Journal, July 1757
Friday, July 1. Present:—Mr. Stone, Mr. Rigby, Mr.
The draughts of letters to the Governors of Barbados, Bahamas
and the Leeward Islands, and to the Lieutenant Governors of
Virginia and Jamaica, having been prepared pursuant to the
minutes of the 22nd instant, were agreed to transcribed and
The Secretary acquainted the Board that having in pursuance
of their lordships' order examined the correspondence with the
Governor of the Bahama Islands during the last war, to which
the said Governor referrs for his opinion of what is necessary to
be done for putting those Islands into a proper posture of defence,
he found frequent representations of the expediency of augmenting
the military establishment there, stationing two sloops to cruize
amongst the Islands, and erecting a redoubt at Phenny's Hill and
a small battery upon the point of Hog Island; upon consideration
of which, their lordships ordered the draught of a representation
to his Majesty upon this affair, to be prepared.
Ordered, that the consideration of the petition of the agent for
the Massachusets Bay relating to ordnance stores, mentioned in the
minutes of the 23rd of June, be postponed to Tuesday, the 12th of
July, and that the said agent be desired to attend on that day.
Wednesday, July 6. Present:—Mr. Stone, Mr. Rigby, Mr.
The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the petty
expences and incidental charges of this office from the 5th of
April to the 5th of July, 1757, amounting in the whole to three
hundred, sixty-four pounds, eighteen shillings, 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, was signed.
Tuesday, July 12. Present:—Mr. Stone, Mr. Rigby, Mr.
Their lordships took into consideration the petition of the agent
for the province of the Massachusets Bay respecting a supply of
cannon and ordnance stores for that province, and the said agent
attending as desired he was called in and their lordships having
heard what he had to offer in support of the allegations of his
petition ordered him to withdraw, and the draught of a report
to the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs
thereupon was ordered to be prepared.
The draught of a representation to his Majesty upon a letter
from Mr. Tinker, Governor of the Bahama Islands, respecting
the state of defence of those Islands, having been prepared
pursuant to the minutes of the 1st instant, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.
The Secretary acquainted the Board that Mr. Reynolds,
Governor of Georgia, had left notice in writing at the office of his
arrival in England in consequence of his Majesty's commands
signified to him by the Board's letter of the 5th August, 1756;
their lordships ordered the draught of a letter to Mr. Pitt, one
of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, to be prepared,
signifying the said Governor's arrival, to the end that such
measures may be taken thereupon as his Majesty shall judge
The Secretary laid before the Board a memorial prepared by
Mr. Parker in behalf of Mr. Kilby, agent for the settlement of
Nova Scotia, to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the
Treasury praying that the sum of £8,000 may be issued to him
out of the grant of Parliament for the service of Nova Scotia in
order to discharge bills of exchange drawn upon him by the
Governor of the said province for the service thereof, which
memorial their lordships were pleased to approve of, and to order
Mr. Parker to present it to the Lords Commissioners of his
Majesty's Treasury for their lordships' directions upon it.
The Secretary likewise laid before their lordships another
memorial prepared by Mr. Parker in behalf of Mr. Kilby, agent
for the settlement of Nova Scotia, to be presented to the Lords
Commissioners of the Treasury, desiring their lordships' directions
with respect to other warrants directed to him for payment of
certain sums due to the contractor for supplying the troops in
that colony with provisions; and the said memorial having been
approved of, Mr. Parker was ordered to present it to the Lords
Commissioners of the Treasury for their lordships' directions
Read a letter from four members of the Council of Nova Scotia
to the Board, dated March 12th, 1757, complaining of the delay
in calling an Assembly there, and stating several other grievances
under which they apprehend his Majesty's subjects in that
province do at present labour, and inclosing:—
Resolutions of the Governor and Council of the province of
Nova Scotia, respecting the calling an Assembly in that
Their lordships upon consideration of the said letter are of
opinion that as the Board had in their letters to the Governor of
the 25th March, 1756, and 10th of March last, given their opinion
at large as to the necessity and expediency of convening an
Assembly in Nova Scotia, and directed him to carry that measure
into execution with all possible dispatch, they had as far as lay
within their department complyed with what is represented in
the said letter from the members of the Council, as necessary for
the welfare of the province, and that it was not adviseable to do
anything further therein for the present.
The Secretary laid before the Board an instrument signed by
several persons styling themselves freeholders of the province of
Nova Scotia, appointing John Ferdinando Paris, Esquire, agent
for the said freeholders, to represent the want of an Assembly
and other grievances, which they apprehend they layed under,
and the same was ordered to be entered in the books of the
office, and the original returned to Mr. Paris.
Read an anonymous letter to the Board, complaining of the
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia for delaying
to call an Assembly and for other matters, and advising their
recall as necessary to the preservation of the province, and
Several gazettes printed at Halifax.
Read the following letters from Sir Charles Hardy, late
Governor of New York, viz.:—
Letter from Sir Charles Hardy, dated the 24th of May, 1757,
to the Board, signifying his having received orders from
the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to repair to
Halifax, there to take upon him a command in his Majesty's
Letter from Sir Charles Hardy, dated the 4th of June, 1757,
acquainting the Board that upon receipt of orders from
the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to join Admiral
Holburne at Halifax, he had resigned the government
and delivered his Commission and instructions to Mr.
Delancy, the Lieutenant Governor.
Read a letter from James Delancy, Esquire, Lieutenant
Governor of New York, to the Board, dated the 3rd of June,
1757, acquainting their lordships with his having, on the departure
of Sir Charles Hardy, taken upon him the administration of
government, and inclosing:—
Minutes of Council on Sir Charles Hardy's delivering the
seals to the Lieutenant Governor and embarking for
Halifax on the 2nd and 3rd of June, 1757.
Memorial of William Walton to his Excellency, Sir Charles
Hardy, praying leave to continue supplies to the Spanish
garrison at Saint Augustine, according to his contract with
the governor and royal officers, dated 29th of January,
Copy of the report and order made by a Committee of
Council on the memorial of W. Walton, Esquire, for leave
to send provisions to St. Augustine for the use of the
Spanish garrison there, dated the 21st of February, 1757.
Affidavits concerning a trade carried on between some of the
British colonies and French St. Domingo, May 31st, 1757.
Read a letter from Thomas Penn, Esquire, one of the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania, dated the 1st of July, 1757, desiring
that their lordships would be pleased to order the several papers,
containing conferences between persons employed by the government of Pennsylvania and several chiefs of the neighbouring
Indians, together with a copy of an Indian treaty, sent by him to
their lordships in December last, to be returned to him.
Ordered, that the said papers be looked out and delivered to
Wednesday, July 13. Present:—Mr. Stone, Mr. Rigby, Mr.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Pitt, one of his Majesty's
principal Secretaries of State, notifying the arrival of Mr.
Reynolds, Governor of Georgia, having been prepared pursuant
to the minutes of yesterday, was agreed to, transcribed and
The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of
Council upon the petition of the agent for the province of the
Massachusets Bay respecting a supply of cannon and ordnance
stores for that province, having been prepared pursuant to the
minutes of yesterday, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Read a letter from Thomas Fitch, Esquire, Governor of
Connecticut, to the Board, dated the 11th of April, 1757, giving
an account of the measures taken in that colony to prevent the
sending provisions to the French, and of the zeal with which the
quota of men demanded by Lord Loudoun has been raised.
Read a letter from Jonathan Belcher, Esquire, Governor of
New Jersey, dated the 11th of May, 1757, transmitting the
following publick papers, viz.:—
Minutes of Council of March the 1st and 31st; and of their
proceedings in General Assembly from March 11th to the
Journals of the Assembly from March 15th to 31st, 1757.
Four Acts passed in New Jersey in December, 1756, and
Ordered, that the said Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb for
his opinion thereupon in point of law.
Read a letter from Robert Dinwiddie, Esquire, Lieutenant
Governor of Virginia, to the Board, dated the 16th of May, 1757,
desiring his Majesty's leave to return home, and giving an account
of the measures he is taking for the assistance of the neighbouring
colonies, and inclosing:—
His speech to the Council and Assembly of Virginia, April
Address of the Council of Virginia to Lieutenant Governor
Dinwiddie, April 16th, 1757.
Read a memorial of Caleb Lamb, late an Indian trader on the
Ohio, to the Board, setting forth the losses he has sustained, and
praying their lordships' good offices to procure him a recompence.
Read a letter from Horatio Sharpe, Esquire, Lieutenant
Governor of Maryland, dated Philadelphia, the 23rd of February,
1757, acknowledging the receipt of the Board's letter of the 9th
of October last, directing an embargo to be laid on all provisions.
Read a letter from Arthur Dobbs, Esquire, Governor of North
Carolina, to the Board, dated at Philadelphia, the 22nd of March,
1757, acquainting their lordships with the measures agreed upon
at a meeting of the Southern Governors with the Earl of Loudoun
for the protection of the Carolinas.
Read a letter from Mr. Poirier, Secretary to the Committee of
the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, dated July 11th,
Copy of a letter from the Committee of the Company of
Merchants trading to Africa to the Governor and Council
of James Fort, Gambia, dated June 8th, 1757.
Also of a letter from the said Committee to Mr. Samuel
Worrall, Bristol, Mr. Francis Gildart, Liverpool, and Mr.
Henry White, Lancaster, dated June 9th, 1757, and of
one from T. Lisle, Esquire, etc., to the Committee, dated
James Fort, the 14th of February, 1757.
List of nine committee men for London, Bristol and Liverpool,
Read a letter from the Council of the Massachusets Bay to the
Board, dated at Boston, the 8th of April, 1757, acquainting their
lordships with the death of Lieutenant Governor Phips.