America and West Indies: April 1625

Pages 72-73

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 1625

April 9.
Proclamation forbidding any one to import, buy, sell, or use any tobacco which is not of the growth of Virginia or the Somers Islands. [Proclamations, Car. I., No. 6.]
April 14. Propositions [in the handwriting of Sir John Coke] for incorporating a company for defence and protection of the West Indies, and establishing a trade there; and for fitting out a fleet to attack the Spanish settlements. [DOMESTIC Corresp. Car. I., Vol. I., No. 59, Cal. p. 9.]
April? 37. Mem. [by Attorney Gen. Heath] on the advantages derived by the Spaniards and Dutch from the West Indies, showing that it is neither safe nor profitable for them to be absolute lords of those parts, and suggesting, if the King entertain "this subject," that His Majesty must openly interpose, or permit it to be done underhand, and if it prosper make it his own at pleasure; with reasons.
April 22.
38. The Privy Council to Sec. Conway and Lord Carew, Master of the Ordnance. To take into consideration what forts and places of strength are to be erected and maintained in Virginia, and to give an estimate of the present charge and the annual cost to maintain them.
April 29. 39. Sec. Conway to Sir Thos. Smythe. The Committee for the Virginia business having referred to Sec. Conway and Lord Carew the consideration of the state of that plantation, he is requested to send the names of such persons as may be of use to them in their proceedings, as also the maps, relations, and papers which may be with him. [Draft.]
April 29. Minute of the above. [Conway's Letter Bk., p. 211.]
April? 40. Answer of the Virginia Company to the Privy Council; on the two propositions presented to them, as to the best form of government to be established for the affairs of Virginia; and an offer for such a contract touching tobacco with the King, as might both uphold his former revenue and not be grievous to the plantations. In this interesting paper of 29 pages, the whole history of the plantation of Virginia from the year 1606 is past in review, and it is argued that the new patent should contain the same privileges and liberties as the old charter; the customs upon all commodities but tobacco be remitted; a nullity of the proceedings of the late Commissioners, "so extremely distasteful both to the adventurers and planters" be declared; and the patent confirmed by Act of Parliament. Endorsed, "The discourse of the old Company of Virginia."