Journal, April 1725
Journal Book B.B

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'Journal, April 1725: Journal Book B.B', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 5: January 1723 - December 1728 (1928), pp. 155-162. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=81520 Date accessed: 24 October 2014.


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Journal, April 1725

April 6. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Mr. Plummer, Sir John Hobart.

North Carolina.

Order of Council, Sir Richard Everard to be Deputy Governor.

Sureties proposed.

Draught of a Bond, to be sent to Mr. Scrope of the Treasury.

Order in Council, of the 27th of the last month, approving of Sir Richard Everard, Bart., to be Deputy Governor of North Carolina [folios 54, 80], was read, and Sir Richard attending, acquainted their Lordships that Richard Mead and John Burgh, Esquires, were willing to be his sureties for his observance of the Acts of Trade; which their Lordships approving, ordered that the draught of a bond be prepared for that purpose, and that it be transmitted to Mr. Scrope, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, in order to its being executed in the usual form.

Newfoundland.

Letter from Mr. Burchet.

Heads of Inquiry for the Commodore.

Letter from Mr. Burchet, Secretary to the Lords of the Admiralty, desiring heads of enquiry may be prepared for the Commodore of the Newfoundland Convoy, was read, and their Lordships resolved to consider further thereof on Thursday morning next, as also of

Petition of Mr. Salmon against Lieutenant Governor Gledhill.

The petition of Mr. Salmon [folio 76] complaining of Mr. Gledhill, Lieutenant Governor of Placentia, and praying that he may not be molested in his fishery there.

Captain St. Lo summoned.

Ordered that Captain St. Lo, of the Ludlow Castle, be acquainted that the Board desire to speak with him at the same time.

Jamaica.

Order of Council.

Draught of Revenue Bill, etc., to be prepared by Attorney and Solicitor General.

Copy of an Order of Council, of 3rd March, 1724, referring to the Attorney and Solicitor General the draught of a Revenue Bill for Jamaica, and the Board's report thereupon, and directing them to prepare a Bill, as proposed in the report, was read.

Draught of Revenue Bill and Board of Trade's representation referred to the Treasury.

Copy of an Order of Council, of 3rd March, 1724, referring to the Lords of the Treasury the draught of a Revenue Bill, sent by the Duke of Portland, and the Board's representation upon the said bill, was read.

Pennsylvania.

Order of Council.

Act of Pennsylvania.

Quakers' affirmation.

Copy of an Order of Council, of 3rd March, 1724, referring An Act of Pennsylvania, prescribing the forms of declaration of Fidelity, etc., and the Board's report upon it for confirmation, to a Committee of Council, was read.

St. Christophers.

Order of Council on representation and petitions of Burnet and Brown about 40 acres of land.

Copy of an Order of Council, of 3rd March, 1724, referring the Board's report on the petitions of Burnet and Brown, about their right to forty acres of land in St. Christophers, and their petitions upon the said report, to a Committee of Council, was read.

Jamaica.

Letter from Mr. Harris, duty on negroes.

Letter from Mr. Harris, relating to the duty upon negroes in Jamaica [folio 63], was read, and their Lordships resolved to consider further thereof at another opportunity.

April 7. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Mr. Plummer, Sir John Hobart.

Trade.

Swedish Ordinances.

Letter to merchants.

Ordered that Mr. Lyle and Mr. Norris be reminded of their having promised, (when they attended the Board the 18th of February last), to give in writing what they had to offer, in relation to the Swedish Ordinance [folios 40, 171] whereby all nations are prohibited importing into Sweden any goods but of their own product, and that they be desired to let their Lordships have their thoughts upon the subject as soon as possible.

Trade.

Sound.

Letter from Mr. Tigh.

Ships passing the Sound.

Letter from Mr. Tigh, transmitting an account of all nations' ships passing and repassing the Sound in the year 1724, was read.

April 8. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen.

Newfoundland.

Captain St. Lo about answer to some Heads of Inquiry.

Captain St. Lo, of the Ludlow Castle, attending, as he had been desired, their Lordships desired he would give his answer to the 48th and 50th heads of enquiry, which Captain Bowler, commodore to the last year's convoy to Newfoundland, had referred to him, which he promised to do accordingly.

April 9. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Mr. Plummer.

Newfoundland.

Commodore's answer to Heads of Inquiry.

New Heads of Inquiry to be prepared.

Their Lordships took into consideration and read the answer to the heads of enquiry given to Captain Bowler, commodore to the last year's convoy to Newfoundland, which were mentioned in yesterday's Minutes, and gave some directions for preparing the usual heads of enquiry for Captain Bowler, who is likewise appointed for the Newfoundland station this year.

April 13. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Mr. Docminique, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Plummer, Sir John Hobart.

Plantations General.

Circular letter for accounts from Governors.

Ordered that a circular letter be writ to all the Governors [folio 229] to remind them of the several accounts they are required by their instructions to transmit to this office, and that they be desired to send the same, so far as they are made up.

Barbadoes.

Letter from Mr. Worseley.

Letter from Mr. Worseley, Governor of Barbadoes, dated the 24th of January, 1724–5, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Papers therein referred to.
Copy of Captain Gabaret's letter to Mr. Worseley and his answer.
Several depositions upon the mate of the St. Christopher's galley being killed [folio 76].

Letter to Duke of Newcastle.

Ordered that a letter be prepared to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle thereupon, as also that

Extract to Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General.

An extract thereof be sent to the Attorney and Solicitor General for their opinion thereupon.

April 14. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Mr. Docminique, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Plummer, Sir John Hobart.

Newfoundland.

Mr. Snowden, affidavit.

Affidavits upon Salmon's petition against Gledhill.

Copy to be sent to Colonel Gledhill for answer.

Mr. Snowden attending, with a sister of Mr. Salmon's, whose petition is mentioned in the Minutes of 6th instant, they presented to the Board two affidavits in further proof of the allegations of the said petition, which were read; whereupon ordered that the secretary send a copy of the said petition and papers thereunto belonging to Colonel Gledhill, for his answer thereto.

Barbadoes.

Letter to Duke of Newcastle with extract from Mr. Worseley.

Letter to the Duke of Newcastle with an extract of one from Mr. Worseley [folios 75, 85], ordered yesterday to be prepared, was agreed and signed.

April 15. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Plummer, Sir John Hobart.

New York.

Letter from Mr. Burnet, the Governor.

Letter from Mr. Burnet, Governor of New York, dated the 9th August, 1724, was read.

New York.

New Jersey.

Letter from Mr. Burnet, the Governor.

Letter from Mr. Burnet, Governor of New York and New Jersey, dated the 7th November, 1724, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Papers therein referred to.
Propositions from Governor Burnet to the Six Nations of Indians, from the 14th of September to the 20th December, 1724.
Propositions made by Governor Burnet to the Schaahhook Indians at Albany and their answers, September 19th, 1724.
New York.
Propositions of the deputies from Boston to the Six Nations of Indians.
The Six Nations of Indians' answer to the deputies from Boston.
Map of the country of the Five Nations of Indians, etc., at New York.
Report of the Committee of Council at New York on the merchants' petition, etc.
Reasons for the Acts prohibiting the selling goods proper for the Indians.
Affidavit that Mr. Burnet sent the Acts passed in 1723.

Letter from Mr. Burnet to Mr. Popple, of 7th November, 1724, acknowledging the receipt of his letters of 22nd July and 15th August last, and papers.
List of vessels trading inwards and outwards at New York, from the 25th March, 1724, to the 29th of September following.
List of vessels trading inwards and outwards at New Jersey, from 29th September, 1723, to December, 1724.

Representation for Mr. Livingston to be of the Council of New York.

Ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared, for recommending Philip Livingston, Esquire, to be of the Council of New York [folios 59, 80], in the room of Mr. Gerardus Beckman, deceased.

April 16. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Mr. Docminique, Mr. Plummer.

New York.

Representation.

Mr. Livingston to be of the Council.

A representation for proposing Philip Livingston, Esquire, to be of the council of New York [folios 79, 169], in the room of Gerardus Beckman, deceased, ordered yesterday to be prepared, was agreed and signed.

North Carolina.

Certificate from Remembrancer's office.

Sir Richard Everard.

Certificate from the Remembrancer's office, that Sir Richard Everard has given security to observe the Acts of Trade [folios 67, 168], was read, and a representation, with the draught of instructions for Sir Richard Everard for his observance of the Acts of Trade, was agreed and signed.

New York.

Letter from Mr. Burnet.

Presbyterian congregation.

Letter from Mr. Burnet, Governor of New York [folios 85, 236], dated 20th May, 1724, transmitting a petition for a charter to incorporate a Presbyterian congregation, with the proceedings in Council thereupon, was read.

Agents summoned.

Ordered that Mr. Leheup and Mr. Bampfield, agents for New York, be acquainted that the Board desire to speak with them thereupon, on Wednesday morning next.

Another letter from Mr. Burnet.

Letter from Mr. Burnet, Governor of New York, dated the 11th November, 1724, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Paper therein referred to.
List of the duplicates of Acts of Assembly of New York, passed in July, 1723.

Letter from Mr. Burnet to the Secretary.

Letter from Mr. Burnet to Mr. Popple, of 11th November, 1724, inclosing a letter to the Board and papers, was read.
New York.
Memorial from Mr. Colden.
Transactions with Canada.
Memorial of Doctor Colden, Surveyor General at New York, of the principal transactions between that province and Canada.

Letter from Mr. Burnet.

Another letter from Mr. Burnet to the Board, dated the 21st November, 1724, with a postscript of the 28th December, 1724, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Papers therein referred to.
An account of furs and skins, exported from New York, for four years before the Act prohibiting a trade to Canada, and for four years since.
A comparison of the imports at New York, for four years before and four years after the passing the Act concerning the Indian trade.

New York.

New Jersey.

Another letter from Mr. Burnet.

Another letter from Mr. Burnet, Governor of New York, dated the 24th November, 1724, transmitting several public papers to the Secretary, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Papers therein referred to.
Report of the Commissioners of Indian Affairs at Albany on the petition of the merchants, etc., November the 12th, 1724, against the Act about the Indian trade.
A list of Acts of Assembly of New York, passed July 24th, 1724.
Captain Fitch's affidavit of delivering a packet of 16th December, 1723.

April 20. Present:—Mr. Plummer, Sir John Hobart.

Montserrat.

Reference on petition of Mr. Fry.

Agents summoned.

A reference from the Duke of Newcastle, dated the 5th instant, on the petition of William Fry [folio 89] of the Island of Montserrat, Esquire, complaining against General Hart, Governor of the Leeward Islands, for suspending the petitioner from the Council of that Island, for suspending the petitioner from the Council of that Island, was read; whereupon ordered that Mr. Nivine and Mr. Barker, agent for the said General Hart, have notice to attend the Board on Thursday morning next.

Newfoundland.

Heads of Inquiry for the Commodore.

A draught of heads of enquiry, relating to the fishery of Newfoundland for the year, 1725, directed to be prepared on the 6th instant, was agreed, and ordered to be sent to Mr. Burchet, secretary to the Right Honorable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

Barbadoes.

Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General's report about mate of a ship killed.

Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General's report upon the extract of Mr. Worseley's letter [folio 76], sent to them the 13th instant, in relation to the mate of a ship's having been killed by a shot fired from James' Fort, was read.

April 21. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Mr. Docminique, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Plummer, Sir John Hobart.

New York.

Agents cannot attend.

The Secretary acquainting the Board that Mr. Bampfield and Mr. Leheup could not attend the Board, as they had been directed the 16th instant, their Lordships took into consideration and read.

Barbadoes.

Letter from Mr. Worseley.

A letter from Mr. Worseley, Governor of Barbados, to the Board, dated the 18th October, 1724, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Papers therein referred to.
Petition of Philip Kirton and John Goodwin to Mr. Worseley.
Captain Cooper's reply to Mr. Hamond's answer, dated 4th October, 1724.
Mr. Hamond's answer to Captain Cooper's letter to the Governor.
Copy of a letter from Captain Cooper to the Governor.
Mr. Worseley's answer to queries sent him from the Board of Trade.
Authentick copies of papers from the Crown Office in relation to the petition of Philip Kirton and John Goodwin.
Minutes of Council, from 12th May, 1924, to the 1st September following.
Minutes of Assembly, from the 7th July, 1724, to the 27th August following.
Minutes of proceedings in the Court "of Chancery, from the 13th May, 1724, to the 2nd September, following.
An Act for laying an imposition or duty on wines and other strong liquors imported into this Island, in order to raise money for carrying on the fortifications for payment of such persons as are or shall be imployed at the publick charge, and for such other uses as herein are appointed, passed 4th August, 1724.
An Act appointing Agents for this Island in Great Britain, passed 1st September, 1724.

Public Acts sent to Mr. West.

Ordered that all the publick Barbados Acts, upon which Mr. West has not reported, be sent to him, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Letter from Duke of Newcastle.

Pretensions of the French to Tobago.

Letter to Mr. Worseley.

Letter from Duke of Newcastle of the 19th upon one from this Board of the 14th April, 1725, relating to the pretensions of the French to the Island of Tobago, was read.

Whereupon ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to Mr. Worseley, Governor of Barbados.

April 22. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Plummer, Sir John Hobart.

Montserrat.

Mr. Nivine and Mr. Sharpe about Mr. Fry's suspension from the Council.

Draught of representation on that subject.

Mr. Nivine, attending, as he had been desired, as also Mr. Sharp in behalf of Mr. Barker [folios 84, 90], their Lordships took into consideration the reference from His Grace the Duke of Newcastle of the 5th, and mentioned in the Minutes of the 20th instant, upon the petition of William Fry, Esquire, complaining that General Hart, Governor of the Leeward Islands, had suspended him from the Council of Montserrat, and praying for relief therein, was read, and after some discourse with them upon this subject, their Lordships were pleased to give directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.

April 23. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Plummer.

Montserrat.

Representation on Mr. Fry's petition.

The draught of a representation, ordered yesterday to be prepared, upon Mr. Fry's petition, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

April 27. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Plummer.

Jamaica.

Letter from Duke of Portland.

Letter from the Duke of Portland, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 30th December last, was read, and the papers, therein mentioned, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Papers therein referred to.
Several proceedings between the Duke of Portland and the Council and Assembly there, in relation to the Bill for reviving the laws of that Island.
Minutes of Council in Assembly, from 7th January, 1723–4, to 27th November, 1724.
Minutes of Council, from 3rd March, 1723–4, to 27th November, 1724.
Journal of Assembly, from 28th July, 1724, to 27th November, 1724.
Five public Acts and one private, passed in November, 1724.

Public Acts to be sent to Mr. West.

Ordered that the publick Acts above mentioned be sent to Mr. West, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Inquiry to be made about absence of Councillors.

Their Lordships observing, by a paragraph in the Duke's said letter that Colonel Sadler, Captain Gregory, Colonel Pusey and Major Rose, four of the Councillors of Jamaica, were absent from the Island without any Licence of Leave from His Grace [folios 158, 186], ordered that the Secretary do inform himself whether they are in England, and if so, when they intend to return back to Jamaica.

Montserrat.

Representation on Mr. Fry's petition.

Representation upon Colonel Fry's petition, ordered [folios 90, 94] yesterday to be transcribed, was signed.

April 28. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Plummer.

Jamaica.

Letter from Duke of Portland.

Letter from the Duke of Portland, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 15th October, 1724, was read, as also
Papers therein referred to.
The Duke of Portland's speech to the Council and Assembly.

Letter to Duke of Portland.

Ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to the Duke of Portland, in return to several from him, not yet answered by the Board.

Representation.

New Councillor.

A representation proposing Richard Mill, Esquire, to be of the Council of Jamaica [folio 169] in the room of Mr. Bernard, who has surrendered his place, was agreed and signed.

Montserrat.

Letter to Duke of Newcastle.

Representation on Mr. Fry's petition.

A letter to the Duke of Newcastle, inclosing a representation signed yesterday, upon the petition of Mr. Fry [folios 93, 191], was likewise agreed and signed.

Barbadoes.

Letter to Mr. Worseley.

The draught of a letter to Mr. Worseley, Governor of Barbados, directed to be prepared the 21st instant, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

Jamaica.

Letter to Mr. West.

Opinion about coroners.

(fn. 1) Ordered that the extract of a letter from His Grace the Duke of Portland, Governor of Jamaica, relating to the right of nomination of coroners in that island, be sent to Mr. West, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

April 29. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Plummer, Sir John Hobart.

Barbadoes.

Representation Two new councillors.

A representation proposing Ralph Weeks and Abel Alleyne, Esquires, to be of the Council of Barbados [folio 169] in the room of Mr. Carter and Mr. Elliot, was agreed and signed.

Mr. Burchet of the Admiralty to have extract of Mr. Worseley's letter about Captain Cooper.

Ordered that an extract of Mr. Worseley's letter, dated the 18th October, 1724, and of the papers, therein referred to, relating to the behaviour of Captain Cooper, Commander of the Lynn, at Barbados [folios 85, 158], mentioned in the Minutes of the 21st instant, be sent to Mr. Burchet for the information of the Right Honorable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

Letter to Mr. Worseley.

A letter to Mr. Worseley, Governor of Barbados, agreed yesterday, was signed.

Trade.

Letter from Lord Townshend with papers about new lighthouses in Denmark and Norway.

A letter from the Lord Townshend, of the 20th April, 1725, inclosing several extracts of letters from the Lord Glenorchy, Envoy Extraordinary at the Court of Denmark, in relation to two new lighthouses set up on the coast of Norway [folio 163], was read, viz:—
Extract of a letter from my Lord Glenorchy to my Lord Townshend, dated the 10th March, 1724–5.
Extract of a letter from my Lord Glenorchy to my Lord Townshend, dated the 17th March, 1724–5.
Extract of a letter from my Lord Glenorchy to my Lord Townshend, dated the 24th March, 1724–5.
Extract of a letter from my Lord Glenorchy to my Lord Townshend, dated 17th April, 1725.

Mr. Astell writ to thereupon.

Whereupon ordered that a copy of the list of duties, mentioned in one of the said extracts, to be paid for maintaining the said lighthouses, be sent to Mr. Astell, and that he be desired to let their Lordships have his opinion thereupon, as soon as may be.

New York.

Mr. Sharpe.

A day for hearing the merchants and agents concerning the Indian Trade Act appointed.

Mr. Sharpe attending, with several merchants trading to New York, acquainted their Lordships that they were now prepared to give their answer to the several papers transmitted from Mr. Burnet, Governor of New York, in relation to the Act for preventing the selling of Indian goods to the French [folios 65, 102], and therefore desired that their Lordships would be pleased to appoint a short day for hearing what they might have to offer upon this subject, whereupon their Lordships appointed Wednesday next at ten o'clock in the morning precisely, and gave directions that the agents of New York should be acquainted therewith, and that they then might attend with their counsel, if they thought fit.

Letter to the Governor.

The draught of a letter to Mr. Burnet, Governor of New York, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

April 30. Present:—Mr. Chetwynd, Mr. Docminique, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Plummer.

Nova Scotia.

Colonel Philips, the Governor, summoned.

Ordered that Colonel Philips, Governor of Nova Scotia [folios 50, 43, 76, 116], be acquainted that the Board desire to speak with him on Thursday morning next.

Jamaica.

Representation.

New Councillor.

Ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared for proposing Mr. James Lawes to be of the Council of Jamaica, in the room of Major Rose, deceased.

Draught of letter to the Duke of Portland.

The draught of a letter to the Duke of Portland, ordered to be prepared the 28th instant, was agreed and signed.

Footnotes

1 Passage cancelled. N.B.—This letter was ordered not to be sent. Vide the Board's letter to the Duke of Portland, dated the 30th June, 1725.