America and West Indies
August 1726


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'America and West Indies: August 1726', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 35: 1726-1727 (1936), pp. 129-139. URL: Date accessed: 24 October 2014.


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August 1726

Aug. 4.
255. President Carter to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Since my last etc. (25th July) I have had a meeting of the Council, by whose concurring advice, I have taken on me the administration of Government as President. Such is the peaceable state of this Colony, that besides the usual Proclamations for continuing officers in their several trusts and imployments, there was nothing of moment necessary to be treated of etc., for which reason I forbear troubling your Lordps. with the Minutes etc. Forwards duplicates of acts and journals of last session etc. Signed, Robert Carter. Endorsed, Recd. 29th Oct., Read 2nd Nov., 1726. 1¾ pp. [CO. 5, 1320. ff. 84, 84v., 85v.]
Aug. 8.
St. Christophers.
256. Governor Hart to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Acknowledges letter of 9th Feb. Continues :— Mr. Pym Burt and Mann have been sworn into the Council, agreeable to your Lordships' commands. I submit to what your Lordships observe to the uniting of the Council and Assemblys of St. Christophers and Nevis ; Tho' I hope upon my arrival in England I shall set that matter in so clear a light, as may deserve your Lordships' further consideration. Acknowledges Attorney and Solicitor General's opinions relating to persons who commit capital crimes in the lesser Islands etc. As for the petitions of John Gratehead and Thomas Rowland, they are all concluded by the Commission H.M. has been pleas'd to grant to Lt. General Mathew, Gilbert Fleming and Edward Mann Esqrs. for disposing of the late French lands in this Island etc. Refers to enclosures. Continues : —I shall from time to time acquaint your Lordships with the proceedings of these Commissioners. And tho' no exact computation can be made at present what the sale of these lands will amount to, yet I beleive they will come out at about £100,000 sterling. I am lately return'd from the Island of Antego, where I have dispatch'd all the buisness in the Chancery Court, Court of Errors, Council and Assembly, and intend to return thither in October. I found that Island in a miserable condition from the dry weather, but very plentiful rains have fallen lately, which hath releiv'd all their necessities, as well as at Nevis and Mountserrat which were likewise miserably afflicted with the same dry weather. And had not these islands been well supply'd with provissions from the Colonys in North America, it must have produc'd a famine. Whilst I was at the Chancery Court in Antegoa, Mr. Freeman a lawyer gave me an authentick copy of their Excellencies' Order, the petition exhibited against me, etc., and I requir'd the Deputy Clerk of the Council to make a minute on the back of it, of the time of the delivery of the said Order, in the presence of Lt. General Mathew, and Major General Byam Lt. Governor of Antegoa, which I intend to answer as soon as possible, being oblig'd in order to justifye myself, to take a voyage to Nevis and Mountserrat this season of the year, when hurricanes are dayly expected etc. I do not doubt to justifie my conduct etc. I don't doubt but your Lordships are sooner and better advis'd by the way of Jamaica ; But the Governor of St. Eustatia has advis'd me that by a sloop, lately come from Jamaica and Curraso, Admiral Hosier was sail'd with the squadron from Jamaica for Porto Bell in June last. Signed, Jo. Hart. Endorsed, Recd. 14th, Read 19th Oct., 1726. 3 pp. Enclosed,
256. i. H.M. Commission to Lt. General William Mathew, Gilbert Fleming and Edward Mann for "agreeing with any of our subjects for the absolute purchase of the" late French part of St. Christophers, 16,000 acres, called Basseterre and Cabusterre Quarters etc. No one lot to contain more than 200 acres etc. All former grants terminable at will are now declared void. St. James's, 4th June, 1726. Signed, R. Walpole, Cha. Turner, Geo. Dodington. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 3 pp.
256. ii. Notice of sale and termination of grants, in accordance with preceding. St. Christophers, 6th Aug., 1726. Signed, William Mathew, Gilbert Fleming, Edwd. Mann. Same endorsement. Copy. 1 p.
256. iii. Notice inviting offers for purchase of lands and requiring tenants to state particulars of the land in their possession. Same signatures, date and endorsement, 1½ pp. [CO. 152, 15. ff. 292–296, 297v. 298v., 299v.]
Aug. 9.
257. Order of King in Council. Referring following to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their report. Signed, Ja. Vernon. Endorsed, Recd. 19th, Read 30th Aug., 1726. 1 p. Enclosed,
257. i. Petition of Henry Newman, Agent for New Hampshire, to the King. Prays H.M. to grant an explanation of the clauses in the Charter of the Massachusetts Bay relating to the boundaries of New Hampshire and the adjoining Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and Main (v. 27th March). Though Commissioners have been appointed by the Government of each Province to settle those boundaries they have not, by reason of some ambiguity in the words of the Charter, been able to agree upon the construction of said clauses. The delay of settling these lines hath occasioned great feuds between H.M. subjects inhabiting near the boundary of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire; the Collectors of taxes for each Province claiming the publick tax, and have proceeded to arrest and imprison such as have refused to pay to both Provinces. The yearly encrease of such inhabitants makes it absolutely necessary that some accommodation should be made for preserving peace between them etc. Signed, Henry Newman. Copy. 2 pp.
257. ii. Copy of the clauses of the Charter of the Massachusetts Bay referred to in preceding. 3¼ pp.
257. iii. Plan of the disputed boundary between New Hampshire and Massachusetts Bay. (Probably the "verry exact draft of Merrymack River" sent by Lt. Governor Wentworth, 27th March, 1726, q.v. Ed.) Mounted on boards. Scale, 40 miles. [C.O. 5, 869. ff. 340, 341–343v., 346.]
Aug. 9.
258. Two Orders of King in Council. Repealing Revenue Act of Jamaica (v. 29th July). The Governor is to recommend in the strongest manner to the Council and Assembly the passing of the bill prepared by the Board of Trade etc. Set out, A. P. C. III. pp. 75–78 q.v. Signed, Robert Hales. Endorsed, Recd., Read 7th Sept., 1726. 8½ pp. [C.O. 137, 16. ff. 261–264v., 265v. ; and (1 p.) 266, 266v.]
Aug. 9.
259. Order of King in Council. Appointing John Daily and John White (v. 6th July) to the Council of Montserrat. Signed, Robert Hales. Endorsed, Recd., Read 7th Sept., 1726. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 15. ff. 282, 283v.]
Aug. 9.
260. Order of King in Council. Appointing Carey Broadbelt to the Council of Nevis. Signed and endorsed as preceding. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 15. ff. 284, 285v.]
Aug. 9.
261. Order of King in Council. Ordering a Commission to be passed under the Great Seal, relating to ecclesiastical jurisdiction in the Plantations, and appointing a Court for hearing appeals from sentences passed by virtue of said Commission etc. Set out, A. P. C. III. No. 74, q.v. Signed, Robert Hales. Endorsed, Recd., Read 7th Sept., 1726. 4 pp. [C.O. 323, 8. No. 67.]
Aug. 11.
262. Mr. Popple to Mr. Fane. Encloses for his opinion in point of law 28 Acts passed in the Massachusetts Bay, Oct. 1723—Nov. 1725, enumerated. [C.O. 5, 915. pp. 466–470.]
Aug. 11.
263. Same to Mr. Willard. Acknowledges letters etc. of 5th Dec, 1724, 26th May, 6th Nov., 1725, 3rd June, 1726. My Lords Commissioners will take into consideration the Acts enclosed when Mr. Fane has made his report etc. Repeats instructions as to correspondence as above, 28th July. [C.O. 5, 915. p. 471.]
Aug. 11.
264. Same to Governor Worsley. Encloses Mr. Fane's opinion upon the men detained by him upon suspicion of piracy etc. [C.O. 29, 14. p. 426.]
Aug. 11.
265. Same to Governor Hart. Encloses Mr. McDowall's petition etc. Continues:—My Lord Commissioners desire you will, as soon as possible send your particular answer to the said complaint. In the mean time their Lordships do expect, that you would not give him any disturbance in his possessions. [C.O. 153, 14. p. 226.]
Aug. 12.266. Mr. Stevenson to Mr. Delafay. Encloses following in order that "My Lord Townshend may be fully informed of the difficulties the Duke of Portland lay under" etc. Signed, Alexr. Stevenson. 1¾ pp. Enclosed,
266. i. Extracts of letters from Governor the Duke of Portland to Mr. Stevenson (cf. 1st. June). 1¼ pp.
266. ii. Memorial by Mr. Stevenson upon the proceedings in Jamaica, explaining why the Governor gave his assent to the Revenue Act and Perpetuity bill etc. of March 1726, contrary to his Instructions (v. 1st June etc.). 3¾ pp. [C.O. 137,52. ff. 280, 280v., 282, 282v., 284–285v.]
Aug. 12.
267. Mr. Newman to the Duke of Newcastle. Encloses following. Signed, Henry Newman. 1 p. Enclosed,
267. i. Address of the Lt. Governor Council and Representatives of New Hampshire to the King. We your Majesty's most dutifull and loyal subjects, haveing a deep and gratefull sense of the many and great blessings we enjoy under the influences of your Majesty's most auspicious reign; by the present wise and prudent administration of Government in this remote part of your Majesty's Dominions, beg leave unfeignedly to congratulate your Majesty's safe and happy return etc. and successfull negotiations in forming and entering into such powerfull alliances, whereby not onely the tranquility of your own good subjects is like to be perpetuated, the general Peace of Europe continued, the infatuated schemes and hopes of your Majesty's enemys in favour of the Pretender blasted and defeated; But also, the distresses of our Protestant suffering brethren abroad releived etc. Signed, Richard Waldron, Cl. Con., Peter Weare, Speaker. 21st May, 1726. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 10. Nos. 8, 8.i.]
Aug. 16.
268. Lt. Governor Doucett to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Has kept Governor Philipps informed of affairs etc. Continues:—Severall Indian tribes have been att this Garrison to ratifye the peace with us (v. enclosures). They seem to be quite tired of the warr and are extreamly well pleas'd with the peace, and beleive they will never make warr upon this Government whatever they might doe with New England, without Great Britain and France should be att warr and then no doubt butt they would do us all the mischief they could, notwithstanding a great many have declar'd to me they woud never take up arms against either of the two Crowns butt that they wou'd live neuter and friends to both. They have cost me near £300 in presents and feasting, butt as H.M. has been pleased to give my leave for some months to be absent from hence, shall not give your Lordships any further trouble att present, butt to beg you will please to look into enclosure iii etc. Signed, John Doucett. Endorsed, Recd. 4th, Read 10th Nov., 1726. 3 pp. Enclosed,
268. i. Copy of Articles of Peace ratified by Lt. Governor Doucett and chiefs and representatives of the Penubscut, Norrigewock, St. Johns, Cape Sables and the other Indian tribes, belonging to and inhabiting this H.M. Province of Nova Scotia, in pursuance of the agreement concluded at Boston 15th Dec., 1725, by their delegates and Major Paul Mascarene, which required that the said Articles should be ratified at Annapolis Royal. Wee doe for ourselves and the said tribes wee represent, acknowledge his Majestie King George's jurisdiction and dominion over the territorys of Nova Scotia or Accadia, and make our submission to his said Majestie in as ample a manner as wee have formerly done to the Most Christian King. Undertake not to molest inhabitants; to restore deserters; to make satisfaction for any robbery or outrage committed; in case of any quarrel or injury between the English and Indians to take no private revenge, but to apply for redress according to H.M. laws; and to restore any prisoners now held. Annapolis Royall, 4th June, 1726. 64 signatures. Endorsed, Recd. 4th Nov., 1726. 1 large p.
268. ii. Instrument signed by Lt. Governor Doucett, by and with the advice of the Council, upon the signing of preceding agreement. Promises protection and friendship to the Indians, who shall not be molested in their planting and hunting etc., nor in their religion, provided the missionaries residing amongst them have leave from the Government for so doing. Any Indians injured by H.M. subjects or their dependants shall have satisfaction according to H.M. laws, whereof the Indians shall have benefit equal with H.M. other subjects. On bringing back any soldier endeavouring to desert, they shall be handsomely rewarded. Releases the Indian prisoners. Annapolis Royall, 4th June, 1726. Signed, John Doucett. Endorsed as preceding. 1 large p.
268. iii. Certificate by the Officers and inhabitants of Annapolis Royall as to Lt. Gov. Doucett's honesty and zeal for H.M. service. Annapolis Royall, 16th Aug., 1726. 32 signatures. Endorsed as preceding. 1½ pp [C.O. 217, 4. ff. 316–323v.; and (abstract of covering letter) 217, 30. p. 21.]
Aug. 16.
269. Lt. Govr. Doucett to the Duke of Newcastle. Repeats preceding covering letter, mutatis mutandis. Signed, John Doucett. Endorsed, Rd. Nov. 17th. 3 pp. Enclosed,
269. i–iii. Duplicates of Nos. 268. i–iv. [C.O. 217, 38. Nos. 11, 11 i–iii.]
Aug. 17.
270. Lord Townshend to Governor the Duke of Portland. At the request of the Spanish Minister, Marquis de Pozzo-Bueno, asks him to see that justice is done Don Manuel de Aramburu, whose ship, Nostra Senora de Belem, was taken by a Jamaica privateer in 1715, and there condemned as prize. He has obtained a reversal of the sentence by the Lords Commissioners of Appeals in causes of the Admiralty etc. Signed, Townshend. Annexed,
270. i. Petition of Manuel de Aramburu relating to above. [C.O. 324, 35. pp. 278–280.]
Aug. 18.
271. Duke of Newcastle to Governor the Duke of Portland. Encloses King's letter and two orders for repealing the Revenue Act etc. Refers to letters etc. of 7th July. Continues:—All I shall add is, to assure your Grace, as you may with great truth do the Council and Assembly of Jamaica, that all possible regard has been had in the transaction of this matter to their true interest and safety, to the security of their property and liberty, to a due administration of justice, and to whatever might contribute to the preserving of peace and good order among them, and to the advancement of their trade and welfare. It is therefore hoped, that the Council and Assembly will not look upon the matters contained in the draught of an Act which has been sent you to be proposed to them as a law intended to be imposed upon them, but as the effect of H.M. tender care and regard for them, that they will receive and embrace it with all the respect and gratitude due to so signal an instance of H.M. goodness, and will accordingly without any farther difficulty pass a law to that effect, which will receive H.M. most gracious approbation, and such their dutifull deportment will not fail to intitle them to farther marks of H.M. favour as oppertunities hereafter may offer. H.M. does expect from your Grace, that you will exert your utmost endeavours, care and diligence to make them fully sensible of this; and does strictly charge you, not to pass any Act for making the revenue there and their laws perpetual upon any other foot than what is prescribed you by the directions contained in the several letters from H.M. and from me, and the Orders of Council beforementioned. I heartily wish you success in this affair etc. Signed, Holles Newcastle. Annexed,
271. i. The King to Governor the Duke of Portland. Kensington, 18th Aug., 1726. Refers to repeal of Revenue Act of 1726, and recounts report of Committee of Privy Council thereon (v. 8th Aug.), and charges him to pursue the orders given him on 7th July, by immediately recommending said matters to the Council and Assembly, etc. Countersigned, Holles Newcastle.
271. ii, iii. Copies of two Orders of Council, 9th Aug., 1726, q.v. [C.O. 324, 35. pp. 260–278.]
Aug. 19.
272. H.M. Warrant appointing Othniel Haggat to the Council of Barbados. Countersigned, Holles Newcastle. [C.O. 324, 35. pp. 280, 281.]
Aug. 22.
273. Governor Worsley to the Duke of Newcastle. I have the honour to transmit etc. this years Excize Act, which differs from the last in two particulars which are excluded therein; the first, is for the payment of such orders as are, or shall be issued, by the Governr. or Commander in Chief for the time being, by and with the advice and consent of the Members of H.M. Council, payable to the Attorney General of this Island for his trouble in carrying on prosecutions against criminals, and for his advice for the service of this Island, etc. The other is for the payment of the sallary appointed for the Agent etc. Encloses Journal of Council 15th March—8th June, 1726; of the Court of Chancery, 13th April—6th July; and of the Assembly, 5th July—2nd Aug. etc. Continues:—Mr. Walker who I had appointed in the room of Mr. Carter, H.M. Attorney General, being lately dead, and Mr. Carter being not yet returned, I have appointed Mr. Jonathan Blenman till Mr. Carter's return; This gentleman is a very able lawyer, of good circumstances, and very well affected to the present Government. Signed, Henry Worsley. Endorsed, R. Oct. 20th. 3 pp. Enclosed,
273. i. List of fines, forfeitures and escheats at the Grand Sessions of Barbados, 14, 15th June, 1726. Signed, Cha. Browne, Dep. Cl. Cor. 1 p.
273. ii. Duplicate of preceding.
273. iii. List of (20) cases at the Grand Sessions, Barbados, June, 1726. Signed as preceding. ¾ p.
273. iv. Duplicate of preceding.
273. v. Deputation by John Cornelius, of Ipswich, Gentleman, Clerk of the Navy Office, Barbados, to Samuel Wadeson. 6th Jan., 1725. Signed, Jno. Cornelius. Copy. 1¼ pp.
273. vi. Deputation of same to Henry Carter, 17th June, 1726. Signed as preceding. ¾ p.
273. vii. Instruction of Same to Same. Same date and signature. Copy. 4½ pp.
273. viii. Same to Governor Worsley. Begs the favour of H.E. protection for his Deputy etc. Same date and signature. Copy. 1 p.
273. ix. 54th Article of Governor Worsley's Instructions. 1? pp.
273. x. 57th Article of Governor Worsley's Instructions. ? p.
273. xi. Duplicate of No. ix.
273. xii. Power of Attorney by Thomas and Francis Reynolds of London Esqrs., Provost Marshal General of Barbados, and Francis Reynolds, Marshal of the Vice Admiralty Court, to Henry Lascelles and Thomas Harper to appoint a deputy in the case of the death etc. of Oliver Kennedy, their deputy etc. 31st Aug. 1720. Signed, Thos. Reynolds, Fra. Reynolds. Copy. 5 pp.
273. xiii. Power of Attorney by Charles Huggins of London, Clerk and Remembrancer of the Court of Exchequer, Barbados, empowering Rev. William Gordon and Nicholas Hope, to appoint a deputy in place of his deputy upon his death etc. 6th Dec, 1720. Signed, Charles Huggins. Copy. 3¼ pp. [C.O. 28, 44. Nos. 103, 103 i–xiii; and (duplicates of Nos. vi–viii) 28, 39. Nos. 36, 37, 37.i.]
Aug. 22.
274. Governor Worsley to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Duplicate of preceding covering letter. Signed, Henry Worsley. Endorsed, Recd. 25th Oct., Read 2nd Nov., 1726. 3 pp. Enclosed,
274. i, ii. Duplicates of Nos. 273. i, iii. [C.O. 28, 18. ff. 309–312, 313v.]
Aug. 22.
275. Duke of Chandos to [? the Duke of Newcastle]. Encloses following. Signed, Chandos. Holograph. 1 p. Enclosed,
275. i. David Pugh to the King. Kingston, 10th May, 1722, 28th May, 1726. A proposal for a secret expedition for reduceing the Spanish West Indies to the Crown of England. Suggests that a force be dispatched with arms to beat up volunteers in the various Islands and then land to the north of the Havannah, etc. Signed, D. Pugh. 2?th pp. [C.O. 137, 52. ff 286, 288–289.]
Aug. 22.
276. Lt. Governor Dummer to the Council of Trade and Plantations. After some delays occasioned partly by the severity of the last winter, in which it was very difficult for the Indians to pass and repass from one tribe to another, the ratifycation was accomplished at Falmouth in Casco Bay the sixth of August etc. Refers to enclosures. The Indians appear to me to be in a very good disposition at present to perform their engagements, and it shall be my care etc. by all proper means to cultivate that disposition in them, and the Generall Court of this Province having granted a sum of money to be imployed in trade with them whereby they will be constantly supply'd at easy rates with every thing they need, I am in hopes they may in a short time be intirely drawne from their dependance on the French, and especially if H.M. shall be pleased of his royal bounty to order a small annual present to be made them by the Governour of this Province as he has graciously done for the Westerne Indians under the direction of the Governour of New York, which seems the more needfull here because the Governours of Canada have practised it with these Indians etc. Refers to enclosures. Signed, Wm. Dummer. Endorsed, Recd. 11th Oct., 1726, Read 8th June, 1727. 2¾ pp. Enclosed,
276. i. Minutes relating to the ratification of the Peace with the Eastern Indians, July 16th—11th Aug., 1726. The Lt. Governor, with a Quorum of the Council and some of the Representatives arrived at Falmouth 16th July. On the 21st, they received a letter from Wenemouett, Chief Sachem of the Penobscot Indians, insisting that the Conference should be held at Pemaquid. The Indians were informed that they must attend at Falmouth as arranged, which they did on 29th. A conference was begun on the following day, and the ratification concluded 6th Aug. In addition to above, there were present Lt. Governor Wentworth and George Jaffrey, Shadrach Walton, and Richard Vibird of the Council of New Hampshire were present, and Major Paul Mascarene, commissioned by Lt. Gov. Armstrong of Nova Scotia; Wenemouett and other Sachems. The Narridgwock, St. François and Wowenock Indians were not present. Details of the Conference. Signed, Wm. Dummer, Wenemouett Sachem, Totem mark; John Wainwright, Cler. Cone. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 23 pp.
276. ii. The Tryals of Sixteen Persons for Piracy etc., at Boston, 4th July, 1726. Four were found guilty. It was ordered that William Fly, Samuel Cole and Henry Greenvill should be executed, "at the usual place for the execution of pirates, in or near Charles River," and the body of Fly, the leader, hung in chains on an Island called Nick's Mate, near the entrance of the harbour of Boston. George Condick, a drunken, ignorant fellow who served as ship's cook, was reprieved. Fly, boatswain of the snow Elizabeth of Bristol, with the rest of the crew of 15 men had risen in the night and thrown the Captain and Mate overboard. The deposition of Captain William Atkinson, who was captured and compelled to act as pilot for the pirates, describes their voyage under the black flag. Led by deponent, Fly was seized and overpowered by some members of his own crew, and the ship brought in to Boston. Printed and sold by Joseph Edwards, at the corner shop on the north side of the Town-house, 1726. Quarto. 24 pp. [C.O. 5, 869. ff. 381–406v.]
Aug. 22
277. Lt. Governor Dummer to [? Duke of Newcastle]. Encloses ratification of Peace with Indians, and trial of pirates (as preceding), one of whom is recommended for H.M. grace. Concludes:—I shall pursuant to H.M. Instructions inclose your Grace an inventory of the piraticall goods taken on the said pirate in order to receive H.M. directions concerning the disposall thereof etc. Signed, Wm. Dummer. Endorsed, Presidt. Dummer etc. 2 pp. Enclosed
277. i. Copy of No. 276. i. 26 pp. [C.O. 5, 898. Nos. 38, 38.i.]
Aug. 23.
278. Mr. Popple to Mr. Cumings. My Lords Commissioners have lately had under their consideration your letters of 10th Oct., 22nd Dec. 1724, 23rd June, 1725, and 28th June last. They thank you for the information therein given and desire you would let them have the scheme you mention for the advancement of trade etc. by the first opportunity etc. If they find it answers the end you propose, they will recommend you to the proper Offices, that you may obtain the reward you desire. [C.O. 5, 915. p. 472.]
Aug. 31.
279. Council of Trade and Plantations to the King. There has long been a dispute depending between your Majties. subjects of the Colony of Virginia and those of North Carolina, concerning their respective boundaries, and the Governors of those two Colonies having some time since agreed upon certain proposals for terminating the said dispute, and for regulating the boundaries for the future. Wee communicated a coppy of ye said proposals soon after they came to our hands, to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, and have but very lately receiv'd their assent thereunto. Whereupon having duly consider'd the said proposals, and conceiving the regulations thereby intended to be for your Majties. service, wee crave leave herewith to lay a copy thereof before your Majtie. and humbly to propose that your Majtie. may be graciously pleas'd to signifie your orders to your Govr. of Virginia, to settle the boundaries in conjunction with the Govr. of Carolina, agreeable to the said proposals. [C.O. 5, 1365. pp. 299, 300.]
Aug. 31.
280. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Duke of Newcastle. Being inform'd that your Grace has lately obtain'd H.M. Orders for appointing Othniel Haggot Esqr. to be a Councillor in Barbados, upon the first vacancy that shall happen there, we beg leave to acquaint your Grace, that it has always been esteem'd the right of this Board to propose proper persons to H.M. for the filling of such vacancies when they have happened; and your Grace's predecessors in the Secretary's Office have been so sensible of this right, that when they have been sollicited to obtain H.M. Orders to put in any Councillors in H.M. Colonies abroad, and even when the Crown has been disposed so to do, letters have been previously sent to this Board, to know whether we had any objection thereto, as your Grace will see by two precedents here inclosed. Autograph signatures,pp. Enclosed,
280. i. Copies of C. S. P. 1710–1711. Nos. 771 and 854.
280. ii. Mr. Secretary Craggs to the Council of Trade and Plantations, Nov. 14, 1718. v. C. S. P. under date.
280. iii. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Craggs, Nov. 19, 1718. v. C. S. P. under date.
280. iv. Same to the King. Nov. 28, 1718. v. C. S. P. under date. [C.O. 5, 4. Nos. 30, 30 i–iv; and (without enclosures) 389, 37. pp. 266, 267; and 29, 14. p. 427.]