America and West Indies: Addenda 1635

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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 1635

March 8.
164. Richard Weston, Baron of the Exchequer, to the King. At the Assizes held for Surrey, Richard Ingram was found guilty of the felonious taking of two kine in February last, and was also at the Lent Assize in 1633 condemned for stealing two horses, when his Majesty's Warrant was issued to deliver said Ingram to Lewis Edwards to be transported into Virginia, with proviso that if he returned without license, he should be executed according to judgment. Ingram confesses he had not been in Virginia nor bad license to stay in this kingdom. The sheriff is commanded to stay execution till his Majesty's further direction. [Dom. Chas. I., Vol. 284, No. 42.]
March 11. 165. Letters Patent to Sir Henry Spiller, Sir Abraham Dawes, Lawrence Whitaker, Edward Ayscough, and Lawrence Lownes. Recite Proclamations of James I. of 29 Sept. and 2 March in 22nd year of his reign, forbidding the importation and sale of tobacco not of the growth of Virginia and the Somers Islands. Another proclamation of 30 Dec., 17 Jas. I., forbidding the planting of tobacco in England or Wales, which were renewed by proclamations of 9 April and 13 May, 1 Chas. I., 17 Feb., 2 Chas. I., 9 Aug., 3 Chas. I., and (? 6) Jan., Chas. I, and appoints John Gilby and Richard Bigge to prosecute offenders against said Proclamations, and Sir Henry Spiller and the others above-named, are appointed Commissioners to compound with such offenders, said Gilby and Bigge to receive a fourth part of the fines recovered. [Dom. Chas. I., Case C., No. 5.] The fice proclamations of Churles I. above referred to will be found obstracted in the first Volume of this Calender.
April 10. 166. Notes by Secretary Sir Francis Windebank of business transacted by the Lords of the Treasury. Lady de la Warr's pension of 500l. per ann. out of the customs of Virginia respited. [Cecily Lady de la Warr, in a petition to the King some months before, set forth that she had only 10l. per ann. to maintain herself and seven children; that King James on the death of her husband had granted her a pension of 500l. per ann. for 31 years, to be paid out of the customs of Virginia, but the grant being more than half expired she prayed for a renewal for 31 years from the present time, see Col. Papers, Vol. 8, No. 18.] Extract. [Dom. Chas. I., Vol. 285, No. 7.]
May 5.
167. — Zouch to "his dear and loving father Sir John Zouch." Perceives that if the Governor (Sir John Harvey) could have done him any "dispight" here he would have pursued it to the utmost. Left one of the kine he was to receive for his father at Capt. Browne's. The Councillors and Burgesses for the Assembly have framed a letter as from the Burgesses and others to the Council, complaining of their manifold aggrievances, and desiring redress from them. The people of the lower parts met in such troops to set their hands to the letter, that it put Capt. Purify into an affright that caused him to write to the Governor of many incident dangers, insomuch that he durst not keep a Court until he heard from him or had a letter from his Majesty. Hereupon the Governor sendeth warrants for the Council, who, soon after they met, consulted about sending the Governor for England, but Capt. Browne went home over night, "a pain that he had in his belly excused him sufficiently," by reason he opposed the Governor as did the rest. Mr. Menefie absolutely refused his aid in arresting the Governor, alleging reasons that it was not fit to deal so with his Majesty's substitute. Menefie went not home as he said, but to the back river, where he debated with himself, desiring of God to confirm his resolution or abolish it; but the loss of his country striking in his stomack, at last he came resolved as the rest, where the Governor did arrest him of high treason for the words he spake against him at Kecoughton, Sir John Zouch then present; but the Governor had no sooner given Mr. Menefie the thump on the shoulder, but Capt. Utye took him by the middle and arrested him in his Majesty's name, the rest stepping and taking hold of him likewise, looking pale as did Kemp. The Governor refused to go till he saw no resistance, and then desired to choose a Deputy, who, though he spoke very mildly ever since, was denied; they meet (?sic) sending him for England with all that can object ought against him, himself residing at Little Town in the interim, forgetting and laying aside all malice formerly between them. Need not be further impertinent, presuming he will be acquainted with the cause shortly after he has wondered at Harvey's unlooked for coming. The Maryland men have boarded Capt. Claiborne, taking all his trade and trading stuff, bound his men and cast them into the hold, besides beating and hurting them in what manner they are not fully acquainted with, but hopes they will have a journey to Pacowomeeke. The country prayeth for Sir John Zouch, and generally wishes him to come Governor. His sisters and all friends very well. 3 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. 32 No. 4.] Gov. Hareey, in a letter to See. Windebonk, of 3 April 1635 complains of "the preposterous haste" of Sir John Zouch to leave the Colony. In another letter to See Windebank of 14 July 1635, dated, from Plymouth, Harvey "execuses his coming from Virginia without license." See Col. Papers, Vol. VIII., Nos. 53, 73.
May 7.
James Town, Virginia.
168. Governor Sir John Harvey to Richard Kemp, Sec. of Virginia. These are in his Majesty's name to will and require him that upon the first sitting of the Council and Country now gathered together, he declares unto him that their Assembly is unlawfully called and grounded upon meeting and rebellion. Straitly charges all manner of persons that have been called thereunto, that upon pain of death without further consultation had, they betake themselves like obedient subjects peaceably to their several homes, and seeing their agents are gone for England to expect his Majesty's will and pleasure therein. Moreover, strictly commands them of this Assembly to make present answer whether those persons be the first authors of laying violent hands on and deposing his Majesty's Lieutenant and Substitute from his charge and trust, some of the Council charging him with treason, and those some other insolent persons seek to cloud their inveterate malice and contempts to government under false pretences of general good, which hath been evermore the colour and shadow of all rebellions. Therefore, in the fear of God and obedience to the King, forewarns them not to run headlong upon a certain ruin of themselves and their posterities. [Coke MSS., Hist. MSS. Commis., XII. Report, Append. Part II., p. 79.]
May 15.
169. Lords of the Admiralty to Robt. Earl of Lindsey. Upon information given that ships coming from St. Christopher's, Barbadoes, the Caribbee Islands, Virginia, Bermudas, and other English Plantations, go to foreign countries with their goods, to the King's great loss in his customs, the Council have given the Lords of the Admiralty order to cause such ships to come for the Port of London or some other port of this kingdom. Pray him to take effectual care for meeting with such ships, and to cause the masters to enter into bond to bring their ships to London or some other English port; and should the master of any ship refuse, the Earl is to place aboard a sufficient cupplement of men to bring the ship to London. [Dom. Car. I., Vol. 264, fol. 128a.]
May 25.
Newport News, Virginia.
170. Sam. Matthews to [Sec. Sir John Coke?]. Account of the differences between Governor Sir John Harvey and the people of Virginia. The Governor is leaving James Town and the Colony, appointing Capt. John West to act as Governor till his Majesty appoint another. [Coke MSS., Hist. MSS. Commis., XIIth Report, App. Part II., p. 81.]
June 18. 171. Acts of the Court of High Commission. A petition read from John Haydon, prisoner in Bridewell, wherein he voluntarily acknowledges his manifold contempts against the authority of the Court, as well in preaching abroad since his degradation, as also in making sundry escapes out of prison, and offers voluntarily to leave this kingdom and go to Virginia, if order were given for his enlargement which the Court ordered on his giving bond with sufficient sureties. Extract. [Dom. Chas. I., Vol. 261, fol. 243.]
July 8. 172. Warrant to the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex and the Keeper of Newgate. For delivery of Maurice Cavenaugh, Richard Greene, Jane Wood, Anthony Bromley, Mary Fortescue, John Humfreys, Margaret Challicombe, Joan Howell, Jane Pryn, Elizabeth Branscombe, Mary Burbeck, Elianor Sutton, Elizabeth Williams, and Thomas Merry, to Capt. Thos. Hill or Capt. Richard Carleton, to be transported by them into Virginia, with a elause for executing any of the said prisoners who return. [Dom. Chas. I., Docquet.]
Dec. 5. 173. The King to the Sheriff of Kent. In behalf of John Tallford, miller, convicted at the last quarter sessions at Canterbury of stealing a mare, and now to be transported by William Gibbs into Virginia, not to return without special license. [Dom. Chas. I., Docquet.]