America and West Indies: March 1640

Pages 309-310

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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March 1640

March 10. 58. Commission by Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Lord Proprietor and owner of the Province of Maine in New England, appointing Sir Thomas Joscelyn, Richard Vines, Francis Champernoun, his nephew, Henry Joscelyn, Rich. Bonithon, Will. Hooke, and Edward Godfrey the Council of the province; also Ordinances for better government thereof. A mem. is added that these ordinances were renewed with certain additions and alterations, which are set forth, and were sent to the Province of Maine, with copy of Gorges' patent; also copy of a letter of attorney to Thomas Gorges, dispatched at same time. [Copy.]
March 10. 59. Another copy of the above.
March 16. Mem. Commission was signed this day by John Pym, Dep. Gov., and others of the Company of Providence Island, appointing Edw. Thompson, commander of the Hopewell, bound to the West Indies, to be there employed as a man-of-war. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 373.]
March 20.
James City.
60. Richard Kemp, Sec. of Virginia, to [Robt. Reade]. Acknowledges his favour and Lord Baltimore's friendship, concerning a letter to be written by the King, to the new Governor and Council of Virginia, giving him licence to repair to England, and confirming him in his place of Secretary. Is very grateful to Sec. Windebank for his mediation in the first part. Never preferred any desire to Lord Baltimore concerning the last clause, and would rather be dismissed from his employment, if leave to return home cannot otherwise be procured for him. Would, if continued in the place, make Reade's brother his deputy during his absence, to whom he begs some clothing and linen, and two men, may be sent. Incloses,
60. I. The King to the Governor and Council of Virginia. Rufford, 1636, Aug 4. [See Calendar, ante p. 239, No. 20.]
March 20.
James City.
61. Richard Kemp to Sec. Windebank. Since Sir Fran. Wyatt's arrival, they of the old commission have been persecuted with much malice, particularly Sir John Harvey, whose estate is wholly sequestrated, and who wishes to repair to England during the year. Requests the King's licence to go to England next year, with power to appoint Geo. Reade his deputy during his absence.
March 24. Mem. That two letters were signed on this day by John Pym, Deputy Governor, and other members of the Company of Providence Island for Capt. Butler, the Governor, and the Governor and Council there; concerning the Mary being taken by the Turks; encouragement to the colony, and declaring their pleasure that the Hopewell should have free trade in the island. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 373.]
March 25. 62. Sir Francis Wyatt, Governor of Virginia, to [Sec. Windebank?] Since his arrival in the colony they have been wholly taken up about the regulation of tobacco; the bad has been destroyed and half the good, as the only means to raise the price "and though the physic seems sharp yet I hope it will bring the body of the colony to a sounder constitution of health than ever it enjoyed before." Hopes to find him a patron to protect them against any causeless complaint concerning it. Requests a Privy Seal for the fines and amerciments and other the like profits usually enjoyed by his predecessors. Endorsed, "Rec. at Whitehall 5 June 1640."
March 30.
63. List of names of the passengers shipped in the Virgin of Hampton, of 60 tons, John Weare, master, for Barbadoes, all having taken the oaths of allegiance and supremacy. On the same sheet is annexed,
63. I. The names of such as were sworn and passed in the same ship 8 April; also names of passengers from Southampton from 22 Dec. 1638 to 30 Jan. 1640 .