America and West Indies: Miscellaneous, 1682

Pages 363-367

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 11, 1681-1685. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1898.

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Miscellaneous, 1682

[1682 ?] 871. Report of the Lords of the Treasury on the Earl of Kinnoull's case. The Earl has letters patent under the Great Seal for the propriety of the Island of Barbados, on the surrender of which the King by Order in Council of 13th June 1663 ordained that he should receive for the seven years next following the sum of 500l. per annum, and at the end thereof 1,000l. per annum for ever. Not a penny of the 500l. per annum has yet been paid; but though His Lordship's claim to that and to the 1,000l. is good, we cannot advise the King in the present state of the Island to discharge any of the arrears of the 500l. or payment in full of the 1,000l., but only 500l. per annum for five or seven years to come till the Island's revenue have discharged the encumbrances on it. after which the full 1,000l. may be paid and the arrears also claimed. Which conditions we hope that Lord Kinnoull will accept considering the many payments to be made out of so strait a revenue, which were contracted for the defence of the Island. Copy. 1½ pp. Undated. Endorsed. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLIX., No. 138.]
872. Deposition of Simon Calderon, of Santiago, Chili, mariner. Deponent sailed for Panama in the ship Rosario with a cargo of wine, &c., and twenty-four souls, crew and passengers, aboard. Off point "di Cabo" encountered the ship La Trinidad, took her for a Spaniard but found her to be a pirate. In the first three shots the pirates killed the captain, Juan Lopez, of the Rosario, boarded her, took the wine, silver, and everything of value, and put the Spaniards to torture to discover if there were more silver. Then they turned the vessel adrift with sails cut, and taking five or six of the crew, deponent among them, sailed for the Island of La Plata, refreshed there for three days, killed one of the Spaniards, flogged another, and then sailed to Payta where they sent two boats ashore with thirty-two men. Meeting with resistance then returned, and the ship entered the straits of Magellan but did not go through them, but returned from Tierra del Fuego. They entered the North Pacific after nine days, and arrived at Barbados, where, finding an English man-of-war, they divided their spoil, four hundred pesos to each of the sixty-four men. From Barbados they went to Antigua where they were subjected to molestation, so they divided and went some to Nevis and others to London, about eighteen with a vessel under Captain Portin, and eight others, the principals, went in the ship Comadressa Blanca, Captain Charles Howard. Two of the principal pirates were called Captain Sharp and Gilbert Dike. Deponent left them at Plymouth; last heard that they went to buy a ship to return to the same piracy. Spanish. 1½ pp. Undated. Endorsed, "Relation of the South Sea men." [Col. Papers, Vol. XLIX., No. 139.]
873. Rough draft of an answer to Mons. de la Barre's memorial. English. 2 pp. Inscribed on opposite page, "Qy. whether this answer ought not to come more properly from the Deputy Commissioners." Endorsed, "Answer to abstract of Mons. La Barre's letter." [Col. Papers, Vol. XLIX., No. 140.]
874. Account of the Iroquois Indians. The Iroquois, so called by the French, to the northward of Manhattens (now New York) and west of Orange (now New Albany) are the most warlike Indians in North America, seated in a tract of land west from Albany to the south of the lakes of Canada. But they also bear several other names and places of abode, as, e.g., the Maquas (so called by the English) or Mahaks live about twenty-five leagues from Albany, in three stockaded castles about four or five leagues apart. The Oneidas live about thirty leagues more west and have but one castle. The Onandagas live about ten leagues further and have but one castle, near lake Ontario. The Coyonges are about fifteen or twenty leagues further, but more southerly and further from the lake, and have three castles in great settlements but not fortified, distant four or five leagues. All these have missionary jesuits from Canada (which jesuits are also in remote parts), and all have distinct sachems but were never at variance. Their language is the same, though with slight differences, as in the provinces of a European kingdom. Other neighbouring Indians have several different speeches, not understood of each other. The Senecas have hunting grounds on the north of Lake Ontario, which lake is reputed to be near one hundred French leagues long and twenty-five broad and very deep. On the lake the French have had for ten years and more a vessel of about twenty tons with sails, and a lighter that tends on a small fort built by Mons. Lasalle at the north end of the lake, from whence it is about sixty leagues to Mount Royal, in which space are about thirty cataracts or falls, not navigable, and sixty leagues to Quebec, navigable. There is usually about fifteen or twenty men kept in Cateoroquy. The lake is fifty to fifty-five leagues from Albany. The Indians aforesaid have always been on good terms with Albany, and have been understood to be as other neighboring Indians on this side the Lake's dependence, and part of the government. Indeed, they own as much themselves and have not been otherwise treated for many years. But they, and especially the Maquas, had continued disputes and war with the French in Canada till about the year 1668, when the French made two inroads into the country. The first was made with about five hundred men, who were compelled to retreat with loss; the second was with a thousand or more men, who took the Indians by surprise and burnt their castles. Then they agreed on peace, which has endured ever since as a free trade to Canada, where they sell the Indians all sorts of goods and liquors, including arms and ammunition. In 1675 these Indians made application to the Governor at Albany, and, the New England war with the Indians being very violent, the Governor resolved to go himself as far as the Maquas settlements to visit them as part of his government. He went to their farthest castle and was well received. He afterwards sent as far as the Senecas, who obeyed his orders and proved very faithful. The Maquas were the first that beat Philip, Sachem of New England, who had ventured that way in the hope of joining them or others. They drove him back to the New England coast and would have pursued him further if suffered. The Iroquois are seated at the back of the King's plantations and at the head of the rivers as far west as Virginia and eastward nearly to Albany. On part of the land Christians have made settlements or improvements on land purchased from the Maquas within Stanextady and Albany's bounds in New York government, and their habitations are about in the latitude of Mr. Penn's settlement. All the Indians in those parts are great hunters of all beasts and fowls which (except beavers) they kill mostly with fire-arms; they trade with Christians for what they want and are supplied by them with arms and ammunition in all the King's plantations. If Indians were debarred from any one Colony, that place would not only lose the trade to the benefit of its neighbours, but would run great risk from the discontent of the Indians by petty injuries or open war, which would be very prejudicial to the Duke of York and all the English. Indeed, in the New England war with the Indians, all those countries might have been destroyed had not New York retained an influence over these Indians both as governor and trader. Undated and unsigned. 2½ pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLIX., No. 141.]
875. Brief for the defence in the case of Jacob Milborne against Sir Edmund Andros, an action for assault and unlawful imprisonment. Broad sheet. 1 p. Printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., pp. 300–301. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLIX., No. 142.]
876. Duplicate of foregoing. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLIX., No. 143.]
877. Petition of William Downing, agent for Newfoundland, to the King. On 11th October last the Lords of Trade and Plantations made an order for the settlement of Newfoundland with government and fortifications. It is now announced that the inhabitants, despairing of redress, have bought ships in which to fly from the Colony on the first alarm of war, while others say that they will throw themselves on the French for protection. Prays a speedy conclusion of the settlement. 1 p. Undated. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLIX., No. 144.]
878. A list of the laws of New England repugnant to the laws of England. 5 pp. Endorsed. [Col. Papers, Vol. XLIX., No. 145.]
879. Abstract of records of all the grants of land made in South Carolina in 1682 in continuation of those abstracted in 1681 (see ante, No. 356).
Persons Names to
whom granted.
of Acres.
In what County,
Parish, or Township,
or on what River or
Creek granted.
Richard Baker 297 Ashley River 23 March 1682.
Thomas Cater 100 Ashley River " "
John Boone Town lot - - - 10 March 1682.
Mary Greener 70 Ashley River 5 April 1682.
Robert Gibbes 214 Ashley River 1 March 1682.
John Ladson 500 Ashley River 5 April 1682.
Thomas Clouter 360 Cooper River 26 July 1682.
Robert Gibbes Town lot - - - 1 March 1682.
John Greene 100 Wappoe Creek " "
Joseph Pendarvis Town lot - - - 5 April 1682.
Peter Hearne 10 Wappoe Creek 26 July 1682.
Arthur Middleton Town lot - - - 3 March 1682.
Richard Codner Town lot - - - 1 March 1682.
Edward Wilson 100 Stono River 5 April 1682.
Joseph Oldys Town lots - - - 26 July 1682.
John Godfrey 330 Wandoe River 23 February 1682.
Francis Gratia Town lot - - - 23 March 1682.
Thomas Rose Town lot - - - 10 March 1682.
John Browne Town lot - - - 26 July 1682.
Maurice Mathews
and James Moore {
Town lots
}- - " "
William Cawley Ashley River 5 April 1682.
Robert Maltey Town lot - - 23 March 1682.
John Bodecut 100 Ashley River 1 March 1682.
William Balley 70 - - " "
Michael Lovering Town lot - - 6 March 1682.
Joseph Thorowgood 3,000 Oolacoll Creek 4 September 1682.
Andrew Percivall 2,000 Ashley River 26 July 1682.
John Clapp Town lot - - 17 August 1682.
Thomas Bewick 280 Branch of Stono River " "
John Powell Town lot - - 1 March 1682.
Jonah Lynch 780 Cooper River 20 June 1682.
Stephen Fox 1,350 Stono River " "
Robert Mayo Town lot - - 2 March 1682.
Barnard St. Krenekingh 270 Cooper River 23 June 1682.
John Browne Town lot - - 26 July 1682.
Sir Peter Colleton 12,000 Cooper River 12 February 1682.
[Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXIII., pp. 3–4.]