America and West Indies: Addenda

Pages 924-926

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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July 23.
1452. Address of the President, Council and Assembly of St. Christophers to Governor Codrington. Next to the especiall Providence of Almighty God, we humbly begg leave to present our most hearty and unfeigned thanks to your Excellency by whose prudent conduct and early zeal the French King's parte of this Island is happily reduced under H.M. obedience, and our estates, wives and children preserved unto us. Wee haveing a just sense of your Excellency's indefatigable care in this service, whereby H.M. enemies were so surprized as to be extreamly glad to embrace the first offer of a capitulation, and by a surrender give that glory and honour to your Excellency's prudence which they were sensible your courage would have reduced them to, Request your Excellency would do us the Honour to accept a peice of Plate of 50l. with a proper Inscription thereon, and 50 negroes according to the Act past unanimously by us to that purpose as a Demonstration of our sincere gratitude. Signed, Mich. Lambert, President, James Ward, Speaker. Endorsed, Recd. from Mr. Cary. Recd. Read March 10, 1702/3. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 5. No. 5.A.]
March 30.
1453. Jahleel Brenton to the Council of Trade and Plantations. March 30, 1703. Your Lordships having been pleased formerly to honour me with your commands to lay before your Lordships an account of sundry affairs relating to these Plantations, I humbly offer an account of the circumstances of this country relating to wool and the wool Acts etc. The greatest part of the sheep in New England have been raised upon the Islands, viz. the Islands of Nantucket, Martin's Vineyard, and severall small Islands in this Bay; Rhode Island, Block Island, Quononicot Island, and severall small islands in the Narraganset Bay, and the reason is because the wolves are very numerous on the Main, tho' some sheep are raised allso on tracts of land bordering upon the sea, and near Boston, but the inland townes can raise very few sheep without the charge of sheapherds, and by reason that the hire of servants and labourers is very dear in this country, till now it has not been thought it would quit the charge of keeping sheapherds for raising any number of sheep in those townes, the aforesaid Islands, for the greatest part, having formerly supplyed them wth. wool, but since the wool Act has been in force, we have used our endeavour to prevent the carrying wool from these Islands to the Main, but I do think it impossible wholly to prevent it, for some of these Islands ly very near the Main, in some places half a mile, and in some but a quarter of a mile distant from it, and the country so large, and the officers so few, that it may be carryed by small boats and canoos in the night from one place to another notwithstanding all that the officers can do, but the Inhabitants cry aloud, that this Act does not intend to hinder the carrying wool by water from one place to another place in the same Colony, of which opinion allso are most of the lawyers here. But tho' it's impossible for the Officers of the Customes here wholy to prevent the carrying wool from the Islands to the Main, yet it has had this effect, those inland Townes before mentioned not being able to supply themselves with wool from the Islands, but by stealth, nor without a great deal of trouble, charge and hazard, are now endeavouring to raise sheep and keep them by sheapherds. Upon a jorney which I lately took in the country, I made it my business to be informed herein, and I find that in some inland townes, where formerly there were not 100 sheep kept, there will be in as short a time as possible 1,000, and those Islands which formerly used to supply these inland townes with wool, do now work up their owne wool for their owne wearing apparell in much greater quantities then formerly they used to do, for they used to sell most of their wool for money, and therewith purchase a finer sort of the woollen manufacture of England then they can make of this country wool, it being a very course wool. According to my promise, Feb. 28. 1699, I have paid Capt. Ichabod Plaisted his salary to 25th of this month, tho' I have not received any salary at the Navy since Midsummer 1701. By the next opertunity I hope to send your Lordships sufficient proof that there has not been any such waste and spoil of timber etc. as Mr. Wallis and others have represented, and Mr. Wallis has here said he designed to get the place of Surveyor of the Woods for himself, and with all humble submition to your Lordships, I conceive that the hopes of that were the chief motives that induced him to make those complaints, and that if he could obtain that office, he should be enabled to oblige those who should get masts for him to do it on cheaper terms. About July 1st last Mr. Wallis sent me from Piscataqua an order from the Lords of the Privy Council, April 12, 1702, whereby I was directed to set out to him such masts and timber trees belonging to H.M. as should be requisite in order to be transported etc. according to his contract, a copy whereof I should therewith receive. But there was no copy of a contract therewith, and when I asked Mr. Wallis about it, he gave me such an answer as makes me believe he took out the copy of the Contract.
In 1699 I presented to your Lordships an account of gold and silver belonging to Robert Munday, a Privateer, which was seized by the Governmt. of Rhode Island in 1698. This acct. was signed by Nathaniel Coddington and Robert Carr. I lately made enquiry at Newport how that money was disposed of, and finde it was put into the hands of Saml. Cranstone, Governor of that Colony, who by the account that he now gives of it, makes it much less then I think it was, and there being no attested coppy of the acct. to be found in Newport, I humbly pray your Lordships would grant me that accot. which I delivered your Lordships, Signed, Jahleel Brenton. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 22, 1703. Read March 28, 1704. 2 pp. Annexed,
1453. i. Abstract of preceding. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 863. Nos. 14.A., 14. A.i; and (without abstract) 5, 911. pp. 227–231.]
Aug. 1. 1454. Attorney General to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have considered the Acts of Barbados, May-Nov., 1701, which I conceive are agreable to law and justice, and doe not contain anything prejudiciall to H.M. royall prerogative. The last Act, for giving 2,000l. to the Lord Grey, being only conditionall, if H.M. shall permitt the same to be paid by her Royall warrant. Signed, Edwd. Northey. Subscribed, This report having been promised to be called for by Mr. Bridges hath layn for him ever since ye date of it. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 4, 1703, Read July 21, 1704. 1⅓ pp. [C.O. 28, 7. No. 10; and 29, 8. pp. 447–449.]