204. Petition of Capt. Daniel Howe, of New England, to the
Lord Protector and Council. Was cast away between Virginia and
New England; bought a ship at New Amsterdam, in America,
called the Hopewell, which was taken from him in Virginia by
Lieut.-Col. Edm. Scarborough, under pretence she traded for the
Dutch, and Scarborough procured one Peter Wraxhall to swear she
acted under his Commission; and the matter being referred to the
Governor and Council in Virginia for their award, petitioners succeeded so far as to obtain leave to come to England, upon entering
into bond in 1,000l. to appear before the Council of State or the
Admiralty Court, and abide by their decision whether his ship or
the value thereof, being surprised by the Governor of Virginia, was
a prize to that colony under their commission from the Council of
State. But on presenting his papers to the Admiralty Court,
petitioner found that Wraxhall's owners had procured a condemnation of the ship in their favour behind his back, notwithstanding Wraxhall's engagement to stand by the award of the
Governor, and thereupon was advised to appeal to the Judge
Delegates, but although petitioner has attended since Feb. last,
he can get no redress. Prays that his case be taken into consideration. With reference to the Admiralty Commissioners, to
give such speedy and effectual order as they seem meet. 1654,
June 9. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32, No. 7.]
Church Prize, Nantasket, near Boston, New England.
205. Mark Harrison to the Navy Commissioners. Sends particulars of his voyage since leaving Portsmouth. Lost company of
the Black Raven and Augustine in storms and extremity of
weather, and were forced to Fayal. It was concluded by Major
Robert Sedgwick and Capt. John Leveret to send the Black Raven
home again as not fitting to go to the westward. Arrived at
Boston 12 May 1654, where they waited three weeks for the
coming of the Major, who arriving with Capt. Fenn in the
Augustine, they commenced raising forces for taking the Dutch
plantation, and the assistance of the Southern Colonies was not
wanting in carrying on that design, but Massachusetts did not act
with that life that was expected, supposing they had not a just
call for such a work. After spending some time in raising soldiers,
and having accomplished their desires, received news of the
peace with the Hollanders, whereupon the colonies deserted them,
and they were forced to let the design fall through. Masts not
being ready, it was thought good to turn their design towards the
French, and to prosecute same have entertained 100 soldiers, and
are now ready to put forward on that design, intending to spend
the time they are forced to stay for masts. Hope to give full
account of their proceedings in their next. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32,
On board the States Ship Church, John River, Bay of Fundy.
206. Mark Harrison to the Commissioners of the Admiralty.
Since his last "it hath pleased the Lord to give into our hands
from the French" the fort commonly called St. John's Fort; in it
were near ninety persons, about seventy men, nineteen pieces of
ordnance, sixteen "bases and murderers," with other arms enough
for three times as many men, not much beaver, but a considerable
quantity of skins. The terms upon which they surrendered were
that they should be transported to France, have their clothes and
single arms, forty days' victuals, and march out of the Fort with
colours flying and match burning at both ends, and drum sticks.
The Major intends with speed to go for Fort Royal, ten leagues
from this place; it is a considerable place, but not so strong as is
already taken. 1 p. Two papers, one almost a duplicate of the
other, but addressed to the Commissioners of the Navy. [Col.
Papers, Vol. 32, Nos. 9, 10.]
On board the Church, on the coast of Acadia.
207. Mark Harrison to the Commissioners of the Admiralty at
"Whight Hall." Since his last [see preceding abstract], "it hath
pleased God to give us the fort commonly called Fort Royal,"
which they took the 8th inst. In it were 113 men, twenty-three
great guns besides others, arms for 500 men, fifty barrels of powder,
and shot proportionable, and a great quantity of provisions; also
a ship of about 200 tons and 16 guns, partly laden with brandy,
French wines, &c. The ship was given them to carry the Frenchmen taken in the fort to France, only the guns, powder, and shot
were taken out. Are now at Penobscot, where the French have a
small fort yet in their possession, but expect it from them daily; it
is a place of good trade with the Indians. Not any more French
inhabiting this coast. Sept. 9th.—Since writing the above have
taken Penobscot Fort, and are now arrived at Piscataqua. 1 p.
[Col Papers, Vol. 32, No. 11.]
On board the Church, at Penobscot, Coast of De La Cadie, New England.
208. Mark Harrison to the Navy Commissioners. To the same
effect as the preceding, with the addition that in taking Fort Royal
they lost one man outright, and 6 wounded, while marching up to
the fort, by an ambush. They fired at our men before they saw
them, but our Old England soldiers gave them no more time to load,
but ran upon them and put them to the route, killed 5, wounded
divers, and quite disheartened them from coming out of the fort any
more although they had as many men as we. 1 p. [Col. Papers,
Vol. 32, No. 12]
209. Order of Court of the Bermudas Company. On representation by the Governor and Council in the Somer Islands of the
great prejudice to divers persons for want of a liberty to try titles
to lands in the Courts there, the Grand Committee report that
liberty be henceforth granted to prosecute suits for titles to lands
to judgment and recovery in said islands, provided that all persons
concerned have liberty of appeal to the Company. Endorsed, "2d
Octob. 1674 (sic). Order of the Bermuda Compr. for settling
Courts of Judicature in their Islands. Read the 23rd of Octob.
1679." 1 p. See Lefroy's Memorials of the Bermudas, II. 49.
[Col. Papers, Vol. 32, No. 13.]
Boston, New England.
210. Maj. Robt. Sedgwicke and Capt. John Leverett to Richard
Hutchinson, Treasurer of the Navy. These are to accompany a
bill of exchenge of 646l. 14s. 4d. payable to William Barrett, for so
much disbursed in New England for the service of the fleet belonging to the Commonwealth of England by Capt. Leverett out of
his proper estate. "Pray you at time make payment, so commending
you to the Lord." ½ p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32, No. 14.]
211. Petition of Capt. Daniel How to the Commissioners for the
Admiralty and Navy. That petitioner has been now almost two
years in trouble about his ship the Hopewell, and understanding
that Major Hazard is still weak so as petitioner can have no
appearance of him and being unable to lye here and wait, prays
for a speedy hearing until when he cannot be clear of his bond in
1,000l. to the Governor and Council of Virginia nor get some.
tobaceo owing to him in Virginia, see ante, No. 204. ½ p. [Col.
Papers, Vol. 32, No. 15.]
212. "A particular list of the names of the persons already paid
their first month's pay for their respective qualities under the
command of General Venables in the West Indies." Five regiments
and a troop of horse. The first under Genl. Venables, with Lt.-Col.
Edward Doylie, Major Francis Mercer, and Capts. George Butler,
Carey, John Cooke, Henry Davice, Henry Disney, Thomas Hand
cock, George Persons, and Obadiah Hinde; the second under MajorGenl. James Haines, with Lieut-Col. John Clarke, Major Saml.
Barry, and Capts. Henry Archbould, Richard Bamford, Daniel Smith,
George Toms, Edward Willett, Thomas Walter, and Richard Younge;
the third under Col. Richard Fortescue, with Lt.-Col. Richard
Holdyrt, Major William Hill, and Capts. Henry Bartlitt, Bartho.
Davice, Obadiah Edwards, John Keene, Samuel Leverington,
Richard Weles and White; the fourth under Col. Anthony Buller,
with Lieut.-Col. Francis Barrington, Major Michael Bland, and
Capts. Adam Baynard, Stroud Bingham, Christopher Cooper,
Vincent Corbitt, John Minn, Throckmorton, and Arundall; the
fifth under Col. Andrew Carter, with Lt.-Col. Thos. Bushell,
Major John Fergeson, and Capts. Nathaniel Bowers, Winkfield
Blunt, Abra. Fincher, Nicholas Halford, and Thomas Salkeild; and
the troop of Horse under Capt. Jones; also John Cudworth, Judge
Advocate, John Dean, Marshall General, Mark Fowler, and Thomas
Goodfellow, Provost Marshalls, Robert Wadeson, Treasurer, Philip
Warde, Adjutant General, John Rudyard, Quartermaster-General,
and many others, in all 471. 2 large sheets. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32,