America and West Indies: July 1684

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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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July 1684

July 2. 1788. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Lord Sunderland's letter of 30th June (see No. 1782) respecting Bermuda read, also the Order in Council of 27th June (see No. 1778). Ordered that the Bermuda Company attend on the 16th instant to give an account of their debts and the manner of payment intended by them. Draft commission and instructions to be prepared against that time.
Sir E. Herbert's letter of 30th June read (see No. 1781). Ordered that Lord Baltimore's Agent have notice to attend on the 16th instant.
The dispute between William Freeman and Sir William Stapleton heard, Counsel for both sides being present. The Lords agreed on their report (see next abstract). [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. C VII., pp. 318–322.]
July 2. 1789. Report of Lords of Trade and Plantations to the King. We have examined into the accusations of William Freeman against Sir William Stapleton and John Bramley, and we recommend that the partition of the property made by Sir W. Stapleton be set aside as not made in legal form. We did not determine whether the partition was of right to be made between the parties; and recommend that orders be given for Courts to be held where Freeman may sue Bramley, and that full liberty and directions may be given for the taking of affidavits on all sides so as to clear up the truth. 1½ pp. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. X L VII., pp. 131–132.]
[July 2.] 1790. Reasons for speedy entering of judgment against the Bermuda Company. The Company delayed the trial from 1679 to June 1684 and then tried to plead a pardon. After showing much contempt of the King's authority they sue to him for protection against the laws (to which they appealed at first) only to gain power to raise 2,000l. a year by tobacco-tax. It would be good for a Governor to bring the first news of the disslution of the company, and to go out to repair the forts. 1p. Endorsed. Recd. 2 July 1684. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 1.]
July 2/12.
St. Eustatius.
1791. Deposition of Isaac Gomes respecting the spoil taken by Governor Esmit of St. Thomas. Sworn before L. Hout Cooper, Governor of St. Eustatius. 2/12 July 1684.Dutch. 2½ pp. Endorsed. Recd. 24 Oct. 1684. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 2.]
July 4. 1792. Map of the Narragansett River. A neat pen and ink sketch on a scale of about two leagues to the inch.Endorsed. Recd. 4 July 1684 from Mr. Hinkley. 1p. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 3.]
July 5. 1793. Minutes of Council and Assembly of St. Christopher's. The Assembly proposed:— 1. An order to prevent the arrest of a freehold or of any part of his estate by warrant except by due course of law. 2. That the Marshal on receiving an execution to levy on the estate of any defendant be bound to make a modest demand before he levy the same. 3. That a Committee be appointed to draw up a table of fees for the Marshal where not established, and that the Secretary and Marshal deliver a return of the fees already established. 4. That representatives of the Island be free from military service unless they be commission-officers. Answer of the Governor and Council:— 1. The present practice is practically fixed by law and ought not to be abrogated. 2. Referred to the execution sent down by His Excellency. 3. We cannot concur until we know what those things are for which fees are not established. 4. Referred to former answer of 3rd January. [Col. Papers, Vol. LV., No. 48.]
July 7. 1794. Colonel Nicholas Spencer to Sir Leoline Jenkins. I send a duplicate of my letter of 20th June (see No. 1760) and the address of the Governor and Council to the King. All is quiet. We have had immoderate rains through the summer which have spoiled our expectations of a heavy crop of tobacco. Will you intercede for leave of absence for me to go to England or New York for my health, leaving a competent deputy behind me.Signed, Nicho. Spencer. 1p. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIII., No. 133.]
July 8.
1795. Colonel Nicholas Spencer to Lords of Trade and Plantations. I send duplicates of the Journals of Council and Assembly and of the transactions of my office. All is quiet, but the rains have spoiled our crop of tobacco. Signed, Nicho. Spencer. 1p. Endorsed. Recd. 10 Sept. '84. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 4, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LX X X II., pp. 286–287.
July 8. 1796. Deposition of James Bond. Was taken with his sloop Africa and all his men by a Spaniard, one Manuel Rodrigos, on 1st September. They were all put on board the Spanish ship and ordered into the hold until they came to Porto Rico, when they were landed and imprisoned by the Governor's order for a fortnight. A few days later the sloop was sold. Two men were taken out and put to serve on board, five more were sent in a Spanish man-of-war to Havana, and deponent and three more sent in Rodrigos' ship to St. Domingo, where they escaped and deponent found his way back to Nevis. Sworn before Joseph Martyn, 8th July 1684. 1½ pp. Endorsed. Recd. 24 Oct. '84. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 5.]
July 9. 1797. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. The draft report on the dispute between Sir William Stapleton and William Freeman read and approved (see No. 1789). [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CVII., p. 322.]
July 11.
Hampton Court.
1798. Order of the King in Council. Approving the report of the Lords in the matter of William Freeman (see No. 1789), and ordering the recommendations to be carried out. 1p. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. X LVII., pp. 132–133.]
July 11.
1799. Order of the King in Council. That, in view of the report of the Lords approved above, the Governor of the Leeward Islands take care for the future that in all cases when partitions are to be legally made, the duty shall be performed by the Provost Marshal (who acts as the sheriff in England) upon the oath of a jury. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVII., p. 133.]
July 11.
Hampton Court.
1800. Order of the King in Council. Referring the petitions of Nathaniel Weare and of the inhabitants of New Hampshire against Governor Cranfield to Lords of Trade and Plantations for report.Signed, Phi. Lloyd. 1p. Annexed,
1800. I. The petition referred to. Governor Cranfield on his first entrance into the Government of New Hampshire engrossed the whole power of erecting Courts to himself, excluding the General Assembly. His Commission ordained that the General Assembly should be included, but he declared that the words were a copyist's error and caused a minute to that effect to be entered in the Council Book. Again, Mr. Cranfield was directed by his Commission that, if he could not end the differences between Robert Mason and the inhabitants, he should transmit the papers home for decision by your Majesty and the Privy Council. Instead of doing so and remaining impartial between the parties, he has by purchase and mortgage from Robert Mason made himself owner of the best part of the province. Having done so and erected the Courts as aforesaid, he has deprived us of our estates and of any remedy except by application to your Majesty. Again, to keep persons from prosecuting and defending their rights, he has received defendant's costs in my action from twenty shillings to six pounds to be paid in coin, though coin is scarce; and though goods be tendered in payment as heretofore, yet they are not accepted, but the persons are imprisoned. Again, he takes upon himself without authority to fix the value of money, making pieces-of-eight, however wanting in weight, to pass for six shillings though often worth sixpence or a shilling less. Again, he has without lawful cause committed several men and particularly William Vaughan and Joseph Dow to prison till they give bond for their appearance and good behaviour, with nothing further objected against them. Again, he and his Council made laws and put them into execution without the Assembly. To procure proof of these articles, we have successfully endeavoured to procure warrants or summons from the Secretary to call their witnesses to be sworn (which cannot otherwise be so); but the seeking of such summons has caused men to be bound to good behaviour, so that complaint of a wrong done under Mr. Cranfield's mismanagement draws new punishment on the afflicted but no redress. We beg that we may be empowered to examine witnesses on oath, and that, meantime, Mr. Cranfield be admonished not to exceed his Commission.Signed, Nathaniell Weare.Large sheet. [A précis in Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXVII., p. 107.]
1800. II. Petition of the inhabitants of New Hampshire setting forth their hopes at the taking of the Government into the King's hands, and their much worse condition thereunder, owing to the unreasonable demands of Robert Mason, and other causes. Pray that Nathaniel Weare, who has been sent for the purpose, may be admitted to lay their deplorable state before the King. Sixty signatures, many evidently written by the same hand.Large sheet. Endorsed. Read 16 July 1684. 10 Mar. 84/5.
1800. III. A second copy with seventy-eight more signatures.
1800. IV. A third copy with sixty-three more signatures or marks.
1800. V. A fourth copy with thirty-four more signatures. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., Nos. 6, 6 I.–V.and(Order only)Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXVII., p. 108.]
July 11. 1801. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Governor Sir Richard Kyrle. Warrant for grant of lands to Thomas Ferguson, who is removing with divers other families from the North of Ireland to Carolina.Signed, Craven, Bath (for Lord Carteret), P. Colleton. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXII., p. 39.]
[July 11.] 1802. Draft of a Commission for erecting a Court of Admiralty in Jamaica.Signed, R. Sawyer. 1p. Endorsed. Read in Council, 11 July 1864 (see ante, No. 1712). [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 7.]
July 13.
St. Eustatius.
1803. Depositions of five Dutch sailors. On arriving at St. Thomas in September last we found two ships. Lamoline [? Hamlin], Captain of the Trompeuse, after she was burnt took a Dutch frigate (which was one of the two ships), and after a voyage to the Brazils, where he took the other ship, landed some of his people at Cayenne, and the rest at St. Thomas. A few days after she came in the Portuguese ship came in also. One ship was taken by Governor Esmit and ourselves imprisoned. Some of us escaped, nine were made to cast lots which should be hanged, and the rest forced to sail with the pirates.Copy. 1½ pp. Endorsed. Recd. 24 Oct. 94. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 8.]
July 13.
Hampton Court.
1804. Order of the King in Council. Approving the report of the Lords of 11th July (see No. 1798), and directing the matter to be ordered accordingly.Signed, John Nicholas. 1p. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. X LVII., pp. 162, 163.]
July 14. 1805. Minutes of Council and Assembly of Antigua. The Council asked the Assembly to propose a means of capturing runaway negroes, who have grown very numerous of late. The Assembly proposed to appoint Commissioners offering a reward of 500 lbs. of sugar for every negro brought in alive, and 200 lbs. for every negro killed. The Assembly desired the Council to concur with them in preparing an Act to confirm possession of lands. The Council assented, and appointed three persons to join with the Assembly in the preparation. The Council also proposed measures for the repair and construction of forts. [Col. Papers, Vol. X LIX., No. 81.]
July 14. 1806. List of ships that have laden enumerated articles from Montserrat from 14th July 1683 to 14th July 1684.Large sheet. Endorsed: Sugar, 161, 327 cwt.; tobacco, 415 cwt.; cotton, 18 cwt.; indigo, 418 cwt. [Col. Papers, Vol., LIV., No. 9.]
July 16. 1807. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. The Lords informed the agents of Mr. Penn and Lord Baltimore that their business would be considered on the 23rd instant.
Mr. Randolph's representation of his last news from New England read (see next abstract).
The Attorney-General brought the draft Commission and Act for the establishment of the Admiralty Court in Jamaica. The business fixed for the 23rd instant.
The petition of Nathaniel Weare and others against Governor Cranfield read (see No. 1800 I.). Ordered that Mr. Cranfield be sent a copy for his reply, and instructions to permit petitioners to take affidavits.
The business of Bermuda fixed for the 4th August. The Secretary of the Company to furnish authentic copies of its records. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. C V II., pp. 324–328.]
[July 16.] 1808. Edward Randolph to Lords of Trade and Plantations. I hear from Boston that since my departure the Governor and Magistrates have been very busy repairing the fortifications; and that on the 7th May last, the day of election, Mr. Dudley, Mr. Browne, and Mr. Gidney, who have been for many years magistrates, were with great contempt and scorn left out of that number because they voted for submission; that very seditious and inconsiderable persons were chosen in their places, and that Messrs. Bulkeley and Stoughton, being unwilling to countenance the proceedings, have resigned the magistracy. Whereupon about seventy of the chief merchants and gentlemen on horseback accompanied Dudley and Stoughton to their houses, two or three miles from Boston, leaving the people very much dissatisfied. By these means the Acts of Trade and Navigation are now rendered insignificant, and the faction having got the whole government into their hands (a thing never before attempted) may in a short time prove very dangerous, since they continue to raise money from the inhabitants as formerly, notwithstanding the royal declaration. I leave the consequences of this to your Lordships' consideration.Signed, Ed. Randolph. 1p. Endorsed. Read at the Committee, 16th July. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 10.]
July 18.
1809. William Blathwayt to Robert Banner. My Lords desire the attendance of the Bermuda Company on the 6th of August at 4 p.m., and that you will send me copies of all the Laws, Rules, and Orders of Government now in force in the Island, an account of the past and present state of the public lands, and other information for the better settlement of the plantation. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XVII., p. 101.]
July 21.
1810. Colonel Nicholas Spencer to the Earl of Sunderland. I send the Acts of the last Assembly. The Colony is in perfect peace. Last winter was the severest for extremity of frost, and this summer the unseasonablest, owing to immoderate rain which has not only spoiled most of the tobacco crop, but has much endangered the drowning of all corn; but thank God, fair weather has relieved the corn and gives prospect of a bountiful harvest.Signed, Nicho. Spencer. Holograph. 1p. Endorsed. Recd. 30 Sept. '84. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 11, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LX X XII., p. 297.]
July 23. 1811. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. The draft Commission and Act for the establishment of the Admiralty Court in Jamaica approved.
Lord Baltimore attended concerning his dispute with Mr. Penn. The hearing fixed for the first Tuesday after Michaelmas.
A draft letter to Governor Cranfield on Weare's petition was read and signed. A letter from Rhode Island of 15th September last read and reserved for consideration (see No. 1252).
Memorandum of documents sent and received. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CVII., pp. 329–331.]
[July 23.] 1812. Draft of an Act for establishing a Court of Admiralty in Jamaica.Signed, R. Sawyer (see ante, No. 1712). 1p. Endorsed. Read in Council 23 July 1684. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 12.]
July 23. 1813. Memorandum of Lords of Trade and Plantations. That the draft Act above-mentioned was approved. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXX., p. 255.]
July 23. 1814. Lords of Trade and Plantations to Governor Cranfield. We enclose you copies of petitions received from Nathaniel Weare and other inhabitants of New Hampshire for your answer thereto (see Nos. 1800 I.–V.). And for the better distinction of the truth of the allegations we think fit that all persons whatsoever have liberty to depose on oath what they know, and to take copies of all records of cases relating to yourself and the province, the said depositions to be taken in writing by properly authorised persons; and as soon as the affidavits shall be taken they shall be interchangeably delivered to the parties concerned.Signed, Radnor, Guildford, C. S., Halifax, C. P. S., Craven, Rochester, J. Ernle, S. Godolphin, L Jenkins. 1p. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXVII., p. 109.]
July 25. 1815. The King to Lord Howard of Effingham. Lords Culpeper and Arlington have surrendered to us their rights in Virginia and Accomack. You will publish this, and collect our quit-rents in 'English money or in pieces-of-eight, but not in kind. Further details are left to your discretion. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXII., pp. 282–284.]
July 25. 1816. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Governor Sir Richard Kyrle. Warrant for a grant of 3,000 acres to William Thorogood.Signed, Craven, Bath (for Lord Carteret), P. Colleton. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXII., p. 39.]
July 25. 1817. Governor De la Barre to Governor Dongan. I was much astonished by the receipt of your two letters of 5th July (n. s.), one in French from you as friend to friend, and one in English, which I knew came from your Council and was not friendly I sent to advise you that I was about to punish the Senecas and Cayugas, and you answer me about pretensions to the possessions of lands of which there is at present no question. I esteem you and the Duke of York and the King, and I believe that they will appreciate the chastisement of men who insult you, as they have all the winter in Maryland. But if you desire to protect robbers and assassins I could not distinguish their protection from themselves. I have ordered M. de Salvaye to explain everything to you. If the Indians do not give satisfaction I shall attack them towards the 20th August (n. s.). I have seen a letter of 3rd August 1683, which you wrote to M. de Castine at Pentagouet. The matter is clearly settled by the Treaty of Breda, which I beg you beforehand to respect. Signed, De la Barre. French. 1½ pp. Endorsed,
1817 I. Instructions from the Sieur de la Barre to the Sieur de Salvaye, his envoy to Governor Dongan. To explain that the place where the canoes were pillaged and Fort St. Louis was attacked is four hundred leagues from Albany, being occupied by the Jesuit missionaries, and not Iroquois country. M. De la Barre met the Iroquois at Montreal last August, and in deference to their wishes withdrew Mons. La Salle from Fort St. Louis in Illinois; but notwithstanding their pretended friendship, the Senecas and Cayugas have attacked Fort St. Louis and committed the outrages already known. Governor De la Barre can hardly think that Governor Dongan will interfere to prevent him from punishing them. Dated Camp de la Chine, 25 July 1684. Copy. French. 3½ pp. Printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., pp. 450, 451. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 13.]
[July.] 1818. Answer of Governor Dongan to Mons. De la Barre's instructions to Mons. Salvaye (see preceding abstract). 1. I have no intention of justifying injuries done by the Indians to the French 400 leagues south-west from Montreal, or anywhere else. 2. Your pretensions to that country on plea of a Jesuit mission are very slender. 3. If the matter in debate be not concerning the land on the side of the Lake of Canada, what is it ? The Indians offer to give satisfaction, and I promise that they shall. As to M. De la Barre's meeting with the Iroquois at Montreal, I do not understand why he asks subjects of a friendly power whether they are friends or enemies. I wish that he had informed me before he threatened hostilities, though he knows well that I countenance no villanies of Indians. Copy. 2 pp. Printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., p. 452. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 14.]
July 27.
1819. Sir William Stapleton to [Sir Leoline Jenkins]. A letter of introduction in favour of Mr. James Walker, with apologies for intruding on one who has resigned the post of a Principal Secretary of State. Signed, William Stapleton. Holograph. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 15.]
July 30. 1820. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. The letter from the Council of New Hampshire of 23rd May was read (see No. 1701), also Governor Cranfield's letter of same date, and several depositions.
The death of Samuel Newton being reported the Lords agree to recommend Mr. Stephen Gascoigne as his successor in the Council of Barbados.
Memorandum of documents sent and received. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CVII., pp. 333–337.]
July 30.
1821. Lords of Trade and Plantations to the King. Recommending Stephen Gascoigne to be of the Council of Barbados in the room of Samuel Newton, deceased. [Col. Entry Bk, Vol. VII., p. 244.]
July 30. 1822. Propositions of Lord Howard of Effingham to the Maquas, Oneydas, Onandagas, and Cayonges Sachems, in the Court House at Albany, 30th July 1684. It is seven years since you entered Virginia unprovoked and committed several robberies. We designed to have had revenge on you, but by desire of Sir E. Andros we desisted, and sent our agents, Colonels William Kendall and Southey Littleton, to confirm the peace concluded by Colonel Henry Coursey. But you have quickly forgotten what you promised, and broken your covenant, invaded our country again, destroyed houses and crops, and killed, burnt and carried off our people. You have come to the houses at the head of the rivers with a white shirt on a pole as a flag of truce, and, having been friendly received and entertained, have plundered the houses and destroyed the crops and cattle. These injuries have caused me to raise forces, and to ask Colonel Dongan to assist me in war against you, but by the mediation of him, your Governor, I am come to Albany to speak with you. I propose to you to recall at once all your men from Virginia and Maryland, and to abstain from molesting Indians friendly to us; and though I should have asked satisfaction but for the intercession of your Governor, I forgive you on condition that you abstain from all further injuries and keep the peace, burying two hatchets in sign of firm determination to live at peace with us and the friendly Indians. Next summer this peace shall be ratified, and you will keep it, and not come near the heads of the rivers, where our people whom you have so often deceived will not trust you. Below.—"Was given to each nation, 20 yds. duffles, 1 doz. stockings, 40 gilds. wampum, 1 fat rum, 1 roll tobacco, bread and other provisions." The same proposition was made to the Senecas, and the like present as to the other nations. 3 pp. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXV., pp. 223–227.]
July 31. 1823. Reply of the Maquas, Oneydas, Onandagas, and Cayonges to the proposals of Lord Howard of Effingham in the town house at Albany. The Maquas spoke first and laid the blame on the three other tribes, but accepted the peace and urged them to do the like. An Onandaga speaker followed, and finally the three erring nations "sang a song of peace, after their manner, with all imaginable demonstrations of joy that the peace was concluded." In the margin of p. 229 are the names of the sachems present, and of the English. Four large pages. Further letters as to this conference are printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., pp. 347, 417. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXV., pp. 231–235.]