Warrants etc.: June 1697

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 12, 1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.

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June 1697

June 10. Same to the Treasury Lords concerning same dated Barbados. The two prizes which Capt. Reeves [took] were English vessels taken by the French. I cannot recover the King's part because the owners will prove thier right. Capt. Dowden took a prize. I acquainted the Council he was no privateer for he had only sixteen hands and went a trading with the Spaniards and came in loaden with cacoa so that she ought not to be condemned by Act of this island. I said so to Mr. Robt. Hooper, Attorney General of this island. Nevertheless she was tried. The answer they gave me as to Sadleir's shallop was that they gave her to the men. Please inform me if the King has given away his right, so that I can inform the President and Council.
I have received the King's third of a small sloop condemned here for bringing contraband goods and sold at outery for 199l.; the informer gets a third and the Governor a third. A court of escheat was held at Speights last week: there was found for the King seven cargoes belonging to William Gibson who was executed for murder: and 16 acres of land belonging to Nicholas Yates who was hanged for murder. This court should have been held three weeks since but for the delay of Mr. Hannay, the Marshall. As soon as the fleet is gone I shall have a court [of escheat] at Bridgetown. The Exchequer Court has held but once since my last to you [at] which there was only that sloop condemned for contraband. There were three causes for the Barons to consider at a Court appointed for Saturday last but they adjourned it till this day fortnight. After the Court of Escheat is held at St. Mich[ael] I shall make what speed I can to have tried in the Exchequer what[ever] is found for the King.
Col. Hallett went off in the last Fleet. Before going he borrowed from me the King's order for his money and I cannot get it back from his son. "I can't see it can do him any good and hope cannot be any damage to me. I having his receipt for the whole money only the Attorney General and my fees taken out." Ibid, pp. 6–7.