America and West Indies
January 1715, 1-15

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'America and West Indies: January 1715, 1-15', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 28: 1714-1715 (1928), pp. 62-71. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=73955 Date accessed: 02 September 2014.


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January 1715, 1-15

Jan. 3.
Annapolis Royall.
142. Lt. Govr. Caulfeild to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Refers to letter of 24th Dec. and repeats Jan. 12. " Messrs. Botton and Capoon were the gentlemen I sent in a sloop to proclaim King George in the places belonging to this Govermt., etc., by which you will find that most of the inhabitants are French and are all of them removing to Cape Britton, etc. Refers to enclosures and the many inconveniences wee lye under for want of pay and provitions. I am necessitated to send a sloop to the Government of New England and represent to them our circumstances and hope for a supply." Signed, Tho. Caulfeild. Endorsed, Recd. 27th, Read 29th June, 1715. 1¾ pp. Enclosed,
142. i. Commissary's Account of Stores of the Garrison at Annapolis Royal, with an estimate of how long they will last. Wheat and flour, 10 weeks; pork and beef at half allowance, good and bad, 3 weeks etc., April 30th, 1715. Signed, Peter Capoon. Same endorsement. 1 p.
142. ii. Answer of the Indians of the River St. John to the oath of fidelity to King George proffered to them by Mr. Button and Capon (=Capoon). They said they would wait upon M. le Marquis de Vaudreuil for information, and meanwhile could not take the oath. To the enquiry of these gentlemen why they had not come to trade with their skins at Port Royal since the peace, they replied that they had sent some canoes, but the high prices of goods there, and the low prices given for their effects, had compelled them to take them elsewhere. At the foot of the River St. John. 16th April (N.S.), 1715. Same endorsement. French. 1 p.
142. iii. Propositions of Messrs. Button and Capon to the Indians of Pentagouet (Penobscot) to proclaim King George and trade at Port Royal etc. Replies of Pentagouet (Penobscot) Indians:—I do not proclaim any foreign King in my country. Port Royal is too far away. Objects to proposal that the English should establish themselves amongst the Indians. Signed, Totem-marks of the three chief Sachems. Countersigned, Pierre de la Chasse, Missionary. Same endorsement. French. 3 pp.
142. iv. Reply of Le Sieur Bellefontaine, sole French inhabitant on the River St. John, to the proposal of an oath of allegiance to H.M. etc. Being a vassal of M. le Marquis de Vaudreuil, and having heard nothing from him since the Peace, he cannot take the oath proffered by Messrs. Button and Capon, but reserves his decision till he is fully informed, etc. 16th April (N.S.), 1715. Signed, Bellefontaine (Mark), and Jean Loyard, S. J. Same endorsement. French. 1 p.
142. v. Reply of the inhabitants of Beaubassin (Checanectou). We cannot make any determination, until we learn the decisions of the two Crowns upon the questions submitted to them. As to beef etc., the inhabitants cannot supply any on account of the season, but if they can, when the season permits, they gladly will. 28th March (N.S.), 1715. 4 signatures on behalf of the rest. Same endorsement. French. 1 p.
142. vi. Answer of the French Inhabitants of Les Mines. We chose last summer to return under the dominion of the King of France. So long as we remain here we will do nothing contrary to the service of King George etc. 12th March (N.S.). 15 signatures. Same endorsement. French. 2 pp.
142. vii. List of the French Inhabitants (138) of Les Mines, 13th March (N.S.), 1715. Same endorsement. 2 pp.
142. viii. List of 61 French inhabitants of Beaubassin present at the Proclamation of King George. Same endorsement. 1 p.
142. ix. Proclamation of King George. Signed, Annapolis Royal, Dec. 28, 1714, by the Governor, Lt. Governor and officers and principal inhabitants of Annapolis Royal, Dec. 28, 1714. 57 signatures. 3 pp.
142. x. Oaths of allegiance, supremacy and abjuration to King George. Signed, by (29) and (32) inhabitants of Annapolis Royal and Pasmaquoddy, April 9, 1715. Same endorsement. 2 pp. [C.O. 217, 1. Nos. 125, 125 i.–xi.; and (without enclosures) 218, 1. pp. 235–238; and (abstract of covering letter), 217, 30. pp. 1, 2.]
Jan. 3.
Whitehall.
143. Mr. Popple to Mr. Wm. Pulteney, Secry. at War. Desires copies of letters from Col. Vetch to the Secry. at War, Oct. 1710–1713, with an account of what orders and directions have been given thereupon. [C.O. 218, 1. p. 134.]
[Jan. 3.]144. Copy of H.M. Instructions to Col. Vetch, 28th Feb., 1708 (9), upon his proposal of an enterprize on Canada, and Newfoundland, etc. v. C.S.P. under date. Countersigned, Sunderland. Endorsed, Recd. Read 3rd Jan., 17 14/15. 8 pp. [C.O. 217, 1. No. 24; and 218, 1. pp. 126–133.]
[Jan. 4.]145. Copies of letters from Col. Vetch, Oct. 14, 1710; March 10, May, June 15, and Dec. 14, 1711; Jan. 4, Aug. 8, Oct. 16, and Nov. 20, 1712, Jan.–May and Oct. 5, 1713, and Journal, July–Oct., 1711. Endorsed, Recd. Read 4th Jan., 17 14/15. 96 pp. [C.O. 217, 1. Nos. 25–44; and 218, 1. pp. 134–136.]
Jan. 5.
Bristol.
146. Copy of Heads of a Memorial presented to the merchants of Bristol by a Committee appointed to consider of the Newfoundland Trade. (1) Care must be taken that the French make no encroachments. (2) The inhabitants have been so harassed by the enemy, and the fishing seasons since the peace have been so bad, that without the assistance of the Government they must starve, or goe servants to our Plantations, and so this branch of our trade must be lost. (3) It is highly necessary there should be some Court of Jurdicature, for punishing and preventing many abuses that daily doe happen to the great detriment of the Fishery, the Admirals by the late Act not being authorized for that purpose, and most of them incapable, etc. (4) We are also discouraged in our trade to Newfoundland by factors from Ireland and New England resideing there during the winter, which is contrary to the law made in the reign of K. William, as Newfoundland was incouraged for the propagation of seamen nothing can be more prejudicial especially that of New England being so near, a sloop with four or five men can bring two or three cargoes a year to one man, and at the end of the fishing voyages carry off great numbers of seamen and fishermen. (5) The scheme of appointing a Governour is inconsistent with the security demanded for this trade. We must of course be liable to duties, as well as to the arbitrary power of such men, and no trade can flourish under military discipline, etc. There have been already some marks of this kind of discipline in that countrey, and it is hoped a stop will be put to it. (6) We cannot but represent the ignorance and unchristian actions and usages among the inhabitants, occasioned chiefly by the want of ministers of the Gospel. Some establishment ought to be agreed upon for inviteing persons fitly qualified to instruct them to reside in Newfoundland. Signed, J. A. Smith. "Sent to me from Capt. Fry, Mr. Hobbs," etc. Endorsed, Recd. 1st, Read 28th Feb., 17 14/15. 2 pp. [C.O. 194, 5. No. 67.]
Jan. 5.
St. James's.
147. Order of King in Council. Referring following to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their report. Signed, Christo. Musgrave. Endorsed, Recd. 4th, Read 23rd Feb., 17 14/15. ¾ p. Enclosed,
147. i. Petition of Elizabeth Salenave to the King. Prays for a speedy restoration to her estate in St. Kitts. etc. v. A.P.C. II. No. 489. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 10. Nos. 39, 39 i.; and 153, 12. pp. 178–181.]
Jan.5.
Whitehall.
148. Mr. Secretary Stanhope to the Council of Trade and Plantations. H.M. having been pleased to appoint Col. William Codrington to be Governor of the Leeward Islands, you are to prepare a draught of a Commission and Instructions for him, etc. Signed, James Stanhope. Endorsed, Recd. 8th Jan., Read 1st Feb., 17 14/15. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 10. No. 37; and 153, 12. p. 151.]
Jan. 7.
Whitehal.
149. Mr. Popple to Mr. Pringle. The Council of Trade and Plantations desire you will move Mr. Secretary Stanhope, that they may have a sight of the bills for the patents for ye Secy. of Jamaica, Barbadoes and ye Leward Islands. I am further to desire you will give ye bearer leave to compare ye copies of ye letters we have from Col. Vetch, with ye originals in your office, and that you will let their Lordps. know what orders or whether any orders were sent to Col. Vetch in answer to ye said letters. [C.O. 5, 4. No. 7; and 29, 13. p. 158.]
[Jan. 7.]150. Abstract of Bills of Exchange drawn by Col. Vetch since the reduction of Annapolis Royal, (a) on James Douglas, mercht., London, Nov. 10, 1710—Dec. 31, 1712. Paid, £16, 540 10s. 4d. Unpaid, £17,396 15s. 3d. (b) on other merchants, Paid, £2, 269 19s. 2d., Unpaid, £3,648 16s. 11½d. Endorsed, Recd. Read 7th Jan., 1714 (15). 2 pp. [C.O. 217, 1. Nos. 45, 45 i.]
Jan. 7.
Whitehall.
151. Mr. Secretary Stanhope to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Refers following for their report. (Dated, by error, 1704/5). Signed, James Stanhope. Recd. 3rd (sic), Read 17th Jan., 17 14/15 ½ p. Overleaf,
151. i. Petition of Sir Charles Hobby to the King. Prays for the Government of Annapolis. His regiment was instrumental in taking and holding Port Royal (Annapolis). He was left in charge as Lt. Governor when Col. Vetch went on the expedition to Canada, repaired the Fort, and reduced the Indians. But on the miscarriage of the Canada expedition, he was displaced without any discharge of his arrears, or anything laid to his charge, etc. Signed, Charles Hobby. 1 p.
152. Stephen Mason and others, on behalf of H.M. trading subjects, to the King. The French are industrious in settling and fortifying Cape Breton, and a like speedy care to encourage the settlement of Annapolis Royal in Acadia, will be for the honour of your Majesty and the benefit of your trading subjects. Recommend Sir Charles Hobby for Governor, etc. Signed, Ste. Mason. 1 p. [C.O. 217, 1. Nos. 47, 47 i., ii.; and (without enclosure ii.) 218, 1. pp. 137–141.]
Jan. 7.153. Rowld. Tryon and Nathl. Carpenter to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Propose John Lucie Blackman for the Council of Barbados. Endorsed, Recd. Read 7th Jan., 17 14/15. ¾ p. [C.O. 28, 14. No. 30.]
Jan. 7.
St. James's.
154. H.M. Warrant renewing the appointment of Alexander Burnet as Clerk of the Markets in Barbadoes. Countersigned, James Stanhope. Copy. [C.O. 5, 190. pp. 29, 30.]
Jan. 11.
Whitehall.
155. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. Reply to Dec. 28. Enclose list of debentures paid to the sufferers of Nevis and St. Kitts, etc. [C.O. 153, 12. p. 148.]
Jan. 12.
St. James's.
156. H.M. Warrant renewing the appointment of Lord Archibald Hamilton as Governor of Jamaica. Countersigned, James Stanhope. Copy. [C.O. 5, 190. pp. 31–38.]
Jan. 12.
St. James's.
157. H.M. Warrant revoking appointment of Richard Carter and appointing John Floyer Attorney General of Barbados. Countersigned, James Stanhope. Copy. [C.O. 5, 190. p. 44.]
Jan. 12.
Exon.
158. Sir John Colleton to Mr. Popple. Urges his application against John Colleton, etc. (v. Jan. 17). Signed, J. Colleton. Endorsed, Recd. 17th Jan., 17 14/15. Addressed. Sealed. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 14. No. 33.]
Jan. 12.
Annapolis Royall.
159. Lt. Governor Caulfeild to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have punctually observed the proclaiming H.M. King George etc. Myself, the officers, and soldiers, together with the English inhabitants here, have taken the oaths, as appointed, etc. I have likewise offered them to the French, who are the greatest part of our people, but being Roman Catholicks refuse to swear, tho' they sign'd to me a paper much of the same tenure all which I transmitt your Lorps., and beg directions how I must behave to those people; Messrs. La Ronde and Pensance Ministers from the French King being sent hither for that end, have prevail'd on the whole inhabitants, who have sign'd to leave this place, and settle, at Cape Britton and expect ships to convey themselves, and effects accordingly. The season forbiding communication with severall places, in our Government, the King has not been proclaim'd there to which end, I shall dispatch an officer when practicable who speaks French the inhabitants being all of that Nation and I shall then render an account of those proceedings etc. Signed, Tho. Caulfeild. Endorsed, Recd. 12th May, Read 29th June, 1715. 2 pp. Enclosed,
159. i. Description of the Proclaiming King George, Annapolis Royal, Dec. 2, 1714. The cannon fired three rounds which were answered by ye smal arms of our soldiers, etc. The gentlemen went to the Lieut. Govr's. and there drank H.M. health. The night was concluded with the discharge of 39 coehorns, and the mortars three times. A great bonfire was made, candles in the windows, and all illuminations possible on so great an occasion. The officers attended the Lt. Govr. and again drank H.M. health, with the drumms beating, etc. Endorsed as preceding. ¾ p.
159. ii.–xi. Copies of Proclamations of King George, and oaths of allegiance, supremacy and abjuration, signed and sworn to by the officers, soldiers and inhabitants of Annapolis Royal, etc. Dec. 23, 1714. The whole endorsed as preceding. 12 pp.
159. xii. Declaration signed by French inhabitants of Nova Scotia, referred to above. I promise and swear faithful allegiance to King George so long as I shall be in Nova Scotia, and permitted to retire where I judge fitting with all my moveable goods and effects when I judge fitting without hindrance, etc. Annapolis Royal, 22nd Jan., 1715. 36 Signatures. French. 1 p.
159. xiii. Declaration signed by French Inhabitants of Nova Scotia. We have agreed to return under the dominion of His Most Christian Majesty according to Article 14 of the Treaty. But so long as we remain in Nova Scotia, we protest and declare that we will do nothing contrary to the service of King George etc. Jan 13, 1715. 90 Signatures. French. 2 pp.
159. xiv. French Inhabitants of Nova Scotia to King George. Last August, in the presence of General Nicholson and two French officers, we declared for the King of France, and await the decision of the two Crowns, and therefore we pray Lt. Governor Caulfeild to grant us a delay until we have a reply, etc. Annapolis Royal, Jan. 22, 1715. 36 Signatures. French. 1½ pp. [C.O. 217, 1. Nos. 124, 124 i.–xiv.; and (without enclosures) 218, 1. pp. 233–235.]
Jan. 13.
Secry's Office.
160. Mr. Pringle to Mr. Popple. Reply to Jan. 7th. I have searched into the Entry Books of this Office relating to the West Indies from the time of my Ld. Sunderland's being turned out, to this day, in all which I do not find one order, instruction, or letter to Col. Vetch. The bills for the Patents of the Secretaries in the West Indies not being entred in the books of this Office, I have sent to the Signet Office for them, etc Signed, Ro. Pringle. Endorsed, Recd. 13th, Read 17th Jan., 17 14/15. 1 p. [C.O. 217, 1. No. 48; and 218, 1. pp. 141, 142.]
Jan. 14.
Whitehall.
161. Mr. Secretary Stanhope to the Council of Trade and Plantations. There being a considerable quantity of lands in the Island of St. Christophers, which has been yielded up, to be disposed of by his Majesty, and he being desirous the same should be done in the way that may be most for his advantage, for the improvement of the Island and for the general benefit of trade, you are to report your opinion of the most proper methods of disposing of these lands as soon as possibly you can, etc. Signed, James Stanhope. Endorsed, Recd. 15th Jan., Read 31st March, 1715. 1 p. [C.O. 152, 10. No. 42; and 153, 12. pp. 187, 188.]
Jan. 14.
Whitehall.
162. Mr. Secretary Stanhope to the Council of Trade and Plantations. H.M. having been pleased to appoint Elizeus Burges to be Governour of Massachuset's Bay in New England in the room of Colonel Dudley, you are to prepare a Commission and Instructions for him, etc. Signed, James Stanhope. Endorsed, Recd. 18th, Read 19th Jan., 17 14/15. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 866. No. 26; and 5, 913. p. 501.]
Jan. 14.
Whitehall.
163. Mr. Secretary Stanhope to the Council of Trade and Plantations. You are to prepare a Commission and Instructions for Elizeus Burges to be Governor of New Hampshire, etc. Signed and endorsed as preceding. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 866. No. 27; and 5, 913. p. 502.]
Jan. 14.164. Daniel and Samuel Coxe to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Reasons against renewing the Commissions of Col. Hunter, Governor of New York and New Jersey. We are ready to make it appear (1) that he hath all along acted in a very arbitrary manner contrary to the laws of Great Brittain without any reguard to his Instructions (which he hath frequently broke thro) and Commissions; (2) that he hath delayd, denyed and perverted Justice taking upon himself in an illegall manner to dispense with an Act of Assembly and also by misrepresentacons impos'd upon the late Queen's clemency which induced her (to the great detriment of the said Provinces) to pardon severall notorious murtherers, etc. Signed, Daniel Coxe, Samuel Coxe. Endorsed, Recd. Read 17th Jan., 17 14/15. 1 p. Abstract. Set out, N.J. Archives, 1st Ser. IV., 198. [C.O. 5, 970. No. 166.]
Jan. 15.
Whitehall.
165. Mr. Secretary Stanhope to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Encloses following for their opinion thereupon. Signed, James Stanhope. Endorsed, Recd. 18th, Read 19th Jan., 17 14/15. 1 p. Enclosed,
165. i. Caleb Heathcote to [? Lord Bolingbroke] New Yorke, July 10, 1714. Urges his scheme for building ships and producing naval stores in New England, etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 4 pp.
165. ii. A Scheme for a full experiment on Naval Stores. Proposes that 25 men out of each of the regular companies be detached to work under his direction. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 2½ pp.
165. iii. Another Scheme for Naval Stores. 1 p.
165. iv. An estimate of the expence of guarding the coast of North America by two galleys and five sloops.=£5, 969 8s. The four ships of war now stationed there cost the Crown near four times as much, etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 1 p.
165. v. A scheme for 3 pacquet boats from New York to Bristol. 2 pp.
165. vi. [? Caleb Heathcote to Sir Thomas Franklain and Sir John Evelyn, Postmasters General.] New Yorke, April 10, 1714. Urges preceding proposal, etc. 5¾ pp.
165. vii. Caleb Heathcote to [? Lord Bolingbroke]. Urges his scheme for Naval Stores, etc. New Yorke, July 10, 1714. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 4 pp.
165. viii. Scheme as above proposed [? by Caleb Heathcote] to the Houses of Parliament for guarding the coasts of America, and saving the £80,000 annually expended thereon, etc. 2½ pp.
165. ix. A scheme laid before Governor Hunter [? by Caleb Heathcote] for building guard ships, etc. 1⅓ pp.
165. x. Caleb Heathcote [? to John Hamilton]. Encloses his schemes, etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 2 pp.
165. xi. Caleb Heathcote to Lord Bolingbroke. New York, July 22, 1714. Urges his scheme for naval stores, etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 3 pp.
165. xii. Caleb Heathcote to Lord Bolingbroke. New York, Aug. 24, 1714. Urges his scheme for naval stores, etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 4 pp.
165. xiii. A scheme [by Caleb Heathcote] setting forth how 7,500 men, soldiers and servants, may be maintained according to above proposals. 4 pp.
165. xiv. Caleb Heathcote to Lord Bolingbroke. New Yorke, Sept. 1st, 1714. Urges his scheme for naval stores, etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 5 pp.
165. xv. Caleb Heathcote to Lord Bolingbroke. New Yorke, Sept. 15, 1714. Urges his scheme, etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 4 pp.
165. xvi. Caleb Heathcote to Lord Bolingbroke. New Yorke, Sept. 15, 1714. Urges his scheme, etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 4 pp. Enclosed,
165. xvii. Deposition of Miles Oakly, Westchester, New York, 16th Sept., 1714. Enclosed in preceding. Col. Caleb Heathcote, Mayor of Westchester, employed deponent to get timber for a small galley which was got in 89 days work for one man, etc. Signed, Miles Oakly. Notes by Heathcote on back. 2 pp.
165. xviii. Certificate by Josiah Hunt, Deputy Mayor of Westchester, that the above deposition was taken by him, etc. Sept. 16, 1714. Signed, Josiah Hunt. Seal of the Borough. ¾ p.
165. xix. Scheme for maintaining 112 men for raising naval stores, etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 2 pp.
165. xx. Duplicate of No. xviii.
165. xxi. Duplicate of No. xvii.
165. xxii. Duplicate of No. xvi.
165. xxiii. Caleb Heathcote to Lord Bolingbroke. New Yorke, Oct. 15, 1714. Urges his scheme for building galleys and packet boats, etc. Signed, Caleb Heathcote. 2 pp.
165. xxiv. Certificate by David Jamison, Recorder of New York, Oct. 12th, 1714, that Caleb Heathcote made the following deposition before him. Signed, David Jamison. ½ p.
165. xxv. Deposition of Caleb Heathcote, Mayor of New York, Oct. 12th, 1714. In order to demonstrate the soundness of his above schemes, deponent hath gott the frames of timber for foure vessels and sawn a considerable quantity of planks which is seasoning for that use, has laid the keels of two of the said vessels, etc., and has in readyness for hemp, flax, grain, etc. 50 acres of land. The charges of said timber was much cheaper than set forth in his schemes, as shown by the deposition of Miles Oakley, etc. (No. xvii.). Signed, Caleb Heathcote. ¾ p.
165. xxvi. Estimate of cost of raising Naval Stores by the scheme for employing 112 men (No. xix.)=£1,000. Signed Caleb Heathcote. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 1050. Nos. 74, 74 i.–xxvi.; and (without enclosures), 5, 1123. pp. 138–140.]
Jan. 15.
St. James's.
166. H.M. Warrant renewing the appointment of George, Earl of Orkney, as Governor of Virginia. Copy. Countersigned, James Stanhope. [C.O. 5, 190. pp. 46–54.]