America and West Indies: October 1702, 1-5

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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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October 1702

Oct. 1.
1015. Governor Lord Cornbury to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I had forgot in my other letters by this conveyance to acquaint your Lordships that while I was at Albany during the time of the conference four negroes belonging to some of the people of the town assaulted and killed one of the Sachims of the River Indians, which was like to have made a great deal of disturbance, but I immediately caused the negroes to be seized etc. Continues as related No. 1009.ii. fin. Signed, Cornbury. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 30, Read Dec. 23, 1702. Holograph. 1 p. Enclosed,
1015. i. Abstract of preceding (wrongly dated Oct. 30). 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1047. Nos. 75, 75.i.; and (without abstract) 5, 1119. pp. 270, 271.]
Oct. 1.
1016. Governor Lord Cornbury to the Earl of Nottingham. Repeats information given in letters of Sept. 27 etc. I send you a list of such persons whom I think proper to be members of Council; they are men of substance here, and, by the best information I can get, they are honest men. Signed, Cornbury. Endorsed, Nov. 1, 1702. Holograph. 1 p. Enclosed,
1016. i. List of persons fit to be of H.M. Council for the Province of New York:—Dr. John Bridges, Dr. of Civil Law; Col. Caleb Heathcote; Wm. Nicholls, Thomas Wenham, Mathew Ling, Killeian Van Renslaer, Phillip French, Stephen De Lancy. ¼ p. [C.O. 5, 1084. Nos. 6, 6.i.]
[Oct. 1.]
New York.
1017. Duplicate of preceding letter. [C.O. 5, 1084. No. 7.]
Oct. 1.
1018. Minutes of Council of the Massachusetts Bay. Salary of John Giles as Interpreter etc. at Cascobay, June 4, 1701—June 11, 1702, paid.
H.E. proposed a General Fast to be kept Oct. 22, to implore the Divine Mercy upon H.M., that her life may be long continued and her arms prospered; that her Provinces in America may be preserved and defended, and that the present calamitous and deadly sicknesses at New York and other English Plantations, the infection whereof is spread in these parts, may be removed from our neighbours and ourselves. Proclamation ordered accordingly. H.E. said that application had been made to him from several parts of the Province, that the Session of the General Assembly appointed by Prorogation to be the 15th of this month, might be held at Cambridge, by reason of the infectious sickness in Boston, and that he should direct accordingly. [C.O. 5, 789. pp. 458, 459.]
[Oct. 2.] 1019. Petition of Wm. Penn to the Queen. The Queen's own service and security of her subjects in the Government of Pensilvania make it absolutely necessary that the present Deputy Governor, Col. Hamilton, receive at least a temporary approbation, otherwise, as it is impossible for her Petitioner here personally to obey her commands there, so may it be unsafe for his Deputy to execute them without it. Wherefore the Petitioner, zealous of the Queen's service, most humbly prays that the said Hamilton may have her Royal approbation for one year onely, and that the imputation he lies under, which hath made it so difficult hitherto, may be refer'd to the examination and report of the Lord Cornbury, whether he may deserve to be continued in the trust, or not. Signed, Wm. Penn. On margin:
1019. i. At the Court at the Bath, Oct. 2, 1702. H.M. being graciously inclined to gratify the Petitioner in his request, is pleased to refer the consideration thereof to the Rt. Hon. the Commissioners of Trade and Plantations. Signed, C. Hedges. Endorsed, Recd. 24, Read Oct. 26, 1702. The whole 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1261. Nos. 159, 159.i.; and 5, 1290. pp. 233, 234.]
Oct. 5.
1020. Minutes of Council of New Hampshire. Thomas Holland's petition for divorce, read. His wife Elizabeth pleaded guilty to adultery, but that her husband had since forgiven her and cohabited with her. Witnesses, Margaret Owen and Hannah Jeffreys, examined. [C.O. 5, 789. pp. 109, 110.]
Oct. 5.
New York.
1021. Capt. Nanfan to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I had great hopes before this to have paid my duty to your Lordships at your Board, but have been and am very unjustly detained and very ungentlemanlike used by my Lord Cornbury, on a meer pretence that I am in H.M. debt, forcing me to pay subsistence to the 9th May, 1702, when he knows himself and Agents have received the subsist and pay for the soldiers since Dec. 25, 1701, tho' he never told me he had till Sept. 17 last, but has arrested me to prevent my going in the Advice in an action at the Queen's suit for 5,000l. st., when the last post from Boston brings me an account of several Bills coming protested, drawne for subsistance since his receipt, which will inevitably fall upon me and my estate without any hopes of redress to myself and family after so general a circulation as subsistance to three or four hundred soldiers. I see nothing before me but ruin unless your Lordships honour me with your patronage. I have this opportunity informed Mr. Champante of my hard circumstances and desired the favour of him to solicite my affair. I doubt not evidently to make appear, when I am permitted to appear myself, notwithstanding all the dirt my Lord Cornbury has and may endeavour to throw on me, in order to vindicate himself, intirely to return it on his Lordship. Signed, John Nanfan. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 15, 1702. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 1047. No. 76; and 5, 1119. pp. 249, 250.]