America and West Indies
June 1723

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'America and West Indies: June 1723', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 33: 1722-1723 (1934), pp. 271-282. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=72014 Date accessed: 23 November 2014.


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June 1723, 1–15

June 1.
Barbados.
566. Governor Worsley to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses Minutes of Council 20th March-17th May, 1723, and Act to impower H.E. to appoint any person to treat with the trustees of Thomas Pilgrim for a new lease of Pilgrim house and land etc. Continues: The 19th past arrived here, from the East Indias, H.M.S. Exeter, Capt. Cockburn Commander, one of Commodore Mathews Squadrons etc. He let me know he was in great want of bread, and water, upon which I ordered the Custom House Officers to examine into the matter of fact, and to search if they had any goods on board; By their inclosed certificate your Lordships will find there was none, nevertheless I ordered twenty waiters on board; and finding by the 21st Art. of my Instruction in relation to the East India trade, nothing is mentioned of H.M. men of war, I thought those orders had no relation to them. Signed, Hen. Worsley. Endorsed, Recd. 22nd July, Read 23rd Oct., 1723. 2 pp. Enclosed,
566. i. Certificate that H.M.S. Exeter had no East India dry goods on board. May 21, 1723. Signed, G. Maxwell, Searcher, John Hinton, Waiter. Endorsed, Recd. 22nd July, 1723. Copy. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 17. ff. 310, 310v., 311v., 312, 313v.]
June 1.
Barbados.
567. Governor Worsley to Lord Carteret. Repeats preceding letter, concluding:—As other men of war from the East Indias may call here I must desire the honour of H.M. orders how I am to act upon the like occasion. Signed, Henry Worsley. Endorsed, R. July 22., Rd. at Hanover Aug. 8th N.S. by Clalk. Rd. in Ld. Carterett's of July 30th, Aug., 10th, 1723. 3pp. Enclosed,
567. i. Duplicate of No. 566, i.
567. ii. Officers of H.M. Customs, Barbados, to Governor Worsley. It has been the ancient practice to sell contraband goods seized by them at public outcry after 10 days notice given that the owner might lay claim to them and be made a party to a prosecution in the Court of Admiralty. Commencing a suit against all goods seized in small parcels would only benefit the officers of that Court, whose fees in many cases would exceed the value of the seizure. Mr. Dalrymple (v. 9th April) has declared that he would receive the King's thirds of no seizure, unless it were first condemned in the Court of Admiralty and sold by the Provost Marshal, and President Cox concurred with him etc. Pray that the ancient custom may be continued. 5 pp. [C.O. 28, 44. ff. 52, 54–56, 59–60v.]
June 1.
St.
Christophers.
568. Capt. George to Lord Carteret. Quickly after the disappointment I met with of the Independant Company of New York out of H.M. great bounty bestowed on me, the which your Lordship was pleased to obtain for Lieut. Holland, I presumed to wait on your Lordship, to request the Government of Nevis; on which occasion your Lordship told me it was disposed of to Major Genl. Seybourgh, but it was some such preferment your Lordship intended me etc. Asks for the succession to Major Dilke, Governor of Montserrat, an express having arrived that morning with news of his death etc. Signed, Paul George. 2 ¾ pp. [C.O. 152, 42. No. 116.]
June 1.
Whitehall.
569. Lord Carteret to the Governor of the Leeward Islands. In my letter of 14th Sept. 1722, I signified H.M. pleasure to you, that you should comply with the orders contain'd in a former letter of 31st Dec. 1718 to the late Govr., concerning the grant of Pensez y bien plantation and other lands adjoining in Basse-Terre Quarter, St. Kitts, in trust for John Douglas, Esq. a minor. But it having been represented that you had not complied therewith, having taken to yourself above 200 acres of the sd. lands, H.M. has commanded me to renew the signification of His pleasure to you etc. Signed, Carteret. [C.O. 324, 35. p. 11.]
June 3.
St. James's.
570. Commission of George Burrington to be Governor of North Carolina. Signed, by the Lords Proprietors, Carteret, P., Craven, Ja. Bertie for Duke of Bedford, M. Ashley, Ja. Bertie, J. Colleton. [C.O. 5, 291. pp. 43–45.]
June 3.
St. James's.
571. Instructions (25 Articles) of Governor Burrington, by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. The Council consists of William Reed, Christopher Gale, Chief Justice, John Lovick, Secretary, Edward Mosely, Surveyor, Francis Foster, Richd. Sanderson, John Blunt, Tho. Pollock, Tho. Harvey, Robt. West. He is (ix) to press the Assembly for an Act for the better establishing, collecting and recovering the quit rent and arrears due to them. (xiii) Not to pass any Act relating to the trade or shipping of Great Britain without inserting a clause that it shall not be in force until confirmed by writing under their hands and seals. (xiv) Whereas great quantities of paper money have been establisht and made current in satisfaction of divers sums of money which have been contracted for goods and merchandize in the said Province, by which means great discouragements have been given to the merchants and traders, trading to that Province, who when they have obtained judgment for their debts, can have no other satisfaction but what shall be paid by paper credit which has been a very great loss to such persons who do not reside in the said Province, etc., and the continuance and countenancing such paper credit will tend not only to the defeating of just creditors and the trade of the said Province, but is in itself unjust and illegal, therefore we do hereby strictly command and require you, that you do forthwith use all possible endeavours, gradually to sink and make void the said paper credit, and to put in execution the Act for ascertaining the rates of foreign coins etc. (xv) An abstract of grants of land enrolled to be made, and enquiry made whether said lands are planted etc. All possible care to be taken that the rents in arrear be collected, and that the growing rents be duly paid. (xvi) To give public notice that unless proprietors and planters pay their arrears and plant their grants of land in 12 months after such notice, the Lords Proprietors will enter upon and possess the same, and that from henceforward no grants of lands shall be valid unless they are registered or in-rolled in the proper Office within twelve months of the date thereof, and unless they enter upon the clearing thereof within two years after the date of such grant etc. A new survey of the whole Province to be made at the charge of the Proprietors, and entered on record in the Secretary's Office etc. (xvii) Great sums are due to the Proprietors, not only for arrears of rent, but also for sundry fines and forfeitures, goods of felons and divers forfeited estates, and of persons dying without heirs etc. The Receiver General is to be instructed to transmit an account thereof to the Secretary in London, and to be aided in recovering the same. (xix) Care to be taken to improve the Fishery, and transmit the tenths of the said fishery yearly to the Secretary at London. (xx) There having been great neglects in respect to the preserving of our arms, ammunition and stores in proper place, an inventory is to be taken, and storehouses settled throughout the Province for keeping the same. (xxii) To use utmost endeavours to settle a good correspondency and friendship with the neighbouring Indians, "by wch. you'l not only be secure in your Government, but considerably improve the trade of the Province." To that end, especial care is to be taken that Justice be done to them in the Courts etc. (xxiv) The profits of the Province ought far to exceed the charges of the supporting the Government, but such have been the neglects of late, that the expences have exceeded the income, which for the future we expect should be prevented. An account of income and charges to be sent etc. Signed as preceding. [C.O. 5, 291. pp. 46–63.]
June 3.
St. James's.
572. Warrant by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Edward Mosely, Surveyor General, to survey a grant of 2000 acres of land to Governor Burrington, at one penny per acre quit rent. Signed as preceding. Printed, N.C. Col. Rec. II. 491. [C.O. 5, 291. pp. 64, 65.]
June 3.
St. James's.
573. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to the Council and Assembly of North Carolina. Upon the appointment of Governor Burrington etc. Urge the settling "a commerce with the Indians for their deer skins," in order to supply vessels arriving with a loading, the want of which is a great hindrance to the trade of the Province etc. Recommend the development of the Fishery etc. Signed as preceding. Printed, N.C. Col. Rec. II. 489. [C.O. 5, 291. pp. 65–69.]
June 3.
St. James's.
574. Commission and Instructions from the Lords Proprietors to Arthur Goffe as Receiver General of North Carolina. Signed as preceding. [C.O. 5, 291. pp. 69–77.]
June 8.575. Mr. West to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Reports upon 17 Acts of Jamaica. Offers technical objections to Act for the more easy obtaining of partitions of lands etc. in joint tenancy etc. Signed, Richd. West. Endorsed, Recd. 10th, Read 20th June, 1723. 2 ¾ pp. [C.O. 137, 14. ff. 200–201v.]
June 8.
St.
Christophers.
576. Governor Hart to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have been prevented by a very tedious sickness, of which I am but feebly recover'd, of doing myself the honour of imparting to Your Lordships the transactions of this Government for these two months past, tho' when I had any intermission from my feaver, I have imploy'd it in the duties of my office. As I am still very weak, I entreat your Lordps. to accept of only some material points I have now to present you with. On the 11th of May H.M.S. Winchelsea Capt. Orm Commander arrived at Antegoa having on board nine pyrates, which he took on the Island of Tobago, where Capt. Finn, and the greatest part of his crew, had landed, with an intention to seperate, the nine mention'd being surpriz'd by a party sent by Captn. Orm in quest of them into the woods. Immediately on Capt. Orm's arrival at Antegoa, I went on board to take their examinations, and finding no proof against them of pyracy, I was obliged to take two persons out of the nine, who upon examination I found were fore'd into the service of the pyrates, to be evidence against the rest; the remaining seven were brought to their tryal on the 17th at the Town of St. John's, where fourteen persons named by H.M. Commission for the tryal of pyrates sate as Judges; Capt. Finn, who was an associate of the infamous Roberts the Pyrate, and the principal of these, came first upon his tryal, and the evidence was strong and plain against him, that he had been three years in the brigantine Good Fortune, which he commanded, and had exercis'd several notorious acts of pyracy, he was accordingly convicted with six more of his associates, five of which were executed at high water mark in the town of St. John's in Antegoa. One of the condemned persons being very penitent, and asserting upon his tryal, that he was forc'd from the coast of Brazil into their service where he was a pilot, he was repriev'd at the gallows; and I being thoroughly convinc'd of his innocence have since pardon'd him. There was also a Portugueze one of the number taken by the pyrates at sea and prov'd to be forced on board by the evidence of two masters of ships, on which the Court of Admiralty acquitted him. Finn is hung up in chains on Rat Island in St. John's Harbour. I do not hear of any more pyrates in these seas, except the brigantine Good Fortune, who has but twelve men on board her, who run away with that vessell, whilst the rest of her crew were on the Island of Tobago, where H.M.S. found the pyrates, and Capt. Brand Commander of H.M.S. Hector is in pursuit of the rest of them on that Island. It is to the indefatigable care of Capt. Brand and Capt. Orm in pursuing the pyrates wherever they hear of them, that the trade in these parts is so well secured from that pest, for which they can't be too much commended. I must observe to your Lordps., that my predecessor. Mr. Hamilton dying soon after my arrival, his executor sent the Commission under the Great Seal of Great Britain for the trying of pyrates in this Government amongst his other papers to England, so that we were oblig'd to try them upon the record of that Commission in the Secretaries' Office. I submit it to your Lordps., whether there ought not to be a Commission sent out for the tryal of pyrates in this Government. The Island of Antegoa having been generaly sickly for some time past, the Assembly did not meet till the 13th of April past, having nothing before them but the ordinary occurences of the Governmt. I was surpriz'd with a message directed to me and the Council (v. encl. i); which message was founded on the letters that several members of the Assembly had from their correspondents in London, intimating that the Act for my better support pass'd in that Island, was dissented to by H.M., because that it laid a duty of 3 ½ per. cent. on trade, which some Gentlemen of the Assembly stomach extreamly, and have often ask'd me in particular, whether the Assemblies here have not as much right and priviledge as the Parliamt. of Great Britain, for imposing a duty on their trade. I need not trouble your Lordps. with my answers to these absurd questions, but do not doubt in time to bring them to a right understanding, having told them in plain terms, both in my publick speeches, as well as my private conversation, that they shou'd fully enjoy all the privileges H.M. was pleas'd to allow them, and that was sufficient to make them a very happy people, but if they found themselves under any grievance on the score of not taxing their trade, and cou'd give good reasons for it, I wou'd faithfully transmit them to H.M., but absolutely refus'd to joyn with them in any such remonstrance, it being inconsistent with my duty. Your Lordps. may please to observe, that in the same page the Gentlemen of the Assembly by a meassage to the Lieut. Governour and Council propose a provision be made for my better support of 1,000l. for one year, but the answer of the Governour and Council was such as became their duty and persons well affected to H.M. I must here observe to your Lordps., that the reason of the Gentlemen of the Assembly offering it but for one year was by way of resentment, that the late Act was dissented to, and shew'd a disregard to H.M. 32nd Instruction, which lays me under a strict injunction of not accepting any additional support in these Islands, but for and during the term of my Government only. It may not be improper to observe to your Lordps., that the sume of 1000l. has a swelling sound, but upon examination it will be found a mere timpany; for the 1000l. mentioned was to be paid in the product of the country, rum, sugar and molasses, which when brought to the market (as I shou'd be oblig'd to do for the expences of my family) wou'd produce about 700l. cash, which being 50 p. cent. worse than sterl. wou'd produce purchase of the necessarys of life, no more than 250l. would in England. I presume your Lordps. wou'd think this no extravagant addition to my support, who have the honour of H.M. service most at heart, and have maintain'd the dignity of my station to as great a heigth, at least, as any of my predecessors of this Governmt. Your Lordps. will please to observe, that in the second page of the extract, a message being sent to the Assembly to consider of their last message to the Lieut. Governour and Council, there was then a majority in the house, who carried the former summe that was allow'd me, but on the next meeting the 25th May, it was again rejected by the Assembly; but it was still insisted on by the Lt. Governour and Council, that no abatement ought to be made of the former provision for my support; and a conference being desir'd and met upon it, in which the Gentlemen of the Assembly had very little to say for themselves; and after my having shew'd the reason and necessity of supporting their Governour in an honourable manner; and shew'd them from the history of their own Island how requisite it was to their peace and security, that whilst his time was imploy'd in watching for their good, he ought not to be anxious how he shou'd procure his own bread; Of this they were convinc'd, but what they insisted upon was, that they wou'd do it after their own manner, and not as they were directed by the Crown; Upon which I shew'd them the great obligations they were under to the Crown, too many to be enumerated here, so shall only mention that of a Regiment's being maintain'd in these Islands for their security, and two men of war for the protection of their trade, which cost the Nation near 30,000l. sterl. pr. ann.; that besides it was under the influence of H.M. happy administration, that the Island of Antegoa in particular is now in the most flourishing condition it ever was since it's first settlement. Upon this the Conference broke up; but some Gentlemen of the Assembly doubting that these plain truths wou'd have influenc'd a majority upon their return to their house, they went away in a tumultuous manner, by which means there was not a house to report the Conference. The Speaker and several members desiring to be admitted into the Council, complain'd of the rest of their members absenting themselves in that manner. Upon this contempt of H.M. authority, I propos'd a dissolution, but at the earnest request of the Council I gave them one other meeting of the 27th of May. I must here observe to your Lordps. an extraordinary passage which happen'd on this occasion. The two managers mentioned having been call'd upon to answer the contempt of the house in absenting themselves, instead of reporting the Conference, as was their duty, after some frivolous excuses it was put to the vote, and some members of the Assembly alledging they ought to go to the bar, or at least out of the house, instead of that they continu'd in their seats, and voted, by which they were acquitted of the contempt by one vote only; and afterwards sent up a message to the same effect of their former in relation to the support of their Governour, by which I was advis'd by the Council to dissolve them, and call another to meet in 15 days; the same day I went on board H.M.S. Winchelsea and arriv'd the next day at St. Christophers, which being reputed the best air in the West Indies, I am in hopes to recover strength enough in a short time to do the duties of my office, which, from the distance of the several Islands of this Governmt., will not permit me to be but a few months in a place. Since my arrival here, I have had two expresses from Antegoa, that that Island have shew'd their resentments of the proceedings of the last Assembly by their choice of a new one, so that I am assured there will be four to one of different sentiments from the majority of the last Assembly. Signed, Jo. Hart. Endorsed, Recd. 12th Aug., 1723, Read 20th Feb., 172 ¾. 5 pp. Enclosed,
576. i. Minutes of Council of Antegoa, 13th April and 23rd, 25th and 27th May, 1723. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 7 ½ pp. [C.O. 152, 14. ff. 223–225, 226v.–230v., 232v.]
June 8.
St.
Christophers.
577. Same to Same. H.M. Sollicitor General of these Islands will have the honour to deliver you three Acts of St. Christophers vizt., (i) An Act for regulating vestrys and erecting into a parish part of this Island called Bass-terre quarter, by the name of the parish of St. George Bass-terre, and repealing an Act for regulating the vestrys past in the tenth year of her late Majties.' reign, and for annexing other parts of the said quarter to the respective parishes of St. Mary Cayon and Trinity Palmeto Point. (ii) An Act for enjoyning all vessels or persons infected with the plague, small pox or other contagious distempers, to perform a due quarantine, and to prevent as much as may be the dangers with which this Island is at present threatn'd by the smallpox being already therein. (iii) An Act for the relief and release of John Sedgwick and others poor distressed prisoners for debt etc. Which, besides the reasons sett forth in the Preamble, Mr. Spooner will explain to your Lordps., being a Member of the Assembly etc. On 31st May past dy'd Charles Dilk Esq. Lieut. Governour of Mountserrat, in whom H.M. has lost a faithful subject and a good officer; He is very much lamented by the people of his Government and by all who were so happy to know his worth. Signed, Jo. Hart. Endorsed, Recd. 12th Aug., 1723. Read 20th Feb., 1723/4;. 1 ¾pp. [C.O. 152, 14. ff. 233, 233v., 234v.]
June 8.
St.
Christophers
578. Governor Hart to Lord Carteret. Repeats parts of two preceding letters. Continues:—I must intreat yor. Lops. indulgence on the score of the weak condition I am still in, to accept of the short account of the posture of affairs in this Governmt., which may in a good measure be supply'd by Mr. Spooner H.M. Sollr. Genl. of these Islands, who has the honour to present you on part. He is a gentleman who besides his talent in the Law, not idly employ'd for nine years past in this Governt. has a perfect knowledge of it: If yor. Lop. will condescend to give him some moments of your valuable time, he will inform yor. Lop. of whatever you may think proper to require of him: and as he is an Englishman, and a servant of the Crown, will not be liable to that partiallity, the natives are subject to, etc. Continues:—The inhabitants of the island of Antegoa have shew'd their resentmts. of the proceedings of the last Assembly in their choice of another, there being now a very great majority, who will pay a dutyfull regard to H.M. commands; so that I have the prospect of being reestablish't, and these differences compos'd in that Island, and flatter myself, that I shall have the pleasure to acquaint yr. Lop., that everything there is upon the same happy foundation, that I had formerly the honour to inform yor. Lop. of. The state of my health will not permit me to visit as yet, the Island of Nevis, where everything relating to the Governmt. of that Island, is in the utmost confusion, from their dissention among themselves, and from the unhappy temper of perhaps the worse set of people in H.M. Governmt. I humbly intreat yor. Lop. to be inform'd from Mr. Spooner, who has a perfect knowledge of that Island, of the past and present behaviour of those inhabitants for many years. My Lord, on the 31st of May past dyed Charles Dilk Esq. Lieut Governor of Montserrat etc. I beg leave to represent to yor. Lop., that as that Island was lost in the year 1713 for want of a good Officer, that some regard may be had for another good Officer to succeed him, this Island lying within two hours sail of Guardaloupe, wch., in case of a war exposes it to frequent and imminent danger. I humbly intreat yor. Lops., permission to recommend to your favour Capt. Charles Pym, who formerly had a company in my Lord Hinchinbrooks Regt. and very much in his esteem, upon which score he permitted him to change for a Company in Col. Lucas's Regt. here, which he now has, having an interest in these Islands; This Gentn. is a man of great honour, a very good officer, and extremly beloved by the inhabitants of these Islands; and as the sallary is but £200 per ann. for that Island, and the usual allowance and perquisites not being above £200 more, I presume it will not be worth the care of any Gentleman of consequence solliciting that post, who has not some other interest here to support it, etc. Signed, Jno. Hart. 3 ½ pp. [C.O. 239, 1. No. 28.]
June 11.579. Messrs. Buck, Harris and Hyde to the Council of Trade and Plantations. In behalf of the inhabitants and lessees for settling the Bahama Islands complain of the arbitrary and illegal proceedings of Governor Nicholson. The Duck sloop, Capt. White, bound from Providence to Jamaica, touched at S. Carolina for necessary provisions. By the Governor's order, she was searched in a vexatious manner, and detained six days, although the cargo exactly answered the cocquets. The Governor would have seized her for 6 barrels of pitch put on board for store, but the Master produced a regular permit from the proper officer. This he cancelled and gave him another under his own hand, though he is not the proper officer to grant such permit. The sloop Recovery, Francis Gracia master, bound for Providence with a loading of boards and provisions for the use of the Garrison, was seized by Governor Nicholson and condemned for taking on board two barrils of rice, four of pitch and two of tarr for provision and stores, notwithstanding a regular permit was granted for the same by the proper officers of H.M. Customs, and the defendant denyed time to prepare answers etc. The Governor as far as in his power intercepts all letters by way of Carolina to or from Providence etc., particularly in Dec. last two to Wm. Rhett from Governor Phenney etc., forcing them under threats from the master of the sloop that brought them etc. He sent Col. Rhett word that he might come and hear them read etc., who did not think it advisable to go etc. Pray that he may be made to make satisfaction, referring to enclosed. Signed, Sam. Buck, John Hyde, Rd. Harris. Endorsed, Recd. 11th June, Read 4th July, 1723. 2 pp. Enclosed,
579. i. Messrs Buck, Harris, Hyde, Wager, and Newport to Lord Carteret. July 6th, 1722. Represent Importance of Bahama Islands, and pray for establishment of an Assembly, and annual establishment and Charter etc. Repeat complaints as above. Signed, John Hyde, Sam. Buck, Thos. Lyell, Cha. Wager, G. Newport, Rd. Harris. Copy. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 358. ff. 264–266v., 267v.]
[June 11]580. Randolph Stracey to the Council of Trade and Plantations. On behalf of John Richardson, Esq., and John Smith merchant, prays for favourable report upon Act of Nevis for settling the estate of Thos. Herbert in his three sons, and confirming the estate of John Richardson Esq. and John Smith, planter, purchasers of said estate etc. Endorsed, Recd. 11th, Read 28th June, 1723. ¾ p. [C.O. 152, 14. ff. 211, 212v.]
[June 12]581. Mr. Auditor Walpole to [?Council of Trade and Plantations]. Objections to Act of Virginia for the better discovery and securing H.M. Quit rents. That part of it that allows the quitrents to be discharged for the future in current money instead of sterling would establish for ever a considerable loss to the Crown, though the Proprietors of late years have been much better able to pay the ancient duties than they were at the first institution of them etc. Further argued. Endorsed, Recd. 12th, Read 13th June, 1723. Copy. 6 ¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 1319. No. 22.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
582. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor the Duke of Portland. Acknowledge letters etc. of 2nd March. Continue: We immediately took the same under our consideration being desirous to contribute whatever may lye in our power towards a good settlement of the affairs of Jamaica. The Acts for setling the Revenue and for preventing of frauds etc. containing several matters of moment both in point of law and Governmt., we transmitted to H.M. Attorney and Sollicitor General to be consider'd by them, and so soon as we receiv'd their opinion, we made our report thereupon to H.M. that your Grace might receive his directions time enough to get a new law pass'd for the same purposes before the Jamaica laws expire. That your Grace may be fully appriz'd of our reasons for laying these laws before H.M. for his disallowance, we send you inclos'd a copy of our report as well as of the Attorney and Sollicitor General's, and we doubt not but your Grace will receive H.M. further directions about these Acts when the same shall have been consider'd in Council. We must observe to your Grace that it would have been for H.M. service to have transmitted with these Acts an estimate of the Revenue as well as of the expences of the Governmt., for by the best calculations we have been able to make, we are apprehensive the latter will much exceed the former, which certainly ought to be avoided, considering the prejudice that must thereby accrue to the publick as well as the difficulties H.M. Governors must be subject to in applying yearly to the Assembly to make good the deficiencies. It would likewise have saved your Grace some trouble if you had transmitted home a draught of the intended Revenue Act before you had given your assent to it. The Assembly will shortly have another opportunity of reconsidering this matter, and we hope they will seriously reflect how much it is their interest to settle such a Revenue as may be adequate to the usual charges of H.M. Government in Jamaica and sufficient for their own defence, that H.M. may not be under a necessity of applying to the Legislature of Great Britain to do that for Jamaica which the people of Jamaica do not seem hitherto inclin'd to do for themselves. We have laid the Act for the increase of your Grace's salary before H.M. for his Royal approbation, notwithstanding the omission of that part of your Grace's Instruction which requires a clause to be inserted therein to prevent its taking effect till H.M. pleasure should be known thereupon; But we are afraid your Grace will reap no great benefit by this Act unless there be a more ample Revenue settled for H.M. Government in Jamaica. [C.O. 138, 16. pp. 447–450.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
583. Mr. Popple to Horatio Walpole. Encloses extract of Mr. Burchett's letter, 7th May, relating to the estate of George Nailer (Naylor), to be laid before the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. [C.O. 5, 915. p. 360.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
584. Same to Horatio Walpole. Encloses extract of letter from Governor Worsley, 26th March, relating to illegal trade with Martinique, and request for a sloop as guarda costa., to be laid before the Lords of the Treasury. [C.O. 29, 14. pp. 374.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
585. Council of Trade and Plantations to Robert Walpole, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Principal Secretary of State. Enclose two addresses from Governor, Council and Assembly of Barbados to be laid before H.M. Autograph Signatures. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 39. No. 14; and 29, 14. pp. 368, 369.]
June 13.
Whitehall
586. A. Popple to Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General. Encloses Act of Barbados for supporting the honour and dignity of the Government for their opinion thereupon in point of law. [C.O. 29, 14. p. 369.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
587. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Worsley. Acknowledge letters of 26th March and 9th April. Continue: We congratulate you upon your safe arrival as well as upon the disposition of the Council and Assembly to settle the affaire of the Island upon a good foot, and to support H.M. Government there. Refer to three preceding etc. Enclosed,
587. i. Queries to Governor Worsley. Similar to those sent to other Governors of Plantations, with a request for an annual return thereto. [C.O. 29, 14. pp. 370–374.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
588. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lords Justices. Propose Col. John Plaisted and John Frost for the Council of New Hampshire, in place of Peter Weare and Nicholas Gilman, who refuse to qualify themselves as Councillors. [C.O. 5, 915. p. 361.]
June 13.
Whitehall.
589. Mr. Popple to Mr. West. Encloses for his opinion in point of law Act of St. Kitts, 1722, for enabling Andrew and Peter Audain to sell lands etc. [C.O. 153, 14. pp. 108, 109.]