Journal, July 1729
Journal Book F.F

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1928

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'Journal, July 1729: Journal Book F.F', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 6: January 1729 - December 1734 (1928), pp. 49-56. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=81575 Date accessed: 29 August 2014.


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Journal, July 1729

July 2. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary, Sir T. Frankland.

Barbados.

Lord Micklethwait attends upon his Lordship's petition for an allowance for copies of papers.

Representation ordered.

The Lord Micklethwait, attending, as he had been desired, the Board took again into consideration the Order in Council, referring his Lordship's petition for a sum of money due to him from Barbadoes, for making out copies of public papers, when he was Secretary of that island. And after some discourse with his Lordship, gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation thereupon.

Plantations General.

Miscellanies.

Letter to Mr. Scrope for copies of Acts of trade, etc.

Ordered that a letter be wrote to Mr. Scrope, desiring him to move the Lords of the Treasury that this office may be furnished with 100 copies of the several Acts, which relate to trade and the Plantations.

Leeward Islands.

Santa Cruz.

Letter from the Duke of Newcastle.

Settlement of Santa Cruz.

Colonel Hart summoned.

A letter from the Duke of Newcastle, dated the 23rd of June last, inclosing a letter from the Earl of Londonderry, proposing the settlement of Santa Cruz, was read; whereupon ordered that Colonel Hart, late Governor of the Leeward Islands, be desired to attend the Board on Thursday next.

Jamaica.

Letter from General Hunter, with papers.

A letter from General Hunter, Governor of Jamaica, dated the 3rd of May, 1729, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Proceedings of the Council of War held the 7th, 8th and 29th of April, 1729.
Instructions for the gentlemen of the Council during the Governor of Jamaica's stay on the north side of that island, dated the 31st of May, 1729.
Minutes of Council, commencing the 4th of March, 1728–9, and ending the 26th of April, 1729.

Ordered that the Secretary do acknowledge the receipt thereof.

New York.

Letter from Colonel Montgomerie,

A letter from Colonel Montgomerie, Governor of New York and New Jersey, dated the 20th of April, 1729, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
New Jersey.
with papers.
Minutes of Council, from the 24th of April, 1728, to the 20th April, 1729.
Minutes of Assembly, from the 12th of December, 1728, to the 14th of January following.

Barbados.

Mr. Price in behalf of the Assembly.

Hearing appointed.

Mr. Price, agent for the Assembly of Barbadoes, attending, as he had been desired, with Mr. Sharpe, agent for the Governor, their Lordships acquainted them that they had appointed Thursday sennight for hearing what they had to offer for and against the complaints of the Assembly against their Governor, mentioned in the Minutes of the 20th of the last month.

July 3. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Ashe, Sir O. Bridgeman, Mr. Cary.

Leeward Islands.

Santa Cruz.

Colonel Hart attends.

Settlement of Santa Cruz.

To put his observations in writing.

Colonel Hart, late Governor of the Leeward Islands, attending, as he had been desired, their Lordships took again into consideration the letter from the Duke of Newcastle, inclosing one from the Lord Londonderry, proposing the settlement of Santa Cruz, read the 1st instant; and after some discourse with Colonel Hart upon this subject, the Board ordered a copy of the said letter to be given to him, and desired he would give in writing his observations thereon on Thursday next, which he promised accordingly.

Barbados.

Representation, Lord Micklethwait, agreed.

The draught of a representation, directed to be prepared at the last meeting, upon the Lord Micklethwait's petition in relation to money due to him whilst he was Secretary of Barbadoes, then read, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

Miscellanies.

Letter to the Treasury for incidents and salary.

The Secretary then laid before the Board the accounts of petty expences and incidental charges of this office, from Lady Day, 1729, to Midsummer last, amounting to £234 17s. 9d., 2 quarters, viz:—

£s.d.qrs.
Petty expences, from Lady Day, 1729, to Midsummer following, amounting to1114102
The stationer's account for the same time7373
The postman's account for the same time24180
Account of wood and coals, etc.2578
£2341792

And a letter to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring payment thereof, as likewise of one quarter's salary due to the Secretary and under officers at Midsummer last, was agreed and signed.

July 8. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Cary.

Barbados.

Representation, Lord Micklethwait's petition, signed.

The representation upon the Lord Micklethwait's petition, in relation to some money due to him whilst Secretary of Barbadoes, agreed at the last meeting, was signed.

Newfoundland.

Mr. Carkesse to be reminded.

Duties on oil.

Ordered that Mr. Carkesse be reminded of the letter wrote to him the 17th of the last month, in relation to some duties now demanded upon Newfoundland oil.

South Carolina.

Order of the Committee of Council, with papers.

An Order of the Committee of Council, referring to the Board several papers, in relation to the present state of South Carolina, was read; and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Copy of a letter from Mr. Middleton, President of the Council of South Carolina, to the Duke of Newcastle.
Copy of a representation signed by the President and Council of South Carolina.
Copy of a representation of the Council of South Carolina.
Copy of a letter from the Council of South Carolina to the Duke of Newcastle.

North Carolina.

Letter from Mr. Lovill, with papers.

A letter from Mr. Lovill, Secretary to the province of North Carolina, dated the 12th of December, 1728, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
The Carolina Commission's first and second journal on the boundary.
Copy of the plan sent to the lords proprietors of Carolina.
Copy of an address of the Council for the province of North Carolina to His Majesty, containing complaints against Sir Richard Everard, Deputy Governor of that province.

Address sent to the Duke of Newcastle.

A letter, for inclosing the abovementioned address to the Duke of Newcastle, for His Majesty's directions thereon, was signed.

July 9. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Cary.

New Jersey.

Letter to Colonel Montgomerie.

The letter to Colonel Montgomerie, Governor of New Jersey, agreed yesterday, was signed.

Jamaica.

Letter to General Hunter.

The letter to Major General Hunter, Governor of Jamaica, directed to be prepared the 1st instant, was agreed and ordered to be sent.

Antigua.

Letter from Mr. Yeamans about a collection of laws delivered by him to the Board.

They are returned in order to be attested.

A letter from Mr. Yeamans, agent for Antigua, in relation to a collection of the laws of that island, laid before the Board the 19th of May last, was read. And their Lordships, taking the said laws again into consideration, ordered that they be returned to Mr. Yeamans, and that he be desired to get them examined and attested by the proper officer, and transmitted hither under the seal of the island.

July 10. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Cary.

Newfoundland.

Letter from Mr. Carkesse.

Duties on oil.

Copy sent to the Mayor of Poole.

A letter from Mr. Carkesse, Secretary to the Commissioners of the Customs, dated yesterday, in answer to one wrote to him, in relation to duties demanded upon the importation of Newfoundland oil, was read. And their Lordships gave directions for transmitting a copy of Mr. Carkesse's said letter to the Mayor of Poole, in answer to one from him upon this subject, mentioned in the Minutes of the 20th of May last.

Barbados.

Mr. Price in behalf of the Assembly.

Complaints against Mr. Worseley.

Mr. Sharpe for the Governor destring the hearing of complaints may be deferred till the Attorney and Solicitor General have reported upon the Act.

Mr. Worsiley's settlement.

Mr. Price, agent for the Assembly of Barbadoes, attending, as he had been desired, in relation to their complaints against Mr. Worseley, the Governor of that island, as also Mr. Sharpe, agent for the said Governor, Mr. Sharpe acquainted the Board that the Lords of the Council had referred to Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General the Act, which settled Mr. Worseley's additional salary, for their opinion; whether that Act did not expire at the renewal of Mr. Worseley's present commission, and therefore desired the Board to defer considering the Assembly's complaints against him, until Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General shall have made their report concerning the said Act, as he conceived their opinion thereupon would determine great part of the complaints against Mr. Worseley; and Mr. Price agreeing thereto, the Board agreed to consider the aforementioned complaints at another opportunity.

Mr. Price then desired a copy of the excise bill, which is ordered.

Mr. Price then desired the Board would give him a copy of their representation, dated the 23rd of October, 1728, upon the draught of an excise bill, to which Mr. Worseley had refused his consent, which was ordered accordingly.

Leeward Islands.

Santa Cruz.

Colonel Hart attends about the settlement of Santa Cruz.

Colonel Hart attending, as he had been desired, presented to the Board a letter containing an account of Santa Cruz, which was read. And their Lordships resolved to consider further thereof at another opportunity.

July 15. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Cary.

Bermuda.

Letter from Captain Pitt, with papers and Acts.

A letter from Captain Pitt, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, to the Board, dated the 30th of April, 1729, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Minutes of Council, from the 7th of November, 1727, to the 6th of August, 1728.
Minutes of Assembly, from the 4th of March, 1727–8, to the 5th of April, 1728.
Three Acts passed in 1727, and one in 1728.

Acts sent to Mr. Fane.

Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Extracts of his letter about vessels taken by the Spaniards to be sent to the Duke of Newcastle.

Ordered that the draught of a letter be prepared, for inclosing to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle an extract of so much of Captain Pitt's said letter as relates to vessels taken by the Spaniards, and to the want of stores at Bermuda.

Massachusets.

Letter from Mr. Willard, with papers and Acts.

A letter from Mr. Willard, Secretary of the Massachusets Bay, dated the 3rd of May, 1729, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Minutes of Council, from the 19th of July, 1728, to the 13th of March, 1728–9.
Minutes of Council in Assembly, from the 24th of July, 1728, to the 20th of December following.
Five Acts passed in July, 1728.

Acts sent to Mr. Fane.

Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

Bahamas.

Letter from Captain Phenney, with papers.

A letter from Captain Phenney, late Governor of the Bahamas, dated the 10th of March, 1728–9, was read, and the papers, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Minutes of Council, from the 9th of January, 1727–8, to the 2nd of January, 1728–9.
Naval Officer's list of ships entered and cleared, from Michaelmas, 1728, to Christmas following.
The Treasurer's account of receipts and payments of the revenue for the year 1728.
Account of Ordnance stores, etc., in the Bahama Islands. List of marriages, births and burials for the year 1728. Answers to several questions relating to the state and trade of the Bahama Islands.

South Carolina.

Order of the Committee of Council.

State of the province considered.

Persons summoned.

Their Lordships then took again into consideration the Order of the Committee of Council, referring to the Board several papers, relating to the present state of South Carolina, read the 8th instant, and gave directions that Colonel Johnson, late Governor of South Carolina, Captain Burrington, late Governor of North Carolina, Mr. Wragg and Mr. Godin, agent for South Carolina, should be desired to attend the Board upon this subject to-morrow sennight.

Plantations General.

Circular letter for answer to queries.

Ordered that a circular letter be writ to all the Governors in the Plantations, directing them to return annual answers to the queries sent them the 27th of March, 1724.

July 16. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Cary, Sir T. Frankland.

Bermuda.

Letter to the Duke of Newcastle, with extract of Captain Pitt's Spanish depredations, want of stores, signed.

The letter, for inclosing to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle an extract of one from Captain Pitt, Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda, relating to Spanish depredations and to the want of stores, ordered yesterday to be prepared, was agreed and signed.

South Carolina.

Letter from Mr. Hammerton, with Naval Office lists.

A letter from Mr. Hammerton, Naval Officer of South Carolina, dated the 24th of July, 1727, transmitting Naval Office Accounts, from Christmas, 1726, to Midsummer, was read, as likewise

Another letter from him.

A letter from him, dated the 15th of September.

A letter from the President of the Council complaining of the Assembly.

Ill state of the province.

A letter from Mr. Middleton, President of the Council of South Carolina, dated the 19th of December, 1728, complaining of the Assembly, and recommending a representation of the ill state of that province, drawn by the Council, was read, as likewise

Another letter from him.

A letter from him, dated the 23rd of January, 1728–9, signifying that he has sent a representation, relating to the ill state of that province, and other papers, in order to be laid before the Board.

Letter from the Council.

State of the province.

A letter from the Council of South Carolina to the Board, without date, desiring the Board to consider the state of that province, when the same shall be referred to them, was read.

Memorial from Mr. Missing.

Settlement of Palatines.

A memorial from Mr. Missing, in relation to the settlement of some Palatines in South Carolina, was read.

Letter from Mr. de la Fontaine, and from Mr. Lowndes upon the same subject.

A letter from Mr. de la Fontaine, dated the 29th of October, 1728, inclosing another memorial from Mr. Missing upon the same subject, was read.

A letter from Mr. Thomas Lowndes, dated the 25th of September, 1728, in relation to the settlement of some Palatines in South Carolina, was read.

Letter from Mr. Lowndes.

Purchase of Carolina.

A letter from him, dated the 16th of February, 1728–9, relating to his services in promoting the purchase of Carolina by the Crown from the lords proprietors, was read; as were likewise the two following papers, therein referred to, viz:—
papers.
Copy of a letter from Mr. Craven to Mr. Thomas Lowndes, dated the 4th of May, 1726, in relation to the harbour of Port Royal in South Carolina, and to the timber, etc., at that place.
Reasons to shew the advantageousness of the Crown's purchase of the Carolinas.

Papers received.

The following papers, received from South Carolina, without any letter, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Journal of the Upper House of Assembly, from the 18th of December, 1727, to the 27th of July, 1728.
Minutes of Assembly, from the 31st of January, 1727–8, to the 24th of July, 1728.

Trade.

Letters to the consuls.

The letters to His Majesty's several consuls and ministers abroad, directed to be prepared the 28th of May last, were agreed and ordered to be sent.

Rhode Island.

Connecticut.

Letter to Mr. Fane about laws, actions, and conduct of these Governments.

Their Lordships then taking into consideration the charters of Rhode Island and Connecticut, gave directions for inclosing copies thereof to Mr. Fane, for his opinion in point of law, what power still remains in the Crown to control the laws, actions and conduct of these Governments, and in what particular they are still dependent on the Crown.

July 22. Present:—Mr. Bladen, Mr. Gary, Sir Thomas Frankland.

Montserrat.

Mr. Fane's report.

Act, Governor's house rent and £600 per annum, to be confirmed.

Mr. Fane's report upon the Act, passed at Montserrat in 1729, for granting to His Majesty, his heirs and successors, certain duties upon the impost of liquors and upon the house rent, etc., for the payment of six hundred pounds per annum, etc., to the Earl of Londonderry, etc., was read; and the Board, taking the said Act into consideration, gave directions for preparing the draught of a representation for confirming the same.

Barbados.

Mr. Fane's report.

Act, Rate of interest.

Letter to Mr. Worseley with a clause.

Mr. Fane's report upon an Act, passed at Barbadoes in 1728, to reduce the rate of interest, was read; and the Board, taking the said Act into consideration, gave directions for preparing a clause relating thereto, in the draught of a letter to Mr. Worseley, the Governor of that island.

July 23. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Gary, Sir Thomas Frankland.

Montserrat.

Representation, Governor's Act, £600 per annum, signed.

The representation, ordered yesterday to be prepared, for confirming the Act passed at Montserrat in 1729, for granting to His Majesty, his heirs and successors, certain duties upon the impost of liquors, and upon house rent in the town of Plymouth, and mills in this island for the payment of six hundred pounds per annum in the species of gold or silver unto his Excellency Thomas Earl of Londonderry, Captain General and Governor in Chief of all his Majesty's Leeward Charribbee Islands in America, was agreed and signed.

Barbados.

Act.

Rate of interest.

Draught of letter to Mr. Worseley.

Mr. Fane summoned.

Their Lordships then took into consideration the draught of a letter to Mr. Worseley, ordered yesterday to be prepared, upon the Act passed at Barbadoes in 1728 to reduce the rate of interest, and gave directions for acquainting Mr. Fane with the Board's desire of speaking with him thereupon on Wednesday morning next.

South Carolina.

Persons attend.

Order of the Committee of Council.

State of the province.

Paper money.

Mr. Godin, agent for South Carolina, attending, as he had been desired, with Colonel Johnson, formerly Governor of that province, Captain Burrington, late Governor of North Carolina, and Mr. Wragg, the Board took again into consideration the Order of the Committee of Council, dated the 2nd instant, and read the 8th, referring to the Board several papers in relation to the state of South Carolina. And after some discourse with these gentlemen thereupon, their Lordships desired they would consider and let the Board have in writing, as soon as conveniently may be, their opinion, whether it was necessary to have any paper money current in that province? If it was, what sum? And in what manner those bills would best and most effectually be sunk, in order to keep up the credit of them while current, which they promised to do accordingly.

Mr. Godin's memorial.

Mr. Godin then presented to the Board a memorial in relation to this province, which was read.

Pennsylvania.

Act, Bills of credit, sent to Mr. Fane.

The Secretary then laid before the Board an Act, passed in Pennsylvania in 1729, for emitting of thirty thousand pounds in bills of credit for the better support of government and the trade of this province. And their Lordships gave directions for sending the same to Mr. Fane, for his opinion thereupon in point of law.

July 30. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen.

South Carolina.

Mr. Godin's memorial.

Mr. Stephen Godin attending, presented to their Lordships a memorial, with a schedule of papers remaining in his hands, relating to the province of South Carolina, which memorial and schedule were read, and the two under-mentioned papers, referred to in the said schedule, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Papers.
Copy of a memorial to His Majesty from the Council of South Carolina, with reasons to repeal two laws about County and Precinct Courts in that province.
Draught of additional instructions for a Governor of South Carolina.

Which their Lordships agreed to take into further consideration at another opportunity. In the meantime Mr. Godin was desired to bring such public papers, relating to the said province of South Carolina, as had not yet been transmitted to this office.

Plantations General.

Trade.

Letter from Mr. Lowndes, pot ashes.

A letter from Mr. Thomas Lowndes, dated yesterday, relating to the producing of pot ashes and pearl ashes in His Majesty's plantations in America, was read, as were likewise:—
Papers.
A memorial signed by several merchants of London.
The copy of a letter from Mr. Lowndes to Sir William Keith, with Sir William's answer and
The copy of another letter from Mr. Lowndes to Mr. Wood, with his answer.
being all upon the foresaid subject of pot ashes and pearl ashes; and their Lordships agreed to consider further thereof at another opportunity.

July 31. Present:—Mr. Pelham, Mr. Bladen, Mr. Cary.

South Carolina.

Captain Burrington.

State of the province.

Captain Burrington attending, presented to their Lordships a memorial, relating to the present state of the province of South Carolina, dated the 28th instant, which was read; and after some discourse with him on that subject, their Lordships agreed to take his said memorial into further consideration, when they shall prepare the draught of instructions for a Governor of South Carolina.

In the meantime a representation to the Lords of the Committee of His Majesty's most honourable Privy Council upon their Lordships' order of the 2nd, which was mentioned in the Minutes of the 23rd instant, with the papers therein referred to, relating to the great confusion in the province of South Carolina and the speedy appointment of a Governor for remedy thereof, was agreed and signed.

Barbados.

Letters from Mr. Worseley, with papers.

The two undermentioned letters from Mr. Worseley, Governor of Barbadoes, therein referred to, were laid before the Board, viz:—

A letter from him, dated the 1st of June, 1729.
Mr. Reeves' opinions, dated the 15th of January, 1727–8, and the 1st of February, 1728–9, relating to the determination of an Act of Barbadoes for supporting the honour and dignity of the Government.
Minutes of Assembly, from the 17th of January, 1728–9, to the 2nd of May following.
A letter from him, dated the 15th of June, 1729.
Copies of three addresses, one to His Majesty, a second to the Governor, and a third to Mr. Frere, Chief Justice of the Court of Over and Terminer.

Copies sent to the Duke of Newcastle.

Whereupon ordered that copies of the said letters and papers be prepared, to be transmitted to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, in order to their being laid before His Majesty.

Letter to Mr. Worseley agreed.

Their Lordships then took into consideration the draught of a letter to Mr. Worseley, which was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.