America and West Indies: October 1644

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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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October 1644

Oct. 23. 6. Declaration of Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord High Admiral of England and of all the King's Plantations upon the coasts of America, Governor of the Company of London for the plantation of the Somers Islands. In ecclesiastical and civil matters it is not intended to anticipate the determinations of Parliament. The government, as it stands, will be continued for the present. The public administration of God's worship, catechising children and servants, and strictly moral and religious teaching particularly enjoined. Great care to be taken to prevent tippling houses, idleness, and "the horrible sin of perjury." Every possible encouragement and assistance will be given to the production of staple commodities. Special instructions in case of wrecks. The desire for free trade has not been overlooked, but, for the present, the constitution of the Company and their obligations are described as "inconsistent with that freedom of trade which is required." Signed by Warwick, Governor, Will. Lord Say and Sele, and 42 others. [Printed.]