History of the Colony of Avalon

Special Documents:

Historical documents

Table of Contents

Ferryland names






This letter is referenced in the article, History of the Colony of Avalon: David Kirke and the Pool Plantation — Letter from Lady Sara Kirke to King Charles II.
Documents relating to Ferryland: 1597 to 1726

1660; [Lady] Sara Kirke
Letter to Charles II [from Ferryland]

British Library, Egerton ms 2395, 258.
MHA 16-C-1-041. Transcribed by P.E. Pope.

[Please note: Aside from standing on its own as a primary historical document, this letter is also intended to aid users entering through hyperlinks from specific articles within the Colony of Avalon web site. For such users, please either hit the "Back" button found at the top of the Internet browser OR follow the sidebar link to return to the previous article.]

Subjects: planters, govern, fish, taxation.


Dread Sovereign:

It is without doubt that your Sacred Majesty hath been informed of the loyal services my husband Sir David Kirke did (as his duty) to your royal father of happy memory, who in part of recompence made him one of the Lords Proprietors and Governor of this Land. Since the fatal stroke [execution of Charles I in 1649] and my husband's death [1654] I and my Children have lived but in a poor and sad condition and want of a governor here, there is no living but submit to any stranger power that will maintain a government. My suit and petition to your Sacred Majesty is that you would be pleased to confirme that power my husband had upon my eldest son, George Kirke, as...the desire of all the inhabitants and your Majesty shall not oblige me only for it. But, as I have been to your royal father, so I remain,

To your Sacred Majesty's

Most humble subject
and servant,

[signed] Sara Kirke

Top of Page





Partnered Project Heritage Web Site Project
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Heritage Web Site Project Site Map Search Home Search Home Site Map Visiting the Colony of Avalon Artifacts Archaeology Walking Tour