America and West Indies: August 1699, 16-18

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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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August 1699

Aug. 16. The L.G. took the oath to observe the Acts of Trade. Two of Kidd's crew, who professed to be innocent of piracy, allowed to come to New York on bail to give information about the receivers of Kidd's goods. [Board of Trade. New York, 72. pp. 268–271.]
Aug. 16.
719. Governor Blakiston to Council of Trade and Plantations. The General Assembly met June 28. The sessions continued three weeks and the reason of its long duration was the great trouble in revising the whole body of Laws according to H.M. Instructions. Several they have continued as formerly and made some alterations in others, copies of which I have herewith sent. I hope you will find by the Journals of Council and Assembly I have herewith sent that the Province hitherto as appears by their representatives have all the marks of content they could hope for under the conduct I am entrusted withal, which will more particularly be demonstrated by the enclosed address to His Majesty of the good agreement which was kept afoot by myself, the Council and General Assembly. I think myself obliged to give you an account of a pirate of 24 guns and 12 patareros that has lately infested the Capes of Virginia and taken several ships trading thither as well as this Province and further, it is reported here, engaged and drove in the man-of-war which lies as a guard ship to Virginia. Signed, N. Blakiston. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 16, Read Nov. 21, 1699. 3 pp. Enclosed,
July 22. 719. I. Copy of a loyal address of the Council and Assembly of Maryland to the King. 2 pp.
719. II. Copy of an Association to defend His Majesty's most sacred person and Government against the late King James and all his adherents. Signed, N. Blakiston, Henry Jowles, Thomas Tench, John Addison, John Courts, Thomas Brooke, James Frisby, John Hammond, Thomas Tasker, Charles Hutchins, Robert Smith, Francis Jenkins, William Dent, Attorney-General; W. Bladen, Clerk of the Council; Thomas Lawrence, Secretary; John Addison and Thomas Brooke, Judges of the Prerogative Court; Thomas Smithson, Speaker of the House of Delegates; Thomas Waughop, William Taylard, John Lowe, Jacob Moreland, Thomas Bale, Abra. Miller, Thomas Smith, John Whittingham, Symon Willmer, Richard Hill, Samuel Young, James Sanders, John Worthington, James Cranford, Walter Smith, Elisha Hall, James Smallwood, senr.; Philip Hoskins, Benjamin Hall, Philip Briscoe, John Hall, Thomas Staley, George Ashmans, James Philips, Edward Lloyd, Richard Tilghman, William Harris, John Thompson, Hans Hanson, John Carvile, William Hutchison, Ninnian Beale, Thomas Greenfield, Thomas Ennalls, Thomas Hicks, Jacob Lockerman, Walter Campbell, John Leach, junr., Samuel Collins, Walter Lane, William Whittington, John Boremane, Chr. Gregory, Clerk of the House of Delegates. [Board of Trade. Maryland, 3. Nos. 71, 71 I., 71 II.; and 9. pp. 413–415; and 15. p. 477; and 14. p. 490.]
Aug. 16.
720. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Jersey. We have lately received a letter from Mr. Grey, Governor of Barbados, wherein he writes that H.M.S. Speedwell had by his order been upon her cruise, and putting into the Island of Sta. Lucia, one of those comprized in his Government, did find it to be inhabited by some French, who had negroes daily employed in order to that settlement, whereupon he desires to lay the matter before His Majesty. We have endeavoured to look into the English title and French claim to the said Island, and have found in the books in our custody the copy of a letter from the late King James to the Lieutenant-Governor of Barbados, dated April 1, 1688, in which mention is made of Commissioners appointed by King James and the French King respectively for settling and determining the bounds and limits of the English and French Colonies and territories in America (Cal. A. and W.I., 1688, No. 1681), and of an instrument signed and sealed by the said Commissioners for preventing hostilities or violent proceedings between the respective subjects of both Crowns in those parts, but we do not find any copy of it. Upon supposition that it may throw light upon the state of the dispute about that island we desire your Lordship's favour in helping us to a copy thereof, and that you would be pleased to inform us whether the foresaid Commissioners did come to any conclusion in settling the bounds and limits of the English and French Plantations in America. Signed, Ph. Meadows, John Pollexfen, John Locke, Abr. Hill. [Board of Trade. Barbados, 44 A. pp. 317, 318.]
Aug. 17. 721. Minutes of Council and Assembly of New Hampshire. John Hinckes and Robt. Elliott signed several depositions about the Hopewell. Accounts of Sampson Sheafe referred to a Committee. Joint Committee appointed to examine the accounts since John Usher took the Government upon him. Sheafe ordered to deliver up the public records to Charles Story, the new Secretary. Several Acts signed by H.E. The Assembly was prorogued till Sept. 18. [Board of Trade. New England, 49. pp. 532–535.]
Aug. 18.
722. Journal of Council of Trade and Plantations. Their Lordships resolved to consider the depositions of Theophilus Turner sent to them by Mr. Secretary Vernon, when they have notice what has been resolved by the Lords Justices upon their last representation about pirates in Pennsylvania and West New Jersey. [Board of Trade. Journal, 12. pp. 148, 149; and 96. No. 130.]
Aug. 18.
723. Minutes of Council of New Hampshire. Charles Story took the oath as Secretary, and Richard Waldron, Henry Dow and Theodore Attkinson as Justices of the Inferior Court, and Henry Penny as Clerk of the same. All officers, civil and military, ordered to be summoned to take the oaths. [Board of Trade. New England, 49. pp. 537, 538.]
Aug. 18.
724. Minutes of Council of Massachusetts Bay. Justices took the oath. [Board of Trade. New England, 49. p. 231.]
Aug. 18. 725. Minutes of Council of New York. Petitions of the Mayor &c. of New York and of Michael Hawdon read and recommended to the Governor. Petition of Richard Veizy against Capt. Robert Drummond read. Both summoned to appear before the Board. Payments ordered to Jean Rosie, Abraham Schuÿler and Fraer Armot for their journey to Canada, and to Jan Baptist van Epe for his journey to Onnondage. Col. Abraham Depeyster's account with the Fortune ordered to be audited. Petition of Peter Villeponteaux read. Mr. Boudett ordered to send in his defence. A scheme for erecting Courts of Judicature approved and ordered to be printed. The L.G. was desired to send for the Governor's fiat for a commission of Oyer and Terminer for the trial of an Indian who had burnt a barn in the County of Suffolk. Payments ordered for work on the new buildings in the Fort. [Board of Trade New York, 72. pp. 271–273.]