America and West Indies
May 1692

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'America and West Indies: May 1692', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 13: 1689-1692 (1901), pp. 634-644. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=70718 Date accessed: 30 August 2014.


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May 1692

May 2.2,214. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Draft commission of Governor Fletcher as to Pennsylvania and the Jerseys read. The King's pleasure to be taken whether Quakers holding public offices may not be allowed to make a declaration instead of taking the usual oaths, and as to empowering the Governor to appoint a Lieutenant-Governor and Councillor. Mr. Manley's memorial on behalf of the prisoners at New York read, and decision taken. Mr. Offley's petition read. Ordered that he assign some part of North America to which his patent may be referred.
Letter from the Council of Jamaica of 28 January read (see No. 2,034). An extract to be forwarded to the Commissioners of Ordnance, and the rest reserved for future consideration. [Board of Trade. Journal, 7. pp. 99–100.]
[May 2.]2,215. "Mr. Manley's memorial." Setting forth that many persons who acted with Leisler during his Government, as they conceived to be their duty, were after Governor Sloughter's coming bound over to appear in New York in November last. This they were ready to do, but being frightened by Leisler's execution, they left the country. They now pray that their recognizances and all other proceedings may be discharged. ½ p. Endorsed. Ordered May 2, 1692. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 102; and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIX., p. 389.]
[May 2.]2,216. Memorandum for the Lord President to receive the Queen's pleasure whether a general pardon may not be granted in the Plantations, and the recognisances referred to in the preceding abstract discharged. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIX., p. 388.]
May 2.
Whitehall.
2,217. William Blathwayt to the Office of Ordnance. Forwarding an extract as to fortifications and stores of war from the letter from the Council of Jamaica, of 28 January (No. 2,034). [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 53. pp. 36–37.]
May 2.2,218. Minutes of Council of New York. The victualling of H.M.S. Aldborough recommended to Colonel van Cortlandt. Order for payment of £3 14s. 0d. to the three messengers from Albany with intelligence of the enemy. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., pp. 316, 317.]
May 4.2,219. Minutes of Council of New York. Resolved that Frederick Flypse and William Nicolls obtain credit with the merchants of the city for presents for the Indians. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., p. 317.]
May 7.2,220. Minutes of Council of New York. Orders for payment for corn for the garrison at Albany, and for letters to be written to Connecticut and New Jersey for assistance, also that a letter be written to Massachusetts demanding the arrest and return of Chevalier D'Eaux, an escaped French prisoner. Order for sundry payments on account of Albany. Order that the Attorney-General Lovinus van Schaick and Robert Livingston concert what propositions shall be made to the Indians. Order for Justices who have been negligent in collecting taxes to be summoned before the Council for contempt. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., pp. 318–319.]
May 9.2,221. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Order that all ships that may be ready to sail 10 June may depart. A letter read from Colonel Hill informing against a notorious coiner. Order for a warrant for his arrest. Thomas Scambler, a beneficed minister, refused to take the oaths required by law and was deprived. Order for agreement as to the goods belonging to the late Governor at King's House, for the accommodation of the next Governor. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. pp. 171–172.]
May 9.2,222. Account of ships arrived in Virginia from 6 November, 1691 to 10 March, 1692, and of ships cleared and waiting to be cleared up to 9 May, 1692. 2½ pp. Endorsed. Recd. 18 July, 1692. [America and West Indies. 637. No. 105.]
[May 10.]2,223. Governor Copley's speech on opening the Assembly of Maryland. Recommending the vote of supplies for the support of the Governor and Government and the reduction of salaries.
Abstract of the Act passed by the Assembly 10 May, 1692. 100,000 lbs. of tobacco voted to the Governor, the same to Speaker Cheseldyn and 40,000 lbs. to Colonel Jowles on every hogshead of tobacco added to the one shilling paid to the Governor for three years to his own use, and not to be accountable (sic). The fourteen pence on tonnage given to the Crown; £30 (?) to every Councillor, the rest to build forts. £2 (?) on all vessels trading to Maryland, to the Governor for support of the Naval Officer. Fourpence a gallon on all liquors not imported for Europe. Provincial justices not of the Council to have 180 lbs. of tobacco per day during their sitting; other justices 120 lbs. per day. 1 p. Endorsed. "To my honoured friend Mr. Thomas Cartrey, Bruxells." [Board of Trade. Maryland, 2. No. 73.]
May 10.2,224. Minutes of Council of Barbados. The Assembly was sworn and presented Willoughby Chamberlayne as their Speaker, who was approved.
List of the Assembly:
St. MichaelsCaptain John Sutton.
Major John Pilgrim.
ChristchurchLt.-Colonel John Dempster.
Lt.-Col. Thomas Maxwell.
St. AndrewLt.-Col. John Mills.
William Cleland.
St. ThomasLt.-Col. William Allamby.
William Eastchurch.
St. GeorgeRobert Hooper.
John Cosins.
St. JosephColonel John Waterman.
John Holder.
St. JohnColonel John Leslie.
Archibald Carmichael.
St. PhilipWilloughby Chamberlayne.
Philip Price.
St. LucyLt.-Col. Robert Harrison.
Major John Boteler.
St. PeterEdward Holloway.
Thomas Merrick.
St. JamesColonel Abel Alleyne.
Malatiah Holder.
[Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XII., pp. 288, 289.]
May 10.2,225. Minutes of General Assembly of Maryland. The deputies attended, when the Governor made them a speech. He urged the laying aside of all animosities, the raising of further supplies, and the provisions of salaries for himself, the Council and Assembly. The deputies chose Mr. Kenelm Cheseldyne for their Speaker, who was approved, and the members present were sworn.
May 11.Colonel Blakiston presided, owing to the indisposition of Governor Copley. More members sworn.
May 12.Messages of the House of Assembly; that many members could not take the prescribed oaths from scruples of conscience, and that a joint Committee be appointed to inspect the body of the laws. The Assembly adjourned to Mr. Lynes's house. Petition from several masters of ships for permission to sail for Europe, was considered and recommended. Messages from the Council; that unfortunately there is no legal remedy to be found for those who scruple to take the oaths, and that the Council will be ready to join in inspecting the laws when more necessary matters, such as an Act of Indemnity to bring all the late troubles to an end, and the measures recommended by the Governor, have been attended to. Two masters of ships summoned for scandalous words against the Government and refusal to pay the King's dues, and discharged on their submission and on their giving security to pay the said dues. Leave was given for the fleet to be cleared.
May 13.Enquiry into outrages committed by Choptico Indians. The Emperor of the Piscattaway Indians was called in, and the Governor told him that he was prepared to renew the old agreement of friendship with him, but first desired to know more as to the outrages recently committed, to which he or his people were suspected to be accessory. Message from the Assembly that they had brought in a bill to recognise the King's sovereignty and two more bills in the nature of Indemnity for acts committed during the late revolution, and therefore desired the Council to name members for a joint Committee on the laws. Three members named accordingly. Message from the Assembly that they had appointed certain hours for more convenient transaction of business, and had hoped the Council would do likewise. The old agreement with the chiefs of the Piscattaway, Choptico, and Mattawoman Indians renewed, after further enquiry as to the recent outrages by Indians, whereof they confessed themselves guilty and promised to give satisfaction.
May 14.Message from the Council, that its hours of sitting were fixed at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Assembly asked for a letter to be written to the Governor of Virginia for arrest of Richard Hanslop, late subsheriff of Anne Arundel County, who had absconded with several public records. Abel Browne, late high sheriff of Anne Arundel County, Hugh Ecclestone, late clerk of Dorchester County, and Thomas Richardson, late deputy-surveyor of Baltimore County, petitioned to be reinstated. New writ ordered for election of a burgess for Cecil County. Presents for the Indian Emperors determined on, and the articles of peace with the Emperor of Piscattaway drawn up and signed. On being questioned he said that he thought that the strange Indians with him were Senecas, that they would depart shortly and that he would do his best to discover the Indians who had been guilty of outrage. He asked in return that the bringing of strong liquor into his fort might be forbidden; which was granted. The King of Mattawoman next signed the articles and the King of the Chopticos also, after promising to give satisfaction for the mischief done by his people. [Board of Trade. Maryland, 12. pp. 157–175.]
May 12.
Whitehall.
2,226. Order of the Privy Council. Approving the report of Lords of Trade and Plantations of 18 April as to Jacob Mauritz, and making order accordingly. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIX., p. 394.]
May 12.
Whitehall.
2,227. Order of the Privy Council. That a clause be inserted in Governor Fletcher's commission for the Government of Pennsylvania, empowering him to nominate a Lieutenant-Governor and a Council not exceeding twelve persons, with power to suspend them; also that his instructions shall empower such persons to sign the declaration of fidelity instead of taking the oath. Signed. Rich. Colinge. 1 p. Printed in New York Documents III., 835. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 103; and Col. Entry Bks., Vol. LXIX., pp. 402, 403, and Vol. LXXVI., pp. 23–25.]
May 12.2,228. Minutes of Council of New York. Mr. Livingston accepted the post of Providore to the garrison at Albany, though he pleaded that he had spent his whole estate in the King's service and saw little prospect of repayment. Order for Major Schuyler to account with Robert Livingston for the provisions sent up to Albany. Pieter Schuyler, Dirck Wessells and L. van Schaick appointed managers of the incidental charges that may arise at Albany for presents and victuals. Resolved that it is absolutely necessary for the Commander-in-chief to repair at once to Albany, to restore confidence and hold the Indians to the English side. Colonel Richard Townley explained why he refused the oath of Councillor, being a resident and Councillor in New Jersey. Order for provisions to be provided for gentlemen who have volunteered to go to Albany, and for Robert Livingston to take charge of money and goods supplied for presents and other immediate expenses of the expedition.
May 13.Four Indians arrived express with news of the enemy's march from Quebec to Montreal. Presents were given to them. Albany being short of money the Council pledged their credit for £300 at 10 per cent. to any merchant who would advance the money. Proclamation for all volunteers for Albany to repair to Captain Tudor.
May 14.Resolved that Colonel Willett call his regiment to arms and detach one company of 100 men to escort Major Ingoldsby to Albany, and stay there no longer than he thinks fit. Order for payment of £300, advanced on the personal credit of the Council, to Robert Livingston. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., pp. 319–323.]
May 13.
Fort William Henry.
2,229. Proclamation of the Commander in Chief of New York, calling for Volunteers for defence of Albany, on alarm of a French invasion. Copy. Large sheet. Endorsed. Recd. 6 Sept., 1692. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 104.]
May 14.2,230. Articles of peace and amity concluded between Governor Copley and the Piscattaway Indians. Ten clauses. Copy. Large sheet. Endorsed. Recd. 19 Sept. 1692. [Board of Trade. Maryland, 2. No. 74.]
May 14.2,231. Articles of peace and amity concluded between Governor Copley and the Choptico Indans. Identical with the foregoing. Copy. Same endorsement. [Board of Trade. Maryland, 2. No. 75.]
May 14.2,232. Articles of peace and amity concluded between Governor Copley and the Mattawoman Indians. Identical with the two preceding. Same endorsement. [Board of Trade. Maryland, 2. No. 76.]
May 16.2,233. Minutes of Council of New York. Resolved that during the absence of the Commander-in-Chief five of the Council shall administer the Government; that Captain John Hutchins shall have charge of Fort William Henry, and in case of invasion or insurrection shall be furnished with assistants nominated by the Council; and that Captain Edward Chants of H.M.S. Aldborough shall attend the Council during Major Ingoldsby's absence. Thomas Johnson and John Laurence refused to pay fees to the Attorney General on being sworn Councillors. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., pp. 323, 324.]
May 16.2,234. Minutes of Council of Massachusetts. The Charter of the Colony and Sir William Phipp's Commissions as Governor and Vice-Admiral were read and published, also William Stoughton's as Lieutenant-Governor. They together with the members of Council then present took the oaths of office. Order confirming all officers in their posts.
May 17.More members of Council sworn. Order for the Council to meet on the 24th. The hired ship William and Mary discharged from their Majesties' service. The fast day enjoined by proclamation of 6th inst, confirmed. The Committee for providing supplies to the soldiers on the eastern frontier continued. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIV., pp. 170–176.]
May 16.2,235. Minutes of General Assembly of Maryland. Stephen Sumter was brought up for insulting Colonel Jowles, and discharged on making his submission. The Assembly asked that the conference as to the laws might begin. Order for an enquiry into the suspected murder of the Captain of the ship Anne, of Newcastle, by the passengers and crew.
May 17.The Assembly asking for a copy of the treaty with the Indians that it might be embodied into an Act, the Conncil replied that this would be an infringement of the royal prerogative, though it was willing to send down the treaty if the Assembly desired to peruse it.
May 18.Letter from the Governor and Council of New York read, setting forth the burden of the defence of the frontiers and asking for assistance. The messenger who took the reply to the Assembly's message as to the treaty with the Indians, brought back a verbal answer from the Speaker, begging the Council not to proceed in it. On this unusual behaviour a conference was desired, when the Speaker and House attended. The Governor then told them that he did not know what to make of the House's two last messages as to the Indian treaties. The House explained that it was all a mistake, and that it desired only that the treaties should be published with the laws for general information. The Governor then urged them to despatch the two most necessary bills as a ship was about to sail for England, which they promised to do. The Assembly brought up an address of thanks to their Majesties for sending a Protestant Governor; in which the Council agreed to join with them. Five bills, including the bill for recognition of their Majesties and the bill of indemnity were received by the Council from the Assembly and read a first time. Mr. Ecclestone approved as Clerk of Dorchester County.
May 19.Bill for establishment of the Protestant religion received from the Assembly, and read a first time. The Bills for Recognition and of Indemnity read a second time, and the oath amended. Four more bills received from the Assembly and read a first time. Acts for preservation of harbours, for Recognition, for Indemnity (if amendment be accepted), and for prohibiting foreign engrossers, returned to the Assembly as agreed to; and being returned were read a second time. Two more bills received from the Assembly.
May 20.Letters reporting fresh outrages by Indians, and that the Piscattaways were pursuing the offenders, read. Five more bills sent up by the Assembly, with a message as to adopting the model of Virginia for the style of enactment, in which the Council concurred. The Council then proceeded with the bills before it. Message to the Assembly suggesting amendments in the Recognition bill and Indemnity bill, and three other bills.
May 21.At the request of the Assembly, the Council sent down the Naval Officers' accounts for inspection. A letter to the Governor read, reporting outrageous proceedings by Richard Lillingston and other disaffected persons at a drinking bout in Talbot County Court. Order for the parties to give security to take their trial at next General Court. Message from the Assembly asking that every Court-house may have the escutcheon and seal of the Royal arms belonging to it. Three bills received from the Assembly and read a first time. John Salter summoned to give information before Council. A Conference fixed for the 23rd inst. Seven bills returned to the Assembly, five of them without amendment. [Board of Trade. Maryland, 12. pp. 175–192.]
May 19.2,236. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Order for Colonel Peter Beckford to be empowered on all emergencies to hold a regimental court martial of the officers of the Port Royal Regiment. Orders for payments. Order that it be recommended to the justices of the several precincts to administer the oaths required by law to persons bound to take the same. Order for the arrest of Thomas Scambler, clerk, for refusing to take the oath. Resolved to agree with Peter Beckford for repair of the fortifications of Port Royal for £800. Order for sundry payments. Peter Beckford presented the Receiver-Generals accounts. Abstracts of the accounts. Inventory of the goods bought of Lady Inchiquin for £90 for the use of the government. (This list is a short one, of a few articles of furniture; the "King and Queen's picture" being valued at £20.) Orders for payments.
May 20.Letter to Lords of Trade and Plantations reporting that the merchant vessels had sailed, that repairs had been undertaken at Fort Charles, and that military stores were very scarce.
May 21.Accounts of receipts and debts presented by Colonel Peter Beckford. Order for the arrest of Reginald Wilson unless he produces the accounts of powder served out to the frigates by the 26 inst. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. pp. 172–180.]
May 20.2,237. Minutes of Council of Massachusetts. Order for the ship William and Mary to be again hired for their Majesties' service, in consequence of the arrival of French privateers on the coast. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIV., p. 176.]
May 20.2,238. Minutes of Council of Barbados. The Governor recommended the Assembly to pass Acts (1) To punish such of their own members as neglected to attend. (2) A Militia Act. (3) To restrain inhumanity to white servants and encourage conversion of negroes to Christianity. (4) To compensate persons whose woods are cut down in order to the making of entrenchments. (5) To renew the Act fixing the qualifications of electors. (6) To consider of raising stock for building public workhouses and hospitals. The Assembly returning after a time reported (1) That they had doubled the fines for non-attendance. (2) That they desired a joint committee to consider the Militia Act. (3) That they found the present laws sufficient. (4) That they desired Commissioners to be appointed to assess the damage already done. (5) That a new bill is drafting. (6) That they would consider it when the war was over. Order for the Commissioners to report as to the loss suffered by proprietors through the felling of their woods on the 5th July. Committees appointed to examine the Militia Acts. Order for sundry payments. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XII., pp. 289–297.]
May 21.2,239. Minutes of a Council of War at Barbados. Resolved to order Captain Boteler to prepare his squadron to sail, to transport the recruits from Bolton's regiment to Antigua, and after detaching ships to Jamaica and the Leeward Islands and convoying the merchant ships as far as Deseada, to return to Barbados. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XII., pp. 277–279.]
May 23.2,240. Minutes of General Assembly of Maryland. Several bills received from the Assembly, and considered. The Speaker and other members of the House attended for the conference on several bills, which had been amended in Council. Several other bills were considered and advanced, and amendments on some of them suggested to the Assembly.
May 24.Several bills were brought up from the Assembly, considered, and amendments suggested. Message to the Assembly proposing a bill for relief of negroes, one Thomas Courtney having been recently proved to have cut off both ears of a mulatto girl, and suggesting that a clause be inserted to manumit this girl.
May 25.Several bills considered, and sent to the Assembly.
May 26.Several bills received from the Assembly, and a message saying that a bill for relief of negroes had been prepared, and Thomas Courtney's mulatto girl set free. Message to the Assembly suggesting certain amendments in sundry bills. Jacob Young called in and, questioned as to the presence of strange Indians, said that the only place whence information could be obtained was Albany. Resolved to recommend Young to the Assembly for a gratuity in recognition of his good service to the country.
May 27.Petition of Henry Darnall for leave to collect Lord Baltimore's dues, to receive his papers and records and to enter upon possession of his estate of Mattapony. The House replied as follows: We are willing to confirm the 12d. per hogshead duty to Lord Baltimore, if he grants the same conditions of plantation as before the revolution; we demur to confirming to him the 14d. per ton, as it was originally levied for building of forts; we think he should have the fines and amercements up to the date of the resolution and for no longer; we demur to grant him waifs and strays, with cattle, etc., as the whole stock of the country runs wild, and the unmarked stock should now be the King's; we think that the records should be given to Lord Baltimore, excepting such as concern titles to lands. Ordered that this answer be sent to Lord Baltimore as the House's final opinion. Several bills considered and advanced.
May 28.Bills further considered, and an amendment to the Militia Bill proposed, to enable the Governor to call out the Militia when the Assembly is not sitting. [Board of Trade. Maryland, 12. pp. 192–211.]
May 24.2,241. Minutes of Council of Massachusetts. Several members sworn. The Governor reported that he had issued writs for a General Assembly. The appointment of justices of the peace considered.
May 25.More members of Council sworn; and further discussion as to the Commission of the Peace. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIV., pp. 176–177.]
May 26.
Albany.
2,242. Propositions made by four of the principal soldiers of the Senecas, Cayonges, and Onandagas to Major Richard Ingoldsby. We are one body and one blood with you, but we cannot carry on the war without ammunition, of which we beg for a store, that we may not be surprised; the more so since our Sachems are coming to speak with you. Copy. 1 p. [America and West Indies. 579. No. 20.]
May 27.2,243. Answer of Major Richard Ingoldsby to the Senecas, Cayonges, and Onandagas. Giving them 100lb. of powder and 200lb. of lead, and recommending them to be vigilant and to fight the enemy in his own country. 1 p. Copy. [America and West Indies. 579. No. 21.]
May 27.2,244. Minutes of Council of Massachusetts. Order for the names of Councillors and of the Secretary to be inserted in the Commission of the Peace. List of justices and sheriffs for the provinces. Order for a Court of Oyer and Terminer to be held, and the members and officers appointed to the same. Ordered that Mr. Increase Mather be desired to continue his care of Harvard College. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIV., pp. 177–178.]
May 28.2,245. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. On receipt of news that the French had landed on the north side of the Island, ordered that the Port Royal regiment be immediately put under arms and an embargo laid on shipping. Proclamation that all booty taken by the ships shall be divided among them absolutely, and that all wounded men shall receive two negroes over and above their share.
Minutes of Council of War. Fifty men sent to St. George's and fifty more to St. Mary's. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. pp. 181, 182.]
May 29.
Boston.
2,246. Sir William Phips to the Earl of Nottingham. As soon as I could I assembled the Council and caused the Royal Charter to be publicly read. I swore in the Deputy Governor and Council, and writs have been issued for an Assembly to meet at Boston on the 8th of June. The whole people rejoice in the King's bounty and the new Government. This feeling increases in them and it shall be my duty to encourage it. Signed. William Phips. 1 p. Endorsed. R. Aug. 11 '92. [America and West Indies. 561. No. 6.]
May 30.
New York.
2,247. The Council of New York to William Blathwayt. H.M.S. Aldborough has arrived to relieve the Archangel, and we are very grateful for it. We are sorry for the loss of the barquentine which was carrying home our Acts and addresses and other documents. We are preparing duplicates. We must remind you how this Colony has been curtailed in territory. The Indians of the Five Nations have always been friendly to us, but of late, after many years' endeavour to seduce and debauch them, the French have succeeded in gaining 400 of our best Indians, now called the Praying Indians of Canada, who have lately killed several of the Mohawks, their brethren. The distance of the Indians from Canada makes them nearest to Albany for trade, and whoever is master of Albany is master of the Indians; wherefore the French design the ruin of that garrison. If these Indians should become our enemies Virginia, Maryland and all the neighbouring Colonies will be destroyed and depopulated as the province of Maine now is, by a subtle enemy that is never seen till the mischief is done, and cannot be followed into the woods. The cost of the garrison of Albany has impoverished and ruined many of us. We have appealed to the neighbouring Colonies, but without success. Virginia alone sent £100 for presents to renew their amity with the Indians. We have written to Maryland again since Colonel Copley's arrival, but have no answer yet. We can now keep but 200 men to garrison Albany, and we want 300 more. Upon a late alarm of the Governor of Canada's advancing upon Albany with 600 men, and detaching 200 more and Indians against the Senecas, most of the inhabitants were ready to desert. The Commander-in-Chief is gone thither in person with the readiest of the militia, and we are sending up more daily as they come in. He and the Council have been obliged to pledge their personal credit to pay the cost of the present expedition, the credit of the revenue being insufficient. We asked our neighbours to afford us some men at our own charge, but they flatly refused. Last year we had to spend £700 on presents for the Indians and this year £500 more, yet we find them cold, owing to the neglect of them during Leisler's disorders, and owing to the high price of goods. We hope that Major Ingoldsby's presence at Albany may serve to divert the Government of Canada for this season. We are so burdened by the maintenance of the garrison that every supply for its reinforcement seems the last that we can possibly make, while our neighbours rob us of all our trade by paying no duties, and enjoy full protection without paying anything to the expense of the garrison. We beg for the Royal commands to Virginia, Maryland, and New England to assist us with men and money, and that the three lower counties of Delaware, the Jerseys, and Connecticut from the west side of the river may be rejoined to this Colony for our own protection. Signed. Fred. Flypse, I. Van. Cortlandt, N. Bayard, G. Minivelle, Chid. Brook, John Laurence, W. Nicolls. 2½ pp. Endorsed. Recd. 6 September. Read 7 September, 1692. Printed in New York Documents III., 836. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 105; and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIX., pp. 424–429.]
May 30.2,248. Copy of the foregoing, addressed to Lord Nottingham. Endorsed. Recd. 6 Sept., 1692. [Board of Trade. New York, 4. No. 106.]
May 30.2,249 . Minutes of General Assembly of Maryland. Message to the Assembly recommending repair of the state-house. Information as to the disaffected behaviour of Mr. Frisby. Sundry bills considered. Commission issued for trial of the ship America. Petition of Henry Darnall for release from confinement, to which he has been subjected by the House of Assembly for refusing to give up Lord Baltimore's books. Answered that the act being that of the Assembly the Council cannot interfere.
May 31Sundry bills considered. The Nanticoke Indians were informed that their former treaty of peace would be renewed. Mary Peters, a servant, petitioned to be manumitted, having served eight years over her time, but been drawn by her master and mistress into marrying a negro, and so being reckoned a slave. John Wincoll appointed crier of the Provincial Court. Sundry petitions received and disposed of.