America and West Indies: September 1688

Pages 593-596

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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September 1688

Sept. 1. 1,880. Minutes of Council and Assembly of Nevis. Act for planting provisions passed. Agreed that 1,000 lbs. of sugar shall be paid to anyone taking or killing an outlawed negro. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XLVIII., pp. 179, 180, and p. 225.]
Sept. 1.
1,881. Lieutenant Governor Stede to the Earl of Sunderland. Recapitulates the proceedings in respect of Pendleton's complaint against Benjamin Skutt; the account of the rejoicings over the birth of the Prince of Wales; and of the Attorney General's attitude in respect of the treatment of white servants; and proceeds. Sir Thomas Montgomery is a very troublesome man, who, by causing discontent wherever he goes, gives me much trouble, and is equally disorderly before me in Chancery, in the Council, and in the Courts of Justice, where he threatens juries to attaint them if they find against his clients. Many other things he does which cannot be passed without notice, but when I correct him he is discontented and thinks me his enemy, though I have hitherto done so in the gentlest manner possible. He regards me so little that I must deal with him more hardly since he will not reform. It would be tedious to give you particulars, but I have sent Mr. Blathwayt many papers and affidavits concerning his irregular proceedings, which will be laid before you, for I am unwilling to make a formal charge against him, since he may still mend his ways. Besides, his proceedings do not endanger the peace and safety of the island, for his humours are so well known that he has no admirers except those of his own country, who are neither numerous nor eminent here. The Jesuit I mentioned to you in my last is still here, and designs to remain. I have ordered that none shall molest him in the discharge of his spiritual duties, and I believe that he is everywhere civilly used. I have told him to inform me if he is not. The only reason why his presence is resented is, as I have already informed you, that he is suspected of being a spy. I have no further news to give you of wrecks or pirates. In my last I laid before you the case of the escheat of an alien's estate. I have published an order that anyone possessing any property escheated to the King shall, if they come in and acknowledge the same, have the preemption of the escheat, be used kindly in the purchase, and be rewarded for the discovery. This has brought in two or three small ones, and I hope will bring in more. Even this displeases Sir Thomas Montgomery, I suppose because he thinks my proceedings will diminish his profits. He savs that I ought not to sell such estates except at their full value, and that if I continue to do so he will inform the King. I told him he might spare himself the trouble, as I had already informed the Lords of the Treasury, who had not disapproved. If you proceed to obtain a grant of the escheats here please do so with all possible privacy; for if the people know that the King has granted them away, they will be less willing to make discovery or compliance in such cases. If you do not think it worth while to obtain a grant of escheats in general I would advise you to obtain the escheat already mentioned of the alien, and those of one Robert Houston and one William Revell; as the three together may be valuable. Pray intercede that I may have leave to accept the thousand pounds granted to me by the Council and Assembly. Signed, Edwyn Stede. 3½ pp. Endorsed. Recd. 29 Oct. 1688. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 54, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. VIII., pp. 18–27.]
Sept. 2.
1,882. Henry Hordesnell to Lords of Trade and Plantations. The news of the birth of the Prince of Wales has filled us with joy inexpressible. The Governor has appointed a day of thanks-giving. All is quiet here. Pray let me remind you of the case of Cooke (see No. 1836). Signed, H. Hordesnell. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 25 Oct. 88. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 55, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XVIII., pp. 192, 193.]
Sept. 3.
1,883. Lieutenant Governor Stede to William Blathwayt. I enclose herewith Mr. Skutt's papers of defence against Pendleton's charges, which are sent by his desire. Your charity in procuring the King's order for the discharge of the poor Deputy-Marshal, who has been long a prisoner, was very great and seasonable. I hope God will reward you, for the man is miserably poor and almost dead from lying in gaol. Thank you for obtaining a confirmation for my brother in the receiving office of the four-and-a-half per cent., for which he was well qualified. He resigned it to Mr. Wharton, who bought a commission from the Commissioners of Customs, but I expect Wharton will be glad to quit the office and return to England, the profits being far short of his expectations, and he himself always sickly here. Signed, Edwyn Stede. Holograph. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 25 Oct. 88. Enclosed,
1,883. I. List of the enclosures, sixteen in all. 1 p.
1,883. II. Justice Samuel Wiseman's mittimus for William Pendleton, for using threatening language to Mr. Skutt. April 1688. Copy. 1 p. Endorsed.
1,883. III. Deposition of Samuel Wiseman as to the granting of said mittimus. 7 August 1688. ½ p. Endorsed.
1,883. IV. Deposition of Samuel Bateman as to Pendleton's behaviour on board ship while on passage to Barbados and also ashore. 4 August 1688. 1½ pp. Endorsed.
1,883. V. Deposition of William Hollingsworth, constable, as to the threatening language used by Pendleton. 7 August 1688. ½ p. Endorsed.
1,883. VI. Deposition of Joseph Ellison to same effect. ½ p. Endorsed.
1,883. VII. Deposition of Richard Turner, to same effect. 7 August 1688. 1 p.
1,883. VIII. Deposition of John Howlett, to same effect. 18 August 1688. ½ p.
1,883. IX. Deposition of Rowland Tryon, to same effect. 20 July 1688. ½ p.
1,883. X. Deposition of Jonathan Osborne, to same effect. 20 July 1688. ½ p.
1,883. XI. Deposition of Benjamin Dwight; that Pendleton threatened to swear treason against Skutt. 20 July 1688. ½ p.
1,883. XII. Deposition of Jane Forrester; as to abusive language used by Pendleton of Skutt. 7 August 1688. ½ p.
1,883. XIII. Deposition of Cholmley Elcocke; as to Pendleton's behaviour on board ship. 3 August 1688. 1 p.
1,883. XIV. Deposition of William Heysham, to same effect. 31 July 1688. 1 p.
1,883. XV. Deposition of Thomas Morris; as to the conversation that took place between Skutt and Sir Thomas Montgomery. 20 August 1688. ½p.
1,883. XVI. Deposition of John Legard, in confirmation of the preceding. 20 August 1688. ½ p.
1,883. XVII. Deposition of Samuel Bateman, in further confirmation. 20 August 1688. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., Nos, 56, 56I. –XVII.]
Sept. 4.
1,884. The King to the Duke of Albemarle. We are sorry to learn that Stephen Lynch, Sir Robert Holmes's agent in Jamaica, has met with so much opposition in Jamaica that he despairs of doing the good work in which he is employed. Of this we have abundant evidence (see No. 1865). All this is contrary to our instructions. You will take care that henceforth all your officers shall assist Mr. Lynch or any other such agent in the suppression of pirates. You will discharge all pirates who have earned their pardon, and you will protect Lynch from any legal proceedings from them. The agents shall, in future, be discharged from any security forcibly imposed on them, and shall not be molested, our intention being that they shall be answerable to us alone. Countersigned, Sunderland. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXXII., pp. 129–132.]
Sept. 6. 1,885. Receipt of Richard Whiffin for certain papers delivered to him at the Plantation Office. ½ p. Endorsed. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 57.]
Sept. 6.
1,886. Governor Lord Howard of Effingham to the Earl of Sunderland. I am about to visit the northern parts of Virginia, having visited the southern in the summer. I transcribe a duplicate of my letter of 19 August (see No. 1867). 1½ pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 58.]
Sept. 24.
1,887. The Clerk of Council of Jamaica to William Blathwayt. I send the minutes of Council, and some amendments which are ordered to be made in the copies already sent. Signed, F. Hickman. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 28 Dec. 88. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 59.]
Sept. 29.
1,888. Henry Hordesnell to Lords of Trade and Plantations. Our Governor has, I am told, received from you an order for an account of the King's lands here. I sent you an account some time ago, and enclose a copy. Every share of land is at this moment worth £300, and several have sold lately for £350. Despite the several orders sent to the Governor I have never yet received a line to tell me how to dispose of myself. I am weary of idleness; spending the King's money and doing him no service is no pleasure to me. I dare not return without orders. The Governor tells his minions what favour he is in, but the judge is unnoticed. I do not trouble myself with this, but I wish to employ my time profitably to the King. Signed, H. Hordesnell. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 24 Dec. 88. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIII., No. 60, and Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XVIII., pp. 194, 195.]
Sept. 29. 1,889. Minutes of Council of Maryland. Letter of Lord Baltimore announcing birth of the Prince of Wales read, and ordering a day of thanksgiving for the same. Letter from the Lords of Trade as to the same. Order for day of thanksgiving accordingly. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LIV., pp. 182, 183.]