Journal, March 1706
March 1. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen.
Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges about complaints against Lloyd, and increase of provisions to be sent.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing several complaints
against Captain Lloyd [fo. 229, 238], and proposing that, in case
her Majesty be pleased to send a reinforcement to the garrison of
Newfoundland, there be an increase of provisions also sent, was
Letter to Col. Nott.
A letter to Colonel Nott, Governor of Virginia, as directed in
yesterday's minutes [vide supra], was agreed and signed.
Letter from Mr. Penn with one from Mr. Erans, inclosing an address.
Answer to Mr. Penn.
A letter from Mr. Penn, inclosing a letter from the Lieutenant
Governor of Pennsylvania to the Board, as also an address from
the traders in Pennsylvania to the said Lieutenant Governor,
relating to hardships upon their exportations of tobacco, were read;
and thereupon ordered that Mr. Penn be acquainted that the matter
of the said address belonging properly to the Commissioners of her
Majesty's Customes, he would do well to make his application
March 4. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr.
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.
Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges about a counsellor.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 1st instant, desiring
to know if their lordships have any objections against Mr. Richard
Clayton's being made a counsellor in St. Christopher's, was read;
and a letter in answer thereunto signifying that, there being at
present a vacancy, the Board had no objections why her Majesty
might not be pleased to constitute the said Clayton a member
of that Councill, was signed.
Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges about settling a colony of Switzers.
Answer to be prepared.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 28th of the last month,
referring to the Board a petition from the Canton of Berne in
Switzerland, for settling a colony of natives of Switzerland in
Pennsylvania or the territories of Virginia, was read; and
Colonel Nicholson attending, and being asked his opinion thereupon,
he said that there was no place upon the rivers in Virginia where
they could seat themselves, except upon James River, about fourscore miles up the country. He further offered that, before the
said Switzers be sent over, it would be expedient that an agent
from them be sent to Virginia, to view the place and to provide
necessaries for them against their arrival; for, if they were sent
as the French Refugees lately were, it would be two or three years
before they could be able to maintain themselves, which would
therefore be, during that time, a burthen to that province: whereupon their lordships gave directions [fo. 239] for preparing an
answer to Mr. Secretary Hedges's foresaid letter.
Col. Nicholson about lands on Blackwater Swamp.
Papers relating thereto to be look'd out.
Colonel Nicholson being then asked several questions upon
paragraph M of Colonel Nott's letter of the 24th of December last,
relating to the taking up of lands on the south side of Blackwater
Swamp, he said that, soon after his going to Virginia, the Assembly
did address him for seating that part of the country, which he
consented to; but finding that the lands were there taken up
irregularly by natural surveys only, he had put a stop to any
proceedings therein, and referr'd himself for a further account of
that matter to his letter of the 22nd of October, 1703, and the
papers therewith transmitted: whereupon ordered that the said
papers be look'd out, to be laid before their lordships.
Memorial from Mr. Bradshaw in answer to complaints against Jones.
Affidavits against the said Jones.
Mr. Bradshaw to bring copy of Mr. Jones's patent.
Mr. Bradshaw presented to their lordships a memorial in answer
to the heads of complaints against Mr. Jones, Secretary and Provost
Marshall of Bermuda [fo. 227], sent him the 25th of the last month,
which was read; and Mr. Nodin, attending at the same time,
presented to their lordships the affidavits of Stephen Painter, Lewis
Johnstown and Nathanael Trout, relating to the irregular proceedings of the said Jones since his last arrival in Bermuda, which
were also read. And Mr. Bradshaw being asked for a copy of
Mr. Jones's patent [fo. 236], he promised to bring the same tomorrow morning, at which time their lordships resolved to proceed
further in the consideration of this matter.
Three letters from Mr. Jones.
Three letters from Mr. Jones, above mentioned, to the Board,
dated the 5th June, 28th July and 8th of October, 1705, together
with several demands made by him and the Governor's answer
thereunto, were laid before the Board and read.
March 5. Present:—Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.
Mr. Bradshaw and Mr. Nodin about Mr. Jones's acting by deputy in his places of secretary, &c.
Copy of Mr. Jones's patent.
The Governor to appoint a deputy and Jones to commissionate him.
Mr. Jones to return to England.
Mr. Bradshaw and Mr. Nodin attending [fo. 235], acquainted
their lordships that they had discoursed together, but could not
come to any agreement in relation to Mr. Jones's acting by deputy
as secretary and provost marshall of Bermuda, there being no
such permission given him by his patent from King William for those
places (unless in case of sickness or any other incapacity), a copy
whereof Mr. Bradshaw presented to the Board, which was read;
and their lordships told them that, for the putting an end to the
differences between Colonel Bennet and Mr. Jones, it would be
necessary the Governor should appoint a deputy to be commissionated by the said Jones during his absence, and that he the
said Jones come to England to give an account of his proceedings
there. And their lordships agreed then to take the same into
further consideration at their next meeting [fo. 250].
Memorial from the Russia merchants in answer to the petition of the Virginia and Maryland merchants
about tobacco trade at Moscow.
Merchants to be summon'd.
Mr. Nathanael Gould, Mr. Haistwell and other Russia merchants
attending, presented to the Board a memorial in answer to the
Virginia and Maryland merchants' petition [fo. 226] (mentioned
in the minutes of the 25th of the last month), setting forth that
they neither have nor know of any persons that have indeavoured
to ingross the tobacco trade and carry on the manufacture of it
there, and that they had no other aim or design than to dispose
of their tobacco now in Russia before it perish'd, which was read.
They further added that Mr. Whitworth, her Majesty's Envoy at
Moscow, was treating with the Czar in their behalf, either to refund
to them the customes which they had paid him on this tobacco, or
that he would take the said tobacco off their hands. Their lordships
thereupon ordered [fo. 244] that the Virginia and Maryland
merchants be summon'd to attend the Board on Tuesday next,
and that Mr. Gould and the other gentlemen attend at the same
The Board sent for to a Committee of Councill about augmenting the number of soldiers and necessaries for them.
Papers against Lloyd to be examined and persons heard.
The Board being sent for to the Committee of the Privy Councill,
they were amongst other things asked what did chiefly induce
them to propose the augmenting the number of soldiers at Newfoundland. To which was answered that it was the invasion of
the French the last year of our several harbours in Newfoundland,
and the apprehensions there are of their attacking again the forts
at St. John's, as they then did to the great indangering of the place,
which might be to the utter ruine of the whole fishery; whereupon
the Board were directed [vide infra] to take an account of all things
necessary to be prepared for receiving the additional number of
men, if her Majesty shall think fit to send them. And whereas the
Board had transmitted the 1st instant to Mr. Secretary Hedges
[fo. 232, 245] several papers of complaints against Captain Lloyd,
they are now directed to examin the said papers, and to hear any
persons concerning the same.
March 6. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr.
Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.
Augmentation of soldiers under consideration.
Col. Richards and Lieutenant Moody to attend.
Their lordships taking into consideration the business of Newfoundland [vide supra], referr'd to them by a Committee of the
Privy Councill, as mention'd in the last minutes, made a progress
therein, and ordered [fo. 239] that Colonel Richards and Lieutenant
Moody have notice to attend the Board to-morrow at 10 a'clock
in the morning.
Settling a colony of Switzers under consideration.
Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a letter
to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 234, 246], relating to the settling of a
colony of Switzers in America, and made a progress therein.
March 7. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pollexfen. Mr.
Col. Richards about additional number of men, &c.
Colonel Richards, late engineer and captain of the garrison at
Newfoundland, attending [fo. 238, 241], and being asked several
questions in relation to the forts at St. John's in Newfoundland,
he said that the present garrison there was not sufficient to defend
the place, because part of that garrison must always be at the
north and the south batteries, and that he thought two hundred
men the least number necessary for the defence of St. John's against
a regular attack of the enemy, especially considering that the
French have allways 150 soldiers in pay at Placentia, besides their
Canadians and Indians, which they can call to their assistance
at a short warning; that Fort William is large enough to contain
above 200 soldiers; that there are barracks enough at present
to lodge the said 200 soldiers, that is so many of them as shall
remain there, because of the detachments to be made to the
batteries as above said; that there is room for building more
barracks if need were; that the barracks at present hold twelve
soldiers each, and may very easily be made to contain twenty;
that there are barracks at the south battery for twenty soldiers,
and room enough to contain sixty. He added that it was absolutely
necessary, in his opinion, for the security and good management
of the fishery, and for the preventing of abuses and irregularities
which may be committed by the captain of the garrison there,
that the Commadore of the Newfoundland convoy be constituted
by her Majesty's commission Commander-in-Chief of the forts and
soldiers there, during his stay in those parts, as has been done of
late years, and that even while he was captain and commander of
the fort, he looked upon this constitution as safe for him and usefull
for the publick.
A gentleman from the Lord Granville to look over Acts about vestries and ministers to be inducted.
A gentleman from the Lord Granville attending and desiring
leave to inspect the Virginia and Maryland laws, in order to prepare
himself for a hearing that is to be on Saturday next before the
House of Lords upon two Acts past in Carolina, leave was given
him accordingly; and then desiring copies of two Acts past in
Virginia in March, 166½, entituled Vestries appointed, and Ministers
to be inducted, copies of the said Acts were given him.
March 11. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr.
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.
Col. Richards about forts, additional number of men and other necessaries.
Colonel Richards attending, and being again asked several
questions in relation to the forts at St. John's in Newfoundland
and to the additional number of soldiers proposed to be sent thither
[fo. 239, 256], he said that though there were barracks enough in
the fort and south battery to contain 200 men, yet there would
want boards from England to build lodgings for the officers that
shall go with the said additional men, and for enlarging the store
houses, as also bricks for building the chimneys of the said lodgings,
which may be sent as ballast in the sack ships. He said that there
would also want beds and surtouts in case they go well cloathed
for the said additional men, as also about 20 watch coats; that
there ought to be about 30 men always at the south battery, but
that he thought was fit to be left to the discretion of the Commanderin-Chief; that it would be cheaper and better for the garrison
if coals were sent them from England than that they should be
left to provide their own wood, which by reason of the distance
is laborious and difficult to be got. He added that it was necessary
that the cask in which the provisions for the soldiers were pack'd
up, be very strong and tight.
Lieut. Moody on the like subjects.
Lieutenant Moody attending at the same time, confirmed all
that Colonel Richards had said at this and the last meeting, and
only added that the barracks are built in two sides of the fort;
that the soldiers now there take up but one of the said sides, the
other being filled with lumber; and he proposed that one of the
officers of the garrison be appointed to deliver out the provisions
to the soldiers, with an additional allowance of 12d. a day out of
the contingent charges.
Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges thereon.
Their lordships then took into consideration the draught of a
letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 244] thereupon, and made a
March 12. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr.
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.
Map of Placentia.
Account of officers.
Lieutenant Moody attending, presented to their lordships a
draught of the harbour and fortifications at Placentia in Newfoundland, and being asked what officers there were at present in
Newfoundland, he said that there was Major Lloyd, Mr. Latham,
captain, and two lieutenants, and one of them, vizt., Thomas
Philips, not above 14 years old.
Memorial from Mr. Thurston about necessaries for additional men.
A memorial from Mr. Thurston, agent for the garrison of Newfoundland, with the particulars of necessaries wanting, in pay,
cloathing and provisions for the additional soldiers proposed to
be sent to Newfoundland, was read.
Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges about additional men.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 243], relating to the sending
additional men to Newfoundland, was agreed and signed.
Merchants about tobacco trade in Russia.
Mr. Perry, Mr. Hyde, with other Virginia and Maryland merchants
[fo. 237], as also Mr. Gold, Mr. Haistwell, and other the first
contractors with the Czar of Muscovy attending, the petition of
the Virginia merchants, praying that the tobacco trade to Muscovy
may be laid open (mentioned in the minutes of the 25th of the last
month), as also the answer of the said contractors thereunto
(mentioned in the minutes of the 5th instant), were read. And
the Virginia merchants being asked what proofs they had for the
allegations in their petition, they said that they had no proofs,
but that they had heard that the said contractors had sold all
their tobacco at Moscow, and were about sending more over, and
therefore their desire was that her Majesty would please to direct
Mr. Whitworth, her Envoy to his Czarish Majesty, to make
application to the Czar that that trade be inlarged and open to all
her Majesty's subjects. Unto which the contractors replyed that
they had not received any advice of their tobacco's being all sold,
nor did they believe it was, and, if any applications were made to
the Czar by Mr. Whitworth for opening the said trade before the
tobacco they have there be sold, it would infallibly prevent the
vending thereof, and that, having already been very great losers
by that trade, they hoped the Board would not offer to her Majesty
what might be so prejudicial to them, and that they had no
objections to the opening the said trade, so soon as their tobacco
should be disposed of. Whereupon the Virginia merchants offered
that, in case the trade might be opened immediately, they would
ingage to take off all the tobacco the contractors have at Moscow,
that shall be sound and merchantable, at the same price it was
imported thither. But both sides agreeing that in a month or
five weeks' time they might have more certain accounts of the
disposal of that tobacco [fo. 272], they agreed to attend their
lordships again this day month.
Mr. Merret summon'd.
Complaints against Lloyd.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Merret to acquaint him
that the Board having before them some complaints against
Captain Lloyd [fo. 238, 247, 248] are desirous to speak with him
on Thursday morning next.
March 13. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt,
Prisoners taken by the French.
Mr. Roop to give account of them.
The Commissioners for exchange of prisoners having sent to
desire the names of such English men as were taken prisoners by
the French at Newfoundland, and the places where they are at
present; ordered [fo. 247] that Mr. Roop be desired to give the
Board an account thereof to-morrow morning.
Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges about settlement of Switzers, &c.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 28th of
the last month [fo. 239], relating to the settlement of a colony of
Switzers in America, was signed.
Answer to complaints against him.
Mr. Jackson, late minister at Newfoundland, attending, and
offering to their lordships his answer to the complaints against
him [fo. 230, 250], which were ordered to be sent him the 27th
of the last month, he was acquainted that it was more proper for
him to apply to the Lord Bishop of London.
Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges about declaration to be published by the Commadore.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 5th instant, directing
the Board to prepare a declaration from her Majesty to be published
by the Commadore of the convoy at Newfoundland for settling a
militia there [fo. 248], and such instructions as shall be proper in
that behalf, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer
March 14. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt,
Two addresses in favour of Lloyd.
Mr. Jackson summon'd.
Two addresses, the one from the masters of ships in Newfoundland,
and the other from the inhabitants of St. John's, to her Majesty in
favour of Captain Lloyd [fo. 245, 248], being brought from
Mr. Secretary Hedges's office, were laid before the Board; and
thereupon ordered that Mr. Jackson, late minister of Newfoundland
[fo. 250], be desired to attend the Board to-morrow morning.
Mr. Roop about English prisoners to be released.
Mr. Roop attending according to order [fo. 246], acquainted
their lordships that he had not yet got all the names of the English
prisoners taken in Newfoundland the last winter [fo. 251], but
hoped to be able to lay them before their lordships to-morrow
Mr. Merret about soldiers' affidavits and Mr. Jackson's memorial against Major Lloyd.
Mr. Merret attending also, according as he had been desired
[fo. 245, 247], the affidavits of the soldiers lately arrived from
Newfoundland and an extract of Mr. Jackson's memorial relating
to Captain Lloyd [fo. 171] were communicated to him for his answer
thereunto, which he promised to bring to the Board on Monday
Affidavits against Lieut. Moody.
Then he presented to their lordships thirteen affidavits of several
persons at Newfoundland against Lieutenant Moody; whereupon
ordered [fo. 251] that they be communicated to the said Moody
for his answer thereunto.
Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges with a declaration about settling a Militia.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, in answer to his of the 5th instant
[fo. 246], inclosing a declaration to be published by the Commadore
at Newfoundland for settling a militia there, was signed.
March 15. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior.
Two Acts under consideration.
Their lordships took into consideration an Act of Barbados,
intituled, An Act to keep inviolate and preserve the freedom of elections
and appointing who shall be deemed Freeholders and be capable of
electing or being elected Representatives, Vestrymen or to serve as
Jurors to try Real Actions within this Island, past there in August,
1697, and thereupon ordered that three clauses of the said Act,
which are in folio 276 of the book of laws, be communicated to
Colonel Cleland [fo. 252], as what their lordships think not fit to
Col. Cleland summon'd.
Their lordships also took into consideration another Act past
in Barbados in November, 1701, which is in the foresaid book of
laws, folio 330, intituled, An Act to ratify, approve and confirm Letters
Patent, Gifts, Grants, Bargains, Sales, Conveyances and all other
Instruments of Writing relating to the Titles of the several Owners,
Proprietors of the Lands and Tenements, Slaves and other Hereditaments within this Island, and read Mr. Attorney General's Report
thereupon (entred Barbados C, folio 450), disapproving the said
Act for the reasons therein set forth; and thereupon ordered
[fo. 252] that Colonel Cleland have notice to attend the Board
on Monday morning next.
Representation to be prepared on complaints against Mr. Jones.
Ordered that a representation be prepared upon the reference
from Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 254], read the 4th of the last month,
on the petition of the General Assembly of Bermuda against
Mr. Jones, secretary and provost marshall of that island [fo. 236],
pursuant to the minutes of the 5th instant.
Memorial from Mr. Linton about tobacco trade.
Mr. Linton presented to their lordships a memorial relating
to the tobacco trade [fo. 252], which their lordships resolved to take
into consideration at the first opportunity.
Address to Bishop of London against Mr. Jackson communicated to him, as also the addresses in favor of Capt. Lloyd.
A letter from Mr. Merret, inclosing the copy of an address to the
Lord Bishop of London from several masters of ships and traders
at Newfoundland against Mr. Jackson [fo. 246], the late minister
there, which were read; And Mr. Jackson attending, the said
petition was communicated to him for his answer thereunto
[fo. 258], as also the two addresses to her Majesty in favour of
Captain Lloyd [fo. 247], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, for
his observations thereupon [fo. 258].
Affidavits against Lieut. Moody delivered to him for answer.
Lieutenant Moody attending also, the affidavits mentioned in
yesterday's minutes [fo. 248, 257] against him were delivered to
him for his answer thereunto.
Memorial from Mr. Roop with the names of the English prisoners taken at Newfoundland.
Mr. Roop attending [fo. 247], presented to their lordships a
memorial with the names of such of the English prisoners that had
been taken at Newfoundland as he could learn at present, which
was read, and a letter writ to the Commissioners for exchange of
prisoners inclosing a copy thereof.
The fishermen, &c., so ignorant that they will sign any paper without knowing the contents thereof.
Their lordships having observed in several of the papers of
complaints which they have received from Newfoundland, that
the same persons signed both for and against the person complained
of, they asked Mr. Roop what might be the meaning thereof, who
said that the fishermen there were such a poor, ignorant sort of
people, and most of the masters of ships little better, that they
may be easily perswaded, by promises or threats, to sign anything,
though they know not what it is.
March 18. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.
Mr. Linton's memorial about tobacco trade.
The memorial from Mr. Linton relating to the tobacco trade
[fo. 250, 295, &c.], mentioned in the minutes of the 15th instant,
Col. Cleland about Acts.
Colonel Cleland attending according to appointment [fo. 249],
their lordships acquainted him that the Act intituled, An Act to
keep inviolate and preserve the Freedom of Elections and appointing
who shall be deemed Freeholders and be capable of electing or being
elected Representatives, Vestrymen, or to serve as Jurors to try Real
Actions within this Island (mentioned in the foresaid minutes),
did contain three clauses at the later end, beginning with the words
And if the person so, and ending with the words after the offence;
which clauses were judged by the Board to contain powers undue
and exorbitant in the Assembly, and therefore unfit to be confirmed
by her Majesty; for which reason it was ordered that the agents
should have copies of the said clauses, to the end the Assembly
might have time till their next meeting to repeal the said clauses,
the rest of the Act being thought usefull for the intended purpose.
And Colonel Cleland was told that, in case the said clauses were not
repealed accordingly, the Board would find themselves obliged
to represent to her Majesty that the whole Act be disallowed and
As to the other Act [fo. 249], intituled, An Act to ratify, approve
and confirm Letters Patent, Gifts, Grants, Bargains, Sales, Conveyances, and all other Instruments of Writing relating to the Titles of
the several Owners, Proprietors of Lands and Tenements, Slaves
and other Hereditaments within this Island; Colonel Cleland was
informed that their lordships had consulted Mr. Attorney General
therein [fo. 250], who had given his opinion that it was fit to be
rejected; whereupon their lordships had resolved [fo. 254] to
present a representation to her Majesty for repealing the same the
next Councill day.
March 19. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr.
Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.
Letter to Mr. Advocate General about carrying tobacco, &c., in neutral ships to France.
Application having been made to the Board by several merchants
trading in tobacco or other commodities of the same nature of
the growth of England, and of the Plantations, that they might
be allowed to dispose of such commodities to neutral ships coming
into England [fo. 293], and the said ships permitted to carry the
same to places in enmity with her Majesty, ordered that a letter be
writ to Sir John Cook, her Majesty's Advocate General [fo. 294],
for his opinion by what law, order or instruction the same is disallowed.
Representation on Act to ratify, approvo, &c.
A representation for repealing An Act past at Barbados in 1701,
to ratify, approve and confirm Letters Patent, Gifts, Grants, Bargains,
Sales, Conveyances &c. [fo. 253, 302], mentioned in yesterday's
minutes, was signed.
Representation on petition of the General Assembly against Mr. Jones.
A representation upon Mr. Secretary Hedges's reference of the
23rd of November last [fo. 250, 310], upon the petition of the
General Assembly of Bermuda against Mr. Jones, secretary and
provost marshall of Bermuda, as directed in the minutes of the
5th instant, was signed.
Letter to Mr. Burchet with heads of inquiry for the Commadore.
Their lordships took into consideration the heads of inquiries
and the instructions to the Commadore of the Newfoundland
convoy, and ordered a letter to be writ to Mr. Burchet, desiring
him to lay the same before his Royal Highness the Lord High
Admiral's Councill, and to be given the said Commadore accordingly.
Report of the Committee of House of Commons about trade of Newfoundland.
A report from the Committee of the House of Commons appointed
to consider of the trade of Newfoundland, was communicated to
Letter from Col. Johnson about fortifications, &c.
A letter from Colonel Johnson to the Board, relating to the forts
and platforms repaired and erected by him in the Island of Nevis,
dated the 15th September, 1705, was read.
March 26. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows,
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.
Instructions for the Commander of the forts and for the Commadore.
The Board being sent for to a Committee of the Privy Councill,
they were directed to draw up instructions for the Commander
of the forts and garrison of St. John's in Newfoundland [fo. 258],
to permit the Commadore for the time being to supervise and
inspect the state of the stores ammunition and provisions in the
said fort, batteries and garrison, and the condition of the said forts
and garrison, that an account may be given thereof by the Commander-in-Chief of the said convoy at his return, as also to deliver
to the Commodore a muster roll of the garrison there, and to cause
the said garrison to pass in muster before the said Commadore,
in order to his signing the same. They were also directed to prepare
instructions [fo. 258] to the said Commadore upon the same subject.
Col. Richards to be again discoursed with about additional men.
The Board were further directed to send for Colonel Richards
[fo. 241, 258], to discourse with him again in relation to the number
of men necessary for the defence and security of the forts and
harbour of St. John's.
Lieut. Moody's petition to her Majesty.
Col. Richards summon'd.
Their lordships then also referred to the Board a petition of
Lieutenant Moody [fo. 258] to her Majesty for their opinion thereupon; and being returned, ordered [vide supra and fo. 258] that
Colonel Richards have notice to attend the Board on Thursday
Letter to Mr. Lowndes upon a clause in the Act about Newfoundland trade.
Upon consideration of the Act past in 1698 to incourage the trade
to Newfoundland, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes to
desire him to move the Lord High Treasurer for his directions
to the collectors and principal officers of the Customes in the several
ports that a clause, in folio 414, relating to those officers, taking
an account of the green men sent every year to Newfoundland,
be put in execution.
March 28. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows,
Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.
Lieut. Moody's answer to affidavits against him.
Abstract of both to be made.
Lieutenant Moody attending, presented to their lordships his
answer to the several affidavits against him [fo. 251] (communicated
to him the 15th instant), as also a letter from Captain Fairborne
in his favour; and thereupon ordered [fo. 260] that an abstract
of the said affidavits and of Lieutenant Moody's defence be made
and laid before the Board. He further presented to their lordships
a list of the inhabitants of St. John's and Petty Harbour.
Mr. Jackson's observations on the two addresses from the inhabitants.
Mr. Jackson, late minister of Newfoundland, attending, presented
to their lordships his observations upon the two addresses [fo. 247,
259, 260] from the inhabitants and masters of ships in Newfoundland, in favour of Captain Lloyd, mentioned in the minutes of the
14th instant. He also presented to their lordships an answer to
the address from the inhabitants in Newfoundland against him
to the Bishop of London [fo. 250, 336; L. fo. 119], which their
lordships resolved to take into consideration the first opportunity.
Lieut. Moody's petition to her Majesty considerea.
Their lordships then took into consideration Lieutenant Moody's
petition to her Majesty [fo. 256], mentioned in the last minutes,
setting forth his services and praying that he may be provided
for in the army; and resolved to return their opinion thereupon
[fo. 267] so soon as they shall have examined the forementioned
affidavits against the said Moody and his answer.
Draughts of instructions for the Commander of the garrison and to the Commadore.
The draught of the instructions to the Commander of the garrison
of Newfoundland [fo. 256], and to the Commadore of the convoy,
in pursuance of the last minutes, were laid before the Board and
Col. Richards about additional number of men.
Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon Col.
Richards's opinion and inclosing the above instructions.
Colonel Richards attending [fo. 256], according to the order in
the last minutes, and being asked his further thoughts concerning
the number of men necessary for the defence of the fort and batteries
at St. John's in Newfoundland against the French, he said that
the number requisite for the better defence of the said fort and
batteries is an addition of such another company as is already
there; whereupon their lordships signed a letter to Mr. Secretary
Hedges, informing him of Colonel Richards's opinion herein; as
also inclosing the draughts of the forementioned instructions to
the Captain of the garrison and to the Commadore of the convoy.
March 29. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.
Memorial from Mr. Merret about affidavits of soldiers and Mr. Jackson's memorial.
A letter from Mr. Merret, inclosing a memorial [fo. 228, 260],
with his opinion upon the affidavits of the soldiers lately arrived
from Newfoundland, as also upon a memorial of Mr. Jackson,
late minister at Newfoundland [fo. —] against Major Lloyd, was
Memorial from Mr. Jackson on the two addresses from Newfoundland.
The memorial from Mr. Jackson, mentioned in yesterday's
minutes [fo. 258; L. fo. 72], upon the two addresses from Newfoundland in favour of Major Lloyd, was read.
Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges with abstract of complaints against Lloyd.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, with an abstract of the complaints made by the soldiers lately returned from Newfoundland
against Major Lloyd [fo. 259], was signed.
Abstracts of affidavits against Moody.
Moody at the Board.
An abstract of the affidavits against Lieutenant Moody [fo. 257],
as also of his answer thereunto (as directed at the last meeting),
was laid before the Board; and Lieutenant Moody attending at
the same time, he was directed [fo. 265] to get a certificate from
Commadore Bridge or Captain Fairborne that he was tryed and
acquitted in Newfoundland by them upon the accusation of his
having killed a woman there.
Memorial from several merchants about convoys.
A memorial from several Virginia and Maryland merchants of
London, relating to convoys [fo. 231, 261], was laid before the Board.
Mr. Millner presented to their lordships a memorial from several
other merchants of London, as also a memorial from the merchants
of Whitehaven trading to Virginia and Maryland, relating likewise
to convoys [fo. 226, 261], whereupon their lordships agreed to take
the same into consideration so soon as they shall have received the
answers which they expect from Bristoll and Leverpoole; and
ordered that letters be writ to Colonel Yates of Bristoll and to
Mr. Clayton and to Mr. Johnson of Leverpoole, for the said