Journal, October 1738
Tuesday, October 3. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr. Plummer.
Read a letter from Lord Harrington, dated 29th August,
1738, with two inclosed papers, delivered to Mr. Drummond, one
of his Majesty's Commissaries at Antwerp, containing some
preliminary points proposed by those of the Emperor as a basis
for settling a Treaty of Commerce between Great Britain and
the Austrian Netherlands, as likewise the plan for a Treaty of
Commerce with Holland, given by the Imperial Commissaries;
and the Board having taken the same into consideration, agreed
to reconsider them, as soon as the returns relating to the Exports
and Imports to and from Flanders shall be received from the
Read a letter from the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs
at Dublin, dated August 29th, 1738, transmitting an account of
the Exports and Imports to and from Holland and Flanders for
ten years, ending at Lady Day, 1737; and the Board directed the
Secretary to write another letter to the Commissioners, desiring
them to send as good a separate account of the Exports and
Imports as they can make.
Read a letter from Lord Harrington of 8th Sept., 1738, and
three papers enclosed, received from Don Thomas Geraldino,
Minister from the King of Spain, containing expedients for
preventing an illicit trade being carried on by the subjects of
France to the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily, and his desiring
to know whether the King of Great Britain be willing to come
into the same expedients, and the Board directed that letters
should be writ to Mr. Jackson and other merchants trading to
those parts, desiring their attendance on Thursday sennight
Wednesday, October 4. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr.
Read a letter from the Commissioners of the Customs at
Edinburgh, dated August 31st, 1738, transmitting an account
of goods exported from North Britain to Flanders, and imported
from Flanders to North Britain, for ten years ending Anno 1737.
Read two orders of the Lords of the Committee of Council,
both dated July 27th, 1738, the first referring to this Board the
petition of John Hammerton, Esq., to his Majesty, relating to a
Composition of Fees due to him as Secretary and Register of
South Carolina, and to other the king's officers in that province,
for surveying and granting the lands in the new townships, which
fees the Publick Treasurer has refused to pay, notwithstanding the
Governor's order to him for that purpose; the other, likewise
referring to this Board the petition of the said John Hammerton
to his Majesty, relating to the refusal made by the late Governor
of South Carolina to admit the Petitioner to the Office of Register
of that province, though granted to him by letters patents from
his Majesty; and their lordships agreed to take the said two
orders into consideration on this day three weeks, and at the same
time directed the Secretary to write to Mr. Fury to attend the
Board that day [Wednesday, October 25th].
Read a letter from Mr. Tilson, by order of the Lords of the
Treasury, to the Secretary of this Board, dated August 16th,
1738, referring a petition of Mr. Smith, praying a reward for a
scheme laid by him before this Board, to prevent the running of
wool, and their lordships agreed to take the said petition into
consideration the first convenient opportunity.
Read a letter from Major Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of
Virginia, dated August 6th, 1738, enclosing the accounts of his
Majesty's Revenues of Quit Rents etc., and of 2 shilling per hogshead etc., arising within that Colony, both ending April 25th, 1738.
Read two letters from General Mathew, Governor of the
Leeward Islands, one dated June 17th, 1738, giving account of
an Act of Montserrat for repairing Plymouth Fort and Magazine,
the other, dated the 21st, of the same month and year, containing
remarks on two Acts, passed at Antigua; and the said Acts were
ordered to be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereon, together
with a Tax Act, passed at Nevis, in May, 1738.
Read a letter from Colonel Bull, President of the Council and
Commander in Chief of South Carolina, dated July 30th, 1738,
signifying that the Nation of Choctaw Indians, on the N.E. side
of the Mississippi River consisting of 46 towns and 16,000 men,
who have hitherto been in the interest of the French, have lately
sent several messengers to the Government of South Carolina, to
propose and desire a Friendship and Commerce with the English;
and the Board ordered that search be made into the books of this
office, to see what sums have been allowed for presents to the Five
Nations on the borders of New York, and agreed to reconsider
the affair, as soon as that account shall be laid before them.
Ordered at the same time that a copy of the said letters should be
transmitted to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle.
Thursday, October 5. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr.
The letter to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, enclosing a copy
of that from Mr. Bull, President of the Council to this Board,
mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, was agreed to, and signed.
Mr. Smith, attending upon the subject of his petition, mentioned
in the minutes of yesterday, their Lordships had some discourse
with him, and ordered the draught of a report to be prepared.
Thursday, October 12. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Sir A.
Croft, Mr. Plummer.
Mr. Richard Jackson, not being able to attend on account of
his indisposition, as desired in the minutes of the 3rd instant, the
Board ordered that another letter should be writ to him, signifying
their lordships desire of seeing him on Wednesday, Thursday or
Friday morning in the next week, if his health permits.
The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the incident
charges of this Office, from Lady Day, 1738, to Midsummer
following, amounting to £294 15s. 9d., and a letter to the Lords
of the Treasury, desiring payment thereof, and of the salary
due to the Secretary and under Officers for the same time, was
agreed to and signed.
Friday, October 13. Present:—Col. Bladen, Sir A. Croft,
Read a letter from Colonel Thomas, Deputy Governor of
Pennsylvania, dated August 3rd, 1738, relating to one Cheston,
master of a vessel, who had wrongfully brought away two Negroes
belonging to the Governor of Bonavista, one of the Cape de Verde
Islands, together with the deposition of the said master, giving
the ill treatment of the Governor as his reasons for so doing; and
the Board directed copies of the said letter and deposition should
be transmitted to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle.
The draught of the report to the Lords of the Treasury, in
pursuance of the petition of Mr. Smith, referred to this Board by
them, as mentioned in the minutes of the 4th instant, was agreed
to, and signed.
Read a letter from Mr. Parker, dated January 16th, 1737/38,
from Comenda Fort, on the Gold Coast, enclosing a scheme with
some proposals for the advantage of the Trade there, and the Board
referred the consideration of the same to another opportunity.
Read a letter from Mr. Adams of Nova Scotia, together with a
petition to his Majesty enclosed, praying a Pension or some other
provision on account of his former services, and of his present
blindness, old age and necessity; and the Board ordered the said
letter and petition should lye by, till further application be made
by some agent in his behalf.
Wednesday, October 18th. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Sir
A. Croft, Mr. Plummer.
Mr. Jackson attending, as desired, by the minutes of the 12th
instant, together with Mr. Heames, the Board had some discourse
with them on the subject of the papers delivered by Señor Thomas
Geraldino, and mentioned in the minutes of the 3rd instant, and
upon their request, ordered them copies of the same papers,
that they might consider them more at leisure, and have the
opinions of other Merchants trading to the two Sicilys.
Read a letter from Alured Popple, Esq., Governor of Bermuda,
dated August 21st, 1738, giving an account of his arrival, and
transmitting minutes of Council and Assembly, his speech to the
Council and Assembly, with their answers, and three Acts, passed
by him, relative to his salary.
Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion
Ordered also the draught of a representation to be prepared,
recommending Nathaniel Bascome, William Riddell and John
Harvey, Esq., to be of the Council of Bermuda, in pursuance of
the Governor's request, signified in the same letter, which
representation being prepared, was accordingly agreed to and
Ordered also that a draught of an answer be prepared to the
Governor's letter, with a compliment to him on his safe arrival.
A letter to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, transmitting copies
of that from Colonel Thomas, and of the deposition of Cheston,
mentioned in the minutes of the 13th instant, was agreed to, and
Read also a letter from Mr. Dinwiddie to Governor Popple,
transmitted in his letter to the Board, with a proposal relating to
the introducing a new sort of British Coin into his Majesty's
Dominions of America, which the Board agreed to take into their
consideration, and compare it with Mr. Wood's scheme.
Thursday, October 19. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Sir A.
Croft, Mr. Plummer.
A representation to his Majesty from the Chief Justice and other
officers of Justice in South Carolina, relating to the passing an
Act for the regulating a Court of Exchequer, erected in that
province, together with several papers thereunto annexed, was
laid before the Board, and read.
Wednesday, October 25. Present:—Sir A. Croft, Mr. Plummer.
Read a letter to the Secretary from Mr. Waldo, praying copies
of several papers in the office relating to Nova Scotia, and their
lordships referred the consideration of the said prayer to another
Read a letter from Governor Belcher, dated August 29th,
1738, together with a copy of a conference with the Penobscot
and Norridge Walk Indians in July, 1738, enclosed therein.
Read two letters from Mr. Mathews, Governor of the Leeward
Islands to the Secretary, the first dated July 19th, last part,
transmitting duplicates of 4 Acts, two of Antigua, one of Montserrat, and the last Tax Act of Nevis, together with the minutes
of an Assembly of Antigua for 3 years, to the 1st of June, 1738.
The other of August 5th, 1738, signifying that he has sent by Mr.
Boyd a box of public papers, viz., minutes of Council and Assembly.
Thursday, October 26. Present Colonel Bladen, Sir A. Croft,
Mr. Hammerton attending this day, instead of yesterday, as
had been appointed by the minutes of October 4th, together with
Mr. Sharpe, his Solicitor, and Mr. Fury, agent for the province of
South Carolina, their lordships took into consideration his
petition, referred to them, as mentioned in the minutes, relating
to the Office of Register, which he claims by letters Patent from
his Majesty, and made some progress therein.
The Board had likewise under consideration Mr. Hammerton's
other petition, mentioned in the same minutes, relating to the
refusal made by the Treasurer of the province to pay him and
other officers their Fees, notwithstanding the Governor's order to
him for that purpose, in which also some progress was made.
Tuesday, October 31. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel
Bladen, Sir A. Croft, Mr. Plummer.
The Board having again had under consideration the first of
Mr. Hammerton's petitions, mentioned in the minutes of the
26th instant, relating to his Office of Register, directed the
Secretary to send to Mr. Hammerton, to desire his attendance
Ordered the draught of a letter to the Honourable the Commissioners of the Customs to be prepared, desiring as expeditious
an answer as they can make to the letter of July 6th from this
Board to them, and the same being accordingly prepared, was
agreed to, and signed.
Read a letter from Mr. Clarke, Lieutenant-Governor of New
York, dated September 16th, 1738, enclosing the copy of one
from the Commissioners of Indian affairs to him, dated at Albany,
August 30th, 1738, complaining of some intended encroachments
of the French; and the Board ordered copies of the same to be
transmitted to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle as also the
draught of an answer to Mr. Clarke's letter to be prepared.
Read a letter from Mr. Morris, Governor of New Jersey, dated
at Perth Amboy, September the 11th, 1738, giving an account
of his having published his Commission, and of the people's joy
at having a Governor to themselves, and of their hopes of having
a Trade to Great Britain directly from New Jersey, and the
Board ordered the draught of an answer, acknowledging the receipt