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wish you to put an immediate stop to the smallest farther supply. At all events there is no difference to be made in our sales to the continent from those to private individuals. Captain Irish should send some musket powder at all events, as it is a continental matter in a greater measure than a State one. These Indians acted much more against the three Southern States than against Virginia, and the Commissioners to treat with them are appointed by General Greene.

Mr. Robertson has been sick, and I believe is now.

Money is much more serviceable than anything else. Whatever you get, send down to his place, as Mr. Robertson has already been supplied with a considerable sum for his department.

I sent you every paper in my office respecting the Commissioners, except those now inclosed. I have delivered some few returns from the provision commissioners to Mr. Pearce last year, but no others, and none lately. The truth is, these people cannot account for their transactions, and are anxious to procrastinate, if not wholly to elude payment. I will write to Mr. Pearce to send me a list of those who have sent him their accounts.

There is no council, so that I have no answer yet to return about those gentlemen who have so long been holding the public money in their hands. Do not, however, on any account receive it from them, till you hear further.

His Excellency is satisfied with your representation of the disposition of Mr. Price, but is by no means reconciled to the disappointments and confusion which Captain Irish's conduct has occasioned.

I thank you for the papers enclosed in your letter, and for the information you have given me throughout. I am sir, Your very Obdt. Servt.,


Dr. Sir: Agreeable to your request I have endeavoured to make sale of the Publick wheat in my hands but without success. I have not disposed of any neither do I believe that it can be sold. I am very uneasy about it as it is at this time in a way to be damaged more than it has been, the rats have taken to it very much lately. As I am accountable for the loss of it, I would wish to secure myself before I suffer any more, I would if agreeable to you make use of the wheat and replace it after Harvest, as it will do to mix with Corn meal for My Servants, or I would take the Wheat and give the Publick credit for it in discharge for my Services, the last proposition I would rather make. As you intend to Richmond should take it kind if you will endeavour to have it settled in that way. I will allow a generous price for it in discount. I hope you will come into one or other of my proposals, me other that will secure me from further loss. I am with respect, Dr. Sir, Your Mo. Obt. Hble. Servt.,


4th Decr., 82.

Harry Innes, Esq., District Com'.

In Council, February 20th, 1783. It appearing from the return made by Mr. Henry Innis, District Commissioner, that a quantity of Specifics are at New London undisposed of, The Board advise that Mr. Innis be directed to apply those Specifics in the first place to replace such as may have been borrowed from the Inhabitants of the District, And that he will dispose of the remainder at the best price he can procure, and apply the Money first to the discharge of the Debts accruing from Storeage, and that he will transmit the residue with the account to Capt. Young, S. Q. M. G., for the use of his Department.


Northampton County Records in 17th Century.*

The first commissioners who held court in Sept., 1632, were Capt. Wm. Clayborne, Capt. Thos. Graves, Capt. Edmund Scarborough, Obedience Robins, Gent., John Haw, Gent., and Roger Sanders.

1633. Cotton minister complains about not having rec'd his Tythes of tobacco. Those in default had to pay double quantity of corn & tobacco:

1634. Beaver skins first mentioned in payment of debts. Agnes Williams was to pay widow Hollens 12 hens for attending to her in confinement, but the widow sued her for 18 hens. Mr. Burdett & Daniel Cugley owned the first vessel mentioned. Mention of tying by neck & heels as punishment.

At this Court Edward Drew preferred a complaint against Joan Butler for calling his wife a common, carted ** * John Holloway & Wm. Basley said they heard Wm. Butler say these words. It was ordered by the court that Joan Butler should be drawn at the “starne” of a boat or Canoe over King's Creek from the Cowpen to the other side, or else on the next Sabbath day in the time of Divine Service, between the first & second lesson, present herself before the minister and say after him as follows: “I, Joan Butler, do acknowledge to have called Maria Drew a * * * and thereby I confess to have done her manifest wrong. Therefore I desire this Congregation & Maria Drew will forgive me, & that this Congregation will join with me and pray that God may forgive me. John Greene Chirurgeon mentioned. Ferry mentioned at King's Creek. 100 Lbs. of tobacco the fee for preaching a funeral sermon.

1636. The Ship Africa which Capt. Claybourne had in the Susquehana about 1630-1-buying beavers skins from Indians is mentioned. He is spoken of "of Kentish Isle.” First certificates recorded of servants brought from England, there were twelve, three of them women-brought by Mr. Chas. Harmer. Good many servants brought about this date. Christopher Bryant

*Abstracts prepared by Mr. Barton H. Wise.

It was

ordered to be whipped for milking good wife's Powell's Cow by stealth.

At a Court held Sept. 14th, 1635, Mr. Cotton, minister, presented an order from James City for the building of a Parsonage House upon the Glebe land, & because there has been no formal Vestry or Vestry men, It is ordered from this day that those underwritten be vestry men, viz: Wm. Cotton, the minister, Thomas Graves, Obedience Robins, John How, Wm. Stone, Wm. Burdett, Wm. Andrews, Alexander Mountney, Edward Drew, Wm. Bedriman, and Stephen Charlton. This was the first vestry, & it was ordered that the first meeting be held upon the feast of St. Michael the Arch Angel, being the 29th of September.

Sept. 29th, 1635, the new vestry met-nine present. ordered that a parsonage should be built on the Glebe lands by Christien tide next 40 ft long, & 18 feet wide & 9 ft by the wall platts, a chimney at each end of the house, & upon each side of the chimney a room for a study, the other for a buttery, also a partition near the middle of the house, with an entry, with two doors, the one into the kitchen, the other into the chamberpower given to the church wardens & etc. There was trade at this time with New England.

22nd May, 1636. Vestry meeting decided to fine a vestryman 20 shillings who failed to attend meeting. A Pulpit Cloth, Cushion & Carpet were ordered to be provided, also a bier. It was ordered “that in consequnnce of the great distance some of the people live from the church, That all those who live below the Old Plantation should be buried on the land of Wm. Blous, where Wm. Benjamin lives & that they give notice to the Clerk, & get a way for the minister to get there, for neglect of which to be fined" & etc.

The first land probably granted on the sea side was in 1633 on Magoty Bay. In 1636 the first negro is mentioned who was brought by John Wilkins along with twenty five servants. A certificate shows Capt. Wm. Clayborne to have been at one time Sec’y of State at James City.

In a difficulty between Mr. Robins & a Mr. Crooks, Crooks said Robins had defamed him. Quoth Robins " I said nothing

. but what I can prove;" quoth Crooks, "it is a lye & I will would up a

prove myself an honest man;" then quoth Mr. Robins, “pray God it may prove so;" then quoth Mr. Crooks, "you keep a house not fit to give any man's entertainment, & that he would speak his pleasure in that place." The Court ordered Crooks to be tyed neck & heels for half an hour, & make acknowledgment. Mention is made of Lady Dale's cattle trespassing owing

. to the keeper being off playing ninepins.

1636. First order for an election. People met at the Sheriff's house Feb. 15th & chose John How & Wm. Roper burgesses. They were to have 1500 lbs. Tobacco. Cotton complains constantly about his tithes not being paid.

March ist, 1637. John Ford has to build pair of stocks for shaking his fist at a constable. Thos. Hunt mentions his rapier. July 3rd, 1637. John How, Commander.

. 1637. One Kinsman testifies that he heard Thos. Powell say that if John Harvey should come in again he would ruin the country & planters; that it would undo a number of poor men, But the great ones would not be taxed so much for it, for they

men (translation imperfect) & about a year ago he heard Powell say, that Kings in former times went to see Wars, but this king was fitten for a Lady's lap.

1637. It was ordered by this Court that no freeman, no hired servant, nor any other person or persons, whatsoever, shall depart from the plantation of Accomack without the Assembly license from Capt. Jno. How, Commander of the said Plantation, & if any person or persons shall so depart the said Plantation without such license, they that shall transport themselves or be in any ways assistant in their transportation, shall undergo & suffer such penalty & punishment as shall thereupon be thought fitten & proper.

1638. Nathaniel Littleton was Commander.

Oct. 1638. Mr. Symmons first surveyor mentioned. Cotton rec'd 300 acres of land on Hungar's Creek for himself & 5 servants he had transported. Church wardens empowered to distrain for delinquent tythes & etc. One John for committing fornication had to build a ferry on Old Plantation-other men for offences were “set up by the heels in the stock.” Mention of voyage of one Barnaby to N. England, also of Nicholas White to same place.

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