America and West Indies: June 1674

Pages 589-593

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 7, 1669-1674. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1889.

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June 1674

June 2.
1295. Secretary Coventry to Lord Culpeper. His Majesty has ordered him to signify to the Council of Plantations that they should forthwith nominate one or two persons fit to be sent to Surinam, to adjust with his Majesty's subjects there a time for their departure thence, according to the 5th Article of the Treaty lately concluded with the States-General which he recommends to his Lordship to communicate to the Council and dispatch with all convenient speed. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXI, No. 40. See also Col. Entry Bk., No. XCIV., p. 178.]
June 2.
1296. "Ben. Wych's Bill" for writing West's patent to be Landgrave, and his commission for writing an Act of Parliament for Carolina, also the books of the Acts of Parliament for Providence and for engrossing the said Acts; but no amount is stated. Endorsed as above by John Locke. [Shaftesbury Papers, Section IX., Bundle 48, No. 94.]
[June 3.] 1297. Petition of Ferdinando Gorges, agent for Col. Wm. Stapleton, Governor of the islands of St. Christopher, Nevis, Montserrat, and Antigua. That his Majesty has allowed Col. Stapleton 700l. per annum as Governor, and established two companies of foot in St. Christopher's, and that their pay should be 2,778l. 10s 8d. per annum, none of which has been paid since the 10th June 1671, by means whereof the soldiers are in great want of clothes and all other necessaries. Prays his Majesty to take the premises into his princely consideration. In margin, "Read in Council June 3, 1674. 1/2 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXI., No. 41.]
June 3. 1298. Petition of poor distressed soldiers late under command of Sir Tobias Bridge in the Caribbee Islands to the King and Council. Petitioners faithfully served his Majesty above five years in the West Indies, and on return most of them were listed in Prince Rupert's regiment of dragoons, till they were lately disbanded; and, having no employment to gain them a livelihood, some are imprisoned, many sick, and all threatened with arrest by their landlords, and others who trusted them with victuals and other necessaries on the credit of their debentures, which are entered in the Commissary-General's office. But petitioners cannot receive a penny of what is owing to them as some have already done, Commissary Baines alleging that he neither has money nor can obtain any warrant from the Lord High Treasurer for receiving the moneys remaining on Major Andrews's privy seal, which by his Majesty's special order was intended for a speedy payment of the arrears due to petitioners; so that they must either perish in prison or leave the land, and their wives and children beg their bread or starve in the streets as many of their comrades have done. Pray his Majesty's speedy order to the Lord High Treasurer for payment to petitioners by the hands of Commissary Baines, of what shall justly appear due to them on their said debentures. In margin, "June 3, 74." 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXI, No. 42.]
June 6. 1299. Order of the Duke of York to Sir Allen Apsley, his Treasurer and Receiver-General. To pay 1,300l. to Major Andros and Richard Downes for the equipment of his soldiers and the purchase of cargo. Printed in New York Documents III., 214. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXX. p. 1.]
June 8.
Villiers House.
1300. The Council for Plantations to Sec. Coventry. Desire him to represent to his Majesty that according to his Majesty's command, signified by his letter of the 2nd inst. to Lord Culpeper (see ante No. 1295) they nominate Ferdinando Gorges, of Barbadoes, and William Stede, who they are informed are fitting persons to be sent to Surinam, to see the condition of his Majesty's subjects there, and adjust with them a time for their departure thence according to the 5th Article of the late Treaty with the United Provinces. 1/2 p. [Col. Entry Bk., No. LXXVII., 63.]
June 8.
1301. Lieut-Gov. Sir Thos. Lynch to the President, Earl of Shaftesbury, and Council for Foreign Plantations, at Villiers House, by his Majesty's hired ship Thomas and Francis. Has his Lordship's and the Council's of 23rd March, with Col. Helyar's petition, which was delivered by his agent, of whom Sir Thos. immediately asked, before divers gentlemen, whether himself had ever obstructed his proceedings at law, who replied not, and that he never had or designed any about Fitch's lands. Wishes no more than that the law may judge of Col. Helyar's pretensions, or that, if he cannot recover it by law, he would appoint somebody to receive it of the person who holds the second patent, and thank Sir Thos. for interposing on his behalf, "for I would have relinquished my interest very gladly to have obliged him as a gentleman of quality and an adventurer amongst us," whose interests suffer much by the ill measures his agent takes, which has occasioned his complaining of Sir Thos.'s injustice instead of acknowledging his civility. If he will not understand it in London, dares undertake to make it appear to his successor or to Sir Thos. Modyford or any person on the place. Is very much obliged to their Lordships for suspending judgment till they had the state of the case from hence, which is now enclosed, being copy of that sent to Mr. Bridgman and Sir Thos. Modyford, who has informed Lynch that Col. Helvar likewise complained of an injunction granted to stop some of his proceedings at law, which had no relation to Fitch's land. Hopes his defence will not be impertinent if the complaints have not been so, and that now he is removed the King will be better served and many people pleased, for he judges all these clamours have been set afoot and carried on by the arts and malice of those that designed their revenge in his removal, but in this they will fail, for he hopes, either in England or here, to enjoy the blessings of a private life, and that when he appears he shall disperse those clouds many people would have hung about his name to blacken it; at least hopes he shall induce his Lordship to believe that he has served the King with fidelity and success. Endorsed by Locke, "Recd 1 Oct. 1674: read in a Comttee 6th Oct. /74." Encloses,
1301. I. "The state of the case and of the proceedings at common law upon the actions brought by Mr. Whaley, Admr to Mr. Cary Helyar, deceased." Also "The state of Col. Helyar's case about Fitch's land." Together, 5 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXI., Nos. 43. 43. I.]
June 9.
1302. The King to Lord Vaughan. Whereas the King by Letters Patent of 16th Sept. 1672 granted, Robt. Clowes the office of chief clerk to the Supreme Court of St. Jago de la Vega by himself or deputy, and whereas his Majesty has been informed by petition of said Robt. Clowes that he has legally deputed Thos. Dade to officiate as his deputy, he is strictly required immediately after his having taken the government of Jamaica, upon him to admit said Thos. Dade into the execution of said office. And whereas said Robert Clowes has informed his Majesty that Sir Thos. Lynch, the present Governor, refused to admit one Bromfield Corbett, whom he nominated soon after the passing of said letters, though approved by his Majesty, his Majesty requires him to assist said Robert Clowes or his agent in getting what shall have been received of the profits of said office since entitled to the same. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXI., No. 44. See also Col. Entry Bk., No. XCIII., fo. 98.]
June 10. 1303. Minutes of the Council of Barbadoes. Ordered, on request of Capt. Wyborne, setting forth the ill condition of the ship Garland, that he make speed to sail for England and acquaint the officers of his Majesty's Navy of his speedy return, by the first vessel sailing for England. 1 p. [Col. Entry Bk., No. XI., 271, 272.]
June 10. 1304. Petition of poor distressed soldiers late under command of Sir Tobias Pridge in the Caribbee Islands, to the King and Council. On reading their former petition (see ante, No. 1298) his Majesty ordered the Lord High Treasurer forthwith to pay all such soldiers as could produce their discharges, and no others. Whereas some of them delivered their discharges to Major Andrews 8th May last to be entered in the Commissary-General's office for the first payment, but he has lost or omitted to return them into that office; also the greatest part of petitioners had furloughs given by their officers, which was conceived sufficient, by reason they were then ordered to be reduced; and many were drawn out to sea for his Majesty's service in the late war against the Dutch, as by certificates from Officers of his Majesty's ships may appear, and because they could not have liberty to get their discharges from their land Officers they must lose their pay. Pray therefore that they may be inserted with their fellow soldiers in the list of such as have their discharges. In margin, "June 10. 74." 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. XXXI., No. 45.]
June 13.
1305. The King to Philip Carteret, Governor of New Jersey and the Council there. Whereas Sir George Carteret, Knt. and Bart., by grant under his Majesty, is seized of the province of New Cesarea or New Jersey, in America, as Proprietor, in the Plantation of which he has been at great charge; and whereas of late great disorders have happened there by some ill-affected persons, his Majesty hereby requires them to use their utmost endeavours to prevent all troubles for the future, charging all persons forthwith to yield obedience to the laws and government established by Sir George Carteret, who has the sole power under his Majesty to dispose of said country, upon pain of incurring his Majesty's high displeasure. 1 p. Printed in New Jersey Colonial Documents, I., 153–4. [Col. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XXI, p. 132d.]
June 16.
1306. John Cooke to John Locke, Secretary to the Committee for Trade. Secretary Coventry has commanded to let him know his Majesty's pleasure that Mr. Cranfield (one of his Majesty's gentlemen ushers) be one of those to be sent to Surinam, wherewith Locke may be pleased to acquaint the Council for Trade and Plantations when they sit next. 1 p.[Col. Papers, Vol. XXXI., No. 46.]
June 21. 1307. Temporary Agrarian Laws agreed upon by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, in 23 sections. "Since the whole foundation of the government is settled upon a right and equal distribution of land, and the orderly taking of it up is of great moment to the welfare of the Province, and though the regulation of this need not be perpetual, yet since all the concernment thereof will not cease as soon as the Government comes to be administered according to the form established in the Fundamental Constitutions, that the distribution and allotment of land may be with all fairness and equality, and that the conveniency of all degrees may be as much as is possible in their due proportion provided for, the Lords Proprietors of Carolina have agreed on these following temporary agrarian laws." Signed and sealed by Shaftesbury, Craven, Cornbury, Berkeley, G. Carteret, and P. Colleton. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XX., pp. 83–86.]
June 29. 1308. Grant of New York to his Royal Highness the Duke of York. Mem. the same patent that was granted 12 March, 1664, see previous volume of Col. Calendar, 1661–1668, p. 101, no. 685. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LXVIII., pp. 9–16.]
(June.) 1309. Commission to Col. Henry Morgan to be Lieut.-Genl. of the forces as well horse as foot in Jamaica. Mem. only. [Dom. Entry Bk., Chas. II., Vol. XXXVA., p. 89.]
1674. 1310. Twenty-three Acts and two Petitions made at a General Assembly held at St. Maries (Maryland), the 13th day of April, in the 32nd year of the Dominion of Caecilieus, &c., A.D. 1674, the titles of which are as follows:—(l.) An Act of gratitude to his Excel. Charles Calvert, Esq., Capt. General of Maryland. (2.) For the enrollment of conveyances, and securing the estates of purchasers. (3.) Concerning ordinary keepers. (4.) Concerning the empanelling of the grand inquest in the several counties within this Province. (5.) For the repeal of certain laws. (6.) For amending the wages out of Charles County to the city of St. Maries. (7.) To reform the Attorneys, Counsellors, and Solicitors at law of this Province to avoid unnecessary suits and charges at law. (8.) For the Surveyor-General's fees with addition of fees upon re surveys, and for levying the same. (9.) For the payment of fees due from criminal persons. (10.) Appointing Sheriffs to take bail. (11.) For limiting of actions against the Surveyor-General of this Province. (12.) For reviving of certain laws within this Province. (13.) Concerning those servants that have bastards. (14.) For appointing Court days in each respective county within this Province. (15.) Against burners of fences. (16.) Concerning taxable persons. (17.) Declaring what shall be done by the sheriff ex-officio. (18.) For erecting a Court house and prison in every county within this Province. (19.) Against the prophaning of the Sabbath day.
Petition of John de la Maire, William Tick, and others. (20.) An Act prohibiting all masters of ships or vessels, or any other persons from transporting, or conveying away any person or persons out of this Province without passes.
Petition of John Johnson and Henry Greene both of Talbot county. (21.) An Act for payment and assessing the public charges of this Province. (22.) For the building of a State house and prison at St. Maries; and (23.) An Act for the raising a present supply for his Excellency the Capt.-General to defray the charges of making peace with the Cynegoe Indians and making war with the Susquehannes Indians and their confederates if occasion requires. Mem. These Acts passed under the Great Seal, 16 June, 1674. Philip Calvert, Canc. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. LIII., pp. 255–285.]