56. Francis Lord Guilford, guardian of Lord Baltimore,
to the King. Requests H.M. approbation of Capt. Charles
Calvert, H.M. 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, as Lt. Governor
of Maryland in place of Lt. Govr. Hart. Signed, Guilford, pro
Baltimore. ¾ p. (v. 19th May). [C.O. 5, 721. No. 16;
and 5, 720. No. 27.]
57. Mr. Bridger to [? Mr. Popple]. In my last I laid before
their Lordships that I had seized 16 trees cut in H.M. woods
without the Royal licence, under these pretences. Timothy
Gerrish, Paul Gerrish, and Thomas Hanson agreeing with David
Jefferies Agent to Mr. Taylor Contractor for masts etc., to get
so many masts in H.M. woods. I told them publickly that if
they cut any trees in H.M. woods without leave I would certainly
prosecute them, having two laws, and the Royal licence and
my Instructions on my side etc. On appearing before Lt.
Governor Wentworth, they said they cut these trees by a
licence they had from me in 1718 saying they had not
fulfilled that agreement (for 136 trees). They refused to say
how many they had cut then, or when the Governor came etc.
These people will only be governed by a severe Act of Parliament wth. a good penalty fixed. Urges that the Board should
represent to the Lords of the Admiralty the necessity of confirming his seizure, otherwise no trees will be left in a few years.
Repeats former letters etc. Signed, J. Bridger. Endorsed,
Recd. 18th July, 1720, Read 5th July, 1722. 3 pp. [C.O.
5, 868. ff. 248–249v.]
58. Mr. Secretary Craggs to Governor Philips. Mr.
Harrison Chaplain to the Garrison at Annapolis is to have a
license of absence for one year, for the recovery of his health.
Signed, J. Craggs. [C. O. 324, 34. p. 2.]
59. Earl of Orkney to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Recommends Mr. Peter Beverley for the Council of Virginia,
in accordance with Col. Spotswood's last letters, etc. Signed,
Orkney. Endorsed, Recd. 3rd, Read 31st May, 1720. Holograph.
1 p. [C.O. 5, 1318. No. 71.]
60. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Craggs. Enclose following for H.M. signature. Annexed,
60. i. Draught of Commission for William Burnett, to be
Governor of New York and New Jersey. In the
usual form. Signed, 24 June, 1720. Set out, N. J. Archives, 1st Ser. IV 447; and N.Y. Col. Docs. V 538. [C.O.
5, 996. pp. 1–25; and 5, 1124. pp. 133–158; and
5, 1079. No. 115.]|
61. Extracts from Governor Burnet's Commissions and
Instructions. Of later date. 14¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 1085. No. 38.]
62. Lt. Governor Spotswood to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. I have the happy occasion to informe yor.
Lordps. of a new revolution in the management of publick
affairs here, and that in a late Council when nothing but
accusations and answers were forming for your Lordps. determination
all of a sudden a resolution was taken up, to lay aside
all manner of complainings charges and vindications, and the
whole Council and I have agreed to pass over and bury in
oblivion whatever contests have heretofore happen'd between
us, and engaged to act for the future as cordial friends in the
administration of the Government: so that I am perswaded
yor. Lordps. will by this reconciliation have fewer matters
from Virginia to trouble yor. Board, and I shal henceforward
find a more governable people. I cannot but joine with the
Gentlemen of the Council to make an humble request to yor.
Lordps. that no further notice may be taken of any representations
etc. to the disadvantage of one or other, that have
been made before the 29th of last month, which was the happy
day of our pacification etc. Signed, A. Spotswood. Endorsed,
Recd. 14th, Read 15th June, 1720. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1318.
63. Council of Virginia to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
To same effect as preceding. All our differences are
now fully compromised and adjusted, to the universal joy etc.
To prevent any differences for the future, the expedient we
have fallen upon is, that no more separate complaints of either
Governor or Council, be transmitted, but if any difference in
the administration of Government happens, that we will
amicably state it on both sides, and jointly lay it before yor.
Lordps. etc. Signed, E. Jenings, Robert Carter, James Blair,
Phill. Ludwell, John Lewis, W. Byrd, Wm. Bassett, Wm.
Cocke, Nathll. Harrison, Mann Page. Endorsed as preceding.
2 pp. [C.O. 5, 1318. No. 76.]
64. Mr. Popple to Mr. West. Encloses memorials from the
Admiralty (v. 6th Feb. 1719) and presses for reply how far
their request may be comply'd with, in respect to the Common
and Statute Law of this Realm, etc. Misdated, 1722. [C.O.
324, 10. pp. 276, 277.]
65. Mr. Stanhope to Mr. Popple. The Lords Commissioners
of H.M. Treasury are desirous to know whether the Lords
Commrs. for Trade have had occasion to apply to H.M. Attorney
or Solicitor General for their opinion since H.M. appointed
Mr. West to be Councill to that Board at £300 per annum salary
etc. Signed, C. Stanhope. Endorsed, Recd. 7th, Read 10th
May, 1720. Addressed. ¾ p. [C.O. 388, 77. No. 75; and
389, 37. p. 176].
66. Address of the Representatives of S. Carolina to [? Mr.
Moore.] It is the humble opinion of this House that it may be
propper by the next opportunity of writing for England to
give Mr. Joseph Boone our Agent there an account that the
Indians to the northward of this settlement have again broke
out war against the inhabitants setled in those parts, and that
the Indians to the southward of this Colony also have lately
made incursions and depredations on our settlements there
by killing some people and carrying away diverse slaves. All
which might probably have been prevented had the Indian
Trading Act continued in force whereby that trade was
managed for the safety of the publick and which Act the Lords
Proprietors by an instrument under their hands and seals
pretended to repeal. And we desire you will please to represent that affair so to our Agent that he may there make the
best use of it for the future safety and wellfare of this Colony.
Signed, Tho. Hepworth, Speaker. True Copy from the Journals
of the House of Commons of the 6th May, 1720. Attested pr.
Tho. Moore Ck. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 358. f. 4.]
67. James Smith to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Appointed Secretary of New Jersey by H.M. Letters Patent,
1715, Memorialist upon his arrival there found that by some
late Acts of Assembly his fees were so reduced that it was not
possible for anyone to subsist on them, and that those Acts
had been made only for the punishment of Jeremiah Bass at
that time Secretary and guilty of many ill practises. Refers to
his application in 1719 and the Board's letter to the Governor
advising the Assembly to repeal those Acts etc. The Governor
is now in England, and there is no hope that the Assembly will
repeal them. Prays for the Board's representation to H.M.
that the said Acts be disallowed etc. Signed, James Smith.
Endorsed, Recd., Read 6th May, 1720. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 971.
68. Mr. Popple to Charles Stanhope. Reply to 6th May.
Encloses list of references required. Concludes: The Attorney
General never made answer to any of the matters referred to
him, tho' the late Sollr. did in some cases etc. But for the most
part their Lordships did depend upon Mr. West's opinion
singly, without whose assistance the business of their Office
would have been greatly delayed. Annexed,
68. i. List of references by the Board of Trade to the Attorney
and Solicitor General and of answers thereto, July
23, 1718—Feb. 5, 1720. [C.O. 389, 37. pp. 177–180.]|
69. Mr. Popple to James Smith. The Council of Trade
and Plantations desire to know to-morrow morning what the
Secretary's fees in New Jersey were before the Acts complained
of May 6 etc. [C.O. 5, 996. p. 26.]
70. H.M. Warrant for appointing Cole Diggs to the Council
of Virginia. Countersigned, J. Craggs. Copy. [C.O. 324, 34. p. 2].
Custom ho., London.
71. Mr. Carkesse to Mr. Popple. Enquires whether the
Act of Barbados for regulating the gage of sugar casks, in folio
118 of the Laws of Barbados printed in London in 1699, is in
force. An Act with the same title is noted in folio 147 in the
margin as expired. Asks whether sugar casks are ascertained
by any other Acts etc. Subscribed, The first Act is perpetual,
and now reprinted as a standing law. The Act in folio 147
altered the dimensions of sugar casks but was made to continue
two years, and no longer. (? by Mr. Popple). Signed, Cha.
Carkesse. Endorsed, Recd. 16th, Read 17th May, 1720.
Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 14. No. 89.]
72. Mr. Popple to Mr. Carkesse. Reply to preceding. All
the Barbados laws are now with the King's Printer etc.
Replies from memory but will give a clear answer when they
are printed etc. [C.O. 29, 14. pp. 74, 75.]
73. Mr. Secretary Craggs to the Council of Trade and Plantations. H.M. refers following to the Council of Trade and
Plantations for their report etc. Signed, J. Craggs. Superscribed,
73. i. Petition of John Plowman of London, fishmonger,
and Robt. Shard of London, merchant, to the King.
Pray to be granted a patent for monopoly in curing
sturgeon in America, making caviare and isingglass
etc. The whole endorsed, Recd. 18th, Read 20th
May, 1720. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 8. No. 5.]|
74. Order of King in Council. Confirming Act of New
York, 1717, for paying several debts etc., "in regard the bills of
credit having been made out pursuant to the said Act which
have come into the hands of divers of H.M. subjects for valuable
considerations"; but directing that circular letters be sent to
the Governors of all H.M. Plantations in America that for the
future they do not pass any law whereby bills of credit may
be struck or issued; or any law for payment of moneys to the
Governor or any of the Councill or Assembly of their respective
Provinces, or other person whatever without a clause inserted
therein, declaring that such Acts shall not be in force untill
they be approved and confirmed by H.M. excepting laws for
raising and setling a publick revenue for defraying the necessary
charge of the Government of the said Provinces according to
the Instructions given to the respective Governors etc. Signed,
Robert Hales. Endorsed, Recd. 30th June, Read 1st July,
1720. 2 pp. [C. O. 5, 1052. ff. 18, 18v., 19v.; and (abstract)
5, 1124. p. 232; and (signed Edward Southwell. Endorsed,
Recd. Read 11th Jan. 1720/1 5, 1052. ff. 101, 101v., 102v.]
75. Order of King in Council. Confirming Act of Antegoa
to enable Arthur Freeman etc. Signed, Edward Southwell.
Endorsed, Recd. Read 11th Jan., 1720/1. 1½ pp. [C.O. 152,
13. ff. 36, 36v;, 37v.]
76. Order of King in Council. Approving draughts of
Commissions for Governor Burnet (v. 4th May). Signed,
Temple Stanyon. 1 p. [C. O. 5, 189. p. 462 (a); and (Signed
Edward Southwell, endorsed Recd. Read 11th Jan. 1720/1),
5, 1052. ff. 103, 104v.]
77. Order of King in Council. Approving Capt. Charles
Calvert as Lt. Governor of Maryland, provided he qualifys
himself as the Law directs. The Council of Trade and Plantations to take care that he gives good and sufficient security
for observing the Acts of Trade and Navigation and H.M.
Instructions. Signed, Temple Stanyan. Endorsed, Recd. 25th,
Read 27th May, 1720. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 717. No. 80.]
78. Lt. Governor Spotswood to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. See Preface and Spotswood Papers II, pp.
79. (i.) Extract of letter from Lt. Governor Spotswood
to Mr. Secretary Craggs. I beg leave to recommend to your
favour Capt. Thomas Kennedy of the Calabar Mercht. etc.
(v. 22nd March). Continues:— It is a common practice with
those Rovers upon the pillageing of a ship to make presents
of other commoditys to such masters as they take a fancy to
in lieu of that they have plundered them off. I am humbly
of opinion that it would very much conduce to H.M. service,
if as an encouragement to such masters of ships to deliver up
what piratical effects shall be thus given them, they should
be promised satisfaction for their own perticular losses, and
even a further reward proportionable to the value of the effects
delivered and there seems to be a great deal of justice to plead
for allowing them such a recompence, for in the case of Capt.
Knott the pyrates finding him have guineas and English silver
out of a mear caprice took that away and gave him above
the value in moiders, and yet it was a doubt whether he could
keep those moiders because the pirates could transfer no
property in them and accordingly Capt. Knott delivered them
up as well as the other effects putt into his hands this being
a case which may frequently happen whilst so many pirates
are roving on the seas and wherein the common interest of
H.M. trading subjects is concerned, etc., asks for H.M. directions
therein. Set out, Spotswood Papers II, pp. 340–343. Endorsed,
Recd. (from Mr. Stevens) Read 28th March, 1721. Copy.
¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1319. No. 5.]
80. Brigadier Hunter to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The Revenue of New York and New Jersey will
expire in 12 months. Proposes that the Governor be directed
to recommend to the Legislatures the settlement of a Revenue
for the support of H.M. Government etc., "in which due care
to be taken for the necessary expences of the Council and
Assembly, which thing necessary of itself by reason of the
great expences of the Councillors who do not live in the Citys
will be otherwise of great use in putting an end to that unhappy
law in New York which was approv'd by ye Crown by which
the members of the Assembly are paid by a Country tax and
being sure of payment that way for their own trouble and
attendance they are careless and indifferent as to the settlement for the necessary support of the Government, for the
longer that is delay'd the more Sessions they have, and such
as have little in view besides their own profit will probably
be for delaying it longer than is safe or convenient, as has
been formerly experienced, and if once the Assembly-men are
paid in the same manner with the Officers of the Government
the Counties being eas'd of that tax will instruct or oblige the
Representatives to repeal the law which subjected them to
it; And this is known to be the general inclination of the
inhabitants, and this very thing is already directed in the
Instructions for New Jersey." etc. Signed, Ro. Hunter.
Endorsed, Recd., Read 20th May, 1720. 1¾ pp. [C. O. 5,
1052. ff. 10, 10v., 11v.]
81. Mr. Secretary Craggs to the Governor of the Leeward
Islands. John Spooner and Robert Howard are to remain in
possession of the lands granted to them by the Governor in
the late French part of St. Christophers, till H.M. shall think
fit how to dispose of that part etc. Signed, J. Craggs. [C.O.
324, 34. p. 3.]
Province of New Hampshire.
82. Lt. Governor Wentworth to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Refers to several complaints laid before him by
Mr. Bridger of the destruction of H.M. woods. "I can't but
impute a great deal of it to the new officer's not comeing on the
spot." Refers to "the unwarrantable proceedings of many of
our people this last winter past, notwithstanding an Act of
Parliament and a law of this province" in felling mast trees
without the Surveyor's warrant etc. Continues:— The Surveyor did on the 6th currt. apply himself to me for a guard
which I emediatly granted and on the 9th the Surveyor with
the Sherrif under guard did go into the country and seized
16 trees cut without the Royall licence or Surveyor's warrant
etc. I am humbly of opinion there should be an example made
on some, otherwise H.M. interest will yet suffer in regard to
the Mast trees etc. I have done my utmost endeavours to
support the King's Officer and in deterring the country people
from makeing waste in the woods etc. Signed, Jno. Wentworth.
Endorsed, Recd. 8th Aug. 1720, Read 5th July, 1722. 2 pp.
[C.O. 5, 868. ff. 237, 237v. 238v.]
83. Petition of Daniel Allen and Joseph Lowe, of London,
Merchants, on behalf of Josiah Willard, Secretary of the
Massachusetts Bay. He was appointed by H.M., and his
fees settled by an Act of Assembly in the 4th year of Wm. and
Mary, amounting to so small a sum that it is hardly worth any
person's attendance. An Act of 29th May, 1717, has so reduced
the fees of that office that it would not support any person for
his attendance etc. Pray for its repeal. Signed, Dan. Allen,
Joseph Lowe. Endorsed, Recd. 26th May, 1720, Read 5th
July, 1722. 1 p. Enclosed,
83. i. Acts of the Massachusetts Bay for regulating fees, in
addition to the Act for regulating fees, and in explanation of the two Acts for regulating fees. 2½ pp. [C.O.
5, 868. ff. 282, 283–284, 285v.]|
84. Deposition of John Plowman. The sturgeon now
produced was taken and cured at Boston by his agent, etc.
cf. May 18. Signed, John Plowman. Endorsed, Recd. Read
26th May, 1720. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 8. No. 6.]
85. Deposition of Robert Shard. On 24th inst. Mr. Boreland admitted to him that he did not know how to cure sturgeon
etc. Signed, Robt. Shard. Endorsed as preceding. 1 p.
[C.O. 323, 8. No. 7.]
86. Mr. Borland to Mr. Popple. I have resolved to
joine with Mr. Shard and Plowman to take out the pattent
jointly etc. Cf. preceding. Signed, John Borland. Endorsed,
Recd. May 31st, Read June 3rd, 1720. Addressed. ½ p.
[C.O. 323, 8. No. 8].
87. Petition of Capt. Evans to the King. Refers to
petition, Dec. 1719, and report, 12th April, 1720. Sta. Lucia
is almost intirely uninhabited. Prays for a grant there in
compensation for his losses and services. He will undertake
to settle it etc. Subscribed,
87. i. Mr. Secretary Craggs to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. St. James's. 27th May, 1720. Refers
preceding for their report thereon. Signed, J. Craggs.
1¼ pp. Enclosed,|
87. ii. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Craggs. Copy of 12th April. The whole endorsed,
Recd. 27th May, Read 3rd June, 1720. [C.O. 5,
1052. ff. 12–14, 15v.]|
88. H.M. licence of absence for one year to William Byrd,
he being advised to come over to England to drink the Bath
waters. In the mean time he is to be continued as one of the
Council of Virginia etc. Countersigned, J. Craggs. Copy.
[C.O. 324, 34. p. 4.]
89. Lord Guilford and Lord Baltemore to the Council of
Trade and Plantations. Propose two sureties for Lt. Governor
Calvert. v. 19th May. Signed, Guilford, Baltemore. Endorsed, Recd. 31st May, Read 3rd June, 1720. Addressed.
1 p. [C.O. 5, 717. No. 82.]
90. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Craggs. Enclose following to be laid before H.M. Set out,
N.Y. Col. Docs. V 541; N. J. Archives, 1st Ser. V 1. Annexed,
90. i. Same to the King. Submit following Instructions
"which are to the same purpose as the last Governor
had; except that there being two vacancies in the
Council of New York, we have added the names of
John Johnston and Francis Harrison to the list of
Counsellors for that Province, and three vacancies in
ye Council of New Jersey, we have added the names
of John Johnson Jr. for the Eastern Division and
John Reading and Peter Baird for ye Western
90. ii. Draught of Instructions for William Burnet, Governor
of New York. St. James's, 3rd June, 1720.|
90. iii. Draught of Instructions for W. Burnet, Governor of
N. Jersey. [C.O. 5, 1124. pp. 158–231; and (without
encl. ii.) 5, 1079. Nos. 116, 117; and 5, 996. pp. 27–98.]|
91. Council of Trade and Plantations to the King. Recommend Peter Beverley for the Council of Virginia in the room
of John Smith decd. [C.O. 5, 1365. pp. 210, 211.]
92. Mr. Secretary Craggs to the Governor of Placentia.
The Principal Officers of the Ordnance having represented to
H.M. that they have with much difficulty and expense sent
over the greatest part of the materials for the new redoubt
order'd to be built at Placentia, and proper officers for carrying
on those works, etc. you are to assist and furnish the Engineer
etc. with such a number of soldiers as shall be necessary, at
the rate of sixpence a day each man, pursuant to former orders
in the like case, or at such allowances as the Engineer or Director
shall think reasonable to make for work done by contract or
task. Signed, J. Craggs. [C.O. 324, 34. p. 5].