Journal, September 1731
September 1. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Bladen, Mr.
Recovery of debts.
A letter, directed the 24th past to be prepared, to Humphrey
Morice and Micajah Perry, Esqrs., and to Mr. Richard Harris,
three of the principal merchants, who have signed the petition,
relating to the recovery of debts in the plantations, and higher
duties imposed in some of the colonies on merchants residing in
Great Britain than on the inhabitants of the said colonies, was
approved and ordered to be sent.
Letter to Mr. Carkesse about registering a ship built at Santa Lucia.
A letter to Mr. Carkesse, Secretary to the Commissioners of the
Customs, directed likewise the 24th past to be prepared, relating
to an application made to them for a ship to be registered, which
was built and fitted at Santa Lucia of materials carried thither
from Barbadoes, except the timber, was approved and ordered
to be sent.
Address, fortifications, etc.
A letter from Mr. Worseley, Governor of Barbados, dated the
27th of November, 1730, was read, and the address of the General
Assembly of that Island to him of the 25th of the same month,
relating to the fortifications, the public debts and their low
condition, was laid before the Board.
Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General's report upon the state
of a case concerning the right to a tract of land, between the rivers
Kennebeck and St. Croix, as also upon the petitions of Sir Bibye
Lake and others, and of Samuel Waldoe, merchant, in behalf of
Elisha Cooke, Esq., and others, relating to certain lands in those
parts, was read; whereupon directions were given for sending
the said report to Mr. Horatio Walpole, for his perusal and
consideration, and that he be acquainted, that their Lordships
should be glad to confer with him as a member of the Board, when
it may suit his convenience, upon the subject matter of the said
September 21. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Bladen.
A letter from Mr. Jackson to the Secretary of this Board, dated
yesterday, relating to a proposal he has to make, for preventing
the clandestine exporting of wool, was read, whereupon ordered
that he be acquainted that their Lordships desire to speak with
him on that subject on this day seven-night at eleven of the clock
in the morning.
Mr. Jackson, His Majesty's late minister in Sweden, attending,
their Lordships had some discourse with him on the subject of
the Lord Harrington's letters of the 20th of July and 28th of
August past, and the papers, therein referred to, which have been
received from Mr. Finch, His Majesty's present envoy in that
kingdom, and the draught of a representation, directed the 31st of
last month to be prepared, in support of His Majesty's title to
the Island of Tobago in America, against the pretentions of the
Duke of Courland, was agreed and signed, together with a letter
to the Lord Harrington, for inclosing the same.
Mr. Jackson being desired on this occasion to let their Lordships
have his thoughts and observations on the other parts of what is
referred to this Board by the Lord Harrington's two letters
abovementioned, Mr. Jackson promised to do it, and at his
request the said letters and papers were ordered to be sent him
for that purpose.
Mr. Ochs and Mr. Stauber, two of the petitioners for settling
a tract of land behind the great mountains in Virginia, attending,
a memorial from them, as likewise a letter from Sir William
Keith, of the 30th of the last month, upon the same subject
were read, and after discoursing with the said Ochs and Stauber,
some directions were given for preparing the draught of a
representation upon their petition.
Copies of the eight following Orders in Council, were read:—
Grant for a swamp.
Order in Council of the 12th August, 1731, impowering the
Governor of New York to pass a grant to Mr. Anthony Rutger of
a swamp, containing about 70 acres, under the quit rent now paid
for land in New York.
Act, Specialities, repealed.
Order in Council of the 12th of August, 1731, approving a
representation for the repeal of an Act, passed at New York, in
October, 1730, to prevent the taking or levying on specialities more
than the principal, interest and cost of suit, etc.
Act, staple of tobacco, to lye bye.
Order in Council of the 12th August, 1731, approving a
representation, proposing that an Act, passed in Virginia, for
amending the staple of tobacco, etc., do lye by probationary.
Act, duty of liquors, repealed.
Order in Council, dated the 12th of August, 1731, approving a
representation, proposing the repeal of an Act, passed at Virginia
in July, 1730, for continuing part of an Act for laying a duty on
liquors, with some alterations and amendments.
Act, to supply defects Chancery Act, repealed.
Order in Council, dated the 12th of August, 1731, approving a
representation for repealing an Act, passed at Antigua in 1728,
to supply the defects of a certain Act for constituting a Court of
Chancery in that Island, etc.
Mr. Phenney's bond cancelled.
Order in Council, dated 12th of August, 1731, approving a
report from the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the
petition of Mr. Phenney, late Governor of the Bahama Islands,
that Capt. Rogers, the present Governor, may be directed to
cancel a bond he forced Mr. Phenney to enter into there, on
account of money raised during his Government for a public
Act, establishing courts, repealed.
Order in Council, dated the 12th of August, 1731, for repealing
an Act, passed at Pennsylvania in August, 1727, for the establishing Courts of Judicature in that province.
Order in Council of the 12th August, 1731, approving the
draught of an additional instruction, impowering Mr. Belcher,
Governor of the Massachusetts Bay, to give his assent to a bill
passed by the Council and Assembly there in June last, for granting the sum of £54,000 for and towards the support of His
September 22. Present:—Mr. Docminique, Mr. Bladen.
Certificates, grants of land.
Mr. Thomas Lowndes having brought to the office three certificates, one from James Bertie, Esq., another from Henry Bertie,
Esq., two of the late Lords Proprietors of Carolina, and the third
certificate under the hand of Mr. Shelton, their late Secretary,
relating to certain grants of land made by the said Proprietors
to Mr. Lowndes before the treaty of surrender of Carolina to the
Crown, the said certificates were read, and ordered to be kept
with the papers, which relate to the province of South Carolina.
The undermentioned letters from Mr. Worseley, Governor of
Barbadoes, were read, and the papers, therein respectively referred
to, were laid before the Board, viz:—
Letters from Mr. Worseley,
A letter from him, dated the 7th of December, 1730.
An Address from the Council to the Governor, and his
A letter from him, dated the 12th of December, 1730.
Chief Judge's speech to the Grand Jury of Barbadoes.
The Grand Jury's address to the Chief Judge.
The Grand Jury's address to His Majesty.
The Grand Jury's address to the Governor.
A letter from him, dated the 23rd of December, 1730.
Copy of an address from the Council, now residing in
Barbadoes, to His Majesty, relating to the present state
of that Island.
Councillors' reasons for rejecting the Agency Bill.
Mr. Culpepper's petition against Mr. Weeks for rejecting
several voters on an election for vestrymen in the parish of
A letter from him, dated the 27th of June, 1731.
Copy of Mr. Worseley's letter to the Governor of Martinique,
relating to some English vessels taken at Santa Lucia by a
French Garde de Coste, dated the 19th of February, 1730–1.
Copy of a letter from Monsr. Champigny, Governor of
Martinique, to Mr. Worseley, dated the 22nd of May,
1731, relating to some English vessels taken by the French
at Santa Lucia, etc.
List of English vessels taken by a French Garde de Coste
at Santa Lucia, and carried to Martinique, with the reasons
given by the French Governor of Martinique, why some
were confiscated, and others restored.
Copy of the Assembly of Barbadoes' address to the Governor
about the repairs at Pilgrim House, dated the 26th of
Copy of the address of the General Assembly of Barbadoes to
Governor Worseley, dated the 11th of May, 1725, relating
to the money expended by him in repairing Pilgrim House.
Copy of the address of the General Assembly of Barbadoes
to Governor Worseley, dated the 12th of October, 1725,
relating to the ruinous condition of the magazine, and to
another place to be provided for securing the Stores of
Letter from Mr. Carkesse, about registering a ship built at Santa Lucia.
A letter from Mr. Carkesse, Secretary to the Commissioners of
the Customs, dated the 4th, in answer to one writ him the 1st
inst., relating to an application for a register of a ship built at
Santa Lucia, which had been refused by Mr. Worseley, Governor of
Barbadoes, was read, together with a copy of Mr. Attorney
General's report, inclosed in Mr. Carkesse's said letter, concerning
a register in the case above mentioned, whereupon ordered that a
copy of the said report be sent with the next letter to the Governor
of Barbadoes for his information.
Santa Lucia, etc., letter and papers to the Duke of Newcastle.
Further ordered that a copy be prepared of so much of Mr.
Worseley's forementioned letter of the 27th of June last, as relates
to the Islands of Santa Lucia, St. Vincent's and Tobago, as likewise
copies of Mr. Worseley's letter to the Governor of Martinique,
of the said Governor's answer, and of the list of English vessels
taken at Santa Lucia, to be transmitted to His Grace the Duke of
Newcastle, in order to be laid before His Majesty.