America and West Indies: September 1659

Pages 475-477

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 1659

Sept. 6.
Boston, New England.
71. Col. Thos. Temple to Lord Fienes. Has received his two letters of 11th May. Thanks for the continuance of his care. Answers the French Ambassador, and Mons. Laborne's, pretensions that he has intruded upon their possessions. Understands that the ship by which he sent a full account of that business with Laborne's son and some gentlemen prisoners was taken by Biscayers, and the gentlemen slain. Account of the surprise of Le Have by Laborne, with 20 or 30 men, and the re-taking of it by his cousin Wolseley. Has lost at least 1,200l. Is ample in his relation, because he has seen a paper from the French Ambassador upon the subject, but believes never were any enemies treated with more respect, favour, and courtesy. Excuses himself at present concerning the goods sent by Capt. Middleton. Has been afflicted with the greatest loss he ever received. His cousin Wolseley and ten men with him, coming home with goods to the value of 300l., were cast away upon a rock in a storm, "to his unspeakable grief, not at all for the goods and vessel, but their lives." Capt. Breedon delivered to him the letter of Lord Fienes. Has made an agreement with him and others to furnish himself with merchandise and pay what he owes in peltry. Hopes in the spring to be out of debt. Wishes 350l. would be disbursed for him; will never ask for another penny. Desires a new patent may be obtained for him with his name only in it. Reasons. If he may live in peace with the French, will yield Le Have to Mons. Laborne as desired, who he believes to be a very honest man, and out of purse by Mons. Daulny [D'Aulnay], and the Capucins, 25,000l. Went in the spring to search for his cousin; found the vessel all to pieces upon a rock at the end of a great island, about 30 miles long. Some of his men about 10 leagues from St. John's Fort, found a mountain all of a cankered bluish colour. Sends some of the metal by Capt. Woodgreene. Hopes by the next ship to send a good quantity, to see if it be good. Has put his affairs into a good posture this summer, having repaired St. John's Fort, built a trading house, 150 miles up the river, and another at the bottom of the bay, and lessened all unnecessary charges. Begs him to speak to those in power to settle him in peace.
Sept. 6.
72. Col. Temple to Thos. Povey. Has received three letters from him, of 10th May. Expresses his devotion and gratitude. Was all this summer and spring settling his affairs at Nova Scotia. Returned to Boston to agree with Capt. Breedon for supply of the forts. Lord Fienes will acquaint him with all things. The ship is weighing anchor. Beseeches his assistance in a request he has made to Lord Fienes, also for a new patent, and if possible a peaceable settlement with the French. Intended to have written to the Company. Capt. Woodgreene, a very worthy person, will show him a minae [sic] lately discovered, not far from St. John's Fort.
Sept. 8. 73. Daniel Searle, Governor, and Hen. Hawley, Tho. Modyford, John Burch, Rich. Hawkyns, Constant Sylvester, and John Colleton, the Council of Barbadoes, to the President of the Council of State. Received the Council of State's letter of 6th June, with the declaration of Parliament eight days since, which has been published in the island, in favour of the supreme authority in England, "who, we have good cause to believe, will retain the native lustre and beauty of government."
Sept. 10. Order of the Council of State. Upon petition of Anthony Peniston, of Bermudas, merchant, setting forth that upon his coming, seven negroes took the opportunity to make their escape, and are now near Plymouth; directing Capt. Anthony Rous to apprehend the negroes, and keep them in custody until the petitioner can provide for their safe conduct to London to the Bermudas Company. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CVII., p. 548.]
Sept. 19. Similar Order. Mary Ryder, Paulina Pindar, Anne Cadaway, and Alice Leverett, with several others, whose husbands are soldiers in Jamaica, desirous of being transported to that island at the expense of the State, and Capt. James undertaking to do so at 6l. 10s. per head, Col. Walton is directed to request the pleasure of Parliament thereon. [Ibid., p. 588.]
Sept. 21. Similar Orders. Upon consideration of the petitions of Capt. Moreton, Agent of Nevis, on behalf of Jas. Russell, the Governor, also of Robt. Overton and Peter Bishop, and Capt. English Smith, against the Governor. The estates of Bishop and Overton, John Hughes, Jonas Ingham, Mathew Westwood and Geo. How, are directd to be restored to each of them respectively, and they are also to be set at liberty. The name of Colonel Ward to be taken into consideration as Governor of Nevis; and a blank commission prepared. Upon report of the Committee for Plantations, concerning the articles exhibited by Philip Payne and Humphrey Crompton, and of Geo. Marsh, against Col. Clement Everard, Governor of St. Christopher's, draught of a blank commission is directed to be prepared; Geo. Marsh, upon giving security to answer the damages to the Governor, to be restored to his estate, and his banishment taken off; witnesses to be examined on both sides, and persons appointed to find out what revenues, fines, and forfeitures have grown due to the State since January 1649, with power to seize the same. Mr. Wyatt, Major Lyster, and Mr. Gregory, to be considered as fit to be Governor of St. Christopher's. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CVII., pp. 607–609.]
Sept. 24. Order of the Council of State. Colonel Philip Ward to have a commission from the Council to be Governor of Nevis; instructions to be prepared for him. [Ibid., p. 617.]
Sept. 26. Similar Order. Referring petition of Capt. Gregory Butler for a commission to be Governor of the island of Tortugas, and for an order to the Commissioners of prize goods on the islands of St. Christopher, Nevis, and Montserrat, to satisfy his own and his brother's arrears, to Committee for Foreign Plantations for their report. [Ibid., p. 621.]