Author: Alderman Johnson


Petition from Alderman Johnson, et al., to King James I (April 1623)

In this petition to King James I, sent in April 1623, Alderman Johnson charges the Virginia Company of London with gross mismanagement. Johnson was a longtime officer in the company and part of a faction allied against its de facto leader, Sir Edwin Sandys. The Crown soon complied with Johnson’s request that a royal commission be established to investigate the company. The king revoked the company’s charter in 1624. Some spelling has been modernized.