Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 8, January 1742 - December 1749. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1931.
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Journal, December 1744
Mr. Porter attending, as desired by the preceding minute, the Board had some discourse with him on the subject of my Lord Harrington and Sir Thomas Robinson's letters, mentioned in the said minute, and after some time spent therein, the Board took the same into consideration and made some progress therein.
Mr. Alderman Baker attending, with Mr. Hammersly, his solicitor, desired copies of some papers relative to the paper currency in several of the provinces on the Continent of America, and particularly in the charter governments of the Massachusetts Bay, and the colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island, a list of which papers he produced at the Board.
Read a letter from Mr. Williams, Deputy Secretary of Jamaica, to the Board, dated the 14th of August, 1744, enclosing a list of persons naturalized in that Island, from the 1st of June, 1743, to the 1st of June, 1744.
Read a letter from Mr. Wood, Secretary to the Customs, dated
the 1st inst. (in answer to one wrote him by the Secretary of this
Board), transmitting the two following accounts from the Custom
An account of the value of the goods exported from England to Africa, from Christmas, 1729, to Christmas, 1742, distinguishing each year.
An account of the tonnage of the several ships cleared from Great Britain for Africa, from Christmas, 1729, to Christmas, 1743, distinguishing each year.
Read a letter from Mr. Horsmanden, dated the 4th October last, at New York, enclosing his opinion upon the merits of the cause between the colony of Connecticut and the Mohegan Indians, heard upon the Commission of Review, mentioned in the minutes of the 18th of July last. (Vide Proprieties. V. No. 9.)
Mr. Paris, solicitor for the petitioners, against the Acts, passed in the Island of Antigua, for double taxing Absentees, attending according to appointment the 29th of last month, as also Mr. John Sharpe, in behalf of the said Acts, together with several planters and merchants of London, interested in the said Island, whose names are in the margin; the Board heard what Mr. Paris had to offer on behalf of the said petitioners against the Act, passed at Antigua in June last, for raising a Tax for paying Public Debts and Charges, and particularly applying the said Tax, etc., whereby absentees from the said Island are double taxed: They heard also what Mr. Sharpe had to offer in favour of the said Act, and Mr. Paris's reply. After which the solicitors being withdrawn, their lordships agreed to take the said Act into further consideration to-morrow morning.
Ordered that the Secretary acquaint Mr. Hayes, Deputy Governor of the Royal African Company, that the Board desires his attendance on Tuesday next [Tuesday 18th instant], and that he would bring with him such other gentlemen of the Court of Assistants, as he shall judge proper, in order to have some further discourse with them on the subject of the said trade.
The Board took into consideration the draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon the Act of Antigua, for Double Taxing Absentees from that Island, mentioned in the minutes of the 7th inst., and made some progress therein.
Read a letter from Mr. Spence, Secretary to the Royal African Company, dated the 13th inst., acknowledging the receipt of one from the Secretary of this Board to Mr. Hayes, the Deputy Governor, which he communicated to the Court of Assistants; and signifying that the Deputy Governor and some members of the said Court will attend the Board on Tuesday next, as required by the said letter; also enclosing copies of several papers for the Board's information, as to the state of the trade and forts in Africa.
The draught of a representation to his Majesty on the subject of an Act, passed in Antigua, for Double Taxing Absentees, having been transcribed, as ordered by yesterday's minutes, was laid before the Board, and signed.
Mr. Hayes, Deputy Governor of the Royal African Company,
attending, as desired, with Sir Atwel Lake, Mr. Periam and Mr.
Boteler of the Court of Assistants, together with Mr. Sparke, their
Accountant, the Board, [after] some discourse had with them concerning the state of the trade to Africa, and the condition of the
forts there, took the said affair into consideration and made a
further progress therein. The following queries were delivered to
the said Mr. Sparke, to which he was desired to send an answer
for the information of the Board, viz.:—
What number of white men and black there are in the Company's pay as soldiers in the respective forts in Africa ?
What number of recruits have been sent thither ? When sent, and in what ships, from 1730 to 1743 ?
What quantities of stores and ammunition have been sent thither for the use of the said garrisons ? Specifying when sent, and in what vessels, for the same time ?
What quit rents are paid to the princes of Africa, and for what forts ?
How many ships, and what burthen, have been sent out for the same time ?
The Board took into consideration the plan of a report upon the state of the African trade, etc., intended to be laid before the Honourable the House of Commons, and made some further progress therein.
Mr. Paris attending, being concerned for several governments on the Continent of America, moved the Board that he might have copies of some letters and papers in this office, relating to paper currency in his Majesty's Plantations in America; and he was acquainted, that it being a matter of great importance, the Board would consider thereof, and he should have an answer in a few days.