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EXECUTIVE JOURNALS

OF THE

Council of Colonial Virginia

Vol. I

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Volume I, Page 311

Ap'l ye 26th 1694

Present

His Excell'y
M'r Sec'r Wormley
Richard Lee
William Byrd
John Lear
Chr: Wormley
Edward Hill
Hen Whiting
Edm'o Jenings
Hen: Hartwell Esq's

      Whereas their Maj'ties have been Graciously pleased by their Royall
Charter to Grant to the Colledge of William and Mary in Virginia ten
thousand Acres of Land in Pomunkey Neck and tenn thousand Acres
of Land more on the Southside of James River on the black Water.
Upon Application fothe Gov'rs of the Colledge that the said land may
ne layd out It is Ordred that all restraints heretofore made w'ch may
be to the prejudice of the said Grants be taken off.

. . .

Volume I, Page 311

Ap'l ye 26th 1694

Present

His Excell'y
M'r Sec'r Wormley
Richard Lee
William Byrd
John Lear
Chr" Wormley
Edward Hill
Hen Whiting
Edm'o Jenings
Hen: Hartwell Esq's

      Whereas their Maj'ties have been Graciously pleased by their Royall
Charter to Grant to the Colledge of William and Mary in Virginia ten
thousand Acres of Land in Pomunkey Neck and tenn thousand Acres
of Land more on the Southside of James River on the black Water. Upon Application fothe Gov'rs of the Colledge that the said land may
ne layd out It is Ordred that all restraints heretofore made w'ch may
be to the prejudice of the said Grants be taken off.

     . . .

Volume I, Page 315

June 15th 1694

Present

His Excell'y

Mr. Sec'r Wormley
William Byrd
John Lear
Chr: Wormley

Edward Hill
Hen: Whiting
Edm'n Jenings
Hen: Hartwell Esq's
Mr. Commsary Blair

     . . .

     Upon reading a Letter from Cap't Geo: Mason to his Excell'y
Accquainting his Excell'y that the Rangers fouer miles in the Woods
back of the Inhabitants found a Negro Killed Supposed by Indians as
also that he cannot perswade the Inhabitants of Brent Towne to returne
to their habitations again. On Consideracon thereof It is the Opinion
and Advice of the councill, that the rangers in Ranging According to
Orders take perticular Care of Brent Towne not to be deserted nor
hurt by any Indian or Other Enemy's, and that the Magistrat's have
Notice, if possible to find out who murthred the Negro.

. . .

Volume I, Page 319-320

Octo'r 23'd 1694

Present

His Excell'y

M'r Sec'r Wormley
Richard Lee
William Byrd
John Lear

Chr: Wormley
Edward Hill
Edm'o Jenings
Hen Hartwell Esq's

     . . .

     Upon reading a Letter from the Gover'r of New York to His Ex-
cell'y of the 24'th of Sep't last wherein he Accquaints his Ex'y that he had
sent him a Copy of his Treaty w'th the five Nations who have made a
peace w'th Canada, as also w'th a New Schem of Assistance w'ch Amounts
to two thousand Six hundred pounds per Anum or Ninety men to be
menteyned by this Goverm't The Said Treaty and papers being read,
Upon Consideracon thereof. Itt is the Opinion of the Councill that this
present Circumstances of this Goverm't Cannot allow a further As-
sistance to New York att this tyme.

     

. . .

Volume I, Page 320

Octo'r 25'th 1694

Present

His Excell'r

M'r Sec'r Wormley
Richard Lee
William Byrd
John Lear

Chr. Wormley
Edward Hill
Edm'o Jenings
Hen: Hartwell
James Blair Esq'r

     Upon reading a Letter from M'r Geo: Parker Sheriff of Accomack
praying a Comission of Oyer & Term'r for the tryall of an Indian slave
named Jenny for Murthering her bastard Child

     . . .

     Upon reading the Peticon of the Chickohominy Indians to his Ex'r
Setting forth that where they now are Seated on the North Side
of Mattapony in King & Queen County the Land is so poore that ittt
will no longer bring them Corn to Eate, nor yeild them wood for their
Necessity's they therefore pray for a Tract of Land Called Quaynoho-
mock that lye's over against them in Pomunkey Neck, not Improved
and formerly theirs.

      Refered to the County Court to Examin the matter & to make
report thereof forthwith into the Secretarys office.

. . .

Volume I, Page 322

Att a Councill held att James Citty
the 5th of Mar'ch 1694 [1694-5]

Present

His Excell'y

William Byrd
Edward Hill

Edm'o Jenings
Hen: Hartwell
James Blair Esq'r

     . . .

     His Excell'r was this day pleased to have read Severall Letters
relating to the Indians being Under the Apprehention of danger from
Foreign Indians, Asked the Advice of this Board. Who are of Opinion
that nothing need att present be further done, but that the Rangers
att the heads of the Rivers be dilligent and Carefull in their Duty ac-
cording to former Orders.

. . .

Volume I, Page 332

At a Councill held at James City the 11th of June 1695

Present

His Excellency

M'r Secretary Wormeley
William Byrd

Edmond Jenings
Daniel Parke Esq'rs

     . . .

      Coll'o William Byrd Acquainting his Excellency that Some Strange
Indians having been lately Seen on the head of James River Occasion'd
his not disbanding the Additionall Rangers there, On Consideration
thereof, it is allowed, and further Ordered that the Additional Rangers
be Continued till the last of this Instant June, and if in the Interim
no more Indians Appear that then they be disbanded pursuant to
order of Councill of the 9'th of May last.

. . .

Volume I, Page 333

At a Councill held at James Citty the 24th of July 1695

Present

His Excellency

Mr. Secretary Wormeley
William Byrd
Christop'r Wormeley

Edward Hill
Edmund Jenings
Daniell Parke Esq're

     . . .

     His Excellency having laid before the board an Account of Strange
Indians lately seen at the head of James River, who had killed a man,
and Some Calves and hoggs on the Frontier Plantations, that they were
persued by the Rangers, and the Militia, but could not be over taken,
Coll'o Byrd & Coll Hill, Comanders in Cheiffe of the Said Rivers
acquaints his Excellency that it is Necessary to have Some Indians Joyned
with the English, being more Expert in the woods and desired they
may be Supplied with Ammunition Ordered that Such Indians as will
go with the English (as Occasion) be Supplied with Ammunition.

. . .

Volume I, Page 336

At a Councill held at James City the 25th of October 1695

Present

M'r Secretary Wormeley
William Byrd
John Lear
Christopher Wormeley

Edward Hill
Edmund Jenings
Daniel Parke
Richard JohnsonEsq'rs

     . . .

     Upon Consideration ofthe business of new york relateing to the
Quota of men to be sent for the Assistance of that Province against
the French and Indians, It is the Opinion of the Councill that the fur-
ther Consideration thereof be referred to the Second Wednesday in
February next, at which time the Councill are Appointed to meet and
Ordered Accordingly.     

. . .

Volume I, Page 337

At a Councill held at James City
the 6'th day of December 1695

Present

His Excellency

Coll'o Chr: Wormeley
Coll'o Edmund Jenings

Coll'o Daniell Parke
Coll'o Richard Johnson

     . . .

     Upon Consideration of Vacant Lands to be taken up in Pamunkey
Neck and the South Side of black water, and orders of Councill re-
straining the Same, tis the Opinion of the Councill, that it is a matter
of great Import, and fitt to be referred to a fuller Councill, to be had
as soon as conveniently may be, which Accordingly by his Excellency
Appointed to be on Wednesday next the Eleventh Instant, and Ordered
that Expresses be immediately dispatched to give Notice thereof to
the other Gentlemen of the Councill, now absent.

Volume I, Page 338

The 13th of December 1695

Present

His Excellency

Coll'o William Byrd
Coll'o Chr: Wormeley
Coll Edward Hill

Coll'o Edmund Jenings
Coll'o Dan'l Parke
Coll'o Richard Johnson

Upon Consideration of Vacant Lands to be taken up in Pamunkey
Neck and the South Side of black water, and orders of Councill re-
straining the Same, tis the Opinion of the councill, that it is for his
Majesties Service, the Said Lands may be taken up, as others, but
that Some time be allowed before the Same be done, & therefore that
all former restrictions doe Continue till the 20th day of Aprill Next,
and then be void, untill which time no Surveys be made, in the Said
places (Except for the College pursuant to his Majesties Royall Grant,
and orders therein) of which intimation to be given to the Rector of
the Said College and to the respective Surveyo'rs concern'd & Ordered
Accordingly.

     Ordered that the Indian Interpreters in Pamunkey Neck and on
the South Side of Black water, attend the Councill at James town on
Wednesday the 12th day of February next, with an Account what
Number of Indians there are, and what Lands they hold in those parts,
regard of Some differences between the Surveyo'rs for Surveying in
the Said places. Ordered that Such and all adjacent Surveyo'rs do At-
tend the Councill at James town at the Same time, and that care be
taken for Glebes to be Ascertained, to the parishes not yett provided
in those parts.

     On reading of a Letter from the Councill from the Councill at
new york to his Excellency, with a Copy of Propositions from the Ma-
qua's desireing Assistance against the French and Indians, the further
Consideration of the Same is referred (as formerly) to the next meet-
ing of the councill, on Wednesday the twelfth day of February next

. . .

Volume I, Page 339

At a Councill held at James City the 13th February 1695 [1695-6]

Present

His Excellency

Coll'o William Byrd
Coll'o Chris: Wormeley
Coll Edward Hill

Coll Edmund Jenings
Coll'o Dan'l Parke
Coll Richard Johnson

     The Severall Surveyo'rs of and adjacent to Pamunkey neck and
the South Side of blackwater Attending here this day According to
order, and produceing their Severall Comissions the Clerke of the
Councill is Ordered to take an abstract of the Same and it is the Opin-
ion of the Councill that the Said Surveyo'rs do not make any Surveys,
or receive any Entry's of Lands in Pamunkey Neck and the South
Side of black water Untill further orders and Ordered Accordingly.

. . .

Volume I, Page 340

Present as before

     . . .

     Upon Consideration of the business of new yorke relateing to the
Quota of men to be Sent for the Assistance of that Province against
the French and Indians, It is the opinion of the Councill that the raise-
ing of the Said men be deferred untill the next Meeting of the councill
by reason of the difficulties and charge in keeping the Same untill they
be sent.

. . .

Volume I, Page 340

At a Councill held at James City the 13th February 1695 [1695-6]

Present

His Excellency

Coll'o William Byrd
Coll'o Chris: Wormeley
Coll Edward Hill

Coll Edmund Jenings
Coll'o Dan'l Parke
Coll Richard Johnson

     . . .

     Upon Consideration fo the business of new yorke relateing to the
Quota of men to be Sent for the Assistance of that Province against
the French and Indians, It is the opinion of the councill that the raise-
ing of the Said men be deferred untill the next Meeting of the Councill by reason of the difficulties and charge in keeping the Same untill they
be Sent.

. . .

Volume I, Page 342

At a Councill held at James City the 2'd of March 1695 [1695-6]

Present

His Excellency

Coll Edmond Jenings

Coll'o Daniell Parke
Coll'o Charles Scarburgh

     . . .

     His Excellency Acquainted the Gentlemen of the Councill with a
Letter from Coll'o Beall in Mary Land that his Excellency would un-
derstand by Depositions inclosed in the Said Letter that an Indian
Sent down therewith belonged to him, but that the Governour of
Mary Land being given to Understand that the Said Indian had Co-
mitted Severall Crimes, in this Government and that he had fled for
the Same, thought fitt to remitt him back hither to be proceeded
against as the Nature of his Crymes required, which said Indian haveing
been Committed by a Justice of James City County Goal, and nothing
Appearing Capitall against him in the Said County Court, It is the
Opinion of the Councill that the Said Indian Continue in Custody of
the Sheriff of James City County, until the next Generall Court, to
the end that if any person in this Government do charge him with any
other Crymes he may then answer the Same & Ordered Accordingly.

. . .

Volume I, Page 343

Aprill 22'd 1696

Present

His Excellency

M'r Secretary Wormeley
Richard Lee
William Byrd
Christo: Wormeley

Edward Hill
Edmund Jenings
Dan'l Parke
Richard Johnson
Charles Scarburgh Esq'rs

     Upon the Motion of the trustees of the College of William & Mary
in Virginia that the Restraints laid upon the Lands in Pamunkey
Neck and the South Side of blackwater Swamp be Continued for some
longer time (the Land given to the College not yett taken up) Ordered
that the Said restraints be Continued to the 20th day of October Next,
and that the Severall Surveyo'rs have Notice thereof, that no Surveys
be made nor Entrys received for Land on the above said Pamunkey
Neck and the South Side of black water Swamp, till further orders.

. . .

Volume I, Page 347

At a Councill held at James City the 11th June 1696

Present

His Excellency

M'r Secretary Wormeley
William Byrd
Christop'r Wormeley
Edward Hill

Edmund Jenings
Dan'l Parke
Richard Johnson
Charles Scarburg Esq'rs

     Upon the Complaint of Capt George Mason Deputy Command'r
and chiefe Officer of the Militia in Potmeck that Capt John Battaile
Sheriff of Essex County refused to forward an Express Sent to his Ex-
cellency on Occasion of a man killled by Indians upon Potomeck river
and Ralph Whiteing Ferryman refused to Set over the river Edward
Challis Sent Express by his Excellency for his Maj'ties Service that way,
Ordered that the Said Capt John Battaile and Ralph Whiteing have
Notice to answer the Same before the Governour and Councill at the
next Meeting of the Councill.

. . .

Volume I, Page 351

Thursday 13'th August

Present

His Excellency

Rich'd Lee
W'm Byrd
Edw'd Hill
Edmun'd Jenings

Dan'l Park
Rich Johnson
Cha Scarburg Esq'rs

     . . .

     His Excellency being inform'd that notwithstanding his Ma's
gracious grant to y'e College of ten thousand acres of Land in Pamunkey
neck, and ten thousand acres of Land at Blackwater, & y'e severall re-
strictions continued from time to time upon the said Land, some per-
sons have obtain'd patents for Land in y'e said places before the said
College Land laid out to y'e prejudice of his Ma's said grant; Ordered
that M'r Attirney Gen'll make inquiry into the premises, and due pro-
cess against any such patents.

. . .

Volume I, Page 357

Tuesday y'e 20'th of Octob'r 1696

Present

His Excellency
Richard Lee
William Byrd
Christoph'r Wormeley

Edm'd Janings
Dan'l Park
Cha Scarburgh Esq'rs

      Upon y'e motion of M'r Attorney Generall on behalf of the College
of William & Mary that the Lands granted by his Ma'e in the Charter
to y'e College are not yet all survey'd and laid out, and that therefore
y'e former restrictions may be further continued. Ordered that the
said Restrictions be continued on the Lands on the South side Black-
water Swamp & in Pamunky Neck as formerly untill the 20'th day of
Aprill next and then till further orders and that y'e Surveyo'rs concern'd
have notice thereof that no survey be made nor entry received in
either y'e said places during y'e time of y'e said restriction.

. . .

Volume I, Page 361

Tuesday y'e 2'd of March 1696 [1696-7]

Present

His Excellency

M'r Sec'ry Wormeley
M'r Aud'r Byrd
Chr Wormeley
Edward Hill Esq'rs

Edm'd Jenings D Sec
James Blair Com'ry
Rich'd Johnson
Jn'o Lightfoot Esq'rs

     . . .

     M'r George Williamson Surveyo'r of Surry County Send for by
order of his Excellency to attend this Councill, concerning entrys of
Land and Surveys by him made om y'e Blackwater Contrary to
restrictions and orders, and not appearing it is ordered that he personally
appear at the next Councill to be held at James City the last of March
Instant to answer the presmises.

. . .

Volume I, Page 362

At a Councill held at James City y'e last day of March 1697

Present

His Excellency

William Byrd
Edward Hill Esq'rs

Edmund Jenings Esq're
James Blair Com'ry

John Lightfoot Esq'r

     M'r George Williamson Surveyo'r of Surry and Island of Wight Coun-
tyes according to order of the Second of March Instant appearing but
having no account of his entryes on the Blackwater with him, Ordered
that he appear at this Board on the 6th day of the next Generall Court,
and bring Copies of all the entrys by him made on the Black Water
from the first of his Surveyo'rsh'r'p.

. . .

Volume I, Page 363

Fryday y'e 16'th of April 1697

Present

His Excellency

Richard Lee
William Byrd
Chr Wormeley
Edwd Hill
Edmd Jenings Esq'rs

James Blair Com'ry
Dan'l Park
Rich'd Johnson
Cha Scarburgh
Jn'o Lightfoot Esq'rs

     . . .

     Upon the motion of the trustees of y'e College of William and Mary
of this Board, that they have not compleated the Survey of the land
in Pamunky Neck granted by his Ma'e to y'e College praying y'e former
restrictions may be continued for ssome small time longer, Ordered
that y'e said restrictions be continued as formerly on the Land in Pam-
munky neck & Blackwater till the 20th day of June next (the time de-
sired by them) and then till further [order]

. . .

Volume I, Page 366

At a Councill held at James City y'e 11'th day of June 1697

Present

His Excellency S'r Edmund Andros Kn't his Ma's
Lieu't and Govern'r Generall

William Byrd
Chr Wormeley
Edward Hill

Edmund Jenings
Rich'd Johnson
John Lightfoot Esq'rs

     . . .

     Mr. George Williamson Surveyo'r of Surry and Isle of Wight Coun-
ties according to order of Councill of y'e 21'th of April last having shewed
a Commission under y'e hand and Seal of John Smith Survey'r Generall,
and not having any wayes clear'd himself for taking entrys of Land
on the Black water contrary to restrictions and orders of Councill
from time to time, and also taking double entryes of one and y'e same
parcell of Land, to the great disturbance of y'e Inhabitants of the said
Counties, and appearing otherwayes a person insufficient and unquali-
fied for such an office and trust, It is y'e opinion of y'e Councill that he
be suspended from his said Office of Surveyo'r and that the trustees of
y'e College have notice hereof.

. . .

Volume I, Page 367
Saturday y'e 12'th of June 1697

Present

His Excellency

William Byrd
Chr Wormeley
Edward Hill

Edm'd Jenings
Richd Johnson
John Lightfoot Esq'rs

     . . .

     His Excellency upon receipt of a Letter [letter given further on]
yesterday of y'e 4'th of June instant from y'e Govern'r of Maryland with
proceedings of a Committe of y'e Councill and Burgesses confirm'd there,
relating to the Piscataway and Aecokik Indians was pleased to lay y'e
same before this Board, which being duely consider'd y'e Councill doth
not understand y'e meaning thereof, But if any miscarriage hath been
by any Indians in this Government, are of Opinion that it ought to
have been first signified to y'e Govern'r for orders therein before any
proceedings against any Indians in this Government.

   . . .

Volume I, Page 368

Monday y'e 14'th of June 1697

Present

His Excellency

William Byrd
Chr Wormeley
Edw'd Hill

Edm'd Jenings
Rich'd Johnson
Jn'o Lightfoot Esq'rs

     . . .

     His Excellency being pleased to lay before y'e Councill Letters
from Cap't Mason and Cap't Withers in Stafford County mentioning
y'e Settlement of the Piscataway and Aecokik Indians back in y'e woods
on this side Potowmek River, and their refusing to return to Mary-
land; it is y'e opinion of y'e Councill, and accordingly Ordered, that y'e
said Mason forthwith send to y'e Cheifs of said Indians next at hand,
and acquaint them that their settling there is not advisable or safe
for them, and take especial care that they are nowayes hurt by any of
our inhabitants.

. . .

Volume I, Page 369

At a Councill held at y'e Main y'e 20th day of July 1697

Present

His Excellency

William Byrd
Chr Wormeley

Edward Hill
Edm'd Jenings Esq're

      His Excellency laying before y'e Councill a Letter from Cap't Mason
concerning y'e Empero'r of Piscatawayes bringing a nation of Seneca
Indians with some of his, who he sayes are now all one people, and de-
sire to be under this Governm't And being informed that y'e said Sene-
cas are already settled within this Government, The councill are of
opinion that nothing further is to be said to them, but that they as
all others in the Government, and other friendly Indians may come
and go in safety, but that the Piscataway Indians do return to their
old habitations in Maryland.

. . .

Volume I, Page 370-371

At a Councill held at Mr. Secret'ry Wormelys
y'e 11th August 1697

Present

His Excellency

Ralph Wormely
Rich'd Lee
W'm Byrd
Chr: Wormely

Edward Hill
Edmond Jenings
Rich'd Johnson
John Lightfoot Esq're

    . . .

     His Excellency laid before the Councill letters from Cap't George
Mason Commander in Cheif of the Militia in Stafford County and
Examinations taken y'e 27'th of July last, by the Coll'rs and Militia
Officers of y'e s'd County, fo some Indians taken for the scalping and
mameing and dangerously wounding the Wife of W'm Wiggington &
three of their Children in the s'd County, . . .

     His Ex'ncy laid before the Councill a letter from M'r Audit'r Bird
of an English man being shott in Appomattox by an Indian, and M'r
Auditor being p'sent, s'd he had been up in those parts, and that there
was no more of it, but that the Indian being then single rann away so
soon as he had shott, and Can't be heard of, and that all were quiet
in those parts, on which his Excellency asked If any Orders or Direc-
tions to be given therein, The Councill think not any Necessary.

. . .

Volume I, Page 371

Aug't y'e 12'th 1697

Present

His Excellency

Ralph Wormely
Rich'd Lee
W'm Bird
Xtoph'r Wormely

Edward Hill
Edmond Jennings
Rich'd Johnson
John Lightfoot Esq'rs

      His Excellency laid before the Councill severall letters and Papers
relating to the Indians, w'ch Occasioned the again reading & Consider-
acon of y'e Proceedings of a Committee in Maryland confirm'd by the
honorable Councill and Burgesses there relateing to Indians now in
this Goverm't & Agents or Gentlemen, to be sent to treat with the S'd
Indians, of whom by their Letters it appears His Excellency had not
nor could possibly have notice of their passing through this Govern't
till they were returned with letters, papers, and proceedings; The Coun-
cill have maturely considered and do not yet apprehend, the Intent or
meaning of the Governm't of Maryland transmitting such Papers, The
Agents or Gentlemen from Maryland, having passed through treated
with & returned from the Indians in this Goverm't without the knowl-
edge, Approbacon, or assistance of his Excell'ncy, which proceedings
the Councill are of Oppinion, amuses [deceived] the Inhabitants, and
tends to the Disturbance of y'e Goverm't, And therefore the Councill
prayes his Excellency to acquaint the Govern'r of Maryland, that before
any treaty with or proceedings against any Indians in the Governm't be
permitted, his Excellency be made timely acquainted therewith and
that his Excellency please to give Command to y'e Comander of the
Militia and Ranger in Stafford County, that none from the Governm't
of Maryland be suffered to treat with the Indians in this Goverm't till
his Excellency be acquainted and Allow thereof and Ordered Accord-
ingly.

. . .

Volume I, Page 372

At a Councill held at James Citty y'e 20'th Octob'r 1697

Present

His Excellency

Rich'd Lee
W'm Bird
Christoph'r Wormely
Edmond Jennings

Rich'd Johnson
Cha: Scarburgh
John Lightfoot Esq'rs

          His Excellency was pleased to advise w'th the Councill If anything
to be s'd to the Generall Assembly (to meet tomorrow) perticularly
relateing to y'e Country, On Consideration there, It is y'e Opinion of
the Councill, that an Acco't of y'e Piscattoway Indians, comeing from
Maryland, & sitting down on this side Potomack River, and of a Woman
and three Children in Stafford County dangerously wounded by In-
dians, with the papers & proceedings thereupon be laid before the
Generall Assembly.

. . .

Volume I, Page 373

At a Councill held Att James City y'e 1'st of Novemb'r 1697

Present

His Excellency

Rich'd Lee
W'm Bird
Chr: Wormeley
Edward Hill

Edmond Jennings
Rich'd Johnson
Cha: Scarburgh
Jn'o Lightfoot Esq'rs

. . .

     Upon Consideracon of Indian Land, & Articles of Peace w'th the
neighbouring Tributary Indians, It is y'e Opinion of y'e Councill that
y'e Indian Interpreters do forthw'th give to his Excellency a perticular
Acc't of y'e pr'sent numb'r of y'e s'd Tributary Indians & how they are
settled, and y'e Respective Surveyo'rs to give an Account to his Excel-
lency what land y'e Indians live upon, and y't noe Surveyo'r p'r'sume to
Survey (or English seat themselves) w'th'in three Miles of y'e Indian
Settlem't persuant to y'e Articles of Peace and Ordered accordingly.

. . .

Volume I, Page 374a

Novemb'r y'e 3'd 1697

Present

His Excellency

Rich'd Lee
W'm Bird
Chr: Wormley

Edward Hill
Edmond Jennings
Rich'd Johnson

Char:Scarburg Esq'rs

       Upon Consideracon of y'e four Indians comitted by y'e Justices of
Oyer & Terminer to y'e Sheriff of Stafford County, & y'e Opinion of y'e
house of Burgesses thereon, nothing being Charged ag't the s'd Indians,
since they were acquitted, It is the Opinion & Advice of y'e Councill that
y'e s'd Indians be forthwith Discharged, & Ordered Accordingly.

. . .

Volume I, Page 374b

At a Councill held at James Ctty 'ye 9'th of Novem'br 1697

Present

His Excellency

Rich'd Lee
W'm Bird

Edward Hill
Edmond Jennings Esq'rs

          His Excellency was Pleased to acquaint y'e board y'e the Occasion
of Appointing the Councill, then to meet, was the Receipt of a Letter
from y'e Govern'r of Maryland of y'e 16'th of Octob'r past, and some papers
Relating to Indians, from the Govern'r and Councill of Maryland, and
sent by Thomas Tench Esq're one of his Ma'ties Hono'ble Councill, &
Majo'r W'm Dent, w'ch is followeth; Viz't

     S'r I wrote to yo'r Excellency of y'e 24 of June; and Inclosed is a
Coppy thereof, This is by the hono'ble Thomas Tench Esq'r of his
Ma'ties hono'ble Councill & Majo'r W'm Dent, who are to wayt upon Yo'r
Excellency, from his Ma'ties hono'ble Councill,

Your humble Servant
Francis Nicholson

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Volume I, Page 375

James Citty Novemb'r y'e 4'th 1697
To his Excellency S'r Edmond Andross K't his Ma'ties L't &
Govern'r Generall of Virginia

     It being thought Necessary by his Excellency y'e Govern'r, Coun-
cill & c of his Ma'ties Province of Maryland, for his Ma'ties Service, &
the peace & safety of that province, to command us y'e Subscribers, to
attend your Excellency & lay before you some things relateing to y'e
Indians, and a later Murther committed by Indians unknown & c In
obedience whereunto, Wee attend your Excell'ncy and humbly offer,
that wee are ready to acquaint your Ex'ncy of the Circumstances of the
s'd late Murther & c.

     That for as much as the s'd late Murther has been Committed by
Indians unknown to the Government of Maryland, Therefore his Ex-
cellency the Govern'r & Councill of Maryland desires yo'r Excellency
to cause Enquiry to be Made after y'e s'd Murtherers w'th'in your Gov-
erm't as has been lately done in Maryland by his Excellency the Gov-
ern'r for y'e seizing & apprehending of an Indian called Esq'r Tom, that
fled to that Province, from y'e hands of Justice in Virginia.

      That whereas it is reported in Maryland, that y'e Indians are Pos-
sessed w'th Ill Notions y't for any misdemean'r committed there, they
are not to be punished for the same in Virginia, therefore it is desired
also that Yo'r Excellency will be pleased to make them sensible of the
Contrary.

     Yo'r Excell'ncy is also Desired to prohibite the Inhabitants under
Yo'r Governm't from selling to those Indians lately come out of Maryland
any Powder or Ball, and the like will be done in Maryland by his Ex-
cellency the Govern'r & c The s'd Indians haveing Carryed away w'th
them Out of that Goverm't (and Purchased since) a Considerable
quantitye of both by their own saying, That by Informacon the s'd
Indians formerly have not Purchased or used a Thousand weight a
Year.

     Your Excellency is likewise Desired to appoint and send some
Gentlemen to meet in Stafford County or Elsewhere, & call y'e s'd Indi-
ans before them, in order to discourse them in y'e p'r'sence of some Per-
sons to be sent out of Maryland, as well to Informe y'e Indians [of], y'e
Resolution of this Governm't, not to protect them, as alsoe for y'e Gent-
lemen of Maryland to make proposalls to them.

     Yo'r Excellency is likewise desired to send some P'r'son up to y'e
Fort of the s'd Indians, in this Goverm't to see If they have any strange
Indians among them, & what Numb'r there may be of then, & whither
they have Dispersed themselves, about a hunting according to their
Usual customes, It being Apprehended that the s'd Indians living so
remote, from y'e Inhabitants, may have french Jesuits or Priests &
other French men amongst them.

     Yo'r Excellency is likewise Desired, to cause your Rangers ap-
appointed for the frontiers of Potomack to settle somehwere convenient,
toward the head of Potomack, And that Yo'r Excellency will be pleased
to give Instructions to y'e Commander in Cheif of Stafford County, &
the Rangers to hold frequent Correspondence w'tih y'e Hono'ble Coll Jn'o
Addison, and y'e Rangers in Maryland, who have already instruccions
to do y'e like w'ith those In Virginia.

     You'r Excell'ncy is likewise Desired to giver Orders to Your Rangers
to agree wtih y'e Maryland Rang'rs what shall be an Alarm, and that
you will be pleased to give them charge, to forbear hollowing, or fireing
Gunns in y'e night unless upon Occasion.

     These Matters have been Consulted & resolved on by his Excel-
lency the Govern'r & Councill of Maryland w'th the Advice of y'e Hono'ble
the Justices of y'e Provintiall Co'rt y'e Gentlemen of a Grand Committee
for laying the Publick Levy; The Gent of y'e Grand Jury of the Body
of that Province, and severall Gentlemen lately imployed, to go to y'e
s'd Indians, and given us in Charge to yo'r Excellency. In Obedience
whereunto for his Ma'ties Service, and the peace & safety of his Ma'ties
s'd Province of Maryland, the same is hereby represented, laid before and
desired of Yo'r Excellency as aforesd, w'ch is signified by Yo'r Ex'encys
most humble servants.

Thomas Tench & W'm Dent   

     On Reading & Consideration thereof the aboves'd Gentlemen being
sent to & acquainted that his Excellency, & Councill were then sit-
ting, and ready to hear what they had further to offer to his Ex'ency,
Thomas Tench Esq'r being then undisposed desired to be excused till
the Next morning.

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Novemb'r the 10 1697

Present

His Excellency

Rich'd Lee
W'm Bird

Edward Hill
Edmond Jennings Esq'rs

     His Ex'ncy yesterday was Pleased to lay before y'e board a lett'r
from y'e Governo'r of Maryland, of y'e 16th of Octob'r past and a Copy
inclosed of y'e 24'th of June sent by Thomas Tench Esq'r one of his Ma-
'ties hono'blr Councill, & Majo'r W'm Dent to wayt on his Ex'ency of whom
due Regard being had; and being fully heard, what they had to Offer
from y'e Govern'r & Councill of Maryland. On Mature Consideracon
thereof, and y'e s'd Lett'r of the 24th of June being formerly answered, this
board are of Opinion, that it is not adviseable to make Inquirey after,
or Proclamacon ag't unknown or undisturbed Persons; That the report
in Maryland of the Indians Notions that they shall not be punished
here, For any Misdemeanor committed in Maryland is Groundless;
That the prohibition of selling Ammunition to perticular Indians is
Neither Adviseable, nor available, neither see any Cause to send for
or to ye' s'd Indians. The Rangers are appointed, on the Frontiers of
Potomack River, and y'e Commanders of the Rangers & Militia, long
since ordered to acquaint Coll Addison w'th anything materiall. The
General Allarm of this Country is fireing three Gunns at Convenient
Distance, and any disorders in y'e Night punishable, And it is also y'e
Opinion of y'e Councill, that y'e P'r'sent & a coppy of y'e former Order
be transmitted to y'e Govern'r of Maryland, by the Gent: sent by him-
selfe & Councill & Ordered accordingly.

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