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PETITION FROM WEST OF ENGLAND MERCHANTS
FOR ENFORCEMENT OF REGULATIONS.
CAL. STATE PAPERS, 1661-1668, p. 170.
589. Petition of the mayors and merchants of Dartmouth, Totnes, Plymouth, and Barnstaple, trading to Newfoundland, to the King and Council. Pray that the rule may be enforced prohibiting the carrying to Newfoundland any other persons than such as properly belong to the ship's company or owners' employment, or such as go to inhabit there; by reason of many violating this clause and going out as passengers to Newfoundland and taking up the principal fishing ports, the trade is so reduced that men can only be found for a quarter of the ships formerly sent out, whereby both the trade and his Majesty's service suffer great hurt. Annexing,
Reasons for granting the petition the number of ships and of seamen fit for the King's service will thus greatly increase, handicraftsmen be benefited, and the owners of ships will cease to suffer great loss through keepers of private boats drawing away able seamen. (Dom. Chas II., Vol. LXXXIV., No. 71, Cal. p. 353.)