America and West Indies: March 1691

Pages 393-402

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 13, 1689-1692. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1901.

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March 1691

March 1.
1,343. J. Sotherne to William Blathwayt. Enclosing a list of Captain Wright's squadron. ¼ p. Annexed,
1,343. I. List of ships under Captain Wright's squadron. Mary, third-rate, 280 men, 54 guns. Fourth-rates, Bristol, Antelope, Assistance, Jersey, each of 200 men and 42 guns; Tiger (prize) 210 men, 42 guns; Success, Princess Ann, 200 men, 48 guns; Hampshire, 185 men, 40 guns. Fifth-rates, Swan, 115 men, 28 guns, Guernsey, 110 men, 28 guns. Sixth-rate, Quaker, Ketch, 40 men, 10 guns, Fireship, St. Paul, 45 men, 10 guns. Mem. Two ships are detailed for Jamaica, and three more for the homeward bound convoy. 1 p. [America and West Indies. 551. Nos. 11, 11 I.]
March 1. 1,344. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. The suspension of Sir Francis Watson and Thomas Ballard signed. Peter Beckford, John Towers, Andrew Orgill, Francis Blackmore, and Charles Knight sworn of the Council. The Governor reported the expense of purchasing a sloop and victuals. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. pp. 73, 74.]
March 3. 1,345. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Nicholas Lawes sworn of the Council. Order permitting merchant ships to sail for Europe under convoy of the Quaker, ketch. Order for survey of a hired merchant vessel taken up by Captain Wright. Nicholas Lawes and Charles Knight appointed to examine the Receiver-General's accounts. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. p. 74.]
[March 4.] 1,346. The Secretary to the Royal African Company to Lords of Trade and Plantations. In the matter of the ship Society, the seizure and condemnation of the ship was made without any direction from the Royal African Company, which has no concern in the affair. Signed. Sam. Heron. ½ p. Endorsed. Recd. 4 March, 1690–1. Read March 11, 1690–1. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 5. No. 2; and 36. p. 59.]
March 5.
New York.
1,347. Proclamation of Jacob Leisler and his Council. That since Major Ingoldsby has demanded the fort, having no authority but his Captain's commission, and has since taken upon him to raise forces, superintend militia and search parties going into the fort with fuel, it is hereby delared that Leisler and his party feel constrained to take up arms in defence of the King's supremacy and call upon all loyal subjects to aid them. Signed. Jacob Milborne. Copy. Large sheet. Endorsed. Recd. 7 July, 1691. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 1.]
March 6. 1,348. Declaration of the Council of New York, and of the officers of the foot-companies. That in view of the violent proceedings of Leisler at the fort, they will take measures for the defence of the province. Large sheet, damaged. Endorsed. Recd. 7 July, 1691. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 2.]
March 7. 1,349. Minutes of Council of Virginia. Lord Howard's Commission and instructions read. Edward Hill and Henry Whiting sworn of the Council. The publication of the Commission and the instructions as to a Court of Exchequer deferred till a fuller attendance of Councillors, also the consideration of the instructions as to free trade with Indians. Order for account to be taken of all arms and ammunition brought into the Colony; and further questions as to defence deferred. Consideration of Lord Howard's letters and the Orders in Council as to Edward Davies and others deferred. Warrants and instructions for election of Burgesses approved, and the appointment of a Clerk of the Burgesses deferred. Order for a full Council on 14 April. Orders to ensure the sailing of all ships for Europe under convoy of H.M.S. Experiment on 10 May, and that no ship, without any exception, be allowed to sail before. Order for carpenters to report what is fittest to be done with H.M.S. Dumbarton. Order for careful watch to prevent ships sailing from Maryland before the fleet, and that no ships be allowed to sail to other Colonies after 10 April. Order for the delivery of three of the murderers of John Payne to the authorities at Maryland for trial, and also of George Mason, the fourth, if he be arrested in time. The Lieutenant-Governor's letters to the Governments of New York, New England, Pennsylvania and Maryland approved. Colonel Cole's Commission as Secretary read. Order for regulating meetings of Quakers approved. Order for repair of the General Court-house. Orders to the rangers approved, and officers appointed: ordered also that none be impressed for rangers. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXIV., pp. 488–503.]
March 7. 1,350. Duplicate Copy of the Minutes of Council of Virginia from 17 February to 7 March, 1691. 34½ pp. [America and West Indies. 637. No. 14.]
March 9.
1,351. Mr. Sotherne to William Blathwayt. A ship has been hired to carry the royal packets to the West Indies and will be ready in ten or twelve days. Signed. J. Sotherne. ½ p. [America and Indies West. 601. No. 29.]
March 10.
New York.
1,352. Proclamation of Jacob Leisler. Protesting against the raising of forces by Major Richard Ingoldsby. Signed. Jacob Milborne. Copy. Large sheet. A long document. Endorsed. Read 7 July, 1691. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 3.]
March 10. 1,353. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Order for the regiments of St. Elizabeth's and North Side to be turned into independent companies. The Governor proposed an expedition to Petit Guavos with the two frigates now in harbour, two sloops and five hundred men, which was agreed to. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. pp. 75, 76.]
[Mar. 10.] 1,354. Petition of the Executors of Sir John Witham. For further time to collect evidence in Barbados and for leave to obtain copies of documents. 1 p. Endorsed. Received 10 Mar., 1690. Presented 21 Apr., 1691. Read 27 Apr., 1691. [Board of Trade. Barbados, 4. No. 58.]
March 11. 1,355. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Order for a list of the West Indian squadron with designation of ships appointed for convoys, and of an account of the readiness of provisions and other stores for the same.
Six Acts of the Leeward Islands read and referred to the Attorney-General for report.
Captain Leisler's letter of 20 October read (see No. 1127) and a copy ordered to be sent to the New England Agents. [Board of Trade. Journal, 7. pp. 5, 6.]
March 11.
1,356. William Blathwayt to Mr. Sotherne. Asking for a list of Captain Wright's squadron, of the ships stationed at Jamaica, and of the ships ordered to return as convoys. [Board of Trade. Leeward Islands, 43. p. 347.]
March 12.
1,357. J. Sotherne to William Blathwayt. Forwarding a second list of the West Indian Squadron. Signed. J. Sotherne. Annexed,
1,357. I. List of the King's ships in the West Indies. This includes the vessels enumerated in No. 1343 I., with the following additions. Wolf, fourth-rate, 200 men, 48 guns, Experiment, fifth-rate, 115 men, 28 guns. Dumbarton, sixth-rate, 70 men, 18 guns. All of them returning with convoy from Virginia and Maryland. The Commissioners for victualling have orders to send six months' provisions to Wright's squadron, and other stores will also be sent under convoy of the fourth-rate, Mary Rose, and the fifth-rate, Constant Warwick. 1½ pp. [America and West Indies. 551. Nos. 12, 12 I.; and (enclosure only) Board of Trade. Leeward Islands, 43. pp. 348, 349.]
March 12. 1,358. The Queen to the Government of Maryland. Ordering half of the two shilling duty to be applied to the use of the Government and the other half and the fourteen pence duty to be collected for Lord Baltimore. Orders have been issued to Virginia as to the trial of the murderers of John Payne. Countersigned. Nottingham. Copy. 2 pp. [America and West Indies. 556. No. 9; and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LII., pp. 221, 222.]
March 12. 1,359. Order of the Privy Council. That the case of Edward Davies and others, pirates, be laid by Lord Sidney before the Spanish Ambassador. Abstract of the report of the Treasury upon the case for presentation to the Spanish Ambassador. This order had already been made on 12 January. See No. 1286. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 36. pp. 62–65.]
March 13.
1,360. Mr. Sotherne to William Blathwayt. The packet for the West Indies is ready to sail, and our despatches will be ready to-morrow night, when yours, it is hoped, will be ready also, unless the Lords of Trade desire the packet to be detained. Signed. J. Sotherne. ½ p. [America and West Indies. 601. No. 30.]
March 16. 1,361. Minutes of Council of Barbados. The bill to repeal the Monmouth Rebels Act was sent down to the Assembly. Order for a Committee to report on the accounts of Captain Strong, who was sent after a French vessel. Order for certain payments.
March 17. The Assembly brought up the Monmouth Rebels repealing Act which was passed. Order for issue of writs for election of a new Assembly. Order for all Magistrates, Councillors etc. to receive the Sacrament on Easter day, April 12. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XII., pp. 163–166.]
March 16. 1,362. Journal of Assembly of Barbados. No quorum. Adjourned till next day.
March 17. The Monmouth Rebels repealing Act was received from the Council and passed. Addresses for payment of the Clerk's and Marshal's salaries. Put to the vote whether a present be made to the Governor. Votes equal. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XIV., pp. 263, 264.]
March 17. 1,363. Captain Lawrence Wright to Governor Kendall. This letter will be found abstracted under date April 4. No. III. Copy. 2 pp. [America and West Indies. 551. No. 13.]
March 19.
1,364. William Blathwayt to Messrs. Coode and Cheseldyn. Ordering them to bring their bills of exchange to the Treasury to-morrow morning. Draft. 1 p. [Board of Trade. Maryland, 2. No. 43.]
March 19. 1,365. The same to Lord Baltimore. Requiring his presence at the Treasury to-morrow on the business of the Revenue of Maryland. Draft. 1 p. [Board of Trade. Maryland 2. No. 44.]
March 19. 1,366. Minutes of Council of New York. Colonel Henry Sloughter was sworn in as Governor, and at once ordered Major Ingoldsby and his foot-company to demand admission to the fort. The Major presently returned with Joost Stoll and was sent again to order the fort to be surrendered, the men to lay down their arms and disperse to their homes, Leisler, Milborne and his Council to attend the Governor immediately, Colonel Bayard and Mr. Nicolls to be released. Major Ingoldsby returned bringing with him Milborne and De La Noy, who said that Leisler refused to attend himself or to release the imprisoned gentlemen. Whereupon Milborne and De La Noy were arrested, and Major Ingoldsby was sent a third time to demand surrender of the fort and of Leisler, which was peremptorily refused.
March 20. Joseph Dudley, Frederick Flypse, S. Van Cortlandt, Gabriel Minivelle, Chidley Brooke, Thomas Willett and William Pinhorne were sworn of the Council, also Colonel Bayard and Mr. Nicolls. Jacob Leisler, Abraham Gouverneur, Gerard Beekman, William Churcher, and eight others were brought in prisoners and committed to custody. John Lawrence sworn Mayor of New York, and Thomas Clarke, coroner.
March 21. Sheriffs were appointed, for New York, Thomas Lindow; King's County, Gerard Strycher; Queen's County, John Jackson; Suffolk, Josias Hobart; Richmond, Thomas Stillwell; Westchester, Benjamin Collier; Ulster and Duchess, Cornelius Bogardus; Albany, Gaspar Teller. The Assembly appointed to meet on the 9th of April. Thomas Stillwell sworn Sheriff. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., pp. 234–236.]
March 20.
Fort William.
[New York.]
1,367. Jacob Leisler to [Governor Sloughter]. Major Ingoldsby besieges this fort so closely that I could not send a messenger to ascertain your safe arrival, and learn what has been published, of which I am still ignorant. My joy at a full assurance of your arrival by Ensign Stoll has been somewhat troubled by your detention of my messengers. I see in this a stroke of my enemies who wish to misrepresent my loyalty to the King and Queen, and so to blot out all my faithful services hitherto. I have been rigorous to them in the execution of my duty. Pray order the Major, in relieving me from the fort on my delivering him the King's weaponsand stores, to act as he ought towards myself. Copy. 2 pp. [America and West Indies. 579. No. 1.]
March 20. 1,368. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Order for payment of £1,000 from the sums in the late Receiver General's hands towards the expenses of the expedition to Petit Guavos. An officer escaped from the French reported French vessels sailing from Isle des Vaches. Order for sloops to cruise about Cape Tiburon. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. pp. 76, 77.]
March 21.
Chester River,
1,369. John Hawkins to Lieutenant-Governor Nicholson? I hear that it is by your order that my ship, the Katherine and Anne of New York, has been seized, though for what reason, unless for damages which you have sustained from Jacob Leisler, who was formerly part owner, I cannot tell. She now belongs to other owners. If she be condemned I beg that before she is disposed of I may have the refusal of her; and I should be glad if the trial could be deferred for three weeks. But if there be no cause of trial I beg that she may be sent back with all speed. Signed. John Hawkins. 1 p. [America and West Indies. 637. No. 15.]
March 23 1,370. Minutes of Council of New York. Messrs. Dudley, Van Cortlandt and Brooke, appointed to examine the prisoners; Mr. Flypse, Mr. Minivelle and Mr. Willett to report on the stores. The members in town appointed to report as to the accounts of the two foot companies. James Graham's claims as Collector to be heard next Wednesday. Thomas Newton sworn as Attorney General.
March 24. Andrew Gibb and Joseph Lee appointed Clerks of the Peace for Queen's County and Westchester. Order for Sir Robert Robinson, Colonel William Smith, William Pinhorne, John Lawrence, Gasper Hicks, Richard Ingoldsby, John Young and Isaac Arnold to be Judges of a Court of Oyer and Terminer to try the prisoners concerned in the rebellion. William Beekman, Johannes Kipp, William Merritt, Brant Schuyler, Balthasar Bayard and John Merritt sworn as Aldermen of New York. Mr. D'Lance, Eben. Willson, Thomas Clarke, J. D'Key, and Thomas Coker sworn Common Councilmen. John Tuder sworn Notary Public and William Pinhorne, Recorder. Order for Captain Hicks to return the men pressed from Captain William Kidd. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., pp. 236–239.]
March 26. 1,371. Minute of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Referring the Acts of the Leeward Islands to the Attorney General. Signed. William Blathwayt. 11 March, 1691. Written below. Opinion of the Attorney General that the Acts are agreeable to law. Signed. Geo. Treby. March 26, 1691. The whole, 1½ pp. Endorsed. Read 22 May, 1691. [America and West Indies. 561. No. 14; and Board of Trade. Leeward Islands, 43. pp. 331, 332.]
March 26. 1,372. Minutes of Council of New York. George Lockhart sworn Clerk of the Market. Two French prisoners ordered to be sent on board the Archangel. Joseph Dudley and Thomas Johnson sworn judges of the Admiralty Court. Order for payment of the salary due to James Graham. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., p. 241.]
March 26.
Fort William
1,373. Governor Sloughter to the Earl of Nottingham. The Archangel sailed for Bermuda and New York on the 1st of December, with the soldiers and stores under convoy; but the difficulty of finding Bermuda in winter, contrary winds and the striking of the vessel on the rocks at Bermuda, delayed our arrival at New York till the 19th inst. The other ships arrived two months before us, and the two companies demanded admission to the fort, but were absolutely and with great contempt denied by Jacob Leisler, the usurper. The troops were therefore obliged to lodge in the town-hall, and suffer many false insinuations from Leisler, to the effect that their commissions were forged by King James. On this Colonel Dudley and the Council met in the city, and decided to soothe the people, and let Leisler stay in the fort until I should arrive. But this would not quiet the matter, for they could see men and provisions daily carried into the fort, and daily threats issued against them from Leisler; so at the request of the loyal inhabitants the trainbands of the county were called in to save the city from Leisler's violence. Meanwhile Leisler issued a proclamation that Major Ingoldsby had no authority in the province, and fired upon the King's guard on its rounds. The trainbands were then summoned, and Leisler was warned that this measure was only for the security of the city inhabitants. None the less he again fired, as also another party of his people in the blockhouse also, killing one man and wounding one of the soldiers and seven or eight of the inhabitants. The trainbands and soldiers, however, never stirred, and the blockhouse presently surrendered. This was the state of things when I arrived. I hastened ashore, took the oaths, swore in the Council (except Mr. Bayard and Captain Nicholson, who are prisoners) and demanded the immediate surrender of the fort and of Leisler himself. Three times he refused, but by the next day his people began to desert him, the gates were opened, and Leisler and his chief officers were made prisoners. I have appointed a special Court to try them next week.
New England is in great disorder for want of the Royal commands, and the loyal subjects are discontented and unwilling to submit to the arbitrary usurpations in power there. Several have applied to me, though I have not been here a week, but not in such form as I can present to you. They assure me that the royal authority will be welcomed and that they are unhappy and taxed beyond all precedent by their present masters. The Government of Connecticut, which begins not thirty miles from hence, I could soon settle without any further charge to the Crown. The two Jerseys are in rather a better state and the proprietors have requested Colonel Dudley to take charge of them. He is very capable of the duty, and I think this a good arrangement until the provinces are annexed to New York or otherwise disposed of. The King's orders for this Government are very acceptable and I have summoned an Assembly for the 9th prox. There is some uneasiness about the revenue, which was granted on consideration of certain privileges, which were withheld by the late King, but I hope that the Assembly will continue the revenue and lay their desires before the King. People come in daily to show their readiness to support the Government, and care is taken that all officers shall be loyal men. Albany has long expected a French attack, and the Maquas are unsteady. I intend to despatch one of the foot-companies to Albany forthwith until I can go thither myself, and shall shortly send some of the Council to Boston to fetch the records, the sloop of war and the guns brought from Pemaquid, and to see what number of the inhabitants of the county of Cornwall will return to the fishery. The said fishery cannot be revived without a frigate at sea and a fortified post ashore. The whole country from Delaware to Pemaquid is much damaged by the late ill-managed and fruitless expedition to Canada. The debt on that expedition is £40,000; a thousand men were lost by sickness and shipwreck and not a blow was struck, from want of courage and conduct in the officers. So it is said and believed here, and I do not know how there can be improvement while the country is in this distracted and disunited state, and no one knows who is to command and who to obey. I beg that Captain Hicks may be instructed to stay here and guard the coast against French privateers until relieved. Another frigate is wanted in the bay of Boston, where the French did what they pleased last year. Here follows a postscript of 6 May for which see under date. 2½ pp. Endorsed. 12 Sept., '91. Printed in New York Documents III., 759. [America and West Indies, 579. No. 2.]
March 27.
New York.
1,374. Governor Sloughter to the Earl of Nottingham. After sixteen weeks' passage from the Isle of Wight the Archangel reached New York, though she lost fifty feet of her outer keel on the rocks at Bermuda. I found that the ships with the soldiers and stores had arrived two months before me and by advice of the Council had secured themselves against the outrages of Leisler, who maintained the fort against them and refused all entrance until he and his Council were made prisoners. The three hundred men with him laid down their arms and were allowed to go to their homes. The loyal people, which comprises the whole country, are persuaded that but for the arrival of the train-bands he would have maintained the rebellion to the last. I have written at length to the Lord President, and shall report the proceedings as to Leisler, as also the transactions of the General Assembly which is to meet on the 9th prox. I recommend Thomas Johnson, Peter Schuyler, John Lawrence, Richard Towneley, and John Young, all good and loyal men, for Councillors. The want of a good settlement in New England is a great inconvenience to us here. There are people enough there for any service that the King may order against the French, but it is impossible to do anything with them while they are divided by factions. Connecticut would, if the King approve, be proper to annex to New York. The intolerable taxes and losses and the general confusion have made them ready to receive the Royal orders as to government; though they do not regard themselves as they ought, nor do their agents properly apply; but I trust that you will not let them be brought to ruin, for there are many good loyal men among them. Signed. H. Sloughter. Holograph. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 13 July, 1691. Printed in New York Documents III., 756. [America and West Indies. 579. No. 3, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. 69, pp. 291, 292.]
March 28. 1,375. Minutes of Council of New York. William Smith sworn of Council. Certain prisoners bound over to take their trial. Orders for payment of a hundred pieces-of-eight to Captain Richard Foster; that John Joost give security to have his sloop ready when required; that a bill be submitted to the Assembly making Councillors justices in every county. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., pp. 239–241.]
March 28.
1,376. The General Assembly of the Leeward Islands to the Agents for the Leeward Islands. We send an address to the King, which we beg may be presented by some one who can shew how our security depends on the granting of its prayer. While a French Island remains in our neighbourhood our only safety lies in a naval force. We fear that all the King's pains and expenses in providing a squadron have for some months been wasted. We do not know Captain Wright's instructions or the resolutions of the Councils of war, but of this we are sure, that his way of moving, or rather of lying still, has been of great advantage to the enemy. Former commanders of squadrons in these seas have battered the enemy's towns, spoiled their plantations, seized their slaves and shipping and kept them in perpetual alarm; but since the recapture of St. Christophers, this squadron has accomplished nothing but the capture of one small sloop. The enemy's ships have not felt the stress of war except from privateers. The squadron has never so much as lain in the way to meet with them; and thus the enemy have been fully supplied and have been able to send their produce for France. Their Islands have not known whether we have a fleet or not, but have been left in perfect quiet. Had the squadron cruised off Martinique or about Barbados, instead of lying in port, it must have caught most of the ships passing backward and forward from and to France, in particular two of great wealth. The recent French merchant fleet and its convoy could not have escaped, had Captain Wright sailed with his squadron instead of sending two frigates from Barbados. When the two frigates returned and reported the merchant vessels to be men-of-war, he took up six merchant vessels, which he kept until the 18th inst., and would then have discharged them but for Governor Codrington's protest. We should not have given our consent to this impressment of merchant ships, knowing the loss that it entails to the King's customs, and much more for that it took away the men, who might have been home in due time; but when they were kept two months for no purpose and discharged just at the moment of action, we interfered and begged that they might be kept for three weeks longer. This is the ground of our address; and in truth the inhabitants of these Islands have no ground for thinking themselves obliged to Captain Wright. It is bad enough that with such a squadron in these waters the enemy should be allowed to pass and repass in safety; but it is insufferable to have our own ships daily taken by French privateers. Within the last three months seven had been carried into Martinique, some of them laden with provisions, and there were upwards of eighty English prisoners there. The Governor has written fully about the squadron, so we shall detain you no further, except to add that in the general opinion here little has been effected by Captain Wright, and that it would be an advantage if the Naval Commander-in-Chief were in greater dependence on the Captain-General. We sent you two Acts for confirmation. Effects shall be forwarded to defray your expenses. Signed. Anth. Hodges, speaker, Jno. Gunthorpe, Edw. Byam, Phil. Dewitt, R. Brodbelt, John Scott, Ja. Winthrop, John Yeamans, Walter Symonds, Wm. Helmes, Thomas Symmons, Wm. Fox. 3 pp. [America and West Indies. 551. No. 15, and Board of Trade. Leeward Islands, 43. pp. 351–356.]
March 30.
1,377. Order of the Queen in Council. Referring the petition of Samuel Allen to Lords of Trade and Plantations for report. Signed. William Blathwayt. ½ p. Annexed,
1,177. I. Petition of Samuel Allen to the King and Queen. Petitioner bought New Hampshire of Captain John Mason's heirs and has a contract to supply the Navy with masts and timber for seven years. New Hampshire after many disputes was finally adjudged to Robert Mason, and Edward Cranfield was sent Governor in 1682. Petitioner begs to be sent Governor to New Hampshire. Attached is a copy of the contract for providing ship-timber. 2½ pp.; and copies of the law-officers' opinions of 17 May, 1675 and July 1677, deciding in favour of Robert Mason's proprietary of New Hampshire. 3½ pp. The whole endorsed. Recd. 21 April, 1621. Read at Committee 22 May and 13 June, 1691. [Board of Trade. New Hampshire, 1. Nos. 1, 1I, and [order and petition only] Col. Entry Bks., Vols. LXII., pp. 281–284, and LXVII., pp. 171–173.]
March 30. 1,378. Minutes of Council of New York. Nicholas Bayard, Stephanus van Cortlandt and William Pinhorne appointed to collect evidence against the prisoners, and William Nicolls, George Farewell and James Emott to be the King's Counsel. Order for arrest of all vagrants wandering about without a pass from a justice of the peace. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., p. 242.]
March 31.
New York.
1,379. Copy of the trial of Jacob Leisler and his accomplices. 11 pp. Endorsed. Recd. 10 Sept., 1691, from Capt. Nicholson. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 4.]