293. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to the Council and
Assembly of North Carolina. Abstract. Have received the laws
recently revised by them. Take notice "how unreasonably you
concern yourselves in matters relating only to us, which is our
property, vizt. you would in a clause of your last Act oblige our
Receiver to take your bills for purchasing our lands, and for the
payments of the small quit-rents we have reserved by the deeds of
sales. We think you have nothing to do with our lands," etc.
This clause will be repealed. Tenants should be held to payment
of their quit-rents, and purchase money due for lands made in
sterling, or at 16 dwt. the crown, or produce equivalent. No more
lands are to be sold in N. Carolina, only sales made here at the
Board will be good. All laws repealed by the Lords Proprietors
are void, and no law can be in force for more than two years
unless confirmed by them within two years. Have agreed
to the petition of the inhabitants of Bath Town that it may be
made a sea-port, etc. Signed, Carteret, Palatin, Ja. Bertie, for
Beaufort, Fulwar Skipwith, for Craven, M. Ashley, J. Colleton,
J. Danson. Printed, N.C. Col. Rec. II. 235. [C.O. 5, 291. pp.
294. Same to Governor Eden. By your report and enclosures
we are of opinion our officers are fully vindicated from the
malicious complaints by Mr. Lee. Commend his readiness to
relieve orphans and widows and others reduced by the calamities
of the war, in accordance with their instructions, etc. Repeat part
of preceding. Signed as preceding. Printed, N.C. Col. Rec. II. 238.
[C.O. 5, 291. pp. 37, 38.]
295. Patent constituting Bath town a sea-port (v. No. 294).
Signed as preceding. [C.O. 5, 291. pp. 39–41.]
Rio Essequebe op't Luys Naby.
296. Commandant Vanderheyden Rézen to the Directors of
the Dutch West India Company. Signed, Pr. Vanderheyden
Rézen. Endorsed, Read 20th Oct., 1716. Dutch. 23 pp. Enclosed,
296. i. List of enclosures. 1 p. [C.O. 116, 21. Nos. 151,
297. Archd. Cumings to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
I humbly represent what observations I have made in relation
to the trade of this port since I was appointed Surveyor and
Searcher thereof. There is annually imported here 2000 hhds.
of molosses and 2 or 300 hhds. of sugere and rume from Suriname,
Cayan, St. Domingo and St. Thomas being Dutch, French and
Danish ports and there being no duty more paid here then if our
product: and our product in all the Islands paying 4½ p.c. to
H.M. it would seem highly reasonable these forreign commodities
should pay the 4½ p.c. to H.M. upon the importation here, or
more to putt the importers upon levell in trade with those trading
to our own Islands, and make a revenue of 800 or £1000 per
annum, etc. The Act in relation to the wool of the Plantations
wants an explanation because all forfeitures are to be prosecuted
in any of H.M. courts of record in Westminster now if allowed to
be prosecuted in the Court of Admiralty here as other forfeitures
are, then the officers are sure of justice, but the Common law courts
grant prohibitions against the Judge Admiraltry as not cognoscible in his Court which is very injurious to the crown if
sustained in ther power so to doe for the officers of the revenue
can expect justice no where but in that court in putting the acts
of trade in execution, for the officers labour under many difficulties
in these charter Governments all officers appointed by the Crown
are lookt upon as a burden and imposition on them. When I
was appointed as Surveyor and Searcher here Coll. Heathcote as
Surveyor Generall gave in a Memoriall to the assembly for a
regulation of fees for my office, and the coppy of the fees establish'd
att N. York for said officer, they being upon establishing fees for
the Collector and Comptroller att the same time they were not so
mannerly as to give him any answer thereto so that Act being
sent home to your Lordships to gett itt approved, I hope your
Lordships will be pleased to consider the memoriall and table of
fees established att N. York in 1710 etc., that the Surveyor's
fees may be established before said Act passes but it would be
an advantage to trade to have a generall table of fees appointed
att home for all the Continent and Islands, ther being now a great
disproportion in the same, etc. Signed, Archd. Cumings.
Endorsed, Recd. 8th Oct., Read 14th Nov., 1716. 1 p. Enclosed,
297. i. Copy of Act of the Massachusetts Bay, stating the fees of
Custom house Officers. Same endorsement. 1p.|
297. ii. Copy of Memorial of Caleb Heathcote to the Lt.
Governor, Council and Assembly of the Massachusetts
Bay, 14th June, 1716. As Surveyor General, he has
deputed Archibald Cumings Surveyor and Searcher of
Boston. Prays them to appoint him such fees as are
usually allowed to such an officer in other Plantations,
etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 1 p.|
297. iii. Copy of Surveyor and Searcher's fees established at
New York. Endorsed as covering letter. ½ p. [C.O.
5, 866. Nos. 95, 95 i.–iii.; and (without enclosures) 5,
915. pp. 11–14.]|
Shoreham, South Carolina.
298. Lt. Fellow to Mr. Burchett. Refers to letter of July
19th, q.v. Deputy Governor Daniel tells the people here, that
he as Vice-Admiral to their Lordships of the Admiralty board is
invested with equal power with them, and sitts in the Admiralty
Court, as Judge of the causes tryed there; he grants commissions
to every master of a sloop, as private men of war, that will have
them, and has taken as a companion that Swaddle whom I
mentioned 19th July, altho' since my writing that letter, that
Swaddle has been bound over to the peace, not only for endeavouring (by snapping a musket three times) to kill Col. Rhett on the
4th July (who transmits this letter) but for saying since that
he would shoot him; which has been proved against him by three
witnesses, because Col. Rhett seized a ship of which he was
master some time since for his then being guilty of indirect
trade. On the 2nd of this instant Govr. Daniel permitted one
Rod a lawyer of this place to bring into the Assembly and Council
a writing in behalf of all the inhabitants, tho' none of them were
privy or consenting to it, setting forth that Capt. Howard,
myself and all the officers and company of H.M.S. Shoreham
were guilty of high treason and rebellion, but it was signed only
by Rod, and was rejected both by the Assembly and Council
as spurious and false. I think it is very hard that we should
lay under the carecter of being rebels and being guilty of high
treason for assisting the officers of H.M. Customs in the execution
of their office according to our Instructions, etc.
The Indians are breaking in upon them both to the Northward
and Southward, and have already comitted some acts of hostilitys,
which he [the Governor] at present seems to take very little notice
of, and it is evidently plain that unless H.M. takes this Colony
into his own hands and sends a prudent Governor, a man of
resolution, with a regiment of good soldiers to support him, this
(which was the most flourishing Colony in all America) will in a
very short time be entirely ruin'd; for he refus'd to pass an Act of
Assembly which was for the advantage of the Colony, till they
gave him £100. etc. Signed, James Fellow. Copy. 2¼ pp.
[C.O. 5, 387. No. 7.]|
299. Council of Trade and Plantations to H.R.H. George
Prince of Wales, Guardian of Great Britain etc. We have no
objection why the Royal Assent may not be given to the Act of
Nevis to settle the estate of Thomas Herbert etc. (v. 19th June).
[C.O. 153, 12. p. 436.]
300. Lt. Governor Bennett to Mr. Popple. Hopes the Board
will suspend their opinion on Mr. Jones' recriminations till he has
answered them. It is not true that the Bermuda men go partners
with the Jamaica men in the Spanish galleons. The Jamaica
men forced the Bermuda men from the wreck. They returned
when the others had quitted. The fortifications have suffered
by the late storm. Abstract only. ¾ p. [C.O. 37, 24. p. 3.]
301. William Partridge to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Refers to his petition for H.M. confirmation of lands
purchased by him in New England, July 31st. The settlements
I propose will be undertaken at my own charge. Quotes the
encouragement given by the French Government to settlers on
Cape Breton, and "at Pegibscot about 20 miles from the lands I
propose to settle the Massachusetts Governmt. have confirm'd
to eight Proprietors a large tract of land obliging them to settle
two towns in 7 yeares. And for their encouragement have
built 'em a good fortification to defend 'em against the insults
of the Indian enemy, which the Government have oblig'd themselves always to support at their own charge." Prays for a
favourable representation accordingly. Signed, Wm. Partridge.
Endorsed, Recd. Read 8th Aug., 1716. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 866. No.
302. Mr. Bridger's survey of Damarasconte River, by
William Partridge's lands. v. July 31st. Signed, J. Bridger.
Endorsed, Recd. Read 8th Aug., 1716. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 866. No.
303. Memorandum of letter from [? Mr. Popple] to Mr.
Dummer to know if he has any objection to Col. Partridge's
petition, (v. 6th July). [C.O. 5, 915. p. 5.]
304. Paul Methuen to the Lords Proprietors of South
Carolina. The Spanish Embassador and Consul having renewed
their complaints of the robbery committed upon the Marquis
de Navarres, and their application to have such of his effects
restored as are in the hands of Mr. Craven, Govr. of Carolina,
and H.R.H. being desirous to be fully apprized of this matter,
I must desire you to let me know what has been done in it, in
pursuance of directions you received by Mr. Secry. Stanhope, 10th
Nov. and 13th Feb. Signed, P. Methuen. [C.O. 5, 190. p.
305. Mr. Dummer to the Council of Trade and Plantations.
Reply to Aug. 8. I am not properly Agent for the Province of
the Massachusetts. About a year since when Mr. Dudley's
Commission was superseded, the Assembly thôt it necessary to
elect me, to which H.M. Council concur'd, but Col. Burgess's
Lt. Governour disallow'd the choice of both Houses, and there
has bin no other oppertunity since till this last session in June,
of which I have had no account, etc. The principal gentlemen
of all orders in the country writ to me, that the countrey look't
upon me as their Agent still, etc. I assure yor. Lordpps., as
far as I have authority to do so, that I believe the Province
will be very well pleas'd that Mr. Partridge's purchase be confirm'd, etc. I had when formerly Agent an Instruction to promote
the settlement of the Eastern parts of New England, etc. He
must be ty'd down to plant and settle the countrey granted to
him in a reasonable time, etc. Signed, Jer. Dummer. Endorsed,
Recd. Read 9th Aug., 1716. Holograph. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 866.
306. Mr. Popple to Sir John Bennet. The Council of Trade
and Plantations having been attended by Sir John Lambert etc.
in relation to the petition presented in his name against Lt.
Governor Bennet (v. July 6th), and the Council of Bermuda etc.,
and being unable to prove the allegations of the petition, he has
own'd himself much imposed upon by them who presented the
same without his having seen it, and has thereupon desired it
may be withdrawn. [C.O. 38, 7. pp. 328, 329.]
307. Warrant of the Prince of Wales, Guardian of the
Kingdom, granting leave of absence for one year to William Cock,
Secretary of Virginia, etc. Countersigned, P. Methuen. [C.O.
5, 190. p. 370.]
308. General Heywood, Commander in Chief of Jamaica, to the
Council of Trade and Plantations. Acknowledges receipt of H.M.
Commission by the Adventure man of warr etc., July 25th, "wch.
was publish'd according to custom and then gave notice to the
Councill to meet on Tuesday following, wch. was as soon as possible
they could etc., from wch. time wee have sat daily in Councill in
obedience to H.M. Instructions to make what inquiry wee can into
Lord Hamilton's late conduct." Refers to enclosures, and memorials
presented by Don Juan del Valle and Mr. Moret etc., "all wch.
complain of pyracys committed by vessells from this Island," etc.
Continues:—All imaginable care is taken to get what proof wee
can to set things in a clear light, but whilst wee are using all means
possible to doe justice to our neighbours, they daily take our
vessells. I have had an account of near twenty of one sort or
other wch. have been seiz'd by Spanish Picaroons and carryed
into St. Jago and Trinidado, two ports in the Island Cuba where
they confiscate both vessells and cargoe tho' come from H.M.
Northern Plantations and nothing on board them but the produce
of those Plantations. Wee are not only infested wth. them but
wth. other pyrates composed of all nations and I have great
reason to fear they will encrease for the search wee make for the
person that committed the depredations on the Spaniards ashore
on the coast of Florida near where the wrecks lay, also the pyrates
that were wth. Capt. Fernando and seized on the sloop that
came from La Vera Crux about wch. a memorial is put into the
Councill by Don Juan Guavara (this is the vessell in wch. my Lord
is a third concerned) and likewise for such concern'd in those
horrid pyracys in the Bay of Hondo on the coast of Cuba
complain'd of in the French letters, the ship after being wholly
plundered and kept some months was by them sent into Port
Royall and there seiz'd by the Navall Officer, has drove from the
Island great numbers both of the sea-faring men and others that
were therein concern'd for fear of being took and brought to
punishment. Had an immediate stopp been put to these
depredations on the first notice I am perswaded this Island had
not layn under the unhappy character it does at present nor run
the risque it must necessarily doe from the loss of so many of its
inhabitants. On the first notice of the loss of the Spanish Flota
it was not certainly known where the ships were wreck'd but
suppos'd to be either on the Bahama shoar or Florida coast and
thereupon severall vessells were fitted from this Island as well as
other Colonys and had not Comissions been granted wch. were
given out on pretext of suppressing pyracys these unhappy
disorders had not been comitted: and what was said to Jonathan
Barnet (as will appear from his deposition) was too great an
encouragemt. to be given to those sort of people, and his Lordship
being concern'd as an owner and receiving of 468 pound 5 ounces
troy weight of plate at one time wch. he has since owned to the
Councill (v. Minutes, 9th Juno) and suffering vessells that had
landed upon and plundered the Spaniards to come in and goe out
of port again without any manner of discountenance (wch. I
cannot doubt but has been transmitted home) hath encouraged
and led others into the like misfortunes wch. will I humbly conceive
merit your consideration in respect to this Island. And now
I am to give your Lordships an account of two unbappy differences
that have arisen from debates in H.M. Councili the first was,
how the soldiers should be subsisted? And after much discourse
thereon the quest. was put and carryed five against four that
they shd. be subsisted out of the Treasury as they had lately
been, the other four Gent. were of a contrary opinion and desired
they might enter their dissent and give their reasons, the principall
of wch. was that there was no law for ye doing of it; of which
opinion I likewise was. The Board then ask'd how I propos'd
they shd. be subsisted, I told them by calling an Assembly who
I was well assur'd would take effectual care in the matter. It was
again ask'd how they shd. subsist till an Assembly could meet.
I answered if they would agree wth. me in calling one I would
find an expedient to subsist them till that time, and from the
fourth instant I have subsisted them at my own proper charge
and shall untill the meeting of the Assembly. The second was
when there was a full Councill a debate arose and the quest put.
Whether an Assembly shd. be called or not? The numbers were
even five and five so that as I am by H.M. Instructions to advise
wth. the Councifi in calling Assemblys I must either agree wth. the
noes and not let the soldiers be subsisted but out of the Treasury
wch. before I had given my opinion was contrary to law. (Besides
another more powerfull reason wch. was that Mr. Knight, Receiver
Generall, sent word by Coil. Delawny Capt. of one of H.M. two
Companys of Foot there was no money in the Treasury and
therefore could not pay him a month's subsistance that was due
to him and his Company for wch. he had an order sign'd by Ld.
Hamilton;) or else agree wth. the yeas and call an Assembly
that I am well assured will subsist them and I have great reason to
believe will doe everything H.M. shall require of them for the
honour of his most sacred Majesty and for the service of the
country. Accordingly I ordered writts to be issued out for an
Assembly to meet the 17th of Sept. next to wch. the five Negatives
desired they might enter their dissent and show their reasons.
These differences I foresee cannot be avoided, for the five noes,
viz. Messrs. Rose, Peek, Mumby, Bernard and Broderick, Attorney
Generall, were of Council with my Lord and look on themselves
oblig'd to stand by what they did before and in my opinion right
or wrong will all vote the same way, and so I have found it in
every argument that has been at the Board since I have had the
honour of the Governmt., and. I cannot but believe his Lordpp.
was by Mr. Broderick led into some of the wrong measures he has
taken, as he was Attorney Generall and seldom from his house,
etc., I doe not find in my Instructions there is any one that
impowers me to act as Vice-Admirall in these seas wch. led me
at my first coming into the Government to commit some few
errours in signing about half a dozen passes for ships wch. were
printed off with the title of Vice-Admiral, but so soon as I had
the Instructions from his Lordship I found the errour, and have
since omitted signing with that title humbly waiting H.M. pleasure
therein. I have not time to draw out copys of the Memorials
that have been given in, but inclose coppys of two or three of
the most material depositions that have been taken in Councill,
but the Minutes of Councill are so voluminous since these examinations that I could not possibly get them coppyed to goe by these
ships, etc. Signed, Peter Heywood. Endorsed, Recd. 11th Oct.,
1716, Read 9th Jan. 1716/17. 4 pp. Enclosed,
308. i. M. Michon (Intendant of the French Settlements in
Hispaniola) to Governor Lord A. Hamilton. Leogane,
18th June [? N.S.], 1716. Mr. Morett and Capt. Escoubes
are now bound for Jamaica to desire justice from yr.
Excellcy. etc. since you are known to be a declared
enemy to all pyracies, and ye Government of Jamaica
has always had ye honour of purging the seas of that
sort of people. We are not surprized to see the Spaniards
under ye pretext of defending their coast from all
forreign commerce to take vessels att sea going on their
lawfull occasions; they are rogues by profession, but
these are English fitted out at Jamaica, who without
your privity, and without doubt contrary to your
express commands, plunder indifferently both French
and Spaniards, they have four sloops commanded by
Henry Jennings, Legs Ashworth, James Carnique, Saml.
Liddell, and acknowledge Jennings for their chief,
'tis these that have taken the Mary of Rochell, Capt.
Escoubes, and ye Marianne, Capt. le Gardew, at ye
Bay of Hondo, worth abt. 50,000 crowns. Demands
restitution and punishment etc. Signed, Michon. Copy.
308. ii. M. le Comte de Blenac, (Governor of the French Settlements in Hispaniola) to Governor Lord A. Hamilton.
Leogane, 18th July [? N.S.], 1716. It is a miserable
thing that I am oblidged to demand justice for the daily
robberies and piracys committed by vessells fitted out
of Jamaica, on our French ships. Some time since I
desired your Excellency would restore to Mr. Basseau
what had been taken by an English vessell from a
Spaniard, in which he happened to be coming from La
Vere Cruz. I understand they have offered at Jamaica
to restore to him 4000 p 8/8 of what was taken from him.
This is not Justice my Lord. I hope Mr. Morett and
Mr. Lescoubett will meet with better usaige, etc. (v.
preceding). The first Captain of this Garrison goes
to reclaym a vessell fitted out of this Island under my
Commission for Louissanne, with cargo of the value of
50,000 p 8/8, who was taken in the port of Marianne
where he put in, to put ashoar some letters as he was
going to the Havanna. They are five vessells fitted out
from Jamaica that took him as they returned from
fishing on ye wreck and but some few dayes after they
had taken out of the Bay of Hondo a French vessell
of the value of 700,000 livres commanded by Mr.
Lescoubes. I understand the pirates have sent part of
the effects to Jamaica etc. Demands that the effects
of the owners of the pirates be seized for compensation, etc.
Signed, Blenac. Copy. 1½ pp.|
308. iii. M. de Chouppe to Governor Lord A. Hamilton.
Leogane, 24th July [? N.S.], 1716. I demand your
protection about a robberry committed three days
since by one Dennis an Irishman upon me, he having
taken a barque with 70 barrills of pork etc., value
80,000 livres. The Count of Blenac assured me he had
recommended this affair to you, etc. Mr. Morett will
demand your justice, etc. Signed, de Chouppe. Copy.
308. iv. M. le Comte de Blenac to Governor Lord A. Hamilton.
Leogane, 25th July [? N.S.], 1716. Letter of introduction for Mr. Morett, sent to demand reparation for vessels
referred to in preceding, etc. Signed, Blenac. Copy.
1½ pp. [C.O. 137, 12. Nos. 21, 21 i.–iv.; and (without
enclosures) 138, 15. pp. 160–170.]|
309. Mr. Secretary Methuen to the Governor of South
Carolina. I am commanded by H.R.H. to transmit to you the
inclosed lists of the rebel prisoners who have been ordered to be
transported to South Carolina, and am to signify to you H.R.H.
pleasure that you do with all convenient speed return exact lists
of those rebel prisoners that have landed in that Province, etc.
Signed, P. Methuen. Annexed,
309. i. A list of 104 rebel prisoners ship'd (in order to be
transported) on board the Susannah, Capt. Thos.
Bromhall Commandr., for South Carolina. Leverpool,
May 7, 1716:—Ewen Shaw, Jno. McIntosh, Jno.
McIntosh, Dond. Smith, Jno. Shaw, Peter Shaw, Ewen
McIntosh, William McIntosh, Ja. Robertson, Dun.
McIntosh, Alex. Lesley, Dond. Shaw, Don. Duff, Elias
McBeane, Jno. McIntosh, Alex. Stewart, John Ray,
Dun. McCullum, Patrick McLaren, James Robertson,
Dun. McGregor, Ja. McIntosh, Hugh Stewart, Mall.
McVane, Don. Robertson, Don. McCullum, Ja. Robinson,
David Robinson, Mall. Reide, Neil Stewart, Don.
Cameron, Don. Robinson, Dun. McNaughton, Alen
Baton, Jno. Cozens, Dun. Stewart, John McPherson,
Neil Stewart, Will. McDonald, Don. McPherson, John
McVane, James Robinson, John Cammel, Alex. Dalketty,
John Robinson, Dan. McKeels, John McLaren, Don.
McCoy, Patrick Stewart, David Duckter, Alex. Shaw,
Thomas Duff, Jno. Fotheringam, Geo. Cornell, John
Heard, Jona. Newton, Geo. Hamond, John Guttry,
John McQuin, John Robb, Thos. Guild, Thos. Robb,
James Robb, John Crocket, Will. Dalzell, Ludo. Grant,
Henry Serjeant, Henry Gill, Bernard Shuttard, James
Simpson, Mall. McGregor, Don. McPherson, Will. Frazer,
Ja. Creighton, Jos. Chambers, Ja. McDonald, John
McDonald, Jno. Mathewson, David Smith, John Lemon,
Dan. Frazer, Ja. Swinhoe, Ja. Bruce, Rose McDonald,
John Cameron, Angus McPherson, Fargus McGillivray,
Hugh Clark, Will. Shaw, Hugh Frazer, Dun. Robinson,
Thos. Ross, Duncan McPherson, John Eggoe, Don.
Davidson, Don. McGillivray, George Forbess, Patrick
Smith, Willm. Eggoe, John McInnis, Francis Yeoman.
Receipt for above on board the Susannah. Signed,
Richd. Gildart, Henry Trafford.|
309. ii. List of 81 rebell prisoners ship'd on board the Wakefield, Capt. Thomas Beck Commander, for South
Carolina. Leverpool, April 21, 1716:—John McQueen,
Alex. McQueen, Loughlin McGillivray, Don. McPherson,
Dun. McQueen, John Shaw, John McIntosh, David
McQueen, Don. McIntosh, John Shaw, Lough. McBrane,
Jno. McDonald, Don. McIntosh, Don. McCoy, Ja.
McGillivray, Jno. McCoy, Robt. Richardson, Willm.
McIntosh, Jas. McIntosh, Owen McGillivray, Jas. Clark,
Jno. McLeane, Jno. McGillivray, Jas. Rash, Duncan
McIntosh, Don. McPherson, Wm. Barry, Mall. Kenedy,
Alex. Shaw, Wm. McGillivray, David Croft, Jno. McCloude, Alex. McGillivray, Jno. Burne, Don. McDonald,
Hugh McCoy, Alex. McLeane, Lough. McBeane, Don.
McIntosh, James Wilkie, Lough. McGillivray, Jno.
Ranken, Caul. McDonald, Wm. Cowson, Finlow Ferguson, John Baine, John Nicholson, Andrew Songster,
George Mitchell, James Dunlap, Willm. McKency, Jno.
Richardson, Geo. Burfick, Alex. McIntosh, Alex.
McQuin, Don. McDonald, Jno. McGillivray, Don.
Smith, Alex McQueen, Geo. Disart, Cha. Ross, Jno.
McGillivray, Robt. Young, Jno. Frazer, Jno. McIntosh,
Thos. Clark, Geo. Cunningham, Ja. Flint, Will. Henderson, Thos. Barnet, Philip Lyon, James Wilson, Robt.
Guttry, Jno. Bagby, Will. McIntosh, Pattr. Sinclair,
Cha. Stroughan, Miles Moor, Donald Steward, James
McGillivray, Alex. McPherson. Receipt for above.
Signed as preceding. [C.O. 5, 190. pp. 358–360.]|
310. Mr. Sec. Methuen to Lt. Governor Spotswood. Encloses
lists of rebel prisoners ordered to be transported to Virginia,
and asks for lists of those that have landed there, as preceding.
Signed, P. Methuen. Annexed,
310. i. List of 18 rebel prisoners ship'd (in order to be transported) on board the Anne, Capt. Robt. Wallace, for
Virginia. Leverpool, 31st July, 1716:—William Young,
John McBean, Robert Ferguson, Alex. Boyle, Willm.
Sinclair, Gregor McGregor, Mark Browne, Angus McBean,
Alex. Cummin, John Browne, Robt. Bruce, Willm.
McIntosh, Danll. McBean, Alex. Murrey, Alex. Murrey,
David Murrey, Patrick Chalmers, James Graham.
Receipt for above. Signed, Richd. Gildart, Hen.
310. ii. List of 95 prisoners that went on board the Scipio
at Leverpool in order for transportation, 30th March,
1716:—Chas. Londey, Alex. Stewart, Thos. Selbie,
Danl. Campbell, Danl. Stewart, John Stewart, Danl.
Setton, Henry Murray, James Taylor, Danl. Robertson,
John Sotherland, Willm. McIntosh, Danl. Dovice,
Walter Scott, Alex. Robertson, John McDermott, Willm.
Woofe, Mail. McIntosh, Jno. McLearn, Danl. McLearn,
James Morrison, Alex. Dutt, Jno. McLearn, Danl.
McCoy, Charles Stewart, Peter Cummin, Jno. Glessen,
Dunc. Robertson, John Nicholson, Jno. McCook, John
Stewart, Lang McIntosh, John Kenneyday, Jno. Kerr,
Danl. Stewart, James Campbell, Alex. McLearins,
James Robertson, Wm. Thorburn, Jno. McGilveray,
Wm. McIntosh, Peter McLane, Danl. Stewart, Danl.
McQuinn, Danl. McDanell, John Robertson, James
Blare, Jno. Ridley, Paul McCoy, Jno. Fraizer, James
Nimmo, Peter Cummin, Pau. Briggs, Alex. Ridley,
John Shields, Jno. Shaw, Frans. Ferguson, Jno. Glass,
James Selkeld, Wm. Watson, Wm. Ballintine, Ed.
Hunt, Frans. Robertson, John Stewart, John Todd, John
Stewart, Cha. Erwinn, Peter Derritt, William Stewart,
Jos. Oswell, Ha. Fersyth, Jno. Lindsey, Jos. Burtton,
Jos. Asking, Alex. Reed, Geo. Meldrem, Geo. Gartey,
Geo. Burdis, Jos. Procter, Wm. Watson, John Duncan,
David Cowty, Wm. Howard, Jos. Aughinbeck, Thos.
Tett, Coul. McKenney, Petr. Watson, Jos. Richey, Wm.
Hall, Hugh Ross, Wm. Young, Jos. Coute, Jos. Strock,
Danl. McPherson, Alex. McLearn. Receipt for above.
Signed as preceding.|
310. iii. List of 54 rebel prisoners ship'd (in order to be transported) on board the Godspeed, Capt. Arthur Smith, for
Virginia:—Davd. Graham, Willm. Johnson, Thos.
Barry, Jno. Shaftoe, James Rutherford, Jams. Dixon,
James Renton, Ninian Brown, Alex. McGiven, George
Neilson, Willm. Sympson, Willm. Ferguson, Patrick
Smith, Danl. Grant, Alex. Orack, Willm. McPherson,
Thomas Shaw, Miles Begg, James Shaw, Humphrey
Sword, James Sinclair, James Bow, Jno. Chambers,
Thos. Hume, Ja. Mallone, David Lawder, Hugh McDugall, Danl. Kennedy, Patrick McCoy, Mall. McCollum,
Willm. Shaw, James McIntosh, Rowland Robson, Hector
White, John McGregor, Frans. McBean, John Cameron,
John McArdy, John McCollum, Angus McDermott,
George Hodgson, Jam. McIntosh, Danl. Stewart, Alex.
McIntosh, James McLearn, John Stewart, Loughlin
McIntosh, Finlow McIntyre, John Kenny, Hugh
McIntire, Dun. Ferguson, Ja. Somervill, John McKewan,
James Crampton. Receipt for above. Signed as preceding.|
310. iv. Receipt for Richd. Witherington and Richd. Burch,
two rebels prisoners on board the Godspeed for Virginia.
Leverpool, 28th July, 1716. Signed as preceding.|
310. v. List of 126 rebels prisoners ship'd (in order to be
transported) on board the Elizabeth and Anne, Edwd.
Trafford Commdr., for Virginia or Jamaica. Leverpool,
29 June, 1716:—Alex. McKenny, John White, Willm.
Donaldson, Alex. White, Owen McPherson, Mal.
McNoughton, Jam. Robinson, Tho. Holland, Alex.
Watt, James Wood, Willm. Martin, Francis Betty,
Fredk. Abbott, Alex. Bruce, Robt. Coblin, John Peter,
Jno. Johnston, Jams. Malcome, Wm. Stroak, John
Michey, Lawrce. Ferguson, Jno. Donaldson, Willm.
Noble, Robt. Grant, Robt. Anderson, Robt. Duncan,
Jam. Ray, Alex. Stewart, Robert Robinson, Alex.
Carr, David Mitchell, Silvester Prophet, Jno. Gledening,
Geo. Mergibanks, John Harris, Adam Chisolme, John
Kennedy, Willm. Finlow, Jam. Patterson, David Arnott,
James Peter, John Ogilby, James Wattson, Alex. Kidd,
James Wattson, Donald Stewart, James Lindsey,
John Shaw, Jno. McIntosh, Duncan Clark, Owen
McPherson, Donald Shaw, John McIntosh, Robt.
Bruce, James Johnston, John Burne, Willm. Lyon,
John Dunbarr, Jno. Abercromby, Fergus Greame,
Willm. Dunn, Robt. Smith, Danl. McGilliveray, Dun.
McQuin, Willm. Wright, Jno. McBean, James Petello,
Geo. Dickinson, Patk. Ferguson, Robt. Reide, Robt.
Finney, Alexr. Ferguson, James Ferguson, William
McGillivray, Thos. McIntosh, Willm. McGruther, John
McCullon, Thomas Foster, Alexr. Stewart, Chriso.
Charns, James Blackwood, Archd. Menzies, Robt.
Stewart, John Stewart, Alexr. Stewart, Alex. Carr,
Angus Shaw, Robt. Menzies, James Urquart, Danl.
Thompson, Robt. Stewart, Willm. Maxwell, John
Stewart, Jno. Brown, John Rutherford, Geo. Lauder,
James Murry, Geo. Rutherford, Walter Tankard, Robt.
Kerr, John Hunter, Charles Smith, John Kerr, Robt.
Johnston, Nich. Montgomery, Dond. Ferguson, Jno.
Rutherford, James Stewart, Jno. Mondell, Jno. Portius,
Willm. Turner, Duncan McFale, James McIntosh,
Willm. Craster, Hugh Cane, Charles Henderson, John
Robinson, Robt. Stewart, John Stewart, Malcome
Stewart, James McIntosh, Patrick Stewart, John
Stewart, Archd. McLoughlin, Francis Hume, James
Nisbott. Receipt for above. Signed as preceding.|
310. vi. Receipt for James Innis, a rebel prisoner on board
the Africa, Richd. Cropper Master, for Barbadoes, and
James Ayston a rebel prisoner on board the Elizabeth
and Anne for Virginia. Leverpool, 15th July, 1716.
Signed as preceding. [C.O. 5, 190. pp. 361–365.]|
311. Mr. Sec. Methuen to the Governor of Maryland. Encloses
list of prisoners, rebels, ordered to be transported to Maryland,
and desires list of prisoners that have landed, ut supra. Signed,
P. Methuen. Annexed,
311. i. List of 80 rebel prisoners ship'd (in order to be transported) on board the Friendp., Capt. Michael Mankin,
for Maryland or Virginia. Leverpool, May 24, 1716:—David Stewart, John Hay, Allen McLane, Robt. Henderson, Alex. Spalding, Willm. Semm, Thos. Forbess, John
Conahar, Willm. Grant, Finlow Cameron, John McDonald,
Willm. McGillivray, James Webster, John Dalgaty,
James Nevery, Dugall McQueen, David McQueen, Henry
Ferguson, John McBean, Farg. McGillivray, Will.
McGillivray, Thos. McNabb, John Brenden, Robt.
Stubbs, Thos. Potts, John Ramsey, Abram. Lowe,
Alex. Shonger, David Mull. Thos. Rutter, James Lowe,
Willm. Bane, James Hill, John Shonger, Geo. Thompson,
John Glandy, Alex. Rend, James Denham, James
Hendrick, Henry Murray, Henry Willson, Willm.
Moubray, Willm. Davidson, Willm. Ayre, Patrick
Hunter, Willm. Mann, Alex. Mortimer, James Allen,
James Mitchell, Alex. Neave, Thos. Donaldson, Thos.
Smith, Patrick Cooper, Thos. Park, James Small,
James Shaw, Cha. Donaldson, Don. Robertson, Alex.
McDugall, Leonard Robertson, John McLoughlan, John
Robertson, Thos. Lowry, James White, Alex. Gordon,
Jerom Dunbarr, John Ross, Alex. Smith, Alex. McQueen,
Willm. Cummin, Hector McQueen, Henry Lumsden,
John Peter, Jno. Martison, Archd. McDarran, John
McDonald, James Robertson, Patrick Robertson,
Andrew Davidson, Andrew Daie. Receipt for preceding.
Signed, Richd. Gildart, Hen. Trafford. [C.O. 5, 190.
pp. 366, 367.]|
312. Mr. Sec. Methuen to the Governor of the Leeward Islands.
Encloses list of rebel prisoners ordered to be transported to St.
Christophers, and desires list of rebel prisoners that have landed
in that Island, ut supra. Signed, P. Methuen. Annexed,
312. i. List of 30 rebel prisoners ship'd (in order to be transported) on board the Hockenhill, Capt. Hockenhill
Short, for St. Christophers. Leverpool, 25th June,
1716:—Andrew Ramsey, Mark Benerman, Archd.
Christye, Walter Steward, James Currey, Lawrence
Charters, James Heys, John Ridley, James Congleton,
Robt. Creswell, Patrick Gardner, James Congleton,
Patrick Murry, Willm. Henderson, Henry Ogleby, Thos.
Dalmohoy, Willm. Hardwick, Walter McLearne, Willm.
Murry, John Robinson, Don. Cameron, Alex. McIntosh,
Kenedy Beane, Dond. McPherson, John McCoy, Willm.
Ramsey, Thos. McKensey, Law. Oliphant, John Sword,
Alex. Lawtey. Receipt for above. Signed, Richd.
Gildart, Hen. Trafford. [C.O. 5, 190. p. 367.]|
313. Mr. Sec. Methuen to the Governor of Jamaica. Encloses
list of rebel prisoners ordered to be transported to Jamaica, and
requests lists of those rebel prisoners that have landed there, ut
supra. Signed, P. Methuen. Annexed,
313. i. List of 47 rebel prisoners sent on board the Two
Brothers, Capt. Edwd. Rathbon Commandr, for Jamaica,
in order for transportation. Leverpool, 26th April,
1716:—John Duncan, Duncan Bean, John McIntyre,
Alex. Smith, Denis McIntyre, Robt. Handyside, Alex.
Duncan, Danl. Smith, Angus McDermott, Alex. McLear,
John Kenneyday, Jno. McCoy, Danl. McLean, Danl
Robertson, Mich. Trumball, John McCullum, Denis
McDonall, John Cannon, Geo. Moody, Duncan Robartson, John Stewart, Alex. Kenneyday, John Stewart,
Duncan McNormer, James Carmell, Alex. McNabb,
Alex. McClaser, James Robartson, Peter Ferguson, John
Robartson, Duncan Stewart, Robt. McCullaugh, Duncan
McGibon, John McFarlin, Geo. Mortimore, Philip McDorton, John Scott, Willm. McDonald, Alex. McPherson,
John McNabb, Duncan Shorter, Robt. Wallis, John
Stewart, Angus McDermott, Duncan McInlier, Edward
McCann, Angus McIntosh. Receipt for above. Signed,
Richd. Gildart, Hen. Trafford. [C.O. 5, 190. p. 368.]|
314. Number of the rebels prisoners delivered by Colo. Rapin
to Sir Thos. Johnson etc. in order for transportation, showing
sailings etc. Total (v. supra), 639. Signed, J. Rapin, Comry.
Genl. of the Rebells Prisoners. [C.O. 5, 190. p. 369.]
315. Council of Trade and Plantations to H.R.H. George
Prince of Wales, Guardian of the Realm, etc. Reply to July6th.
Quote Col. Partridge's petition. Continue:—We have several
times been attended by petitioner and other persons acquainted
with that country, etc. The petitioner proposes to build three
towns on those lands to consist of 40 families at least at the
first settlement, and to give them such encouragement as he
doubts not in a few years to make a considerable improvement,
the first town to be compleated and settled in two years from 1st
May, 1717, the second in two years after that, the third in two
years more: provided there be dureing that term no war with
the French or Indians, which in that case would obstruct his
proceedings. Upon which we humbly represent, that these lands
are in a very good climate, the soile is fertile and capable of
producing hemp. It has plenty of trees fit for masts and other
naval stores with navigable rivers, and good harbours as also
a good Fishery on the coast. From all which it may be reasonably
presumed that in a little time such a settlement may turn to the
advantage of this Kingdom in furnishing of Naval Stores and
otherways in return for our woolen and other manufactures.
Besides, it will be a great security to H.M. Northern Provinces,
by haveing their frontieres strengthened by such a number of
people. And therefore we think it will be of service that the
petitioner be gratified in what he desires. But we must here
humbly take leave to observe to your Royal Highness that the
whole country between the River Sagadehoc and Nova Scotia,
has already by his late Majesty King William's Royal Charter
of 7th Oct., 1691, to the inhabitants of the province of the Massachusets Bay been granted to them with power to make and pass
grants of particular grants of land within that Province, but with
a reservation nevertheless that no grants of any lands between
the River Sagadehoc and the Gulf of St. Lawrence (in which
the lands petitioned for are included) should be of any force
until H.M., his heirs, or successors shall have signified his or their
approbation of the same. But as the purchassers from the
Indians were in possession 30 years before the grant of the above
mentioned Charter to the Massachusets Bay, they conceive the
said Charter will not be any impediment to H.M. confirmation of
their titles, and Mr. Dummer, late Agent for that Colony, has
assured us that he had formerly directions from them to incourage
as much as possible the settlement of the Eastern parts, and not
to oppose a proposition then made of the like nature, and that he
has reason to believe they would be very well pleas'd with such a
settlement from the advantage they would receive by it. If
H.M. shall be gratiously pleased to gratify the petitioner, we
most humbly propose that as there are upon these lands great
numbers of trees fit for masts for the Royal Navy, there be a
clause in the patent reserving to H.M., his heirs and successors
all pine trees of the diameter of 24 inches and upwards at 12
inches from the ground, which are to be marked by the Surveyor
of the Woods there, or in his absence by one to be appointed
by the Governour whome the petitioner is willing to fetch from
New England, to maintain while he is upon the survey, and to
send back to New England again at his own expence; and in
order to preserve a nursery of trees for the future, that the said
Surveyor do mark out such parcell or parcells of that land, not
exceeding 10,000 acres as he shall judge most proper for that
purpose, out of which no person shall be allowed to cut any pine
trees whatsoever but such as shall be marked by the Surveyor
as unfit for the Royal Navy. That there be also another clause
in the Patent obliging the patentees to compleat their settlement
in the time abovemention'd, provided there be no war as aforesaid
upon penalty of forfiture. And that the Patentees be restrain'd
from exporting to any forreign parts not in H.M. Dominions any
deals masts plancks or other ship timber hemp pitch tar or other
Naval Stores whatsoever. [C.O. 5, 915. pp. 6–11.]
Portsmo. in N. Hampre. in N. England.
316. Lt. Governor of New Hampshire to the Council of Trade
and Plantations. Soon after my arrival in N. England I gave
yor. Lordships an account of my assumeing the Govrmt. of N.
Hampr. my expectation and almost assurance of Col. Burgess's
following me and of his arrival in this Govermt. caused me to do
no more than the necessary for ye preservation of the peace and
administration of ye Govrmt. till he came on the spot and now
we are informed of ye king's pleasure to appoint Col. Shute in
his room and not knowing when he shall arrive according to my
duty I herewth. send ye Minutes of Councill and wt. Acts have
been made since my comeing over. I shall at all times studiously
endeavour to approve myself faithfull in ye trust and charge
committed to me etc. When I had the honour to come before
your Ldships last year I gave in a paper (in my humble opinion
very conducive to ye benefitt of this country and whose welfare
I have very much at heart) wch. has been much improved to my
disadvantage or at least so designed but how come at and by
whome, I am in the dark. I am not a little surprised yt. I am no
sooner come abroad in the world but I find sundrie assailants
pushing at me and makeing strong efforts to my detrimt. I am
no wayes conscious of my meritting such treatment and must
resolve it into ye invidious spirit wch. prevails which would have
all things done ill wch. is new and not done pr. advice and
concurrence. It is matter of very great affliction to me to hear
yt. I had not ye good opinion of your Ldships etc. I make it
my request yt. yr. Lordships would inspect my behaviour and
beleive yt. I am a faithfull subject and honest man etc. No
signature. ? Handwriting of George Vaughan. Endorsed, Recd.
1st Oct., 1716, Read 26th June, 1718. Enclosed,
316. i. Duplicate of boundary agreement between Connecticut
and the Massachusetts Bay. v. C.S.P. 24th Aug., 1713.
[C.O. 5, 866. Nos. 161, 161 i.; and (without enclosure),
5, 915. pp. 143–145.]|
317. George Liddell and Robt. Clayton and others to the
Council of Trade and Plantations. Petitioners have been at
great expences in improving their plantations in St. Christophers.
They may be removed, and deprived of the benefitt of their crops
growing thereon, unless H.M. pleasure be signified to the contrary,
and are at present thereby discouraged from making further
improvements etc. Pray for a speedy report on their case, v.
6th July. Endorsed, Recd. Read 16th Aug., 1716. 1 p. [C.O.
152, 11. No. 18; and 153, 12. pp. 440, 441.]
318. Mr. Popple to Lt. Governor Spotswood. The Council
of Trade and Plantations have commanded me to transmit to
you copies of what has been offer'd against the Act for regulating
the Indian trade (cf. May 9, July 10 etc.), to be communicated to
the Council and Assembly of Virginia for your and their observations thereupon, by the first opportunity, not doubting but Mr.
Cary will send you copies of such papers as he has presented in
favour of the Act. I am further to inclose to you two clauses of
the Act for the encouragement of the trade to America, and to
remind you of the 16th, the 100th and 101st clauses of your
Instructions. And to acquaint you, that their Lordships with
you had pursued the directions in the said 16th Instruction before
you had given your assent to the said Act. [C.O. 5, 1364. pp.
430, 431; and 5, 1335. No. 198.]
319. Mr. Popple to Richard Shelton. Encloses extract of
Lt. Governor Spotswood's letter, May 23, complaining that the
Government of Carolina had not yet done justice to the forces
sent to their assistance, etc. The Council of Trade and Plantations do not doubt the Lords Proprietors will give immediate
directions for the performance of the Articles, upon which they
receiv'd such effectual and immediate relief. [C.O. 5, 1364. p.
320. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Methuen. Enclose following for his information. Autograph
signatures. 1 p. Enclosed,
320. i. Council of Trade and Plantations to H.R.H. George
Prince of Wales, Guardian of the Kingdom etc. Aug. 17.
Representation upon petition of George Liddale, Robt.
Clayton etc. (v. 6th July). It seems reasonable to us
that the petitioners and others who have been at the
expence and trouble in cultivating the lands temporarily
granted to them in the late French part of St. Christophers,
should enjoy the same under the like conditions as they
have hitherto held them, and remain in the quiet
possession of the said Plantations till H.M. shall think
fit to give directions for the disposal of the said late
French part of St. Christophers: And we presume to
lay before your Royal Highness our humble opinion,
that it will be for H.M. service that the Royal Pleasure
be signify'd as soon as may be upon what we had the
honour to offer the 13th of the last month as well as
formerly thereupon, whereby the present possessors
may know what to depend on, H.M. Revenue, and the
Trade and Navigation of his subjects be advanced, and
that and the other Leeward Islands further secured by a
new accession of people. [C.O. 239, 1. Nos. 26, 26 i.;
and 153, 12. pp. 444–447.]|
321. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary
Methuen. Enclose copy of Lt. Governor Caulfeild's letter
(16th May) giving an account of the miserable condition of the
Garrison, which we have formerly several times represented to
Mr. Secretary Stanhope, etc. [C.O. 218, 1. p. 313.]
322. Mr. Popple to Mr. Blathwayt. Reply to July 31st.
A copy shall be sent as soon as it can be dispatched. The Council
of Trade and Plantations desire a copy of your deputation and
instructions to Mr. Ludwell. [C.O. 5, 1364. pp. 431, 432.]
323. Governor Hamilton to the
Council of Trade and Plantations. Being sensible of the necessity there is of having an Agent
to negotiate the affaires of these Islands in Britaine I did at my
first arrivall recommend that matter to the consideration of the
Councill and Assembly of this, as well as the other Islands, but I
could not then gett them to come to any resolution in that
particular either in this or the other Islands, however since
my last returne to this place I againe recommended the same, and
urged the necessity thereof, upon which boath Houses have made
choyce of William Nevine Esqr. as Agent for this Island, and
accordingly a bill has been prepared and past by them and
assented to by myselfe, which I send by this opertunity to the
Agent with directions to lay the same before your Lordships
hoping that it will meet with your aprobation and so obtaine the
Royall assent. I also send the Agent an other Act to encourage
the importation of Protestant white servants, with directions to
lay the same before your Lordships, and I must intreat your
Lordships will endeavour to gett it past by H.M. in regard a
speedy supply of those people will greatly contribute to the
benefitt and setling of this place. Nothing elce of moment has
occurred, etc. Signed, W. Hamilton. Endorsed,
Oct., 1716, Read 5th April, 1717. 2½ pp. [C.O. 152, 11. No.
55; and 153, 13. pp. 12, 13.]
324. Mr. Pye to Mr. Pople. I am directed by Sir
John Lambert who is indisposed att the Bath to move yr. Lords. that
his petition may be withdrawen and the rest of his papers
returned, etc. Signed, Jon. Pye. Endorsed, Recd. Read 22nd
Aug., 1716. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 37, 10. No. 1; and 38,
7. p. 329.]
325. Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Popple. Encloses following.
Continues:—Col. Ludwell having faln under the displeasure of
the Lt. Governor by personall and family disputes, I have some
time past discontinued him as my Deputy having constituted Mr.
Grimes in his stead, which deputation was not arriv'd in Virginia
before his suspension, it being in the main perhaps more agreable
to Coll. Spotswood to have the management of the Revenue in
his own or creatures' hands, etc. I have writ to him more than
once that he would lett me know his exceptions against my
Deputy of wch. he never returned me an answer, etc. Signed,
Wm. Blathwayt. Endorsed, Recd. 4th Sept., 1716, Read 23rd
Aug., 1717. Addressed. 1 p. Enclosed,
325. i. Copy of Mr. Blathwayt's deputation and instructions
to Philip Ludwell to be Deputy Auditor in Virginia,
upon the nomination of Lord Godolphin. 4th Oct.,
1711. Same endorsement. 2½ pp. [C.O. 5, 1318. Nos.
23, 24; and (without enclosure) 5, 1364. pp. 520, 521.]|
326. Warrant of the
Prince of Wales, Guardian of the Kingdom, granting a free pardon to Henry Crichlow late of Barbadoes
in America, Surgeon, of murther, for the death of David Robinson
in that Island, etc. Countersigned, P. Methuen. [C.O. 5, 190.
327. H.M. Warrant renewing grant of King William III. and
Queen Anne of £50 yearly to a Protestant Minister and £30
yearly to a Protestant Schoolmaster, resident in Pensilvania.
1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 1233. No. 56.]
328. [? Thomas Walker] to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I was formerly directed by H.E. Genll. Nicholson to
render to your Lordships an accot. of the state and condition of
ye Bohamia Islands wch. has a long time bin without governmts.,
The want of wch. has laid those Islands open to be a recepticall
and shelter of pirates and loose fellows and gives ye inhabitants
as well as ye trading vessuals from other parts ye liberty and
oppertunity of inriching themselves by sideing and dealing with,
entertaining and releiveing such villians who from time to time
resort there to sell and dispose of their piraticall goods, and
perfusely spend wtt. they take from ye English, French and
mostly Spaniards, and as I am an inhabitant of New Providence
have bin an eye witness to those ellegiall and unwarrantable
practises commited both by ye piratts and inhabitants and others
tradeing there, and have used ye uttmost of my endeavours to
put by and prevent them, as alsoe by my goeing to the Havana
hath bin a means of preventing ye design of ye provoked Spaniards
comeing to cut those Islands off for the piraces ytt. has since
ye peace bin commited even by some of the inhabitants of those
Islands. Refers to enclosed deposition of Richard Ward. The
pirates daly increse to Providence and haveing began to mount
ye guns in ye Fort for there defence and seeking ye oppertunity
to kill mee because I was against their illegall and unwarrantable
practices and by no means would consent to their mounting
of guns in ye Fort upon such accots. I was thereupon forced
with my wife and family to acquitt ye Island to my great expence
and damage and ye latter part of June last arrived safe to this
Province where I remaine upon expence in hopes thatt H.M.
will be gratiously pleased to take those Islands under his care
and protection, etc. that ye Islands may become a flourishing
plantation, etc. His Honr. the Governr. of this Province has
lately granted commissions against ye pirates thatt resorts att
Providence by virtue of wch. commissions ye grand Pirate Capt.
Benja. Hornigold man of warr sloop of tenn guns is taken and
destroyed, though he has escaped himself, this step in some
measure has disabled him from doeing such damages upon ye
heigh seas as he would have done if he had continued his command
in the said sloop wch. did accomidate 135 men, when he last
sayld out of Providence, and by some commission granted as
aforesaid great quantities of piraticall goods traded for att
Providence was reprized and brought into this Port, and most
justly condemnd. wch. has bin a great service to H.M., and ye
said Governour by his granting such commissons, I hope will put
a stop to ye Island of Providence falling wholly under ye command,
and into the hands and possession of pirates as 'twas like to doe
when I left ye place and seemingly ye pirates were increeseing
and groweing so strong under ye resolution of fortifieing and
strengthining the place and haveing got to so great a head that
consequently will putt ye Crown to some expence and charge to
reduce and subdue them, if speedy measures, be not takein from
hence and other Governmts. to putt a stop to their designs and
if lett alone will be of ill consequence. Encloses deposition of
Thomas Walker, junr. "to fully make appear how I was treated
pr. Hornigold ye pirate and others of his Society, together with
ye reasons of my comeing to this Province," etc. No signature.
Endorsed, Recd. 16th, Read 17th Jan. 1716/17. 3¼ pp. Enclosed,
328. i. Deposition of Thomas Walker jr., South Carolina, 6th
Aug., 1716, as to Benjamin Hornigold's threat to shoot
his father, etc. Signed, Tho. Walker, junr. Endorsed
as preceding. Copy. 1 p.|
328. ii. Deposition of Richard Ward, New Providence. 14th
Oct., 1715. The Spaniards at the Havana were preparing to cut off the inhabitants of the Bahama Islands,
on account of piracies committed upon them from
thence. Thomas Walker's arrival pacified them, etc.
Signed, Richard Ward. Same endorsement. Copy. ¾ p.|
328. iii. Governor Nicholson to Thomas Walker. Piscataqua,
Jan. 31, 1714 (15). I suppose you doe give the Lords
Commissioners of the Admiralty, of Trade, of the Customs,
and the Lords Proprietors a full accot. of all affaires
concerning your Commission as Judge of the Admiralty,
etc. Signed, Fr. Nicholson. Same endorsement. Copy.
1 p. [C.O. 5, 1265. Nos. 52, 52 i.–iii.; and (without
enclosures) 5, 1293. pp. 64–68.]|