America and West Indies: November 1713

Pages 249-253

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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November 1713

Nov. 2.
New London.
496. Lt. Governor Saltonstall to [? Lord Bolingbroke]. Upon the publishing of H.M. Proclamation of Peace with France, the Generall Assembly of Connecticut have unanimously endeavoured to express their duty and gratitude to H.M., for so great a blessing by an Address, etc. Prays that it may be presented by Mr. Dummer, their Agent. Signed, Gurdon Saltonstall. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 536. No. 5.]
Nov. 4.
Treary. Chambers.
497. Mr. Harley to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses following. If the facts be found to be true my Lord Treasurer desires that you will report to H.M. in Councill your opinion thereupon and the methods which you shall think fit to be taken for remedying the mischiefs complained off. Signed, T. Harley. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 5th, 1713, Read Jan. 28, 1713/14. Addressed. 1 p. Enclosed,
497. i. William Heysham to the Lord High Treasurer. Duplicate of Oct. 6th. [C.O. 28, 14. Nos. 11, 11 i.; and 29, 13. pp. 86–88.]
[Nov. 4.] 498. Petition of Johanna Kupius etc. (v. Oct. 1st) to the Council of Trade and Plantations, praying to be heard by Counsel, etc. Endorsed, Recd. Read Nov. 4, 1713. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 10. No. 29.]
[Nov. 6.] 499. John Thurston to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Prays that the hearing of the matters relating to escheats in Jamaica may be deferred. Endorsed, Recd. Read Nov. 6, 1713. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 10. No. 30.]
Nov. 9.
500. Order of Queen in Council. Confirming Act of Barbados to enable the executors of Johanna Parris to sell certain lands, etc. Signed, Ja. Vernon. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 24th, 1715. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 28, 14. No. 39; and 29, 13. pp. 305–307.]
Nov. 16.
501. Lt. Governor Spotswood to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Since it hath not been judged proper to restore Col. Bassett to his former rank in the Council, whereby all hopes of obtaining his service at that Board is cutt off, I recommend Nathaniel Harrison to fill the vacancy made by the death of his father, etc. I don't know one man, except himself, on all that side of the River fitt to be appointed of the Council, and entrusted, (as the Council are throughout the Colony) with the command of the Militia, etc. Signed, A. Spotswood. Endorsed, Recd. Read Jan. 5, 1713/14. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1316. No. 96; and 5, 1364. pp. 1, 2.]
Nov. 16.
502. Lt. Governor Spotswood to the Council of Trade and Plantations. In my last I had the honour to acquaint your Lordps. of an expedition I intended, for securing the frontier inhabitants of this Colony, from the constant alarms they were kept under by the Tuscaruro Indians. I then little imagined to meet with a disappointment, where I had reason to expect the greatest readiness: For tho the people in those frontier countys, upon every alarm, would generally clamour for some course to be taken to cut off the Indians. Yet after I had made the necessary preparations of tents and provisions, and gone myself into those parts to review the Militia, in order to list voluntiers for this service, their warmth was so much abated that I could not engage near the number I proposed (which was only 200) to follow me out. I found it then high time to endeavour to accomplish that by a Peace, which the disposition of the people would not enable me to do by a war. To this purpose I sent out a detachment of fifty of our Tributary Indians, under the command of two of the traders with orders to find out the Tuscaruros in their retirements, and to sound their inclinations towards Peace: this detachment after ten days march found them dispersed in small partys upon the head of Roanoak, and about the mountains in a very miserable condition; without any habitation or provision of corne for their subsistance; but living like wild beasts on what the woods afforded: in dispair whether to return to their own settlements in North Carolina, and run the risque of being knockt in the head by the English, and South Carolina Indians, or to submitt themselves to the Senecas, who had made them large offers of assistance to revenge themselves on the English, upon condition of incorporating with them: their wants and necessitys made the offer of Peace very acceptable. So that after a short consultation with about 160 of their men that could be got together on the sudden, they agreed to send in two of the chiefs of their Nation to know upon what terms they might again obtain a Peace. These Deputys being examined here in Council seemed willing to submitt to any terms, and desired leave for all their Great men to come in and treat with me, which I have accordingly granted, and am now in daily expectation of their arrival here at Williamsburgh; having just received an account of upwards of 1,500 of them (men, women and children) being already come down nearer to our frontier inhabitants, both for the sake of subsistance and to be readier at hand to agree to a Peace. Their number is such that, considering our people's disposition to warlike undertakings, they cannot be accounted a despicable enemy, nor will it be any way advisable to drive them to dispair by too hard terms. Our Assembly being now sitting, I shall have the opportunity of taking along with me the concurrence of the Representatives of the people (as I have hitherto had that of the Council) in whatever shall be concluded on. This session of Assembly has begun with the best disposition to business that I have yet observed: The first step they made was to prepare an Address to H.M. on the Peace, which I have by this conveyance sent to our Agent, with directions to receive your Lorps. advice as to the manner of presenting it; and I also here inclose a copy thereof for your perusal. As to what concerns myself therein I can with truth assure your Lordps. that it proceeded from their own meer motion, without any party arts, or so much as my knowledge before it had passed both the Council and Burgesses, and I hope your Lordps. will look on it no otherwise than as it is a testimony of the union and agreement between me and the people, which I shall endeavour to improve for H.M. service. Besides the securing the frontiers with settlements of the Tributary Indians, which I have recommended to this Assembly, they have also under consideration the amendment of their tobacco trade, which owes its ruine in a great measure to the pernicious (tho ancient) practice of discharging all publick debts by tobacco payments. This has been the occasion of making all that trash which hath clogg'd the market and brought this country tobacco in discredit abroad, and given opportunity to innumerable frauds and unjust dealings among the planters themselves, to the destruction of all commerce, as well as the publick credit: so that it was high time to apply a remedy, which I hope will now be brought about to the service of H.M. and the good of this Colony. I shall in a short time be able to give your Lordps. an account of the success of the Indian Treaty and of the events of this session, etc. Signed, A. Spotswood. Endorsed, Recd. 4th Jan. 17 13/14, Read 10th May, 1716. 2¾ pp. [C.O. 5, 1317. No. 23; and 5, 1364. pp. 298–303.]
[Nov. 20.] 503. Address of President. Council and Assembly of Maryland to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The inhabitants from the first settling apply'd themselves to the makeing of tobacco, for many years with very good success, etc. It is with the greatest concerne imaginable and urged by meer necessity we are now forced to lay before your Lordships that wee most sensibly find the tobacco trade has for some years past laboured under very great difficultys and hardships which are now grown so heavy and insupportable to us that nothing less appears in view than the totall loss of the same to Great Brittain and the ruin of this poor Province, occasioned cheifly by the great quantitys of the same comodity that for some time past have been made in Europe some parts of which in former times were supplyed cheifly from Maryland. Not subject to the great expence of freight, custome and other charges this province lyes lyable to, renders them capable of affording it at a farr cheaper rate then by any possibility we cann. Therefore of late years a great many of our inhabitants have withdrawn themselves into other American colonys, where the fruits of their labour are of little or no service to the Crowne, and most of those who remain have for some time and still are obliged in a great measure to fall upon makeing of many of those necessaries, as heretofore wee have been supplyed with from Great Brittain in exchange for our tobacco. The present circumstances of the said trade have had their ill effects on several merchants of Great Brittain, which has also proved very much to the prejudice of this province. Pray their Lordships to represent to H.M. and the Parliament the circumstances of this poor Province and the trade thereof so as to procure some redress and relief, for want whereof we must in a little time inevitably fall under such pressures as will render us unable to support ourselves and poor families. Signed, Edwd. Lloyd, Presidt., Wm. Holland, Thos. Ennalls, Sam. Young, Tho. Greenfield, Jno. Hall, Wm. Whittington, Tho. Heldsion, Phile. Lloyd. R. Tilghman (Council). R. Ungle. Speaker, Phill. Hoskins, Roger Woollford, Henry Ennalls, Gouertt Loockerman, D. Mariarte, St. Codd. Robt. Tyler, Sam. Worthington, Jno. Mackall, Solomon Wright, Amos Garrett, Tho. Docwra, Thos. Hammond, James Mackall, Jno. Whittington, Henry Trippe, Richd. Colegate, Thos. Purnell, Pere. Frisby, Kenelm Cheseldyne, Wm. Whittington, junr., Henry Per. Jowles, Edw. Steevenson, Edwd. Scott, Wm. Watts, James Lloyd, D. Pearce, Edward Bray, James Smallwood, Walter Story, Jno. Brome, Jon. Rendall, Jn. Purnell, James Frisby, M. Vanderheyden, Tho. Sprigg, Char. Hammond, Tho. Brook, jr., Cha. Wright. Endorsed, Recd. 13th Jan., Read 16th April, 1714. 1 large p. [C.O. 5, 717. No. 57.]
Nov. 21.
504. Jeremy Dummer to Lord Bolingbroke. Encloses Addresses from New England, one a congratulation upon the Peace, the other relating to Tertudas. "The liberty of fetching salt from this place is of the last importance to every Plantation H.M. has in America, from Jamaica to Annapolis Royall; the island is of no use to anyone else," etc. Signed, Jer. Dummer. 2 pp. Enclosed,
504. i. Address of the Governor, Council and Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay to the Queen, Boston, Aug. 28, 1713, relating to Tertudas, v. No. 513 ii. [C.O. 5, 751. Nos. 85, 85 i.]
Nov. 24.
St. James's.
505. R. Shelton to Lt. Govr. Spotswood. The Proprietors considering the condition of their Province of North Carolina, as well in regard to the late insurrections and tumults that have been there, as to the present Indian war, have thought nothing could more encourage the inhabitants to return to their duty, nor sooner settle peace and tranquility between them and the Indians than to send a Governor there who might enquire into the aforesaid disorders and administer justice accordingly; they therefore have upon the death of Mr. Hyde appointed Mr. Eden, the bearer hereof, to be Governor of that Province; a person we hope duly qualified for that service; and I recommend him to your friendship for your advice and assistance, that he may be the better able in his administration of the Government to put an end to that war, and their own intestin jars, in giving which you oblige, Sr., your humble servant. Signed, R. Shelton. [C.O. 5, 290. p. 73.]
[Nov. 25.] 506. Nathaniel Blakiston to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Prays leave for Governor Spotswood to exchange, on behalf of himself and succeeding Governors, 50 acres of the land near James Town set apart for the use of Governors, for some land belonging to Col. Philip Ludwell near Williamsburgh, the seat of Government having been removed thither, etc. Endorsed, Recd. Nov. 25, Read Jan. 5, 1713/14. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1316. No. 97; and 5, 1364. pp. 2–4.]
Nov. 27. 507. Sir E. Northey to the Council of Trade and Plantations Your Lordships having appointed to hear the matter relating to the Lord Archibald Hamilton on Tuesday next, and there being a Council at Windsor on Monday, Mr. Sollicitor General and myself shall not be able to attend then etc. Proposes Friday. Signed, Edw. Northey. Endorsed, Recd. Read Nov. 27, 1713. ¾ p. [C.O. 137, 10. No. 31; and 138, 14. p. 49.]
Nov. —.
Boston in New England.
508. Governor Dudley to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Recommends Col. John Redknap, H.M. Engenier, for his loyalty and services the last nine years in raising and amending the forts and defences of these Provinces. Continues:— The happy Peace Her Majesty's wise Council has happily brought to pass gives him leave to wait on your Lordships etc. Here are some alterations in the frontiers necessary in respect to the fortifications, and places for trade with the Indians who are lately reduced to H.M. obedience in which Col. Redknap will be very serviceable etc. Signed, J. Dudley. Endorsed, Recd. 25th Jan. 1713/14, Recd 25th June, 1718. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 866. No. 152; and 5, 915. pp. 128, 129.]