The printing of the Journals of the Commissioners for
Trade and Plantations, usually known as Board of Trade
Journals, has been undertaken with two objects—to
lighten the Calendar of State Papers, Colonial, and so
accelerate its progress, and to provide a means of access
to the original papers not yet calendared.
As every letter received by the Commissioners was
read at a meeting and noted in the Journal with all its
enclosures, its place of deposit being indicated by a
marginal note, any student interested in a particular subject can by means of the Journal obtain references to
every paper on the subject that came before the Board.
It is hoped that the publication of these Journals down
to 1782, when the Board was dissolved, may be accomplished in a reasonable time, many years before the
Calendar of State Papers, Colonial, can be brought to
The cross references to folios in the Journals have been
printed without alteration, as it was considered that
the numbers given in square brackets at the top of each
page would make these references at least as exact as
ordinary page references.
The present volume begins with the Journal marked I,
previous Journals being included in the volumes of Calendar
of State Papers, Colonial, already published.
H. C. Maxwell Lyte.
Public Record Office,
19 May, 1916.