America and West Indies: November 1623

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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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November 1623

Nov. 7. 49. Warrant from the Commissioners for Virginia. Sundry petitions concerning the colony having been referred to them for examination, they require a trunk of writings locked up under the custody of one of the clerks of the Privy Council, to be delivered to the bearer. Signed by Sirs Henry Spiller, Fras. Gofton, Will. Pitt, Rich. Sutton, and Hen. Bourgchier [Bourchier]. [See 1624, Feb. 16.]
Nov. 21? 50. Petition of the Companies for Virginia and the Somers Islands to the King. That the commission granted upon complaint of Alderman Johnson and others for examination of the misgovernment of those Companies, may be proceeded in, and that in the mean time they may stand right in the King's judgment, the oppugners, who have contributed but little either by purse or counsel, being only 26 persons. That their books, which have been sequestered 14 days, may be restored, and that they may be preserved in the rights and privileges granted to them under the Great Seal.
Nov. 21.
Order of the Privy Council for delivery to the Virginia Company of all books and writing in the hands of the Virginia Commissioners belonging to the Company, against whom a quo warranto has been issued, questioning their charters. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol.LXXIX., p. 208.]
Nov.? 51. Sirs Thos. Smythe, John Wolstenholme, Hump. Handford, and Robert Johnson, to Sec. Conway. According to his letter of the 21st July last, they have conferred with Capt. Baily upon his project for the advancement of foreign plantations [see ante p. 50]. Hold it to be good and commendable so far only as it concerns public plantations to the southward of Virginia. As to the other part of his project, very much doubt how so great a sum can easily be levied, nor do they approve of that course, because the kingdom has been drained by previous gatherings in churches and lotteries for the support of former plantations.