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At the Court at Whitehall ye 13th of June 1663 Present The Kings most Excellt
First line: His Ma'tie haveing this day in Councell heard the Severall Pretensions of ye..., At the Court at Whitehall ye 13th of June 1663 Present The Kings most Excellt. Matie... Duke of Yorke Duke of Albemarle... Prince Rupert Lord Chamberlain Lord Chancellor Lord Holles Lord Treasurer Mr. Secry. Morice Lord Privy Seale Mr. Secry. Bennett His Matie having this day in Councell heard the Severall presensions of ye Earle of Kenoul the Lord Villughby of Parham, and all others who claime Title or Interest in ye Caribee Jslands..."Vera Copia John Nicholas"In 1666 "the English held four islands of the Leeward group, and to the south of them the island of Barbados, lying out in the Atlantic Ocean. The old Carlisle Patent which covered these islands was issued in 1627 by Charles I to the earl of that name, and twenty years later was leased by Carlisle's son to Lord Francis Willoughby of Parham. ..." (Crouse, pp. 16ff.)During Governor Willoughby's administration the proprietary form of government was abolished in Barbados, which was made a Crown colony. The King finally decided the whole revenue of the island to belong to the Crown. This petition attempts to settle claims against the estate of the Earl of Carlisle., Original digital object name: bei-m007a
Battle of the Saints, West Indies, 10-12 April 1782, Ms. Diary
Unsigned, [Battle of the Saints]"We arrived at St Lucia the 30th of March, where We found the Convoy and Storeships... a great releif, as our whole fleet were...stored and victualled for five Months. We daily reconnoitered the Enemy...""...at 8 minutes [past 8:00 a.m.]... the Formidable opened her fire... when we came near the Ville de Paris... we... Luffed close to her... never I firmly believe was so tremendous Canonade... we were enable to cut thro their line... ... she hardly fired at all tho it was in her Power to have raked us... we... ceas'd firing in the Formidable -- at 38 minutes past 9...""...at 1/2 past 6 the Russel having raked the Ville de Paris... the Count de Grasse struck his Colours... there were almost as loud and thundering Noise by Cheers as there had been by Cannon the Seamen where almost frantic with Joy..."Alexander Robert Kerr (d. 1831) entered the Royal Navy as midshipman in November 1781 and served on Rodney's flagship Formidable. In this account he gives names and positions of all ships during the engagement, with details and times of all signals, he has provided a vivid, detailed description of the British fleet stalking and outmaneuvring the French fleet.Dealer states that this piece comes from Kerr's family papers., Original digital object name: bei-m282, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Copy of a Minute of Cabinet <14th Augt. 1795> (docket title)
"...Present Lord Chancellor Lord Privy Seal Duke of Portland Marquis Cornwallis Earl Spencer Lord Hawkesbury Lord Grenville Mr Pitt Mr Windham Mr Dundas His Majesty's Confidential Servants having taken under their serious consideration the present state of the War..."Recommends preparations for offensive in the Leeward Islands and St. Domingo, conquest of Guadeloupe and St. Lucia with not less than "15,000 Effective Infantry", no fewer than "12,000 effective Infantry" to attempt St. Domingo, in order to protect Jamaica as well as to swing the balance into British favor against France and Spain on St. Domingo, "a Body of Guards amounting to 3000 men to serve under General Abercromby.", Original digital object name: bei-m370, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Line of Battle. On board HMS Terrible, Gros Islet Bay, St. Lucia... (docket title)
Line of Battle."The Magnificent to lead with the Starbd. and the Triumph to lead with the Larboard Tacks on board. ..." signed "Josa. Rowley" "To Captn. Houlton Comr. of His Majs. Ship the Montagu."Rear Admiral Joshua Rowley commanded the rear of Rodney's fleet at the battle of St. Lucia, 17 April. Rodney had ordered every ship to "steer for her opposite in the enemy's line." Rowley followed the "Additional Fighting Instructions" to the letter but Rodney had a different concept and he blamed Rowlay (and Parker, who commanded the van) for the loss of "that glorious opportunity &lt, perhaps never to be recovered&gt, of terminating the naval contest in these seas." Rowley was castigated by his chief and here defends himself.Lists one frigate, ten ships, eleven commanders, and one division., Original digital object name: bei-m272, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Petition Sr. Henry Puckering Knt. and others Creditors. of the late Earle of Carlisle (docket title)
First line: That ye Pet'ers having wholly submitted to y'r Ma'sty all theyr interests and pretensions..., Probably written in St, Kitts and Nevis, Puckering, Sir Henry, fl. 1663?"To the Kings most Excellent Maty. And the Lords of his most Honble Privy Counsill. This humble Petition of Sr. Henry Puckering Knt., Thomas Henshaw and--George Goodman Esqrs... on ye Island of Barbados and other ye Chariby Islands, yr Maty was graciously pleased... to order and direct Francis Ld Willoughby of Parham... to pay... out of one moyty of ye revenue of the sd Islands... before any parts therof should bee payable to the Crowne...", Original digital object name: bei-m007b
Petition Sr. Henry Puckering Knt. and others Creditors. of the late Earle of Carlisle. (docket title)
First line: Petition Sr. Henry Puckering Knt. and others Creditors..., "To the Kings most Excellent Maty. And the Lords of his most Honble. Privy Councill. The humble Petition of Sr. Henry Puckering Knt., Thomas Henshaw & George Goodman Esqrs. in ye behalf of themselves and ye Reste of ye Credrs. of James late Earle of Carlisle deceased..."Attempts to recover monies expended in Barbados and St. Lucia; cf. PRO. Calendar of State Papers. Colonial. 1661-1668, 482, 485, 486., Original digital object name: bei-m007c, This digital resource is provided by Burke Library, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.