America and West Indies
April 1662

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'America and West Indies: April 1662', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 5: 1661-1668 (1880), pp. 84-89. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=76450 Date accessed: 27 November 2014.


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April 1662

April 1.
St. Mary's, Maryland.
268. The titles of twenty-three Acts made at a Sessions of General Assembly begun at St. Mary's 1st of April 1662, by Governor Charles Calvert, viz. :—1. Concerning servants that have bastards ; 2. For the publication of marriages ; 3. Explanation of the Act limiting servants' times, made the last Assembly, anno 1661 ; 4. Also of that clause in an Act made by Capt. William Stone, April 21st, 1649, touching hogs and marking of cattle ; 5. Concerning payment for bullion brought in this province ; 6. For encouragement of sowing English grain ; 7. Concerning the payment of fees due from criminal persons ; 8. For the reviving certain laws within this province ; 9. For encouragement of ordinary keepers ; 10. Concerning proceedings at law ; 11. Declaring what shall be done by the Sheriff ex-officio ; 12. Concerning payment of debts due by bill ; and 13. Taxable persons (2) ; 14. Imposing a fee on them who shall be married ; 15. Concerning Indians ; 16. Appointing sheriffs ; 17. Touching runaways ; 18. Of gratitude for the Lieutenant-General ; 19. Limiting servants' times ; 20. Concerning the secretary and addition to his fees ; 21. An additional Act against hog stealers ; 22. For the purchasing of a State House and Prison ; and 23. For the burgesses' expenses. Together 15¼ pp. [Col. Entry Bk., No. 53, pp. 45-60.]
April? 269. Petition of Frederick Leecker to the King. Petitioner and Peter Vanlo who have lived several years in St. Christopher's and bought lands there, lately petitioned for letters of denization, which his Majesty granted. But my Lord Privy Seal will not pass said patent because Vanlo is not here to take the oaths of allegiance, and cannot come to England without great damage and charge. Prays that his Lordship may suffer said patent to pass, and Gov. Lord Willoughby be directed to administer said oaths to Vanlo. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., No. 39.*]
April 3. 270. The King to [the Lord Privy Seal.] His Majesty having been satisfied by Lord Willoughby, Governor of the Caribbees, how inconvenient it will be to Peter Vanlo to draw him thence when his presence there may be useful to his Majesty, dispenses with his coming hither. Said denization is therefore to pass without further interruption, Lord Willoughby undertaking that Vanlo shall take the oaths. [Dom. Entry Bks., Chas. II., No. 3, p. 32, and No. 4, p. 102.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
271. Warrant to the Attorney-General to prepare a Bill containing a grant to Thomas Temple and his heirs for ever of the countries called Acadia and Nova Scotia, lately purchased by him of La Tour, and also the office of Governor of the same for life, with the trade thereto belonging, and all other liberties and privileges. Certified copy. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., No. 40.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
272. Two copies of preceding. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., No. 41 ; also Dom. Entry Bk., Car. II., Vol. V., p. 242.]
April 5. Hampton Court. 273. Warrant to the Attorney-General to prepare a Commisson for Thos. Temple to be the King's lieutenant during pleasure, of the countries and territories called Acadia, and of that part of the country called Nova Scotia, the bounds of which are set forth, with power to repel invasion ; to appoint military and civil officers and ministers of justice ; to build cities, forts, &c., and to proclaim martial law. Also sole trade with the Indians, and power to seize and confiscate the goods of others so trading without his license, and to appoint a deputy. Signed by the King, but neither countersigned nor dated. 5 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., No. 42.]
April 5. 274. Warrant to the Attorney-General to prepare a Bill containing a suspension of Thos. Breedon from further execution of the office of the Governor of Nova Scotia. See ante, No. 248. N.B.—A docquet of this suspension is dated 23rd April 1662, Dom. Chas. II. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. V., pp. 242-3.]
1662? 275. Petition of Henry Janson, Dr. of Laws, to the King. There have been some late encroachments made upon the sea about the coast of Barbadoes contrary to the limits of the first plantation. Prays that the whole business may be referred to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Willoughby of Parham, and Sir Geo. de Carteret, together with the petitioner's many services and sufferings, and upon their report to grant a warrant for the drawing up of a patent for petitioner to become his Majesty's tenant for all that waste. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., No. 43.]
April? Hampton Court. 276. Warrant from the King to (the Attorney-General). To prepare a Bill for the Royal Signature to pass the Great Seal, containing a grant to Henry Janson, LL.D., "of all that the waste grounds in and about our island of Barbadoes, which have not been legally granted before or prescribed unto by the limits and bounds of the first plantation," to him, his heirs and assigns for ever. ½ p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. VII., p. 177.]
April 7. 277. The King to the Duke of York. Forthwith to make provision for the transportation of 20 planters to Jamaica, sent on the account of the Earl of Carlisle. ¼ p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. III., p. 35.]
April 8.
Whitehall.
278. Additional instruction to Thomas Lord Windsor, Governor of Jamaica. To endeavour to obtain and preserve good correspondence and free commerce with the plantations belonging to the King of Spain, but if the Governors of said King refuse, to endeavour to settle such trade by force, and by doing such acts as the Council shall judge most proper to oblige the Spaniards to admit them to a free trade. 2 pp. [Col. Entry Bk., No. 92, pp. 57, 58, and No. 27, p. 19.]
April 8.
Whitehall.
279. Copy of the preceding additional instruction. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., No. 44.]
April 12. 280. Capt. John Browne, of the Rosebush, to the Navy Commissioners. Arrived this day in the Downs, having departed from Jamaica Feb. 10, and left it in a very good condition ; the Diamond has also arrived from Barbadoes, bringing some passengers, but not the number that was expected. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. LIII., No. 47, Cal., p. 338.]
April 14. 281. The King to Francis Lord Willoughby, Governor of Barbadoes and the Caribbee Islands. His Majesty's island of Jamaica being his frontier plantation in America, and thereby the more exposed to the danger of attempts from the Spaniard, Lord Willoughby is hereby required, the better to oppose such designs, upon notice from the Governor of Jamaica of any eminent danger, forthwith to send to his assistance such force as the plantation can afford. Indorsed, "This is a true copy of the record in the Secretary's office, attested the 19th Augt. 1662, per me, Edward Bowden, Depty Secry." 1¼ pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., No. 45.]
April 14. 282. Grant to incorporate John Winthrop, John Mason, and others, being the principal persons interested in the colony of Connecticut, in New England, into a body politic by the name of Governor and Company of the English colony of Connecticut, in New England, in America, granting unto them and their successors such parts of his Majesty's dominions there, and such powers, privileges, and advantages as was directed to be granted by warrant under the sign manual. Subscribed by Mr. Attorney-General, procured by Mr. Secretary Nicholas. The Patent is dated 23 April, see No. 284. [Docquet.]
April 16. 283. Minutes of the Council of Jamaica. Present (see ante, No. 215), also Captains Wm. Vallet, Thos. Ballard, and Corn. Burroughs. The Governor promises to answer a paper of objections presented by Capt. Harrington. Ordered, That the bread sent over in the Rose Bush and Diamond, amounting to 40,000 lbs., being utterly unserviceable to eat, shall lie open for a few days to be fetched away by poor inhabitants for cattle, and what is left to be thrown into the sea. The order concerning boatmen having licenses, to be repealed. That the place and fees conferred on Lieut. John Edgoose by Major Fairfax, Capt. Burroughs, and Sec. Povey be allowed. That the Council have power to take cognizance of Wm. Dallison's petition, whose affidavit be given to the grand jury of inquest as a presentment, they returned the presentment ignoramus. George Thurloe to have license to sell drink at Passage Fort. Concerning an action between Capt. Thos. Lynch and William Dallison for slander, which in Gov. D'Oyley's opinion, "being ignorant of the law," was erroneous. Ordered that Jas. Jordan, Treasurer, repay the impost of decayed and unsaleable wine to Jas. True. 4½ pp. [Col. Entry Bk., No. 34, pp. 40-44.]
April 23.
Westminster.
284. Patent of incorporation of the Governor and Company of the English colony of Connecticut. Whereas his Majesty has been informed by petition of John Winthrop, John Mason, Samuel Willis, Henry Clarke, Matthew Allen, John [? Thos.] Tappen, Nathan Gould, Richard Treate, Richard Lord, Henry Woollcott, John Talcott, Daniel Clarke, John Ogden, Thomas Wells, Obadiah Brewen, John Clarke, Anthony Hawkins, John Denning, and Matthew Camfield, persons principally interested in the said colony, that the greatest part thereof was purchased, and some other part gained by conquest, and at the sole charge of petitioners, their associates, and those under whom they claim, which has become a considerable enlargement of his Majesty's dominions there. And in regard said colony is remote from other English plantations, and that its affairs may be duly ordered, his Majesty by these presents ordains that said John Winthrop and all such as are or shall be made free of the Company shall for ever be one body corporate and politic by the name of the "Governor and Company of the English colony of Connecticut, in New England, in America," with the same powers, rights, and privileges as any other person or corporation in England, and with power to use a common seal. And there shall be a Governor, Deputy Governor, and 12 assistants elected out of the freemen, for ordering the affairs of the plantation, and John Winthrop shall be the first Governor ; John Mason, Deputy Governor ; and Samuel Willis, Matthew Allen, Nathan Gould, Henry Clarke, Richard Treate, John Ogden, Thomas Tappen, John Talcott, Thomas Wells, Henry Woolcott, Richard Lord, and Daniel Clarke, the present assistants, to continue in office until the second Thursday in October next. And on every second Thursday in October and May, or oftener if requisite, the assistants and freemen (not exceeding two from each place, town, or city elected by the freemen thereof) shall have a General Assembly, with power to the majority (of whom the Governor or Deputy Governor and six of the assistants to be seven) to alter said days of meeting, and to choose in each year a Governor and other officers, as the General Assembly shall think fit ; provided that all officers first take the oaths for the due performance of their duties, viz., said John Winthrop before one of his Majesty's Masters in Chancery, John Mason before said John Winthrop or any two of the assistants, and said assistants before said John Winthrop or John Mason, and every other Governor before two or more of the assistants, and any assistant or other officer before the Governor or Deputy Governor. With power to those free of the colony to transport thither his Majesty's subjects or strangers (except those restrained by his Majesty) and goods and merchandise, paying customs for the same. All his Majesty's subjects born in said colony to enjoy the liberties of his Majesty's natural subjects, and the oaths of supremacy and obedience to be administered to all inhabiting said colony. With power to erect judicatories, make laws and statutes, not contrary to those of England, for settling the government and magistracy, granting commissions for the infliction of punishments and granting pardons, and for disposing of all matters whereby the people may be so religiously, peaceably, and civilly governed that they may win the natives to obedience to the Christian faith, which in his Majesty's intentions with the adventurers' free profession is the only end of this plantation. With power also to the Governor and officers of the Company to repel and destroy all persons that shall attempt the invasion or annoyance of the plantation and the natives or other enemies of the colony, but not to do any unlawful hostility against any of his Majesty's subjects or those in amity with him. Provided that these presents shall not hinder any of his Majesty's subjects from fishing on the coasts of New England, or building wharves and workhouses for salting, drying, and keeping their fish upon the waste lands of Connecticut. His Majesty further grants to said Governor and Company "all that part of ... New England ... bounded on the east by the Narragansett river, commonly called Narragansett Bay, where the said river falleth into the sea, and on the north by the line of the Massachusetts plantation, and on the south by the sea, and in longitude as the line of the Massachusetts colony running from east to west ; that is to say, from the said Narragansett Bay on the east to the South Sea on the west part, with the islands thereunto adjoining," to hold the same of his Majesty, his heirs and successors, as of the manor of East Greenwich, in free and common soccage, yielding the fifth part of all gold or silver ore. These presents to be construed most favourably for said Governor and Company. 5 membs. [Patent Roll, 14 Chas. II., Part 11, No. 10.]
April 23.
Westminster.
285. Copy of the charter of Connecticut, with marginal abstracts. 15 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., No. 46.]
April 23.
Westminster.
286. Another copy of the preceding, with a few interlineations. Indorsed, "Taken from a copy lent by Major-Gen. Winthrop, Novr 1696." 12 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., No. 47.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
287. Additional instructions to Thomas Lord Windsor, Governor of Jamaica. For disbanding the officers and soldiers in the island, leaving four hundred foot and one hundred and fifty horse, and distributing three hundred negroes that are undertaken to be delivered in ten months by the Royal African Company. 4 pp. [Col. Entry Bk., No. 92, pp. 33-36.]
April 23.
Whitehall.
288. Two copies of the preceding additional instructions. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., Nos. 48, 49.]
April. 289. License to Capt. John Leverett to go peaceably to his habitation in New England with his wife and children and servants in the ship Society, John Peirse commander, "We being satisfied of the loyalty of said John Leverett, particularly demonstrated by his forwardness in proclaiming ourself in the said New England." Draft mem. on back for similar license to Francis Willoughby, merchant, bound to his habitation in New England in the same ship with his family and goods, &c. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVI., No. 50 ; see also Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. VII., p. 18.]
April 28. 290. Memorandum of a letter from the King to the Duke of York. To make provision for Sir Thomas Whitstone to transport twelve planters to Jamaica. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. III., pp. 32, 102.]
April 28. 291. Memorandum for a pass for Nehemiah Bourne, merchant and family from Hamburgh to any of the King's plantations, see No. 303. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. VII., p. 29.]
April 29. 292. Warrant to the Sheriffs of Middlesex to deliver to Capt. Wm. Joy, to be transported to Jamaica, fifteen prisoners in Newgate as named, who after conviction are now pardoned. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. LIII., No. 90, Cal., p. 353.]
April 30. 293. Memorandum for a pass for Capt. Plaineville, the King's servant, to Jamaica or any other plantation, there to seat himself and trade as freely as the King's subjects. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. VII., p. 29.]