America and West Indies: December 1654

Pages 419-420

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 1, 1574-1660. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1860.

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December 1654

Dec. 2. Similar Order. Concerning the arms and stores "for a special service under command of General Venables," to be shipped with all possible expedition, with list appended. [There are several orders relating to the preparation of this expedition to Hispaniola, which, although unsuccessful, led to the taking of Jamaica. Ibid., p 618, et seq. On Dec. 12, Edward Winslow was allowed a settled salary of 1,000l. per annum, as one of the Commissioners in this expedition, 500l. being paid to him in advance. Ibid., p. 622. On 25 Jan. 1654 he was appointed one of the Commissioners for compounding for advance of money aad indemnity, Ibid., p. 68. And on 26 March 1655, after the yearly rate of 300l. was ordered to be paid to him or his assigns, as one of the Commissioners for managing estates under sequestration, from 24 June to 19 Dec. 1654, "when he left that employment." Ibid., p. 743.]
Dec. 6. 31. Petition of Samuel Waad, of Topsham, Devon, to the Lord Protector. His son was illegally shot to death at Montserrat on 1 May last by command of Governor Roger Osborne, who seized his estate, to the value of 12,000l. and converted it to his own use. Prays that a speedy course may be ordered for examining the business, and bringing Osborne to condign punishment, "for so unjust and horrid an act." This petition and the annexed remonstrance are referred to the Council of State, who, if they find cause, are directed to send for the Governor into England, and proceed against him according to justice. Annexed,
31. I. Remonstrance of the illegal proceedings of Roger Osborne, an Irishman, Governor of Montserrat, with his Irish accomplices, against Samuel Waad the younger, and of the barbarous and inhuman murder of Waad on 1 May 1654. Endorsed, "Recd 13 Dec. 1654. Refd 29 Jan. 1655."
31. II. Interrogatories to be exhibited to such witnesses as shall be examined touching the illegal shooting to death of Samuel Waad. Henry Waad, Richard Waad, and Henry Wheeler, being the witnesses present.
31. III. Examinations of Henry and Rich. Waad and Henry Wheeler upon the preceding interrogatories.
31. IV. Report upon the above petition and papers. The proceedings of Roger Osborne and his officers deserve a thorough and serious scrutiny. Advise that the whole matter be referred with the most speedy opportunity, to the Governor of Barbadoes for examination, and his report to the Lord Protector. Endorsed, "Read and ord. 20 Feb. 1655." [Copy of the petition and papers were transmitted to the Governor of Barbadoes, as appears by an endorsement.]
1654.? 32. Petition of Carsten Carstenson, of Stockholm, master of the Stockholm, of Stockholm, for himself and owners, to the Lord Protector. Complains of his goods being seized in Antigua by Governor Kaynell, in Montserrat by Governor Roger Osborne, and in Nevis by Governor Lucas Stokes, notwithstanding he had licence to trade with those islands. Prays for a free pass to those islands, and special licence to receive back his goods without opposition.