America and West Indies
August 1724, 1-15

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'America and West Indies: August 1724, 1-15', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 34: 1724-1725 (1936), pp. 192-202. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=72395 Date accessed: 20 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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August 1724, 1-15

Aug. 1.
St.
Christophers.
305. Certificate that the above depositions were duly sworn. Signed and sealed, Jo. Hart. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 14. f 410.]
Aug. 1.306. Deposition of John Burnet. On 28th July he gave notice to Jeremiah Browne that he intended to examine above witnesses before John Greatheed at Sandy Point on 31st July etc. They were not sworn till 5 or 6 of the clock, but Browne never attended. Signed, Jno. Burnet. Nos. 304–306 endorsed, Recd, (from Mr. Sharp), Read 11th Dec, 1724. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 14. ff. 416, 416v]
Aug. [–]307. Caveat, on behalf of the Lords Proprietors, that no commission for a provisional Governor of S. Carolina may be issued without notice given to their Secretary, to the end they may be heard, touching their right to appoint a Governor etc. Signed, Ri. Shelton. [C.O. 5, 290. p. 167.]
Aug. 4.308. Mr. Burniston to the Council of Trade and Plantations. His ill state of health has prevented his waiting on the Board to represent that he has delivered to the Secretary all the yearly accounts remitted to him by his Deputy, Mr. Armstrong, who is now ready to wait upon them. He has a very fair reputation from Governor Shute and all that know him. "He left my affairs under Lt. Governor Wentworth." Refers to his letter of 5th June etc. Signed, C. Burniston. Endorsed, Recd., Read 19th Augt., 1724. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 869. ff. 52, 53, 53v]
Aug. 5.
Whitehall.
309. Bryan Wheelock to Lt. Governor Wentworth. In Mr. Popple's absence, acknowledges letters of 20th Aug. and 27th Dec, 1723 and 6th April last. Continues: My Lords Commissioners are concerned to hear that there has been so much injury done to the King's woods, but hope by your care they will be preserved better for the future; Their Lops, did design to have made a Repn. to the Treary. to set forth the charges and trouble you were at on this occasion, but being informed that you have acted as Mr. Burniston's Deputy since Mr. Armstrong's return hither, and finding by your letter to Mr. Burniston of the 5th June, 1724, that you do act as such, their Lordships are of opinion that he is the proper person to apply to, for any expence you may be at. Their Lordships have transmitted to the Duke of Newcastle what you writ relating the ship building in the Massachusetts Government, and desire that you will continue to give them an account from time to time of anything that may occur for H.M. service etc. [C.O. 5, 915. pp. 409, 410.]
Aug. 5.
Charles
Town.
South
Carolina.
310. Governor Nicholson to the Council of Trade and Plantations. This is designed (God willing) by the Honble. Capt. Martin etc. Transmits Journals. Continues: By these yor. Lordps. may please to see that the upper House of Assembly were of opinion that the Assembly ended the 17th but by ye Lower it ended the 16th and by the journal yor. Lordps. may see the reasons thereof and that yor. Lordps. may determine whether H.M. Honble. Council and myself or ye Commons were in the right I herewith send yor. Lordps. a copy of the Ellection Act. This last Sessions we have for ye most part found that the Lower House have very strangely acted (and in my humble opinion like Common Wealth men) assuming to make resolutions etc. without the consent of H.M. Honble. Council or myself nay even without advice and with submission to your Lordps. I think this will plainly appear by the two Journalls. Encloses extracts from the Journals. Continues: They are upon all occasions insisting on their old priviledges as they call it in ye Proprietours' time some of which I think very inconsistent with the King's Government. I was in hopes before this to have had a general meeting of H.M. Council in order to have given your Lordps. a just and full accot. of all our affairs but it being the busiest time of the year for their crops and it having pleased God that some rains and storms have been of late wch. I am afraid hath done some damage to their crops for which reasons I believe I shall not be able to gett a meeting of H.M. Council in less then ten days or a fortnight but I am in hopes that by the later end of this month a ship or two will sail from hence to Great Brittain and to have the honour by them to send to yor. Lordps. the account of affairs etc. P.S. Encloses duplicate of 30th July and Treasurer's accounts etc. Signed, Fr. Nicholson. Endorsed, Recd. 27th Oct., Read 3rd Nov. 1724. 2 pp. Enclosed,
310. i. Accounts of the Revenue of S. Carolina, 1st Jan.–25th July, 1724. Total, receipts, £26,599 11s. 4d., showing balance of £5666 5s. 5d. Signed, A. Parris, Treasurer. Endorsed, Recd. 27th Oct., 1724. Seal. 2 1/2 pp.
310. ii. Minutes of Council and Assembly of S. Carolina, 27th-28th July, 1724. Endorsed as preceding, l 1/2 pp.
310. iii. Exports of S. Carolina, 25th March-31st July, 1724. Barrels, to Great Britain, rice 5,401, pitch 11,276, tar 6,068; to the Plantations, rice 1,256, pitch 13,158, tar, 367. Signed, Wm. Hammerton, Navl. Officer. Same endorsement 1 p.
310. iv. Proclamation, 1st Sept., for enforcing the Act for calling in and sinking the paper bills by 15th Oct. etc. Arrears of taxes since 1720 must be paid in 15 days. Signed, Fr. Nicholson. Same endorsement. Copy.1 p.
310. v. Proclamation, 22nd July, 1724, for enforcing sections x, xi, and xii of the Act for the encouragement of the trade to America. Signed, Fr. Nicholson. Copy.1 p.
310. vi. Proclamation, 26th June, 1724, charging all persons who have any wills in their custody, forthwith to exhibit and prove the same, and also to return inventories of the estates of the deceased, as the law directs etc. Signed, Fr. Nicholson. Copy. 1 p.
310. vii. Proclamation, 26th June, 1724, forbidding the harbouring of sailors deserting from their ships and quoting the Act for the more effectual suppression of piracy. Great complaints have been made of many evil disposed persons entertaining such deserters, which too often occasions their turning pirates etc. Signed, Fr. Nicholson. Copy. 1 p. Nos. v–vii endorsed, Recd. 27th Oct., 1724. [C.O. 5, 359. ff. 214–215v (including abstract), 218, 218v, 219v, 220, 221v, 222, 223, 224–226, 227, 228, 228v; and (abstract of covering letter) 5, 406. p. 19.]
Aug. 6.
Whitehall.
311. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Duke of Newcastle. Representation upon the Revenue Bill passed by the Council and Assembly of Jamaica etc.:—Having received ye opinions of the Lords Commrs. of H.M. Treasury and of H.M. Attorney and Solicitor General thereupon, we do find the sd. bill lyable to many objections; The Assembly have estimated their establishmt. at 8000 li per annum, which they conceive to be adequate to all the constant annual expences of that Governmt.; But the two Independent Companies which have been in Jamaica many years, and are likely to continue there, are not included in this establishment, tho' they are provided for at present for one year by a separate Act. There is no provision made by this bill for the debts of the Governmt. already contracted. The funds given by this bill, are design'd to raise the sum of 8000 li, but being only laid by way of increase upon certain commodities already rated, it is very doubtful, whether they will be sufficient for that purpose. And tho' the Assembly have engaged themselves to make good any sum they may fall short of 8000 li; yet this is only a promise on their part, wch. future Assemblies may dispute: But their Laws would by this bill in all events be made perpetual, and they are under no sort of engagemt. to provide for any accidental emergency of the Government, not included in this establishment. If the funds given by this bill fall short, the deficiency is to be provided for as abovementioned; But if they exceed, the surplus is lyable to the appropriation of future Assemblies: But the surplus ought to have been left to H.M. disposition, because the Assembly do by this bill take upon them to make the patrimonial revenues of the Crown a part of the funds for the support of the Government. The extraordinary increase of duties upon such liquors as are usually imported into Jamaica from G. Britain, which make a part of these funds, are contrary to the intention of that Instruction, whereby H.M. Governors are prohibited from giving their assent to any Acts immediately affecting the trade or shipping of Great Britain. The Receiver General of the Revenues by this bill, is to account only with the Governor, Council and Assembly, or a Committee thereof; But the said Receiver ought to account to the Lords Commrs. of H.M. Treasury, or with the Auditor of H.M. Plantations, pursuant to the Instructions to all Governors in that behalf. And lastly, the clause inserted in this bill for the continuation of their Laws, is conceived in such imperfect terms, that all the temporary laws of the said Island now in force, except some few particularly excepted in the said bill, would be thereby made perpetual. Wherefore considering that this may be the best opportunity H.M. will have to engage the people of Jamaica to make such a firm and lasting provision as may be suffict. for H.M. service, and for their own security, and that it is of the utmost importance that the law for that purpose should be conceived in proper and effectual terms, since H.M. has been pleased to approve of the expedient we lately proposed for continuing the present Revenue Act and Laws of Jamaica, for one year etc., whereby time will be gained to consider maturely of such a law, we would humbly propose that H.M. may be pleased to direct his Attorny and Solicitor General to form the drat. of a bill for this purpose, as near the plan of that sent from Jamaica, as may be, free from the sevl. objections to which the present bill is lyable; and that the said draught so prepared may be afterwards transmitted to His Grace the Duke of Portland, wth. orders to recommend the same to the Council and Assembly of Jamaica, as the terms upon which H.M. will be graciously pleased to renew their Laws. Autograph signatures. 4 pp. [C.O. 137, 46. No. 43; and 138, 16. pp. 495–500.]
Aug. 8.
So. Carolina.
312. Governor Nicholson to [? Charles Delafaye]. Honble. Sr., Pray give me leave to congratulate your being appointed Deputy Secretary of State to his Grace the Lord Duke of Newcastle, so that all H.M. Governmts. will be happy under your administracon, etc. If his Grace is willing to have an accot. of this H.M. Province Francis Yonge Esq. one of H.M. Honble. Council and present Agent for this country will wait upon his Grace and I have writ to the Honble. Kingsmill Eyre Esq. Agent for H.M. Independent Company of Invalids here and transmitted to him accots. of this H.M. Province and I have desired him to sollicit for the obtaining H.M. Royall lycence to goe for Great Brittain in which I begg yor. assistance which will be an adition to ye many favours reced. from you by him who is yor. most affectionate friend and faithfull humble servant, Signed, Fr. Nicholson. P.S.—I desire you'l please to give the humblest of my service to yor. good Lady and family, and when please God I arive in London I design to wait upon them and to have the honour of presenting them with some Indian and other things of this country, etc. F. N. 1 1/3 pp. [C.O. 5, 387. No. 45.]
Aug. 8.313. N. Torriano to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Further remarks, in reply to enquiries by the Board of Trade, cf. July 20th. Points out the disadvantages to British trade and navigation of permitting sugar, tobacco and rice to be carried direct to the ports of Europe S. of Cape Finisterre. Concludes: As to what your Lordps. mentioned in relation to the ships in New England, I think the inhabitants of the Collonies ought not to be [? restricted] from building and freighting their own ships; nor be compell'd by any law to sell them here at arrivall. For the commodities produced in N. America are mostly naval stores or provisions, which being very bulky, it would be impossible for them to transport them, if so debarred etc. Signed, Nathaniel Torriano. Endorsed, Recd. 8th, Read 11th Aug., 1724. 10 pp. Torn. [C.O. 388, 24. No. 163.]
Aug. 9.
New York.
314. Governor Burnet to the Duke of Newcastle. Acknowledges letter of 2nd April, etc. Repeats compliments of 20th May to one, "whose family had always shewn so much friendship to my father" etc. Continues: I have likewise received another letter from your Grace, of the 13th May by the hands of Mr. Couturier a French gentleman; to direct me to cause two Indians to be delivered to him, who were taken from him by Govr. Nicholson. These Indians were never brought hither, but the person who received them from Govr. Nicholson, being one Vincent, an inhabitant here: I have shewn him H.M. commands, and will serve him with a copy of your Grace's letter etc., to be produced to Govr. Nicholson, that he may have a bond delivered to him, which he was obliged to enter into in Carolina, not to deliver them to any French man etc. This Vincent has likewise undertaken to me, to go to the Leeward Islands where he left these Indians etc., and to deliver them to Mr. Couturier etc. I beleive injustice and hardships have been done to this gentleman, yet it cannot be compared to the many ill practises of the French of Canada, who spare no pains to excite the Indians against the English everywhere, and who are now the entire managers of the Indians now at war with Boston. I have taken the most effectual way I could think of, to prevent the like mischiefs from the Indians near this Province, by inviting them to a free trade at Albany in this Province, and by getting a law passed to prevent trade with the French, for such goods as are proper to be sold to the Indians, by which means great numbers of them who used to go to Canada, come now to trade here, and thereby grow familiar with us, and unwilling to break with us on any account. I have found the good effects it has already had, in pursuance of my Instructions, to prevent all such dangerous trade and correspondence with the French of Canada, and have given fresh instances of it in my letter following etc. Signed, W. Burnet. Endorsed, R. 2nd Oct. 4 pp. Enclosed,
314. i. Duplicate of following. [C.O. 5, 1092. Nos. 32, 32 i.]
Aug. 9.
New York.
315. Governor Burnet to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have just finished with the Assembly in this place, who have passed several Acts, which shall be engrossed and printed ready to send to your Lordships this fall, with particular observations concerning them. I have lately found the great advantage of the Act to prohibit the Indians goods to be carryed to the French of Canada: by the great numbers of farr Indians that are come to trade either at Albany, or in the way to it, within the bounds of the five Nations, whither our traders go to supply them. The last account I had from thence is from the Lake Cadaracqui, as our Indians call it, but in the French maps called Ontario, or Frontenac; by an Indian just arrived from thence, who brings word that he came down in company with five canoes, who design to come to Albany. That in Cadaracqui Lake they met with Monsieur Tonti, Commander of Le Destroit, as it is called in the French map, but by our Indians called Tuchsagrondie. That Monsr. Tonti had with him 70 men, and asked those Indians where they were going, they replyed, to Albany, on that reply Tonti told them he was sent by the Govern our of Canada, to stop that path, and proposed to them that they should go to Canada, and gave them in presents a belt of wampum, a cag of brandy, and some tobacco. That after a long debate one of their Sachims stood up and said, that the country they lived in, belonged to them, and that they were masters of what they had hunted in the woods and would go with it where they pleased, and were resolved to keep the path open, or fight their way through. This answer mettled the French Commander, but he thought fit to leave them and retire with his men to Canada: and these Indians are all expected in a few days at Albany. The same thing happened last year, and ended almost in the same manner; by which it is plain, that the great body of Indians in the Continent, assert their independancy, and will go and trade with those that can supply them cheapest, which will always be at Albany, and in the country of the five Nations if they preserve our goods to sell them there by retail, and dont dispose of them to the French by wholesale etc. In a late Treaty at Albany, managed by Deputys from Boston, with the assistance of Commissioners appointed by me, with the five Nations, and some Indians living in Canada. Those Indians living in Canada solemnly promised not to make war any longer on Boston: and our five Nations undertook to send Deputys to the Easter Indians, who are now at war with Boston, and to perswade them to come to a peace, and in case they will not make one, to threaten them peremtorily, that they the said five Nations will compell them to it by force of arms, which resolution I hope will be faithfully executed, and will then very likely bring on a peace, which is very much wanted by Boston, who now loose numbers of men continually, and are at an immense expence, and all this war is certainly fomented and supported by the French of Canada, who by ingrossing the trade with these Indians, manage them as they please, to the ruin of the English. I am soon to meet the Indians at Albany, after which I will be able to give your Lordships much further accounts of these affairs. I have been informed that the two pr. cent. Act has not passed the Council, which will I hope induce the Assembly to provide for the same services another way, which they never would do till they knew certainly the fate of the two pr. cent. Act. Signed, W. Burnet. Endorsed, Recd. 30th Sept., 1724, Read 15th April, 1725. 4 pp. [C.O. 5,1053. ff. 225–226v, 227v]
Aug. 10.
Bermuday.
316. Lt. Governor Hope to Mr. Popple. Acknowledges letter of 20th April. Continues: I wait with impatience the Lords of Trade answers to mine, etc. I am sorry the Act for lessening of the number of Assembly is not agreeable to common sence, but most of our Acts are defficient that way. And had it pass'd, it would never been taken notice of; and the establishment of this Colony would have receiv'd such an amendment as would effectually have prevented the mistakes, and blunders, these poor people fall into every time they meet, a sample whereof I send you enclos'd, vizt., the proceedings of the Assembly, and least you should suspect me of the same frailty, I have thought it proper to inclose a copy of my Speech etc. Encloses the Act of Bastardy therein mentioned, "which I can say nothing for but that it is consistent with the laws of Great Britain." Refers to enclosures and particularly recommends Mr. Aytoune for the Council. "What sort of a Collector he'll make, I do not know, but I know him to be a good soldier" etc. Signed, John Hope. Endorsed, Recd. 12th Oct., 1724, Read 28th June, 1726. 2 pp. Enclosed,
316. i. List of persons recommend to fill vacancies in the Council of Bermuda, (i) John Aytoune, Collector of the Customs, (ii) John Darrel, Judge of the King's Bench, and a man of great probity, (iii) Leonard White, junr., (iv) John Butterfield, Capt. of the Militia, a man of admirable natural parts, and great modesty, and a very good estate, (v) Moor Darrel, an honest man of good understanding, (vi) Thomas Smith, Capt. of the Town Company, a considerable trader, of good parts, but young etc. Signed, John Hope. 1 p.
316. ii. Account of the publick rents, 25th June—25th Dec, 1723. Totals:—Receipts, £65 7s. 6d. Expenditure £65 10s. 8d. Signed and sworn to in Council by Richard Tucker, Depty. Provost, 10th Aug., 1724. Endorsed, Recd. 12th Oct., 1724. 3 pp.
316. iii. Account of the Liquor Tax 3rd Aug., 1723—29th Jan., 1724. Totals:—Receipts (including balance brought forward, £3 0s. 6 3/4d.), £447 6s. l0 3/4d. Expenditure, £362 10s. 6d. Signed and sworn to in Council by Henry Tucker, Collector, etc. 7th July, 1724. Same endorsement, 5 1/2 pp.
316. iv. Account of 5 p.c. duty on dry goods, 15th Aug., 1723—11th Jan., 1724. Totals:—Receipts (including balance brought forward), £149 16s. 5d. Expenditure, £62 1s. 0d. Signed and sworn to in Council, Richd. Jennings, Receiver, 17th July, 1724. Same endorsement. 3 pp.
316. v. Account of powder money, 15th July, 1723—24th Jan., 1724. Totals:—Receipts, £114 1s. 11d. Expenditure, £91 5s. 9d. Signed and sworn to in Council, Richd. Tucker, Depty. Secretary, 7th July, 1724. Same endorsement. 7 1/2 pp. [C.O. 37, 11. ff. 119, 119v, 120v, 121, 122v, 123, 124v–125v, 128v–131, 132v, 134v–135v, 136v–141; and (abstract of covering letter) 37, 24. p. 22.]
Aug. 11.
Antigua.
317. Deposition of Ann Barnes of Antigua, relict of William Barnes, that she had by him two sons who died at the age of two years and twelve months respectively, and no other child, (v C. S. P. Oct. 5 and Nov. 12, 1727.) Signed, Ann Barnes. Endorsed, Recd, (from Mr. Nivine) 20th June, 1726, Read 3rd Oct., 1727. 1/3rd p. [C.O. 152, 16. ff 17, 18v]
[Aug. 11.]318. Alexander Stevensone to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Asks for favourable report upon Act for the Duke of Portland's additional salary. "The funds given by the old Revenue Act are very short of the necessary expences for the support of the Government, and the Duke of Portland will not so much as receive his ordinary sallary, which will reduce His Grace to the greatest difficulties, it being now upwards of two years he has been under this hardship etc." Endorsed, Recd., Read 1st Aug., 1724. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 14. ff. 365, 366v]
Aug. 11.
Whitehall
319. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Duke of Newcastle. Refer to Representation on Revenue Bill of 6th Aug. Continue: We must now trouble your Grace with our observations upon the bill to augment the salary of the Duke of Portland etc. For these being neither of them perfect laws, not having received the Governrs. assent, we cannot regularly report upon them as such to H.M. in Council. This last mention'd bill grants an additional salary of 2500 li. to the Duke of Portland, during his residence as Govr, of Jamaica, and the dutys for raising this summ, are laid upon flower, bread, hoops, staves, heading, shingles, boards and planks imported from any place but Great Britain, which tax will naturally fall upon the consumers, and cannot be said in any sort to affect the trade or shipping of Great Britain. For which reason, if this bill had stood entirely upon its own bottom, we should humbly have proposed to H.M. to have given the D. of Portland leave to pass the same into law; But the powers of raising, levying and collecting the duties thereby granted, refer to the rules and penalties laid down for that purpose in the Revenue bill, which not being likely to pass in the terms it stands at present conceived in, the Duke of Portland's assent to this bill would be ineffectual. However, we thought it proper to acquaint your Grace with our opinion upon this subject, that when H.M. shall signify his pleasure concerning the Revenue bill, your Grace may at the same time receive H.M. commands to empower the Duke of Portland to give his consent to an Act for the augmentation of his own salary, to the same effect with the bill lately passed for that purpose, by the Council and Assembly of Jamaica. Autograph signatures. 3 pp. [C.O. 137, 46. No. 44; and 138, 16. pp. 501–503.]
Aug. 12.320. Governor Philipps to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The extrornary buisness which has taken up your Lordships time for some weekes past prevented me from giveing you any interruption, etc. Explains the necessity for building the William Augustus and the great use she was to the Government etc. (v 26th Feb. and 12th March). Continues:— To the great misfortune of that country she has been laid up this 12 months to prevent further charge. Since which time I have received several letters from the Lt. Governor at Canso complaineing that the Indians have againe taken heart and growne troublesome; that the French inhabitants are in great joy upon the occasion, grow insolent as before and trade with Cape Breton without controle, whereto they send now theire whole produce of corn, cattle and furrs, insomuch that the Lt. Governor has been obliged to begg the assistance of an arm'd vessell from the neighbouring Government of New Engld. etc. But the worst evill yet is the want of transportation at this time for changing the garrisons, it being suspected that too long acquaintance may have produced a correspondence which may prove of dangerous consequence. By all which circumstances it will appeare to yor. Lordships, that the service in that country (no part of which has any communication with another but by sea) canot be carryd on with success without a vessel to attend it constantly etc. Refers to enclosed accounts. Signed, R. Philipps. Endorsed, Recd. 14th, Read 18th Aug., 1724. Holograph. 4 pp. [C.O. 217, 4. ff. 256–257v,258v]
Aug. 12.
Kensington.
321. H.M. licence of absence for another two years to John Cornelius, Clerk of the Naval Office, Barbados. Counter signed, Townshend. Copy. [C.O. 324, 35. pp. 100, 101.]
Aug. 12.
Council
Office,
Whitehall.
322. Mr. Vernon to Mr. Popple. The Lords of the Council this morning took notice that the Representation upon the sugar and tobacco trade was directed to be laid before his Majesty at this Board etc. (v 30th April and July 24th). They therefore return it, that it may be forthwith transmitted in due form to H.M. in Council, (v A. P. C. III. pp. 66, 67.) Signed, Jas. Vernon. Endorsed, Recd., Read 13th Aug., 1724. Enclosed,
322. i. Original of July 24, 1724. q. v 1 p. [C.O. 388, 78. ff 103–104, 105v]
Aug. 13.
Whitehall.
323. Mr. Wheelock to James Vernon. Transmits again Representation on the sugar and tobacco trades, to be laid before H.M. in Council (v preceding). [C.O. 389, 37. p. 243.]
Aug. 14.324. Mr. Bertie to Lord Carleton, President of H.M. Council. Gives a version of events preceding the appointment of Col. Nicholson as provisional Governor of S. Carolina. Continues:—At that time the South Sea directors had set up a treaty for the purchase of the whole Province from the Proprietors, and hastened the prosecution against their Charters in order to lessen their demands and at the same time a scire facias was directed to be brought against our Charter, but none was ever issued out, or any farther proceedings had, and by H.M. Act of Grace in 1721 all proceedings of that kind were determined. But yet the Proprietors have hitherto submitted to the Provisional Governor who has behaved himself in such a manner that the Proprietors since Mr. Nicholson's going to Carolina have not been able to receive any of their quit-rents, or other just dues accreued since his Government or any of their former arrears all which are very considerable; and as to his administration as Governor, your Lordship has heard in Council the complaints of the merchants, and the Board of Trade has many more before them, and I am informed, there is an Order in Council to recall him. The Lords Proprietors are now considering of a Memorial to be presented to H.M., that they may be restored to their antient right of appointing a Governor etc. On behalf of the Duke of Beaufort and himself prays for his Lordship's support, etc. [C.O. 5, 290. pp. 165, 166.]
Aug. 15.
Jamaica.
325. A letter from Jamaica to a Merchant in London. Complaint as to the condemnation of the ship Chandois and the schooner Esperance, (v 13th July), and the arbitrary and illegal proceedings of the Governor in suspending the Judge of the Admiralty Court etc. 2 3/4 pp. [C.O. 137, 32. ff 79–80; and (duplicate) 89–90.]