Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 14, January 1776 - May 1782. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1938.
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Journal, October 1781
Friday, October 5th. Present:—Lord Grantham, Mr. Stuart, Mr. Gibbon.
The minutes of the last Board were read, approved and signed.
The Secretary acquainted the Board that, pursuant to their order at the last Board, he had wrote to Mr. Knox, inclosing extracts from three letters received by the African Committee, from the Governor and Council at Cape Coast Castle, relative to the proceedings of the Dutch, on the coast of Africa, for the information of Lord George Germain.
Read an order of the Lords of the Privy Council, dated October 2nd, 1781, referring the petition of Messieurs Cope and Smith, praying leave to export certain military stores therein mentioned, to Elsinore, on board the neutral ship Sophia Charlotta.
Read an order of the Lords of the Privy Council, dated October 3rd, 1781, referring the petition of Messieurs Davis and Prothero, praying leave to export certain military stores therein mentioned, from Bristol to Saint Christopher's, on board the ship Fame.
Their Lordships being of opinion, that the exportation should be allowed; the draughts of two reports to the Lords of the Privy Council were prepared, approved, transcribed and signed.
Read a letter from Governor Cuninghame, dated Barbados,
June 16th, 1781, to the Board, acknowledging the receipt of
their Lordships' letter of the 10th of March, 1781, with its
inclosures, upon the subject of complaints exhibited against him,
by the General Assembly of Barbados, and promising to transmit
his reasons, in justification of his conduct, by the earliest opportunity, which, at that time, was impossible for him to do, as the
critical situation of the Island demanded his utmost attention
and activity, and expressing his surprise that Mr. Estwick should
be received as agent for Barbados, no Bill having passed appointing him such, and inclosing,
Copy of an Act for appointing an agent for the Island of Barbados in Great Britain.
Read the petition of Samuel Estwick, esquire, agent for the
Assembly of Barbados, to the Board, dated August 18th, 1781,
Copy of a petition to his Majesty from the Assembly, also;
Copy of a memorial and remonstrance of the merchants, traders and inhabitants of the town of St. Michael, to the said Assembly;
and praying, that their Lordships will be pleased to signify to the petitioner, as necessary to his further proceeding, whether Governor Cuninghame has given any, or what, answer to the complaints that have been exhibited against him and, if not, what reasons he has alledged, to their Lordships, for his omitting so to do.
Ordered, that the Secretary inform Mr. Estwick that their Lordships will appoint a day for hearing the complaints against Governor Cuninghame, as soon as they shall be in possession of his defence.