Foundations of Colonial America: A Documentary History - Vol. 3

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REGULATION OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

Virginia

Letter to the City of London Requesting Pauper
Children to be Transported to Virginia
November 17, 1619

(Kingsbury, ed. Records of the Virginia Company, Vol. I, pp. 270-271.)

To the Right Honorable Sir William Cockaine, Knight, Lord Mayor of the City of London, and the Right Worshipful the Alderman, his Brethren, and the Common Council of the Said City.

The Treasurer, Council, and Company of Virginia assembled in their great and general court the 17th of November, 1619, have taken into consideration the continual great forwardness of his honorable city in advancing the plantation of Virginia and particularly in furnishing out one hundred children this last year, which, by the goodness of God, there safely arrived (save such as died in the way), and are well pleased we doubt not for their benefit, for which your bountiful assistance we, in the name of the whole plantation, do yield unto you due and deserved thanks.

And forasmuch as we have now resolved to send this next spring very large supplies for the strength and increasing of the colony, styled by the name of the London Colony, and find that the sending of those children to be apprentices has been very greatful to the people. We pray your Lordship and the rest in pursuit of your former so pious actions to renew your like favors and furnish us again with one hundred more for the next spring. Our desire is that we may have them of twelve years old and upward with allowance of three pounds apiece for their transportation and forty shillings apiece for their apparel, as was formerly granted. They shall be apprentices, the boys til they come to 21 years of age, the girls til the like age or til they be married, and afterwards they shall be placed as tenants upon the public land with best conditions where they shall have houses with stocks of corn and cattle to begin with, and afterwards the moity of all increase and profit whatsoever. And so we leave this motion to your honorable and grave consideration.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Foundations of Golonial America *
  • Preface v
  • Foundations of Colonial America *
  • Contents xi
  • Colonial Charters *
  • The Structure and Function of Government *
  • The Regulation of the Status and Activities of Individuals *
  • Taxation *
  • Regulation of Economic Activity *
  • Ecclesiastical Affairs *
  • Acts of Parliament and Royal Pr Oclama Tions *
  • Local Government *
  • Land Acquisition *
  • Laws Affecting Property Ownership *
  • Public and Private Records of Land Distribution Deeds, Grants, Patents *
  • Public and Private Records of Land Distribution: Wills and Estates *
  • Glossary *
  • Table of Regnal Years *
  • Bibliography *
  • Index *
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