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jolficer, named captain Holkins, or some such Tiame,-told the said Knap* man he scorned to demand more than his due, tor which he had my lord oi Carlisle's order, and pulled a paper out of his pocket, which be told me was my lord's order, by which he ''demanded the money at sight; op Vihich the said Knapman submitted and paid, the money.

A.Artte copy, Philip Lo Yd.

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THE deposition of Samuel Nath, aged thirty vears, late of Jamaica, ^merchant, viz. 1 this deponent aver, that demanding of Thomas Martin, esq. collector of his majesty's customs, why he made such a bustle and tfir to seize the Spanish indigo landed in the leeward part of the island? The said Martin replied and said, oh! it wasnot for importation, for they liad the governor's leave, but for their endeavouring to save the sixpence j>er pound custom, which is very considerable to the governor. About ten days after, this deponent being earnest to weigh off some goods which lay upon the wharf where the said Thomas Martin was receiving -sundry parcels of indigo on shore, the said Thomas Martin told this deponent that he must stay, for that the governor ought and should be served iirst, part of the indigo being his.

Also this' deponent saith, that at clearing the ship Judith, -Robert Kingfland, master, he tendered Thomas Hodgkins, naval ofsicer, the ac-customed sees, which he resused to accept, and replied he had an efta•blishment of sees under the governor's band; made me pay, to mv best jemembrance, about a third part more than some years before I had ever known paid. Also this deponent, meeting one Coxon, an old note d privateer, asked him the meaning of his sudden briskness^ he answered he shad great reason to be so, for the best man in the island was now become 'his friend, and that he doubted not in a little time to go for more logwoods & national title for privateering, for it may be supposed he meant more indigo.

This Is not reserred to any part of the enarge. The governor so managed his arbitrary power, that after this deponent had landed som? jicgroes at the northside ot the isiand, out of an honest English merchant ship, vulgarly cabled an interloper, and conveying them to the iouthfide jiea/ bpauiik-lfawwj tb« deponent was pursued in a most barba

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sous -and hostile manner !by several of the govern or Vown troopers, armeef to seize the said negroes:; which illegal proceedings 'this deponent -being insormed of, and to prevoirt the ill consequences that might happen,-contrived the preservation of himself and negroes from inch land forces; after which the governor not attaining his ends, this deponent was by his instruments threatened to have his commission taken from him: And when this deponent by his attorney brought his action at common kiw against sir Henry Morgan for a just debt, and of four years standing, he received abundance of hard words from the governor, and was ordered to w ithdraw his action.

Samuel Nash.

A tn/eaipy, Philrp Lov

iStcorn before me, to rhe (ruth of the content*

hereof, \!>th January, 16'SO. Philip Loyd.

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THE deposition of Peter Beckford, aged thirty-seven yean or thereabout, that the said deponent was in the island of Jamaica when the earl •of Carlisle arrived there, and remained in the said island until the said •carl departed thence; and that the said earl, in the time of his government, called two assemblies, and shewed them a body of laws sent from his sacred majesty under the broad seal of England, which they rejected, but yet raised an act of revenue, for the support of government, which the said earl passed; and, aster the dissolution of one of the assemblies, the said earl did sirst ask the speaker if he would obey the king and his government as it was now established by his majesty's commission to the earl of Carlisle; .to which the speaker answered he would always obey the king; the form, of government he did not understand, or" to that efsect. 1 he same question, or to that purpose, he aiked several others, and some he only asked, if they would obey the king, to which they made several answers; but all that were present said they would obey the king; the said earl surther added, to the best of this deponent's remembrance, that si'ch as would not obey his majesty under (his form of government were not sit to bear an office either military or civil.

This deponent.surther saith, he did see a patent under the broad seal of England, granted to the parish of Port-Royal by sir Thomas Lynch, £01 aaiarket there; and, to the best of this deponent's memory, to put a

X 'clerk, clerk, which Ihc said pnri'li made some advantage of; which the said 'earl granted away, as this deponent was informed, to the countess. In the time of the abovesaid assembly sitting, this deponent was of the committee that were ordered to peruse the accounts of Thomas Martin, esq. receiver-general, to see what money was then in the treasury, where was found entered in the receiver's books so much indigo and cocoa as the custom amounted to above two thousand pounds, to the best of this deponent's memory, Which the said committee had orders from the assembly to take no notice of, because they said it was pirates goods, lie this deponent was in the assembly when the said earl came with some of his council into their house, and took his chair, setting the speaker by him, and would have had them debate things in his presence.

He this deponent knew of one hundred pounds paid bv one Tohrt Hewit for a pardon for having two wives, sifty paid to one Ellis a servant to the earl, and sirtv to major Molesworth, a churchwarden of the pari h of Port-Royal, which sum this deponent was told the earl had subscribed towards the building of the church at Port-Royal. The said earl asked this deponent if lie thought bringing in the indigo would not be an advantage to the island, or to that effect: I his deponent answered that I19 thought the proper question was, whether his majesty would be pleased at it or not (the Spaniards being our friends). The earl laid the Spaniard had committed many depredations upon us.

He this deponent, after the provost'marshal had taken into his custody one lieutenant-colonel Samuel Long, per a warrant under the hand of the governor, went to the said earl and desired in behalf of the said Long a habeas corpus, as he the said earl was chancellor, which he resused; then this deponent went to the chief-justice and made the same demand, who likewise resused, saying the laid Long was committed for treason.

He this deponent, in the time of the lord Vaughan's government, went by the command of the laid lord aboard of one captain Rymcr, and declared him a pirate. He this deponent was told by divers in Jamaica that on.' Pochin was condemned for murder and reprieved, anel had his liberty abroad. And further this deponent saith not.

pETtR Beckford.

Sworn to the truth of the contents before me, Philip Loyd.

Jalnaica,

Jamaica, January 7th, 1G80.

CAPTAIN Nicholas Daniel, aged forty-six years or thereabout, declared upon oath, that, being in company with Mr. Thomas Martin and captain Bartholomew Sharpe, about the middle of October last, 1619, the said Sharp being entering a parcel ot Spanish indigo which he had taken from the Spanish shore, told Mr. Martin that they had left behind them where they took that, several hundred chests more, which they could not take in: Mr. Martin replied, that if they brought it all, or if they could go again and setch the remainder, they should come to no more damage than they did now; so that they paid the custom of it, or to that effect; and surther saith not.

Nicholas Daniel.

Sworn at Port-Royal, Jamaica, by Captain Nicholas
Daniel, this 18th day of June, 1680, coram,

A true copy, William Beeston.

ABOUT sive months since, being with captain Rives and Air. Martin at Yallow's Bay, in discourse, captain Rives asked Mr. Martin to tell him on what.design or where the privateers were gone; Mr. Martin told him he could not tell, but he supposed like fools to be knocked on the head; but if they would have taken his counsel they, should have gone to have fetched the rest of the indigo, which they might have done easily and made a quick return, and this was the substance, but I cannot tellexadtly the words of his discourse.

John Lyne.

Twentieth May, 1680, John Lyne appeared before me, and voluntarily dtpofed to the truth of the above writing.

A true copy, Francis Hanson.

X 2 Mty . May 6th, 16SO.

IX the stoop Primrose, John Grifsin, master, from Mannatcc-Bay, one hundred and ninety bags of cocoa, containing about twenty-three thousand pounds of cocoa, which parcel of cocoa captain Wilson naval oisicer would not suffer the master to deliver until he had acquainted the gover-nor, and gave an order, to the marshal to sec that none was delivered until he came from 'the governor; but at the satne time Mr. Martin, the king's receiver, was upon the wharf with a great crowd to receive the cocoa, and commanded the master to deliver the cocoa, and told him he would save him harmless. But, when the slid Wilson had acquainted the governor with it, the governor was angry with him, and told himthatlir Henry MorRan and Mr. Martin had acquainted him with the importation of the cocoa, and that he had given leave for it; and soon after this said Wilson was turned out, 167°, captain Edmund Cook and his company did pursue a small Spanish barque and killed some of their men ar;out the island of Cuba; the said barque was laden with cocoa and brought here and entered with Mr. Martin, but the said Cook, as he declared, was ordered not to bring the barque into the harbour, but to send out floops for the cocoa, and to burn the barque, which was done, there being eighteen thousand pounds of cocoa. Cookc had no commission. In the aforementioned floop Primrose, at another time,was brought to the island two thousand pounds of cocoa. Thomas Martin demanded of all that entered indigo twenty millings per chest, to allow their entering, and bought a great quantity ot the indigo for himself and others. Such proceedings as above might be proved.

A true copy, .philip Lo Yd.

AN ACCOUNT OF SOME AFFAIRS IN JAMAICA, DURING THE GOVERNMENT OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE EARL OF CARLISLE.

THAT, on the first of December, 1678, his excellency, thinking 6t to dissolve the assembly then sitting, sent sor them, and, having pall the revenue bill, told them he did dillblve them and they were dissolved: On which they all offered to go away, but he called them all back, and told them that he had something to say; which was, that many 'tiling had been said and done in that atfeinMy, which did not seem to V tender

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