America and West Indies: April 1627

Pages 83-84

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 1627

April 7.
From my lodging in the Savoy.
19. George Lord Baltimore to Edw. Nicholas, Sec. to the Duke of Buckingham. Begs his furtherance in the speedy dispatch of the warrant for his ships, the Ark of Avalon, 160 tons, and the George of Plymouth, 140 tons, to be exempted from the general stay; Sir Arthur Aston waiting to sail for Lord Baltimore's "young plantation."
April 7. 20. Answer of the planters and adventures of Virginia and the Somers Islands. Being called together at Sir John Wolstenholme's house, where, by order of the Privy Council, was declared the quantity of tobacco that they should bring into England and the price that the King will give them for it, they with one voice refused both propositions, the quantity and price not being sufficient to maintain the people in those plantations. State their reasons, suggest a remedy, and desire that the King will allow them to have possession of their tobacco and to dispose of it as they like.
April 8.
James City. [Virginia.]
21. Governor Sir Geo. Yeardley to the Privy Council. The people, understanding of a contract for tobacco to be made with Mr. Anis, cry out and complain extremely, hating all contracts. Has spoken the best he can to all [his Council] not letting them know of any letter he has received from their Lordships. Will use his utmost endeavours to do the King and Privy Council the best service. Suggests that the contract should be for 300,000lb. weight of tobacco yearly, and argues against it being made up in rolls.
April? 22. Governor Sir Geo. Yeardley and Council of Virginia to the Privy Council. Their letters, by Capt. Preen, have been received prohibiting the transportation of any of their tobacco to the Low Countries in future. Explain why the Flying Hart of Flushing was allowed to trade in the colony last year; and that they were ignorant of the order to send all their tobacco to England. Desire that Sir Thos. Merry will rest satisfied with their proceedings touching John Puntis' estate. The report of Mr. Anis' contract has deadened their spirits and plunged them into misery. Earnestly intreat that free trade and the benefit of the sole importation of tobacco, heretofore promised, may be continued and confirmed; and that above all Spanish tobacco may be utterly excluded. Beseech their Lordships "not to let them fall into the hands of avaricious and cruel men, whose exorbitant and wide consciences project and digest the ruin of this plantation, for profit and gain to themselves." Signed by Sir Geo. Yeardley, Fras. West, John Pott, Roger Smyth, Sam. Mathews, Will. Claybourne, Will. Tucker, and Will. Ferrar.
April 9. Sir William Alexander to Nicholas. Solicits the release of the Morning Star, Andrew Baxter master, tied in consort to attend a ship of Sir William's in her intended voyage towards Nova Scotia" to do His Majesty service." Her stay in Dover Road will be the overthrow of this voyage. [DOMESTIC Corresp. Car. I., Vol. LIX., No. 87., Cal. p. 132.]