America and West Indies
June 1694

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'America and West Indies: June 1694', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 14: 1693-1696 (1903), pp. 291-301. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=70799 Date accessed: 24 October 2014.


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June 1694

June 1.1,075. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. The draft letters to Massachusetts and New Hampshire in favour of Mr. Taylor approved.
Sir Edmund Andros's letter of 5 January read, also a memorial as to the state of the revenue and a request for stores of war, which last was sent to the Board of Ordnance for estimate of the cost.
Extract of a letter from the Victualling Commissioners of 26 May read, and orders issued thereupon (see No. 1,069). List of documents received from New York. [Board of Trade. Journal, 7. pp. 294–297.]
June 1.1,076. Memorandum. The Lords of Trade and Plantations desire that bedding may be provided for 340 men, who are to be sent to New York to recruit the existing companies and form two new companies. Draft with corrections. ½ p. Endorsed, Recd. 28 June, 1694. [Board of Trade. New York, 5. No. 59.]
June 1.1,077. John Povey to Mr. Heathcote. You are to attend the Board of Admiralty to inform them what number of the troops for New York will be now ready to go with the convoy for the mast-ships. You will also attend the Board of Ordnance, as to bedding for these men. Letters to Mr. Sotherne and to the Board of Ordnance are enclosed. Mr. Clerk, the Secretary at War, has been ordered to obtain the Queen's order for the subsistence and medicines for the men. Draft. 1¼ pp. [Board of Trade. New York, 5. No. 60.]
June 1.1,078. John Povey to the Secretary at War. Desiring him to obtain the Queen's order for clearing the subsistence of the troops for New York, that they may be able to pay off their quarters and march as soon as the shipping is ready; and further to obtain the Queen's order for a chest of medicines. Draft. ½ p. [Board of Trade. New York, 5. No. 61.]
June 1.1,079. John Povey to Mr. Sotherne. As the 340 men for New York cannot all be got ready in time to sail with the mast-ships, the Agent for the companies has been ordered to state how many are ready to embark at once, that no more shipping than necessary may be taken up for them. The men now embarking will be victualled in the same manner as the two companies sent to New York in January, 1690. The rest will wait for next convoy. [Board of Trade. New York, 48. pp. 160, 161.]
June 1.1,080. John Povey to the Lieutenant-General of Ordnance. Ordering him to provide bedding for the troops to be sent out to New York. [Board of Trade. New York, 48. p. 161.]
June 1.1,081. John Povey to the Lieutenant-General of Ordnance. Submitting a list of the stores of war asked for by Sir Edmund Andros, and asking for an estimate of their cost. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 36. p. 254.]
June 5.1,082. Minutes of General Assembly of Massachusetts. Additional Bill for setting forth privileges amended. Bill against adultery and polygamy read and amended. Bill for ascertaining Messenger's fees passed. Bill for regulating ferries read a first time.
June 6.The Additional Bill as to privileges read a second time. Bill to continue duties of impost and excise read a first time. Bill against adultery and polygamy passed. Commissioners appointed to investigate the refusal of the inhabitants of Newton to contribute to the maintenance of the great bridge over the Charles River at Cambridge.
June 7.Additional bill as to privileges passed. Bill to continue duties read a second time. James Taylor unanimously elected treasurer.
June 8.The Governor assented to the election of James Taylor to be Treasurer, also to the bill against adultery, the bill to continue duties, and the bill granting £500 to Sir William Phips. Bill to regulate trade with Indians read and amended. John Walley voted to be Commissioner of the office of impost and excise.
June 9.Bill to regulate Indian trade read a second time. Bill to enable towns, etc. and proprietors in common to be sued, read a first time, [Col Entry Bk., Vol. LXIV., pp. 427–432.]
June 6.1,083. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Order for abandoning the forts to windward, and that all the people come in to Liguanea and Kingston with their cattle, negroes, etc. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. p. 278.]
June 6.1,084. Minutes of Council of Nevis. The Council and Assembly agreed that a letter be drawn in answer to a letter from the Agents.
The Council and Assembly agreed that, since they are informed by the Agents that the quartering of officers and soldiers is no way advantageous to Their Majesties, and since the poor centinels do not know (it is thought) that the provisions sent for them by the King are disposed of by the officers to their own private advantage, the soldiers have been granted free quarter, and it [? the provisions] may be turned with advantage to the use of the Island. [This appears to be the sense of this entry, which as it stands in the original is absolutely unintelligible.] Question of the insurance of the sugar to be sent home deferred till next meeting. Agreed to leave it to the Lieutenant-Governor to procure ministers for the several parishes. Joint Committee appointed to draw up the letter to the Agents. Permission given to the Treasurer to ship four tons of sugar without insurance. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVIII., p. 289.]
June 9.
Office of
Ordnance.
1,085. Board of Ordnance to John Povey. On the requisition for bedding for the troops for New York we desire you to send the Agent of the place to attend us that we may ascertain what quantity is required. Signed. Tho. Littleton, Joh. Charlton. ½ p. Endorsed, Read 11 June. [Board of Trade. New York, 5. No. 62.]
June 9.
Ordnance
Office.
1,086. Board of Ordnance to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Forwarding estimate of the cost of warlike stores required for Virginia. Signed. Jo. Charlton, Tho. Littleton, C. Musgrave. ½ p. Endorsed, Recd. 11 June, 1694. Read 22 May, 1695. Annexed,
1,086. I. Estimate of stores of war required for Virginia. Total, £807. Signed as the letter. 1 p. Endorsed as the letter. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 5. Nos. 48,48 I.; and 36. pp. 255–257.]
June 11.1,087. Memorandum as to the revenue in Virginia. By the account of the two shillings per hogshead and port duties for 1693, the revenue is indebted £1,265. Of this £600 has been sent to New York, of which £500 has been ordered to be paid out of quit-rents. £200 more has been disbursed for fortifications and the remaining £465 for the usual charges of government. The Governor asks that the said several sums, amounting in all to £765, may be repaid out of quit-rents. The balance of the revenue, quit-rents, in 1692 amounted to £3,639. Of this £1,135 has been ordered for the College, £100 to Mr. Blair, and £500 (as aforesaid) to New York, leaving £1,908, out of which the £765 may be paid, if this be thought fit. The Governor asks also for military stores. May not this charge be paid from the balance of £1,138 2 pp. Endorsed, Recd. 1 June, 1694. Read 22 May, 1695. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 5. No. 49; and 36. pp. 253, 254.]
June 12.1,088. Journal of Assembly of Barbados. No quorum. Adjourned to 10 July. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XIV., p. 368.]
June 12.
Boston.
1,089. Nathaniel Byfield to Joseph Dudley. A French privateer has recently taken five of our fishing boats, and as the Nonsuch is gone to St. Johns and the Conception is laid up for survey of defects, we have nothing to attack the French or to convoy our merchant vessels except a small vessel of about 70 tons, built by order of the last Assembly. She may do service against small privateers but is not comparable to the transport of near 200 tons taken by the Nonsuch last year, which was sold by the Governor, for reasons known to himself, for £500. On the 30th of May last the Assembly met to the number of more than forty members, in the town hall at Boston. We met between 8 and 9 in the morning, and after waiting two hours sent a message to the Council asking for members to swear us in; but it was not until after dinner that the Governor sent for us to attend him, which we did to the number of fifty-six. I had been returned for Bristol, Captain Davis for Springfield, Samuel Legge for Marblehead, Captain Dudley for Oxford, Timothy Clarke for Chencford (?), and Ebenezer Thornton for Swansea. On our coming in the Governor said that there were many more of the gentlemen of Boston than could serve for the town, and that, for reasons which he would give later, I, Davis, Dudley Clarke and Captain Foxcroft should not be sworn. The rest being sworn, not without confusion, I told the Governor that the House of Representatives were proper judges of their own members, but he commanded silence; and when Samuel Legge, having held up his hand among the rest, came forward to sign, he was stopped by the Governor for being a non-resident of Marblehead. After some discourse among ourselves, we five agreed to go again to the Governor and Council, with myself as spokesman, to claim to be sworn in as duly elected members. We did so accordingly and I made the claim, though the Governor kept forbidding me to speak, and threatened me if I did not hold my tongue. We then returned to our own House, having told the Governor that what we had done was the least that we could do. In the House of Representatives Captain Legge took his stand and said he would not go out for all the Governor, until rejected by the House. The Governor, hearing of this, came down to the Representatives in fury without his hat, said that he had heard that a member, against whom he had objected, had refused to leave the House unless the House put him out, and that he wished he knew who it was. Legge at once came forward, and the Governor said that he had nothing against him and wished he had been returned for Boston, in which case he could freely have embraced him, but as to the others, if the House did not turn them out he would turn them out himself. Now if the making of such a law (which we hope you will get negatived) and the refusal to swear duly elected members be allowed, so that a Governor shall be able to pack the Assembly, farewell to all good; and I shall find another place to live in. That law is contrary to our charter, though, to our shame be it spoken, we infringe on our own privileges simply to be revenged of particular persons. Mr. J. M. [? Joshua Moody or Increase Mather] said a month ago that, but for myself, that law would not have been passed; which Mr. Willard well touched on in his election sermon, but, as you will see, to no purpose. The Speaker has issued writs, differing from that form prescribed by law, for the election of members in our places. To me personally to be out of the Assembly is ease, for I have my own business to attend to, but it is ruinous if we are to be excluded as we five have been, and so it will be found if this law be confirmed. We are now busy over a letter received from the Agents, and the thing proposed is to raise a sum of money and send it home to get the laws passed, and to send an Agent to stand in the gap; with which the Assembly will doubtless comply. It is suggested here that you injured yourself much in a public hearing before the Lords of Trade by saying that Sir W. Phips had not done one good thing since he had been Governor, when you were silenced by the question whether the peace with the Eastern Indians were not a good thing. It is also said that you have conformed to the Church of England, or you could not hold your place under Lord Cutts etc.
A ship lately came in to Rhode Island with great quantities of gold and silver, most likely obtained by wickedness. The people belonging to her were in Boston, and the Lieutenant-Governor issued a warrant against the captain and others, but when the Governor came back from Pemaquid he called the warrant in. Much more might be added about the power of gold. Governor Fletcher has been unhandsomely treated by the Mohawks and Senecas, who were negotiating with the French while he was negotiating with them. They admitted and excused themselves by pointing out that of all the six English Nations (so they call them, beginning at Virginia) New York, though small and unable to defend them from the French, alone concerned herself with the war. It is more than probable that they will break with us, which will be ruinous; but while we are divided into so many governments we cannot keep the peace nor defend ourselves. Pray do not let the Governor's behaviour towards the five members die, but let us know how it is resented. We languish for want of news, and I beg to see you here; but you had better not come till you are well equipped, and then the sooner the better. I look upon the dangers of this country as greater now than ever, and without a general governor we shall all be ruined. Copy. 2½ pp. Endorsed, Recd. 25 July, '94, from Mr. Dudley. [Board of Trade. New England, 7. No. 31.]
June 12.1,090. Minutes of General Assembly of Massachusetts. Bill to regulate Indian trade again read. Voted that if the ship lately hired for a despatch boat be lost, the public will make good the loss to the owners. The Governor assented to the Bill for continuing duties.
June 13.Bill to regulate Indian Trade passed. Bill to raise a province tax read. Bill to enable towns, etc., to be sued read again. The Commissioners reported as to the maintenance of the great bridge over Charles River; and it was voted that the town of Newton bear one third of the cost thereof.
June 14.Bill to prohibit purchase of lands from Indians read. Bill for granting the township of Tiverton passed. The Governor assented to the Bill for regulation of the Indian trade.
June 15.Bill to prohibit purchase of lands from Indians again read. Report of the Committee on Sir Matthew Dudley and Company's proposals read.
June 16.Bill to raise a tax of a shilling per poll and one penny per pound for estates read. Additional bill to the Act concerning strangers read. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIV., pp. 432–436.]
June 13.1,091. Minutes of Council of New York. Order for the discharge of the last year's quotas of men for the frontier as the new year's quotas appear, and that those who have been relieved be not detained owing to the neglect and delay of those counties that have not sent up reliefs. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXV., p. 530.]
June 13.1,092. Minutes of Council of Virginia. Seven masters of ships forbidden to sail for Europe until a fleet be formed. Governor Fletcher's application for 200 men being read, it was agreed that the revenue of the Colony could not stand the charge. On a report of strange Indians on the frontiers, it was resolved to reinforce the rangers by eighteen men.
June 14.Order for ships for Europe to assemble in James River and be ready to sail on the 14th of July. Order for the justices for Charles City to attend on the 17th July to answer for their disobedience to an order to prosecute certain offenders. Ordered that Sittenbourne parish be not divided unless they can agree to join the next parish.
June 15.Order for close confinement of a condemned criminal. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXIV., pp. 859–864.]
June 14.1,093. Minutes of the Council of Maryland. Certain Piscattaway Indians appeared in relation to the murder of an Englishman in Charles County. Order for the murderers to be demanded from the Emperor, and for a party to range from Potomac falls to Patuxent falls. Order for Nicholas Greenberry to have power to raise twelve men to range whenever he thinks necessary. Letters from the Governor of New York for assistance; resolved to answer that at present there is no money, but that the matter will be laid before the Assembly as soon as the new Governor arrives. Receipt for the £250 formerly sent, received. Order for a court for trial of a French prize-ship. Thomas Johnson brought up and committed for treasonable words until he find security to answer the charge at next court. [Board of Trade. Maryland, 12. pp. 91–95; and 13. pp. 21–23.]
June 14.1,094. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Order for payment of £500 towards fitting up a fire-ship, and of other expenses on account of defence. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. p. 278.]
June 14.1,095. John Povey to Henry Guy. Forwarding a memorandum as to the revenue of Virginia, and the estimate of the cost of stores of war required by the Colony, for the opinion of the Lords of the Treasury. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 36. p. 258.]
June 15.1,096. Governor, Council and Assembly of Massachusetts to Lords of Trade and Plantations. We thank you for the opportunity of suggesting our objections to the incorporation of a company to work minerals, raise hemp and naval stores and purchase lands in New England, as is prayed for by Sir Matthew Dudley and others. The proposed company has already waived several heads of the proposed charter in deference to the objections of the Attorney General, so we shall only represent further, that all British subjects, singly or in company, have always had free liberty of shipbuilding, fishing, and working and trading in such commodities as they think fit, subject to the Acts of Trade and Navigation. For the gaining of such commodities as are named by the Company at easier rates, we think that the Company should be on an equal footing with all other traders, otherwise with so great a stock it will engross the trade to the ruin of the first planters, who settled this country at their own expense and defended it against all enemies. Should the Company be incorporated, it can make no settlement but by acquiring large tracts of land. Many of the people here have little better title than bare possession; so if the corporation make strict and narrow inquisition by the law, the settlers will not be able to uphold themselves against so wealthy a body. The first planters were so much troubled by litigious controversies over title to lands that they passed laws to provide that no purchase of lands from Indians should be valid without the previous sanction of the General Court; and the invalidation of this establishment, by grant to the proposed corporation or otherwise, would mean ruin or at least endless litigation to many. Signed. William Phips, Nehemiah Jewet, Speaker of the Assembly. 2 pp. Endorsed, Recd. 14 Feb. 1694–5. Read 22 May, 1695. [Board of Trade. New England, 7. No. 32; and 35. pp. 183–186.]
June 16.
Boston.
1,097. Lieutenant-Governor Usher to Lords of Trade and Plantations. On the 1st inst. I gave you an account of my suspension of John Hincks from the Council, and of my commitment of William Partridge, the Treasurer, for issuing money contrary to the King's Commission. Herewith you will receive an account of stores, and the minutes of Council. As to the allegations of the Council in their letter of 19 January, I would reply, that when I ordered the Secretary to sail for England not one of the Council objected; that when I moved the Council to thank the King for sending the guns, they refused to do so; that I agree with them that the cessation with the Indians may be interrupted at any moment, so beg for 100 soldiers; that they should have declared their minds as to the Secretary's mission when the order was made in Council. Signed. John Usher. 1 p. Endorsed, Recd. 7 Sept. 1694. Abstract read 28 Sept. '94. [Board of Trade. New Hampshire, 1. No. 34; and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXVII., pp. 249–251.]
June 18.1,098. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Governor Fletcher's letter of 28 March and that of the Council of New York of 3 April read. The Attorney General ordered to hasten his report on the boundaries of Rhode Island. The quota of Pennsylvania to be considered when the Queen's decision as to the other quotas is known. Draft letters as to the quota of Connecticut.
Thomas Gardner's petition read and referred to Lord Howard of Effingham. Agreed to lay the letters from the Commissioners of Customs of 22 February and of Mr. Guy of 5 April before the Queen in Council. [Board of Trade. Journal, 7. pp. 297, 298.]
June 18.1,099. Petition of Thomas Gardner to the Privy Council. For further consideration of his claim to the reward offered for apprehension of Nathaniel Bacon in 1676. 1 p. Inscribed. Read 18 June, '94. Referred to Lord Howard. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 5. No. 50; and 36. pp. 277, 278.]
June 18.1,100. John Povey to Lord Howard of Effingham. Forwarding him a copy of Thomas Gardner's petition for his report. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 36. p. 279.]
June 18.1,101. Minute of Lords of Trade and Plantations. That the presentment of the Commissioners of Customs of 22 February (see No. 1005 I) be laid before the King. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 36. p. 262.]
June 18.1,102. John Povey to the Attorney General. Desiring his report on the boundaries of Rhode Island and New England. Draft. ½ p. [Board of Trade. New England, 7. No. 33.]
June 18.1,103. Minutes of General Assembly of Massachusetts. The Report of the Committee appointed to hear pleas for abatements and allowances in the assessment, read and approved. The Bill for a poll-tax passed.
June 19.Voted that an additional £50 be given to Increase Mather for his services as Agent; also that £100 be given to Elisha Cooke and Thomas Oakes; also £60 to Ichabod Wiswall for his services on a journey to England. £10 granted to Ambrose Daws in compensation for the loss of one of his eyes in the public service.
June 20.£25 voted to Andrew Hamilton for encouragement of the Post Office. A Bill concerning Sarah Price was read and sent down for concurrence. A representation against the proposed incorporation of Sir Matthew Dudley's company was read, approved and signed.
June 21.£100 voted to William Blathwayt; and £100 each to Sir Henry Ashurst and Mr. Constantine Phips, with £200 more for expense of their office. James Taylor sworn in as Treasurer. Report on the arrears of rates in the towns and county of Hampshire read, and the sum ordered to be paid to the Treasurer, with certain abatements. Bill to enable the Treasurer to answer present demands read and committed.
June 22.The bill last named was passed. A vote of the Representatives to send Commissioners to treat with the Indians at Albany was agreed to. £250 voted to James Taylor for his last year's service as Treasurer. A committee appointed to revise the accounts of the late Government of Massachusetts. Adjourned to 5 September. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXIV., pp. 437–444.]
June 19.1,104. John Povey to the Lieutenant-General of Ordnance. Enclosing a certificate of the arms wanting for the troops to be sent to New York. Draftp. [Board of Trade. New York, 5. No. 63.]
[June 19.]1,105. Certificate of articles wanting for 80 recruits. 80 firelocks, 80 cartridge boxes, 80 girdles and frogs, 80 "byonets," 80 hatchets, bedding, etc. 1 p. [Board of Trade. New York, 5. No. 64.]
June 20.1,106. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Order for fresh meat to be furnished to the forces, and arrangements made accordingly. Order for ships to be sent to report the danger of the Island to England, calling if possible also at Barbados.
June 21.Application from Liguanea for reinforcements received. Agreed to reinforce it from Passage Fort if necessary. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. pp. 281, 282.]
June 21.
Whitehall.
1,107. The Queen to the Governor of New York. Restricting his command of the militia of Connecticut to the quota of 120 men, of which the proportion is not to be greater than that required from other Colonies, except in case of imminent danger of invasion, when he may, with the advice of the Governor, command the whole of the militia, leaving a sufficient force for the protection of the Colony. Countersigned. John Trenchard. [Board of Trade. New York, 48. pp. 127–130.]
June 21.1,108. The Queen to the Magistrates of Connecticut. Rehearsing the substance of the foregoing despatch and ordering their compliance therewith. Major General Winthrop will inform them of the gracious intentions of the Crown in respect of their rights and privileges, he having been very zealous in their behalf. Countersigned. John Trenchard. [Board of Trade. New York, 48. pp. 130–134.]
June 23.
Jamaica.
1,109. Lieutenant-Governor Sir William Beeston to Sir John Trenchard. I have already reported our danger from our own weakness and the growing power of the French. What I foresaw has now come upon us. The French making daily inroads on our out-parts, I sent the Falcon to cruise to eastward and keep them off, which she did, for six French sail which were designing to plunder St. Davids and St. Thomas refused to fight her, and turned back to Petit Guavos. Three strong French men-of-war had just arrived there which, together with another already in that port, were sent out in search of the Falcon which they easily found and took. They then formed a design to attack us in force, while we, knowing nothing either of the design or the capture of the Falcon, sent up a flag of truce to complain of ill usage done to our people by privateers. The messengers Major Low and Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Clarke, were detained, which made me suspicious; and at length on the last of May Captain Elliott and two of his men, prisoners with the French, stole away in the night at the hazard of their lives in a very small canoe and brought me warning. On this I immediately endeavoured to get Fort Charles finished, collected all the forces from the out parts about the town, made breastworks at the landing places and wherever they might be useful and altogether brought things into as good a posture of defence as we could. We had but just time to accomplish it, when on Sunday morning, the 17th inst., their fleet of fourteen sail came in sight and came to an anchor in Cow Bay, seven leagues to windward of Port Royal. There they landed, and have ever since been ravaging, plundering and burning all before them in St. David's or St. Thomas: but I had ordered the people with the best of their goods and many of their negroes to these parts, about three days before. We now expect them daily to attack us, and we shall do our best to defend ourselves; but a deserter, an Irishman, says they are three thousand men. If so it is a third more than we can raise. Our people seem hearty yet, but time will weary them out and the consideration that they have left their homes and families to the mercy of the enemy or negroes. The best we can expect is that they will not attack our united forces; but then having command of the sea they will plunder and destroy all out-parts of the Island, and I fear to think of the consequences to people who live well here but have nothing anywhere else. Mr. Benjamin Way, who goes home with this letter, will give you many particulars which I cannot mention. I beg you to lay them and our condition before the King and Council that relief may be sent to us and advice of its coming despatched in good time; otherwise I doubt my ability to prevent the people from complying with the enemy in order to save part of their property. If this happens the Island will be lost, and with it the English trade in the West Indies. It will also be fatal to the Spaniards, for there is no Island comparable to Jamaica in these parts either for trade or a seat of war. I intend to send off another ship, with three gentlemen on board, in a week or ten days, and soon after that another for fear of miscarriage, that relief may be sent to us. The relieving force must be speedy and very considerable, at least six men-of-war and a thousand or twelve hundred soldiers; else all will be lost, for the French will never leave us now till they conquer or we beat them off the coast. This is matter of great moment, and I hope for your utmost favour herein. 1¼ pp. Duplicate. [America and West Indies. 540. No. 39: and Board of Trade. Jamaica, 53. pp. 192–196.]
June 23.1,110. Copy of the foregoing. Endorsed, Recd. and Read at the Committee, 17 Aug. '94. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 7. No. 33.]
[June 23.]1,111. Computation of the strength of the French and English at Jamaica. The French have four men-of-war, with 160 guns and 950 men, also about 1,500 men at Petit Guavos. The strength of Jamaica is reckoned at 1,630 men. Rough draft. 1 p. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 7. No. 34.]
June 24.1,112. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. A letter from a French man-of-war as to exchange of prisoners was considered, on which letter was a notice that unless William Grubbin's wife were sent back, none of the English nation should be returned. Agreed to take no notice of it. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. pp. 282, 283.]
June 25.1,113. Account given by a deserter from the French fleet of the force designed against Jamaica. Twenty-two ships, 278 guns, and 3,164 men. Signed. Wm. Beeston. 1 p. Endorsed, Recd. 15 Oct. '94.
Duplicate of the above. 1 p. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 7. Nos. 35, 36.]
June 27.1,114. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Order permitting the overseers of St. Mary's to return to their plantations, and directing a small reinforcement to march to Withywood. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. p. 283.]
June 29.
Nevis.
1,115. Samuel Gardner to Sir John Trenchard. On receipt of your letter, with the petition of the executors and legatees of John Netheway to the King, I made enquiry and shall see that the petitioners have justice done to them. Signed. Sam. Gardner. 1 p. Endorsed, R. Dec. 5, 1694. [America and West Indies. 551. No. 85.]
June 29.1,116. Minutes of Council of Maryland. Six of the chief men of the Piscattaways attended; and the surrender of the Anacosti King was required of them, for the murder lately committed. Order for a Commission for his trial. Order for a session of the Council for the election of sheriffs. Representation of the Justices of Calvert County that they have been obliged to adjourn the Court for want of a duly appointed sheriff. Order for the said justices to attend next Provincial Court. [Board of Trade. Maryland, 13. pp. 23–27.]
June 30.1,117. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Order to move the two companies from Passage Fort to the town and to St. Dorothy's, as they are sickly. [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. p. 213.]