America and West Indies: August 1678

Pages 281-286

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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August 1678

Aug. 2.
772. Petition of John Martyn of Plymouth to the King. The Commissioners of the Treasury having ordered him 800l. for the service of his ship, the Peter of Plymouth, imprested in 1667 by Lord Willoughby against the French and Dutch at the Leeward Islands and payable out of the 4½ per cent. on sugars, but being clogged with previous orders, prays that payment with interest may be appointed on some other fund, with reference to the Lord High Treasurer to report. ½ p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XLVI., pp. 238.]
Aug. 8.
773. Warrant to Lemuel Kingdon, Paymaster of His Majesty's forces, to pay to Frances, wife of Lieutenant William Morris, now in the King's service in Virginia, all sums due to her said husband, according to the closing of the Muster rolls here. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XXIX., p. 284.]
Aug. 8.
774. Governor Stapleton to Lords of Trade and Plantations. The Quaker, ketch, Captain Richard Haddock, has returned from Barbadoes, and has ordered him to sail for some secure port until after hurricane time. Has thoughts to send her home. Is very much afraid that through the Captain's bad usage of warrant officers and seamen hardly any will go home in her, above a third being forced by his cruelty to desert the King's service. Captain William Freeman will present depositions by which the matter will more fully appear. Neither the Commander nor the vessel are fit for the service required. "Rec. 28 and Read in Council 30 Oct. 1678." 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 116, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLII., pp. 321–323.]
Aug. 8.
St Jago
de la Vega.
775. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Oaths administered to some of the Council. Order for Captain Temple to go with two frigates to recover the guns lost by Captain Knapman. That the Chief Justice consider of a way for settling a market at St. Jago de la Vega for the sale of fish, flesh, fruit and herbs. The Surveyor-General's patent read, and Robert Fellgate deputed by Charles Modyford to give in 2,000l. security. That John Crompton pay Thomas Martin 64l. 7s. 6d., the moiety of his Commission money and mutually seal to each other their releases.
Aug. 30. Return by the Provost Marshal of the writs of election of Assembly men. Proclamation to be prepared by the AttorneyGeneral prohibiting the making waste and cutting down pimento trees without the Governor's license. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXV., pp. 662–666.]
Aug. 8.
James City,
776. William Sherwood to Secretary Sir Joseph Williamson. The peace of the country interrupted by the malice of discontented persons of the late Governor Berkeley's party who endeavour to bring a contempt upon Colonel Jeffreys, their present good Governor, the chief being Lady Berkeley, Colonel Philip Ludwell, Thomas Ballard, Colonel Edward Hill, and Major Robert Beverley, all cherished by Secretary Ludwell, who acts severely. Their faction upheld by the hope of Lord Culpeper doing mighty things for them. Is hated and abused for opposing that faction and vindicating the King's authority. Refers to the bearer Colonel Rowland Place for a more ample account. 1p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 117.]
Aug. 10. 777. Answer of Randal Holden and John Green to the Petition of Richard Smith in obedience to the order of the Lords of Trade and Plantations of 30th July. Wonder at the confidence of the Petitioners in claiming the lands, the King having been declared sole proprietor, and the lands called the King's Province (by the Royal Commissioners in 1665), who having heard the Petitioners' claim with respect to their alleged deed made in 1659, pronounced the pretended Indian purchase void, (copies of writings concerning this they have to show), and prohibited Connecticut and the other colonies from exercising any jurisdiction there, John Winthrop, Governor of Connecticut, being then present and ordered the temporary jurisdiction of these lands to Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Four years after Connecticut raised new disturbances claiming jurisdiction of the King's Province, whereupon a Treaty was held at New London, but they remained obstinate and perverse and refused an appeal to the King and by violence compelled one town, Westerley, to submit to them, and have since endeavoured to break in farther into the said province, not regarding the Commissioners' decision on the King's declaration of 10th April 1666, commanding the observance of all determinations made by the Commissioners till the King's final determination should be made, nevertheless under pretext of conquest from those Indians they strive to take those lands by force from the King. As for Rhode Island not sending them help in the Indian war, the Petitioners not only disclaimed its jurisdiction, but strove to bring in the jurisdiction of Connecticut. Nevertheless the other colonies' forces dealt not well by the Petitioner, for after they had made use of his house for their head-quarters and garrison they deserted it, so that it was soon after burned by the Indians. Commissions were given forth by Rhode Island in the war with Philip and good assistance was given to the other colonies by sloops well-manned transporting their men and often venturing hard on shore to fetch off their men when in danger, taking care of the wounded men and providing quarters. Pray that the jurisdiction of Rhode Island may be continued entire and that Connecticut be ordered to restore the place taken from them. Signed and Endorsed:—"Answer of the Men of Warwick in Rhode Island." 2pp. Enclose,—
Petasguamskuck. 777 i. "Papers delivered by the men of Warwick touching the Narragansett Indians surrender," viz.:—(1) Acceptance by the King's Commissioners of the submission of the Narragansett Indians on condition of paying two wolves' skins a year on May 29. 1665, March 20. (2) Sir George Cartwright to Mr. Gorton. Regretting that at present he can do nothing on his behalf, but promising his assistance on his return to England. Boston, 1665, May 26. (3) Proclamation of the King's Commissioners. Settling for the present the government of the Narragansett country. 1665, April 8. (4) Proclamation of the Commissioners. Declaring the reception of the Narragansett Indians under the King's protection, settling the boundaries and lands of the King's Province. Petaguamscatt, 1665, March 20. (5) Proclamation of the owners and inhabitants of Shaw-Omett to the men styled Commissioners sent from Boston. Forbidding them to set foot in their land in a hostile way. Shaw-Omett, 1643, September 28. (6) Order for the confinement of Samuel Gorton to Charlestown during the pleasure of the Court with a copy of the charge of heresy against him. 1643, Nov. 3. Endorsed:—"Copy of papers by the men of Warwick in New England on the 10th of Aug. 1678." 7 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., Nos. 118, 118 I.]
Aug. 12. 778. Sir John Werden to Major Andros. It is his Royal Highness's pleasure that he protects and secures in qoiet possession to Hippolit Lefevre and John Pledges, his brother-in-law, and one Malster, divers parcels of land they have bought from John Fenwick in New Jersey, who hath earned one-tenth of that moiety of New Jersey which was heretofore Lord Berkeley's. ¾ p [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXX., p. 27.]
Aug. 14.
St. Jago del a Vega.
779. Governor Lord Carlisle to [Secretary Coventry]. Arrived in seven days from Barbadoes on 18th July. Gave an account by the ship Dragon of his reception and of Sir Henry Morgan building two new batteries at Port Royal (see ante No. 770). Also sent account from the Governor of Curacao of the French losses and his purpose to recover their brass guns which were sunk. Has also proposed to the Council the recovery of their own guns lost three years since on the coast of Hispaniola, in between five and nine feet of water. Some of the Council much dissatisfied at the alterations in the laws and the manner of passing them, particularly at a clause in the Militia Bill which they are jealous of lest that thereby they make it legal to execute all instructions that are or shall be sent to Carlisle or any succeeding Governor, "which scruple might easily be avoided, but that the Great Seal being affixed to the laws I have no power to make any alteration which I might have done both to their satisfaction and the preservation of the King's right." Fears the Act for the revenue will not pass without difficulty, but shall endeavour all he can. The Treasury exhausted and in debt for their new fortifications. The least coin here is 7½d. so that the inhabitants suffer much in their way of trade. Desires an authority to erect a Mint which the King and Council granted to the island. Encloses,—
779. i. An instruction to Governor Lord Carlisle to erect a Mint in Jamaica "Read at the Committee 6 Dec. 1678." [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 118*, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol XXIX. pp. 244–247.]
Aug. 25.
780. Governor Leverett to Secretary Sir Joseph Williamson. Received on July 10 by Mr. Phillips the King's commands, dated 27 April 1678, and a copy of the oath of allegiance. Presently called the Council, but by reason of sickness could not meet till the 23rd of the same month, when the Governor, Council, and Secretary took the oath by the copy sent. On the meeting of the General Court the King's commands will be communicated to them and doubts not but there will be a ready compliance. p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 119.]
Aug. 26. 781. Commission to Thos. Lord Culpeper, Governor of Virginia, appointing him Captain of a company of foot in Virginia, consisting of one hundred men besides officers. Also Thomas Leigh, Lieutenant, and William Armiger, Ensign. [Dom. Entry Book, Chas. II., Vol. XXIX., pp. 294–5.]
Aug. 782. "Papers about Captain Breedon" concerning New England. During the time of Oliver, New England had always an agent here, one Winslow, one-fourth of the children there are not christened for they neither baptise nor give the sacrament to other than those of their congregation in fellowship. The' most come to Church for fear of the 5s. per Sunday. They must enter covenant. One Sedgwick was sent, about 1656, to raise men at Boston, which he did to reduce New Amsterdam, which being given up by treaty he carried those men (and Leverett with them, he thinks) to subdue the French broil wherein one of the parties appealed to the Protector. But when, in June 1662, Captain Breedon was listing men for that expedition under the title he derived from Mr. Elliott of the Bedchamber (before Sir T. Temple regained it) the Governor of Boston called for his commission which having shown, he said, "he has granted what was not in his power, for we have a charter for all," put Breedon in prison for 24 hours till he gave security to desist (no such behaviour to Sedgwick, sent by Cromwell; he was after Governor of Jamaica). When the Commissioners went over they had different quarters assigned them, but chose to lodge at Captain Breedon's. They had exposed their commission about a week before to the Governor and Council, but as they were beginning with the case of one Deane (about a ship seized contrary to the Act of Navigation) there came a rabble of about 100 before the door, a sort of herald and a trumpeter, proclaiming a prohibition to the Commissioners to proceed or to any to attend at their peril. One Peirce, (?) a great fanatic, came first with news of the King's Restoration with the King's flag in the maintop; he brought Goffe and Whalley who called themselves Richardson and Stevenson (as their fathers were called): Breedon advised seizure; the Governor saved them. Note to mention how Humphries and Cradock were here and called on to answer by the Great Council. Was it proposed that all the patentees should go over, or were they here such men of bulk and estate as to make that unlikely ? If so, explain that and speak of the men. How were they to fare who never went over and what was their advantage ? Note.—The King must either have Governor there, or have the absolute government of the place here. Did the Company ever sit here, as the Quo Warranto explains, or was that only to lay the action ? The ship Eagle was here bought by the Company. 3pp. Printed in New York Documents, III., pp. 270, 271. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII. No. 120.]
Aug. 27.
783. Journal of the Lords of Trade and Plantations. There was received a box from Governor Stapleton inclosing the following papers. Here follows a list of inclosures to the Governor's letter of 29 June 1678, which are calendared (see ante, Nos. 741 I.–XVII.). Col. Entry Bks., Vol. CV., pp. 266, 267, and Vol. XLVI., pp. 314, 315.]
Aug. 30. 784. Sir Robert Southwell to Secretary Sir Joseph Williamson. Encloses copy of Governor Stapleton's letter of 29 June last, the most material of the papers sent is the Treaty of Neutrality he has made with the French in St. Christopher's. Encloses,
784. i. Governor Stapleton to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Nevis, 1678, June 29 (see ante, No. 741). "Rec. 27 Aug. 1678, from Col. Crispe."
784. ii. Treaty of Neutrality between Governor Stapleton and the French Governor in the Leeward Islands. Nevis, 1678, May 9/19. "Rec. from Capt. Crispe, 27 Aug. 1678." [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., Nos. 121, 121 I., II.]