America and West Indies: May 1656

Pages 440-441

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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May 1656

May 5. Order of the Council of State. Referring letters from Major Sedgwick and Captain Goodson, dated at Jamaica, to Committee for that island, for their report. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CV., p. 97.]
May 8. Similar Orders. Concerning supply of six months victuals for 4,000 men for the fleet and forces at Jamaica. One hundred pounds to be paid to Lieut. Col. Brampston, towards furnishing himself for his expedition to Jamaica. [Ibid., pp. 103, 135.]
May 9. Similar Order. The whole business relating to arrears of pay to the forces in Jamaica to be referred to Capt. Rich. Deane, Rich. Sydenham, Francis Hodges, and Robt. Bowes, or any two of them, to report to the Committee for that island, from whom they are directed to receive instructions. On 15 May, Bartholomew Fillingham was substituted for Capt. Deane. [Ibid., pp. 108, 117.]
May 13. Similar Order. Referring petition of the well-affected of the town of Gravesend, in Long Island, America, with the papers annexed, to the committee for Jamaica, for their report. [Ibid., p. 116.]
May 15. Similar Orders. Petition and proposals of Col. Christ. Kaynell, Governor of Antigua, with other certificates and examinations, to be referred to Committee for Trade. Col. Wm. Brayne, Commander-in-Chief of the land forces in America, to have an allowance of 3l. per day; for a warrant to advance 400l. thereof. Two ketches to be fitted for a voyage to Jamaica; the Marshal General and 200 soldiers, to recruit Col. Carter's regiment, to be transported therein. The pay of the soldiers there to be settled. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CV., pp. 118, 140.]
May 21. 69. Report of Commissioners of the Admiralty. That a Dutch vessel, the Katherine, one of the fleet when General Penn went to the West Indies in 1654, was there disposed of, by special order of the Lord Protector and Council, without the knowledge of the Commissioners. A considerable quantity of hides sent from Jamaica to New England were likewise disposed of by Capt. Crispin, but nothing of the proceed has by him, been reduced to the account of the Commonwealth.
May 22. Orders of the Council of State. Concerning the transportation of 1,200 men from Knockfergus, in Ireland, and Port Patrick, in Scotland, to Jamaica; Martin Noell contracting to send them over at 5l. 10s. per head. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CV., pp. 140–42, 150.]
1656? 70. Petition of Margaret, relict of Major Edward Gibbons, of Boston, New England, to the Council of State. has made it appear that "the fort of John's, near New England," with the lands and plantations adjoining, were forfeited to her husband by the non-payment of a mortgage upon them for 3,379l. 10s. by Mons. Delatour, who is now likely to be re-established in possession. Having no other livelihood, prays that Delatour may be ordered to pay her 200l. yearly until the debt be satisfied, or else that a clause may be inserted in the order of restitution to pay the whole sum. With note underwritten by "Delatour," that he thinks it reasonable to comply with the petitioner's demands.
May 29. Orders of the Council of State. Approving report upon petition of Mons. Delatour, concerning the forts of St. John, Port Royal, and Pentecost, in Acadia, and the lands purchased by him of the Indians, together with the country called Nova Scotia; representing their opinion that Delatour be permitted to enjoy the same, and the whole trade and traffic there, upon certain conditions, set forth in 13 articles, which being performed, a patent may be granted to Chas. St. Stephen, Lord Delatour, Thos. Temple, and Wm. Crowne, their heirs and assigns. Draft of instructions for Col. Brayne, upon his repair to Jamaica, agreed to. Three thousand pounds to be delivered to him for necessary contingencies, and the charges of fortifications in the island. All goods of the growth of Jamaica, and manufactures from thence, to be custom free for five years [altered to seven years in Order of 5th June]. Provisions to be speedily provided for Jamaica; and 14,000l. paid to Richard Hutchinson, Treasurer of the Navy, for that service. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CV., pp. 151–54.]