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, August 1737
A letter from Mr. Watkinson, Secretary to the Hamburgh Company, signifying that Company's desire of being excused attending this day, as proposed at the last meeting, and proposing to attend this day sennight, was read; and this day sennight was appointed accordingly.
Report from the Attorney and Solicitor General, in answer to two questions, sent to them the 21st of June last, relating to the Georgia Act for regulating the Indian trade, was read; and some directions were given for preparing the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee, upon the petitions of the Province of South Carolina (F. 42) against the people of Georgia; and the petition of the Georgia trustees (F. 48) against Carolina, relating to the Indian trade, etc.
Mr. Travers, attending, as he had been desired the 27th ult., he was asked whether he had taken any steps towards reclaiming his ship, the Enterprize, taken by the French in 1719, as mentioned in his letter, read the 27th ult., and he said that ship had been reclaimed: that the ship was adjudged by the Admiralty Court at Havre, to be his property; but that the French African Company, having appealed from that sentence, to Paris, he had desisted from any further application, on account of the great expences he had already incurred.
A representation upon Monsieur Chavigny's memorial, referred to the Board by the Duke of Newcastle's letter, read the 24th of November, 1736, relating to the French African Company's pretended exclusive right to the Gum Coast, was agreed to, and signed.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, Secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, inclosing an account of the duties payable on goods and merchandize, imported and exported to and from Flanders; and a letter from Mr. Allen, Secretary to the Commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland, transmitting an account of the imports and exports between Ireland, Holland and Flanders, for ten years last passed, were read, and directions were given that copies of the said accounts be sent to Col. Bladen, one of his Majesty's Commissaries at Antwerp.
Letter from Lord Harrington, inclosing five papers from Mr. Titley, Resident at Copenhagen, relating to the King of Denmark's having prohibited certain of our manufactures; and in July last, the importation of certain brass wares, was read; and directions were given, that Mr. Oxenford, Assistant Inspector General, be desired to inform the Board whether, since the Treaty with Denmark of 1670, any new duties have been laid here upon Danish Goods, or any of them had been prohibited.
A letter from Sir William Keith, stating the affaire of Mr. Travers, with regard to two ships belonging to him, called the Royal George and the Enterprize, illegally taken by the French on the Coast of Africa, was read; and Sir William Keith attending, he was told, that yesterday the Board had reported upon this affaire.
Four letters from General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward Isles, dated June 1, July 3, Sept. 16, 1736, and 11 of May last, with publick papers, and a Bill, passed at Antigua, to attaint of high Treason two freed Negro men named Benjamen Johnson and William alias Billy Johnson, and other Acts, were laid before the Board; and directions were given for sending the Acts to Mr. Fane, for his opinion upon them, in point of law.
Ordered that a letter be wrote to Mr. Carkesse, Secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, for an account of what duties, if any, have been laid, that may affect the importations from Denmark, since the Treaty of 1670, and whether any have been prohibited.
A letter from Messrs. Wragg and Gerrish, and another from Captain Bonham, in answer to the questions sent them the 27th ult., relating to the manner in which the Brazils are supplied with Negroes, were read.
Mr. Gore, the Governor, and some of the directors of the Hamburgh Company, attending, presented to the Board the extract of a letter from the Company at Hamburgh, relating to the trade carried on in British woollen manufactures, between Hamburgh and Denmark, before the year 1726, and the same was read.
A letter from General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated the 26th of May last, relating to his proceedings under the Montserrat Act for preventing illicit trade with the French, and inclosing Acts and publick papers, was read.
Mr. Fane's report in favour of a Virginia Act, passed in 1734, for docking the intail of certain lands, and vesting the same in Henry Willis etc. was read, as also the said Act, and directions were given for preparing the draught of a representation proposing the confirmation thereof.
Ordered that the circular queries, relating to the state of the colonies in America, be sent to the Commanders in Chief of New York and New Jersey, and that they be desired to send their answers thereto, as soon as possible.
Order of the Committee, referring to the Board their report of the 5th of May last, upon Mr. Zouberbuhler's petition for settling the township of New Windsor in South Carolina, as also a petition from Mr. Zouberbuhler, praying the same sum of £2,800 may be allowed to him, as was allowed to Col. Purry, was read; and directions were given, that Mr. Zouberbuhler should attend the Board on Wednesday next.
Mr. Zouberbuhler, attending, as he had been desired, upon his petition, proposing to settle the township of New Windsor, and desiring he may be allowed £2,800 Carolina currency, the Board had some discourse with him upon the subject, and gave some directions for preparing the draught of a report thereupon.
An order of the Committee of Council, referring to the Board a petition of Mr. Hamilton, praying for a grant of 200,000 acres of land in South Carolina, was read; and directions were given that Mr. Hamilton should attend the Board on Wednesday next.
Captain Tomlinson, agent for New Hampshire, attending, presented to the Board a memorial from himself, relating to some steps, taken by Mr. Belcher, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, to defeat the king's Intention of settling the Bounds between the two Provinces; which memorial was read, and directions were given for preparing a letter, for inclosing a copy thereof, to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle.
Mr. Hamilton attending, his petition desiring a tract of 200,000 acres in South Carolina, read the 17th inst., was again read, and their lordships directed him to put into writing, and to present to the Board, his proposals for making the said settlement.
Letter from General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward Isles, dated the 14th of June last, relating to a Spanish Guarda Costa, being taken by the Dutch, and to two English vessels taken by the Spanish Guarda Costas was read; and a letter, for inclosing an extract thereof to the Duke of Newcastle, was agreed to.
Mr. Hamilton, whose petition was read the 24th inst., attending again, he presented to the Board the general plan of his intended settlement, and the same was read; and their Lordships agreed to consider further thereof, at another opportunity.
Two letters from General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated in July last, were read; and the papers, therein inclosed, were laid before the Board, and a letter, for inclosing to the Duke of Newcastle copies of such parts thereof, as relate to depredations committed by the Spaniards, as also that proposed to be sent to his Grace, at the last meeting, was agreed to and signed.
Order of Council, of the 18th inst. referring to the Board 17 New England Acts, passed in February last, was read, and directions were given for sending the said Acts to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereupon, in point of law.