Journal, July 1772: Volume 79

Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 13, January 1768 - December 1775. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1937.

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'Journal, July 1772: Volume 79', in Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 13, January 1768 - December 1775, (London, 1937) pp. 311-316. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/jrnl-trade-plantations/vol13/pp311-316 [accessed 21 April 2024]

Journal, July 1772

fo. 126.

Wednesday, July 15. Present:—Mr. Gascoyne, Lord Robert Spencer.

The Earl of Hillsborough, one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, attends.

West Florida.

Read a letter from John Robinson, Esquire, Secretary to this Board, dated July 11th, 1772, transmitting, by order of the Lords of the Treasury, the report of the Auditor of the Imprests on the memorial of Montfort Browne, Esquire, late Lieutenant Governor of West Florida, for the opinion of this Board, whether the several articles charged in his account, and the employment of the several officers therein mentioned, are such as have been warranted by any orders of this Board, or by the necessity of the service.

fo. 127.

Ordered, that the Secretary do acquaint Mr. Robinson, for the information of the Lords of the Treasury, that it does not appear, that those articles of Mr. Browne's account, which fall within the description of expences incurred for services performed, were warranted by any order from his Majesty, or from this Board: that it is very difficult, without entering in a minute detail of those services, to adopt an opinion, that they were warranted by absolute necessity; but that, in the general view of them, they seem to have been undertaken with a very commendable intention to promote his Majesty's service, and certainly must, in that light, have had a good effect.

fo. 128.

That with regard to the two last articles of Mr. Browne's account, they appear to fall within the description of losses sustained, and therefore the justice and propriety of any compensation on that account must depend upon the nature of those losses, and the ground on which they were sustained, of which the Board of Trade has no other information than what is contained in Mr. Browne's memorial and the papers annexed to it.

New Hampshire.

Read a memorial of Peter Livius, Esquire, of his Majesty's Council for the province of New Hampshire to the Board, exhibiting several articles of complaint against John Wentworth, Esquire, Governor of the said province.

fo. 129.

Their lordships were of opinion, upon mature examination of the nature of the complaints exhibited in the said memorial, and of the allegations therein contained, that a copy thereof should be transmitted to Governor Wentworth, with directions to return an answer thereto, and it was ordered, that the draught of a letter to him, conformable to what has been usual in like cases, should be prepared.

Massachusetts.

Read a letter from Thomas Hutchinson, Esquire, Governor of Massachusets Bay, to the Board, dated March 11th, 1772, in answer to one from their lordships of the 4th of March, respecting the mode of repealing Acts.

Dominica, St. Vincent's.

fo. 130.

Their lordships considered several applications of persons interested in leases of lands in the Ceded Islands for their lordships' approbation and allowance of assignments of the said leases to British subjects, and it was ordered, that the Secretary should certify their approbation of such assignments, vizt.
Dominica.
Assignments by Angar Drascan of a lease of one hundred and twenty two acres of land in the island of Dominica to William Garnier, Esquire.
St. Vincent's.
Assignment by Andrè Riviére to Peter Haffey and Gill Slater of a lease of fifty five acres in the island of St. Vincent.
Assignment by Pierre Imbert to Thomas Neal of his lease of a plantation in the island of St. Vincent, containing seventy four acres.

fo. 131.

Wednesday, July 29. Present:—Mr. Eliot, Mr. Gascoyne, etc.

The Earl of Hillsborough, one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, attends.

New Jersey.

fo. 132.

Their lordships read and considered Mr. Jackson's report upon the case and question stated to him with regard to the claim of the Commons House of Assembly of the province of New Jersey to order the issuing of a writ for the election of a new member to serve in that House for the county of Essex in the said province, in the room of William Ogden, Esquire, who had resigned his seat; and the Board agreeing in opinion with Mr. Jackson, "that the said claim is illegal, unconstitutional and altogether unwarranted by any approved usage or practise in Great Britain, or any of her colonies, and that notwithstanding the resignation of Mr. Ogden, his seat continues full, and that the order founded upon his resignation is void, because it issued improvidently," the Earl of Hillsborough was requested to lay the said report before his Majesty, to the end that such instructions may be given to the Governor of New Jersey thereupon, as shall be thought most advisable.

New Hampshire.

The draught of a letter to the Governor of New Hampshire upon the subject of the complaints exhibited against him by Peter Livius, Esquire, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Massachusetts.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantations Affairs, dated July 1st, 1772, referring to this Board, for their examination and report, fourteen Acts passed in Massachusets Bay in April, 1772.

fo. 133.

Ordered, that the Acts, mentioned in the above order of reference be sent to Mr. Jackson, for his opinion upon them in point of law.

Nova Scotia.

Their lordships read and considered a paper, intitled, the case of Charles N. Godfrey Jadis, Esquire, late Captain Lieutenant in the 52nd Regiment, stating his losses and sufferings in the province of Nova Scotia, and it was ordered, that the agent for that province should advance the sum of fifty pounds to the said Captain Jadis out of the ballance remaining in his hands of any sums heretofore granted by Parliament for the service of Nova Scotia under the head of contingencies.

Plantations General.

fo. 134.

Their lordships also read and considered the draught of a clause, prepared by Mr. Jackson to be inserted in all future Commissions to Governors in America, giving them, as Chancellors, the care and custody of idiots and lunaticks, together with Mr. Jackson's report thereupon; and it being judged advisable, that the said clause should be communicated to his Majesty's Governors in America, in order that the Board may be apprized, whether there are any, or if any, what objections thereto on the ground of any laws that may be in force in the colonies respecting the object thereof. Letters to the said Governors, inclosing a copy of the said clause to each of them, were approved and signed.

Nova Scotia, Virginia, East Florida, Tobago.

Their lordships took into consideration the state of his Majesty's Councils in the provinces of Nova Scotia, Virginia, East Florida, and in the island of Tobago, and representations to his Majesty, recommending several persons to supply vacancies in the said Councils, were agreed to and signed, vizt.
fo. 135.
Nova Scotia.
Arthur Goold and John Buttler, Esquires, to be of the Council of Nova Scotia.
Virginia.
The Reverend Mr. John Camm, Commissary to the Bishop of London, to be of the Council of Virginia.
East Florida.
William Owen, Arthur Gordon and Frederick George Mulcaster, to be of the Council of East Florida.
Tobago.
James Elder, Esquire, to be of the Council of Tobago.

Grenada.

Their lordships considered several applications of persons interested in leases of lands in the Ceded Islands for their lordships' approbation and allowance of assignments of the said leases to British subjects, and it was ordered, that the Secretary should certify their lordships' approbation of such assignments, vizt.
fo. 136.
Dominica.
Assignment by Pierre Maceron la Mothe and Catherine Pierre la Pichoudire, Elizabeth Pierre la Pichoudire, Rose Pierre la Pichoudire and Margaret la Pichoudire, by their guardians Pierre Maceron la Mothe and Jean Baptist Bunel, of a lease of twenty acres of land in the island of Dominica to Hilary Tully and John Donaugho.
St. Vincent's.
Assignment by Paul Cazaubon and Louise, his wife, of a lease of thirty five acres of land, or thereabout, in the island of St. Vincent to Edmund Akers.
Assignment by Marc Papin of a lease of ninety five acres of land in the island of St. Vincent to William Alexander.

fo. 137.

Plantations General.

Duplicates of letters and papers received by the Earl of Hillsborough from the Governors and other officers in his Majesty's colonies in America, relative to publick proceedings in the said colonies for some time past, were communicated to the Board, and the said letters and papers were read and ordered to be bound up under the several heads to which they belong.

The Secretary laid before the Board publick Acts and proceedings of the Legislatures of several of the colonies in America, the titles of which are as follow, vizt.
Plantations General.
Minutes of a Congress held with the principal chiefs of the Upper Creek Nation at Pensacola in October and November, 1771, by John Stuart, Esquire, Superintendant of Indian Affairs in the Southern district of North America.
fo. 138.
Minutes of a Congress held with the principal chiefs and warriors of the Chickesaw and Choctaw Nations at Mobille in December, 1771, and January, 1772, by John Stuart, Esquire, Superintendant of Indian Affairs in the Southern district of North America.
Duplicate of a letter from Samuel Holland, Esquire, Surveyor General of the Northen district of America, to John Pownall, Esquire, dated June 15th, 1772, containing an account of the progress he has made in his Survey, and transmitting several plans.
Quebec.
Minutes of his Majesty's Council in the province of Quebec from the 1st of October to the 31st of December, 1771.
Ditto: from January 1st to March 31st, 1772.
fo. 139.
New Hampshire.
Journal of the Council and Assembly in the province of New Hampshire, from May 22nd, 1771, to January 16th, 1772.
Nine Acts passed, January 16th, 1772.
New York.
Journal of the votes and proceedings of the Assembly of New York from January 7th to March 24th, 1772.
Three Acts passed in February and March, 1772.
Thirteen Acts to which the Governor suspended the giving his assent.
Minutes of Council in the State Department from December 18th, 1771, to March 26th, 1772.
Ditto: in the Department of Lands, etc., from December 31st, 1771, to March 26th, 1772.
Journal of Council in Assembly from January 7th to March 24th, 1772.
Journal of Assembly for the same time.
fo. 140.
Sixty one Acts passed in the province of New York in January, February and March, 1772.
Printed copies of sixty four Acts in that time.
New Jersey.
Minutes of Council for the province of New Jersey from October 20th to December 21st, 1771.
Journal of Council in Assembly from November 20th to December 21st, 1771.
Votes and proceedings of the General Assembly for the same time.
Twenty five Acts passed in December, 1771.
Printed copies of the said Acts.
Virginia.
Copy of an address of the House of Burgesses of Virginia to His Majesty, relative to the importation of slaves from the coast of Africa.
fo. 141.
Copy of a message from the Governor of Virginia to the House of Burgesses, relative to the fees taken by his clerk, List of fees.
Copy of an address of the House of Burgesses to the Governor respecting fees and the Governor's answer.
Journal of Council in Assembly from February 6th to April 11th, 1772.
Journal of the House of Burgesses for the same time.
Sixty eight Acts passed in April, 1772.
Ten resolves passed in April, 1772.
North Carolina.
Minutes of Council for the province of North Carolina from August 12th, 1771, to January 25th, 1772.
Journal of the Upper House of Assembly from November 19th to December 23rd, 1771.
Journal of the House of Assembly for the same time.
fo. 142.
Twenty three Acts passed in the province of North Carolina in December, 1771.
South Carolina.
Journals of the Commons House of Assembly of South Carolina from the 2nd to the 10th of April, 1772.
Georgia.
Journal of the Council of the province of Georgia from the 21st to the 25th of April, 1772.
Ditto: of the Commons House of Assembly for the same time.
West Florida.
Minutes of Council for the province of West Florida from October 1st to November 23rd, 1771.
Bahamas.
Journal of the Council in Assembly for the Bahama Islands from January 21st to February 28th, 1772.
fo.143.
Journal of the Council in Assembly from March 31st to April 16th, 1772.
Ditto: of Assembly from February 12th to the 28th, 1772.
Ditto: from March 31st to April 16th, 1772.
Two Acts passed in the Bahama Islands in April, 1772.
Jamaica.
Minutes of Council for the islands of Jamaica from April 4th to December 11th, 1771.
Journal of Council in Assembly from October 29th to December 21st, 1771.
Journal of Assembly for the same time.
Twenty Acts passed in November and December, 1771.
Naval Office lists of ships and vessels entered and cleared in the ports of Kingston, Savannah La Mar, Montego Bay and Port Antonio, from December 29th, 1770, to September 29th, 1771.
fo.144.
Leeward Islands, Antigua.
Minutes of Council of Antigua from January 3rd to October 3rd, 1771.
Ditto: from October 3rd, 1771, to March 4th, 1772.
Eight Acts passed in Antigua in October and December, 1771, and February and March, 1772.
Minutes of the Assembly of Antigua from April 11th, 1771, to March 4th, 1772.
Two Acts passed in February and March, 1772.
St. Christoper's.
Minutes of Council of the island of St. Christopher from June 26th, 1771, to April 21st, 1772.
Minutes of Assembly from April 16th, 1771, to March 9th, 1772.
One Act passed in June, 1772.
Nevis.
Minutes of Council of Nevis from February 1st to June 10th, 1772.
fo. 145.
One Act passed in April, 1772.
Montserrat.
Minutes of Council from January 12th to May 4th, 1771.
Ditto: from July 4th to November 28th, 1771.
Ditto: from November 30th to December 11th, 1771.
Ditto: from January 15th to May 30th, 1772.
Minutes of Assembly from January 12th, 1771, to December 4th following.
Two Acts passed in April, 1772.
Dominica.
Minutes of Council for the island of Dominica from December 17th, 1771, to May 30th, 1772.
Journal of Assembly from December 2nd, 1771, to May 8th, 1772.
Ditto: from May 9th to the 30th, 1772.
Five Acts passed in March and June, 1772.
A bill passed by the Council and Assembly in March, 1772, and rejected by the Governor.