Journal, April 1735
Tuesday, April 9th. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Sir O.
Bridgeman, Mr. Brudenell, Sir A. Croft.
Mr. Gellibrand appointed deputy secretary in the room of Mr. Wheelock deceased.
The secretary acquainting the Board that Mr. Wheelock, late
deputy secretary or chief clerk, was dead; a letter from the
Earl of Westmoreland, dated this morning, recommending Mr.
Gellibrand, the present chief clerk, to succeed Mr. Wheelock,
and desiring that the succession of the clerks in this office may
be according to their right of precedency, was read; and their
lordships taking into consideration the present state of the office,
ordered that Mr. Gellibrand do succeed in this office as deputy
secretary or chief clerk in the room of and upon the same foot
as Mr. Wheelock was, and that the rest of the present clerks
have salaries according to their respective precedencies, vizt.:
The clerks in this office appointed to succeed each according to their seniority.
|Mr. Israel Hudson||80 per annum|
|Mr. Anthony Sanderson||70 " "|
|Mr. Thomas Gedney||60 " "|
|Mr. Richard Lanham||50 " "|
|Mr. Richard Rogers||50 " "|
|Mr. George Bradley||40 " "|
Thursday, April 11th. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Sir
Copy of a memorial and two reports relating to the sugar and tobacco trade laid before the House of Commons.
An order from the House of Commons, dated the 3rd April,
1735, directing that a copy of Mr. Toriano's memorial in relation
to the sugar and tobacco trade, may be laid before the House,
was read, as also a letter from the Duke of Newcastle, directing
copies of two reports of this Board, dated the 24th of July and
15th September, 1724, relating to the sugar and tobacco trades,
to be laid before the House of Commons likewise, and Colonel
Bladen was to lay the said papers before the House accordingly.
Tuesday, April 15th. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen,
Mr. Ashe, Sir O. Bridgeman.
Mr. Campion appointed a clerk and Mr. Hutchinson door-keeper in this office.
Their lordships resuming the consideration of the state of the
office, mentioned in the minutes of the 9th instant, gave directions that Mr. Campion, at present door-keeper and assistant
messenger in this office, should supply the vacancy of a clerk's
place, occasioned by the promotion of the clerks, as mentioned
in that minute; and Mr. Pelham recommending Mr. John
Hutchinson to supply Mr. Campion's place, the same was agreed
to by the Board.
Thursday, April 17th. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Sir
Report relating to the title to it agreed and signed.
The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of
Council, setting forth the title of the Crown of Great Britain
to the Island of Santa Crux, lately sold by the French to the
Danes, ordered to be prepared the 27th of the last month, was
agreed [fo. 49].
Tuesday, April 22nd. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Sir
O. Bridgeman, Sir A. Croft.
The report upon the Crown's title to the Island of Santa Crux
agreed at the last meeting, was signed.
Wednesday, April 23rd. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Sir O.
Captain Lee, Governor, instructions required for him.
A letter from Mr. Burchett, dated the 16th instant, signifying
that Captain Lee is appointed commodore of the Newfoundland
fishery this year, and requiring instructions for him, and [fo. 55].
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, dated 18th instant,
directing the Board to prepare the draught of a commission
and instructions for the said Captain Lee, appointed governor
of Newfoundland, were read, as also
Lord Muskery's answers to queries.
A letter from the Lord Muskery, Governor of Newfoundland,
dated October 31st, 1734, with his Lordship's
Answer to heads of inquiry relating to the trade and
fishery at Newfoundland for the year 1734.
A scheme of the fishery for the year 1734, and remains
of ordnance and stores in the garrison at Placentia in August,
Captain Cotterel's answer to queries for the fishery at Canço.
Captain Cotterel's answer to heads of enquiry, relating to the
fishery and trade of Canço in Nova Scotia for the year 1734 and
giving a reason why fish is often ill cured there; and an account
of the state of defence of the French at Cape Breton, were read.
Captain Lee's commission agreed and sent.
The secretary laying before the Board a draught of a commission for Captain Lee, a representation thereupon to his
Majesty, and a letter, for inclosing the same to the Duke of
Newcastle, was agreed and signed [fo. 54, 56].
Ordered that a draught of instructions be prepared for him.
Tuesday, April 29th. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Ashe, Sir
O. Bridgeman, Sir A. Croft.
His instructions agreed.
The draught of instructions for Captain Lee, ordered to be prepared at the last meeting, were agreed, and directions were given for
preparing a draught of a representation to accompany the same.
Captain Towrey appointed commodore of the fishery.
A letter from Mr. Burchet of 24th April, requiring heads of
inquiry for Captain Towrey, appointed convoy to the fishery
at Canço, was read, and ordered that the usual heads of inquiry
be prepared accordingly [fo. 60].
Wednesday, April 30th. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen,
Mr. Ashe, Sir A. Croft.
Governor's instructions agreed and sent with a report.
The representation, ordered yesterday to be prepared, with
Captain Lee's instructions for the government of Newfoundland,
as also a letter, for inclosing the same to the Duke of Newcastle,
were agreed and signed.
Admiralty wrote to about damage done to the harbours by ballast thrown therein.
The secretary then taking notice to their lordships, that for
want of penalties to inforce the several provisions in the Newfoundland Acts, several harbours in that island were very much
decayed by the ballast thrown out of ships into them; ordered
that a letter be wrote to Mr. Burchet to desire he will move the
Lords of the Admiralty for directions to the captains of the men
of war upon that station to prevent the same for the future
Stores of war prayed for.
An order of the Committee of Council of the 6th of March,
1734–5, referring to this Board an address from the Assembly
of the Massachusets Bay in New England, praying for cannon
and other stores of war to be sent from hence for their defence,
was read, and directions were given that the agent should attend
to-morrow morning [fo. 58].