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Government of
New England.

to be under the Lord President of the Councill, having at the

desire of the Lords of the Committee for Trade & Plantations this day humbly moved his Majesty, to declare his pleasure whether the Fort & Country of Pemaquid in New England, shall remaine under the Government of New Yorke, or be annexed to New England; His Majesty taking the same into consideration, was pleased to declare & Order, That the said Fort and Country of Pemaquid, in regard of his [?] distance from New Yorke, be for the future, annexed to, and continued under the Government of New England. — [James II. Vol. I., 291.]

At Whitehall, the 27th of October, 1686. Wensday after

Present, The King's most excellent Majesty.

noon.

Sr Edmond Andros to regulate

Whereas the R' Honble the Lords of the Comthe value of For mittee for Trade & Plantations did by their reNew England. port this day read at the Board, represent, That they haue lately had under consideration, a Proposall made unto them for re-establishing a Mint in his Majestys Territory of New England, under the Government of Si Edmond Andros, And having consulted the Officers of his Majesty's Mint here in that behalf, Their Lordships do not find the same to be for his Majesty's Service, but offered it as their opinions, That for the benefit of Trade and Commerce in those parts, Sir Edmond Andros may haue power by Proclamation to regulate the Peices of Eight and other Forraign Coynes imported thither, to such current value, as he shall find most requisite for his Majestys service, and the Trade of his subjects there. Which his Majesty taking into consideration was pleased to approve of their Lordship's opinion, and accordingly did order, That Sir Edmond Andros be, and he is hereby authorized and empowered by Proclamation to regulate Peices of Eight, and other Forrain Coynes within the said Territory of New England to such currant value, as he shall judge most requisite for his Majesty's Service, and the Trade of his Subjects there. — [James II. Vol. I., 329.]

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At Hampton Court, the 19th of June, 1687. Present, The

King's most excellent Majesty. A report from the R' Hon ble the Lords of the Committee for Trade and Forraign Plantations, des to take under touching the annexing of the Colony of Con- New Engld, the ecticut to the Government of New England, icut. being this day read at the Board, as followeth May it please your Majesty,

Wee haue considered a letter directed to the Right Hon ble the Earle of Sunderland from the Generall Court of

your Majesty's Colony of Conecticut in New England, wherein they represent their desires to continue in the same Station they are at present, if it shall so please your Majesty, But that if your Majesty shall thinke fit otherwise to dispose of them, they do in all duty declare their readines to submit to your Royall commands; Hoping that your Majesty may be more enclined to annex them to the Government of New England, then to any other, Whereupon Wee most humbly offer our opinion, That your Majesty be pleased to send your instruccions to Sir Edmond Andros, forthwith to signify your Majesty's good liking and acceptance of their dutifull Submission, and to take them under his Government; in such manner and under the same regulations as are directed by your Majesty's Commission and Instructions to Sir Edmond Andros, for the good government of the other Colonys; Assuring them of your Majesty's particular regard and royall protection, And that he do admit and cause to be sworne of

your Majestys Councill in New England, Robert Treat Esq, the present Governor and John Allen Esq, the present Secretary of Conecticut, for the better carrying on your Majesty's Service in that Colony.

All which is most humbly submitted. June 19.[?] 1687.

His Majesty was pleased to approve of the said report, and did Order, That the R Hon ble the Earle of Sunderland, Lord President of the Councill and principall Secretary of State, do cause instructions to be prepared for his Majesty's royall Signature, according to the said report, and

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VOL. II.

transmitted to Sir Edmond Andros, for taking the said Colony of Conecticut under his . Government. And requiring him to cause Robert Treat Esq, the present Governor, and John Allen Esq, the present Secretary of Conecticut, to be sworne and admitted of his Majesty's Councill of New England, for the better carrying on the Service of the said Colony. — [James II., 467.]

[4 Nov

Ordered that “ Samuel Shrimpton, William Brown Jun", Simon Linds and Richard Smith” be admitted of the “ Councill in New England," on the recommendation of Sir Edmund Andros. — p. 519.]

Sr Edmd Andros
to be Governor of
New England
New York and
New Jerseys.

At Whitehall, the 234 March 1687. Present, The King's

most excellent Majesty.
The draught of a Commission for Sir Ed-
mond Andros, Kn' to be Governor of New Eng-

land, New York and New Jerzeys, having been presented by the R' Hon ble the Lords of the Committee for Trade and Plantations, the same was read and approved, His Majesty in Councill is thereupon pleased to order that the R' Hon ble the Earl of Sunderland, principall Secretary . of State do prepare a Warrant for his Majesties Royall Signature, in order to the passing of the said Commission under the Great Seale. [James II. Pt. II., 637.]

[1688-9.] New Charter to be granted to New England, & Com" to govern for ye present, instead of Sir Edmond Andros. — [William & Mary, Vol. I., 21.]

New England,

At Hampton Court, the 18th of Aprill, 1689. Present, The

King's Most excellent Majesty.

The Earle of Shrewsbury is directed upon SECILE A. Governo's inquiry from those who haue the most consid

erable interest in New England, New York, and the Jerzeys, to present to the King the names of such as may be thought fitt at this time to be Governor and Lieut. Governor of those Parts. - [William & Mary, Vol. I., 77.]

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At Whitehall, the 25th of July, 1689. Present, The King's

most excellent Majesty. Upon reading the Petition of Sir Edmond Andros Kn', late Governor of New England, prisoners in her and others, seized by some people in Boston Benelanderson and detained under close confinement there, first Ship. humbly praying that they may be either set at liberty, or sent in safe custody into England, to answer before his Majesty what may be objected against them. His Majesty in Councill is pleased to order, as it is hereby ordered, that the said Sir Edmund Andros and others their Majesty's subjects in New England that have been in like manner seized by the said people in Boston, and are deteined by them under Confinement, be forthwith sent on board the first Ship bound hither, to answer before his Majesty what may be objected against them, and that they be civilly used in their passage from New England, and safely conveyed to his Majesty's presence. And one of his Majesty's Principall Secretaries of State is to prepare Letters to such as for the time being take care for the preserving the peace, and administering the laws in their Majesty's Colony of the Massachusets Bay in New England, for his Majesty's Royall Signature accordingly. — [William & Mary, Vol. I., 198.]

At Whitehall the 24th of Aprill 1690. Present, The

King's most excellent Majesty. The R Hon ble the Lords of the Committee Sir Edmond Anfor Trade and Plantations having this day pre- against them dissented a report to his Majesty in Councill, in missed &c. the words following, viz'.

dros & others dis.

May it please your Majesty

Your Majesty having by your letters, dated the 30th day of July last, to the present Government of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, Signified your pleasure that Sir Edmund Andros, late Governor of that Territory, and others that had been seized by the people of Boston, upon the late Revolution, and deteined there under confinement,

for the space of ten Months, should according to their humble request made to your Majesty in Councill, be sent into England by the first opportunity, to answer before your Majesty what might be objected against them. Wee haue accordingly, on the tenth instant, been attended by Sir Edmund Andros and others, lately imprisoned in New England, As also by Sir Henry Ashurst, M Elisha Cook, M. Increase Mather, and M' Thomas Oakes, who then declared themselves unto us to be Agents for the said Government of the Massachusetts Bay. But by reason of the late arrivall in England of some of them, desired they might be allowed further time to produce their Credentialls and charge against the said Sir Edmund Andros and others foresaid; which charge having been brought in on the Munday following, Wee were, according to our directions attended on Thursday last by Sir Edmund Andros and such as were lately Imprisoned in New England, and by Counsel learned on both sides. At which time the Counsel learned for the people of the Massachusets Bay, as they termed themselves, having been asked by us whether any person were ready to sign or own the said charge, no person could then be found or was named unto us, upon Our inquiry to sign or own the same. So that as wee saw no matter of complaint, or objection against Sir Edmund Andros and others aforesaid, to proceed upon, Wee do therefore most humbly offer our Opinion to your Majesty, that the said Sir Edmund Andros and other Persons lately Imprisoned in New England, and now attending your Majesty, be forthwith discharged and set at liberty, And that the said Paper or Charge, which has not been signed or owned, may be dismissed, inasmmch as nothing has been objected against the said Sir Edmund Andros and others, by the present Government of the Massachusets Bay, or their Agents, at the times appointed by us, in pursuance of Your Majesty's pleasure signified to them in that behalf. Which is nevertheless most humbly submitted.

Councill Chamber, the 170h Aprill 1690.

His Majesty in Councill is pleased to approve of the said report, and to Order that the Paper or Charge therein

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