318. Mr. Popple to William Nivine. The Lords Justices
having appointed Colo. Bladen to go to France to settle several
matters relating to the disputes between this Kingdom and
France, in America, and particularly about the capitulation
of Nevis and the sufferers at Mountserrat by the French
invasion, etc. desire you will let them have as soon as possible
the most particular accompt you can of the said losses at
Mountserrat, and of the capitulation at Nevis, in order to
their preparing the necessary Instructions for Colo. Bladen who
is to be going in a very short time.
Note: A similar letter was writ to Mr. Roland Tryon. [C.O.
153, 13. pp. 422, 423].|
319. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lords Justices.
Reply to July 4th. In our opinion Mr. Keith has done very
well in declining to act under this new Commission for the
reasons mentioned in the papers referred to us, and for another
much stronger, which is, that by virtue of the Act for preventing
frauds etc., all Governors appointed by Proprietors are to be
approved of by H. M. etc. We conceive the commission now
granted by Mr. Penn the son, is a new nomination, and ought
to have been laid before H.M., etc. We cannot help thinking
that all occasions should be laid hold on to recover at least the
Dominion of all the Proprietary Colonies into the hands of
the Crown. Suggest completion of agreement made between
her late Majesty and Mr. Penn, and that Mr. Keith be continued
under the former commission till the present Proprietor and the
Trustees have settled their differences etc. Set out, Penn.
Col. Rec. III. 73. [C.O. 5, 1293. pp. 218, 219].
320. Order of Lords Justices in Council. Approving
Representation of 8th inst., and repealing 9 Acts of Pennsylvania accordingly. Signed, James Vernon. Endorsed,
Recd. 10th, Read 16th Sept., 1719. 1½. pp. [C.O. 5, 1265.
321. Mr. Popple to the Governor of the Hudson's Bay
Company. Col. Bladen being appointed by the Lords Justices
to go to France, to settle ye disputes between the two Kingdoms,
relating to the losses on either side; the Council of Trade and
Plantations desire you will send them as soon as may be, an
account of ye losses the Compa. have suffered, or demands they
may have to make of the French upon this occasion. [C.O.
135, 3. p. 137].
322. Order of the Lords Justices in Council. Referring
following to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their
report thereon. Signed, Ja. Vernon. Endorsed, Recd. (from
Col. Vetch) 13th May, Read 1st July, 1720. 1½ pp. Enclosed,
322. i. Petition of Col. Samuel Vetch, Richard Mullins,
Charles Davison, David Pigeon, Charles Browne, James
Abercrombye, Cutts Hassan, Alexander Wilson, Francis
Sullivan, George Lee, Peter Capon, Charles Bruce,
William Cook, John Woodin, John Cocksidge, Scare
Mathews, on behalfe of themselves and others who
were in actual service in the late Expedition by which
Port Royal and the places adjacent were reduced
etc. to the King. Pray for a grant of land in Nova
Scotia, in accordance with the preference promised
in H. M. Instructions to General Nicholson. v. A.P.C.
II. No. 1325. Signed as above. 5 pp. [C.O. 217,
3. Nos. 3, 3 i; and (without enclosure) 218, 1. pp.
323. Mr. Popple to Dr. Cox. The Council of Trade and
Plantations desire to speak with you concerning your grant
of Carolana, etc. [C.O. 5, 1293. p. 220].
324. Mr. Popple to Capn. Hyde. The Council of Trade
and Plantations desire the favour of you to lend them for
2 or 3 days your map of the Bay of Mexico and the French
Settlement at Louissiana, and to have an opportunity of discoursing with you thereupon, on Friday morning next, at 10
of the clock. [C.O. 324, 10. p. 262].
325. B. Ianthial to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Enquires whether H. M. has given any orders on the petitions
presented to H. M. 15th March last, from the garrison of
Annapolis and Isabella Dunn (v. July 23rd). Her late husband
was one of the best serjeants of the garrison, and she was reduced
to the last extremity etc. Most all the garrisons have designs
to run away this year. I hinder'd above 40 to desert last year,
telling them that certainly they will receive satisfaction for
their hard usage. They promised they would stay till the latter
end of July for my answer to their petitions etc. I believe it
would be proper to allow every one of them some land and
privileges etc. and that their accounts should be settled and
paid in money, not in rum etc. I left them in the most
deplorable condition etc. Before I left there was a sloop
robbed, and some Indians brought news that part of the crew
were lost upon an expedition, which wee did mistrust to have
been murdered by the Indians. There is a great fear of an
insurrection this year amongst the Indians etc. The fort,
houses, magazines, arms, etc., want to be minded and repaired.
There has not been this severals years in the said Fort any
physicks, nor plaisters for the sicks soldiers, which have been
obliged to be supplyed with, by the French inhabitant
physician (a Roman Catholick). Most of the King's Plantations
decays for want of incouragement to the industrious peoples etc.
Signed, B. Ianthial. Endorsed, Recd., Read 22nd July, 1719.
4 pp. [C.O. 217, 2. No. 79].
326. Monsr. Ianthial to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses following and proposes to explain his ideas
to the Board, etc. P.S.—By the Hannover, Capt. Chadder,
that sailed 10th May for Annapolis Royal, I sent word to the
garrison that their petitions have been presented to H. M.,
and that the Governor expected to be there the latter end of
this summer, who assured me that at his arrival they shall all
receive a due satisfaction etc. Signed, B. Ianthial. Endorsed,
Recd. 23rd July, 1719. 1⅓ pp. Enclosed,
326 i. Petition of Isabella Dunn to the King. Petitioner's
husband, a sergeant of the garrison at Annapolis
Royal, was barbarously murdered by Lt. Jephson,
and she and her three children are left destitute.
Presented 15th March, 1718/19. Copy. 1 p.|
326 ii. Petition of the four companies of the garrison at
Annapolis Royal to the King. Annapolis Royal,
Dec. 19, 1718. Pray for relief from their deplorable
condition, they not having received any subsistance
this 6½ years, nor any account given for itt, nor any
cloaths but Cannaday cloaths, which were not fitt
for this country being so thin and not lined, although
charged 20s. sterling for them. They are forced to
doe your Majesty's commands having neither shoes,
stockings, or shirts to their backs, but few coats,
and but short allowance of provisions. They have
never received any candle lights or bedding although
charged to the Nation's accounts, nor any straw for
four years, etc. Presented 15th March, 1718/19. Copy.
326 iii. Petition of Monsr. Ianthial to the King. 5th May,
1719. Similar to that of 22nd July. Prays also
for two patents for silver mines and for printing two
or three books which will be approved by all the
Bishops of the Anglican Religion. French. Copy. 3 pp.
[C.O. 217, 2. Nos. 81–84].|
327. Mr. Nivine to Mr. Popple. Reply to 21st. Will not
be able to answer till latter end of next week. Is obliged to
take the waters, but has written to a gentleman in London
etc. Signed, Will. Nivine. Endorsed, Recd., Read 28th July,
1719. Addressed. Sealed. Postmark. 1½ pp. [C.O. 152,
12. No. 146].
328. Governor Hamilton to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Encloses several Acts. Continues: I have no
particular observations to make upon any of them; The reasons
and utility thereof sufficiently appear of themselves in the
bodys of the said Acts. I shall only observe that the Court
Merchant Act since its being first past, has considerably advanced our trade in general, and in particular, that part thereof
which transient persons usually have here, by helping them
to a speedy and just way of recovering their debts; but the
transient persons taking the advantage of that part of the Act
for selling goods by outcry, at the highest prices, and by that
means setting their own price on the produce of this Island
it was found very grievous and burthensom to the present
inhabitants; and therefore it was thought very just and
reasonable that that part thereof should be altered as it now is
by this subsequent Act, which being found in other respects
a wholesome and good law is made perpetual. I hope your
Lordships will approve of this Act, and lay this and the other
Acts before H. M. for his Royal assent etc. Signed, W. Hamilton. Endorsed, Recd. 14th, Read 16th Sept., 1719. 1 p.
328 i. List of 7 Acts of Antigua sent with preceding.
Same endorsement. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 12. Nos. 156,
329. Mr. Popple to Jeremy Dummer. Asks for an account
of the boundaries between New England and the French
Settlements, and whether the French have made any incroachments upon the English in those parts on "next Tuesday
come sevennight." [C.O. 5, 915. pp. 300, 301].
330. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Governor Johnson.
We have read and perus'd your letter and all your papers deliver'd to us by your agent Mr. Yonge and tho we are favourably
inclin'd in all our thoughts relating to our Governors, yet we
must tell you we think you have not obey'd our orders and
directions given to you to dissolve that Assembly and forthwith
to call another according to the ancient usage and custom of
the Province, and to publish our repeals of those Acts of Assembly
immediately upon the receipt of our Order aforesaid; But we
shall say no more upon that subject, not doubting but our
Governor will pay a more punctual obedience to all our orders
for the future. The Lords Proprietors' right of confirming
and repealing laws, was so peculiar a privilege granted to them
by the Crown that we can never receed from it, and we do
assure you we are not a little surpriz'd that you wou'd suffer
that prerogative of ours to be disputed. We have sent you
herewith an Instrument under our hands and seals nominating
such persons as we think fit to be in the Council with you,
six whereof and yourself and no less number shall be a Quorum.
We also send you the repeal of three Acts of Assembly, which
we order you to publish immediately upon your receipt of this.
We do assure Mr. Johnson that we will stand by him in all
things that relate to the just execution of his office, and we are
confident that he will perform his duty to us and support our
power and prerogatives to the best of his abilities. If the
Assembly chosen according to your pretended late Act is not
dissolv'd as we formerly order'd you, and a new Assembly
chosen pursuant to the Act formerly confirm'd by the Proprietors,
you are forthwith commanded hereby to dissolve that Assembly
and to call another according to the abovemention'd Act of
Assembly. Upon your receipt of this, we hereby require you
to summon the said Council that they may qualify themselves
according to law and immediately sit upon the dispatch of
business. We also think it proper that when matters are to
be debated in Council, wherein any of the persons who sit in
Council are concern'd, they ought to withdraw in the same
manner as we have order'd our Chief Justice in case of appeals
from his judgement. Signed, Carteret Palatin; M. Ashley,
J. Colleton, J. Danson. [C.O. 5, 290. pp. 146–149].
331. Same to the Governor and Council of South Carolina.
We receiv'd by Mr. Yonge 3 Acts of Assembly, which were sent
to us by you for our approbation, vizt., an Act for laying an
imposition on negros, liquors, etc., an Act to ascertain the manner
and form of electing members to represent the inhabitants, etc.,
and an additional Act relating to the payment of the Lords' rents
and the sale of their lands; We can by no means consent to
either of these three Acts and we do therefore repeal all and
every one of the three aforesaid Acts etc. Signed as preceding.
[C.O. 5, 290. pp. 149, 150].
332. Same to Same. We have receiv'd your letter by Mr.
Yonge, and the Articles exhibited by Mr. Allen, Whitaker etc.
as in preceding. Refer to the 3 Acts repealed in foregoing.
Continue: We think the Act for laying an imposition on negroes
etc. illegal because of the great inequality the subjects of
Great Britain lie under in relation to their trade. We think
the Act to ascertain the manner of electing members etc., void in
itself, because it breaks thro an Act made by the Assembly
and confirm'd by the Lords Proprietors, and never repeal'd
by the same authority. An Act relating to the payment of the
Lords' rents etc. We can by no means comply with this law,
for we will never suffer the Assembly to dispose of our lands;
and by this Act (if we should allow of it) we shou'd confirm
two Acts we have not yet seen; and lastly this Act pretends
to give us a power to sue for our arrears, which power was ever
legally in us and which power we will exert, when and as often
as we shall think proper. Signed as preceding. [C.O. 5, 290.
333. Same to Same. We shall be always willing to comply
with the General Assembly in all Laws that may lead to the
publick good of the Province, and for ascertaining the people's
rights to their lands they are lawfully in possession of, and for
securing our dues upon that account, provided our rights and
prerogatives are not given up nor the trade and navigation of
Great Britain are not prejudic'd. We do hereby require and
strictly enjoin you our Governor and Council, that for the
future you never give your consent to the passing of any Act
which may any way affect the Trade or Navigation of Great
Britain or our rights and properties unless there be a clause
inserted in such Act that the said Act shall not be in force untill
it be approv'd by us under the Broad Seal of our Province.
P.S.—We do hereby require you never to suffer any Act of
Assembly to be executed or be in force, which has been repeal'd
by us under the Seal of our Province. Signed as preceding.
[C.O. 5, 290. p. 153].
334. Same to Nicholas Trott, Chief Justice of South Carolina.
We have read your letter to us and your argument you made in
our behalf and in justification of our rights and the prerogative
granted to us by the Crown, of repealing and confirming the
Laws of the Province of Carolina. Your argument was very
just and close and their answer to you as trifling and evasive;
we return you our thanks for it, and we do assure you in that
point you have highly oblig'd us. We have receiv'd some complaints against you by the practitioners of the Law in that
Province, we have order'd a copy to be wrote out and sent you
that you may have an opportunity to justify yourself against
the complaints made against you in that accusation. We have
also receiv'd a complaint that there is no appeal from your
judgment upon the accot. of your having a vote in Council
in cases of such appeals. We therefore require you that were
there are appeals from your judgment, after you have assign'd
the reason of your judgment you do withdraw and leave that
matter to be determin'd by the Govr. and Council without
you. Signed as preceding. [C.O. 5, 290. pp. 154, 155].
335. Mr. Bridger to Mr. Popple. Since my last James
Smith Judge Advocate here was suspended by the Governor
for what reason I know not. Smith by way of revenge with the
assistance of some people here who has loaded him with complaints against the Governor is gone home. Mr. Cooke has
scraped together all his old complaints and afidavits procured
by himself when Clerk of the Superiour Court in the Province
of Main last year, some 12 years since, some 8, some 6, some 4
years agoe, some when I was not in the country, all these
against me: in order to lay them before their Lordships and
render me unfitt ever to serve the King againe as Cooke setts
forth to the Assembly. Whatever papers he has sent pr. Smith
pretending to have been done by the Assembly is not true, but
has prevailed on some of that people to signe something by way
of leter persuant to an order from the Assembly, or by way of
memorial, and by the way of Committe against me which the
Spaker nor none of the other Assembly men so much as knew
of etc. This James Smith is the person that would have been
Surveyor of the Woods, etc. Signed, J. Bridger. Endorsed,
Recd. 15th, Read 16th Sept., 1719. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 5,
867. No. 50].
336. M. Ianthial to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Since sending the petitions to your Lordships July 23, I have
been surprised to hear that my name and writings have been
exposed, for all that I did beg your Lordships to be please to
keep my name private, not that I am shame of my family,
that has been Protestant since the begining of the first Reformation etc. I beg pardon if I have offended etc. My design
is not to have anybodys turn out of their places, but only to get
a dayly subsistance etc. Signed, B. Ianthial. Endorsed, Recd.
28th July, 1719. 1 p. [C.O. 217, 2. No. 85].
337. Mr. Popple to Col. Jos. Jory. Invites him, if he has
anything further to offer in relation to the capitulation of Nevis,
to let the Board have it on Tuesday. [C.O. 153, 13. p. 423].
338. Memorandum of account of losses sustained by the
Hudsons Bay Company etc. cf. Aug. 13. Endorsed, Recd.,
Read 28th July, 1719. ¼ p. [C.O. 134, 2. No. 44].
339. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Rogers.
Acknowledge letters of 27th and 29th May. We must desire
you to be as punctual and particular as you can in your correspondence with us, for without that it will be impossible for us
to do you any service in representing those matters which may
be for the good of the Island. We have not yet receiv'd either
the maps you mention, 31st Oct. 1718, and 27th May last, nor
the tryal of the man that was executed [v. 27th May]. We are
sorry to hear that the fears you are in of being attack'd by the
Spaniards etc., has kept so many people from settling, but we
hope your diligence may in some measure prevent your being
attack'd, and forward the settlement of the Islands by all the
proper means that may encourage the same. When the Islands
come to be a little better settled, we shall propose to H. M. that
the persons you have recommended be appointed Members
of the Council by a mandamus from hence, in the meantime
you have power under the Great Seal to constitute such persons
you shall think the most proper to supply any vacancies in
the Council, who will be Councillors to all intents and purposes
till H. M. pleasure be known. [C.O. 24, 1. pp. 27, 28].
340. B. Ianthial to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Requests answer to July 23rd, etc. Signed, B. Ianthial. 1 p.
[C.O. 217, 2. No. 80].
Custom ho., London.
341. Mr. Carkesse to Mr. Popple. Encloses following to
be laid before the Council of Trade and Plantations. Signed,
Cha. Carkesse. Endorsed, Recd. 29th July, Read 5th Dec.,
1719. Addressed. ¾ p. Enclosed,
341 i. Extract of letter from John Kelly, Collector of
Jamaica, to the Commissioners of Customs. Jamaica,
30th April, 1719. 'Tis not to be imagined what
straights the few trading people of this Island are
reduced to since ye Declaration of a War with Spain, for
that war which was thought here, the only expedient
possible to redeem our trade to the Spanish coast
(which was lost to us partly by the South Sea Compa.
and partly by the number of pirates that roved
about us) is the greatest checque to its restoration,
and that for want of the like indulgence as was shewn
to our own subjects the last war, which permitted
them to trade with the Spaniards; there is now
£10,000 worth of woollen and other Brittish manufacture lying perishing on the hands of ye merchants
here, wch. they dare not export to the Spanish coast
to the ruin of sevll. of them, but when it is considered
how advantagious it is to England to have her manufactures exchanged for money, which drains the
Spaniards of the sinews of war, at the same time that
it inriches Great Britain, and how our Allies the
Dutch and other Nations are gainers by ye trade
denyed to us, it may be hoped it will not be thought
ill policy to put the King's subjects on the like footing
they were the last war, with respect to the Spanish trade
without which H. M. Plantacons cannot subsist, etc.
A project has been sett on foot for the retaking of
the Bay of Campechia, which will be of the highest
importance to the King's Colonies, and to his Revenue,
it is to be considered what a great consumption of
Brittish manufacture, as well as of the produce of ye
Plantacons, what a number of men and shiping it
will employ, which will in a great measure prevent ye
further growth of pyracy, should this project be carried
into execution, before the conclusion of a peace with
Spain, it will be the easier established on a Treaty, etc.
2 pp. [C.O. 137, 13. Nos. 36, 36 i.].|
342. Governor Sir N. Lawes to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Encloses duplicate of 28th April. Continues: Since
which time I have not received any of your commands nor
indeed since my arrival, except one letter from Mr. Popple
etc. I am now to give some account of a report, we lately
received of a Spanish squadron of ships being arrived in this
part of the world, which occasioned us to lay an embargo on
all the shipping, and Martial Law to be put in force. I shall
endeavour to give as brief an account thereof, as I possibly
can. On 24th June, a small vessel arrived here from Petit
Guaves, the master whereof reported that a French ship from
Rochell was arrived the day before he sailed from thence, who
had met in her passage a little on this side the Tropick, about
40 odd sail of ships, and that he took them to be Spaniards,
some of them having given him chace: soon after, intelligence
was brought me by a vessel from Courassoa that a sloop was
put into that port, who had been taken in these seas by several
sail of Spanish men of war, and that they were designed to
touch at Porto Rico; and this last account corroborating and
agreeing with some advices we had received from England of
several Spanish men of war being sailed for the West Indies,
I did thereupon immediately summons a Council who were of
opinion with myself that an embargo should be forthwith laid
on all the shipping, and that a Council of War shou'd be summon'd as soon as possible, that with their advice Martial Law
might be put in force; immediately three advice boats were
fitted out, to gain what intelligence we could of the enemy and
of their designs, one of them with instructions to view every
port and harbour on the South side of Hispaniola and up as far
as Porto Rico, the second with dispatches to the Marquis de
Chasteaumorant, Governor of the French Colony on that
Island [i.e., Petit Guavas.—Ed.], to know the certainty of what
the master of the French vessel had reported, and that if at
any time he should receive accounts, which might be depended
upon, of the enemys intentions, that he would be pleased to
dispatch an express to me therewith, the third vessel was sent
in search of Commadore Chamberlain and the rest of H. M.
ships (none of them being then in harbour except the LudlowCastle) to desire them to return for the protection of the Island
with all possible dispatch. On 27th June the Council of War
met and they advised me to put Martial Law in force for one
month, which was accordingly done the day following, and all
possible measures were taken for putting the Island in the
best posture of defence, which we found in many respects to
be in a very bad state and condition. I gave strict orders to
the commanding officers to have their men well disciplined,
and to return me lists of their respective regiments, that we
might be certain of our strength. Some of them have already
done it, but others lying more remote, their lists have not yet
come to my hands, so soon as I can get them compleated the
same shall be transmitted to your Lordships. The next thing
that remain'd for me to do, was to view the Forts on Port Royal,
and having taken the advice of the Council and others most
skilled in fortifications, it was determined that the upper
platform in Fort Charles which is intirely rotten and on which
there are nine large guns planted, should be forthwith taken
down and rebuilt, and that Walker's line should be gone on
with, which when finished would be of the greatest use and
service, it having almost the intire command of the harbour,
and as this necessary work can be done with much less charge
to the Government in time of Martial Law, than otherwise,
so I hope what has been done and resolved on will meet with
your Lordships approbation. We were now come to the 24th
of July and none of our advice boats being return'd nor any
other information of the enemy than what is before recited, I
called another Council of War, who were of opinion that I
should continue Martial Law in force, till the tenth of next
month, and on the 28th instant the vessel which I had sent to
the Marquis de Chasteaumorant returned with a letter of which
the inclosed is a copy and at the same time I had notice of one
Johnson being arrived in this Island from Courassoa, who had
been taken by the Spanish squadron, and having examined
him before myself and Council, refers to enclosure ii. The
Commanders of the merchant ships being very impatient to
have this Fleet sail to prevent a winter voyage, they petitioned
me to take of the embargo and I advised with the Council on
that head, and they were unanimously of opinion with myself,
that the Island seemed for the present to be out of danger
from any attempt that could be made by the Spanish ships
of war mentioned in Johnson's affidt., whereupon I ordered
the embargo to be taken off, but Martial Law to continue in
force till the time before mentioned, in order to have our Militia
better disciplined, and for compleating the work wch. is now
begun on our Fortifications etc. In most of my former letters
I represented to your Lordships our great want of wartime
stores, and an Ingineer, I hope your favourable representation
to H. M. on this head will be a means of our being supplied with
what we so much stand in need of, and as this alarm has put
the country to a considerable expence, and there being no
mony in bank to defray that charge, so I shall when Martial
Law ceases propose again to the Council the calling another
Assembly, and I am in hopes they will give in to it, and that
they will both meet with a better temper and disposition to
do their King and their Country service than in the former
Sessions. Nothing can be a greater uneasyness to me, than not
to have it in my power, perfectly to reconcile the minds of the
inhabitants of this Colony to one another, however from so
long a recess their warmth seems to be somewhat abated,
and surely in this time of publick danger they ought all to
unite and set about doing something for the good and defence
of their country; for my part I shall earnestly endeavour, as
I have hitherto done, the accomplishing that which was my
chief desire, the doing H. M. service and uniting the people,
that this fruitful Island may again flourish. Refers to enclosure
iii. Signed, Nicholas Lawes. Endorsed, Recd. 15th Oct.,
1719, Read 2nd Nov., 1720. 5¾ pp. Enclosed,
342 i. Marquis de Chateaumorant, Governor of Petit
Guavas, to Governor Sir N. Lawes. Leuganne, 31st
July, (N.S.), 1719. Confirms report of master of French
ship referred to in preceding, but the squadron was
heading north, which makes him think it was a
Portuguese fleet returning to Europe. Promises to
send an express in the event of his receiving important
news. Concludes: But I think you may be at ease,
for I am informed by the Marquis de Sorel, who is
coming to relieve me in this Colony, that the squadron
which brings him, has received orders to go to Louisiana
to defend it against the Spaniards who are going there
by land and sea etc. Signed, Chasteaumorant.
Endorsed as preceding. Copy. French. 1½ pp.|
342 ii. Deposition of John Johnson. Deponent was taken
by 7 Spanish men of war, north of Antego, and carried to
Porto Rico. The Spanish Fleet then steered west. Five
of them were reported to be bound for La Vera Cruz
and two to the Havana. They were deep laded, but not
above 100 soldiers apeice aboard the three largest etc.
Signed, John Johnson. Same endorsement. Copy. 1 p.|
342 iii. Receiver General's account of H. M. fortifications
in Jamaica, 25th March, 1719. Signed, Richd. Mill,
Nicholas Lawes, Deane Poyntz, Dep. Auditr. Same
endorsement. 2 pp.|
342 iv. Receiver General's account of H. M. Revenue in
Jamaica. March 25, 1719. Signed and endorsed as
preceding. 4 pp. [C.O. 137, 13. Nos. 38, 38 i.–iv.;
and (without enclosures) 138, 16. pp. 249–256; and
(abstracts of covering letter) 137, 51. Nos. 72, 73].|
343. Mr. Delafaye to the Governor of New York. Encloses
following. Concludes: The Lords Justices direct that you
enquire into this matter and send to Mr. Secry. Craggs a full
and particular account of it to the end restitution may be
ordered if the complaint is well grounded, and if not, that a
satisfactory answer may be given thereto. Signed, Ch. Delafaye.
343 i. Monsr. Chammorel, French Secretary and Chargé
des affaires, to the Lords Justices. Requests that
justice may be done to M. de Rosset, restitution
made and damages paid. Hopes that the proceedings
of Capt. Jacob will be deemed quite unjustifiable,
etc London, 26/15 July, 1719. French. Copy. Annexed,|
343 ii. Extract of letter from Mons. de Rosset, Capt. of
the ship La Victoire belonging to the Compagnie
Française d'occident, to M. de Chammorel, New York,
15th May, 1719. Returning from the Mississippi to
France I was forced to refit my ship at the Havana.
I took in a cargo of tobacco for the King of Spain to
be landed at Cadiz. I left in haste owing to the
rumour of a rupture between France and Spain.
Meeting with the English man of war Diamond, off
Bahama, I was enticed on board by an unworthy
trick. Capt. Jacob broke his word of honour by
keeping me prisoner, and seizing my vessel after
firing at her for half an hour though no shot was fired
in return, under pretext of instructions to make
reprisals upon Spanish vessels. He searched and
despoiled my crew and sent back a dozen Spaniards
I had engaged to reinforce my crew, and carried me
to New York, where I have pleaded for over three
months, but only succeeded in obtaining restitution
of my ship, the captain having seized everything in
her, French and Spanish goods alike. I am reduced
to the most pitiable condition, being without food or
credit and with the expence of a large crew. The
Captain has thus violated the Treaty of Commerce
and Navigation (Utrecht), which he says was only
made for Europe etc. The cargo was worth 500,000
francs and damages, 20,000 crowns etc. Copy.
French. [C.O. 324, 33. pp. 245–251].|
344. Mr. Delafaye to Lt. Governor Keith. Encloses
representation of Council of Trade and Plantations, approved of
by the Lords Justices etc. Continues: I am to signify to you
their Excys. approbation of what you have done and their
directions that you do as is proposed in the said report continue
to act as Governor of Pensilvania under your former appointment
till the present Proprietors and the Trustees shall have settled
their differences between them; or untill further signification
of H. M. or their Excys. pleasure. Signed, Ch. Delafaye.
344 i. Copy of representation of Council of Trade and
Plantations to the Lords Justices, 21st July, 1719.
[C.O. 324, 33. pp. 252–255].|
345. Alured Popple to Mr. West. Encloses (in the absence
of his father) Acts of Barbados 1718, 1719 for his opinion
thereon, together with those referred 23rd April, as soon as
may be. [C.O. 29, 13. p. 505].
346. Mr. Delafaye to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
The Lords Justices have approved your Lordships report of
21st instant, and I have written to Mr. Keith accordingly etc.
Signed, Ch. Delafaye. Endorsed, Read 14th Aug., 1719. ½ p.
[C.O. 5, 1265. No. 129; and 5, 1293. p. 221].