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- At the Court at St. James's the 30th Day

- of April, 1724. -
P R Es E N T

The KING's MostExcellent Majesty in Council.

PON Reading this Day at the Board the humble Petition and Representation of Samuel Baker, Samuel Storke, and several others, Merchants of London, trading to New-York, in behalf of themselves, and the rest of the Persons concern'd in the New-2%rk Trade, which Petition sets forth, That great Discouragements have been brought upon the British Trade, by an Act passed in the said Colony of New Tork, the 19th of November, 1720,

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entitled, An Ali for the Encouragement of the Indian Trade, and rendering of it more beneficial to the In

habitants of this Province, and for probibiting the

selling of Indian Goods to the French. And that as the said Aét was to continue in force only for three Years, they are informed the Government of New-Zork either have, or are about passing an Aćt to revive and continue the same: Wherefore they humbly pray, that the Governour of that Colony may be ordered, not to pass any new Aét for that purpose; and if any such Aét be already pass'd, that it may be repealed.

It is ordered by his Majesty in Council, That

the said Petition (a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) be, and it is hereby referred to the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, to examine into the same, and report to his Majesty, at this Board, what they conceive fit to be done there1I]. Signed, \ james Vernon.

Extrači of the Minutes of the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, the 7th of July, 1724.

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Lordships took again into Consideration the Order of Council of the goth of April, mentioned in the Minutes of the first of May last, referring to the Board their Petition against the Renewing an Aćt

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An Ati for the Encouragement of the Indian Trade, and rendering of it more effečiual to the Inhabitants of this Province, and for prohibiting the selling of • *- - 4. Indian

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{. Goods to the French. And Mr. Sharp, in behalf of the several Merchants, acquainted their Lordships, That he conceived this Aét, tho' its Intention of gaining the Indians to the English Interest might be good, would have quite a contrary Effe&t, because, if the Trade with the French was prevented, and the Merchants should discontinue that with the Indians, (as he was informed they would) the French might lay hold of this Opportunity to furnish themselves with Goods from Europe, and supply the Five Nations of Indians, and thereby gain them to their Interest: And this, by reason of their Situation, would not be in the

Power of the English to prevent: That they were

two or three hundred Leagues distant from Albany, and that they could not come to trade with the English but by going down the River St. Laurence, and from thence through a Lake, which brought them within eighteen Leagues of Albany. And that the French having made Settlements along the said River, it would be in their Power, whenever they pleased, to cut off that Communication. That this Aćt had been so great a Discouragement to the British Trade, in general, that there had not been, by far, so great a Quantity of Beaver, and other Furs, imported into Great-Britain fince the passing the said Aét, as there was before; nor half the Quantity of European Goods exported. . That several Merchants who had sent over to New-York considerable Quantities of European Goods, had received Advice from their Correspondents, That should another A&t of the like Nature be passed, they could not find a vent for them, and desired they would send no more. Upon the whole, Mr. Sharp desired, in behalf of the Merchants, that Mr. Burnet might be direćted not to pass any Aét of the like Nature for the future. • * , To - O

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To the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
May it please your Majesty ; --
N Obedience to your Majesty's Commands, fig-
nified to us by your Order in Council of the
30th of April last, referring to us the Petition of
feveral Merchants of London trading to New-?ork,
setting forth “The great Discouragements that
“ have been brought upon the British Trade by an
“Aët passed in New-?ork the 19th of November,
1720, entitled, An Aff for the Encouragement of
the Indian Trade, and rendering of it more bene-
“ficial to the Inhabitants of this Province, and for
probibiting the selling of Indian Goods to the
“ French. And that as the said Aét is now ex-
“ pir’d, the said Merchants are informed the Go-
“vernment of New-York either have, or are about
“ passing an Aćt to revive and continue the same ;
“ and therefore pray, that a stop may be put
“ thereto.”. We humbly take leave to represent
to your Majesty, -
That we have been attended by the Petitioners,
who informed us, that they have found this Aét,
by Experience, to be so great a Discouragement to
the British Trade, that there has not been, by far,
so considerable a Quantity of Beaver, and other
Furs, imported into Great-Britain, from New-
2 ork, since the passing the said Aét, as heretofore,
nor half the Quantity of European Goods exported
thither; in consequence whereof the Price of Furs
is raised Five and Twenty and Thirty per Cent. to the
great Prejudice of several British Manufactures.
They likewise affirmed, That it was impractica-
ble to hinder the French from supplying the In-

dians with European Goods: For tho' New-York

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might be, direétly from Europe. That it was of dangerous Consequence to force this Trade into a new Channel, many of the Goods which the Indians

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or Holland, as from Great-Britain. They further added, That it was not likely the Aćt, in question, should produce the Effects expećted from it, more particularly that of securing the Five Indian Nations firmly to the British Interest; because, if the French should once get a SupÉ. of the Goods necessary for the Indian Trade, rom any other Place, as the Five Indian Nations are settled upon the Banks of the River of St. Lawrence, directly opposite to Quebeck, two or three hundred Leagues distant from the nearest British Settlement in New-Tork, the Vicinity of the French would furnish them with the Means of supplying even the Five Nations with these Goods, and consequently of alienating their Affečtions from the British Interest. And that there was no Prospect of obtaining a Trade with the French Indians by this means, be

cause the French would always be able to prevent

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On the other hand, the Preamble of the Aćt

sets forth, That it was found by Experience, that

the French of Canada, by means of Indian Goods brought from that Province, had not only almost wholly engrossed the Indian Trade, but had in great Measure, withdrawn the Affections of the Five Nations of Indians from the Inhabitants of that Province, and rendered them wavering in their Allegiance to your Majesty ; and would, if such Trade

were not prevented, altogether alienate the Minds.

of the said Indians, which would prove of dan- gerous

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