America and West Indies
March 1621

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W. Noel Sainsbury (editor)

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1860

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'America and West Indies: March 1621', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 1: 1574-1660 (1860), pp. 25-26. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=68977 Date accessed: 31 July 2014.


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March 1621

March 4. Whitehall.Order of the Privy Council upon the complaint of Parliament of the great abuse of lotteries for raising monies towards the advancement of the plantation in Virginia, and the relief of the distressed colonies there; suspending the same, and directing a proclamation to that effect to be prepared for the King's signature. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. LXXIX., p. 201.]
March 6.
Southampton Hundred, Virginia.
53. Grant by Sir Geo. Yeardley, Governor of Virginia, to Geo. Harrison, of Charles City, gentleman, who hath abode in the colony three years, of 200 acres of land, situate on the opposite side of the river over against the Governor's "Mansion House," to be doubled by the Virginia Company when sufficiently planted and peopled; 50 in his own personal right, and the other 150 for having transported at his own charge three servants, Jeremy Whiniard, Jas. Taylour, and Wil. Broomeman. [A large piece has been cut off one corner of this paper, but the missing portion is supplied by Sir Jos. Williamson.]
March 8.
Westminster.
Proclamation. Upon request of those intending to make a plantation in Virginia, the King commands the Virginia Company to forbear their licence for keeping and continuing any lottery. [Proclamations, Jac. I., No. 89.]
March 9.Grant by the Council of Plymouth to Capt. Mason of Cape Anne. [Colonial Corresp., 1620, Nov. 3.]
[March 16.]54. Petition of the Treasurer and Company, with the Scottish undertakers of the plantations in Newfoundland, to the King. By twelve years' quiet possession, under His Majesty's patent, Newfoundland has become a hopeful country, employing yearly 300 ships, with 10,000 British seamen, and thereby relieving 20,000 more poor people of the western parts of England, who wholly depend thereon for their maintenance. The customs of goods imported produce a yearly revenue of near 10,000l. The country has for many years been infested with pirates, and suffered exceedingly by the disorderly courses of the fishermen. The King's subjects, both of England and Scotland, are now joined together, in hopes of making a more settled plantation there. The petitioners pray for a grant to John Mason, the present Governor, empowering him to act as the King's Lieutenant in those parts, with two ships or more, as shall be found requisite, and that he may have, to defray his charges, five nobles, or 500 dry fish, about the fiftieth part of a boat's ordinary fishing voyage in the summer. Underwritten is a reference to the Lord Steward, Lord Chamberlain, the Earl of Arundel, Lord Vis. Falkland, and Sec. Calvert to report upon this petition and papers annexed.Annexed,
54. I. Reasons to move the King to take order that a lieutenant be sent yearly to Newfoundland to guard the coasts from pirates, and preserve good order amongst the fishing fleet.
54. II. Names of certain pirates, with the damage done by them in Newfoundland since 1612. The amount of damage sustained is estimated at 40,800l.; besides the loss of above 180 pieces of ordnance, and 1,080 fishermen, sailors, carpenters, and gunners, taken by force or otherwise carried away.
54. III. Some few instances of certain misdemeanors and injuries committed by the fishermen in 1620.