America and West Indies: June 1688

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 12 1685-1688 and Addenda 1653-1687. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.

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June 1688

June 1.
1,769. Order of the King in Council. Confirming, on the recommendation of the Lords of Trade and Plantations, the suspension of Colonel John Bourden from the Council of Jamaica. Signed, John Nicholas. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXII., pp. 105, 106.]
June 1.
1,770. Order of the King in Council. Report of Lords of Trade and Plantations. On the petition of Colonel Molesworth (see No. 1,766), we recommend that the Duke of Albemarle be commanded to let Colonel Molesworth repair to England forthwith, and that, it he have complied with the royal instructions, he be not hindered in any way whatever. Ordered accordingly. Lord Sunderland to cause a letter to be prepared to the Duke. Signed, John Nicholas. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXII., pp. 96, 97.]
June 1. 1,771. The King to the Duke of Albemarle. A letter in the terms of the foregoing order, with a copy of the bond to be required of Colonel Molesworth. Countersigned, Sunderland. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXII., pp. 98–101.]
June 1. 1,772. Henry Hordesnell to Lords of Trade and Plantations. I am sorry I can give you no better account of the King's dues. Some people are going from hence who will give you a plain account, if you desire it. These poor men have not been dealt with as they ought, and the covetousness of one has been the ruin of many. But the King suffers most, some £20,000 I fear, besides several hundreds which the Governor's son has conveyed to his own use. There have been very ill things done also in the execution of justice. The people here are very tractable, and I have not had above twenty-two or three trials since I came, all but three of them ejectments. I can go or stay as the King desires, but if I stay I beg for a salary, as all the profit I have got does not amount to half of my expense. I have examined the persons who will attend you from here, and have found no untruth in them. They are men of good credit, will own their error, and explain why they were obstinate at first. I beg your favour on their behalf. I send a copy of the grand jury's presentment, verbatim, according to their own method. I have looked to the particulars therein mentioned, except the question of school-masters, for the Governor has laid it down that no schoolmaster shall teach and no midwife practise without his licence. The Assembly's Acts set up by the Governor in opposition to the King's laws are of little value. This place now suffers from the Governor's prohibition of whale-fishing. The season is over; and there is no oil, so they cannot make up their tobacco for want of light. I hope that after the loss of the King's customs last year you will allow the people free trade. If the King will add the Bahamas to this Government it will soon become considerable, for these islands are too thickly peopled. Young men grow up daily and there is no land for them to settle on. Pardon me for mentioning these things. The Governor does things as if he intended nothing but the country's ruin and his own interest, cloaking his illegal actions under the King's name. The people are easy and tractable, but have so long been harassed by arbitrary actions that the country is half distracted, willing to do anything to serve the King, but finding that which is ordered one day contradicted the next. About a fortnight ago seventy pirates came in in a Portuguese man-of-war, who submitted to the royal proclamation. I hope the Governor has made enough profit out of this to repay the thousands due to the King which he has taken from others. He has given the poor men a certificate that they are free, but has taken no security that they shall pursue the proclamation, nor will he permit them to enter their names and abodes in the Admiralty. They ought to have taken the oath of allegiance and been passed into England. They were late for the term prescribed by the proclamation, but I believe they came in as soon as they heard of it. Signed, H. Hordesnell. P.S. The Governor has pressed the mate of the vessel that carries this and has used all violence to prevent my writing to England. A guilty conscience. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXII., No. 70, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XVIII., pp. 159–165.]
June 2.
1,773. Governor Sir Nathaniel Johnson to Lords of Trade and Plantations. I send herewith the Attorney General's report on the state of the islands (see No. 1,706). If Mathews applies for a confirmation of his title, which I have refused, you will not be surprised. Mr. Crispe, who opposes the establishment of the Court of Exchequer in St. Christopher's, is represented to me by the officers of the customs and of the Royal African Company as a persistent smuggler of negroes and sugar to and from the Dutch Islands. I suggested to him that the judges of the Exchequer might be paid by fees, to which he replied that they could do that without my help; but what he wanted was a salary paid from the King's coffers. I have lately suspended both him and Mathews from the Council, and put John Barry and Daniel Fogarthy in their places. As to the question of titles in St. Christopher's, I send copy of Lord Arlington's explanation of the Treaty of Breda, and should be glad to know if it be genuine. All kinds of complicated questions are likely to come before me, and I should be glad of instructions. Again, there is an Act of 1681 against employing any French servants except tradesmen, which makes the French murmur much. Whatever the necessity for the Act when it was passed, it is a great disadvantage now, for there are scarce six French families now in the English quarters. If the Act were dispensed with it would be a great benefit. It would be a great advantage, too, if I could grant letters of denizenation and secure strangers, particularly French Protestants, as settlers. The Dutch and Danes strengthen themselves much in this way. The Governor of St. Thomas' has caused instruments inviting strangers to be scattered about these islands. which I have much resented, as I find that in his proposals he claims Crab Island for the King of Denmark. Sir William Stapleton opposed some attempts of this kind on the part of the same Governor, so I have told him that I shall obstruct any attempt of his to settle the island.
There is now a Danish African Company established to carry on a trade with the Spaniards in negroes, which will be very detrimental to Jamaica and to the Royal African Company also, by sending slaves cliandestinely into these islands, which is constantly done, despite all our vigilance, from St. Eustatia. Again, free ports at St. Thomas' and St. Eustatia will much encourage interlopers to trade to Africa. If I am to check such violations of the Acts of Trade and of the African Company's Charter I must have a man-of-war provided for me. I have lately permitted about fifty men to go to Crab Island from here, but have granted them no commission, and shall not allow the people to go thither from Tortola and Anguilla without your orders. Indeed, the drought has been so severe as much to distress the poorer classes, so I could not detain men here against their wills who wished to go to a better furnished island. Another interloper has been here, and had landed some sixty slaves at Montserrat, when the Lieutenant Governor rode up to the landing place, and she sailed away. All the slaves were seized. She landed some men, if not all, a few days later, and some of them also were seized. I have condemned the first sixty as lawful seizure, and await evidence to condemn the rest. The ship escaped, as I had no man-of-war to send after her, and I cannot hope to seize more slaves. The Company's officers were riotously opposed when seizing these negroes, and I have ordered a prosecution of the offenders, which I hope will have a good effect. These negroes are the first that were ever condemned here. Formerly such cases were tried at common law, when juries would not be satisfied with any evidence, but I transferred this case to the Admiralty Court. The Company's factors have reported the affair at length. The Company, of course, suffers from interlopers, but by the smuggling from the Dutch Islands the King also is a loser, as it occasions the conveyance of our sugar to the Dutch Islands. I have established certain ports of shipment since I came, and forbidden shipment from any other places, but I want a man-of-war to enforce the rules. The only way to check this contraband trade is to authorise the arrest and examination on oath of suspected persons, who, on refusing to answer the accusation, should be esteemed guilty. A royal proclamation to this effect would do much to destroy this trade, but it cannot be utterly put down except by destruction of the Dutch and Danish settlements. I send copies of the petition of the Secretary and Marshal of Montserrat and of my order thereon, and other orders and regulations as to Roman Catholics referred to in my letter of 3 March. I move this evening to Antigua. I send the Act passed to encourage me to reside there. I hope that it will be confirmed, as my expenses are great and much increased by the drought. I have taken care for the farm of a small plantation for stock and provisions for my family, but cannot afford to provide the necessary labour. May I beg you to intercede for the King's share of the seizure above reported for me. I enclose the form of patent that I use, for your approval. I may add that I think Mr. Hutcheson's project for a rent upon patents is practicable, and that the Lieutenant Governors could be maintained thereby. The confirmation of the Act herewith sent, together with the rents that might be reserved in Antigua, will make me also as independent of the inhabitants as the Lieutenant Governors would be. The King would be at no additional charge. I believe the island will continue the yearly pension to future Governors to encourage them to reside in Antigua, and by degrees provide an estate for the Governor to the annual value of the pension. I beg your perusal of the last sheet of Mr. Hutcheson's report in relation to the office of Attorney General. Signed, N. Johnson. 10 pp. Endorsed. Recd. 26 July 1688. Enclosed,
1,773. I. Lord Arlington's instructions for the execution of the Treaty of Breda. 1½ pp. Endorsed. Recd. 26 July 1688.
1,773. II. Docket of the grant of the Secretary Provost Marshal's office of the Leeward Island to Garret Cotter. July 1679. Copy. 1 p.
1,773. III. Deposition of John Barry. To the effect that he addressed himself to Lieutenant Governor Thomas Hill for toleration for Roman Catholics, but was refused. Then addressed himself to Sir Nathaniel Johnson, who at once granted permission for them to exercise their religion. Sworn 22 May 1688. 1 p.
1,773. IV. Deposition of John Martin. That Lieutenant Governor Hill declared he would not obey the order for toleration of Catholics. Sworn 22 May 1688. ½ p.
1,773. V. Order of the Council of St. Christopher's, 24 March 1688. Professing its ignorance how to execute Sir Nathaniel Johnson's commission to sit as a Court of Exchequer. On same page. Extract from Colonel Hill's letter to Sir Nathaniel Johnson reporting the same. Copies. The whole 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 25 July 1688.
1,773. VI. Act of Montserrat for surrendering the titles of the whole island to the King, passed 16 April 1668. Copy. 1½ pp. Endorsed as the preceding.
1,773. VII. Act of Montserrat, for confirming the titles of the inhabitants, passed 17 April 1688. Copy. 1½ pp. Endorsed as the preceding.
1,773. VIII. Act of Antigua, for settling the present inhabitants on their lands, passed 11 April 1688. Copy. 2 pp. Endorsed as the preceding.
1,773. IX. Act of Antigua, for promoting the settling of the island. 10 April, 1668. Copy. 1¼ pp. Endorsed as the preceding.
1,773. X. Act of Antigua, for declaring old titles, lost by the French conquest. 10 April 1668. Copy. 2 pp. Endorsed as the preceding.
1,773. XI. Act of Nevis for confirmation of titles of lands. 8 April 1664. Copy. 2½ pp. Endorsed as the preceding.
1,773. XII. Act of Nevis for ascertaining lands, etc. 8 May 1680. 2½ pp. Endorsed as the preceding.
1,773. XIII. Patent for grant of land given by Sir William Stapleton. 1681. Copy. 1 p. Endorsed as the preceding.
1,773. XIV. Form of patent for land grants used by Sir Nathaniel Johnson. 4 pp. Endorsed as the preceding.
1,773. XV. Instrument of the Governor of St. Thomas', claiming Crab Island for the Danish Crown. Signed, A. Esmit. Danish. 2 pp. Endorsed as the preceding. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXII., Nos. 71, 71I.–XV., and (letter only) Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVI., pp. 328–341.]
June 4. 1,774. Journal of Lords of Trade and Plantations. Letter from the Commissioners of Ordnance read (see No. 1,783). Agreed to lay it before the King; agreed also to recommend leave to Sir Nathaniel Johnson and Colonel Blackiston to accept the presents made them by the island of Montserrat.
Petition of Sir John Shorter and others as to mines in New England read, and referred to the Commissioners of the Treasury.
Abstract of Colonel Dongan's letters read, with his letter of 19 February. The matter to be represented to the King.
Sir Robert Robinson's letter of 28 January read (see No. 1,610). Agreed that James Smailes take his remedy at law. Mr. Hordesnell's letter of 19 January read (see No. 1,597). Agreed to recommend that he be allowed to come home.
Lord Howard of Effingham's answer to Captain Croft's complaints read. Agreed to lay it by till his return, the Lords being satisfied of his good behaviour and the misbehaviour of the captains.
Memorandum of documents sent and received. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. CIX., pp. 163–171.]
June 4. 1,775. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Proclamation ordered prohibiting all fishing at the wreck without his Grace's leave. Petition of the French pirates against their imprisonment by Mr. Lynch read, and consideration deferred until Mr. Lynch's return. John Short granted a patent for twelve months to set up a general intelligence office. His Grace announced that he should send H.M.S. Assistance to Carthagena to demand the English prisoners. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXVI., pp. 229A–230A.]
June 4.
1,776. Proclamation of the Duke of Albemarle, forbidding all persons to fish on the wreck at Hispaniola without his licence. Large sheet. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 1.]
June 6.
1,777. Governor the Duke of Albemarle to Lords of Trade and Plantations. In my last I told you that I had displaced the Attorney General and the Deputy Provost Marshal. The latter, hearing that a warrant was issued against him, fled from justice in one of the ships that sailed yesterday. Colonel Samuel Barry went with him, without asking leave as the law requires. Mr. Lynch has saild in H.M.S. Drake for Carthagena and Porto Bello, leaving the French pirates prisoners here as when I last wrote. You will have heard before this of Sir John Narborough's death. He wrote to me before his death of his progress at the wreck, and I shall send some sloops there to see if anything is left. I have issued a proclamation forbidding any ship to visit it without my leave. I am likely to be a great loser by the last voyage, and shall be at great expense in maintaining the ships and sloops that will need be employed there, so I hope that the King will not tie me to the latter contract from the time of Sir John's death. Signed, Albemarle. 1¼ pp. Endorsed. Recd. 26 July 1688. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 2.]
June 6.
1,778. Governor Sir Robert Robinson to Lords of Trade and Plantations. I have at last, though with much trouble and difficulty, completed for you a book of the general matters referring to these islands. The secretary, since my arrival, has been constantly ill, and I could find no proper assistant in the work, but I hope this report may prove satisfactory. The forts are repaired and fitted with sundry battlements, on which I have mounted all the guns that could be spared, and I am looking for more guns from some wrecks in the neighbourhood. I have also built two new forts to the west, with a fort at the Ferry point, which I hope will not only keep off an enemy but check illegal trade among our own craft. In the fourth article of their petition the people ask for liberty to take their vessels to such harbours as they please after performing the duties required by law. I know not what they mean by this, except to evade being searched, for the right has never been denied to them. I have lately erected a town platform and several battlements, which are not only very ornamental to St. George's, but command the whole harbour. There are now seventeen sail in the harbour, the greatest number ever known. I have done my utmost to procure the King's moiety, and should have written more at large by Captain Frowde had he apprised me of his departure. Some of those who beg for remission of paying this due are well able to pay it, but the poorer of them have spent all they got, and are poorer than ever. Notwithstanding all possible care, the great ones have favoured or rather injured themselves much in defrauding the King's customs, especially by carrying off 250,000 lbs. of tobacco, so that Captain Bee has not half a cargo for his ship. The people have given over all thoughts of building a house for the Governor, so that I and my family are still lodgers. I beg you to let me know whether the Governor and Council are not the Chancery here, whether persons may not appeal to other than the present judge, and whether it does not lie with the Governor and Council to summon all courts as occasion requires. I wish measures to be taken for the recovery of the King's lands and slaves. Signed, Robt. Robinson. 2 pp. Endorsed. Recd. 25 July 1688. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 3, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XVIII., pp. 169–173.]
[June 6.] 1,779. The book referred to in the foregoing letter. Pages 1–19. Minutes of Council of Bermuda. April 10, 12, 20, 1687. Arrival of the Governor and swearing in of himself and of his Council. May 3. Swearing of additional Councillors. May 12. Justices of the Peace sworn. May 25. "Several small matters." May 31. Persons appointed to enquire into Governor Cony's proceedings towards Richard Stafford and others. June 3. The proposals to be laid before the Assembly considered. June 6. The Council and Assembly sworn. June 7. Mr. Stafford refusing to serve as an Assembly man, his commission as Attorney General was cancelled. June 8. The Council assented to the Assembly's proposal that for the present the public rents should be applied to pay public expenses. June 16. The case of James Smailes was referred to a committee. June 17. Several Acts read and some returned for amendment. June 30. Several Acts were read. Agreed that enquiry should be made about the damages sustained by the inhabitants from Colonel Cony. July 24. Joseph Stow sworn of the Council. August 1. Report on Smailes's case. Richard Stafford's declaration read. August 15. Order for two strangers from the Bahamas to appear next Council. Order for building the fort at the ferry. Sept. 5. Exportation of corn prohibited. A court ordered to try the man in prison. Sept. 12. Order for no vessel to go to the wreck without a double crew. Sept. 19. Several Acts read. Captain Hubbard took the oath as Sheriff. Sept. 21. John Tucker's patent as Provost Marshal read, and Captain Hubbard sworn as his deputy. Sept. 22. The prisoner tried, found guilty, and sentenced to death. Sept. 24. Several Acts presented by the Assembly. Oct. 10. Order for a watch to be kept and proper alarm posts established. Sundry small business. Oct. 25. Samuel Trott sworn of the Council. A case examined, arising out of the wreck. Oct. 29. Assembly prorogued. Nov. 10. Captain Hubbard appointed Treasurer. James Smailes's complaint against him read. Nov. 28. Order for a house to be built to accommodate passengers at the ferry. Dec. 7–9. Petition of the Assembly to the King sent up. Several Acts debated and passed. Dec. 10. The Governor sent several proposals to the Assembly for raising money for support of the Government, and to oblige all vessels to load and unload in the castle or town-harbours. 1688, Jan. 4. Report on the complaints of James Smailes. Assizes fixed for first Monday in March. Jan. 18. Henry Hordesnell's commission as Chief Justice read. Jan. 20. Proclamation for holding of the Assizes. Acts of the Assembly read and confirmed. Assembly adjourned to the first Monday in February. Feb. 3. "Several matters of little moment." Assembly adjourned to a month later. Feb. 10. Charles Walker suspended of the Council and Arthur Jones sworn in his place. The Governor's and Chief Justice's instructions read and to be recorded. Feb. 11. Order for a list of persons who retail liquor without a licence. Five of the Council to wait on the judge and move to him the necessity of having assistants. March 3. Assembly prorogued. The four assistants to the judge ordered to wait upon him. Attestations presented against Mr. Bysshe, who made little answer. May 21. Order for an assessment to be made immediately, for a levy. Order for the number of liquor sellers in each tribe to be determined. The Governor announced that he had called upon Thomas Cooke, lately arrived from the South Seas, to give security, under the King's proclamation for calling in pirates. List of the principal officers. Council. William Green, Laurence Dill, Thos. Foster, Sam. Trott, John Robinson, Joseph Stow, Arthur Jones, Perient Trott, John Hubbard, Thomas Outerbridge, William Pitt, Richard Peniston. Captains of Militia. William Seymour, Francis Dickinson, Copeland Lee, Edward Johnson, John Tucker. Here follow four blank pages. Speech of the Governor to the Assembly and the Assembly's reply. The Assembly's remonstrance against the tax of a penny a pound on tobacco, the Governor's reply, and a further address from the Assembly. The Assembly's reasons for refusing a duty of two per cent. on all plate brought from the wreck. The Assembly's petition to the King for the objects named in the address of the Grand Jury (see No. 1,704). pp. 22–37.
Address of the Council and Assembly to the Lords of Trade and Plantations, forwarding their Acts for confirmation. These Acts are transcribed in full. p. 3. Act against profanation of the Sabbath; Act to vacate the late Company's bylaws; Act to establish Courts of Jurisdiction; Act fixing the qualifications of jurors; Act to regulate defects about pleadings in the Grand Court; Act against moving boats from their moorings without the owner's leave; Act for preservation of boundaries; Act for prevention of trespasses by cattle; Act against stealing provisions; Act against destruction of buttaine wood; Act against trespasses; Act for speedier recovery of debts; Act giving jurisdiction to a justice of the peace to decide debts up to five shillings; Act for recovering debts from insolvent persons; Act concerning Spanish money; Act to prohibit free negroes from inhabiting these islands; Act for trying negroes in all criminal causes; Act concerning the Castle and Pagett's Fort; Act for a mountkeeper; Act for encouragement of a pilot; Act against pirates; Act for powder-money; Act to present differences concerning imported dry goods; Act against engrossing corn and provisions; Act for maintaining public bridges; Act for regulating fees; Act for the secretary's giving copies of records; Act for highways; Act to prevent the destruction of young cedars; Act for making good tobacco; Act for apprentices and for forcing idle people to work; Act for vacating all existing bonds against selling vessels; Act defining a lawful warning for a tenant at will; Act to prevent the poor from moving from one tribe to another; Act against disseizing without verdict of a jury; Act for the registering of Acts of Assemblies; Act to fix the numbers of the Assembly; list of temporary Acts passed before the Governor's arrival and now expired. pp. 38–76. Here follow several blank pages.
Report of the committee appointed to enquire into the damages and hardships sustained by Richard Stafford William Keele, George Bascom, and William Righton (deceased), through their hard usage and imprisonment by Governor Cony. We find the following damages. Richard Stafford, £500; William Keele, £250; George Bascom, £250; Sibilla Righton (widow of William Righton), £300. 28 July 1687. pp. 77, 78.
Report of the committee appointed to enquire into the case of James Smailes. Recommending that the parties be left to settle their differences by common law. pp. 78–80.
Further report on James Smailes's affairs. Finding that Smailes has been audacious in many of his charges, and recommending that some of the matters be settled by arbitration. pp. 81–83.
Account of the treasure brought in from the wreck from July 18, 1687. pp. 84–88.
Abstract of the presentment of the Grand Jury at the Assizes (see No. 1,704). pp. 89–94.
Accounts of money received and paid for the public service of Bermuda. July 1687 to May 1688. pp. 95–99.
Account of the castle and forts. pp. 100, 101.
Account of the militia (½ p.). p. 101A.
General account of the soil, the people, and their occupations. Signed, Robert Robinson. pp. 102–106. Inside the book is inscribed, Recd. 24 July 1688. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XIX.]
June 7.
1,780. Order of the Duke of Albemarle for enquiry to be made as to fines and forfeitures due to the King; the duty to be entrusted to Sir Richard Dereham, Attorney General. Copy. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 10 Oct., 1688. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 4.]
1,781. Duplicate of foregoing. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 5.]
June 8. 1,782. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Colonel Needham sworn of the Council. The Governor of Petit Guavos having asked for the surrender of the French pirates, Mr. Ralph Knight, deputy to Mr. Lynch, declared that he was not empowered to interfere with what Mr. Lynch had already done, but that the goods of the pirates were safe and accounted for. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXVI., pp. 230A.–231.]
June 9. 1,783. Commissioners of Ordnance to the Master General. We have received from Colonel Powell the annexed list of ordnance required for Antigua, all of which are in store and ready to be delivered. Signed. Hen. Shere, T. Gardiner, Phil. Musgrave, Ja. Rothwell. Copied below. List ordnance required for Antigua.
Demi-culverins, 4 Shot 160
Sackers 10 " 400
Minions 6 " 240
also 280 shot for seven sackers already mounted. Signed. Ed. Powell. 24 May, 1688. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVII., pp. 320–321.]
June 9. 1,784. Minutes of Council of Nevis. The Deputy Governor's Commission read. A message to the Assembly as to the repair of gun-carriages was answered, that the Assembly's time was expired. Order for the election of a new Assembly. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVIII., pp. 168, 169.]
June 10.
1,785. Lords of the Council to the Governors of Colonies. The Queen was delivered of a Prince about ten o'clock this morning. You will proclaim the fact, and appoint a day for public thanksgiving and for public rejoicings suitable to the occasion. Signed. Sunderland, Craven, Powis, Middleton, Castlemaine, N. Butler, E. Petre. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. C., pp. 32, 33.]
To Jamaica Vol. XXXII., pp. 107, 108.
" Leeward Islands Vol. XLVII., p. 318.
" Bermuda Vol. XVIII., p. 175.
" New England Vol. LXII., pp. 16, 17.
" Virginia Vol. LXXXIII., pp. 212, 213.
" Proprietors of Carolina Vol. XXII., p. 141.
" Barbados Vol. VII., p. 470.
June 10.
1,786. The King to Lord Howard of Effingham. Granting him permission to return home; the President and Council to administer in his absence. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXIII., pp. 209–210.]
June 10.
1,787. The King to Lieutenant Governor Stede. Warrant for the discharge of John Meagher, who had unfortunately killed Robert Henderson, from confinement on bail. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. VII., p. 469.]
June 11. 1,788. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. The Naval Officer furnished an account of the goods of the French pirates. The Council considered the letter of the Governor of Petit Guavos in connection with his Grace's instructions, but came to no conclusion. Order for writs to be issued for election of an Assembly to meet 20th July. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXVI., pp. 231–231A.]
June 12.
1,789. Henry Guy to William Blathwayt. The King has added £200 more to the salary of the Governor of New England, making the total £1,400 per annum. The Lieutenant Governors are to have £400 a year to be paid out of the revenue there. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXII., p. 16.]
June 12. 1,790. Minutes of Council of Barbados. Orders for sundry payments, and for rebates of duty. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XII., p. 90.]
June 13. 1,791. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Sir Robert Holmes's grant of pirates' goods, and the case of the French pirates considered. Resolved that their confinement be made less strait, but that the Governor has no power to release them. Order for the pirates to give an account of their goods. Order for examination as to the treasure brought by vessels from the wreck. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXVI., pp. 231A–232.]
June 14. 1,792. Lords of the Treasury to Governor Sir Edmund Andros. Ordering him to restore four-fifths of the King's moiety of treasure, for which the master of a ship at the wreck had given security, and to reserve one-tenth only for the King. Signed, Belasyse, Godolphin, Ste. Fox. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXII., p. 17.]
1,793. A sheet of the London Gazette with copies of loyal addresses to the King from several congregations in New England, and from New Plymouth. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 6.]
June 14.
1,794. Lords of Trade and Plantations to the King. Recommending permission to Sir Nathaniel Johnson and Lieutenant Governor Blakiston of Montserrat to accept the gifts voted to them by the Assembly of Montserrat. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVII., pp. 322–323.]
June 15. 1,795. Lords of Trade and Plantations to Master General of Ordnance, The King has approved of the despatch of the Ordnance asked for by Colonel Powell for Antigua. Signed, Jeffreys C. Sunderland, P. Arundell, C.P.S., Powis, Huntingdon, Bath, Craven, Middleton, Melfort, Castlemaine, John Nicholas. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVII., pp. 321–322.
June 15. 1,796. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. The French pirates attended in custody, and demanded their liberty, saying that it had been offered to them for five or six pistoles a head. Mr. Knight gave evidence of their having served under the pirate Townley. Mr. Knight was ordered to report to his Grace all occasions of his transactions with pirates in future. Letter to the French Governor prepared, and the prisoners acquainted with the Council's decision.
June 16. His Grace declared that he wished to clear himself from a malicious report that he was about to send emissaries to the Mosquito coast to hinder pirates from surrendering; the truth of which report was disproved by oath. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXVI., pp. 232A.–233A.]
June 16. 1,797. Minutes of Council of Nevis. List of the Assembly.
John Smargin
Jasper Wall
North-West Division.
Ebenezer Kirtland
John Adye
South-West Division
Thomas Bartlett.
Robert Pemberton
North-East Division.
Walter Symonds
William Kitt
St. George's Parish.
John Stanley
Daniel Smith
St. John's Parish.
John Smargin refusing to sit, a new writ was issued for the election of a member in his stead. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVIII., pp. 169, 170.]
June 16.
1,798. William Blathwayt to the Attorney General. For-warding copy of Colonel Powell's proposals (see No. 1,630), for his opinion. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVII., p. 319.]
June 17. 1,799. Petition of Henry Walrond to the King. Sir John Witham, who was left by the committee to take his legal remedy against me in respect of his trial on Sir Richard Dutton's charges, has brought an action against me for my behaviour at that trial. I beg for copies of the records, or judgment will be given against me. Inscribed. Order of the King that William Blathwayt attend the Court of King's Bench with the records in question. Dated, Whitehall, June 17, 1688. Countersigned, Sunderland. The whole, one large sheet. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 7.]
June 19. 1,800. Warrant of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Governor James Colleton, for the grant of 12,000 acres to Doctor Christopher Dominick, he having paid £600 for the same. A rent of one penny per acre to be reserved. Signed, Craven. Bath (for Lord Carteret), P. Colleton. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXII., p. 140.]
June 20. 1,801. Governor the Duke of Albemarle to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Since my last I have received a letter from the Deputy Governor of Petit Guavos with the commission given to the French privateers and a pardon to all sorts of nations that shall submit to their Government. I have been much concerned as to my own action in the matter, having two instructions from the King, one of 13 October and one of 22 January, the former ordering me to suppress pirates, the other to take care that no hurt be done to French subjects. After much consultation with the Council I sent an answer to the French Governor. I have put Colonel Needham into the Council and called another Assembly for the 20th prox. I hear that Mr. Lynch offered to release the French privateers at £6 a head. If so, I see no reason for detaining them longer, Lynch having already effects of theirs, to a greater value than that, in his possession. Signed, Albemarle. 2 pp. Endorsed. Recd. 13 Sept. 1688. Enclosed,
1,801. I. The Governor of Petit Guavos to the Duke of Albemarle. I send copy of the commission given by Mons. de Franquesnay to the privateer captains. I assure you that their troops only went out under good orders to check the hostile acts of Spain against French subjects. I hope that your sense of justice will be with you in your dealing with the poor men arrested by Mr. Lynch. It is true that as Sir Robert Holmes's commissary he has a right to arrest all pirates and make them give an account of their past lives, but his functions extend to English subjects only. I grant, too, that these men did not return to this coast at the time prescribed by their commission, but the King, of his usual mercy, has granted them amnesty for this. It is true, also, that these men did not give themselves up within the time allowed them to claim a pardon, but you have express powers to meet such cases, and have made use of them. The men detained at Jamaica ought to receive the same indulgence. The Treaty of Neutrality should, I think, be also taken into account. I hope, therefore, that you will do justice to these poor men and release them. They have never harmed an English subject and are detained only for petty greed of gain. I write in the absence of M. de Cussy. Signed, Dumas. Dated 10 June 1688. French. 3 pp. Endorsed. Recd. 13 Sept. 1688.
1,801. II. Copy of a commission granted by Le Sieur Franquesnay to Captain Francis Grognet, to make one voyage. French. 2 pp. Endorsed as the preceding.
1,801. III. The Duke of Albemarle to the Governor of Petit Guavos. I have received your letter, and regret that I cannot give the compliance to the late Treaty of Neutrality that I could wish. (1.) The King, by a recent proclamation, appointed Sir Robert Holmes sole commissioner for treating with all privateers, and bade all his Governors to assist him therein. (2.) Also by two several letters the King commands me to desist from all prosecution of pirates except by Sir Robert Holmes' order. (3.) As these men were seized by Sir R. Holmes's order, I am positively forbidden from interfering in the matter, except in giving him assistance. (4.) I have information that these men have, since the date of their commission, fought under command of an English pirate. I am glad that you know of my King's proclamation, for you will see how rigidly I am forbidden to enter into any treaty with pirates or to discharge them. I desire to fulfil the Treaty of Neutrality as perfectly as I can, but I cannot in the face of my other orders and of the laws of my country release these men. I have, however, lost no time in referring the matter to the King. Signed, Albemarle. Copy. 3 pp. Endorsed. Recd. 13 Sept. 88. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., Nos. 8, 8I.–III., and (letter only) Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXII., pp. 132–134.]
June 20. 1,802. Governor the Duke of Albemarle to the Earl of Craven. The enclosed papers from the Governor of Petit Guavos will shew you my difficulties in carrying out the Treaty of Neutrality and the proclamations and letters respecting Sir Robert Holmes. I have not known what to do amid these contradictory orders. Please acquaint the King, and obtain instructions for me. Signed, Albemarle. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 20 Sept. 1688, from the Earl of Craven. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 9.]
June 20.
James Island,
1,803. Alexander Cleeve to the Royal African Company. In my last I told you that a French man-of-war had been here, spreading vague reports that it had orders to seize all vessels trading on the coast, that English influence was waning, that the English would have to give way to the French, and that if they met the English agent ashore they would have his life. I thought it prudent to put myself in a state of defence till the man-of-war sailed away. Shortly after she met the Company's ship Lady Mary at Goffoda and treacherously captured her. Some of the crew escaped and made their way here, whose depositions I took and enclose herewith. Extract. 2 pp. Endorsed. Annexed,
1,803. I. Deposition of William Heath and others, mariners, of the Royal African Company's ship Lady Mary. Narrating the capture of the ship by vessels flying French colours while she lay in the River Grande, on the coast of Guinea, on 26 May 1688. 2½ pp. Endorsed. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., Nos. 10, 10I.]
June 20. 1,804. Minutes of Council of Virginia. The Council proposed an annual salary of £30 to the clerk of Council. William Byrd gave bond for the performance of his duties as auditors. Representation to the King begging him to fix the fee that shall be taken for the affixing of the great seal. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXXXIV., pp. 297–299.]
June 20. 1,805. Extract from minutes of Council of Virginia. Representation of the Council that the sum of £103 3s., with common interest, shall be paid to Ralph Wormeley as the assignee of Cuthbert Potter for the freight of certain guns, the debt being due to Potter since 1673. 2 pp. Annexed,
1,805. I. Copy of an order of the Assembly, 8 June 1680, for payment of the sum above named to Cuthbert Potter. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., Nos. 11, 11I.]
June 22.
1,806. Order of the King in Council. Approving the acceptance by Sir Nathaniel Johnson and Nathaniel Blakiston of the gift voted to them by the Assembly of Montserrat. Signed, John Nicholas. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVII., p. 323.]
June 24. 1,807. Returns of shipping arrived in Jamaica, from 25 March to 24 June 1688. 10 pp. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXIII.]
June 25. 1,808. William Blathwayt to Henry Guy. Forwarding extracts from Mr. Hordesnell's letters of January 28 and March 19 (see Nos. 1,611, 1,666), as to the granting of free trade to Bermuda. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 12, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XVIII., p. 177.]
June 26. 1,809. Copies of references of the proposals as to mines in New England by the Lords of Trade to the Lords of the Treasury, and by the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of Customs. Dated 14 and 21 June 1688. 1 p. Over page,
Report of Commissions of Customs, 26 June 1688. We have nothing to object to the proposals of the suggested corporation for working mines in New England, provided that the corporation be restrained from altering the plantation trade as now settled. Signed, D. North, N. Butler, H. Browne, Jo. Werden, Wm. Culliford. Copy. 1½ pp. Below,
Copy of a minute by Henry Guy, 28 June. The Lords of the Treasury do not think it advisable to pass such a grant without first receiving the opinion of the Governor of New England. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 13.]
June 27.
1,810. Henry Hordesnell to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Captain John Robinson, our Governor's son, is going commander of a ship to England. He is concerned in the receipt of the King's dues by his father's order, and is generally said to have made bargains and exacted such sums for his father and himself from those who came from the wreck, that nothing is left for the King. If you will examine him on oath and confront him with the Bermudians who bring their complaint by this ship, you will find that he has exacted from them more than the King has received. Here there is little but complaints, but I fear I have troubled you too much already with such matters. Captain Robinson has desired me to beg your allowance of a shilling per lb. for the money sent home by Captain Frowde. He has stopped so much in his hands, but gave bond to pay it if required. Several ships have lately come in from the wreck. I have a few pieces-of-eight, rusty and light, which four poor sailors recently paid to me. I am obliged to use it to pay for my diet, etc. I have received one or two presents, of small value, and sent them home to my wife. I thought it my duty to report it. Signed, H. Hordesnell. 2 pp. Recd. 26 July 1688. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 14, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XVIII., pp. 166–169.]
June 27. 1,811. The same to William Blathwayt. I am so very ill that I can hardly hold up my head to write. Your accounts sent home by Sir Robert Robinson were not seen by any of his Council. I would have had them sign them, but they refused. He never yet called me to a Council, but does everything without his Council, and uses their names unknown. Signed, H. Hordesnell. Holograph. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 26 July 1688. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 15, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XVIII., p. 174.]
June 28. 1,812. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Order for alteration of the minutes of April 30 and May 3, and for making the meaning of one order more clear. Fulke Rose was brought up for using scandalous words of his Grace and bound over in heavy securities to take his trial for the same. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXVI., pp. 233A, 234.]
June 28. 1,813. Minutes of Council of Nevis. The Assembly was sworn. Richard Abbott elected in place of John Smargin. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVIII., p. 170.]