December 1689

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December 1689


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'America and West Indies: December 1689', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Addenda: Addenda for 1688-1696 (1969), pp. 12-15. URL: Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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December 1689

[Dec. 16]24. Copy of Mr. Smith's papers. I wish to know what laws I have violated and by what power I am kept a prisoner contrary to the Act for the suppression of the Star Chamber and `the Grand Charter'. All are satisfied that Lord Baltimore had and still has good right to the proprietorship of the province; if he or any of his officers overreaches his power, he shall answer for it. Whenever there shall be a lawful power sent from England or committed to local persons I shall support it. Perhaps it may be necessary for the public good `to make up with matter of conveniency that which doth not fully square with our present necessity'. Doubtless `this great and wise body politic' will make the best interim settlement until the royal commands are known, and no one who disturbs this settlement can be regarded as a friend to the public good. 1 ½ p. Inscribed: `A Copy of papers taken out of Mr. Smith's pocket when he was delivered a prisoner and searched being not returned to him again'. Recd. 16 Dec. 1689. Printed in Archives of Maryland, Vol.8, pp.149–151. [C.O. 5/718 f.38]
[Dec. 16]25. Memorandum upon the case of Capt. Richard Smith, junior, of Calvert County, containing an account of the order of Smith to raise the company of foot under his command for the defence of the province against Capt. Coode, Major Campbell and others; of the capture of the State House by Coode; of Smith's march with only 40 of his men to Mattapany where the government then was, and of its capture by Coode; and of Smith's imprisonment. The memorandum further states that Capt. John Paine urged Capt. Michaell to take care of Smith, who was intending to go to England with Capt. Johnson; that Smith and most of the men of note of Calvert County were opposed, as was Anne Arundel County, to the election of burgesses; that Smith, Michael Taney and Caecilius Butler were taken prisoner and kept for about 10 days; that they were then brought before the Assembly and, after altercation, taken back to prison again. 2 pp. Endorsed: Recd. 16 Dec. 1689. Printed in Archives of Maryland, Vol.8, pp.147–149. [C.O. 5/718 ff.48–49]
Dec. 17
St. Mary's
26. John Coode to the Lords of Trade and Plantations. Already calendared in Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series, 1689–1692, No.644. Signed Jno Coode. Holograph. Endorsed: Recd. from Lord Shrewsbury 7 Feb. '89; per Capt. Gillam. Printed in Archives of Maryland, Vol.8, pp.151–152. [C.O. 5/718 ff.59–60]
Dec. 17
St. Mary's
27. Duplicate of the foregoing. Endorsed: Copy. Recd. from the Earl of Shrewsbury 14 April '90. Original recd. 7 Feb. [C.O. 5/718 ff.80–81]
Dec. 1728. Last page of list of the contents of Board of Trade Papers, Bundle D, Proprieties, corresponding with list in C.O. 326/1 [Ind. 8301]. [C.O. 5/718 f.1]
Dec. 30
29. Narrative of Mrs. Barbara Smith. A rumour was circulated on 25 March that 10000 Indians were coming down the western branch of the Patuxent River. None was found but another rumour indicated that 9000 were at Mattapany and at the river mouth and had cut off Capt. Bourne's family, and fortified themselves at Mattapany. At the end of the following July, Capt. Coode, Col. Jowles, Major Beal, Mr. Blakiston and others rose in arms and, after seizing the government proceeded to Mattapany House where the garrison under Col. Darnall was forced to capitulate. Johnson, master of a ship bound for England, was ordered to carry no letters but their own. Our sheriff and Mr. Clegatt, Coroner, refused to receive the letters ordering the election of burgesses. Thereupon Col. Jowles gave notice himself, gathered his soldiers and caused the election to be made; Jowles and Beal were returned. My husband and Mr. Taney, the Sheriff, were imprisoned for their opposition. Anne Arundel County also refused to elect burgesses. The Assembly met about 21 Aug. and my husband and Taney were brought before it, but they were still in prison at the time of my departure on 26 Sept. Signed Barbara Smith. 1½ large sheet. Printed in Archives of Maryland, Vol.8, pp.153–154. [C.O. 5/718 ff.32–33]
Dec. 31
30. Narrative of Henry Darnall, late one of the Council of the Lord Proprietory, concerning the troubles in Maryland. On 25 March Col. Jowles stated that arms and men were required against a force of 3000 Indians at the head of the Patuxent River. These were sent by Col. Digges. Next morning I went to Jowles and was told that there were Indians at Mattapany whence I had come. The story was eventually proved false and Jowles and others issued a remonstrance which freed the people from apprehension. On 16 July I was informed at Mattapany that John Coode was raising men up Potomac. A man, sent by the Council to discover the truth, was captured by Coode and it was only after the lapse of 2 days that it learned that men had been raised up Potomac and that others had come from Charles County; that these were marching towards St. Mary's and on the way were joined by Major Campbell and his men. Col. Digges occupied the State House at St. Mary's with 100 men but was obliged to surrender to Coode. Major Sewall and I went up Patuxent River to raise an opposing force, but we could only muster 160. The Council offered to make Jowles (second in command to Coode) general of all the forces of the province, but the offer did not prevent Jowles joining Coode. Coode borrowed some guns from Capt. Burnham, master of a London ship, and attacked Mattapany House which we afterwards surrendered. The Council tried to send an account of these transactions to London by Johnson, master of a ship bound thither, but Johnson delivered it to Coode. Then Sewell and I asked him for a passage. This was refused and thereupon we went to Pennsylvania and afterwards to Anne Arundel County where I alone got a passage in one Everard. Signed Henry Darnall. 2¾ large sheets. Printed in Archives of Maryland, Vol.8, pp.155–157. [C.O. 5/718 ff.29–31]