Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Today's Board of Trade was "the King's Councell for Trade” referred to in the Diary on Jan 22, 1660. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/01/22/
“The Board of Trade is a committee of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, originating as a committee of inquiry in the 17th century and evolving gradually into a government department with a diverse range of functions….
“In 1621, King James I directed the Privy Council to establish a temporary committee to investigate the causes of a decline in trade and consequent financial difficulties. The Board’s formal title remains The Lords of the Committee of Privy Council appointed for the consideration of all matters relating to Trade and Foreign Plantations.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Board_of_Trade
Charles II. established a Council of Trade "for keeping a control and superintendence upon the whole commerce of the nation" on November 7th, 1660. On December 1st of the same year he created a Council of Foreign Plantations. The two were united in 1672. The present Board of Trade was constituted in 1786.---Wheatley, 1896.
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