America and West Indies: August 1667

Pages 490-494

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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August 1667

Aug. 3.
1543. Sir James Modyford's memorial of what passed between Lord Willoughby, Governor of Barbadoes, and himself at Barbadoes, from 29 May 1667 until 5 July following, concerning Modyford's request for the Colchester or a ship of force to take himself and his people to Jamaica on his Majesty's service. Incloses,
Deposition of William Beeston, taken before Sir Thomas Modyford, at St. Jago-de-la-Vega. That on the 10th June Sir James Modyford wrote to Governor Lord Willoughby, by Capt. Thos. Kendall, requesting that since the Colchester frigate was disposed of he would furnish Modyford with one of the men-of-war ketches which came in Sir John Harman's fleet to take Modyford and his people to Jamaica on his Majesty's service. Lord Willoughby's answer was that he was so far from so doing that if the Colchester were now there he had orders to keep her for the service of Barbadoes. Two copies. Together 5 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXI., Nos. 92, 92 I.]
Aug. 7. 1544. License for the ship Ascension of Genoa, manned with foreign seamen, Antonio Surrato master, to sail to Barbadoes, on giving security for her return. ¼ p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XXV., p. 27.]
Aug. 13.
1545. John Clarke to James Hickes. Last night six of the Virginia fleet were forced in here by stress of weather ; 30 more put in to Fowey, of which one was cast away there, having advice that the Dutch fleet was upon the coast ; 22 more, bound for Bideford, Barnstaple, and Bristol, are passed into the Severn. They bring news that four Dutch men-of-war with two fire-ships assaulted the English ships in James river, Virginia, burnt the Elizabeth frigate and five merchantmen, and took 13 more, most of them belonging to Bristol, one to Plymouth, and the rest to London. There are other letters in this Vol. of Dom. Corresp. to the same effect. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CCXIII., No. 70, Cal., p. 384.]
Aug. 14.
1546. J. Hayes to John Fitzherbert, of Luckington. Four States' ships came to Virginia and met a Londoner of 24 guns, which after some fighting they took, and meeting with a shallop, made her convoy them into James river, where the Elizabeth frigate of 46 guns lay, and several ships to be convoyed by her. The captain and crew of the Elizabeth being ashore and the powder locked up, the Dutch burnt the Elizabeth, together with nine Bristol, seven west country, and two London ships, and went clear away to sea. Names of the Bristol ships burnt. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CCXIII., No. 103, Cal., p. 390.]
Aug. 14.
Fort James, New York.
1547. Col. Nicolls to [Thos. Prince, Governor, and the Assistants of New Plymouth]. Refers to his letter of 15 May in behalf of Wm. Nicarson, to whom he then also wrote, advising him to submit to the judgment of their Court. Has now seen his papers, and is confirmed in the weakness of Nicarson's judgment. It is a sad truth that most men are more zealous in the maintenance of heresy and error than in a just cause. It appears that Nicarson grounded his first conceipt upon an order of their Court. Upon the word liberty this whole controversy has arisen, the sense of which word is too frequently perverted into licentiousness. Capt. Willett will bear witness that the man was convinced, but will submit his cause to their discretions. In compassion to whose relations Nicolls once more doubles his request in his favour, not doubting but some of the nine persons to whom the Governor of New Plymouth have lately made grants of the land may be better accommodated in other places. Capt. Willett will tell them with how much respect and caution towards them Nicolls has entered into this business as a mediator. Begs pardon for Nicarson and for himself for the trouble they have given. 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXI., No. 46, pp. 3, 4.]
Aug. 16. 1548. Thos. Jago, Mayor of Dartmouth, and five others, to Sir Thos. Clifford. Taking notice of his great care of them and the western parts in reference to the Newfoundland fishery, request him to improve his interest for obtaining the ends of their petition, that his Majesty may order the whole matter to be heard by gentlemen of this county. The fishery is a great nursery to seamen and increase of shipping, and has from the beginning been carried on by these western parts, which are now plunged in difficulties by the endeavours of some for their private ends to erect a Governor there, which by sad experience has proved injurious and destructive to the fishing trade ; and no other can be expected from the endeavours now on foot. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CCXIII., No. 127, Cal., p. 394.]
Aug. 17.
Upon the Vineyard.
1549. Thomas Mayhew to Col. Nicolls. Has received his letter by Nicholas Davis. Is necessitated to trouble him further, for he hears that Mr. Tallman has bought land upon the Vineyard, notwithstanding his Majesty's Patents [see ante, No. 685], and notwithstanding Mayhew had those islands granted to him on payment of due acknowledgment yearly to the Lord Proprietor ; first, by James Forrett, agent to Lord Sterling, then by Vynes, steward to Sir Ferdinando Gorges, who professed it was his master's, Mr. Gorges, then Governor, approving of it. Supposes he knows that Sir Ferdinando's grandson obtained of his Majesty a special declaration in his favour, which Esquire Archdale sent to the writer. All he desires is to enjoy his grants. The land is the meanest he hears of, but such as it is he hopes "none shall have such liberty as to ruin the well-being of both nations." Intreats him to put into Mr. Lawrence's hand a short answer to this. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXI., No. 93.]
Aug. 17/27.
1550. Capt. Wm. Hill, prisoner at Rochelle, to Mr. Browne. Was cast away by a hurricane in the West Indies, being there Vice-Admiral to Lord Willoughby of Parham, who was lost in the storm with seven ships. Was the only Commander sent to France as a trophy of the French General's victories. Hopes to get passage for England from St. Malo. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CCXVI., No. 96 I., Cal., p. 449.]
Aug. 19. 1551. Sam. Tucker to Sec. Lord Arlington. Judith Singleton fears that her husband, who was in the fleet with Lord Willoughby, perished in the hurricane, for she has had no news of him since that time ; she is now in Newgate for some words spoken in drink ; prays Arlington to procure her release. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CCXIV., No. 12, Cal., p. 399.]
Aug. 20. 1552. Capt. Silas Taylor to Williamson. Our enemies have showed us what we should have done ; perceives by his last news the injury done by four Dutch ships in James river, Virginia ; asks to be allowed to go out thither as engineer, with an allowance out of the moneys raised there for defraying the Government ; asks that his appointment may be for all Virginia, and if it can be put in for Maryland and New England, it would very much comply with his desires, and partly with his way of study and employment at Dunkirk. Sir Bernard de Gomme has little love for him, believing he knows too much in fortification. It is a proposition neither irregular nor chargeable to the King, and therefore very feasible ; Lord Arlington can make the salary very comfortable, and the subsistence during life. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CCXIV., No 42, Cal. p. 404.]
1667? 1553. Petition of Henry Bradshaw to the King. Is settled upon his own plantation in Barbadoes, where for his loyalty he lost by the forces under the late Usurpers to the value of at least 500l. Prays for a grant of the office of Provost-Marshal for life in that island. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXI., No. 94.]
1667? 1554. Petition of Wil. Clapham, merchant, to the King. Has ever been a faithful subject, and has suffered much for his loyalty in his trade. Prays for the office of Provost-Marshal of Barbadoes now void. ⅓ p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXI., No. 95.]
1555. Petition of James Hamilton to the King. The office of Provost-Marshal of Barbadoes granted to Francis Cradock in 1660 [2nd August] is become void by his death. Prays for a grant of said office to himself and Edwin Stede. Annexed,
Draft of the warrant prayed for. Together 2 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXI., Nos. 96, 97.]
Aug. 21.
1556. Warrant for a grant to James Hamilton, Groom of the bedchamber, of the place of Provost-Marshal General of Barbadoes for life, to be exercised by his sufficient deputy or deputies, with all ten powers, profits, &c. as Francis Cradock held the same. ¼ p. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XXIII., p. 541.] N.B.—The grant passed in Sept. 1667, see Mem. from the Signet Bks., Dom. Chas. II., Vol. CCXI., No. 123.
Aug. 24. 1557. John Powell to Williamson. Two vessels from Nevis are arrived at Milford, which report the French with 25 sail attempted Nevis, but ten ships of the place made a very handsome dispute with them, and beat them back into their own harbours. A small vessel belonging to Swansea has also arrived laden with sugar and tobacco from New England, who reports all to be well there. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CCXIV., No. 110, Cal., p. 413.]
Aug. 27.
1558. Jo. Champante to Under-Sec. Williamson. Letters from Nantes of the 17/27 inst. tell that two ships more are arrived at Rochelle from the Leeward Isles, which confirm our losing 1,300 or 1,400 men at St. Christopher's ; and give further account that 25 of our ships have worsted 32 or 33 of theirs under Martinico, and that they intended to fight next day, and feared they would be again worsted ; which makes us hope that we have sunk and taken ships and men sufficient to redeem all ours at St. Christopher's. Will wait on him to-morrow morning. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXI., No. 98.]
Aug. 27.
St. Jago de-la-Vega.
1559. Minute of the Council of Jamaica. Lieut.-General Sir James Modyford sworn one of his Majesty's Council of this island. [Col. Entry Bk., No. XXXIV., p. 168.]
Aug. 28.]
1560. Louis XIV., King of France, to M. De la Barre. Has already informed him of the conclusion of the treaty of Breda, signed 31st of last month, the ratifications of which were exchanged on the (8th) current, and sent copies, ordering him to conform entirely to same. Renews said orders, the French King's intention being that as soon as De la Barre receives letter from the King of England, he restore without delay or difficulty to said King or the bearer of his Majesty's orders under the Great Seal of England that part of St. Christopher's which the English possessed in January 1665-6, proceeding therein in sincerity and good faith, and conforming himself in all other matters to Articles 8 and 13 of said treaty. Indorsed, Lettre au Governor des Isles Amériques du Roy très Christienne, portant ordre pour dition de St. Christoffle. French, 1½ pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXI., No. 99.]
Aug. 28. 1561. Petition of Merchants, Owners of ships, and others, inhabitants of Plymouth and places adjacent, trading to Newfoundland, to the King. The carrying on of the useful fishing trade tends greatly to the increase of mariners and shipping, and of the customs ; yet several persons for their own sinister ends have endeavoured to establish a Governor, which hath heretofore been very destructive to the trade. Have had very great losses of late, and cannot bear the charges of solicitation and sending witnesses at so great distance to testify against such an appointment ; pray that persons in the county of Devon (in regard the trade is chiefly carried on by inhabitants thereof) may be empowered to hear and examine the whole matter. Signed by George Storey, Mayor, and 52 others. Annexed,
1561. I. Petition of merchants and shipowners of Totness, trading to Newfoundland, to the King. To the same effect. Signed by John Ley, Mayor, and 16 others.
1561. II. Order in Council, on above petitions, empowering Sir Edw. Seymour and other baronets and gentlemen to examine matters of fact concerning the miscarriages of former Governors of Newfoundland to the damage of the trade of that place, with authority to give oaths to witnesses ; the petitioners to prepare reasons to make good the allegations in their petitions, and the whole result with such reasons to be transmitted to the Council board. [Dom., Chas. II., Vol. CCXV., Nos. 47, 8, 9, Cal., p. 423.]