Journal, October 1711
October 11. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.
Reference from the Earl of Dartmouth about a new counsellor.
A reference from the Earl of Dartmouth, of the 28th of the last month, upon the petition of Mr. Alexander Skeen, secretary of Barbadoes, to her Majesty [fo. 440, 445], praying to be a member of her Majesty's Council in the said island, in the room of Mr. Lillington, deceas'd, was read; and Mr. Tryon attending at the same time, and desiring to be heard in case any objections should be made against the said Skeen's being appointed a member of the said Council, he was acquainted that he should have notice accordingly. And he being withdrawn, their lordships order'd that Mr. Skeen's name be put upon the list of persons recommended to be of the Council of Barbadoes.
Merchants’ petition about hardships and grievances.
A letter from Mr. Harley, referring to the Board, by order of the Lord High Treasurer, a petition to his lordship from the Virginia and Maryland merchants, complaining of hardships and grievances laid on them, by an order of the Commissioners of her Majesty's Customs, in respect to their trade, was read; and the draught of a letter, containing their lordships’ opinion upon the said petition, was agreed, and order'd to be sent.
October 23. Present:—Earl of Winchelsea, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie.
Letter from the Earl of Dartmouth.
A letter from the Earl of Dartmouth, of the 15th instant, desiring to know by what powers and authorities the Admiralty jurisdiction is now exercised in the plantations [fo. 444] was read, and directions given for preparing the draught of an answer thereunto.
Order of Council approving Mr. Hyde to be Governor.
Security to be given.
Letter to the Treasury thereupon.
An Order of Council, of the 30th of July last, upon a representation of the 12th ditto, approving Mr. Hyde for Governor of North Carolina [fo. 405], and directing this Board to take care that security of 1,000l. be given, as is proposed by the said representation, was read; and a letter to the Secretaries of the Treasury, inclosing the draught of a bond for that purpose, was agreed and ordered to be sent.
Order of Council on a complaint of Simpson and Gandy, &c.
An Order of Council, of the 17th of the last month [P. fo. 24], refering to their lordships a petition of Thomas Simpson and Mrs. Gandy to her Majesty [fo. 448], praying to be relieved from an unjust prosecution by the collector of Jamaica for money pretended to be issued from him to fit out two sloops, to cruize for the security of the said islands, &c., was read. Whereupon ordered that, when the agent concerned for the petitioners shall call at the office, he have notice to bring with him what proofs they have to make good the allegations in the said petition.
October 25. Present:—Earl of Winchelsea, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.
The agent for those persons to bring proofs.
The draught of a letter to the Earl of Dartmouth, in answer to his lordship's of the 15th instant [fo. 443, 447], desiring to know by what authorities the Admiralty jurisdiction is exercised in the Plantations, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.
He gives a good character of Mr. Skeen.
Colonel Sharp, who is lately arrived from Barbadoes, attending, he acquainted their lordships that he was ready to give them any accounts of that island which they shou'd think proper to require from him; and their lordships desiring to know the character of Mr. Skeen, who had been proposed to be a member of the Council of that island, he gave the said Mr. Skeen a very good character [fo. 441].
Merchants about resettlements.
Copy of the clause in the Act about debentures, &c., and queries sent to the Attorney and Solicitor General.
Mr. Duport, Mr. Campbell and Colonel Jory attending, in relation to the sufferers on the islands of St. Christopher's and Nevis, as also to the resettlements made there [fo. 433], they were acquainted that, so soon as their lordships shall have received the opinion of her Majesty's Attorney and Solicitor General upon that matter, they should have notice thereof. And these gentlemen being withdrawn, ordered that a copy of the clause in the Act of Parliament past the last session, relating to the debentures to be issued, &c., be sent to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General [fo. 446] with the following queries for their opinion thereupon, vizt.:
1. What shall be deemed a resettlement.
2. What will be proof of such resettlements.
3. Whether the inhabitants, vizt., merchants, shop keepers, &c., who had no plantations, and whose losses are incerted in the returns made by the Commissioners appointed to state the same, are to be reliev'd by the aforesaid clause.
Mr. Penn about an address against an Act past in his Government.
Letter to the Bishop of London thereupon.
Mr. Pen attending, in relation to an address from the minister, &c., of St. Mary's church in New Jersey, about an Act past in Pennsylvania, constituting a new form of protestation, repugnant to the affirmation enjoined by Act of Parliament, their lordships appointed Tuesday morning next to consider that matter, and ordered that the Bishop of London be acquainted therewith, and that his lordship be desired to be present at the same time.
October 26. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Philip Meadows. Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie.
Letter to Mr.
Attorney and Solicitor General about resettlements.
A letter to Mr. Attorny and Mr. Solicitor General, relating to the debentures to be issued to the sufferers at Nevis and St. Christopher's [fo. 445, P. fo. 29], desiring their opinion upon the queries mentioned in yesterday's minutes, was agreed, and ordered to be sent.
Letter to the Lord Dartmouth.
A letter to the Earl of Dartmouth, relating to the jurisdiction of the Admiralty in the plantations [fo. 444], agreed yesterday, was signed.
Circular letters to the Governors.
Circular letters to all the Governors, requiring answers to several clauses in their instructions mentioned in the minutes of the 20th last month [fo. 435], were signed.
Reference from the Treasury about grant of land.
Reference from the Lord High Treasurer upon the petition of Mr. South, in behalf of Mr. Lyddel and Mr. Clayton of the island of St. Christopher's [fo. 449], praying her Majesty to confirm a grant made to them by the late Colonel Parke of two plantations in the French part of the said island, was read, and directions given for preparing an answer to the said reference.
October 30. Present:—Earl of Winchelsea, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.
Major General Handasyd about Simpson and Gandy's complaint against the collector of Jamaica.
Major General Handasyd, late Governor of Jamaica, attending, he acquainted their lordships that he was ready to give them any accounts in relation to that island, which they should think proper to require from him; whereupon the Order of Council, of the 17th of the last month, referring to the Board a petition of Thomas Simpson and Mrs. Gandy [fo. 444], praying to be relieved from an unjust prosecution by the collector of the said island for money, &c. (mentioned in the minutes of the 23rd of the same month), was communicated to him; and he being asked what he knew concerning the said prosecution, he said that Mr. Chaplin and the other persons concern'd in that matter had all been examin'd upon the same in Council and Assembly, in the minutes whereof their lordships would find a full account of the proceedings upon that head, and that he beleived the said collector perfectly innocent of what is imputed him.
Mr. Beresford promising a state of that island.
Mr. Beresford, one of the members of the Council of Barbadoes, being lately come from that island, attending, he acquainted their lordships that he was come from thence for the recovery of his health, and that he was ready to give their lordships an account of the state of that island.
Letter to Lord Treasurer on the petition of Lyddel and Clayton.
A letter to the Lord High Treasurer, upon the petition in behalf of George Lyddel and Robert Clayton of the island of St. Christopher's [fo. 447], praying her Majesty's grant of two plantations in the French part of St. Christopher's, made to them by the late Colonel Parke, was signed.
Letter from the Governor.
A letter from the Lord Archibald Hamilton, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 15th of August, 1711, was read.
Another letter from his lordship, dated the 29th of August, 1711, was also read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers referr'd to.
Minutes of Council in Assembly of Jamaica, from the 17th April, 1711, to the 8th of June following.
Minutes of the Assembly of Jamaica, from the 17th April, 1711, to the 8th of June following.
Minutes of Council and Assembly of Jamaica, from the 23rd July, 1711, to the 7th August following.
Minutes of the Assembly of Jamaica, from the 23rd July, 1711, to the 7th of August following.
Account of her Majesty's revenue in Jamaica, from the 25th March, 1710, to the 25th March, 1711.
Four Acts past at Jamaica in July, 1711, by the Lord Hamilton.
Several Acts past in Jamaica the 17th of April, 1711, by Major General Handasyd.
Whereupon their lordships agreed to re-examine paragraphs C, E and G of the last of the said letters at a convenient opportunity.
Letter from the Governor to Mr. Monckton.
A letter from Major Douglas, Governor of the Leeward Islands, to Mr. Monckton, dated the 20th of July, 1711, was read.
October 31. Present:—Earl of Winchelsea, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie.
Two private Acts
The secretary laid before their lordships two private Acts of Barbadoes, as follows, vizt.:
An Act to render more effectual certain legacies given and bequeathed by Captain William, deceased, to the parish of Christ Church within this island, past the 21st of March, 1709.
An Act to dock the intaile of certain lands in the parish of St. Philip, and of several negro slaves, and to vest the same in Benjamin Chapman, planter, in fee simple, passed the 11th of December, 1710.
sent to Mr. Attorny General.
Whereupon ordered that both the said Acts be sent to Mr. Attorny General, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.
Letter from the Governor.
A letter from Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York, dated the 12th of September, 1711 [P. fo. 5] was read, and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers therein referr'd to.
Account of the effective number of Palatines subsisted at New York, from the 2nd November, 1710, to the 24th June, 1711.
Propositions of the five nations and river Indians to his Excellency Robert Hunter, esquire, Captain General and Governor in Chief in Albany, from the 17th to the 28th of August, 1711, relating to the expedition against Quebec.
Copy of more propositions made by the said five nations.
Minutes of the Council of New York, from the 16th June, 1711, to the 3rd September following.
Minutes of the Assembly of New York, from the 2nd July, 1711, to the 4th August following.
Printed collections of laws past in New York from 1699 to 1711.
Acts past at New York the 26th July and 4th August, 1711.
Minutes of Council of New Jersey, from the 6th July, 1711, to the 16th following.
Minutes of the Assembly of New Jersey, from the 6th of July, 1711, to the 16th following.
Two Acts past in New Jersey the 16th July, 1711.
The letter and papers to be reconsider'd.
And their lordships agreed to reconsider the said letter and papers, as also those formerly transmitted by him, at a convenient opportunity.
Journal of the proceedings of Her Majesty's Commissioners for promoting the trade of this Kingdom, and for inspecting and improving her plantations in America and elsewhere, from the first of November, 1711, to the thirteenth August, 1713.