America and West Indies: September 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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September 1625

Sept. 13.
44. Commission, reciting the discovery of St. Christopher, als Merwar's Hope, Nevis, Barbadoes, and Montserrat, by Thos. Warner who, set forth and supplied by Ralph Merrifield, hath also began a plantation and colony of those islands, until then inhabited only by savages, and not under the government of any Christian prince or state; taking the said islands and inhabitants under the royal protection, and granting Thos. Warner the custody as the King's lieutenant, with full power to make orders, articles, and ordinances, to trade freely for all manner of commodities, and to send over people to strengthen the plantation. In the event of Thos. Warner's decease, John Jeaffreson, if he be still living, is appointed lieutenant; and when the office becomes void by death, the English subjects, resident there, are empowered to elect a new lieutenant. [Copy.]
Sept. 13.
45. Another copy of the preceding.
Sept. 13. Minute of the above. [Colonial Corresp., 1607, Jan. 9.]