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This letter is referenced in the article, Archaeology: The Dig: Defenses of Avalon.
Documents relating to Ferryland: 1597 to 1726

17 September, 1696; [Captain] William Holman
"An account of Captain William Holman's charge in Defending the Harbour of Ferryland in the Newfoundland against the French, the first of August 1694"

Great Britain, PRO, Colonial Office, CO 194/1 (78ii), 145.
CNS microfilm. Transcribed by P.E. Pope.

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Subjects: France, war, fortifications, ordnance, wine.


An account of Captain William Holman's charge in Defending the Harbour of Ferryland in the Newfoundland against the French, the first of August 1694:

For 15 barrels of powder bought in
Newfoundland to supply that which I used
in Fight... at £ 7 per Barrell
£ s D
} 105: 00: 00
To 2000 [lbs] of great shot, likewise bought
in Newfoundland at 24s per 100
} 024: 00: 00
To 200 [lbs] of small shot at 24s per 100 002: 08: 00
To 1025 [lbs] of spikes and nails used in
building forts at £2.7s per 100
} 024: 01: 09
To plank and timber to build the forts and
platforms
037: 09: 00
To workmen for building said forts
and platforms
094: 00: 00
To 3 guns sunk in the harbour bringing on
board my ship after the fight which weighed
1300 [lbs] each, at 24s per 100
} 046: 16: 00
To 300 quintals of [cod] fish, lost upon
the flakes, which I was forced to neglect
turning to attend building the forts
} 150: 00: 00
To 1 hogshead of sherry wine and 20 gallons
of brandy and a barrel of strong beer, which
I gave the men to encourage them
in time of Fight
} 012: 00: 00

Sum Total £ 495: 14: 09

17 day July, Anno Domini 1696.

The above said William Holman made
oath that the above
written account is true, according
to the said particulars.

[signed] William Holman
Jurat per me [Sworn for me]
[signed] George Foord

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