America and West Indies: June 1620

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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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June 1620

June 7.
51. Sir Edwin Sandys to the Marquis of Buckingham. Justifies himself in exposing the courses of Sir Thos. Smythe and his upholders, whose management of the affairs of Virginia perpetually keeps down the prosperity of the plantation, they having enriched themselves unlawfully and hazarded the utter extirpation of the colony. Declares that in one year with 8,000l. he did more for the advancement of that colony than was done by Sir Thos. Smythe in twelve years, at an expense of nearly 80,000l. Entreats that his answer may be asked for, before judgment is given by the King, upon any complaints against him. Will cheerfully bestow one year more in the place he held last year for Virginia, if the King's approbation call him to it, and in such case will offer a project for raising a great and speedy revenue. Implores him, by the many great graces wherewith God hath furnished him, to protect and "repatriate the long exiled in His Majesties favour."