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Minutes of the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Great Britain. Board of Trade
January 11, 1757 - December 16, 1757
Volume 05, Pages 805-810

[B. P. R. O. B. T. Journals. Vol. 65.]
BOARD OF TRADE JOURNALS.


Tuesday, January 11th 1757.
Present
Earl of Halifax.
Mr. Oswald.
Mr. Pelham.
Mr. Jenyns.
Mr. Hamilton
Mr. Sloper.

Read a letter from the Right Honble William Pitt Esqre one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State dated the 3rd of Janry 1757 referring to the consideration of this Board the following papers and desiring the Board's opinion how far it may be desirable to propose to Parliament to give a pecuniary aid to the Southern Colonies in consideration of their expences and to encourage them to defend His Maj. rights and possessions

Memorial of Mr. Abercromby Agent for North Carolina and Virginia relating to the services performed by those Colonies in defence of His Majesty's Territorys

Representation of the Council and Burgesses of Virginia to His Majesty relating to the money and men raised there for the defence of His Maj. Territorys

Copy of an Address from the Council and Burgesses of Virginia to His Majesty.

Ordered that the said letter & papers be taken into further consideration to-morrow morning.

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Wednesday, January 12th 1757.

Their Lordships pursuant to the Minutes of yesterday took into further consideration the letter from Mr. Pitt one of His Maj. Principal Secretaries of State mentioned therein desiring this Board's opinion whether it may be advisable to apply to Parliament for a pecuniary aid to Virginia and the other Southern Colonies and the Secretary laid before the Board the following papers transmitted to him by Mr. Abercromby Agent for the Colonies of Virginia and North Carolina

Account of monies granted by the Colony of Virginia for carrying on His Maj. service against the Enemy in the years 1754, 1755 and 1756.

Account of monies raised by the Province of North Carolina in 1754, 1755 & 1756 for carrying on Mis Maj. service against the Enemy

Which papers having been read were taken into consideration together with the copys of the Addresses of the Council and Assembly of North Carolina to His Maj. mentioned in the Minutes of 24 Decr last and after some time spent therein their Lordships agreed to take this affair into further consideration on Friday next and the Secretary was ordered to write to Mr. Abercromby to desire his attendance

Ordered that a state be prepared from the Books and Papers in this office of the money and men raised & services performed by the Colony of Virginia and the other Southern Colonies for the defence of His Maj. Territories since the commencement of hostilities.

Their Lordships took into consideration the letter from Mr. Dobbs Govr of North Carolina mentioned in the Minutes of the 24 Dec. last and after some time spent therein the Secretary was ordered to transmit an extract of that part of it which contains Observations upon an Act passed there in 1723 for settling the Titles and Bounds of Lands together with a copy of the said Act to the Secretary to the Lords Commissrs of His Maj. Treasury and desire him to lay them before that Board for their directions thereupon.

Ordered that the Secretary do likewise transmit to the Secretary to the Lords Commissrs of His Maj. Treasury an extract from that part of Mr. Dobbs letter which relates to the want of an order from that Board to the Receiver of the Quit Rents to defray the expence of making a survey of the Province out of the Quit Rents for their Lordships directions thereupon.


Friday January 14th 1757.

Their Lordships pursuant to the Minutes of the 12th inst. took into further consideration the letter from Mr. Pitt one of His Maj. Principal Secretaries of State, mentioned therein desiring the Boards opinion whether it may be advisable to apply to Parliament for a pecuniary aid

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to Virginia and the other Southern Colonies and the Secretary laid before the Board a state of the money & men raised and services performed by the Colonies of Virginia and North Carolina for the defence of His Maj. Territories prepared from the Books and Papers in this Office pursuant to their Lordships directions.

Their Lordships being informed that Mr. Abercromby Agent for Virginia and North Carolina was attending without pursuant to their Orders he was called in and their Lordships having had some conversation with him upon this affair he withdrew and the Board after some time spent in the consideration of Mr. Pitt's letter and the Papers referred ordered the draught of a Report thereon to be prepared


Tuesday. January 18th 1757

The draught of a letter to Mr. Pitt one of His Maj. Principal Secretaries of State containing their Lordships Report and opinion upon his letter of the 3rd inst. mentioned in the Minutes of the 15th inst. having been prepared pursuant to the sd Minutes their Lordships took the same into consideration and made some progress therein

Wednesday January 19th 1757.

Their Lordships took into further consideration the draught of a letter to Mr. Pitt one of His Maj. Principal Secretaries of State containing the Board's Report and Opinion upon his letter of the 3rd inst respecting a pecuniary aid to be given by Parliament to the Southern Colonies in consideration of their past services and to enable them to continue their efforts for the defence of His Maj. Territories and the same having been agreed to was ordered to be transcribed and was signed on January 21st


Friday February 4th 1757.

A Representation to His Maj. proposing that Richard Spaight Esq. may be appointed of the Council of North Carolina in the room of Henry McCulloh Esq. deceased was signed.

The Secretary laid before the Board three Orders of His Majesty in Council dated this day approving the Representation proposing ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ and Richard Spaight Esq. to be of the Council of North Carolina and directing their Lordships to prepare Warrants in the usual form and Warrants having been prepared Representations thereupon were signed.


Wednesday. March 2nd 1757.

Read a letter from Mr. Cleveland Secretary to the Admiralty dated 28th Febry 1757 in answer to one from Mr. Pownall with the extract of a letter from Govr Dobbs giving account that the coasts of North Carolina

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are infested by the Enemies Privateers from the West Indies & acquainting him for the information of their Lordships that a twenty gun ship & sloop are ordered upon that station for their protection.


Wednesday March 9th 1757.

Their Lordships took into consideration the several letters received from the Governors of Nova Scotia New Hampshire New York New Jersey Virginia and North Carolina since the Board's last letter to them and ordered draughts of letters in answer thereto be prepared—which were agreed to transcribed and signed March 10th


Thursday March 17th 1757.

The Secretary laid before the Board the following Orders in Council, Vizt

Order of His Maj. in Council dated 13 Oct. 1756 directing that the sum of £2500 being arrears of Salary due to Henry McCulloh Esq. in March 1752 be set off against the Quit Rents due from him to the Crown as proposed by this Board on their Representation on his Memorial.

Order of His Maj. in Council dated 13th Oct 1756 approving a Representation of this Board on a Memorial of Henry McCulloh Esq & directing the Governor of North Carolina accordingly to defer the execution of the 84th article of his Instruction relative to Mr. McCulloh's Lands.


Wednesday April 27th 1757.

Read a letter from Arthur Dobbs Esq. Gov. of North Carolina to the Board dated 20th Janry 1757 relating to the frauds and irregularities in the method of granting and surveying of Lands &c. & transmitting

Draught of two cases relative to Grants of Land stated by Gov. Dobbs for the opinion of Council.

Journal of the Upper House of Assembly from 30th Sept. to 25th Oct. 1756.

Journal of the Assembly of North Carolina for the same time.

Twenty four Acts passed in North Carolina 25th Oct. 1756.

Ordered that the said Acts be sent to Sir Matthew Lamb for his opinion thereon in point of law as soon as conveniently may be.

Ordered that the Secretary do transmit an extract of so much of the Govrs letter as relates to the frauds and irregularities in the method of granting & surveying of Lands together with copies of the cases referred to therein to the Secretary to the Lords Commissrs of the Treasury for their directions thereupon.

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Wednesday. July 13th 1757.

Read a letter from Arthur Dobbs Esq Governor of North Carolina to the Board dated at Philadelphia 22d March 1757 acquainting their Lordships with the Measures agreed on at a Meeting of the Southern Governors with the Earl of Loudoun for the protection of the Carolinas.


Friday. November 4th 1757.

Read a letter from Arthur Dobbs Esq Govr of North Carolina to the Board dated Newbern 30th May 1757 relating to the present state of that Province and inclosing several papers viz:

Address of the Council of North Carolina to Governor Dobbs.

Address of the Assembly of North Carolina to Gov. Dobbs.

Govr Dobbs Speech to the Council & Assembly of North Carolina.

Address of the Council of North Carolina to His Maj. praying for an allowance out of the Quit Rents for their trouble & charges in attending the Courts of Justice & upon other occasions.

Their Lordships took the said letter together with two others received since the Board's last letter to Mr. Dobbs into consideration and ordered the draught of a letter to him in answer thereto to be prepared signed 9th Nov.

Ordered that the above mentioned Addresss of the Council of North Carolina be laid before His Majesty in Council and that the draught of a Representation thereon be prepared which was agreed to & signed 5th November.

The Secretary acquainted the Board that the above mentioned letter from Mr. Dobbs having been received during their recess he had thought it his duty to communicate an extract of that part of it which relates to the measures taken by the said Governor in consequence of the meeting of the Southern Governors with Lord Loudoun at Philadelphia to Mr. Secretary Pitt and had also transmitted an extract of that part of it which relates to the conduct of the Captain of His Maj. ship stationed upon the coast of North Carolina to Mr. Cleveland Secretary to the Lords of the Admiralty to be laid before that Board.


Friday November 11th 1757.

Read a letter from Arthur Dobbs Esq. Governor of North Carolina to the Board dated 30th Aug. 1757 containing some observations on the proposal of South Carolina for fixing the Boundary Line and an account of the insolent behaviour of the Catawbas.

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Friday, December 16th 1757.

Read an Order of the Lords of the Comtee of Council for Plantation Affairs dated 16th Nov. referring to the consideration of this Board the humble petition of the Members of His Maj. Council of North Carolina praying that His Maj. would be graciously pleased to direct an allowance to be paid them out of His Maj. Quit Rents in consideration of their great expence in attending His Maj. service in Council and in the several Courts in which they sit as Judges.

Their Lordships took the said Order of Reference into consideration together with a letter from Mr. Dobbs Govr of North Carolina mentioned in the Minutes of 4th Novr and after some time spent therein ordered the draught of a Report to the Lords of the Committee of Council upon the said petition to be prepared, which was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed 20th Decr and signed 22d Decr 1757.