America and West Indies: June 1625

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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 1625

June 15.
James City.
41. Governor Sir Francis Wyatt and Council of Virginia to [the Privy Council]. Have taken an inventory of Mr. Puntis' estate, but his debts exceed ten times the value of it. Request that Sir Thos. Merry's suit against John Hart for the payment of 200l. may not be allowed to proceed. Have been forced to suspend Capt. John Martin from the commission for Virginia to which he was lately appointed by the King. Justify the punishment which was inflicted upon Edward Sharples, a clerk in the Sec. Office, who, contrary to his oath and duty, "delivered our papers committed to his charge, which greatly concerned us." Desperate state of the colony "by the late pernicious contract." The effects begin to disclose themselves in their scant and miserable supplies. Signed by Sir Francis Wyatt, Sir Geo. Yeardley, Capt. Francis West, and six others.
June 15? 42. Petition of Gov. Sir Francis Wyatt, the Council and Assembly of Virginia, to the King. Recite their petition sent over by John Puntis the year previous [see ante, p. 65, No. 21], which, by reason of Puntis' death they fear, together with their relations, was never presented, because the persons so justly complained of are joined in commission for governing the affairs of the colony. Are afraid that the same tyranny will be exercised upon their persons which the "pernicious contract" has already executed upon their fortunes. The supplies this year are so scanty and the state of the colony so desperate that great numbers of planters had resolved to leave for England, expressly to petition for redress and protection. But lest the clamours of so many should be troublesome they have unanimously made choice of Sir Geo. Yeardley, who has again been nominated by His Majesty to succession in the government, to prefer their petition and represent their grievances. Pray that he may have a gracious hearing, and that the examination of their cause may be referred to Will. Lord Paget, Sir Rich. Weston, Sir Humph. May, and Sir Robt. Killigrew, Commissioners for the affairs of Virginia, to report thereon. Signed by Sir Fras. Wyatt, Capt. Fras. West, George Sandys, and 29 others. [Not having the signature of Sir Geo. Yeardley this petition was probably taken to England and presented by him. On 1 Sept. 1625, Sec. Conway writes to the Turkey Company to express, in the King's name, the sense he has of the equity and humanity with which Sir Francis Wyatt, Governor of Virginia, "or some other principal person returning from thence" was treated by the Turks. See DOMESTIC Car. I., Addenda.]