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, October 1737
Wednesday, October 5. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Brudenell.
Letter from Mr. Carkesse, secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, inclosing the return of the Patent Officers, relating to any duties upon importations from Denmark, as mentioned in the last minutes, was read; and a representation upon the letter from Lord Harrington, read the 4th of August last, relating to the King of Denmark's Ordinance, prohibiting the importation of brass wares etc., was agreed to, and signed, as also a letter, for inclosing the same to the Lord Harrington.
Letter from Mr. Gregory, President of the Council, and Commander in Chief of Jamaica, dated the 12th of July last, inclosing a deputation from John Curtis and others, relating to the capture of his ship by the Spaniards, was read; and a letter, for inclosing a copy thereof, to the Duke of Newcastle, was signed.
The Board taking into consideration the draught of instructions for the Earl of Albermarle, appointed Governor of Virginia, the same were agreed to, and ordered to be transcribed.
Letter from Mr. Belcher, Governor of New England, dated the 8th of August last, relating to the meeting of the Commissioners for settling the boundaries between the Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, was read.
Wednesday, October 12. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
Letter from Mr. Gregory, Commander in Chief at Jamaica, dated the 22nd July last, inclosing publick papers, was read.
Mr. Trelawney, Governor of Jamaica, attending, recommended to the Board John Steward, Esquire, to be of the Council of Jamaica, in the room of Mr. Needham, who does not accept the employment of Councillor, on account of his being speaker of the Assembly: and the Board approving Mr. Steward, a representation was ordered to be prepared in his favour.
The said representation, having been afterwards agreed to, was signed.
Wednesday, October 19. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Plummer.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, of the 14th inst. signifying his Majesty's having appointed Thomas Hill, Esquire, Secretary to his Council for Trade and Plantations, in the room of Mr. Popple, was read; and Mr. Hill was admitted accordingly.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, dated October 13th, 1737, directing a draught of a commission and instructions to be prepared for Alured Popple, Esquire, appointed Lt. Governor of Bermuda, was read, and directions were given for preparing the draught of his commission and instructions accordingly.
A letter from Lord Harrington, dated October 14th, 1737, with a translation of the King of Prussia's rescript in favour of the British merchants settled at Konigsberg, together with an article, relating to our trade with Denmark and Norway, was read, and directions were given to desire the merchants concerned in the Danish trade to attend the Board on Tuesday next. (fn. 1)
Tuesday, October 25. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
The Board taking into consideration the draught of a representation to his Majesty with the draught of a commission appointing Alured Popple, Esquire, Lt. Governor and Commander in Chief of the Bermuda or Summer Islands; the said representation was agreed to, and signed, and also a letter to the Duke of Newcastle, inclosing the same.
Mr. Hamilton attended the Board, and some discourse was had with him in relation to his proposals, and he is desired to give in an explanation of them in writing, in answer to a letter of September 21st.
Mr. Norris not attending, as he was desired, a second letter was ordered to be writ to him, desiring his attendance on to-morrow sennight at eleven o'clock, upon the subject of Lord Harrington's letters, relating to the Danish trade, read the last meeting.
A memorial from Mr. Popple, Governor of Bermuda, relating to his instructions, was read, and the Board taking the said instructions into consideration, made some progress therein.
Friday, October 28. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
A letter from Mr. Hamilton was read, containing his explanation of his proposals, and the Board agreed to consider it at another opportunity.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, enclosing an extract of one from Lord Waldegrave to him, with proposals from the French Court for regulating the trade in America, was read, together with the enclosed papers, and their lordships took the same into consideration, and ordered that the merchants concerned in the West India trade be writ to, to attend this Board Wednesday next, at 11 o'clock.