Journal, February 1705
Journal Book I

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'Journal, February 1705: Journal Book I', Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations, Volume 1: April 1704 - January 1709 (1920), pp. 86-101. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=81160 Date accessed: 25 October 2014.


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Journal, February 1705

February 1. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Miscellanies.

Two letters from Mr. Clifford complaining of delays in his accounts.

Letter to the merchants, &c. thereon.

Two letters from Mr. Clifford [fo. 228], of the 17th and 26th of the last month, were read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be prepared to Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and Mr. Oosterland [fo. 256], signifying that, if they do not intend to make a speedy report on Mr. Clifford's accounts refer'd to them, they return the said accounts to this office.

New Yorke.

Letter from the Lord Cornbury about his having made Mr. Mompesson chief justice.

A letter from the Lord Cornbury of the 6th of November last, signifying the death of Dr. Bridges, late Chief Justice of New Yorke, and his having put Mr. Mompesson into that place, and praying her Majesty's approbation thereof, was read; whereupon ordered that, in the next representation relating to New Yorke, that matter be laid before her Majesty.

Letter from Lord Cornbury about state of New Yorke.

Another letter from the Lord Cornbury of the same date, relating to the state of New Yorke, was read; and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, the list whereof is as follows viz.:—

Publick papers.

Account of the disposal of the publick money from the 9th June, 1702, to the 31st July, 1703.

Certificate of the officers of the soldiers at New Yorke, relating to their having duely received their subsistence since the Lord Cornbury's arrival there.

The Clerk of the Councill's certificate of the Lord Cornbury's having sworn the Councill named in his instructions. Colonel Romer was then absent, but since sworn, and has not from that time sat in Council.

The Attorney General of New Yorke's opinion relating to some Canary wines imported from the Maderas by Captain Davison, 29th March, 1704.

Copy of Mr. Weaver's certificate of his having accounted with the Deputy Auditor for fees due to Mr. Blathwayt.

Copy of Mr. Weaver's note drawn upon Doctor Staats for the payment of 100l. to Mr. Depeyster, Deputy Auditor, for ballancing Mr. Blathwayt's accounts.

Copy of the Deputy Auditor's account with Mr. Blathwayt from 25th November, 1700, to 25th March, 1703.

Bill for the defence of the frontiers, past in the Assembly the 25th October, 1704.

Copy of a report of a committee of the Councill of New Yorke upon the Bill intituled an Act for defence of the frontiers.

Copy of the amendments made by the Councill of New Yorke to the Bill for defence of the frontiers.

Copy of a message from the General Assembly in answer to the amendments made by the Councill to the Bill intituled an Act for defence of the frontiers.

Journal of the General Assembly of New Yorke from the 11th of April, 1704, to the 27th of June following.

Mr. Bulkley's book intituled, Will and Doom, relating to greivances and irreg[u]larities in the province of Connecticut.

Docquets of the proceedings in the Supream Court at New Yorke in the months of June, September and October, 1704.

Account of her Majesty's revenue in New Yorke from 25th March, 1703, to the 31st July following, under the management of Mr. Caleb Heathcote, Thomas Wenham and Peter Faulconier.

Account of her Majesty's revenue at New Yorke from 29th September, 1703, to the 29th September, 1704.

Representation to be prepared on the foregoing letter.

And thereupon ordered that paragraphs K, L and M of the foresaid letter relating to stores of war, to presents for the Indians, and to a guard ship for New Yorke, to be represented to her Majesty.

February 2. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Trade.

Papers relating to the Canary merchants delivered to Mr. Ellis.

The Secretary acquainted the Board that he had delivered to Mr. Ellis all the papers in this office relating to the complaints of the Canary merchants, as directed in the minutes of the 31st of the last month [fo. 248, 366]; the list whereof is as follows, viz.:—

List of the said papers.

Reference from Mr. Secretary Harley upon the petition of several merchants trading to the Canary Islands, relating to hardships they received there, to which is annexed, the protests of the merchants against Mr. Polden, the consul's declaration and her Majesty's grant. [Trade, Bundle F, No. 40.]

Mr. Raworth and Mr. Taylor's answer to the petition of the Canary merchants. [Ibid., 41.]

Mr. Swan and other Canary merchants' reply to Mr. Raworth and Taylor's answer to their complaints. [Ibid., 42.]

Mr. Raworth &c., rejoynder to the Canary merchants' reply sent 'em 3rd instant. [Ibid., 43.]

The Canary merchants' answer to Mr. Raworth's rejoynder. [Ibid., 44.]

Declaration of Baptista Cotta, master of a Genoese ship freighted at Lisbon for Teneriffe in December with wheat, pease &c., setting forth that he had received a bill of exchange upon Raworth &c., [Ibid., 46.]

Eleven affidavits made by the petitioners against Raworth &c., in which they set forth the damages they have sustained by being deny'd tonnage in the Resolution and Mary. The said Raworth and partners having reserved the same for themselves. [Ibid., 47.]

Copy of the petition of Mr. Raworth and partners, upon which her Majesty's licence of November, 1703, was granted. [Ibid., 50.]

Copy of a paper by which Mr. Raworth and partners ingaged not to carry any goods to the Canaries, nor bring any from thence but what were truly their own at that time, dated 21st October, 1703. [Ibid., 51.]

Copy of the account of the quantity of all the wines laden on board the ships Resolution and Mary, as well upon account of Mr. Raworth &c. as others. [Ibid., 52.]

A translate of protest made by the publick notary that they had 241 pipes of Canary remaining there the 2nd June, 1704. [Ibid., 53.]

Further memorial from the Canary merchants, containing instances of Mr. Raworth's having sent effects to the Canaries since the declaration of war; as also eleven affidavits to show what wines they had already to ship off from the Canaries had Mr. Raworth allowed the tonnage. [Ibid., 55.]

Memorial from Mr. Raworth, containing an abstract of the papers formerly delivered; as also an affidavit of Mr. Fox relating to the quantity of wines belonging to Mr. Raworth &c. [Ibid., 65.]

New England.

Captain Cary, about Captain Larimore and his lieutenant brought over as accessories to pirates.

Captain Cary attending, and being asked what was become of Captain Larimore and Lieutenant Wells [fo. 264], sent over under his care from New England, as acessories to pirates, he acquainted their lordships that they were taken and carryed into France with him, that they had been seen in England since, and that he has heard they are gone away, but he knew not whither, and that he had given this account to Mr. Secretary Hedges.

Miscellanies.

Letter to Mr. Shepherd, &c., for their despatch of Mr. Clifford's accounts in one to Mr. Clifford.

A letter to Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and Mr. Oosterland [fo. 250, 271], as directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed and sent in a letter from the Secretary to Mr. Clifford.

Massachusets.

Extracts of letters from the Governor sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges.

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing to him copies of paragraphs I, K, L and Bb, in Colonel Dudley's letter of 13th July last [fo. 249, 352], as directed in the minutes the 31st of the last month, was signed.

Virginia.

Memorial from Mr. Jennings praying a further consideration of his services, &c.

Letter to be writ to Colonel Nicholson thereon.

A memorial from Mr. Jennings praying for some further consideration of his expences [fo. 187] in attending the service of the government of Virginia here in England, was read; and thereupon ordered that a letter be writ to Colonel Nicholson, recommending to him the giving such further incouragement on account of Colonel Jennings's services, as opportunity shall offer.

New Jersey.

Letter from the Governour.

A letter from the Lord Cornbury [fo. 353] of the 14th January, 170¾, relating to his government of New Jersey, was read; and the papers therein refer'd to, laid before the Board, and are as follows:—

Papers therein refer'd to.

A Bill for the settling and confirming the estates of all proprietors and purchasers of land within this province of New Jersey, past by the Assembly 24th November, 1703.

Bill for regulating the purchasing of land from the Indians.

Journal of the House of Burgesses from the 10th November [to] the 13th December, 1703.

New York.

Letter from the Governour.

Letter from the Lord Cornbury to the Board, dated the 4th November, 1704.

Journal of the Assembly from the 1st to the 28th September, 1704.

New Jersey.

Letter from the Lord Cornbury.

Letter to Mr. Docminique Dockwra and Cox thereon.

Another letter from the Lord Cornbury [fo. 353] of the 4th November last inclosing the journal of the Assembly of New Jersey, from the 1st to the 28th of September last, was also read, and thereupon ordered that Mr. Dockmenique, Mr. Dockwray and Mr. Cox [fo. 261, 265] be informed that the Board have several papers relating to New Jersey to communicate to them, when they will call here.

February 5. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Barbados.

Letter from Sir Beville Granville.

A letter from Sir Beville Granville of the 18th of September, 1704, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, the list whereof is as follows, viz.:—

Papers therein refer'd to.

Copy of Sir Beville Granville's order to Captain Martin, commander of the Blackwall, to return several men he had pressed out of the ship Industry, and the apprentice of Captain Robinson &c., dated the 9th September, 1704.

Captain Martin's answer to Sir Beville Granville's order of the 9th September, 1704, dated 11th ditto, relating to the men he press'd on board, refusing to deliver up the same.

Deposition of Captain Ackland, made the 13th September, 1704, relating to Captain Martin's pressing his men, and refusing to deliver them on the Governour's order.

Captain Thomas Robinson's deposition, taken before Alexander Skene, Esquire, the 13th of September, 1704, relating to Captain Martin's refusing to him an apprentice pressed out of his ship, by order of the said Martin.

Deposition of Alexander Skene, Esquire, taken before the Honourable Colonel Robert Johnston the 18th September, 1704, relating to Captain Martin's refusing to set on shoar Mr. Maycock, Mr. Tyrrell and Mr. Curle, who were fled from justice.

Deposition of George Hay, Esquire, Deputy Provost Marshall, taken before the Honourable Colonel Robert Johnston the 18th September, 1704, relating to Captain Martin's refusing to obey the Governour's warrant for delivery of Mr. Maycock and Mr. Tyrrell on board his ship the Blackwall.

Minutes of Councill from the 27th June, 1704, to the 6th September following.

Minutes of Councill in Assembly of the 11th and 12th of September, 1704.

Extract of the said letter relating to Captain Martin to be sent Mr. Secretary Hedges, &c.

To Mr. Burchett.

And thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph D and E, relating to Captain Martin, commander of the Blackwall, and to English prisoners at Martinico, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 266] to be laid before her Majesty, and copy of the said paragraph D to be sent to Mr. Burchet to be laid before his royal highness the Lord High Admiral's Councill.

Letter from Sir Bevil Granville.

Extract about Martin and French men of war sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges.

Another letter from Sir Beville Granville of the 29th September last, was read, and thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph A and D, relating to Captain Martin, and to the arrival of French men of war at Martinico, be sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges, and to Mr. Burchet as aforesaid.

Letter from Mr. Burchett about Captain St. Lo's attendance, &c.

A letter from Mr. Burchet [fo. 246] signifying that his royal highness had given directions to Captain St. Lo of the Dolphin and his lieutenant to attend this Board, was read.

Agents of Barbados summon'd.

Ordered that the Barbados agents have notice to attend the Board on Wednesday next.

February 7. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

New Jersey.

Mr. Docminique and Mr. Richier about copies of papers sent from the Lord Cornbury.

Mr. Docminique and Mr. Richier [fo. 257] attending, they were acquainted that the Lord Cornbury had given the Board an account of the proceedings of the late Assemblies in New Jersey, relating to a Bill for settling the estates of the proprietors &c., and other matters, extracts whereof were ordered to be given them. And these gentlemen desiring that they may have a copy of the Lord Cornbury's instructions for New Jersey; ordered that so much as relates to the proprietors be given them.

Barbados.

Sir John Stanley, Mr. Bridges, &c., about the Governor's justification.

Complaints about Captain Martin, &c.

Sir John Stanley, Mr. Bridges and the other Barbados agents attending [fo. 241, 262], acquainted their lordships that they were now ready to proceed in the justification of the Governour of that island, so soon as the gentlemen who complain against him shall have delivered to the Board the reference of their petition. They further acquainted their lordships that having received addresses from the Councill and Assembly of that island to her Majesty and the Lord High Admiral, complaining of the proceedings of Captain Martin, commander of her Majesty's ship the Blackwall, they had presented the same, and that the said addresses were refer'd to the examination of a Councill of war. Whereupon they were acquainted that it might be inconvenient to allow assemblies to make their immediate applications to the Queen, but that it ought to be to the Governour, who is to transmit the same to her Majesty, as there shall be occasion, and that the Board intended to write to Sir Beville Granville accordingly.

Mr. Attorney and Sollicitor's report about the absenting members of the Assembly

Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General's report [fo. 266], in answer to the letter writ them the 27th of October last [fo. 147] for their opinion how members of Assemblies, wilfully absenting themselves from the business of the said Assemblies, may be punished, was read; and thereupon ordered that a representation [fo. 280] be prepared for laying the said report before her Majesty on Thursday the 15th instant.

Order of Councill refering the petition of the absenting members of Assembly to this the (sic) Board.

The agents in behalf of the complainants to bring proofs.

They desire Captain St. Lo, &c., may be summond and obliged to take their oaths, &c.

Board's answer.

Mr. Heysham, with several Barbadoes gentlemen [fo. 261, 265] attending, presented to their lordships an Order of Councill of the 11th of the last month refering to this Board the petition of John Lesley, Philip Kirton, Christopher Estwick, Enoch Gretton and Thomas Maxwell, members of the late Assembly of Barbadoes, complaining of Sir Beville Granville's proceedings there, was read. Whereupon they were directed to bring to their lordships such proofs and affidavits as they intended to make use of at the hearing of this matter, in order to their being communicated to the agents of Barbados, who appear for the Governor, for their answer, which in like manner should be communicated to them. And these gentlemen acquainting their lordships that Captain St. Lo, commander of the Dolphin, and his lieutenant, besides several other of their witnesses, would not appear without being summoned, nor would they then tell the whole truth without they were forced to take an oath, they were told that, as for Captain St. Loe and his lieutenant, they had already directions from my Lord High Admiral to attend this Board, and, for their other witnesses, they should be summoned so soon as they should give their names, and that, when they were here, their lordships would advise them to make affidavits of what they know in these matters before a master in chancery.

February 8. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Connecticut.

Rhode Island.

Hearing of the agents put off.

A letter from Mr. Povey of this day's date signifying that the hearing [fo. 247, 268] of the Rhode Island and Connecticut agents, which was to have been this evening before her Majesty in Councill, is put off to a further day, was read; and thereupon ordered that notice thereof be given to the parties concerned.

Massachusets.

Captain Cary's memorial about Larimore and Wells accessories to pirates Memorial from Mr. Gahtman against them.

Captain Cary [fo. 255] presented to their lordships a memorial giving an account of Captain Larimore and Lieutenant Wells, sent over from New England as accessories to pirates, as also a memorial upon the same from Francis Gahtman, who was sent over as an evidence against the said Larimore and Wells.

Newfoundland.

Letter to Bishop of London for recalling Mr. Jackson.

Ordered that a letter be prepared to the Lord Bishop of London, to desire him that Mr. Jackson [fo. 232, 287], the minister at Newfoundland, be recalled.

Barbados.

Petition of agents in behalf of the Governor.

Sir John Stanley, Sir Robert Davers [fo. 262, 266, 2 & (sic), infra] with several gentlemen concerned in the island of Barbados attending, presented to the Board a petition in behalf of Sir Beville Granville, Governor of that island, and acquainted their lordships that they were now ready to proceed in vindication of the Governor, and desired that a short day might be appointed for the hearing.

New Jersey.

Mr. Dockwra, &c., about copies of papers sent from Lord Cornbury.

Mr. Dockwra, Mr. Cox and Mr. Sonmans attending [fo. 257, 261, 270], they were acquainted with what the Lord Cornbury had writ in relation to the late Assemblies held in the Jerseys relating to the Bill for settling the estates of the proprietors, and that they might peruse the said Bill and take a copy thereof if they found it necessary.

Barbadoes.

Mr. Bernard for copies of the minutes relating to suspended counsellors.

Granted.

Mr. Bernard attending [fo. 269], and desiring to know of their lordships whether they had lately received any thing from Barbados in relation to the suspended counsellors, he was acquainted that they had received nothing new. Then he desiring to have copies of such papers in the office as may relate to the said counsellors; ordered that extracts of the minutes of Councill upon that subject be given him.

Barbados.

Mr. Ball, &c., desiring Mr. Attorney General's report about absenting members may be return'd for a reconsideration.

Mr. Ball, Mr. Kirton and several Barbadoes gentlemen attending, acquainted their lordships that they had been with Mr. Attorney General, who had told them that if their lordships would return him back his report [fo. 262, and infra] relating to absenting members, he would reconsider the same; whereupon they were acquainted that if he would write for it, it should be sent him.

Extracts of the Governor's letters about Captain Martin, &c., sent to Mr. Secretary Hedges.

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, inclosing paragraphs D and of Sir Beville Granville's letter of the 18th of September, and paragraphs A and D of that of the 29th of September last [fo. 260], as directed in the minutes of the 5th instant, was signed.

February 9. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Barbados.

Letter from Mr. Attorney General desiring to review the report about absenting members of Assembly.

Answer.

A letter from Mr. Attorney General [v. supra], signifying that he has been informed that the matter of fact, as stated in his and Mr. Sollicitor General's report relating to the members absenting from the Assembly of Barbados, has been misrepresented, and that he is therefore content to review the said report and to alter the same as justice shall require, was read, whereupon an answer was returned that the case of the absenting members had not been misrepresented by their lordships to her Majesty, and that if he did desire the said report it should be returned him.

Petition of the agents of Barbados about Lee given to Mr. Cobb.

Mr. Cobb attending, and desiring a copy of the petition of the Barbados agents [fo. 246, 278] relating to Mr. Lee, brought away from that island by Captain St. Lo; ordered that it be given him accordingly. Then their lordships acquainted Mr. Cobb that they expected he should bring such affidavits as the gentlemen who complain against Sir Beville Granville intended to make use of at the hearing of that matter, in order to their being exchanged for such as shall be made in behalf of the governour.

New Yorke.

State of the forts and fortifications, &c.

Mr. Congreve, lately arrived from New Yorke, presented to their lordships a state of the forts and fortifications and of the arms and forces at New Yorke, which was read; whereupon he was directed to bring their lordships a particular of the armes and stores of war that were last sent to New Yorke [fo. 279].

Connecticut.

Rhode Island.

Hearing of the agents appointed.

A letter from Mr. Povey signifying that her Majesty had appointed Monday the 12th instant [fo. 264, 281] for hearing the Connecticut and Rhode Island agents, was read; and thereupon ordered that notice thereof be given to the parties concerned.

February 12. Present:—Mr. Cecill. Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Prior.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Letter from Mr. Wilcox about the Indian Queen's being taken by the French and packets from the Governors thrown overboard.

A letter from Mr. Wilcocks inclosing a certificate from Mr. Richard Smith, late commander of the Indian Queen, signifying that in his return home from Virginia and Maryland he was taken by a French privateer, but that he had thrown most of the packets he had received from the Governors of Virginia and Maryland overboard, was read.

Plantations General.

Mr. Dummer's packet boat.

A letter from Mr. Dummer giving an account of the sailing of the Prince packet boat to and from the West Indies, was read.

February 13. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Barbados.

Bernard in behalf of the four suspended counsellors, desiring that the letter lately writ for the Queen's signature may be sent forward.

Mr. Bernard attending [fo. 265, 274] in behalf of the four suspended counsellors of Barbados, and being asked whether he was ready to prove the several allegations against Sir Beville Granville in the memorial of the said counsellors presented to this Board the 26th of September last [fo. 126 &c.], he said that he could not make good the said articles here, and therefore he desired that the letter prepared by this Board for her Majesty's signature in November last for allowing affidavits to be taken in Barbados might be dispatcht. Whereupon he was told that the draught of that letter has been in Mr. Secretary Hedges's hands since the 5th of December last, but that her Majesty had respited the signing thereof till the papers expected from Sir Beville Granville by the Milford should arrive, duplicates whereof were now lately come to their lordships' hands. Upon which Mr. Bernard desired their lordships would signify the arrival of those duplicates to Mr. Secretary Hedges, which was told him should be done accordingly.

New Jersey.

Mr. Dockwra, &c., desiring copy of Lord Cornbury's instructions.

Mr. Dockwra, Mr. Cox and Mr. Sonmans [fo. 265] attending and desiring to have a copy of the Lord Cornbury's instructions for New Jersey, they were told that it was not usual to give copies of the Governors' instructions, but if they would give a list of such particular articles [v. infra] as they desired, their lordships would consider thereof at the next meeting; whereupon they left a list accordingly.

Account of the inhabitants of West Jersey.

They further presented to their lordships an account of the inhabitants of West Jersey, as taken in 1699, which was read.

February 14. Present:—Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

New Jersey.

Dockwra, &c., about copy of articles in Lord Cornbury's instructions.

The list of the articles [v. supra and 322] in the Lord Cornbury's instructions for New Jersey, whereof Mr. Dockwra &c. yesterday desired copies, was read, and the said instructions examined; whereupon ordered that Mr. Dockwra be acquainted that if he have any doubts or difficulties about the sense and meaning of those articles, and will state the same, he shall have an answer.

Miscellanies.

Two letters from Mr. Clifford about his accounts.

Answer.

A letter from Mr. Clifford [fo. 256, 281] to their lordships of the 7th, and one to the secretary of the 13th instant, relating to his accounts, were read; and the secretary was ordered to acquaint him that the report of the merchants to whom his accounts were refer'd shall be communicated to him so soon as their lordships have received it.

Barbados.

Letter from Sir Beville Granville.

A letter from Sir Beville Granville of the 18th November last, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, which are as follow, viz.:—

Public papers.

Proceedings at a court of Chancery held in Barbados from the 25th May, 1703, to November the 1st, 1704.

Abstracts of the proceedings of the several courts of Common Pleas in Barbados from the 11th May, 1703, to the 16th November, 1704.

Minutes of Councill.

Their lordships took into consideration several minutes of the Councill of Barbados and read those from the 11th of May, 1703, to the 16th November, 1704.

February 15. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Jamaica.

Letter from Colonel Handsayd.

A letter from Colonel Handasyd of the 17th December last, which was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows, viz.:—

Papers therein refer'd to.

Declaration of Mr. Hotchkyn, Attorney General, relating to the ill practices and proceedings of Mr. Totterdall, May the 30th, 1704.

Minute of Councill of the 6th of October, 1704, relating to the Attorney General's being summoned by the Assembly.

Deposition of Mr. Samuel Lovell relating to Mr. Totterdall's indecent behaviour in the Grand Court in 1702/3, sworn the 25th October, 1704.

Naval officers' list of plantation bonds taken at Kingston and Port Royal from 19th February, 170¾, to the 17th November, 1704.

Naval officers' lists of ships, outward, from the 25th December, 1703, to the 15th of December, 1704.

Account of her Majesty's revenue from the 29th of September, 1703, to the 29th September, 1704.

Minutes of Councill from the 4th July, 1704, to the 31st August, following.

Minutes of Councill from the 21st of September, 1704, to the 21st of October, following.

Minutes of the Councill and Assembly from the 22nd September, 1704, to the 29th November following.

Minutes of the Assembly from the 8th November, 1704, to the 29th ditto.

Extracts of the said letter sent to Mr. Lowndes and Mr. Secretary Hedges.

Agnets to attend.

Letter to commissioners of sick and wounded for a copy of theirs to Colonel Handaysd, &c.

And thereupon ordered that copies of paragraph D and K, relating to a French prize, and to the Lord High Treasurer's observations upon the Jamaica Revenue Bill, be sent to Mr. Lowndes to be laid before his lordship; and that copies of paragraphs C, E and N, and the substance of paragraph L be sent in a letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges, and that a letter be prepared accordingly [fo. 275]. Further ordered that a letter be writ to the agents of Jamaica relating to the Assembly not taking care of the soldiers' quarters, and desiring them to attend the Board thereupon. Ordered also that a letter be writ to the commissioners for sick and wounded seamen &c. to desire of them a copy of their letter to Colonel Handasyd relating to the exchanging French prisoners at Jamaica.

New York.

Petition of Captain Nanfan about his detention and praying to receive 1,500l. in Mrs. Thrales hand.

Captain Nanfan with Mr. Champante [fo. 113] attending, presented to their lordships a petition setting forth the reason of his long detention at New Yorke, the manner of his getting away, and praying that he may be permitted to receive the 1,500l. in Mrs. Thrale's hands (which he says is due to him) upon his giving sufficient security to stand the events of his accounts, was read. Whereupon he was advised to sollicit the Comptrollers of the army, to whom the Lord Treasurer had refer'd his accounts, to dispatch their report thereupon with all speed.

Copy of the said petition to be sent to the Lord Cornbury.

Ordered that, in the next letter to be writ to the Lord Cornbury, a copy of the said petition be transmitted to him, and that he be desired to give their lordships account what actions those were that are mentioned in the said petition to be entred against the said Nanfan the day he came away, and that his lordship be further directed to permit Captain Nanfan's papers and his vouchers to his accounts to be sent over.

Barbados.

Bernard, in behalf of four suspended counsellors.

Mr. Bernard [fo. 269, 282] attending, acquainted their lordships that the four suspended counsellors of Barbados do intend to make good their memorial of complaints against Sir Beville Granville, and therefore he still desired that a letter from her Majesty directing affidavits to be taken in Barbados might be dispatcht, which draught of a letter the Board had already acquainted him was in Mr. Secretary Hedges's hands since the 5th of December last for her Majesty's royal signature. He further desired to have a copy of Sir Beville Granville's reply to the said counsellors answers to his reasons for suspending them, in order to his rejoynder; and a copy thereof was ordered to be given him accordingly. And he was directed to bring his rejoynder to their lordships on Tuesday morning next, that there may be no further delay in this matter.

February 16. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Jamaica.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges with extracts of Colonel Handasyd's letter.

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 273] inclosing to him extracts of Colonel Handasyd's letter of 17th December last, as directed in yesterday's minutes, was signed.

Leeward Islands.

Letter from the Governor.

A letter from Sir William Matthew of the 25th of November last, was read, and the papers therein refer'd to laid before the Board, and are as follows, viz.:—

St. Christopher's.

Papers of public proceedings.

Minutes of Councill at St. Christopher's from the 5th of September, 1704, to the 26th October following.

An Act for raising a levy of five shillings per poll on all slaves, to make good the deficiencies of a former levy by an Act entituled an Act for raising a levy of twenty shillings per poll on all slaves, to defray the publick charges of this island, past 23rd September, 1704.

An Act for raising the summe of 500l. sterling money for discharging the rent of a convenient house for his Excellency Sir William Matthew's abode, during his government in these islands, past 23rd September, 1704.

Naval officers' list of exports and imports out and into the island of St. Christopher's, from the 28th July, 1704, to the 3rd of October following.

Nevis.

Minutes of Councill from the 23rd of August, 1704, to the 26th of October following.

Naval officers' list of exports and imports out and into the island of Nevis from the 12th of July, 1704, to the 12th October following.

Antegoa.

Minutes of Councill in Antegoa from the 14th July, 1704, to the 26th of October following.

An Act to prevent seamen belonging to her Majesty's ships of war or any other merchant ships or vessells trading in, to or about this island from deserting the ships or vessells to which they belong, past the 5th September, 1704.

An Act incouraging the inhabitants of this island to serve on such standing guards as have been appointed by a councill of officers for the better preventing any deprædations which otherwise may be committed for want of the same, passed the 5th September, 1704.

Naval officers' list of exports and imports out and into the island of Antegoa from the 27th May, 1704, to the 25th September following.

Mountserrat.

Minutes of the Councill from the 14th July, 1704, to the 26th of October following.

Naval officers' list of exports and imports, out of and into the island of Mountserrat, from July the 12th, 1704, to the 26th of October following.

The secretary to desire of Mr. Ellis a copy of Sir William Matthews' letter about collection of laws and prizes.

Ordered that the secretary desire Mr. Ellis to move Mr. Secretary Hedges that their lordships may have an extract of that part of Sir William Matthew's letter to him that relates to the collection of laws, and to her Majesty's and the Lord High Admiral's shares of prizes.

February 20. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Barbados.

Captain St. Loe and his lieutenant at the Board about their bringing Lee forcibly away.

Captain St. Loe and Barbados agents to attend on Fryday.

Captain St. Loe, of the Dolphin, with his lieutenant, Wanley, attending, in pursuance of the minutes of the 26th of the last month [fo. 246, 267, 283], her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 11th of the same month upon the petition of the agents of Barbados relating to Mr. Lee's having been brought off that Island, was read; whereupon the said St. Loe said, that being in want of men he applyed himself to Mr. Skene, secretary of that island, who informed him that Mr. Lee was an idle person and a non-resident there, and that he might take him if he thought fit; whereupon he sent his lieutenant and brought him off accordingly. He added that he had no orders for not pressing in the plantations without directions from the Governors, and that he was not sent thither as a guard to the island, but only as a convoy to the fleet thither and back. Whereupon ordered that a copy of the said Order of Councill and the petition thereunto annexed be delivered to Captain St. Loe, and that he bring his answer thereunto on Friday morning next. And further ordered that Sir John Stanley and the Barbados agents have notice to attend at the same time.

Barbados.

Letter from Mr. Burchet relating to Captain St. Loe.

A letter from Mr. Burchet of the 19th instant, desiring that, if any complaints against Captain St. Loe are fit to be inquired into at a court martial, they may be transmitted to him.

New Yorke.

Mr. Congreve. List of presents sent to the Indians in 1700 and arms for the four companies, &c.

Mr. Congreve presented to their lordships [fo. 267, 282] a list of the last present sent to the Indians in 1700, a list of the arms &c. sent for the four companies at New Yorke the last summer and which were taken by the French; and a list of such ordnance and other stores of war as are still wanting for the forts and fortifications at New Yorke, which was read.

Representation relating to stores of war.

Then their lordships agreed a representation [fo. 281] relating to stores of war for New Yorke, and ordered the same to be transcribed.

Barbados.

Representation upon Attorney and Sollicitor General's report about absenting Assemblymen.

A representation for laying before her Majesty. Mr. Attorney and Mr. Sollicitor General's report [fo. 264] relating to the members absenting from the Assembly of Barbados, in pursuance of her Majesty's Order in Council of the 26th of October last, was signed.

February 22. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Jamaica.

Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges refering what Colonel Handasyd writes relating to trade with Curacoa, &c.

A letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges [fo. 286] of the 16th instant refering to the consideration of this Board what Colonel Handasyd writes in his late letters relating to the trade carryed on by ships from England and Ireland to Curaçoa and St. Thomas, as also relating to the disorders in the Assembly of Jamaica, was read; and thereupon ordered that the representation [H. fo. 247] of this Board of the 29th October, 1703, relating to Curacoa and St. Thomas be laid before their lordships to-morrow morning.

Connecticut.

Rhode Island.

Order of Council upon hearing the agents directing a charge to be drawn against those governments, &c.

An Order of Councill of the 12th instant upon the hearing of the Rhode Island and Connecticut agents [fo. 268], directing this Board to prepare a charge against those governments, in order to be transmitted to them for their answer, and to the Governors of New Yorke and New England for their justification thereof, was read; and thereupon ordered that the heads of a charge be drawn out of the letters from the Lord Cornbury and Colonel Dudley accordingly [fo. 321].

Miscellanies.

Letter from Mr. Clifford retur[n]ing his account.

Account current wanting.

Letter to him thereupon.

A letter from Mr. Jeronomy Clifford [fo. 271, 319] of the 21st instant returning to this Board his accounts which had been refer'd to Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Gardner and Mr. Oosterland of 2nd of March last, but without any report thereon, was read; and their lordships observing that Mr. Clifford's account current, sent to the aforesaid gentlemen the 23rd of May last, was not returned, ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Clifford to acquaint him therewith.

New Yorke.

Representation about want of stores of war, &c.

A representation relating to the want of stores of war at New Yorke &c. [fo. 280; K. fo. 42, 43] as agreed in the last minutes, was signed.

February 23. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

New York.

Mr. Congreve to attend about respits.

Ordered that Mr. Congreve [fo. 279, 286] have notice to attend the Board on Tuesday morning next, and that he bring with him an account of the respits upon muster rolls since the Lord Cornbury's arrival at New Yorke.

Barbados.

The gentlemen in behalf of the counsellors, &c., to attend, as also the agents of Barbados, and the gentlemen in favour of the late Assembly-men.

Ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Bernard [fo. 274, 293, 298] that he give notice to the persons that appear for the suspended counsellors of Barbados that they attend their lordships on Thursday morning next, in order to their lordships proceeding upon the petition of the said counsellors.

Ordered that the agents of Barbados [fo. 290] have the like notice.

Mr. Cobb attending, was directed to give notice to Mr. William Heysham, Mr. Kirton, Mr. Maycock and others [fo. 294], who appear in behalf of the members absenting from the late Assembly of Barbados, that they attend their lordships on Fryday next in the morning, in order to their lordships proceeding upon the petition of the said absenting members against Sir Beville Granville.

Barbados.

Sir John Stanley with papers of publick proceedings.

Sir John Stanley presented to their lordships the copy of an address of the Council and Assembly of Barbados, as also an address from the said Assembly to her Majesty in behalf of Sir Beville Granville, and a copy of the minutes of the Assembly of the 16th and 17th of November last relating to the complaints exhibited against Sir Beville Granville, which were read.

Newfoundland.

Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges for a report about Captain Lloyd.

Captain Lloyd presented to their lordships a letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 14th instant directing this Board to report upon the papers [fo. 221, 286, 326] that have been lately lodged in this office relating to Captain Lloyd, which was read; and thereupon ordered that the draught of a representation be prepared accordingly.

Accounts of Captain Lloyd's disbursements.

Captain Lloyd further laid before their lordships an account of disbursements [fo. 241, 300] made by him for her Majesty's service in Newfoundland from the 28th of August, 1702, to the 22nd of September, 1704, with the vouchers.

Barbados.

Sir John Stanley, Captain St. Lo and his lieutenant about Mr. Lee forcibly brought to England.

Sir John Stanley attending with Captain St. Lo and Lieutenant Wanley [fo. 278], Captain St. Lo presented to their lordships a memorial in answer to the petition of the Barbados agents relating to Mr. Lee's being brought from that island, as also the depositions of Mr. Skene, Mr. Slingsby and Mr. Boothe against the said Lee, which were read; and thereupon ordered that copies of the said memorial and depositions be delivered to Sir John Stanley, as also that a copy of Mr. Lee's affidavit and an extract of the petition of the gentlemen who absented themselves from the late Assembly of Barbados relating to the said Lee, be delivered to Captain St. Lo. And further ordered that all sides have notice to attend [fo. 286] on Wednesday next in the afternoon.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges with a petition relating to the Governors refusing to let two ships sail without convoy.

Mr. Lone [fo. 285] presented to their lordships a letter from Mr. Secretary Hedges of the 21st instant upon a petition of the said Lone's and Sir Richard Levet, relating to the Governors of Virginia and Maryland refusing to permit two ships of theirs to saile from those colonies with their ladings without convoy was read. And it being alleged in the petition that the masters of those two ships (who came away in ballast) were obliged to give security to touch at the Maderas in their way home, Mr. Lone was directed to write to the said masters at Bristol for further information in that matter.

February 27. Present:—Mr. Cecill, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Plantations General.

Order of Councill about letter of marque ships.

The copy of an Order of Councill of the 22nd instant refering to his royal highness the Lord High Admiral to consider of what burthen and force it is necessary that letters of marque ships should be of, to exempt them from an embargo in the plantations, was read.

Virginia.

Maryland.

Mr. Lone about his and Sir Richard Levett's petition mentioned in the last minutes.

Mr. Lone, attending in relation to his and Sir Richard Levett's petition, mentioned in the minutes of the 23rd instant [fo. 284, 293] the forementioned Order in Councill was read to him, and he was acquainted that their lordships could not make any representation upon that matter till his royal highness had made his report upon the foresaid Order of Councill.

Proprieties.

Mr. Byfield, &c. about prœmium for 50 tons of pitch, &c. coming from Carolina.

Mr. Byfield and several of the Pennsylvania Company attending, acquainted their lordships that a ship of theirs which they sent to Carolina in May last was returning home with 50 tuns of pitch and tarr, and desiring that they might have the benefit of the premium to be allowed upon the importation of those commodities. They were acquainted that, so soon as the said ship should arrive, this Board would give them all the incouragement which lay in their power.

Jamaica.

Agents to be summon'd.

Ordered that the agents of Jamaica have notice to attend the Board to-morrow at 4 of the clock in the afternoon, or on Thursday at 10 o'clock in the morning.

Letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges about English ships going to Curacoa and St. Thomas.

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his of the 16th instant [fo. 280, 291] relating to English ships going directly from hence and Ireland to Curacoa and St. Thomas, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

New Yorke.

State of the respits of the four companies, &c.

Mr. Mercer [fo. 282] presented to their lordships a state of the respits of the four companies at New Yorke from the 1st of January, 170½ to the last of October, 1704, amounting in all to 2,000l. 0s. 8d. and Mr. Congreve at the same time presented to their lordships a memorial setting forth the want of 100 recruits [fo. 291] for the said four companies, which were read; and thereupon their lordships agreed a representation for laying that matter before her Majesty, and ordered the same to be transcribed.

Newfoundland.

Answer to Mr. Secretary Hedges's letter about Captain Lloyd.

A letter to Mr. Secretary Hedges in answer to his of the 14th instant [fo. 283, 292] relating to Captain Lloyd, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

Newfoundland.

Letter to Bishop of London about Mr. Jackson's behaviour.

A letter to the Lord Bishop of London relating to the behaviour of Mr. Jackson, minister at Newfoundland [fo. 264, 291], and praying his lordship to recall the said Jackson, was agreed and ordered to be transcribed.

February 28. Present:—Lord Dartmouth, Sir Philip Meadows, Mr. Blathwayt, Mr. Pollexfen, Mr. Prior.

Barbados.

Captain St. Loe, &c. and agents with Lee, &c. Hearing about the said Lee's being forc'd off the island.

Captain St. Lo with Lieutenant Wanley, Colonel Maycock, Mr. Kirton [fo. 284] and several other gentlemen on the one side, and the Barbados agents, with Mr. Lee attending on the other side, the petition of the said agents relating to the said Lee's having been forcibly brought off from that island, was read, as also the 7th paragraph of the petition of John Kirton and other members of the late Assembly of Barbados relating thereunto refer'd to this Board by her Majesty's Order in Councill of the 11th of January last. Then Captain St. Lo's answer to the Barbados agents' petition, as also the affidavits of Mr. Skene, Mr. Slingsby and Mr. Booth, presented by Captain St. Loe to the Board the 23rd instant, and the said agents' reply to the said Captain St. Lo's answer, were read. And Capt. St. Lo being asked several questions, he answered in substance as follows, viz.:—That 'tis true his lieutenant did by his order press the said Lee, and that he brought him from that island, but that it was upon Mr. Skene and Mr. Slingsby's telling of him the said Lee was and idle fellow and of no settled habitation and might be press'd; that the said Skene told him the Governor did give leave for the pressing the said Lee; he said he had no orders from the Governor in writing to press, nor had he any instructions from the Admiralty to apply to the Governor for the pressing of men; but that the day after he had pressed the said Lee, he went to the Governor and acquainted him in the presence of Mr. Skene therewith, and said he hoped he should come to no trouble about it; that the Governor replyed that since he had got Lee he might keep him, and that he need not fear any damage for taking away such an informing fellow as he was. He added that he pressed none but Lee at Barbados, which he had not done if it had not been proposed to him by Mr. Skene.

Lieutenant Wanley acquainted their lordships that the night he pressed Lee he was at supper at a publick house, and that Mr. Skene and Mr. Slingsby called him out and showed him where the said Lee was.

Mr. Lee being asked if he knew the reasons why he was brought in this manner from Barbados, he answered that he believes it to have been because he was to be an evidence against Mr. Slingsby for several evill practices in Barbados, and because he had begun a suit against the said Slingsby for one hundred and odd pounds.

Representation to bedrawn thereupon.

The matter of fact being thus stated, their lordships agreed upon the following heads for a representation to her Majesty, viz.:—

That Captain St. Lo, having violently and arbitrarily pressed and carryed off the said Lee without any previous order from the Governor, has acted contrary to his duty.

That their lordships find reason to believe that Mr. Skene, secretary of Barbados, has, contrary to his duty and the known laws of that island, been the adviser and contriver in the carrying off the said Lee; and therefore their lordships are of opinion that Mr. Skene be acquainted with this accusation, and that, if he do not justify himself by the first opportunity, they conceive him unfit to be continued in her Majesty's service.

That Captain St. Lo having alledged that the Governor was acquainted by him with what he had done in taking off the said Lee, their lordships are of opinion that the Governor be writ to for his answer herein.

Letter to Mr. Burchet to know if Captain St. Lo had any instructions for pressing.

And ordered that a letter be writ to Mr. Burchet [fo. 293] desiring him to inform this Board what instructions Captain St. Lo had in relation to the pressing of men at Barbadoes, and particularly whether he was not forbid to press any without first applying to the Governor.

Letter to Mr. Bernard about hearing relating to suspended counsellors.

Sir John Stanley [fo. 282] acquainting their lordships that he and the other agents of Barbados were summoned to attend Mr. Attorny General to-morrow morning in relation to his report about the absenting members, and desiring that the hearing of those who appear for the suspended counsellors, appointed to be to-morrow morning before this Board, be put off till Monday next in the afternoon [fo. 299]; their lordships, in consideration that Mr. Attorney General is to make his report to-morrow to her Majesty in Councill, agreed thereunto, and ordered Mr. Bernard to have notice thereof accordingly.