Addenda: Miscellaneous, 1682

Pages 772-773

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 ?] 2080. Representation of Sir Henry Morgan. The Duke of Brandenburg on denial of justice to him by the Spaniards granted letters of reprisal against the Catholic King. Frigates for reprise accordingly sailed to the West Indies and were driven by necessity into Port Royal. When they put in I examined my instructions and, finding nothing therein to the contrary, admitted them to the benefit of the port. I cannot see that therefore I have given any cause for displeasure to the King of Spain, for (1) I should have given the same hospitality to Spanish ships; (2) if I had refused the port to ships of either nations, and those ships had perished, this would have amounted to a breach of amity; (3) though the Brandenburg ships brought their prizes to Jamaica and sold them there, yet the Governor could not have prevented it. 2½ pp. closely written. Endorsed but undated. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV. No. 145.]
[1682 ?] 2081. The case of Sir Henry Morgan in reply to the printed case issued of Francis Mingham. A categorical criticism of the case. 2½ closely written pages. [Col. Papers, Vol., LIV. No. 146.]
[1682 ?] 2082. "The reasons why a Lieutenant-Governor cannot serve his Majesty for Jamaica." (1.) If the excesses that have offended the King grieved the people and offended the Spainiards have been committed under the Royal Commission and Instructions, it is high time that these last were altered. (2.) A Lieutenant-Governor passes for Lord Carlisle's lieutenant, otherwise he will be as much disobliged as if the title had been taken from him. (3.) So long as Lord Carlisle keeps the title of Governor, his dependents, who are the people guilty of the irregularities, must be continued and countenanced, or his title becomes no favour. (4.) It seems contrary to reason and a practice for a Governor here to have a title and no power. (5.) Malice and envy will easily make it believed that a Lieutenant-Governor without salary is without credit, a man who will be superseded when he has served his turn; so he will be less dreaded by pirates, less respected by Spainiards and less obeyed by the people. (6.) It seems to be the King's interest to have the affairs of the Government well fixed and settled without expense to himself or trouble to his ministers, so that he can send out Lord Carlisle or what great man he likes. (7.) A Lieutenant-Governor sent hence will not think it worth the risk of taking his wife or children with him; but those that come without them to a young Colony are suspected to be come in search of money only. (8.) A Lieutenant-Governor will hardly get his salary there. Indeed the people will settle no revenue while they think it will be remitted to governors in England. (9.) No man will go out with a subaltern title when it costs him much to make his passage, and he has nothing to expect at the end. (10.) The hardships of such a case is made clearer by actual figures, which are given. 2 pp. evidently a copy. Undated. Probably emanating from Sir Henry Morgan in deed if not in name. [Col. Papers, Vol. LIV., No. 147.]