America and West Indies: Miscellaneous, 1737

Pages 312-313

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 43, 1737. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1963.

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Miscellaneous, 1737

[Undated.] 655 David Dunbar to Andrew Stone, asking that the Duke of Newcastle be reminded of a memorial given to him. The ill treatment complained of and the justice of my cause will plead for me. I beg you to lay the enclosed memorial before his grace and obtain an answer to it. Signed. 1½ pp. [C.O. 5, 752, fos. 322–323d.]
[Undated.] 656 Memorial to Lord Harrington. We have been informed by a little book printed in Berne that the King of England wants men that are brought up to country business and know how to improve land and make butter and cheese in Carolina, which we heard is a land flowing with milk and honey. We think ourselves happy to become the subjects of so great and generous a king and useful to the most charitable nation under heaven. We have sold our small substance in our native country and might have paid our expenses; but as we were, instead of fourteen days, fourteen weeks upon the Rhine where the armies have made all things scarce, we have laid out all our money and must now beg you to recommend us and our wives and children to the king's bounty that he may send us to that blessed country in the Two Brothers commanded by Capt. Thomson who has been so good to the Salzburghers while our captain has been so hard to us. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 306, fos. 51–52d.]
[Undated.] 657 Petition of Pierre Morel to James Oglethorpe for grant of a piece of land in the village of Highgate (fn. n1) in Georgia vacated by the death of Simon Boisnelle and his family, his own lot being of poor quality. French. Signed. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 639, fos. 145, 145d.]
[Undated.] 658 Account of ships taken by virtue of commissions from Governor Mathew as extracted from M. Hop's memorial of 11/22 February 1736/7 and the papers annexed thereto: the Two Sisters, Jan Romyn commander, was taken in passage from St. Eustatius to Guadeloupe, seven Dutch miles out at sea, carried to Montserrat and condemned; the Catherine, Charles Chenie master, condemned at Montserrat; the St. Anthony, Jacob de Meyer, taken between St. Eustatius and St. Christopher's, and restored; the Dolphin, Daniel McDaniel master, taken near St. Christopher's and condemned. NB. It appears that the Three Friends (a ship mentioned in the papers annexed to M. Hop's memorial) is the ship Dolphin. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 44, fos. 108–109d.]
[Undated.] 659 Observations on the papers relating to Governor Mathew. I have read over the several memorials and papers relating to Governor Mathew's seeing and confiscating two French ships bound to France from their islands by virtue of an Act of Assembly made at Montserrat, which Act makes all French ships prize or liable to be condemned that shall come within a league of any of our islands and be found guilty of clandestine trade, though in the condemnation of the said ships there does not appear any proof or allegation of their having traded but only that they were said to be within a league of Montserrat; so that they are condemned contrary to their own Montserrat Act, which, by the way, has not been confirmed here and perhaps will not, being contrary to the treaty between the two crowns in 1686 confirmed by the Treaty of Utrecht. But the French king having made an edict in 1727 directing his governors in America to seize all foreign ships not only when proved guilty of illicit trade but when found within a league of any of their islands which has been put in execution on several ships and vessels as alleged by our merchants and by the Board of Trade from them, and no redress obtained though applied for at the court of France, this edict the Governor seems to think a sufficient justification of his proceeding in this affair and to support the honour of the nation. But what authority he had to consent to such a law or to fit out any vessel and give commissions to them for seizing any French or other ship I know not. Our men-of-war did not think themselves authorized to do any such thing by their instructions or by the said Montserrat Act, being contrary to the Treaty beforementioned. It would have been well if sufficient notice had been taken here of the said edict of the French king so soon as it was known here or at least so soon as it was put in execution by the French governors. And in the accommodating this affair it should be particularly insisted that the said edict be repealed that peace may be restored where now hostilities are committed on both sides. 2¼ pp. [C.O. 152, 44, fos. 92–93d.]
[Undated.] 660 Draft of revocation of William Mathew's commission as Governor of Leeward Islands, ordering him to hand over the government to Edward Byam, Lieut.-Governor of Antigua and to repair to the royal presence. 2¼ pp. [C.O. 152, 44, fos. 94–95d.]
[Undated.] 661 Extract of clauses of Governor Mathew's commission concerning the succession of the government in the event of his death or absence. 2¼ pp. [C.O. 152, 44, fos. 96–97d.]
[Undated.] 662 List of lieut.-governors in the Leeward Islands with dates of commission: Edward Byam, Lieut.-Governor of Antigua, 17 October 1727; William Hanmer, Lieut.-Governor of Nevis, 26 January 1732/3; Gilbert Fleming, Lieut.-Governor of St. Christopher's, 3 May 1733; William Forbes, Lieut.-Governor of Montserrat, 26 March 1737. ½ p. [C.O. 152, 44, fos. 98–99d.]


  • n1. MS 'Heigeat'.