Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 1, April 1704 - January 1709. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1920.
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Journal, February 1705
Two letters from Mr. Clifford [fo. 228], of the 17th and 26th of the last month, were read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be prepared to Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and Mr. Oosterland [fo. 256], signifying that, if they do not intend to make a speedy report on Mr. Clifford's accounts refer'd to them, they return the said accounts to this office.
A letter from the Lord Cornbury of the 6th of November last, signifying the death of Dr. Bridges, late Chief Justice of New Yorke, and his having put Mr. Mompesson into that place, and praying her Majesty's approbation thereof, was read; whereupon ordered that, in the next representation relating to New Yorke, that matter be laid before her Majesty.
The Clerk of the Councill's certificate of the Lord Cornbury's having sworn the Councill named in his instructions. Colonel Romer was then absent, but since sworn, and has not from that time sat in Council.
The Secretary acquainted the Board that he had delivered to Mr. Ellis all the papers in this office relating to the complaints of the Canary merchants, as directed in the minutes of the 31st of the last month [fo. 248, 366]; the list whereof is as follows, viz.:—
Reference from Mr. Secretary Harley upon the petition of several merchants trading to the Canary Islands, relating to hardships they received there, to which is annexed, the protests of the merchants against Mr. Polden, the consul's declaration and her Majesty's grant. [Trade, Bundle F, No. 40.]
Declaration of Baptista Cotta, master of a Genoese ship freighted at Lisbon for Teneriffe in December with wheat, pease &c., setting forth that he had received a bill of exchange upon Raworth &c., [Ibid., 46.]
Eleven affidavits made by the petitioners against Raworth &c., in which they set forth the damages they have sustained by being deny'd tonnage in the Resolution and Mary. The said Raworth and partners having reserved the same for themselves. [Ibid., 47.]
Copy of a paper by which Mr. Raworth and partners ingaged not to carry any goods to the Canaries, nor bring any from thence but what were truly their own at that time, dated 21st October, 1703. [Ibid., 51.]
Further memorial from the Canary merchants, containing instances of Mr. Raworth's having sent effects to the Canaries since the declaration of war; as also eleven affidavits to show what wines they had already to ship off from the Canaries had Mr. Raworth allowed the tonnage. [Ibid., 55.]
Captain Cary attending, and being asked what was become of Captain Larimore and Lieutenant Wells [fo. 264], sent over under his care from New England, as acessories to pirates, he acquainted their lordships that they were taken and carryed into France with him, that they had been seen in England since, and that he has heard they are gone away, but he knew not whither, and that he had given this account to Mr. Secretary Hedges.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing to him copies of paragraphs I, K, L and Bb, in Colonel Dudley's letter of 13th July last [fo. 249, 352], as directed in the minutes the 31st of the last month, was signed.
A memorial from Mr. Jennings praying for some further consideration of his expences [fo. 187] in attending the service of the government of Virginia here in England, was read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Colonel Nicholson, recommending to him the giving such further incouragement on account of Colonel Jennings's services, as opportunity shall offer.
Another letter from the Lord Cornbury [fo. 353] of the 4th November last inclosing the journal of the Assembly of New Jersey, from the 1st to the 28th of September last, was also read, and thereupon ordered that Mr. Dockmenique, Mr. Dockwray and Mr. Cox [fo. 261, 265] be informed that the Board have several papers relating to New Jersey to communicate to them, when they will call here.
Copy of Sir Beville Granville's order to Captain Martin, commander of the Blackwall, to return several men he had pressed out of the ship Industry, and the apprentice of Captain Robinson &c., dated the 9th September, 1704.
Captain Thomas Robinson's deposition, taken before Alexander Skene, Esquire, the 13th of September, 1704, relating to Captain Martin's refusing to him an apprentice pressed out of his ship, by order of the said Martin.
Deposition of Alexander Skene, Esquire, taken before the Honourable Colonel Robert Johnston the 18th September, 1704, relating to Captain Martin's refusing to set on shoar Mr. Maycock, Mr. Tyrrell and Mr. Curle, who were fled from justice.
Deposition of George Hay, Esquire, Deputy Provost Marshall, taken before the Honourable Colonel Robert Johnston the 18th September, 1704, relating to Captain Martin's refusing to obey the Governour's warrant for delivery of Mr. Maycock and Mr. Tyrrell on board his ship the Blackwall.
And thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph D and E, relating to Captain Martin, commander of the Blackwall, and to English prisoners at Martinico, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 266] to be laid before her Majesty, and copy of the said paragraph D to be sent to Mr. Burchet to be laid before his royal highness the Lord High Admiral's Councill.
Another letter from Sir Beville Granville of the 29th September last, was read, and thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph A and D, relating to Captain Martin, and to the arrival of French men of war at Martinico, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges, and to Mr. Burchet as aforesaid.
Mr. Docminique and Mr. Richier [fo. 257] attending, they were acquainted that the Lord Cornbury had given the Board an account of the proceedings of the late Assemblies in New Jersey, relating to a Bill for settling the estates of the proprietors &c., and other matters, extracts whereof were ordered to be given them. And these gentlemen desiring that they may have a copy of the Lord Cornbury's instructions for New Jersey; ordered that so much as relates to the proprietors be given them.
Sir John Stanley, Mr. Bridges and the other Barbados agents attending [fo. 241, 262], acquainted their lordships that they were now ready to proceed in the justification of the Governour of that island, so soon as the gentlemen who complain against him shall have delivered to the Board the reference of their petition. They further acquainted their lordships that having received addresses from the Councill and Assembly of that island to her Majesty and the Lord High Admiral, complaining of the proceedings of Captain Martin, commander of her Majesty's ship the Blackwall, they had presented the same, and that the said addresses were refer'd to the examination of a Councill of war. Whereupon they were acquainted that it might be inconvenient to allow assemblies to make their immediate applications to the Queen, but that it ought to be to the Governour, who is to transmit the same to her Majesty, as there shall be occasion, and that the Board intended to write to Sir Beville Granville accordingly.
Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General's report [fo. 266], in answer to the letter writ them the 27th of October last [fo. 147] for their opinion how members of Assemblies, wilfully absenting themselves from the business of the said Assemblies, may be punished, was read; and thereupon ordered that a representation [fo. 280] be prepared for laying the said report before her Majesty on Thursday the 15th instant.
Mr. Heysham, with several Barbadoes gentlemen [fo. 261, 265] attending, presented to their lordships an Order of Councill of the 11th of the last month refering to this Board the petition of John Lesley, Philip Kirton, Christopher Estwick, Enoch Gretton and Thomas Maxwell, members of the late Assembly of Barbadoes, complaining of Sir Beville Granville's proceedings there, was read. Whereupon they were directed to bring to their lordships such proofs and affidavits as they intended to make use of at the hearing of this matter, in order to their being communicated to the agents of Barbados, who appear for the Governor, for their answer, which in like manner should be communicated to them. And these gentlemen acquainting their lordships that Captain St. Lo, commander of the Dolphin, and his lieutenant, besides several other of their witnesses, would not appear without being summoned, nor would they then tell the whole truth without they were forced to take an oath, they were told that, as for Captain St. Loe and his lieutenant, they had already directions from my Lord High Admiral to attend this Board, and, for their other witnesses, they should be summoned so soon as they should give their names, and that, when they were here, their lordships would advise them to make affidavits of what they know in these matters before a master in chancery.
A letter from Mr. Povey of this day's date signifying that the hearing [fo. 247, 268] of the Rhode Island and Connecticut agents, which was to have been this evening before her Majesty in Councill, is put off to a further day, was read; and thereupon ordered that notice thereof be given to the parties concerned.
Captain Cary [fo. 255] presented to their lordships a memorial giving an account of Captain Larimore and Lieutenant Wells, sent over from New England as accessories to pirates, as also a memorial upon the same from Francis Gahtman, who was sent over as an evidence against the said Larimore and Wells.
Sir John Stanley, Sir Robert Davers [fo. 262, 266, 2 & (sic), infra] with several gentlemen concerned in the island of Barbados attending, presented to the Board a petition in behalf of Sir Beville Granville, Governor of that island, and acquainted their lordships that they were now ready to proceed in vindication of the Governor, and desired that a short day might be appointed for the hearing.
Mr. Dockwra, Mr. Cox and Mr. Sonmans attending [fo. 257, 261, 270], they were acquainted with what the Lord Cornbury had writ in relation to the late Assemblies held in the Jerseys relating to the Bill for settling the estates of the proprietors, and that they might peruse the said Bill and take a copy thereof if they found it necessary.
Mr. Bernard attending [fo. 269], and desiring to know of their lordships whether they had lately received any thing from Barbados in relation to the suspended counsellors, he was acquainted that they had received nothing new. Then he desiring to have copies of such papers in the office as may relate to the said counsellors; ordered that extracts of the minutes of Councill upon that subject be given him.
Mr. Ball, Mr. Kirton and several Barbadoes gentlemen attending, acquainted their lordships that they had been with Mr. Attorney General, who had told them that if their lordships would return him back his report [fo. 262, and infra] relating to absenting members, he would reconsider the same; whereupon they were acquainted that if he would write for it, it should be sent him.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing paragraphs D and of Sir Beville Granville's letter of the 18th of September, and paragraphs A and D of that of the 29th of September last [fo. 260], as directed in the minutes of the 5th instant, was signed.
A letter from Mr. Attorney General [v. supra], signifying that he has been informed that the matter of fact, as stated in his and Mr. Sollicitor General's report relating to the members absenting from the Assembly of Barbados, has been misrepresented, and that he is therefore content to review the said report and to alter the same as justice shall require, was read, whereupon an answer was returned that the case of the absenting members had not been misrepresented by their lordships to her Majesty, and that if he did desire the said report it should be returned him.
Mr. Cobb attending, and desiring a copy of the petition of the Barbados agents [fo. 246, 278] relating to Mr. Lee, brought away from that island by Captain St. Lo; ordered that it be given him accordingly. Then their lordships acquainted Mr. Cobb that they expected he should bring such affidavits as the gentlemen who complain against Sir Beville Granville intended to make use of at the hearing of that matter, in order to their being exchanged for such as shall be made in behalf of the governour.
Mr. Congreve, lately arrived from New Yorke, presented to their lordships a state of the forts and fortifications and of the arms and forces at New Yorke, which was read; whereupon he was directed to bring their lordships a particular of the armes and stores of war that were last sent to New Yorke [fo. 279].
A letter from Mr. Povey signifying that her Majesty had appointed Monday the 12th instant [fo. 264, 281] for hearing the Connecticut and Rhode Island agents, was read; and thereupon ordered that notice thereof be given to the parties concerned.
A letter from Mr. Wilcocks inclosing a certificate from Mr. Richard Smith, late commander of the Indian Queen, signifying that in his return home from Virginia and Maryland he was taken by a French privateer, but that he had thrown most of the packets he had received from the Governors of Virginia and Maryland overboard, was read.
Mr. Bernard attending [fo. 265, 274] in behalf of the four suspended counsellors of Barbados, and being asked whether he was ready to prove the several allegations against Sir Beville Granville in the memorial of the said counsellors presented to this Board the 26th of September last [fo. 126 &c.], he said that he could not make good the said articles here, and therefore he desired that the letter prepared by this Board for her Majesty's signature in November last for allowing affidavits to be taken in Barbados might be dispatcht. Whereupon he was told that the draught of that letter has been in Mr. Secretary Hedges's hands since the 5th of December last, but that her Majesty had respited the signing thereof till the papers expected from Sir Beville Granville by the Milford should arrive, duplicates whereof were now lately come to their lordships' hands. Upon which Mr. Bernard desired their lordships would signify the arrival of those duplicates to Mr. Secretary Hedges, which was told him should be done accordingly.
Mr. Dockwra, Mr. Cox and Mr. Sonmans [fo. 265] attending and desiring to have a copy of the Lord Cornbury's instructions for New Jersey, they were told that it was not usual to give copies of the Governors' instructions, but if they would give a list of such particular articles [v. infra] as they desired, their lordships would consider thereof at the next meeting; whereupon they left a list accordingly.
The list of the articles [v. supra and 322] in the Lord Cornbury's instructions for New Jersey, whereof Mr. Dockwra &c. yesterday desired copies, was read, and the said instructions examined; whereupon ordered that Mr. Dockwra be acquainted that if he have any doubts or difficulties about the sense and meaning of those articles, and will state the same, he shall have an answer.
A letter from Mr. Clifford [fo. 256, 281] to their lordships of the 7th, and one to the secretary of the 13th instant, relating to his accounts, were read; and the secretary was ordered to acquaint him that the report of the merchants to whom his accounts were refer'd shall be communicated to him so soon as their lordships have received it.
And thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph D and K, relating to a French prize, and to the Lord High Treasurer's observations upon the Jamaica Revenue Bill, be sent to Mr. Lowndes to be laid before his lordship; and that copies of paragraphs C, E and N, and the substance of paragraph L be sent in a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, and that a letter be prepared accordingly [fo. 275]. Further ordered that a letter be writ to the agents of Jamaica relating to the Assembly not taking care of the soldiers' quarters, and desiring them to attend the Board thereupon. Ordered also that a letter be writ to the commissioners for sick and wounded seamen &c. to desire of them a copy of their letter to Colonel Handasyd relating to the exchanging French prisoners at Jamaica.
Captain Nanfan with Mr. Champante [fo. 113] attending, presented to their lordships a petition setting forth the reason of his long detention at New Yorke, the manner of his getting away, and praying that he may be permitted to receive the 1,500l. in Mrs. Thrale's hands (which he says is due to him) upon his giving sufficient security to stand the events of his accounts, was read. Whereupon he was advised to sollicit the Comptrollers of the army, to whom the Lord Treasurer had refer'd his accounts, to dispatch their report thereupon with all speed.
Ordered that, in the next letter to be writ to the Lord Cornbury, a copy of the said petition be transmitted to him, and that he be desired to give their lordships account what actions those were that are mentioned in the said petition to be entred against the said Nanfan the day he came away, and that his lordship be further directed to permit Captain Nanfan's papers and his vouchers to his accounts to be sent over.
Mr. Bernard [fo. 269, 282] attending, acquainted their lordships that the four suspended counsellors of Barbados do intend to make good their memorial of complaints against Sir Beville Granville, and therefore he still desired that a letter from her Majesty directing affidavits to be taken in Barbados might be dispatcht, which draught of a letter the Board had already acquainted him was in Mr. Secretary Hedges's hands since the 5th of December last for her Majesty's royal signature. He further desired to have a copy of Sir Beville Granville's reply to the said counsellors answers to his reasons for suspending them, in order to his rejoynder; and a copy thereof was ordered to be given him accordingly. And he was directed to bring his rejoynder to their lordships on Tuesday morning next, that there may be no further delay in this matter.
An Act for raising a levy of five shillings per poll on all slaves, to make good the deficiencies of a former levy by an Act entituled an Act for raising a levy of twenty shillings per poll on all slaves, to defray the publick charges of this island, past 23rd September, 1704.
An Act for raising the summe of 500l. sterling money for discharging the rent of a convenient house for his Excellency Sir William Matthew's abode, during his government in these islands, past 23rd September, 1704.
An Act to prevent seamen belonging to her Majesty's ships of war or any other merchant ships or vessells trading in, to or about this island from deserting the ships or vessells to which they belong, past the 5th September, 1704.
An Act incouraging the inhabitants of this island to serve on such standing guards as have been appointed by a councill of officers for the better preventing any deprædations which otherwise may be committed for want of the same, passed the 5th September, 1704.
Ordered that the secretary desire Mr. Ellis to move Mr. Secretary Hedges that their lordships may have an extract of that part of Sir William Matthew's letter to him that relates to the collection of laws, and to her Majesty's and the Lord High Admiral's shares of prizes.
Captain St. Loe, of the Dolphin, with his lieutenant, Wanley, attending, in pursuance of the minutes of the 26th of the last month [fo. 246, 267, 283], her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 11th of the same month upon the petition of the agents of Barbados relating to Mr. Lee's having been brought off that Island, was read; whereupon the said St. Loe said, that being in want of men he applyed himself to Mr. Skene, secretary of that island, who informed him that Mr. Lee was an idle person and a non-resident there, and that he might take him if he thought fit; whereupon he sent his lieutenant and brought him off accordingly. He added that he had no orders for not pressing in the plantations without directions from the Governors, and that he was not sent thither as a guard to the island, but only as a convoy to the fleet thither and back. Whereupon ordered that a copy of the said Order of Councill and the petition thereunto annexed be delivered to Captain St. Loe, and that he bring his answer thereunto on Friday morning next. And further ordered that Sir John Stanley and the Barbados agents have notice to attend at the same time.
Mr. Congreve presented to their lordships [fo. 267, 282] a list of the last present sent to the Indians in 1700, a list of the arms &c. sent for the four companies at New Yorke the last summer and which were taken by the French; and a list of such ordnance and other stores of war as are still wanting for the forts and fortifications at New Yorke, which was read.
A representation for laying before her Majesty. Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General's report [fo. 264] relating to the members absenting from the Assembly of Barbados, in pursuance of her Majesty's Order in Council of the 26th of October last, was signed.
A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 286] of the 16th instant refering to the consideration of this Board what Colonel Handasyd writes in his late letters relating to the trade carryed on by ships from England and Ireland to Curaçoa and St. Thomas, as also relating to the disorders in the Assembly of Jamaica, was read; and thereupon ordered that the representation [H. fo. 247] of this Board of the 29th October, 1703, relating to Curacoa and St. Thomas be laid before their lordships to-morrow morning.
An Order of Councill of the 12th instant upon the hearing of the Rhode Island and Connecticut agents [fo. 268], directing this Board to prepare a charge against those governments, in order to be transmitted to them for their answer, and to the Governors of New Yorke and New England for their justification thereof, was read; and thereupon ordered that the heads of a charge be drawn out of the letters from the Lord Cornbury and Colonel Dudley accordingly [fo. 321].
A letter from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford [fo. 271, 319] of the 21st instant returning to this Board his accounts which had been refer'd to Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and Mr. Oosterland of 2nd of March last, but without any report thereon, was read; and their lordships observing that Mr. Clifford's account current, sent to the aforesaid gentlemen the 23rd of May last, was not returned, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Clifford to acquaint him therewith.
Ordered that Mr. Congreve [fo. 279, 286] have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next, and that he bring with him an account of the respits upon muster rolls since the Lord Cornbury's arrival at New Yorke.
Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Bernard [fo. 274, 293, 298] that he give notice to the persons that appear for the suspended counsellors of Barbados that they attend their lordships on Thursday morning next, in order to their lordships proceeding upon the petition of the said counsellors.
Mr. Cobb attending, was directed to give notice to Mr. William Heysham, Mr. Kirton, Mr. Maycock and others [fo. 294], who appear in behalf of the members absenting from the late Assembly of Barbados, that they attend their lordships on Fryday next in the morning, in order to their lordships proceeding upon the petition of the said absenting members against Sir Beville Granville.
Sir John Stanley presented to their lordships the copy of an address of the Council and Assembly of Barbados, as also an address from the said Assembly to her Majesty in behalf of Sir Beville Granville, and a copy of the minutes of the Assembly of the 16th and 17th of November last relating to the complaints exhibited against Sir Beville Granville, which were read.
Captain Lloyd presented to their lordships a letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 14th instant directing this Board to report upon the papers [fo. 221, 286, 326] that have been lately lodged in this office relating to Captain Lloyd, which was read; and thereupon ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared accordingly.
Captain Lloyd further laid before their lordships an account of disbursements [fo. 241, 300] made by him for her Majesty's service in Newfoundland from the 28th of August, 1702, to the 22nd of September, 1704, with the vouchers.
Sir John Stanley attending with Captain St. Lo and Lieutenant Wanley [fo. 278], Captain St. Lo presented to their lordships a memorial in answer to the petition of the Barbados agents relating to Mr. Lee's being brought from that island, as also the depositions of Mr. Skene, Mr. Slingsby and Mr. Boothe against the said Lee, which were read; and thereupon ordered that copies of the said memorial and depositions be delivered to Sir John Stanley, as also that a copy of Mr. Lee's affidavit and an extract of the petition of the gentlemen who absented themselves from the late Assembly of Barbados relating to the said Lee, be delivered to Captain St. Lo. And further ordered that all sides have notice to attend [fo. 286] on Wednesday next in the afternoon.
Mr. Lone [fo. 285] presented to their lordships a letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 21st instant upon a petition of the said Lone's and Sir Richard Levet, relating to the Governors of Virginia and Maryland refusing to permit two ships of theirs to saile from those colonies with their ladings without convoy was read. And it being alleged in the petition that the masters of those two ships (who came away in ballast) were obliged to give security to touch at the Maderas in their way home, Mr. Lone was directed to write to the said masters at Bristol for further information in that matter.
The copy of an Order of Councill of the 22nd instant refering to his royal highness the Lord High Admiral to consider of what burthen and force it is necessary that letters of marque ships should be of, to exempt them from an embargo in the plantations, was read.
Mr. Lone, attending in relation to his and Sir Richard Levett's petition, mentioned in the minutes of the 23rd instant [fo. 284, 293] the forementioned Order in Councill was read to him, and he was acquainted that their lordships could not make any representation upon that matter till his royal highness had made his report upon the foresaid Order of Councill.
Mr. Byfield and several of the Pennsylvania Company attending, acquainted their lordships that a ship of theirs which they sent to Carolina in May last was returning home with 50 tuns of pitch and tarr, and desiring that they might have the benefit of the premium to be allowed upon the importation of those commodities. They were acquainted that, so soon as the said ship should arrive, this Board would give them all the incouragement which lay in their power.
A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his of the 16th instant [fo. 280, 291] relating to English ships going directly from hence and Ireland to Curacoa and St. Thomas, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Mr. Mercer [fo. 282] presented to their lordships a state of the respits of the four companies at New Yorke from the 1st of January, 170½ to the last of October, 1704, amounting in all to 2,000l. 0s. 8d. and Mr. Congreve at the same time presented to their lordships a memorial setting forth the want of 100 recruits [fo. 291] for the said four companies, which were read; and thereupon their lordships agreed a representation for laying that matter before her Majesty, and ordered the same to be transcribed.
A letter to the Lord Bishop of London relating to the behaviour of Mr. Jackson, minister at Newfoundland [fo. 264, 291], and praying his lordship to recall the said Jackson, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.
Captain St. Lo with Lieutenant Wanley, Colonel Maycock, Mr. Kirton [fo. 284] and several other gentlemen on the one side, and the Barbados agents, with Mr. Lee attending on the other side, the petition of the said agents relating to the said Lee's having been forcibly brought off from that island, was read, as also the 7th paragraph of the petition of John Kirton and other members of the late Assembly of Barbados relating thereunto refer'd to this Board by her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 11th of January last. Then Captain St. Lo's answer to the Barbados agents' petition, as also the affidavits of Mr. Skene, Mr. Slingsby and Mr. Booth, presented by Captain St. Loe to the Board the 23rd instant, and the said agents' reply to the said Captain St. Lo's answer, were read. And Capt. St. Lo being asked several questions, he answered in substance as follows, viz.:—That 'tis true his lieutenant did by his order press the said Lee, and that he brought him from that island, but that it was upon Mr. Skene and Mr. Slingsby's telling of him the said Lee was and idle fellow and of no settled habitation and might be press'd; that the said Skene told him the Governor did give leave for the pressing the said Lee; he said he had no orders from the Governor in writing to press, nor had he any instructions from the Admiralty to apply to the Governor for the pressing of men; but that the day after he had pressed the said Lee, he went to the Governor and acquainted him in the presence of Mr. Skene therewith, and said he hoped he should come to no trouble about it; that the Governor replyed that since he had got Lee he might keep him, and that he need not fear any damage for taking away such an informing fellow as he was. He added that he pressed none but Lee at Barbados, which he had not done if it had not been proposed to him by Mr. Skene.
Lieutenant Wanley acquainted their lordships that the night he pressed Lee he was at supper at a publick house, and that Mr. Skene and Mr. Slingsby called him out and showed him where the said Lee was.
Mr. Lee being asked if he knew the reasons why he was brought in this manner from Barbados, he answered that he believes it to have been because he was to be an evidence against Mr. Slingsby for several evill practices in Barbados, and because he had begun a suit against the said Slingsby for one hundred and odd pounds.
That their lordships find reason to believe that Mr. Skene, secretary of Barbados, has, contrary to his duty and the known laws of that island, been the adviser and contriver in the carrying off the said Lee; and therefore their lordships are of opinion that Mr. Skene be acquainted with this accusation, and that, if he do not justify himself by the first opportunity, they conceive him unfit to be continued in her Majesty's service.
That Captain St. Lo having alledged that the Governor was acquainted by him with what he had done in taking off the said Lee, their lordships are of opinion that the Governor be writ to for his answer herein.
And ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 293] desiring him to inform this Board what instructions Captain St. Lo had in relation to the pressing of men at Barbadoes, and particularly whether he was not forbid to press any without first applying to the Governor.
Sir John Stanley [fo. 282] acquainting their lordships that he and the other agents of Barbados were summoned to attend Mr. Attorny General to-morrow morning in relation to his report about the absenting members, and desiring that the hearing of those who appear for the suspended counsellors, appointed to be to-morrow morning before this Board, be put off till Monday next in the afternoon [fo. 299]; their lordships, in consideration that Mr. Attorney General is to make his report to-morrow to her Majesty in Councill, agreed thereunto, and ordered Mr. Bernard to have notice thereof accordingly.