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America and West Indies: March 1665

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 5, 1661-1668. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1880.

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March 1665

March 1.
Whitehall.
948. The King to Francis Lord Willoughby of Parham, or the Commander-in-Chief of Barbadoes for the time being. Whereas certain Jews, under pretence of ability to discover and improve a gold mine in the West Indies, have fraudulently induced his Majesty to make them free denizens of England, with power to trade everywhere, and have also much damnified Sir William Davidson, Knt. and Bart., gentleman of his Majesty's Privy Chamber in ordinary, by falsifying their oaths and promises, it is his Majesty's pleasure that their patents of denization be esteemed void, that they make good, strangers' customs for all the goods wherein they have traded in Barbadoes, and then be banished thence, having first satisfied Sir William Davidson all his disbursements. And whereas his Majesty for their encouragement bestowed a gold chain upon one of them, named Isaac Israel de Piso, his Majesty's pleasure is that it be taken from him and returned to his Majesty. The names of the Jews in Barbadoes are Isaac Israel de Piso, Aaron Israel de Piso, with his two sisters and two brethren, Moses and his mother, sent thither by Abraham Cohen : the rest of the confederacy Sir William Davidson will notify to him. 2 pp. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XIV., pp. 57, 57.]
March 1.
Whitehall.
949. The King to Sir Thomas Modyford, Governor of Jamaica, or the Governor thereof for the time being. To the same effect as the above letter to the Governor of Barbadoes concerning Jews, but the names of the Jews in Jamaica are Benjamin Bueno de Mesquita, with his two sons, Abraham Cohen, Jacob Ulhoa, and Abraham Suarez : the rest of the confederacy Sir William Davidson will notify to him. And his Majesty takes this occasion to signify his pleasure about another concernment wherein he is to assist Sir William Davidson or his agents. One Capt. John Duglasse, a private man-of-war, set out by one Jaques Martin, of Jamaica, seized the ship Blue Dove, of London, belonging to Sir William Davidson, in Blewfields Bay, in Jamaica, and carried her to New England, to the Governor and Council whereof his Majesty has sent letters for the apprehension of the pirate, but hears nothing of them. If he returns to Jamaica Gov. Modyford is to secure and proceed against him, or send him into England to receive judgment ; and said Jaques Martin, being partner in the piracy, ought to be made sensible of his offence by undergoing justice and repairing the loss of Sir William Davidson. 2 pp. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XIV., pp. 58, 58.]
March 1.
Jamaica.
950. Governor Sir Thomas Modyford to Sec. Sir H. Bennet. Capt. Ensome has arrived with Moro's ship and 12 prisoners, having after half-an-hour's fight killed Moro, Grand Louis, and many of his men. The 12 have been condemned together with Moro's ship. Capt. Ensome lost but one man. This is a very considerable and seasonable piece of service, and will give a great stop to the villanous intentions of these revolting pirates. Incloses,
950. I. Minutes of a court-martial. Upon French and Dutch prisoners taken in the St. Lewis, Capt. Moroe, for seeking as a pirate the Prosperous of Hampton, and for fighting with his Majesty's ketch Swallow, Moroe's commission from Lord Windsor being against the Spaniards. John Peanco and five others to be hanged, Cornelius Jacobson imprisoned, and three others acquitted. Two copies. Together 3 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 27, p. 5 and 27, II., III]
[March 1.] 951. Declaration of the Deputies of Long Island to the Duke of York. The deputies duly elected from the towns on Long Island, assembled at Hempsteed by authority from his Royal Highness to Col. Nicolls, acknowledge the honour and satisfactions they receive in their dependence according to his Majesty's patent, wherein they acknowledge themselves, their heirs and successors for ever, to be comprised. They publicly and unanimously declare their cheerful submission to all laws which shall be made by authority from his Royal Highness, his heirs and successors for ever, and will maintain, uphold, and defend all the right, title, and interest granted to his Royal Highness against all pretensions or invasions, foreign and domestic. They further beseech his Royal Highness to accept this as the first fruits in this general meeting, for a memorial and record against them, their heirs and successors ; and to take their poverty into consideration, that by constant supplies of trade and his Royal Highness's particular countenance, they may be the more encouraged to labour for the improvement of these his Majesty's western dominions. Draft in Col. Nicolls' handwriting. Printed in New York Documents, III., 91. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 32.]
March 1. 952. Proclamation of Sir Thos. Temple, appointed Governor of Nova Scotia and Acadia by Letters Patent and commission of (July 27) 1662. All persons that come into Nova Scotia or L'Acadie to give due obedience to the laws of England ; penalties or corporal punishment to be imposed on any one planting, building, fishing, or trading without license from the Governor ; also for profaning the Lord's day, cursing or swearing, drinking to excess, breaking the peace, stealing, and neglecting to assist against any that shall invade this jurisdiction, or not observe the laws ; forbidding coasting vessels from New England to trade, or to trade with the Indians for peltry, without license from the Governor. Orders concerning the fisheries. Licenses to be renewed yearly. Printed, 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 33.]
March 3. 953. Warrant to the Heralds and Pursuivants-at-arms. To send two Heralds to the gate of the Court of Whitehall on the 4th inst., at 10 in the morning, to proclaim his Majesty's Declaration dated the 22nd February last, touching his Majesty's proceedings for reparation for several injuries and affronts done by the East and West India Companies and other subjects of the United Provinces. p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XXII., p. 45.]
March 3. 954. Examination of Major Robt. Holmes. Shows his instructions, ordering him to protect the goods, ships, forts, and factories of the Royal African Company, and to preserve to them freedom of trade with all natives, by force if needful and if he were able. Narrates wrongs committed on the English in Gambia at the instigation of the Dutch, who stirred up the King of Barra to make war on the English ; universal complaints of English factors against the Dutch, and especially instances their attack on James and Charles Islands. Account of his taking of Cape de Verd, and that the trunks, chests, or other goods belonging to the particular persons of the Dutch were all suffered to be quietly carried away by them, while the goods and commodities found in port were handed over to the Company's agents for their use. Fraudulent practices of the Dutch against us at Sestor ; refers to information given him at the place. As to his taking the Golden Lion, his instructions ordered him particularly to seize that ship ; account of the taking of Anta, and that the Dutch set a price upon his head ; proofs of his amicable overtures to their General Valkenburg for the composing of differences, and of his narrative of the taking of Cape Corso ; offers witnesses to support his charge against the Dutch of treacherously blowing up our men at Aga ; and that he took Anamaboa in accordance with a resolution of the agents and factors. Annexed,
Extract from instructions given to Capt. Holmes concerning the protection of the Royal Company's agents, goods, ships, and factories as above, especially from molestation by the Golden Lion
. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CXIV., No. 19, Cal., p. 235.]
March 4. 955. Warrant to pay to Col. Wm. Legg the sum of 205l. 19s. 11d. for ordnance, carriages, shot, and other munition and habiliments of war, to be delivered to Sir John Colleton, Bart., for the use of the island of Barbadoes. [Dom., Chas. II., Docquets, Cal., p. 238.]
March 4.
Rhode Island.
956. Col. George Cartwright to Col. Nicolls. Arrived yesterday, where he found Serjeant Dowdale according to appointment. The Governor of Plymouth came hither without them. Is confident the relation of Plymouth they will give his Majesty will be very satisfactory to his Royal expectation. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 34.]
March 5.
[Rhode Island.]
957. Samuel Mavericke to Col. Nicolls. They have been 16 days from Boston, and on their way gave the government of Plymouth a visit ; the Governor and Major Winslow are now with them. Yesterday began to make an agreement between Plymouth and this Government as to their bounds, possibly to-morrow an end may be made. The pretended Proprietors to a great part of the Narragansett will meet them this week here, to see if it may be determined who has most right to it, they, Connecticut, or Rhode Island. Has used his utmost endeavour in the Massachusetts government to undeceive the deceived and prepare them for the election on 3rd May. Winder intends ere long to be with him, with sack, brandy, and other lumber. No news from Boston ; of frost and snow they have had enough. Remembrances to Capt. Needham, Delaval, Nicolls, and the rest. Printed in New York Documents, III., 93. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 35.]
March 6.
Whitehall.
958. Warrant to the Clerk of the Signet. To prepare a bill to pass the Privy Seal for paying to Sir Thomas Modyford, Bart., Governor of Jamaica, or his assigns, the yearly sum of 2,500l. for the expenses of the island according to an establishment made by his Majesty, to begin from Christmas last and continue by way of advance during his Majesty's pleasure [see ante, No. 616]. Signed by the King and countersigned by Sec. Bennet. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 36.]
March 6. 959. Copy of preceding. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XXII., p. 51.]
March? 960. Mem. in the handwriting of Williamson to prepare the Privy Seal as above. Fragment. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 36.*]
March 7. 961. Warrant to the Lord Chief Justice. Whereas there are now in the Thames or other ports adjacent several ships bound for Plantations in America, his Majesty, calling to mind the more than ordinary insolence to which the Quakers and sectaries are of late grown, has thought fit, for example sake, to recommend to his Lordship to give speedy order that such of them as have been condemned upon the late Act to be transported be forthwith put on board some of those ships, care being taken for transporting them in safe custody to some of the Plantations. p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II. Vol. XXII., p. 48.]
March 14-31. St. Jago-de-la-Vega. 962. Minutes of the Council of Jamaica. Edmond Delecree and Gregory Tom returned members of the Assembly for St. Andrew's and North Side. The articles of treasonable crimes against Sam. Long read, and referred to the next general sessions.
March 15.Opinion of the Assembly about dividing the tax for the expedition against the Spanish negroes. The Speaker and Mr. Beeston to review and correct the words of the Acts passed last session without altering their sense. Agreed that Port Royal be taxed as much as any other parish for the expenses of the expedition, and that a warrant be sent accordingly
March 16.Quakers to be punished according to the Act, for not appearing in arms on muster days ; to be fined for refusing to serve as jurors and take oaths as witnesses ; and to contribute to all taxes, including those for raising churches and maintaining the ministry. A clause blotted out of the Act for raising a revenue out of all strong liquors. That part of the Act prohibiting New England boards be repealed. The Assembly adjourned to the 16th March next, unless specially summoned.
March 18.Ordered that Cornelius Petres and Harman Stephens be examined touching the sale of a parcel of logwood to Wm. Cheeke.
March 18-23.Several depositions in reference to same.
March 31.Warrant of Governor Modyford for a levy upon the freeholders to pay 1s. per day to the soldiers engaged in the expedition against the negroes 11 pp. [Col. Entry Bk., No. XXXIV., pp. 123-134.]
March 15.
Worcester House.
963. Lord Chancellor Clarendon to Samuel Mavericke. All the letters committed to Capt. Hill's care were cast away (however he escaped), but has received his last of 20th January by Capt. Hyde. The King has directed supplies to be sent to all the Commissioners. "I am very heartily sorry that Sir Robert Carre's carriage has not been answerable to the King's expectation, and that there should want a Commissioner at Boston, where the scene is for most of your business, and where I doubt you'll find more ill humours than in any of the other Provinces." Believes Mr. Nicolls can hardly be spared from his Government, where he must expect all the mischief the Dutch can do him, as he (Lord Clarendon) has already advertised him. Mavericke will do very well to receive his advice in all things of importance. If Sir Robt. Carre be not with Mavericke, he is very inexcusable. This letter is like to come to his hands by a poor man, who (if all he says be true) hath been very barbarously used in that colony, and hath a particular reference from the King and the Council to his Majesty's Commissioners. Finds by an address lately received from Boston that the Governor and Council there are not at all pleased with their commission, and that they will needs believe all their privileges are to be destroyed ; but supposes they are better informed since, and that the answer they have received from the King to their address will dispose them to a better temper, and that the discretion and wisdom of the Commissioners will make them see how much they are mistaken in their apprehensions. Must tell him that they seem most offended and troubled that he, Mavericke, whom they look upon as their enemy, should have any authority over them, but is confident the knowledge he has of their prejudice towards him will make him much the more careful and watchful in his own carriage, that they may have no just exception against anything he does, and that they may plainly discern that he is quite another man in a public trust than what they took him to be as a neighbour, and that he has wiped out of his memory all impressions which ill-treatment heretofore might have made in him. For if he should revenge any old discourtesies, the King would take it very ill and do himself justice accordingly. Is very glad his success has been so good in the other Provinces ; hopes that of Massachusetts will not deserve a worse report. Begs him to be kind to Dr. Gatford's son. Printed in New York Documents, III., 92. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 37.]
March 15.
Jamaica.
964. Account of goods seized and sold for Spanish interests, from the ships Santo Christo of Burgos, taken by Capt. Maurice Williams, belonging to Don Juan Ximenes de Bohorques, and the Sevillana, taken by Capt. Bart. Nichols, amounting, after deducting expenses, to 235l. 10s. 3d. Certified by Sam. Bernard on behalf of Gov. Modyford. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 38.]
March 20.
Petaquamscat.
965. Sir Robt. Carr, George Cartwright, and Sam. Mavericke to [Col. Nicolls]. The submission and surrender of the principal Sachems of the Narragansett Indians to the protection, government and disposal of the King, also by giving a deed dated 19th April 1644 of their then submission. It is the King's commands that said country be from henceforward called the King's Province, and that no person exercise any jurisdiction therein but from his Majesty's authority. Its boundaries. Major Atherton's pretended mortgage and purchases, the former to be satisfied by payment of a certain sum named, the latter declared to be void, and the pretended purchaser ordered to quit said lands. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 39.]
March 20. 966. Declaration of his Majesty's Commissioners to the Narragansett Indians. They affectionately receive the submission of themselves and country to the King, and in his Majesty's name promise them protection from all injustice and violence from any of the King's subjects, and defence against their Indian enemies, so long as they continue tributary to their sovereign. That they may always testify themselves to be so, the Commissioners, in the King's name, require them on every 29th of May to make a present of two wolves' skins as a tribute to his Majesty. They are also required neither to make war nor sell land, nor do anything of great consequence without acquainting the King's Commissioners or such as he shall appoint for that purpose. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 40.]
March? 967. The Names of the chief Proprietors of the lands of the Narragansett, Niantica, and Cowesett countries, chosen and admitted by Major Humphrey Atherton :John Winthrop, Simon Bradstreet, Daniel Denison, Josiah Winslow, Thos. Willett, John Brown, Thos. Chiffinch, Richard Smith, senr., Richard Smith, junr., Edw. Hutchinson, William Hudson, Amos Richardson, Increase Atherton, Simon Lynde, Ric. Lord, John Winthrop, junr., Waite Winthrop, Thos. Deane, Elisha Hutchinson, Wm. Pailer, Ric. Wharton, John Saffin, James Smith, Francis Brenley, Tho. Stanton, senr., Tho. Stanton, junr., John Scott, see ante, No. 494. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XIX., No. 41.]
March 30. 968. Warrant to the Clerk of the Signet. To draw a bill to pass the Privy Seal, requiring Francis Lord Willoughby, Governor of Barbadoes, to deliver to Richard Jones, Esq., or his assigns, sugars belonging to his Majesty in Barbadoes, to the value of 3,000l., in satisfaction for the sum of 3,000l. formerly lent to the Duke of York for the use of his Majesty's fleet. A docquet of the warrant is dated 18th April 1665, see also 25 Sept. 1666. 2 pp. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XXII., pp. 74, 75.]