America and West Indies: July 1710, 19-31

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'America and West Indies: July 1710, 19-31', in Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 25, 1710-1711, (London, 1924) pp. 137-152. British History Online [accessed 23 April 2024]

July 1710, 19-31

July 19.
306. Mr. Popple to John Phillips. Your letter of June 5th having been laid before the Lords Commissioners of Trade, they desire to speak with you thereupon on Friday, etc. [C.O. 5, 913. p. 249.]
July 19.
307. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Dartmouth. Enclose following. Autograph signatures. 1 p.
307. i. Extract of Governor Handasyd's letter, June 4. 1 p. [C.O. 138, 13. pp. 165, 166; and 137, 45. Nos. 94, 94 i.]
July 19.
308. Mr. Popple to Josiah Burchett. Encloses extract from Governor Handasyd's letter June 4, and Mr. Dickenson's of March 1st. [C.O. 138, 13. pp. 166, 167.]
July 19.
309. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Dartmouth. Enclose draught of a Commission for Col. Corbet to be Governor of Maryland (v. July 7.) Mem. Col. Corbert not going over to Maryland, his Commission is not entred. [C.O. 5, 717. p. 178.]
July 20.
310. Sachems of the Six Nations to the Queen. We the Sachems sent from the Six Nations of Indians in the neighbourhood of New York being now (God be thanked) safely in our native Continent, return our most humbly and hearty thanks to your Majesty for all your great favours to us when in Brittain; and acknowledge your Majesty's great care and kindness in providing so well for us in our passage over and return under [the care?] of the worthy Anadigarina and Quider. Wee like [wise re]turn our hearty thanks to your Majesty for your [gracious?] promise of sending us over Ministers, and hope [you will?] hasten them over: and that your Majesty would [please to?] order that a chapell and house be built for the Missi[onaries at?] the Indian Fort, and an officer and some souldier[s for the?] same, etc. P.S. Our desire is that Anadigarina, Col. Nicholson, send this home to the Great Queen. Signed, Henrick ?, and John ?, Brant Sagayonquaroug, Micholas Eta[—]. 3 Totem Marks. (—Buffalo (?) Dog ? Tortoise). Edges torn. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 898. No. 2.]
July 21.
311. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Dartmouth. Enclose following. Annexed,
311. i. H.M. Commission for the Lord Archibald Hamilton to be Governor of Jamaica. In the usual form. Aug. 15. Countersigned, Wrighte. [C.O. 138, 13. pp. 167–188.]
July 21.
312. Council of Trade and Plantations to [?the Lord Treasurer.] Enclose following, etc. 2 pp.
312. i. Petty expences of the Board of Trade. Lady Day—to Midsummer, 1710. 6 pp. v. B. of T. Journal under date. [C.O. 388, 76. Nos. 100–103; and 389, 36. pp. 462–464.]
July 22.
St. Jago de la Vega.
313. Governor Handasyd to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Acknowledges letters, etc., of Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Jan. 19, and April 4. I have now received 39 more recruits. I send you a coppy of the Proclamation in relation to the pyrats: as to the pardon, it's exactly according to H.M. Pattent to me under the Great Seal, pardoning everything, high treason and willfull murder only excepted. There is, as I am inform'd come to this Island near 100 of 'em, as well those that call themselves officers as others; powe [? poor] sorry miserable creatures, that is in want both for their backs and bellys. They say that there is severall more of them, gone on board our privateers and traiding sloops, and the whole body of them either starved with want, or dispersed somewhere or other to gett bread. As to what you say as to Laver-decruse Fleet being gott home: as soon as I receiv'd any intelligence I gave you notice of it; which was not untill after they were gone: our privateers layd off Laver-decruse between it and the Havana untill they had like to have been lost, having neither sayles nor riging lef them, both English and dutch. As to our men of warr, it was imposible for them for to lye there in the mouth of the Gulfe, the currt. being so strong, and so vast a distance from Jamacia, and must have sayled thro' the Gulfe, so that it would have been at least 4 or 5 months before we could have expected them here again, in any case they had with no other accidents. As to other news here, wee have very little, only H.M.S. the Crowne has taken and sent a French prize laden with wines and drye goods; there was also a Spanish ship cast away upon our coast, coming from Craucus laden with cocoa; the ship with all the cocoa was lost, but most of the men's lives were saved, being native Spaniards, I have caused them to be sent to Carthegena and Porto Bello, and we are now in hopes the Spanish Trade will mend upon us, having latly had two or three sloops come in, that has made pretty good voyages, and there is 8 or 9 more going: I hartly wish them good success. I come now to request the continuance of your Lordships' favours, that in case a peace should ensue, that the Regiment under my command, nor myself may be neglected, that the Core (corps) may have no reason of complaint, as to loose their birthright upon our being employed in H.M. service at so great a distance, etc. The men of war to the number of five are out upon the cruse, they have on board 150 soldiers of H.M. Regt. to help to man them. I hope they will have good success, or at least prevent the French tradeing upon the coast. The men of war are pretty healthy as well as the Island, etc. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. Endorsed, Recd. 8th, Read 11th Sept., 1710. Addressed. 2 pp. Enclosed,
313. i. Governor Handasyd's Proclamation for pardoning certain pirates, under Capt. Michael, on the coast of Porto Bello, etc., on condition that they return to Jamaica within 60 days and take the oaths of allegiance, etc. St. Jago de la Vega, Nov. 19, 1709. Endorsed, Recd. Sept. 8, 1710. Copy.pp. [C.O. 137, 9. Nos. 18, 18 i.; and (without enclosure) 138, 13. pp. 289–292.]
July 22.
St. Jago de la Vega in Jamaica.
314. Governor Handasyd to the Earl of Sunderland. I have received by the last pacquett 39 recruits, etc. Prays that his regiment and himself may be remembered in case a peace should ensue, etc. Repeats part of preceding. Signed, Tho. Handasyd. 2 pp. [C.O. 37, 51. No. 25.]
July 22.
315. Mr. Popple to Mr. Lowndes. Applies for copies of Acts of Parliament referred to in Governors' Instructions. [C.O. 324, 9. pp. 442, 443.]
July 22.
316. Lord Dartmouth to the Council of Trade and Plantations. H.M. having been pleased to appoint Robert Lowther Esq. to be Governor of Barbados in the room of Mitford Crowe Esq., who is recalled; I desire you will please to direct a Commission and Instructions to be prepared for him as usual, to be laid before H.M. etc. Signed, Dartmouth. Endorsed, Recd. 24th, Read 27th July, 1710. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 13. No. 32: and 29, 12. p. 116.]
July 24.
New York.
317. Governor Hunter to the Council of Trade and Plantations. By a small vessel bound for Lisbon I gave your Lorps. notice of our arriveal here, since that time all the Palatine ships separated by this weather are arriv'd safe, except the Herbert frigat, where our tents and armes are, she was cast away on the East end of Long Island on July 7, the men are safe, but our goods much dammaged. We still want the Berkley Castle, which we left at Portsmouth. The poor people have been mighty sickly, but recover apace; we have lost above 470 of our number. Soon after my arriveal, I sent the Surveyor Genll. wt. some skilfull men to survey the lands on ye Mohaks' river, particularly the Skohare to which the Indians had no pretence, being Col. Bayard's grant, they however by the instigation of some ill intentioned men at first refused to suffer it to be survey'd, upon pretence of it's having returned to them after the resumption, but have been better advis'd since, so that at this time he is actually surveying of it. These lands however I believe will be no ways fitt for the design in hands, being very good lands which here bears no pines, and lyes very remote. I shall however be able to cary it on elsewhere, for there is no want of pines, but the pine land being good for nothing, the difficulty will lye in finding such a situation as will afford good land for their setlements near the pine lands. I am in terms with some who have land on Hudson's river fitt for that purpose, which I intend to view next week in company with Mr. Bridger, who is now with me, and gives me good incouragement, tho' I have mett with some discourageing accts. here, but after full information, I believe I shall be able at last to accomplish the great design, so I be supported in it at home. I have as I think a much more difficult task here. that is reconcileing men to one another and theer true interests, all I can say as yet is that they are in no worse disposition then that I found them in. I can make no judgement as yet of the setling a Revenue. Some alterations in the Commissions of the Peace and the Militia seem absolutely necessary, but none shall be made but such as are, so that your Lordps. may not be troubled with complaints, and I may have no difficulty in answering. In this as in everything else, I shall have no regards but to H.M. true interests according to the best of my capacity. There was a mistake in the transcribeing of my Instructions as to the name of Mr. Prevost, his name is David, but in ye Instructions Daniel. There is another in H.M. Letter for restoreing Mr. Walters, his name is Robert. but in the letter he is called Thomas Walters, your Lorps. will I hope give directions to have them rectify'd. I have however ventur'd to swear them of the Council, the mistake being palpable, and I at a losse for a quorum without them. I have sent by this conveyance (the Kingsale) the Seals of the two Provinces broken in Council as I am ordred. There is a tract of land, part of the resum'd grant of Capt. Evans, called the Highlands, being about 12 miles in length along the River, mountainous and barren and incapable of improvement or of a road, and only valuable for firewood, no man will accept of any part of it under the quitrent directed to be reserv'd, unlesse it be what is contiguous to the river, where he may with ease transport the wood, so I beg your Lorps. will be pleas'd, if you think good, to explain that part of the Instruction directing that the lenghth of each tract of land to be hereafter granted do not extend along the banks of any river, with one exception as to that part of Evans' grant. For if the patenting of lands and increasing the quitt-rents be necessary, this exception is so. One thing more. The Queen likewise directs by her Instructions that in each Patent there be a covenant on the part of the Patentee, to plant settle and effectually cultivate at least three acres of land for every fifty in three years from the date of the Patent. Most of the unpatented lands within this Province lye very much expos'd to the French and Indians of Canada on the frontiers, so that dureing the warr no setlement can with any safety be attempted. Wherefore I offer it humbly to your Lorps., if it be not necessary to apply to H.M. for leave to grant lands with a covenant to plant and setle as before in three years after the conclusion of the present warr with France, which will increase the quit-rents in the meanwhile and secure the planting of these lands in that time. As to what relates to the Indians. The Senekas suspected to be in the French interest have ever since my arriveal kept their fires burning as a sign of their continuing in the Covenant chain, and have by one of their principal Sachems endeavoured to clear themselves of that suspition. The Waganhas, a nation heretofore in the French interest, at a meeting of the Five Nations where two of our deputy's assisted, have entered into the Covenant. The French have built a stone Fort at Chamblis on the river that runs from ye Lake into the River of St. Laurence. They have had lately four ships from France, two with men and two with provisions. They have sent some small partys of their Indians towards the frontiers of New England, which I have advis'd Col. Dudley. These advices we have from our spyes. I have sent to the Five Nations to meet me at Albany the 10th of August, and have fixt our assembly to the 1st of Septr., the harvest oblidging as to that delay, and some small time being requisite toward the quieting of men's minds before they meet in ane assembly. In relation to the malversations of Mr. Peartree and the present Mayor of New York, I must refer your Lordps. to Capt. Davis and Capt. Euston's information, who are now bound for Engld. Capt. Davis declares only that the Mayor had hindred him and his Capt. from pursuing their deserters, and had threatned to clap them in prison if they offer'd at it. Peartree however was in no ways acceptable here as a Councillor, as I find the other is not as a Mayor, haveing continued so for several years. By ane Expresse from Col. Nicolson, I have just now notice of his arriveal at Boston the 17th of July. The Berkley Castle the last wanted Palatine ship lost company with them the 3rd of July last. Signed, Ro. Hunter. Endorsed, Recd. 13th, Read 24th Oct., 1710. Holograph.pp. [C.O. 5, 1049. No. 161; and 5, 1122. pp. 173–180.]
July 26.
New Yorke.
318. Mr. Bridger to [?the Lord Dartmouth]. Acknowledges Instructions concerning Palatines as in following. Concludes: I do not fear but a few years will prove that H.M. may be sufficiently supply'd hence wth. Naval Stores. The tar tree must stand two years after preparing before it can be made into tar, wch. time once sunk or over, a constant supply will follow. Signed, J. Bridger. Endorsed, R. Oct. 16. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1091. No. 17:]
July 26.
New Yorke.
319. J. Bridger to [? Mr. Popple]. Acknowledges Instructions to assist the Governor in placing and instructing the Palatines, etc. This service is very chargeable to me, wch. I begg may be considered, etc. Repeats preceding. I am now going up Hudson's River in order to settle the Palatines on proper land. I am sorry their Lordships cannot support me in the seizures of the masts I have made, nor the expences I am at on that service. It is impossible for any officer to preserve H.M. intrest now everyone going into the woods in defiance and cut what they please. The Act I proposed for the preserving of all white pine or mast trees is the same with the other Act that preserves pitch pine, and theire only wants the words, of all white pine and mast trees, before or after the pitch pine, the penalty to be £100 sterl. for every tree cut, fell'd or destroyed according to the words of the Charter, only the forfieture to be one moiety to H.M., the other to the Informer that shall sue for the same. Signed, J. Bridger. Endorsed, Recd. 13th, Read 24th Oct., 1710. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5. 1049. No. 162; and 5, 1122. pp. 180–182.]
July 26. 320. Petition of Merchants trading to Jamaica to the Queen. Pray that Major John Blair, inhabitant of Jamaica, being a person of considerable estate there, and of great integrity and loyalty, may be appointed to the Council. Subscribed,
320. i. H.M. refers preceding to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their opinion. Signed, Dartmouth. The whole endorsed, Recd. 2nd, Read 4th Aug., 1710. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 9. No. 14; and 138, 13. pp. 188, 189.]
July 27.
321. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Dartmouth. Enclose following. Annexed,
321. i. Draught of Commission for Robert Lowther to be Governor of Barbados. In the usual form. [C.O. 29, 12. pp. 116–132.]
July 28.
322. Lord Dartmouth to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses following. H.M. would have you cause an Article to be inserted in the Instructions you are now preparing for Governor Lowther, pursuant to the directions in this order, and in the most effectual terms, whereby the persons mentioned in this order may receive the full benefit of H.M. gracious intentions to them. Signed, Dartmouth. Endorsed, Recd. July 31st, Read Augt. 1st, 1710. 1p. Enclosed,
322. i. Copy of Order in Council of Feb. 18, 1709 (10) (q.v.) upon the petitions of George Gordon and Alexander Skeen. [C.O. 28, 13. Nos. 33, 33 i.; and 29, 12. pp. 132–134.]
July 28.
New York.
323. Governor Hunter [?to Lord Dartmouth]. H.M. was pleased to direct me to see that justice was done to my Lady Lovelace, and spoke very feelingly of that Lady's affaires, when I had the honour to kisse her hand for leave. The case stands thus. By one Act of Assembly in the Jerseys there was £800 given to the Lord Lovelace, after his death there was another Act of Assembly past giveing £500 of that summ to Col. Ingoldsby, the then Lt. Govr. £100 for contingencys, and £200 only to the Lady Lovelace. I suppose by this time both these Acts are laid before H.M., and I make no doubt of H.M. approveing the first and disapproveing the later, but the difficulty will be to gett back the money, Coll. Ingoldsby haveing already toucht it, and his necessitous circumstances will hardly allow him to refund, as I am inform'd. I wait H.M. orders in that matter, etc. P.S. I wrote at large by the Kingsale; this comes by the Maidstone. Signed, Ro. Hunter. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 1091. No. 18.]
July 29.
324. Governor Parke to the Earl of Sunderland. I hope I shall by a vessell which I shall dispatch after the Fleet to St. Christopher's send your Lordship the depositions taken on my part to the complainants against me to this day. The deposition inclosed will shew your Lordship what artifices are used against me, and how they made it impossible for me either to come home with the Fleet, as I have earnestly endeavoured, or to affix the seal to the depositions taken either for or against me. But as the reasons there gave 'em is an abstract of our proceedings, I shall trouble your Lordship no further till I send you my defence, and I shall as soon as that is finished, come over in the first man of warr according to H.M. direction. Signed, Daniel Parke. Endorsed, R. Oct. 12. 1 p. Enclosed,
324. i. Copy of paper read by Andrew Boult on behalf of Governor Parke, Antigua, July 29, 1710 to Col. Edward Byam, Mr. Crump and other complainants when they desired that the Broad Seal might then be affixed to their papers. (v. following letter). Deposition confirming preceding. Signed, Richd. Jardine, Philip Walsh, Wm. Martin, J. Gallagher, Luke Walsh, Jno. Bermingham, Thomas Morris, J. Godsill, Andrew Boult, Tho. Long, H. Pember, Duncan Dee, Benj. Eversden. 8 pp.
324. ii. Deposition by the Officers of Col. James Jones' Regiment, St. Johns, Antigua, June 22. 1710. Coll. Jones sent the Adjutant to order Charles Bowes, Serjent of Grannideers, to be brought to his tryal on a complaint prefer'd against him for insulting and threatening Charles Kallahane, planter, on June 14, 1710, in the Court House of St. Johns where depositions were there takeing against H.E. General Parke, upon which Kallahane went out of the Court House, tho' he then attended there as an evidence against General Parke, and was afterwards called and sworn accordingly. The General refused to allow Bowes to be brought before the officers, declaring to the Adjutant that since Col. Jones did not try him the day after his commitment, he would not have him tried till there were more officers in the Island, there being now too few. Signed (by all the officers on the Island excepting Capt. Thomas Newell), Hen. Hughes, Phil. Everard, Edward Mann, Richd. Worthington, Char. Lyndon, Ja. Jones, Peter Buor, Vall. Morris, Jo. Rokeby. 1 p.
324. iii. Deposition of John Otto Bayer, Antigua, July 7, 1710. On Sept. 5th, Capt. Phillip Welsh, of Col. Jones' Regiment, with a band of soldiers searched deponent's house at night under pretence to look for the person that had shott the Generall, and then hurryed him to towne betwixt the soldiers, to the house of Mr. Thomas Gateward, J.P., where he was released, etc. Signed, Jno. Otto Bayer. 1 p.
324. iv. Deposition of Nathaniel Marchant, Antigua, July 10. 1710. On Sept. 10th deponent was in the roome where the wife of Capt. James Barter then lay sick in bed, when Ensigne Luke Walsh knocked and came into the roome and looked about him and went out, etc. Signed, Nath. Marchant. ¾ p.
324. v. Deposition of William Williams, Antigua, July 10. 1710. In the latter end of Aug. or beginning of Sept. 1709. Standing at the door of Richard Denbow of the town of St. Johns, taverne keeper, deponent saw Capt. Phillip Walsh strike Capt. Bastian Otto Bayer over the head and Bayer strike Walsh. Ensigne Luke Walsh, Michael Ayon. Humphrey Osborne, and Capt. John Wickham came up, and Luke Walsh struck Bayer with his sword over the head. Bayer had only a small stick in his hand. Signed. Wm. Williams. ¾ p.
324. vi. Deposition of John Strong, Antigua, July 10, 1710. On Nov. 18, 1709, Capt. Philip Walch, in company with John Bermingham and Michoel Ayons, Provost Marshal, beat deponent because as he declared he had kept him waiting in the Custom house boat. etc. Signed, John Strong. ¾ p.
324. vii. Deposition of Jacob Le Roux, Antigua, July 10, 1710. Corroborates No. v. Signed, Jacob Le Roux. ¾ p.
324. viii. Deposition of James Barter, Antigua July 10, 1710. On Sept. 10 last, Mr. Luke Walsh came to deponent's house in the evening with Capt. Humphrey Osborne, John Osborne, Michael Ayon, Duncan Dee and Dennis Macklemoor, and lighting from his horse, asked what centinell that was in the path. Deponent said he had placed no centinell, to which Ensigne Walsh replyed "han't you, I hope you have one the less, for I have shott a negroe below yonder." He forced his way into deponent's wife's chamber and looked about, not saying what for, nor shewing any power to act. On being told that nobody had gone from that house that day, he called deponent a liar, etc. Signed, James Barter. 1 ¼ pp.
324. ix. Deposition of Archibald Campbell, Antigua, July 12, 1710. In June, 1709, deponent was in company with Thomas Kerby, Secy. of Antigua, when Capt. Phillip Walsh advanced from the tavern of Richard Denbow with a drawn sword and struck Kerby over the head saying "You are one of them." Kerby was unarmed, but there was a challenge given and a duell betwixt them next morning, as deponent heard. Signed, Arch. Campbell. 1 p.
324. x. Deposition of Samuel Cozens, master of the Offly frigate, Antigua, July 12, 1710. On Sept. 18, 1708, deponent was at the house of Edward Chester Senr. of the toun of St. Johns merchant in company with a great many gent., and continued there a great part of the afternoon; he observed none of the company guilty of any riott, breach of the peace or good behaviour, but that they were merily drinking a bottle, particularly drinking the Queen's health, etc. On Sept. 19 he saw Col. Thomas Morris come into the town of Parham, and heard him declare that he had been mightily fatigued, that he had got nine of the doggs in goal, and would never rest till he had filled the goal as full of the doggs as it could hold, and that he would be a second Judge Jeffrys, hang them first and judge them afterwards. On May 8, 1710, at William Martin's tavern in St. John's Capt. Phillip Walsh, Ensigne Walsh and two or three other officers of Col. Jones' Regiment drew on him and threatened to send him to the devil if he was against the Generall, etc. Signed, Samuell Cozens. 1¼ pp.
324. xi. Deposition of Joseph Redhead, Carpenter, Antigua, July 12, 1710. 2 Oct. last when deponent was playing at lanskennett at the house of William Grantham, tavern keeper in Parham, Michael Ayon and Capt. Phillip Walsh etc. assaulted him and drew upon him. Walsh would have murthered him, had not John Bermingham interposed (v. xvi.) Ayon drank to the damnation of those that had signed against the Generall and threw his mugg at deponent, etc. Signed, Joseph Redhead. 1 p.
324. xii. Deposition of Joseph Adams, Merchant of St. Johns, Antigua, July 14, 1710. In Sept. 1709 deponent was going upstairs in the house of Caleb Lasher of the town of St. Johns, tavernkeeper, when Ensign Luke Walsh pulled him down and beat him, till Mr. Cæsar Rodeny interposed. Deponent asking why he used him after that manner, he replyed "Damn you and your articles too." etc. Signed, Jos. Adams. ¾ p.
324. xiii. Deposition of Richard Smith, Antigua, July 14, 1710. Bastian Otto Bayer, told deponent that he had been assaulted by Capt. and Ensign Walsh, who asked him his reason for not pulling off his hatt to Generall Parke when he meet him, to which he replyed that it was in the night, and soe he did not know the Generall from another man. Signed, Richard Smith. 1 p.
324. xiv. Deposition of Elias Foster, soldier, Antigua, July 14, 1710. Acting under orders from Governor Parke, deponent in June last seized 85 baggs and one hogshead of cocao at the house of Edward Chester, senr. Signed, Elias Foster. 1 p.
324. xv. Deposition of Joseph Adams, Antigua, July 14, 1710. On April 3, 1709, Michael Ayon, Provost Marshall, entered the house of Barry Tankerd with 7 or 8 soldiers and commanded deponent and his company to aid him in looking for a malefactor, Barry Tankerd. Some of the company answered, that if he came with a legal writ and civil authority, they were willing to assist him, but that they would be noe wise instrumentall in levying war upon the Queen's subjects. Ayon refused to shew his authority, and ordered his soldeiers to search the house. Centinells were set about the house, whom Ensigne John Osborne ordered to fire upon white or black that they should see with armes. All which behaviour soe freightned Tankerd's wife and daughter that they left the house, etc. Signed, Jos. Adams. 1 p.
324. xvi. Deposition of Samuel Lightfoot, Carpenter, Antigua. Dec. last he saw Redhead (v. No. xi.), closed with Ayon under him. John Cunningham [? Bermingham No. xi.), interposed on his behalf, explaining to Capt. Walsh's company that Redhead was in drink; they thereupon lasht and beat Cunningham on the face. Signed, Saml. Lightfoot. 1¼ pp.
324. xvii. Deposition of Abell Baldwin, Chirurgeon to the Offly frigate, Antigua, July 14, 1710. Corroborates last paragraph of No. x. Signed, Abell Baldwin. 1¼ pp.
324. xviii. Deposition of John Russell, Mariner, Antigua, July 14, 1710. As to one Bishop abusing one Eliz. Hasting. v following. Signed, Jno. Russell. 1 p.
324. xix. Deposition of Eliz. Hastings, Antigua, July 14, 1710. She was insulted on several occasions by soldiers, who swore at her etc. Signed, Eliz. Hastings. 1 p.
324. xx. Deposition of Capt. Barnard Whalley, Col. James Jones, Rev. Philips Johnson, Chaplain, Lt. Geyrveyes Gryles, Lt. Philip Everard and Thomas Ridley, Chyrurgeon, of Col. Jones' regiment. Nevis, Aug. 2, 1710. In Sept. 1709 deponents dined at the house of Alexander Langden in Charles Town, in company with Col. James Jones and Duncan Dec. Col. Jones drunk a health to all the gentlemen of the Calves Head Clubb, saying it was their healths that the Generall and his party called Calves' heads, for that was the tytle the party went by that was agt. the General. Said Col. likewise drunk a health to the speedy removeall of D.P. Whalley, Johnson and Ridley heard Col. Jones say that it was a barbarous action for any person to shoote the General after the manner he was shott, etc. Signed, Barnard Whalley, Philips Johnson, G. Gryles, Phil. Everard, Tho. Ridley. 1½ pp.
324. xxi. Deposition of Lt. Gerveys Gryles, Nevis, Aug. 2, 1710. In 1708 Richard Atkinson, a soldier in his company, was discharged by Col. Jones, but entered on the rolls after his discharge. Deponent heard Col. Jones tell Lt. Philip Walsh to leave Atkins out of the muster rolls. Signed, G. Gryles. ½ p.
324. xxii. Deposition of Mrs. Mary Plunkett. Mountseratt, Dec. 28, 1709. On Dec. 20, at night, deponent heard two or three blowes given and imediately Mrs. Martin French ran into her chamber followed by Lt. Philip Everard with his sword drawn, who told her to send out yt. raskall (meaning Mr. French) yt. was in her chamber and give him a pistoll. Deponant answered yt. shee had noe pistoll, and that her husband was not at home, and desired not to be disturbed, upon which Mr. Andrew Power came in and desired him to be quiett, at which he went out of the house and ordered the guard to secure the rascall that was in Mr. Plunkett's house, meaning Mr. French. Deponent desired Mr. French to break the barrs of a back window of her chamber and that way to escape, etc. ¾ p.
324. xxiii. Deposition of Martin French. Mountseratt, July 28,1710. Ensign Luke Walsh with a file of muskertiers arrested deponent at a tavern. The Governor ordered his discharge. Signed, Martin French. ½ p.
324. xxiv. Deposition of Martin French, Mountseratt, July 28, 1710. Lt. Phillip Walsh and Phillip Everard came in disguise with soldiers clothes and musquets to deponent's house at an unseasonable time of the neight, and made a drummer beat Round heded Cockels Com Dick for an hour. Several times before the said officers ordered the drums to beat the same about the town at very unseasonable times of the night to the great disquiet of most of the towne. Signed, Martin French. ½ p.
324. xxv. Deposition of Sygismond Cooper, Mountserratt, July 28, 1710. On July 29, 1709, deponent kept a tavern in Plymouth. There were several gentlemen drinking a glass of wine in his house and singing harmless songs, when Ensign Luke Walsh came to the door with a drummer and best round about Cockolds for a considerable time, at which the company being very much incommonded, ordered deponent to shut the door. Walsh asked who dared to shut any door against him and drew his sword offering to stick his servant. Later Walsh drew his sword upon Capt. Hodges and wounded him, and then coming into the room with a drawn sword and pistoll swore he would kill six of the company, and that he would have the heart's blood of one Capt. Fox, agent of the Island. Signed, Sygismond Cooper. 1 p.
324. xxvi. Deposition of Edward Toward, Mountserratt, July 28, 1710. On Nov. 11, 1709, Capt. Walsh approached deponent in the shop of John Barbottaine and after asking why he gave himself the liberty to talk of the General, fell upon him and beat him,etc. Signed, Edward Troward. ¾ p.
324. xxvii. Deposition of Andrew Power, Mountseratt, July 28, 1710. On Dec. 20, 1709, Lt. Everard best Martin French over the head and chased him into Mr. Edward Plunkett's house etc. v. xxii. Signed, Andrew Power. 1 p.
324. xxviii. Deposition of Sygismond Cooper, Mountserratt, July 28, 1710. About March 17 last Governor Parke arrived at Montserrat with Dr. McKenney, Col. Watkins, Capt. Painter, Mr. Cockron and Capt. John Duer, who were chosen representatives for Antigua to serve at the General Assembly at St. Christophers, to which place they were then summoned. Deponent went to the house of Mrs. Mary Norton, travern keeper, to pay his respects to them, when Capt. Phillip Walsh came to the door and abused him for keeping company with those Calves heads' etc. Signed, Sygismond Cooper. ¾ p.
324. xxix. Deposition of Samuel Finch, Mountserrat, July 28, 1710. On July 30th last deponent was living with James Bunyard when Luke Welch came in. Deponent said, You have given Mr. Cooper an ugly cutt. He replied that he designed to cutt his nose off, but mist his stroke, and that he was resolved to have his life, etc. Signed. Sa. Finch. ¾ p.
324. xxx. Depositions of undersigned, Antigua, July 29, 1710. They attended the Governor this day and desired the Broad Seal to be affixed to their papers. Andrew Boult showed them some depositions taken on the Governor's behalf, and read a paper stating that he was willing to affix the seals interchangeably as soon as the Justices had read and attested his copies, etc, etc. Signed, Richd. Jardine. Wm. Martin, Jno. Gallagher, Jo. Bermingham. Thomas Morris, James Godsell, Duncan Dee, Phill. Walsh, B. Eversden, Luke Walsh, Andrew Boult. Thomas Long. H. Pember. 1 p.
324. xxxi. Paper read by Mr. Boult on behalf of Governor Parke, referred to in preceding. Signed, Andrew Boult. Copy. 5 pp.
324. xxxii. Deposition of James Rawleigh, St. Christopher's, July 29, 1710. On July 28 deponent was sent by the General about 3 p.m. to Col. Edward Byam and Nathaniel Crump, the Justices that took the affidavitts for and against General Parke, to desire they would go and examine the affidavitts taken on his behalfe, which was the time appointed by themselves through Richard Oglethorp, which Justices being at Mr. Nevin's house. Col. Byam answered that from the time he left off takeing affidavits yesterday, he examined affidavits on com plaintants' behalf until 8 p.m.. and began again this morning and not yet done. He would let the General know when he had done, and then would examine his. They did not do so that night. Next morning at tenn a clock which day the Fleet was to sail, deponent went in search of Col. Byam but could not find him. In the afternoon he said that as soon as he had taken Mr. Jones' deposition, he would meet him at the coffeehouse to examine the affidavits, but he went instead to the Governor's house with complainants and their affidavits to desire the Broad Seal. Signed, James Rawleigh. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 152, 42. Nos. 25, 25 i.-xxxii; and (duplicate of Covering letter) 27.]
July 31.
325. Order of Queen in Council. Approving Governor Lord A. Hamilton's Commission (July 21) which is to be prepared for H.M. Signature, etc. The like orders for Robert Lowther to be Governor of Barbados, and John Corbett to be Governor of Maryland. Signed, John Povey. Endorsed, Recd 4th, Read 7th Sept., 1710. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 9. No. 16; and 138, 13. p. 285; and 5, 11. Nos. 49, 50.]
July 31.
326. Lord Darmouth to the Council of Trade and Plantations. H.M. would have you enquire into the allegations contained in the enclosed Memorial, and report the same as they shall appear to you, together with your opinion what may be a reasonable consideration for the Queen to give Mr. Penn upon the surrender of his Government, as soon as conveniently may be. Signed, Dartmouth. Endorsed, Recd. Read Oct. 31, 1710. 1 p. Enclosed,
326. i. The Memorial of William Penn, Proprietor and Governor of Pennyslvania, in relation to his Government. The settlement of Colonies having in all ages been accounted a very great advantage to the Governments from whence they were derived, this Kingdom has thought it her particular intrest, to plant a large number of them in foreign parts, tho' with great hazard and charge, from whence they have received a vast increase of power and wealth by their Trade. The said William Penn, by his indefatigable endeavours, and intrest in his Friends, with a great expence to the sensible decay of his partimonial estate, undertook near 30 years ago, and has since compleated the settlement of a considerable Colony, in that tract land in America granted him by King Charlkes II. and from an unhospitable wilderness, has raised it to a flourishing country, without the least charge to the Crown of this Realm, from whence considerable advantages have accrued to the Kingdom, as well by the constant consumption of its manufactures and improvement of navigation, as by the increase of duties paid here on goods from thence, which duties have already amounted, in one year, to above £10,000. The motives that induced the King to grant this Country to the said William Penn, with all necessary powers for the well governing thereof, were not only from an inclination to promote an undertaking so laudable in itself, and advantageous to the Publick, but also the consideration of his Father's services, as is at large expressed in his Letters Patents, and further, that at that time there was due to the said William Penn from the Crown, for his Father's disbursments in the Victualling Office, and interest thereon, the sum of £16,000, of which he never received one peny. And what principally engaged the said William Penn in so difficult and hazardous an enterprize, besides his desire of promoting so great a publick good, was the hopes he conceived, that he and his posterity might there enjoy a quiet retiremt. guarded with such an authority as might render their lives more comfortable and easy. But instead of this, having twice transported himself thither, in hopes of this enjoyment, he had those attacks made upon him, that obliged him as often to return, after a very short stay there, to defend his interest; and further, he has at other times almost continually (notwithstanding his entire compliance with the Laws of this Kingdom, relating to that settlement) met with such disturbances, from the uneasiness some have been under, upon the account of Proprietary Governments, that his fatigues and expence have become unsupportable to him; and it has been so fully received by many, that such Governments are inconvenient to trade, and inconsistant with the dignity of the Crown, that he is no longer willing to contend, but will surrender those powers of Government with which he is invested, and deliver them entirely into the hands of the Queen, provided he can receive such a reasonable consideration; as may appear due to his merrits in settling the said Colony, and be secured in the enjoyment of what will be necessarily due to himself, and his friends who are now immovably fixed there. In consideration of this surrender he with humility conceives, that he ought to have such a sum, as may reimburse him of a reasonable part of his past expences, and relieve him from the necessities, that his engagement in that Province has plunged him into, which sum may be raised out of any such fund, as shall be found most convenient. And whereas he was particularly at a very great expence and trouble in asserting the right of the then Duke of York to a tract of land on the lower parts of Delaware Bay, against the Lord Baltimore, the principal part of which tract the said Duke and granted to William Penn, and afterwards, when upon the Throne did actually give him the whole; but his sudden removal prevented the full execution of the grant, intended for a more intire confirmation thereof, with all necessary powers of Government; the said William Penn humbly craves that this affair may be fully settled and confirmed. He doubts not but as that Colony was at first principally settled and improved by men, who being for conscience sake, unable in their native country, where in other respects they lived in credit and plenty, to comply with some things that the Laws required of them, did in hopes of greater liberty and ease, transport themselves thither, and upon that foundation are fixed with their families there: he doubts not therefore but it will be found necessary as well as reasonable, to indulge these People at all times, in such things as they never could nor now can either here or there comply with, while they are known in all other regards to be peacable, industrious and obedient to Governmt. as any other subjects whatsoever. And as he proposes his Posterity shall fix themselves there, he hopes he may modestly crave some particular mark of respect to be continued to his family, for distinguishing them above the rank of those who have planted under him: as that the Proprietor for the time being may always have a place, and be the first in the Council there, or receive some other suitable instance of the regard due to them, in remembrance of him that first made it a Colony. These heads he humbly offers to the consideration of the Queen and her Ministry, and for the more speedy dispatch of the affair, requests that persons may be appointed to adjust the whole matter, according as his proposals shall be approved of. 3pp. [C.O. 5, 1264. Nos. 102, 102 i.; and 5, 1292. pp. 224–229.]
July 31.
327. Lord Dartmouth to Lt.-Governor Spotswood. I take the first opportunity that offers to acquaint you that H.M. having been pleased to appoint me Secretary of State in the room of my Lord Sunderland, and to assign me the Southern Province with the West Indies, you are to transmitt to me from time to time an account of what may occur in your parts etc. relating to H.M. service and the benefit of the Government under your care, whereupon I will send you H.M. pleasure, etc., etc. Signed, Dartmouth. Like letters sent toCol. Dudley, Col. Hunter, and to the President and Council of Maryland. [C.O. 324, 32. p. 11; and324, 31. pp. 3, 4.]
[? July.] 328. Col. Jones to the Earl of Sunderland. Complains of the injustices and hardships dealt to him and his regiment by General Parke. Since my first arrivall to the Leeward Islands, he found me unapplicable to all his mean unjustifiable veiws, and therefore stuck at nothing to injure me in intrest and reputation, and to that purpose has pickt out a sett of men, both officers and soldiers, abandon'd to all his black and gloomy designes, whom he has us'd as tools to trample under foot all discipline, etc. So far has he carried his pernicious views of this kind, that I must in reason expect that in a little time my regimt. will look more like a herd of banditti then a body of regular troops, etc. I am to be made an anvil of affronts by a man so notably distinguished for ye worst of characters. He has carried his insolence so farr yt. upon receipt of ye most mannerly and dutifull messages to call me scoundrell and lyar. He takes upon him to serve his own purposes, not onely to do ye duty of Col. of the Regimt., but of every other officer, even to that of a sarjt., so that I can no longer consider myself accountable for ye miscarriages of my regimt., ye ruin whereof is onely to be prevented by sending home an officer to represent ye ruinous state of ye same, and to yt. purpose have chosen ye bearer hereof, Capt. Valentine Morris, who is likewise to take care that my regimt. be recruited in ye most speedy and effectuall manner, etc., etc., Signed, Ja. Jones. 2 pp. [C.O. 152, 42. No. 29.]