Journal, October 1754
Volume 61, Part 2

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1933

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'Journal, October 1754: Volume 61, Part 2', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 10: January 1754 - December 1758 (1933), pp. 68-76. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=77338 Date accessed: 25 November 2014.


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Journal, October 1754

Tuesday, October 15. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Grenville, Mr. Oswald.

Draughts of the following representations and letters having been prepared pursuant to the preceding minute, were agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Jamaica.

Representation to his Majesty upon the differences and disputes which have arisen and do subsist between Mr. Knowles, the Assembly and Courts of Justice in Jamaica.

Letter to Mr. Knowles, in answer to the several letters received from him since the date of the Board's last letter to him.

Representation humbly laying before his Majesty the petition of the parish of St. James relative to the removal of the seat of government.

Representation humbly laying before his Majesty the petition
of the parish of Hanover relative to the removal of the seat of
government.

Representation humbly laying before his Majesty an extract of Mr. Knowles's letter of the 25th June, containing his reasons for suspending Mr. Beach, his Majesty's Attorney General.

Representation to his Majesty, with a copy of Mr. Knowles's letter of the 29th August, and of the several papers therein referred to relative to the suspension of Mr. Hyde from his seat in the Council.

Representation to his Majesty with a copy of Mr. Knowles's letter of the 20th of June, humbly proposing that the fine therein mentioned to have been imposed on Mr. Fornichon may be remitted.

Leeward Islands.

Letter to George Thomas, Esquire, Governor of the Leeward Islands, in answer to his letter of the 21st of January last.

Wednesday, October 16.

Memorandum.

Nova Scotia.

Mr. Kilby, agent for Nova Scotia, having communicated to the Secretary a memorial prepared by him to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury, praying that £5,959 13s. may be issued to him for payment of money due to the contractor for supplying the troops in Nova Scotia with provisions and to discharge what bills have been drawn upon him by the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary thought it his duty, in the absence of the Commissioners, to write to the Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury to acquaint him that he had examined the memorial and found the allegations of it to be true.

Friday, October 18. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Grenville, Mr. Oswald, Mr. Pelham.

Miscellanies.

The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the incidental charges of this office amounting to three hundred, eighty six pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence, and a letter to the Lords of the Treasury desiring payment thereof, and of the salaries due to the Secretaries and under officers in the service of this Board from the 5th of July to the 10th instant, was laid before the Board and signed.

Maryland.

Ordered that the Secretary do write to the Secretary to the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs, to remind him of his former letter desiring an account of the shipping of Great Britain, and the opinion of the Commissioners upon a memorial relative to the establishment of a Custom House officer at Patapsco in Maryland.

Wednesday, October 23. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Grenville, Mr. Oswald, Mr. Pelham.

Nova Scotia.

Mr. Kilby, agent for Nova Scotia, attending was called in and presented to the Board a memorial prepared by him to be delivered to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury praying that £7,813 14s. 5d. may be issued to him for the service of this colony; and the said memorial having been read, their lordships approved of it, and directed Mr. Kilby to present it to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury for their Lordships' directions upon it.

Mr. Kilby having laid before the Board a letter to him from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, acquainting him that he had shipped on board the Halifax, consigned to him, . . . . . barrells of damaged powder, and having acquainted their lordships that the vessel was arrived, he was directed to deliver the powder to the Office of Ordnance for his Majesty's use.

Thursday, October 24. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Grenville, Mr. Oswald, Mr. Pelham.

New York.

Read the following letters and papers from James Delancy, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of New York.
Letter from James Delancy, Esquire, to the Board, dated 5th June, 1754, inclosing:—
Copy of a paper entitled, Things to be conferred on with Lieutenant Governor Delancy concerning his letter to Governor Belcher of the 15th March, 1754.
Answer to a paper delivered to Governor Delancy by Mr. Alexander, entitled, Things to be conferred on with his Honour Lieutenant Governor Delancy concerning his letter to Governor Belcher of the 15th March, 1754.
Copy of a letter from the Lieutenant Governor of New York to the Governor of New Jersey, dated the 15th of March, 1754, about the division line between the two provinces.
Minutes of Council from the 11th January to 17th of May, 1754.
Journal of the proceedings of the Council in the two last sessions of the General Assembly from the 9th April, to 4th of May, 1754.
Votes and proceedings of the Assembly for the same period.
Five Acts passed at New York in May, 1754.
Letter from James Delancy, Esquire, to the Board, dated the 22nd of July, 1754, inclosing:—
Proceedings of the congress held at Albany by the Honourable James Delancy, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of the province of New York and the Commissioners of the several provinces now met in this city: Dated Albany, the 19th June, 1754.
Copy of the minutes of Council during the Lieutenant Governor's residence in Albany at the general interview with the Six Nations of Indians in June and July, 1754.
Considerations towards a general plan of the measures of the English provinces by Thomas Pownall, Esquire.
Measures towards defeating the designs of the French on the British continent, laid before the Congress at Albany in June and July, 1754, by Colonel Johnson.
Copy of a deed from the Indians for a tract of land called Kayaderosseras; dated in Albany, the 6th October, 1704.
Extract of Letters Patent for a tract of land called Kayaderosseras, dated 2nd of November, 1708.
New York printed Gazette of the 29th June, 1754.
Supplement to the New York Mercury.

Ordered that the Acts referred to in the first of Mr. Delancy's letters be sent to Mr. Lamb for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Ordered that an extract be made of so much of Mr. Delancy's second letter as relates to the proceedings of the Commissioners at Albany, and also copies of the whole of the proceedings and of the papers referred to therein to be laid before his Majesty, and the draught of a representation to his Majesty thereupon and of a letter to Sir Thomas Robinson inclosing it, having been prepared was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

Nova Scotia.

Read the following letters and papers received from Colonel Lawrence, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, viz.:—
Letter from Colonel Lawrence to the Board, dated at Halifax, the 1st March, 1754, transmitting:—
Abstract of expence at Nova Scotia from the time of closing Governor Hopson's accounts to the 1st of December, 1753.
Letter from Colonel Lawrence to the Board, dated 1st June, 1754, relating to a petition of several of the inhabitants for a grant of lands to settle a new township and of the great benefit that will accrue thereby, etc., and inclosing survey of several parts of the Peninsula of Nova Scotia:—
Plan of Lawrence Town at Muscadaboit.
(Copy) Grant of a tract of land to the Proprietors of Musquedaboit, 10th June, 1754.
Duplicate of an abstract of the last general court proceedings of 6th June, 1754.
Survey of the River Chibenaccadie.
Letter from Colonel Lawrence to the Board, dated the 14th June, 1754, in answer to theirs of the 4th April, 1754.
Letter from Colonel Lawrence to the Board, dated 1st August, 1754, relative to the obstinacy and ill behaviour of the French inhabitants, their partiality to their countrymen, and to the affairs of the Indians and to the strength of the French in the Bay of Fundy, and inclosing:—
Nova Scotia estimate of expence for the year 1755.
Captain Kensie's account of the Boston sloop taken by him in the Bay of Fundy.
Journal of the march by the Chibenaccadie River, August, 1754.
State of the orphan house at Halifax, 1st August, 1754.
Minutes of Council of Nova Scotia from 27th December, 1753, to 7th June, 1754.
Minutes of Council from the 20th June to 31st July, 1754.
Naval office list of ships entered and cleared at Halifax from 1st October, 1753, to the 30th June, 1754.
Letter from Colonel Lawrence to the Board, dated September 10th, 1754, acquainting their lordships with the death of Thomas Steele, Esquire, one of the Council of that province.

Ordered that the draught of a letter to Colonel Lawrence in answer to his be prepared.

Read a letter from Mr. West, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, dated the 19th September, 1754, desiring an estimate of what may be wanting for the service of the colony of Nova Scotia in the year 1755.

Ordered that the draught of an estimate of what will be necessary for the service of Nova Scotia for the ensuing year be prepared.

North Carolina.

Read a letter from Mr. Rowan, President of the Council and Commander in Chief of North Carolina, to the Board, dated at Cape Fear, the 3rd June, 1754, inclosing:—
Journal of the House of Burgesses in April, 1753.
Journal of the Upper House in Assembly in February and March, 1754.

Bahamas.

Read the following letters and paper from Mr. Tinker, Governor of the Bahamas, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Tinker to the Board, dated the 20th April, 1754.
Letter from Mr. Tinker to Mr. Hill, relative to his intention of going to Philadelphia for the recovery of his health and inclosing:—
Description of Turks' Islands, etc.

Read a letter from Mr. Gambier to Mr. Hill, dated Bahamas, 12th July, 1754, acquainting him that, in the absence of Mr. Tinker, the government of the said Islands devolves upon him as President of the Council.

Barbados.

Read the following papers received from Barbados without a letter, viz.:—
A list of the members of his Majesty's Council of Barbados.
Abstract of all persons born, christened and buried from 1st January, 1752, to 1st January, 1753.
Storekeeper's return of powder from 23rd February, 1752, to the 6th of March, 1753.
Treasurer's return of new negroes imported into Barbados from the 29th June, 1752, to the 9th May, 1753.
Read the following letters and papers received from Mr. Weekes, President of the Council of Barbados, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Weekes to the Board, dated 15th December, 1753, inclosing:—
List of the members of his Majesty's Council of that Island.
Minutes of Council from the 14th May, 1753, to the 31st October following.
Minutes of Assembly from the 17th April to the 28th November, 1753.
Two Acts passed there in June and October, 1753.
Letter from Mr. Weekes to the Board, dated 28th May, 1754, in answer to the Board's letter of the 7th of March relative to the complaint of Mr. Reynolds, Provost Marshall of Barbados.
Letter from Mr. Weekes to the Board, dated the 8th of August, 1754, transmitting the following publick papers, viz.:—
List of the members of his Majesty's Council of Barbados.
Storekeeper's account of powder from the 8th of March, 1753, to the 8th of March, 1754.
Treasurer's return of new negroes from the 9th of May, 1753, to the 9th of May, 1754.
An abstract of all persons born, christened and buried in Barbados from the 1st January, 1753, to the 1st January, 1754.
Minutes of Council from December, 1753, to May, 1754.
Minutes of Assembly from December, 1753, to April, 1754.

Ordered that the Acts referred to in Mr. Weekes's letter be sent to Mr. Lamb for his opinion upon them in point of law.

New Hampshire.

Read a letter from Mr. Huske, Naval Officer at New Hampshire, dated at Portsmouth, the 30th April, 1754, transmitting:—
Naval office lists of ships and vessels entered and cleared at Piscataway in New Hampshire, from the 25th March, 1753, to the 25th March, 1754.

Maryland.

Read a letter from Mr. Jennings, Secretary of Maryland, dated 5th of September, 1753, transmitting:—
List of the names of foreign protestants naturalized in that province according to Act of Parliament.
List of ships and vessels entered and cleared in the port of Annapolis from 5th January to 5th July, 1754.

Trade.

Africa.

Read the following papers received from the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, viz.:—
State and condition of the forts and settlements on the Coast of Africa.
Copy of a letter, without date, from Thomas Melvil, Esquire, Governor of Cape Coast Castle, to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa.
Copy of a letter from Thomas Melvil, Esquire, to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, dated 30th May, 1753.
Copies of sundry letters relating to affairs at Cape Coast Castle in Africa, etc., 1754.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Apperley, Chief Engineer at Annamaboe, to the Committee relative to his building a fort there.
Copy of an account of the expenditure of the money issued to the Committee anno 1752.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Apperley, Chief Engineer at Annamaboe, and from Thomas Melvil, Esquire, Governor of Cape Coast Castle, to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa. Dated in June, 1754.
Copy of a letter from James Skinner, Esquire, Governor of James Fort, to the Committee.
Copy of sundry letters from Thomas Melvil, Esquire, Governor of Cape Coast Castle, to the Committee, dated 24th February, 11th March and 24th April, 1753, etc.
Copy of sundry letters from James Skinner, Esquire, Governor of James Fort in the River Gambia, to the Committee, dated 11th June, 26th June and 25th and 30th July, 1753.
Copy of two letters from Thomas Melvil, Esquire, to the Committee, dated 10th and 14th March, 1753.
Copy of a letter from the Committee to Thomas Melvil, Esquire, dated 31st October, 1753.
Copies of letters from Thomas Melvil, Esquire, to the Committee, dated 10th and 5th November, 1753.
Copies of several letters from Cape Coast, etc., and an account of lime and bricks sent out for the erection of a fort at Annamaboe, dated in November, 1753, and January, 1754.
List of nine Committee men chosen by the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, for the cities of London and Bristol and the town of Liverpool for the year 1754.
Copy of a letter from the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa to the Governor and Council at James Fort in the River Gambia, and to Thomas Melvil, Esquire, Governor of Cape Coast Castle, also sundry other letters relating to affairs at Gambia.
The accounts of the Committee for 1753.

Tuesday, October 29. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Grenville, Mr. Pelham.

Nova Scotia.

The draught of a letter to Colonel Lawrence, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, having been prepared pursuant to the minutes of Thursday last, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

New York.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty upon the proceedings of the Commissioners at Albany, and of a letter inclosing it to Sir Thomas Robinson, his Majesty's Secretary of State, having been transcribed pursuant to the minutes of Thursday last, was signed.

Nova Scotia.

Ordered that an extract be made of that part of Mr. Lawrence's letter which contains an account of the strength and proceedings of the French at Beausejour, Bay Verte and St. John's River to be laid before his Majesty, and that a letter to inclose it to Sir Thomas Robinson be prepared.

Massachusets.

Read a letter from Mr. Shirley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, to the Board, dated at Falmouth in Casco Bay, August 19th, 1754, relative to his proceedings with the Indians and to the fort he intends to build at the head of the River Kennebeck and inclosing:—
The Jesuit of Penobscot's letter to the Jesuit of Norridgwalk.

South Carolina.

Read a letter from Mr. Glen, Governor of South Carolina, to the Board, dated 26th August, 1754, giving an account of his journey to the Cherokee Country, to build a fort; of his proceedings, and of the flourishing state of the province, and inclosing:—
Copy of an address of the inhabitants of Saxagotha township to Governor Glen.
Governor Glen's speech to the Assembly of South Carolina on the 16th of January, 1754, with their address in answer.
Addresses of the Council and Assembly of South Carolina in answer to his speech of the 8th May, 1754.

Plantations General.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following copies of Orders in Council:—
Virginia.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated the 21st of June, 1754, approving a representation of this Board proposing the repeal of an Act, passed in the province of Virginia in 1752, to explain the charter and enlarge the privileges of the Borough of Norfolk, and for the purposes therein mentioned.
Georgia.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated the 6th of August, 1754, approving a warrant prepared by this Board, to authorize the Governor of Georgia to cause Letters Patent to be passed under the Seal of the said province for appointing William Clifton, Esquire, Attorney General.
Jamaica.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated the 21st of June, 1754, directing the Governor of Jamaica to remit the fine of £20 imposed on Terence Williamson Kennedy by the judges of the Grand Court of the said Island, etc.
North Carolina.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated the 8th of April, 1754, approving a representation of this Board to his Majesty proposing the repeal of eight Acts passed in North Carolina in the years 1715 and 1729.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated the 8th of April, 1754, approving a representation of this Board to his Majesty proposing the repeal of eighteen Acts passed in North Carolina between the years 1734 and 1750.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated the 21st June, 1754, approving the draughts of general instructions and of those which relate to the Acts of Trade and Navigation, prepared by this Board for Arthur Dobbs, Esquire, Governor of North Carolina.
St. Christopher's.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated 6th of August, 1754, approving a representation of this Board to his Majesty and a warrant prepared by them for admitting James Losack to be of the Council of St. Christopher's.
Leeward Islands.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated 21st June, 1754, approving a warrant prepared by this Board to authorize the Governor of the Leeward Islands to cause Letters Patent to be passed for appointing Harry Webb, Esquire, Attorney General of the Leeward Islands.
Antigua.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated 21st June, 1754, approving a representation of this Board to his Majesty and a warrant prepared by them requiring the Governor of the Leeward Islands to admit and restore Edward Otto Bayer, Esquire, to his former rank and precedency in the Council of Antigua.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated 21st June, 1754, approving a representation of this Board proposing the confirmation of a private Act, passed at Antigua in August, 1753, to confirm and establish certain articles of agreement entered in between John Gray, Esquire, etc.
Nevis.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated 6th August, 1754, approving a representation of this Board to his Majesty, and a warrant prepared by them directing the Governor of the Leeward Islands to admit William Mills, Esquire, to be of the Council of Nevis.
Virginia.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated 21st June, 1754, approving a representation of this Board to his Majesty, and a warrant prepared by them requiring the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia to swear and admit William Byrd, Esquire, to be of the Council of the said colony in the room of John Lewis, Esquire, deceased.
New Hampshire.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated 21st June, 1754, approving a representation of this Board proposing the repeal of an Act, passed in the province of New Hampshire in 1742, to ascertain the fee of a messuage and tract of land in Portsmouth, etc.
Georgia.
Copy of an Order of Council, dated the 6th of August, 1754, approving the draught of a warrant prepared by this Board, to authorize the Governor of his Majesty's province of Georgia to use a new Seal (which has been approved of by his Majesty) in sealing all patents, grants of lands, etc., within the said province.

Plantations General.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty upon the proceedings of the Commissioners appointed by the several colonies to hold an interview with the Six Nations at Albany in June, 1754, was laid before the Board and signed.

Wednesday, October 30. Present:— Earl of Halifax, Mr. Grenville, Mr. Oswald, Mr. Pelham.

Nova Scotia.

The draught of a letter to Sir Thomas Robinson inclosing an extract of Mr. Lawrence's letter of the 1st of August last, having been prepared pursuant to the minutes of yesterday, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of an estimate of what sums of money will be necessary for the service of Nova Scotia for the insuing year and made some progress therein.

Barbados.

Ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared proposing Henry Thornhill, Esquire, to be of the Council of Barbados in the room of Abel Dottin, Esquire, who has been absent from thence twelve years.

Thursday, October 31. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Grenville, Mr. Oswald, Mr. Edgcumbe, Mr. Pelham.

Nova Scotia.

Their lordships proceeded in the consideration of the estimate for the service of Nova Scotia for the year 1755 and went through it.

The draught of a letter to Sir Thomas Robinson inclosing an extract of Mr. Lawrence's letter of the 1st of August last, having been transcribed pursuant to yesterday's minutes, was signed.

Barbados.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty proposing Henry Thornhill, Esquire, to be of the Council of Barbados in the room of Abel Dottin, Esquire, having been prepared pursuant to yesterday's minutes, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.