America and West Indies: August 1712, 11-18

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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, 11-18

Aug. 11.
Windsor Castle.
34. The Earl of Dartmouth to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I am to desire you will let me know what informations you have recd. relating to a clandestine trade carryed on by one David Creagh in the West Indies, particularly whether any affidavits have been transmitted to you, or living wittnesses sent over to prove the crimes with which he stands charged. He is now on board one of H.M. ships of war, and no resolution can be taken in what manner to proceed against him till I have your answer, etc. Signed, Dartmouth. Endorsed, Recd. Read Aug. 13, 1712. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 9. No. 67; and 138, 13. p. 395.]
Aug. 12.
35. Mr. Popple to Mr. Burchet. Encloses extract from Governor Hunter's letter, etc., March 1st, relating to the building of a galley at New York, to be laid before the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. [C.O. 5, 1123. p. 49.]
Aug. 12.
Charles Fort in St. Christophers.
36. Robert Cunynghame to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Repeats parts of April 30 and July 2. Continues:—General Douglas had me taken up by a falce, scandalous and malicious warrant (v. C.S.P. 1711–12, No. 392 ii.), for that the persons he sayes informed him and Council, were not before the Council, but at the Lt. Governor's with a Justice and lawyer of his appointing, the Saturday and Sunday before, where he then was, I gave myself the pleasure by a letter on Munday, to informe him more than any or every body besides could and more than he carred to hear, which was delivered him by my little son of twelve years old, who I hope will have the honor to deliver this to your Lordships, with the copie of my said letter if required. Upon my appearing before him in Council the 15th he charged me with no part of his warrant but my letter, which I did and will justifie in every part, and what I said besides at the Council Board, etc. The Island of Montsearat is lately destroyed by 5 of the enemies ships from 30 to 54 guns, a Dutch prize, 13 sloops and smal vessels at a time there never was so many merchant ships nor of so good countenance in this Government, were some of them fitted out with the four men of war they would drive the enemies ships out of the West Indies. I wish your Lordships may not in a little time hear of the loss of all the Islands by the General's ill conduct, we daily expect to be attackt here, I continue a prisoner, my wife with child and eleven smal children, etc. My humble petition to your Lordships is that General Douglas, Lt. Governor Lambert and myself may appear before H.M. in Council, your Lordships, or at the Queens Bench Barr, for that here the General is always in the right, it will then appear who is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, or worse, General Douglas for his conduct on account of General Park at Antigua; upon account of Montserat and now all the Islands being exposed to be destroyed by the enemy, his suspending Lt. General Hamilton, which common fame said he was searching reasons for some monthes after, his oppressing me, and taking by himself or servants extravagant fees, more then ever General Park did, nine pieces of eight from a stranger for a lycence of marriage and seven from a poor man for proving a deed of gift, more demanded but beat down by both. Lt. Governor Lambert for making away four of the Queen's brass field pieces, two that came with the Duke of Bolton's regiment from England, and two with Sir Timothy Thornhills from Barbados which were in Charles Fort when Lt. General Hamilton went hence. Lt. Governor of Nevis. For being concerned with or consenting to General Park, in defrauding the poor inhabitants of this Island and Nevis of the Queen's Royal Bounty sent in the Triumphant under the convoy of Capt. Geo. Camocke of H.M.S. Speedwell, no part of the following species being distributed:–7 tierces of beef, 1 tierce, 7 barrils and 6 half barriels of pork, 8 tierces, 57 barrils of flower, 27 boxes of candles; 43 hhds. of wine etc., 8 hhds. of salt; 5 runlets of brandy etc. For that the said Lt. Governor's sloop being sent with a flag of truce to Martenique about Easter 1708, he with one or more of the Council were concerned in 99 barrils of beef then sent to the enemy, etc. For that some years ago he did take John Canaragan an inhabitant of this island then sick of a fever from his family and put him on board H.M.S. Diamond, Capt. Ramsey commander, where he was put in irons and exposed to sun and weather upon the forecastle four dayes and nights without bread or water but what was given him unknown to the Captain, his pretended crime being piracy for taking under a Dutch commission one of General Park's flages (of) truce with contraband goods going to Martenique. He being told of it by myself some time after at a conference as I was Speaker to the Assembly, he said 'twas by the General's order and with consent of the Council, so that your Lordships see what they are. For that at this time of very great danger from the enemy, being still at Guardeloup, 37 dayes since they landed at Montsearat and a much longer time since we were apprized of their designs against the Islands, the Queen's best cannon lye exposed at the Old Road, Palmeta Point and Sandy Point, when they are wanted in Charles Fort as well for its defence as security of the ships that would on this occasion anchor under it, that the said Fort is entirely neglected, the well within as well as that without being choakt up with dirt and stones, neither winlass, rope nor bucket to either, that for these four months past that I am here, he has bin but four times in it and his stay at all those times not half an hour. That there is not a barril of beef nor flower upon Brimston Hill, which is our greatest security, by nature impregnable, and but lately either powder or ball, and the officers of the Queen's Regular troopes are not to this day consulted upon the danger that hangs over our heads. Signed, Ro. Cunynghame. Endorsed, Recd. 29th, Read 31st Oct., 1712. 3 pp. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 130; and 153, 12. pp. 14–20.]
Aug. 13.
37. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Earl of Dartmouth. Reply to Aug. 11. Enclose extract of letter from Lord A. Hamilton, May 15, and state of the case of David Creagh. Autograph signatures. 1 p. [137, 46. Nos. 4, 4 i.; and (without enclosure) 138, 13. p. 396.]
Aug. 13.
38. Governor Douglas to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Sir Hovenden Walker arrived with the London fleet the 24th of June, and sailed for Jamaica the 28th, and left his orders for Capt. Hamilton, H.M.S. Woolwich, to come down from Barbadoes with all H.M. ships to the assistance of these Islands, upon the first notice from me, of any invasion from the publick enemy, or any new insurrection in this Island. On July 4th a squadron of men of warr from Thoulon commanded by Monsieur Cassaert, that had made some attempts at St. Jago was repulsed at Surrinam, alarmed Barbadoes, the Panther and Burlington having been chased by three of their biggest ships, alarmed us with some small ships appearing near Guardaloupe and standing off seemed to be reinforced with some more ships and sloops. They endeavoured to land on Sunday morning, July 6th, at Willoughby Bay and the Mamora, but stood off again upon their perceiving a few horse and foot in some readiness to receive them. On Munday morning they stretched along the Leewardmost part of the Island and besides a great many sloops and small vessells with small boats for landing men we reckoned one 70 gun ship (with 64 guns mounted called Le Neptune as our spy and prisoners have since informed us) two ships of 50 guns, one ships of 40 guns, three ships of 32 guns. In the evening they landed a few men at Carrs Bay upon the Island of Montserratt, and next morning at Plymouth after firing some broadsides against the battery and tower they landed there and to northward of the Island at Carrs and the next Bay above 3500 men as they confidently report. Upon the first alarm I immediately sent away two sloops to the Governor of Barbadoes for his assistance and had the six men of warr met with the usual dispatch they would have arrived at Plymouth Road in Montserratt a considerable time before they left that Island and when they were in confusion many of their men being ashoar and taken up with thoughts of their plunder. It proved to be the singular good fortune of the French that the great rain and tempestuousness of the weather hindered us from landing anywhere to windward which made our intelligence very slow and incertain; and the Roebuck being disabled in her masts as soon as ever we could get her in a posture of sailing, I embarked with the Diamond, Roebuck, Scarborough and the Jolly man of warr of 16 guns and some sloops with near 300 men on board, which I endeavoured to land (and would have gone ashoar alone to have incouraged the poor people if it had been possible) but by reason of the surges running so very high I found it altogether impracticable, tho' about 100 of the inhabitants came down from their last place of retreat, their dodand, to favour our landing; we were oblidged to go very near the French fleet at anchor and by their hurry and unreadiness to sail we got all safely to windward and alarmed Guardaloupe (still heartily praying for a force to land and make reprizalls) and took some prisoners before we returned to Antegoa where the six men of warr arrived from Barbadoes July 20th, who after a consultation resolved not to attack the enemy if of equall force. The day following I sent a reinforcement of above 400 men soldiers, sailors and the islanders, on board their ships. The 22nd they sent to discover the enemy who they perceived had left Montserratt the same day in the evening after we had given them the alarm and in spite of all our intreatys and remonstrances the Captains of the men of warr from Barbadoes would neither consent to continue with us any time nor yet to attack the enemy tho of an inferiour force at anchor at Guardaloupe; Capt. Constable left us the 26th and Capt. Hamilton the 27th of July in very mean circumstances which has oblidged us to take all imaginable care to put the Island in the best posture of defence that at present it is capable of. I have formed the sailors into a regiment and sent for 100 men from Montserratt and repaired our breastworks, trenches and all sorts of fortifications, but both the few soldiers and the militia are in great want of small arms. We are still in hourly apprehensions of being invaded by the enemy (the planters affairs and all trade being at a stand) and this day our spy-boates brings intelligence of their being in motion and some of them got under sail; we are as well provided for them as it lyes in our power to be, and the people seem very well resolved to make a vigorous defence, but if they fall to leeward and attack Nevis and St. Christophers they must of necessity overrun them in a little time. The desertion and absence of the Lt. Governor of Montserratt made it the easier for them to ravage and do so much prejudice to that poor island, where out of about 5000 negroes (besides the burning many of their houses and works) they lost about 1200. Signed, Walter Douglas. Endorsed, Recd. 29th, Read 31st Oct., 1712. 2¾ pp. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 134; and 153, 11. pp. 30–34.]
Aug. 13.
39. Governor Douglas to [?the Earl of Dartmouth]. Repeats preceding. [C.O. 152, 42. No. 87.]
[Aug. 14.] 40. Order of King in Council, April 2, 1696, referring following petition to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Signed, Wm. Bridgeman. Endorsed, Recd. — 1696, Read Aug. 14, 1712. ½ p. Enclosed,
40. i. Petition of Charles Knights, Charles Whittell and Edward Broughton, of Jamaica. Sir James del Castillo and Don Francisco Porcio, subjects of the King of Spain and factors for the Assiento for importing negroes to the Spanish West Indies, contracted with petitioners for moneys advanced and negroes delivered at Porto Bello and Carthagena, and particularly Francis Porcio did agree to pay Charles Knights 38,280 peices of eight; to Charles Whittell £2150 13s. 9d., and to Edward Broughton £500 for negroes delivered. Sir James del Castillo contracted to pay Charles Knights 37,500 peices of eight for negroes delivered. Before the ships sailed from Carthagena these peices of eight were by some order from the Spanish Governor there on contrivance of Francisco Porcio taken out and detained. Porcio resides and is protected at Panama. Appeal for H.M. orders for satisfaction to be made to them by him. 1 p.
40. ii.–iv. Copy of Don Francisco Portio's contracts to pay Knight, Whittell and Broughton as in preceding. Signed, Francis Portio. 3 pp.
40. v. Copy of Sir James del Castillo's contract as in preceding. Signed, Santiago del Castillo. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 9. Nos. 68, 68 i.–v.]
Aug. 14.
41. Mr. Popple to Henry Lord Bishop of London. The Board is verry sorry to hear of your Lordship's indisposition, which has hindred them of the advantage of your Lordship's assistance this day. However they send you names of six persons recommended to them, and desire you to let them know whether your Lordship have any objection as to the principles of these men, that may disqualify them, for the place of Councillors in New Jersey, etc. [C.O. 5, 995. pp. 161, 162.]
Aug. 14.
42. Micajah Perry to Mr. Popple. I have yours relating to Col. Douglas. I have only advice that there is severall gentlemen comeing over immediatly to whome I am to aply for a full state of all thing in the Islands, particularly one Mr. Bunnion, etc. Signed, Micajah Perry. Endorsed, Recd. 14th, Read 26th Aug., 1712. ¼ p. [C.O. 152, 9. No. 127; and 153, 12. p. 4.]
Aug. 15.
43. Mr. Popple to Mr. Buckley. Order to print 1000 copies of the oath for the sufferers at Nevis etc. (v. Aug. 8). [C.O. 153, 12. p. 3.]
Aug. 15.
44. Lt. Governor Bennett to [?the Earl of Dartmouth]. Repeats March 15. Inclosed are two affidts. relateing to the designs of the French upon this country, which occasioned an embargo for two months, and I believe would have been put in execution, had not our men of war last winter had the good success to take their fleet of ammunition and provision shipes bound to Martinique, whereby it's concluded they were incapassitated to forward that intent. As for the consequences I fear will happen if these islands were in the hands of the French etc., I refer to my letters of June 22, and Oct. 26, 1711; and doe pray consideration may be had on that part concerning makeing my company up 100 men, and if another company were ordered here it would doe well, verily believeing and concludeing the French have resolved to attempt this country. Also inclosed is a letter found (amongst many others) on board a French ship bound to Nantes of about 100 tuns, 8 guns and 20 men, taken on the 19th of July past near the west end of these Islands by a privateer fitted out here, to which letter (the cover whereon to whom directed being some way lost, but remember it to have been to a Secretary of State) I desire to refer your Lordp. for further information. The ship made prize came from Martinique on the 2nd of the last month in company with the seven French men of war mentioned in said letter, and 16 privateer vessells, haveing 1000 soldiers on board, which with the privateers, could on occasion land 3000 men. On the 6th about midnight they were off of Antigua designing to steal a landing, but being discovered and the sea running high, they in the morning stood away and went for Mounserat, and after being three days in sight of that Island landed (but what opposition was made I have not heard). The inhabitants retired to the Dodan, which I am told is a secure strong place, and provision sufficient for the people and their slaves for some months. By advice from Barbados I understand, that six men of war were gone from thence to Antigua to joyn four more, with intent to attack the French fleet at Mountseratt, etc. Signed, Ben. Bennett. Endorsed, R. Nov. 20. Holograph. 2 pp. Enclosed,
44. i. Deposition of William Bevell of Liverpool, mariner and James Brooke, mariner, St. Kitts, Aug. 9, 1712. Duplicate of No. 33. ii. 1 p.
44. ii. Deposition of John Shattock, mariner, Bermuda, April 21, 1712. A Frenchman at St. Thomas' informed deponent in March that the French intended to fit out a fleet at Martinique, Guardalupe and St. Domingo and to take Bermuda by surprize. Signed, John Shattock. 1 p.
44. iii. Deposition of William Cherittoe, Bermuda, Aug. 15, 1712. Deponent heard at Thomas' four or five weeks ago that the French were preparing at Martinique, 13 or 14 sail of privateer vessels, and 4 or 5 men of warr to take Bermuda. Signed, Wm. Cherittoe, his mark. Copy. 1 p. [C.O. 37, 28. Nos. 12, 12 i.–iii.]
Aug. 16.
45. Governor Lowther to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Refers to letter of May 28; "since which I have not had the honour to receive any commands from you. The Council and Assembly have had a great dispute about the Excise Bill, I did all I could to accomodate the matter, but some here aim at nothing less than to make themselves an independent people, and to that end endeavour all they can to divest the administration here of all the Queen's power and authority and to lodge it in the Assembly, this project hath been a long time on foot and a great progress hath been made in it, for they have extorted so many powers from my predecessors, that there is now hardly enough left to keep the peace, much less to maintain the decent respect and regard that is due to the Queen's servant. I only now take the liberty to hint these thinges to your Lordshipes, but if you have a mind to be thoroughly satisfy'd of them, I shall upon the least intimation lay these matters very fully before you. I have already inform'd your Lordshipes of the reasons that prevail'd upon me to suspend Mr. Carter from practicing the Law; as also that I gave him to understand by Col. Barwick and some others that I would restore him, provided he would acknowledge his fault and make his submission, but he hath never yet thought fit to do it, but now intends as I am informed to apply to H.M. to take off his suspension. I shall only add, that if such incendiaries are countenanc'd and encourag'd, instead of being punished, it's then not improbable that such a tragedy may be acted here as was lately at Antegoa. I hope your Lordshipes will be satisfy'd upon perusing the Minutes of Council that I did all that laid in my power to prevent the enemy from invading any of H.M. Leeward Islands: I shall make no remarkes at this time upon the conduct of any of the Commanders of H.M. shipes, but intirely submit the matter to your Lordshipes, you having all the matters of fact before you (in the inclosed Minutes of Council). P.S. Mr. Barwick presented me the inclosed petition in relation to Mr. Skene since I had writ this letter: your Lordshipes will observe that he prayes that I will represent the contentes home to England, that H.M. interest may no longer suffer by the said Skene," etc. Signed, Rob. Lowther. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 13, 1712, Read July 17th, 1713. Holograph. 1¾ pp. Enclosed,
45. i. Account of Stores of War, Barbados, June 2, 1712. Signed, Wm. Leslie. Same endorsement. 1 large p.
45. ii. Account of Christenings and Burials, Clergy and Schoolmasters in the several parishes of Barbados, June 22, 1711–1712. Totals:—Christenings, 449; Burials, 352; Schoolmasters, 46. Same endorsement. 1 p.
45. iii. Account of Negroes imported into Barbados June 22, 1711–1712. Separate traders, 492; Royal African Company, 161. Same endorsement. ½ p.
45. iv. Account of arms and ammunition in the several divisions of Barbados, Aug. 1st, 1712. Same endorsement. 1 p.
45. v. List of inhabitants of Barbados, by parishes. Totals:—Number of Plantations, 1309; White men, 3537; women, 3529; children, 5462; white men fit to bear arms, 3438; negro slaves, 41,970; horses, 2471. Same endorsement. 1 p.
45. vi. Account of prizes and seizures in the Court of Admiralty, Barbados, June 1711—July, 1712. 21 ships (17 French prizes, 1 Spanish). Signed, Stephen Alexander, Register Cur. Adm. Same endorsement. 2 pp.
45. vii. Copy of Deposition of Wm. Leslie, Keeper of the Stores, Sept. 6, 1712. Deponent was informed of an order from the Governor, July 16th, to Capt. Archibald Hamilton, H.M.S. Woolwich, for stores of war, which deponent waited to give him, but he sailed without ever sending for them, etc. Same endorsement. 1 p.
45. viii. Petition of Samuel Barwick to Governor Lowther. Alexander Skeene went off the Island contrary to law and unknown to petitioner owing him £129 1s. 8d. out of £329 1s. 8d. decreed by the Court of Exchequer in H.M. v. Skeene. Prays that the matter be represented home and Skeene obliged to give good security there for payment of the balance with costs. Signed, Saml. Barwick. Same endorsement. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 14. Nos. 2, 2 i.–viii.; and (without enclosures) 29, 13. pp. 53–57.]
Aug. 17.
Lillingston. Dayrell.
46. Mr. Tucker to Erasmus Lewis. Asks for the post of Secretary or Ensign for his kinsman in Bermuda, etc. Signed, J. Tucker. 1 p. [C.O. 37, 28. No. 13.]
[Aug.] 17.
47. Bishop of London to Mr. Popple. I do entirely approve of their Lordships' choice, etc. (i.e. of Councillors for New Jersey?) v. No. 41. Signed, H. London. Endorsed, Recd. 17th, Read 26th Aug., 1712. Addressed. ½ p. [C.O. 5, 970. No. 162; and 5, 995. p. 163.]
[Aug. 18.] 48. Copy of Mr. Skene's Patent as Secretary of Barbados, May 8, 1702. Endorsed, Recd. Read Aug. 18, 1712. 2¾ pp. [C.O. 28, 13. No. 94.]