A proclamation forbidding the disorderly trading with the savages in New England in America By the King Created as an example for Literature and Digital Diversity, Northeastern University, Spring 2021 A proclamation forbidding the disorderly trading with the savages in New England in America Robert Barker London 1630 Transcribed from a facsimile in Early English Books Online By the King A Proclamation forbidding the disorderly Trading with the savages in New England in Ame- rica, especially the furnishing of the Natives in those and other parts of America by the English with Weapons, and Habiliments of War Whereas a Proclamation was heretofore published by Our dear Father King James of blessed memory , in the twentieth year of His Reign, for the better supportation and Reiglement of the Plantations within Our Territory of New England in America, whereby, amongst diverse other things, the insufferable abuses committed by diverse Interloping and irregular Merchants, and disobedient Fishermen and Mariners, were prohibited, who seeking only their present and private profit, did Trade with the savages of that Country, and to the great preiudice and danger of Our loving Subjects the Planters there, did Barter away to the Savages, Swords, Pikes, Muskets, Fowling Pieces, Match, Powder, Shotte, and other Warlike Armes, Weapons, and Munition, and teach them the use thereof, not only to their own present ruin (diverse of them having been slaughtered by the barbarous people with their own Weapons formerly sold by them) but also to the great hazard of the lives of the English already, planted there, and to the apparent destruction of that hopeful Plantation. We, being informed that these abuses are still continued to the indangering of that Plantation, and that the like abuses are also practised in other Foreign Plantations: Out of Our Princely care for the prosperity of these Colonies, which being well governed may be of great use to this Nation, for the reformation and prevention of these and the like enormities for the future. And to the end that the Royal Grant of Our late Father to the President and Counsell of New England aforesaid, may be maintained and upholden, and that the Planters there, and aduenturers thither, may be encouraged by all good ways and means to proceed in their worthy designs, have thought it fit, and do hereby straightly charge and command, That none of Our Subjects whatsoever (who are not Adventurers, Inhabiters, or Planters, authorised by Our President and Counsel for New England, according to the said Letters Patents) do presume from henceforth to frequent those Coasts to Trade or Traffic at all with the Native people of those Countries, or to intermeddle with the Woods, or Grounds of any of the Planters, or English Inhabitants there, otherwise then by the Licence of the said President and Counsel, or for the necessary use of their Fishing on those Coasts, in which case of Fishing, or under colour thereof, they are not to use any Trade or Traffic there, nor to challenge any Right to the Soil there, or the Woods growing or being thereon, and especially We do charge and command, that neither any Interlopers, Fisher-men, or Mariners, or any other of Our Subjects whatsoever, being of the said Company of New England or otherwise, do at any time hereafter dare to Sell, Barter, or any ways to deliver or convey unto any of the Savages or Natives of America, where any of Our English Colonies are or shall be planted, any Weapons or Habiliments of War of any kind whatsoever, or to teach them or any of them the use of Guns, or how to make or amend them, or any thing belonging to them, upon pain of Our high indignation, and the Confiscation, Penalties and Forfeitures expressed in the said Royal Graunt of Our sayd Father, wherein We shall proceed against those who have offended, or shall offend in any of the premises, in such manner and measure as the quality of their Offences shall deserve. And yet further We leave it to the discretion of the said President & Counsel for New England, and to other the Governors and Counsel in any other Foreign English Colony in their several places respectively, to proceed against the Offenders in any the kinds aforesaid, according to the powers already granted unto them, and according to Our Laws in that behalf. Given at Our Court at Whitehall, the four and twentieth day of November, in the sixth year of Our Reign of Great Britain, France and Ireland. God save the King ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings most Excellent Majesty : and by the Assignes of John Bill. 1630. Neutral descriptive word used for Native Americans. Negative descriptive word used for Native Americans. References to Native words or terminology. References to colonial religion. References to colonists/English ideas.