America and West Indies: June 1660

Pages 480-483

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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June 1660

June 1.
5. Lieut. Gen. Edward D'oyley to Commissioners of the Admiralty. The latest news is of two fleets, under Vice-Admiral Lawson and Gen. Disbrowe, one in opposition to the other. Hopes it only proceeds from the disaffection of Barbadoes, from whence he derives all his intelligence, and who, disaffected to all but Parliament ways, disperse what is most pleasing to their debauched condition. Has sent home the Chesnut frigate, because of the necessities of the island. Begs her captain may be returned in a better; expects more service from him than from the wonder-doing capt. of the Marston Moor. If not owned by some authority intends to return in the Coventry, the only ship left of the dreadful fleet sent thither. Is resolved rather to venture the fury of the populace than to act without power. Knows that soldiers, in times of peace, are looked upon in the worst sense. Will use his endeavours to keep the public peace. Fears that sickness will reduce them to a small number; supposes it proceeds from excessive drunkenness. Complains of merchants bringing strong liquors from all parts upon the false alarm of great store of money in the island. Knows not what Government there is, but does not doubt that he shall acquiesce in the good pleasure of God. Endorsed, "Rec. 3 Sept."
June 1.
6. Lieut. Gen. Edward D'oyley to Commissioners of the Navy. Found, when appointed to the command of the shipping, at the same time that the chief command of the army was for the third time thrust upon him, that no pay was allowed for that troublesome and expensive office. Is forced to pay threepence to a penny in London for every bit he eats. Has entered six men from the muster roll of the army on the ship Grantham, as was done by his predecessor. Requests they may be paid.
June 11.
Minutes of the Council of Barbadoes, present Gov. Searle, Colonels Hawley, Burch, Hawkins, and Modyford, and Constant Sylvester. Capt. Bates to buy up lead for 2,000 wt. of pistol shot and 1,000 wt. of carbine shot. Powder to be allowed out of the public magazine for scaling the great guns. Guns to be mounted for defence of the sea ports; other orders for defence. Field officers of every regiment to take an exact list of the Irish, and give an account of their number and place of abode. No Irish to be commander or sharer of any boat belonging to the island. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. XI., pp. 8–10.]
June 17.
7. Warrant to the Attorney General to prepare a bill for the King's signature, containing a grant of the place of Governor of Virginia to Sir William Berkeley, with power to appoint fit persons for the Council.
1660? 8. Petition of Sir Lewis Kirke on behalf of himself and the sons of Sir David Kirke, deceased, late Governor of Newfoundland, to the King. Certain duties in Newfoundland were by patent granted to Sir David Kirke and others, which on account of the late wars, have not been effectually prosecuted. Pray that the ships sent for protection of the fishing trade may give assistance to George, David, and Philip Kirke, now resident at Newfoundland for reinforcing the Government and receiving those duties.
[June.] 9. Petition of Cecil, Lord Baltimore, to the King. Recites King James's patent of Newfoundland to his father; where he began a plantation, built a fair house in which he resided, and expended above 30,000l. After his decease the petitioner deputed Capt. William Hill, Governor. In 1638 [? see patent 13 Nov. 1637, ante p. 260, No. 76.] Sir David Kirke surreptitiously obtained a patent, went over the following year, and dispossessed the petitioner of all his rights there. In 1655 Kirke made over part of his patent to John Claypole (son-in-law to Oliver Cromwell), Col. Rich, Col. Goffe, and others, and Sir Lewis Kirke and others are endeavouring to get a confirmation of that patent. Prays that no grant may be passed to his prejudice, and that he may be restored to his rights according to his patent. Underwritten is a reference to the Lord Chief Baron and Solicitor General to examine the several parties interested and certify what is fit to be done. [17 June 1660. Draft of this reference corrected by Sec. Nicholas is dated 14 June 1660.] Annexed,
9. I. Report of Sir Orlando Bridgeman and Sir Heneage Finch to the King. Have heard Lord Baltimore, Sir Lewis Kirke, and his brother John Kirke, and conceive the patent granted to Sir Geo. Calvert to be good and still in force. The Kirkes having for years lived and planted there, and their charges in improvement being unknown, are not able to certify what is fit to be done in reference to that plantation. 1661, Feb. 28.
9. II. The King's warrant to Sir Lewis Kirke, John Kirke, and others. Requiring them to give up possession of any houses or land in the province of Avalon belonging to Lord Baltimore by virtue of the patent granted to his father.
[June 17.] Copies of the preceding petition and papers annexed. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. LXV., pp. 31–38.]
[June 17.] 10. Copies of the above.
June 20.
11. Cornelius Burrough to [Commissioners of the Navy]. The last frigates, the Chesnut and the Coventry, have left, and with them much painful and chargeable care. Requests payment for those entertained in the service of the State. The Commissioners have been deceived by Capt. Minys, but "his sting is too short to do any harm." Several smiths in their pay not allowed to return to England, because of their debts and usefulness. Two English merchant ships lost and taken to Hispaniola and Cuba. The Spaniards beaten off, not one left in the island, and no enemy but 30 or 40 negroes who were in rebellion with the Spaniards.
June 20. 12. Affidavit of Miles Cooke of London, master of a ship trading to Maryland. In April last Josias Fendall, the Governor, raised a faction against Lord Baltimore's jurisdiction there and endeavoured to change the government into the form of a commonwealth, Annexed,
12. I. Similar affidavit of Samuel Tilghman, master of a ship trading to Maryland. 1660, June 29.
[June 25.] 13. Petition of merchants and others interested in, and trading to the English plantations in America, to the King. For a commission to continue Colonel James Russell in the government of Nevis, who, one of the first planters there, with no children and a considerable estate, has been a father to the country and given general satisfaction by his prudent government. Signed by Colonel Philip Ward and 21 others. Endorsed is a reference to the Privy Council, where it was received 27 June and read 4 July 1660 [see p. 483, No. 15].
[June 25.] 14. Petition of merchants and others trading to the English plantations in America to the King. The late Council of State, upon the petitioners' recommendation, granted a commission to Colonel Ph. Ward to be Governor of St. Christopher's, which was respited upon expectation of His Majesty's happy return. Pray that he may be confirmed in the government, and speedily sent over where they fear he is already too much wanted. Signed by George March, William Chamberlaine, and 43 others. Underwritten is a reference to the Privy Council, where it was received 27 June and read 4 July following.
June 26–7.
Minutes of the Council of Barbadoes. Appointment of superior officers to the regiment of horse; raising of an additional troop. Upon the appearance of an enemy, the utmost opposition to be made against them without further orders. The Governor to confer with the field officers next week, concerning a place of retreat in case of a rout. Orders to be observed upon the approach of an enemy. Churchwardens to take an exact list of all Irish in their several parishes, and return the names of turbulent and dangerous spirits. Reasons against the being and sect of the Quakers within Barbadoes. Fines to be imposed upon all wilfully refusing to serve in military affairs. Committee appointed to rectify the acts of the country. Patents from Oliver or Richard Cromwell, for any offices in the island, except the Governor, declared by the Assembly on 31 Aug. 1659, to be void. [Colonial Entry Bk, Vol. XI., pp. 10–12.]