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 1732
A letter from the Lord Harrington, dated at Hannover the 14–15 July, 1732, enclosing an extract of a letter from Mr. Finch to his Lordship, with some considerations on the state of trade between England and Sweden, was read, and directions were given for making some addition to the draught of the representation, ordered to be prepared the 25th of the last month, upon the subject of the Swedish trade.
An Order of the Committee of Council, dated the 25th of July, 1732, upon the petition of Major Ayscough, President of the Council of Jamaica, requiring an instruction to be prepared, relating to his Commanding in Chief there upon the absence of General Hunter, was read, and directions were given for preparing the draught of an instruction accordingly, as also of a report to the Lords of the Committee thereupon.
An Order of the Committee of Council, dated the 25th of July last, referring to this Board the petition of Colonel Hart, proposing to make a settlement upon a peninsula in Nova Scotia, and praying a grant thereof, was read, and directions were given that Colonel Hart should be desired to attend thereupon on Thursday next.
The draught of an instruction, relating to Major Ayscough's Commanding in Chief at Jamaica, in the absence of General Hunter, was agreed, and a report thereupon to the Lords of the Committee, was agreed and signed.
Colonel Hart attending, as he had been desired, their Lordships took again into consideration his petition praying for a grant of a peninsula in Nova Scotia, mentioned in the Minutes of the 1st instant, and made a progress therein.
Mr. Samuel Travers attending, the power of attorney to him from Mathew Martin, administrator of Henry Martin, one of the sufferers of the French invasion at Nevis, being examined at the Board, the debenture No. 561 was delivered to him.
The Secretary acquainting the Board, that he had been obliged to suspend Mr. Gedney, a clerk in this office, for neglect of duty, he was called in to the Board, and upon his promise of amendment, their Lordships were pleased to restore him again.
Colonel Hart and Mr. Dunbar, attending, as they had been desired, the Board desired Colonel Hart would explain whether he proposed his grant to commence from the western part of Holt Island, or from the western part of the peninsula, and then to extend 12 leagues eastward, and whether he would submit to pay a quit rent of 3 shillings per hundred acres. To which he said, that he proposed his grant should include Holt Island, but that the 12 leagues should commence from the western part of the peninsula, and that he was willing to pay a quit rent of 3 shillings per hundred acres, provided he was exempted from any quit rent for the first ten years from the date of his grant.
Mr. Dunbar being then desired to give his opinion upon the said proposed grant, he said, that there were no inhabitants upon the said tract, nor any in Nova Scotia, but the French and the soldiers in garrison: that this settlement would, in his opinion, be of great service.
The report from Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General upon some queries in a petition of the Governor of Rhode Island, and another of several persons there, complaining against an Act for emitting bills of credit, and upon the King's right to repeal the said Act, was read, and some directions were given for preparing the draught of a representation upon the letter from the Duke of Newcastle, referring to the consideration of the Board, the petitions and Act above-mentioned, read the 13th of April last.
The report to the Committee of Council, signed the 3rd instant, inclosing the copy of a representation to Her Majesty upon the Jamaica Act laying duties on negroes, being returned to the office, not being judged by the Lord President a proper answer, a letter to his Lordship was immediately agreed and signed.
Colonel Philipps, Governor of Nova Scotia, not attending, as he had been desired, Colonel Hart and Mr. Dunbar were called in, and the Board, taking again into consideration Colonel Hart's petition for a grant of a peninsula in Nova Scotia, mentioned in the Minutes of the 15th instant, made a progress therein, and resolved to consider further thereof to-morrow morning.
Colonel Hart attending, the Board took his petition for a grant of a peninsula in Nova Scotia again into consideration, and ordered a copy of the said petition, and the following queries should be sent to Colonel Philipps, the Governor of Nova Scotia.
An Order in Council, dated the 10th instant, referring to this Board the petition of Jonathan Belcher, junior, praying that Mr. Belcher, his father, Governor of New England, may be permitted to give his assent to a Bill, passed the Council and the House of Representatives of the Massachusetts Bay, for granting the sum of three thousand pounds for and towards the support of His Majesty's Governor, was read, as also a letter from Mr. Belcher, the Governor, dated the 19th of June last, enclosing a copy of the said Bill;
A representation upon the Duke of Newcastle's letter, relating to an account Mrs. Anne Jones has given of a silver mine in Virginia, mentioned in the Minutes of the 25th of the last month, was agreed and signed.
A letter from Colonel Philipps, Governor of Nova Scotia, dated this day, in answer to one writ him the 23rd instant, upon the petition of Colonel Hart for some lands in Nova Scotia, was read, and directions were given for preparing the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee upon the said petition.
An Order of the Committee of Council, dated the 25th of July, 1732, directing this Board to prepare instructions for the Governor of South Carolina upon the petition of the trustees, for establishing the colony of Georgia in America, praying that their charter may be registered, was read, and instructions were ordered to be prepared accordingly.