627. Council of Trade and Plantations to the Lord High
Treasurer. Enclose preceding memorial. Unless he be despatch'd
in a very few days, he will lose the opportunity of going this year
to Newfoundland, the last ships being now upon their departure.
Autograph signatures. 1 p. Enclosed,
627. i.–vi. Duplicates of Nos. 620–623. [C.O. 194, 23. Nos.
12, 12 i.–vi. and (duplicate of Representation) 12a; and
(without enclosures) 195, 5. pp. 368, 369.]|
628. Four certificates as to Mrs. Salenave's possession of
a plantation in St. Kitts, etc. Signed, (i.) Cha. Mathew, Eliz.
Moore, Ste. Duport. (ii.) Eliz. Salenave. (iii.) N. Blakiston.
(March 23, 1713). (iv.) Fran. Duport. (April 5th, 1713). 3 pp.
[C.O. 152, 10. Nos. 15, 15 i.-iii.]
629. Mr. Ryley to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
The officers petitioners for settling a Colony in North America
to be intituled Nova Anna, having found out a method to do
it at a moderate charge to H.M., are ordered by the Lord High
Treasurer to attend your honours, etc. They pray H.M. to grant
them in the Letters Patents for the said settlement the liberty of
coining 1500 tun of copper half-pence and farthings for England
and the Plantations, etc. Endorsed, Recd. Read 2nd April, 1714.
1 p. [C.O. 5, 866. No. 15.]
630. Mr. Lowndes to Mr. Popple. My Lord Treasurer desires
the Council of Trade and Plantations to examine into the truth of
enclosed, and to report their opinion what they conceive fit for
H.M. to do therein, and also whether there are not several others
in like circumstances with these peticoners with respect to their
pretencons to lands in St. Christophers. Signed, Wm. Lowndes.
Endorsed, Recd. 6th, Read 30th April, 1714. 1p. Enclosed,
630. i. Petition of Stephen Duport to the Queen. Petitioner's
plantation in the English part of St. Kitts was damaged
to the amount of £11,500 by the English forces under
General Codrington 1690, when petitioner was a prisoner
in France, etc. Prays to be compensated by some
lands in the French part. 1 p.|
630. ii. Order of Queen in Council upon the case of Stephen
Duport, Jan. 27, 1708/9. 1 p.|
630. iii. Petition of Stephen Duport and other Protestant
refugees of the Leeward Islands to the Queen. Pray
for the renewal of H.M. reference of their case, July 23,
1713, to the Council of Trade and Plantations, the former
papers having been mislaid. 1 p.|
630. iv. Petition of Alletta de la Coussaye to the Queen.
Prays that her father's plantation in the French part
of St. Kitts may be restored to her; he (Capt. Vandelbourg decd.), having fled from it to the English quarter
on account of the persecution of Protestants. Petitioner
is now in possession. 1 p.|
630. v. Certificate of Stephen Duport that Capt. Vandelbourgh
was long possessed of the plantation claimed in preceding. Signed, Ste. Duport. April 6th, 1714. ½. p.|
630. vi. Description of Capt. Vandelbourgh's plantation.
Signed, Ste. Duport. April 8, 1714. ½.p.|
630. vii. Petition of Paul Minvielle de Bonnemere to the Queen.
Daniel de Bonnemere, father and son, who served in
H.M. forces, fled from their plantation in the French
part of St. Kitts, upon account of the persecution
of French Protestants when the French took it.
Petitioner heir at law and creditor, as having supplied
said refugees with money, prays to be restored to that
estate. 1 p.|
630. viii. Certificate of Stephen Duport and Elizabeth Salenave
in support of preceding. Signed, Eliz. Salenave,
Ste. Duport. April 6, 1714. ½. p.|
630. ix. Description of Daniel de Bonnemere's plantation.
Signed, Ste. Duport. April 8, 1714. ½.p.|
630. x. Petition of Mary and Marguarett de Nampon. Pray
to be restored to their plantation in the French part of
St. Kitts, from which they fled upon account of the
persecution. 1 p.|
630. xi. Certificate of Elizabeth Salenave and Stephen Duport
in support of preceding. Signed, Eliz. Salenave. Ste.
Duport. April 6, 1714. ½. p.|
630. xii. Description of Dr. de Nampon's plantation. Signed,
Ste. Duport. April 8, 1714. ½p.|
630. xiii. Petition of Catherine Fraise to the Queen. Prays
to be restored to the plantation in the French part of
St. Kitts, from which her father, Daniel de Lompre
(=Longpre du Chemin v. xv. infra) (decd.) fled upon
account of the persecution. Petitioner and her husband
are now in possession. 1 p.|
630. xiv. Certificate by Elizabeth Salenave and Ste. Duport in
support of preceding. Signed, Eliz. Salenave, Ste.
Duport. April 6, 1714. ½. p.|
630. xv. Description of the lands of Daniel de Longpre du
Chemin. Signed, Ste. Duport. April 8, 1714. ½. p.|
630. xvi. Petition of Martha Assailly to the Queen. Prays on
behalf of herself, mother and sisters to be restored to the
plantation of her father, Peter Assailly, in the French
part of St. Kitts, from which he fled to Boston on account
of the persecution of Protestants, etc. General Codrington granted it to Col. Walter Hamilton. 1 p. [C.O.
152, 10. Nos. 19, 19 i.–xv.; and (without enclosures)
153, 12. pp. 117, 118.]|
631. Certificate that Mrs. Renoult was in possession of the
plantation in St. Kitts claimed by her (v. June 25, 1712). Signed,
Eliz. Salenave, Pen. Russell. ½. p. [C.O. 152, 10. No. 12.]
632. Circular letter from the Council of Trade and Plantations to the Governors of Plantations. H.M. having by Her
Royal Proclamation of Feb. 28th last (inclosed) been pleased to
command that the Articles of Peace and Commerce concluded at
Utrecht the 2/13 day of July and the 29/9 day of Nov./Dec. 1713, between
Great Britain and Spain be published and observed throughout all her Dominions; we send you herewith copies of the
said Articles, that the same may be made publick in your
Government and observed accordingly. [C.O. 324, 10. p. 40.]
633. (a) Estimate of the charge of settling a Colony, Nova
Anna (v. April 2), of 5 companys independant allowing four yeares
for the settlement. Total, 105, 595l. 6s. 8d.
634. (b) Estimate of the profit from coining 1500 tuns of
copper (copper at 93l. 6s. 8d. a ton, to produce 205l. 6s. 8d. in
coin at 11b. for 20d.) Casting etc. and coining, at 35l. per ton.
Deduct for exchange 11l. per ton. Total profit, 97,000l.
Endorsed, Recd. Read 8th April, 1714. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 866.
635. Mr. Popple to Sir Isaac Newton. Encloses preceding
for his opinion. [C.O. 5, 913. p. 477.]
636. Lord Bolingbroke to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses following for their report. Signed, Bolingbroke.
Endorsed, Recd. 10th, Read 12th April, 1714. 1 p. Enclosed,
636. i. Memorial of Wm. Keith. Robert Quary late Surveyor
General of the Customs on the Continent of America
had H.M. letter constituting him a Member of Council
in each of the Provinces under his inspection, vizt.
Pensylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North and South
Carolina, the Bahama Islands and Jamaica, because it
was convenient that he should be present to assist at the
making of such laws as were proposed for the advantage
of trade, and to object against such as might be prejudiciall to the Revenue, or any other branch of the publick
interest. Petitioner, his successor, prays to be appointed
to sit and give his opinion in the several Councils of the
Provinces abovenamed in all matters relating to the
publick revenue and trade with respect to the laws,
constitution and interest of Great Britain, and also to
enter his protest as often as occasion shall require. And
since he does not insist on the privilege of voting in
those Assemblies, it is humbly conceived that this may
be extended to the Propriety Governments, as well as
to those immediately belonging to the Crown. 1¼. pp.
[C.O. 323, 7. Nos. 29, 29 i.; and (without enclosure)
324, 10. p. 41.]|
637. Mr. Secretary Bromley to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. It is H.M. Pleasure that you prepare copys of the
several papers and representations relating to the garrisons of
Jamaica and the Leeward Islands, which have been sent over
from the respective Governors, and the opinion of the Assembly
with respect to the forces there, and that such copies be forthwith laid before the House of Commons. Signed, W. Bromley.
Endorsed, Recd. 10th, Read 12th April, 1714. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 10.
p. 46; and 138, 14. p. 98.]
638. Lord Bolingbroke to the Council of Trade and Plantations. It is H.M. pleasure that your Lops. should consider the
enclosed Memorial, and Petition on behalf of inhabitants of Mountserrat, as likewise the several matters which are referred to
Commissarys by the 10th, 11th and 15th Articles of the late
Treaty of Peace, and upon the whole make your representation
to be laid before H.M., etc. Signed, Bolingbroke. Endorsed,
Recd. 13th, Read 14th April, 1714. 1 p. Enclosed,
638. i. Petition of the Hudson's Bay Company to the Queen.
Return thanks for the great care H.M. has taken for them
by the Treaty of Utrick, etc. And whereas by the XIth
Article, satisfaction is to be made to the Compa. for all
damages sustained from ye French in times of peace, for
which Commissaries are to be nominated on both sides
to adjust the same, the Company are ready to make out
their demand of damages, whenever H.M. shall thinke
fitt to name Commissaries etc. Signed, Wm. Potter,
Secr. 1. p.|
638. ii. Petition of inhabitants of Montserrat to the Queen.
On July 8th, 1712, the French King's subjects under
Monsieur Cossart, invaded Montseratt with 3,500 men
and being much superior to the strength of the inhabitants who defended themselves to the utmost of their
power soon conquer'd burnt plunder'd and destroyed
most part of the Island carried off 1,200 slaves with
severall sorts of merchandize which with burning and
other devastations amounts unto upwards of 180,000l.
And whereas your Majesty out of your great goodness
and princely care taken of all your subjects in the late
Treaty of Peace has capitulated (Article XI.) that the
damages sustained by your loyall and poor subjects of
the said Island by the late invasion shall be enquired
into by the comissarys to be named by your Majesty
and the said French King, we your Majesty's peticoners
humbly beg leave for ourselves and in behalf of the said
inhabitants that your Majesty would direct such commissioners to examine into their losses, and that they
may be releiv'd pursuant to the Article in the said
Treaty. Signed, Joseph Martyn, Ed. Sanderson, Wm.
Tryon, Joseph Alford, Rowland Tryon, Dan. Alford,
John Travers, Sam. Travers. Same endorsement. 1 p.
[C.O. 134, 2. Nos. 36, 36 i.; and 135, 3. pp. 124–126;
(without encl. ii.); and (encl. ii. and memorandum of
covering letter) 152, 10. Nos. 17, 17 i.]|
639. Major Douglas to Mr. Popple. Encloses some Acts of
St. Christophers. "There are also something very material in
the Minutes of ye Council, of which I would have you inform
Col. Jory to attend the Lords of Trade in due season." Signed,
Walter Douglas. Endorsed, Recd. 13th April, Read July 15,
1714. Addressed. Holograph. ½. p. [C.O. 152, 10. No. 23;
and 153, 12. p. 131.]
640. Sir Isaac Newton to Mr. People. Encloses following.
My Lord High Treasurer hath the coynage of copper under
consideration. Signed, Is. Newton. Endorsed, Recd. Read
14th April, 1714. 1 p. Enclosed,
640. i. Observations upon the estimate of the neat profit of
coyning 1500 tons of copper into half-pence (v. Nos.
629, 633–5). (1) In the last coynage of copper money
an hundred tonns per an. in six years made a great
complaint in Parliament whereby the coynage was
stopt all the seventh year by reason of too great a
quantity of copper money, and after the coynage of
another 100 tonns the nation was fully stockt during the
next five or six years. Therefore six or seven hundred
tonns is abundantly sufficient to stock the nation of
England and a coynage of 1500 tonns in five years
time is not practicable by reason of the clamours it
would make amongst the people. At present there
wants not above 80 or 100 tonns in all. (2) If a pound
weight of copper be cut into 20d., a tonn in coyn will
amount only to 186l. 13s. 4d. It must be cut into 22d.
that a tonn may make 205l. 6s. 8d. But its better to
coyn the money nearer to the intrinsic value. (3)
Casting, drawing, cutting, flatting, scouring, nealing,
blanching, drying and coyning cannot be done for
35l. per tonn. And 11l. per tonn for changing the copper
money is something too much. In the last coynage of
the copper money, 5d. per 1wt. was allowed by the
Patentees for casting, drawing, flatting, scouring,
nealing, drying and coyning, including the work of the
graver and smith. There was also 40s. per tonn allowed
to a Comptroller. And if 7l. 6s. 8d. be allowed for putting
off, the whole charge including the price of the copper
at 10d. per lwt. leaves a profit of 6d. per lwt. And
this profit in coyning 1500 tonns amounts unto 85,000l.,
out of wch. something may be abated for housrent, clerks,
coyning tools and incidents. (4) He that assays, sizes
and coyns the copper money should not be impowered
to make any profit by coyning it too light or too coarse,
and therefore should have nothing to do with buying
or providing the copper or distributing it by tale to
the people, but should only receive it by weight
and assay and deliver it by weight and assay after
coynage, and have it in his power to refuse bad copper.
640. ii. Duplicate of No 634. [C.O. 5, 866. Nos. 17, 17 i.,
ii.; and 5, 913. pp. 477–480.]|
641. Some amendments desired by Newfoundland traders
to be made to the Act for encouraging the Trade to Newfoundland.
Endorsed, Recd. Read 13th April, 1714. 1½. pp. [C.O. 194, 5.
642. List of papers relating to the Regiment of Jamaica
laid before the House of Commons. (v. April 10th.) [C.O. 138,
14. pp. 99, 100.]
643. Lord Bolingbroke to Mr. Attorney General. Encloses
following. It is H.M. pleasure that you do consider what may be
properly done for quieting this Corporation in the possession of
the farm, and for relieving them as to the demand of arrears of
quit rent, and that you do report your opinion thereupon to H.M.
Signed, Bolingbroke. Enclosed,
643. i. Extract of an Address from the Rector, Churchwarden
and Vestrymen of Trinity Church in the City of New
Yorke in America to the Queen. The Rt. Hon. the Earl
of Clarendon your Majtie's. late Governor of this
Province (who, during his whole administration omitted
no opportunity of giving all due encouragemt. to the
churches under his care) did grant a lease of your Majtie's.
farm to us for seven years under the rent of 60 bushells
of wheat yearly payable unto your Majty. (the like lease
having been before granted by Governor Fletcher etc.).
But as these rents were esteemed a perquisite of the
several Governors for the time being, Col. Fletcher
who was a great benefactor and promoter of the first
settling of this Church, did remit the rent during his
time, for that pious use, as also did the Earl of Clarendon,
so much as accrued under the lease granted in his time,
and that noble Lord imitating the zeal of his Royal
Mistress for promoting the interest of this infant Church,
and the settling a lasting foundation for its support, by
vertue of the authority given him by your Majty., did
in the 4th year of your Majtie's. glorious reign, by your
Majtie's. letters patents under the seal of this Province,
grant the same form to the Rector and inhabitants of
the city of New York in communion of the Church of
England as by law established, and their successors for
ever under the yearly quit-rent of three shillings. We
therefore with awfull reverence presume to inform your
Majty. that the Corporation of this Church are now
prosecuted in the Court of Chancery in this Province
in your Majty's name, for the several rents reserved on
the leases before granted and by the several Governors
before remitted, and your Majty.'s most gracious
Letters Patent for the said farm are rendred disputable.
Pray H.M. directions for stopping the said prosecution,
and confirming the church in the possession of the farm.
[C.O. 324, 33. pp. 38–41.]|
644. H.M. Warrant to the Governor of New York. You are
to stop the prosecution now carrying on in the Court of Chancery
against the corporation of Trinity Church (v. preceding) and not to
suffer any further proceedings to be had in that suit, until We
shall signify Our further pleasure, etc. Countersigned, Bolingbroke.
[C.O. 324, 33. pp. 41–43.]
Queen's Bench Rules.
645. Jeronimy Clifford to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Prays for decision upon his request of Dec. 29, 1713, etc.
Signed, Jer. Clifford. Endorsed, Recd. Read. 14th April, 1714
Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 388, 76. No. 167.]
646. Mr. Popple to Jeronimy Clifford. Reply to preceding.
The Council of Trade and Plantations command me to acquaint
you, that they have already done all they can in that affaire.
[C.O. 389, 37. pp. 74, 75.]
647. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Bolingbroke.
Enclose copies of Representation from the Council of Virginia
(v. Sept. 14. 1713), and another from the President, Council and
Assembly of Maryland, relating to the decay of the tobacco
trade, for H.M. pleasure thereupon. [C.O. 5, 1364. pp. 29, 30.]
648. Mr. Popple to Mr. Blathwayt. The Council of Trade
and Plantations desire an account of all the revenues, rents and
quit-rents, payable to the Crown in Jamaica, and of the arrears
thereof. As also an account of all grants of land in that Island,
the quantity of acres in each grant, to whom granted, and under
what covenants since 1660. [C.O. 138, 14. p. 102.]
649. Extracts from the Minutes of Council and Assembly
of St. Kitts, Montserrat, Antigua and Nevis, in praise of Governor
Douglas' administration, etc. Endorsed, Recd. (from General
Douglas) 20th April, Read 15th July, 1714. 16 pp. [C.O. 152,
10. No. 24.]
650. Order of Queen in Council. Confirming the Act of
Jamaica, for vesting the estate of Thomas Finch in trustees, etc.
Signed, Ja. Vernon. Endorsed, Recd. Read June 24th, 1715.
1¼ pp. [C.O. 137, 10. No. 77; and 138, 14. pp. 336, 337.]
651. Lt. Governor Pulleine to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. An opportunity now presenting of a direct passage
home, etc., I lay hold of it to give an account of what pass'd in
our Assembly, which I conven'd in January last. Refers to his
Speech and their reply, enclosed, that your Ldships. may the
more easily judge of ye temper of the people, and how well they
kept their word with me. Your Ldships. cannot but perceive
by the enclos'd, their debts were ye principal matter that wanted
a remedy: and all ye progress they have made towards satisfying
them, is the reimbursing a sum of money of the Queen's, wch.
they had unlawfully made use of; as your Ldships. may see
by ye complaint, I made in the last, I did myself ye honour to
write to you: and, I am persuaded, even this would not have been
done, if some of our topping men had not us'd all their interest to
effect it; being in fear that otherwise, they themselves were liable
to repay it: as in my opinion they certainly were. I enter no
further into this matter here, having explain'd it so fully in my
last, and beg'd yr. Losps.' directions upon it. As soon as they had
finish'd this, and other private Acts, of little importance, which I
now also send home, they begg'd my concurrence to an adjournmt.
to ye first Monday in April, wch. I comply'd with, in hopes to
keep them in temper, to go through with business ye next meeting.
Upon their second meeting they voted, in ye very first half hour
to raise no more money, to my great surprize and astonishmt.
and what is yet stranger, after such vote haveing past ye house,
they order'd a committee to inspect ye fortifications, and to make
a report, what repairs were necessary to be made. Upon such
methodical proceedings I sent for ye Speaker and ye House to
attend me, at the Council board; where I laid before them, with
all the address I was master of ye ill consequence of their rash
precipitate resolution of raising no money, and ye ill effect it
would have upon ye publick, for ye time to come: but all was to
little purpose; for upon their return to ye House, they fell into
their former heats, and the very menconing of raising 6 or 700l.
which wou'd have sett them clear, even put them into a sort of a
mutiny and, after wrangling and scolding one with another,
till they were weary, they beg'd me to prorogue them to ye first
Tuesday in August: which I very readily comply'd with considering the temper they were in. What has happen'd in this affair,
is an undeniable demonstration of the great poverty of this
Island; for when one considers, that 6 or 700l. is look'd upon as
irretrievable, it is apt to fill one with very shocking ideas of our
approaching misery. For this little Island grows not ye eigth
part of the corn we eat: and all ye strong liquors they use here,
which is a great quantity, as well as ye cloathing, is bought with
ready money: and how they will for the future come by that
ready money, is even past my comprehension. For trade, all
over ye West Indies, is, at present, at a stand; and when it will
recover it's usual currency, is more than I can pretend to foresee.
My Lords, I think it wou'd be of no great importance to ye Crown
of England, if there were no such place as Bermuda in Natura
rerum: But seeing Providence has thought fit, to place such a
spott of ground, in so important a scituation, and to provide it
with such excellent harbours; the Crown, in my opinion, can
never take too much care of it: and I dare affirm, without any
peradventure, that, if an active enemy had it in possession, they
wou'd wholly ruin our American commerce. This Island, at
present, is very populous, considering its extent, and might be
maintain'd by its present inhabitants, and ye Company ye Queen
is pleas'd to leave here, against any ordinary attempt: But, I
foresee, that as soon as ye Governmt. of the Bahamas is settled,
in any reasonable condition to protect them against the insults
of the Spaniards, that at least one third of our inhabitants wou'd
leave us. And, now I'me upon ye head of the Bahamas, I think
it my duty to acquaint your Ldships., of the present condition of
those Islands. There are about 200 familys scatter'd up and down
amongst them; but their principal residence is at Providence,
Harbour Island, and Ilathera: who live without any face or
form of Governmt. every man doing onely what's right in his own
eyes. They have serv'd, of late, as a retreat for three setts of
pyrates, who committed their depredations in open boats, with
about five and twenty men in a boat. They have taken from the
Spaniards within these eight months, at least, to the value of
three score thousand pounds: And hearing that ye Spaniards at
ye Havana were makeing preparations, to attack both them, and
the receivers, they shar'd their booty, and dispers'd. The names
of two of their Captains were Cockram, and Hornygood, both of
which, at present, are refug'd amongst those people. Cockram
has marry'd ye daughter of one Thomson, one of the richest
inhabitants of Harbour Island, and sails in a sloop of his, between
those Islands and Curaçao, loaden with brasiletto; which is doing
a prejudice still to ye Crown, in defrauding ye Queen of her
dutys, and is the spoiling of that trade, by letting ye Dutch into
it. I suppose, as soon as they hear that Governmt. is settled,
they will scamper away. I'm inform'd, this has done our tradeing
people, a great deal of prejudice amongst the Spaniards, who treat
us with ye name of pyrates, and refuse to have any commerce with
us: Tho', in reality, they are onely serv'd in their kind, haveing
committed several pyracies upon us, under pretence of sham
commissions, tho' I heartily wish the thing had a present remedy,
on both sides, it being a great discouragemt. to trade in general.
I presume to tell your Ldships., that till the Bahamas are settled
in some form, they will still be a nest for pyrates: and we are now
inform'd they are gathering togeather again, haveing riotously
and quickly spent, what they as wickedly got. The people of
this Island have often endeavour'd to have ye Bahamas annex'd
to this Government: and indeed that settlement was first made
from hence, and we are ye onely people in a manner, that ever did
or does trade with them. I am sensible it is a Proprietary
Government, but as they have abandon'd 'em, as a derelict for
many years, and never got a shilling by them, I cannot be persuaded that they wou'd be against H.M. reassuming them into
her hands. So, if yor. Ldships. think it for ye interest of the
Crown, to joyn them to this Government, I will endeavour to make
them usefull, in the best manner they are capable of, to my
native country, and scowre them clear of that sink or nest of
infamous rascalls, who do an infinite mischeife to trade, by
makeing us scandalous to our neighbours, etc. Signed, H.
Pulleine. Endorsed, Recd. 7th June, 1714. Read 24th Feb.
17 17/18. 4 pp. [C.O. 37, 10. No. 4; and (abstract) 37, 24. p. 2.]
652. Governor Nicholson to Lord Bolingbroke. I had
not the honour of recieving your Lordp's. letter of Oct. 19th untill
two days agoe: it is with the greatest satisfaction imaginable
to me that H.M. hath thought fitt, that your Lordp. should take
upon you the care of the Southern Province, with the West
Indies, etc. Having this opportunity by Sir Charles Hobby
I can't omitt paying the humblest of my duty, etc. Sir Charles
Hobby can give your Lordp. a just and full account of affairs,
both in relation to this, and the neighbouring Governments,
but more particularly what concerns H.M. garrison of Annapolis
Royal, he was at the taking thereof, and had the command of a
regiment, at that time and afterwards twice Commander in
Chief there, in the absence of Samuel Vetch who, I think hath
acted very arbitrary and illegaly, and hath defrauded Her
Majesty very considerably and instead of proving his accounts
to me hath runn away. Sir Charles can prove a great many things
concerning his male administration: I humbly begg leave to
recommend Sir Charles Hobby to your Lordp's. protection. I
would not presume to do it but that I have always found him a
gentleman very well affected to H.M. intrest, and service, a true,
and zealous son of the Church of England, as by law established
the state of which he can give your Lordp. a more perticular
account in relation to the hardships the members thereof are under
in these parts, and what little encouragment they meet with, etc.
Signed, Fra. Nicholson. Endorsed, Rd. 28th June. 2 pp. [C.O.
5, 752. No. 3.]
653. Lord Bolingbroke to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Refers following for their report. Signed, Bolingbroke.
Endorsed, Recd. 24th April, Read 5th May, 1714. 1 p. Enclosed,
653. i. Petition of Sir Bibye Lake, Bart., grandson and heir of
Capt. Tho. Lake, deed., and Edward Hutchinson, heir
of Major Tho. Clarke, decd., to the Queen. Between
1639 and 1654 Lake and Clarke purchased of the
Indians and English several parcels of land lying upon
and near Kenebeck River, etc., and made a settlement,
which was destroyed by Indians 1675 and 1684, since
which owing to the war they have not been able to
recover. Pray H.M. to confirm their title to said lands,
in order to re-settle the same. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 866. Nos.
19, 19 i.; and 5, 913. pp. 485–488.]|
654. William Sharpe, President of the Council of Barbados,
to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I do myself the honour
of addressing your Lordships from this place where I arrived the
7th instant, and that day delivered H.M. Order to Mr. Lowther
then in Council, recalling him from ye Governmt., and commanding him upon receipt thereof to deliver the seale, publick papers
and ensigns of Government to me. He publish't it, declared it
should be obeyed, broke up the Council without any adjournment,
and sent to me to come and receive the seal, etc., which when
according to his appointment I did that evening, he refused,
objecting that the order being only under the signet and sign
manual, could not controul, or (as his words were) could not
destroy his commission, which was under the Broad Seal. I told
him, my Lords, that the Order did not destroy, or repeal his
Commission, but only suspended him from exerciseing the powers
thereby granted to him, and enabled me to act under it. But he
persisting, my Lords, in his refusal, I thought it adviseable to
consult the Counsellors thereupon, that it might appear, I was
not remiss in doing all that legally I could, to procure the obedience
to H.M. commands. Your Lordships will be pleased to observe
from the inclosed papers their different opinions, and that a
majority of them, without whome the proper oaths could not be
administred to me, adviseing that I could not exercise the Government till Mr. Lowther's departure, I was obliged to submit, or
enter upon harsher measures, the last I thought not at all proper,
and therefore sat down contented with the first; He has, my Lords,
fixt this day for leaving the Island, after which I shall in the
administration pursue the calmest, and most healing measures,
in which I hope I shall have such a concurrence, as may procure
a thorough reconciliation here, at least abate the heats and
animosities which have been fomented, etc. Signed, Wm. Sharpe.
Endorsed, Recd. 14th June, Read 26th Aug. 1714. 2 pp.
654. i. Copies of correspondence between Mr. Sharpe and the
rest of the Council of Barbados upon Governor Lowther's
refusal to surrender the Government to him, April
8–17th, 1714, referred to in preceding. Same endorsement.
654. ii. Copy of Address from inhabitants of Barbados to the
Queen. Return thanks for the appointment of William
Sharpe. 214 signatures. Same endorsement. 2 pp.|
654. iii. Copy of Address from the Clergy of Barbados to the
Queen. To same effect as preceding. Signed, Saml.
Beresford, Gilbert Ramsay and 6 others. Same endorsement. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 14. Nos. 20, 20 i.–iii.; and
(without enclosures) 29, 13. pp. 106–109.]|
Boston, New England.
655. Governor Dudley to Lord Bolingbroke. Acknowledges
letter of Oct. 19, which I received not till April 13th, etc. I
take perfect satisfaction in my dependance upon your Lordship's
office, etc., and pray that I may have your Lordship's patronage
and favour. P.S. This is accompanyed with one great packet
from Quebec directed to Mr. Pontchartrain which in the cover to
me Mr. Nelson says he had leave from my Lord Dartmouth to
send this way which therefore I have covered to your Lordship.
Signed, J. Dudley. Endorsed, Rd. 29. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 752. No.
656. Robert West to Mr. Popple. I am inform'd that Sir
Byby Lake hath petitioned H.M. for a grant of an Island near
Pemaquid, call'd Rowsick als. Arrowsick Island. This was in
the reign of K. James II. granted by the Governor of New York
to John West, from whose widow I have a conveyance of it, etc.
Prays for notice of hearing Lake's petition. Signed, Rob. West.
Endorsed, Recd. 27th April, Read 5th May, 1714. Addressed.
1 p. [C.O. 5, 866. No. 20; and 5, 913. pp. 488, 489.]
657. Wm. Sharpe, President of the Council of Barbados,
to the Council of Trade and Plantations. On the 24th instant
Mr. Lowther delivered me, an inventory of ordnance stores,
the commission for trying of pyrates, ye Admiralty commission,
H.M. Letters Patent under the Great Seal for the government of
this, and other the dependent Islands, his general Instructions, and
H.M. Great Seal for this Government appointed, and imediately
embarqued and set saile in the ship Barbados Merchant, for
Great Britain. I did, my Lords, notwithstanding his reception
of me, shew him all the respect I could, in regard to the character
H.M. had been pleased to honour him with. Besides the above
papers, my Lords, he left me none; not one order, relating to
private persons, or causes, or to the Publick. I have summoned
the Council and Assembly to meet the first of May, when I shall
earnestly recommend to them the falling upon the most vigorous
measures for promoteing trade, and for advancing the publick
credit, which is to a scandalous degree low, and I will endeavour
all that in me lyes to put an end to the dissentions and animosities
of this place. Signed, Wm. Sharpe. Endorsed, Recd. 1st July,
Read 26th Aug., 1714. 2 pp. Enclosed,
657. i. Copy of H.M. Additional Instruction to Governors
relating to devolution of Government (v. C.S.P. 1707.
No. 874 ii.) Same endorsement. 1½ pp. [C.O. 28, 14.
Nos. 21, 21 i.; and (without enclosure) 29, 13. pp. 110,
658. Stephen Duport and others to the Council of Trade and
Plantations. Proposals concerning the resettlement of the
French part of St. Kitts. Signed, Ste. Duport, Jos. Crisp and
7 others. Endorsed, Recd. Read 30th April, 1714. 1¾ pp. [C.O.
152, 10. No. 18.]