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The Lords of Trade and Plantations

In 1660 the Council of Trade and the Council of Plantations were instituted by the King. Their general powers and relationship to the Privy Council was "to advise, order, settle and dispose of all matters relating to the good government, improvement and management of <the Council's purview>, with your utmost skill, direction and prudence, and in all cases wherein you shall judge that further power and assistance shall be necessary you are to address yourselves to Us or Our Privy Council for Our further pleasure, resolution, and direction therein".

In 1672, after the death of the Earl of Sandwich, the councils were reorganized and merged into one commission. This commission was short-lived, and in 1675 their duties were assigned to a committee of the Privy Council. Twenty persons were named to perform the duties of the late Council and ten of them were named as an inner committee because of their experience. Nine of those ten were:

- Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey, Lord Privy Seal.

- John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater.

- Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Carlisle.

- William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven.

- Thomas Belasyse, 2nd Viscount Fauconberg.

- George Savile, 1st Viscount Halifax.

- John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton (deceased on 26 August, 1678).

- Sir John Ernle, 1st Baron Fosbury, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

- Sir George Carteret, 1st Baronet, Vice-Chamberlain of the Royal Household.

In 1675, due to the Committee having stopped meeting regularly, it was reconstituted by Royal Warrant. Its members in the fall of 1678 were:

- Thomas Osborne, 1st Earl of Danby, Attained.

- Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey, Lord Privy Seal.

John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale, Secretary of State for Scotland.

- Thomas Butler, 2st Duke of Ormond, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

- Henry Somerset, 3rd Marquess of Worcester, Lord President of the Council of Wales and the Marches.

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, Lord Chamberlain of the King's Household.

- John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater.

Arthur Capell, 1st Earl of Essex.

- Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Carlisle.

- William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven.

George Compton, 4th Earl of Northampton, Constable of the Tower of London.

- Henry Compton, Lord Bishop of London.

- Thomas Belasyse, 2nd Viscount Fauconberg.

- George Savile, 1st Viscount Halifax.

- John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton (deceased on 26 August, 1678).

Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, Custos Rotulorum of Dorset.

- Sir Robert Carr, 3rd Baronet, MP.

- Sir Joseph Williamson, MP, prisoner in the Tower.

- Sir J. Duncombe.

- H. Saville.

- E. Seymour.

- Honourable H. Coventry.

The King had in the past appointed honorary members for the various committees that were given the right ex-oficio to represent the King and His interest in them. They were:

- James, Duke of York.

- Prince Rupert, Duke of Cumberland.

- George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham.

Thomas Colepeper, 2nd Baron Colepeper, Governor of Virginia.

Note: three posts are currently vacant, one of them may be temporary. The Earl of Danby has been attained, the Baron Berkeley of Stratton has died, and Sir Joseph Williamson is in the Tower.


 

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