America and West Indies: January 1638

Pages 261-262

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 1, 1574-1660. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1860.

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January 1638

Jan. 12.
80. Order of the Privy Council. Upon petition in the name of the Governor and Company of London for plantation of the Somers Islands; directing that about 100 tons of logwood recovered by the Governor there from a Spanish wreck, may not be confiscated, though brought into the port of London. [Draft.]
Jan. 13.
Brooke House.
Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. Committee appointed. Several bonds sealed. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 310–11.]
Jan. 22.
Brooke House.
Minutes of a Committee for Providence Island. Upon Capt. Bell's answers to the Company's exceptions to lend him 50l., that he might be more willing to inform the Admiralty of all he knows concerning the attempt of the Spaniards to take the island; choice of men is preferred so that the island may be strengthened. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 311.]
Jan. 23.
81. Order of the Lords Commissioners for Foreign Plantations, being a brief or minutes of articles for drawing out a patent for the province of Maine, in New England, which being approved the Attorney General is ordered to prepare a grant accordingly.
Jan. 29.
James City.
82. Governor Sir John Harvey to Sec. Windebank. Is informed that the farmers of customs intend exhibiting a complaint to the King against him, about the bad quality of last year's tobacco. Declares that most of it was shipped before his arrival in the colony. Hopes the ensuring Assembly will prevent the like badness in future, by erecting stores in each country, where all tobacco may be brought to and viewed.
Jan. 29.
Brooke House.
Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. Letters brought by a ship from Virginia from Capt. Newman, dated 7 August, and from Lieut. Powell are read. The owners of the Happy Return desire payment for her hire. Capt. Rous having been taken in the Blessing and now a prisoner in Spain, letters from him are read; and John Pym acquaints the Company with what had been done on his behalf. Capt. Bell promised a final answer to his late propositions on Monday next. Finance. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 312–13.]
Jan. 31.
Brooke House.
Minutes of a Committee for Providence Island Accounts. Proposals for an extension of time to send the 500 men agreed upon to Providence. Fears that the island may be attempted by the Spaniards; resolved to send a further supply of able men. The Earl of Warwick volunteers to underwrite 2,000l. per annum for five years in case the privileges and declarations lately petitioned for to the King are obtained. Lord Say engages to go thither in person with some others of the Company. Abrah. Blufield allowed 40s. per month for his services.