America and West Indies
April 1691, 1-15

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'America and West Indies: April 1691, 1-15', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 13: 1689-1692 (1901), pp. 402-411. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=70700 Date accessed: 20 September 2014.


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April 1691

April 1.1,380. Minutes of Council of New York. Orders for audit of accounts for burial of Macgregor, slain in the King's service, and of all accounts before the Governor's arrival; for payment of £20 to Joseph Dudley for his expenses at a late gaol-delivery held by him in Suffolk, and for arrest of Elias Makelson of East Jersey.
A Sachem from Long Island was presented to the Governor, delivered a congratulatory speech and presented thirty fathom of wampum, which was accepted. At his departure his youngest son presented a bundle of brooms, saying that Leisler had left the Courts foul. Order for a day of thanksgiving. Order for a patent to Dame Macgregor and her son Hugh for land purchased by her late husband, Lt.-Colonel Macgregor; that the quit rent be five bushels of wheat, and that the officers take no fees for the patent or the seal, Colonel Macgregor having died in defence of the Province. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., pp. 242–245.]
April 2.
Whitehall.
1,381. Order of the Privy Council. For the Commissioners of the Privy Seal to despatch Governor Copley's commission. Copy. ½ p. [America and West Indies. 556. No. 10.]
April 3.
Antigua.
1,382. Archibald Hutcheson to William Blathwayt. The Governor left Nevis last month, having made all preparations there for an expedition, and arrived next day at Montserrat. There he embarked the men, and on the 15th March, matters not being in the expected state of readiness here, it was decided in a Council of War to send the hired ships with Bolton's regiment to attack Mariegalante, by which means the ships might winter and the men refresh themselves, and also three hundred men might be cut off from joining Guadeloupe. The Island being destroyed, the troops and ships were to remain there till further orders. Instructions were accordingly given to Captain Wright and to Major Nott (who commands the troops) and on Saturday the 21st the fleet sailed hence. The Governor, using all diligence to settle and despatch all affairs, sailed on Wednesday the 1st of April, with eleven hundred militia from these Islands. The English regiment, exclusive of men left at St. Christophers, numbers 550, two Jamaica privateers will land 130 men, the five hired merchantmen promise each a company of 60 men, and if the frigates do the like we shall be able to land near 2,500 men. Mariegalante is the rendezvous, and our future proceedings will be governed by the intelligence obtained there. A gentleman who came out from England may also be expected with three sloops and men from Jamaica. A month ago three Brandenburg ships, bound for St. Thomas, touched at Nevis, and the Governor suggested that they too, having four hundred men on board, might join us. The Commander said that he would answer on his return from St. Thomas, so that he is now expected any day. The entire force of Nevis counting those now gone off is about 500, of Montserrat 700, of Antigua 1,100, of St. Christophers, besides the garrison, about 200 inhabitants. The Governor has deferred his answer to the merchants' petition in relation to that Island until the result of the present expedition is known. So far as our best intelligence goes, the force at Martinique has not for some time exceeded 2,500 or 3,000 men, who have suffered much from sickness. Also the force is so extremely scattered and divided by creeks of the sea that it takes several days to collect half of it. In Guadeloupe and Grande Terre there is reckoned to be 1,000 men, but these have been much reduced by sickness. The rest of the French Islands are very inconsiderable, and the whole of the recruits sent from France amount only to four companies. I expect that this will be the last expedition from the Leeward Islands during this war, so innumerable are the difficulties and contradictions met with by the Governor in bringing them to bear. Whatever is to be done for the security of these Islands must be done before the return of these forces. The Islands are so miserably weakened that in case of a French fleet they can reckon on nothing but the presence of an English squadron or the preliminary capture of Guadeloupe and Martinique.
The present design is to attack Guadeloupe and, that Island destroyed, to summon the promised assistance from Barbados against Martinique. Colonel Codrington's own plan I know to be to sail direct to Martinique from Mariegalante, sending a sloop to summon the troops from Barbados, and to effect a landing with such forces as we have. These, if Captain Wright do his best for us, will be equal to all the troops in Martinique, and double what can be collected in one place to oppose us. The inducements to this course are that there is reasonable prospect of securing Martinique, the fort excepted, into which the Governor will not admit women and children, and but five hundred men. The rest must therefore fall into our hands. The women can be shipped to Guadeloupe, the men whithersoever is most convenient, and when this is done and the country destroyed, the forces from Barbados can see to the fort, while the rest of the troops would attack Guadeloupe, which would hardly fire a shot after the fall of Martinique. Thus to conquer Martinique is to conquer both Islands; and the enterprise is the more feasible since the attack will be unexpected. Guadeloupe on the other hand has long expected us and made all preparations, having prepared ambuscades and procured reinforcements from Martinique. Our success can hardly be doubted, but we must expect sharp resistance and considerable loss, which will probably put a stop to the operations. For, as was seen after the taking of St. Christophers, a voluntary army is a most ungovernable sort of animal, and not easily brought to the discipline of paid troops, though pretty severe articles have been enacted for the purpose by the Council and Assembly. But if Martinique be attacked, Guadeloupe is on our way home, and even if we fail to conquer it we cannot fail to do great damage. These are Colonel Codrington's opinions, and unless he meet with unexpected intelligence at Mariegalante, or be overcome by general dissent of his officers, I believe he will act upon them. His hurry at departing prevented his writing to you, so he laid the duty on me. He will write at large at the return of the merchant-fleet. Since I began this letter the Jamaica sloops report that the expedition found Mariegalante abandoned and all the inhabitants moved to Guadeloupe, which is an argument for attacking Martinique first. Signed. Arch. Hutcheson. Holograph. 6½ pp. [America and West Indies. 551. No. 16, and Board of Trade. Leeward Islands, 43. pp. 326–330.]
[April 3.]1,383. Notes of three bills drawn by Governor Kendall on the Commissioners of the Navy, 30 March and 3 April. Total £1,168 10s. 1½ d. (see next abstract). [Board of Trade. Barbados, 4. No. 59.]
April 4.
Barbados.
1,384. Governor Kendall to Lords of Trade and Plantations. I received your letter of 27 November last by Captain Talmash, who arrived here with the fleet under his command on 20th January. I have by this ship sent the Act for the freedom of the Monmouth rebels and the quarterly returns required by my instructions. I have also informed the General of the Leeward Islands that I am ready to help him with all the men that I can when he has any design against Martinique, since he does not need my help against Guadeloupe. Colonel Nott, who commands the Duke of Bolton's regiment owing to the illness of Colonel Holt, told me that if General Codrington would make up his regiment to a thousand men he would undertake to give a good account of that Island. He also wrote to him very earnestly about it, but General Codrington said nothing of it in his last letter to me, though I knew not why so fair an offer should be refused. Captain Wright was at anchor here in Carlisle Bay with his squadron when he received orders from the Admiralty to stay longer in these parts. He sent the Bristol and the Antelope to cruise off Martinique; and on the 31st of January the Bristol returned with the information that they had seen fourteen large French ships sail into the Cul-de-Sac of Martinique. Whether they were more they could not be sure, as night was just falling. Next morning Captain Wright summoned all his captains on board him, where Captain Haughton of the Bristol made his report, and it was resolved to take up six of the best merchantmen as men-of-war to strengthen the fleet. At a second council next morning it was agreed to take the ships for six months certain, and application was made to me to victual them for two months. I appointed three of the Council to see to the matter and provided half of the money myself. I beg that you will see that the bills which I have drawn shall be honoured. On the day after receiving Captain Houghton's report I sent away a sloop with a knowing man on board her to stand into the Cul-de-Sac as far as he safely could, and report. He returned in three days to inform me that he had seen nine large ships, one flying a flag at the main, and from twenty to thirty smaller vessels. Nevertheless the Naval Council of War thought it necessary to carry the merchant ships with them; so, having no power over Captain Wright, I could only desire him earnestly to lie off Martinique with his fleet, in order to engage the enemy if they came out, or to get some men off the Island and so ascertain what their strength really was; knowing that it was of the last consequence that the merchant ships should return as soon as possible to England for the manning of the fleet at home this summer. I also begged him, if the enemy proved to be not so strong as he suspected, to send the merchant-vessels back that I might despatch them home with all speed. To convince you how earnest and careful I was herein, I sent him, by a sloop that sailed two days after him, the enclosed letter, but heard nothing of him until the 25th of March, when I received the enclosed reply from him. Since the merchant-vessels have not returned I have resolved to send home this ship with as many others as have men to sail them, and hope that they may arrive safely.
You will perceive that there is an Act annually passed here for levying an excise for repair of the fortifications and for other uses. The appointment of a Treasurer under this Act has given me great trouble, and will give me the like every year unless you intervene. The Assembly claims this appointment as absolutely its own. The Council say that it lies with the Governor, Council and Assembly equally. I hope that the King will empower me to nominate the Treasurer in future. The Assembly take themselves to be notable politicians, and some coxcombs have made them believe that they have as many privileges as the Commons of England. They brought me a bill of habeas corpus which I rejected, and were about bringing in a bill to close all the Courts of Judicature, but withdrew it on hearing that I had expressed myself warmly on the subject. I hope that the next Assembly, for which I have issued writs, will prove better tempered and more sensible.
By a sloop that arrived from Hispaniola on the 25th March I learn that in October last about seven hundred French, who were settled on the North side of the Island, assaulted and took a town called St. Jago de los Cavalieros. They held it for twenty four hours, but were ambuscaded by the Spaniards on their retreat, most of them cut off, and the whole of their plunder retaken. I heard also that the Governor had sent two thousand men by land and seven men-of-war, attacked the French settlements on the North side, killed or captured most of their men and destroyed all their plantations. From the same source I learn that the French had but two men-of-war and a little fleet of twenty merchant men that came to Martinique this summer, but that they expect a good squadron at the close of the summer expedition in Europe. Freight being very dear I have passed an Act fixing its price at 6s. 6d. per cwt. for muscovado and 7s. 6d. for white sugars, to protect the poor planters from the imposition of merchant men. Without such relief they would be ruined. The season has been so dry that most of the plantations will not make half the sugar that they made last year. Without this Act freight would have risen to £30 a ton. I wish you would enable me to send men well armed and equipped when General Codrington requires them of me. I have already informed you that I have not two hundred muskets fit for service in the magazine, no hand-grenades, no half-pikes, in fact no arms of any kind. I do what I can to make the militia serviceable in case of attack. I have ordered all the men to be exercised in one way, and that they shall fire at targets instead of firing volleys. This accustoms them to look at the muzzles of their muskets which they were a little shy of before. I do my best to encourage the poorer people, who are very miserable and have been too much oppressed and dispirited. I exercise them often myself and do my best to make the defence of the Island efficient, but without arms and ammunition I am afraid that it can be but weak. I shall send home the merchant vessels as soon as they are discharged by Captain Wright. Signed. J. Kendall. 3 pp. Endorsed. Recd. 17 June, 1691. Enclosed,
1,384. I. Governor Kendall to Captain Lawrence Wright. "Dear Lawrence," I cannot let you go without wishing you success once more. It was my zeal for the King's service and my friendship for you that made me press you to change your resolution of sailing to windward of Martinique. The same considerations now urge me to desire you to cruise about that Island as long as you think General Codrington will be preparing his forces to put on board you for the Guadeloupe expedition. I know that as soon as you have ascertained the strength of the enemy's naval forces you will either send back or retain the ships that you have taken up here; and if you are satisfied in that matter you should immediately bear down for the Leeward Islands. You cannot expect to lie less than three weeks at anchor, for General Codrington cannot have his force ready in less time. By cruising about Martinique for that time you will keep the enemy's ships from cruising; you will keep them also in constant hurry and alarm, and I am confident that every day that you stay about Martinique will cost the enemy fifty men without endangering one of yours. For you presence will compel them to distribute their force into several large bodies, for fear of your landing, which will give you a sure opportunity of putting men ashore, taking prisoners and destroying plantations. I hope that these reasons will be agreeable to you. Copy. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 25 June, 1691, from Colonel Kendall.
1,384. II. Duplicate of the foregoing. Endorsed, Recd. 6 Nov., 1691.
1,384. III. Captain Lawrence Wright to Governor Kendall. H.M.S. Mary. Antigua. 19 March, 1690–1. Since we sailed from Barbados the 15th we passed by Martinique, but as it was blowing very hard, the ships bound to Jamaica bore away and left us, and one of the hired men-of-war, having lost the head of her main-mast, bore away with them, taking with her 20,000 cwt. of our bread and twenty soldiers. On the 16th between Guadeloupe and Montserrat I called a Council of Captains to debate an attempt on Guadeloupe with the recruits from Barbados and the seamen; but it was resolved against it, owing to our want of small arms. It was however resolved that two of our ships should sail for Jamaica, and that the merchant-ships should not be discharged, but should be sent to Antigua, not being fit to ply to windward. The 17th we anchored at Nevis, the 18th at St. Christophers, where we landed the recruits to be equipped with arms; on the 20th the Hampshire and Jersey sailed for Santa Cruz with 640 French prisoners. On the 2nd March they returned; on the 4th we re-embarked the soldiers, and sailed to Nevis to get provisions for them. The 10th we sailed from Nevis and on the 12th anchored at Antigua. When we shall sail for Guadeloupe Christ knows, for everything is so much delayed that I am distracted at it. I offered the General yesterday to sail for Mariegalante, to destroy, and to get water and fresh provisions for our men, who daily fall sick, both seamen and soldiers; but he refused, and told me that on Thursday I should know for certain when we should sail. At a council of war to-day the merchant vessels taken up at Barbados were discharged, and I have given them their orders for the return of their men and stores. I received your letter, which put me in mind of doing that which I had resolved, but we have an old sea proverb, "wind and weather permitting," and the wind and rain since we left Barbados has been such as never was known since the age of man. It was therefore impossible for me to cruise without great risks to masts and sails; and you know how defective we are in both. Since we left St. Christophers the mountain negroes led by some French have come down in a body, attacked Major Legard's company and killed seventeen of them. If the Hampshire and Jersey had not been there, they might have done more mischief, but fifty seamen landed under the Captain and soon routed them. Signed. Law. Wright. Copy. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 25 June, 1691. [Board of Trade. Barbados, 4. Nos. 60, 60 I–III., and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. VIII., pp. 246–254.]
[April 4.]1,385. Duplicate of the foregoing letter and Enclosure No. 1, but addressed to Lord Shrewsbury. Endorsed. Read 25 June, 1691. [America and West Indies. 456. Nos. 28, 28 I., II.]
1,386. A further copy of the letter and enclosures. [Ibid. Nos. 29, 29 I., II.]
April 5.1,387. Chidley Brooke to Sir Robert Southwell. One company of foot arrived here on 23 January and the other about ten days later; but the Governor not till the 19th of March. Major Ingoldsby requested Leisler to admit the troops and stores into the fort; and he was willing to admit the stores. This put us on our guard. This fussy usurper was so infatuated by his taste of power, that he could not conceal his resentment. Nevertheless he had such a hold on the rabble that we durst not land the men till we had prepared some loyal men in the city to defend us if attacked, and put the men ashore on the 6th of February with as much caution as in an enemy's country. The men are now in the Town Hall. Leisler spreads reports that we are papists and encourages his men to insult our soldiers, but for sake of peace we endured all patiently till Governor Sloughter should arrive. After five weeks' waiting Leisler's hopes revived with the thought that the Governor might be drowned, and he began a new tyranny, calling in the rabble to the fort and turning the cannon on the town. This forced us to stand on our defence, but he had the impudence to stop the King's soldiers on their rounds and imprisoned a serjeant and four men for some hours. Finally, as no Governor appeared, he resolved to force his rule upon us and on the 16th of March he issued a proclamation to strengthen and delude his faction. Next day he sent a letter to Major Ingoldsby that if the King's forces were not immediately disbanded he would destroy them all, and gave him two hours to make up his mind. We answered within the prescribed time in a peaceable style, but he would not break the seal, and in a quarter of an hour opened fire with cannon and small shot. His people at the blockhouse were more faint-hearted, and hearing that we meant to attack them by sea and land surrendered that evening. On the 18th he fired some shot at us with no harm, and we stood on our defence, for we could not storm the fort with our handful of men. Next day happily the Governor arrived, and found all his friends with white tied round their arms for distinction. Three several times Leisler refused to surrender the fort, but at last sent De la Noy and Milborne to negotiate. The Governor seized them and so broke the neck of his project, for Milborne was his oracle and De la Noy his great minister of state. He surrendered the fort next day and they will shortly be tried Copy. 4 pp. Printed in New York Documents III., 737. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 5.]
[April.]1,388. Petition of Jacob Leisler, jun., to Lords of Trade and Plantations. For the judgments against his father and his accomplices to be reversed. 1 p. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 6, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIX., p. 385.]
[April 6.]1,389. Rough abstracts from letters of Joseph Dudley of 17 March and 6 April, and of Governor Sloughter of 27 March, as to the State of New York from the arrival of the two companies until Leisler's condemnation. Draft. 2 pp. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 7.]
[April 9.]1,390. Certain inhabitants of Boston and Charlestown to the Secretary of State. The low ebb of the King's interest in New England, occasioned by the tumultuous removal of Sir Edmund Andros and the distractions occasioned thereby have moved us to present an address setting forth our miserable condition. Signed. Nicho. Paige, Thomas Greaves, Richard Sprague, Lawr. Hammond, Fra. Foxcroft, Nath. Clarke, J. Nelson, James. Lloyd. ½ p. Endorsed. Presented to My Lord Sydney, 9 April, 1691, by Sir Purbeck Temple. [Board of Trade. New England, 5. No. 142.]
April 9.
Whitehall.
1,391. Order of the King in Council. Referring the petition of certain inhabitants of Boston and Charlestown to Lords of Trade and Plantations for report. Signed. Rich. Colinge. ½ p. Annexed,
1,391. I. The petition referred to (see No. 1393). Large sheet. Endorsed. Presented 9 April. Read at Committee 21 April. [Board of Trade. New England, 5. No. 143, 143I, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXII., pp. 255 and 259–262.]
April 9.1,392. Abstract of the petition above named. Draft. 2 pp. [Board of Trade. New England, 5. No. 144.]
[April.]1,393. Address of divers inhabitants of Charlestown, Boston and places adjacent, to the King. We wish to lay before you the deplorable state of this country. The late Revolution divided the country into ten parts, viz. Pemaquid, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Plymouth, Rhode Island, King's Province, Connecticut, New York, East and West Jersey; thereby debilitating all and giving great advantage to our enemies. Many hundreds of people have been murdered or captured. Pemaquid, all Maine except three towns, and Senectady have been destroyed, and depredations have been made in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to the imminent danger of the frontier towns. An expedition was sent against Port Royal, which surrendered on terms, but as no care was taken to preserve it, little annoyance has been given to the enemy by that or by any other enterprise hitherto engaged in. An agreement was made by those who pretend to govern the Colonies for an attack on Canada by sea and land; but the land-expedition failed, and the navy sent to Quebec was defeated; which (besides the former heavy taxes) will leave Massachusetts in further arrears of £50,000. Many died in that expedition also. For want of a settled Government the divisions in New York have risen to such a height that the Colonists have taken up arms against each other, which will weaken them still further. We beg you to take us under your immediate care and protection. Thirty-four signatures, among them those of Laurence Hammond and Nicholas Tippet. 2 printed pages. Here follows a letter by Laurence Hammond, dated Charlestown, 22 November, 1690. Describing the fiasco of the attack on Quebec; an attempt of the revolutionary part to take from him the records of his county; and the insulting treatment of Colonel Nicholson's emissary in Bolton. The whole, 5½ pp. Pamphlet, printed in Blackfriars, London. Licensed, 28 April, 1691. [Board of Trade. New England, 5. No. 145.]
April 9.1,394. Address of the Governor, Council and Assembly of New York to the King and Queen. Protestations of loyalty, and requests that the ancient dependencies of New York may be restored to it. Twenty-nine signatures. This request is renewed at greater length in the address of 6 August, 1691 (see under that date). Large sheet. Endorsed. Recd. 10 September, 1691. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 8, and Col. Entry Bk., LXIX., pp. 301–303.]
April 9.1,395. Copy of the preceding. Endorsed. May. Read 6 Sept., 1692. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 9.]
April 9.1,396. Minutes of Council of New York. William Smith and Chidley Brooke appointed to swear in the Assembly. Order for a proclamation forbidding the promotion of quarrels over the late troubles.
April 10.Isaac Arnold sworn of the peace for Suffolk County. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., pp. 245, 246.]
April 11.1,397. Proclamation of the Governor of New York. For a day of thanksgiving for the King's success in Ireland. Copy. Large sheet. Endorsed. Recd. 6 Sept., 1692. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 10.]
April 13.1,398. Minutes of Council of New York. Order for payment of the late Dr. Hanmer's salary up to the day of his death. The Council, on being consulted by the judges of the Assize Court, said that the King's letter to Captain Nicholson could not be interpreted as giving any power to Jacob Leisler.
April 14.Elias Doughty, Daniel Whitehead and Thomas Willett sworn justices of Queen's County, and Alexander Boyle sworn Surveyor General.
April 15.Daniel Jamison, sworn Clerk of Council. Order for letters to the neighbouring Colonies asking their assistance against the Indians.
April 16.Order for a grant of land to Thomas Carhart. Ellis Duxbury, John Dally, Andrew Cannon, and Abraham Lakeman sworn of the peace for Richmond County. The King's letter to Boston sent by hand of Mr. Newton.
April 17.On complaints against Captain Hicks the Governor said he would write to him as to his practice of pressing inhabitants and seamen without authority.
April 18.Order for payment of £12 for the support of the Chevalier D'Eau, a French prisoner, and his servant. Order for payment of £60 a year to Dr. Godfredus Dellius for his good service in converting the Indians. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., pp. 246–250.]
April 14.1,399. List of Magistrates and Assistants elected for Massachusetts in 1691, with the number of their votes. Simon Bradstreet 973, Tho. Danforth 903, John Pyncheon 209, Wm. Houghton 550, Nathaniel Saltonstall 495, John Richards 466, James Russell 787, Peter Tilton 874, Robert Pike 933, Elisha Cooke 908, William Johnson 701, John Haythorne 657, Elisha Hutchinson 876, Samuel Sewall 900, Isaac Addington 871, John Smith 601, Wait Winthrop 942, John Phillips 850, Jonathan Curwin 770, Jer. Swaine 553, Sir William Phips 805, Tho. Oakes 696, William Bond 279, Daniel Peirse 269, Samuel Partridge 158. 1 p. [Board of Trade. New England, 5. No. 146.]
April 14.1,400. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Peter Beckford delivered his bond for approval. Edward Broughton sworn Clerk of Council. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. p. 77.]
April 15.1,401. Minutes of Council of Barbados. The Assembly was sworn, though certain seats were in dispute, and presented John Mills as their speaker, who was approved. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XII., pp. 179, 180.]
April 15.1,402. Journal of Assembly of Barbados. List of Members:—
St. MichaelLt.-Col. Thomas Morris.
Lt.-Col. Samuel Farmer.
St. PeterAlexander Walker.
Captain Edward Holloway.
St. PhilipPhilip Price.
Willoughby Chamberlayne.
ChristchurchLt.-Col. Richard Elliott.
Lt.-Col. John Dempster.
St. ThomasLt.-Col. William Allonby.
Captain William Eastchurch.
St. JamesColonel Abel Alleyne.
Malatiah Holder.
St. AndrewLt.-Col. John Mills.
John Gibbes.
St. GeorgeRobert Hooper.
John Cosins.
St. JosephColonel John Waterman.
Major Benoni Waterman.
St. JohnColonel John Leslie.
Captain Archibald Carmichael.
St. LucyLt.-Col. Robert Harrison.
Major John Boteler.
John Mills chosen speaker, George Payne, clerk, William Geddes, marshal. The members were sworn. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XIV., pp. 265, 266.]
April 15.1,403. Minutes of Council of Virginia. William Byrd, William Cole, John Lear, Ralph Wormeley and Christopher Wormeley sworn of the Council. Order to ascertain whether Peter Beverley be a fit person to be Clerk of the Burgesses. Order for survey of the stores of H.M.S. Dumbarton, of which some shall be sent home and others retained, and that the ship be broken up. Peter Beverley appointed Clerk of the Burgesses by the Lieutenant Governor. Resolved that the security of the country, the easing of the levy by poll, and the building of a house for the Governor be the only questions submitted to the Assembly. The Lieutenant-Governor's intended speech to the Burgesses approved. Order for delivery of the records, etc. of the Burgesses to Peter Beverley. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXIV., pp. 527–532.]