America and West Indies: September 1651

Pages 359-362

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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September 1651

Sept. 3. Licence to Wm. Mitchell, with his company, their families, servants, goods, and necessaries, to pass to Maryland, upon taking the engagement. [Minute. Ibid., Vol. CXXXII., p. 25.]
Sept. 9. Order of the Council of State. Letter to be written to Sir Geo. Ayscue, to give him a narrative of the victories "God hath given us against the enemy" since his departure, and to refer him to an enclosed [account] for that at Worcester. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. L., p. 37.]
Sept. 9.
The Council of State to Sir Geo. Ayscue. Send accounts of the very great successes of the forces of the Commonwealth against the enemies thereof, both in England and Scotland, to make use of in promoting the work he has in charge. Although Charles Stuart promised himself much assistance from his party in England, which was the ground of his running over, not any numbers considerable came in to him, and those who did were the trash of the people. [Ibid., Vol. CXVII., p. 510.]
Sept. 10. Order of the Council of State. That the prisoners desired for Virginia, to the number of 1610, "be granted unto them [sic] as the Committee shall think fit," upon giving assurance to give them Christian usage. The report from the Court of Admiralty concerning the transportation of stores to Virginia to be allowed, and warrant issued accordingly. [Ibid., Vol. L., p. 42.]
Sept. 17. Similar Order. Referring petition of Robert Lewellin and Company, employers of the Hopewell upon a trading voyage, to the Committee of the Admiralty, who are to take security that she does not trade at Barbadoes, nor at any other of the plantations in defection to the Commonwealth; letters of marque may also be granted to Henry Powell, commander. [Ibid., pp. 58–59.]
Sept. 18. Similar Order. Referring petition of the planters of Barbadoes to Committee of the Admiralty for their report; also petition of Thos. Rous, and Constant and Nathaniel Silvester, to the Committee for Plantations, for their report. [Ibid., p. 61.]
Sept. 22. Similar Order. Directing the Committee for Prisoners not to pass away to the plantations, or otherwise dispose of any lieutenants or cornets of horse, or any above that quality; if any be already disposed of, to give private soldiers in lieu of them. [Ibid., p. 69.]
Sept. 25. Similar Orders. The Committee of the Admiralty to consider what is fit to be done concerning the discovery to be made to the west of the falls of James River in Virginia, and report thereon; also to report upon petition of William Wood, who desires liberty to export shoes to Virginia. Instruction to be drawn out for Sir Geo. Ayscue to be a Commissioner in Virginia, if he arrive there; also for Capt. Robt. Dennis, to be opened when he is 20 leagues from the Scillies, and an additional instruction to the Commissioners for Virginia, for their encouragement. [Ibid., pp. 74, 75.]
Sept. 26. Instructions for Sir George Ayscue, "to be made use of at Virginia, if he shall arrive there while the fleet of ships now sent hence for the reducing of that place shall be there." Capt. Robt. Dennis, Richard Bennett, Thos. Stagg, and Capt. William Clay-bourne, having been appointed Commissioners for reducing Virginia, they are instructed to take Barbadoes on their way; if Ayscue has "finished his affairs at Barbadoes," and he arrives at Virginia while the fleet is there, he is to act as first and joint Commissioner with them. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. L., pp. 82, 83.]
[Sept. 26.] Instructions for Capt. Robt. Dennis, Commander-in-Chief of the fleet now sent for reducing Virginia to the obedience of Parliament. To direct his course to Barbadoes and there communicate his instructions to Sir Geo. Ayscue, deliver the letters to him, and let him know the good and prosperous state of affairs in England; then to proceed with all expedition to Virginia. [Ibid., pp. 83, 84]
Sept. 26. Instructions for Capt. Robt. Dennis, Richard Bennett, Thos. Stagg, and Capt. Wm. Claybourne, Commissioners for reducing Virginia and the inhabitants thereof to their due obedience to the Commonwealth. To repair on board the John or the Guinea frigates, and sail to Virginia, as Capt. Dennis shall direct. To use their best endeavours to reduce all the plantations within the Bay of Chesapeake. Power to assure pardon and indemnity, and to make exceptions; to use acts of hostility in case the inhabitants submit not by fair means; to appoint captains, raise forces in any of the plantations, and set free those serving as soldiers, if their masters stand in opposition to the present government. To publish acts of Parliament against Kingship, the House of Lords, and for abolishing the Book of Common Prayer. Power to administer the engagement, to allow burgesses chosen by the planters who take the engagement to meet for government of their affairs. Directions for the issue of writs, warrants, &c. In case of the death of Capt. Dennis, Edmund Curtis, commander of the Guinea frigate, to command the fleet. Encouragement. [Ibid., pp. 84–86.]
Sept. 26. Instructions for Capt. Robert Dennis. To sail to Virginia with the John and the Guinea frigate and the rest of the fleet, and upon their arrival dispose of them for the speedy reducement of the people in all the plantations in the Bay of Chesapeake. To seize all ships and vessels found trading with any of the English plantations prohibited by Parliament, and dispose of them as they see fit. If he meet with Sir George Ayscue, to treat him as his superior officer, and receive directions from him. In case of death or absence, Capt. Edmund Curtis to act in his stead. [Ibid., pp. 87, 88.]
Sept. 27. Order of the Council of State. Letter to be written to Sir John Danvers, inclosing the propositions concerning Bermudas, and desiring, if he has anything to say why those propositions should not be granted, to attend the Council on the 29th, when the business is appointed for hearing. [Ibid., p. 81.]
Sept. 29. Order of the Council of State. For a warrant to the Judges of the Admiralty to take security of some ships at Bristol, bound for Virginia. [Ibid., Vol. LI., p. 1.]
Sept. 30. Order of the Council of State. One hundred Narratives of the battle at Worcester, and Acts for a day of thanksgiving to be delivered to Edward Winslow, that he may send them to New England. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. LI., p. 6.]
Sept. 30.
The Council of State to the Governor and Company of Adventurers to the Somers Islands. Desire them to appoint the persons to the offices and commands, annexed to their names in the inclosed list, which has been approved by the Council; the former oaths to be withdrawn, those now to be taken given in full. [Ibid., Vol. CXVII., p. 561.]