America and West Indies: July 1703, 1-10

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 21, 1702-1703. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1913.

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July 1703, 1-10

July 1.
864. Journal of Council of Trade and Plantations. Mr. Penn attending, his proposals were read. Their Lordships thereupon observing to him that his reserving to himself (in the 5th article) the right of nominating two or more persons to the Queen out of which H.M. might chuse a Governor, was in effect reserving stil the Government in his own power, under the pretence of resigning it, he answered that the peculiar circumstances of the people of that country made it necessary for him to insist upon such special savings to secure their civil as well as religious rights, against the hardships that may be put upon them by a future Governor; but desired some time to consider of it, and promised to draw up a scheme of such other proposals, as may serve in lieu of this for the nomination of a Governor. It was also observed to him, that his second article, for confirming Laws, was rather a taking away from H.M. the power she has already than granting anything that she had not before. The generality also of the 7th article, relating to rights, priviledges etc., was taken notice of, as requiring more particular explanation, divers other objections were likewise made, that he might consider thereof, before the Board enter into the consideration of the sum demanded by him for this surrender.
July 2. Letter from Mr. Penn, [July 2], read. Ordered that the Secretary do acquaint him that it is requisite he make his first application in this matter to H.M., as he did formerly for her approbation of Col. Hamilton.
Letter from Mr. Thurston read.
Draught of Instructions for Lt. Gov. Handasyd approved. [C.O. 391, 16. pp. 170–173; and 391, 97. pp. 481–485.]
July 1. 865. Journal of Assembly of Jamaica. Bill for regulating Elections of Assemblymen read the second time.
Bill for repairing the Highways read and recommitted.
July 2. Capt. Thos. Freeman, not attending the service of the House, was sent for in custody of the Messenger.
Bill for encouragement of privateers read the first and second times.
William Vassall granted leave to repair home on extraordinary occasions.
July 3. The House attending, the Governor communicated to them the Queen's Letter about Governor's presents (April 20), and an extract of a Letter from the Council of Trade and Plantations relating to the resetling of Port Royal.
Bill for the better collecting H.M. Quit-rents read and committed.
And see Minutes of Council in Assembly under date.
Capt. Long not attending was censured. [C.O. 140, 7. pp. 43–45.]
July 2. 866. Attorney General to the Council of Trade and Plantations. In reply to Mr. Popple's letter of June 1st, I am of opinion that H.M. may by her royall proclamation make foreign coynes currant money at such rates as she shall think fitt in any of her Plantations in America as well under Proprieties as under H.M. immediate Government, so far as doth not contradict any Law confirmed by the Crown, and for that purpose it will be necessary to revoke the Act passed in Pensilvania mentioned in the letter, that being a perpetual Law. Signed, Edw. Northey. Endorsed, Recd. July 3, Read 6 July, 1703. ¾ p. Enclosed,
866. i. Copy of letter referred to in preceding. 1½ pp. [C.O. 323, 5. Nos. 17, 17.i.; and 324, 8. pp. 256, 257.]
July 2. 867. J. Thurston to William Popple. The money and packet entrusted to H.M.S. Adventure for the Centurion for Newfoundland was not delivered to her. The Admiralty sent last night for their Commissioner at Plymouth to make good the money when the Centurion calls there, etc. Signed, J. Thurston. Endorsed, Recd. Read July 2, 1703. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 194, 2. No. 128.]
July 2. 868. Sir E. Northey to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Recommends Stephens Thompson, eldest son of Sir William Thomson, Serjeant at Law, as a fitt person to serve H.M. as Attorney General in Virginia. He was educated first at the University and after in the study of the Law in the Middle Temple, where he is fifteen years standing. Signed, E. Northey. ¾ p. Enclosed,
868. i. Certificate of character of Stephens Thomson. Ten signatures. Endorsed, Recd. 3rd, Read July 6, 1703. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1313. Nos. 22, 22.i.; and 5, 1360. pp. 397, 398.]
July 2. 2d m/5 (July). 869. William Penn to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Honble. Friends. Being informed by a letter from New York, of the 3rd of the month called May, of the Death of Coll. Hamilton, and well knowing the importance of it to the Publick, that his place be supplyed forthwith, I humbly propose to the Bord to recommend to the Queen's approbation, Col. Wm. Markham or Capt. John Finney—tho' it were but for the same time, that no obstruction to business of any sort may be suffered by the Inhabitants of ye Province of Pennsylvania and Territorys for want of a quallifyed Person to officiate in that station for the Queen's service. I begg wt. dispatch possible, because we have an opertunity just now by a Newenglander bound away wth. ye first opertunity. Signed, Wm. Penn. Endorsed, Recd Read July 2, 1703. Holograph. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 35.]
July 2.
St. Jago de la Vega.
870. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Letter from H.M. relating to Governors' presents, April 20, read and entered in the Council Book. The Governor likewise communicated to the Council two letters from the Council of Trade and Plantations. The Council advised him to communicate that part of one of them relating to the Port Royal Act to the Assembly, as also H.M. letter. [C.O. 140, 6. pp. 148–150.]
July 2. 871. Minutes of Council in Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay. His Honour sent a message to the Representatives to know if that House had anything to offer to the Council, who returned answer they had nothing ready. [C.O. 5, 789. p. 835.]
July 3.
872. Mr. Usher to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I thought it my duty to acquaint your Lordships, the summer being soe far advanced, Nffoundland coaste being more dangerous then all the restt of the voiage, and our Comadore being bound thither, by reason of which a question whether may gett to N. Engld. this year etc. I humbly beg leave to offer that the province of N. Hampshire is the Queen's immediate Government, the onely place for suplying with Navall Stores the frontier strong place agtt. the French and Indian enemy; that any of H.M. ships whose station may be apointed for New Engld. the place of her station may be N. Hampshire by itt may be a damp to our Indian enemy and security to ytt. place etc. Signed, John Usher. Endorsed, Recd. 5th, Read July 6, 1703. Addressed. Sealed. Postmark. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 863. No. 41.]
July 3. 873. Minutes of Council in Assembly of Jamaica. [See Minutes of Council, July 2.]
Acts, for dividing the parish of St. Elizabeth with two distinct parishes, for the ease of the inhabitants; and to prevent the incursions of the enemy on the sea coast, were read the second time, and committed.
Acts, for making valid the will of Antho. Wood; and confirming an agreement between Olivia Read, and Nathaniel Browne, and Anna Petronella, read the second time.
Joint-Committee appointed to consider the best manner of dating the Acts to be past for the future. [C.O. 140, 6. pp. 497, 498.]
July 5.
St. Jago de la Vega.
874. Lt. Governor Handasyd to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I received your letter of April 20 touching complaints made of great delays and undue proceedings in the Courts of Justice in the Plantations, which I have communicated to the Council here, who being Gentlemen of the best knowledge and experience in the affairs of this Island unanimously assure me that they have never heard that any occasion hath been given for such complaints in any of the Courts of Judicature in this Island, soe that the occasion of your Lordships' Circular Letter hath been given in some other of them. For that here by the Acts of the Island that regulate proceedings in Law Suites etc. (which have been always duly observed) the course and proceedings in causes to issue and judgement are much more expeditious and less chargeable (even) then in England. For actions of debt, contract, etc. are usually determined the first Court; those of account must stay two for return of Auditors, and those in ejectment most commonly are ended the first Court, but rarely exceed two Courts, for their determination. As to a Special Court for determining small causes, there is noe want of that here. for besides the Supreme Court, every parrish or precinct has a Court which has jurisdiction in all causes not exceeding 20l., and in all causes not exceeding 40s. a Justice of the Peace has power to hear and immediately to determine, as likewise in all cases between Masters and their servants. And for the encouragement of importers of servants, a J.P. has power to order to the importer (on his disposal of his servants) immediate payment be the summe what it will. And as to the account required by your Lordships (with submission) wee apprehend 'tis hardly practicable. For to send an account of every cause at length, with all the proces and pleadings incident to them, would be a thing of great charge, difficulty and trouble, more then the officers of the Courts can bear, their gains being small, most espetially in the petty Courts, where they cannot subsist without other dependencies, and to send the names of plaintiffs and defendants and sort of action only, would be of little or no use. But if any complaints have been or shall be made of any failure in any the Courts of Judicature here, and the same be signifyed hither, it is most fitt, and all due care shall be taken to give your Lordships from time to time, as there shall be occasion, a full and just account thereof. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, Recd. Aug. 21, Read Sept. 9, 1703. 2½ pp. [C.O. 137, 5. No. 108; and 138, 11. pp. 12–14.]
July 5. 875. Minutes of Council in Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay. Adjourned till July 8. [C.O. 5, 789. p. 835.]
July 6.
876. Mr. Jenings to the Council of Trade and Plantations. My last of June 7 was by the Richard and James. The 11th of that month H.E. returned in health from New York. H.M.S. Falmouth and York arrived here of the past month from Jamaica, and hath now under their convoy between 50 and 60 loaden merchant ships, by whom your Lordships I hope will safely receive the Journalls of Assembly and Councill since the sayling of the Southampton to this time, which are all the stay of the convoy will permit to send. H.E. was pleased to give me directions to revise the Laws and prepare a transcript of such of them as are in force to be layd before your Lordships, tho' it might have been much better performed by such to whose province it more properly belongs, yet hope it will answer your Lordships' commands and the intended use. The Laws agreed on by the Committee appointed by the Assembly were reported, and the Burgesses pressing to proceed, but being not to be perswaded that New York is a barrier or of such consequence or in so great necessity to want the assistance of this country, H.E. thought not reasonable to let them proceed on any other business and prorogued them to Oct. 15. The Burgesses have addressed H.M. and laid down their reasons, which they vow to be their real sentiments and not out of prejudice to H.E., as some few have suggested, they prayed H.E.'s assistance that it might receive a favourable acceptance, they were promised to have it presented but not any furtherance, believing it not gratefull to H.M. to have so reasonable commands denyed. I was not wanting to use my interest with the Burgesses, and question not but H.E. will do me the right to vouch my endeavours upon that occasion in the Councill. The Address of the Councill was resolved and agreed on, when I was very much indisposed, and tho' dayly attended (as incumbent) yet was not able to have any further share or part in it then joyning to address H.M. on the success of H.M. Arms and humbly to assure H.M. of the constancy of my services for a complyance with H.M. command, if anything is incerted or worded that may give the least shadow of undutifullness or disrespect, it passed me thro' inadvertency and contrary to my intention, occasioned by my indisposition, and hope will be thought pardonable. My former acquainted your Lordships the great progress that was made in building the Capitoll. The last General Court was held in it and before the next the major part will be compleatly finished, the other part appropriated for the Assembly will be ready that they may there meet, it will contain offices for all publick affairs and believe it to be the most convenient and commendable building in H.M. Dominion in America, a perticular account of which and the charges of building are preparing for your Lordships. The accounts of the Revenue will demonstrate the well management of it, and that the present amount will discharge all to this time which was not expected. I shall not inlarge on this, believing Mr. Auditor will be perticular in it. H.M.S. Guernsey, commanded by Captain Simmons, arrived here the 6th instant. On the 16th H.M. Letters Pattents continuing H.E. Governour was published, and H.E. took the oaths appointed and administred them to the Councill then present. H.E. hath given directions for renewing all Commissions, civill and military, and that the late injoyned oaths be administred as the Act of Parliament provides, and lists to be made of them for your Lordships' particular satisfaction. The Justices are likewise required to observe H.M. commands that speedy justice be done to all persons, and the clerks ordered to transmit an abstract of the respective Courts proceedings, to be put in a method proper to lay before your Lordships. All dilligence and dispatch possible shall be used for providing all ready by the return of the Guernsey. The Laws prepared by the Committee and those now in force will both be sent your Lordships, which being of moment to H.M. and country, H.E. was pleased to propose sending me to attend H.M. and your Lordships with them, to give your Lordships satisfaction in any particular that may occur to your Lordships on them and the state of the country. I am sensible there are many others more capable to serve H.M. on such an employment, and hope H.E. will cast his thoughts on one more versed in the affairs of the country and maturity of judgement. Signed, E. Jennings. Endorsed, Recd. Oct. 5, 1703. 5 pp. Enclosed,
876. i. Abstract of preceding. 1¾ pp.
876. ii. Mr. Jenings to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Williamsburgh, March 16. My last letter was by H.M.S. Centurion; this is by the Southampton, with the journals and proceedings of Assembly and Council. H.E. and Council with great difficulty convinced Capt. Moody of H.M. service and subjects' interest in staying to convoy the merchants ships home, and is hoped will be well approved of by your Lordships, since hee declared hee could not comply with the Orders of the Lord High Admiral. The Assembly is to meet tomorrow, and am very glad can acquaint your Lordships they are of ye Church of England, and hope will prove well affected for H.M. service. Signed, E. Jenings. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1313. Nos. 24, 24. i., ii.; and (without enclosure) 5, 1360. pp. 429–434.]
[July 6.] 877. An anonymous Letter, sent by the Penny-Post, containing various charges against Capt. Moody for his conduct in Virginia. Endorsed, Recd. Read July 6, 1703. Addressed. Penny-post-mark. 2¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 1313. No. 23.]
July 6. 878. William Penn to the Queen. Andrew Hamilton, my Deputy Governor lately approved of, is since deceased, and apprehending it to be as well for the Queen's service as the Publick Peace and safety, that another should, as speedily as may be, succeed him, and an opportunity to those parts now presenting, Her Petitioner humbly presents John Evans, Gentleman, and prays the Queen's Royal Approbation of him. Signed, Wm. Penn. Subscribed,
878. i. Whitehall, July 6, 1703. H.M. is graciously pleased to referr this petition to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their opinion thereon. Signed, Nottingham. The whole endorsed, Recd. Read July 7, 1703. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1262. Nos. 36, 36. i.; and 5, 1290. pp. 343, 344.]
July 6.
879. Journal of Council of Trade and Plantations. Letter from Mr. Attorney General read, recommending Mr. Thomson. Directions given for preparing a Representation thereupon.
Mr. Attorney General's letter relating to currency read. Directions given for preparing a Representation thereon.
Anonymous letter, relating to Capt. Moody, ordered to be kept till it may be of any use.
Representation ordered to be prepared wherewith to lay before H.M. the Instructions of the Lt. Gov. of Jamaica.
Order of Council, May 1, read.
Order of Council, June 10, read.
Letter from Mr. Usher of the 5th [? 3rd] inst. read.
Directions given for a Report upon the Order of the Committee of Council, May 27, relating to the method of Appeal.
July 7. Petition from Mr. Penn etc. read. Directions given to the Secretary for writing to him.
Representations ordered yesterday signed. [C.O. 391, 16. pp. 173–177; and 391, 97. pp. 489–494.]
July 6. 880. Minutes of Council of Barbados. Col. Tobias Frere granted leave to go to Bermuda for his health.
200l. paid towards the wages of the crew of the Larke.
H.E. and this Board having been informed that severall persons have lately upon the arrival of some provision ships ingrossed and bought up the greatest part of the provision imported, contrary to an Act of this Island, to the great damage and prejudice of the inhabitants, Ordered that the Attorney General prosecute such offenders.
H.E. communicated to the Board the Letter from the Council of Trade and Plantations, Dec. 8, 1702, relating to the admission of appeals here, with enclosed petitions and H.M. Order in Council etc., in order to consider the same with them and thereupon to signify to their Lordships what might be the consequence of any such alteration as has been proposed, and what is the general sense of the Island.
Bill for encouragement of white servants and to ascertain their allowance of provision and cloaths was read the second time and committed.
Supplemental Act to an Act concerning the General Sessions was read a second time and committed.
Petition of Thomas Loftes, John Rogers and all others who keep wherryes was read, praying that they may not be impressed to serve on board any vessel, and that noe negroes might be suffered to ply in wherries, read and dismist, being provided for by an Act of this Island.
Petition of Robt. Egerton, merchant, for a drawback on 13 pipes of Maderia wine turned sower, granted. [C.O. 31, 8. pp. 52–54.]
July 6. 881. Journal of Assembly of Barbados. Adjourned till this day sevennight, there being no quorum. [C.O. 31, 7. pp. 81, 82.]
July 6. 882. Minutes of Council in Assembly of Jamaica. Message sent up, that the House has agreed to the method of dating Bills agreed upon at the Conference, July 3, and desiring to know what is become of the Port Royall Bill and other the Bills sent up.
Message sent down, in answer to above, that the Council having had no answer to the last message in relation to the Port Royal Bill and the Conferance thereupon desired on June 5, cannot proceed therein without a conference, which they still desire on the subject matter of that Bill, and also upon the Bill for dividing the parish of St. Elizabeth.
Bill to prevent incursions of the enemy on the sea-coast passed with amendments and sent up.
Bill to confirm the agreement of Olivia Reid etc. was read a third time and passed.
Bill for making good the will of Anthony Wood was read a third time and passed.
Message sent up: In answer to your Honour's message of June 5, wee can't but insist on the justification of our former proceedings not to admit of any Conferances where the publick funds are to be called to an account and examined, and that which further confirms our opinion is a paragraph in H.M. most gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, Oct. 21, 1702, when H.M. applyes herself particularly to the House of Commons,
"And that my subjects may the more chearfully bear the necessary taxes, I desire you to inspect the accounts of all the publick receipts and payments. And if there be any abuses or mismanagements, I hope you will detect them, that the offenders may be punisht and others be deterr'd by such examples from the like practices."
As to the Bill for dividing the parish of St. Elizabeth, we are willing to confer with your Honours on the same." Conference appointed accordingly. But, the St. Elizabeth's members being both absent, deferred till their coming to town. [C.O. 140, 6. pp. 499–501.]
July 6. 883. Journal of Assembly of Jamaica. See preceding abstract.
John Peeke complained that himself, Capt. Charles Long, and other members of this House being yesterday at Kingston and under a necessity to attend the service of this House, could not get any wherrrymen to bring 'em, and were forced to take a wherry and row themselves. Resolved that the owner of the wherry, as he stands registered in the Naval Office, be sent for in custody of the Messenger by the Speaker's warrant.
Capt. Thomas Freeman attending in custody, offered some excuse for his non-attendance, which was voted insufficient. The Speaker informed him that for his not complying with the former order of the House by paying his fees, he might remain in custody till he does, and then his present matter to be considered by the House.
Hugh Totterdell, a Member of this House, complained that the Governor sent for him this afternoon to the Queen's House, where after intimating some matters relating to the Provost Marshall's Patent and place, he was pleased to tell him that he, Totterdell, had said some things of him in this House at the reading of the Queen's Letter Saturday last, and that he was a common disturber of the people, and that he, the Governor, would be nosed by no impudent fellow, and that he would come up with him. Totterdell denied that he said anything to the disadvantage of His Honour, and desired to know who had informed him. The Governor replied that it was spoken publicly enough, and that Totterdell might remember the Gentleman that answered him.
Message to H.E. ordered. [See Minutes of Council in Assembly, July 8.]
Ordered that Joseph Quelch be sent for in custody of the Messenger for reflecting on the late Act for setling Kingston.
July 7. The House met and adjourned.
July 8. See Minutes of Council in Assembly under date.
Bill for encouraging privateers read the third time.
Thomas Bennett said that he sold his wherry [see July 6] to Edwd. Taylor three months ago, who acknowledged the buying thereof and neglect of having the mark altered. They were reprimanded and discharged on payment of fees.
The Messenger said that he could not execute the warrant upon Mr. Quelch, because he had absconded. A letter from Mr. Quelch to the Speaker was read and rejected, and the messenger was ordered to execute his warrant. [C.O. 140, 7. pp. 55–61.]
July 7.
884. William Popple to William Penn. The Council of Trade and Plantations, upon the perusal of your Petition that H.M. would be pleased to approve Mr. John Evans as Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania, and your letter to them upon the same subject, have ordered me to acquaint you that the said Evans being wholly unknown to them, they desire you to inform them who he is, of what country, of what profession, whether soldier, merchant, lawyer, etc., what substance, with whatever else you think proper for their information, and more particularly, what security will be given for him, as likewise where he is at present, that they may make such further enquiries concerning him, as they shall find convenient. [C.O. 5, 1290. p. 345.]
July 7.
St. Jago de la Vega.
885. Governor Handasyd to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Acknowledges letters of March 23 and April 29. As to the Act of Port Royal, if your Lordships are pleased to look over the Minutes of the Council and Assembly, you'l find what reasons has been given for and against it, and for my own part I do not pretend to be such a statesman as to be able to diswade both the Council and Assembly from what you find they were so positively bent upon, but to give you my opinion, which your Lordships have had in a former letter, is that Portroyall was a spot of ground too precarious to be the seat of Trade, being subject to so many accidents, first as from the Enemy as not tenable if prest, 2ndly to fire, for the buildings being so very close, the ground not permitting it otherwise, that the least spark endangers the whole, wch. to our misfortune we have had a wofull demonstration of, 3rdly as to Earthquakes, which wee are too subject to, that one hearty shake would put 3 parts of it, if not the whole, under water, a great part of it being by industry gained from the sea by piles ramm'd down, and so fill'd up with stones, gravel etc., but I thought none so proper to give your Lordships these reasons as H.M. Ingeneer, whom I not only ordered to view the ground and fortifications, but also to give your Lordships a particular account of it, and to show me first his letter before he sent it, which he actually did, and I enclosed in my packet, and nothing can be so great a trouble to me as to receive a check from my Superiors for neglect of duty, when at the same time I labout, and to the utmost use all my endeavours both for the good of H.M. service and the welfare of the Island, and ever since I have been in the Government, I have had nothing but confusion of business, which proceeds wholly from the perverse tempers and disunion of the people, which has and shall be my utmost endeavours to unite and heal, although some of them, who have pretended to be my greatest friends in adviseing me, etc., have I doubt not misrepresented me to your Lordships basely and unge[ne]rously, for findeing they had not interest enough at home to gett a power to Bashaw it over their fellow subjects here, and that I am not the man to be led by the nose by them as my predecessors have been, they use their utmost endeavours to make me as uneasy as may be. However, I having no other end but H.M. service and their welfare (if they would see it), I hope will protect me against all such ungenerous practices. I have also communicated to the Council the copies of the merchants' opinions pro and con, and such a part of it to the Assembly as related to them, as you will see by the Minutes of the Council. As to what you are pleased to mention in relation to severall Acts that you believe were passed at the same time, I desire you will please to look into the Minutes of both Council and Assembly, and you'l find there was none passed but Kingstown Act, and as to severall other things of moment transacted here that your Lordships say you have not had an account of from me, I beg your Lordships' information of them, for I do declare I am a stranger to them; if 'tis in relation to to my own particular, I do assure your Lordships I am one that never recd. a bribe here nor no where else, and have not recd. one penny of salary or anything else since I have been in the Government but 11l. 5s. 0d., altho' I have been 8 months Lt. Gov., by wch. your Lordships may conclude that this Government is not the mighty matter represented, and that I have enemys somewhere who make it their business to misrepresent all my actions to your Lordships. I have expended 800l. of my own money, wch. if I had not brought over with me, I might have starved, as several Gentlemen are like to do, that came along with me in H.M. service here, through the ungrateful and penurious temper of this people, as the petition from the officers of both Regiments here to H.M., and the Act for quartering the soldiers now sent over will demonstrate, in wch. we beg your Lordships' assistance. I here enclosed give your Lordships a particular Answer to yours of April 20, in relation to the Courts of Judicature, by wch. you'l find that the complaints are groundless, for I am satisfied none of H.M. Colonies is better provided with Civil Officers then Jamaica. H.M. Fleet under the command of Vice-Admiral Graydon arrived here on June 5, and sailed 25th ditto. I did all that was in my power to persuade the Assembly now sitting to send them fresh provisions for their sick and wounded men, but could not prevail, however some Gentlemen of the Council with myself sent the Admirall 12 head of cattell with fowles and other fresh provisions to be distributed among them, but could get no more by reason of the dryness of the season that was estable. Brigadier Colenbine died June 3 in sight of this Island, and had the waves for his last lodging. They have delivered me here 400 men, 120 whereof were of the recruits designed first, the rest being knocked on the head at Guadalupe or lost in the passage, and to compleat the 400, they made a draft of the five Regiments, but such poor, sorry, sick scrubs I never see, most of them haveing neither shoe, stockin, shirt or cravat, and about 200 pieces of iron that had been firelocks, wch. can never be made so again; a great many of these men having Irish names, and I'm afraid Papists, may be of ill consequence in these parts in case of any attempt from the enemy. The night before the Admiral sailed most of the men of warr's boats and crews went ashoare at Portroyall and Kingstown, and under pretence of searching for sailers that had deserted, carried off several of the inhabitants of the Point and Kingstown. A list of those at Point I here send you, wch. has been attested upon oath before 2 Justices of Peace.
'Tis a great discouragement to the inhabitants, and may be the occasion for ought I know of many leaving the Island, when things of this nature are done so contrary to H.M. Instructions. I sent a letter immediately after him to Blewfields where I knew he was to water, in hopes to recover them, but I having had no answer from him makes me believe he was sailed before it reached so far. I here send you a list of the men of warr left here for the defence of the Island, and the Instructions I have given the Commadore as to his stations, wch. I hope will be to your Lordships' satisfaction, but God knows 'tis a sorry force in these parts if our enemys pay us a visit. I send your Lordships also the Minutes of the Council. As to the Minutes of Assembly, I cannot obtain them, they pretending they have not time, but shall send them as soon as I receive them. [? Here i]s arrived one Mr. Hoskins with H.M. letters Patent as Attorney General, (and) I hope will prove a very good man, as also one Mr. Winter as Clarke of the Chancery and Register of the Patents, who I'm well assured is very well qualified, and likewise one Rowlandson with a Deputation (which I have not as yet seen) for being Provost Marshall. I also have received H.M. Privy Seal, April 20, for the establishment of the salary of the Governor and Lt. Governor of this Island, in which I assure myself your Lordships have been instrumental in advancing my salary, and for which I give your Lordships my hearty thanks, and only shall beg leave to acquaint you that I am more capable of keeping a table suitable to my post in England for 300l. per annum than here for 1,200l. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. P.S.—The Island is at present sickly, but not attended with mortality. Endorsed, Recd. Aug. 21, Read Sept. 9, 1703. 4 pp. Enclosed,
885. i. Abstract of preceding. 2½ pp.
885. ii. Copy of letter sent to Admiral Graydon, referred to in preceding. 1¼ pp. See below iii.
885. iii. List of the Inhabitants impressed from Port Royal, referred to above:—William Cornish, Saml. New (n)ham, James Kelly, Nathaniel Harwood, James Pit (t)man, Edward Wood, Isaac Wray, William Rowe, Thomas Knowls, Samuel Mills, Jno. Bill, David Richards, James White, Edward Hilson, Archibald Holmes, Richard Wood. Endorsed, Recd. Aug. 31, 1703. 1 p.
885. iv. Duplicate of preceding.
885. v. List of ships left by Admiral Graydon to guard Jamaica, with the stations assigned to them. 2 sixthrates, one fourth-rate, one fifth-rate. Endorsed, Recd. Aug. 31, 1703. 1 p.
885. vi. Duplicate of preceding. [C.O. 137, 5. Nos. 109, 109.i.–vi.; and (without enclosures) 138, 11. pp. 16–24.]
July 7. 886. Governor Handasyd to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Since the sealing of my letters, the Assembly have vouchsafed to send me the Minutes of their House, after a great deal of bustle, which I here enclose. Signed. Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, Recd. Aug. 21, Read Sept. 9, 1703. Holograph. ½ p. Enclosed,
886. i. Memorandum of Minutes of Assembly of Jamaica, May 31—July 3, 1703. ¼ p.
886. ii. Memorandum of Minutes of Council in Assembly of Jamaica, June 3—July 3, 1703. ¼ p.
886. iii. Memorandum of Minutes of Council of Jamaica, June 5—July 2, 1703. ¼ p.
886. iv. Memorandum of an Act for raising money for providing an addition to the subsistence of H.M. officers and soldiers and for other uses, past June 16, 1703. ¼ p. [C.O. 137, 5. Nos. 110, 110.i.–iv.; and (without enclosures) 138, 11. p. 25; and (abstract only) 137, 41. pp. 12–14.]
July 7.
887. Governor Handasyd to William Popple. Acknowledges letter of March 2. etc. The Assembly is now sitting, and has been this three and twenty weeks, and to little purpose. etc. See preceding. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, Recd. Aug. 21, Read Sept. 9, 1703. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 5. No. 111; and 138, 11. p. 15.]
July 7.
St. Jago de la Vega.
888. Lt. Gov. Handasyd to the Earl of Nottingham. I had the honour of your Lordship's of Oct. 20 and Jan. 18 by the fleet commanded by Vice-Admiral Graydon. As to the first, I acquainted the Admiral that I would take care to get them credit or anything else that the Island could afford, to which he answered that he should have no occasion. As to the second, in relation to provide them fresh provisions for their sick and wounded men, I proposed it to the Assembly, who is still sitting, but found they would do nothing in the matter, so that I was forced, with 3 or 4 Gentlemen of the Council, to buy up 12 of the best beefs and some fowl and other fresh provisions, and sent them on board the Flag to be disposed of as he thought fitt, and we should very readily have been att the expense, if we could have got more, but the seasons having been for some time very dry, there was scarcely any fresh provision to be got that was fit to eat. I have likewise received for the 2 regiments 400 men, 120 of these that were sent from England or Ireland as recruits, the rest of the 400 being killed or destroyed at Guadalupe, the number was made up with draughts out of the 5 Regiments, but as indifferent men as I have seen, most of them Irish names, and I am afraid a great many of them Papists; they were left us in a miserable condition, many of them being very sickly, and most of them without either shoe, stocking, shirts or cravats. Admiral Graydon arrived at this Island, with the Fleet under his command, June 5, and sailed again June 23; the night before he sailed, several of his officers with their boats' crews came ashore att Kingstown and Port Royall, under pretence of searching for saylors deserted from the Fleet, and took of many of the inhabitants to the great discontent of the inhabitants of the Island in generall, wch. I fear will occasion many of them to leave this place, it being positively against the Instructions of H.M. and H.R.H. I enclose list of the names of the inhabitants taken off, as also a copy of the letter I sent to Adml. Graydon, to a place where I heard he staid to water his Fleet, in hopes to have had the people sent back, but have had no answer to my letter, wch. makes me beleive the Fleet is sailed from thence before my letter reached them. I received H.M. letter of April 20, relating to Governors' salaries, etc., wch. I have communicated to the Council and Assembly. As to my own particular part, I can say I never had the value of 6d. from any of the Island since my comeing to the Government, and although H.M. is graciously pleased to make an addition to the pay to keep up the character of the post I am in, any one may keep a better table in England for 300l. per annum then here for 1,200l. However, I shall always make it my study faithfully to endeavour to deserve H.M. favours whilst a drop of blood in my veins, etc. As to the muster-rolls for May and June, as soon as the detachments come in who are now at sea on board H.M. ships cruiseing off this Island, H.M. orders shall be duely observed. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, R. Aug. 21, 1703. 1¾ pp. Enclosed,
888. i. Weekly list of ships at Jamaica, and their condition. June 28, 1703. 1 large p.
888. ii. Names of the Inhabitants impressed from Port Royal and carried away by H.M. ships under command of Admiral Graydon. Duplicate of above 885. iii.
888. iii. Lt. Gov. Handasyd to Admiral Graydon. June 29. Upon the great outcry and consternation of the people of this island, especially those useing the sea, and complaint made to us that on Sunday morning last by your Order severall, both seafareing men and landmen, inhabitants of this Island, were imprest and carryed on board H.M. ships under your command, we being sensible what H.M. Instructions are in that case, were much surprized, and appointed two of the Members of this Board and other the Justices att Kingston to inquire into the matter upon oath, who have returned to us the inclosed list of persons imprest belonging to this island, all wch. wee hope you will order to be immediately discharged. You may alledge ('tis true) that severall of them are seafaring men, but how can an Island of soe great extent as this subsist, hold correspondence with the severall parts; or the planters' goods be carryed to markett without such men, and besides they are the most necessary and usefull men for the safety and defence of an Island. H.M. has been graciously pleased to send us two Regiments of soldiers to assist in our defence to her great charge and expence. But if the inhabitants are liable to be imprest and hurryed away by the shipps of war, a greate many others for feare of the like treatment will leave us, so H.M. care of and bounty and favour towards us will be rendred ineffectual, and the great expence thereby accrueing wholly lost, and this H.M. Island rendered uncapable to make any effectual opposition to an invadeing enemy (which wee may expect), for the best men in the world may be overpowered by multitudes. We therefore hope you will return the men named, as also those imprest from Liguanea and Kingston, of whom we heare there was a considerable number, but not haveing any account thereof yet from the Justices, wee cannot send you a particular account, but fearing you may sayle before we can get it, wee in the interim send you this. And it is certaine 'tis more for H.M. service they should stay here, both for the service themselves may doe, as also for the settling of the minds of others, who otherwise will remove and leave us, unlesse they find H.M. Instructions that none be imprest from off this Island be better observed. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 137, 45. Nos. 49, 49. i.–iii.]
July 7.
889. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Having received several letters from Governor Nicholson signifying to us that there is great want of an able Attorney General for your Majesties service in Virginia, that it is requisite such Attorney General be obliged to reside at Williamsburgh, the seat of that Government; that the business of that office is of late years much increased, that the antient salary is but 40l. per annum, and the perquisites few, which are not sufficient incouragements for a person fitly qualified to supply that place; and your Majesties said Governor desiring that some proper person may be sent from hence, and that his salary payable out of your Majesties' revenue there may be augmented to 100l. per annum out of the said revenue; we have thereupon referr'd to your Majestie's Attorney General here, the naming of a person fit for that employment. And having received his answer, together with a certificate signed by the Lords Cheif Justices of your Majesties Courts of Queens Bench and Common Pleas, and other emienent persons of the Law, in favour of Stephens Thomson, Esq., we humbly take leave to offer that in case your Majesty shall be graciously pleased to appoint the said Thomson for that service, he may be obliged to make his ordinary residence at Williamsbourgh, where your Majesties service will cheifly require his presence, and that the Governour of Virginia be accordingly authorised to constitute him Attorney Generall in that Province, in like manner as the late Earl of Bellomont was authorized to constitute Mr. Broughton, the present Attorney General of New York. And as to the salary for the said officer, we are humbly of opinion that 40l. per annum cannot suffice, and humbly submitt the augmentation thereof to your Majesties pleasure. Signed, Dartmouth, Ph. Meadows, Wm. Blathwayt, Mat. Prior. [C.O. 5, 1360. pp. 399, 400.]
July 7.
890. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Committee of Council for hearing Appeals from the Plantations. In obedience to your Lordships' order of May 27, relating to the authority by which the Admiralty Courts in the Plantations are constituted, and the methods of appealing from thence; we humbly report that upon considering the several answers received from H.M. Governours in these parts and otherwise we find that the said Courts are constituted by virtue of Commissions from the Crown, under the Seal of the High Court of Admiralty, for the tryal of Marine Causes, and Causes relating to breaches of the Acts of Trade, pursuant to the late Act for preventing frauds and regulating abuses in the Plantations. We likewise find that all Appeals without distinction, as well in Causes Marine as others, did always lye before the King in Councill, as the most easy, expeditious, and less expensive method for the inhabitants of the Plantations concerned in Appeals. Signed, Dartmouth, Robt. Cecill, Ph. Meadows, Wm. Blathwayt, Matt. Prior. [C.O. 324, 8. pp. 257, 258.]
July 7.
891. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Enclosing draft of new Instructions for Lt. Governor Handasyd. Signed, Dartmouth, Ph. Meadows, Wm. Blathwayt, Mat. Prior. [C.O. 138, 10. pp. 479, 480.]
July 7.
892. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Having had under consideration the great inconveniences arising from the different rates at which forreign coins do pass in your Majesties Plantations in America, and particularly upon a complaint that the advancing the rates in Pennsylvania much higher than in other places has drawn away the money from Maryland, and does tend greatly to the prejudice of that Province; and finding accordingly that there is an Act in Pennsylvania appointing the rate of money or coin within that Province, whereby peices of eight and dollars of 15 dwt. are made currant at 7s. per peice, and that for every penny weight under or over, there is to be abated or advanced 4d. p. peice, so that a peice of eight of 17½ dwt. (which is the due weight) is made currant at 7s. 10d., tho' the same be not intrinsically worth more than 4s. 6d.; and having also advised with your Majesties Attorney General, in order to a further report for the remedying this mischeif in all your Majesties Plantations, we humbly offer in the mean time, that your Majesty be pleased to declare your disallowance of the foresaid Act in Pennsylvania, and to direct that neither the Assembly, the Proprietor nor Councill of that Province doe repass the said Act nor make any other Act or Order for the regulating of coin, untill your Majesty shall give further directions therein. Signed, Dartmouth, Ph. Meadows, Wm. Blathwayt, Mat. Prior. [C.O. 5, 1290. pp. 346, 347.]
July 8. [8th 5m July, 1703.] 893. William Penn to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The gentleman named in my petition to the Queen and letter to you, is a person that has had a liberal education, been abroad and knows the world very well, is sober, discreet and of a good understanding. No merct., and so no temptation that way. No souldier, but hath been in Flanders and observed the discipline of the troops frequently, and penetrates more than I presume our poor Colony wants. He will give unquestionable security as Coll. Hamilton did, and has more than enough to secure them that are his, and is not in debt, but lives like a gentleman upon his estate here. He is a single man, neither voracious nor extravagant, and is a known zealous member of the Church of England, and I presume will be recommended by Gentlemen of undoubted reputation. I am in hopes this may satisfy your inquiry, and the Gent. that gives this for me, being his acquaintance, Chas. Lawton, Esq., may be more perticular if you think it necessary. Signed, Wm. Penn. Endorsed, Recd. Read July 9, 1703. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 37; and 5, 1290. pp. 348, 349.]
July 8.
Hampton Court.
894. Order of Queen in Council. Approving Representation of June 16, and ordering the Earl of Nottingham to cause the said Instructions for Governor Dudley to be prepared for H.M. signature and transmitted to him and Mr. Usher accordingly. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read July 22, 1703. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 863. No. 42; and 5, 911. p. 96.]
July 8.
Hampton Court.
895. Order of Queen in Council. Approving Representation of July 7 upon Lieut.—Governor Handasyd's Instruction, and ordering the Earl of Nottingham to prepare them for H.M. signature. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read July 22, 1703. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 5. No. 112; and 138, 11. p. 1.]
July 8. 896. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. The Governor acquainted the Board that Capt. Forrester, Commander of the Barbadoes privateer, had importuned him very much for leave to passe the Forts, but that without giveing security, pretending that he is utterly a stranger here, and can get none. Ordered that he give his own bond not to carry any person off, and thereupon have a special permit; and it was desired by the Board that (in regard of the Law that requires all ships to give security in in the Secretary's Office and the intent thereof to prevent indebted persons from being carried away, and that this Capt. Forrester has, as some of the Board are informed, a design when past the Forts to take in several men from some of the open bays in this Island) the Governor would order one of the men of war to accompany him beyond the Island, to prevent his taking any person off. [C.O. 140, 6. pp. 151, 152.]
July 8. 897. Minutes of Council in Assembly of Jamaica. Message sent up, desiring a Joint—Committee to be appointed to consider the best method for passing a Body of Laws, persuant to H.M. late Instructions, which was done.
Message sent up to the Governor:—Hugh Totterdell, a Member of our House, complains that your Honour hath laid several things to his charge, and that he had so behaved himself on reading the Queen's Letter, that your Honour was pleased to tell him that he was a common disturber of the people, and that your Honour would not be soe used by any impudent fellow; all which heavy imputations wee are altogether ignorant of, and our House extreamly concerned at, and humbly desire that if Mr. Totterdell has expressed himself any way by words or action reflecting on the Government, your Honour will be pleased to disclose the same to the House, and the person who gave the information, that the House may take such measures as may fully satisfy your Honour and doe ourselves justice.
The Governor sent a message in reply, that to the best of his knowledge he never made any complaint against Mr. Totterdell to your House; when he does he shall not doubt your justice. As to his behaviour in relation to the Government, the most part of it having happened before he was a Member of this House, he will take an opportunity when time serves, to do H.M. and himself justice.
Bill for encouraging privateers and other seafaring men and to prevent impressing sent up.
Col. Beckford reported from the Conference upon the Body of Laws.
July 9. Bill for encouraging privateers and other seafaring men and to prevent impressing read the first time.
July 10. Message sent up from the House, giving their opinion that it will be best to make a new body of Laws, and desiring a free Conference on the same, which was granted. The Council was unanimously of opinion that, being the Island has had about 20 years' experience of the body of Laws without finding any considerable inconvenience in any of them for soe long time, and for other reasons, such things as may want amendment may be best done by a supplemental explanatory Law. [C.O. 140, 6. pp. 501–504.]
July 8. 898. Minutes of Council in Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay. Isaac Winslow, elected of the Council for the year ensuing, took the oaths appointed.
H.E. summoned the Representatives to attend and gave them an accompt of his late interview with the Sachems and Eastern Indians in a greater number than had heretofore been seen together at that place; and the success of his Conference with them, probable to continue a present peace and quiet, notwithstanding the unwearied endeavours of the Priests and Jesuits to debauch and instigate them to a breach. And directed that the present necessary business of the Court be brought forward with all application, the occasions of the husbandry being urgent at this season.
The House sent up a message of thanks to H.E. for his care and pains in his late Conference with the Sachems and Eastern Indians, and prayed that the House might have the sight of the Journal of the particulars thereof.
Ordered, that all causes in civil actions tried in the Inferior Court of Common Pleas within the County of Hampshire in 1701, 1702, hanging by appeal to the Superior Court of Judicature, and not yet heard by reason of the said Superior Court's not sitting in the same County, be revived and continued to be heard and tryed at the next Superior Court of Judicature to sit within the County.
Ordered that the late Committee for directing the settlement of the Plantation Quaboag, alias Brookfield, be continued.
The above two Orders were sent down for the concurrence of the Representatives.
July 9. H.E. communicated to the Council several letters from Casco Bay, Saco and Piscataqua brought this morning by Bomazeen and another Eastern Indian, importing the intelligence expressed by Moxis, one of the Sachems, of the arrival of a great French ship at Mount Desart, and that he met several Frenchmen from the said ship with some Cape Sable Indians coming Westward with intent to commit hostilitys upon the English, and incited the Eastern Indians to join them therein. They were sent down to the Representatives.
H.E. communicated his intention to set forth one of the best sailing shallops of Marblehead under the command of the Lieutenant of H.M.S. Gosport and 20 or 30 of her men, with the consent of Capt. Thomas Smith, to discover and report what they should see, and to have H.E.'s Instructions, and that Bomazeen and the other Messinger be rewarded for their duty with a good coat, shirt, neckcloth and hat each of them, and be returned by the said shallop to their place. Andrew Belcher to provide therefor. All which is approved.
Address of sundry of the Ministers of the County of Essex relating to several persons within the same County that lye under sentence of condemnation for witchcraft, read and sent down.
Petition of Joseph Howard of Bridgewater relating to a controversy betwixt the petitioners and the Town of Taunton as to right of lands lying at or near Titticut, read and sent down.
Committee of both Houses appointed to report on the works at the Castle.
The Commissioners of Excise complaining that Bristol pleads a priviledge of exemption, ordered that the Sheriff of the County do notify the Selectmen of Bristol to attend H.E. and Council to shew forth their claim on July 20.
July 10. Order of July 8, relating to appeals of New Hampshire, sent up with the concurrence of the House.
Bill for continuing several Acts was sent up with an amendment.
The Rule agreed to by the Representatives for the apportioning of a tax of 2,229l. 8s. upon the several towns and districts was sent up for concurrence and read, and exception being taken to that article including some familys to Framingham that at present by order of the Board are laid to Sherborne, a message thereupon was sent down. [C.O. 5, 789. pp. 835–839.]
July 9.
Clovally in the county Devon, near Lundy.
899. Robt. Livingston to the Council of Trade and Plantations. This is to accompany your Lordships' packet from my Lord Cornbury, which we with much difficulty sav'd from being taken by the French, who took the sloop I came in, the Thœtis, in sight of the Island Lundy yesterday. We sailed from New York June 2, and on July 8 made the Island of Lundye, but happened to see a sail to winderd as soon as we spyed the land, who chas'd and came up with us about 9 a clock in the morning, we being a small vessel and but 11 hands gave the privateer severall gunns, but he having 6 guns, 4 pattereros and 50 men soon mastered us with his small shott, being one Capt. Francois la Marque belonging to Rochecaux in France, and after he had taken us, us'd us very barbarously, for we redeem'd ye sloop for 450l. sterl., and gave a pledge, and after that he had pass'd his word of honour not to meddle with us, not only plundered the sloop and took everything he could carry away, but searched our pockets and took all from us, and turned us adrift, there being a sail in sight, wch. proved to be the Rye fregat, who is gone after him. I wish he may be so fortunate to take him, for he is a great plague to these parts, and besides all I have lost, he has got severall books and accounts in my chest that trouble me much. My Lords, I have been a servant to ye Crown 28 years in that Province, and have launch'd out all the small fortune I have, and ran myself deeply in debt for victualling H.M. forces and other Publick services, and was now constrain'd to leave my family and concerns to come for England to gett those debts due to me from the Crown, and have unfortunatly met wth. this dissaster, but I hope your Lordships will, after you are throuly inform'd of my circumstances, be my Intercessors to H.M. for releeffe. We lye here for a winde to goe to Bristol, from whence I make haste to wait upon yr. Lordps. to give an account of the affairs of our Province, we have had no disturbance from ye French of Canada yet, they having had a great mortality amongst them, both Christians and Indians, our Indians of ye 5 Nations proove true hitherto, but are much tampered withall by ye French, wch. causes many to waver. Signed, Robt. Livingston. Endorsed, Recd. 19, Read July 20, 1703. Holograph. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1048. No. 62.]
July 9.
900. Journal of Council of Trade and Plantations. Letter from Mr. Penn read; and Mr. Charlewood Lawton and some other Gentlemen giving a good character of Mr. Evans, a report was signed and sent to the Earl of Nottingham. [C.O. 391, 16. pp. 177, 178; and 391, 97. p. 497.]
July 9. 901. Journal of Assembly of Jamaica. Resolved that the Governor's message relating to Mr. Totterdell was not a satisfactory answer. The following Address was sent up to the Governor:—"Wee the Assembly of this H.M. Island do humbly crave leave to lay before your Honour the many hardshipps and inconveniencies wee lie under in having one of our Members charged with crimes of so high a nature as Mr. Totterdell has been. Wee therefore doe humbly desire your Honour will detect the person who gave the information of his misbehaviour [July 8], that if such person be guilty of misrepresenting anything which may cause misunderstanding between your Honour and this House, he may suffer according to his demerritt, which if your Honour please to grant, it will give us new life to proceed on the publick affaires with all chearfulness and alacrity. Whereas at present wee are deterred from freedom of debate lest it should be construed to sinnister ends and misrepresented to your Honour by ill disposed persons, so that wee cannot proceed according to our duty and good intentions."
Upon delivery of this Address, the Governor went into his chamber and brought out several papers, one of which he said the Committee, who presented it, should read, but he would not part with it, the which was signed by Mr. Nicholls and Capt. Bickerstaffe, intimating that they were present when the Governor sent for Mr. Totterdell about his concealing the Deputation for the Provost Marshall's place, at which the Governor was very angry, and told the said Totterdell that he should not be protected by the mob as he was in Sir. Wm. Beeston's time, and some other thing's relating to what he had formerly done, but that there was nothing about reading the Queen's Letter, relating to words spoke in the Assembly, and were not sure whether the words "Impudent fellow" were spoke by the Govourner or no. He also produced and read another paper signed by Samll. Lovell relating to some proceedings and pleading in the Grand Court contrary to his duty and H.M. intrest. He likewise acquainted the Committee of the hardships Mr. Hickman laboured under in accepting the Provost Marshall's place, which was so soone taken from him, which Mr. Totterdell knew very well of, and did not declare it either to the Governor or Hickman, which was in effect taking away the poor Gentleman's bread; that he had a great respect for the major part of the Gentlemen of the Assembly and desired that they might go forwards with the country's business, and not loose time about such frivilous matters.
And see Minutes of Council in Assembly under date.
[July 10.] John Peake and Robert Meakins were granted leave of absence. And see Minutes of Council in Assembly under date. [C.O. 140, 7. pp. 61–64.]
July 9.
Council Chamber, Boston.
902. Minutes of Council of the Massachusetts Bay. An accompt of the expenses of H.E.'s journey to Casco Bay in June last, amounting to 71l. 3s. 2d., examined, and that amount paid to Capt. Benjamin Alford.
9l. 11s. 8d. paid to John Honywell for 1,150lb. of fresh beef at the time of H.E. late Conference with the Indians at Casco Bay.
July 10. 4l. 10s., in addition to 30s. lately advanced to him, paid to John Graves, one of the garrison at H.M. Fort at Casco Bay, for riding post three times to Boston and twice to Piscataqua.
26l. paid to Samuel Hunt, Chaplain to H.M. Garrison at Casco Bay, for 26 weeks service there. [C.O. 5, 789. p. 516.]
July 9.
903. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Nottingham. Enclosing following Report to be laid before H.M. Signed, Robt. Cecill, Ph. Meadows, Wm. Blathwayt. Annexed,
903. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. July 9, Whitehall. Having upon enquiry received a good character of John Evans (July 7, 9), we have no objection against your Majesties approbation of him accordingly, security being first given for his observing the Acts of Trade, and otherwise, as in the like cases; and that Mr. Penn do renew the Declaration made by him relating to your Majesties right to the Three Lower Counties. Signed, Robt. Cecill, Ph. Meadows, Wm. Blathwayt. [C.O. 5, 1233. Nos. 49, 49.i.; and 5, 1290. pp. 349, 350.]