America and West Indies: November 1638

Pages 282-284

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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November 1638

Nov. 1.
Lord Stirling's
Minutes of the late Council for New England. Lord Maltravers's request for a degree more in latitude and longitude to be added to his portion of lands agreed to, upon his declaring whether he would have it to the northward or westward; also similar requests from Lord Gorges and Sir Ferd. Gorges. The Earl of Stirling's proportion likewise augmented. [Colonial Corresp., 1631, Nov. 4, pp. 38, 39.]
[November. 5.] Petition of James Earl of Carlisle to the King. His Majesty granted to his father and his heirs, by patent dated 2 July 1627, the island of St. Christopher, with power to govern the plantation, make laws and appoint judges, and no causes determined there have ever been questioned in any of the Courts of Westminster, but all complaints heard by the Commissioners for Foreign Plantations. Is informed that Fitzwilliam Conisbye is sued in the Court of King's Bench, at Westminster, by Francis Blount, administrator to Herbert Blount, who died intestate in the island, for goods which Conisbye recovered there, in the ordinary established course of justice, and that the action is appointed to be tried this term, although the King was pleased to refer it to the Commissioners for Foreign Plantations. Because the Lord Chief Justice cannot take notice of the petitioner's patent, nor of the determination of the cause in St. Christopher's, and that if the acts passed there be requestioned in England at common law, it will tend to the extreme prejudice, if not subversion, of the plantations, prays that the action may be referred to the Lords Commissioners for Plantations to settle some certain course for cases of this nature, and in the meantime that it be stayed from trial. With reference to the Lords Commissioners for Plantations, in accordance with the prayer of the petitioner. Whitehall, 1638, Nov. 5. [DOMESTIC Car. I. Entry Bk., Petitions, 1636–38, p. 333.]
Nov. 22.
Warwick House.
Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. Lord Keeper's report upon Capt. Bell's petition. The Earl of Warwick, Lord Mandeville, and Sir Ben. Rudyerd requested to excuse the Company from yielding to any examination as to the clear value of a servant in the island. Reasons. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 343–44.]
Nov. 23.
Warwick House.
Minutes as above. Mr. Wells' debts ordered to be paid. Letter addressed to Mr. Greenesmith, concerning goods claimed by Mr. Washbourne, on behalf of his wife, executrix of Wil. Woodcock. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 345.]
[November. 24.] Petition of James Earl of Carlisle to the King. Upon a petition pretending the King was misinformed by the petitioner in his former petition [see ante, November 5]. Francis Blount obtained a repeal of His Majesty's order of reference to the Lord Commissioners for Plantations, as he did upon the like false suggestion of a former reference, and presses for a trial on Monday next. Is ready to justify all the allegations in his former petition, and prays that the Commissioners may hear the cause before the trial takes place. Underwritten, the King directs both the Secretaries of State to call before them the parties concerned and examine the differences, in the meantime it is His Majesty's express pleasure that all proceedings at common law cease. Whitehall, 1638, Nov. 24. [DOMESTIC Car. I., Entry Bk., Petitions, 1636–38, p. 336.]
Nov. 25.
Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. Letter to be written to Lord Brooke touching the discharge of his debts.
Nov. 27. 61. to be lent to the wives of the seamen on board Capt. Newman's ship.
Nov. 29. Lords Warwick and Mandeville promise to bear a proportionable part of the charge of sending 200 men to Providence in exchange for negroes. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., pp. 345–46.]
Nov. 29.
129. Geo. Burdett to Archbishop Laud. Has lately seen a supplication from Massachusetts Bay to the Lord Commissioners for Plantations, which seems to menace revolt and the erection of a new government, but the truth is they have long since decreed to spend their blood in maintaining their present way and humour, and are using all diligence to fortify themselves. Recommends that the river and harbour of Piscataqua, of which they are endeavouring to obtain the command, should with all expedition, be secured for the King's use, and the port appointed for discharge of ships that bring passengers, in case any be permitted. This would much strengthen the loyal party, as many who go to Massachusetts would go there, but for difficulty of removal. Hears that the Massachusetts magistrates have received from England copies of his letters to his Grace, procured by Mr. Vane. Cannot believe it was with his consent.
1638? 130. Petition of John Whiting, Thomas Marsfield, Edward Hopkins, and John Alcock and others, planters at Connecticut, in New England, to the Privy Council. Set forth that the plantations in New England are in great distress for want of provisions, especially butter and cheese, through the improvidence of those who went over to plant last year, and who have lived at the charge of the country ever since; and the planters in the new plantation of Connecticut in particular, who, by reason of the hardslips they endured in the old plantation, removed thence in hopes of better accommodation, but the river being barred, they are deprived of supplies enjoyed by others. Through the restraint of transporting provisions they can have no relief, neither from the old planters at the Bay, who have not a competency for themselves. Pray for licence to export to Connecticut 200 firkins of butter, 50 weight of cheese, 400 dozen pair of shoes, and six dozen of tanned hides, without which the planters, to the number of 3,000, must fall into extreme misery. Endorsed, "Denyed."