Journal, January 1711
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'Journal, January 1711: Journal Book O', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 2: February 1709 - March 1715 (1925), pp. 218-235. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=81233 Date accessed: 02 September 2014.


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Journal, January 1711

1710–11.

January 2. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Trade.

Swedish masters of ships.

Passes.

Letter to Duke of Queensberry thereupon.

Mr. Zacharias Zacharison and Joachim Konig, masters of two Swedish ships attending [fo. 159], as they had been desired the 29th of the last month, their petition to her Majesty, referr'd to in the Duke of Queensberry's letter of the 22nd of the same month, praying for a pass for the said ships to go to France, was read; and being asked several questions thereupon, they said that they intend to go to Bourdeaux or St. Martins, and there take in their lading, and from thence sail directly for Gottenburgh or Stand in Sweden, and that they do not intend to trade from port to port. These masters being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of an answer [fo. 164] to the aforementioned letter from the Duke of Queensberry.

Letter to Duke of Queensberry.

Trade to Riga, Revel, &c.

The draught of a letter to the Duke of Queensberry, directed the 29th of the last month [fo. 159, 164], relating to the opening a trade to Riga, Revel &c. now in possession of the Czar of Muscovy, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

Maryland.

Order of Council.Petition of Sir Thomas Lawrence. Address of Assembly. Ordinary licencies (sic).

An Order of Council of the 13th of the last month, upon the petition of Sir Thomas Lawrence, relating to an address from the Assembly of Maryland to her Majesty [fo. 150, 223] wherein they deny his right to the benefit of fines payable on the granting licences to ordinaries &c. in that province, and praying that he may have full satisfacation for his losses sustained by their refusing to obey her Majesty's orders in that behalf, was read; whereupon ordered that all the papers in this office touching the said Sir Thomas Lawrences's (sic) claim be laid before their lordships on Monday the 9th instant.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Secretary St. John with extract of one from Mr. D’ Alais.Imposition on cloath at Hannover.

A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John of the 23rd of December last, inclosing the extract of a letter from Mr. D'Alais, her Majesty's secretary at Hannover [fo. 135, 164], relating to the discourse he had had lately with the Elector of Hannover, touching the new imposition which has been laid upon the foreign cloths imported into that country, and of his Electoral Highness's sence on that matter, was read; whereupon order'd that all the papers in this office relating thereunto be laid before their lordships.

Barbado's.

Proposals.Courts of justice there.

Sent to Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General.

Proposals for redressing the irregular proceedings, and for preventing the unnecessary delays in the courts of justice of Barbadoes, were laid before the Board, and directions given for sending the same to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General [fo. 399], for their opinion thereupon.

January 3. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Trade.

Letter to the Duke of Queensberry.

Passes for Swedish ships.

A letter to the Duke of Queensberry upon the petition of the masters of 2 Swedish ships [fo. 162], praying for a pass for the said ships to go to France, directed yesterday, was sign'd.

Letter to the Duke of Queensberry.

Trade with Riga, Revel, &c.

Another letter to the Duke of Queensberry relating to the opening of a trade with Riga, Revel and other parts of Livonia and Ingria now in possession of the Czar of Muscovy [fo. 162, 176], agreed at the last meeting, was signed.

Imposition on coarse cloaths at Hannover.

Letter to the Governor of Hamburgh Company.

Their lordships taking into consideration Mr. Secretary St. John's letter relating to the new imposition laid on foreign coarse cloths, [fo. 163], imported into the Elector of Hannover's dominions, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, ordered that a letter be writ to the Governor of the Hamburgh Company [fo. 170, 219], to acquaint him that his highness does persist in continuing the said duty, and that therefore, if the Company have any further reasons to offer or methods to propose to induce his highness to take of[f] the said duty, they do lay the same before their lordships on Fryday morning next.

Africa.

Mr. Harris, Milner, &c.

Objections against the Company's scheme.Scheme of the separate traders.

Mr. Harris, Mr. Millner and Mr. Morice attending, they presented to their lordships a paper containing some objections to the scheme from the Royal African Company [fo. 158, 169], for an exclusive company; they also presented to their lordships a scheme from the separate traders to Africa [fo. 182], for the more effectual carrying on and preserving the trade to Africa, which were read; and their lordships agreed to take the same into consideration on Monday morning next.

January 4. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Jamaica.

Letter from Mr. Carkesse.

Duty on prize goods.

Trade.

Thread imported from Germany.

Jamaica.

Letter to Mr. Lowndes.

Duties on prize goods.

A letter from Mr. Carkess, of the 3rd instant, inclosing an account of money that has been received in relation to prize goods in Jamaica, which on perusal their lordships found to be the same with that already in this office, referr'd to in Major General Handasyd's letter of the 25th of March, 1710, mentioned in the minutes of the 4th of May following (Jamaica L. No. 100), as also an account of the several sorts of thread imported from Germany from Christmas, 1701, to Christmas, 1706, in distinct years, was read; whereupon their lordships took into consideration the draught of a letter in answer to that from Mr. Lowndes of the 9th of the last month [fo. 134, 171], read the 12th ditto, relating to the duties payable on prize goods in Jamaica, and made a progress therein.

January 5. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

New England.

Letter from Colonel Dudley.

Papers therein referr'd to.

A letter from Colonel Dudley, Governor of New England, dated at Boston the 15th November, 1710, was read; and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
List of causes in the inferior courts of Bristol and Barnstable in New England in 1710.
Several proclamations relating to the government of the Massachusets Bay.
Minutes of Council of the Massachusets Bay, from 1st January, 1708, to the 17th June, 1709.
Minutes of Council of the Massachusets Bay, from the 18th of June, 1709, to the 4th February, 170 9/10.
Minutes of Council in Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, from 26th October, 1709, to the 18th February, 170 9/10.
Acts pass'd in the Massachusets Bay in 170 9/10.
Acts pass'd in the Massachusets Bay the 27th day of March and 31st of May, 1710.
Minutes of the Council in Assembly of New Hampshire, from the 12th May, 1710, to the 23rd of October following.
Acts pass'd in New Hampshire the 16th May and 21st October, 1710.
Journal of Colonel Nicholson's expedition against Port Royal in the Boston News Letter, 1710.
Address from the Governor, Council and Assembly of New Hampshire to her Majesty, praying that ships of war may be sent in the spring for reducing Quebec and Montreal, dated 23rd October, 1710.

Address sent to Lord Dartmouth.

Extract about want of a scout boat sent to the Custom House. Another about naval stores sent to the Admiralty

Whereupon a letter to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing the above-mention'd address, was signed, and directions were given for sending to the Commissioners of the Customs paragraph C of Colonel Dudley's said letter, relating to collectors being appointed by them to take care of the trade in his governments, and to the want of a scout boat, to meet foreign ships on the coast; as also for sending paragraph D of the same letter, touching the people's being imploy'd in building ships, or in the production of naval stores &c., to divert them from turning their hands to the woollen manufacture, be sent to Mr. Burchet [fo. 183] for the consideration of the lords of the Admiralty.

Letter from Colonel Dudley to the secretary.

Waldron's land in New Hampshire.

A letter from Colonel Dudley to the secretary, dated the 15th November, 1710, giving him an account of some things he has wrote in his foresaid letter to their lordships, and inclosing part of a letter written to him by Mr. Waldron, relating to lands the said Waldron has in New Hampshire, was read.

Letter from Mr.Addington.

A letter from Mr. Addington, secretary of the Massachusets Bay, dated 14th November, transmitting the papers of publick proceedings, was read.

Trade.

Jamaica.

Letter from Mr. Harris.

Petition from Jamaica. Negroes.

A letter from Mr. Richard Harris, inclosing the copy of a petition from the planters, merchants and inhabitants of Jamaica to the House of Commons, touching their being better furnished there with negroes by the separate traders [fo. 165, 171], than by the Royal African Company, was read.

Trade.

Hamburg Company to attend.

Cloaths at Hannover.

Order'd that Mr. Ward, Governor of the Hamburgh Company, with some other members thereof [fo. 165], be desired to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next, in relation to what was wrote to the said Governor by the secretary, the 3rd instant, touching the imposition laid on foreign coarse cloth imported into the Elector of Hannover's dominions.

Letter from Sir Ambrose Crowley.

Iron and steel exported.

A letter from Sir Ambrose Crawley to Mr. Moore, dated the 3rd instant, relating to iron and steel exported to the plantations &c. [fo. 173], being communicated to their lordships, ordered that Sir Ambrose have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next.

January 8. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

New York.

Trade.

Naral stores.

A letter from the Lord Dartmouth, of the 5th instant, desiring an account of what Colonel Hunter has wrote to their lordships, relating to naval stores, and what improvements have been made therein [fo. 263], as also for their lordships’ opinion what may be done for promoting that important service, was read; whereupon order'd that such papers as are in this office relating thereunto be laid before the Board.

Jamaica.

Duties on prize goods.

Letter to Mr. Lowndes.

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a letter to Mr. Lowndes relating to the duties payable on prize goods in Jamaica [fo. 166, 174], mentioned in the minutes of the 4th instant, and made a further progress therein.

Trade.

African papers.

Their lordships also taking into consideration the papers relating to the African trade [fo. 169], agreed to proceed further in the consideration of that matter on Wednesday morning next.

Virginia.

Letter from Colonel Spotswood.

Papers therein referr'd to.

A letter from Colonel Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, dated the 24th October, 1710 [fo. 231], was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Proclamations relating to several matters.
Copy of the proceedings of the Commissioners appointed for settling the short boundaries between Virginia and Carolina, with the opinion of the Council thereupon.
Memorial from Mr. Bird, Receiver General of Virginia, to the late Lord Treasurer relating to the quit rents there being paid in naval stores &c.
Minutes of Council of Virginia, from the 15th of October, 1709, to the 29th of April, 1710.
Minutes of Council of Virginia, from the 23rd of June, 1710, to the 15th of September following.

Extract sent to the Postmaster General.

Whereupon their lordships agreed to reconsider paragraph E of the said letter, relating to the factions occasioned by dividing old and erecting new parishes &c.; paragraph I, relating to some irregular proceedings in the general court about lapsed and escheated lands, and about patenting of lands; as also paragraph H, relating to the setting the bounds with Carolina. They further agreed to communicate paragraph F of the same letter to Sir Ambrose Crawley, when he shall be at the Board to-morrow, touching a project for incouraging the iron mines lately discovered in that colony; and ordered that paragraph G, relating to the settling of a post through that country and the neighbouring colonies, be sent to Sir Thomas Frankland and Mr. Evelyn, Postmaster General, for their information.

January 9. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Trade.

Sir Ambrose Crowley, &c.

Exports of iron.

Letter to Mr. Carkesse for accounts of foreign unwrought iron and steel reexported.

Sir Ambrose Crowley with some other gentlemen concerned in the manufacturing of iron in this kingdom attending, the paper referr'd to in Sir Ambrose Crowley's letter to Mr. Moore [fo. 170, 174], mentioned in the minutes of the 5th instant, entituled, the case of the exporters of Great Britain's manufactured iron and steel to her Majesty's plantations and colonies &c., was read; and being thereupon asked several questions, they said that in the first and second years of their late Majestys King William and Queen Mary, the duties then amounted to 54 shillings per tun upon the importation of unwrought iron, and in the 2nd and 3rd years of her present Majesty's reign a draw back of 50 shillings and sixpence was allow'd upon the re-exportation of such foreign unwrought iron; that the duty upon manufactured iron is now 5l. per tun; that about the year 1708 there were 350 tuns of unwrought iron exported from hence to New England, and has increased since, and that there is not now exported of manufactured iron to New England above half the quantity of what used to be formerly; that, if the draw back upon the exportation of unwrought iron were taken off, they did not doubt, but that they should then be able to sell their iron ware so cheap as to prevent the people of New England from manufacturing of iron for the future. These gentlemen being withdrawn, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Carkess, to move the Commissioners of the Customs [fo. 194], that their lordships may have an account of the quantities of unwrought foreign iron and steel exported to the plantations annually from Lady Day, 1702, to Michaelmas last [fo. 173].

Jamaica.

Letter to Mr. Lowndes.Duties on prize goods.

A letter to Mr. Lowndes, relating to the duties payable on prize goods in Jamaica [fo. 171], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was agreed and ordered to be sent.

January 10. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Trade.

Letter from Mr.Secretary St. John.

Extract of one from Mr. Wych.

Herring trade at Hamburgh.

A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, of the 8th instant, inclosing an extract of a letter from Mr. Wych, her Majesty's minister at Hamburgh, signifying that he had presented a memorial to the senate there [fo. 118, 232], conformable to the Board's observations in their letter of the 1st of the last month to Mr. Secretary St. John, relating to the convention for the herring trade &c., was read.

New York.

Letter from Colonel Hunter.

New Jersey.

Place of Assembly's sitting.

A letter from Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York (without date) relating to the government of that province [fo. 194], was read. Whereupon ordered that the Act past at the General Assembly of New Jersey the 30th of June, 1709, no. 2. mentioned in paragraph G of the said letter entituled An Act for ascertaining the place of sitting of the representatives to meet in General Assembly [fo. 227], be laid before their lordships.

Trade.

Mr. Williams.

His two memorials about treaty of commerce with Venice.

Mr. Wiliams attending, presented to their lordships a memorial upon the 13 heads for a treaty of commerce with Venice [fo. 139, 182], mentioned in the minutes of the 14th of the last month, as also another memorial containing his observations on the propositions made by that Republick in order to such a treaty, mentioned also in the foregoing minutes, which were read; and Mr. Williams being asked if he had anything further to offer in relation to the said treaty, he said that he did not know of anything else at present.

Mr. Whitworth about opening a trade to Riga, Revel, &c.

Mr. Whitworth came to the Board by direction of the Duke of Queensberry, to acquaint their lordships that the meaning of his Grace's letter of the 22nd of November last, relating to the proposal to her Majesty for opening a trade to Riga, Revel, and other ports of Livonia and Ingria now in the possession of his Czarish Majesty [fo. 164, 177], was to have their lordship's opinion whether, for the better supply of naval stores to this kingdom, there will be such necessity for opening a trade to these parts, as may require that the doing thereof be insisted upon on the part of her Majesty.

January 11. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie.

Trade.

To Riga, Revel, &c.

Letter to Mr. Wordsworth and Mr Joy

Their lordships, taking into consideration what Mr. Whitworth said yesterday at the Board, touching the opening a trade to Riga and other ports now in the possession of his Czarish Majesty [fo. 176, 197], ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Wordsworth and Mr. Joy, for theirs and other Swedish merchants’ opinion, whether there be such a necessity for opening a trade there, as may require the insisting thereupon on the part of her Majesty, together with their reasons for their opinion.

A letter from Mr. Carkesse.

Venice.

Exports and imports.

Letter to Lord Dartmouth.

Treaty of commerce.

A letter from Mr. Carkesse, of the 23rd December last (in answer to one writ him the 7th ditto), inclosing an account of exports and imports [fo. 126] to and from the Venetian territories, with the values thereof for the years 1700 and 1708, as also an account of what duties are payable upon the said accounts were read; and their lordships thereupon, taking into consideration several heads for a treaty of commerce with Venice, gave directions for preparing the draught of a letter to the Lord Dartmouth, in answer to his lordship's of the 30th of November last [fo. 120], relating to such a treaty with Venice, mentioned in the minutes of the 14th of the last month.

New England.

Colonel Nicholson.

Reduction of Port Royal.

Colonel Nicholson attending, and being asked in what state he left Port Royal as to civil and military government, he said that he had already presented such papers as he had by him, relating to that matter, to her Majesty, and that as soon as his other papers, which were left in a trunk at Plymouth, should arrive, and of which he was in daily expectation, he would then give their lordships as full information of what they desire to know as he was able.

Iron manufacture in New England.

Then being asked what he knew about the iron manufacture in New England, he said that there were some quantities imported there from hence every year, but how much he did not know; that he did not believe there is any more wrought there now than has been these many years; that they employ their blacks in that work, and that those that have not blacks may have labourers for eighteen pence or two shillings, their money per day.

New York.

New Jersey.

Letter from Colonel Hunter.

Papers therein referrd to.

A letter from Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York, dated the 14th November [fo. 194], upon several heads relating to the government thereof, as also of New Jersey, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board and are as follows, vizt.:
Copy of Mr. Lewis Morris's speech in the Assembly of New York, recommending to them the reconsideration of the Governor's salary.
Draught of a tract of land on Hudson's River, containing 6,000 acres, purchased by Colonel Hunter of Mr. Livingston, for the settlement of the Palatines to be employ'd there in making naval stores.
Minutes of the Council of New York, from 14th June, 1710, to 11th November following.
Minutes of Assembly of New York, from 1st September, 1710, to 11th November following.
An ordnance by the Governor and Council of New York for the regulating and establishing fees.
An Act for the more ease of her Majesty's subjects in this colony.
An Act for establishing a revenue upon their Majesties for defraying the publick and necessary charges of the government, pass'd in 1692.
Acts past in New York the 30th of October, 1710.

Mr. Du Pré summond.

Letter to Lord Dartmouth.

Naval stores.

Whereupon ordered that Mr. Dupré, who brought over the said letters and papers, have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning, and that the draught of a letter be prepared, in answer to the Lord Dartmouth's letter of the 5th instant, signifying that their lordships are preparing an account of what Colonel Hunter writes in relation to naval stores and other matters [fo. 170, 181], to be laid before her Majesty.

January 12. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

New York
Letter to Lord Dartmouth.

Naval stores.

A letter to the Lord Dartmouth, in answer to his lordship's of the 5th instant, signifying to his lordship that this Board are preparing an account of what Mr. Hunter, Governor of New York, has written in relation to naval stores &c. [fo. 180], to be laid before her Majesty, directed yesterday, was signed.

Trade.

Africa.

Their lordships then took into consideration the letter from the Duke of Queensberry of the 9th of December, 1710, referring to this Board the petitions from the Royal African Company to her Majesty [fo. 132, 183], mentioned in the minutes of the 12th of the same month, which was again read, as also two schemes, one from the said company read the 19th ditto [fo. 148], the other from the separate traders read the 3rd instant [fo. 165], both the said schemes containing proposals for the carrying on that trade; whereupon their lordships agreed to proceed in the further consideration of the African trade on Monday morning next.

January 15. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Trade.

Venice.

Treaty of commerce.

Letter to Lord Dartmouth.

Their lordships taking into consideration the draught of a letter to the Lord Dartmouth, in answer to his lordship's of the 3rd of November, relating to a treaty of commerce with the Republick of Venice [fo. 176, 190], mentioned in the minutes of the 10th instant, made a progress therein.

Tradeto Africa.

Queries sent to separate traders.

Royal African Company summond.

Their lordships then proceeded in the further consideration of the trade to Africa [fo. 181], as they had agreed at the last meeting, and framed several queries for the separate traders, and gave directions for sending the same to them, and that they be desired to attend the Board thereupon on Tuesday, the 23rd instant, and come prepared to lay before their lordships, whatever they have to offer by way of answer to the said queries [fo. 184], in maintenance of their scheme, read the 3rd instant, and that the company be acquainted therewith, and desired to attend at the same time.

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

New England.

Letter from Mr. Burchet.

Importation of spars and long boards.

Opinion of Navy Board.

A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 12th instant [fo. 169], in answer to one writ him the 5th ditto, relating to the importation of spars and long boards (not to be had elsewhere) from New England, mentioned in Colonel Dudley's letter of the 15th November, 1710, paragraph D, read the 5th instant, with the opinion of the Navy Board thereupon, that they had no objection, and could not fix a premium, was read.

Trade.

Plantations General.

Letter from Mr. Carkesse.

Account of naval stores imported.

A letter from Mr. Carkesse, of the 12th instant, with an account of naval stores imported into this kingdom from her Majesty's plantations, and other foreign parts, from Christmas, 1708, to Christmas, 1709, was read, as also the following account referr'd to in the said letter, vizt.:
Account of naval stores imported from the plantations &c. between Christmas, 1708, and Christmas, 1709.
Ordered that this account be added to the former accounts, that observations may be made upon the increase or decrease of the importations.
Trade.
Letter to Mr. Perry and separate traders to Africa with queries.
A letter to Mr. Perry, secretary to the Royal African Company, as also a letter to the separate traders to Africa [fo. 183, 202], inclosing several queries to them, relating to the carrying on of that trade, as directed yesterday, were agreed and ordered to be sent.

New York.

Letter from Colonel Hunter.

A letter from Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York, dated the 28th of November, 1710, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to, were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Reasons for the Council's insisting on their amendments to the Bill entituled, an Act for the Treasurer's paying sundry sums of money.
Amendments made to the Bill entituled, an Act for the Treasurer's paying sundry sums of money.
Further reasons for the Council's insisting on their amendments to the Bill, entituled, and Act for the Treasurer's paying sundry sums of money.
Reasons why the Assembly cannot agree to the amendments insisted on by the Council to the Bill entituled, an Act for the Treasurer's paying sundry sums of money.
Minutes of the Council of New York, from the 14th June, 1710, to the 25th November following.
Minutes of the Assembly of New York, from the 1st September, 1710, to the 25th November, 1710.
Act for the Treasurer's paying sundry sums of money.

New York.

Mr. Du Pré. Answers to queries about Palatines, &c.

Mr. Dupré, lately arrived from New York, with a packet from Mr. Hunter, Governor of that province, attending as directed [fo. 158], and being asked several questions upon some paragraphs in Mr. Hunter's letter, answer'd as follows, vizt.:

Queries. Mr. Dupre's answer.
What number of Platines, distinguishing the men, women and children, were at New York when you came away? That there were when he came away 2,227, but he could not distinguish what were men, women and children. He added that he had an account by him, a copy whereof he would send to their lordships.
For what numbers are there lands set out? In what manner seated, and how forward are they in their settlements? There are lands set out for all. There are 3 towns on the east, and 2 on the west side of Hudsons River. The houses and gardens are about 40 foot in front and 50 in depth. The towns on the west side contain'd the one 141 and the other 117 persons; those on the east side had already built their huts. They were all well disposed to settle, some of them had by their labour at New York got wherewithal to buy themselves cattle.
How convenient are their settlements for the produce of tar, and other naval stores? Very convenient, the pine lands being contiguous to those they are seated on.
What matters are you instructed to solicit at the Treasury? What steps have you made, and what has been done therein; particularly with relation to the money allow'd according to the scheme for setling the Palatines? He is ordered by the Governor to solicite a subsistance for the Palatines for 2 years at 15,000l. per annum. He has made no steps as yet. But Mr. Perry, to whom the Governor has transmitted bills for 4,700l. on the Treasury, is soliciting the payment thereof.
What has been paid at New York for the subsistance of those Palatines to the time you came away? How much of the money for which Mr. Hunter had credit has been expended, and what will be the charge of their yearly subsistance according to the scheme which Mr. Hunter has transmitted to the Treasury? He cannot tell exactly, but will send an account of the expence for 1 month, which as he remembers, is about 1,641l. at 6d. a day for adults and 4d. a day for all under ten years, out of which the Governor does pay the contingent charges. He had already disbursed 8,000l. for which he had credit, and the above-mentioned 4,700l.
Have you any particular directions in relation to the payment of the Governor's salary? He has none.
What directions have you to solicit an additional salary for Mr. Bridger on account of his service at New York, relating to naval stores, and for how much? None.
Can you tell whether Mr. Bridger has been paid for that service out of the mony appropriated for the defraying the charge of that scheme, and if so, how much he may have received? Mr. Bridger has not received anything on account of that service, nor even his travelling charges from New England to New York.
Have you anything to offer to this Board further than what you have said in answer to those questions? He had nothing further.

Mr. Keil.

Difficulties about settlement of a revenue at New York.

Then Mr. Keil, likewise lately arrived from New York with another packet from Mr. Hunter, attending, and being asked what difficulties he had observed that the Governor had met with from the Assembly, as to the settlement of a revenue for the support of that government, whence those difficulties have arisen, and what he had observed to be the disposition of the representatives in Assembly as to that matter?

He said that the Assembly would not comply in settling the revenue; that they had given the Governor some ounces of plate in lieu of salary, which would not amount to above 500l., and that the Assembly are of opinion that the crown has no right to appoint a salary for the Governor out of the revenue of that province.

Colonel Hunter's letters to be considered.

Mr. Keil being withdrawn, their lordships agreed to take Mr. Hunter's late letters and the papers therein referr'd to, into consideration on Fryday morning next.

Bermuda.

Memorial from Mr. Nodin.

Act about Richard Jennings.

Mr. Nodin summond.

A memorial from Mr. Charles Nodin praying that an Act pass'd in Bermuda, the 19th January, 1709/10 [fo. 192], entituled An Act impowering Richard Jenings to sell one share of land in Smith's tribe, may receive her Majesty's royal approbation, was read. Whereupon ordered that Mr. Nodin have notice to attend the Board on Thursday morning next.

January 17. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Trade.

Letter to Lord Dartmouth.

Treaty with Venice.

Merchants summond.

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a letter to the Lord Dartmouth, mentioned in the minutes of the 15th instant, relating to a treaty of commerce with Venice [fo. 182], and made a further progress therein, and order'd that Mr. Williams, Mr. Jamineau [fo. 204], and other merchants trading to the dominions of that Republick, have notice to attend the Board on Wednesday morning next.

January 18. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie.

Pennsylvania.

Letter from .

Memorial from Mr. Penn and other papers. Surrender of his government.

Questions answer'd by Mr. Penn.

Letter to Lord Dartmouth.

A letter from the Lord Dartmouth, of the 31st of July, 1710, referring to the Board a memorial from Mr. Penn (mentioned in the minutes of the 31st of October following) [fo. 93, 216], proposing a surrender of his government of Pennsylvania; a letter from the secretary to Mr. Penn, dated the 4th November, 1710, with several queries upon his foregoing proposal; and a letter from Mr. Penn, of the 7th of December, 1710 (mentioned in the minutes of the 22nd ditto) [fo. 154], in answer to the secretary's said letter, were all read; and Mr. Penn attending, and being asked several questions, he said that his first expedition to the said province cost him 10,000l.; that the purchase he made from the natives there cost him between 3 or 4,000l.; that his last going thither cost him 5,000l.; and that in the whole he had been out of pocket in the settling of that province about 50,000l.; that he did not know of any fixed revenue settled for the support of the government of the said province, but he doubted not it would now be done, the present Assembly being inclined to settle a revenue, though he believed it would be from year to year; besides which there would accrue to her Majesty, in case of his surrender, by fines and forfeitures, about 4 or 500l. per annum, and, by the duty of one penny per pound on tobacco; about 500l. per annum more Mr. Penn being withdrawn, directions were given for preparing the draught of a letter to the Lord Dartmouth thereupon.

Bermuda.

Mr. Nodin.

Act about Mr. Jennings. Objections to it.

Mr. Nodin attending as directed, in relation to the Act passed in Bermuda impowering Richard Jennings to sell one share of land in Smith's tribe [fo. 189], mentioned in the minutes of the 16th instant, was acquainted that there were several objections to the said Act, vizt.: That the land in the Bill is vested in Richard Jennings in fee, whereas it ought to have been vested in trustees to be by them sold, and the money arising thereby apply'd to the just payment of the debts of the said Richard Jennings, according to the true intent and meaning of that Act; and that the surplus, if any there be, ought to be laid out upon a purchase of lands to be settled to the same uses, as the lands directed to be sold were limited and settled, and that there was no saving of the right of the crown or of bodies politick; that their lordships intended there-fore, not to lay the said Act before her Majesty, but to signify to the Governor the objections they have to it, in order to his getting a new law past not liable to the said objections.

January 19. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie.

Plantations General.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Carkesse.

Iron and steel exported.

Letter to Mr. Carkesse.

Names of exporters.

A letter from Mr. Carkesse of the 17th instant, in answer to one writ him the 9th ditto [fo. 174, 205], inclosing an account of foreign unwrought iron and steel, exported to the plantations, from Christmas, 1701, to Michaelmas, 1710, was read. Whereupon ordered that Mr. Carkess be desired to let their lordships know the names of some of the principal exporters of foreign unwrought iron and steel to the plantations.

New York.

Letter from Colonel Hunter consider'd.

Representation thereupon.

Letter to Mr. Sloper. Effective men in the four companies.

Then their lordships took into consideration the late letters from Mr. Hunter, Governor of New York and New Jersey, as resolved the 16th instant, and read 2 of the said letters vizt.: That without date (supposed to be of the 3rd of October) [fo. 175], and that of the 14th of November last [fo. 179], with the several papers therein referr'd to, and gave directions for preparing a representation to lay before her Majesty several matters contained in the said letters, and for returning an answer to Mr. Hunter upon several heads thereof; and further ordered that, upon part of paragraph H of the foresaid letter of the 14th November last, wherein he mentions the 4 companies at New York, a letter be writ to Mr. Sloper, agent for the said companies [fo. 197], desiring him to inform their lordships what number of effective men there were in the said 4 companies, when the last account thereof was transmitted, and to what time that account does go. Then their lordships agreed to proceed further in the consideration of the 3rd letter and papers from Mr. Hunter on Monday morning next.

New York.

Miscellanies.

Jamaica.

Letter from Mr. Secretary St. John.

Address of House of Commons.

Palatines.

A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, of the 18th instant, signifying her Majesty's pleasure that the Board, as far as they are concerned, do comply with the address inclosed in his said letter to her Majesty from the House of Commons, of the 16th, praying that the commissions constituting trustees for distribution of the charity collected for the Palatines, and all orders and other papers relating to the bringing over and subsisting the said Palatines, may be laid before that House, was read, and directions given for preparing copies of such papers as are in this office relating thereunto [fo. 209].

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

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Philip, Eastland Company.

Trade to Riga, Revel, &c.

Letter to the Duke of Queensberry.

A letter from Mr. Philip, Deputy Governor of the Eastland Company, of the 19th instant, in answer to one writ him the 13th ditto for the opinion of the said company, whether there be such a necessity for opening a trade to Riga, Revel, and other ports [fo. 177] now in the possession of the Czar of Muscovy, as may require the insisting thereupon on the part of her Majesty, together with their reasons for their opinion; which reasons being contain'd in the said letter, the same was read, and a letter to the Duke of Queensberry thereupon [fo. 111], was signed.

New York.

Letter from Mr. Sloper.

Effective men in the four companies.

Letter to Mr.Granville.

Establishment of the said companies.

Jamaica.

Leeward Islands.

Establishment of the soldiers there.

A letter from Mr. Sloper, agent to the 4 companies of soldiers at New York, dated the 20th instant [fo. 195], inclosing an abstract of the effective men upon the muster rolls returned from thence, for the said 4 companies, were read; whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Granville, Secretary at War, for copies of the establishment of the above-mentioned companies of soldiers at New York, as likewise for the soldiers in Jamaica and the Leeward Islands.

New York.

Colonel Hunter's letters.

Representations.

Palatines.

Naval stores.

Revenue.

Their lordships proceeded in the consideration of the letters from Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York, as agreed the 19th instant, and read that of the 28th of November, being the last of the letters [fo. 185], and gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation [fo. 204], for laying before her Majesty such parts of the said letters as relate to the settlement of the Palatines, and to the production of naval stores; as also the draught of another representation for laying before her Majesty what Colonel Hunter writes in relation to the settling of the revenue [fo. 226].

Letter from Mr. Bridger.

Palatines.

Naval stores.

A letter from Mr. Bridger, Surveyor General of her Majesty's woods on the continent of America, dated the 10th of November, 1710, giving an account of his arrival there, to instruct the Palatines in making naval stores; of their being settled on Hudson's River, the advantage the carrying on that work will be to this kingdom, and desiring an additional allowance &c. was read.

Second letter from him.

A second letter from Mr. Bridger of the 13th of November, 1710, relating to the settlement of the Palatines, and desiring he may have a commission for the instructing them in making pitch and tar, and that travelling charges may be allow'd him, as are allow'd other her Majesty's officers in the plantations, was read.

New England.

Third letter from Mr. Bridger.

Naval stores sent from New England, &c.

A third letter from Mr. Bridger, of the 27th of the same month, giving an account of the quantity of masts, pitch and tar, sent from New England by the mast fleet to this kingdom, and of the complaint made against him by Mr. Collins, and of his own arrival at Boston, was also read; whereupon ordered that what the said Mr. Bridger writes in relation to naval stores and the Palatines, be added to the afore-mentioned draught of a representation to her Majesty [fo. 221].

January 23. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Virginia.

Letter from Colonel Jennings.

A letter from Colonel Jennings, President of the Council of Virginia, the 19th of August, 1710, acquainting their lordships that Colonel Spotswood arrived there the 23rd of January, 170 9/10, and had taken upon him the government of that colony, was read.

Barbadoes.

Letter from Colonel Lillington, with papers, &c.

A letter from Colonel Lillington, President of the Council of Barbadoes, dated the 2nd November, 1710, acknowledging the secretary's letter of the 29th of August last [fo. 57, 81], and trans mitting duplicates of the Minutes of Council and Assembly, relating to the Excise Bill and the nomination of a Treasurer, with his own observations thereupon, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer thereunto [fo. 230].

Connecticut.

Letter from Mr. Santonstal.

Negroes, &c.

Letter from Mr. Saltonstal, Deputy Governor of Connecticut, dated the 3rd of July, 1710, giving an account that no negroes have been imported there from the 25th of December, 1708, to the 25th of December, 1709, was read.

Second letter from Mr. Santonstal.

Militia.

Laws, &c.

Another letter from Mr. Saltonstal, dated the 8th of August, 1710, acknowledging their lordships’ letter of the 16th of January, 170 9/10 [N. fo. 335; fo. 230], rectifying a mistake in the last letter from that government, about the number of the militia there, and promising a copy of the laws of that colony, was read; whereupon ordered that an answer be prepared to the said letter.

Rhode Island.

Letter from Mr. Cranston.

Extract sent to Mr. Carkesse.

A letter from Mr. Cranston, Deputy Governor of the colony of Rhode Island, dated the 15th of November, 1710, acknowledging the receipt of their lordships’ letter of the 16th January, 170 9/10 [N. fo. 335; fo. 230], together with the copy of an Act pass'd in that island in October, 1710, for stating and settling collectors and naval officers’ fees within this government, was read; whereupon ordered that paragraphs D, E and F of the said letter, relating to the collectors exacting unusual fees, to their allowing no more than one port for entring and clearing vessels, &c. be sent to Mr. Carkesse, to be laid before the Commissioners of the Customs for their consideration. Further ordered, that an answer be prepared to the said letter from Mr. Cranston.

Trade.

African Company and separate traders.

Memorial on queries.

Company's observations.

Abstract of what they have offer'd.

Mr. Pindar, Deputy Governor of the Royal African Company, with several other of the members of the said Company sttending [fo. 184, 211], together with the separate traders, as directed the 16th instant, the 3 queries then transmitted to them were read; whereupon the separate traders laid before the Board a memorial containing their answers to the said three queries, and the company presented to their lordships their observations upon the same; both which papers were read. The African Company further presented to their lordships an abstract of what they had formerly laid before this Board, relating to that trade, and these gentlemen, after having been fully heard as to what they had further to offer, being withdrawn, their lordships agreed to take the said observations and answers into consideration on Fryday morning next.

January 24. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Moore.

Trade.

Letter from the Duke of Queensberry.

Trade to the Czar's dominions.

Letter to Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, Russia Company.

Their lordships taking into consideration the letter from the Duke of Queensberry, of the 1st of the last month, read the 4th ditto, relating to the British trade to the Czar's dominions [fo. 120, 212], ordered that a letter be sent to Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, Governor of the Russia Company [fo. 210], to know whether the said company have anything to propose for the advantage and security of the British trade to Archangel.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Williams.

Venice.

A letter from Mr. Thomas Williams, in answer to one writ him the 17th [fo. 190, 213], acquainting their lordships that, by reason of his having been ill, he could not wait on them with Mr. Jaminean and other merchants trading to Venice, as desired by their lordships, but that he would do it the last of this month, was read. Where-upon ordered that he be acquainted that their lordships will expect them at that time.

New York.

Draught of representation.

Palatines.

Naval stores.

Mr. Du Pré summon'd.

Their lordships then took into consideration the draught of a representation upon what Mr. Hunter, Governor of New York, writes in his late letters, relating to the Palatines and naval stores [fo. 198, 216] in that province, and made a progress therein, and ordered that Mr. Dupre have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning [fo. 205].

January 25. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Plantations General.

Trade.

Representation.

Iron and steel.

The draught of a representation relating to the exportation of iron and steel to her Majesty's plantations [fo. 194, 208], being laid before the Board, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.

New York.

Mr. Du Pré.

Account of Palatines.

Mr. Du Pré attending [fo. 204], as desir'd, communicated to their lordships a paper intituled, An Account of the effective number of the Palatines subsisted for one month from the 28th of September to the 28th of October, 1710, both inclusive, and an estimate of things necessary for the settlement of the Palatines, together with the yearly salaries to officers and other incidents; whereupon their lordships gave directions for taking a copy thereof; and the Board inquiring what might be the reason of Mr. Hunter's proposal for subsisting the said Palatines longer than one year, as at first calculated, Mr. Du Pré said, that the Palatines arriving at New York about the end of June, 1710, the Governor had information of lands for their settlement, but the same being judged so remote as greatly to advance the charge of carrying them provisions and necessaries, Colonel Livingston made an offer of some of his lands on Hudsons River; with whom the Governor came to an agreement about September following, at which time the Palatines set forward for the place of their intended settlement, and the last of them arrived on the said lands about November. That the first year may be look'd upon as lost, in case of the usual hard weather there in the winter, and that the said Palatines will not have time in the 2nd year to clear land and plant sufficient for their subsistence during the 3rd year, having no cattle, and a great part of their labour taken up in the spring to prepare trees for the making of tar. That these people may be able the 2nd year to get some part of their subsistance, in which year 15,000l. will fall short of defraying the rest of the charge, on account of their maintenance with the contingencies, though that deficience will probably be ballanced the 3rd year by the Palatines contributing more to their own support. Mr. Du Pré being asked from what time the 2 years were to commence, for which a further subsistence was now desired, he said from June, 1710, to June, 1712.

New England.

Draught of a letter to Colonel Dudley.

The draught of a letter to Colonel Dudley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire [fo. 211] was laid before the Board, and their lordships made a progress in the consideration thereof.

January 26. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie.

Plantations General.

Trade.

Representation.

Iron and steel.

A representation relating to the state of the manufacture of iron and steel in this kingdom [fo. 205, 219], with regard to her Majesty's plantations in America, agreed at the last meeting, together with a letter inclosing the same to the Lord Dartmouth, were signed.

New foundland.

Mr. Keen.

Memorial.

Indirect practices of the comanders of the garrison.

Further memorial promised.

Mr. William Keen, who came away from Newfoundland in 1709 [fo. 214], attending, he presented to their lordships a memorial containing a discovery of several illegal and indirect practices committed there by the commanders of the garrison of St. Johns since the year 1706, which was read; and being asked the name of the steward mentioned in the 2nd article of his memorial, he said that it was I'Anson, who was a gunner during the time that Major Lloyd commanded in Newfoundland. Then being desired by their lordships to let them have a more particular and distinct account of the facts set forth in his said memorial, he promised to draw up such an account, and lay the same before their lordships accordingly.

New York.

Virginia.

Letters to the Governors.

The draught of a letter to Mr. Hunter, Governor of New York [fo. 211] as also the draught of a letter to Mr. Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, were agreed, and ordered to be transcrib'd.

New York.

Jamaica.

Miscellanies.

Palatines.

Papers presented to the House of Commons.

The secretary having, in pursuance of the letter from Mr. Secretary St. John of the 18th instant (read the 19th ditto) prepared copies of all the papers in this office relating to the Palatines [fo. 196], together with a list of the said papers required by the address of the House of Commons to her Majesty, inclosed in the said letter, the same were laid before the Board, and Mr. Monckton being desired to present them to the House, he undertook to do it accordingly.

January 29. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Trade.

Muscovia Company's memorial.

Trade to Archangel.

A memorial from the Muscovia Company, in answer to a letter writ to Sir Benjamin Ayloff, Governor thereof [fo. 203], touching the trade to Archangel, informing their lordships that the false packing of hemp and flax from thence, is become a great grievance,

Letter to the Duke of Queensberry.

and that if some expedient be not found to prevent the same for the future, it will be a very great discouragement to that trade, was read; and directions were given for preparing the draught of an answer to the Duke of Queensberry's letter of 1st December [fo. 212], read the 4th ditto, relating to the British trade to the Czar's dominions.

New England.

New York.

Virginia.

Letters to the Governors.

A letter to Mr. Dudley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, a letter to Mr. Hunter, Governor of New York [fo. 209], and a letter to Mr. Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, agreed at the last meeting, were signed.

Trade.

Barbadoes.

Africa.

Then their lordships proceeded in the consideration of the petitions from the Royal African Company [fo. 202, 248], and from the planters and inhabitants of Barbadoes, referred to their lordships by the Duke of Queensberry's letter of the 9th of December last, and read the queries sent to the separate traders and the company the 16th instant, as also the separate traders’ answers to, and the company's observations upon, the said queries; and their lordships, after having consider'd the whole matter, agreed to lay a state thereof before her Majesty with their opinion.

Heads of a representation.

That the trade to Africa is very valuable, and of the greatest importance to this kingdom and the plantations.

That forts and settlements are necessary for the carrying on and preservation of that trade.

That the said trade ought to be speedily settled, by reason the Act of Parliament, under which it is now carried on, will soon expire.

That if the regulations &c. in the separate traders’ scheme shall be judg'd by her Majesty in Parliament proper for preserving and carrying on the trade, it will be for the interest of this kingdom that the trade to Africa be free and open, and thereupon gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation [fo. 213] pursuant to the foregoing heads.

January 31. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Trade.

To Archangel.

Letter to Duke of Queensberry.

A letter to the Duke of Queensberry, in answer to one from his Grace of the 1st of December last [fo. 203] (read the 4th ditto), relating to the British trade to Archangel, directed the last meeting, was signed.

Trade.

Barbados.

Africa.

Representation.

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a representation upon the petitions from the Royal African Company [fo. 212, 214], and from several inhabitants and planters of Barbadoes, as likewise the papers from the separate traders, mentioned in the minutes of the last meeting, and agreed the same, and ordered it to be transcribed.

Trade.

Venice.

Treaty of Commerce.

Mr. Williams, Jaminean, &c.

Mr. Williams, Mr. Jaminean [fo. 204], Mr. Capel Wall and Mr. Thomas Palmer, Venetian merchants, attending as they had been desired, in relation to a treaty of commerce with the Republick of Venice; the heads of grievances, as agreed the 17th instant, were read to them; and after some discourse thereupon these gentlemen being asked if they had anything further to offer touching such a treaty, they said they had not. Whereupon their lordships

agreed to proceed further in the consideration of that matter at the first opportunity [fo. 219, 221].