America and West Indies
April 1708

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'America and West Indies: April 1708', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 23: 1706-1708 (1916), pp. 715-725. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=73760 Date accessed: 21 October 2014.


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April 1708

April 1.
Whitehall.
1424. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Sunderland. Enclose Mr. Wigington's Memorial (March 31). The scituation of the Bahama Islands makes it absolutely necessary that they should be preserved to this Kingdom; for should the Enemy get possession of Providence, and make a settlement there, the trade from Jamaica, which is highly advantageous, would be interrupted, if not totally lost to this Kingdom. Refer to Representation of June 17, 1707. We are still of opinion that the securing of those Islands is a matter of such moment to H.M. service, and to the trade of this Kingdom, that it is necessary H.M. pleasure be declared thereupon. [C.O. 5, 1292. pp. 37, 38.]
April 1.
St. James's.
1425. Order of Queen in Council. Confirming an Act of Virginia for regulating the size of tobacco hogsheads etc. (See March 23.) Signed, Chris. Musgrave. Endorsed, Recd. 8th, Read 20th April, 1708. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 1316. No. 3; and 5, 1362. pp. 293, 294.]
April 1.
Whitehall.
1426. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Sunderland. Enclose following to be laid before H.M. in Council.
1426. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Report upon the petition of James and Mary Benger. See Jan. 22, 1708. Recommend that the Commodore of this year's convoy to Newfoundland be ordered to put petitioners in possession of Pool Plantation, unless proof be made to him that they were not in actual and quiet possession pursuant to the Act of Parliament of 1698. Set out, Acts of Privy Council, II. pp. 539–541, q.v. [C.O. 195, 5. pp. 24–29.]
April 1.
St. James's.
1427. Order of Queen in Council. Repealing Acts of Maryland, (1) Ascertaining the guage of tobacco hhds., Oct. 3, 1704, (2) To prevent cropping, cutting and defacing tobacco taken upon freight, April 15, 1707. Signed, Chris. Musgrave. Endorsed, Recd. 8th, Read April 20th, 1708. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 716. No. 49; and 5, 727. pp. 39, 40.]
April 1.
St. James's.
1428. Order of Queen in Council. The Governor of Maryland is to move the Assembly that instead of the above Act for ascertaining the guage of tobacco hhds., they pass another law conformable to that of Virginia, in respect both to the size of the hhds., and to the penalty on the offenders therein, and to transmit the same to this Board by the first conveniency for H.M. Royall approbation. The reasons for the repeal of the above Acts are given. Set out, Acts of Privy Council, II. No. 1056. Signed, Chris. Musgrave. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 20, 1708. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 716. No. 50; and 5, 727. pp. 41–44.]
April 2.1429. Mr. Solicitor General to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Reply to March 12, upon Whitchurch's petition, etc. It is my opinion that the Crown's title is not bound by anything in the said Act of Jamaica, because the plea of five years' possession is only to barre a plaintiffe or demandt. that is not a minor or under coverture, both which disabilities or rather protections are in no wise applicable to the person that wears the Crowne, which shews the design of the said Act to be only to barre such demandts. and plaintiffes as are sometimes lyable to those incapacities. But notwithstanding the petitioner cannot make title against the Crowne by force of that Act, yet I doe humbly conceive the inquisition which finds the Queen's title is not valid in Law, and consequently Mr. Whitechurch's right to the Negroes mentioned in the said writt is not thereby sett aside, for the inquisition does not find the Negroes mentioned in the writt to be the same as Charles Delamain dyed seised of, but only says that the Jurors doe beleive them to be the same, and therefore since it is asserted that the Negro woman from whom the rest have issued was many years agoe sold to the wife of the petitioner by the administrator of Wroth Delamain, whose property she was at the time of his decease, for a debt owing bona fide from Wroth Delamain, and that Charles Delamain was never seised of her, or any of her offspring, which if true will take away all pretences to an escheat, and after so long and uninterrupted enjoyment, everything ought to be presumed that can be thought of in favor of the possessor. And since this inquisition was sett on foot in the absence of the petitioner, even when he was out of the Isle after all his papers had been destroyed by the ffire at Port Royall, my humble opinion is that it will be more for H.M. service to direct a grant to be made ad corroborandum titulum of the petitioner than to give any countenance to the grant which Brigadeer Handiside has made of the 11 Negroes to the Provst. Marshall and Secretary, Mr. Rigby. Signed, Ja. Mountague. Endorsed, Recd. 12th, Read 21st April, 1708. 2 pp. Enclosed,
1429. i. Duplicate of No. 1390.
1429. ii. Extract of Governor Handasyd's Instructions relating to escheats. ½ p.
1429. iii. Duplicate of No. 1307.
1429. iv. Clause of an Act of Jamaica for prevention of Lawsuits. 1½ pp.
1429. v. Act of Jamaica confirming titles to estates. 3 pp. [C.O. 137, 7. Nos. 78, 78.i.–v.; and (without enclosures) 138, 12. pp. 237–239.]
April 8.
Bermuda.
1430. Lt. Governor Bennett to Mr. Popple. Refers to letters of May 9, 1707, etc. and repeats letter of Feb. 10, 1708. My letter Sept. 22 I conclude lyes at Virginia, that ffleet being not yet sail'd. Signed, B. Bennett. Endorsed, Recd., from Mr. Nodin, Sept. 22, Read Dec. 17, 1708. Holograph. 3¾ pp. [C.O. 37, 8. No. 74; and 38, 6. pp. 434–438.]
April 12.
Westminster.
1431. H.M. Letters Patent to Norman Mackasgell to be Clerk of the Markets in all the towns of Barbados. Countersigned, Cocks. I approve and allow preceding. Signed, M. Crowe, July 19, 1708. [C.O. 319, 1. pp. 90, 91.]
April 14.
Whitehall.
1432. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lord High Treasurer. Enclose Office accounts, Christmas, 1707—to Lady Day, and call attention to the half-year's arrear in their own salaries. [C.O. 389, 36. pp. 360–363.]
April 15.
Whitehall.
1433. W. Popple, jr., to Josiah Burchett. The Council of Trade and Plantations desire you wou'd lett me know whether, upon the Union with Scotland. it be necessary to make any alteration in the enclosed draught of Instructions for the Lord Lovelace for the Government of New York. [C.O. 5, 1121. pp. 120, 121.]
April 15.1434. Circular letter from the Council of Trade and Plantations to Governors of Plantations. Concerning the African Trade. Set out, Pennsylvania Archives, 1st Ser., I, 152, q.v. It being absolutely necessary that a trade so beneficial to the Kingdome should be carryed on to the greatest advantage, etc., and as the well supplying of the Plantations and Colonies with sufficient numbers of negroes at reasonable prices is in our opinion the chief point to be considered in regard to that trade, and as hitherto we have not been able to know how they have been supplyed, etc. Wherefore, that we may be able at the next meeting of the Parliament, to lay before both Houses, when required, an exact and authentick state of that trade, particularly in regard to the severall Plantations and Colonies, we do hereby strictly require you, that upon the receipt hereof, you do inform yourself, in the best manner you can, what number of negroes have been yearly imported directly from Africa into [that Government] since June 24, 1698, to Dec. 25, 1707, and at what rate per head they have been sold, distinguishing the numbers that have been imported on account of the Royal African Company, and those which have been imported by seperate traders; as likewise the rates at which such negroes have been sold by the Company, and by seperate traders. Wee must recommend it to your care to be as exact and diligent as possibly you can, and with the first opportunity to transmit to us such accounts, that they may arrive here in due time; as also duplicates by the first conveyance. Wee must further recommend it to you to confer with some of the principal planters and inhabitants within your Government touching that matter, and to let us know how the negroe trade was carried on and [that government] supplyed with negroes till 1698, when that trade was laid open by Act of Parliament; how it has been carryed on and negroes supplyed since yt. time, and in what manner they think the said trade may best be mannaged for the benefit of the Plantations. We further desire you will inform us what number of ships, if any, are imployed from [that government] to the coast of Africa in the negro trade, and how many seperate traders are concerned therein. Lastly, whatever account you shall from time to time send us touching these matters of the negroe trade, we desire that the same may be distinct and not intermixt with other matters, and that for the time to come, you do transmit to us the like half-yearly accounts of negros, by whom imported and at what rates sold, the first of such subsequent accounts to begin from Christmas, 1707, to which time those now demanded are to be given.
P.S.—We expect the best account you can give us with that expedition which the shortness of the time requires.
Mem. This letter was writ to the Governors of Jamaica, Barbadoes, the Leeward Islands, Bermuda, New York, New Jersev. Maryland the President of the Council of Virginia, the Governor of New Hampshire and the Massachusets Bay, the Deputy Governor of Pensilvania, the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, the Governors and Companys of Connecticut and Rhode Island. The following paragraph was added to those for the first eight, vizt., We the more expect a speedy complyance herewith, since hitherto due care has not been taken to send an account of what number of negroes [that government] is yearly supplyed with, at what rates and by whom, as by your Instruction for that purpose you were directed and required to do. [C.O. 324, 9. pp. 165–170.]
April 15.
Kensington.
1435. Order of Queen in Council. Referring following to the Council of Trade and Plantations to examine and report upon. Signed, Chris. Musgrave. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 27, 1708. 1 p. Enclosed,
1435. i. Col. Richard Lloyd to the Queen. A writ of escheat is issued out against some 18 of petitioner's negroes in Jamaica, upon pretence that his title to his Plantation is defective, in order to enable the Governor to grant them, as he has already promised, to Capt. Whitgift Aylmer, the prosecutor. Two or three of these slaves were purchased by Capt. Richard Guy, petitioner's late wife's father, from whom the rest are descended, and passed by his will to petitioner. Prays that they may be confirmed to him. Copy. 2 pp. [C.O. 137, 8. Nos. 1, 1.i.; and 138, 12. pp. 240–243.]
April 15.
Kensington.
1436. Order of Queen in Council. Referring following to the Council of Trade and Plantations to examine and report upon. Signed and endorsed as preceding. 1½ pp. Enclosed,
1436. i. Merchants and Planters of Jamaica to the Queen. Several writs of escheat have of late issued out of the Supream Court of Judicature in Jamaica, and, upon judgment given on pretence of defective titles, petitioners' lands and negroes, of which they have been quietly possessed for 20 or 30 years, have been granted to the prosecutors and informers. Pray for redress, etc. Signed, Bartho. Gracedieu, Richard Lloyd, John Heathcote, James Whitchurch, Miles Mayhew, Thomas Sherwood, D. Pughe, Thomas Wood, Samuel Jones, Wm. Coward, Benjn. Way, Charles Kent, V. Harris, John Freeman, N. Micklethwaite, Wm. Parrot, Cha. Long, Richard Richardson, Gervase Brough. Copy. 2 pp. [C.O. 137, 8. Nos. 2, 2.i.; and 138, 12. pp. 253–258.]
April 19.
Admiralty Office.
1437. Mr. Burchet to Mr. Popple. Reply to April 15. H.R.H. has noe objections, etc. Printed. N. Y. Docs., V. 40. Signed, J. Burchett. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 20, 1708. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 48; and 5, 1121. p. 123.]
April 19.
Whitehall.
1438. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Sunderland. Enclose following to be laid before H.M. in Council.
1438. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Enclose following for H.M. signature.
1438. ii. Draughts of Commissions for the Rt. Hon. John Lord Lovelace to be Governor of New York and New Jersey with the same powers as were granted to the Lord Cornbury. Countersigned, Westminster, May 13, Wrighte. [C.O. 5, 994.a. pp. 329–348; and 5, 1121. pp. 121, 122, 147–167.]
April 20.
Whitehall.
1439. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Seymour. Enclose Order of Council (April 1st, q.v.), which you are to cause to be published and entred in the Council Books and punctually comply'd with. [C.O. 5, 727. pp. 44, 45.]
April 20.
Whitehall.
1440. W. Popple, jr., to Mr. Lowndes. The Council of Trade and Plantations thinking it for H.M. service that the two Acts past this session, (1) for the encouragement of the trade to America, (2) for the ascertaining the rates of foreign coines in H.M. Plantations, be sent to the Plantations as soon as may be, desire you to move my Lord High Treasurer for 50 copies of each, to be transmitted by the first ships. Repeats request of March 25 for Mr. Blathwayt's Patent, etc. [C.O. 324, 9. pp. 170, 171.]
April 20.
Kensington.
1441. The Queen to Governor Lord Cornbury. Whereas humble suit has been made unto us in your behalf that We would grant you leave to come to Great Britain, for some time upon your private affairs, Wee are graciously pleased to gratifye you in your request, and grant you full leave to continue here during Our pleasure, you taking effectuall care to leave things there in such a condition that Our service and the welfare of those Our provinces of New York and New Jersey may suffer no prejudice, and that the Government be administred as is appointed by your Commission and Instructions. [C.O. 5, 210. pp. 96, 97.]
April 20.
Whitehall.
1442. Mr. Secretary Boyle to the Council of Trade and Plantations. H.M. commands me to transmit the enclosed petition of the Evangelical Minister etc., for your opinion what place in the West Indies is most proper to send them to, and how they may most conveniently be transported thither, and that you do cause enquiry to be made into their present circumstances, and what means of livelyhood they have, that due care may be taken for their necessary subsistance. Signed, H. Boyle. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 22, 1708. 1½ pp. Enclosed,
1442. i. Joshua de Kocherthal to the Queen. Most Serene, and Most Potent Queen, Most Gracious Princess and Lady! Your Royall Majesty will most graciously be pleased to have laid before you, in all humility, in what manner a number of people that dwelt in High Germany upon the Rivers Rhine and Neckar, have, by the present warr, but particularly by the French ravages in those parts, 1707, been ruined and utterly spoyled, in such manner that, according to the judgement and opinion of man, they cannot possibly attain unto sufficient meanes of livelyhood during the hard times, which still continue in those parts; in which their miserable condition, after many consultations had on that account, they have lastly, in the name of the Great God, taken the resolution, to committ themselves to your Majesty's most generous protection, and to seeke for shelter and assistance under your most glorious and in all the world renowned Government; to which end (after a representation made to your Majesty's Resident at Frankfurt in this matter), they are already come hither, and now throw themselves at your Majesty's feet, etc., praying your Majesty to assigne them, without prescription, a dwelling place for their maintenance in the English West Indies, as also most graciously to afford them some Royall assistance and allowance for their passage and buildings of that place etc. The whole Colony consisting of 41 persons, and in the name of all of them, their Evangelical Minister, Signed, Joshua de Kocherthal. 3 pp. [C.O. 323, 6. Nos. 55, 55.i.; and 324, 9. pp. 171–174.]
April 21.
Whitehall.
1443. W. Popple, jr., to Mr. Lowndes. Encloses draught of Instructions for Governor Lord Lovelace, relating to the Acts of Trade and Navigation, to be adapted by the Commissioners of Customs to the Act of Union, and the Act for the encouragement of the Trade to America, and in order to their making such further amendments as may render the several parts of the said Instructions conformable in all particulars to the several Acts of Trade, as soon as possible. [C.O. 5, 1121. pp. 123, 124.]
April 22.
Kensington.
1444. Order of Queen in Council. Referring Representation of June 17, 1707, relating to the Bahamas, to Mr. Sollicitor General for his opinion thereon. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. 19th, Read 21st July, 1708. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1264. No. 51; and 5, 1292. pp. 68, 69.]
April 22.
Whitehall.
1445. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Boyle. Having discoursed Mr. Kocherthal (see April 20), wee shall make such further enquiry as is proper to be made, and give as great dispatch therein as the nature of it will allow. But in regard it will take up some time, etc., we must take notice that we find their persons are reduced to such a necessity that they are not able to subsist themselves without H.M. immediate relief. [C.O. 324, 9. p. 175.]
April 22.
Kensington.
1446. Order of Queen in Council. Approving drafts of Commissions for Governor Lord Lovelace. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd. 19th, Read 21st July, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 84; and 5, 1121. pp. 309, 310.]
April 22.
Kensington.
1447. Order of Queen in Council. Referring following to the Council of Trade and Plantations to examine and report upon. Signed, Chris. Musgrave. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 28, 1708. 1 p. Enclosed,
1447. i. Petition of Mary Bowden to the Queen. Governor Parks, soon after his arrival, dispossessed petitioner of a plantation in the French part of St. Kitts, which she had planted and improved upon a grant from Col. Codrington. She was at the same time deprived of a ripe crop and mills worth 940l. for no other reason than that the said plantation lay convenient to him. Taking advantage of her necessity, he then paid her 397l. for cattle and negroes appraised at 794l. He detained her from sailing with the fleet to appeal to H.M., until obliged by the representations of the Council to grant her leave. He would not permit her to sell her 13 remaining negroes, valued at 500l., to any but himself, for which he would only pay her 180l., etc. Prays redress. Copy. 2¾ pp. [C.O. 152, 7. Nos. 43, 43.i.; and 153, 10. pp. 142–145.]
April 24.
Craven House.
1448. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Acknowledge letter of March 3 and Order in Council, Feb. 20. The Act to encourage the settlement of Carolina, neither came to our hands nor received any sanction from us; and in obedience to H.M. commands wee have taken effectuall care that H.M. pleasure relating to the said Act shall be forthwith punctually obeyed. Signed, Craven, Palatine; Beaufort, M. Ashley, J. Colleton. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 27, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1264. No. 34; and 5, 1292. p. 40.]
April 26.1449. E. Jones to W. Popple. Prays for an order from the Board to Lt. Governor Bennett, that the rents of the lands belonging to his places, detained from him ever since he left Bermuda, may be paid to his Attorney there, etc. Signed, Ed. Jones. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 27, 1708. ½ p. [C.O. 37, 8. No. 48; and 38, 6. p. 334.]
April 26.
Admiralty Office.
1450. J. Burchett to Mr. Sec. Boyle. Encloses following. Signed, J. Burchett. 1 p.
1450. i. Sir Charles Hedges to Mr. Burchett. March 10, 1707(8). An appeal is admitted in the case of the young John [Yonge Yan?] and an inhibition and monition sent to the Admiralty Court in Jamaica. I send you two affidavits, whereby it seems very probable that this ship was upon a trade that ought not to have been interrupted, having a licence from the Dutch West India Co. and a commission of letter of marque from the States General. Copy. 1¼ pp. [S.P. Naval, 7. Under date.]
April 26.1451. List of German Protestant Refugees, referred to April 20. Lorentz Schwisser (Schweizer), wife and daughter. Henry Rennan, wife, two sisters (Liboscha) and two daughters. Andrew Volck, wife, son and two daughters. Michael Wigand, wife, a cousin, one daughter, two sons. Jacob Weber, wife and two daughters. John Jacob Plettel (elsewhere Pattzel), wife and three daughters. John Fischer and wife. Melchior Gulch [elsewhere Gilles. He signed himself Hilg, but was naturalised as Gulch—Ed.], wife, son and daughter. Isaac [de] Turk. Joshua de Kocherdal, wife, son and two daughters. Total, 41. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 26, 1708. ½ p. [C.O. 323, 6. No. 56.]
April 26.1452. List of the Council of New York. See May 31. Endorsed, Recd., from the Ld. Lovelace, Read April 26, 1708. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 49; and 5, 1121. p. 124.]
April 27.1453. Duke of Bolton to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Recommends Mr. Betts, who is every way qualified, and has an estate in Jamaica, to be one of the Counsell there, etc. Signed, Bolton. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 28, 1708. Holograph. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 8. No. 3; and 138, 12. p. 259.]
April 27.1454. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Sunderland. Enclose following to be laid before H.M. in Council.
1454. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Report upon the petition of James Whitchurch. See Jan 26. We concur with the opinion of the opinion of the Solicitor General (April 2). Governor Handasyd has not complyed with his Instructions relating to Escheats etc. Set out, Acts of Privy Council, II. pp. 560–563, q.v. [C.O. 138, 12. pp. 244–252.]
April 27.
Kensington.
1455. The Queen to Sir James Montague, Solicitor General. You are to prepare a Bill for our Royal Signature for Lord Lovelace's Commission etc. Countersigned, Sunderland. [C.O. 5, 210. p. 94.]
April 28.
Whitehall.
1456. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Boyle. Enclose following to be laid before H.M.
1456. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Report upon the petition of Joshua de Kocherthal (April 20). These 41 poor Lutherans are in the utmost want, not having at present anything (but what they get by charity) to subsist themselves; they have been reduced to this miserable condition by the ravages committed by the French in the Lower Palatinate, where they lost all they had; they have produced to us severall testimonials from the Bayliffs or principal Magistrates in the villages where they dwelt, which, by the assistance of the Ministers of the Lutheran Church here, we have examined, and find that they give a good character of the said Minister and the others with him. Whereupon we would have offered that these people might be setled in Jamaica or Antego, there being large tracts of land not taken up or inhabitted, and great want of white people. But in regard that the climate of those Islands is so much hotter than that part of Germany from whence they come, it is to be feared it may not be agreeable to their constitutions, and therefore we humbly propose that they be sent to settle upon Hudson's River in the province of New York, where they may be usefull to this Kingdome, particularly in the production of Naval Stores, and as a frontier against the French and their Indians. And this your Majesty may be enabled to do by granting them the usual number of acres of land, if your Majesty shall please to confirm the Act past at New York March 2, 1699, for vacating, breaking and anulling several extravagant grants of land, etc., as we humbly offered to your Majesty July 29, 1707, without wch. there is no land but what is engrossed by the patentees of the foresaid extravagant grants. And in case your Majesty shall approve of their going to New York, we humbly represent that the cheapest way of transporting them will be in the manof-war and transport-ship that shall be ordered to go with the Lord Lovelace, for we do not find they can be carryed thither by any other way under 8l. or 10l. per head for the men and women, and proportionably for the children. And we further humbly offer that they be supplyed here with the necessary tools for agriculture, to be sent with them, to enable them to begin and make settlements. As these people are in the utmost necessity, they will not be able to subsist there, till they can reap the fruit of their labour (which will not be till after one year's time), unless assisted by your Majesty's bounty, or that the province of New York contribute towards their maintenance during that time. But, as we are informed that Province is at present very poor and much in debt, there will be no reason to expect any great supply from thence. We further offer that before their departure they may be made denizens of this Kingdom, for their greater encouragement in the enjoyment of the priviledges accruing by such letters of denization. [C.O. 324, 9. pp. 176–180.]
April 29.
Whitehall.
1457. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Sunderland. Enclose following to be laid before H.M. in Council.
1457. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Recommend John Peck, Esq., an inhabitant of Jamaica, a person of good ability, well affected to your Majesty's Government, and having a considerable estate there, to be appointed a Member of the Council there in the room of Charles Sadler, decd. [C.O. 138, 12. pp. 260, 261.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
1458. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lt. Governor Bennett. Complaint having been made to us by Mr. Jones (as April 26), and it being reasonable (as the late Commissioners of this Board writ you, Aug. 30, 1705) that his Deputies enjoy one moiety of the fees and perquisites of his places during his absence, so we think it just that the other moiety be paid to him or his Attorney, till H.M. pleasure be known upon the complaints against him; as also that the tenants do pay to Mr. Jones' Attorney the rents of his lands, and we think you would do well to advise them to it accordingly. [C.O. 38, 6. p. 335.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
1459. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Sunderland. Answer to March 30. We have no objection as to the character of the said Salter, but he being very young and not having been long resident on that Island, we cannot but think it more proper that Col. Wheeler and John Hallet, Esqrs., who have been formerly recommended to us as persons well qualified to serve H.M. in that station, being of longer standing, of great abilities, of more experience and having very considerable estates on the said Island, ought to be put into the said Councill before the said Salter upon the next vacancys which shall happen therein. Having no other objection to the said Salter we do not at present see any reason why he may not succeed them upon the first vacancy that shall fall after their being appointed Members in the said Council as aforesaid. [C.O. 29, 11. pp. 228, 229.]
April 30./May 10. Fort Kijkoveral, Essequibo.1460. A. Maas to the Directors of the Dutch West India Company. Signed, Ab. Maas. Endorsed, Read Sept. 17 (n.s.), 1708. Dutch. 2 pp. [C.O. 116, 20. No. 13.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
1461. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Parke. Enclose copy of Mrs. Bowden's petition (April 22). You are to return us your answer by the first oppertunity, with such depositions or other proofs in your behalf, as you shall think fit. And you are to permit the petitioner to be heard before H.M. Councill of St. Christophers, who are to make a return to us in words of their proceedings signed by the members of the said Council, or the major part of them, and in order thereunto, you are to give free liberty to the Petitioner or other persons concerned to make affidavits before any Judge or Magistrate, of what they know in those matters, and such Judge or Magistrate is to summon before him such persons as the petitioner shall name, which you are accordingly to signify to such Judge or Magistrate. [C.O. 153, 10. pp. 146, 147.]
April 30.
Whitehall.
1462. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Sunderland. Enclose following to be laid before H.M. in Council.
1462. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Propose appointment of Wm. Thomas and Richd. Oliver to the Council of Antego. [C.O. 153, 10. p. 147.]