Journal, November 1757
Volume 64

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'Journal, November 1757: Volume 64', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 10: January 1754 - December 1758 (1933), pp. 333-350. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=77371 Date accessed: 26 July 2014.


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Journal, November 1757

Thursday, November 3. Present:—Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Sloper.

The minutes of the last day's meeting were read. (fn. 1)

The Secretary made the following report to the Board of matters transacted by him during the recess, viz.:—
Nova Scotia.
That on the 25th of July, Mr. Parker, agent for Mr. Kilby, having communicated to him a memorial prepared by the said agent to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury, praying that the sum of £6,648 8s. 11d. might be issued to him out of the moneys remaining in his Majesty's Exchequer applicable to the support of the settlement of Nova Scotia in order to discharge bills drawn upon the said Kilby by the Governor for dollars supplyed him for the use of the said settlement, he thought it his duty to compare the said memorial with the letters of advice from the Governor of said bills having been drawn, and finding it to correspond therewith, he had certified the same in a letter to Mr. West, Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury, and directed Mr. Parker to present the memorial for their Lordships' directions upon it.
New York.
That upon examination of the memorial of Mr. Walton, transmitted by the Lieutenant Governor of New York and mentioned in the minutes of the 12th of July, respecting the said Walton's contract for supplying the garrison of St. Augustine with provisions, he found it to contain matter which appeared to be very proper for the consideration of his Majesty's Secretary of State, and therefore thought it his duty to communicate a copy thereof, and also copys of the papers annexed to it to Mr. Secretary Pitt.
That on the 9th of August he received from Mr. Secretary Pitt an Order of his Majesty in Council allowing the exportation of provisions, etc., from New York to St. Augustine with directions to send it by the first conveyance to the Lieutenant Governor of the said province, which he accordingly did, and also a duplicate of it by another conveyance.

Nova Scotia.

The Secretary laid before the Board a memorial prepared by Mr. Parker, agent to Mr. Kilby, to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury, setting forth that his Majesty's warrants had been directed to him for the payment of £8,868 8s. to William Baker, Esquire, for provisions supplyed the troops in Nova Scotia from the 21st of February to the 10th of July, 1757, and that as no provision was made for this purpose in the grant of Parliament for the support of this colony for this year, therefore praying their lordships' directions thereon; and the said memorial having been approved, Mr. Parker was ordered to present it to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury.

The Secretary laid before the Board another memorial prepared by the said agent to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury, setting forth that the Governor has drawn a bills upon him of £8,000 for dollars supplyed him for the use of the settlement, and that there is a demand made upon him for £375 for three quarters' salary due to the Chief Justice amounting together to £8,375; that there remains but £5,776 7s. 3d. in his Majesty's Exchequer, upon the unsatisfied order in his name for the service of Nova Scotia for the year 1757, and therefore praying that the said ballance may be issued to him, and that their lordships will give such directions with respect to what remains to satisfy the said demand as shall appear to them to be proper.

Ordered, that the consideration of the said memorial be postponed, and that the Secretary do give notice to Mr. Cotterell, Secretary of the province of Nova Scotia, lately arrived in England to attend the Board to-morrow morning.

Jamaica.

Their lordships took into consideration the Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs mentioned in the minutes of the 23rd of June, directing this Board to consider what places in the Island of Jamaica it may be most adviseable for his Majesty to make Ports of entry and clearance, and what orders should be given with respect to the division of the said Island into proper districts as a foundation for establishing courts therein, and came to the following resolutions thereupon, viz.:—
That the proper places for Ports of entry and clearance in the said Island are Kingston, Savannah la Mer, Montego Bay and Port Antonio, not only as they are principal places in the Island, but as from their situation they will comprehend all parts of the Island to which trade is carryed on.
That the dividing the Island into three districts will be the most proper division, the best adapted to the purpose of establishing Circuit Courts and the most convenient to the inhabitants in general.
That the first district should consist of the following parishes, viz., St. Elizabeth's, Westmorland, Hanover and St. James's, the principal town to be Savannah la Mer; that the second district should consist of the following parishes, viz., Clarendon, Vere, St. Dorothy, St. Katherine's, St. Thomas in the Vale, St. Mary, St. Anne, St. John, the principal town to be St. Iago de la Vega; that the third district should consist of the following parishes, viz., Portland, St. George's, Port Royal, St. David's, St. Thomas in the East, St. Andrew and Kingston, the principal town to be Kingston.

Their lordships however not thinking it adviseable to make their final report upon a matter of so great importance without having previously consulted the principal persons interested in and trading to the Island, and by whom they have been attended throughout the progress of this affair, directed the Secretary to write to Messrs. Fuller, Beckford, Ord and Dicker to acquaint them with the Board's sentiments upon these points and desire them to favour them with their opinion upon them.

Georgia.

Read a letter from John Reynolds, Esquire, Governor of Georgia, dated the 14th of October, 1757, acquainting the Board that he is returned to this kingdom from his government of Georgia, and desiring to know when he may attend them.

Read a letter from Mr. Secretary Pitt, dated the 20th of October, 1757, in answer to one from this Board, acquainting him that Mr. Reynolds, Governor of Georgia, was arrived in England, and signifying his Majesty's commands that they do proceed to an enquiry into the conduct of Mr. Reynolds and the state of the province of Georgia during his residence as Governor; and to report what may be proper for his Majesty to do thereupon.

Ordered, that the Secretary do from the Board's representation to his Majesty of the 29th of July, 1756, and such other letters and papers as have been received since, prepare and lay before the Board a state of the several points relative to the conduct of the Governor of Georgia, and the affairs of that province during his residence there, digested under proper heads and articles.

Trade.

Read a letter from Mr. Secretary Pitt, dated the 30th of September, 1757, referring to the consideration of this Board the petition of Mr. Hutchinson Mure to his Majesty for passports to vend slaves to the French in their West India Islands and take indigo in return.

Ordered, that the Secretary do write to the Secretary to the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs to desire he will move them to give directions that the following account be prepared and laid before this Board as soon as possible, viz.:—
An account of the quantity of indigo imported into England from Christmas, 1748, to Christmas, 1756, distinguishing the places from whence imported, and how much thereof in prize indigo.

Trade.

Africa.

Read a letter from Mr. Clevland, Secretary to the Lords of the Admiralty, dated the 28th of July, 1757, inclosing copies of accounts of the state and condition of the forts and settlements on the coast of Africa transmitted to their lordships by Captain Weller of his Majesty's ship the Assistance.

Leeward Islands.

Read a letter from Mr. Clevland, Secretary to the Lords of the Admiralty, dated the 21st of September, 1757, inclosing the following papers, viz.:—
Copy of Rear Admiral Frankland's reply to the extract of a letter from Mr. Thomas, Governor of the Leeward Islands, to the Board of Trade, dated the 25th of February, 1757.
Copy of Rear Admiral Frankland's reply to the extract of Mr. Wilmot, the agent of Antigua's letter to Mr. Clevland, dated the 22nd of April, 1757.

Trade.

Africa.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following papers received from the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, viz.:—
Copies of a letter from C. Bell, Esquire, to the Committee of the African Company, dated 12th December, 1756, another from the same, 13th February, 1757; of a letter from Thomas Westgate, Chief of Dixcove, to the commandant of the Dutch fort at Accoda, and his answer, both dated 30th November, 1756; also of a narrative of the proceedings of the French squadron upon the Gold Coast in January, 1757, and of a letter from the captains of ships in Anamaboe Road at that time, dated 11th February, 1757.
Copies of two letters from Charles Bell, Esquire, to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, dated Cape Coast Castle, March 16th and April 23rd, 1757, also of a deposition of Captain Edward Gregory respecting the King of Popo's son carried off the Coast by Mr. John Roberts.
Copy of a letter from Tobias Lisle, Esquire, Governor, and the Council of James Fort, Gambia, June 3rd, 1757, to the Committee.
A list of all the Committee's servants on the Gold Coast, 20th April, 1757.
The account of the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, distinguishing every article of expence under its proper title, anno 1756.

Trade.

Read a letter from Mr. Wood, Secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, dated the 27th of September, 1757, transmitting the Inspector General's leidger of imports and exports for the year 1754.

New York.

Read the following letters and papers received from Sir Charles Hardy, late Governor of New York, viz.:—
Letter from Sir Charles Hardy to the Board, dated on board the Sutherland in Sandy Hook, June 14th, 1757, containing further information concerning the clandestine trade carried on to St. Eustatia, in order to supply the French with provisions, and inclosing:—
Copy of the examination of John Boutin and John Mourphy, late belonging to the Speedwell sloop of Newport in Rhode Island.
Copy of an Order from the owners of the Speedwell sloop to Captain John Boutin, dated at Newport, March 7th, 1757.
Extracts of several letters to and from persons concerned in the clandestine trade for supplying the French with provisions, by the way of St. Eustatia.
Copy of a letter from Gilbert Fleming, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of the Leeward Islands, to Sir Charles Hardy, Governor of New York, dated the 23rd of May, 1757.
Letter from Sir Charles Hardy to the Board, dated at Halifax, the 15th July, 1757, acknowledging the receipt of the Order in Council permitting him to resign the government of New York, and recommending to their lordships' consideration the illicit trade carried on by the colonies with the Dutch in Europe.

Read the following letters and papers received from Mr. Delancy, Lieutenant Governor of New York, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Delancy to the Board, dated July 30th, 1757, relating to illicit trade and the dispute between that province and the Massachusets Bay concerning their boundary.
Extract of letters found on board a vessel retaken from the French.
Copy of a letter from Sir William Pepperell, Bart., to Sir Charles Hardy relating to disturbances upon the boundary line.
Copy of the inquisition taken on view of the body of James Barton killed upon the boundary line.
Copy of a report of the Committee of Council of the province of New York on a letter from the Massachusets Bay in relation to some disturbance on the borders, and repeating their proposal to leave the controversy about their limits to the determination of disinterested persons.
Letter from James Delancy, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of New York, to the Board, dated August 24th, 1757, acquainting them with the loss of Fort William Henry.

Resolved, that the consideration of so much of the abovementioned letter from Sir Charles Hardy and Mr. Delancy as relate to illicit trade be postponed to another opportunity, and that the Secretary do in the meantime look out in order to lay before the Board all such papers as have at any time been under the consideration of the Board relative to illicit trade to the colonys together with the proceedings upon them.

Ordered, that an extract be made of so much of Mr. Delancy's letter of the 30th of July as relates to the disputes between New York and Massachusets Bay concerning the boundary line, together with copies of the papers therein referred to, in order to be laid before his Majesty in Council, and that the draught of a representation to his Majesty thereupon be prepared.

Ordered, that the Acts transmitted by Mr. Delancy be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Connecticut.

Read a letter from Mr. Fitch, Governor of Connecticut, to the Board, dated 22nd July, 1757, acknowledging the receipt of the Act of Parliament to prevent the exportation of provisions.

Pennsylvania.

Read a letter from the Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania to the Board, dated 11th April, 1757, acknowledging the having received his Majesty's orders concerning the embargo upon provisions, and inclosing a message from the Assembly to him upon that subject.

Friday, November 4. Present:—Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Sloper.

Nova Scotia.

Mr. Cotterell, Secretary of the province of Nova Scotia, not attending as desired, the further consideration of Mr. Parker's memorial mentioned in the preceding day's minutes was postponed.

Jamaica.

The Secretary laid before the Board the draught of a letter to Messrs. Fuller, Beckford, Ord and Dicker, respecting their lordships' resolutions upon the affair of Jamaica, prepared pursuant to their lordships' order of yesterday and the said draught was approved.

New York.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty accompanying the extract of a letter from the Lieutenant Governor of New York, and copies of the several papers received with it respecting the boundary line between that province and the Massachusets Bay, having been prepared pursuant to the minutes of yesterday, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

North Carolina.

Read a letter from Arthur Dobbs, Esquire, Governor of North Carolina, to the Board, dated Newburn, the 30th of May, 1757, relating to the present state of that province, and inclosing several papers, viz.:—
Address of the Council of North Carolina to Governor Dobbs.
Address of the Assembly of North Carolina to Governor Dobbs.
Governor Dobbs's speech to the Council and Assembly of North Carolina.
Address of the Council of North Carolina to his Majesty praying for an allowance out of the quit rents for their trouble and charges in attending the courts of justice and upon other occasions.

Their lordships took the said letter together with two others received since the Board's last letter to Mr. Dobbs into consideration and ordered the draught of a letter to him in answer thereto to be prepared.

Ordered, that the abovementioned address of the Council of North Carolina be laid before his Majesty in Council and that the draught of a representation therewith be prepared.

The Secretary acquainted the Board that the abovementioned letter from Mr. Dobbs having been received during their recess, he had thought it his duty to communicate an extract of that part of it which relates to the measures taken by the said Governor in consequence of the meeting of the Southern Governors with Lord Loudoun at Philadelphia, to Mr. Secretary Pitt, and had also transmitted an extract of that part of it which relates to the conduct of the captain of his Majesty's ship stationed upon the coast of North Carolina to Mr. Clevland, Secretary to the Lords of the Admiralty, to be laid before that Board.

Leeward Islands.

Read a letter from George Thomas, Esquire, Governor of the Leeward Islands, to the Board, dated Antigua, the 20th of May, 1757, acquainting them with the present state of the respective Councils in those Islands.

Leeward Islands.

Read a letter from George Thomas, Esquire, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated the 27th of May, 1757, in answer to one from Mr. Pownall inclosing an Act of Parliament to prohibit the exportation of corn, grain, etc.

Their lordships took into consideration the said letters and ordered the draught of a letter in answer thereto to be prepared.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following publick papers received from the Governor of the Leeward Islands in July last, viz.:—
Minutes of Council of Antigua from January, 1756, to December following.
Minutes of Assembly of Antigua from the 4th of December, 1755, to the 8th of December, 1756.
Ten Acts passed in Antigua in 1756 and 1757.
Minutes of Council and Council in Assembly of Nevis from the 9th of January to the 22nd of December, 1756.
Minutes of Assembly of Nevis from the 6th of November, 1755, to the 22nd of December, 1756.
Several Acts passed at St. Christopher's between the 18th of February, 1756, and the 21st of February, 1757.
Minutes of Council of Montserrat from the 25th of December, 1755, to the 25th December, 1756.
Minutes of Assembly of Montserrat from January, 1756, to December following.
An Act passed at Montserrat the 15th of March, 1756, to lay a poll tax upon slaves, etc.

Ordered, that the abovementioned Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Barbados.

Read a letter from Charles Pinfold, Governor of Barbados, to the Board, dated the 4th of June, 1757, transmitting such publick papers as relate to his administration from his arrival in August to the present date, with an account of his proceedings in the administration of that government.
A list of the members of his Majesty's Council of Barbados.
Returns of the inhabitants of Barbados.
An abstract of all persons born, christened and buried in Barbados in 1756.
Storekeeper's return of powder from the 9th of March, 1756, to the 28th of March, 1757.
Treasurer's return of new negroes from May 9th, 1756, to May the 9th, 1757.
Minutes of Council of Barbados from the 10th of August, 1756, to the 13th of April, 1757.
Minutes of Assembly from the 1st June, 1756, to the 28th April, 1757.
Eight Acts passed at Barbados between August, 1756, and March, 1757.

Ordered, that the abovementioned Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Their lordships then took the above letter from Governor Pinfold into consideration and ordered the draught of a letter in answer thereto to be prepared.

Jamaica.

Read a letter from Henry Moore, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of Jamaica, dated at Spanish Town, the 21st of May, 1757, acquainting the Board that martial law continued there longer than he expected, but has been again taken off.

Read a letter from Mr. Moore, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica, dated August 6th, 1757, relating to Spanish vessels ill treated by English privateers.

Their lordships took the said letters into consideration and ordered the draught of a letter in answer thereto to be prepared.

Bahamas.

Read a letter from John Tinker, Esquire, Governor of the Bahama Islands, to the Board, dated Nassau, the 12th of May, 1757, inclosing copy of an humble address to his Majesty from the Council and Assembly of those Islands relating to the bad state of their fortifications.

Ordered, that the abovementioned address of the Council and Assembly of the Bahama Islands be laid before his Majesty in Council, and the draught of a representation to his Majesty accompanying the same was ordered to be prepared.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to Mr. Tinker in answer to the above from him be prepared.

Saturday, November 5. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Sloper.

New York.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty accompanying the extract of a letter from the Lieutenant Governor of New York, and copies of several papers received with it, respecting the boundary line between that province and the Massachusets Bay, having been transcribed pursuant to the minutes of yesterday, was signed.

North Carolina.

Bahamas.

The draughts of two representations to his Majesty accompanying the addresses of the Council of North Carolina, and the Council and Assembly of the Bahama Islands, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, having been prepared pursuant to the said minutes, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Bahamas.

Leeward Islands.

Barbados.

Jamaica.

The draughts of letters to the Governors of the Bahama Islands, Leeward Islands and Barbados, and to the Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica, having been prepared pursuant to the minutes of yesterday, were agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Monday, November 7. Present:—Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Sloper.

The minutes of the three last days' proceedings were read and signed.

Nova Scotia.

Their lordships took into consideration Mr. Parker's memorial to the Lords of the Treasury, mentioned in the minutes of Friday last, and Mr. Cotterell, Secretary of the province of Nova Scotia, attending without, he was called in, and having been asked if the Governor had transmitted by him the accounts of the expenditure of the money granted by Parliament for the service of the colony of Nova Scotia for the year 1756, or if not, whether he could inform the Board of the reason for their not being transmitted, he said they were not transmitted by him, and that he apprehended the reason of their not being yet sent was either from the difficulty of getting the accounts from Chignecto or the want of proper opportunities of conveyance to England; Mr. Cotterell being withdrawn, their lordships upon further consideration of the memorial, approved thereof, and directed Mr. Parker to present it to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their directions upon it.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to Mr. Lawrence, Governor of Nova Scotia, be prepared, stating to him the inconveniences resulting from his not duly transmitting the accounts of money expended, and desiring him to be more carefull in this particular for the future.

South Carolina.

Read the following letters and papers received from Mr. Lyttelton, Governor of South Carolina, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Lyttelton to the Board, dated the 22nd of April, 1757, inclosing copies of dispatches in writing and cypher from the Governor of Louisiana and other papers taken out of a French prize ship bound from New Orleans to la Rochelle brought in by his Majesty's sloop the Jamaica.
Copy of a letter from … to Monsieur Calanne, dated at Quebec, 26th October, 1756.
Copy of the preliminary articles of peace and friendship agreed upon between the Governor of Louisiana and the Cherokee deputies at Tellico at New Orleans in November, 1757.
Copy of a letter in cypher from Monsieur de Kerlerec to . . . . , dated Nouvelle Orleans.
Copy of a letter from Monsieur de Kerlerec to . . . . , dated Nouvelle Orleans, 13me Decembre, 1756.
Copy of a letter writ in cypher from Monsieur de Kerlerec to . . . , dated Nouvelle Orleans, le 28me Janvier, 1757.
Copy of a letter from Monsieur de Kerlerec to . . . . , dated Nouvelle Orleans, le 30me Janvier, 1757.
Extracts from divers letters (dated in January and February, 1757) found on board the Revanche, a French merchant ship bound from New Orleans to la Rochelle taken by his Majesty's sloop the Jamaica.
Letter from Mr. Lyttelton to the Board, dated Charles Town, the 24th of May, 1757.
Report of both Houses of Assembly concerning the pretensions of this province with respect to a boundary line between it and North Carolina.
Letter from Mr. Lyttelton to the Board, dated the 11th of June, 1757, desiring that his suspension of Mr. Wragg from his seat at the Council Board may be confirmed.
Letter from Mr. Lyttelton to the Board, dated the 19th of June, 1757.
Letter from Mr. Lyttelton to the Board, dated the 12th of July, 1757, with his observations on some Acts lately passed in South Carolina, and transmitting:—
A plan of the new fort.
Journals of the Commons House of Assembly from November, 1756, to May, 1757.
An Act appointing James Wright, Esquire, agent of the province of South Carolina, passed the 19th of November, 1756; eight others passed the 21st of May, 1757; and an Act granting to his Majesty an aid of £160,000 current money, passed the 6th of July, 1757.

Ordered, that the said Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb for his opinion thereon in point of law.

Ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty be prepared proposing that the suspension of Mr. Wragg from his seat in the Council of South Carolina may be confirmed.

Ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty be prepared proposing that an engineer or two may be sent to South Carolina to direct the fortifications carrying on there.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to Mr. Lyttelton in answer to the abovementioned letters from him be prepared.

Tuesday, November 8. Present:—Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Sloper.

South Carolina.

The draught of a letter to William Henry Lyttelton, Esquire, Governor of South Carolina, in answer to several letters received from him, having been prepared pursuant to yesterday's minutes, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty proposing that an engineer or two may be sent to South Carolina to direct the fortifications carrying on there, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Georgia.

Read a letter from Henry Ellis, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, to the Board, dated the 5th of May, 1757, acquainting their lordships of his having visited the southern parts of that province, and of his proceedings in the administration of that government, and inclosing:—
A list of town lots and other lands in the province of Georgia held by non-residents.

Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit an extract of so much of the said letter as relates to the convenience of the River Ogechee as a harbour for ships of war to the Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty and desire him to lay it before that Board.

Wednesday, November 9. Present:—Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Sloper.

South Carolina.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty proposing that the suspension of Mr. Wragg from his seat in the Council of South Carolina may be confirmed, having been prepared pursuant to the minutes of the 7th instant, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

The draught of a letter to Mr. Lyttelton, Governor of South Carolina, having been transcribed pursuant to the minutes of yesterday, was signed.

North Carolina.

The draught of a letter to Mr. Dobbs, Governor of North Carolina, having been prepared pursuant to the minutes of the 4th instant, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Georgia.

Read the following letters and papers received from Mr. Ellis, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Ellis to the Board, dated the 25th of May, 1757, acquainting their lordships with the arrival of the Indian presents, and also the arms granted by his Majesty for the use of the militia of that colony.
Letter from Mr. Ellis to the Board, dated the 8th of July, 1757, giving account of the present state of affairs in that province.
Copy of Mr. Little's letter to the Assembly of Georgia, dated Savannah, 25th March, 1757.
Letter from Mr. Ellis to the Board, dated the 10th of July, 1757, transmitting the following papers, viz.:—
Address of the Upper House and Commons' House of Assembly of Georgia to Governor Ellis, dated 28th July, 1757.
Grants for lands registered in the province of Georgia from the 27th of January to the 27th July, 1757.
Duplicates of the minutes of Council of Georgia from the 1st of November, 1756, to the 15th of December following.
Duplicate of the Journal of the Council in Assembly of his Majesty's province of Georgia from the 1st day of November, 1756, to the 15th of December following.
Copy of the minutes of the proceedings of the Governor and Council of his Majesty's province of Georgia from the 10th of December, 1756, to the 14th of February, 1757.
Copy of the minutes of the proceedings of the Governor and Council of his Majesty's province of Georgia from the 16th of February, 1757, to the 21st of April following.
Copy of the Journal of the Council in Assembly of his Majesty's province of Georgia from the 10th of January, 1757, to the 17th of February following.
A correct Plan of the sea coast and inlets of the province of Georgia from the River Savannah to the River Midway.
Four Acts passed in the province of Georgia in December, 1756; six Acts passed the 8th of February, 1757; two Acts passed the 19th July, 1757; and two Acts passed the 28th July, 1757.
Letter from Mr. Ellis to the Board, dated the 1st of August, 1757, with his observations upon some Acts lately passed in that province.

Ordered, that the abovementioned Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb for his opinion thereon in point of law.

Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit to the Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty an extract of so much of Mr. Ellis's letter of the 1st of August, as relates to the advantages which would attend the having ships of war stationed upon that coast, and desire him to lay it before that Board.

Friday, November 11. Present:—Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Sloper.

The minutes of the three last days' proceedings were read.

Nova Scotia.

The draught of a letter to Mr. Lawrence, Governor of Nova Scotia, relating to the not duly transmitting the publick accounts, having been prepared pursuant to the minutes of the 7th instant, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Read a letter from Robert Monckton, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, to the Board, dated the 15th of October, 1757, inclosing a copy of his letter to Admiral Holburne representing the necessity of his leaving a naval force at Halifax sufficient to protect the province.

Massachusets.

Read the following letters received from Thomas Pownall, Esquire, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Pownall to the Secretary, dated August 16th, 1757, notifying his arrival and inclosing several papers relative to his proceedings in consequence of letters from Major General Webb.
Letter from Mr. Pownall to the Secretary, dated August 20th, 1757, containing a further account of his proceedings in consequence of the attack made upon Fort William Henry by the French.
Letter from Mr. Pownall to the Secretary, dated August 27th, 1757, containing an account of the proceedings of the General Court with respect to his salary and other matters.
Letter from Mr. Pownall to the Secretary, dated Boston, September, 10th, 1757, acquainting the Board with the death of the Governor of New Jersey and his resolution of going thither to take upon him the administration as Lieutenant Governor.

Read a letter from Mr. Oliver, Secretary of the province of the Massachusets Bay, to the Secretary of this Board, dated September 16th, 1757, transmitting the following papers with some observations thereupon.
Copy of an Act for providing remedy for bankrupts and their creditors.
Journal of the attack of Fort William Henry by the French on the 3rd of August, 1757, and the surrender of it on the 9th.

Ordered, that the Secretary do write to Mr. Pownall acknowledging the receipt of his several letters and the papers transmitted therewith, and expressing the Board's approbation of his conduct, and their satisfaction in his having been so well received by the people.

Plantations General.

Read a letter from Sir William Johnson, Baronet, agent for Indian Affairs, dated the 25th June, 1757, containing a further account of his proceedings with the Six Nations of Indians and others, and transmitting:—
Proceedings with the Indians from the 20th September to the 23rd November, 1756.
Proceedings with the Indians from the 10th to the 20th of June, 1757.
Proceedings with the Indians from the 14th to the 23rd April, 1757.
Mr. Croghan's proceedings with the Indians in April, 1757.
Mr. Croghan's letter to Sir William Johnson in March, 1757, with extract from Mr. Croghan's Journal of Indian transactions previous to the hostilities commenced on the Ohio.

North Carolina.

Read a letter from Arthur Dobbs, Esquire, Governor of North Carolina, to the Board, dated the 30th of August, 1757, containing some observations on the proposal of South Carolina for fixing the boundary line, and an account of the insolent behaviour of the Catawbas.

Virginia.

Read a letter from Robert Dinwiddie, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, to the Board, dated September 12th, 1757, acquainting their lordships with his success in procuring assistance from the Cherokees and Catawbas, and with a dispute he has had with the Assembly concerning a bill lately passed there for emitting £80,000 in bills of credit.

New York.

Their lordships took into consideration the several letters and papers received from the Lieutenant Governor of New York, mentioned in the minutes of the 3rd instant, and the draught of a letter in answer thereto having been prepared, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Tuesday, November 15. Present:—Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Sloper.

The minutes of the last day's proceedings were read and signed.

Nova Scotia.

Read letter from Robert Monckton, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, to the Board, dated the 13th of October, 1757, acknowledging the receipt of the Board's letter to the Governor, of the 10th of March and 9th of June, and acquainting them that the publick accounts and estimate for 1758 will be sent by Admiral Holburne.

Read a letter from Robert Monckton, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, to the Secretary, dated the 13th of October, 1757, acknowledging the receipt of his letters, dated the 7th of March and 3rd of June.

New Jersey.

Read the following letters and papers received from Jonathan Belcher, late Governor of New Jersey, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Belcher to the Secretary, dated the 21st of July, 1757, in answer to one from him, inclosing an Act of Parliament relative to the exportation of corn, etc.
Letter from Mr. Belcher to the Board, dated the 26th of July, 1757, transmitting:—
Minutes of Council of New Jersey of May 26th, June 3rd and 25th of July, 1757; and their proceedings in General Assembly from May 24th to June 3rd, 1757.
Journals of the Assembly from May 24th to June 3rd, 1757.
List of ships and vessels entered and cleared at Burlington in New Jersey from the 5th of July, 1756, and the 4th of April, 1757; and a list of ships and vessels entered and cleared at Perth Amboy from the 5th of July, 1756, to July 5th, 1757.
Three Acts passed in New Jersey in May and June, 1757.

Ordered, that the said Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Trade.

East India.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated the 3rd of November, 1757, referring to the consideration of this Board an account of the East India Company's exports from the 29th of September, 1756, to the 29th of September, 1757.

Pennsylvania.

The Secretary acquainted the Board that Mr. Charles, agent for the Assemblies of New York and Pennsylvania, had desired him to move their lordships for leave that he may have a copy of the paper of observations given in to the Board by the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania in December last, respecting the complaints made by Sir William Johnson, agent for Indian Affairs, of the prejudice which has arisen to his Majesty's interest with the Indians from the purchase of lands made of the said Indians by the Proprietaries in July, 1754.

Ordered, that the Secretary do acquaint Mr. Charles that the Board do not think proper to grant his request.

Friday, November 18. Present:—Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Sloper.

Pennsylvania.

Read a letter from Mr. Charles, dated the 17th of November, 1757, to the Secretary, stating that he apprehends he has a right to the copy of the paper, mentioned in the preceding day's minutes, and shall make application for it as soon as Lord Halifax is able to attend the Board.

Plantations General.

Read a letter from Mr. Wood, Secretary to the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs, dated November 16th, 1757, inclosing the following account:—
An account of the quantity of indigo imported into England from Christmas, 1748, to the 5th of January, 1757, distinguishing the places from whence imported, and how much thereof is prize.

Leeward Islands.

Read a letter from George Thomas, Esquire, Governor of the Leeward Islands, to the Board, dated Antigua, the 12th of August, 1757, relating to the captains of two privateers belonging to Antigua that had plundered an advice boat, belonging to the King of Spain, of goods to a considerable value, and that he had caused the said captains with some of their accomplices to be apprehended and committed to gaol.

Ordered, that a copy of the abovementioned letter be transmitted to Mr. Pitt, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, and that the draught of a letter to him be prepared for that purpose.

Massachusets.

Read a letter from Mr. Secretary Pitt, dated the 7th of November, 1757, referring to the consideration of this Board the petition of Mr. Bollan, agent for the Massachusets Bay, relating to a great number of persons late inhabitants of Nova Scotia, that have been sent by his Majesty's Governor of that province into the province of the Massachusets Bay.

Connecticut.

Read a letter from Mr. Secretary Pitt to the Board, dated November 11th, 1757, referring for their lordships' consideration and opinion a petition of the agent of Connecticut to his Majesty, praying a reimbursement of £13,736 17s. 7d. sterling, expended in provisions, etc., for the troops raised by that colony.

Jamaica.

Read a letter from Samuel Dicker, Esquire, to the Secretary, dated the 16th instant, in answer to one from him respecting the making Ports of entry and clearance in Jamaica, and establishing Circuit Courts.

Bermuda.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated the 24th of June, 1757, referring to the consideration of this Board an humble address of the Governor, Council and Assembly of Bermuda, setting forth the situation and circumstances of the two principal harbours there, and the strength of the fortifications belonging to them, and humbly submitting to his Majesty's consideration such measures as they judge necessary for the preservation of the said Islands, and rendering them usefull and beneficial to this kingdom.

Tuesday, November 22. Present:—Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Sloper.

The minutes of the two last days' proceedings were read and signed.

Jamaica.

Read two letters, the one from Mr. Beckford, dated November 20th, the other from Mr. Fuller, dated the same day, to the Secretary, containing their opinion as to the places fixed by the Board to be Ports of entry and clearance in Jamaica, and the division of the Island into three districts, in order to the establishing Circuit Courts there.

New York.

Read a letter from Sir William Johnson, Baronet, agent for Indian Affairs, dated the 22nd of September, 1757, relating to the present state of our Indian interest, and transmitting the following papers, viz.:—
Sir William Johnson's remarks upon the Proprietors of Pennsylvania's observations respecting their purchases of lands from the Indians.
Extracts from Sir William Johnson's Indian proceedings relative to Cherokee Indians.
Proceedings of George Croghan, Esquire, and treaty held with Tediuscung and other Indians at Easton in Pennsylvania, in July and August, 1757, with Mr. Croghan's report to Sir William Johnson of the behaviour of the Quakers at the aforesaid treaty.

Leeward Islands.

The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Pitt inclosing the copy of one from Mr. Thomas, Governor of the Leeward Islands, mentioned in the preceding day's minute, having been prepared, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Wednesday, November 23. Present:—Mr. Oswald, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Sloper.

The minutes of the last day's proceedings were read and signed.

New Jersey.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated November 16th, 1757, referring to this Board a petition of the agent for the Assembly of New Jersey praying that the Governor of that colony may be directed to assent to a bill prepared by that House for emitting £89,000 in paper bills of credit.

Read the following letters received from Thomas Pownall, Esquire, Governor of the Massachusets Bay and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.
Letter from Thomas Pownall, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, dated at Trenton, September 23rd, 1757, acknowledging the receipt of his letter inclosing the resolutions of the House of Commons of the 23rd of May, 1757.
Letter from Thomas Pownall, Esquire, to the Board, dated at New York, 26th September, 1756, giving an account of his proceedings in consequence of the death of the late Governor Belcher, and inclosing:—
Copy of a letter from Robert Hunter Morris, Esquire, to the Earl of Loudoun, dated the 7th of September, 1757, acquainting him with the death of the late Governor Belcher.
The Attorney General's letter of New Jersey, inclosing the queries put to him by the Council of New Jersey with his and Mr. Smith's answer.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Secretary Reed to Thomas Pownall, Esquire, dated the 2nd of September, 1757, acquainting him with the death of Governor Belcher.
Copy of a letter from John Reading, Esquire, President of the Council of New Jersey, to Lieutenant Governor Pownall, dated the 10th of September, 1757.
Copy of resolutions of the Assembly of New Jersey on September 13th, 1757.
Copy of a letter from Thomas Pownall, Esquire, to the President of the Council of New Jersey, dated at Trenton, September 22nd, 1757.
Copy of Mr. President Reading's letter to Lieutenant Governor Pownall, dated the 22nd of September, 1757.
Copy of Governor Pownall's letter to Mr. President Reading on leaving the government in his hands, dated 23rd September, 1757.
Copy of an address of the Council of New Jersey to Thomas Pownall, Lieutenant Governor of that province, and of his answer.
Copy of an address of the Corporation of the City of Perth Amboy to Lieutenant Governor Pownall, and of his answer, dated September 24th, 1757.
Massachusets.
New York.
Letter from Thomas Pownall, Esquire, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, to the Board, dated 26th September, 1757, containing some observations respecting the boundary line between that province and New York, and giving an account of the progress he has made towards getting an effectual militia, and inclosing:—
Copy of a Dutch Commission to Anthony Colvi to be Governor of the New Netherlands, dated 19th September, 1673.
Copy of a letter from Sir William Johnson to Governor Pownall, dated Albany, September 8th, 1757.

New York.

Read the following letters and papers received from James Delancy, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of New York, viz.:—
Letter from Mr. Delancy, Lieutenant Governor of New York, to the Board, dated September 6th, 1757, acquainting their lordships with the resolutions of the Assembly respecting the troops of that province, and inclosing:—
Copy of Lieutenant Governor Delancy's message to the Assembly of New York, dated September 2nd, 1757.
Copy of the resolution of the Assembly of New York, September 3rd, 1757.
Letter from James Delancy, Esquire, to the Board, dated 15th of October, 1757, inclosing a copy of a Commission to a Dutch governor in 1673, and deducing from it some observations respecting the boundary between New York and the Massachusets Bay.
Letter from James Delancy, Esquire, to the Board, dated the 18th of October, 1757, containing some observations on the line proposed by their lordships as a boundary between that province and the Massachusets Bay.
Letter from James Delancy, Esquire, to the Secretary, dated the 19th of October, 1757, acknowledging the receipt of his letters of the 3rd of June and 12th of August last.
Letter from James Delancy, Esquire, to the Board, dated the 19th of October, 1757, inclosing:—
Copy of a report of a committee appointed to examine into the eastern boundaries of New York, dated the 18th of October, 1757.

Thursday, November 24. Present:—Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Sloper.

Massachusets.

New York.

The Secretary acquainted the Board that having had some conversation with Mr. Bollan, agent for the province of the Massachusets Bay, upon the subject matter of the letters from the Governor of that province and the Lieutenant Governor of New York, respecting the boundary line between the said provinces, mentioned in the preceding day's minute, the said agent upon a due consideration of the alteration proposed by the Lieutenant Governor of New York to be made in the agreement, as stated in the Board's representation to his Majesty of the 25th of May last, did not think he was authorized to consent thereto, but therefore adhered to the said agreement as stated in the said representation.

Virginia.

Read Sir Mathew Lamb's reports upon thirty-nine Acts passed in Virginia in the years 1754, 1755 and 1756.

Their lordships took into consideration an Act passed in Virginia in 1756, entituled,

An Act to empower the Secretary of this colony to sell certain lands therein mentioned. and ordered the Secretary to give notice to Mr. Adair, Secretary of the said colony, that their lordships shall enter into the further consideration of it on Tuesday, the 6th of December, and that they shall be ready on that day to hear any thing he may have to offer upon it.

Their lordships then took into consideration an Act passed in the colony of Virginia in 1748, entituled, an Act for settling the titles and bounds of lands, and for preventing unlawfull hunting and ranging; and it appearing that this law had in April, 1751, been referred to the Right Honourable Mr. Walpole, then Auditor of his Majesty's Revenue in America, for his consideration, but that no report had been made by him upon it, the Secretary was ordered to send a copy of the said law, together with a copy of the Lieutenant Governor's observations upon it, to Mr. Cholmondeley, now Auditor of his Majesty's Revenue in America, for his consideration and opinion.

Their lordships likewise took into consideration an Act passed in Virginia in 1752, entitled, an Act for erecting a light house at Cape Henry, and as it appeared to them that it might affect the interests of the Proprietor of Maryland, and of the inhabitants of that colony, the Secretary was ordered to communicate a copy of it to the said Proprietor's agent and acquaint him that their lordships shall take it into further consideration on Tuesday, the 6th of December, when they shall be ready to hear anything he may have to offer upon it.

South Carolina.

Read Sir Mathew Lamb's report upon ten Acts passed in South Carolina in May, 1754.

Antigua.

Nevis.

St. Christopher's.

Read Sir Mathew Lamb's reports upon ten Acts passed in Antigua, Nevis and St. Christopher's in 1754 and 1755.

Barbados.

Read Sir Mathew Lamb's reports upon fourteen Acts passed in Barbados in 1753, 1754 and 1755.

Jamaica.

Read Sir Mathew Lamb's report upon two Acts passed in Jamaica in 1754.

Footnotes

1 This is evidently an error, as the last minute is dated July 13th, when the Board presumably rose for the summer recess.