America and West Indies: April 1631

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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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April 1631

April 2.
11. Governor Harvey to Sec. Dorchester. Complains of the miserable state in which he lives through the waywardness and opposition of the Council, who dispute his authority, averring he can do nothing but what they shall advise, and that his power extends no further than a bare casting voice. Can discern nothing in them but factions, seeking to gain their own ends. Instances the case of a dispute arising out of the gift of a calf by Capt. Will. Peirce to a servant. Prays that the King will strengthen his commission and that the duty of Governor and of Councillors may be distinguished. Implores him to compassionate his wants "being thereby made contemptible." Has not received one farthing for his relief since his departure from England.