America and West Indies: Miscellaneous, 1738

Pages 276-277

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 44, 1738. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1969.

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Miscellaneous, 1738

[No date.] 567 List of letters from and to Don Thomas Geraldino upon the affair of Georgia. (1) Geraldino to Duke of Newcastle, 21 September/2 October 1736, asserting Spanish claim to Georgia and Carolina and complaining of attack by people of Georgia on Spanish fort. (2) Duke of Newcastle to Geraldino, 25 November 1736. The Trustees for Georgia say they have avoided giving occasion of dispute. (3) Geraldino to Duke of Newcastle, 28 July/8 August 1737, asking for a stop to settlement of Georgia, the demolition of new forts and the preventing Mr. Oglethorpe's return thither. (4) Duke of Newcastle to Geraldino, 2 September 1737, refuting and rejecting the Spanish claims. H.M. is willing to refer all disputes to commissioners. (5) Geraldino to Duke of Newcastle, 27 March/7 April 1738, accepting offer of commission provided that the conferences shall not last above six months and that neither side shall possess the territories or new forts erected. (6) Duke of Newcastle to Geraldino, 11 April 1738. The king cannot agree to the evacuation of territories or demolition of forts before the conferences. (7) Geraldino to Duke of Newcastle, 29 May/9 June 1738, inviting the sending of two commissaries to Madrid to regulate the limits between Florida and Carolina. (8) Duke of Newcastle to Geraldino, 21 June 1738. The king will name commissaries and their commission will be dispatched without delay. (9) Representation of Trustees for Georgia, 20 October 1736, stating that the things complained of by M. Geraldino were not done by the inhabitants of Georgia but by neighbouring Indians. They have not directed any settlements but within the limits of their charter. They do not believe that any of their people have made the incursions into Spanish territory alleged. Draft, 9 pp. [C.O. 5, 654, fos. 180–185d; duplicate draft of (1)–(8) at fos. 176–179d.]
[No date.] 568 Proposals for regulating the limits of Carolina and Florida. Mr. Verelst's proposal: that the limits of Florida shall extend to the southern shore of the River St. Juan, with the freedom of navigation of that river, being in 30 degrees and 10 minutes latitude; that the limits of Carolina shall extend to the northern shore of the said river in the same latitude; the Spaniards to demolish Picolata, a small fort on the northern side of the river, and to build no new fort on that side; the English to erect no new forts further southward than their present fort called St. Andrew in the island of Cumberland, formerly St. Pedro, latitude 30 degrees, 30 minutes; by which means a space of about 20 miles will be left as a frontier between South Carolina and Florida on the northern side wherein the subjects of neither side to erect forts.
Col. Bladen's proposal: that the limits of South Carolina do extend as far as the river called St. Mathias by the English and St. Juan by the Spanish, where the said river discharges itself into the ocean and is within 31 degrees of northern latitude. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 654, fos 152–153d.]
[No date.] 569 Memorial of Andrew Nicholls, Captain-Lieutenant of one of H.M.'s independent companies at New York, to Duke of Newcastle. After service in Flanders under King William and for the whole of Queen Anne's war, memorialist has served in America since 1711; he built the fort at Oswego in 1727–28. After being several times passed over for promotion, he has now on the vacancy created by the death of Captain William Dick on 11 December (fn. n1) last come to England to press his claim. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1094, fos. 40–41d.]
[No date.] 570 Memorial of David Dunbar to Council of Trade and Plantations describing lands referred to in No. 312 as suitable for a nursery for masts etc. for the Navy, vizt. all unimproved lands on the western or New Hampshire side of the boundary line between that line and the river Newichawannock as far up as the southern end of the Winnepissehockee pond; all unappropriated lands in the township of Rochester that borders on the western side of the said river; and also between Rochester and the said pond. The first tract was laid out a few years ago by the Massachusetts government but no improvement made. The last mentioned tract was in a very clandestine manner granted away in October last by the governor and a select number of the council at a private meeting. Signed. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 880, fos. 308–309d.]


  • n1. 11 December 1737. Sec Col. S.P. Col. 1737, No. 638,