America and West Indies: February 1640

Pages 308-309

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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February 1640

Feb. 6.
Warwick House.
Minutes of a General Court for Providence Island. Relating exclusively to the financial condition of the Company. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 369–72.]
Feb. 20.
Warwick House.
Minutes of a Committee for Providence Island. Mr. Warner having been taken with Capt. Newman, and long a prisoner at Dunkirk, 70l. is ordered to be paid to him as an allowance for his charges. The money out of the prize goods to be paid to Capt. Wil. Rous for his expenses at St. Lucar, and other allowances made to him in respect of his sufferings in the Company's service. 50l. to be paid for John Butler's ransom, he having been taken by the Turks in the Mary. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 372–73.]
[Feb. 22.] Petition of James, Earl of Carlisle, Sir James Hay, and Archibald Hay to the King. The Caribbee or Carlisle Islands were assigned, with other estates of the late Earl, to the petitioners, in trust for payment of his debts. Have obtained by the King's favour, a commission to divers of good quality and judgment, for better government of those islands, and furtherance of the plantations there. The present Earl is advised that the right of government is descended to him, but the other petitioners conceive it belongs to them as well; this difference is some impediment to their proceedings, which they are very desirous may be settled. Pray that referees may be appointed to determine the difference for advancement of the plantation, and the petitioners' profit for payment of the above debts. With reference to the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas to consult with the Attorney General and other counsel, and certify their opinion to whom the right of government belongs. Commission to be prepared for better government of the islands as desired. Whitehall, 1640, Feb. 22. [DOMESTIC Car. I., Entry Bk., Petitions, 1638–40, p. 76.]
Feb. 25. Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. Agreement with Maurice Thompson to send, with all convenient speed, a ship of about 150 tons, with a magazine, to Providence; the Mary, which sailed on a design for Darien, having been taken by the Turks in August last, and the project about the gold ore interrupted. Commission to be granted to the master for a man-of-war in the West Indies, with reservation of one-third of the goods taken. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 373.]
Feb. 25. Articles of Agreement between the Company of Providence Island and Maurice Thompson, about setting forth a ship of 150 tons, a magazine, containing 1,000 pair of shoes, 1,000 shirts, 1,000 pair of canvas drawers, half a ton of iron, three chaldron of coal, 30 cases of strong waters, and other things, to be sold in the colony. Thompson to have a commission for taking Spanish prizes in the West Indies. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. IV., p. 154.]