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, February 1737
Letter from Mr. Martyn, Secretary to the Georgia trustees, in answer to one wrote to him the 25th ult., relating to a day to be fixed for hearing the complaints of the Council and Assembly against the magistrates of Georgia, was read.
A letter from Mr. Parker, whose proposal for preventing clandestine trade was read the 13th inst., signifying that he would attend the Board any morning they should appoint, was read, and the Board appointed to-morrow morning.
Order of the Committee of Council, referring to the Board a petition of Mr. Morley, Provost Marshal of South Carolina, and others, against an Act of that Province for ascertaining of fees, passed in May last, was read, and orders were given for sending the said Act to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereupon, in point of law.
Mr. Parker, whose proposals were mentioned in yesterday's minutes, for preventing clandestine trade, etc. in the plantations, attending, as he had been desired, their lordships read the said proposals, and observing that he expected some reward, before he explained his proposals, he was desired to explain himself upon that stead; he then said, that what he desired, was two or three hundred pounds, at present, and a recommendation to Sir Robert Walpole: upon which he was acquainted, that the Board had no money to dispose of, but that if his proposals, when made, should appear to be of the consequence he mentioned, the Board would recommend him to Sir Robert. He then said he would recollect himself, and attend the Board another time.
Mr. Martyn, Secretary to the Georgia trustees, attending upon the subject of his letter, read the 1st inst., the Board acquainted him, that so soon as Mr. Fury, agent for South Carolina, could be ready with such papers, as he expected, as mentioned in his memorial, read the 23rd ult., the Board would appoint a day for hearing all parties, upon that subject.
Order of the Committee of Council, dated 26th Nov. last, referring to the Board a petition of Mr. Zouberbuhler, proposing to make a settlement of one of the townships in South Carolina, and desiring a grant of 48,000 acres to himself, was read.
Another letter from him, desiring the Board not to proceed any further on his letter, read the 18th ult., until he writes again; and the Board postponed the further consideration thereof, to another opportunity.
The Board take again into consideration the above mentioned report of Mr. Fane, relating to the importation of Canary wines into the Plantations directly from the said islands, also a letter from Mr. Carkesse, Secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, read the 23rd of Dec. last; their lordships likewise considered the two representations from this Board, dated the 3rd of February, 1717–8 and the 15th of Aug., 1721, upon the Spanish Ambassador's memorial relating to this subject, and agreed not to take any further steps in this affaire at present.
The letter to the Attorney and Solicitor General with the state of a case and queries, relating to the Governor's power of doing certain Acts of Government under his private Seal of Arms, mentioned in the minutes of the 14th Dec. last, was agreed to, and ordered to be sent.
A petition from Mr. Shirley, Advocate General in New England, representing his case, and desiring a salary of £300 a year may be annexed to his office, was read, and the Board resolved to consider further thereof, at another opportunity.
Letter from Mr. McCulloch, agent for North Carolina, relating to several points contained in the Governor's letter, read the 25th ult., was read, and some directions were given for preparing the draught of an answer to the Governor's aforesaid letter.
Capt. Coram, whose proposals for making a settlement of the whole Province of Nova Scotia are mentioned in the minutes of the 11th of May last, attending, presented to the Board a list of trustees willing to undertake the said settlement, which was read, and the Board resolved to consider further of this affaire at another opportunity.
Letter from Mr. Fitz-Williams, Governor of the Bahamas, with some papers, relating to a clandestine trade carried on at Turk's Islands between the French and the Bermudians,—to the behaviour of the Captain of the station sloop at Providence; and inclosing the Treasurer's accounts, from Christmas, 1735, to Midsummer, 1736, and the Naval Officer's accounts from Christmas, 1735, to Sept., 1736, was read; and directions were given for sending copies of such of the above papers, as relate to the conduct of the Captain of the station sloop, to Mr. Burchet, to be laid before the Lords of the Admiralty.
A letter from Mr. Paris, in behalf of the Province of New Hampshire, inclosing an Order in Council, directing a commission to be prepared by the Attorney and Solicitor General, impowering the five eldest Councillors of New York, New Jersey, Nova Scotia, and Rhode Island, to determine the boundaries between the Massachusets Bay, and New Hampshire; and circular letters, to be wrote by the Board, to the several Governors of the above Provinces, upon the same subject, were read; and
Ordered that an extract of so much of Mr. Fitz-Williams' letter, read yesterday, as relates to the estate of a Mulatto, who lately died there intestate, and to some treasure found there by one of the inhabitants, be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.
A letter from Mr. Leheup, one of the agents of Barbados, acquainting the Board that Mr. Ashley, one of the Council of Barbados, has left the Island, and is in Holland, was read; and directions were given for the preparing the draught of a representation, proposing Col. Maycock to supply his place.
A letter from Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General upon the subject of the case sent to them the 11th inst. relating to the Governor's power to doing Acts of Government under his private Seal at Arms, was read, and an answer to it was agreed to.
The representation, proposing Edward Byam, Esq., to be of the Council of Antigua in the room of Mr. Cochrane, deceased, agreed to yesterday, was signed. [This representation was never sent to the Council office.]
The draughts of letters, ordered to be prepared the 16th inst. to the Governors of the Massachusets Bay, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, relating to the fixing the boundaries between the Massachusets Bay, and New Hampshire, and to the appointment of commissioners for that purpose, were signed.
The Secretary acquainting their Lordships that the Duke of Newcastle had referred to the Board, a memorial and eight other papers, from M. Hopp, Envoy from the States General, complaining of the seizure of two vessels from St. Eustatia etc.; ordered that Mr. Sharpe, agent for Governor Mathew, be directed to attend the Board to-morrow morning, upon the subject of these seizures; they appearing to have been made by cruizers commissioned by the said Governor.
The letter from the Duke of Newcastle, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, referring to the Board, a memorial and other papers from Monsieur Hopp, Envoy Extraordinary from the States General, complaining of the seizure of two vessels from St. Eustatia, by some cruisers from the Leeward Islands, was read, as also the said papers; and the gentlemen, mentioned in the margin, attending, they desired copies of all the said papers, which were ordered accordingly, and acquainting the Board, that they would be ready to attend the Board on this day sennight with their answer; that day was accordingly appointed.
Brigadier Philipps, Governor of Nova Scotia, attending, acquainted the Board, in answer to the extract of a letter from Commissioner Lee, Governor of Newfoundland, relating to the company at Placentia having no arms, sent to the Brigadier the 19th ult., that he feared the arms might want some repair, but that the company was far from being without arms; that his company at Placentia, according to his last accounts from thence, consisted of about twenty-five effective men; and he produced a letter from Capt. Gledhill, the Commander of that company, dated the 10th of September last, in which he acquaints Brigadier Philipps, that there were in that company only old men fit for Chelsea Hospital, and that there were few or no arms fit for service.
An order of the Committee of Council of the 4th inst., referring to the Board a petition from the Georgia trustees, complaining of the Lt. Governor, Council and Assembly of South Carolina, for opposing the execution of an Act passed by the said Trustees and confirmed by his Majesty the 3rd of April, 1735, for maintaining peace with the Indians etc., was read, and orders were given for sending a copy thereof to Mr. Fury, agent for South Carolina, for his answer.
A letter from Mr. Burchet, Secretary to the Admiralty, in answer to the letter, ordered to be wrote to him the 15th inst., relating to the conduct of the Captain of the station sloop at Providence, was read.