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, November 1737
Wednesday, November 2. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
Mr. Norris attending the Board, as he had been desired, together with Mr. Theobalds, concerning the trade to Norway and Denmark, mentioned in Lord Harrington's letter of October 14th, 1737, the Board had some discourse with them, and desired them to consider of it, and give their thoughts in writing.
Col. George Thomas.
Mr. John Sharpe.
Mr. Francis Wilks.
The gentlemen, mentioned in the margin, attending as they had been desired, copies of the French proposals were, at their request, ordered them by the Board, and their opinion was desired thereon, with all convenient speed.
The Board taking again into consideration Mr. Popple's memorial, and the draught of his instructions, mentioned in the minutes of the 25th last month, agreed thereto, and ordered they should be transcribed, as also that a representation should be prepared therewith.
Wednesday November 9. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
Two letters to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, with the two representations to his Majesty, relating to the instructions of the Earl of Albermarle, Governor of Virginia and commission of Sir Orlando Bridgeman, Governor of Barbados were signed by their Lordships. (fn. 1)
The Board taking into further consideration the petition of Mr. Hamilton, referred to them by order of the Committee of Council, and read August 17th, together with several proposals, which he has since laid before the Board, directed a draught of a report to be prepared.
Thursday, November 10. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Plummer.
The draught of a report, in relation to the petition of Mr. Hamilton, mentioned in the preceding minute of yesterday, was read, and the consideration of it postponed to another opportunity.
Ordered a draught of a report to be prepared for confirming the Act made in Virginia, entituled An Act for the better regulating the payment of the Burgess' wages, passed in the year 1730.
Wednesday, November 16. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Pelham, Sir Archer Croft, Mr. Plummer.
A letter from John Adams, containing two other papers, was read, and the Board ordered the secretary to write an answer to the same.
The draught of a report, in relation to Mr. Hamilton's proposals, was read and agreed to.
Thursday, November 17. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Pelham, Sir Archer Croft, Mr. Plummer.
Read the draughts of a letter to Mr. Adams, and the same was ordered to be sent.
The report, in relation to Mr. Hamilton's petition, was read, and signed.
A letter from Captain Towry, of the Shoreham, enclosing an account.
Two letters from Governor Belcher, dated 17th and 24th September last, in which were enclosed the Journal of the Assembly of Massachusets Bay, were read, and the Board put off the consideration of them to another time.
Wednesday, November 23. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Brudenell, Sir Archer Croft.
Order of Council, dated November 21st inst., for preparing draughts of instructions to the Governors of all the Plantations, directing a form of prayer for the Royal family to be observed there, was read, and the draughts of instructions were ordered to be prepared accordingly.
Edward Trelawney, Esqr., Governor.
Order of a Committee of Council, dated November 19th inst., referring to this Board the memorial of Edward Trelawney, Esquire, Governor of Jamaica, concerning a power of granting Royal mines in Jamaica, was read; and Mr. Trelawny attending, the Board had some discourse with him, and agreed to take it into further consideration to-morrow.
Thursday, November 24. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
Thomas Butler, Senr.
A memorial from the gentlemen whose names are mentioned in the margin, agents for Jamaica, Antigua, Nevis, and St. Christophers, in answer to the French proposals, which were delivered them the 2nd instant, was read, and the Board agreed to take it into consideration at another opportunity.
A petition from Mr. Chaloner Jackson, praying to be further heard, in relation to the usage he has received from the Governor of the Bahama Islands, was read, and the Board appointed him to attend on Wednesday next, and that Mr. Henry Popple, agent to the said Governor, have notice to attend at the same time.
A representation to his Majesty, in pursuance of an Order of Council, dated November 21st inst., ordering draughts of instructions to all the Governors of the Plantations etc. to be prepared, directing a form of prayer for the Royal family, was agreed to, and signed.
Edward Trelawney, Esqr., Governor.
Mr. Trelawney attending, the Board took into consideration the Jamaica Act, entituled An Act for introducing white people into this island etc. and ordered a representation to be prepared for confirming the same; and also had some farther discourse with him on the subject of his memorial, concerning a power of granting Royal mines, and agreed to consider further of it at another opportunity.
Wednesday, November 30. Present:—Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
Mr. Norris and Mr. Theobalds attending, as had been desired, the Board had some discourse with them, and agreed to take the matter into consideration the first opportunity.
Read a letter from Major Gooch, enclosing several papers, relating to the boundary of Lord Fairfax's grant in Virginia, and an account of his Majesty's revenues of quit rents and 2s. per hogshead of tobacco etc.
Read a letter from Mr. Clarke, Lieut. Governor of New York, concerning the Councillors of that province, who are appointed Commissioners for settling the boundaries between Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire.