America and West Indies: March 1733, 1-15

Pages 49-51

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 40, 1733. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1939.

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March 1733, 1-15

March 1.
61. Mr. Janssen to Mr. Popple. Is ordered by the Lord Proprietor to send enclosed to be laid before the Board. "The extremity of the weather having hindered the ships sailing, hath prevented it being done sooner" etc. Signed, William Janssen. Endorsed, Recd. 11th, Read 16th May, 1733. Addressed. 1 p. Enclosed,
61. i. A short account of the state of the Province of Maryland. (i) Number of inhabitants about 96,000, whereof 21,000 are blacks. It is very difficult to give an exact account of the white servants, their times of servitude daily expiring, and others constantly coming in. (ii) It is impracticable to give an account of their increase or decrease within these five years past, "there not being that I can find any calculation heretofore made but only of the taxables." (iii) Comodities exported to Great Britain are, tobacco, a small quantity of iron, some furs, staves, and other lumber. There are a few traders to the West Indies, the Maderas and Lisbon ; the comodities sent are grain, bread, flower, beef, pork and lumber ; the comodities received from the West Indies, rum, sugar and molosses, and wine from the Maderas ; New England carries on a trade with this country and exchange[s] rum and molosses for grain. (iv) The inhabitants still supply themselves with what manufactures are needfull for them from Great Britain only, so far as they can possibly find means to purchase the same ; but the exceeding poverty of the people in general, occasioned by the low price of tobacco, hath driven the poor families to make some few course woollens and linnens to cloath themselves, without which they must goe naked. (v) The trade of the Province is of late years greatly decay'd, the price of tobacco for several years past being so low that the makers of it have been brought to the want of many of the necessaries of life, and by their neglecting other things and trusting wholly to that, in hopes of an amendment in it's value, they seem now almost reduc'd to an incapacity of carrying on any other considerable trade whatsoever. (vi) To prevent illegal trade, there are officers appointed in the several districts pursuant to the Acts of Trade etc. (vii) Vessels belonging to the Province :about 16 sloops, 2 snows and 1 ship : seafaring men, 106. All the abovementioned, except 1 sloop and 2 snows, built in this province. (viii) There is one iron-work set up, and two or three more which are not compleated. 1 pp. [C.O. 5, 1268. ff. 120, 121, 121 v., 122 v.].
March 2.
62. Council of Trade and Plantations. Propose William Provoost for the Council of New Jersey in the room of John Hugg decd. [C.O. 5, 996. p. 367.]
March 2.
63. Council of Trade and Plantations to the King. Recommend for the Council of New York Henry Lane and Daniel Horsmanden in the room of Robert Walters decd. and William Provoost, who has removed his habitation into New Jersey, where his estate is scituated. [C.O. 5, 1125. p. 295.]
March 2.
St. James's.
64. H.M. Warrant appointing Joseph Fox Naval Officer S. Carolina, with a clause obliging him to reside etc. Countersigned, Holles Newcastle. Copy. [C.O. 324, 50. pp. 96-98 ; and 324, 36. pp. 403, 404.]
March 4.
St. Christophers.
65. Major Doyle to Brigadier General Jones. Notwithstanding his Grace the Duke of Newcastle's letter to these islands, recommending to them in H.M. name, to provide barracks, or quarters for your regiment, we remain just as we were. Col. Morris some time before I left Antigua, advised me to remind the Council and Assembly of this affair, by giving them a memorial upon that head (copy enclosed) and that he would back it there etc. Accordingly I framed one and delivered it to Govt. Byam in Council, where it was read, and sent by two of their members, recommended to the Assembly, which they read, and ordered it to lye upon their table, which I take to be a sure sign of their indifference. Col. Morris was heartily zealous in the pushing this matter etc. Copy. 1 pp.
65. ii. Memorial of Major Andrew Doyle to the Council and Assembly of Antigua. In all H.M. Dominions, where any of his troops are quartered, there is provided necessary and convenient barracks or quarters for them etc. The present provision of a guard-house in St. Johns and the guard-room on Monks Hill cannot contain more than 2 officers and sixty men, whereas the Regiment here is more than double that number at present, and we expect to be encreased very speedily etc. Copy. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 43. ff. 302, 302 v., 304 v. 305.]
March 6.
Admly Office.
66. Mr. Burchett to Mr. Popple. H.M.S. the Romney, under the command of Lord Muskery, and Solebay, commanded by Captain Fanshaw, being designed this year for Newfoundland, and the Sheerness, Captain Fytche, for Canseaux etc., requests that Heads of Enquiry may be prepared for them as soon as may be. Signed, J. Burchett. Endorsed, Recd. 6th March, Read 19th. April, 1733. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 9. ff. 170, 171 v.]
March 7.
67. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Committee of the Privy Council. Report upon Governor Fitzwilliam's proposals, quoted (v. 23rd April). Refer to their own reports of 8th Sept., 1730 and 9th March, 1732. Continue : Although we have not yet received [from the Lessees of the Bahama Islands] the evidence required by your Lordships 23rd March, yet we do still conceive that great advantages may arise both to H.M. and the Publick from the purchase of their lease, for a reasonable consideration, because till this is done, H.M. cannot grant any lands in those islands, nor will people be induced to settle there, notwithstanding the goodness of the soil, until they can have a solid title to depend upon. With regard to the security of the Bahamas, we have never failed upon all occasions to set forth the importance of these Islands to the British Navigation in America, by their being so well situated for the reception of such light frigates as may be employed for the protection of our trade in those parts, or of privateers for the annoyance of an enemy in time of war ; and we are now of opinion that for the necessary defence of this place in case of an attack, it may be highly proper to send a Company of Invalids thither, as Mr. Fitzwilliam has proposed ; But if no such Company can at present be ordered upon this service, that then the Company already at the Bahamas should be augmented to the number of 150 effective men, commissioned and non-commissioned officers included, which augmentation is the more necessary from the difficulty of recruiting : and as to the quantity of small arms desired by Mr. Fitzwilliam, we have no objection why H.M. may not be graciously pleased to allow the same according to the prayer of his petition, with an armourer to keep them in repair. We would also propose that an Engineer may be immediately sent over, who after having viewed the island and the fort, and taken a survey of the military stores already there, may make a report to H.M. in conjunction with the Governor, of what is necessary to be done, either for the repair of the old fortifications or the erection of new works ; what number of bombardiers, gunners and matrosses it may be proper to send thither ; and what quantity of ammunition and stores may be requisite for the defence of these islands, together with proper estimates of the expence that will accrue thereupon. [C.O. 24, 1. pp. 215221.]
March 8.
68. Council of Trade and Plantations to the King. Recount antecedents of Act of Antigua for repealing part of Act for constituting a Court of Chancery etc. (v. C.S.P. 1732), and recommend it for confirmation. [C.O. 153, 15. pp. 135137.]