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ORDER OF HIS MAJESTY
REQUIRING MAYORS AND MAGISTRATES OF CERTAIN ENGLISH TOWNS TO OBSERVE RULES RE CARRYING OF MEN TO NEWFOUNDLAND.
NEWFOUNDLAND. (612) WHITEHALL, 4 December 1663.
ACTS OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL, COLONIAL SERIES, 1613-1680, p. 374.
The Letter touching the regulating of the Fishery of Newfoundland being this day read at the Boord, His Majestie was pleased to approue therof, And did Order that Copies thereof be sent to the Maiors of the seuerall Townes hereunder written.
(Southampton, Weymouth and Melcombe Regis, Lyme, Dartmouth, Plymouth, Fowey, Barnstaple.)
Whereas his most gracious Majestie by Letters under his great Seale of England, bearing date the Six and Twentieth day of January in the Twelfth yeare of his Reigne, hath amongst other wholesome Laws and Constitutions for the well guiding and governing his People in Newfoundland, and the Seas and Creeks adjoyning, declared constituted and Ordained, That for the encouragement of his Subjects in the said Newfoundland, and in the Seas adjoyning; and for the benfitt of the Trade there, no Owners of Ships trading in the said Newfoundland Fishery nor any of them, shall presume to carry or transport, or permitt and suffer to be carried or transported, in their or any of their Ships to the said Newfoundland, other then such as are of his or their owne or other Ships Company, or belonging thereunto, and are upon the said Ships Hire or Employment, or such as are to plant, and do intend to settle there, Notwithstanding this Prohibition his Majestie and this Boord haue receiued Complaints from seuerall Fishing Townes in the West of England trading to Newfoundland, That divers Owners of Ships do presume to violate this Law and Constitution for their owne private Ends to the greate decay of that Trade, and lessening the number of Ships and Seamen, the consequences of which, if not prevented, will be very prejudiciall to his Majesties service to the ruining of many Handicrafts men, whose Livelyhood and Subsistance depends thereupon, and in fine when this present Stock of Seamen is worne out, may be a destruction of the whole Trade for want of supplies of Mariners, who are now yet yearely bred by the Owners of Ships, Wee do therefore in his Majesties name hereby Order and require you the Maoirs and Magistrates in your respectiue places to be carefull that the aforesaid Law and constitution be punctually observed, and duly executed according to the Powers graunted to you by the aforesaid Letters Patents, and Wee do also appoint that the Officers of his Majesties Customes in their respectiue Ports, do straitely charge all Masters of Ships trading to Newfoundland to obserue and keepe the said Rule.