America and West Indies: August 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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August 1684

Aug. 2. 1824. Abstract of the proposals of the Onandagas and Cayonges Sachems at New York. That the English will protect them from the French, or they will lose all their beaver-hunting; that they have put themselves under the King's protection, and given the Susquehanna river to the Government of New York; that Penn's people may not settle on that river; that they have put themselves under the King and given him two deer-skins to write upon them to the foregoing effect. They desire these proposals to be sent to the King with a belt of wampum and another small belt for the Duke of York. Lord Effingham is desired to notice that Penn's agents would have bought the Susquehanna, but that the Indians would not, but made it over to the Government of New York. Copy. 1 p. Endorsed. Printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., p. 347. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 16.]
Aug. 4. 1825. Journal of the General Assembly of Nevis. Colonel Netheway's letter to the Governor and the General Assembly praying to be reimbursed his expenses in presenting the address to the King. The Assembly replied that Colonel Netheway was not employed on the Island's concerns, Captain Crispe being the agent. The Council replied that he was employed by the Governor with consent of the whole Council. The Assembly's reply. "We desire that he may be presented with twenty guineas to buy him a golden (sic), and be no further concerned with the public business." The Assembly was then dissolved. [Col. Papers, Vol. LII., No. 4.]
Aug. 4. 1826. Warrant to the Sheriffs of London for the transportation of three hundred malefactors to St. Christophers, to be taken the good with the bad. If Christopher Jeaffreson refuse to take the good with the bad they shall be delivered to some one else. Signed, Sunderland. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVII., pp. 163–165.]
Aug. 4.
1827. Thomas Milner to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Forwarding duplicates of the Journals of the Assembly. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXII. p. 308.]
Aug. 5. 1828. Answer of the Senecas to the propositions of Lord Howard of Effingham (see No. 1823). Joyfully accepting the peace. 1¼ pp. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXV., pp. 237–239.]
Aug. 5.
New Hampshire.
1829. Governor Cranfield to the Earl of Sunderland. Hearing that you were soon to have the care of the Western Station. I acknowledge receipt of your letters to the other Colonies. They have all published the King's proclamation of 12th March last against pirates, as we also have done here, though with some difficulty. A copy is enclosed. I also send the receipts for their letters from Connecticut and New Plymouth; those from Massachusetts and Rhode Island went by last ship. The Captain of a Virginia ship putting into Boston, I sent on board my letters to Sir Leoline Jenkins, but he refused to carry them without money, as is shown by affidavit enclosed and his own receipts. If this precedent be admitted, it will be a great charge to the King's affairs in the Plantations. Signed, Edw. Cranfield. Holograph. ½ p. Endorsed, Recd. at the Committee, 17 Nov. '84. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 17, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXVII., pp. 116–117.] Annexed,
1829. I. Governor Hinckley to Governor Cranfield. Acknowledging receipt of the letters from England forwarded by him. The King's orders have been carried out. Signed, Tho. Hinckley. Dated Barnstable, New Plymouth, 25th June 1684. ½ p. Over page.—A postscript, giving thanks for small attentions. Endorsed, Recd. at the Committee 17 Nov. 1684.
1829. II. Governor Treat to Governor Cranfield. To the same effect. The proclamation of 12th March 1684 has been published in "two of our poor towns." Signed, Robert Treat. Dated, Milford [Connecticut], 30th June 1684. Holograph. ½ p. Endorsed as the foregoing.
1829. III. An Act for restraining privateers and pirates. 3½ pp. Underwritten: Passed by the Governor, Council, and Assembly, 22 July 1684. Signed, Rich. Chamberlain. Endorsed, Recd. 17 Nov. 1684.
1829. IV. Receipt of Captain William Fowle for two letters to be carried to England, and his charge for freight, 1l. Scrap. Endorsed.
1829. V. Receipt for Governor Cranfield's letter to Sir Leoline Jenkins. Charge, ten shillings.
1829. VI. Deposition of John Hinks, who carried Cranfield's letters to the ship, that the Captain would not carry them without money. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., Nos. 17, 17 I.–VI.]
Aug. 6. 1830. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Sir William Stapleton's letters of 3rd and 14th May and 8th June read (see Nos. 1660, 1681, 1731). Agreed to lay the two first before the King.
The business of the Bermuda Company. A conveyance of public lands for payment of the Company's debts read. The Lords order the Company to specify how the debts were contracted, and to give an account of the revenue.
Agreed to recommend Governor Cranfield's application for leave of absence.
Memorandum of documents received. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CVII., pp. 338–340.]
Aug. 6. 1831. William Blathwayt to Robert Banner. My Lords desire copies of the printed laws, regulations, orders, and decrees now in force in Bermuda, and of the commissions and instructions sent to the Governors; also an account of revenues received for the support of the Government in the Islands or in England, with the orders by which they were raised, and of the duty payable from the next ships and their lading. Pray add to your schedule of debts when and for what object each was contracted. Below, A list of the documents furnished by Banner. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XVII., pp. 102–104.]
Aug. 8.
Hampton Court.
1832. Order of the King in Council. Permitting Governor Cranfield to go to Jamaica or Barbados for his health; he is to appoint a deputy Governor according to his commission. ½ pp. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXVII., p. 116.]
Aug. 8. 1833. Extract from a letter from Sir Thomas Lynch. I told Lord Sunderland that Providence was destroyed, and the old Governor's clerk murdered. Our friend Isaac Rush, the Secretary, and about two hundred of all sorts, are come hither, and the rest are sent for. He says it is a just judgment on them, since four or five hundred of them have gone thence for New Mexico. Carolina and those Colonies have certainly become the retreat of these pirates. Copy. ½ p. Endorsed. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 18.]
Aug. 11.
1834. Samuel Trott and William Righton to Francis Burghill. I received yours on 8th July, and same day acquainted the other persons appointed by Mr. Attorney with the King's order in Council. Next day four of us served the Secretary here, for so the Company call their officer, with a true copy, and showed him the original. He told us he would ask the Governor's orders, and we then served another copy on the Governor himself, who said he would summon the Council and give us an answer, but this not without reflections on ourselves and question of our authority. The Council met and made the order, but not till 16th July. We then applied ourselves to the duty required of us, and we would gladly have had assistance, but not only was this refused, but a guard was sent to prevent it. As well as the shortness of the time permitted we have transcribed the Company's letters to the subordinate officers, or, as they now call them, the Janissaries, the Governor being the Aga. Indeed, it is difficult to distinguish between this Government and that of the Grand Signor, except that we have not yet got to the bowstring. According to our orders we asked the Governor and the Sheriff, John Hubbard, for a sight of their commission and instructions from the Company. The Governor totally refused, Hubbard said he would do so when ordered by the Governor and Council. But the Governor turned us out of doors with violence and passion, and offered to fight us with pistol and sword. We enclose copy of what he caused to be publicly read in our meeting-houses, which they call churches. We offer no comment on it, but the design is certainly to expose us, and possibly also the authority under which we act. We must plead shortness of time as an excuse for our shortcomings. Signed. Postscript.—The Governor has since sworn by God that we should peruse no more records for the King's service. The Governor and Council have not only made our duty troublesome, but very expensive. 1½ pp. Endorsed. Read, 23rd February 1684–85. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 19.]
Aug. 13. 1835. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Lord Nottingham informed the Committee that in consequence of the verdict against the Charter of the Bermuda Company the merchants refuse to pay to it its duties on tobacco. Ordered that the Company attend the Lords of the Treasury to give deputations authorising fit persons to receive the duties. Lord Nottingham said further that he was informed that at least fifty families had left Bermuda on the apprehension of Mr. Burghills appointment as Governor, and a hundred more were preparing to leave. Mr. Secretary Godolphin to report this to the King.
The Acts of Nevis of 22nd January 1684 considered. The Act for ships to enter into additional security referred to Commissioners of Customs; also the Acts prohibiting importation of rum, and for due places for payment of sugar. The Acts for licensing surgeons, against killing negroes, and for instituting a register amended. The Act for raising the price of money referred to the Commissioners of the Mint. The remainder approved.
Memorandum of documents sent and received. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CVIII., pp. 1–6.]
Aug. 13. 1836. Minutes of Council and Assembly of St. Christopher's. Proposals of the Assembly: 1. That a further account be given of the money granted by the King for fortifications. 2. That accounts be furnished of the receipts from fines and forfeitures. 3. That all fines and forfeitures be appropriated by Act to the King, who shall be prayed to grant them for the public service of the Island. 4. That the former order respecting rating of liquors sold by retail be renewed, with some small alteration. 5. That an Act for prevention of engrossment by merchants be prepared. 6. That an Act may be passed prohibiting residents from buying from slaves anything except gourds of molasses, burthens of wood, and such fruits as are commonly gathered, without leave of their masters. Answers of the Governor and Council: 1. We concur. 2. The Assembly may have the account if it will employ its clerk to make it. 3. An Act to this effect has already been sent home. 4. We concur. 5. This is sufficiently provided for by the laws of England. [Col. Papers, Vol. LV., No. 48.]
Aug. 14.
James City.
1837. William Sherwood to Sir Leoline Jenkins. By command of the burgesses I send the loyal address of the inhabitants of Virginia (see No. 1698). I do not presume to give you any information as to the Colony, but news came yesterday that the Senecas or some other foreign Indians have lately killed some of the English at the head of the Rappahannock River. It happens at an ill time, the Governor being at New York. 1 p. Endorsed. Read at the Committee, 8 Nov. '84. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 20, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXII., p. 299–301.]
Aug. 15.
1838. Thomas Milner to Sir Leoline Jenkins. The House of Burgesses entrusted the despatch of its address to Mr. Sherwood and myself. He has sent the original and I now send the duplicate. Signed, Thos. Milner, Cl. Assembly. 1 p. Endorsed. Read at the Committee, 8 Nov. '84. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 21, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXII., pp. 301–302.]
[Aug. 15.] 1839. Sir Thomas Lynch to the pirate, Laurens. I have received your three letters, and thank your most particularly for letting the poor Irishman go. I shall show my gratitude to you when I have opportunity, for any one who treats the English well lays me under obligation, and I expect no less from you who hold a patent from the most Christian King. Francois le Sage behaves very differently, for he has frequently injured and insulted our ships, and has by present report 60 pirates on board his ship taken from La Trompeuse. I shall inform Mons. De Cussy of this. While you behave with such respect to the justice and friendship that exist between the French and English crowns I am always your friend. French. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 15 August 1684. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 22.]
Aug. 20. 1840. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. The business of Bermuda. Agreed that Mr. Cony's letters asking to be continued as Governor be laid before the King.
Lord Howard of Effingham's letter of 25th June read (see No. 1775).
Mr. Meverell's complaint against Sir Thomas Lynch of 9th May read (see No. 1673). The question of the renewal of the order of 12th May 1677 for allowing trade with the Spaniards was referred to the Commissioners of Customs. The Royal African Company summoned for next meeting. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CVIII., pp. 7–9.]
Aug. 22.
1841. The Earl of Perth and other Proprietors of New Jersey to Governor Dongan. We thought to have found a kind neighbour in you, considering who we are and who your master is. We have spoken with his Commissioners in London as to bringing our Government under New York, and doubt not to have convinced them of the reasons why we are unwilling to do so. We doubt not that the Duke is convinced of our rights in every respect, and we found him to abhor to do anything contrary to what he has passed under his hand and seal. And we persuade ourselves that you will lay aside all thoughts of attempting anything that may reflect on the justice and honour of your master. Signed, Perth, Geo. Menzies, J. Drummond. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 1 April '85. Printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., p. 348. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 23.]
August. 1842. Petition of Matthew Meverell to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Was imprisoned by Sir Thomas Lynch for seizing the ship St. Thomas in Port Royal, and is still under confinement. Begs an order to the Governor for his release. 1 p. Endorsed. Read 3 Nov. 1684. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 24.]
Aug. 24. 1843. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. The appointment of Lord Rochester in lieu of Lord Radnor as President of the Council, was announced by the King. Ordered that Mr. Cony be apprised that the King will continue him as Governor.
Memorandum of documents sent and received. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CVIII., pp. 9, 10.]
Aug. 25. 1844. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Colonel Molesworth sworn as Lieutenant-Governor on the death of Sir T. Lynch. Colonel Ivy withdrew, not being satisfied that all the Councillors present had been appointed by the King. The Council also took the oaths. Order for all officers to continue in their places. The Lieutenant brought forward the case of the pirate Banister, in which the Council resolved that Banister be committed on suspicion of piracy for a second trial owing to the failure of justice in the first. Order for his arrest accordingly. Adjourned sine die. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXVI., pp. 53–54.]
Aug. 25.
New Hampshire.
1845. Governor Cranfield to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Since my last a French privateer of thirty-five guns has arrived at Boston. I am credibly informed that they share 700l. a man. The Bostoners no sooner heard of her off the coast than they despatched a messenger and pilot to convoy her into port in defiance of the King's proclamation. The pirates are likely to leave the greatest part of their plate behind them, having bought up most of the choice goods in Boston. The ship is now refitting for another expedition. I need say nothing of these people. Their own action will be the best proof of their disobedience and insolent deportment. The people of this province also show themselves undutiful towards the King's commands, have torn down his proclamation of the 12th March, and refuse to pay the rates continued in the King's Commission to me. I enclose depositions of the Constables in the various towns in proof. Signed, Edw. Cranfield. Holograph. frac34 p. Endorsed. Recd. 28 Oct. 1684. Read 29 Nov. 1684. [Col. Papers. Vol. LIV., No. 25, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXVII., pp. 117, 118.] Annexed,
1845. I. The names of the persons who refused to pay the provincial rate for Greenland and Sandy Beach. Sixty-one names. Deposition of John Johnson, constable, that four persons only consented to pay. Sworn before the Governor and Council, 25th August 1684. Copy certified by Richard Chamberlain. 1½ pp. Endorsed. Recd. 28 Oct. '84. Presented 29 Nov. '84.
1845. II. A similar list for the town of Dover. Sixty-five names. Deposition of John Gerish, constable, that not one of them would pay. Sworn and endorsed as the foregoing. 1½ pp.
1845. III. A similar list for the precincts of Dover. Twenty names. Deposition of Anthony Nutter, constable, that they refused to pay. Sworn and endorsed as the foregoing. 1½ pp.
1845. IV. A similar list for Portsmouth and Strawberry Bank. Fifty-two names. Deposition of John Pickering, constable, that they refused to pay. Sworn and endorsed as the foregoing. 1½ pp.
1845. V. A similar list for Great Island, Portsmouth. Forty names. Deposition of Daniel Ushaw, that they refused to pay. Sworn and endorsed as the foregoing. 1½ pp.
1845. VI. A similar list for Exeter. Seventy-two names. Deposition of John Foullsham, constable, that they refused to pay. Sworn and endorsed as the foregoing. 1½ pp.
1845. VII. A similar list for Hampton. Seventy-nine names. Depositions of John Smith and Nathaniel Bachelor, that they refused to pay. Sworn and endorsed as the foregoing. 1½ pp.
1845. VIII. A similar list for Oyster River. Thirty-three names. Deposition of John Woodman, that they refused to pay. Sworn and endorsed as foregoing. 1½ pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., Nos. 25, I.–VIII.]
Aug. 26. 1846. Commission to Thomas Hudson, Robert Hewitt, Charles Penhallow, and Reginald Wilson, or any three of them, to examine the accounts of Thomas Martin, deceased, late Receiver-General in Jamaica. Countersigned, Samuel Bernard. Copy. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 23 Nov. 1684. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 26.]
Aug. 26.
1847. The Duke of York to Governor Dongan. My commissioners are despatching the bills you sent over, particularly those which contain the franchises and privileges of New York. If any alterations be made they will only be for the advantage of the people, or to bring the laws nearer to the laws of England. Meanwhile, having heard that some of your neighbours try on various pretences to obstruct the trade of New York and Albany, you will suffer no innovation within that river, nor any goods to pass up it but such as have paid duty at New York, so as to keep the benefits of trade to the inhabitants, and the duties for the support of the Government. If you find that the people of New Jersey trade with the Indians, except by the river of New York, you will do your best to prevent it, as I wish to preserve the Indian trade for the benefit of New York above all others. Printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., p. 348. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXX., p. 48.]
Aug. 27.
St. James's.
1848. Sir John Werden to Governor Dongan. Your proposal to encourage the erection of a fishery at Pemaquid we hope may be successful. We trust that you will get enough to join you, but we do not think it well to embark the Duke in expense till your affairs are better settled. We do not understand your request for a ship to transport passengers. We should be glad if you could nominate a man able to procure a sufficient company of people to go to New York, and then we will see about making their passage easy. Do you mean the ship to remain there, or to pass to and fro? We shall send you arms and ammunition as soon as may be. Post-houses from Carolina along the coast to Nova Scotia seem a very reasonable thing. You may offer it to any contractor for three or five years, by way of farm, reserving at least a tenth, or what profit you may think fit, for the Duke, the farmers to account to him on oath or by audit. We think you were right when you asserted the Duke's title to the profits of the Post Office in all the King's dominions. The Duke designs the house which you wish for, to be the Governor's residence, so you may make use of it during your government. You mention that you have approved of a port at the east of Long Island, for the benefit of the inhabitants. You will take care that the Duke's revenue is increased thereby rather than his expenses, and that the Acts of Navigation are not infringed. You say Captain Billop will sell his plantation in Staten Island; it would be better that someone from New York should buy it than one from New Jersey. We are not averse to your proposal for a mint, but postpone the matter for the present. Guard your interest on the Susquehanna so as to keep New Jersey and Penn from getting hold of it. They will push their charters as far as New England. Call to account any owners of large tracts who have not improved them. Printed in New York Documents, Vol. III., pp. 349–50. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXX., pp. 49, 50.]
Aug. 27. 1849. William Blathwayt to Deputy Governor Richard Cony. I rejoice to tell you that you are to be continued as Governor. The settlement of the government of Bermuda is now before the Lords of Trade. I shall be glad if I can be of service to you therein. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XVII., p. 102.]
Aug. 28.
1850. Receipt for the tribute of seven beaver skins reserved in the King's grant of Mounthope. Signed, William Blathwayt, [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXI., p. 211.]
Aug. 29.
New Hampshire.
1851. Governor Cranfield to [William Blathwayt]. The King's letter (see ante, No. 1582) has arrived seasonably, for there is a French privateer refitting in the dock at Boston which has made great depredations among the Spaniards. Some of the Spanish prisoners have run away and come here for sanctuary (which they shall have and all friendship besides), and told me that they were captured off Carthagena by the men that plundered Vera Cruz. She is called La Paz. The Francis lies off the coast and is to come in when they have sent out La Paz. They are both extraordinarily rich ships, chiefly through spoil of the Spaniards, though they have spared none that they met at sea. If the King could have spared a frigate for this coast it would have been more to the King's advantage than St. Helena, for most of the English plate-ships that have come into Boston during the last two years, though they pretended to have recovered their goods from wrecks, have robbed the Spaniards of the greater part of it and could all have been prizes to the King. It is well that their Government is almost at an end, or Boston would have been a receptacle for all the pirates in these western parts. Pray communicate this to the Lords. They will see how well the Bostoners have complied with his proclamation of 12th March. Though none were so ready to pass the Jamaica Act against pirates, they have never observed it nor the proclamation since. Extract. 1p. Endorsed. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 27.]
Aug. 30. 1852. Colonel Hender Molesworth to the Earl of Sunderland. It is a sad occasion that obliges me to write to you. Sir Thomas Lynch died on the 24th instant, and I assumed the Government in virtue of my Commission as Lieutenant - Governor. Captain Banister, who left this port on a privateering design, was lately brought in by the Ruby, Captain Mitchell, and put on his trail for piracy during the first days of Sir Thomas's sickness. By corruption of the evidence and mismanagement of the case, the the grand jury threw out the bill. The story was this. Banister after leaving this, as if bound for New England, saile I to Petit Guavos for a French Commission, which was refused him. He is said to have received the promise of one from Mons. Grammont, but without any commission he took a canoe with two Spaniards on board, and had them with him when captured by Captain Mitchell. Afterwards, when in port, he was allowed by the carelessness of the master to communicate with some of his friends ashore, who sent him money, wherewith he paid the Spaniards for their canoe and cargo, as well as their wages as sailors for the time that they were aboard his ship; for all of which they gave him a discharge, dated after he came into harbour. On the day of the trail the two Spaniards were sent up to give evidence, without any care to strengthen their testimony or confront them with their original declaration to Captain Mitchell, and they said that they had sold their canoe and cargo, and were on board the ship voluntarily. Thereupon the jury threw out the bill, the news whereof gave Sir Thomas Lynch such distrubance of mind as much increased his disease. He resolved to have him tried again, and I also; so he has been arrested, for he is not yet sufficiently discharged by law, and it would be a dishonour to let such a shame on the justice of the Island to pass, particularly as he has threatened Captain Mitchell with an action for damages, as though he were the honestest man in the world. I understand that Sir Thomas Lynch has asked your directions on several matters; 1, as to our attitude towards French privateers, and 2, towards Spaniards who capture honest traders; 3, as to the support to be given to our trade with the Spaniards in English manufactures, and as to the encouragement to be given to Spaniards who come here to buy negroes. I venture to press for the King's orders on these subjects. Signed, Hender Molesworth. Copy. 3½ pp. [col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 28.]
Aug. 30. 1853. The Same to Lords of Trade and Plantations. To the same effect as the foregoing. Holograph. 3 pp. Endorsed. Read. 23 Nov. 1684. Read 24th. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 29, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXX., pp. 280–283.]
1854. Deposition of George Stanley. Sailed with the sloop Africa from Nevis to St. Thomas in August 1683. After two days H.M.S. Francis, Captain Carlile, came in, and the two ships went down in company to recover a New England sloop captured by pirates and seized by Governor Esmit, but found it staved. Parted company with the Francis and sailed for St. John's, where fell in with a Spanish ship under Manuel Rodrigo, who pursued and captured deponent's ship and, shutting him and all his men into the hold till they were nearly stifled, brought them to Porto Rico. Here they were put ashore, imprisoned, and forced to work like salves for sixpence a day. Several more English were at Porto Rico. Sworn before Joseph Martyn, 30th August 1684. 2½ pp. Endorsed, "Read. from Governor Stapleton, 3 Nov. 94." [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 30.]
Aug. 30. 1855. Deposition of Richard Everson, of the boat Hopewell, which sailed in company with the Africa from St. John's, confirming George Stanley's account of the capture of the Africa and of his own boat with it, and of their subsequent sufferings. Sworn before Joseph Martyn, 30 August 1684. 2½ pp. Endorsed, "Recd. from Sir W. Stapleton, 3 Nov. '84." [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No.31.]
August. 1856. An account of disbursements laid out for the building of a fort at Port Rossignol, for the encouragement of fishing and safeguard of fishermen, August, 1684, under the management of Mr. Thomas Russell, and at the expense of Sir Thomas Russell, Knight and Baronet. Total, 1,012l. Below.— A memorandum stating that the fort was built because fishermen refused to settle there without it, but that the fishing season was so bad that the fishermen would pay no tributes or dues, so that the undertakers gained nothing. Signed, Tho. Russell. 2 pp. Endorsed but undated. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No.32.]