America and West Indies: August 1613

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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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August 1613

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30. John Chamberlain to Sir Dud. Carleton. Many gentlemen who were persuaded to underwrite their names for adventurers when the Virginia business was at the highest, having flatly refused to pay their adventure, were sued in Chancery, where the action finds such favour that they are forced to fulfil their contract, which amounts to between 3,000l. and 4,000l. Sir Walter Cope cannot protect Wil. Lytton, Carleton's cousin, from disbursing his share, 40l. [Copy. Extract. In the original letter, DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol L XXIV., No. 49, Cal. p. 197, Chamberlain also states that a ship had lately arrived from Virginia with news of their well doing, which puts some life into that action before almost at the last. The daughter of a king, their greatest enemy, has been taken captive, for whose ransom her father offers to become their friend, and to point out gold mines. Three conditions were offered to him, viz., to deliver all the English fugitives, all manner of arms that have come into their hands, and 300 quarters of corn. These were agreed to. The ship brings no commodities from thence, but only fair tales and hopes. Pearl and ambergris to the value of 900l. brought from Bermudas.]
Aug. 28. Grant to Robert Harcourt, Sir Thos. Challoner, and John Rovenson, and to the heirs of Harcourt, of all that part of Guiana or Continent of America between the rivers Amazon and Dollesquebe. [Grant Book, DOMESTIC Jac. I., p. 126.]
Aug. 28. Minute of the above. [Colonial Corresp., 1607, Jan. 9.]