one of ten to undertake the joint stock of the company for seven years, it being in arrears some £ 3,000 or more, the undertakers to provide a sufficient number of ships to sail by March 1, 1629-30.
December 15, 1629, a meeting was held, and on February 10, 1629-30, a common stock was raised and allotment made of two hundred acres for every £ 50 subscribed.
After a meeting at Southampton
and one on the Arbella
the meetings were held in New England
, and therefore not attended by Cradock
His interest in the enterprise was active, inasmuch as he went to Southampton
, and on March 29, 1629-30, visited the Arbella
, riding at Cowes
, Isle of Wight
, and on his taking leave a farewell salute of four or five shot was given him. From thence the vessel sailed to Yarmouth
, Isle of Wight
, when Cradock
again visited her, and on leaving was saluted with three shots.
On the voyage to New England
two of the servants of Mr. Cradock
died and were buried at sea. Winthrop
arrived in New England
in June, 1630.
In September we find record of the death of one Austen Bratcher at Mr. Cradock
March 8, 1630-1, a servant of his, Thomas Fox
, was ordered whipped for scandalous speeches against the General Court.
had sailed as agent of the company, and arrived at Salem
, September 6, 1628.
On February 13, 1628-9, a letter was received from him which was answered by Cradock
, in behalf of the company, on February 16, 1628-9.
In this he rejoiced to hear ‘that my cozen, your wiffe were perfectly recovered of her healthe’ etc., ending, ‘Yor assured loving friende and Cusen, Mathewe Cradock
Among the articles mentioned in his letter for a return cargo were beaver or other commodities or fish, ‘alsoe good store of shoomacke, if there to be had, as we are informed there is, the like doe I wishe for a Tun ’