America and West Indies
April 1733, 1-15

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'America and West Indies: April 1733, 1-15', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 40: 1733 (1939), pp. 69-75. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=79268 Date accessed: 23 October 2014.


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April 1733, 1-15

April 1.
Jamaica.
88. Governor Hunter to the Duke of Newcastle. I had the honor of two letters from your Grace by Mr. Concanen and Mr. Fuller. Gentlemen who have the honour of your Grace's patronage may depend upon all the services in my power, to which I can in no ways doubt these are also well intitl'd to by their own merit etc. Signed, Ro. Hunter. Endorsed, R. 22nd June. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 54. ff. 192, 193 v.]
[April 2]. 89. Petition of the Widow Campbell [Agathe De La Tour, veuve Bradestreet et Campbell] to the Council of Trade and Plantations. On behalf of herself and her orphan children, whose need is pressing, prays to be allowed to enjoy the estate of her ancestors in Nova Scotia, or for compensation if resumed to the Crown etc. Signed, Agathe Campbell. Endorsed, Recd. (from Mr. Jean La Tour) 2nd April, Read 17th May. 1733. French. 10¼ pp. [C.O. 217, 6. ff. 166-171 v.]
[April 2]. 90. Grant of part of Nova Scotia by the French King to the Chevalier de la Tour Lt. General of Acadie, 1651. Printed French copy, and Translation. Endorsed as preceding. 3½ pp. [C.O. 217, 6. ff. 173, 173 v., 176, 177, 177 v.]
[April 2]. 91. Order by Governor Philipps, 19th Sept., 1722. The inhabitants of Quobaquit and Sheceanecton are to pay to Madame Bradstreet the rent and arrears of rent due to her on account of her seignory etc. Signed, R. Philipps. 1 p. [C.O. 217, 6. f. 174.]
[April 2]. 92. Order of [French] King in Council and Order of Court, 6th and 26th Feb., 1651, relating to above. Endorsed, Recd. 2nd April, Read 17th May, 1733. French. Copy. 10⅓ pp. [C.O. 217, 6. f. 175.]
[April 2]. 93. Surrenders and Conveyances of above lands and seignory to Agathe de St. Estienne de la Tour. 9th Nov. (N.S.), 1714. Signed, Anne de St. Etienne ; Chas. de Latour ; Marguerite de Sainte Etienne, etc. Endorsed as preceding. French. 3 pp. [C.O. 217, 6. ff. 184, 185, 186, 188 v.]
[April 2]. 94. Order by Governor Philipps. 5th July, 1721., that the inhabitants of Les Mines, who have bought lands there since Mme. Bradstreet has enjoyed the seigniory there, by order of this Government, do pay to Madame Bradstreet her seignorial dues etc. Signed, R. Philipps. Endorsed as preceding. French. ¾ p. [C.O. 217, 6. ff. 189, 189 v.]
[April 2]. 95. Deposition of Rev. R. Cuthbert, formerly Chaplain of the Garrison at Annapolis Royal. 10th July, 1733. Mrs. Campbell, widow of Hugh Campbell an Officer of said Garrison, was seized and possessed of a large estate about Annapolis Royal, and reputed to be Lady of the Manor etc. She and her children are of the Communion of the Church of England etc. Signed, Robt. Cuthbert. Same endorsement. 1½ pp. [C.O. 217, 6. ff. 190, 190 v., 193 v.]
[April 2]. 96. Deposition of Mary Barton, John Welch, Wm. Tipton. 23rd June, 1733. Corroborate preceding. Mrs. Campbell was held in the highest esteem of any gentlewoman in that country, and came to England to seek relief from the hardship of being deprived of her rents by the Governor etc. Signed, Mary Barton, John Welch, Wm. Tipton. Same endorsement. 1 p. [C.O. 217, 6. ff. 191, 193 v.]
April 2.
Charles Town.
97. Governor Johnson to the Duke of Newcastle. Francis Yonge Esqre., one of H.M. Council here, being appointed by the General Assembly to go to England, to represent the state of affairs in this province, and he being perfectly acquainted with them, and carrying such materials over, as will enable him to put everything in a true light before your Grace etc., refers him to him. Continues : Ralph Izard Esq., who was appointed one of H.M. Council for this province, having refused to qualify, I take the liberty to name to your Grace, Col. Blake, son to one of the late Proprietors, and Mr. John Baker merchant of this town, that your Grace may appoint one of the two etc. Signed, Robt. Johnson. Endorsed, R. 29th June (by Mr. Yonge). 1 p. [C.O. 5, 388. ff. 87, 88 v.]
April 2.
Charles Town.
98. Same to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Duplicate of preceding, mutatis mutandis. Signed, Robt. Johnson. Endorsed, Recd. 28th June, 1733, Read 28th Aug., 1735. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 364. ff. 226, 229 v.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
99. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Duke of Newcastle. Enclose following to be laid before the King. Annexed,
99. i. Same to the King. Enclose draught of Commission for William Mathew to be Govr. of the Leeward Islands, "which is in the usual form except an alteration we have made pursuant to your Majesty's Order in Council, relating to the devolution of the Government in case of death or absence" etc. (v. C.S.P. 10th and 12th June, 1731). Will prepare the necessary Instructions etc. [C.O. 153, 15. pp. 138, 139 ; and (autograph signatures) 5, 195. ff. 229, 229 v., 231.]
April 3.
Whitehall.
100. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. Request payment of Office's expences from Christmas to Lady Day, 1733, amounting to £291 11s. 1½d., and Officers' salaries, £287 10s. [C.O. 389, 37. pp. 344, 345.]
April 4.
Jamaica.
101. Governor Hunter to the Duke of Newcastle. Since writing that of the 27th ultmo. I receiv'd a letter from Sr. Chaloner Ogle of which a copy is here inclos'd (? encl. viii. 27th March) in answer to mine of the 8th (? 18th, encl vi. 27th March) of ye same month, which produc'd the declaratory sentence etc., enclosed. Sir Chaloner being expected on this side every day, I shall put it into his hands, that he may proceed in this matter according to his Instructions and his best discretion etc. Signed, Ro. Hunter. Endorsed, Rd. 22nd June. 1 p. Enclosed,
101. i. Deposition of John Harris. 3rd April, 1732. Repeats and amplifies deposition of 2nd March (v. 27th March encl. iii.) stating value of goods plundered from his sloop. The master put on board by the Spaniards destroyed all his papers, including bonds, receipts, journals and notes of hand. The damage in wages and loss of time of the sloop amounts to £60. Deponent was not released from confinement on the main guard, or see any Englishman, for ten days, when one Garvy from Jamaica arrived etc. Signed, John Harris, his mark. Copy. 5½ pp.
101. ii. Declaratory sentence for the sloop Mary by the Judge of the Vice Admiralty Court, Jamaica. 3rd April, 1733. The taking the said sloop out of Port Morant harbour and the barbarous and cruel usage John Harris, the master, received, the carrying him and his said sloop into St. Jago, on Cuba, and the detaining him some time there as prisoner, the taking several and embezzling the goods on board the said sloop, and the extorting port charges from him etc., was a piratical act committed by some of His Catholick Majesty's subjects commissioned by the Governor of St. Jago etc., and that the same is contrary to the several treatys of Peace and Amity, as also of Commerce now subsisting etc., and a high violation and infringement thereof, and that satisfaction ought to be made to the said Harris not only for the damage he received for the capture of his said vessel, but for the irreparable injury done to his person by the wound he received, whereby he has lost the use of his arm. The whole value of the damages sustained by the master of the said sloop and of the several goods, as they are specified in the above written affidavit duly sworn before me amounts to £273 3s. 9d. of current money of Jamaica, and that no proof of the value of the other goods mentioned in the said affidavit hath as yet been made before me. Signed, Wm. Henry North, J. V. Admlty. Copy certified by George Fisher, Register of the Court of Vice Admiralty. Endorsed, The original sent to Mr. Keene, 29th June, 1733. Copy. 2¼ pp. [C.O. 137, 54. ff. 194, 195 v.-200 v] ; and (copy of No. i. endorsed, copy and translation sent to Ct. Montijo 28th June, and the original to Mr. Keene, 29th June, 1733) and (copy of No. ii.) 137, 47. ff. 149, 150 v., 155, 155 v., 156 v.]
April 4.
Spanish Town.
102. Matthew Concanen to the Duke of Newcastle. May it please your Grace, I take the liberty of acquainting you that I arrived here the first of March, and as soon as the Governour came to Spanish Town, from the north side of this island, where he then was upon an expedition against the rebellious negroes, I waited upon him with your Grace's commands. I need not assure your Grace that he paid a proper respect to your letter. His politeness and good sense are I believe too well known for your Grace to doubt it etc. Excuses himself for having been prevented from attending him for his last leave etc. Refers to his predecessors and some "injurious ribaldry" published about him at the time of his Grace's "appointing me to this place." Suggests that in filling up this place, his Grace's behaviour "has been infinitely more justifiable and praiseworthy than the practice of most of your predecessors. In the first place, your Grace has employed a man who, from the malice of his enemys, your Grace must think, can write : whereas not one in ten of your Grace's predecessors, had ever any reasons to believe that the persons they trusted in this office could read. In the next place I must congratulate your Grace upon breaking thro a scandalous custom used by some of your predecessors of leaveing this office to the disposal of some favourite servant or underling dependant, who generally farmed it to somebody here for a yearly income, without any regard to the principles, capacity or character of the tenant etc. Asserts his integrity and devotion to his King and patron. Signed, Mat. Concanen. Addressed. Holograph. 3½ pp. [C.O. 137, 54. ff. 202-203 v., 204 v.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
103. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Duke of Newcastle. Enclose following to be laid before the King. Annexed,
103. i. Same to the King. Enclose draught of a Commission for Governor Lord Muskery, in the usual form. Are preparing Instructions etc.
103. ii. Draft of Commission referred to in preceding. [C.O. 195, 7. pp. 279-289.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
104. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Duke of Newcastle. Enclose following to be laid before the King. Autograph signatures. 1 p. Enclosed,
104. i. Same to the King. Enclose draught of Commission, in the usual form, for Robert McCarty Esqr., commonly called Lord Muskery, to be Governor of Newfoundland. Are preparing the necessary instructions with all possible dispatch. Autograph signatures. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 195. ff. 351, 353.]
April 5.
Whitehall.
105. Same to the Duke of Newcastle. Enclose following to be laid before the King. Autograph signatures. 1 p. Enclosed,
105. i. Same to the King. Enclose draught of Commission for Governor Gabriel Johnston, being in the usual form. Will prepare his Instructions with all possible dispatch. Autograph signatures. Endorsed, R. 9th, Read and apprd., 10th May, 1733. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 195. ff. 383, 384.]
April 6.
Charles Town.
106. Governor Johnson to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I was very well pleased to consent with H.M. Council and the Lower House of Assembly to the sending home Mr. Yonge, who will present this to your Lordships, and is to waite on you and to inform you clearly of the reasons that induced us to pass the bill for remission of the arrears of quit rents, which we are informed has undergone your Lordships' censure. The objections sent home by Mr. St. John the Surveyor Gen. I must acknowledge if they had been true might very justly have induced your Lordps. to have reported for the repeal of it ; But the facts by him alledged (if the account I have of them be as they are sent to me) are all false, as Mr. Yonge will be orderd to demonstrate to your Lordps., and as for the patents which by that law are made valid tho' before apprehended to be defective, I have taken care not to carry that part into execution until I should be informed of H.M. pleasure about the law, so that in no colour or way whatever can H.M. revenue or interest suffer by it, but on the contrary the time is now near elapsed that is given the people to record their titles and I believe most have done so, and many paid their rents in Proclamation money so that the thing intended for H.M. service by the said law that is the perfecting a rent roll will be obtained. I shall not detain your Ldps., but leave it to Mr. Yonge to acquaint that those people that have most complained against the ingrossing lands, which they charged to be the consequence of making good the patents have chiefly been induced to that complaint by a prospect of gain to themselves, they being no sooner informd that the act would probably be repealed but they combind themselves into a company and ran out those very lands, purchasing poor peoples' warrants for a triffle, and are now gone to sollicit for grants for them from H.M. as they give out, and have by their notary and lawyers threatned me very hard for refusing to give them grants here. I beg your Lordships will be pleased to allow Mr. Fury and Mr. Yonge a candid and patient hearing on this affair etc. P.S. I have pursuant to H.M. Instructions published his orders for putting in force the Summons law and to revoke the act for regulating the Courts of Justice. Signed, Robt. Johnson. Endorsed, Recd. 28th June, 1733, Read 28th Aug., 1735. 2⅓ pp. [C.O. 5, 364. ff. 227-228 v.]
April 9.
Sheerness, Longreach.
107. Capt. Fytche to Mr. Popple. "The time for my proceeding on a voyage to Canso drawing near" etc., hopes the Board will give him instructions upon the memorials of the Justices and inhabitants (v. Dec. 19, 1732). Signed, Robt. Fytche. Endorsed, Recd. 9th, Read 13th April, 1733. 1⅓ pp. [C.O. 217, 6. ff. 165, 165 v., 172 v.]
April 9.
St. James's.
108. H.M. Warrants appointing Philip Lightfoot to the Council of Virginia in the room of Robert Carter, decd. Countersigned, Holles Newcastle. Copy. [C.O. 324, 36. p. 408.]
April 10.
St. James's.
109. H.M. warrant appointing Thomas Lee to the Council of Virginia in the room of Henry Harrison decd. Countersigned, Holles Newcastle. Copy. [C.O. 324, 36. p. 408.]
April 10. 110. Order of House of Lords. Directing the Council of Trade to lay before the House the Conference between Governor Belcher and the Indians at Falmouth in July, 1732 ; also the Journal of the House of Representatives of the Massachusetts Bay, 31st May—1st Nov., 1732. Signed, Wm. Cowper, Cler. Paliamentor. Endorsed, Recd. 10th, Read 13th April, 1733. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 875. ff. 60, 69 v.]
April 10.
Council Chamber, Charles Towne.
111. Governor Johnson to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Since my former relating to Port Royal, a sloop of Providence, but lately at the Havana arriving here, and being informed that the Master had something material to inform me of ; I had him before H.M. Council, where being examind he swore to the affidavit inclosed etc. Signed, Robt. Johnson. Endorsed, Recd., Read 28th June, 1733. 1 p. Enclosed,
111. i. Deposition of Nathaniel Coverley, master of the sloop Batchelor. 10th April, 1733. Sent in December to the Havana with a packet from Mr. Colebrooke of Providence to Mr. Nicholson factor there, the latter informed him that three 60-gun ships of warr were then fitting out in order to destroy the fort at Port Royal in S. Carolina, and that there was an inbargo layd on all vessels in that harbour etc., to prevent any intelligence being given etc. Deponent was asked whether the fort at Port Royal was built on the South or North side of the river, and he said it was on the North. It was the common report that the Spanish ships came from La Vera Crux, with a great treasure of silver and other money. The Captain of a Rhode Island man told him that great part of the said treasure was landed. Deponent told them that the bar at Port Royal was very dangerous, and believed that if 20 of their ships came there, none would go back again. There was a stop put to the said expedition, and the landed treasure taken on board again, which deponent believes was occasioned by his saying the fort was built on the north side of the river etc. The said ships did sayle while he was there, one to Old Spain, the other two to the coast of Caraccas etc. Signed, Nathl. Coverley. Endorsed, Recd. 28th June, 1733. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 362. ff. 183, 184, 184 v., 185 v., 186 v.]
April 10.
Council Chamber.
112. Governor Johnson to the Duke of Newcastle. Duplicate of preceding covering letter, mutatis mutandis. Signed, Robt. Johnson. Endorsed, R. 29th June (by Mr. Yonge). 1 p. Enclosed,
112. i. Duplicate of preceding enclosure. [C.O. 5, 388. ff. 89, 90 v., 91, 91 v.]
April 13.
Whitehall.
113. Mr. Popple to Capt. Fytche. Reply to 9th April. My Lords have given directions to Coll. Philipps the Governor of Nova Scotia, that he do immediately write to the Commanding Officer at Canco' to take all imaginable care that the fishery of that place be not interrupted, or any ways molested, upon any account whatsoever. This gives me an opportunity of wishing you a good voyage and desire you will believe me. [C.O. 218, 2. p. 268.]
April 14.
Pallmall.
114. John Drummond to the Duke of Newcastle. The very small employment which I used the freedom to sollicit your Grace for in favor of Mr. James Wedderburn, a younger son of Sir Peter Halket Wedderburn's, formerly a Member of Parliament for the County of Fife, and a faithfull friend to the Protestant Succession as can be well attested by his successor Sir John Anstruther, is Clark of the Pleas in South Carolina, which allwise gos along with twoo small patent places which patent I bought of Mr. Lowndes for said Mr. James Wedderburn, viz. Clark of the Crown and Clark of the Peace in South Carolina, the former being in the gift of the Crown, makes me to presume to trouble your Grace with this sollicitation, it has no sallary from the Crown only small fees of office not worth asking for if Mr. Wedderburn were not possessd of the patent for the other twoo small offices, and as he is a gentleman of merit and capacity who had lately a great loss in trade by the failing of his correspondent in London, I humbly hope that I shall not be refused soo small a favor for him, the election of that county being very much in his father's power who is my relation and a sincere friend to Sir John Anstruther etc. Signed, John Drummond. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 383. ff. 2, 2 v.]