Open main menu

Page:Notes and Queries - Series 12 - Volume 10.djvu/446

This page needs to be proofread.


364 NOTES' AND QUERIES. , 12 a x. MAY is. 1022. ffor arerages for seruants 2 yeares . . 220 ffor 8000 eares of corne at 121bs. tob. per M 96 ffor Potatoes on the groimd alloweing vnto Capt Jennings lOOlb. weight of planting roots . . . . . . 100 ffor a Diall and an Iron hoope . . . . 4 687 Prouided alwaies.. and it is expressely agreed that M r George Etheridge shall not make It appeare by the next from England, out of John Brookes his letters to his Landlord Capt George Etheridg, that he the said John Brookes hath not accoumpted fformerly to the said Capt Etheridge the charge of Building the Warehouse at the waterside with Locke and hinges therevnto belonginge, and alsoe the charge of making 3 water Troughes now remaining about the dwelling house Then the said Mr George Ethridge shall pay vnto Capt Jennings soe much Tobacco for the said Warehouse and Troughs as shalbe aiudged by Workemen. In witness whereof wee haue herevnto sett our hands the day and year aboue written WILLIAM SAYLE THOMAS WOOD CHRIST. PARKER RICHARD SOUTHWORTH (Lefroy, op. cit., i., pp. 520-21.) The report of doings " At a Council Table [Bermuda] 17 Jan. 1630/1," records the charge against John Rose, master of the " Shipp Tyger Rideing at anker in the king's castle harbour in the Somer Islands," of speaking treason or petty treason in November, 1630. The charge was made by Mr. Nathaniell Ward. Rose and Ward had some words about stealing custom of tobacco. Rose said, " That he would steale the coustome of his tobacco in despight of the Coustomers, and the king's teeth." Ward reproved him, whereat Rose appeared very sorrowful. Nathaniell Stowe, also present, said Rose had so spoken, was sorrowful and had said to Ward, " You doe so vex me that you make me say you know not what." Then was heard the attestation of Mr. Georg Etheredge vpon oath who saith that vpon some speeches that grewe betweene Capt Chaddocke and John Hose about coustome of tobacco, th'e said Hose said in his hearing that he would steal coustome of Tobacco in despight of his Maties teeth and his coustomers. (Signed) GEO ETHERIDGE. The Governor and Council decided Rose should be committed to prison till the departure of the ship and reported to the honorable Company. The ship sailed Jan. 20, 1630/1, three days after the judgment was passed (ibid. i. pp. 522-23). The ' Colonial Records, Bermuda, Deeds, &c., A.D. 1622 to 1676 ' (in the Office of the Colonial Secretary, Hamilton, Bermuda), give (p. 3) the deed of transfer of the land known as " Incognita " lying between (? MS. torn here) the land " of George Etheridge, Vintnor and Sir Will Wade " from William Burgis to Michael Evans on May 3, 1643. The deed next entered conveys the two shares " Incognita " from Michael Evans to Laurence Underwood on Sept. 15, 1645. The position of the land is here similarly de- scribed. When Richard Norwood's survey of 1662/3 was published with a map, a list'of the ad- venturers .and their holdings was given with the latter, numbered according to the allot- ments on the map. Under " Pagets Tribe " holding 32 is listed as in the possession of Mr Henry Moore of Pembroke Tribe (formerly Capt George Etheridge) foure shares in the occupa- tion of severall tennants. ... In all foure shares lying together ; Abutting at ye south end vppon Long pont and bayes in Crow-lane called ye salt kettles. Lying betweene ye lands last before entred to ye eastward, and ye lands next following to ye westward cont? 98 [acres]. Lefroy reproduces Norwood's 1663 map opposite p. 645, vol. ii., where allotment numbered 32, Paget's Tribe, is seen to be identical with allotment 13 in the same tribe on the 1622 map. The Manchester Papers in the Public Record Office, at present inaccessible to me, might give more precise information as to when Etherege disposed of his shares in the Somers Islands Company. The Etherege family history in the course of the seventeenth century affords pic- turesque contrasts. The grandfather ap- pears as a solid substantial gentleman- citizen, with large vision, eager to equip his sons well for life, to bring about advan- tageous marriages for all his children, pre- serving his confidence in plantation enter- prises when others were ready to give them over, and sending out his oldest son as a young Bermuda planter. This son, Capt. George Etherege, figures favourably in the island councils and is preoccupied with tobacco warehouses, water-troughs, hog- troughs and the minutiae of the planter's life of that time. How soon after his marriage did he return to Bermuda, one wonders, and was his oldest son, the future dramatist, born there ? The latter part of the grand- father's life is reflected in the lawsuit sum- marized in my earlier paper (The Times Literary Supplement, Feb. 16, 1922). By 1656 his oldest son, Capt. Etherege, has died ; his unsatisfactory and undutiful second son, John, has brought suit to