|Feb. 16.||114. Affidavit of soldiers in Town lately arrived from
Newfoundland, as to Capt. Lloyd's mulcting them of their pay,
trading in H.M. stores, violent behaviour, Sabbath-breaking etc.
See March 29. 5 signatures. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 26,
1705/6. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 125.]|
|Feb. 16.||115. House of Commons to the Queen. Pray that orders
may be given for timely convoys to Newfoundland in detail.
See Commons' Journal, Feb. 16, 1705/6. Endorsed, Recd. Read
Feb. 21, 1705/6. Copy. 1½ pp. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 119.]|
|116. Governor Handasyd to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Acknowledges letter of Oct. 29. I shall serve
Mr. Dummer to the uttermost of my power, but as to his packettboats, I am apprehensive there is a great mismanagement in
loading them too deep, through which means I am of opinion
the Barbadoes miscarried: she ran ashoar on the Island of
Heniagoe, Dec. 28, on her voyage to England, as I have an
account by the Capt., who arrived here two days since with
all his men except his Lieut. and Chief Mate, in a small barke
they made of the rack of the packett-boat, after she was cast
ashore, and coming back to Jamaica with the mail and what mony
was shipt on board the packett-boat, which I am informed was
a very considerable summ, were taken by a French privateer,
who plundered them of their money (the mail being thrown
overboard) took the Lieut. and Chief Mate, and lett the Captain
and the rest of his men go. The goods they saved on the Island
they were cast away, and Mr. Dummer's Agent, Mr. Wood,
and other persons concerned, are fitting out a sloop from hence
to fetch them, the goods being of very great value. We have
an account from the Windward Islands, of great preparations
the French are making at Martineco, as it is supposed either
to attack this Island or some other of H.M. Colonies in these
parts, they having called in their privateers, some ships are
arrived from France, and more are daily expected, the number
of them I cannot yet learn, or what forces they may have on
board, but by a letter from Curasao to a merchant here, I have
advice that 4 French men of war are arrived at Tobago, with
300 souldiers on board each etc. If their designe is on this Island,
I shall take all possible care to put every thing in as good a
posture of defence as we are capable of, etc., as Jan. 16. I shall
be obliged to lay an imbargo on all vessells after the packett
boat is sailed, till we have a further account of what the enemies'
designe is. Our men of war here are almost ready to go to sea,
but are in great want of men, and I am affraid if shipping does not
come in, I shall be obliged to press men on the Island to supply
them. The two additional Companys for my Regiment are not
yet arrived; and we still want 150 men to compleat our Companys,
70 men each according to the establishment, which I hope your
Lops., since we are so threatened, will take care we are supply'd
with. Encloses deposition of Dr. Ogle, physician to the fleet,
by which your Lops. will be informed of such hardships, as I
never have met withall, and likewise my proceedings therein.
Prays for the Board's favour and protection on behalf of myself
and Regiment, that neither I as a Collonel may loose my post
in the army, nor my Regiment its cors. My Commission as
Brevett Coll. bears date June 28, 1701, and that for the Regiment
June 20, 1702, by which I believe I am now an old Collonell.
One of our privateers having taken a Spanish advice boat two
days since, I send the most material letter that was found on
board translated into English. Signed, Tho. Handasyd.
Endorsed, Recd. 12th, Read 15th April, 1706. 2 pp. Enclosed,|
|116. i. Letter from a merchant at Cadiz, Dec. 20, to a
correspondent at La Vera Cruz referred to in preceding.
Our King hath not wherewith to pay one soldier etc.
Complains of taxation etc. Same endorsement. 1 p.|
|116. ii. Letter from a correspondent at Curacoa to Mr. Gautier
in Jamaica. Feb. 17, 1706. There is an imbargoe laid
here because there is daily expected at Martinique 16 men
of war and 4 briganteens laden with provisions and
ammunition, wch. are fitting out at Rochefort. This
news came by 4 ships of war arrived at Tobago, each
with 300 soldiers. The expedition is said to be against
this Island and Jamaica etc. Same endorsement. 1 p.|
|116. iii. (a) Copy of Deposition of Dr. Ogle. Jamaica,
Jan. 30, 1705/6. Capt. Jemisson, in company with
Sir W. Whetstone, Capt. Allen and deponent, said that
the Governor told him there was an affidavit sent home
agt. him. Capt. Allen replied there would a great
many affidavits go home agt. the Governor of his
arbitrary and unjust proceedings, and that he was a
rascall and a villain, had neither honour nor honesty,
and that he would prove when he gott home etc., etc.
Signed, Nicholas Ogle. Subscribed,|
|(b) I must confess I was dissatisfied at Capt. Allen's
misbehaviour in running away from the two French
merchant ships, of 46 guns worth 100,000,000 of livres,
the other of 26 men with 100 barrills of indigo and a
great deal of money, and wrote my opinion to Admiral
Whetstone, etc., which I suppose was the occasion of
his speaking such scandalous words behind my back.
But I thank God nobody ever dared to say so to my
face, or justify it. The Magistrate by whom the
deposition was taken immediately issued out a warrant
for the apprehending of Capt. Allen, he being then
ashore. But as soon as I had notice of his barbarous
usage of me, I went on board the Montague to decide
the matter as a man of honour ought to do, where I
found Capt. Allen in such a submissive posture, that
if he had killed my father, I could not have drawn my
sword agt. him. He made reparation as follows. Signed,
|(c) I heartily beg pardon for any words or actions
by me said or done against H.E. etc. Signed, B. Allen.
Jan. 31, 1705/6. Copies. Same endorsement. 2 pp.
[C.O. 137, 7. Nos. 21, 21, i.–iii; and (without enclosures)
138, 11. pp. 448–453; and (extract of covering letter and
duplicate of No. iii.) 137, 45. Nos. 74, 74.i.]|
|117. Governor Handasyd to Mr. Secretary Hedges. I am
honoured with yours of Nov. 29, etc. I shall take particular
care that the Spaniards have as much notice of [our glorious
success in Catalonia] as possible, who I find generally very well
inclined to King Charles' interest, except such as are in great
imployments with French officers, who are as spys over them
in all their actions. Repeats parts of preceding letter. The Island
is at present healthy again, but has been attended with great
mortality. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, R. May 21.
1½ large pp. [C.O. 137, 45. No. 75.]|
|Feb. 18.||118. Mr. Bridger to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Mr. Heathcote (Feb. 4) barely asserts every particular without
any proof or explanation. I do, with the result of my own
experience, say it is impossible, and he cannot performe any one
thing he aims at, etc. Signed, J. Bridger. Endorsed, Recd.
Read Feb. 18, 1705/6. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 7;
and 5, 1120. p. 412.]|
|119. Mr. Sec. Hedges to Governor Nott. You are to permit
merchants' ships to sail from Virginia after the departure of the
convoy, without being embargoed there, in case a second convoy
be not sent to bring them away in Sept. Signed, C. Hedges.
Similar letter, mutatis mutandis, to the Governor of Maryland.
[C.O. 324, 30. p. 71.]|
|120. Sir C. Hedges to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
The House of Commons having given leave for a Bill to be brought
in relating to the Proprietary and Charter Governments in
America, I send you a draught of what has been prepared for
that purpose for your observations thereon. Signed, C. Hedges.
Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 19, 1705/6. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1263.
No. 62; and 5, 1291. p. 323.]|
|121. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Hedges. Return preceding Act with some alterations. We do
not determine whither the last clause may not too much restrain
H.M. Prerogative. Annexed,|
|121. i. Amended Draught of Bill for the better regulation of
Charter and Proprietary Governments in America and
for the encouragement of the trade of this Kingdom and
of H.M. Plantations. 5 pp. [C.O. 5, 3. No. 27;
and 5, 1291. pp. 324–332.]|
|Feb. 19.||122. Heads of Complaints against Mr. Jones, Sec. of
Bermuda, delivered to Mr. Bradshaw for his answer, by the
Council of Trade and Plantations. Same as C.S.P. 1701, No.
797.ii., with additions; (20) He hath falsely represented the
tempers and dispositions of the inhabitants. (21) Hath
rendered himself so very obnoxious, that the Council, to whom
he is by his Patent Clerk, refuse the doing business if
he attends them, being, as they say, the professed enemy to the
the people of that Island. (22) He occasions the stagnation of
all publick business, for the Courts will not proceed, if he be their
clerk (see Oct. 9, 1705). (23) He has commenced his action
against one of the tenants as also against the Marshall, who
officiated during his suspension for the profits of his office
(June 29, 1705). 7¼ pp. [C.O. 37, 7. No. 13; and 38, 6.
|123. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lord High
Treasurer. Enclose accounts of the Board [see Dec. 25, 1705].
[C.O. 389, 36. pp. 310, 311.]|
|124. W. Popple, jr., to Mr. Lowndes. Reply to Feb. 8.
Mr. Byerly informs the Council of Trade and Plantations that
the charge of prosecutions of seizures in New York for irregular
trade was formerly defrayed out of the gross value before any
dividend made, but that he understands that an Order of Council
has been lately issued at New York, as Feb. 8, whereof their
Lordships have no information; but if true, they are of opinion
that the charge should not be taken from the Queen's part only,
but from the whole produce, according to the former usage.
[C.O. 5, 1120. pp. 413, 414.]|
Council Chamber, Whitehall.
|125. Order of Committee of Appeals. The Agent of the
Mohegan Indians to have copies of Sir H. Ashhurst's Appeal
and Council of Trade's representation, and the parties to be
heard at the first meeting after Easter. Signed, John Povey.
Endorsed, Recd. Read April 2, 1706. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1263.
No. 68; and 5, 1291. pp. 348, 349.]|
|126. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen.
Propose, as ordered Feb. 21, that the fishing admirals at
Newfoundland be reminded to keep a journal of ships etc. and
send a copy to the Privy Council. See Acts of Privy Council, II.
p. 504. [C.O. 195, 4. pp. 208, 209.]|
|127. W. Popple, jr., to Mr. Lowndes. Reply to Feb. 4.
The Council of Trade and Plantations find that Mr. Heathcote's
proposals, for providing certain quantities of Naval Stores at
New York, will engage the Crown in great uncertainties; that
the transmitting to him of English goods to the value of 450l.
sterl. for the building of each ship according to his proposal
will necessarily engage H.M. in the expence of maintaining an
officer here to purchase such goods and hold constant correspondence with him there, and as to the iron-work necessary
for the said ships, he is not particular enough, either in the charge
thereof, or in the manner of sending it thither. They conceive
his proposals of making sail-cloth at New York not proper to
be encouraged, for that it will be more advantagious to England
that all hemp and flax of the growth of the Plantations should
be imported hither, in order to the manufacturing of it here.
They cannot think his proposall of having 6 soldiers out of each
Company advisable, especially during this time of war, for that
the safety of the Province will not admit of their being taken
from their posts, and the paying to his order here in England
and subsistence and pay of 24 men, proposed to be enlisted by
him, will cause great confusion in the accounts of the soldiers
there. The late Act for encouraging the importation of Naval
Stores was designed as a general invitation to all persons whatsoever to promote that undertaking; and a compliance with
this or any particular proposal (in which the Crown is to be
concerned), will tend to the obstructing the publick benefit
designed by the Act. [C.O. 5, 1120. pp. 414–416.]|
Knights-Bridge, 22nd. 12/mo (Feb.) 1705/6.
|128. William Penn to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Encloses letter from Lt. Gov. Evans and Address [see Nov. 9,
1705]. I also inclose the heads of a letter, instead of the former
to the Lieut. Governor, if you please to write one, which I think
would be an encouragement to the Governor, Assembly, and
better part of the Province and Territories, and a stroke on them
that have been both troublesome and culpable, especially those
you complained of in the late Reigne so justly. I could be glad
of your advises and Letter to my Lt. Govr. to inclose them in
my Pacquet, to be sent by this oppertunity. Signed, Wm. Penn.
Endorsed, Recd. Feb. 22, Read March 1, 1705/6. 1 p. Enclosed.|
|128. i. Some Minutes for a Letter to the Lt. Governor of
Pennsylvania from ye Lords Comrs. of Trade. (1) That
instead of expressing their dissatisfaction that no care
has been as yet (?) taken for the support of the Governmt.
they are very glad to hear by ye Chief Governr.
that this Assembly has done themselves and the Country
the justice to grant some supplies for the support of
the Governmt. (2) That those persons should be
encouraged that have always, and now especially shewn
themselves ready to support the Governmt. and that are
not of violent and obstinate Tempers. (3) To express their
minds that the Duty on Tobacco be paid in Tobacco,
for want of money, as the Statute indulges. For the
Lords Comrs. may assure themselves that an overofficiousness of the Officers to recommend themselves
must needs be the ruine of the Plantation Trade, which
merchants too sensibly feel. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1263.
Nos. 65, 65.i.; and (without enclosure) 5, 1291. p. 336.]|
|Feb. 22.||129. Sir H. Ashhurst to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Prays for copies and dates of Col. Dudley's letters complaining
of Connecticott's refusal of the quota and treatment of H.M.
Commission. Signed, Hen. Ashhurst. Endorsed, Recd. Read
Feb. 22, 1705/6. Holograph. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1263. No. 63.]|
|130. Mr. Secretary Hedges to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Encloses following for consideration. Signed, C.
Hedges. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 22, 1705/6. ¾ p.
|130. i. Col. Quary, S.G. of H.M. Customs in America to the
Lord High Treasurer, Feb. 2, 1705(6). No trade
belonging to England is under worse management
than that of tobacco. Proposes such a regulation as
may be "for the interest of H.M., the planters and
merchants, now injurious to all." These Provinces
producing but one crop of tobacco yearly, one fleet
under a good convoy may bring the same home, which
would fix the price of tobacco in England and abroad
and people would buy briskly, being well assured no
other supply could come till next year. The late
distractive and irregular way of severall fleets discourages the buyer and lowers the price, to the ruin
of all concern'd, for they depend on an after fleet's
bringing greater quantities then really there is, and
so defer buying. If the outward bound fleet could
arrive about the beginning of Decr., the greatest part
of the crop would be stript and packt and be ready
to sail in April or May, by which damage to their ships
by the wormes and sickness and the enemy will be
prevented. No single ships ought to be suffered to
run, which, if taken, encourages the privateers, lessens
H.M. Revenue and spoils our Foreign Marketts.
Perhaps there never was such an instance of 3 several
Fleets in 14 months' time, which has given such a fatal
blow to this trade as will hardly be retrieved, for several
thousand hhds. of Oronoko tobacco being worth nothing
to the owners, many of the Planters' Bills of Exchange
were returned protested, not above half the quantity
of our manufacture sent, to the great disappointment
and utter ruin of many in the course of trade, the present
war having deprived us of the trade with Spain, France,
Flanders and part of the Baltick. Those markets
are now largely supplied from Holland. Refers to
manufacture in Russia, confirming following. Signed,
Rob. Quary. 5 pp. [C.O. 5, 1315. Nos. 9, 9.i.;
and (without enclosure) 5, 1361. p. 443; and (enclosure
only) 5, 3. No. 26.]|
|Feb. 22.||131. Planters and Manufacturers of Tobacco to the Queen.
Your Majesty's Order put a stop to the manufacture of tobacco
at Moscow. Petitioners believe several persons are endeavouring
to set up the manufacture of tobacco there again, and to gain
the monopoly of importing it. Pray that directions be given
to H.M. Envoy at Moscow that he use his utmost endeavours
to obtain liberty to all your Majesty's subjects to import tobacco
in leaf, and manufactured here, into his Czarish Majesty's
Dominions, upon an equal and as reasonable a duty as possible;
and that such measures may be taken for the prevention of any
manufacturers or utensils for manufacturing tobacco going into
those dominions or elsewhere beyond the seas, as your Majesty
shall think fitt. 65 signatures. Annexed,|
|131. i. Reasons against permitting manufacturers of tobacco
and utensils to be sent to Moscow. (1) The Czar's
subjects will become masters of the art, make their
own tobacco serve instead of our Plantation tobacco,
and engross the trade of the East. (2) Virginia and
Maryland imploy annually 300 sail of ships, which is a
good nursery for sailors, produces a considerable Revenue
to H.M. and advantage to the manufacturers of this
Kingdom, those Plantations taking off not less then
300,000l. per annum of our course manufactures, and
imploy 200,000 poor of this Kingdom, besides what
are employed in the Plantations. (3) If the Czar's
subjects learn that art, it will necessitate the
Planters to find out other manufactures and cloath
themselves, whereby the poor of this Kingdom will
be deprived of their subsistance. (4) The Tobacco
trade is under such discouragement by these practices
that for 5 years last past there hath not been exported
so much manufactured tobacco as was in one year
before, etc. (4) The exportation of tobacco into the
Czar's dominions by any persons exclusive of others
of your Majesty's subjects qualified by law is in effect
a monopoly, and contrary to the course and nature of
trade, and to the prejudice of all other your Majesty's
subjects, and will tend to the great damage of Virginia
and Maryland. Subscribed,|
|131. ii. H.M. refers preceding petition to the Council of Trade
and Plantations for their opinion. Signed, Rob. Harley,
Kensington. The whole endorsed, Recd. from Clayton,
Read Feb. 25, 1705/6. 1½ large pp. [C.O. 5, 1315. Nos.
10, 10.i., ii.; and 5, 1361. pp. 445–449.]|
|132. Mr. Burchett to Mr. Popple. In answer to yours of 21st.
The ships which go to New England this year to fetch masts
for the Navy are first to proceed to Lisbone with Navall Stores.
The convoy appointed is the Dover, which is to proceed to Lisbone
with the next squadron of H.M. ships bound thither, in all
probability about 3 weekes or a month hence. Signed,
J. Burchett. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 26, 1705/6. ¾ p. [C.O.
5, 864. No. 52; and 5, 912. p. 126.]|
|133. Council of the Admiralty to the Queen. Report on petition
of Newfoundland Merchants for convoy. The usuall convoy
has been 4 ships, two sailing in March, and two in May. All
possible endeavour should be used to support this important
trade; but as there is and will be a very pressing occasion for
ships for other services, which 'tis to be feared cannot be all
provided for, soe is there likewise a great scarcity of men to
putt them into a condition for the sea. And there being at present
a general embargoe, it is humbly submitted to H.M. whether
the same shall be taken off from the Newfoundland ships, and
protections granted for their men as desired, and whether Petitioners
shall be gratified, according to their petition, with six ships of
warr for the security of their fleet. Signed, D. Mitchell, Geo.
Churchill, Clow. Shovell. Countersigned, J. Burchett. 2 pp.
[S.P. Naval, 7. Under date.]|
|134. W. Popple to Mr. Bradshaw. The Council of Trade
and Plantations being pressed for their report on Mr. Jones,
desire you to despatch your answer before Monday [see Feb. 19].
[C.O. 38, 6. p. 151.]|
|135. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Hedges. Refer to letter of May 16, 1705. The season now
approaching for the Commodore's going to Newfoundland, we
doe submit it to H.M. pleasure whether the Commission to
command in chief there should issue, as formerly, to him, or
whether he should be restrained as the last year. In case there
were not a competent number of fire-arms sent last year, according
to our letter of July 13, we humbly offer that they should be
sent by the first convoy. Autograph signatures. Endorsed, R.
March 1. 2 pp. [C.O. 194, 22. No. 62; and 195, 4. pp. 210–212.]|
|136. W. Popple, jr., to Wm. Clayton and Tho. Johnson.
Encloses extract of Memorial from Col. Quary [No. 130.i.] relating
to convoys for Virginia and Maryland, and desires the opinion
of the merchants of Leverpool.|
|The like Letter to Major Yates at Bristol and Isac Milner at
Whitehaven. [C.O. 5, 1361. pp. 443, 444.]|
|137. W. Popple, jr., to Col. Blakiston. The Council of
Trade and Plantations having this day been attended by the
Virginia and Maryland merchants relating to convoys, and the
merchants not agreeing amongst themselves, desire you to
communicate inclosed extract of a Memorial [No. 130.i.] for their
opinion. [C.O. 5, 1361. p. 444.]|
|Feb. 25.||138. John Anderson and other soldiers, lately returned
from Newfoundland, to the House of Commons. Give details
as to Lt. Lloyd's forcing the soldiers to trade with him at exorbitant
prices and to hire themselves out to the fishing. We have not
received any pay since Sept. 22, 1704, etc. 6 signatures. Endorsed,
Recd. from the House of Commons Feb. 25, 1705/6. 2 pp. [C.O.
194, 3. No. 121.]|
|Feb. 25.||139. Mr. Commins' Representation to the House of Commons
upon corruptions in the Trade to Newfoundland. Contrary
to the Act ships come from Portugal, unduly navigated, and
fish, bringing goods from Portugal. Ships that come early in
the spring take up more fishing room than they have occasion,
to serve their friends that come later. They do not come qualified
in their complement of men according to the injunction of the
Act to have at least one man in five never at sea before. No
ship should carry off any inhabitants or servants without publick
notice. Ships trading there, fearing the inhabitants are insolvent,
pillage their Rock for the saving of themselves. Describes abuses
as to shipping room, heaving ballast into the harbour, Admirals
not keeping Journals to send to the Privy Council, and the
observation of the Sabbath. The decision of civil matters ought
not to be in the hands of the Admirals. The inhabitants ought
to be under the Commanding Officer, whom the inhabitants of
St. Johns refused to obey for their own safety, having those
notions infused into them by the West Country Masters, that
he has no power over them. An established Government is very
necessary there. Proposals for the regulation of the price and
sale of fish and train oil. Men of war ought not to press men
from the boats of other harbours that are withdrawing their
effects for safety. Men of war should cruise from harbour to
harbour, etc. Care should be taken of the Irish there, for they
by our daily experience have proved very detrimental, taking
up arms for the enemy and giving information. If Placentia
were reduced, France and Spain would starve, etc. Endorsed as
preceding. 2 pp. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 122.]|
Swallow Street, Westminster.
|140. Mr. Jackson to Mr. Popple. Encloses following. Signed,
John Jackson. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 26, 1705/6. Addressed.
1 p. Enclosed,|
|140. i. Mr. Jackson to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Prays to be heard face to face with his accusers. Signed,
John Jackson. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 3. Nos. 123, 123.i.]|
|141. Mr. Campbell to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Offers reasons why the Agent for Prizes at Newfoundland should
not be debarred from trading. Signed, Ja. Campbell. Endorsed,
Recd. Read Feb. 26, 1705/6. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 124.]|
|142. Governor Sir B. Granville to [? Lt. Governor Johnson].
I have the favour of your letter of the 18th inst. by Mr. Nivine,
who communicated to me allso what you writt to Capt. Stucley.
I did, as you desired me, give my opinion to him, but he insists
upon haveing a positive order from me, which I am no waies
impowered to give him. I am very impatient to hear of your
good success, etc. Signed, Bevill Granville. 1 p. [C.O. 28,
38. No. 44.]|
Deptford in Carlisle Bay, Barbados.
|143. Capt. Stuckley to Lt. Governor Johnson. I have
received yours of the 18th, and should be as glad as any man
alive to be assisting to the relief of the Leeward Islands. My
orders from H.R.H. are to send [? attend] on ye Collony of New
England, and absolutely to follow Col. Dudley's orders, whose
were to me to convoy the Fleet bound thence to this place and
Salt Tertudoes, and back again. Should I neglect doing it,
I am liable to his just complaints of my breach of orders, and
the prejudice that will ensue to a fleet of 40 sail. My goeing
to Antegoa, etc. will of necessity disapoint theire proceeding
to Salt-Tertudoes, and New England want as necessary an
assistance by that means as any it has, etc. as preceding. Signed,
H. Stuckley. Addressed. Sealed. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 28, 38. No.
|144. Mr. Secretary Hedges to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Encloses following for their opinion before laying
it before H.M. Signed, C. Hedges. Endorsed, Recd. Read
March 4, 1705/6. 1 p. Enclosed,|
|144. i. G. Ritter to the Queen. Francois Louys Michel, citizen
of Berne, having settled in Pennsylvania, has through
petitioner, citizen of the same town, persuaded a colony
of 4 to 500 Swiss Protestants to go and settle on some
uninhabited lands in Pennsylvania or on the frontier
of Virginia. Prays H.M. consent and protection and
that (1) they should be regarded as H.M. subjects;
(2) that they should be settled on some navigable
river; (3) that each Colonist have about 100 acres,
and the settlement be called Berne; (4) that Orders
be given to H.M. Governor to advance them seed-corn
for the first year, to be repaid in 4 years; (5) that they
have freedom to trade like H.M. other subjects; (6) and
exemption from taxes for 10 years; (7) freedom to
choose Ministers of the Gospel, and officers of justice
and police, under the direction of the Governor;
(8) that, after public prayers for H.M., they should
be allowed to pray for the Republic of Berne, which
is allied to H.M.; (9) that similar privileges be granted
to all who hereafter come from Switzerland to increase
that Colony; (10) that they be transported with their
effects from Rotterdam at H.M. expense. Signed,
George Ritter. French. 4 pp. [C.O. 5, 1315. Nos.
14, 14.i.; and 5, 1362. pp. 9–12.]|
|145. W. Popple to Mr. Jackson. The Council of Trade
and Plantations send you Mr. Clark's affidavit and Mr. Span's
letter for your answer. [C.O. 195, 4. p. 232.]|