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America and West Indies: June 1701, 11-14

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 19, 1701. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1910.

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June 1701

June 11.
Whitehall.
529. William Popple to Sir Thomas Laurence. Since your speaking with the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations this morning, they are desirous, before representing their opinion to H.M. upon your petition, to have your positive declaration in writing whether you are willing to accept of a place in the Council of that Province according to the usual constitution, and in taking upon you the place of Secretary of Maryland, to repair thither and reside there in the execution of it. [C.O. 5, 726. pp. 77, 78.]
June 11.
Whitehall.
530. Journal of Council of Trade and Plantations. Mr. Blathwayt communicated to the Board a letter from Mr. Grey to himself, April 3, which was read, and a copy kept thereof.
Upon intimation of some complaints of irregularities practised by the former Lieut.-Governors of Mountserat, directions were given for preparing a letter to Col. Codrington, with reference to Col. Hodges, who has lately been put into that place.
Ordered that a letter be prepared to Mr. Secretary Vernon to lay before H.M. a state of the devolution of the Governments of New York, the Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, upon the death of the Earl of Bellomont.
Letter from Mr. Secretary Vernon, June 10, read. Sir Thomas Lawrence being thereupon called in, did assure the Board that he intended to reside there (Maryland), and execute the place in his own person; but afterwards desiring that he might be constituted a Member of H.M. Council there, and placed the first in rank thereof, as he had been formerly, which appeared not practicable according to the method observed in filling up vacancies in the Councils in all H.M. Plantations, he seem'd not well determined whether to accept of what could regularly be granted him, or not; whereupon he being withdrawn, their Lordships ordered the Secretary to write to him for his positive resolution in writing.
Letter from Mr. Secretary Vernon, June 9, referring the petition of William Bladen; also a letter from Col. Blakiston, April 15, in recommendation of him, were all read, together with some other papers exhibited to the Board by Mr. Bladen's father in favour of his son.
Order of Council, June 5, upon the draught of a Bill for the establishment of Religious worship in Maryland, read. Directions thereupon given for preparing a letter to the Governor and Council of Maryland, wherein to transmit the said draught, that it may be offered to the General Assembly at their first Sessions after the receipt thereof, in order to the passing it into an Act in the usual manner.
Mr. Randolph acquainting the Board that there is now no probability of passing this Session the Bill, which has some while lain before the House of Lords, for reuniting to the Crown the Government of several Colonies and Plantations in America, and that several of the witnesses, which he had now ready to have produced about that matter, will not be here at another Session of Parliament, their Lordships desired him to take all their affidavits that may be material before a Master in Chancery, and to lodge 'em here, which he promised to do accordingly. [Board of Trade. Journal, 14. pp. 52–55; and 98. No. 101.]
June 11.
Portsmouth.
531. Minutes of Council and Assembly of New Hampshire. Bills for establishing bounds, limitation and quieting possessions, against trespassing on town commons, strengthening Sheriffs, Constables, etc., for an addition to the Act relating to Courts, to prevent frauds in tanners, for a constable's watch, sent up, were read.
Edward Toogood, Saml. Whidden and Mr. Penhallows' man paid for work in connection with the Fort at Great Island.
June 12. Bill for the settlement of Intestates' Estates, an Additional Bill to the Marriages Law, and Bill for punishing Criminal Offenders sent up, were read.
Bills against trespassing, preventing frauds, and for strengthening Sheriffs, Constables, etc., amended and sent down.
June 13. Bill establishing bounds amended and sent down.
Bills sent down yesterday returned passed.
Bills to prevent impounding cattle and for registering deeds were read.
Bill for registering deeds amended and sent down. It was returned amended. [C.O. 5, 789. pp. 26–29.]
June 12. 532. Sir Thomas Laurence to the Council of Trade and Plantations. In answer to your letter of June 11, I am ready to take upon me the place of Secretary of Maryland, and to repair thither and to reside there in the execution of it; and I am willing to accept of a place in the Council, as I enjoyed it before, which I humbly conceive to be suteable to the usual constitution and to the honor of H.M. service. But if your Lordships think by the vacancy of that place by my absence, that I cannot be restored by this Honorable Board to the same station I held before, I humbly request you to leave that point to His Majesty's determination. Signed, Thomas Laurence. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 12, 1701. 1 p. Addressed. [C.O. 5, 715. No. 43; and 5, 726. pp. 78, 79.]
June 12.
Kensington.
533. Order of King in Council. The appeal of John and Nicholas Hallam (see May 27, etc.), is in the present case to be admitted, the petitioners first giving security to prosecute the said Appeal in order to be heard before this Board the first Council day in February next and to abide by H.M. determination in Council therein. Authentick copies of all proceedings in petitioner's case to be transmitted to this Board under the seal of the Colony of Connecticut, whereof the Governor and Company are to take notice. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. 9th, Read July 11, 1701. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 1261. No. 6; and 5, 1289. pp. 107, 108.]
June 12.
Whitehall.
534. Council of Trade and Plantations to the King. Recommending Sir Thomas Laurence for place of Secretary and to be a Member of Council of Maryland in accordance with preceding correspondence. Signed, Ph. Meadows, John Pollexfen, Abr. Hill, Mat. Prior. [C.O. 5, 726. pp. 79, 80.]
June 12.
Whitehall.
535. Order of King in Council, that Mr. Secretary Vernon do prepare a warrant for H.M. Royal Signature for passing a grant of the Office of Secretary of Maryland unto Sir Thomas Laurence, Bart., during H.M. pleasure and ye residence of ye said Sir Thomas Laurence within that Province. Signed. Edward Southwell, Endorsed, Recd. 21st, Read June 27, 1701. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 715. No. 44; and 5, 726. pp. 85, 86.]
June 12.
Kensington.
536. Order of King in Council. Confirming Laws of the Massachusetts Bay as advised in the Representation of May 28 supra. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. 21st, Read June 27, 1701. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 862. No. 58; and 5, 909. pp. 435–438.]
June 12.
Kensington.
537. Order of King in Council. Allowing the Executor of Lord Bellomont the benefit of the Act of the Massachusets Bay, May 29, 1700, granting him 1,000l. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. 21st. Read June 27, 1701. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 862. No. 59; and 5, 909. pp. 438, 439.]
June 12.
Boston.
538. Minutes of Council of the Massachusetts Bay. The following, nominated by H.E., were appointed:
Major Samuel Eells, J.P., in the County of Suffolk.
Capt. Ephraim Savage, Coroner, in the County of Suffolk.
Capt. John Burrill, J.P., in the County of Essex.
Capt. Ichabod Plaisted, J.P., in the County of York.
Benjamin Smith and Joseph Norton, J.P., in Duke's County.
Ebenezer Allin, Sherrif in Duke's County.
Samuel Little Coroners in the County of Bristol.
Phillip King Coroners in the County of Bristol.
Thomas Tabor Coroners in the County of Bristol.
[C.O. 5, 788. p. 61.]
June 12. 539. Minutes of Council in Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay. Petition of Arthur Mason of Boston, praying for satisfaction for his service and horse that died in a journey to New York in the country's service in 1673, sent up with the resolve of the Representatives that he be paid 5l., was concurred with.
Bill for regulating of trials in civil causes, sent up, was read and passed, and received H.E.'s consent.
June 13. Bill for granting H.M. an Excise upon wines, liquors and strong drink, sent up, was read a first and second time and committed.
A Joint Committee of the two Houses was appointed for drawing up an Address to H.M. referring to ye matters contained in the letters from H.M. laid before the Court, and such other matters as may be by them thought meet.
An Order of the House of Representatives was sent up, read and concurred with:—that the line between Sudbury and the Farms annexed to Framingham as set forth in the platt exhibited under the hand of John Gore, Surveyor, March 8, 1700/1, be the boundary line between the farms and Sudbury, viz., from the northerly end of Cochitawit Pond to the bent of the River by Daniel Stones, and so as the River goes to Framingham and Sudbury line.
A Report of the Committee appointed by ye General Assembly, 1698, to inquire into the grants of the Court and Indian purchases relating to the bounds of Dartmouth, with the lines between them, Little Compton and Tiverton, etc., having been laid before the Representatives, was sent up from that House. Report given at length. "We find that Little Compton is bounded on Dartmouth eastward, and Tiverton on Dartmouth." Order concurred with and consented to by H.E. [C.O. 5, 788. pp. 275–278.]
June 12.
Whitehall.
540. Journal of Council of Trade and Plantations. A letter from Sir Thomas Lawrence, in answer to that writ to him June 11, received and read.
Representation, upon the two references made yesterday, relating to the place of Secretary of Maryland, was signed and sent to the Council Board.
Letter from Governor Blakiston, April 5, received and read.
Draught of a letter to the Governor and Council of Maryland, relating to the Bill for the Establishment of Religious Worship in that Province, was agreed upon and ordered to be transcribed.
June 13. Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges was received and read, signifying H.M. pleasure that a Commission and Instructions be prepared for the Lord Viscount Cornbury to be Governor of New York, and directions were thereupon given for preparing the same accordingly.
Letter to the Governor and Council of Maryland, wherein to transmit the Bill for the Establishment of Religious Worship in that Province, was signed and sent to Dr. Bray, to be sent forwards by him with what speed he can.
Petition from Capt. Wingfield read.
Letter from Mr. Secretary Vernon, June 9, signifying H.M. desire to be informed whether this Board have had any particular account from Colonel Codrington of the stores wanted for the Leeward Islands, or whether his Agent is able to give an account thereof, was read. Directions given for writing to Mr. Cary, that he may inform himself of Major Broughton, or otherwise, and together with him attend this Board on Tuesday next, or so soon as conveniently they can, with such informations as they may be able to give.
Letter from Mr. Secretary Vernon, June 9, referring the petition of Lieut. Harris, read, and Lieut. Harris at the same time desiring that he may have the command of an Independent Company there, their Lordships directed him to bring such certificates, as he thought fit, of his past services etc. [Board of Trade. Journal, 14. pp. 56–59; and 98. Nos. 102, 103.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
541. William Popple to Richard Cary. The Memorial you offered to the Council of Trade and Plantations relating to stores of War for the Leeward Islands, having been laid before the King, H.M. has desired to know what are the particular stores that Governor Codrington desires. But their Lordships not having received any account from him, desire you to inform yourself the best you can of what may be needfull, either by Major Broughton, or otherwise, and together with Major Broughton to attend them with such information as you may be able to give, on Tuesday morning next, or so soon as you can conveniently, in order whereunto you may please to acquaint the Major with what I now write by their Lordships' order. [C.O. 153, 7. p. 186.]
June 13. 542. George Wingfield to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Whereas this Honourable Board have thought fit to acquaint Petitioner that no sallery can be allowed by H.M. to the Lieut.-Governor of Montserat or St. Christopher's Islands, Petitioner to show his zeal for H.M. service, is notwithstanding willing to accept of the said employment, not doubting but H.M. and your Honours will some way or other give him such encouragement as may at any time fall in your Honours' disposal. Signed, G. Wingfield. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 13, 1701. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 4. No. 34.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
543. Mr. Secretary Hedges to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The King having been pleased to appoint the Lord Viscount Cornbury to be Governor of New York, commands me to signify the same to your Lordships, and that it is his pleasure you forthwith prepare a Commission and Instructions for his Lordship, inserting in the Commission a clause for revoking and determining the Commission of the present Lieut.-Governor, or doing the same in such other manner as you think most proper. Signed, C. Hedges. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 13, 1701. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1046. No. 21; and 5, 1118. p. 292.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
544. William Popple to Dr. Bray. I herewith send you two letters from the Council of Trade and Plantations to the Governor and Council of Maryland, both of the same tenour and each containing a copy of the Bill for the Establishment of Religious Worship etc., which they recommend to your care to be sent forwards by two different conveyances with what speed you can. Annexed,
June 13.
Whitehall.
544. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Governor and Council of Maryland. Several Acts transmitted from Maryland relating to religion having from time to time been repealed, the last of April 26, 1700, being also found liable to many material exceptions, so that it is not fit to receive H.M. approbation; we have nevertheless been desirous on our parts to promote the ends of the said Act, and in order thereunto having been favoured with the assistance of his Grace the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Bishop of London and others, we accordingly humbly offered to H.M. our opinion thereupon, and by H.M. directions having prepared the draught of a Bill for the establishment of Religious Worship in the Province of Maryland, etc., with such alterations as have been thought proper, and are agreeable to the toleration allowed here, together with a clause for repealing the said Act now in force; and H.M. being willing that the same be offered to the General Assembly for the passing it into an Act in the usual manner, we send you a copy thereof here enclosed, that you may offer it to them accordingly at their first sitting. And in the meanwhile you are to take notice that though the foresaid Act do at present remain in force, yet it is H.M. pleasure that it be not too rigorously put in execution. Signed, Lexington, Ph. Meadows, Wm. Blathwayt, Abr. Hill, Mat. Prior. Note in margin. Aug. 5, 1701. Dr. Bray not having yet sent forwards this letter, one copy of it was sent for back, and this day sent to Mr. Perry, who has forwarded it by Capt. Lurting. [C.O. 5, 726. pp. 83–85.]
June 13. 545. Journal of Assembly of Bermuda. Ordered that a boat and hands be provided to attend the Committee for inspecting the castles and forts.
The Assembly addressed H.E., informing him of their vote for barracks and appointment of Committees to view the castle and forts. [C.O. 40, 2. pp. 251, 252.]
June 14. 546. Minutes of Council and Assembly of New Hampshire.
Bill against Adultery and Polagamy sent up.
Vote sent up from the Representatives that all the Laws of this Province be forthwith put into print at charge of the public.
The following Bills were read a third time, passed and received the Governor's consent—Acts against Adultery, for punishing criminals, for recording deeds, dealing with intestates' estates, against trespassing on Town commons, for aiding and assisting sheriffs, constables, etc., in the execution of their office, to prevent impounding cattle wrongfully, for regulating Tanners etc. [C.O. 5, 789. p. 30.]