Journal, June 1744
Thursday, June 7. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Plumer,
Mr. Tomlinson attending, as desired by the minutes of the
31st May, Mr. Wentworth's letter, mentioned in the same minutes,
was again read; and the Board, after some discourse had with
him on the subject thereof, postponed the further consideration
to another opportunity.
The Board took into consideration, as was resolved by the
minutes of the 30th of last month, the Duke of Newcastle's
letter, enclosing the copy of an address from the House of Commons
to his Majesty, relating to the African trade; and after some time
spent therein, ordered the Secretary to write a letter, to signify
to the Secretary of the Royal African Company, that their
lordships desire to have some discourse with the Deputy Governor
and any gentlemen of the Court of Assistants of that Company,
upon the subject of the said address, on Wednesday morning
next [Wednesday, 13th inst.].
Friday, June 8. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Plumer,
Mr. Paris, yesterday, moved the Board to appoint a day for
hearing counsel on the petition against the (fn. 1) Acts, passed in the
Island of (fn. 1) Antigua, for double taxing absentees, according to their
resolution of the 19th of April last, and they were pleased to
appoint Thursday, the 21st inst., and to order the Secretary to
acquaint Mr. Sharpe therewith.
Wednesday, June 13. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel
Bladen, Mr. Plumer, Mr. Keene.
Read a letter from Mr. Spence, Secretary to the Royal African
Company, dated June 11th, signifying that the Deputy Governor
and some of the gentlemen of the Court of Assistants of that
Company, will wait on the Board at the time appointed.
Accordingly Charles Hayes, Esquire, Deputy Governor,
Benjamin Periam and Francis Boteler, Esquires, attending, the
letter from the Duke of Newcastle and address enclosed
(mentioned in the minutes of the 7th inst.), were read; and then
the gentlemen, after some discourse had with them, desired the
Board would communicate a copy of the said papers to them,
that they might lay the same before the Court of Assistants.
To which the Board agreed, and the Secretary was directed to
send a copy of the said papers to them.
The Board took again into consideration the letter from
Governor Wentworth, mentioned in the minutes of the 7th inst.
Ordered that Mr. Tomlinson, agent for the province of New
Hampshire, be desired to attend to-morrow on that subject.
Read two letters from Mr. Shirley, Governor of the
Massachusetts Bay, dated the 12th and 19th of March last,
relating to the tract of land lying between the River Sagadehoc
and Nova Scotia, and some thoughts concerning paper money
and a new species of coin in lieu thereof, to be used hereafter
in that province.
Thursday, June 14. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Mr. Plumer, Mr. Keene.
The Board took again into consideration the state of the trade
to Africa, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, and ordered
that a letter be writ to Mr. Wood, Secretary to the Commissioners
of the Customs, for an "Account of the tonnage of the several
ships cleared from Great Britain for Africa from the year 1730,
inclusive, to the present time, distinguishing, if possible, the
Company's ships from those of the private traders, together with
the value of the goods exported to Africa for the same time."
And also letters to the Mayors of the city of Bristol and town of
Liverpool, desiring such information from them, and the principal
traders to Africa, in the said city and town, as they may think
necessary upon the subject of this trade.
Wednesday, June 20. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel
Bladen, Mr. Plumer.
The Secretary laid before the Board a copy of the Warrant of
Privy Seal, dated February 29th, 1743–4, directing payment of
salaries to the Commissioners and under officers in the Commission
for Trade and Plantations, as also the incidental charges of this
Mr. Lediard, Surveyor to the Commissioners for building the
bridge at Westminster, attending, presented to the Board an
order from the Commissioners to him, for a demand of rent from
Ordered that a letter be writ by the Secretary to Mr. Scrope,
Secretary to the Treasury, signifying the said demand, enclosing
a copy of the said order, and desiring him to lay it before the
Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury. [Vide former
letter to Mr. Scrope, dated the 28th July, 1742.]
Read a letter from General Mathew, Governor of the Leeward
Islands, to the Board, dated November 12th, 1743, transmitting
(besides duplicates) the following original papers, viz.:—
A state of his Majesty's Councils in the Leeward Islands,
the 8th November, 1743.
Minutes of Council, from the 25th of March, to the 29th
Minutes of Assembly for the same time.
Minutes of Council, from the 10th of February, 1742–3, to
the 15th of August, 1743.
Thursday, June 21. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Mr. Plumer, Mr. Keene.
Mr. Paris, solicitor for the petitioners against the Acts, passed
in the Islands of Antigua, for double taxing absentees, attending,
according to appointment the 8th inst., with Mr. Hume Campbell,
his counsel; as also Mr. John Sharpe, in behalf of the said Acts,
with Mr. Samuel Martin, his counsel; an order of the Lords of
the Committee of Council, dated the 24th of November, 1742
(read the 26th of that month), referring to this Board the
petition of the planters interested in the Island of Antigua, now
residing in Great Britain, setting forth that the legislation of
that Island had, for three years together, passed Acts laying
double taxes on the estates there of such persons, as did not,
within six months from the dates of such Acts, go and personally
reside in that Island; the petition and reference were again
read; and then the Board heard what Mr. Hume Campbell had
to offer in behalf of the said petitioners, and likewise Mr. Martin
in favour of the said Acts; then the counsel, etc., being
withdrawn, their lordships gave some directions for preparing
the draught of a report thereupon to the Lords of the Committee
Then Mr. Sharpe moved the Board to take into consideration
the petition of Messrs. Philp and Perrin to the late Lords Justices,
for a grant of all mines of gold and silver in the parish of St.
Andrew's Liquania, and St. George's in the Island of Jamaica,
referred to this Board by the Lords of the Committee of Council,
the 24th of November, 1743, mentioned in the minutes of the
7th December last; and they were pleased to appoint Thursday
morning next [June the 28th], to take the said petition into
Wednesday, June 27. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel
Bladen, Mr. Plumer, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Keene.
The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of
Council on the subject of the Act, of Antigua, for double taxing
absentees, ordered by the last minutes, having been prepared
and laid before the Board, the same was agreed to, transcribed
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council,
dated the 24th April, 1744, referring to this Board the address
and petition of the Assembly of South Carolina to his Majesty,
in relation to a mine lately discovered in one of the Indian
Nations in the said province; and setting forth that a few
private persons, for the sake of gain, have possessed themselves
thereof, and have begun and continue to work in the same,
contrary to the laws of Great Britain and that province; and
praying his Majesty to take the same into consideration, and order
and determine therein as to his Majesty shall seem proper.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council,
dated the 19th June, 1744, referring to this Board the petition
of James Maxwell and Cornelius Doharty, of South Carolina,
Indian traders, in behalf of themselves and others, inhabitants
of the said province, praying his Majesty's confirmation of a
grant of about 30,000 acres of land, bought by the petitioners
of the Cherokee Indians.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, of
the 19th inst., referring to this Board the petition of the Trustees
for establishing the colony of Georgia in America to his Majesty,
praying that they may be heard, before any grant be made to
James Maxwell and Cornelius Doharty, Carolina Indian traders,
of a tract of land purchased by them of the Cherokee Indians,
wherein they have lately discovered some appearances of a mine.
Ordered that the Secretary write to Mr. Fury, agent of the
province of South Carolina, as likewise to Mr. Morley, agent for
the petitioners, Messrs. James Maxwell and Cornelius Doharty,
and to Benjamin Martyn, Esquire, Secretary to the Trustees
for Georgia, to acquaint them that the Board desire their
attendance here this day sennight [Wednesday, July 4th], in
order to have some discourse with them on the subject of the
The Board took into consideration the Lord Carteret's letter,
mentioned in the minutes of the 30th of May last, referring to
this Board Prince Scherbatow's letter to him on the subject of
certain Greek merchants, who desire to reside in Minorca, and
become subjects of his Britannick Majesty.
Ordered that the Secretary write to Colonel Pinfold and
Captain Dunbar, and to Father Gregory Kassava, to desire their
attendance at this Board this day sennight [Wednesday, July 4th].
Mr. Fury, agent to South Carolina, attending, moved the Board
to report to his Majesty for confirmation of an Act, passed in
South Carolina, May 7th, 1743, entituled, An Act to ascertain and
regulate Public Officer's Fees, and to repeal an Act of the General
Assembly of the province, entituled, An Act for Public Officer's
Ordered that the said Act, with others transmitted at the same
time from South Carolina, be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion
thereon, in point of law, and that he be desired to give them all
convenient dispatch, and particularly the above-mentioned Act.
Thursday, June 28. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Mr. Plumer, Mr. Keene.
Mr. Perrin, one of the petitioners for a grant of all mines of
gold and silver in the parish of St. Andrew's Liquania, and St.
George's in the Island of Jamaica, attending, together with
Mr. John Sharpe, his solicitor, as ordered by the minutes of the
21st inst., the Board, after hearing what Mr. Sharpe had to offer
in behalf of the petitioners, resolved to write to Mr. Trelawney
upon the subject, and to postpone their report till they have his
Ordered that the draught of a letter to Mr. Trelawney, Governor
of Jamaica, be prepared accordingly.