America and West Indies: September 1695

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 14, 1693-1696. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1903.

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September 1695

Sept. 1. 2,040. Minutes of Council of New York. The Governor reported that he had intelligence that, the French having repossessed themselves of Cadaraqui, the Indians had begged leave not to come to Albany at the appointed day, and that they had asked for 500 men, in virtue of a promise of assistance. Resolved that all possible encouragement be given to the Indians, that the Governor go in person to Albany, and that he renew his applications to the neighbouring colonies for assistance. The Governor produced a letter from New England showing that no help was to be expected from thence. [Board of Trade. New York, 72. p. 60.]
Sept. 2. 2,041. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Robert Livingston attended, who stated that several of his witnesses had gone out of the way to avoid giving evidence as to Governor Fletcher's proceedings. A messenger was ordered to summon certain persons named by him. A list of stores of war required by Governor Fletcher read and referred to the Earl of Romney. Resolved to add a clause to the instructions of all Governors in future, that no stores be issued without warrant of the Governor and Council, and that constant returns of stores issued be furnished. [Board of Trade. Journal, 8. pp. 107–109.]
Sept. 2. 2,042. Two drafts of summonses to James Winder and other persons unnamed to attend the meeting of the Lords of Trade on the 7th September. Each ½ p. [Board of Trade. New York, 6. Nos. 13, 14.]
Sept. 2. 2,043. John Povey to the Earl of Romney. Forwarding a list of stores required by Governor Fletcher, for his opinion as to the furnishing of them. [Board of Trade. New York, 48. pp. 209–210.]
Sept. 2. 2,044. Minute of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Agreed to recommend the confirmation of Mr. Daniel Parke and the appointment of Mr. John Lightfoot in the Council of Virginia. Note. This was approved by the Lords Justices on 5th September. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 36. p. 298.]
Sept. 3. 2,045. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Thomas Nicholls gave his securities, which being accepted, he was sworn as Secretary. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. pp. 319–320.]
Sept. 3. 2,046. Minutes of Council of Barbados. Petition of the provost marshal, as to the charges of the gaol, recommended to the Assembly for allowance. Orders for payments. The address of Assembly as to taking off the guards was read, and a copy given to each member. The Conference on the bill concerning importation of servants was again postponed. [Board of Trade. Barbados, 65. pp. 64–66.]
[Sept. 3.] 2,047. Address of the Assembly of Barbados to Governor Russell. When we heard of your appointment we thought ourselves happy to have a Governor of a family famed for moderation, which had always carried it evenly between the prerogative and the liberties of the people, true lovers of the right English government. We received you with joy as the redeemer of our just rights and privileges as Englishmen which had been too much trampled on by former Governors, and as we expected to be happy and easy under your government, so we resolved to make your government easy to you beyond what we have done for former Governors; nor are we conscious that we have deviated from those resolutions. We have given you more than we ever gave to any Governor, which though not what we conceived to be proportioned to your merit or to our own inclinations, was the best that we could give in our poor circumstances. We have also made a larger provision for the public than any previous Assembly, indeed we have not failed to gratify you in all your recommendations, even against our own opinions, except in the matter of providing for the officers of your Regiment, who we thought could handsomely subsist on the King's pay, while the Island must in any case have been heavily burdened by providing free quarters for your Regiment had it been completed. Also we did not yield to your recommendation in appointing as our Agent Mr. Bridges, who is entirely a stranger to us and (as we are credibly informed) has done the country more disservice than service. We do not think it consistent with our trust to admit any Agent not of our own choosing, comparing it to letting ourselves be bound and gagged. We have therefore been much surprised that you have of late received the Assembly with so much sharpness, being conscious of nothing that should have provoked your displeasure. This Assembly has never been so treated before. But we have been much more surprised that after our compliance with your recommendation and offer of keeping the guards with your own Regiment, to the general joy of the Island, you should so very soon afterwards command four companies at a time on guard, and order all those gentlemen, who have given up so much time and expense to the service of the country, on common duty—such as Judges, Councillors, Assembly men and others, who hitherto have been excused from all duty with the Militia except in case of alarm. We think it our duty to represent to you the mischievous consequences of these things. Before you arrived many hundreds of the poor inhabitants had been forced from the Island by the severity of the militia-duty, and had abandoned their homes to seek easier homes elsewhere. You have now put a heavier burden than ever on the poor inhabitants by putting four companies besides the horse-guards on duty at once, which we fear will drive the people to despair and leave the Island deserted. In this time of sickness few companies return from guard in town without the loss of many men, and those that escape are met with the tears of their wives, who have been robbed of everything by the negroes during their absence. Hereby the Island will be so much weakened that it may become a prey to our enemies. You cannot but behold with a compassionate eye one-third of this once flourishing Island lying waste, and the markets, once so full, hardly supplying food enough for the people. If this heavy burden be not withdrawn the Island will be turned into a desert. Blessed be God, we have no enemy at our doors, nor do we expect any. If we did we would cheerfully serve night and day. We did not entrust our Governors with unlimited power over the Militia for our destruction, but for our preservation, and we hope you will make no other use of it. We fear that false insinuations of malicious informers have misrepresented us to you to make themselves more useful by that decision, or for some other ill purpose, which no doubt you will discover in time. Meanwhile we are much troubled that you should be thus incensed against us, being ignorant of the cause. We beg you therefore to signify the cause to us in writing, that we may justify ourselves or amend what is amiss; and we beseech you to relieve the poor inhabitants of this heavy burden of extraordinary guards, and to exempt those officers who have always formerly been exempted from military duty. 2½ pp. [Board of Trade. Barbados, 5. No. 111.]
Sept. 4. 2,048. Minutes of Council of Nevis. Joint Committee appointed to survey the Sessions-house and gaol. The Council and Assembly agreed as to the allowance to be made for prisoners detained in the Island. A proposal, that the order for billeting soldiers be renewed and that the officers receive an allowance in lieu of billet, was deferred by the Assembly. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVIII., p. 301.]
Sept. 5. 2,049. Minutes of Council of New York. Orders for several payments. Resolved that the sub-collector at Albany receive in future ten per cent. upon all money collected instead of a salary of £50. The Committee reported that the Governor had powers to establish Courts of Judicature in the form appointed by a recent Act of Assembly. Order for the bills from Maryland to be disposed of at best advantage. [Board of Trade. New York, 72. pp. 60–62.]
Sept. 7. 2,050. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Mr. Livingston attended, upon his complaint against Governor Fletcher. Business of trade and of captives at Sallee considered. [Board of Trade. Journal, 8. pp. 109–111.]
[Sept. 7.] 2,051. Draft of an order to summon Thomas Jeffrys and Giles Kid to attend the meeting of the Lords of Trade and Plantations on the 14th September. ½ p. [Board of Trade. New York, 6. No. 15.]
[Sept. 7.] 2,052. Draft of a similar order to summon Jacob Harwood and Richard Merryweather to attend the meeting of the Lords of Trade on the 14th September. ½ p. [Board of Trade. New York, 6. No. 16.]
Sept. 10. 2,053. Minutes of Council of Barbados. The Assembly's address as to taking off the guards was considered, and each member gave his opinion thereon, all agreeing that certain words therein were an unjust expression upon the Governor. The Assembly not being a quorum, the ten members present attended the Governor, who told them that if the house had been present, he had an answer ready for them, and so dismissed them. [Board of Trade. Barbados, 65. pp. 66–68.]
[Sept. 10.] 2,054. Copy of a correspondence between the Governor of New York and the Governor and Council of Connecticut. June-September, 1695.
Governor Fletcher to Governor Treat. New York, 17 June, 1695. The Queen's letters of 22nd August last fix your quota for the defence of New York as 120 men. I now apply to you for those 120 men, with their proper officers, namely captain, two lieutenants, three serjeants, three corporals and two drummers, to be sent to Albany by the 1st of August. ¾ p.
Governor Fletcher to Governor Treat. New York, 19 June, 1695. By an express from the frontier last night came news that a considerable body of French are within a few days' march of Albany. I therefore again apply to you for your quota of 120 men to be despatched to Albany forthwith. I enclose abstract of a letter from Maryland. ¼ p.
Governor and Council of Connecticut to Governor Fletcher. Hartford, 22 June, 1695. We have yours of the 17th sending to us for 120 men with a captain, two lieutenants, three sergeants, three corporals and two drummers, to be at Albany on the 1st of August, also yours of 19th requiring 120 men to be despatched to Albany forthwith. We assure you that we have not received one word from the Queen laying any such command upon us, but none the less we shall always be ready to do our duty for the King's interest and the defence of our fellow-subjects. Still we desire not to be put to useless charge, for we take it for granted that if a large party of French and Indians have crossed the lake, they will have done what mischief they can do and will have returned, as is their custom, before we can possibly get thither. Besides, we are of opinion that the quota of 120 men is to be required of us in proportion with the neighbouring Colonies when you are invaded, and not at other times. Indeed, we are a poor people, and God is pleased to frown upon us several ways by the sea-side, for we hear that our corn is much blasted, and by the river much of it is like to be destroyed by the overflowing of the water. So that we fear whether we shall have enough preserved to find the good people bread in this Colony, which will induce us to be as good husbands as we can; so we beg you to put us to as little charge as possible. Again, your news from Maryland says that the French are sending all the force they can to do damage in these parts, so we cannot but expect them upon our parts, which lie open to them more than New York; and we have little strength to oppose them, while New York is well fortified, so we may be in the greatest hazard of an assault and may need help as much as any in New England. If it so fall out, we shall need your help, which we hope you will readily give us. We beg you to put a candid construction on these lines; and be sure that when we understand our duty we shall very readily address ourselves to the attendance of it. Signed, John Allyn, Secretary. 1½ pp.
Governor and Council of Connecticut to Governor Fletcher. Hartford, 9 July, 1695. Yours of the 1st inst. we have received, with a copy of the Queen's letter of 21 June, 1694, and on the same day the original of the same, whereby we understand the explanations and restrictions given to your Commission. We shall follow the directions therein as there may be occasion, not only with our quota but with the whole of our militia, when Their Majesties' service requires it. ¼ p.
Governor Fletcher to Governor Treat. 5 August, 1695. I acquainted you of three men run from my own company of Grenadiers, and sent a hue and cry after them. The men were taken at Fairfield, imprisoned, and afterwards rescued by the people of the town, where I understand that they are concealed. I sent an officer with the King's pinnace to bring them back, but the people refused to discover them till he was gone. There are also fourteen of the new forces run away from Albany, and all sheltered in your Colony. I never did delight in blood. If it be only a principle of compassion to the men's lives, I engage that none of them shall suffer death for this fault, only let them be returned that the garrison may see there is no possibility of escape, in order to prevent a greater inconvenience. I cannot think it prudence for your people to meddle in this matter, which is plainly to the hurt of the King's service and of their own security. I received intelligence of the privateer on Saturday and ordered thirty-three Grenadiers on board the Richmond, which sailed yesterday and I hope by this time has taken her. The King has appointed the quota of 1,198 men from the several Colonies to be under my command. It cannot be supposed that this is to no end, and that the King's service can be benefited by your saying you are ready, unless you obey. I therefore persist in my application for 120 men with their proper officers to be sent to Albany, and that suitable provision be made for their pay, subsistence and incidents. I apply to you first because of your nearness to the frontier. I have taken care for their relief from the remoter Colonies, and that the order shall fall proportionately, as the King directs. 1 p.
Governor and Council of Connectient to Governor Fletcher. Hartford, 12 Aug., 1695. Yours of 5th is before us. What you say of the concealment of the deserters at Fairfield is unknown and very offensive to us. Inquiry shall be held, and they shall be dealt with according to their demerits. We know nothing of the fourteen deserters from Albany and can hear nothing of them on enquiry, so far; but on your notice we shall send out hues and cries to seize all persons suspected to be deserters, that they may be secured and returned; for we agree with you that the abetting and encouraging of such deserters is prejudicial to the King's service and to the security of his subjects. We thank you for sending the Richmond against the common enemy and pray God grant her success. You tell us that you persist in your application for our quota. We repeat that we stand ready not only with our quota but with the whole of our militia upon any invasion or necessity that requires it. We understand by the Queen's letter that you are to draw no more of our quota than you shall in proportion demand from the other Colonies. We are ready to send our proportion on demand with the rest of the Colonies. Moreover, we have heard today from the Upper Towns that they were yesterday alarmed there by Indians, the enemy having assaulted and slain several friendly Indians and destroyed two English families near the river in Massachusetts. Of necessity some help should be afforded them, or they will not be able to defend themselves. New London also calls for our assistance, so that on the whole we beg you to be as favourable as you may; not that we are unwilling to contribute to the relief of our fellow-subjects or to be guided therein by your command, but we beg you to consider our circumstances. Again you do not tell us of your present hazards, nor how long our men will be at Albany, and it is hard for us to supply them with provisions until we know. We are not sensible of any present danger at Albany, and as you have so many men there already to keep garrison we do not think it the intent of the King's letter that his subjects should be burdened more than is needful. Nor do we see how we can be called upon to provide our men with supplies when employed in the King's service outside the Colony. Signed, John Allyn. 1¾ pp.
Governor Fletcher to Governor Treat. 19 August, 1695. I have received yours of 12th. You have the Royal Commission to tell you what your quota is. The King expects ready and cheerful compliance. It cannot be supposed that the King intends any ease or assistance to this province by the charge of maintaining 1,198 men, which would amount to £30,000 per annum. Sir Edmund Andros, Governor of Virginia, has not disputed the royal orders nor asked the reason for my application to him, knowing that I am accountable only to the King. I send you a copy of his letter. These forces from Virginia were designed for the relief of yours on the 1st of May next. I have taken the same care and measure in my applications to other colonies as to Connecticut, and if I can find anything proposed by you which can answer that end I shall be always as favourable to your Colony as to any of the others, so that the charge of this intended assistance fall equally, as designed. But to save further delay or excuse I acquaint you that I have intelligence of the French being on march to beset Cadaraqui with all the strength they can spare, and that the Indians have desired our assistance. Therefore I persist to demand your quota, and that you provide for their subsistence, pay and incidents until the 1st of May next, pursuant to the Royal Commission, to which your obedience is required. I earnestly desire that care be taken to discover our runaways and send them back to their garrisons. If no assistance is to be expected from you, pray let us not by your means have our forces diminished.
Governor and Council of Connecticut to Governor Fletcher. Hartford, 29 August, 1695. Yours of the 19th is before us. We are fully satisfied of the King's orders, of our quota and of the directions given to you not to draw out a larger proportion from Connecticut than from the other Colonies. We are ready to join you with our proportion, but we do not see why we should be called out eight months before the rest. We thank you for your promise of favour to us so that the charge of the intended assistance fall equally, as designed, which we have no great scruple, provided it be equally proportioned to attend (sic). As to the French resettlement of Cadaraqui it cannot be thought that they can do anything there. It is thought the Indians may be sufficient to keep them off. We understand by some of Albany that two hundred of the friendly Indians have crossed the lake to fall upon the French. As to your persisting in requiring of us our quota of 120 men we can only reply that if you call for our quota in proportion with the rest of the Colonies we are ready to do our part, which we judge is all that can be required of us. We must plainly tell you that we are grown poor. We cannot possibly find 120 men at Cadaraqui for nine months with pay, provision and incidents. We cannot possibly do it, and we therefore may not promise more than we are capable of doing, and yet fall short of our duty for our own defence and the relief of our neighbours up the river. We are forced to send thirty men to their aid, who are there now and must remain there. Moreover, the blast and unseasonable weather has not only destroyed the principal of our crop but has disenabled us to obey your commands. We beg you therefore to consider some way to our ease. We could not deny aid to those up the river, since it was for our own defence. These are our frontiers and are very much alarmed by the enemy, several friendly Indians being killed and some captured, and five English assaulted and one very much wounded. Besides that, they have burned the house at Billericay, killed ten and carried away five more children. So we could not but send them aid, and we beg you to reckon it as part of our quota. We have sent out to catch your deserters, and shall do our utmost to prevent their escape now and for the future. Please be as favourable to us as you may. 1¼ pp.
Governor Fletcher to Governor Treat. New York, 2 September, 1695. I expected your answer by last post. Having received the enclosed propositions from Albany I am now bound thither with all speed and must renew my application and beg you to send up your quota of men, with what is necessary for them, to meet me there. I had appointed the 1st of August for their coming. Your nearness to the frontier forces me to call upon you at this juncture. I shall see that your men are relieved in due time and that the burden falls proportionately.
Governor and Council of Connecticut to Governor Fletcher. Hartford, 10 September, 1695. Yours of the 2nd we have received, renewing your application and assurance that the burden shall fall proportionately. We can only repeat our answer of 29 August, that if you call for ours of the quota in proportion with the rest of the Colonies we are ready to do our part. It seems unreasonable that we should be called on for our whole quota of men, and that none of the rest of the Colonies should be called to send theirs at this juncture, especially as you are designing against Cadaraqui, a place so remote that it will be a great charge to find suitable supplies for those appointed there this winter season. We know not what more to say, but our General Court meets on the second Thursday in October, if you please to move them to consider your motion. By then you may receive their resolves in this or any other matter. We have told you at what charge we are for the defence of our frontier up the river, which we believe will be acceptable to our superiors at home. We are ready to do our duty and fulfil our engagements with the Indians. Signed, John Allyn, Secretary. 1 p.
The whole, 10 pp. Endorsed, R. 20 Jan., 1695–6. From Maj.-Gen. Winthrop.
Another copy of the same. Endorsed, delivered to the Board by Maj.-Gen. Winthrop, Sept. 12, 1696. [Board of Trade. New York, 6. Nos. 17, 18.]
Sept. 14. 2,055. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Mr. Livingston attended, and several of his witnesses were examined (see next abstract). Mr. Livingston further complained against Messrs. Harwood and Merryweather that they had charged him £901 for discounting £1,670 of tallies, besides advance and interest on another account, which those gentlemen, on being summoned, acknowledged. The Lords referred the accounts to the Attorney General to advise what may be done for Mr. Livingston's relief against the unreasonable charges.
The question of the annexation of New Hampshire to Massachusetts was heard, and evidence taken on behalf of the Agents for Massachusetts and of Mr. Allen, all of which the Lords agreed to lay before the Lords Justices in Council.
A letter from Mr. Bridges read (see No. 2,058). The Lords agreed to lay the matter before the Lords Justices. [Board of Trade. Journal, 8. pp. 111–121.]
Sept. 14. 2,056. Memorandum of examinations taken before the Lords of Trade and Plantations.
Captain Giles Shelley deposed that he sent some of his officers ashore to vote at the New York election, they being inhabitants who had a right to vote. He had no order from Governor Fletcher to do so. He saw no seamen in the field, and the soldiers remained in the millyard, but far from the place of election, until the election was over. They had no arms nor regimental clothes, but carried sticks.
Benjamin Bladenburgh deposed that the soldiers did not vote, and that he heard nothing about a press. He heard it said that the Assembly would vote no more money, being dissatisfied with the accounts of money voted to Governor Sloughter, and therefore it was dissolved. No soldiers voted except those who had the right.
Thomas Jeffrys, master mariner, deposed that he heard of no discontent at the late election except in some who were displeased that Mr. John Graham was chosen. He did not vote, not being a freeman, nor did any of his men come ashore to vote, nor did he hear of any freedom given away. The soldiers kept together apart from the ground where the election was held. 2 pp. [Board of Trade. New York, 6. No. 11; and Journal, 8. pp. 111–114.]
Sept. 14. 2,057. Minute of Lords of Trade and Plantations. On the petitions of the New England Agents and of John Taylor, referred by Orders in Council of 6th and 28th June (see Nos. 1,876, 1,922 I.), it was agreed to report as follows. In 1693 addresses were received from the Assembly and from many inhabitants of New Hampshire, praying for annexation to Massachusetts, but as they were not presented by duly authorised persons, orders were sent to the Lieutenant-Governor to propose with the Council and Assembly what should be done for the security of the inhabitants and the support of the Government. No answer having yet been received, the Committee have examined several persons touching the address and the condition of New Hampshire, two of whom identified some of the signatures, and testified that they had heard grave complaints in the province of their terror of the Indians and of their poverty. Richard Martyn gave the Committee an account of the attack on Oyster River, which occurred just before he left New Hampshire in 1694. During his stay he lodged with Mr. Elliot, as did also Lieutenant-Governor Usher, when he heard Mr. Elliot say that he supposed New Hampshire would be joined to Massachusetts and that it could never be well till it were so. Mr. Allen, the present Governor and proprietor, objects that if New Hampshire be joined to Massachusetts the whole of his proprietary rights and profits will be lost. He says that under the present Lieutenant-Governor the people have been easier than before, through his care and the increase of trade; that the addresses mentioned by the New England Agents were sent before Lieutenant-Governor Usher arrived; that Mr. Usher's answer as to the same had miscarried at sea; and that the Indians who attacked Oyster River could only have come through Maine, which is part of Massachusetts, and that when Sir W. Phips made peace with the Eastern Indians he did not include New Hampshire. Mr. Thomas Davies gave the following account of the province, on oath. When he left New Hampshire last year there was a post at Great Island with thirty-two guns mounted, and 130 men could be raised in that Island in half-an-hour. The Indians could not harm the inhabitants of New Hampshire without passing a great way through Maine. Trade is much improved since Mr. Usher's government; deponent offered £200 for a house that had been bought for £80, and could not get it. Deponent himself sent the answer to the enquiries as to the addresses, but knows not whether any duplicate were sent. When he arrived Mr. Pickering was Speaker of the Representatives, and he does not remember that Mr. Richard Martyn was ever Speaker. He had heard Mr. Hincks, President of the Council, say that if New Hampshire were joined to Massachusetts he would live there no longer. Deponent produced a letter from Mr. Elliot saying that the people could not put their heads out of doors but they were destroyed by the Indians; the peace made by Sir William Phips with them had destroyed more than a hundred Colonists; Oyster River had been destroyed and ninety-five people killed or carried away; till then the people would grant nothing for support of the Government, but the Assembly had since given £700 for paying the Province's debts and keeping sixty men on the frontiers. Deponent had written to Mr. Allen that if the Government fell he would give little for his propriety. Governor Phips was making a strong party in New Hampshire. The Lords agreed to lay the whole of this evidence before the Lords Justices. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXVII., pp. 270–275.]
Sept. 14. 2,058. William Bridges to Sir William Trumbull. You asked me to remind you of Governor Russell's request for twelve gentlemen, named by him, to be appointed to the Council of Barbados. If their Lordships will consent that six of them be added, together with Mr. Burch Heathersall in place of his deceased brother, there is opportunity to write by ships now going, and that number may be sufficient for the present. Signed, Wm. Bridges. ½ p. [Board of Trade. Barbados, 5. No. 112; and 44. pp. 201–202.]
Sept. 18. 2,059. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Mr. Livingston was heard as to the sums claimed by him, and ordered to attend Mr. Povey, who is to examine the particulars with such vouchers as he can produce, and prepare a state thereof for next meeting.
Minutes taken on the petition of the Agents of Massachusetts and of Mr. Taylor as to the annexing of New Hampshire to that province read, and agreed to be presented in Council.
Captain Holman's petition for recompense for his services and disbursements in Newfoundland read and reserved for further consideration. [Board of Trade. Journal, 8. pp. 122, 123.]
[Sept. 18.] 2,060. Draft of an Order to summon John Aldborough and seven others to attend the meeting of the Lords of Trade on the 20th September. 1¼ pp. [Board of Trade. New York, 6. No. 19.]
Sept. 18. 2,061. Minute of Lords of Trade and Plantations. On the letter from Mr. Bridges of 14th inst., agreed to recommend the appointment of the six gentlemen first named by Governor Russell in his letter of the 28th March to the Council of Barbados, together with Mr. Burch Heathersall. [Board of Trade. Barbados, 44. pp. 202–203.]
Sept. 21. 2,062. Minutes of Council of Nevis. Act for speedy trial of felons passed. Joint Committee appointed to assess the towns for the levy. Agreed that the Joint Committee on the Treasurer's accounts shall meet again for final adjustment thereof. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVII., p. 302.]
Sept. 24. 2,063. Minutes of Council of New York. The Governor made report, on his return from Albany, that the French had resettled Cadaraqui, but that notwithstanding the King's repeated orders he could not obtain one man of the 1,198 required from the neighbouring Colonies, and that he recommended for consideration that Agents should be sent to England to represent the matter to the King. Orders for sundry payments. [Board of Trade. New York, 72. pp. 62–63.]
Sept. 27. 2,064. Secretary to the Treasury to John Povey. Forwarding a petition of Henry Lewis for report of Lords of Trade and Plantations. [Board of Trade. New York, 6. No; 20; and 48. p. 257.]
Sept. 28. 2,065. Minutes of Council of New York. The Governor proposed that the question of sending Agents to England be submitted to the Assembly, the public service having suffered much from the workings of Agents of other Colonies. Denizenation granted to three French Protestants. Patent for land granted to Colonel Nicholas Bayard. Accounts for repair of the fort at Albany referred for audit. Petition of the town of Flatlands to run out its boundaries granted.
Sept. 29. William Merrit appointed Mayor of New York. Illuminations and a salute of fifteen guns ordered for the capture of Namur and other successes. [Board of Trade. New York, 72. pp. 65–66.]
[Sept. 30.] 2,066. Copy of an Act for the service of Almighty God and for the establishment of the Protestant religion in the Province of Maryland. 5 pp. Certified copy. Signed, Thomas Laurence, Sept. 30, 1695. [America and West Indies. 556. No. 20.]