America and West Indies: June 1622

Pages 30-31

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 1622

June? 7. The Treasurer and Council for Virginia to the Privy Council. Have considered their answer to Captain Bargrave's petition. [See ante, p. 28, No. 4.] Are neither qualified nor authorized to reply to the complaint against Sir Thos. Smythe and others concerning several wrongs and losses sustained by the petitioner during the time of that government as it is a business of great latitude extending over many years. Inclose an answer, under Capt. Bargrave's own hand, to his aspersions upon the present and future form of government.Inclose,
7. I. Answer of Capt. Bargrave. Sir Thos. Smythe and the other defendants had so sheltered themselves under the name of the Company that he could not judge by whom the wrongs he had received were done, and was therefore forced to complain against the form of government. Declares that his complaint was grounded upon the abuse of Sir T. Smythe's government, and that the business of the plantation could not have been managed better than during the last three years, more having been done with 10,000l. or 12,000l. in that time than with 80,000l. in the thirteen previous years. Would rather burn his five treatises concerning Virginia than that they should be the means to hinder the going forward of so noble a work. 30 May.
June? 8. Petition of John Bargrave to the Privy Council. Being pressed by the Council of Virginia to avow the present government in good hands he did so, but would not, although urged, justify the form thereof for the progression of the plantation. The Council to whom his former petition was referred not having power to examine into the losses he has sustained, prays that they may be forthwith authorized to do so and report upon his case.