America and West Indies
March 1711, 21-31

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'America and West Indies: March 1711, 21-31', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 25: 1710-1711 (1924), pp. 432-440. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=73854 Date accessed: 31 October 2014.


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March 1711, 21-31

March 21.745. Council of Trade and Plantations to the House of Lords. In reply to 17th March, state what has been done pursusant to the Act for encouraging the importation of Naval Stores, etc. (v. H. of L. MSS.). [C.O. 324, 9. pp. 455–480.]
March 21.
Admiralty Office.
746. Mr. Burchett to Mr. Popple. Reply to March 20. The Jamaica and Barbadoes convoys, all but the Experiment, are now at Spithead, under orders to proceed with the Trade, that is likewise there, as soon as wind and weather will permit, and the Experiment will probably sayl with the two ships for the Leward Islands, that may be ready to depart in 10 or 12 days; and the convoy to Jamaica calls at those Islands and Barbadoes. Signed, J. Burchett. Endorsed, Recd. Read March 21, 17 10/11. Addressed. 1 p. Enclosed,
746. i. List of (10) H.M. ships appointed to convoy the West India Fleet. ½ pp. [C.O. 137, 9. Nos. 35, 35 i.; and 138, 13. pp. 325, 326.]
March 21.
Whitehal.
747. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Dartmouth. Refer to preceding. We hope to transmit to your Lordship some time to morrow the Instructions we were directed to prepare relating to Antegoa. [C.O. 138, 13. p. 327: and (autograph signatures) 318, 3. No. 37.]
[March 21].748. Copy of Victualling bills, drawn by Col. Vetch, at Boston, for £2115 sterling, with list of troops (564) at Annapolis. 2 pp. [C.O. 5,898. No. 6.]
March 21.
Whitehall.
749. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. Enclose papers relating to the St. James of Barbados. (v. March 15.) [C.O. 38, 7. p. 5.]
March 22.
Whitehal.
750. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Dartmouth. In pursuance of ye directions we receiv'd from the Rt. Hon. the Lords Committee of Council, when we attended their Lordships on Monday last, we have had under our consideration the state of the Island of Antego in America, with regard to the late rebellious tumult and barbarous murder of Col. Parke, H.M. late Governor of the Leeward Islands, as likewise to the security of ye peace and quiet of that Island; and having discours'd some merchants trading to and planters in those parts, and consulted Mr. Attorney and Solicitor Genll. on that occasion. For the better quieting and securing the peace of that Island from any intestine commotions which may incourage attempts by ye French from their neighbouring settlements, we humbly propose that H.M. pleasure be signify'd to the Lord Archibald Hamilton now on his departure to his Government of Jamaica, and to the Commodore of the men of war appointed to convoy the West India Trade, that so soon as Mr. Lowther, who is likewise going to his Government, shall be landed at Barbados, they do proceed with all those ships of war to the Island of Antego; and upon their arrival there give notice thereof to Mr. Hamilton the Lieut. General and Commander in Chief of ye Leeward Islands, or in case of his death or absence out of the said Island of Antego, to the Lieut. Governor or Commander in chief there for the time being, to the end the said Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief may pursuant to the directions to be sent to him for that purpose, repair to the Lord Archibald Hamilton and Commodore on board, for we conceive it may be convenient that his Lordship and the Commodore do continue on board during their stay at that Island, unless upon any extraordinary occasion they in concurrence with the Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief shall be of opinion it may be necessary for H.M. service to go ashoar. That so soon as the Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief shall be on board they communicate to him such orders or instructions as they shall receive from H.M. touching ye aforesaid matters, and inform themselves after the best manner they can of all ye circumstances of those facts, and of ye present disposition of ye people and state of ye Island. If there shall be any tumult or commotion in the Island, and if the Lient. Genl. or Commander in Chief shall apprehend he has not a sufficient force on ye Island to suppress the same, or to secure the peace and quiet thereof, by reason great numbers of the inhabitants involv'd in that guilt may with good grounds think themselves in danger of being brought to justice and punish'd for such their heinous offences; we propose that in such case the Lord Archibald Hamilton and ye Commodore be impower'd and directed to be assisting to the Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief in suppressing and quieting such tumult or commotion, and particularly to give the necessary orders to ye commanding officer of ye marines (consisting now of about 250 men) on board of all ye ships of war, which will be there, to be aiding and insisting therein. And if for ye several purposes herein before and after mention'd or any of them; the Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief shall judge it necessary that a supply of men out of ye Regiment of Foot, now in ye Leeward Islands under the command of Col. Jones, be drawn from any of ye other Leeward Islands and transported to Antego, they may conveniently be transported in such ships or vessels there as shall be judged most proper for yt. purpose, and ye Lord Archibald Hamilton and ye Commodore may be requir'd to give ye necessary orders accordingly: provided due care be taken that those Islands from whence any soldiers shall be drawn be not thereby left expos'd to ye danger of being insulted by ye French. And whereas during ye present war. some of H.M. ships are appointed to attend ye service of ye Leeward Islands under such orders as shall from time to time be given by ye Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief of those Islands for ye time being, we offer as a further security to the Island of Antego, that ye said Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief be directed to take care that one at least of those ships of war do constantly cruize off that Harbour, so long as he shall have reason to apprehend any manner of danger from disorders in ye Island or any encouragement that may thereby be given to ye French to make an attempt upon it. The foregoing provisions are wt. we have to propose for ye suppressing any rebellious tumult or commotion yt. may still continue or may arise in yt. Island, wch. provisions we hope may prove effectual. By such accounts as we receiv'd and transmitted to your Lordship of what has lately pass'd at Antego, it appears that very great numbers of H.M. subjects in that Island have in an open and rebellious manner taken up arms and kill'd some of H.M. Forces, being then upon duty for the defence of that Government, and have committed a barbarous murder upon ye person of Col. Parke the Govr. We are sensible of what dangerous consequence such proceedings may be to publick peace and safety of H.M. subjects in America, and that it is agreable to H.M. tender regard for ye good of her people, to Her royal inclination to justice and utter abhorrence of such offences, that ye most notorious offenders therein be brought to Justice and punish'd, whereby all others may be deterr'd from committing or attempting ye like offences for ye future. And accordingly we having had that matter under our consideration, take leave to lay before your Lordship, that in regard great numbers of ye inhabitants of ye Island may have been concern'd therein, we are apprehensive, and in our humble opinion not without reason, yt. no good effect can be expected from a prosecution of any of ye criminals in a course of Justice at Antego, wch. being ye case, we do not see by wt. other way, any of them may be brought to condign punishment, unless by ye Act of 35th of Hen. VIII for tryal of treasons committed out of ye King's dominions, they may be tryed for ye foresaid offences in ye Court of Queen's Bench. But in such a tender point wch. depends upon ye construction of a Law wherein there have been very few if any tryals for many years past and wherein ye life of ye subject is drawn in question, we presume it will not be expected we shou'd give any opinion, or found any direct proposal thereon, whereas were ye opinion of ye Judges known upon yt. statute wth. regard to ye circumstances of the foresaid offences, and if they shall be of opinion that ye same are cognizable in ye Queen's Bench here, tho' done at Antego, then we offer yt. for the reasons beforemention'd some of ye chief promoters, abettors, and actors of and in that rebellious tumult and horrid murther be brought over from thence in custody and tryed here; Wherefore if ye doing thereof shall be judged lawfull and advisable to be done in order thereto we propose, that ye Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief be directed in ye presence of the Lord Archibald Hamilton, the Commodore, and such Magistrate of ye Island as they shall judge proper for ye purpose, to inquire into ye said offences by ye examination of witnesses upon oath to be lawfully administred, and to take such depositions in writing, sign'd by ye parties making ye same, or by any other proper and lawfull ways by wch. ye whole truth of those matters may best be discovered. And having found out ye chief promoters or abettors thereof and actors therein, that he forthwith cause so many of ym. as H.M. shall think fit, to be seized and brought into this Kingdom under safe custody, the particular persons so to be seiz'd and sent over being such as to them the said Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief, the Lord Archibald Hamilton, and ye Commodore shall appear to have been the greatest offenders, and yt. at the same time he take care that a competent number of the most material withnesses be sent over into this Kingdom, who are able to prove ye facts, upon ye tryals of such offenders. And that in ye seizing and sending over such offenders the Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief if occasion requires, be assisted in ye manner beforementioned. But if it shall so happen yt. any offenders have already been try'd for ye said offences, and have been acquitted thereof by course of Law, care must be taken not to seize or send over any person so tryed and acquitted. In case it shall not be thought lawful or advisable to send over into this Kingdom any of ye offenders to be tryed here, we then propose that the Lieut. Genl. or Commander in Chief be directed to cause so many of the most notorious offenders as H.M. shal think fit to direct, to be forthwith proceeded against and punish'd for the said offences according to the known laws of that Island; and that the Lord Archibald Hamilton and ye Commodore do take effectual care to prevent or suppress any tumults or commotions that may arise in that Island on accot. of such tryals or otherwise as aforesaid. Of all which their proceedings we propose that the Lord Archibald Hamilton and the Commodore by ye first opportunity of a safe conveyance to (=? do) transmit to one of H.M. Principal Secrys. of State, and to ye Commrs. for Trade and Plantations a full an(d) exact account, with ye examinations and depositions taken and other proceedings had in yt. matter; and that afterwards so soon as conveniently may be, they send also duplicates and copies thereof. [C.O. 153, 11. pp. 138–146.]
March 22.
Whitehall.
751. Mr. Popple to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General. Requests their reply to Jan. 3 as soon as may be. [C.O. 29, 12. pp. 338, 339.]
March 22.
Whitehall.
752. Lord Dartmouth to Governor Lord Archibald Hamilton. Having laid before the Queen your Lordship's letter of the 14th inst. together with the Memorial enclosed about the exchange or release of Don Carlos de Suere Deputy Governor of Cartagena, now a prisoner of warr upon parole, H.M. consents to the exchange of the said Don Carlos for Thomas Jones Esq., who has the rank of Colonel, and is actually Lt. Col. of the Earl of Barrymore's Regimt. and of Captain England of the same regiment, both taken prisoners at the battle of Caya near Badajos. As soon as this exchange shall be agreed on the part of Spain. I will acquaint your Lordship with it. In the mean time upon your arrival at Jamaica, you may acquaint the said Don Carlos with the orders H.M. has given, and improve this opportunity to the advantage of H.M. service, and the advancemt of the Trade and Commerce of that Island. Signed, Dartmouth. [C.O. 324, 32. pp. 63, 64.]
March 22.
St. James's.
753. H.M. Warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General appointing — Broderick Attorney General of Jamaica. Countersigned, Dartmouth. [C.O. 324, 32. p. 65.]
March 24.
Whitehall.
754. Mr. Popple to Mr. Burchet. Encloses extract of Mr. Polhampton's memorial, to be laid before the Commrs. of the Admiralty. [C.O. 324, 9. p. 481.]
March 24.
St. James's.
755. Order of Queen in Council. Repealing Act of Virginia, 1666, declaring what is meant by seating of land. (v. Feb. 22). Signed, William Blathwayt. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 9, 1711. 1 p. [C.O. 5. 1316. No. 58; and 5, 1362. pp. 266, 267.]
March 24.
St. James's.
756. Order of Queen in Council. The Secretary of State is to signify to the Government of Virginia H.M. pleasure that the Instruction to the Governor relating to the granting and seating of lands be passed into an Act. (v. Feb. 22.) Signed and endorsed as preceding. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1316. No. 59; and 5, 1363. pp. 268–270.]
March 24.
St. James's.
757. Order of Queen in Council. David Lloyd is to be heard in answer to Mr. Keen's charges, etc. (v. March 1st. etc. and A.P.C. II. p. 637). Signed, Wm. Blathwayt. Endorsed, Recd. Read April 3, 1711. 1¼ pp. Enclosed,
757. i. David Lloyd to the Queen. Prays to be heard in defence of his brother the late Major Thomas Lloyd.
757. ii. Answer of David Lloyd to Mr. Keen's charges Jan. 26, 31. A denial of the 7 charges set out A.P.C. II. pp. 634–7. 4 pp. [C.O. 194, 5. Nos. 5, 5 i., ii.; and 195, 5. pp. 223–228.]
March 24.
Whitehall.
758. Lord Dartmouth to the Council of Trade and Plantations. H.M. having been pleased to appoint Major Walter Douglas to succeed Col. Parke deceased in the Government of the Leward Islands, I desire that you will direct the draughts of his Commission and Instructions to be prepared as usual, etc. Signed, Dartmouth. Endorsed, Recd. 27th, Read 29th March, 1711. ¾ p. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 49; and 153, 11. pp. 146, 147.]
March 24.
St. James's.
759. Order of Queen in Council. Referring following petition to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their report. Signed, William Blathwayt. Endorsed, Recd. 27th, Read 29th March, 1711. 1p. Enclosed,
759. i. Petition of Edward Buncombe of Montserrat to H.M. in Council. Upon apprehension of the present war an Act of the General Council and Assembly of the Leeward Islands was passed at Nevis, 1701, and confirmed by your Majesty in 1703, whereby it was enacted that if any person should receive damage by the landing of the enemy upon any of the Islands, the same should be made good to him out of the publick stock by the Treasurer of each respective Island where the same shal happen, according to an estimate to be made upon oath by three freeholders of the vicinity, to be appointed by the Governor or Lieutenant Governor, etc. In Dec. 1708, the crew of a French privateer landed in Montserrat and robb'd petitioner of 29 negroes, and several parcels of plate, apparel and household stuff, wch. by an appraisement made thereof by 3 freeholders of the vicinage appointed thereto by the Governor in Chief in pursuance of the said Act amounted to £1330 11s. 6d. Petitioner thereupon apply'd himself to the Lieut. Govr., Council and Assembly of Montserrat for their order to the Treasurer for the payment of the said sum, who at first referr'd petitioner to the General Council and Assembly of all ye said Islands then about to meet at St. Christophers, where upon petitioner's application, the said Governor in Chief and Gentlemen of the Council were of opinion that petitioner ought to be paid the said sum, and recommended it to the General Assembly, but before anything more was done thereon, the said General Council and Assembly were adjourn'd, and having since again apply'd to the President, Council and Assembly of Montserrat, they now finally refuse to grant the said Order for payment, tho' all the other Islands of that Government have comply'd with and made payments pursuant to the said Act. Prays H.M. to order them to pay him accordingly. Copy. 2 pp. [C.O. 152, 9. Nos. 51, 51 i.; and 153, 11. pp. 170–173.]
March 24.
St. James's
760. Order of Council. Referring enclosed petition to the Council of Trade and plantations for their report thereon. Signed, William Blathwayt. Endorsed, Recd. 29th March, Read April 3, 1711. ½ p. Enclosed,
760. i. Petition of Samuel Barwick to the Queen. Appointed to the Council of Barbados in 1709, petitioner was displaced by the restoration of the suspended Councillors. Prays to be restored to his former place in the Council, in place of Middleton Chamberlayn decd. Copy. 1p. [C.O. 28, 13. Nos. 56, 56 i.; and 29, 12. pp. 340, 341.]
March 24.
Whitehall.
761. Mr. Popple to George Granville, Secretary at Warr. Enclosed extract from the memorial of Mr. Polhampton, purser of H.M.S. the Kinsale, relating to the 4 companies of soldiers of New York (v. March 5). PS. Mr. Polhampton is to be heard of at the Golden Ball in Coleston's Court in Great Wild Street. [C.O. 5, 1122. pp. 320, 321.]
March 25.762. Petty Expenses of the Board of Trade, Postage, Stationery, etc. Christmas, 1710—Lady-day, 1711. v. B.T. Journal. 5pp. [C.O. 388, 76. Nos. 115–117.]
March 26.
Defiane Sptihead.
763. Lord A. Hamilton to Lord Dartmouth. Acknowledges letter of 22nd inst., signifieing H.M. commands in relation to the exchange of Don Carlos de Suere, Depty. Governor of Cartagena, now a prisoner of war. As soon as I arrive at Jamaica, I shall not fail to accquent him with H.M. orders, and relation to the exchange of Don Carlos de Suere, Depty. Governor of Cartagena, now a parisioner of war. As soon as I arrive at Jamaica. I shall not fail to accquent him with H.M. orders, and indeavour to improve them to the advantage of H.M. service, and the advancement of the trade and commerce of that Island. Signed, A. Hamilton. 1p. [C.O, 137, 51. No. 36.]
March 26
whitehall.
764. Lord Dartmouth to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The enclosed paper contains a paragraph which the Queen thinks proper to be inserted in Majr. Douglass's Instructions, etc. Signed, Dartmouth. Endorsed, Recd. 27th, Read 29th March, 1711. ¾ p. Enclosed,
764. i. Additional Instruction for Governor Douglas, March 24, 1710 (11). To cause a proclamation to be issued in the Queen's name containing H.M. pardon to all the offenders in Antegoa on the account of the late Rebellion there, excepting a number not exceeding six and not less than three, of those he shall find the most notoriously guilty, whom or so many of them within the said number, as he shall judge proper, he shall cause to be brought to tryall according to law, and shall direct the same to be put in execution accordingly. But in case he shall find good reason to believe justice is not like to be had in that Island, he shall be at liberity not to proceed to a tryall of the criminals there, but instead thereof to send over into Brittain, a number of the cheif offenders not exceeding six nor under three to be prosecuted here according to law. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 9. Nos. 50, 50 i.; and 153, 11. pp. 167, 168; and (enclosure only) 152, 42. No. 20.]
March 26.765. Jeronimo Clifford to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Renews his claim (v. C.S.P. 1704, 1705) against the Dutch Society of Surinam for damages, and offers to let the Government have the sum upon interest during the war. Signed, Jer. Clifford. P.S. April 26. Suddainly after your receiving these, my intention is to lay my petition before H.M. in Councill. Endorsed, Recd., Read June 4, 1711. 6 pp. [C.O. 388, 76. No. 114.]
March 29.
Whitehal.
766. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Dartmouth. We inclose ye draught of a Commission for Walter Douglas to be Govr. of H.M. Leeward Islands (v. March 24), wch. is in ye usual from; and we are preparing ye necessary Instructions for him with all possible dispatch. Annexed,
766. i. H.M. Commission to Mr. Douglas referred to in preceding. Westminster, April 11, 1711. Countersigned, Wright. [C.O. 153, 11. pp. 147–167.]
March 29.
Whitehal.
767. Mr. Popple to Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor General. Encloses Additional Instructions etc. to Governor Douglas, v. March 26. The Council of Trade and Plantations desire your opinion, the beginning of next week if conveniently you can, whether what is therein directed with relation to the bringing over any of the persons concern'd in order to their being tryed here can be legally done. [C.O. 153, 11. p. 169.]
March 31.
Genll. Post Office.
768. Mr. Frowde to Mr. Popple. I am order'd by the Post Master Genll, to send you the inclosed papers, they came to this Office by the last mail from Portugall, by the wett wether from Milfordhaven, where the Capt. of the Pacqt. Boate landed the mail, these with severall other letters suffer'd so much that we could not discover who the letters belong'd to, these inclosed seem to relate to the West India's, and it being imposable to discover who they were designed for, the Post Mar. Genll. has directed me to send them to the Comrs. of Trade under cover to you. Signed, Ashburnham Frowde. Endorsed, Recd. March 31st, Read April 3, 1711. Addressed. Sealed. ½ p. Enclosed,
768. i. Copy of Address of Council of New Jersey to Governor Hunter. Wee esteem ourselves the most happy in being subjects to the Queen, the best of Princes, and under the wisest constitution of Government in the world, not to be mended by humane invention. Wee therefore deem ourselves in consitution bound to use our endeacours to preserve the prerogative from lycentious encroachments as the rights and libertys of the subject from open violation. That all just debts of the Governmt. be duely satisfied, that Courts of Judicature be thoroguhly established, that fitt and proper officers be appointed in each Country, that convenient jayles for the security of debtors and crimenalls be erected, and that there be a steady equall and impartiall distribution od justice to all men, etc. Welcome H.E. and promise him their support. Signed, Wm. Pinhorne, Richd. Townly, Danly. Coxe, Roger Mompesson, Peter Sonmans, Hugh Huddy, William Hall, Robt. Quary. Subscrided, these eight above are the Gentlemen of the Council that opposes H.E. in everything, who sets up for the true friends of the Ld. C. Dear Brother, These just now came to hand. I desire after you have perused them deliver them to Col. Nicholson, etc. 2 pp.
768. ii. Minutes of Assembly of New Jersey Jan. 2–4, 1710 (11). Copy. 2½ pp. [C.O. 5, 970. Nos. 101, 101 i., ii.]
[March].769. Jeremy Dummer, Agent for the Massachusetts Bay to Lord Dartmouth. I am directed by that Province to represent that they are humbly of opinion that the Quota of men and money furnish'd by them for the late Expedition was more than their proportion to what the other Governments contributed. And that it came the heavyer, becaust their constant expense is at the least £30,000 per annum to maintain garrisons on the frontiers and to equip vessells of war to guard the coast, in the advantage of which the neighbour Government have Shar'd; whitst they have in a great measure sat easy, especially New York, by having their guards at the expence of the Crown, and by maintaining a criminal nertrality with the French Indians. Whereupon the Province of the Massachusetts most humbly prays that if H.M shall see meet to form an expedition against Canada (which has fill'd the Continent with their cruelties) that their Quota may be lessen'd and that the Southern Plantations as far as Virginia (including it) may receive H.M. Instructions to contribute towards the expedition, inasmuch as their repose and security depend upon it. [C.O. 5, 10. No. 139.]