Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 9, January 1750 - December 1753. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1932.
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Journal, May 1750
Read the following letters and papers received from the
Honourable Edward Cornwallis, Esquire, his Majesty's Governor
of Nova Scotia, viz.:—
Letter from Colonel Cornwallis, Governor of Nova Scotia, to the Board, dated at Halifax, the 19th March, 1749–50, transmitting the following publick papers, viz.:—
Minutes of Council, from 14th July, 1749.
Copy of a letter from Lieut.-Governor Phips to Governor Cornwallis, inclosing advertisement for raising men for Captain Cobb, dated 30th January, 1749–50.
Letter from Lieutenant John Hamilton to Colonel Cornwallis, dated the 5th of January, 1749–50.
Copy of a letter from Lieutenant-Governor Phips to Colonel Cornwallis, giving information of the designs of the French Indians, dated at Boston, December 11th, 1749.
Copy of a letter from Major H. Lydius to Colonel Cornwallis, dated at Albany, 1st December, 1749.
Orders by the savages to the French inhabitants of Piziquid Mines, etc., dated the 12th of December, 1749, N.S.
Naval officer's list of ships and vessels entered inwards and cleared out at Halifax.
Copy of a letter from Colonel Cornwallis to LieutenantGovernor Phips, recommending to him the dispatch of Captain Cobb on his intended cruize, dated 12th January, 1749.
Letter from Captain Handfield to Governor Cornwallis, dated the 7th of December, 1749.
Copy of a letter from Colonel Cornwallis to Lieutenant William Hamilton, prisoner with Le Loutre, missionary priest at Chiconecto, in answer to Mr. Hamilton's, dated at Halifax, 25th January, 1749.
Orders by his Excellency, Governor Cornwallis to Captain Sylvanus Cobb, with instructions relative thereto, dated the 13th January, 1749–50.
Their lordships took into consideration the proposals made by
Mr. Charles, whereon he is willing to go to Holland as their
lordship's agent, for making enquiry into the state of Mr. Dick's
proceedings in his agreement with their lordships, for transporting
1,000 foreign protestants to Nova Scotia; and Mr. Charles
attending, was acquainted that his proposals were accepted; and
the Secretary was ordered by letter to recommend the following
particulars to Mr. Charles's care and observance, viz.:—
To depart by the first packet for Rotterdam and upon his arrival there, to inform himself in the best manner of the state of Mr. Dick's correspondence with the respective agents employed by him in Germany and other places for procuring foreign protestants for the province of Nova Scotia, and to obtain a sight of these returns; and to inform their lordships by letter, what number of such foreign protestants, specifying men women and children, are already engaged by Mr. Dick, when it is probable the whole number engaged will arrive at Rotterdam, and how soon after that their embarkation will take place, and to transmit this information, as soon as possible, and to wait their lordships' further orders.
That if it shall appear there is no probability of Mr. Dick's furnishing 400 within a proper time, he is then to enquire, what farther number of foreign protestants any other merchants would procure upon the same terms of one guinea for each person, in alleviation of the general expence of freight, and acquaint their lordships therewith.
The Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports laid before the Board
the following copies of grants and patents taken from the records
in the Rolls Chappel, viz.:—
Grant to the Earl of Montgomery of the Islands of Trinidad, Tobago, Fonseca and Barbados, dated the 25th of February, 1627.
Grant to the Earl of Warwick of the Islands of Providence alias Cattlina and Andrea, and in general all islands and lands situate betwixt the 10th and 20th degrees of latitude Northward from the equinoctial in the West Indies, dated the 22nd of June, anno regni regis Caroli septimo.
Patent to Sir Humphry Gilbert for discoveries in North America, dated the 11th of June, anno regni reginæ Elizabethæ vicesimo primo.
Patent to Sir Walter Raleigh for discoveries in North America, dated the 25th of March, anno regni reginæ Elizabethæ vicesimo sexto.
The draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, transmitting extracts of several letters from Mr. Clinton, Governor of New York, and also copies of several papers therewith received, having been transcribed, pursuant to the minutes of the 23rd of March last, was laid before the Board and signed.
The draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, transmitting the copy of a letter from Mr. Trelawney, Governor of Jamaica, and also copies of several papers therewith received relating to illegal trade, having been prepared, pursuant to the minutes of the 27th of March last, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.
The draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, transmitting copies of a letter and papers lately received from Mr. Grenville, Governor of Barbados, having been prepared, pursuant to the minutes of the 20th of last month, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.
The draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, transmitting extracts and copies of several letters and papers lately received from Mr. Glen, Governor of South Carolina, having been prepared, pursuant to the minutes of the 30th of the last month, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.
The draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, transmitting copies of a letter and papers received from Mr. Cornwallis, Governor of Nova Scotia, having been prepared, pursuant to the minutes of yesterday, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Lord Dupplin having acquainted the Board that Mr. Penn had represented to him that in a cause now depending in the Court of Chancery betwixt Lord Baltimore and himself, he may have occasion to produce in evidence a book belonging to this office, wherein there is a copy of Claybourne's order of the 4th of April, 1638; their lordships gave directions to Mr. Gellibrand, Deputy Secretary, to attend the Court of Chancery with the said book or any other book belonging to this office, which Mr. Penn may desire to produce in the said cause.
Read a letter from Colonel Lee, President of the Council and
Commander in Chief of Virginia, to the Board, dated the 6th
November, 1749, transmitting:—
Journals of the Council, from the 10th June, 1747, to the 2nd December, 1748.
Journals of the Upper House of Assembly, from the 27th of October, 1748, to the 11th of May, 1749.
Journals of the Assembly or House of Burgesses, for the same time.
Eighty-nine Acts passed at Virginia between the 17th of December, 1748, to the 11th of May, 1749.
Naval Office lists in the several ports, anno 1749.
Read a letter from Mr. Briscoe, Deputy Secretary of Jamaica, dated in September, 1749, inclosing a list of persons naturalized in that island between the 1st of September, 1748, and the 1st of August, 1749. [Duplicate.]
Read a letter from Mr. Partridge to Mr. Hill, dated the 7th of April, 1750, inclosing the Assembly of New Jersey's representation to the Board of Trade, dated in October, 1749, upon their refusing to grant the arrears of the late Governor's salary.
Read a memorial of the agent for North Carolina, with two affidavits taken before a Master in Chancery, dated the 8th instant, relating to the present situation of affairs in that province and praying a speedy hearing on the petition of the Northern Counties.
Read a letter from William Grant, Esquire, Advocate for Scotland, dated at Edinburgh, the 3rd instant, in answer to one from the Secretary of this Board, for authentic copies of three grants, relating to the province of Nova Scotia.
The Secretary laid before the Board the three following Acts,
passed in the last Sessions of Parliament, wherein his Majesty's
colonies and plantations in America, are concerned, viz.:—
An Act for extending and improving the trade to Africa.
An Act for encouraging the growth and culture of raw silk in his Majesty's colonies or plantations in America.
An Act to encourage the importation of pig and bar iron from his Majesty's colonies in America, and to prevent the erection of any mill or other engine for slitting or rolling of iron; or any plateing forge to work with a hammer: or any furnace for making steel in any of the said colonies.
Ordered that the Secretary do transmit printed copies of the said Acts to the several Governor's of his Majesty's colonies in America, recommending to them a punctual complyance therewith; and in particular, that they do immediately transmit to their lordships certificates under their hands and seals of office, containing an account of every mill or engine for slitting and rolling of iron; and every plateing forge to work with a tilt hammer; and every furnace for making steel at the time of the commencement of this Act erected in his colony; expressing also in the said certificate such of them as are used, and the name or names of the proprietor or proprietors of each such mill, engine, forge and furnace, and the place where each such mill, engine, forge and furnace is erected, and the number of engines, forges and furnaces in the said colony; and to take especial care, that if, after the time limited by the said Act, any mill or other engine for slitting or rolling of iron or any plateing forge to work with a tilt hammer, or any furnace for making steel shall be erected or continued within the respective colonies under their government, they do cause the same to be abated within the time and in the manner prescribed by the said Act.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated the 3rd of May, 1750, referring to this Board the petition of the General Assembly of New Jersey to his Majesty, dated the 19th of October, 1749, setting forth, among other things, that the Proprietors of the Eastern division of that colony, from the first settlement thereof, have surveyed, patented and divided their lands by concessions amongst themselves in such manner as that many irregularities have ensued from thence, which have occasioned controversies and law suits about titles and boundaries of lands, and directing this Board to consider the said petition together with the state of the said province which they are to lay before his Majesty's Council.
Ordered that the Secretary do write to Robert Hunter Morris, Chief Justice of the said province, complained of in the said petition, whom their lordships are informed is now at the Bath, to desire he would inform them when he shall be in town, that their lordships may appoint a day for hearing the merits of the said petition.
Read the following letters and papers received from Mr. Popple,
Governor of the Bermuda Islands, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Popple, Governor of Bermuda, to the Board, dated the 12th of August, 1749, acquainting the Board that he has not received some laws relative to unclaimed shares of prizes.
Letter from Mr. Popple, Governor of Bermuda, to the Board, dated the 11th of November, 1749, and at the end, 1st December, 1749, relating to the dispute between him and the Assembly of those islands about the nomination of a clerk of the Assembly, transmitting:—
Minutes of Council, from the 2nd of May to the 27th November, 1749.
Council in Assembly from the 6th to the 15th of November, 1749.
Governor Popple's motion to the Council of Bermuda.
Letter from Mr. Popple, Governor of Bermuda, to the Board, dated the 28th of February, 1749–50, transmitting records of the votes and journals of the General Assembly of those Islands, from the 6th of February, 1748–9, to the 10th November following.
Bermuda record of the votes and Journals of the Assembly, commencing the 6th February, 1748–9, to the 10th November, 1749.
Letter from Mr. Popple, Governor of Bermuda, to the Board, dated the 28th February, 1749–50, transmitting the two following papers, viz.:—
A copy of the record of the proceedings of Jonathan Burch, Esquire, of St. George's, one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the Bermuda Islands, from the 28th November to the 1st December, 1749.
The deposition of George Tucker, Esquire, taken the 2nd of March, 1749.
The Secretary laid before the Board extracts of two letters from Governor Popple to Mr. Mathias, his agent, of the 2nd and 4th of March, 1749–50, relating to the Speaker of the Assembly having offered a soldier a sum of money to shoot the Governor through the head.
Read Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General's report, dated the 13th of April, 1750, upon some letters and papers received from Mr. Popple, Governor of the Bermuda Islands, and the cases therein stated, referred to them by Mr. Hill, Secretary of this Board.
Ordered that the Secretary do forthwith transmit a copy of the said report to his Majesty's Governor of the Bermuda Islands together with printed copies of the laws referred to in his first mentioned letter to the Board.
Mr. Abercromby, agent for the province of North Carolina, attending, moved their lordships to grant him a copy of a law lately passed in that province, for the better regulating the payment of his Majesty's quit rents, which was accordingly granted and a copy thereof ordered to be made and delivered to him.
Ordered that the following advertisement be inserted in the
daily and evening papers, viz.:—
Whitehall, May 15th, 1750.
Notice is hereby given to all such persons, who have entered their names at the office of the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, in order to their being sent to Nova Scotia, to appear at the said office this day, being the 15th or Wednesday the 16th instant, to receive proper orders for being admitted with their families and effects on board a ship now lying in the River Thames, which will be ready in a short time to receive them.
Read a letter from Mr. Charles, dated at Rotterdam, the 22nd May, N.S., 1750, giving the Board an account of the state of Mr. Dick's proceedings in his engagement for procuring 1,000 foreign protestants for Nova Scotia.
The Secretary having acquainted their lordships that Mr. Morris, Chief Justice of the province of New Jersey, was come to town from Bath, their lordships appointed Thursday next the 24th instant, for hearing the parties upon the petition of the Assembly of the province of New Jersey, mentioned in the minutes of Friday last, and the Secretary was directed to give them notice thereof.
Read a letter from Mr. Dick to the Secretary, dated at
Rotterdam, the 29th of May, N.S., 1750, acquainting him with
some difficulties he has met with in the execution of his agreement
for sending foreign protestants to Nova Scotia, arising from
Mr. Charles's having offered the same terms to other merchants,
Copy of two letters to Mr. Dick at Rotterdam, from his agents, one dated Emmerick, the 26th May, the other dated Cleves, the 27th May, 1750, relating to some people who come down the Rhine to embark for Nova Scotia.
Ordered that the Secretary do also write to Mr. Dick, to acquaint him that, if Mr. Charles has made any proposals to any other persons, he has acted contrary to his instructions; that he will be again forbid to make any such proposals and directed to assist Mr. Dick to the utmost of his power.
Mr. Kilby, attending, was ordered to lay before the Board a copy of the contract entered into by him with the owner of the ship Alderney; to direct a proper quantity of medicines to be provided to be sent with the settlers, and also bowls, platters, spoons and other things necessary for the settlers in their passage.
The Secretary acquainted the Board, that Mr. Paris, solicitor for Mr. Galiardye, in a cause now depending betwixt him and Mr. Roch of the Island of Montserrat, had desired a copy of a report of the Board in the year 1718 upon an Act to prevent the increase of Paptists and Nonjurors in this Island and for better governing those who are already settled there.
Captain Kingslaugh attending, informed their lordships that he was apprehensive the ship Alderney would not be ready to sail in less than ten days; whereupon the owner, Mr. Heyliger, who was attending, was called in, and he acquainted their lordships that he would use the utmost dispatch in getting his ship ready, and in the meantime would receive on board and victual the settlers conformable to the terms of the contract.
Their lordships took into consideration the letter from Mr. Charles, mentioned in the minutes of Thursday last, and also the letter from Mr. Dick, mentioned in the preceding day's minutes, and being informed by Mr. Heyliger that he believed a small ship of 160 tons could be got ready in a few days to carry such a further number of settlers from hence, adequate to her tonnage, as their lordships should think proper to send this year; it was ordered that the draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford should be prepared, acquainting him with the failure of Mr. Dick's agreement, proposing that liberty should be given to the Board to send a further number of persons from hence, not exceeding one hundred, and desiring him to lay the same before their Excellencies, the Lords Justices for their directions thereupon, and the said draught of a letter having been accordingly prepared, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Lord Dupplin communicated to the Board, a list, which his lordship has received from General Huske of the number of French refugee protestants now in the Island of Jersey, acquainting the Board at the same time that it had been represented to him by Mr. Serse, that none of them were willing to go to Nova Scotia.
Ordered that the Secretary do write to Mr. Partridge, agent for the Assembly of New Jersey, and to Mr. Morris, Chief Justice of the said province, to acquaint them that their lordships have deferred the consideration of the petition of the said Assembly untill Tuesday next, the 29th instant, and to desire their attendance that day.
The draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, inclosing the copies of a list of the French protestants in the Island of Jersey, and acquainting him that none of them are willing to go to Nova Scotia, having been prepared, pursuant to the preceding day's minutes, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Mr. Kilby, attending, laid before the Board a copy of a letter from him to Mr. Davidson, Secretary to the province of Nova Scotia, dated the 5th of March, 1749–50, in consequence of an order of the Board of the same date.
The Earl of Halifax laid before the Board a state of the victualling for the settlers in Nova Scotia on the 18th of November last, communicated to his lordship by Mr. Townshend, the contractor for said victualling.
Mr. Law, agent for Mr. Townshend, attending, was called in
and gave their lordships the following account of the state of
provisions now in Nova Scotia, viz.:—
That Mr. Townshend by his contract was to send twelve months' provisions for 3,000 persons; that he had sent nine months of all species; that he had ordered the other three months as follows, viz.:—
He wrote to Philadelphia at Christmas that flour, bread, peas and oatmeal should be sent from thence in the spring, which he supposes may by this time be at Halifax; that about two months ago he ordered the pork, beef and butter from Ireland, which his agent supposes may now be going from Ireland; that for the last twenty-eight days of November, there were victualled 1895 settlers, 366 labourers, who being victualled at whole allowance, that is one third more than the settlers, is equal to 549; that there had been consumed of bread sent by Mr. Townshend, 130,000 pound weight; bought by the Governor, 112,000; that they begun upon Mr. Townshend's provisions on the 27th of August last; that their bread was represented would last to the middle of April; that the bread for 3,000 men for a twelve month is 260,000 pound weight, so that in eight months they will have spent within 18,000 pound weight of that quantity; that some of the provisions was issued to the men-of-war; that the bread bought there was a third dearer that what is sent from hence; that bread and flour will rise in price there, because many ships are gone from Lisbon to bring corn from America to Europe; that Mr. Cornwallis drew for 1,000l. sterling for the 112,000 weight of bread upon Mr. Townshend, without any advice from himself or Secretary.
Mrs. Hayes, lately come from Nova Scotia attending, informed
the Board of the following particulars, relating to the present
state of this province, viz.:—
That she left Halifax on the 26th of March last; that the number of settlers must be increased since November, because many were come to the settlement between November and March, and all persons whatever, who come to the settlement, are victualled; that the victualling is issued to the settlers in the following proportions:—to each person per week, five pound of bread and flour, three pound of beef, and two pound of pork. That the French inhabitants who are employed as labourers eat a great deal more bread than the settlers; that spruce beer was issued for some time till the coppers fell down; that in October Mr. Hayes was countermanded from issuing molasses; that one Peers after that served out the rum to the settlers, and when no more rum was issued, served the molasses; that every publican pays one guinea per month for licence to sell liquors; that she believes there may be one hundred, cannot say positively, there are a great many, may be more or less than one hundred. That Mr. Davidson trades in boards, shingles, etc., in rum, in household furniture, in apparell, in everything; that he employs Mr. Callendar, Mr. Charles Steuart and John Cameron to sell for him. The master of every vessel that enters, goes to the Naval officer, then carries an account of his cargoe to the Secretary; that nobody can buy nor any master dare to sell till the Secretary has had the refusal; that he generally buys the whole cargoes; that the storehouses built by the publick workmen are called Mr. Callendar's, Mr. Stewart's and Mr. Cameron's; that Mr. Davidson sent a sloop to Minas, and Mr. Macgie sold goods for him there.
Mr. Kilby attending, acquainted their lordships that several bills had been drawn upon him by Mr. Martin of Boston in New England, for services relative to the settlement of the province of Nova Scotia without any advice thereof from Governor Cornwallis.
Ordered that Mr. Kilby do provide for the settlers in Nova Scotia a proper quantity in proportion to their number of such materials for husbandry and building of houses, as are made better here than those in New England.
Mr. Kilby then acquainted the Board that the following
particulars, relative to affairs in Nova Scotia, had been communicated to him by Captain Foster, lately arrived from thence,
That he (Captain Foster) bought rum at New England at 17s. 6d. old tenor per gallon equal to about 1s. 8d. sterling for Mr. Martin, which Mr. Martin consigned to one Mr. Calendar at Halifax in Nova Scotia, which Mr. Calendar afterwards delivered rum to the settlers by order of Mr. Davidson.
Whereupon Mr. Kilby observed, that in Mr. Martin's account, made up in New England, he charges a certain sum for rum bought of Mr. Calendar at 2s. 2d. per gallon.
That Mr. Foster had bought a bill for £50 of Mr. Davidson, for which he gave him £53 6s. 8d., and that Mr. Davidson took six and 2/3rds per cent. for all his bills.
The draught of a letter to Colonel Cornwallis, Governor of Nova Scotia, having been prepared, pursuant to the minutes of Friday last, was laid before the Board, agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.
Read the following letters and papers received from Mr. Clinton,
Governor of New York, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Clinton, Governor of New York, to the Board, dated at Fort George, the 19th of March, 1749–50, transmitting the following papers, viz.:—
Extracts of Colonel Johnson's letters of 6th and 22nd January, 1749–50, and 19th February, with the Indian speech of 2nd February, etc.
Hendrick, the Indian Sachem's speech to Colonel Johnson, 2nd February, 1749–50.
Mr. Lydius's letter, 26th February, 1749–50, about an Onondaga being killed and scalped by the Missisagees.
Number of the inhabitants, white and black, in the province of New York, 1749.
Letter from Mr. Clinton, Governor of New York, to the Board, dated the 3rd April, 1750, inclosing:—
Deputy Secretary's memorandum, concerning Governor Clinton's order and messages to the Treasurer for an account of the revenue.
Read the following letters and papers, lately received from
Mr. Belcher, Governor of New Jersey, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Belcher, Governor of New Jersey, to Mr. Hill, dated at Burlington, December 21st, 1749, acknowledging the receipt of two Acts of Parliament.
Letter from Mr. Belcher, Governor of New Jersey, to the Board, dated at Burlington, the 26th December, 1749, relating to the present state of the province and transmitting:—
Copy of the affidavit of John Hackett, dated the 4th of January, 1749–50, relating to the riots and disorders in New Jersey.
Copy of the affidavit of Thomas Gould and Abraham Philips, sworn the 9th of December, 1749, relating to the riots and disturbances in New Jersey.
Letter from Mr. Belcher, Governor of New Jersey, to the Board, dated at Burlington, the 20th January, 1749–50, transmitting the collector and Naval officers' accounts of ships entered and cleared at the ports of Burlington and Perth Amboy.
Letter from Mr. Belcher, Governor of New Jersey, dated 26th March, 1750, transmitting several papers, viz.:—
Copy of the affidavit of John Hackett, dated the 4th of January, 1749–50, relating to the riots and disorders in New Jersey.
Proclamation, dated the 26th of January, 1749–50, upon occasion of the two late riots in the province of New Jersey.
Minutes of Council, from the 16th of February to the 1st of March, 1749–50.
Minutes of Council in Assembly, from the 14th to the 27th February, 1749–50.
Printed votes of the General Assembly in February, 1749–50.
Letter from Mr. Belcher, Governor of New Jersey, to the Board, dated at Burlington, the 31st of March, 1750, inclosing:—
Copy of the Quota bill, as the same passed the House of Representatives of New Jersey, the 17th February, 1749–50.
Read a letter from Mr. Tinker, Governor of the Bahama Islands, to the Secretary, dated the 24th February, 1749–50, with an account of the death of two members of the Council and that he had nominated others in their stead.
Read a letter from Mr. Dick to Mr. Hill, dated at Rotterdam, the 5th of June, N.S., 1750, acquainting him, for the information of the Board, that 280 foreign protestants will be embarked in ten days for Nova Scotia.
Ordered that the Secretary do write to Mr. Dick, to acquaint him that the Board is well satisfied with his conduct and to recommend to him to use his best endeavours to procure a further number of foreign protestants.
Read the following letter and papers from Mr. Grenville,
Governor of Barbados, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Grenville, Governor of Barbados, to the Board, dated the 2nd of April, 1750, transmitting the following papers, viz.:—
Governor Grenville's second letter to the Marquis de Caylus in relation to the evacuation of the four islands, dated the 19th March, 1749–50.
The Marquis de Caylus's answer to his Excellency, Mr. Grenville's second letter, dated at Martinique, the 1st April, 1750.
Commodore Holborne's letter to his Excellency, Governor Grenville, inclosing Governor Mathew's letter, relating to the affair at Nevis, dated Tavistock in Carlisle Bay, the 22nd of March, 1749–50.
Governor Mathew's letter to Mr. Holborne, in relation to the affair at Nevis, dated Antigua, 13th March, 1749–50.
Governor Mathew's letter to the captain of the French frigate, in relation to the affair at Nevis, dated 11th March, 1749–50.
Governor Mathew's letter to the Marquis de Caylus in relation to the affair at Nevis, dated 12th March, 1749–50.
Ordered that the said letter and papers be forthwith copied to be sent to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, and that the draught of a letter to his Grace, for inclosing the same, be prepared; and the said draught having been accordingly prepared, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Mrs. Lewis, lately arrived from Nova Scotia, attending,
acquainted the Board with the following particulars relative to
the present state of this province, viz.:—
That the Commissary of the stores, Mr. Campbell, trades; that Mr. Campbell is acquainted with Mr. Davidson; that Mr. Macgie is in partnership with Mr. Campbell, and is very great with Mr. Davidson; that Mr. Campbell is Commissary of the husbandry tools and deals in dry goods, but not in some things that he delivers out; that Mr. Morgan trades for Mr. Davidson; that Mr. Mureau serves out the rum and molasses to the French who work; that Mr. Mureau has a salary of £150 from Mr. Davidson; that Mr. Calendar is concerned with Mr. Davidson, and has a storehouse; that Mr. Gray, who lodges at Mr. Scott's in the Minories, sends Mr. Davidson goods by all opportunities; that it is the general opinion that Mr. Davidson trades; that the inhabitants did propose to draw up a petition to Lord Halifax of his proceedings, but were afraid; that this trade is prejudicial and that he trades with the Government money; that he has sold cheaper than others could sell, who paid freight; has sold it out by retail as cheap as merchants buy it wholesale at Boston; that it was the opinion of the merchants that they should get redress if they sent to England; that Mr. Davidson is haughty, gives himself very little concern about the settlers, but that everybody loves the Governor; that she has heard Davidson's transactions repeated to Mr. Salisbury, who behaves very well, and that they want a few more such, and that he takes a great deal of pains to do publick good; that there are three or four appointed to deliver out rum to the settlers; that some bricks were stole from Mrs. Lewis, and they took up two persons, one Carr, a bricklayer, the other a taylor, who confessed they had stole some; that they were put into prison by order of Justice Collier, stayed there a few hours and were bailed by Ephraim Cooke; that the bricklayer worked with Cooke; that the Governor ordered them to be released; that they were tried and cast to be whipped, but that Mr. Cooke begged it off, and the Governor forgave them; that they also lost sheep, upwards of a hundred head; that they took up some persons for the robbery but did not prosecute them; that at first there was a good deal of money stirring, but at last in want of it; that they gave the Secretary six and two thirds per cent. for bills; that they could get bills cheaper from the paymaster of the regiments who sell at five per cent., but that the masters of ships would not take the paymaster of the Army's bills; bills were at so large a praemium that merchants chose rather to pay money; that people used to make Mr. Davidson presents to gain his favour; that Mr. Davidson's people were very miserable when they came, now the top men in the place, all Scotchmen, and that he favours no others.
Mr. Partridge, agent for the Assembly of New Jersey, and Mr. Morris, Chief Justice of the said province, attending with Mr. Paris, his solicitor, the Order of Council, referring the petition of the said Assembly to his Majesty, mentioned in the minutes of the 11th instant, was read; and Mr. Partridge being asked, what he had to offer in support of the allegations thereof, acquainted their lordships that he was directed by his constituents to lay before the king the said petition, as also a message and address of the said Assembly to the Governor, of the 14th and 17th of October, 1749, in proof of the allegations thereof, which said message and address were accordingly produced by him and read.
He then acquainted their lordships that he had no instructions to enter into a disquisition of the merits of this affair, but only to lay the above papers before the proper officers; and accordingly he produced a letter from Mr. Smith, a member of the said Assembly and one of those appointed to correspond with him, dated the 20th of December last, containing his instructions upon this head, which said letter was accordingly read and was declared by him to be the only instruction.
Mr. Paris, in behalf of Mr. Morris, observed that he should not take up much of their lordships' time, as Mr. Partridge had not thought proper to lay before them any proofs of the allegations of the petition, but should only take notice that as to what was alledged in the Assembly's address of the Council's refusing to assent to the Quota Act; they had, in conformity to his Majesty's instructions, made an amendment thereto in relation to the not taxing unprofitable lands, which the Assembly refused to adhere to.
That as to the accusation against Messrs. Morris and Alexander, for refusing to enter upon an action with the rioters as to their right to lands, that they had several times offered to try any one cause with them to determine the whole, but were refused, and for proof thereof, referred to a letter from David Ogden to James Alexander, Esquire, dated the 3rd of March, 1745, printed in a book laid before the Board by Mr. Paris, which said letter was read.
The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the incidental charges of this Office, from Midsummer to Michaelmas, 1749, amounting to three hundred, eighty-six pounds, twelve shillings, and a letter to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring payment thereof and of the salaries due to the Secretary and under officers in the service of this Board, for the same time, was agreed to and signed.
Ordered that Mr. Kilby do write to Mr. Heyliger, to acquaint him that the Board is highly offended at his conduct in insulting an officer appointed by them, as also at his having demanded money of a person for freight of goods contrary to the terms of his charter party.
The draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Bedford, inclosing copies of several letters and papers lately received from Mr. Clinton, Governor of New York, having been prepared, pursuant to the minutes of the 28th instant, was laid before the Board, agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Their lordships took into further consideration the petition of the House of Representatives of the Colony of New Jersey, mentioned in the preceding day's minutes, as also the draught of a report to the Lords of the Council upon the state of the said Colony, ordered to be prepared by the minutes of the 13th of March last, and after sometime spent therein, the said report was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.