Journal, June 1770
Wednesday, June 6. Present:—Mr. Eliot, Mr. Roberts.
The Earl of Hillsborough present.
The draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of
Council for Plantation affairs upon the subject of the Proclamation issued by the Governor of New Hampshire for ascertaining
the rates of gold and silver coins, having been prepared pursuant
to order, was approved and ordered to be transcribed.
The persons interested in a petition praying for a grant of
certain districts of land in Nova Scotia for carrying on a fishery,
which petition is mentioned in the minutes of the 21st ultimo,
attended, and were acquainted, that, as the Board never recommended, nor the Council never issued any orders for grants of
land in particular spots nor in different tracts, not contiguous
each to the other, the only proper method for them to pursue
would be to make their application to the Governor and Council
of the Colony, who, by being on the spot, could only judge of the
propriety of what they requested.
Their Lordships took into consideration the reference of Sir
Jeffery Amherst's petition, mentioned in the preceding minutes,
and ordered the draught of a report thereupon to be prepared.
Read a letter from Lieutenant Governor Colden to the Board,
dated April 25th, 1770, transmitting publick papers, vizt.
Duplicate of a letter, No. 9, from Lieutenant Governor
Colden to the Earl of Hillsborough, dated February 21st,
1770, containing remarks on Acts lately passed, and on the
attempts of a violent party in the Province of New York
to disturb the Government.
Copy of an agreement made between General Gage and
Lieutenant Governor Colden for laying out two thousand
pounds granted for the use of the troops quartered in
the Province of New York.
Journal of the Council in Assembly from November 21st,
1769, to January 27th, 1770.
Printed Journal of the Assembly from November 21st, 1769,
to January 27th, 1770.
List of Acts passed in December, 1769, and January, 1770.
Ordered, that such of the said Acts, as have not been already
considered and reported upon, be referred to Mr. Jackson for his
opinion thereupon in point of law.
Thursday, June 7. Present:—Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Fitzherbert,
Lord Greville, Mr. Roberts, Lord Robert Spencer, Mr.
Their [sic] Earl of Hillsborough present, their Lordships read
and approved the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the petition of Sir Jeffery Amherst for a
grant of the Jesuits' lands in Canada, and the said draught
having been transcribed, was signed;—as was also a report to
their Lordships upon the Proclamation issued by Governor
Wentworth, for ascertaining the rates of gold and silver coins in
the Province of New Hampshire.
Their Lordships took into consideration two Acts, the one
passed in the Province of South Carolina in August, 1769,
intituled an Act to incorporate the Society commonly called and
known by the name of the Fellowship Society, the other passed in
Jamaica in December, 1768, intituled an Act to authorize and
enable William Patrick Brown of the Parish of St. John in the
County of Middlesex in this Island, Esquire, to settle and dispose
of his estate both real and personal in this Island by deed or Will in
such manner as he shall think proper, notwithstanding an Act of
the Governor, Council and Assembly of this Island, intituled an
Act to prevent the inconveniences arising from exorbitant Grants and
devises made by white persons to Negroes and the issue of Negroes
and to restrain and limit such Grants and devises; and the said
Acts having been read, together with Mr. Jackson's reports
thereupon, their Lordships agreed to lay them before His Majesty,
for His Royal confirmation, and representations to His Majesty
thereupon were accordingly prepared, approved and signed.
Their Lordships, pursuant to His Majesty's commands, signified
to them by the Earl of Hillsborough, took into consideration two
letters to his Lordship from the Governor of Jamaica, and sundry
papers therein referred to, relative to a dispute between the
Council and Assembly of that Island, touching the application of
the surplus of the Duties and Taxes arising by the Revenue Act
of 1728, and, after some time spent therein, it was ordered, that
the draught of a representation to His Majesty in Council thereupon should be prepared.
Their Lordships then took into consideration six Acts passed
in the Colony of New York in the years 1767, 1768 and 1769,
together with Mr. Jackson's report thereupon, and the said Acts
and report having been read, it was ordered, that the draught of a
representation to His Majesty should be prepared, proposing that
several of the said Acts may be disallowed.
Read a report of Richard Jackson, Esquire, dated June 5th,
1770, on a Bill passed by the Assembly of New York in April,
1769, to confirm estates claimed by or under Aliens.
Ordered, that the said report do lye by for further consideration at another opportunity.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for
Plantation affairs, dated May 25th, 1770, referring to this
Board, for their consideration and report, a memorial of Thomas
Walpole and others to the King, renewing their application to
His Majesty that a grant of a tract of land on the back of Virginia
(with an extension of the limits) may be made to them, reserving
therein to all persons their just rights to any parts of said land,
which may be comprehended within the tract petitioned for.
Nova Scotia, East Florida, Plantations General.
The Secretary laid before the Board memorials of the agents
of Nova Scotia and East Florida, and of the agents for the Surveyors General of Lands for the Northern and Southern districts
in America, prepared by them to be presented to the Lords of
the Treasury, praying that the sums respectively granted for those
services in the last session of Parliament may be issued to them
to be applied according to the estimates, and their Lordships
approved of the said memorials being presented to the Lords
Commissioners of the Treasury, for their Lordships' directions
Monday, June 11. Present:—Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Roberts,
Lord Robert Spencer, Mr. Eliot, Mr. Fitzherbert, Lord
The Earl of Hillsborough present, their Lordships read and
approved the draught of a representation to His Majesty on the
papers relative to the dispute between the Council and Assembly
of Jamaica, touching the appropriation of the surplus of the
Revenue; and also the draught of a representation upon several
Laws of New York, and it was ordered, that the said draughts
should be transcribed.
Read a memorial of the merchants of Poole, interested in and
trading to the Island of Newfoundland, complaining of some orders
and regulations issued and made by Governor Byron respecting
the salmon fishery in that Island, and the fees of the Naval
Their Lordships agreed to take the said memorial into consideration on Friday next, and that Mr. Merry, agent for the
memorialist, should have notice to attend.
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council dated
May 25th, 1770, referring to this Board, for their consideration
and report, a petition of the Proprietaries of the Province of
Pennsylvania, complaining that certain lawless persons from the
Colony of Connecticut have taken forcible possession of lands in
that province, and resist the authority of its Government.
Read an Order of the King in Council, dated June 6th, 1770,
approving a report of the Lords of the Committee of Council,
relative to the erecting the Island of Dominica into a separate
Government, independent of the Grenades, and directing this
Board to prepare draughts of a Commission and instructions for
such person as His Majesty shall be pleased to appoint Governor
of said Island, and likewise the form and device of a new Seal.
Ordered, that the said order of reference do lye by for further
consideration, when the appointment of a Governor for the Island
of Dominica shall be notified to this Board.
The Earl of Hillsborough, by His Majesty's command, laid
before the Board copy of a letter to his Lordship from Governor
Bruere, dated March 28th, 1770, recommending Henry Tucker,
junior, and John Tudor, Esquires, to be Members of the Council
in the Bermuda Islands, in the room of Colonel Thomas Gilbert
and Samuel Spofford, Esquire, deceased, and it was ordered, that
the draught of a representation to His Majesty thereupon should
be accordingly prepared.
Friday, June 15. Present:—Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Fitzherbert,
Mr. Roberts, Lord Robert Spencer, Lord Greville.
The Secretary having acquainted the Board, that Mr. Ross,
agent to Sir Jeffery Amherst, had, in his name, applyed for a
copy of their Lordships' report on Sir Jeffery Amherst's petition
for a grant of the Jesuits' lands in Canada, it was ordered, that the
Secretary should send a copy thereof to Sir Jeffery Amherst.
Mr. Merry, agent for the merchants of Poole in the business
stated in their memorial, mentioned in the minutes of the 11th,
attends, and is informed, that the Board is at all times desirous
of giving all possible attention and dispatch to such matters as
relate to mercantile interests, and wish therefore, that the
memorialists had made their application before Governor Byron's
departure; but that the business, to which their memorial
relates, must now lye by untill the Governor's return.
The Earl of Hillsborough having acquainted the Board, that
the King had been pleased to appoint Sir William Young, Baronet,
to be Captain General and Governor in Chief of the Island of
Dominica, their Lordships resumed the consideration of the Order
in Council relative to that Island, mentioned in the minutes of the
11th instant, and gave directions for preparing draughts of a
Commission and of instructions for the said Governor with all
Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council for
Plantation affairs, dated June 11th, 1770, directing this Board
to prepare and lay before their Lordships the draught of an
additional instruction for the Governor of New Hampshire, to
take such measures, with the advice of the Council of that province, as shall be effectual for putting an immediate stop to the
operation of a Proclamation issued by him for ascertaining the
rate of gold and silver foreign coin current in the said province,
and also to recommend to the Assembly to form a Bill
(if necessary) to prevent any prejudice to private persons in consequence
of said Proclamation.
Ordered, that the draught of an additional instruction conformable thereto be prepared.
The Secretary laid before the Board a memorial, prepared by
the agent for West Florida to be presented to the Treasury,
praying that the sum granted by Parliament in the last session
for the service of that Colony may be issued to him, and their
Lordships approved of its being presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their directions upon it.
The draughts of representations to His Majesty on the papers
relative to the matter in controversy between the Council and
Assembly of Jamaica, and upon several New York Laws, having
been transcribed, were signed; as was also a representation
recommending two persons to supply vacancies in the Council of
the Bermuda Islands.
Their Lordships took into consideration the Order of the Lords
of the Committee of Council, mentioned in the minutes of the 7th
instant, referring the memorial of Thomas Walpole, Esquire, and
others, and agreed, that it was a matter of too great importance
for them to give an opinion upon, without the advice and assistance
of the great officers who are members of the Board.