America and West Indies: Miscellaneous, 1705

Pages 744-747

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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Miscellaneous, 1705

[? 1705–6.] 1542. An account of the present state of Barbados. When Sir B. Granville arrived he found the Island in great confusion and divided into partys. The majority of the Assembly seeing the Island in debt and publick creditt low, resolved to bring the Treasurer and some of his friends to account, who they had reason to believe had embezelled the publick money, but to prevent this design, 8 Members of the Assembly, accomptants or friends of his, agreed to absent themselves from the House, by which means all publick business was a stand. Sir Bevill laboured all he could to bring them to a temper etc. Soon after, the Assembly, in order to have a true state of the debts laid before them, proceeded to appoint Commissioners to inspect the publick accompts, and the time drawing near for choosing a Treasurer, it was apprehended that Mr. Downes would be laid aside, and thereby all concerned with him brought to accompt, upon which some of the late absenting Members apply'd to the Governour for his favour that Mr. Downes might be againe elected, makeing him great offers to engage him in their interest, and in order to it, immediately proposed in the House an Addresse to the Queen to revoake the late Order restraining him from receiving an annual present, which Address he thought fit to discourage. Afterwards when a question was put for re-imbursing the Governor the charges he was att in sending out flags of truce and maintenance of servants till a house was provided for him, which were charges always allowed to other Governours, and estimated only at 600l., some of those very gentlemen voted he should be allowed 1,500l., and others 1,000l., and afterwards they voted unanimously that his cellar should be supplied with wine as usually for his reception and the reception of the whole Country, tho' they have since petitioned the Queen against him for receiving the same. They, finding he could not be prevailed with by the consideration of his own interest to oppose the majority of the Assembly in the election of a Treasurer, began to have recourse to their former method of absenting themselves etc. The Governor endeavoured to perswade them to return, and being after informed that they had spread a report to incense the people, that the reason of their absenting was to prevent the passing of a Bill in the Assembly, which under the pretence of raising 150 men to guard the coasts, was intended for the Governour to gett a considerable sum of money and to enslave them by governing with a standing army, he thereupon, by the advice of the Council, prorogues the Assembly, and at their next meeting acquaints them that he did it that the Bill might drop, and that there might be no pretence left for their absenting themselves. During this time a proposal was made by one of these Gentlemen, who undertooke for the rest that if Downes might be elected Treasurer, they would return to the House, otherwise they would continue to break it, and tho' they complained of this Bill, and have since made it an Article against the Governour, they themselves brought in a Bill of the same nature by which he was to receive 1,500l. without account, tho' by the other he was only to be allowed 200l. for intelligence. The Governor, after near a year's fruitless endeavours, finding them to continue obstinate, summons them to attend him in Council to give their reasons for their absenting themselves, who answered they would attend when they thought the business of the House was for the Queen's service or the good of the publick, but when they thought otherwise they would againe break the House Upon their withdrawing, the Governour asked the Council whether the wilful absenting of these Members were not disobeying of the Queen's writt, and a breach of their trust to the People, to which the Councill agreed. He then proposed to them whether these Gentlemen ought not to be removed from their employment in the Militia and Commissions of the Peace, upon which four of the Council propos'd that further time might be allow'd them, and advised the Governour rather to remedy these evills by disolving the Assembly and calling a new one, than by removing them out of their employment. The Governour after summoned the Councill twice to advise with at this nice juncture, but found these four Councellors began now to putt in practice the method of the absenting Assemblymen, and by staying at home broke the Councill, there being not a sufficient number in the Island to make a Board without two of them at least attended. Sir Bevill, haveing before information that these Councellors did underhand countenance the absenting Members, which he was now confirmed in, not only by their breaking the Council twice, but their adviseing a disolution without removeing them from their offices, which would give them credit to be elected againe, found himself under a necessity, with the advice of those Councellors who attended, to suspend them and call a new Assembly etc. His action has been attended with all the success imaginable. For whereas all business had been at a stand for neare two years, the new Assembly has in a little time stated the debts of the Island, raised 20,000l. to pay them off, sett out 2 brigantines to clear the coasts from privateers, who before kept them in a manner besieged, and intercepted their provisions, hath restored publick creditt to that degree, that tho' before the public could not borrow 100l., they have more money offered them now at common interest than they have occasion for. The Gentlemen who were displaced, finding now they could play their game no longer at home, resolve to carry on their malice by sending over petitions to H.M. against the Governour, and to spare no cost, as some of them have bragg'd, to gett him removed, in hopes of being able to manage his successor better. The first petitions were transmitted in the names of 7 members of the late Assembly and the four Councellours, but finding that by being petitioners, they unquallified themselves for evidences, two of the seven Members, who were ordered by the Assembly to be prosecuted for embeazleing the publick money, made their escape hither, and presented a new petition against the Governour in the names of the other five, became themselves the principall witnesses, and gott two or three more to joyne with them, who are fled from justice and now under prosecution, one of them for perjury. Repeat proceedings calendared supra. No date or signature. 3¾ large pp. [C.O. 28, 38. No. 41.]
1705 ff. 1543. Acts of Antigua, 1697–1714. [C.O. 8, 3.]; 1668–1706. [C.O. 8, 1.]
Acts of Barbados, 1643–1762. Printed. [C.O. 30, 1.]; 1698–1714. [C.O. 30, 6]; 1648–1718. Printed. [C.O. 30, 4.]
Acts of Bermuda, 1698–1766. [C.O. 39, 3]; 1704–1714. [C.O. 39, 4]; 1690–1714. Printed. [C.O. 39, 2.]
Acts of Carolina, 1663–1734. Printed. Edited by Nicholas Trott, LL.D. [C.O. 5, 411.]
Acts of Jamaica, 1681–1737. Printed. [C.O. 139, 8]; and 1695–1707. MS. [C.O. 139, 9.]
Acts of the Leeward Islands. Printed. 1668–1740. [C.O. 176, 1]; and 1668–1730. [C.O. 154, 3.]
Acts of Maryland, 1692–1727. Printed. [C.O. 5, 730]; and 1704–1753. [C.O. 5, 733; and 5, 732; and 5, 729.]
Acts of the Massachusetts Bay, 1692–1761. [C.O. 5, 771–773.]
Acts of Montserrat. Printed. 1668–1740. [C.O. 176, 1.; and MS. 176, 2; and 176, 3.]
Acts of New Hampshire, 1703–1714. [C.O. 5, 951]: 1696–1740. [C.O. 5, 948]; Printed. 1699–1751. [C.O. 5, 949.]
Acts of New Jersey, 1704–1714. [C.O. 5, 1006.]
Acts of New York. Printed. [C.O. 5, 1143; and 5, 1144.]
Acts of Nevis, 1680–1735. [C.O. 185, 1]; 1664–1739. Printed. [C.O. 185, 2; and 185, 3.]
Acts of Pennsylvania. Printed. [C.O. 5, 1238; and (MS.) 5, 1237.]
Acts of St. Christophers, 1701–1722. [C.O. 240, 1.]
Acts of Virginia, 1704–5. Printed. [C.O. 5, 1382, 1383, 1384]; 1705–1710. [C.O. 5, 1385]; 1662–1732. Printed. [C.O. 5, 1381]; 1662–1715. Printed. [C.O. 5, 1380.]
1544. Lists of Acts of New Hampshire and the Massachusetts Bay, New York and the Proprieties. [C.O. 5, 273–276]; of the Leeward Islands. [C.O. 154, 6.]
1545. Abstracts of letters from the Governor and the President of Council of Barbados, [C.O. 28, 36]; from the Governor of Jamaica, [C.O. 137, 41]; from the Leeward Islands, 1704–1752. [C.O. 152, 36]; from the Massachusetts Bay, 1706–1756. [C.O. 5, 923]; from New Hampshire, 1705–1755. [C.O. 5, 994]; from New Jersey, 1703–1754. [C.O. 5, 1000]; from New York, 1698–1737. [C.O. 5, 1133]; from the Propriety Governments, 1706–1752. [C.O. 5, 1298]; from Virginia, 1705ff. [C.O. 5, 1370.]
1546. Abstracts of Grants of Land, Carolina, 1706–1768. [C.O. 5, 319]; New York, 1665–1765. [C.O. 5, 1134]; South Carolina, 1674–1765. [C.O. 5, 398.]
1547. Naval Office Shipping Returns. Barbados, 1678ff. [C.O. 33, 13, and 14]; Nevis, 1704–1729. [C.O. 187, 1. No. 1]; Antigua, 1704–1720. Nevis, 1683–1715. St. Kitts, 1684ff. Montserrat, 1704–1715. [C.O. 157, 1]; St. Kitts, 1704ff. [C.O. 243, 1]; Massachusetts Bay, 1686–1717. [C.O. 5, 848]; Virginia, 1700–1706. [C.O. 5, 1441.]
1548. Plantation Accounts, Fort Kijkoveral, 1702–1705. 44 pp. [C.O. 116, 164. No. 2.]