The Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, Commonly Known as the Board of Trade, 1748-1782

The Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, Commonly Known as the Board of Trade, 1748-1782

The Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, Commonly Known as the Board of Trade, 1748-1782

The Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, Commonly Known as the Board of Trade, 1748-1782

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This monograph is the outgrowth of a survey of the later years of the Board of Trade and Plantations which was intended to form the introduction and background for a study of the office of the secretary of state for America. The lack of any detailed account of the board for this period combined with the prevalence of certain misconceptions concerning the various changes in its position led to the abandonment of the original plan and to the concentration of attention on the board itself. The original purpose, however, has affected the scope and method of the present study. Little attempt has been made to analyze the policies of the board; the attempt has been rather to determine the relation of the board to the other departments of government, especially the office of secretary of state, and to indicate its variations of power and activity in the period, 1748-1782. This has involved a more or less detailed account of the various orders in council, which regulated the board's functions, a characterization of its work under each of its presidents, and a somewhat intensive study of its relation to the American department after the year 1768.

Throughout the preparation of this monograph, which was originally presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the doctorate at Yale University, I have had the ungrudging and sympathetic aid of Professor Charles M. Andrews, to whose criticism and encouragement this study owes whatever of value it may possess. I am also indebted to my colleague, Professor Herbert Darling Foster, who has read the manuscript and who . . .

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