Journal, April 1706
Journal Book K

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'Journal, April 1706: Journal Book K', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 1: April 1704 - January 1709 (1920), pp. 239-255. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=81174 Date accessed: 23 September 2014.


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Journal, April 1706

April 1. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Memorial from merchants about tobacco trade.

The memorial from the merchants of London, as also from the merchants of Whitehaven trading to Virginia and Maryland [fo. 260], mentioned in the last minutes, were read.

Maryland.

Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges about Olive Tree gally's being permitted to return thence without convoy.

Consideration thereof deferr'd till the general report be made.

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 21st of the last month, referring to the Board a petition of Peregrine Brown, praying that the Olive Tree galley, bound for Guinea and from thence to Maryland, may have leave to return from Maryland without convoy, in case there be none there when that ship shall be laden, was read; whereupon their lordships agreed to postpone the consideration thereof till they should make their general report in relation to the Virginia and Maryland convoys, and the permitting or hindering vessells to sail without convoy from thence, which they shall be ready to do so soon as they shall have received the answer they expect from the western ports.

New England.

Letter from Mr. Bridger about wooll cards, &c., being shipt for New England.

Letter to Mr. Attorney General thereupon.

A letter from Mr. Bridger, giving an account of great quantities of wooll cards and wooll combes shipt off for New England [fo. 218], was read; and their lordships taking into consideration the prejudice and evill consequence that the setting up of woollen manufactures in those parts would be to the trade of England, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney General [fo. 356] to desire to know whether there be any law whereby any such exportations may be prevented.

Jamaica.

Letter from Col. Handasyd.

A letter from Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 20th of November last, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as followeth, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Minutes of Councill in Jamaica from the 2nd of Aprill, 1705, to the 17th of November following.
Minutes of Councill in Assembly held in Jamaica from the 10th of July, 1705, to the 30th of October following.
Minutes of Assembly from the 10th of August, 1705, to the 30th of October following.
An Act to provide an additional subsistence for her Majesty's officers and soldiers, and for other uses, past the 30th of October, 1705.
Several Acts past at an Assembly held in Jamaica in July and August, 1705.

Extract of the said letter about soldiers hardships sent to Capt. Gardner.

Sir G. Heathcote and Sir B. Gracedieu to attend.

Whereupon ordered that paragraph E, of the foresaid letter relating to the hardships his regiment suffers there, be sent to Captain Gardner (his agent) [fo. 298] for his answer thereunto; and further ordered [fo. 264, 284] that Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu be acquainted that their lordships desire to speak with them on Fryday morning next thereupon.

April 2. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Jamaica.

Act about soldiers subsistence under consideration.

As also Minutes of Councill in Assembly.

Col. Handasyd to return half yearly accounts of stores, and the other Governors who have omitted to do it.

Their lordships took into consideration the Act, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, intituled, An Act to provide an additional subsistence for her Majesty's Officers and Soldiers and for other uses, past at Jamaica the 30th of October, 1705, as also the minutes of Councill in Assembly, from the 10th of July, 1705, to the 30th of October following, and went through the same; whereupon their lordships made several observations on the said Act and minutes [fo. 263, 284]. in order to communicate the same to Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu, when they shall be at the Board on Fryday next, and reporting to her Majesty thereupon. And further ordered that in the next letter from the Board to Colonel Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, he be directed to return an account half-yearly of stores there, in pursuance of an instruction from her Majesty, dated the 22nd February, 1704/5, and that the other Governors who have omitted to send the said accounts be desired, in the next letters writ to them, to transmit the same accordingly, and a copy of the said instruction to be sent to all the said Governors.

Letter to Board of Ordnance with extract of the foregoing Minutes about stores of war wanting.

Ordered also that a letter be prepared [fo. 267] to transmit to the officers of her Majesty's Ordnance an extract of the foregoing minutes relating to stores and ammunitions of war wanting in Jamaica, for their information.

Leeward Islands.

Mr. Baron with Order of Councill about his ship and goods condemn'd by Col. Codrington.

Mr. Samuel Baron, merchant, attending [fo. 267], presented to the Board an Order of Councill upon the report of Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Advocate General to her Majesty on his petition, praying that an instruction may be given to the present Governor of the Leeward Islands to take care that the said Baron be restored to his ship and goods formerly condemned by Colonel Codrington there, or value thereof, which was read; and the said Baron praying that the Board would deliver the said order to Colonel Parke, with his other dispatches, for his complying therewith, their lordships promised him to do the same accordingly.

Newfoundland.

Certificates in favour of Lieut. Moody.

Lieutenant Moody attending, presented to the Board the certificate of Timothy Bridge, late Commadore at Newfoundland, [fo. 260], and also the certificate of Captain William Fairborne, relating to the complaint against the said Moody, for whipping one Christian, a servant maid to Mr. Jackson, late minister of. Newfoundland, to death; setting forth that the said complaint is frivolous and malicious, was read; whereupon ordered [fo. 267] that a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges be prepared thereupon.

April 3. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Nevis.

Col. Jory about Acts.

Colonel Jory attending, and desiring their lordships to take into consideration the Acts of Nevis [fo. 83, 306, 308], which he lately brought to this office, he was acquainted that their lordships would do it at the first opportunity.

Newfoundland.

Petition from Mr. Jackson about fish due to him by subscription from the inhabitants.

Letter to be writ to the Commadore thereupon.

Mr. Jackson attending, presented to their lordships a petition setting forth that whilst he was minister at Newfoundland [fo. 274], the inhabitants of St. John's had voluntarily obliged themselves by subscription to pay him yearly during his abode amongst them, a certain allowance of fish for his ministerial attendance, which he did not receive the last year, and therefore praying that the Commadore may have an instruction to oblige the subscribers to pay their said quantity of fish to Mr. Joseph Pemberton and Mr. Archibald Cummings, his correspondents there, was read; and thereupon ordered [fo. 274] that a letter be writ to the Commadore to recommend to him that he use his best endeavours with the inhabitants that Mr. Jackson may have his just dues according to the prayer of his petition.

Jamaica.

Letter to Board of Ordnance with extract of Minutes of Councill.

A letter to the Board of Ordnance with an extract of the minutes of Jamaica [fo. 264], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was signed.

Newfoundland.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon petition of Lieut. Moody, &c.

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon the petition of Lieutenant Moody [fo. 256, 258, 321], mentioned in the minutes of the 26th of the last month, as also upon the affidavits that have been presented to the Board against the said Moody, was signed.

Massachusets.

Memorial from Mr. Newton about want of a Court of Chancery.

Letter to Mr. Phips for Attorney General's opinion thereon.

A memorial from Mr. Thomas Newton [fo. 19], relating to the want of a Court of Chancery in the Massachusets Bay, was read; and thereupon ordered that a copy thereof be sent to Mr. Phips, agent for that province, and that he be desired to procure the opinion of her Majesty's Attorney or Sollicitor General thereupon.

Leeward Islands.

Letter to Col. Park relating to Mr. Baron.

A letter to Colonel Park, Governor of the Leeward Islands, upon the Order of Councill relating to Mr. Baron [fo. 264], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was signed.

New York.

Letter from the Lord Cornbury against Mr. Byerly, the collector.

A letter from the Lord Cornbury, dated the 13th of July last [fo. 204], complaining of Mr. Byerly, Collector and Receiver-General of New Yorke, for countenancing illegal trade, for which he was suspended by his lordship, and praying that Mr. Fauconier, whom he had put into that place, may be confirmed therein, was read; and their lordships gave directions for preparing an answer thereunto. The papers referr'd to in the foregoing letter are:
Papers referr'd to in the foregoing letter.
A certificate of the Collector of New Yorke of his having granted store (at the request of Captain Cholwell) in the ship Katherine for one cask of cacao, bound to Surinam.
Naval officer's certificate about the sloop Mary of New Yorke's unlading her goods, she being leaky, untill she could refit and take the same goods on board again.

April 4. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

New York.

Letter from the Lord Cornbury.

Extract about powder lent Capt. Rogers sent to Mr. Sloper.

Extract about Capt. Nanfan sent to Mr. Champante.

A letter from the Lord Cornbury, dated at New Yorke the 20th of November, 1705 [fo. 204], was read; and thereupon ordered that an extract of paragraph E relating to 20 barrells of powder delivered by his lordship to Captain Rogers, commander of her Majesty's ship Jersey, be given to Mr. Sloper, his lordship's agent, that he may sollicit the repayment thereof at the Admiralty. And further ordered that a copy of paragraph N, relating to Captain Nanfan's accounts, be sent to Mr. Champante, to be communicated to the said Captain Nanfan. The papers referr'd to in the foresaid letter were laid before the Board, and are as follow, vizt.:
Papers of publick proceedings.
Draught of a surrender from the propietors of East and West New Jersey of their pretended right of government to King William.
The Governor's speech to the Assembly recommending to them the defence of the province, and that they will think of a Bill for raising money to that end.
The Councill's reasons against some clauses in a Bill for raising a summe sufficient to answer the charge of Fuziliers and out scouts for the defence of the province.
The Assembly's answer to the Councill's reasons against some clauses in a Bill for raising a summe for defence of the province.
The Councill's amendments to the Bill for raising a summe &c. for defence of the province.
The Assembly's answer to the Councill's message relating to the amendments to the Bill &c. for raising a summe for defence of the province.
The Governor's speech to the Assembly upon their delaying to provide for the defence of the province, when he prorogued them till May, 1706.
The Governor's speech to the Assembly relating to some vessells fitted out in search of a privateer.—To the Acts of Parliament lately sent him.—To raising a fund for stores.— And to a clause of a letter from the Commissioners of Trade.
Minutes of the General Assembly from the 7th of June, 1705, to the 4th of August following.
Minutes of the Assembly of New Yorke from the 19th September, 1705, to the 13th October following.
A Bill for the raising a summe sufficient to answer the charge of Fuziliers and out scouts for the defence of the frontiers &c.
Ten Acts past at New Yorke.

New Yorke.

Proprieties.

Letter from Lord Cornbury relating to Connecticut and Rhode Island.

A letter from the Lord Cornbury relating to Connecticut and Rhode Island, dated the 26th of November last [fo. 208], was read, and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Copies of proceedings of the General Court, with affidavits and certificates relating to the case of Edward Palmes &c.
Copies of several papers under the seal of Connecticut relating to the case of Edward Palmes &c.
Copy of the judgment of the General Court in the case of Major Edward Palmes &c., under the seal of the Colony, with several papers annexed.—The complaints of the inhabitants of New London &c.
Deposition of Robert Orchard relating to Rhode Island and Connecticut's trading illegally and for piracy.
The deposition of Michael Hicks relating to the Government of Rhode Island, and about illegal trade and piracy.
Deposition of Richard Sacket relating to his suit against Caleb Beck in Connecticut, and to deserters harbour'd there &c.
Captain Matthews's deposition relating to the protection given to deserters in Connecticut.
Examinations of Edward Palmes on oath relating to the Colony of Connecticut's sheltering malefactors and trying murders, felonies &c., without lawfull authority.
Affidavit of Mr. Auboyneau, relating to his suit against Robert Lord, with copies of the proceedings &c.
Deposition of Richard Sacket relating to some expressions of the Sheriff of New London and others about their charter.
Acts of Connecticut printed in 1702.

New Jersey.

Letter from the Lord Cornbury with Minutes of Assembly.

A letter from the Lord Cornbury relating to his government of New Jersey, dated the 27th of November last [fo. 210], was read; and the minutes of Assembly from the 15th of October, 1705, to the 8th of November following, therein referr'd to, were laid before the Board; whereupon directions were given for preparing an answer unto this and the foregoing letters.

Virginia.

Trade.

Col. Blakiston &c about the contractors' tobacco being sold at Moscow.

Colonel Blakiston and Mr. Perry, with Captain Hyde and other Virginia and Maryland merchants attending, they acquainted their lordships that there were letters lately arrived from Muscovy [fo. 245], signifying that all the tobacco that the first contractors with the Czar of Muscovy had there was now sold; whereupon ordered that the said contractors be informed hereof, and that they be desired [fo. 275] to let the Board know whether they have received any such account or no.

Letter relating to convoys for the tobacco trade.

A letter relating to convoys for the tobacco trade was laid before the Board, which their lordships resolved to take into consideration at the first opportunity.

April 5. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

New York.

Letter from Col. Ingoldesby, Lieut.- Gov. of New Yorke and New Jersey about his commissions.

Letter from Colonel Ingoldesby, Lieutenant Governor of New Yorke and New Jersey, dated the 10th of November last [fo. 275], relating to his commissions for those governments, was read; and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Copy of the translation of a letter sent from the Onondage country to the Lord Cornbury, relating to the design of some Indians to fight against the English &c.
Copy of Colonel Ingoldesby's letter to the Lord Cornbury at Albany, inclosing the translation of a letter relating to the design of some Onondage Indians to fight against the English.
Copy of the Lord Cornbury's answer to Colonel Ingoldesby's letter relating to some Onondage Indians' design against the English.

Representation to be prepared.

Whereupon their lordships gave directions [fo. 275] for preparing a representation thereupon to her Majesty.

Newfoundland.

Mr. Jackson about a certain quantity of fish due to him, &c.

Letter to the Commadore thereupon.

Mr. Jackson presented to their lordships the original subscription of the inhabitants of St. John's [fo. 266], obliging themselves to pay him a certain quantity of fish yearly during his stay amongst them; whereupon their lordships signed a letter to the Commadore of the Newfoundland convoy, inclosing the said subscription, as also a copy of his petition presented to this Board the 3rd instant, desiring him so far to befriend the said Jackson towards the inhabitants, that he may receive the said fish according to their subscription.

April 8. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

New York.

New Jersey.

Representation on Col. Ingoldesby's letters.

A representation relating to Colonel Ingoldesby's commissions to be Lieutenant Governour of New Yorke and New Jersey [fo. 273, 274, 297, 298], as directed the last meeting, was signed.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Secretary Harley with memorial from the Emperor's Ministers about trade to Turkey.

A letter from Mr. Secretary Harley, inclosing a memorial from the Emperor's plenipotentiaries here [fo. 173, 289], relating to a trade to be carryed on to Turkey and to the Emperor's hereditary dominions, was read; and their lordships agreed to proceed in the consideration of that matter to-morrow morning.

Virginia.

Trade.

Letter from contractors with the Czar about their tobacco at Moscow.

Mr. Haistwell attending, presented to their lordships a letter from himself and the other contractors with the Czar of Muscovy [fo. 273], in answer to one writ them the 4th instant, signifying that they have not received any advice of the sale of their tobacco in Muscovy, which was read; whereupon ordered that a copy of the said letter be sent to Colonel Blakiston to be communicated to the Virginia merchants.

Leeward Islands.

Letters from Col. Johnson.

Three letters from Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated the 17th September and 3rd November, and one without date, were read, and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as follow, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Account of the arms and ammunition in the Island of Antegoa.
Certificates of the Councill of St. Christopher's, justifying Colonel Johnson from the imputation of having taken 300l. for passing an Act for subjecting the French part of St. Christopher's to the civill government.
Minute of Councill of St. Christopher's of the 3rd of Aprill, 1705, relating to Mr. Pogson's saying 300l. was given &c. for passing an Act for subjecting the French part of St. Christopher's to the civill government of the Leeward Islands.
An Act for subjecting that part of St. Christopher's, which was formerly called the French ground, to the civill government.
Number of men fit to bear arms in the French part of St. Christopher's.
Naval officer's list of ships cleared outward from St. Christopher's from the 9th of May, 1705, to the 15th of September following.
Naval officer's lists of ships cleared inwards from the 8th of May, 1705, to the 12th July following.
Account of the stores of war in the several forts in St. Christopher's &c.
Account of imports and exports from the 12th Aprill, 1705, to the 12th July following.
Minutes of Assembly of St. Christopher's from the 18th September, 1704, to the 10th Aprill, 1705.
Minutes of Councill of all the Leeward Islands from the 23rd May, 1705, to the 25th June following.
Minutes of Councill and Assembly of all the Leeward Islands from the 7th of December, 1704, to the 18th of August, 1705.
Minutes of Assembly of all the Leeward Islands from the 23rd of May, 1705, to the 25th June following.
Account of imports and exports from 26th of October, 1704, to the 12th of May, 1705.
Accounts of the companies with their officers, and the number of men both horse and foot in Mountserrat, as also of the platforms and number of guns thereon.
Minutes of Councill of Mountserrat from the 14th November, 1704, to the 16th June, 1705.
Acts in force past at Mountserrat.
Acts past at a General Assembly of all the Leeward Islands held at Nevis in June, 1705.

Whereupon their lordships resolved to take the Act for subjecting that part of St. Christopher's, which was formerly called the French Ground, to the Civil Government, into consideration [vide infra] at the first opportunity.

April 9. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen.

Leeward Islands.

Account of stores of war sent to Board of Ordnance.

The accounts of the stores of war in the Islands of Antegoa and Nevis (mentioned in yesterday's minutes), were read, and a letter to the Board of Ordnance, inclosing copies of the said accounts, was signed.

Act about French part of St. Christophers.

Mr. Duport summon'd thereon.

The Act for subjecting that part of St. Christopher's, which was formerly called the French Ground, to the Civill Government [vide supra], past there in February, 1704 (mentioned also in yesterday's minutes), was read; and thereupon ordered [fo. 83, 280] that Mr. Stephen Duport have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning.

April 10. Present:—Lord Bishop of London, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Carolina.

Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges with the Lords' address about Carolina.

Letter to Mr. Attorney General thereupon.

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 3rd instant, referring to the Board an address from the House of Lords to her Majesty relating to Carolina, and desiring to know what method is proper to be taken for the releif of her Majesty's subjects there and the protecting them in their just rights, was read; whereupon ordered [fo. 298] that the said letter and address be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Bahamas.

Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges with the Lords' address about the Bahama Islands.

Letter to Mr. Attorney General thereupon.

Another letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 3rd instant referring to the Board an address from the House of Lords to her Majesty relating to the Bahama Islands, and desiring the Board to state the fact and give their opinion what they think fit to be done thereupon, was read; whereupon ordered [fo. 298] that the said address and letter be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion what may be fittest to be done in law for her Majesty's taking the said islands into her own hands, in order to secure the same to the Crown, and for recovering the trade of her Majesty's subjects in those parts.

New York.

Two Acts under consideration.

Their lordships took into consideration two Acts past at New Yorke, intituled—
An Act for the better explaining and more effectual putting in execution an Act of General Assembly, intituled, an Act for settling a ministry and raising a maintenance for them in the city of New Yorke, county of Richmond, West Chester and Queen's County.
An Act to inable William Bradford, of the city of New Yorke, printer, to sell and dispose of the real estate of John Dewdsbury, late of Oyster Bay, in Queen's County, within this Colony, deceased, for the payment of debts.

Representation thereon agreed.

And agreed a representation [fo. 283], offering that her Majesty be pleased to approve and confirm the same.

St. Christophers.

Mr. Duport about Act for subjecting the French part of the island.

Col. Park summon'd.

Mr. Stephen Duport attending [fo. 279, 308], as directed the last minutes, with Colonel Matthews, and being asked several questions relating to an Act for subjecting that part of St. Christopher's which was formerly called the French Ground to the Civil Government, they said that it was the desire of the whole country that the said Act should be passed and confirmed, that they looked upon that Act as not in force, because it has not yet been registred for want of the seal's being annex'd to it, which the Governor has hitherto refused to do, in complyance with some particular persons who have large grants in the French part of that island; whereupon their lordships resolved that Colonel Parke be acquainted that upon his arrival in the Leeward Islands he cause the said Act to be sealed, registered and published, and then transmitted into England with his opinion thereupon, and further ordered [fo. 283] that Colonel Park be desired to attend the Board to-morrow morning.

April 11. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Trade.

Letter from Col.

Quary about tobacco trade.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges thereupon and an answer to Col. Quary at Plymouth.

Letter to Mr. Perry to know what tobacco is exported hence to Spain and Portugal.

A letter from Colonel Quary, dated at Plymouth the 2nd instant [fo. 293], relating to the tobacco trade, was read; whereupon their lordships writ a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, acquainting him with several inquiries which Colonel Quary in his said letter desires to be made in relation to the tobacco that is planted and manufactured in the province of Guelderland and places adjacent; their lordships gave further directions to the secretary for writing an answer to Colonel Quary's said letter, inclosing to him the memorials lately received from Whitehaven and Leverpool [fo. 260, 283], relating to convoys for Virginia and Maryland, for his answer thereunto; and further ordered [fo. 297] that a letter be writ to Mr. Micajah Perry [fo. 294] to know whether any and what quantities of tobacco are shipp'd from England to Portugal and Spain.

Letter from Bristoll about convoys.

A letter from Colonel Yates of Bristol, dated the 6th instant, [fo. 226], relating to the time of the convoys sailing for Virginia and Maryland, was read.

Memorial from Leverpoole to the same effect.

A memorial from the merchants of Leverpool relating to convoys for Virginia and Maryland [fo. 226] was read, and a copy thereof ordered to be sent to Colonel Quary [fo. 282], as above-mentioned.

Leeward Islands.

Col. Park about Act of St. Christophers concerning the French part thereof.

Letter to Col. Park thereupon.

Colonel Park attending [fo. 281], the minutes of yesterday relating to the Act for subjecting that part of St. Christopher's, which was formerly called the French Ground, to the civil government, was communicated to him; whereupon their lordships gave directions for preparing a letter to Colonel Park [fo. 286] in pursuance of the said minutes.

New Hampshire.

Mr. Attorney General's report about Mr. Allen's appeal.

A report from Mr. Attorney General upon Mr. Allen's petition [fo. 149] relating to an appeal made by his father against judgment given in favour of Mr. Waldron in New Hampshire, was read; and thereupon ordered that a copy of the said report be sent to Mr. Allen.

New Yorke.

Representation on two Acts.

A representation upon two Acts pass'd at New Yorke [fo. 280, 310], as directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed.

April 12. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Jamaica.

Sir Gilbert Heathcote about Act relating to soldiers' subsistence.

Sir Gilbert Heathcote attending, an abstract of the Act intituled An Act to provide an additional subsistence for her Majesty's officers and soldiers, and for other uses [fo. 263, 264, 286], past in Jamaica in October last, was read; whereupon he said that the allowing the soldiers five shillings a week in lieu of quarters might be prejudicial to the said soldiers, but he did not see how the same could be prevented, unless the Assembly could be perswaded to build barracks for them, and therefore he moved that their lordships would give the Governor directions to press the Assembly again upon that matter, which the Board resolved to do. And as for the clause which incapacitates all that are not natural born subjects of England, Ireland or the islands in America from holding any place either civil or military in that island, he said that clause was made upon a false report of the Scots being about to receive the pretended Prince of Wales, and that if the said Act and particularly that clause was not repealed, it would be of great prejudice to the island.

Bahamas.

Mr. Graves about state of the islands.

Mr. Graves, late collector of the Bahama Islands, attending, and being asked several questions in relation to the said islands, he said that there was, when he came away in August or September last, seven or eight and twenty families at Providence, and about 2 or 300 people dispersed in the other islands; that the fort is not demolished, but may be put in a posture of defence with little charge; that there are yet there 26 guns, and but very few of them that have been nailed up; and he promised to bring their lordships in writing [fo. 294] an account of the present state of the said islands, as also of what he thought necessary for the security thereof.

Trade.

Memorial from Mr. Fisher, &c., complaining of their effects being seized at Dessaw.

Copy thereof to be sent to Mr. Stepney.

A memorial from Thomas Fisher, John Fisher, Thomas Allison and other merchants of London trading to Germany, complaining that great quantities of their effects have been seized at Dessaw, upon pretence of greater tolls than ever were required, of which there are 30 between Dresden and Hambourg, was read; and they desired that one copy of the said memorial might be sent to Mr. Stepney at Vienna, and another copy delivered to the Emperor's plenipotentiaries here, that they might endeavour to get some redress therein; whereupon ordered [fo. 289, 291] that the said memorial be translated into French to be sent with the said memorial to Mr. Secretary Harley.

Leeward Islands.

Letter to Col. Park.

A letter to Colonel Park [fo. 283], as directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed.

April 15. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Jamaica.

Act about soldiers sent to Mr. Attorney General.

Ordered that the Act past at Jamaica in October last [fo. 284, 345] for providing an additional subsistence for her Majesty's officers and soldiers, and for other uses, be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion in point of law, and the same was sent accordingly.

Two letters from Col. Handasyd.

Two letters from Colonel Handasyd, dated the 14th and 16th of February last, and the papers therein referr'd to, were read, and are as follows:
Publick papers.
Deposition of Doctor Ogle concerning Captain Allen's speaking scandalous words of Colonel Handasyd, as also the Colonel's proceedings thereupon, with an account of Captain Allen.
Copy of a letter from Curaçoa to a merchant at Jamaica, relating to a fleet of French men-of-war's being expected at Martinico, and that their design is against Tobago and Jamaica.
Translation of a Spanish letter taken on board a Spanish advice-boat, &c.

Extracts of the oregoing letters, &c. to be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges.

And thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph C and F of the first letter, relating to French prizes taken, and French men-of-war in those parts, and copies of paragraph B, E, F, G of the second letter, relating to the preparations of the French, to the want of recruits for his regiment—to the behaviour of Captain Allen, commander of her Majesty's ship the Montague,—and relating to Colonel Handasyd's post in the army, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges, to be laid before her Majesty, together with copies of the deposition of Dr. Ogle, and of the letter from Curaçoa abovementioned.

Barbados.

Two letters from Sir Beville Granville.

Two letters from Sir Beville Granville, dated the 22nd of October and 22nd of January last, were read; and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Naval officers' list of ships entred and cleared from 25th June, 1705, to 24th September following.
Naval officers' list of ships from the 25th of September, 1705, to the 24th December following.
Minutes of Councill in Barbados from the 3rd July, 1705, to the 20th December following.
Two Acts past in Barbados in November, 1705.

Extracts of the above letters about naval force to be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges.

And thereupon ordered that an extract of the foresaid letter of the 22nd of January, relating to the French naval force in those parts, be also sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges.

Leeward Islands.

Letter from Col. Johnson.

Extract to be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges.

A letter from Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of the Leeward Islands [fo. 304], relating to the misbehaviour of the deputy provost marshall, and to his suspending him thereupon, and also relating to the naval force of the French expected in those parts, dated the 29th of January last, was read; and thereupon ordered that an extract of what relates to the French be also sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges with extracts &c., before mentioned.

And their lordships thereupon signed a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, transmitting to him the extracts and papers abovementioned.

Plantations Generall.

Letter from Mr. Dummer about course of his packet-boat, and loss of another.

Mr. Dummer to attend.

A letter from Mr. Dummer of the 12th instant, giving a journal of the course out and home of the King William packet-boat, as also an account of the loss of the Barbados packet-boat upon the coral shoals of the Island of Hineago, was read; and thereupon ordered [fo. 292] that Mr. Dummer be desired to attend the Board to-morrow morning, or as soon as conveniently he can.

April 16. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Trade.

Answer to two memorials of the Comte de Gallas translated into French.

An answer to two memorials of the Comte de Gallas and the Sieur Vecelly [fo. 104, 275], plenipotentiaries of the Emperor, dated the 5th November last and 2nd instant, relating to the carrying on of a trade to Turkey through Germany and Hungary, was agreed [fo. 292], and ordered to be transcribed and translated into French.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Harley with the said answer, and the following papers.

A letter to Mr. Secretary Harley, inclosing the said answer, together with copies of the following papers proposed to be sent to Mr. Stepney or delivered to the said plenipotentiaries, was signed. The said papers are:
No. 1. An Imperial patent or credential letters whereby the Comte de Gallas and Monsieur Vecelly are impowered to treat with her Majesty about trade &c.
No. 2. Their memorial to her Majesty [fo. 3] for carrying on a trade to Turkey through Germany and Hungary.
No. 3. Letter to Mr. Secretary Harley [fo. 29], with the answer of the Commissioners of Trade and Plantations to the foregoing memorial of the Emperor's ministers.
No. 4. The Imperial ministers' reply to the said answer [fo. 104].
No. 5. Memorial of the Levant Company [fo. 128], in answer to the memorial of Monsieur Vecelly &c.
No. 6. Memorial from the Hambourgh Company [fo. 171] about hardships they undergo in their trade in the Emperor's territories.
A translation thereof in French.
No. 7. Memorial from Sir William Gore [fo. 188], Governor of the Hambourgh Company, containing an account of the present management of that trade.
No. 8. Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges upon a petition of the Geneva merchants [fo. 203], complaining of grievances which they meet with in that trade.
No. 9. Memorial from Mr. Burridge [fo. 220] in behalf of several merchants of Exeter &c., complaining of the Emperor's prohibition of our perpetuanas and serges in Austria.
No. 10. Memorial from several merchants trading to Germany [fo. 285], relating to the tolls upon the Elbe, and to effects of theirs seized at Dessaw.
A translation thereof in French.
No. 11. Memorial from the Imperial Plenipotentiaries [fo. 275] relating to the trade from England to Turkey and to the Emperor's hereditary countries.
No. 12. Answer of the Commissioners of Trade and Plantations [fo. 289] to the Imperial Plenipotentiaries' two last memorials.
A translation thereof in French.

Miscellanies.

Incidents.

The Secretary's account of petty expences from Christmas, 1705, to Ladyday, 1706, amounting to22l.1s.3d.
The Stationer's bill for the same time, amounting to22l.4s.4d.
And the Post Officers' bill for the said time, amounting to18l.1s.9d.

Letter to Lord Treasurer.

were laid before the Board, and a letter to the Lord High Treasurer inclosing the said accounts, and desiring his Lordship's order for the payment thereof, was signed.

April 17. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Plantations General.

Mr. Dummer about loss of the Barbados packet-boat.

Mr. Dummer attending [fo. 289], and being acquainted with what Colonel Handasyd writes in his letter of the 14th of January last, relating to the loss of the packet-boat the Barbados, he said that that packet-boat was not lost by being over laded; for all those packet boats are of 200 tun burthen, that they carry 150 tun ballast, and that he is obliged by his contract to carry no more than five tun of goods outwards and ten tun homewards, so that the loss of that vessell was not owing to her lading, but to the negligence of the seamen.

Trade.

Answer to the two last memorials of the Imperial Ministers.

Their lordships took into consideration the French translation of the answer [fo. 289] agreed the last meeting to the Emperor's plenipotentiaries' two last memorials, and ordered the same to be transcribed.

April 18. Present:—:Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Virginia.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges with memorial from Col. Quary about tobacco trade.

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 16th instant referring to the Board a memorial from Colonel Quary to the Lord High Treasurer relating to the tobacco trade, was read; and the said memorial appearing to be verbatim the same as the letter received from Colonel Quary [fo. 282], and mentioned in the minutes of the 11th instant, upon the first part of which their lordships having already writ to Mr. Secretary Hedges, they now entred upon the consideration of what remained. And as to his first proposal, That the English may have the same liberty to send tobacco to France directly that the Dutch have, their lordships agreed to represent [fo. 296] that tobacco (as well as other commodities [fo. 254, 294, 295] of the growth of England and the Plantations, except contraband goods, victuals and such other goods as are expressly prohibited) may be permitted to be carryed in ships belonging to any nation in friendship with her Majesty directly from England to France.

Letter from Advocate Generall about carrying tobacco, &c., in neutral ships to France.

A letter from Sir John Cook, her Majesty's Advocate General, in answer to a letter writ him the 19th of the last month [fo. 254, 293, 295], relating to the carrying of our tobacco and other commodities of the growth of England and the Plantations in neutral ships to France, was read.

Letter from Mr. Perry about sending tobacco to Portugal and Spain.

A letter from Mr. Micajah Perry in answer to one writ him the 11th instant [fo. 282], signifying that no tobacco is sent by us to Portugal, and but very little to Spain, during this time of war, and even that by stealth; whereas formerly they used to send from six to ten thousand hogsheads a year, was read.

Virginia and Maryland merchants to attend.

Ordered that the Virginia and Maryland merchants have notice [fo. 295] to attend the Board to-morrow morning.

April 19. Present:—Lord Bishop of London, Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Bahamas.

Memorial from Mr. Graves of the present state of those islands

Mr. Graves, late collector in the Bahama Islands [fo. 285, 296], presented to their lordships a memorial of the present state of those islands, and of what is necessary to be done for the security thereof; also copies of the papers presented by him to the House of Lords relating to the said islands, and a copy of a paper signed by the inhabitants of Providence, desiring him upon the departure of their Governor to take upon him the government.

Virginia.

Trade.

Mr. Perry and other merchants about Quary's memorial, &c.

Extracts of Col. Quary's letter given to them.

Mr. Perry, Mr. Linton, Mr. Hyde and several other Virginia merchants attending [fo. 252, 294, 296], they were asked several questions upon Colonel Quary's letter of the 2nd instant, and particularly upon his proposal for sending tobacco to France [fo. 293]; whereupon they said that it would be a considerable advantage to the tobacco trade, if we were permitted to do it in neutral ships, for which end they thought it necessary that her Majesty be pleased to direct that her ships of war do not molest neutral ships carrying tobacco to France; that the Commissioners of the Customes do permit entries of tobacco in neutral ships to be made directly for France, and that a notification of her Majesty's pleasure herein be made to the States General, lest their ships of war or privateers should molest such neutral ships. Their lordships then gave them a copy of this and some other articles in Colonel Quary's said letter for their particular answer thereunto in writing [fo. 297], which they promis'd to bring on Monday or Tuesday next.

April 22. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Carolina.

Bahamas.

Mr. Graves and Killigrew with estimate of necessaries for defence of those colonies.

Account of commodities produced.

Account required of what is necessary for repairing the fort in the Bahamas.

Mr. Graves and Mr. William Killigrew attending [fo. 294, 298], presented to their lordships an estimate of necessaries for defence of Carolina and the Bahama Islands, with an account of the several commodities which those colonies do or may produce, which were read; whereupon they were directed to bring their lordships an account in writing of what may be necessary for repairing the fort in the Bahama Islands, and for putting the same in a state of defence,—what materials are to be carryed from England, and what may be found there,—what will the charge be to the Queen, and what share thereof will the country bear.

Virginia.

Trade.

Papers relating to the tobacco trade under consideration.

Their lordships took into consideration the several papers lately received, relating to the tobacco trade [fo. 295], and gave directions [fo. 293, 297] for preparing a representation thereupon.

April 24. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior.

New Yorke.

New Jersey.

Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges for revoking Col. Ingoldesby's commission of Lieut.-Gov. of New York and making him a counsellor of New Jersey.

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 22nd instant [fo. 275, 298], desiring the Board to prepare a warrant for revoking Colonel Ingoldsby's commission as Lieutenant Governor of New Yorke, and for constituting him a member of her Majesty's Councill of New Jersey, was read; and a letter inclosing the draught of such a warrant, was signed.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Tabacco trade.

Convoys.

A letter from Colonel Quary, dated at Plymouth the 16th instant [fo. 282, 302], promising an answer to the letter writ him the 11th, was read.

Draught of representation about convoys under consideration.

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a representation relating to convoys for Virginia and Maryland [fo. 296, 300], and made some progress therein.

Col. Nicholson summond'd.

Letter to merchants for their answer to an extract of one from Col. Quary.

Ordered that Colonel Nicholson be desired to attend the Board to-morrow morning [fo. 299]; and further ordered that the Virginia and Maryland merchants be writ to [fo. 295, 301], for their answer to the extract of Colonel Quary's letter dated the 19th instant.

Bahamas.

Mr. Graves about defence of New Providence.

Letter to Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General.

Mr. Graves presented to their lordships a memorial in answer to the several heads delivered to him the 22nd instant [fo. 296], relating to the putting of New Providence into a state of defence, which was read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General [fo. 279, 280, 313] for their answer to what [was] writ them the 12th instant.

Jamaica.

Letter from Capt. Gardner about hardships of soldiers.

A letter from Captain Gardner, in answer to one writ him the 1st instant [fo. 263] upon what Colonel Handasyd says in his letter of the 20th of November last relating to the hardships his regiment suffers, was laid before the Board.

New Yorke.

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 4th of February last, referring to the Board an extract of a letter from the Lord Cornbury, Governor of New Yorke, was read, and appear'd to contain nothing but what their lordships had already given directions about.

New Jersey.

Memorial from Mr. Sloper in answer to complaints.

A memorial from Mr. Sloper, agent to the Lord Cornbury [fo. 102], in answer to the complaints of the proprietors of the western division of New Jersey, was laid before the Board.

Memorial from Mr. Dockwra, &c., praying Mr. Sonmans may be made a counsellor.

A memorial from the Proprietors of the Eastern division of New Jersey, praying that their agent, Mr. Sonmans, may be constituted one of the Councill of New Jersey, was laid before the Board.

New York.

New Jersey.

Order on representation about Col. Ingoldsby's commission, &c.

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 11th instant [fo. 275], upon a representation of the 8th ditto relating to Colonel Ingoldsby's commissions to be Lieutenant Governor of New Yorke and New Jersey [fo. 297], directing Mr. Secretary Hedges to prepare a warrant for revoking his commission for New Yorke, and for admitting him one of the Councill of New Jersey according to the said representation, was read.

April 25. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Col. Nicholson about convoys.

Colonel Nicholson, late Governor of Virginia, attending, as directed [fo. 297], and being asked several questions in relation to the Virginia and Maryland convoys [fo. 300], he said that September is the proper time for the departure of the said convoys from England, and May for their return from thence, that they may arrive here time enough to unload and get ready to return again in September following. By this means he said there would need but one convoy a year, which would every way tend to the advantage of that trade in general.

Ireland.

Letter from the Treasury upon one from the Duke of Ormond about linnen manufacture.

A letter from Mr. Taylour, referring to the Board by order of the Right Honourable the Lord High Treasurer, a letter from his Grace the Duke of Ormond and another from the Lords Justices of Ireland, relating to Mr. Cromelin's removing from the north of Ireland to Kilkenny, for setting up the linen manufacture in the southern parts, and for the adding of twelve years to the grant he now has, was read, and directions given [fo. 301] for preparing an answer thereunto.

Jamaica.

Draught of letter to the Governor.

The draught of a letter to Colonel Handasyd [fo. 302], Governor of Jamaica, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Convoys.

Their lordships proceeded further in the consideration of the draught of a report relating to the Virginia and Maryland convoys [fo. 297, 299, 301].

April 26. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Memorial from merchants in answer to a letter from Col. Quary.

Colonel Blakiston, with several Virginia merchants, attending, presented to their lordships a memorial in answer to several particulars out of Colonel Quary's letter from Plymouth [fo. 295, 297] delivered them at the Board the 19th instant, which was read.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Trade.

Representation relating to convoys and tobacco trade.

Then the representation which their lordships have had some time under consideration relating to the Virginia and Maryland convoys and to the tobacco trade [fo. 300; L. fo. 186], was agreed and signed.

Ireland.

Mr. Southwell at the Board in relation to Mr. Cromelin's removing to Kilkenny to establish the linnen manufacture there.

Letter to Mr. Taylour in answer to his on that subject.

Mr. Southwell attending, and being asked some questions in relation to Mr. Cromelin's removing from the North of Ireland to Kilkenny [fo. 300, 309], he said that Mr. Cromelin has 200l. a year salary, with a grant of ten years for the same, four of which are expired, that for his incouragement to remove to Kilkenny he desired to have 2,500l. in money and that four years might be added to his patent, but the paying him that summe not being complyed with, he proposed to have 12 years added to his patent in lieu of the said 2,500l. But their lordships observing that the Lords Justices of Ireland, in their letter to the Duke of Ormond, say that Mr. Cromelin is content to have his patent inlarged to 12 years, and the Duke of Ormond in his letter to the Lord Treasurer says 12 years added to his patent, which difference their lordships desired might particularly be explained [fo. 309, 337]. Mr. Southwell promised to write to his deputy in Ireland for clearing that matter; whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Taylor, in answer to his mentioned in yesterday's minutes, giving him an account hereof.

Barbados.

Order of Councill on representation for repealing an Act.

An Order of Councill of the 4th instant [fo. 254] upon a representation of the 19th of March, repealing An Act past at Barbados in 1701, to ratify, approve and confirm Letters Patents, Gifts, Grants &c., was read.

Letter to the Governor.

Jamaica.

Leeward Islands.

Letters to the Governors.

Letters to Sir Beville Granville, Governor of Barbados, Colonel Hadasyd, Governor of Jamaica, and Colonel Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of the Leeward Islands, were signed.

April 29. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Virginia.

Trade.

Two letters from Col. Quary in answer to a memorial of Leverpool merchants.

Extract of the first sent to Mr. Linton.

Letter to Mr. Karcass about certificates for landing goods in forein parts, and to know if there be any law against exporting tobacco in neutral ships.

Two letters from Colonel Quary, in answer to the memorial of the Leverpool merchants sent him in the secretary's letter of the 11th instant [fo. 282, 297], were read; and thereupon ordered that an extract of the first of the foresaid letters, beginning with these words, As to the export of tobacco, and ending with these words, in that way, be sent to Mr. Linton for his explanation [fo. 308]. And further ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Karcass, to desire to know what goods they are that require certificates to be returned from the Consuls or principal merchants of their having been landed in foreign parts; and whether he knows of any law against the exportation of tobacco in neutral ships into an enemy's country.

Plantations General.

Mrs. Furnese about difficulty in obtaining payment for seals.

Mrs. Furnese acquainting their lordships that she met with difficulties in obtaining payment for the seals she had lately delivered to this office [I. fo. 377], by reason of a mistake in her petition to my Lord Treasurer, wherein she was called executrix instead of daughter of Mr. Harris, deceased, and communicated to their lordships a certificate from the executors of the said Harris disclaiming any right to be paid for the said seals, and therefore desired their lordships to certify that she had received orders from them to prepare the said seals; whereupon their lordships signed a certificate accordingly.

April 30. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Newfoundland.

Petition of Mr. Roop praying a comsideration of his services.

A petition from Mr. John Roop, praying, in consideration of his services at Newfoundland, that he may have some further imployment given him, was read; whereupon their lordships agreed to do what they could for him the first opportunity that should offer.

Leeward Islands.

Petition of Mr. perry about the suspension of his deputy provost marshal.

A petition from Mr. John Perry, provost marshall of the Leeward Islands, relating to the suspension of his deputy at Antegoa [fo. 288, 305], was read; and thereupon ordered that Mr. Perry have notice to attend the Board to-morrow moring.

New York.

New Jersey.

Letters to the Lord Conbury.

Two letters to the Lord Cornbury [fo. 306], relating to his governments of New York and New Jersey, were agreed and ordered to be transcribed.