Journal, September 1719
September 9. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Docminique,
Hardships at Venice.
A representation upon Mr. Delafaye's letter of 14th August last,
relating to the hardships the British trade lies under at Venice,
Their Lordships taking further into consideration the debentures,
agreed the 9th July last, in pursuance to the Act of Parliament
for relief of such sufferers of the Island of Nevis and St. Christophers,
as have settled in either of those islands, and made due proof of
such settlement before the 25th of December, 1712, signed the
For the sufferers on Nevis who resettled on St. Christophers viz.
|Mathurin Guignard||657 ||for||389||14||0|
|Leonard Woodward||658 ||for||18||2||7|
|James Stephens||659 ||for||340||0||0|
|Rachel Jones||660 ||for||40||17||9|
|Thomas Chezus||661 ||for||28||11||1|
|Elizabeth Chezus||662 ||for||48||19||6|
|William Berryman||663 ||for||35||10||6|
|Hugh Berryman||664 ||for||22||10||4|
|Mary Huggins||665 ||for||28||11||1|
|Henry Litton||666 ||for||114||16||8|
|Thomas Teeper alias Tipper||667 ||for||3||3||6|
|For the sufferers on St. Christophers who resettled on Nevis.|
|The orphans of Edward Moore||668 ||for||26||7||9|
|William Kit||669 ||for||327||14||9|
September 10. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Docminique,
The Secretary laid before the Board the account of incidental
charges of this office, from Christmas, 1718, to Midsummer, 1719,
amounting to £269 4s. 3¾d.
|An account of petty expences||£||s.||d.|
|From Christmas, 1718, to Lady Day, 1719, amounting to||77||10||1¼|
|Midsummer following, amounting to||57||6||11½|
|The stationer's account from Christmas, 1718, to
Lady Day, 1719, amounting to||27||10||6|
|The like account from Lady Day, 1719, to Midsummer following, amounting to||43||6||6|
|Postman's account from Christmas, 1718, to Lady
Day, 1719, amounting to||13||12||7|
|The like account from Lady Day, 1719, to Midsummer following, amounting to||16||16||3|
|Mr. Clarke's account of wood and coals||33||1||5|
Letter to Treasury.
Whereupon a letter was writ to the Lords of the Treasury to
desire payment thereof.
Pretensions of Guipuscoans.
The draught of a representation upon Mr. Delafay's letters of the
4th and 14th of the last month, relating to the pretensions of the
Guipuscoans to fish in Newfoundland, mentioned in the Minutes
of 5th of the same month, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Letter from Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
Letter to Lord Provost.
A letter from the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, of 21st July last,
in answer to one writ him the 16th of April, relating to the herring
trade and the late convention with Hamburgh, was read, and
ordered that the draft of a representation be drawn up thereupon:
as likewise that the Secry. write to the Lord Provost to give him an
account of what has been done upon his above said letter.
The following letters and papers from Mr. Bridger, late Surveyor
of the Woods in America, were read, viz.
Letters and Papers from Mr. Bridger.
Letter from him to the Secry., dated at Boston, the 29th of
Two letters, dated the 26th of June and 9th of July, 1719.
A letter, dated the 13th of June, 1719, relating to the bad
condition of the woods, and character of the Deputy Surveyor appointed by his successor &c.
A letter dated 19th June, 1719.
A letter, dated the 17th of July, 1719, with copy of his memorial
to Col. Shute, Govr. of New England, concerning the right
of the Crown of England to the woods in the Province of
Minute of the Council of New Hampshire, acknowledging Mr.
Bridger's service in projecting two Acts for the encouragement of naval stores in that province, passed in May, 1719.
Copy of an Act, passed in New Hampshire, the 2nd of May,
1719, for the encouragement of naval stores in that province.
Extracts to Lords Justices
Treasury and Admiralty and Commissioners of the Navy.
And directions were given for preparing extracts thereof to be
laid before their excellencies the Lords Justices, the Lords of the
Treasury, the Lords of the Admiralty, and the Commissrs. of the
Navy respectively. And the Board agreed to take into further
consideration that part of Mr. Bridger's said letter of the 26th of
June, which relates to the woollen and cotton manufactures in
September 11. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Docminique,
Representation on Guipuscoans' pretensions.
A representation as agreed yesterday upon Mr. Delafaye's letters
of the 4th and 14th of the last month, relating to the Guipuscoans'
pretensions to fish at Newfoundland, was signed.
Ordered that Mr. Danson be desired to acquaint Mr. Byth that
the Board would be glad to speak with him at ten of the clock on
Thursday morning next.
September 16. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Pulteney.
Letter from Mr. Bridger.
Complaints against the Governor and Bridger.
A letter from Mr. Bridger, late Surveyor of His Majesty's Woods
in America, to the Secry. of this Board, dated the 25th of July last,
relating to the complaints intended to be made by Mr. Smith,
Advocate of the Admiralty at Boston in New England, and Mr.
Cooke against the Govr. and against the said Mr. Bridger, was
read. Ordered that the Secry. acquaint Mr. Bridger with the
receipt of this and former letters.
Orders in Council, Repealing Acts.
The copies of two Orders in Council of the 21st of July and 25th
August upon a representation of this Board, dated 9th of July, 1719,
for repealing several Acts of Pennsylvania, were read.
Order of Council, Repealing an Act.
The copy of an Order of Council of the 9th of July upon a representation of the 19th of June, 1719, for repealing an Act of New
York, relating to the easier partition of lands in joint tenancy, or in
common, was read.
Order of Council.
The copy of an Order in Council of the 9th of July, upon a representation of the 18th of June, 1719, for appointing three new
councillors in Montserrat, was likewise read.
Copies to be sent to the respective.
Whereupon directions were given for transmitting, with the next
letters from this office, copies of the forementioned Orders in Council
to the respective Governors or Commanders of the Plantations
to which they relate.
The four undermentioned copies of Orders in Council were also
Order of Council, approving Colonel Philips' Commission and Instructions.
The copy of an Order in Council of the 25th upon a representation
of the 19th of June, 1719, approving the drafts of a commission
and instructions for Col. Philips to be Govr. of the Province of
Nova Scotia and Placentia in Newfoundland.
Order of Council, Treasury. Colonel Kane's petition making salt. Minorca.
Copy of an Order of Council, of 25th June, 1719, referring to the
Lords of the Treasury the petition of Col. Kane and the representation of this Board of 11th June, 1718, relating to the making
of salt in Minorca.
Order of Council,
Removal of Mr. Byrd from the Council.
Copy of an Order of Council, of 25th June, referring to the Lords
of the Committee a representation, dated the 9th of April, 1719, relating to the removal of Mr. Byrd from the Council of Virginia, and
Order of Council, Representation.
Copy of an Order of Council, of 25th upon a representation of
the 4th June, 1719, relating to a petition of several merchants
against an Act of New York for discharging several debts of the
Province, both which matters are referred to the Committee.
Letter from Lord Guilford, for Proprietor, Letters.
Boundaries, Acts, Naval stores.
A letter from the Lord Guilford, guardian to the Lord Baltemore,
Propr. of Maryland, dated the 9th inst., acknowledging the receipt
of the letters from this Board of the 7th and 26th of the last month,
concerning the boundaries of that province, and the Acts about
manufacturing naval stores &c., was read.
Letter from Mr. Delafaye, Earl of Cadogan, Directors, Dutch West India Company.
Soldiers and Blacks to St. Eustatia.
Copies to General Hamilton.
A letter from Mr. Delafaye, Secry. to the Lords Justices, of the
17th of the last month, together with the copy of one from the Earl
of Cadogan, and another from the directors of the Dutch West
India Company, concerning the soldiers and blacks, who ran away
from His Majesty's Leeward Islands to St. Eustatia, were severally
read. Whereupon ordered that copies of the said letter from the
Earl of Cadogan, and from the said directors, be sent with the next
dispatches to Genl. Hamilton, Govr. of the Leeward Islands.
Letters from Mr. Weir.
French at Martinique.
Negroes at St. Vincent, St. Lucia.
Two letters from Mr. Thomas Weir, of the 20th of June last, and
the 12th inst. relating to a design of the French at Martinico to attack
the negroes at the Island of St. Vincent, and to possess themselves
of St. Lucia, were read, whereupon ordered that the said Weir have
notice to attend the Board on this day seven night.
Letter from Mr. Hedges Minutes and Acts.
A letter from Mr. Hedges, late Secry. of the Leeward Islands,
dated at Antego, the 24th of March, 1718/19, relating to the sending
over of Minutes of Council and Assembly, and Acts from thence,
Mr. Coope and Mr. Truman attending, and their powers of attorney
from several of the sufferers by the French invasion of Nevis in
1705/6, being examined at the Board, the four debentures No. 657,
659, 661 and 662, were delivered to them.
Letters and Papers from General Hamilton.
Then their Lordsps. took into consideration the letters undermentioned from Genl. Hamilton, Govr. of the Leeward Islands,
which were severally read, and the Acts and papers therewith
received were laid before the Board, viz.
A letter from General Hamilton, dated 11th of March, 17 18/19, with
Two Acts passed at Montserrat in 1718, with his observations
The deposition of Thomas Farrin relating to pirates.
Letter from General Hamilton dated the … of May, 1719, with
Copy of Mr. Gerrish and Mr. Pinney two of the members of
the Council of Antego's licenses of absence, both dated the
18th May, 1719.
Minutes of the Assembly of St. Christophers, from the 26th
of March, 1713, to the 23rd of Dec., 1718, in three parcels.
Minutes of Council at Montserrat, from 23rd March, 1712/13, to
the 13th of January, 1718/19.
Minutes of Council in Assembly at Nevis, from the 19th of
Sept., 1715, to the 23rd of March, 1718/19.
Letter from Genl. Hamilton, dated the 5th of June, 1719, with
An Act passed at Antego to alter an Act for raising a tax of
£500 current money for paying public debts &c.
Letter from Genl. Hamilton, dated the 5th of June, 1719, with an
Act, passed at Nevis, entituled,
An Act for raising a poll tax on negroes and other slaves &c.
Letter from Genl. Hamilton, dated the 20th of July, 1719, with
Answers to certain queries sent from this Board.
Copy of a licence of absence for Mr. Broadbelt, one of the Council
Copy of two grants of land in St. Christophers to Mr. Newth
and Mr. Milliken.
Letter from General Hamilton, dated the 24th of July, 1719, with
Seven Acts passed at Antego in 1719, and a list thereof.
Acts to Mr. West.
Whereupon ordered that all the said Acts, together with Genl.
Hamilton's reasons for passing the same, be sent to Mr. West for
his opinion about them. That inquiry be made for Mr. Talmash,
Lieut. Govr. of Montserrat, and notice given him to attend the
Board, as soon as may be.
Directions were likewise given to the Secretary, for preparing an
answer to Genl. Hamilton's said several letters.
September 17. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Pulteney.
Inspector General, to transmit accounts of Imports and Exports.
Ordered that Mr. Martyn, Inspector Genl. of the Customs, be
desired to transmit to the Board, as soon as possible, an account of
the total amount or value of all goods and merchandizes imported
and exported into and out of this kingdom, expressing to and from
what foreign countries, with the excess arising thereon, from
Christmas, 1716, to Christmas, 1717, and the like account for the
year ending at Christmas, 1718, when the same shall be completed.
Mr. Martyn, Ledger for 1717.
Further ordered that Mr. Martyn be desired to dispatch the copy
of his Leidger, from Christmas, 1716, to Christmas, 1717, for this
office, as soon as conveniently he can.
Their Lordships taking into consideration the paper, said to be
part of a letter from Mr. Dummer, Agent for the Massachusets
Bay, to the Speaker of the Assembly of that province, referred to
in Mr. Bridger's letter of the 29th of June last, and mentioned in
the Minutes of the 10th inst., and the Secry. laying before their
Lordsps. the Minutes of the Board of the 11th, 14th and 21st of
March, 17 17/18, and acquainting them that their journal had been
searched pursuant to their order, but no mention found therein of
such a discourse between the Board and Mr. Dummer, as represented
in the said paper; Their Lordships agreed to take that matter into
further consideration at a full Board.
General Hamilton's answer to queries.
Extract to Commissioners of Customs.
The answers of Genl. Hamilton, Govr. of the Leeward Islands, to
the queries transmitted to him with their Lordsps'. letter of the 8th
of August, 1718, and mentioned in yesterday's Minutes, were read,
whereupon ordered that a copy of the 6th Art. of the said answers
be sent to the Commissrs. of His Majesty's Customs for their information, and several directions were given for preparing a reply to
Letter from Mr. Carkesse.
Extract from Collector.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, Secry. to the Commissrs. of the
Customs, dated 3rd inst., together with an inclosed extract of one
from the Collector of Nova Scotia relating to that province, were
Letter from Mr. Carkesse, Mr. Dunbar.
Our Plantations negroes by the Dutch.
Letter to Mr. Pery and Mr. Harris.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, of the 11th inst., together with an
extract of one from Mr. Dunbar, Surveyor Genl. of Barbadoes &c.,
the Leeward Islands &c., relating to the British Plantations in
America being supplied with negroes by the Dutch, were read.
Whereupon a letter to Mr. Pery, Secry. of the Royal African Company and to Mr. Richard Harris, one of the separate traders to
Africa, for their opinion in this matter, was agreed and ordered to
September 23. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Pulteney.
Capt. John Smith attending and his powers of attorney from the
guardians of the orphans of Edward Moore, decd. and from Wm.
Kitt, who were sufferers by the French invasion of the Island of
St. Christophers &c. in 1706, being examined at the Board, the two
Debentures numbered 668 and 669 were delivered to the said Capt.
Mr. Weir attending, as he had been desired, their Lordships had
some discourse with him on the subject of his letter, dated the 20th
of June, 1719, and mentioned in the minutes of the 16th inst.
And upon several questions which were asked Mr. Weir, he acquainted the Board in substance, as follows, viz. That he had
writ all he knew concerning the French settling at St. Lucia, and as
to the settlement of the negroes at St. Vincent's, he said it arose
from two ships from Guinea, that happened formerly to be successively shipwracked there, the negroes saving themselves upon that
island, who are now computed at 4000. That there are no English
at St. Vincent's, and at St. Lucia only some few French families
very poor, who after fishing and taking turtle there, sometimes
return to Martinique, though he said, one Monsr. St. Martin was
lately arrived at Martinique to be Govr. of St. Lucia. That St.
Lucia has two fine large harbours, which Capt. Hume, of His Majesty's
ship the Scarborough, is acquainted with, in one of which a first
rate ship of war may careen close by shore. That the produce of
this island would be the same at Barbadoes and the Leeward Islands,
and that the Governor of Barbadoes had forbid the English going
to settle there, though the property of the Island is claimed for the
Crown of Great Britain, some British men of war and sloops having
formerly loaded a quantity of timber at that island, which the
French had squared; complaint was made by the French to Col.
Sharpe, then President and Commander in Chief of Barbadoes,
who answered that the Island of St. Lucia belonging to Great
Britain they should apply themselves there. And Mr. Weir added
in relation to the title to St. Lucia and St. Vincent's, that the
French themselves allow one half of those Islands to belong to the
English. Mr. Weir also represented in discourse to the same effect,
as is mentioned in his said letter, concerning the designs and preparations of the French against the Island of St. Vincent, and the
Spaniards at St. Domingo, whereof he said Capt. Harry, named in
the said letter, gave him information. The Board then enquiring
more particularly as to the settlement and product &c. of Martinique
and their supplies, Mr. Weir said, that the Island of Martinique is
not half settled, though it is the best settled of any the French have.
That he had sugars at Martinique for 9 livres the French, and
which is 8 per cent. better than our English weight, when at the same
time sugars at Antego were 20 sh. per cent. That the said Island of
Martinique is supplied with salt provisions from Ireland, with
flower from Old France and large quantities of provisions from
Barbadoes, being the products of the Continent of America.
Letter to Mr. Delafaye.
Mr. Weir being withdrawn, ordered that a copy of his said letter,
and of what he has now informed the Board, be sent to Mr. Delafaye,
to be laid before their excellencies the Lords Justices.
Letter to the Bishop of London.
A letter to the Lord Bishop of London, relating to the solemn
and authentic letters or instruments, by virtue whereof it was to
appear that the Island of St. Christophers, as likewise Nova Scotia
or Accadie, were to be possessed alone hereafter by the British
subjects, as mentioned in the 12th Art. of the Treaty of Peace
with the French at Utrecht, was agreed and signed.
Letter from Mr. Tilson, Treasury, Bridger, Surveyor of the Woods.
A letter from Mr. Chris. Tilson, of the 16th inst., inclosing, by
order of the Lords of the Treasury, a letter from Mr. Bridger, late
Surveyor of the Woods in America, relating to his being displaced,
and to the duty of such an officer, for the consideration of this
Board was read, together with the said letter.
Letter from Mr. Armstrong.
Deputy to Mr. Burniston, Surveyor.
A letter from Mr. Armstrong, Collector of New Hampshire, dated Letter from
the 16th of July last, relating to his being appointed Deputy Surveyor
of the Woods in America by Mr. Burniston, was read. And their Mr. Burniston,
Lordships resolved to take the same, with that above mentioned Surveyor.
from Mr. Bridger, into further consideration.
Letters to Mr. Ackworth. and Mr. Burchet.
Extracts of Bridger's.
Letters from the Secretary of this Board to Mr. Ackworth, Surveyor of His Majesty's Navy, and to Mr. Burchet, Secry. of the
Admiralty, for inclosing the extracts of several letters from Mr.
Bridger, late Surveyor of the Woods in America, were agreed and
ordered to be sent.
Hamburg, letter to Mr. Wych, Herrings.
Letter to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Herrings.
The draught of a letter to Mr. Wych, Resident at Hamburgh, relating to the herring trade there, was agreed and ordered to be
A letter from the Secry. of this Board to the Lord Provost of
Edinburgh, relating to the herring trade at Hamburgh, was agreed
and ordered to be sent.
Letter to Mr. Keith.
A letter from the Secry. of this Board to Mr. Keith, Deputy Governor
of Pennsylvania, was agreed and ordered to be sent.
Letter to General Hamilton.
Their Lordsps. then took into consideration the draught of a
letter to Genl. Hamilton, Governor of the Leeward Islands, and
made a progress therein.
Ordered that Mr. Micajah Perry be acquainted that the Board
desire to speak, on Wednesday morning next, with the two gentlemen lately arrived from Virginia, who were present with him at the
Board the 19th of the last month, in relation to the boundaries
between the British and French Plantations in America.
September 25. Present:—Sir Charles Cooke, Mr. Pelham, Mr.
Letter from the Bishop of London.
Cession of Accadie.
A letter from the Lord Bishop of London, in answer to that writ
him the 23rd instant, relating to the cession of the late French part
of St. Christophers, and of the Province of Nova Scotia by the French
King, to the Crown of Great Britain, was read.
Extract of Mr. Bridger's to Mr. Carkesse.
Ordered that an extract of Mr. Bridger's letter of 26th June last,
relating to the woollen manufactures and cotton, be sent to Mr.
Carkesse, to be laid before the Commissrs. of the Customs, and he
be desired to move the said Commissioners, that orders may be
given to their Officers in New England to return an account from
time to time of what manufactures they find in those parts, and that
this Board may have copies thereof.
Letter to Antigua
The draught of a letter to Genl. Hamilton, Govr. of the Leeward
Islands, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.
Letter to Mr. Fuller, Consul at Leghorn.
Ordered that the Secry. prepare a letter to Mr. Fuller, Consul at
Leghorn, to acknowledge the receipt of his letter, and the representation of the factory there, mentioned in the Minutes of the 4th
of December last, and acquaint him with what their Lordsps. have
September 30. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Mr. Pelham, Mr.
Letters and Papers from Mr. Lowther.
The undermentioned letters from Mr. Lowther, Govr. of Barbadoes, were severally read, and the Acts and papers therein respectively referred to, except the duplicates of those formerly
received, were laid before the Board, viz.
A letter from Mr. Lowther to the Board, dated 9th of May, 1718.
List of papers transmitted with Mr. Lowther's letter of the
9th of May, 1718.
Minutes of Council from the 19th Feb., 1716, to the 18th
Minutes of Assembly from the 10th of Jan., 1716, to 8th April,
Ten Acts passed in Barbadoes in 1717.
List of the Christenings and Burials in the several parishes of
this Island, from April, 1716, to April, 1717.
Naval Officers Lists, from 25th March, 1717, to 25th December
List of Causes determined in the Court of Errors from 31st
July, 1717, to the 18th Feb. following, as likewise those
Chancery List of Causes determined since the 2nd Aug., 1717,
to 9th May, 1718.
List of Causes determined in the Court of Common Pleas since
the 24th May, 1716, to the 24th Sept., 1717, as likewise those
Minutes of Council with an order relating to the public accounts,
mentioned in Mr. Lowther's letter of 9th May, 1718.
A letter from Mr. Lowther to their Lordships, dated 9th November, 1718.
List of papers transmitted by Mr. Lowther, Govr. of Barbadoes,
with his letter of 9th Nov., 1718.
Copy of the Minutes of Council, from 19th Feb., 1717, to 30th
Sept., 1718, both days inclusive.
Copy of the Minutes of Assembly, from 8th April, 1718, to
29th July following.
Fifteen Acts passed in Barbadoes in 17 17/18 and 1718.
Lists of Christenings and Burials in the several parishes of
this Island, from the 24th of April, 1717, to the 24th of
Naval Officer's List from 26th December, 1717, to 24th of June
List of the Causes which have been determined in the Court
of Errors &c., from the 18th of Feb., 1717, to the 16th
Sept., 1718, as also such as are still depending.
List of the Causes that have been determined in the Court
of Chancery, from the 19th of May, 1718, to 9th October
following, as also such as are still depending.
List of the Causes that have been determined in the several
Courts of Common Pleas from 24th September, 1717, to
24th September following, as also such as are still depending.
List of the Causes that have been determined in the several
Courts of Common Pleas from 24th September, 1717, to
24th September following, as also such as are still depending.
State of the several fortifications within this Island.
Minutes of the Commrs. of Contracts, relating to the fortifications.
Mr. Sutton's account of the tax on negroes' heads that was
raised for the repair of the fortifications.
An estimate of the public debts of the Island by the Committee appointed by law for settling the public accounts.
Mr. Lascel's account courant and sales of the pirate ship Blanco,
A letter from Mr. Lowther to the Secry. of this Board, dated the
30th of May, 1719.
List of public papers therewith received.
Minutes of Council, from the 19th of February, 17 16/17, to the
16th of September, 1718.
Minutes of Council, from the 30th of September, 1718, to the
22nd of April, 1719.
Minutes of Council, from the 24th of April, 1714, to the 6th of
Minutes of Assembly, from the 19th of August, 1718, to the
12th of May, 1719.
Six Acts passed in Barbadoes in 1718, 17 18/19, and 1719.
Naval Officers' list of ships entered and cleared at Barbadoes
from 24th June to 29th September, 1718.
List of Causes which have been determined in the Court of
Errors and Grievance, from the 16th Sept., 1718, to the 22nd
April, 1719, as also such as are still depending.
Papers from Mr. Lowther.
List of Causes, Pleas &c. determined in the High Court of
Chancery in Barbadoes, from 14th of October, 1718, to the
22nd of May, 1719.
List of Causes determined and depending in the several Courts
of Common Pleas in Barbadoes, from the 26th of Jan., 17 18/19,
to the 4th of April, 1719.
Proceedings of the Grand Sessions, held at Barbadoes, in
Letter to him.
Whereupon directions were given to the Secretary to prepare the
draft of a letter to Mr. Lowther.
Richard Lightfoot to be of the Council.
A representation of the Lords Justices proposing Richard Lightfoot, Esqr., to be of His Majesty's Council of Barbadoes in the room
of John Mills, Esqr., decd., was agreed and signed.