America and West Indies
September 1717, 1-13

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'America and West Indies: September 1717, 1-13', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 30: 1717-1718 (1930), pp. 24-30. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=74026 Date accessed: 22 September 2014.


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September 1717, 1-13

Sept. 3.
Whitehall.
64. Mr. Secretary Addison to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Several papers and reports from your Lops. having been laid before the King, and the Lords of the Committee, I am to signify to your Lops. H.M. pleasure on each of them respectively. (i.) As to your Lops.' report of April 16th last, H.M. [approving of the same and] being further well satisfied with the conduct of Governor Hamilton in declining to receive any part of the sum granted by the Assembly [of the Leeward Islands] till H.M. pleasure should be known therein etc.; H.M. is graciously pleased to permit the said Governor to receive the £1,000 pr. ann. during his Royal pleasure; and your Lorps. are to prepare a new Instruction in the place of the old one beforementioned, which may effectually restrain Governors from receiving gifts and presents, and yet not be liable to the difficultys and objections mentioned in your Lops.' report. (ii.) Pursuant to your Lops.' report of the 6th of May last, etc., H.M. approves of the conduct of the Fishing Admirals [Weston and Cleeves], as justifiable by law and agreeable to their duty. But in consideration that Gallantry als. Tulon among others remaining at St. Peter's, took the oaths of fidelity to H.M., and engaged in the Fishery in confidence of Her late Majesty's letter, and the orders given thereupon; it is H.M. pleasure, that the produce of the fish taken by the said Tulon at St. Peter's and sent to Bilboa be restored to him, after the said produce has been returned from Bilboa to H.M. according to the tenour of your Lops'. report. (iii.) Upon your Lops'. report of 31st May last, relating to the piracys committed in the West Indies, and particularly in the seas about Jamaica, H.M. being sensible that the British Trade in those parts is thereby in great danger, He has been graciously pleased to give such orders thereupon as have been recommended by your Lops'., in the first place H.M. has signified his pleasure to the Lords of the Admiralty that one fourth rate, and two fifth rate men of warr be ordered to those seas to suppress the pirates, and protect the Trade, unless their Lops. have already made other sufficient provision for that service, in which case they are to acquaint me therewith, that I may lay the same before H.M. without loss of time. 2ly. H.M. has ordered a Proclamation to be prepared, with an assurance of H.M. gracious pardon to the said pirates, provided they come in, and surrender themselves within a limited time. 3dly. H.M. has appointed a Governor of the Bahama Islands, who will be enabled to drive the pirates from their lodgement at Harbour Island, and Providence, represented by your Lops. to be the great receptacle of the pirates. (iv.) In answer to your Lops. of the 8th of July last, containing the extract of a letter from Col. Hamilton etc., relating to a settlement intended by the French at Sta. Lucia, and the confiscation of a British ship at Martinico: and your letter of Aug. 6th, containing the copy of a letter from Col. Spotswood etc., concerning the seizure of an English ship by the Spaniards, and making several of H.M. subjects prisoners, I am to acquaint you that I have received H.M. commands to transmit the former to H.M. Envoy Extry. at the Court of Spain, that the proper applications may be made for redress in H.M. name, on the respective complaints therein exhibited. (v.) In pursuance to your Lops'. report of the 26th of July last, on the petition of Capt. Rogers, about fortifying and settling the Bahama Islands, H.M. being very well satisfied with your Lops.' representation of the importance of those Islands to the British Trade and Navigation in those parts, as also with the character which is given of the said Captain Rogers by the most considerable merchants of London and Bristol, as a person every way qualified for such an undertaking, He is pleased to appoint the said Capt. Woodes Rogers to be Governor of the Bahama Islands, and of the Garrison which shall be sent thither, and to order your Lops. to prepare draughts of a Commission and Instructions for that purpose, that the same may be laid before H.M. for his Royal approbation. (vi.) Your Lops.' representation of the 16th inst. upon the memorial of Lord Archibald Hamilton etc., having been also laid before H.M., He is graciously pleased to approve the same; and whereas your Lops. have set forth, that the Assembly of Jamaica did neglect to reimburse the £2,706 6s. 3d., tho' recommended by H.M. letter, 13th May, 1715, I am to signify to your Lops. H.M. pleasure that the said sum be paid to the Lord Archibald and others, to whom the same is due, out of the first and readiest of the Revenues of that Island unappropriated, but in case your Lops. find the entire Revenue of the sd. Island to be appropriated, your Lops. are to draw up an Instruction for Sr. Nicholas Lawes to recommend to the Assembly at their next meeting in the most effectual manner to make provision for so just a debt: and whereas the memorialists lent the said sum to supply the exigences of the Government, and this debt has stood out so long a time, and whereas likewise very large interest has been allowed by an Act of Assembly on the 10th Nov. last to Col. Heywood the present Commander in Chief of Jamaica, for money advanced by him on the like service; it is H.M. further pleasure, that interest be also payed to the memorialists, according to the ordinary rate of interest in Jamaica, for so long a time as they have been kept out of their money, and as to the arrears of salary and other debts claimed by the Lord Archibald Hamilton out of the Revenues of Jamaica, H.M. defers to declare His pleasure therein, till Sr. Nicholas Lawes, after his arrival there, shall have transmitted an account of what shall appear to be justly due to his Lop. (vii.) Your Lops. having, 28th Aug. last, represented the necessity you are under, of having recourse from time to time to several of the Plantation Laws, but by reason the said Laws are contained in several large bundles of parchment, it is difficult and tedious to come at what is immediatly wanted; for which reason your Lops. think it will be for H.M. service that you should have an order to H.M. Printer to print from time to time such of the said Laws as your Lops. should send him, H.M. is graciously pleased to comply with this your Lops.' proposal, and I am to give such an order to H.M. Printer as is therein mentioned. Signed, J. Addison. Endorsed, Recd., Read 4th Sept., 1717. 5 pp. [C.O. 152, 12. No. 34; and 153, 13. pp. 92–100.]
Sept. 3.
Hampton Court.
65. Mr. Secretary Addison to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Referring following for their opinion what H.M. may fitly do therein. Signed, J. Addison. Endorsed, Recd. 27th Sept., Read 23rd Oct., 1717. Superscribed,
65. i. Petition of Edward James, John Beswick, William Hayman and other Merchants residing in Jamaica to H.R.H. Prince of Wales, Guardian of the Realm. Since the cessation of arms concluded between Great Britain and Spain, 1712, a great number of sloops and vessels belonging to H.M. subjects in Jamaica and laden with very valuable effects have been pyratically and unjustly taken and seized by Spanish vessels and by them carried into Trinidado and other Spanish ports etc. Governor Lord A. Hamilton did dispatch letters and persons in their behalf to the several Governments of the Spanish ports to obtain justice and restitution, and to know the reason why such vessels were so illegally taken and detained, but no satisfaction could be obtained etc. Several of the said seizures were made within sight and under the land of Jamaica, and depredations have even been committed within the country; divers of H.M. subjects killed, wounded and made prisoners in defence of their ships and goods, and some of them murder'd in cold blood, etc. Pray for relief and satisfaction. Signed, Wr. Parrott, Agent for petitioners. The whole, 1 p.
65. ii. Planters and merchants concerned in Jamaica now residing in Great Britain to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Guardian of the Realm etc. To same effect as preceding. Pray that Mr. Pitt's departure to his government may be expedited, with suitable instructions, etc., and that the Trade may be protected by a sufficient number of proper ships of war, etc. Dec. 28, 1716. Signed, John Orgill and 42 others. 1¼ pp.
65. iii. List of British sloops and vessels taken by the Spaniards since the Peace and carried into Spanish ports. Total, 37; Value, £76, 143 10s. 6d. (including £600 for 24 negroes carried off from Major Cook's plantation to Trinidado, by Spaniards who landed in the night-time). Endorsed, Recd. 27th Sept., Read 23rd Oct., 1717. 1 large p. [C.O. 137, 12. Nos. 90, 90 i.–iii.; and 138, 15. pp. 477–484.]
Sept. 3.
Nevis.
66. Governor Hamilton to the Council of Trade and Plantations. About the latter end of July last I had an Order brought me by one Clement Crooke Esq. of St. Christopher's from H.M. in Council bearing date the 30th March last containing directions for allowing examinations to be taken on oath and certified under the Seals of these Islands for supporting a complaint made against me on behalf of one Martha Assaillie; as well as orders for my making a state of the matters in question; in obedience to which order I immediately appointed John Pinney and John Spooner Esqrs. to act as Commissioners on my behalf for taking the examinations of such persons as should be produced as witnesses on behalf of the said complainant, whereupon they met at the Island of St. Christopher's some short time after, and in conjunction with John Willett Esq. on behalf of the said complainant took several examinations on her part, the which were brought to me about the latter end of the last month by the said Crooke in order to have the Seal affixed thereto, which I have accordingly done but do not think it proper to have them transmitted until I can cross-examine the said witnesses and take the examination of several to justifie my conduct in that affair, which I shall do with the utmost expedition as soon as I come to the Island of St. Christopher's; But as I am apprehensive that some farther complaint may be made against me under pretence of my delaying or disobeying H.M. Order I take this opportunity to acquaint your Lordships that nothing on my part shall be wanting to render obedience to H.M. commands etc. Signed, W. Hamilton. Endorsed, Recd. 18th, Read 19th Nov., 1717. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 12. No. 55; and 153, 13. pp. 172–174.]
Sept. 3.67. Mr. Secretary Addison to John Basket, H.M. Printer. I am commanded to signify H.M. pleasure to you, that you do print all such Plantation Laws, as you shall from time to time, receive for that purpose, from the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations (v. Aug. 28). Signed, J. Addison. Endorsed, Recd. 4th Sept., Read 18th Oct., 1717. Copy. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 7. No. 110.]
Sept. 3.
Hampton Court.
68. Mr. Secretary Addison to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Referring following for their report. Signed, J. Addison. Endorsed, Recd., Read 4th Sept., 1717. ¼ p. Overleaf,
68. i. Petition of the Agents of Barbados to the King. The Bishop of London hath lately given a Commission to one Gordon, by the power of which he doth attempt to erect an Ecclesiastical Court there, from which no good can result, but abundance of mischief, and it is to be apprehended from the temper and principles of many of the Clericks there, but more especially of Gordon, and two other priests whom the said Bishop hath recommended to benefices there, one of which is Dominick Langton, formerly a Friar, and who a few years ago was censured by the House of Commons in Ireland, for obstructing the conversion of several Papists to the Protestant Religion, and other scandalous practices, that such a Court will clash with your Majesty's civil Government, and the municipal laws of that country, and that the officers of the said Court being very numerous, and having most of them no other subsistance, but what must arise from the exercising this spiritual jurisdiction, will probably stir up innumerable suits etc. in order to get money by them. If this Court is suffered to go on, it will probably ruin the flourishing state of that Island, by embarrassing the Government, vexing and tormenting the gentry, depauperatting the substantial freeholders, and utterly ruining the common people. Pray for H.M. relief etc. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 15. Nos. 11, 11 i.; and 29, 13. pp. 389–391.]
Sept. 4.
Whitehall.
69. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Hunter. Enclose Mr. Secretary Addison's letter Aug. 22 etc. Continue; The reports of your removal are malicious and groundless. This you may make known in such manner as you shall think the most likely to silence such reports and defeat such practices for the future. We shall do all that in us lyes to discourage the same as opportunity shall offer. Set out, N.J. Arch. 1st Ser. iv. 327. [C.O. 5, 995. pp. 337, 338.]
Sept. 4.
Whitehall.
70. Mr. Popple to Mr. Solicitor-General. The Council of Trade and Plantations desire your opinion in point of law upon the inclosed Act of Barbados, 1717, to clock the intail of certain lands in the parishes of Christ Church and St. Michael, and to vest the fee simple in Alice Tickle and Francis Jemmot respectively, etc. [C.O. 29, 13. p. 388.]
Sept. 4.
Whitehall.
71. Same to Same. Asks for his opinion in point of law upon an Act of New York, 1712, to enable William Anderson to sell a lot of land in Queen Street etc. [C.O. 5, 1123. p. 452.]
Sept. 4.
Whitehall.
72. Same to Same. Encloses Act passed at St. Christophers 26th March last, to impower the Surveyors of the highways to turn the Windward Common path to the Eastward of Clay Hill in the quarter of Basseterre, for his opinion thereupon in point of law etc. [C.O. 153, 13. p. 107.]
Sept. 5.
Hampton Court.
73. Copy of H.M. Warrant to Governor Hamilton, for receiving £1,000 per ann. that money in lieu of house-rent, pursuant to an Act of Antego. Countersigned, J. Addison. Endorsed, Recd. 7th, Primer'd 9th Sept., 1717. 3¾ pp. [C.O. 152, 12. No. 37; and 324, 33. pp. 94–96.]
Sept. 5.74. List of (37) planters in the French Quarter that have no plantations in the English Quarter, and of those who have (18). List of lands given back to French Protestants or belonging to them. Endorsed, Recd. (from Mr. Bladen), Primer'd, 5th Sept., 1717. 1 p. Enclosed,
74. i. List of those who have built houses by vertue of grants in the French town Basse Terre. 30 names. ¾ p. [C.O. 152, 12. Nos. 36, 36 i.]
Sept. 5.
Hampton Court.
75. Order of King in Council. Approving Representation of Aug. 29, and appointing John Colleton to the Council of Barbados. Signed, Ja. Vernon. Endorsed, Recd. 5th, Read 6th Nov., 1717. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 28, 15. No. 21; and 28, 39. No. 5; and 29, 13. pp. 424, 425.]
Sept. 6.76. A computation of the charge of transporting 500 Palatines to the Bahama Isles. Provisions, clothing, bedding, passages and medicine, £2,500. £5 per head to be advanced by the undertakers for their support and repaid by their produce in 3 or 4 years, £2,500. "There is a person in London who will procure £50 per annum for a minister and £30 per annum for a schoolmaster for them etc. P.S. Since the above was drawn up, 100 of these Palatines have sold themselves for servants to Pensilvania for 5 years and their children that are 20 years old to serve to that time and 5 years after, the 400 left cannot do the like for want of masters, and having sold all their clothes and utensils to subsist themselves will soon be in a miserable condition" etc. Without signature. [? By Messrs. Sam. Buck & Co.] 1¼ pp. [C.O. 23, 12. No. 76.]
Sept. 11.77. Deposition of Samuel Cox of Barbados. On 7th Aug. his long boat with some negroes on board was blown away [? to Martinique, v. Nov. 17. 1718] etc. Signed, Sam. Cox. Endorsed, Recd., Read 25th Nov., 1718. ¾ p. [C.O. 28, 15. No. 40.]
[Sept. 11.]78. Sir Nicholas Lawes to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Prays that H.M. pleasure may be fully declared concerning the continuance and subsistance of the soldiers, the payment of the publick debts and supporting the Revenue of Jamaica. The Act to oblige several inhabitants to provide themselves with a sufficient number of white people seems to indicate that it is the intention of the makers of this law not to subsist the soldiers beyond Sept. 19th, 1717. The necessity of the continuance of the soldiers has been lately owned by the present Govr. and Council, for the Commander of the man of war Snow having made an offer to the merchants to convey ships clear of the pyrates, so they could procure him 30 or 40 soldiers, the Governor and Council determined that the present circumstances of the Island would by no means admit any soldiers to be spared from it. Endorsed, Recd. 11th. Read 27th Sept.. 1717. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 137, 12. No. 68; and 138, 15. pp. 326–329.]
Sept. 12.79. Samuel Barwick to the Council of Trade and Plantations. In July. 1715, the writer obtained leave from Governor Lowther to come to England. Having been detained by the deferring of the decision of the Lords of the Committee in the appeal of the Widow Peers from the Court of Chancery in Barbados, respondent applies for extension of leave etc. (v. Aug. 29). Signed, Saml. Barwick. Endorsed, Recd., Read 12th Sept., 1717. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 28, 15. No. 13.]
Sept. 12.
Hampton Court.
80. H.M. Commission to John Wentworth to be Lt. Governor of New Hampshire. Countersigned, J. Addison. Endorsed, Recd., Primer'd 20th Sept., 1717. 1½ pp. Set out, N.H. Hist. Soc. Coll. I. 142; and N.H. Prov. Papers, II. 712. [C.O. 5, 866. No. 123; and 324, 33. pp. 97, 98.]
Sept. 12.
Hampton Court.
81. H.M. Warrant for John Colleton to be of the Council of Barbadoes. Countersigned, J. Addison. [C.O. 324, 33. p. 99.]
Sept. 12.82. Col. William Codrington to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Offers £8 per acre for several plantations, containing 2,000 acres, in the Capisterre division of St. Christophers. Signed, Wm. Codrington. Endorsed, Recd., Read 27th Sept., 1717. ½ p. [C.O. 152, 12. No. 41.]
Sept. 13.83. Joseph Martyn, Micajah Perry and others to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Reasons offered against disposing of the late French part of St. Christophers in the gross, or to any others than the present Proprietors. Purchasers in gross will either resell at excessive terms or develop them in large parcels. Small plantations should be encouraged for peopling and strengthening the Island. The present possessors have an equitable claim to the lands they have improved etc. Signed, Joseph Martyn, Micajah Perry, Danl. Alford, Wm. Coleman, Alexr. Woodrop, John Travers, Joseph Travers. Endorsed, Recd. Read 25th Sept., 1717. 7 pp. [C.O. 152, 12. No. 38.]