CO 194/11 [Reel B-211 ]

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31 Oct. 1741

James Wibault, St. John's

    

"Estimate of the Expense in Building three Batterys Viz: One of Eight Gunns, one of six Gunns, One of four Gunns. Also, an Ordnance Store House and Powder Magazine, in the reverse of the Six Gunn Battery; A Searjeant's Guard House in the reverse of the Eight Gunn Battery; Also Quarters and Barracks for Officers and Fifty Men. All on Buoy Island on the North side of the Entrance into Ferryland Harbour in Newfoundland."

1v-2v

     

   

   

Blank Pages.

3

12 June 1739

W. Sharpe, Court at Kensington

    

Order in Council relating to Henry Medley's Commission and Philip Vanbrugh. A draft shall be prepared for the King's signature.

4

12 June 1739

W. Sharpe, Court at Kensington

    

Order in Council relating to Henry Medley's Commission.

4v-6v

    

   

 

Clerical notes and blank pages.

7-12v

31 July 1740

James Vernon, Council Chamber in Whitehall

Board of Ordnance

Copy of an Order in Council directing the Board of Ordnance to Fortify St. John's pursuant to the report made by the Board of trade on several petitions for that purpose. P.11 contains a cost list for all the material to be sent over. Here is an extract taken from p.10: "...Lords of the Committee that the present Applycation for Fortifying Newfoundland does not arise from the Persons Inhabiting that Island, but from the Merchants Resident in England, who carry on the Fishing Trade there. Their Lordships do not therefore conceive how they can Annexe any Condition to be Performed by the Inhabitants, upon granting of Stores not demanded by themselves..."

14

24 Dec. 1740

H. Medley, Romney at Spithead

Lords of Trade

Cover letter for the Scheme of the Fishery and Returns of the Stores at Placentia.

15v

22 Aug. 1740

Ditto

Ditto

[Enclosed with above] "A return of the Detachment of his Majesty's Royall Regiment of Artillery Commanded by the Hon.ble Lieut. General, Borgard as Colonell." Also "A return of Capt. Gledhills Company in the Hon.ble Major General Phillips's Regiment of Foot."

16-21v

Aug. 1739-Aug. 1740

Ditto

Ditto

[Enclosed with above] A remain of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores under the Care and Charge of William Sanderson Storekeeper for the Office of Ordnance at Placentia.

22-23

    

    

   

Blank pages, clerical notes and endorsements.

23v-24v

    

Ditto

Ditto

[Enclosed with above] Scheme of the Fishery for the year 1740

25

4 March 1740

Burchett, Admiralty Office

Thomas Hill

Thomas Smith is ready to sail in the Romney, please send the Heads of Enquiry.

26

17 March 1740

Burchett, Admiralty Office

   

The Rochester will be sailing one month earlier than the Romney the Lords might chose to send the Heads with this ship, they may do so.

26v-29v

     

   

     

Blank pages, Endorsements, clerical notes.

30

20 March 1741

Newcastle, Whitehall

Lords of Trade

Thomas Smith has been appointed Governor this year, the Lords are to present a draft of his Commission for signature.

31

23 April 1741

Temple Stanyan [?], Court at St James

    

Order of Council in relation to the appointment of Thomas Smith as Governor in Newfoundland.

32

23 April 1741

Temple Stanyan [?], Court at St James

       

Order in Council appointing Thomas Smith as Governor and recommending the Draft of Instructions for approval.

32v-35v

 

     

Blank pages, clerical notes.

36-37v

21 May 1741

William Sharpe, Council Chamber Whitehall

 

Order in Council relating to the Ordnance destined to the Engineer in St. John's for the purpose of repairing Placentia.

38

6 Jan. 1741

Thomas Corbett

Thomas Hill

Captain John Byng is appointed to command at Newfoundland, please consider the Powers and Instructions to be sent for him.

38v-44v

19 Dec. 1741

Thomas Smith

Lords

This concerns the erection of a Fascine battery in St. John's in order to protect the harbour against privateers. During the winter months, there needs to be a form of security in the region...p.42: "...some inhabitant, will give Security he shall not become a burthen to the People living there, & all His Majestie's protestant Subjects I have formed into a regiment of Militia, & appointed Mr Wibault the Engineer Colonel of the same, & Deputy governor of the Fort..."

46-57

Ditto

Ditto

Lords

[Enclosed with above] Answers to the Heads of Enquiry. An article on p.50 asks whether any trade is carried on for beaver and other furs and whether any trade is carried with Indians: "In the Northern & Western Parts the Inhabitants follow the furring Trade But they have no Commerce with the Indians, they have taken last winter to the value of ₤880"

58

1 Aug. 1741

Will Sanderson

    

[Enclosed with above] A Return of the Detachment of the Royal Regiment of Artillery.

59

1 Aug. 1741

Joseph Gledhill

    

[Enclosed with above] A return of Joseph Gledhill's Company in the Honourable Major general Phillips Regiment of Foot.

62-63

19 Dec. 1741

   

 

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued and Expended at Placentia between the 1st and 31st Aug. 1740.

63v-64

Ditto

    

   

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 30th Sept. 1740.

64v-65

Ditto

    

     

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 31st Oct. 1740.

65v-66

Ditto

    

   

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 30th Nov. 1740.

66v-67

19 Dec. 1741

    

   

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 31st Dec. 1740.

67v-68

Ditto

    

     

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 31st Jan. 1741.

68v-69

Ditto

    

   

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 28th Feb. 1741.

69v-70

Ditto

    

   

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 31st March 1741.

70v-71

Ditto

    

   

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 30th April 1741.

71v-72

Ditto

    

   

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 31 March 1741.

72v-73

Ditto

    

   

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 30th June 1741.

73v-74

Ditto

    

   

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 31 July 1741.

74v-75

Ditto

    

   

[Enclosed with above] Account of Ordnance Stores Issued & expended at Placentia between The 1st and 31 July 1741.

77-83

Ditto

William Sanderson and James Wibault

   

[Enclosed with above] A remain of Ordnance & Ordnance Stores under the Care & Charges of William Sanderson Ordnance Storekeeper at Placentia.

85-85v

Ditto

    

     

[Enclosed with above] Ordnance Stores left in Fort St. George in St. John's

86v-87v

Ditto

    

     

[Enclosed with above] Scheme of the Fishery for the year 1741.

88

18 Feb. 1742

Newcastle, Whitehall

Lords of Trade

The king has appointed John Byng, Esq. Commander of the Sutherland to be Governor. Please prepare the instructions to be laid before his majesty for approval.

89-91v

16 March 1741

James Vernon, St James Court

    

Order in Council. Commission for John Byng, Esq.

92

9 March 1743

Newcastle, Whitehall

Lords of Trade

The King has appointed Thomas Smith to be governor, please send instructions.

94-98v

22 Feb. 1743

Governor John Byng

Lords

A letter stating that he is sending the accounts of ordnance at Placentia. He also provides a few notes on frictions between boatkeepers and inhabitants and merchants who engross the people's whole cargos and also procure these people with their "necessarys." A very interesting letter in which Byng observes that "the whole Island is a monopoly, especially at St. John's". Illegal goods are brought here. Wine from France, Portugal and Italy, soap, candles and tallow from Ireland which pass as beef and pork. Molasses and rum from St Iustatia (St. Eustatius in the Dutch Antilles) and the French Islands. A petition is included in this document, at p.95v-96, from the Fishermen of St. John's and Petty Harbour in relation to the price of fish.

100-114

Ditto

Ditto

    

[enclosed with above] Answers to the Heads of Enquiry. (Art.8) Irish papists are in Ferryland. (Art.12) He appointed William Keen to report on the trade at Newfoundland. (Art. 16) Ballast is thrown in harbours at night. And much more. (Art.38) "I don't learn that they have traffick with the Indians."(art.52) "Ten Publick Houses in St John's..." (Art.54) "Passage from England forty five to fifty shillings per man."

114v-115

Ditto

Ditto

    

[Enclosed with above] Scheme of the fishery and Inhabitants for 1742.

116-117v

Ditto

Ditto

    

[Enclosed with above] Scheme of the ships and their cargos exported from the Harbour of St. John's Newfoundland from 23 April to 30 Oct. 1742. Includes Ships' names Masters' names, Places bound to, etc. As well as the Scheme of the ships entered in the Harbour of St. John's. Matters of imports and Exports.

118-131v

Ditto

Ditto

    

[Enclosed with above] Issues and expenses of Ordnance Stores at Placentia from the 1st of Aug. 1741 to 31 July 1742.

132-139

Ditto

Ditto

    

[Enclosed with above] Remains of Ordnance at Placentia, under the care of William Sanderson.

141-143

9 Aug. 1742

Byng

    

[Enclosed with above] A return of Captain John Gledhill's Company at Placentia Aug. 1742.

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