America and West Indies: Undated, 1574

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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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1574? 1. "Points set down by the Committees appointed in the behalf of the Company to confer with Mr. Carleill upon his intended discovery and attempt in the northern parts of America." The Committees are well persuaded that the country is very fruitful; inhabited with savage people of a mild and tractable disposition, and of all other unfrequented places "the only most fittest and most commodious for us to intermeddle withal." They propose that one hundred men be conveyed thither, to remain one year, who with friendly entreaty of the people, may enter into the better knowledge of the country, and gather what commodities may be hereafter expected from it. The charges will amount to 4,000l.; the city of Bristol having very readily offered 1,000l., the residue remains to be furnished by the city of London. Privileges to be procured by Mr. Carlile for the first adventurers; also terms upon which future settlers will be allowed to plant. In the patent to be granted by the Queen, liberty wi'l be given to transport all contented to go, who will be bound to stay there ten years at least. None to go over without licence of the patentees, neither to inhabit nor traffic within 200 leagues of the place where "the General shall have first settled his being and residence." [The names of the Committees are Alderman Hart, Messrs. Spencer, Wil. Burrough, Hoddesdon, Towerson, Slanye, Stapers, Maye, John Castelin, and Leake. In DOMESTIC Corresp. Eliz., Vol. XCV., No. 63, Cal. p. 475, will be found a Petition to the Queen dated 22 March 1574, to allow of an enterprise for discovery of sundry rich and unknown lands, "fatally reserved for England and for the honor of Your Majty" which is endorsed "Sir Humfrey Gilbert, Sir Geo. Peckham, MR. CARLILE, and Sir Ric. Greenvile, and others, voiages."]