America and West Indies: July 1730, 11-20

Pages 188-200

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 37, 1730. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1937.

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July 1730, 11-20

July 11.
330. Mr. Wheelock to Mr. Hintze. In the absence of Mr. Popple. Acknowledges letter of 11th July. N.S. Continues:— My Lords Commissioners are concerned that you have hitherto made so small a progress in the affair committed to your charge. However, such Protestant families as shall be disposed to settle in Nova Scotia may depend upon having lands assigned them there, in the manner and upon the terms mentioned in the copy of Instructions which was delivered to you by their Lordships order before you left England. [C.O. 218, 2. p. 217.]
July 11.
Windsor Castle.
331. Duke of Newcastle to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Transmits following for their report. Signed, Holles Newcastle. Endorsed, Recd. 14th, Read 15th July, 1730. 2/3rd p. Enclosed,
331. i. Sir Alexander Cuming to the Duke of Newcastle. When Memorialist arrived in Carolina Dec. 6, 1729, he found the whole Province complaining of want of Government, and that every person did what he himself thought fitt etc., so that no person had any security for life or property, and that if it had not been for H.M. ships stationed there, and the independant Company, that country must have been lost by the ignorance, dishonesty, mutiny and rebellion of the inhabitants before the Ministry here could be rightly informed of the source of all these grievances, which arose from the stamping of paper money without placing the same upon any solid foundation and then etc., when pressed by new difficulties, stamping more etc. Refers to mutinous attacks upon Governor Johnson and Mr. Middleton, to compel him to stamp more bills. Continues:— It is a common practice for the people to survey H.M. lands, mark his timber and appropriate the same to themselves without any colour of authority, and those who survey the lands, which they claim by virtue of antient patents are threatned to be knockt in the head, and never suffered to return. The folly and ignorance of the people have a raised up a spirit of mutiny and rebellion as if they were independant on H.M. H.M. woods are destroyed to make pitch tarr and turpentine thereof, without paying or thinking themselves obliged to pay any quit rent for the same. One person commonly called Turpentine Brown is said to have cleared to himself 10,000l. by a waste and destruction of the King's timber for that purpose. Memorialist represented to them in privat and publick conversation the arrogance and presumption of this their behaviour etc. The stamping so many paper bills has reduced the reputed value of the paper money to but the seventh part of sterling, so that H.M. loses six parts of his quit rents and many merchants in London who gave credit were ruined. The debtors who make the generality of the Province and the body of the Assembly are for having more paper money stamped, whereby they could pay their debts with half the present value etc. The rise or fall of the paper money would be equally destructive to the Province etc. They are in danger of the Blacks rising up against them, who are six times the number of the Whites. Proposes that the present issue of paper money be called in and a Royal Bank instituted which should issue notes etc. Endorsed, Recd. 14th, Read 15th July, 1730. 3 closely written pp. Enclosed,
331. ii. Extract of a letter to Sir A. Cuming. May 23, 1730. Charlestown. Nothing new has happened, but in relation to our currency, which is the constant discourse in all company, We have handed about here the petition of the merchants trading to this Province, also the queries and answers sent by Governor Johnson, being proposed to him by the Lords of Trade: People have various thoughts about those answers, but by most its thought, they are calculated to please the unthinking populace, who are so much in love with a currency and with breaking their own laws etc. But what could be the inducement to the traders in London to desire the publick faith of this Province to be broke again, is more than we can discover. When you left this Province several traders and planters were forming a bank, which is now agreed to, there is 25 men concerned, every man subscribes for 2000Z. current money, and is to pay in 400l. of it, the remainder to be paid in 20 days after a call is made, or to be deprived of their share and the first payment: To show the strength of this Bank (whose cash will only consist of 10,000l. currency equal to 1428l. 11s. 5d. sterling) their notes are printed and ready to give out, and that the stop is the want of cash, most of the members finding a difficulty to pay in the 400l. and some of them were obliged to drop their shares for want of the cash: In a late meeting of those eminent Bankers, I am told it was proposed, that as it would be a loss to have 10,000l. sunk in the Bank which they said would be of no use, they therefore proposed giving their Treasurer their own primary notes in place of the paper money which they at first proposed should lie in Bank. It is easy to foresee those Gentlemen propose to force their own notes upon us, neither can we help it without assistance from the Government at home or yourself, so many trading men joined together are capable in this small place to make Guinea money (vizt. cowries) pass current here. Criticises details of the scheme. Endorsed as preceding. Copy. 1 1/3 pp. [C.O. 5, 361. ff. 133–135v., 136v.]
July 11.
332. Mr. Yeamans to the Duke of Newcastle. Encloses following, relating to some settlements the French are carrying on at Sta. Lucia and Dominica. "The latter place they never attempted to settle till of late" etc. Signed, John Yeamans. Addressed. 1 p. Enclosed,
332. i. Extract of letter from Lt. Governor Byam to John Yeamans, Agent for Antigua. Antigua, 8th May, 1730. As to ye business of Sta. Lucia, Capt. Toller and Capt. Davers can give the best account of that settlement because they have been often there. The French are now settling Dominico, and my Lord Londonderry had a very good account from one of the Cheif of the Indians, nam'd Lord Gray, who is suppos'd to be in the English interest, that there was near 800 whites and blacks upon that island; since which I was inform'd there was one planter that settled there with 40 negroes. They as well as those of Sta. Lucia plant nothing but provisions as yet, and do not pretend to any regular Government, but we are inform'd they increase much in their numbers. Tis a melancholy reflection to consider the great strength of our neighbours and our own weakness. Copy. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 43. ff. 95, 96v., 97, 98v.]
July 13. 333. Memorial of loss sustained by John Gallwey, owner of the Tryal sloop, Wm. Hunter master, and her cargo, taken 23rd Aug., 1727, at St. Crux by a Spanish sloop belonging to Porto Rico. Affidavit by Tobias Wall, that he well knows John Gallwey, a merchant of St. Kitts, of good credit etc.
Produces following. Signed, Tobias Wall. Endorsed, First Recd. May 1st, 1730. The original recd, back again (authenticate at Drs. Commons) July 31st, 1730. 1 p. Enclosed,
333. i. Deposition of John Gallwey. St. Christophers, 30th April, 1729, that following is a true account. Signed, John Gallwey. Sworn before Lord Londonderry, Copy, 2/3 p.
333. ii. Account of loss, as above, 655l. 11s. 6d. ("A negro man and his apparel" are valued at 150l.). Copy. 1 p. [C.O. 388, 89. ff. 58–59v.]
July 14.
334. Mr. Vernon to Mr. Popple. The Lords of the Committee having this day taken into consideration the draught of Governor Johnson's Instructions, and some doubt arising upon the articles about continuing the Paper currency desire the Lords Commissioners for Trade to attend this day se'night at eleven of the clock. P.S. You are desired in the mean time to attend Sir Robert Walpole with the scheem proposed for sinking the old bills and creating new ones, and to send a copy to this Office. Signed, Ja. Vernon. Endorsed, Recd., Read 14th July, 1730. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 361. ff. 129, 130v.]
July 14.
335. Order of Committee of Council. Referring following to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their report. Signed, Ja. Vernon. Endorsed, Recd., Read 23rd July, 1730. 1 p. Enclosed,
335. a. Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to the King. Admiralty Office, 3rd July, 1730. Lay enclosed papers before H.M., "that such directions may be given for the support of the Admiralty jurisdiction, wherein the interest of your Majesty's trading subjects is so nearly concerned, and preventing such irregular practices for the future, as shall seem most proper" etc. Signed, Jo. Cokburne, Cha. Wager, Tho. Frankland, T, Wilmington. Copy. 1¾ pp.
335. b. Sir Henry Penrice, Judge of the High Court of Admiralty, to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. June 10, 1730. Report upon the following papers referred to him by them "containing letters etc. by Lt. Gov. Gordon and David Lloyd, Chief Justice of Pensilvania, and Joseph Brown Esq., Judge of the Vice Admiralty Court, who has severall times attended me etc., by whom, and which, it does appear, that there have been great disputes between them, and that the said Brown has suffered sevll. hardships and been much discountenanced in the execution of his office. And it being their Lordships desire that I should give my opinion what methods may be most properly taken for the effectual support of the Admty. jurisdiction in that Government, I do humbly report that, etc., the Court of Vice Admty. there is established there by H.M. sole authority. Prosecutions by the Officers of the Customs are directed to be brought in those courts etc. Paper No. i contains the proceedings against sundry goods as forfeited upon an information brought by Mr. Moore, Collector of the Customs who seized those goods; and no claim appearing they were condemned according to the course of the Court, 21st Feb., 1726, as forfeited, "to be divided according to the statute in thirds, to the King, the Governor, and the Informer, first deducting the fees of Court, and all other contingent charges, and it is further decreed that the goods so condemned shall be exposed to sale by publick auction by Mathew Prior (rectius, Pratt) Marshall of the Court" etc. This sentence I conceive to be agreable to the law and practice etc. But the Governor, Patrick Gordon, as Chancellor of the Province thought fit by his injunction (No. ii) to command Jas. Brown, Mathew Prat and the other officers under the penalty of 2000l. not to proceed further in putting this sentence in execution etc. Brown petitioned him (No. iii) to suffer him to proceed etc., but Governor Gordon ordered the goods to be divided into three parts, one of which he himself took in kind, another Mr. Moore took as Informer, and the King's third was put up to sale (No. iv) etc., by which means I conceive the Governor by an high hand prevented Mr. Brown from putting his sentence in execution. As to the fees of 7½ p.c. which are insisted upon by Mr. Brown to be the usuall fees taken by the Judge of the Vice-Admty. of Pensilvania upon all condemnations, I find by a certificate under the hand of Sr. Wm. Keith, the late Governor (No. v), that Mr. Brown reed, the fees of 7½ p.c. upon all condemnations while he was Governor etc., and that he always understood such fees had been received by his predecessors and likewise at New York and New Jersey etc. It likewise appears (No. vi), that such fees had been reed, by Mr. Bridges, Mompesson, Morris and Heathcott, men of great character, and that without any ordinance, or other authority than their own appointment. Such fees not being according to our table of fees here, nor according to the course of H.M. High Court of Admiralty, all that I can say in justification of them is, that it seems to be the practice of the Vice Admty. Courts in America: but Gov. Gordon by his own sole authority, thought fit to reduce the fees to 3½ p.c. etc. (No. vii). It is therefore submitted to my Lords Commrs. as a matter worthy their consideration, to settle the said fees etc. It does appear from the process (No. viii) that an information was brought in the Court of Admiralty before Isaac Miranda, deputy to Mr. Browne, by Danl. Moore, Collector, against the scooner Sarah in July, 1727, as forfeited by the Acts of Trade, but before anything had been determined therein Mr. Moore himself thought fit to move Governor Gordon as Chancellour for an injunction to stop proceedings in the Admty. Court suggesting that Joseph Browne had revoked his deputation to Miranda and that he himself was a prejudiced person and therefore an incompetent judge, and that it was dangerous to permitt the said Joseph Brown to make any proceedings upon the said seizure (No. ix). Whereupon Govr. Gordon grants an injunction (No. x) etc., and gives for the reason that "Moore in the prosecution of such seizure was unjustly prevented and put to unnecessary charges by Browne, who has given just grounds to suspect his intention of shewing unjust favours to the reclaimers of the said seizures, whereby Browne is rendered incompetent to take cognizance thereof." It appears to me from the affidavit of N. French (No. xi) that the trial of the Sarah commenced before Miranda etc., and that Browne upon advice of the great irregularity of Miranda's proceedings, revoked his commission and appointed a day to try the vessell himself at the petition of Mr. Bainton who claimed the same; but was stop'd by the injunction of Govr. Gordon; that the Govr. afterwards dissolved the injunction without any hearing thereon, or inquiry into the corruption of Browne; that he was afterwards sollicited by Bainton to try the vessell, but on account of the aspersion upon him he openly refused it; and the vessell was some months afterwards tryed and acquitted by the Court of Common Pleas. It appears to me from the sd. affidavit and likewise from a letter of Sir Wm. Keith (No. xii) and a certificate (No. xiii), that Joseph Browne has been esteem'd a very honest man both in his publick and private capacity: and for the space of three years during which he has resided in the Province, he has acted as Judge of the Vice Admty. with great integrity. Yet notwithstanding such his behaviour, it appears from the affidavits of Sprogell and Palmer (No. xiv) that Govr. Gordon brought a civil action for scandall against Browne upon which he was committed to prison 24th Aug., 1727; that Sprogell, one of the Representatives, and Palmer one of the Justices of the Common Pleas offer'd themselves to bail for Browne, but were refused, Biddle the Keeper telling them, that it was the special command of the said Governor not to admitt Browne to baile; and when the Sheriffe represented to the Govr. the illegallity of such commands, the said Govr. said, he would protect the Sheriff right or wrong, and that he expected to be obeyed. Such are the difficulties that Joseph Brown etc. labours under that I likewise find, David Lloyd Esq. Judge of the Supream Court issu'd a prohibition (No. xv) to Jos. Browne as Judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court to dismiss a cause of David Lupson even before it was received by the said Court to prevent his taking cognizance. By the proceedings therefore of Patrick Gordon Esq. as Governour and likewise as Chancellour by way of injunctions, and by the proceedings of the Supream Court by prohibition the jurisdiction of the Vice-Admiralty Court is very much discountenanc'd, and superseded as often as they please. It being their Lordships directions to me, that I should give them my opinion what methods may be most properly taken for the effectual support of the Admiralty jurisdiction in Pensilvania, I do humbly report etc., that the most proper method will be by application to His Majesty in Council, and I find that method has been taken before by the Lords Commissioners in a like case, vizt. that of Mr. Robert Quarry, Judge of the Vice Admiralty of Pensilvania in 1699 etc. (Nos. xvi–xix). And I do humbly conceive that it is for H.M. service, that the jurisdiction of the Vice-Admiralty Court be supported, and in order thereto it seems necessary, that the family of Mr. Penn now interested in the Government of Pensilvania be directed by H.M. in Council to give effectual Instructions to the Lt. Governor for the time being to protect, countenance and support the Vice-Admiralty Court there in their just and legal rights and to prevent incroachments from the Common Law Courts of the said Province upon the Admiralty Jurisdiction. Signed, H. Penrice. Copy. 9½ pp.
335. i. (a) Proceedings in the Court of Vice-Admiralty, Philadelphia, 2nd Feb., 1727, upon a seizure libelled by John Moore, Collector, v. preceding. Endorsed, Recd, from Mr. Browne, 23rd July, 1730. Copy. 5¼ pp.
335. ii. Injunction by Lt. Governor Gordon as Chancellor 1727. v. No. i. Same endorsement. 1 p.
335. iii. Petition of Joseph Browne to Lt. Gov. Gordon, 5th Feb. 1726(7). v. No. i. Same endorsement. 2 pp.
335. iv. (a) Mandate to Messrs. Owen, Fraser and Leech by Lt. Gov. Gordon, 23rd Feb., 1726/7, for the division of the forfeited goods into three lots in presence of the Mayor and Sheriff, etc., and the sale of H.M. third and payment of same into the hands of John Moore, Collector, with deposition by Ewen Owen, William Fraser, merchants of Philadelphia, and John Leech, Vendue Master, that the same was done. Copy. 2 pp.
335. iv. (b) Lt. Gov. Gordon to Mr. Burchett. Philadelphia, July 7, 1727. States his case in answer to the complaint preferred against him by Mr. Browne, who has always shown himself a great party man of his predecessor, Sir W. Keith. Continues:—The Collector, Mr. Moore, made a seizure in Dec. which he lodged in his warehouse. Some disputes having formerly arisen between the Collector and Deputy Judge occasioned a delay in the trial of this seizure. Mr. Brown suspecting that the Collector would get the seizure condemned in our Court of Common Pleas here applied to me that I should interpose with the Collector, that the seizure might be brought into the Court of Admiralty, which I accomplished, and at the same time told me, lest the Collector should make any objection to his fees, I should cutt and carve in them as I pleased, etc. Enclosed proceedings show that he condemned the seizure on 11th Feb., but so soon as he discovered the Collector had no inclination to trust him with the goods, he upon the 22nd following, the more plausibly to effect his design of having them in his power, condemned the seizure again, and very materially altered the former decree, and sent to the Collector to have the goods delivered to his Marshall, in order to be sold by him, this man is his footman, wears his livery, is a bought servant, if not a transported convict, and is of the Judge's own appointment etc. The master and the man are equally rich, and therefore how unsafe it would have been to have trusted them with such a cargoe I leave you to judge. But to obviate every objection that Mr. Brown might make against the Collector, I ordered that the goods should be divided by two merchants and the vendue master etc. (v. No. iv). Continues:—I then sent for my third in kind, the Collector took his, and the King's third was publickly sold to the highest bidder etc. After the Collector and I had taken our shares of the goods, Mr. Brown had offered a sham security for his Marshall, in case the goods should be delivered to him for sale, but the bails offered were no more solvent than the Judge or his Marshall etc. I know of no law that oblidges me to dispose of my share, if I incline to take it in kind. Mr. Brown fancied, if his Marshall sold the goods, he would have been entituled to 5 p.c., besides 7½ p.c. he demanded for the condemnation etc. which would have considerably diminished H.M. share and your humble servant's. Although there is no law in the Province regulating the fees of the Admiralty Court, etc., I allowed him 3½ p.c. according to the appraised value, (as is customary in New York) besides the fees to other officers of that Court etc. He is now oblidged to quit this place on suspicion of debt, after having sold his Marshall, and by what right I know not has deputed one Isaac Miranda, whether a Jew or a Christian I am uncertain, to act in his post etc. Signed, P. Gordon. Same endorsement. Copy. 4 pp.
335. v. Certificate by Sir W. Keith that, during his Governorship, Joseph Browne received the fees of 7½ p.c. for condemnations etc. Concludes:—I always understood such fees had been received by his predecessors, as well as by the Judges of Vice-Admiralty in New York and New Jersey etc. without objection. 16th Dec., 1729. Signed, W. Keith. Same endorsement. Holograph. 1 p.
335. vi. Mr. Harison to [? Mr. Browne] New York, Feb. 15, 1726/7. Reply to questions as to procedure in the Admiralty Court. Fees of 7½ p.c. of all goods condemned were received in New York by Mr. Bridges, Mr. Mompesson, Mr. Morris and Mr. Heathcote, all men of great character, and that without any other authority than their own appointment etc. By a recent ordinance setting the fees of the Admiralty here, the Judge is entitled to 3½ p.c. upon condemnation or acquittal, etc., Signed, Fra. Harison. Same endorsement Holograph. 3 pp.
335. vii. Bill on the seizure taxed by Mr. Browne in accordance with the Governor's regulation etc. Same endorsement. 1 p.
335. viii. Proceedings in the Court of Vice-Admiralty, Newcastle, Pa., 28th July, 1727, before Isaac Miranda, Depty. Judge, in the case of the schooner Sarah, Daniel Moore, informer. Upon the motion of the defendant the case was adjourned to the Court at Philadelphia, on 7th Aug. Same endorsement. Copy. 6¾ pp.
335. ix. Bill in Chancery, brought by Daniel Moore, for an injunction to stop proceedings in the Vice-Admiralty Court etc. (v. No. i). 23rd Aug., 1727. Signed, Pet. Evans. Same endorsement. Copy. 21 pp.
335. x. Injunction granted by Lt. Gov. Gordon, v. preceding and No. i. Signed, P. Gordon. Same date and endorsement Copy. 4½ pp.
335. xi. Deposition of Nathaniel French of Philadelphia, 5th May, 1730. v. No. i. Signed, Nath. French. Same endorsement. 1 p.
335. xii. Sir W. Keith to Joseph Browne. 14th May, 1730. I am sorry that the common civilities which I shewed to the Judge of the Vice Admiralty while I was Governour, should give the least occasion to charge you with missconduct etc. [I did] only such things of course, which I plainly understood to be the Governour's duty. But it ought to be considered from whence these malicious and false insinuations arise, for when you was charged by Mr. Gordon with an intention of partiality and corruption, which produced an extrordinary prohibition from him as Chancelor to proceed on the trial of the Sarah etc. (v. Nos. i., viii–x), it cannot be forgot how without any application on your part, or further enquiry into the mater, that irregular proceeding was drop'd, and you again solicited by the Governour and his creatures to reassume your authority in order to bring the same vessel to tryal, which in my opinion you very prudently refused, until the just rights of the Court of Vice-Admiralty should be establish'd on some footting that would secure it from such arbitrary incroachments; And indeed unless something can be effectually done therein, the Admiralty jurisdiction in that Province, will avail but litle in supporting the rights either of the Crown or the subject, etc. Signed, W. Keith. Same endorsement. Holograph. Addressed. 1¾ pp.
335. xiii. Testimonial by inhabitants of Philadelphia to Mr. Browne, who has acted for three years as Judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court with great integrity etc. 74 signatures. Same endorsement. 1¾ pp.
335. xiv. (a) Depositions of Lodowick Christian Sprogell of Philadelphia merchant, and Anthony Palmer. Sept. 19 and 20, 1727. v. No. i. Signed, L. C. Sprogell, Antho. Palmer. 2 pp.
(b) Certificate by Ralph Anheton, Public Notary, that Thomas Lawrence before whom above depositions were taken is a Justice of Peace and Alderman of Philadelphia. 21st Sept., 1727. Signed, Ralph Anheton. Seal. The whole endorsed as preceding. 2½ pp.
335. xv. Injunction by David Lloyd, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, directing Mr. Browne to dismiss the cause brought by David Lupton master of the sloop Phœnix for his wages etc. 26th Sept., 1727. v. No. i. Signed, Josa. Lawrence. Same endorsement. 1 p.
335. xvi. Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to the Lords Justices, transmitting a complaint by Robert Quary Judge of the Court of Admiralty of Pennsylvania, 12th June, 1699. v. C.S.P. 1699. No. 574 i, ii. Same endorsement. Copy. 1 p.
335. xvii., xviii. Orders of Lords Justices in Council upon preceding, v. No. i. Copies of C.S.P. 1699. Nos. 574, 749. Same endorsement. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 1267. ff. 135, 136–141v., 144v., 146–153v., 154v., 155, 156v.– 159, 161–164, 165v.–180, 181v.–183, 184, 184,v. 185v.– 189, 190v., 191, 192v.–193v., 194v.]
July 15. 336. Memorial of loss and damage (957l. 15s. 8d.) sustained by Clement Cheesman deed, owner of the ship Mary and cargo seized by a Spanish privateer off Lisbon in 1727, on voyage to Lisbon and Newfoundland. With invoices, proceedings, letters etc. 15 pp. [C.O. 388, 90. ff. 70–72, 73–5, 76–77, 78–79.]
July 15/26 Rotterdam. 337. Mr Hintze to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Acknowledges letter from Mr Wheelock. Continues:—I hope your Lordships wont condem me when I lay the necessities I was under to proceed as I did for had I gone to the Dominions of the Elector Palatine without employing an A[n.]gent here in Rotterdam to make interest in Franckfort I shou'd have been taken up and rendered incapable of doeing any service to H.M. on this occasion etc. Hopes to procure 500 Protestant families of the best substance in that country to become planters in Nova Scotia etc. Asks for letter to agent confirming his Instructions. Signed, Dan. Hintze. Endorsed, Recd., Read 22nd July, 1730. Addressed. Postmark. Seal. 1? pp. [C.O. 217, 5. ff. 203, 203v., 204v.]
July 16.
Windsor Castle.
338. Mr. Delafaye to Mr. Popple. Encloses following to be considered with Sir A. Cuming's proposal for erecting a Bank in S. Carolina etc. Signed, Ch. Delafaye. Endorsed, Recd. 17th, Read 22nd July, 1730. 1 p. Enclosed,
338. i. Sir A. Cuming to the King. In order to secure the obedience of the Cherokee Nation until your Memorialist should know your Majesty's further pleasure, he appointed one head warrior, Moytoy, as Chief over the whole nation, that he might answer for the conduct of the whole people, to this all their Kings, Princesses and Head men consented. Memorialist undertook to answer for them at the peril of his head, to lead them to war against their enemies, and give them such rules, as should make them a great and good people, if your Majesty consented to the same. He designed that hereafter none should obtain any title of warr without having first signilised himself in your Majesty's service, and that any act to the contrary should degrade even their Kings and Princesses. Memorialist is willing to run all risks in living among them for three years, and thereby promote your Majesty's suite etc. Believes that this nation may be made very useful and not dangerous, with proper discipline and good usage, whereas hetherto they have been dangerous without being useful. Submits whether the power that forms them ought not to be as unlimited as what they themselves have given him, and answerable only to H.M. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 361. ff. 139, 140, 141v.]
July 16. 339. Memorial of loss and damage (107l. 18s. 6d.) sustained by Francis Gourdon, London, owners of goods consigned to John and James Alvord of Boston, N.E., and of John Pitts of Boston for goods (249l. 18s. 0½d.), shipped and taken in the ship Anne by two Spanish men of war in the English Channel, May, 1727. With invoices and affidavits. 18½ pp. [C.O. 388, 90. ff. 34–35, 36, 36v., 38–42, 60–63v.]
July 17. 340. Memorial of loss and damage (2762l. 10s.) sustained by Richard Score & Co. of Barnstable and Bideford, owners of the Neptune galley, built at Boston, N.E., for him, Mr. George Strange of Bideford and Mr. Pitt of New England etc., seized by the Spaniards at Corunna on her voyage thither from Bideford and Newfoundland, 25th Sept., 1718. With inventory. [C.O. 388, 90. ff. 56–57, 58–59v.]
July 18. 341. Mr. Sharpe to [? Duke of Newcastle]. The Lords Commissioners for Trade having sent into this Office, a state of the paper currency in S. Carolina, to be presented to the Committee on Tuesday, I think it my duty to lay the enclosed copy of it before your Grace. Signed, W. A. Sharpe. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 36. f. 7.]
July 20. 342. Governor Johnson to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Recommends the proposal of Jean Pierre Purry (v. 9th July). Signed, Robt. Johnson. Endorsed, Recd. 20th, Read 22nd July, 1730. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 361. ff. 137, 137v., 138v.]