America and West Indies: March 1705, 12-20

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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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March 1705, 12-20

March 12.
949. W. Popple to Mr. Clifford. Encloses following:
949. i. Council of Trade to Messrs. Shepherd and Gardner. Desire their report on Mr. Clifford's accounts or to state whether they intend to do anything therein. [C.O. 389, 36. pp. 254, 255.]
March 13. 950. i. Deposition of S. Child. The sea-coasts of Barbados were guarded by the Militia in President Farmer's time. Deponent knows not of Militia being sent into mountains, but some sentinalls to proper places to look out within few yards of a dwellinghouse and near ye high roads. March 13, 1704/5. Signed, Saml. Child. ½ p.
ii. Deposition of P. Carrington, Chirurgeon, that the forts and bays were guarded by Militia in former days. Signed, Mel. Holder. March 13, 1704/5. ½ p.
iii. Deposition of M. Holder, to same effect as No. i. Signed, Mel. Holder. March 13, 1704/5. 1 p.
iv. Deposition of J. Rollstone. As No. i. Signed, John Rollstone. March 13, 1704/5. ½ p. The whole endorsed, Recd. March 14, 1704/5. [C.O. 28, 7. Nos. 132–135.]
[March 14.] 951. Deposition of Wm. Cleland in defence of Governor Sir B. Granville. [See Report, March 29.] Signed, Wm. Cleland. Endorsed, Recd. March 14, 1704/5. 3 large pp. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 136.]
[March 14.] 952. Proprietors of the Western Division of New Jersey to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Petitioners having made a surrender of the Government of West Jersey upon conditions which your Lordships assured them should be kept inviolable and to that end be inserted in the Instructions of the Queen's Governor, they have received information that the Lord Cornbury has acted in several particulars contrary to those conditions, and to Petitioners' great detriment, but they being unable to draw up a proper charge without the Instructions, pray for a copy thereof. Signed, Tho. Lane, Paul Docminique, E. Richier, John Whiting, John Norton, Fra. Michel, Jno. Bridges, Rob. Michel, Jos. Brooksbanke, Tho. Skinner. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 14, 1704/5. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 970. No. 25; and 5, 994.a. p. 189.]
March 15.
953. W. Popple, jr., to W. Lowndes. Encloses petition of Francis Gahtman, who has been sent over by Col. Dudley, pursuant to the Act of Parliament against pirates, as witness against two persons that were accessories to the piracies lately committed upon some Portuguese ships, for which several of the principals have been punished with death, and the said accessories having, after being taken by the French in their way hither, made their escapes, Gahtman desiring leave to return to New England and to be enabled to pay the debts he has contracted here, as also his passage thither, the Council of Trade and Plantations recommend to my Lord High Treasurer that he may have 50l., which may be replaced out of the proceed of the goods of those pirates now in New England, wch. is of a considerable value. [C.O. 5, 911. pp. 457, 458.]
March 15.
954. Nathaniel Cary to the Queen. Petition in behalf of H.M. Province of Massachusetts Bay. Sums not amounting to 2,500l. sterl. have been seized on Capt. Quelch etc., and 1,500l. was expended in fitting out a sloop for apprehending said pirates, etc. And whereas your Majesty has been graciously pleased to bestow on that Province 20 great guns etc., and signified your Royal Pleasure that the other stores your Majesty was addressed for be provided at the charge of the said Province, I humbly represent the very great poverty of your Majesty's subjects in that Province by reason of the warr they are engag'd in. The expences of the war are now above 20,000l. sterl. per annum; the distresses of it are so great that the 10th man in the Province was last summer constantly under arms to defend it. And which has been more fatal to that country since this war, the many great losses by sea to value of 140 odd sail of ships. So that we are at present utterly destitute of either fund or credit to answer the cost of those other necessarys as are absolutely wanting for the defence of your Majesty's Province. Prays that the money seized on the Pirates, exclusive of the charges in their prosecution, may be bestowed on the Province to enable them to purchase small arms and ammunition etc. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 751. No. 65.]
March [15].
Collony of Conecticot, New England, New London.
955. Governor Winthrop to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Acknowledges letters of June 29, 1704, and Aug. 25 received via Virginia and New York. I have appointed a day of Thanksgiving as directed. The Government here, being informed by Sir H. Ashhurst of the complaint exhibited on behalf of the Mohegans, were preparing to lay before your Lordships the true state of the matter, and to shew that as this Government has never in the least wronged them, soe there is not the least appearance of truth in that a [larm ?] of those Indians joyning with our enemyes, and should have done it before this tyme if H.M. Commission to Col. Dudley etc. had not prevented, in expectation of which enquiry, which has not yet been made nor any ty[me] appointed for [it], the Government has omitted to give your Lordships that account, but that matter being yet suspended, I think it my duty to assure you that this Government has been allwayes soe far from doing any injury to the Natives that they have been most solicitous to prevent whatever wronges any ill-minded persons have designed to doe them, by inticeing the Sachem [Owaneco], who according to the custome of the Indians is esteemed sole Proprietor, to alienate to them the lands which are in their improvement for the necessary subsistence of his men. Severall of the persons named in the Commission doe belong to this Government, and have, a little before the complaynt, obtayned of him several large farmes for themselves in the landes which by the aforesaid complaint this Government is said to have wronged the Indians of. And as wee cannot therefore expect that the end of H.M. Commission will be obtained in a faire report of the matter to be inquired into, if it should happen to be managed by those who have such an intrest of their owne to serve in it, soe we still think it necessary, if any such thing should happen, to trouble your Lordships with an exact account of the whole matter, and shall most humbly pray your Lordships' favour that H.M. may have a perfect understanding thereof. Signed, J. Winthrop. Endorsed, Recd. July 9, Read Oct. 12, 1705. Addressed. Sealed. Holograph. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 1263. No. 35; and 5, 1291. pp. 212–215.]
March 15. 956. M. Plowman to Sir Ch. Hedges. Prays that the 600l. due to him may be paid out of the 30 p.c. deduction to be made out of the arrear due to the forces at New York. Signed, Mathew Plowman. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1084. No. 25.]
March 16.
957. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Hedges. Having under consideration the affaires of Barbadoes, and finding that great disturbances have happ'ned there by the absence of Members of the Councill; and Mr. Patrick Mein of the said Council having been in England for about two years, and having in November last obtained H.M. leave to remain here during her royal pleasure, we humbly submit it to H.M. consideration as proper for her service that he either return to Barbadoes to the exercise of his trust as soon as may be, or that H.M. be pleased to appoint another person in his stead. Autograph signatures. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 38. No. 37; and 29, 9. pp. 224, 225.]
March 16.
958. Sir Charles Hedges to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I herewith send you a draught of new Instructions for privateers etc., and desire you to let me know if you have any objections etc. Signed, C. Hedges. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 19, 1704/5. 1 p. Enclosed,
958. i. Draught of Instructions to privateers, opening the trade with Spain, except in French or contraband goods and stores of war etc. 5 pp. [C.O. 323, 5. No. 73; and 324, 9. pp. 62–66.]
March 16.
959. W. Popple, jr., to Wm. Lowndes. The Council of Trade and Plantations desire you to move the Lord High Treasurer that they may have 100 copies of the Act for the importation of Naval Stores from the Plantations, so soon as it shall be printed, in order to the sending of them to the several Governors on the Continent, to be distributed in their respective Governments. [C.O. 324, 9. p. 61.]
March 16. 960. John Bridger to the Council of Trade and Plantations. In order to produce the Stores enumerated in the Act for importing Naval Stores from America, proposes that a Surveyor General of H.M. Woods and Naval Stores be sent over, to instruct the people in the way of making pitch, tarr, rozin and hemp; to restrain reckless cutting and burning of timber etc., etc. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 16, 1704/5. 2½ closely written pp. [C.O. 323, 5. p. 72.]
March 17.
Fleet Prison.
961. Jer. Clifford to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I sent your letter of March 12 to Messrs. Shepherd, but have heard nothing in reply, etc. Signed, Jer. Clifford. Endorsed, Recd. March 19, Read May 2, 1705. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 388, 75. Nos. 117, 117.i.; and 389, 36. pp. 255–257.]
March 20.
962. W. Popple, jr., to W. Lowndes. Applies for 50 copies of the Acts for prohibiting trade with France and preventing traitrous correspondence, to be transmitted to the Governors in America. [C.O. 389, 18. p. 356; and 412, 549. p. 369.]
March 20.
963. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Hedges. Return Instructions for privateers [March 16] with suggested alterations, but we doubt whether these instructions can be made perfect till we have had the perusal of the two Acts of Parliament lately past in reference to the French and other foreign Trade. Annexed,
963. i. Proposed Instructions for privateers referred to in preceding. [C.O. 324, 9. pp. 66–71.]
[March 20.] 964. Merchants, Commanders of ships and inhabitants of Newfoundland now in England to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Not being in England they could not give evidence against Lt. Floyd [? Lloyd], for want of which he is ordered to the same post. He forced many to sign an instrument of his good behaviour etc. He purchased goods and sold them to the inhabitants at exorbitant prices, under threats. He frequently let out H.M. soldiers for fishermen etc. 26 signatures. 1 p. Enclosed,
964. i. Certificate that four of the above petitioners, Richard Davie, Pears Smith, masters, and John Mugford and Steven Diffirke, inhabitants of Newfoundland, made oath to the truth of their complaints. March 10, 1704(5). Signed, Fra. Whitchurch, Mayor of Bristol. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 20, 1704/5. ¾ p.
964. ii. Copy of Minute of Council of Trade and Plantations relating to above petition, etc. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 3. Nos. 49, 49. i. ii.]
March 20. 965. Depositions of R. Chester, of London, Merchant, and of B. Granville, late of Barbados, as to Governor Sir B. Granville's great expenses at Barbados and the difficulty he found himself in through H.M. unexpected Order restraining him from receiving presents from the Assembly. Signed, Robert Chester, Bernard Granville. March 20, 1704(5). The whole endorsed, Recd. March 22, 1704/5. 3 pp. [C.O. 28, 7. Nos. 138, 139.]