Journal, April 1760
Monday, April 7. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Jenyns,
Mr. Sloper, Mr. Eliot.
The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the petty
expences and incidental charges of this office from the 5th of
January to the 5th of April, 1760, amounting to four hundred
and twenty six pounds, sixteen shillings and six pence; and a
letter to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring payment of the
same, and of the salaries due to the Secretary and under officers
in the service of this Board for the same time, was signed.
Thursday, April 17. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Jenyns,
Mr. Sloper, Mr. Elliot.
Ordered, that the consideration of the laws of Pennsylvania,
referred to their lordships by the orders of the Lords of the Committee of Council of the 20th of February and 13th of March,
1760, and the hearing thereon, appointed for to-morrow, be postponed until Thursday, the 1st of May next, and that the Secretary
do give notice thereof to the parties concerned.
Tuesday, April 22. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Pelham,
Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Sloper, Mr. Eliot, Mr. Bacon.
Read a letter from Henry Ellis, Esquire, Governor of Georgia,
to the Board, dated February 15th, 1760, informing their lordships of the measures he has taken in consequence of the treaty,
lately concluded between Governor Lyttelton and the Cherokees,
having been broke by the said Indians.
The Secretary laid before the Board a Memorial prepared by
the agent for Georgia to be presented to the Lords Commissioners
of the Treasury, setting forth the expediency of a further allowance
for presents to the Creek Indians; and the said memorial having
been approved, it was ordered, that the agent should present it
to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, together with an
extract of so much of the above mentioned letter from Governor
Ellis, as states the urgent necessity of a further allowance of
presents for the Creek Indians, in the present situation of Indian
Read a letter from William Henry Lyttelton, Esquire, to the
Board, dated Charles Town, March 8th, 1760, respecting a
disturbance arisen from the treachery of the Indians at Fort
Prince George; and inclosing
Extract of a letter from Ensign Alexander Miln from Fort
Prince George, dated 24th February, 1760, to his Excellency,
Ordered, that copies be made of the said letter and paper, and
also a copy of the letter from the Governor of Georgia, to be
transmitted to Mr. Secretary Pitt; and that the draught of a
letter to him therewith be prepared.
Their lordships took into consideration an Act passed in the
colony of Georgia in January, 1759, intituled,
An Act to impower the Commissioners of the General Loan
to stamp, imprint, sign and pay into the hands of his Majesty's
Treasurer the further sum of seven hundred, ninety nine pounds,
eight shillings and eleven pence in sterling bills of credit, &c.
and, after some time spent therein, agreed, that the said Act
should lie by for further consideration at another opportunity.
Wednesday, April 23. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Jenyns,
Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Sloper, Mr. Bacon.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Pitt, inclosing copies
of letters received from the Governors of South Carolina and
Georgia, respecting the hostilities of the Cherokee Indians, having
been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, and ordered
to be transcribed.
Read a letter from Arthur Dobbs, Esquire, Governor of North
Carolina, to the Board, dated February 28th, 1760, stating the
difficulties he is under with respect to the towns and counties
that are to send representatives to the next General Assembly.
Ordered, that the draught of a letter [vide folio 156] in answer
thereto be prepared.
Read a letter from Governor Pownall, dated February 22nd,
1760, informing the Board of the receipt of their letters of 13th
and 14th November last, of a general thanksgiving having been
observed by the province; of the measures taken for carrying
on the war; and expressing his grateful sense of their lordships'
nomination of him to the government of South Carolina; and
Copy of the resolves of the legislature of the Massachusets
Bay, relative to the making provision for the forces of
the province in garrison at Louisbourg and Nova Scotia,
and raising others for the service of the ensuing year.
Read a letter from Thomas Boone, Esquire, Governor of New
Jersey, dated Charles Town, February 14th, 1760, expressing
his acknowledgment of the honour conferred on him by his
appointment to be Governor of that province; and his intention
of repairing thither with all possible diligence.
Friday, April 25. Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Jenyns,
Mr. Sloper, Mr. Bacon.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Pitt, with copies of
letters received from the Governors of South Carolina and Georgia
respecting the hostilities of the Cherokee Indians, having been
transcribed pursuant to order, was signed.
Read a letter from Florentius Vassall, Esquire, to the Secretary,
inclosing a memorial to their lordships, relative to an Act passed
in Jamaica in November, 1757, intituled,
An Act to enable Martin Williams, Esquire, to take up a
sufficient quantity of water, to be conveyed from a channel
or stream of water in the parish of St. James, &c.
Ordered, that the said Act, together with the above mentioned
letter and memorial, be referred to Sir Matthew Lamb for his
opinion thereupon in point of law.
Read a letter from Henry Moore, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor
of Jamaica, to the Board, dated February 16th, 1760, informing
their lordships of his delaying to send the minutes of the Council
and Assembly, till Mr. Cotes returns with his fleet to England.
Read a letter from George Thomas, Esquire, Governor of the
Leeward Islands, dated December 29th, 1759, acquainting the
Board with the death of Mr. Ottley, one of the council of Nevis,
and recommending Mr. Thomas Cottle to succeed him.
Their lordships took into consideration the two following
private Acts passed in the island of Jamaica in 1752 and 1759,
together with Sir Matthew Lamb's reports thereupon, viz.
An Act to enable Charles Price, Esquire, Speaker of the present
Assembly, to take up a sufficient quantity of water to be
conveyed from a brook called Murmuring Brook, situate at
An Act for the sale of certain lands in Liguania in the parish
of Saint Andrew, belonging to Henry Archbould, a minor,
and the Secretary having acquainted the Board, that the agent
for the parties interested in the said Acts had desired him to
move their lordships to lay them before his Majesty for his royal
confirmation, their lordships ordered the draught of a representation to his Majesty to be prepared, proposing the confirmation
of the first mentioned Act; and agreed, that the other should
lye by for further consideration, when the term of six months
from the time of its being received shall have been expired.
The Secretary laid before the Board the following papers
received from the Committee of the Company of Merchants
trading to Africa, viz.
Copies of letters to and from the Committee of the Company
of Merchants trading to Africa, and their officers at Cape
Coast Castle and James Fort, Gambia, in 1759 and 1760.
No. 1 and 2.
Read a letter from Richard Cumberland, Esquire, agent for
the settlement of Nova Scotia, to Mr. Pownall, dated March 28th,
1760, acquainting him with the sums he has discovered to have
been paid to the late Captain Gorham for his subsistence and
arrears between 25th August, 1748, and 15th December, 1751.
Upon consideration of the above mentioned letter, and the
memorial in behalf of the executors of Captain Gorham, mentioned in the minutes of the 21st March last, their lordships agreed,
that such-sums as should appear to be due on account of pay,
subsistence and arrears of the said Captain Gorham, or on account
of the Company of Rangers under his command, subsequent
to the establishment of Nova Scotia, should be provided for by
a special article, to be inserted in any estimate that should be laid
before Parliament for the support of the settlement of Nova
Scotia for the year 1761.