Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's
Commissioners for Trade and Plantations for the
Journal, January 1736
Thursday, January 8. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Mr.
Brudenell, Sir A. Croft, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer.
Letter from Mr. Dottin, President of the Council, with an answer
to the Parliament enquiry, and recommending Abel Dottin in
the room of Colonel Terrill, one of the Council, was read.
Ordered representation recommending Dottin accordingly.
The Board make a review of the papers copied for Parliament.
Friday, January 9. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Mr.
Brudenell, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer.
Representation, recommending Abel Dottin to be of the Council,
ordered yesterday to be prepared, was agreed to and signed.
Captain Coram desires the Board will consider his petition for
settling Nova Scotia and Cat Island, read the—day of —last.
He is directed to come again, in about ten days.
Mr. John Sharpe presents Mr. Wilks' answer about the
Mr. John Sharpe desires from Lady Howe that Dottin may be
recommended in Terrill's room.
Mr. Paris, in behalf of Rhode Island, desires a copy of Mr.
Wilks' answer, which was read just now; agreed to.
The Board reviewed the papers and lists of Acts required by
Tuesday, January 13. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Mr.
Pelham, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Ashe, Colonel Bladen, Mr.
Plummer, Sir A. Croft.
The Board reviewed again the papers and lists of Acts, etc.,
required by Parliament.
Wednesday, January 14. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Colonel
Bladen, Sir A. Croft, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Ashe.
Mr. Lascelles late Surveyor of the Customs.
The Board enquired of him the explanation of Mr. Dottin's
account of duties, read the 8th inst., and he informed the Board
that the article of payment into the Custom House upon rum,
molasses, limejuice, sugar and ginger, was that proportion of the
4½ per cent. upon goods not enumerated, which were formerly
sold for payment of incidental charges of the Custom House
Officers: That he apprehends sugar and ginger should not have
been inserted in the said account, being enumerated commodities;
unless in those years the amount of rum, molasses and limejuice
could not be sold for enough to defray the said charge, in which
case the Custom House Officers were allowed to sell sugar and
ginger: That lately the Commissioners of the Custom House
here, had directed their officers in Barbados to receive the 4½ per
cent. on rum, molasses and limejuice, in money, according to the
market price, at which such commodities are sold.
The Board reviewed again the papers and lists of Acts etc.,
copied for Parliament.
Thursday, January 15. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Mr.
Ashe, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plummer, Colonel Bladen.
Order of Committee, read the 18th ult., again read, as also the
Act settling McCall's estate, referred thereby to the Board, Mr.
Fane's report in favour thereof, was read; and the Board, having
no objection thereto, ordered the draught of a representation for
the confirmation of it.
Mr. Fane's report in favour of the Act giving a sum of money to
Lady Howe, was read; ordered the draught of a representation
for confirmation of it.
Mr. Wilks acquaints the Board, that by referring to some
affidavits mentioned in his memorial, read the 9th inst., to be
expected from New England, in relation to the boundaries, he
did not propose any delay, but only desires that he may be
allowed a reasonable time for his answer, if, in behalf of Rhode
Island, any of his facts should be disputed.
Mr. Cooper, agent for Mr. Stork.
Order of Committee with the petition of Stork and Livingston
for land in New York, was read; to attend Tuesday the 27th inst.
Letter from the Navy Board about masts, read 16 ult., again
considered; ordered that the Attorney General be reminded of
the papers referred to him the 18th of September last.
Friday, January 16. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Colonel
Bladen, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer.
The Board reviewed again the papers and lists of Acts etc.
copied for Parliament.
Wednesday, January 21. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Sir O.
Bridgeman, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Brudenell, Colonel
Bladen, Sir A. Croft, Mr. Pelham.
Letter from General Mathews, with several papers, containing a
return to the letter wrote to him the 17th of June last, in relation
to the Parliament's enquiry, read; ordered that the papers
relating thereto be copied.
Ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to the Duke of
Newcastle, to acquaint him that the papers required by Parliament
are now ready, and only wait the king's further commands. The
above letter was agreed to and signed.
Attorney and Solicitor's report was read, in relation to the
king's right to the woods.
Ordered that Sir Charles Wager and the Commissioners of the
Navy be desired to attend the Board, on Friday morning next.
Representation in favour of Lady Howe's Act, ordered to be
prepared the 15th inst., was agreed to.
Thursday, January 22. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Mr.
Pelham, Sir O. Bridgeman, Sir A. Croft, Mr. Ashe, Mr.
Plummer, Colonel Bladen.
Mr.Jenner, agent from the Swiss.
A proposal from Captain Burrington, for settling several Swiss
families in North Carolina was read.
Mr. Jenner's deputation from the Switzers, read.
Proposes about 6000 to settle there and to carry them over at
their own expence.
They are to attend again next Thursday.
Representation for confirming the Act granting a certain sum to
Lady Howe, which was agreed to yesterday, was signed.
The draught of a report for confirming the private Act for
settling McCall's estate, referred to the Board by an order of a
committee, read the 18th of the last month, agreed to and signed.
Attorney and Solicitor General's opinion, with regard to
Governors not voting as Councillors, was read.
Ordered that the draught of a circular letter be prepared, for
inclosing a copy thereof to all the Governors in America.
The draught of a letter to Colonel Cosby, Governor of New
York, mentioned in the minutes of the 11th ult., was reconsidered,
and agreed to be sent.
Friday, January 23. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Colonel
Bladen, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Ashe, Sir C.
Wager, Mr. Pelham, Sir O. Bridgeman.
Commissioners of the Navy.
Letter from the Navy Board, read 16th ult., about destruction
of the king's woods, again read, as also Mr. Attorney and
Solicitor General's opinion thereon, read 21st instant.
Sir Ferdinand Gorge's private property, there must be a
clause to explain.
Townships. Trees grown to 24 inches diameter, since the
Charter. King must have a liberty of carrying off masts
when cut; and when any damage is complained of, the tryal
to be in the Admty. Court, and an appeal to be allowed to
the king for any sum, in any action concerning the woods.
Ordered that Mr. Fane be desired to attend upon this subject
next Friday morning.
Tuesday, January 27. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Mr. Ashe,
Colonel Bladen, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Plummer, Sir A. Croft,
Sir. O. Bridgeman.
The letter to the Duke of Newcastle, signed the 21st instant,
acquainting him that the Parliament papers were ready, being
kept back by order of the Board, was this day ordered to be sent,
dated this day.
The letter from the Navy Board, read at last meeting, about
the destruction of the king's woods, and the Attorney and
Solicitor General's report upon the king's right to the woods,
read the 21st instant, were again read, and Mr. Fane was directed
to prepare the draught of an Act of Parliament, according to the
heads mentioned in the last minutes, in order to prevent the said
destruction of the woods.
Order of Committee with petition from Stork and Livingston
for a tract of land in the county of Albany, read the 15th instant,
was again read.
Mr. J. Sharpe.
Mr. Stork hopes the quit rent will not be expected for bad
land; all the tract now desired, must be purchased from the
Indians; he is willing to take it at the usual quit rent of 2/6 per
hundred acres, and upon the foot of other grants.
Mr. Stork to attend again this day sennight with a particular
description of the tract, and his proposals for the settlement.
Ordered that a letter be prepared, to inclose to the Governor
the said description and proposals, when received, for his opinion
thereon, concerning the usefulness of the said grant, or any
objections that may occur thereto.
Letter from Mr. Fury, agent for the province, inclosing minutes
and eight Acts, was read.
Ordered that the Acts be sent to Mr. Fane for his opinion in
point of law.
Mr. Fane's report upon 26 Acts was read.
Mr. Leheup ordered to attend the Board to-morrow.
Wednesday, January 28. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Colonel
Bladen, Mr. Plummer, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Brudenell.
Some further discourse with Mr. Fane about the draught of an
Act of parliament to prevent the destruction in the King's woods
upon the following points, vizt.;—Private property; Trees
growing; Roads to the water side; Admiralty and appeals.
Mr. Leheup desires the Board will report in favour of the Virginia
Acts for settling the titles of lands etc. and for the better support of the
college. Tuesday next appointed, and Leheup to attend again.
The Board, taking into consideration the draught of a circular
letter, ordered to be prepared the 22nd instant, to all the Governors,
with a copy of Attorney and Solicitor Generals' opinion about
the Governors pretending to vote as councillors, as also the minute
of that day, the Board thought proper to report the state of the
case to his Majesty for his directions, prior to the sending the said
Ordered that a representation be prepared accordingly.
Thursday, January 29. Present:—Earl Fitz-Walter, Mr.
Pelham, Mr. Plummer, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Ashe,
Proposals of Mr. Jenner, read the 22nd instant, to settle 6000
Swiss in North Carolina again considered.
Mr. Jenner says that after the first ten years, they are willing
to pay the usual quit rent of 4 shillings per 100 acres.
Captain Burrington gives in a description of the tract desired
by the Swiss, and an account of the charge of laying out land in
North Carolina, which was read.
To be further considered this day fortnight.