772. Petition of John Martyn of Plymouth to the King. The
Commissioners of the Treasury having ordered him 800l. for the
service of his ship, the Peter of Plymouth, imprested in 1667 by
Lord Willoughby against the French and Dutch at the Leeward
Islands and payable out of the 4½ per cent. on sugars, but being
clogged with previous orders, prays that payment with interest
may be appointed on some other fund, with reference to the Lord
High Treasurer to report. ½ p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol.
XLVI., pp. 238.]
773. Warrant to Lemuel Kingdon, Paymaster of His Majesty's
forces, to pay to Frances, wife of Lieutenant William Morris, now
in the King's service in Virginia, all sums due to her said husband,
according to the closing of the Muster rolls here. [Dom. Entry
Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XXIX., p. 284.]
774. Governor Stapleton to Lords of Trade and Plantations.
The Quaker, ketch, Captain Richard Haddock, has returned from
Barbadoes, and has ordered him to sail for some secure port until
after hurricane time. Has thoughts to send her home. Is very
much afraid that through the Captain's bad usage of warrant
officers and seamen hardly any will go home in her, above a third
being forced by his cruelty to desert the King's service. Captain
William Freeman will present depositions by which the matter will
more fully appear. Neither the Commander nor the vessel are fit
for the service required. "Rec. 28 and Read in Council 30 Oct.
1678." 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 116, and Col. Entry
Bk., Vol. XLII., pp. 321–323.]
de la Vega.
775. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Oaths administered to
some of the Council. Order for Captain Temple to go with two
frigates to recover the guns lost by Captain Knapman. That the
Chief Justice consider of a way for settling a market at St. Jago
de la Vega for the sale of fish, flesh, fruit and herbs. The
Surveyor-General's patent read, and Robert Fellgate deputed by
Charles Modyford to give in 2,000l. security. That John Crompton
pay Thomas Martin 64l. 7s. 6d., the moiety of his Commission
money and mutually seal to each other their releases.
Return by the Provost Marshal of the writs of election of
Assembly men. Proclamation to be prepared by the AttorneyGeneral prohibiting the making waste and cutting down pimento
trees without the Governor's license. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXV.,
776. William Sherwood to Secretary Sir Joseph Williamson.
The peace of the country interrupted by the malice of discontented
persons of the late Governor Berkeley's party who endeavour to
bring a contempt upon Colonel Jeffreys, their present good Governor,
the chief being Lady Berkeley, Colonel Philip Ludwell, Thomas
Ballard, Colonel Edward Hill, and Major Robert Beverley, all
cherished by Secretary Ludwell, who acts severely. Their faction
upheld by the hope of Lord Culpeper doing mighty things for them.
Is hated and abused for opposing that faction and vindicating the
King's authority. Refers to the bearer Colonel Rowland Place for
a more ample account. 1p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 117.]
777. Answer of Randal Holden and John Green to the Petition
of Richard Smith in obedience to the order of the Lords of Trade
and Plantations of 30th July. Wonder at the confidence of the
Petitioners in claiming the lands, the King having been declared
sole proprietor, and the lands called the King's Province (by the
Royal Commissioners in 1665), who having heard the Petitioners'
claim with respect to their alleged deed made in 1659, pronounced
the pretended Indian purchase void, (copies of writings concerning
this they have to show), and prohibited Connecticut and the other
colonies from exercising any jurisdiction there, John Winthrop,
Governor of Connecticut, being then present and ordered the
temporary jurisdiction of these lands to Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Four years after Connecticut raised new
disturbances claiming jurisdiction of the King's Province, whereupon
a Treaty was held at New London, but they remained obstinate
and perverse and refused an appeal to the King and by violence
compelled one town, Westerley, to submit to them, and have since
endeavoured to break in farther into the said province, not regarding
the Commissioners' decision on the King's declaration of 10th April
1666, commanding the observance of all determinations made by
the Commissioners till the King's final determination should be
made, nevertheless under pretext of conquest from those Indians
they strive to take those lands by force from the King. As for
Rhode Island not sending them help in the Indian war, the
Petitioners not only disclaimed its jurisdiction, but strove to bring
in the jurisdiction of Connecticut. Nevertheless the other colonies'
forces dealt not well by the Petitioner, for after they had made use
of his house for their head-quarters and garrison they deserted it,
so that it was soon after burned by the Indians. Commissions were
given forth by Rhode Island in the war with Philip and good
assistance was given to the other colonies by sloops well-manned
transporting their men and often venturing hard on shore to fetch
off their men when in danger, taking care of the wounded men and
providing quarters. Pray that the jurisdiction of Rhode Island may
be continued entire and that Connecticut be ordered to restore the
place taken from them. Signed and Endorsed:—"Answer of the
Men of Warwick in Rhode Island." 2pp. Enclose,—
777 i. "Papers delivered by the men of Warwick touching the
Narragansett Indians surrender," viz.:—(1) Acceptance
by the King's Commissioners of the submission of the
Narragansett Indians on condition of paying two wolves'
skins a year on May 29. 1665, March 20. (2) Sir George
Cartwright to Mr. Gorton. Regretting that at present he
can do nothing on his behalf, but promising his assistance
on his return to England. Boston, 1665, May 26.
(3) Proclamation of the King's Commissioners. Settling
for the present the government of the Narragansett
country. 1665, April 8. (4) Proclamation of the Commissioners. Declaring the reception of the Narragansett
Indians under the King's protection, settling the boundaries and lands of the King's Province. Petaguamscatt,
1665, March 20. (5) Proclamation of the owners and inhabitants of Shaw-Omett to the men styled Commissioners
sent from Boston. Forbidding them to set foot in their
land in a hostile way. Shaw-Omett, 1643, September 28.
(6) Order for the confinement of Samuel Gorton to Charlestown during the pleasure of the Court with a copy of the
charge of heresy against him. 1643, Nov. 3. Endorsed:—"Copy of papers by the men of Warwick in New England
on the 10th of Aug. 1678." 7 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol.
XLII., Nos. 118, 118 I.]
778. Sir John Werden to Major Andros. It is his Royal Highness's pleasure that he protects and secures in qoiet possession to
Hippolit Lefevre and John Pledges, his brother-in-law, and one
Malster, divers parcels of land they have bought from John
Fenwick in New Jersey, who hath earned one-tenth of that moiety
of New Jersey which was heretofore Lord Berkeley's. ¾ p
[Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXX., p. 27.]
St. Jago del a Vega.
779. Governor Lord Carlisle to [Secretary Coventry]. Arrived
in seven days from Barbadoes on 18th July. Gave an account by
the ship Dragon of his reception and of Sir Henry Morgan building
two new batteries at Port Royal (see ante No. 770). Also sent
account from the Governor of Curacao of the French losses and his
purpose to recover their brass guns which were sunk. Has also
proposed to the Council the recovery of their own guns lost three
years since on the coast of Hispaniola, in between five and nine
feet of water. Some of the Council much dissatisfied at the
alterations in the laws and the manner of passing them, particularly
at a clause in the Militia Bill which they are jealous of lest that
thereby they make it legal to execute all instructions that are or
shall be sent to Carlisle or any succeeding Governor, "which scruple
might easily be avoided, but that the Great Seal being affixed to
the laws I have no power to make any alteration which I might
have done both to their satisfaction and the preservation of the
King's right." Fears the Act for the revenue will not pass without
difficulty, but shall endeavour all he can. The Treasury exhausted
and in debt for their new fortifications. The least coin here is 7½d.
so that the inhabitants suffer much in their way of trade. Desires
an authority to erect a Mint which the King and Council granted
to the island. Encloses,—
779. i. An instruction to Governor Lord Carlisle to erect a Mint
in Jamaica "Read at the Committee 6 Dec. 1678." [Col.
Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 118*, and Col. Entry Bk.,
Vol XXIX. pp. 244–247.]|
780. Governor Leverett to Secretary Sir Joseph Williamson.
Received on July 10 by Mr. Phillips the King's commands, dated
27 April 1678, and a copy of the oath of allegiance. Presently
called the Council, but by reason of sickness could not meet till the
23rd of the same month, when the Governor, Council, and Secretary
took the oath by the copy sent. On the meeting of the General
Court the King's commands will be communicated to them and
doubts not but there will be a ready compliance. p. [Col. Papers,
Vol. XLII., No. 119.]
781. Commission to Thos. Lord Culpeper, Governor of Virginia,
appointing him Captain of a company of foot in Virginia, consisting of one hundred men besides officers. Also Thomas Leigh,
Lieutenant, and William Armiger, Ensign. [Dom. Entry Book,
Chas. II., Vol. XXIX., pp. 294–5.]
782. "Papers about Captain Breedon" concerning New England.
During the time of Oliver, New England had always an agent here,
one Winslow, one-fourth of the children there are not christened
for they neither baptise nor give the sacrament to other than those
of their congregation in fellowship. The' most come to Church for
fear of the 5s. per Sunday. They must enter covenant. One
Sedgwick was sent, about 1656, to raise men at Boston, which he
did to reduce New Amsterdam, which being given up by treaty he
carried those men (and Leverett with them, he thinks) to subdue
the French broil wherein one of the parties appealed to the Protector.
But when, in June 1662, Captain Breedon was listing men for that
expedition under the title he derived from Mr. Elliott of the Bedchamber (before Sir T. Temple regained it) the Governor of Boston
called for his commission which having shown, he said, "he has
granted what was not in his power, for we have a charter for all,"
put Breedon in prison for 24 hours till he gave security to desist
(no such behaviour to Sedgwick, sent by Cromwell; he was after
Governor of Jamaica). When the Commissioners went over they
had different quarters assigned them, but chose to lodge at Captain
Breedon's. They had exposed their commission about a week before
to the Governor and Council, but as they were beginning with the
case of one Deane (about a ship seized contrary to the Act of
Navigation) there came a rabble of about 100 before the door, a
sort of herald and a trumpeter, proclaiming a prohibition to the
Commissioners to proceed or to any to attend at their peril. One
Peirce, (?) a great fanatic, came first with news of the King's Restoration with the King's flag in the maintop; he brought Goffe and
Whalley who called themselves Richardson and Stevenson (as their
fathers were called): Breedon advised seizure; the Governor saved
them. Note to mention how Humphries and Cradock were here
and called on to answer by the Great Council. Was it proposed
that all the patentees should go over, or were they here such men
of bulk and estate as to make that unlikely ? If so, explain that
and speak of the men. How were they to fare who never went
over and what was their advantage ? Note.—The King must either
have Governor there, or have the absolute government of the place
here. Did the Company ever sit here, as the Quo Warranto
explains, or was that only to lay the action ? The ship Eagle
was here bought by the Company. 3pp. Printed in New
York Documents, III., pp. 270, 271. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII.
783. Journal of the Lords of Trade and Plantations. There was
received a box from Governor Stapleton inclosing the following
papers. Here follows a list of inclosures to the Governor's letter of
29 June 1678, which are calendared (see ante, Nos. 741 I.–XVII.). Col.
Entry Bks., Vol. CV., pp. 266, 267, and Vol. XLVI., pp. 314, 315.]
784. Sir Robert Southwell to Secretary Sir Joseph Williamson.
Encloses copy of Governor Stapleton's letter of 29 June last, the
most material of the papers sent is the Treaty of Neutrality he has
made with the French in St. Christopher's. Encloses,
784. i. Governor Stapleton to Lords of Trade and Plantations.
Nevis, 1678, June 29 (see ante, No. 741). "Rec. 27 Aug.
1678, from Col. Crispe."|
784. ii. Treaty of Neutrality between Governor Stapleton and
the French Governor in the Leeward Islands. Nevis,
1678, May 9/19. "Rec. from Capt. Crispe, 27 Aug. 1678."
[Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., Nos. 121, 121 I., II.]|