America and West Indies: February 1633

Pages 158-160

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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February 1633

Feb. 2.
Mr. Treasurer's House.
Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. Mrs. Sherland will pay no more money into the Company's stock. Demands of the owners of the Charity. Agreement concerning various sums due from Mr. Dike. Necessity of a present supply for the island. The services of Mr. Hooke for the voyage to Fonseca accepted; to choose ten men to accompany him, and give in a list of their names for approval. Math. Harbottle confirmed master of the pinnace for Fonseca, with an allowance of 4l. per month, and Mr. Bray, mate, upon Capt. Hilton's recommendation. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 78, 79.]
Feb. 4.
Brooke House.
Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. To bring the island to perfection, and prevent the hazard of a total loss, each member moved to make up his adventure 1,000l., when he may refuse to go further. Discharge of bonds. Dispatch of a large supply to Providence. Dangers to be apprehended through the near neighbourhood of the Spaniards. The honour of the Church and Commonwealth and their own consciences and reputation at stake. Advantages. Committee concerning Capt. Hilton's design for discovery of Fonseca, a matter of great importance. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 80, 81.]
Feb. 12.
Brooke House.
Minutes as above. Demands of the owners of the Charity for allowance of freight. Sir Nath. Rich desired to draw up rules for the future proceedings of the Company. Mr. Upton admitted a member. Accounts referred for consideration. Committee to attend business incident to the voyage for Fonseca. Details connected with the charges and appointment of Mr. Wolsley for that service. Concluded that each adventurer make up his share to 1,000l. for the islands of Providence and Association. Mrs. Sherland advised to join the Company in that engagement. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 82–84.]
Feb. 13.
Brooke House.
Minutes as above. Petition of the Earl of Holland, Governor of the Company, to the King, for an exemption from the custom of goods exported and imported by the Company taken into consideration, and resolved that if an answer is not procured within three days, they will then present a petition for a grant to themselves. Two of their members desired "to treat with the Lord Treasurer for his assistance to the effecting thereof." [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 87.]
Feb. 15. Minutes as above. The Committee in town to open all public letters brought by the Charity, and order a supply for that island. Demands of Mr. Dike for the fresh voyage of discovery and his proposals for sending men thither at his own charge. Tools and arms for supply of the island against the next voyage. Agreement with Mr. Lane to ship himself in the Company's pinnace for Fonseca, or if that island be not discovered to Providence, to plant his madder, teach his skill to the inhabitants, and be an agent for the Company in other parts of the Indies. A pattern of drugs and commodities likely to be procured in the Indies to be "sent along with the Indian" for their better discovery. Power to the Committee to write in the Company's name to Capts. Bell, Hilton, or any others. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 84–86.]
Feb. 18. Minutes as above. Power to the Committee to write to Capt. Hilton in the Company's name proposing to join with him in equal division of charge and profit of his forty negroes, and in the pur chase of more for Association or Providence. Adventurers to pay 20l. each for buying provisions against the next supply. Eight more servants assigned to Mr. Lane to be sent to Fonseca. Authority for the purchase of a pinnace, with forty or fifty men, and provisions to be set forth. Capt Roper to go master. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 86, 87.]
Feb. 20.
73. Gov. Harvey to the Privy Council. It has always been his care to moderate the excess of tobacco, by lessening the quantity and mending the quality and price. Samples of potashes have been sent home and are well approved. Great quantities of saltpetre may also be expected, of which a sample is sent by Capt. Wil. Button, who is able to give a good account of the present state of the colony. Skilful persons should be transported to set the iron works on foot. English wheat will be planted. The colony on good terms with the Indians. Recommends that the duties [on tobacco] be trebled, "for the helping forward better matters." Prays that his entertainment may be settled.