America and West Indies: April 1629

Pages 97-98

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 1629

April 3.
9. The King to Capt. Chas. Wolverton, Governor of Barbadoes. His Majesty's letter of 3rd February, respecting the claims of Lords Carlisle and Montgomery to that island, is recited. The controversy not having been yet determined by the Lord Keeper, he is instructed to forbear the execution of any of the directions therein contained, and to maintain a peaceable and friendly intelligence with all persons on both sides. [Copy, with corrections.]
[April.] 10. The King to [Earl of Montgomery?]. By letter of 3rd February last, Governor Wolverton was informed that all persons going to Barbadoes should conform themselves to Lord Carlisle's government; but by another letter of the 4th of this inst. [3rd?] Capt. Wolverton was instructed to forbear carrying out those directions, and both parties at the same time were ordered to apply themselves to a friendly peace. He is informed of these proceedings and copy of the King's letter of 3rd April is sent for his guidance. [Copy, with corrections, endorsed "Earl of Mount: letter."]
April 18. 11. Lord Keeper Coventry to the King. Reports upon the differences between Lords Carlisle and Montgomery concerning "an island called Barbados als. Barbudos," in 13 deg. of north lat., claimed by both, by virtue of letters patent from the King. Upon the first question whether that island is one of the Caribbees, after hearing Sirs Thos. Button, John Watts, and other seamen of great note, he is of opinion it is not; and upon the second, whether it was intended to be passed in Lord Carlisle's patent, though not one of the Caribbees, after describing the circumstances in connexion with the custody of those islands to Capt. Warner, in whose patent Barbadoes was expressly named, and that Barbuda in the 17th degree of lat. was not intended nor desired in any patent or commission, and the exceptions taken on both sides, he is of opinion that the proof on the Earl of Carlisle's part, that Barbadoes was intended to be passed in his patent, is very strong.
April 18. 12. Copy of the above.
[1629.] 13. The King to Capt. Chas. Wolverton, Governor of Barbadoes. Recites letters of 3rd Feb. and 3rd April last, with Lord Keeper Coventry's report on the differences between Lords Carlisle and Montgomery, concerning the proprietary of Barbadoes. The controversy had arisen "chiefly in the ambiguity of names of near sound and thereby subject to mistaking in so remote parts." He is therefore instructed to revive the King's former letter of 3rd Feb., and Lord Carlisle's title to Barbadoes is declared to be of full strength and virtue, and none other is to have force. [Draft, corrected by Sec. Dorchester.]