America and West Indies
December 1704

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'America and West Indies: December 1704', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 22: 1704-1705 (1916), pp. 329-349. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=73673 Date accessed: 31 July 2014.


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December 1704

Dec. 1.
Whitehall.
697. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Hedges. Enclose depositions of deserters from Placentia [No. 598.i.]. 1 p. [C.O. 195, 3. pp. 349–351; and 194, 3. No. 34.]
[Dec. 1.]698. John Shippen, David Waterhous and others to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Propose to supply H.M. with 1,000 lasts of tar and 200 tuns of pitch annually from the Plantations. Signed, John Shippen, David Waterhous. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 1, 1704. ¾ p. [C.O. 323, 5. No. 65; and 324, 9. p. 40.]
[Dec. 1.]699. J. Fitch, Wm. Hancocke and others to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Propose to supply H.M. annually for 6 years with 30,000 bolts of sayle-cloth, and 4,000 tun of hemp (at 30l. per tun). Signed, J. Fitch, Wm. Hancocke. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 1, 1704. ¾ p. [C.O. 323, 5. No. 66; and 324, 9. p. 41.]
Dec. 1.
Whitehall.
700. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Hedges. Enclosing above proposals, as proper for the Commissioners of the Navy. [C.O. 324, 9. p. 42.]
Dec. 4.701. Charles Congreve to Mr. Popple. [I have] received a letter from Mr. Estwick by your order, requiring me to put in writing what I knew relating to the Governments of Connecticut and Rhode Island. As to Rhode Island, I have nothing more to offer than the generall charge that lyes against that place, which I have often heard from credible Merchants trading thither and others who have lived there; that the same is notoriously guilty of harbouring and encouraging pyrates, detaining and protecting soldiers, seamen and servants, that desert and run away from the Governments under the Crown, and for using illegall Trade. As to Connecticut, I have some particular instances of the irregularities committed there, which have occur'd to my knowledge, vizt. Under colour of their Letters Patents, they try robberies, burglaries, murders and other felonys, make Capital Laws, and punish with death. Freemen make proxies for election of members to serve in the Assembly. They have made a law that no Christians (not being of their community) shall meet to worship God or have a Minister, without lycence of the Generall Assembly. The frequent complaints that have been made of the arbitrary proceedings in their Courts of Judicature by people living amongst them, as particularly the annex'd case, which I am able to witness to, as farr as my having seen copies of the severall steps in that Proceeding with their publick seal appending thereunto. They have lately made a law imposing a duty on all commoditys brought thither by any person other than those who are of that Government. They allow of none of the Laws of England either Common or Statute to be pleaded in their Courts, but when to serve their owne purposes, nor suffer any to appeal from thence to the Queen in Council, by which means H.M. subjects are deprived of the benefit which all those who are under her immediate Government enjoy. Being appointed by my Lord Cornbury to come from England with his last packet to this Board, I humbly conceive I may be more capable of giving their Lordships some particular information of New York, when they are pleased to require it of me, and I thought it my duty to attend on the Board for that end before this occasion called me, but was waiting for the arrival of a vessell which was to depart New York in a month after my leaving that place, by which I expected some papers and instructions to be sent me, relating as well to New York as particularly to Connecticut and would have been of great use at this time, to amplify what has been hitherto sent over on the head of complaints against that place, which could not be got ready, by reason of perfecting those long accounts of the four Companies at New York, and so much other business his Lordship had to dispatch by the last conveyance relating to his own Governments, being the time of the Meeting of the Assemblys of both Provinces, and there being a necessity of his presence at Albany, and a sloop then fitted and attending him to goe that voyage at the rising of the Assembly of New York, etc. However if their Lordships please in the meantime to permit me to lay before them two or three observations of my own, relating to the present state of New York, as to the forces etc. and relating to Canada (having been commanded on the frontier each winter since the warr), I shall do it in the best manner I can, with some proposals which I presume may be of service to H.M. and her said Province, etc. Signed, Charles Congreve. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 4, 1704. 3 pp. Enclosed,
701. i. John Rogers to the Governor and Company of Connecticut, now assembled at N. Haven, 16th 8 month, 1701. I, John Rogers, doe desire and request of you an appeal before the King in England from these following sentences of your Courts, which have been very injurious to my self many ways and still is and to my two children, who are now in danger of being dispossessed of my inheritance through your unjust Acts of Courts which hath lay'd us naked to utter destruction, and I can have no releif from yourselves. (1) Taking from me my dear wife by an Act of your Generall Assembly, and refusing to give me any reason why, though often demanded at that and several following Generall Courts. (2) The taking away my two dear children by an Act of your Generall Court, for my refusing to be subject to your set up worship contrary to the rule of God's Word. (3) Taking from me house and land, even all my living and giving it to my wife during her naturall life after you had given her a bill of divorce, this was done by one of your Courts of Assistants, and I had no notice of it till I heard the Jury's verdict. (4) For the Generall Courts Act (after I was by them impoverish'd), who ordered me to pay to my aforesaid wife 20l. towards the bringing up of my two children, and ordered that the reversion of my liveing should stand for her security, I not paying the 20l. within the limited time set me by the said Generall Assembly, it should be hers for ever, soon after she marryed another man, and I by your County Court was imprison'd above a year, in which time of my imprisonment, the sett time of the Generall Court was expired, and her pretended husband came to the prison with the constable and two men, who demanded of me the said 20l. on the behalf of this pretended wife, who had cruelly abused my children; came to New London and proffer'd to me the sale of the said house and lands, and for a summ of money I bought it and took a deed of her unknown to her pretended husband, so that according to your Highest Courts Acts I have nothing to shew for the living but a deed from another man's wife, who hath left heirs behind him. (5) A Generall Court passed an Act that my son should be put out to some honest man to learn a trade, and instead of which he suffered hunger and hardship, but taught him noe trade nor other necessary learning to his great damage. (6) I was accused of blasphemy, I know not by who, and judged by a Court of Assistants to sitt on the gallows with a halter about my neck, and from thence to returne to prison, and there to continue till I paid 5l. for reproaching the Ministers, and there to give in a bond of 50l. not to disturb the Churches, or to continue in prison. I did, where I was kept till the next Court of Assistants, and then was took out and cruelly scourged, I know not for what, and when you had so done, you askt me whether I did not desire mercy at your hands, before (I suppose) some hundreds of people. I told you noe; forthwith you sentenc'd me to be whipp'd a second time, both times without the verdict of any Jury, and from the whip you sent me forthwith to the prison, where I was chained to the sill, without bed or covering, and neither meat nor drink offer'd me in the space of three days, where I lay six weeks in this perishing manner, chained to the sill, I know not for what; in which prison I was kept three year after, and then I demanded an Appeal by open proclamation, but could not have it granted, which demand proved very injurious to my body too much to relate here, till I was constrained to threaten the gaoler (noe more to torture myself and fellow prisoner, who had demanded an Appeal with me) upon his perrill, then was I released and he banished from his native countrey, and when I came home to my habitation I found horrible oppression and violence had been used upon many poor people for a pretended rate for the Minister of the town, and a meeting called to make another. I objected against the illegality of it, and the honoured Major Palms set in with me, and by the good hands of God wee put it by. But the Minister stood up hard for it, and challeng'd me to dispute it, and pretended he could prove it by Scripture, and engaged soe to doe, but hath hitherto waved it, and yet hath obtained a judgment of 600l. against me, and costs of Court for soe saying, soe that I have neither the assurance of my lands nor moveables, and therefore humbly petition that it may be carryed on at the King's charge, and if I cannot make good my charges and cause, I doe by these presents freely yeild up my body to perpetuall imprisonment. Signed, John Rogers, Senr. Copy. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 1262. Nos. 92, 92.i.; and 5, 1291. pp. 74–84.]
[Dec. 5.]702. Copy of Representations of Commissioners of the Customs, Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General, upon the draught of a Charter from Mr. Byfield etc. for importation of Naval Stores. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 5, 1704. 14 pp. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 93.]
Dec. 5.
Whitehall.
703. Council of Trade and Plantations. Enclosing following for H.M. Signature. Signed, Rob. Cecill, Ph. Meadows, Wm. Blathwayt, John Pollexfen, Mat. Prior. Autographs. 1 p. Enclosed,
703. i. The Queen to Governor Sir B. Granville. [See Nov. 30.] 2 pp. [C.O. 28, 38. Nos. 30, 30.i.; and 29, 9. pp. 111–114.]
Dec. 6.
H.M.S. Looe, Deptford.
704. Capt. Bridge to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The soldiers who subscribed the certificate of Capt. Lloyd's beating John Adams [see Nov. 15], did when summoned by me refuse to swear to it, but on the contrary, it appeared to me upon oath, that Adams opposing the work as much as in him lay, Capt. Lloyd, to prevent any prejudice that such an example might have done H.M. interest, corrected him with a small cane, but not so as to injure him in his health or business. Adams appeared to be, by the testimony of all his neighbours, a person of a debauch [ed] desolute life. I had him whipped for a theft. As to the "deposition of the inhabitants in his behalf," signed by nobody, I verily believe there was none such made. It was the opinion of all the officers as well as my own that Capt. Lloyd should repair to England to represent ye uneaseness of ye Garrison, and not upon account of misdemeanours, as Adams says, etc. Signed, J. Bridge. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 12, 1704. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 35.]
Dec. 6.
Antigua.
705. Col. Codrington to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Sir W. Mathews is dead. Since I am upon the place and now season'd to purpose, if yr. Lordsps. think it proper and H.M. find it agreable, I shall be willing to serve her here during the war, and beleive I may serve Her better than an other at present, for there are still some necessary things, especially wt. relates to our laws, to be done, wch. I fear an other Commander will not be able to accomplish, if he should design it. I cannot tell yr. Lordps. positively I shall, for a Genll. much wiser and abler than myself, with all the address and diligence possible must take a great deal of pains to doe very little good—but my Lords I humbly propose I may not serve to my loss as I have hitherto done, 1,600l. a year is as little as a Cheif Governor can possibly subsist on, and instead of four Deputy Governors, I also humbly desire there may be but one Lt. Governor of the whole to have 400l.(?) a year with a Company, and I'm sure ye public busnes will be better done this way. In every Iland the President of ye Council shoud take care of ye Civil affairs, and ye Commanding Officer of ye Military, for 'tis not easy to find men here qualifyed for both. Deputy Governors rather obstruct than promote public busnes, and 'tis to noe purpose to turn them out, when they deserve it, for their successors wd. be ye same. I have some experience here and I doe not speak by gues. I write this very much in hast, to send away by a vessel just ready to saile from Nevis. By ye next pacquet I shall enlarge on this and some other particulars. Signed, Chr. Codrington. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 5, 1704/5. Holograph. 2 pp. [C.O. 152, 6. No. 7; and 153, 9. pp. 87, 88.]
Dec. 6.
Custom House, London.
706. Commissioners of Customs to [? the Lord High Treasurer]. Refer to petition of John Taylor [see Aug. 30]. It appears not to us by what law or authority the duty [referred to] is exacted, nor do we know what power or authority they have by their Charter or Constitution to make Bye-Laws amongst themselves. But it seems to us very strange and unreasonable that any law or usage should be in any of H.M. Plantations, to make an Englishman a stranger or to pay any further duty then the inhabitants of the place. Signed, Sam. Clarke, T. Newport, A. Maynwaring, Will. Culliford, Jo. Werden. Autographs. Endorsed, Dec. 23, 1704. To be sent to the Council of Trade. [C.O. 5, 863. No. 125.]
Dec. 6.707. W. Bridges etc. to [? Mr. Popple]. Pray that the Report of the Board and Order in Council relating to Sir B. Granville may not be dispatched before the arrival of H.M.S. Milford, on which are papers from that Gentleman. Signed, W. Bridges, J. Stanley, Mel. Holder. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 6, 1704. 2 pp. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 68; and 29, 9. pp. 115, 116.]
Dec. 6.
Whitehall.
708. W. Popple, jr., to Mr. Burchet. When may H.M.S. Milford be expected? etc. [C.O. 29, 9. p. 116.]
Dec. 7.
Whitehall.
709. Mr. Secretary Hedges to Governor Handaside. Acknowledges letters. Your keeping the Spanish prisoners to be exchanged for English is approved etc. I desire you will lett me know what you have to propose for the ease of the two Regiments that the country, it seems, has hitherto taken little care of. Encloses 50 of the King of Spain's Proclamations. Refers to reported taking of Gibraltar. Signed, C. Hedges. [C.O. 324, 30. pp. 14, 15.]
Dec. 7.
Whitehall.
710. Mr. Secretary Hedges to Governor Sir Wm. Mathew. Acknowledges letters of Aug. 31 and Oct. 2. The evidences of your care for the defence of Montserrat and Antegoa are very acceptable here, and what you say of the regiments there [Aug. 31] carryes a great deal of reason with it. I shall do you what service I can in your pretensions to the post of Brigadier, and in case the regiment in your Government should become vacant, I shall, as you desire, represent to H.M. the expences you are at in visiting the several parts of it, and shall use my good offices for your obtaining that command. I observe what you write concerning the granting of lands in St. Christophers, and shall informe myself what may properly be done for H.M. service in that point. I have never heard of any application made here that your residence should be confined to Antegoa, when I do, I shall represent that it will be inconvenient for H.M. service for you to be tyed to one Island. The Acts you mention to have sent me by the Fleet of about 150 sail are not yet come to hand, the the most part of that fleet being not arrived, tho some of them are come into several Ports of England. I have laid before my Lord High Admiral that part of your letter which relates to the inconvenience of the Barbadoes Fleet not touching at Antegoa and Montserrat, and before the Office of Ordnance that part concerning your want of canon etc. for the security of merchant ships, but I wish you had been particular in the numbers of each, that measures might have been taken with more certainty than now they can be for your supply, etc. Signed, C. Hedges. [C.O. 324, 30. pp. 15–17.]
Dec. 7.711. Proclamation by the Hon. John Johnson, Chief Governor of all H.M. Carribbee Leeward Islands. Whereas by the decease of his late Excellency Sir Wm. Mathew, Knt., and because noe Lieut. Generall is appointed by H.M., and residing in any of these Islands, it doth appear by H.M. Commission to Sir Wm. Mathew, that the Government doth devolve upon me etc., I do hereby publish and declare that all Commissions, Civil and Military, are hereby confirmed, until they shall be altered. God save the Queen. [C.O. 154, 5. p. 106.]
Dec. 7.
Admiralty Office
712. Mr. Burchett to Mr. Popple. The Milford is daily expected. As for the answers to the heads of enquiry in relation to Newfoundland, they were sent from hence by the Coventry, which shipp being taken by the enemy, prevented any answers. Signed, J. Burchett. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 8. 1704. ¾ p. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 69; and 29, 9. p. 117.]
Dec. 8.
Whitehall.
713. W. Popple, jr., to Mr. Burchet. In reply to preceding, the Council of Trade and Plantations desire to be informed whether the duplicates of the Heads of Enquiry sent you Aug. 18 were given to Capt. Bridge, appointed Commodore of the Newfoundland Fishery, after the Coventry was carryed into France. [C.O. 195, 3. pp. 352, 353.]
Dec. 9.
Nevis.
714. Lt. Governor Johnson to the Council of Trade and Plantations. It having pleased Allmighty God to take to his mercy H.M. late Generall Sir W. Matthew, Knight, on 4th inst., at Antigua, whereby the Government of H.M. Leeward Carribee Islands is devolved upon me as Lt. Governor of H.M. Island Nevis, no care shall be wanting in me to perform my duty etc. Signed, John Johnson. Endorsed, Recd. 3rd, Read 5th March, 1704/5. 1½ pp. [C.O. 153, 6. No. 6; and 153, 9. p. 86.]
Dec. 9.
Whitehall.
715. Mr. Secretary Hedges to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses extract of letter from Governor Sir W. Mathew (Oct. 2) relating to cannon needed for the Leeward Islands. Signed, C. Hedges. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 13, 1704. 1 p. Enclosed,
715. i. Extract referred to above. ½ p. [C.O. 152, 5. Nos. 83, 83.i.; and 153, 9. p. 59.]
Dec. 11.716. Deposition of J. Huett of Pennsylvania, Mariner. Describes the trade of Scotch and Irish ships in provisions to France. Signed, Jno. Huett. 2½ pp. [C.O. 5, 1233. Nos. 51; and (duplicate) 52.]
Dec. 11.
Council Office.
717. John Povey to W. Popple. H.M. has thought fit to put off the hearing of the Agents of Connecticot and Rhode Island [see Nov. 30] till Jan. 4. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 12, 1704. Addressed. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 94.]
[Dec. 12.]718. Robert Baron to the Council of Trade and Plantations. During his abode as Minister in Bermuda, he endured great hardships from the inhabitants, who refuse to pay him such allowances as was usual for officiating at St. George's. Prays for relief. 1 p. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 12, 1704. 1 p. Enclosed,
718. i. An account of his expenses, hardships and affronts. 2¼ pp.
718. ii. Copy of an Act for settling a yearly Revenue upon the Ministers of Bermuda. 1 p. [C.O. 37, 6. No. 24; and (without enclosures) 38, 6. p. 86.]
Dec. 12.
Admiralty Office.
719. J. Burchet to W. Popple. Your letter relating to the Barbados and Leeward Islands Fleets will be communicated to H.R.H. the very first opportunity. Capt. Bridge is not returned to town. The Heads of Enquiry did not reach him before he sailed. Signed, J. Burchett. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 14, 1704. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 38; and 195, 3. p. 361.]
Dec. 12.720. Saml. Barwick, Agent of Governor Sir W. Mathew, to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Prays them to intercede with H.M. that the two Acts lately laid before them might pass, in order to be transmitted back to Sir W. Matthews. Petitions for ordnance etc. in accordance with the Governor's Instructions, Sept. 28. q.v. Signed, Samll. Barwick. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 12, 1704. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 5. No. 84; and 153, 9. pp. 57, 58.]
Dec. 12.
Whitehall.
721. W. Popple, jr., to J. Burchet. The Council of Trade and Plantations desire you to acquaint Commodore Bridge that they desire to speak with him to-morrow etc. [C.O. 195, 3. p. 353.]
Dec. 12.722. Wm. Cleland to Sir Charles Hedges. I am lately arrived from Barbados. The Governor caused his packets containing the Minutes of Council and his reasons for suspending four of the Members etc. to be put on board H.M.S. Millford, who by stress of weather lost her mainmast and bore away for Lisbon. When these papers arrive, they will give full satisfaction of the Governor's prudent conduct etc. Signed, Wm. Cleland. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 38. No. 31.]
Dec. 12.723. W. Popple to J. Burchet. Encloses extract from Governor Sir W. Mathew's letter, Oct. 2, relating to the Barbados and Leeward Islands fleets. [C.O. 153, 9. p. 54.]
Dec. 12.
Whitehall.
724. W. Popple, jr., to Mr. Furnesse. The Council of Trade and Plantations desire to know in what readyness the Seals for the Plantations are, and when you expect they will be finished, and that they may be dispatched with all speed. [C.O. 324, 9. p. 43.]
Dec. 13.
Whitehall.
725. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Board of Ordnance. Enquire what stores of war were sent with Sir W. Matthew and what are yet remaining of those ordered Feb. 23 (q.v.). [C.O. 153, 9. p. 60.]
Dec. 13.
Whitehall.
726. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. We have no objection to the request of Edward Chilton [No. 551.i.], he leaving such a sufficient Deputy as shall be approved by the Governour. [C.O. 29, 9. pp. 118, 119.]
Dec. 14.
St. James's.
727. Order of Queen in Council. Mr. Secretary Hedges to prepare a warrant for Mr. Chilton's leave of absence according to preceding. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read Jan. 31, 1704/5. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 71; and 29, 9. pp. 131, 132.]
Dec. 14.
St. James's.
728. Order of Queen in Council. Petition of the Four Councillors of Barbados for copies of papers etc. referred till the arrival of the Milford, and in the meantime all despatches from H.M. to Barbados relating to their case etc. to be respited. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 21, 1704. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 70; and 29, 9. pp. 122, 123.]
Dec. 14.
St. James's.
729. Order of Queen in Council. Hearing of the Agents of Connecticot and Rhode Island [Dec. 11], deferred till Feb. 1. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 15, 1704. ½ p. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 95; and 5, 1291. p. 85.]
Dec. 14.
St. James's.
730. Order of Queen in Council. Refer enclosed petition to the Council of Trade and Plantations to report upon. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 20, 1704. ¾ p. Enclosed,
730. i. R. Livingston to the Queen. Suspended from his office of Secretary of the Indian Affairs without cause by Governor Fletcher, prays that the said suspension may be taken off so that he may receive the salary due to him for services performed to the entire satisfaction of the Governors and Council of New York, as by their certificates appears. Signed, Robt. Livingston. Copy. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 1048. Nos. 98, 98.i.; and 5, 1120. pp. 235–238.]
[Dec. 14.]731. Mr. Lodwick to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Prays the Board to report upon the Act of New York declaring the illegality of proceedings against Bayard and Hutchins etc. Signed, Charles Lodwick. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 14, 1704. ½ p. [C.O. 5, 1048. No. 97.]
Dec. 14.
St. James's.
732. Order of Queen in Council upon the Charter desired by Tho. Byfeild, etc. [Dec. 5]. This being thought a matter more properly cognizable in both Houses of Parliament, H.M. is not pleased to give any further Order therein at present. [See Acts of Privy Council, II. pp. 465–469.] Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 21, 1704. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1262. No. 96; and 5, 1291. pp. 86, 87.]
Dec. 14.733. Mrs. Furnesse to Mr. Popple. Two Seals for the Plantations are finished, etc. Asks for directions. Signed, E. Furnesse. [C.O. 323, 5. No. 67; and 324, 9. p. 44].
Dec. 14.
Whitehall.
734. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Offer for H.M. approbation two Acts past at St. Christophers, Sept 23, (1) for raising a levy of 5s. per poll on all slaves to make good the deficiency of a former levy, (2) for raising 500l. sterl. for the rent of a house for Governor Sir W. Mathew. [C.O. 153, 9. pp. 61; 62.]
Dec. 14.
St. James's.
735. Order of Queen in Council. Approving two Acts of St. Kitts in accordance with above Representation. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. Read Jan. 10, 1704/5. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 152, 6. No. 3; and 153, 9. pp. 72–74.]
Dec. 15.
Whitehall.
736. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Quote Attorney General on Act of New York declaring the illegality of the proceedings against Bayard and Hutchins etc. [see Aug. 31st.]. We humbly submit to your Majesty whether Col. Bayard and Mr. Hutchins should not be required to enter into recognizance upon record, each of them for themselves and for each other in the penalty of 5,000l., that they will not either of them bring actions in the matter, or otherwise that a new Act be passed with proper clauses for the indemnification of persons who may be obnoxious to the Law by the defect of this Act, and upon either of the said conditions to be there determined, vizt., the return of a new Act so amended, or a certificate from the Governor of New York that Bayard and Hutchins have given security as aforesaid, we humbly offer that it may be signified to the Governor that your Majesty will be pleased to ratify and confirm either this present Act or the said new Act with proper amendments, as shall be expedient. [C.O. 5, 1120. pp. 233, 234.]
Dec. 15.
Whitehall.
737. W. Popple to Mrs. Furnesse. You are to deliver to me such Seals as are finished. [See Dec. 14.] [C.O. 324, 9. p. 45.]
Dec. 16.
Office of Ordnance.
738. Board of Ordnance to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Enclose account in reply to letter of Dec. 13. What are yet remaining have been a long while ready, if the Agent had made application. Signed, Granville, Wm. Bridges, C. Musgrave. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 20, 1704. ¾ p. Enclosed,
738. i. List of Ordnance and Ammunition sent, and ready to be sent, to the Leeward Islands, 1704. 3 pp. [C.O. 152, 5. Nos. 85, 85.i.; and 153, 9. pp. 64–68.]
Dec. 17.739. Governor Handasyd to Sir Charles Hedges. Acknowledges letter of Sept. 28 with the enclosed paper in relation to the exchange of French prisoners. My reasons against which I beg may be laid before H.M. in Councill. (1) We have taken in these parts during this war ten French men for one English man they have taken; and I find by experience and by compareing notes with the proceedings of the last war that the French men knew everything that was acted in Jamaica as well as if they had been upon the land themselves, but now the case is quite altered, they not knowing what we do. Their Governors declared that in the last war they should be sorry the Governor of Jamaica should drink a health at his table, but what they were immediately informed of; which must be done by the sloops and ships that went and came for the exchange of prisoners, or other intelligence by letters privately sent in those sloops. (2) All the prisoners of war were sent from the Windward Islands down to Hispaniola or Cuba, by which means they were constantly in a body to make attempts on the out parts of Jamaica, and burn and destroy Plantations and carry away the slaves, but since that has been prevented they have not had the force to make those attempts. Besides a great inconveniency will happen to our merchant ships for want of men to sail them home, which commonly by sickness or otherwise lose a great many in these parts, and are now supply'd by the French prisoners in sending 3 or 4 in a ship as there is occasion, obliging the Masters on their arrivall in England to deliver them to some of H.M. goals. It is at least 12 months before those prisoners that are sent to England can return here again, which is a great discouragement to those who have familys, and are settled in the West Indies; and will be a means to prevent their makeing the like attempts against us. As to these English prisoners in these parts, vizt., the Havanna, Carthagene, Porto Bell, Lugan, etc., they have amounted to no more than 28, 25 of which I have had in lieu of Spanish prisoners, the other three are aboard some vessell, whom the Spaniards promise shall be returned as soon as they come into port. As to what you mention of H.M. Commands in relation to that Gentleman [in margin Warles(?)], as soon as he comes here, I shall take care of him. I am now to acquaint you of the great inconveniencys that happens by our privateers, which, if not prevented, will ruine our correspondence with the Spaniards, for by their commissions they are empowered to take the Spaniard as well as the French; therefore I desire there may be some alteration made in their Instructions, that they may, under pretence of faith in tradeing with the Spaniards, intice them from the land and make a prey of them, which has been practised by some. If our privateers do only run against the French, except such of the Spanish nation as have correspondence with France or French goods on board, it may be of singular advantage to the trade and manufactory of Old England, as well as of Jamaica. Here is brought in about 5 weeks ago a French prize called Point Chateron of 320 tonn, 20 guns, 9 pattereroes, and 130 French men, by H.M.S. Mairmaid, Capt. Ryddall. The CustomHouse Officers tell me she will prove a very valuable prize, being loaden with wine, brandy, linnen etc. Severall ships from England and Ireland take out their clearings for Jamaica and some other of H.M. Colonies in the West Indies and go directly to Curasao or St. Thomas's with the English manufactory, by which means they draw the Trade from the English to the Dutch.
The Island is at present healthy, but has been sickly, tho' not attended with the usuall mortality. We have had two small earthquakes, but they have done no damage. Our wise Assembly met Sept. 21, and continued till Dec. 1st. The Lds. Commrs. of Trade's letter was laid before them, before their last adjournment, but they did with that as they have since done with our great and gracious Queen's, which I laid before them Sept. 22, with my Speech, which they were pleased to thank me for, but the next day arraigned me with that scandalous name of arbitrary etc., as they have likewise done the Council, after I had used all the methods I thought were proper to make them sensible of our gracious Queen's clemency and her care, as well as the vast expence she is at to preserve their lives and fortunes, and how farr they ought to be concerned in preserving the lives of those H.M. had sent for their preservation, a great many whereof had already lost their lives for want of quarters, and daily more might be expected to follow. Refers to Minutes of Council and Proclamation dissolving Assembly, "where you will find severall of their proceedings summ'd up, but one or two of them which I have therein omitted, are (1) That no Judge, J.P., or Assembly man should be obliged to serve in the Militia, unless upon an Insurrection or Invasion, and then to be in no other post but as Reformed Captains, which in one Assembly or two would render us wholly incapeable of haveing any men qualified to serve as Officers of the Militia, except Jews or Blacks, by which means, if any attempt should be made by the enemy, it might tend to the utter destruction of the Island. (2) They resolved to punish the Attorney General, Provost Marshall, Deputy Receiver General and Clerk of the Council as they thought fitt, and so retrench further and further on the Queen's prerogative, of which never any president was known in these parts, without first desiring leave and giving reasons. which if they had done it in a decent manner, should never be refused them. The several objections made by the Lord High Treasurer upon the Revenue Act, I shall take care, as soon as the Assembly sits (which will be in 5 or 6 months, unless H.M. sends me Instructions to the contrary) to give satisfactory answers to. I understand H.M. designs to relieve the two Regiments here, by sending two which, I imagine, will be new raised. If so, we may expect after their arrival a great mortality, by which means H.M. will loose her subjects, as well as be at a vast expence in sending them, and the Island rendered incapable of defending itself. I therefore make this proposal to be laid before H.M. in Council—that in case I have two companys added to my Regiment with 50 recruits, and the remainder to be taken out of Col. Livesay's Regiment, to make every company 70 or 80 men, whereby one Regiment will be as many as the two Regiments were at 34 men a company, with leave to exchange such officers out of Col. Livesay's Regiment as have a mind to stay here for such of mine as have a mind to go home, it will very much conduce to H.M. service and the preservation of this Island. It is contrary to my own interest. H.M. ships of war here are in very indifferent condition, haveing had much sickness, and being in great want of men, which I do all that I can to supply with sailors, and where they are defective, with soldiers. I received a letter from Governor Sir B. Greenvill which gives an account of a strong squadron of French men of war suddenly expected at Martineco, with land forces aboard, which by what wee can learn are designed for Jamaica. In case they do come, I doubt not but we shall shew ourselves faithfull servts. to our Queen and country. Here was brought in the 11th inst. by a Jamaica Privateer a French ship; but I do not hear she had anything else in her but 4,000 pieces of eight." Refers to enclosures. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. 7 pp. [C.O. 137, 51. No. 3.]
Dec. 17.
Jamaica.
740. Governor Handasyd to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Acknowledges letter of Aug. 25. Repeats preceding. Encloses Lists of ships, Public Accounts etc. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, Recd. 12th, Read Feb. 15th, 1704/5. 8 pp. Enclosed,
740. i. Deposition of S. Lovell. Oct. 25, 1704. On Feb. 1, Grand Court, 1702/3, I moved the Court on behalf of H.M. that several persons there bound by recognizance to appear might have the oaths tendered them according to Law, upon which Mr. Totterdell stood up and said he wondered to hear such a motion made at this time of day, for that no such thing was practised in England now. I asked him what he had to do to interpose in the Queen's affairs, he answered he did it as amicus curiœ etc. At last I moved the Cheif Justice that he would command him silence, which he accordingly did. I asked the Chief (after I came out of Court) if he thought it fitt to acquaint the Governor with Mr. Totterdell's behaviour, he told me that had it been anybody but Mr. Totterdell that had made such a motion, he would have committed him, and told me that Totterdell had been with the Governor the evening before, and had complained of him, and desired of the Governor that he might not be called rogue and rascall in the Court, as he had formerly been, for which reason he would not committ him, least it might look like revenge, and thought it more convenient for me to acquaint the Governor of what had hapned in Court, rather than himselfe, for the former reason, but desired me to doe it in his name, which I did. Signed, Sam. Lovell. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 12, 1704. 1 p.
740. ii. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Oct. 6, 1704. 1 p.
740. iii. Information of Robert Hotchkyn, Attorney General, against Hugh Totterdell for using scandalous and seditious words against the Governor, and for withholding a pacquet under the Queen's seal from him for seven weeks etc. 1 p. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 1 p.
740. iv. (a) Naval Officer's List of Plantation Bonds taken at Port Royal, Feb. 19–Sept. 17, 1704. 20 ships (of which 17 bound for America and 3 for London).
(b) Naval Officer's List of Plantation Bonds taken at Kingston, Feb. 19—Nov. 17, 1704. 19 ships, 15 bound for America, 2 for London. Signed, Bar. Jenkins. Endorsed as preceding. The whole, 2 pp. [C.O. 137, 7. Nos. 2, 2.i.–iv.; and (without enclosures) 138, 11. pp. 359–371.]
Dec. 18.
St. James's.
741. Order of Queen in Council. Approving Representation, No. 736. Governor of New York to be signified accordingly. [Cf. Acts of Privy Council, II. p. 414.] Signed, Chris. Musgrave. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 14, 1704/5. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 1048. No. 99; and 5, 1120. pp. 277, 278.]
Dec. 18.
Cockpitt.
742. Sir C. Hedges to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The House of Commons having this day given leave for a Bill to be brought in to encourage the importation of Naval Stores from H.M. Plantations in America; it is H.M. pleasure that you prepare a draught of what you think proper for such a bill, and transmit it to me as soon as conveniently you can to be laid before the House. Signed, C. Hedges. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 19, 1704. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 5. No. 68; and 324, 9. p. 45.]
Dec. 19.
Whitehall.
743. W. Popple, jr., to J. Burchett. Encloses Governor Handasyd's letter of June 19, to be laid before H.R.H. Council. [C.O. 138, 11. pp. 356, 357.]
Dec. 19.744. Memorandum of queries delivered to Capt. Bridge relating to the state of Newfoundland. [C.O. 195, 3. p. 362.]
[Dec. 19.]
Whitehall.
745. Copy of Order of Queen in Council, Nov. 19, 1702, for the encouragement of troops sent to the West Indies. [See Acts of Privy Council, II. No. 886.] Signed, William Blathwayt. Endorsed, Recd. Dec. 19, 1704. [C.O. 388, 75. No. 104; and 388, 36. pp. 225, 226.]
Dec. 21.
Whitehall.
746. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Hedges. In reply to letter of Nov. 1 (q.v.), we have been attended by some persons lately inhabitants of New York, who confirm petition of M. Plowman. The value of the provisions might amount to 600l., as is alledged by petitioner etc. We do not conceive his claim to be a debt of justice, yet his condition is such that he appears to us an object of charity. Autograph signatures. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1084. No. 23; and 5, 1120. pp. 238, 239.]
Dec. 21.747. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Hedges. Enclose Mr. Lambert's letter (June 27) and extract of letter from Governor Sir W. Mathew relating to an exchange of prisoners. [C.O. 153, 9. pp. 69, 70.]
Dec. 21.
Whitehall.
748. W. Popple, jr., to W. Lowndes. The Council of Trade and Plantations desire you to move my Lord Treasurer that they may have from the Commissioners of Customs an account of the pitch, tar, rozin, and hemp imported from Christmas, 1702, to this time, with the particular places from whence imported, with all convenient speed. [C.O. 324, 9. p. 46.]
[Dec. 23.]749. Mr. Jackson, Minister at Newfoundland, to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses following, "giving the occasion of the souldiers' revolt from the Fort and service, that your Honours may use your best interest and speediest care for its security next year, that a fresh company may be sent over with officers of integrity etc." Signed, John Jackson. Endorsed, Recd. Dec. 23, Read Jan. 9, 1704. Addressed. Sealed. Holograph. 1½ pp. Enclosed,
749. i. Soldiers at St. John's to H.M. Pray to be relieved. Seated in a hard and unhospitable country, most of us have served for 7 or 8 years, living in hopes for these four years last past of being relieved, etc. Sept. 9, 1704. Copy. 1 p.
749. ii. List of Officers and Soldiers at Newfoundland. [? Signatories of preceding.] 1 p.
749. iii. Masters of ships and inhabitants of Newfoundland to Commodore Bridge. Petition his care in preventing the threatened desertion of the soldiers. St. John's Harbour, Sept. 2, 1704. 17 Signatures. Copy. 1 p. Endorsed as letter.
749. iv. Certificate of the soldiers at St. John's in favour of Mr. Jackson. He was in no way an abettor of our revolt from Capt. Lloyd, etc. Sept. 16, 1704. 68 signatures. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 1 p.
749. v. Certificate of the Inhabitants of St. John's Harbor and Masters of ships as to the sober and peaceable life of John Jackson, etc. July 21, 1704. 82 signatures. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 2 pp.
749. vi. Declaration of the Old and Chief Inhabitants of St. John's Harbor. Capt. Lloyd hath used his utmost endeavours to seduce us from the service of God in this place. He has used the Queen's money and his office to engross commodities on their arrival and force up prices against us. Whereas he has often summoned us and our men to the service of the Queen's Garison, we cannot get our pay, altho' allowed him by the Queen; instead of money many of us have received blows. He raised 30l. or 40l. tax upon the inhabitants for the charge of spies to Placentia, and forced them to be contented with some small quantity of liquor. He bought great quantities of liquor and compelled his soldiers to buy rum of his sutlers at 3s. per gall. The testimonials in his favour were given thoughtlessly by men ignorant of his behaviour, etc. 21 signatures. Endorsed as preceding. 2 large pp. [C.O. 194, 3. Nos. 40, 40.i.–vi.; and (without enclosures) 195, 3. pp. 364–366.]
Dec. 23.
Custom House.
750. Mr. Davenant to Mr. Popple. Encloses account of hemp and rozin, pitch and tarr imported in 1702, 1703. Signed, Charles Davenant. The amounts from the Plantations:=1702: Carolina, pitch and tar, 18 last, 4 barrels; New England, 26cwt. rozin; Virginia and Maryland, pitch and tar, 4 last, 3 barl. 1703: Carolina, pitch and tar, 34 last, 10 barl.; New England, 48cwt. rozin; 5 last pitch and tar; Virginia and Maryland, pitch and tar, 2 last, 2 barl. [C.O. 412, 549. pp. 343–345; and 389, 18. pp. 329–331.]
Dec. 28.
Bermuda.
751. Lt. Governor Bennett to Mr. Popple. Refers to following. Signed, B. Bennett. P.S.—The enclosed peice of counterfeit money was produced with several others on the trial of Lt. Henley, etc. Endorsed, Recd. 18th, Read April 24th, 1705. Addressed. Holograph. 1 p. [C.O. 37, 7. No. 5; and 38, 6. p. 105.]
Dec. [? 28].
Bermuda.
752. Lt. Governor Bennett to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Refers to letter of Oct. 20 etc. I have again enclosed one Sollomon Sears his affidavit, and transmitted copies of the same to my Lord High Admiral and Mr. Secretary Hedges, and by the vessell that carrys this to Jamaica (in order for the packet boat) I send an attested copy under the seal of the Island to the Governor there. Repeats part of letter of Oct. 20. Encloses, Proceedings on two Indictments the last Assizes against one Mr. Henley, Lieut. to H.M. Company of Foot here, together with other papers relating to him, copies of all which I have also sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges. As for the Soldiers' Petition concerning their Officer, that was presented to me some time before his trialls, but I delay'd ordering an examination thereon, because I would not load him with afflictions, but the men have so often sollicited me for a hearing, that I could not reasonably avoid having their affidavits taken and promised to transmitt them home. Least I may be thought (or by management from hence be said) to have been prejudiced to the Lieut., I think it will not seem ungenerous to incert, that from the first three months after his coming here (which is now above 3½ years) I have continually contributed towards his support, for his pay as Lieut. was not sufficient considering his charge, which kindness he in part owns in one of his trials, by saying I had been a father to him. I would not have permitted him to have been indicted for threatening to kill me, had he not exprest himself to that purpose more than once, for being informed by one Charles York that he had spoke to that purpose, I sent for Lieut. Henley, and charging him with it told him, if he took anything ill of me, I would give him the opportunity of taking a more gentlemanlike satisfaction than basely murdering me, but he with all the imprecations imaginable denied the whole matter; some time afterwards the Attorney General told me that by witnesses he could prove the Lieut. had several times declared he would shoot or stab me, and added that a soldier in the Company would discover that he was guilty of coining, but was afraid, for that his Lieut. swore he would shoot him through the head if ever he betrayed him. Upon which I ordered the Justices of the Peace to enquire into it, and the consequences were as sett forth in the enclosed trials. As for his Petition to me herewith sent, I know not the meaning, for every thing that's requested I had granted before that was delivered, but he's under the management of Capt. Nelson, therefore expect all the contrivances that can be. I am concern'd for his family, and hope H.M. will be graciously pleased to consider their unhappyness, especially as to the fine. My letters to your Lordships since June 10, were of Aug. 12 and duplicate thereof on Oct. 20, etc. To my brother I transmitted all Proceedings against Capt. Jones, late Sheriff here, concerning the perjury etc., which I presume he has laid before your Lordships. Amongst the Proceedings at the Assizes, there's an Indictment against Capt. Nelson, the matter in which demonstrates inveterate and canker'd malice, and that they will stick at no inventions to hurt my character in these parts, few people knowing the dignity of the post of Head Bailiff of Westminster, and I presume it's equally as inconsistant to beleive my father under that character should suffer his mother to keep an Ale house as he to doe it himself. My Lords, I am sorry the many accidents and disturbances that hath attended this Government occasions my letters generally to be so tedious, but I hope I do not suffer under the censure of impertinency. Signed, Ben. Bennett. Endorsed, Recd. 18th, Read April 24th, 1704. Holograph. 3¾ pp. Enclosed,
752. i. Affidavit of Solomon Seares. Duplicate of No. 613. i.
752. ii. Copy of Petition and Affidavits of the Company of Soldiers at Bermuda for a Court Martial to try Lieut. Robt. Henley, for encouraging his men to steal. He is of such a morose, severe and treacherous a temper that we dread the continuance of his command etc. 41 signatures. Endorsed as letter. 5pp.
752. iii. Lt. Henley to Lt. Governor Bennett. Professes repentence for his crimes and prays for credit for his subsistence money. Signed, Robt. Henley. Endorsed, Recd. April 18, 1704. ¾ p.
752. iv. Copy of warrant for the arrest of Lt. Henley, upon evidence of his threatening to shoot the Governor and coining counterfeit Spanish money. Nov. 8, 1704. Signed, Tho. Burton, Danl. Johnson, John Dickenson, Wm. Outerbridge, Richd. Gilbert. 4 pp.
752. v. Copy of proceedings of a Court of Assize, Bermuda, Dec. 4–9, 1704. The Grand Jury:—Christopher Smith, foreman, John Askew, Hump(h)rey Burchall, James Wright, Jeremiah Burges, William Watlington, Samuel Newbold, John Harriott, Lt. Thomas Wood, George Tucker, Wm. Davis, senr., Wm. Cox, senr., Horatio Mathelyn, Wm. Baisden, John Lightbourne—returned a true bill against Lt. Henley, on the evidence of Dr. Josias Starr, Sarah Forster, and Charles York, for threatening the Governor, and another for coining. He was acquitted of the latter charge. Jury: Capt. Daniel Keele, Foreman, Abraham Adderly, Stephen Wright, Samuel Dunscombe, John Righton, Elias Stobald, John Outerbridge, Thomas Wilkinson, Wm. Righton, Josias Forster, Thomas Burch, Capt. Jeremiah Burrows. Condemned on the former charge to be imprisoned till H.M. pleasure be signified, and fined 500l. sterl. 8pp.
752. vi. Copy of proceedings of the same Court of Assize. A true Bill was found against Gilbert Nelson for stirring up sedition by saying the Governor was the Duke and had none but perjured villains in his Council, except two, and they were but indifferent because they knew no better, and that ever since the Governor came here he hath protected villainy and perjury, and therefore could not be much better himself; that H.E.'s grandmother kept an ale-house, and that "if this is all, the head Bailiff of Westminster did keep an ale-house" etc. He was granted a traverse until the next Assizes. A verdict of chance medley was returned against Benjamin Stow, who accidentally killed his companion Thomas Ming.
Indictment against Dr. Josias Starr for vilifying several Members of Council etc. quashed, owing to an error in the commitment by the Clerk.
Traverse to the next Assizes allowed upon the indictment of Mathew Newnam for a common disturber of the peace. Endorsed as letter. 2½ pp. [C.O. 37, 7. Nos. 6, 6.i.–vi.; and (without enclosures) 38, 6. pp. 105–114.]
[Dec. 29.]753. Capt. Lloyd's reply to the charges against him. [See No. 606.] Refers to enclosures. There are several forgeries among the signatures. This mutiny was chiefly caused by Mr. Jackson, the Chaplain. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 29, 1704. 2½pp. Enclosed,
753. i. Certificate of the Masters of ships in St. Johns Harbour in praise of Capt. Lloyd. Sept. 5, 1704. 42 signatures. 2 pp.
753. ii. Certificate of Inhabitants of St. Johns Harbour in praise of Capt. Lloyd. Sept. 16, 1704. 64 signatures. 2½ pp.
753. iii. Enquiry held by Capt. Timothy Bridge, C. in C. of the Newfoundland Convoy, Sept. 12, 1704. Upon the petition of the soldiers, enquiry was made into the behaviour of Capt. Lloyd. It was found that he had strictly complied with his orders from England and paid the soldiers their full subsistence, cloathing, etc. to May 1st. By the unanimous declaration of the inhabitants it appears that he has at all times acted like a man of honour and good Governor, and given much encouragement to the industry of the people and fishery here, and that by his prudent management the desertion of many of the said soldiers has been prevented. The great desire the soldiers have to return to England, and not any ill-treatment they have received from Capt. Lloyd, is the sole occasion of their uneasiness and complaint against him, and that they threaten to desert, in hopes thereby to be the sooner relieved by other men from England. Capt. Lloyd is hereby ordered aboard H.M.S. Looe for England, in order to his laying before H.M. the uneasiness of the soldiers etc. Signed, T. Bridge, Jona. Spann, P. Chamberlen, David Roberts, Admll., Honry Haryman (?), Vice-Adml. 4 pp.
753. iv. Petition of Masters of ships and inhabitants of St. Johns to Capt. Lloyd for aid from the garrison in curing their fish, "by reason of the great want of men in this place." Signed, Henry Hayman, senr., Robt. Holdsworth, John Pounce, John Marshall, John Collin. 1¾ pp.
753. v. Receipt for the payment of the Company till Sept. 22, 1704, with pay sheet. 2 large pp.
753. vi. John Roope to Capt. Lloyd. St. John's, July 6 and Aug. 7, 1704. Applies for and acknowledges receipt of 20 and six men to go to Shoale Bay to fetch the timber for fixing the boom. Signed, John Roope. 1¾ pp.
753. vii. Officers' assignment of men in response to preceding. July 6, 1704. Signed, Tho. Lloyd, John Moody, Robt. Latham. ¾ p.
753. viii. Certificate by Lt. Latham as to Capt. Lloyd's readiness to assist in forwarding the boom etc. Oct. 11, 1704. Signed, Robert Latham. 2½pp.
753. ix. Capt. Bridge to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The soldiers who subscribed John Adams' certificate refused to swear to it when summoned by me. It appeared upon oath to me that Adams opposing the work, Capt. Lloyd, to prevent any prejudice from his example, corrected him with a small cane, but not so as to injure him. Adams (see Nov. 15) appeared a person of a debauched life and was convicted of burglary. The Admirals agreed with me that he was in the wrong. And see No. iii. Signed, T. Bridge, H.M.S. Looe, Dedforde, Dec. 6, 1704. 1 p.
753. x. Affidavit of Michael Clarke, late of St. Johns. Adams obtained the soldiers' signatures when they were "very much concerned in drink," etc. Signed, Mich. Clarke. 1 p.
753. xi. Affidavit of M. Clarke. Mr. John Jackson, the Minister, intrigued with Lieut. Moody and the soldiers against Capt. Lloyd, treating them with wine etc. Signed, Michl. Clarke. 1 p.
753. xii. Receipts of the spies for the money paid them for going to Placentia. Signed, Ed. Raw (X), Jn°. Jordan, John Knight (X), Phill. Morris (X). Sept. 1704. 2 pp.
753. xiii. Officers of the Garrison at Fort William, St. Johns Harbour. Certificate in praise of Capt. Lloyd. Oct. 5, 1704. Signed, John Moody, Robt. Latham, John Huxford, Tho. Adams. 1p.
753. xiv. Certificate of Capt. Bridge, Capt. Spann and Capt. Chamberlain that on Sept. 13, 1704. a considerable number of the inhabitants owned that they freely signed a paper in favour of Capt. Lloyd, desiring that he might be continued amongst them. Signed, T. Bridge, Jona. Spann. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 194, 3. Nos. 39, 39.i-xiv.]
Dec. 31.
Jamaica.
754. Governor Handasyd to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Since mine of Dec. 17, I have got the Minutes of the Assembly, which I could not obtain before, they still pretending one ffrivolous excuse or other, as I do imagine being ashamed of their Proceedings. I send them to your Lordships, by which you will plainly see what a headstrong, ungovernable people I have to deal withall, who are so much bigotted to their own opinions that they think themselves above both the laws of God and man. I am mighty apprehensive of their unhuman proceedings to the two Regiments here, the next Assembly; the Quartering Act will expire Aug. 1; they publickly declare they will allow 7s. 6d. a week to the private sentinalls, and nothing at all to the Officers, they saying they have no occasion for the Officers, but for the Soldiers to be their drivers and to people the country; which resolution if they should continue in, it will be an impossibility for the Officers to live. Therefore I humbly recommend to your Lordships' consideration, what methods shall be taken that I may be prepared if the worst should happen; and I do assure your Lordships that all prudent care imaginable shall be taken to endeavour to reclaim them by fair means, still preserving H.M. royal authority and the interest of Old England, neither of which must ever be lost where I am concerned, whilst I have a drop of blood in my veins to defend them. Once more I must heartily recommend to your Lordships our privateers, that some alterations may be made that they may not meddle with the Spaniards, which if they do it will wholly ruine our trade, since the Dutch Governors have orders to make that alteration in their Commissions and Instructions, by which means they will draw the whole trade to themselves, I not daring to make any alterations without first having H.M. or H.R.H. orders. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, Recd. 3rd, Read March 5th, 1704/5. 2 pp. [C.O. 137, 7. No. 4; and 138, 11. pp. 379, 380.]
[Dec.]755. Copy of Act of St. Christopher's, July, 1702, for presenting Governor Codrington with 50 slaves. Signed, Chr. Codrington. 1p. [C.O. 152, 5. No. 82.]