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, November 1742
Read a letter from Mr. Clarke, Lieutenant Governor of New York, dated August 24th, 1742, giving an account of his interview with the Six Nations of Indians, and of his confirming the union made two years ago betwixt them and all the Indian nations to the westward under his Majesty's protection, enclosing his speech to the said Indians and their answer, and transmitting two Acts, past the last session, with his observations thereon.
Read likewise the representation of Richard Bradley, Esquire, his Majesty's Attorney General for the province of New York in America, dated the 30th of August, 1742, containing his objections to an Act for regulating the Payment of the Quit Rents, and complaining of the Assembly's encroachments on the prerogative of the Crown, and of their not paying his fees for publick prosecutions, and praying the Board's recommendation of him to the new Governor, for his favour and assistance in recovering his just dues.
Read a letter from Major Mascarene, President of the Council
and Commander in Chief of Nova Scotia, to the Board, dated at
Annapolis Royal, the 28th of June, 1742, in which he represents
the necessity of some instruction about granting land to the
French inhabitants, and complains that he has had no allowance
as Commander in Chief there; and transmitting:—
Extracts of letters from Major Mascarene to the Deputies of Chiconecto, and to the missionary priest of the Indians, dated in May and June, 1742.
Minute of Council, dated the 9th of April, 1742, with extracts of letters from the President.
Read two letters from Mr. Shirley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay.—One dated at Boston, August 30th, containing an account of his having visited the Eastern parts of the province and the forts there, as also of his having had an interview and treaty with the Penobscot and other Indian tribes bordering thereon, and of his having, in obedience to his Majesty's instructions, altered the enacting stile of laws passed there.—The other dated Boston, September 15th, 1742, giving an account of his having suppressed the Land Bank or Manufactory Company, and restored tranquility to the province, and of his having obtained further grants of money to repair the forts.
Read likewise a letter from Mr. Willard, Secretary of the
Massachusets Bay, dated at Boston, June 21st, 1742, transmitting
the following public papers of that province, viz.:—
Minutes of Council, from the 17th September, 1741, to the 25th February, 1741–2.
Minutes of Assembly, from the 16th of September to the 16th of October, 1741, and from the 25th November, 1741 to the 22nd January, 1741–2.
Eleven Acts, passed at Boston, in October, 1741, and January, 1741–2.
Read a letter from Sir Thomas Robinson, Governor of Barbados, to the Board, dated August 29th, 1742, giving an account of his arrival there, and inclosing a copy of his speech to the Council and Assembly.
The Secretary laid before the Board, an Act, received from Mr. John Sharpe, agent for the Island of Barbados, for defraying the expences his Honour the President hath been at, in the exercise of the government of that Island, passed the 4th of August, 1742.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Shirley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, in answer to the three last received from him, having been prepared (as ordered by yesterday's minutes), the same was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.
The draught of a letter, in answer to one from Sir Thomas Robinson, Baronet, Governor of Barbados, ordered by the preceding minutes, having been laid before the Board, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated the 17th of May, 1742, approving a representation of this Board, proposing Edward Byam, Esquire, to supply a vacancy in the Council of Antigua, by the death of Edward Byam, Esquire, late Lieutenant Governor of that Island.
Read two letters from General Mathew, Governor of the
Leeward Islands, one dated July 16th, 1742, transmitting the
following publick papers, viz.:—
Two Acts, passed at St. Christophers, in April and May, 1742.
An Act of Montserrat for appointing Samuel Martin, junior, Esquire, agent for that Island. Passed 15th June, 1742.
A Nevis Tax Act, passed the 22nd June, 1742.
The other, dated August 26th, 1742, giving an account of his
having communicated to the Assembly the Board's directions to
him for affixing the seals of the Island to all such papers and
evidences, as Mr. Dunbar shall think necessary for his defence,
and for giving the like attestation to such papers and evidence,
as the General Assembly have further to offer in support of their
petition, transmitting likewise the following papers, viz.:—
Minutes of Assembly, from the 25th March to the 8th of June, 1742.
Minutes of Council, from the 25th March to the 24th of June, 1742.
Minutes of Assembly for the same period.
Minutes of Assembly, from the 26th January, 1741–2 to the 23rd July, 1742.
Two Acts of Antigua, passed in May and June, 1742.
The draught of an answer to two letters from Mr. Mathew, Governor of the Leeward Islands, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, having been prepared, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated November 24th, 1742, referring to this Board the petition of the planters interested in the Island of Antigua, now residing in Great Britain, setting forth that the Legislature of that Island have, for three years together, passed Acts of an extraordinary nature, laying double taxes on the estates there, of such persons as did not, within six months from the dates of such Acts, go and personally reside in the said Island.
Upon application of Mr. Paris, solicitor for the petitioners, who attended personally, and the consent of Mr. Sharpe, solicitor for Mr. Yeamans, [agent] for the Island of Antigua, signified by Mr. Paris, the Board appointed Thursday next [vide folio 109,] for hearing both parties upon the subject of the said Acts. [Thursday, December 2].
Read a letter, signed by the merchants of London trading to New Hampshire, dated 26th of November, 1742, containing their reasons for the confirmation of three Acts of Assembly, passed in April, 1742, for raising money in that province (mentioned in the minutes of the 19th August last), and Mr. Tomlinson, the agent, being called in, their lordships agreed to take the same into consideration the first opportunity.