America and West Indies: Miscellaneous, 1716

Pages 237-238

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 29, 1716-1717. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1930.

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Miscellaneous, 1716

[1716–1719.] 441. Naval Officer's list of ships entered and cleared Charlestown, South Carolina. [C.O. 5, 508.]
[1716.] 442. Petition of John Kupius to Mr. Secretary Stanhope. Refers to his petition of May, 1715, for a grant of the escheated plantation of Anna Wilhelmina Kupius in Jamaica. One Edward Nichols obtained that grant 30th April, 1715. Petitioner prays to be permitted to pay Nichols the evaluation of the plantation, £1456 Jamaica money for the grant thereof. No date. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 46. No. 9.]
[1716.] 443. List of Reports from the Board of Trade relating to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, 1714–1716. 3¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 4. No. 15.]
[? 1716.] 444. Petition of [—] to [? Lord Guilford]. The Catholics of Maryland are threatened with persecution contrary to the liberty granted by the charter. Two acts have been passed which will entirely ruin them. One excludes them from election to the Magistracy or Assembly, though they are the richest and most considerable merchants in the country. The other forbids all exercise of the Catholic religion on pain of perpetual imprisonment for the priests, though they have never given cause for complaint. The charges brought against them are very ill founded (i) That there are 40 priests in the country, when there are only 12, ten Jesuits, a secular priest and a Franciscan monk. (ii) That six priests were sent there last year, when there was only one. The real reason for this persecution is that the Catholics have always recognised Lord Baltimore as Governor of the country in accordance with the grant of King Charles, but there are some who wish to deprive him of this inheritance, and cannot do it without first destroying the Catholics, who are and always will be opposed to doing so. If these two acts are repealed, the blow will be averted etc. Lord Guilford, guardian of Lord Baltimore, alone can do it. Prays that this may be done. Without signature, date or endorsement. French. 2½ pp. [C.O. 5, 721. No. 17.]
[1716.] 445. [? Same to Same]. Gives history of Proprietorship of Maryland. Continues:—The Proprietor has the power to confirm or annual all laws passed by the Assembly. They are not submitted to the Privy Council like those of Colonies governed by Commission from the King. But if the laws made and confirmed are not conformable to the laws of England, the Privy Council can annul them. Laws passed by the Assembly are in force until they are rejected by the Proprietor etc. This is why the King cannot interfere in these matters, unless the laws made in Maryland are repugnant to the laws of England etc. Without date, signature or endorsement. Copy. French. 2 pp., with ¼ p. fragment of original. [C.O. 5, 721. Nos. 18, 18 a.]