America and West Indies
July 1712

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'America and West Indies: July 1712', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 27: 1712-1714 (1926), pp. 1-20. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=73905 Date accessed: 23 September 2014.


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COLONIAL PAPERS.

July 1712

July 2.
Charles Fort in St. Christophers.
1. Robert Cunynghame to the Council of Trade and Plantations.Refers to letter of April30, q.v. General Dowglas promised I should have a copie of my mittimus to prison, but took effectual care I should not, he has denyed to admit me to bayle, the Council after application to them, said not a word except Mr. Liddell who said the General would not allow of it, etc. Those of that board who fear loosing their employments, or have made away four of the Queen's brass field pieces, or sent provisions to the enemy at a time of greatest scarcity (which will be made appear if your Lordships think fit to order a thorow examination into, and effectual care be taken that Mr. Rawleigh the General's Secretary and John Hardtman, marriner, who has already sworn to the landing of 99 barrils of beef at Martenique be not put out of the way) will be cautious of acting contrary to the General, do what he please, etc. He says H.M. will hear no complaints against him, etc. Signed, Ro. Cunynghame. Endorsed, Recd. 19th, Read 27th Aug., 1712. 2 pp. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 128; and 153, 12. pp. 5–7.]
July 6.
Antigua.
2. Governor Dougles to [?the Earl of Dartmorth, Cf. July 10]. I send two of the chief promoters and advisers of ye late rebellion, and who are guilty of attempting rebellious practices since H.M. Proclamation was issued Feb. 6th last. Their names are Mr. Daniel Mackinen and Mr. Samuel Watkins, and their being brought to justice will in a great measure appease the troubles and divisions of this Island. The evidences against them are to follow speedily. Signed, Walter Douglas. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 42. No. 85.]
July 8.
Westminster.
3. Copy of Privy Seal for the establishment of the Commission of Trade and Plantations (Francis, Lord Guildford, Sir Philip Meadows, Robt. Monckton, Arthur Moore, Francis Gwyn, Thomas Foley, and John Hind Cotton), etc. as Jan. 31, 1712. Countersigned, John Wooddeson, depty. 4½ pp. [C.O. 388, 76. No. 136; and 389, 37. pp. 45–49.]
July 8.
Whitehall.
4. The Earl of Dartmouth to Governor Hunter. Tho' the remittances which you expected for discharging the publick debts were not sent you by this convoy, you may however be fully assured that all demands of that nature shall be satisfy'd very soon. H.M. care of you will not be limited only to that act of justice, but that a good establishmt. will likewise be setled for a garrison at Annapolis to protect her subjects in those parts, and secure to them the freedome and advantages of their commerce. Signed, Dartmouth. [C.O. 324, 32. p. 155.]
July 8.
Whitehall.
5. Same to Governor Dudley. Begins as preceding.
Concludes: When you reflect how many affairs of the utmost importance have been under H.M. consideration for some months past, you will not wonder that things of less consequence should meet with some delay. Signed, Dartmouth. [C.O. 324, 32. pp. 155, 156.]
July 10.
Antegoa.
6. Governor Douglas to the Hon. Erasmas Lewes, Secretary to the Earl of Dartmouth. Upon my arrivall in July last I found Mr. Hamilton the late Lt. General wholy in the interests and party of Mr. Mackinen (at whose house he lodged and endeavoured to press me to do the same) and of Mr. Watkins Speaker of their Assembly, and that they were the chief conspirators against General Parke and principal advisers and promoters of the late rebellion, and the chief sticklers for Mr. Hamilton's having the command of these Islands as chief Governor and do beleive even they themselves have not confidence enough to deny that Mr. Hamilton was privy and jointly concerned in all their factious intreagues. I see such a majority and cruel partiality against the honest people that were not concerned in the Insurrection that I could not possibly at that time choose any other measures but to endeavour to bring these two unfortunate persons and some others to a due sence of their allegiance and duty and to an entire submission to the Queen's mercy, and to demonstrate the sincerity of their repentance by useing their interest to quiet and unite the minds of the people and destroy the seeds of rancour and discord which these turbulent persons had sown through the Island (but without some rigour of justice nothing can succeed as the honour of H.M. service requires). I gave into all the methods of moderation and mildness to gain these ends and was oblidged to hearken to some strange proposalls to gain time and break the strength of their rebellious faction, as their appointing Sir John St. Leger their Agent with hopes of extraordinary rewards in which they expected that I should be a sharer and fancying themselves a little secure to go on with their treasonable endeavours for Mr. Hamilton, they resolved to turn all my forced condescensions and seeming favours as arguments of complaints and male-administration, and employed Capt. Norbury to vent their malitious calumnies, the person they had formerly seduced and drawn in to be deeply concerned in their horrid conspiracies, as they in their private caballs commonly threatned not only to assassinate me but all those who had not embrued their hands in the blood of their General and of many poor innocent people, and the Regiment (whereof there are a show of six companies in this Island) continues as unfitt for service as ever being unarmed without discipline and pay, and of late by the factious endeavours of Mr. Mackinen and Walkins and their accomplices they were turned out of quarters, and denied the former allowance of provisions by which they subsisted and very few of the officers who are not seduced to favour their party, as also many of the soldiers who have been wanting in their allegiance as well as in their obedience, not that I believe any of them would again dare to disobey in opposeing an open Insurrection. About the latter end of January last when they perceived I had broke their measures and defeated their projects, a guilty terror seized them and occasioned such various reports amongst themselves that their Assembly was not able to make up a number to set about any publick business such was their consternation, that at length they pressed me to take some effectuall method to calm the disquiets of the people and to prevent further disturbances and commotions in the Government upon which I resolved to issue H.M. most gracious Proclamation of pardon with all the limitations and exceptions I thought most adviseable (after having seized and imprisoned four that I was informed were violent in the Rebellion and one of whom was said to head a party) but I find they are not more guilty than others who were in arms who after two months imprisonment the Councill and Assembly advised to accept of £40,000 bail for them as I have formerly transmitted particular accounts and hope they will be found fitt objects for the mercy of H.M., and would extreamly conduce towards the peace and safety of these Islands: And that the voice of God and Justice calls for Kerby, Mackinen and Watkins and for the most part both partys agree in their being sent home without which it were impossible to allay the heats and factions of this Island, is plainly known to all men, and these two unfortunate persons have persisted in justifying the murder of General Parke since the Proclamation and have collected money and stirred up some unthinking people to join in the faction to promote the late Lt. General Hamilton's pretensions for ye Government under whom they suppose their most flagrant crimes and treason would be sheltered. These two were chiefly concerned in deluding Mr. Pearne, Lt. Governor of Montserrat, which poor Island is just now attacked by the French, and I am waiting for assistance from Barbadoes to try to carry some little force to releive them having at present onely the Diamond and Scarbrough who is also sickly fitt for any service, (the Roebuck being for the present disabled in her mainmast, and the Jolly of only 16 guns) and by their factious animositys compelled some of the most worthy judicious members of the Assembly to leave of meeting with them, turned the soldiers out of quarters to starve and left off all thought of going on with their publick works and fortifications for the necessary defence of the Island, which now they grievously lament a great French Fleet being in sight with about 8 or 9 men of warr, three of which being reckoned of 60 guns; and at length when by their factious proceedings there appeared great difficulties in getting a proper number of members together to make up an Assembly I dissolved them (intending very speedily to summon another) and gave out a warrant the second instant to the Provost Marshall to seize and apprehend Mr. Mackinen and Mr. Watkins who fled and absconded upon notice of it, and at length heard they were harboured on board one of H.M. own ships the Diamond, the inclosed papers fully shewing the Captain's misbehaviour in that matter, tho' he took a copy of the warrant yet pretended to me he did not advert to the word Passengers in the Master's receipt where they were sent on board without any particular order to the Master, whereby they expect to lurk some time in England before they are taken up, tho' I have also a receipt for the short letter in which I gave the Lord Dartmouth an account of their being sent home by my order, and I hope they will be produced. I kept a Fleet of homeward bound merchant ships under an embargoe for two or three days to get these prisoners on board, and if I had delayed ordering them to sail but two hours longer they had been all taken by the French Fleet (now at Montserrat) by which means Captain Lisle got that receipt for them, and two of the evidences against the prisoners were left behind, which shall be sent by first opportunity, these evidences and most people in this Island can witness upon what occasions that Captain vindicated the murder of General Parke, and insulted several people upon the account of their zeal to the honour of H.M. prerogative and detestation of those cruell murderers tho' at length, we have Captains of men of warr of better principles, family and education, and I have avoided as much as possible to take any cognizance of such unworthy and treacherous actions as believing it of consequence to be examined before more competent judges and would perhaps have been ill taken if I had interposed by authority according to exact justice and occasioned those disturbances which would have delayed the Fleet's being convoyed home in safety, and the Trade have suffered. I am now hopefull there are but one or two violent incendiarys more in this Island and should be mighty glad to have the honour to receive directions concerning the sending them home as prisoners as the only most infallible and speedy method of restoreing the peace, trade and tranquility of this Island. Signed, Walter Douglas. Endorsed, R. Oct. 28, 1712. Addressed. 1½ large closely written pp. [C.O. 152, 42. No. 86.]
July 11.
New York.
7. Governor Hunter to the Council of Trade and Plantations. What I have to add to the duplicate of mine by the packet boat which goes now by the Virginia fleet is only to acquaint your Lorps. that all the Acts which past the Assembly and Council besides these which are therein mention'd are as follows, (i) An Act for paying the Brittish officers. This is only the continuing the 18d. per day to these officers dureing the winter, H.M. haveing by her orders allow'd them Ensigns pay. (ii) An Act for paying the arrears due to the forces late rais'd in the County of Suffolk for the Expedition against Canada in 1709. This is to pay the forces which serv'd for that County longer then the time provided for by the Assembly before they march'd on that Expedition, which is a piece of justice no other county besides that has done, (iii) An Act for paying 1600 ounces of plate for secureing the frontiers at Albany, which Act explains itself. (iv) An Act reviveing an Act against selling of rumm to the Indians, and for better guarding the City of Albany. Your Lorps. haveing already the Acts which this revives, it wants no explanation. (v) An Act prohibiting all but John Darmiter to make lampblack for 5 years. This is to incourage the first who sett up that manufacture. These are all which past. But several other Acts being sent up which had been formerly amended by the Council but the amendments rejected for the reasons your Lorps. have been so often troubled with, and the same objections still remaining, I thought fitt to prorogue them. These Bills were that for an Agency, that for assigning of Sheriffs, that for paying the officers of the Government, and that for laying a further duty on the tunnage of vessels and slaves, copies of all which your Lordps. have already had for they differ in nothing from those formerly sent you. Besides those they sent up another for the better and more easy carriage of goods by land or water. Judgeing this not to be consistent with some of the Laws of Trade, I gave notice of it to the Officers of Customs who presented a petition against it, but it was dropt by ye prorogation. Signed, Ro. Hunter. Endorsed, Recd. Sept. 15, Read 11th March, 17 12/13. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 1050. No. 57; and 5, 1123. pp. 67–69.]
July 11.
Nevis.
8. Lt. Governor Smith to the Council of Trade and Plantations. On Thursday the 3rd inst. this Island was alarmed by the enemie that lay between Guardaloupe and Mountserat with six men of warr, vizt. three of 60 guns, two of 40 and one of 32, with some other ships, and 8 sloopes. On the 4th the President of that Island advised me of the enemie, and I put this Island into the best posture of defence I could, in which it still continues. Yesterday by a ship that escaped from Mountserat I was informed that the enemie landed there the 8th instant and burnt some plantations, that the inhabitants were going to their Do Dun being of too small a number to withstand them and last night was seen a fire on that part where the Town stood by which I doubt they have burnt it. I have dispatched a sloope to Antigua to the Generall, who I believe could not but see the enemie off Mountserat, and I hope H.M. ships will joyne and come timely to their and our relief, that are under apprehensions of being likewise attacqued. 'Tis said these ships came from Brest with some regular troopes, and that their force now amounts to above 2000 men, soe that if the men of warr, Barbadoes being soe farr from us, should not come timely they will doe much mischief to these Islands. I will do my utmost endeavour for H.M. honour, etc. P.S. July 12. Just now I had advise by a long boat that escaped that yesterday the French flagg was hoisted at the fort at Mountserratt and the ships riding in the road at anchor. Signed, Dan Smith. Endorsed, Recd. Sept. 15, Read Oct. 31st, 1712. Addressed. 1½ pp. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 131; and 153, 11. pp. 22, 23; and 184, 1. No. 27.]
July 12.9. H.M. licence to John Pearne, Lt. Governor of Montserat, extending his leave of absence to one year since his departure thence. [C.O. 324, 32. pp. 156, 157.]
July 14.
London.
10. Mr. Dummer to the Council of Trade and Plantations. To give yr. Lordships an account of those accidents wch. were ye cause of ceasing the packett-boates to the West Indies will not be so acceptable to your Lordps. as the acquainting your Lopps. with my designe (if I am countenanced) not onley to enterprize that service againe, but to doe it with much greater dispatch. I have seen ye inconvenience of obligeing every vessell to pass by all the Islands: I have learnt by experience that if ye boate wch. shall goe to Barbadoes do goe no further to Leeward, then to St. Xphers, and thence to returne for England; and that the boate which shall goe to Jamaica, do goe to no other Island, butt returne thence directly, that then ye time they stay at each island by my first project (much too short) will be longer; and yett all dispatches to and from each island will be quicker, and the service in generall more acceptable: for notwithstanding this alteration, those Islands shall be served with a monthly boate from England as they were before. Begs the favour of a certificate from the Board commending the scheme. This favour I can't despair of, if it were onley to me to make myselfe some amends by my own contrivance without askeing any assistance and recompence of the Crowne for those losses I have susteyned thereby dureing the warr: and for undergoeing soe bold, and unpresidented an enterprize, as this at first was knowne to bee; etc. Signed, E. Dummer. Endorsed, Recd. 14th, Read 17th July, 1712, Addressed. 1 p. Enclosed,
10. i. Observations on the service of West India Packet-boats. The proposition first laid down in 1702 for maintaining a monthly correspondence with all the English Island Plantations in America, each vessel performing her voyage in 100 days or thereabouts, has been put into practice, though at first thought impracticable by many of the best seamen in England. Rate of letters:
Single of one sheet Outward 1s. 3d. Inward 1s. 6d.
Double or two sheets,, 2s. 6d.,, 3s. 0d. and so on in proportion. For every ounce or a greater weight 6s. outward and inward. Overleaf:— A scheme of the sailings of the West India packet-boats from the beginning of the service under the Post-Master General by Ed. Dummer in Oct. 21, 1702, until Aug. 7th, 1711, when the service was discontinued. The length of the voyages varies from 92 to 165 days. 10 ships were taken by the enemy and two lost at sea. Finely printed. 2½ pp. [C.O. 137, 9. Nos. 66, 66 i; and (without enclosure) 138, 13. pp. 392, 393.]
July 15.
Maryland.
11. Edward Lloyd, President of the Council of Maryland, to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Acknowledges letter of Oct. 26, 1711, with H.M. Order in Council repealing two Acts, which has been punctually comply'd with, etc. With the same pacquet I received two Acts of Parliament, which I have caused to be published. And further in obedience to your Lordships' commands in relation to severall of H.M. Royall Instructions to the late Governour, Col. Seymour, not punctually comply'd with, etc., I have summoned H.M. Receivers of Puttuxent and Potomack Districts, John Rousby and John Dansey Esqrs., the former of which has perfected his accounts to the last years, and they will be transmitted to the Hon. William Blathwayt, Surveyor Generall and Auditor of H.M. Revenue in this Province. But the others vizt. Mr. Dansey's being intangled with the receipts of the Revenue in Pocomoke District cannot be yet perfected, but shall take care to urge that Receiver's complyance and to have them transmitted as instructed. Refers to enclosures. As to H.M. Instructions requiring the account of births, christnings and burialls, after all endeavours possible, the accounts I have got are so imperfect and insufficient by the neglect of ye persons who kept and who by the law ought to have made registers thereof, that it is in vain to trouble you with some very few parishes; but have given direction to have the laws therefore put in execution; so that I am in hopes the lists may be perfect the next year. The Commissary General of the publique arms and ammunition having return'd an account thereof the last yeare, on inspection it was found imperfect, and therefore he had orders to go through the severall Countys to gett a more exact account, which order since the receipt of your Lordps.' commands has been again renew'd to him; but a very severe and long fitt of sickness has prevented his complyance therewith, however upon his recovery he has ingaged speedily to have the said account fully settled and return'd, which shall be transmitted your Honble. Board with the very first convenience. In obedience to H.M. Instruction requiring an account of what strength our neighbours have, be they Indians or others, and what correspondence wee hold with them. This Province being bounded on the north and south by Pensilvania and Virginia, and only part of one county on the east by the sea-coast, wee have little correspondence either with the northern or southern Indians, and haveing but few neighbour Indians inhabiting among us, wee live in perfect peace and friendship with them. The scituation of this Province being severall leagues up the Bay of Cheseopeake, wee have little knowledge what forces our enemies have at sea, yet frequently heare of some privateers coasting off the Capes of Virginia, which sometimes take severall of our vessells passing in and out of those Capes to the damage of our trade. And as to the wants and defects of this Province, the chief product thereof, and what improvements may be made. This Country has suffered very much by our Tobaccos, our only Staple commodity, which for some years past has mett with very low marketts, so that many are reduced to great poverty, and others ingaged in debt. Our manufactures are very little but what mere necessity has enforced for some necessary course cloathing, during the great scarcity of goods. This last years wee have had a small trade for West India goods and salt in exchange of our Indian corne and wheat which has been transported to Lisbone, New England, and Maderas. But the planters finding some encouragement from the rise of tobacco the last year on the hopes of peace, they have very industriously betaken themselves to the culture thereof, so that wee have expectations of a very good cropp, if the latter part of the year prove seasonable. I am very much concern'd, that I am not able at present to send your Lordships a particular account, of every particular requir'd. But was very unwilling to lett the Fleete sayle without shewing my endeavours to obey your commands, though but in part, and begg your favourable acceptance thereof untill I can send a compleate account, etc. Signed, Edwd. Lloyd. Endorsed, Recd. Sept. 16, 1712. Read July 13, 1713. 2½ pp. Enclosed,
11. i. List of inhabitants of Maryland (by counties): Totals, Masters and taxable men, 11025; white women, 9077; children, 17641. Negroes, 8330. The masters and taxable men are generally reputed fitt to beare arms, being from 16 years and not many old or decrepid. Same endorsement. 1 p.
11. ii. An account of the several Courts, Officers and Offices in Maryland. Same endorsement. 5 pp.
11. iii. A table of fees of officers in Maryland. Same endorsement. 4 pp. [C.O. 5, 717. Nos. 51, 51 i.–iii.; and (without enclosures) 5, 727. pp. 323–327.]
[July 16.]12. A memorial relating to the English prisoners in Canada, (probably addressed to Lord Dartmouth). The French and Indians goe out in parties for the most part every year, and attack one or more of the frontier villages of New England, and after burning the houses, carry off men, women, and children without distinction; some of whom they sell for servants to the inhabitants of Canada, and others they carry into the woods, and keep 'em for their own slaves. There are now above 100 of H.M. subjects in this condition, whose names I have a list of. It is fear'd that a Peace will not extend to the redemption of these captives; it is therefore humbly propos'd that the King of France be moved to send an order to the Governor of Canada to release 'em; as well those in the hands of the French, as those in the power of the Indians, who depend on the French and dare not refuse, when they know it is the pleasure of the King of France. Endorsed, R. July 16, 1712. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 9. No. 110; and (similar memorial, with some variations and no date or endorsement), No. 110a.]
July 17.
Whitehal.
13. Certificate by the Council of Trade and Plantations in favour of Mr. Dummer (v. July 14). The monthly correspondence with all H.M. Islands in the West Indies managed by him 1702–1711, was a very good service to H.M. and her subjects, perticularly to such who were concerned in the trade to and from the West Indies, or who had settlements and estates there. The losses he has sustained (v. July 14) appears to have been very great. And as there will be great convenience and advantage in a monthly correspondence with the said Islands by the said packet-boats, as well in time of peace as in time of War, whereby the imbezelment or miscarriage of letters will be prevented, we have thought fit to give Mr. Dummer this our approbation, etc. [C.O. 138, 13. pp. 394, 395.]
July 17.
Kensington.
14. Order of Queen in Council. Referring following to the Council of Trade for their report. Signed, Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. July 21st, Read 27th Aug. 1712. 1 p. Enclosed,
14. i. Petition of Edmond Edlyne and Valentine Mumbee Members of Council of Jamaica, to the Queen. Pray for further leave of absence to dispatch their private affairs, etc. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 137, 9. Nos. 70, 70 i.; and 138, 13. pp. 400–402.]
[July 17.]15. Address of the Lt. General of the Leeward Islands and the Council and Representatives of Nevis to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Return thanks for their favour to them in relation to the grant in aid. Signed, W. Hamilton, Dan Smith, Richd. Abbott, J. Bevon, Aza. Pinney, Law. Brodbelt, Jno. Richardson, Mich. Smith, Rob. Eleis. Jno. Choppin, Speaker, Mich. Williams, John Symonds, Thos. Bridgwater, Roger Pemberton, Jno. Butler, Rich. Brodbelt, Geo. Meriwether, Davd. Gardner, Tho. Minor, Small. Gardner, John Smith, Jasper Wall, Solomon Israel. Endorsed, Recd. Read July 17, 1712. 1 large p. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 124.]
July 18.
Maryland.
16. President and Council of Maryland to [?the Earl of Dartmouth]. Enumerate crimes of Thomas Macnemara (v. Sept. 18, 1711). On his trial for the murder of Thomas Graham, he was found guilty of homicide by chance medley, and on that verdict the jury persisted against plaine evidence, tho' they were twice sent back by the Court. But the Cheife Justice and his associates takeing into consideration the barbarity of the fact with the malice prepens'd according to evidence, by his acting without any deputation from the Sherriffe, and that in his own case, which made it malice implyed in law and so murther, they concluded that the jury had found the matter which was the manslaughter, yet they were judges of the manner, and so gave judgment that he was guilty of manslaughter, and for grounds of such their judgment relayed on the case of John Vane Salisbury in Plowden's Commentaryes. Whereupon Macnemara was burnt in the hand, deprived of his practice, etc. (v. Sept. 18, 1711). He fled to England, notwithstanding warrants issued against him, and haveing found means to gett himself entred of Gray's Inn and called to the Barr, he appealed to H.M. in Council and obteyned an Order permitting him by writt of error to remove the proceedings on the indictment against him, the verdict having been homicidium per infortunium, and ordering that he be forthwith restored to his practice of attorney in the Courts of Maryland, and the Justices ordered to transmit the record and process of the indictment to H.M. in Council, etc. None appearing to gainsay or give a true character of him, in obedience to H.M. said Order, at the last Chancery Court, June 3 last, he was by the President and Keeper of the Great Seale restored to his practice in that Court; but the Keeper of the Seale being informed by the Attorney Genll. that he lay under an indictment, whereon the Grand July of the Province had found a bill for his assaulting and attempting to bugger the aforesaid boy (v. Sept. 18, 1711), he was thereupon suspended untill he should be legally acquitted thereof. Whereupon he has not been wanting to threaten he will complayne to H.M., whom wee most humbly desire your Lordship will informe of Macnemara's just character, etc. Signed, Edwd. Lloyd, Wm. Holland, Thos. Ennalls, Sam. Young, Tho. Greenfeild, Cha. Greenberry, Tho. Addison, Phill. Lloyd, Jno. Dorsey, Ricd. Tilgham. 8 pp. Enclosed,
16. i. Judges of the Provincial Court of Maryland. The grounds of our judgment against Thomas Macnemara (supra) was that the fact of murthering Thomas Graham, a Quaker without any weapon in his hand, appeared by the evidence to have been committed with so great mallice prepensed inhumanity and barbarity, togeather with the sinister and evill practice and interest his friends and relations used by tampering with the Jury, who would not by the evidence tho' plain nor by the arguments of the Attorney Generall tho' persuasive, be induced to find him guilty of any other crime than homicide by chance medly. Therefore we resolved as in preceding. And further wee most humbly offer to your Majesty's consideration whether the barbarous fact committed on the body of Thomas Graham, joined with the many former crimes and misdemeanours whereof he is guilty were not a legall and sufficient inducement to us to deprive him of his practice in your Majesty's Provinciall Court here, where, with submission to your Majesty, wee conceive by vertue of your Commission to us granted, wee are judges of the behaviour and practice of the officers belonging to the same Court, and best know their lifes and conversations. And hope your Majesty will be of opinion that wee have power to suppress their evill practices and for their misdeeds deprive them. And for our judgment aforesaid, tho' wee acknowledge wee are not thorough-paced lawyers, wee had some reliance on the case of John Vane Salisbury ut supra, etc. Signed, Wm. Holland, Tho. Smyth, R. Bradly. Maryland, July 18, 1712. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 720. Nos. 16, 17.]
July 19.
St. Christophers.
17. Lt. Governor Lambert to the Council of Trade and Plantations. H.E. the Generall being at Antegoa and not knowing of the saileing of these vessells from hence was the occasion of this presumption to acquaint your Lordships that on Tuesday was sevennight last the French with nineteen saile of vessells from Martineco and Guardaloupe landed on the Island of Montserratt and have been burneing the houses and canes thereon ever since. One Moulton in a pinke made his escape from thence to this Island after the enemy were landed, and have beaten the inhabitants from their Fortt. He gives accot. that he did see five saile of friggotts amongst them, two whereof were ships of 60 odd gunns, the others smaller. Yesterday arived a boat from St. Bartholomews, and gives a farther account that two French sloops had been cruiseing about that place by order of said French squadron to intercept vessells carrying anything off the island, and this was part of Monsr. Dugee's squadron, and that the rest was daily expected and farther that there design was on the other Leeward Islands; what credit may be given to this part I am not a judge—but the inhabitants are in a mighty pain, and have sent their goods all to the Fortt and all the Islands are in arms, etc. Signed, Mich. Lambert. Endorsed, Recd. 3rd, Read 31st Oct., 1712. 2 pp. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 132; and 153, 12. pp. 24, 25.]
July 20.
North Carolina.
18. Lt. Governor Hyde to [?the Earl of Dartmouth]. Returns thanks for his Lordship's favour, etc. Continues: I durst not have presum'd to have cas'd and directed my letters to yr. Ldp., had I not been assur'd by my wife that yr. Lp. had allow'd it, by reason all my former dispatches to the Lds. Proprietors and my friends have been intercepted, etc. I have in North Carolina been under the sharpest tryalls of any person in the world, and I hope I have acquitted myselfe with duty to my Queen and fidelity to my masters. I am really (my Lord) allmost worn out, having had continuall trouble without any allowance hitherto. It is in such generous breasts as your Lp.'s to do good to Families that have been unfortunate. My dear Ld. Rochester's death had like to have prov'd mine, I have lost my best friend, etc. P.S. My time is now tooke up in an Indian war, the consequence of that rebellion of Mr. Cary's, and I shall send yr. Lp. an acct. at large of all its circumstances. Signed, Edward Hyde. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 9. No. 18.]
July 20/31.
Fort Kykoverall, Rio Essequebe.
19. P. Vanderheyden Rezen to the Directors of the Dutch West India Company. Signed, P. Vanderheyden Rezen. Endorsed, Read, Oct. 13 (N.S.), 1712. 15 closely written pp. Dutch. [C.O. 116, 21. No. 7.]
[July 21.]20. Copy of advertisement inserted in the Gazette inviting applicants for the grant in aid of Nevis and St. Kitts to attend on Mondays and Thursdays at the office of the Board of Trade at the Cockpit in Whitehall. [C.O. 153, 11. p. 498.]
July 21.
Whitehall.
21. Mr. Popple to Mr. Attorney General. Encloses Act for explaining the Act for the relief of Nevis and St. Kitts. Continues:— The Council of Trade and Plantations desire you to prepare the form of an oath for the proof of a resettlement according thereto. [C.O. 153, 11. pp. 498, 499.]
July 24./Aug.5.
Fort Kykoverall, Rio Essequebe.
22. P. Vanderheyden Rézen to the Directors of the Dutch West India Company. Signed, P. Vanderheyden Rézen. Endorsed, Read Oct. 13 (N.S.) 1712. 2 pp. Dutch. Enclosed,
22. i.–vii. Accounts, inventories, Bills of lading etc. Dutch. [C.O. 116, 21. Nos. 8, 8 i. –vii.]
July 25.
Headly.
23. Sir John St. Leger to Mr. Popple. I have received a letter from Mr. William Douglass from Brest, who was taken prisoner coming from Antigua, with several letters and instruments as well for your office, as ye Secretary of State, with ye proclamation of ye general pardon, and a full account of the proceedings thereupon, but he informs me, that all his papers were lost or thrown overboard, except one packet, which fell into Mr. Hamilton's hands, from whom I received ye papers I send you herewith. Signed, J. St. Leger. Endorsed, Recd. July 29, 1712, Read July 14th, 1713. Addressed. ¾ p. Enclosed,
23. i. Address of Lt. General Hamilton and the Lt. Governor and Council of Antigua to Governor Douglas, St. Johns, July 17, 1711. Address of welcome. Signed, W. Hamilton, John Yeamans, Jno. Hamilton, Edw. Byam, Hen. Lyons, Thomas Morris, Richard Oliver, Will. Byam. Endorsed, as preceding. 1 p.
23. ii. Address of the Lt. General, Council and Assembly of Nevis to the Queen. Thank H.M. for acceptance of address declaring their abhorrence of Col. Parke's murder, and for the grant in aid. Continues:—We cannot but declare our great resentments of that most bloody, cruel and inhuman tragedy intended to have been acted on the person of your most sacred Majesty, etc. We beleive ourselves at this time a people the most happy, by being under your most gracious protection, and by having a Captain General to govern us who we beleive to be an example of piety and loyalty. Signed, W. Hamilton, Dan Smith, Richard Abbott, J. Bevon, Aza. Pinney, Lawce. Brodbelt, Jno. Richardson, Micha. Smith. Jno. Choppin, Speaker, Michl. Williams, John Symonds, Thoms. Bridgwater, Roger Pemberton, John Butler, Richard Brodbelt, Geo. Meriweather, David Gardner, Thos. Minor, Saml. Gardner, John Smith, Jasper Wall, Solomon Israel. Same endorsement. 1 p.
23. iii. Address of the Lt. Governor, Council and Assembly of St. Christophers to the Queen. Return thanks for the grant in aid, and praise "the sweet comportments and desposition" and moderation of Governor Douglas. Same endorsement. 1 p.
23. iv. Address of Assembly of Nevis in reply to Governor Douglas' speech (v. Journal of Assembly). Same endorsement. Copy. 1¾ pp.
23.v. Proclamation by Governor Douglas, St. Johns, Feb. 9, 1712. In pursuance of H.M. general pardon for the murder of Governor Parke, the inhabitants are required to abstain from party—making, and opprobrious language in connection therewith. Same endorsement. Copy. 1 p.
23. vi. Petition of merchants and inhabitants of Antigua to Governor Douglas for a new Act of Courts, "to be made to be held the usual times in this Island, where by petitioners may be enabled to recover their just debts." Signed, Edward Chester and23 others. Same endorsement. Copy. 1 p.
23. vi. Proclamation by Governor Douglas. Feb. 21st (1712) is to be kept as a Day of publick Fast and humiliation throughout the Leeward Islands, etc. Same endorsement. Copy. 1 p.
23. viii. Governor Douglas' Warrant, Jan. 1712, suspending Walter Hamilton from being Lt. General of the Leeward Islands and Lt. Governor of Nevis, and publishing the same. Signed, Walter Douglas. Same endorsement. Copy. 1 p.
23. ix. Account of stores of war wanting for St. Kitts, April 17, 1712. Signed and endorsed as preceding. 1 p.
23. x. Governor Douglans' summons to the officers of St. Kitts to make a return to him in Council of all fines, forfeitures and escheats, etc. from June 4, 1706 to March 25, 1711. Same endorsement. Copy. ¾ p. [C.O. 152, 9. Nos. 161, 161 i.–x.; and (without enclosures) 153, 12. pp. 83–87.]
July 26.
Virginia.
24. Lt. Governor Spotswood to [?the Earl of Dartmouth]. Repeats part of following. Concludes:—
As to what your Lordp. is pleased to mention (Feb. 14, 1711/12) of Col. Corbin's voluntary appearance, and petitioning H.M. to be heard for clearing his innocence in relation to the razure of one of the Queen's passes, whatever pretences he may forme to vindicate himself from being concerned in that forgery, because such a clandestine action is hardly to be proved, yet he has not, nor can ever clear himself of the crime of concealing it, which it was his duty as Naval Officer to detect; and when he had a fair opportunity of doing himself justice at his tryal before H.M. Council here, and seemed to appeal before H.M.without ever giving me unfair to carry an appeal before H.M. without ever giving me the least notice of his intentions, tho' he is not ignorant that it is the constitution of this Government that appellants must not only give such notice but also enter into bond for the prosecution of their complaints. However, I have great reason to be satisfyed with the justice that has been done me in this affair, since notwithstanding I had none to appear in my behalf, nor to represent the character he has in this Country, he has failed in carrying the point he aimed at, etc. Signed, A. Spotswood. 3¾ pp. Enclosed,
24. i. Duplicate of No. 25. i. [C.O. 5, 1337. Nos. 19A, 19A i.]
July 26.
Virginia.
25. Lt. Governor Spotswood to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses duplicates of May 8 and 15. I shall according to my promise in the former begin with answering yours of Oct. 26th (q.v.). As to the Accounts of the receipts and payments of publick money required by the 31st article of my Instructions, upon my arrival here, enquiring of the Receiver Genll. for the copys of those accounts, I was told that he constantly transmitted them to the Treasury, and to Mr. Blathwayt, Auditor General of the Plantations, from whence he presumed your Lordps. had the perusal of them, for that no such accounts had been demanded of him by preceding Governors, for your Lordps.' use: and on that information I forbore sending copys thereof, being unwilling to trouble your Lorps. with more papers than had been usually sent by my predecessors: but now that I know your Lordps.' pleasure I have sent the last accounts of the Revenue of Quitt–rents and 2s. per hhd. and shall continue the like care for the future. There is besides these only a fund raised by a temporary duty for finishing the Governor's house, and all that hath arisen thereon hitherto, hath been applyed to that use alone, and no great expectations of its raising much more than is so appropriated. I can't tell whether your Lordps. will think it worth while to inspect an account of that duty (it being under the management of a particular Treasurer constituted by the Assembly) or of the tobacco payments regulated by the Assembly in that which they call the book of claims, levyed by the poll on the tithable persons, and paid to the publick creditors to whom it is proportioned. I have in compliance with the 48th Article of my Instructions sent your Lordps. a list of all offices and officers within this Government, and as to the publick charges thereof, I beg leave to refer to the accounts of the Revenues, where the sallarys are particularly set down. The increase and decrease both of H.M. Revenues of quitt– rents and 2s. per hogshead depend on the market for tobacco; and tho the former has received a considerable addition in the number of acres lately discovered, and some new land taken up, yet while the price of tobacco is so low, there is little probability of that revenue's increasing: and for the same reason the 2s. per hhd. has been for divers years past in a decreasing condition, the people being in sundry places of the country totally discouraged from making tobacco, but as soon as that commodity becomes again valuable (of which the near prospect of a happy peace gives us the greatest hopes) there is no doubt both those revenues will be considerably advanced. As to the 46th Article of my Instructions relating to patent places, there are in this Colony only two under the Great Seal, viz., the Secretary and the Auditor, which last has a Deputy acting under him here; and the Receiver Genll. who holds his office under H.M. sign manual. Whenever I observe anything in the management of either of those offices which may be worthy your Lordps.' notice, I shall not fail to communicate the same with my thoughts thereon. The obtaining an account of all the inhabitants according to the 67th article of my Instructions has been attempted by former Governors with very little success; for the people are so possessed with the apprehensions that a capitation tax will be the consequence of taking those lists, that they never would, nor will be perswaded to give up the number of their familys with any exactness; nor can they be compelled to do it without a law for that purpose. The most exact accounts I can obtain is by the lists of tithables wch. comprehend all male persons bond or free above 16, and all negro, mulatto and Indian women of the same age, the number of which your Lordps. will find in the general list I have herewith sent, where you will also observe the number of freemen fitt to bear arms amounting to 12051: and I believe there cannot be less than an equal number of negros and other servants if it were fitt to arm them upon any occasion. The accounts of births, christenings and burials tho directed to be kept by an old law of this Colony, has been so long neglected, that in order to the obtaining a more exact computation thereof, I have been obliged to issue a proclamation to enforce that law: and have directed lists to be transmitted to the Council Office every half year, the first return of which will be made next October, whereby I hope to enforce what is required by the 68th Article of my Instructions. I have made enquiry concerning the stores of war in this Colony, and find that by order of former Governors, the arms and ammunition sent hither by H.M. some years ago, were distributed through ye several countys to be more ready for the service of the Militia upon any emergency: but either through the negligence or death of some of the officers to whom they were intrusted, there has been great embezelments made therein, which I'm now endeavouring to discover, in order to lay a true account of those stores before your Lordps. according to the 75th and 76th articles of my Instructions, tho' notwithstanding all the diligence I could use, I have not been able to obtain the same so as to send it by this conveyance. The 92 article concerning the strength of our neighbours, I suppose to be meant of the neighbouring Indians, (for there are no other forreign nations near this Colony). In answer to which, there are nine Nations of Indians tributarys to this Government viz. the Pamunkys, Chicahominys, Nansemonds, Nottoways, Maherines, Saponies, Stukanocks, Occoneechees, and Totteros, whose number of men, women, and children do not exceed 700 in all, and of those there may be reckoned 250 fighting men. These are all in an entire subjection to this Government, and live quietly on our frontiers traffiquing with the inhabitants their skins and furrs for cloathing, powder, shott and other European manufactures. The next Nation of Indians with whom we have had frequent correspondence, and who are most like to annoy us, is the Tuscaruros said to be about 2000 fighting men; they live within the bounds of Carolina, and before the late massacre committed there by some of them, and others, had a constant trade with our inhabitants for the like commoditys as our own Indians: but since that time I have prohibited all comerce with them, till they give satisfaction for the murders committed in Carolina. Besides these we have no other Nations that frequent our frontiers, and those with whom our traders have the cheifest traffique for skins live at least 4 or 500 miles to the south west of us, and their names scarce known to any but the traders. As to the 109th Article, there have been no negros imported into this Government from the coast of Affrica, either by the Company or separate traders since my arrival, nor like to be while the price of tobacco is so low, and the country so much in debt. There have been a few brought from Barbados and are generally such as have been first entered there, of which I doubt not your Lordps. have accounts from thence. The 110th Article of my Instructions I hope hath been complyed with by my former letters wherein I have taken the liberty to represent to your Lordps. the wants and defects of this Government, as well as the improvements which I conceived might be made, according as the same occurr'd to my observation: and shall not fail to continue the like representations from time to time as I find occasion. At present I cannot think any thing of greater concernmt. to this country, as well as the particular service of H.M., than what I hinted to your Lordps. (May 15th) for encouraging the discovery of the silver mines. I have since the return of the Baron de Graffenried from Potomack discoursed him upon the probability of mines in those parts: he says, tho' he has no doubt of finding such from the accounts he received from one Mr. Mitchel a Swiss gentleman who went on the like discoverys some years ago: yet he finds himself much discouraged from prosecuting his first intentions not only because of the different claims to the property of the soil (whether belonging to the Queen or the Proprietors) but because the share which the Crown may claim in those mines, is also uncertain; and that after all his trouble in the discovery he may change to have only his labour for his pains: whereas he would gladly imploy his utmost diligence in making discoverys, if it were once declared what share H.M. would expect out of the produce of the mines; or if H.M. would be pleased to take the mines into her own hands, promising him a suitable reward for his discovery, and granting him the superintendency of the works with a handsome sallary: he says it is a matter not new to him, there having been mines of the like nature, found on his father's lands in Swisserland which were at first wrought for the benefitt of the State, but turning to small account were afterwards yeilded to the Proprietor of the soil, upon paying a share out of the produce thereof: that he has some relations now concerned therein, and by their interest can procure skilfull workmen out of Germany for carrying on these works. I shall submitt to your Lodps. better judgement which of the alternatives proposed by the Baron will be best for H.M. service, and shall hope for a speedy signification of H.M. pleasure thereon, for promoting a design, wch. I can't but believe will turn to the advantage of H.M. and the improvemt. of this Colony. The Baron has not been so far up Potomack as to discover the head springs of that River, nor to make a true draught of their course: so that I can't now send your Lordps. the mapp I promised in my last, nor form a judgement of the pretensions of the several Proprietors. Having in sundry of my former letters given yr. Lordps. an account of the principal transactions of this Government, which have been treated of in Council, I shall not renew your trouble by any remarks on the Journals which I now send entire from July 24, 1711, to July 21, 1712. I have also sent the duplicates of the Laws and Journals of Assembly, together with the several proclamations issued this year. It is with very great concern, that I find myself still obliged to represent to your Lordps. the unhappy scituation of affairs in the neighbouring province of North Carolina: for since the hasty peace concluded with the Indians (v. May 8th), the forces sent from South Carolina are returned home, and the Indians have committed two fresh massacres, and it is not likely they will stop there, if there be truth in what one of their cheifs concerned in the first massacre hath lately confessed at his execution, that the Senequa's have promised them a powerfull assistance by the latter end of next month, who are in their way to fall on some of the Tributary Indians on our frontiers, and what seems to confirm this is the account I have just now seen in a letter from the Secretary of New York to the Governor of North Carolina, that the French have been very active to perswade the Senequa's to joine the Tuscaruros, and it is to be feared have prevailed with them. The conduct of the Government of North Carolina from the begining of this Indian war has been so unaccountably irregular, that it has rendered all the measures I was willing to enter into for their assistance ineffectual, and I hope when I have mentioned a few instances thereof, your Lordps. will not judge me only an idle spectator of the miserys of my fellow subjects. The first, when I had engaged our Assembly to vote a considerable supply for the succour of that Province, their Assembly which was then sitting, instead of acting in concert with ours, fell into such heats among themselves, because they could not oblige the Governors to admitt into their former offices, the most notorious fomenters of the late rebellion, that they would take no measures against the common enemy; and to this behaviour of theirs may in a great measure be attributed that of our Burgesses, who fell from their first resolutions, and could not thereafter be prevailed upon to give assistance to a people so wanting to themselves. Next when I had by a solemn treaty made in the presence of our Assembly, engaged the upper towns of the Tuscaruros to joine in cutting off those concerned in the massacre, and had communicated the same to the Governour of North Carolina. That Government instead of concurring with me, in stipulations that provided solely for their succour, and the relief of their captives: rather chose to denounce war against all the towns in general and without waiting to see whether those upper towns would perform any of their engagments, they imediately fell upon those very people who (how little soever they designed to execute their promises) hereupon argued that we had violated ours. And lastly (for I will not trouble your Lordps. with all the instances I could give) when their whole Assembly joined in an Address to me last spring, beging an aid of 200 men for the better carrying on the war, and in that Address told me that they had raised £4000 whereby the succours sent from hence would be provided for: I thereupon made extraordinary efforts to assist them with 200 white men and Indians, as your Lordps. will observe in the Journal of the Council April 24th last, and accordingly directed the rendevouze of those forces on the 10th of May: yet upon my meeting the Governor of North Carolina to adjust certain preliminarys for the better carrying on the service and the subsistance of the troops, I found that Government never intended to furnish so much as provisions or be at any manner of expence for them, but on the contrary had laid 10 per cent. on all the provisions carryed into that country, so that the forces sent to their assistance must not only be paid and subsisted at the charge of this Government, but must also pay a duty for the victuals they eat while they were imployed in the defence of that country: and besides this I found the Commander of their forces had of his own head, clapt up a peace with the Indians upon very odd and unaccountable conditions, which nobody expected to last long, and it seems he did not intend it should; for he soon after surprized some towns, and carryed off a great many captives of those who looked upon themselves as secure under the Treaty he had made with them, and by that means he has entailed a new war on the people of North Carolina, in which he was resolved to have no share, having imediatly after set sail with his prisoners to South Carolina, and the two massacres I have above mentioned have been the imediate consequences of this Mr. Barnwell's treachery. These irregular proceedings, both discourage and disable me from assisting the unfortunate people of that Province, who must be forced to abandon all their settlements on Neuse and Pamplico rivers, and thereby incourage the heathen to further attempts both on the other parts of that country, and on our frontiers: and I must sitt down under the mortification of seeing myself unable to protect H.M. subjects untill a nearer approach of danger convinces the people of this Colony of their error in not making timely provision to hinder the growing power of the heathen, and alarms both countrys to act more vigorously for their mutual defence. It was but the other day that a party of the Tuscaruros killed 3 and wounded two Nottoway Indians our Tributarys as they were hunting near our inhabitants, which seems only a prelude to what we may expect after their conjunction with the Senequas. I understand by some traders lately come from South Carolina that they make great clamours there, as if our Indian traders had assisted the Tuscaruros with ammunition; but I'm perwaded your Lordps. will find enough on the Council Journals since September last, to refute that report; and to satisfy your Lordps. that this Government hath taken all imaginable care to prevent any such commerce. Your Lordps. will observe by our Journals that even the trade with the Western Indians has been shutt up ever since last October, out of consideration for the province of North Carolina, but finding that trade still carry'd on by the people of South Carolina, and that those Indians have no correspondence with the Tuscoruros, I have again by advice of the Council, opened the same for our inhabitants, lest it should be lost to us, and the Indians obliged to sue to the French for those supplys which South Carolina can't furnish them; but still with this precaution of taking £300 bond of every one of our traders not to trade with, nor go near the Tuscaruros or any other Nation in alliance with them. The Nations with whom this trade is carryed on live sevll. hundred miles from the Tuscaruros; and as our traders assure me they must travell at least 1500 miles to come at the most considerable of them who live on the back of the mountains in the latitude of Virginia. If this be true (which I shall know more certainly at the return of our traders, to whom I have given directions to make observations of the latitude) your Lordships will no doubt think it still more unreasonable, that the Carolina men should impose dutys and seize the goods of H.M. subjects for barely passing through their Country. Acknowledges letter of Feb. 1st, 17 11/12. Signed, A. Spots wood. Endorsed, Recd. Sept. 19th, Read Feb. 26th, 17 12/13. 9¾ pp. Enclosed,
25. i. (a) Copy of Proclamation by Lt. General Spotswood for apprehending Col. Thos. Cary and other seditious and factious persons (John Porter, Emanuel Low, Nevil Low, Capt. Stone, Edmund Porter, Levy Truehitt, Wm. Barrow, Tho. Sparrow, George Berkinhead, Henry Warren, Simon Alderson jr., Samll. Boatwell, and Richard Roach), that have made their escape from North Carolina into this Colony. July 24, 1711.
(b) Copy of a Proclamation for a General Fast on Sept. 7th to implore the blessing of God upon the expedition to Canada, etc. Aug. 6, 1711. Signed, A. Spotswood.
(c) Copy of a Proclamation repealing Acts of 1666 and of 1705 concerning the seating of lands. Oct. 24, 1711. Signed, A. Spotswood.
(d) Copy of a Proclamation restraining seating on out lands during this time of danger. Jan. 28, 1711 (12). Signed, A. Spotswood.
(e) Copy of a Proclamation for enforcing the Act of 1661 for the keeping of registers by ministers and readers, etc. April 1st, 1712. Signed, A. Spotswood.
(f) Copy of a Proclamation for publishing the encouragements in the Act of Parliament for the encouragement of the trade to America. April 1st, 1712. Signed, A. Spotswood.
(g) Copy of a Proclamation for prohibiting all correspondence with the Tuscaruro Indians. April 19, 1712. Signed, A. Spotswood.
(h) Copy of a Proclamation prohibiting the takeing up or seating any lands within the bounds in dispute between Virginia and North Carolina. June 10, 1712. Signed, A. Spotswood.
(i) Copy of a Proclamation for a free trade with the Western Indians. June 10, 1712. Signed, A. Spotswood. The whole endorsed, Recd. Sept. 19, Read Feb. 26, 17 12/13. 11½ pp.
25. ii. Account of H.M. revenue of 2s. per hhd. arising in Virginia. Total (July 20, 1711—April 25, 1712,)= £2523 14s. 3d. Expenditure on salaries of officers, etc. £3203 12s. 6d. Same endorsement. 1 p.
25. iii. Account of H.M. Revenue of Quit–rents in Virginia, June 1st, 1711—April 25, 1712. Total, £1585 18s. Same endorsement. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 1316. Nos. 90, 90 i.–iii.; and (without enclosures) 5, 1363. pp. 459–475.]
July 28.
Windsor.
26. Order of Queen in Council. Referring enclosed petition to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their report. Signed, Edward Southwell. Enclosed, Recd. 1st, Read 26th August, 1712. 1¼ pp. Enclosed,
26. i. Petition of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospell in Foreign Parts to the Queen. Thomas Poyer, wrongfully kept out of his parsonage and glebe in the parish of Jamaica in Long Island, fears lest, if he seek his remedy at law, and a cause of the Church be tried by Dissenters, he would not find justice. The value of the house, etc. being small, an Appeal to H.M. would not lie. Pray that, in causes relating immediately to the Church, appeals may be allowed without any restriction, or limitation of the value appealed for. (v. A.P.C. II. No. 1168). Copy. 4 pp. [C.O. 5, 1050. Nos. 52, 52 i.; and 5, 1123. pp. 50–56.]