America and West Indies
May 1720


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'America and West Indies: May 1720', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 32: 1720-1721 (1933), pp. 36-44. URL: Date accessed: 20 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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May 1720

[? May]56. Francis Lord Guilford, guardian of Lord Baltimore, to the King. Requests H.M. approbation of Capt. Charles Calvert, H.M. 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, as Lt. Governor of Maryland in place of Lt. Govr. Hart. Signed, Guilford, pro Baltimore. ¾ p. (v. 19th May). [C.O. 5, 721. No. 16; and 5, 720. No. 27.]
May 1.
57. Mr. Bridger to [? Mr. Popple]. In my last I laid before their Lordships that I had seized 16 trees cut in H.M. woods without the Royal licence, under these pretences. Timothy Gerrish, Paul Gerrish, and Thomas Hanson agreeing with David Jefferies Agent to Mr. Taylor Contractor for masts etc., to get so many masts in H.M. woods. I told them publickly that if they cut any trees in H.M. woods without leave I would certainly prosecute them, having two laws, and the Royal licence and my Instructions on my side etc. On appearing before Lt. Governor Wentworth, they said they cut these trees by a licence they had from me in 1718 saying they had not fulfilled that agreement (for 136 trees). They refused to say how many they had cut then, or when the Governor came etc. These people will only be governed by a severe Act of Parliament wth. a good penalty fixed. Urges that the Board should represent to the Lords of the Admiralty the necessity of confirming his seizure, otherwise no trees will be left in a few years. Repeats former letters etc. Signed, J. Bridger. Endorsed, Recd. 18th July, 1720, Read 5th July, 1722. 3 pp. [C.O. 5, 868. ff. 248–249v.]
May 2.
58. Mr. Secretary Craggs to Governor Philips. Mr. Harrison Chaplain to the Garrison at Annapolis is to have a license of absence for one year, for the recovery of his health. Signed, J. Craggs. [C. O. 324, 34. p. 2.]
May 3.
59. Earl of Orkney to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Recommends Mr. Peter Beverley for the Council of Virginia, in accordance with Col. Spotswood's last letters, etc. Signed, Orkney. Endorsed, Recd. 3rd, Read 31st May, 1720. Holograph. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1318. No. 71.]
May 4.
60. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Craggs. Enclose following for H.M. signature. Annexed,
60. i. Draught of Commission for William Burnett, to be Governor of New York and New Jersey. In the usual form. Signed, 24 June, 1720. Set out, N. J. Archives, 1st Ser. IV 447; and N.Y. Col. Docs. V 538. [C.O. 5, 996. pp. 1–25; and 5, 1124. pp. 133–158; and 5, 1079. No. 115.]
May 4.61. Extracts from Governor Burnet's Commissions and Instructions. Of later date. 14¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 1085. No. 38.]
May 5.
62. Lt. Governor Spotswood to the Council of Trade and Plantations. I have the happy occasion to informe yor. Lordps. of a new revolution in the management of publick affairs here, and that in a late Council when nothing but accusations and answers were forming for your Lordps. determination all of a sudden a resolution was taken up, to lay aside all manner of complainings charges and vindications, and the whole Council and I have agreed to pass over and bury in oblivion whatever contests have heretofore happen'd between us, and engaged to act for the future as cordial friends in the administration of the Government: so that I am perswaded yor. Lordps. will by this reconciliation have fewer matters from Virginia to trouble yor. Board, and I shal henceforward find a more governable people. I cannot but joine with the Gentlemen of the Council to make an humble request to yor. Lordps. that no further notice may be taken of any representations etc. to the disadvantage of one or other, that have been made before the 29th of last month, which was the happy day of our pacification etc. Signed, A. Spotswood. Endorsed, Recd. 14th, Read 15th June, 1720. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 1318. No. 75.]
May 5.
63. Council of Virginia to the Council of Trade and Plantations. To same effect as preceding. All our differences are now fully compromised and adjusted, to the universal joy etc. To prevent any differences for the future, the expedient we have fallen upon is, that no more separate complaints of either Governor or Council, be transmitted, but if any difference in the administration of Government happens, that we will amicably state it on both sides, and jointly lay it before yor. Lordps. etc. Signed, E. Jenings, Robert Carter, James Blair, Phill. Ludwell, John Lewis, W. Byrd, Wm. Bassett, Wm. Cocke, Nathll. Harrison, Mann Page. Endorsed as preceding. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 1318. No. 76.]
May 5.
64. Mr. Popple to Mr. West. Encloses memorials from the Admiralty (v. 6th Feb. 1719) and presses for reply how far their request may be comply'd with, in respect to the Common and Statute Law of this Realm, etc. Misdated, 1722. [C.O. 324, 10. pp. 276, 277.]
May 6.
Treasury Chambers.
65. Mr. Stanhope to Mr. Popple. The Lords Commissioners of H.M. Treasury are desirous to know whether the Lords Commrs. for Trade have had occasion to apply to H.M. Attorney or Solicitor General for their opinion since H.M. appointed Mr. West to be Councill to that Board at £300 per annum salary etc. Signed, C. Stanhope. Endorsed, Recd. 7th, Read 10th May, 1720. Addressed. ¾ p. [C.O. 388, 77. No. 75; and 389, 37. p. 176].
May 6.66. Address of the Representatives of S. Carolina to [? Mr. Moore.] It is the humble opinion of this House that it may be propper by the next opportunity of writing for England to give Mr. Joseph Boone our Agent there an account that the Indians to the northward of this settlement have again broke out war against the inhabitants setled in those parts, and that the Indians to the southward of this Colony also have lately made incursions and depredations on our settlements there by killing some people and carrying away diverse slaves. All which might probably have been prevented had the Indian Trading Act continued in force whereby that trade was managed for the safety of the publick and which Act the Lords Proprietors by an instrument under their hands and seals pretended to repeal. And we desire you will please to represent that affair so to our Agent that he may there make the best use of it for the future safety and wellfare of this Colony. Signed, Tho. Hepworth, Speaker. True Copy from the Journals of the House of Commons of the 6th May, 1720. Attested pr. Tho. Moore Ck. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 358. f. 4.]
[May 6.]67. James Smith to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Appointed Secretary of New Jersey by H.M. Letters Patent, 1715, Memorialist upon his arrival there found that by some late Acts of Assembly his fees were so reduced that it was not possible for anyone to subsist on them, and that those Acts had been made only for the punishment of Jeremiah Bass at that time Secretary and guilty of many ill practises. Refers to his application in 1719 and the Board's letter to the Governor advising the Assembly to repeal those Acts etc. The Governor is now in England, and there is no hope that the Assembly will repeal them. Prays for the Board's representation to H.M. that the said Acts be disallowed etc. Signed, James Smith. Endorsed, Recd., Read 6th May, 1720. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 971. No. 81.]
May 10.
68. Mr. Popple to Charles Stanhope. Reply to 6th May. Encloses list of references required. Concludes: The Attorney General never made answer to any of the matters referred to him, tho' the late Sollr. did in some cases etc. But for the most part their Lordships did depend upon Mr. West's opinion singly, without whose assistance the business of their Office would have been greatly delayed. Annexed,
68. i. List of references by the Board of Trade to the Attorney and Solicitor General and of answers thereto, July 23, 1718—Feb. 5, 1720. [C.O. 389, 37. pp. 177–180.]
May 12.
69. Mr. Popple to James Smith. The Council of Trade and Plantations desire to know to-morrow morning what the Secretary's fees in New Jersey were before the Acts complained of May 6 etc. [C.O. 5, 996. p. 26.]
May 14.
St. James's.
70. H.M. Warrant for appointing Cole Diggs to the Council of Virginia. Countersigned, J. Craggs. Copy. [C.O. 324, 34. p. 2].
May 16.
Custom ho., London.
71. Mr. Carkesse to Mr. Popple. Enquires whether the Act of Barbados for regulating the gage of sugar casks, in folio 118 of the Laws of Barbados printed in London in 1699, is in force. An Act with the same title is noted in folio 147 in the margin as expired. Asks whether sugar casks are ascertained by any other Acts etc. Subscribed, The first Act is perpetual, and now reprinted as a standing law. The Act in folio 147 altered the dimensions of sugar casks but was made to continue two years, and no longer. (? by Mr. Popple). Signed, Cha. Carkesse. Endorsed, Recd. 16th, Read 17th May, 1720. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 28, 14. No. 89.]
May 17.
72. Mr. Popple to Mr. Carkesse. Reply to preceding. All the Barbados laws are now with the King's Printer etc. Replies from memory but will give a clear answer when they are printed etc. [C.O. 29, 14. pp. 74, 75.]
May 18.
St. James's.
73. Mr. Secretary Craggs to the Council of Trade and Plantations. H.M. refers following to the Council of Trade and Plantations for their report etc. Signed, J. Craggs. Superscribed,
73. i. Petition of John Plowman of London, fishmonger, and Robt. Shard of London, merchant, to the King. Pray to be granted a patent for monopoly in curing sturgeon in America, making caviare and isingglass etc. The whole endorsed, Recd. 18th, Read 20th May, 1720. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 8. No. 5.]
May 19.74. Order of King in Council. Confirming Act of New York, 1717, for paying several debts etc., "in regard the bills of credit having been made out pursuant to the said Act which have come into the hands of divers of H.M. subjects for valuable considerations"; but directing that circular letters be sent to the Governors of all H.M. Plantations in America that for the future they do not pass any law whereby bills of credit may be struck or issued; or any law for payment of moneys to the Governor or any of the Councill or Assembly of their respective Provinces, or other person whatever without a clause inserted therein, declaring that such Acts shall not be in force untill they be approved and confirmed by H.M. excepting laws for raising and setling a publick revenue for defraying the necessary charge of the Government of the said Provinces according to the Instructions given to the respective Governors etc. Signed, Robert Hales. Endorsed, Recd. 30th June, Read 1st July, 1720. 2 pp. [C. O. 5, 1052. ff. 18, 18v., 19v.; and (abstract) 5, 1124. p. 232; and (signed Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. Read 11th Jan. 1720/1 5, 1052. ff. 101, 101v., 102v.]
May 19.
St. James's.
75. Order of King in Council. Confirming Act of Antegoa to enable Arthur Freeman etc. Signed, Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. Read 11th Jan., 1720/1. 1½ pp. [C.O. 152, 13. ff. 36, 36v;, 37v.]
May 19.
St. James's.
76. Order of King in Council. Approving draughts of Commissions for Governor Burnet (v. 4th May). Signed, Temple Stanyon. 1 p. [C. O. 5, 189. p. 462 (a); and (Signed Edward Southwell, endorsed Recd. Read 11th Jan. 1720/1), 5, 1052. ff. 103, 104v.]
May 19.
St. James's.
77. Order of King in Council. Approving Capt. Charles Calvert as Lt. Governor of Maryland, provided he qualifys himself as the Law directs. The Council of Trade and Plantations to take care that he gives good and sufficient security for observing the Acts of Trade and Navigation and H.M. Instructions. Signed, Temple Stanyan. Endorsed, Recd. 25th, Read 27th May, 1720. 1¼ pp. [C.O. 5, 717. No. 80.]
May 20.
78. Lt. Governor Spotswood to the Council of Trade and Plantations. See Preface and Spotswood Papers II, pp. 335–340.
May 2079. (i.) Extract of letter from Lt. Governor Spotswood to Mr. Secretary Craggs. I beg leave to recommend to your favour Capt. Thomas Kennedy of the Calabar Mercht. etc. (v. 22nd March). Continues:— It is a common practice with those Rovers upon the pillageing of a ship to make presents of other commoditys to such masters as they take a fancy to in lieu of that they have plundered them off. I am humbly of opinion that it would very much conduce to H.M. service, if as an encouragement to such masters of ships to deliver up what piratical effects shall be thus given them, they should be promised satisfaction for their own perticular losses, and even a further reward proportionable to the value of the effects delivered and there seems to be a great deal of justice to plead for allowing them such a recompence, for in the case of Capt. Knott the pyrates finding him have guineas and English silver out of a mear caprice took that away and gave him above the value in moiders, and yet it was a doubt whether he could keep those moiders because the pirates could transfer no property in them and accordingly Capt. Knott delivered them up as well as the other effects putt into his hands this being a case which may frequently happen whilst so many pirates are roving on the seas and wherein the common interest of H.M. trading subjects is concerned, etc., asks for H.M. directions therein. Set out, Spotswood Papers II, pp. 340–343. Endorsed, Recd. (from Mr. Stevens) Read 28th March, 1721. Copy. ¾ p. [C.O. 5, 1319. No. 5.]
[May 20.]80. Brigadier Hunter to the Council of Trade and Plantations. The Revenue of New York and New Jersey will expire in 12 months. Proposes that the Governor be directed to recommend to the Legislatures the settlement of a Revenue for the support of H.M. Government etc., "in which due care to be taken for the necessary expences of the Council and Assembly, which thing necessary of itself by reason of the great expences of the Councillors who do not live in the Citys will be otherwise of great use in putting an end to that unhappy law in New York which was approv'd by ye Crown by which the members of the Assembly are paid by a Country tax and being sure of payment that way for their own trouble and attendance they are careless and indifferent as to the settlement for the necessary support of the Government, for the longer that is delay'd the more Sessions they have, and such as have little in view besides their own profit will probably be for delaying it longer than is safe or convenient, as has been formerly experienced, and if once the Assembly-men are paid in the same manner with the Officers of the Government the Counties being eas'd of that tax will instruct or oblige the Representatives to repeal the law which subjected them to it; And this is known to be the general inclination of the inhabitants, and this very thing is already directed in the Instructions for New Jersey." etc. Signed, Ro. Hunter. Endorsed, Recd., Read 20th May, 1720. 1¾ pp. [C. O. 5, 1052. ff. 10, 10v., 11v.]
May 21.
St. James's.
81. Mr. Secretary Craggs to the Governor of the Leeward Islands. John Spooner and Robert Howard are to remain in possession of the lands granted to them by the Governor in the late French part of St. Christophers, till H.M. shall think fit how to dispose of that part etc. Signed, J. Craggs. [C.O. 324, 34. p. 3.]
May 22.
Province of New Hampshire.
82. Lt. Governor Wentworth to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Refers to several complaints laid before him by Mr. Bridger of the destruction of H.M. woods. "I can't but impute a great deal of it to the new officer's not comeing on the spot." Refers to "the unwarrantable proceedings of many of our people this last winter past, notwithstanding an Act of Parliament and a law of this province" in felling mast trees without the Surveyor's warrant etc. Continues:— The Surveyor did on the 6th currt. apply himself to me for a guard which I emediatly granted and on the 9th the Surveyor with the Sherrif under guard did go into the country and seized 16 trees cut without the Royall licence or Surveyor's warrant etc. I am humbly of opinion there should be an example made on some, otherwise H.M. interest will yet suffer in regard to the Mast trees etc. I have done my utmost endeavours to support the King's Officer and in deterring the country people from makeing waste in the woods etc. Signed, Jno. Wentworth. Endorsed, Recd. 8th Aug. 1720, Read 5th July, 1722. 2 pp. [C.O. 5, 868. ff. 237, 237v. 238v.]
[May 26]83. Petition of Daniel Allen and Joseph Lowe, of London, Merchants, on behalf of Josiah Willard, Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay. He was appointed by H.M., and his fees settled by an Act of Assembly in the 4th year of Wm. and Mary, amounting to so small a sum that it is hardly worth any person's attendance. An Act of 29th May, 1717, has so reduced the fees of that office that it would not support any person for his attendance etc. Pray for its repeal. Signed, Dan. Allen, Joseph Lowe. Endorsed, Recd. 26th May, 1720, Read 5th July, 1722. 1 p. Enclosed,
83. i. Acts of the Massachusetts Bay for regulating fees, in addition to the Act for regulating fees, and in explanation of the two Acts for regulating fees. 2½ pp. [C.O. 5, 868. ff. 282, 283–284, 285v.]
May 26.84. Deposition of John Plowman. The sturgeon now produced was taken and cured at Boston by his agent, etc. cf. May 18. Signed, John Plowman. Endorsed, Recd. Read 26th May, 1720. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 8. No. 6.]
May 26.85. Deposition of Robert Shard. On 24th inst. Mr. Boreland admitted to him that he did not know how to cure sturgeon etc. Signed, Robt. Shard. Endorsed as preceding. 1 p. [C.O. 323, 8. No. 7.]
May 27.86. Mr. Borland to Mr. Popple. I have resolved to joine with Mr. Shard and Plowman to take out the pattent jointly etc. Cf. preceding. Signed, John Borland. Endorsed, Recd. May 31st, Read June 3rd, 1720. Addressed. ½ p. [C.O. 323, 8. No. 8].
[May 27].87. Petition of Capt. Evans to the King. Refers to petition, Dec. 1719, and report, 12th April, 1720. Sta. Lucia is almost intirely uninhabited. Prays for a grant there in compensation for his losses and services. He will undertake to settle it etc. Subscribed,
87. i. Mr. Secretary Craggs to the Council of Trade and Plantations. St. James's. 27th May, 1720. Refers preceding for their report thereon. Signed, J. Craggs. 1¼ pp. Enclosed,
87. ii. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Craggs. Copy of 12th April. The whole endorsed, Recd. 27th May, Read 3rd June, 1720. [C.O. 5, 1052. ff. 12–14, 15v.]
May 27.
St. James's.
88. H.M. licence of absence for one year to William Byrd, he being advised to come over to England to drink the Bath waters. In the mean time he is to be continued as one of the Council of Virginia etc. Countersigned, J. Craggs. Copy. [C.O. 324, 34. p. 4.]
May 30.89. Lord Guilford and Lord Baltemore to the Council of Trade and Plantations. Propose two sureties for Lt. Governor Calvert. v. 19th May. Signed, Guilford, Baltemore. Endorsed, Recd. 31st May, Read 3rd June, 1720. Addressed. 1 p. [C.O. 5, 717. No. 82.]
May 31.
90. Council of Trade and Plantations to Mr. Secretary Craggs. Enclose following to be laid before H.M. Set out, N.Y. Col. Docs. V 541; N. J. Archives, 1st Ser. V 1. Annexed,
90. i. Same to the King. Submit following Instructions "which are to the same purpose as the last Governor had; except that there being two vacancies in the Council of New York, we have added the names of John Johnston and Francis Harrison to the list of Counsellors for that Province, and three vacancies in ye Council of New Jersey, we have added the names of John Johnson Jr. for the Eastern Division and John Reading and Peter Baird for ye Western Division." etc.
90. ii. Draught of Instructions for William Burnet, Governor of New York. St. James's, 3rd June, 1720.
90. iii. Draught of Instructions for W. Burnet, Governor of N. Jersey. [C.O. 5, 1124. pp. 158–231; and (without encl. ii.) 5, 1079. Nos. 116, 117; and 5, 996. pp. 27–98.]
May 31.
91. Council of Trade and Plantations to the King. Recommend Peter Beverley for the Council of Virginia in the room of John Smith decd. [C.O. 5, 1365. pp. 210, 211.]
May 31.
92. Mr. Secretary Craggs to the Governor of Placentia. The Principal Officers of the Ordnance having represented to H.M. that they have with much difficulty and expense sent over the greatest part of the materials for the new redoubt order'd to be built at Placentia, and proper officers for carrying on those works, etc. you are to assist and furnish the Engineer etc. with such a number of soldiers as shall be necessary, at the rate of sixpence a day each man, pursuant to former orders in the like case, or at such allowances as the Engineer or Director shall think reasonable to make for work done by contract or task. Signed, J. Craggs. [C.O. 324, 34. p. 5].