America and West Indies: July 1604

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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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July 1604

July 2.
Mount Howard, at the mouth of Wyapoco, Guiana.
Capt. Chas. Leigh to the Privy Council. Arrived in the country with fifty men, with whom he purposed to inhabit in some by-place, away from the Indians; but accepted the offers of the natives to dwell amongst them in their best houses and gardens. Has resolved to remain with forty men, and return the rest for England, with four Indian chiefs as pledges. The natives desire that he will send for men to teach them to pray. Doubts not but God hath a wonderful work in this simple-hearted people. Beseeches the Council to send over well-disposed preachers. Requests the King's protection and free passage to those who will come and settle there. The bearer will certify at large concerning the state of the country and the people. [DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol. VIII., No. 87, Cal. p. 127.]