Journal, July 1765
Tuesday, July 2nd. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr.
Bacon, Lord Orwell, Mr. Gascoyne.
The memorial of the French Protestants praying to be settled
in West Florida was further considered, and it appearing, that
many of them were well skilled in the culture of silk and vines,
their lordships were of opinion, that the sums granted in the
last two sessions of Parliament for the encouragement of those
articles of produce in this colony could not be more properly
applied, than in defraying the expence of the passage of these
people thither, and making such other provisions for their
accomodation there as should be necessary; and Lieutenant
Governor Browne having made proposals for taking them on
board a convenient ship now fitting out in the River, to be
allowed 7/7 per head for each freight, and two children under
the ages of fourteen to make one freight, and to victual them
according to the Navy allowance to the King's troops on board
transports, it was thereupon resolved and agreed,
1st. That the agent should contract with Lieutenant Governor
Browne for the passage of these people, (amounting in the whole
to sixty persons) upon the terms offered by him.
2nd. That the agent should, with the advice and under the
direction of the Secretary, provide some arms, tools and implements of husbandry and for building for these settlers, and also
bedding and such other articles as shall appear to be necessary
in their passage, so that the expence do not exceend three pounds
per head to each person, including all contingent charges whatever.
3rd. That these people should be subsisted for nine months after
their arrival, allowing provisions to each person to the amount of
4d per diem, and that the Governor should be directed to contract
with a proper person for such supply at the above rate, and be
authorized to draw bills upon the agent for the amount.
4th. That the Reverend Mr. Peter Levrier, who proposes to attend
these emigrants as minister and pastor, be allowed this year
one hundred pounds for that service and acting as schoolmaster,
and to have an annual allowance or stipend of the same sum, so
long as he shall continue with them, the same to be charged upon
such grants as shall be hereafter made by Parliament for the
encouragement of beneficial articles of produce in this colony.
5th. That all the abovementioned charges and expences be
defrayed out of the sums granted by Parliament for the encouragement of beneficial articles of produce in West Florida from
Midsummer 1763 to Midsummer 1765, now lying in the agent's
Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor conformable to the above resolutions be prepared, and a copy of the
several resolutions communicated to the agent.
The draught of a letter to the Governor of West Florida,
conformable to the above resolutions, having been prepared
was agreed to, transcribed and signed.