Journal, December 1709
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'Journal, December 1709: Journal Book N', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 2: February 1709 - March 1715 (1925), pp. 98-109. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=81220 Date accessed: 01 October 2014.


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Journal, December 1709

December 1. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton.

New York.

Palatines.

Additional memorial from Col. Hunter.

Colonel Hunter attending, presented to the Board an additional memorial [fo. 291, 293] to that he delivered in yesterday for imploying the Palatines to be settled at New York, which was read; whereupon their lordships took into consideration the employing of the said Palatines in that province, and made a progress therein.

Trade.

Letter to Mr. Savage.

Naval stores.

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Savage, secretary of the Customes [fo. 311], for an account of naval stores imported into this kingdom from her Majesty's Plantations and other foreign parts from Christmas, 1707, to Christmas, 1708, specifying how many of the said stores from the Plantations have had the allowance of the premium.

December 2. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

New York.

Palatines.

Col. Hunter.

Mr. Lodwick.

Mr. Scot.

Utensils &c. to be bought.

Tools and other necessaries exclusive of those for naval stores.

Tents.

Bedding.

Subsistance.

Persons understanding the production of naval stores.

Their salary.

A supervisor.

Store keeper.

Hemp.

Their lordships again proceeded in the consideration of the settling and employing of the Palatines [fo. 292, 295], proposed to be sent to New York, and Colonel Hunter, Mr. Lodwick and also Mr. Scot, who left that province in January last attending, they were discoursed with on several heads; first, in relation to the place of settlement, they agreed that the lands resumed to the Queen on the Mohack and Hudson's River, were very proper, those places abounding with pine trees; and Mr. Scot added that none of those resumed lands had been regranted by the Lord Cornbury when he came away; Colonel Hunter said that besides several things which would be necessary for carrying on the work of naval stores (of which he would bring a list) there were others which required immediate directions for the providing of them, because it would take up time to make them, vizt., six cauldrons of a 100 gallons each, 12 ladles and 12 funnels to each cauldron, six cauldrons of 80 gallons each, with 8 ladles and 8 funnels to each cauldron, and 200 hatchets for tapping of trees; that he had spoke to my Lord Treasurer thereupon, who had directed him to bespeak the same out of hand; that there was also preparing tools and other necessarys, exclusive of those for the production of naval stores, to be sent along with the said Palatines, a list whereof he promised to bring to their lordships to-morrow morning. He added that there would be wanting about 600 tents, with bedding in proportion, to lodge the said Palatines in, till hutts can be built for them; that it would be necessary to subsist the said Palatines for 12 months at least, from the time of their landing at New York. And these gentlemen being inquired of what would be fit to be allow'd for the said subsistence, Mr. Lodwick said that he thought sixpence sterling a day per head for the men and women, and fourpence per head for the children under ten years old, would be sufficient; that it would be necessary to send over three or four persons well versed in the manufactury of naval stores, particularly of tarr if possible to be had, to instruct the Palatines in that work, and that these instructions [sic] be incouraged to go over, by a salary to be allowed them of about 200 pound a peice. That there be also a supervisor appointed, with a salary of about 100l. for each distinct settlement; and one general storehouse at New York with a storekeeper, to receive the pitch and tar from the Palatines, and to transmit the same to this kingdom, and that about twenty bushels of hemp seed be sent along with them, in order to make a tryal of raising of hemp there.

Their lordships resolved to proceed further in that matter to-morrow morning.

December 3. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

New York.

Palatines.

Representation on Col. Hunter's proposal.

The draught of a representation, on the proposal of Colonel Hunter [fo. 293, 296], for settling three thousand Palatines at New York, and for imploying them in the production of naval stores there, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.

December 5. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

New York.

Palatines.

Representation on Col. Hunter's proposals.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland.

A representation on Colonel Hunter's proposal [fo. 295, 315] for settling 3,000 of the Palatines at New York, and for imploying them in the production of naval stores in that province, agreed at the last meeting, together with a letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing the same, were signed.

New foundland.

Letter from Comodore Taylor.

A letter from Mr. Joseph Taylor, Commodore of the Newfoundland convoy, dated the 18th of the last month, from Bearhaven in Ireland, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Copy of a letter from Commodore Taylor to the Earl of Sunderland, of the 18th November, 1709 [fo. 316], relating to the present state of defence of Newfoundland, and what ought further to be done for the security of that place &c.
Account of stores left in the fort at St. John's in Newfoundland by Commodore Taylor, together with a list of the officers there &c.
Account of the fishery in Newfoundland for the year 1709, with the fish and train carried from thence to market.
An account of the present state of Placentia in Newfoundland.

Two letters from Mr. Burchet.

Two letters from Mr. Burchet, of the 2nd and 3rd instant [fo. 316], inclosing several papers relating to the present state of Newfoundland, which were all read, and are as follows:—
Papers inclosed.
Copy of Commodore Taylor's letter to the Earl of Sunderland about the state of Newfoundland.
A plan of the fort at St. John's.
Mr. Keen's journal about the taking of St. John's.
Copy of the proposals of the inhabitants of the English part of Newfoundland, to Monsieur St. Ovide, for liberty to ransom their goods.
Copy of a paper relating to the articles made with the French, upon their taking St. John's, and to the hostages detained by them.
Mr. Southmayd's and Mr. Collins’ account of Placentia.
Mr. Hearls’ description of Placentia.
An account of Placentia.
Copy of Mr. Holdesworth and Mr. Hayman's letter to Captain Shales of the 5th July, 1709, relating to the condition of the harbour of St. John's.
Account of stores left at Newfoundland, 1709.
Account of stores at St. John's, and officers at Newfoundland in 1709.
Account of the fishery in 1709.
Copy of a letter from Major Lloyd to Captain Henry Pearden and others at St. John's, dated at Placentia, the 9th of May, 1709.

Such as not received from the Commodore to be copyd.

Whereupon ordered that copies of such of the said papers as are not transmitted to this office by the foresaid Commodore be taken, and the originals returned to Mr. Burchet.

Plantations General.

New England &c.

Col. Nicholson.

Expedition against Canada.

Colonel Nicholson attending, and giving their lordships an account of what had been done in America in relation to the intended expedition against Canada [fo. 303], he was desired to put the same into writing, which he promised to do accordingly.

December 6. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton.

Trade.

Petition of Anthony Merry and others.

Pass for a ship.

Mr. Lloyd or the petitioner to attend.

The reference from Mr. Secretary Boyle, of the 23rd of November last [fo. 289, 302], upon the petition of Anthony Merry and others, for a passport for the ship St. Francis to sail to the Canaries, Curacoa &c. (mentioned in the minutes of the 29th of the last month), was again read; whereupon ordered that Mr. Lloyd, or the petitioner, have notice to attend the Board on Thursday morning next.

1709.

Newfoundland.

Capt. Moody.

Captain Moody attending [fo. 77, 339], and being asked several questions in relation to Newfoundland, he said he was preparing a memorial upon that matter, and would lay the same before their lordships as soon as possible.

Maryland.

Letter from Col.

Seymour.

A letter from Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland, dated the 10th of January, 1708/9, was read.

Second letter from him.

A second letter from Colonel Seymour, of the 10th of March, 1708/9, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein refer'd to.
Copy of a charter for erecting the town and port of Annapolis &c. in Maryland into a city by the name of the city of Annapolis, dated the 22nd of November, 1708.
Colonel Seymour's observations upon the laws past in Maryland in December, 1708.
Acts past in Maryland in December, 1708.
Minutes of the Council of Maryland, from the 27th September, 1708, to the 5th of October following.
Minutes of Council in Assembly in Maryland, from the 29th November, 1708, to the 17th December following.
Minutes of Assembly in Maryland, from the 27th of September, 1708, to the 4th of October following.
Minutes of Assembly in Maryland, from the 29th of November, 1708, to the 17th of December following.
Minutes of the Committee of Accounts, beginning the 3rd of December, 1708, and ending the 14th of December following.

Itinerent judges.

Whereupon their lordships agreed to reconsider paragraph E of the said letter [fo. 301], relating to the itinerent judges in Maryland.

December 7. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Maryland.

Itinerent judges.

Their lordships took into consideration paragraph E of Colonel Seymour's letter of the 10th of March, 1708/9 [fo. 300], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, relating to itinerent judges in Maryland, and gave directions for answering the same.

Carolina.

Letter from the Governor and Council.

A letter from the Governor and Council of Carolina, of the 17th of September, 1708, in answer to one writ them the 7th of May, 1707, was read; and directions given for preparing an answer thereto.

Barbadoes.

Col. Stewart.

Certificate of delivering an order about Mr. Mackaskel.

Draught of a representation.

Colonel Stewart attending [fo. 280], he presented to their lordships a certificate that her Majesty's Order in Council of the 27th of February, 1708, on the petition of Mr. Mackaskell against Mr. Crow, was presented to him the 12th of May, 1709, which was read; and after some discourse with Colonel Stewart upon the matter, their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation for laying the same before her Majesty.

December 8. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Mr. Lloyd and FitzGerald.

Mr. Merry's petition.

Pass for a ship.

Draught of representation.

Mr. Lloyd attending [fo. 299, 305], as he had been directed the 6th instant, with Mr. Fitz Gerrald, one of the owners of the ship St. Francis Xaveria, of Palm, and being asked several questions in relation thereto, they said the ship was to be laden with woollen goods, silk, stockings and other manufactures of this kingdom; that the said ship was wholly owned by her Majesty's subjects; that she was to sail to the Canaries, from thence to Carracas and other parts of the Spanish West Indies, and to return to Great Britain with goods and merchandizes of the growth and manufactures of Spain and its dominions. And these gentlemen being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.

New England.

Letter from Col.

Dudley.

A letter from Colonel Dudley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, to the secretary, dated the 27th of December, 1708, acknowledging the receipt of the Board's letter by the Lord Lovelace, was read.

Second letter from him.

A second letter from Colonel Dudley to the secretary, dated the 16th August, 1709 [fo. 298], relating to the intended expedition against Canada; the loss by French privateers, and a dispute between the Massachusets Bay and Connecticut about their bounds, was read.

Third letter from him.

A third letter from Colonel Dudley to the secretary, dated the 25th of October, 1709, was read.

Fourth letter from him.

Papers therein referr'd to.

A fourth letter from Colonel Dudley to the Board, dated the 1st of March, 1708/9, was read; and the papers therein referr'd to, were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
List of the present counsellors in the Massachusets Bay.
Account of gunpowder issued in the Massachusets Bay, from the first of April, 1703, to the first of March, 1708/9.
Account of gunpowder bought for the Massachusets Bay, from May, 1703, to May, 1708.
Copy of a warrant from three of the select men of Swansey to a constable there, against Mr. Fisk, a divine, for having preach'd to some people at their own request.
List of causes try'd in the several Courts of Justice in the Massachusets Bay, from December, 1703, to March, 1708/9.
Three proclamations about privateers, the Union and a general fast &c.
Several Acts past at a General Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, begun and held in May, 1708.
Minutes of Council of the Massachusets Bay, from the 16th of February, 1707, to the 14th June, 1708.
Minutes of Council of the Massachusets Bay, from the 15th June, 1707, to the 4th of November following.
Minutes of Council of the Massachusets Bay, from the 7th of November, 1707, to the 12th of February following.
Minutes of the Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, from the 29th of October, 1707, to the 16th of December following.
Minutes of Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, from the 26th of May, 1708, to the 6th of July following.
Minutes of Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, from the 20th of October, 1708, to the 6th of November following.

Whereupon directions were given for preparing answers thereunto.

December 9. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle.

Mr. Merry's petition.

Pass for a ship.

A letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle, upon the petition of Mr. Merry and others [fo. 302], praying for a pass for the ship St. Francis Xaveria, of Palm, to go from this kingdom to the Canaries &c., as directed at the last meeting, was signed.

Barbadoes.

Letter to Mr. Crow.

A letter to Mr. Crow, Governor of Barbadoes, directed the 28th of the last month, was signed.

New England.

Letter from Mr. Addington.

A letter from Mr. Addington, of the 15th of March, 1708/9, to the secretary, specifying the papers of publick proceedings sent by the Falmouth man-of-war, was read.

Second letter from Mr. Addington.

A second letter from Mr. Addington to the secretary, dated the 26th of October, 1709, was read.

Letter from Mr. Plaisted.

A letter from Mr. Plaisted, of the 12th of April, 1709, touching the difficulty he meets with in cutting of timber for masts in New England by reason of the neutrality held at New York with the enemy &c., was read.

New England.

Letter from Mr. Bridger.

Papers therein referr'd to.

A letter from Mr. Bridger, surveyor of the woods on the Continent in America, dated the 6th of July, 1708, was read; and the papers therein referr'd to, were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Copies of Colonel Dudley's warrant to seize such persons as have cutt masts without licence.—Bonds given by them to appear.—Several depositions against the offenders.—Their tryal and acquittal.—Mr. Bridger's appeal thereon.— Warrant for Mr. Taylor to cut masts.—Plaisted's letter to Colonel Dudley, and deposition touching masts cut by him.— Several depositions about the bounds of Kittery, York and Wells in New England.

(New Hampshire.

Act about mast and white pine trees.

Copy of an Act for the better preservation of all masts, trees, or white pine trees within her Majesty's province of New Hampshire [fo. 311].

Representation thereupon.)

Whereupon ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared, proposing the confirmation of the said Act. [The original being among other laws of New Hampshire. No. 8.]

Second letter from Mr. Bridger.

A second letter from Mr. Bridger, of the 27th of March, 1709, was read.

Third letter from him.

A third letter from Mr. Bridger, of the 17th of August, 1709, was also read.

Letter to Mr. Savage.

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Savage [fo. 311], to desire to know whether the Commissioners of the Customs have anything under consideration in relation to Mr. Bridger aforesaid.

December 12. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

New Hampshire.

Letter from Col.

Dudley.

A letter from Colonel Dudley, Governor of New Hampshire, dated the 1st of March, 1708/9, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
List of the present counsellors of New Hampshire, as also of those recommended to supply vacancies therein.
Minutes of her Majesty's Superior Court of Judicature, upon several causes try'd there in August, 1708.
Minutes of Council in New Hampshire, from 21st October, 1707, to 20th January, 1708/9.
Seven Acts past by the General Assembly of New Hampshire in October, 1707, and May and November, 1708.

Massachusets.

New Hampshire.

Letter from Col.

Dudley.

A second letter from Colonel Dudley of the 2nd of March, 1708/9, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Account of ordnance and stores of war that are in the Castle, and the several forts in New England, as also of such of the said stores as have been expended.
Minutes of Council in Assembly in New Hampshire from the 15th of October, 1707, to the 18th November, 1708.

New Hampshire.

Third letter from Col. Dudley.

A third letter from Colonel Dudley to the secretary, of the 15th of March, 1708/9, relating to Major Smith, recomended to be one of the Council of New Hampshire &c., was also read, whereupon directions were given for preparing answers thereto.

Letter from Mr. Usher.

A letter from Mr. Usher, Deputy Governor of New Hampshire, of the 23rd of March, 1708/9, concerning the money raised for paying the agent appointed by the Assembly of that province to solicite their affairs in England &c., was read.

Second letter from Mr. Usher.

A second letter from Mr. Usher, without date, was likewise read, and directions were given for preparing answers to the same.

Connecticut.

Letter from the Governor and Company.

Negroes.

A letter from the Governor and Company of Connecticut, of the 26th of January, 1708/9 [M. fo. 111], in answer to one writ them the 15th of April, 1708, requiring an account of the number and price of negroes brought thither directly from Africa &c., was read.

Second letter from the Governor and Company.

A second letter from the Governor and Company, of the 24th of January, 1708/9, in answer to one writ them the 7th of May, 1707, requiring an account of the state of Connecticut, was read.

Letter from the Governor.

A third letter from Mr. Gurdon Saltonstal, Governor of the said Colony, of the 19th of February, 1708/9, acknowledging the receipt of the Acts about coin and trade to America, also the instructions relating to the Acts of trade and navigation, was likewise read; whereupon directions were given for preparing answers to the said letters.

Bermuda.

Letter from Colonel Bennet.

A letter from Colonel Bennet, Governor of Bermuda, to the secretary, dated the 30th of September, 1709, was read.

Rhode Island.

Letter from the Governor.

Negroes.

A letter from Mr. Cranston, Governor of Rhode Island, of the 5th of December, 1708 [M. fo. 111], in answer to one writ him the 15th of April, 1708, relating to the number and price of negroes brought thither directly from Africa, was read.

Second letter from him.

Another letter from Mr. Cranston, of the 5th of December, 1708, was read.

Third letter from him.

A third letter from Mr. Cranston, of the same date, in answer to one writ him the 7th of May, 1707, requiring an account of the state of Rhode Island, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referrd to.
Number of inhabitants, militia and servants, white and black, in Rhode Island, December the 5th, 1708.
Number of vessells that have been built in Rhode Island, from 1698 to 1708, and the number now belonging to the said colony &c., together with the seafaring men there.

Whereupon ordered that answers be prepared thereunto.

December 13. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Jamaica.

Letter from the Governor.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland.

Pirates on the Spanish coast.

A letter from Brigadier Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 20th of October last, relating to the growing strength of the pirates on the Spanish coasts in the West Indies, and to the damage they have done the enemy in those parts, was read; whereupon a letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing an extract of the said letter for his lordship's information, was signed, and ordered that a postscript be added to the letter to Brigadier Handasyd [fo. 285], signed the 25th of the last month.

New England.

Letter from Mr. Savage.

Bridger.

A letter from Mr. Savage, secretary to the Commissioners of her Majesty's Customes, of yesterday's date [fo. 306], signifying that they have nothing under their consideration relating to Mr. Bridger, Surveyor General of the Woods on the Continent of America, and that they have not any cognizance of that office, was read.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Savage.

Naval stores Imported.

A second letter from Mr. Savage, of the same date, in answer to one writ him the first instant [fo. 292], for an account of naval stores imported into this kingdom from her Majesty's Plantations and other foreign parts, from Christmas, 1707, to Christmas, 1708, &c., was also read.

Plantations General.

Bill for preserving white pine trees.

Draught of a Representation.

Their lordships then took into consideration the draught of a Bill for the preservation of white pine trees [fo. 306, 314], growing in all her Majesty's plantations in America, and gave directions for preparing a draught of a representation for laying the same before her Majesty.

Bermuda.

Bennet & Jones.

Hearing adjourn'd.

Mr. Jones acquainted therewith.

Sir John Bennet attending [fo. 273, 322], and acquainting their lordships that Sir Thomas Parker could not attend the hearing to-morrow on the Bermuda complaints, and therefore desiring that the said hearing might be put off, and their lordships being also informed that Mr. Solicitor General had consented thereto, ordered that Mr. Jones be acquainted therewith, and that the said hearing is accordingly put off to the 2nd of January next.

December 14. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton.

Virginia.

Letter from the Earl of Sunderland.

Commission and instructions for the Earl of Orkney.

A letter from the Earl of Sunderland, of the 10th instant [fo. 315], directing their lordships to prepare the draughts of a commission and instructions for the Earl of Orkney to be Governor of her Majesty's colony and dominion of Virginia, was read, and directions given for doing the same.

Maryland.

Laws.

Their lordships took into consideration the body of laws past in Maryland in 1704 and 1705 [M. fo. 138; fo. 393] (contained in Book No. 16), mentioned in the minutes of the 14th of May, 1708, and read 8th [sic] of the said laws.

December 15. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Secretary Boyle.

Proposal of the Chancery of Austria to that of Bohemia.

English Woollens.

Memorial from Lubec and other papers.

A letter from Mr. Secretary Boyle, of the 14th instant [fo. 334, 354], referring to the Board a proposal made by the private Court of Chancery of Austria to the Royal Court of Chancery of Bohemia, relating to the importation of the English woollen manufactures into those countries; also a memorial from the city of Lubec concerning trade [fo. 352], with several papers relating thereto, which were read, and direction given for laying before the Board all the papers in this office, relating to the woollen manufactures in Austria.

Plantations General.

Pirates atMadagascar.

Papers from Lord Marquis of Carmarthen.

Several papers from the Lord Carmarthen [fo. 135, 345], touching the reducing the pirates at Madagascar, were laid before the Board, and their lordships resolved to take ‘em into their consideration at a convenient opportunity.

Plantations General.

Tradeat Curacoa and St. Thomas.

Mr. Peter Holt attending [fo. 270, 328], presented to their lordships two memorials, relating to the trade carried on at Curacoa and St. Thomas, setting forth the pernicious consequence thereof, which their lordships likewise agreed to take into consideration at a convenient opportunity.

December 16. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Africa.

Order of House of Commons.

Order of the House of Commons of the 15th instant [fo. 314, 290], directing this Board to lay before them what further observations their lordships have made, relating to the trade to Africa, since their last observations laid before that House, was read; and directions given for preparing an answer thereunto.

December 19. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Africa.

Answer to Order of House of Commons.

An answer to the Order of the House of Commons of the 15th instant [fo. 313; O. fo. 89], relating to the trade to Africa, mentioned in the minutes of the 16th instant, was signed.

Plantations General.

Preservation of white pines.

Representation.

Draught of an Act.

A representation relating to the preservation of white pines or mast trees on the Continent of America [fo. 311], as directed the 13th instant, was signed; and a letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing the same, as also the draught of an Act for that purpose, were sent to his lordship.

December 20. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Maryland.

Letter from the Council.

Col. Seymour's death.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland.

A letter from the members of her Majesty's Council of Maryland, of the 31st of August last, giving an account that Colonel Seymour dyed there the 30th of July, 1709, and that they had thereupon taken upon them the administration of the government, was read; whereupon ordered [fo. 316] that a copy of the said letter be sent to the Earl of Sunderland, for his lordship's information.

Virginia.

Earl of Orkney's commission.

The draught of a commission for the Earl of Orkney to be Governor of Virginia [fo. 312, 318], as directed the 14th instant, was agreed, and order'd to be transcribed.

New York.

Letter from the Earl of Sunderland.

Instrument to be signed by the Palatines.

Col. Hunter with a draught thereof.

Letter to Mr. Attorny General thereupon.

A letter from the Earl of Sunderland, of yesterday's date, signifying her Majesty's pleasure that this Board do advise with Mr. Attorney General, about drawing up an instrument to be signed by the Palatines to be sent to New York with Colonel Hunter, for holding them to the terms proposed by the representation of this Board of the 5th instant [fo. 296, 327], was read; and Colonel Hunter attending at the same time, he presented to their lordships the draught of such an instrument, which was also read; and directions given that a copy thereof, as likewise of the forementioned representation [fo. 320], be sent to Mr. Attorney General for his opinion thereupon accordingly.

December 21. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Maryland.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland.

Copy of one from the Council about the Governor's death, &c.

A letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing a copy of one from the members of her Majesty's Council of Maryland, touching the death of Colonel Seymour [fo. 315], and their taking on them the administration of that government, as directed at the last meeting, was signed.

Newfoundland.

Letter from the Earl of Sunderland.

Papers from Commodore Taylor.

A letter from the Earl of Sunderland, of the 16th instant [fo. 296], transmitting several papers from Commodore Taylor, relating to the present state of Newfoundland, was read, together with three of the said papers, the rest being copies of what has been already received from the said Commodore and from Mr. Burchet [fo. 297], mentioned in the minutes of the 5th instant; the aforesaid three papers are as follows, vizt.:
Copies of the depositions of John Collins, Thomas Gruchy, Allen Southmayd, and John Marshal, inhabitants in Newfoundland, relating to the taking of St. John's, to Major Lloyd's letting out the soldiers to hier, and to a duty paid for maintainance of the minister there.
Copy of Commodore Taylor's account of disbursments on the fort at St. John's in Newfoundland.
Copy of Commodore Taylor's commission to Mr. John Collin to be commander of St. John's Fort and Harbour &c., in Newfoundland, dated the 6th of October, 1709.

New Jersey.

Col. Hunter and Mr. Champante.

New York.

Council.

New Jersey.

Draught of Instruction for inquiring into the occasion of the heats &c.

Colonel Hunter attending, with Mr. Champante [fo. 291], in relation to the settling the Council of New Jersey, Colonel Hunter proposed that Mr. Lewis Morris be restored to his place in the said Council, from which he had been suspended by Colonel Ingoldsby, and that Mr. Thomas Gordon, of East New Jersey, and Mr. Thomas Gardner of West New Jersey be also added to the said Council, to fill up the vacancies there. Colonel Hunter further proposed that Colonel Peartree be removed from the Council at New York [fo. 319] for having been concerned in illegal and unwarrantable proceedings, and that Mr. Staats and Mr. Walters be restored to their places in the said Council, from whence they had been suspended by the Lord Cornbury. These gentlemen being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of an additional instruction to Colonel Hunter for her Majesty's royal signature, directing him, upon his arrival in New Jersey, to inquire into the occasion of the heats and divisions in that province [fo. 319], and to transmit an account thereof to her Majesty, for her pleasure therein.

Virginia.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland.

Lord Orkney's commission.

A letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing the draught of a commission to the Earl of Orkney for the government of Virginia [fo. 315, vide infra], mentioned in the minutes of the 20th instant, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.

December 22. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Virginia.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland.

Earl of Orkney's commission.

A letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing the draught of a commission to the Earl of Orkney to be Governor of Virginia [vide supra, fo. 381 (sic)], agreed at the last meeting, was signed.

New York.

Order of Council.

Acts.

Order of Council of the 15th instant [fo. 289], upon a representation of the 29th of the last month, proposing the repeal of two Acts past in New York in October, 1708, and May, 1709, relating to fees and divers irregularities and extortions, approving the said representation, was read.

Order of Council.

Instruction about table of fees.

Another Order of Council, of the same date [fo. 289, 322], upon the same representation, directing this Board to prepare an instruction to Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York, requiring him with the advice of the Council there, to reconsider of the table of fees settled in 1693 [fo. 278], and, if need be, to prepare such another, as may be a reasonable provision, and most agreable to the circumstances thereof, was also read; and the secretary laying before their lordships the draught of such an instruction, the same was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.

New Jersey.

Additional instruction about occasion of the heats &c.

The draught of an additional instruction to Colonel Hunter, Governor of New Jersey, for her Majesty's royal signature, directing him, upon his arrival in that province, to inquire into the occasion of the heats and divisions there [fo. 318, 322], and to indeavour to reconcile the same; and, if he do not succeed therein, then to transmit an account thereof to her Majesty, was also agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.

New York.

Mr. Rayner.

Character of Mr. Peartree.

Mr. Rayner attending, and being asked what he knew of the character of William Peartree, a member of the Council of New York [fo. 317, 321] (mentioned in yesterday's minutes), he said that he had observed, whilst he was at New York, that he did seldom attend the publick service at that Board; that he had seen a letter writ by young Mr. Bayard from New York, in October last, to Mr. Adderly here, wherein it is said that the seamen, which had deserted from the Tryton and the Lostaffe at New York, did now, since those ships were come away, appear on board ships belonging to the said Peartree [fo. 321] and to the Mayor of New York; and he promised to give their lordships an extract of the said letter.

New York.

New Jersey.

Representation with Col. Hunter's said instruction.

The draught of a representation for laying before her Majesty Colonel Hunter's instructions for the governments of New York and New Jersey [fo. 216, 321], as also those relating to the Acts of Trade and Navigation, together with the above mentioned additional instructions, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

Letter to Col. Hunter.

The draught of a letter to Colonel Hunter [fo. 322], relating to the governments of the said provinces, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

New York.

Letter from Mr. Attorney General.

Instrument to be signed by the Palatines.

Letter to Earl of Sunderland.

A letter from Mr. Attorney General, of yesterday's date [fo. 316, 321], returning the draught of an instrument sent him the 20th instant, with his amendments thereto, for holding the Palatines to the terms proposed by the representation of this Board of the 5th instant, was read. Whereupon ordered that the draught of a letter to the Earl of Sunderland be prepared for transmitting to his lordship a copy of the said instrument, as amended by Mr. Attorney General.

December 23. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

New York.

Extract of a letter from Mr. Bayard.

Mr. Peartree.

Mr. Rayner attending, presented to their lordships an extract of a letter from Mr. Bayard, junior, to Mr. Adderly here, dated at New York in October last [fo. 319, 331], relating to Mr. Peartree, one of the Council there, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was read.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland.

Instrument to be signed by the Palatines.

A letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing the draught of an instrument to be signed by the Palatines [fo. 320] for holding them to certain terms, as directed yesterday, was signed.

New York.

New Jersey.

Representation with Col. Hunter's instructions and additional instructions about table of fees at New York and occasion of the heats at New Jersey.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland.

A representation laying before her Majesty Colonel Hunter's instructions for the governments of New York and New Jersey [fo. 320, 330, 331], relating to the Acts of Trade and Navigation, together with additional instructions for her Majesty's royal signature, the one directing him to reconsider the table of fees settled in New York in 1693 &c. [fo. 319], the other directing him upon his arrival in New Jersey, to inquire into the occasion of the heats and divisions there, and to endeavour to reconcile the same, was signed, together with a letter to the Earl of Sunderland inclosing the same.

New York.

New Jersey.

Letter to Col. Hunter.

A letter to Colonel Hunter [fo. 320], relating to the governments of the said provinces, agreed at the last meeting, was signed.