Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations; “conduct of the officers of the Crown in Nova Scotia”

Tuesday, April 8th 1766.

Present:—Earl of Dartmouth, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Roberts.

Read a memorial of Mrs. Doble of Halifax in Nova Scotia, complaining in behalf of herself and husband, that they had been obstructed in the obtaining a grant of two lots of land in that colony, which they had cleared and improved upon the faith of a proclamation of the Governor, declaring that whoever should clear the said lots should be entitled to a grant thereof.

fo. 100.
Mrs. Doble, the memorialist, attending, was called in, and examined as to the truth of the allegations of the memorial, after which it was ordered, that the draught of a letter to the Governor of Nova Scotia should be prepared, directing him to report a state of the facts relative to this case, and recommending it to him to take care that justice be done to the memorialist in the case to which the complaint refers.
Thursday, April 10th. Present:—Earl of Dartmouth, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Rice, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Dyson.
Nova Scotia.

fo. 101.
The draught of a letter to the Governor of Nova Scotia, upon the subject matter of Mrs. Doble’s complaint, having been prepared pursuant to order, was approved, and it was ordered that it should be transcribed.
Ordered, that the draught of a representation to his Majesty be prepared, proposing that Joseph Gorham, esquire, may be appointed of the Council of Nova Scotia in the room of Alexander Grant, esquire, who appears by a letter from the Governor to have resigned. The draught of a letter to the Governor of Nova Scotia upon the subject of Mrs. Doble’s complaint, having been transcribed pursuant to order, was signed.

fo. 107.
Monday, April 14th.

Present:—Earl of Dartmouth, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Rice, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Dyson.


The draught of a representation to his Majesty proposing that Joseph Gorham, esquire, may be appointed of the Council of Nova Scotia, having been prepared pursuant to order, was approved, transcribed and signed; as were also representations to his Majesty, recommending Thomas Dunn, esquire, to be of the Council of Quebec, and John Wereat, esquire, to be of the Council of Georgia.


fo. 117.
Their lordships took into further consideration the applications for grants of lands in his Majesty’s colonies in America, and the draught of a report to the Lords of the Committee of Council, upon such as relate to the new colonies of East Florida and Quebec, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed, and it was agreed to take those, which relate to the colonies of New York, and Nova Scotia, into further consideration at another opportunity.


Read a memorial of Colonel Alexander McNutt, complaining of the conduct of the officers of the Crown in Nova Scotia, in obstructing him in the settlements proposed by him to be made in that province, under the encouragement given him by this Board, and containing fresh proposals for carrying on further settlements there.
Upon this occasion two letters from the Governor of Nova Scotia, relative to the plan of Mr. McNutt and others for making settlements in that province, were read, vizt.,

fo. 125.
Letter from Montagu Wilmot, esquire, Governor of Nova Scotia, to the Board, dated April 30th, 1765, relative to the proposals from several persons for making settlements in that province.
Copy of a grant of lands proposed by Mr. McNutt.
Abstract of Mr. McNutt’s application for lands, May 1st, 1765.
Regulations for Indian traders, etc.
Letter from Montagu Wilmot, esquire, Governor of Nova Scotia, to the Board, dated October 9th, 1765, relative to Acts; proposed settlements; connection of Indians with French priests; and Mr. Breynton’s services.
The Reverend Mr. Breynton’s memorial.
Estimate of the expence of supporting and maintaining the civil establishment of Nova Scotia for the year 1766.

fo. 126.
Proceedings of the Council in general Assembly from the 12th of October to the 3rd of November, 1764.
Ditto: from the 28th of May to the 17th of June, 1765.
Twelve Acts passed the 17th of June, 1765.
Mr. McNutt attending without was then called in, and examined as to the nature of the obstructions he complains to have met with from the officers of the Crown in Nova Scotia.


Tuesday, April 29th.

Present:—Earl of Dartmouth, Mr. Jenyns, Mr. Rice, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Dyson, Mr. Fitzherbert.

fo. 128.
Their lordships then took into further consideration Mr. McNutt’s memorial and the other papers relative thereto, mentioned in the minutes of Friday, together with another paper delivered by him since that day intitled.
Heads of proposals offered by Colonel Alexander McNutt for introducing settlers into Nova Scotia.
Upon consideration of that part of Mr. McNutt’s case, which relates to the obstructions he alleges to have met with in the execution of the instruction from his Majesty in April, 1763, it was agreed that the Governor should be directed to transmit as soon as possible a full and particular account of all his proceedings in the execution of the said instruction.

“Journal, April 1766: Volume 73.” Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 12, January 1764 – December 1767. Ed. K H Ledward. London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1936. 267-275. British History Online. Web. 2 April 2020. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/jrnl-trade-plantations/vol12/pp267-275.