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Journal, April 1747: Volume 55

Pages 240-243

Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 8, January 1742 - December 1749. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1931.

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Journal, April 1747

Thursday, April 2. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Plumer, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Fane, Lord Dupplin.

Massachusets.

The Right Honourable Henry Fox, Esquire, his Majesty's Secretary at War, being present, the Board took into further consideration the draught of a representation, mentioned in the preceding minute, and having agreed thereto, ordered the same to be transcribed.

Connecticut.

The Board took into consideration the colony of Connecticut's accounts of disbursements in the expedition against Cape Breton, mentioned in the minutes of the 24th of last month, and ordered the Secretary to write to Mr. Palmer, agent for the said province, to desire his attendance at this Board on Tuesday next.

Jamaica.

Ordered that the Secretary write to Mr. Paris, and to Mr. Sharpe, to attend the Board on Wednesday next, upon the petition of the planters of Jamaica (mentioned in the minutes of the 24th of last month), against an Act passed there, for taxing absentees.

Tuesday, April 7. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Plumer, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Fane.

Massachusets.

The draught of a representation upon the demands of the province of the Massachusets Bay, having been transcribed, as ordered by the precedings minutes, was laid before the Board and signed.

Bermuda.

The draught of a report upon the petition of Alexander Smith, and others, relating to their scheme for cultivating the Madeira grapes in Bermuda, ordered to be transcribed by the minutes of the 6th of last month, was laid before the Board and signed.

Connecticut.

Mr. Palmer attending, as desired by the minutes of the 2nd instant, informed the Board that he had no vouchers to lay before them, relative to the demands of the colony of Connecticut for the expences they had been at for the reduction of Cape Breton, and then withdrew.

Rhode Island.

Ordered that the Secretary write to Mr. Partridge, agent for Rhode Island, to attend the Board to-morrow, in order to have some discourse with him on the subject of Rhode Island account of charges in the late expedition of Cape Breton.

Wednesday, April 8. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Plumer, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower.

Jamaica.

Mr. Paris and Mr. Sharpe attending, as desired by the minutes of the 2nd instant, the petition of the planters of his Majesty's Island of Jamaica, and others, against an annual tax, commonly called the Deficiency Law, referred to this Board by an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated the 17th of February, 1746–7 (mentioned in the minutes of the 17th of March last), was again read; and then the Board, after some discourse had with them, did, with their joint consent, appoint Wednesday next, the 15th instant, for hearing what both parties have to offer on the subject of the said petition.

Rhode Island.

Mr. Richard Partridge, agent for the colony of Rhode Island, attending, as desired by the minutes of the 2nd instant, and being asked by the Board whether he had any vouchers to produce, relating to the demands of Rhode Island, on account of the expences they had been at for the reduction of Cape Bretion, he informed them, he had none; ordered that the draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon the Order of Council, dated the 15th of January (mentioned in the minutes of the 17th of February last), referring the said demands to this Board, be prepared.

New Jersey.

Their lordships at the same time took into consideration the petition of Mr. Partridge, agent for New Jersey (referred to this Board by Order of Council, dated the 7th of August, 1746, and read the 21st of that month), praying in behalf of the said Colony, that his Majesty would be graciously pleased to grant an order of leave to the Governor or Commander in Chief of that Colony, for giving his assent to the passing an Act for emitting the Sum of Forty Thousand Pounds in Paper Bills of Credit there; and Mr. Partridge being asked by the Board whether he was instructed by the Colony to make this application and petition to his Majesty, and answering in the negative, the Board ordered the draught of a representation to his Majesty to be prepared, for disallowing the said petition.

Friday, April 10. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Plummer, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Fane.

Massachusets.

Read an Order of the Committee of Council, dated January 27th, 1746–7, referring to this Board thirty-seven Acts, passed at Boston, in the province of the Massachusets Bay, between June, 1745, and September, 1746.

Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Lamb, for his opinion thereon, in point of law.

Miscellanies.

The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the incidental charges of this office, from Midsummer to Michaelsmas, 1746, amounting in the whole to two hundred, eighty eight pounds, ten shillings and three pence halfpenny; 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.

New Jersey.

Read a letter from Mr. James Alexander, one of the Council of New Jersey, dated New York, February 17th, 1746–7, transmitting:—
Minutes of Council, from the 4th of June to the 1st November, 1746.
Journal of the proceedings of the Council of New Jersey, at a session begun at Perth Amboy, the 11th of June, to the 1st of November, 1746.

Read another letter from Mr. Alexander, dated the 13th of February, 1746–7, inclosing:—
Duplicate state of the facts concerning the late riots at Newark, and in other parts of New Jersey, to which are annexed,
Compleat copies of the minutes of Assembly of that province, from September, 1745, to November, 1746, and other vouchers therein mentioned.

Wednesday, April 15. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Plumer, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Grenville, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane.

Jamaica.

Mr. Paris, solicitor for the petitioners against the annual tax Act, commonly called the Deficiency Law, and Mr. Sharpe, agent for the Island of Jamaica, attending, according to appointment by the minutes of the 8th instant, an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated the 17th of February, 1746–7, referring the said petition, mentioned in the said minutes, was read; and the Board having heard what they had to offer for and against the merits of the said petition, they were ordered to withdraw; and the Board gave directions for preparing the draught of a report upon the said petition to the Lords of the Committee of Council.

Tuesday, April 28. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Plumer, Mr. Pitt, Lord Dupplin, Mr. Fane.

Rhode Island.

Connecticut.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon the petition of Mr. Partridge, agent for the colony of Rhode Island, ordered to be prepared by the minutes of the 8th instant, was laid before the Board, agreed to and ordered to be transcribed; as was likewise the draught of a representation upon the address of the Governor and Company of the Colony of Connecticut, relating to their expences upon the expedition to Cape Breton, mentioned in the minutes of the 7th instant.

Massachusets.

The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council, upon two Acts, passed in the province of the Massachusets Bay, in June, 1744, referred to this Board by Order of Council, the 29th of August following, was laid before the Board, agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

Newfoundland.

Read a letter from Captain Douglass, of the Vigilant (appointed last year by Admiral Townshend at Louisbourg, to go and protect the fishery at Newfoundland), dated at St. Helen's, the 12th April, 1747, transmitting the following papers, viz.:—
General scheme of the fishery and inhabitants of Newfoundland, for the year 1746.
Captain Douglass' answer to the heads of enquiry relating to the trade and fishery of Newfoundland, for the year 1746.

New Jersey.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty on the subject of Mr. Richard Partridge's petition, mentioned in the minutes of the 8th instant, having been prepared and laid before the Board, the same was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

Wednesday, April 29. Present:—Lord Monson, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Leveson Gower, Mr. Fane.

Jamaica.

The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the petition of the planters interested in the Island of Jamaica, against taxing of absentees in a greater proportion than the residents, ordered to be prepared by the minutes of the 15th instant, was laid before the Board, agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

New Jersey.

The representation to his Majesty upon the petition of Richard Partridge, agent for the colony of New Jersey, ordered to be transcribed by the minutes of yesterday, was laid before the Board and signed.

Massachusetts.

The Report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon two Acts, passed in the Massachusests Bay, in June, 1744, ordered to be transcribed by the minutes of yesterday, was laid before the Board and signed.