Anwer of ye Compa[ny]
to ye complaint from Barbados about Negros.
African Compa[ny] (45)
|After which was read the Answer of the Royal Compa[ny] to
the foregoing Article received on the 16th of July 1676.
|To the Right Hon[oura]ble the Lords of his Ma[jes]ties
most hon[oura]ble Privy Council appointed a Committee for Trade
and the Plantacons.
|May it please y[ou]r Lo[rdshi]ps:
|The African Company of England having received, by your Lo[rdshi]ps
order, a copie of one clause of the Grievances represented to
his Ma[jes]tie from Barbados, They thereupon humbly answer.
|That Whereas it is therein alleged That the Royal African
Compa[ny] doe very scantly supply that Island of Barbados with
Negro servants, and those at excessive prices.
|May it please y[ou]r Lo[rdshi]ps This Compa[ny] hath been
setled little above four years, in the two first whereof Navigation
was obstructed by the Dutch Warr, and the general Imbargos laid
on all Ships; Yet wee were not wanting in our applications to
his Ma[jes]ty who thereupon graciously permitted us to send
forth seven ships, to carry soldiers, Ammunition, provisions
etc., to preserve the Forts and Factories in Guiny, whence they
proceeded, with Negros, to the several Plantacons and four of
them to the Barbados.
|The third yeare, when the warr was ended ye Company did more
vigorously prosecute their