America and West Indies: March 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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March 1627

March 3? 17. Warrant for the Earl of Carlisle or his assigns, and the owners of all tobacco brought from St. Christopher's, to have the sole profit thereof towards their charges and adventure. [Draft, mutilated.]
March? 18. Abstract of the suit of Ralph Merrifield. The first planter in the Island of St. Christopher, he made a voyage thither last summer [see 1626, May 3], for better settling the plantation and publication of the Earl of Carlisle's grant. Has brought from thence 10,000 weight of tobacco in reliance upon an exemption from customs for ten years contained in that grant. Prays for leave to sell it, not-withstanding a proclamation restraining the sale to Commissioners, who are not yet named.