661. H.M. Instructions to the Receiver General of the
Casual Revenue, Barbados. Copy. 6 pp. [C.O. 28, 44.
662. Lord Carteret to Governor Shute. Encloses following.
Concludes: You are to aid Mr. A. Cumings in recovering the
pirate goods etc. Signed, Carteret. Annexed,
662. i. Mr. Burchett to the Secretaries to Lord Carteret.
Admty. Office. 14th Sept., 1721. My Lords Commrs.
of the Admiralty being informed that there are pirate
goods, perquisites of Admiralty, in the hands of several
persons in New England, who are not authorized to
receive the same, desire Lord Carteret's letter to Govr.
Shute to assist Mr. Archibald Cumings, Agent for
recovering perquisites of Admty. in New England, in
recovering them etc., and in the further execution of
his duty. He sails in a day or two etc. Signed, J.
Burchett. [C.O. 324, 34. pp. 64, 65.]|
663. H.M. Instruction to Governors and Proprietors of
the Plantations. Quotes Article III from Treaty with Spain,
concluded in June, 1721, as to restoration of goods etc. Continues: And we being desirous that the said Article should be
fully and punctually executed and complyed with, according
to the terms therein expressed, Our will and pleasure is that
you cause to be restored all goods, merchandizes, money, ships
and other effects, which are remaining of those as aforesaid
taken from ye subjects of Spain, and that you do transmit
to Us, or to one of Our Principall Secretarys of State an account
of what shall have been so restored; and as to such parts of
the goods and effects which may have been sold or otherwise
disposed of, we do hereby direct you to make a strict enquiry
thereof, as also of their true value at the time when they were
seized, how they have been disposed of, and for what value,
that speedy justice may be done to the parties concerned who
shall make out their proofs according to the above Article.
And whereas on the 18th of Feb. 1719/20 a Convention was made
at the Hague for a suspension of arms, between Us and His
most Christian Majesty on the one part, and His Catholick
Majty. on the other, whereby the ships and merchandizes taken
from any of the subjects of the three Crowns were agreed to be
restored to them, within certain limitations of time and place
therein declared, Our further will and pleasure is that you give
the necessary orders for the immediate restoring to the proper
owners all ships and effects, which shall have been taken since
the time limited by the said Convention in the manner above
mention'd; provided that such restitution do not extend to
such ships or effects as were taken in carrying on an illegal
and fraudulent trade, or in committing piracy. And of this
part of your proceeding We do likewise direct you from time to
time to transmit an account to one of Our Principall Secretarys
of State. Countersigned, Carteret. [C.O. 324, 34. pp. 65–70.]
664. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Carteret.
Enclose following to be laid before H.M. Annexed,
664. i. Same to the King. Enclose following:|
664. ii. H.M. Commission to Henry Duke of Portland to be
Governor of Jamaica, revoking that of Sir Nicholas
Lawes. In the usual form. [C.O. 138, 16. pp. 309–334.]|
665. Order of Council. Approving preceding. Signed,
Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. 23rd, Read 24th April,
1722. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 14. ff. 131, 132v.]
666. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Carteret.
Reply to 9th Sept. Representation upon settling Tobago. It
would very much conduce to the benefit of this Kingdom if not
only Tobago but the other Charibbee Islands were planted and
settled. This Island of Tobago is contiguous to the Spanish
coast of Venezula and as well situated for a trade with the
Spaniards as any other Island in America, and would, if settled,
be a very considerable addition to the strength of the British
Colonies and encrease of our trade; wherefore we have no
objection to the prayer of the Lord Belhaven's Memorial,
provided it be done by the advice of the Council of Barbados,
and proper care be taken that this settlement be so restrained
as not to interfere with the produce of H.M. Charibbee Islands.
We are further of opinion that no grant be made to any of the
inhabitants of the other Islands; that no more than 500 acres
be granted to any one person or to any in trust for him, and that
the patentee be oblig'd to cultivate at least one fourth part
of the same within the space of three years. That all persons
who shall settle there, be effectually restrain'd from planting
of any sugars. That as the soil of this Island is very proper
for the producing of cocoa anatto and indigo, we should hope
the planters would turn their thoughts to the raising these
commodities. Our other Colonies not producing any, we are
now oblig'd to purchase ye same of the French and Spaniards.
As the settling of uncultivated lands is not only a work of time,
but of great expence, we humbly propose that the planters who
shall come there be exempted from the payment of quit rents
for three years from the date of their grants, after which the
quit rents to be moderate as in New York or Virginia vizt. at
half a crown or two shillings pr. 100 acres. We are further of
opinion that after 10 years the planters be obliged to pass the
duty of 4½ per cent as in the Leeward Islands and Barbados.
[C.O. 29, 14. pp. 246–249.]