America and West Indies: September 1705

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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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September 1705

Sept. 1.
1329. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Hedges. In pursuance of your letter of Aug. 24, we have considered a Petition of the prisoners in the Spanish West Indies [July 11 q.v.] and having been attended by Peter Dyer [see Nos. 1236 and 1330], we are humbly of opinion that H.M. be pleased by her Royal Letters to direct the Governor of Jamaica to endeavour by sending a flag of truce to the Havana or elsewhere to procure by an exchange the liberty of H.M. said subjects, and to make the Spaniards in those parts sensible that unless they do comply herein he shall be obliged to use the same severity to such Spaniards as now are or may come into his power, and that he do likewise by the best ways and means give H.M. said subjects to understand that such orders are given to him, and that H.M. will not be forgetfull of their good services, but do all that in her lyes for their redemption. As to Dyer, we have asked him several questions relating to those parts and are expecting his answer thereunto in writing. Autograph signatures. 2 pp. [C.O. 318, 3. No. 24; and 138, 11. pp. 410, 411.]
Sept. 1. 1330. P. Dyer to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Being ordered by your Honours to give an account of the distinction the Spaniards make of English prisoners taken in America before the war and since, I can make none. They are sent alike to the mines, particularly Isaack Hambleton, Captain of a privateer out of Boston, all his offence being that he took 3 of their vessels in the Bay, and also one Abraham Hiams, an English Jew, with several others. Those before the war were killed in cold blood, and so are those since, as for instance those that went to take the town of Jaquo on the main, who being surrounded, after a stout resistance, yielded on promise of fair quarter, which they had for five days, and then were drawn out by 4 and 5 at a time and so most barbarously murthered, yt. very few escaped, also ye Graville frigotte of London, yt. was taken a loading of salt in Island of Exhuma, where 6 or 7 days after they were taken and in sight of the Havanna, had 6 of their men smother'd and one killed with a pistoll ball, which cruelty a great many others have suffered. Those before the war were sent aboard their gallies and ships of war, and likewise made to work in their fortifications and to build their castles and churches, where several perisht under their burthens and through the cruelties of the soldiers, wch. those since the war have been serv'd the same, as witness the fortification and castle at La Vera Cruz, Campichea, Havana etc., where severall has perisht under their burthens and by ye cruelty of ye soldiers. Those taken at Providence never suffered so much before the war as those taken since, witness that horrid and unparall'd cruelty they committed on the Governor's wife, having first defil'd her, as they did to several others, because she would not confess her husband nor treasure where they lay hid, they took her and beded her, and yn took rum and set on fire, and put it in her private part, and to make their spleen appear yet greater they cut of a piece of the same, so that their cruelties and unheard of tragedies has been such towards H.M. subjects both before the war and since yt. neither tongue nor pen can relate, but those yt. either have been fellow-sufferers or eye-witnesses. Signed, Peter Dyer. P.S.—The relation of the misfortune of the Governor's wife of Providence, I had from the actors of ye said tragedy, of which they boasted not a little in ye Havanna. Endorsed, Recd. 4th, Read Sept. 25th, 1705. 2 pp. Enclosed,
1330. i. An account by John Fingass of several Spanish Ports and their fortifications in America, which he hath been in a tradeing. 5½ pp. [C.O. 137, 7. Nos. 10, 10. i.; and 137, 51. No. 8.]
[Sept. 1.] 1331. [Mr. Penn's Requests.] Prayed from the Queen at the Surrender. (1) To confirme our constitutions and Laws not excepted against by ye Attorney General, and such when amended to be confirmed alsoe. (2) To grant liberty of conscience both as to Faith, Worship and Discipline, and by publick and private meetings relating thereunto when and where they please in their own houses or places built, or to be built for that purpose by them. (3) Liberty for our own education by Schools of our own and such masters, mistresses and ushers as we shall appoint. (4) To marry according to our way and method, and such marriages to be allowed and held good and valued to all intents and purposes. (5) To be exempted from forced maintenance to any clergy wtsoever, and from building and repairing any meeting-houses or houses for religious worship under any name or pretence whatsoever. (6) To be exempted from Militia services and charges thereof, so as we watch and ward in times of trouble. (7) I and my male issue to pay no taxes for our mansion or chief Plantations. (8) The Queen to pass these by grant, and to confirme the same by giving her royal assent to such a Law when presented to her from ye General Assembly of the Province. Endorsed, Recd. Read Sept. 1, 1705. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1263. No. 30.]
[Sept. 1.] 1332. Abstract of the clauses in Mr. Penn's grant which he is contented to surrender. Endorsed, Recd. Read Sept. 1, 1705. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1263. No. 31.]
Sept. 3.
1333. Mr. Dummer to Mr. Popple. Gives sailings of the Frankland packet. Out and home 100 days etc. Signed, E. Dummer. Endorsed, Recd. Sept. 4, 1705. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 5. No. 84.]
Sept. 3.
1334. Mr. Secretary Hedges to Governor Handasyde. Yours of June 11 and July 18 came to hand on Saturday last, and having been laid before the Queen, she very well approved of what you have done concerning ye French Flag of Truce, and in sending home the officers of Col. Livesay's Regiment. H.M. would have been well pleased if the service had permitted to have exchanged all the private men according to her Royall declaration, but the difficultys of doing it this year were insuperable; now the two Regiments are incorporated, and Livesay's officers are coming home, I have been informed that the private men are well enough satisfyed in staying, as some merchants are positive that the clamour for not exchanging them has been occasioned by the officers only, which matter if true would be very acceptable here, since fresh men are not so usefull as those that are season'd. I should be glad to know your opinion whether the men are contented to stay longer, and what may be proper to be done for making them easy there, which H.M. does not doubt but you will be mindfull of, being satisfyed of your zeal for her service; she has been pleased to approve of your appointing Lt.-Coll. George Waller Justice in the place of Col. Beckford, as she does of your proposall for Col. Edm. Edlyn's succeeding Col. Ashcough in ye Councill, wch. you may value as marks of H.M. favour out of the regard she has to your service. It is very good news to hear of so considerable a Fleet coming with money and plate, and that Admirall Whetstone has had so good success, you will do well to send an account of the prizes he has taken, as also of that taken by the Jamaican privateer. The sending of pirates hither without evidence creates an expence to H.M. to no purpose, it would be much better to have the evidence sent from Barbadoes, if the criminalls can't conveniently be sent thither, you have authority enough for their tryall, and it would have more effect if those criminalls were made examples in or as near as possible to the place where ye facts were committed, and the prosecution should be always as quick as possible when the crime is fresh, and witnesses are easily found, the intention of the law being to deterr others from committing the like villanies, whereas they always escape here for want of proofs, which gives them as well as those of the same gang too great encouragement, the avoiding of this inconvenience is what I have to recommend to your care, whenever hereafter you have any pirates in custody, and that ye pirates be not sent hither to be tryed, unless there be some important reason for it, or you want authority for holding a proper Court for that purpose. I have sent to my Lord Treasurer an extract of your letter of Feb. 27, concerning 4 months pay to the soldiers to be advanced for his Lp.'s consideration; I hope by my next to send you some acct. of what will be done in it. Signed, C. Hedges. [C.O. 324, 30. pp. 39–41.]
Sept. 3.
1335. Mr. Secretary Hedges to Governor Seymour. I have but two days since recd. your letter of Sept. 29 last. An extract of what you write concerning the brigantine is sent to my Lord Treasurer, who will give directions to the proper officer to take care of the Admiralty-rights. The other passages in your letter concerning the Jesuits and Quakers are sent to the Attorney General for his opinion, which shall be transmitted to you by the next packet, it being for the publick service that some methods be taken for putting the Laws in execution for the necessary support of the Government there, and the publick good, towards the doing whereof your observations are very right and deserve a serious reflection. Signed, C. Hedges. [C.O. 324, 30. p. 42.]
Sept. 3.
1336. Mr. Secretary Hedges to Governor Sir B. Granville. Acknowledges letters of May 16, June 24 and April 8th, the original whereof never came to my hands, etc. Signed, C. Hedges. [C.O. 324, 30. pp. 41, 42.]
Sept. 4.
1337. Mr. Secretary Hedges to Governor Sir B. Granville. Instructions as to the suspension and prosecution of A. Skene, as ordered Aug. 13. Signed, C. Hedges. [C.O. 324, 30. pp. 38, 39.]
Sept. 6.
1338. W. Popple, jr. to W. Lowndes. Encloses, to be laid before the Lord High Treasurer, an extract of Minutes of Council of Barbados relating to a notorious breach of the Acts of Trade and Navigation by Robert Corbett, one of the Custom House Officers in Bridge Town. [C.O. 29, 9. p. 372.]
Sept. 7.
Portsmouth. 12 a.m.
1339. Major Lloyd to Mr. Secretary Hedges. Refers to enclosure, "to which I had no answer. … The 107 shyrts mentioned bad were all to raggs. The great necessity they were in obliged me on my account to venter to supply them to ye value of 60 odd pounds. The honble. Mr. St. Johns has been pleased to write me word that two months subsistance is ordered for ye soldiers now with me, but having not yet received it, hope it is ordered for me att Plymouth. The wind being as faire as it can blow for us, I am not a little concerned to fiend we have not yet our orders for saileing, the time of year being so late, if we loose ye opportunity of this wind, it may be ye ruining of ye whole designe. Signed, Tho. Lloyd. Endorsed, R. Sept. 7 at 4 afternoon (at Winchester). Addressed. Holograph. 1 p. Enclosed,
1339. i. Major Lloyd to Col. Gibson, Portsmouth. Sept. 4. Complains of the ill condition of the clothing of the detachment from my Lord Parston's Regiment. I had 12 men exchanged, two of which had convulsion fitts, several of them ulcers in their legs for some years, and others having distempers which rendered them wholly unfit to proceed on such a voyage etc. This being by H.M. Order left to your honour to decide, I hope for justice etc. Signed, Tho. Lloyd. Copy. 1 p.
1339. ii. Accounts of the condition of the clothing of the above detachment of 84 men. Aug. 6, 1705. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 22. Nos. 52, 52. i., ii.]
Sept. 7.
1340. J. Smith and J. Lewis to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Our late worthy Governor, Coll. Nicholson having thought fit (upon a vacancy), to appoint us Members of the Council here, we were a little surprized to be left out upon the change of a new Governor, being sensible we never acted anything contrary to our duty to the Queen and her representative, or to the good and welfare of this Colony. We had not troubled your Lordships, but that Coll. Nicholson's enemies and consequently ours made it their braggs that we should be left out in the new Commission, and they have not a little gloried since that they compassed their ends: and, therefore, we fear we have been misrepresented either to H.M. or to your Lordships, tho we challenge ye adverse party to tax us with any breach of our trust, and we can say without vanity that our interests and concerns in this Colony are not inferior to the best of the Council here etc. Refer to Col. Nicholson. Signed, John Smith, John Lewis. Endorsed, By Col. Nicholson. Recd. 3rd, Read Dec. 17th, 1705. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1314. No. 64; and 5, 1361. p. 412.]
Sept. 13.
[n.s.] ´ Plaisance (Placentia).
1341. M. Subercasse, Governor of Placentia, to Henry Hayman, Admiral of St. Johns. I am ready to accept your proposal for an exchange of prisoners, and send you Mr. Roope, as you desire etc. If for the future you will send me all the prisoners you take I will do the same, and treat yours as you treat mine, a great part of the sailors complaining that they are very badly fed and closely confined, and that during a time when I have treated the English like the French, and they have hardly known they were prisoners, having had liberty to work and gain the same wages as in their own country. Proposes that prisoners on each side should receive 1½ lb. bread, ½ lb. meat and 1 lb. pease or beans with the ordinary fish of the district per diem subsistance, etc. Demands the restoration of one Quingue [? Keen], brother-in-law of M. Geoffrey, who escaped, breaking his parole and leaving many debts at Placentia. M. Roope will tell you all I have done to prevent the ordinary cruelties of the savages, and I will continue to take the same care, on condition that our prisoners are treated with a little more kindness and the inhabitants of Bonavista pay the contribution to which they are pledged etc. Signed, Subercasse. Endorsed, Recd. Read Jan. 8, 1705/6. Copy. French. 3 pp. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 88.]
Sept. 14.
1342. Mr. Nelson to [? Mr. Secretary Hedges]. Encloses account showing balances due to H.M. Mr. Burton, Attorney Generall, is tearing Col. Day's estate in pieces by putting the appeal bond in suit against his security, which by all judicious persons is said to be void by his death. But Burton is resolved to carry on the suite in dispute of H.M. Orders. He saith he doth nothing but by the order of the Governor. Here is no affidavits admitted to be taken upon any accot., except the Governor first approves of them, so that persons agriev'd are destitute of relief. Here hath no business been done in Chancery since the first Monday in Dec. The Governor did the 27 of the last month send out a sloop to 3 vessels bound to Virginia, himself being part owner of the said sloop, and suffered divers persons to trade with them without giving notice of their cargo, as by Act of Parliament obliged. I have writ H.M. Commrs. of the Custome House an acct. at large. I can prove four of the Council here forsworn agt. me—Rd. Penniston, Anthony White, Charles Walker and Samuel Spofforth. The last the Govr. hath made Chief Justice, with two shoemakers his Assistant Judges. I have petitioned the Governor to hear my complaint agt. them, but he refuses, giving for answer, I will not break my Council. Signed, Gilbt. Nelson. 1¾ pp. Enclosed,
1342. i. Sums due (about 100l.) to H.M. on account of goods etc. condemned in the Admiralty Court at Bermuda 1698–1701. Addressed. Sealed. Endorsed, R. Jan. 10. 1 p. [C.O. 37, 26. Nos. 13, 13. i.]
Sept. 15.
1343. General Sir B. Granville to the Council of Trade and Plantations. This comes by the Portland (wch. sails with her convoys for England this day) and brings with it what publick papers remain unsent, and also a particular list of the damage don to the shipping by the late storm: it began in the night between the 16 and 17 of Aug. and lasted till the evening of the 17, the wind all that time blowing very hard from the N.W. to the S.W., shifting backwards and forwards. Much mischeif also was don on shore, the tops of severall mills being blown off, and the Plantain trees and the corn in many parts destroy'd. The Weymouth in the latitude of 19, after having parted with her convoys bound to the northern Continent, took a French merchant ship of 20 guns and 80 men and brought her in here; the vessel is loaded with wines and some dry goods, and esteem'd a pretty rich prize; she is not quite unloaded. The Frenchman defended himself near three hours; there were 17 men killed on board him, and 3 on board the Weymouth. We have no pacquet from England since July, etc. Upon the vacancy which happen'd in the Council by the death of Sir Henry Pickering, I have sworn in Mr. Middleton Chamberlen, and pray your Lops.' approbation etc. Mr. Chilton (see letters of June 24 and July 16) goes himself now over to make some application but of what kind, I can't tell: I have found him here a very troublesome fellow, and a very great knave, and upon examination I am confident he will appear so to your Lordships. Encloses the late great Seal broke. Signed, Bevill Granville. Endorsed, Recd. 15th, Read Nov. 20th, 1705. Holograph. 3 pp. Enclosed,
1343. i. Account of the damage done to the shipping by the late high wind in Barbados. Names and details of 21 ships and sloops driven ashore. 6 lives lost. Endorsed as preceding. 1 large p. [C.O. 28, 9. Nos. 20, 20. i.; and (without enclosures) 29, 9. pp. 410–413.]
Sept. 15. 1344. Lt. Gov. Johnson to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have in obedience to your Lordships' commands, sent plans of the platforms erected and repair'd by me, with a draft of the whole Island of Nevis. Enumerates the forts, with references to the maps referred to:—(a) A small fort erected by me to the windward of the Island commanding a very calm bay fitt for small vessells to ride in, butt especially if should be chass'd by any privateers have the oppertunity of getting in there, when perhaps are not able to weather the Island soe far as to reach the main Road, its called St. Anne's Fort or commonly known by the name of Indian Castle, it is furnisht with 12 guns, the walls 10 ft. thick and 9 ft. high, stands upon a clift; the ground would afford noe other figure, within which stands a stone built guard house, covered with shingles, two rooms below for the officers, and another for the souldiers, with lofts overhead, for arms and amunition, a standing guard there of 11 men, with spare arms for 50; it is quitt finished except some guns. (b) A platform erected (by me) of 12 gunns stands upon a clift, its called William's Fort, commonly known by the name of Long Point, its not quight finisht, has a good stone Guard House, and besides ye standing Guard, has 50 spare arms all in order, it commands a great way. (c) Charles Fort repaired by me with the addition of a little platform yt. lyes low by ye seaside, stands upon a clift, and commands the road of Charles Town, where all our shipping rides, within which stands a Guard house, a large magazine and a cestern; its called Charles Fort, commonly known by ye name of Pelican Point. (d) A fort to the Eastward of the town called St. Paul's, commonly called by the name of Black Rock, repaired with adition by me; this fort with them before mentioned are to the sea stonework, to the land, with sodd work; this fort, with Charles Fort, makes a bay, and commands it, between which, lyes Charles Town, to which town I am now making two platforms on each side the landing place, to secure the town. (e) A platform made by Col. Johnson in a sandy bay within musquett shott of Black Rock, all finisht; it being the first erected by me, the Gentlemen of the Island were pleased to name it Johnson's Fort. All along that bay there is anchorage in 6, 7 and 8 fathom water, the wall of it is 15 ft. broad and 18 ft. high, 8 whereof is under ground; without side of it is a forcey [? fosse] of water of 40 ft. broad and 7 ft. deep, that part to the country is a sodd breast work, it has within a Guard house with arms and ammunition proportionably. (f) A fort erected by me called Matthew's Fort, Sir William Mathew arriveing as this fort was finished, its on the same bay as Johnson's Fort. The wall of this platform is 8 ft. broad and 20 ft. high, of which 8 ft. under ground, the reason the wall is soe thick is that they lye lyable to be batter'd by men of warr, the bay haveing such good anchorage, without side is a ditch of water 40ft. broad and 8ft. deep. (g) A fort I had erected called Katherine's Fort known formerly by ye name of Old Road, it being on the same bay and proportionable to Mathew's Fort. (h) A Platform erected by me, called St. Thomas's, usually called the Cotton Tree, it is the same dimentions of Katherine's Fort; this, with e.f. and g. defends the bay, to each and every of them there is Guard houses, and all other matters equivalent. (i) A platform repaired by me called Abbott Fort, usually known by ye name of Coles Point, the wall 15ft. broad, and 6ft. high, which point, and St. Paul's Fort, makes a bay, wherein the last 4 platforms lye; the reason the wall is no higher is, its standing on a clift, and the thickness of it is, that vessells may ride just before it. (k) St. James's Fort by me erected, commonly known by ye name of Moreton's Bay, the figure being soe, is that the water comes almost round itt, in ye center of the Bay is a small point and the ground would afford noe other: this is the same as to proportion as e. f. g. h. (1) Codrington's Fort repaired by me, itt stands on a point or ledg of rocks, commands the narrows between St. Christopher's and Nevis. (m) Round Hill Fort erected by me; the wings from it is a dry ditch, of 30ft. broad and 12ft. deep, with a sodd breast work, which commands it, the demention are the same as e. f. g. h. The ambusiers upon each of the new platforms, are 2½ft. withinside, and 14ft. without; betwixt each platform and fort where the sandy baggs are, is a strong sodd breastwork, with a ditch without side, 30ft. broad, and half way between each fort, is a strong spur, which will hold 200 men etc. Signed, Jon. Johnson. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 14, Read March 19, 1705 (6). 4¾ pp. [C.O. 152, 6. No. 34; and 153, 9. pp. 295–300.]
[Sept. 17?] 1345. Lt. Governor Johnson to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Having the opportunity of H.M.S. Lynn, now going to England, I inclose an Act some time since passed by the Assembly of St. Christophers, and recommended by them to me, and being perswaded by some people, I unwarily signed, but soone after finding I was imposed on, refused to put H.M. Seale to it or recommend it to your Lordships for the reasons that, least some persons should misrepresent me to your Lordships, I give you the trouble of. (1) It's founded on suggestions not proved. (2) The estates of people were thereby subjected to be taxed by an Assembly, wherein they neither were or could be represented. (3) By this Act H. M. Prerogative was not only called in question, but admitting the suppositions the makers thereof went upon to be true, intirely destroyed and taken away thereby, as to the conquered parts of St. Christophers. (4) Several of the suppositions upon which it was founded and by the preamble taken for granted, were in fact false, some things being thereby represented as impracticable, which had actually been put in practice, and that publickly. (5) It was a very presumptuous and unwarrantable invasion of H.M. Prerogative to venture on making Laws for a new conquest, without any instructions from H.M., or her pleasure therein first had and known. (6) Because a member of H.M. Councill in that Island, Mr. John Pogson, did falsely report that I had 300l. for passing said Act, and against which false report, when Mr. Pogson was taxed with saying soe of me, I here send your Lordships Walter Hamilton Esq. Lieut. Governor of that Island's oath, as also the oath of Michael Lambert, now President of the same Island, to justifie me against such unjust and malitious false report, together with a certificate of the whole Councill of that Island in my justification, and which indeed were one of the main reasons I would not transmitt this Act to your Lordships under H.M. Seale, and upon Mr. Pogson's behaviour to me herein, I have, with the advice of H.M. Councill in that Island, thought fitt to suspend Mr. Pogson from being of the Councill, till H.M. pleasure should be known herein, and which the Councill of that Island thought to be the least justice they could [do] me. (See Nos. 1346. ii, iii.) Upon my refusall to put the seal to this Act, the inhabitants of that Island immediately turned H.M. souldjers out of their quarters thereby hoping to oblidge me to a law I take to be absolutely against H.M. interest and honour. So I leave it to your Lordshipps' great wisdome to judge thereof as you think fitt. Signed, Jno. Johnson. 3 pp. [C.O. 152, 6. No. 36; and 153, 9. pp. 308–312.]
Sept. 17.
St. Christophers.
1346. Lt. Governor Johnson to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I herewith send an account of the number of men in H.M. conquest of St. Christophers that are fitt to bear armes, which consists of about 150 with their familys, who have all temporary grants from Generall Codrington and myself, for 5, 10 and 20 acres of land, few exceeding that; they allways appear on all alarums and doe duty on all occasions, and though the makers of that Act [see preceding] are for subjecting that part to the English which when done would oblige them poor people who have noe freehold and noe representatives in their Assembly to be taxed, and their grants being but for a time, thought it hard on them, not that anything as to justice but has a true currency, any justice in the English grounds, warrants is executed their as to the peace, felony, murder etc, and the Martiall of the Island executs all civill matters from H.M. Courts of Queen's Bench or any directs writt for the safety and preservation of H.M. Prerogative and the quiett of her subjects. And the inhabitants of that part assist in mending all forts and platforms, with all other service as the other part of the Island require of them, with the labour of their slaves, which are but few; this I hope your Lordships will consider with the reasons I have already enclosed your Lordships with the Act. Signed, Jno. Johnson. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 4, 1705, Read April 8, 1706. 1¾ pp. Enclosed,
1346. i. Accounts of the arms and ammunition in Antigua. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 14, 1705. 1 p.
1346. ii. Certificate by the Council of St. Xtophers. that the report, that Lt. Governor Johnson had a present of 300l. from the publick of this Island as a reward for passing the Act for subjecting the "French Ground" of this Island to ye Civill Government, is false and and mallitious. Signed, W. Hamilton, Jos. Crisp, Step. Payne, Mich. Lambert, Hen. Burrell, Jno. Davis, John Garnett, Jno. Pogson, J. Panton, Jed. Hutchinson. April 3, 1705. Endorsed as preceding. 1 p.
1346. iii. Minute of Council of St. Christophers, April 3, 1705. The Lt. Governor gave his oath that he heard Capt. John Pogson say to Coll. Lambert, they had given so much for passing ye Act. The Governor then said, what did you buy ye Act then? Pogson replied, Yes, wee gave 300l. for itt. Coll. Lambert declared the same also. Signed, John Helden, Ck. Councill. Endorsed as preceding. ¾ p.
1346. iv. Inhabitants of St. Paul's Parish, March 25—Aug. 25, 1705. Superannuated, 4. Able to carry arms, 110. Baptized, 8. Buried, 12. Total, 347. Signed, Will. Semple (?), Churchwarden. ½ p.
1346. v. Inhabitants of St. George's parish, May 23—Sept. 14, 1705. Men, 125. Women, 91. Sons, 120. Daughters, 111. Superannuated, 18. Nue borne, 6. Dd., 5. Total, 472. Noe marriages. 1 crisned. Signed, Isack Evins, Jno. Choppin, Churchwardens. Same endorsement. ½ p.
1346. vi. State of stores of war in St. Kitts, Sept. 10, 1705. Signed, Hen. Burrell. Same endorsement. 1 long p. [C.O. 152, 6. Nos. 37, 37. i–vi.; and (without enclosure) 153, 9. pp. 312–316.]
[? Sept. 17.] 1347. Lt. Governor Johnson to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have herewith sent you the Minitts of the Councill of Mountseratt, Apr. 27—Aug.27, wherein your Lordships will find a letter I sent to the Lieut. Governor of that Island for a transcription of the laws, according to H.M. Instructions. The consequences of the letter I leave to your Lordships, and the Resolutions of the Councill thereon, in which your Lordships will find what trouble I have in getting those things which are required by said Instructions. I have also sent what Acts I could get from Mountserrat, which are confirmed; by peicemeale I gott them, but have sent them orders that all confirmed or not shall be sent per next conveyance. Refers to enclosures. The accounts of money raised the last year for carrying on the fortifications for Nevis I could not send by this opportunity the year being not ended quite, but I will send them per next with all other papers concerning the four Islands. Encloses 5 packetts received from Burmudas. etc. Signed, Jno. Johnson. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 14, 1705. Read April 8, 1706. 2¾ pp. Enclosed,
1347. i. State of Militia of Mountserrat. 483 private and non-com. soldiers. 49 guns. Captains:—Anthony Hodges, John Daly, Joseph Little, Edward Buncomb, Geo. Wyke, Thos. Lake, Geo. Liddell, Jno. Cockran, John Bramly. Lieutenants:—Anthony Fox, Wm. White, Rich. Cooke, Edwd. Daniell, Robt. Oakeley, Edwd. Limington, Sigismund Coop, Jos. Kerwen, Wm. Barzy. 2nd Lieutenants:—Timo. Popellwell, Dennis Daly, John Russell, Jos. Sawyers, Wm. Risdon, Fran. Wilson, Jno. Wattson, Wm. Martin, Cornet. Ensigns:—Henry Fox, Jno. Drackett, Isaac Finch. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 14, 1705. 2 pp.
1347. ii. Exports of Nevis, April 12—July 12, 1705. To England: Sugar, hhds. 837, teirces, 481, barrils, 326¾. Mollosoes, teirces, 1, barrils, ¼. Indico, barrils, 1½. To the Plantations: Sugar, hhds. 13, teirces, 48, barrils, 70¼. Mollosoes, hhds. 11, teirces, 124, barrils, 10¼. Cotton, 45 baggs. Same endorsement. ½ p.
1347. iii. Exports of Mountserrat, Oct. 26—May 12, 1705. 3 ships. To England; Sugar, hhds. 332, tierces, 141, barrils, 112½. Indico, barrills, 6. Cotton, baggs, 5. Piemento, barrills, ½. Ginger, teirces, 5. To the Plantations; Sugar, hhds. 97, tierces, 16, barrils, 27½. Indico, barrils, ¾. Mellossoes, hhds. 4, barrels, 1. Cotton, baggs, 10. Piemento, barrils, 1. Same endorsement. ¾ p. [C.O. 152, 6. Nos. 38, 38.i.–iii.; and (with letter and enclosures ii and iii only) 153, 9. pp. 316–322.]
Sept. 22.
1348. Governor Nott [to ? the Duke of Marlborough or Newcastle]. Returns thanks for favours and begs continuance of patronage. Signed, Edward Nott. Holograph. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1340. No. 14.]
Sept. 22.
1349. Governor Nott to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Excuses himself from sending a list of persons fit for the Council, as not being long enough in the country etc. Signed, Edward Nott. Holograph. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1314. No. 65; and 5, 1361. p. 422.]
Sept. 22.
1350. Governor Nott to the Council of Trade and Plantations. After a tedious passage I arrived on Aug. 11 within the Capes of Virginia, and next day came to Williamsburgh. I immediately summoned the Council, who mett me on Aug. 15, where H.M. Commission to me was published, and the Council sworn. Refers to Journals of Council, enclosed. Having advised with H.M. Council, I have appointed a General Assembly to meet on Oct. 23, and the elections are now making: when they meet I shal make it my endeavour to incline them to such measures as may promote H.M. service and the dispatch of those Laws which your Lordps. have sent over by Col. Jenings. Your Lordships will see that the Council were of opinion that I should appoint an Auditor and Receiver General until further direction from England, and that it was necessary the Revenue should be put into the hands of a person of ability, who might give security to H.M. for answering it. We unanimously agreed in the choice of the person, viz. Mr. Bird, whose father, having acted in that office for many years to the general satisfaction, hath left him an estate very sufficient not only for answering the ballance of his father's accounts to H.M., but what else may come into his hands on account of the revenue; and accordingly he hath given bond for 5,000l. with good security for the discharge of that office etc. I hope your Lordps. will neither disapprove of the method nor the person, when I assure your Lordps. I thought it most for H.M. service. There being no agent appointed for this Colony, as had been usual before, I proposed to the Council the nominating of one, and your Lordps. will perceive by the Journal, how heartily the Council joined in the nomination of Col. Blakiston; hoping your Lordps. will be pleased to grant our request, in admitting him to sollicite the affairs of this country at your Board, as there shal be occasion. In obedience to H.M. royal commands, I recommended to the consideration of the Council H.M. Instruction concerning the Auditor and Receiver's office being executed by one person; the sum of their opinion is that an examination of the accounts of the revenue in this country is necessary for H.M. service, that the present sallary allowed the Auditor would be too smal if divided between two officers, and the accounts being examined and inspected by the Governor and Council will be more effectual for discovering frauds than if they were under the scrutiny of one single person. Refers to Journal of Council. It being thought necessary that the revenue arising since Col. Bird's death should be stated, the Council appointed some gentlemen to inspect the said accounts, they have reported their observations thereon. Refers to Journal of Council. The result of all was a representation to me concerning Col. Nicholson's proceedings in taking on himself the execution of the Auditor's office, and a desire that I should lay it before H.M., and humbly pray H.M. directions that the money arising by the Revenue which Col. Nicholson remitted by bills of exchange into the hands of Mr. Perry, merchant in London, may be put into the hands of the Auditor of Virginia; I would have sent your Lordps. a duplicate of the said representation signed by the Council, but before copies could be finished for my Lord High Treasurer and H.M. Secretary of State two of the Council were taken sick, and myself very much indisposed; so that I am to intreat your Lordps. excuse that I can only send your Lordships the inclosed attested copy of it. Upon the inspection of the Naval Officers' accounts we discovered that several hogsheads of tobacco of the growth of Maryland had been shipt in Potomack and Rappahannock districts without paying the 2s. per hogshd. according to H.M. Instructions, which I have (by advice of the Council) represented to my Lord High Treasurer, for his Lordship's directions whether the officers of those districts shal be accountable for what is past, they pretending it had been the custom for several years to exact no duty for Maryland tobacco. But for the future I have, by advice in Council, given orders to exact the 2s. per hogshd. of all tobacco whatsoever according to H.M. Instructions. I have in obedience to H.M. commands given my warrant to Mr. Bird to remitt 3,000l. out of the Quitt-rents into the receipt of H.M. Exchequer. I have also, on Mr. Blair's request, signed a warrant for a year's sallary as Commissary (which was in arrear) ending April 25, 1705. And I have likewise signd another warrant for the 200l. ordered by H.M. to Col. Jenings, it is to be paid out of the Quitt-rents, the Council being of opinion it could not be paid out of the 2s. per hogshd. I have received a petition from the children of one John Holt of Surry County, who being under some indisposition of mind lately hanged himself, and the Jury of inquest found him felo de se, whereby his personal estate is forfeited to H.M., but tho they did not return him non compos mentis, yet it has been since proved by good testimonys that he had been for a considerable time before troubled with a lunacy and distraction of mind. I caused the estate to be inventory'd and appraised, and the inventory and appraisement upon oath are returned into the Secretary's office, whereby it appears that the value of the estate amounts to 159l. 16s. 6d., and there being five children, who are in my opinion objects of H.M. compassion, I have represented their case to my Lord High Treasurer, (as being a matter relating to the Revenue) for H.M. grace in remitting the said forfeiture. In the meantime I have continued the estate in the hands of the orphans, upon their having given security for paying the value thereof when H.M. pleasure shal be signifyed therein. Finding that James City had formerly a priviledge of electing a burgess to serve in the Assembly, but that it had been lately discontinued, I advised with the Council whether I should issue a writt, and they gave their opinion that James City had still that priviledge whilst the Act of Assembly that gave it stood unrepealed, whereupon I have accordingly issued a writ for that place. Encloses copies of the Proclamations issued since my entring upon the Government, but Col. Nicholson informing me that he had, by the last Virginia fleet, sent your Lordps. the accounts of the Revenue, with the Naval Officers' and Collectors' lists and accounts of the trade, and but very few ships laden with tobacco going from this country with Capt. Clements, the present convoy, I beg your Lordps. to excuse me that I cannot send those accts. by this conveyance. Having received my Lord High Treasurer's commands with a Memorial for the better improving H.M. Quitt-rents, I have at two several meetings of Council recommended it to their consideration; but finding it a matter of great weight and intricacie, they have referr'd it for more mature deliberation to the next Council. I have made enquiry concerning what arms and stores of war are in the Country on the public account, and understand that there are in James City, and other parts of the Country, where some kind of fortifications have been formerly, several great guns, with some shots and granado shels; but all those guns are dismounted and unserviceable, as I doubt not your Lordps. have been fully informed already, nor do I see of what service great guns and fortifications can be in a country so full of rivers, creeks and convenient landing places as this; and there would be more danger than security to the country from such fortifications without a sufficient strength to defend them. As for small arms, I find there was a supply for 400 horse and 1,000 foot, with a proportionable quantity of powder and shott sent in hither by H.M., for the service of the Militia, which are now in the magazine at James City, except a few sold to several persons who are to account for the price thereof to the auditor for reimbursing the first cost and charges paid by H.M., of all which I shall, God willing, give your Lordps. a full and particular acct. in my next. It was one of the first things I recommended to the Council to consider of some way for preventing the dangers that may happen by the enemy's intercepting of letters on board of ships taken going from hence; and I found there had been orders given therein upon a letter from your Lordps. to Col. Nicholson, of which I suppose he hath informed you, but that matter having been recommended by him to the last General Assembly, the House of Burgesses voted "that if such direction or permission (of sinking letters) were given to Masters of ships, it would be very prejudicial and injurious to all dealers and traders, and cause many of their letters to miscarry." And the Council finding that the making such a method (as your Lordps. proposes) practicable would be very difficult in this country, where there is no post-office, but the ships riding disperst all over the country the letters are taken on board by the Masters and seamen at pleasure, could come to no resolution therein, so that I must pray your Lordships' further direction. I understand there hath been brought into the country this summer about 1,800 negroes, sold generally for 54l. sterling a man and woman, at the least. All these, except a few, are imported since the Imposition Acts expired; but I shal endeavour to give your Lordps. a more full accot. in my next, both of this and what else concerns the trade of this country, whereof I have not yet had the opportunity so particularly to inform myself, and if I have ommitted anything else I hope your Lordships will be pleased to impute it to my want of time. Signed, Edward Nott. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 29, Read Dec. 21, 1705. 6 pp. Enclosed,
1350. i. Report of the Council of Virginia upon the state of the Revenues since the death of Mr. Auditor Bird. Referred to in preceding. See Minutes of Council. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 29, 1705. Copy. 2 pp.
1350. ii. Proclamations by Governor Nott. (1) Aug. 15, 1705. Continuing officers etc. (2) Aug. 16, 1705. Dissolving the Assembly and summoning a new Assembly to meet at Williamsburgh on Oct. 23. (3) For the pprehension of John Staples, late of Philadelphia, John Taylor, Thomas Sparrow and — Sterritt, and Richard Clark, reported by the Governor of Maryland to have gotten a sloop, the Little Hannah of West River, Ma., and turned pirates. Endorsed as preceding. Copies. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 1314. Nos. 66, 66. i., ii.; and (without enclosures) 5, 1361. pp. 414–421.]
Sept. 22.
1351. Governor Nott to [? Mr. Secretary Hedges]. Repeats gist of part of preceding. Soon after my arrival here, I gott ye Commissary to call an Assemble of ye Clergy. And I delivered an extrodinary good letter from ye Bishopp of London to exhort them to peace, and I joyned to ye uttermost of my power to ye same end, But it was to no purpose, so I have left them to themselves. I did write to you Sr. from Deal and gave you an acct. yt the Auditor here was dead. I did then acquaint you that here was four Navall Officers and four Collectors, and that ye Navall Officers was inconsiderable, but I was wrong informed. Their are 6 Navall Officers, who being as well Collectors of ye 2s. per hhd., as they have as yett constantly ben, four of their places are between 200l. or 300l a year, ye fifth is about 160l., and ye sixth worth very little, it being upon ye Eastern Shore. These places when vacant have never yet been disputed, but yt. they ware in ye Governer's disposeal. I remember a Gentleman came to me from you and sayd he thought to goe along with me. But he did not come down to Portsmouth as he told me he believed he should. If he had I am sure I should have been glad to have served him if in my power. I doe believe ye Council have a mind to dispute with me ye making of ye Collectors of ye 2s. per hhd. (wch. is ye great part, ye Navall Officers' profits being nothing allmost). If their comes a vacancey, I doe not know but they will doe itt upon my renuing ye Commistions. If they doe I am resolved to refer itt home, and then I shall be very glad to have ye Gentleman's company here as one off them. Their pretence is yt it is sayd in my Instructions I shall not make them but by advice of Council. Now they have a mind to turn severall out and put in their owne relations, and yt is not my turn of temper. Besides there here are six Collectors made by ye Commistioners of the Customs at London. But their places are not very considerable, about 100l. or less a year, with whom ye Governer dos not conserne himselfe, but upon very extrodinary occations. Eldridge, who you were pleased to speak to me about, I sent for and find he is a servant (with a good Master), and has about 6 months to serve, when he is free I will truely endeavor to do some for him, he seems to be a very good youth etc. Signed, Edward Nott. Endorsed, R. 29. Holograph. 3 pp. Enclosed,
1351. i. Minutes of Council of Virginia, Aug. 15—Sept. 7, 1705. 25 pp.
1351. ii. Abstract of preceding, as in preceding letters. 2½ pp.
1351. iii. Proclamations by Governor Nott. Duplicate of No. 1350. ii. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 1340. Nos. 15, 15.i.–iii.]
[Sept. 23.] 1352. Merchants trading to Jamaica to the Queen. Pray H.M. to give them her 1/8th part of their ship Richard and Sarah, captured by a French privateer and recaptured by H.M.S. Rochester. 43 Signatures. Subscribed, Windsor, Sept. 23, 1705. H.M. refers above to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their report. Signed, Ro. Harley. Endorsed, Recd. 1st. Read Oct. 2nd, 1705. 2 pp. [C.O. 137, 7. Nos. 12, 12. i.; and 138, 11. pp. 415–417.]
Sept. 24. 1353. Edict of the King of Spain for opening a trade with the English. Translated from the Spanish. 6 pp. [C.O. 318, 3. Nos. 25; and (duplicates) 26, 27.]
Sept. 25.
1354. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Hedges. Enclose copies of Mr. Dyer's papers [Sept. 1]. Autograph signatures. 1 p. [C.O. 318, 3. No. 28; and 138, 11. p. 412.]
Sept. 25.
1355. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Propose Mr. Edlyn for the Council of Jamaica. [See June 11.] He has been recommended to us by former Governors as well as by other considerable persons interested in that Island, etc. [C.O. 138, 11. p. 413.]
Sept. 28. 1356. Mr. Feild and Mr. Wyeth to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Reply to Sir H. Ashhurst [April 21, June 27]. The Act of Connecticut is directed chiefly against Quakers. If the proper end of it is already obtained, to witt suppression, as the Agent seems to allow, it is more then a tacit confession that it has been put in execution. It is not there deemed obsolete, the Government having, upon the late revisal of their Laws, reprinted it without any signification of its being obsolete. By a letter lately received from a friend of ours on that side, he acquaints us the People are aw'd by it, and that it was lately published ad terrorem. There is no doubt the Law is in existence and contrary to the Charter which gives leave to all H.M. subjects without distinction to transport themselves thither. Instance the prosecution of Rogers, and two other instances reprinted by our Friends in a book entitled "New England Judged." By letter lately received from a Friend of ours, who was at Fairfield in Connecticut, we are informed that the people there are overawed from entertaining our meetings in their houses by this law, which he says, as above hinted, was lately published ad terrorem. Pray that the Law may be disallowed. Signed, John Feild, Jos. Wyeth. Endorsed, Recd. Sept. 28, Read Oct. 2, 1705. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 1263. No. 31; and 5, 1291. pp. 204–209.]
Sept. 29.
1357. Copy of H.M. Commission appointing Robert Livingston Town Clerk, Clerk of the Peace in the City and County of Albany, and Agent for the Government of New York to the Indian Nations. Countersigned, C. Hedges. Endorsed, Recd. Read Oct. 16, 1705. 3 pp. Set out, N.Y. Doc. IV. p. 1158. [C.O. 5, 1048. No. 123; and 5, 1120. pp. 342–345.]