America and West Indies: June 1708, 1-10

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 23, 1706-1708. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1916.

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June 1708, 1-10

June 1. 1513. Copy of Commodore John Mitchell's Commission to command in chief on shore at Newfoundland, as No. 1512.i. Countersigned, Sunderland. 2 pp. [C.O. 194, 22. No. 72; and 5, 210. pp. 97, 98.]
June 1.
1514. George Vaughan to the Earl of Sunderland. A Memoriall intimating the Poverty and distressing circumstances of N. England, especially N. Hampshire. On our passage hither we took a privateer from St. Malo, who informed us that the King of France had this spring early sent ye Saldado ship of warr to Port Royall, Nova Scotia, as also 200 souldiers to reinforce the garrison of 300. We are informed that there are 7 privateers at St. Malo, from 30 guns and under, bound for ye New England coast. M. Supercasse, Governour of Port Royall, was Governour of Placentia, when they made ye great devastation at St. Johns, and was personally present to head and forward ye Indians in that action, and has given out that he will make ye King of France master of New England. The two late New England attempts at Port Royall have much failed expectation and been fruitless, whereby ye enemies' houses etc. were destroyed and ye inhabitants left studying methods for revenge and subsistance, which doubtless will fall on ye east part of New England, since that lies ye nearest to them, and is most exposed by their weakness and poverty to ye violence and outrages of that enemy. Proposes that a man of war be ordered for New Hampshire and that some regular forces be posted in the Castle of William and Mary, which was founded, tho' not finished, by Col. Romer, and is ye only security of that Province and H.M. stores of masts; wch. Castle by reason of ye great poverty of ye inhabitants occasioned by ye long and tedious war and murder of ye salvages, hath rarely more than 4 or 6 men to maintain it, tho' there are 30 guns mounted therein etc. Signed, George Vaughan, Agent for New Hampshire. Endorsed, Recd. 6th, Read 13th July, 1708. Copy. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 864. No. 228.]
June 1.
[1, 4m. (Ju.) 1708.]
1515. William Penn to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Honorable Friends, I must recomend the Bearer, Charles Gookin, to your favour, in his dispatch, for the sake of the present opertunity of passage, wch. will not offer for some months after. He has the Queen's referance to you, wth. a coppy of my petition yt. gave occasion for it, and I hope it will finde your favorable concurrance, the Gentleman being a person sober, has known the world, of no obscure family, and very loyall to the Govermt. and has shown it for these 20 years past. I add no more, but my best wishes, and that I am Your respectfll. Friend, Signed, Wm. Penn. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 1, 1708. Addressed. Holograph. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 1264. No. 36; and 5, 1292. p. 44.]
June 2.
1516. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. We have no objection to the appointment of Mr. Gookin (May 20), security being first given for his observing the Acts of Trade and Navigation, as in the like cases; and that Mr. Penn do renew the Declaration made by him relating to your Majesty's Right to the Three Lower Counties. [C.O. 5, 1292. p. 46.]
June 2.
1517. W. Popple, jr., to W. Lowndes. Report upon petition of Captain Long (May 11). The Council of Trade and Plantations find by a Commission produced by the petitioner, dated Dec. 4, 1697, from the then Commissioners of the Admiralty, that he was appointed Commander of the Rupert Prize, and by his Instructions from his late Majesty it appears he was sent to make discoveries of gold-mines, wrecks and other treasure on the coast of America, as in the petition is set forth. It appears by a contract he made with the Commissioners of the Treasury, produced by him, dated July 6, 1697, that, for the considerations therein mentioned, his late Majesty was to receive 10,000l. out of the first profits or advantage that should accrue from the Petitioner's undertaking, and that, for 7 years afterwards, H.M. was further to receive 9/10; parts, and the petitioner to retain to his one use, 1/10; part of the profits that should arise thereby, after which 7 years, H.M. was to have the benefit of the whole. But their Lordships find that notwithstanding the great charge his late Majesty was at, in fitting out the Rupert Prize for that service, the Crown received no benefit from that undertaking, which, as the Petitioner suggests, miscarryed from the apprehensions he had of danger from the Spanish Barlevento fleet, then said to be upon that coast. As to the allegation that the petitioner laid the first foundation of a commerce with the Indians at Darien, their Lordships find the same not to be well grounded, for that the inhabitants of Jamaica, as well as several others trading into those parts had a commerce with those Indians. Relating to the information he received from them of the gold mines at Cany, their Lordships have no other proof of that part of his petition than what appears by his affidavit sworn May 17. His aforesaid affidavit further sets forth that the petitioner proposed to have 200l. to be laid out in buying the necessaries and presents for the Indians, that he was allowed 150l., which he sold for about 105l., but that he laid out among the said Indians 185l., so that, according to this computation, he is 80l. in disburse; that he laid an account of the said disbursements before the Treasury, at his return from his first expedition in the Rupert Prize, which cannot now be found. Upon the whole Captain Long, having accepted of 150l. in malt tickets, as is before set forth, notwithstanding his pretence of having disbursed 185l., and the loss he may have sustained by the foresaid tickets, their Lordships are of opinion there is nothing due to him from ye Crown. [C.O. 324, 9. pp. 187–189.]
June 3. 1518. Mr. Rayner to Mr. Popple. Desires to know if any time is appointed for his attendance, etc. Signed, Jo. Rayner. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 3, 1708. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 64.]
June 4. 1519. J. Ormston, of London, to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Reasons against Mr. Sonmans being continued in the Council of New Jersey. Set out, New Jersey Archives, 1st Ser., iii. 310–316. Signed, Joseph Ormston. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 4, 1703 (sic). 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 970. No. 71.]
June 4. 1520. John Keble to the Lord High Treasurer. Petition, (as May 27). Overleaf,
1520. i. Whitehall, Treasury Chambers. Referred to the Commissioners of Customs. Cf. July 7. Signed, Wm. Lowndes. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 970. No. 70; and 5, 994.A. pp. 454, 455.]
June 6.
1521.Capt. Stucley to Mr. Popple. Desires directions as to a box of papers. directed to Mr. Popple, entrusted to him by Governor Dudley etc. Signed, Cha. Stucley. Endorsed, Recd. 15th, Read 16th June, 1708. Addressed. Sealed. Postmark. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 864. No. 221.]
June 7. 1522. Mr. Solicitor General to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Report upon two Acts of Maryland (see May 4). Tho' I doe not greatly approve severall clauses in each, yet I see nothing therein which will be prejudiciall to the Queene and these Realms, and I take the Law-makers there to be the best judges of the conveniencyes and inconveniencyes of their Lawes. My Lord Baltimore is certainly in the right, when he sayes, the Act for giving power to the ffarmers of his rents to recover the arrears thereof after expiration of their lease is founded upon two mistakes; for an action of debt would have lain for the arrears, tho they could not distraine, and a subsequent receipt or discharge from Lord Baltimore and Edward Somersett of rent due to them, would not have discharged the arrears due to the ffarmers; but if there was any doubt made of either of these matters, I see no harm in enacting that which is Law already; but oftentimes it is convenient so to doe, to prevent suits and troubles. As to the clause that enacts that no orphan shall be sued in an action of debt, during the minority and for 5 years after such minor shall come of age, I doe by no means understand the reason of it; but if there be reall occasion for such a Law for reasons best known to the Law-makers there, it may be allowed to pass here; but your Lordps. will doe well to be satisfied of the reasons they have for it, for such a Law here would be lyable to very many objections. The Act requiring the Agents of Lord Baltimore to certify into the Secretarye's Office the instructions and conditions of the Plantations, with the ffees by them demanded, and obliging his Lordp.'s Deputy Surveyors to qualify themselves according to Law, may be of service to the publick, tho' I find the Lord Baltimore complains of it; but the reasons my Lord gives against it, don't seem to me to have weight enough to prevail agst. it; for I don't think that the Surveyors there appointed by the Lord Proprietor are to be likened to a private nobleman's steward; and the certifying into the Secretary's Office the conditions of the Plantations, and hanging up a list of ffees demanded on the subject, may doe a great deal of good. Signed, Ja. Mountague. Endorsed, Recd. June 7, Read Nov. 8, 1708. 2¼ pp. Enclosed,
1522. i. Duplicate of No. 1464.
1522. ii. Copy of Act of Maryland empowering the farmers of Lord Baltemore's rents to recover arrears after the expiration of their lease. 4 pp.
1522. iii. Copy of Act of Maryland requiring Lord Baltemore's Agents to certify into the Secretary's Office the Instructions and conditions of Plantations and their fees, etc. 3 pp.
1522. iv. Duplicate of Lord Baltemore's Objections. Feb. 20, 1708. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 716. Nos. 53, 53.i.-iv.; and 5, 727. pp. 57–76.]
June 7. 1523. Deposition of Samuel Jones. Process was issued out against deponent's plantation in Jamaica to seise it into H.M. hands, his quit-rents being in arrear through the negligence of his agents. This was to enable Governor Handasyd to grant it to Dr. John Stewart. The suit fell, but both before and since the Receiver General has refused to receive the quit-rents due and frequently offered to him, so that deponent is in fear of new trouble. Cf. April 15, 1708. Signed, Samuel Jones. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 9, 1708. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 8. No. 6.]
June 7. 1524. Col. Nicholson and others to the Council of Trade and Plantations. An estimate of agricultural tools and necessaries required for the German Protestant emigrants, including subsistance, valued at 655l. 4s. Estimate of cost of voyage, 333l. Signed, Fr. Nicholson, Micajah Perry, Charles Lodwik. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 10, 1708. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 1049. Nos. 66, 66.i.; and 5, 1121. pp. 260–263.]
[June 8.] 1525. Deposition of Wm. Peniston. I did not sign a certificate in favour of the good behaviour of Mr. Jones since his last coming to Bermuda. Nov. 26, 1707. Signed, Wm. Peniston. Endorsed, Recd., from Sir J. Bennet, Read June 8, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 37, 8. No. 50.]
[June 8.] 1526. Extracts of letter from Lt. Governor Bennett to Sir John Bennett, as to Mr. Jones' hopes of displacing him etc. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 8, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 37, 8. No. 51.]
June 8.
Treasury Chambers.
1527. Wm. Lowndes to Mr. Popple. Remits warrant for 100l. towards the support of the 41 German Refugees (Ap. 26). Signed, Wm. Lowndes. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 14, 1708. 1 p. Enclosed,
1527. i. Warrant referred to in preceding for the payment of 2l. a day from April 15. Kensington, May 10, 1708. Countersigned, Godolphin. 2 pp.
1527. ii. List of German Refugees. Duplicate of Ap. 26. [C.O. 5, 1049. Nos. 67, 67.i., ii.; and (covering letter only) 5, 1121. p. 263.]
June 8.
1528. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Sunderland. Enclose Address of the Lt. Governor and Council of New Jersey complaining of the proceedings of the General Assembly. As the Lord Lovelace is now going over, he will be the best able when upon the place to inform himself of the matters contained in that Address and give H.M. an account thereof. [C.O. 5, 994.A. p. 416.]
[June 8.] 1529. Mr. Atwood to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Desires copies of Lord Cornbury's Instructions relating to his places of Chief Justice of New York and in the Council there. Signed, Wm. Atwood. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 8, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 65.]
[June 9.] 1530. [Mr. Ormston's] List of Proprietors of New Jersey (representing 11¾ Propriety shares), who did not sign Peter Sonmans' commission, and of those who did, representing 5½ (including William Penn). Cf. N.J. Archives, 1st Ser., iii. 310–316. Endorsed, Recd. June 9, 1708. 2½ pp. Enclosed,
1530. i. Mr. Dockwra's Observations upon above list. It is incorrect. 3 shares should be deducted from those who did not sign, and 5½ added to those who did=8¾ to 10½. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 970. Nos. 72, 72.i.]
June 9.
1531. Certificate by W. Popple that no warrant for the place of Chief Justice of New York has been brought to this Office since Mr. Atwood was appointed; but quotes Lord Cornbury's letter of Nov. 6, 1704, and the reply of the Board confirming the appointment of Mr. Mompesson; and Lord Cornbury's Instructions, as desired in preceding. [C.O. 5, 1121. pp. 223–225.]
June 10.
1532. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Sunderland. Being informed that Mr. Broughton is suddenly expected here, we think it reasonable that we do defer our representation upon the petitions of himself and Mr. Rayner till we may hear him, etc. [C.O. 5, 1121. pp. 226, 227.]
June 10. 1533. Copies of Mr. Popple's and Mr. Kocherthal's receipts for 100l., being 50 days' allowance for 40 poor Protestant Refugees from the Palatinate. June 10 and 14. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 14, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 69.]
June 10.
1534. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Enclose following.
1534. i. Instructions to Lord Lovelace, Governor of New York and New Jerzey, in pursuance of Acts of Trade and Navigation. Kensington, June 27, 1708. [C.O. 5, 1121. pp. 227–259; and 5, 994.A. pp. 417–447.]