I have seen what Sir Thomas Lynch hath written to your Lordships concerning the reception of Privateers at Carolina. Upon enquiry I am informed that one Jacob Hall did touch there to wood and water as he came from La Vera Cruz, but belonged not to the place, nor had no Inhabitant of Carolina with him, and stayed but a very few days, and then sayled for Virginia. Hall acted under Van Horn, who had a Commission from the French; and His Majesty's Pleasure not to suffer his subjects to take Commissions from forreign Princes not being known in Carolina is the reason I conceive he was not secured.
I never could hear but of one more that ever was there, and he not pretending to any Commission from any forreign Prince, and having taken some vessells was indicted for the same, and being found guilty was executed, and himself and two more, the most guilty of his Company hung in chains at the Entrance of the Port, and there hang to this day for an example to others, And at Providence, which Sir Thomas Lynch hath heretofore blamed for receiving Privateers, all imaginable care was taken by the Governors to suppress them, and no attempts upon the Spaniard made from those parts but at the instigation of a person commissioned by Sir Thomas Lynch to take Pyrats as your Lordships may see by the enclosed Abstract of his letters. Wee have now sent to
Mem.d Mr Cranfield speaks of one Pain at New Plymouth with a false Commission from Sir Thomas Lynch.
Recd the 27th May.