America and West Indies: January 1677

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 10, 1677-1680. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1896.

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January 1677

Jan. 4.
2. Governor Lord Vaughan to Secretary Coventry. Encloses depositions of some English who have made their escape from the Havanna, and of others whom a Spanish ship robbed in the open sea. Orders should be sent to the Governor from Spain to observe the peace. Divers of His Majesty's subjects at the Havanna kept as slaves, no justification for the Governor's barbarous usage of His Majesty's subjects and his continuing to take all our ships. The people here full of discontent, seeing their hands are tied while others are at liberty to commit any robberies upon them. Piracy committed on Mr. Sheeres. Has given commission to two sloops of four guns each to go as convoy to our small boats. Is advised from New England that they have cleared themselves of the Indians and that the rebellion in Virginia continues. Finds Bacon sent some messengers overland to New England "with large remonstrances of the grounds and reasons for his taking arms." Hears likewise that on the death of Lord Baltimore's deputy in Maryland the planters there have revolted and declared for Bacon, but supposes this report to be merely rumour and raised by those who wish it. 2 pp. The enclosures to this and another letter of Lord Vaughan will be found abstracted, No. 21 of 28 January. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 1; also Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXIX., pp. 122–124.]
Jan. 9.
St. John's (Antigua).
3. Journal of the Council and Assembly of Antigua. Present, Colonel Philip Warner, Governor, "the whole Council and Assembly." Ordered that the following Acts be forthwith passed, viz.: For embezzling of goods under attachment or execution; against enticing servants from their masters; to prevent trespassing of cattle; for collecting of powder; against unlawful practise of surgery; for confirming of lands; for damning several titles to lands; against stealing provision and fruits; and against indebted and idle persons living out of a lawful calling. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXV., No. 55.*]
Jan. 9. 4. Petition of William Stoughton and Peter Bulkeley, agents for the Massachusetts colony, to the King. Whereas Mason and Gorges lay claim to certain tracts of land within said colony, Mason by indentures dated 9th March 1621, 10th August 1622, 7th November 1629, 22nd April 1635, and Gorges by indentures of 10th August 1622, 7th November 1629, 22nd April 1635, and 17th November 1629 (? 1639), and after diligent search in the Rolls' Chapel and other places where these might be enrolled the indentures cannot be discovered, petitioners being summoned by an Order of Council of 22nd December to a hearing before the Council on the 12th instant cannot instruct their counsel without copies of the grants, and pray that Mason and Gorges be ordered to give copies of their grants. "Read 10 Jan. 1676[–7] and granted." 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 2, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. 60, pp. 191, 192.]
Jan. 10.
5. Order of the King in Council. Granting the prayer of the above petition and ordering that Mason and Gorges deliver up copies of their grants to petitioners. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 3, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. 60, pp. 193, 194.]
[Jan. 11.] 6. Petition of Thomas Martin of Jamaica, Merchant to Lords of Trade and Plantations. His Majesty, by letters patent, has granted petitioner the office of Receiver of Customs and other duties due to His Majesty in Jamaica, but Governor Lord Vaughan obstructs petitioner and will not permit him to receive the fees of his office. Prays their Lordships to appoint a day when petitioner may be heard by his Council, and Sir Thomas Lynch on behalf of Lord Vaughan may have notice to attend. Signed by Thomas Martyn. "Read 11 Jany 1677." Annexed,
6. i. William Blathwayt to Sir Thomas Lynch. Mr. Martin's agent having by petition renewed his complaint against Lord Vaughan for not suffering him to enjoy the full extent of his patent (see previous volume of this Calendar, Nos. 986 I.–XI.), their Lordships will hear Martin by Counsel on Tuesday next when all persons concerned or who may be able to give information in this matter are to attend. The persons likely to appear besides himself are Sir J. Griffith and Captain Molesworth to whom he will please give this notice. Whitehall, 1677, February 2.
6. ii. Whitehall. 1677, February 6. Journal of the Lords of Trade and Plantations. Sir Thomas Lynch and Captain Molesworth attend, Sir John Griffith, agent for Jamaica, did not appear. After full hearing of the whole matter their Lordships think His Majesty's patent ought not to be evaded as hath plainly appeared in the new model of the Act concerning that island's revenue, for finding by Martin's patent which Sir Thomas Modyford carried over that he was entitled to receive all public monies coming to His Majesty, they change the style of the former Act then renewed making certain moneys payable before to His Majesty to be now payable to the use of the island. And 'tis observed by their Lordships that this single Act is omitted to be sent over with the whole body of the rest, and they see no reason why Martin and Compeare should not be put in full possession of what His Majesty has granted, and they look upon the Governor imposing on them a security of 6,000l. to be a severity designed only to frighten them and others from serving by His Majesty's grants, but rather to depend for employment on the favor of the island or the Governor. As to what Martin had declared to Secretary Coventry that he was in fear to act by the Governor's impossible instructions, their Lordships do not at present give any opinion, though they think petitioner under a very great hardship. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., Nos. 4, 5, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CIX., pp. 292, 293.]
Jan. 11.
7. Petition of Colonel Philip Warner to the Lords of Trade and Plantations. That tidings coming to His Majesty of a horrid and malicious murder committed by petitioner against the Indians of Dominica, credit was given thereto and all supposed to be true, and petitioner and two persons were examined, and to sudden questions owned several parts of the fact which provoked His Majesty to indignation, but had not time to show the fact not only suitable to the rules of war, but absolutely necessary otherwise His Majesty's subjects there had all been massacred. After eight months imprisonment in the Tower, was transported to and tried in Barbadoes when he was declared not guilty and discharged by proclamation. Though it be unreasonable for so unfortunate and so afflicted a man to repeat the services he has done His Majesty, or whose son he is or what ruin this twelve months imprisonment and the infamy of a trial hath brought on his estate, scarce knowing where to appeal for redress unless to God alone, yet because petitioner cannot live under the burthen of His Majesty's displeasure or think his life of any account to him while so wounded in his reputation, prays their Lordships to be instrumental to restore him to His Majesty's grace and find some means how he may be repaired in his honour. "Recd 11 Jan. 1676–7. Read 10 May 1677." Whereupon their Lordships resolve to report in Council the account given by Colonel Stapleton of the piratical life of Hamlyn who deposed against Warner, and to move His Majesty that by some mark of his royal favour the petitioner might be encouraged to believe that His Majesty's displeasure was ceased towards him, but upon further consideration and debate the report was afterwards laid aside and His Majesty was pleased to direct that Colonel Warner be displaced from his Government. Annexed,
7. i. Order of the King in Council. That Mr. Secretary Coventry signify to Colonel William Stapleton, Governor of the Leeward Isles, that it is His Majesty's pleasure that Colonel Philip Warner be put out of the Government of Antigua, and any other employment or trust in His Majesty's service. Whitehall, 1677, May 18th. [Col. Papers, Vol XXXIX., Nos. 6, 6 1.; also Col. Entry Bks., Vol. XLVI., pp. 191–195, and Vol. CV., pp. 41–44.]
[Jan. 12.] 8. Petition of Robert Mason and Ferdinando Gorges to the King. That, as the Massachusetts Charter was vacated by due process of law in the late King's reign, a copy of the proceedings being hereunto annexed, pray the King to appoint a day for hearing and to instruct his counsel to examine the proceedings and give account thereof. "Read 12 Jan. 1676–7." 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 7.]
[Jan. 12.] 9. Petition of Perient Trott and several other merchants and members of the Bermudas Company to the King. That on the creation of said Company, about 1614, they traded on a joint stock which was dissolved near 50 years since. That some of the Company on purpose to destroy the trade of those parts have made a law that no ship should be employed to those Islands wherein any member of the Company hath any interest, refusing them leave to send for their own commodities with their own ships. That they send on their public account but one ship a year, and sometimes but one in two years, to the great loss of the planters. That strange ships have been licensed by the Governors to carry away tobacco contrary to several Acts of Parliament, regardless of complaints. Pray for the encouragement of navigation, and of petitioners in their trade that His Majesty will direct that free trade be allowed to said islands for His Majesty's subjects, members of said Company, and order the repeal of all laws to the contrary, and that the ship Charles now ready to sail may be enabled to land their goods, and to bring from thence into England the commodities of the island. Signed by Perient Trott, Robert Steevens, John Wyse, and George Daye. Endorsed, "Read 12 Jan. 1676–7." Annexed,
9. i. Affidavit of Thomas Leach, Master of the "Charles" of 100 tons. That said ship is the property of Perient Trott, John Seymour, John Maine, and others, and is laden with manufactures of this kingdom, for supply of the wants of the inhabitants of the Bermudas. Is informed that by an order of the Company in London if any ship presume to land any goods there, said ship and goods shall be seized and confiscated, which is the sole hindrance of his voyage. 1677, January 12.
9. ii. The answer of the Somers Islands Company to the above petition addressed to the King. That for several years they traded in a joint stock, and then for the convenience of Members leave was given to trade with their own private stock, but still they always managed that trade in the Company's general or magazine ships. That the Company have made the byelaw referred, and also another byelaw that no member of the Company shall trade with any private ship for tobacco, and freight them there before the magazine ships are fully freighted, which they conceive according to law, and beneficial to trade, and the very being of said Company. That the magazine ship is sufficient to bring home the crop of tobacco in said islands, it being seldom or ever fully freighted, and that Trott has the same liberty as other members of the Company to send out his goods and lade his tobacco in said ship, she not being a quarter laden. Pray therefore that the petition be dismissed. Endorsed, "Read in Council, 17 Jany 1676–7." N.B.—The above Petition and Answer are printed in Lieutenant-General Sir J. H. Lefroy's Memorials of the Bermudas, Vol. II., p. 449, and at p. 459., we find in Extracts from a General Letter of the Company, dated 1st October 1677, that Samuel Trott had arrived at Bermudas in the "Charles," and moved for liberty to carry away tobacco. "We approve and take well and thank you that you did not allow and if so suppose he will have little cause to brag of his voyage." [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., Nos. 8, 8 i., ii.]
[Jan. 19.] 10. Petition of Mason and Gorges to the King. Have delivered up copies of the required grants to the Massachusetts agents, notwithstanding the reciprocal was positively denied them. Pray for a hearing to be appointed on next Council day. Annexed,
10. i. Order of the King in Council, appointing 7th February for the hearing. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LX., pp. 195–197.]
Jan. 22.
11. Governor Sir Jonathan Atkins to Secretary Sir Joseph Williamson. Hears he lies under some prejudice in Sir Joseph's esteem, that his crimes are omissions not commissions, but has sinned in neither, that Governor is most miserable who may be condemned and not heard, but is sure that wilfully he has not offended. Begs he will have the patience to peruse some part of the history of his proceedings. Found on his first arrival the people in some distraction, having not been well pleased with the Government of the two late Lord Willoughbys, and that they were divided into great factions since the death of the last Lord when the Government was in the Council. The first thing he had to do was to reconcile the two Principals, then to make the people believe in himself, that he came to obey the King's commands, and having brought them as he conceived into a good temper he called an Assembly, and having had command for his Royal Highness to be kind to the Guinea Company, who complained of the hard laws of Barbadoes in favour of debtors, he acquainted the Assembly at their first meeting of this great scandal. They replied they esteemed themselves very unkindly used by those gentlemen, who annually drew from the industry of the inhabitants between forty and fifty thousand pounds sterling, and that they not only scandalized the place to the diminution of their credit, but they sent negroes to Jamaica and other places, and neglected to bring any hither, whereby many of their works lay idle to their great damage and contrary to the covenant of their patent, which grievance the Assembly hoped the Governor would remedy. Told them it was not in his power to relieve them, but that His Majesty's ears were always open to hear any complaint of his subjects. There came a letter from the Lord Treasurer, procured by the farmers of the four-and-a-half per cent., pretending they made their sugar casks bigger than they ought, and therefore that all sugars should be weighed before being shipped, so they have brought in an address to be presented to His Majesty on behalf of the whole island, which as their Governor he could not refuse them. For some time before Governor Atkins came, and a twelvemonth after, the Company sent very few negroes, why, he cannot tell, but he never encouraged interlopers, and while he had power and the King's frigate remained he caused them all to be seized. Persuaded the Assembly to repeal the trade law of obstruction to ready recovery of debts, and advised them of overtures by Mr. Buckworth, Mr. Proby, and others "of that Society," that they might sell 3,000 blacks, and have good payment, and that yearly the place would take off between two and three thousand negroes. Since the complaint of the island to the King two or three ships with a considerable number have rather glutted than supplied the market, but they were all sold within a week. If his fatigue and endeavours were well discovered, is sure Williamson would both pity and absolve him. "But to conclude, if ever this plantation or any other was ever so well settled as this is at present, as well to the Church and State, if ever people lived with more esteem and reverence to their Sovereign, with more concord one to another, with more friendship and obedience to their Governor, if ever the laws were to be better executed, nay, I may without vanity say the whole island better satisfied, and if ever corruption any neglect of my duty be layd to my charge than renown" (sic.) end of letter. 2½ pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 9.]
Jan. 22.
Wiccomonico, Maryland.
12. Governor Thomas Notley to [Lord Baltemore ?]. Early in December last the Senecas and Susquehannahs had a "small encounter" at Jacob Young's house; has taken the most effectual care for the security of Baltemore and Cecil counties, and sends four original letters received from the head of the Bay relating to it, and copies of his orders to Stamby and Well for their regulation in their jurisdiction (all these enclosures are missing), which he sent to the Chancellor for his approbation, and his own opinion how to proceed and treat with or against all manner of Indians as soon as the spring approaches, or we shall be surprised by them. Shall take all imaginable care to be at peace, especially with the Senecas, they being the greatest and most considerable nation, and a league with them will occasion security from the Deleware or Marquas Indians, especially if those two nations war against each other, then the Marquas will not make their usual excursions and invade us, otherwise they may, especially if they confederate with the Susquehannahs, both nations being the bloodiest in all these parts of America. The Piscattaways and small nations thereabouts, also the eastern shore Indians, all neighbourly and quiet, and has no reason to expect them otherwise. The last public levy was 297 lbs. (of tobacco) per poll, and the great levy the year before has given occasion for malignant spirits to mutter, and may cause some to mutiny, "for the common people will never be brought to understand the just reason of a public charge, or will they ever believe that the expense is for their own preservation." Since General Davis and Pate were hanged the rabble (?) have been much appalled. Now enjoy peace among themselves, though never body was more replete with malignancy and frenzy than our people were about August last, and they wanted but a monstrous head to their monstrous body. The greatest revolution has occurred in Virginia affairs, for as their rebellion was grounded upon madness and folly, so the wheel has turned again as wonderfully and swiftly in the submission of all the chief rebels to Sir William Berkeley, Ingram the titular General who succeeded Bacon, his Lieutenant-General Watlett, our noble Captain alias Colonel Bremington, and all their men, but three rebels of note stand out, the bell weathers of the rest during the whole rebellion, Lawrence, Drummond, and Arnold, and they expected to be taken dead or alive, so that Berkeley is once more established in his government. Fears when the warm weather comes it may produce another swarm that may have as venemous stings as the late traitors had, especially if no ships from the King arrive with some persons to settle affairs in Virginia in better order than those now in power can do. There must be an alteration not of the government but in the government, new men must be put in, the old ones will never agree with the common people. Are all in a maze, no King's or other ships have arrived from London. The Indian in Virginia as bold and rampant as ever, advice from Colonel Spencer that they have in 14 days killed 35 English, and believe if peace is not made there will be as great a slaughter as ever was, at least 500 of His Majesty's subjects have been murdered within twelve months. Has granted Colonel Spencer a license to treat with our Matawoman Indians to go after those Indian murderers. 4 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 10.]
Jan. 23. 13. Journal of Assembly of Barbadoes. Election of William Sharpe as Speaker, every member present giving in a paper with the name of the person he desired. The Committee appointed for inspection of the laws will perfect their business against next sitting. The House considered of a short adjournment and acquainted the Governor and Council. A Bill for securing the possession of negroes and slaves returned from Governor and Council for amendments, which the House think fit to lie under consideration till their next meeting. Adjourned till this day four weeks, see Feb. 20. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XIII., pp. 240, 241.]
Jan. 24. 14. Warrant from Governor Sir William Berkeley to the Sheriff of Surrey County. To seize the estate of Robert Kay and send over his sheep to the Green Spring. With certificate of Samuel Swan that in obedience to same he did seize and inventory said estate on 30th January 1677. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 11.]
Jan. 25.
15. Journal of the Lords of Trade and Plantations. Two reports from the Commissioners of Customs read concerning the "True Love," John Henman, master, and the "Olive Branch," both of Bytheford (? Bideford), gone on a fishing voyage to Newfoundland. Ordered that they be transmitted to Samuel Pepys, so that passes be granted to them. Petition read of John Downing, an inhabitant of Newfoundland, praying their Lordships to take his business into consideration, they will in Council that a full Committee meet on this matter. Letter received from Colonel Stapleton, Governor of the Leeward Isles, of 22nd November last (see previous volume of this Calendar, No. 1150), desiring their Lordships' assistance in procuring arrears due to his Government of Nevis, a future fund, recruits, a public seal, arms and ammunition, and the use of a frigate, with his pay due to him as Lieutenant-Colonel of Sir Tobias Bridge's regiment, also 581l. 14s. 8d. due to the two companies at St. Christopher's from Sir Charles Wheler, promising a map of Antigua with all speed, and giving a particular answer to Heads of Enquiry sent 14th April 1676. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CIV., pp. 285, 286.]
Jan. 25. 16. Petition of John Downing, gentleman, inhabitant of Newfoundland, to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Refers to his petition of November last, imploring protection to secure himself and family from the outrages from which they have suffered in Newfoundland (see previous volume of Calendar, Nos. 1120, 1159, 1160), and prays their Lordships to commiserate his condition so that he may speedily obtain relief and prosecute his voyage. "Read 25 Jan. 1676–7." Annexed,
16. i. Order of the King in Council. Referring Downing's petition to the Lords of Trade and Plantations for their report as to what they conceive fit to be done for petitioners relief. Whitehall, 1677, Feb. 21. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., Nos. 12, 12 i.]
Jan. 26.
17. Warrant from the King to the Attorney or SolicitorGeneral to prepare a Bill to pass the Great Seal containing a pardon to Captain George Brimicane of Jamaica for killing James Furleigh. In the same words as the pardon of 8th August 1675 (which see) the name only of James Furleigh being here inserted. 1 p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XXVIII., p. 168.]
[Jan. 26.] 18. Petition of the Royal African Company to the King. That since the Orders in Council of 20th September 1672 and 4th September 1674 for stopping ships trading into the limits of petitioner's charter loose traders have been more cautious by entering at the Custom House their goods as for other ports and then lading their goods at other places, having at same time ships at sea ready to take in said goods, and then proceed to Africa. Are informed that one John Case, Master of the Antigua merchant, is laden with goods for Guinea, though entered for Antigua. Annexed,
18. i. Order in Council on the above petition. That said ship be stayed until the master give security that she shall not trade to any port within the limits of petitioners' charter. 3 pp. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. I., pp. 66–68.]
Jan. 27. 19. Grant from Governor Berkeley to Gregory Walkelate. To take into his custody "all such Roanoak and Peacke as was taken from the Indians" and not distributed amongst the soldiers, and that belongs to the Governor. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX. No. 13.]
Jan. ? 20. "Entry of originall Papers concerning Gregory Walklett in Virginia." Part only of one letter (? from Captain Grantham) to Walklett has been entered, although many blank pages are left. Has communicated his letter to the Governor, the proposals for a cessation "are quite out of doors," the Governor and the country have been too much abused by a cessation before. As to his proposal to come to Gloster with a good troop of horse and arms, advises him to bring them with what speed he can to Tindall's Point or thereabouts and declare for the King's Majesty, the Governor, and country. Will upon the least notice of it come and fetch him on board to His Honour (? the Governor of Virginia) and he may assure himself there will be good fighting men and a considerable company of resolved men, ready armed, to assist him, the writer of this letter amongst them. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXI., p. 501.]
Jan. 28.
21. Governor Lord Vaughan to Secretary Coventry. Has taken more depositions of injuries received from the Spaniards since his last (see ante No. 2, and sends a letter from the Governor of Trinidad. But for his having fitted out two men-of-war sloops as convoy to our small boats, our fishery would have been wholly lost, and abundance of useful people in this place ruined. No less than sixty English people in the Havanna kept as slaves. Without some orders from Europe the Spaniards will never do us right, the Governor of Havanna confirmed for five years longer. Hopes to receive an instruction to re-enact their laws, in April the laws expire. 2 pp. Enclose,
21. i., ii. The Theniente of Trinidad's letter to Governor Lord Vaughan with English translation. 1677, Jan. 4.
21. iii. Benjamin Smith's deposition of his being taken by the Spaniards and carried to Trinidad. 1677, Jan. 12.
21. iv. James Risbee's deposition of his being taken by the Spaniards and carried to Trinidad, with loss of his vessel and goods. 1677, Jan. 12.
21. v. William Salisbury's deposition of his being taken by the Spaniards and carried to Trinidad. 1677, Jan. 12. These three depositions sworn before and certified by Governor Lord Vaughan.
21. vi. The let-pass given by the Lieutenant of Trinidad to a sloop belonging to Jamaica that was brought into that port. 1677, Jan. 8.
21. vii. Governor Lord Vaughan's instructions to Captain Roger Marsh. Port Royal, 1677, Jan. 3. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., Nos. 14, 14 I.–VII.; also Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXIX., pp. 124–128.]
Jan 28. 22. List of Papers sent by Secretary Coventry's orders to William Blathwayt (Secretary to Lords of Trade and Plantations) on 26th April 1677. "Read 28 June 1677." This list comprises all the enclosures in the preceding letter of Lord Vaughan, besides four other depositions taken before the Governor of Jamaica between October and December 1676, which are abstracted in the previous volume of this Calendar, No. 1101. [Col. Papers. Vol. XXXIX., No. 15, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXIX., pp. 127, 128.]
Jan. 23. Abstract of Papers transmitted by Secretary Coventry, touching injuries done by the Spaniards to the English nation in the West Indies. These papers are comprised in the preceding list and begin with abstracts of Governor Lord Vaughan's letters of 4th January and 28th January, in which these papers were enclosed. 4 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 16.]
Jan. 29. 24. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Major Aldrich. Acquaint him as Lord Berkeley's Deputy that they suffer extremely in interest and reputation through Lord Berkeley not having paid in the 200l. due to their joint stock. Will make the business as easy as they can to his Lordship if he will presently pay 120l. to Captain Halstead, and the other 80l. in three months. If he should fail Mr. Saxby our secretary will tell him how great the damage will be. Earnestly desire his Lordship to comply with this most reasonable and necessary request, which otherwise may put a stop to their prosperous proceedings, Signed by Shaftesbury, Craven, Clarendon, G. Carteret, and P. Colleton. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XX., p. 119.]
Jan. 29.
H.M.S. "Bristol," Kiccowtan, James River.
25. Sir John Berry to Governor Sir William Berkeley. Came to an anchor this afternoon. There is on board with him Colonel Francis Moryson, joint Commissioner with Berry and Colonel Herbert Jeffreys for settling the grievances and other affairs in Virginia. Has on board about 70 of His Majesty's soldiers commanded at present by one Captain Morris; the rest of the forces, on their arrival, will make up a complete regiment of 1,000 men under the command of Colonel Herbert Jeffreys, with all kinds of provisions and ammunition necessary for carrying on the war against the King's enemies and suppressing the present rebellion, all of which were shipped and ready to sail when Berry left England. Has full power from the King to command all merchant ships and seamen within the rivers of Virginia. Will supply him with such stores as he can spare. The ships under his command are the Bristol and Deptford ketch, the Rose and Dartmouth. Frigates coming after with the rest of the forces. Earnestly desires a personal conference and would be glad if he would come on board. Lady Berkeley was well when the writer left London and ready for her departure hither. Colonel Moryson is expecting to meet him face to face so writes not now. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXI., pp. 17–20.]
Jan. 30. 26. Humphrey Harwood to (the Commissioners for Virginia). Has sent up all the sheep belonging to John Leucas according to their warrant, and taken an inventory of the rest of his personal estate. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 17, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXI., p. 275.]
Jan. 30. 27. A dialogue between the rebel Bacon and John Goode as it was presented to Governor Sir William Berkeley, which took place on or about 2nd September last, concerning a report that the Governor had sent for 2,000 red-coats and the chances of the (500) Virginians being able to beat them; Bacon's opinion of the mind of the country as well as of Maryland and Carolina to cast off their Governors, "and if we cannot prevail by arms to make our " conditions for peace or obtain the privilege to elect our own " Governor, we may retire to Roanoke." 9 pp. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXI., pp. 232–240.]
[Jan. 31.] 28. Petition of Robert Clowes, Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court of St. Jago de la Vega, to the King. That Governor Lord Vaughan refuses to admit Thomas St. Nicholas, petitioner's deputy, to officiate in said office. Prays His Majesty to order said Governor to do so. Two copies, one "read 31 Jan. 1677," the other "read 6 Feb. 1677." Annexed,
28. i. Order of the King in Council. Referring above petition to Lords of Trade and Plantations for their report. 1677, Jan. 31. "Read 6 Feb. 1677."
28. ii. Patent to Robert Clowes of the Inner Temple appointing him Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court of St. Jago de la Vega. Westminster, 1672 Sept. 16. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXIX., No. 28.]
28. iii. The King to Governor Lord Vaughan. Orders him to admit the deputy of Robert Clowes to the execution of his office. Windsor, 1674 June 9. [See Col. Papers, Vol. XXXI., No. 44.] This and the previous document are calendared in a previous volume.
28. iv. Report of Lords of Trade and Plantations to the King on above petition of Robert Clowes. Having heard counsel, and as no reason has appeared to their Lordships why Lord Vaughan has refused to admit petitioner's deputy to enjoy the benefit of his office as provided by His Majesty's patent, offer their opinions that copy of said petition be sent to Governor Lord Vaughan with the signification of His Majesty's pleasure that Charles Herbert be immediately admitted as petitioner's deputy into said office of Clerk of the Supreme Court of St. Jago de la Vega. 1677, June 26.
28. v. Order of the King in Council. Approving preceding report, and that Secretary Williamson if said Clowes shall desire it prepare a letter for His Majesty's signature to Lord Vaughan, according to their Lordships' advice. Whitehall, 1677, July 11, see 13 July 1677. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., Nos. 19, 19 I.–IV.; also Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXIX., pp. 111–121.]
29. Petition of Robert Clowes to Lords of Trade and Plantations. That their Lordships on hearing Council were pleased to agree on a report to be made to the King in petitioner's favour. Prays that they would proceed to make such report and recommend petitioner to His Majesty's grace and favour. "Read Jan. 21, June 1677," sic. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 20.]
Jan. 31. 30. List of papers relating to Jamaica received on 31st January 1677 from Mr. Secretary Coventry, in the business of Sir H. Morgan and Colonel Byndloss. 2 pp. These papers have all been abstracted in the previous volume of this Calendar. See No. 1129. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXIX., No. 21.]