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Journal of the

Board of Trade and Plantations

London, England
February 1759

Thursday, February 1, 1759

Their lordships then took into consideration an estimate of the expence of maintaining and supporting the civil Establishment of His Majesty's Colony of Nova Scotia for the year 1759, transmitted by the Governor of the said Colony, and mentioned in the Minutes of the 14th of November last, and made some progress therein.

Thursday, February 8, 1759

Read a letter from Mr. Martin, Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, to Mr. Pownall, dated February 7th, 1759, signifying His Majesty's Commands, that this Board should prepared and lay before the House of Commons an estimate of the expence of supporting and maintaining the settlement of His Majesty's Colony of Nova Scotia for the year 1759.

An estimate having been accordingly prepared was agreed to; and Mr. Oswald was desired to present it to the House of Commons, pursuant to His Majesty's Commands.

Tuesday, February 13, 1759

The Secretary laid before the Board the following Orders of the House of Commons, viz.
"Veneris 9o die Februarii 1759".

"Ordered: That there be laid before this House An Account of the money paid, and charges incurred, by supporting and maintaining the settlement of His Majesty's Colony of Nova Scotia from the 1st of January, 1757, to the 31st of December following.

"Ordered: That there be laid before this House, An Account of the money paid, and charges incurred, by supporting and maintaining the Settlement of His Majesty's Colony of Nova Scotia from the 1st of January, 1758, to the 31st of December following."

An Account of the money paid, and charges incurred, by supporting and maintaining the Settlement of Nova Scotia for the year 1757, prepared by the agent pursuant to order, was laid before the Board; and Mr. Oswald was desired to present it to the House of Commons; and at the same time to acquaint the House, that the latter Order for laying before them an account of the money paid and charges incurred by supporting and maintaining the said Colony for the year 1758, cannot be at present complied with, by reason the proper Officers in the said Colony have not transmitted any accounts of the expenditure, or any vouchers for the payment of money for the year 1758; but that as soon as the accounts and vouchers shall be received, the account shall be made up with all possible dispatch, and laid before the House.

Wednesday, February 14, 1759

The Secretary having acquainted the Board, that he had, in obedience to their commands, had some conversation with General Cornwallis upon the Memorial of the widow of the late Captain Edward Howe, mentioned in the minutes of the 1st of December last, and that General Cornwallis had informed him, that he believed the facts set forth in the said Memorial and Account annexed thereto, to be in general just and true; a letter to the Governor of Nova Scotia thereupon, and also for transmitting a copy of the Estimate for supporting the settlement of Nova Scotia for the year 1759, with their lordships' observations upon it, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Thursday, February 15, 1759

Read a letter from Mrs. Catherwood, midwife at Halifax in Nova Scotia, to the Board, dated 18th December, 1758, desiring their lordships' leave to come to England for the recovery of her health.

Their lordships, upon consideration of the above letter, agreed, that Mrs. Catherwood should have leave to return to England for the recovery of her health; provided she appointed such person to officiate for her, and made such satisfaction for doing the duty in her absence, as the Governor should approve; and the Secretary was ordered to signify their lordships' resolution to her, and also to the Governor.


Journal of the

Board of Trade and Plantations

London, England
March 1759

Thursday, March 1, 1759

The Secretary laid before the Board a Memorial prepared by the agent for the settlement of Nova Scotia, to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, praying that the sum of eight hundred, forty eight pounds, seven shillings and seven pence may be issued to him to discharge Bills drawn upon him by the Governor of the said Colony, and other demands relative thereto; and the said Memorial having been approved, it was ordered, that the agent should present it to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their directions upon it.


Journal of the

Board of Trade and Plantations

London, England
May 1759

Wednesday, May 9, 1759

The Secretary laid before the Board a Memorial prepared by the agent for Nova Scotia to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, praying that the sum of four hundred and forty pounds, sixteen shillings and two pence may be issued to him out of the mony granted by Parliament for the service of that Colony, to discharge a demand of the late agent for taxes paid upon the receipt of mony at the Exchequer, and also a demand of the agent for the Chief Justice of the said colony for three months salary due to the said Chief Justice at Lady day last; and the said Memorial having been approved, the agent was ordered to present it to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their directions upon it.

Tuesday, May 22, 1759

The Secretary laid before the Board a Memorial prepared by the agent for Nova Scotia to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, praying that five thousand pounds may be issued to him out of the remainder of the moneys granted by Parliament for the support of that settlement, to enable him to discharge a Bill drawn upon him by Governor Lawrence for that sum for the ordinary service of the Government; and the said Memorial having been approved, the agent was ordered to present it to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their directions upon it.


Journal of the

Board of Trade and Plantations

London, England
July 1759

Wednesday, July 4, 1759

Read a Memorial of Mr. Gould, executor to King Gould,NOTE 1 some time agent to the 40th Regiment of Foot, then commanded by the Honorable Major General Cornwallis, relating to a sum of money due to him for the service of Nova Scotia; and inclosing Account of the 40th Regiment of Foot in respect of its claim to the non-effectiveNOTE 2 4ds. from the 25th October, 1749, to 24th December, 1750.

NOTE 1: King Gould (died 1756) of Westminster, an army agent,
later a deputy judge advocate, was father of the more famous
Sir Charles Gould (1726-1806), also a judge advocate general.
In his post as army agent, King Gould was responsible for the
40th Foot Regiment commanded by Richard Philipps (1661-1750),
governor of Placentia in Newfoundland and captain-general and
governor of Nova Scotia.  Shortly before King Gould's death,
his son Charles became his executor and acquired the position
of army agent to Richard Philipps' regiment.

[This note does not appear in the original Board of Trade records.]


NOTE 2: The financial arrangements of regiments in the British army in
the 1700s were intricate to a degree that is far beyond the possibility of
a coherent description here.  Among the more shadowy practices was
the “non-effective account,” which received substantial regular income
from the pay of soldiers who were on the official payroll and who received
regular pay but who in fact did not exist.  This practice was not secret –
everyone in the army, from the ordinary soldier to the top brass, knew
all about it.  The money in the non-effective account was used to meet
various legitimate expenses connected with recruits, deserters,
discharged invalids and like situations.  For example, it covered the
expenses connected with a recruit who deserted or died before officially
joining the regiment.  (I'm not making this up.)  One of the curiosities of
regimental finance was the warrant men.  These were six fictitious
personages on the rolls of practically every regiment of foot.  Their pay
formed a fund to meet a variety of expenses.  The pay of two of the
warrant men constituted an allowance to the widows of regimental
officers.  The pay of the remaining four constituted an allowance to
the colonel for clothing lost by deserters, an allowance to the captain
for recruiting, and allowances to the colonel and the agent for their
own use.  Moreover, each company of foot had on its rolls several
non-effectives called contingent men, whose subsistence was paid
to the captain to keep the regimental arms in repair, and to defray
other contingent expenses...

[This note does not appear in the original Board of Trade records.]


Ordered, that the balance of the above mentioned account be inserted in the next Memorial, which the agent for Nova Scotia shall prepare to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for the issue of any part of the grant of Parliament for the service of Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, July 24, 1759

Read the following letters and papers received from the Governor of Nova Scotia, viz.:

Letter from Governor Lawrence to the Board, dated December 26th, 1758, relative to the proceedings of the Assembly, and other matters of government.

List of Acts passed between October 2nd and 21st December, 1758.

Proclamation dated October 12th, 1758, for encouraging the settlement of the vacated lands, and containing a description of them.

Proclamation dated 14th November, 1758, respecting the reduction of the price of labour.

Letter from Governor Lawrence to the Board, dated February 5th, 1759, relative to settling the vacated lands.

Proclamation dated 11th January, 1759, containing the conditions of grants to be made of the vacated lands.

Letter from Governor Lawrence to the Board, dated April 20th, 1759, containing an account of his proceedings with regard to the said lands; and the hostilities of the Indians committed on the settlers at Lunenburg.

List of Acts passed in April, 1759.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of Nova Scotia, in answer to those received from him, be prepared.


Journal of the

Board of Trade and Plantations

London, England
September 1759

Monday, September 17, 1759

The Secretary having laid before the Board a Memorial prepared by the agent for Nova Scotia, to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, praying that the sum of £1227: 2: 2 may be issued to him out of the moneys granted by Parliament for the service of Nova Scotia, to defray certain charges incurred on account of the settlement of the said colony, the said Memorial was approved; and the agent was directed to present it to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their lordships' directions upon it.


Journal of the

Board of Trade and Plantations

London, England
October 1759

Tuesday, October 9, 1759

The Secretary having laid before the Board a Memorial prepared by the agent for Nova Scotia, to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, praying that the sum of one thousand, two hundred and twenty seven pounds, two shillings and two pence may be issued to him to defray certain charges incurred on account of the settlement of the said colony, the said Memorial was approved; and the agent was directed to present it to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their lordships' directions upon it.


Journal of the

Board of Trade and Plantations

London, England
November 1759

Saturday, November 10, 1759

It appearing to their lordships to have been usual, on occasions of Thanksgiving days having been appointed to be observed in Great Britain for the success of His Majesty's Arms, for orders to have been also given for the like to be observed and solemnized in the Plantations, a letter to Mr. Secretary Pitt, desiring he would move His Majesty, that such orders may now be given in consequence of His Majesty's Proclamation of the 23rd of last month, was agreed to, and signed.

Tuesday, November 13, 1759

Read a letter from Mr. Secretary Pitt, dated the 12th inst., signifying His Majesty's Commands, that this Board do give the necessary directions for a day of Thanksgiving for the success of His Majesty's Arms to be solemnized in all His Majesty's colonies in America.

Circular letters to the Governors and Commanders in chief of the several colonies, signifying His Majesty's Commands, that they do respectively appoint a proper day for a publick Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the success of His Majesty's Arms, in their several Governments, were accordingly agreed to and signed.

The Secretary laid before the Board a Memorial prepared by the agent for Nova Scotia, to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, praying that the sum of five hundred pounds may be issued to him, for the payment of a bill of exchange drawn upon him by the Governor of the said colony; and the said Memorial having been approved, it was ordered, that the agent do present it to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for their lordships' directions upon it.

Wednesday, November 28, 1759

Read the following letter and papers received from Charles Lawrence, Esqr. Governor of Nova Scotia, viz.

Letter from Governor Lawrence, dated September 20th, 1759, containing an account of his proceedings towards the settlement of the vacated lands; state of the publick accounts; and internal state of the Province; and inclosing

Governor's Proclamation forbidding the exaction of any money from persons applying for grants of the vacated lands.

Copy of the Grant of the township of Horton to Robert Dennison and others, 22nd May, 1759.

Extract of the Grants of several townships, accompanied with the copy of a Grant shewing the conditions, etc.

List of Bills drawn by Governor Lawrence upon the agent for Nova Scotia in 1759.

Nova Scotia vouchers from January 1st to December 31st, 1758.

Nova Scotia Estimate, 1760.

Records of His Majesty's Council, 8th March, 1758, ending 21st June following.

Records of His Majesty's Council, 12th October, 1758, ending August 22nd, 1759.

Minutes of the proceedings of His Majesty's Council in General Assembly, 1st August, 1759, ending 13th August, 1759.

Minutes of the proceedings of His Majesty's Council in General Assembly, 2nd October, 1758, ending 17th April, 1759.

Minutes of the proceedings of the Assembly, 2nd October, 1758, ending September 28th, 1759.

Minutes of the proceedings of the House of Assembly, August 1st, 1759, ending August 13th, 1759.

6 Acts of the General Assembly of the Province of Nova Scotia, continued by Prorogation until Wednesday, 1st August, 1759.

34 Acts of the General Assembly of the Province of Nova Scotia, begun and holden at Halifax on Monday, 2nd of October, 1758.

Naval Office Lists of ships and vessels entered and cleared from 1st January to 31st December, 1758.

Ordered, that the said letter and papers be taken into further consideration on Friday next.

Ordered, that the Secretary do transmit an extract of that part of the minutes of the proceedings of His Majesty's Council of Nova Scotia, which relates to the case of the widow of the late Captain How, killed by the Indians at Chignecto in 1755, to General Cornwallis, and desire the favor of such information as he may be able to give respecting this point, referred by the said minutes to his determination.

Ordered, that the vouchers for the publick accounts of Nova Scotia from the 1st of January to the 31st of December, 1758, be delivered to the agent; and that he be ordered to prepare an account in the usual manner of the charges incurred for supporting the settlement of the said colony for that time.

Friday, November 30, 1759

Their lordships took into further consideration the letter and papers received from the Governor of Nova Scotia, more particularly with respect to his proceedings in granting the lands evacuated by the removal of the French inhabitants; and after some time spent therein, agreed further to consider thereof on Tuesday next, the 4th December.


Journal of the

Board of Trade and Plantations

London, England
December 1759

Tuesday, December 4, 1759

Their lordships took into further consideration the letter and papers lately received from the Governor of Nova Scotia, more particularly in respect to his proceedings in granting the lands evacuated by the removal of the French inhabitants, and to the proceedings of the House of Representatives of that Province in their two last sessions; and after some time spent therein, agreed further to consider thereof to-morrow morning.

Wednesday, December 5, 1759

Their lordships then took into further consideration the letter and papers lately received from the Governor of Nova Scotia, more particularly in respect to his proceedings in granting the lands evacuated by the removal of the French inhabitants, and to the proceedings of the House of Representatives in their two last sessions; and made some further progress therein.

Tuesday, December 11, 1759

Their lordships took into further consideration the letter and papers lately received from the Governor of Nova Scotia, more particularly in respect to his proceedings in granting the lands evacuated by the removal of the French inhabitants, and to the proceedings of the House of Representatives in their two last Sessions; and after some time spent therein, it was ordered, that the draught of a Representation to His Majesty should be prepared, humbly to lay before His Majesty, for His Royal Approbation, the proceedings of the Governor and Council in granting the evacuated lands; and that the proceedings of the Council and House of Representatives, together with the laws passed in their two last sessions, should be sent to Sir Matthew Lamb, with directions to take them into his consideration, and to report his opinion, whether such proceedings have been regular, and consistent with the constitution and practice of the mother country; and also his opinion in point of law upon the several Acts.

Ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of Nova Scotia, in answer to the last received from him, be prepared.

Tuesday, December 18, 1759

The draught of a Representation to His Majesty upon the proceedings of the Governor and Council of Nova Scotia in granting out the lands evacuated by the removal of the French inhabitants, having been prepared pursuant to order, was read, approved, and ordered to be transcribed.

Thursday, December 20, 1759

The draught of a Representation to His Majesty upon the proceedings of the Governor and Council of Nova Scotia in granting out the lands evacuated by the removal of the French inhabitants, was signed.


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