America and West Indies
July 1664

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1880

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'America and West Indies: July 1664', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 5: 1661-1668 (1880), pp. 220-222. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=76477 Date accessed: 03 September 2014.


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July 1664

July 8.
Westminster.
768. The King's grant and confirmation to the Governor and Company of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England. 20 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVIII., No. 84.]
July 12. 769. Petition of merchants, planters, and masters of ships trading to the Plantations to the King. That there is a wicked custom to seduce or spirit away young people to go as servants to the plantations, which petitioners abominate the very thoughts of. This gives the opportunity to many evil-minded persons to enlist themselves voluntarily to go the voyage, and having received money, clothes, diet, &c., to pretend they were betrayed or carried away without their consents. Pray that persons may be appointed under the Great Seal who may enter the names, age, quality, place of birth, and last residence of those desiring to go to said Plantations, which will be a means to prevent the betraying and spiriting away of people. With reference to the Attorney and Solicitor-General to consider what may be done by law, also to call some of the petitioners before them and report thereon. Whitehall, 1664, July 12. Annexed,
769. I. Report of Sir Heneage Finch that he finds the mischiefs complained of very frequent, there being scarce any voyage to the Plantations but some are carried away against their wills, or pretend to be so after they have contracted with the merchants and so run away. That a registry of passengers to the Plantations who go by contract with the merchant would be a proper remedy. That the King might by law erect such an office with a small fee annexed, but it will never be effectually executed without an Act of Parliament imposing a fee sufficient to recompense the pains. 1664, July 18. 2 pp. [Col. Papers., Vol XV., No. 31, pp. 16, 17.]
1664? 770. Memorial of the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to the Privy Council. That usually for the supply of soldiers to divers parts and sending of men to the several Plantations beyond the seas without lawful press, certain persons called "spirritts" do inveigle and by lewd subtilties entice away youth against the consent either of their parents, friends, or masters, whereby oftimes great tumults and uproars are raised within the city to the breach of the peace and the hazard of men's lives, which being of dangerous consequence the memorialists request their Lordships will take into consideration and devote some course for the suppressing of them, either by proclamation or otherwise. [Dom., Chas. I., Vol. CCCCVIII., No. 17, Cal., p. 270.]
771. Lady Yarborough to Williamson. A poor boy of whom she had care has been stolen away by spirits, as they call them, who convey such boys to ships for New England or Barbadoes. Begs a warrant for the bearer whose apprentice he was to search ships for him. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CIX., No. 23, Cal., p. 140.]
772. Proposals to the King and Council to constitute an office for transporting to the Plantations all vagrants, rogues, and idle persons that can give no account of themselves, felons who have the benefit of clergy, such as are convicted of petty larceny, vagabonds, gipsies, and loose persons, making resort to unlicensed brothels, such persons to be transported from the nearest seaport, and to serve four years according to the laws and customs of those islands, if over 20 years of age, and seven years if under 20. For want of such an office no account can be given of many persons of quality transported in the late times of rebellion, wherefore in future all such persons to be registered under penalty of 20l., no person under 12 years of age to be transported unless their friends and relations shall first personally appear at the office and give good reasons for the same, half the fines paid by merchants, mariners, or planters for persons transported to be given to the King, and the other half to the officers for transport. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CIX., No. 83, Cal., p. 147.]
1664. [July 16.] 773. Nine articles of proposals concerning the plantations of Jamaica, extracted from Sir Thos. Modyford's letter to Secretary Lord Arlington of May 10, 1664 [see ante, No. 739, also report on same, No. 784] with marginal notes. Indorsed, The proposals of the Jamaica Committee, to be returned to the Clerk of the Council. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVIII., No. 85.]
July 20.
Pascataway.
774. Samuel Mavericke to Capt. Thomas Breedon at Boston. After a tedious voyage of near 10 weeks, two of their ships arrived here this afternoon where they hourly expect their other two ships, the Guinea, Capt. Hyde, and the Elyas, Capt. Hill. As they were ready to come in, there went out a pink, taken as a prize by a ship of Jamaica, but by authority of the Governor of Massachusetts, seized upon by Capt. Oliver, and carried for Boston. Shall desire him to advise the Governor and Council to take care how they dispose of things out of their bounds, his Majesty's Commissioners being at length come into these parts. Longs to see him, their stay being only for a little water and their other ships, when they must go for their appointed port in Long Island. P.S.—A letter at the same time sent to Mr. Jordan from Mr. Mavericke, intimating his arrival and desire to see him, and another to Major-Gen. Denison to the same effect. 1 p. Printed in New York Documents, III., 65. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVIII., No. 86.]
July 21.
Pascataway.
775. Samuel Mavericke to the Honourable William Coventry. Embraces the first opportunity to acquaint him with the particulars of their voyage. Not only met with cross winds, but very bad weather, yet all the ships kept company till the 13th instant they lost the Guinea, and since the 16th have not seen the Elyas. Have put in here to recruit with water, and in expectation to meet the rest of their fleet ; yet if they come not suddenly, will hasten for Long Island. Has more than hopes that all things in these parts will prove very successful for his Majesty and his Royal Highness' service and interest. Printed in New York Documents, III., 65, 66. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVIII., No. 86.]
July 23.
Pascataway.
776. Sir Robert Carr and Col. Samuel Mavericke to John Rickbell. Desire him to make all convenient haste to his habitation in Long Island, and as he goes acquaint such as are affected for his Majesty's service that some of them are arrived, and shall all suddenly be in Long Island ; and that readiness to promote his Majesty's interest shall be much taken notice of. P.S.—A warrant under the same hands to press a horse for Mr. Rickbell, if occasion should be, he paying for the hire. Printed in New York Documents, III., 66. ½ p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVIII., No. 86.]
July 28.
St. Jago-de-la-Vega.
777. Minutes of the Council of Jamaica. Ordered that Mr. Noy go to the Vermexales negroes, with Bryan for his interpreter, to know whether they will accept Sir Chas. Lyttelton's articles, and when they will come in. Noy to receive 20l. for his pains, and Bryan 10l., besides 5l. for going to the negroes formerly. 1 p. [Col. Entry Bk., No. 34, pp. 120, 121.]
1664? July? 778. Petition of Robt. Reed, merchant of Bristol, to the King. Finding a great scarcity of horses in Barbadoes, which is prejudicial to his Majesty's affairs, and a discouragement to his subjects there, prays for license to transport thither 100 geldings. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVIII., No. 87.]
1664. July 29. 779. Licence to Robert Read to transport 100 geldings to Barbadoes from any port of England. ¼ p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XVI., p. 194.]
July? 780. Col. Nicolls to [the Governor and Council of the Massachusetts]. Sends copy of Commission from the Lords Commissioners of Prizes, wherein he is empowered as one of the Sub-Commissioners for New England whilst his Majesty shall be in hostility with the Dutch. Requests them to give strict orders in reference to the seizure of Dutch vessels or goods which shall be brought into any of their ports. Printed in New York Documents, III., 67. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XVIII., No. 88.]