Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 7, January 1735 - December 1741. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1930.
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Journal, September 1736
A letter from Mr. Gregory, President of the Council and Commander in Chief of Jamaica, with two papers, relating to the disputes between him and the Council, upon his taking upon him the government, and appointing a judge, was read; as also a letter from the Council to the Board, complaining of the President upon the above account. Ordered that the draught of a letter to the Duke of Newcastle (Secretary of State) be prepared upon the above mentioned subject; and that the draught of answers be prepared to the letters abovementioned from Mr. Gregory and the Council, as likewise the two following letters from Mr. Gregory; vizt., two letters from Mr. Gregory of the 2nd of June and 7th of July last, upon the foregoing subject, with his speeches to the Council and Assembly and their answers, relating chiefly to an additional salary offered him by the Assembly, but rejected by the Council.
Memorial from Mr. Crosse, desiring the Board to consider the Consul's memorial, mentioned in the minutes of 25th ult., relating to the importance of wine from the Canaries to the plantations, was read. The Board are of opinion that Canary wines cannot legally be imported to the plantations, and gave directions that a letter be wrote accordingly to the Consul of the Canaries. [v. Minute of 22nd inst.]
Order of Committee, read the 25th June last, with the petition of Messrs. Wragg for 24,000 acres, was again read. Mr. Shelton, in behalf of Messrs. Wragg, acquaints the Board that they are willing to pay the quit rent here in sterling money, from the date of their grant, and desires the Board to appoint a day for considering the said petition, and the Board appointed to-morrow morning.
Order of Committee, read the 9th June last, with Mr. Crimble's petition for settling 6000 foreign Protestants, was again read, as also Mr. Crimble's proposals for carrying on the said settlement, now laid before the Board. Mr. Huey says that there are numbers of foreign Protestants now ready to go over; they present a map of North Carolina. The Board agree to consider further of this proposal at another opportunity.
The Board take again into consideration Mr. Wragg's petition for 24,000 acres of land, mentioned in yesterday's minutes; Mr. Wragg proposes to settle them immediately; and to carry over thither about 300 persons, the next year, but will engage to carry that number in the first five years and to pay the usual quit rent in proclamation money, either in the province, or in London, from the date of his grant. Mr. Wragg is desired to send a description of the land he desires, which he promised to do accordingly. [v. 25th June last and 12th November following.]
The draught of a letter to the Duke of Newcastle, ordered to be prepared the 8th instant, upon the subject of Mr. Gregory's letters then read, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed, as also the draughts of letters to Mr. Gregory and to the Council of Jamaica, likewise ordered to be prepared the 8th instant.
A letter from Mr. Deane, Consul at Ostend, promising to send over extracts of his commission and of the Archduchesses' letters to the governors and magistrates of the towns, on his being admitted, was read; and directions were given for writing to Mr. Deane for copies thereof, instead of the extracts.
Ten letters from Mr. Belcher, Governor of New England, were read, and the papers, referred to in them, were laid before the Board; ordered that the draught of an answer be prepared to the said letters.
The letter to the Duke of Newcastle, agreed to yesterday, upon the subject of the differences between the President and the Council, was signed; as also the letters to Mr. Gregory, the President, and to the councillors of Jamaica, likewise agreed to yesterday.
The Board taking again into consideration their minute of the 15th instant, directing a letter to be wrote to the Consul of the Canaries, upon the subject of his memorial, relating to the exportation of Canary wines directly to the plantations, gave directions that that letter should be postponed, and a letter wrote to Mr. Carkesse, for the opinion of the Commissioners of the Customs upon this subject.
Letter from Mr. Huey, with his remarks upon the settlement, proposed to be made by him and Mr. Crimble, mentioned in the minutes of the 15th instant, and upon the settlement proposed by Mr. Wragg, mentioned in the minutes of the 16th instant, was read; and Mr. Huey acquainted the Board that he proposed to oblige himself to carry over to his settlement 6,000 persons in ten years; to allot to each man a tract of about 200 acres; and being asked whether he was willing to pay the quit rent, when it is to commence, here in this kingdom, he said there were other gentlemen concerned in his undertaking, but that with regard to himself, it was indifferent to him, where he paid it. The Board then agreed to consider further thereof at another opportunity.
The letter to Mr. Belcher, Governor of New England, mentioned in the last minutes, was agreed to; and the Board gave directions for preparing the draught of a letter to the Duke of Newcastle, upon that part of Governor Belcher's letter of 8th December, 1735, relating to his sending orders to the President of New Hampshire, notwithstanding the Lieut.-Governor was present.
The letter, ordered yesterday to be prepared, to the Duke of Newcastle, upon the disputes between Mr. Belcher, Governor of the Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, and Colonel Dunbar, Lieut.-Governor of New Hampshire, relating to their respective powers of government, was agreed to.
Letter from Lord Harrington of 21st instant, referring to the Board extracts of three letters from Mr. Tigh, dated from Stockholm, relating to a new trade opened between Sweden and Smyrna, was read; and directions were given for desiring some of the Turkey Company to attend upon this subject next Thursday.
Two letters from Mr. Dottin, President of the Council and Commander in Chief of Barbados, were read; and the papers and Acts, therein referred to, were laid before the Board; ordered that the Acts above-mentioned be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereon in point of law; ordered that the draught of an answer be prepared to the several letters received from Mr. Dottin since the last wrote to him.
Letter from the Duke of Newcastle, referring to the Board a letter from Monsieur Geraldino, agent for Spain, complaining of the inhabitants of Georgia, was read; and directions were given for desiring some of the Georgia trustees to attend upon this subject on Wednesday morning next, and that in the meantime a copy of the above-mentioned letter be sent to the said trustees. The Board then read again and reconsidered the letter from the Duke of Newcastle, read 18th ult., inclosing several papers relating to the bounds between Carolina and Florida.
The Board take into consideration the draught of a letter, ordered to be prepared at the last meeting, to Mr. Dottin, President of the Council and Commander in Chief at Barbados, and made a progress therein.
Mr. Gulston, the contractor for furnishing masts for the Royal Navy, attending, presented to the Board a letter from Mr. Waldo, his agent in New England, relating to the waste committed in the woods there; which being read, a copy thereof was ordered to be taken.
The Board take again into consideration the letter from Lord Harrington, read the 23rd instant, relating to a new trade between Sweden and Smyrna; they desire copies of the papers, which Lord Harrington incloses in his above letter, and promised to send their observations upon them; ordered that copies be sent accordingly.
Eleven letters from General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, were read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board; and the Board agreed to read the remaining letters from General Mathew to-morrow morning.