278. Cornelius Burough to Commissioners of the Admiralty.
The last conveyance from this place was by a merchantman of
Bristol in October last, by which, in the absence of Admiral Goodson,
an account of their present condition was sent which he recapitulates. Some of the ships "gave very lame accounts" of
the stores sent by them, and accordingly prosecuted the Purser of
the Bear at a council of war, but the issue of the business was
referred till Admiral Goodson's arrival. Has since acquainted
Lieut.-Genl. Brayne. Admiral Goodson, and Col. Stokes, Governor
of Nevis, but the now important affairs bath impeded its prosecution. Certain ships have not answered their bills of lading.
Was left here by General Penn as Steward General in the room of
John Carter since deceased, "from which distracted employment
I have a long time breathed after a release and freedom." Has
desired General Brayne to let him go home to give the State
satisfaction and account of those vast supplies sent hither, but was
told he could not be spared, but an auditor would be appointed.
Is forced to look home and to the well-being of his near relations;
"they receive little comfort in their lives without me, and less if
they receive nothing from me." Refers both them and himself to
their Honors' consideration, his salary now due is 220l. at 10l.
per month. Is here alive through mercy when thousands have
gone to the place of silence. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33,
On board the Gift, Port Morant.
279. Capt. Mark Harrison to Commissioners of the Navy.
Desires they will sign the tickets that shall be presented to them
for himself and servants for about sixteen months. Arrival of
"part of those ships and soldiers from Ireland. The soldiers upon
the work of planting and will do well if the Lord gives them
health. They take their ground near this port to the east." Fears
the Lieutenant-General's body "will hardly broke (? brook) this
country." 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, No. 19.]
Port Cagway, Jamaica.
280. Cornelius Burough to Commissioners of the Admiralty
and Navy. In his last importuned for his pay, and stated an
auditor was appointed. They will receive an account of his proceedings from Admiral Goodson, also of the disposal of two prizes
brought in attested by Peter Pugh, appointed Auditor General, and
for which the General has discharged him from giving any further
account, or of two others. They will also receive account of the
charge of the Army to October last, but the distance of the Commissary is such that they cannot adjust accounts upon every occasion, and there is also an account of ships left for England since
Gen. Penn went home. Having been absent from, home since
coming forth with Gen. Penn, who left him behind in the room of
Jno. Carter, the General has desired him to audit his accounts, to
which he cheerfully submits, as any scruple can be ended here
better than in England, but will give a further account if required.
Hopes he will not be forgotten as regards his pay, having no other
income, and having been seconded by the General. 2 pp. [Col.
Papers, Vol. 33, No. 20.]
281. Lieut.-Gen. Brayne to Commissioners of the Admiralty.
Has desired Admiral Goodson to declare their wants, and to propose such things as are necessary for carrying on the work to the
best advantage to the State, that they may be provided with
victuals and stores and an able man or two to issue them, "whereby
the shipping may not be eaten with the worm by lying in the
harbour." 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, No. 21.]
282. Cornelius Burough to [Commissioners of the Admiralty].
Provisions hastening to an end. On 6 May arrived the Convertive,
Mathias, and Bear; the Great Charity left in June. Neither the
Hope, Helpwell, Recovery, or Two Sisters answered their bills of
lading; their defects made good by the Charity from New England
and two ketches. The 8 ships lately sent from hence victualled
for two months. In daily expectation of ships. Will receive by the
first his account fully audited. Begs his former desires, seconded
by the Lieutenant-General, may be considered not only as to his
pay but as to his stay here. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, No. 22.]
283. Order of the Commissioners for the Admiralty and Navy.
That the Commissioners for the Navy make out bills for the
amounts as per enclosed Order of the Council of State as are not
already accepted find paid. Signed by John Clerke, Ed. Salmon,
and Thos. Kelsey. Annexed,
283. i. The Order of the Council of State above referred to,
specifying the amount of each separate bill, the total
2, 737l. 15s. 11d., with marginal notes to those already
paid. Whitehall, 1657, Feb. 19. Together, 2¼ pp. [Col.
Papers, Vol. 33, No. 23.]|
Port Cagway, Jamaica.
284. Cornelius Burough to [Robt. Blackborne?]. Accounts sent
of the Bear, Unity, Dogger, and Ostrich brigantine. The small fleet
with the Success departed hence about six days since. The Martin
gone to Bermudas, thence to Barbadoes, whither the Chesnut ketch
is now going. The Blackamoor is at Port Morant, her appointed
station, the Gift and Selby on the north side, Paul, Grantham, and
Convertive at Point Pedro, all taking provisions. The Cagway, a
small frigate of ten guns brought by the Lieutenant-General, is
gone over to the main, so only the Indian and Lion in harbour.
Great loss of brandy on board the Bear. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33,
285. Order of the Commissioners for the Admiralty and Navy.
That the tickets for several persons who served with the fleet at
Jamaica be referred to the Commissioners for the Navy, who are
to confer with Vice-Admiral Goodson, and if found correct that
they take care for payment. Signed by John Disbrowe, John
Clerke, Robt. Beak. Annexed,
285. i. Petition of several poor women whose husbands were
in the State's service at Jamaica. Pray they may receive
the wages due upon the tickets presented to the Commissioners for the Navy, who refuse to sign them. With
certificate signed by Admiral Goodson of the truth of the
employment of the above. 1657, April 24. Together,
1¼ pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, Nos. 25, 25 I.]|
286. List of the names of ships and vessels which served the
Commonwealth in Jamaica, the men of which when put aboard
them were discharged from the ships they did afore belong to. The
books of their entries and discharges remain in the hands of Corn.
Burough, Steward General at Jamaica. Signed by Wm. Goodson.
[Col. Papers, Vol. 33, No. 26.]
287. Proposals of Admiral Goodson concerning Jamaica presented to his Highness, 2 June 1657, by the Committee for the
affairs of Jamaica. In reference to the employment of certain
ships for the West Indies and other necessaries for the fleet and
army, such as stores, guns, victuals; also for the better carrying
on his Highness's affairs there. 9 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33,
288. Lieut.-Gen. Brayne to Rich. Hutchinson, Treasurer of the
Navy. The necessity of the fleet and army induced him to give
instructions to Capt. Benj. Fermais of the Golden Falcon on his
arrival at New England to dispatch away two hundred tons of
provisions for those parts and to encourage those that adventured.
Promised them salt at 12s. a ton, who immediately despatched two
ships, but cannot comply with them in point of salt which this
year, quite contrary to custom and expectation, proves very scarce;
wherefore desires he will pay enclosed bill, 1, 482l. 12s. 9d. 1 p.
[Col. Papers, Vol. 33, No. 28.]
289. Order of the Council of State. That Gen. Disbrowe and
Mr. Secretary had this day attended his Highness who approved of
the Report of the Commissioners of the Admiralty and Navy of
16th instant concerning the condition of the fleet at Jamaica and
the state of the island in respect of provisions; and said Commissioners are hereby empowered and required to call home such of
the eleven ships remaining with Lieut.-Gen. Brayne at Jamaica as
have been certified to be unfit for those seas and to give order
forthwith for fitting for sea service six nimble frigates to bear
750 men to be continued in those seas not above twelve months
and then to be relieved with the like number, two to be sent with
all convenient speed, two others within three months, and the rest
three months after that, and as any of the said frigates arrive at
Jamaica all there above the proposed number to be sent back; that
a proportion of four thousand men's victuals for six months be sent
as a competent provision for them; also that about 2,000l. be sent
to the Commander-in-Chief to carry on such works and other
emergent services as necessity may require, and that 100 barrels of
powder and some great and small shot be sent, the Lord Protector
having only respect to securing the island and answering the
occasions thereof and to cruise on the Spanish coast to annoy
Spanish trade and not to attack the enemy's fleet in their passage
out and home. Signed by Henry Scobell, clerk. 3 pp. [Col.
Papers, Vol. 33, No. 29.]
290. Lieut.-Gen. Wm. Brayne to Richard Hutchinson, Treasurer
of the Navy. The fleet and land forces being in imminent danger
of starving for want of provisions was forced to agree with Capt.
James for as much salt turtle as his ship could bring at 3d. per lb.,
and he delivered 50,603 lbs., wherefore begs him pay enclosed bill for
632l. 10s. 3d. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, No. 30.]
291. Bond of John Hook, late Assistant to the Commissary
General of Musters in Jamaica to pay Francis Sanders, of Chatham,
Kent, tailor, the sum of 11l. 19s. 10d. Signed and sealed in the
presence of three witnesses. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, No. 31.]
292. Petition of Capt. John Leverett to Oliver, Lord Protector.
Has received account of the delivery of the forts taken from the.
French in America by his Highness's order of 18 Sept. 1656 to Col.
Thos. Temple, together with account of disbursements and receipts
for his Highness's service in those forts from 10 Dec. 1656 to the
time of delivery according to Articles of Agreement with Col.
Temple, also invoices of stores and vessels, all which petitioner has
ready to present. Prays same may be audited and petitioner
receive what is justly due to him and a discharge. Annexed,
292. i. Order of the Council of State referring above petition to
Commissioners of the Admiralty and Navy for their
report. Whitehall, 1657, Sept. 22.|
292. ii. Order of the Commissioners of the Admiralty and Navy
referring Capt. Leverett's accounts to the Commissioners
for the Navy for their report. 1657, Sept. 26. Together,
3 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, Nos, 32, 32 I., II.]|