p. 1750 C
APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONERS
TO EXAMINE INTO MISCARRIAGES OF FORMER GOVERNORS OF NEWFOUNDLAND TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE FISHERY TRADE.
NEWFOUNDLAND. (716) WHITEHALL, 28 August (1667).
ACTS OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL COLONIAL SERIES, 1613-1680, p. 432.
Whereas sundry Petitions were this day presented and read at the Board (his Majestic present in Councill) Subscribed by many Merchants, Owners of Shipps, and other Inhabitants of the Townes of Totnes, Plymouth, Dartmouth, and Places adjacent in the Westerne parts of England. Tradeing to New-found-Land, Representing, That the carrying on of that vsefull ffishing Trade tends greatly to the Increase of Mariners and Shipping, and augmentation of his Majesties Customs Yet severall Persons vnder specious pretences of Regulating that Trade, but intending their owne sinister ends, have endeavoured to establish a Governour, which hath heretofore proved very pernitious to the said Trade, And the Petitioners being Informed that the like endeavours are now setting on ffoote without their Consent or knowledge; And that the Petitioners sufferings and losses of late have been very great, they are disabled to attend, and beare the Charges of Sollicitation, and sending Witnesses at so great a distance to evidence the many Inconveniencies they have already Laboured vnder, and the impossibility that any advantage should accrew to his Majestie, or any Improvement to the ffishing Trade by such an Vseless and insupportable Charge of a Governour there; and Praying his Majestie would be gratiously pleased to Impower such Persons of the County of Devon as his Majestic should thinke fitt, to heare and examine the whole matter, and make Report vnto his Majestie and this Board . . . Sir Edward Seymour, Sir John Northcott, Sir William Courtnay, Sir Thomas Carew, and Sir Walter Yong Baronetts John Fowell, Thomas Reynell, Richard Cabell, Thomas Boone, John Hale, and Gilbert Eveleigh Esqrs . . . are Constituted and appointed by this Board to Examine Matters of ffact concerning the Miscarriages of former Governours of New-found-Land to the damage of the Trade of that Place. (These, or any four of them, being Justices of the Peace are empowered to take depositions on oath, which are to be forwarded under their seals to the Board, to which the petitioners are also to transmit reasons in support of their allegations that order may be given for the good of the trade.)