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 1738
Wednesday, November 1. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen, Mr. Plummer.
Mr. Hammerton attending, as desired, the Board had some discourse with him on the subject of his petition, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, and after some time spent therein, their lordships directed him to draw up a state of his case, and lay it before them with all convenient speed.
An answer to the letter of Alured Popple, Esq., Governor of Bermuda, which was ordered by the minutes of the 18th October last, was agreed to, and signed.
Thursday, November 2. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Herbert.
A letter, in answer to Governor Morris's, being prepared, as was ordered in the minutes of Tuesday last, was agreed to, and signed.
The letter to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, ordered in the minutes of Tuesday last, enclosing an extract of one from Mr. Clarke, Lieutenant Governor of New York, to the Board, together with the copy of one from the Commissioners of Indian Affairs to the said Lieutenant Governor, was agreed to, and signed.
Coin and Paper Money.
The Board had under consideration Mr. Wood's proposal, mentioned in the minutes of the 22nd of June last, relating to the inconviences attending Commerce from the practice of issuing paper money, and raising the value of the coin, as likewise Mr. Dinwiddie's scheme for introducing a new sort of British coin into his Majesty's American Dominions, transmitted in a letter from Mr. Popple, and mentioned in the minutes of the 18th of October, together with the Act, passed in Antigua, in April, 1736, entitled, An Act for ascertaining the value of all gold and silver coins etc.; and after having spent some time therein, directed the Secretary to write a letter to Mr. Yeamans, agent for that Island, desiring his attendance on the Board on Wednesday, the 15th instant.
Wednesday, November 15. Present:—Col. Bladen, Sir. A. Croft, Mr. Plummer.
Read a letter from Lord Harrington, dated November 3rd, 1738, referring to the Board one from Mr. Drummond, together with a resolution of the States General, containing instructions to their Commissaries at Antwerp, to insist upon confining the new regulations to be made there, in point of Commerce, to the Duties of Import and Export in the Austrian Netherlands only; and the Board taking the same into consideration, made some progress therein.
Read likewise a letter from the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs in London, dated November 10th, in answer to one writ them from the Board the 6th of July last, concerning Duties, payable on Flemish goods in Great Britain; in the same letter was enclosed a paper of observations on the Memorial of grievances delivered in by the Imperial Commissaries at Antwerp, which was also read.
Gold and Silver Coin.
Mr. Yeamans attending, as desired by the minutes of November 2nd, the Board having had some discourse with him, directed him to draw up in writing and lay before them a state of the gold and silver coin in the Leeward Islands; at what value each piece is taken, and by what authority.
Thursday, November 16. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Sir A. Croft, Mr. Plummer.
Representation to his Majesty, relative to resolutions of the States General, containing instructions to their Commissaries at Antwerp to insist upon confining the new regulations to be made there in point of Commerce, to the Duties of Import and Export in the Austrian Netherlands only, as also a letter to the Lord Harrington, enclosing the same, were agreed to, and signed.
Read an order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, of the 26th of October, 1738, referring back a representation of this Board, dated June 21st last, proposing the repeal of an Act, passed at Antigua in April, 1737, for the trial of John Coteen and Thomas Winthorp for an intended insurrection etc. and the Board directed the Secretary to write a letter to Mr. Yeamans, agent for the said Island, desiring his attendance to-morrow morning between eleven and twelve.
The Secretary was directed to write a letter to Mr. Jackson, desiring him to send, with all convenient speed, the merchants' opinions upon the subject of Se˜or Thomas Geraldino's papers, mentioned in the minutes of October 3rd.
Friday, November 17. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Plummer.
Mr. Yeamans attending, as desired by the minutes of yesterday, the Board had some discourse with him, and ordered the draught of a report to the order of the Committee of the Council, mentioned in the same minutes, to be prepared.
Tuesday, November 21. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Sir Archer Croft, Mr. Plummer.
The messenger having brought back word that Mr. Jackson was out of town, the Board directed a letter on the same subject with that to him, mentioned in the minutes of the 16th instant, should be writ to Mr. Heames.
The Board likewise ordered the Secretary to write a letter to Mr. Oxenford, desiring his attendance at the Board to-morrow morning.
The report to the order of Council, relating to Winthorp and Coteen, and mentioned in the last minutes, was agreed to, and signed.
Wednesday, November 22. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Plummer.
Mr. Oxenford attending, as desired, the Board had some discourse with him, in relation to the Duties laid upon the merchandises of the Austrian Netherlands, and made some progress in that subject.
A letter from his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, signifying his Majesty's pleasure in appointing James Glen, Esq., to be Governor of South Carolina in the room of Samuel Horsey, Esq., deceased, and directing his Commission and Instructions to be prepared, was read, and draughts of the said Commission and Instructions were ordered to be prepared.
Read also a letter from Mr. Carkesse, Secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, to the Secretary of this Board, in answer to one writ him the 3rd instant, for copies of such accounts, as the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs had laid before the House of Commons in the 3 last Sessions of Parliament; and Mr. Carkesse in his letter having desired some allowance might be made for the extraordinary clerks on this occasion, the Board referred the consideration of the said letter to another opportunity.
Tuesday, November 28. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Plummer.
Read a letter from Mr. Heames, dated November 23rd instant, promising to procure the sentiments of the merchants trading to Sicily upon the subject of the papers lately delivered by Se˜or Thomas Geraldino to Lord Harrington, and mentioned in the minutes of October 3rd, and the Board directed another letter should be writ to Mr. Heames, acknowledging the receipt of his, and pressing the speedy performance of his promises.
Read a letter from Major Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of Virginia, dated the 20th September, 1738, transmitting minutes of Council and copies of proclamations published there; and complaining of the Six Nations of New York Indians for hostilities committed on the Cherokee and Catabaws, who are friends to the English; desiring also a speedy settlement of the boundaries of Lord Fairfax's land; and the Board directed the draught of a letter to be prepared to Mr. Gooch, and also of one to Mr. Clarke, Lieutenant-Governor of New York, upon the subject of Mr. Gooch's, as far as it relates to the aforesaid Indians.
Read a letter from Mr. Dottin, Commander in Chief of Barbados, dated September 6th, 1738, transmitting minutes of Council and Assembly and Acts of that Island, and other public papers.
Read the draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, as also the draught of a representation to his Majesty, relating to the Commission of James Glen, Esq., appointed Governor of South Carolina, and the same were agreed to, and signed.
Wednesday, November 29. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Plummer.
Draught of two letters, one to Mr. Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of Virginia, and the other to Mr. Clarke, Lieutenant-Governor of New York, which were ordered by the minutes of yesterday, were accordingly prepared, and agreed to.
The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the incident charges of this Office from Midsummer, 1738, to Michaelmas following, amounting to £276 15s. 9d.; and a letter to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring payment thereof, and of the salary due to the Secretary and under officers for the same time, was agreed to, and signed.