Journal, December 1762
Volume 69

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'Journal, December 1762: Volume 69', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 11: January 1759 - December 1763 (1935), pp. 303-319. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=77433 Date accessed: 20 September 2014.


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Journal, December 1762

Wednesday, December 1. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Sir Edmund Thomas, Mr. Rice, Mr. Roberts.

South Carolina.

fo. 257.

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

Georgia.

South Carolina.

Read a memorial of the agents for South Carolina and Georgia, setting forth the advantages which have arisen from the bounty on plantation indigo; that the said bounty will expire in March next, and praying the Board's recommendation to Parliament of a continuance of it.

Plantations General.

Ordered, that the Secretary do write to the Commissioners of the Customs for the following accounts, viz.
fo. 258.
An account of the quantity of indigo imported into Great Britain from the 24th Match, 1749, to the 24th March, 1762, distinguishing each year, and what has been imported from the British Plantations, and what from foreign parts.
An account of the quantity of indigo exported from Great Britain for the same time, distinguishing what part thereof was of the growth of the British Plantations, and what of the growth of foreign colonies.
An account of the amount of the bounty paid in each of the said years on the importation of indigo of the growth of the British Plantations, and what part thereof was repaid upon re-exportation.

fo. 259.

Nova Scotia.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following papers received from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, viz.
Letter from Jonathan Belcher, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia to the Board, dated 2nd July, 1762, giving an account of his proceedings in the administration of government, and of the present state of the province, also inclosing,
A proclamation respecting the Indians, pursuant to his Majesty's instruction, 9th December, 1761.
Return of the militia of Halifax in Nova Scotia, from a general muster made on 26th April, 1762.
fo. 260.
Message from the Lieutenant Governor to the Council and House of Representatives, relating to Indian commerce, 23rd March, 1762.
Copy of a Bill rejected by the Lieutenant Governor, for regulating the Indian trade.
Copy of a Bill rejected by the Lieutenant Governor, for confirming the past proceedings of the Governor and Council, relative to the separation of Joseph Fairbank from his former wife, and confirming his marriage with his present wife, etc.
Fairbanks and his wife
Decree of Court of Divorces.
July, 1752.
fo. 261.
Fairbank and his wife
Opinion of Council on a former decree of Court of Divorces.
Friday, 28th March, 1760.
Reasons for refusing the assent to a Bill for divorcing Joseph Fairbank, etc.
State of the boundaries of Nova Scotia or Acadie; and proceedings of General Assembly upon the vote of the Massachusets Bay for settling those limits, May, 1762.
Letter from Jonathan Belcher, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, dated 9th July, 1762, acquainting the Board with the intelligence he had received of the proceedings of a squadron of the enemies' ships at Newfoundland, and transmitting,
fo. 262.
Declaration of Captain William Cockeran concerning the transactions of a French squadron of ships at Newfoundland.
Advice of Council respecting intelligence from Newfoundland of Spanish men of war, and copies of the intelligence, 1st July, 1762.
Affidavit of Mr. James Brooks respecting the enemies' force at Newfoundland, 9th July, 1762.

Massachusetts.

Ordered, that the Secretary do give notice to the agent for the Province of the Massachusets Bay, to attend the Board tomorrow morning.

fo. 263.

Thursday, December 2. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Sir Edmund Thomas, Mr. Roberts.

Massachusetts.

Mr. Mauduit, agent for the Province of Massachusets Bay, attending pursuant to order, was called in; and the following questions were put to him, viz.
"Have any grants been lately made by the General Court of the Massachusets Bay, of any lands, island or islands, to the eastward of the River Penobscot?"
"If any such grants have been made, what are they, and to whom; and has any application been made to the Crown for confirmation of them?"

fo. 264.

Mr. Mauduit answered, that he believed there had been some grants made to the eastward of Penobscot, but was not prepared at present to give any precise account of them; whereupon the questions were wrote down and delivered to him, and he promised to give an answer in a few days.

Nova Scotia.

Read the following letter and papers received from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, viz.
Letter from Jonathan Belcher, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, to the Board, dated September 7th, 1762, giving an account of his proceedings since the date of his last letter, and transmitting,
fo. 265.
Extract of minutes of Council, July 8th, 1762, containing their advice, on the intelligence received from Newfoundland; Lord Colville's letter, etc.
Minutes of a Council of War, (in continuation) Halifax, 17th August, 1762.
Papers relating to the orders for marching part of the militia to Halifax, July, 1762.
Return of the militia for the County of Halifax, 12th July, 1762.
Address of the House of Assembly relating to the removal of the Acadians.
The Lieutenant Governor's message relating to the necessities of the new settlements, 16th April, 1762.
fo. 266.
Answer of the House of Assembly to the Lieutenant Governor's message, relating to the necessities of the new settlements, 17th April, 1762.
A return of the inhabitants and stock in the township of Yarmouth, June 21st, 1762.
A return of the inhabitants and stock in the township of Barrington, July 1st, 1762.
Return of the inhabitants and stock settled between Yarmouth and Barrington, June, 1762.
A general return of the inhabitants and stock in the several townships settled at Cape Sable, July, 1762.
fo. 267.
Chart of the coast of Cape Sable, Cape Forche and Cape Negro.
Proclamation forbidding all persons to alienate lands without license, or to settle unappropriated lands without authority of government, 28th August, 1762.
Publick accounts of expenditure on the Parliamentary grants, from 1st January to 30th June, 1762.
Estimate of the charge of supporting and maintaining of the civil establishment of his Majesty's Colony of Nova Scotia, 1763.
Abstract of the exceedings on the Parliamentary grants for the year 1760 and 1761.
fo. 268.
State of the Orphan House from 1st January to 30th June, 1762.
Estimate for repairing and furnishing the church at Lunenburg.
Memorial of William Nesbitt, Esquire, his Majesty's Attorney General, to Lieutenant Governor Belcher.
Address of Council and Assembly for leave to adjourn, 12th July, 1762.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Joseph Gerrish, dated the 23rd of October, 1761.
Copy of Mr. Secretary Bulkley's letter to the Lieutenant Governor, dated 6th September, 1762.
fo. 269.
Remarks upon the conduct of the gentlemen dismissed from their employments for not attending in General Assembly.
List of ships and vessels that have entered inwards from the 1st of January to the 30th June, 1761.
Ditto: from the 1st of July to the 31st December, 1761.
List of ships and vessels that have cleared outwards from the 1st of January to the 30th of June, 1761.
Ditto: from the 1st of July to the 31st of December, 1761.
List of ships and vessels that have entered inwards from the 1st of January to the 30th of June, 1762.
fo. 270.
List of ships and vessels that have cleared outwards from the 1st of January to the 30th June, 1762.
Eleven Acts passed in May, July and August, 1762.

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

Read a petition of Joshua Mauger, Esquire, agent for the Province of Nova Scotia, setting forth the prejudice arising to his Majesty's service in Nova Scotia, from the inability of the Lieutenant Governor, and his having rendered himself obnoxious to the principal persons in it.

fo. 271.

Their lordships, upon consideration of the said petition, and of what is set forth in the Lieutenant Governor's letter, respecting the opposition he meets with from some factious members of the Council and others of that province, ordered the draught of a representation to his Majesty to be prepared, proposing that the Governor of Nova Scotia should be forthwith directed to repair to his government, or that some other person should be appointed to that command.

fo. 272.

Read a petition of several officers of his Majesty's troops in America, in behalf of themselves and others, praying for a grant of lands upon the River St. John in Nova Scotia.

Ordered, that a copy of the said petition be made, to be laid before his Majesty and that the draught of a letter to the Earl of Egremont, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, thereupon be prepared.

fo. 273.

Friday, December 3. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Mr. Rice, Mr. Roberts.

Nova Scotia.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, respecting the present state of the government of Nova Scotia, having been prepared pursuant to order, was laid before the Board, and ordered to lye by for further consideration at another opportunity.

fo. 274.

The draught of a letter to the Earl of Egremont with a copy of the petition of several officers of his Majesty's troops in Nova Scotia, desiring a grant of lands upon St. John's River, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

The Secretary laid before the Board the accounts of the expenditure of the grants of Parliament for the service of Nova Scotia for the years 1760 and 1761, prepared pursuant to order, by the agent for the affairs of the settlement.

fo. 275.

It appearing upon inspection of the said accounts, that there were sundry articles of charges placed to the account of the year 1761, although the expence was actually incurred in the year 1760, it was ordered, that the agent should extract those articles from the account of the year 1761, and place them to the accounts of the year 1760; and that he should prepare, and lay before the Board, a comparative state of the accounts of the years 1760 and 1761, with the estimates for those years, stating what has been the savings or exceedings upon each head and article thereof.

Their lordships then proceeded to take into consideration the several heads of Mr. Belcher's letters and the papers transmitted with them, in the order in which they occur.

fo. 276.

fo. 277.

Their lordships were of opinion, that the encouraging the Indians to put in any claim whatever to lands in the Province of Acadie, and afterwards countenanceing, and, in some degree, establishing that claim by the proclamation of the 4th of May, 1762, was imprudent, and not warranted by his Majesty's Order in Council of the 9th of December, 1761, which has reference only to such claims of the Indians, as had been heretofore of long usage admitted and allowed on the part of government, and confirmed by them by solemn compacts; and it is not without the greatest astonishment and concern, that their lordships observe, from the description of the lands reserved by the Lieutenant Governor's proclamation, that the reservation does exclude any of his Majesty's subjects from settling or carrying on the fishery upon any part of the coast from Muscadoboit to the River St. Lawrence; and they think, that if it had been necessary or expedient to reserve any lands to the Indians, it should not have been those lying near the coast, but rather the lands amongst the woods and lakes, where the wild beasts resort and are to be found in plenty.

fo. 278.

Their lordships have no objection to any part of the Bill for regulating the Indian trade, except in so far as it excludes the inhabitants of the neighbouring Province of the Massachusets Bay from trading with them, which their lordships think is unwarrantable and illegal, and that therefore the Lieutenant Governor was justified in refusing his assent to it.

fo. 279.

It is with concern their lordships observe, that a considerable expence has been incurred in the year 1761 on account of the Indians, notwithstanding the Board did, in a letter to the Lieutenant Governor of the 3rd of March, 1761, declare they were determined, that no new expence whatever of that kind should be introduced; their lordships however do not mean entirely to disallow this charge, since unforeseen events might render some expence unavoidable, but, after such a determination of the Board, the Lieutenant Governor ought to have been very particular in his observations upon this part of the accounts.

Their lordships are fully satisfied with the reasons assigned by the Lieutenant Governor, for his having rejected the Bill for confirming the second marriage of Fairbank's. It was altogether irregular and the proceedings, upon which it was founded, illegal and unjust.

fo. 280.

Their lordships approve the proclamation issued by the Lieutenant Governor for preventing alienation of lands, and for warning the settlers upon St. John's River off that settlement; they think no time should be lost in removing them to those parts of the province, which were originally set apart for Mr. McNutt's people, and that the lands upon St. John's should be inviolably reserved for such reduced officers and soldiers, as shall be willing to become settlers upon the peace, and such reservation is the more necessary, as there is now under consideration, a petition of a great number of officers for lands upon that river.

fo. 281.

fo. 282.

Their lordships very much approve the general economy and care of the Lieutenant Governor, in what concerns the publick accounts, and think his estimate for the year 1763 a reasonable one; they do not however think it adviseable to add anything on account of the services recommended in the Lieutenant Governor's letter, which are the repairs of the church, an allowance to the settlers, whose crops were destroyed by the drought and other accidents, and an additional salary to the Attorney General; they think that the repairs of the church ought to be provided for by the people, but, if that cannot be obtained, they hope there will be sufficient in the Lieutenant Governor's hands, upon settling the accounts with the Indian Commissary, to defray this charge; and they agree that the money, which it is stated in the accounts of the year 1761, will be replaced to the Government by the sale of corn, should be applied to the relief of the necessities of the new settlers, as far as it will go; but they do not think it expedient to add anything for the present to the salary of the Attorney General.

fo. 283.

It is with great concern that their lordships observe, from the Lieutenant Governor's letter, that certain factious members of the Council and Assembly do still continue, by their indecent and unwarrantable conduct, to obstruct the publick service; their lordships are firmly resolved to discountenance, all that lyes in their power, such proceedings; at the same time that they will with the greatest pleasure enquire into, and as far as in them lyes, redress any reasonable complaint; their lordships think that it may not be unreasonable that those who came into the province under the sanction of the Acts of the Governor and Council and the law since passed for confirming those orders, and were actually in the province at the expiration of that law, should have protection for some time longer, and their lordships will chearfully acquiesce in any reasonable proposition of that nature, when the conduct of those personally concerned in this measure shall entitle them to such favor and indulgence.

Newfoundland.

fo. 284.

Read a letter to Mr. Pownall from the Master of Merchants Hall, Bristol, dated 29th November, 1762, in answer to one from him respecting the proposition made by Governor Graves for the future security and defence of Newfoundland and the fishery.

Ordered, that the said letter be taken into consideration on Monday next, and that the gentleman, referred to in it, be desired to attend.

South Carolina.

The draught of a letter to Thomas Boone, Esquire, Governor of South Carolina, having been transcribed pursuant to the minutes of Wednesday last, was signed.

fo. 285.

Monday, December 6. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas, Mr. Rice, Mr. Roberts.

Newfoundland.

fo. 286.

Their lordships took into consideration the letter from the Master of Merchants Hall, Bristol, mentioned in the minutes of Friday last, and Captain Darby, the gentleman referred to in the said letter, attending as desired, he was called in; and, being asked what he knew of the French having at any time claimed an exclusive right to fish upon the northern coast of Newfoundland, of the manner in which they supported such claim, and whether they had any, or what establishments, upon that coast, or the coast of Labrador; his information upon these points was as follows, viz.

fo. 287.

fo. 288.

fo. 289.

fo. 290.

fo. 291.

fo. 292.

That he is a native of Newfoundland, and has been engaged in that trade as master of a ship for above twenty years; that in the year 1755, when the fishery upon the eastern coast began to fail, several persons attempted to fish to the northward of Bona Vista, where they found all the ports filled with French ships; that some time after, a second attempt was made, but they were drove off by the French, who said, the fishery there belonged to them alone by the Treaty of Utrecht, and threatened to put them to the sword, saying they came to rob them and steal their salt; that after the breaking out of the War, several letters of marque cruized upon this part of the coast and through the Straits of Belleisle; that he cruized there in 1759, and saw many boats in different harbours, and signs of a great fishery carried on by the French; that Governor Webb visited those parts in 1760, and found in one of the ports a St. Malo ship that had made in a few days 3,500 quintals of fish; that, if the French adhere to their claim of such an exclusive right to fish upon this coast, the trade will be lost to Great Britain; as the fish in 1749 quitted the eastern coast and resorted to the northward, occasioned principally by the great destruction upon the banks from whence the eastern coast was supplyed; that one boat and four men, which would formerly in three months catch from five to seven hundred quintals of fish on the eastern coast, cannot now make more than two hundred or two hundred and twenty in the same time, but that to the northward the same boat and number of men would in the same time make one thousand, two hundred quintals; that the French occupy about eighty leagues of coast from Bona Vista to Point Riche by cruizers; that about 150 sail of ships from St. Malo and Granville fish from Bona Vista to Cape de Gratt and through the Streights of Belleisle on the northwest coast; that the ships from St. Malo are from two to five hundred tons, and carry from sixteen to twenty four guns and from fifty to seventy men; that in the fishing season they erect temporary batteries in the several ports by the guns taken out of their ships; that they carry out goods to trade with the savages on the different parts of the Labrador coast, who at certain seasons of the year come over to Newfoundland with furs and whalebone; that the Indians on the eastern coast are very dextrous in whale fishing, and make great quantities of bone; that he himself took an Indian boat coming over to Newfoundland with a cargo of whalebone, which he sold for £500 sterling; that, unless measures are taken, these French ships that go into the Gulph, or through the Streights of Belleisle, will draw all the furr trade of Canada to the western coast of Labrador, and carry it off from thence; that he thinks an establishment on that coast may in some degree prevent this; that all the western fishermen are resolved to push the fishery to the northward, if they can be protected, but cannot do it without protection, more especially in the next year; that he thinks it will be impracticable for both nations to carry on the fishery together on that part of the coast; that the different dispositions of the seamen of each nation will make it impossible for them to be together in the same ports without quarrelling; that, as soon as the French see you resolved to carry on the fishery there, they will erect stages and huts, etc., and occupy all the proper places for the fishery, and that you must in that case, when they are gone off at the end of the fishing season, take possession of those places, and prevent their returning to them again, and support yourself there; that Baye de Chateau is one of the finest harbours in the world; that there is great quantity of fish there, but the season is later than on the coast of Newfoundland, and the fish being larger take more time to cure.

Captain Darby being withdrawn, their lordships agreed to take this affair into further consideration tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, December 7. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Sir Edmund Thomas, Mr. Rice, Mr. Roberts.

Newfoundland.

fo. 293.

Their lordships took into further consideration Captain Darby's information relating to the state of the fishery upon the northern coast of Newfoundland, and, after some time spent therein, agreed to consider further of the matter tomorrow morning.

Georgia.

Read a letter from James Wright, Esquire, Governor of Georgia, dated the 1st of October, 1762, relating to the state of the silk culture, and other affairs in that colony.

Read a memorial of the agent for the Province of Georgia, setting forth the advantages of the silk culture there, and praying that the encouragement given to it by the publick, may be continued.

fo. 294.

fo. 295.

Their lordships took the said letter and memorial into consideration, together with the letters from Mr. Wright of the 26th of April and 10th of June, mentioned in the minutes of the 29th of November last; and his Majesty's agent for the affairs of the Colony of Georgia attending, as desired, he was called in, and their lordships having had some discourse with him upon the subject of the silk culture, it was agreed, that it would be proper that the allowance given by Parliament for the encouragement of the silk culture, should be continued, and that the bounties should be paid upon all cocoons brought to the publick filature, without any distinction.

Mr. Martyn, the agent, being withdrawn, their lordships ordered the draught of a letter to the Governor to be prepared, containing the Board's sentiments upon this and other points relative to the state of that colony.

Wednesday, December 8. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Sir Edmund Thomas, Mr. Rice.

Newfoundland.

fo. 296.

Their lordships resumed the consideration of Captain Darby's information respecting the Newfoundland fishery, and agreed to take it into further consideration, when they shall have received from Captain Darby a memorial, which, in the course of his examination on Monday last, he acquainted their lordships he should deliver in, containing a more full and particular state of what he had to offer on this subject.

Georgia.

fo. 297.

Read a petition of William Gray, praying for a copy of the Board's representation to his late Majesty, upon which his Majesty was pleased to remove Mr. Reynolds from the Government of Georgia, to be produced in a cause depending in the Court of King's Bench, between the said Governor and the petitioner.

Ordered, that the petitioner be acquainted that their lordships do not think proper to comply with his request.

Plantations General.

The Secretary reported several errors and mistakes in the draughts of the Seals for the Plantations, prepared by his Majesty's Seal Engraver, and it was ordered, that the Secretary should give the necessary directions for correcting the said errors.

fo. 298.

Friday, December 10. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Sir Edmund Thomas.

Georgia.

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

Massachusetts.

fo. 299.

Read a memorial of the agent for the Province of Massachusets Bay, containing his answer to the questions stated to him on the 2nd instant, relative to grants made by the General Court of that province of lands, between the Rivers Penobscot and St. Croix.

Ordered, that this matter be taken into further consideration, when application shall be made for his Majesty's confirmation of any grants, that shall have been made by the General Court of Massachusets Bay, of any lands between the said rivers.

fo. 300.

In the mean time their lordships were of opinion, that the resolution of the Council of Nova Scotia of the 3rd of May, 1762, upon the application made to that government by the general Court of Massachusets Bay, for ascertaining the boundary line between the two provinces, was proper and discreet, and that the Governor of the Massachusets Bay ought not, consistent with his duty, to have entered upon a negociation of this kind with the Government of Nova Scotia, until he had known the sentiments, and received the directions of his Majesty upon a point of so great importance to his Majesty's interests.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of the Massachusets Bay thereupon be prepared.

fo. 301.

Tuesday, December 14. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Sir Edmund Thomas.

Massachusetts.

The draught of a letter to the Governor of the Massachusets Bay, having been prepared pursuant to order, was approved and ordered to be transcribed.

Newfoundland.

Read a letter from the Mayor of Poole to Mr. Pownall, dated the 11th of December, 1762, containing the sentiments of the merchants of that place trading to Newfoundland, upon the proposition of Admiral Graves, of what is necessary to be done for the future security of that island, and the protection of the fishery.

New York.

302.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following papers, which the Clerk of the Council in Waiting had transmitted to him by order of the Lord President, to be communicated to their lordships, viz.
Letter from Sir Jeffery Amherst to the Clerk of the Council, relating to the settlements made on the carrying place at Niagara.
Schedule of papers, referred to in Sir Jeffery Amherst's letter to William Sharpe, Esquire, bearing date, New York, 20th October, 1762.
Extract letter from Major General Amherst to the Secretary of State, dated New York, 4th May, 1761, enclosing a memorial from Captain Rutherford, Lieutenant Duncan and others, for leave to settle on the carrying place at Niagara.
fo. 303.
Copy. Memorial of Captain Rutherford, Lieutenant Duncan and others, for leave to settle on the carrying place at Niagara, dated New York, 9th April, 1761.
Copy. Permit to Captain Rutherford, Lieutenant Duncan and others, to settle on the carrying place at Niagara, dated New York, 10th April, 1761.
Copy. Sir Jeffery Amherst's orders to the Commandant of Niagara, not to allow any settlements to be made on the carrying place at Niagara, in consequence of his Majesty's Order in Council, etc., dated New York, 17th October, 1762.
fo. 304.
Extract. Letter from Major General Amherst to the Secretary of State, dated Camp, at Crown Point, 22nd October, 1759, acquainting him that he had thought it for the benefit of his Majesty's service to fix boundaries to the principal forts in North America.
Copy. Major General Amherst's orders to the Commandant of Niagara for fixing boundaries to the fort, etc., dated Camp, Crown Point, 21st August, 1759.
Copy. Major General Amherst's permit to Jeffery Cooper to occupy the barracks at Halfway Brook, between Fort Edward and Lake George, dated Albany, 9th November, 1760.
Copy. Major General Amherst's permit to John Macomb to establish a tavern on the Isle au Noix, dated Albany, 11th June, 1761.
fo. 305.
Extract. Letter from Major General Amherst to the Secretary of State, dated New York, 16th December, 1759, enclosing memorials from the provincial colonels for a tract of land between Crown Point and No. 4; and from Major of Brigade Skene for a Patent of the lands between South Bay, East Bay and the garrison land of Fort Edward.
Copy. Memorial from the provincial colonels for a tract of land between Crown Point and No. 4; dated Crown Point, 10th November, 1759.
Copy. Memorial of Major of Brigade Skene for a tract of land between South Bay and Fort Edward, etc., dated Crown Point, 12th November, 1759.
fo. 306.
Copy. Major General Amherst's answer to the memorial of the provincial colonels, requesting a tract of land between Crown Point and No. 4, dated Crown Point, 10th November 1759.

Ordered, that copies be made of the said papers to be entered upon the books of the Office, and that the Secretary do return the originals to the Clerk of the Council in Waiting, and desire that he would express to the Lord President their lordships' thanks for the communication of them, and the satisfaction it is to their lordships to find, that the complaints of the traders of Albany of what General Amherst had done, were entirely void of foundation.

fo. 307.

Massachusetts.

The Secretary laid before the Board two Acts passed in the Massachusets Bay in September, 1762, which he had received from the Secretary of that province; and it was ordered, that the said Acts should be delivered to the Clerk of the Council in Waiting, to be laid before his Majesty in Council.

Trade.

Read a letter from Mr. Wood, Secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, to Mr. Pownall, dated the 4th of December, 1762, signifying that the said Commissioners desire, that the Board would apply to the Lords of the Treasury, for the accounts of indigo imported, required of them by Mr. Pownall's letter of the 3rd instant.

fo. 308.

Ordered, that the said letter do lye by for further consideration.

New Jersey.

Read a letter from Josiah Hardy, Esquire, late Governor of New Jersey, to Mr. Pownall, dated 9th October, 1762, acquainting the Board, that he had appointed Mr. Anthony White to be Judge of the Admiralty of that province, in the room of Mr. Morris, deceased, and inclosing,
Minutes of Council from the 30th of October, 1761, to the 5th of June, 1762.
Journal of the Council in Assembly from the 30th of November, 1761, to the 28th April, 1762.

fo. 309.

Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit an extract of so much of Mr. Hardy's letter, as relates to the appointment of a Judge of the Admiralty, to the Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, to be laid before that Board.

South Carolina.

Read the following letters and papers received from the Governor of South Carolina, viz.
Letter from Thomas Boone, Esquire, Governor of South Carolina, to the Board, dated October 9th, 1762, relative to the dispute between that province and North Carolina concerning the boundary line.
Letter from Governor Boone, dated October 15th, 1762, transmitting copy of his letter to Arthur Dobbs, Esquire, Governor of North Carolina, respecting the boundary line.

fo. 310.

North Carolina.

Ordered, that the said letters be taken into further consideration on Thursday next, and that the Secretary do give notice to the agents for South Carolina and North Carolina to attend.

Thursday, December 16. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas.

South Carolina.

North Carolina.

fo. 311.

Their lordships took into consideration the letters and paper received from the Governor of South Carolina, and had some conversation thereon with Mr. Abercrombie, who had been a Commissioner, on the part of South Carolina, for running the boundary line between the said provinces in 1734.

fo. 312.

Mr. Abercrombie being withdrawn, their lordships were of opinion, that it would be necessary for the sake of the peace and quiet of both provinces, that there should be a temporary line of jurisdiction established, until the propositions of both provinces, in respect to a final line of division, can be fully considered and determined, and that the line agreed upon, and in part marked out between the said provinces in 1735, should be the said temporary line of jurisdiction; whereupon the agents of the said provinces, who attended pursuant to order, were called in, and acquainted with their lordships' resolution, and then they withdrew; and it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty upon this subject should be prepared.

Virginia.

Read a letter from Mr. Martin, Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, to Mr. Pownall, dated 15th December, 1762, inclosing a memorial of the Deputy Receiver General of his Majesty's Quit Rents in Virginia, complaining of the prejudice, which his Majesty's Revenue sustains, from the emission of paper bills of credit in that colony.

fo. 313.

Ordered, that the Secretary do acquaint Mr. Martin, that their lordships have now under their consideration, a petition of the merchants of London trading to Virginia, complaining of the ill effects of the large emission of paper currency in Virginia, and that when they have made their representation to his Majesty upon this subject, in which they shall not fail to consider and take notice of what is set forth in the Deputy Receivers' memorial, they shall direct a copy of the said representation to be laid before the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury.

Trade.

Africa.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following papers, received from the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa. viz.
fo. 314.
Letter from Mr. Poirier, Secretary to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, to Mr. Pownall, dated 15th December, 1762, containing the sentiments of that Committee upon Mr. Touchet's petition, for an exclusive grant of the trade to the River Senegal for a certain number of years.
Letter from the merchants of Bristol trading to Africa, to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, dated 7th December, 1762, containing their sentiments upon Mr. Touchet's petition, for an exclusive grant of the trade to the River Senegal for a certain number of years.
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Memorial to the Lords of Trade of the merchants of London trading to Africa, and of the traders and manufactures concerned in that commerce, containing their sentiments upon Mr. Touchet's petition, for an exclusive grant of the trade to the River Senegal, for a certain number of years.
Memorial to the Lords of Trade of the merchants of the Port of Liverpoole, containing their sentiments upon Mr. Touchet's petition for an exclusive grant of the trade to the River Senegal for a certain number of years.

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Ordered, that the said papers, as also Mr. Touchet's petition to which they refer, be taken into consideration on Thursday, the 13th of January next, and that the Secretary do give notice thereof to Mr. Touchet, and also to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, and desire that they will communicate the said notice to the merchants of London, Bristol and Liverpoole.

Monday, December 20. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas.

North Carolina.

South Carolina.

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The draught of a representation to his Majesty, containing proposals for establishing a temporary line of jurisdiction between the provinces of North and South Carolina, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.

Trade.

Africa.

The Secretary laid before the Board a memorial of the merchants of Lancaster trading to Africa, containing their sentiments upon Mr. Touchet's petition for an exclusive grant of the trade to the River Senegal for a term of years; and the said memorial was read, and ordered to be taken into further consideration on Thursday, the 13th of January, with the other memorials and papers relative to this affair.

Massachusetts.

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Read a letter from the Governor of the Massachusets Bay, dated 21st of October, 1762, inclosing the sketch of a Bill for raising money by a lottery, for the use of the Harvard College in Cambridge, within that province, and desiring the Board's permission to assent to such a Bill.

Their lordships, upon consideration of the said letter and Bill, and the utility and propriety of the service for which it provides, were of opinion, that the Governor should be directed to assent to such a Bill as is proposed, and a letter to him, signifying the Board's opinion, was ordered to be prepared.

North Carolina.

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The Honourable and Reverend Mr. Cholmondely, Auditor General of his Majesty's Revenue in America attended, and laid before the Board a paper containing the answer of Mr. Lucas, late Deputy Auditor of North Carolina, to the complaints made against him by Governor Dobbs in his letter to this Board of the … of December, 1761.

The said paper was read, and ordered to be entered upon the books of the office.

Read a letter from Arthur Dobbs, Esquire, Governor of North Carolina, dated the 17th of May, 1762, containing his observations upon the 74th article of his instructions, respecting the resumption of such parts of the lands, granted to James Huey and Murray Crimble and their associates, as had not been settled according to the terms of the grants.

Trade.

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Read an order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated the 5th of November last, referring to this Board, for their examination, an account of the exports of the East India Company, from the 29th September, 1761, to the 29th of September, 1762.

Ordered, that the said order of reference be taken into consideration on Wednesday next.

Connecticut.

Read a letter from Thomas Fitch, Esquire, Governor of the Colony of Connecticut, dated the 7th of September, 1762, inclosing,
His answer to the Board's general heads of enquiry respecting the state of that colony.

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Wednesday, December 22. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Yorke, Sir Edmund Thomas.

North Carolina.

South Carolina.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, containing proposals for establishing a temporary line of jurisdiction between the Provinces of North and South Carolina, having been transcribed pursuant to order, was signed.

Trade.

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Their lordships took into consideration the order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, referring the accounts of the exports of the East India Company, from the 29th September, 1761, to the 29th September, 1762; and it appearing, upon a comparative state of the exports of the said company for the last eight years, that the amount of the gold and bullion exported in the last four years was greatly diminished, and that of the woollen manufacture and copper were increased; it was ordered, that the Secretary should write to the directors of the Company for such information upon these points, as may enable their lordships to report the true causes of so extraordinary a variation in the circumstances of this trade.

New York.

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The Secretary laid before the Board an Order of his Majesty in Council, repealing an Act passed in New York in December, 1761, for payment of salaries and services for the year 1762; and it was ordered, that he should transmit the said order of repeal, together with a copy of the Board's representation upon the Act, to the Governor of New York.

Virginia.

Read a memorial of the merchants of London trading to Virginia, complaining of the pernicious effects of the large emission of paper bills of credit in that colony, and also a letter from the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, dated the 8th of April, 1762, containing his reasons for assenting to an Act, for emitting paper bills of credit, for the support of a regiment raised there for his Majesty's service.

Ordered, that the said memorial and letter be taken into consideration on Wednesday the 19th of January, and that the Secretary do give notice thereof to the merchants, and also to the agent for the colony.

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Massachusetts.

Read an order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated the 17th of December, 1762, referring to this Board for their consideration, two Acts passed in the Province of Massachusets Bay in September last.

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

Newfoundland.

Read a letter from the Mayor of Exeter to Mr. Pownall, dated the 18th of December, 1762, inclosing a letter to him from the merchants of that city and the neighbouring places trading to Newfoundland, containing their sentiments upon the proposition of the Governor of Newfoundland, with respect to the establishments necessary for the security of that island, and the protection of the fishery.

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Friday, December 24. Present:—Lord Sandys, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Yorke.

Massachusetts.

The draught of a letter to the Governor of the Massachusets Bay, containing the Board's directions upon the heads of a Bill transmitted by him, for raising a sum of money by lottery for the use of Harvard College, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

North Carolina.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, with the copy of a letter from the Governor of North Carolina, respecting the resumption of lands granted to the associates of James Huey and Murray Crimble, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

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Trade.

Africa.

The Secretary laid before the Board a letter to him from the Secretary to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, dated the 22nd of December, 1762, inclosing a memorial of the said Committee to this Board, concerning the expediency of taking immediate possession at Port Anderich upon the Gum Coast of Africa, and the ill consequence of suffering the French to resettle Albreda upon the River Gambia.

Ordered, that a copy be made of the said memorial, to be transmitted to the Secretary of State, and a letter to the Earl of Egremont to accompany it was accordingly agreed to, transcribed and signed.

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Read a letter to Mr. Pownall from the Secretary to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, dated 22nd December, 1762, signifying that the said Committee had given notice to the merchants of London, Bristol and Liverpoole, of the Board's appointment of the 13th of January for the consideration of Mr. Touchet's petition.

Their lordships took into consideration Mr. Touchet's petition, for a grant of an exclusive trade to the River Senegal for a term of years, and ordered the Secretary to transmit a copy of it to the Attorney and Sollicitor General for their opinion, whether such a grant as the petitioner prays for, would or would not be consistent with the Act of Parliament of the 23rd of his late Majesty, for extending and improving the trade to Africa.

Massachusetts.

The draught of a letter to the Governor of the Massachusets Bay, having been transcribed pursuant to the minutes of the 14th instant, was signed.