America and West Indies: July 1631

Pages 132-133

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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July 1631

July 1.
Mr. Gardiner's House.
Minutes as above. Objections against the present dispatch of a ship with men and provisions discussed; resolved that the ordnance, some men, and a magazine of good proportion, be sent with all possible speed. The hire or purchase of a ship and all details and directions connected with the voyage, to be left to a standing Committee of such adventurers as are in town. Each adventurer to pay to Mr. Treasurer 70l. according to a former order, by 15 July at furthest. The Company agree to buy of Geo. Needham all his tobacco made at Henrietta Island, at 12d. per lb. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 31–33.]
July 4.
17. The King's Act for abandoning Port Royal and delivering it up to the French King. Latin. [Copy, see p. 152, No. 56.]
July 6.
Mr. Treasurer's lodging.
Minutes of a Committee for the Isle of Tortuga. John Hart having compounded on behalf of the Company, for hire of the Little Hopewell of London, for the intended voyage to the island of Association, the agreement is approved. The provisions Mr. hart hopes to have ready in 14 days, and the ship at Gravesend within three weeks; Matthew Harbottle appointed master, and other officers chosen. Resolved that Tortuga should be henceforth called the Isle of Association; Capt. Hilton commissioned Governor, and Capt. Christ. Wormeley to succeed him in case of his death or absence. The Council, Admiral, Capt. of the Fort to be erected, and Muster-Master Gen., and other officers in the island are also appointed, and heads of instructions ordered to be drawn out. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 33–35.]
July 21.
Warwick House.
Minutes of a Committee for the Isle of Association. Commissions to Capts. Hilton, Wormeley, and Rudyerd, with instructions and letters from the Company, are read and confirmed. Resolutions touching the supply of Providence Island; the discharge of two bonds by the Treasurer on behalf of the Company; and the return of the Seaflower to England. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 35, 36.]
July 21.
The Company of Providence Island to the Governor and Council there. The ship in which they send a supply to the Island of Association (heretofore called Tortuga), will leave Capt. Wil. Rudyerd and Lieut. Rous in Providence. Require them to receive the former as Muster-Master General of the island, and capt. of the new fort, to be built at the south-west entrance, Lieut. Rous his lieut., and both to be sworn of the Council. Also to send word how John Tanner, who had charge of the men and magazine lately sent thither in the Seaflower, has delivered them; and every other information about the colony, the good of which they intend to prosecute by all the means they may. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. IV., p. 23.]
July 25.
18. The King to Sir John Harvey, Gov. of Virginia. Upon due consideration of the penitence of Dr. John Pott, and of the necessary use the King's subjects may have of him, he being the only physician in the colony, His Majesty is pleased to pardon and restore him to his estates. [Draft. The King was at Oatlands on 25th July 1631, which date is repeated twice on the document. See, however, the report of the Virginia Commissioners, 20th Aug. following, No. 20.]
July 27.
19. [Sec. Dorchester] to [Sir John Harvey, Gov. of Virginia]. His letters of 16th July [1630] were received on 9th February last. The King is pleased, at Sir John's instance, to pardon Dr. Pott, the late Governor, and to pass by his hand this act of clemency. Assurances of Dorchester's readiness to assist him, and begs he will send him a map of the country, "with the exactest description he can make to represent it to their knowledge, who cannot view it otherwise."