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proceedings of the Council of the Colony appears to have been kept until the year 1622, but from that date the chain is well connected. The curious papers respecting the enchanted treasure are contained in a manuscript book preserved in the Secretary's Office of the Islands, called “Treasure Trove,” which contains likewise much other interesting matter connected with the early history of the Colony. The grant from the Earl of Warwick and his colleagues is among the papers preserved in the office of the Clerk of the Council. It is difficult, however, to decypher much of it now, as the injuries inflicted by time have almost destroyed it.

Among the pages of these brief and noiseless annals, perhaps there is not a brighter one, or one more worthy of admiration than that which records the total emancipation from slavery on the 1st of August, 1834. Of the few slave colonies whose proper sense of liberality led them to decline the proffered six years' apprenticeship, Bermuda stood foremost, and it will for ever afford a gratifying retrospect, that its legislative deliberations, when called upon to pronounce the final issue of the struggle between justice and interest, did loudly proclaim in favour of the former.

To thank each individual to whom I am indebted, for valuable assistance during the progress of this work, would be impossible, and to select a few would be invidious ; I must, therefore, content myself by generally expressing the obligations I am under.

HAMILTON, BERMUDA.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Page Discovery-Granted to Camelo by the King of Spain-Shipwreck

of Henry May-Of Sir George Somers—Granted by King James I. to the Virginia Company-Formation of the Bermuda Company-Settlement under Governor Richard Moore

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CHAPTER II.

Administration of Caldicot-John Mansfield-Christopher Carter

-Miles Kendall--John Mansfield-Governors Daniel Tucker-
Miles Kendall-Nathanial Butler-Administrations of Felgate,
Stokes, and others---Governors John Barnard—John Harrison
Henry Woodhouse-Bell-Wood-Chaddocke-Turner-Forster
Saylo-Seymour-Sir John Heydon--Seymour .

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CHAPTER III.

Governors F. Seymour-Richard Cony-Dissolution of the Ber

muda Company--Governors Sir Robert Robinson~Isaac Richier -John Goddard-Samuel Day-Benjamin Bennett-Henry Pulleine-Benjamin Bennett-John Hope-President John Trimingham-Governor John Pitt-President Andrew AuchinleckGovernor Allured Popple--President Francis Jones--Governor William Popple-President F. Jones--Governor George James Bruere

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AN

HISTORICAL AND STATISTICAL

ACCOUNT OF

THE BERMUDAS,

FROM

THEIR DISCOVERY TO THE PRESENT TIME.

BY

WILLIAM FRITH WILLIAMS.

“ Where the remote Bermudas ride,
I th’Occan's bosom unespied.”

Andrew Marvell.

LONDON:
THOMAS CAUTLEY NEWBY, PUBLISHER,

72, MORTIMER STREET, CAVENDISHI SQUARE.

1848.

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