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Journal, April 1749: Volume 57

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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, April 1749

Monday, April 3. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Mr. Fane, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Nova Scotia.

The draught of a letter to the Lords of the Treasury upon the memorial of Mr. Chauncy Townshend, with proposals for supplying the 3000 persons intended to be settled in Nova Scotia with provisions for twelve months, ordered to be prepared by the minutes of the 28th of last month, was laid before the Board, agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

Barbados.

Read a letter from Mr. Grenville, Governor of Barbados, dated the 8th February, 1748–9, containing an account of the settlement made by the French upon the Island of Tobago, and inclosing:—
His answer to queries.
Copy of an address of the Governor, Council and Assembly of Barbados to his Majesty, relating to the settlements made by the French upon the Islands of Santa Lucia, St. Vincent's, Dominica and Tobago.
Ordonnance de Monsieur le Marquis de Caylus, Governeur de l'Isle de Martinique, touchant l'Isle de Tobago.

Ordered that copies of the said letter and papers be prepared, as also the draught of a letter, for inclosing the same to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State.

Tuesday, April 4. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Nova Scotia.

Mr. Kilby attending, acquainted their lordships with the following state of the readiness, which the ships taken up by the Commissioners of the Navy were in, for taking on board the persons intended to be settled in Nova Scotia, viz.:—
Everlagh, will be ready to take in in three days.
Prince Frederick, lays in the wet dock, and nothing done.
Alexander has taken in some goods, and is ready to take the rest.
Caning, no provisions, but is ready to take in.
Brotherhood, has taken in some provisions.
Beauford, is ready to take in, the captain knows nothing of going to Nova Scotia, and expects to go to Port Mahon.
Winchelsea has taken in some provisions.
Charlton has taken in some provisions.
Baltimore has taken in some provisions.
Wilmington has taken in some provisions.
Merry Jack has taken in some provisions.
London no provisions, but will be ready in two days.
Sutton is on board the Charlton, fixing an air pump, and has not been on board any other.
Monday, April 3rd, 1749.

He likewise presented to the Board a paper drawn up by Dr. Hales, relating to the importance of having ventilators on board the said ships.

Nova Scotia.

Ordered that Mr. Kilby do enquire of Mr. Sutton, what number of the ships he can furnish with air pipes before the 20th inst., and acquaint their lordships therewith.

Ordered that an advertisement be forthwith published in the London Gazette and other papers, and printed copies thereof dispersed, that the books now open at London, Portsmouth and Plymouth, for receiving the names of such, as shall accept the encouragement offered by his Majesty for the settlement of Nova Scotia, will not be closed until the 17th instant, and that ships will be ready in the river of Thames by the 15th instant to take in such as have entered their names in this office, and a ship or ships ready by the 20th instant at Portsmouth, to receive such as have entered their names at Portsmouth and Plymouth.

The Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports acquainted the Board that a person had applied to him by direction from the Commanding Officer of Colonel Frazier's late regiment of Marines, to inform him that there was a quantity of clothing and slops, which were provided for that regiment before its reduction, to be disposed of at half price, if wanted for the settlers of Nova Scotia.

Ordered that Mr. Kilby do inform himself thereof, and give an account of his proceedings to the Board.

Read a petition of John and Richard Monday, who have entered their names in the books at Portsmouth to go to Nova Scotia, praying for an allowance for the carriage of their goods on board the ships.

Ordered that the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports do acquaint them that no provision is made for that purpose, and therefore such allowance cannot be had.

Read a letter from Mr. Ellis, of Gaddesden, in Hertfordshire, dated the 2nd instant, containing proposals for supplying ploughs and other materials of husbandry for the settlers in Nova Scotia.

Ordered that the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports do acquaint him that those materials have been already provided.

Mr. Hardman, of Liverpool, attending, laid before the Board a letter to him from the mayor of Liverpool, with the printed copy of an advertisement published by him for all persons desirous of going to Nova Scotia to apply to him, and that a ship or ships will be ordered from that place.

Ordered that the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports do write to the mayor of Liverpool to desire him to transmit an exact account of what number of persons may be had at Liverpool, pursuant to their lordships' former request, till when, it cannot be determined how far it may be proper to appoint a ship to go from thence, and thereupon that he would cause a second advertisement to be made public, comprehending only such persons as are within the description of the advertisement, published by his Majesty's commands, and that if a sufficient number of such shall enter themselves, a ship will in that case be provided.

Nova Scotia.

Mr. Townshend, attending, proposed to their lordships that he might be at liberty to send some part of his provisions for the settlers in the ships with them (giving in an account thereof), that the benefit might be deducted from any charge of demurrage that might arise by his ships being detained on the coast of Nova Scotia, for want of store houses for receiving the provisions; whereupon their lordships acquainted him that, if, after the settlers and their effects were embarked, there should be any room for said provisions, he might be at liberty to put them on board.

Mr. Middleton, Surgeon General, and Mr. Garnier, Apothecary General, attending, acquainted their lordships that they had a meeting with Dr. Wilmot, and were of opinion that the best choice of medicines to be sent with the new settlers would be those used in the hospitals in Flanders, which might be prepared according to a Pharmacopœia printed for them there, that two chief surgeons and two apothecaries should be sent with them to reside at the head settlement, and a mate at each of the other settlements, who might be appointed out of such as have entered their names to go to Nova Scotia, upon their qualifications being examined at Surgeons' Hall. Whereupon Mr. Garnier was desired to prepare an invoice of what medicines would be necessary, and lay the same before the Board, as soon as possible.

Ordered that the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports do transmit a list of such surgeons as have entered upon the books of this Office for Nova Scotia to Mr. Hawking, Master of Surgeons' Hall, and desire him to make a return of the qualifications of such as have been examined there.

Read a memorial of Mr. Bevan, apothecary and chymist, respecting the method of preserving the health of the new settlers in Nova Scotia, and inclosing an invoice of medicines proper to be sent.

Ordered that the said memorial be taken into consideration, when Mr. Garnier should have laid before the Board the list he has been desired to prepare.

Major Lockman attending, laid before the Board a certificate signed by several of the principal planters in the Island of Barbados, relating to his qualification as surgeon; whereupon he was desired to pass his examination at Surgeon's Hall, upon return whereof their lordships would further consider of his application.

Plantations General.

Ordered that the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports do attend the Attorney and Solicitor General, to desire they would appoint a day for favouring the Board with their opinion upon the Bill brought into Parliament, relating to paper currency in the Plantations.

Barbados.

The draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, inclosing a copy of one from Mr. Grenville, Governor of Barbados, to the Board, relating to the settlements made by the French upon the Island of Tobago, and the paper therewith transmitted, mentioned in the preceding minutes, having been prepared, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.

The Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports laid before the Board a letter to him from Mr. Sharpe, agent for the Island of Barbados, desiring copies of the minutes of the Council of that Island in 1732, relating to the evacuation of the Islands of Santa Lucia, Dominica and St. Vincent's.

Ordered that copies thereof be accordingly prepared and delivered to him.

Wednesday, April 5. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Horatio Walpole, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Nova Scotia.

Mr. Kilby attending, acquainted their lordships that the Commissioners of his Majesty's Navy had contracted for 5594 tons of shipping, for transporting persons to Nova Scotia.

Ordered that Mr. Kilby do give intimation to the Commissioners of the Navy that it is thought 5000 tons of such ships, as are most likely to be got ready within the time proposed for embarkation, will be necessary for the service.

Mr. Kilby likewise informed their lordships that, pursuant to their directions, he had enquired of Mr. Sutton as to his furnishing the ships with air pipes, and had been informed by him that he could perform the service within the time proposed.

Ordered that an advertisement be published in the daily and evening publick papers, that the books for entering the names of such as are willing to accept of his Majesty's encouragement for the settlement of Nova Scotia, will remain open until further notice shall be given.

Ordered that the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports do write to Mr. Major, agent for the ships taken up by the Commissioners of the Navy, for transporting the settlers to Nova Scotia, to desire his attendance at the Board to-morrow morning, to give an account what readiness the ships are in, and for his opinion as to the best method of embarking the people.

Ordered that the Secretary do write a letter to the Secretary of the Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts to desire him to acquaint them that this Board recommends to them to name such persons, and make such allowance as they shall judge proper, for a minister and schoolmaster at each of the townships to be laid out for the settlers in Nova Scotia, and to acquaint them with the provision made for this service.

Thursday, April 6. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Horatio Walpole, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Nova Scotia.

The draught of a letter to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, upon the memorial of Mr. Townshend for supplying the settlers in Nova Scotia with provisions, having been transcribed, was laid before the Board and signed.

Mr. Bevan attending, as desired, their lordships desired him to be preparing such medecines as would be necessary, and when Dr. Wilmot and Mr. Middleton had made their report, they would come to a resolution upon it, and Mr. Kilby should acquaint him therewith.

Mr. Cathcart, attending, acquainted their lordships that there was a great number of blankets, sheets, palliasses, bowls, spoons etc. that belonged to the hospitals abroad, and were no longer of use, and that if their lordships thought they might be usefull for the settlers in Nova Scotia, orders might be given for the delivery of them.

Nova Scotia.

Whereupon Colonel Cornwallis, Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Forces in Nova Scotia, who was attending, was desired to obtain an order from the Secretary at War for that purpose.

Mr. Kilby attending, acquainted their lordships that the following ships were taken up by the Commissioners of the Navy, amounting to 5144 tons, viz.:—

Alexander 330
Charlton 392
Brotherhood 330
Wilmington 600
Winchelsea 560
Merry Jack 400
London 550
Everleigh 350
Baltimore 450
Caning 382
Beaufort 550
Fair Lady 250
5144

That he had given intimation to Mr. Crowle, one of the Commissioners of the Navy, that the said tonnage would be sufficient, who was of opinion that the Lords of the Admiralty should be wrote to in time for their orders being at the Navy Office before noon to-morrow: that no more ships than the above twelve be contracted for, till further orders; and that the navy be directed to give immediate orders, to which of the eight Sutton's pipes shall be fixt, and order ventilators to the other four; and at the same time direct the appointment of an agent for Transports, who may proceed with the settlers and return with the troops that are to come home, as also inspect the bedding, and cause the same to be delivered for the use of the settlers upon their arrival.

Ordered that the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports do, in the absence of the Secretary, write to Mr. Clevland, Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, and desire him to acquaint them with the above points, and desire they would give immediate directions thereupon.

Mr. Major attending, as desired, informed their lordships what readiness the transports were in, and after some conversation had with him concerning the best method of embarking the persons, an advertisement was ordered to be inserted in the publick papers, that the ships would be ready between the 15th and 25th instant, that notice would be given in the mean time of the time and place of rendezvous, and for all persons to apply to the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports for orders to be admitted on board the said ships.

Friday, April 7. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Nova Scotia.

Mr. Hardman, of Liverpool, attending, acquainted their lordships that he had received information from the mayor of Liverpool that thirty persons had entered their names with him to go to Nova Scotia.

Mr. Paris, attending, from the Society of Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, acquainted the Board that the Society had agreed to appoint six missionary clergymen for Nova Scotia at £60 per annum each, with a further allowance of £50 at the first settling; as also six schoolmasters at £15 per annum each and £10 for their first settling.

Mr. Middleton and Mr. Garnier, Surgeon and Apothecary General, attending, laid before the Board the following report, signed by them and Dr. Wilmot, relating to proper measures to be pursued for preserving the health of the settlers in Nova Scotia, together with an invoice of medecines and other necessaries.
April 7th, 1749.
What we apprehend to be principally necessary for securing the health of the colony of Nova Scotia is good provisions, fresh, as far as may be, warm clothing, and warm airy lodging.
What may be requisite in the medical way is two principal surgeons and as many apothecaries, with each a mate, and three other mates beside; of these it is proposed that [an] apothecary and one surgeon with each a mate, reside at the two chief settlements, and the three other mates at the three lesser settlements.
That the medecines, utensils, etc., be dispensed to the mates of the several divisions from the principal apothecaries, and as we are informed no less than seventeen surgeons have entered themselves upon the encouragement offered by the government, many of whom have served in the navy or army, they may be of great service in the several settlements.
Signed: E. Wilmot.
D. Middleton.
George Garnier.

Ordered that Mr. Bevan be desired to attend to-morrow morning, between twelve and two o'clock.

Read a letter from Mr. Clevland to Mr. Pownall, dated this day, in answer to his of yesterday's date, desiring him to acquaint the Board that, when his Majesty's pleasure is signified on the matter contained in his letter, orders will be sent to the Navy Board, but it cannot be done otherwise.

Ordered that the draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford be prepared, desiring him to give the necessary directions for the purposes mentioned in Mr. Pownall's letter to the Secretary of the Admiralty, and the said draught having been prepared, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Ordered that the advertisement, ordered to be published in the papers by the preceding day's minutes, be in the following words, viz.:—
Whitehall, April 7th, 1749.
Notice is hereby given that the books which are now open at London, Portsmouth and Plymouth for receiving the names of such officers and private men lately discharged the land and sea service, artificers, etc., as are desirous of settling in his Majesty's province of Nova Scotia, upon the encouragement offered for that purpose, will remain open until Tuesday next, the 11th instant, after which no person will be admitted.
And the several commission[ed] officers of the land and sea service and surgeons, who have entered their names, upon the encouragement offered by his Majesty, are hereby notified to repair to the office of the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, Whitehall, on Tuesday next, the 11th instant, where they will receive orders for being admitted with their families and effects into the respective transports, wherein they are to embark; and all other persons, who have in like manner entered their names, are to repair to the said office for the like purpose upon Wednesday the 12th instant, and the three following days, and all persons, who are to embark in the River of Thames, are required to hold themselves in readiness to depart before the 20th, and to attend the publick notice that will be given of the particular days, when they are to repair to the Tower Wharf, to be carried from thence to the ships they are to go on board.
That a ship or ships will be ready on or before the 25th instant at Portsmouth, to receive on board such persons as have entered their names with the Commissioners of his Majesty's Navy at that place and Plymouth.
By order of the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations.
Thomas Hill, Secretary.

That certificates be printed in the following form, viz.:—
Whitehall, April, 1749.
Sir,
You are hereby required to receive … on board your ship … together with … baggage and to victual.
By order of the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations.
To the Master of the …… Transport at ……

That the officers and private men be proportioned upon each ship according to tonnage and accommodation of the ship, and a book to be prepared for that purpose according to the annexed plan.

That when they are settled, a duplicate of the book to be sent to Captain Major.

That Mr. Rogers, the 1st clerk, shall have the care of this business; Mr. Kilby to settle with him this day about preparing two books, and getting the order printed, and that he be allowed such a number of extra clerks as may be necessary for this service.

Nova Scotia.

That when any one of the transports is ready, an advertisement shall be published notifying the persons, who shall have received orders for such transport to repair to Tower Wharf on … day at …… hour where to apply to, … in order to be embarked in small craft and carried to the ships at Long Reach.

That the officers, who are to go aboard such ship, do attend at the same time and be assisting in the embarkation by orders from the Commander in chief.

As soon as any ship has embarked the number she is to carry, to proceed immediately to Spithead.

That the officers have orders from the Commander in Chief to command according to their seniority, and to give certificates to the masters for the number of persons and quantity of provisions issued.

Saturday, April 8. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Nova Scotia.

Read the following return of the surgeons, whose qualifications have been examined at Surgeons' Hall, viz.:—

James Handasyde 2nd mate, 3rd rate, March, 1747.
Josiah Irwin 2nd mate, 3rd rate, 4th Sept., 1746.
Mark Story 3rd mate, 3rd rate, April, 1747.
Edward Turner 2nd mate 2nd rate, February, 1743.
Thomas Wilson 2nd mate, any rate, July, 1744.
John Sherman 2nd mate, 3rd rate, December, 1743.
John Inman, surgeon 4th rate, 6th October, 1741.
Leonard Lockman, surgeon very well qualified to serve as surgeon to the settlement at Nova Scotia.
John Steele very well qualified to serve as surgeon to Do.
Fenton Griffith John Farquhar Alexander Abercrombie well qualified to serve as mates to the said settlement.

The five last mentioned have received certificates of their respective qualifications.

Ordered that the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports do write to Mr. Hawkins, to desire a Special Court may be held on Thursday next, for examining such as have not yet been examined, and re-examining those, who may be desirous of gaining a higher qualification, and make a return thereof to their lordships.

Mr. Bevan attending, as desired, and the report and invoice, laid before the Board by Dr. Wilmot and Mr. Garnier and Middleton, having been communicated to him, he represented to their lordships that he apprehended the quantity insufficient, and proposed supplying the said persons at two shillings per head; he also represented that it would be proper to allow a chest for each ship during the voyage.

Ordered that the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports do write to Mr. Garnier to acquaint him therewith, and desire him to take the opinion of Dr. Wilmot and Mr. Middleton thereupon, and favour the Board with their report.

Wednesday, April 12. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Newfoundland.

Read a letter from the Duke of Bedford, dated the 10th of April, 1749, signifying his Majesty's pleasure that this Board do prepare the draught of a Commission and instructions for George Rodney, Esquire, to be Governor of Newfoundland.

Ordered that the draught of a Commission and of instructions for Captain Rodney be forthwith prepared, to be laid before the Board for their consideration.

Nova Scotia.

Major Gillman, who had been recommended to the Board as a person who might be usefull in the intended settlement of Nova Scotia, attending, acquainted their lordships that he was well skilled in the method of erecting saw-mills for sawing of timber, as also laying out new settlements; whereupon he was desired to reduce what he had to propose into writing, and lay the same before the Board at their next meeting, for their further consideration.

Lord Dupplin communicated to the Board a letter to him from Dr. Wilmot, acquainting him that by some mistake the invoice of the chests of medecines given to the surgeons of the several regiments sent to Louisbourg was omitted, which together contained near the same quantity, as in the invoice given in to this Board; if therefore the quantity of the more essential medecines be doubled, there must be medecines abundantly sufficient for the new colony; for a good quantity of those sent to Cape Breton, a place probably less healthy than Nova Scotia, were not made use of.

Mr. Garnier and Middleton attending, with Mr. Bevan, acquainted their lordships that they had, in consequence of a letter from the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports, reconsidered the invoice of medecines, and consulted Dr. Wilmot; and accordingly they laid before the Board a second invoice containing additions to the former, which invoice was accordingly delivered to Mr. Bevan, with directions to prepare the quantity proposed, and to put them up in twelve chests for the use of the settlers.

The Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports laid before the Board a letter from the mayor of Liverpool, dated the 7th instant, acquainting him that fifty persons had entered with him to go to Nova Scotia.

Ordered that a letter be wrote to him to desire he will send by every post an account of what number of persons shall enter with him for Nova Scotia, including the number of persons in each family, to the end that if a proper number can be had, directions may be given for taking up a ship for their transportation.

Thursday, April 13. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Nova Scotia.

Read a letter from Mr. James Henderson, by the direction of the Society for propagating the Gospel in foreign Parts, to Mr. Pownall, dated the 13th instant, in answer to one from him, recommending to the said Society to nominate proper persons to be ministers and schoolmasters in Nova Scotia, acquainting him, for the information of the Board, that the said Society had come to the following resolutions, viz.:—
That six clergymen and six schoolmasters of the church of England shall be provided by the Society and sent to Nova Scotia, as the settlements are made and the occasions of the colony require.
That the salary to each missionary be seventy pounds a year, which is the highest salary allowed to any missionary employed by the Society, and that fifty pounds be given to each missionary as a gratuity to facilitate the first settlement, which is twenty pounds more than has been ever given by the Society upon any such occasion.
That the salary to each schoolmaster be fifteen pounds per annum, which is the highest salary allowed to any schoolmaster employed by the Society, and that ten pounds be given to each schoolmaster as a gratuity to facilitate the first settlement, which is the greatest sum ever given by the Society to any schoolmaster upon any occasion; recommending likewise to the Board to assist them in their application for the appointment of bishops in America, and inclosing:—
The case of his Majesty's subjects, members of the Church of England in America.

Read a memorial of Major Gillman, to the Board, setting forth his skill in erecting saw-mills and other usefull works, and proposing (as several such mills are intended to be erected in Nova Scotia) to be employed in that work, and in order thereto, to proceed immediately to New England, to procure such timber and materials for the purpose, as are properly seasoned and fit for such uses.

Whereupon their lordships acquainted him that he should be appointed, and it was proposed to him that his allowance of 10s. per day should not continue longer than the Governor should think his service necessary, which he agreed to.

New Hampshire.

Read a memorial of Joseph Sherburn, late captain of one of the companies raised in his Majesty's province of New Hampshire for the intended expedition against Canada, setting forth his having been employed as Captain of Foot upon the intended expedition to Canada, and not having received any pay for such service, and praying that the Board would intercede with his Majesty for the payment thereof.

Nova Scotia.

Ordered that a letter be prepared to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, to desire him to give directions that the master of the Fair Lady transport be directed to take on board the recruits of General Phillips' Regiment and proceed to Annapolis Royal therewith, and as directions have been given for supplying the settlers with planks and other stores from New England, that he be directed to go from thence to New England, to take in the said stores and transport them to such places in Nova Scotia, as shall be appointed by the Commander in Chief: That the Commissioners of the Navy be directed to give orders that the Brotherhood do proceed to Portsmouth, as soon as may be, to receive such persons as have entered their names with the Commissioners of his Majesty's Navy at that place and at Plymouth, and that the remainder of the transports do fall down to Long Reach, as they get ready, and receive those people on board who have entered their names in this office, and that they be directed to proceed from thence to Spithead and wait for the final orders for proceeding to such place or places in Nova Scotia, as they shall be directed, and that the said Commissioners be directed to perfect a contract for the Baltimore and retain the Roehampton for an hospital ship; and the said letter having been prepared, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Virginia.

Their lordships having been informed that Peter Randolph, Esquire, had been appointed Surveyor General of his Majesty's Customs in the Southern District of America, in the room of Robert Dinwiddie, Esquire, ordered the draught of a representation to his Majesty to be prepared, proposing him to be one of the Council of Virginia, in the room of the said Robert Dinwiddie, who attending, informed their lordships that he had no intention of returning to the said colony.

Friday, April 14. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin.

Newfoundland.

The draught of a commission for Captain Rodney to be Governor of Newfoundland, having been prepared, pursuant to the minutes of the 12th instant, was laid before the Board, agreed to and ordered to be transcribed, and the draught of a representation thereupon to his Majesty to be prepared, as also a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, for inclosing the same, and the said letter and representation having been prepared, were laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Virginia.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty proposing Peter Randolph, Esquire, to be of the Council of Virginia, in the room of Robert Dinwiddie, Esquire, having been prepared, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Nova Scotia.

Mr. Middleton, Surgeon General, attending, laid before the Board a return from the Surgeons' Company of persons examined by them in consequence of Mr. Pownall's letter for that purpose.

And the following persons were agreed to be appointed surgeons and apothecarys and their mates, to the intended settlement of Nova Scotia vizt.:—

Mr. William Mercy Apothecaries
Mr. Thomas Reeves
Mr. Robert Carr Apothecaries' mates
Mr. Alexander Abercrombie
Mr. Leonard Lockman Surgeons
Mr. John Steele
Mr. Mathew Jones
Mr. Robert Grant Surgeons' mates
Mr. John Grant
Mr. Belchiss

Saturday, April 15. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Nova Scotia.

Read two letters from the Commissioners of his Majesty's Navy at Portsmouth and Plymouth, to Mr. Pownall, inclosing lists of the persons, which have entered at those places to go to Nova Scotia, in consequence of the advertisement for that purpose.

Colonel Cornwallis, attending, laid before [the] Board a list of military stores necessary for the intended settlement of Nova Scotia.

Ordered that the draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford be prepared, to inclose the said list, and to acquaint him that an engineer or two and some artillery people will be necessary, and to desire him to receive the king's pleasure thereupon, and communicate the same to the Master General of the Ordnance.

Tuesday, April 18. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Massachusets.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated the 13th of April, 1749, referring to this Board an Act, passed in the province of the Massachusets Bay in January last, entitled, An Act for Drawing in the Bills of Credit of the several Denominations, which have at any time been issued by this Government, and are still outstanding, and for ascertaining the rate of coined silver in this Province for the future.

Ordered that the said Act be sent to Mr. Lamb, for his opinion thereupon in point of law, with all possible dispatch.

Nova Scotia.

The Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports laid before the Board a letter, which he had received from Mr. Major, agent to the Commissioners of the Navy, acquainting him that the following ships, Winchelsea, Charlton, Alexander, Merry Jack, appointed to transport settlers to Nova Scotia, had fallen down to Long Reach, and were ready to receive persons on board, and that he had, upon the receipt of that letter, published an advertisement for all such as had received orders for those ships to repair to Tower Wharf on Thursday next, the 20th instant, to be carried on board.

Thursday, April 20. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Newfoundland.

The draught of instructions for Captain Rodney, appointed Governor of Newfoundland, having been prepared, pursuant to the minutes of the 12th instant, was laid before the Board and agreed to, as was also the draught of a representation to his Majesty thereupon, and a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, inclosing the same; and the said letter and representations having been transcribed, were laid before the Board and signed.

Nova Scotia.

Ordered that the draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford be prepared, to acquaint him that everything relating to the intended settlement of Nova Scotia was upon the point of being completed, and the said letter having been prepared, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Nova Scotia.

Ordered that an advertisement be printed in the publick papers that small vessels will be ready at Tower Wharf on Friday, Saturday and Monday next, to carry on board such persons as have received orders to embark in the ships, mentioned in the minutes of Tuesday last.

Saturday, April 22. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville.

Nova Scotia.

The agent appointed by the Admiralty for the transports going to Nova Scotia, attending, laid before the Board a return of the number of persons embarked on board the transports, now at Long Reach, and likewise acquainted them that the four following ships, viz.:—
Beaufort,
Caning Frigate,
London,
Everley,
were fallen down to Long Reach, ready to receive persons on board.

Ordered that an advertisement be published giving notice to all persons, who have received orders for the said ships, to repair on board on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next, or to Tower Wharf, where small vessels will be ready to carry them down to the ships.

The surgeons, nominated for the settlement in Nova Scotia, having represented to the Board that it would be proper that a set of capital instruments should be provided, their lordships ordered the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports to write to Mr. Bevan, to desire him to get them prepared, and to bring them into his account.

Read a letter from the Right Honourable the Lieutenant General and other principal officers of the Ordnance, containing some queries relative to ordnance stores, which they had received his Majesty's direction to prepare, in consequence of an application from this Board.

Ordered that the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports do, in the absence of the Secretary, return an answer to the said queries.

Wednesday, April 26. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville.

Nova Scotia.

It having been represented to their lordships that there was great uneasiness amongst the persons, who have embarked on board the respective ships for Nova Scotia, on account of their having short allowance of provisions at six pence per head only, their lordships ordered the draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford to be prepared, desiring his Grace would give directions that a full allowance of provisions at nine pence per head for three months be forthwith furnished, and put on board the said ships, for the number of persons that are embarked or shall embark; and the said draught having been prepared, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Nova Scotia.

Mr. Pownall having laid before their lordships the draught of the form of a grant of lands to be made to the settlers in Nova Scotia, as also of a warrant, to be signed by the Governor to the Surveyor for laying out the said lands, their lordships ordered the form of the grant to be sent to Mr. Lamb, for his opinion thereupon, in point of law.

Friday, April 28. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane, Sir Thomas Robinson.

Nova Scotia.

Read Mr. Lamb's report upon the form of a grant of lands in Nova Scotia, dated the 25th April, 1749.

Ordered that the said form of a grant be sent to the Attorney and Solicitor General for their opinion, in point of law.

Mr. Pownall laid before the Board a letter from Mr. Clegg, Mayor of Liverpool, acquainting him that upwards of 90 persons had entered their names with him to go to Nova Scotia.

Ordered that Mr. Pownall do write to the mayor, and desire him to send up a compleat list of the persons, who had entered their names, distinguishing their age, sex and profession.

Ordered that an advertisement be published, giving notice to all officers and other persons going to Nova Scotia, who have received orders at this office for their being admitted on board the respective ships at Long Reach, and are not yet embarked, to repair to Tower Wharf before eight of the clock in the evening of to-morrow, the said ships being under orders to sail immediately.

Saturday, April 29. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane.

Nova Scotia.

Read a letter from the Duke of Bedford, signifying that his Majesty had appointed the Honourable Edward Cornwallis, Esquire, Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over his province of Nova Scotia or Accadie, and that it was his pleasure that this Board do prepare the draughts of a Commission and instructions to be laid before his Majesty; and the draughts of a Commission and general instructions, and of those which relate to the laws of trade, having been prepared, were laid before the Board and agreed to, and the draught of a representation to his Majesty thereupon, together with a letter to the Duke of Bedford, inclosing the same, were agreed to, transcribed and signed.

The Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports laid before the Board a letter from the mayor of Liverpool, acquainting him that near 200 persons had entered their names with him to go to Nova Scotia; and Mr. Hardman of that place, attending, proposed to their lordships to contract with the Commissioners of the Navy for a ship of 400 tons, now ready for that service, to carry them over.

Ordered that the draught of a letter to the Duke of Bedford desiring him to give orders accordingly, be prepared, and the said draught having been prepared, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed; and the Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports was directed to acquaint the mayor of Liverpool therewith, and desire him to transmit a complete list of the persons entered, specifying their age, sex and condition.