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, January 1744
Read a letter from my Lord Carteret, one of his Majesty's
principal Secretaries of State, dated January 2nd, 1743–4,
referring to the consideration of this Board a letter, lately received
by his Lordship, from Sir Thomas Robinson and Mr. Porter, at
Vienna, with the final answer of that Court, concerning a Treaty
of Commerce with Hungary, and also the several tariffs and other
papers, relating to that subject, viz.:—
1. Answer to the report of the Board of Trade, dated 30th March, o.s., 1743.
2. Papier remis par Mr. Porter le 21e Juillet, 1743.
3. Tariff pour l'Autriche. Lettre A.
4. Tariff pour la Bohème. Lettre B.
5. Tariff pour la Moravie. Lettre C.
6. Tariff pour la Silèsie. Lettre D.
7. Tariff pour la Hongrie. Lettre E.
9. Three Calculations on Moderate Duties.
10. Extract of the Customs in Trieste. No. 1.
11. Transits by the Privilege Road. No. 2.
12. Papier remis au Comte de Kinski sur les Droits payès en Angleterre. No. 3.
13. Réponse de la Reine d' Hongrie du 23e Decembre, 1743.
14. Sketch of a Treaty of Commerce between his Majesty and the Queen of Hungary, prepared by Sir Thomas Robinson and Mr. Porter, at Vienna.
and the said letter and papers were likewise read and taken into consideration.
Read another letter from my Lord Carteret, dated January 10th, 1743–4, referring to this Board a letter to his Lordship from Sir Thomas Robinson and Mr. Porter, at Vienna, transmitting two other papers for fuller explanation of some parts of the commercial papers, transmitted with his letter of the 2nd instant, and which papers were likewise read and taken into consideration.
The Board took into consideration the plan of a Treaty of Commerce between the King of Great Britain and the Queen of Hungary, transmitted in Sir Thomas Robinson and Mr. Porter's letter, from Vienna (mentioned in the minutes of the 10th inst.), and made some progress therein.
The Board made a further progress in the consideration of the plan of a Treaty of Commerce with Hungary, and ordered that the Secretary write to Mr. Oxenford, Assistant Inspector General of the Imports and Exports, and desire his attendance at the Board on Tuesday morning next.
Mr. Oxenford attending, as desired, the Board, after some discourse with him on the subject of one of the papers transmitted from Vienna, entituled, Papier remis au Comte de Kinski sur les droits payés en Angleterre, directed the Secretary to enclose a copy of the said paper in a letter to the Secretary of the Customs, and to desire him to lay it before the Commissioners, that it may be examined by the proper officers, whether it be agreeable to the Book of Rates, and returned with all convenient speed.
The Board made a further progress in the consideration of the abovementioned plan, and directed the Secretary to acquaint Mr. Porter, merchant in London, that the Board desire his attendance here to-morrow, betwixt eleven and twelve, to have some discourse with him on the subject of some papers transmitted by Sir Thomas Robinson, and his brother, at Vienna, to my Lord Carteret, and referred to this Board.
Read a letter from Mr. Scrope, Secretary to the Treasury, dated December 19th, 1743, signifying that the king has appointed Benning Wentworth, Esquire, Surveyor of his Woods in North America, and of the lands in Nova Scotia, in the room of Colonel Dunbar; and that the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury desire this Board to consider the enclosed draught of instructions for the said Mr. Wentworth, and to propose such alterations as they shall judge proper, on this occasion. And the Board took the same into consideration, and made some progress therein.
Read three letters from Mr. Clinton, Governor of New York. The first, dated October 2nd, 1743, signifying his arrival there, and that he had dissolved the Assembly, and enclosing his speech to them on that occasion.—The second, dated November 18th, 1743, enclosing a copy of one from him to the Commissioners for Indian Affairs, and of their answer, and recommending four new Councillors to supply the vacancies in that province.—The last, dated December 9th, 1743, enclosing duplicates of a former letter and papers from him to the Board (the originals not yet received), and promising to transmit the Acts, that shall be passed this session of Assembly, early in the spring.
Ordered that draughts of representations to his Majesty be prepared, recommending Peter Warren, Joseph Murray and John Moore to supply the vacancies in the Council of New York, as desired by the Governor, in his said letter.
Mr. Porter, who had been prevented coming on Thursday last by an indisposition, attending this day, the Board had some discourse with him on the subject of the several tariffs, transmitted from Vienna; after which they made a further progress in the consideration of the plan of a Commercial Treaty betwixt his Majesty and the Queen of Hungary.
The Secretary acquainted the Board that the messenger had delivered his letter (ordered last Saturday), to Sir John Barnard, who was in the country, and sent his service to the Lords Commissioners for Trade, and hoped they would excuse him, as he could not conveniently wait upon them.
The Secretary laid before the Board a letter from Mr. Wood, dated the 21st inst., in answer to one from the Secretary of this Board of the 17th inst., inclosing a paper containing the duties and drawbacks of several goods therein mentioned; and inclosing the report of the Patent Officers to the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs thereupon.
Ordered that the Secretary write another letter to Mr. Wood, to desire the Commissioners of the Customs to give orders for transmitting to this Board an account of the alien and Mediterranean duties for one, two or three years past.
The draught of a representation to his Majesty, recommending Peter Warren and Joseph Murray, Esquires, to fill up the vacancies in the Council of New York, left in the Governor's instructions, having been prepared and laid before the Board, was agreed to and signed.
Read a Caveat from Mr. Martyn, Secretary to the Trustees for establishing the Colony of Georgia, dated the 23rd of January, 1743–4, against a petition to his Majesty for a grant of a silver mine, said to be discovered in South Carolina, which the said Trustees apprehend, if there is such a mine, it is within the province of Georgia; and desire that no grant of any such mine be passed, without previous notice thereof given to the said Trustees, that they may be heard thereupon.
The draught of a report, recommending John Moore, Esquire, to supply the vacancy in the Council of New York, made by the death of Abraham Van Horn, Esquire, having been prepared, as ordered by the minutes of the 13th inst., was laid before the Board, agreed to and signed.
Read two letters from Mr. Shirley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, one dated 7th November, 1743, transmitting, An Act for the more speedy finishing the Land Bank or Manufactory Scheme. The other, dated November 14th, transmitting, An Act for preventing the Destruction of White Pine Trees within the Province, and for encouraging the Preservation of them for the use of the Royal Navy.