America and West Indies: Addenda 1621

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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 1621

May 30. June 9.
Gravenhage. [Hague.]
112. "Translation of the States Placart touching the West Indies" [so endorsed by Carleton]. The States General having settled a Company of Negotiation and Traffic for the West Indies, Africa, and other places hereunder described, by Letters Patent, it is forbidden to any within the term of 24 years after the first July next ensuing to sell, negotiate, or drive any manner of trade upon the coasts and countries of Africa from Tropico Cancri unto the Cape de Bona Esperance, nor upon the countries of America, beginning at the south end of Terra Nova, through the Straits of Magelana, Le Mayre, or any other straits and passages thereabouts as far as the Strait of An Jan, as well upon the North Sea as the South Sea, nor upon any island either upon the inside or the other, or those situated between both; as also upon the Australis and Southern Countries, &c., under the penalties described, &c. 2 pp. [Holland Correspondence.]
June 10.
113. Sir Dudley Carleton to Marquis of Buckingham. The project of a West India Comp. having been proposed to the States of Guelderland for their ratification, who have the leading voice in the Assembly of the States General and were ever less forward in that business, hath thus far their allowance that they will concur therein with the rest of the Provinces, but understands withal they have given their Deputies secret charge not to give way thereunto in case they find it prejudicial to the truce, which makes it evident that the project of the Company, though never so far advanced, will stand or fall according to the proceeding in the truce. [Extract, Corresp. Holland.]
July 19.
The Hague.
114. Sir Dudley Carleton to Sec. Sir George Calvert. Here hath been with me of late a certain Walloon, an inhabitant of Leyden, in the name of divers families, men of all trades and occupations, who desire to go into Virginia and there to live in the same condition as others of his Majesty's subjects, but in a Town or Incorporation by themselves; which being a matter of some consideration, I required of him his demands in writing, with the signature of such as were to bear part therein, both which I send your Honor herewith; and however the demands are extravagant in some points, yet, if his Majesty like of their going thither, they may be made more capable of the nature of the plantation; to which purpose they will send one (upon the first word they shall have from me of his Majesty's pleasure) expressly to treat with our Company in England. [Extract, Correspondence, Holland.] Encloses,
114. i. Supplication of certain Walloons and French who are desirous to go into Virginia, addressed to Lord Ambassador' Carleton. That his Majesty will permit fifty or sixty families, as well Walloons as French, all of the reformed religion, to settle in Virginia, and protect them and mainta'n them in their religion. As said families would consist of nearly 300, they wish to take a quantity of cattle, as well for husbandry as for their support, and ask his Majesty to accommodate them with one ship, supplied with cannon and other arms. That they may select a spot fit for their settlement from the places not yet cultivated, erect a town for their security, with fortifications, and elect a Governor and Magistrates. That his Majesty furnish them with cannon and ammunition, and grant them, in case of necessity, the right to make powder, bullets, &c. That his Majesty grant them a territory of eight English miles all round, i.e., sixteen miles in diameter, to be held from his Majesty, with reservation of inferior seignorial rights, privilege of exclusive hunting and fishing, &c. That my Lord Ambassador would expedite said privileges in due form as soon as possible, that they may be ready to embark by March next, the convenient season. French, signed by Jesse de Forest. 3 pp. [Corresp., Holland.] Translation into English is printed in "Doouments relating to the History of New York," Vol. 3, pp. 9, 10.
114. ii. Promise of certain Walloons and French to go and inhabit Virginia. The signatures and calling of each are appended in the form of a round robin. Colonial Corresp., Vol. 1, No. 54 a. Abstracted in the first Vol. of this Calendar, pp. 498, 499.
July 19. 115. Sir Dudley Carleton to Sir Dudley Digges. Here are in these countries sixty families and upwards, men of all trades and conditions, Walloons and French, all of the Reformed Religion, who desire to go into Virginia, and to this purpose have employed one unto me with their demands and signatures, which I now send into England to Mr. Secretary Calvert, to acquaint his Majesty therewith; and if his Majesty like thereof, these men will send one expressly into England to treat with our Virginia Company, to which they may surely be of singular use, if some equal conditions may be found out for their transport thither. [Extract, Correspondence, Holland.]
Aug. 11.
St. Martin's Lane.
116. Sec. Sir George Calvert to Sir Dudley Carleton. Has moved his Majesty concerning the overture made by the Walloons for planting in Virginia, who was pleased to refer the proposition unto the Council of Virginia; and from them he has this answer which he sends to Carleton, subscribed by the Deputy of the Company, which, if he thinks fit, he may show to them, and, as they like the answer, they may resolve to proceed or desist. [Extract, Correspondence, Holland.] Encloses,
116. i. Answer of the Virginia Company to the request of the Walloons and France to plant in Virginia, 1621, Aug. 11. [Colonial Corresp., Vol. I., No. 55. Abstracted in the first Volume of this Calendar, p. 26.]
Nov. 2. 117. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Mr. Lanman acquainted the Court that there is a sum of money given, to the value of 70l., part by some of the Company's servants deceased in the Indies, and part out of the wages of some that are living, towards the erecting of a school in Virginia, and moved to know their pleasures whether the same shall be paid or not. The Court showed themselves ready to forward so pious a work, and therefore ordered that it should be paid and a discharge taken from the Company under their seal. But withal it was referred to consideration, whether this might, not be an apt occasion to call for four culverins formerly borrowed of them by those of the Virginia Company, whereof hitherto they have made no restitution. [Court Minute Bk., Vol. 5, p. 189.]
Nov. 16. 118. Court Minutes of the East India Company. Mr. Lanman presented unto the Court a receipt dated 15 Nov. 1621, under the seal of the Virginia Company of 70l. 8s. 6d. of money freely given by the company of the Royal James for the erecting a school in Virginia. [Court Minute Bk., Vol. 5, p. 210.]