America and West Indies: May 1650

Pages 339-340

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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May 1650

May 3. Order of Committee of the Admiralty. Concerning the reduction of the government of Virginia to the obedience of the Commonwealth. Benjamin Worsley is desired to go to Mr. Attorney General for the patent or commission which he was "ordered and entreated to draw up" concerning Virginia; the business to be taken into consideration on the 10th inst., when the commission is to be presented. [Ibid., Vol. CXLVI., p. 165.]
May 9. Licence to Francis Lovelace and six servants to pass to Long Island. [Minute. Ibid., Vol. CXXXII., p. 10.]
May 21. Order of the Council of State. The Governor and Company of Adventurers to the Somers Islands to be requested to defer for ten days, the election of any officers of the Company for the year to come, for reasons known to the Council. [Ibid., Vol. XCII., p. 374.]
May 21. Order of Committee of the Admiralty. The draft of an Act concerning the settling of the plantation of Virginia under the government of the Commonwealth, to be presented to the Council of State, for presentation to Parliament. [Ibid., Vol. CXLVI., p. 173.]
May 25. 15. Answer of the Guinea Company to the remonstrance of Samuel Vassall and Company, addressed to the Council of State. Were the first that discovered and traded for gold on the coast of Guinea. No factory had previously been settled there, except one about 35 years since in Gambia River by Sir William St. John and Company, until the present traders settled one at Wiampa. In "Mr. Hakluyt's books of voyages" one Capt. Towerson is reported to have sailed along that coast, but he did not set foot on shore. The King's grant to the Company was in consideration of bringing in 10,000l. in gold, and not as is alleged, "by procurement of courtiers." Those named in the grant have all resigned their interest to Sir Nicholas Crisp and Company. In answer to the accusation that they have engrossed the whole trade on that coast, to the prejudice of the Commonwealth, enter into a long description of that trade from the time of Hump. Slany and Wil. Clobery, deceased, of the settlement of their factories, the first being in 1632, the sums expended, and the employment of a son of the King of Aguna, who was taught English. Declare that they purchased Wiampa above 17 years past, and that they will keep the Dutch from planting there, if they are put in possession of it again. [See ante, p. 331, No. 13.]
May 31. 16. Charter for Harvard College, in Cambridge, Middlesex, in New England, for the education of English and Indian youth. To consist of seven persons, a president, five fellows, and a treasurer; Henry Dunster to be the first president, Samuel Mather, Samuel Danford, Jonathan Mitchell, Comfort Starre, and Samuel Eaton, the five fellows; and Thomas Danford, treasurer, all inhabitants of Massachusetts Bay. Certified copy, signed by Tho. Dudley, Governor. Endorsed, "No power given in this Charter to confer degrees unless under the name of By Laws."