America and West Indies: August 1712, 1-9

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 27, 1712-1714. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1926.

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August 1712, 1-9

Aug. 2.
Custom house, Bristoll.
27. J. Reynardson and John Elbridge, Collectors of Customs at Bristol, to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Enclose following. Signed, J. Reynardson, Jno. Elbridge. Endorsed, Recd. Read Aug. 5th, 1712. Addressed. Postmark. ¾ p. Enclosed,
27. i. List of ships (10) cleared from Bristol to the Fishery at Newfoundland, June 24, 1711–1712. 1 p. [C.O. 194, 5. Nos. 14, 14 i.]
Aug. 4.
28. William Sharpe to the Earl of Dartmouth. Your Lordship, my Lords Archbishop of York and Bishop of London haveing done me the great honour of presenting me to H.M. I think myself highly concern'd to vindicate my character from aspersions etc. I now stand reproach't in those very things for which I have receiv'd the universal thanks of my country, and the approbation of the best of Princes; etc. I pray your Lordship to sett my innocence in a true light before H.M. I have petitioned the Committee of the Privy Council for hearing appeals from the Plantations either to dismiss that fals and scandalous libell against me, or command the persons who lodg'd the same forthwith to serve me with copys of their proceedings, etc. Compliments. Signed, Wm. Sharpe. 4 pp. [C.O. 28, 43. No. 78.]
[Aug. 5.] 29. Micajah and Richard Perry, merchants of London, to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Petitioners having advanced several considerable summs of money for Governor Parke, he made over to them his land and negroes in Virginia as security, and owing also several sums by bond to others. As executors with his daughter, they have joined in an Act of Assembly there (to enable John Custis etc. v. Aug. 26) for selling part of his estate towards paying his debts, etc. Pray H.M. approbation of the same. Endorsed, Recd. 5th, Read 26th Aug, 1712. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1316. No. 82.]
Aug. 6.
30. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lt. Governor Bennett. Having had under consideration an Act past in Bermuda, Jan. 19, 17 09/10, impowering Richard Jennings to sell one share of land in Smith's Tribe, transmitted to us in your letter of Aug. 30, 1710, we find that the land mentioned in the said Act is vested in Richard Jennings in Fee, whereas it ought to have been vested in Trustees to be by them sold, and the money arising thereby apply'd to the just payment of the debts of the said Richard Jenings, according to the true intend and meaning of that Act. And that the surplus if any there be ought to be laid out upon a purchase of lands to be settled to the same uses, as the land directed to be sold were limited and settled. Besides there is no saving in the said Act of the right of the Crown or Bodies Politic. For which reasons we have not thought proper to lay the said Act before H.M. And therefore you will do well to move the Assembly to pass a new law not liable to these objections. And when we receive the same from you, we shall lay it before the Queen for Her Royal confirmation. [C.O. 38, 7. pp. 35, 36.]
Aug. 8.
Annapolis Royall.
31. Lt. Governor Vetch to the Earl of Dartmouth. I have wrote your Lordship so often relating to the state of this garison and the payment of the bills for its support without being honoured with the least return or direction with relation to the same, that I now allmost write in dispair, and as the Agent who hath launched out all the money he was capable to raise for H.M. service and the support of this garison, having received as yett no reimbursement is necessitate to abandon us, so that I cannott gett any person whatsomever who will upon the publick account advance either money or provisions for the support of the garison, nor have wee provisions for no more then a month's time longer, which is to the 10th of September, so that wee are like to be reduced to a necessity to abandon the place, for the inhabitants have not provisions to maintain themselves; soe that we are reduced to the last extremity especially considering that the garison is composed of all the mutineers and refuse of the seven regiments from which they were detached as their own officers affirm: so that if any misfortune should happen, I cannott be justly blamed for the same. Seven or eight of them deserted to the French and Indians: but upon paying a reward of £5 pr. man, they were all brought back by the French save two, and being tryd by a Court Martiall five of them being condemned to die, of whom I reprived four by verture of H.M. Commission to me for that effect: and one was shott conform to sentence. Since which twelve of them who were stragling abroad contrary to positive orders that same morning given out, were taken prisoners and two more killed, by a party of 150 or 200 Indians who came privately by order of the Governour of Canada to catch some prisoners to give them information whither any expedition was designed against that place: had they not been above the double number of Coll. Livingston's company of Indians, and that even the half of them was gone along with the Saphyre man of warr whom I sent att the desire of the Governours of New England and New York with two small tenders to the wreck of the Fevershame and transeports lost att Cape Britton, I doubt not but they would have recovered the prisoners from them, but they carried them all away to Canada, and wee have two more deserted since, many of them being Irish desert upon the account of Religion, so that if your Lordship and the Ministry would but please to consider my circumstances, you will find I have the hardest task imaginable to manage such a garison in such circumstances. As to the victualling of the garison it hath bein upon the most frugall footing possibly could be: for the Agent hath bein only allowed 7½d. per day for the provisions delivered att the Fort, the freight of which cost att least a fifth part: besides the sea hazard: while att the same time, the victualling of each seaman in the station ships att Boston, who receive their provisions there and save all the freight, stands the Queen in 9d., etc. As I have by every possible oportunity pray'd H.M. orders, for near these two years past, so I hope I cannot be blamed in continuing them upon the same footing the Counsell of Warr who was impowered by H.M. left them in with me, etc. As soon as your Lordship will obtain me H.M. leave to waite upon her in Brittan, I doubt not to convince your Lordship and the Ministry that I have laboured under the greatest difficultys and hardships that perhaps ever any person in such a post ever did, etc., and have acted with the utmost zeall, justice, frugality and regard to H.M. honour and intrest, and hope to find a reward accordingly. Refers to accounts transmitted, etc. Signed, Sam. Vetch. 1¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 9. No. 109.]
Aug. 8. 32. Mr. Attorney General to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Submits form of oath for proof of resettlement by the sufferers at Nevis and St. Kitts (v. July 21). Signed, Edw. Northey. Endorsed, Recd. 11th, Read 12th Aug. 1712. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 126; and 153, 12. pp. 1, 2.]
Aug. 9.
St. Christophers.
33. Lt. Governor Lambert to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The enclosed I had presumed to have sent by some vessells bound hence for Leverpool, which parted in such confusion and fear of the enemy that the Masters omitted calling for it at the Custome house, etc. Signed, Mich. Lambert. Endorsed, Recd. 3rd, Read 31st Oct., 1712. 1 p. Enclosed,
33. i. Lt. Governor Smith of Nevis to Lt. Governor Lambert of St. Kitts. Nevis, Aug. 6, 1712. These serves to advise you of what news we had by a briganteen on Munday, which came from Antegoa Sunday last. The master reports that the Virgin Queen that day came in being sent out as a spye, saith that he saw at Guard a loupa 16 saile of ships and 32 saile of sloops by which number presume they are all joyned, and may be upon some attackt in a few days. It's also reported by what they have learnt they are designed for Antegoa, the men of warr are all halled in, and their men on shoare, as it's reported and all incampt; which now I presume you will have from Capt. Liddle that went from hence on Munday. I am now sending out Capt. Canarragan's sloop to make some discovery, etc. Signed, Dan Smith. 1 p.
33. ii. Deposition of William Bevell and James Brookes, mariners. St. Kitts, Aug. 9, 1712. Deponents were taken at the Isle of May on April 24 by a ship belonging to a French squadron consisting of 7 men of war, which came from Touloon under M. Cousier, who took the Island of St. Jaugo, belonging to the King of Portugall, where they plundered for eight days, and burnt part of the town. Thence proceeded to Surrinam (except one merchant ship which was reported went for Guinnia) they attempted landing there with 25 boats manned, but was put off, and then went for Martiniqco. The inhabitants of that Island and Guardaloupa joyned them with two briganteens and 16 sloops, and went first to Antegoa, where they attempted landing about midnight near Falmouth harbour, but was discovered, the Island allarmed, and they put away for Montserratt where they landed about 3000 men, ravaged and plundered that Island (in part) for 12 days and carryed off about 12 or 1400 negroes—but General Douglas with four small men off warr and five sloops appeareing off the Road where the French Fleet was at anchor, they burnt the towne, imbarqued their forces and sailed the same day for Guardaloupa. The French Commodore had 56 guns, one ship 50, one 48, one 40, one 30, one 20 guns; the other ship had 30 gunns but left behinde at Martinique haveing lost her mast. Signed, William W. Bevell, James Brookes. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 9. Nos. 132, 132 i., ii.; and 153, 12. pp. 26–29.]