America and West Indies: September 1630

Pages 119-121

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 1630

Sept 9.
Holyrood House
102. The Council of Scotland to the King. The pretended title of the French to New Scotland has been communicated to the States. They have presumed to make remonstrance thereon, and to supplicate the King seriously to take to heart the maintenance of his right to those lands; and protect the undertakers in the peaceable possession of them. The States consider this a business which toucheth the King's honour, the credit of his native kingdom, and the good of his subjects interested therein. The particular reasons, in defence of His Majesty's right, are remitted to Sir Wil. Alexander, his secretary. [Copy.] Annexed,
102. I. Reasons alleged by the Scottish Adventurers in defence of the King's right and title to Port Royal and the whole of Canada &c. Discovery by Sebastian Cabot. Colonies planted by M. M. Villegagnon and René Laudonniére, from which they were expelled by the Spaniards. Planting of Virginia in the south, of New England in the north, and of New Scotland by Justice Popham. Settlement of Port Royal under M. Poutrincourt and subsequent displanting of the French by Sir Sam. Argoll "as having wrongfully intruded themselves." No complaint by France; His Majesty's title evidently thought good. Subsequent settlement of the French at Quebec, and their compulsory removal by a commission from King Charles. A Scotch colony planted at Port Royal, which had never been repossessed or claimed by the French since they were first removed from thence. Port Royal cannot be made liable to the articles of peace; no act of hostility committed thereby. Acknowledgment by the natives of King Charles's title, as also by Mons. de La Tour, Commander of the few remaining French at Port Royal. His Majesty's promise to protect them. The King's right to New Scotland founded therefore upon discovery, possession by his own subjects, removal of the French, and La Tour's "turning Tenant."
Sept.? 103. Petition of Capt. John Preen to the Privy Council. Eighteen months since he sold the Tryal of London to Capt. Will. Smith, for 400l., who was unable to complete the purchase, so that the petitioner is now setting her forth for Virginia with artificers for the good of the plantation. Capt. Smith having arrested the ship as his own, the petitioner prays that orders may be given to take his bail to answer the unjust arrest, and that the ship may be appraised by four of the Trinity House.
Sept. 15.
104. Warrant of the Privy Council, upon petition of Captain John Preen, directing Sir Henry Marten to order four Masters of the Trinity House to appraise the Tryal of London, and take bail of Capt. Preen, and then suffer the ship with her passengers and lading to proceed on her intended voyage to Virginia.
Sept. 24.
105. Mons. Belavene to Boswell. Hopes that Mons. Vassall has transmitted a memorial from Belavene to solicit Capt. Bourquier to engage salt workers [ouvriers de sel]. The Sieur de Sancé also undertook this business. Prays that God will bless and send them news of the first embarkation. No time to be lost about the next, if they wish to reap honour and profit. If the saltmen cannot be had from Plymouth, they must send at great expense to Rochelle, expressly for them. French. [See ante, p.114, No.88.]
[Sept. 29.] 106. Petition of Samuel Aldersey, Matthew Cradock, Nath. Wright, Jo. Humphrey, and others on behalf of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England to the Privy Council. By letters patent of 4 March 1629 they were privileged to carry over men and provisions to begin and settle a plantation in those parts, and freely to import commodities form thence for seven years. The ships freighted this year for the plantation, carried more passengers than were expected, "many poor people pressing aboard," with cattle, but no provisions; and the petitioners, depending too much upon the industry of their servants, sent less victuals than were requisite. Through slothfulness and neglect in planting corn many have died, and the rest, about 1,000 persons, are afraid of being surprised by the savages, who have been supplied with guns, powder, and shot, by a most pernicious trade with interlopers. Pray for licence for one year, to transport necessary provisions for the sustenance of those residing upon the plantation. The country cannot supply them until the end of next summer. And that the proclamation of 6 Nov. 1622 [see ante, p. 33], for the pre- vention of disorderly trade, may be renewed. [On 29 Sept. 1630 this petition was presented to the Privy Council, who granted licence for the exportation of certain provisions specified [see Council Register VI., p. 118], and on 24 Nov. following, the proclamation above referred to was renewed. See p. 122.]
[Sept.29.] 107. Petition of Capt. William Smith to the Privy Council. In answer to a petition lately exhibited by Capt. John Preen against him for prejudicing Preen in an intended voyage to Virginia in the Tryal, upon which their Lordships have directed the ship to be appraised and given up to Preen. Prays in respect of the dependency of the cause in the Admiralty Court; of the great sums of money due to the petitioner and 20 other poor men; of his being damnified by Preen above 1,000l., and of Preen having procured the order by false information; that that order may be revoked, and the cause have a final hearing in the Admiralty Court. [On 29 Sept.1630 the Privy Council ordered this petition to be referred to Sir Henry Marten for a final determination. See Council Register VI., p.119.]
Sept.30. 108. The Privy Council to Gov. and Council of Virginia. Send a petition presented by the brother of Dr. Pott, "a man that hath been employed as you are", and require them to take it into consideration, and to give Dr. Pott a full hearing in such matters as he may be charged withal. Inclose,
108. I. Petition of Elizabeth, on behalf of her husband Dr. John Pott, late Governor of Virginia, to the King. She has undertaken a long and dangerous voyage to appeal against the wrongs done her husband. The examination thereof having been debated before the Commissioners for Virginia in the hearing of Rich. Yape, an agent sent over by Governor Sir John Harvey, there appeared no proof to justify the proceedings against her husband's life or estate. Having with their family resided in the colony above ten years, prays that His Majesty will send letters to the Governor and Council of Virginia by the next ship, to restore her husband to his liberty and estate, or it will be another year before they can be known there.