America and West Indies: Addenda 1597

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 9, 1675-1676 and Addenda 1574-1674. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1893.

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Addenda 1597

[1597.] 47. Petition of "Her Highness' faithful subjects falsely called Brownists" to the Lords of the Council. Her Majesty's natural born subjects, true and loyal, many living in other countries as exiles, and the rest in her Grace's land, greatly distressed thro' imprisonment and great troubles sustained only for matters of conscience. And whereas means now offer for their being in a far country which lieth to the west in Canada, where they may not, only worship God as in conscience persuaded by his word, but also do her Majesty and their country great good service by annoying that bloody and persenting Spaniard about the Bay of Mexico. Pray their Honors to be a means to her Majesty that they may peaceably depart thither, promising to remain faithful and loving subjects, and that wheresoever they become they will live and die faithful to her Highness and this land of their nativity. [Dom. Eliz., Vol. 246, No. 56.] The date is supplied by the Council Register in the Privy Council Office. The petitioners sailed in the ships Hopewell and Chancewell, and went to an island called Rainé in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The researches of Mr. J. A. Doyle, the historian, have revealed the fact that only four Brownists absolutely went out.