America and West Indies: Addenda 1654

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 9, 1675-1676 and Addenda 1574-1674. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1893.

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Addenda 1654

June 6.
204. Petition of Capt. Daniel Howe, of New England, to the Lord Protector and Council. Was cast away between Virginia and New England; bought a ship at New Amsterdam, in America, called the Hopewell, which was taken from him in Virginia by Lieut.-Col. Edm. Scarborough, under pretence she traded for the Dutch, and Scarborough procured one Peter Wraxhall to swear she acted under his Commission; and the matter being referred to the Governor and Council in Virginia for their award, petitioners succeeded so far as to obtain leave to come to England, upon entering into bond in 1,000l. to appear before the Council of State or the Admiralty Court, and abide by their decision whether his ship or the value thereof, being surprised by the Governor of Virginia, was a prize to that colony under their commission from the Council of State. But on presenting his papers to the Admiralty Court, petitioner found that Wraxhall's owners had procured a condemnation of the ship in their favour behind his back, notwithstanding Wraxhall's engagement to stand by the award of the Governor, and thereupon was advised to appeal to the Judge Delegates, but although petitioner has attended since Feb. last, he can get no redress. Prays that his case be taken into consideration. With reference to the Admiralty Commissioners, to give such speedy and effectual order as they seem meet. 1654, June 9. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32, No. 7.]
July 1.
Church Prize, Nantasket, near Boston, New England.
205. Mark Harrison to the Navy Commissioners. Sends particulars of his voyage since leaving Portsmouth. Lost company of the Black Raven and Augustine in storms and extremity of weather, and were forced to Fayal. It was concluded by Major Robert Sedgwick and Capt. John Leveret to send the Black Raven home again as not fitting to go to the westward. Arrived at Boston 12 May 1654, where they waited three weeks for the coming of the Major, who arriving with Capt. Fenn in the Augustine, they commenced raising forces for taking the Dutch plantation, and the assistance of the Southern Colonies was not wanting in carrying on that design, but Massachusetts did not act with that life that was expected, supposing they had not a just call for such a work. After spending some time in raising soldiers, and having accomplished their desires, received news of the peace with the Hollanders, whereupon the colonies deserted them, and they were forced to let the design fall through. Masts not being ready, it was thought good to turn their design towards the French, and to prosecute same have entertained 100 soldiers, and are now ready to put forward on that design, intending to spend the time they are forced to stay for masts. Hope to give full account of their proceedings in their next. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32, No. 8.]
21 July.
On board the States Ship Church, John River, Bay of Fundy.
206. Mark Harrison to the Commissioners of the Admiralty. Since his last "it hath pleased the Lord to give into our hands from the French" the fort commonly called St. John's Fort; in it were near ninety persons, about seventy men, nineteen pieces of ordnance, sixteen "bases and murderers," with other arms enough for three times as many men, not much beaver, but a considerable quantity of skins. The terms upon which they surrendered were that they should be transported to France, have their clothes and single arms, forty days' victuals, and march out of the Fort with colours flying and match burning at both ends, and drum sticks. The Major intends with speed to go for Fort Royal, ten leagues from this place; it is a considerable place, but not so strong as is already taken. 1 p. Two papers, one almost a duplicate of the other, but addressed to the Commissioners of the Navy. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32, Nos. 9, 10.]
Aug. 30.
On board the Church, on the coast of Acadia.
207. Mark Harrison to the Commissioners of the Admiralty at "Whight Hall." Since his last [see preceding abstract], "it hath pleased God to give us the fort commonly called Fort Royal," which they took the 8th inst. In it were 113 men, twenty-three great guns besides others, arms for 500 men, fifty barrels of powder, and shot proportionable, and a great quantity of provisions; also a ship of about 200 tons and 16 guns, partly laden with brandy, French wines, &c. The ship was given them to carry the Frenchmen taken in the fort to France, only the guns, powder, and shot were taken out. Are now at Penobscot, where the French have a small fort yet in their possession, but expect it from them daily; it is a place of good trade with the Indians. Not any more French inhabiting this coast. Sept. 9th.—Since writing the above have taken Penobscot Fort, and are now arrived at Piscataqua. 1 p. [Col Papers, Vol. 32, No. 11.]
Aug. 31.
On board the Church, at Penobscot, Coast of De La Cadie, New England.
208. Mark Harrison to the Navy Commissioners. To the same effect as the preceding, with the addition that in taking Fort Royal they lost one man outright, and 6 wounded, while marching up to the fort, by an ambush. They fired at our men before they saw them, but our Old England soldiers gave them no more time to load, but ran upon them and put them to the route, killed 5, wounded divers, and quite disheartened them from coming out of the fort any more although they had as many men as we. 1 p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32, No. 12]
2 Oct. 209. Order of Court of the Bermudas Company. On representation by the Governor and Council in the Somer Islands of the great prejudice to divers persons for want of a liberty to try titles to lands in the Courts there, the Grand Committee report that liberty be henceforth granted to prosecute suits for titles to lands to judgment and recovery in said islands, provided that all persons concerned have liberty of appeal to the Company. Endorsed, "2d Octob. 1674 (sic). Order of the Bermuda Compr. for settling Courts of Judicature in their Islands. Read the 23rd of Octob. 1679." 1 p. See Lefroy's Memorials of the Bermudas, II. 49. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32, No. 13.]
Nov. 9.
Boston, New England.
210. Maj. Robt. Sedgwicke and Capt. John Leverett to Richard Hutchinson, Treasurer of the Navy. These are to accompany a bill of exchenge of 646l. 14s. 4d. payable to William Barrett, for so much disbursed in New England for the service of the fleet belonging to the Commonwealth of England by Capt. Leverett out of his proper estate. "Pray you at time make payment, so commending you to the Lord." ½ p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32, No. 14.]
Nov. 10. 211. Petition of Capt. Daniel How to the Commissioners for the Admiralty and Navy. That petitioner has been now almost two years in trouble about his ship the Hopewell, and understanding that Major Hazard is still weak so as petitioner can have no appearance of him and being unable to lye here and wait, prays for a speedy hearing until when he cannot be clear of his bond in 1,000l. to the Governor and Council of Virginia nor get some. tobaceo owing to him in Virginia, see ante, No. 204. ½ p. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32, No. 15.]
Dec. 212. "A particular list of the names of the persons already paid their first month's pay for their respective qualities under the command of General Venables in the West Indies." Five regiments and a troop of horse. The first under Genl. Venables, with Lt.-Col. Edward Doylie, Major Francis Mercer, and Capts. George Butler, Carey, John Cooke, Henry Davice, Henry Disney, Thomas Hand cock, George Persons, and Obadiah Hinde; the second under MajorGenl. James Haines, with Lieut-Col. John Clarke, Major Saml. Barry, and Capts. Henry Archbould, Richard Bamford, Daniel Smith, George Toms, Edward Willett, Thomas Walter, and Richard Younge; the third under Col. Richard Fortescue, with Lt.-Col. Richard Holdyrt, Major William Hill, and Capts. Henry Bartlitt, Bartho. Davice, Obadiah Edwards, John Keene, Samuel Leverington, Richard Weles and White; the fourth under Col. Anthony Buller, with Lieut.-Col. Francis Barrington, Major Michael Bland, and Capts. Adam Baynard, Stroud Bingham, Christopher Cooper, Vincent Corbitt, John Minn, Throckmorton, and Arundall; the fifth under Col. Andrew Carter, with Lt.-Col. Thos. Bushell, Major John Fergeson, and Capts. Nathaniel Bowers, Winkfield Blunt, Abra. Fincher, Nicholas Halford, and Thomas Salkeild; and the troop of Horse under Capt. Jones; also John Cudworth, Judge Advocate, John Dean, Marshall General, Mark Fowler, and Thomas Goodfellow, Provost Marshalls, Robert Wadeson, Treasurer, Philip Warde, Adjutant General, John Rudyard, Quartermaster-General, and many others, in all 471. 2 large sheets. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32, No. 16.]