America and West Indies: March 1633

Pages 160-161

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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March 1633

March 4.
Mr. Treasurer's Lodging.
Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. "The master's instructions for Fonseca" drawn up. Letters to be written to Capt. Hilton, containing directions in case discovery is not made of that island or that it be found unfit for habitation; to Capt. Bell that should the pinnace go to Providence, he may have notice that Capt. Hook is sent with ten men to be employed "upon the terms of halves," and that a supply may soon be effected. Capts. Hilton and Bell to make what improvement they are able of the Indian by way of trade in his own country. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 88.]
March 5.
Mr. Treasurer's Lodging.
Minutes of a Committee for Providence Island. The most commodious way of sending passengers [to Fonseca] not to exceed twenty, the pinnace not capable of accommodating more than that number; and other details connected with the voyage. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 88, 89.]
March 9–11. Minutes as above. The Charity in the Downs. The Company's letters brought by the purser on the following day [9th]. On 11th the general letters are read and all the members of the Company are requested to come to London to take them into consideration. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 89.]
March 15. Minutes as above. Payment of the mariners' wages of the Charity and other matters connected with her discharge. Mr. Morgan's submission; acknowledges his two calumnious letters from Providence and his wrong to the Company. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 89, 90.]
March 16. Minutes as above. Directions touching the charge of carrying twenty men and twenty tons of goods to Providence; the purchase of clothes, shoes, and tools for them; the rest of the twenty tons to be made up in shoes, shirts, canvas suits, and tools; Mr. Holligrove to take his ship from Providence immediately to Association to be freighted. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 90, 91.]
March 19.
Brooke House.
Minute of a Committee for Providence Island. Upon a request of Mr. Dike concerning his adventure in the voyage of discovery [to Fonseca]. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 91.]
March 20.
Brooke House.
Minute as above. The wife of Thos. Gryme, gunner in Association Island, is allowed twenty shillings towards her maintenance, in consideration of her husband's good services there. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 91.]
March 21.
Brooke House.
Minutes as above. The mariners of the Charity are examined upon divers complaints concerning the ill carriage of Mr. Punt in his late voyage-not providing for the comfort of the passengers; abating a considerable portion of their allowance of bread and beer; uncivil usage of Mr. Halhead, joined in commission with himself in command of the passengers; beating a seaman who complained of want of victuals, and taking in "ill water" at Nevis. The mariners allowed 40s. for dinner. Mr. Morgan's submission drawn up by himself accepted. His books left in Providence to be priced by a stationer when the Company will purchase them; his request for reward referred for consideration. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 92, 93.]
March 22.
Brooke House.
Minutes as above. Payment to the workmaster's wife for services in Providence. Estimate of the charges for fitting out the pinnace [for Fonseca] to be prepared. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 94.]
March 26. Brooke House. Minutes as above. Letters to Capts. Bell and Hilton are dispatched. After debate the intended voyage to Fonseca is respited; the pinnace to be forthwith dispatched to Providence and touching at Association to take in Capt. Hilton and such persons as he may appoint for discovery of trade in the Bay of Darien. Mr. Hook to have his full number of ten servants, Mr. Lane but six, with an addition by the next ship. Money provided for discharge of the Charity. Five pounds bestowed upon Mr. Morgan, and Mr. Treasurer desired to make the payment agreed upon for his books. The Company's mark to be placed upon ten pieces of ordnance for Providence by the next ship. Fifty shillings to be paid Humph. Isham, one of the mates in the Charity. Strict examination to be made on Friday next into the complaints against Punt. Mr. Bradley to have liberty to go to Providence, and six servants to be sent to him by the next ship. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 94–96.]
March 28. Brooke House. Minutes as above. Bond of 1,000l. for the use of the Company sealed. Agreements with Edw. Williams signed. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 96.]