Journal, October 1768
Volume 75

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1937

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'Journal, October 1768: Volume 75', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 13: January 1768 - December 1775 (1937), pp. 48-55. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=77676 Date accessed: 31 October 2014.


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Journal, October 1768

fo. 184.

Thursday October 6. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Dyson, Mr. Fitzherbert.

Grenada.

Read an Order of the King in Council, dated September 7th, 1768, repealing several Acts and Ordinances passed in Grenada; and directing this Board to prepare and lay before his Majesty draughts of additional instructions to the Governor for carrying into execution certain parts of the proposals therein mentioned; and the Earl of Hillsborough to receive his Majesty's pleasure for such orders as are necessary and requisite for carrying into execution the other parts of the said proposals.

fo. 185.

The draught of additional instructions, conformable thereto, having been prepared, was approved, and a representation to his Majesty thereupon was signed.

Monday October 24. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Dyson, Mr. Fitzherbert, Mr. Robinson.

Quebec.

fo. 186.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for Plantation Affairs, dated September 28th, 1768, directing this Board to consider the state of Quebec in respect to revenue, religion and judicature, and to report their opinion, whether it may be expedient to call an Assembly, and if so, how it should be constituted, and what instructions it may be proper to give in respect to the three points above mentioned.

Their lordships made some progress in the consideration of this business, and agreed to consider further thereof on Thursday next.

New York.

Read an Order of his Majesty in Council, dated August 12th, 1768, approving a report of the Lords of the Committee upon a representation of this Board to his Majesty, touching the Act passed in New York for making provision for quartering his Majesty's troops, and directing the Board to proceed, to represent to his Majesty upon the laws of New York, now before them.

fo. 187.

Proprieties.

Read a report of his Majesty's Attorney and Solicitor General upon the petition of the Proprietaries of Maryland and Pennsylvania, touching the decrees and agreements concerning their respective limits, referred to them on the 27th of November last.

Ordered, that the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council on the said petition be prepared.

Jamaica.

Read Sir Matthew Lamb's opinion upon a case and question stated to him by order of the Board. touching the right of jurisdiction in the case of a murther committed on board one of his Majesty's ships in the harbour of Port Royal, Jamaica, by a seaman in his Majesty's pay.

fo. 188.

Their lordships, upon consideration of the said case and opinion, and of a former opinion in a similar case given by the Attorney and Solicitor General and some of the most eminent civilians, agreed upon a representation to his Majesty thereupon, and a draught was accordingly ordered to be prepared.

Grenada, St. Vincent's.

Read a memorial of Philip Laborde and William Byam of the island of St. Vincent's, praying the Board's approbation of and consent to the said Laborde's assigning to the said Byam, a lease granted for fourteen years to Laborde by the Commissioners for sale of lands in the ceded islands, of a lot of land consisting of thirty eight acres in the said island of St. Vincent.

fo. 189.

Grenada.

It appearing, by papers annexed to the said petition, that General Melvill had given his consent to the said assignment, pursuant to the 4th article of his Majesty's instructions to the Commissioners for the sale of lands, it was ordered, that the Secretary should sign a certificate of their lordships' approbation and consent to the said assignment.

Read the following papers relative to the state of the British commerce in the ports of Cadiz and St. Lucar in Spain, vizt.
Trade, Spain.
Letter from Josiah Hardy, Esquire, his Majesty's Consul at Cadiz, to the Board, dated August 28th, 1768, transmitting,
Representation of the British Consul and factory at Cadiz, dated August 27th, 1768, relative to some grievances under which the British commerce at this time labours in that city.
Copy of a memorial presented to the Governor of Cadiz by the British Consul and the deputies of the factory there.
fo. 190.
Copy of an order of his Catholick Majesty, dated June 16th, 1768, prohibiting fixed prices being set on eatables, sold by retail.
Ditto: relative to printed linnens and printed cottons.
Copy of a tariff relating to a duty collected by the Health Officer on all bale goods, etc., imported in foreign bottoms.
Letter from Wyndham Beawes, Esquire, Consul at St. Lucar, to the Board, dated August 16th, 1768, relative to prohibiting the importation of certain articles of commerce into the kingdom of Spain.
A list of British vessels that have delivered any merchandize from any of the British dominions in the ports of Galicia and Asturias, from the 25th of December, 1767, to 24th of June, 1768.

fo. 191.

Ordered, that enquiry be made of the names of the principal merchants trading to Spain, in order to have some discourse with them upon the subject of these papers.

Nice.

Read a letter from John Buckland, Esquire, Consul at Nice, to the Board, dated July 6th, 1768, relative to the state of the British trade there.

East Florida.

Major Maurice, whose petition for twenty thousand acres of land in East Florida was referred to this Board, on the 26th of June, 1767, attended and prayed their lordships report thereupon. He was accordingly called in and examined as to his intention and ability to carry the proposed settlement into execution, and being withdrawn, their lordships, upon consideration, ordered the draught of a report to be prepared, recommending that he should have a grant of ten thousand acres.

fo. 192.

The Earl of Hillsborough, by his Majesty's command, communicated the following papers to the Board, for their consideration and such reports thereupon as they shall think fit, vizt.
Quebec.
Extracts of letters from the Governor of Quebec, dated the 11th and 12th of April last, relative to publick officers' fees, and insufficiency of the deputies of patentees.
Nova Scotia.
Extract of a letter from Lieutenant Governor Francklin to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated Halifax, August 5th, 1768, containing his observations upon two laws lately passed in the province of Nova Scotia.
New York.
fo. 193.
Copy of a letter from Sir Henry Moore, Fort George, 5th July, 1768, containing his observations upon the state of the New Hampshire townships, and inclosing a report thereof.
Copy of a letter from Sir Henry Moore, July 12th, 1768, recommending Mr. Wallace to supply a vacancy in the Council of that province.
New Jersey.
Copy of a letter from William Francklin, Esquire, Governor of New Jersey, dated July 9th, 1768, containing his observations upon two Acts lately passed there.
Copy of a letter from Governor Francklin, dated August 13th, 1768, relative to a vacancy in the Council of that colony by the death of Mr. Woodruff.
South Carolina.
Copy of a letter from Lieutenant Governor Bull to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated July 18th, 1768, containing his observations upon the laws lately passed in South Carolina.
fo. 194.
Georgia.
Copy of a letter from Governor Wright to the Earl of Hills-borough, dated July 1st, 1768. containing his observations upon the nature and effect of the bounties given for the silk culture.
Copy of a letter from Governor Wright, dated June 8th, 1768, containing his observations upon some laws of the colony of Georgia lately passed there.
Leeward Islands.
Copy of a letter from Governor Woodley to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated Antigua, June 18th, 1768, relative to the state of the Councils in his government.
Jamaica.
Extract of a letter from the Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated July 23rd, 1768, relative to a vacancy in the Council of that island.

fo. 195.

New Jersey.

Ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty be prepared, recommending that Richard Stockton, Esquire, may be appointed of the Council of New Jersey, in the room of Mr. Woodruff.

Trade, Africa.

Read a letter from Mr. Poirier, secretary to the African Committee, dated October 1st, 1768, transmitting,
The account of the committee of the Company of Merchants trading to Africa for the year 1767.

Plantations General.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following letters and papers received from his Majesty's colonies in North America during the recess of the Board, vizt.
Copy of a letter from William Gerard De Brahm, Esquire, Surveyor General of the Southern district of America, to William Knox, Esquire, dated May 17th, 1768, relative to the progress he has made in his survey.
fo. 196.
Nova Scotia.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 1, from Michael Francklin, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated May 21st, 1768, relative to the Acadians; the inhabitants of Cape Breton; the licences for taking coals from the cliffs of that island; and the progress made in the settling of St. John's island.
Nova Scotia.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 3, from Lieutenant Governor Francklin to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated May 28th, 1768, relating to the contract entered into by Lord William Campbell for digging coals from the cliffs on the island of Cape Breton.
Papers referred to in letter, No. 3, dated May 28th, 1768.
fo. 197.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 4, from Lieutenant Governor Francklin to the Earl of Hillsborough, May 29th, 1768, with several papers relating to the settlement of the island of St. John.
Duplicate letter, No. 6, from Lieutenant Governor Francklin, dated June 12th, 1768, acknowledging the receipt of his Lordship's letter, No. 2, and transmitting a complete collection of the laws of Nova Scotia.
Letter from Lieutenant Governor Francklin to the Board,
dated June 12th, 1768, relating to the permanent establishment for the island of St. John, and to the methods taken for trying capital offences.
Printed collection of the perpetual laws of Nova Scotia.
Ditto: of the temporary laws.
Thirteen Acts passed in Nova Scotia in July, 1768.
fo. 198.
Massachussets.
Letter from Andrew Oliver, Esquire, Secretary to the Massachusets Bay, to the Secretary to this Board, dated August 31st, 1768, transmitting,
Eighteen Acts passed in the province of Massachusets Bay in May session.
Virginia.
Letter from John Blair, Esquire, President of the Council of Virginia, to the Board, dated June 20th, 1768, informing their lordships of his having taken upon him the administration of the government of that colony, upon the death of Lieutenant Governor Fauquier.
Minutes of Council in Assembly from March 31st to April 16th, 1768.
Votes of the House of Burgesses for the same time.
Seven Acts passed in April, 1768.
fo. 199.
New Jersey.
North Carolina.
Twenty three Acts passed in New Jersey in April and May, 1768.
Letter from William Tryon, Esquire, Governor of North
Carolina, to the Board, dated April 25th, 1768, transmitting a memorial of the Council to the King in Council, praying that such allowance may be made to them as made for the like services in Virginia.
Address of the Council of North Carolina to the Governor. Letter from Governor Tryon to the Board, dated June 16th,
1768, relating to some disturbances, which have happened in the counties of Orange and Anson; and the address of the colony for a paper currency.
Letter from Governor Tryon to the Board, dated June 17th,
1768, relating to manufactures in that province.
fo. 200.
Minutes of Council from March 29th to May 17th, 1768.
Ditto: on May 31st and June 4th, 1768.
Mr. McCulloh's observations on the Indian Lease Act, passed in North Carolina.
South Carolina.
Duplicate letter, No. 1, from William Bull, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, to the Board, dated May 30th, 1768, informing their lordships of his having taken upon him the administration of the government, on the departure of Lord Charles Greville Montagu.
Letter No. 2, Lieutenant Governor Bull to the Board, dated July 18th, 1768, containing remarks on two laws lately passed in South Carolina, and the temporary line of jurisdiction between that province and North Carolina.
fo. 201.
Letter No. 3, from Lieutenant Governor Bull to the Board, dated July 20th, 1768, signifying his intention to dissolve the Assembly, and call a new one.
Letter No. 4, from Lieutenant Governor Bull to the Board, dated August 15th, 1768, promising to comply with the directions contained in the Earl of Hillsborough's letter, relative to transmitting an account of manufactures set up in that province since 1734.
Georgia.
Letter from James Wright, Esquire, Governor of Georgia, dated July 8th, 1768, informing the Board of his having given certificates for the year's expence of his Majesty's guard or Scout boat.
South Carolina.
Records of grants made in South Carolina from January 7th to May 13th, 1768.
fo. 202.
Journals of the Commons House of Assembly of South Carolina from November 3rd, 1767, to April 12th, 1768.
Sixteen Acts passed in April, 1768.
East Florida.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 1, from James Grant, Esquire, Governor of East Florida, to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated June 17th, 1768, acknowledging the receipt of his Lordship's letter, signifying his appointment to be Secretary of State for the affairs of America.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 2, from Governor Grant to the Earl of Hillsborough, June 17th, 1768, relative to the regulation of fees, and his application to the King to have the command of the troops quartered in the province.
fo. 203.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 3, from Governor Grant, to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated June 17th, 1768, signifying his receipt of the duplicate of the address of the House of Commons of the 27th of March, 1766.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 4, from Governor Grant to the Earl of Hillsborough, June 18th, 1768, praying for the renewal of the bounty for the encouragement of the culture of vines, etc.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 5, from Governor Grant to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated June 20th, 1768, relative to the measures he is taking to procure satisfaction for the murthers committed near St. Mary's River.
East Florida.
Copy of a message from the Creek Nation, delivered by Tallechca, with Governor Grant's talk in answer, 1768.
fo. 204.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 6, from Governor Grant to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated June 30th, 1768, transmitting.
General account of contingent expences incurred for the service of East Florida from June 25th, 1767, to June 24th, 1768.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 7, from Governor Grant to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated July 2nd, 1768, containing remarks on Dr. Turnbull's large importation of white inhabitants into that province.
Return of settlers embarked by Dr. Turnbull for East Florida.
Leeward Islands.
Letter No. 1, from William Woodley, Esquire, Governor of the Leeward Islands, to the Board, dated June 21st, 1768, relative to the state of the Council for those islands.
fo. 205.
St. Christopher's.
Three Acts passed in St. Christopher's in April, 1768.
Minutes of Council of ditto: from August 28th, 1767, to March 3rd, 1768.
Ditto: of Assembly from September 4th, 1767, to April 8th. 1768.
Leeward Islands.
Letter No. 2, from Governor Woodley to the Board, dated July 25th, 1768, transmitting,
Antigua.
Minutes of Council from February 26th, 1767, to June 15th, 1768.
Ditto: of Assembly from February 29th to June 15th. 1768.
Two Acts passed in April and June, 1768.
St. Christopher's.
Two Acts passed in May, 1768.
Montserrat.
Minutes of Council from January 10th to December 19th, 1767.
Ditto: of Assembly for the same time.
fo. 206.
Five Acts passed in May, 1766, June, 1767, and March and May, 1768.
Bermuda.
Letter from George James Bruere, Esquire, Governor of Bermuda, to the Board, dated August 4th, 1768, transmitting duplicates of his dispatches to the Earl of Hills-borough.
Letter from Governor Bruere to the Board, dated August 2nd, 1768, informing them that there are none of his Majesty's troops in the Bermuda Islands.
General list of the inhabitants of Bermuda, 1768.
Letter from Governor Bruere to the Board, dated July 24th, 1768, stating the inconveniencies that arise from the Revenue Acts of those islands.
fo. 207.
Duplicate of a letter from Governor Bruere to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated August 8th, 1768, transmitting an address from the Legislature of the Bermuda Islands to the King on the redress the inhabitants have received for their losses by the depredations of the French at Turks' Islands, and on the supply of cannon and ordnance stores.
Letter from Governor Bruere to the Board, dated August 8th, 1768, relative to the claim of the inhabitants to the salt Keys at Turks' Islands.
Duplicate of a letter from Governor Bruere to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated August 9th, 1768, relative to the interruption lately given to the inhabitants of the Bermuda Islands in gathering salt at Tortugas.
fo. 208.
Letter from Governor Bruere to the Board, dated August 10th, 1768, relative to a scheme for erecting an hospital in the Bermudas for receiving the sick of the army and navy.

Plantations General.

Ordered, that the above mentioned Acts, received from the several colonies, be referred to Sir Matthew Lamb, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Thursday October 27. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Dyson, Mr. Fitzherbert, Mr. Robinson.

North Carolina.

fo. 209.

Mr. McCulloh attended in behalf of the persons interested in an Act passed in North Carolina, 1766, for confirming a lease made by the Tuscarora Indians to Robert Jones, etc., and urged several reasons to their lordships in support of the said Act, which he prayed might be reported by the Board for his Majesty's royal confirmation.

Mr. McCulloh being withdrawn, the Secretary acquainted the Board with the steps which have been taken upon this law, and with the letter thereupon, wrote by order of the Board to Earl Granville.

Ordered, that the Secretary do write again to Earl Granville, reminding him of the former letter, acquainting him of the application made by the persons interested in the law, and that their lordships will shortly lay before his Majesty for confirmation, unless his Lordship should signify any objection thereto, and desire to be heard upon it.

New Jersey.

fo. 210.

Pennsylvania, Maryland.

East Florida.

Jamaica.

The draught of a representation to his Majesty, recommending Mr. Stockton to be appointed of the Council of New Jersey, having been prepared pursuant to order, was approved; as were also reports to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the petition of the Proprietaries of Maryland and Pennsylvania, respecting their limits, and upon the petition of Major Maurice for a tract of land in East Florida, together with the draught of a representation to his Majesty upon a letter from the Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica, respecting the jurisdiction in cases of murther committed by seamen on board his Majesty's ships in the harbour of Kingston.

fo. 211.

Monday October 31. Present:—Earl of Hillsborough, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Dyson, Mr. Rice, Mr. Fitzherbert, Mr. Robinson.

Trade.

Read a memorial of the Company of Cordwainers complaining of the high price of leather, and recommending several regulations for the relief and benefit of this branch of manufacture.

Ordered. that the draught of a letter be prepared to the Commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland for the following accounts, vizt.
An account of the quantity of raw hides and skins exported from Ireland from Midsummer, 1758, to Midsummer, 1768, distinguishing the places to which exported.
fo. 212.
An account of the tanned leather exported for the same time, distinguishing the places to which exported, with the rate and amount of the duties paid thereupon.

Quebec.

Their lordships made a further progress in the consideration of the state of the province of Quebec in the several points prescribed in his Majesty's Order in Council.