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Journal, September 1763: Volume 70

Pages 381-384

Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 11, January 1759 - December 1763. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1935.

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Journal, September 1763

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Wednesday, September 28. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Lord Orwell.

Miscellanies.

Plantations General.

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A Commission under the Great Seal of Great Britain, bearing date the 17th instant, constituting and appointing Wills, Earl of Hillsborough, Soame Jenyns, Edward Eliot, Edward Bacon, the Honourable John Yorke, George Rice, Esquire, Francis, Lord Orwell, and Bamber Gascoyne, Esquire, to be his Majesty's Commissioners for Promoting the Trade of this kingdom, and for inspecting and improving his Majesty's Colonies in America and elsewhere, was opened and read, and letters to the Governors and Commanders in Chief of the several American colonies, notifying their lordships' appointment, were signed.

Edward Sedgwick, Esquire, Solicitor and Clerk of the Reports in the service of this Board, attended, and having desired leave to resign that office, his resignation was accepted, and Silas Bradbury, Esquire, was, at the recommendation of the Earl of Hillsborough, appointed and admitted Sollicitor and Clerk of the Reports in the room of Mr. Sedgwick.

East Florida.

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The Secretary laid before the Board a letter from the Earl of Halifax, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, to the Board, dated September 19th, 1763, referring to their lordships, for their consideration and report, copy of a memorial of Colonel James Grant, Governor of East Florida, setting forth the expediency of extending the northern boundary of that province as far as the River St. Mary; and the said letter and memorial having been considered, a letter to the Earl of Halifax thereupon was agreed to and signed.

Plantations General.

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Read a letter from the Earl of Halifax, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, to the Board, dated September 19th, 1763, signifying his Majesty's commands in respect to the limits of a new government to be formed in North America by the name of Quebec, and directing the Board to prepare the draught of a proclamation declaratory of the several arrangements to be made in the new acquisitions in America, the governments to be established, the form and constitution of government, the quantitys of land to be given to reformed officers and soldiers who have served in America; and the regulations for carrying on the Indian commerce, and signifying his Majesty's commands that the Board should consider and prepare a plan for the future management of Indian affairs.

Ordered, that the draught of a proclamation conformable to his Lordship's letter be immediately prepared and laid before the Board at their next meeting.

Nova Scotia.

Read the following letters and papers lately received from the Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Province of Nova Scotia, viz.
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Letter from Jonathan Belcher, Esquire, dated 29th May, 1763, acknowledging the receipt of the Board's letter of the 16th March last, with Mr. Mauger's proposal for supplying the Treasury with dollars.
Letter from do., to the Board, dated 10th June, 1763, acknowledging the receipt of their lordships' letter, and papers relating to the mode of Governors corresponding with the Board.
Letter from do., to the Board, dated 8th July, 1763, inclosing the following papers.
Account of expenditure in the Treasury from 1st January to 31st March, 1763.
Account of Indian commerce.
State of the Indian corn purchased for the new settlements in 1762.
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Letter from Mr. Belcher to the Board, dated 3rd August, 1763, transmitting,
Naval Office lists from 1st January to 30th June, 1763.
Letter from Mr. Belcher to the Secretary, dated 4th August, 1763, containing remarks on the state of the Parliamentary grant to Nova Scotia.
Abstract of the disbursements between 1st April and 30th June, 1763.

Read a letter from Dr. Burton, Secretary to the Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, to Mr. Pownall, dated 20th September, 1763, requesting him to move their lordships in behalf of Mr. Bennet, a missionary in Nova Scotia, for the same allowance for house rent which other missioners have.

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Ordered, that the Secretary acquaint Dr. Burton that the Board will take this request of the Society into their consideration, when they shall receive his Majesty's commands to prepare an estimate for the service of Nova Scotia for the ensuing year.

New York.

Read the following letters from the Lieutenant Governor of New York, viz.
Letter from Cadwallader Colden, Esquire, to the Board, dated 8th July, 1763, acquainting their lordships with Governor Monckton's departure for England, and that he had thereupon taken upon him the administration of that government.
Letter from do., to the Board, dated 19th July, 1763, acknowledging the receipt of directions with regard to the mode of Governors corresponding with their lordships.

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New Jersey.

Read a letter from William Franklin, Esquire, Governor of New Jersey, to the Board, dated 19th July, 1763, acknowledging the receipt of the Board's directions with regard to the mode of Governors corresponding with their lordships, and containing remarks on the hostilities of the Indians.

Maryland.

Read a letter from Horatio Sharpe, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, to the Board, dated 8th June, 1763, on the mode of the correspondence of Governors with their lordships.

North Carolina.

Read a letter from Arthur Dobbs, Esquire, Governor of North Carolina, to the Board, dated 17th June, 1763, acknowledging the receipt of directions with regard to the mode of Governors correspondence with their lordships, and of two additional instructions of 11th December, 1761, relating to Indian lands and Judges' Commissions.

fo. 219.

Bahamas.

Read a letter from John Gambier, Esquire, President of the Council of the Bahama Islands, dated the 12th June, 1763, informing the Board that he has taken upon him the administration of the government of those islands in the absence of Governor Shirley, who was gone to Boston for the recovery of his health.

Grenada.

Read a letter from George Scott, Esquire, Governor of Grenada, to the Board, dated 23rd July, 1763, containing an account of his proceedings with respect to the sale of forfeited estates on that island, desiring instructions relating to the estates of persons who die, and whose heirs are subjects of France, and inclosing,
Plan of fort.
Plan of the fort and its environs.
Map of the harbour.

Bermuda.

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Read a letter from William Popple, Esquire, Governor of the Bermuda Islands, to the Board, dated 7th May, 1763, respecting the behaviour of the Assembly and the deficiency of his income, and inclosing
Minutes of Assembly from 29th August, 1762, to 13th April, 1763.

Georgia.

Read a letter from James Wright, Esquire, Governor of Georgia, to the Board, dated 10th June, 1763, respecting the advantages arising from the continuation of the bountys upon the culture of raw silk, and from the cessions of Louisiana and Florida.

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Read a letter from James Wright, Esquire, Governor of to the Board, dated 22nd June, 1763, acknowledging the receipt of their lordships' letter of 12th December, 1761, with instructions relative to Indian lands and the Commissions of Judges, and complaining of the method of sending dispatches for the southern colonies by the way of New York, and of the French and Spaniards infusing jealousies of the English into the minds of the Indians.

Trade.

Africa.

The Secretary laid before the Board the two following papers received from Mr. Poirier, Secretary to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, viz.
Copy of a letter from the Governor and Council of James Fort, Gambia, to the African Committee, dated 20th December, 1762.
Copy of a letter from Charles Bell, Esquire, to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, dated Cape Coast Castle, April 14th, 1763.

New York.

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Read a letter from Sir William Johnson, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, to the Board, dated 1st July, 1763, relating to hostilities committed by Indians instigated by the French, and the measures taken by him to preserve the friendship of the Six Nations, and containing remarks on the present state of Indian affairs.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to Sir William Johnson, in answer to his, be prepared.

Georgia.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of Georgia, in answer to his, be prepared.

Thursday, September 29. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Lord Orwell.

Plantations General.

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The Secretary laid before the Board, in obedience to their orders, the draught of a proclamation declaratory of the arrangements to be made in the new acquired countries and islands in America, and upon other points directed by the Earl of Halifax's letter, mentioned in the minutes of yesterday; and the said draught was read and considered, and it was agreed to take it into further consideration in the afternoon.

New York.

The draught of a letter to Sir William Johnson, agent for Indian Affairs in the Northern District, in answer to one from him, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Post Meridiem.

Plantations General.

Their lordships made a further progress in the consideration of the abovementioned draught of a proclamation.

Georgia.

The draught of a letter to the Governor of Georgia, in answer to one from him, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

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Friday, September 30. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Lord Orwell.

Plantations General.

Their lordships made a further progress in the consideration of the draught of a proclamation, declaratory of the new arrangements in America.

Georgia.

The draught of a letter to the Governor of Georgia having been transcribed pursuant to order, was signed.