America and West Indies: June 1678

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June 1678

June 1. 718. Relation of Thomas Wigfall, Master of the Advice sloop, sent to the coast of Hispaniola. That upon 3rd or 4th May last, as Count d'Estrées was sailing with his whole fleet to Curacao, about 8 at night, he ran upon the shores of the Isle of Aves, who, with two frigates finding themselves aground, fired three guns apiece, but the rest mistaking it for the signal of a council of war crowded in, and there perished with near 500 men, 250 brass, and 300 iron guns. All had run the same fate but for a small privateer who gave notice of the danger. Count d'Estrées' ship "burst" all at once, who was saved with difficulty, but most of his men lost. The Count stayed off Petit Guavos until 28th May, and then sailed with seven ships, all that remained, to France, but was forced to leave 500 of the Old France men behind. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 84.]
June 2/12.
719. Governor Sir J. Atkins to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Actively providing for their own defence. Have repaired former fortifications and built new ones, and provided new arms, the air very pernicious against keeping things made of iron. In a very short time their defences and their militia will be in good posture. The last intelligence, the French fleet at St. Christopher's, then thirty sail, including fourteen men-of-war; they used no acts of hostility, and believes they have gone home for they have been long at sea, and their men very sickly, and many dead. Everyone thinking of fitting and putting on his armour. Has thought fit to send ships home in fleets, thirty-seven went in the last fleet, and twelve go in this. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 85, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. 6, pp. 233, 234.]
June 2/12.
720. Governor Sir J. Atkins to [Sir Thomas Dolman]. Refers to former letters which have not been understood, the common fate of letters of business. Has endeavoured to give their Lordships satisfaction as to the laws, and explains their necessity, and why some have been re-enacted. It will take some time to transcribe all the former laws. The Council and Assembly very averse to part with them, which were the foundation of the first settlement, and upon which they conceive their proprietary depends. Shall very rarely, if the war proceeds, have opportunity of correspondence. Our business is to secure ourselves as well as we can. The lying of the French fleet in these parts hath given us no small trouble and charge. "Rec. 29 July." 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 86, and Col. Entry Bks., Vol. VI., pp. 230–232, and Vol. CV., p. 260.]
June 4. 721. Report of King's Counsel to the Duke of York on the Petition of Killian van Rensselaer. Find that to the heirs of William van Rensselaer the lands called the Rensselaers Wyck, heretofore called Williamstad, and now Albany, doth of right belong by a sale made to their predecessors in the year 1630, and that they have been for some years unduly kept out of the enjoyment thereof. Conceive that it is just that the said lands with all former privileges be granted to the Petitioners, excepting Orange Fort and the land it stands upon, and that those who have built houses on the lands while the Petitioners have been out of possession, since 1652, should hold the same for 31 years, paying two beaver skins or one according to the value of the houses, and that the Petitioners should perform all public duty and pay impositions imposed upon them. Signed by John Churchill and Heneage Finch. 2 pp. Printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., p. 269. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 87.]
June 5. 722. The Aggrievances of the Queen of Pamunkey and her son Captain John West. Against the Chickehominies, who were once under her command, and being reduced to a small number, were by the peace by their own consent annexed again to her Government. Mem.—These were presented to the Court 5th June, the Governor not being well, the Secretary sat as President, and returned back. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 88.]
June 7.
St. James's.
723. Warrant of the Duke of York to Sir Edmund Andros. To grant to the heirs of Killian van Rensselaer the lands called Rensselaer's Wick, heretofore called Williamstad, and now Albany, excepting Orange's Fort and its outworks. 1 p. Printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., p. 269. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXX., p. 26.]
June 7. 724. Sir John Werden to Sir Edmund Andros. Transmits the warrant in favour of Rensselaer's petition, with directions to regulate the rent to be charged on existing settlers on his lands. ½ p. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXX., p. 26b.]
June 7.
Port Royal.
725. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Ordered, the Advice sloop having returned from Hispaniola, that she have 20l., and Mr. Wigfall 10l. for his particular good service and readiness to obey the Governor's orders. Upon the news from Hispaniola, ordered that all ships now in harbour be permitted to sail. The Council of opinion that martial law be not continued, the same reasons prevailing in that as in taking off the embargo. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXV., pp. 658, 659.]
June 7. 726. Petition of Lieutenant-Colonel Augustine Warner to Secretary Ludwell, President, and the Council of Virginia. That Captain William Bird of Henrico county, in September 1676, with Bacon and about 200 armed men forcibly entered Petitioner's dwelling-house in Abbington parish in Gloucester county, and took his goods and merchandise to the value of 845l. 2s. sterling, to the Petitioner's damage of at least 1,000l. sterling, who has brought his action against said Captain Bird. Prays for judgment, with depositions of John Townley, William Blackburn, William Sympson, Richard Scarlett, and William Overton, and Minute of the General Court that Thomas Grindon, Attorney of said Bird confesseth judgment, which is granted to Petitioner on condition that Captain Bird by 3rd November next have liberty to appear in his own defence against said judgment, and that in case he die before such time, this judgment be void and of none effect. 3 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 89.]
June 8.
James City, Virginia.
727. Orders of a General Court, held at James City. After reading His Majesty's letter in behalf of Sarah, widow of William Drummond, who had commenced suit against Lady Frances, as executrix of Sir William Berkeley, deceased, and after debate thereon it was urged that her petition to the King was in many particulars highly false and scandalous. Captain Thomas Swann, son of Colonel Thomas Swann, and son-in-law to said Sarah Drummond, appearing in her defence, declared that the substance of said petition was not so much her averment as that of His Majesty's Commissioners. The Council is of opinion that the matter doth not lye before them, the Governor by reason of sickness not being present. Certified copies by Henry Hartwell, Cl. Con. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 90; also Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXI., pp. 531, 532.]
June 10. 728. An exact state of the establishment in Virginia, made this 10th day of June 1678 (in the handwriting of Governor Lord Culpeper). Total amount 6,283l. 16s. 8d. This slightly differs from the Establishment in February last, see ante. No. 602, besides there are several other persons who were sent over to reduce the rebellion, and remain undischarged by Colonel Jeffreys, which Lord Culpeper thinks should be all paid off and discharged. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 91.]
June 10.
St. Christopher's
729. Minutes of the Council of St. Christopher's. On proposal of the Governor Lieutenant-Colonel John Estridge, Captain Joseph Crispe, and Captain Christopher Jeaffreson, of the Council, and Thomas Soley, William Colhoun and Ralph Willett, of the Assembly are appointed to go forthwith to Nevis to speak with Governor Stapleton touching the affairs of the island. Read the Articles of Peace and Neutrality made, dated 9/19 May 1678, between the English and French in the Caribbee Islands, notwithstanding war should happen between England and France in Europe. Proposed by the Governor and Captain Joseph Crispe chosen to go to Europe as hostage, and promote the amity concluded between the two nations and other affairs of this island. Ordered that the negroes at work on the fort at Cleverley Hill be dismissed until further summons.
June 26. Order of the Governor Council and Assembly to Captain Joseph Crispe read to him as their Agent and Procurator touching their addresses to be made to His Majesty in behalf of themselves, and other His Majesty's subjects in the English part of this island. The French hostage having been at the Governor's house at the desire of the Assembly, James Laty consented to entertain him at his house who was voted 800 lbs. of sugar per month for his accommodation. Major Roger Elrington to take account of all the ammunition belonging to the country on Cleverley Hill. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXVIII., No. 69, pp. 19, 20.]
June 11. 730. Minutes of the Council of Barbadoes. Ordered that writs issue for calling an Assembly, the election to be on 8th July. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XI., p. 297.]
June 14.
731. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Five letters received and read to His Majesty in Council from Governor Stapleton, one of 18th April, three of 26th April, and one of 2nd May (see ante, Nos. 665, 687–9, 697). [Col. Entry Bk. Vol. CV., pp. 258, 259.]
June 14.
732. Minutes of the Council of Antigua. Present, Colonel James Vaughan, Governor, the whole Council and 17 of the Assembly. Ordered, that the Justices of the Peace make return to the Secretary of any recognizance taken for the King. Full power given, in obedience to an order of His Excellency of the 8th instant for the speedy coming down of the Governor to Nevis with two of the Council and the Speaker of the Assembly to confer for the good of His Majesty's service and welfare of this island, to the said Governor and Captains William Thomas and Samuel Jones to act on their behalf with the consent of Major Thomas Malet, Speaker of the Assembly. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXV., No. 55, p. 761.]
June 19.
733. Order of the King in Council, referring Petition of Thomas Gould, John Jeffreys, Alexander Culpeper, George Richards, Edward Carter, Henry Meese, Thomas Lane, James Tubb, Micajah Perry and Thomas Sands to the Lords of Trade and Plantations for their Report. Annexed,
733. i. The Petition above referred to. Setting forth there is due to Petitioners upon several Bills of Exchange a considerable sum of money out of the public treasury in Virginia, which Bills were due, and accepted before the Order in Council of 13th July 1677 (see ante, No. 332). Pray His Majesty in Council to order the Treasurer to make speedy payment of all said Bills "A true copy, Phil. Lloyd." Rec. and Read 21st June 1678. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., Nos. 92, 92 I., and Col. Entry Bk. Vol. LXXX., pp. 248–251.]
June 19/29.
734. Governor Atkins to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Refers to his letter of 2nd instant (see ante, No. 719). Sends home all the ships now in fleets as most convenient for safety which carry a number of seamen who may be useful for His Majesty's present occasions. This is the third fleet gone home this year and another preparing will be the last this year. The echo from England of the war with France makes as great a sound as in England. We are employed in fitting our militia and all things necessary. Believes D'Estrées has got home "so that cloud is vanished." Want nothing for their defence and doubts not the people will fight to preserve their interests. "Recd. 10 August 1678." 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 93; also Col. Entry Bk., Vol. VI., pp. 235, 236, and Vol. CV., p. 267.]
June 21.
735. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. On reading an Order of Council of 19th June 1678, referring petition of Thomas Gold, John Jeffreys, and others for payment of several sums due to Petitioners upon Bills of Exchange out of the public Treasury in Virginia, their Lordships are of opinion that the Treasurer in whose hands the money lies should forthwith pay those Bills accepted by him, and their Lordships will advise His Majesty to revoke the Order of 13th July 1677, directing Gawen Corbin to forbear payment of said sums until further order. Their Lordships report being read in Council on 26th July, following His Majesty's, revoked said Order, and Corbin is left at liberty to give Petitioners and all others satisfaction according to right. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CV., pp. 259, 260.]
June 22.
Council Chamber.
736. Sir Robert Southwell to Gawen Corbin. In reference to the petition of Thomas Gould, John Jeffreys, and others for taking off the restraint on the Treasurers of Virginia, not to dispose of any of the public moneys; desires him to certify how much remains in his hands, and if he have any objections to the moneys being paid. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXX., pp. 251, 252.]
June 22. 737. Gawen Corbin to Sir Robert Southwell. Desires His Majesty will be pleased to take off the restraint laid on the Treasurers of Virginia, forbidding the payment of Bills drawn by ordet of the Assembly, by His Majesty's Order in Council of 13th July 1677, seeing the causes for same are removed by the address of the Assembly of Virginia to the King. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII No 94, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol LXXX., p. 253.]
June 22. 738. Account of the Bills of Exchange drawn by the Assembly of Virginia on Thomas Ludwell, paid to several persons by Gawen Corbin, also of Bills drawn by the Assembly of Virginia on Thomas Ludwell, which are accepted by Gawen Corbin, but not yet paid by reason of the restraint. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 95, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXX., pp. 254, 255.]
June 26.
739. Order of the King in Council on Report of Lords of Trade and Plantations on Petition of Thomas Gould, John Jeffreys, and others as to the payment of Bills of Exchange drawn by the Assembly of Virginia out of the public Treasury there, revoking a previous Order and leaving Gawen Corbin at liberty to give the Petitioners and all others satisfaction according to right. This is the order referred to in their Lordships' Journal (see ante, No. 735). 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. LII., No. 96, and Col. Entry Bk. Vol. LXXX., pp. 256, 258.]
June 28. 740. Answer of William Stoughton and Peter Bulkeley to Mr. Randolph's narrative of the State of New England, especially as it concerns Massachusetts. Mr. Randolph's stay in New England was so short, his acquaintance there so partial, his prejudices so great, that he cannot be thought to attain that truth and certainty of information which ought to be in matters of such moment. Many of his statements are mere scandals and calumnies and misrepresentations. Answer: The freemen have liberty to choose or leave out whom they please as Magistrates by a law made several years since; others besides Church members can be made freemen, and several have been; each Magistrate defrays his own expenses except for passage over public ferries; the Massachusetts Government in 1652 made no other charge except taking in the plantations beyond the Piscataqua which were ruined for want of government. Mr. Randolph's statement that the laws are only observed as they stand with the Magistrate's convenience is a notorious falsehood, as the records of the administration of justice will show; it is a gross mistake to say that five years' possession gives a title to land; the number of those who are not Church members is inconsiderable, and there was never such nickname between the one and the other as that of Dissenting Party. The expenses of those in the Magistracy are far beyond their recompense, the Governor's salary being 120l., and the magistrate's 35l. which being not paid in money will amount to little more than half so much sterling. The ancient bounds were as far as they are now stated by the Lords Chief Justices' opinion; the stating and running of the lines between Massachusetts and Plymouth and Connecticut was done to mutual satisfaction. The Massachusetts Government never concerned themselves with the giving up of Nova Scotia to the French, though they would rather have had their fellow subjects neighbours; the Indian war had its rise in New Plymouth, and had the Massachusetts stood neutral they would have had no disturbance from the Indians; the war was not provoked by the Massachusetts, who never had any quarrel with Philip before the war broke out, but had often interposed as mediators. The Indians have been furnished with arms by the French and others, and there was as little liberty, if not less, in Massachusetts than in other colonies to sell arms to the Indians. The Praying Indians were mostly faithful and serviceable in the war; Church members were sent to the war promiscuously with others, and of the captains and chief officers slain the greater part were Church members. Massachusetts had seven plantations utterly, and nine or ten partially, destroyed in the war, while Connecticut did not lose one town, and Plymouth only two or three villages. The Magistrates are not excused from taxes, which are payable in any pay of the country; the standing revenue of the colony has never yet amounted to 700l. sterling per annum, and what this comes short of defraying the Government charges (which in the whole, communibus annis, before the war did never rise to above 1,500l., if so much) is wont to be levied by a common tax. There is a full account given every year of the income and expenditure by the Treasurer to the General Court, so that there can be no corrupt disposal; the statement of a belief that there was a great bank of money in the Treasury is utterly untrue, the country being most commonly indebted to the Treasurer and not the Treasurer to the country. The people throughout the colony generally are earnestly desirous to have the present Government continued, and there never was any ground for the insinuation of a chance of a civil war between the colonies. There are only six or seven Ruling Elders in the whole colony who assist the ministers, but are far from keeping them in subjection; Mr. Graves was not turned out of any fellowship, but voluntarily quitted his fellowship, intending other employment; it is notoriously false that any person on account of dutifulness to the King has been suffered to be ruined. The Massachusetts spent near 8,000l. and many lives on the defence of Maine; Mr. Winslow has declared that his answer to Mr. Randolph was that the Massachusetts had carried it fairly and neighbourly, and that he never made it his design to desire a change in the Government; as for the petition referred to, are not prepared with an answer, as they were not at the time supposed concerned in the transactions of Government, but deny that persons have been sufferers in estates or denied the privilege of choosing magistrates on the account mentioned, and the two persons named by him as the chief Petitioners have been long entrusted in considerable places of public service, and might have been elected magistrates if they had received a sufficient number of votes. Endorsed, "Answer to some parts of Mr. Randolph's narrative, given to me by the Agents of New England, 28 June 1678." 8 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 97.]
June 29.
741. Governor Stapleton to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Hopes his answer to their letter of 10th September last (see ante, No. 404) will be satisfactory. Offers for consideration the Articles of Agreement which he has presumed to subscribe with the Count de Blenac by virtue of the 19th Article of his instructions. Two gentlemen go home, Mr. De Falneau, a Frenchman, and Captain Joseph Crispe, of the Council of St. Christopher's, to solicit the ratification of the Articles. Reasons for having consented to these Articles. The ratification will be of the greatest importance to all the planters and merchants, and will much promote His Majesty's revenue; other reasons also given. Sends also the oaths. Colonel Randal Russell, the Deputy Governor of Nevis, deceased; no necessity to appoint another, as Stapleton's residence is there. Is bold to trouble their Lordships—1. For the seal which is much wanted for authorizing public Acts and confirmation of land. 2. The order for 300 malefactors for St. Christopher's; and 3. His arrears in Sir Tobias Bridge's regiment, with many incidental charges disbursed for curing wounded soldiers, burying some, and on account of arms and certain employments he names. No news of M. D'Estrées, or whether he has made any attempt upon Dutch or Spanish territory. Since writing the above, news of the loss of thirteen sail of the French fleet. Encloses,
741. i. Answer to the several heads of their Lordships' letter above-mentioned of 10th September 1677. 1. The Acts now in force are sent from St. Christopher's and Nevis.
2. Council of the Island of St. Christopher's:—
Deputy Governor Colonel Abednego Mathew.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Estridge.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Crook.
Major Roger Elrington.
Captain John Pogson.
Captain Joseph Crispe.
Captain Samuel Jeaffreson.
Colonel Francis Morton, of Nevis, having an estate in St. Christopher's.
And Assembly:—
Thomas Soley, Speaker.
Robert Cave.
William Calhoun.
Captain Robert Nesmith.
James Latty.
John Wilkins.
Charles Morris.
Richard Bespick.
George Persivall.
Ensign Zachary Rice.
Ralph Willett.
Council of the Island of Nevis:—
Justice Walter Symonds.
Colonel Francis Morton.
Sir James Russell.
Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Lanhather.
John Coombes.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Smith.
Major William Burtt.
Major John Nethway.
Justice John Hughes.
And Assembly:—
Captain Charles Pym, Speaker.
Captain William Howard.
Phillip Lee.
Edward James.
Thomas Bartlett.
John Bruett.
Lieutenant John Abbott.
Ensign Joseph Janey.
Richard Cary.
Note.—That Colonel Randall Russell, Deputy Governor, is deceased, and not yet substituted.
Council of Montserrat:
Deputy Governor Colonel Edm. Stapleton.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Cormack.
Captain Anthony Hodge.
Captain John Symms.
Captain William Freeman, now in England.
Major Thomas Cane.
Captain Peter Cove.
Major Daniel Gallway.
And Assembly:—
Captain John Devereux, Speaker.
William Fox.
John Ryan.
John Cormack.
Captain John Bromley.
Lieutenant William Knoweles.
Lieutenant John Dames.
Thomas Daniell.
Council of Antigua:—
Colonel Phillip Warner, Deputy Governor, being removed by His Majesty's Order in Council, now is Deputy Governor one
Colonel James Vaughan, lately commissioned by me.
Lieutenant-Colonel Rowland Williams.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Mayers.
Captain Paul Lee.
Captain John Cade.
Captain Jeremy Watkins.
Captain Samuel Jones.
Captain John Parry.
Captain Richard Ayers.
And Representatives:—
William Barnes, Speaker.
Nathaniel Munk.
Captain John Winthrop.
Samuel Maylard.
Ensign Joseph Hall.
Lieutenant Peter Willcock.
Edw. Pauly.
Lieutenant Samuel Winthrop.
Thomas Beck.
Samuel Irish.
Major Richard Burreston.
Major Thomas Mallett.
Christopher Rymer.
Lieutenant Daniel Mitchell.
Lieutenant Archibald Cockram.
William Reynolds.
John Hamilton.
John Bryan.
Lieutenant John Fry.
Captain John Vernon.
Anguilla, Statia Saba, and Tortola having but few inhabitants, there are neither Councillors nor Representatives, only the Deputy Governor of Anguilla sworn Councillor for Anguilla. 3. There are so many Orders and Acts of Council in all the islands to copy them would take twelve months the quickest pen in the country, and has nothing to satisfy any person doing it; the original books can be sent. 4. Concerning an account of warlike stores sent by His Majesty's orders since his restoration. This island (Nevis) has purchased to the value of near 130,000 lbs. of sugar this last year, for here is a great consumption of powder in compelling French men of war and their merchants to strike to the King's flag. 5. Accounts of stores of war landed from the Unity of London, Captain Arthur Hare sent from the Tower 6. Then follows a list of the whites and blacks in the several islands. There is an order of the Governor, Council, and Assembly for a register to be kept. Has made two regiments of that which was but one, and one regiment he designs for Antigua. Saba and Statia, each about eight miles in length and four miles in breadth. Anguilla about 20 miles long and seven wide. List of the names of all able men bearing arms, together with the number of women and children, as well whites as black, specifying whether English, Irish, or French taken 28th January 1678. In St. Christopher's, in the following parishes, viz., St. John Capistar, St. Anne, Sandy Point, St. Mary Cayonne Division, Halfwaytree Division, St. Thomas, Middle Island, Trinity Palmeto Point, Christ Church, Nicola Town. Total number in the seven parishes or divisions—white men 695, women 539, children 663, negroes 1,436 men, women, and children, the Irish being 187, French 369, Dutch 11. In Nevis Island.—List of the names of Colonel Randall Russell's company or division, men, women, and children, whites and blacks; also of the companies or divisions of Lieutenant-Colonel Morton, of Major Daniel Lanhather, Captain John Hughes, Captain William Burt, Captain Edward Bridgewater, Captain William Howard, Captain Edward Earle, Captain John Smith, Captain Robert Hammond, Captain Thomas Butler, Captain Robert Choppin, and Captain John Nethway. Total number of whites, men, women, and children, 3,521, of which 800 are Irish and 51 Scotch, and 3,849 negroes. In Montserrat.—List of the names of men, women, and children, whites and blacks, in the several divisions of the island, viz., in the divisions of Lieutenant Colonel Cormack, Major Galloway, Captain Richard Basse, Captain Nicholas Mead, Captain Peter Cove, and Captain Andrew Booth, Within the Cove and Palmeto Point Division, St. Peter's Parish, the Northward Division, and Captain John Devereux's division. Total number of whites, men, women, and children, 2,682, of which 1,869 are Irish and 52 Scotch, and 992 negroes. In Antigua.—List of men, women, and children, whites and blacks, in the several divisions of the island, viz., Falmouth, Southside Nonsuch Division, Northside Nonsuch Division, Belfast Division, Old and New North Sound Divisions, Pope's Head Division, Dixon's Bay Division, St. John's Division, Carlisle Road Division. Total number of whites, men, women, and children, 2,308, including 610 Irish and 98 Scotch, and 2,172 negroes. In Statia there are about 69 whites and 100 negroes. In Saba 90 whites. In Tortola 15, and in Anguilla 550 whites. Total number of persons, 19,692.
Since writing the foregoing lists Governor Stapleton has divided the Nevis regiment into two companies, and the Antigua regiment into two companies. Names of all the 89 officers. 97 pp.
741. ii. Minutes of the Governor, Council, and Assembly of St. Christopher's between February 1676 and February 1678 in reference to fortifications and provisions and the security of the island from invasion. Names of those elected to the Assembly April 1676 and April 1677. Orders prohibiting the slaves to travel on the Sabbath. "Rec. from Col. Stapleton 27 Aug. 1678." 12 pp.
741. iii. Oath of Colonel William Stapleton, Governor of the Leeward Islands, for the due execution of the Acts of Trade and Navigation. 1678, June 18.
741. iv. Similar oath of Colonel Edmond Stapleton, Deputy Governor of Montserrat. 1678, June 18.
741. v. Similar oath of Colonel Abednego Mathew, Deputy Governor of St. Christopher's. 1678, June 18.
741. vi. Similar oath of Colonel James Vaughan, Deputy Governor of Antigua. 1678, June 22.
741. vii. Colonel James Vaughan, Deputy Governor, and William Barnes, Speaker of Antigua, to Governor Stapleton. Report on the case of Mrs. Joan Hall, formerly Mrs. Keynell, concerning her plantation called Betty's Hope. Finds that those divested were persons that had more lands than they managed or were ever like to manage, and were contented at that time with their several proportions remaining, and those very lands lay so convenient for new settlers that, had it not been so ordered, it had been great prejudice to the island, Antigua. 1678, June 8.
741. viii. Governor Stapleton to [Sir Robert Southwell]. Has entered into articles for the continuance of amity and good correspondence with the French General the Count de Blenac. Begs his assistance for His Majesty's ratification. The bearer, Colonel Morton, of the Council of Nevis, goes home for his health and other occasions; asks for kindness to be shown to him. To put their Lordships in mind of the 300 malefactors for St. Christopher's, and of the seal also, which is long in hand and much wanting. As to the balance due from Mr. Barnes. Nevis, 1678, June 29.
741. ix. Articles of neutrality between the English and French in the Leeward Islands. St. Christopher's, 1678, May 9/19. Signed by Abed. Mathew and the Chevalier St. Sanresis. Also ratified by Governor Stapleton at Nevis, 12th May 1678, with his signature and seal, and by the Count De Blenac at Martinique, 2nd June (23rd May O.S.) 1678, with his signature and seal. 8 pp.
741. x., xi. Copy of the preceding, and a copy in French.
741. xii. Petition of the Assembly of St Christopher's to Governor Stapleton. Praying for a continuation of a peace between the English and French at St. Christopher's. With twelve signatures. 1678, April 16.
741. xiii. Similar petition to the preceding from the Assembly of Nevis. Signed by Charles Pym, Speaker, and seven others. 1678, April 16.
741. xiv. Governor Stapleton to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Sends annexed account of the ships lost of Count D'Estrées squadron upon the Isle of Aves, ten leagues from Curacao.
741. xv. The list of the ships lost on 11th and 13th May 1678. Ten French men-of-war, with 490 guns, three Spanish capers, with 36 guns and about 500 men. Also list "or those remaining."
741. xvi. List of Ships that have laden plantation commodities in Nevis from 29th September 1677 to 16th May 1678. Total number of ships 65, of 2,078 tons burthen, with 68 guns, with 1,730 tons of sugar, besides tobacco, indigo, and cotton.
741. xvii. Letter of attorney and procuration given by the Governor, Council, and Assembly of St. Christopher's to Joseph Crispe, sent to obtain a ratification of the Treaty of Neutrality. 1678, June 25. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., Nos. 98 I–XVII.; also Col. Entry Bks., Vol. XLVI., pp. 314–320, and Vol. CV., pp. 266, 267.]
June 29. 742. Abstract of the most remarkable articles contained in the several concords of St. Christopher's which are to be confirmed by the Treaty of Neutrality with the French in the West Indies. Also Observations upon the demands made by Sir William Stapleton to the French General in the Leeward Islands. Two papers. 4 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., Nos. 99, 100.]
June 29.
743. Cockacæwe, Queen of Pamunkey, to Colonel Francis Moryson. Finds by experience the great King of England to be her very good friend. Shall make it her business to possess her neighbour Indians and others to be of the same mind and affection to His Majesty as herself, and hopes her example will be a pattern to all those who are concerned in these late Articles of Peace, never to be violated. If any insurrection arise, it shall be contrary to the knowledge of the Queen, who shall endeavour to put a period to the least of differences. Has vowed perpetual fidelity to His Majesty. Confesses her fault in running away. Yet, His Majesty having pardoned it, thinks all others ought to blot it out of their remembrance. Is discontented in several things, her grievances given in to the Government and Council are deferred to the next Assembly. Is very much dissatisfied with the Rappahannocks, but especially about the Chickahomineys, who are very disobedient to her command for what she bids them do in behalf of the English; they are a deceitful people. Her son presents his humble service to the great King of England. "This is the interpretation of the Queen of Pamunkey with her mark, attested by me, Cornelius Dabney." 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 101.]
June 29.
744. Cornelius Dabney, Interpreter to the Queen of Pamunkey, to Colonel Francis Moryson, London. That the Indians in peace with the English are in fear of the foreign Indians that lately attempted against the English, which were none of those included in the late peace. It is reported Lord Culpeper will be in at the fall, when his advice is much desired by the Queen and himself. Fears it will be hard to procure an elk; the Senecas having put our Indians into a fear, they dare not go so high to hunt. His wife sends her service. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 102.]