America and West Indies: February 1628

Pages 87-88

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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February 1628

Feb. 11. Grant for a general and free contribution for the maintenance of the plantation in New England, to be paid to Captain Christopher Levett, appointed Governor. [Sign Manual, Car. I., Vol. V., No. 1.]
[Feb. 11.] 38. Mem. that a general contribution was levied for the relief of Virginia and paid to Levett, who was designed Governor. [Minute.]
Feb. 20?
Grant to Philip Earl of Montgomery, Lord Chamberlain, of certain islands between 8 and 13 degrees of north latitude called "Trinidado, Tabago, Barbudos [Barbuda] and Fonseca" with the islets belonging to them within 10 leagues of their shores, and all customary royal-ties and immunities, reserving a rent of a wedge of gold of a pound weight, when the King, his heirs or successors, shall come into those parts. Latin. [Sign Manual, Car. I., Vol. V., No. 22. See also Docquet 1628, Feb. 19, DOMESTIC Car. I.]
Feb. 25. 39. Abstract of Patent to Philip Earl of Montgomery containing a grant as above, he having acquired those islands at great expense with the good intention to transport thither a colony of English.
Feb. 25. Minutes of the above. [Colonial Corresp., 1607, Jan. 9, and 1628, Feb. 11.]
Feb. 27.
James City.
40. Governor Francis West and the Council of Virginia to Attorney General Heath. Account of their action in reference to the instructions contained in the King's and his own letters received but five days since [see ante p. 86, Nos. 32, 33], concerning the exportation of their tobacco. Implore His Majesty to admit of a quantity sufficient to enable them to sustain themselves, seeing the colony has lately increased 1,000 persons, and that "the abundance of wars" has added to the sufferings of the planters. Will write by Capt. Preen on the rest of those things contained in his letter. Wish to testify that they want the means and not the will to raise staple commodities, the charges of which should "rather be supported by a royal hand sustaining us than by the weak and poor estate of the planters." [Certified copy.]