Journal, September 1755
Tuesday, September 16. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt,
Ordered, that the Secretary do give notice to the Committee of
the Company of Merchants trading to Africa to attend the Board
on Thursday next and to come prepared to lay before them an
exact account of the actual state of defence of the respective forts
and settlements upon the coast of Africa.
Wednesday, September 17. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr.
Pitt, Mr. Grenville.
Ordered, that the Secretary do write to the Governors of his
Majesty's several colonies and plantations in America, requiring
them to prepare and transmit an account of their present state
of defence, and of the ordnance and other stores of war in each
A representation to his Majesty proposing the establishment of
pacquet boats between this kingdom and the American colonys
was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.
Read a letter from Mr. Clevland, Secretary to the Lords of the
Admiralty, dated the 18th of August, 1755, inclosing a copy of
the state and condition of the several forts on the coast of
Africa transmitted by Captain Edwards of his Majesty's ship the
Read an anonymous letter to the Board, dated the 5th of
August, 1755, relating to the defenceless state of the fortification
at James Fort in the River Gambia.
Ordered, that the Secretary do send for the writer of the said
letter and inform himself as to the particulars therein contained.
Read a letter from Mr. Knowles, Governor of Jamaica, to the
Board, dated the 10th of May, 1755, transmitting:—
Lists of vessels that have entered and cleared at the port of
Kingston in Jamaica between the 25th of December, 1754,
and the 25th of March, 1755.
Thursday, September 18. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pitt,
Their lordships being informed that the Committee of the
Company of Merchants trading to Africa were attending without,
pursuant to their lordships order of the 16th instant, they were
called in, and being desired to lay before the Board some account
of the actual state of defence of their forts and settlements upon
the coast of Africa, with their opinion of what might be further
done for their security, Mr. Poole in the name of the Committee
acquainted the Board that the forts were in general in very
indifferent repair; that Gambia however was the only place
likely to be attacked by the French in case of a rupture, as the
others would with difficulty be attacked by a sea force, and that
the only effectual method of defending the coast of Africa was by
having a superior naval force in those seas. The Committee
having nothing further to offer were ordered to withdraw.
Ordered, that Mr. Kilby, agent for the settlement of Nova
Scotia, do with all possible dispatch prepare an account, in the
usual manner, of the expenditure of the money granted by
Parliament for the service of Nova Scotia for the year 1754, in
order to be laid before the House of Commons at their next
Ordered, that the Secretary do write to Mr. Knowles, Governor
of Jamaica, recommending to him to appoint Mr. Ford to be
Attorney General of that Island. till his Majesty's pleasure be
known, in case that office shall become vacant by the death,
resignation or removal of the person now executing it.