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 1738
Read a letter from Governor Fitzwilliams, transmitting public papers, and complaining of a great scarcity of provisions in the Island of Providence, and giving an account of Cat Island and its value to encourage new settlers.
Mr. Shelton attending, acquainted the Board that the Lords Proprietors never did consent that the inhabitants of Albemarle County should have any lands granted them conformable to the Deed of 1668, excepting only such, as were formerly residents of that County, before the said year. Case of the Blank Patents laid before the Attorney and Solicitor General for their opinion, in point of law.
Mr. Merritt attending, their Lordships had some discourse with him relative to the visiting small vessels in the ports of Spain, as mentioned in Mr. Keene's letter to the Duke of Newcastle, and the further consideration thereof was deferred to another opportunity; and a letter at the same time was ordered to be written to Mr. Benjamin Farrand, to desire his attendance at this Board Tuesday next upon that subject.
Mr. McCulloch attending, the Board had some further discourse with him, and ordered a state of the case of the Quit Rents to be drawn up, to be laid before the Attorney General for his opinion thereon.
A letter from Mr. Gregory, President of the Council of Jamaica, dated November 25th, 1737, containing the copy of a representation of the merchants of Kingston on account of the capture of some ships by the Spaniards, and mentioning the want of acting Councillors, the great mortality at Kingston, and the death of two of the Council viz.: Mr. Hall and Mr. Garbrand, was read; and the Board directed a representation to be prepared, recommending Samuel Dicker and Thomas Edlin in their room, and ordered an extract of the letter, relating to the captures complained of, and a copy of the Jamaica merchants' representation thereupon, to be prepared, in order to be transmitted to the Duke of Newcastle.
Read a letter from Mr. Wood, complaining of the hardships attending the merchants by an excessive emission of paper money in South Carolina, and by duties laid on Negroes imported there, and by inlisting soldiers in Jamaica, and their lordships agreed to take the affair into consideration the first opportunity.
Their Lordships took into consideration a draught of querys to be prepared, in order to be laid before the Attorney General, in relation to the grants and quit rents in North Carolina, and made some progress therein.
Read a letter from Mr. Bull, President of the Council and Commander in Chief of South Carolina, giving an account of the death of Colonel Broughton, Lieutenant Governor, and President Middleton, and recommending Colonel Joseph Blake and Charles Pinckney, Esqr., to supply their rooms in the Council.
A letter to the Duke of Newcastle inclosing an extract of one from Mr. Gregory, President of the Council of Jamaica, together with a copy of a representation of the merchants of Kingston concerning the capture of some ships by the Spaniards, and the papers, referred to therein, was agreed to, and signed.
The draught of a report to the Committee of Privy Council, transmitting the draught of an additional instruction to Edward Trelawney, Esqr., Governor of Jamaica, giving him a power to grant Royal mines, was taken into consideration.
A memorial from Mr. Dunbar, Lieut.-Governor of New Hampshire, was read, complaining of hardships put upon him by Governor Belcher, and other matters, and the consideration thereof was adjourned to another opportunity.
Read several letters from Governor Belcher, viz., one dated September 17th, 1737, one dated September 24th, one dated November 7th, 1737 and one dated December 17th, 1737, transmitting the proceedings of the Council and representatives of New Hampshire, in relation to settling the boundaries between the provinces of New Hampshire and the Massachusets.
Mr. Paris, agent for Rhode Island, and Mr. Sharpe, agent for Massachusets Bay, attending, as directed by the minutes of Wednesday, January 18th, Mr. Sharpe prayed for a longer day for the hearing the dispute about the boundaries of the two provinces, and Mr. Paris's objections not being admitted, the said hearing was deferred to Tuesday the twenty-first of March next.
The draught of a representation to His Majesty of the state of Chaloner Jackson's complaint against Governor Fitzwilliams, and of the Governor's defence, was read; and the further consideration thereof was deferred to another opportunity.
Read a letter from Mr. Clarke, Lieutenant Governor of New York, dated November 28th, 1737, acquainting the Board that the Assembly are upon ways and means to supply the Treasury, and promising answers to the queries sent to him.
Read a letter from Mr. Hamilton, President of the Council and Commander in Chief at New Jersey, promising answers to queries, and excusing the non-attendance of any of the Council of New Jersey, in the settling the boundaries of the Massachusets and New Hampshire.
Read four letters from Governor Mathews, one dated 20th October, 1737, one 14th September, 1737, one November 12th, 1737, and one December 10th, 1737, transmitting public papers, and promising copies of the proofs laid before the Assembly of Antigua on passing the Bill for attainting two free Negroes.
The South Carolina ordinance for asserting and maintaining the rights and privileges of His Majesty's subjects there to a free and open trade with the Creek, Cherokee and other Indian nations, in amity with His Majesty's subjects, and for the better keeping those Indians in the interest of Great Britain, was read, and the Board ordered a draught of a representation to be prepared, which was afterwards agreed to, and signed.
A report to the Committee of Privy Council, transmitting the draught of an additional instruction to Edward Trelawney, Esqr., Governor of Jamaica, giving him power to make grants of Royal mines, was agreed to, and signed.
Read a letter from His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, transmitting the copy of an address of the House of Commons, desiring that copies may be laid before them of the several applications made to his Majesty for warlike stores from any of his Majesty's plantations in America, together with an account, how far the same have been granted, and acquainting their lordships with His Majesty's pleasure that they give the proper directions for complying with this address; and the said directions were accordingly given.
The draught of a representation, relating to the complaints made by Chaloner Jackson against Richard Fitzwilliams, Esqr., Governor of the Bahamas, was taken into consideration; and after several alterations made therein, was agreed to, and ordered to be transscribed.
The Board having had several general instructions under their consideration, have ordered that an exact transcript be made of all such instructions as are general in their nature, and applicable to all His Majesty's Governments in America, without distinction.
A letter was wrote, by order of the Board, to Lord Fairfax, desiring him to inform them whether he had any objections to their laying before His Majesty for his confirmation, an Act, passed in Virginia, relating to the lands in the Northern Neck, held under his lordship.
A petition of several merchants of London, Bristol and Liverpool, trading to Jamaica, relative to an Act, passed in that Island, February 19th, 1736, for raising several sums of money etc. was read; and the Board ordered that notice be given to Mr. Wood, agent for the petitioners, and Mr. John Sharpe, agent of the Island, that they do attend upon a day to hear the merits of the said petition.
Mr. Wood and Mr. John Sharpe, attending, the Board appointed the hearing the merits of the petition of the merchants of London, Bristol and Liverpool, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, to be upon Thursday, the 9th of March.