Journal, August 1718
August 5. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Pulteney, Mr.
The draught of a letter to General Hamilton, [fo. 383] Governor of
the Leeward Islands, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
A letter from Mr. Tigh [fo. 368], Consul at Elsinore, dated the
30th July, 1718 N.S. in answer to the Secretary's letter of the 2nd of
last month, relating to an Account of Vessels that passed the Sound,
A letter from Col. Shute, Govr. of the Massachusets Bay, dated
the 26th June last, was read, and the papers therein referred. to
were laid before the Board.
The Tryal of Eight Pirates at Boston.
Lists of the Militia of the Provinces of Massachusets Bay and
Whereupon ordered that the Secretary acquaint the Judge of the
Admiralty that this Board desire to speak with him at eleven of
clock on Tuesday morning next.
Ordered that the Secretary remind Mr. Martyn [fo. 79, 81, 423]
of the letter writ him the 21st of January, 1717/18 for an Account of
East India Goods re-exported.
August 6. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Pulteney, Mr.
A letter from Col. Spotswood, Lieut. Govr. of Virginia, dated the
7th March, 1717/18, with a Postcript of the 26th of April, 1718, was
read, and the papers undermentioned, which are therein referred
to, were laid before the Board vizt.:—
Annual produce of the Quit Rents in Virginia with the Establishment thereon.
Annual produce of His Majesty's Revenue for the support of
the Government of Virginia with the Establishment thereon.
Another letter from Col. Spotswood [fo. 400] dated the 20th
March, 1717/18 relating to the dispute between him and the Council
of Virginia concerning Courts of Oyer and Terminer, was read, and
the Minute of Council of the 12th of the same month, referred to
in the said letter was laid before the Board.
A letter from the Secretary to Mr. Carkesse [fo. 357, 381, 383],
desiring him to move the Commissioners of the Customs, that their
Officers in the Out Ports may give this Board an Account of the
quantities of Salt that is necessary and used in curing several
species of Fish, was agreed and ordered to be sent.
Ordered that a letter be likewise writ to Mr. Carkesse to move
the Commissioners of the Customs for an account of the gross
produce of the Customs, Subsidies, Drawbacks &c. from Christmas,
1714, to Christmas, 1717; as also an account for the same time of
the number of ships cleared from England, specifying from and to
what Ports; the tonnage, and distinguishing between British and
foreign ships, and to desire like Accounts annually for the future.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Sir Isaac Newton [fo. 443], Master
Worker of the Mint, for an Account of Gold and Silver coined from
November, 1710, to Midsummer, 1711, from thence to Midsummer
last, and to desire Annual Accounts of the coinage for the future.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lowndes to move the Lords
of the Treasury for directions that this Board may have an Account
of the Gross Produce of the duties on Calicoes from Midsummer,
1715, to Midsummer last, and that the like Accounts may be transmitted yearly.
Mr. West attending, their Lordships proceeded in considering
the Acts undermentioned, passed at New York in 1714, which were
severally read, and their Lordships directed to be noted on the
said Acts, as expressed under the respective Titles thereof, vizt.:—
An Act for the Treasurers paying the monies therein mentioned.
Has had its effect.
An Act for the Treasurers paying the arrears due to the Clerk
and Door Keepers to the General Assembly of this Colony
and paying the Printer's salary.
Had had its effect.
An Act to entitle Garret de Graeuw and his Assigns to the
Fishery and Purposes during the term of seven years.
To lye by.
An Act for appointing Commissioners to let to farm the Excise
throughout this Colony.
To lye by.
August 7. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Pulteney, Mr.
Upon further consideration of what Col. Shute writes in his letter
[fo. 375, 393, 399] mentioned in the Minutes of the 5th inst., relating
to the Tryal of some pirates in the province of the Massachusets
Bay, ordered, that the Judge of the Court of Admiralty be acquainted
that the Board desire to speak with him at eleven o'clock on Tuesday
Ordered that Mr. Carkesse [fo. 356, 384] be desired to let this
Board have on Tuesday next, if possible, the Account of Fish
exported, which was desired the 17th of the last month.
A memorial from Mr. Nivine [fo. 347] praying their Lordships
report upon An Act of Antigua, entituled, An Act to inable Arthur
Freeman and Dorothy his wife, to sell and convey a certain Plantation &c., was read; whereupon ordered that Mr. Nivine be acquainted
that their Lordships desire to speak with him in relation to the said
A letter from Col. Spotswood, Lieut. Govr. of Virginia, dated the
24th June, 1718, was read, together with the papers undermentioned
therein referred to, vizt.:—
Copy of a Paper dispersed through Virginia, entituled, Advice
Copy of the Governor's Speech at the opening of the Assembly
of Virginia the 24th April, 1718.
Copy of the Burgesses' Address, in answer to the Governor's
Copy of the Assembly of Virginia's Address to the King.
Copy of the Assembly's Instructions to Mr. Byrd, their Agent.
Whereupon ordered that a Copy of paragraph E of the said letter
be sent to the Post Office for the information of the Postmaster
August 8. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Pulteney, Mr.
A letter to General Hamilton, [fo. 375] Govr. of the Leeward
Islands, as agreed the 5th inst., was signed.
Their Lordships taking into further consideration Mr. Lowndes's
letter [fo. 377, 381, 397], which was read the 17th of the last month,
relating to the duty on Salt and Drawback on Fish exported, a
paper of observations concerning the manner of saving several
kinds of Fish for exportation in the Western parts of England,
mentioned in the Minutes of the 27th May, 1700, was read.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse [fo. 377] Secretary to the Commissioners
of the Customs, dated the 7th inst., relating to some Accounts
desired by this Board from the Officers of the Customs, at the Out
Ports, relating to the quantities of Salt used in curing Fish, was
likewise read, and an answer to the said letter agreed and ordered
to be sent.
A letter to Mr. Holdip, Secretary to the Commissioners for the
Duties on Salt, on the same subject, was agreed and ordered to be
sent with a postcript, signifying the desire of this Board to speak
with some of the Commissioners at eleven of the clock on Tuesday
August 12. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Molesworth,
Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse [fo. 381, 383, 398], Secretary to the
Commissioners of the Customs, dated the 8th instant, inclosing an
Account of Fish exported, from Christmas, 1714, to Christmas, 1717,
Mr. Conolly, who is concerned in the Pilchard and Herring Fishery
in Cornwall, attending, pursuant to the desire of the Board signified
to Capt. Taverner, their Lordships had some discourse with him
and made several enquiries, concerning the said Fishery, wherein,
after some hesitation and acknowledging his fear of some ill consequences to himself and family, if he should discover all he knew
of that matter which might affect the interest of fifty or sixty
Gentlemen, who are engaged therein, he declared in substance as
That Pilchards are cured with Foreign Salt only, and after salted
are sold at about £4 a hhd., and the Buyer has the Drawback; that
White Herrings are cured with one third part English Salt and the
rest Foreign, and that of Foreign salt, the French is best.—That
about 84lb. of Foreign salt makes a Bushel and two Bushels a cwt.
which comes to about fifteen shillings, reckoning Freight, first Cost
and Duty.—That he never paid more than 6s. 8d. per Bushel for
Duty on Foreign Salt, and he said the first Cost was about 14d. per
bushel.—That in curing Meat, a barrel of Beef might in hot weather
require a bushel of Foreign Salt and Pork something more.—That
the Salt of Guernsey and Jersey is as good as French.—That as to
the manner of curing Pilchards, they are heaped up in bulk and
strewed with Salt 48 hours after they are taken, till which time they
are too hard to take Salt. That a moderate weight is put upon them,
and great quantities of Oil drained by a gentle pressure. That
Pilchards would be too fat to eat with the Oil in them. That upon
drawing a Pilchard from the middle of the heap and finding it red
at the Bone, they wash them all clean with Brine and pack them
in hhds. which may contain 7 or 800 Fish, or if shotten, 900. That
holes are left at the bottom of the hhds. for the Brine &c., to drain.
But this Person being particularly asked, what use was made of
the Brine after curing the Fish, he declined giving any account of
it at present, but promised to consider of it and give their Lordships
a full account of the Management of this Fishery provided he might
have an allowance for the same, since he had been threatened by
some persons, if he presumed to give any information thereof;
whereupon he was desired to state his demands; and their Lordships
asking him some further questions relating to the Fishery, he
said that about, 6,000 hhds. of Pilchards had been taken in a season
about Penzance, Mousehole and parts adjacent near the Lands End,
which is the chief place for Pilchards. That after Michaelmas in
the Winter Season the Fish is never so Oily and good as in the
Summer. That some hundred thousand people live there by the
Fishery and that their manner is for the Gentlemen to buy the Fish
from the poor as soon as taken and then to cure and sell them to the
Merchants: but being particularly asked, how much more than
6,000 hhds. of Pilchards were usually taken in a year, he said, some
years they might have taken and made 20,000 hhds. That all
their Pilchards are sent to the Streights and are a much better fish
than Herrings. That as to Herrings, those taken in the West of
England are not so large as those taken on the coast of Scotland,
and few Herrings have been caught these ten years past on the
coast of Ireland. That there are some Sprats cured in the West
of England in like manner as Anchovies and prove very good. And
in conclusion this person being asked concerning the running of
Foreign Salt, he said it was impossible to prevent it, there being so
many convenient places near the Lands End for that purpose, and
that Salt was often delivered to their Fishing Boats at sea.
A letter from Mr. Greenwood of the Salt Office, in answer to the
Secretary's letter of the 8th inst. to Mr. Holdip, relating to the
quantity of Salt necessary and used in curing Fish, was read.
An Account from Mr. Martyn, Inspector General of the Customs,
of what Fish, Tin and Lead have been annually exported from England in six years from Christmas, 1708, to Christmas, 1714, also
An Account of the said Fish, Tin and Lead reduced into three
mediums, shewing in what articles the two first years exceed the
two last, and in what the two last exceed the two first, were read.
Mr. Mildmay, Mr. Cardonel, and Mr. Dent, three of the Commissioners of the duties on Salt, coming to the Board as desired,
their Lordships had some discourse with them concerning the said
duties, and whether the Account delivered in comprehended the
whole amount of those duties, there appearing a considerable
balance not accounted for; to which they answered that part of the
said balance was the charge of Management, which however did
not amount to more than £25,000 per annum, and they promised to
send their Lordships an Account of the remainder. That the
duties of 3s. 4d. on English and 6s. 8d. per bushel on Foreign Salt
was all the duty under their care, but that there might probably
be something paid as a Custom on Foreign Salt only, under the
Management of the Officers of the Customs. That all Salt passes
by weight and none by measure and whatever Salt is re-exported
is shipped at the same rate it was imported. But that there are
Frauds of many kinds in the Drawback on Salt, which in their
opinion was too great incouragement for persons not to cure their
Fish so well as they ought. That there is no Officer present when
they cure, and where an Officer has dis-allowed the Debenture for
such Fish as he had discovered not to be good, the Owners have taken
such Fish to some other port and putting them among large
Quantities of other Fish, where it was impossible to examine the
whole, the bad have by those fraudulent means obtained the Drawback. That the method prescribed by Act of Parliament is the only
means of obtaining the Debenture. That the Casks when examined
as to the goodness of the Fish are gauged and Oath made by the
exporter according to the said Act, but no Bond taken, as is directed
for salt carried to Ireland, nor indeed did they think, it could so
well be practised in the Mediterranean whither Our Fish is chiefly
carried. That Guernsey Salt being looked upon as English, the
Revenue thereby suffers at least ten thousand pounds per ann.
And that there being now according to information 30,000 Bushels
of Foreign Salt in the Island of Guernsey the said Commissioners
apprehended it would be imported to this Kingdom as Guernsey
Salt. That they find more allowed for Drawbacks on Pilchards than
the Duty on Foreign Salt for the same time, vizt.: £100,000 allowed
for Drawbacks on Pilchards and not £40,000 for the Duty on Salt.
That they have been informed Fish is often spoiled before it reaches
the Mediterranean. That they were of opinion the reducing the
Drawbacks would in some measure cure these evils. These Gentlemen added, that great quantities of Salt were carried from Leverpoole
to the Isle of Man, intended, as was suspected, to be run into Wales.
In further relation to the Fishery, these Gentlemen said, that the
Cures of Pilchards gave Eight or Ten shillings per barrel at a Medium
for Pilchards, cask and all, the price being from six to ten shillings
according as the Fishery proves and demands are made. That
Fish taken by (fn. 1) Sane being better than that by Drift, the barrels
are marked Sane or Drift and the Curers names added.
Mr. Mildmay then left with their Lordships a particular Account
of the several allowances made on the Exportation of Fish, and of
what quantities of Salt are used in curing the same and Frauds
discovered, which was read.
August 14. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Molesworth,
Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
A letter from Sir Henry Penrice [fo. 380, 399] Judge of the Court
of Admiralty, dated at Offley Place in Hertfordshire, the 12th inst.,
relating to his attendance on the Board, was read; whereupon a
letter to him was drawn up, and agreed upon the subject of the
Tryal of some Pirates by Col. Shute, Governor of the Massachusets
A letter from Mr. Secretary Craggs, [fo. 338, 351, 395] dated this
day, desiring this Board to re-consider their Report of the 16th of
the last month upon the Petition of several Merchants trading to
Barbary, relating to their Factors and Effects in the Dominions of
Morocco, was read; whereupon ordered that Mr. Winder, one of the
said petitioners, be acquainted that their Lordships desire to speak
with him and any other of the Merchants trading to Barbary at
eleven of the clock to-morrow morning.
Then their Lordships made a progress in considering several
Accounts before them relating to the Duties on Salt and Drawbacks
on Fish exported, and gave some directions for preparing a letter
to the Lords of the Treasury in answer to that from Mr. Lowndes,
which was read the 17th of the last month on that subject.
August 15. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Molesworth,
Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
A letter from Mr. Tilson to the Secretary, [fo. 385, 409] dated
yesterday, together with an inclosed extract of one from Mr. Wich,
resident at Hamburgh, relating to an essay to be made of the
Goodness of Herrings caught on the Coast of Scotland before Midsummer day and a cargo of them to be sent to Hamburgh, were
read, whereupon ordered that a copy of the said extract be sent
to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh to be communicated to the Royal
Boroughs in Scotland.
Messrs. Samuel and Beake Winder with Mr. John Adams and
Mr. Humphrey Chetham [fo. 393, 394, 401] all Traders to Barbary,
attending as desired, and being asked whether any others of His
Majesty's subjects were concerned in the trade from Great Britain
to Barbary, besides the Gentleman who signed the petition some
time since referred to this Board, and which Mr. Secretary Craggs
desires may be reconsidered, they said they knew of none but the
Subscribers of the said petition, and they presented to their Lordships
a Memorial to the same effect, which was read.
Their Lordships took this occasion of enquiring of Mr. Samuel
Winder, who trades likewise to Leghorn, what reputation our fish
has there, and what price it bears, to which he answered, that the
ill usage the Merchants had at Falmouth by the not curing their
Pilchards as they ought to be, has occasioned the price to be very
low at Leghorn. That formerly Pilchards were bought from 40 to
50.9. per hhd. and being well cured have been sold at Leghorn
for about 22 dollars per hhd., but lately he said our Fishermen took
of that Fish in the Winter and not giving it a due quantity of Salt
it would not keep, tho' it looked as well as the Fish taken in Summer
and better salted. That he had several cargoes of Pilchards thrown
into the sea for want of being well cured, whereby they are now in
such discredit, that the price abroad is lowered from 25 dollars,
which they have sometimes been sold at, to 8 dollars per hhd. And
Mr. Chetham, who concurred in what Mr. Winder had said as above,
added that another prejudice to our markets in the Mediterranean
for Fish, is that the persons concerned in the Fishery here often
send their Fish at unseasonable times.
These Gentlemen being withdrawn,
A letter to Mr. Secretary Craggs, in answer to his, mentioned in
yesterdays minutes upon their petition relating to their factors and
effects in Morocco, was signed.
Their Lordships took again into consideration the several accounts
and papers before them relating to the Duty on Salt and the Drawback on Fish [fo. 383, 398] exported. Whereupon a letter to the
Lords of the Treasury upon that from Mr. Lowndes mentioned in
the Minutes of the 17th of the last month, was agreed and signed.
The Answer of Capt. Passenger, Commander of the Newfoundland
Convoy, to the Heads of Inquiry and Instructions relating to the
Fishery and Trade at Newfoundland for the year, 1717, was read.
August 19. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Molesworth,
Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
A letter from the Commissioners [fo. 397] for the Duties on Salt,
dated the 15th inst., with an Account of the said Duties from Lady
Day, 1710, to Lady Day, 1717, was read, and the said Account laid
before the Board.
A letter from Mr. Stanhope, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury,
dated the 13th inst., inclosing an Account of Tobacco imported into
Scotland with the amount of the Drawbacks from Michaelmas,
1714, to Michaelmas, 1717, was read, and the said Account laid before
Their Lordships then agreed the draught of a letter to be writ by
the Secretary to Mr. Lowndes, desiring the Lords of the Treasury
will please to direct that this Board may have from the Commissioners of the Customs in Scotland Accounts of the Exports and
Imports there since the Union and of the produce of the Customs.
A letter from Sir Henry Penrice, Judge of the Admiralty [fo. 380,
393, 409] in Answer to that from the Secretary of the 14th inst.,
relating to the trying of some pirates by Col. Shute in the province
of the Massachusets Bay, was read, whereupon a letter from the
Secretary to Mr. Burchet, desiring him to move the Lords of the
Admiralty that this Board may be informed what has passed at the
Admiralty concerning this matter, was agreed and ordered to be sent.
The Earl of Orkney, Govr. of Virginia, [fo. 377] coming to the Board,
acquainted their Lordships that he was informed by letters from
thence, that great disputes have arisen there between Col. Spotswood
Lieut. Govr. of that Colony and the Council there, which his Lordship said he understood were first occasioned by the manner in
which Col. Spotswood had put the Receiver General, Mr. Byrd's
Accounts into examination, conformable to Directions from this
Board. That his Lordship had not only received some years ago
a very good character of Col. Spotswood, but knew his personal
good behaviour—that the Government of Virginia had been put
on a much better foot, by him than it had formerly been, and that
his Lordship saw no essential complaint against him. That his
Lordship had endeavoured to compose their differences, but in vain;
and therefore he desired the Board to examine into them and represent to His Majesty wherever the fault might lye, that the
Lieut. Govr., if he had misbehaved himself might be removed, or
the Council changed if they were to blame, which seemed the only
remedy to restore a good understanding and agreement between
the Members of that Government, since the present disputes have
come to such a height, in which last case his Lordship desired to
recommend some Gentlemen to be Members of the said Council.
Whereupon the Board promised to take that matter into consideration at the first opportunity.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Craggs [fo. 395, 402], dated this day,
inclosing the petition of Mr. Stephen Godin, one of the Merchants
trading to Barbary, relating to the ships appointed to bring off the
said Merchants, Factors and Effects from the Dominions of Morocco,
was read, together with the said Petition, whereupon ordered that
Mr. Winder, Mr. Adams and the rest of the Barbary Merchants be
acquainted that the Board desire to speak with them between ten
and eleven of the clock to-morrow morning, and the said Mr. Godin
attending, he was acquainted therewith.
Their Lordships then took into consideration the present state of
the Trade and Fishery of Newfoundland [fo. 403].
August 20. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Molesworth, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
Mr. Samuel Winder, Mr. Adams, and Mr. Godin [fo. 401, 406]
who are concerned in the Trade to Barbary, attending as desired,
their Lordships had some discourse with them on the subject of
Mr. Godin's Petition, mentioned in yesterday's Minutes: whereupon
their Lordships upon full examination of the matter of the said
Petition, thought it reasonable that Mr. Godin's ship should be one
of the three allowed to fetch off the Merchants Effects from Barbary,
and that if passes were issued out for the said three ships, one might
be recalled, and a new one issued in favour of the said Godin, and
gave directions for preparing a letter to Mr. Secretary Craggs thereupon accordingly.
A further progress was made in considering the present state
of the Trade and Fishery of Newfoundland [fo. 402, 438].
Mr. John Poplay attending with a power of Attorney from the
Executrix of John Humphreys, one of the sufferers of Nevis, the
Debenture, Number 528, was delivered to him.
August 21. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
A Memorial from Mr. Miranda [fo. 412] relating to an Act of New
York, whereby a duty of 3s. per ton is laid on English Shipping and
the Ships of that Province excused the duty, praying direction may
be sent to New York that the said Duty be discontinued, was read;
whereupon directions were given for preparing a letter to Brigadier
Hunter on that subject.
Nine Commissions under the Great Seal of Great Britian [fo. 364,
366, 409] for pardoning pirates in several of His Majesty's Colonies
and Plantations in America having been sent yesterday to this
Office from Mr. Cracherode, all dated the 18th inst. August and of the
like Tenour mutatis mutandis were laid before the Board, vizt.:—
A Commission for New York, New Jersey, Pensylvania, and
Another for Virginia, Carolina and Maryland.
Another for the Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire.
Another for Nova Scotia.
Another for Placentia in Newfoundland.
Another for the Leeward Islands.
Another for Barbadoes.
Another for Bermuda, and
Another for the Bahama Islands;
Whereupon circular letters for transmitting these Commissions to
the respective Governors to whom they are directed was signed.
Ordered that the Secretary write to Sir Henry Penrice to thank
him for his letter mentioned in the minutes of the 19th inst. and
acquaint him that their Lordships have sent to the Admiralty for
copies of the papers he refers to.
Their Lordships having agreed the alterations [fo. 350] to be made
in the instructions to the rest of His Majesty's several Governors
in America, conformable to those for Jamaica, a letter to Mr.
Secretary Craggs for enclosing a Draught of the said alterations for
each Government, was signed.
A Memorial from Mr. Godin [fo. 401, 470] relating to his having
the Nomination of one of the three ships appointed to fetch the
British Factors and Effects from the Dominions of Morocco was
read, and the letter directed yesterday to be prepared to Mr. Secretary Craggs, upon the said Godin's Petition, was signed.
Their Lordships took again into consideration the proposal &c.
of Col. Kane [fo. 374, 419] mentioned in the minutes of the 22nd of
the last month, relating to the Island of Minorca and gave directions
for preparing an answer upon several Articles of the said Proposals.
Ordered that Sir Edward Gould [fo. 408] be acquainted that the
Board desire to speak with him at eleven of the clock on Tuesday
Mr. Jos. Pemberton attending, and his powers of Attorney from
several of the sufferers by the French Invasion of Nevis being
examined at the Board, the five Debentures numbered 473, 498, 507,
554 and 578, were delivered to him.
Mr. Richard Coope likewise attending, and his power of Attorney
from Jane Cane, one of the said sufferers at Nevis, being examined
at the Board, the Debenture numbered 569 was delivered to him.
August 26. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Molesworth,
Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
Sir Edward Gould attending [fo. 407, 416] according to appointment, their Lordships after some discourse with him, concerning
the trade to Leghorn, desired he would give them a particular
Account of the Constitution of that Free Port vizt.:—What Duties
are paid there upon Shipping and Goods Inwards and Outwards,
including the Lazaretto and Port Charges; their Lordships at the
same time desired him to consult with some of the Merchants
trading to Leghorn, and then inform the Board in what reputation
our fish is, or has been there of late years, particularly our home
Fishery of Herrings and Pilchards; he then desired their Lordships
that he might have the same in writing and he would give an answer
thereto, whereupon a letter to the purport above-mentioned was
immediately drawn up and sent to him.
A letter from Mr. Burchet [fo. 399] Secretary to the Lords of the
Admiralty dated the 22nd inst. inclosing the copy of Sir Henry
Penrice, Judge of the Admiralty's opinion, relating to the Governor's
power of trying pirates in New England, as desired by the Secretary's
letter of the 19th, was read.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, Secretary to the Commissioners of
the Customs, dated the 21st instant, in answer to one writ him the
7th, relating to some accounts sent from New England of the
Exports of the Western and Madera Islands, was read.
A letter from Mr. Conoly, [fo. 395, 469] dated the 22nd inst. relating to the curing of Pilchards and the advantage of that Fishery
by some discoveries he can make, if he may have a reward for the
same, was read.
Then the Secretary acquainted their Lordships, that he had disposed of the Commissions under the Great Seal of Great Britain
[fo. 404, 414] for pardoning of Pirates, mentioned in the Minutes
of the 21st instant, as follows, vizt.:—
The Commissions for New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and
Connecticut —To Mr. Ambrose Philips, Agent.
That for the Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire—to Mr.
Jeremy Dummer the Agent.
Those for Nova Scotia and Placentia in Newfoundland—to Col.
Philips the Governor.
That for the Leeward Islands—to Mr. Rowland Tryon.
That for the Barbadoes—to the Agents for that Island.
That for Bermuda—to Sir John Bennett.
That for Bahama Islands—Mr. Docminique was pleased to take
August 28. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Molesworth,
Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Bladen.
A letter from Mr. Johnson, Govr. of South Carolina, to the Board,
dated the 18th of June last, giving an account of the increase of
Pirates in those Seas and of the captures they daily make, was read,
as were also at the same time extracts of several letters from Carolina
relating to an Act, increasing the duty on Goods imported, to the
Pirates, and to the ill state of that Province. Whereupon a letter
for enclosing to Mr. Secretary Craggs a copy of Mr. Johnson's said
letter, as also part of the above mentioned extract of letters from
Carolina, was immediately drawn up and signed.
Ordered that a copy of that part of Mr. Johnson's Azores letter
relating to Pirates in those Seas, be sent to Mr. Burchet, for the
information of the Right Honble. the Lords Commissioners of the
A copy of Mr. Secretary Stanhope's letter [fo. 414] to several
Consuls, dated the 21st April 1715, upon a letter from this Board
for Accounts of the state of Trade, within their Consulships, was
read, whereupon their Lordships agreed the Draught of a Circular
letter to several of His Majesty's Consuls, desiring they would
communicate to their Lordships such matters and observations as
shall appear to them of consequence to the Trade and Navigation
of Great Britain in the parts where they reside.
A letter to Brigadier Hunter [fo. 404] Govr. of New York, upon
Mr. Mirando's letter mentioned in the Minutes of the 21st instant,
was agreed and signed.