America and West Indies: January 1654

Pages 412-414

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 1654

Jan. 4.
Henry Lawrence, Lord President, and Council of State, to the Governor and General Assembly of Virginia. Col. Mathews has diligently attended to the business referring to the peace and settlement of the colony, the perfecting of which has been obstructed by public affairs. The Government of the Commonwealth entrusted to Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector, and successive triennial Parliaments. Send proclamations to be published in Virginia. His Highness has put into an effectual way the speedy resolutions of those questions between Lord Baltimore and the people of Virginia, concerning the bounds; he has also determined to settle the government and other concernments of the plantation. Colonel Bennett to be continued Governor until further order. Recommend to them peace, love, and the great interest of religion. "Read and approved in Council, 31 Dec. 1653." [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CIII., pp. 27, 28.]
1654? 15. Petiton of Capt. Edw. Thompson, commander of the Ruth, and Capt. Sam. Sayers, Commander of the Sapphire, to the Lord Protector. Have been about seven months preparing to go to Barbadoes with necessaries, but by reason of the change of Government, the rate of 3l. 10s. per horse custom is demanded, "almost as much as some of the horses are worth." Because they are for the supply of their own plantations, pray that the horses may be permitted to go as formerly.
Jan. 6. Order of the Council of State. Referring the above petition to Commissioners of Customs. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CIII., p. 39.]
Jan. 10. Similar Order. The business of transportation of horses, corn, and all other commodities to the English plantations and foreign parts, to be referred to Committee for the business of Virginia for their report; Major-Gen. Lambert and Sir Chas. Wolseley to be added to that Committee. [Ibid., p. 44.]
Jan. 10. Minute of the above. [Ibid., Vol. CXLIV., p. 5.]
Jan. 14. 16. Petition of Merchants of London, traders to Barbadoes, to Oliver Lord Protector. Have been great sufferers by the distractions in the Caribbees, especially Barbadoes, and are full of hope that those islands may share in the benefits of the present Government. Pray that seven persons, selected for their affection to the Commonwealth, may be sent over, with a Commission for government of Barbadoes, with power to elect annually one of their number president; and that a Council of seven may be appointed to receive in England and report upon representations and propositions for the good of those islands. Signed by And. Riccard, Thos. Cooper, Michael Davison, Nicholas Blake, and eleven others. Annexed,
16. I. Warrant to put in the Council for Barbadoes Col. Thos. Modyford, Col. James Draxe, and Col. James Burch, and to restore them to their several commands as settled by Sir Geo. Ayscue and afterwards approved by Parliament.
16. II. Articles of the merchants of London for the Caribbee Islands; with the names of those to be put in the Council for Barbadoes. 1654, Jan. 14.
Jan. 30. Order of the Council of State. Directing that 20s. custom be paid for every horse transported to any of the English plantations in America. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CIII., p. 79.]