America and West Indies: May 1624

Pages 61-62

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 1624

May 6. Sir Fras. Nethersole to Carleton. A motion made in the Lower House for hearing the late differences in the Virginia Company, which threaten its ruin, and with much unwillingness a committee of the whole House appointed. On Wednesday last, Mr. Ferrar, deputy of the Company, Sir Edwin Sandys, Lord Cavendish, and Sir John Danvers, made relation of proccedings; they "layed the great load" upon the Lord Treasurer, charged the Commissioners, appointed by the King to report upon the cause, with extreme partiality, and accused Sir Nath. Rich of being an active ill-instrument among them. Gondomar and his successors were not spared, and declared to have used their utmost endeavours to destroy the Company and their plantation. At the time when the Commissioners were to examine Sir Edwin Sandys and former Governors as to their governments, he was commanded by the Lord Treasurer, in the King's name, to go out of town. The King disavowed it, and gave Sandys liberty to return. The business appearing very foul, many, at first unwilling, were now content to have it ripped up. Next day the King forbad the House to proceed any further; the matter having been specially recommended to his Council, His Majesty feared that troubles, to quiet which much pains had already been taken, might be stirred again by the House meddling with them. This was assented to by a general silence, but not without soft muttering that any other business might in the same way be taken out of the hands of Parliament. [Extract. DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol. CLXIV. Vo. 46. Cal. p. 237.]
May 24.
Nethersole to Carleton. Sir Edwin Sandys has reported upon a patent for sole trade to Guinea and Binney, obtained by some men, who pretend to have found it out, whereas many have been there almost fifty years since, and it is condemned as a grievance. [Ext. DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol. CLXV., No. 34, Cal. p. 254.]