America and West Indies: August 1628

Pages 93-94

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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August 1628

Aug. 25.
56. Geo. Lord Baltimore to the King. Meets with great difficulties in the remote wild part of the world where he has planted himself, which cannot be overcome without His Majesty's special protection. The English fishing has been much disquieted by a French man-of-war, one Mons. De la Rade, of Dieppe, with three ships and 400 well-armed men. Sent two ships after them, one of 360 tons, with 24 pieces of ordnance; upon their approach the French left behind what English vessels they had taken and 67 of their own men prisoners. The French ships have since been driven out of the country. Has captured six vessels of Bayonne and one of St. Jean de Luz, and sent them to England. Beseeches the King's benign interpretation of his proceedings, and that two men-of-war at least may be appointed to guard that coast for his own safety and that of many thousands of British subjects. [On 10th April 1628, a ship was at Pendennis bound for Newfoundland, to carry over Lord Baltimore. See DOMESTIC Corresp., Vol. C., No. 80.]
Aug. 25.
57. Geo. Lord Baltimore to the Duke of Buckingham. The King once told him that he wrote as fair a hand to look upon afar off as any man in England, but that when any one came near it they were not able to read a word. He then got a dispensation to use another man's, for which he is thankful, as writing is a great pain to him now. Owes an account of his proceedings in this plantation [of Newfoundland] to the Duke, since it was under his Grace's patronage that he went out. Came to build and set and sow, but has fallen to fighting with Frenchmen. Details the actions of Mons. De la Rade, with three ships and 400 men, "many of them gentlemen of quality, and "la fleur de la jeunesse de Normandye." Has been troubled and charged with the 67 French prisoners all the summer. Sends six French prizes to England, and hopes his interests will be respected. Begs that the Duke will intercede with the King that two men-of-war at least may be continued there all the year, except the winter, to preserve the seamen, shipping, and goods; contributions for that purpose to be imposed upon the fishery. Desires that the bearer [Wil.] Peasley may attend Buckingham on the writer's behalf.
Aug.? 58. Petition of Capt. John Preen to the Privy Council. Has supplied St. Christopher's and Virginia four several times with provisions, and his ship, the Tryal, of London, under the command of Capt. Fran. Moyne, is now bound to Virginia with 80 seamen and passengers. Prays for a warrant for release of his ship, which has been stayed at Gravesend these ten days. [Warrant was granted 12th August 1628. See DOMESTIC Corresp. Car. I., Vol. CXV., p. 117.]