America and West Indies
March 1704, 16-31

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'America and West Indies: March 1704, 16-31', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 22: 1704-1705 (1916), pp. 76-87. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=73653 Date accessed: 23 July 2014.


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March 1704, 16-31

March 16.
Whitehall.
179. W. Popple to Sir E. Northey. The Council of Trade and Plantations desire your opinion re Gilligan [see Feb. 2] as soon as conveniently you can. [C.O. 29, 8. p. 410.]
March 16.
Stratford.
180. Sir John Colleton to [? William Popple]. I obtained the removal of James Colleton of Barbados from the office of Judge when my cause was to be heard. [See Cal. 1703.] Now he endeavours to get himself made one of ye Council, whereby he will be one of the Judges to hear my cause and defeat all my proceedings against him. Petitions against this appointment. Signed, Jon. Colleton. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 21, 170¾. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 25.]
March 16.
Whitehall.
181. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Nottingham. Enclosing following [cf. March 9] for H.M. signature. 1 p. Annexed,
181. i. The Queen to the Governor and Company of Connecticut. Whereas complaints have been made to us in behalf of the Mohegan Indians, that you have by an Act or Order of your General Court or Assembly taken from the said Indians that small tract of land which they had reserved to themselves upon the first settlement of our subjects in our Colony of Connecticut, and whereas it has been represented to us that the said Act or Order is unjust and may be of fatall consequence by causing a defection of the said Indians to our enemies and otherwise, we have thought fit by Commission under our Great Seal of England to constitute and appoint our Trusty and Well-beloved Joseph Dudley, Esq., our Captain General and Governor in Cheif of our Province of the Massachusetts Bay, and others therein named, Our Commissioners for inquiring into the matters aforesaid, to which Commission we strictly charge and command you to pay all due obedience, and it is Our further Will and Pleasure that if upon enquiry it be found that the said Indians have been deprived of their lands you immediately cause them to be put into possession thereof, notwithstanding the foresaid Act or Order, and that neither you nor any by your Authority do molest or oppress the said Indians for the future. So we bid you farewell. Given at our Court at St. James's, March 23, 170¾. Countersigned, Nottingham. [C.O. 5, 751. No. 49; and 5, 1290. pp. 468–470.]
March 16.
Whitehall.
182. William Popple to Josiah Burchet. Col. Mathew having communicated to the Council of Trade and Plantations an Instruction from H.R.H. to himself upon an Article of a Treaty lately concluded with Algiers relating to Prize-ships, they beg to be informed whether the like Instructions have been sent to the other Governours. [C.O. 324, 8. p. 402.]
March 16.
Admiralty Office.
183. J. Burchett to Mr. Popple. In reply to preceding. The like Instructions have been or will be sent to the Governours, etc. Signed, J. Burchett. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 17, 170¾. Addressed. Sealed. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 5. No. 43; and 324, 8. p. 403.]
March 16.
Whitehall.
184. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Lord Cornbury. Since ours of July 29, we have received letters from your Lordship of June 30, July 12, Aug. 5, Sept. 9 and Oct. 7 last, relating to New Yorke, and one of Sept. 9 relating to your Government of New Jersey, which we shal answer particularly by itself. Your two letters of June 30 being duplicates and the originals not received, several papers referr'd to therein are wanting, a list whereof is here inclosed. Upon this occasion we must advise your Lordship, that with the duplicates of your letters you send duplicates of the papers therein referr'd to, the necessity whereof you will perceive by our want of the inventory of stores of war remaining, which, as your Lordship observes, would have shewn us the ill condition that New Yorke is in, in case of an attempt of the enemy. As to those particulars your Lordship writes are wanting for the use of the four Companys, your Lordship's Agent, Mr. Thrale, has received H.M. orders to provide the same, the value thereof to be deducted out of the pay of those Companys according to the practice of the Army, which will oblige them to be more carefull of their arms hereafter. We shall represent to H.M. your Lordship's care in putting in repair the several fortifications at New Yorke, and are glad to perceive the Assemblys have contributed 1,500l. towards the raising two batteries in the Narrows. If your Lordship have got up one of the said batteries the last summer as you expected, your Lordship's management therein will be an argument to induce the Assembly to grant the remaining of what is necessary to accomplish that work. But we must advise your Lordship to streighten your expences as much as possible in reference to fortifications and stores of war, for that in this time of war and extraordinary charges incumbent on the Government here it will be very difficult to obtain any provision of stores from hence without paying for them. We expect according to your Lordship's promise an abstract of the number of inhabitants in the Province of New Yorke. We are laying before H.M. what your Lordship writes in relation to illegal trade in Connecticut and Rhode Island, their harbouring of runaway seamen, soldiers and servants, and their refusing to comply with the quota. We observe your Lordship's care in keeping out scouts and spies to get intelligence of the designs of the French, and the advantage the Province has received thereby we doubt not will have induced the Assembly to grant a sufficient detachment for that and other services. Your Lordship's proposals for conquering Canada lye before H.M. We have under consideration the several Acts received with your Lordship's letter of July 12 last, and expect, according to your Lordship's promise, an account of the inconveniencies feared from the 5th of the said Acts, and therefore shal suspend our determination thereupon till we hear further from your Lordship. We also expect your Lordship's particular answer to what we writ you Jan. 26, 1702/3, upon a list of Acts past during the Administrations of Lord Bellomont and Capt. Nanfan, not being able to report upon those Acts till we have your answer, which we therefore desire may be no longer delayed. We hope by your Lordship's management of the Indians, at your meeting of them in Sept. last, they will have been perswaded to send away the French Priests that were amongst them, and to renew and confirm their treaties of alliance and friendship with H.M. We send you two letters from Lord Nottingham relating to the Spaniards, and a letter from H.M. with H.M. Declaration and Order relating to the Officers of the Admiralty and Prizes. Upon our representation to H.M. relating to the want of Protestant Ministers to reside amongst the five nations of Indians, two have been appointed for that service, and we hope they may be ready to sail with this convoy. Mr. Champante having represented to us by Memorials, copies whereof are here inclosed, that Capt. Nanfan lies under great hardships by reason of arrests for the non-payment of bills he had drawn for the money disbursed by him in subsisting the soldiers four months and a half longer than subsistence had been received for them here, and that your Lordship's Agent has in his hands the money which should have answered those bills; and not having received from your Lordship any account of this matter, we sent for Mr. Thrale, who communicated to us an extract of your Lordship's letter to him of Sept. 12 last, upon which we observe that tho' your Lordship may charge Capt. Nanfan as an accountant with the whole pay of the four Companies, yet if you are satisfyed that neither he nor his Agent have received the whole, he ought not to be detained, especially if he have given security, as it is alledged, in 5,000l. to answer the Queen's demands. We have received a letter from Capt. Nanfan of Oct. 11 last, wherein he acquaints us that his accounts are settled and allow'd right, with a great ballance due to him, and yet he is kept in goal for the foresaid bills, altho' your Lordship acknowledges your Agent has received the money here, which he says ought to be apply'd to the discharge of those bills, and that in case that be not speedily done, he and his family will be ruined. Whereupon we observe to your Lordship that if his allegations be true, we think it is a great hardship; and therefore such measures ought to be taken as are agreable to justice; but if on the other hand, what he alledges be not true, then your Lordship ought to demand of him such an account as he will stand by, and send us a copy thereof with your observations thereupon, and your reasons against allowing it, if you have any. As to what your Lordship writes relating to the Lady Bellomont's accounts, we desire your Lordship to use your utmost endeavours to settle the same, with the concurrence and approbation of her Ladyship's Agents: but in case you shall not be able to effect it, we desire you to send us however a copy of the account they produce, with your Lordship's objections thereunto, as also a copy of her Ladyship's account as stated by your Lordship. And in order to inable your Lordship the better to settle the said accounts, as also those of Capt. Nanfan, if it be not already done, we send the copy of the account we received from the Earle of Ranelagh's office of the money paid to Mr. Champante from Aug. 1697 to Jan. 170½ on account of the four Companys at New Yorke. [C.O. 5, 1120. pp. 88–95.]
March 16.
Whitehall.
185. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Nottingham. Enclose following letter (see March 9) to be laid before H.M. for her signature;—Whereas a petition has been presented to us in the name of James Cowse of Barbados, Esq., and Elizabeth his wife, setting forth that they had mett with great delays ever since the year 1693 in their proceedings for the recovery of the portion given to the said Elizabeth by her father William Sharpe, decd., which was further secured to her by a settlement made on the marriage of her brother William Sharpe, son and heir of the late William Sharp, and that having filed a bill in the Court of Chancery at Barbadoes against William and John Sharp, sons of William Sharp, they have not been able by reason of the authority and power of the said William Sharp, who is a Member of our Council, and a Judge of the High Court of Chancery there, to obtain an answer nor the usual Process out of the said Court, for compelling the defendants thereunto; And whereas complaints have been frequently made of the great delays and obstructions of justice in matters where any of our Councillors or Judges of any of our Courts in our said Island have been concerned, as in the case of the petitioner, Directs as recommended in Representation of March 9. [C.O. 29, 8. pp. 412–415.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
186. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Sir B. Granville. Since ours of Feb. 16th, we have received none from you. Enclose letter from the Lord Nottingham relating to the Spaniards (Feb. 18), as also a letter from H.M. with H.M. Declaration and Order, relating to the Officers of the Admiralty and Prizes. [Feb. 16.] [C.O. 29, 8. p. 416; and (without enclosure) 28, 38. No. 21.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
187. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lt. Gov. Handasyd. Since ours of 16th we have received none from you. Enclose H.M. directions relating to Spanish trade (Feb. 18) and Prizes (Feb. 16). [C.O. 138, 11. p. 156.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
188. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Seymour. Enclosing same directions relating to Spanish trade and Prizes. [C.O. 5, 726. pp. 280, 281.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
189. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Nicholson. Since ours of Feb. 16 we have received none from you. Enclose same directions relating to Spanish trade and Prizes, etc., and pacquets for various Governors. [C.O. 5, 1360. p. 457.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
190. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Governour and Company of Connecticut. Since ours of Feb. 16 we have received none from you. Enclose same directions relating to the Spaniards and Prizes. [C.O. 5, 1290. p. 474.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
191. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Dudley. Since ours of Feb. 16, we have received none from you. Enclose letters referred to in that letter. [C.O. 5, 911. pp. 219, 210.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
192. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lord Granville. Enclosing same directions relating to the Spanish trade and Prizes (Feb. 18 and 16), "upon both which your Lordship will be pleased to give the necessary directions to those persons whom it may concern in the Colonies under your Lordship's Government in America." [C.O. 5, 1290. pp. 470, 471.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
193. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Governor and Company of Rhode Island. We enclose H.M. Letter relating to several irregularities which you have practized from Admiralty jurisdiction assumed by you in H.M. Colony of Rhode Island, as also H.M. Order in Councill of Jan. 28, which repeals an Act past in the Assembly there, and declares her disapprobation and disallowance of such your proceedings. By which order and letter you and all whom it may concern are to govern yourselves for the future. Enclose directions relating to Spaniards and Prizes. We have your letter of June 30 last and several other papers relating to the Government of that Colony, particularly to the Military part of it, now before us, upon which we shall transmit to you the necessary directions by the first opportunity. [C.O. 5, 1290. pp. 471–473.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
194. W. Popple, jr., to William Lowndes. Refers to letter of March 11. The Council of Trade and Plantations, upon a like complaint from the Solicitor for the Admiralty had already reported their opinion to H.M. Encloses letter to Governors prepared. If the Lord High Treasurer shall judge it not sufficient, they are ready to receive his further directions, in order to their reporting to H.M. [C.O. 324, 8. p. 405.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
195. Council of Trade and Plantations to Col. Quary. Enclose H.M. Letter to Mr. Evans, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania, relating to Prizes. [Feb. 16.] [C.O. 5, 1290. p. 473.]
March 17.
Whitehall.
196. Mr. Popple to Mr. Lowndes. Enclosing packets from the Council of Trade to be sent to Barbados and Virginia by the convoys. They will take it as an obligation if for the future you would let them have timely notice of the convoys sailing. H.R.H. directions to the L.G. of Bermuda relating to the Algier Treaty may be sent enclosed to the Governor of Barbados, and those to Lord Cornbury and Col. Dudley to the Governor of Virginia. [C.O. 324, 8. p. 404.]
March 18.
Admiralty Office.
197. H.R.H. the Lord High Admiral to the Queen in Council. H.M.S. Blackwall and Milford now at Barbadoes being designed to come home with the Trade from thence, when the convoys now going thither arrive, and the Sheerness and Dolphin, two fifth-rates, to convoy hither the merchant ships from the Leeward Islands, the merchants of London trading to Barbadoes have represented that they do not think the said convoy of sufficient strength unlesse the Bristoll trade is seene into Falmouth and the two ships of warre come directly up Channell, with theirs, the which they have been acquainted may be very prejudiciall to Bristoll, for that the ships may lye a long time at Falmouth, and they having represented it to be very inconvenient to joyn their convoy to that of the Leeward Islands (as proposed), especially because they shall suffer very much by the carrying their servants away from the Island, it is humbly submitted that H.M. order that the convoys may joyne at the Leeward Islands, as last year. Signed, George. 2 pp. [S.P. Naval, 7. under date.]
[March 21.]198. Katherine, Countess of Bellomont, to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Prays for a longer suspence of the prosecution against her sureties at New York, the persons appointed by Lord Cornbury having raised objections to the form of her accounts, as to which Petitioner will send Instructions by the next conveyance to her Agents, to obviate all objections etc. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 21, 170¾. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1048. No. 79; and 5, 1120. pp. 96, 97.]
March 21.199. Attorney General to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have perused the draft of a Commission relating to ye Mohegan Indians, and have noe objection to it but this, yt. it serves only pro hac vice, where ye Order of Council directs yt. it be a Standing Commission not only to doe Justice in the present case, but in such other cases of the like nature yt. may hereafter happen. I have inserted a few words to that purpose. Signed, Edw. Northey. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 22, 170¾. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 76; and 5, 1290. pp. 475, 476.]
[March 21.]200. Draft of Commission to inquire into the complaints of the Mohegan Indians [see March 9 etc.] referred to above, Attorney General's Additions in italics:—" To repair by the first convenient opportunity, and from time to time as there shall be occasion, into Connecticut, and having summoned the Governor and Company, and such others against whom any complaint shall be made, together with the Chief Sachems of the Mohegan Indians, make enquiries etc., determine according to Justice and Equity and restore the said Indians to their settlements in case they be unjustly dispossessed etc." Liberty to appeal allowed. 4¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 77.]
March 21.201. Affidavit of Jno. Bridger as to the money drawn by him on the Navy Board whilst in New England. Signed, J. Bridger. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 21, 170¾. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 863. No. 89.]
March 21.
Whitehall.
202. W. Popple, jr., to Sir Edward Northey. The Council of Trade and Plantations send inclosed Acts, past at Nevis Oct. 23 last, entituled, An Act concerning the billetting of soldiers in this Island, and An Act for the better securing and confirming the titles of land in this Island, and desire your opinion in point of law, as soon as conveniently may be. You will be attended in this matter by Collonel Jory, Agent for Nevis. [C.O. 153, 8. p. 262.]
March 22.203. Attorney General to the Council of Trade and Plantations. On consideration of the case of Manasses Gillingham who (being a naturall borne subject of H.M., but a settled inhabitant in the Island of St. Thomas, belonging to the King of Denmark and naturalized there) traded from thence to and with the Spaniards in warr with H.M., I am of opinion his being naturalized without the lycence of H.M. will not discharge him from the naturall allegiance he owes to H.M., however he being a settled inhabitant in the Island of St. Thomas under the King of Denmark, and not having been commanded to return into H.M. Dominions as he might have been, though naturalized there, his trading with the Spaniards from that Island in amity with the Danes will not be a capitall, if any offence at all, and therefore I cannot advise the proceeding against him criminally for such trading. If any inconvenience happens from such trading, as is suggested by the Governour of Barbados's letter, the Queen's subjects may be recalled to returne to H.M. Dominions, and if they refuse and after trade with H.M. enemies, they may be proceeded against criminally for such trading as any of H.M. subjects residing in her Plantations may be proceeded against for trading with H.M. enemyes, that is for a misdemeanour, for I doe not take simple trading with an enemy to be high treason unless it be in such trade as furnishes the enemy with stores of warr. Signed, Edw. Northey. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 22, 170¾. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 26; and 29, 8. pp. 417–419.]
March 23.
Whitehall.
204. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Nottingham. Having prepared a Commission of Enquiry relating to the Mohegan Indians [March 9 etc.], we pray your Lordship to present the necessary warrant to H.M. for passing the said Commission. [C.O. 5, 1290. p. 478.]
March 23.
Whitehall.
205. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. We have prepared the annexed draughts of letters [see Feb. 23]. Annexed,
205. i. Circular Letter to the Governments of Connecticut and Rhode Island. St. James's. Whereas we have been informed that upon occasion of the incursion of the French and Indians upon the frontiers of our Province of the Massachusets Bay, our Governour of that Province did write to you in the most pressing manner for a small assistance of men, but notwithstanding the urgent occasion, and that your security from the French and Indians depends upon the preservation of the Massachusets Bay against such incursions, you did refuse to contribute to their assistance; we do hereby signitye unto you that we very much disapprove such your refusal, and will and require you to assist the neighbouring Provinces as occasion may require for the mutual security of all our subjects in those parts. [C.O. 5, 1290. pp. 479, 480.]
March 23.
Whitehall.
206. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Nottingham. Pray him to recommend Lady Bellomont's petition [March 21] to the Queen. [C.O. 5, 1120. pp. 97, 98.]
March 23.
St. James's.
207. Order of Queen in Council. Ordering the Commission of Enquiry [March 23] to be sent to Lord Nottingham, who is to cause a warrant to be prepared for H.M. signature etc. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. 30, Read 31st March, 1704. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 78; and 5, 1290. p. 486.]
March 23.
St. James's.
208. Order of Queen in Council. Approving Letters to the Governments of Connecticut and Rhode Island and ordering the same to be prepared for H.M. signature. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed as preceding. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 79; and 5, 1290. p. 487.]
March 23.
Whitehall.
209. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Laying before H.M. the draught of Instructions for Governor Mathew relating to the Acts of Trade and Navigation. [C.O. 153, 8. p. 263.]
March 23.210. Order of Queen in Council. Approving above and ordering them to be prepared for H.M. signature. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. 30, Read 31st March, 1704. ¾ p. [C.O. 152, 5. No. 64; and 153, 8. p. 264.]
March 23.
Whitehall.
211. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Recommend the appointment of an Engineer to perfect the fortifications in Newfoundland; recommend the sending of supplies as proposed by Mr. Thurston (Feb. 22); and that the Commander of the Convoy take an exact muster of the soldiers there, etc. Set out, Acts of Privy Council, II. No. 926. [C.O. 195, 3. pp. 289–293.]
March 23.
St. James's.
212. Order of Queen in Council. Approving above Representation and ordering the Board of Ordnance to give the necessary directions accordingly. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. 30th, Read 31st March, 1704. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 14; and 195, 3. pp. 294, 295.]
March 23.
St. James's.
213. Order of Queen in Council. Approving above Representation, and referring the accounts etc. to the Lord High Treasurer. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed as preceding. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 15; and 195, 3. pp. 296, 297.]
March 23.
St. James's.
214. Order of Queen in Council. Approving above Representation, and directing the Lord High Admiral to give the necessary directions. Signed John Povey. Endorsed as preceding. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 16; and 195, 3. pp. 298–300.]
March 23.
Whitehall.
215. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. We have no objections to Mr. Bridger's accounts [see Dec. 9 etc.] except that the article of 200l. for attending the Admiralty, Treasury and Plantation Offices may be abated 100l. He will then be debtor to your Majesty 58l. 11s. 8d. But whereas he has further expectation of salary and recompense for his service in surveying the woods etc., we offer that the consideration of such his services may be referred to H.R.H. Council. [C.O. 5, 911. pp. 224, 225.]
March 23.
St. James's.
216. Order of Queen in Council. Ordering, upon above Representation, that the Council of Trade consider of a fit recompense for John Bridger. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. 30th, Read 31st March, 1704. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 863. No. 88; and 5, 911. pp. 232.]
March 24.
Whitehall.
217. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Dudley. H.M. has been informed that several prizes taken in the last warr against France were carryed into the Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, and that no due account of such prizes has been rendred to the Crown, and we are to direct you to give the necessary orders therein and that you be otherwise aiding and assisting to John Coleman, Merchant, or such person or persons within your Governments as are or shall be appointed by John Parkhurst for the recovery of the arrears due for such prizes. [C.O. 5, 911. p. 226.]
[March 27.]218. Mr. Jennings' Observations upon the Laws of Virginia relating to the Church, Courts, Revenue, liberty of the subject, Militia, seating lands, appointing sherrifs, electing Burgesses, Officers, and rates of money. Endorsed, Recd. 27, Read 29th March, 1704. 8 large pp. [C.O. 5, 1314. No. 2.]
March 27.219. Edward Jones to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Mr. Justice Bennet [see Feb. 28] will not insist on the six months' time allowed him, but is willing that I may forthwith return to my places, he nor Mr. Noden (who is concerned for the people of Bermuda) having noe instructions to make any prosecution against me. I therefore pray your Lordships to represent to H.M. that I may be restored to my places, having been suspended near 3 years, and the more for that I have now an opportunity to return to my family with the West India Fleet. Signed, Ed. Jones. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 27, 1704. 1 p. [C.O. 37, 6. No. 11; and 38, 5. pp. 466, 467.]
[March 28.]220. William Sharpe of Barbados and Barbara his wife to the Queen. Pray to be heard in the matter of James Cowes' petition before any order be made. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 28, 1704. 2½ pp. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 27.]
March 28.221. Grant of the Plantation of Monsieur Olivie, 150 acres, lying to the Westward of Monkey Hill in Basseterre quarter, St. Kitts, to Lieut. David Dunbar, "for his service in the reduceing the French part of this Island." Signed, Chr. Codrington. Sealed. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 42. No. 1.]
March 29.
Whitehall.
222. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lord Bishop of London. Col. Nicholson having transmitted to us a collection of Bills prepared by a Committee for the Revisal of the Laws of Virginia, and there being amongst them several for settling the affairs of the Church and Clergy, we do not think fit to proceed thereupon without your Lordship's assistance, and which we desire your Lordship to favour us with on any Fryday, Monday or Wednesday between 4 and 7 p.m. [C.O. 5, 1360. p. 458.]
[March 30.]223. Mr. Cater to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Agent for William Sharpe [March 28], he presents a memorial in his favour. Signed, Everard Cater. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 30, 1704. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 28.]
March 30.
Whitehall.
224. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Recommend for H.M. approval two Acts of New York, April 6, 1703, to enable the building of a larger Church for the French Protestants, and for the better maintenance of the Minister of New York City. [C.O. 5, 1120. pp. 99, 100.]
March 30.
St. James's.
225. Order of Queen in Council. Approving above Acts of New York. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. 4th, Read 12th April, 1704. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 1048. No. 80; and 5, 1120. pp. 100, 101.]
March 30.
St. James's.
226. Order of Queen in Council. Referring enclosed to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their report. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 10, 1704. 1 p. Enclosed,
226. i. Petition of Six Members of Council of Virginia to the Queen. Virginia, May 20, 1703. [Cf. April 10.] Nothing but a true regard to your Majesty's service, the peace and happiness of this Colony, and to that trust your Majesty has been pleased to repose in us, should have at present induced us to this unusual way of addressing your sacred Majesty for relief of ourselves and other your Majesty's good and loyal subjects of this country from the many great grievances and pressures we lye under by reason of the unusuall insolent and arbitrary methods of Government, as well as wicked and scandalous examples of life, which have been now for divers years past put in practice by H.E. Governor Nicholson, which we have hitherto in vain endeavoured, by more soft and gentle applications to himself, to remedy and prevent; but to our unspeakable grief, we have reaped no other fruit of our more private representations, but that thereby we have so highly exasperated the revengefull mind of the said Governour to the highth of implacable malice and enmity against ourselves and the better part of your Majesty's good and loyall subjects of this Colony, who are of the same sentiments, that without your Majesty's seasonable interposition, we cannot but apprehend the dangerous consequences of such practices, not only in kindling and fomenting of lasting feuds and animosities, but in endangering the publick peace and tranquility of this country. The particular instances of his maladministrations are so many that we have chosen rather to transmitt them in Memorialls to some noted friends of this country to be by them laid before such persons as your Majesty shall think fitt to appoint to examine them, humbly praying your Majesty's gracious consideration of our deplorable circumstances, and that the Government may be put into such hands as will observe your Majesty's laws and instructions, etc. Robert Carter, James Blair, Phil. Ludwell, J. Lightfoot, Mat. Page, Benj. Harrison. Copy. 2¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 1314. Nos. 3, 3.i.; and 5, 1360. pp. 462–465.]
[March 30.]227. Draught of a Bond to be entered into by Mr. Byfeild and others for the importation of 1,800 barrills of pitch and tarr in 2 years from Pennsylvania, Carolina etc. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 30, 1704. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 80; and 5, 1290. p. 485.]
[March 30.]228. Mr. Bridger to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Setting forth his services and hardships as Surveyor of Naval Stores in New England, and praying that 500l. a year may be allowed for his time spent in that service. Signed, J. Bridger. Endorsed, Recd. 30th, Read 31st March, 1704. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 863. No. 87; and 5, 911. pp. 233–236.]
March 31.
St. James's.
229. The Queen to the Attorney or Sollicitor General. Order to prepare a warrant granting the place of Secretary of the Leeward Islands to Charles Finch, in place of George Larkin, to enjoy the said office by himself or sufficient Deputy or Deputies etc. Signed, Nottingham. [C.O. 152, 39. No. 98.]
March 31.
Whitehall.
230. Wm. Popple, jr., to Sir Edward Northey. A Commission having been issued by the late King directed to the Lord Grey, Governor of Barbados, or to the Governor in Cheif for the time being, and to the then Councill and Councill for the time being, and severall other persons therein named for the trying of pirates there, in pursuance of a late Act of Parliament in that behalf, and some difficultys having arisen in Barbados, relating thereunto, and Sir Beville Granville, the present Governor, having had the opinion of the Attorney and Sollicitor Generall of Barbados thereupon, the Council of Trade and Plantations command me to send you the same here inclosed and to desire your opinion, whether it be necessary for H.M. to grant a new Commission or no. [C.O. 29, 8. pp. 424, 425.]
March 31.
Whitehall.
231. Wm. Popple, jr., to Josiah Burchett. Encloses extract of letter from Governor Handasyd, which the Council of Trade and Plantations desire you to lay before H.R.H. Councill. [C.O. 138, 11. p. 169.]
March 31.232. H.M. Commission to Coll. Handasyd to be Captain General and Governor in Chief of Jamaica. [C.O. 138, 11. pp. 171–193.]