America and West Indies: March 1658

Pages 463-464

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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March 1658

March 16. Orders of the Council of State. Upon the conveniency of lending the Sparrow Pink to Col. Temple for the service of the Plantation and trade in Nova Francia. [On 18th it was ordered to be delivered to Martin Noell and Capt. Watts, for advantage of the trade in Nova Scotia [and on 30 March] with all her guns, tackle, and furniture. Ibid., Vol. CVI., pp. 498, 506, 533.]
March 23. Similar Order. Petition of the inhabitants of the Somers Islands and papers annexed, to be referred to Lords Disbrowe, Richard Cromwell, Fienes, Mulgrave, Fleetwood, Wolseley, and Jones, to report what may be fit for the good government, preservation, and advantage of those islands. [Ibid., pp. 509–10.]
March 25. 38. Order of Committee of the Council of State, to whom the petition of the inhabitants of the Somers Islands and the papers annexed were referred; directing some of the Company of those islands to attend at the Council chamber at 8 a.m. on Monday next, when the business will be taken into consideration. Annexed,
38. I. Copy of the order of reference of 23 March 1658.
38. II. Petition of the inhabitants of the Somers Islands to the Lord Protector. Complain that the Company have "made a breach" of their charter in not furnishing them with proper supplies. Are naked for want of clothing, naked to their enemies for want of ammunition, and destitute for want of godly teachers. Pray to be governed according to the laws of England, to dispose of their labours to the best advantage, and not be forced to keep their goods until the Company send for them, which the Company has neglected to do for two years. Signed by Horatio Mallory, John Rivers, and 16 others.
38. III. Grievances of inhabitants of the Somers Islands. Their ministers have not received any salary for some years past. Are exposed to invasion for want of ammunition, their ports shut by the Company against any trade to their advantage. Wish to know how the duties upon tobacco for the last 12 years past have been appropriated; whether the supplies sent to them by the Company can be considered sufficient for their wants; and desire that their grievances may be heard before his Highness and Privy Council.
38. IV. Names of the 18 inhabitants above mentioned who have chosen Captains John Lymbrey and Philip Lea, with power to seek relief for their grievances and act in their behalf. Somers Islands, 1657, Dec. 4.
38. V. List of those able to bear arms under the command of Horatio Mallory, Captain of the band in Southampton tribe, Somers Islands.
38. VI. Account of the artillery and ammunition in Commonwealth Castle, Southampton Fort, Smith's Fort, and Padgitts Fort, Somers Islands, taken 9 Dec. 1657.
March 27. 39. Petition of Thos. Brayne, father and executor of Lieut.-Gen. Wm. Brayne, deceased, in Jamaica, to the Lord Protector and Council. His son was in the service of the Commonwealth from the beginning of the troubles, and contracted many debts to prepare himself for the western expedition, which has impaired both their fortunes. Has proved his son's will, and made application for his arrears, upon which the Committee for the affairs of America have reported. Prays for their speedy payment. Underwritten, is a reference to the consideration and order of the Privy Council. Annexed,
39. I. Copy of the report of the Committee for America, above alluded to. The pay of General Brayne, appointed Commander-in-Chief of his Highness's forces both by sea and land in the American expedition, commenced from 17 June 1656, and continued to his death the 2 Sept. 1657, and amounts, at 31. per diem and 20s. per diem as colonel, to 1,772l. Endorsed, "Rd. 29 March. Ord. 6 April 1658."
39. II. Original of the preceding. Endorsed, "Rd. 17 March 1658."
March 29. Order of the Council of State. Petition of Francis Hodges Geo. Robinson, Jas. Hadley, and Wm. Waddington, to be referred to Committee for Jamaica. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CVI., p. 528.]