America and West Indies: May 1660

Pages 479-480

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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May 1660

May 6.
3. Extract of a letter from Barbadoes. Waiting for change of government. Their grandees, Modyford and Colleton, "gangle" against the present Governor; the latter now bound home, also the Governor's lady and one of the Walronds. At a general muster of the island, about six months past, Col. Wm. Fortescue proposed a health to the Governors, "To our Master," upon which Modyford pretended cause of offence. [The copy leaves off here abruptly.] "Rec. 6 July."
May 28–9.
Minutes of Council of Barbadoes, at which Governor Searle and Colonels Henry Hawley, Richard Hawkins, Thos. Modyford, and John Burch, were present. Intelligence received from England of a design of the Spaniards against the island; letter from Col. Thos. Middleton, of 26 March 1660, in reference thereto, also to Col. Jas. Browne, of Barbadoes, and to the great preparations in England for the King's return; it is reported that the Duke of York may be expected at Barbadoes in June, and that good terms will be offered, if the island will surrender. A committee appointed for safety of the island, and several orders agreed to for settling the militia, ordering the ships and general defence; also proclamation by Governor Searle, dated 1 June 1660, concerning the disposition of several companies of foot in case of any alarm. Col. Middleton's letter to be sent to the Leeward Islands, inclosed in one from Gov. Searle, of 11 June 1660, to the Governor of St. Christopher's. Debates concerning the fortifications of Barbadoes, and raising of goods for defraying the charges; proposals to the English merchants to lend 150,000 lbs. of sugar, and to the foreigners to lend 50,000 lbs. for six months. Acts for fortifying the island and the sure payment of the labourers; for a public loan for safety of the island, and a declaration of the Governor, Council, and Assembly; empowering Capt. Wm. Bates to seize on arms, powder, tools, iron, coal, and lead, and all manner of provisions of victuals, agreed to. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. XI., pp. 1–8.]
May. 4. Estimate of the charge of setting out 10 small vessels of the united burden of 1,300 tons, as privateers to Jamaica, "upon no purchase no pay," to remain there to guard the island; total 12,525l., with account of the conveniences that will arise therefrom.