Into Slavery: Racial Decisions in the Virginia Colony

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Report of the Treasurer on Funds for Henrico College, 1619

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It was also by m r Trr + ̃er propounded to the Co rt as a thing most worthy to be taken into considerac + ̃on both for the glory of God, and hono r of the Company, that forasmuch as the King in his most gracious favo r hath graunted his Lres to the severall Bishops of this Kingdome for the collecting of monies to erect and build a Colledge in Virginia for the trayning and bringing up of Infidells children to the true knowledge of God & understanding of righteousnes. And considering what publique notice may be taken in foreslowing to sett forward the accon, especially of all those wch hath contributed to the same, that therefore to begin that pious worke, there is allready towards it -- 1500 li, -- or thereabouts, whereof remayning in cash 800 li, the rest is to be answered out of the Stock of the Generall Company for so much w ch they borrowed, besides the likelihood of more to come in; ffor m r Teasuro r having some conference w th the Bishop of Lichfield, he hath not heard of any Collecc + ̃on that hath beene for that busines in his Diocese; but promiseth when he hath a warr t thereunto he will wth all dilligence further the enterprize; Whereupon he conceaved it the fittest; that as yet they should not build the Colledge, but rather forbeare a while; and begin first with the meanes they have to provide and settle an Annuall revennue, and out of that to begin the erecc + ̃on of the said Colledge: And for the performance hereof also moved, that a certaine peece of Land be Laid out at Henrico being the place formerly resolved of w ch should be called the Colledge Land, and for the planting of the same send presently ffifty good persons to be seated thereon and to occupy the same according to order, and to have halfe the benefitt of their Labo r and the other halfe to goe in setting forward the worke, and for mayntenance of the Tuto rs & Schollers. He therefore propounded that a Shipp might be provided against the begining of August, to carry those ffifty men w th their provisions, as also to send friftie persons more to the Comon Land w ch may raise a Stock for the paying of dueties there and defraying the Companies charge here, and to send provision of victuals w th them for a yeare: And for the defraying the charge hereof did

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From: Kingsbury, ed., Records of the Virginia Company, vol. 1, pp. 220-21.

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