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America and West Indies: November 1630

Pages 121-123

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 1630

Nov. 19.
Brooke House.
Minutes of a Meeting of Adventurers to the Islands of Providence and Henrietta. To increase their former adventure from 200l. to 500l.; amounts to be paid by each. The first voyage of discovery undertaken in 1629 by the Earl of Warwick, Sir Nath. Rich, and others, "which stood them in 2,000 and odd pounds" to be discharged out of the first proceeds from those islands; also the money already paid by those wishing to give up their shares. The Earl of Holland chosen Governor of the Company for the first year, John Dike, deputy, John Pym, treasurer, and Wil. Jessop, secretary. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 1, 2.]
November. 20.
Brooke House.
Order of the Company of Adventurers to the Bahamas. Mr. St. John to be admitted a member. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p.2.]
Nov. 22.
Brooke House.
Minutes of a Meeting of the Company of Adventurers for Providence Island. Lords Warwick and Brooke to undertake the care of providing arms and ammunition for the Company's use. Each adventurer to obtain as many men and boys as are willing to be employed in the Company's service; to report their number to the deputy, who is to take care that as many as are thought good to be shipped be ready by 10 Jan. next. The first sort, labourers, to have half the profits of the land they cultivate, adventurers the other half; the second, artificers, to share also half their profits with the Company, or else be allowed meat and drink, and 5l. a year wages; and the third sort, the apprentices, above 14 years of age, to be taken for a term of years, and allowed meat, and drink, and clothes, during their apprenticeship, reasonable recompence to be given to those who "have any particular faculty." Artificers and labourers there to have the benefit of receiving such apprentices, upon paying for tools and clothes out of the Company's magazine. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 4, 5.]
Nov. 23.
Brooke House.
Minutes as above. The government of the island of Providence to be settled upon Capt. Dan. Elfrith, "until the return of this ship from the colony," when Capt. Phil. Bell is to be appointed sole Governor. Acknowledgment of Capt. Elfrith's good services. Allowance to Capts. Bell and Elfrith during the first year of Bell's government. Ministers sent over to have the choice of a salary of 40l. a year, with meat and drink, until means are found to raise it to a greater value, or four servants and a quantity of ground. Capt. Elfrith to be Admiral, and next in precedence to the Governor; Capts. Elfrith and Sam. Axe, Messrs. Rudyerd, Rous, and Hugh Price, "with such others as they should afterwards think of," to be the Council; Sam. Axe, Capt. of Warwick Fort, already erected; and Mr. Rudyerd to be Capt. of the Southern Fort when built, in the meantime to be Muster-Master General. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 2, 3.]
Nov. 24.
Whitehall.
Proclamation forbidding disorderly trading with the savages in New England, especially furnishing the natives in those and other parts of America with weapons and habiliments of war. [Proclamations, Car. I., No. 136.]
[Nov. 24.] Minute of the above. [Colonial Corresp., 1607, Jan. 9.]
Nov. 25.
Warwick House.
Minutes of a Meeting of Adventurers for Providence Island. Capt. Elfrith to have but three-fifths of the tobacco allowed him at the last meeting, and Capt. Sam. Axe the remaining two-fifths. Six apprentices to be sent over at the sole charge of the Company to Capt. Axe, as a reward for his services as Deputy Governor, &c. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 3, 4.]