Addenda: December 1674

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 17, 1699 and Addenda 1621-1698. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1908.

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December 1674

Dec. 30.
Boston in
New England.
1,116. Governor Leverett to Sir Joseph Williamson. The King's letter of 29 September last has been delivered to us, in which in compassion for his suffering subjects he gives an order respecting the ship Expectation, lately captured by the Dutch and recaptured by the English, to which, with her lading, several persons laid claim. In reply we would say that the ship Expectation was driven not into Plymouth but Nantucket Isle,-a port under the government of New York, and was thence brought into Plymouth. There the Governor and Council thought it right to take £1,000 bond of the persons, who had possessed themselves of her by reprisal, to carry the ship and cargo to some of the King's Courts of Justice, and to take with them the claimants or their agents. She was then brought to Boston to be refitted (being disabled), and we finally let her go without altering the conditions of the bond. She actually sailed from hence for Jamaica, according to the story of those concerned in her. Signed, John Leverett, Govr., with the concurrence of the Council. Postscript.—We have now certain intelligence of the ship's arrival at Jamaica, where she is on trial. 1 p. Much damaged. [Colonial Papers, Vol. LXV., No. 13.]