America and West Indies
September 1721, 12-14


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'America and West Indies: September 1721, 12-14', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 32: 1720-1721 (1933), pp. 451-453. URL: Date accessed: 24 November 2014.


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September 1721, 12-14

Sept. 12.661. H.M. Instructions to the Receiver General of the Casual Revenue, Barbados. Copy. 6 pp. [C.O. 28, 44. ff. 7–9v.]
Sept. 14.
662. Lord Carteret to Governor Shute. Encloses following. Concludes: You are to aid Mr. A. Cumings in recovering the pirate goods etc. Signed, Carteret. Annexed,
662. i. Mr. Burchett to the Secretaries to Lord Carteret. Admty. Office. 14th Sept., 1721. My Lords Commrs. of the Admiralty being informed that there are pirate goods, perquisites of Admiralty, in the hands of several persons in New England, who are not authorized to receive the same, desire Lord Carteret's letter to Govr. Shute to assist Mr. Archibald Cumings, Agent for recovering perquisites of Admty. in New England, in recovering them etc., and in the further execution of his duty. He sails in a day or two etc. Signed, J. Burchett. [C.O. 324, 34. pp. 64, 65.]
Sept. 14.
663. H.M. Instruction to Governors and Proprietors of the Plantations. Quotes Article III from Treaty with Spain, concluded in June, 1721, as to restoration of goods etc. Continues: And we being desirous that the said Article should be fully and punctually executed and complyed with, according to the terms therein expressed, Our will and pleasure is that you cause to be restored all goods, merchandizes, money, ships and other effects, which are remaining of those as aforesaid taken from ye subjects of Spain, and that you do transmit to Us, or to one of Our Principall Secretarys of State an account of what shall have been so restored; and as to such parts of the goods and effects which may have been sold or otherwise disposed of, we do hereby direct you to make a strict enquiry thereof, as also of their true value at the time when they were seized, how they have been disposed of, and for what value, that speedy justice may be done to the parties concerned who shall make out their proofs according to the above Article. And whereas on the 18th of Feb. 1719/20 a Convention was made at the Hague for a suspension of arms, between Us and His most Christian Majesty on the one part, and His Catholick Majty. on the other, whereby the ships and merchandizes taken from any of the subjects of the three Crowns were agreed to be restored to them, within certain limitations of time and place therein declared, Our further will and pleasure is that you give the necessary orders for the immediate restoring to the proper owners all ships and effects, which shall have been taken since the time limited by the said Convention in the manner above mention'd; provided that such restitution do not extend to such ships or effects as were taken in carrying on an illegal and fraudulent trade, or in committing piracy. And of this part of your proceeding We do likewise direct you from time to time to transmit an account to one of Our Principall Secretarys of State. Countersigned, Carteret. [C.O. 324, 34. pp. 65–70.]
Sept. 14.
664. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Carteret. Enclose following to be laid before H.M. Annexed,
664. i. Same to the King. Enclose following:
664. ii. H.M. Commission to Henry Duke of Portland to be Governor of Jamaica, revoking that of Sir Nicholas Lawes. In the usual form. [C.O. 138, 16. pp. 309–334.]
Sept. 14.
665. Order of Council. Approving preceding. Signed, Edward Southwell. Endorsed, Recd. 23rd, Read 24th April, 1722. 1 p. [C.O. 137, 14. ff. 131, 132v.]
Sept. 14.
666. Council of Trade and Plantations to Lord Carteret. Reply to 9th Sept. Representation upon settling Tobago. It would very much conduce to the benefit of this Kingdom if not only Tobago but the other Charibbee Islands were planted and settled. This Island of Tobago is contiguous to the Spanish coast of Venezula and as well situated for a trade with the Spaniards as any other Island in America, and would, if settled, be a very considerable addition to the strength of the British Colonies and encrease of our trade; wherefore we have no objection to the prayer of the Lord Belhaven's Memorial, provided it be done by the advice of the Council of Barbados, and proper care be taken that this settlement be so restrained as not to interfere with the produce of H.M. Charibbee Islands. We are further of opinion that no grant be made to any of the inhabitants of the other Islands; that no more than 500 acres be granted to any one person or to any in trust for him, and that the patentee be oblig'd to cultivate at least one fourth part of the same within the space of three years. That all persons who shall settle there, be effectually restrain'd from planting of any sugars. That as the soil of this Island is very proper for the producing of cocoa anatto and indigo, we should hope the planters would turn their thoughts to the raising these commodities. Our other Colonies not producing any, we are now oblig'd to purchase ye same of the French and Spaniards. As the settling of uncultivated lands is not only a work of time, but of great expence, we humbly propose that the planters who shall come there be exempted from the payment of quit rents for three years from the date of their grants, after which the quit rents to be moderate as in New York or Virginia vizt. at half a crown or two shillings pr. 100 acres. We are further of opinion that after 10 years the planters be obliged to pass the duty of 4½ per cent as in the Leeward Islands and Barbados. [C.O. 29, 14. pp. 246–249.]