America and West Indies: December 1624

Pages 70-71

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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December 1624

Dec. 2.
James City.
30. Gov. Sir Francis Wyatt and Council of Virginia to Henry Earl of Southampton and the Council and Company of Virginia. Have received letters from the Privy Council of 19 Dec. 1623 in behalf of Capt. John Martin, which, by divers reports, he has little deserved. Widow Smaley when she arrives from New England shall find all lawful favour. God has given them a great victory over Otiotan and the Pamunkeys, with their confederates, numbering 800 bowmen. The fighting lasted two days; many of the Indians slain but only sixteen of the English hurt, and as much corn cut down as would have sustained 400 men for a twelvemonth. Earnestly desire a supply of powder. The colony very well as to health this summer; the mortality of former years not to be attributed to the climate. A plentiful harvest of corn, and the industrious well stored with provision "so that (excepting the number of men) the colony hath worn out the scars of the massacre."
Dec. 13.
31. The Commissioners for Virginia to the King. Reasons against granting the petition of divers who call themselves merchants trading for Spain but are really retailers of tobacco, praying for the importation of Spanish tobacco. The King's late proclamation against the importation of foreign tobacco has put a new life into the plantations of Virginia and the Somers Islands. Signed by Attorney General Heath, Sir Ferd. Gorges, and twelve others.
Dec. 31. Grant to Giles Beaumont, Frenchman, of denization, for England and Virginia, on his offer to take a number of men there and plant them at his own charge, with a special privilege not to pay any more customs or subsidies than the King's born subjects; also confirming to him such lands and liberties in Virginia as by the Commissioners for that plantation shall be thought fit. [Docquet. DOMESTIC Jac. I.]
Dec.?. 32. Considerations touching the new contract of tobacco, as the same hath been propounded by Mr. Dichfield and the other undertakers; with reasons against this contract. [On 18 Oct. 1624 a warrant was issued to prepare a bill for Edw. Dichfield and five others, on recommendation of the Virginia Commissioners, appointing them officers for searching and sealing tobacco. See DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol. CLXXIII., No. 55, Cal. p. 356.]