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[ Williamsburg ] 12 Nov. 1779. In compliance with the requisition of 30 Oct. for the purchase of clothing for the Cherokee Indians, all the articles mentioned in Maj. Martin’s list that were to be had were secured, but for want of money the goods are being held until payment for them can be made. Before the treasury is replenished the goods may be sold. Every effort has been made to secure the...
[ Williamsburg ] 25 Jan. 1780 . Requests advice of Council concerning purchase of spirits and other commodities from De Francy for the use of the several garrisons. Reply follows: “In Council January 25th 1780. The Board disapproves altogether of the proposed purchase of Rice and Salt; and refer to the Board of Trade to determine whether the sum to which the State of the Public Treasury will...
[ Williamsburg ] 23 Dec. 1779 . The commanders of two vessels from Bermuda with salt to exchange for corn submit a proposal, enclosed. The terms agreed upon last July were bushel for bushel, but the price of corn has fallen and the price of salt doubled. It would be good policy to allow two bushels of corn for one of salt to induce others to bring salt. The captains are granted permission to...
[ Williamsburg ] 20 Nov. 1779 . Approval, with the concurrence of the executive, of the purchase of cloth, to be paid for in part by cannon at the foundry. Signed by Innes, Nelson, and Lyne. Countersigned: “In Council Nov. 23. 1779. This purchase is approved: paiment to be made in Cannon as above proposed, so far as they will go towards full paiment; the balance to be paid in money as soon as...
The Act of Assembly having directed a Sale of the Ships Tartar and Dragon, the Gallies Henry, Manly, Hero, Page, Lewis and Safeguard, except such of them as may consistently with the public Interest be employed in the commercial Concerns of this Commonwealth, it is recommended to the Board of Trade to declare which of the said Vessels they are of Opinion should be retained under that...
[ Williamsburg ] 14 July 1779 . Upon consideration of the want of necessary supplies, it is proposed to offer Hunter & Co. “77 ½ for 1. for such Goods as will suit the State payable in Tobacco at the Market Price.” Signed by Whiting, Ambler, and Rose. Countersigned: “In council July 16. 1779. Disapproved of, the price being thought too exorbitant. Th: Jefferson.” RC ( CSmH ); 1 p. See Board of...
It appears from an Act of the last Session of Assembly that the Executive are empowered to make Sale of sundry State Vessells therein mentioned with this proviso that they shall have power also to retain for the State such of the said Vessels as can consistently with the Public Interest be employed in the Commercial concerns of this Commonwealth. The Commissioners of Trade beg leave to inform...
[ Williamsburg ] 3 Nov. 1779 . Submits requisitions from Board of War for shoes and for clothing for Col. Buford’s battalion at Petersburg; also a memorandum of George Purdie offering sundry articles. Mr. Greenhow has 10 dozen men’s large shoes which he offers at £12 per pair and 9 dozen small men’s shoes at £10. Prices for all the articles are exceedingly high, but the need for them is...
We tho’t it prudent, before Mr. Smith’s departure, that he should inform the Board what he expected would be allowed him for his Expences on his intended trip to Europe, that no difficulties might arise with respect to this matter on his return. He has consulted Mr. Beall on the occasion, who it seems lately made the same tour himself, and procured his Opinion, which is herewith submitted to...
The following Slaves have been purchased for the use of the State agreeable to the Instructions given this Board by His Excellency in Council Gabriel cost £6305. Ned, cost  4210 Soloman 3675 Sam  4700 Kitt (a Boy 3640. Charles  3115 Tom 3755 Sawney  3190 David 3820 James
Your Excellency’s letter of the 23d . was this day laid before the Board; there is a Vessel now at the Capitol Landing which we shall have detained till the 7th of next month, in order to take in those Articles directed to be removed to Richmond; unless it should be thought better to order her round to the College Landing to receive them: The other instructions contained in the Letter shall be...
[ Williamsburg ] 13 July 1779 . The proposals of Hunter & Co. concerning the cargo of the ship Dolphin seem exorbitant. From information respecting tobacco now owned by the state, it is impracticable to comply with the proposal. This commodity is rising daily and will probably soon reach £20 per hundred. Signed by Whiting, Ambler, and Rose. Countersigned with the following instruction: “In...
[ Williamsburg ] 8–9 Oct. 1779 . Transmitting a requisition from the Board of War for the purchase of leather breeches for Maj. Nelson’s corps of cavalry. Signed by Ambler and Rose. Below, in TJ’s hand: “In council Oct. 9. 1779. There being a sufficiency of deerskins in Richmond for the purpose of this requisition from the board of war it is disapproved. Th: Jefferson.” RC ( Vi ); 2 p.;...
[ Williamsburg ] 6 Nov. 1779 . The governor has written the Board to authorize Oliver Pollock of New Orleans to draw on Penet, D’Acosta Frères to the amount of 65,814 ⅝ Spanish milled dollars. This engagement was entered into by Peter Penet, and the order has been transmitted to Pollock. Signed (in clerk’s hand) by “J. Answer” [error for Ambler] and Dun[can] Rose, and countersigned (in clerk’s...
Copies (two): Historical Society of Pennsylvania On Feb. 2, 1759, the Privy Council referred Franklin’s petition on behalf of Teedyuscung to its Committee on Plantation Affairs, which referred it in turn to the Board of Trade on April 12. The Board conducted a hearing, May 15, attended by Franklin and his solicitor, Joshua Sharpe, and by the Proprietors with Paris. The next day the Board...
We have the honor of your Excellency’s Letter of the 7th . inst. recommending the necessity of an immediate remittance to Arthur Lee Esqr. who is, and has for a long time been considerably in advance for the state. The repeated references both of Letters and Accounts, from France which We have received from time to time from your Excellency in Council since our establishment have distressed us...
We have considered the several letters and papers received from Messrs. Pollock and Lindsey referred by your Excellency to this Board, and beg leave to observe, that it appears therefrom that the late Governor Mr. Henry by virtue of an Act Assembly intituled “an Act for establishing the County of Ilinois” did, on the day of in the Year one thousand seven hundred and seventy Depute Mr. Joseph...
[ Williamsburg ] 1 Dec. 1779 . Requesting approval of the purchase of shoes and sugar. The articles are immediately wanted, but the prices are high. Signed by Whiting, and Rose. Countersigned: “In Council Decemr. 4th. 1779. Approved. Th: Jefferson.” Tr in Board of Trade Journal ( Vi ); 1 p.
The Act of Assembly establishing this Board directs, that it shall be subject to the advice and controul of the Executive, in every instance; and shall be held when and where the Governor, with advice of Council shall appoint: Now, tho’ we clearly see the propriety of the Board’s being fixed under the immediate inspection of the Executive, and it is what the Commissioners wish for, We are,...
[ Williamsburg ] 22 Mch. 1780 . There is little prospect of procuring supplies absolutely necessary for the army in the state. It is proposed to send a trustworthy person, John Moss, to Philadelphia with tobacco notes in the amount of 300 hhds. to purchase supplies there. Signed by Ambler and Rose. Countersigned: “Mar. 22. 1780. Approved. Th: Jefferson.” RC ( CSmH ), 1 p.; Tr in Board of Trade...
[ Williamsburg ] 19 Oct. 1779 . Fifteen hundred additional hogsheads of tobacco have been purchased before a further rise in price, because it is feared that within a year goods may not be purchased for money. Signed by Ambler and Rose. Countersigned: “In Council Oct. 19. 1779. Approved. Th: Jefferson.” RC ( CSmH ); 1 p.
[ Williamsburg ] 10 Sep. 1779 . Dean offers goods at sixty shillings for a livre, the money to be left at the loan office. Although the advance is very high, the pressing need for some of the articles should be considered. Goods are to be delivered at Smithfield and Portsmouth, at the risk of the state, as soon as the bargain is closed. The money will be put in the loan office as soon as it is...
[ Williamsburg ] 3 Mch. 1780 . Submits for approval a requisition from the Board of War for clothing for 60 volunteers of the S.G.R. for the expedition to Carolina; 132 non-commissioned officers and privates, viz.: 126 hats, 50 uniform coats, 50 vests, 219 shirts, 219 pairs of shoes, 264 overalls, 132 stocks, 132 knee garters. Tr in Board of Trade Journal ( Vi ); 1 p. It appears from TJ’s...
[ Williamsburg ] 29 Oct. 1779 . The salary of Mr. James Warren, assistant in the agent’s office, has never been fixed. Forty pounds per annum, payable in tobacco at twenty shillings per hundred, seems an ample compensation. Signed by Ambler and Rose. RC ( CSmH ); 1 p.; TJ’s reply of the same date, q.v. , is written on the lower portion of the page.
We had the Honor of Your Excellency’s Instructions respecting the settlement of Capt. Le Maire’s Expences. We confess ourselves at a loss to know whether the several Articles stated in his Account have been admitted by The Executive or whether under the Engagements entered into with him by the late Governor in Council, We are authorized in making any deductions. We confess ourselves unable to...
The Commissioners of Trade are sorry to be understood by the Honorable Board as intending to free themselves from any part of their duty by submitting the Requisitions of the Board of War for their determination; We conceive it our Duty to do So, as the Act establishing this Board runs thus “The Duty of the said Board shall be to see to the procuring by importation or otherwise all Military...
[ Williamsburg, 13 Mch. 1780 . Minute in Board of Trade Journal ( Vi ): “Thomas Smith esq. having purchased three negroe men Slaves of the Escheated property in Hanover in compliance with our request Ordered that the Executive be informed thereof and that they be requested to instruct us into what department they choose to have them disposed of.” Minutes also show that the cost of these slaves...
[ Williamsburg ] 18 Dec. 1779 . The public shipyard at Cumberland should be discontinued because of the enormous cost of maintenance. The trading department has only six vessels, and there is little prospect of increasing the number. These can be kept in repair at less expense than the present cost of the public yard. Tr in Board of Trade Journal ( Vi ); 1 p.; printed in Official Letters...
[ Williamsburg ] 17 July 1779 . The owners of the cargo of the Dolphin propose to let the Board of Trade have such part of it as they wish, at the rate of fifty for one upon the sterling cost, payable in tobacco at £15 per hundred. It is recommended that such articles as are absolutely and immediately necessary be purchased, because the goods are better than any which may be offered for some...
[ Williamsburg ] 17 Feb. 1780 . The adjustment of the business with Col. Legras and Capt. Linctot not coming properly in their jurisdiction, as they have previously observed, the Board requests instructions concerning any alterations or additions therein, for their justification as well as their guidance. Tr in Board of Trade Journal ( Vi ); 2 p. Printed in Official Letters Official Letters of...
[ Williamsburg ] 26 June 1779 . Approval requested for the purchase of cloth for the army and navy. Signed by Thomas Whiting and Jacquelin Ambler. Countersigned: “In council July 2. 1779. Approved Th: Jefferson.” RC ( CSmH ); 1 p. Endorsed: “Representations to the Executive with Answers 26. June 1779.” On 18 June 1779 the Assembly by joint ballot elected Jacquelin Ambler, Duncan Rose, and...
[ Williamsburg ] 29 June 1779 . There are no more than 1,450 hhds. of tobacco on hand belonging to the public and unengaged by contract. Instructions requested for procuring such quantities as may be necessary before an anticipated rise in price occurs. Signed by Whiting, Ambler, and Rose. RC ( CSmH ); 1 p. Attached: TJ to Board of Trade, 1 July 1779 ; Board of Trade to TJ, 2 July 1779 .
[ Williamsburg, 3? Dec. 1779 . Minute in Board of Trade Journal (Vi) under 3 Dec. 1779: “Ordered that Mr. Armisteads offer of Sundry Goods be submitted to the Executive. ‘Fifty for one upon the West India Invoice payable in Tobo. is exceedingly high, higher than we have ever yet given. The Articles are such as are in great Demand. We wish advice from His Excellency in Council’” Not located.]
[ Williamsburg ] 30 June and 1 July 1779 . Instructions desired concerning purchase of sundry articles from Thomas Pierce, John Carter, and Richard Burnly. Signed by Whiting, Ambler, and Rose. RC ( CSmH ); 1 p. Both notes appear on the same page. Below them, in TJ’s hand, is this instruction: “In council. July 1st. 1779. The board refers the determination on the above propositions totally and...
[ Williamsburg ] 6 Apr. 1780 . In order to comply with pressing requisitions for linen, 100 pieces of Irish shirting have been purchased, allowing a rate of 50 for 1 on the sterling cost, payable in tobacco at £15 per hundred, if approved by the executive. Tr in Board of Trade Journal ( Vi ); 1 p. TJ’s reply has not been located, but a minute following the letter in the Journal instructs the...
[ Williamsburg ] 26 Jan. 1780 . Recommending purchase of the whole or part of a tract of escheated land near the public foundry at Westham, as it would “probably furnish Wood, Grain and other necessaries for the use of that Work,” these items now being purchased at very extravagant rates. Tr in Board of Trade Journal ( Vi ); 1 p.; printed in Official Letters Official Letters of the Governors...
[ Williamsburg ] 7 Dec. 1779 . Transmitting offer of soap and candles, the purchase of which has been recommended by the Board of War. Signed by Whiting and Rose. Countersigned: “In Council Dec. 10. 1779. The purchase is approved. Th: Jefferson.” RC ( CSmH ); 1 p.
[ Williamsburg ] 7 Apr. 1780 . Requesting approval of the purchase of articles listed in enclosure and recommended by the Board of War, also medicines received by Dr. Galt. Signed by Whiting, Ambler, and Rose. Countersigned: “In Council Apr. 7. 1780. Approved. Th: Jefferson.” RC ( CSmH ); 1 p. Enclosed list of articles has not been located.
[ Williamsburg ] 10 Sep. 1779 . Haywood offers 2,000 bushels of salt at £20 per bushel. Without salt it will be difficult to purchase tobacco because of the shortness of the present crop and the amazing depreciation of money. Without tobacco it will be impossible to procure goods. Signed by Whiting, Ambler, and Rose. RC ( CSmH ); 1 p. Reply of Council, 11 Sep. 1779, written at bottom of page,...
[ Williamsburg ] 29 Oct. 1779 . Transmitting a letter of Thomas Smith to the Board of Trade, 28 Oct. 1779, stating that in March of that year he was engaged by the Council to undertake a mission to Europe to purchase goods for the state; that he departed on 2 June but was captured and taken to New York and returned to Virginia about 25 July; that he was again ordered to be in readiness to...
[ Williamsburg ] 2 July 1779 . Making up the quantity of tobacco to 3,000 hhds. is probably all the state can afford at this time, although this quantity may not be sufficient. Signed by Whiting and Ambler. Counter-signed: “In council 2. July 1779. Approved Th: Jefferson.” RC ( CSmH ). Appears on the same page as TJ’s letter to Board of Trade, 1 July 1779.
[ Williamsburg ] 4 Feb. 1780 . The agent has secured all of the deficient supplies for the new levies of Col. Buford’s battalion as recommended, with the exception of 152 shirts. Proper linen not to be had and shirts exceedingly high-priced; therefore, decision to purchase them is left to executive. Tr in Board of Trade Journal ( Vi ); 2 p. Printed in Official Letters Official Letters of the...
[ Williamsburg ] 5 Feb. 1780 . Requests advice for the disposition of six Negroes purchased for the state. Tr in Board of Trade Journal ( Vi ); 1 p.; printed in Official Letters Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia , ed. H. R. McIlwaine , ii , 96. TJ’s reply has not been located, but the following minute appears in the Board’s Journal under the same date: “The Executive...
The exhausted State of the Treasury rendering it impracticable to make the Purchases of Slaves, Tobacco and Land which have from time to time been recommended to this Board, We wish, as the only Means left us to comply with those recommendations, to have a Letter from his Excellency in Council to the Escheators of those Counties where the Purchases can be made, authorizing them to admit of our...
Messrs. McCallum Osborne & Co. have made an offer of a new Brig just Launched of the undermentioned Dementions, her Sails Rigging &c. fitted and may be ready in three weeks the price £30,000. We employed Capt. Maxwell, in whose Judgment we think we can confide, to go up and examine her; he Reports that it is his opinion she is a good Vessel and will sail fast. We are of opinion the said Vessel...
[ Williamsburg ] 27 Nov. 1779 . Transmitting proposals of Raleigh Colston for supplying the state with salt. The present and prospective stock of tobacco does not permit payment for any considerable quantity of salt in tobacco. It is hoped there is sufficient salt for the winter, and if the state’s trading vessels escape the enemy they will bring a sufficient supply for the next summer....
The State of Virginia, to Jacques Le Maire Dr. To Money laid out in France, as ⅌ a former Account rendered, 5345 liv. 14 sous. at 25 for 1,  £5,846  15 6 To travelling expences, for 430 Days, at 27 livres ⅌ Day at 25 for 1, or 11,610 livres  12,698   8 9 To Money allowed for Expences upon the Continent, to the 10th. Novr.   2,000 £20,545   4 3 Board of Trade Novr. 13. 1779 The above appears to...
[ Williamsburg ] 16 Feb. 1780 . Requesting approval of purchase, from Henry Brown, of “10 hhds of Rum at £25. ⅌ Gall. in exchange for Cordage at 40/. ⅌ lb.—the price … is extravagant, but … Troops cannot be marched on to the Southward without this Article‥‥” Tr in Board of Trade Journal ( Vi ); 1 p.; printed in Official Letters Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia , ed....
Board of Trade, 6 Nov. 1779 . The governor has this day directed them to acknowledge the receipt of Pollock’s letter to his predecessor, and they are empowered to authorize him, in case the request to the governor of New Orleans for a loan fails, to draw on Penet, D’Acosta Frères for all of the money he advanced on behalf of the states, except the 2,602 pesos and 4 reales drawn by Captain...
Copy: Public Record Office, Colonial Office Papers, 5/1295, pp. 296–413 Franklin’s efforts to settle the Assembly’s differences with the Proprietors by direct negotiations had ended in November 1758 with their reply to his Heads of Complaint and their refusal to deal further with him personally (above, VIII , 178–83, 193–4). Thereafter it became necessary to transfer the debate to more public...