America and West Indies: February 1627

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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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February 1627

Feb. 16. Petition of Roger North to the King. Being engaged in the work of enlarging the King's dominions by plantations on the River Amazon and the country of Guiana, prays for one or two prize ships fit for that employment. This petition was referred to the Duke of Buckingham to take such order as he should deem good, and Nicholas, his Secretary, has added "one of 200 and a pink of 50, or two of 300 tons between them." [DOMESTIC Corresp. Car. I., Vol. LIV., No. 18, Cal. p. 57.]
Feb. 17.
Proclamation touching tobacco. Confirming previous proclamations of 29 Sept. 1624, and 2 March 1625, prohibiting the importation and use of all tobacco not of the growth of Virginia and the Somers Islands, but because of the immoderate desire of taking tobacco which "prevailed throughout the kingdom, and the difference, or at least the opinion of difference" between Spanish or foreign tobacco and that of the plantations of Virginia, allowing the importation of 50,000 weight per annum of the former to the King's "own particular use." [Proclamations, Car. I., No. 61.]