Journal, July 1710
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'Journal, July 1710: Journal Book O', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 2: February 1709 - March 1715 (1925), pp. 167-175. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=81227 Date accessed: 19 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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Journal, July 1710

July 4. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Jamaica.

Letter from Lord Dartmouth.

French force and our posture of defence.

Letters to Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Colonel Lloyd.

A letter from the Lord Darmouth of yesterday's date, requiring an account of the number of the men-of-war and privateers the French have near Jamaica [fo. 26], what condition we are in to resist them, and what force may be necessary for the security of the said island and trade there, was read. Whereupon ordered that letters be writ to Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Colonel Lloyd to acquaint them therewith, and to desire them to communicate the same to such persons as they shall think proper, and let their lordships have their opinion in this matter in writing on Thursday morning next.

Extract of Major General Handasyd's letter to be sent Lord Dartmouth.

Further ordered that paragraphs C, D, F, H and M of Major-General Handasyd's letter of the 25th of March last [N., fo. 427], be transcribed in order to their being transmitted to the Lord Dartmouth.

Trade.

Colonel Lloyd and Mr. Skinner.

Ship Antonio stop't by the Portuguese.

Affidavit of the ship's property.

Letter to Advocate General.

Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Skinner attending, as he (sic) had been directed the 28th of the last month, in relation to the petition of the said Skinner &c., touching the ship St. Antonio of Padua's [fo. 18, 30], being stopt at Cascas Road by the Portuguese Governor there &c., the said petition was again read; and the said Skinner being there-upon asked the number of marriners that were on board the said ship, when she was seized, he said there was the master and five Spaniards and three English, and that a pass from the Duke of Anjou and Spanish colours were found on board, which were the reasons for her seizure. And Mr. Skinner being further asked if the property of the said ship was wholly English, he said it was. Whereupon he was desired to procure an affidavit thereof, which he promised to do, and lay the same before their lordships. Then these persons being withdrawn, ordered that a letter be writ to Sir Nathaniel Lloyd, her Majesty's Advocate General [fo. 30], to know how far it may be proper for her Majesty to interpose in this case (as is desired by the petitioners) in regard the master and five of the eight marriners are Spaniards and in regard that a pass from the Duke of Anjou and Spanish colours were found on board as aforesaid.

July 5. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Jamaica.

Letters from the Governor.

A letter from Major-General Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, to the secretary, dated 9th April, 1710, was read.

Recruits, pardon of a serjeant, and Captain Gardner to attend.

Another letter from him of the same date was also read, and directions given for preparing answers thereunto, and that paragraph E and F of the said letter relating to recruits [fo. 29], and the pardon of a serjeant for murder, be communicated to Captain Gardner, and that therefore he have notice to attend the Board to-morrow morning, and that he be desired to give their lordships what information he can in relation to those matters.

Ireland.

Mr. Lowther.

Representation from Whitehaven coal trade.

Mr. Lowther attending, presented to their lordships a representation of the masters and owners of ships of Whitehaven &c., relating to the coal trade to Ireland, and to an Act of Parliament pass'd in that kingdom concerning the said trade, the same was read; and the Board was of opinion that the most proper method would be to petition her Majesty in Council by way of caveat against the passing the said Bill.

Barbadoes.

Letter from Mr. Crow.

Papers therein referred to.

Letter from Mr. Crow, Governor of Barbadoes, dated the 6th March, 170 9/10, was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Naval officers’ list of ships from 24th September, 1709, to 25th December following.
Minutes of Council of Barbados from the 9th of November, 1709, to 24th January following.
Minutes of Assembly of Barbadoes from 15th November, 1709, to 28th February following.

July 6. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Mr. Astell.

Light house at Terderoe.

Opinion of merchants.

Mr. Astel attending, as he had been desired the 30th of the last month, in relation to the light house erected on the Island of Terderoe [fo. 21, 32], and being asked several questions there-upon, he said that, pursuant to their lordships’ directions, he had consulted the principal merchants trading to Norway, who were of opinion that the said light house was very usefull to all ships sailing to Dram, Christiana and other ports to the eastward of the Naes, and that therefore they did think the duty demanded, of one penny per last, was but reasonable, and that the merchants were very willing to pay it; that in times of peace above one hundred ships were employ'd in the said trade to the aforesaid ports to the eastward of the Naes. He further said that, if what he had now offered to their lordships was not sufficient for their information, he would procure the opinion of the said merchants in writing, and lay the same before their lordships on Monday or Tuesday morning next; which he was desired to do accordingly.

Jamaica.

Colonel Lloyd and Mr. Harris.

Memorial about French men of war and privateers.

Want of seamen at Jamaica.

Letter to the Lord Dartmouth.

Colonel Lloyd and Mr. Harris attending, Colonel Lloyd presented to their lordships a memorial relating to the number of men-of-war and privateers the French have cruizing to windward of Jamaica [fo. 21, 27], and other parts of the West Indies, to the weakness of her Majesty's ships there for want of seamen, many of whom are driven from the said island by the rigorous execution of the power given for collecting duties on prize goods, and proposing that the power to the said collector be recalled, and that eight men-of-war be forthwith sent to that island &c., was read; and Mr. Harris acquainted their lordships that the French ships of war mentioned in the said memorial to be gone to the West Indies, were large ships, from 50 to 70 gunns. These gentlemen being withdrawn, ordered that an answer be prepared to the Lord Dartmouth's letter of the 3rd instant.

July 7. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Jamaica.

Letter to Lord Dartmouth. French force in America.

A letter to the Lord Dartmouth, relating to the men-of-war and privateers the French have near Jamaica &c. [fo. 26, 30], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was signed.

Virginia.

Letter from Colonel Jenings.

A letter from Colonel Jennings, President of the Council of Virginia, dated the 24th April, 1710, was read.

Leeward Islands.

Letter from Colonel Parke.

A letter from Colonel Park, Governor of the Leeward Islands, dated the 25th of November, 1709, relating to the complaints against him, and the attempt to assassinate him, was read.

Second letter from him.

A second letter from him, dated the 9th of March, 170 9/10, relating to the meeting of the General Council and Assembly, two murders committed by Mr. Tankard and his brother, and to the invasion of Montserrat by seaven French privateers, was read.

Two more.

Two letters from him dated the 11th of May, 1710, were read, with the following papers, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Minutes of the General Council of the Leeward Islands in Assembly, from the 23rd of March, 170 9/10, to the 14th of April, 1710.
Minutes of the Council of Antigua from the 10th of January, 170 9/10, to the 14th of March following.

Leeward Islands.

Letter from Colonel Hodges.

Guard ship for Montserrat.

A letter from Mr. Hodges, Lieutenant Governor of Montserrat, dated the 2nd of February, 170 9/10, relating to an attack made by seven French privateers on that island, and proposing that one of the frigats attending the Leeward Islands may have her station at Montserrat, to ease the people of guards &c., was read.

Trade.

Mr. Lloyd.

Broughton and Wilkins's petition.

Pass for a ship.

Proceedings of Admiralty Court.

Mr. Lloyd attending upon the petition of Mr. Broughton and Wilkins, mentioned in the minutes of the 30th of the last month [fo. 19], and being asked several questions in relation to the ship for which the pass is desired, he said that she came from Bilboa, and was bound for Holland with Spanish wooll on account of Hollanders, and being met with by one of her Majesty's ships of war, was brought up to Plymouth; that the matter has been heard in Doctors’ Commons and the ship cleared; and for their lordships’ further information, he promised to bring their lordships an extract of the proceedings in Doctors’ Commons [fo. 31].

Jamaica.

Captain Gardner.

Recruits.

Captain Gardner attending as he had been desired, paragraph E of Major-General Handasyd's letter of the 9th of April last, relating to the recruits [fo. 23], was communicated to him. Whereupon he said that the Major-General had writ the same thing to him, and that he had put it in the proper method of examination, that five pound per man is allow'd to all the recruits sent to Jamaica; but is not paid till the master of the packet has given a certificate of his having received on board such a number of men; that the master of the packet-boat mentioned by the said General did give a certificate for 70 men, and therefore Captain Gardner concluded there was some unfair dealing between the officer and the master of the packet-boat.

Pardon for a serjeant condemn'd at Jamaica.

Their lordships further communicated to Captain Gardner paragraph F of the forementioned letter relating to the pardon of a serjeant in Jamaica [fo. 23]. Whereupon he said that he had sent the said pardon about one year ago, which he beleives miscarried; and a duplicate thereof in January last.

Jamaica.

Letter to Lord Dartmouth about recruits.

Captain Gardner being withdrawn, a postscript was added to the foremention'd letter to the Lord Dartmouth [fo. 27], upon the subject of the above-mentioned paragraph E touching recruits.

July 11. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Letter from Advocate General.His report on Skinner's petition about ship St. Antonio.

Letter to Advocate General.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle.

A letter from Sir Nathaniel Lloyd, her Majesty's Advocate General, of the 10th instant, to the secretary, inclosing his report upon the petition of Nicholas Skinner &c., relating to the ship St. Antonio de Padua [fo. 22, 39], seized in Cascas Road by the Portuguese Governor there, although she had her Majesty's pass &c., was read. Whereupon ordered that the secretary do return an answer to Sir Nathaniel Lloyd, acquainting him that by the powers of this commission their lordships are authorized to require the opinion of her Majesty's Attorney and Solicitor General or any other her Council at law &c. Further ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary Boyle upon the forementioned petition.

Newfoundland.

Custom House officers at Bristol. Account of ships sent to Newfoundland.

A letter from the Custom House officers at Bristol, of the 8th instant, inclosing a list of the names of the fishing ships that have sailed from that port to Newfoundland from the 24th of June, 1709, to the 24th of June, 1710, was read.

Maryland.

Letter from the Lord Baltimore.Act about qualification of surveyors.

A letter from the Lord Baltimore, dated the 7th instant [fo. 93], relating to an Act past in Maryland, requiring the surveyors of land there to qualify themselves by taking the oaths &c., with the reasons for passing the said Act and answers thereunto, was read. Whereupon their lordships agreed to take the same into consideration, when a return should be made to the letter of this Board of the 12th January, 1708/9, requiring Colonel Seymour and the Council of that province to give the reasons for passing the said Act.

Trade.

Mr. Lloyd.Pass for the ship St. Bernardo.

Certificate from the Admiralty Court.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle.

Mr. Lloyd attending in relation to the pass for the ship St. Bernardo of Bilboa &c., he presented to their lordships as directed the 7th instant [fo. 29, 32], a certificate from the Admiralty Court of their proceedings there relating to the said ship, which was read, and directions given for preparing the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle thereupon.

Declaration of neutrality for Germany.

Traders to the Baltick summon'd.

A copy of the declaration of neutrality for Germany to be observed by the northern princes now in war, was read. Whereupon ordered that some of the merchants trading to the Baltick have notice to attend the Board thereupon on Thursday morning next.

July 12. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Astel. Light house at Terderoe.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle thereupon.

A letter from Mr. Astel, with the opinion of himself and several other merchants trading to Norway, relating to a light house built by the King of Denmark on the Island of Terderoe [fo. 25], mentioned in the minutes of the 6th instant, was read, and a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle thereupon was signed.

Letter to him about a pass for the ship St. Bernardo.

Another letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle upon the petition of Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Broughton, praying for a pass for the ship St. Bernardo, of Bilboa &c. [fo. 31], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was also signed.

Jamaica.

Letter to the Lord Dartmouth.Warrant for new seal.

A letter to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing a warrant for her Majesty's signature, allowing and directing the use of a new seal for the island of Jamaica, was signed.

Plantations General.

Letter from Colonel Quary.

New York.

Two letters from Colonel Quary, dated the 2nd of December, 1709, and 10th of February, 170 9/10, relating to the government of Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, together with the copy of an Act past in Maryland, entituled An Act reviving an Act for limitation of officersfees, were read. Whereupon ordered that answers be prepared to the said letters [fo. 52].

Trade.

Turkey Company.

Memorial on Mr. PalmesLetter.

Trade in the Adriatique.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle.

Several members of the Turkey Company attending, they presented to their lordships a memorial upon the extract of a letter from Mr. Palmes, her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary at Vienna, touching a proposal for opening a trade with the Emperor's ports in the Adriatick [fo. 11, 35], mentioned in the minutes of the 20th of the last month, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer to Mr. Boyle's letter referring the said proposal to this Board.

July 13. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Maryland.

Letter from the Lord Dartmouth.Commission and instructions for Colonel Corbet.

A letter from the Lord Dartmouth of the 7th instant, desiring this Board to prepare the draught of a commission and instructions for Colonel John Corbet to be Governor of Maryland [fo. 40], was read, and directions given for preparing the same accordingly.

Ireland.

Order of Committee of Council.

Bill about linnen manufacture.

An order of the right honourable the Committee of her Majesty's Council of the 12th instant, referring to the Board a Bill lately transmitted from Ireland, entituled An Act to inforce such Acts as have been made for the improvement of the linnen manufacture and a further regulation of the same, directing their lordships to peruse the said Act and to report their opinion upon the scope thereof, which Order and Bill were read.

Letter to Hamburgh Company.Duty on callicoe, &c.

Whereupon ordered that a letter be writ to the Governor or Deputy Governor of the Hamburgh Company [fo. 36], inclosing the copy of a clause of the said Act, which lays a duty upon all callicoes and other linnen imported into that kingdom, to know if they have any objections thereto.

Letter to Mr. Carkesse about callicoe and linnen exported to Ireland.

Further ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Carkesse [fo. 36] for an account of the quantities of white, printed or stained callicoes, or other linnens that have been exported from hence to Ireland, for one year ending at Midsummer last, or an account of such exports for so much of that time as he can.

Trade.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle.Trade in the Adriatique.

A letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle upon the proposal for opening a trade with the ports in the Emperor's dominions in the Adriatique [fo. 33], mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was signed.

Jamaica.

Leeward Islands.

Letters to the Governors.

A letter to Major-General Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, as also to Colonel Park, Governor of the Leeward Islands [fo. 19], were signed.

Barbadoes.

Letter from the Council.

A letter from the Council of Barbadoes of the 22nd of April last, relating to disputes between them and the Assembly [fo. 59], about the Treasurer in that island, was read, as were likewise the papers therein referr'd to, which are as follows, vizt.:

Papers therein referrd to.

Resolves of the Assembly of the 14th March, 1709, against the Council upon occasion of nominating a Treasurer in the Excise Bill.
Council of Barbadoes’ answer to the Assemblies resolves upon occasion of nominating a Treasurer in the Excise Bill.

Mr. Crow from Barbadoes.

Mr. Crow, being lately arrived from Barbadoes, attended, and acquainted their lordships that he was ready to give them, when they should require it, an account of the present state of that island.

July 15. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Ireland.

Hamburgh Company.

Bill about linen manufacture.

Memorial about duties on callicoes,&c.

Trade.

in the Adriatique.

Ireland.

Report on the said Bill.

Mr. Ward, Governor of the Hamburgh Company [fo. 34, 38], with several of the members thereof attending in relation to the Bill lately transmitted from Ireland, entituled An Act to enforce such Acts as have been made for the improvement of the linnen manufacture, and a further regulation of the same; he presented to their lordships a memorial upon that clause of the said Act relating to the duties on callicoes &c. imported into that kingdom (mentioned in the minutes of the 13th instant), as also to the trade with the Emperor's dominions in the Adriatique, which was read; and he added in discourse that this Irish Bill did not much affect their Hamburgh trade, by reason that since the establishment of the linnen manufacture in Ireland, very few of the Hamburgh linnens have been exported thither; and these gentlemen being withdrawn, their lordships gave directions for preparing the draught of a report to the Lords Committee of Council upon the said Bill.

July 17. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Ireland.

Letter from Mr. Carkesse.Calicoes and linen exported to Ireland.

A letter from Mr. Carkesse, secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, of the 15th instant, in answer to one writ him the 13th ditto [fo. 35], with an account of callicoes and linnens exported from hence to Ireland for one year &c., was read.

Ireland.

Report to the Council on the Bill about linnen manufacture.

Linnen manufacture.

A report to the right honourable the lords of her Majesty's most honourable Privy Council in answer to their lordships’ reference of the 12th instant [fo. 36], upon a Bill lately transmitted from Ireland, to inforce such Acts as have been made for the improvement of the linnen manufacture &c., mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was signed, and sent to the Clerk of the Council in waiting.

Barbados.

Letter from Mr. Crow.

A letter from Mr. Crow, Governor of Barbadoes, dated the sixth of May, 1710, was read, and the minutes of Councill referr'd to therein, were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:

Minutes of Council.

Minutes of Council of Barbadoes from the ninth of November, 1709, to the 24th of January following.
Minutes of Council of Barbadoes from the 24th of February, 170 9/10;, to the 20th of April following.

July 19. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Jamaica.

Letter from Lord Dartmouth. Commission and instructions for Lord Archibald Hamilton.

A letter from the Lord Dartmouth of the 15th instant, requiring this Board to prepare the draught of a commission and instructions for the Lord Archibald Hamilton to be Governor of Jamaica [fo. 41, 50], in the room of Major-General Handasyd, who is re-called, was read, and directions given for preparing the same accord-ingly.

Trade.

Affidavit of the property of the ship St. Antonio.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle.Petition of Skinner and Staniforth.

The secretary laid before their lordships an affidavit of Nicholas Skinner, setting forth that he and Disney Staniforth are sole owners and proprietors of the ship St. Antonio de Padua, and of her loading, mentioned in the minutes of the 11th instant, was read. Whereupon a letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle [fo. 30] upon the petition of the said Skinner and Staniforth, relating to the said ship, was signed.

New England.

Letter from Mr. Philips. Indirect practices of an officer in the Plantations.

A letter from Mr. John Philips to the Lord Stamford, being received from his lordship [fo. 46], wherein the said Philips offers to make a discovery of some indirect practices committed by a person employ'd in the plantations &c., the same was read. Whereupon ordered that he have notice to attend the Board on Fryday morning next.

Leeward Islands.

Extract of a letter from Mr. Dickenson about French privateers there.

Sent to Mr. Burchet.

The secretary acquainting their lordships that he had received from Mr. Penn the copy of an extract of a letter from Mr. Francis Dickenson, at Antego, to Mr. Askew, in London, dated the first of March, 170 9/10, relating to the French privateers in those seas, the same was read. Whereupon ordered that a copy thereof be sent in the following letter to Mr. Burchet for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

Jamaica.

Letter from Major General Handasyd.

Letter to Lord Dartmouth with an extract about recruits, galleons and Queen's ships.

Letter to Mr. Burchet.

A letter from Major-General Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 4th of June last, was read. Whereupon a letter to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing paragraph B of the said letter in reference to the recruits that are arrived for the regiment there, and paragraphs M, N, and Q, relating to the galleons and other ships at Carthegena, and to her Majesty's ships at Jamaica, was signed; and ordered that the said paragraphs M, N, and Q of the said letter be sent to Mr. Burchet for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

Maryland.

Letter to the Lord Dartmouth.Commission for Colonel Corbet.

A letter to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing the draught of a commission to Colonel John Corbet [fo. 34, 59] to be Governor of her Majesty's province of Maryland, was signed.

Trade.

Memorial from the Eastland Company upon the letter from Lubeck.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle.

A memorial from the Eastland Company in answer to the secretary's letter of the 14th instant, upon a letter from the city of Lubeck, referr'd to this Board by Mr. Secretary Boyle, mentioned in the minutes of the 20th of the last month [fo. 12, v. infra], desiring they may have liberty to sail unmolested to and from any places in the Baltick, was read. Whereupon order'd that a letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary Boyle upon the fore-mention'd referrence.

July 21. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Pulteney, Sir Charles Turner.

Trade.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle.

Lubeck.

A letter to Mr. Secretary Boyle upon the letter from the city of Lubeck to her Majesty [v. supra], praying that they may have liberty to sail to and from any places in the Baltick, directed at the last meeting, was signed.

Jamaica.

Letter to the Lord Dartmouth.Commission for Lord Archibald Hamilton.

A letter to the Lord Dartmouth, inclosing the draught of a commission for the Lord Archibald Hamilton to be Governor of Jamaica [fo. 39, 59], was signed.

Miscellanies.

Incident charges.

The accounts of incident charges of this office from Lady day, 1710, to Midsummer following, were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:

l. s. d.
The secretary's account of petty expences from Lady day, 1710, to Midsummer following, amounting to 20 11 1
The stationer's account for the same time, amounting to 27 11 5
The post officer's account for the same time, amounting to 14 1 10
Mr. Clark's account for wood and coals, amounting to 34 18 0
97 02 4

And a letter to the Lord High Treasurer, desiring the payment thereof, as also of the salaries due to this office, was signed.

July 27. Present:—Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Philip Meadows, Sir Charles Turner.

Jamaica.

Mr. Rigby recomended to be of the Council.

Sir Charles Turner acquainted the Board with the desire of Sir Charles Wager and Sir George Bing that Richard Rigby may be of the Council of Jamaica, when there shall be a vacancy. Whereupon ordered that the said Rigby be minuted down amongst the persons to fill up vacancies.

Barbadoes.

Letter from the Lord Dartmouth.

Commission and instructions for Mr. Lowther, sent to the Lord Dartmouth.

A letter from the Lord Dartmouth of the 22nd instant, requiring this Board to prepare the draught of a commission and instructions for Mr. Lowther to be Governor of Barbadoes in the room of Mr. Crow [fo. 46, 59, 81], was read, and the draught of a commission for Mr. Lowther having been prepared, and laid before the Board, a letter for inclosing the same to the Lord Dartmouth, was signed.

Trade.

Letter from the Duke of Queensberry upon extract of one from Mr. Pulteney, Envoy in Denmark, about ships passing the Sound.

Letter from the Duke of Queensberry of the 22nd instant, referring to the Board the extract of a letter from Mr. Pulteney, her Majesty's Envoy to the King of Denmark [fo. 44], relating to that King's being willing to allow certificates to the British merchants passing through the Sound &c., was read.

Letter from Duke of Queensberry.

Remonstrance from Dantzick.

Letter from the Duke of Queensberry of the 22nd instant, referring to the Board a remonstrance from her Majesty's subjects in the town of Dantzick [fo. 45, 52], in relation to their trade &c., was read.

Trade.

Eastland Company upon Mr. Pulteney's letter about passing the Sound.

Remonstrance from Dantzick.

Mr. Philps, Deputy Governor, with several members of the Eastland Company, attending, the extract of Mr. Pulteney's letter above-mentioned was communicated to them [fo. 43]; whereupon they said that at present in their passage through the Sound they gave security to pay the duties at their return, and, though their ships be lost in the Baltick, the duties are nevertheless paid, pursuant to the security given; so that they did not see what reason the King of Denmark had to require the payment of those duties in their going through. If that be insisted on, it will be an inconvenience to the trade, in that money must be sent from hence to pay those duties, which is to be done in specie dollars, and the difficulty of procuring that sort of coin here, particularly in the out ports, will be very great; besides it cannot be certainly known here what those duties will amount to. They added that, if the King of Denmark will not allow of the certificates mentioned in Mr. Pulteney's letter, without we submit to pay the duties in going through, they were of opinion it were better to comply than lose the benefit of those certificates. However, they promised to bring their lordships their thoughts more fully thereupon in writing as soon as possible [fo. 49]. Then the remonstrance from the British merchants of Dantzick afore-mentioned [fo. 43, 49] was also communicated to them; whereupon they desired a copy thereof, that they might consider the same, and bring their lordships their opinion in writing, which was ordered to be sent them accordingly.