330. Order of Queen in Council. Approving representation
of April 1st. The Lords Commrs. for Trade and Plantations are
to lay the draft of the Act for granting a Revenue to H.M. in New
York before the House of Commons as soon as conveniently may
be. Signed, Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. 8th. Read
15th May, 1713. ¾ p. Enclosed,
330. i. Duplicate of Representation No 313.|
330. ii. Heads of the proposed Act of Revenue for New York.
330. iii. Draught of (above) proposed Act, laid before H.M.
March 15, 17 10/11. Subscribed, We approve of this
Act, Edwd. Northey, Robt. Raymond, March 13,
1710. 7¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 1050. Nos.64, 64 i.-iii.; and
(without enclosures) 5, 1123. pp. 113, 114; and (No.
ii.only) 5, 1085. No. 12.]|
331. Order of Queen in Council. Referring following to the
Council of Trade and Plantations, for their opinion with all
convenient speed. Signed, Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd.
7th, Read 18th May, 1713. 1 p. Enclosed,
331. i. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to the Queen. St.James's
Square. April 25, 1713. Desire H.M.approbation of
Charles of North Carolina. Signed, Beaufort, Carteret,
M.Ashley, J.Colleton, J.Donson. Copy. ¾ p. [C.O.
5, 1264. Nos. 134, 134 i.; and (without enclosure) 5,
1292. p. 381.]|
332. Order of Queen in Council. Ordered that the Lords
Commrs.for Trade and Plantations do forthwith cause the
proclamation for publishing the Treatys of peace and commerce
lately concluded between H.M. and his Most Christian Majesty
the French King to be sent to the respective Govrs. of H.M.
plantations in America, with directions to them to cause the same
to be solemnly published in the usual places within their
Governmt.; and also to give notice to all privateers nad
comanders of ships to cause the said articles of peace and
commerce to be observed inviolably according to the tenor of
the said Proclamation. Signed, Edward Southwell. Endorsed,
Recd. 7th, Read 8th May, 1713. ¾ p. [C.O. 323, 7. No. 25;
and 324, 10. p. 35.]
Barbado's Secretary's Office.
333. A. Skene to Mr.Popple. The inclosed papers will
informe you of the barbarous treatment I have met with since
my arrival, wch. I beleive is not to be paralleled, and such as I
hope their Lordships will highly resent, especially the freedom
Mr. Lowther has taken with them in his summons, you are sensible
how openly I acted all that affair, and how much not only Mr.
Lowther, but Mr. Crowe was indulged, which occasion'd me great
delay, notwithstanding whereof Mr. Lowther declares publickly
that all my success is by practiceing on the Lords of Trade, etc.
Signed, A. Skene. Endorsed, Recd. 10th, Read 16th July, 1713.
Addressed. Postmark. 1 p. Enclosed,
333. i. Copy of summons by Governor Lowther, requiring
Alexander Skene to attend him in Council to answer
reflections cast upon the Governor by his petition to the
Queen and misrepresentation of him to the Council
of Trade, etc., whereby he prevented the Lords of Trade
from giving any judgment upon the several extortions,
crimes and misdemeanours for wch. he was suspended,
etc. Pilgrim, April 27, 1713. Signed, Robt. Lowther.
333. ii. The case of Alexander Skene. Mr. Skene arrived
in Barbados March 25 with H.M. order for restoring him
to his office. Mr. Barwick and Mr. Upton refused to
refund him the profits of his office, the latter because
he had paid the Governor 400l. quarterly. April 22.
Skene petitioned the Governor for relief. H.E. merely
replied that he must apply to the Queen. From
Skene's arrival to that time, H.E. expressed the most
violent resentment against him, threatening him, and
not suffering him to come in his presence when he
brought him any paper to signe, and yet refusing to
sign any papers unless he brought them. On April
27 Skene preferred a second petition, praying for H.M.
seal of this Island to two copies thereof to lay before
H.M., but received no answer. The same day he was
serv'd with a summons (v. No. i.). Skend attended with
his answer in writing, but the Governor refused to have
it read. Mr. Skene desired H.M. order to be read and
entered, whereupon Mr. Lowther flew into a violent
passion and reviled him, and would not suffer H.M.
order to be read, etc. He then called in all the persons
whose depositions he had formerly made a handle to
suspend Skene, desiring them to recognize their depositions, and telling Mr. Skene that he might cross-examine
them, tho' most of them were not upon oath and did
declare they would not swear again. On the day following Skene produced his patent and tender'd his deputy,
but Mr. Lowther would not admit him. During the
whole proceedings not one member of Council opened
his mouth. H.E. order'd what he thought fit to be
enter'd, and when one of the members of Council asked
if he would take the opinion of the Board in yt. affair,
he answered that he did not want their opinions, and
adjourned the Council. Skene foreseeing that the
Minutes as entered might carry some reflection upon
him, for they were not the Council's but the Governor's,
made his application to several of the members to attest
a true account of those two daies proceedings, wch. five of
them have accordingly done. It is the currt. report
that as soon as the ships saile for Brittaine, Skene will
be suspended and prosecuted to the utter ruine of him
and his family. Endorsed as letter. 3¾ pp. [C.O. 28,
13. Nos. 101, 101 i., ii.; and (without enclosures), 29,
13. pp. 19, 20.]|
334. Mr. Attorney General to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Reply to queries of April 28. (i) Depends on the
authority the succeeding Governors had for making such new
grants or grants of confirmation, etc., and thereby reducing the
old-quit rents, which is not stated, but I am of opinion if the
succeeding Governors had a sufficient authority by their Commissions for making such reduction and such new grants by the
Act passed at New York March 2, 168 8/9, were not resumed, the
patentees are to pay no more than the reduced quit-rents. But
if the succeeding Governors had not by their Commissions
authority to make such reductions, which I am of opinion they
had not, if the power granted to them was only for making grants
of lands not in grant, or that should after escheat to the Crown,
especially if upon the making the new grant or grants of confirmation, the former grants were not surrendred, their old quitrents are and ought to be paid, and the grants of reduction will
be void. (ii) I am of opinion, if from the time of the reservation
of quit-rents, such as should after be established by the laws of
New York, no Act of Assembly hath been passed for establishing
what such quit-rents should be, nor any declaration of the
Government for ascertaining the same, and in ye other case where
the rents are reserved to be such as should be established by the
Duke of York, his heirs or successors, no such establishment hath
been made by him, his heirs, or successors, the rents of 2s. 6d.
for every 100 acres established by her present Majesty's Instructions, are the rents that are to be paid upon those grants; and if
the reservations in the Patent are to be paid annually from the
dates of the grants, H.M. if she shall be so pleased, may insist
upon the arrears of rent, from the times of such grants. But
if the words of reservation are as loose as stated in the case, I am
of opinion the quit-rents will be only to be paid, from the time
they were established by such H.M. declarations, and I cannot
think it would be amiss if an Act of Assembly were past for
establishing this matter. Signed, Edw. Northey. [C.O. 5, 1123.
pp. 119, 120.]
335. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Reply
to April 15. We have no objection to H.M. approval of Robt.
Johnson as Governor of Carolina, provided he qualify himself
as the Law requires, and give good security as usual in 2,000 sterl.
for observance of the Acts of Trade and Navigation and H.M.
Instructions touching the same. [C.O., 5, 1292. p. 379.]
336. Circular letter from the Council of Trade and Plantations
to the Governors of Plantations, enclosing Proclamation for
publishing the Peace, with directions as ordered May 4, q.v.
[C.O. 29, 13. pp. 5, 6; and 38, 7. p. 179; and 5, 727. p. 319;
and 5, 913. p. 382; and 5, 1123. pp. 112, 113; and 5, 1292.
p. 380; and 5, 1363. pp. 486, 487; and 5, 1335. No. 182; and
138, 13. p. 423; and 153, 12. p. 75; and 218, 1. p. 80.]
337. The Earl of Dartmouth to Governor Nicholson. I send
you enclosed two original letters from his Most Christian Majesty,
one directed to the Marquis de Vaudreuil Governor of New France,
the other to Monsr. Phelypeaux Governor of the French American
Islands. Upon sight of the former it is not doubted but the Isle
of Newfoundland will be delivered to you, the other you will
gett conveyed by the safest and most expeditious method you can
to Mr. Dowglass, H.M. Governor of the Leeward Islands, who in
that quality is Govr. of St. Christophers. I wish you a happy
voyage. Signed, Dartmouth. Enclosed,
337. i. The Earl of Dartmouth to Governor Dowglass. You
will find enclosed an original letter from his Most
Christian Majesty to Monsr. de Phelipeaux acquainting
him, that St. Christophers is yeilded to H.M. by the
Peace of Utrecht, and requiring him to conform himself
thereunto. There is no room to doubt but upon this
order, you will be left in the quiet possession of all
that Island for H.M. Signed, Dartmouth. [C.O. 324,
32. pp. 215, 216.]|
338. Governor Hunter to Mr. Popple. Tho' I have not had
the honor of a letter from their Lorps. of a long time, I have
heard from other hands with much pleasure that I am not out of
their thoughts, and when more important affaires are dispatcht
I can not doubt but that their just representations will have
their due weight and effect. I acquainted their Lorps. lately
by the Hector and Shoreham that I had dissolv'd the old and call'd
a new Assembly, and gave my reasons for so doing with the little
hopes I had from a new election. I am not dissappointed for all
the avow'd opposers of H.M. interests are chosen again, and
avowedly for that end. For men of the best sense and figure
have been rejected for the bare supposition that they would
be for supporting the Govt. This Assembly which is to meet
on the 12th instant will be of a short duration in all probability
for having nothing in expectation from them but affronts to
authority and disrespect to H.M., I shall conclude it necessary
to prevent the ill effects of their frenzy by a speedy dissolution.
After that you must expect to hear of a general alteration in the
commissions of peace and militia, that ill men may no longer
use H.M. authority against her. I use all means imaginable to
keep the Palatins together in hopes that they may be again['d]
imploy'd in the maner H.M. has given in Instructions to me but
many are gone of their own heads to setle at Scoharee and the
frontieres. Some few clergymen in Pensilvania have thought fitt
to disturb the peace of the Jerseys as much as in them lyes, but
the clergy here are upon the point of meeting to do themselves
and me justice. Herewith you'll receive two printed papers
which will refresh your memory as to the true state of my strugle
with the Assembly here. I wrote once for an augmentation of the
forces here. I am bound by duty to acquaint their Lorps. that I
humbly conceive that the Government here is too weake, however
they may depend upon this, that I shall not part with any of H.M.
rights and prerogatives (or depart from her interests) but with my
life. I have receiv'd from one Thomas, mr. of a merchant ship,
the carriages and stores that I wrote for; but no letter or advice
from the Ordnance, etc. Signed. Ro. Hunter. Endorsed, Recd.
1st, Read 15th July, 1713. 3 pp. Enclosed,
338. i. An address "to the inhabitants and freeholders of
Westchester County." States the points at issue over
the Revenue Bills and urges the election of supporters
of H.M. Government. No signature. Printed. 4 pp.|
338. ii. Address of the Grand Jury of New York to Governor
Hunter. May 5, 1713. Commend his just administration and condemn the calumnies of evil-minded
persons. Express thanks for H.M. defence of the
Province, etc. Printed. 1½ pp.|
338. iii. A pamphlet addressed "to all whom these presents
may concern." Recounts the action of the Assembly as
regards the Revenue, and advises the people of New
York to settle a Revenue speedily, "or it will be settled
to your hands." Printed by William Bradford, New
York, 1713. 9 pp. [C.O. 5, 1050. Nos. 65, 65 i.-iii.;
and (without enclosures) 5, 1123. pp. 115–117.]|
339. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Dartmouth. Enclose following:
339. i. H.M. additional Instruction for Lt. Governor Pulleine.
Whereas several inconveniences have arisen to Our
Government in the Plantations, by gifts, and presents
made to Our Governors by the General Assemblys,
We have thought fit hereby to signify our express will
and pleasure; that neither you Our Lt. Governor, nor
any Lt. Governor, Commander in Chief, or President of
Our Council of our Bermuda Islands, for the time being
do give your, or their consent to the passing any law,
or act for any gift or present to be made to you or them
by the Assembly; and that neither you nor they do
receive any gift, or present from the Assembly, or
others, on any account, or in any manner whatsoever,
upon pain of Our highest displeasure, and of being
recalled from that Our Government; except only that
in case there be no house, belonging to us fit to receive
you, We are pleased to permit the General Assembly
of Our said Islands, to assign, or provide such a house
or rent for the same, out of the publick levies, and to
allow you Our Lt. Governor, and the Lt. Governor for
the time being to accept thereof, untill a house be built
for that purpose provided that the assignment of a
house, or rent for the same as aforesaid, be made at the
first session of Assembly after such Lt. Govr's. arrival,
or after your receipt of this signification of Our Royal
pleasure in this behalf; and that the said house or rent
for the same, be assign'd to you and our Lt. Governor
for the time being, for the whole time of your, or his
government. And whereas the salary of Our Lt.
Governor of those Islands, amounting to 400l. sterl.
per annum may not be sufficient for his support, We
have been graciously pleased to give direction that 100l.
sterl. per annum more be added out of Our Exchequer,
to your present salary, and to the salary of the Lt.
Governor of Our said Islands for the time being. And
whereas by this encreas of salary out of Our Exchequer,
ye Assembly will have an opportunity, and be in a
condition of applying such sums as they gave in presents
to the Lt. Governors towards such publick uses as may
be most necessary for the defence and safety of the said
Islands, We do not doubt but that in consideration of
Our care in exempting Our good subjects from the giving
of presents, the said Assembly may be the more easily
induced to contribute in a more ample and effectual
manner to their own safety and preservation. And We
do further direct and require that this declaration of
Our Royal Will and Pleasure be communicated to the
Assembly at their first meeting after your receipt hereof,
and enter'd in the Registers of Our Council, and Assembly, that all persons whom it may concern may govern
themselves accordingly. [C.O. 38, 7. pp. 180–183.]|
340. T. Harley to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
H.M. Postmasters General having made a representation to my
Lord Treasurer, concerning the loss which that branch of H.M.
Revenue in North America is like to suffer, by the currency of
paper bills throughout H.M. Dominions there, his Lordship
desires you will consider it, as well with respect to H.M. Revenues
in general, as to the mischeif which must attend the trade of her
subjects in those parts, when it is carry'd on by a specie that has
no fond to support the same, and to propose what you think fit
for H.M. to do therein. Signed, T. Harley. Endorsed, Recd.
18th May, Read June 1st, 1713. 1 p. Enclosed,
340. i. Postmasters General to the Lord High Treasurer.
General Post Office, May 9, 1713. Mr. Hamilton who has
the management of the posts throughout H.M. Dominions
on the Continent of North America represents a difficulty
to have happened to our Deputies in New England, by
reason of an Act of Assembly past there, which injoins
the currency of paper bills as specie throughout that
province, whereby should the postage due for letters be
insisted on to be paid in those bills, that branch of the
Post Office would suffer considerably by the great discount on the said bills, and as the nominal value of the
lowest species of such bills amounts to a crown, and the
postage of a single letter amounts but to a very small
part of that sum, there will be a necessity, if the postage
of letters be not actually paid in money, for our deputies
to keep accounts with the merchants or dealers there
to whom letters are directed, till the postage shall
amount to five shillings, or to exchange money for bills
on the delivery of each letter, which would be attended
with a great loss out of the produce of the letters of yt.
Province, etc. We humbly propose that a letter may by
H.M. commands be writ to the Governor and Councill
there recommending on this occasion to their particular
care and encouragement the posts of that Province, and
that as the Act of Parliament establishing ye rates of the
postage of letters through all H.M. Dominions expresses
the same to be paid in British mony, the postage of the
letters of New England may be paid therein as formerly,
and as now is practised throughout all H.M. other
Dominions on ye said Continent. Signed, Tho. Frankland, J. Evelyn. 2½ pp. [C.O. 5, 865. Nos. 87, 87 i.;
and 5, 913. pp. 383–385.]|
341. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Reply
to May 4. We have no objection to H.M. approval of Charles
Eden as Governor of North Carolina, provided he qualify himself
as the law requires, and give good security for his observing
the Acts of Trade and Navigation, and of H.M. Instructions
touching the same. The security usually given by the Governors
of the Proprieties is in a bond of 2,000l. sterl., but in regard the
trade in that part is inconsiderable, we humbly offer that his
security be in a bond of 1,000l. [C.O. 5, 1292. pp. 382, 383.]
342. Order of Queen in Council. Charles Eden is approved
as Governor of North Carolina, upon giving a bond of 1,000l.
in security as proposed, No. 341. Signed, Edward Southwell.
Endorsed, Recd. 22nd May, Read 4th June, 1713. 1¾ pp. [C.O.
5, 1264. No. 135; and 5, 1292. p. 384.]
343. The Earl of Dartmouth to Governor Nicholson. The
Queen having been pleased to declare that she would shew some
marks of her favour to such of the subjects of France as had a
property in any lands or houses lying in the Plantations that are
yielded to her by the Treaty of Peace, in case his Most Xtian
Majty. could be prevailed upon to release those who were in the
gallies on account of religion and the Court of France having
declared their acceptation of this proposal; you are to suffer
the French to enjoy their estates in all parts of your Governmt.
til H.M. pleasure be further known. [C.O. 324, 32. p. 218.]
344. Governor Lowther to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have received a copy of your Lordshipes report upon my
proceeding against Mr. Skene: I shall not take upon me to
expostulate anything with your Lordshipes concerning it, or
touching the injury I conceive it hath done me; being intirely
satisfy'd that it did not arise from any prejudice or ill-will your
Lordshipes have to me, but from the false account that was given
you both of me and my proceedings, for I understand your Lordships have been informed, that I refused to let Mr. Skene have a
copy of his charge, that the evidence against him was taken
ex parte, that I suspended him because he would not pay me
400l. per annum out of the Secretaries office, with several other
severe misrepresentations and false suggestions which I am
persuaded your Lordshipes will be undeceiv'd of, after you have
perused my answer to these aspersions: it is enter'd in the Council
Books and will be sent you in a fortnight or three weeks at the
furthest, in the meantime I must intreat your Lordshipes not to
determine anything of me or my affairs till you have heared
what I have to offer in my justification. I have (in obedience to
the Queen's commandes) restored Mr. Skene to all his offices and
places. After I had sworn him into the office of Secretary to the
Council he desired that I would allow him to appoint a Deputy,
but I could not agree to it, because he executes the office of
clerk to the several Courts by a Deputy, and I am commanded
by my 34th Instruction not to suffer any person to execute above
one office or place by a Deputy, etc. Signed, Rob. Lowther.
Endorsed, Recd. Read July 20, 1713. Holograph. 1½ pp.
[C.O. 28, 14. No. 5;and 29, 13. pp. 65–67.]
Fort Kykoverall, Rio Essequebe.
345. P. Vanderheyden R´zen to the Directors of the Dutch
West India Company. Signed, P. Vanderheyden R´zen. Endorsed, Read Aug. 24 (N.S.) 1713. 9 closely written pp. Dutch.
345. i.–vi. Accounts, inventories, bills of lading, etc. Dutch.
[C.O. 116, 21. Nos. 9, 9 i.–vi.]|
346. Mr. Burchett to Mr. Popple. A convoy of three men of
warr will be sent to Newfoundland to protect the trade and
convoy them home, by the beginning or middle of next month,
etc. Signed, J. Burchett. Endorsed, Recd. 21st May, Read 10th
June, 1713. Addressed. ¾ p. [C.O. 194, 5. No. 22; and
195, 5. p. 310.]
347. Governor Vetch to the Earl of Darthmouth. I have
troubled your Lordship so often with the state of this garrison
without any return that I am ashamed to trouble your Lordship
any more, but shall waite Brigadier Nicholson's arrivall whom wee
have so much longed for, etc. I judged it my duty to accquaint
your Lordship of my having dismissed the Indian Company from
H.M. service, etc. Refers to enclosure. Signed, Sam. Vetch. ¾ p.
347. i. Governor Vetch's Order to Peter Mason, first lieutenant
of the Indian Company. Annapolis Royall, May 22,
1713. Whereas I have been informed by you of the
desertion of above one half of Col. Livingston's Indian
Company now under your command some days ago,
and that you are assured the remainder will verry soon
follow them, I have judged it for the good of H.M.
service both upon the repeated complaints of the
inhabitants (whose hoggs and sheep they frequently
kill in the woods) and the prospect of warrs being now
att ane end, to dismiss the said company intirely from
H.M. service; and that they may neither suffer by so
long a journey as they must take by land nor destroy
the people's catle as the others have done that deserted:
have ordred a sloop with provisions to transeport them to
Boston, etc., where you are to apply yourself to Mr. John
Borland for 20s. per man to bear their expenses to New
London or Hartford, etc. Signed, Sam. Vetch. Copy.
½ p. [C.O. 217, 31. Nos. 10, 10 i.]|
348. Order of Committee of Privy Council for hearing
Appeals from the Plantations. Referring enclosed petition to the
Council of Trade and Plantations. to report whether priviledge
has at any time been claimed by the members of the Assembly
of Jamaica and whether the same have been allowed etc. Signed,
Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. 26th, Read 27th May, 1713.
1 p. Enclosed,
348. i. Petition of Robert Saunders to the Queen. Prays
liberty to proceed against Gersham Elye, who took
possession of a plantation belonging to petitioner's
wife, and insisted on his privilege as a member of the
Assembly of Jamaica to protect him from a trial.
Petitioner's wife and child have died for want meantime.
1¼ pp. [C.O. 137, 9. Nos. 81, 81 i.; and 138, 13.
349. T. Harley to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
My Lord Treasurer foreseeing that great expences will arise to
this Kingdome by the large supplys of Ordnance and other stores
demanded for the service of H.M. Islands and Plantacons abroad
unless it be considered how to put the affaires of those Islands and
Plantations into such a method as that they may be enabled
by waies and meanes among themselves to support the whole
charge of their Governments, His Lords. desires you will please
to turn this affair in your thoughts, and let his Lordp. have your
opinion thereupon as soon as conveniently you can. Signed,
T. Harley. Endorsed, Recd. May 25th, Read June 1st, 1713.
Addressed. ¾ p. [C.O. 323, 7. No. 27; and 324, 10. p. 37.]
350. Earl of Dartmouth to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Refers following for their report. Continues:— In the
mean time, I am to acquaint you, that the places and countrys
therein named belonging, of right, to British subjects, H.M. did
not think fit to receive any Act of Cession from the French King,
and has therefore insisted only upon an Order from that Court
for delivering possession to such persons as should be authorised
by H.M. to take it. By this means the title of the Company
is acknowledged, and they will come into the immediate enjoyment of their property without further trouble. Signed, Dartmouth. Endorsed, Recd. 28th May, Read 1st June, 1713. 1 p.
350. i. Petition of Hudson's Bay Company to the Queen.
Petitioners being inform'd that the Act of Cession is
come over, whereby the French King obliges himself to
restore to your Majesty, ye Bay and Straits of Hudson,
together with all ye lands, seas, sea-coasts, rivers, and
places situate in ye sd. Bay and Straits; as also all
forts and edifices whatsoever, entire, and not demolish'd;
together with guns, shott, powder, and other war-like
provision (as mention'd in ye 10th Article of ye present
Treaty of Peace) within six months after ye ratification
thereof or sooner if possible it may be done, pray H.M.
to direct the said Act of Cession may be transmitted
to them, as also yr. Majesty's Commission to Capt.
James Knight, and Mr. Henry Kelsey gent. to authorize
them, or either of them to take possession of the premises
above mentioned, and to constitute Capt. James Knight
to be Govr. of the fortress call'd Port Nelson, and all
other forts and edifices, lands, seas, rivers and places
afforesaid; and the better to enable petitioners to
recover the same, they humbly pray they may have a
small man of war, to depart with their ship by ye
12th day of June, etc. 1 p. [C.O. 134, 2. Nos. 35,
35 i.; and 135, 3. pp. 121–123.]|
351. Order of a Committee of the House of Commons.
That the Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of Trade do lay
before the Committee an extract of the [? Minutes of the] Assembly
of Jamaica March 27, 1710 (relating to the high duties on prize
goods there). Endorsed, Recd. 27th, Read 28th May, 1713. 1 p.
[C.O. 137, 10. No. 1; and 138, 13. pp. 427, 428.]
352. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lords of the
Committee for hearing Appeals from the Plantations. Reply to
May 22nd. The members of the Assembly not only of Jamaica,
but of the other plantations also, do assume pretended rights
and privileges (for which we cannot find the least grounds) tending
to an independency on the Crown of Great Britain. Some of
them, particularly those of New York, pretend they have an
inherent right to dispose of the mony of the Freemen of that
province, and that such their right does not proceed from any
commission, letters patents, or other grant from H.M., but from
the free choice and election of the people, notwithstanding they
had been acquainted they cou'd not be elected nor sit as an
Assembly, but by virtue of a clause in H.M. Commission to the
Governor, impowering him to issue writs for their election.
Most of the Assemblies in the plantations claim all the privileges
the House of Commons here does, and some of them, others,
that the House of Commons never pretended to. Upon examination of some gentlemen of Jama., we find that Gersham Elye,
(v. May 22) insists on his priviledge as an Assemblyman, to avoid
coming to a tryal with the petitioner; but we do not see any
reason for it; nor do we find by our books, that the Governors
have any authority by their Commissions or Instructions to
allow any such priviledge. [C.O. 138, 13. pp. 428–430.]
353. John Thurston to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
As agent for Governor Lord A. Hamilton, prays dispatch of
Jamaica business, laid before them by the Governor. Endorsed,
Recd. 28th May, Read 30th June, 1713. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 10.
No. 4; and 138, 13. pp. 432, 433.]
354. Governor Nicholson to the Earl of Dartmouth.
Acknowledges letter of May 20, and sends receipts. Signed, Fr.
Nicholson. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 9. No. 116.]