America and West Indies: October 1699, 16-20

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 17, 1699 and Addenda 1621-1698. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1908.

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October 1699

Oct. 16.
865. Micajah Perry to William Popple. I will pay for the seals desired by Governor Nicholson (July 1) and entreat they may be hastened. Signed, Micajah Perry. ¼ p. Endorsed, Read Oct. 16, 1699. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 7. No. 3.]
Oct. 16. 866. Extract of a Journal of the Scotch voyage to Darien. Oct. 1, 1698. That night we got a sight of Crab Island and next day, Oct. 2, we came into it and sent some of our people ashore and took possession of it in the Company's name. Oct. 4 we stood to the Leeward, hearing there was a harbour there, when we saw the Danes' colours flying on the shore, for the Governor of St. Thomas had sent 14 men and a Captain to take possession of it in the King of Denmark's name. Our Counsellors sent to know his business there and he told them that, but we found we had taken possession of the place before they came from St. Thomas. They gave in their protest, yet seemed to be glad enough of our neighbourhood. We had, notwithstanding, our flag upon the shore all the time we stayed, with a 100 men and Capt. McLean, Governor; they stayed till we were gone, but would certainly march next day, otherwise the Spaniards of Porto Rico would not miss to take them off. Oct. 6. Capt. Pinkerton and the snow came in from St. Thomas, with old Capt. Alison along with them for a pilot. On the 8th we left that place and on the 17th made Nostra Signiora della Ropa. We lay after that bubbening along the coast, until the 3rd day of November, generally losing by night what we had gained all day. Crab Island is about six leagues long and in some places 5 broad. The soil is very good, parts all full of trees, all the south side full of bays, very fit for anchoring in, but the best of all is to the Leeward, where the Dane had hoisted his colours. It would have been worth our while to possess it, had we not been a-coming to a better country. It has this inconvenience that nothing but strength of men, or peace with everybody can render it secure. It is called Crab Island from the multitude of land crabs there. Endorsed, Delivered to the Board by Mr. Hill. Recd. Read Oct. 16, 1699. [Board of Trade. Leeward Islands, 6. No. 41; and 46. pp. 1–3.]
Oct. 16.
867. Journal of Council of Trade and Plantations. Mr. Hill delivered to the Board an extract out of a journal of the Scotch voyage to Darien, relating to Crab Island.
The Address of the Assembly of New York to the King mentioned in Lord Bellomont's letter, April 27, and the muster-rolls of the four companies of soldiers referred to in his letter May 15, ordered to be delivered to Mr. Weaver.
Letter from Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General, Oct. 12, read.
Col. Nicholson's letter, July 1, again considered.
Oct. 17. Mr. Edward Haistwell and Mr. John Field desiring to be heard in behalf of many Planters in Maryland against the Act of the General Assembly for the service of Almighty God, they were directed to give their objection in writing.
Oct. 19. Col. Nicholson's letter further considered. The opinion of Mr. Attorney General upon the forms of oaths and commissions, etc. therein mentioned was desired.
Oct. 20. Dr. Cox presented a copy of his title to Carolana, and promised to prepare an abstract, with an historical account of what has been done in pursuance thereof, and an account of the natural products of the country.
Col. Nicholson's letter further considered. [Board of Trade. Journal, 12. pp. 215–218; and 96. Nos. 162–165.]
Oct. 17. 868. Mr. Haistwell and other Quakers to the Council of Trade and Plantations. These are humbly to remind you concerning an Act made in Maryland June 2, 1692, intituled an Act for the service of Almighty God etc. which hath been very injurious and discouraging to the Antient Planters and none of the least Traders there and deprived them of that quiet enjoyment of the liberty of their consciences, which with security to their properties, according to the fundamental laws of that Province, upon the encouragement of which they and their fathers settled there. The Law has been strictly executed upon them by chargeable levies ever since, notwithstanding it was disallowed Jan. 4, 1695, by the King and Council here, yet July 1, 1696, they made another law of the same title and mostly of the same tenure, which it is hoped will be disallowed. Signed, John Feild, Edward Haistwell, Theodore Eccleston. Endorsed, Recd. Read Nov. 10, 1699. Annexed,
868. I. Further exceptions. The Title of the Act does not give a true account of its nature. Though called an Act for the service of Almighty God and the establishment of the Protestant Religion, yet these words in the body of the Act are applied only to one sort of Protestants.
The words of the first enacting clause imply the imposing of the reading of the Book of Common Prayer in all places of public worship.
The whole Act tends to infringe the Liberty of Conscience conceded by the Act of Settlement to the antient inhabitants of diversities of persuasions.
The second enacting clause takes too great power to the Government and is too general to be allowed.
The fourth enacting clause constitutes the Vestry a body-corporate, the fifth enacts that every minister shall be a principal vestryman.
The seventh requires the inhabitants to register the baptisms as well as births or burials, which may be greatly prejudicial to divers Protestants who scruple that ceremony.
The ninth and eleventh clauses give power to the Ministers to tender oaths, which is a greater power than is granted them by law here.
The new tax is very hard and injurious, to be liable to pay £10, £20 or £25 per annum, if merchants or planters have 100 servants, to maintain a persuasion, which perhaps neither they nor their servants are satisfied with. The produce of Maryland, when it arrives here, is charged in the customs 4 or 6 times its first value, and to add this new burthensome tax upon the inhabitants greatly tends to discourage and dispeople this industrious and profitable Colony, and therefore 'tis hoped, this Act being so agreeable to that of the same nature which was disallowed Jan. 4, 1695, will meet with the same repeal. (Signed as preceding.) [Board of Trade. Maryland, 3. Nos. 76, 76–I.; and 9. pp. 409–413.]
Oct. 17. 869. Minutes of Council of Barbados. The Hon. Patrick Mein sworn a Member of Council. A letter from the Lords Justices (July 25) read and a copy of it ordered to be given to William Sharpe. The additional instructions of May 31 relating to soldiers in pay read and delivered to the Assembly. Petition of William Heysham, merchant, for a drawback on 45 pipes of wine shipped off and 43 turned sour, read and recommended to the Assembly. His Excellency recommended Judge Sadleir's petition to the Assembly, and that a Table of Marriages established by the Canons of the Church of England be hung up in all the churches and duly observed and that they should make an Act to that purpose, and also an Act that all lands seized by processes of law be sold by outcry. The Assembly presented the names of a Committee of their house to join that of the Council for the consideration of Magnus Popell's proposals. A petition of George Peers for a drawback of 21 pipes and one quarter cask of Madeira wine shipped off agreed to and recommended to the Assembly. The Assembly announced that they were preparing a Bill towards the satisfaction of Judge Sadleir. The Excise Bill was then read a third time and passed. [Board of Trade. Barbados, 65. pp. 442–444.]
Oct. 17. 870. Journal of Assembly of Barbados. Bill ordered to be drawn to secure Judge Sadleir in the payment of the list of debts presented to this house. The matter recommended from England, that lands be sold at outcry as formerly for satisfaction of debts, referred to the Committee of Correspondence, who are to write to the agents in England, representing the inconvenience that will attend the inhabitants by altering the course of proceedings as now established. Resolved, that his Excellency be requested to devise means for the speedy payment of Mr. Eyles, formerly Agent for the Island. Bill of Excise passed with an amendment of date. (And see preceding abstract.) [Board of Trade. Barbados, 65. pp. 453, 454.]
Oct. 17. 871. Minutes of Council of Virginia. Col. Hill having commanded Lt. William Epes to raise men and go after large numbers of strange Indians reported on the frontiers, an express was ordered to Benjamin Harrison, summoning him to James City when he returns from following the Indians. Lt. Coll. George Mason ordered to send two understanding intelligent persons up Potowmeck River to see what condition the Piscataway Indians are in. Proclamation to prorogue the Assembly ordered.
Oct. 18. Three barrels of powder, belonging to Israel Voss, and seized in 1697 without any prosecution since, ordered to be restored, and similarly 16 barrels to John Dibbs. The Governor gave one-half of his third part of the value of the condemned ship Integrity of Biddeford to the College, and one-half to the owners of the ship. John Gourdon petitioning for pardon for publishing a libel, pardoned on condition of future good behaviour. The Attorney General complaining that Hugh Challice, lately sent with an express on public service, impressed one of his riding horses so that he could not attend His Majesty's service, ordered that public officers' horses be not impressed for the future. Major Thomas Godwin and Capt. Edmund Godwin pardoned, on condition of future good behaviour, for scandals cast by them upon the Government.
Oct. 19. Similar pardon granted to Andrew Ross. Richard Church, late sheriff of Norfolk County, prosecuted for making an illegal arrest and imprisonment at a general muster of the Militia, pardoned on petition. For the better disposal of the quit-rents, Mr. Auditor empowered to contract with any person that will pay them according to the patents, without exposing them to public sale. He having contracted for them all so, except those of Princess Anne County, these were ordered to be sold by auction in the County Court. Capt. Aldred desiring some way of victualling his ship which may not give offence as his former method had done, ordered to show what method that was and whether it had not caused him to neglect his cruizing. Survey of the loading of sugar on board the Mary of London, John Harwood, Master, much damaged on voyage from Jamaica to London, and the protest of the Master and officers against the extremity of the weather, sworn to.
Oct. 20.
Oct. 21.
Fine of John Bertrand remitted. Accounts of various Collectors sworn to. [Board of Trade. Virginia, 53. pp. 332–339.]
Oct. 19.
872. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Governor Joseph Blake. We have received a Remonstrance from the Assembly. We should have imagined that you as Governor and a Proprietor should have hindered such a method of application, which may in time have ill effects. We are troubled to see you have not given encouragement to our judge. The people of New York have petitioned for a judge to be sent from England. Mr. Renew has had very hard usage. We have sent you his account, and desire you will make an end of it. Mr. Woolward has not had right done to him. We desire that right may be done him by taking off the stay of judgment. Be very cautious in giving your assent to Acts which hinder men from coming at their just rights. We are very glad the Attorney General has arrived, and desire you to hearken to his advice in all matters of law. We have confirmed some of your laws, and return them engrossed. Consider that a multitude of laws oppress the people. For the settlement on Ediston River we will send you directions. For the present our opinions are: (1) A Proprietor ought not to pay any quit-rents for land taken up by him or held by him as a Proprietor. (2) Where a settlement is designed no great shares of land ought to be granted to any one person, by which means the growth of the settlement may be prevented. (3) Whenever you think fit to take up land as a Proprietor, your brethren should have the same care taken of them. We have applications from several Vaudois, some versed in the manufacture of silk, for settling in Carolina, which we judge would be profitable to that province. We should be pleased if you could get an Act of Assembly for naturalizing such persons as should be recommended by the Lords Proprietors, and should settle in Carolina on or before Jan. 1701, and take the oath to the Government. Signed, Bathe Palatine, Craven, Bathe for Lord Carteret, Wm. Thornburgh for Sir John Colleton, Tho. Amy, Wm. Thornburgh. [Board of Trade. North Carolina, 4. pp. 77–78.]
Oct. 19.
873. Lords Proprietors to Nicholas Trott, Attorney General of South Carolina. We have received your account of your arrival at Charles Town and of your being sworn Attorney General and Naval Officer but not Advocate General. We are surprised at those transactions and wonder that our Judge and Surveyor General should accept commissions from any else, and have directed the Governor and Council to send us an account and copies of their commissions. We thank you for your prudent management in the affairs of Judge Bohun. We like your account of shipping and present state of Carolina. There is a Mr. Ellis aboard Capt. Dalton in the Nicholas and Ann, who will deserve your encouragement, especially because he is employed by several considerable gentlemen who intend to settle in Carolina next summer. We will give directions to the Governor that the Records in the Secretary's office be kept better, but don't think convenient to make any alteration at present. Signed, Bathe Palatine, Craven, Bathe for Lord Carteret, Wm. Thornburgh for Sir John Colleton, Tho. Amy, Wm. Thornburgh. [Board of Trade. North Carolina, 4. p. 79.]
Oct. 19. 874. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Sir Nathaniel Johnson. We have received your present of silk which was very acceptable, and which we make use of to your honour and that of Carolina. (Signed as preceding.) [Board of Trade. North Carolina, 4. p. 79.]
Oct. 19. 875. Lords Proprietors to John Ely, Receiver General of Carolina. We have sent you the duplicate of our former letter by your Brother Amy who went by way of Providence in Capt. Dalton. We expect you to send us the balance of your account by the first ship possible. Acquaint our Trustees for selling land that it is our order that no bonds be taken for lands sold and no grants passed but when the purchase money is actually received by you; that you with the advice of the Governor give to the Marshall a reasonable reward for his pains in settling our arrears, and that there be speedy process for getting all our dues except Sir Nath. Johnson's bonds. Acquaint them also that we intend to grant no land by way of sale after Jan. 1, 1700. From thence forward all lands taken up shall be continued at the quit-rent of 1 penny per acre. (Signed as preceding.) [Board of Trade. North Carolina, 4. p. 80.]
Oct. 20.
876. Philip Ford to William Popple at his house in Essex Building by the Temple. Thine dated Sept. 13, with the letter to Wm. Penn, I have delivered to John Bond, of the Endeavour. Signed, Philip Ford. Endorsed, Recd. Oct. 23, 1699. ¼ p. [Board of Trade. Proprieties, 4. No. 14.]
Oct. 20.
877. Col. Quary to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I am very sensible that I have tired your Lordship with my numerous letters. The want of an answer has been very prejudicial to me and all others concerned for H.M. service in these parts. I humbly beg your speedy orders (1) concerning the prohibited goods seized by the King's Collector and then taken by force out of the King's store by order of this Government, (2) and concerning two vessels condemned in the Court of Admiralty, which on appeal are recommended home to Mr. Penn by this Government, who hope through his great interest at Court to clear them and ruin me. The Government would not so much as issue out a Proclamation against the pirates, eight of whom I apprehended in spite of the inhabitants' endeavours to prevent me. The pirates committed to gaol are out upon bail; they walk the streets with their pockets full of gold and are the constant companions of the chief in the government. They threaten my life and those who were active in apprehending them; carry their prohibited goods publicly in boats from one place to another for a market; threaten the lives of the King's Collectors and with force and arms rescue their goods from them. The favour which the pirates find in these Governments hath been of a very fatal consequence to several of H.M. subjects, who have had their ships and goods carried out of this port by their own ships' crews; for those who never designed to do an ill thing, seeing pirates and murderers at liberty, respected and made the companions of the best and masters of such great sums of money, it encourages them to turn villains too. The 2,000 pieces of eight which I had in my custody, the two pirates from whom I took it, since they are bailed, resolve to bring their action against me for it, being encouraged thereto by this Government. I am sure they will recover against me, so that if I cannot delay the business till I hear from you, I must return them the money. And though I have disbursed considerable of my own money in seizing them, I shall not be allowed one penny. They resolve to bring these pirates to a trial, though there is not so much as an Act passed in the Jerseys for the trial of piracy, nor is there in either Government any evidence for the King, as they have managed it. However the force of gold will do anything. All these parts swarm with pirates, so that if some speedy and effectual course be not taken the trade of America will be ruined. Signed, Robt. Quary. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 26, 1699/1700. 4 pp. Enclosed,
877. I. (1) Petition of inhabitants of Newcastle to Governor Markham. At the end of Aug., 1698, a company of pirates plundered the town of Lewis and threatened Newcastle. We have no fort, arms or militia, and are therefore at the mercy of such merciless wretches. We beg that measures may be taken to protect our lives and estates. Signed, Richd. Hallwell, Robt. Trench, John Donaldson, James Oats, Math. Birch, Ja. Claypoole, Wiss. Alricly, Rich. Reynolds, Peter Godin, Hipo. Leferor, John Birk, Johanus Sarduin, John Ellis, Roger Wotton, James Read, John Kolvert, Saul Barnes, Benj. Swett, Robt. Dyer, Jouph Griffin, Saml. Vans, Rich. Hace, Silvester Garland, Chris. Hussey, George Lamb.
(2) Minute of Council, Aug. 9, 1699, Philadelphia, rejecting the above petition.
(3) List of passengers that came with Capt. Shelley from Madagascar.
(4) Copy of deposition of Jacob Bodill, ship's carpenter, James Hunt and Harman Peterson, Newcastle, July 27, 1699, as to the ineffectual attempt of Math. Birch, Collector, of Newcastle, to seize some pirates.
(5) Corroborative affidavit of Math. Birch.
(6) Copy of letter of Math. Birche. I have gone as far as I can to prosecute John Minis, James Macomb and Edward Robinson for aiding pirates and running their goods (4), but no measures I can take prove effectual amongst non-jurors, Quakers and ill-affected Scotchmen. Newcastle, Delaware, Aug. 17, 1699. 6½ pp. [Board of Trade. Proprieties, 5. Nos. 1, 1–I.; and (without enclosures), 26. pp. 176–179.]
Oct. 20.
878. Governor the Earl of Bellomont to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have every day a greater confidence in my scheme for the furnishing of Naval Stores, with this difference, that I find the 1,000 soldiers proposed in my letter (April 17) will fully answer the yearly quantity required. At Pescattaway a man that made tar told me he, with his own single labour, made a barrel of tar per week, which is at the rate of 6¼ tons a year, and that where there is a number of hands a much greater quantity would be made in proportion. A master of a ship from Carolina, which brought 90 barrels of tar from thence, told me that it was made up in the country and cost him 7s. 6d. per barrel and one shilling per barrel boating it down a river = £3 8s. per ton. This was a demonstration that a number of hands could manufacture a far greater quantity than would hold proportion with a single man's labour; otherwise that country, which is a very new Colony and where consequently labour must be at least as dear as it is in my Government, i.e. 3s. per day, could never afford tar at so cheap a rate. Some merchants and seafaring men assured me the Carolina tar was rather better than the Norway tar and that the people of Carolina had the art of correcting that hot quality in it which burns the rigging of ships, and which was the fault found with the tar made in N. Hampshire and sent to England. Here have been several parcels of tar sent hither from Carolina since my coming here, and I find they export a pretty good quantity of it yearly to the other Plantations. The scheme I sent was a rude sketch: I have since refined upon it, and hope it will now deserve your furtherance. Repeats former propositions. The soldiers if granted land at the end of 7 years' service (Aug. 24) will be not one single farthing the richer unless they can build a house and buy furniture and stock to begin the world withal. But if they earn 12d. a day by making tar, etc., and I set apart 12d. a week out of their pay, I could improve that 1s. a week to be £50 or £60 to each soldier at the seven years' end. This will be an act of humanity to provide for poor soldiers, that otherwise must starve in their old age and die in a ditch, as many of them do, when they grow unfit for service. Whilst improving the soldiers' money, I would ensure every shilling of it. The improvement is almost certain, judging by the profits of the New York merchants, for I protest solemnly I have never been concerned in trade since my coming into America, more than that I sent for two pipes of wine at Maderas soon after my coming, and about half a year ago for two pipes more, which I have not yet received. My thoughts have been so at work about Naval Stores and Marts for the King, that understanding last spring from two honest Dutchmen that had found out a parcel of vast pines on one of Mr. Dellius' grants, which they said were big enough for masts for the biggest ship in the world, I sent one of them, Mr. Schermerhorn, and John Latham, an able shipwright, that learnt his trade in one of the King's yards in England, to survey those woods, I mean to the northward of New York up Hudson River, the Mohacks' River, and along the side of Corlaer's Lake. I send their Journal and Latham's report and the L.G.'s proclamation forbidding the cutting of any of those great trees fit for masts for the King's ships. But in the Province of New York people little mind proclamations or laws either.
I am glad to find there are pines of 11 or 12 feet about, for either of those sizes is big enough for a first-rate ship. I am satisfied the trees might be floated down the great fall, which I have been at, and then they will be the cheapest in the world, for they may be floated all down Hudson's River to the ship's side that takes 'em in to carry them to England. In summer when there is not a flood, I grant it might hazard the breaking such heavy trees to let them tumble down that great fall, but in winter I cannot believe there's the least hazard. I stood looking a good while at that fall. It is at least 600 yards broad and in the highest place about 50ft. high. 'Tis eight miles above Albany, due north. The river when I was there was shallow for about a mile below the fall and rocky, except just under the fall, which the guides assured me was 6 fathom deep and the mighty and continual fall of water seems to have made that cavity in the rock. There is an art to save one of those great trees from breaking by binding lesser trees about it. If you be satisfied of the faisibility of this scheme, I hope you will send 800 men to make up the 1,000 proposed, though I fear our four companies will not afford 200.
On the road as I was returning from Rhode Island, I was met by an express from Albany with a letter from Mr. Livingston and Col. Schuÿler enclosing a message from our Indians, that the remote Western Indians, where I formerly writ to your Lordships M. de Tonti had built a small fort and had a French garrison, have lately killed and scalped five of our remotest Indians, called Senecas. I do not think it proper to complain to the Governor of Canada, as Mr. Livingston and Col. Schuÿler advise, for that would be construed a recognition of the French King's sovereignty over those Western Indians. I wish you would please to write to the Governors of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Carolina to endeavour by all means to engage those Nations of Western Indians in a trade with them. I am sure it is a shame for them to suffer the French to prevail so, when they have infinitely the advantage of the French in all respects, for the French supply those Indians all the way from Canada, 700 miles, and the greatest part of the way by land too. I would willingly have a conference with those Governors about opening a trade, and would have Philadelphia be the place of our meeting, because it is most in the centre, but I must have the King's leave for so doing.
Mr. Parmiter, the Naval Officer at New York, having several times complained to me by letter of the insufficiency of the Revenue Acts, which gave the merchants advantages against the King, I advised him to write his remarks on the Acts and send them to me. I enclose his remarks and the printed Book of Laws passed last Session and beg for the observations of some able lawyer in England upon them. I have not lately had any perquisites by seizures of forfeited ships and goods; we lose all that's seized for want of law in the Attorney General, or something else, so that the Custom House officers are quite discouraged and the 300 miles that I am from them do not deliver me from the trouble of their complaints. Neither the King nor I had a shilling from the sale of the Hester, for the master swore the seamen's wages amounted to more than the price the ship sold for, and Mr. Graham the Attorney assured me it was law that in cases of the kind the ship was a pledge for the seamen's wages. I desired him to give it under his hand for law, but that he refused to do. Molloy De Jure Maritimo is positive that a mariner is entitled to his wages except in the case of piracy or the like, but perhaps his authority is not good. Please to let me have the opinion of the King's Attorney General in this point against another such occasion.
I formerly acquainted you that Nassau Island was become a great receptacle for pirates. I am since more confirmed that 'tis so. Gillam, a notorious pirate, was suffered to escape thither from Rhode Island, and 'tis believed he is still there, notwithstanding the L.G. published a reward of £30 for his apprehension and at the same time £10 a piece for two of Kidd's men that escaped from this town to Nassau Island. The east end of it exceeds Rhode Island. The people have been many of them pirates themselves and to be sure are well affected to the trade. They are so lawless and desperate that I can get no honest man to venture to collect the Excise among them and watch their trade. There are four towns that make it their daily practice to receive ships and sloops with all sorts of merchandise, though they be not allowed ports. To correct these great abuses I intend next spring, if your Lordships approve, to quarter 100 men in the several towns under discreet officers. I suppose these people will be very clamorous against me, but if they will not know their duty, they must be taught it, and I doubt not but the Laws and Government of England will allow of my taking that course, since no other will do with that people. However, I should be glad to receive your orders as to the quartering souldiers in those touns. When the two Scotch ships, Caledonia and Unicorn came to N. York, they were in a miserable condition, having lost a great number on their voyage from Caledonia by famine and sickness. Upon their first arrival they applied to the L.G. for leave to buy provisions. Mr. Parmiter's postscript and a hint in the L.G.'s letter give me a jealousy that the Scotch from a starving condition they were in at their first coming grew very insolent while they were at New York. I have been cautious enough in my orders to the L.G. not to suffer them to buy more provisions than would serve to carry them to Scotland, and if he have suffered them to exceed that, he is to blame, and for any insolences committed it had been easy, I should think, to have put a check to that by committing the officers and principal passengers till they had made satisfaction and given security for their good behaviour. There are Scotch enough there to have been sureties for them.
In the Newspaper called the Flying Post, London, Aug. 1, there is an article of news, which, if it were true, would be a reflection on me. It says that there went five ships at once from hence laden with provisions to the Scotch at Darien. I have enquired and find there was only one briganteen belonging to one Steel, a merchant in this town, that went to Nevis with provisions, but not finding a market there, he went to Caledonia. This was before my coming hither and before the King's pleasure was known in that matter. That part of the same article, which says that I, as Governor of Rhode Island, stopped a ship there that brought Mr. Daniel Mackay from Darien or Caledonia and afterwards suffered her to proceed on her voyage to Scotland, is as great a mistake. The thing was thus in fact. A briganteen belonging to Mr. Oliver, a merchant of this town, went hence to Jamaica with provisions, and thence to Caledonia. This was long before the King's orders were sent from England, and for that reason I advised the Governor of Rhode Island to release her. She refused to proceed to Scotland, so that Mr. Mackay and his companions were forced to come hither from Rhode Island and embark on a ship bound to London. I send the Minutes of Council during the Session of Assembly at New York, March 2, 1698—16 May, 1699, and Minutes of Council out of Assembly for the months of April, May, and June. I gave you an account (May 13) of the Attorney General's advice about the Fortune to Col. Depeyster, who is a very honest man. Everybody was troubled at his loss and disappointment in the purchase of that ship. The Minutes show what steps were made towards his relief. I found the Acts of Navigation left no room to relieve him and therefore rejected the request of the House of Representatives to me to let him load the ship with lumber to some foreign port and there sell her, because I thought lumber was as well merchandise as anything else. To comfort Col. D'Peyster I writ to him Aug. 2 "Take all possible care to preserve the Fortune and I will send her to England next spring with Naval Stores for the King." On his producing that letter the L.G. and Council were so easy and good natured as to grant him a warrant for the money the ship stood him in. I have vexed and fretted at this and reproved them. It should not have been done without my consent and I had resolved not to consent till I had your answer to my letter of May 13. Col. D'Peyster vouches his account upon oath, £588 New York money, and is to deliver her in good sailing order April 10, against which time I will endeavour to provide a loading of ship-timber for the use of the King's navy and so send her to England. Col. D'Peyster had paid £315 for the King, whereof a third part, the King's share of the forfeiture, must be deducted out of the £588, and then the King will be looser in the sum £483, unless by the above expedient I can indemnify him. If there had been Law enough in New York to satisfy me that loading a ship in her circumstances with ship-timber for the King's use were not against law, I could have saved the King £450 sterling, which Mr. Bridger, the Purveyor of Naval Stores, paid very lately for the hire of a ship of the same burthen to transport a parcel of specimens of ship-timber from Pescattaway to England. In the Minute of Council, May 15, you will find the Clerk has either through mistake or worse made me and the Council order reimbursing Col. D'Peyster all the money he had laid out on the Fortune. On Col. D'Peyster's entreaty, I told him I would befriend him as far as with justice I could, and accordingly on May 15, I desired the Council to advise me what in justice they thought fit. They agreed it was just and fit that he should be reimbursed out of the revenue, and that some of the Council should make the most of the ship for the King's advantage. I told 'em I would not consent that the money should be ordered till I had received your orders, and signed no warrant. But I agreed that some of the Council should take care of the ship and see whether there was the rigging and furniture Col. D'Peyster pretended. After all the ship is a very good one, well fitted and new rigged and would sell in England for £500 sterling, and I hope that by sending her so laden the King will be 3 or £400 the gainer. But I acquaint you with the whole matter that I might not appear ridiculously inconsistent from the Minute of May 15 and my letter of May 13.
I brought from England a commission under the seal of the Admiralty for trying pirates and pirates' goods, taken or committed in Connecticut Colony, in the Admiralty Court of N. York. Upon hearing that some of Bradish's men were taken by Col. Winthrop, Governor of that Colony, I was about to send for them, but he prevented me by sending your letter to him, March 21, 1698, with a draft of the Bill for restraining and punishing privateers and pirates, which you injoin him to endeavour to get passed, and in it there are Admiralty powers to try and punish with death all such offenders. The Council and I agreed that by that bill's being enacted Connecticut Colony would be exempted from the jurisdiction of the Admiralty Court of N. York; but I do not hear it is yet passed, and the pirates still continue in prison and untried. Every days shows more and more the want of a good Attorney General; the Naval Officer and Collector (Mr. Parmiter and Hungerford), who know something of law, ridicule Mr. Graham's informations and pleadings, and he meditates revenge and sets the L.G. against them. It were good husbandry to allow £800 or £1,000 a year to a good judge from England, and £300 to a good Attorney General. I propose that the judge shall serve for N. Hampshire as well as for N. York, and that the Attorney General shall serve the King in all the three provinces under my government. Without them I go like a man manacled and fettered. I refer you to the Remonstrance of the House of Representatives (April 27).
I have prevailed with Gov. Winthrop to seize and send Thomas Clark, of N. York, prisoner thither. He had been on board Kidd's sloop at the East end of Long Island, and carried off about £5,000 in goods and treasure, and perhaps more, into Connecticut Colony, and thinking himself safe from our power, writ my L.G. a very saucy letter, and bade us defiance. I have ordered him to be kept in the fort, because the gaol is weak and insufficient. When orders come to me to send Kidd and his men to England (which I long for impatiently) I will send Clark as an associate of Kidd's. Signed, Bellomont.
Oct. 30. P.S.—I send Clark's proposal to the L.G. to surrender all the goods and treasure he received. I have advised him that I will become Clark's advocate if he does so, but directed him to take the £12,000 security offered and his oath to the punctual performance of what he has proposed. I send an account of the stores of war at N. York.
Nov. 6. I have prevailed with the master of the ship to stay 4 or 5 days for the post's coming from N. York, that I might give you some account of the behaviour of the Scotch, which I believe you will think very insolent. You will see no cause, from the enclosed papers, to blame the L.G. It was impossible for him to check their insolence; they were in a capacity with those ships of force to insult New York or any other Plantation. From a passage in his letter you will think with me there is need of an honest Attorney General. The Caledonian settlement is quite deserted, the last recruits sent thither from Scotland being dispersed, and most of the planters gone to Jamaica, together with their best frigate, the St. Andrew.
I send the Collector's list of ships cleared inward and outward in New York from Lady Day to Michaelmas. The Naval Officer's lists do not come further than Midsummer quarter. I am sorry for the want of method, which is not from want of direction from me. Col. Courtland sent me his accounts of the revenue unsigned, which for that reason I returned. My Instructions (Oct. 4, 1698) directed me to attest all the accounts of the Revenue, which in my absence I durst not venture to do, without a certificate from the L.G. and Council of their having carefully examined them. Endorsed, Recd. Jan. 5. Read Jan. 15, 24, 1699/1700. 10 large closely written pp. Holograph. Annexed,
878. I. Abstract of preceding. 3¼ pp. Enclosed,
878. II. Copy of the Journal of Ryer Schermerhoorn and John Latham. Aug. 30—Sept. 13,1699. 1 p. translated from the Dutch. Endorsed, Recd. Jan. 5,1700.
878. III. Copy of report of John Latham, shipwright. Sep. 21, 1699. 1 p. Same endorsement.
878. IV. Proclamation by the L.G. of New York, forbidding the cutting of certain trees fit for masts for H.M. Navy. Sept. 22, 1699. Signed, John Nanfan. Printed copy. 1 p. Same endorsement.
878. V. Copy of a letter from Col. Schuÿler and Mr. Livingston to Lord Bellomont, about hostilities committed by the remote Western Indians upon our Seneca Indians, supposed by the instigation of the French. Sept. 22, 1699. 1½ pp. Same endorsement.
878. VI. Copy of a message from the Onnondage Indians about the Dowaganhas having killed and scalped five of our Senecas, and also announcing M. Mariecour's coming from Canada with a number of men to Onnondage to treat with our Five Nations. Sept.21,1699. 2½ pp. Same endorsement.
878. VII. Paroculus Parmyter to Lord Bellomont. New York, Sept. 25. We have seized a ship for illegal loading, loaded from Jamaica, owned by Mr. Wenham and Robert Allison, a man famous in his time for his piratical depredations. I have no great hopes to get judgment, as things are carried on. Another vessel escaped. I have arrested Adolphus Phillips, one of the owners. Complains of the Attorney General and the imperfections of the Act of Revenue. Post S. The Caledonia is gone; the officers before she departed manned a sloop in the face of the Government and granted letters of mart and reprisal against the Spaniards. Coming hither they took a Spaniard from on board an English vessel and in contempt of the Council's Order keep him prisoner. Copy. 3 pp. Same endorsement.
878. VIII. Copy of Mr. Parmyter's observations on the deficiencies of the Revenue Act. 3 pp. Same endorsement.
878. IX. Memorandum of Printed Laws of New York passed March 2—May 16, 1699.
878. X. Proclamation of the L.G. of New York for the arrest of James Gillam, English Smith and Humphery Clay, notorious pirates. Aug. 29,1699. 1 p. Printed Copy. Same endorsement.
878. XI. Copy of memorial of the Scotch gentlemen come from Caledonia for leave to purchase provisions for 200 men for 10 or 11 weeks. Signed, Sam. Vetch, Robt. Drummond, Tho. Drummond.
Minute of Council of New York, Aug. 5, 1699. 1 p. Same endorsement.
878. XII. Extract of letter from the L.G. of New York to Lord Bellomont, Aug. 7, 1699. On Friday, the Caledonia, 60 guns, arrived. Forced to leave their settlement by famine and sickness, they divided equally among their three great ships. This ship was bound for Boston, where Drummond the Captain was acquainted. Contrary winds, the weakness of their men and scantiness of provisions forced them to put into Sandy Hook. They brought 300 and odd men out of Caledonia and have thrown 103 overboard, and the rest are so weak from pure fatigue and famine, having been forced to short allowance only of salt provisions since they left Scotland, they are not able to get up their small bower anchor. They have no money, so I desire you will let me know how far the law will allow the barter of stores. Their miserable condition is enough to raise compassion. The other two ships he left in the mouth of the bay, not being able to get out to sea, the wind blowing four months in the year directly north into the Bay. They are bound for the first port they can fetch for refreshment in order to Scotland, but this Capt. seems to be in pain for them, and believes the French will be soon in possession of their forsaken fortification, they not having time or not having been able to demolish them.
Aug. 14. Here is another Caledonian arrived, lost his masts and half-starved; he has thrown over 150 men since he came out.
Aug. 21. Lord Bellomont to the L.G. of New York. You know how strict my orders are against furnishing the Caledonians with provisions. Yet if you can be thoroughly well assured these ships will go directly for Scotland, you may furnish them with just provisions enough for their voyage.
Oct. 9. L.G. of New York to Lord Bellomont. The Caledonians, with the advice and assistance of their countrymen, have played us not fair.
Oct. 16
Oct. 23.
Lord Bellomont to the L.G. Fail not to give me a particular relation about the behaviour of the Scotch. I wish you have not burnt your fingers with them. 2¾ pp. Same endorsement.
878. XIII. Duplicate of preceding. Torn and very rotten.
878. XIV. Minutes of Council of New York, Aug. 23rd and 25th, 1699. 2 pp. Same endorsement.
878. XV. L.G. of New York to Lord Bellomont. Oct. 23, 1699. Clark proffers £12,000 good security, and will on oath deliver up all the goods he hath been entrusted with from Kidd, provided he may go and fetch them. ¾ p. Same endorsement.
878. XVI. Account of the Stores of War in Fort William Henry, New York, Ap. 11, 1699. 6 pp. Same endorsement.
878. XVII. List of vessels registered at New York, March 25—June 25, 1699. 7 sloops and 1 ship. 1 p. slip.
878. XVIII. Memorandum of Naval Officer's List of ships entered and cleared at New York inward and outward, March 25—June 25, 1699.
878. XIX. Memorandum of Collector's list of same, March 25—Sept. 29, 1699.
878. XX. Memorandum of Journal of Council in Assembly, March 2—May 16, 1699.
878. XXI. Memorandum of Minutes of Council, Apr. 3—June 28, 1699.
878. XXII. L.G. of New York to Lord Bellomont. Oct. 30, 1699. From the enclosed papers you will see every particular from the arrival of the Scots to their leaving us. I need not aggravate their carrying off the Spaniard, in contempt of our order, in a sloop they bought of Delancy, wherein they shipped a great deal of provisions, with Capt. Thomas Drummond, brother to Capt. Robert Drummond, though the latter writes to his friend Capt. Vetch that the Spaniard, with ten men more, run away with the Unicorn's pinnace. The manner of their proceeding with a Scotch merchantship, Adventure, you will see by the enclosed depositions. If I had had force I would have fetched him out of his ship and made him an example. But I had it not, and could get no advice from the Attorney. 1½ pp. Same endorsement.
878. XXIII. Duplicate of preceding. Torn and very rotten.
878. XXIV. and XXV. Duplicates of No. (XI.)
878. XXVI. Minute of Council granting Jaspar Scheurman leave to bring his effects ashore. Aug. 15, 1699. ½ p. Same endorsement.
878. XXVII. Petition of Richard Veizy of Jamaica, passenger from Caledonia, complaining of Capt. Drummond threatening to sell him in the Plantations. Aug. 18. 1 p. Same endorsement.
878. XXVIII. Minute of Council, Aug. 18, summoning Capt. Drummond to appear. ½ p. Same endorsement.
878. XXIX. Petition of William Paterson, Aug. 23, praying for leave to bring his cloaths and goods ashore from the Unicorn. ¾ p. Same endorsement.
878. XXX. Minute of Council, Aug. 23, granting above petition. ½ p. Same endorsement.
878. XXXI. Petition of John Granada, a Spaniard, forcibly taken by Capt. Drummond with goods, &c. out of an English sloop on the coast of Caledonia. Aug. 23. 1 p. Same endorsement.
878. XXXII. Minute of Council, Aug. 23, summoning Capt. Drummond to appear before the Board. ½ p. Same endorsement.
878. XXXIII. Minute of Council, Aug. 23, ordering Richard Veizy to be discharged from the Caledonia. ¾ p. Same endorsement.
878. XXXIV. Petition of William Murray and David Munro for permission to bring their effects on shore from the Caledonia. ¾ p. Same endorsement.
878. XXXV. Minute of Council, Aug. 30, granting above petition. ¾ p. Same endorsement.
878. XXXVI. Deposition of Peter Wessels, Sept. 12. Capt. Drummond sent his men with drawn cutlasses on board a ship, Adventure, John Howell, master, and bade deponent, who was piloting her, to anchor her under the guns of his ship. 1 p. Same endorsement.
878. XXXVII. Deposition of John Howell, that Capt. Drummond has seized his ship and kept himself prisoner on board the Caledonia. Sept. 13, 1699. 2¾ pp. Same endorsement.
878. XXXVIII. Minute of Council, Sept. 13, summoning Capts. Robert and Thomas Drummond and Capt. Samuel Vetch to appear before the Board. ¾ p. Same endorsement.
878. XXXIX. Memorial of Capt. Vetch and William Paterson. We had no design to seize the Adventure, but only to delay her coming up to town until we should give the master our best advice, who was uncapable of it by reason of his drunkenness. Copy. 1 p. Same endorsement.
878. XL. Memorial of the Council of Caledonia, Sept. 22, asking for an order of Council for the arrest of deserters from this Company's service. Signed, Sam. Vetch, William Paterson. 1 p. Same endorsement.
878. XLI. Deposition of James Baker, Commander of the Charles, of New York. Boston, Sept. 11, 1699. On Aug. 3, 200 miles E. of New York, he was plundered by a pirate, the Providence galley, now called the Alexander, John James, captain, a Welshman. 3¼ pp.
878. XLII. Deposition of Samuel Staats that he often heard Capt. Leisler say he had spent between six and seven and twenty hundred pounds out of his own estate for the King's service. Copy. Aug. 21, 1699. 1 p.
878. XLIII. Deposition of Abraham Gouverneur to the same effect. Copy. 1½ pp. [Board of Trade. New York, 9. Nos. 2, 2I.–XLIII.; and (without enclosures) 54. pp. 35–70; and (abstract) 45. pp. 67–75.]
Oct. 20.
879. Governor Grey to Council of Trade and Plantations. There is an office in this Island mentioned in the list of Patent places, herewith sent, called the Naval Office, as it formerly did (until it was disposed of by Col. Francis Russall, late Governor here, to one Mr. Edward Cranfield for a good consideration) so now by the late Act of Parliament, made in the 7th or 8th years of his present Majesty's reign, entituled an Act for preventing frauds and regulating abuses in the Plantation Trade, upon a mature and right consideration in that matter, the power of appointing that officer was again re-established and lodged in the Governors of this Island, and they accordingly charged and made answerable for all or any the misfeazances of that office; and now, my Lords, to have (contrary to the express words as well as any equitable construction that can be made upon the said Act), so many branches of my instructions, my oath, the forfeiture of my Government and £1,000 sterling, as also, with impatience be it spoken, rendered incapable of ever serving a Prince again, whose goodness to all mankind, as well as unlimited grace and bounty to myself in particular, to have all this subjected to the power of another man has long since been to a very melancholy consideration; but now, I confess that the public complaints of the Assembly and other the inhabitants of this place against the present constitution and management of that office, and the respective officers thereof have made it almost insupportable, and nothing but my duty and tender regards to His Majesty's Letters Patents granted to Mr. Edward Cranfield, has prevented my turning out the officer, and taking that office under my own care and direction, as I am certain His Majesty upon the passing the aforesaid Act so long after the date of that patent has fully designed and appointed; nor can I imagine it to be possible managed any other way to His Majesty's proper service or any tolerable security to myself.
I have writ to the Lords of the Treasury upon this subject and entreat your Lordships' assistance.
Signed, R. Grey. Endorsed, Recd. Dec. 22, 1699. Laid before the Board Jan. 4, 1699/1700. Read Jan. 8. 2½ pp. Enclosed,
879. I. Duplicate. [Board of Trade. Barbados, 8. Nos. 31, 31 I.; and 45. pp. 10, 11.]
Oct. 20.
880. Governor Grey to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Since my last of Aug. 21 I have communicated your letter of June 26 to the Council and Assembly, and have likewise recommended to them the remaining part of my instructions. There are several planters gone off the island, having been very sickly, and many of the servants are as yet unsettled, so that I must wait another opportunity to give an account of the numbers of planters and servants. The Assembly, with the concurrence of the Council, having ordered a house of stone in a fort in the Bridgetown of fifty foot front to be fitted up and well furnished for my accommodation, it will be completed by His Majesty's birthday. Having intelligence that Kidd and some other pirates were straggling in these parts, I sent out H.M.S. Speedwell, Capt. Barker, Commander, in search of them. Enclosed is a journal of his cruise, by which your Lordships will see how absolutely necessary it is that there be ordered to be sent hither at least two ships of force for the defence and safety of these parts. I enclose the Acts passed since the beginning of June under the seal of the Island, copies of the Minutes of the Council from the same time, the Naval Officer's account, the Keeper of the Magazine's account, together with the Minutes of the Assembly, and shall observe to send over duplicates of them all per the next shipping, in obedience to His Majesty's instructions. I intreat your favour with His Majesty that he may permit the sum of £2,000, a present made me by an Act of the country, may be paid by his warrant or Royal Order. I will send the names of 12 persons qualified to serve as Councillors by my next without fail. William Wheeler, Esq., a gentleman of the most considerable interest in the island, and of undoubted zeal for his Majesty's interest and government, was sworn a Councillor, to complete the number of twelve, the third inst., since which, Patrick Mein, Esq., a Member of the Council, landed, so that now there are thirteen, viz.:—John Farmer, George Lillington, George Andrews, William Sharp, Patrick Mein, Tobias Frere, Michael Terrill, David Ramsay, Richard Scott, Benjamin Cryer, Richard Walter, Thomas Merrick, and William Wheeler. I have sent your Lordships one other letter relating to myself, which I must beg your Lordships' favour in; likewise to recommend the said Mr. Wheeler for his Majesty's approbation to be continued in the Council, one or two of the members intending in the spring to go off. I have also sent your Lordships a list of the patent places. Signed, R. Grey. Endorsed, Recd. Dec. 22, 1699. Laid before the Board, Jan. 4. Read, Jan. 8, 1699/1700. 3 pp. Enclosed,
880. I. Duplicate. Enclosed,
880. II. Journal of Capt. Barker's cruize in the Speedwell, Aug 6th—Oct. 3rd, 1699. Sailed from Carlisle Bay the 6th Aug., 1699. On the 7th we arrived at Martinico where we met with a great deal of rack and timber, whereon I hoisted out my boat and sent my Lieutenant ashore, who brought me off word that they had had a very severe hurricane, which carried down houses and trees and put three ships ashore, besides eighteen sloops lost. That night I sailed for Montserrat and on the 9th Aug. I arrived, where I met with Captain Billingsly in the Queenborough, and Capt. John Brehott in the Carlisle, and that night we sailed for Mevis, where we arrived the next morning. On the thirteenth we sailed in company with the forementioned ships for the Virgin Islands. We arrived the 15th at Beef Island in the evening. Capt. Billingsly sent his boat ashore to take one Ham off for his pilot, who had traded with Kidd, but received information that he was gone for Sta. Cruse the 16th. We sailed for Sta. Cruse, but could not meet with the said Ham. The 17th we came off St. Thomas's, there coming out a ship, which we took for a pirate, we gave him chase all that day and till 12 o'clock at night, but could not come up with him. After chase, Capt. Breholt lost us, but Capt. Billingsly and myself made the best of our way up for St. Thomas's, where we arrived Aug. 20th, and being informed, when we came there, that one Capt. Rogers, which came from Madagasco, had been there about seven days before, who desired the Governor that he would protect him if an English man-of-war arrived, which the Governor refused, upon which he sailed for Crabb Island, where he met with one John Brett, belonging to Barbados, in a sloop, upon which Rogers gave him his ship and sixteen bales of goods for his sloop, but where they were we could not be informed, during my stay at St. Thomas's I careened my ship, and on Sept. 3rd I sailed for Sta. Cruse and sailed from thence the 6th, down for Crabb Island, and Porto Rico. On the 10th, being filling water at Porto Rico, came in a sloop from Curreso, which informed me that between Mona and Hispaniola he met with a sloop of ten guns, a pirate, but could not tell the captain's name, and the aforesaid pirate carried his sloop into Mona, there being a ship of twenty-six guns and a brigantine of twelve, which were this pirate's consorts. They had taken two ships of the Dutch and a brigantine from New York. They took what they thought fit out of them and then burnt the said ships and brigantine and swore they would burn all ships they took. On the 12th we sailed for Porto Rico, plying to windward; the 14th my Lieutenant departed this life; on the 15th I met with a snow off the South East end of Crabb Island, which was sent down by the Governor of Baxtar in pursuit of a sloop that was run from Baxtar on Sept. 11th, the sloop having on board 30 negroes of one Smith of St. Thomas's; the 16th I arrived at St. Thomas's, where I gave them an account of their sloop's being run away withal. I sailed from thence the same day. The 18th I arrived at Beef Island, where I stayed three days. During our stay there came in a French sloop from Sta. Cruse, who had been catching wild horses; he informed me that the sloop that run from Baxtar had been there, and that he [the sloop] had plundered them of all their provisions, great guns, ammunitions and small arms, and that he had plundered a small vessel belonging to the Governor of Baxtar, and that he sailed from thence, but they could not inform me whither. That day I was coming to sail, three men run from me, whereupon I stayed till I took the said men, which was Sept. 25th, and then I made the best of my way for Barbados. On Oct. 3rd we saw two French men-of-war off Guardelope, and on the 7th we arrived in Carlisle Bay. At St. Thomas's I was advised there were two pirates expected from Madagasco, one of sixty and one of fifty guns, one of which pirates is called the Mocow frigate. Endorsed, Recd. Dec. 22, 1699. Laid before the Board Jan. 4, 1699/1700. Transmitted in Mr. Grey's letter. 2½ pp. Enclosed,
880. III. Duplicate.
880. IV. List of the Patent Places.
Patents. Patentees. Officiated by
Secretary, Edmund Bedingfield.
Provost Marshall, James Hannay, Thomas Edwards.
Clerk of
Thomas Doleman, William Berisford.
Clerk of Crown
and Peace,
Thomas Doleman, Thomas Harrison.
Clerk of the
James Robinson.
Naval Officer,
Edward Cranfield,
St. Loe
Samuel Cox.
William Geddes.
Surveyor and
Auditor General,
William Blath-
wayt, Esq.
Charles Thomas.
Endorsed, Recd. 22 Dec. 1699. Laid before Council, Jan. 4, 1699/1700. Enclosed,
880. V. Duplicate, Surveyor omitted.
880. VI. Account of Stores (chiefly ammunition and small arms), sent from England in the ship Isabella Ann Katherine, Capt. Thomas Lemman, commander, in 1699. Signed, George Peers, Keeper of the stores. Endorsed, as above. Several strips gummed together.
880. VII. Magazine Account current to Aug. 22, 1699. Signed and endorsed as above.
880. VIII. Memorandum of Minutes of Council, June 5—Oct. 17, 1699. ½ p.
880. IX. Memorandum of the House of Representatives, April 18—Oct. 3, 1699. ½ p.
880. X. Memorandum of Naval Officer's Account. March 25—June 24, 1699. ½ p.
880. XI. Memorandum of Acts passed by the General Assembly, Aug. 2—Oct. 17, 1699. ½ p. [Board of Trade Barbados, 8. Nos. 32, 32 I.–XI.; and (without enclosures) 45. pp. 11–14.]