Entry Book: July 1686

Pages 1691-1692

Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 8, 1685-1689. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1923.

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July 1686

July 1. Same from same in reply to the royal warrant of 1685, Dec. 15, supra, p. 491, concerning suffering Thomas Sandys to export 800 hogsheads of tobacco, Customs free; the present representation being dated from a Council held at the house of Col. Nathaniel Bacon at which were present Francis, Lord Howard, the Governor, Mr. Auditor Bacon, Mr. Secretary Spencer, Col. Philip Ludwell, Col. William Cole, Col. John Page, Col. William Byrd and Col. Christopher Wormeley. The said royal warrant being read, the Governor and Council reply that in the year Mr. Sands pretends his said 580 hogsheads of tobacco was taken in passing for England many ships, both in that year and since, have been lost by misfortunes at sea, their enemies and other fatal accidents, for which no allowance ever was or could be made by the revenue of the Colony, which being so low and mean with all the frugal management that can be will not bear nor support the necessary charges thereof without an annual arrear, as appears by the public accounts thereof annually transmitted to the Lord Treasurer of England. They therefore represent how impossible it will be for the revenue to answer the charge of such pretensions; as Sands's case will be taken as a precedent to encourage all others who have received losses at sea of the like nature to expect the like favour. It is therefore prayed that the revenue of the Colony be freed from such consequences. Ibid, pp. 213–5.