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, December 1737
Thursday, December 1. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
A state of a case, relating to the Governor's power of granting Royal mines in Jamaica, mentioned in the minutes of November 24th, together with 5 queries thereon, was agreed to, and ordered to be sent to the Attorney General for his opinion.
A representation for confirming the Jamaica Act, mentioned in the minutes of November 24th, entituled An Act for introducing white people into the island etc., was agreed to, and signed.
The Board took into consideration that part of Lord Harrington's letter, which relates to the trade with Norway, and gave directions for preparing the draught of an answer to the same.
Chief Justice Wright.
Read a letter from Mr. Wright, Chief Justice of South Carolina, dated September 12th, 1737, containing his objections to the Jury Act of 1731.
A petition of Chaloner Jackson, praying a copy of Governor Fitz-William's answer to the complaints lodged against him by the petitioner, was read, and a copy was ordered accordingly.
Friday, December 2. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
An answer to Lord Harrington's letter, relating to the trade with Norway, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, was agreed to, and signed.
The Board took again into consideration the French proposals, mentioned in the minutes of October 28th, for regulating the trade in America, and ordered the draught of a representation to be prepared.
Saturday, December 3. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
A representation, relating to the French proposals, as mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, was signed, together with a letter to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, enclosing the same.
Wednesday, December 7. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
An order of a Committee of Council, dated Feb. 4th, 1736, and received November 29th, referring the petition of the merchants of London and Bristol against an Act, passed in South Carolina in May, 1736, was read, and the Board agreed to take it into consideration at another opportunity.
A letter from Mr. Fury, dated December 5th, 1737, enclosing some printed reports of the Committee of the Commons House of Assembly of South Carolina on the state of the paper currency of the said Province, was read; and the consideration thereof was postponed to another opportunity.
Mr. A. Popple.
A memorial of Alured Popple, Esquire, Governor of Bermuda, praying a supply of powder, ammunition etc. for the use of the Government of Bermuda, was read; and the Board, having had some discourse with him upon the subject of the said memorial, ordered a draught of a representation to be prepared.
Mr. Henry Popple and Mr. Chaloner Jackson attending, in consequence of the minutes of November 24th, the Board appointed Thursday the 15th inst. for the hearing the matter in question, and ordered that in compliance with their joint desire they have leave to be heard by their Counsel.
Thursday, December 8. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
A representation in pursuance of the memorial of Alured Popple, Esquire, Governor of Bermuda, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, was agreed to, and signed.
Wednesday, December 14. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
Governor Fitz-William and Chaloner Jackson.
Mr. Henry Popple, Agent for Governor Fitz-William and Mr. John Sharpe, Solicitor for Chaloner Jackson, attending, prayed that the hearing of the affair depending between the said Governor and Chaloner Jackson, which was appointed for to-morrow, might be put off to a further day, and their Lordships were pleased to appoint Thursday, January 12th, for hearing the same; and several papers, relating to the same affair, being left here by Mr. Popple, the Board ordered that Mr. Sharpe have copies of the same.
Read a report from the Master Warden, Assistants and Commonalty of the Society of Merchants Adventurers in the City of Bristol, relating to the French proposals.
Read the reply of Richard Partridge, agent for Rhode Island, to the answer of the agent for the Massachusets Bay to the petition from Rhode Island, praying a settlement of the bounds.