Journal, July 1764
Volume 71

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'Journal, July 1764: Volume 71', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 12: January 1764 - December 1767 (1936), pp. 78-108. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=77623 Date accessed: 02 October 2014.


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Monday, July 2nd. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne.

Trade, Africa.

It was ordered, that the Secretary should write to the Committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa, for their final report upon the state of his Majesty's right to Albreda.

South Carolina.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated June 26th, 1764, referring to the Board, for their consideration and report, a petition of the Commons House of Assembly of South Carolina, complaining of the Governor for refusing to administer the oaths to a gentleman elected a member of the Assembly.

fo. 309.

Read a memorial of the agent of South Carolina, praying to be heard upon the said petition by his counsel, and referring to a printed paper entitled State of facts, delivered with it.

Ordered, that the said order of reference be taken into consideration on Friday next, and that notice thereof be given to the agent and also to Governor Boone, and that the Secretary do transmit to Governor Boone a copy of the petition of the Assembly, and also a state of the facts delivered in by the agent.

Massachusetts.

Their lordships took into consideration the state of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, and the following letters from the Governor were read and considered, viz.
fo. 310.
Letter from Francis Bernard, esquire, Governor of Massachusets Bay, to the Board, dated December 24th, 1763, containing an account of the prosecution of the brigantine lately seized in the Port of Boston laden, with French wines and other French goods.
Letter from Governor Bernard, dated December 26th, 1763, relative to the execution of the laws of trade in that province, and the necessity of encouraging a trade between North America and the foreign plantations, under proper restrictions.
Letter from Governor Bernard to the Board, dated March 10th, 1764, transmitting Acts, with observations upon two of them.
Letter from Governor Bernard to the Secretary, dated 24th March, 1764, inclosing,
fo. 311.
The answer of Messrs. Cutting, Bartlett, William McHard and Jonathan Bradbury to John Turner's petition to the Board.
Letter from Governor Bernard, dated 2nd April, 1764, respecting the grants of townships, and the survey of the Eastern Country.
Letter from Governor Bernard to the Board, dated April 10th, 1764, relative to a claim of Lord Colville, the Commanding Admiral, to an eighth of a vessel condemned for illegal trade, and to his own right, as Governor, to a third.
Minutes of Council from the 31st of May to the 14th of December, 1763.
Journal of the General Assembly from May 25th, to June 16th, 1763.
fo. 312.
Journal of the House of Representatives from 21st December to the 4th of February, 1764.
Sixteen Acts passed in January and February, 1764.

Ordered, that the Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion thereupon in point of law without delay.

Their lordships then took into consideration sixteen Acts passed in the said province in 1763, and the said Acts were read, together with Sir Mathew Lamb's report thereupon.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of Massachusets Bay upon several points arising out of the foregoing letters and papers, be prepared.

North Carolina.

fo. 313.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, proposing the repeal of an Act passed in North Carolina in 1762, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed; as was also a letter to the Bishop of London, inclosing extracts of letters from Governor Dobbs concerning the state of religion in that province.

Plantations General.

Read a letter from the Earl of Sandwich, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, to the Board, dated July 2nd, 1764, inclosing,
Extract of a letter from Sir Joseph Yorke to the Earl of Sandwich, dated Hague, June 26th, 1764, relative to inconveniences which have arisen from persons being brought from Germany to Holland, in order to their being conveyed to the British colonies.

fo. 314.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to his Lordship, in answer thereto, be prepared.

New York.

Their lordships then took into consideration the state of his Majesty's Province of New York, and the following letters and papers were read and considered, vizt.
Letter from Mr. Colden, Lieutenant Governor of New York, to the Board, dated 25th November, 1763, inclosing papers relative to the proceedings of Mr. Kempe, Attorney General of that province, in the prosecution of a bond.
Letter from Mr. Kempe to the Lieutenant Governor of New York, dated 14th November, 1763, containing a vindication of his conduct in a prosecution for illicit trade.
fo. 315.
Heads of a dialogue between Mr. Temple, Surveyor General of the Customs for the Northern District in North America, and Mr. Kempe, Attorney General of New York, relative to a bond given on the statute restraining the exportation of provisions from the American colonies.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden to the Board, dated 7th December, 1763, containing observations on the means of preventing illicit trade.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden, dated 7th December, 1763, relative to royal charters of incorporation to the churches of dissenters.
fo. 316.
The humble petition of the minister, elders and deacons of the Lutheran Church in New York for a patent of incorporation, grant, confirmation and priviledges for pious uses.
The humble petition of the minister, elders and deacons of the Lutheran Church humbly praying for a warrant to prepare the draft of a charter agreable to the order of the Governor and Council, of 4th March, 1759.
Letter from Mr. Colden, Lieutenant Governor of New York, dated the 8th of December, 1763, respecting the proceedings of the Assembly in regard to the reducing the Indians, and containing his sentiments on Indian affairs.
Votes and proceedings of the General Assembly of New York the 8th of November, 1763, relative to the Indians.
fo. 317.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden, dated 19th December, 1763, informing the Board that the commanding officer at Detroit had agreed to a cessation of arms with the Indians; that several soldiers have been lost in a storm upon Lake Erie; the Indians confess that the mischief they have done was at the instigation of the French, and to other Indian affairs.
Letter from Mr. Colden to the Board, dated January 20th, 1764, containing the state of the dispute between that province and New Hampshire, respecting their boundary, and inclosing,
Copy of King Charles the Second's Commission to Richard Nicholls, Sir Robert Carr, George Cartwright and Samuel Maverick to settle disputes between the New England governments.
fo. 318.
Proclamation respecting the boundaries between New York and New Hampshire.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden, dated February 8th, 1764, complaining of extravagant encroachments made by the Government of New Hampshire on the jurisdiction and lands of New York.
Printed proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor of New York, 28th of December, 1763.
Minutes of the Council of New York, containing abstracts of the petitions of reduced officers, etc., for grants of land within that province, pursuant to his Majesty's proclamation of 7th October, 1763.
fo. 319.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden, dated 21st January, 1764, acquainting the Board, that Mr. Charles has no authority from that government to act as agent, and giving the reasons why the Assemblies in the charter colonies are assiduous in their attempts to enlarge their boundaries.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden to the Board, dated February 9th, 1764, relating to a claim of Captain Hawker to one half of a ship and cargo seized by him, and condemned in the Vice Admiralty Court.
Copies of several minutes in records of the Court of Vice Admiralty in New York.
Copy of the opinion of Messrs. Kempe and Smith junior on the distribution of the prizes taken by his Majesty's ships of war, 7th November, 1763.
fo. 320.
Letter from Mr. Colden, Lieutenant Governor of New York, to the Secretary, dated 10th February, 1764, inclosing,
Memorial of Messrs. Lott and Low of New York, merchants, to Lieutenant Governor Colden, dated 7th February, 1764, relative to the case of Henry Constant, a prisoner at Bourdeaux.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden to the Board, dated 9th March, 1764, containing his sentiments on carrying on trade from the Northern colonies to foreign settlements; and inclosing,
Minutes of Council on the memorial of the merchants relative to the Sugar Act.
fo. 321.
Memorial from the merchants of New York, praying the aid of the government in their application to Parliament against the Sugar Act.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden to the Board, dated 12th April, 1764, respecting the disputed boundary line between that province and New Hampshire, and the illegal sale of lands by people of New Hampshire; and inclosing,
New Hampshire Gazette, March 23rd, 1764.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden, dated 14th April, 1764, informing the Board of the death of John Chambers, esquire, one of the Council, and recommending his son, Alexander Colden, to succeed him; gives some account of Indian affairs, and transmitting,
fo. 322.
Minutes of Council from the 5th of January, 1763, to the 21st of March, 1764.
Ditto: relative to lands from the 16th of March, 1761, to 21st of March, 1764.
Journal of the Council in Assembly from the 8th of November to the 20th of December, 1763.
Votes of Assembly from November 8th to December 20th, 1763.
List of persons naturalized from January 21st, 1762, to October 27th, 1763.
Twenty eight Acts passed in December, 1763.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden to the Board, dated May 12th, 1764, respecting Indian affairs, and a copy of Mr. Apthorpe's mandamus to be a councillor of that province, and inclosing,
fo. 323.
Votes and proceedings of the Assembly of New York, from the 17th to 21st of April, 1764.
Copy of a letter from Sir William Johnson, baronet, to the Honourable Lieutenant Governor Colden, 28th of April, 1764.
Minutes of Council respecting the swearing and admitting Charles Ward Apthorpe, esquire, of the Council, on the producing a copy of the King's mandamus.

Ordered, that the Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion thereupon without delay.

fo. 324.

Ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty be prepared, upon those parts of the Lieutenant Governor's letters, which relate to the boundary line between that province and New Hampshire, as also to the conduct of the Governor of New Hampshire in granting lands to the westward of the Connecticut River.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Lieutenant Governor of New York be prepared.

Tuesday, July 3rd. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne, Mr. Dyson.

South Carolina.

fo. 325.

The Secretary acquainted the Board, that the agent of South Carolina had signified to him that he could not be prepared to be heard on Friday upon the petition of the Assembly against the Governor; whereupon their lordships, understanding that it would be agreable to the Governor, postponed the hearing upon the said petition to Friday, the 13th, and the Secretary was desired to give notice thereof to the parties.

Plantations General.

The draught of a letter to the Earl of Sandwich, upon the subject of Sir Joseph Yorke's letter to him concerning foreign emigrants to America, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

New Jersey.

fo. 326.

Their lordships then took into consideration the state of his Majesty's Province of New Jersey, and the following letters and papers were read, vizt.
Letter from William Franklin, esquire, Governor of New Jersey, to the Board, dated December 5th, 1763, acknowledging the receipt of several of their lordships' letters, and containing an account of his proceedings with the Assembly with respect to the means of repelling the hostilities of the Indians; and inclosing
Pennsylvania Gazette, December 1st, 1763.
fo. 327.
Letter from Governor Franklin to the Board, dated January 20th, 1764, relative to an Act for raising levies for the defence of the province, and to other Acts lately passed there; and inclosing Council minutes at a General Assembly in November and December, 1763.
Privy Council minutes, November and December, 1763.
Letter from Governor Franklin to the Board, dated February 8th, 1764, in answer to their lordships' letters of the 7th, 11th and 21st of October last, relative to the transmission of publick papers; the revenue; and issuing a sum of money in paper bills on loan, for defraying the charge of erecting publick buildings.
Letter from Governor Franklin, dated February 28th, 1764, informing the Board of the death of Robert Hunter Morris, esquire, Chief Justice, and of his having appointed Charles Read, esquire, to succeed him; and recommending Richard Stockton, esquire, to supply the vacancy in the Council.
fo. 328.
Letter from Governor Franklin to the Board, dated March 6th, 1764, relative to raising levies in that and the other provinces; to some Acts passed in the said province; and to Mr. Ashfield's claim to precedence in the Council, his mandamus being of a prior date to that of Mr. Ogden, and inclosing,
Copy of a letter from General Gage to Governor Franklin, March 2nd, 1764, relative to military operations.
Pennsylvania Gazette, the 1st of March, 1764.
Letter from Governor Franklin to the Board, dated March 12th, 1764, transmitting,
Minutes of Council of February 20th and 23rd, 1764.
fo. 329.
Minutes of Council in Assembly from the 14th to the 23rd February, 1764.
Votes of Assembly from the 5th of November to 7th December, 1763.
Ditto: from the 14th to the 23rd of February, 1764.
Twenty Acts passed in December, 1763.
List of ships and vessels entered and cleared at Perth Amboy from 5th January, 1763, to 5th April, 1764.
Letter from Governor Franklin to the Board, dated 28th April, 1764.

Ordered, that the Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion thereupon without delay.

fo. 330.

A representation to his Majesty, proposing that Mr. Smith, lately appointed Chief Justice, and Mr. Parker, recommended by the Governor, may be appointed of the Council of New Jersey, was signed.

Their lordships then took into consideration several Acts passed in New Jersey in 1762 and 1763, and the said Acts were read, together with Sir Mathew Lamb's reports thereupon; and one of the said Acts entitled, an Act to render void the lottery set up by Peter Gorden, appearing to be liable to much objection, it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty, proposing its repeal, should be prepared.

fo. 331.

The Act laying a duty upon the importation of negroes, passed with a suspending clause, appearing in some of the provisions of it to contradict the regulation of the 26th Article of the Governor's instructions, it was laid aside.
Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of New Jersey, upon the several points arising out of a consideration of the said letters and laws, be prepared.

Trade, Sicily.

fo. 332.

Read a letter from the Earl of Halifax to the Board, dated 25th February, 1764, inclosing, for their consideration and report, copy of a memorial of the envoy from the King of the Two Sicilies, relative to abuses occasioned by the English merchant ships being exempt from visitation in the ports of Naples and Sicily; and proposing reciprocal regulations concerning visiting merchant ships in the ports of the two kingdoms.
Mémoire de M. le Marquis de Caracciolo.
Copy of a letter from Sir James Gray to the Earl of Halifax, 15th February, 1764, containing observations on the memorial of the Marquis Caracciolo.

Letter from the Earl of Halifax, dated 27th June, 1764, inclosing copy of a memorial from the envoy of the King of the Two Sicilies, expressing the desire of his Court to conclude a treaty of commerce with his Majesty.
Mémoire du Marquis de Caracciolo, Envoy from the King of Sicily, June 14th, 1764.

fo. 333.

Ordered, that the said letters and papers be taken into consideration on Thursday next, and that the Secretary do write to Sir James Gray, late his Majesty's Minister at the Court of the Two Sicilies, to desire his attendance at the Board.

Quebec.

Read a letter from Mr. Whately, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 27th June, 1764, informing Mr. Pownall, that an extract of Governor Murray's letter has been sent to the Lords of the Admiralty, and desiring this Board would instruct Governor Murray in respect to the smuggling trade carried on in Quebec; the Lords of the Treasury are informed a Court of Vice Admiralty is erected there.

fo. 334.

Ordered, that a copy of the said letter be transmitted to the Governor of Quebec with the Board's next letter to him.

Virginia.

Their lordships then took into consideration the state of his Majesty's Colony of Virginia, and the following letters and papers were read and considered, vizt.,
Letter from Francis Fauquier, esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, to the Board, dated February 13th, 1764, acknowledging the receipt of their lordships' letters of 28th of September, 7th, 10th and 11th October last, desiring directions how to proceed in respect to granting lands; giving an account of what he has already done relative thereto, and other affairs of government; and transmitting,
fo. 335.
List of surveys of land in Augusta belonging to James Patton, deceased.
List of patents for lands in Augusta granted to Colonel James Patton.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Fauquier to the Board, dated February 15th, 1764, respecting an application made to him by Sir Jeffery Amherst for assistance to reduce the Northern Indians, and of his proceedings thereupon; also inclosing,
His speech to the General Assembly.
Address of the Council to Lieutenant Governor Fauquier, January 14th, 1764, respecting the Indians.
Ditto: of the House of Burgesses, January 16th, 1764, and the Lieutenant Governor's answer.
Ditto: of the House of Burgesses, January 19th, 1764.

fo. 336.

Virginia.

Their lordships then took into consideration fifty one Acts passed in the Colony of Virginia in 1762 and 1763, and the said Acts were read, together with Sir Mathew Lamb's reports thereupon; and one of the said Acts appearing to be liable to great objection, vizt., an Act to empower the Parish of Bruton to sell lotts in the City of Williamsburg, it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty should be prepared, proposing its repeal.

fo. 337.

The Act for repealing the Act concerning strays, passed with a suspending clause, and the Act for regulating the gold coin of the empire, appeared to be laws of a very extraordinary nature; but, as they had reference to laws long in usage in the colony, it was agreed to referr them to future consideration, when the Board should have an opportunity of hearing the agent upon them.

fo. 338.

Their lordships then took into consideration four private Acts passed in Virginia, two of which relate to the estates of Alexander Spots wood, one other to the estate of William Carey, and the other to the estate of James Scott, and the said Acts were read, together with Sir Mathew Lamb's reports thereupon, and it appearing that there was a caveat lodged in the Office against those relating to the estates of Colonel Spots wood, and that Sir Mathew Lamb had stated an objection to that concerning Carey's estate, they were ordered to lye by, but no objection appearing to that relating to Scott's estate, it was ordered, that a representation to his Majesty should be prepared, proposing it may be confirmed.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia be prepared, upon the several points arising out of a consideration of the foregoing letters and papers.

The following letters and papers received from Jamaica, the Leeward Islands and the Grenades, were read and considered.
Jamaica.
fo. 339.
Letter from William Henry Lyttelton, esquire, Governor of Jamaica, to the Board, dated November 15th, 1763, informing their lordships of the election of Mr. Charles Price to be Speaker of the Assembly in the room of his father, who has resigned; and inclosing,
His speech to the Council and Assembly, October 11th, 1763, with their addresses in answer thereto.
Letter from Governor Lyttelton to the Board, dated November 16th, 1763, relative to the trial of John Thompson, a seaman, for murder committed within the Harbour of Kingston.
Copy of Gilbert Ford, esquire's, letter to Governor Lyttelton, dated November 6th, 1763, stating the case of John Thompson, accused of murder; and the contest which has arisen thereon upon the point of jurisdiction between the Courts of common law and the Court martial; and inclosing.
fo. 340.
Copy of a letter from Gilbert Ford, esquire, Attorney General of Jamaica, to Rear Admiral Keppel, dated October 29th, 1763, desiring him to deliver John Thompson to the Marshall to be tried.
Copy of a letter from Rear Admiral Keppel to Mr. Ford, dated October 1st, (fn. 1) 1763, acquainting him with his intention to try John Thompson by a court martial.
Copy of Mr. Ford's reply to Rear Admiral Keppel, November 3rd, 1763, asserting the right of the civil power to try John Thompson.
Copy of Rear Admiral Keppel's letter to Mr. Ford, November 4th, 1763, insisting on his right to try John Thompson by a court martial.
fo. 341.
Copy of Governor Lyttelton's letter to Rear Admiral Keppel, November 8th, 1763, demanding that Thompson be delivered up to the civil power.
Copy of Rear Admiral Keppel's letter to Governor Lyttelton, November 10th, 1763, containing his refusal to deliver up John Thompson upon the Governor's demand, and acquainting him that the said seaman has been tried by a court martial and acquitted.
Letter from Governor Lyttelton to the Board, dated January 1st, 1764, relative to the disagreement between the Council and Assembly with respect to continuing Mr. Stanhope agent; and containing an account of the letters he has received from their lordships.
fo. 342.
Letter from Governor Lyttelton, dated April 2nd, 1764, acknowledging the receipt of the Board's letters of 10th, 11th and 13th of October, and the 6th of December last, and containing remarks on the state of illegal trade in that island; and inclosing,
Answers to the Board's heads of enquiry relative to the state of the Island of Jamaica.
Letter from Governor Lyttelton to the Board, dated January 29th, containing observations on a bill rejected by him, and some Acts lately passed there, and on the anticipation of the King's Revenue, and inclosing,
List of Acts passed in Jamaica in 1763.
Letter from Governor Lyttelton to the Board, dated May 4th, 1764, transmitting,
fo. 343.
Minutes of Council from the 11th of January to 31st December, 1763.
Ditto: in Assembly from 11th October to 30th December, 1763.
Copy of a bill rejected by the Governor.
Jamaica.
Minutes of Assembly from the 11th of October, 1763, to the 30th December following.
Naval Office lists of ships and vessels entered and cleared from the 25th of December, 1761, to 25th March, 1764.
Seventeen Acts passed in December, 1763.
Leeward Islands.
Letter from George Thomas, esquire, Governor of the Leeward Islands, to the Board, dated March 26th, 1764, acknowledging the receipt of their lordships' letters of the 7th, 10th and 11th of October last, and inclosing,
fo. 344.
Extract of the minutes of the Council of Antigua relating to the resolutions for suppressing clandestine trade.
Letter from Governor Thomas to the Board, dated 26th March, 1764, congratulating their lordships on their appointment, and promising compliance with their orders.
Antigua.
Minutes of Council from the 7th October, 1762, to 1st March, 1764.
Ditto: of Assembly from 18th March to 9th September, 1762.
Ditto: from the 23rd of September, 1762, to 11th of May, 1763.
Ditto: from 4th June, 1763, to the 12th of January, 1764.
Ten Acts passed in 1763.
Nevis.
Minutes of Council from the 4th of April to 30th November, 1762.
One Act passed in 1764.
Montserrat.
fo. 345.
Minutes of Assembly from the 1st of January to 11th of September, 1760.
Ditto: from 1st January, 1761, to 4th October, 1762.
One Act passed in May, 1763.
Grenada, Dominica.
Letter from Joseph Partridge, esquire, Commander in Chief of Dominica, to the Board, dated February 10th, 1764, relative to the seizure of sugars by Captain Knowler, on that island, and on board ships in the harbour; and inclosing,
Copy of a letter from Rear Admiral Tyrrel to Mr. Partridge, Commanding Officer at Dominica, January 27th, 1764.
Copy of a plain narrative of facts complained of by the merchants residing at Dominica.
fo. 347.
Copy of a letter from        to Rear Admiral Tyrrel, dated December 24th, 1763.
Copy of a memorial of the merchants residing at Dominica to Joseph Partridge, esquire.
Copy of a letter from Rear Admiral Tyrrel to Captain Partridge, 30th December, 1764.
Certificate of the Collector and Naval Officer at Dominica, relating to the sloop Sarah.
Copy of Mr. Partridge's proclamation, dated 19th January, 1764, respecting foreign sugars imported into the Island of Dominica.
St. Vincent's.
fo. 347.
Letter from Captain Robert Paul to the Board, dated March 5th, 1764, stating the difficulty of getting a survey of the Island of St. Vincent's, and inclosing,
State of the Island of St. Vincent's, February 28th, 1764.
Grenada.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Scott to the Board, dated February 6th, 1764, acknowledging the receipt of their lordships' letter of 5th August last, and relating to the present state of the Island of Grenada.

Ordered, that the several Acts abovementioned be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion upon them without delay.

Jamaica.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of Jamaica be prepared.

fo. 348.

Wednesday, July 4th. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Lord Orwell, Mr. Dyson.

Miscellanies.

fo. 349.

The Earl of Hillsborough acquainted the Board, that, having represented to Mr. Grenville, First Commissioner of the Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer, the defective state of this Office, in respect to the low establishment of the salaries to the Secretary and under officers, the want of more assistance in the clerks' office, and the insufficiency of some of the present clerks, Mr. Grenville had approved of the sum of seven hundred and fifteen pounds per annum being charged upon the quarterly contingent accounts of the Office, to commence the 5th instant, and to be applied in such manner and distributed in such proportions to the enlargements of the salaries of the Secretary and under officers, and making such other regulations and additions as the Board should think proper.

Whereupon their lordships, taking into consideration the state of the Office, agreed, that Mr. Rogers, the present Deputy Secretary, in consideration of his advanced age and having served near forty years, and four of the clerks, vizt., Mr. Cranwell, Mr. Peacock, Mr. Green and Mr. Cuckow, should be permitted to retire with pensions for their lives, or until better provided for.

fo. 350.

That Mr. Bradbury, the present Sollicitor and Clerk of Reports, should be promoted to the office of Deputy Secretary, and that Mr. Eusebius Silvester should be admitted to officiate as Sollicitor and Clerk of Reports until the Board's further orders.

fo. 351.

That two additional clerks shall be appointed, and that Mr. Palmer, at present the fourth clerk, shall be advanced to the seat of the second clerk, and Mr. Berkley, at present the junior clerk, to be advanced to the seat of the third clerk, and that the four vacancies upon the present establishment, made by the removal of Messrs. Cranwell, Peacock, Green and Cuckow, and also the seats of the two additional clerks, shall be filled up by proper persons to be recommended by each Commissioner, conformable to the established rule of rotation and seniority, and approved by the Board according to rules to be established for that purpose.

fo. 352.

The foregoing arrangements having been settled, and the several parties concerned called in and acquainted therewith, it was resolved, that the aforementioned sum of seven hundred and fifteen pounds, together with what is at present charged upon the contingent accounts for the Deputy Secretary and Clerk of Reports, which sums together make one thousand, one hundred and fifteen pounds, should be applied to the enlargeing the establishment and making provision for the pensions to the Deputy Secretary and four clerks in the following manner and proportions, vizt.,

£
To the Secretary200 per annum.
To the Deputy Secretary200 " "
To the Sollicitor and Clerk of Reports150 " "
To the first clerk20 " "
To the second clerk20 " "
To the third clerk20 " "
To the fourth clerk20 " "
To the fifth clerk10 " "
To the sixth clerk15 " "
To the seventh clerk10 " "
To the eighth clerk additional45 " "
To the ninth clerk additional40 " "
To the pension to Mr. Rogers200 " "
To the pension to Mr. Cranwell55 " "
To the pension to Mr. Peacock45 " "
To the pension to Mr. Green30 " "
To the pension to Mr. Cuckow35 " "
£1,115.

fo. 353.

By the foregoing distribution of the sums allowed to be charged upon the contingent accounts, the state of the salaries of the Secretary, Deputy, Secretary, Sollicitor and Clerk of Reports and nine clerks, will be as follows, vizt.,

£
Secretary700 per annum.
Deputy Secretary300 " "
Sollicitor and Clerk of Reports150 " "
1st clerk100 " "
2nd clerk90 " "
3rd clerk80 " "
4th clerk70 " "
5th clerk60 " "
6th clerk55 " "
7th clerk50 " "
8th clerk45 " "
9th clerk40 " "
£1740

fo. 354.

It was further agreed and resolved, that, as the pensions to Mr. Rogers and the four clerks permitted to retire, shall fall in, they shall be applyed to augmenting the salaries of the Solicitor and Clerk of Reports, the first clerk, and the other subordinate clerks in such proportions, that, when the whole is fallen in, the salary of the Sollicitor and Clerk of Reports shall be augmented to three hundred pounds per annum, that of the first clerk to two hundred pounds per annum, and the salaries of the rest of the clerks to receive each an addition of ten pounds per annum.

It was resolved and ordered, that the proportion of fees assigned to the clerks shall be equally divided amongst the nine clerks upon the present establishment.

Their lordships then proceeded to settle the regulation for the admission of clerks recommended by the Commissioners, and the following rules were agreed to, vizt.,
fo. 355.
That no person shall be admitted a clerk in this office without a specimen of his writing being produced to the Board for examination.
That the Commissioner recommending such clerk shall give a character of him to the Board.
That the person recommended shall be called in and examined by the Board, as to his qualifications.
That, for the further trial of his qualifications, he shall write another specimen in the outer room, when he gives his personal attendance for examination.
That the Board shall then proceed to come to a resolution, whether such person recommended to be a clerk is qualified for admission.
fo. 356.
That the Commissioner recommending the candidate shall withdraw during such deliberation.
That, in case the Board determine the candidate not to be qualified, the Commissioner recommending is not thereby to lose his turn of nomination.

Thursday, July 5th. Present:— Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne, Mr. Dyson.

Miscellanies.

fo. 357.

Mr. John Lewis, recommended by the Earl of Hillsborough to be a clerk, having been examined and found qualified agreable to the resolutions entered upon the minutes of yesterday, was admitted to the seat of fourth clerk.

Trade, Sicily.

The Secretary having acquainted the Board that Sir James Gray, whose attendance on this day was requested upon the subject of the Marquis Caracciolo's memorial, was gone into the country, their lordships proceeded to take this affair into consideration, and, after some deliberation, a representation to his Majesty thereupon was prepared, agreed to and signed, and also a letter to the Earl of Halifax inclosing it.

New Jersey.

fo. 358.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, proposing the repeal of an Act passed in New Jersey in 1762, having been prepared pursuant to order, was agreed to, transcribed and signed

New York, New Jersey.

fo. 359.

Their lordships took into consideration the Acts passed in the Province of New York and New Jersey, for submitting the property of lands in those provinces to such a mode of decision with respect to the boundary line between the two provinces, as his Majesty should appoint, and it appearing that the Acts passed by the legislature of New Jersey were free from the objection stated to former laws of the same kind, as mentioned in the minutes of,           it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty should be prepared, proposing the confirmation of the said laws, and that commissioners should be appointed for the final settlement of the boundary line.

Jamaica.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated 6th of June, 1764, referring to the Board, for their consideration and report, the petition of Mr. Mure and others against Norwood Witter, esquire, one of the Council of Jamaica.

Ordered, that the said reference be taken into further consideration tomorrow morning, and that Mr. Eyre, sollicitor to the petitioners, be desired to attend.

fo. 360.

New York.

The following papers respecting applications for a lease of royal silver mines in the Province of New York were read and considered, vizt.,
Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated 19th March, 1764, referring to the Board, for their consideration and report, the petition of Frederick Philipse, esquire, for a grant of a lease of a mine discovered by him in the manor of Philipsburgh, and of all mines of gold and silver discovered or to be discovered in the said manor on the terms therein described.
Report of the Committee on the petition of Charles Scott, esquire, and Henry Holding, merchant, to his Majesty, for a lease of the royal mines in the Province of New York, 8th June, 1763.
Articles between Stearndal Scott and others relating to royal mines in the Province of New York, etc., 25th November, 1761.

fo. 361.

Ordered, that the said referrence and applications do lye by for further consideration, when the respective parties interested shall make further sollicitation.

Jamaica.

Read the following Orders of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, vizt.,
Order of the Lords of the Committee, dated April 16th, 1764, referring to the Board, for their consideration and report, an address and representation of the Council and Assembly of Jamaica to his Majesty, praying that the heavy duties and taxes imposed on the staple commodities of that country, sugar and rum, may be alleviated.
fo. 362.
Ditto: dated April 16th, 1764, referring to the Board, for their consideration and report, an address of the Council and Assemby of Jamaica to his Majesty, setting forth the insufficiency of the forces in that island for securing the peace of it from the machinations and insurrections of their internal enemys; and praying for such an sugmentation of their forces as his Majesty shall think fit.

Ordered, that the said references do lye by for further consideration, when the agent for the island shall make further application.

Georgia.

fo. 363.

Read a petition of Mr. Isaac Levi, claiming to have purchased of Mr. Bosom worth a moiety of the Islands of Sappola, Ossaba and St. Catherine's in Georgia, which lands were sold by the Governor in 1761; praying the Board to take his case into consideration, and that he may be heard by his counsel upon two former petitions referred to this Board by the Lords of the Committee of Council in 1760.

Ordered, that the said petition be taken into further consideration tomorrow morning, and that notice be given to Mr. Levi to attend.

Plantations General.

Their lordships took into consideration several applications for further grants of land in the colonies, and it was ordered, that the parties should have notice to attend tomorrow.

fo. 364.

Friday, July 6th. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne, Mr. Dyson.

Miscellanies.

Mr. Bradbury, lately promoted by the favour of the Board to the office of Deputy Secretary, desired to resign that office, expressing some discontent which their lordships thought groundless, and declaring, that he found the business too heavy and fatiguing, and that he was not able to undertake it.

Mr. Bradbury was thereupon acquainted that the Board accepted his resignation, and he was ordered to withdraw.

fo. 365.

Quebec.

Their lordships took into further consideration the memorial of Monsieur Lotbiniere, a subject of his Majesty in Canada, in respect of two concessions claimed by him upon Lake George, and at or near Crown Point, which memorial is mentioned in the minutes of the 17th of May last, and Monsieur Lotbiniere attending, their lordships, after some discourse with him, agreed to write to the Governor of Quebec for attested copies of his concessions from the records there, and to direct the Governor of New York not to make grants of any part of the lands included within the said concession, until his Majesty's pleasure should be further known.

Nova Scotia.

fo. 366.

Their lordships, upon further consideration of the memorial of Monsieur D'Arrigrand respecting a concession in the Island of Cape Breton, mentioned in the minutes of the 1st of June last, ordered the draught of a representation to his Majesty to be prepared, proposing that he may have a grant from the Governor of Nova Scotia of a tract of 20,000 acres of land within the limits of his said concession, including those parts upon which he has made improvements.

Jamaica.

fo. 367.

Mr. Eyre, sollicitor for the petitioners against Norwood Witter, esquire, attending as ordered, their lordships had some discourse with him touching the allegations of the said petition, and he produced a petition of another creditor of Mr. Witter's, to the truth of which the said petitioner had deposed upon oath, by which it appeared, that the said Norwood Witter's estate being covered with collusive mortgages and deeds of trust, and his person protected as a member of the Council, he set his creditors at defiance.

Mr. Eyre being withdrawn, it was ordered, that the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the petition referred. should be prepared.

Georgia.

fo. 368.

Mr. Isaac Levi attended pursuant to order, and it appearing, upon a reference to the Journal of the Board's proceedings on the 29th of January, 1760, upon his former petitions, that it had been determined, that the claims to which his petitions related included questions of private property, which could only be adjudged in the first instance by the proper courts in the colony, from which an appeal would lye to his Majesty in Council; Mr. Levi was acquainted therewith, and that therefore their lordships could not hear counsel again upon a question already decided, but would, if he desired it, make a report of that decision to the Lords of the Committee of Council.

Mr. Levi desired further time to consider of it, and then withdrew.

Plantations General.

Their lordships took into further consideration applications made for grants of lands in America, and several of the proponants attended, and were examined as to their abilities to undertake the settlement of such lands.

fo. 369.

Monday, July 9th. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne.

Their lordships took into consideration the state of his Majesty's Provinces of South Carolina and Georgia and the following papers were read and considered, vizt.,
South Carolina.
Letter from Thomas Boone, esquire, Governor of South Carolina, to the Board, dated 24th November 1763, containing an account of his proceedings in consequence of the King's instruction for establishing a temporary line of jurisdiction between North and South Carolina; and praying that the expence of running that line may be defrayed out of the quit rents.
fo. 370.
Letter from Governor Boone to the Board, dated January 9th, 1764, in answer to three from their lordships, relating to the transmission of publick papers; the King's proclamation; illicit trade, and the refractory behaviour of the Assembly, and inclosing,
Copy of his speech to the Assembly of South Carolina; of the Council's address; and his answer.
Letter from Governor Boone to the Board, dated 21st January, 1764, relative to the Assembly's refusing to provide for the security of the frontiers; and inclosing,
Minutes of Council from the 4th of January to the 6th of December, 1763.
fo. 371.
Minutes of Assembly from the 24th of January to 17th September, 1763.
Ditto: from the 26th of March, 1762, to 26th March, 1763.
Receiver General's accounts from the 26th of March, 1762, to 26th March, 1763.
Treasurer's Accounts from the 1st of January to 31st of December, 1758.
Ditto: from 25th March to 29th September, 1761.
List of ships and vessels that have entered and cleared at Charles Town from the 5th of January, 1763, to 5th April, 1764.
Letter from Governor Boone to the Board, dated April 19th, 1764, acquainting their lordships of his intention to return to this kingdom.
fo. 372.
Letter from Governor Boone to the Board, dated 4th May, 1764, transmitting,
Lists of ships and vessels that have entered and cleared at Charles Town from the 5th of January, 1762, to 5th January, 1763.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Bull, dated 16th May, 1764, acquainting the Board with the departure of the Governor from that province; the summoning of the Assembly to meet; and the death of Mr. Guerard, one of the Council; and recommending three persons to be councillors.
Georgia.
fo. 373.
Letter from James Wright, esquire, Governor of Georgia, to the Board, dated November 23rd, 1764, acquainting their lordships, that the Creeks at the late Congress made a voluntary cession of a large tract to the westward, which includes all our settlements, and other contiguous lands claimed by the Indians.
Georgia.
Letter from Governor Wright, dated 23rd December, 1763, respecting the advantages arising from the cession made by the Creeks; containing his sentiments on the best methods of peopling the colony; and acknowledging the receipt of four of the Board's letters.
Copy of a treaty of peace between his Majesty and several Indian nations.
Account of the Collector of the Customs for Sunbury for the quarter ending April 5th, 1763.
Ditto: for the quarter ending July, 10th 1763.
fo. 374.
Accounts of the Collector of the Customs at Sunbury for the quarter ending October 10th, 1763.
Ditto: for the quarter ending January 5th, 1764.
Names of persons applying to settle altogether on part of the lands lately ceded by the Creek Indians.
Letter from Governor Wright, dated January 17th, 1764, containing an account of the murder of fourteen persons in South Carolina by some Runagate Creek Indians, and of the measures taken by him on this occasion.
Copy of Arthur Coodey's affidavit respecting the murder of several persons by the Creeks.
Copy of Tugulkey's talk.
fo. 375.
Letter from Governor Wright, dated 4th February, 1764, relative to the silk culture; purchases from the Spaniards; South Carolina grants of land to the south of Alatamaha; transmission of publick papers; the King's proclamation; illicit trade, and the murders lately committed by some of the Creeks.
Copy of a letter from the Governor of Georgia to the Commissioners of the Customs, dated 14th January, 1764, informing that Board of the measures he has taken to prevent illicit trade.
Abstracts of grants registered from the 25th March to 25th September, 1763.
Ditto: from 25th September to 25th December, 1763.
fo. 376.
Minutes of Council from the 5th of April to 8th December, 1763.
Journal of Commons House of Assembly from 18th October, 1762, to 30th March, 1763.
Lists of ships and vessels entered and cleared in the Port of Savannah between the 5th of April, 1763, and 5th January, 1764.
Ditto: in the Port of Sunbury between 5th January and 30th December, 1763.
Collector's accounts for the Port of Sunbury, from 25th December, 1762, to 10th October, 1763.
fo. 377.
Letter from Governor Wright, dated March 27th, 1764, relative to the measures to be taken on the murders committed by the Indians, and expressing his fears for the province in case of an Indian war; complaining of the attempt of South Carolina to distress Georgia; and containing a remark on the arrears of quit rents.
Extracts and copies of letters which passed between the Governors Wright and Boone, and John Stuart, esquire, relative to the Indians; with Governor Wright's remarks thereon.
Account of the produce of aid granted to his Majesty by Act of Assembly, passed 9th June, 1761, for the support of government for the year 1761, and an account of the produce and application of different funds heretofore granted to his Majesty for particular purposes.
Ditto: passed 4th March, 1762, for the said year.

fo. 378.

Georgia.

Ordered, that the Acts be sent to Sir Mathew Lamb, for his opinion thereupon without delay.

Their lordships then took into consideration several laws passed in the Colony of Georgia in 1762 and 1763, and the said laws were read, together with Sir Mathew Lamb's report thereupon, and it appearing that two of the said laws, the one relating to the partition of lands, the other to the registering of deeds, were liable to great objection, it was ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty should be prepared, proposing they may be repealed.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of Georgia, upon the several points arising out of the letters and papers received from him, be prepared.

fo. 379.

South Carolina.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina be prepared, in answer to his.

Georgia, South Carolina.

Ordered, that draughts of representations to his Majesty be prepared, proposing that James Read, esquire, may be appointed of the Council of Georgia; and that Sir John Colleton, baronet, and Henry Laurens, esquire, may be appointed of the Council of South Carolina.

Tuesday, July 10th. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne, Mr. Dyson.

fo. 380.

The following representations to his Majesty were considered, approved and signed, vizt.,
Nova Scotia.
Representation upon the proposals and plans offered to the Board for working the coalierys in the Island of Cape Breton.
New York, New Jersey.
Representation upon the Acts passed in New York and New Jersey for submitting the property of lands in those provinces to such a mode of decision upon the question concerning the boundary line, as his Majesty should appoint.
New Hampshire.
Representation for repealing several laws passed in New Hampshire between 1757 and 1763, and upon the Governor's conduct in respect thereto.
New Hampshire, New York.
fo. 381.
Representation upon the controversy between New Hampshire and New York concerning the boundary line, and upon the Governor of New Hampshire's conduct in respect to grants of lands to the westward of Connecticut River.
East Florida.
Representation upon several proposals for lands in East Florida.
Nova Scotia.
Representation upon the Sieur Arrigrand's petition for the confirmation of a concession in Cap Breton.
New York.
Representation upon Lord Holland's application for a grant of twenty thousand acres of land in New York.
Representation upon Lord Ilchester's application for a grant of twenty thousand acres of land in New York.
fo. 382.
Representation upon Mr. Upton's application for a grant of twenty thousand acres of land in New York.
Barbados.
Representation proposing the repeal of an Act passed in Barbados in 1762, for disqualifying James Adams, esquire, from setting in the Assembly, or holding any office in that island.
Nova Scotia.
Representation upon Colonel Montgomery's application for lands in Nova Scotia.
Representation upon the application of Captains Philips and John Newton for lands in Nova Scotia.
New York.
Representation upon the application of Lieutenant McDonald for lands in New York.
fo. 383.
South Carolina.
Representation proposing the appointment of Sir John Colleton and Mr. Laurens to be of the Council of South Carolina.
Georgia.
Representation proposing the appointment of Mr. Read to be of the Council of Georgia.
Virginia.
Representation for repealing an Act passed in Virginia in 1762, impowering the parish of Bruton to sell lots in Williamsburgh, etc.
Representation for confirming a private Act passed in Virginia, relating to the estate of James Scott.
Georgia.
Representation for repealing two Acts passed in the Province of Georgia in 1763, relating to partition of lands and register of deeds.

fo. 384.

Plantations General.

The draughts of letters to the Superintendants of Indian Affairs for the Northern and Southern Districts of America, inclosing copies of the plan approved by the Board for the future management and direction of Indian affairs, and containing the Board's observations thereon, and also draughts of letters to the Governors and Commanders in Chief of Quebec, Nova Scotia, Massachusets Bay, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and East and West Florida, inclosing copies of the said plan and copies of the Board's letters to the Superintendants, were approved and signed.

Miscellanies.

fo. 385.

Mr. Bradbury, late Deputy Secretary in the service of this Board, attended and presented an humble petition to the Board, setting forth his great concern and sorrow for the rash and unadvised step he had taken in resigning his said office, in a manner unsuitable to the respect due to the Board, and therefore praying to be restored.

Their lordships took the said petition into consideration, and after deliberation, it was resolved that Mr. Bradbury should be readmitted, and he was called in and acquainted therewith.

fo. 386.

Thursday, July 12th. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Gascoyne, Mr. Dyson.

Quebec, Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Jamaica.

The draughts of letters to the Governors and Commanders in Chief of Quebec, Nova Scotia, Massachusets Bay, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Jamaica, having been prepared pursuant to order, were considered, approved and ordered to be transcribed, and those to the Governors of Georgia and Jamaica, having been accordingly transcribed, were signed.

fo. 387.

Friday, July 13th. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne, Mr. Dyson.

South Carolina.

fo. 388.

Their lordships took into consideration the order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, referring the petition to his Majesty of the Commons House of Assembly of South Carolina, complaining of the conduct of Governor Boone, and Mr. Garth, agent for the province, attending with Mr. Dunning, his counsel, in support of the said petition, and Governor Boone also attending to support his own conduct, they were called in; and their lordships having heard Mr. Dunning in support of the petition, and also what the Governor had to offer in support of his conduct, and Mr. Dunning being again heard in reply, they withdrew, and the further consideration of this affair was postponed to another opportunity.

Quebec, Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, Plantations General.

fo. 389.

The draughts of letters to the Governors and Commanders in Chief of Quebec, Nova Scotia, Massachusets Bay, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and South Carolina, having been transcribed pursuant to order, were signed; as were also letters to the Governors and Commanders in Chief of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia, requiring them to transmit authentick abstracts from the records of all grants of land made in each of those colonies respectively, from the time of their first establishment, and also to transmit regularly every six months the like abstract of all grants made by them.

Georgia.

Mr. Levi having again applied by Mr. Le Breton his sollicitor to be heard by counsel upon his petition concerning a claim to lands purchased by him of Mr. Bosom worth, the answer given to Mr. Levi upon his former application was repeated to Mr. Le Breton.

fo. 390.

Monday, July 16th. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne.

South Carolina, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, Jamaica.

fo. 391.

Their lordships took into further consideration the petition of the Commons House of Assembly of South Carolina complaining of the Governor's conduct, and a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council thereupon was agreed to and signed; as were also reports upon the petition of the Proprietors of six townships laid out by the Province of Massachusets Bay upon Penobscot River; upon the petition of Governor Bernard for a confirmation of the grant, made to him by the General Court, of the Island of Mount Desart; upon the petition of Colonel How for a grant of lands and collierys in Cape Breton; and upon the petition of the creditors of Norwood Witter, one of the Council of Jamaica.

Georgia.

Read a memorial of his Majesty's agent for the affairs of Georgia, praying the Board's directions in respect to a bill drawn upon him by the Governor.

Their lordships, upon consideration of the said memorial and examination of the bills, accounts and vouchers referred to therein, ordered the Secretary to certify to Mr. Garth, that they have no objection to the said bill being accepted and paid.

Trade.

fo. 392.

Read an Order of his Majesty in Council, dated July 11th, 1763, approving the report of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs on Mr. Glass's second memorial, and directing the Board to cause the memorialist's request to be offered to the consideration of Parliament in the next Session.

Ordered, that the said Order of his Majesty in Council do lye by for further consideration, as to the method of executing his Majesty's commands, when the Parliament meets again.

Nova Scotia.

Read an Order of his Majesty in Council, dated July 11th, 1764, approving the Board's proposal for permitting the Acadians to become settlers in Nova Scotia, and directing their lordships to prepare and lay before his Majesty, a draught of an instruction for that purpose.

fo. 393.

The draught of an additional instruction to the Governor of Nova Scotia, conformable to his Majesty's directions signified in the said order, was agreed to and transcribed, and a representation to his Majesty thereupon, was signed.

Plantations General.

Read a letter from John Stuart, esquire, Superintendant of Indian Affairs for the Southern District, to the Board, dated May 18th, 1764, containing a further account of the state of Indian affairs, and inclosing.
Copy of a letter from the leading warriors of the Upper Creek Nation.

Georgia.

fo. 394.

Read a letter to Mr. Pownall from Mr. Le Breton, sollicitor to Mr. Levi, containing further reasons for a re-hearing of Mr. Levi by his counsel, upon his claim of a right of property in certain lands in Georgia, and urging new matter with respect to the said claim, arisen since the reference of Mr. Levi's former petition.

Ordered, that the Secretary do acquaint Mr. Le Breton, that the petitioner having been already heard by his counsel upon the merits of his petition, so far as it regards his claim of property, and that question having been decided, the Board does not think fit to allow of a re-hearing, much less can they enter into an examination of any new matter, not contained in the order of reference to them.

fo.395.

Barbados.

Their lordships had some discourse with the agent of the island of Barbados upon the Act for disqualifying Mr. Adams from sitting in the Assembly or holding any office in that island.

Wednesday, July 18th. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne, Mr. Dyson.

Plantations General, Nova Scotia.

fo. 396.

Read a memorial of several foreign officers and others, lately arrived in England upon false pretences and improper assurances of the Sieur Stumpell, who has obtained an order for a grant of lands in Nova Scotia, praying the Board's assistance in providing a passage for them to America, and procuring them a grant of lands in some of his Majesty's colonies.

The said officers and others attending, the Board had some discourse with them, and the Secretary was, at their request, ordered to give them a certificate, that it appeared, that the promises and assurances given by the Sieur Stumpell were without any foundation or authority.

Trade, Africa.

fo. 397.

Their lordships took into consideration the state of affairs respecting his Majesty's dominions and possessions in Africa, and the following papers were read and considered, vizt.,
Letter from Samuel Poirier, esquire, Secretary to the African Committee, to the Secretary, dated June 30th, 1764, inclosing,
Report of the African Committee in answer to the Secretary's letter of 11th June, 1764, on the question, whether it be for the publick advantage and benefit of the trade, that the officers upon the Coast of Africa should be allowed to trade for slaves.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Goodson, Chief of William's Fort, Whydah, to the African Committee, November 26th, 1763.
Copy of a letter from William Mutter, esquire, Governor of Cape Coast Castle, to the African Committee, dated 10th January, 1764.
fo. 398.
Copy of a letter from John Barnes, esquire, Governor of Senegal, to the African Committee, dated 3rd March, 1764, with a memorial from the said John Barnes, and copies of letters between him and Captain Mathew Burnbury, relating to the delivering up to the former the fort at Senegal.
Trade.
Africa.
Copy of a letter from ditto, to the African Committee, dated April 8th, 1764.
Letter from Mr. Poirier to Mr. Pownall, dated July 11th, 1764, inclosing,
List of papers inclosed to Mr. Pownall from the African Committee.
fo. 399.
Letter from the African Committee to the Board, dated July 11th, 1764, containing a state of the British rights to Albreda in the River Gambia, together with the proofs upon which they are founded.
Copy of Queen Elizabeth's grant, to certain of her subjects, of the River Gambia in 1588.
Extract from the minute book of the Royal African Company, 20th May, 1663.
Copy of a memorial from the Royal African Company to the Earl of Holderness, 18th July, 1761.
Extract of a letter from the Royal African Company to their agents at Gambia, dated December 3rd, 1700.
Letter from Samuel Poirier, esquire, to the Secretary, dated July 11th, 1764, inclosing,
fo. 400.
Copy of a letter to the African Committee from Joseph Debat, esquire, Governor of James Fort, Gambia, 27th February, 1764; also of several other letters and papers, relative to the French resettling at Albreda; and their detention at Goree of the Committee's store ship the Countess of Sussex, for Senegal.

Ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon the state of the British right to an exclusive possession of the River Gambia, and to the pretensions of France, at first to settle, and now to re-establish a factory at Albreda, be prepared.

Massachusetts.

Read and considered the following orders of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, vizt.,
fo. 401.
Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council, dated 17th July, 1764, referring back to the Board the petition of Governor Bernard, praying for a confirmation of a grant of an island called Mount Desart, to reconsider the same and report, whether the Province of Massachusets Bay have or have not a right to make grants of land within the said territory.
Order of the Committee of Council, dated 17th July, 1764, referring back to the Board their report on the petition of Peter Duncan and others; to consider and report whether the Province of the Massachusets Bay have a right to make grants of land within the territory of Sagadahock.

fo. 402.

Ordered, that a state of the case, respecting the question whether the General Court of the Massachusets Bay have or have not a right to make grants of land in the District of Sagadahock, be prepared during the recess of the Board.

Thursday, July 19th. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne, Mr. Dyson.

Trade.

fo. 403.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon a state of the British right to the exclusive possession of the River Gambia, and to the pretensions of France, at first to settle, and now to re-establish a factory at Albreda, having been prepared pursuant to order, was read and considered, and, having been approved, was ordered to be transcribed, and a letter to the Earl of Halifax, inclosing it, to be prepared.

New York.

Read an order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated July 17th, 1764, referring to the Board, for their consideration and report, the memorial of Sir James Jay in behalf of the Governors of King's College in the City of New York, praying for a grant of twenty thousand acres of land in the said province.

fo. 404.

Sir James Jay attending, their lordships had some discourse with him upon the subject matter of his petition, and being withdrawn, it was ordered, that the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council thereupon should be prepared.

Friday, July 20th. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne, Mr. Dyson.

New York.

New Jersey.

fo. 405.

Read an order of his Majesty in Council, dated this day, approving the Board's representation upon the Acts passed in New York and New Jersey concerning the boundary line, and directing the Board to recommend proper persons to be appointed Commissioners for ascertaining the said boundary.

Their lordships, upon consideration of the said order and of lists of the names of persons recommended for Commissioners by the respective agents, agreed upon a list of proper persons, and a representation to his Majesty, inclosing the said list, was signed.

Georgia, East and West Florida.

fo. 406.

Read an order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated the 17th instant, referring to this Board, for their consideration and report, a memorial presented to his Majesty by the Earl of Eglington, containing proposals for the speedy and effectual settlement of the Colonies of Georgia, East and West Florida.

Ordered, that the said reference be taken into consideration tomorrow morning, and that the Secretary do write to the Earl of Eglington to desire the favor of his Lordship's attendance at the Board.

New York.

Read an order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated the 17th instant, referring to the Board, for their consideration and report, a memorial of Lieutenant Andrew Philip Skene, praying for a grant of twenty thousand acres of land to him and his two sisters in New York, as near as may be to the tract directed to be granted to his father.

fo. 407.

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

East and West Florida.

Read a letter to Mr. Pownall from Doctor Burton, Secretary to the Society for the propagation of the Gospel in foreign parts, signifying the wish of the Society, that the ministers appointed for Floridas may be directed to officiate as schoolmasters, until others can be procured.

Ordered, that the Secretary do acquaint Doctor Burton, that their lordships have the greatest deference for the opinion of the Society, but are sorry they cannot concur with what they recommend in this case.

Nova Scotia, North Carolina.

fo. 408.

Read a letter from Doctor Burton to Mr. Pownall, dated July 20th, 1764, returning the thanks of the Society to the Board, for the communication of what regards the appointment of missionaries to the Indians in Nova Scotia, and to the state of religion in North Carolina.

East and West Florida.

The Secretary laid before the Board a list of particulars of necessaries proper to be provided for the churches in Florida, delivered to him by the ministers appointed for those churches, with a request that the Board would give such directions thereon, as they thought proper.

Ordered, that the agents for East and West Florida do deliver in an estimate of the expence of providing the several articles contained in the said list.

fo. 409.

Trade, Africa.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, upon the state of the British right to an exclusive possession of the River Gambia, and to the pretensions of France, at first to settle, and now to re-establish a factory at Albreda, having been transcribed, was signed; as was also a letter to the Earl of Halifax, inclosing it, and desiring his Lordship to lay it before his Majesty.

Saturday, July 21st. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Rice, Mr. Gascoyne, Mr. Dyson.

fo. 410.

Georgia, East and West Florida.

Their lordships took into further consideration the reference of the Earl of Eglington's proposals for the speedy and effectual settlement of the Colonies of Georgia, East Florida and West Florida; and his Lordship attending as desired, the Board had discourse with him upon the several particulars contained in his Lordship's proposals.

The Earl of Eglington being withdrawn, their lordships, upon consideration of the great importance of the proposals, and the great variety of publick interests and considerations to which they have reference, agreed to take further time for deliberation upon, and examination of, this matter, and the Secretary was ordered to signify the same to the Earl of Eglington.

fo. 411.

Monday, July 23rd. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Rice, Mr. Dyson.

Miscellanies.

The Secretary laid before the Board an account of the petty expences and incidental charges of this Office from the 5th of January to the 5th of April, 1764, amounting in the whole to five hundred, forty one pounds, five shillings and six pence, and a letter to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring payment thereof, and of the salaries due to the Secretary and under officers in the service of this Board, was signed.

East and West Florida.

fo. 412.

The Secretary laid before the Board an estimate, prepared by the agents for East and West Florida, of the expence of providing necessaries for the churches in those colonies, which was approved; and it was ordered, that the agents should procure and transmit to the respective governors the several necessaries mentioned in the said estimate, for each church, making such addition to the articles of vessells for the Communion Table, as that the expence for each church do not exceed twenty guineas.

Read a letter from the Earl of Sandwich, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State to the Board, dated July 13th, 1764, inclosing,
Extract of a letter from Mr. Cressener to the Earl of Sandwich, Bonn, 3rd July, 1764.
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Copy of a letter from Monsieur Vivegnis to Mr. Cressener, dated Spa, 26th June, 1764, containing his proposals for establishing a colony in Florida.

A letter to the Earl of Sandwich, containing the Board's opinion upon the subject matter of the said papers, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Plantations General, Nova Scotia.

Upon further application from the foreign officers, whose case is referred to in the minutes of the 18th instant, it was ordered, that the Secretary should inform them by letter, that, as there is no fund for defraying the expence of the passage of settlers to America, their lordships cannot enter into an examination of their proposals, but if any provision should be made for this service in the next Session of Parliament, the Board will with pleasure receive and attentively consider any proposals they may have to offer.

fo. 414.

The following letters of reference from the Treasury were read and considered, vizt.,
Bermuda.
Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury to Mr. Pownall, dated June 25th, 1764, signifying the desire of that Board to have the opinion of the Board of Trade upon an application made some time ago by the late Governor of Bermuda, to have a compensation for the arrears of salary due to him from the Island, and other deficiencies in his appointment.
Georgia.
Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury to Mr. Pownall, dated June 2nd, 1764, desiring to have this Board's opinion upon a memorial of the agent of Georgia, concerning the time to which the late Chief Justice of that colony is to be paid his salary.

Several minutes were taken of their lordships' opinion upon the cases referred, and the Secretary was ordered to communicate their lordships' sentiments to the Secretary to the Treasury, for the information of that Board.

Trade.

Read a petition of the merchants of Cork, complaining of a clause in an Act passed in the last Session of Parliament, for granting certain duties in the British colonies, etc., etc., and praying the Board's interposition with Government in their behalf.

Ordered, that the said petition do lye by for further consideration at the meeting of Parliament.

fo. 416.

Quebec.

Read and considered a remonstrance and petition of the gentry, merchants, etc., of Montreal to the Board, respecting the appointment of an agent by the inhabitants of the City of Quebec; licences for Indian trade; freedom of posts; grants, and the fishery of the River St. Lawrence; wharfs, and vessels cleared to and from Montreal.

New York.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following paper received from General Monckton, Governor of New York.
Minutes of Council of the Province of New York, on the petition of Samuel Deal and others, for a licence to purchase eleven thousand acres of land of the Indians.

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It appearing that the matters, to which these proceedings relate, had been regulated by his Majesty's proclamation of the 7th of October, the said minutes were ordered to lye by.

South Carolina.

Read a memorial of Mr. John Gregg, stating a demand upon the publick for expences incurred in furnishing shipping and supplies to the French Protestants, who were directed by his Majesty to be settled in South Carolina, and desiring the Board to take such measures, or make such report thereupon, as the justice of the case appears to require.

fo. 418.

Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit a copy of the said memorial, and of the account of disbursements therein referred to, to the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, signifying to him the Board's direction, that he should lay the same before the Commons House of Assembly, and recommend to them to make provision for the re-imbursement of such part of the said expenses, as were incurred in supplying the said Protestants with necessaries, and for other services relative to them, after their arrival in the province.

Plantations General.

fo. 419.

The Secretary laid before the Board a Commission appointing William De Brahm, esquire, Surveyor General of Lands for the Southern District of North America, which was read and ordered to be entered, and the Secretary was directed to write a letter of instructions to Mr. De Brahm, conformable to what had been settled and agreed on, in respect to the instructions to the Surveyor of the Northern District.

Virginia.

Read the following letter and papers received from the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, vizt.,
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Fauquier to the Board, dated May 9th, 1764, containing an account of his proceedings on the receipt of their lordships' letter of the 9th of December last, and of an appeal he has granted in a cause tried on the validity of the Act of Assembly settling the price of tobacco for all publick dues payable in 1758; also transmitting,
fo. 420.
Account of his Majesty's revenue of quit rents, etc. for the year 1762.
Account of his Majesty's revenue of 2/- per hogshead from 25th April to 25th October, 1763.
Ditto: from 25th of October, 1763, to 25th April, 1764.
Thirteen Acts passed January 21st, 1764.
List of ships and vessels entered and cleared in the port of York River, between June 24th and December 25th, 1763.
Ditto: in the port of Hampton from the 25th of March, 1763, to the 25th of March, 1764.
Ditto: Upper District of James River from 5th April to 10th October, 1763.
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Lists of ships and vessels entered and cleared in Rappahannock River from 25th of March, 1763, to 25th of March, 1764.
Ditto: South Potomack from 5th of April, 1763, to April, 1764.
Journal of the Council in Assembly from January 12th to January 21st, 1764.
Ditto: of the House of Burgesses from January 12th to January 21st, 1764.

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

Miscellanies.

fo. 422.

Mr. Lemuel Dole Nelme and Mr. Samby, recommended by Lord Orwell and Mr. Gascoyne to supply two of the vacancies in the clerks' office, were called in and examined, and specimens of their writing having been produced, conformable to the regulations in the minutes of the 4th instant, their lordships, upon examination of the said specimens, thought proper to postpone any determination upon their qualifications, until there should be a fuller Board.

The following rules and orders were directed to be observed by the clerks and under officers, vizt.,
fo. 423.
That all the clerks do attend their duty in the Office from 10 o'clock in the forenoon till three in the afternoon, or as much longer as the Board sits or the Secretary remains in the Office, or requires their attendance, and that no clerk do absent himself without leave from the Secretary.
Miscellanies.
That all the clerks do attend in an evening, whenever the Board sits or the Secretary requires their attendance.
That all books and papers be locked up in their respective presses and places by the junior clerk every morning and evening before he leaves the Office, and the keys to be delivered to the Secretary or Deputy Secretary.
That no clerk do presume to deliver any book or paper, or the copy of any paper to any stranger, or to suffer any stranger to inspect or peruse any book or paper without an order from the Secretary, or, in his absence, from the Deputy Secretary.
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That the doorkeepers do on no account suffer any strangers to go into the clerk's room. If a clerk is wanted, it is the duty of the doorkeepers to acquaint him of it, and he may go out to the person wanting him.
That any person transgressing these rules and orders shall be suspended from his office by the Secretary, and his pay shall cease during such suspension, and such person so suspended shall not be restored but upon application to the Commissioners, upon which application their lordships will judge what is fit to be done.

Footnotes

1 Probably a misprint for 31st.