America and West Indies: October 1709, 1-12

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 24, 1708-1709. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1922.

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October 1709, 1-12

[Oct.] 756. (a) Account of Stores left in the Fort of St. Johns, Newfoundland, by Capt. Taylor, H.M.S. Litchfield, also at Carbonear, Harbour Grace, and Little Bell Islands, and the Isle of Boys. Signed, Jos. Taylor. 2½ pp.
(b) List of the Officers in Newfoundland, commissioned Oct. 1709. St. Johns:—John Collin, Governor; Edward Sheppard, Lt. Governor; John Jenkins, Major; William Roberts, Gilbert Jeane, John Marshall, John Cock, John Eleat, Wm. Bowles, Rd. Tapley, Captains; Tho. Squarry, Jono. Martin, Henry Parker, James Prosser, Tho. Roberts, Samuel Nicks, Giles Goss, John Julian, Rt. Bowles, Step. Dann, Lieutenants; Daniel Ranes, Rt. Willicot, Char. Coaker, Jos. Newham, Tho. Hawkins, John Martin, Rowland Martin, Rd. Boden, John Richardson, Abr. Barrott, Ensigns; Isaac Legoss, Surgeon; Wm. Squarry, Master Gunner. Ferryland and Isle of Boys:—Oliver Lang, Governor; John Tucker, Lt. Governor; Rd. Roberts, Hen. Rex, Lieuts.; Tho. Deble, Arthur White, Ensigns. Carbonear:—Wm. Pynn, Governor; Tho. Williams, Tho. Peck, Capts.; Wm. Pynn, jr., Peter Merkin, Wm. Reeves, Lieuts. Harbour Grace Island:—Hen. Edwards, Governor; Rt. Pynn, Jona. Webber, Capts.; Wm. Parsons, Wm. Burt, Edwd. Stephens, Lieuts. Little Bell Isle:—James Butler, Governor; Geo. Garland, Jno. Snow, Capts.; John Butler, jr., John Fancy, Wm. Thacker, Lieuts. Signed, Jos. Taylor. 2 pp. [C.O. 194, 22. No. 73.]
Oct. 4.
757. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Board of Ordnance. Reply to Sept. 24th. At present there is no demand of stores from any of the Plantations before us; but so soon as any shall be made, we will immediately lay the same before H.M. [C.O. 324, 9. p. 407.]
Oct. 4.
758. W. Popple to Sir Robert Cotton. Requests his attendance at the Board to discuss the settlement of Palatines on Lynch Island, Jamaica, belonging to his grandson, Mr. Cotton. Cf. Oct. 7. [C.O. 138, 12. pp. 454, 455.]
Oct. 5.
759. The Earl of Sunderland to Mr. Popple. There being several references of moment from H.M. before the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, which require dispatch, and H.M. being informed that the same cannot be done for want of a quorum of the Council of Trade in Town; you are to summon the absent Commissioners immediately to town, that the service may not suffer any longer by their absence. Signed, Sunderland. Endorsed, Recd. Oct. 6, 1709. 1 p. [C.O. 388, 76. No. 85; and 389, 36. pp. 443, 444.]
Oct. 5.
760. Mr. Popple to Col. Blakiston. The Council of Trade and Plantations think it proper for you as Agent for Virginia to deliver the Order of Council, (Sept. 26) to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina and procure a duplicate to be transmitted to the Government of Virginia. [C.O. 5, 1362. pp. 421, 422.]
Oct. 5.
761. The Earl of Sunderland to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Mr. Marquez, Commissary of the Purveyors of the King of Portugal's Forces, having directions from them to purchase quantitys of wheat, rye, barley and oats for the service of those forces, he has thoughts of getting some wheat and flower from New England, New York and Pensilvania, but exportations of this kind being altogether new and unusual in those places, he apprehends the same will meet with difficultys and oppositions, for preventing of which he desires the Queen would write to the Governors of those Colonys to give such assistance as may be desired by Nicholas Roberts or his Agents for the exportation of all such quantitys of corn and flower as the Country can conveniently spare without prejudice to themselves or danger of occasioning a scarcity there, at such prices as they shall be commonly sold for at the time of making such purchase or as the Governors shall appoint between the Factor's Agents and the Inhabitants of the respective Colonys, and to cause the names of the ships and quantitys of the corn and flower which shall be exported by the said Roberts or his Agents to be registred. Her Majesty is enclined to consent to anything he can reasonably ask towards enabling him to comply with the orders he has received from Portugal, but desires to have your opinion whether this request can be granted without inconvenience to H.M. service or to those Plantations. Signed, Sunderland. Endorsed, Recd. Read Oct. 6, 1709. 1½ pp. [C.O. 323, 6. No. 87; and 324, 9. p. 408.]
Oct. 7.
762. W. Popple to Sir Robert Cotton. The Council of Trade and Plantations having, by H.M. direction, under consideration the settling of some Palatines on the Island of Jamaica, and their Lordships being inform'd that Mr. Cotton, your son, is Proprietor of Lynch Island, which is thought a proper place for the present reception of the said Palatines, they have therefore commanded me to make the following proposal, which they desire you will please to transmit to your son for his answer, viz. That about 1000 of the above Palatines be transported at H.M charge to Lynch Island, there to continue till they can be settled on the Island of Jamaica. That the Harbour of St. Antonio be made a port of entry. That Lynch Island be cleared, and huts built thereon for the reception of the said Palatines, without any charge to the Proprietor. It is presumed the clearing of Lynch Island will be a considerable improvement to Mr. Cotton's estate on that Island, and elsewhere in Jamaica, whereas at present no benefit accrues to him from the said Island. In consideration whereof, it is proposed that the said Palatines have the use of so much of Lynch Island as shall be necessary till their settlements can be perfected on the Island of Jamaica, and that Mr. Cotton do surrender to H.M. use in fee about 30 acres, part of the said Lynch Island for settling such of the said Palatines as shall be thought fit to continue there, and for building a small Fort for the security of the Harbour of St. Antonio; whereby he will not only contribute to the promoting so good a work as the settling those poor people, but in all likelyhood very much improve his particular property. [C.O. 138, 12. pp. 455–457.]
Oct. 7. 763. Messrs. Whitchurch and Jones to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Proposal and estimate for settling 1000 Palatines at Jamaica. Endorsed, Recd. 7th, Read 10th Oct., 1709. 3½ pp. [C.O. 137, 8. No. 55; and 138, 12. pp. 457–465.]
Oct. 8.
764. The Queen to Governor Crowe. Refers to Order of Jan. 22 last, and Representation of Council of Trade upon further complaints against him. You are forthwith to repair to our presence to make your defence before us in Council, and the complainants are to be at liberty to take such proofs and depositions upon oath before such chief magistrate as they shall think fit, etc. Countersigned, Sunderland. Endorsed, Recd. 22nd, Read 25th Oct. 1709. 5 pp. [C.O. 5, 210. pp. 179–182; and 28, 12. No. 39; and 29, 12. pp. 23–27.]
Oct. 8.
765. Col. Jenings to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Refers to letter of June 13th, sent by a running ship. This by the return of the Fleet, etc. According to what your Lordps. were pleased to intimate, I have with the advice of the Council given directions to the Surveyors of the Countys bordering on Carolina to prepare an estimate of the charge of laying out the boundarys of that Province, and hope in a very short time I shal be able to give your Lordps. a satisfactory account both of the method and charge of that work. Refers to enclosures "relating to the interruption given our Indian Traders by the Government of Carolina. Your Lordps. will observe that the pretence for seizing the skins, furs and other effects of our traders is grounded on the Act of the 15th of King Charles II., but it is not alledged that our traders either were within the inhabited bounds of Carolina, or that there were any officers for putting that Act in execution within 200 miles of the place where they traded: so that whether that Act obliged our traders to look for Custom house Officers where there was not ar English inhabitant, or to go 200 miles to Charles Town to ask the Governor of Carolina leave to trade with people altogether independent on him or his Province is humbly submitted to your Lordps.' consideration. Perhaps it may be urged that the traders ought to have carryed certificates from hence that there goods were legally imported here; but as they had never before seen nor heard of anybody to exact such certificates, your Lordps. will not think it strange that they judged them unnecessary. But I dare affirm to your Lordps. that our traders carry no goods, but what are legally imported according to the Acts of Trade, being generally purchased here of the most substantial and fair traders in the country, who have them imported directly from London. Your Lordps. will observe that it was not the European goods, but the skins and furrs purchased of the Indians that were seized, wch. kind of commodity I humbly conceive is not seizable by any construction of that Act of Parliament. So that I doubt not yr. Lordps. will plainly perceive it was the private interest of engrossing that trade, more than any regard to the Law that inclined the Government of Carolina to this unusual treatment of our traders. H.M. additional Instruction concerning the granting of land, I have communicated to the Council, but upon considering the difficulty of the seating required therein, they are humbly of opinion that no man will take up any land upon those terms while there is land to be had on easier terms in the neighbouring Governments, and beg leave to repeat the reasons for not altering the ancient condition of grants laid before yr. Lordships Oct. 19 last (v. Journal of Council of Virginia), in which they are more and more confirmed by observing how many entire familys besides great numbers of single persons have removed this last summer and are daily removing into the Province of North Carolina, where H.M. will receive no benefite either by the Quitt rent or the produce of their labour." Enclose Council Journal June 4, 1708—Sept. 12, 1709. I confidently hop'd I should have been able by this conveyance to have sent your Lordps. the accounts of H.M. Revenue, but the sickness of some of the Collectors having hindered them from reforming some errors in their accots., hath disappointed the settling the general accompts of the Revenue. But as the Auditor and Receiver General have assured me they will have every thing in a readiness against the General Court for perfecting those accounts, I hope the first opportunity thereafter to transmitt them to yor. Lordps. According as I wrote June 13, as soon as the Guardship arrived, I discharged the briganteen employed for the defence of the Countrey, and have caused the men to be paid off; but there being some accots. for transporting and mounting the alarm guns on the shoar of the Bay not yet come to hand (and wch. are proper to be put with the charge of the briganteen) the accots. of that whole expence are not yet fully settled, so as to be laid before yor. Lordps., but I believe the whole charge will not exceed 800 and odd pounds, the particulars whereof I hope by the first opportunity to send yr. Lordps. The Captain of the Guard ship has been very dilligent in cruising ever since his arrival, but the ship being of too great bulk to pursue the privateer sloops among the flatts, he has not been able to come up with those he has seen, yet seems fully perswaded, that if together with this ship, he had the sloop wch. my Lord High Admiral hath ordered to be bought for this station, no privateer on this coast could escape him. Among the Proclamations wch. I herewith send yr. Lordps., there is one prohibiting the exportation of corne, the long and unusual dry weather for almost the whole past summer having burnt up the corn in many places of the country, and the apprehensions of a great scarcety of all sorts of grain to follow thereon hath occasioned this prohibition, but I hope it has been laid so seasonably that there will still be enough left in the country for the subsistance of the inhabitants till a new cropp.
The Fleet now bound out hath almost drain'd the country of all the old tobacco, wch. would have been of great benefite, if the present cropp had not proved very small, and far short of what might have been expected from more seasonable weather, and I'm afraid the next Fleet will meet with a disappointment if there comes as many ships as heretofore. The Country enjoys a perfect peace and quiet, etc. Signed, E. Jenings. Endorsed, Recd. Dec. 20, 1709, Read Jan. 3, 170 9/10;, 4½ pp. Enclosed,
765. i. Correspondence between Col. Jenings and Governor Sir N. Johnson relating to the seizure of goods of Virginian Indian Traders, etc. April 22, July 22, Nov. 2, 1708. With depositions of Robert Hix, David Crawley, James Lundy, Nathaniel Urven as to same. Copies. 7½ pp.
765. ii. Proclamations by Col. Jenings. (1) June 22, 1708, declaring the repeal of the Revenue Act (Jan. 25, 1708). (2) July 30, 1708, receiving the Nations of the Saponies into the Protection of this Government, and peaceably to possess and enjoy the land where they are now seated, until further provision be made for them; (3) Oct. 26, 1708, confirming the Act about hhds. (4) Oct. 26, 1708, prohibiting trade with the Tuscaruro, Nottaway, Maherine or any other Indians living S. of James River; (5) Feb. 10, 1709, publishing Acts about Coin and Trade to America. (6) April 15, 1709, appointing a General Fast, May 18, for intercession on account of "the dangerous pestilential distemper which has already swept away great numbers of the inhabitants of the Eastern Shore and is now lately spread and continues to rage in some parts of the Western Shore, to the great terror and consternation of all"; (7) April 15, 1709, to encourage seamen to serve on board the Seaflower; (8) to prevent seamen deserting Jan. 21, 1709; and (9) for preventing export of corn, Sept. 12, 1709. Copies. 7 pp. [C.O. 5, 1316. Nos. 41, 41. i., ii.; and (without enclosures) 5, 1363. pp. 27–35.]
Oct 8.
Lyme Street.
766. R. Tryon to Mr. Popple. Reply concerning Oct 5. q.v. Barbados, ye Leward Islands and Jamaica haveing their sole dependance for beef from our Colonys in America, ye price of grain here and in Ireland being likely to deprive them of ye litle they have usually had from hence, and it can'te be sopos'd they should have notice, time enough, to provide for such a disapointmt. by planting more then usuall quantitys of Indian provisions (if they had ground to spare, which is not ye case of Barbados, that has most mouths), so it's fit to be consider'd, whether under ye incouridgmt. propos'd, those Colonys may not be so drain'd as will disable them from afordeing any suplys to ye Suger Islands, ye concequences of which I need not tell you. Signed, Rowld. Tryon. Endorsed, Recd. 8th, Read Oct. 10th, 1709. 2 pp. [C.O. 323, 6. No. 88; and 324, 9. p. 409.]
Oct. 9.
New York.
767. Samuel Bayard to Mr. Rayner. Col. Wenham is dead, etc. Endorsed, Extract, Recd. from Mr. Rayner, Read Dec. 23, 1709. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 145.]
Oct. 10. 768. Practisers of the Law in the Province of New York to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Petition against recent Act of New York for regulating fees. The Act was badly drawn by the Assembly and hastily passed by the Lt. Governor and Council, who declared their dislike of it. It obliges lawyers to accept any cause, if not retained before, at a retaining fee not exceeding 6s., and in no cause to have above £5 from first to last, though the value of money there is ⅓rd worse than sterl. and all merchandize 2/3rd dearer than here, etc. Cf. Nov. 29. Signed Jno. Rayner. Endorsed, Recd. 10th, Read 25th Oct., 1709. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 129.]
[? Oct. 10.] 769. Memo. [by Mr. Rayner?] There was an Act of Assembly in my Lord Cornbury's time, where it is enacted that no fees shall be taken by severall officers therein named, but what shall be settled by Act of Assembly, etc., so that Act must be disapproved as well as ye last, or they can take no fees at all. No signature or endorsement. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 128.]
Oct. 12.
770. Thomas Cotton to Sir Robert Cotton. I received yours of Oct. 8 with proposalls from the Council of Trade and Plantations to settle some poore Palatines in Jamaica, and in ye meantime to have them transported to Lynch Island, which belongs to me in right of my wife, heir to her father, Sir Thomas Lynch, deceased. I am willing to surrender for H.M. use in fee about 30 acres, part of the said Lynch Island, as is therein required for the promoting so good a work etc. Wee designe to give the remainder of this Island and Lynch Vale Plantation to our youngest son of that name, for his future benefitt and inheritance, but have made no settlement as yett, hopeing ye Government will be kind to him. If farther be needfull wee leave you a discressionary power to act for us. Signed, Thomas Cotton. Endorsed, Recd. Read Oct. 17, 1709. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 8. No. 56; and 138, 12. pp. 465, 466.]
Oct. 12.
771. Council of Trade and Plantations to Edmund Jenings, President of the Council of Virginia. Acknowledge letter of June 13, refer to proceedings relating to complaints against S. Carolina seizing Virginian goods, and enclose Order. v. Sept. 6 and 26. Enclose H.M. letters mandatory for the appointment of boundary Commissioners, etc. Col. Hunter is now appointed Governor of New York. We do not hear of any named yet for the Government of Virginia. Enclosure to be forwarded to Col. Quary. [C.O. 5, 1362. pp. 425-427.]
Oct. 17.
772. Josiah Thoms' receipt for letter to Mr. Jenings. (Oct. 12). [C.O. 5, 1362. p. 427.]