Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations; letters and papers received from Colonel Lawrence

Mr. Kilby, agent for Nova Scotia, having communicated to the Secretary a memorial prepared by him to be presented to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty’s Treasury, praying that £5,959 13s. may be issued to him for payment of money due to the contractor for supplying the troops in Nova Scotia with provisions and to discharge what bills have been drawn upon him by the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary thought it his duty, in the absence of the Commissioners, to write to the Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury to acquaint him that he had examined the memorial and found the allegations of it to be true.

Mr. Kilby, agent for Nova Scotia, attending was called in and presented to the Board a memorial prepared by him to be delivered to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty’s Treasury praying that £7,813 14s. 5d. may be issued to him for the service of this colony; and the said memorial having been read, their lordships approved of it, and directed Mr. Kilby to present it to the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty’s Treasury for their Lordships’ directions upon it.
Mr. Kilby having laid before the Board a letter to him from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, acquainting him that he had shipped on board the Halifax, consigned to him, . . . . . barrells of damaged powder, and having acquainted their lordships that the vessel was arrived, he was directed to deliver the powder to the Office of Ordnance for his Majesty’s use.

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

  • Letter from Colonel Lawrence to the Board, dated at Halifax, the 1st March, 1754, transmitting:—
  • Abstract of expence at Nova Scotia from the time of closing Governor Hopson’s accounts to the 1st of December, 1753.
  • Letter from Colonel Lawrence to the Board, dated 1st June, 1754, relating to a petition of several of the inhabitants for a grant of lands to settle a new township and of the great benefit that will accrue thereby, etc., and inclosing survey of several parts of the Peninsula of Nova Scotia:—
  • Plan of Lawrence Town at Muscadaboit.
  • (Copy) Grant of a tract of land to the Proprietors of Musquedaboit, 10th June, 1754.
  • Duplicate of an abstract of the last general court proceedings of 6th June, 1754.
  • Survey of the River Chibenaccadie.
  • Letter from Colonel Lawrence to the Board, dated the 14th June, 1754, in answer to theirs of the 4th April, 1754.
  • Letter from Colonel Lawrence to the Board, dated 1st August, 1754, relative to the obstinacy and ill behaviour of the French inhabitants, their partiality to their countrymen, and to the affairs of the Indians and to the strength of the French in the Bay of Fundy, and inclosing:—
  • Nova Scotia estimate of expence for the year 1755.
  • Captain Kensie’s account of the Boston sloop taken by him in the Bay of Fundy.
  • Journal of the march by the Chibenaccadie River, August, 1754.
  • State of the orphan house at Halifax, 1st August, 1754.
  • Minutes of Council of Nova Scotia from 27th December, 1753, to 7th June, 1754.
  • Minutes of Council from the 20th June to 31st July, 1754.
  • Naval office list of ships entered and cleared at Halifax from 1st October, 1753, to the 30th June, 1754.
  • Letter from Colonel Lawrence to the Board, dated September 10th, 1754, acquainting their lordships with the death of Thomas Steele, Esquire, one of the Council of that province.


Ordered that the draught of a letter to Colonel Lawrence in answer to his be prepared.
Read a letter from Mr. West, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, dated the 19th September, 1754, desiring an estimate of what may be wanting for the service of the colony of Nova Scotia in the year 1755.
Ordered that the draught of an estimate of what will be necessary for the service of Nova Scotia for the ensuing year be prepared.

Tuesday, October 29.

Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Grenville, Mr. Pelham.

The draught of a letter to Colonel Lawrence, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, having been prepared pursuant to the minutes of Thursday last, was agreed to, transcribed and signed.

Ordered that an extract be made of that part of Mr. Lawrence’s letter which contains an account of the strength and proceedings of the French at Beausejour, Bay Verte and St. John’s River to be laid before his Majesty, and that a letter to inclose it to Sir Thomas Robinson be prepared.

The draught of a letter to Sir Thomas Robinson inclosing an extract of Mr. Lawrence’s letter of the 1st of August last, having been prepared pursuant to the minutes of yesterday, was agreed to and ordered to be transcribed.
Their lordships took into consideration the draught of an estimate of what sums of money will be necessary for the service of Nova Scotia for the insuing year and made some progress therein.

Thursday, October 31.

Present:—Earl of Halifax, Mr. Grenville, Mr. Oswald, Mr. Edgcumbe, Mr. Pelham.

Their lordships proceeded in the consideration of the estimate for the service of Nova Scotia for the year 1755 and went through it.
The draught of a letter to Sir Thomas Robinson inclosing an extract of Mr. Lawrence’s letter of the 1st of August last, having been transcribed pursuant to yesterday’s minutes, was signed.

“Journal, October 1754: Volume 61, Part 2.” Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: Volume 10, January 1754 – December 1758. Ed. K H Ledward. London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1933. 68-76. British History Online. Web. 2 April 2020. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/jrnl-trade-plantations/vol10/pp68-76.