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 1738
Read Mr. Fane's report upon an Act, passed in New York Dec. 16th, 1737, for the frequent elections of representatives to serve in General Assembly, and the Board ordered the draught of a representation to be prepared to his Majesty, for his disapprobation of the said Act.
Read a letter to the secretary from Governor Mathews, dated May 6th, 1738, with an Affidavit proving the capture of a London ship by a Spaniard, and giving an account of a barbarous massacre of a Spanish crew by one Edney, Master of a vessel from St. Christophers; and the Board ordered that a copy of part of the said letter, together with the duplicate of the Affidavit, thereto annexed, should be transmitted in a letter to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle.
The Board directed a letter to be prepared to the Honourable the Commissioners of the Customs in Ireland, with questions relating to the trade thereof with Flanders, and the same was agreed to, and signed.
Read a letter from Lord Harrington, August 4th instant, inclosing a paper of complaint from the Minister of Denmark, against Mr. Halles, owner, and Benjamin Stevens, captain of a ship, relating to a fraud in regard to the toll at the Sound, and the Board directed that Mr. Halles be writ to, to attend to-morrow morning.
Mr. Halles, who was desired by the minutes of yesterday, to attend, not having been found by the messenger, their lordships ordered that letters should be writ to — Theobalds, Esq., Mr. Morris, merchant, Henry Elkin, Esq., and Mr. Nettleton, merchant, desiring their attendance to-morrow at the Board, in order to have what information they can give, relative to the toll paid in the Sound.
Mr. Elkin and Mr. Nettleton attending, as desired, by the minutes of yesterday, the former could give the Board very little information as to the toll of the Sound; the latter acquainted their lordships that there was a duty, always paid by all our ships, which duty was demanded according to the Cockets taken out at our Custom House, and was agreeable to the rates paid by the Hollanders and others.
The Board afterwards sent to Mr. Hales, a Riga Merchant, to enquire if he could give them any information, relating to the complaint, mentioned in Lord Harrington's letter of the 4th instant, and having received his answer, ordered a letter to be prepared to my Lord Harrington, which was accordingly done, and signed.