America and West Indies: October 1618

Pages 19-20

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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October 1618

Oct.? 38. Project of the intended voyage to Virginia by Capt. Andrews and Jacob Braems, merchant, in the Silver Falcon, addressed to Lord Zouch. Their intention is to leave certain people in the country to plant tobacco and corn, and to exchange commodities with the English colony; to discover and trade with the savages; to fish upon the coast of Canada, and exchange the fish when salted for commodities from Virginia. The rumour of Lord De la Warr's death has discouraged some who promised to adventure money and deterred others who offered to go in person. Entreat his protection, and that they may enjoy the privilege of free trade and plantation in those parts, promising in the event of any extraordinary benefit accruing to them that they will give a proportion towards the charges of the company. [On 14 Oct. Chamberlain writes that Lord De la Warr died on his voyage to Virginia, having touched at the Terceras, where he was feasted and well used, but the sickness and death of him and of most of them that landed make it suspected that they had ill measure. The city is now shipping thither a hundred young boys and girls who lay starving in the streets, the charge will not be above 500l. Extract from DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol. CIII., No. 33, Cal. p. 584.]
Oct. 19.
Sir Edward Hext, Justice of the Peace of Somersetshire, to the Privy Council. Upon complaint that Owen Evans, Messenger of the Chamber, had pretended a commission to press maidens to be sent to the Bermudas and Virginia, and raised money thereby, he issued a warrant for his apprehension. Evans's undue proceedings breed such terror to the poor maidens, that forty have fled from one parish to obscure places, and their parents do not know what has become of them. [DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol. CIII., No. 42, Cal. p. 586. Another letter on this subject, with examinations enclosed, will be found Ibid. No. 87, Cal. p. 594.]
Oct. 25.
John Pory to Sir Dudley Carleton. Capt. Yeardley chosen Governor of Virginia in Lord De la Warr's place (who died in Canada); departs immediately thither with two ships, and about 300 men and boys. The greatest difficulties of that plantation [overcome]. "They begin now to enjoy both commodity and wealth." [Extract from DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol. CIII., No. 46, Cal. p. 587.] On 28 Nov., Chamberlain writes, that Capt. Yeardley, "a mean fellow," goes Governor to Virginia, two or three ships being ready. To grace him the more, the King knighted him this week at New-market, "which hath set him up so high, that he flaunts it up and down the streets in extraordinary bravery, with fourteen or fifteen fair liveries after him." [Ibid, No. 110, Cal. p. 598.]