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.,
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.]
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.,
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.,
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.]
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.,
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.]
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.]
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.]
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.]
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.]
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
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.]
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.]
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.]
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,
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.]|
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.]
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.]
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.]
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.,
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.]
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.]
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.]
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.
Thomas Soley, Speaker.
Captain Robert Nesmith.
Ensign Zachary Rice.
Council of the Island of Nevis:—|
Justice Walter Symonds.
Colonel Francis Morton.
Sir James Russell.
Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Lanhather.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Smith.
Major William Burtt.
Major John Nethway.
Justice John Hughes.
Captain Charles Pym, Speaker.
Captain William Howard.
Lieutenant John Abbott.
Ensign Joseph Janey.
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.
Captain John Devereux, Speaker.
Captain John Bromley.
Lieutenant William Knoweles.
Lieutenant John Dames.
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
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.
William Barnes, Speaker.
Captain John Winthrop.
Ensign Joseph Hall.
Lieutenant Peter Willcock.
Lieutenant Samuel Winthrop.
Major Richard Burreston.
Major Thomas Mallett.
Lieutenant Daniel Mitchell.
Lieutenant Archibald Cockram.
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
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
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,
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.]|
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.]
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.]
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.]