Journal, May 1745
Wednesday, May 1. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Mr. Ashe, Mr. Brudenell, Mr. Plumer, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Pitt.
Mr. Popple, solicitor and clerk of the reports, being appointed
Governor of Bermuda by his Majesty, my Lord Monson recommended Mr. John Pownall, one of the clerks of the Office, to supply
the vacancy, and he was accordingly appointed solicitor and clerk
of the reports.
Thursday, May 2. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Mr. Ashe, Mr. Plumer, Mr. Herbert.
Read Mr. Fane's report upon an Act, passed at Virginia, in
June, 1732, to vest certain entailed Lands, Parcel of a greater Tract,
therein mentioned, in George Braxton the Younger, in fee simple,
and for settling other Lands of greater Value to the same Uses, to
which he has no objection.
Resolved to take the said Act into consideration, when application shall be made to the Board in behalf thereof.
Wednesday, May 8. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Mr. Plumer, Mr. Pitt.
Read Mr. Fane's report upon An Act, passed at Virginia, in
October, 1744, to enable Mann Page, Esquire, to sell and dispose of
certain entailed Lands, to raise money for the Payment of his
Father's Debts and Performance of his Will, and for other Purposes
Mr. Robert Cary, Virginia merchant, attended, and desired that
the Board would be pleased to lay the said Act before the Lords
Justices, for the royal confirmation, Colonel Gooch having writ
to the Board in favour of it; and Mr. Fane having no objection
against it, they resolved to consider thereof.
At the same time Mr. Cary likewise desired their lordships'
favourable representation upon another Act of Virginia, passed
in June, 1742, to vest certain entailed Lands in George Braxton the
Younger in fee simple, and for settling other Lands of greater Value
to the same Uses, upon which Mr. Fane has reported, and has
no objection to it; and directions were given for preparing the
draught of a representation to the Lords Justices for the confirmation of the said Act.
Colonel Fenwicke, one of the Council in the province of South
Carolina, attending, the Board had some discourse with him
upon the subject of his representation, relating to the situation and
growing power of the French settlements and garrisons on the
Mobile and Missisippi Rivers, mentioned in the minutes of the
23rd of last month, and their Lordships deferred the further
consideration thereof to another opportunity.
George Armitage, Chamber Keeper, discharged.
Robert Willis appointed.
Mr. George Armitage, chamber keeper and assistant messenger
to this Office, having for some months past been guilty of great
neglect of his duty, the Board thought proper to discharge him;
and Colonel Bladen this day recommended to their lordships
Mr. Robert Willis, to supply the vacancy made by his removal,
which was agreed to by the Board; and the said Mr. Willis
being called in, he was appointed chamber keeper and assistant
messenger to this Office accordingly.
Thursday, May 9. Present:— Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Mr. Plumer, Mr. Pitt.
The draught of a representation to the Lords Justices, proposing
the confirmation of a private Act of Virginia, relating to the
estate of George Braxton the younger, having been prepared, as
ordered yesterday, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.
Then the Board took into consideration eight Acts, passed at
New Jersey in December, 1743, as agreed the 26th March last (at
the desire of Mr. Paris), when Mr. Fane's report upon the said
Act was read; and resolved to take the same into further consideration next week; and ordered that Mr. Fane and Mr. Paris
be acquainted that the Board desire to have some discourse with
them on Thursday morning next, between eleven and twelve,
upon the said Acts.
Wednesday, May 15. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Read a letter from Monsieur de Gersdorff, dated the 7th instant,
in behalf of the Moravian Brethren in the province of New York,
inclosing the copy of an Act, passed there in September last,
entitled, An Act for securing his Majesty's Government of New
York, complaining that their Brethren will be very much
oppressed by it; and after some discourse had with him and two
of the Moravian ministers then present, the Board resolved to
write to the Governor of New York upon the subject of that Act,
to know for what particular reasons the said Act was passed,
and if any practices or behaviour of the Moravians induced the
legislature of New York to pass it.
Thursday, May 16. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Mr. Fane and Mr. Paris attending (as desired by the minutes
of the 9th instant), the Board had some discourse with them upon
several Acts, passed at New Jersey in 1743, and Mr. Paris moved
their lordships to make a representation upon two of them for the royal confirmation; one entituled, An Act concerning acknowledging Deeds in the Colony of New Jersey, and declaring how the
Estate or Right of a Feme–Covert may be conveyed or extinguished.
The other, An Act for ascertaining the Fees to be taken by the several
Officers in the Colony of New Jersey, both passed the 2nd of
December, 1743; after hearing what Mr. Paris had to offer in
favour of the said Acts, the Board resolved to take the same into
further consideration at another opportunity.
Friday, May 17. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the incidental
charges of this office from Christmas, 1743, to Lady day, 1744,
amounting in the whole to £298 12s. 7d., and a letter to the Lords
of the Treasury, desiring payment thereof, and of the salaries
due to the Secretary and under officers for the same time, was
agreed to and signed.
The Board took into consideration a letter from Mr. Shirley,
Governor of the Massachusets Bay, dated 12th March, 1743–4, in
answer to one writ the 22nd June, 1743, upon a proposal for
settling several protestant Switzers, Germans and others on a
large tract of country lying waste and uncultivated, between
New England and Nova Scotia in America; referred to this
Board by the Lords of the Committee of Council, the 31st May,
1743, (which, if improved, might be made a very valuable part of
his Majesty's Dominions); and after some time spent therein,
ordered a state thereof to be drawn up against their next meeting.
Wednesday, May 22. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Read a letter from Monsieur de Gersdorff, dated 20th May,
1745, complaining that two of the Moravian Brethren, Post and
Zeisberger by name, preachers among the heathens, are actually
in New York Gaol, for refusing to take the oaths to the Government; and, he attending without, was called in, when the Board,
after some discourse had with him on the subject of the said
complaint, promised to write to the Governor of New York,
and desire him to let them know, as soon as conveniently may be,
the state of that affair. Accordingly the Secretary was directed
to prepare the draught of a letter for that purpose.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated
the 16th May, 1745, directing this Board to transmit to Mr.
Shirley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, a copy of an Act of
Parliament lately passed, entitled, An Act to amend an Act made
in the Eleventh Year of the Reign of King William the third Entituled,
An Act for the more effectual Suppression of Piracy, in order to
remove some doubts the Governor mentions (in a letter of the
2nd January last, to the Earl of Harrington, then Lord President
of the Council), that he is under, in relation to the tryal of pirates.
Ordered that the Secretary prepare the draught of a letter for
enclosing and transmitting a copy of the said Act to the Governor
of the Massachusets Bay.
Thursday, May 23. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
The draught of a letter to Mr. Shirley, Governor of the
Massachusets Bay, ordered by the preceding minute of yesterday,
having been prepared, was laid before the Board, agreed to, and
ordered to be transcribed.
Ordered that the draught of a representation to the Lords
Justices be prepared, recommending John White, Esquire, to
supply a vacancy in the Council of St. Christophers, by the death
of Joseph Phipps, Esquire.
Tuesday, May 28. Present:—Lord Monson, Colonel Bladen,
Mr. Plumer, Mr. Leveson Gower.
The Secretary presented to the Board a new commission under
the Great Seal of Great Britain, bearing date the 24th May,
1745, continuing John Lord Monson, Martin Bladen, Edward
Ashe, James Brudenell, Richard Plumer, Robert Herbert and
John Pitt, Esquires, Commissioners for promoting the Trade
of this Kingdom, and appointing Baptist Leveson Gower, Esquire,
in the room of Sir John Phillips, Baronet; and the said commission having been read, Mr. Leveson Gower took his place at
the Board accordingly.
The draught of a representation to the Lords Justices, recommending John White, Esquire, to be of the Council of St.
Christophers, ordered by the preceding minute, having been
prepared, and laid before the Board, was agreed to, transcribed
The draught of a letter to Mr. Shirley, Governor of the
Massachusets Bay, for enclosing, by order of the Committee of
Council, an Act, passed in the last Sessions of Parliament, for the
more effectual Suppression of Piracy, mentioned in the minutes of
the 22nd instant, having been transcribed, as ordered by the
preceding minutes, was laid before the Board and signed.
The Board took into consideration nine of the eleven Acts,
passed in the Massachusets Bay, in 1741 and 1741–2 (two having
been already reported on), and having gone through the same,
ordered the draught of a report thereupon to be prepared.