Boston, N. England.
153. Governor Dudley to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Capt. Rouse in H.M.S. the Saphire brought my last
letters (Oct. 29) to your Lordships etc. This comes by the Chester
who brings home the mast ships, and other merchant ships that
are ready; and in your Lordships' packets are the whole year's
papers etc. (v. Dec. 9th). About a month since by letters from Sir
Nicholas Trevanion, then at Newfoundland, and a few days after,
by letters from my Lord Dartmouth, brought by Capt. Graves
in H.M.S. the Dunnich, I receiv'd the happy account of the
cessation of armes, which I presently made publique, being
attended therein by the Gentlemen of H.M. Councill, and Representatives of the Assembly, and the foot regiment of the town of
Boston, with all demonstrations of satisfaction in H.M. good
subjects, in hopes of an established peace, upon the articles in
H.M. Speech referring thereunto. A coppy of the cessation of
armes I have sent over land to Mr. Vodriel the Governour of
Canada, by some French prisoners which I sent to him last week,
which I suppose will stop any further march of any partyes of
the enemy on that side, and I believe the peace, when it arrives
will be as welcome to him, as to H.M. good subjects in these
provinces. There will remayn a difficulty in the obtaining out
of his hands, and the French Indians depending upon him, our
many prisoners, men, women, and children, which he has long
detain'd, contrary to his many promises, and thrust severall of
them into nunerys and religious houses, and many more left in
the barbarous hands of the Indian, some of them gentlemen's
daughters, to be made heathen, and wives to the Maques. Notwithstanding every year I have assured him that I have returned
to Canada, Placentia and Martineco, and into Europe all such
prisoners of the French nation that have fallen into my hands,
either by sea, or land, which have been to the number of 500 or
more, of this redemption I despair, unless by your Lordships'
means, the French King's orders to his Governours of that part
do strictly command it, and that some gentlemen from hence may
be allow'd to go to Quebeck, Montreal and other parts in those
Governments to search and find them out. Another difficulty
will be how to govern myself, referring to the Indians in the
Bay of Fundee called Kenebecks, Panobscot, Norigarock, and
other settlements upon the English grounds, who have for these
60 years acknowledged their dependance upon the Croun of
great Britayn, and twice since I have come hither have
acknowledged their dependence upon the Croun of great Britayn
and their submission to it, but presently after the warr broke out
committed barbarous murders and burnt many houses in
company with the French and their dependent Indians, by the
instigation of the French Jesuits and priests alwayes residing
amongst them, and at this time with them. These Indians are
weary of the warr, having lost some hundreds of their number,
and are not now left above 3 or 400 men, but we can never be
assured of their fidelity, untill some English settlements be
established in those eastern parts to govern them, and their
priests be kept from them, which will hardly be obtain'd unless
the French Governours be commanded intirely to withdraw them.
In these articles I pray your Lordships' consideration, and that
I may receive H.M. commands therein. It is a great mortification
to all these tribes of the Indians, that they can have no more
assistance or encouragement from Newfoundland, Placentia,
Portroyall, nor any its dependencyes but must travel to Quebeck
for all their supplyes, untill they are restored to the English
friendship, which I am humbly of opinion is best to be done,
both to secure the trade with them, as well as to take them of
from their French dependence, or gaining them to any future,
assistance. I humbly submit the whole affayr to your Lordships'
direction and pray to have H.M. commands, which I shall with all
faithfullness persue as is my duty, in the mean time I shall bring
them to as good a quiet as I can, which they are already enquiring
after, at our Eastern garisons next adjoyning to them. Your
Lordships will please in the accounts of stores of warr, to observe
that the thousand small armes left here of the Canada expedition
are divided, 100 to New Hampshire, half in the Fort and half in
the Commissaryes stores, and the other 900 to this Province, 100
at the Castle, 800 in the Commissaryes stores, some few of them
were lost in the soldiers' passage by sea, in their going and return,
and death of some of them, as is usuall in such cases, they are
disposed under the care of the Commissaryes of each Province,
for the publique service, and will be keept clean, and serviceable
at all times, and shall be disposed in an armory in the publique
State House, which was last year burnt, but is again built in
better form and will be soon finished. Signed, J. Dudley.
Endorsed, Recd. Feb. 12, 17 12/13, Read July 6, 1713. 2½ pp.
[C.O. 5, 865. No. 95; and 5, 913. pp. 428–434.]
154. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to the Earl of the Dartmouth.
We have been informed that Colonel Nicholson is preparing to
go by virtue of H.M. commands as a Commr. for inspecting into
the affairs of H.M. Colonies in North America. We desire your
Ldsp. would please to inform H.M., that we most humbly beg
her royal permission that he may make an enquiry into the
occasion and the original causes of the late disorders and tumults
in North Carolina, and that he may report the same to us, whereby
we may be better enabled to lay the same before H.M. in order to
receive her royal commands in that affair. Signed, Carteret,
M. Ashley, J. Colleton, J. Danson. Fulwar Skipwith for Lord
Craven. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 9. No. 19.]
155. The Earl of Dartmouth to the Lords Proprietors of
Carolina. Reply to preceding. Col. Nicholson's instructions
having been prepared by directions of my Lord Treasurer and
issued out of his office, I have conveyed your request to his Lopp.
[C.O. 324, 32. p. 188.]
156. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Edward Hyde, Governor
of N. Carolina. There having been a very extraordinary paper
laid before us wch. is attested by one Newby to be a copy of a
warrt. sign'd by you for the commitment of Low, we think it
proper to acquaint you that we hope for your credit that it is
false, tho' we have great reason to believe it true; the liberty of
a subject is too tender a point for us to be dilatory in and nothing
but so great a concern as that cou'd make us incline to suspitions;
however, till it's more effectually prov'd we will continue to hope
out of kindness and respect for you that this matter has been
wrongfully represented and we shal say no more at present than
that it is too probable that we already have the true acct. in all
warrts. of commitments the crimes of the party must be specify'd
or else upon bringing a habeas corpus he must be discharged,
nor can the party be confin'd during the pleasure of him who
commits him, but the form must be to keep him in custody till
he be deliver'd by due course of law, these omissions if true are
highly reflecting upon the understanding as well as the justice of
a Govr. We do therefore expect that you take care forthwith
that these matters be set in a true light and that you clear
yourself if possible which will be a great satisfaction to your
assured friends and humble servants, Signed, Carteret, M.
Ashley, J. Colleton, J. Danson. Memo. It was agreed by the
Duke of Beaufort and my Lord Carteret that this letter should
not be sent. [C.O. 5, 290. pp. 58, 59.]
157. Agents for the sufferers at Nevis and St. Christophers
to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Pray for a speedy
issue of the debentures for the grant in aid, etc. Signed, Ste.
Duport and 21 others. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 12, 1712.
1 p. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 140.]
158. Copy of H.M. warrant to the President of the Council,
or the Commander in Chief of Maryland for using the new seal of
that Province. Countersigned, Dartmouth. Endorsed, sent to
the Earl of Dartmouth, May 13, 1712. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 717.
No. 49; and 5, 727. pp. 316–318.]
159. Similar warrant to the Governor of Virginia. Endorsed,
April 10th, 1713. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 1316. No. 93; and 5, 1363.
pp. 480, 481.]
160. The Queen to Governor Spotswood. Sending a new
seal of Virginia with instructions for using the same and breaking
and returning the old one. Countersigned, Dartmouth. [C.O.
324, 32. pp. 189, 190.]
161. The Queen to the President of the Council of Maryland.
With new seal of Maryland. Countersigned, Dartmouth. [C.O.
324, 32. pp. 190, 191.]
162. George Filson to Mr. Popple. My Lords the Commrs.
for Trade in their report concerning the Island of Cap Breton
of April 5th last, say that Island has always been esteemed as
part of Nova Scotia, and included in that Government. Pray will
you please to inform me what proofs you have of that matter
that I may acquaint my Lord Bolingbroke with them, who
desires to know upon what grounds that position is founded.
Signed, Geo. Filson. Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec. 10, 1712. 1 p.
[C.O. 217, 1. No. 2; and 218, 1. p. 31.]
Boston, New England.
163. Governor Dudley to Mr. Popple. Encloses the year's
papers. Continues:—My papers from Hampshire are not in so
good order as from the Massachusets, nor do I know how to
have it better. The Secretary's salary is but £20 per annum, and
his other profits, and benefits will hardly feed and support him, and
the Province is so little I know not how to make it much better, and
they have no good example from the greater province, who give Mr.
Addington but £50 per annum, when most of the other Secretary's
offices in the West Indies are worth £500. We are all pleased
with the cessation of armes in hopes of a perfect and well establish'd
peace, and shall then return to our naval stores, and iron and
copper with all application, to make ourselves more serviceable
to our Mother then ever we have been during the warr, etc.
Signed, J. Dudley. Endorsed, Recd. Feb. 12, 17 12/13, Read July
6, 1713. 1 p. Enclosed,
163. i. Duplicate of C.S.P., 1712. No. 375. i. [C.O. 5, 865.
Nos. 96, 96 i.; and (without enclosure) 5, 913. pp. 434–436.]|
164. Governor Dudley to [? the Earl of Dartmouth]. Acknowledges letter of August 28 etc., received yesterday. I shall carefully
and strictly obey it. in letting all H.M. good subjects know their
duty and benefit thereby. By the Success that brought these
letters, I receiv'd also letters for Governour Hunter, which I
immediately dispatched, and letters for M. Voderil etc. (v. Dec.
2). The other letters to Mr. Costabel at Placentia are not possible
to be gotten thither till the winter be abated, etc. Signed, J.
Dudley. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 898. No. 26.]
165. Mr. Popple to Mr. Attorney General. The parish
church of St. Thomas in Nevis having been burnt by the French,
when they took the Island, is valued by the Church Wardens, and
returned by the Commissioners to be a loss of £838, and the said
church being now about to be rebuilt, the Lords Commissioners
of Trade desire your opinion, whether that ought to be deem'd
a resettlement, that they may have their share of the bounty,
etc. P.S.—There is another church at Nevis in the same case,
as also one or two at St. Christophers, and I am to desire your
answer hereunto as soon as possible. [C.O. 153, 12. pp. 45,
166. Mr. Popple to Mr. Filson. In reply to No. 162, their
Lordships send you a copy of their minutes of April 4th, when
they made their report. At the same time Coll. Nicholson
produced a copy of ye passes granted by Mons. Subercase, wherein
he stiles himself Governour of L'Accadie, of Cape Breton Islands,
and lands adjacent, from the Cape Roziers of the great River St.
Lawrence, as far as the east part of Kennebec River: the
original of one of which passes Col. Nicholson has this day
informed their Lordships, is now in the hands of Major Mullins
(who is at present at Winchester) and which pass Col. Nicholson
has seen. Signed, Wm. Popple. 2 pp. [C.O. 217, 31. No. 9;
and 218, 1. pp. 32, 33.]
167. Governor Lord A. Hamilton to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. I inclose a duplicate of my last, which was but of
Nov. 22nd, and was so full that I should not need have troubled
you again so soon had not I thought it absolutely necessary for
H.M. service to inform you of Rear Admirall Walker's conduct
since that time. I was the less particular on this subject in my
last by reason that the most materiall passages were upon the
Journalls, and because I had given a more exact account of ye
whole to my Lord Treasurer who, I imagin'd (if he thought proper
that the matter should be farther enquired into) would reffer
ye whole to your Lopps.' examination. Encloses copy of the
Admirall's letter. Nov. 15, wch. I received in answer to one I
thought of some consequence to H.M. service, and wch. I confess
at that time rather surprized me as ye effect of some sudden
passion and resentment, than convinced me of an intention to
reject all further correspondence for carrying on H.M. service,
which I concluded would in cooler thoughts be preferr'd to all
other considerations. But my Lords I had imediately an
occasion to find I was mistaken, for having prepar'd my dispatches
for my Lord Dartmouth, and your Lopps., which are gon by ye
Scipio, and hearing a report that a friggat was shortly to be sent,
I wrote to ye Admirall the enclosed letter of Nov. 23rd, which
I send to your Lopps., in the manner it was returned to me again,
together with a deposition of Thomas Waite, who carryed it to
the Admirall, and ye Scipio, and other Bristoll ships being then
ready to sail, I determin'd under the uncertainty I was left as
to ye sailing of a friggatt, to send away the packett I had then
prepared. Tho' your Lopps. will observe the letter which has
been thus sent me back unopen'd by the Admirall will have been
of little moment unless the Scipio should have miscarryed, yet
being directed on H.M. service, I think my Lords the slight
to me is lost in that consideration, and gives just apprehensions
of ye greatest inconveniencys from so rash a conduct; since
this has happen'd I have had advice of severall privateers,
wch. infest ye trade and ye coast under Spanish commissions.
One has chased a trading vessell almost in sight of H.M. ships
in harbour and ye same, or another, has lain for severall days off
Withywood and taken two or three sugar drogers and severall
boats, and cannoes, and all I have been able to do, has been to
order ye persons who gave ye information, to inform the Admirall
likewise. I have also thought it for H.M. service at ye request
of the Councill and Assembly, to send up a Flagg of Truce to
Petit Guavas to take such measures with that Governor as may
prevent the encrease of privateers under Spanish commissions.
The Salisbury is since return'd, and neither the Admirall nor
the Commander, have given me any accot. of what has been done,
or what prisoners he has brought. I am told by others there is
about 17, but if there be inhabitants of the Island among them,
I must look upon them as press'd aboard, with ye many others
who have been before. I enclose three other depositions (and
had I given encouragement to such numbers might have been
had of this kind) but I have allways rejected things of this
nature, unless either the Queen's service or some right of an
inhabitant was concern'd. And truely my Lords I am apprehensive there has not been a justifyable occasion for ye seisure
of this sloop of Mr. Perkins, at least I am sure there has not been,
for threats to seize all other vessells which he shall send, and which
have been used both with respect to him and other traders. I
cannot neither conceal from your Lopps. that there has not been
that dilligence used in fitting out of ships and rend'ring ye
squadron serviceable, since Rear Admirall Walker has commanded
here, as might have been, both the ships and ye sloops have lain
too much in ye harbour for ye health of the men. And I can
scarcely tell any instance when any of them have been orderd to
cruize about ye Island, or convoy ye trade, unless it were a trade
in which themselves were principally concern'd and it is now confidently reported (for I can only tell your Lops. reports concerning
the squadron) that the Admirall is going down to Blewfeilds
which is ye westermost part of ye Island, with all the ships, and
in which, if true, H.M. service must be intirely forgott. I
acquainted your Lopps. that I had submitted everything with
respect to the Admirall to my Ld. Treasurer; and I am still
desirous his Lop. should do in these matters as he thinks fitt,
and am unwilling to give him farther trouble in new relations.
But as I regard your Lopps. as the patrons of H.M. Collonies etc.,
I should be unjust to the charge I am intrusted with, if I did not
propose it to your Lopps. as my humble opinion that it is necessary
for H.M. service, and ye welfare of this Island, that Rear Admirall
Walker be forthwith recalled. And I hope if my Lord Treasurer
should reffer these matters to your Lopps. with any sort of
recriminations alledged by the Admirall, in which as I cannot
in ye least particular accuse myself, so neither can I be forearmed,
your Lopps. will do me ye honour to advise me of them and in
the meantime put the most favourable construction on my
actions, etc. Signed, A. Hamilton. Endorsed, Recd. Feb. 2,
Read July 17, 1713. 3½ pp. Enclosed,
167. i. Governor Lord A. Hamilton to Sir Hovenden Walker,
Rear Admiral of the White. St. Jago de la Vega, Nov.
23, 1712. Enquires when he intends to send a ship
for England, etc. Signed, A. Hamilton. Endorsed as
preceding. Sealed. ¾ p.|
167. ii. Deposition of John Rolfe of Port Royal, Nov. 28, 1712.
At the house of John Warner, Judge of the Admiralty,
deponent heard Capt. Chamberlin, H.M.S. Monmouth, tell
Thomas Perkin that he would keep his sloop in spite of
his replevin; that he would detain the Provost Marshal or
the Governor himself if he came on board to serve it;
and that there was no law or justice in this Island.
Signed, John Rolfe. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 1 p.|
167. iii. Deposition of Jeremiah French and Edward White,
mariners. Corroborate preceding. Same endorsement.
Copy. 1 p.|
167. iv. Deposition of George Sharpless, Depty, Marshal,
Nov. 25, 1712. When deponent delivered to Capt.
Chamberlain the replevin referred to (No. ii.), he threatened to put him into ye bilboes, etc. Signed, George
Sharpless. Same endorsement. Copy. 1 p.|
167. v. Deposition of Thomas Waite, St. Catherines, Nov. 24,
1712. Deponent delivered the letter (No. i.) to RearAdmiral Sir H. Walker who returned it to him unopened.
Signed, Tho. Waite. Same endorsement. Copy. 1 p.
[C.O. 137, 10. Nos. 11, 11 i.-v.; and (without enclosures)
138, 13. pp. 497–503.]|
168. Mr. Popple to Mr. Attorney General. Encloses, for his
opinion in point of law, Act of Jamaica, July, 1711, for the further
quieting possessions and preventing vexatious suits at law. I am
to observe to you, that in 1709, a law with the same title was
past at Jamaica and repeal'd here by H.M. for the reasons given
by Sir James Montague, then Attorney General, copy inclosed.
[C.O. 138, 13. p. 412.]
169. Governor Hunter to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Besides what is contain'd in the inclos'd duplicate of
what I wrote by the Dunwich, I am now to inform your Lordships,
that the Assembly after having insisted upon the Council's having
no right to make amendments to money bills notwithstanding of
your Lordps.' judgment communicated to them, and haveing
offer'd no bills for support of Government, but such as they well
knew could not pass, being expressly against the terms in my
Instructions, they adjourned themselves for a fortnight and
not meeting at the time appointed, I adjourned them from
day to day during a fortnight longer, when there being eleven
and the Speaker assembled, they sent me a message by two of
their members to inform me of their number, and that they did
not except any more, signifying their desire by word of mouth for
a recesse during this winter season, which I was obliged to grant,
they not being a number sufficient to act as a house, and
accordingly prorogued them till March 25th next. If your
Lorps. wanted anything further to convince you, that there is no
hope of any support of government from them, unless H.M. will
be pleas'd to putt it entirely into their own hands these proceedings
would be sufficient. But to shew you to what mean shifts they
are forced to have recourse, I here venture to inclose their address
to H.M. brought to me in the votes of the day, under the hand
of their own Clerke. It is impossible they can conceive any hope
of amusing H.M. with the pretence of their being misrepresented,
their own Minutes of proceedings sufficiently evidencing the
truth of all that hath ever been represented by me or the Council
here, but to amuse the people who feel the expense of their
frequent, long and fruitless sessions heavier then a just settlement
would prove. Your Ldsps. had long agoe that Bill for establishing
an Agency for New York, for which they addresse, and which
amply enough explains their intentions. I cannot resolve upon
meeting the Assembly in the Jerseys untill I know H.M. pleasure
with relation to the Council of that Province, foreseeing nothing
but inevitable confusion. Mr. Sonmans since his having imbezel'd
the records has thought fit to retire to Pensilvania, where he
diverts himself with printing and dispersing libels against the
Government here. The Palatins continue upon the grounds
where I have planted them, so that we have them at hand when
H.M. shall think fit to resume the design, and require the performance of their contract. The Indians are at home and quiet, having
return'd from their Expedition without effecting anything, being
divided among themselves. The Missionary for the Mohacks
is gone thither. I have heard nothing from him since he hath
been there. My numbers are much too few for the numbers of
garrisons. I have not heard of late from the undertakers of the
Fort at Onondague by reason of the season of the year, which
makes me conclude that they have met with no opposition as it
was apprehended. I shall send by the two frigates now under
sailing orders all the Acts past in these last sessions, and can
venture no more by this uncertain conveyance. I hope your
Ldsps. can safely bear me witness that H.M. hath not a subject
who hath serv'd Her with a more firm and disinterressed zeal,
and I assure you she has not one in a more deplorable situation.
Signed, Ro. Hunter. Endorsed, Recd. Jan. 26, Read March 11,
17 12/13. 2¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 1050. No. 59; and 5, 1123. pp. 80–83.]
170. Governor Hunter to Mr. Popple. Refers to preceding.
It is not credible that the Ministry after what is past can flatter
themselves that anything is to be done on this side. You will be
able to inform me whither they have any inclination to apply
the proper remedy. This I beg of your friendship that I may take
my measures accordingly, for I would shun if possible the danger
of being a prisoner for life. The Lords of Trade have I find
in every thing done me justice, for which they shall have my
pray'rs and thanks whilst I live which is all I have left to give to
any body, etc. Signed, Ro. Hunter. Endorsed, Recd. Jan. 26.
Read March 11, 17 12/13. Addressed. Holograph. 1 p. [C.O. 5,
1050. No. 61; and 5, 1123. p. 86.]
171. Governor Hunter to the Earl of Dartmouth. Refers
to enclosure. It would be but a peice of violence offered to your
Lordps'. generous nature to repeat my sufferings, etc. Signed,
Ro. Hunter. ¾ p. Enclosed,
171. ii. Copy of No. 169.|
171. ii. Journal of General Assembly of New York, Aug. 25—Nov. 1, 1712. Printed. 14 pp. [C.O. 5, 1091. Nos.
81, 81 i., ii.; and (duplicate) 82.]|
172. The Queen to Governor Lowther. Upon consideration
of the petition of Alexander Skene and the report of the Council
of Trade etc. Wee do hereby order you upon pain of our highest
displeasure immediately to restore him to his places, and that he
be allowed all the fees and profitts that have occurred since his
suspension to the time of his being restored, etc., as Nov. 24 q.v.
Countersigned, Dartmouth. [C.O. 324, 32. pp. 193–198.]
173. [John Campbell and Stephen Buport] Agents for the
sufferers at Nevis and St. Kitts to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Some of the sufferers of Nevis resettled at St.
Kitts and vice versa before Dec. 25, 1711, and never returned.
Such are not precisely within the letter of the Act, (tho' the
equity seemed to be with them). Endorsed, Recd. Read Dec.
18, 1712. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 141.]
174. Mr. Popple to Mr. Attorney General. Encloses preceding
for his opinion, as soon as possible, "Christmas Day (being the
last day that any proof can be made) drawing now very nigh."
[C.O. 153, 12. pp. 47, 48.]
175. Mr. Attorney General to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Reply to queries arising from enclosed Memorial.
Mr. Ball and Company may be explained by affidavits, and it
being proved that Burryan and Garnet were partners with Mr.
Ball and that they have resetled, they will be entitled to a share
of ye bounty. What they receive will become part of ye estate
in partnership, etc. Signed, Edw. Northey. Endorsed, Recd.
Read Dec. 22, 1712. Enclosed,
175. i. Petition of Samuel Ball and John Bourryan to the
Council of Trade and Plantations. Petitioners John
Bourryan and John Garnett, decd., were inhabitants
of St. Kitts, trading in goods sent to and from their
partner, Saml. Ball in London, and resettled there.
Their losses by the French invasion were returned by the
Commission as 5550l. 18s. 6½d. in the name of Saml.
Ball and Company. Pray that they may have their
due share of the bounty, etc. ¾p. [C.O. 152, 9. Nos.
142, 142 i.; and 153, 12. pp. 48–51.]|
176. Governor Lord A. Hamilton to the Council of Trade
and Plantations. As my duty requiers of me I shall allways
endeavour to give your Lopps. ye latest advices and accots. of
transactions here that I possibly can. But Sir H. Walker having
thought fitt to break of all further correspondence (v. Dec. 12)
I am altogether unacquainted ye times of convoys, sailings etc.,
which occasions my being obliged to trouble yr. Lopps. with
different letters by ye same conveyance, having closed my dispatches ye 12 inst., on wh. day it was reported ye ships were to
saile, but have hitherto been detain'd by ye Admiral. The Flag
of Truce that I acquainted yr. Lopps. I had sent to Petit Guavas
is now return'd and ye Comty D'arguyan, Governor of that place,
has sent another with an officer here. The prisoners and prizes
taken on both sides since ye time limitted in ye treaty of suspention
have been reciprocally restored. and that Governor has assured
me that he will stricktly forbid the subjects of ye French King's
in ye extent of his Governmt. from committing any hostilitys on
those of H.M. subjects under Spanish commissions as I had
required of him, and he has likewise proposed to me, the suspention
for four months being now expired, to prolong ye same for six
months, which appears to me to be too much to take on me on my
part; without H.M. directions. But I intend to propose it to ye
Council as my opinion for H.M. service and for ye good and
quiet of her subjects in this Island so farr to agree with ye
proposition of ye French Govr. as to desist from all hostilitys on
both sydes till we receive further accots. of ye intentions of our
respective Sovereignes, and that ye party who shall first receive
intelligence of ye actuall declaration of Peace or a farther cessation
agreed on, shall acquaint the other therewith. But that if on ye
contrary the Treaty of a Peace between England and France
should break off (which is very little expected on either side)
that however notice thereof is to be given before hostilitys shall
commence. Refers to Mr. Aylmer's letter to Peter Beckford (v.
No. 149, iii.) since which ye Council took ye same into consideration, and upon debate a question was putt, which I send yr. Lopps
together with ye dissent enter'd on ye Minuitts of ye Council.
Yr Lopps. will be ye best judges of the sufficiency of ye reasons
for ye dissent, which have not so much as been offered to be
answered by ye gentlemen of ye contrary opinions, etc. Signed,
A. Hamilton. Endorsed, Recd. Jan. 27, Read July 17, 1713.
1¾ pp. Enclosed,
176. i. Minutes of Council of Jamaica, Dec. 12, 1712. The
Council negatived a resolution by 5 to 4 that the extracts
from Mr. Beckford's letters (No. 149, iii.) have a
tendency unnecessarily to disquiet the minds of the
people. The dissentients' reasons are entered. Same
endorsement. 3¾ pp. [C.O. 137, 10. Nos. 12, 12 i.;
and (without enclosure) 138, 13. pp. 503–506.]|
177. Mr. Attorney General to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Reply subscribed at foot of part of Memorial No.
173. I am of opinion that the Parliament gave the bounty to
encourage the resettlement of the respective Islands by the old
planters and inhabitants, and did not give liberty to resettly one,
and leave the other destitute, therefore a resettlement to entitle
any person to a share of the bounty must be in the Island, in
which before the invasion the person claiming was settled either
as a planter or inhabitant. Signed, Edw. Northey. Endorsed,
Recd. 20th, Read 22nd Dec. 1712. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 143;
and 153, 12. pp. 52, 53.]
178. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Queen. A
complaint having been made from Virginia in 1709 (q.v.) of
obstructions the Virginia traders met with in their trade with the
Western Indians from the people of Carolina, your Majesty was
pleased to direct the Lords Proprietors of Carolina to give orders
to their Governor there that the said trade should be carried
on without any let, hindrance or molestation whatsoever.
Notwithstanding which, we are informed by Lt. Governor
Spotswood that the Government of Carolina did in July 1711,
pass another Act, whereby they impose the duty and all the
hardships upon the Virginia Indian traders which your Majesty
graciously intended to remedy by the forementioned directions.
Act enclosed. The pretence for exacting the said duty and
imposing the said hardships, is that the Virginia Indian traders
in going to the Western Indians pass thro' Carolina, the boundaries whereof are not yet settled. And notwithstanding the
signification of your Majesty's pleasure (March 1st, 1710) to the
Lords Proprietors to appoint Commissioners to meet with others
on the part of Virginia, the same has not yet been done, tho'
the Lieut. Governor of Virginia has oft pressed the Governmt. of
Carolina to it, they pretending they had no directions; wherefore
we humbly offer that your Majesty be pleased to renew your
Majesty's directions to the said Lords Proprietors that they may
immediatly appoint Commissioners to meet with those of Virginia
for that purpose. We humbly offer that your Majesty be likewise
pleased to signify your Royal pleasure to the said Lords Proprietors of Carolina, that they immediatly (if the same be not
already done) take care that the foresaid Act passed in July, 1711,
so prejudicial to your Majesty's subjects of Virginia, be repeasled.
[C.O. 5, 1363. pp. 437–439; and 5, 1335. No. 178.]
179. Mr. Addington to Mr. Popple. Encloses public papers
and acknowledges letter of June 13. Signed, Isa. Addington.
Endorsed, Recd. Feb. 12, 17 12/13, Read July 6, 1713. 2 pp.
179. i. List of cause heard in the Inferior Courts of Barnstable
and Bristol, Mass., in 1712. 8 pp.|
179. ii.–x. Account of Ordnance, ammunition and stores of
war in the several forts of New England for 1712.
Endorsed as preceding. 13 pp.|
179. xi. Proclamation by Governor Dudley, Boston, Oct. 31,
1712, for a day of public thanksgiving to be held on Nov.
20th, for the near view of a happy peace, the general
health and plentiful harvest, etc. Printed (by B. Green).
Same endorsement. 1 p.|
179. xii. Proclamation by Governor Dudley, Boston, Nov. 8,
1712, for the strict observance of the Act ascertaining
the rate of foreign coins, etc. Same endorsement. Printed.
1 p. [C.O. 5, 866. Nos. 1, 1 i.–xii.; and (without
enclosures) 5, 913. pp. 437–441.]|
180. Governor Lowther to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I think it my duty to acquaint your Lordshipes that
Monsieur Cassart with five men of war, two store shipes, seven
sloopes and several boates attack'd Surannan the 29th Sept.,
and after some small resistance oblig'd the place to capitualate,
and on Oct. 16th the country paied him 75,000 poundes sterling
(as a ransome) for part of which he took negroes, and several other
commodities of the country, and the rest of the said sum was
paied him in Bills of Exchange, for the security and due payment
of which he took hostages. Monsieur Cassart sent one ship and
several sloopes and boates to Barbilios, and nobody here doubtes
but that strength hath taken it. I likewise understand that
Monsieur Cassart is now at Martinique; I am apprehensive that
he will reattempt some of H.M. Leeward Islandes; in order to
prevent which and to secure the trade of that place, I have
sent Brigadeer Maxwil, Col. Horne, Major William Cogan,
and Guy Ball Esq. to Martinique to enter into a treaty with
Monsieur Phillypeaux for continuing the truce which expired
the 11th instant till I either have the Queene's commandes touching the same, or that Monsieur Phillypeaux hear from the King
of France. Refers to enclosures, which I hope your Lordships
will approve of as done for the benefit and security of H.M.
subjectes under my government. I have at last prevail'd upon
the Assembly to pass the Excise Bill without intrenching upon
the Queene's prerogative, and I thank God everything here is
very well, and in a good way of being establish'd upon a right and
solid foundation. Signed, Rob. Lowther. Endorsed, Recd.
Jan. 30, Read Feb. 2, 17 12/13. Holograph. 1¾ pp. Enclosed,
180. i. Copy of Governor Lowther's instructions to Brigadier
Thomas Maxwell, Col. Thomas Horne, Major William
Cogan and Guy Ball, for continuing the truce with
Mons. Phillipo. Signed, Robt. Lowther. 1 p.|
180. ii. Copy of Governor Lowther's commission to the same.
Endorsed, Recd. Jan. 30th, Read Feb. 2, 17 12/13. 1 p.|
180. iii. Copy of Governor Lowther's Proclamation, in
pursuance of H.M. Proclamation of Aug. 18 proclaiming
a general truce, commanding H.M. subjects to forbear
all acts of hostility until the return of the Flag of Truce
from Martinique or H.M. further commands. Pilgrim,
Dec. 8, 1712. Same endorsement. 1 large p. [C.O.
28, 13. Nos. 98, 98 i.–iii.; and (without enclosures) 29,
12. pp. 505–508.]|
181. Governor Lowther to the Earl of Dartmouth. I had
notice about six weeks ago that Monsieur du Cass was just then
arrived at Martinique with two men of war, one of which carried
70 guns and the other 50; I was further advised that he had
been this last summer at several Spanish ports in the West
Indies, where he had received an immense treasue on board
of the said shipes, with which he attempted to have got into
the Havanna, but that place being blocked up by some of H.M.
shipes, he was forced to make the best of his way to old France,
but meeting with a violent storm on the Bankes of Newfoundland
the 70 gun ship lost her rudder and received some other damage,
which obliged him to come to Martinique to refit. I have ordered
H.M. shipes that attend upon this station to joyn the Dimond
which attends the Leeward Islands and then to cruise off of
Martinique to intercept him; if the said shipes have the fortune
to meet Monsieur du Cass I doe not doubt but they will give a
good account of him; H.M. having upon this service one ship of
72 guns, another of 40 and two of 50. The inclosed in the Grand
Juries Address to the Queen, and I desire your Lordship to lay it
before H.M. I have not had the honour to receive any commands
from your Lordship since I arrived here, which I am not a little
sorry for; there being nobody that would more chearfully obey
them, etc. Signed, Rob. Lowther. Endorsed, R. April 13,
1712 (13). Holograph. 2 pp. Enclosed,
181. i.–iii. Duplicates of Nos. 180. i.–iii. [C.O. 28, 43. Nos.
80, 80 i.–iii.]|
182. Governor Lowther to the Earl of Dartmouth. Repeats
No. 180, omitting last sentence. Signed, Rob. Lowther. Helograph. 2 pp. [C.O. 28, 43. No. 82.]
183. Council of Trade and Plantations to Governor Lowther.
Enclose copies of Orders in Council, March 8 and Sept. 8th,
repealing two Acts of Barbados, and also copies of Attorney
General's reports thereon, "that you may communicate the same
to the persons concerned, that they may govern themselves
accordingly." [C.O. 29, 12. pp. 504, 505.]
184. Petty expenses of the Board of Trade Sept. 29—Dec.
25, 1712, 54l. 2s. 3d. Stationer's bill, 22l. 6s. 11d. Postage,
14l. 9s. 11d. 5 pp. [C.O. 388, 76. Nos. 146, 149, 152.]
185. Attorney General to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Reply to Dec. 9. I am of opinion the Act having
restrained the bounty to particular persons, noe part thereof can
be allotted for building of churches, for that there is not any
person who is a particular sufferer more yn. others in the loss of
ye church. Signed, Edw. Northey. Endorsed, Recd. 20th,
Read 22nd Dec., 1712. On back of letter of Dec. 9. 1¼ pp. [C.O.
152, 9. Nos. 144, 144 i.; and (without letter of Dec. 9), 153, 12.
186. Governor Lowthe to Mr. Lewis. I had the honour to
receive a letter from my Lord Dartmouth dated Oct. 25th,
informing me that the Queen had given you the office that Mr.
Gordon had here, and desir'd me to promote the interest of it as
much as lyes in my power. I will do you all the service I can,
etc. Signed, Rob. Lowther. Endorsed, R. Jan. 30, 17 12/13. Hollograph. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 43. No. 83.]
187. Lt. Governor Tailer to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. I no sooner recd. the honour of H.M. Commission,
but thought it my duty to attend your Lordships for your
commands etc. Your favourable reception, and haveing been
some time here, oblidges me to acquaint your Lordships of the
good agreement betweene H.E. Coll. Dudley and myself, etc.
Butt, as wee are a Charter Government, it has occation some
dispute betweene me and the Councill, (wch. is) that the Lieut.
Govr. has no right to vote with the Councill, without being choose
by the Assembly, att their yearly election to be one of the Councill,
and some of the Assembly are likewise of the same opinion, on
which with humble submission I think I have aright tho' not made
choise of by them, and shall maintaine it as a parogative belonging
to the Crowne, till I have your Lordships opinions to the contrary,
but make no doubt but I shall have it in my favour. May it
please your Lordships the Queen has reserved to Herself notwithstanding the Charter granted to New England her right of
appointing Her Governour, Lieut. Governour and Secretary,
and it is by virtue of said right I maintaine this priviledge, wch.
I think it my duty to assert, the only reason they have to object,
is that by virtue of the Charter they have aright to choose 28
Councellors and without the Lieut. Govr. is one of that number,
he has no right to act as such, wch. if your Lordships should
construe as they doe, it would be a lessning H.M. authority, and
the betrustment that is put into the hands of Her Lieut. Govr.
who in the absence of the Govr. by virtue of my Commission,
have as full and ample authority as the Govr. himself, etc. They
likewise make provissions for the support of the Govr. by giving
him yearly 500l. this mony, but take no notice of the Lieut.
Govr. wch. I likewise hope your Lordships will take into your
considerations etc. Signed, William Tailer. Endorsed, Recd.
1st March, 1712 (1713), Read 25th June, 1718. 2 pp. [C.O. 5,
866. No. 148; and 5, 915. pp. 120–122.]
188. West India merchants and planters to the Council of
Trade and Plantations. If it is intended, by the new Treaty of
Commerce with France, to prohibit, the importing of sugers and
other the production of the Brittish Colonies of America into the
Dominions of France, it will greatly discourage the Brittish
Plantations in South America, and be a meanes of raising those of
France, and lessen the Western Navigation, etc. Signed, Nicholas
Lawes and 37 other signatures. Endorsed, Recd. 31st Dec. 1712,
Read Jan. 9th, 17 12/13. 1 p. [C.O. 388, 15. No. 98.]