America and West Indies
August 1661

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'America and West Indies: August 1661', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 5: 1661-1668 (1880), pp. 50-55. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=76442 Date accessed: 20 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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August 1661

Aug. 1.
Jamaica.
144. Proclamation of the Governor and Council of Jamaica. Granting permission to Captain Anthony Collier and Lieut. Edward Morris, who having lost several horses, to pen their own with other wild horses for one month, with the assistance of the officers of Guinaboa, to whom half the wild horses are to be delivered. [Col. Entry Bks., No. 34, p. 22-33, and No. 37, p. 7.]
Aug. 2.
Westminster.
145. Commission appointing Thomas Lord Windsor Governor of Jamaica, with power to make laws, so they be not repugnant to the laws of England, with advice of Council consisting of 12 persons to be elected as shall be appointed in his instructions [see No. 259], to administer oaths, muster and command military forces, and appoint a Commission for finding out the most necessary trades to be undertaken for the good of the inhabitants. With the yearly fee or pension of 2,000l., payable quarterly out of the Treasury at Westminster. Edward D'Oyley's commission as Governor of Jamaica from henceforth to cease [see ante, No. 20]. 14 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XV., No. 76.]
Aug. 2.
Westminster.
146. Copy of preceding Commission examined by Robt. Castell and Fras. Haberley. Received from Sir Charles Lyttelton. [Col. Entry Bk., No. 27, pp. 9-12.]
Aug. 2.
Westminster.
147. Another copy of Lord Windsor's Commission. [Col. Entry Bk., No. 92, pp. 59-66.]
Aug. 3. 148. Depositions of Eliz. Moulder of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, and of Margaret Arthington of St. Margaret's, Westminster. Above four years ago Thos. Smith, then bound for the Barbadoes, did entertain as his servant Edward Moulder, son of Eliz. Moulder, and then solemnly engaged and signified under his handwriting that the said Edward should not be sold. Some nine months after Smith informed Eliz. Moulder that to save charges of transportation he had left Edward with his friend Davis, but intended to make another voyage to the Barbadoes shortly, when he would bring him. But Smith died on shipboard bound for the Barbadoes. [Dom., Chas II., Vol. XL., Nos. 17, 18, Cal., p. 57.]
Aug. 5.
Inner Court of Wards.
149. Minutes of the Council for Foreign Plantations. The report of the Committee on the petition from Barbadoes touching sugars to be perfected and brought in on Monday the 12th inst., when the several persons concerned are to have notice to attend. Debate on the letter sent from this Council to Virginia. Sir Wm. Berkeley desired to bring in writing such an account of Virginia and propositions for the advantage of that Plantation as to him shall seem fit. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIV., No. 59, p. 36.]
Aug. 5. 150. Minutes of the Council and Assembly of Barbadoes. Resolved that the Assembly sit with the Governor and Council, to confer about the repealing and reviewing of laws formerly made, so far as there shall be a general content, but if any dissent, then to repair to their own house to put it to the vote. ¾ p. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XI., p. 63.]
Aug. 6. 151. Grant of the office of Governor of the countries and territories called l'Acadie, and part of the country called Nova Scotia, to Mark Harrison, of Stepney, co. Midx., gent., during life, with the same powers and authorities as have formerly been granted to others, procured by Thos. Elliott of the bedchamber. [Docquet Dom., Chas. II.]
Aug. 7.
Whitehall.
152. Order in Council directing the Attorney-General to prepare draught of Letters Patent under the Great Seal, constituting Robert Boyle, one of the members of the Corporation of New England, Governor of that Corporation for propagating the Gospel there, with the usual clauses and instructions. 1 p. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LX., p. 5.]
Aug. 7. 153. Address of Governor Endecott in the name and by order of the General Court of the Massachusetts, in New England, to the King. Their last address was the representation of an exile's necessities ; this script, gratulatory and lowly, is the reflection of the gracious rays of Christian Majesty. They pray that New England, under the King's royal protection, may be permitted still to sing the Lord's song in this strange land ; in the particulars of subscription and conformity they are supposed to be under the hallucinations of weak brethren, yet they crave leave to say whether the voluntary quitting of their native and dearest country be not sufficient to expiate so innocent a mistake, if a mistake. This laudatory address concludes thus : "Yea as the Lord was with David, so let Him be with Your most Excellent Majty, and make the throne of King Charles the Second both greater and better than the throne of King David, or than the throne of any of your royal progenitors." [Col. Papers, Vol. XV., No. 77.]
Aug. 7. 154. Copy of the preceding. 3 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XV., No. 78.]
Aug.? 155. Petition of Mary, relict of Major-General Fortescue, to the King. Petitioner's husband was engaged in the expedition to Jamaica, and was chosen Commander-in-Chief on the sickness of General Venables, by virtue of a dormant commission. There Major-General Fortescue died, after having stocked at great charges two plantations which were allotted to him. Prays that said plantations may be granted to herself and child, with an allowance for the profits so long kept from her. Indorsed, "Council Plantations to consider and examine contents, and certify what is fit to be done for petrs just relief." 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XV., No. 79.]
Aug. 12. 156. Minutes of the Council for Foreign Plantations. Petition of Mary, relict of Major-General Fortescue, referred by the King, setting forth her late husband's industry and faithfulness to preserve the interest of Jamaica, and his expenses in setting up two plantations of sugar works and cocoa walks upon ground allotted to him, which she prays may be granted to her and her child, with some competent allowance for the profits long kept from her, referred to a committee to hear the proofs and report thereon. After long debate on the petition and proposals from Barbadoes, touching sugars, the whole matter is referred for further consideration, as it seemed to this Council to be a matter of great weight and moment. Report brought in by Sir William Glasscock on Lord Sterling's case, referred for consideration. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIV., No. 59, pp. 36, 37.]
Aug. 13. 157. Proclamation of the Governor and Council of Jamaica. Whereas Lieutenant Morris having set forth by petition that he bought a pipe of wine from Abraham Langford, which the soldiers in the late mutiny did drink out and embezzle, alledging that Langford was a traitor, and that petitioner is sued at law by Langford for same. It being well known that Langford was a promoter of the mutiny, whilst Morris was wounded in defence of the Governor, and was plundered only on account of said Langford ; ordered, that Lieutenant Morris be discharged of the money due for said pipe of wine. [Col. Entry Bks., No. 34, pp. 24, 25, and No. 37, p. 9.]
Aug. 19. 158. Minutes of the Council for Foreign Plantations. Order upon the report of the Committee for the petition from Barbadoes, that a letter be drawn up for the King to send to that island, expressing his Majesty's care of them, and putting them in mind to revise the laws for making sugars ; also acquainting them with the overtures made by the merchants and traders here to take said sugars off their hands at such rates as may probably make the planter comfortably subsist and encourage the merchant to trade with them, and for those purposes to call an Assembly to consider of and send an answer to these particulars.
Aug. 19.—A dispute accidentally arising about supplying Barbadoes with horses for their sugar works, and it being alleged that the Lords of the Privy Council understood it might be most commodiously done from Jamaica, which is held very dangerous, if not impossible, by reason of the trade winds, Sir John Colleton is ordered to draw up a report on the advantage of licensing English horses to be transported thence. The letter for Barbadoes ordered to be prepared on the 15th inst. read ; also an estimate brought in by Sir John Colleton of the planters' charges in raising sugars there ; ordered, after long debate, that the merchants take a copy of Sir John Colleton's paper ; also a like estimate of the charges of three several sorts of Muscavado sugars made by the Portuguese and brought to the London market, and upon due consideration this Council will order what is requisite to be done. 1½ pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIV., No. 59, pp. 37, 38.]
Aug. 20. 159. Proclamation of the Governor and Council of Jamaica. That no persons take upon themselves to mend and calk vessels, except those employed by Robert Aves, shipwright, who is to receive 5s. per day for his own work, and 4s. for each of his men. [Col. Entry Bks., No. 34, pp. 25, 26, and No. 37, p. 9.]
Aug. 20.
Boston.
160. Col. Thos. Temple to Sec. Morrice. Received his letter of 14th February last from Capt. Baker, on 28th May. Whalley and Goffe were newly fled out of this jurisdiction before his letter arrived, by reason the Governor had made a strict search for them upon sight of a Proclamation that came by way of Barbadoes. The progress made in this business, together with the Governor's orders and copy of a letter of apology from Mr. Davenport, a minister, who is quite unknown to Temple, are herewith inclosed. Believes Whalley and Goffe are still in this country, concealed in some of the southern parts. Has joined himself in a secret design with one Pinchin, and Capt. Lord, two of the most considerable persons living in those parts, resolving to use their uttermost endeavour to apprehend and secure those Colonels, and has great hopes to effect it if they are in those parts. Will hazard his life and fortune in his Majesty's service. Incloses,
160. I. John Davenport to Col. Thos. Temple. Tribute to the memory of Lord Saye and Sele, "if the Most High hath taken him from us," the writer's patron for 40 years past, while in Holland, in London, and since his abode in this wilderness above 24 years. Protests his innocence in reference to the two Colonels, Whalley and Goffe, also on behalf of this poor colony who wanted neither will nor industry to have served his Majesty in apprehending them, but were prevented and hindered by God's overruling providence. Explains how it was that the two Colonels, who only stayed two days in the Colony, went away before they could be apprehended, no man knowing how or whither. Begs he will communicate this to Lord Saye, if living, if not, to Lord Fiennes. New Haven, 1661, Aug. 10. Together 4 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XV., Nos. 80, 81.] Governor Endecott's letters and instructions above referred to will be found calendared, ante, No. 81.
1661? 161. Deposition of John Crown. That while he was at Boston soon after the King's restoration, Goffe and Whalley landed there, and were conducted to the house of John Endecott, the Governor, who it was reported embraced them, bade them welcome to New England, and wished more such good men as they would come over. That they were visited by the principal persons of the town, and visited, among others, John Norton, teacher of the principal Independent Church, one of those who came over with the address and letter of said colony to the King. That they then resided in Cambridge University, of which deponent was a member, where it was reported they were held in exceeding great esteem for their piety and parts ; that they held meetings, where they preached and prayed and were looked upon as men dropt down from heaven ; but penitence for the horrid murder for which they fled did not appear to be any part of their piety, for Whalley frequently said that if what he had done against the King were to be done he would do it again. That had the King's proclamation for their apprehension been published, it had been almost impossible for the murderers to escape as they did. Heard many godly men in New England say they durst not condemn what Hugh Peters had done. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XV., No. 82.]
1661? 162. Gov. Endecott to Sec. Sir Edw. Nicholas and Sir William Morrice. In reply to two expresses of 15 February and 5 March 1661, gives a brief account of what has been done by the Council, the General Court, and himself concerning Colonels Whalley and Goffe. They have caused diligent search to be made for him in this jurisdiction, and the King's warrant for their apprehension was speedily despatched to the other colonies. They have written to New Haven to stir them up to a faithful diligence and further endeavours for apprehending them. Inclose copies of the Council and their own transactions at large, together with the return on oath of the two gentlemen employed, [see ante, Nos. 81, 82, 96]. Notwithstanding all the clamour and complaints against them they hope to have an opportunity to vindicate their innocency and still to enjoy their liberties. Indorsed, Received 27 Sept. 1661. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XV., No. 83.]
Aug. 26.
Whitehall.
163. Order of the King in Council directing that Dr. Mason, Dr. Wiseman, and Dr. Walker, or any one or more of them, attend the Committee for Foreign Plantations at the Council Chamber on the morrow, and that Sir Lewis Kirke, Thos. Eliott, and Robt. Nelson do then and there attend accordingly about the business of Nova Scotia. 1 p. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LX., p. 16.]
Aug. 27. 164. Orders of the Governor and Council of Jamaica. That the merchants' petition be laid aside for three months, and that the Governor and Council have further notice from them for the security of the Caimanos. That Captain Whiting, of the Diamond, deliver the goods and liquors he has brought to Lt.-Coll. Archbold, who has engaged to take out letters of administration on behalf of M. Dubois, deceased. That to prevent abuses by false weights and measures, all goods be sold one month from this date according to the standard weights and measures of England, an exact table to be hung up in the Secretary's office, on pain of forfeiture of double the value of said goods. And Captain Thomas Ascough is hereby appointed clerk of the market, and Thomas Bispham deputy. That a market be kept every Saturday at Col. Barry's storehouse at Lygonee as formerly. That any person carrying a stick of fire or pipe of tobacco lighted through a field of canes be convicted in the sum of 5l. That any person entertaining a slave above one night after he is known so to be, shall forfeit to his master 1l. for each night. And no one shall hire a servant, unless he bring a testimonial that he has performed his last contract. To seize William Potter and bind him to the sign post of Captain Ipley Ingelsfield, and there give him 30 lashes upon the bare back, after which to secure him until he enters into recognisance to be of good behaviour. 4 pp. [Col. Entry Bks., No. 34, pp. 26-29, and No. 37, pp. 9, 10.]
August. 165. Grant of the office of General of Nova Scotia unto Mark Harrison during life. [Docquet Book, p. 131, Dom., Charles II.