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Journal, November 1741: Volume 49

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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 1741

Wednesday, November 4. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.

South Carolina.

Read an Act for regulating the buildings hereafter to be erected or built in Charles Town, and for preventing incroachments on the streets, lanes and publick alleys within the said town, as the said streets, lanes and publick alleys stood on the 17th of November last. Passed the 20th of December, 1740.

Ordered the said Act be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereon, in point of law.

Trade.

Wool.

The Board had under consideration the affair of the wool, and the following paper was read, viz:
No. 39. Proposals to prevent the clandestine exportation of wool from Great Britain and Ireland, humbly offered to the consideration of the Hon. the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations. Signed, Thomas Sandys.

Ordered that the following advertisement be published in the London Gazette and Daily Advertiser.
Whereas the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations did give publick notice on the 9th, 12th, and 16th days of May last, in the London Gazette, and on the 8th, 11th and 13th of the same month, in the Daily Advertiser, that in pursuance of his Majesty's commands to prepare a scheme for registering the wool of Great Britain and Ireland, to be laid before the House of Commons at their next meeting, they should be ready to receive proposals for that purpose at their office at Whitehall, and having in consequence of such advertisements received several proposals, did give notice on the 25th and 28th of July, and 1st of August in the London Gazette, and in the Daily Advertiser about the same time, that they had set apart Wednesday in every week for taking the same into consideration, on which days they should be ready to receive any other schemes to that effect, and to hear what more might be offered by any person on that subject:—Now they do hereby give this further notice, that they will be ready on Thursday the 12th, Wednesday the 18th, and Thursday the 26th instant, to hear all such persons as have delivered proposals, or have any further to offer, relative to the registering of wool.

Wednesday, November 11. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Keene.

Trade.

Wool.

The Board had again under consideration the affair of the wool, and a letter from Mr. S. Smith was read, enclosing his cases, and a paper, entituled:
No. 40. A supplemental proposal to the Golden Fleece, calculated to enrich the nation, increase the revenues, and ease the people. Read likewise
No. 41. Mr. Child's additional proposal.
No. 42. Proposals to prevent the exportation of wool from Great Britain and Ireland, received from Mr. Edwards, of Bucklersbury.
No. 43. Proposals for the registering of wool, by Mr. Julien.
No. 44. Proposals to prevent the clandestine exportation of wool, by Mr. Murphey.

Thursday, November 12. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.

Trade.

Wool.

Mr. Webber attending, was called in, and produced an anonymous letter, which he had lately received, but was informed, that it did not come from this Board.

Being asked, if he had any thing to offer in addition to his printed scheme, he answered, no.

Messrs. Matthew Cox and Thomas Mackerell, wool staplers, and John Brown, manufacturer, attending, were called in, and after some discourse had with them by the Board on the subject of the wool, [and] they delivered it as their opinion, that a register would be a disadvantage to the trade; and that though considerable quantities had been run out of Ireland, nothing of that nature had ever been done in England, worth taking notice of.

Mr. Bonell, likewise attending, was called in, and after some discourse had with him, being asked if he had any thing further to add to the scheme he had laid before the Board, answered, he had not.

Mr. Robert Feverall attending, was called in, and proposed, if the register took place, there should be some further limitation to the islands of Guernsey, etc.; and being withdrawn, sent in a letter to the same purpose, which was read. [No. 45.]

Plantations General.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following copies of Orders in Council, transmitted from the Council Office the 15th of last month, and the titles of the same were read, viz:

Jamaica.

Order of Council, dated the 23rd of October, 1740, approving a report from the Lords of the Committee of Council, directing six field pieces and a proportionable supply of stores of war, to be sent to Jamaica, for the defence of St. Iago de la Vega.

Order of Council, dated 23rd of April, 1741, approving the draught of an instruction prepared by this Board for Edward Trelawney, Esq., Governor of Jamaica, for assisting the agents for victualling the fleet, to purchase or farm land for a storehouse etc., in case the Crown have not any to grant there fit for that service.

Copy of the Order in Council, dated the 21st of May, 1741, approving the Committee's report upon the petition of the contractors for supplying his Majesty's forces at Jamaica with rum; complaining of their having been obliged to give bond for the payment of the duties upon the importation of rum into that island, contrary to his Majesty's Order in Council.

Order in Council, dated the 21st of May, 1741, approving a representation of this Board for confirming an Act, passed at Jamaica, the 12th of May, 1739, for confirming the articles executed by Colonel John Gutherie, etc.

Order in Council, dated the 21st May, 1741, approving a representation of this Board upon a private Act, passed at Jamaica, the 19th of July, 1738, and upon two other private Acts, passed in that island, the 14th of April, 1739.

Order in Council, dated the 16th of July, 1741, approving a representation of this Board, for repealing an Act, passed at Jamaica, in May, 1739, to dissolve the marriage of Edward Manning with Elizabeth Moore, and to enable him to marry again.

Order in Council, dated the 8th of September, 1741, approving a representation of this Board, proposing Colin Campbell, Esq., to be one of the Council of Jamaica, in the room of Thomas Edlin, Esq., who has desired to be excused from qualifying himself for that trust.

Order in Council, dated the 8th of September, 1741, approving a representation of this Board, proposing Thomas Rodin, Esq., to supply a vacancy in the Council of Jamaica, by the resignation of Matthias Phelp, Esq.

Jamaica.

Barbados.

Leeward Islands.

Bermudas.

Bahamas.

Virginia.

New Jersey.

South Carolina.

North Carolina.

Order in Council, dated the 8th of September, 1741, approving the draughts of additional instructions, prepared by this Board, for the respective Governors of Jamaica, Barbados, the Leeward Islands, Bermudas and Bahamas, Virginia, New Jersey, South Carolina and North Carolina, concerning the colours to be worn by all ships, having private commission or letters of marque from the Governors of those colonies.

St. Christophers.

Order of Council, dated the 23rd of October, 1740, approving a representation of this Board, proposing William Ottley, Esq., to supply a vacancy in the Council of St. Christophers, by the death of Abraham Payne, Esq.

Leeward Islands.

Order of Council, dated the 23rd of April, 1741, approving the draught of an instruction, prepared by this Board, for General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, directing him to take care that all stores of war, sent to those islands, be carefully preserved for the publick use and defence of the islands, and not embezzilled.

Order of Council, dated the 23rd of April, 1741, approving the draught of an instruction, prepared by this Board, for General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, directing the Governor to pass new Acts for collecting powder duties in each island, not to be commuted for.

St. Christophers.

Order of Council, dated the 21st May, 1741, approving a representation of this Board, proposing Daniel Cunningham, Esq., to supply a vacancy in the Council of St. Christophers, by the death of Charles Pym, Esq.

Antigua.

Order of Council, dated the 16th of July, 1741, upon a representation of this Board, concerning a private Act, passed at Antigua, the 14th of March, 1739, relating to the sale of certain lands and tenements in that island, belonging to Samuel Byam, Esq., at his death.

Massachusetts.

New Hampshire.

Order in Council, dated the 23rd of April, 1741, upon a report of the Lords of the Committee of Council, approving the said report for separating the Government of New Hampshire from that of the Massachusetts.

Massachusetts.

Order in Council, dated the 6th of May, 1741, approving the draught of a commission, prepared by this Board, for William Shirley, Esq., Governor of the Massachusetts Bay.

Order of Council, dated the 4th of August, 1741, approving a representation of this Board, for confirming seven Acts, passed in the Massachusetts Bay, in January, 1737/8.

Order of Council, dated the 8th of September, 1741, approving the draughts of instructions, prepared by this Board, for William Shirley, Esq., Governor of the Massachusetts Bay.

New Hampshire.

Order of Council, dated the 23rd of April, 1741, approving a representation of this Board, proposing Richard Wybird, Esq., to supply a vacancy in the Council of New Hampshire, by the death of John Rindge, Esq.

Order of Council, dated the 18th of June, 1741, approving the draught of a commission, prepared by this Board, for Benning Wentworth, Esq., Governor of New Hampshire.

Newfoundland.

Order of Council, dated the 23rd of April, 1741, approving the draughts of a commission, prepared by this Board, for Benning Wentworth, Esq., Governor of New Hampshire.

Order in Council, dated the 23rd of April, 1741, approving the draught of a commission, prepared by this Board, for Thomas Smith, Esq., to be Governor of Newfoundland.

Order in Council, dated the 23rd of May, 1741, upon a repredraught of instructions, prepared by this Board, for Thomas Smith, Esq., Governor of Newfoundland.

Order in Council, dated the 21st of May, 1741, upon a representation made to the Master General of the Ordnance, by the principal officers of that Board, approving the said representation for postponing the sending stores of war to St. John's in Newfoundland, till that place is fortified.

South Carolina.

Order in Council, dated the 6th of December, 1740, approving a representation of this Board, proposing John Cleland, Esq., to supply a vacancy in the Council of South Carolina, by the death of John Braithwaite, Esq.

Order in Council, dated the 16th of July, 1741, approving a representation of this Board, proposing Charles Pinckney, Esq., to supply a vacancy in the Council of South Carolina, by the resignation of James Crockat, Esq.

Order in Council, dated the 4th of August, 1741, approving a representation of this Board, proposing Richard Hill, Esq., to supply a vacancy in the Council of South Carolina, by the death of Alexander Skene, Esq.

New York.

Order in Council, dated the 18th of June, 1741, approving the draught of a commission, prepared by this Board, for George Clinton, Esq., Governor of New York.

Order in Council, dated the 8th of September, 1741, approving the draughts of instructions, prepared by this Board, for George Clinton, Esq., Governor of New York.

North Carolina.

Order in Council, dated the 27th of November, 1740, approving a representation of this Board, proposing the repeal of an Act, passed at North Carolina in 1738, declaring what shall be deemed a sufficient cultivation of lands already granted by His Majesty, and for ascertaining the manner of granting lapsed land.

New Jersey.

Order in Council, dated the 23rd of April, 1741, approving a representation of this Board, proposing Archibald Home, Esq., to supply a vacancy in the Council of New Jersey, by the death of Robert Lettice Hooper, Esq.

Virginia.

Bermuda.

Jamaica.

Barbados.

Order in Council, dated the 16th of July, 1741, approving the draughts of instructions, prepared by this Board, for the respective Governors of Virginia, Bermuda, Jamaica and Barbados, relating to the powder duty in those colonies.

Barbados.

Order in Council, dated the 16th of July, 1741, upon a report from the Lords of the Committee of Council, approving the said report, for continuing the instruction, directing the Governor of Barbados to accept of an additional salary from the Assembly of that Island.

Pennsylvania.

Read a letter from Colonel Thomas, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania, to the Board, dated at Philadelphia, August 1st, 1741, inclosing a copy of his letter to this Board, dated October 20th, 1740 (and complaining that it had been transmitted thither by Mr. Partridge), printed there by the Assembly's printer, and dispersed all over the province.

Jamaica.

Read a letter from Mr. Williams, Deputy Secretary of Jamaica, dated August 31st, 1741, inclosing an additional list, to one formerly sent, of persons in that island entituled to the benefit of the late Act of Parliament, for naturalizing such foreign Protestants, as are settled or shall settle, in any of His Majesty's colonies in America.

Leeward Islands.

Read two letters from General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, one dated Antigua, June 12th, 1741, transmitting An Act for fortifying and building barracks on Rat Island, and for appraising and valuing the same island, and paying the owners thereof, passed at Antigua in April, 1741; enclosing likewise duplicates of the minutes of the Assembly of Antigua, from the 18th of December, 1739, to the 9th of December, 1740.

The other, dated July 4th, 1741, transmitting minutes of Council of Montserrat, for the quarter ending at Midsummer, 1741.

Tuesday, November 17. Present:—Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.

Virginia.

Read a letter from Colonel Gooch, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, dated August 26th, 1741, enclosing his answer to the Board's queries, as also a list of the present Council, and gentlemen qualified to supply vacancies therein, transmitting likewise:
The Receiver General's account of his Majesty's revenue of 2s. per hogshead etc., arising within the colony of Virginia, from the 25th October, 1740, to the 25th April, 1741; as also the account of his Majesty's Revenue of Quit Rents etc., from the 25th of April, 1740, to the 25th of April, 1741, arising within the said colony.

Wednesday, November 18. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Plummer.

Trade.

Wool.

The Board had again under their consideration the wool affair, and the following papers were read, viz:
No. 46. Proposals by Mr. Benjamin White, of St. Ives, in Huntingdonshire.
No. 47. Some considerations to prevent the export of wool, to enlarge the export of the woollen manufactory, and thereby increase the employment of the poor. By an anonymous hand, and transmitted from Bristol by Mr. Pelham, of this Board.
No. 48. Letter from Mr. Thomas Cooper, together with his printed essay upon trade in general, and a method proposed, to prevent the owling of unmanufactured wool.
No. 49. Letter from Mr. Daniel Webb about wool.

Ordered that the Secretary write a letter to Mr. Edwards, of Bucklersbury, to desire his attendance at this Board on Wednesday the 2nd of December, in order to hear what he or any gentlemen, in conjunction with him, have to offer further, in relation to the scheme delivered in by him. (Vide minutes of the 11th instant.)

Messrs. Webb, Sympson, Cooper, Reeves and Borris attending, were called in one after another; and the Board, after some discourse had with each of them apart, desired to know whether he had any thing further to offer in addition to his scheme, to which each of them answered, he had not.

Thursday, November 19. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.

Trade.

Wool.

The affair of the wool was again under consideration, and there was read:
No. 50. Letter from Mr. George Bonell, relating to his proposals, formerly given in to this Board.
51. A letter from J.H., in Spittal Fields, relating to the registering wool to prevent its exportation.
52. A letter signed S.M., together with a printed scheme, entituled, A scheme for keeping our wool at home, in order to employ our poor, and recover the foreign markets for our woollen manufacture.

Jamaica.

Read a letter from Mr. Trelawney, Governor of Jamaica, dated August 15th, 1741, transmitting:
Minutes of the Council, from the 3rd February, 1740, to the 29th of May, 1741.
Council in Assembly, from the 16th January, 1740, to the 29th May, 1741.
Minutes of Assembly, from the 17th March, 1740, to the 29th May, 1741.
Acts passed there, between the 30th April and 29th May, 1741.

Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereon, in point of law.

Massachusetts.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council of the 10th of November, 1741, referring to this Board 16 Acts, passed in the Massachusetts colony in 1740 and 1741.

Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereon, in point of law.

Trade.

Denmark.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, relating to the memorial from Mr. Söhlenthal, the Danish Minister, (mentioned in the minutes of the 15th of January last), as also the draught of a letter to Lord Harrington, for inclosing the same, having been agreed to, were ordered to be transcribed.

Leeward Islands.

Read a letter from General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated August 19th, 1741, transmitting:
Minutes of Assembly for the island of Montserrat in April and May, 1741, with two Acts of St. Christophers, passed in May, 1741.

Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereon, in point of law.

Tuesday, November 24. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.

South Carolina.

The Secretary laid before the Board two and twenty Acts, passed in South Carolina, from the 25th of March, 1738, to the 3rd July, 1741.

Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereon, in point of law.

Ordered likewise that Mr. Fane be desired to report upon the Act of the said province, which was sent him the 4th inst., for regulating the buildings etc., as soon as conveniently may be; the Board designing to take the first opportunity of laying it before his Majesty.

Trade.

Denmark.

The representation to his Majesty, and the letter to the Lord Harrington (mentioned in the preceding minutes), having been transcribed according to order, were signed.

South Carolina.

Read a letter from Mr. Bull, President of the Council and Commander in Chief of South Carolina, dated at Charlestown, October 14th, 1741, informing the Board he had sent, in obedience to their commands, a compleat collection of the laws; giving likewise an account of the situation of their affairs with regard to the Spaniards, and transmitting attested copies of several affidavits of English prisoners, lately escaped from the Havanah, relating to the number of privateers fitted out from thence; and said affidavits were laid before the Board, viz:
Attested copies of the affidavits of Peter Sagory, Thomas Poole and Thomas Lloyd, English prisoners, lately escaped from the Havannah, taken at South Carolina in August and September, 1741.
Authentick copies of the deposition of John Earle and Captain John Murray, taken at South Carolina, in September and October, 1741.

Thursday, November 26. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.

Trade.

Wool.

The Board had again under consideration the affair of the wool; and the following papers were read, viz:
No. 53. Proposals to prevent the clandestine exportation of wool from Great Britain and Ireland, by Thomas Sandys, of Bristol.
No. 54. An anonymous letter to the Board, promising a scheme for registering wool.
No. 55. Letter from Mr. Nathaniel Troughton, with a paper, entituled, Woolmen's Company's proposals humbly offered to the consideration of the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, to prevent the frauds and deceits now commonly practised in the winding and packing of wool, and for preventing the running of wool out of the Kingdom.
No. 56. A letter from T. Child.
No. 57. A scheme to prevent the exportation of wool, by Mr. Leybourn, rector of Morcot, Rutlandshire.
No. 58. A national scheme, by a country draper etc.

John Brown, attending, was called in and presented to the Board:
No. 59. A memorial against the registering of wool.

Mr. Cox, likewise attending, presented to the Board:
No. 60. A memorial to the same purpose.

And the Board, after having heard the said memorials read, had some discourse with the said gentlemen on the subject of the wool and woollen trade.

Mr. Thomas Houghton, likewise attending, was called in, and laid before the Board a paper, entituled,
No. 61. A scheme for preventing the running of wool and yarn from Great Britain.
which was read, as likewise.
No. 62. Proposals to prevent the exportation of wool, by Cornelius Strongcastle.