Journal of the proceedings of Her Majesty's
Commissioners for promoting the trade of this
Kingdom, and for inspecting and improving her
plantations in America and elsewhere, from the
twenty-seventh of November, 1717, to the thirtyfirst October, 1718.
Journal, November 1717
November 27. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Sir Charles Cooke,
Mr. Docminique, Mr. Molesworth, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Pulteney,
Letters and papers from the Governor.
The following letters from Brigadier Hunter, Governor of New
Jersey and New York, relating chiefly to New Jersey, were read;
and the papers therein respectively referred to, were laid before the
Letter from Brigadier Hunter.
A letter from Brigadier Hunter, to the Secretary, dated the 8th
of June, 1711.
Copy of an indictment of Mr. Gordon, Attorney-Genl. of New
Another from him.
Another letter from Brigadier Hunter, to the Secretary, dated
the 8th of June, 1717.
Minutes of the Council of New Jersey, from the 4th of April, to
the 2nd of June, 1716.
Letter from the Governor.
A letter from Brigadier Hunter to the Board, dated the 2nd of
Minutes of Assembly in New Jersey, from the 4th April to 1st
A letter from Brigadier Hunter, dated the 13th of February, 1716/17.
Address from the Assembly of New Jersey to Brigadier Hunter,
with his answer.
List of Acts passed in New Jersey, in January, 1716/17.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Cox, of New Jersey, to Mr. Allison.
The examinations and affirmation of John Wills and others,
relating to an attempt made by John Wetherill to defraud some
Indians in New Jersey of their land.
Certificate relating to some timber taken from the land of one
Hartshorn, for building boats for the Canada Expedition in 1711.
Address of the Assembly of New Jersey to Brigadier Hunter.
List of vessels trading from New York, from Christmas, 1714,
to Christmas, 1716.
Letter from Brigadier Hunter.
A letter from Brigadier Hunter, dated the 18th of April, 1717.
Minutes of the Council of New Jersey, from the 27th November,
1716, to the 26th of January following.
Minutes of Assembly of New Jersey from the 27th November,
1716, to the 26th of January following.
Sixteen Acts passed at New Jersey the 25th and 26th January,
A letter from Brigadier Hunter, to the Secretary, dated the 3rd
of May, 1717, mentioned in the minutes of this Board, of the 3rd
Petition and complaint.
Another letter from him to the Secretary, of the 27th May, 1717,
with the copy of a minute of the Council of New Jersey, relating
to a Petition to His Majesty, containing articles of complaint against
Letter from the Governor.
A letter from Brigadier Hunter to the Secretary, relating to the
disorders in New Jersey, without date.
Copies of affirmations relating to the complaint of an Indian king
about the fraudulent obtaining a grant of land from him.
Copy of Brigadier Hunter's speech to the Assembly of New Jersey,
and of two of their Addresses to him.
Mr. Clerk's certificate, relating to the cutting some sticks for the
public service, near Sandy Hook, upon which one Hartshorn has
made complaint against Brigadier Hunter.
Copy of Mr. Wilcox's deposition relating to Mr. Talbot.
Clause of an Act of Pennsylvania, relating to the disposal of
certain sums of money.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Talbott to Brigadier Hunter.
Letter from Mr. Philips.
A letter from Mr. Philips to the Secretary of this Board, dated
the 4th of July, 1717, was read.
Letter from the Brigadier.
Answer to complaints.
A letter from Brigadier Hunter to Mr. Philips, Agent for New
York, dated in July, 1717, in answer to the complaints against the
former [fo. 105], was read; and the papers therein referred to, were
laid before the Board, vizt.:—
The petition of several traders, inhabitants and proprietors of
New Jersey, in behalf of themselves and many others, &c.
Two papers of proof, referred to in Brigadier Hunter's answer to
the complaints against him.
Extracts of the Minutes of the General Assembly of the Jerseys,
of the 21st May, 1716.
Mr. Stoddard, Plantation.
Mr. Christopher Stoddard attending, together with Mr. William
Fenton and Mr. Samuel Lilly, in relation to the said Stoddard's
petition [fo. 13], mentioned in the minutes of the 20th instant,
praying to be re-instated in a plantation at St. Christophers, whereof
he has been lately dispossessed. Mr. Stoddard was asked several
questions concerning that matter; whereupon he said, That he had
at present no grant of the plantation which he held under Captain
Mitchell, mentioned in his said petition, but had been three years in
possession thereof, after Captain Mitchell's death, Col. Smith, the
Commander in Chief of the Leeward Islands, having, upon application to him for a grant, assured Mr. Stoddard, that he should not
be molested till the pleasure of the Crown were known concerning
the late French lands:— that he improved and built a Sugar-Work
on the said plantation, hoping that in consideration of his former
services and sufferings, as well as the charge he was at in clearing
and improving a plantation, which had not been before cultivated
of above twenty years—he might have an equitable right to the
said plantation:—that General Hamilton, when he told the
petitioner, he had granted the plantation to Mr. Milliken, assured
the petitioner, that satisfaction should be made him for the expence
he had been at; but it was so far from it, that Mr. Milliken's agents
did in August last, after the petitioner's coming for Great Britain,
turn his wife and family out of his house, and by seizing everything
on the plantation, have left them destitute of a habitation, or
wherewith to subsist, as he was informed by several letters which
he produced to the Board, from his friends in St. Christophers;
and he appealed to Mr. Fenton now present, to certify as to his
services, and the expences he had been at; whereupon Mr. Fenton
said, Mr. Stoddard was his neighbour in St. Christophers, that he
knew him there, both before and since the invasion of St. Christophers in 1706, by the French; that in 1714, he knew Mr. Stoddard
had planted and remained ever since on the plantation formerly
of Monsr. Lambert, and had built a boiling-house and mill.
Mr. Stoddard was then desired to attend the Board again on
Monday morning next; and directions were given for acquainting
Colonel Smith abovementioned, that their Lordships desire to
speak with him at the same time.
Tryon, Nivine, Jory, Duport.
Mr. Rowland Tryon, Mr. Nivine, Col. Jory and Mr. Duport
attending, they were asked what they knew concerning the case
of Mr. Stoddard abovementioned; whereupon they said, they had
no information about it.
Lord A. Hamilton's order to Fernando, etc.
Mr. March attending, sent in a letter to their lordships, desiring
a copy of the Lord Archibald Hamilton, late Governor of Jamaica's
order by his secretary William Cockburn, to Francis Fernando,
to pay to Thomas Bendysh one third part of the effects, etc., taken
from on board a Spanish sloop; which letter was read; whereupon
the secretary was directed to ask Mr. March, whether he writ the
said letter, (which he afterwards owned, he did) and to deliver
him the following message:—
That 'tis conceived in very extraordinary terms, unusual in
applications to a Board.
That the Board expected, Mr. March would have given some
reasons for his request, and that he would have shewn what right
he had to demand the extracts from the minutes of council; but
does not find that he is either agent, solicitor or party concerned
in the dispute: wherefore, as the Board are far from discouraging
proper applications on business; yet they cannot think themselves
obliged to comply with frivolous requests, urged with so little
reason and respect.
November 28. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Sir Charles Cooke,
Mr. Docminique, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
Sir N. Lawes.
Duty on negroes.
South Sea Company.
Sir James Castile.
Sir Nicholas Lawes attending, as desired, as also Mr. Elliston
lately arrived from Jamaica, their Lordships had some discourse with
them, concerning the duty on negroes in that island [fo. 15], complained
of by the directors of the South-Sea Company; whereupon
Sir Nicholas said, That upon a conference with several of the said
directors, he had already presented to this Board his thoughts
on that subject in writing; he further acquainted the Board, that
Sir James Castile, who in King Charles the Second and King James
the Second's reigns, had the assiento to himself and Company,
always paid the said duty, now complained of; and that it had at
different times been laid by additional Duty Bills for these twenty
years. That he paid as well for those negroes that were brought
only for refreshment, as others:—that the same duty was paid by
the inhabitants of Jamaica themselves, even when they carried
negroes to New York, or any other of the plantations belonging
to Great Britain:—that this assiento takes away the best negroes
from Jamaica to the Spaniards, leaving only the worst for the use
of His Majesty's subjects, unless they give as high a price as the
Spaniards, which puts Jamaica under inconveniencies in their
planting; and therefore Sir Nicholas said, he hoped, the Board
would not think it advisable to deprive that island of this part of
the means for supporting the charge of their government:—that
if the South Sea Company carried their negroes to any other place,
they were welcome, but he believed, they would not find their
account in it.
Duty on negroes.
Col. Long attending likewise, and being asked what he knew
concerning the foresaid duty on negroes; he said, that ever since
he can remember, an additional duty bill in Jamaica, as that island
had more or less occasion to raise money for their publick charges;
a duty of about twenty shillings per head was laid on all negroes
exported to all places, and that even private traders always paid
it, though they seldom landed their negroes.
Post Meridiem. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Pelham, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
Their Lordships taking into consideration several representations
made by this Board, relating to the producing of naval stores in
the plantations for the use of this kingdom [fo. 83]; the representations of the 5th December, 1709, the 8th of January, 1710, and
the 28th of March, 1717, were read.
Letter from Brigadier Hunter, to Lord Stair; Hardships, Palatines; Letter to Mr. Secretary Addison.
Naval stores; Brigadier's sufferings.
The copy of a letter from Brigadier Hunter, Governor of New
York (Bundle Bb. No. 33), to the Earl of Stair, relating to the hardships of his case on account of the poor Palatines, sent to the said
Province, as mentioned in the two former of the said representations,
was likewise read; whereupon ordered that the draught of a letter
to Mr. Secretary Addison be prepared, in order to his laying before
His Majesty the importance of giving further incouragement for
importing naval stores from His Majesty's plantations into this
kingdom, and to represent the sufferings of Brigadier Hunter on
account of ye publick.
Report on laws; Attorney General and Solicitor General.
Letter to Earl of Sunderland.
The Secretary acquainted the Board, that Mr. Vernon had
informed him, that upon reading yesterday in Council their Lordships report of the 16th October, 1717, upon some laws of Antigua
and St. Christophers, Mr. Attorney and Solicitor-General [fo. 19]
had affirmed that they had not given their opinions upon those
laws; whereupon the said representation was laid aside. Ordered
that the draught of a letter be prepared on that subject, to the
Right Honble. the Earl of Sunderland.
November 29. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Sir Charles Cooke,
Mr. Molesworth, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
Their Lordships took into consideration the Act passed in New
Jersey the 11th of March, 1713, entituled, An Act that the solemn
affirmation and declaration of the people called Quakers, shall be
accepted instead of an oath in the usual form, and for qualifying
and enabling the said people to serve as jurors, and to execute any
office or place of trust or profit within this province;—and made a