Journal, April 1736
Thursday, April 1. Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Mr. Ashe,
Colonel Bladen, Sir A. Croft, Mr. Plummer.
The Board, taking into consideration the draught of a report,
ordered to be prepared the 25th day of February last, upon the
order of the Committee of Council, referring to the Board a
petition of the merchants of London, Bristol and Liverpool,
complaining of several matters, and proposing some methods to
prevent the same, made a progress in the consideration thereof;
and ordered that the merchants do attend the Board on this
subject on Thursday next.
The report to the Lords of the Committee of Council, agreed
to the 26th ult., with the names of persons proper to be appointed
commissioners for setting out the boundary lines between the
Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, was signed.
Friday, April 2. Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Mr. Pelham,
Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plummer.
Mr. Jenner, Mr. Ochs.
These gentlemen being asked what number of foreign Protestants they proposed to carry over to the proposed settlement
in North Carolina, according to their proposals, mentioned in the
minutes of the 31st ult.; they said, they proposed to carry
over thither 6,000 people within 10 years; but that at first
they thought that 200 persons were sufficient, that there might
not be a scarcity of provisions. The Board then took into
further consideration the draught of a report upon the above
proposals, and made a progress therein.
Tuesday, April 6. Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Mr. Pelham,
Mr. Plummer, Mr. Ashe, Mr. Brudenell, Colonel Bladen,
Sir O. Bridgeman.
Letter from Governor Cunningham, dated 27th of December
last, with his speech, was read; and a representation, proposing
William Needham, recommended by Cunningham's letter, to be
a councillor in the room of Hayman, who is dead, was signed.
The secretary laid before the Board the state of government,
ordered to be prepared the 30th ult., for the government of Nova
Scotia, according to Captain Coram's proposal, then read; and
agreed that a copy of it should be given to Captain Coram for
his observations. [v. Minutes of the 26th March, 1737.]
The Board deferred the consideration of the memorial of the
merchants of London, Bristol and Liverpool, appointed the 31st
ult. for this day, till to-morrow morning.
Wednesday, April 7. Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Mr. Pelham,
Mr. Plummer, Colonel Bladen, Mr. Ashe.
Mr. Wood, agent for the merchants of London, Bristol and
Liverpool, attending, desired the Board that the attendance
of the merchants upon the subject of their two memorials, complaining of several grievances in their trade to the plantations,
mentioned in the minutes of 31st ult., which was appointed
for to-morrow, might be postponed to another day; and the
Board appointed Thursday the 15th inst.
The above mentioned petitions were read again, and the Board
made a progress in the consideration thereof.
Thursday, April 8. Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Mr. Plummer,
Mr. Ashe, Mr. Brudenell, Sir A. Croft.
Order of the Committee of Council, directing the Board to
prepare an instruction to the Governor of New Jersey to get a
new Act passed for enacting the several clauses of that, passed
there in 1734, an Act for the better support of government, except
that laying a duty on copper ore etc., was read, and directions
were given for preparing the draught of an instruction accordingly.
Copy of an order in Council for confirming the Act giving a
sum of money to Lady Howe etc., was read.
Copy of an order in Council, for repealing the two Acts, passed
in 1731 and 1734, relating to juries and to the regulating courts
of justice etc., was read.
Copy of an order in Council for confirming two Acts, passed
in 1734, for amending the Act for settling the titles and bounds of
land etc. and for the better support of the colledge, was read.
Copy of an order in Council for confirming an Act passed in
1733, for making £40,000 in bills of credit, was read.
Two copies of orders in Council for permitting the Act passed
in …, to repeal the Act, and to cancel the bills of credit therein
mentioned, and to grant several duties for the support of government
till the year 1737, to lye by probationary, as also the instruction
to the Governor for that purpose, was read.
Copy of an order in Council for confirming the Act passed in
1732, for the tryal of capital offences etc. in Nantucket etc., was
Copy of an order in Council, for appointing Mr. [Abel] Dottin a
councillor in Barbados, was read.
Copy of an order in Council, approving an instruction to the
Governor not to give his assent to any law, laying penalties on
the officers of the independent companies for inlisting men in that
island, was read.
Friday, April 9. Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Sir O.
Bridgeman, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell,
Colonel Bladen, Mr. Ashe.
Letter from Mr. Holden, Governor of the Russia Company,
inclosing the copy of one from him to Mr. Rondeau, their agent
at Petersburgh, and an account of port charges there, was read,
shewing that their agents' profit arises from thence.
Letter from Mr. Dottin, President of the Council and Commander in Chief, dated the 29th of November last, with a postscript of the 4th of December, was read, inclosing a report of the
Council of that island, and other papers relating to the state of
that island; the Board resolved to reconsider this letter and
all papers relating thereto on Wednesday next.
Tuesday, April 13. Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Mr.
Brudenell, Sir A. Croft, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Plummer,
Mr. Chitty, Mr. Strut, Mr. Bond.
Mr. Chitty attends upon account of his rhubarb contract,
mentioned in the minutes of the 16th ult.; he presents to the
Board copies of a paragraph out of Mr. Bardewick's letter to
Mr. Felthusen of Count Gallokin's letter to Mr. Shues, and of
the security given by Mr. Shues to Count Gallokin, in order to
prove that Mr. Chitty's contract for the rhubarb was actually
made, and that Mr. Rondeau has not faithfully related the affair.
The Board agree to defer this matter till Tuesday next, at
which time ordered that Mr. Holden be desired to attend.
Draught of the letter to Governor Cunningham, in answer
to one from him, read 6th inst., was agreed to.
Wednesday, April 14. Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Mr.
Pelham, Mr. Plummer, Sir O. Bridgeman, Sir A. Croft.
Letter to Mr. Cunningham, Governor of Jamaica, agreed to
yesterday, was signed.
Mr. Holden, Governor of the Russia Company, attending,
acquainted the Board that the said company had received
letters from Russia, promising a full and exact account of the
whole transaction of Mr. Chitty's rhubarb contract, mentioned
in yesterday's minutes, and therefore desired the consideration
of that affair might be deferred for some time; the Board,
taking the same into consideration, appointed Tuesday the
11th of May for that purpose, and ordered that all parties should
have notice thereof.
The Board taking into consideration the letter from Mr.
Dottin, Commander in Chief at Barbados, read the 9th inst.
and the papers, therein referred to, relating to the state of
Barbados, and made a progress therein; the Board agreed to
consider further thereof on Friday next.
Thursday, April 15 Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Mr. Pelham,
Sir A. Croft, Sir O. Bridgeman, Colonel Bladen, Mr. Plummer,
Mr. Wood, Mr. Coster, Mr. Gildart.
The Board take again into consideration the two memorials of
the merchants of London, Bristol and Liverpool, read the 31st
ult., complaining of several grievances in their trade to Jamaica
and the plantations, and the same were again read; and it did
appear that the several articles in the first memorial, relating to
Jamaica, were already provided for in Governor Cunningham's
instructions; that as to the second memorial, there appeared
several facts asserted against all the governors, which, upon the
Board's asking for proofs to make good the same, Mr. Wood,
who appeared as an agent for the merchants, could not bring
vouchers for, nor point out the colonies where those facts are
complained of; the Board then informed them that they are
surprised the merchants should lay memorials before his Majesty
without having proofs ready to verify the same; and proposed
to give them any reasonable time to make out their proofs, and
to hear them further; but they fixed upon none, and the Board
then deferred the further consideration of these memorials to
Friday, April 16. Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Mr. Ashe,
Mr. Plummer, Sir O. Bridgeman.
Mr. Coope, agent for St. Christophers, attending, desired
the Board would please to take into consideration an Act of that
island passed in 1733–4, for reducing the fees of the secretary of
the island etc., and lay the same before the king for confirmation;
and the Board acquainted him that Mr. Smith, the present
secretary, having presented a petition to the king, complaining,
among other things, of the said Act, the Board thought proper
to defer the consideration of that Act for some time, in case
his Majesty should think fit to refer that petition to the Board.
The Earl Fitzwalter then laid before the Board a paper
containing the privileges of the Porto Franco, and several other
papers in Italian, shewing that the State of Genoa has from time
to time imposed taxes on the inhabitants of Genoa, which his
Lordship had received from Monsieur Guastalla, the Genoa
Resident; and the Board gave directions that the said papers
should be translated into English, and then laid before the Board.
The Board taking again into consideration the letter from
Mr. Dottin, Commander in Chief at Barbados, mentioned in
the minutes of the 14th inst., as likewise the minutes of Council,
therein referred to, gave directions for preparing the draught
of a letter for inclosing to the Duke of Newcastle such parts
of the said letter and minutes, as relate to the evacuation of
Santa Lucia, St. Vincent's and Dominica.
Tuesday, April 20. Present:—Earl Fitzwalter, Mr. Pelham,
Mr. Plummer, Sir A. Croft, Mr. Brudenell, Colonel Bladen,
St. Lucia, etc.
Letter to the Duke of Newcastle, ordered to be prepared at
the last meeting, for enclosing extracts of the letter from Mr.
Dottin, Commander in Chief at Barbados, and of the other
papers, relating to the French settlement at Santa Lucia, St.
Vincent's and Dominica, was agreed to and signed.
Mr. Yonge, Mr. Braithwaite.
Mr. Yonge, agent for South Carolina, attending, and acquainting the Board that as he did not intend to return to that province,
he resigned his seat in the Council there; and the Board agreed,
and signed a representation to his Majesty, recommending John
Colleton Esqr. in the room of Ralph Izard, who refuses to act
as councillor, and John Braithwaite in the room of the said
Letter from Governor Cunningham, of the 9th of February
last, was read; letter from Mr. Gregory, President of the Council
of Jamaica, dated the 13th of February last, signifying Mr.
Cunningham's death, and that he has thereupon taken upon him
the government of the islands, was read; ordered that an answer
be prepared thereto, and that a copy of the letter wrote to Mr.
Cunningham, the 14th inst., be sent to Mr. Gregory.