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.]|
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.]|
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.
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.]
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.]
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.]
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.]
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.]
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.]
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.]|
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.]
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.
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.]
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.]
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.]|
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.
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.]|
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.