America and West Indies: November 1703, 26-30

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 21, 1702-1703. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1913.

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November 1703, 26-30

Nov. 27. Supplemental Bill referring to the Poor sent up was read and concurred to be enacted.
Proposal sent up, for further encouragement to voluntiers against the Indian Rebels, without any charge to the Province, and read. [C.O. 5, 789. pp. 893–895.]
Nov. 25. 1318. Journal of Assembly of New Jersey. Bill for regulating the purchasing of land from the Indians read a third time and sent up.
Bill, for raising the money voted, ordered to be brought in.
Nov. 26. Bill for enforcing the payment of former taxes read the first time.
Bill for ascertaining the assize of cash, weights and measures ordered to be brought in.
Nov. 27. Bill enforcing payment of taxes read a second time and committed. [C.O. 5, 1019. p. 484.]
[Nov. 26.] 1319. Merchants trading to the Leeward Islands to the Council of Trade and Plantations. They intend to have their outward bound ships in the Downes the beginning of Feb. and do pray that convoy may be there at that time to take care of them; that the Convoy may consist of 3 ships of war, and that the seamen on board the merchant ships may be protected from any Press during the voyage; that the said ships of war doe convoy them to Antigua and the rest of the Leeward Islands, and there remain 60 days for the merchant ships to unload and load again, and at the expiration of that time doe take care to convoy home all the ships in those Islands that are ready to sayl with them. Signed, Rd. Cary and 7 others. Endorsed, Recd. Read Nov. 26, 1703. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 5. No. 40; and 153, 8. p. 226.]
Nov. 26.
Prizes Office.
1320. Commissioners of Prizes to Mr. Popple. In reply to your letter of Nov. 25, we send you a copy of H.M. Declaration. Yet several prizes taken by H.M. ships in the West Indies have been there condemned and disposed of according to Acts made in the Assemblys and the proceed distributed by vertue of them, without any regard to the said Declaration. Refer to case of the Neptune, taken by H.M.S. Kinsale and carried to Barbadoes, where she was condemned and sold, and one half of the produce by order of the Court of Admiralty there paid to the Captors, and the other half ordered to be applied and distributed to such uses as by the Statutes or Acts of Parliament ("which we suppose to be Acts of the Assembly there") provided, deducting out of the whole all duties etc. due to H.M. for the goods as by law due, and the charges of the Court. Signed, Edw. Brereton, Geo. Morley, R. Yard, Wm. Gosselin. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 27, Read Dec. 2, 1703. 1¾ pp. Enclosed,
1320. i. Printed copy of H.M. Declaration relating to prizes, St. James's, June 1, 1702. 1 large p. [C.O. 323, 5. Nos. 28, 28.i.; and (without enclosure) 324, 8. pp. 290–292.]
Nov. 26.
Admiralty Office.
1321. J. Burchett to Wm. Popple. In reply to yours of Nov. 25, the perquisites of the Lord High Admiral are given to the Queen during the war, and out of H.R.H. power to dispose thereof, the same being done by H.M. directions to my Lord High Treasurer. Mr. Dodd is Receiver and Mr. Warters Solicitor for the perquisites of the Admiralty. Signed, J. Burchett. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 27, Read Dec. 2, 1703. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 5. No. 27; and 324, 8. pp. 289, 290.]
Nov. 26.
Admiralty Office.
1322. H.R.H. Council for the Admiralty to the Council of Trade and Plantations. In answer to your Lordships' letter of Oct. 12, we had yesterday morning with the Vice-Admiral Graydon and Capt. Whetston, as also ye merchants concerned, and are of opinion that if the merchants could and would fortify the entrance of Kingston Harbour on Musceta Point, and the shoal opposite to it, it would be the more secure Harbour from the enemy's attempts by sea, but that Port Royal is the fittest Port for expedition, and as for the healthiness of both places, we are informed by Capt. Whetston, who was a considerable time and very lately there, as allsoe by a letter from Captn. Douglas, who now commands the ships at Jamaica, that the people did and doe dureing their time dye faster at Kingston then at Port Royal. Signed, D. Mitchell, J. Brydges. Endorsed, Recd. Read Nov. 29, 1703. 2 pp. [C.O. 137, 6. No. 21; and 138, 11. pp. 84, 85.]
Nov. 26. 1323. Minutes of Council of the Massachusetts Bay. 58l. 2s. 4d. paid to Col. John Thacher on behalf of 36 Englishmen and 19 Indians for their service on board the Greyhound, Capt. Andrew Wilson, last spring; and 10l. 15s. 2d. for raising, billeting and transporting some Indians within the county of Barnstable, to Plymouth, under Capt. Wm. Southworth, Sept. last, and for Barnabas Lothrop his transporting of souldiers.
43l. 14s. 6d. paid to Col. Daniel Peirce on behalf of 20 souldiers posted at the Blockhouses on Merrimack River in the summer.
29l. 15s. 10d. paid to the same on behalf of Capt. Henry Somersby and 24 troopers; and 22l. 3s. for wages due to Capt. John Wadleigh and 22 dragoons. [C.O. 5, 789. pp. 547, 548.]
[Nov. 27.] 1324. John Baber to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Petitioner was appointed by Letters Pattents under the Great Seal of England, Aug. 12, 1702, Secretary of Jamaica. Since the Order of Sept. 25, 1691, the Secretary of that Island hath quietly enjoyed the fees of lycences for marriage, administrations and probate of wills according to the Laws. On Sept. 30 last Col. Handysid claimed the said fees as belonging to him, and directed Petitioner's Deputy not to pay unto him any of them. Prays your Lordships' Order to Col. Handysid to permit Petitioner's Deputy to enjoy his office and take said fees. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 27, Read Dec. 31, 1703. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 6. No. 22; and 138, 11. pp. 99–101.]
Nov. 27.
1325. Lt. Gov. Handasyd to William Popple. Acknowledges receipt of letter of Aug. 26, and refers to former letters. I gave their Lordships my opinion that it would be best that the free Port should be settled upon the Main, altho the Assembly have passed an Act for the settling the late Port Royal by the name of Port Charles as a Port of Entry, by which you may see the unsteadiness of their resolution. The hardships I have gone through with the Council and Assembly for this ten months by past were more than ever I did in the 28 years service of the Crown and his late Majesty. But I thank God I think I have got that done which no Governor or Lieut.-Governor of Jamaica ever could accomplish before, altho all the base methods have been taken by some people of note which are lately arrived with you, and others still here, in making of parties and factions to obstruct the public good, by which means they hope to make their own court for themselves and friends in obtaining the Government, that they may basshaw it over English men as they do over their slaves and negroes, and like Judas that betrayed our Saviour still endeavouring to give me their advice, which if I had taken I should have destroyed both H.M. interest and broke my own neck, but this has been the constant practice of the politicians of Jamaica, since the setling of the English Government in it, so that it is no new thing to me. And see following letters. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, Recd. Read Jan. 24, 170¾. Addressed. 1 p. Annexed,
1325. i. Abstract of preceding. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 6. Nos. 23, 23.i.; and (without abstract) 138, 11. pp. 109–111; and (abstract only) 137, 41. p. 19.]
Nov. 27.
1326. Lt.-Gov. Handasyd to the Earl of Nottingham. I had the honour of your Lordship's of Sept. 14 with your Orders to give an acct. to the Spanish Governors of H.M. pleasure in assisting of the Spaniards to defend their Laws and liberties in settling the Crown on the House of Austria, and in protecting them from all their enemys and to live in friendship with such as should accept the same. I enclose the method I have taken in putting H.M. Orders in execution. I am now to give your Lordship an acct. of the affairs of Jamaica, and first, the great hardships and fatigue I have gone thro' in obtaining an Act for the publick Revenue for 21 years to H.M., Her Heirs and Successors, and several other very good Acts, which I have now sent to the Council of Trade to have H.M. Royal Approbation, which I hope will be to H.M. and your Lordship's satisfaction, it being a thing that could never be obtained before by any of my predecessors, altho' all the endeavours imaginable have been used to obstruct it by all the art and tricks that evill disposed men could think of, as I suppose, for advancing their own designs in obtaining their own private ends, tho the destruction of the Island would have been the consequence. Your Lordship may likewise see by the minuits of Councill and Assembly now sent over what disputes there have been to prolong the time, that no publick business should be done; the reason I plainly now perceive was to make interest for themselves, or in case they failed, such friends as they should recommend, but I thank God they are disappointed of their evill designs. I have mett with in the management of this affair difficulties even in the Council as well as the Assembly to that degree which is not fitt here to be incerted, which makes me request the favour of your Lordship that such men may be put now into the Council, there being two vacancies, as have no other end but the honour of H.M., her Crown and dignity, and the welfare of the trade of England and this Island. And as such I shall beg leave to recommend to your Lordship Col. Richard Thompson Esq., merchant, in the room of Emanuell Moreton Esq., decd., and Charles Long, Esq., Planter, son-in-law to Col. Nicholas Lawe, in the room of Col. Lawe, in case he does not returne to this Island, which I presume he will hardly do unless as Governor. I hope he and everyone else that wishes the welfare of this Island will excuse me when they consider that by his absence and the other's death two are wanting of the number of the Councill, and of the remaining tenn some are so infirm thro' age and gout that they cannot attend upon occasion, and others of so sullen a temper that thro' the excuses of the one and the other I have all the difficulties imaginable to make a Councill, when H.M. affairs are most pressing in this Island, as I have to my great dissatisfaction fully experienced in the passing the Bills. I have received a letter from the Governor of Curasao and another from the Governor of St. Thomas's in relation to their trading sloops, which were taken by the Jamaica privateers, in which they seemed to threaten me very much for doing my duty in observing H.M. Orders and your Lordship's in preventing of all trade with H.M. enemys. Refers to enclosures sent to the Council of Trade. Likewise a list of what people have died in Kingston and Spanish Town since Jan., by which your Lordship will perceive with what mortality the sickness has been attended for these tenn months by past. I am afraid that every sixth white man, if not every fifth, has died of it. I could not possibly send a list of what have died out of the whole Island, there being to several parishes neither parson nor clerk, nor any acct. kept of the dead. I have also a letter from Sir Bevill Greenvill, Governor of Barbados, Oct. 31, which gives an account of 25 sail of French ships arrived at Martineco, but had an acct. three weeks before from a master of a sloop inhabitant of this Island, who made his escape from thence, that there are only three men of war, the biggest of which has but 50 guns, and very few land soldiers, and by all hands the first acct. seems to be truest. The Assembly is prorogued till Jan. 11. I desire your Lordship will let me know H.M. pleasure and your Lordship's opinion whether it will not be better to dissolve the Assembly and call a new one, there being severall Parishes whose Representatives are not permitted by the Body of the Assembly during this Session to sitt in the House, as will appear by the Minuits of the House, which creates mighty divisions. Besides 'tis the inclination of the Island in general to have a new Assembly called, that each parish may be duly represented. As to the enemy's attempts against us, I thank God we have hitherto escaped very well, having not lost since the warr above 27 or 28 slaves, tho our coast has been much infested by periagos and sloops, although they have mett with no purchase, which obliges me to be continually upon my guard. As to the Enemy's making any attack, I am not so apprehensive as the merchants seem to be, I could heartily wish the Island were in a better posture of defence, but all the due care imaginable shall be taken to put it in the best defence I can considering our weakness both by sea and land; but in case the enemy does attempt us, I hope your Lordship will hear we shall prove ourselves good subjects and faithfull servants to H.M., Her Crown and Dignity, and like true Englishmen not be daunted at their numbers. I come now to acquaint your Lordship of a wreck that was found of 350l. Jamaica money by a master or a sloop, who was dragging for his anchor, to whom with his men 50l. of the best of it was given, vizt. 20l. to the master and 30l. to his sailors; the remainder being clipt money and much wasted with the long continuance of it in the water is not passable as it is, and if recoined I believe will not yield above 200l. Jamaica money. This being the first perquisite that has happened since my coming to the Governmt., I hope your Lordship will get me H.M. grant for the same, there being several presedents of that nature in my Ld. Albemarle's time and others. As to any merchants or others, they can have no pretentions to it, there being none living here who either knew the iron chest it was found in, or guess within 60 yards of the place it was found, who were the inhabitants, the chest being thro time all broken and defaced. The one half I have promised to the Capt. of the Fort, whose great care and diligence in the preservation of H.M. Fort when Port Royall was burnt as in several other things relating to H.M. service, obliged me to lay hold of this opportunity to make him a return, and this had never been heard of had he not secured it immediately upon the small notice he had of it and brought it up to St. Jago de la Vega. As to the 4 men of war here they are much in the same condition as in my last, but still keep out in their stations, but when necessity obliges them, as want of provisions etc. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. 3 large pp. Enclosed,
1326. i. Counsellors of Jamaica upon ye next vacancys. Charles Long Esq, 18 Feb. Richd. Thompson 17 Feb. No signature. Slip. [C.O. 137, 45. Nos. 56, 56.i.]
Nov. 27.
1327. Lt. Gov. Handasyd to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Repeats parts of preceding letter to Lord Nottingham. According to my Lord Nottingham's letter to me, we are making all imaginable expedition in fitting out a sloop to carry, under the pretence of demanding prisoners, letters to the Governors of the Havanagh, Cartagene, and Portobell. … I send an account of what escheats have happened in my time, which were found for the Queen, and of those not found, but the expence of the Courts discourages people from enquiring into the premises, they being often found for the Queen, and when they are, they are overvalued, which hinders not only H.M. of the real value of escheats, but of the quit-rents of the same, as you will see by a petition about an escheat in Liguany. I must desire your advice what is proper to be done that these people may not be discouraged in a thing that is for the general improvement of the Island. There are but one or two valuable escheats in the Island, the one Robison's of the North side, the other Mrs. Emry's in Liguany, which have hitherto escaped thro' the trick and power of some great ones, together with their own substance, they being very rich who are in possession of them. … Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, Recd. Read Jan. 24, 170¾. 3 large pp. Enclosed,
1327. i. Duplicate of preceding. 2¾ pp.
1327. ii. Abstract of preceding. 4 pp.
1327. iii. Governor of Curaçao to Lt. Gov. Handasyd, Oct. 18, 1703. It is with much wonder I have understood that Capt. Francis Johnson, having your Excellency's Commission to cruise about the Spanish Coast of Caracas has taken three barks and boats of this Island, sailing with my passes, and hath sailed them about to have them declared good prizes; the reasons of such exorbitant undertakings between near allies and leagued neighbours are altogether unknown to me, etc. Demands that the vessels be set at liberty and full satisfaction made to the owners. Signed, Nicholas Van Beeck. P.S. Being busy writing this letter to send it by Daniel Pawell, he sailed out against my commands, taking with him a prisoner, Peter Machet, who has been sometime condemned for great debts, for which violation of my havens and justice I desire your Excellency to do me right. I have notice three barks and a periagua sailing with my passes are taken by Capt. Thomas Colby, sailing with your Excellency's Commission, with two of which he provokingly passed by in sight of this fortress. I cannot imagine on what foot these hostilities are done, much less the reason the prohibition of trade by our superiors is yet unknown to me etc. etc. Copy. Endorsed, Reed. Read Jan. 24, 170¾. 21/8 pp.
1327. iv. Lt. Governor Handasyd to the Governor of Curacoa. Jamaica, Oct. 26, 1703. To my great surprize you seem to be concerned that the Jamaica privateers have taken your sloops that they found actually trading with the French and Spaniards etc. Eight months ago I gave you an account of two ships trading from Curasao and told you if you would not hinder those proceedings, I should be obliged to write to England about it. Your request in having your sloops and goods restored wch. are here condemned by H.M. Court of Admiralty as prize to me seems very unreasonable. I cannot grant your request it being contrary to Law, and am sorry that my honour obliges me to do you a disservice, wch. is in sending over to England some depositions against you, that you oblige every trader that goes out in the penalty of 5,000 pieces of eight not any way to molest the Spaniard, who is our profest enemy. As to an Englishman you say that sailed out of your port after you had laid an embargo, I find that he was out of your harbour and clear of all your forts before any such embargo was laid, and consequently in my opinion not obliged to take any notice of it. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 1¼ pp.
1327. v. Governor of St. Thomas to Lt.-Governor Handasyd. St. Thomas Island, Oct. 26 (N.S.), 1703. Some months past arrived here from Jamaica by Curaca Lucas Uytendael, sworn inhabitant of this Island, sailing with the bark St. Patrick, provided with a requisite pass from me, which bark and goods belonged to Peter Smith, another subject of my Sovereign, but being taken by Alexander Forrester who was furnished for the war from Barbados, and brought up to Jamaica, and there upon a frivolous pretence declared prize, after having been put to much charge to recover the same and your Excellency passed a great many flouts upon my person and this Island, just as if no people of honour lived in St. Thomas. The owners have appealed to Europe. You are very ill informed of this Island and Government; the King of Denmark nor the Royal American Company at Coppenhagen admit noe rogues upon this Island etc. The business lately happened was done by a bark named the Francis and Sarah, Francis Johnson Capt. (see 1327.ii.), who on Aug. 31, met with one of this country's barks, the Robert and Mathews, Christopher Akers, master, and belonging to one Abraham Tessemacker, a citizen of this Island, coming from Curaco, wh. he took and plundered of all the goods on board, and took the same to the coast of Caracas, where this Johnson saw yet three others, which he took, belonging to subjects of the King of Denmark and provided with my passes, which is looked upon as a breach of the good neutrality and intelligence which has been long time between the two Crowns. Matters are still upon the same foot as in the last war, tho Joseph Sergeant and Thomas Nicholls, Commissioners of the Admiralty, would have insinuated in the sentence upon the St. Patrick that there was an article of agreement made between their sacred Majesties, William and Mary, and the King of Denmark, sounding contrary thereto, and that they should have had a certificate concerning the oath, which was never in use here. I hope your Excellency will cause restitution to be made of said barks and goods, with all their charges and damages, which if you fail to do, I shall be necesitated to protest against your Excellency for principal and interest and all other damages etc. Signed, C. Hanssen. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 3 pp.
1327. vi. Lt. Gov. Handasyd to the Governor of St. Thomas'. Jamaica, Oct. 26, 1703. In relation to the Barbados privateer, I take it to be a thing that no way concerns me, he having delivered up his prizes here to the Admiralty Office, which has full power of deciding, and is not a glass of water advantage to me. As to my speaking to the disadvantage of you and the inhabitants of St. Thomas, I am sorry you are so great a stranger to me; you would find me more a Gentleman than to talk of you, who is a gentleman I never saw, knew or heard of till I had the honour of your letter. As to the trading people of St. Thomas, I told some of them, after having been well informed of their undue practices in trading with the French and Spaniards contrary to the neutrality of England and Denmark, and the States of Holland, that when H.M. of Great Britain had represented it to the King of Denmark, he would make them very sensible of their undue practices. If Capt. Johnson has done anything contrary to my Instructions to him to observe all treaties and alliances etc., I shall be ready to prosecute him and his securities, but I cannot find by the account given me from the Court of Admiralty but that all the Capts. of privateers have nicely observed their Instructions. In case the Court or Captains have done any injustice unknown to me, I should be glad to have it not only discovered, but to see them have their just reward, tho' it were the gallows etc. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 1 p.
1327. vii. List of prizes taken and condemned in Jamaica, May 4, 1702–Nov. 20, 1703. 22 sloops and 13 ships. 8 Spanish and 17 French: the rest Dutch or Danish, for trading with French and Spaniards. Total value c. 12,000l. Names and details given. Endorsed as preceding. I large double p.
1327. viii. Deposition of Elias Toro, of Curaçao, that no vessel was allowed to go out from Curaçao without giving security in 5,000 pieces of eight not in any wise to molest the Spaniards. Oct. 19, 1703. Same endorsement. ¾ p.
1327. ix. List of burials in St. Jago de la Vega in St. Katherine's Parish, Jan. 2–Nov. 12, 1703. Total, 111. (Names given.) Signed, Thomas Stuart, Churchwarden. Same endorsement. 6 pp.
1327. x. Account of people buried at Kingston, Jan. 13–Nov. 2, 1703. Males 211 (of whom 99 were seamen), Females 62. Total, 273. Endorsed as preceding. 1 p.
1327. xi. Names and descriptions of above 273 deceased persons. Signed, William Collins. 7 pp.
1327. xii. Account of the Escheats that have occurred in Jamaica during Col. Handasyd's government. Cases, 1702, Rex v. Gripin, Rex v. Stephens. 1703, Regina v. Spirry, v. Mosey, v. Clarke, v. Wm. Bates, v. Katherine Bates, v. Maxwell, v. Rawlings, v. Lushington. Same endorsement. 1 p.
1327. xiii. James Parker to Lt. Gov. Handasyd. Petitioner obtained leave from Col. Beckford to take out a writ of escheat for 96 acres in Liguania which had belonged to Jane Perrott, who died Christmas 1701 without heirs, but a jury returned that there were heirs in Barbados. Since that time there is advice that none are living. Prays to be allowed to procure another writ for the said land. Same endorsement. 1 p.
1327. xiv. Account of expenses incurred by James Parker in connection with above writ for escheat, Aug. 1702–Feb. 1703. Total 34l. 0s. 6d. 1 p.
1327. xv. Deposition of Henry Faver, Mariner, Nov. 8, 1703. Taken prisoner by the French and carried to Martineca, he heard that there was arrived at Fort Royal 18 sail of French merchant ships and 3 men of war from Old France, the largest carrying 50 and the smallest 24 guns, and that the French had then at sea 31 privateers belonging to Martineca. Signed, Henry Faver. Same endorsement. 1 p.
1327. xvi. Orders at a Council of War, Jamaica, Oct. 19, 1703, in case of an attempt by an enemy on that Island. Commanding officers to appoint places of rendezvous. On an alarm Col. Edlyne, or the commanding officer in Liguanea, to send a reinforcement of 25 men and an officer to Fort James and the Rock, or a greater number in case they are attackt there. Reinforcements to make up a total of 300 men to be sent from Kingston to Port Royal, in case the enemy offer an attack there. The Governor was desired to recommend to the Council that there be stores for 3 weeks or a month laid in the forts. Upon an alarm 25 of the Militia in Vere with the officer to repair to the fortification at Carlisle Bay and take care of the same, and that on their coming the souldiers in pay on guard there repair to their companys. The oath of abjuration to be taken by all Field officers. Same endorsement. 1½ pp.
1327. xvii. Memorandum of Acts of Assembly of Jamaica, Nov. 2, 1703. ¼ p.
1327. xviii. Memorandum of Minutes of Council of Jamaica, Sept. 21–Nov. 25, 1703. ¼ p.
1327. xix. Memorandum of Minutes of Council in Assembly of Jamaica, Oct. 8–Nov. 11, 1703. ¼ p.
1327. xx. Memorandum of Journal of Assembly of Jamaica Oct. 7–Nov. 2, 1703. ¼ p. [C.O. 137, 6. Nos. 24, 24.i.xx; and (without enclosures) 138, 11. pp. 111–123; and (abstract only) 137, 41. pp. 20–22.]
Nov. 27. 1328. Merchants and Planters concerned in Jamaica to the Council of Trade and Plantations. In obedience to your Lordships' commands as to what convoys were necessary for carrying on the trade to Jamaica and bringing the next year's crop from thence, we do humbly propose that six men of warr be appointed for that service, to sail from the Downs Dec. 25, and that the convoy with the Fleete from thence do sail June 1st. If these times be exactly observed, in all probability the whole crop of that Island will come safely hither, for by departing from hence at that time the Planters will have gott to their Plantations the hoops, cask and packing cases for their sugar, indigo, piemento, ginger, cotton etc., that they may have most of their goods ready against June 1st. And by departing from thence then, the voyage home will be all in the summer season, and so will not be subject to have the Fleete separated from their convoy, or be lyable to those terrible storms of the Banks of Newfoundland that they allways meet with upon a later departure from thence, and which such heavy-loaden ships can by no meanes endure. By this means allso the men's lives will be preserved both in the men of warr and merchants' ships, for they will arrive there in the healthfullest season and will depart from thence before the Raines come in. 28 Signatures. Endorsed, R. Nov. 27, 1703. Copy. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 45. No. 57; and 138, 11. pp. 85–87; and (duplicate) 137, 6. No. 25.]
Nov. 27.
1329. Governor Sir B. Granville to Mr. Popple. Having an opportunity by some merchant ships bound home, I make use of it to pay you my respects and enclose a duplicate of what I wrote by the Pacquet boat. My account is right as to the arrival of the French fleet and number of the French men of war 5, it being confirm'd to me by all hands, but I can hear nothing more of the transport vessells with land soldiers, that part being contradicted. The French men of war after a very short stay at Martinique proceeded Leeward with the greatest part of the merchant vessells being bound to St. Dominique, and the other French and Spanish Colonies. Capt. Martin who commands the Blackwall which I sent out for intelligence returned the beginning of this month: he look'd into Port St. Piere, Port Royal and the other principal harbours of Martinique, but saw nothing there but merchant vessells: he did on Oct. 21 and 22, take three sloops off from the shore, which he burnt, and on the 27th he took in the latitude of 16 degrees the Duke de Berry, a French merchantman of 130 tuns and ten guns loaden with sugar from Martinique to France, which he brought in here. The prisoners confirm what I have said above, and further say that a greater fleet is dayly expected from France, and that it will consist in 40 sail of men of war. Signed, Beville Granville. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 8, 170¾. Holograph. 1½ pp. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 8; and 29, 8. pp. 380–382.]
Nov. 28.
Secretary's Office. Barbados.
1330. A. Skene to Wm. Popple. Enclosing copies of receipts for French prisoners sent in this fleet, which were taken by H.M.S. Blackwall, Capt. Samll. Martin, who has since taken a ship bound for Old France, laded with 400 hhds. of sugar and a pritty good quantity of coco; he also that cruze sank in the harbours of Martinique two sloops and burnt one. Signed, A. Skene. Endorsed, Recd. Read Feb. 8, 170¾. 1 p. Enclosed,
1330. i. Receipts for French Prisoners referred to in preceding. 2½ pp. [C.O. 28, 7. Nos. 7, 7.i.]
Nov. 29.
Sun Coffee House, behind the Royal Exchange.
1331. Ste. Mason to William Popple. Enclosing following. Signed, Ste. Mason. ½ p. Enclosed,
1331. i. Proposal for supplying Naval Stores from New England. [English seamen much decreased of latter years. … The Northern kingdoms can furnish said stores cheaper at present. Proposes that all customs be taken off such commodities imported from the Plantations and 20s. per tun allowed to every ship that shall come thence fully laden etc. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 30, Read Dec. 23, 1703. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 863. Nos. 62, 62.i.; and 5, 911. pp. 157–160.]
Nov. 29.
1332. Newfoundland Merchants to the Council of Trade and Plantations. In obedience to your Lordships' commands in relation to a convoy for the Fishery and Trade of Newfoundland for the next year; wee humbly offer that, to prevent the totall decay of that Fishery and Trade which is almost lost, there not being above forty sayle of ships there the last year, whereas in last war there hath been loaden above 200 sayle, it's highly necessary, that the fishing ports in England, as Poole, Weymouth, Dartmouth. Topsham, Exeter and Plymouth; and Barnstaple, Biddiford and Bristoll; as also the Merchants of London may have Protections granted them by Jan. 1st for their ships, and that they be not hindred by any embargo; that in their Protections they be allowed only one seaman to 10 tons burthen for their sayling crew, and as many land men as they think fit to carry, by which H.M. Service will not be hindred; and that to prevent any frauds of other ships pretending to go for Newfoundland, who design for other trades, the Master or owners of those ships may make an affidavit before any Protection is given them that the said ships are really bound out to load at Newfoundland. That two or more Men of Warr may be ready to sayle from Spithead by March 4 next, and that they may have orders to sayle with the first fair wind afterwards, and call at the Western Ports for the ships that shall be ready to sayle with them for Newfoundland; that, in regard it's no ways practicable for the ships in the North Channel to come about, the ships in those parts may have a Convoy ready by March 10 next to call at Biddiford for those fishing ships, and to convoy them two or three hundred leagues to sea. That the Commanders of the Men of Warr may have strict orders not to impress any men out of the ships or any of the Planters' servants in Newfoundland or abroad, and the Governour of the Fort and soldiery there orders not to molest or hinder the inhabitants or ships in their Fishery or Trade, unless on the appearance of the enemy on their common defence. That the Commanders of the Men of Warr may be ordered, on their arrivall, to send boats to the northward to sound those harbours, also to the southward; so that pilotts may not be wanting in case a force be sent to annoy the enemy (and to take Placentia, as we hope will) whereby the designs of our Forces sent thither may not be ineffectual as they have been. That the Harbour of Trinity in Trinity Bay, may be fortifyed, which may be done with a small charge considering the great benefitt it will be to that Trade of Newfoundland especially as it will secure all the harbours in Trinity Bay and Bonavita, and the harbours adjacent, which may be reasonably computed one third of the Fishery of Newfoundland. And also the fortifying this harbour will be a great security of Consumption Bay, as the usuall practice of the French hath been to bring their boats over the small tract of land, between Placentia and the bottom of Trinity Bay, and annoy the inhabitants of those parts. That the Men of Warr appointed for the ships which goe for taking of the fish, may be ready to sayle from Spitthead by May 20 next, and may call at the Western Ports for what ships shall be there to go with them, and also that a Convoy may be ready in the Downs by May 10, to convoy the London ships to Spitthead. That the Convoy from Newfoundland which shall be ordered for the coast of Portugall, may have strict orders to let a Man of Warr see the ships bound for Oporto etc., safe over those barrs before she leaves them, which may prevent their being taken as severall have by that negligence been this year. These things being granted, and the Convoys ready in time, we doubt not but this advantagious Trade will revive again. The not granting protections in time and the Convoys not sayling, and embargoes on our ships and other molestations as above mentioned have been the cheif occasion of the decay of this Fishery and Trade, and not the warr with Spaine only; for Portugal, only, have taken off the lading of near 100 sayle of ships. Signed, Solomn. Merrett, Samuell Clark, Carleton Goddard, Simon Cole, Charles Houblon, John Jackson, Wm. Brooke. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 29, Read Dec. 1, 1703. 2 pp. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 4; and 195, 3. pp. 255–259.]
Nov. 29. 1333. Solicitor General to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I am of opinion that the Acts passed at the General Assembly at Jamaica, Aug. 22, 1702, are not liable to any objection in point of Law. Signed, Sim. Harcourt. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 30, 1703, Read March 28, 1704. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 6. No. 26; and 138, 11. pp. 157, 158.]
Nov. 29.
1334. Journal of Council of Trade and Plantations. Order of Council, Nov. 25, read and the papers required were prepared.
Report of H.R.H. Council of the Admiralty read.
Memorial of the Jamaica Merchants read.
Report to the House of Lords (Dec. 16) considered.
Nov. 30. Further progress made with above Report.
Letter from Col. Dudley to Mr. Blathwayt, Sept. 13, read. [C.O. 391, 16. pp. 298, 299; and 391, 97. pp. 735–739.]
Nov. 29. 1335. Minutes of Council in Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay. Bill for debentures (Nov. 27) amended and sent down.
Nov. 30. Message sent down to move the Representatives to a reconsideration of the Bill passed by the Council relating to Appeals.
Mutiny Bill, sent up, was passed.
Bill to prevent disorders in the night, sent up, was read a first and second time, and concurred to be engrossed. [C.O. 5, 789. pp. 895, 896.]
Nov. 29. 1336. Journal of Assembly of New Jersey. Amendments to bill for enforcing payment of taxes considered.
Bill for regulating assize of cask brought in.
Nov. 30. The House met and adjourned.
Dec. 1. The House met and adjourned. [C.O. 5, 1019. pp. 484, 485.]
Nov. 30. 1337. Journal of Assembly of Barbados. The House met by virtue of a special summons from H.E. Bill for the better security of the Bays etc. was rejected. Committee appointed to bring in a new one.
Ordered that the Treasurer allow 10 per cent. for prompt payment for all that shall pay in money wch. shall become due on the duty of excise, up to 600l., wch. said sum shall be by him paid for H.E. and his disbursements according to a former vote.
Resolved that the Speaker move H.E. that the bonds in the hands of the late Treasurer and due to the public stock be forthwith delivered to Charles Thomas, the present Treasurer. [C.O. 31, 7. pp. 143–145.]
[? Nov.] 1338. John Roope to the Council of Trade and Plantations. It was Oct. 5 before I came hither, which makes me stay all winter, and by consequence ye greatest part if not all next summer; so that next shall be able guive a perfect account of the state of this country and Trade, and what deficiencies there are, and how remedied; I have found a grove of timber for the boom about 12 miles by water from this place, so hope to perfect it as soon as the weather will permitt to transport it hither. As to Admiral Griden's miscarriage, I know nothing of it; but I hope that unsuccessfull, and I thinck may (by report) say unattempted designe, will nott so discourage yt. there may not be another made, if itt should, I feare yt. ye French will take this place, and so spoile us of ye poore remaines of one of ye noblest trades yt. England ever had, for wee have repeated advices from Plasentia that they have a designe against us, yt. there are 2 ships, one of 50, ye other of 46 guns, now there, that they have 2 mortars and 500 bombs aboard each ship, and 900 men in ye 2, and that they expected 4 more from France, and then they would attack this place by sea and land, and on Fryday ye 5th inst. a French party surprized and plundered Renous, and brought wth. ym. one of that place, whome they took from thence in June last, who reporteth that there are 2 ships at Placentia of about 50 guns, that they expected 300 Canadins, and then would endeavour for this place, which if they should effect, would be of dangerous consequence. Wherefore 'tis humbly requested yt. wt. ye inhabitants desire in their Petition (which suppose in some little time, will be presented you) may be considered, and yt. ye commanding Officers may be some that know ye valleu of this Trade, for men that understand not something of the Fishery and Trade, altho' they have been here severall times, nay lived here some years, will not understand the worth of this country, and think it not worth fighting for. But wee may see what care the French take to preserve and increase their strength by countrys and trades that require labour, dilligence and industry as inuring their people to hardships and so fitt ym. for service, and by this dilligence gett ye proffitt to themselvs, yt. those yt. have the golden conquest think they injoy, for by the Spanish example they see that golden countrys cause ye people yt. enjoy ym. to be proud, idle and luxurious, and so become ye scoffe and prey of theire neighbours; and itt is nott Spaine alone yt. may be taken for a presedent, but ancient history is full of ye like cases. By ye taking this country and Nova Scotia, all ye French Settlements in ye North of America must fall of cource, and so ours improved and secured for all ships yt. goe up ye Bay or River of Canada must pass ye Channell yt. is between this Island and ye Main, ye wch. River of Canada runneth through ye North of America, and on ye back of all our Plantations; and I doubt it hath a passage into ye Western Sea and so to the East India, for I heare ye French are makeing a Settlement at Callefournia, and if itt be nott for such purpose, I cannott conjecture what they can propose by such extraordinary distant Collony. So yt. in my opinion ye reduction of those parts would hurt France as much as if H.M. could by sending succours to her ancient subjects ye Sevenois recover her ancient dutchy of Aquitain; I heartily wish both could be performed. Signed, John Roope. Endorsed, Recd. Dec. 8, 1703, Read March 21, 170¾. 1 large p. [C.O. 194, 3. No. 6; and 195, 3. pp. 280–284.]