America and West Indies: September 1657

Pages 458-459

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 1, 1574-1660. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1860.

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September 1657

Sept. 3. 31. Petition of Capt. Garret Tisen to the Lord Protector. Has been very serviceable at Jamaica from the first settling. Was made a free denizen, and had liberty from Maj. Gen. Wm. Brayne, the Governor, to ship a quantity of tobacco for England in the Success, Zachary Browne, commander; but the Commissioners of Customs have seized it, as Spanish tobacco. Prays that the seizure may be taken off, and he discharged from paying custom and excise. With reference to the Council of State, signed by Nath. Bacon. Endorsed, "Ord., 15 Sept. 1657." Annexed,
31. I. Report of Council of State upon the above petition. Referring it to Commissioners of Customs; if they find it true to discharge the seizure and permit the petitioner to take up the tobacco free, according to the order of 29 May, 1656.
31. II. Report of Commissioners of Customs. The petitioner is unable to make positive proof that his tobacco is of the growth of Jamaica, but having freely offered to take 12d. per lb. for all that is sound, they believe it is not of the growth of Spain. 1657, Sept. 24.
Sept. 8. 32. Petition of Wm. Allen, and others, merchants, trading to Virginia, to the Lord Protector and Council. Commodities of English leather are by law prohibited to be exported to foreign parts, and the English plantations not being able to subsist without, pray for a warrant to export 3,000 pair of shoes, upon payment of the duties. Endorsed, "Ord. 15 Sept. 1657."
Sept. 15. 33. Petition of Humphrey Lee to the Council of State. Is bound to Virginia, and desirous to furnish the English planters there with boots and shoes. Prays for a warrant to export 400 or 500 dozen. Endorsed, "Ord. 15 Sept. 1657."
Sept. 15. Orders of the Council of State. For warrants for Wm. Allen and partners to export to Virginia 3,000 dozen of shoes; and to Humphrey Lee to export 400 dozen, for supply of the English planters there. Petition of Capt. Garrett Tisen, showing that, being encouraged by the chief Governor to settle in Jamaica, and having liberty from Maj.-Gen. Brayne to ship goods from thence to England, a quantity of tobacco of the growth of that island has been seized by Commissioners of the Customs; to be referred to the Customs, and the seizure discharged if the allegations are true. The seizure was ordered to be discharged on 29 Sept. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CVI., pp. 145–47, 184.]
Sept. 16.
The warrant for William Allen, Thos. Colclough, and others, above mentioned. [Ibid., Vol. CXXXIV., p. 93.]
Sept. 16. Similar warrant for Humphrey Lee as above. [Ibid., p. 97.]
Sept. 22. Order of the Council of State. Petition of Capt. John Leverett, praying order for the receipt and auditing of his accounts, about the forts taken from the French in America, to be referred to Commissioners of the Admiralty for their report. [Ibid., Vol. CVI., pp. 163–64.]
Sept. 29. Similar Orders. Col. Wm. Brayne, Commander-in-Chief in Jamaica, having been authorized to purchase provisions for that service to the amount of 5,000l., directions are given for payment of bills of exchange for the same. The present want of ministers in Jamaica to be referred to the Committee for America, to consider how they may be supplied, and to offer proposals thereon. [Ibid., pp. 184–85, 188.]