America and West Indies: December 1627

Pages 86-87

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 1627

Dec. 20.
James City. [Virginia.]
34. Governor Francis West and the Council of Virginia to the Privy Council. Certify the death of Gov. Sir Geo. Yeardley and the election of Capt. Fras. West to succeed him in the government. The public charges in time of war cannot be defrayed without the colony is relieved with greater supplies. Desire a favourable construction may be put upon their superintendence over the affairs of the colony, which is beset with difficulties, and that soldiers and ammunition may be sent over to act against the savages. Return thanks for the King's inclination to their petitions against the contract for tobacco last year, and intreat that no contract or monopoly may be granted without their consent. Signed by Fras. West, John Pott, Roger Smyth, Sam. Mathews, Will. Claybourne, and Will. Tucker.
Dec.? 35. Petition of Marmaduke Rayner to the Privy Council. Has lately arrived from Virginia in command of the Temperance, from which the owner, Wil. Saker, has violently thrust him out, detaining not only the passengers and goods, but also letters from the Council of Virginia to their Lordships. Prays for authority to return on board the ship, that he may deliver to every man his own goods and letters, and that the freight may remain in the hands of the customer of Southampton.
Dec.? 36. Petition of Sam. Sharpe to Jas. Earl of Marlborough, Lord Treasurer. Has newly arrived from Virginia, with twelve others, in the Temperance, and they are desirous to send supplies in two ships, now bound thither. Prays that order may be given to Capt. Will. Saker, owner of the said ship, to deliver their tobacco to the King's customer at Southampton until they have paid custom and freight thereon.
Dec.? 37. Discourse upon the advantages of planting colonies, in which arguments are addressed to those who condemn them as unjust, or despise them as unprofitable. Choice of climate; cultivation of the soil; treatment of the savages; and the work that should be under-taken by the colonists. Towards the south of the upper end of the river of Virginia, a country will be found proper to extend English plantations. This discourse, it is added, should be printed "with the petition" [wanting], and pass openly among the people before the gathering of "this alms," to dispose them to be liberal in a work of such sovereign importance. Before the petition is granted, it is very necessary to keep "his design" secret, which is referred in trust to "his Lordship."