America and West Indies: November 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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November 1627

Nov. 2. William Payne to Katherine Lady Conway. Wishes that Lord Conway, or some of his, would come in for a proportion in the lot of St. John's at Newfoundland, well known to be the chief and prime lot in the whole country. Great hopes of good commodities from thence; some houses having been already built, it will require no great charge to follow. Advises Lord Conway to address a letter to John Slaney, the Governor. Lord Baltimore on his return may get some proportion in that lot. [Extract from DOMESTIC Corresp. Car I., Vol. LXXXIV., No. 13, Cal. p. 421.]
Nov.? 32. The King to the Governor and Council of Virginia. His Majesty is much troubled how little account can be given of any substantial commodity from the colony, and how truly it may be said "that this plantation is wholly built upon smoke, tobacco being the only means it hath produced." The are, therefore, not only recommended but commanded to take especial care in the making of pitch, tar, pipe staves, soap-ashes and potashes, iron and bay salt; to search for rich mines and to plant vines. The bearer, William Capps, is appointed to confer with them thereon. [Certified copy.]
Nov.? 33. Attorney General Heath to Governor Sir Geo Yeardley and the Council and Burgesses of Virginia. Sends, by the King's further directions, instructions concerning their tobacco and the raising of staple commodities in the colony. [Certified copy.]