Journal, September 1754
Thursday, September 26. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr.
Grenville, Mr. Oswald.
Read the following letters and papers received from Mr.
Knowles, Governor of Jamaica, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Knowles to the Board, dated the 26th
Letter from Mr. Knowles to the Board, dated 20th June,
1754, relating to the remission of a fine of fifty pounds due
to his Majesty from one Fornichon, a native of France
lately arrived in that Island.
Letter from Mr. Knowles to the Board, dated June 21st,
1754, inclosing the petition of the inhabitants of the parish
of St. James in that Island to his Majesty.
Letter from Mr. Knowles to the Board, dated 21st June,
Accounts of his Majesty's revenue to March, 1754.
Letter from Mr. Knowles to the Board, dated June 24th,
1754, relating to the judges holding the Nisi Prius Courts,
Copy of an intended proclamation in Jamaica in case
the judges persist in holding the Nisi Prius Courts.
Copy of minutes of Council in Jamaica relating to the
holding of the Nisi Prius Courts, dated 18th June,
A report of the proceedings at Grand Court in Jamaica
against two vessels which were seized.
Copies of two letters from the Chief Justice and his
associates to Governor Knowles, in June, 1754.
Letter from Governor Knowles to the Board, dated June
29th, 1754, inclosing:—
Jamaica printed Courant.
Copy of the proceedings in Chancery in the cause of
Bromfield against Beach.
Letter from Mr. Knowles to the Board, dated July 30th,
List of ships and vessels entered and cleared at Kingston
between the 25th March and 24th June, 1754.
Their lordships took into consideration the several letters and
papers received from Mr. Knowles since their last letter to him
and ordered the draught of a representation to his Majesty upon
the differences and disputes which have arisen and do subsist
between the said Governor, the Assembly and the Courts of
Justice to be prepared.
Ordered that the draught of a letter to Mr. Knowles be prepared.
Ordered that the Secretary do transmit to the Secretary of the
Lords Commissioners of the Treasury extracts of such parts of
Mr. Knowles's letter of the 12th of January, 1754, as relate to the
state of his Majesty's revenue with copies of the several accounts
therein referred to, to be laid before their Lordships for their
directions and sentiments upon them.
Ordered that the draughts of two representations to his Majesty
be prepared humbly to lay before his Majesty the petitions of the
parishes of St. James's and Hanover, relative to the removal of
the seat of government referred to in Mr. Knowles's letter of the
19th of May and 21st of June last.
Ordered that an extract be made of that part of Mr. Knowles's
letter of the 25th June, which contains his reasons for suspending
Mr. Beach, his Majesty's Attorney General, and that the draught
of a representation to his Majesty thereupon be prepared.
Ordered that a copy be made of Mr. Knowles's letter of the 29th
August, containing his reasons for suspending Mr. Hyde from his
seat in Council, and of the several papers relative thereto, and
that the draught of a representation to his Majesty thereupon be
Ordered that a copy be made of Mr. Knowles's letter of the 20th
June, relative to the fine imposed on Mr. Fornichon, and that the
draught of a representation to His Majesty be prepared, proposing
a remission of the said fine.
Read a letter from Mr. Harding, Secretary to the Lords of the
Treasury, dated July 26th, 1754, desiring that the plan of the
intended government of Georgia may be communicated to them,
and signifying that their Lordships at the recommendation of
this Board will appoint Mr. Henry Yonge and Mr. William de
Braham to be joint Surveyors of land, and Sir Patrick Houston,
Bart, to be Register and Receiver of quit rents there.
Ordered that the Secretary do, in answer to the said letter,
transmit to Mr. Harding a copy of the Board's report to
the Lords of the Committee of Council of the 7th of June,
1753, proposing a plan of civil government for the colony of
Read a letter from Mr. Harding, dated 19th July, 1754, in
relation to the remitting to the French inhabitants of Nova
Scotia their arrears of quit rents, etc.
Ordered that the Secretary do acquaint Mr. Harding in answer
thereto that there is no account in this office of the amount of the
quit rents payable upon their grants.
Ordered that the draught of a letter to Mr. Thomas, Governor
of the Leeward Islands, in answer to his letter of the 21st January
last mentioned in the minutes of . . . . . . , be prepared.