Journal, May 1779
Tuesday. May 4th. Present:—Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Greville, Mr.
Eden, Mr. de Grey.
Mr. Hodgson, late Superintendant of the Mosquito Shore,
attended and laid before the Board several papers as vouchers in
support of the charges contained in his memorial, mentioned in
the last minutes. against Mr. Lawrie, vizt..
Copy of a Proclamation under the Great Seal of Jamaica,
dated 23rd November, 1773. for dissolving a Council
elected on the Mosquito Shore, etc.
Copy of a Proclamation, dated 29th December. 1775,
against sundry persons for presuming to establish a
civil government on the Mosquito Shore.
Copy of a summons to Captain Hodgson by Mr. Lawrie,
November 5th, 1773.
Copy of a summons, Allum and others against Pit and others,
December 1st. 1773.
Copy of a summons to Captain Hodgson by John Gallen,
December 2nd, 1774.
Copy of a petition of Philip Bode, March 31st. 1775.
Copy of an Act of Non-importation. May 10th, 1775.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Lawrie to Mr. Hodgson, 10th
Copy of a letter from the inhabitants of the Mosquito Shore
to John Dalling. esquire, dated January, 1773: his
answer thereto: and his letter to Captain Hodgson, dated
19th April, 1773.
Copy of a letter from Messieurs Lawrie, Gilibert, Hewin
and Bourke to Mr. Hodgson. February 4th. 1773.
Copy of a letter from Sir William Trelawney by his Secretary
to Daniel Hewlet, esquire, dated January 8th, 1772.
Mr. Hodgson at the same time requested that he might be
permitted to be heard by counsel in support of his memorial,
which their lordships granted, and acquainted him that whenever
Mr. White should be ready to join issue on the part of Mr. Lawrie,
a day for the hearing should be appointed.
Ordered, that copies of the papers presented by Mr. Hodgson
as vouchers in support of his memorial be prepared and given to
Mr. White on behalf of Mr. Lawrie; and that Mr. White be
informed of the determination of the Board to hear Mr. Hodgson
by his counsel whenever Mr. White shall be prepared to meet
The Secretary laid before the Board a letter he had prepared
pursuant to order, to Sir Grey Cooper, baronet, for the information of the Lords of the Treasury, stating the opinion of this
Board upon the subject of the two memorials of the inhabitants
of the Mosquito Shore, mentioned in the minutes of the 13th,
20th and 27th instant; which letter was approved and ordered
to be transmitted.
The draught of a representation to his Majesty, proposing the
disallowance of an Act passed in the Island of Jamaica in
December, 1778, for ascertaining who shall compose future Councils
of War, etc., having been prepared pursuant to order was approved,
transcribed and signed.
The Secretary acquainted their lordships, that he had, pursuant
to order, prepared a letter to Mr. Knox for the information of
Lord George Germain, upon the subject of the Jamaica papers,
and the Newfoundland memorial, transmitted to the Board by
Mr. Knox's letter of the 13th instant; which letter their lordships
were pleased to approve, and it was ordered to be transmitted,
together with Governor Dalling's letter; the address of the
Assembly to his Majesty; the speech of Governor Dalling to the
Council and Assembly; the estimate of the expences of government in Jamaica, and the Newfoundland memorial.
The Secretary laid before the Board a draught of the instructions given by his Majesty to the late Governor of New York,
when several alterations and omissions were proposed.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Privy Council, dated April
30th, 1779, referring to this Board, the petition of Messieurs
Jones and Winwood, praying leave to export to New York, on
board the ships Nancy and Prosper, sundry ordnance, for the
purpose of arming vessels fitting out there.
Their lordships being informed that Mr. Cauger attended on
behalf of the petitioners, he was called in, when their lordships
having made such enquiries of him as they thought fit, ordered
that the draught of a report to the Lords of the Privy Council
should be prepared, recommending the exportation prayed for;
and the said draught having been prepared accordingly, was
approved, transcribed and signed.
Tuesday, May 11th. Present:—Mr. Jenyns, Lord Robert
Spencer, Mr. Jolliffe, Mr. Greville, Mr. de Grey.
Their lordships being informed that Mr. Alderman Wooldridge
attended, he was called in, and having acquainted the Board,
that the salary due to him as Receiver General of the Quit Rents
in the Province of East Florida, to which place he had been
appointed as some compensation for the loss of the office of
Provost Marshall. had not been paid to him for the two years last
past. and also for the current year, he prayed their lordships to
give directions to the agent for the said province to pay him the
salary so due or that they would be pleased to direct the said
agent to state the reasons which have induced him to withhold
the same, in order that he may have an opportunity to satisfy
their lordships respecting any doubt that may have arisen
Ordered that the Secretary do make the necessary enquiries
of the agent respecting the premises abovementioned. and report
the same to the Board.
Their lordships took into their further consideration the
memorial of the Reverend William Gordon. Chaplain of Mobile
in the Province of West Florida, mentioned in the minutes of the
9th of February last, praying for a grant of two thousand acres
of land in the said province.
Ordered. that the draught of a representation to his Majesty
be prepared, recommending the prayer of Mr. Gordon's memorial.
Read a memorial of Mr. Smith, agent for the Island of St.
John, to the Board, stating that he had received a copy of the
minute of their lordships journal of the 27th of April last, relative
to a moiety of the salary due to the Secretary and Register of
that island for two years ending the 1st of January, 1779; and
praying, for the reasons set forth in his memorial, that their
lordships will take the premises into their further consideration.
when he flatters himself they will see cause to alter the minute
of the 27th of April beforementioned.
Their lordships upon the consideration of the said memorial
and of the memorial of Mr. Coffin, mentioned in the minutes of
the 27th of April last upon the same subject, were of opinion.
that every Deputy acting in an office under the temporary appointment of the Governor or Commander in Chief, shall from such
time as he is admitted to the execution of the said office, receive
one moiety of the salary according to the spirit of his Majesty's
instructions, until he is either superceded by the principal in the
said office. or his good and sufficient deputy specially appointed.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Privy Council, dated May
7th, 1779. referring to this Board, the petition of Samuel Vaughan
and Son. praying leave to export to the Island of Jamaica. on
board the ship Two Brothers. certain military stores therein
mentioned. for the use of a company of gentlemen volunteers.
Their lordships, upon consideration of the said petition, were of
opinion, that the exportation prayed for should be allowed;
and the draught of a report to the Lords of the Privy Council
thereupon having been prepared, was approved, transcribed and
Tuesday. May 18th. Present:—Mr. Jenyns. Mr. Gascoyne.
Mr. Greville. Mr. Eden. Mr. de Grey.
Lord George Germain, one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries
of State, attends.
Read the following Orders of the Lords of the Privy Council, vizt.,
Order dated May 12th, 1779, referring the petition of John
Hind and Company, praying leave to export to Gibraltar,
on board the ship Betsy, sundry military stores, for the use
of two privateers.
Order dated May 14th, 1779, referring the petition of James
Hambrough, praying leave to export to New York, sixty
barrels of gunpowder, on board the Trelawney frigate, for
the use of privateers.
Order dated May 14th, 1779, referring the petition of Davis
and Protheroe, praying leave to export to the Island of
St. Christopher, on board the ship Cyrus, sundry military
stores, for the use of the inhabitants.
Order dated May 14th, 1779, referring the petition of John
and George Dyer, praying leave to export to the Mosquito
Shore, on board the brigantine Revenge, sundry military
stores, for the Indian trade.
Their lordships upon consideration of the four foregoing
petitions, were of opinion, that it would be adviseable to recommend the exportation prayed for by the several petitioners; and
the draughts of four reports to the Lords of the Privy Council
thereupon having been prepared, were approved, transcribed and
The draught of a representation to his Majesty, recommending
the prayer of the memorial of the Reverend William Gordon for
a grant of two thousand acres of land in the Province of West
Florida, having been prepared, pursuant to order of the last
Board, was approved, transcribed and signed.
Their lordships read and considered the following Acts, together
with Mr. Jackson's reports thereupon, vizt.,
Two Acts passed in the Island of St. Christopher in July and
Two Acts passed in the Island of Antigua in September,
One Act passed in the Island of Montserrat in October,
Five Acts passed in the Island of Grenada in October, 1778.
Ordered, that the Acts beforementioned passed in the Island
of Grenada be taken into further consideration on Tuesday next.
Their lordships read and considered an Order of the Lords of
the Privy Council, dated May 18th, 1779, referring the petition
of Charles and Edward Hague, praying leave to export to Flushing, on board the ship John and Mary, sundry ordnance, for the
use of ships in the African and West Indian trade; and their
lordships approving of the same, the draught of a report to the
Lords of the Privy Council thereupon was approved, transcribed
The Secretary pursuant to order. reported to the Board. that
upon enquiry into the premises stated by Mr. Alderman Wooldridge to their lordships on the 11th instant respecting his salary
as Receiver General of the Quit Rents in the Province of East
Florida. he found that the said office being under the immediate
appointment of the Lords of the Treasury. the directions to be
given to the agent respecting the salary of Mr. Wooldridge must
necessarily be given by that Board.