Journal, October 1737
Wednesday, October 5. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Pelham,
Mr. Plummer, Mr. Brudenell.
Letter from Mr. Carkesse, secretary to the Commissioners of
the Customs, inclosing the return of the Patent Officers, relating
to any duties upon importations from Denmark, as mentioned in
the last minutes, was read; and a representation upon the letter
from Lord Harrington, read the 4th of August last, relating to
the King of Denmark's Ordinance, prohibiting the importation
of brass wares etc., was agreed to, and signed, as also a letter, for
inclosing the same to the Lord Harrington.
Letter from Mr. Gregory, President of the Council, and Commander in Chief of Jamaica, dated the 12th of July last, inclosing
a deputation from John Curtis and others, relating to the capture
of his ship by the Spaniards, was read; and a letter, for inclosing
a copy thereof, to the Duke of Newcastle, was signed.
The Board taking into consideration the draught of instructions
for the Earl of Albermarle, appointed Governor of Virginia, the
same were agreed to, and ordered to be transcribed.
Letter from Mr. Belcher, Governor of New England, dated
the 8th of August last, relating to the meeting of the Commissioners for settling the boundaries between the Massachusets Bay
and New Hampshire, was read.
Wednesday, October 12. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr.
Brudenell, Mr. Plummer.
Letter from Mr. Gregory, Commander in Chief at Jamaica,
dated the 22nd July last, inclosing publick papers, was read.
Mr. Trelawney, Governor of Jamaica, attending, recommended
to the Board John Steward, Esquire, to be of the Council of
Jamaica, in the room of Mr. Needham, who does not accept the
employment of Councillor, on account of his being speaker of the
Assembly: and the Board approving Mr. Steward, a representation was ordered to be prepared in his favour.
The said representation, having been afterwards agreed to, was
Wednesday, October 19. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, of the 14th inst. signifying his Majesty's having appointed Thomas Hill, Esquire,
Secretary to his Council for Trade and Plantations, in the room of
Mr. Popple, was read; and Mr. Hill was admitted accordingly.
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, dated October 13th,
1737, directing a draught of a commission and instructions to be
prepared for Alured Popple, Esquire, appointed Lt. Governor of
Bermuda, was read, and directions were given for preparing the
draught of his commission and instructions accordingly.
A letter from Lord Harrington, dated October 14th, 1737, with
a translation of the King of Prussia's rescript in favour of the
British merchants settled at Konigsberg, together with an article,
relating to our trade with Denmark and Norway, was read, and
directions were given to desire the merchants concerned in the
Danish trade to attend the Board on Tuesday next. (fn. 1)
Tuesday, October 25. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell,
The Board taking into consideration the draught of a representation to his Majesty with the draught of a commission appointing
Alured Popple, Esquire, Lt. Governor and Commander in Chief
of the Bermuda or Summer Islands; the said representation was
agreed to, and signed, and also a letter to the Duke of Newcastle,
inclosing the same.
Mr. Hamilton attended the Board, and some discourse was had
with him in relation to his proposals, and he is desired to give in
an explanation of them in writing, in answer to a letter of
Mr. Norris not attending, as he was desired, a second letter
was ordered to be writ to him, desiring his attendance on to-morrow sennight at eleven o'clock, upon the subject of Lord
Harrington's letters, relating to the Danish trade, read the last
A memorial from Mr. Popple, Governor of Bermuda, relating to
his instructions, was read, and the Board taking the said instructions into consideration, made some progress therein.
Friday, October 28. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Brudenell,
A letter from Mr. Hamilton was read, containing his explanation
of his proposals, and the Board agreed to consider it at another
A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, enclosing an extract of
one from Lord Waldegrave to him, with proposals from the French
Court for regulating the trade in America, was read, together with
the enclosed papers, and their lordships took the same into
consideration, and ordered that the merchants concerned in the
West India trade be writ to, to attend this Board Wednesday
next, at 11 o'clock.