America and West Indies: September 1678

Pages 286-293

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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September 1678

Sept. 2. 785. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. The Assembly meeting in a full body, the oaths were severally administered to them by the Council. William Beeston presented to the Governor, as Speaker, who commended their choice.
Sept. 3. Five Acts sent to the Assembly. The King's instructions to the Governor read in open Council. Message from the Assembly desiring copy of the Governor's Commission and the oaths to be administered to Charles Boucher, Clerk of the Assembly, and both were accordingly done. The Attorney-General to attend on Council; the oath to be taken by him. Mem.—"Minutes of Council of Jamaica wanting from 3 Sept. 1678 to 14 May 1682." [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXV., pp. 666–668.]
Sept. 2.
St. Jago de la Vega.
786. Journals of the Assembly of Jamaica. Heads of a speech which Governor, the Earl of Carlisle, made to the General Assembly on Monday 2nd September. Then the Assembly waited upon the Governor at his own house where they took the oaths and afterwards went to the Court House and chose William Beeston Speaker. Election of Charles Boucher, Clerk of the Assembly, and George Bedworth, messenger.
Sept. 3. Return of the members elected, viz.:—
St. Thomas, Ralph Whitfield and Edward Stanton.
St. David's, Thomas Ryves and Eleazar Wignall.
St. Andrew's, Samuel Barry and Richard Braine.
Port Royal, William Beeston, Samuel Bach, and Anthony Swymmer.
St. Katherine's, John Bourden, Samuel Bernard and Henry Fenwick.
St. Dorothy's, John Colebeck and Theodore Cary.
St. John's, Peter Beckford and William Bragg.
St. Thomas-in-the-Vale, George Nedham and Fulke Rose.
Clarendon, Charles Atkinson and Thomas Sutton.
Vere, George Fawcett and Andrew Langley.
St. Elizabeth's, Robert Bridgewood and Jonathan Ashurst.
St. James', Samuel Jenks and Augustine Gavell.
St. Anne's, Richard Hemings and Benjamin Smith.
St. Mary's, John Bathurst and Thomas St. Nicholas.
St. George's, Andrew Orgill and Hump. Baskerville.
Voted that twenty-one be a quorum. Rules of the House which are read. Colonel Long attested that Lieutenant-Colonel Colebeck was sworn before three of the Council. Mr. Howser to be requested to say prayers every morning between 6 and 7 o'clock. Committee to wait on his Excellency for the returns to the writs of election that they may examine whether the elections were duly made and to desire a copy of his commission; the former were sent and the latter promised as soon as it could be writ out. Form of the oath administered by the Council to Charles Boucher, Clerk to the Assembly. Mr. Powell, Secretary, brought to the House six papers (Titles of Acts). Voted that Samuel Jenks, a member, be sent for by a messenger.
Sept. 4. Copy of his Excellency's Commission brought in; voted that he be addressed for the original; the Governor's answer. Another address voted, to which his Lordship answered, "that he thought they were very nice," but would give order for them to be brought. The originals of the papers brought in. Copy of the Commission to which the Bills are filed with the titles of the forty Acts.
Sept. 5. Committee appointed for examining Bills. The Secretary brought in three papers; the titles. Mr. Howser's answer that he would give his attendance as requested.
Sept. 6. Report of the Committee appointed for examining the bills, viz., the title of each Act examined, and the variations and omissions as sent home by Lord Vaughan.
Sept. 7. Several Bills brought to the House. Four taken from the Committee by the Secretary promising to return them presently, which he not doing the House ordered the Clerk to demand them, but the Secretary answered His Excellency was perusing them, and had ordered no more Bills to be delivered, and he believed no more would be till some of those they had were passed. Committee appointed to attend His Excellency, whose answer was that he had not yet read them, and that we had Bills enough to last until Wednesday, which he desired might be read, and what we liked passed, and what not to draw up our reasons. Committee appointed to examine the Bills and draw up reasons.
Sept. 12. Voted that every Member who does not appear to-morrow, and to every other adjournment, be fined.
Sept. 13. Voted that the Speaker's warrant be issued to Major Stanton to show cause for his long absence. Reasons drawn up by the Committee against passing certain Bills sent to the Assembly by His Excellency.
Sept. 14. Further reasons to be added to those already affected against passing the Act for the revenue. The Speaker reported that His Excellency demanded the reasons and that the Bills be brought to him, but was answered they were in the custody of the Clerk, to which His Excellency replied he knew no reason why the Clerk should keep any papers His Excellency had a mind to see, and that he might in another Assembly appoint a Clerk himself. Put to the vote whether the Bills and reasons should be sent to His Excellency, and voted in the negative.
Sept. 17. Ten Bills brought from His Excellency, their titles. The House waited on His Excellency. Proceedings on various Bills. On the Bill of revenue being about to be read the Speaker informed the House His Excellency desired that they would acquaint him before reading it, to which the House dissented, and ordered Captains Brayne and Nedham to wait on His Excellency and acquaint him therewith. They reported he took the message from the House kindly, and repeated his wish for them to defer putting the Bill for the Revenue to the vote until the Speaker and the whole House or a Committee should wait upon him this evening to discuss these reasons, that it was a thing of great concern and better delayed for five or six days, and to proceed upon some other of the new Bills. Voted that the whole House wait upon His Excellency.
Sept. 18. The Bill for regulating hunting voted not to pass. The Bill for Revenue being called, the Speaker said His Excellency had ordered the House to be adjourned till Monday if they would proceed upon that Bill; whereupon question whether they should adjourn till Monday or address for a longer adjournment, and voted to adjourn till Monday.
Sept. 23. Copy of the writ of election ordered to be entered in the Journals. The Clerk attended His Excellency, and said it was contrary to his oath to bring to him the reasons of the Assembly for not passing the Bill of Revenue, but His Excellency answered he mistook the oath, and that it was not meant he should keep any secrets from His Excellency, for he would not suffer any such thing; that the meaning was he should not idly tell them about in taverns and such like places, and that if he did not bring them by six in the morning "he would lay him by the heels and put in another clerk next morning." His Excellency sent for the Clerk again and told him that things, after they had passed the vote, were not secrets, that it was very unreasonable to keep the knowledge of the reasons from him, since without them he and the Council could not draw up other Bills that might be more to their satisfaction. Address of the Assembly to His Excellency in reference to their proceeding upon the Bill of Revenue and the papers in the custody of their Clerk. Put to the vote whether the clause about the Clerk be left out, and carried in the negative. Committee who presented the Address reported His Excellency desired the Assembly to wait upon him in the morning when he would give them an answer.
Sept. 24. Further proceedings in reference to the Bill of Revenue, and His Excellency's answer to their Address.
Sept. 25. His Excellency's answer to the reasons against the Bill of Revenue. "Upon the whole matter, if my advice may prevail with you, it shall be that you pass this Bill, and in the most obliging manner to His Majesty. You have something to petition for; this may smooth your way to make you successful, your posterities and this island happy." Put to the vote whether the Bill of Revenue be read or not before any other, voted to be read next, and being read voted not to pass. Titles of other Bills voted not to pass; and of other Bills delivered to the Assembly to examine by the originals.
Sept. 26. Reasons drawn up against fifteen Bills that were voted delivered to His Excellency, who demanded them. The whole House waited upon His Excellency at his request. Bills examined with the originals. Message voted to be sent to His Excellency. That the reasons sent to him against the Bills were the reasons of the whole House, so that no Members ought to be distinguished or parti cularly sent for, neither should they be debated or discoursed by any private members now the matter is past. Bills read a first time.
Sept. 27. Bills examined by the Committees, and titles of other Bills read a first time. Five Committees appointed to draw up reasons for the passing or not passing of certain Bills and examining other Bills, the titles of which are given.
Sept. 28–30. Reports made by the above Committees to the House. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXVII., pp. 195–206.]
Sept. 3.
787. Warrant to [the Attorney and Solicitor General]. To prepare a Bill containing a Commission under the Great Seal to Edward Randolph, Collector, Surveyor, and Searcher of His Majesty's Customs in New England, Thomas Savage, William Tayler, George Curwin Wheeler, Thomas Brattle, Thomas Deane, James Whetcombe, Richard Wharton, John Richards, Humphrey Warren, Thomas Kellum, John Hubbard, Humphrey Davey, and Samuel Moseley, also the Council of Our Corporation of Massachusetts Bay, and the Members of said Council, or any five, power and authority to administer to John Leveret, Governor of Our said Corporation of Massachusetts Bay, the oath to do his utmost to cause the Acts relating to Trade and Navigation to be duly observed. Annexed,
787. i. Form of the oath to be taken by Governor John Leveret. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CX., pp. 131–135.]
Sept. 3. 788. Journal of Assembly of Barbadoes. Conference with the Governor and Council. Debate on the paper of heads received; agreed that these answers be returned, viz.:—1. An Act ordered to be drawn for reviving the power of Commissioners for settling the public accounts. 2. Also an Act to continue the Act of the Militia. 3. The Committee of Public Accounts and the gentlemen of the Assembly will bring an account of their parishes, and also of all arrears. 4. The Committee will also inquire into the accounts of the Commissioners for the fortifications, the works being near finished. 5. Ordered is prepared for the establishment of a gunner and two mattrosses to every fort. 6. Ordered that an Act be drawn concerning the paying for negroes executed. Order for the establishment of a gunner and mattrosses to each fort. Voted that 200,000 lbs. of muscovado sugar be presented to His Excellency for his better support in the government.
Sept. 4. Ordered that by the Council and Assembly that the above sugar be presented to the Governor. Orders for payment of salaries to the gunners and mattrosses of the several forts; also to Thomas Rawlins, chief gunner. Ordered that the representatives for each parish bring in a list of the land and negroes in their respective parishes, the total amount of the two last levies, and an account of persons in arrear; also that the Commissioners of the Fortifications bring to the Committee for settling the public accounts a perfect account of all charges and disbursements for same. Various Acts passed, Adjourned to 1st October. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XIII., pp. 320–325.]
Sept. 4.
789. Two Acts passed in the island of Antigua, viz., An Act enabling Mr. Henry Winthrop, Captain Joseph Winthrop, and Lieutenant Samuel Winthrop to sell or divide their estate for the payment of debts and legacies. An Act for the enabling Mrs. Dorothy Everard, by Major William Barnes and John Parry, Esq., her guardians, to make a firm conveyance of her part of a certain plantation in old North Sound, late the estate of Mr. Thomas Everard, her father, deceased, unto Captain John Vernon, her now father-in-law. 4th September 1678. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. L., pp. 329–331.]
Sept. 7.
St. Christopher's
790. Minutes of the Council of St. Christopher's. Act to be made against transporting sugar, indigo, or tobacco except to His Majesty's islands, plantations or dominions, or cattle or horses bred in the island on penalty of a fine of 1,000 lbs. of sugar for every such offence. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXVIII., No. 69, p. 27.].
Sept. 9.
791. Warrant to [the Attorney and Solictor General]. To prepare a Bill containing a Commission under the Great Seal to Edward Randolph, John Cranston, Francis Brenley, Randal Holden, John Sandford, and Arthur Fenner; also the Members of the Council of Our Corporation of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation and the Members of the Council, or any five, power and authority to administer to Benedict Arnold, Governor of Our said Corporation, the oath to do his utmost to cause the Acts relating to Trade and Navigation to be duly observed. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CX., p. 136.]
Sept. 9.
792. Similar warrant for a Commission to Edward Randolph, James Cudworth, William Bradford, Constant Southworth, Peregrine White, Benjamin Church, and Nathauiel Morton to administer aforesaid oath to Josias Winslow, Governor of New Plymouth. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CX., p. 136.]
Sept. 9.
793. Similar warrant for a Commission to Edward Randolph, John FitzWinthrop, Edw. Palms, John Talcot, Richard Smith, John Allen, James Richards, Samuel Willis, and Thomas Stoughton to administer said oath to William Leet, Governor of Connecticut. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. OX., p. 136.]
Sept. 10.
St. Jago.
794.Governor Lord Carlisle to Secretary Coventry. The Assembly met on the 2nd instant, and are so dissatisfied with the alterations in the Government that the Governor questions whether they will pass any of these laws. They object to the Act for revenue, and are nettled at the expression in the preamble that the revenue was raised by the Governor and Council. Has given them copies of fourteen more Acts; only one man can write at a time, as they are bulky. Lieutenant-Colonel Beeston is Speaker, whom the Governor recommended to them. The Assembly say the laws differ in many things from those sent by Lord Vaughan, "which are most usefully framed for their present benefit." Popular discourses prevail here as in England; finds the leading men of the Assembly rather frame arguments against the present constitution than accommodate things under it. Will do his best to remove this difficulty. One of the Council more faulty than any man, but is unwilling to name him till he has tried his best to reclaim him. "Read at the Committee 6 Feb. 1679." [Col. Entry Bks., Vol. XXIX., pp. 249–251.]
Sept. 14.
795. Governor Atkins to William Blathwayt. In a letter dated a twelvemonth before he received it, the Lords complain that all the laws are not sent. They are as voluminous as the statutes of England, and has no press and no clerks to dispatch so much writing, but all haste possible shall be made to finish and send them. Has taken the oath which is registered in the Secretary's Office. 1p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 122; also Col. Entry Bk., Vol. VI., pp. 236–237.]
Sept. 16.
Spring Gardens.
796. [Sir Robert Southwell] to Mr. Stoughton. Was sorry to understand by his letter of Saturday that he lay under any indisposition of health; was lately in the same condition but has passed it over. If the papers he desired are only mislaid, hopes that with further search they may be retrieved; would willingly vouch nothing but what seemed authentic in all things he touched upon. Finds by a letter from Mr. Rawson to Secretary Morice that the first Petition and Address from their Colony had a gracious answer; the same appears by another address in form of a letter to the King signed 7th August 1661 by Mr. Endicot, whereby it appears that the King's said answer mentioned somewhat of Venner, who made the Insurrection in Cheapside. Supposes that this letter had no answer from the King being on the main only thanks for the kindness of the first answer. If otherwise, desires to know. Wants hitherto the Petition and Address brought by Mr. Broadstreet and Mr. Norton after this letter of 7th August 1661. Finds in turning over the Council Books an entry on 10th April 1663 to the effect that a Letter from New England, and several Instruments and Papers being read at the Board, the King declared that he intended to preserve the Charter of that Plantation and to send Commissioners thither speedily to see how the Charter is maintained and to reconcile differences. Would like to see copies of that letter, instruments, and papers, which seem to have been sent over to uphold the validity of the Charter; shall be glad to make mention of all that has been said. 2 pp. [Col. papers, Vol. XLII., No. 123.]
Sept. 16.
New York.
797. Sir Edmund Andros to William Blathwayt. Arrived on the 7th after nine weeks passage, found things quiet though much alarmed with rumours of war, which occasioned extraordinary public charges. Has since received letters from the Governor of Maryland of mischiefs done by strange Indians in the parts of Virginia and Maryland, apprehending 'tis the Sineques [Senecas] and the beginning of a war, which he cannot think, said Sineques as well as Moquas having been always very good and faithful to this government, though since being treated with by their neighbours they have been rude and insolent, and the Moquas publicly fetched away by fierce friend Indians of Connecticut, as they write, and was owned when they sent to demand but no satisfaction given; which must be expected so long as each petty colony hath or assumes absolute power of peace and war, which cannot be managed by such popular governments, as was evident by the late Indian War in New England. They are as high as ever, as appears by the inclosed printed paper disposing of the Narragansett country; also how well they observe Acts of Parliament for entries and clearings of ships and take the oaths is daily seen. Thought to have gone to Pemaquid this year, it having proved very advantageous to the fishery by containing all the Indians in those parts within the bounds prescribed, but by advice of his Council has deferred going till spring to settle things as they ought for a continuance; in the meantime former orders to be observed as far as Black Point, being what the Indians were possessed of when they submitted; shall not value the Bostoners talking high of their pretended purchase from Gorges, unless ordered from home. Endorsed, "Received 18 Nov. 1678. Read in Council 4 Dec. 1678." 2pp. Printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., pp. 271, 272, [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 124; also Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVIII., pp. 40–42.]
[Sept. 17.] 798. Petition of Merchants and Traders of Jamaica and the Western Plantations to the King and Privy Council. That the intollerable injuries, unheard of cruelties, innumerable depredations and bloody murders, committed by the Spaniards upon His Majesty's subjects in the West Indies ever since the Peace with Spain of July 1670, far exceed those so much worthily detested tortures of Amboyna. Recite the petitions of Edmund Cook, Martin Stamp and others, the former going with credentials to the Court of Spain to demand satisfaction which the Spaniards deny. Pray for speedy relief, otherwise Jamaica and all persons trading to those parts must inevitably be ruined. "Read in Council 17 Sept. 1678." 1p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 125.]
[Sept. 17.] 799. Petition of Martin Stamp to the King and Privy Council. Has obtained several Orders in Council touching the robbing, torturing and murdering petitioner's brother Timothy Stamp and other English mariners by the Spaniards. His Majesty by computation has lately lost 1,000 English mariners, in all probability murdered by the Spaniards at sea, for seventy sail of merchants are lately missing. Recites the proceedings that have been taken by the King's Ambassador in Spain and the sufferers to obtain satisfaction for upwards of three years and prays for letters of reprisal. "Read in Council 17 Sept. 1678." Signed by Martin Stamp. 1p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 126.]
Sept. 18.
800. Warrant to Lemuel Kingdon. Authorising him to redemand from the officers lately come from Virginia the pay of twenty men left behind in Virginia which said officers have received more than their due. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XLI., p. 170.]
Sept. 18. 801. [Sir Robert Southwell] to the Earl of Clarendon. Has already presented his Lordship with a letter from the Committee touching a Book of Entries and some papers of former times. Has lately been turning over the Council books and collecting all papers he could of what passed to and fro on the King's Restoration, and so on to the going over of the Commissioners in 1664 with their returns while there. But the account of things is so broken notwithstanding what he has got from the Secretary's Officers that his entire hope is on what his Lordship will be able to furnish out of his father's papers on his arrival at Cornbury. Has much reason to hope from them all that he wants, as this affair passed under his Lordship's particular conduct. Is at a dead stand till his Lordship favour him, but 'tis for His Majesty's and the public service. 1½ pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 127.]
Sept. 18. 802. [Sir Robert Southwell] to Captain Breedon. Has found out, in the Journal of the first Council for Plantations after the King's happy return, the narrative he presented; encloses it for perusal, and in order to have it authentic to have it sworn to before a master in Chancery. Sends also a letter from Mr. Randolph for him to peruse and set forth the particulars thereof, if not fully expressed before in the narrative in the best manner he could call to mind, and to subscribe and make affidavit of it. These things will be evidence of moment in the memorial that he is drawing up about the affairs of New England; shall make due report of his loyalty to the Commission. Endorsed, "18 Sept. 1678. To my Lord Clarendon at Swallowfield for New England Papers. Also to Captain Breedon at Dublin." 1½ pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 128.]
Sept. 18
803. Caveat to the Clerk of the Signet (on behalf of Dr. Hugh Chamberlain ?). Let no Grant pass of the Estate of one Mr. Brett of Barbadoes, who has lately laid violent hands on himself until notice be given to me. Signed J. W. (Joseph Williamson). N.B.—This entry has been crossed through with the pen. ¼ p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XLV., p. 55.]
Sept. 18. 804. Colonel Francis Moryson to [William Blathwayt.] Sends papers which show he had a just occasion to desire his vindication in the particular of Mrs. Drummond's report, and which he desires may be presented to the Lords of Trade and Plantations, that they may see how well His Majesty's orders are obeyed in Virginia. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 129.]