94. H.M. Warrant appointing William Broderick to the
Council of Jamaica, in the room of Francis Oldfield, resigned.
Countersigned, James Stanhope. Copy. [C.O. 5, 190. p. 332.]
95. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Stanhope.
Abstract. Upon consideration of letters from Brigadier Hunter
and others, submit following particulars to be laid before H.M.
The trade of H.M. subjects is very much interrupted by French
ships under Spanish Commissions upon pretence of guarding
the Spanish coast. Propose that representations be made to
Madrid. Quote Hunter on need for preventing the total decay of
the trade of New York and adjacent Colonies by encouraging the
production of naval stores, and enclose proposal from proprietors
of land on frontier of New York, to supply the Navy with masts,
and yards. Propose that Hunter be authorised to contract
therefor. Quote Hunter's complaint of the clothing for the
Four Companies received from Col. Nicholson. "As we have
formerly had occasion to examine into that cloathing and seen a
sample of them, we must agree that they are no ways fit for that
cold climate or indeed for any of H.M. troops. But as the Crown
has paid for them, we offer that the Govr. have directions to
dispose of them as may be most for H.M. service." Autograph
signatures. 4 pp. Printed, N.Y. Col. Doc. V. 469. Enclosed,
95. i. Copy of C.S.P. 1715, No. 673 vi. [C.O. 5, 1085. Nos.
25, 25 i.; and (without enclosure) 5, 1123. pp. 426–429.]|
96. Same to Governor Hunter. Abstract. Request him to keep
despatches on the two provinces separate. Describe proceedings
upon Acts for payment of public debts and for naturalisation.
"So desirous are we to do anything that may tend to the quieting
and settling the minds of the people there." Are leaving Act
relating to sales by vendue as probationary. Will recommend
the Act for punishing negroes for disallowance, unless the Assembly
passes an amended Act. Refer to representation of Nov. 18 on
presents for Indians, a new fort and increase of soldiers. Presume
that the rebellion and disorders that have been here of late have
taken up so much of H.M. time, that his pleasure has not yet
been declared thereupon. Enquire as to the site of the proposed
Fort and whether it would be of use to obstruct communication
between Canada and Mississippi in case of a rupture with France.
Enquire whether David Jamisson, recommended by him for the
Councils of New York and New Jersey, is the man complained
of by Lord Bellamont, and, if so, how he has behaved since.
Do not approve of proposal to appoint a supernumerary Councillor.
The rule that there should not be more than twelve Councillors
was only broken in the case of Col. Quary, Surveyor General of
the Customs. In view of the Act for preventing extravagant
grants, confirmed in 1708, are surprized at his report of the scarcity
of lands, and think there is land enough, if the people were willing
to extend their settlements. As there are other extravagant
grants not resumed to the Crown by that Act, suggest that the
Assembly might be induced to vacate them. Acquaint him with
their representations etc., on several matters. Commend his
care in putting Acts of Trade and Navigation into execution.
Enquire as to the cause of the failure he announces of the trees
prepared for pitch and tar in New York. Printed, N.Y. Col.
Doc. V., 470. [C.O. 5, 1123. pp. 429–436; and 5, 1079. No.
97. Assembly of S. Carolina to [? Messrs. Boon and Beresford].
Abstract. Have seen letter from Beresford to Committee appointed by last Assembly to correspond with them, and are glad there
is hope something will be done at Court upon their address to
H.M. to take the immediate Government of the Province into their
hands. Enclose another to same effect. Unless H.M. does this
and sends men and money to defend it, the Colony will become a
pray to their barbarous enemies. The war has already cost this
Government £140,000, a greater burden than this poor Province
can possibly bear. The Charikees, after agreeing to combine with
them to attack the Upper and Lower Creeks, changed their
minds. Head men of the Creek and Yamussee nations
endeavoured to persuade them to massacre 300 of their men who,
under Col. Maurice Moore, had marched up to the Charikees in
order to persuade them to keep their promise. They had 500
men within 10 miles of the place to assist them. The Charikees,
after nearly consenting, changed their minds and fell upon the
Creeks and Yamussees who were in their towns and slaughtered
every man of them. They are now to co-operate with the
Charikees etc., who are the most potent nation of any that were
their enemies, but they are still at war with fifteen other nations
and without immediate assistance their case will be deplorable.
Mr. John Smith who escaped from the Creeks at Pensicola,
reports that the Creeks were supplied with arms by the French
at Mobile, who made presents to the head men of those nations
who are now our enemies, and had sent up a perriaugur, with
16 field pieces and a company of men to settle a fort among the
Albamas. Mr. Hughs was killed in going from Pensecola to the
Talapoochies by some French Indians, it is thought by order of
the Governor of Mobile. Their forces have lately obtained a success
over the Yamussees near St. Augustin and taken 30 prisoners.
They are now endeavouring to satisfy the Government of
Virginia, whose troops are returning home. Confess that if the
late Assembly had fully complied with the agreement made
between that Government and their agent, it would have cost
them less than the measures they will now be obliged to take.
Order their correspondents to lay this state of the Province before
the King. Signed, Tho. Broughton, Speaker. Endorsed, Recd.
Read 12th June, 1715. 3 closely written pp. Printed, N.C.
Col. Rec. II. 224. Enclosed,
97. i. Address of the Representatives of South Carolina to the
King. As soon as the most acceptable advice of your
happy accession to the Imperiall Crown of Great Brittain,
France and Ireland reached us your loyall subjects in
these remote parts of your Dominions we by publick
Address presum'd to congratulate yor. most sacred
Majesty on that blessed occasion, as also to signify to
your Royal Person the great distress we lay under by a
barbarous and inhumane Indian Warr, form'd and
carried on by an universall consent of all the Indian
Nations who being (by reason of their great numbers)
too potent for us, constrain'd us to supplicate you
Great Sir (who under God alone can support us) to
relieve and succour us with such forces as your great
wisdom judg'd convenient. Tis with no less joy
that we again take this opportunity of congratulateing
your Majesty on the glorious success of your arms
against the rebells in Great Brittain, and we earnestly
pray yt. God will give such success to yor. Royal
endeavours as will enable your Majesty to put an end to
this unnaturall rebellion, to confound and extinguish
for ever all hopes of the Pretender his open and secret
abetors and secure the peace and quiet of your Kingdom.
We are once more oblig'd with the greatest concern and
submission to lay before your Majesty the deploreable
circumstances of this your Majesties distress'd Colony
almost ruined by a warr with the numerous nations of
Indians round about us, who have reduced us to a narrow
compass, and destroy'd great part of our countrey with
fire and sword, which with the great expence we are at
to deffend ourselves against those our cruel enemies,
has almost brought us to an incapacity of any longer
being able to support and deffend ourselves, the
particulars of all which misfortunes we have order'd to
be lay'd before yor. Majesty by the Agents of this
Province, etc. Under these our sad circumstances
Great Sir give us the Representatives of this Province
leave unanimously to throw ourselves under your
Majesties immediate protection, under whose care alone
(under God) we can be protected and redress'd, and
therefore humbly begg your most Sacred Majesty
to grant our humble request that this once flourishing
Province may be added to those already under your
happy protection, and which we are assur'd will be of
great consequence for the preservation of the adjoyning
Colonies and the increase of your Majesties Revenues.
Signed, by order of the House, Tho. Broughton, Speaker.
Endorsed, Recd. (from Mr. Boon and Mr. Beresford).
Read 12th June, 1716. 1 large p. [C.O. 5, 1265. Nos.
25, 23, and (duplicate of Address) 24.]|
98. Mr. Secretary Stanhope to the Governor of the Leeward
Islands. Major Peter Buor is to remain in the quiet enjoyment of
his plantation till H.M. shall think fit how to dispose of that
part of St. Christopher's which was the French Settlement, etc.
Signed, James Stanhope. [C.O. 5, 190. p. 332.]
99. George Carpenter to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Lt. Genl. Mathew's petition for leave to visit his estate in Maryland, on condition that Genl. Hamilton is present in the Leeward
Islands, is referred to you by Mr. Secretary Hamilton, etc. Signed,
Geo. Carpenter. Endorsed, Recd. Read 20th March, 1715/16. 1 p.
[C.O. 152, 11. No. 2; and 153, 12. pp. 382, 383.]
100. Mr. Secretary Stanhope to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Encloses following for their report. Concludes:—If any difficulties shall occur to you which want explanation, by
sending to the Ordnance office, some of their Board will attend
you, etc. Signed, James Stanhope. Endorsed, Recd. 20th,
Read 21st March, 1715/16. 1 p. Enclosed,
100. i. Board of Ordnance to Mr. Secretary Stanhope. Enclose
following, "which are according to the last proposals
of Capt. Horneck, Engineer, for securing Placentia,
which scheme will not amount to near a sixth part
of the former." Continue:— As the greatest part of
the material must be sent from the West of England,
or River of Thames, it is humbly propos'd that the
Council of Trade should recommend the same to the
Chamber of Exeter, and the merchants using the said
fishing trade, and that what cannot be sent this year,
may be early the next with the Engineer and Artificers.
Signed, Edw. Ashe, Tho. Frankland, John Armstrong,
Tho. Erle, M. Richards, D. Windsor. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 1 p.|
100. ii. Estimate of new proposal for fortifying and securing
Placentia. Reduction of the garrison to a cost of
£1557 6s. 8d., a saving of £9729 3s. 4d. A new fort,
£2242 16s. 6¼d., instead of repairing the old forts,
£20,000. Same endorsement. Copy. 2 pp.|
100. iii. Estimate of materials to be sent to New England
(? Newfoundland)= £116 5s. Same endorsement. Copy.
2 pp. [C.O. 194, 6. Nos. 13, 13 i.–iii.; and (without
enclosures) 195, 6. pp. 261, 262.]|
101. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Stanhope. We have no objection to the granting of leave to
Lt. Governor Mathew in the manner desir'd (March 17). [C.O.
153, 12. pp. 383, 384.]
102. Same to Same. Reply to March19. Refer to representation on similar proposals for securing Placentia, March 10, 1714/15.
Continue:— It was then thought too late to send the necessary
materials that season, and we are afraid the same inconvenience
will be found now. As to the materials which are proposed to
be sent, the manner of their being sent, the freight and the prices
at which they are to be bought, we humbly conceive the Board of
Ordnance to be properest judges. Shou'd H.M. be pleased to
reduce the present establishment at Placentia to 57 men, as is
proposed, consisting of the garrison and the Ordnance officers,
we conceive the remainder may be usefully imploy'd on the
frontiers at New York, according to what we offer'd Nov. 18th
last, if H.M. shall be pleased to approve of what we then represented. [C.O. 195, 6. pp. 263–265.]
103. Same to Governor Hunter. Abstract. As there is now
only one vacancy in the Council of New Jersey, (v. 13th Aug.)
intend to propose Robert Wheeler or John Bambridge. The Act
for holding the Assembly at Burlington, having been confirmed by
her late Majesty, can only be set aside by another Act, the preamble whereof is to set forth the inconveniencies of the present
Act and to pray H.M. that it be repealed (v. Nov. 12th, 1715).
Have not heard anything of Mr. Sonmans since his arrival in
England, but will not fail to do justice. The Act to enable
Thomas Gordon, etc., having been long since confirmed, they have
nothing to answer in his letter of 21st May last. The other Acts
they will allow to lie as probationary. Call attention to the need
of an Agent for the Province, and that the persons concerned in
the private Acts transmitted have not directed anybody to
solicite the dispatch of them. Such acts are referred to the
Solicitor or Attorney General who will not report upon them, if
there is nobody here to follow them. On their removal, such Acts
are liable to be lost. Have spoken of the matter of Mr. Vesey
and Mr. Talbot and hope he will be made easy in that matter.
Printed, N.J. Archives, 1st Ser. IV. 227. [C.O. 5, 995. pp. 326–329.]
104. Mr. Popple to Nicholas Lechmere. Presses for return
of Act of Bermuda. v. May 16, 1715, and Feb. 18, 1716. [C.O.
37, 9. p. 326.]
105. H.M. Warrant granting six months leave of absence to
Lt. Gen. Mathew. Countersigned, James Stanhope. Endorsed,
Recd. 17th, Read 18th June, 1718. Copy. 1p. [C.O. 152,
12. No. 92; and 5, 190. p. 333.]
106. Mr. Popple to Sir E. Northey, H.M. Attorney General.
Encloses, for his opinion in point of law as soon as conveniently
may be, Acts of New York, Sept. 4, 1714, for shortning of law
suits, etc., and preventing the multiplicity of lawsuits. [C.O. 5,
1123, p. 437.]
107. Roger Mostyn to be Govr. of ye Bahamas. Note
without date or signature. v. following. [C.O. 23, 12. No. 71.]
108. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Stanhope. H.M. having been pleas'd by his Order in Council
of the 10th instant, on a Report of the Committee of Council
to whom our Representation of Dec. 14th last, was referr'd, to
direct us to prepare a Commission and Instructions for Roger
Mostyn Esq. to be Gov. of the Bahama Islands, we take leave to
explain that matter to you as follows. We represented the great
consequence those Islands are of to this Kingdom by their
situation, that they had been neglected and deserted by the
Proprietors, that they had been plunder'd four several times during
the late war by the enemy, the houses burnt down, the Fort
demolish'd, ye guns carry'd off, and that there remain'd not
above 12 familys upon all the Islands and those dispersed, that
the Govt. of the said Islands might be resumed to the Crown by
quo warranto or scire facias; and that H.M. might appoint a
Governor, and provide both for the civil and military Government,
before any suit were commenced. But then we referr'd to
former Representations to her late Majesty, wherein a scheme
and method for peopling, setling and fortifying the Island of
Providence was propos'd; For unless these Islands be secur'd
by a fortification, and some regular troops, it is not to be expected
a quiet settlement can be made there; on the other hand, were
that done, there is no doubt from the conveniency of these
Islands for trade, and the commodiousness of the harbour of
Providence, but they wou'd soon be settled and improv'd to the
advantage of this Kingdom. We desire therefore you will please
to receive H.M. pleasure, whether the said Islands are to be
secur'd as aforesaid. In case they are, we shall be ready to lay a
scheme for that purpose before H.M., when demanded; but if
this is not to be done, we do not see how a Commission and
Instructions can be properly prepar'd for a Governor of a place,
where there are but twelve dispers'd familys. Autograph
signatures. 2 pp. Enclosed,
108. i. Duplicate of preceding.|
108. ii. Duplicate of C.S.P. 1715. No. 710. [C.O. 23, 12.
Nos. 70, 70 i., ii.; and (without enclosures) 5, 1292.
109. Petty Expenses of the Board of Trade, postage, stationery, etc. Christmas, 1715, to Lady Day, 1716. 4 pp. [C.O.
388, 77. Nos. 13–15.]
110. Mr. Secretary Stanhope to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. It is H.M. pleasure that some of your Board do
forthwith lay before the House of Commons all papers relating
to the Palatines who were sent to the West Indies, pursuant to
their Address to H.M. Signed, James Stanhope. Endorsed, Recd.
26th, Read 27th March, 1716. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1051. No. 22;
and 5, 1123. p. 438.]
111. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Stanhope. In reply to 26th Jan., refer to March 5th, etc. We
are glad to finde that ye present Agent [of the garrison at Annapolis Royal] hath paid the Bills that came to his hands which
tends so much to the re-establishing the credit, to wch. end
it were to be wished the bills formerly drawn from New England
for provisions and other necessaries, were put in a method of
being clear'd. We have reconsidered our letters to you of 18th
May, 30th of June, 7th of July and 2nd Sept., which appear to
be so full in relation to the pay, provisions and cloathing, that
we shall add nothing further thereupon. [C.O. 218, 1. pp. 308,