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Journal, December 1708: Journal Book M

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Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 1, April 1704 - January 1709. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1920.

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Journal, December 1708

December 1. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Barbadoes.

Mr. Gellibrand with memorial and other papers from Mr. Walker in answer to the address of the Assembly against him.

Complaints of three of the Council against Mr. Crow.

Mr. John Gellibrand attending, presented to their lordships a memorial (together with other papers relating thereto) from Mr. Walker, one of the members of her Majesty's Councill of Barbadoes, in answer to an address from the Assembly of that island to Mr. Crow for removing the said Walker from the Councill, for having been a promoter of the late Paper Act [fo. 348]; which memorial was read. Mr. Gellibrand also acquainted their lordships that Mr. Matthew Matson and Mr. Gilligan, if their lordships required it, were able to give them some informations in relation to the complaints made by Colonel Sharp, Mr. Walker and Mr. Beresford of Mr. Crow's male administration in the government of the said island.

Addresses from the Assembly of Barbadoes deliver'd to Mr. Heysham and Mr. Royle to be presented to her Majesty.

Bill about importation of money useless.

Mr. William Heysham and Mr. Royle attending, the four addreses, which they presented yesterday to their lordships were returned to them [fo. 347], and they were acquainted that they would do well to present the same to the Earl of Sunderland, to be laid before her Majesty for her pleasure thereupon. Then the other papers mentioned in yesterday's minutes were read; and ordered that Mr. Heysham and Mr. Royle be acquainted that the Bill for the incouragement of the importation of money into Barbadoes, was of no use; an Act having been past last session of Parliament here, entituled An Act for ascertaining the rates of foreign coines in her Majesty's plantations.

Plantations General.

New England.

Representation on Capt. Vetche's memorial.

A letter to the Earl of Sunderland, together with a representation upon Captain Vetche's memorial [fo. 346], agreed the 29th instant, were signed.

December 2. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows. Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Barbadoes.

Trade.

Representation on the petition of Mr. Pindar for passes for four Spanish ships.

A representation upon the petition of Mr. Pindar to her Majesty [fo. 349, 353], praying passes for four Spanish or other ships to trade for negroes between Barbadoes and New Spain, as directed in the minutes of the 30th of the last month, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

Barbadoes.

Representation on the complaints of three of the Council against Mr. Crow.

A representation upon the complaints of Colonel Sharp, Mr. Walker and Mr. Beresford [fo. 337, 353], three of the members of her Majesty's Council of Barbadoes against Mr. Crow, Governor of that island, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

December 3. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Barbadoes.

Trade.

Representation on petition of Mr. Pindar.

A representation upon the petition of Mr. Pindar, as agreed at the last meeting [fo. 352], together with a letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing the same, was signed.

Barbadoes.

Representation on complaints against Mr. Crow.

A representation upon the complaints against Mr. Crow, Governor of Barbadoes [fo. 352; N. fo. 18], together with a letter inclosing the same to the Earl of Sunderland, as agreed at the last meeting, were signed.

Trade.

Representation on extract of letter from Lord Galloway.

Barley carry'd from Rochelle.

The draught of a representation upon the extract of a letter from the Lord Galway [fo. 335, 356], relating to an Irish ship carrying barley from Rochell to Lisbon, mentioned in the minutes of the 17th of the last month, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.

Barbadoes.

Sir Robert Davers.

Mr. Salter to be of the Council in the room of Mr. Meine.

Representation thereupon.

Sir Robert Davers attending, he acquainted their lordships that Patrick Meine, esquire, a member of her Majesty's Councill of Barbadoes, was come from that island, and did not design to return any more thither (as the said Maine had declared to the Board the 29th of the last month), and therefore Sir Robert Davers desired that his nephew Timothy Salter, esquire, might be constituted a member of the said Councill in the room of the said Patrick Mein [fo. 130; N. fo. 73]. Whereupon a representation proposing the said Salter to be a member of the said Councill accordingly, together with a letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing the same, were signed.

Letter from Mr. Crow.

Papers therein referr'd to.

A letter from Mr. Crow, Governor of Barbadoes, dated the 18th of August, 1708, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Address of the Assembly of Barbadoes to Mr. Crow on divers complaints made by three of the Councill touching his male administration &c.
A list of the baptisms and burials in the several parishes in Barbadoes from the 27th of May, 1707, to the 28th of August, 1708.
Abstract of causes determined in the Court of Common Pleas for the precincts of St. Michael's, from 16th June, 1708, to the 11th of August following &c.
Ditto for St. Andrews and Josephs from 25th June, 1708, to 23rd August following. Ditto for St. Thomas and St. James from 27th of April, 1708, to 23rd August following. Ditto for Christ Church and St. Philip's from 14th June, 1708, to 28th August following. Ditto for St. Peter's and St. Lucie's from 28th of April, 1708, to the 18th of August, 1708.
Naval officer's list of ships, from the 25th of March, 1708, to the 24th June following inclusive.
Minutes of Assembly, from the 18th May, 1708, to the 24th August following.
Minutes of Council, from the 4th of May, 1708, to the 30th of August following.

Barbadoes fleets not touching at the Maderas.

Whereupon their lordships agreed to enquire further into what Mr. Crow writes in paragraph D of the said letter, relating to the fleet's not touching at the Maderas.

December 6. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Barbadoes.

Mr. Scot, a member of the Council, summon'd about his return to Barbadoes.

Upon consideration that Mr. Richard Scot, a member of her Majesty's Council of Barbados, has been long absent from that island, and their lordships not knowing whether he intend to return or no, ordered that he have notice to attend the Board on Wednesday morning next.

Trade.

Representation on letter from the Lord Galway about barley carried by an Irish ship from Rochell to Lisbon.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland therewith.

A representation upon the extract of a letter from the Earl of Galway [fo. 353], relating to an Irish ship carrying barley from Rochelle to Lisbon, as agreed at the last meeting, together with a letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing the same, were signed.

Memorial from Mr. Harris, Mr. Smith and other separate traders to Africa.

Mr. Harris and Mr. Smith attending, they presented to their lordships a memorial from themselves and other separate traders to Africa [fo. 16, 358], concerning that trade, together with the following papers relating thereto, which memorial was read:—
Papers received from them relating to that trade.
Account of negroes that have been, and are to be, imported from Africa to Jamaica by the Company and separate traders for the year 1708.
Extract of a letter from Mr. Freeman to Mr. Harris, relating to the designs carried on by the African Company to ruin the separate traders; dated at Rio Gambia the 20th January, 1707.
The fictitious account of the charge of the fort at Gambia for the year 1705, amounting to 6,941l. 11s. 8d.
Abstract of the charges of the fort at St. James's Island in the river Gambia, for the month of January, 1705.
Certificate of George Watts touching the forts at Gambia and Sierra Leon from 1698 to 1707.
Informations given by Mr. Bonham, Mr. Brethewer and Captain Chidley, touching the ill state of defence of the several forts belonging to the African Company at Acra, Commenda, Cape Coast Castle &c.

Jamaica.

Letter from Brigadier Handasyd.

A letter from Brigadier Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 24th September, 1708, mentioned in the minutes of the 26th of the last month, was again read, and the papers referr'd to therein were laid before the Board, and are as followeth, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Letter from Mr. Puckle (attorney to Mr. Whitchurch) to Brigadier Handasyd, relating to the escheat of several negroes that belonged to the said Whitchurch &c.
List of prizes taken and condemned at Jamaica, from July, 1708, to the 20th of September following.
List of vessells arrived in Jamaica, with negroes belonging both to the Company and private traders, from 25th June, 1698, to 14th June, 1708.

December 7. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade to Africa.

Queries thereupon.

Their lordships took into consideration the papers presented them yesterday by Mr. Harris and Mr. Smith [fo. 356, 362], relating to the trade to Africa &c., and gave directions for preparing several queries to be sent, as well to the Company as the separate traders.

Leeward Islands.

Letter from Col. Parke.

Negroes imported from Africa.

A letter from Colonel Park, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated the 23rd of August last, in answer to a letter from this Board of the 15th of April, 1708 [fo. 111], requiring an account of the number of negroes imported from Africa into the said islands, was read; and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers referr'd to in the said letter.
Account of negroes imported by the seperate traders to Antego, from the 24th of June, 1698, to the 25th December, 1707.
An account of what negroes have been imported to Antego, by the African Company from the 24th June, 1698, to the 25th December, 1707.
Account of negroes imported by the Royal African Company to Antego, from the 2nd of February, 170½, to the 26th August, 1707.

Second letter from Col. Parke.

A second letter from Colonel Park, dated at Antego the 24th of August, 1708, was read; and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Copy of the deposition of Major Wickham, relating to some intended complaints against Colonel Parke.
Address of the Lieutenant Governor and Council of Antigo to Colonel Parke, upon occasion of some intended complaints against him.
Letter from the Councill of Antigua to Mr. Cary, agent for that island, directing him to oppose some intended complaints against Colonel Parke, dated the 24th August, 1708.
Address from Colonel Parke and the Lieutenant Governor and Councill of Antigua to her Majesty, upon the defeat of the attempts of the pretended Prince of Wales on Scotland.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland with an address.

Whereupon ordered [fo. 362] that the draught of a letter to the Earl of Sunderland be prepared for transmitting the aforesaid address to her Majesty &c.

Third letter from Col. Parke.

A third letter from Colonel Park, dated at Antegua, the 24th of August, 1708, was read; and the papers referr'd to therein were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
A Bill for ascertaining and declaring the elections of the representatives to serve in the Assembly of this island, in their rights, powers, authorities and priviledges, as drawn by said Assembly [fo. 363].
An Act for regulating elections and establishing the priviledges of Assemblies as amended by the Lieutenant Governor and Councill of Antigua.
Councill amendments to the Assemblies Bill of Priviledges.
Minutes of Councill in Assembly of Antigua, from the 18th of July, 1707, to the 17th of February, 1707/8.
Minutes of Councill in Assembly of Antegua, from the 1st March, 1707/8, to the 18th June, 1708.

Complaint of Mrs. Bowden.

Whereupon ordered [fo. 340, 362] that all the papers relating to the complaint of Mrs. Bowden, mentioned in paragraph F of the said letter be laid before the Board to-morrow morning, in order to their lordships forming a report thereupon to her Majesty.

December 8. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Letter to Mr. Perry for several accounts from the African Company.

Letter to Mr. Harris with queries to the separate traders for their answer.

A letter to Mr. John Perry, secretary to the Royal African Company [fo. 367, 395], for several of their accounts relating to that trade, from Michaelmas, 1707, to Michaelmas, 1708; as also a letter to Mr. Richard Harris [fo. 358, 393], inclosing several queries to be communicated to the separate traders to Africa, touching that trade, for their answers thereunto, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, were agreed and ordered to be sent.

Antegua.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland with an address.

A letter to the Earl of Sunderland [fo. 360], inclosing an address from the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Councill of Antegua to her Majesty, as directed yesterday, was signed.

St. Christopher's.

Mrs. Bowden's complaints under consideration.

Their lordships took into consideration all the papers relating to the complaint of Mrs. Bowden against Colonel Parke [fo. 361], as directed in yesterday's minutes, and read the said papers, which are as follows, vizt.:
Order of Councill of the 22nd of April, 1708, referring to the Board the petition of Mrs. Bowden, complaining of her being dispossess'd of a considerable estate in St. Christopher's by Colonel Parke.
Letter to Colonel Parke upon Mrs. Bowden's petition, complaining of his having dispossess'd her of an estate in St. Christopher's, dated the 30th of April, 1708.
Letter from Colonel Parke, dated at Antigua the 24th August, 1708.
An agreement made between Colonel Parke and Mrs. Bowden for several negroes, oxen &c., belonging to the said Bowden in St. Christopher's, to the value of 575l., together with her receipt for the same, also the affidavits of Mr. Lambert, James Rawleigh, and Caleb Rawleigh relating thereto.

Col. Lillingston summon'd.

And their lordships, being informed that Colonel Lillingston, brother to the said Mrs. Bowden, was in town, ordered [fo. 369] that he have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next.

Antegua.

Papers consider'd.

Then their lordships proceeded in the consideration of the three following papers received from Colonel Parke, and are also mentioned in the minutes of yesterday, vizt.:
A Bill for ascertaining and declaring the elections of the representatives to serve in the Assembly of this island [fo. 360], and their rights, powers, authorities and priviledges, as drawn by said Assembly.
A Bill for regulating elections and establishing the priviledges of Assemblies, as amended by the Lieutenant Governor and Council of Antigua.
The Council's amendments to the Assembly's Bill of Priviledges.

And a letter to Col. Parke to be prepared thereon.

which were read, and directions given for preparing the draught of a letter to Colonel Parke thereupon.

December 9. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

New York.

Letter from the Lord Cornbury.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland. inclosing an extract thereof.

A letter from the Lord Cornbury, Governor of New York, dated 20th of August, 1708, shewing the advantage and facility of forcing the French from their settlements of Canada was read, whereupon a letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing an extract thereof, was signed.

Newfoundland.

Answer to heads of enquiry.

A letter from Commodore Mitchell [fo. 374], with his answers to the heads of enquiry and additional instructions, and transmitting several other papers relating to the forts &c. in Newfoundland, dated at Falmouth the 2nd December, 1708, was read; and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, &c.:
Papers referr'd to therein.
Commodore Mitchell's answer to the heads of inquiry, and to the additional instructions, sent to Mr. Burchet, the 12th of March, 1707/8.
Number of the inhabitants in Newfoundland, together with the state of the fishery there, anno 1708.
Captain Vane the engineer's account of necessaries wanting for the repair of the boom at Newfoundland &c.
Major Lloyd's account of provisions for Fort William and South Castle, in St. John's, at Newfoundland, dated 30th September, 1708.
A state of the provisions remaining in Newfoundland, as surveyed by order of Commodore Mitchell, the 29th June, 1708, and 15th October following.
Account of provisions delivered to men sent out upon parties in Newfoundland &c.
Account of the number of days for which the men have been victualled in Newfoundland, dated the 30th of September, 1708.
Account of ordnance stores in Fort William and South Castle in Newfoundland, dated 4th October, 1708.
Account of what stores are wanting for the garrisons at St. John's in Newfoundland for the year 1709.
Muster roll of the Company of soldiers at Newfoundland, commencing the 25th of July, 1707, and ending the 2nd of August, 1708.

Whereupon their lordships agreed to take the said papers into consideration on Wednesday next; and ordered [vide infra], that Mr. Thurston have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning.

December 10. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton.

Trade.

Reference from the Earl of Sunderland on two memorials from Sir William Hodges for two passes.

A letter from the Earl of Sunderland, of the 7th instant, referring to the Board two memorials from Sir William Hodges, one for leave to export corn to Spain, the other for a pass for a Spanish ship to go to the Buenos Ayres, was read; and ordered [fo. 370] that Sir William Hodges have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next.

Newfoundland.

Muster roll deliver'd to Mr. Thurston.

Mr. Thurston, agent for the soldiers at Newfoundland, attending, according to appointment, the muster roll of the company of soldiers at Newfoundland, commencing the 25th of July, 1707, and ending the 2nd of August, 1708, mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was given to him.

Carolina.

Letter from the Lords Proprietors in answer to one writ them the 10th of last month about goods seized.

A letter from the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, of yesterday's date, in answer to one writ them the 10th of the last month [fo. 325], relating to divers goods seized by the Government of Carolina, which were carrying by the Indian traders of Virginia to the Western Indians, signifying that in a few days they should be able to give an answer thereunto, was read.

Bermuda.

Sir John Bennet summond.

Ordered that a letter be writ to Sir John Bennet [fo. 340] to hasten his answer to the articles of complaint exhibited by Mr. Jones against Colonel Bennet.

December 13. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Perry.

Accounts from Royal African Company.

A letter from Mr. Perry, secretary to the Royal African Company [fo. 361], promising several accounts desired by the secretary's letter of the 8th instant, was read.

Barbadoes.

Petition of Mr. Frere to be of the Council.

Representation thereupon.

A petition from John Frere, esquire, praying that he may be appointed a member of her Majesty's Councill of Barbadoes, in the room of Colonel Richard Scot, who has been above five years absent from the said Councill, together with a certificate from divers merchants, giving a good character of the said Frere, were read; whereupon ordered [fo. 370] that the draught of a representation be prepared, proposing the said Frere to be a member of the said Council, accordingly.

Bermuda.

Letter from the Earl of Sunderland on petitions of the Council and Assembly against Mr. Jones and about loading &c. at St. Georges.

Hearing of complaints between Col. Bennet and Mr. Jones.

Mr. Jones summon'd

A letter from the Earl of Sunderland, of the 8th instant, referring to this Board two petitions from the Councill and Assembly &c. of the Bermuda Islands to her Majesty, the one praying that Mr. Jones, secretary and provost marshal of the said island, may not be restored to his offices there, the other praying that they may not be confined to load and unload their ships and vessells at St. George's &c., which letter of the 1st of the said petitions were read, and Sir John Bennet attending, he was acquainted that their lordships would hear as well the complaints of Mr. Jones against Colonel Bennet, mentioned in the minutes of the 12th of the last month [fo. 333], as those against the said Jones the 3rd of January next, provided Mr. Jones should by that time be ready prepared for the same; whereupon ordered [fo. 370] that Mr. Jones have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning.

Jamaica.

Barbadoes.

Leeward Islands.

Letters to the Governors.

Letters to the Governours of Jamaica, Barbadoes and the Leeward Islands [fo. 372], were agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

December 14. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Leeward Islands.

Col. Lillingston.

Mrs. Bowden.

Complaint against Col. Parke.

Colonel Lillingston attending, as he had been desired the 10th instant [fo. 363], and being ask'd whether Mrs. Bowden was gone back to the Leeward Islands, he said that by letters he had received from her, dated in New England, he was informed that she was to go from thence about three months ago in a ship designed for the said islands, where he did beleive she might be arrived, and that she would then follow the directions of their lordships' letter in her behalf.

Bermuda.

Mr. Jones.

Hearing between him and Col. Bennet.

Sir John Bennet acquainted therewith.

Mr. Jones attending, according to appointment [fo. 369], and being acquainted that her Majesty had referred to this Board a petition and remonstrance from the Council and Assembly &c. of the Bermuda Islands, against him (mentioned in yesterday's minutes), and that they would hear councill thereupon the 3rd of the next month, as likewise on the 19 articles formerly exhibited against him by the said Councill and Assembly, if he could be ready prepared by that time, he said that he should not be then prepared, and therefore desired that he might have time till the first of February next, when he hoped to come prepared for the said hearing. And Mr. Jones being withdrawn, ordered that Sir John Bennet be acquainted with the said Jones's desire.

Barbadoes.

Representation.

Col. Frere to be of the Council.

A representation proposing Colonel John Frere to be a member of her Majesty's Council in the room of Colonel Richard Scot [fo. 368, 401], as directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed.

Leeward Islands.

Letter to Col. Parke.

A letter to Colonel Park, Governor of the Leeward Islands, was signed.

Trade.

Sir William Hodges.

His memorials about exporting corn to Spain &c.

Sir William Hodges attending, as he had been desired the 10th instant [fo. 366], his two memorials referr'd to the Board by the Earl of Sunderland's letter of the 7th ditto, were read, and upon the memorial which relates to the exportation of corn to Spain, he said that it was undoubtedly for the advantage of this kingdom to export corn thither in British or Spanish ships, by reason of the returns, for corn was always sold in Spain for ready money; besides by exporting corn in Spanish ships the drawback would be saved. He added that there were some merchants who did send corn thither without such passes as he desired, but that he would not venture to do it, for though the Act for opening the trade to Spain may bear 'em out in it, yet he would not run the risk of the loss of the voyage, by disputes with the commanders of her Majesty's or Dutch ships of war, or privateers.

A pass for a ship to sail from Cales to Buenos Ayres.

Representation thereupon.

As to the other memorial, which relates to a pass for the ship San Antonio del Rosaria to sail from Cales to Buenos Ayres, he said, besides the advantage in exporting a considerable quantity of our English manufactures, which would be sent to Cadiz to be loaded on board the said ship, it could no ways affect or prejudice the trade from the plantations in America, for that no ships belonging to her Majesty's subjects ever did trade to that place. Sir William Hodges being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing a representation [fo. 374], with their opinion that what Sir William Hodges desired may be granted.

December 15. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton.

Jamaica.

Barbadoes.

Letters to the Governors.

Letters to the Governors of Jamaica and Barbadoes [fo. 369], as agreed the 13th instant, were signed.

Barbadoes.

Letter from Col. Sharpe, Mr. Walker and Mr. Beresford.

A letter from Colonel Sharp, Mr. Alexander Walker, and Mr. Samuel Beresford, three of the Council of Barbadoes, dated the 11th of October last was read; as also the papers therein referr'd to, which are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Copy of a petition from several merchants in Barbadoes to the Assembly, against a Bill intended to be past in that House. As also the heads of the said Bill.
Mr. Crow's message to the Assembly, with their address to him upon the representation presented to him by Mr. Sharpe.
The answer of Colonel Sharp, Mr. Walker, and Mr. Beresford, to the Assembly's address upon their representation, presented to Mr. Crow.

Whereupon their lordships gave directions [fo. 375] for adding a postscript to the abovementioned letter to Mr. Crow.

Bermuda.

Mr. Jones to peruse Acts and Minutes &c. of Bermuda.

The secretary acquainting their lordships that Mr. Jones had desired to have the perusal of the Acts and minutes of Councill and Assembly of Bermuda in order to the enabling him to make his defence to the complaints exhibited against him by the Councill and Assembly of the said island, ordered that he have the perusal of the said Acts and minutes, provided he do the same in this office.

Leeward Islands.

Miscellanies.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland in favour of Mr. Rhodes.

Their lordships taking into consideration that paragraph of the minutes of the 27th of October last, relating to Mr. Rhodes [fo. 305, 381], ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to the Earl of Sunderland, recommending him to be secretary of Jamaica, Barbadoes, Virginia or Maryland, as any of those places shall become vacant.

December 16. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Maryland.

Virginia.

Merchants about incouragement of the tobacco trade.

Mr. Richard Perry, Mr. Lintot, and other Virginia merchants attending [fo. 346], presented to their lordships a paper containing reasons for encouraging the exportation of tobacco to France, and at the same time acquainted their lordships that they did intend to print the same to be given to the members of the House of Commons, which paper was read.

Representation on two memorials from Sir William Hodges about exporting corn &c.

The draught of a representation upon the two memorials from Sir William Hodges [fo. 371, 375], one for leave to export corn to Spain, the other for a pass for a Spanish ship to go to the Buenos Ayres, as directed in the minutes of the 14th instant, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

Newfoundland.

Answer to heads of enquiry.

Observations thereupon.

The answer of Captain Mitchell, Commodore of the Newfoundland convoy, to the heads of enquiry [fo. 364, 398], and to the additional instruction (mentioned in the minutes of the 9th instant), together with the said heads of enquiry, were read, and several observations made thereupon, in order to their lordships discoursing with the said Commodore, upon his arrival in town.

Barbadoes.

Postscript to the letter to Mr. Crow.

The postscript to be added to the letter to Mr. Crow [fo. 373], as directed yesterday, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

December 17. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Representation on Sir William Hodges's memorial.

A representation upon two memorials from Sir William Hodges [fo. 374], as agreed at the last meeting, together with a letter to the Earl of Sunderland, inclosing the same, were signed.

Virginia.

Letter from Col. Jenings.

A letter from Colonel Jennings, President of the Councill of Virginia, dated the 20th of September, 1708, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer thereunto, and the following paper referr'd to therein, was laid before the Board, vizt.:
Minutes of Council.
Minutes of the Councill of Virginia, from the 15th of October, 1706, to the 30th of April, 1708.

Letter to Mr. Burchet with extract of Col. Jenings's about guard ships.

Whereupon ordered that paragraph D relating to the want of guardships for the defence of that colony, be sent to Mr. Burchet [fo. 383], and that he be desired to inform their lordships whether there be any guardships now attending that Government.

Maryland.

Letter from Col.Seymour.

A letter from Colonel Seymour, Governor of Maryland, dated the 7th of September, 1708, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer thereunto, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Copy of an address from the Governor and Councill of Maryland to her Majesty, relating to the intended invasion of the French, on the northern part of Great Britain.
Account of ordinary licences granted in Maryland since October, 1703, to October, 1707, as also the names of the persons to whom the same was (sic) granted.
Number of Roman Catholicks in Maryland, amounting to 2,974.

Extract of the said letter to be sent Mr. Burchet about Commodore Huntington.

Whereupon their lordships agreed to represent paragraph B, relating to the want of counsellors, and gave directions [fo. 384] that paragraph G of the said letter [fo. 383, 417], complaining of Commodore Huntington's not giving him any account of the time appointed for the sailing of the convoys &c., be sent to Mr. Burchet for the information of the Lord High Admiral.

Bermuda.

Letter from Col. Bennet.

A letter from Colonel Bennet, Governor of Bermuda, dated the 12th of June, 1708, was again read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
List of the present counsellors in Bermuda, together with a list of persons' names to supply vacancies.
Account of ordnance and shot in Bermuda.
Affidavit of Mr. Davis, relating to the rents and profits, belonging to Mr. Jones, and clearing Colonel Bennet from having received any part thereof.
Affidavit of Colonel Penniston, declaring that he never set his hand to any paper relating to the good behaviour of Mr. Jones.
Tryal of Mr. Dunscomb at a Court of Quarter Sessions, the 18th July, 1706, for abusing Doctor Holland.
Captain Jones's account of powder money received by him, from the 27th of January, 1704/5, to the 30th August, 1706.
Mr. Jones's accounts of money received and paid by him in 1705, and 1706, in Bermuda.
The Treasurer's account of cash received from the tenants on all her Majesty's lands in Bermuda, with such disbursments as are appropriated thereto, from 24th June, 1701, to the 24th June, 1703.
The Treasurer's account of cash received and disbursed pursuant to three Acts for subsidies &c., from the 3rd July, 1701, to the 23rd July following.
Deputy Provost Marshal's account of receipts and disbursments of her Majesty's lands in Bermuda, from the 25th December, 1706, to the first of March, 1707/8.
The Treasurer's account of cash received, pursuant to an Act for a subsidy on all liquors, for the support of the Government, from the 3rd July, 1701, to the 24th June, 1704.
Naval officer's list of ships, from the 1st of October, 1705, to the 4th of April, 1706.
Naval officer's list of ships, from the 1st October, 1705, to the 3rd January, 1705/6.
Minutes of the Assembly of Bermuda, from the 12th February, 1705/6, to the 2nd March, 1707/8.
An Act for raising a summe of money, for the incouragement of persons to go to the kingdom of England, and defraying the expences of the same, to manage some emergent affairs of these her Majesty's islands—past the 19th December, 1707.
Additional clauses to an Act, entituled an Act for the raising a summe of money for the incouragement of persons to go to the kingdom of England, and defraying the expences of the same, to manage some emergent affairs of these her Majesty's islands—past 2nd January, 1707/8.

Bermuda.

Letters from Col. Bennet.

A second letter from Colonel Bennet, dated the 8th of April, 1708, was read.

A third letter from Colonel Bennet, dated the 4th of August, 1708, was read.

A fourth letter from Colonel Bennet, dated the 4th of August, 1708, was read.

A letter from Colonel Bennet to the secretary, dated the 4th of August, 1708, complaining of Mr. Castlemain's unfair proceedings in relation to him &c., was read.

A second letter from Colonel Bennet to the secretary, dated the 4th of August, 1708, touching his having returned an answer to the letter writ him about the house built by Colonel Day &c., was read.

New York.

Letter from Mr. Heathcote.

Naval stores, linen and woollen manufactures.

A letter from Caleb Heathcote, concerning his proposal about naval stores, and for preventing the people of New York from going on with their linnen and woollen manufacture &c. Dated the 3rd of August, 1708, was read.

Massachusets.

Letter from Col.

Dudley.

A letter from Colonel Dudley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, dated at Boston the 10th of July, 1708, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referrd to.
Proceedings of the Councill and Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, relating to their joining in an address to her Majesty upon the Union &c.
Resolves of the Assembly, relating to mony for Colonel Dudley, and the Treasurer of the Massachusets Bay &c.
Grievances complained of by the Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, with the Governor's and Council's answer thereunto &c.
Copy of a Bill for the better providing and furnishing of masts for her Majesty's Royal Navy.

Miscellanies.

Leeward Islands.

Letter to the Earl of Sunderland in favour of Mr. Rhodes.

A letter to the Earl of Sunderland [fo. 373], recommending Mr. Rhodes to be secretary of Jamaica, Barbadoes, Virginia or Maryland, when any vacancy shall happen in any of those Governments, as directed the 15th instant, was signed.

Maryland.

Pennsylvania.

Boundaries.

Letter to the Lord Baltimore and Mr. Penn.

Ordered that a letter be writ to the Lord Baltimore, and Mr. Penn [fo. 287, 382], signifying that it is a long time since they had promised to inform their lordships what agreement they should make in relation to the boundaries between Maryland and Pennsylvania, but their lordships, having no account of any such agreement being made, will think themselves obliged to report to her Majesty the matter, as it appears to them, without any further delay, unless the said Lord Baltimore and Mr. Penn do come to some speedy determination on that matter.

Carolina.

Trade.

Letter to Mr. Lloyd.

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Lloyd, to remind him of his promise of the 6th of July last [fo. 234, 387], relating to the illegal trade carried on between Carolina and Oporto.

December 20. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Maryland.

Pennsylvania.

Boundaries.

Lord Baltemore.

The Lord Baltimore attending, as he had been desired the 17th instant [fo. 381, 390], in relation to the boundaries between Maryland and Pennsylvania, he acquainted their lordships that he did intend to petition her Majesty to set aside an Order of Councill, produced by Mr. Penn, of the 13th of November, 1685 (inserted in Maryland Entries, volume the 1st, folio 107), upon a report of the then Lords Committees of Trade and Plantations, to the late King James, touching the difference between his lordship and Mr. Penn, in relation to the said boundaries mentioned in the minutes of the 26th of April, 1708.

Virginia.

Grants of lands.

Ordered that the letters and papers in this office, relating to grants of lands in Virginia, be laid before the Board on Wednesday morning next.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Letter from Mr. Burchet. Guard ships for Virginia.

A letter from Mr. Burchet, of the 18th instant, in answer to one of the same date [fo. 376], acquainting their lordships that her Majesty's ship the Guardland is appointed a guardship for Virginia, and will proceed on her voyage thither so soon as the trade is ready, and that he will enquire into the complaint made by Colonel Seymour against Commodore Huntington [fo. 377], was read; whereupon ordered that the Virginia merchants be informed with what Mr. Burchet has writ as likewise with what Colonel Jennings says in his letter of the 20th of September, 1708 (read the 17th instant), relating to a sloop or briganteen and guardship for the defence of the said colony, and that, if they think the said sloop or briganteen necessary, they will do well to make application to the Lord High Admiral for the same.

Trade.

Letter to Mr. Baker.

Exportation of wooll.

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Baker [L. fo. 377; fo. 409], for an account of his proceedings upon the coasts of Kent and Sussex, for preventing the exportation of wooll &c. since his last account delivered to their lordships, the 20th of November, 1707.

New Hampshire.

Order on representation upon address &c. about state of defence.

Copy of an Order of Councill of the 25th of November, 1708 [fo. 311], upon a representation on several addresses from New Hampshire and two memorials from Mr. Vaughan, agent for that province, relating to stores and other supplies wanting for the security thereof &c., approving the said representation, and referring the same to the Board of Ordnance, was read.

Leeward Islands.

Mr. Attorney General's report upon an Act about Courts of Justice.

Mr. Attorney General's report in answer to a letter writ him the 24th of August last [fo. 288], upon a law past at Nevis, the 23rd of February, 170¾, entituled An Act for the establishing of Courts and settling due methods for the administration of justice in this island, was read; whereupon their lordships gave directions [fo. 385] for preparing a representation for repealing the said law, as also another to the same purpose, past at Nevis the 22nd of June, 1705, entituled An Act for establishing Courts and settling due methods for the administration of justice throughout all her Majesty's Leeward Charibbee Islands in America.

Maryland.

Representation.

Counsellors.

A representation proposing Mr. Philip Lynes, Mr. Thomas Addison, Mr. John Hall, and Mr. William Whittington, to be members of her Majesty's Councill of Maryland [fo. 377], as directed at the last meeting, was signed.

December 21. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Mr. Pulteney.

Leeward Islands.

Draught of a representation for repealing two Acts &c.

Their lordships took into consideration the draught of a representation for repealing two Acts past in the Leeward Islands [fo. 384, vide infra], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, and made a progress therein.

December 22. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Leeward Islands.

Draught of a representation on two Acts agreed.

The draught of a representation for repealing two Acts past in the Leeward Islands [vide supra; fo. 386], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

Newfoundland.

Letter from Major Lloyd with several papers.

Mr. Merret attending, presented to their lordships a letter from Major Lloyd [fo. 75, 388], comander of the fort at St. John's in Newfoundland, together with several papers referr'd to therein, in answer to divers complaints exhibited against the said Lloyd by Captain Moody and Mrs. Benger.

Virginia.

Patents of lands under consideration.

Their lordships took into consideration the several letters and papers in this office relating to the patenting of lands in Virginia, contained in the minutes of the 20th instant, and made a progress therein.

December 23. Present:—Earl of Stamford, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Mr. Monckton, Sir Charles Turner.

Leeward Islands.

Representation repealing two Acts.

A representation for repealing two Acts past in the Leeward Islands [fo. 385, 398], as agreed at the last meeting, was signed.

Virginia.

Patenting of lands.

Representation.

Their lordships again took into consideration the several letters and papers in this office touching the patenting of lands in Virginia [fo. 382, 390], mentioned in the minutes of the 22nd December last, and gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.