Generally recognized abbreviations (govr., R.N., etc.) are used in this index. In addition, the following abbreviations occur:
B.W.I.: British West Indies
Council of T. and P.: Council of Trade and Plantations
F.W.I.: French West Indies
g.: grantee of land in South Carolina
Georgia Soc.: Georgia Society L.I.: Leeward Islands
m.: one of the signatories of the petition of 13 October 1737 (No. 540), collectively described as 'merchants and planters in behalf of themselves and others trading to and interested in the British colonies in America'
N.C.: North Carolina
N.J.: New Jersey
N. Scotia: Nova Scotia
N.Y.: New York (colony)
R.I.: Rhode Island
S.C.: South Carolina
W.I.: West Indies
The following are the principal subject–headings in the index:
In most cases these headings direct the user to the colonies etc. where references will be found.
The colony being for almost all purposes the administrative unit of the empire, most of the subject–indexing will be found under the individual colonies. Subject sub–headings for the colonies are:
|COUNCIL||MILITARY AND NAVAL MATTERS|
In practice, not every colony supplies material under each of these sub–heads. But the abstracts referring to each colony have been searched for such material; so that the absence under Barbados of a sub–heading Land Grants denotes that, in the opinion of the indexer, the volume contains no material bearing on this subject.
Colonies and the British Government
The institutions and officials chiefly concerned with the administration of the colonies appear in the index in the following forms:
COUNCIL OF TRADE AND PLANTATIONS
FANE, FRANCIS, legal adviser to Council of Trade and Plantations
HILL, THOMAS, secretary of Council of Trade and Plantations
PELHAM HOLLES, THOMAS, Duke of Newcastle, Secretary of State
POPPLE, ALURED, secretary of Council of Trade and Plantations
PRIVY COUNCIL, COMMITTEE OF, FOR PLANTATION AFFAIRS
Relevant matter under each of these heads has been arranged by colonies. Thus all papers coming to or going from the Council of Trade and Plantations relating, for example, to Massachusetts are indexed under:
COUNCIL OF TRADE AND PLANTATIONS,
proceedings of, concerning
By consulting all the seven headings given above, a complete picture of the official business of the British Government relating to a particular colony should be obtained.