America and West Indies: May 1653

Pages 402-403

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 1653

May 6. 3.Petition of Joseph Mason to the General Court at Boston. Complains, on behalf of Ann Mason, of encroachments upon certain lands granted to Capt. John Mason, under what was then called the Laconia Patent, by the inhabitants of Strawberry Bank. Prays they may be called to account, and Commissioners appointed to settle the boundaries.
May 6. 4. Another copy of the preceding.
May 7. Order of the Council of State. For a licence to Capt. Wm. Dike to export [2,000 pairs of] boots and shoes to Barbadoes in the Dolphin. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. XCVII., p. 31.]
May 7. The licence above mentioned. [Ibid., p. 38.]
May 11. Order of the Council of State. Directing a letter to be written to the Overseers of the Chest at Chatham, to recommend the sad condition of Cecilia, widow of Robt. Watts, cast away in the John, in her voyage to Virginia, for the reducing of it. [Ibid., p. 52.]
May 17. Similar Order. For a letter to be written to the Governor and Company of the Bermudas, to desire them to forbear the election of their officers for 14 days. [Ibid., p. 88.]
May 21. Similar Orders. Colonels Bennett, Nathaniel Rich, and Philip Jones, Cornelius Holland, Col. Stapley, Lieut. Col. Kelsey, or any three of them, to be appointed a Committee to consider the present condition of the Somers Islands. Petition of Leo Warebe and Joseph Todd, on behalf of the well-affeted of the Company of the Somers Islands, to be referred to the Committee for that business. All papers delivered to the Council of State concerning the Somers Islands, to be also referred to that Committee, who are authorized to confer with any persons concerning the present condition of the islands, and prepare something for settling the government there. Petition of Cecil Lord Baltimore to be referred to the Committee for Irish and Scottish affairs. Licence to be granted to Thos. Rollestone, Thos. Pargiter, Robt, Marriot, Geo. Butler, John Osborne, Thos. Wilbraham, Hen. Cholmeley, and John Carnebee, to export to Barbadoes each 50 dozen of shoes, and 12 nags. [Ibid., pp. 122–24]
May 21. The licence above mentioned. [Ibid., p. 134.]
May 24. Order of the Council of State. Report of Committee of Irish and Scotch Affairs concerning the business of Newfoundland, to be re-committed; they are directed to take security of Sir David Kirke, in double the value of his estate, to appear before the Council and to be responsible as to the matters objected against him, when the sequestration may be taken off his estate; names of the securities to be submitted before the boud is entered into. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. XCVII., p. 145.]
May 27. Similar Order. Upon report of Committee of Irish and Scotch Affairs concerning Sir David Kirke's business; directing that Mr. Treworgie, one of the last year's Commissioners for Newfoundland, and now residing upon the place, do for this year take care of the business, on behalf of the State; the above Committee to prepare instructions for him. [Ibid., p. 160.]
May 28. 5. Petition of merchants and others trading to Virginia and other plantations in the West Indies, to the Council of State. Many thousands have seated themselves with their families in several English plantations, who are in great want of clothing and other necessaries, in danger of admitting the Dutch to a free trade, and having their commodity of tobacco taken from them. Inconveniences that must unavoidably ensue unless tobacco planting in England be timely prevented. Pray that an Act of Parliament passed in April 1652, prohibiting it, may receive some encouragement and vigour. Signed by Capt. Samuel Mathews, Agent for the inhabitants of Virginia, and 75 others. Inclose,
5. I. Reasons why the English plantations abroad ought to be encouraged, and tobacco planting in England, according to an Act of Parliament of April 1652, prohibited.