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Minutes of the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Great Britain. Board of Trade
January 31, 1754 - December 10, 1754
Volume 05, Pages 166-172

[B. P. R. O. B. T. Journals Vol. 62.]
BOARD OF TRADE JOURNALS.


Thursday, January 31st 1754
Present
Earl of Halifax
Mr. Grenville.
Mr. Fane
Mr. Townshend.
Mr. Oswald.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council dated 3rd April 1753 referring to this Board for their consideration and report the Memorial of Arthur Dobbs Esq. Governor of North Carolina to His Majesty praying for ordnance and stores for the Fort lately erected on Cape Fear River.

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Their Lordships agreed to take the said Order into consideration on Friday the 8th Febry and ordered the Secretary to write to Mr. Dobbs to desire his attendance thereupon.

Ordered that the draught of a Report upon the state of North Carolina prepared pursuant to their Lordships Order be taken into consideration on Thursday next and that the Secretary do write to Mr. Dobbs to desire his attendance.

Read a letter from Mr. Smith Deputy to Mr. Walpole Auditor General of the Plantations to Mr. Pownall dated 18 April 1753 relating to the Quit rents in North Carolina and inclosing

An Abstract of Mr. Allen's Accounts as Receiver General of Quit Rents in North Carolina from 1735 to 1748.

Copy of Mr. Walpoles Report to Lords of the Treasury on Widow Johnston's claim.

Read a Memorial of Arthur Dobbs Esq. Governor of North Carolina to the Board setting forth the insufficiency of the Quit Rents of that Province to pay the Salaries of the Governor and other Officers and praying their Lordships to represent to His Majesty the necessity of making some other provision for the said Salaries.

Their Lordships agreed to take the said Memorial into consideration on Friday 8th February.


Thursday, February 7th 1754.

Mr. Dobbs Govr of North Carolina attending their Lordships took into consideration the draught of a Report upon the state of that Province prepared pursuant to their Lordships order and having made some progress therein agreed further to consider of it on Tuesday next and to defer the consideration of Mr. Dobbs petition for a salary and for Ordnance stores for the Fort built in North Carolina until Wednesday next.


Tuesday, February 12th 1754

Their Lordships agreed that the consideration of the papers mentioned in the preceding Minutes relative to the affairs of North Carolina should be postponed to another opportunity


Friday, February 22nd 1754

Their Lordships took into further consideration the draught of a Representation upon the state of the Province of North Carolina mentioned in the minutes of the 7th inst. and made some progress therein


Monday, February 25th 1754

Their Lordships took into further consideration the draught of a Representation to His Majesty upon the state of the Province of North Carolina which having been agreed to was ordered to be transcribed

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Tuesday, February 26th 1754.

Mr. Dobbs Govr of North Carolina attending their Lordships took into consideration his Memorial relative to his Salary mentioned in the Minutes of the 31st Janry and ordered the draught of a Representation to His Majesty to be prepared thereupon.

Their Lordships took into consideration a Memorial of Mr. Dobbs to his Majesty referred to this Board by the Lords of the Committee of Council relative to Military Stores for the Fort built in that Province mentioned in the Minutes of the 31st Janry and Mr. Dobbs was desired to attend again tomorrow morning with the Agent of the Province and to lay before their Lordships evidence in support of the allegations of the said Memorial

Read a Memorial of Mr. Henry McCulloh to the Board setting forth the hardships he labours under and praying their Lordships to recommend his case to His Maj. consideration Their Lordships agreed to take the said Memorial into consideration tomorrow morning and the Secretary was directed to write to Mr. McCulloh to desire his attendance


Wednesday, February 27th 1754.

Mr. Dobbs attending with Mr. Abercrombly Agent for North Carolina they were called in and their Lordships took into consideration Mr. Dobbs Memorial to His Majesty for Ordnance stores for the Fort at Cape Fear and Mr. Abercrombly produced to their Lordships several papers in proof of the allegations of the Memorial but it appearing to their Lordships they had not sufficient information whereon to ground a Report to the Council upon this affair the further consideration of it was postponed until Mr. Dobbs should be able to transmit to their Lordships more particular information with respect to the several matters set forth in his Memorial.

Mr. McCulloh attending as desired was called in and their Lordships acquainted him that as that part of his Memorial which related to Lord Granville's line was a matter of private property and had never been under the consideration of this Board and as the other part of his Memorial which related to the arrears of Salary due to him and the insufficiency of the warrant he had obtained from the Treasury was a matter entirely within the jurisdiction of the Lords of the Treasury they did not think it proper or advisable for this Board to enter into a consideration of those points.


Thursday, March 14th 1754.

The draught of a Representation to His Majesty upon the state of the Province of North Carolina having been prepared pursuant to the Minutes of the 25th Febry was signed.

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The draught of a Representation to His Majesty upon Mr. Dobbs' Memorial relative to his Salary having been prepared pursuant to the Minutes of the 26th February was agreed to transcribed & signed.


Wednesday, April 3rd 1754.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Committee of Council dated 26 March 1754 approving a Representation of this Board upon the present state of North Carolina and directing the Board to prepare Instructions for Mr. Dobbs upon the several points mentioned in said Representation conformable thereto.

Ordered that the Draught of General Instructions and of those relative to the Acts of Trade be prepared for Mr. Dobbs and that Instructions upon the several points mentioned in the above Order be inserted therein.


Wednesday, May 22d 1754.

Read the following copies of Orders of Council received from the Clerk of His Maj. Council viz:

Copy of an Order in Council dated 28 March 1754 upon a Representation of this Board relating to the settling a salary of £1000 per annum upon Mr. Dobbs the present Govr of North Carolina and referring it to the Lords of the Treasury to consider of a proper fund for the payment of it &c.

Copy of an Order in Council dated 8 April 1754 approving a Representation of this Board proposing the repeal of Twenty six Acts passed in the Province of North Carolina between the Years 1715 and 1749.


Thursday, May 23rd 1754.

The Secretary pursuant to the Board's Order of the 3rd April laid before the Board a draught of general instructions and also a draught of instructions relative to the observance of the laws of trade for Arthur Dobbs Esq. appointed Governor of North Carolina and part of the said instructions having been read and agreed to the further consideration of them was postponed until tomorrow morning.


Friday, May 24th 1754.

Read a Memorial of Henry McCulloh praying that he may be allowed to set off one thousand and thirty five pounds due to him from the Crown in discharge of so much quit rents due to the Crown.

Mr. McCulloh attending without was called in and their Lordships after some conversation with him upon the subject of the said Memorial

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ordered the draught of a Representation to His Majesty thereupon to be prepared.

Their Lordships pursuant to yesterday's minutes proceeded to the consideration of the draught of instructions prepared for Arthur Dobbs Esq. Govr of North Carolina and having gone thro' the same they were agreed to and ordered to be transcribed and the Draught of a Representation to His Majesty thereupon to be prepared.


Tuesday, May 28th 1754.

The draught of a Representation to His Majesty upon Mr. McCulloh's Memorial having been prepared pursuant to the Minutes of Friday last was agreed to transcribed and signed.


Wednesday, June 12th 1754

The draught of a Representation to His Majesty upon the draughts of General Instructions and of those which relate to the Acts of Trade for Mr. Dobbs Govr of North Carolina having been prepared pursuant to the Minutes of the 24th May was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed—and signed June 14th


Thursday, June 13th 1754

Read a letter from Mathew Rowan Esqre President of the Council & Commander in Chief of North Carolina to the Board dated March 19th 1754 relative to the encroachments of the French on the River Ohio.

Ordered that a copy be made of the foregoing letter to be laid before His Majesty and that the draught of a letter to Sir Thos. Robinson inclosing it be prepared—which was agreed to, transcribed and signed June 14th


Tuesday, June 18th 1754.

The following Representations to His Majesty were agreed to and signed, Viz:

Representation proposing that Henry McCulloh Esq. may be appointed Secretary of North Carolina in the room of Nathaniel Rice Esqre


Friday, June 21st 1754.

Read the following Orders in Council viz:

Order of Council dated 21st inst. approving a Representation of this Board proposing that Henry McCulloh Esq. may be appointed Secretary of the Province of North Carolina in the room of Nathaniel Rice Esq. deceased & directing this Board to cause a Warrant to be prepared for that purpose.

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Friday, July 5th 1754.

Mr. Dobbs Govr of North Carolina attending without was called in and the following points were recommended to his attention upon his arrival in North Carolina.

To enquire into the state of the paper currency which by Mr. Rowan's last letter appears to have been created and issued there, to send over the Act for issuing it and not to apply any part of it which now remains in the Trustees hands to answer contingencies until he receives further directions from His Majesty unless in cases of emergency and absolute necessity.

To Take every prudent and effectual method of keeping up that spirit which has appeared in the Colony to oppose the hostile encroachments of a Foreign Power and in case of a requisition from any of the Colonies for assistance to direct the troops under his command in such manner as should appear to him to be best for the general interest and security of His Maj. Colonies.

To endeavour to get an Act passed for establishing a Powder duty in case that formerly passed should be expired.

To consider that Article of His Maj. Instructions which relates to the security to be given by persons applying for Grants of Land that they will not enter upon it until a Patent be finally passed and in case it should appear to him that the carrying it into execution would be attended with any particular hardship or inconvenience to make a full Representation of the case to the Board

To enquire into the state of the proceedings with respect to the Boundary Line between North and South Carolina and to consult with the Govr of South Carolina upon what will be a proper line and report his opinion fully to the Board.


Thursday, October 24th 1754.

Read a letter from Mr. Rowan President of the Council and Commander in Chief of North Carolina to the Board dated at Cape Fear 3rd June 1754 inclosing

Journal of the House of Burgesses in April 1753.

Journal of the Upper House in Assembly in Febry & March 1754


Tuesday, October 29th 1754.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following copy of Orders in Council Viz:

Order of Council dated 8th April 1754 approving a Representation of this Board to His Majesty proposing the repeal of eight Acts passed in North Carolina in the years 1715 & 1729.

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Order of Council dated 8th April 1754 approving a Representation of this Board to His Majesty proposing the repeal of eighteen Acts passed in North Carolina between the years 1734 and 1750.

Order of Council dated 21st June 1754 approving the Draughts of General Instructions and of those which relate to the Acts of Trade & Navigation prepared by this Board for Arthur Dobbs Esqr Governor of North Carolina.


Tuesday, December 10th 1754

Read a letter from Mr. Rowan President of the Council of North Carolina to the Board dated at Cape Fear 26th Augt 1754 inclosing a printed copy of the Acts passed in that Province at the last Session.

Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Mr. Lamb for his opinion thereon in point of law.