America and West Indies
February 1714

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'America and West Indies: February 1714', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 27: 1712-1714 (1926), pp. 295-302. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=73930 Date accessed: 29 August 2014.


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February 1714

Feb. 1.571. Governor Lowther to the Lords of the Committee of Appeals. Replies in detail to the charges of Alexander Skene, as ordered Oct. 14, 1713. Signed, Rob. Lowther. Endorsed, Recd. Read 4th Jan. 1714/15. 9 closely written pp. Enclosed,
571. i. Deposition of Thomas Neale that the following are true copies. 6th March, 1713(14). Signed, Rob. Lowther. 1 p.
571. ii. (a) Copy of proceedings for taking depositions in the case of A. Skene, pursuant to the Order of Council 14th Oct. 1713.
571. ii. (b) Copies of Depositions taken by the Governor's order before Thomas Neale, in connection therewith, by William Tonstall, Lt. General John Frere, Thomas Maxwell, Wm. Grace, Saml. Barwick, John Mills, Samll. Husbands, Edmund Sutton, with Skene's protest, etc. 27 Jan. 1713(14). 23 closely written pp.
571. iii. Deposition of Thomas Prideaux and Robt. Bishop, that the following are true copies. Signed, Robt. Lowther. ¾p.
571. iv. (a) Copy of petition of Alexander Skene to Thomas Prideaux and Robert Bishop, demanding the summoning of his witnesses, etc., Jan. 15, 1713/14, for the hearing of his case in the Council Chamber.
571. iv. (b) Copy of petition of Alexander Skene to Governor Lowther, April 22, 1713, to be restored to the profits of his office of Secretary since his suspension, detained by Arthur Upton and Saml. Barwick, contrary to H.M. Order in Council 16th Dec. 1712, and H.E.'s order of 28th March, 1713. In answer to above the Governor replied that petitioner must apply to the Queen.
571. iv. (c) Copy of reply of Arthur Upton to Governor Lowther, 12th April, 1713. When Skene applied to me, I said I was surprised at the Governor's order to refund the profits of the Secretary's office, and had spent it, etc.
571. iv. (d) Copies of depositions relating to above by Hall Belgrave and Herman Vonlengerhen, Wm. Grace, Samuel Beresford, Thomas Maxwell, John Lane, Timothy Salter, John Frere, John Pilgrim, Thomas Alleyne, John Mills, and Samuel Cox. Jan. 19, 1713 (14). The whole, 34 pp.
571. v. Governor Lowther to the Queen. Sept. 2, 1713. In reply to Skene's misrepresentations, relates the whole history of the proceedings in the case, with copies of orders, petitions, depositions, relating thereto. Signed, Robt. Lowther. 104 closely written pp.
571. vi. Deposition of William Tonstall that preceding papers are true copies. 6th March, 1713/14. Signed, Robt. Lowther. ¾ p. [C.O. 28, 16. Nos. 1, 1 i.–vi.]
[Feb. 2.]572. Four affidavits as to the course and common rights to the Three Houses spring in Barbados (v. Jan. 21). Signed, Joseph Thorne, Feb. 1, 1713. ¾p. James Graeme, Feb. 1, 1713. ½ p. Edward Skeete, July 11, 1713. 2½ pp. Roger Webb, July 11, 1713. 2¼ pp. The whole endorsed, Recd. Read 2nd Feb., 1713/14. [C.O. 28, 14. Nos. 12–15.]
Feb. 3.
Whitehall.
573. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lord High Treasurer. We have no objection to granting Mr. Byrd such a licence in the manner proposed (v. Jan. 25th). [C.O. 5, 1364. p. 25.]
Feb. 4.
Whitehall.
574. Mr. Popple to Mr. Lowndes. The Council of Trade and Plantations having received my Lord High Treasurer's commands to report how the affairs of H.M. several Plantations may be put into such a method as to be able by ways and means among themselves to support the whole charge of their Governments; they desire an account of the annual expence of the said Plantations, etc. [C.O. 324, 10. p. 39.]
Feb. 7.
Windsor.
575. H.M. Instructions to John Hart, Governor of Maryland. Signed, A. R. [C.O. 5, 189. pp. 120–184.]
Feb. 7.
Windsor Castle.
576. The Queen to Governor Lowther. Whereas we have thought fit to recall you from the Government of Barbados, etc., upon the receipt hereof you are to deliver unto our Trusty and Well beloved William Sharpe President of our Council, etc., the seal, publick papers and ensigns of Government, and forthwith repair into our Royal Presence. Countersigned, Bolingbroke. [C.O. 324, 33. pp. 30, 31.]
Feb. 9.
Whitehall.
577. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. The Agent for Barbados having presented a memorial complaining that of late quantities of rum, sugar and molosses have been imported from Surinam to New England and other your Majesty's Provinces on the Northern Continent, to the great detriment of your Majesty's sugar Plantations, and the trade and navigation of this Kingdom, we have heard him, as also the agent for the Massachusets Bay; and thereupon take leave humbly to represent to your Majesty, that by Acts passed in the 12th and 25th years of King Charles II. (quoted) certain goods vizt., sugar, tobacco, cotton, wooll, indico, ginger, fustick or other dying wood of the growth of the said Plantations are prohibited from being shipped or transported from any of the English Plantations, to any place but the Kingdom of England, Ireland or to other of the said Plantations. And by an Act passed in the 3rd and 4th years of your Majesty's reign, rice and molosses are under the like restraint and penalties. But we do not find that there is any law which prohibits your Majesty's subjects in the Plantations from fetching any of the sd. goods from Surinam or other foreign Plantations in America, by which means several European goods are carryed to the said Plantations, contrary to the Acts of Trade and Navigation, and therefore we humbly offer that it will be for the advantage of the trade of this Kingdom and of the sugar Plantations, that the trade between your Majesty's Plantations on the Northern Continent, and the said foreign Plantations in America, for rum, sugar and molosses, be prohibited by law here. [C.O. 5, 913. pp. 409–471.]
[Feb. 11.]578. Mayor and merchants of Dartmouth to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Urge that, the boundaries of Newfoundland having been settled by the Peace, the French be not allowed to encroach on us as formerly they have by little and little done, and that a brigantine be appointed to go continually round the land, to see that the French leave the country after the cod fishing season is over, in such parts as leave is granted 'em according to the Treaty, and do not resettle there, etc. Signed, Caleb Rockett, Mayor, and 46 others. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 11, 17 13/14. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 5. No. 32; and 195, 5. pp. 320–328.]
Feb. 12.
Whitehall.
579. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lord High Treasurer. Representation on petition of Anthony Swymmer, and Johanna Kupius etc. (v. Oct. 1st, 1713 and Jan. 15, 1714). It does appear to us that the said estate is escheated to H.M., and that H.M. may grant the same to whom she shall think fit, etc. (as set out in first part of A.P.C. II. No. 1284, q.v.). Concludes: But as we have been inform'd, the valuation of this escheat, as returned by the jury, is much less than in reality it ought to be, we are of opinion there shoud be another inquisition before the said escheat be granted. [C.O. 138, 14. pp. 69–73.]
Feb. 16.
Whitehall.
580. Lord Bolingbroke to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Mr. Secretary at Warr has represented to the Queen that complaint has been made by the Assembly of Jamaica concerning the keeping of Mr. Handasyde's Regiment there, and he has at the same time desired H.M. orders to him for his guidance in this matter; I am thereupon commanded to let your Lordships know that you should call before you such merchants and planters belonging to the said Island as are here, and enquire of them concerning the nature and ground of this complaint, and concerning the use this Regiment is of to the Island; and upon the whole state to H.M. your opinion in relation both to the complaint, and to the necessity of keeping the said Regiment in Jamaica; to the end that if it appear to be of no advantage to the Island to have the Regiment continued, it may be recalled; but if on the contrary it be necessary for the safety and defence of the said Island, it may be kept there, and enjoy the same allowances, which have been usually given. Encloses copy of letter from Col. Moody at Lisbon (v. Jan. 25). H.M. directs that you should consider of it, and lay before her what Instructions you think necessary upon the points mentioned by Col. Moody; as also upon any other matters, which he has not taken notice of, and on which you may judge it to be fit that Instructions should be given for the benefit and improvement of that important Colony. Signed, Bolingbroke. Endorsed, Recd. 16th, Read 17th Feb. 1713/14. 2 pp. [C.O. 137, 10. No. 41; and 13S, 14. pp. 73–75.]
Feb. 16.
London.
581. Capt. Taverner to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Col. Moody being detained at Lisbon, proposes that he be dispatched at once to Newfoundland with money and stores, etc., in a ship burthen about 180 tons, etc., Signed, Wm. Taverner. Endorsed, Recd. 16th Feb. 1713/14. Addressed. 1½ pp. [C.O. 194, 5. No. 32; and 195, 5. pp. 329–331.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
582. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Bolingbroke. Enclose copy of memorial of Mayor, etc. of Dartmouth (v. Feb. 11). In our humble opinion nothing will tend more to the publick service, than that a survey be made of Newfoundland, its several harbours and fishing places, as propos'd by the said representation. But we are apprehensive a brigantine therein mention'd, will be too small, and that such a ship as propos'd by Capt. Taverner Feb. 16 (copy enclosed), will be much more fit for that service. [C.O. 195, 5. p. 332.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehal.
583. Mr. Popple to Mr. Thurston. Refers to preceding. Concludes:—The Council of Trade and Plantations desire to speak with such merchants and planters of Jamaica as are in town on Tuesday next, etc. [C.O. 138, 14. pp. 75, 76.]
Feb. 17.
Whitehall.
584. Mr. Pople to Col. Laws. As preceding. [C.O. 138, 14. p. 76.]
Feb. 18.
Westminster.
585. Copy of Privy Seal for Commission of Trade and Plantations (Francis, Lord Guildford, Sir Phillip Meadows, Robert Monckton, Arthur Moore, Sir John Hynde Cotton, John Sharpe, Saml. Pytts, Tho. Vernon) etc., as Jan. 31, 1712, and directing salaries for them and the under officers of the Plantation Office, etc. 4½ pp. [C.O. 388, 76. No. 163; and 389, 37. pp. 67–73.]
Feb. 20.
Maryland.
586. Col. Lloyd, President of the Council of Maryland, to Lord Bolingbroke. Encloses Journals of Council and House of Delegates, and laws made the session, Oct. 27, 1713, etc. In obedience to H.M. royall commands in favour of her Secretary of this province, I exerted my utmost endeavours to perswade the delegates to yeild due complyance thereto, and enact a law to settle the fynes or ordinary lycences upon H.M. Secretary of this province, without lymitation of tyme, and to make him an equitable satisfaction for the meane profitts of those lycences, which he has lost since 1704. And altho' I was not able to induce the delegates to pass such a law etc., yet I doubt not, but that it will be evident by the many repeated messages, that I left no means possible, that I was capable of, unused to perswade their complyance. My Lord, as to the laws past this last session, they not being of any great import, and most of them private Acts, I am in hopes they will meete your Lordps. good countenance and H.M. royall approbation etc. Signed, Edwd. Lloyd. Addressed. Sealed. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 720. No. 19.]
Feb. 20.
St. James's.
587. Order of Queen in Council. Approving representation of Jan. 15 (q.v.), and confirming Acts of Pennsylvania accordingly. Signed, Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. 9th, Read 17th March, 1713/14. 3¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 1264. No. 142; and 5, 1292. pp. 412, 413.]
Feb. 20.
St. James's.
588. Order of Queen in Council. Approving representation of Jan. 15 (q.v.), and repealing Acts of Pennsylvania accordingly. "And it is further ordered by her Majesty, that the Deputy Governor, Council and Assembly of Pensylvania, be, and they are hereby strictly enjoyn'd and required not to permit the said laws or any part of them to be from henceforward put in execution, but that they forthwith declare the same to be null and void to all intents and purposes, as they will answer to the contrary." Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, as preceding. 3½ pp. [C.O. 5, 1264. No. 143; and 5, 1292. pp. 414, 415.]
Feb. 20.
St. James's.
589. Order of Queen in Council. Approving representation of Feb. 9th, and ordering Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor Generall to prepare the draft of a bill to be offered this Parliament for prohibiting the importing of rum, sugar, etc. from Surinam to New England. Signed, Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. 15th March, 1713/14, Read July 28, 1715. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 14. No. 45; and 29, 13. pp. 317, 318.]
Feb. 23.
Whitehall.
590. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Bolingbroke. Enclose copies of Lt. Governor Pulleine's letter and enclosures with complaints against the Spaniards for seizing ships since the peace. (v. Jan. 9). Autograph signatures. Endorsed, Demand reparation. Write to Lawless. 1p. Enclosed,
590. i.–iii. Duplicates of Nos. 544, 544 i., ii. [C.O. 37, 26. Nos. 18, 19, 19 i., ii.; and 38, 7. pp. 188, 189.]
Feb. 23.
London.
591. Col. Lawes and others to Mr. Popple. Propose that if the Regiment is recalled from Jamaica, the private sentinels may be left at liberty to stay or return, etc. Signed, Nicholas Lawes, Charles Kent, Rich. Thompson, Richd. Rigby, Tho. Mitchell, Wm. Willard. Endorsed, Recd. 24th Feb., Read 5th March, 1713/14. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 10. No. 43; and 138, 14. p. 87.]
Feb. 23.
Boston.
592. Address of the Council and Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay to the Queen. The timber and produce of this your Majesty's Province, could we be so happy as to have it further encouraged, might be of the greatest profit and advantage not only to your Majesty's good subjects here, but also to your Majesty's Royal Navy and all your Majesty's good subjects at home tradeing in that article. (1) In this Province as well as in those next adjoyning there are great quantitys of all sorts of timber. (2) Importation of timber etc. from Norway and the East Country hath been the occasion of the exportation of great quantitys of the British coine. (3) The distance of scituation and consequently the dearness of freight together with the Custom prevents the importation of the best of all sorts of timber from your Majesty's Plantations in North America. (4) But were the Custom so proportioned that freight and Custom from America should not exceed freight and Custom from the East Country such importation might be encouraged etc. Pray H.M. to direct accordingly. Return thanks for the continuance in office of Governor Dudley, etc. Signed, Isc. Addington, Secry., John Burrill, Speaker. Endorsed, Recd. May 23, 1714. 1 large p. [C.O. 5,752. No. 2.]
Feb. 25.593. Copy of clause in Governors' Instructions empowering them to command the inhabitants to join with the soldiers in case of any invasion (v. Nos. 565, 580, 594). [C.O. 5, 4. No. 5.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
594. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Bolingbroke. In obedience to H.M. commands (Feb. 16) we have considered Col. Moody's desire of having some new instructions, and are humbly of opinion that the first and second articles proposed by him, as also the first part of the fourth, relating to his being impower'd to command the inhabitants to join the soldiers in case of any invasion of pirates or any other enemies, are reasonable; and we presume the enclos'd (v. preceding) will be sufficient for that matter. As to the third Article, to be impower'd to hold a Court Martial etc., we think 'tis improper as proposed, for that the Govrs. of the Plantations are not impower'd to execute Martial Law, but only in time of war, and as is express'd in the said clause, and the said Govrs. are restrained by their Instructions from putting the said Law Martial in execution upon any of the inhabitants without the advice and consent of the respective Councils. We are apprehensive that the power he desires, of commanding the inhabitants at convenient times when the fishing season is over, to fell timber for pallisadoes, and for building a large fort, etc., may be attended with the inconvenience of subjecting the inhabitants to be harass'd at the will of the commanding officer. Autograph signatures. 2 pp. [C.O. 194, 23. No. 11; and 195, 5. pp. 333, 334.]
Feb. 25.
Whitehall.
595. Lord Bolingbroke to Lt. Governor Moody. A frigat was dispatched from hence about the latter end of Sept. with several orders relating to your taking possession of Placentia (v. Sept. 25). This ship we find got safe to Placentia. But I understand from the Lords of the Admiralty that they have advice from the Commander that he designs to return home as soon as possibly he can. It being therefore likely that you may miss of the ship, and not receive those dispatches, I thought it requisite to send duplicates (inclosed). You will observe upon perusing these papers that by reason of your not getting to Newfoundland last winter, several of those orders may upon your arrival in the spring be found to be of no further use, the French having now had time enough to prepare to remove upon your appearing to take possession of Placentia. However it is fit that you should know H.M. resolutions in all events; and I hope the copys inclosed of the orders to Monsr. de Costebelle will have as much force as the originals, in case of necessity, they having been sent with my first packet. I have received your letters of Dec. 24th and Jan. 25th from Lisbon. The duplicates of your memorials I transmitted to my Lord Treasurer, and I recommended to his Lop. at the same time the care of furnishing subsistence and provisions to the troops under your command. Your proposals for the security of Placentia, and consequently for the encouragement of commerce there are laying before the Lords of Trade. I shall endeavour to get answers both from that Board and from the Treasury, and then I shall be sure to transmit them to you at Placentia by the first opportunity, which I expect to have very soon. Signed, Bolingbroke. [C.O. 324, 33. pp. 31–33.]
Feb. 27.
Whitehall.
596. Lord Bolingbroke to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have lay'd before the Lords of the Councill, your letter of the 23rd instant, etc. Their Lops. think it proper, that before they offer any opinion to H.M. etc. your Lordps. should advise with the civil lawyers, etc., and when you have discours'd these Gentlemen, you will please to report what your own sentiments are, and likewise what are those of the civilians. Signed, Bolingbroke. Endorsed, Recd. 27th Feb., Read 1st March, 17 13/14. 2 pp. [C.O. 37, 9. No. 28; and 38, 7. pp. 189, 190.]
Feb. 28.
St. James's.
597. H.M. Warrant to Mr. Attorney or Mr. Solicitor General to prepare a bill for appointing Richard Carter Attorney General of Barbadoes, with a clause obliging him to residence, and revoking the letters patents of Thomas Hodges. Countersigned, Bolingbroke. [C.O. 324, 33. pp. 34, 35.]

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2 JLandes - (Monday 06 Oct 2008 14:01:09)
Relating to the Queen's repeal of a Pennsylvania act of 20 February: This action was in response to the Pennsylvania government's placing a charge of £20 per slave imported into the colony in 1712.
Legislative Reference Bureau, Pennsylvania Statutes at Large, Volume 2, pp. 433-436. (Retrieved from Pennsylvania Session Laws: http://www.palrb.us/statutesatlarge/17001799/1712/0/act/0192.pdf).