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 1741
Tuesday, December 1. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, of the 10th of November, 1741, referring to this Board the memorial of Governor Tinker, praying a supply of some stores of war to replace others sent from the Bahama Islands to South Carolina.
Ordered that the agents of the Bahamas and of South Carolina be sent to, to attend this Board on Thursday next. [Thursday, December 3rd.]
The Board had again the wool affair under consideration, and
the following anonymous paper was read.
No. 63. A scheme, entituled, Profits make markets.
Mr. Cornelius Strongcastle, attending, was called in, and being
asked whether he had any additions or alterations to make to his
scheme, delivered in a paper, entituled,
No. 64. A Supplement to the essay for restoring the woollen manufacture,
which was also read.
Read Mr. Fane's report upon a private Act, passed in Virginia, in 1740, for docking the intail of certain lands in the county of Charles City, and vesting the same in Philip Lightfoot, Esq., in fee simple; and directions were given for preparing the draught of a representation to his Majesty, for confirmation thereof.
Wednesday, December 2. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.
Messrs. Watson and Debert, Blackwell Hall, factors, and Mr. Winterbottom, merchant, attending (instead of Mr. Edwards, who had been appointed by the minutes of the 18th of last month), the Board had some discourse with them on the subject of their plan for the encouraging of the woollen manufacture, when in explanation of the same, among other things they said that the Excise Officers might attend the shearing time as they do the hopping, but that the care of the duty on fell wool would require further consideration; in conclusion they were unanimous in their opinion against a register, as a method they imagined would be prejudical to trade.
The representation to his Majesty, for confirming a private Act of Virginia, as mentioned in yesterday's minutes, having been prepared, was agreed to, and signed.
Read a letter from Mr. Clarke, Lieutenant Governor of New
York, dated August 24th, 1741, transmitting several publick
The tryal of John Ury at a Supreme Court of Judicature, held for the province of New York, at the City Hall, on Wednesday, the 29th of July, 1741.
A list of the names of the persons, who have been naturalized by Act of Parliament (13 George (fn. 1) II) within the colony of New York, between the 1st of June, 1740, and the 1st of June, 1741.
Two Acts, passed the 13th of June, 1741.
Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereon, in point of law.
Thursday, December 3. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated 26th November, 1741; referring to this Board an account of the East India Company's exports from London, between the 29th of September, 1740, and the 29th of September, 1741.
Ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared upon this, and the other accounts of the exports of that company, referred to this Board, and not yet laid before his Majesty.
Read a letter to the Secretary from Captain Burrish, of the Dover, dated in the Downs, November 24th, 1741, inclosing his answer to the heads of enquiry (sent him in April last) concerning the fishery at Canço, with a scheme of the French fishery at Cape Breton.
Mr. Fury, agent for the province of South Carolina, and Mr. Joshua Sharpe, in behalf of the agent of the Bahamas, attending, were called in, and after some discourse had with them, the Board ordered the draught of a report to be prepared on the subject of Governor Tinker's memorial, referred to them by order of the Committee of Council, as mentioned in the minutes of the 1st instant.
Friday, December 4. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.
The draught of the report upon the subject of Governor Tinker's memorial, having been prepared (as ordered by the preceding minute), was agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Tuesday, December 8. Present:—Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.
Read a letter from Mr. Morris, Governor of New Jersey, dated
at Trenton, August 16th, 1741, transmitting the following publick
Proclamation relating to the currency of foreign coins in his Majesty's Plantations in America, dated 3rd January, 1740/1.
An Act the better to enable creditors to obtain satisfaction of their recoveries against their debtors, and to direct the Sheriff or other Officers in the execution of his duty therein; (this is the Bill mentioned in the Governor's letter not assented unto.)
Minutes of Council, from the 17th of August, to the 29th of December, 1739.
Minutes of Council, commencing the 31st December, 1740, and ending the 2nd of May, 1741.
Wednesday, December 9. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.
Read a letter to the Secretary of this Board from Mr. Manley, Secretary to the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs, dated December 4th, 1741, with a copy of the Inspector General's leidger of imports and exports for the year 1735.
The Board agreed to the draught of a representation to his Majesty on the accounts of the East India Company's exports from London (mentioned in the minutes of the 3rd instant); and the same was agreed to, and ordered to be transcribed.
Thursday, December 10. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Keene.
Upon application from Mr. James George Douglas, agent for the island of St. Christophers, desiring that the Board would please to lay before his Majesty for confirmation, an Act, passed in that island, in May, 1740, entituled, An Act for the more effectual cleaning and amending the highways in this island, and to repeal an Act entituled, An Act for repairing His Majesty's highways.
The Board having taken the same into consideration, together with Mr. Fane's report thereupon, gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation accordingly.
Friday, December 11. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.
Read a letter from Colonel Gooch, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, dated September 9th, 1741, transmitting a printed book of all the laws now in force in that colony, to the 14th of his present Majesty, bound in one volume, with some few remarks by Colonel Gooch.
The representation to his Majesty upon the accounts of the exports of the East India Company (ordered by the minutes of the 3rd inst.), having been laid before the Board, was agreed to, and signed.
Tuesday, December 15. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer.
The representation to his Majesty (ordered by the minutes of the 10th inst.), upon an Act mentioned therein, passed at St. Christophers in 1740, having been prepared and laid before the Board, was agreed to, and signed.
Friday, December 18. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene, Mr. Pelham.
The Board had again under consideration the affair of the wool,
when the following papers were read:
No. 65. Letter from Mr. Daniel Webb, enclosing schemes and calculations.
No. 66. A letter from Mr. Lowndes to the Secretary, together with a memorial to the Board.
No. 67. A second supplement by Mr. Cornelius Strongcastle.
Messrs. Dawkins, Barham, Knight, Gregory, planters of the island of Jamaica, attending, together with Mr. Sharpe, agent of the said island, delivered in a memorial, praying the Board to report upon the several Acts, contained in the Schedule thereto annexed. Ordered that the said memorial and Acts be taken into consideration the first opportunity.
Tuesday, December 22. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer.
The Board had again under consideration the affair of the wool;
and a letter from Mr. Cornelius Strongcastle was read, inclosing:
No. 68. Heads of an essay offered to this Board, in order to put a stop to the running of wool, and to increase the woollen manufacture.
Wednesday, December 23. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Keene.
Mr. Fane's report upon the Act of South Carolina, passed in December, 1740 (mentioned in the minutes of the 4th and 24th of November last), for regulating the buildings hereafter to be erected in Charles Town etc., was read, and the draught of a representation to his Majesty, for confirming the same, was ordered to be prepared, which was accordingly done, agreed to, and signed.
Then the Board adjourned till Monday, the 11th of January next.