The domestic impact of 'Imperial Britain'

Owen Evans pretended to have a commission from the Privy Council to take young women to live and work in Virginia and Bermuda. This receipt shows he convinced the Mayor of Ottery to give him 10 shillings not to take maidens from his parish. Although the receipt doesn't look very convincing, the fear of his victims was real enough. The justice who apprehended Owen Evans reports: 'His undewe proceeding in this manner bred such terror in the poor maidens that he frightened forty away from one parish who have fled to such obscure places that their parents and masters can yet have no news of what is become of them.'
Catalogue reference: SP 14/103, no. 42 (I) (17 October 1618)



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