America and West Indies: March 1652

Pages 375-376

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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March 1652

March 3. 44. Petition of divers of the Company of Adventurers to Providence Island to the Council of State. In Dec. 1638, one of their ships, richly laden to the value of 30,000l., was surprised by a Dunkirk man-of-war, near Dungenesse, on her way to London, and with her lading and company carried to Dunkirk, for which, to this day, no satisfaction has been received. In Dec. 1642, the petitioners arrested a Spanish ship, the Santa Clara, by way of reprisal, and Parliament declared that 50,000l., paid by the owners, should stand liable instead of bail, and a paper exhibited by the Spanish Ambassador having been referred to the Council of State, pray that their claims may not be prejudiced by the determination of the Council in this business, and that directions may be given for their relief. [Copy.]
1652? 45. The Company of Adventurers to Providence Island to the Council of State. Answer to two papers delivered in by the Spanish Ambassador, having reference to a claim made by the late Adventurers of Providence Island against the goods of the Santa Clara. Annexed,
45. I. Instructions to Capt. Thos. Newman, commander of the Happy Return, bound to the West Indies. 1636, June 23. [Copy. See Calendar, ante, p.238.]
March 4. Order of the Council of State. For a pass to George March, to transport himself, wife, family, and goods to the Island of St. Christopher. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. XCIV., p. 411.]
March 8. Order of the Council of State. For their report to be presented to Parliament upon petition of Edward Winslow, on behalf of William Bradford, Governor of New Plymouth, in New England, and his associates, wherein he sets forth that for many years the plantation has had a grant for a trading place in the river Kennebec, but not having the whole of the river under their grant and government, many excesses and wickednesses have been committed, and the benefit of the trade for furs, one of the greatest supports of their plantation, has been taken from the inhabitants of New Plymouth, and prays for a grant of the whole river of Kennebec; recommending the desire of the petitioner to be granted, with a saving in the grant of the rights of any of the people of the Commonwealth, the grant to pass under the Great Seal, if Parliament think fit. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. XCIV., pp. 425, 426.]
March 12. 46. Articles for the surrender of Virginia to the subjection of Parliament, agreed upon by the Governor and Council of Virginia and the Commissioners for Parliament. Neither Governor nor Council to be obliged to take any oath to the Commonwealth, nor censured for speaking well of the King for one year. A person chosen by the Governor to be sent to give an account to the King of the surrender. The present Governor and Council to have leave to dispose of their estates and go where they please. Debts to them by Act of Assembly to be made good. The Governor to have leave to hire a ship to take their goods to England or Holland. The Captain of the Fort to be remunerated for building his house on Fort Island; and all persons in the colony who have served the King to be free from danger or punishment. An Act of Oblivion and Indemnity to be issued by the Commissioners, that no Justices in Virginia be questioned for their opinions in causes determined by them. The Governor and Council to have passes to leave Virginia any time within a year, and to be free from trouble or arrest for six months after their arrival in England. Signed, sealed, and sworn to by the Commissioners, Edmund Curtis, William Claybourne, and Richard Bennett.
March 12. Minute of the above. [Colonial Corresp., 1609, p.3.]
March 17. Order of the Council of State. Referring petition of Edward Winslow to the Committee for Foreign Affairs. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. XCIV., p. 473.]