CO 194/1 [B-205]

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Date

From whom (where)

To whom (where)

Contents or nature of the document

1

Nov. 12, 1696

Not legible

The King's Council

Letter requesting that the situation in Nfld. be reviewed and that a "free fishery" be secured there.

3

Nov. 16, 1696

     

5v

 

Inhabitants of Bideford

The King

Petition telling the King of the "deplorable conditions" that exist in Nfld. and asking him to try and restore the "free fishery".

6v

Nov. 12, 1696

Not legible

The King

concerning the recent destruction in Nfld. by the French. Asks that men of war and land forces be sent to secure trade there.

7v

Nov. 16, 1696

       

8-9

 

Merchants, traders and Seamen from Barnestaple.

The King

Petition concerning the destruction in Nfld. and congratulations to the King on his safe return home.

10v

   

The King

Description of various areas of North America, including Canada, Jamaica and Placentia.

11

      Note saying the letter concerning a proposal about Nfld. was read November 23, 1696.

12v

Nov. 23, 1696

    Letter concerning Captain Wm. Colman and his plans for Ferryland before the arrival of the French; his actions once they arrived there.

13-14

Sept. 21, 1696

The inhabitants of Barnestaple

King William III

Concerns the attacks of the French and the need for ships and land forces to be sent to Nfld to secure the English fishery.

15v

      Note saying the petition from the inhabitants of Ferryland (Barnestaple) was read November 27, 1696.

16

Nov. 27, 1696

 

The Board

Petition stating regulations for the fishery.

17-18

Nov. 30, 1696

Merchants and Traders of Barnestaple

The King

Their proposal on the rules and regulations for the Nfld fishery.

20

 

Merchants and Traders of Nfld.

The subjects of England

 

21

Dec. 1, 1696

Thomas Mayo, Mayor of Dartmouth

Council of Trade

Letter concerning an order from someone dealing with the Nfld trade.

22

Dec. 1, 1696

John ?, Mayor of Plymouth

  Reply to a letter. Concerns the merchants and traders of his town and the security of trading in Nfld.

23

Dec. 2, 1696

John Hine, Mayor of Bristol

William Popple

Reply to the letter sent to him concerning the merchants from that city trading in Nfld.

25

Dec. 2, 1696

Mayor of Bristol

The Council of Trade

Proposals offered for the better security of trade in Nfld.

27

Dec. 2, 1696

Mayor of Weymouth

Council of Trade

Letter on behalf of the residents there agreeing to the proposals made to try and secure trade.

29

Dec. 4, 1696

Merchants of Weymouth

  Proposals for the encouragement of security of the Nfld fishery trade.

30

December

Merchant s and owners of ships trading to Nfld.

Council of Trade

Letter saying how beneficial the Nfld fishery is for the breeding of seamen and requests that ships be sent to Nfld in the Spring to secure their fishery.

32

Dec. 7, 1696

Merchants & other traders from the County of Exon and ports adjacent

Council of Trade

Letter concerning their requests for security of the Nfld trade.

34

Dec. 6, 1696

Thomas Hyde, Mayor of Poole

Council of Trade

In response to a request for the opinion of the merchants and traders of Poole in regards to the protection of the fishery in Newfoundland, Hyde has enclosed proposals and specifically asked Solomon Merritt (London merchant).

36v

 

Merchants and other traders of Poole and ports adjacent

Council of Trade

[enclosed with above] The merchants propose that 8 warships, with competent land forces, sail with the convoy in mid-February to take the harbours that the French took from them. Propose to appoint a governor to be constantly in Newfoundland for the better protection of the plantations and for "His Majesties subjects inhabiting there." A sufficient number of warships should be appointed to cruise between St. John’s and Bonavista. Here are some of the names: John Carter, William Skutt, Minty, Williams, Smith,Wadham, Lewin, Bennett, Dawe, Bird, Carter...

38

Dec. 30, 1696

 

Council of Trade

Memorial concerning convoys for Nfld salt ships.

40v

Dec. 11, 1696

John ?, Mayor of Plymouth

William Popple, Secretary, Council of Trade

Letter concerning a previous letter that he wrote.

41-43v

Dec. 11, 1696

Merchants & inhabitants of Plymouth

Council of Trade

[enclosed with above] The address of the merchants relating to the cost they have incurred in providing seamen for the military in wars with the Dutch over the past 40 years. Seamen leave for Newfoundland and winter there. Send six good frigates by early March for the protection of our harbours to prevent damage sustained by the French, and send 2 or 3 more frigates by mid-summer for the return trip. As well as convoy the ships to Portugal, Spain and Italy. The wealth brought of is Majesty’s Customs and revenues is at the cost of our "country."

44

Dec. 23, 1696

Solomon Merrritt, Simon Cole, Hamond, Beake (London)

Council of Trade

Memorial relating to a convoy to be sent with the salt ships designed for Newfoundland. Change the place of Rendezvous (not from Kingsail).

46

Jan. 4, 1697

Mayor of Dartmouth

Council of Trade

We have forwarded our (the merchants) proposals about the Newfoundland fishery to our "representaries ": Sir Joseph Hern, William Hayne.

47-48v

Jan. 9, 1697

John Hine, Mayor of Bristol

William Popple

Reply to a letter thanking them for letting them participate in the convoy

49

Jan. 12, 1697

Richard [..] (Bideford)

Popple

He prays that the letters relating to Newfoundland be sent to him for the merchants perusal because the letter sent to the mayor was never communicated to them. The merchants come here often. He has written to Mr Blathwayt about Newfoundland.

50-51v

Jan. 10, 1697

Thomas Flood, Mayor

   Letter concerning affidavit referring to the devastation of all the English settlements in Nfld.

53-55v

Jan. 15, 1697

Rich Usticke (?), Bideford

Council of Trade

Letter which contains a list of the estimated number of ships taken by the French

56

Jan. 16, 1697

Mayor of Exeter, Christopher Coke (?)

John (?)

Copy of a petition and reasons for the inhabiting of Nfld.

57

 

Mayor of Exon

The King

Letter offering reasons for the inhabiting of Nfld.

59

Jan. 18, 1697

John Cary

Council of Trade

Reply concerning the convoy of ships to America

61

Jan. 19, 1697

J. Tucker

Popple

Letter on behalf of Secretary Trumbull concerning the affidavit referred to on page 50.

62

Jan. 20, 1697

Trading merchants of Poole

Council of Trade

Letter containing proposals on how to conduct the Nfld trade.

64-65

Jan. 21, 1697

Merchants of Poole

Popple

Letter asking that men of war be sent to Nfld to preserve the trade.

65-66

 

Mayor and merchants of Poole and parts adjacent

The King

concerning destruction of Nfld plantations by the French and Canadian Indians

67

Jan. 22, 1697

Someone in Plymouth

Lloyd (?)

Letter concerning the arrival of two men in Poole who bring news of the French attack at St. John's

68-69v

Jan. 26, 1697

John Whitron, Mayor of Dartmouth

Council of Trade

Letter concerning the need for protection for men trading in Nfld.

70v

Jan. 26, 1697

John Warren, Plymouth

John Polexfon

Letter advising that the French had not yet left the northern ports of Nfld and desiring the protection of their men

72

January

Traders in Bridport and parts adjacent

The King

Request for protection of British subjects in Nfld from the French

74

Feb. 5, 1697

Soloman Merritt

  Reference to the convoy that went to Nfld.

75

Feb. 1, 1697

J. Tucker

Popple

Notification that a scheme should be drawn up before any action could be taken towards the French

76

Feb. 2, 1697

Rich Usticke, Bideford

Council of Trade

Returns of thanks for some information sent to him on the Nfld affair

77

Feb. 2, 1697

Thomas

Popple

Returns of thanks for intelligence sent to him

78-79

Feb. 2, 1697

J. Parsons

  List of supplies for 1,000 men for 224 days

79v-80

 

Edward Lanford, London

  Contract telling of his receiving of goods and money.

81

Feb. 3, 1697

John Hine, Mayor of Bristol

Popple

Request for loan of a small frigate for relief of those still in the north part of Nfld.

82

Feb. 6, 1697

Bridgeman

Popple

Letter expressing concerns of salt ships going to Portugal from Southern channel

84v

Feb. 5, 1697

William Hopkins (Transport office)

Council of Trade

Estimate of cargo needed for 1,000 men for 224 days.

86v

Feb. 8, 1697

John Cary and merchants of Bristol

Popple

Requests a small frigate be sent for relief of those residents still left in the north part in Nfld.

88

Feb. 8, 1697

Bale, Mayor of Exeter

Popple

Note of thanks for advice sent to him relating to the Nfld affair.

89

Feb. 11, 1697

John Cary and Soloman Merrit

Council of Trade

Letter on behalf of the merchants of Bristol concerning the dispatch of two frigates on their way to Nfld.

91v

Feb. 17, 1697

    Particulars necessary for the land forces in Nfld (in order of an estimate).

92

Feb. 17, 1697

Bridgeman

Popple

Instructions for the convoy of ships.

94

Feb. 17, 1697

Bale, Mayor of Exeter

Popple

Concern for protection of their seamen going to Nfld.

95

Feb. 19, 1697

Bridgeman

Popple

Concerning the number of soldiers that might be sent to Nfld.

97

Feb. 24, 1697

Bridgeman

Popple

Letter stating that men of war now going to Nfld and the number of soldiers the squadron may take on board.

99

Feb. 25, 1697

Bridgeman

Popple

concerning protection of seamen belonging to ships bound for Nfld.

100

March 7, 1697

Mayor of Dartmouth

Popple

concerning the dispatch of a convoy for the fishing ships.

101

March 8, 1697

J. Tucker

Council of Trade

instructions for the squadrons and forces going to Nfld.

103

March 8, 1697

Merchants of Bideford

Council of Trade

request for convoys for their fishing ships.

104

Mar. 10, 1697

Merchants of Poole

Council of Trade

Informs that they are ready to sail with the convoy and it should sail soon otherwise they might lose their voyage as it takes time to set up stages and build boats.

106

Mar. 12, 1697

Some merchants in Barnestaple

Popple

concerning desire for a convoy for their fishing ships bound for Nfld.

107

Mar. 12, 1697

Rich Usticke, Bideford

Popple

Letter concerning their desire for the dispatch of a convoy for their fishing ships in Nfld.

108

Mar. 14, 1697

John Whitron, Dartmouth

Popple

Letter concerning the dispatch of an expedition to Nfld.

109

Mar. 15, 1697

Merchants in Burchet (?) and Blathways(?)

The King ?

Letter asking where the squadron now leaving for Nfld should join up with the fishing ships.

111

Mar. 16, 1697

Town of Plymouth

Council of Trade

Letter concerning the dispatch of forces heading to Nfld.

113

Mar. 19, 1697

Rich Usticke

Council of Trade

Letter telling them that their ships can only carry a certain amount of public freight because they are carrying salt as well.

114

Mar. 20, 1697

Transport Office

Secretary Turnbull

Estimate of the charge of provisions for 100 sick soldiers for 240 days or 8 months.

116-117

      List of goods with cost. (not really legible).

118

Mar. 20, 1697

Gibson

Council of Trade

List of medicaments and things belonging necessary for the forces going to Nfld.

120

Mar. 22, 1697

John Hine, Mayor of Bristol

  Letter concerning the dispatch of a convoy for fishing ships calling into Waterford and Cork.

121

Mar. 27, 1697

Bale, Mayor of Exeter

Popple

Letter concerning the dispatch of a convoy to Nfld.

122

Mar. 28, 1697

Rich Usticke, Bideford

Council of Trade

Letter concerning the petition of the merchants of Bideford.

123

Apr. 1, 1697

Merchants of Bideford

Board of Trade

Petition from the merchants asking that a convoy be dispatched before their fishing ships.

124

Mar. 28, 1697

John Davie, Bideford

Rich Usticke

Letter giving permission to fishermen bound for Nfld on his (Davie) ships may fish from his ships.

125

Apr. 2, 1697

John Whitron, Mayor of Dartmouth

Popple

Letter concerning the sailing of a fleet for Nfld.

126

Apr. 4, 1697

Rich Usticke

Popple

Letter concerning a voyage to Nfld.

128

Apr. 6, 1697

Bridgeman

  Notification that the men of war going to Nfld are ready to proceed.

130

Apr. 7, 1697

Committee of the Admiralty

  List warships ready at Spithead bound for Nfld and advising the number of soldiers they are to carry.

132

Apr. 8, 1697

Lords of Admiralty

Mayor of Blathways

Disposition of land forces on board ships bound for Nfld.

133

Apr. 10, 1697

Secretary of Admiralty

Popple

Letters giving directions to have two frigates bound for Nfld.

135v

Apr. 12, 1697

Pollard

Lords of Admiralty

Letter giving reasons for the reducing numbers in Nfld with proposal and offers of his service in the expedition presented by the Lords of Admiralty.

137

 

Christopher Pollard

The Office of the Admiral

Letter concerning the situation in Nfld.

138

Apr. 16, 1697

Secretary of Admiralty

Popple

Letter concerning the joining of the crown appointed convoy from the Northern channel with another man of war convoy.

140

Apr. 19, 1697

Burcht, Secretary of Admiralty

Popple

Letter accompanied by an order to convoy the fishing ships of the north channel to Milford or Waterford.

142

Apr. 19, 1697

Lord High Admiral of England

Captain Cooper, Plymouth

Copy of an order.

143

May 20, 1697

 

Lords Justices in Council

Letter requesting that Council of Trade examine allegations made by Capt. Holman concerning preservation of the harbour in Ferryland.

144

 

Captain Wm. Holman

Lords Justices in Council

Copy of the petition.

145

June 7, 1697

Captain Holman

  Order of Council referring a petition of Captain Holman to the Board

147-156

June 24, 1697

Cole and Merret

Lords Justices in Council

concerning the invasion by the French against the English in Ferryland in 1694.

157

June 24, 1697

John Nicholas

Lords of Justices in Council

Copy of an order of council relating to the petition of Captain Holman.

159v-160

June 28, 1697

Gibson

Council

Account of his arrival at Nfld and the destruction there by the French

161

July 3, 1697

Merchants and traders of Bideford

Board of Trade

Letter concerning the presence of French in Nfld.

163

July 12, 1697

Merritt

Council

An account of news from Nfld.

164

July 28, 1697

Bridgeman

Popple

Warships will be sent out the middle of the next month.

166

Sept. 1697

Bridgeman

Popple

Letter stating that Gibson is well on his way to Nfld.

168

Sept. 13, 1697

Captain Samuel Atkinson

Transport Office

Letter concerning an inquiry about ships going to Nfld.

169

Oct. 19, 1697

Vernon

Council of Trade

Letter inquiring about sending provisions to forces in Nfld.

170

Oct. 29, 1697

Merritt

Popple

Letter stating that forces at Nfld have sent for a convoy.

171v

Nov. 9, 1697

Handsy (?), St. John’s

Board of Trade

account of King William's Fort in St. John’s and the situation there.

173-179

Nov. 29, 1697

Gibson

Board of Trade

Narrative relating to the expedition to Nfld with the most remarkable occurrences during the said expedition.

179v-182

      account of provisions taken by Gibson from particular merchants’ ships.

182v-183

Nov. 29, 1697

 

Board of Trade

List of Provisions delivered from several ships of Colonel Gibson.

184

Dec. 6, 1697

Col. John Gibson

Board of Trade

Memorial concerning additional actions taken besides those in his narrative. Request for assistance for payment of his services in Nfld.

186

Dec. 16, 1697

John (?)

The Council

Letter concerning Gibson's request for help

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