1463. Mr. Secretary Boyle to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Encloses following. You are to consider of the
most proper methods (in order to be laid before H.M.) how H.M.
may best comply with the desire of her Commons, etc. Signed,
H. Boyle. Endorsed, Recd. 5th, Read 10th May, 1708. 1 p.
1463. i. Address of the House of Commons to H.M. March 3,
1708. Pray that the Laws relating to the Fishery
and Trade of Newfoundland may be effectually put
in execution against Commanders of H.M. ships or forts
there who receive any sums from H.M. subjects in their
voyages and fishery there, and that they be forbidden
to use any fishing boats for their own private use there,
etc. Copy. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 4. Nos. 66, 66.i.; and 195,
5. pp. 29, 30.]|
1464. W. Popple, jr., to Mr. Solicitor General. The Council
of Trade and Plantations having under consideration a Memorial
from the Lord Baltemore [Feb. 20] containing his objections
against two Acts passed in Maryland, 1707, desire your opinion
thereupon in point of law. [C.O. 5, 727. pp. 46, 47.]
1465. S. Duport to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Encloses following. Wee thought fitt to putt Capt. Pogson att
ye head of all, his misfortune of killing a man being such as may
befall ye best of men. He is one of the worthiest of that Island,
etc. Signed, Ste. Duport. 1 p. Enclosed,
1465. i. Recommends following for the Council of St. Kitts:—Capt. Jo. Pogson, Jo. Peteres, Capt. Jo. Bourryan, Capt.
Ed. Gillard, Charles Rowland, John Willet, John King,
Capt. Jos. Estridge. Signed, Ste. Duport. Endorsed,
Recd. Read June 29, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 7. Nos.
1466. Copies of H.M. Instructions to Major Lloyd and the
Commodore at Newfoundland, April 11, 1706. Endorsed, Recd.
Read May 10, 1708. 4½ pp. [C.O. 194, 4. Nos. 67, 68.]
1467. W. Popple, jr., to James Campbell. The Board desire
you to lay before them your intended charges against Major Loyd
with all possible dispatch, etc. (cf. March 24, and May 3, 1708).
[C.O. 195, 5. p. 31.]
1468. Same to Mr. Solicitor General. Upon considering
the Act to incourage the trade to Newfoundland, the Board desire
your opinion as soon as conveniently may be, whether, when a
thing is required to be done, or prohibited from being done by Act
of Parliament, and no penalty expressed in the said Act, the breach
of that Act is not punishable as a misdemeanour at Common
Law. [C.O. 195, 5. p. 32.]
1469. Copy of Mr. William Blathwayt's Patent from
K. Charles II as Auditor General of the Plantations. Endorsed,
Recd. 10th, Read 12th May, 1708. 11pp. [C.O. 323, 6. No. 57.]
1470. John Rayner to the Queen. Prays to be appointed
Solicitor General of New York in place of Mr. Broughton;
on grounds set out, Acts of Privy Council, II. pp. 522, 523.
1470. i. H.M. refers this petition to the Council of Trade and
Plantations for their report. Whitehall, May 10, 1708.
Signed, Sunderland. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 12,
1708. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 1049. Nos. 49 (A), 49.a (1);
and 5, 1121. pp. 125, 126.]|
1471. Order of Queen in Council. The Lord High Treasurer
is to provide transport to New York, necessary tools for agriculture,
and one year's subsistance for the poor Lutherans, as proposed
April 28. Signed, Edward Southwell. Subscribed, Aug. 31.
A letter was writ for issuing 655l. 4s. to the Treasurer of the
transports for providing tools, clothing, etc. Endorsed, Recd.
Read May 21, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 55; and 5, 1121.
1472. Order of Queen in Council. The poor Lutherans
(April 28) are to be made free Denizens of this Kingdom, without
charge. Signed and endorsed as preceding. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049.
No. 56; and 5, 1121. p. 138.]
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers.
1473. Wm. Lowndes to Wm. Popple. Encloses following
petition which the Lord High Treasurer conceives should more
properly have been referred to the Council of Trade and Plantations. (See Acts of Privy Council, II. No. 1050.) Signed, Wm.
Lowndes. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 12, 1708. 1 p. Enclosed,
1473. i. Capt. Richard Long to the Queen. In the reign of
his late Majesty, Petitioner commanded the Rupert
prize, and was sent upon discoveries on the coasts of
America not possest by Europeans, he proceeded to the
Gulph of Darien, and there laid the first foundation
of commerce with those Indians, from whom he gained intelligence of the gold mines of Cany, possess'd by the
Spaniards, and lying about three days' march from the
waterside, but being informed that the Spanish Barlavento
Fleet were upon the coast, he was forced to come away
without attempting any further discovery for fear of being
intercepted by them. At his return to England, the
war being then declared against Spain, he propos'd to
the Governmt. to fit out a ship with only 120 men, which
with the Indians he cou'd have raised, might have been
sufficient to have surprized those mines, but not
succeeding therein, he applied himself to Admiral
Benbow, who liking the said design, was willing to take
your petitioner with him for his pilot, and did accordingly
obtain for him the command of the Lewis prize hulk,
for Jamaica; but the said Admiral's misfortune
prevented his putting the said design in execution;
and petitioner has been ever since in your Majesty's
service in the West Indies, till his late return. Since
the present war, the privateers of Jamaica did make
an attempt upon the said mines of Cany, and brought
away about 60l. of gold, but had not the expected success
through their ignorance of the right methods to manage
it, which petitioner cou'd clearly demonstrate. Petitioner at his first setting out in the Rupert prize proposed
to have 200l. for his expenses and necessaries to treat
the Indians, but could gett no more than 150l. in malt
tickets, which yielded but 105l., and the expences and
charges with the Indians amounted to 185l. Prays to
be paid the balance of 80l., etc. Copy. 2 pp. [C.O.
323, 6. Nos. 58, 58.i.; and 324, 9. pp. 181–184.]|
1474. Ed. Jones to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
500l. is not too much to be paid me for resigning my places to
Mr. Noden's kinsman, for that sum was paid for them by
Mr. Fifield to Mr. Tucker, when they were not near their
present value, etc. etc. Signed, Ed. Jones. Endorsed, Recd.
Read May 12, 1708. 1½ pp. [C.O. 37, 8. No. 49.]
1475. Nominations for the Council of New Jersey. Printed,
New Jersey Archives, 1st Ser., iii. 299. Endorsed, Recd., from
Ld. Lovelace and Proprietors, Read May 12, 1708. ¾ p. [C.O.
5, 970. No. 58.]
1476. Certificate in favour of John Rayner (May 10).
Signed, by 8 of the Judges of Westminster Hall. Endorsed,
Recd. Read May 14, 1708. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 50; and
5, 1121. p. 126.]
1477. Circular letter from the Council of Trade and Plantations to the Governors of the Plantations. Two Acts having
been passed in the last Session of Parliament, vizt., an Act for
ascertaining the rates of foreign coines in H.M. Plantations in
America, and for the encouragement of the trade to America, we
send you here enclosed two of each of the said Acts, and are thereupon to require you to cause the same to be publish'd with the
usual solemnity through [your Government]; and you are further
to take particular care that the said Acts be duly complyed with.
Mem. After the word "thereupon," these words," by H.M.
command" were added for Carolina, Pensilvania, Connecticut,
and Rhode Island. [C.O. 324, 9. pp. 184, 185.]
Rio Essequebo, Fort Kijckoveral.
1478. J. Bassing to the Directors of the Dutch West India
Company. Signed, J. Bassing. Endorsed, Read Sept. 6/17, 1708.
Addressed. Sealed. Dutch. 1½ pp. Enclosed,
1478. i. Accounts, etc. 1698 ff. Dutch. 10 pp. [C.O. 116,
20. Nos. 14, 14.i.]|
1479. Mr. Solicitor General to Wm. Popple. Reply to
May 10. I take it to be pretty clear, that tho' there be no
particular penalty mentioned in an Act of Parliament, requiring
or prohibiting the doing of anything, yet if any person shall
offend agst. such Act, he may be fined at the discretion of the
Court upon being found guilty on an indictment or information
which may be exhibited agst. him for acting contra formam statuti.
Signed, Ja. Mountague. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 17, 1708.
1 p. [C.O. 194, 4. No. 69; and 195, 5. p. 33.]
1480. Deposition of Capt. Long in support of his petition,
May 11. Cf. June 2. Signed, Richd. Long. Endorsed, Recd.
Read June 1st, 1708. 1½ pp. [C.O. 323, 6. No. 60.]
1481. The Earl of Sunderland to Governor Handasyd.
Recommends to his protection Thomas Betts of the Inner
Temple, etc. [See April 27.] [C.O. 5, 210. p. 93.]
1482. Governor Crowe to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Now lyes before me your Lordships' of Jan. 29. When
any Flaggs of Truce come from the enemy, I shall observe your
Lordps.' directions therein; and readyly obay H.M. commands in
reinstateing Messrs. Sharpe, Cox, Mills and Walker to their places,
next sitting of Councill. But I wish this alteration may not disturbe
the quiet and repose that, with patience, industery, and managment I had procur'd amongest the inhabitants, who indeed were
(even beyond my hopes) come to a reconcilling temper. By the
last printed law, I meant the Act concerning the Governor's
holding the Generall Sessions, which is the last in Mr. Rawlin's
book of the Laws of Barbados, but that is now repeal'd by a new
one, which, amongest others I now send your Lordships, for H.M.
approbation. If your Lordships had given yourselves the trouble
to have perused the Minutes of the Councill at a Court of
Grivance, you would have seen I had no shaire in suspending
the execution against Col. Holder, for it was done by the majority
of the Councillors' votes in that Court, which I am bound by my
oath to pronounce sentence upon; against next pacquett I shall
according to your Lordships' directions gett a list of all the Pattent
Officers, and the value of their places. I observe H.M. has been
pleased to appoint Coll. Freere and Major Pilgrim of her Councill
here; the first has been dead some months, as alsoe Col. Wheeler,
and in that vacancy (there being then but six Councillors in the
Island) I placed Judge Warren; but he in obedience to H.M.
Order, must be removed with the other three. I humbly
recommend the said Gentlemen to your Lordps., as the best
qualified to supply the vacanceys that may fall in H.M. Councill;
by Mr. Warren's remove, I placed Major Beckles in his room
as Judge of the Hall Court. All the Guards are dismiss't from
the severall Forts, and the Mattrosses placed therein, as the
Law directs. I hope this will be a great means to keep the poorer
sort amongest us. Soe soon as the Comittee of publick Accts.
have settled them, coppys thereof shall be sent your Lordps.,
as alsoe those of the Revenue. The proceedings of Capt. Fane,
Commander of H.M.S. Lowestaffe, have been soe irregulare, I
beg your Lordships wou'd be pleased to lay the same before H.R.H.
that the owners of the vessell may have reddress. There are two
of H.M. ships that attend this Island now cruising in the Latt:
the Greenwich in her last took a French prize of 120 tuns, loaden
with sugar, at Guardaloupe. In the new Commission of the Peace
your Lordships will find there is none but men of the best estates.
Signed, M. Crowe. Endorsed, Recd. 2nd, Read 4th Aug., 1708.
3 pp. Enclosed,
1482. i. List of Justices in the several precincts of Barbados,
114 names. Endorsed, Recd. Aug. 2, 1708. 2 pp.|
1482. ii. Transactions of the Committee of Council of Barbados
with the Assembly concerning (a) the Bill for laying an
imposition on wines etc. imported, March 2–18, 1708.
The Comittee of the Council protest against a clause
being tacked on to this Bill, whereby the Assembly
assume to themselves a separate power of appointing
and employing Agents in England, without the
concurrence of H.E. and the Council, as being a great
indignity to H.M. Government, foreign to the title and
nature of the Bill, and contrary to H.M. Instructions.
The Assembly insist, but extend the title of the Bill,
and alter the clause regarding Agents to the appointment
of 3 Agents, one to be nominated by the Governor and
Council and two by the Assembly, the majority of them
to transact the affairs of the Island. The Council
(March 18) reject the amended bill on the same grounds
as before. (b) Concerning the Bill appointing a Committee
for settling the public accounts, the Council give their
reasons for adhering to their amendments in reply to the
Assembly's resolutions. April 13, 1708. The whole
endorsed, Recd. Aug. 2, 1708. 8 pp.|
1482. iii. Deposition of T. Withers, mercht., part owner of
the sloop Sarah, Capt. Edward Flower, master, from
Curacoa. On March 23, Capt. George Fane, H.M.S.
Lowestoft, seized her upon a charge of having contraband
goods aboard. He delayed examining her, whilst he
himself passed the time with Col. Cleland, who suggested
to deponent that, to avoid further trouble, he should
make Capt. Fane a small present, otherwise Capt. Fane
might make the sloop sail with him. Deponent made
an offer to Capt. Fane, who said that he knew better
than to let the sloop come to a trial here, that he could
not live on wages of 8s. a day, that he had been a great
sufferer by the merchants and must make it up by
them againe as he had already done in some measure
to the vallue of about 6 or 700l. He demanded 200l.,
which deponent declined. Col. Cleland then suggested
that Capt. Fane should be satisfied with 100l. Capt.
Fane replied that he would not abate anything of 200l.,
but would not allow deponent to depart. April 14,
1708. Signed, Thos. Withers. Endorsed, Recd. 2nd,
Read 4th Aug., 1708. 2 pp.|
1482. iv. Deposition of John Jones, Gent. On March 26 he did
see a handkirecher with money handed from the Sarah
into the Lowestoft's boat. April 22, 1708. Signed, John
Jones. ½ p.|
1482. v. Deposition of James Hammell, mariner. On March 26
he heard Capt. Fane, on board the Lastaff, declare he
would take from off Barbados all the white or black men
that would leave it, in spight of the Government.
William Robertson told deponent that he had sent two
negroes on board the Lastaffe, the tytle of one of the
negroes being in dispute. On board the Sarah Capt.
Flower told him he had paid Wm. Davis, Lt. of the
Lastaffe, 100l. for ransome of the sloop, rather then be
carryed to New Yorke, as Capt. Faine said he would,
etc. etc. Signed, James Hammell. 1 p.|
1482. vi. Deposition of Elizabeth Flower. Deponent heard
Capt. George Faine say that he carryed off this Island
Mr. Roundoe, and that he would carry off 50 more
whites or blacks in spight of the Governour and all ye
other little proud fellowes of Barbados, and that he
did not vallue the Queen's service or Commission one
farthing, haveing a sufficient liveing of his own in
England, etc. Deponent had asked her husband to
bring her back some linnen for their wearing, etc. Signed,
Eliz. E. Flower (mark). 1 p.|
1482. vii. Deposition of Edward Flower, as above. On
March 23 Lt. Davis made a severe search of the Sarah,
but only found a dozen goat-skins and 4½ pieces of
holland, which were for deponent's own use, 4 barrels
of powder, 6 boxes of English soap which was brought
to Curacoa by a Bristol man, and some cocoe matts.
He paid Lt. Davis 100l. and one of the half pieces of
holland and ½ doz. skins for Capt. Fane, in order to
avoid being carried to New York etc. April 15, 1708.
Signed, Edward Flower. 3 pp.|
1482. viii. Account of Stores of War in the Magazine in
Barbados. Nov. 17, 1707—May 18, 1708. Signed,
Wm. Leslie. Endorsed, Recd. Aug. 2, 1708. 2 large
1482. ix. Minutes of Council of Barbados, April 26, 1708,
appointing members to committees in place of Cols.
Cleland and Holder, etc. Same endorsement. 2 pp.|
1482. x. Minutes of Assembly of Barbados, April 13, 1708.
In reply to H.E.'s recommendation for the raising of a
levy to defray the expenses of the Government, the
House resolved that they could not justly levy any tax
until several thousand pounds due to the public from
particular persons had been called in, the public accounts
made up, and a true state of the debts of the country
laid before the House. They addressed the Governor
desiring him, as Chancellor, to put an end to the practice
of the Register of the High Court of Chancery in taking
10 p.c. by the name of deposit money from all persons
takeing out injunctions after judgement obtained at
Common Law, this being a grievous extortion and illegal
oppression of H.M. subjects, supported for corrupt
ends, etc. Same endorsement. 2¾ pp. [C.O. 28, 11.
Nos. 11, 11.i.-x.; and (without enclosures) 29, 11. pp. 281–287.]|
1483. Governor Crowe to the Earl of Sunderland. Refers
to preceding. H.M. Order to reinstate the four Councillors is
what I did not expect, and I fear will create new disturbances in this unhappy place, which I had soe reconcilled,
that there was the greatest hopes of a perfect union amongest
them, a few necessitous persons only excepted, who never can be
pleased with a just Governor or Government. I thought I had
given such demonstration of zeal for the Queen's service that
nothing would have been determined against me without a full
hearing, whereby I might have had an oppertunity of justifieing
my proceedings; for if everything be taken as the Lords of Trade
(who I perceive, altho' I cannot apprehend the reason, are none
of my ffriends) represent, H.M. authority here will be little
reguarded. It had been much better that never any orders had
been given about these gentlemen. I shall continue my constant
endeavours to make all things as easy as possible, for every one
is allike to me, but I must break an Instruction in placeing
Col. Mills, who is now in the goaler's custody for debt, at the
Councill board. Indeed the late fatall paper Act has reduced
many men that were in great possessions to a low ebb, especially
Judge Burke. I hope your Lordship will not lett any false
insinuations prevaile against, Signed, M. Crowe. 2 pp.
1483. i.–iv. Duplicates of preceding letter and enclosures ii.
(in fuller form) ix., x. [C.O. 28, 38. Nos. 70, 70.i.-v.]|
1484. Objections of several Proprietors of New Jersey to
some of the Councillors there, with names of those
proposed by them. Set out, New Jersey Archives,
1st Ser., iii. 300, q.v. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 19, 1708.
2¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 970. No. 59.]
1485. Deposition of Mr. Ingoldesby relating to Mr. Revell
and Mr. Leeds, Councillors of New Jersey, and the arbitrary
proceedings of Governor Lord Cornbury. July 16, 1706. Signed,
Geor. Ingoldesby. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 19, 1708. 3 pp.
[C.O. 5, 970. No. 60.]
1486. Deposition of Mr. Hamilton, to the same effect as
preceding. Signed, John Hamilton. Endorsed, Recd. Read
May 19, 1708. 2½ pp. [C.O. 5, 970. No. 61.]
1487. Governor Handasyd to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. I have little of moment since my last. Mr. Wager
is now at sea, with some part of his squadron, expecting the coming
out of the Galleons, of which nobody knows the time of sailing,
they lie at Porto Bell with their topsail sheets loose, but whether
they will sail this year or not is very uncertain, though they make
severall motions, as if they would sail immediatly. We have
20 odd sail of trading sloops at Porto Bell, under convoy of a
60 gunn ship, here are daily some of them returning, who give a
very indifferent account of the trade, they can hardly sell the
goods for what they cost them, but however it is supposed to be
for the advantage of the trade to keep it afoot, for fear the French
or any else should undermine us in it. Our privateers have had
very good success, one of them has taken two French ships, one
laden with wine and brandy, the other with salt, which is not
yet come into port, and Capt. Coleby, Commander of a privateer
sloop of 100 and odd men, mett with 14 sail of brigantines and
sloops (laden with valuable goods going from the galleons at
Porto Bell to Panama) under convoy of the Duke of Anjou's
guard sloop of betwixt 70 and 80 men, he bravely fought the guard
sloop and two others that stood by her two hours, and took her
and six more, five of them he brought in here, the other two after
he had taken the goods out of them he gave to the French and
Spaniards to carry them ashore, they being too many for him to
bring in: he owns himself that the Spaniards offered him for the
ransome of the sloops 180,000 pieces of eight, what the value
of them will prove here I am wholly a stranger to. I shall not give
your Lops. any further trouble, expecting the packett boat every
minute, by which I hope I shall be able to give you a fuller account
of everything. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, Recd. 19th,
Read 21st July, 1708. 2 pp. [C.O. 137, 8. No. 12; and
138, 12. pp. 297, 298.]
1488.Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Boyle. Enclose following to be laid before H.M. in Council.
1488. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen.
Report upon the Fishery of Newfoundland. See May 3.
Set out, Acts of Privy Council, II. pp. 553–559, q.v.
No complaints of the kind against commanders of H.M.
ships have been made at this Board; if guilty, they
ought to be punished by the loss of their employments
etc. We are examining into the allegations against
Major Lloyd of trading contrary to his Instructions,
April 11, 1706, and of extortion. The most proper
method to prevent arbitrary proceedings of Commanders
of the garrison at Newfoundland is by giving the
Commodore of the Convoy power to command at land,
as was done till about 3 years ago, there being no Governor
to keep officers and soldiers under due discipline. There
are several abuses practised by inhabitants and masters
of ships in the Fishery trade (enumerated), owing to there
being no penalty or reward for prosecution in the Act
to encourage the trade to Newfoundland. Propose that
the Commodore be given a Commission to command at
land and punish such abuses as the same have formerly
been or lawfully may be according to usage there, and
that, in all cases not redressed there, he transmit the
names of offenders home for their punishment here.
(Cf. May 10.) Collectors at the out-ports to transmit
to the board full particulars as to the crews of the fishing
ships, etc. H.M. Royal Proclamation to be issued
for the putting in execution of the Act etc. Illegall
trade with Portugal, for some time carried on, ought
to be prevented. This can only be done by a Customs
Officer residing there, whose service would probably
answer his charge. [C.O. 195, 5. pp. 34–43.]|
1489. W. Popple, jr., to the Earl of Sunderland. Encloses
copy of preceding Representation. Signed, Wm. Popple, jr.
1 p. Enclosed,
1489. i. Duplicate of No. 1488.i. 11½ pp. [C.O. 194, 22.
Nos. 71, 71.i.]|
1490. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of
Sunderland. Enclose following to be laid before H.M. in Council.
It will be necessary that H.M. pleasure shou'd be declared thereon
before the departure of the Lord Lovelace, etc. Autograph
signatures. 1 p. Annexed,
1490. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen.
Recommend for H.M. approbation 20 Acts of New York
passed 1691–1705. The Act for punishing pirates, 1692,
rendered unnecessary by the Act of Parliament for the
more effectual suppression of piracy passed here since,
is recommended for repeal. [C.O. 5, 1121. pp. 129–135; and (without enclosure) 5, 1084. No. 34.]|
1491. Order of Queen in Council. Confirming 20 Acts
of New York as preceding. Signed, Edward Southwell.
Endorsed, Recd. Read May 28, 1708. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 1049.
No. 58; and 5, 1121. pp. 139–143.]
1492. Order of Queen in Council. Repealing Act of New
York for punishing pirates, as supra. Signed and endorsed as
preceding. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 59; and 5, 1121. pp.
1493. Mr. Lowndes to Mr. Popple. My Lord Treasurer
desires the Council of Trade and Plantations to make an estimate
of the money required for the transportation etc. of the poor
Lutherans (April 28, May 10), and to propose some person whom
they thinke proper to receive the same. Signed, Wm. Lowndes.
Endorsed, Recd. Read May 21, 1708. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O.
5, 1049. No. 54; and 5, 1121. pp. 135, 136.]
1494. Order of Queen in Council. Approving Representation
of March 19 relating to Newfoundland, and giving directions
accordingly. The Council of Trade and Plantations are to
continue to examin the proceedings of Major Loyd, and make
report thereof, and meantime to prepare a letter to be sent from
H.M. to Major Loyd signifying her disallowance of his proceedings
mentioned, and strictly requiring him to yield all due obedience
to H.M. Commission to the Commodore for the time being.
Signed, Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 28, 1708.
10 pp. [C.O. 194, 4. No. 70; and 195, 5. pp. 44–46.]
1495. Order of Queen in Council. Referring following to
the Council of Trade and Plantations for their report. Signed,
Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 1st, 1708. ¾ p.
1495. i. William Penn to the Queen. Petitioner finding it
convenient to change hands and therfore proposes to commission Capt. Charles Gookin, late of Lt. General Earle's
Regiment, his Lieut. Governour. Petitioner humbly
prays the said Gookin may be approved of by the Queen
for that trust in order to his voyage thither by the
present oppertunity that offers. Signed, Wm. Penn.
Copy. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1264. Nos. 35, 35.i.; and 5,
1292. pp. 42, 43.]|
1496. Commissioners of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer.
Enclose list of Acts recently passed relating to Trade and
Navigation, to which Governors' Instructions should be made
conformable. (See No. 1443.) Call attention to the fact that
the Governors' oath required by 7 and 8 Wm. III does not oblige
them to observe Acts passed since. Set out, N.Y. Docs., v.
p. 41, q.v. 5 signatures. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 1, 1708.
1 p. Enclosed,
1496. i. List of Acts referred to in preceding. [This is the
paper said to be missing, N.Y. Docs., v. 41.] 1 p.|
1496. ii. Duplicate of No. 1443. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 1049.
Nos. 61, 62, 62.i.; and (without enclosure ii.) 5, 1121.
1497. W. Popple, jr., to Mr. Lodwick and Mr. Perry. The
Board desire to speak with you as to the necessaries to be provided
for the German Lutherans for New York etc. [C.O. 5, 1121.
1498. Deposition of Col. Lloyd in support of his petition,
April 15. Governor Handasyd said that he was obliged by his
Instructions to grant all escheats to the first informer, who is
Capt. Aylmer etc. Signed, Richd. Lloyd. Endorsed, Recd.
Read June 9, 1708. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 8. No. 4.]
1499. Deposition of Mrs. Freeman in support of Col. Rich.
Lloyd, April 15. Signed, Kath. Freeman. Endorsed, Recd.
Read June 9, 1708. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 8. No. 5.]
1500. Order of Queen in Council. In accordance with
representation, April 27, upon petition of James Whitchurch,
the inquisition, proceedings and grant of regress referred to
are annulled. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read June
10, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 8. No. 7; and 138, 12. pp. 263,
1501. Mr. Dummer to Mr. Popple. Gives sailings of the
Frankland, out and home 110 days. Over and above what the
Captain wrote from Ireland of his discovering 11 ships of warr
in lat. 35, which he supposes to be French commanded by
Ducass; I am inform'd from Jamaica, March 30 last, that the
galleons will stay at Portabell 4 months in expectation of a convoy;
the Flota from Vera Cruz are arriv'd at ye Havanna, and almost
ready to sail for Europe, under convoy of M. Ducass. Which
seems to agree with the Captain's apprehension that he came
thwart them in lat. 35. Comodore Wager was on the coast with
3 good ships, the rest abroad in several places, so that we hope
for many prizes and the amendment of trade; our traders are
all on the coast with 2 men of war, hopes in a month their return
with money for all their goods. Signed, E. Dummer. Endorsed,
Recd. 26th, Read 27th May, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 6. No. 59.]
[26. 3m (May) 1708.]
1502. Wm. Penn to Wm. Popple. Esteemed Friend,
considering the reason of ye settlemt. of West Jersey, especially,
and the reall interest of the same with respect to the encouragemt.
and satisfaction of the most valluable inhabitants in yt. place,
I am of opinion leaveing thos persons, Tho. Revell and Daniel
Leeds, out of the Councill, will tend most to publick quiet and
satisfaction of ye people of those parts, wch. I take to be of
moment at this time on divers accts. One Keeble yt. is to be wth.
ye Lords, knows them both, pray ask him, and favour his proposall
of a noble staple, potash, to encrease our returns (our present
defect), and beleive that I am, They assured and affect. Friend,
Signed, Wm. Penn. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 27, 1708.
Addressed. Sealed. Holograph. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 970. No. 62.]
1503. John Keble, of West Jersey, Merchant, to the Council
of Trade and Plantations. Petitioner about 8 years ago went
over to Pensilvania with considerable effects and there purchased
land, whereon he planted tobacco and Indian corn, and set up
likewise a pot-ash work. Both himself and servants fell sick of
the seasonings, which deprived him of severall of his servants and
all his crop, which unhappy devastation he was no way able to
retrieve, yet by the assistance of a few friends on the place he
carryed on (what was chiefly aimed att) his pot-ash work, and
brought the said manufacture to such perfection as (upon ye
trial of some of it imported here) to be well approved by the soap
makers in London. This gave him encouragement to go on,
and having embarqu'ed a large quantity for England, with hopes
of a good return, ye ship and cargo was unfortunately taken by
ye French, which utterly disabled him in ye progress of so
hopefull an undertakeing, without a suitable assistance, whereof
he has no prospect (since his former unhappy defeat) but from
ye publick. The farther prosecution of the work will benefit
the public by (1) the increase of H.M. Customs (pot-ash paying
4l. 10s. per tonn), (2) the ease of returns per exchange, being now
50 or 60 p.c. and (3) by this means promote ye greater consumption
of our woolen and linnen manufactures, and divert ye attempt
of making them in ye Plantations. Prays for an advance of
money, and a patent for making salt in H.M. Colonies in North
America, being he is ye first projecture of it, wch. is a main help
he proposes to himself (by ye product of salt and ye ashes made
under ye salt pans) to support and carry on the pot-ash work,
he not taking more then 3s. per bush. sterl. money from ye
pans, etc. Signed, John Keble. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 27,
1708. 1 p. [C.O. 5,970. No. 63; and 5, 994. A. pp. 350–352.]
1504. Governor Dudley to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I trouble your Lordships with this by the way of Barbados
humbly to acknowledge letter of Oct. 13, 1707, etc. In obedience
to H.M. commands I forthwith sent for Borland, Rouse, Phillips
and Coffin (Mr. Vetch not being in this Province) and declared
H.M. pleasure therein, and discharged them accordingly, and
gave warrants upon the Treasury for the restoring their fines,
having first taken their bonds with suretys to abide their
tryal at the next Superior Court, in November. I am glad my
service referring to the Naval Stores is acceptable to your
Lordships, I shall not fayle of any possible methods, to bring
the people to make those commoditys better for quality, and to
increase the quantity every year, the only inconvenience is that
the troubles with the Indians press me so hard, that I can very
difficultly defend the labourers in the woods. I was perfectly
ignorant that Mr. Bridges' desires referring to travelling charges
had been considered before he came away; he is very diligent
in his service here, and I shall not fail to do my duty for his
support, I lately obtained a Law in the Province for the security
of the masts, and directions for their cutting, which I hope will be
pleasing to your Lordships, and will secure for the future any
wasts of the great timber. The inadvertency of my Clerk left out
Mr. Penhallow's name of the list of Councellors, and wrote two
names wrong, inclosed is a list from the Instructions for the
Govermt. of N. Hampshire, wherein it appears that by death
and removal out of the Province, the Council is reduced so low
that it is difficult for me sometimes to get a Quorum of five to
attend the service, and I am asham'd to tell your Lordships
that Waldron, Hilton and Smith, lately appointed by H.M.,
will by no means be prevayled with to pay for their warrants,
they say that in no time past any Councellor paid any fee for a
warrant, that the service is hard and no manner of benefit. It
troubles me to give your Lordships this account, but the service
demands it of me, and I pray your Lordships' further direction
therein. Refers to papers sent by the Deptford. Signed, J. Dudley.
Endorsed, Recd. Sept. 8, Read Nov. 10. 2½ pp. Enclosed,
1504. i. (a) List of Councillors of New Hampshire: Wm.
Partridge, gone out of the Province; John Hinks,
laid down; Nathaniel Fryer, dead; Peter Coffin,
80 ann.; Robert Eliot; John Gerrish; John Ware,
76 ann. can't attend; Wm. Vaughan; Samuel
Penhallow; George Jaffrey, dead; John Plaisthead; Henry Dow, dead. (b) Governor Dudley's
nominations:—Richard Waldron, Winthrop Hilton,
Joseph Smith, George Vaughan, Thomas Phipps, George
Jaffrey, Mark Hunkins, Theodore Atkinson. Endorsed,
Recd. Sept. 8, 1708. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 864. Nos. 240,
240.i.; and (without enclosure) 5, 913. pp. 20–23.]|
1505. Lt. Governor Hamilton to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Encloses accounts of the losses of the Island during
the French Invasion taken by the Commissioners. The Hector
man of warr, Capt. Gray, tooke some weekes since a small French
crovett of six guns and upwards of 80 men, wch. has in some
measure hindred the privateers to be soe frequently amongst us
as usual. The Island in generall is now pretty healthy, and the
people begin to raise theire spirits especially with the hopes of
H.M. most gracious bounty, this much I thought it my duty to
informe your Lordships, the Capt. Generall being gon last tuesday
from St. Christophers to Antigua, and mis'd the packett. Signed,
Wr. Hamilton. Endorsed, Recd. 2nd, Read 16th Aug., 1708.
1 p. [C.O. 152, 7. No. 52; and 153, 10. p. 191.]
1506. List of Protestant Refugees lately arrived from the
Palatinate. (See June 22, 28, 1708.) Names:—Peter Rose and
wife; Maria Wemars, widow and daughter; Isaac Feber, wife
and son; Daniel Fiere, wife and two sons; Peter Hübertsen and
son [Herman Schüneman]. Endorsed, Recd. Read May 28, 1708.
1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 57.]
1507. Lt. General Erle to Mr. Pulteney. Recommends
Mr. Gookin (see May 20). Signed, Tho. Erle. Endorsed, Recd.
Read June 1, 1708. Holograph. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1264. No. 37;
and 5, 1292. p. 45.]
1508. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of
Sunderland. Enclose following. Autograph signatures. 1 p.
1508. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen.
Enclose following. "Which Instructions are to the
same purpose as those that have from time to time
been given to the Lord Cornbury." Propose that Wm. Hall
and John Harrison be appointed to the Council of the
Western Division in place of Revell and Leeds who have
been concerned in arbitrary proceedings. Set out, N.Y.
Docs., v. 42 and New Jersey Archives, 1st Ser., iii. 309, q.v.|
1508. ii. Instructions for John, Lord Lovelace, Baron of
Hurley, to be Captain General and Governor General
of New Jersey. Kensington, June 27, 1708. [C.O. 5,
994.A. pp. 352–406; and (without enclosure) 5, 1084.
1509. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of
Sunderland. Enclose following.
1509. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen.
1509. ii. Instructions for Lord Lovelace for the Government
of New York. Similar to those of Lord Cornbury,
C.S.P., 1701, No. 1030 and ff. Names of Councillors:
Peter Schuyler, Gerardus Beckman, Rip van Dam,
Caleb Heathcote, Thomas Wenham, Killian van
Ranslaer, Roger Mompesson, John Barbarie, Adolphus
Philips, William Peartree, Abraham De Peyster, and
David Provost. [C.O. 5, 1121. pp. 144–146; and 168–219.]|
1510. John Rayner to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Petitions to be admitted to prove his allegations of May 10.
Endorsed, Recd. Read May 31, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049.
1511. A complaint as to the neutrality of the Five Nations,
and a proposal for taking Port Royal. This Province
(Massachusetts Bay) and New Hampshire has been made the
butt of the present warr, by reason New York has in no measure
joyned their assistance against the common enemy, nor
encouraged the Five Nations to hostility against the French;
but trade with the French Indians of Canada and the Eastern
parts, who have often made bloody incursions upon us. The
Governor of New York, in 1704, refused to support our Commissioners in their endeavour to move the Five Nations to take
up arms against the French; they were ready to do so, if he
should direct them. Pray for H.M. directions to him to do so.
Otherwise this Province will be in great hazard of being ruined
and lost, the defeat of the expedition to Port Royal last year
having animated and irritated the enemy. The Governor of
that place sent last summer for a force to insult us this summer.
We are in very great necessity of present help from H.M. altho'
our Generall Assembly were not so happy as to agree in forming
their Address for it. Propose that a squadron of H.M. ships
should be ordered to reduce Port Royal, etc. Set out, N.Y.
Docs., v. pp. 42, 43, q.v. Endorsed, Recd., from Mr. Dummer,
1st, Read 3rd June, 1708. Copy. 2¾ pp. [C.O. 5,1049. No. 63.]
1512. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of
Sunderland. Enclose following. Being informed from the
Admiralty that the Commodore waits only for a fair wind to
proceed on his voyage, and in regard there will be no other
opportunity of sending thither this year, we desire your Lordp.
will, so soon as conveniently may be, lay them before H.M., etc.
1512. i. Commission for Capt. Peter Chamberlain, Commodore
of the Newfoundland convoy, to command in chief on
land there, and to inspect the ports and stores on arrival
and departure, etc. Kensington, June 1, 1708.|
1512. ii. Instructions for same, in accordance with H.M.
Order. (See May 19, 20.) You are to inquire into
abuses in the trade and fishery at Newfoundland,
and irregularities practised by the officers etc. there,
and to redress and punish them in accordance with the
Act; to report upon the keeping of journals by the
Admirals of harbours, the charges against Major Lloyd, and
upon illegal trade; to make a return of the stores of
war there and what is needed: to inspect the boom
at St. Johns and give directions for necessary repairs;
to inspect the garrison and make a return of what men
have been enlisted, and whether belonging to ships or
inhabitants etc. Kensington, June 1, 1708.|
1512. iii. The Queen to Major Loyd. Recounts charges
made against him of trading, hiring out soldiers and
taxing the inhabitants. (See March 5 and May 19.)
All which undue practices (in breach of our express
commands and of the trust reposed in you) do greatly
tend to the discouragement of the trade and fishery
of Newfoundland: to the intent therefore that such
offences may be punished, and for prevention of the
like for the future, We have thought fit to direct our
Commrs. of Trade and Plantations strictly to examin
into the several matters aforementioned, and to lay a
ful account thereof before us, for our further pleasure
therein. In the mean time we do hereby signify to you
our utmost dislike of such undue practices, and do
declare that whoever shal be guilty thereof, the person
so offending, shall not only incur our high displeasure,
but be proceeded against according to Law. You are to
yield all due obedience to the Commodore for the time
being as to your officer during his stay in those parts, etc.
Kensington, June 1, 1708. [C.O. 195, 5. pp. 46–56.]|