Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 8, January 1742 - December 1749. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1931.
This free content was digitised by double rekeying and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. All rights reserved.
Journal, April 1743
Read three letters from Colonel Gooch, Lieutenant Governor of
Duplicate of a letter from Colonel Gooch, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, to the Board, dated the 31st July, 1742, with a postscript, September the 2nd, 1742, transmitting:—
Account of his Majesty's Revenue of 2s. per hogshead, etc., arising in Virginia, from the 25th of October, 1741, to the 25th of April, 1742, as also
Account of his Majesty's Revenue of quit rents, etc., from the 25th April, 1741, to the 25th of April, 1742, arising in Virginia.
Letter from Colonel Gooch, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia,
to the Board, dated the 11th August, 1742, with his observations
on the Acts, passed the last session of Assembly, in May and June,
1742, and transmitting:—
Answer of Colonel Gooch, Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of Virginia, to the several queries proposed by the Board of Trade.
Minutes of Council, from the 16th of October, 1740, to the 11th of June, 1741, and from the 15th of October, 1741, to the 26th July, 1742.
Minutes of Council in Assembly, from the 6th of May to the 19th June, 1742.
Journal of the House of Burgesses for the same time.
Naval Office Lists of ships entered and cleared at the several Ports of Virginia in 1741, and part of 1742, but not complete.
33 Acts, passed in May and June, 1742.
Letter from Colonel Gooch, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia,
to the Board, dated the 5th of November, 1742, with an account
of the death of William Randolph, Esquire, a member of the
Council there, and recommending Charles Carter, Esquire, to
succeed him,—also inclosing:—
The account of his Majesty's Revenue of 2s. per hogshead, etc., arising in Virginia, from the 25th April, to the 25th of October, 1742.
Read two letters from Mr. Shirley, Governor of New England,
to the Board, dated the 24th and 30th of January 1742–3, transmitting:—
Attested copy of the engrossed bill for the more speedy finishing of the Land Bank and Manufactory Scheme, passed by the Assembly and Council, the 15th January, 1742–3.
Seven Acts, passed at Boston in April, 1742.
Twelve Acts, passed at Boston in June and July, 1742.
The Board took again into consideration the three following
Acts, passed in Bermuda in the year 1738, mentioned in the
minutes of the 23rd, 24th and 25th of November last, viz.:—
An Act for renewing and making some alterations to the Act, entitled, an Act for the regulating and more speedy repairs of the Highways and publick Paths throughout these Islands.
An Act to prevent nuisances, and to regulate several disorders in these Islands.
An Act to prevent the destroying and murthering of bastard children in these Islands.
Ordered that a draught of a representation to his Majesty, recommending the said Acts for his Royal approbation, be prepared, which was accordingly done, and the same agreed to, transcribed and signed.
The Board also took into consideration the several letters received from Mr. Shirley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, since their last to him, as likewise the Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, of the 25th January last, referring to this Board an extract of his letter to the Earl Harrington (read the 16th February last); and after some progress made therein, ordered that the Secretary write to Mr. Kilby, agent for that province, and acquaint him, that the Board desires to speak with him to-morrow morning, betwixt eleven and twelve.
The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the incidental charges of this Office, from Ladyday to Midsummer, 1742, amounting to the sum of £278 12s. 0d.; and a letter to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring payment thereof, and of the salaries due to the Secretary and under officers for the same time, was agreed to and signed.
Mr. Kilby, agent for the province of the Massachusets Bay, attending, as desired by yesterday's minutes, the Board, after some discourse had with him on the subject of Mr. Shirley's letters, gave directions for preparing the draught of a report upon the Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday.
Read two letters from Mr. Trelawney, Governor of Jamaica, to the Board, both dated January 6th, 1742–3, together with the minutes of Assembly in that Island, from the 6th of April to the 4th June, 1742.
Mr. Auchmuty and Mr. Kilby attending, as appointed by the minutes of the 14th instant, the Board had some discourse with them upon the bill passed by the Assembly of the Massachusets, in relation to the Land Bank and manufactory scheme.
Read a memorial of George Clinton, Esquire, Governor of New York, to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury, praying for a sum of money for presents to the Six Nations of Indians, that border on the province of New York, as has been usual on the appointment of a new Governor, referred to this Board by the Lords of the Treasury, the 13th of this instant.
Mr. Paris attending, moved the Board to take into consideration an Act, passed in New Jersey in November, 1703, for regulating the purchasing of Land from the Indians; and it was agreed to consider the same the first opportunity.
The Secretary laid before the Board the seven following copies
of Orders in Council, transmitted from the Council Office the 17th
of the last month, and the titles of the same were read, viz.:—
Copy of an Order in Council, dated the 16th of December, 1742, directing the Master of the Ordnance to send 10 iron ordnance, with shot, to South Carolina.
Order in Council, dated the 16th of December, 1742, directing 2 mortars and 200 bombshells to be sent by the Master of the Ordnance to the Bahamas.
Order in Council, dated the 19th January, 1742–3, approving a representation of this Board to his Majesty, proposing Henry Corbusier, Esquire, to be one of the Council of Bermuda, in the room of Robert Dinwiddie, Esquire, who has left that Island, in order to reside in Virginia.
Order in Council, dated the 19th of January, 1742–3, directing a fort to be built, and an engineer to be sent to assist therein, and supplies of stores of war to be furnished for the defence of New Hampshire.
Order in Council, dated the 19th of January, 1742–3, approving a representation of this Board to his Majesty, proposing Samuel Solly, Esquire, to supply a vacancy in the Council of New Hampshire, by the death of Shadrach Walton, Esquire.
Order in Council, dated 19th of January, 1742–3, approving a representation to his Majesty, proposing the repeal of an Act, passed in the province of North Carolina in 1740, to appoint able and skilful clerks for the several County Courts within that province, etc.
Order in Council, dated the 7th of February, 1742–3, approving a representation of this Board to his Majesty, proposing Lewis Burwell, junior, Esquire, to supply a vacancy in the Council of Virginia, by the death of William Randolph, Esquire.
The Board took into consideration the draught of a report upon the Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, referring the extract of a letter from Governor Shirley to Lord Harrington, as ordered by the minutes of Thursday, the 14th instant, and made some progress therein.
Read a letter from Mr. Thomas Lowndes to the Secretary, dated from Overton in Smallwood, in Cheshire, the 13th instant, transmitting in a box a sample of an improvement of salt made by him there. Ordered that the Secretary write him an answer of thanks, and to assure him at the same time that they shall be always ready to give him what encouragement they are able in this or any other undertaking for the publick good.
Read Mr. Fane's report upon two Acts, passed in New Jersey, one entitled An Act for regulating the purchasing of Land from the Indians, passed in November, 1703; the other entitled An Act for the Support of the Government of his Majesty's province of New Jersey, for one year, from September 23rd, 1742, to September, 1743, to which he has no objection.
The Board having gone through the consideration of the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council, mentioned in yesterday's minute, agreed thereto, and the same was ordered to be transcribed.
The Board likewise took into consideration the memorial of George Clinton, Esquire, referred to this Board by the Lords of the Treasury, as mentioned in the minutes of the 19th of this month, and ordered the draught of a report to be prepared, which was accordingly done, and the same being agreed to, was transcribed and signed.
Read a letter to the Secretary from Mr. Yeamans, dated April 26th, 1743, enclosing one from Mr. John Vernon in France, acquainting the Board with the resignation of his seat in the Council of Antigua.
Read a letter from General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward
Islands, to the Board, dated at Antigua, December 1st, 1742,
transmitting the several publick papers following, viz.:—
Minutes of Council, from the 24th of February, 1741–2, to the 5th of August, 1742.
Minutes of Council and minutes of Assembly, from the 24th June, to the 29th September, 1742.
Minutes of Council, from the 12th of March, 1741–2, to the 6th of September, 1742.
Three Acts, passed at Antigua, in October and November, 1742.
Read a letter to the Secretary from Mr. Willard, Secretary of
the Massachusets Bay, dated at Boston, November 19th, 1742,
transmitting the following publick papers, viz.:—
The Province Treasurer's general account, from the 20th of May, 1740, to the 27th May, 1741.
Minutes of Council, from the 4th of March, 1741–2, to the 25th of August, 1742.
Minutes of Assembly, from the 17th March, 1741–2, to the 22nd April, 1742; and also from the 26th May to the 2nd of July, 1742.
The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, and that of the 22nd instant, having been transcribed, was laid before the Board, agreed to, and signed.
The first, of the 24th of September, 1742, inclosing a minute of Council, of the 11th of March, 1741–2, with an account of his Majesty's quit rents and fines of alienation, received from the 20th of March, 1739–40, to the 31st of December, 1741, transmitting likewise,
The second, of October 28th, giving an account of the civil and military government of that province, and the opposition he has met with from Colonel Cosby, Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment, who disputes his power as President, transmitting also,
Copy of a letter from the Bishop of Quebec, and from two other priests in that province, to Major Mascarene, with his answers thereunto, in September and December, 1742, and the minute of Council thereon, dated the 30th November, 1742.