America and West Indies: June 1632

Pages 151-154

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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June 1632

June 12. Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. The Treasurer's declaration, that every adventurer bring in 100l. to defray necessary engagements, referred for consideration; also the Company's last letter to Capt. Hilton, and the question of supply for association. Resolutions concerning complaints against Mr. Dike, for overvaluing commodities exported in the Seaflower, agreed to. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 63, 64.]
June 12.
55. The King to Sir William Alexander, Robert Charlton, and William Berkeley, Commissioners for Canada. The King having consented to the restitution of the fort and habitation of Quebec, as taken by force of arms since the peace, and preferring, notwithstanding the commission given during the war, the accomplishment of his royal word; the Commissioners are commanded, upon the first convenience of sending into those parts, and of means for the people to return, to order all the King's subjects, as well soldiers in garrison as inhabitants and planters, to give up possession to those appointed by the French King in the same state as at the time of taking. Any person showing himself cross or refractory, will incur the King's highest indignation and the punishment due to offenders of so high a nature.
June 14–15.
Brooke House.
Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. Order upon Mr. Barber's demands for money disbursed "in the voyages of discovery." Resolutions passed concerning the power of any member of the Company to dispose of part of his adventure, so that the burden of his charge may be more easily borne, and the island sooner fortified and peopled. These resolutions confirmed on 26th Nov. following. At an adjourned meeting, at 6 p.m. on the same day, it was ordered that each adventurer should further pay in 100l. to the common stock within a month, for supply of provisions to the value of 2,000l. sent in the Charity. Debate upon the necessity of a supply for association. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 64,65.]
June 16. Minutes as above. Arguments for sending a supply to Association. Agreed that the Company's resolution should be respited until Monday, the 18th inst., upon which day, Mr. Deputy being unable to attend, the General Court dissolved. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 66, 67.]
June 16. Grant of the Council for New England to George Way and Thomas Purchase of certain lands in New England called the River Bishopscotte, and all that bounds and limits the main land adjoining the river to the extent of two miles. [Colonial Corresp.,1620, Nov. 3.]
June 16. Minute of the above. [Ibid.]
[June 16.] 56. Minute [by Sir Wil. Alexander] of some points considerable for the King's service, with respect to the possession of New Scotland by the French at this time. Not warranted by the late treaty; some speedy act should disprove it. The pretended title of the French to Virginia and New England may prove dangerous to the King's subjects. The French have a more than ordinary design, having sent 300 men thither this year, and promised large annual supplies. Building of ships, employing them in fishing, and the manufacture of salt there cannot but be prejudicial, and undo the English fishing trade on that coast. Suggests that the King should appoint persons to consider these things, that some expedient may be propounded tending to the advancement of the King's service and the public good. [Endorsed by Sec. Coke, "Sir W. Alexander's note for New Scotland."] Sir Isaac Wake, the English Ambassador at Paris, writes to "those of Acadia and Port Royal," on 30 March/9 April 1632, that having brought his negociations to a happy conclusion, the King has expressly commanded, through Lord Sterling, that Mons. Rasilly, or some other in his name, be peaceably suffered to take possession of the fort and habitation of Port Royal in Acadia. Concerning the demolition and the transportation of provisions and munitions, agreement may be made to the best advantage, or the King's and Lord Sterling's directions followed. [See Corresp. FRANCE, 1632, March 30./April 9.]
June 19.
Brooke House.
Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. Mr. Dike's accounts. Compositions agreed on with Sir Nath. Rich and Mr. Barber, for their expenses in the first voyage of discovery. Refusal of Mr. Dike to accept the Company's propsitions. Report of Mr. Hart upon sending a ship to Association Island, where he also proposed to take a certain number of negroes and provisions; requested to make further inquiry and report again. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 67, 68.]
June 20.
Patent to Cecil Calvert, Baron of Baltimore, containing a grant of the Province of Maryland. Latin. [Copy examined and corrected by the original, communicated by Mr. Beake from Lord Baltimore, 1723, July 5. Colonial Entry Bk., No. 52, pp. 1–19.]
June 20.
57. Another copy of the same patent, certified by Hen. Rooke, Clerk of the Rolls Chapel. [This and the preceding copy of Lord Baltimore's charter differ in this respect, that in the present copy the contracted words are not extended; in the preceding copy they have been written in extenso from the original in the possession of Lord Baltimore.]
June? 58. Considerations of objections to Lord Baltimore's patent; in matter of law, inconvenience, and equity; on behalf of the particular persons of the old [Virginia] Company.
June? 59. Copy of the above.
June 21.
Warwick House, Holborn.
Minutes of the Council for New England. Lord Maltravers received into the New England Company as a Councillor and Patentee, and Capt John Mason as a Councillor. Thomas Eyre appointed secretary, and ordered to prepare rough draft of a patent for the Earl of Warwick; Sir Ferd. Gorges will give the particulars. [Colonial Corresp., 1631, Nov. 4, p. 11.]
June 21.
Brooke House.
Minutes of a Court for Providence and Association Islands. Report of Mr. Hart that his proposal for negroes could not be effected; some other course to be taken. Supply for Association not to exceed 500l. Licence to settle there upon paying a twentieth part of the proceeds of labour to the Company. Letter to Capt. Hilton to inform him why no men are sent at present. Tobacco brought over by the Seaflower in the custom house Treasurer's accounts. Forty shillings a month to be paid to Capt. Tanner, until his services are again required. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 69, 70.]
June 26.
Warwick House, Holborn.
Minutes of the Council for New England. Mr. Humphrey's complaint that his ships were not allowed, contrary to his patent, to transport passengers to Massachusetts Bay without licence from the Council of New England, referred to the next meeting, and he reqested to bring Matthew Cradock and any others with him. Lord Thurles, Sir James Bagg, and Sir Kenelm Digby, admitted Councillors. Rough draft of a patent to the Earl of Warwick read, who directed that it be made out to Lord Rich and his associates; the limits, 30 English miles westward and 50 miles northwards, agreed to. Licence to be granted to Edward Astley to go to New England, when he puts in security for his good behaviour there. Motion made concerning the confiscation of a Holland ship from the Dutch plantation near Hudson's River in New England, now at Plymouth. [Colonial Corresp., 1631, Nov. 4, pp. 13, 14.]
June 28. Minutes as above. Lord Chamberlain Lindsey and James Montague admitted councillors. Mr. Humphreys and Matthew Cradock reproved for falsely accusing Sir Ferd. Gorges at the last meeting, of not suffering any ship or passenger to pass to New England without licence. Mr. Saltingstall desired to make a map of Salem and Massachusetts Bay for the Council. [Colonial Corresp., 1631, Nov. 4, p. 14.]
June 29.
Warwick House, Holborn.
Minutes as above. Sir Kenelm Digby admitted a member of the Council. There being in all about 21 Councillors, agreed that the whole number of 40 should with all convenient speed be filled up. Sir Hen. Spilman is entreated to prepare draught of a new patent. The place of meeting to be in future at Captain Mason's house in Fenchurch Street. [Colonial Corresp., 1631 Nov. 4, p. 15.]
June? 60. Petition of Sir John Lawrence, Sir Edmund Plowden, Sir Boyer Worsley, John Trusler, Roger Pack, Will. Inwood, Thos. Ryebread, Chas. Barret, and George Noble, adventurers, to the King. Are willing at their own cost, to plant at a remote place, called Manati or Long Isle, 150 miles to the north of James City, and settle three hundred inhabitants there for the making of wine, salt, iron, &c. Pray for a patent of the said isle and thirty square miles of the adjoining coast, to be erected into a county palatine called Syon, and to be held of His Majesty's Crown of Ireland, with the like title and privileges to Sir Ed. Plowden, as was granted to Sir Geo. Calvert in Newfoundland by King James. [In Stafford's letters and despatches Vol. I., pp. 72, 73, will be found a petition from Sir Ed. Plowden, &c., praying for a grant of Isle-Plowden, otherwise Long Isle, where the petitioners are willing to settle five hundred inhabitants, and also for forty leagues square of the adjoining continent, to be erected into a county palatine by the name of New Albion. This petition is inclosed in a warrant from the King to the Lords Justices, dated July 24th, 1632, directing them to cause the grant forthwith to be passed with the customary privileges for government.]
June? 61. The commodities of the island called Manati or Long Island, within the continent of Virginia. Places fit to build and launch ships. Good trade with the Indians. A fisherman in six months may make his wages worth 60l. per annum. The first year's outlay will build, fortify, and provide labourers. Winter very sharp during two months in the year. The spring waters as good as small beer. Thirty soldiers should reside in a round stone tower for security of the colony. Terms upon which the partners are willing to maintain the governor and 50 soldiers and mariners, to trade by turns with the Indians. Endorsed by Sec. Coke.
June. 62. Warrant to Sir James Bagg for release of a Dutch ship, the Endraught, of Amsterdam, belonging to the West India Company of Holland, which coming from the river Manhattan in New England, was stayed at Plymouth in February last. The King, at the earnest request of the Ambassador from the United Provinces, is pleased to release all the goods and merchandise in the ship, notwithstanding His Majesty's right to the territories whence they came; but declares that if the Dutch remain there without his licence, they shall impute it to themselves if hereafter they suffer.