America and West Indies: February 1702, 2-5

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 20, 1702. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1912.

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February 1702

Feb. 2.
77. Earl of Manchester to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have laid your Representation of the state of the Plantations before the King, and H.M. commands you to consider what H.M. may do of himself for the defence and security of the Plantations in this conjuncture, and what may be proper to be laid before the Parliament to that purpose, and make a Report thereof under those two heads distinctly. H.M. would likewise have you prepare letters as you propose, to reinforce the orders you mention to have been given to the respective Governors, as well those constituted by the King as by the Proprietors. Signed, Manchester. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 2, 170½. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 3. No. 113; and 324, 8. p. 64.]
Feb. 2.
78. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lords Proprietors of the Bahama Islands. We have lately received from the Lieutenant Governour of Bermuda the attested copies of several Letters and an Affidavit, relating to the conduct of Captain Hasket, Governour of the Bahamas, in the seizure and condemnation of a Bermuda sloop, Seaflower, about June last. Some of the principal heads of the papers are—That the said sloop riding at anchor between Turk's Island and the Caucases, was seized by one Captain John Warren, Commander of a sloop belonging to Providence, and carried up thither; that upon their arrival at Providence Captain Hasket caused divers of the seamen to be examined severally, and swore them to answer to all such questions as should be demanded of them, threatning withall that if they did not agree in their answers he would cut off their ears. That in their examination one chief interrogatory was, Whether the said sloop had taken in salt at Turk's Island, pretending the same to be within the Commission or Instructions he had received from your Lordships; that he more particularly threatned John Caverley one of the seamen, that if he would not confess that they were going to steale and rake salt and cut wood he would hang him, and accordingly commanded a Negroe to put a halter about the said Caverly's neck. That he kept the said Caverly and another of the seamen severall days in prison without allowing them any provisions. That he caused the said sloop to be tried, and there being 24 persons returned for a Jury he chose such twelve of them as he liked best and struck out the names of the others. That the Foreman of the Jury and likewise the Judge were both his kinsmen. That upon the Jury's going out to consider of their verdict, he told them, that whatever verdict they brought in he would condemn the vessell. That the vessell was accordingly condemned and then bought by himself for 235l. That after condemnation the Master craved an Appeal to England but was refused it. That afterwards upon the Master's applying to him for leave for himself and seamen to depart the Island, he refused it, saying, that he would not suffer them to come away till he had another 100l. or 200l. out of them. All these proceedings appearing to us very irregular and oppressive, and not having any knowledge of the ground thereof, we desire your Lordships to inform us in the whole matter, in order to our representing the same to H.M. for such directions thereupon as shall be found expedient. Signed, Stamford, Ph. Meadows, Jno. Pollexfen, Mat. Prior. [C.O. 5, 1289. pp. 341–343; and 5, 289. pp. 82, 83.]
Feb. 2.
79. Earl of Manchester to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The late Commissioners of the Admiralty having sent me a letter to them from Mr. Quarry, Judge of the Vice- Admiralty of Carolina, relating to unlawful trades in those parts, and the discouragement which the officers of the Admiralty meet with in the discharge of their duty from the Proprietors, particularly complaining of an Act of the Assembly for regulating proceedings in the Admiralty Court there, I have laid the papers before H.M., who commands me to signify his pleasure to your Lordships, that he would have you consider of them, and report your opinion to H.M. what you think may be most fit to be done in order to the redressing the abuses complained of. Signed, Manchester. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 6, 170½. 1 p. Enclosed,
79. i. Copy of an Act for the better regulating the proceedings of the Court of Admiralty in Carolina and the fees for the same. Signed, Ja. Moore, John Wich, Robt. Gibbs, Henry Noble. Endorsed, R. Jan. 22, 170½. 5¼ large pp. Torn. [C.O. 5, 1261. Nos. 43, 43.i.; and (without enclosure) 5, 1289. pp. 357, 358.]
Feb. 2.
80. William Popple to Josiah Burchet. Enclosing copy of letter from the Board of Ordnance, Jan. 31, to be laid before the Lord High Admiral for the necessary directions therein. [C.O. 195, 3. pp. 33, 34.]
[Feb. 2.] 81. Memorandum of Naval Officer's List of Ships entered and cleared in Barbados, Dec. 25, 1700–March 24, 1701. Endorsed, Recd. Feb. 2, Read 27th, 170½. ¼ p. [C.O. 28, 6. No. 34.]
[Feb. 2.] 82. Memorandum of Naval Officer's List of Ships entered and cleared in Barbados, March 25–June 24, 1701. Endorsed, Recd. Feb. 2, 170½. ¼ p. [C.O. 28, 6. No. 35.]
[Feb. 2.] 83. Memorandum of Naval Officer's List of Ships cleared and entered in Barbados, June 25–Sept. 24, 1701. Endorsed, Recd. Feb. 2, 170½. ½ p. [C.O. 28, 6. No. 36.]
[Feb. 2.] 84. Memorandum of Acts of Barbados passed May–Nov., 1701. Endorsed, Recd. Feb. 2, 170½. ¼ p. [C.O. 28, 6. No. 37.]
Feb. 2.
85. Journal of Council of Trade and Plantations. Letter from the Board of Ordnance, Jan. 31, read. Ordered that a copy be sent to Mr. Burchet.
Order of the House of Commons, Jan. 31, read, and some progress made in the consideration of that matter.
Letter from the Earl of Manchester, Feb. 2, with regard to the defence of the Plantations, read. Their Lordships took the matter into consideration.
Letter to the Lords Proprietors of the Bahama Islands signed and sent to Mr. Greenville, one of them.
Feb. 3. Doctor Newton, Advocate of the Lord High Admiral, presented to the Board an answer to the Secretary's letter of Jan. 29, which was read.
Progress made in report to the House of Commons.
Feb. 4. Order of Council, Jan. 29, upon the draught of a surrender of Government prepared by Mr. Attorney General to be made by the Proprietors of East and West New Jersey, was laid before the Board, and Mr. Morrice desiring all convenient dispatch may be made, he was directed to give notice to the Proprietors of both the Jerseys to attend this Board on Friday.
Further progress made in preparing report to the House of Commons. [C.O. 391, 14. pp. 315–320; and 391, 96. Nos. 19–21.]
Feb. 2. 86. Minutes of Council of New York. Ordered that William Creed do appear on Thursday, and then and there make good the caveat filed by him this day.
Ordered that Susannah Vaughton appear on Thursday, further time being thus given her to make good the allegations set forth in her petition, Jan. 26.
Ordered that the Escheator of this Province also appear that day. [C.O. 5, 1184. p. 617.]
Feb. 3. 87. J. Thurston to William Popple. The papers last transmitted from Newfoundland to the Council of Trade and Plantations, containing a charge against me of defrauding the soldiers there, or at least of withholding their subsistance from them, I humbly pray the enclosed may be laid before their Lordships as my answer, by which I hope it will appear that the want of subsistance complained of proceeds not from any indirect practice of mine, but from a misapplication of the money sent over by, Signed, J. Thurston. Endorsed, Recd. Feb. 3, Read March 12, 170½. 1 p. Enclosed,
87. i. J. Thurston to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Complaints having been made of an arrear of subsistance due to the Company at Newfoundland by one of the late Officers of the Company, which is also taken notice of by Capt. Graydon, and Capt. Powell in his letter of Oct. 5 last insinuating as if the same had occasioned the desertion of his men, (altho' he observes himself to your Lordships that of those who deserted there was but one who could pretend to an arrear) I most humbly lay before your Lops. a state of the subsistance by which your Lops. will find there has been money remitted sufficient to subsist them beyond the 1st May next. By Mr. Huxford's accompt, transmitted to your Lops. by Capt. Graydon, there will appear a difference of 119l. 3s. 9d. by that person's refusing to take notice of the abstracts from time to time sent him, of which the sum of 100l. was paid the officers here to enable them to go their voyage, and the remainder paid for discount of tallies, etc., which is to be deducted out of the officers' and soldiers' subsistance in due proportion, according to instructions sent to Mr. Huxford. As to what concerns the old company in particular, for which the subsistance is said to be wanting, whereas Mr. Huxford charges to have paid Lt. Lilburn for 2 years ending Sept. 1, 1700, the sum of 719l. 9s. 4d., which is 141l. 11s. more than subsistance for that time, Lt. Lilburn in two accompts of his, which Mr. Huxford himself has signed, owns to have received no more than 677l. 18s. 4d., which is but 100l. above subsistance, which 100l. he takes to himself for contingent disbursements for the company, altho' the money was sent for subsistance only, and by this misapplication the money has fallen short, and this trouble given your Lordships. As to the cloathing, which Capt. Powell complains of, I most humbly appeal to your Lordships whether any more than two cloathings have been appointed for the old company, and but one surtout, one hatt, one shirt, one neckcloth, one pair of shoes, one pair of stockings, and one pair of mittens for each of the additional men; and the two great cloathings were such as each of them to serve for two years, except some small necessaries for the second year, as Capt. Powell well knows. As to the contingent money for the said Company, H.M. upon the forming thereof having been pleased to declare his pleasure that a sum not exceeding 50l. for one year should be allowed for the same, two payments have been issued pursuant thereunto; the latter of which was immediately remitted to Newfoundland, but the former having been directed while Lt. Lilburn was at the head of the company and part of the money paid to his order and upon his account, the remainder, which was kept for him until his arrival here (being ordered home), has been lately directed by the Paymaster General to be further detained to make good what should be found misapplied of the subsistance money, and now that the same appears to have been chiefly occasioned by Lt. Lilburn's taking to himself 100l. for contingencies, the Ensign, whose petition lies before your Lordships, and who supported the Company during their want of subsistance, as certified by Capt. Graydon, most humbly prays that the said remainder be paid into his hands, as so much in part of what is due to him from the company on account of their subsistance. Signed, J. Thurston. 3½ pp.
87. ii. An account of the subsistance of the Company at New foundland, formed Sept. 1, 1698. 3 pp. [C.O. 194, 2. Nos. 57, 57.i.–ii.; and 195, 3. pp. 41–49.]
Feb. 3.
88. Dr. Newton, Advocate of the Admiralty, to [? William Popple]. I humbly conceive that the Act of Carolina, March 1, 1700/1, for regulating the Court of Admiralty is very prejudicial to the Judges and the other Officers of the Admiralty there, by subjecting them to suits and penalties they were not otherwise liable to, and derogatory to the Commission by which the Judge of the Admiralty there acts, the course of proceedings being very different from what is practised in the High Court of Admiralty here, and those matters referred to Juries, which are in the Judge's owne power to heare and determine, both by the Maritime Laws and the tenour of his Commission, whereby great delays may be occasioned, and the subjects' remedy of appeal quite taken away; and likewise by discouraging the Plaintiffs and Prosecutors on H.M.'s behalf, greater hardships being put upon them in finding bayle, than are required by the Courts of Admiralty here; by the method of prosecution which in all likelihood may give occasion to greater delays in suits, and greater expences to the parties concerned then in the usual and ordinary method of proceedings in the Admiralty Court, and by putting the Judgment in a manner in all causes into the hands and power of such whose interest it may be to consult their private advantage and the perticular gain of that country more than the true interest of the King and the English Nation, may in all probability lead to the encouragement of unlawful trade. Signed, Hen. Newton. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 3, 170½. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1261. No. 44; and 5, 1289. pp. 344, 345.]
Feb. 3. 89. Minutes of Council in Assembly of Barbados. John Sharpe, Comptroller, Thomas Edwards, Searcher, and Phillip Battersby, Waiter, for H.M.'s duties in the Bridge Town, took the oaths appointed.
Letter from the Council of Trade and Plantations, Nov. 14, 1701, and Nov. 27, 1701, read and entered, with enclosures.
Mr. Attorney General moved that he might have a copy of Mr. Hodges' Memorial in order to reply, which was granted.
The Assembly attending, the President acquainted them with the necessity of providing some Law against the exporting of provisions.
Thomas Maycock was sworn to his Commission as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the precincts of St. Andrews and St. Joseph.
Bill, to prohibit the exportation of provisions to all places except those under the King of England's Dominions, was read three times, passed and sent down.
Memorial from Col. Richd. Kirkby, H.M.S. Ruby, read, complaining of the frequent desertion of his seamen by the continual inveiglements of private traders, and proposing an Act to oblige Masters of all Traders to give the same security not to carry away or seduce any seamen from H.M. service under the same penalties which are inflicted for carrying off any inhabitants or servants belonging to the Island without tickets or security given. He further proposed, for the advantage and benefit of the Trade of this Island, and to prevent the continual desertions of merchantmen's men, it being customary now for their seamen, as soon as they have received their pay at this port, to desert from their ships (to the exposal of the interests of the merchants concerned to utter ruin) in order to exact upon the Master of any ship bound home or elsewhere in any agreement to sail by the voyage, which practice is pernicious to the Trade and interests of this Island, that it be proclaimed that such seamen as shall desert from their proper merchants' ships, shall be taken up by the Civil Officers or the Officers of any of H.M. ships, and put on board any of H.M. ships, there to be disposed of to H.M. service.
Some part of this being already provided for by a Law of 1697, ordered that a Proclamation issue to enforce its execution. The part not provided for ordered to be recommended to the Assembly. Ordered that Col. Kirkby be given an attested copy of the Law.
Petition of Richard Gilbert referred to the Committee of Public Accounts. Writ ordered to issue for a new Member of Assembly for the parish of St. Joseph in the room of John Holder, lately gone off the Island.
Mr. John Walter offering to provide for H.M. sick seamen, as his father formerly did, in case this Board will write to the Council of Trade and Plantations in favour of payment, the Board assured him they would so write.
Lt. Col. George Peers given leave to ship salt to Maryland in order to salt pork to be shipped for this Island.
100l. paid to Edward Arnell for entertaining the Court of Grand Sessions, and that the remainder of his Bill, 33l. 2s. 6d., be recommended to the Assembly.
The President was desired to issue his orders to the Keeper of the Stores in the Magazine for the delivering out such powder, shott and arms to the Colonels on their application as shall be thought needful, for such poor people, in case of alarms, as are not able to furnish themselves.
Ordered that the sloop Marian and Rebeccah be taken up for the service of this Island by the Commissioners appointed by the Assembly, [and] be forthwith got ready to obey such commands as shall be given by the President, in order to discover the condition and force of our neighbours. The President is desired to issue his orders accordingly, and that the Commander be instructed by him that he do nothing contrary to the Treaty of Reswick, the Acts of Trade and Laws of this Island. [C.O. 31, 6. pp. 126–145.]
Feb. 4. 90. Journal of Assembly of Barbados. The House met by a special summons from the President. Absent members were fined, and the House waited on the President and Council to know the occasion of their call. A Bill was sent down against the transportation of provisions, and read, but rejected by reason there is already an Act sufficient for that purpose of May 7, 1672, entituled, Concerning forestalling and engrossers of provisions.
Memorial of Col. Richard Kirkby, H.M.S. Ruby, relating to his seamen, read and laid by for further consideration.
Ordered that Col. George Peers forthwith provide shot convenient for the Field-pieces.
The above-mentioned Bill was sent up to the Council with the reason of its rejection. The President proposed a Conference, and the Council being absent, the House waited till six o'clock, when, not finding any likelihood of having one now, and to-morrow at Speight's Town the Court of Common Pleas being to hold, they adjourned for a fortnight. [C.O. 31, 6. pp. 447, 448.]
Feb. 4. 91. Minutes of Council of New York. Ordered that the Secretary prepare a special Commission of Oyer and Terminer for the trial of Col. Bayard and Alderman Hutchins, committed by this Board for High Treason; that the said Court do begin to sit on Saturday seavennight next, and have power to adjourn de die in diem until that matter be determined; that the Chief Justice and the Assistant Justices be the persons named in the said Commission.
Feb. 5. It appearing that the Attorney General wants assistance in the performance of his office, Thomas Weaver is hereby constituted Sollicitor General to assist him therein, with a salary of 50l. per annum.
Mr. James Emott appeared in behalf of Susannah Vaughton, and the reasons for making good the allegations set forth in her petition were heard and referred to further consideration.
Ordered that the Secretary record the Indian purchase of paulings produced to this Board by Mr. Emott this day in his office. [C.O. 5, 1184. pp. 617, 618.]
Feb. 5.
92. Order of King in Council. Approving Representation of Jan. 23 upon the petition of Isaac Hawkins, and ordering that the Council of Trade and Plantations prepare an article to be inserted in Governor Crowe's Instructions as proposed. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Read March 6, 170½. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 6. No. 38; and 29, 7. p. 486.]
Feb. 5. 93. Order of the House of Lords for an account of what the Council of Trade and Plantations have done in relation to the Plantation Trade since the last Representation to that House. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 6, 170½. [C.O. 389, 17. p. 298; and (Memorandum only) 323, 3. No. 114; and 412, 548. p. 309.]
Feb. 5.
94. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Manchester. Enclosing draught of a letter for the revocation of Sir William Beeston from the Government of Jamaica, which is to the like effect as we find letters have been sent under H.M. Royal Signature to other Governors upon the like occasion. Signed, Stamford, Ph. Meadows, Wm. Blathwayt, Jno. Pollexfen, Mat. Prior. Annexed,
94. i. The King to Governor Sir Wm. Beeston. Whereas We have thought fit in consideration of your age and the fatigues you have undergone during the late war, and upon your request, to appoint William Selwyn to be our Governor of Jamaica, Our will and pleasure is that upon his arrival and the publication of his Commission, you deliver unto him or such as shall be appointed by him the Seal of our said Island with the public papers and ensigns of Government, and that thereupon, in case your private affairs require your coming to England, you repair to our Royal Presence to give us an account of your transactions in that Government, where you may expect from us the further marks of our royal favour and assurance of our entire satisfaction in your good services during your Government. [C.O. 138, 10. pp. 324–326.]
Feb. 5.
95. Council of Trade and Plantations to the King. We have considered the evidence upon the petition of William Freeman (See Dec. 18, 1701, etc.), and humbly beg to lay before your Majesty a brief account of what appears to us most material in the allegations on both sides. Mr. Freeman in his Petition to yr. Maj. sets forth his title to the said Plantation, as founded upon yr. Maj's. Letters Patent granted in Nevis the 8th of August, 1699; and in his pleadings has further offered to consideration that his Father was formerly possessed thereof, but that having been taken prisoner by the French during the War in 1664 or 1665, he was then obliged (as many other inhabitants of that Island) to sell the same, and accordingly did sell it to one Monsieur De Chambré, a French man; nevertheless, the price having not been fully paid, the Petitioner insists that he has always had an equitable right to the same, derived from his Father, and that your Majty.'s foresaid Letters Patent were therefore intended and ought to be esteemed rather as a confirmation of an ancient title, than as a new one; that as to the actual possession thereof, he does not say that he ever obtained it till after yr. Majty.'s foresaid grant of the 8th August, 1699. In pursuance of that grant having (as he sets forth) been put into quiet and peaceable possession, and having expended several thousand pounds in the improvement of the plantation, he complains that on or about the 22nd of May last, two pretended Justices of the Peace of St. Christophers (Samuel Crook and Stephen Payne, who he says in truth were not Justices), accompanyed with one Robert Cunningham, Agent for Colonel Codrington (but pretending to act by an Authority derived from one Madam de Chambré, a Gentlewoman in France) upon a false suggestion, that the said Cunningham had been formerly in quiet and peaceable possession of the said Plantation, and upon a pretended conviction by their own view that the Petitioner's Agents forcibly detained the same against the said Cunningham, did without any tryal of the title, or due process of Law, forcibly enter and take possession of the said Plantation, and of the stock of canes growing upon it, turning out the Petitioner's Agents, John Pogson and Leonard Woodward, and committing them to Prison. He further adds that the said Pogson having thereupon in a Petition to Colonel Codrington, as Governour in Chief, set forth the illegality of those proceedings, and prayed that he might be again restored to his possession until evicted by due course of Law, he could not obtain any answer; but that Colonel Codrington did himself immediately after enter and take possession of the said Plantation for his own use, and still continues to hold and enjoy it. After this Representation of the case, the Petitioner insisting still that whatever his title were, he ought not to have been disposs'd in this manner by a forcible entry upon the view of the Justices, but only by a due course of legal proceedings, he thereupon humbly prays that he may by your Majty.'s Order in Council have liberty to take of his crop now growing, and be restored to his possession untill he be evicted by due course of Law; declaring withall that he is ready and willing to give any security to abide yr. Majty.'s Order concerning the same. In answer to this Mr. Archbald Hutcheson in behalf of Coll. Codrington (tho' as he said not authorized or instructed by him, but on his own accord and from the general knowledge he has of the affairs of those Islands, having lived long there) has offered to us; that the foresaid Letters Patent were obtained by the interest of Captain Norton, then Lieutenant Governour of St. Christophers, who by agreement between themselves was to be equally concerned therein : and that Mr. Freeman at the time of the view made by the Justices was not possessed of the whole Plantation, but only of one divided moyety, the other moiety being then in the hands of Captain Norton, and that in relation to that moiety there were no proceedings made, but the same was without any contest quietly delivered up. That as to the suggestion of Cunningham's having been formerly in peaceable possession, upon which the Justices proceeded to make their view, the matter of fact is, that the foresaid Monsieur de Chambré, his Heirs, Agents, or Lessees, did always remain in possession, untill the time that the English part of St. Christophers was taken by the French in the late War, notwithstanding that Mr. Freeman did in the meanwhile disown their title, and make such applications as he thought proper for the recovery of the Estate, but was never able to effect it. That he, the said Hutchison, does not know, whether there be any lease or grant thereof from the said de Chambré now in being, nor whether the same were granted before or since the late War, nor what else has been acted by virtue of any power from De Chambré since the last taking of the Island by the French, but that it appears by Mr. Freeman's own petition that the said Cunningham did act or pretend to act by or under a title derived from the said De Chambré, who has been long in possession, and did therefore set forth that the Petitioners' Agents had wrongfully taken it from him some time since the 8th August, 1699 (the date of his Patent), and did wrongfully detain it at the time that the Justices made their view. That whereas it is pretended that Mr. Cunningham ought not to have proceeded by way of a conviction upon the view of the Justices, but upon an enquiry by way of a Jury; it is true that if he had thought fit he might have taken that method, but that it was equally lawfull for him to choose the other, and that the proceedings in that manner against a profession of less than two years continuance are equally legal and valid. That as to Colonel Codrington's not answering Mr. Pogson's Petition to be restored to possession, the prayer of that petition was not in Coll. Codrington's power to grant, nor could he by his authority doe anything to the prejudice of Mr. Cunningham's possession whilst the conviction by the view of the Justices remained in force, and that the same could only be invalidated by a legal course of proceedings, in which it is not alledged that Coll. Codrington offered to give the Petitioners' Agents any obstruction. And as to what is alledged about Coll. Codrington's being himself entred into the possession of the said Plantation, for his own use, and his continuing to hold and enjoy it, Mr. Hutcheson answered that having no Instructions from Coll. Codrington nor otherwise any knowledge of that matter, he could not offer anything upon it; and therefore upon the whole insisted, that nothing may be done by Order from hence, to the prejudice of Mr. Cunningham's possession, otherwise than in a due course of legal proceedings; nor any Judgment passed in censure of Colonel Codrington's conduct in this affair, untill upon transmitting to him the copy of Mr. Freeman's Petition he may have had opportunity to answer. Whereupon we humbly offer to your Majty. that considering the many uncertaintys, which remain to be cleared, in order to take a true state of all the circumstances of this case, we are humbly of opinion that a copy of yr. Majty.'s Order in Council upon Mr. Freeman's foresaid Petition, together with a copy of the said Petition etc. of this our report upon that matter, be sent to Coll. Codrington for his answer. That Coll. Codrington be also required not to give any obstruction, directly or indirectly by himself or others, to such legal proceedings as Mr. Freeman shall have recourse to, for the redress of the injury that he conceives to have been done him, by the actings of the injury that he conceives to have been done him, by the actings of the foresaid Justices, or otherwise in relation to the Plantation in question. That in case of a sentence in the proper Court of Justice in the Leeward Islands, either party that shall think themselves agrieved may not be hindred from appealing to your Majty. In Council here. That in case of Appeal both partys, as well Defendant as Appellant, be required to give sufficient security to abide by your Majty.'s determination, and to answer all costs and damages that may have accrued against them. Signed, Stamford, Ph. Meadows, John Pollexfen, Mat. Prior. [C.O. 153, 7. pp. 389–398.]
Feb. 5.
96. Order of King in Council, in accordance with preceding Representation. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Read March 6, 170½. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 4. No. 82; and 153, 7. pp. 415, 416.]
Feb. 5.
97. Answer of the Council of Trade and Plantations to the two Orders of the House of Commons, Jan. 19 and 31. An account of the business of the Board transacted 1700, 1701. See Calendar for those years. The following abstracts are added:
Exports from Jamaica, Xmas, 1697, to Michaelmas, 1698:—
Sugar, hhds. (7 cwt. each) 12,461
" , barrels 521
Indico, hhds. (7 cwt. each) 14
" , barrels 914
Pimento, hhds. (7 cwt. each) 68
" , barrels 140
Ginger, bags 2,470
Cotton, bags 913
Logwood, tons 699
Fustic, tons 204
Stockfish wood, tons 60
Cacao nuts, hhds. (7 cwt.) 57
" " , barrels 222
Sarsaparilla, bags 83
Brazilletto wood, tons 37
Hides 575
Elephants' Teeth 27
and some small parcels of other sorts of goods.
Exports from Jamaica, Michaelmas, 1698–Dec. 12, 1699:—
Sugar, hhds. 10,758
" , barrels 216
Indico, hhds. 3
" , barrels 914
Pimento, hhds. 152
" , barrels 244
Elephants' Teeth 329
Cacao nuts, hhds. 3
" , barrels 10
Cinnamon bark, bags 50
Ginger, bags 1,415
Cotton, bags 1,032
Logwood, tons 1,641
Stockfish wood, tons 761
Lignum vitæ, tons 10
Brazilletto wood, tons 3
Ebony, tons 4
Lime juice, hhds. 192
Tortoiseshell, barrels 10
Molosses, hhds. 115
" , barrels 10
Rum for the other Plantations, hhds. 58
Exports from Barbados, March 25, 1699–March 25, 1700:—
Brown sugar, hhds. (10 or 12 cwt. each) 14,022
" " , barrels 2,749
" " , tierces 1,128
White Sugar, hhds. 389
" " , barrels 143
" " , tierces 119
Brazilletto wood, tons 36
Cotton, bags 1,048
Ginger, bags 5,830
Molosses, hhds. 2,673
" , barrels 78
Lime juice, tons 10
Aloes, Goars 160
March 25, 1700—June 24 following:—
Brown Sugar, hhds. (10 or 12 cwt. each) 11,462
" " , barrels 2,922
" " , tierces 818
White Sugar, hhds 61
" " , barrels 56
" " , tierces 20
Ginger, bags 5,394
" , hhds. 31
" , barrels 168
Cotton, bags 816
Molossoes, hhds. 2,468
" , barrels 242
" , tierces 186
Rum for the other Plantations, hhds. 924
" " , barrels 1,130
" " , tierces 1,042
" " , kegs 100
and some small parcels of woods, alloes and lime juice.
Exported from Virginia, one year with another, from 35 to 40, 000 hhds. of tobacco.
Exported from Maryland, one year with another, from 25 to 30, 000 hhds. of tobacco. Note, that each hhd. of Tobacco usually contains 5 cwt.
By the abstracts of the Custom House Books it appears that the importations and exportations from and to the several Plantations, Michaelmas, 1697–1698, were:—
into England,
from England,
from England,
l. l. l. l.
Barbadoes 308,089 146,849 273,947 150,968
Nevis 54,748 14,547 74,857 16,477
Antego 52,903 20,756 109,440 30,435
Mountserrat 24,421 3,369 23,162 7,159
Jamaica 189,566 120,774 174,844 136,690
Bermuda 2,926 3,970 58 1,330
Carolina 9,265 18,460 12,326 11,399
Bahama Islands 184 302
Virginia and Maryland 174,052 310,133 198,115 205,074
Pennsylvania 2,720 10,701 4,540 17,062
New York 8,763 25,278 16,818 42,781
New England 31,254 93,475 26,660 127,277
Hudson's Bay 8,031 2,852 4,235 944
£866,922 £771,164 £919,002 £747,898
Signed, Stamford, Ph. Meadows, Wm. Blathwayt, John Pollexfen, Mat. Prior. [C.O. 389, 17. pp. 235–297.]
Feb. 5.
98. Journal of Council of Trade and Plantations. A Representation upon the Order of Council relating to Mr. Freeman's petition signed.
Letter to the Earl of Manchester enclosing draught of revocation of Sir W. Beeston signed.
Answer to the Orders of the House of Commons, Jan. 19 and 31, signed, and delivered to Mr. Blathwayt to be laid before the House.