America and West Indies: September 1658

Pages 468-469

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 1658

Sept. 2. Similar Order. Concerning the custody of the muster rolls for the forces in Jamaica. [Ibid., p. 825.]
Sept. 7. 50. Petition of several inhabitants and others, proprietors in the island of Bermudas, to the Privy Council. They addressed his late Highness complaining of the Company of Bermudas for choosing Capt. William Sayle, their Deputy Governor, and others, who had been in arms against the Commonwealth and disaffected to it, which was referred to the Committee for America for their report. The vessel to carry Capt. Sayle being ready to set sail, pray for an order to the Committee to report thereon. Signed by "Phil. Lea, in behalf of himself and petitioners." Annexed,
50. I. Report of Committee for America. Upon the preceding petition, complaining that Capt. Wm. Sayle was chosen Deputy Governor. The articles exhibited against. Capt. Sayle for the most part proved. His pretence of mediating with the enemy to compass his design of carrying the good people to Eleuthera. Was intimate with the chief actors in the rebellion, and closed with Mr. Viner and Mr. Hooper, scandalous ministers. Left his estate at his departure in the hands of the present Gov. Trymingham, the principal head of that rebellion. Said the execution of the late King was a treacherous and murderous act. Find also that Mr. Somersall, made Sheriff, Henry Tucker, Secretary and Councillor of State, and Hugh Wentworth, Capt. of Pagett and Warwick tribes, were disaffected to the Government and highly active in the rebellion there. Conceive the island to be of great importance to the Commonwealth and are of opinion that Capt. Sayle is altogether unfit to be entrusted with the government, and Somersall, Tucker, and Wentworth unfit to be in any command or public trust. Recommend that the commission from the Company to Sayle, who is upon his immediate departure, be forthwith recalled. Signed by John Mill, Tobias Bridge, Martin Noell, and Ri. Sydenham. Treasury Chambers, 1658, Sept. 14.
50. II. Certificate of the Committee for America. Being a remonstrance against the persons chosen into places of authority in the Somers Islands by the Company. Capt. William Sayle, "a scandalous person and an enemy to the Commonwealth" made Deputy Governor. Names of the witnesses against him and their testimony. Breviat of the charges against Somersall, Tucker, and Wentworth; testimony of the witnesses and their names. Lieutenants and others guilty of the same fact elected and confirmed by the Company. Names of those ousted by the Company, who have ever been eminent in the island and are sufferers for their fidelity to the Commonwealth. Endorsed, "Rd. 15 Sept. Ord. 16 Sept. 1658."
50. III. Report of Lords Disbrowe and Jones. Have examined into the charges against Capt. Sayle, who was sent for from the Downs whither he had gone on his voyage to the Somers Islands, and see no cause to stop him, but recommend that he be dismissed from further attendance, with a strict admonition to demean himself with circumspection and faithfulness to his Highness' interest and service. 1658, Sept. 23. Endorsed, "Ord. 24 Sept. 1658."
Sept. 9. 51. Colonel Thomas Temple to Thomas Povey. Has received his letter of 20th May, by the hands of Capt. Middleton. Thanks him for the great love and care that could find him out even in the deserts of America, whither his unhappy lot has led him. Cheerfully accepts the offers in the joint letter. Finds Capt. Middleton very capable of the trust reposed in him; he is now going to visit all places along the coast of Nova Scotia. Has drawn upon the Company for 200l., for provisions for the forts. Engages to satisfy it to their advantage with furs and skins in the spring. Intends writing more fully by Capt. Middleton's return. Begs he will acquaint Mr Collier or Mr. Watts about the bill of exchange.