America and West Indies: May 1704, 11-19

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 22, 1704-1705. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1916.

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May 1704, 11-19

May 11.
St. James's
311. Order of Queen in Council. Confirming two Acts of Nevis [see April 5]. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 14, 1704. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 5. No. 69; and 153, 8. pp. 315, 316.]
May 11.
312. Council of Trade and Plantations to Col. Quary. We have received your letter of Dec. 20 last, relating to the Jerseys, and are sensible of the great care you have taken in that affair, concerning which we are expecting an account from the Lord Cornbury, and shall thereupon propose to H.M. what may be fittest to be done for the quieting and settling of that Province. We take likewise this occasion to acquaint you that Mr. Penn having severall times attended us and assured us that he had given direction to his Deputy Governour and others any ways concerned in the Government of Pennsylvania, that they take care that the Officers of the Customes and Admiralty meet with no obstructions in the execution of their places, that the Acts of Trade and Navigation be strictly observed, and that justice be everywhere administred; upon which we will not doubt but that on your part you will do everything that may tend to the composing of differences, avoiding unnecessary disputes, and quieting the mindes of H.M. subjects in that Province, care being always had of H.M. Revenue, legal trade, and the administration of Justice in the proper method, as is promised on the other part by Mr. Penn. [C.O. 5, 1291. pp. 31, 32.]
[May 11.] 313. Jeronimy Clifford to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Petitioner has now been arrested for debt. Prays that a report may be made on his case [Feb. 10] without further delays. Signed, Jer. Clifford. Endorsed, Recd. 12th, Read May 23, 1704. 3½ pp. Enclosed,
313. i. A statement of the dispute between Jeronimy Clifford and the Dutch West India Company. 22 pp. [C.O. 388, 75. Nos. 89, 89.i.; and (without enclosure) 389, 36. pp. 180–186.]
May 13. 314. Mr. Bridger to Mr. Popple. The freight of hemp from Russia is 7l. per tun; tar from New England 6l. per tun now, in peace 4l., but there having been yet no hemp imported from New England cannot tell the freight,—believe 8l. 5s. Signed, J. Bridger. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 15, 1704. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 863. No. 95; and 5, 911. p. 289.]
May 13.
St. John's, Newfoundland.
315. Capt. Lloyd to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses account of proceedings since last fall; noe soldier has deserted since I had the honour to command this company. Signed, Tho. Lloyd. P.S.—Yesterday came in ye Woollege man of warr from Lisborne, the men of warr expected from England are not yet arrived. Endorsed, Recd. 3rd, Read July 6, 1704. 1½ pp. [C.O. 194, 3. Nos. 22, 22.i.] Enclosed,
315. i. (a) Deposition of John Jordan, John Knight, and Phillip Morriss, sent as spies to Placentia. Nov., 1703. There are there two little watch-houses about 100 yds. from each other, and about ye same distance from the upper Fort, the wch. Fort seems to be about 16ft. x 8ft., built with lime and stone. There were 2 merchantmen in the harbour. Returning by Ferryland, on the 12th, they were there informed that a small party of French had surprized and plundered some of the adjacent places, and that a party of 16 English had gone in quest of them.
(b) Deposition of Wm. Roberts and Tho. Dibble, inhabitants of Renous, taken in St. John's, Dec. 2,1703. Deponents brought with them 3 prisoners. Their capture described.
(c) Deposition of Jon. Robins, inhabitant in Renous. On June 21, 1703, he was taken thence by the Sieur Dutilly and his brother and one Indian, and carried to Placentia. A little time after 24 soldiers designing to desert, were discovered, for wch. 2 were whipt, one sent to France to the gallies, 9 kept in prison, and the rest set at liberty. To Prevent desertions they set a guard at ye upper end of ye harbour. Ye chain cross ye harbour's mouth broke last July. When the English Fleet under Adm. Graydon appeared before Placentia, the French had about 3,000 men there, including the crews of 2 men of warr that were then there, and reported to have 1,000 men wth. bombs, etc. The walls of the Fort are about 16ft. high and 8 in breadth, built with lime and stones. They never kept above 4 days' provisions there, and have no water but what they fetch about a musquett shott N.W. from it. Their Store-house is in ye lower fort, wch. towards the land is fortified with pallisadoes, wth. loose stone breast high on one side and knee high on the other. The upper Fort hath 10 guns mounted, 7 of ye greatest being planted toward the sea, and 2 large mortars. He left about Oct. 28, and had large offers made him by the Governor M. Supercasse to stay.
(d) Copy of a Commission found on Sieur Dutilly, one of the prisoners brought by Wm. Roberts, to take 30 men and attack the English Nov. 5, 1702. Signed, De Costebelle.
(e) Deposition of Jervis Smith. On Dec. 2, 1703, he went as a spy from Blew Chaple in Trinity Bay, and saw two ships and a small barque at Placentia.
(f) Deposition of Jno. Jordan, Edward Row, and Phillip Morris. They left St. John's, Dec. 10, 1703, but by reason of deep snow could not gett Placentia till Jan. 10. They could see neither chain nor boom nor any ship in the harbour.
(g) Feb. 28, 170frac34;. I ordered Jervis Smith to perswade the French prisoners that he would carry a letter for them to Placentia. Signed, Tho. Lloyd.
(h) Copy of above letter from the French prisoners Dutilly and La Richardierne, to M. Bellefeviell at Placentia. French.
(i) Copy of letter from the French prisoners, Dutilly, La Richardierne and Jean Lanveaux to M. Subercasse at Placentia, praying him to procure their release. March 23, 1704. French.
(j) Examination of above 3 prisoners, March 23, 170frac34;. The Sieur Dutilly, chief of a party of 30 men, sometime in Nov. 1702, ravaged several places in and near Trinity Bay, tormenting those that he took prisoners by burning their fingers with match. Evidence of Edwd. Rottway:–Refusing to discover where the best effects of the inhabitants were hidden, his fingers were burnt to the bone, and was threatened to be scalped (which was practised by the French in the last war). He saw 3 men more with marks of the same usage. Dutilly owned that the torment was given, but without his knowledge; said that he was not then in Trinity, and his brother Richardieur said the same, and that he (R.) cut Rottway loose as soon as he heard of it and ye fellow yt. did it was punished with 2 months imprisonment. But J. Lan[v]eaux saith they were both in the same house when Rottway was tormented, and those that did it were never punished etc.
Dutilly was then told, that since he had been so barbarous, he must expect the same usage unless he did confess something material. He then said that the chain athwart the harbour of Placentia was broken by the tide when Admiral Graydon was before the place, but there were 2 cables of 14m. each in circumference which broke not, and they had a flyboat loaden with stones which they intended to sink, if there had been an attack. The said vessel was now gone for Europe. There had been 2 ships of war at Port Royal and Placentia wth. stores for the garrison and had landed two companies of soldiers at the latter, so that now there are 5 companies at Placentia.
Last Spring there came over more masons and stone from France, so yt. now there are 40 masons at work continually on ye fortifications. The stores were in the lower Fort. There was once a design on foot of invading the Bay of Conception, but that was now over. John Lanveaux added that the Governor of Placentia had given out that he would early this spring send to Cannada for more forces. Dutilly added that they had lately discovered a passage for canoes, with little land carriage, into ye South Sea, unto a place wch. they call New Missasippy, yt. is about 1,000 leagues from Quebeque, that they pass through several fine places and countrys wch. are very fruitful with all sorts of Europian fruits, and many silkworms etc. In one place, which beginneth about 200 leagues before they come to sea, they goe in their cannoos for 10 dayes together through a river so still that they can hardly perceive any current; on the banks there are vines and several Europian fruits, and the land thereabouts is one continued medow stocked with black cattle of extraordinary bigness, as oxen to weigh 12 cwt. each, and good horses, sheep, goats, hoggs, etc. They were not far from the Spanish gold mines. They pass through several nations of Indians, who are very friendly to ye Europeans, and yt. they have several notions and rites of ye old Testament, wch. they have from their Ancestors by tradition.
(k) Deposition of John Knight and Stephen Dethick, who went as spyes to Placentia, March, 1704. There were 3 merchant ships there. The whole, 10 pp. [C.O. 194, 3. Nos. 22, 22.i.; and (without enclosure) 195, 3. p. 333.]
May 13.
St. Kitts.
316. Governor Codrington to Mr. Popple. I was in hopes when I came from Nevis I should have dispatched all the publick busyness in this Island in a month, but I have been now here these three months labouring without intermission to gett a few necessary Acts past, and to keep the Courts open. The Acts have been finished (all but one, which was the most difficult point to gaine) these 3 weeks, but I can't get them transcribed to be sent home by this fleet. They will be ready, I hope, before the pacqt. arrives. Upon this occasion as well as many others which happen every day, I find the absolute necessity of haveing a Marescal and Secretary for every Island, the Deputys' places are so little worth, that none but scoundrills will accept them, and to threaten to turn them out is a jest, for 'tis very hard to find any person at all to officiate, since they can gett as much or more with less attendance by being overseers or book-keepers. I shall lay this and a few other observations before the Lords after my successor's arrival, which I now expect every minute, I will endeavour to come home this year if I can, if not early in the spring. I thank God I have perfectly recovered my limbs and strength and will serve the Queen somewhere or other dureing the warr, tho it be with a muskett on my sholder. Signed, Chr. Codrington. P.S.—I have made Mr. Broderic Attorney Genll., who I doubt not will be very serviceable here. Endorsed, Recd. 21st, Read June 23, 1704. Addressed. Sealed. Postmark. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 5. No. 70; and 153, 8. pp. 320, 321.]
[May 15.] 317. L. Compere to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Prays to be allowed benefit of Council when next he attends the Board concerning the Acts of Jamaica, lately passed to his prejudice. Signed, Leonard Compere. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 15, 1704. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 6. No. 46.]
May 15.
Tower, London.
318. Wm. Bridges to Wm. Popple. In reply to your letter of May 2, enquiring what progress has been made in procureing the stores of warr desired for Barbadoes, you may please to acquaint the Council of Trade and Plantations that the Board of Ordnance informed the Lord High Treasurer in March last that the stores required could be sent at once, except some carriages. But there is yet noe order. Signed, Wm. Bridges. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 15, 1704. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 32.]
May 16.
319. W. Popple, jr., to Mr. Attorney General. Upon the petition of Peter van Belle [see March 9], the Council of Trade and Plantations desire your opinion whether H.M. may hear the Appeal mentioned in the said petition in Councill and direct the proceedings of the Admiralty Court at Nevis to be transmitted for that purpose. [C.O. 153, 8. p. 305.]
May 16. 320. Attorney General's Queries on Mr. Byfeild's Charter for importing Naval Stores from Carolina. (1) Whether they will be obliged to import a certaine quantity of pitch and tarr annually in all times of warr, unlesse dispensed with by the Queene. (2) Whether they will agree to a provisoe for dissolution on a notice in case the Queen and Councill shall declare this Corporation is not usefull to the importation of Navall Stores. (3) Whether they will oblige themselves to deliver the Crowne a certaine quantity at a certaine price in time of warr, and a proportionable price in time of peace, without the Crowne being bound to accept it. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 16, 1704. 1 p. Enclosed,
320. i. Reply to above. (1) They think it not reasonable to be obliged to import pitch and tar at all times and in a certain quantity, unless the Government be also obliged to take it at a reasonable price. (2) This they think unreasonable, because their setting up this work and the importation of 1,800 barrels may soe humble the Sweeds and those who have ingrossed the pitch and tar in that country as to reduce the price to such a degree as the Government will save a vast summe of money annually, and thereby have noe more occasion of this Company to import. But they are willing upon any misdemeanour or misusing their Charter to be dissolved from trading after 3 years' notice. (3) As to mentioning in their Charter their stock of 20,000l, if it be not thought proper to be inserted, they are well satisfyed without itt. (4) The Company will be obliged to give the Government the refusal of the 1,800 barrels and of all other quantities they shall import at the market price, the Government declaring their acceptance or refusal within a reasonable time after the tender made by the Company. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1262. Nos. 82, 82.i.; and 5, 1291. pp. 33–36.]
May 17. 321. Reply of Col. Ludwell and Stephen Fouace to Mr. Thrale's answer in defence of Governor Nicholson. Signed, Phil. Ludwell, senr., Stephen Fouace. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 17, 1704. 20¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 1314. No. 17.]
May 17.
322. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Report upon Acts of Jamaica, March 17, 1701—Nov, 2, 1703. The Act for prohibiting the exportation of arms, ammunition and provisions to strangers in time of danger being intended to be in force only during the time of war, we are humbly of opinion that it do remain as a probationary Act. Other Acts recommended as "appearing to us to conduce to the ease and safety of the inhabitants." [C.O. 138, 11. pp. 268, 269.]
[May 18.] 323. Mr. Thrale to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Whereas his late Majesty appointed 2,500l. for the building and repairing the forts etc. at New Yorke, of which 500l. was paid before the Lord Cornbury entred upon that Government, and since his arrival there several summs were taken up and expended on that account, and bills drawn for the same on the Lord Treasurer in the same manner (as is presumed) his predecessor had done before by direction, but his Lordship refusing the bills both for acceptance and payment they were return'd back upon his Lordship to New Yorke, and his Lordship hath repaid the money back (with 10 per cent. interest) to those that advanced it, the summe is upwards of 600l. And whereas your Lordships have represented to H.M. that H.M. Province of New Yorke was in want of all necessary stores, I pray that you will lay before H.M. the necessity of sending them with what convenient speed is possible, and also that your Lordships will consider of some method that the Lord Cornbury may be releived concerning the above money. Signed, J. Thrale. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 18, 1704. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1048. No. 81; and 5, 1120. pp. 103, 104.]
May 18.
324. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Recommend the Act of New Hampshire for obliging the inhabitants to do military service etc. for H.M. approbation. [C.O. 5, 911. p. 297.]
May 18.
St. James's.
325. Order of Queen in Council. Confirming Act recommended in preceding. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Sept. 6, Read Oct. 12, 1704. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 863. No. 96; and 5, 911. p. 394.]
May 18.
326. Wm. Popple to Josias Burchett. Encloses extract of letter from Governor Dudley relating to ships of war wanted in New England. [C.O. 5, 911. p. 298.]
May 18.
327. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Hedges. Enclose following report upon proceedings relating to Naval Stores. Autographs. 1 p. Enclosed,
327. i. Report on proceedings of the Council of Trade and Plantations relating to Naval Stores. Refer to Report of Nov. 12. Since which we proposed to Sir Mathew Dudley and other petitioners for a Charter, that, in lieu of the clause they rejected, they give personal security for importing ye quantitys of stores specified in the draught of their Charter, which they have likewise as yet declined, so that we have little reason to expect any success from those proposals. Recount proceedings relating to Mr. Byfeild and Mr. Bridger. Upon our objecting that it might be inconvenient for H.M. to be obliged to take the said stores before it be known whether they are fit for the use of the Royal Navy, Mr. Bridger has made us another proposal, offering that if H.M. would grant him and others a Patent for making of Pot-ashes in the Plantations (where none have yet been made but by them) exclusive of all others for seven years, they would import the foresaid quantities of Naval Stores at their own proper charge and risque without obligation upon the Queen to receive the same, which proposal for pot-ashes we have referred to Mr. Attorney General etc. Quote Mr. Jennings' report on Virginian tar. Upon the whole matter, we are humbly of opinion that altho' the aforementioned propositions do take place, the quantities nevertheless of these commodities imported from H.M. own Dominions will not be sufficient to answer the public demands unless H.M. would be pleased to grant such a premium to any persons that shall import them, as shal in some manner countervail the extraordinary charge of freight and dearness of labour in the Plantations, which consequently will give such temptations to the merchant as in some time to turn this Trade so much that way, and inlarge it so far as that it may be able to supply the general uses of the Nation. 6 pp. [C.O. 5, 3. Nos. 14, 14.i.; and 5, 911. pp. 290–296.]
May 19.
328. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Rt. Hon. Mr. Secretary Harley. H.M. Principal Secretaries of State, together with other great Officers, being appointed by H.M. Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, besides those whose duty it is to give their constant attendance, we acquaint you therewith, that we may have your assistance at the Board upon any extraordinary occasion, or when your other affairs will permit. [C.O. 389, 36. p. 179.]
May 19.
329. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Board of Ordnance. We have nothing to object why Col. Romer may not have leave, so that another able Ingineer be forthwith sent for the service of New England, New Yorke etc., which in this time of war is absolutely necessary. [C.O. 5, 911. p. 303.]
May 19.
330. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Hedges. Enclose extract of a letter from Governor Dudley to be laid before the Queen. 1 p. Enclosed,
331. Extract of a letter from Governor Dudley to the Council of Trade and Plantations, Dec. 19, 1704 [? 3], referring to a proposed descent upon Port Royal (q.v.). ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 751. No. 51; and 5, 911. p. 304.]
[May 19.] 332. Considerations why Naval Stores cannot be brought in great quantities from H.M. Plantations unless assistance be given by the Government. High Cost of labour and freight etc. Endorsed, Mr. Pollexfen. R. May 19. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 3. No. 15.]
May 19.
Spanish Town.
333. Governor Handasyd to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The Fleet arrived here May 4, under ye convoy of 3 men of war, with 2 French prizes. We are here in veary great pain for ye packett boat, for fear she should have miscarried. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, Recd. 13th, Read July 18, 1704. Addressed. Sealed. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 6. No. 47; and 138, 11. p. 299.]
May 19.
St. Martin's Lane.
334. Mr. Craggs to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Enclosing following abstract. Signed, Ja. Craggs. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 19, 1704. 1 p. Enclosed,
334. i. Abstract of letter from Capt. Lloyd, Newfoundland, Oct. 11, 1703. This day arrived the storeship, who gave us an acct. that at Ferryland he met with a New England sloop, the Adventure, Geo. Bald Commander, who had a commission as Privateer from Col. Codrington, but acted like a Pyrate, haveing on board 50 men, he plundered most of the inhabitants of their cloaths, provisions, money etc., from Charters 50l., the same he did likewise by some small ships there etc. [C.O. 194, 3. Nos. 20, 20.i.; and 195, 3. pp. 328, 329.]
May 19.
335. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lord High Treasurer. Having received from Governor Handasyd an Act for settling the public Revenue for the support of the Government of Jamaica etc., we conceive it fit for H.M. approbation, but as it relates immediately to the Revenue, we thought it proper for your Lordship's inspection before we proceed to offer it to H.M. [C.O. 138, 11. p. 270.]
May 19.
Treasury Chambers.
336. Wm. Lowndes to Wm. Popple. Enclosing copy of circular letter to Governors, that letters may be prepared for H.M. signature accordingly etc. Signed, Wm. Lowndes. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 22, 1704. 1 p. Enclosed,
336. i. Commissioners of Prizes to Mr. Lowndes. Enclosing following. Signed, Edw. Brereton, R. Gard, Geo. Morley, John Anstis. 1 p.
336. ii. Draught of Letter to Governors relating to prizes. [See April 19.i.] [C.O. 323, 5. Nos. 49, 49.i., ii.; and 324, 8. pp. 443–446.]