America and West Indies: April 1656

Pages 438-440

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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April 1656

April 1. 66. Petition of Geo. Pasfeild, commander of the Barbadoes Merchant of London, to the Council of State. The ship, of 200 tons and 18 pieces of ordnance, is bound to Barbadoes with a supply of arms for that island, of which there is great want. Prays for a warrant to protect 20 seamen and 10 landsmen from being pressed into the service of the State. Endorsed, "Rd. 1 April. Ord. 3 April 1656."
April 1. Order of the Council of State. For a warrant for Geo. Pasfeild to transport 30 horses to Barbadoes. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CV., p. 13.]
April 1.
The warrant above mentioned. [Ibid., Vol. CXXXIII., p. 292.]
April 3. Order of the Council of State. To free the Company of the above ship from imprest as desired. [Ibid., Vol. CIV., p. 22.]
April 4. Similar Order. Referring report of Sir Wm. Roberts, Dennis Bond, and John Stone, upon the accounts of Capt John Leverett, commander of the forts taken from the French in America, to Commissioners of the Admiralty, with the accounts themselves, and those formerly delivered by Major Sedgwick, for their report, also what they think fit to be done with those forts. [Ibid., p. 26.]
April 5. Minute that the Committee for the affairs of Jamaica, consider of two letters from Major Sedgwick and Capt. Goodson. [Ibid., Vol. CXLV., p. 16.]
April 11. Orders of the Council of State. Four months provisions to be forthwith dispatched to Jamaica, for supply of the fleet and land forces there; also two regiments of 600 men each, to reinforce the island. One or more person or persons to be sent to the West Indies with fitting instructions for better governing and managing affairs there. [INTERREGNUM, Entry Bk., Vol. CV., p. 41.]
April 16. Order of the Council of State. Concerning Edward Winslow's allowance as a Commissioner for the expedition to America; referring it to General Disbrowe, Lord Strickland, Col. Jones, Col. Sydenham, Mr. Rous, Earl of Mulgrave, and Sir Chas. Wolseley, for their report; also as to what money was advanced to him. [Ibid., p. 54.]
April 17. Similar Order. Commissioners of the Admiralty to appoint a convenient ship for convoy of a vessel, not named, bound to New England, with lading of great value. [Ibid., p. 58.]
April 18. 67. Representation of Susanna, relict of Edward Winslow, and Josiah, his son and sole executor, to the Lord Protector and Council. Her husband was appointed, on 12 Dec. 1654, one of the Commissioners in the expedition with General Venables to the West Indies, with a salary of 1,000l per annum, 500l. of which was advanced to him, but he died on his voyage, on 8 May 1655, and left debts to upwards of 500l. Prays, notwithstanding he died before the year expired, that the remaining 500l. may be paid to satisfy the creditors. Underwritten, "Oliver P. We referr this paper to or Council, April 18, 1656." Annexed,
67. I. Another copy of the above petition. Endorsed, "Rd of Lord President, 8 Feb. 1656."
67. II. Report upon preceeding petition. Leaving it to the consideration of the Council of State what further recompence they shall think fit to be given to the petitioner and her children, in respect of her husband's service.
April? 68. Petition of Colonel Christopher Kaynell, Governor of Antigua, in behalf of the merchants, inhabitants, and traders there, to the Committee for Trade and Navigation. Pray to be heard about certain proposals intimating the situation, commodities, benefits, &c., of those fruitful islands, that speedy resolutions may be taken. Annexed,
68. I. Proposals for the preservation of Antigua from present ruin and destruction. Situation bigger than Barbadoes, with large and secure harbours on all sides: climate healthy, soil not inferior to any of the Caribbee Islands, and very productive in tobacco, sugar, indigo, and cotton. Great store of saltpetre; natural salt ponds, plenty of fish and fowls, and good stock of cattle. Many plantations have been deserted because Colonel Henry Ashton declared for the adverse party, and through the wars between England and Holland commerce has been hindered. Prohibition of foreign trade has prevented the arrival of considerable supplies expected, especially by "the Norweesers" already settled there. No supplies of servants have of late arrived from England; number of fighting men very inconsiderable. Unless some speedy course is taken to remedy these evils, the island will be quite deserted, and if it fall into the possession of an enemy, the utter ruin of all the English plantations in those parts will be imminent.
68. II. Considerations upon the above proposals by order of 16 April 1656, for keeping afoot the island of Antigua. All arms and ammunition, of which a supply to be sent, and clothing outward bound, and all commodities imported for five years to be free of customs. English servants to be sent over "as prisoners and the like, if not, Scotch and Irish." Planters to be encouraged to go on with their plantations; those that fail to be disposed of by the Governor to others who will settle them. The "Norweeses" and other strangers to be permitted to trade and supply their respective plantations.
68. III. Report of the Committee of Trade "delivd. by his Highness in Council 6 May 1656. "The purport of the above considerations more in detail, with the exception of foreign trade, recommended by the Committee to be adopted, as well as that Protestants of what nation soever be encouraged to live under the English Government in the island. 1656, May 2.