p. 1794 C
EXTRACT FROM BOARD OF TRADE JOURNAL.
C.O. 391. VOL
3, p. 134.
At the Committee for Trade & Plantaons
In the Council-Chamber at Whitehall
The 26th of February 1679 / 80.
Earl of Essex
|Lord Privy Seale
|Marquiss of Worcester
|Earl of Bridgewater
||Mr Secrry Coventry
Sr Leolin Jenkins.
Vpon a further consideration of the business of Newfoundland, their
Lops are of opinion That it is not convenient for the Governor to have any
other influence or command over ye Seamen or ffishermen belonging to the
Adventurers or Sackships than to secure them to send them on board to bee
punished by / their respective Masters, when they shall commit any ryot or
misdemeanor on shore.
And that the ffishery may not receive any inconvenience from ye Planters,
it is thought fit that they bee not permitted to keep any buildings, orchards
or gardens which may give any disturbance to the ffishery within one quarter
of a mile of the shore, other than such stages, Flakes, and rooms as are
necessary for the catching and curing of ffish. And because it is thought
necessary that some fortification bee erected and maintained in Newfoundland
(as the french doe) for preservation of his Matie's Sovereignty, and security
of the ffishing Trade, their Lops will Report, That St John's Harbour may bee
first fortified, and that his Maty will bee pleased to allow some Guns and
Ammunition for that service.