Journal, November 1738
Wednesday, November 1. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel
Bladen, Mr. Plummer.
Mr. Hammerton attending, as desired, the Board had some
discourse with him on the subject of his petition, mentioned in
the minutes of yesterday, and after some time spent therein,
their lordships directed him to draw up a state of his case, and
lay it before them with all convenient speed.
An answer to the letter of Alured Popple, Esq., Governor of
Bermuda, which was ordered by the minutes of the 18th October
last, was agreed to, and signed.
Thursday, November 2. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel
Bladen, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Herbert.
A letter, in answer to Governor Morris's, being prepared, as was
ordered in the minutes of Tuesday last, was agreed to, and signed.
The letter to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, ordered in the
minutes of Tuesday last, enclosing an extract of one from Mr.
Clarke, Lieutenant Governor of New York, to the Board, together
with the copy of one from the Commissioners of Indian Affairs to
the said Lieutenant Governor, was agreed to, and signed.
Coin and Paper Money.
The Board had under consideration Mr. Wood's proposal,
mentioned in the minutes of the 22nd of June last, relating to the
inconviences attending Commerce from the practice of issuing
paper money, and raising the value of the coin, as likewise Mr.
Dinwiddie's scheme for introducing a new sort of British coin into
his Majesty's American Dominions, transmitted in a letter from
Mr. Popple, and mentioned in the minutes of the 18th of October,
together with the Act, passed in Antigua, in April, 1736, entitled,
An Act for ascertaining the value of all gold and silver coins etc.;
and after having spent some time therein, directed the Secretary
to write a letter to Mr. Yeamans, agent for that Island, desiring
his attendance on the Board on Wednesday, the 15th instant.
Wednesday, November 15. Present:—Col. Bladen, Sir. A.
Croft, Mr. Plummer.
Read a letter from Lord Harrington, dated November 3rd,
1738, referring to the Board one from Mr. Drummond, together with
a resolution of the States General, containing instructions to their
Commissaries at Antwerp, to insist upon confining the new regulations to be made there, in point of Commerce, to the Duties of Import
and Export in the Austrian Netherlands only; and the Board
taking the same into consideration, made some progress therein.
Read likewise a letter from the Commissioners of his Majesty's
Customs in London, dated November 10th, in answer to one writ
them from the Board the 6th of July last, concerning Duties,
payable on Flemish goods in Great Britain; in the same letter
was enclosed a paper of observations on the Memorial of grievances
delivered in by the Imperial Commissaries at Antwerp, which was
Gold and Silver Coin.
Mr. Yeamans attending, as desired by the minutes of November
2nd, the Board having had some discourse with him, directed him
to draw up in writing and lay before them a state of the gold and
silver coin in the Leeward Islands; at what value each piece is
taken, and by what authority.
Thursday, November 16. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Sir A.
Croft, Mr. Plummer.
Representation to his Majesty, relative to resolutions of the
States General, containing instructions to their Commissaries at
Antwerp to insist upon confining the new regulations to be made
there in point of Commerce, to the Duties of Import and Export
in the Austrian Netherlands only, as also a letter to the Lord
Harrington, enclosing the same, were agreed to, and signed.
Read an order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, of the
26th of October, 1738, referring back a representation of this
Board, dated June 21st last, proposing the repeal of an Act, passed
at Antigua in April, 1737, for the trial of John Coteen and Thomas
Winthorp for an intended insurrection etc. and the Board directed
the Secretary to write a letter to Mr. Yeamans, agent for the
said Island, desiring his attendance to-morrow morning between
eleven and twelve.
The Secretary was directed to write a letter to Mr. Jackson,
desiring him to send, with all convenient speed, the merchants'
opinions upon the subject of Se˜or Thomas Geraldino's papers,
mentioned in the minutes of October 3rd.
Friday, November 17. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr.
Mr. Yeamans attending, as desired by the minutes of yesterday,
the Board had some discourse with him, and ordered the draught
of a report to the order of the Committee of the Council, mentioned
in the same minutes, to be prepared.
Tuesday, November 21. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Sir Archer
Croft, Mr. Plummer.
The messenger having brought back word that Mr. Jackson was
out of town, the Board directed a letter on the same subject with
that to him, mentioned in the minutes of the 16th instant, should
be writ to Mr. Heames.
The Board likewise ordered the Secretary to write a letter to
Mr. Oxenford, desiring his attendance at the Board to-morrow
The report to the order of Council, relating to Winthorp and
Coteen, and mentioned in the last minutes, was agreed to, and
Wednesday, November 22. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr.
Mr. Oxenford attending, as desired, the Board had some discourse with him, in relation to the Duties laid upon the merchandises of the Austrian Netherlands, and made some progress
in that subject.
A letter from his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, signifying his
Majesty's pleasure in appointing James Glen, Esq., to be Governor
of South Carolina in the room of Samuel Horsey, Esq., deceased,
and directing his Commission and Instructions to be prepared,
was read, and draughts of the said Commission and Instructions
were ordered to be prepared.
Read also a letter from Mr. Carkesse, Secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, to the Secretary of this Board, in
answer to one writ him the 3rd instant, for copies of such accounts,
as the Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs had laid before
the House of Commons in the 3 last Sessions of Parliament; and
Mr. Carkesse in his letter having desired some allowance might
be made for the extraordinary clerks on this occasion, the Board
referred the consideration of the said letter to another opportunity.
Tuesday, November 28. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr.
Read a letter from Mr. Heames, dated November 23rd instant,
promising to procure the sentiments of the merchants trading to
Sicily upon the subject of the papers lately delivered by Se˜or
Thomas Geraldino to Lord Harrington, and mentioned in the
minutes of October 3rd, and the Board directed another letter
should be writ to Mr. Heames, acknowledging the receipt of his,
and pressing the speedy performance of his promises.
Read a letter from Major Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of
Virginia, dated the 20th September, 1738, transmitting minutes
of Council and copies of proclamations published there; and
complaining of the Six Nations of New York Indians for hostilities
committed on the Cherokee and Catabaws, who are friends to
the English; desiring also a speedy settlement of the boundaries
of Lord Fairfax's land; and the Board directed the draught of a
letter to be prepared to Mr. Gooch, and also of one to Mr. Clarke,
Lieutenant-Governor of New York, upon the subject of Mr.
Gooch's, as far as it relates to the aforesaid Indians.
Read a letter from Mr. Dottin, Commander in Chief of Barbados,
dated September 6th, 1738, transmitting minutes of Council and
Assembly and Acts of that Island, and other public papers.
Read the draught of a letter to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle,
as also the draught of a representation to his Majesty,
relating to the Commission of James Glen, Esq., appointed
Governor of South Carolina, and the same were agreed to, and
Wednesday, November 29. Present:—Colonel Bladen, Mr.
Draught of two letters, one to Mr. Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor
of Virginia, and the other to Mr. Clarke, Lieutenant-Governor of
New York, which were ordered by the minutes of yesterday, were
accordingly prepared, and agreed to.
The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the incident
charges of this Office from Midsummer, 1738, to Michaelmas
following, amounting to £276 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.