America and West Indies: January 1626

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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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January 1626

Jan. 3. 1. Governor Sir Fras. Wyatt and Council of Virginia to the Lords Commissioners for the affairs of Virginia. The Flying Hart, of Flushing, set out by Arthur Swaine and Will. Constable, adventurers of the Company, arrived on 15th December last, without a commission, but, because of the extreme wants of the colony, the usual privileges were conceded. Above half the passengers, servants to planters, without provisions; better care should be had not only of new comers, but even of planters, that they arrive well provided. Congratulations on the accession of King Charles. Remonstrate against the defenceless state of the colony, the powder and munition not sufficient for their domestic enemies. Request directions how to dispose of a Spanish frigate and Portuguese pilot taken in the West Indies by Capt. Jones, since deceased, by commission from the United Provinces to Capt. Powell. Inclose proclamation which they have been constrained to revive. Describe the desperate condition of their trade, "2000l. adventure will exhaust all the tobacco of one crop." The Governor has long expected a successor; private affairs compel him not to put off any longer his return to England, which some of the Council purpose also. [Copy. Signed by the Governor and five of the Council.] Inclose,
1. I. Proclamation by the Governor and Council of Virginia, renewing a former proclamation of 31 August 1623, for restraining the excessive rates of commodities. 1625, Dec. 31. James City. [Copy. Signed as above.]
Jan. 4 2. Petition of the Somers Islands Company to Buckingham. That their ship the Victory, Wil. Kempthorne master, ready to go to those islands, with supplies for the present necessity of the people, and their defence, may not be hindered or impressed for any other service. Annexed,
2. I. Names of thirty-one men belonging to the Victory, bound to the Somers Islands.