America and West Indies: January 1640

Pages 306-308

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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January 1640

Jan. 10.
46. Justices of the Peace of Exeter to the Privy Council. Several petitions have been received from merchants, fishermen, and others, complaining of injuries in Newfoundland, by Sir David Kirke and his company, planters there. The cook-rooms and stages have been destroyed, and the principal places for fishing disposed of to aliens. Taverns, which are expressly forbidden by the Privy Council, have been set up by Kirke, whereby the fishermen waste their estates and grow disorderly. It is requested that some timely course may be taken for prevention of such abuses. Signed by the Bishop of Exeter and fifteen others.
Jan. 10. 47. Order of the Privy Council. Upon petitions of the inhabitants of Barbadoes, and of Edward Cranfield and Edward Shelley, now attending the King and Council from that island; directing copies of these petitions to be given to Lord Carlisle and Sir Jas. and Arch. Hay, who are requested, with all parties concerned, to attend on Wednesday the 15th, when their business will be heard. [Draft.]
Jan. 15.
48. Order of the Privy Council. Upon a petition formerly presented to the King, in the name of the inhabitants of Barbadoes, concerning the commission for Serj.-Major Huncks to be Governor of that island, and the King's letter of approval of 16th March last. Declaring that respect and obedience should have been given to both those instruments, that Serj.-Major Huncks ought to have been admitted to the government, and if there were just cause as to his right of the place, their reasons of grievances should then have been represented. The inhabitants of the island are ordered to receive Serj.-Major Huncks, or any other Governor appointed by Lord Carlisle, and ratified by the King, and if the friends of Capt. Hawley within ten days, put in sufficient security for 20,000l. to attend the Privy Council within four months, he is to have liberty to repair thither as a freeman without impeachment, otherwise the new Governor and the King's Commissioners are required to send him over prisoner and sequestrate his estate.
Jan. 17. 49. Order of the Privy Council, requiring the Lord Treasurer to give directions to the officers of customs to clear the Neptune, of Bristol, bound to New England with 125 passengers and provisions. With list of provisions annexed.
Jan 17. 50. Similar order for the Fellowship, of Bristol, with 250 passengers and provisions for New England. With list of provisions annexed.
Jan 17. 51. Similar order for the Desire, of ew England, with 50 passengers and provisions for New England. With list of provisions annexed.
Jan 17. Similar order for the William and George, with 180 passengers. [Minute, on same sheet as the preceding.] With list of provisions annexed.
Jan 19. 52. Similar order for the Sparrow, of New England, 50 tons, bound for New England, with 50 passengers and provisions. With list of provisions annexed.
Jan 19. The like for the Merchant Adventurer, of London, 300 tons, with 180 passengers and provisions, for New England. [Minute, on same sheet as the preceding.] With list of provisions annexed.
Jan 19. The like for the Scipio, of London, 300 tons, with 180 passengers and provisions for New England. [Minute, on same sheet as No. 52.] With list of provisions annexed.
[January 25.] Petition of James Marquis of Hamilton, Philip Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, Henry Earl of Holland, and the rest of the adventurers to Newfoundland, to the King. John Kirke, manager of their business in London, sold to Nathan Wright and Richard Crandley, merchants, of London, 6,000 quintals of Newfoundland fish, at 10s. per quintal, far under the value, on condition of setting out the Confident as a man-of-war, to attend the petitioners' fleet; but Edward Mabb, the master, discovering to the French that he was no man-of-war, the French afterwards refused to pay any more ground leave, and Wright and Crandley will not pay for the 1,000 quintals of fish, value 1,346l., previously delivered by the French, Pray that the business may be referred to some honourable persons to determine. With reference to the Lord Keeper, Lord Privy Seal, Earl of Dorset, and Sec. Windebank, to examine the differences and report to the King. Whitehall, 1640, Jan 25. [DOMESTIC Car. I., Entry Bk., Petitions, 1638–40, p. 69.]
Jan 26. 53. Order of the Privy Council. Upon petition of Stephen Good-yeare, merchant, and Richard Russell, partner and master of the St. John of London, about to proceed to Newfoundland and Spain, granting them leave to carry goods and passengers to New England, upon their taking the oaths of allegiance at Gravesend. [Draft.]
Jan 27. 54. Affidavit of Thos. Chappell, that he showed the order of the Privy Council of the 15th January, concerning Barbadoes and Capt. Henry Hawley, to Edward Cranfield and Edward Shelley, and gave a true copy to Cranfield.
Jan. 28.
55. Sir Ferd. Gorges to Sec. Windebank. Perceives by letters received from New England that had he not lately obtained the grant from the King, he should not have been master of more land than his house stands upon; his title to the rest being disputed by one and the other. Shall speed in his resolution to make good the King's grant, but does not purpose to take shipping before he receives commands.
1640? 56. Petition of Sir Ferdinando Gorges to the Privy Council. His affairs in New England require that he should send over for better settling his estate and reformation of disorders, and there being many persons conformable to the orders of this Church about to go, who, because of the proclamation for a general restraint, are stayed, prays for leave to set forth from Bristol, where he dwells, shipping, necessary for the use of himself and private friends willing to join for the better planting those parts, belonging to him. Laud has written beneath, "Nihil."
57. The Privy Council to the Governor and Council of Virginia-Requiring them to consider an act of Court in Virginia of 26 March 1639, allowing Thos. Stegg and Jeremy Blackman to furnish that plantation with horses and such like beasts of carriage, and to export from thence the like number of neat cattle, and to confirm the same unless they see cause to do otherwise.