Journal, April 1730
April 1. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Colonel Johnson's instructions.
The Board took into consideration the draught of instructions
for Colonel Johnson, appointed Governor of South Carolina,
ordered to be prepared the 2nd of December last, and made a
April 2. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Pelham, Mr.
Bladen, Mr. Cary, Sir T. Frankland.
The Secretary laid before the Board the account of petty
expences and incidental charges for the service of this office,
between Christmas, 1720, and Lady Day, 1730, amounting to
£375 10s. 3d., viz:—
|Account of Petty Expenses, from Christmas,
1729, to Lady Day, 1730||245||3||10|
|The stationer's account for the same time||71||18||6|
|The postman's account for the same time||27||17||7|
|Account of wood, coals and candles||30||10||4|
And a letter to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring payment
thereof, as also of one quarter's salary due to the Secretary and
other officers at Lady Day last, was agreed and signed.
Governors and governments.
Their Lordships, taking again into consideration the Order of
the House of Lords for copies of papers relating to Naval Stores,
and to the establishment of Governors and governments,
mentioned in the Minutes of the 20th of the last month, gave some
directions for preparing an answer thereto.
Mr. Hintz desires a letter to Colonel Phillips, which is ordered.
Mr. Hintz attending, and desiring their Lordships would please
to give him a letter to Colonel Phillips, Governor of Nova Scotia,
in order to his shewing all due encouragement to the Palatines,
that shall go to settle there; ordered that a letter be prepared
accordingly, and that a copy of the instructions to Colonel Phillips,
upon this subject, be given to Mr. Hintz.
April 3. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Cary, Sir T. Frankland.
Agreed and sent.
The letter to Colonel Phillips, Governor of Nova Scotia, directed
yesterday to be prepared, in relation to Mr. Hintz and the
Palatines, was agreed and ordered to be sent.
The draught of a report to the House of Lords, directed
yesterday to be prepared, in answer to their Order, read the 20th
of the last month, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
April 7. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgman, Mr. Cary, Sir
Report, House of Lords.
The report to the House of Lords, in relation to plantations,
agreed at the last meeting, was signed, and the Earl of Westmorland was desired to present the same to the House.
April 8. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgman, Mr. Cary, Sir T. Frankland.
Heads of Inquiry.
A letter from Mr. Burchet, dated the 3rd inst., desiring the
usual heads of inquiry may be prepared for the commodore of
the Newfoundland convoy this year, was read, and directions
were given for preparing a draught thereof accordingly.
Letters from Capt. Osburn, with papers.
A letter from Captain Osburn, Governor of Newfoundland,
dated the 14th of October, 1729, was read, and the papers, therein
referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Capt. Osburn's constitution of Justices.
Division of this Island into districts, and the names of the
places where the magistrates reside.
A second letter from Capt. Osburn, dated the 6th of November,
1729, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid
before the Board, viz:—
Captain Osburn's direction to the magistrates upon their
memorial to collect of the planters' and others' fish, in order
to build a prison.
Captain Osburn's instructions to Colonel Gledhill, Lieutenant
Governor of Newfoundland.
Account of Ordnance and Stores at Fort Frederick in
Placentia, the 9th of September, 1729.
Letter from Lord Vere.
Heads of Inquiry.
A letter from the Lord Vere Beauclerk, dated the 14th of
October, 1729, enclosing his answer to the Heads of Inquiry
for the year 1729, was read.
Letter from Capt. Taverner.
A letter from Capt. Taverner, dated at St. Johns in Newfoundland, the 20th of November last, relating to the French fishery
on the northern coast of that Island, was read.
Whereupon ordered that Lord Vere and Captain Osburn be
acquainted with the Board's desire of speaking with them on
Friday morning next.
Grants of land, etc.
Their Lordships then took into consideration the several papers
from Sir Richard Everard and the Council of North Carolina,
in answer to complaints against the Governor, and to grants of
land, mentioned in the Minutes of the 16th of December, 1729,
and gave directions that copies thereof should be made for Captain
Burrington, the present Governor of that province, and that
an article should be inserted in his instructions, directing him, upon
his arrival there, to examine into the truth of the several facts,
and lay an account before His Majesty and this Board.
Their Lordships taking into consideration an Order of the
Committee of Council, dated the 18th of December, and mentioned
in the Minutes of the same month, 1729, directing the Board
to consider what is reasonable for each of the Leeward Islands to
give as additional salary to their Governor, gave directions that
several of the merchants and others concerned in the Leeward
Islands should be acquainted with the Board's desire of speaking
with them thereupon on Tuesday morning next.
April 9. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Bladen, Sir
O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary.
Letter from the Duke of Newcastle.
His Majesty's title.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, dated yesterday, was
read, directing the Board to give notice to the merchants and
others, who have any claims to be laid before the Commissaries
of the kingdom, and of Spain, in consequence of the treaty of
Seville, dated the 9th of November, 1729, that they do bring them
together with the proper proofs and vouchers to this office, in
order to their being transmitted to the said Commissaries, and
likewise directing the Board to deliver to the said Commissaries
a representation of all such impositions and hardships as have
been put upon the trade of His Majesty's subjects, in any of the
King of Spain's dominions, and also to inform them of the
true extent and limits of His Majesty's possessions, bordering
upon those of the King of Spain in America.
Whereupon ordered that the following advertisement be
inserted in the three next Gazettes, viz:—
Whitehall, April 9, 1730.
His Majesty having been pleased to appoint Benjamen Keene,
Arthur Stert and John Goddard, Esquires, His Commissaries, to treat with those who are, or shall be named by
His Catholic Majesty, concerning such matters as, by
the treaty of Seville, are referred to the examination,
discussion and decision of Commissaries, to be appointed
for that purpose by His Majesty and by the King of
Spain; notice is hereby given thereof, that the merchants
and others, who have any claims to be laid before the said
Commissaries, may forthwith bring them to the office of
the Rt. Honble. the Lords Commissioners for Trade and
Plantations, with the necessary proofs and vouchers to
justify the same, that they may be delivered to the said
By Order of the Lordships,
Their Lordships took again into consideration the draughts
of instructions for Colonel Johnson, Governor of South Carolina,
mentioned in the Minutes of the 1st inst., and made a progress
April 10. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary, Sir
Lord Vere and Captain Osburn attend.
Justices of the Peace.
The Lord Vere attending, as he had been desired, with Captain
Osburn, the Board took again into consideration the letter from
Lord Vere, and those from Captain Osburn, mentioned in the
Minutes of the 8th inst.; and after some discourse with these
gentlemen thereupon. Captain Osburn presented to the Board
two letters, which he had received from some of the Justices of
the Peace, whom he had appointed in Newfoundland, by virtue
of His Majesty's commission, desiring his directions with respect
to the execution of their office in some particulars; but some
difficulties arising thereon, ordered that Mr. Fane be desired to
attend the Board next Friday upon this subject. Their Lordships
then desired Lord Vere and Captain Osburn would likewise
attend at the same time.
Petition of Mr. Fabian.
A petition from Mr. Fabian, in behalf of his brother's children,
relating to a plantation in Newfoundland belonging to them,
but claimed by Captain Taverner, upon which there had been
some proceedings before Lord Vere, was read, and the Board
desiring some account of this matter from Lord Vere, his Lordship
acquainted them that Captain Taverner had applied to him upon
this subject, about two days before he left Newfoundland, but
that, not having had time to make a full examination into the
pretensions of each party, he had given directions that no rent
should be paid, either to Mr. Fabian's children or to Captain
Taverner, till the right to the same should be determined, which
he intended fully to examine at his return.
The Lord Vere being withdrawn, ordered that Mr. Fabian be
acquainted with what Lord Vere has informed the Board upon
Letter to Mr. Worseley.
The letter to Mr. Worseley, ordered to be prepared the 20th of
February last, was agreed and signed.
April 14. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Pelham, Mr.
Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Sir T. Frank land.
Mr. Morice, Mr. Harris, Sir William Codrington, Mr. Yeamans,
Mr. Gerrish, Mr. Douglas, Mr. Soulegre, Mr. Coleman and several
other gentlemen attending, as they had been desired, the Board
took again into consideration the Order of the Committee of
Council, relating to an additional salary for the Lord Forbes,
Governor of the Leeward Islands, mentioned in the Minutes of
the 30th of December last; and Mr. Morice in behalf of the
merchants informed the Board, that they have had several
meetings, and were unanimous in opinion, that by reason of the
present heavy taxes, the trade of the Leeward Islands could not
bear any additional weight, and therefore hoped the salary
given by the King to his Governor of those Islands, with the
perquisites belonging to the government, would be thought
Ordered that Colonel Hart be desired to attend the Board
How to be authenticated.
Ordered that Mr. Stert and Mr. Goddard, two of the Commissaries appointed to go to Spain, as also Sir John Eyles, Sir
William Chapman, Mr. Moriee and the King's Advocate, be
desired to attend the Board on Thursday morning next, in order
to settle in what manner such losses sustained by merchants and
others, as are to be laid before the said Commissaries, shall be
Ordered that Colonel Johnson do likewise attend the Board
to-morrow morning, and that he do bring with him some account
of the annual expenees of the government of South Carolina, as
likewise of the annual revenue.
April 15. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Pelham, Mr.
Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary, Sir T. Frankland.
Colonel Hart attending, as he had been desired, their Lordships
desired he would inform the Board at what rate the fees belonging
to the Governor of the Leeward Islands might be computed, and
he said, he believed they might now amount to about £200
sterling per annum.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Oxenford for an account of
the quantity of sugar imported from the Leeward Islands for
seven years last past, distinguishing each Island and each year.
Address to His Majesty.
The Earl of Westmorland then laid before the Board an address
to His Majesty, from the President and Council of South Carolina,
upon His Majesty's having purchased that province from the
proprietors, and a letter, for inclosing the same to the Duke of
Newcastle, to be presented to His Majesty, was agreed and
Colonel Johnson, Governor of South Carolina, attending, as he
had been desired, he was asked what he computed the annual
charges of that province to amount to, and what their annual
revenue; to which he said, that the annual charge commonly
amounted to about twenty thousand pounds that country money
per annum, and that they annually raised as much money, as
they judged might defray the expences of the year.
The Secretary then laid before the Board four laws, passed at
Pennsylvania in 1727, which he had received from the Proprietors'
agent, entituled as follows:—
A supplementary Act to the Act for ascertaining the number of
members of Assembly, and to regulate elections.
An Act for establishing a ferry from the city of Philadelphia to
the landing at or near the house of William Cooper, and another
from or near the bounds to Gloucester in New Jersey.
An Act for establishing of courts of judicature in this province.
A supplement to the Act for taking lands in execution for the
payment of debts.
Sent to Mr. Fane.
Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion
thereupon in point of law.
April 16. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Bladen, Sir
O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary, Sir T. Frankland.
Commissaries, etc., attend.
Form of vouching, with the charge.
Mr. Brown to attend.
Mr. Stert and Mr. Goddard, two of His Majesty's Commissaries
appointed to adjust the claims of such persons as have sustained
any losses by the Spaniards, attending, as they had been desired,
with the King's Advocate, General Sir William Chapman, and Mr.
Morice, their Lordships had some discourse with them, in relation
to the proper form of attesting such vouchers, as should be brought
to justify the aforementioned claims; and Mr. Advocate General
acquainted the Board, that such attestations had frequently
been made in the Court of Admiralty, and passed under their
seal, that they had likewise been made before, and signed by
a notary public; and Sir William Chapman informed the Board,
that claims of a like nature had frequently been examined in the
Lord Mayor's Court, and passed under the city seal. Mr. Advocate
General then presented to the Board a copy of the form of an
attestation used in the Court of Admiralty upon the like
occasions; and the Board inquiring of him the fees demanded
in that court for the same, he said, Mr. Brown, Registrar thereof,
could give the Board the best account thereof. Whereupon
ordered that he be desired to attend to-morrow morning.
April 17. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary.
He attends with the charge.
Mr. Brown, Registrar of the Court of Admiralty, attending,
as he had been directed, the Board desired he would give them an
account of the fees demanded there for such instruments as pass
under their seal; and he said that the customary fees were as
|For drawing an affidavit||0||6||8|
|Judge's fee for the oath||0||1||0|
|Proctor's fee and proxy for exhibiting thereof||0||4||8|
|For praying an exemplification||0||3||4|
|Registrar's fee for registering the affidavit||0||2||8|
|Do. for decreeing the same||0||1||0|
|Usually given to the Registrar for attending the
|Writing one skin of parchment.||1||4||2|
|Judge's fee for the Admiralty Seal||0||16||8|
|Proctor's fee for attending the sealing||0||4||8|
|Total charge of an exemplification, verified by
one single affidavit and one single skin.||3||19||2|
|For every other skin besides||0||12||6|
|For the stamps thereon||0||10||0|
|For every examination, viva voce||0||8||8|
Powers, Justices of the Peace.
The Lord Vere, Captain Osburn and Mr. Fane attending, as
they had been desired, his Lordship presented to the Board some
queries in relation to the powers of the justices of the peace at
Newfoundland, which being read, the Board, after some discourse
thereon, gave directions for sending copies of the said queries
to Mr. Attorney General and to Mr. Fane, and that they be
desired to give their answers thereto on Friday morning next,
at which time Lord Vere and Captain Osburn were desired to
April 21. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary Sir
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, dated the 20th inst.,
inclosing a memorial from the Venetian Resident, in relation to an
English ship taken by the Spaniards, was read, and their Lordships
resolved to consider further thereof, when an account of the said
losses should be laid before the Board.
A letter from Mr. Brown, Registrar of the Court of Admiralty,
with a list of the fees taken in that Court for such instruments
as pass under the seal, was read, and their Lordships, taking the
same into consideration, as likewise the letter from the Duke of
Newcastle, relating to the proofs to be made by the merchants of
their losses sustained by the Spaniards, read the 9th inst., gave
directions for acquainting Sir John Eyles, Sir William Chapman
and Mr. Morice with the Board's desire of speaking with them
thereupon on Thursday morning next.
Order in Council.
Act, Intestates' estates.
Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General with queries.
An Order of the Committee of Council referring to the Board
the petition of Jonathan Belcher and Jeremiah Dummer, Esqrs.,
agents for the Colony of Connecticut, in relation to an Act passed
there for the settlement of intestates' estates, which was declared
null and void by His Majesty, etc., was read, and their Lordships,
taking the same into consideration, gave directions that a letter
should be wrote to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General, for
their opinion in point of law, whether the colony of Connecticut
have by their charter any power of making laws which affect
property? or whether that power is not confined to the making of
bye-laws only? and if they have not that power, whether they
have not forfeited their charter by passing any act to affect
Mr. Lowndes memorial.
Act, Courts of Justice.
A memorial from Mr. Thomas Lowndes, Provost Marshall of
South Carolina, desiring the repeal of an Act, passed in that
province in 1726–7, entituled, An Act for the better settling of the
Courts of Justice. was read, and their Lordships resolved to take
that Act into consideration to-morrow morning.
April 22nd. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary, Sir T.
Mr. Lowndes summoned.
The Board taking again into consideration Mr. Lowndes'
memorial, read yesterday, ordered that he should be directed to
attend the Board on Friday next.
Letter to Mr. Attorney General sent.
The letter, directed yesterday to be prepared, to Mr. Attorney
and Solicitor General upon the Connecticut charter, was agreed
and ordered to be sent.
Commission, trying pirates.
Ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared for
proposing a commission for trying pirates, to be passed by North
Letters from Colonel Montgomerie, with papers.
A letter from Colonel Montgomerie, dated the 20th of October,
1729, signifying his having received the Board's letter of the 28th
of May last, and promising to hold Courts of Chancery when
necessary, was read.
A letter from Colonel Montgomerie, dated the 2nd of August,
1729, was read, and the paper, therein referred to, laid before the
A list of trading vessels entered inwards and cleared outwards,
from the 25th of December, 1728, to the 25th of March,
Ordered that the draught of an answer be prepared thereto.
Letter from Capt. Phenney.
A letter from Capt. Phenney, dated the 4th of May, 1729, with
the Naval Officer's list of ships entered and cleared at the
Letter from Captain Rogers.
A letter from Captain Rogers, Governor of the Bahamas, dated
the 12th of November, 1729, transmitting a list of Acts passed
there, was read.
Ordered likewise that the draught of an answer be prepared
An account received from Mr. Oxenford, Deputy Inspector
of the Customs, of the quantity of sugar imported into England
from the Leeward Islands for seven years, from Christmas, 1721,
to Christmas, 1728, distinguishing each year and each Island,
April 23. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary, Sir T. Frankland.
Mr. Stert and Mr. Goddard attending, with Sir John Eyles, Mr.
Rigby and Mr. Morice, their Lordships shewed them the letter
from Mr. Brown, read the 21st inst., with an account of the fees
payable in the Admiralty Court for such exemplifications as pass
under the seal there, and Mr. Morice communicated to the Board
the copy of a letter from himself to the Town Clerk, desiring an
account of the charges of putting the seal of the City of London to
any writing, in order to its being an authentic testimony, with the
Town Clerk's answer thereto, which were read; and their Lordships, taking the same into consideration, acquainted these
gentlemen, that the Board would be ready every Tuesday and
Friday to receive such claims as the merchants might have to
make for losses sustained by them from the Spaniards, authenticated in what manner they should think convenient, in order to
transmit copies thereof, under the seal of this office, to the
Commissaries at the court of Madrid.
April 24. Present:— Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman.
Mr. Lowndes attends.
Act, Courts of Justice.
Mr. Lowndes attending, as he had been desired, their Lordships
took into consideration and read an Act, passed in South Carolina
in 1726, mentioned in the Minutes of the 22nd inst., entituled, An
Act for the better settling of the Courts of Justice, as likewise Mr.
Fane's report thereon. And their Lordships, after Mr. Lowndes
had stated to them the difficulty, which he apprended there was
in putting the said Act in execution, by reason of the Provost
Marshal's being obliged to serve all writs personally, agreed to
consult Colonel Johnson upon this subject.
Letter to Captain Rogers.
The letter, ordered yesterday to be prepared, to Captain Rogers,
Governor of the Bahama Islands, was agreed and signed.
Letter to Colonel Montgomerie.
The draught of a letter (fn. 1) to Colonel Montgomerie, Governor of
New Jersey and New York, directed yesterday to be prepared,
was agreed and ordered to be transcribed, as also
Representation, trying pirates.
The draught of a representation, proposing a commission, to be
passed for trying pirates in North Carolina, ordered to be prepared
the 22nd inst.
April 28. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Pelham, Mr.
Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary.
Letter from Mr. Burchet for heads of inquiry; those sent for the fishery at Canso.
A letter from Mr. Burchet, dated the 24th inst., desiring
dispatch to be made with the heads of inquiry for the Captains,
of the ships designed for Newfoundland, was read; and the heads
of inquiry for Captain Waterhouse, appointed for the protection
of the fishery at Canso, being laid before the Board, and agreed
to; their Lordships ordered that they should be inclosed to Mr.
Burchet and that he should be acquainted that Capt. Osburn,
having last year had a commission to become Governor of Newfoundland, and the usual heads of inquiry having been turned
into instructions to the Lord Vere Beauclerk, the Board did not
think it necessary to add anything thereto this year, the same
gentlemen going to Newfoundland again.
Mr. Crosse attending, presented to the Board reports of the
losses sustained by his brother Mr. Crosse, the English consul
at the Canaries, on occasion of the late rupture with Spain,
amounting to 92, 804 pss. of 8s. 8d., dated at Teneriffe, the 30th
of June, 1728, and the same being read, Mr. Crosse acquainted the
Board that the proofs of his brother's said losses had been transmitted to Madrid.
Mr. Paice with Mr. Burridge's losses.
Mr. Paice attending, presented to the Board a letter from Mr.
Burridge, dated at Lyme, the 18th inst., acquainting the Board
with his losses occasioned by the said rupture, as also that his said
proofs were left with Mr. Parker, consul at Corunna, which was
Their Lordships then acquainted Mr. Crosse and Mr. Parker
that they would give copies of the abovementioned papers to the
Commissaries appointed to go to Madrid upon this occasion, and
that they might give directions to their agents at Madrid and
Corunna, to lay their aforementioned proofs before the said
Translation of the King of Spains's letter about restitution of what has been taken.
Mr. Paiee then presented to the Board a translation of the
King of Spain's letter, signed by the Marquis of Castellar, to the
intendants of the provinces of Spain, and the Isles of the Canaries
and Mallorea, dated the 16th of August, 1721, directing a
restitution of what had been taken from the English, and the
same was read.
Granting of land.
Col. Johnson, Governor of South Carolina, attending, their
Lordships had some discourse with him, in relation to the manner
of granting of land in the province, and their Lordships agreed
to consider further thereof on Thursday morning next.
Mr. Winthrop's memorial.
A memorial from Mr. Winthrop, was read, in behalf of himself
and many of the principal inhabitants of Connecticut, and in
answer to the petition from Mr. Belcher and Mr. Dummer, agents
to the said Colony, and referred to the Board by an order of the
Committee, read the 21st inst., and their Lordships resolved to
consider further thereof, when Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General
shall have made their report, in answer to the letter wrote to them
that day upon the same subject.
Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgman.
His Majesty's title.
Their Lordships taking into consideration the state of His
Majesty's title to Santa Lucia, prepared in consequence of their
representation to His Majesty of the 25th of the last month,
ordered the same to be transcribed, and resolved to consider
the titles to His Majesty's other islands of St. Vincent's, Dominica
and Santa Cruz at another opportunity.
Ordered that extracts be made of all those books and papers
that are particularly referred to in the aforementioned state of
April 29. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary, Sir
Deray, woollen manufactures.
The Board, taking again into consideration the Order of the
Lords of the Committee of Council, referring two petitions, one
from Tiverton, the other from Exeter, complaining of the decay
of their trade in the woollen manufactures by the running of
wool from Ireland to France, read the 14th of December last,
gave directions for writing to the Mayors of Tiverton and Exeter
for their opinion as to what may be done for preventing this
practice for the future.
An anonimous letter, dated yesterday, and signed B.E., relating
to the sending Irish yarn to France, was read, and directions were
given for sending a copy thereof to Mr. Carkesse, to be laid before
the Commissioners of the Customs.
Letter from the Duke of Newcastle.
Proceedings of Sir Richard Everard.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, inclosing the copy of a
letter from Mr. Porter, Judge of the Admiralty at North Carolina,
giving an account of the unwarrantable proceedings of Sir Richard
Everard, late Governor of that province, in the granting of lands
there, was read, and their Lordships agreed to insert an article
in the instructions preparing for Capt. Burrington, the present
Governor, in relation thereto, as also to the disputes between him
and the Council, referred to the Board by the Duke of Newcastle's
letter, read . . . . . . . . . ., and ordered that an answer be prepared
to the Duke of Newcastle's said letters, to acquaint him with
these resolutions of the Board.
Ordered that Lord Forbes, Governor of the Leeward Islands,
be acquainted with the Board's desire of speaking with his
Lordship on Friday morning next.
April 30. Present:—Earl of Westmorland, Mr. Docminique,
Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Sir T. Frankland.
Instructions to Governors.
Vice Admiralty officers.
An Order in Council of the 20th inst., directing this Board to
prepare draughts of instructions to all the Governors of his
Majesty's plantations, upon a memorial of the Lords of the
Admiralty, setting forth their having received complaints from
the officers of the Vice Admiralty Courts in the plantations of
their being interrupted in the execution of their employments
by the provincial judges, was read, and the draught of a report
thereupon was ordered, to be prepared.
Mr. Winthrop's memorial sent to Mr. Attorney General, etc.
Ordered that a copy of Mr. Winthrop's memorial, read the 28th
inst., be sent to Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General for them to
consider before they make their report upon the queries sent to
them the 21st inst., in relation to the Connecticut charter.
Proposal for improving the province.
Colonel Johnson attending, as he had been desired, presented
to the Board an explanation of his proposal for better improving
and settling the province of South Carolina, mentioned in the
Minutes of the 13th of March last, which was read, and their
Lordships resolved to consider further thereof to-morrow