Journal, January 1712
Journal Book P

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1925

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'Journal, January 1712: Journal Book P', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 2: February 1709 - March 1715 (1925), pp. 324-330. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=81245 Date accessed: 19 September 2014.


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Journal, January 1712

1711–12.

January 4, 1711/12. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Gwyn.

North Carolina.

Security for Mr. Hyde.

Letter to the Earl of Dartmouth thereupon.

Instructions.

A certificate from the Remembrancer's office, that security has been given for Mr. Hyde's due observance of the Acts of Trade and Navigation, was read; and a letter signifying the same to the Earl of Dartmouth, and inclosing instructions for her Majesty's signature to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, was signed.

January 8. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore, Mr. Gwyn.

Virginia.

Order of Council.

Corbin, naval officer.

An Order of Council of 19th of the last month [fo. 58] referring to the Board the petition of Mr. Gawin Corbin, late naval officer at Rappahanock River, in Virginia, complaining of a hardship imposed on him by Colonel Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of that Colony, in having suspended him upon a suspicion of his having been concern'd in a razure made in her Majesty's letter of licence to the ship Robinson, &c., was read; whereupon order'd that the said Corbin have notice to attend their lordships on Fryday morning next, in relation to the said petition, and that Colonel Blakiston have notice to attend at the same time.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Secretary St. John on a memorial about duties on linnens from Prussia.

A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, of the 31st of the last month [fo. 103], referring to their lordships a memorial from the King of Prussia's resident here, complaining of the duties laid on foreign linnens; which letter and memorial were read; and order'd that the several papers in this office relating to the said duties be laid before their lordships.

Letter from Mr. Secretary St. John.

Treaty with Denmark.

Another letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, of the 3rd instant, relating to a treaty with Denmark, was read; whereupon order'd [fo. 61, 68] that the copy of the last treaty with that kingdom be got from the Secretarie's office, and laid before their lordships.

Trade.

Letter to the Secretaries of State for copies of all treaties since the Revolution.

Ordered that letters be writ to the Earl of Dartmouth and Mr. Secretary St. John [vide infra], desiring that this Board may have copies of all the treaties that have been made between this kingdom and any foreign powers since the Revolution.

January 9. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Moore, Mr. Gwyn.

Trade.

Letter to the Secretarys of State for copies of treaties

A letter to the Earl of Dartmouth, as also to Mr. Secretary St. John [vide supra] desiring that this Board may have copies of all the treaties that have been made between her Majesty and any foreign powers since the Treaty of Ryswick, as directed at the last meeting, were signed.

January 10. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Moore, Mr. Gwyn.

Trade.

Petitions from the Royal African Company.

Letter to the Earl of Dartmouth thereon.

A letter from the Earl of Dartmouth, of the 8th instant [fo. 46, vide infra], referring to their lordships petitions from the Royal African Company to her Majesty, and from the Company and their creditors to the House of Commons, and a copy of a representation of Mr. Grosvenor and Mr. Phips to the said House, relating to the present state and condition of the African trade; which letter and petitions were read; and a letter to the Earl of Dartmouth [vide supra, (fo.) 78] desiring to know when the Lords of the Council, who are of this Commission, will be at leasure to enter into the consideration of the foresaid papers, was signed.

January 11. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Monckton, Mr. Moore, Mr. Gwyn.

Virginia.

Mr. Corbin, naval officer.

Complaint against the Governor.

Order of Council thereupon.

Mr. Corbin attending, as he had been directed the 8th instant [fo. 54], upon the reading of his petition, complaining of a hardship put upon him by Colonel Spotswood, in having turn'd him out of his place of naval officer of Rhappahanock, upon suspicion of being concern'd in a razure made in her Majesty's letter of licence to the ship Robinson; and the Earl of Orkney and Colonel Blakeston being also present, in behalf of Colonel Spotswood, the forementioned petition and order of reference were again read; whereupon the said Corbin informed their lordships that he had the Governor's verbal order for clearing the said ship, that as to the razure he knew nothing of it, till Colonel Spotswood acquainted him with it; that the razure must have been made before the letter was delivered to him; that the captain of the ship, William Bastin, dyed at sea, and the mate, who took upon him the command of the ship, deliver'd to him the said letter after his arrival in Virginia. Mr. Corbin owned that the Robinson frigat had a letter of licence for the year 1709, but returning home with convoy did not then make use of it. He also owned that, upon Colonel Spotswood's shewing him the said letter, he did perceive the razure by the thinness of the paper, and by the different colour of the ink.

The aforementioned mate being present and examined, said that he had heard on board of ship in the voyage, that there was a letter of licence, but had not seen it; that when he came into Virginia he delivered a tin box sealed up with papers in it to Mr. Corbin, which box was open'd in his presence, but he could not affirm there was a letter of licence. After Mr. Corbin had been heard to what he had further to offer in his own justification, they withdrew.

Jamaica.

Mr. Blathwayt desires account of the revenue

to be sent him.

A letter from Mr. Blathwayt, Auditor General of the plantations, of the 9th instant, desiring that he may have such accounts of her Majesty's revenue in Jamaica as are in this office delivered to him, was read; whereupon ordered that copies of the following accounts be sent to him accordingly.
Her Majesty's account currant, from the 25th March, 1709, to 25th March, 1710.
Her Majesty's account of quit-rent, from March 25th, 1709, to March 25th, 1710.
Her Majesty's account of impost, from March 25th, 1709, to March 25th, 1710.
Her Majesty's account of fines, forfeitures and escheats, from March 25th, 1709, to March 25th, 1710.
Her Majesty's account wine licences, from 25th March, 1709, to 25th March, 1710.
Her Majesty's account fortifications, from 25th March, 1709, to 25th March, 1710.
Her Majesty's account currant to 29th September, 1710.
Her Majesty's account currant to March 25th, 1711.

January 14. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore.

Trade.

Letter to Sir Charles Hedges about treaty with Denmark.

A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, of the 12th instant [fo. 55, 66, 68], inclosing the copy of an article of a treaty proposed by the King of Denmark, mentioned in the minutes of the 8th instant, was read; and a letter to Sir Charles Hedges, transmitting a copy of the said article, desiring his opinion thereupon, was signed.

Order of Council.

Trade at Oporto.

An Order of Council, of the 19th December, 1711, referring to the Board a memorial from the British factory at Oporto in Portugal [fo. 50, 64], relating to the state and condition of the British trade to and from that place, was read.

Order of Council.

Lisbonne.

An Order of Council, of the 19th December, 1711 [fo. 50, 75], referring to the Board a memorial from the British merchants residing at Lisbon, relating to the state and condition of the British trade to and from the said place.

January 15. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Gwyn.

Antego.

Order of Council about Col. Douglas's proceedings in relation to the murder of Col. Park.

An Order of Council, of the 10th instant, upon a report from the Lords of the Committee of Council [O. fo. 391; fo. 63] relating to the murther of Colonel Park, late Governor of the Leeward Islands, referring the consideration thereof to the Board, directing their lordships to examine how far Major Douglas, present Governor of the said islands, hath comply'd with his instructions touching this matter, was read.

Leeward Islands.

Order of Council on representation about Mr. Hamilton's being admitted into the respective Councils.

Order of Council, of the 19th December, 1711 [fo. 31], upon a representation of the 29th November foregoing, relating to Mr. Walter Hamilton's being admitted into the respective Councils of the Leeward Islands, approving the same, was read.

North Carolina.

Order of Council about the massacre committed by the Tuscaruro Indians.

Order of Council, of 19th December, 1711 [fo. 41], upon a letter from this Board to the Earl of Dartmouth, of ye 29th November foregoing, relating to a massacre comitted by ye Tuscaruro Indians in North Carolina; referring the consideration of that matter to a committee of the Council, was read.

Virginia.

Order of Council about new counsellors.

Order of Council, of the 19th December, 1711, upon a representation of the 3rd ditto [fo. 35], proposing Mr. Basset and Mr. Fitzhughs to be member of the Council of Virginia, approving the same, was read.

Pensilvania.

Order of Council on representation about affirmation.

Order of Council, of 19th December, 1711, upon a representation of the 4th ditto [fo. 36], relating to an Act past in Pennsylvania, directing an affirmation, &c., repealing the same, was read.

Barbadoes.

Order of Council on representation about new counsellor.

Order of Council, of the 19th December, 1711, on a representation of the 17th ditto [fo. 49], proposing Mr. Thomas Maxwell to be of the Council of Barbadoes, approving the same, was read.

Antego.

Order of Council with papers touching the persons concern'd in the murder of Col. Park.

Order of Council, of the 19th December, 1711, on a letter from Major Douglas [fo. 62, 74] transmitting several papers against persons concerned in the murther of Colonel Park, referring the consideration of that matter to a committee of the Council, was read.

New Hampshire.

Representation for a new counsellor.

Letter from Mr. Wainwright to Mr. Newman, giving an account of the death of Mr. Hilton, late a member of the Council of New Hampshire, was read; and a representation, proposing Mr. John Wentworth to be a member of her Majesty's Council in the said province in the room of the said Hilton [fo. 35; R. fo. 143], was signed.

New York.

Letter from the Secretary at War about invalides.

Col. Hunter to be writ to thereupon.

A letter from Mr. Granville (now Lord Lansdown), Secretary at War, dated the 21st of December [fo. 6], in answer to one writ him the 7th of November last, relating to the invalides at New York, was read; and directions given for preparing the draught of a letter to Colonel Hunter, Governor of that province, thereupon.

Newfoundland.

The sole trade to be secured at the treaty of peace.

A letter from the merchants at Bristol, trading to Newfoundland, dated the 22nd December last, desiring that the sole benefit of that trade may be secured to Great Britain at the insuing Treaty of Peace, was read.

Trade.

Order of Council.

East India exports.

Order of Council, of the 19th December, 1711 [fo. 61], referring to the Board an account of the East India Company's exports from September, 1710, to September, 1711, directing the Board to examine the same, &c., and to report thereupon, was read.

New England.

Letter from the Governor.

A letter from Colonel Dudley, Governor of the Massachusets Bay, dated the 13th of November, 1711, was read; and the papers therein referr'd to were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers.
Proceedings relating to pilots for the expedition against Canada, &c.
Abstract of the proceedings of the Governor, Council and Assembly of the Massachusets Bay, relating to the expedition against Canada.

Maryland.

Merchants about a Governor.

Mr. Baily, Mr. Hyde and other Maryland merchants attending [fo. 98], they represented to their lordships that the government of Maryland has been vacant about two years, and the President and Council there did not take the same care of trade as a Governor would do; and they desired that their lordships would lay this matter before her Majesty, that she may please to appoint a Governor for that province; whereupon these gentlemen being desired to put what they had to offer in writing, they promised to do the same accordingly.

Jamaica.

Letter from the Governor.

A letter from the Lord Archibald Hamilton, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 18th of October, 1711, was read; and the papers referr'd to therein were laid before the Board, and are as follows, vizt.:
Papers.
An address from the Governor, Council and Assembly of Jamaica to her Majesty, relating to the duties on prize goods in that island.
The state of the case of the bonds enter'd into by several persons for duties on prize goods in Jamaica.
An address from the Council and Assembly of Jamaica to her Majesty, in favour of my Lord Archibald Hamilton, Governor of that island.

Letter to the Lord Dartmouth thereupon.

Whereupon a letter to the Earl of Dartmouth, inclosing the said addresses, was signed.

January 17. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Gwyn.

Trade.

Letter from Sir Charles Hedges about treaty with Denmark.

A letter from Sir Charles Hedges, of the 15th instant, in answer to one writ him the 14th ditto [fo. 61] containing his opinion upon the article of a project of a treaty proposed by the Crown of Denmark, &c., was read; whereupon ordered that Sir Charles Hedges be acquainted that their lordships will be glad to speak with him as soon as he can conveniently.

Letter from Mr. Secretary St. John about Barrier Treaty.

Mr. Dorpere sumon'd.

A letter from Mr. Secretary St. John, of the 15th instant [fo. 51], desiring to have as soon as possible their lordships’ observations upon the Barrier Treaty, was read; whereupon ordered [vide infra] that Mr. Dorpere be desired to attend the Board on Monday morning next, and to bring with him some other merchants verst in the trade to Flanders.

Barbadoes.

Reference from the Lord Dartmouth on the petition of Mr. Frere.

A reference from the Earl of Dartmouth, of the 12th instant, upon the petition of Mr. Frere, a member of her Majesty's Council of Barbadoes, praying to be restored to his former precedency in the said Council, was read, and directions given for preparing the draught of an answer to the said reference.

January 21. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore, Mr. Gwyn.

Trade.

Memorial from Mr. Dorpere. Flanders trade.

Merchants summon'd.

Letter from Spanish Flanders about imports and exports.

Mr. Levinus Dorpere attending [vide supra] he presented to their lordships a memorial containing his thoughts of what he judges will be advantagious to the trade to Flanders, which was read; whereupon ordered that Mr. George Virgo, Mr. Charles Bullinger, Mr. John London, and Mr. John Hillerden, Flanders merchants, have notice to attend the Board on Wednesday morning next. Mr. Dorpere also presented to their lordships the extract of a letter from the Spanish Flanders relating to the duties on goods imported into and exported from thence.

Trade.

Treaty with Denmark.

Their lordships taking into consideration the letters from Mr. Secretary St. John, read the 8th and 14th instant [fo. 55, 63], as also the letter from Sir Charles Hedges [fo. 66], read the 17th ditto, relating to the project of an article for a treaty, proposed by the Crown of Denmark, and gave directions [fo. 71] for preparing the draught of a letter to Mr. Secretary St. Johns thereupon.

New England.

Col. Nicholson about expedition against Canada.

Colonel Nicholson attending, and being asked several questions in relation to the expedition against Canada, he gave their lordships an account of what pass'd under his management in that affair.

January 25. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore, Mr. Gwyn.

Barbadoes.

Letter to Lord Dartmouth on the petition of Mr. Frere, counsellor.

A letter to the Earl of Dartmouth, directed the 17th instant, upon the petition of Mr. John Frere [fo. 67; R. fo. 144], praying to be restored to his precedency in the Council of Barbadoes, was signed.

January 29. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Philip Meadows, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore, Mr. Gwyn.

Barbadoes.

Mr. Attorny General's report on a private Act.

A report from Mr. Attorney General, upon an Act passed at Barbadoes the 21st of March, 1709 [fo. 72] entituled An Act to render more effectual certain legacies given and bequeathed by Captain Williams, deceased, to the parish of Christ Church within this island, was read; whereupon ordered that Mr. William Heysham, agent for that island, have notice to attend their lordships on Thursday morning next.

Barbadoes.

Another report on a private Act.

Representation to be drawn.

Another report from Mr. Attorney General upon an Act pass'd in Barbadoes the 11th of December, 1711 [fo. 71] entituled An Act to dock the intail 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, was also read; and the draught of a representation, proposing the confirmation of the said Act, was agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.

New York.

New England.

Virginia.

Letters to the Governors.

The draughts of letters to Colonel Dudley, Governor of New England, Colonel Hunter, Governor of New York, and Colonel Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia [fo. 73], were agreed, and ordered to be transcribed.

New York.

Memorial from Mr. Duprè about Palatines.

Representation to be drawn.

A memorial from Mr. Duprè [fo. 44, 73], desiring their lordships to conclude their report upon what Colonel Hunter writes in relation to the settlement and imployment of the Palatines at New York, was read; and their lordships, taking into consideration the draught of a representation on that subject, agreed the same, and ordered it to be transcribed.

Trade.

Letter to Mr. Secretary St. Johns about treaty with Denmark.

A letter to Mr. Secretary St. Johns, in answer to his of the 3rd and 12th instant, relating to the renewal of the treaty of 1701 [fo. 68] with the Crown of Denmark, was signed.

January 31. Present:—Earl of Winchilsea, Sir Philip Meadows, Sir Charles Turner, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Moore, Mr. Gwyn.

Plantations General.

Letter to be prepared to the Lord Treasurer about stores of warr for the plantations.

Their lordships, taking into consideration the frequent want there is of stores of war in the respective plantations in America, gave directions for preparing the draught of a letter to the Lord High Treasurer [fo. 98], proposing to his lordship that provision be made of such stores, in order to the furnishing the said plantations therewith from time to time, as shall be found necessary for the defence and preservation of each respective government.

Barbadoes.

Representation upon a private Act for confirmation.

A representation upon an Act past in Barbadoes the 11th of December, 1710, entituled An Act to dock the intail 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 [fo. 70; R. fo. 144] agreed at the last meeting, was signed.

Jamaica.

Mr. Compere in behalf of Mr. Finch.

A day appointed for a hearing.

Mr. Compere attending [fo. 36, 87], in behalf of Mr. Finch, of Jamaica, in relation to an Act past there, For vesting the real and personal estate of the said Finch, for payment of 3,800l., mentioned in the minutes of 4th December last, he acquainted their lordships that he was now prepared to speak to the said matter, and desiring that a day might be appointed for that purpose; their lordships agreed upon this day se'night, and gave directions that Mr. Daniel, agent for Mr. Simpson and Mrs. Gandy, have notice to attend with their council at the same time.

Barbadoes.

Mr. Heysham about a private Act.

Mr. William Heysham, agent for Barbadoes, attending, as he had been desir'd the 29th instant, and being acquainted with Mr. Attorney General's objections to the Act past in Barbadoes [fo. 69], to render more effectual certain legacies given and bequeathed by Captain Williams, deceas'd, he said that he had no instructions in that matter, and all that he knew was, that the said Williams dyed considerably in debt. Whereupon their lordships gave directions [fo. 100] for preparing the draught of a representation, proposing a repeal of the said Act.