America and West Indies: April 1670

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 7, 1669-1674. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1889.

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April 1670

April 6. 169. Warrant to the Duke of York. Whereas Major James Bannister, late Governor of Surinam, having bought a vessel of 80 tons for the removal of his family and estate thence, in attending his Majesty's pleasure has kept the vessel six months at his great charge, it is his Majesty's pleasure that his Royal Highness deliver to said Major Bannister provisions for 15 men for six months, with ropes and a mainsail, to encourage him towards the voyage. 1 p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. 25, p. 154 đ.]
April 6. 170. Warrant to the Commissioners of Ordnance. To deliver to Major James Bannister, late Governor of Surinam, six small guns, each weighing about 7 cwt., with their furniture, six barrels of powder, and a proportionable quantity of shot. 1/2 p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. 25, p. 155.]
April 18.
171. Chr. Codrington, Deputy Governor of Barbadoes, to Gov. Wm. Lord Willoughby. Since his last by Capt. Bayley little has happened, and they are in daily expectation of his Lordship's arrival, therefore this may come too late to meet his Lordship in England. Has persuaded the Assembly not to dissolve, but they will not act, and all he can do will be to keep the peace till the Governor arrives. The disposing of the 4 1/2 per cent to other uses than first intended by the country has very much distasted all people, and the Assembly would not quarter the soldiers any longer. The commissioners for sale of the condemned ship and goods have not given in their accounts. Possibly some may have written to the Deputy Governor's prejudice concerning this business, but he has had not the least thoughts of disservice to his Lordship. The fear of a breach with the French has put him upon repairing the forts, and the Assembly have promised to repay disbursements, but the public debts are many and the country poor, and he knows not how they will be paid. Last year the Assembly gave him 200,000 lb. of sugar; this year he does not find them able or willing to give anything, nor will they pay the gunners, so that if his Majesty take no care for their payment the forts will be of no use. The French have three great men-of-war that take all vessels that trade in their islands; if a war happen fears they will be beforehand with the English, 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XX V., No. 23.]
April 20 [10].
172. Gov. Sir Thos. Modyford to Sec. Lord Arlington, Has apprehended Searle, intending to bring him to trial. By the last occasion went one Cornelius, a Dutchman, master of Barnard's ship, whose deposition he sent his son to present, but who will give his Lordship a more lively account of that action. Has not heard more from Rogers, but sends enclosed a deposition touching the advice they had of wars proclaimed against them at Cartagena, desiring his Lordship would give him latitude to retaliate in case the Spaniards act hostilely against them, with whom we shall well enough cope of our own strength, not desiring any assistance from England, unless the Spaniards send forces from Europe; and this he the more earnestly presses because he doubts the orders given him by the late Lord General are extinct by his never too much deplored death. Encloses,
172. I. Depositions of Capt. John Coxend and Peter Bursett. About 10 weeks ago deponents were aboard of Capt. Thomas Rogers, commander of a privateer of Jamaica, in the Bay of Campeachy, who 16 days before, having been assaulted by a Spanish man-of-war from Cartagena, did in his own defence board and take it, where said Rogers took, amongst other prisoners, an Englishman by name Edward Browne, who had revolted from his allegiance and lived with the Spaniards of Cartagena. Said Browne being examined by deponents declared that there was war proclaimed in Cartagena by beat of drum against Jamaica. Jamaica, 1670, March 30.
172. II. Deposition of Nicholas Hicks, gent. Being in the island of Corisa in November last, he happened into the company of one Prince, an Englishman, then pilot or master of a Spanish ship from Puerto Bello, who told deponent that the Spaniard had made proclamation in Puerto Bello that they would give no quarter to any Englishman, merchant or man-of-war, and he was sure they would never have peace with the Englishmen. Jamaica, 1670, March 31.
172. III. Deposition of Cornelius Carstens, purser of the Mary and Jane, Bernard Claesen Speirdyck commander. That the end of January last they sailed from Port Royal with letters from Sir Thos. Modyford to the Governor of Cuba, signifying peace between the two nations, and arriving in the Bay of Masanillia, sent to give the Governor of Biamo notice, who sent his alcalde aboard, and having received the prisoners, and searched the ship three times, fearing she was a privateer, they entered into trade with Capt. Barnard and made a bargain for his whole cargo. Five or six days afterwards a Spanish Armadilla was fitted from Cartagena, with 86 men, the Captain Manuel de Ribero, a Portuguese, saying he had letters of reprisal from the King of Spain for five years through the whole West Indies, for satisfaction of the Jamaicans taking Puerto Bello. On February 27, Capt. Barnard spied a sail with an English ancient, and sent two men to see who it might be; the men were detained and the frigate fired a broadside, they answering one another with the like salutes about three hours. Next day, after a sharp dispute of about four hours, the captain being killed and the ship on fire in the forecastle and astern, they yielded. The English lost only one man and one boy besides the captain, the enemy by their own report having lost 36, and several with their legs shot off. Eight or ten days after the Spaniards gave them their own longboat and provision to carry them to Jamaica, carrying four men with them prisoners. Jamaica, 1670, March 21.
172. IV. Deposition of Wm. Lane, boatswain of the Amity of Bristol. See No. 182. I. Together 5 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXV., Nos. 24, 24 I. II. III. IV.]
April 10
173. Copy of preceding letter annexed to one of 18th March 1670. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXV., No. 15, p. 2.]
April 18.
The Downs.
174. Henry Cowse (mate of the Adventure, of London) to Sec. Lord Arlington. According to General Modyford's order has enclosed his letter, and as to the French passenger that came home with them, he went ashore this night to Deal to get a passage to France, the wind blowing so hard that Cowse could not get ashore to acquaint any officers concerning him. Never could make any discovery of his motions in the passage homeward. Encloses,
174 I. Governor Sir Thomas Modyford to Sec. Lord Arlington. Heard from Capt. Mowsley that M. Bourdenaux, a passenger in his ship, had a letter from the Governor of Comana to the King of France, and thought it his duty to order the mate to put some delay on Bourdenaux that if his Lordship thinks it prudential, his papers may be searched. The master is a Quaker, and he durst not trust to the uncertainty of his humour. Possibly this may be but a French brag, to gain more respect in the ship. Jamaica, 1670, February 20. Together, 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXV., Nos. 25, 25 I.]
April 20.
James City,
175. Order of the General Court held at James City. Setting forth the danger to the Colony caused by the great numbers of felons and other desperate villains being sent over from the prisons in England, the horror yet remaining of the barbarous designs of those villains, in September 1663, who attempted at once the subversion of our religion, laws, liberties, rights, and privileges, and prohibiting the landing of any jail birds from and after 20th January next upon pain of being forced to carry them to some other country. Certified copy by Rich. Awborne Ct. Coñc. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXV., No, 26.]
April 27.
176. Thos. Ludwell, Secretary, to Alderman John Jeffries, in London. Is of opinion that Cale will not come home to account, and thinks he will have to be forced by law. Detailed account of his proceedings in reference to Col. Scarborough's debt to Farvacks. Endorsed," Recd. this letter the 15 June 1670, per Capt. Lightfoot." 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XX V., No. 27.]
April 28.
177. Ri. Bennett and Tho. Godwin to Sir Peter Colleton, at St. James', London, per the ship Coventry, Capt. Goseling. Have received his letter and the goods according to invoice by Capt. Covell. Both Mr. Burgh and his wife dead, whose business is left in trust to Bennett and Godwin. Will comply with his orders in buying cattle, hogs, or what else is for the service of Port Royal. Hear Sir John Yeamans was at Bermudas and returned to Barbados after he had sent away Capt. Sayle, Governor to Port Royal. Thirty people put off here in a sloop from Barbados in January last, John Baulk, master, to procure food, but sailed away early in February. 1 p. [Shaftesbury Papers, Section IX., No. 21.]
April 29.
178. Thos. Ludwell, Secretary, to [Secretary Lord Arlington.] The letter from the Lords of the Council in reference to the King's customs and the Acts of Navigation were duly received. Action of the Council thereon, who have given the Governor a certificate of his candor and innocence in those particulars. Refers to a complaint from New York about a ship consigned to Col. Scarborough. Complaints received from the counties of York, Gloucester, and Middlesex against the great number of felons banished bither from England, with their apprehensions of the danger which might arise from the attempts of such desperate villains. Refers to the order of the General Court (see ante, No. 175]. The Caribbee Islands more proper to receive them. Endorsed, Read in Council October 21, 1670. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXV., No. 28.]