America and West Indies
Addenda 1661

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1893

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'America and West Indies: Addenda 1661', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 9: 1675-1676 and Addenda 1574-1674 (1893), pp. 140-141. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=70079 Date accessed: 28 July 2014.


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Addenda 1661

Jan. 26.361. Grant for the government of his Majesty's people in Newfoundland and on the seas adjoining. Recites his late Majesty's Letters Patent of 10th Feb. and confirms the same. That any man killing another or stealing to the value of 40s. be arrested, brought to England, and delivered to the Earl Marshal; no ballast or prestones to be thrown into the harbours; no person to destroy any stage or cookroom, but to fetch timber out of the woods for repairs; and the ship first entering to be Admiral of the harbour. Regulations against any ship reserving more of the beach than needful, to the prejudice of others; defacing the marks on boats or train fats to defraud the right owners; purloining fish, salt; setting fire to the woods, or rinding trees for any other uses except covering the roofs of cookrooms, which shall not exceed 16 feet in length; casting anchors or aught hurtful to the hauling of seines for bait; and stealing bait, nets. No person to set up a tavern for selling wine, beer, strong waters, cider, or tobacco, by which the fishermen are debauched, neglect their labours, spend their shares on which the maintenance of their families depends, and other disorders. Divine service to be said on Sundays by some of the Masters or others from the Book of Common Prayer. And further, his Majesty straitly forbids all owners of fishing ships to carry to Newfoundland any other persons than are of their own or other ship's Companies, or on their hire, or that intend to plant or settle there. That speedy punishment be inflicted upon offenders against the laws his Majesty ordains as formerly ordained by his late Majesty [in his Grant of 13 Nov. 1637 to James Marq. of Hamilton, Phil. Earl of Pembroke, Henry Earl of Holland, and Sir David Kirke, see First Vol. of this Cal., p. 260], that the Mayors of Southampton, Weymouth and Melcombe Regis, Lyme, Plymouth, Dartmouth, Eastlowe, Foy, and Barnstaple take cognizance of complaints of such offences and punish the delinquents by fine and imprisonment; Vice-Admirals in Southampton, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall to proceed against all offences committed at sea. These presents to be proclaimed by the Admiral in every harbour this next season, and also on shore. [Pat. Roll 12, Chas. II., pt. 17, No. 30.]
Feb.?362. Petition of Jeremiah, Nathaniel, and Simeon Bonnell, Edward Bernard, and Thomas Rastall, of London, Merchants, to the King. Petitioners formerly had a grant of land at Morant, in Jamaica, for the settlement of which they spent 1,500l.; but through the absence of Mr. Povey, Commissary of the Army in those parts, to whom it was entrusted, all the stock and improvements are lost. Pray for letters to the Commander-in-Chief there to confirm to them and their Attorney, Captain Butler, all their former grants. Endorsed, "Ref. Com. Trade." 1p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, No. 88.]
Feb.?363. Another petition of the above-named persons to the King. That they find Povey converts all to his own use and gives occasion for all merchants to adventure no more for the settlement of new colonies. Pray that their grants of land in Jamaica may be con firmed, that Capt. Gregory Butler may be possessed of their rights, and that he may have passage with twenty English servants in one of the King's ships bound for Jamaica. [On 18 Feb. 1661 this petition was referred to a Committee, who were directed to draw up an address to the King asking leave accordingly, see Col. Cal., 1661–1668, p. 11, No. 32.] 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, No. 89.]
March ?364. Petition of Major William Clayton to the King. That his actings and sufferings are not altogether unknown to his Majesty. Is utterly destitute of any employment, and has not yet tasted the King's bounty in any particular. Confident that he may do his Majesty good service in Jamaica, as in the annexed proposals will appear, prays for the Government of the Island. Annexed,
364. i. Proposals of Major William Clayton and friends for the improvement of his Majesty's interest in Jamaica. His Majesty has been put to the expense of 30,000l. in setting out 4 ships to Jamaica; that he constitute Major Clayton Governor of the island, and loan him 3 or 4 ships which he and his friends will victual and man at their own cost. They propose to transport one thousand servants to be formed into a regiment, well officered and disciplined, and maintained at the charge of the adventurers; and this regiment, being settled in a plantation district, may be looked upon as a standing strength of the island, whilst the officers, being advisedly chosen, may be a means of bringing the island to a better conformity with the Church of England, and prevent its becoming no better than a nursery for schism and faction, as the plantations of New England "too sad an experiment have so unhappily done." The soldiers in the King's pay may in some short time be maintained "as in other plantations by a poll rate." Major Clayton by his knowledge of physic, and the temperature and diet of the Indies, hopes also to render the island more healthy, especially the northern part. [Lord Berkeley presented the above proposals to the Council for Foreign Plantations, who desired Major Clayton to attend on 1 April 1661, see Col. Cal., 1661–1668, p. 10, No. 56.] 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, Nos. 90, 91.]
365. The King's license for Richard Anguish, Clerk, to travel for three years for the purpose of visiting Montserrat and settling his estate there, whither during the late distractions in England he had been forced to retire. Draft, with corrections, in Williamson's handwriting. [This probably refers to Richard Angus, who was Secretary in Montserrat in Sept. 1664, see Col. Cal., 1661–1668, p. 235, No. 804 II.] 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 33, No. 92.]