329. Mr. Popple to Mr. Carkesse. On the 3rd of Augt. Mr.
Lowndes writ to the Commissrs. of the Customs upon a letter
from the Council of Trade and Plantations for an account of the
duty of 4½ p.c. in the Leeward Islands, etc. Their Lordships
desire the said acct. may be dispatch'd with all convenient speed.
[C.O. 153, 12. p. 453.]
330. Commission and Instructions from the Lords Proprietors
of Carolina for Richard Pindar, Attorney Genl. of S. Carolina.
Signed, Carteret, P., M. Ashley, J. Colleton, J. Danson. Copy.
[C.O. 5, 290. pp. 99–101.]
331. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Methuen. Enclose extracts of letter from Governor Spotswood,
July 3, and affidavits relating to pirates in the Bahamas, etc.
Continue:—This is a matter of such importance to the Trade
and Navigation of this Kingdom in those parts, that we find by
our books, the former Commissioners of this Board have made
8 several reports since 1702 to her late Majesty, setting forth
the miserable condition those Islands were in, by the neglect of
the Proprietors, the consequence it wou'd be of, shou'd they fall
into the hands of the French, Spaniards or pirates, and the necessity of immediately taking care thereof by the Crown, the
substance of which reports with our further observations are
contain'd in our Representation of 14th Dec. last. Refer to
Representation of 24th March (copies enclosed). To which we
have nothing to add, but that shou'd the pirates, or any foreigners
make a settlement there, it wou'd cost much more to dislodge
them, then to secure those Islands in time, which seems absolutely
necessary to be done, for that they are by their scituation the
key to the whole Gulph of Florida, so that whoever is master of
them, may if they please be master of all the Spanish and most of
the French trade in those parts. Autograph signatures. 2 pp.
331. i. Copy of C.S.P. Feb. 2, 1708/9.|
331. ii. Extract of letter from Lt. Governor Spotswood, 3rd
331. iii., iv. Copies of depositions of John Vickers and
Alexander Stockdale. [C.O. 23, 12. Nos. 72, 72 i.–iv.;
and (without enclosures) 5, 1293. pp. 24–26.]|
332. Mr. Popple to Mr. Solicitor General. Encloses, for
his opinion in point of law, Act of Antigua, 1715, to enable Richard
Cockran and Archd. Cockran to dispose of certain lands in Old
North Sound etc. [C.O. 153, 12. p. 454.]
333. Order of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Guardian of the
Kingdom etc. in Council. Confirming Act of Nevis to settle
the estate of Thomas Herbert etc. Signed, Ja. Vernon. Endorsed,
Recd. 22nd Sept., Read 31st Oct., 1716. 1½ pp. [C.O. 152, 11.
No. 26; and 153, 12. pp. 459, 460.]
334. Order of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Guardian of the
Kingdom etc. in Council. Referring to the Lords Commissioners
of the Treasury Capt. Walton's petition and the representation
thereon, May 15th, to do therein for the said Walton as their
Lordps. shall think proper. Signed and endorsed as preceding.
1¼ pp. [C.O. 152, 11. No. 27; and 153, 12. pp. 461.]
335. G. Bampfeild to Mr. Popple. Prays that an Act of
Jamaica, 1703, to confirm an agreement between Olivia Read and
Nathaniel Brown etc., and an Act of Antigua, to enable Richard
and Archibald Cockran to dispose of certain lands, may be confirmed,
etc. Signed, G. Bampfeild. Endorsed, Recd. Read Sept. 13,
1716. ½ p. [C.O. 137, 12. No. 1; and 138, 14. pp. 472, 473.]
336. Mr. Popple to John Fortescue Aland, Solicitor General.
Desires his opinion in point of law upon Act of Jamaica, to confirm
an agreement between Olivia Read etc., ut supra. [C.O. 138, 14.
pp. 473, 474.]
337. Order of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Guardian of the
Kingdom etc. in Council. Referring following to the Council of
Trade and Plantations for their report. Signed, Ja. Vernon.
Endorsed, Recd. 18th, Read 27th Sept., 1716. 1 p. Enclosed,
337. i. William Penn, absolute Proprietor and Governor in
chief of Pensilvania, and his Trustees to H.R.H. the
Prince of Wales. Requests the Royal approbation of
William Keith appointed by them Lt. Governor over
the said Province, etc. Signed, William Penn, Hen.
Goaldney, Silvans. Grove, Joshua Gee. Copy. 1 p.
[C.O. 5, 1265. Nos. 37, 37 i.; and 5, 1293. pp. 27–29.]|
338. Mr. Perry and Mr. Hyde to Mr. Popple. Offer to be
sureties for Mr. Keith etc. (v. preceding). Signed, Micajah Perry,
John Hijde. Endorsed, Recd. 18th, Read 27th Sept., 1716.
Addressed. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1265. No. 38.]
339. Peter Heywood, Commander in Chief of Jamaica, to
the Council of Trade and Plantations. It has been impossible
to gett the Minutes of Councill transcribed (v. Aug. 11th). I
am sending one copy to the Secretary of State with the original
depositions, and a copy of the Minutes to the Board by the next
ship, etc. Refers to enclosures to the Governors of the Havanna and
St. Jago de Cuba, etc. I have intentions to send some person to
make a formal demand of the vessells taken by their privateers
and restitution of their effects etc. Signed, Peter Heywood.
Endorsed, Recd. 30th Nov., 1716, Read 9th Jan., 1716/17. 1 p.
339. i. Peter Heywood to the Governour of the Havanna.
Jamaica, 16th Aug., 1716. I have H.M. positive
commands to inquire into the male disorders of some of
his subjects against those of his Catholick Majesty, etc.
As H.M. hath and will do all things becoming a friend
and good allie etc., so he cannot doubt of a suitable
return from his Catholick Majesty by his causeing his
subjects to make repairation to the English for the great
injuries done them since the cessation of armes by landing on this Island and robbing their plantations of their
negro slaves, etc., by taking their vessells going on their
lawfull occasions (without their having been guilty of
any prohibited trade) and by frequent depradations
committed by the Guarda del Costas under pretext of
securing their own trade, who have piratically carryed
our ships and vessels to the city of Trinedad, where
right or wrong they have been condemned as good prizes,
wch. hath been represented often to the Marqs. de
Cassa Torres, but no redress could ever be obtained
for his Britannick Majesty's subjects, which may have
irritated too many of them, and carryed them on to the
commission of severall acts which cannot any wayes
be justifyed. Very lately I have an account of seven or
eight vessells carryed into St. Jago de Cuba and
Trinidad, and unjustly condemned, so that their
Majestyes subjects here in the Indies seem to be at
open warrs, whilst there is so perfect an understanding
between them at home etc. Invites H.E. to put a stop
to such illegal proceedings and to order satisfaction to
be made etc. Signed, Peter Heywood. Endorsed as
preceding. Copy. 2 pp.|
339. ii. Peter Heywood to Don Matheo Lopez de Congas,
Governour of St. Jago de Cuba. 24th Aug., 1716.
Asks for reparation, as in preceding, for vessels unjustly
condemned as prizes at St. Jago on Cuba, etc. Signed
and endorsed as preceding. Copy. 2 pp.|
339. iii. Address of the Independant Companies at Spanish
Town to Peter Heywod, Commander in Chief of Jamaica.
We have six months' pay due, etc. Going to be paid
this day our Lieutenant would pay us but four months
and out of that stop mony etc. Lord Hamilton promised
us new cloaths and we have paid the mony, but have
not had any. We humbly desire to know before he goes
off the Island, who will pay the remainder of our mony
etc. Going to Lord Archibald Hamilton to know how
we should come by our cloths, or our money, which
we have paid upon that account, he has ordered Corporal
Moody to be put in close prison until he is gone off the
Island, etc. Pray for justice. Same endorsement. Copy.
1 p. [C.O. 137, 12. Nos. 22, 22 i.–iii.; and (without
enclosures) 138, 15. pp. 170–172.]|
340. Order of Prince of Wales, Guardian of the Kingdom, in
Council. Confirming grant of lands to Col. Partridge with such
clauses and exceptions as are mentioned in the report of the
Council of Trade and Plantations, 16th Aug., etc. Set out,
A.P.C. II., pp., 711–714, q.v. Signed, Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. 8th, Read 16th Jan., 1716/17. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 866.
No. 100; and 5, 915. pp. 24, 25.]
Custom ho., London.
341. Mr. Carkesse to Mr. Popple. Encloses following.
Signed, Cha. Carkesse. Endorsed, Recd. 21st Sept., Read 2nd
Nov., 1716. 1 p. Enclosed,
341. i. Account of the net produce of the 4½ p.c. in Barbadoes
and the Leeward Islands 1702–1715. Total, £78,528
2s. 5¼d.=£6040 per annum. Signed, Robt. Paul,
Assistant Compr. Genl. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 11. Nos.
29, 29 i.; and 153, 12. pp. 463, 464.]|
342. Mr. Popple to Mr. Pringle. Encloses letters directed
to the King of Spain, sent by Governor Lowther (v. July 20),
to be laid before Mr. Secretary Methuen. [C.O. 29, 13. pp.
343. Mr. Secretary Methuen to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Encloses following etc. Continues:—You are to
report what you shall judge may be most effectual for retrieving
the bad condition of that Island, and as this is a service of
importance, I shall be very ready to concur with you in your
deliberations on this head, and to meet you when you shall let
me know that it is convenient for you. Signed, P. Methuen.
Endorsed, Recd. 26th Sept., Read 16th Oct., 1716. 1 p.
343. i. Thomas Pitt to H.R.H. George Prince of Wales, etc.
Appointed Governor of Jamaica, petitioner has endeavoured to gain the best account he is able of the present
state of that Island, etc. He is inclined to believe that
the affairs of that Country are in great disorder and
confusion. That the Island is also in a most dangerous
state and almost defenceless, as well from the want of a
greater number of white people to prevent any insurrection of the negroes, as ships of war to secure the
coasts, trade and navigation, and to put an end to the
robberyes and disorders in those parts. Prays that the
condition of Jamaica may be taken into consideration
and that he may be given such instructions and powers
as may be thought necessary, etc. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 12.
Nos. 2, 2 i.; and 138, 14. pp. 474–478.]|
344. The case of William Keith, late Surveyor Genll. of the
Customes in America. In spite of his good services to H.M. in
Virginia, Jamaica and Carolina, 1714–1715, approved of by the
Commissioners of Customs, he was superseded by a warrant from
the Treasurer to appoint another gentleman in his room. He is
now come home to justifie his reputation. But being recommended by a considerable body of the people called Quakers,
the Proprietor has nominated him Lt. Governor of Pensilvania,
etc. Prays for their Lordships' favour and dispatch of reference,
Sept. 13th. Endorsed, Recd. 27th Sept., Read Oct. 16th, 1716.
1 p. [C.O. 5, 1265. No. 39.]
345. Mr. Popple to John Fortescue Aland, Solicitor General.
Encloses Act of Barbadoes, 1716, to dock the intail on a plantation
in St. Michael's parish, and to enable Tho. Somers to sell the same,
etc., "Upon which Act the Council of Trade and Plantations
desire your opinion in point of law, with what convenient speed
you can." [C.O. 29, 13. pp. 342, 343.]
346. Mr. Popple to Mr. Solicitor General. Encloses, for
his opinion in point of law, Act of Antigua, 1716, to enable Andrew
Murray and Elizabeth his wife to alien or settle certain lands, etc.
[C.O. 153, 12. p. 455.]
347. Petty expenses of the Board of Trade, stationery,
postage, etc., from Midsummer to Michaelmas, 1716. 4 pp.
[C.O. 388, 77. Nos. 20–22.]