America and West Indies: December 1710, 23-31

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 25, 1710-1711. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1924.

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December 1710, 23-31

Dec. 23.
564. Mr. Popple to Mr. Carkesse. Tho' there be no regular account of the bonds taken in Jamaica (v. Dec. 20), yet the Council of Trade and Plantations desire that you would let them have a copy of such account as has been transmitted, etc. [C.O. 138, 13. pp. 309, 310.]
Dec. 23.
565. Mr. Popple to Richard Harris. Encloses scheme of the Royal African Company for carrying on the African Trade, for his and other separate traders' observations thereupon. [C.O. 389, 21. pp. 372, 373.]
Dec. 26.
566. Lt. Governor Bennett to Lord Dartmouth. Repeats Aug. 30. This country has been very sickly for these three months last past, people being taken with a pain in their head, or side, then in the stomach, and generally killed in five days. Congratulates Lord Dartmouth and refers to Mr. Jones' charges against himself, etc. Signed, Ben. Bennett. Endorsed, R. May 28, 1711. Holograph. 4 pp. Enclosed,
566. i. Duplicates of Nos. 374 i.
566. ii.–viii. Duplicates of Nos. 567 i.–vii.
566. ix. Copies of Mr. Creagh's libel and appeal in the case of the St. James, and (v. Aug. 30) of the answer of the Judge of the Admiralty Court, William Outerbridge, and of the Deputy Register, William Milborne, thereto. Nov. 1710. Certified by Col. Bennett. 9 pp. [C.O. 37, 28. Nos. 6, 6 i.–ix.]
Dec. 26.
567. Lt. Governor Bennett to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses duplicates of Aug. 30, and of papers enclosed in letter of Jan. 19. As for the accounts of stores and proceedings in the Court of Admiralty in part answers your Lordps.' letter of Jan. 19. As for the accounts of stores and fortifycations therein mentioned, as soon as I heard my packts. had miscarryed, I ordered the Capt. of the Castle and Forts to bring in the expence of powder and ammunition, June 1, 1709–1710, that I might add that year to what is now prepareing, for those accounts sent and that went noe further than June 1st, 1709. The reason they could not be compleated to send by this conveyance is for want of clarks to transcribe, for the Depty. Secretary, Mr. Minors, has not been capable of officiateing for above these sixe months, and my private Secretary much longer, and there is but one Clark in the Secretary's office to dispatch daily business, and prepare transcripts for me to send to your Lordships and Secretary of State; sometimes assistance is to be had but not to be depended on, and therefore I hope your Lordps. will not impute anything to my neglect, or blame me for what is impossible to be helpt, for I spare noe pains nor loose noe time in the faithfull and carefull discharge of my duty, when my health permitts me, which till of late I never complain'd for the want of. The cause between H.M. and John Hilton in the Court of Exchequer stands as it did, I haveing made all possible enquiry for further discovery, but can find nothing out, but I verily believe more mony was found than owned. I return your Lordps. my most humble thanks for the promised justice in relation to Mr. Jones, which I never in the least disputed, and doubt not but when all is explain'd, your Lordps. will be sensible of my injurys, and how my ungenerous enemys have supported their complaints by barbarous allegations without any regard to truth, etc. I shall now again answer your Lordps. of Feb. 9, (being the last letter I have recd.) relateing to an information of a clandestine and illegall trade carryed on by severall persons here between these islands, Curacoa, and St. Thomase. I have pursuant to your Lordps.' comands sent for and examined in Council all the Dickinsons, Gilberts, (there being not one Gilbure inhabiteing in this country) Hensons and Dorells that are or were sea-faring men, but they all utterly deny they were ever guilty of such clandestine tradeing, soe that I can't find any handle or circumstance to prosecute them on; if the informer had incerted Xtian names, it might have given some light, or att least occasioned a more positive charge: pardon me my Lords if I suspect the informer to be a prejudiced malitious person to this country and Govermt. by his possitive asserting in his last article what I know he cannot make appear, for first he affirms Curicoa is never without Bermuda vessells, which must be false, for this country vessells very seldome goe from hence thither, but in January and May, the first is the season for cabages, the other for onions, which they carry with some palmeto or cedar ware to make up a cargo, which when disposed off, they either goe to Bonire (an Island belonging to the Dutch near Curicoa) or the Bohama Islands to gett a load of salt, and then return hither, and are seldome soe long as ten weeks in doeing this, and as I am told few of our vessells stay longer than fourteen days in Curicoa, soe that there cant be always Burmudeans in that port, and as for the inhabitants haveing their clotheing from thence, neither can that be, for if any clandestine managemts. have been used, it must been only linnen, for woollen is not to be had there, but I assure your Lordps. greater care can noe where be taken to prevent and detect such practices than here. As for this country vessells being commonly hired to carry sugar from the Carribbe Islands to Curicoa, it's what I never heard before, and doe believe cannot be made appear. That Bermuda vessells carry provisions to Curicoa and St. Thomas is owned, but not from hence, nor does those provisions belong to Bermudeans, but others to the Northward, for our vessells goes from hence to New York, Pensilvania, etc., on the Continent to look for freight, and are sometimes loaded with bread and flower to those places, and are cleared by Governmt. accordingly, therefore I presume the Masters of vessells doe not amiss in promoteing their owners interest by takeing freight to any place where by lawful clearings they are impowred to goe. But I have often wisht that trade could be stopt, and long since made a Representation to your Lordps. concerneing it, and that thereby H.M. enemys were supplyed with provisions, but your Lordps. makeing noe return, I knew not what more to doe than when any such vessell in her passage on occasion to touch in here, but to strictly examine their clearings, which I always found according to forme and custome, as if bound to any of H.M. Plantations in the West Indies. Refers to enclosures. This country has been very sickly for abt. three months last past, people being taken with a pain in their head and side and then in their stomach and generally kills in five dayes. Signed, B. Bennett. Endorsed, Recd. 14th, Read 17th May, 1710. Holograph.pp. Enclosed,
567. i. Proceedings in the Court of Admiralty, Bermuda, against the sloop Margaret, condemned for illegal trade. March 12 and 15, 1708. Endorsed, Recd. May 14, 1710. Copy. 6 pp.
567. ii. Proceedings in the Court of Admiralty, Bermuda, against the brigantine Industry, condemned for illegal trade Feb., 1709. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 25 pp.
567. iii. Proceedings in the Court of Admiralty, Bermuda, against the French ship Three Friends, condemned as lawful prize, Nov., 1709. Same endorsement. Copy. 5 pp.
567. iv. Proceedings of the Court of Admiralty, Bermuda, Dec., 1709, at the condemnation of three Spanish launches taken as lawful prize. Same endorsement. Copy.pp.
567. v. Proceedings of the Court of Admiralty, Bermuda, Sept., 1710, at the condemnation of the sloop Isabella for illegal trade. Same endorsement. Copy. 14 pp.
567. vi. Proceedings of the Court of Admiralty, Bermuda, July, 1710, at the condemnation of the sloop Diligence as lawful prize. Same endorsement. Copy. 5 pp.
567. vii. Proceedings of the Court of Admiralty, Bermuda, Aug., 1710, at the condemnation of the sloop Happy Return for illegal trade. Same endorsement. Copy. 16 pp. [C.O. 37, 9. Nos. 17, 17 i.–vii; and (without enclosures) 38, 7. pp. 6–14.]
Dec. 26.
568. Lt. Governor Bennett to [? Mr. Popple]. Duplicate of Aug. 30. Refers to enclosures, including affidavits in opposition to some false and scandalous reflections intended to be made to H.M. in Councill relating to the trial of the sloop St. James, etc. Signed, B. Bennett. Endorsed, Recd. May 14, 1710. Holograph. 4 pp. Enclosed,
568. i. Proceedings of the Court of Admiralty, Bermuda, July, 1710, at the condemnation of the sloop St. James for having contraband goods on board. Same endorsement. Copy. 26 pp.
568. ii. Deposition of Wm. Outerbridge, Judge of the Court of Admiralty. Bermuda. Denies (to following) that he was concerned in the privateer Rose which seized the St. James, and that he refused to take affidavits or grant appeal, etc. The Governor directed him to act according to the Act of Parliament, etc. Signed, Wm. Outerbridge. Copy. 3 pp.
568. iii. The Libel and Appeal of David Creagh in his own right as well as for the other owners of the St. James. v. preceding. Copy. 6 pp.
568. iv. Deposition of W. Milborne. Creagh (v. preceding) was never denied any transcripts of records in the Secretary's office. Signed, Wm. Milborne. 3 pp. Nos. ii–iv. endorsed, Recd. May 14, 1710. [C.O. 37, 9. Nos. 18, 18 i.–iv.; and (without enclosures) 38, 7. pp. 14, 15.]
Dec. 27. 569. A view of Canada taken by Major John Livingston, with accot. of fortifications and number of men. Totals: French, 4070. Indians, 830; Guns, 145; patereros, 22.
There is in Quebeck Town 250 men of ye Melitia, and 150 soldiers in ye King's pay, two batteries in ye lower town, the westermost has a street to ye northward of it=11 guns. About 60 yards off N.E. at ye River side, I gun. About 100 yards farther N. at ye River side is ye other battery, 6 twenty-four pounders, which are ye biggest in ye town. Upon ye hill to ye northward of ye Bishop's house lies a mortar alone. About 200 yards N.N.W. turning ye Point to ye little River in ye Priest's Garden a brass mortar and 5 guns. As you goe round to ye hospitall along the River, 3 guns. On the right hand of ye way going down to ye Intendant's 5 guns next ye little River. A little farther along said River, just by ye Intendants, 2 guns. And as you turn up, at ye Intendant's, there is a gate, and a little above yt. gate is 3 guns west, and a small blockhouse upon ye works. And 50 yards farther S.E., as you goe up the Hill, is a level peice of ground, and another gate, and a little further up the hill is a small watch house on ye works, and in it is 3 guns. And from thence till you come to ye stone wall, there is 2 or 3 halfe moons, one within another, and 2 guns course S.E. And on ye top of ye Hill, in ye stone wall is 6 guns, and a gate in sd. wall. About 50 yds. within in sd. wall N. is a square place made of bricks, and a house in ye midle of it, wch. I call a magazine and in it 5 guns. And N.W. from this square there is a windmill and a small battery of 5 guns, and a little further N.N.W. 2 guns. And along ye River at ye stone wall upon the hill there is a blockhouse, I saw no guns in it, and further N.E. upon ye hill at ye top of it there is work hove up, and stockadoes, till you come to ye Fort, where is 17 guns planted, against ye River, and 11 patereroes, in this place ye Governor lives. As you goe into ye Fort there is 11 guns planted, and over ye Little River at Bone Porte is 2 guns. By information:—Upon ye Island of Orleans there is 300 families and can raise about 400 men. At Shateresha 5 guns near Cape Diamond. At Shateresha, Sharleboo at Bompre about 400 men all melitia. This Island of Orleans lyes about a league below Quebeck, and Shateresha 7 leagues on ye N.W. shoar; Sharleboo at Bompre on sd. shoar near to Quebeck all inhabited. Down ye River of Quebeck 15 leagues at River delu and Dormont, wch. is on ye sd. side of sd. river about 50 families. At Lorett which makes ye Little River of Quebeck about 4 leagues from sd. town, is an Indian town, about 50 men. Of ye Nation of Orquanshaws, which inhabitt all along ye great River of Quebeck, about 70 men. On ye S.E. side of ye River over against Quebeck, of ye stragling inhabitants, from the River Delesolier to ye River Deleiu, which is 18 leagues, there is about 70 men. From Quebeck to a village called Ponta Tromble is 7 leagues, ye inhabitants settled along ye River, including ye village about 160 men by observation. From Ponta Tromble to Port Nuff (=? Neuve) is 7 leagues, along ye River is a small fort, ye inhabitants about 40 men as you goe along. About 3 leagues farther a village called Gronden, about 70 men. Two leagues farther a seigniory called St. Ann, where is about 40 men. And 2 leagues farther a village called Shamplin, about 90 men. Two leagues farther a village called Belscank, about 100 men. And from thence to Troy River, which is 4 leagues along sd. River about 70 men. At Troy River, which is 30 leagues above Quebeck, a place stockadoed in, about 200 yards long, and near ye same breadth, in which is severall housen, and is ye Governor's residence, is 7 guns, 80 soldiers, and about ye same number of inhabitants. From Troy River to a place called St. Francoise, wch. place lyes on ye S.E. part of L. St. Peer, about 40 inhabitants up sd. river. And about 2 leagues farther up, an Indian fort called St. Franswa =?Francois), 260 men. From St. Franswa to Sorrell is about 4 leagues to ye fort in ye mouth of Shamblee River, where is 40 soldiers, and about 30 inhabitants. Up ye River Shamblee, about 18 leagues to ye fort, is no inhabitants. From Sorell by way of St. Toer, Countercure, Verseer, and severall other seigniories, wh. have small forts, two leagues ye one from ye other, along the east side of Quebeck River up to Longolia is 18 leagues, for ye most part inhabited along ye River side, about 300 inhabitants. From thence cross ye woods 5 leagues course S.E. and by E. upon ye River Shamblee is a stone fort about 16 foot high, and as I guess about 80 yds. one way and 50 ye other, each corner a bastion about 20 foot out, 6 great guns, 100 soldiers, and about 20 inhabitants, stands at ye foot of the riplings on ye N.W. side of ye River. From Longolia to Laparee de Muda Ane, which lies up Quebeck River, is 4 leagues. There is a fort at sd. villiage with 4 guns but out of repair, and by information 100 inhabitants there and 20 Indians. From thence along sd. River 2 leagues an Indian fort called Nonoh-nowagoo, 250 men. There is some small force more up sd. River, which I could not gain particular information of. From Troy River along ye N.W. side of ther Great River to River De Lu, and so to ye end of ye Island of Mount Royall, wch. is 23 leagues, stragling inhabitants about 200. From ye N.E. part of Mount Royall Island to ye Town of Mount Royall (including the villiage of Ponta Tromble, where there is a small fort of stockadoes) being 7 leagues all ye inhabitants, including some of ye Islands of ye Great River are about 400 men. At the town of Mount Royall, which is all stockadoed round with cedar stockadoes, about 16 foot high, and bastions ye length of 1400 yds. and 34 yds. wide, 26 guns, 11 patereroes. 280 officers and soldiers, 300 inhabitants. From thence to ye S.W. part of ye Island, wch. is 10 leagues inhabited scattering abt. 150 men. About 3 leagues N.W. from Mount Royall an Indian fort called Canowsadago or L' Mountin, where is 200 Indians. A stone forte at Codroque, wh. is 80 leagues from Mt. Royall, up ye River called Frontenack, at ye mouth of ye Lake called Codroque, where is 40 soldiers, as I guess about 8 guns, no inhabitants. [C.O. 42, 13. No. 7.]
[1710.] 570. Lord Archibald Hamilton to Lord Dartmouth. Refers to 22nd Article of his Instructions. The present Governor. Council and Assembly of Jamaica having lately represented to the Queen the discouragements that the privateers and other inhabitants of that Island seem to lye under upon account of some clauses in the Act for the encouragement of trade to America, and particularly by reason of the high duties lately imposed on prize-goods etc., it would be very encouraging to them, if their new Governour could, by a letter or any other warrant whatsoever, be authorized to signify to them (upon his arrival at Jamaica) that there was a design of laying that matter before the next Session of Parliament, in order to redress such part thereof as, upon examination, will appear to be truely grievous. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 51. No. 26.]
[1710.] 571. Copy of an Act of Jamaica for the better settlement of lands.pp. [C.O. 137, 51. No. 34.]
1710. 572. Instructions of Robert Lowther, Govr. of Barbados. [Cf. 31st July, 28th Aug. C.O. 5, 189. pp. 19–65.]
[? 1710.] 573. Extracts of letters from Cols. Dudley, Nicholson and Vetch concerning the proper season for the expedition to Quebec. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 9. No. 63.]
1710–1714. 574. Account of subsistance of the Palatines at New York (chiefly 1710). Names and details. [C.O. 5, 1230. pp. 1–217 and enclosure; and 5, 1231. pp. 1–157].