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year was ninety-seven tons and a half, which the Society sold at £15 per ton.
14th January.—It was resolved by the Society to advertise for proposals for letting the fishery, and to pursue the same course which was adopted by preceding Societies on the like occasions.
17th July, 1724.-The salmon was let to Claude Jammieau, who was the highest bidder, at £16. 5s. per ton: the produce was one hundred and thirty-seven tons, two tierces, and and a half.
11th August.— The Society having taken into their serious consideration the great charges attending the fishings, whilst they continued in their hands, the uncertainty of their produce, and their remoteness from the Society, agreed with Mr. William Richardson, to let the same to him, at £1200 a year, for twenty-one years.
16th October.—The Committee reported on the title of Lord Beresford to certain premises in Coleraine, of which no lease was granted; and directions were given to the agent to proceed against his Lordship in the matter.
15th February.—The Speaker of the House of Commons sent an order for the production of the Society's charter, which was complied with, and a Committee were appointed to convey it to the House.
11th March.—Mr. Richardson refused to complete his engagement for renting the fishery.
224 February, 1725.-A project was contemplated by certain persons, for making the town of Rathmullin, on the river Lough Swilly, a port of import and export, which was opposed by the Corporation of Londonderry, as likely to be prejudicial to their rights and interests.
19th July, 1726.—The Corporation of Coleraine sent a certificate of a by-law, for the Society's approbation, which the Society returned for amendment.
21st October.-The Committee reported, that they had examined a counterpart of a lease granted by the Vintners' Company to Lord Massareene, dated 22d May, 1673; and had examined the reservation to the Society of the timber; and they inferred from it, and were of opinion, that the tenants had no right to cut down any saplings, or young trees, whatever.
7th December.-An abstract of the rent-roll of all the Quarter-lands, with the reserved liberty of cutting turf, &c. was entered on the minutes of the Society.
20th December.—The practice of letting lands by auction was introduced into Ireland by some of the chief Companies ; the same method was recommended by the general agent to the Society.
7th February.–The Society appointed Thomas Orr, usher of the free-school at Londonderry.
Proposals were offered to the tenants of the Quarter-lands, as conditions for renewal of leases; a new survey of them was ordered to be made, and the lands to be let according to statute, and not Plantation measure.
224 March.–Archibald Stewart made a survey and map of the four Quarter-lands.
The Society ordered the lettings to be publicly advertised, and three months' notice to be given.
Timber was supplied for the repairs of Coleraine-bridge.
The Society approved of the by-law, made by the Corporation of Coleraine, respecting persons following trades in their town, not having served seven years' apprenticeship therein.
Two hundred and seventy-seven tons of timber were ordered for Coleraine-bridge. The Society afterwards considered it would be best to erect the bridge with stone, and proposed a contribution in money instead of timber.
A new cranagh, or fishing-house, was ordered to be built on the Society's ground, the former one being on one of the Company's proportions.
Letters were sent to the Corporations of Coleraine and Londonderry, on the subject of the expected new Parliament.
14th August, 1727.-The Corporation of Londonderry communicated their proceedings in regard to the choice of members to represent the city in the ensuing Parliament, and desired the Society's approbation. An address to his Majesty was contained in their letter, which was afterwards presented.
Various letters were sent to the Society on the subject of the parliamentary representatives for Londonderry, which were read, and the following question was proposed :Whether this Court should approve of, and would recommend, any of the persons recommended to them to be representatives of the said city of Londonderry in the ensuing Parliament? Which proposition being carried in the affirmative, they nominated Thomas Upton, Recorder, and George Tomkins, general Agent; and a letter was ordered to be sent to the Corporation of Londonderry, informing them of these proceedings.
19th August.–Robert Alsop, Esq. was Governor.
4th December.—The Corporation of Coleraine returned two members to Parliament, at which the Society expressed themselves greatly dissatisfied.
31st January.—Letters were sent from the Corporation of Coleraine, and from Lord Tyrone, apprising the Society of a vacancy in the representation of the town, by one of their late members having accepted of another borough, and earnestly recommended Mr. Cuffe, brother to his Lordship, to the nomination of the Society; but they preferred nominating Mr. Richardson, (who was afterwards their general agent) and wrote to the Corporation of Coleraine accordingly.
12th March.—A bill was proposed by Mr. Worthington, to be brought into the House of Commons in Ireland, relative to the advowsons on the Society's Plantation.
A letter was received from the Corporation of Coleraine, informing the Society, that they had concurred in their nomination of Mr. Richardson as their representative, and assured the Society, that they might safely rely on the same ready and hearty concurrence from the Corporation on all occasions, when they should think fit to desire it; and that they would always continue to give the utmost proof of their duty to them, and zeal for the interest and good of the Corporation.
19th March.—The Society having become much dissatisfied with the Jackson family, for opposing their wishes in regard to their political interest in Coleraine ; a letter was ordered to be sent to Mr. Church, their agent, to return to the Society an account of what estates the Jacksons held, what the revenues of the Corporation were, and what members had been introduced into that body during the last twelve years; with other particulars affecting the Society's interests.
28th May, 1728.—Mr. Church, the Coleraine agent, having sent his account, certified by the Rev. Dr. Squire, rector of Coleraine, instead of the Mayor; it was disapproved by the Society, who required him to have his accounts certified in the usual manner.
28th May.—In a letter to Mr. Church, the Society expressed their surprise, that the Corporation of Coleraine should have been enabled to make grants and dispositions of lands, seeing that it did not appear to them by the Corporation Charter, that any lands were thereby given to them; nor did they find that the Corporation were possessed of any lands or holdings in or about Coleraine, by or under any grant from the Society, except the court-house and gaol, and some wastes in the town and suburbs, with several cabins or cottages erected thereon, which they held by lease, which would expire at Lady-day, 1733. The Society also complained, that neither the Corporation, nor the master of the free-school, had sent the annual return, required to be made, of the number of scholars, &c. agreeably to the constitutions of that school, since the year 1723, and which ought to be made out on the 25th of March yearly.
13th August.—A very interesting letter was sent by the Society to the Corporation of Coleraine, relative to the rules of the free-school, and requiring an explicit account of the title of the Corporation to their present possessions; the Society conceiving that the dominion of the whole town was vested in themselves by the charter, and that they had a legal control over all the proceedings of that Corporation.
24th September.— The Society took notice that Mr. Church, their agent in Coleraine, appeared to be governed by the wishes of the Corporation, in opposition to the interests of the Society; he having written to them, “ that he was discouraged from the snubs he met with from the Corporation, to write the Society any thing, but what, in answer to the Society, he was required." The Society animadverted on this particular passage in his letter ; and in consequence of the conduct of the master of Coleraine school towards them, they forbad Mr. Church to pay him his salary till further order. The Corporation appeared to be highly reprehensible with regard to the trusts of the school.
24th October. The Quarter-lands amounted, according to Archibald Stewart's survey and admeasurement, to two thousand three hundred and twenty-four acres, one rood, and twenty-four perches, English measure.
12th November.—The Society wrote to Mr. Church, requiring him to inform them, what notice and regard had been paid to their letter by the Mayor and Corporation of Coleraine, and what measures had been adopted by them, in regard to their furnishing the Society with a public answer and return to their demands.
The decay of Coleraine school was ascribed, by the master, to the divisions existing among the inhabitants of the town.
Mr. Church represented, that delays had been occasioned