Journal, November 1762
Volume 69

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'Journal, November 1762: Volume 69', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 11: January 1759 - December 1763 (1935), pp. 288-303. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=77432 Date accessed: 27 November 2014.


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Journal, November 1762

Thursday, November 11th. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas.

Trade.

Africa.

fo. 197.

Read a letter, received in August last, from the Right Honourable George Grenville, late one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, inclosing the copy of a letter from him to Sir Joseph Yorke, his Majesty's Minister at the Hague, relative to the complaints of the Governor of Cape Coast Castle in Africa, of the obstructions he has met with from the Governors of the Dutch forts, in settling a dispute between the Accroan Nation and the town of Winnebah; and it was ordered, that the Secretary should transmit to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa a copy of Mr. Grenville's letter to Sir Joseph Yorke.

Trade.

Russia.

fo. 198.

Read a letter from the Earl of Halifax, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, dated St. James's, the 5th of November, 1762, inclosing the extract of a letter to him from the Earl of Buckinghamshire, his Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Court of Petersburg, in which he desires further instructions upon some points, relative to the Treaty of Commerce negotiating there, and signifying his Majesty's commands, that this Board do, after consulting the Russia Company, report an opinion thereupon.

Lord Sandys acquainted the Board, that the Secretary having communicated these papers to him on Monday last, when there was not a sufficient number of Commissioners in town to make a Board, he had directed the Secretary to transmit a copy of the extract of Lord Buckinghamshire's letter to the Governor of the Russia Company, for the Company's opinion upon it, and the Secretary laid before the Board the entry of the letter he had wrote to Mr. Nettleton in consequence of his Lordship's commands.

fo. 199.

Plantations General.

Ordered, that the Secretary do remind the Advocate and Attorney and Solicitor General, of the Bill for the tryal and punishment in the Plantations of murther committed within the Admiral's jurisdiction, referred to them by the Board's order for their opinion in June last, and that he also remind the Attorney General of the case and questions upon it, relative to the validity of the Governor of New Jersey's appointment of judges during good behaviour, laid before him by the Board's order in December last.

Jamaica.

fo. 200.

A representation to his Majesty, recommending William Lewis, Esquire, to be appointed of the Council of Jamaica, in the room of William Dandy Nedham, who has resigned, was signed; as was also a representation, proposing the confirmation of an Act passed in the Island of Jamaica in 1760, intituled, an Act to entitle Anna Petronella Woodert, spinster, a free mulatto, to the same rights and privileges with English subjects born of white parents.

Virginia.

A representation to his Majesty, proposing the confirmation of four private Acts passed in Virginia in November, 1761, was, at the request of the several parties concerned in the said Acts, agreed to and signed, which said Acts are entituled as follows, viz.
fo. 201.
An Act to vest certain intailed lands therein mentioned in Bernard Moore, Esquire, in fee simple, and for laying out the value thereof in slaves to be settled to the same uses.
An Act to dock the intail of certain lands whereof Man Page, Esquire, is seized, and for settling other lands and slaves of greater value to the same uses.
An Act to dock the intail of certain lands whereof John West, gent., is seized, and vest them in trustees to be sold, and for laying out the money in the purchase of slaves to be settled to the same uses.
An Act to vest certain lands therein mentioned in Philip Whitehead Claiborne, gent., in fee simple, and for settling other lands and slaves in lieu thereof.

Pennsylvania.

fo. 202.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following letters and papers received from Sir William Johnson, bart., his Majesty's agent for Indian Affairs, viz.
Letter from Sir William Johnson, bart., his Majesty's agent for Indian affairs, without date, transmitting,
Report to the Right Honourable the Lords Commissoners of Trade and Plantations, of the proceedings of the Treaty held at Easton by Sir William Johnson, bart., to examine into the complaint of the Delaware Indians against the Proprietors of Pennsylvania, for defrauding them of their lands.                    Fort Johnson, August 1st, 1762.
fo. 203.
Minutes of the proceedings at a meeting with Teedyuscung and other Delaware Indians, begun the 18th of June, 1762, at Easton in Pennsylvania, concerning the lands claimed by these Indians.
Proceedings of the Commissioners appointed in behalf of the Proprietors of Pennsylvania at a meeting with the Delaware Indians at Easton.
Original depositions about the Quakers' conduct with Teedyuscung at the meeting at Easton in June, referred to in Sir William Johnson's report of the transactions at that meeting.
Copy of a letter from the Provincial Commissioners of Pennsylvania to Teedyuscung by…Willis.
fo. 204.
Exemplification of bargain and sale, Indian Kings and Sachems etc., to William Penn.
Indian Taminyat to William Penn.
Israel Pemberton's letter to Isaac Stile, the Delaware Indian, desiring him to be at the meeting at Easton on the 15th, with Pemberton's promise of allowing him a dollar e day out of his own pocket extraordinary.
Letter from the Commissioners on behalf of the Province of Pennsylvania, May 26th, 1762.
The Proprietary Commissioners' defence and state of Messrs. Penn's title to lands claimed by Teedyuscung on behalf of the Delaware Indians, mentioned in the minutes of the meeting at Easton, page 12th.
fo. 205.
The answer of the Proprietary Commissioners to a written paper delivered by a Committee of the Assembly of Pennsylvania to Sir William Johnson at the meeting at Easton, June 24th, 1762.
The answer of the Proprietary Commissioners to Teedyuscung's paper delivered to Sir William Johnson on the 24th at the meeting at Easton, which paper is mentioned in the minutes of that meeting, page 24th, June 28th, 1762.
Copy of a deed from Cannasatego and other Indians to Messrs. Penns, delivered by Teedyuscung to Sir William Johnson at a meeting at Easton, June 24th, 1762, and mentioned in the minutes of that meeting, page 29th.
fo. 206.
17th September, 1718, copy of a deed from Sassoonan and other Indians to William Penn for lands, mentioned in the minutes of a meeting with Sir William Johnson and Teedyuscung, the Delaware Chief, at Easton, June 24th, 1762, page 29.
Certificate from Richard Peters, Esquire, one of the Council of Pennsylvania, in relation to a message delivered to him in the absence of Governor Hamilton by the Provincial Commissioners, respecting the next Treaty to be held with the Northern and Western Indian at Lancaster.
Minutes of the proceedings of Sir William Johnson, bart., etc., with the Indians on his way to, and at the Détroit in 1761.
Minutes of the proceedings of Sir William Johnson, bart., with the Indians of the Six Nations at Johnson Hall in April, 1762.

fo. 207.

Their lordships took the said letters and papers into consideration, and made some progress therein.

Saturday, November 13. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas.

Pennsylvania.

Their lordships made a further progress in the consideration of the letters and papers from Sir William Johnson, agent for Indian Affairs, and the Secretary was ordered to write to the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania to desire their attendance at the Board on Tuesday next at 11 o'clock.

fo. 208.

Trade.

Africa.

Read a letter from the Earl of Egremont, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, dated July 23rd, 1762, inclosing a petition to his Majesty of Samuel Touchet, merchant, praying for a charter for exclusive trade to the River Senegal, and signifying his Majesty's commands that the Board should report their opinion upon it.

fo. 209.

Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit a copy of the said petition to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, for their opinion whether the granting an exclusive charter of the trade to Senegal for a term of years, will or will not affect the free trade granted to the Company of Merchants trading to Africa by Act of Parliament, and if it will, in what manner and to what extent.

Tuesday, November 16. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas, Mr. Roberts.

Pennsylvania.

Their lordships took again into consideration the letter and papers received from Sir William Johnson, but, the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania not attending as had been desired, the further consideration of them was postponed.

fo. 210.

Georgia.

The Secretary laid before the Board a memorial, prepared by the agent for the affairs of Georgia, to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, stating the expediency of a further allowance for presents to the Indians in alliance with that province; and the said memorial having been approved, it was ordered, that the agent should present it to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their directions upon it.

fo. 211.

Wednesday, November 17. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Sir Edmund Thomas, Mr. Roberts.

Newfoundland.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following letters and papers received from Thomas Graves, Esquire, Governor of Newfoundland, viz.
Letter from Thomas Graves, Esquire, Governor of Newfoundland, to the Board, dated at Placentia, August 18th, 1762, giving an account of the measures he had taken for the defence of the island, and what he thinks necessary for its future security and defence; and inclosing,
Return of Captain Hamilton's company.
Return of Captain Dover's company.
fo. 212.
Return of ordnance stores at Placentia, 1762.
Letter from Thomas Graves, Esquire, Governor of Newfoundland, dated October 4th, 1762, containing further remarks on the present state of that island.

fo. 213.

Ordered, that extracts be made of such parts of the abovementioned letters from Admiral Graves, as contain his opinion of what may be necessary to be done for the further security of the Island of Newfoundland, and the protection of its fishery, and that the Secretary do transmit the said extracts to the Mayors of Exeter, Poole, Barnstaple, Biddeford, Dartmouth and Weymouth, and also to the Master of Merchants' Hall at Bristol, to the end that the Board may be informed of the sentiments of the merchants of those places trading to Newfoundland, whether what is proposed by Admiral Graves will be for the advantage of the trade and fishery of that island.

Massachusetts.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated 5th of October, 1762, referring to the Board, for their consideration and report, forty four Acts passed in the Province of the Massachusets Bay in January, February, March, April, May and June, 1762.

The Secretary acquainted the Board, that the Acts, mentioned in the above order, were with Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

fo. 214.

Leeward Islands.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following letters and paper received from the Governor of the Leeward Islands, viz.
Letter from George Thomas, Esquire, Governor of the Leeward Islands, to the Board, dated 20th of July, 1762, transmitting copy of the Act of 1758, for establishing the several courts of judicature, etc.
Letter from Governor Thomas, dated March 3rd, 1762, transmitting the Journals of Council and Assembly and Acts passed in those islands, also his answers to the Board's general heads of enquiry.
Antigua.
Minutes of Council from the 9th of July to the 30th of November, 1761.
Minutes of Assembly from the 2nd of January to the 17th of July, 1761.
fo. 215.
Minutes of Assembly from the 20th of August, 1761, to the 18th of February, 1762.
Six Acts passed in Antigua in July, October and November, 1761, and January, 1762.
St. Christopher's.
Minutes of Council from the 3rd of November, 1760, to the 4th of November, 1761.
Minutes of Assembly from the 3rd of November, 1760, to 9th of September, 1761.
Three Acts passed in January, 1762.
Montserrat.
Two Acts passed in December, 1761, and April, 1762.

The Secretary acquainted the Board, that the abovementioned Acts had been referred to Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion in point of law.

fo. 216.

Barbados.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following letter and papers received from the Governor of Barbados.
Letter from Charles Pinfold, Esquire, Governor of Barbados, dated May 30th, 1762, transmitting the Journals of Council and Assembly, and other publick papers, also several Acts passed there, with his observations thereupon, together with
Answer to the Board's general heads of enquiry relative to the state of that island.
An abstract of persons born, christened and buried, etc.
List of the members of the Council.
Storekeeper's return of powder.
Treasurer's return of new negroes imported.
Minutes of Council from the 2nd of June, 1761, to the 13th of April, 1762.
fo. 217.
Minutes of the General Assembly from 24th June, 1761, to the 27th of April, 1762.
Twelve Acts passed in September and October, 1761, February, March and May, 1762.

The Secretary acquainted the Board that the above mentioned Acts were with Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion in point of law.

New Jersey.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following letters and papers received from Josiah Hardy, Esquire, late Governor of New Jersey.
Letter from Josiah Hardy, Esquire, Governor of New Jersey, dated May 4th, 1762, expressing the zeal shewn by that province for his Majesty's service.
fo. 218.
Letter from Governor Hardy, dated 18th of June, 1762, informing the Board of his having transmitted the publick Bills passed the three last Sessions.
Letter from Governor Hardy to the Secretary, dated June 22nd, 1762, respecting the expiration of the judges' commissions during good behaviour, etc., and transmitting publick papers.
Votes of the General Assembly from the 30th of November, 1761, to the 28th of April, 1762.
Sixteen Acts passed in December, 1761, March, April and December, 1762.
fo. 219.
Letter from Governor Hardy to the Board, dated 16th July, 1762, notifying the death of Mr. Andrew Johnston, one of the Council and Treasurer of the Eastern Division; recommending three persons to supply vacancies in the Council, and giving an account of his proceedings in the administration of government.

The Secretary acquainted the Board, that the aforementioned Acts were with Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

New York.

Read a letter from Mr. Colden, Lieutenant Governor of New York, dated May 11th, 1762, relative to the state of that province.

Read a letter from Robert Monckton, Governor of New York, dated August 11th, 1762, acquainting the Board with the death of Mr. Morris, Judge of the Admiralty in that province.

Letter from Governor Monckton, dated September 22nd, 1762, transmitting,
Journal of the proceedings of the Council and General Assembly from 24th November, 1761, to 22nd May, 1762.
fo. 220.
Votes and proceedings of the Assembly from 24th November, 1761, to 22nd May, 1762.
Twenty seven Acts passed in New York between November, 1761, and May, 1762.

Ordered, that the Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Virginia.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following letters received from the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
Letter from Francis Fauquier, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, dated April 16th, 1762, acknowledging the receipt of his Majesty's instruction concerning the not granting Indian lands, and the limitation of the judges' commissions.
fo. 221.
Letter from Francis Fauquier, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, dated May the 1st, 1762, containing the motives which induced him and the Council to consent to the Cherokee Chief and his companions passing over to England.

Mr. Roberts communicated to the Board a petition, prepared by his deputy as Receiver of the Quit Rents in Virginia, to be presented to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning the bad effects of the excessive emissions of paper currency in that colony, which, being read, was returned to Mr. Roberts.

fo. 222.

Thursday, November 18. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas, Mr. Roberts.

Bermuda.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following letters and papers received from Mr. Popple, Governor of the Bermuda Islands.
Letter from William Popple, Esquire, Governor of the Bermuda Islands, dated February 28th, 1762, containing an account of the discovery of an intended insurrection of the negroes there, and of the measures taken to defeat their designs, also transmitting,
Copy of a letter from Governor Popple to the Earl of Egremont, inclosing,
fo. 223.
An Address of the Council and Assembly of the Bermuda Islands to Governor Popple, relative to the defenceless state of those islands.
Minutes of Council from the 30th of July, 1761, to the 3rd of March, 1762.
Ditto: of Council in Assembly from 17th August, 1761, to 30th January, 1762.
Minutes of the General Assembly from the 17th August, 1761, to 30th January, 1762.
Twelve Acts passed in the Bermuda Islands in 1762.
Letter from Governor Popple, dated 31st March, 1762, containing his observations upon an Act passed there by the Assembly in October, 1761, and not concurred to by the Council, also transmitting,
Copy of an Address of the Assembly to Governor Popple, containing reasons in support of an Act passed by them for regulating slaves and for other purposes.
fo. 224.
Letter from Governor Popple, dated 31st March, 1762, transmitting a schedule of the state of the king's lands there, and containing observations upon it.
State of his Majesty's revenue in the Bermuda Islands, arising from the sale of Crown lands.
Letter from Governor Popple, dated 31st March, 1762, transmitting,
Answers to the Board's general heads of enquiry touching the state of those islands.
Return of the number of inhabitants, whites and blacks, in the Bermuda Islands.
Return of the officers, civil and military, in the Bermuda Islands.
fo. 225.
Letter from Governor Popple, dated 28th April, 1762, transmitting,
Two Acts passed in April, 1762.
Minutes of Council from March 9th to April 10th, 1762.
Minutes of Council in Assembly from March 1st to April 10th, 1762.
Minutes of Assembly from March 1st to April 10th, 1762.

The Secretary acquainted the Board, that all the above mentioned Acts had been referred to Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

fo. 226.

Their lordships took the said letters and papers into consideration, as also the Acts referred to therein, together with Sir Mathew Lamb's report thereupon, and after some time spent therein, ordered the draught of a representation to his Majesty to be prepared, proposing that the Act for payment of wages to the Council and Assembly, and also the Act for establishing a fund for that purpose, should be confirmed.

Their lordships, upon consideration of the Act for establishing a fund for carrying into execution the Acts for repairing the highways by a lottery, were of opinion that it was liable to great objection; and therefore it was resolved, that it should be recommended to the Governor to use his endeavours to get this service provided for in some less exceptionable method, and when this was complied with, and a proper Act passed for that purpose, their lordships would lay the Acts for amending the highways before his Majesty, for his approbation.

fo. 227.

Their lordships were also of opinion that, the Act, which provides for the banishment of free mulattoes under certain descriptions, was unprecedented, and founded upon unjust and unconstitutional principles, and therefore not proper to be confirmed by the Crown; also that the Acts for establishing a jurisdiction for the trial of rebellious negroes, were of such a nature, as could only be warranted by the exigence of the case; and therefore that the continuing such jurisdiction for two years, was unnecessary and inexpedient.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of the Bermuda Islands, containing the Board's sentiments upon the foregoing points, be prepared.

fo. 228.

Trade.

Africa.

Read a letter from Mr. Poirier, Secretary to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, to Mr. Pownall, dated November 17th, 1762, signifying that the said Committee return their thanks to the Board, for having communicated to them the copy of Mr. Grenville's letter to Sir Joseph Yorke.

Read a letter from Mr. Poirier, Secretary to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, to Mr. Pownall, dated November 17th, 1762, signifying that the said Committee do not think it adviseable to give their opinion upon Mr. Touchet's petition, for a grant of an exclusive trade to the River Senegal, until they have consulted their constituents, the merchants of London, Bristol and Liverpool.

fo. 229.

Friday, November 19. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas, Mr. Roberts.

Pennsylvania.

fo. 230.

Their lordships took into further consideration the letter and papers received from Sir William Johnson, agent for Indian affairs, and Thomas Penn, Esquire, one of the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania, attending, those parts of Sir William Johnson's report upon his proceedings with the Indians at Easton in June, 1762, which contain his sentiments upon the expediency of the Proprietaries making a present to the Indians, as an acknowledgment for their having relinquished the lands in dispute, were read, as were also those parts of his report which regard the settlement making at Wyoming upon the Susquehannah.

Upon the first of these points, Mr. Penn acquainted their lordships, that the Proprietaries did, at the meeting at Easton, give two hundred pounds in presents to the Indians, and also further presents, to the amount of four hundred pounds, at a subsequent meeting held at Lancaster, which it was hoped would be sufficient.

fo. 231.

Upon the second point, Mr. Penn acquainted their lordships that the Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania had sent orders to warn the people settled at Wyoming off the land; that he had also wrote to General Amherst thereon, and had called upon the Connecticut government to use their endeavours to put a stop to such settlement; that, in consequence thereof, a proclamation had been published by that government to discountenance the proceedings of the settlers.

Mr. Penn then produced to the Board the following papers, to shew the rise and progress of this settlement, and the measures which had been taken by those engaged in it.
Resolve of the Governor and Assembly of Connecticut anno 1755, respecting the Susquehannah lands.
Mr. Sayer's account of what he heard in Connecticut respecting the Susquehannah settlement, June, 1762.
Proclamation by the Honourable Thomas Fitch, Governor of his Majesty's Colony of Connecticut in New England.

fo. 232.

Mr. Penn being withdrawn, their lordships proceeded in consideration of the letter and papers from Sir William Johnson, and, after some time spent therein, it was ordered, that the draught of a representation should be prepared, for laying before his Majesty the report of Sir William Johnson's proceedings with the Indians at Easton in June, 1762, and containing the Board's sentiments at large upon the present state of Indian affairs in general, and of what may be further necessary to be done for the advantage and security of our political and commercial interests with them.

Massachusetts.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following letters and papers received from the Governor of the Massachusets Bay.
fo. 233.
Letters from Francis Bernard, Esquire, Governor of the Massachusets Bay to the Board, dated the 12th April and 3rd May, 1762, containing his observations on certain Acts lately passed there.
Letter from Governor Bernard, dated April 13th, 1762, giving his reasons for having rejected a Bill relative to the Officers of the Customs, and inclosing,
Copy of a Bill for the better enabling the Officers of his Majesty's Customs to carry the Acts of Trade into execution.
Extract of minutes of Council of March 6th, 1762.
Letter from Governor Bernard, dated 17th May, 1762, in answer to their lordships' letter of 4th of February, concerning the Act for the better observance of the Lord's Day.
Account of impost and tonnage, received between May, 1755, and May, 1762, specifying the duties on rum, sugar and molasses.
fo. 234.
Letter from Benjamin Pemberton, Esquire, Naval Officer of Massachusets Bay, to the Board, dated 12th June, 1762, giving advice of his having transmitted Naval Officers' lists to 5th April, 1762.
List of ships and vessels entered and cleared in the Port of Salem in 1761.
Ditto: from the Ports of Salem and Marblehead from 10th October, 1761, to 5th April, 1762.
Ditto: from the Port of Boston from the 10th of October, 1760, to the 5th April, 1762.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following publick papers received from the Secretary of the Province of the Massachusets Bay.
Journal of the Council from the 27th of May, 1761, to 24th of April, 1762.
fo. 235.
Journal of the House of Representatives from 13th of January to 15th June, 1762.
Treasurer's accounts from May, 1761, to May, 1762.
Forty four Acts passed in January, February, March, April, May and June, 1762.

The Secretary acquainted the Board, that the abovementioned Acts had been delivered to the Clerk of the Council in Waiting, and referred back for their lordships' consideration, and were with Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Jamaica.

Read the following letters and papers received from the Governor of Jamaica, viz.
fo. 236.
Letter from William Henry Lyttelton, Esquire, Governor of Jamaica, dated May 12, 1762, containing an account of his proceedings in the execution of such orders, as he had received from his Majesty's Ministers, touching an expedition against the Spaniards in the West Indies.
Extract of a letter from the Earl of Egremont to Governor Lyttelton, dated February, 1762.
Copy of an Act for providing 1,000 negroes for his Majesty's service.
Copies of several letters from Sir James Douglas to Governor Lyttelton between the 15th and 29th April, 1762.
Copy of several letters from Governor Lyttelton to Sir James Douglas between the 15th April and 2nd May, 1762.
fo. 237.
Copy of Governor Lyttelton's letter to Lieutenant Colonel Spragge, dated 19th April, 1762, and of the Colonel's answer of the same date.
Copy of Governor Lyttelton's message to the Assembly, with the extract of the Earl of Egremont's letter to him, dated February, 1762.
Copy of an Act passed the 18th of April, 1762, for providing 2,000 negroes for his Majesty's immediate service.
Copy of Governor Lyttelton's speeches to the General Assembly, and their addresses and his answers.
fo. 238.
Letter from Governor Lyttelton, dated June 15th, 1762, transmitting the Acts passed there since his arrival, with his observations on several of them, and giving an account of the present state of affairs in the island.
Minutes of Council from the 13th March, 1761, to 29th May, 1762.
Minutes of Council in Assembly from 12th October, 1761, to 18th of April, 1762.
Minutes of the Assembly from the 12th of October, 1761, to 17th of April, 1762.
Twenty eight Acts passed in October, November and December, 1761, February and April, 1762.
Account current of his Majesty's Revenue from 1st of July to 31st of December, 1759.
Account current from 31st December, 1759, to 1st July, 1760.
fo. 239.
Account current of his Majesty's Revenue from 1st of July to 31st December, 1760.
Ditto: from the 1st of January to 30th of June, 1761.
Ditto: from 1st July to the 31st of December, 1761.
Letter from Governor Lyttelton to the Board, dated July 3rd, 1762, concerning an order of the Lords of the Admiralty of 30th April, 1761, referring to his Majesty's Order in Council respecting the exchange of prisoners, and inclosing,
Copy of an order of the Lords of the Admiralty to Rear Admiral Holmes, dated 30th April, 1761, concerning the exchange of prisoners.

fo. 240.

Ordered, that an extract be made of so much of Mr. Lyttelton's letter, as relates to his Majesty's Order in Council, concerning the exchange of prisoners, to be laid before his Majesty in Council, and that the draught of a representation thereupon be prepared.

Tuesday, November 23. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas.

Bermuda.

fo. 241.

Jamaica.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, proposing the confirmation of two Acts lately passed in the Bermuda Islands, the one for payment of wages to the members of Council and Assembly, and the other, for establishing a fund to defray the expences, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed; as was also the draught of a representation to his Majesty, with an extract of so much of a letter from the Governor of Jamaica, of the 3rd of July, 1762, as relates to an Order of his Majesty in Council, concerning the exchange of prisoners of war in the West Indies.

Bermuda.

Jamaica.

Massachusetts.

The draughts of letters to the Governors of Bermuda, Jamaica and the Massachusets Bay, in answer to several received from them, having been laid before the Board, were approved, and ordered to be transcribed.

Trade.

Russia.

fo. 242.

Read a report of the Governor, Consuls and Court of Assistants of the Russia Company, without date, containing their observations upon the several points relative to the treaty of commerce now negociating in Russia, upon which the Earl of Buckingham shire, his Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary at that Court, has, in his letter to the Earl of Halifax, desired further instructions.

Their lordships, after some time spent in the consideration of the said report, ordered the draught of a letter to the Earl of Halifax thereupon to be prepared.

New York.

fo. 243.

Read a letter from Benjamin Pratt, Esquire, Chief Justice of New York, dated May 24th, 1762, stating the hardships of his case, in being obliged to act in that station without any salary or allowance, and containing observations upon the dangerous consequence of the Chief Justice being dependent upon the will of an Assembly for his support.

Ordered, that a copy of the said letter be made to be laid before his Majesty in Council, and that the draught of a representation thereupon be prepared.

Read a letter from Cadwallader Colden, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of New York, dated 1st March, 1762, containing a justification of his conduct in respect to the granting lands in that province, and transmitting,
Extract of a letter from General Amherst, 26th August, 1760.
Proclamation to encourage the inhabitants to return to their settlements, and to encourage persons to settle three spots of ground between Fort Edward and Lake George, 21st September, 1759.
fo. 244.
Proclamation inviting the inhabitants to return to their settlements on the Mohawk River, and to encourage further settlements there, 4th September, 1760.
Regulations concerning the purchasing of lands from the Indians, 2nd December, 1736.
Copy of the Surveyor General's memorial respecting frauds in making Indian purchases, and proposing remedies to prevent it, 3rd November, 1736.
Form of Licence granted at New York to purchase lands of the Indians.
Copy of a proclamation publishing the King's instructions as to the granting of lands.

fo. 245.

Pennsylvania.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following papers received from the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania, viz.
Stephen Sayre's affidavit of the proof of the copy of the vote of Assembly of Connecticut of 2nd May, 1755, annexed.
Proclamation of the Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania, 20th February, 1761, warning the persons settled at Wyoming off the lands.

Plantations General.

The Secretary laid before the Board draughts of new Seals for the several American Colonies, prepared by his Majesty's Engraver of Seals, pursuant to their lordships' warrant of the 13th of January last; and it was ordered, that the Secretary should compare the said draughts with the directions contained in the said warrant.

fo. 246.

Wednesday, November 24. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas.

Trade.

Russia.

New York.

The draught of a letter to the Earl of Halifax, with a copy of the Russia Company's report upon the several points contained in the Earl of Buckinghamshire's letter, respecting the treaty of commerce negociating at Petersburg, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed; as was also a representation to his Majesty, upon the letter received from Mr. Pratt, Chief Justice of New York.

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Bermuda.

Jamaica.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, proposing the confirmation of two Acts lately passed in the Bermuda Islands, mentioned in the preceding day's minutes, having been transcribed pursuant to order, was signed; as was also a representation to his Majesty, upon the extract of those parts of a letter from the Governor of Jamaica, of the 3rd of July last, which relate to his Majesty's Order in Council, concerning the exchange of prisoners of war in the West Indies.

Massachusetts.

Bermuda.

The draught of letters to the Governors of Jamaica, Massachusets Bay and Bermuda, having been transcribed pursuant to order, were signed.

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South Carolina.

Read two memorials of the agent for the Province of South Carolina, the one praying the Board's favourable representation upon an Act lately passed there for regulating the Indian trade, the other, concerning the boundary line between that province and North Carolina.
Copy of an Act to regulate the trade with the Cherokee Indians by taking the same into the hands of the publick of this province.
Assented to, 29th May, 1762.
Copy of a report of the Assembly of South Carolina upon the boundary line between that province and North Carolina.

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Ordered, that the said memorials and papers referred to, do lye by for further consideration at another opportunity.

Read a letter from Thomas Boone, Esquire, Governor of South Carolina, dated 14th September, 1762, acquainting the Board with his having dissolved the Assembly of that province, and inclosing his speech to them upon the said dissolution.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to Mr. Boone in answer to his, be prepared.

Trade.

Africa.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following papers received from 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 Africa Committee, February 17th, 1762.
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Copy of a letter from Joseph Debat, Esquire, to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, dated James Fort, March 2nd, 1762.
Copy of a letter from the Governor and Council of James Fort, Gambia, to the African Committee, 26th June, 1762; from Richard Worge, Esquire, to Joseph Debat, Esquire, Goree, March 6th, 1762; Mr. Debat's answer, Gambia, no date; Charles Bell, Esquire, to the Committee, Cape Coast Castle, 29th of April, 1762.
Copy of a letter from the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa to Governor and Council of James Fort, Gambia, September 6th, 1762.

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Monday, November 29. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Mr. Rice.

Leeward Islands.

St. Christopher's.

Read a memorial of Samuel Crooke, Esquire, formerly one of the Council in the Island of St. Christopher's, but displaced on account of absence, setting forth that he is now returned to the said island, and praying to be reinstated in the Council.

Ordered, that the said memorial do lye by for further consideration at another opportunity.

New York.

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Read an order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated 19th November, 1762, referring to this Board, for their opinion, a petition presented to his Majesty by Charles Scott, Esquire, and Henry Holding of London, merchant, praying for a grant of royal mines of gold or silver within the province of New York.

Their lordships, upon consideration of the said petition, ordered the Secretary to transmit a copy of it to the Governor of New York, desiring him to consider thereof, and having taken the advice and sentiments of the Council upon it, to favour the Board with his opinion, whether any, or if any, what objection there may be to granting the prayer of the said petition under proper restrictions and regulations.

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Georgia.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following letters and papers received from the Governor of Georgia, viz.
Letter from James Wright, Esquire, Governor of Georgia, dated April 26th, 1762, transmitting Journals of the Council and Assembly, also several Acts passed there, with his observations upon them, and upon a Bill, passed by the Council and Assembly, for better collecting his Majesty's quit rents.
Minutes of Council from 6th October, 1761, to March 26th, 1762.
Journal of the General Assembly from 10th November, 1761, to 4th March, 1762.
Journal of the Commons House of Assembly from 10th November, 1761, to 4th March, 1762.
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Abstract of grants registered from 27th July, 1761, to 27th January, 1762.
Eleven Acts passed the 4th of March, 1762.
Letter from Governor Wright, dated 10th June, 1762, giving an account of the state of affairs in his government with respect to the Indians, the silk culture, etc., and inclosing,
List of ships and vessels entered inwards at the Port of Savannah in the Province of Georgia, between the 5th of January, 1762, and the 5th April, following.
Ditto: cleared outwards at the Port of Savannah between 5th of January, 1762 and 5th April following.
Draught of the fort erected on Coxspur Island.
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Letter from Governor Wright, dated July 26th, 1762, inclosing the copy of a Bill for better collecting the quit rents in that colony.

The Secretary acquainted the Board, that the above mentioned Acts had been referred to Sir Mathew Lamb for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit a copy of the Bill, for the more easy and effectual collecting the quit rents, to the Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury, to be laid before that Board for their sentiments upon it.

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Ordered, that the above mentioned letters and papers from the Governor of Georgia, be taken into further consideration on Tuesday, 7th of December, and that Mr. Martyn, his Majesty's agent for the affairs of Georgia, have notice to attend.