.
Answers to Mr. Belcher's and Colonel Dunbar's letters.
Their Lordships then took again into consideration the several letters from Mr. Belcher and Colonel Dunbar, read at the two last meetings, and gave directions for preparing answers thereto.
Extracts of Colonel Dunbar's letters sent to Mr. Walpole.
Ordered that extracts be made for Mr. Walpole, of so much of Colonel Dunbar's letters, as relate to the quit rents due upon several grants of land about Kennebeck.
Vacancies in the Council.
Ordered to be filled up.
Their Lordships taking notice that there are six vacancies in the Council of New Hampshire (vide Mr. Belcher's letter of 25th January last, read 9th June following) gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation for proposing, Benning Wentworth, Richard Waldron, Anthony Reynolds, Richard Gamblin, Theodore Atkinson, and Joshua Peirce, Esqrs., in the room of Joseph Smith, Mark Hunkins, Thomas Westbrook, Archibald McPhedris, and Samuel Penhallow.
October 21. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Brudenell.
Letter from Mr. Coram, hemp, etc.
A letter from Mr. Coram to the Secretary, dated the 12th March, 1730–1, relating to the manufacture of iron and the production of hemp and flax in New England, was read.
Ordered that a letter be wrote to Mr. Jeremiah Dunbar for an account of what be knows of any laws passed, manufactures set up, or trade carried on, in any part of America, where he has been, repugmant to or prejudicial to the manufactures or trade of this kingdom.
Mr. Elkin attending, as he had been desired, their Lordships took again into consideration and read the copy of a convention concluded between His Majesty and the town of Bremen, relating to the herring trade, mentioned in yesterday's Minutes, and desiring Mr. Elkin's opinion upon the whole, he said, he thought we had gained no new priviledge thereby. Their Lordships then resolved to take this matter in further consideration on Tuesday morning next.
October 26. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Mr. Brudenell.
A case tried at the Admiralty, with an appeal.
sent to the Lords of the Admiralty.
Mr. Jeremiah Dunbar, Deputy Surveyor General of the Woods in America, presented to the Board an exemplification of a case tried and heard the 9th of May, 1730, before Mr. Byfield, Judge of the Court of Vice-Admiralty, at Boston in New England, as also an Act of appeal thereupon to the High Court of Admiralty in this kingdom, and prayed the Board's direction upon it; which being read, ordered that it be sent to Mr. Burchet, and that he be desired to move the Lords of the Admiralty that the same may be prosecuted at home.
Governor Belcher's and Colonel Dunbar's letters considered.
Their Lordships, taking again into consideration the letters from Mr. Belcher, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, and from Col. Dunbar, Lieut. Governor of New Hampshire, mentioned in the Minutes of the 20th inst., gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation upon the dispute between them, concerning Col. Dunbar's right of command in New Hampshire, whilst Mr. Belcher is resident in the Massachusetts Bay.
Herring trade, representation ordered.
Their Lordships took again into consideration the letter from the Lord Harrington, enclosing the copy of a convention, concluded between Great Britain and the town of Bremen, relating to the herring trade, mentioned in the Minutes of the last meeting, and gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.
October 27. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Mr. Brudenell.
The representation, directed to be prepared the 20th inst., proposing Benning Wentworth, Richard Waldron, Anthony Reynolds, Richard Gamblin, Theodore Atkinson and Joshua Peirce, Esqrs., to be of the Council of New Hampshire, in the room of Joseph Smith, John Wentworth, Mark Hunkins, Thomas Westbrook, Archibald McPhedris and Samuel Penhallow, Esqrs., was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Address for an alteration in the Governor's instructions.
Ordered that the draught of a report be prepared, upon the address of the Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay, praying an alteration in the 16th and 30th Articles of Governor Belcher's instructions, referred to the Board by an Order in Council, mentioned in the Minutes of the 22nd of July last.
Letter to Mr. Carkesse.
Number of Officers and vessels.
Ordered that a letter be wrote to Mr. Carkesse, Secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, for an account of the number of officers and vessels employed to prevent the running of wool, and of the charge thereof.
Ordered that Mr. Lowther be once more reminded of the letters wrote to him the 26th of August last, relating to the annual amount of the fees and perquisites of Barbadoes.
Security, Lieutenant Governor.
The Remembrancer's certificate that Capt. Ogle has given security for observing the Acts of Trade and Navigation as Lieut. Governor of Maryland, was read, and the draught of instructions for Capt Ogle, relating to the Acts of Trade and Navigation, being agreed, the draught of a representation, for laying the same before His Majesty, was signed.
October 28. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Mr. Brudenell.
Running of wool.
A letter from Mr. Needham, dated at Dublin, the 21st inst., desiring that, if what he proposes to prevent the running of wool shall take effect, he may be enabled to live in Great Britain, was read, and ordered that an answer he made thereto, promising the Board's recommendation.
Virginia and Maryland.
Mr. Ochs, grants of land.
A memorial from Mr. Ochs, describing the limits of the Lords Baltimore and Fairfax's grants of land in Virginia and Maryland, was read, ordered that copies thereof be given to the Lords Baltimore and Fairfax for their objections, if they have any, thereto.
Assembly's address, hardships,
A representation from the Assembly of Barbadoes to the Board, setting forth the hardships under which they at present labour, was read; ordered that the agents for Barbadoes be desired to attend on Tuesday next upon this subject.