America and West Indies: November 1678

Pages 303-306

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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November 1678

Nov. 5 & 6.
St. John's (Antigua).
823. Minutes of the Council of Antigua. Present, the Governor, Council, and Assembly. Ordered, that the book of patents belonging to the Registrar's Office be transcribed and a good book provided for that purpose, and that the Acts for resettling the island, and confirmation of all titles of land, be entered in the frontispiece.
Nov. 6. Ordered, That a day of thanksgiving for deliverances be held on the 21st instant, and that the 10th of June be annually kept as a fast and day of humiliation that it may please God to avert them. That an agreement be made by some of the Assembly with a surveyor for drawing a map of the island. Ordered by the Governor, That the Assembly be dissolved. ½ p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXV., No. 55*, p. 762.]
Nov. 6.
St. Christopher's.
824. Minutes of the Council of St. Christopher's. Proposed by the Governor that Lieutenant-Colonel John Estridge go to Governor St. Laurens, and complain of the many injuries and abuses the English daily receive from the French and their negroes while going about their lawful occasions. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXVIII., No. 69, p. 27.]
Nov. 10/20.
825. Governor Sir Jonathan Atkins to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Their letter of 14th April 1676 came not to his hand until July 1678, "and 'tis often so here," more than twenty weeks since any ship arrived from London. Has made return of all laws since he came Governor. Remarks on the object of passing some of them. Two years ago sent the laws since made. The people conceive that, until His Majesty confirm or reject the laws presented to him, that they continue to be laws, for 'tis a dangerous thing to leave them without laws, they having never yet been governed but by laws of their own making. Ill effects of waiting for their confirmation, inevitable ruin may fall upon the place. The Assembly seldom sets long. Now in time of the great noise of war are preparing for their defence. Neither press nor clerks here to transcribe the laws, so could not be sent sooner. The people very jealous of their laws, apprehending that, if they were taken away, their proprietors might follow them. When a law is made and published, which is done in every church in the island the Sunday after the confirmation, none observe them or obey them better than these people, the Quakers excepted, who oppose all that concerns the Church or State, and they are so well acquainted with them, keeping copies of them. Death of Samuel Farmer and John Sparkes, of the Council. Sir Peter Colleton has been away three years, and Colonel Willoughby, now Lord [Charles] Willoughby, returned to England, so can hardly make a Council, Wardell being an ancient gentleman and sometimes not able to attend, and without the quorum of seven no order can pass. Has sworn Richard Howell a Member, and represented to Secretary Coventry three others, Colonel Codrington, once Deputy. Governor, William Bates, and William Sharpe. Others may deserve well, but none very desirous to be of the Council, for 'tis a great burden to attend every month and neglect their own charge. Endorsed, "Rec. 20 Feb. 1679 with the laws by Capt. John Price." 3 pp. Annexed,
825. i. The titles of the Twenty-seven laws transmitted by Governor Atkins made in March, July, October, and December 1677, and in January, March, April, May, and October 1678. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 143, and Col. Entry Bks., Vol. VI., pp. 238–249.]
Nov. 14.
826. Governor Atkins to [William Blathwayt?]. Has sent the laws for the last two years directed to Sir Robert Southwell; the rest are being transcribed as fast as possible, but are so many that the books will be little less than the Statutes of England, and only one clerk can write at a time; the Secretary says with the best industry it will be Christmas before they are tinished. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 144.]
Nov. 15.
St. Jago de la Vega.
827. Governor Lord Carlisle to Lords of Trade and Plantations Has thoroughly considered what would most conduce to His Majesty's service in this place, and has sent Mr. Atkinson who was Secretary to Sir Thomas Lynch and Lord Vaughan, and is perfectly able to satisfy their Lordships in anything they may desire. Finds the present form appointed for making and passing laws very impracticable besides very distasteful to the sense of the people here. Begs His Majesty's instruction to call another Assembly and re-enact and make what laws are fit for this place. Has sent the drafts of such bills as are fundamental and he will not in any material point vary from them. Shall then be enabled to settle everything upon so good a foundation that neither His Majesty nor their Lordships will ever repent of having made any deference to his opinion. Much of the success depends upon despatch
Nov. 25. Since writing the above Mr. Atkinson is dead. Must desire his brother Sir Philip Howard and Sir Thomas Lynch to attend their Lordships. "Rec. 24th. Read in Council 28 Feb. 1679." [Col. Papers, Vol. XLIV., No. 145, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXIX., pp. 273, 274.]
Nov. 22. 828. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. In pursuance of an Order in Council for adjusting the price of the seal of the Leeward Isles sent by Mr. Harris, and after reading report from Mr. Slingesby for appraising same, referred to him by Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, agreed that Harris be paid 100l. for the silver cutting and other charges, with which the Lord Treasurer concurred.
Their Lordships think fit that Governor Atkins be directed to send all the Barbadoes laws authenticated in the best manner under the seal of the island; which was done by letter dated 25th instant. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CV., p. 268.]
Nov. 25.
Council Chamber.
829. Sir Philip Lloyd to Governor Atkins. The Lords of Trade and Plantations are very glad to hear the laws are in such forwardness, and desire that all the laws in force be sent to them authenticated in the best manner, with the seal of the island affixed, like the two laws formerly sent concerning the estates of Plumley and Middleton. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. VI., pp. 237, 238, and Vol. CV., p. 268.]
Nov. 25.
830. Governor Lord Carlisle to Secretary Williamson. Sudden death of Mr. Atkinson whom he had designed to inform the King and Council of some things of importance relating to this island. In his letters to Secretary Coventry and the writer's brother Phil. Howard, Williamson will find a full account of these matters. Has directed a quantity of double refined sugar to him; 'tis good in itself though deficient in colour, and is the first made upon this island since his arrival. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 146.]
Nov. 26.
831. The King to Governor Sir Jonathan Atkins. We have taken special notice of Sir Robert Hacket as a person well qualified to be of the Council of Barbadoes, not only in regard of a considerable estate he hath acquired there, and his long experience iu the affairs of that island, but also of the great constant loyalty of his relations, particularly his brother Colonel Richard Hacket, and we hereby require you forthwith to swear and admit him a Member of said Council. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CX., p. 138.]
Nov. 26
.St. Jago de la Vega.
832. Governor Lord Carlisle to [Sir Robert Southwell?] Sends six Bills which most immediately appertain to the King's prerogative and interest in this island, which were all delivered to Charles Atkinson, late Secretary to Sir Thomas Lynch and Lord Vaughan, but he was taken ill and died in three days on 16th inst. None so fit as he was to have given every information about the island, therefore has desired Sir Thomas Lynch to attend him in that affair. Agrees with the Assembly that the distance of this place renders the manner prescribed in passing laws impracticable. Prays His Majesty to send him an instruction for calling another Assembly to re-enact laws municipal and fit for the island, which will so gratify the people that he will be able to settle everything upon a good foundation. Has written to his brother Sir Philip Howard to attend him. Has sent him a little box of double refined sugar. Has an Order from the King of Spain to the Governor of the Havanna for setting at liberty all English prisoners, and particularly Mr. Wingford, with which Governor Lord Carlisle sends H.M.S. Hunter. "Rec. from Mr. AttorneyGeneral 20 Mar. 1679." 2 pp. [Col Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 147.]
Nov. 26. 833. Bills sent by Lord Carlisle, Governor of Jamaica, to Mr. Secretary Coventry, viz: For the public revenue, for speedy collecting the quit rents, for the militia, for regulating courts of justice, for ministers and the poor, and for prevention of law suits, with Mr. Attorney-General's opinion thereon. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLII., No. 148.]
Nov. 26. 834. Minutes of the Council of Barbadoes. Samuel Farmer and John Sparkes were not present (see Governor Atkins' letter, ante No. 825). Richard Howell took the oaths and his place in the Council. The Speaker of the Assembly prescribed two papers, one concerning the Militia and the other for allowance to Colonel Bate in passing his accounts. Ordered that Proclamation be forthwith issued restraining the importation of bad and light money to be published with due solemnity in the four seaport towns of this island. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XI., pp. 299–300.]
Nov 26. 835. Journal of Assembly of Barbadoes. Ordered on petition of Colonel William Bate, late Treasurer, that he be allowed to reduce his money account, wherein he stands charged to the country, into sugar, at the rate of 12s. 6d. per cent. and not exceeding 1,000l. sterling, and the Committee for settling the public accounts are directed to allow the same accordingly. Ordered that the Committee do meet for inspecting the Acts of the Militia and for preparing Amendments. Adjourned to 1st. January next. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XIII., p. 328.]
Nov. 27.
Newport. Rhode Island.
836. Governor John Cranston to the King. Encloses returns on Mr. Harris's case [see ante No. 810 I.]. Prays protection against intruders on the lands of the colony. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LX., pp. 344–346.]