CO 194/6 [Reel B-208 and B-209]



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25 Jan. 1716

Mr. Popple

Lords of Trade

Enforcement of the Act of Parliament 10 and 11th of King William. With a note from Edward Nortley/Wortley.


10 June 1714 (rec'd) 1 Feb. 1716 (read)

Mr. Jacqueau

Lords of Trade

The memorial of Mr. Jacqueau, a French subject who served the British from 1691 to 1715. Jacqueau is making a case for the continuation of his pension by the British, supporting his case with several documents which follow. He begins with a fairly detailed proposal on how to improve the English fishery, using the French fishery as a model. As a result, the document includes considerable detail on the French fishery, particularly at Plaisance/Placentia and on the Petit Nord (i.e., the Northern Peninsula). On pages 3-6: The English salt their fish less than the French. The French fish has better taste and weighs more thus fetches a better price. Placentia is the finest bay upon the whole coast of Newfoundland and therefore the Biscay fishing boats seldom went anywhere else. France, Portugal, Spain, St Jean de Luz, Bourdeaux, La Rochelle, and Nantes. The fish taken by the French on the Petty North [Petit Nord] are small and therefore sell well in the Mediterranean (Marseilles, Genoa, Leghorn, Civitta Vecchia, Sardinia, Corsica). The French sold more fish there because it is smaller, whiter and better salted. The French fishery at le Petit Nord will be hurt this year, however. There might be an opportunity for the English trade to take on that market.



Mr Jacqueau


[enclosed with above] A representation detailing Mr. Jacqueau's switch in allegiances, from France to Great Britain. Retelling his exploits at the Battle of La Hogue. He took a French vessel, he was with Sir George Rook & Sir John Leake; he was ordered to go on board the Dover, he sank a French warship with Sir William Jumper. He is sentenced to death in France, his estate confiscated. He was issued a pension of 120 pounds a year payable at the Navy Office. His pension has been reduced and now is stopped. He had three sons, who served Great Britain; one died in the Portland in the taking of the Coventry Prize. He demands the continuation of his pension.


3 March 1692

Nottingham for King William

Counsellor of War

[enclosed with above] A document ordering the pension of Mr. Moses Jacqueau for his services.


28 March 1691

Lord Nottingham

Lord Russell

[enclosed with above] A copy of a letter recommending Mr. Jacqueau, a French Protestant and very knowledgeable of the coast of France, desirous to serve the King of England.


5 March 1692

Louis Alexandre de Bourbonne


[enclosed with above] Copy of Jacqueau's sentence. Detailing the legal procedure leading to his death sentence and the seizing of his house. Signed by Poullin. He was sentenced to be hanged in La Rochelle and fined 200 pounds. All his goods and chattel is to be divided between the first sergeant, or officers. Enry Allaire Lord of Beignon was the judge.


3 Dec. 1716

Merchant Owners and Masters of Ships of Poole (Linthorne, Weston, Skinner-mayor, Young +)

Lords of Trade

Grievances regarding the fishery. Liquor and tobacco that pay no duty. Ships Rooms. Aliens and Strangers ships. Moody bought plantations and ship rooms from the French and is selling them. Moody allows French fishing. Demand that the Fishing Admirals be made responsible for complaints. Demand that wine and brandy not be sold to fishermen before the season is over. Fishing Admirals should be given right of administering corporal punishment on all who profane the sabbath (Sunday). Demand that ministers be sent to instruct inhabitants and teach the children.


9 Jan. 1716

Arthur Holdsworth, Mayor Dartmouth

Lords of Trade

New England trade is bringing in goods that make fishermen debauched and lazy and are carried away to New England, abandoning their families back in England. Boat keepers don't conform to Acts of Parliament. They never take their men back home. Planters and inhabitants sell strong liquors and tobacco also. Moody is claiming rooms and plantations in Placentia under pretense that he bought them from the French and forces English ships to make contracts for rewards or payments. Moody trades and employs his officers and men for his own profit in the fishery. Mentions Thomas Lloyd, late commander at Fort William at St. John's.


30 Jan. 1716 [rec'd]

Merchants of Weymouth (John Hardy Mayor, Jonathan Cook)

Lords of Trade

Demand prohibition of the illegal sale of liquor and tobacco. Ship rooms, settling of houses, blubber, furs, and fish taken to England duty-free and that ships be provided with passes. Ministers should be sent.


25 Jan. 1715

William Stanford, Mayor of Exon

Lords of Trade

They demand that penalties be applied to enforce the 10 and 11th Acts of Parliament regarding alien ships trading in Nfld, bonds be given for men carried in and out of Nfld, that all boat keepers give bond for not returning all servants and hired men, that all ships shall not carry away any men from Nfld without bond, all importation and exportation between England and Nfld should be made duty-free, 100 tons ships should only carry 80 men, Fishing Admirals should be given power to punish any person cursing, drunk, or any person not respecting the Lords Day, a fine for selling wine, brandy, beer, rum should be given if sold on the Lords Day. Credit to servants should be no more than 40 shillings, no military or governor should be allowed to fish, 2 warships should sail yearly by the 20th of March to protect the fishery, stipends should be collected to maintain ministers, no goods shall be carried from any plantations or colonies in America.


19 Jan. 1716

William Troller, Mayor of Fowey


He is indicating that there are no merchants from that part who trade to Newfoundland.


4 Jan. 1716

John Crabb, Mayor of Plymouth


Has received their letter and consulted the merchants who let him know that the only problem relating to regulation relates to the encroachment by foreign fishing vessels in Newfoundland.


10 Jan. 1716

Burchett, Admiralty

Mr. Popple, Secretary of the Lords

Sends the State of the Fishery prepared by Capt. Falkingham of the Gibraltar, which ship with the Worcester went convoy to the Newfoundland fishery.


10 Jan. 1716 (rec'd)



[enclosed with above] Scheme of the Fishery.


6 Oct. 1715

Capt. Kempthorne, Worcester (St. John's)


An unsigned letter stating that he sends the Heads of Trade. Note: The clerical note states that it is Capt. Kempthorne who sent this.


6 Oct. 1715

Capt. Kempthorne


[enclosed with above] Answers to the Head of Enquiry. Article 30th (p.31) talks about regulating the servant's wages and ships should be made answerable for their own companies. A postscript on p.32 giving the names of the Masters of Ships who have disobeyed his orders: Robert Avon of the Robert of Dartmouth, Samuel Clark of the Mediterranean of London, John Stafford and benedict Whithall of the Aleant of Oxmouth, Thomas Wadham of Poole, Robert Bodge Mary of Guernsey, Emanuel Spicer Port of Exmouth, George Passmore Endeavour of Exmouth, Ruth? Purback, Admirall of Ferryland and master of a Ketch belonging to Southampton charged with burglary and robbery upon Jonathan Pulling of that place. William Arnold, master of a sloop belonging to Piscadoway for taking men away to New England.





State of the Fishery for 1715 detailing the numbers of inhabitants in Newfoundland and the numbers of ships fishing in these various parts. Covers Placentia to Bonavista and all points in between [Includes many more specific communities than is typical.] In Placentia there were 37 men, 7 women, and 4 children. French still living there. 1000 English men , 150 women and 60 children were living in St. John's.


17 Feb. 1716

Cleeves, Arbuthnot, Young


Petition complaining against William Taverner.


4 May 1715
(Read and Recd in Feb. 1716)

Peter Tupper and William Cleeves, St. Peter's

J. Moody

A Copy. Concerns a dispute between Tupper and Cleeves and La Garantre Tulon, a French inhabitant who swore the oath of allegiance, over the right to sell provisions. Note: More information s provided in Moody's letter of p.41


4 May 1715

Cleeves, St. Peter's

J. Moody, Governor of Placentia

Complaint that the French sail here and dispose of their salt in St. Peter's.


17 May 1715

Moody, Placentia

Tupper and Cleeves

Answer to Tupper and Cleeves concerning Mr. Tulon's right to his provisions. Note: A good example of complications arising out of the transfer of control.


15 Feb. 1716

Capt. Taverner


He is sending his answers to the Heads of Enquiry.



Secretary at the Board of Trade


[enclosed with above] Abstract of Captain Taverner's remarks on the south part of Newfoundland. Mentions Placentia, Moody and soldiers, Spanish ships, St. Peters, French trade continues, the French in Cape Breton.



Capt. Taverner


[enclosed with above] The Heads of Enquiry.



Capt. Taverner


[enclosed with above] Proper Heads for an Act of Parliament to encourage the trade and fishery.


19 March 1716

Secretary Stanhope, Whitehall


Transmits papers relating to Placentia from the Board of Ordnance.


6 March 1716



[enclosed with above] A summary of the contents of the following letters.


6 March 1716

Thomas Erle, M. Richards, D. Windsor, Edward Ashe, Thomas Frankland, John Armstrong, Office of Ordnance

Secretary Stanhope

[enclosed with above] Capt. Horneck, engineer from Placentia recommends a scheme for fortifying Placentia. Materials have to be sent from the West of England, or River Thames; it is proposed that the Lords of trade recommend the same to the Chamber of Exeter.



Capt. Horneck


[enclosed with above] Proposal for the fortification of Placentia.


22 Feb. 1712

Colonel Lilly, Barbados

Lords of Trade and Lords of the Ordnance

[enclosed with above] He has prepared a long report about Newfoundland. Includes plans for the fortification of the said place.


 28 Jan. 1711 / 1712

Capt Lilly

Lords of Trade

[enclosed with above] A document entitled "A Report containing an Extract of a journal to Newfoundland and a summary account of what place there is most proper to be fortified with some farther remarks and particular description of the harbours and situation of ground at St. John's and Ferryland as also some propositions relating to the fortifications necessary for the better security of those parts, by Coll. Lilly her Majesty's third Engineer of England 12 Nov 1711." The first page is printed (and dated 1711) but the rest is handwritten.


24 May 1716

Burchett, Admiralty Office

Popple, Secretary Board of Trade

John Hagar of the Rochester is appointed to Nfld, he requests the Lord's instructions.


2 June 1716

Burchett, Admiralty Office


Acknowledges receipt of the Heads of Enquiry and the packet for Peter Haywood, Governor of Jamaica. He will rush it to the Adventure in Portsmouth. The packet never made it so he is returning it to Mr. Popple.


7 April 1716

J. Reynardson, Custom House at Bristol


"I humbly beg leave to enclose your lordships coppys <sic> of former accounts sent which fear are miscarryed ."



J. Reynardson


[enclosed with above] "A list of ships cleared out of this port to the fishery at Newfoundland from 24 June 1713 to the 24 June 1714." Gives names of two ships from Bristol, Brinksworth Gally John Fry Capt, John Gally James Goodall, Capt.





[enclosed with above] And another copy of the same document as above.


3 Oct. 1716

Moody, Placentia


Moody warns that the garrison is in poor condition, the men need clothes, candles, and beer. The fort needs to be repaired. He states that the French and the aboriginal nations are planning to invade during the winter months.

The following documents from p.96 to 161 pertain to a conflict between a French inhabitant of St. Peter's, Mr. Ollivier Tulon, and the merchants who became established after the island was ceded to Great Britain. Other letters and documents about this case figure on p. 39-32. This collection of documents (96-161) is more detailed and contains documents in French. The oath of allegiance in French that was posted in St. Peter's can be found at p.159


21 Dec. 1716

Edward Southwell, Court at St James


The Prince of Wales Council asks that the Board take the representation of Cleeves and Weston into consideration and report to the Court.



William Cleeves & Ambrose Weston


[Enclosed with above] A collection of letters and supporting documents related to the French at Placentia and St. Peter's, The case of Mr. Tulon or Toulon. A collection of 9 documents in total.


12 Feb. 1717

Methuen, Whitehall

Lords of Trade

Cover letter relating to the representation of Mr. Olliver Toulon/Tulon.



The King

Mr. Ollivier Tulon

Petitions, letters, and oath of allegiance sent by Tulon requesting to live freely with his habitation and be able to fish with the same privilege. 5 documents.


27 Feb. 1717

Merchants of Bideford

Lords of Trade

Demand a warship to accompany them on their voyage as there have been many attacks from pirates <sic>.


27 Feb. 1717

George Lewen


Document supporting Cleeves and Weston's allegations against Mr. Toulon/Tulon.


23 Feb. 1717

William Cleeves and Ambrose Weston


Affidavit sworn in Poole, regarding the transgressions committed by Mr. Toulon/Tulon.



Olliver Tulon

Lords of Trade

He has been harassed by William Cleeves, Ambrose Weston, and another captain. His fish has been stopped at Bilboa in Spain. And he requests that he be allowed to live peacefully and unmolested.


7 March 1717 (read and rec'd)



List of all the letters that are to follow regarding the case of Mr. Tulon, 11 documents.


28 Jan. 1717

Attorney general


"Copy of the case of Mr. Tulon." The attorney general sides with Mr. Tulon and rules that he may take action for the wrong done him.


25 Sept. 1716

Jean Vallée, J.Mallet


They swear that Tulon offered the servants in his service that if they wished to return to France he would pay their passage. Note: In French, en français.


Sept. 1716

Allard, justice and Tulon


The deposition of Mr. Tulon who describes an event that happened in Nov. 1715 in Poole where he was invited to meet Mr. Cleeves to sell his house. Tulon asked 500 Livres for it, Cleeves offered 80 pounds sterling. Tulon refused and Cleeves said he would make him quit his house.


17 May 1715

Moody, Placentia

Cleeves and Tupper, St. Peter's

A translation of Governor Moody's letter on p.41-42. It is about Mr. Jacqueau and his family left behind in St. Peter's.


8 Aug. 1716

Edward Falkingham

Admiral of St. Peter's

Copy. Capt. of the Gibraltar. It concerns Mr. Galantre Tulon. Exonerates Tulon and declares him to be a British subject. His servants did not take the oath, however. You are to leave Mr. Tulon's fish be carried in an English bottom but send back all his servants (illegal).


28 Jan. 1716



Careye, Lemesurier, Mauger

Copy of a contract made between Mr. Olliver Tulon [Maitre Habitant de l'isle de Saint Pierre costé du Chapeaux Rouge and Mr. Pierre Careye and Consorts [de l'isle de Guernsey proprietaires et Bourgois du Pink nommé Les deux Soeurs , Capitaine William Le mesurier.] A very informative trade agreement detailing the passage of provisions, fish and fishermen from France to St. Pierre to Bilboa. Note: In French, en français.


23 June 1713

Queen Anne and Lord Dartmouth

Capt. Francis Nicholson,

Concerns the release of Protestants from the galleys. Asks Nicholson to allow people who own houses or lands in Acadie of their free use or to sell as they see fit. Nicholson is the Governor of Nova Scotia and Acadia and commander of forces in Nfld and in America.


26 May 1716

Weston, Cleeves, Boore Berdelle, St. Peter's


Concerns Mr. La Garanderie Tullon and his illegal servants. Note: In French, en français.


6 Mars 1717

Maitre Notaire Pitot, Jacques Gouin, Saint Malo


Legal document concerning the sale of the house owned by Mr Tulon. Mr. Tulon owned half and the other half belonged to François Levesque of Beaubriand and Mrs Marie Françoise Dubreuil of St Malo, but Tulon bought the other half. They also attest that no other parties own part of that house. Note: In French, en français.


28 Dec. 1716

Pitot, notary public at St Malo


More legal documents, affidavits, relating to the house owned by Olivier Tulon, sieur de la Garanderie. Note: In French, en français.


1 Feb. 1715

Levesque et Tulon, St Malo


Document attesting of the sale of half of Levesque's share of the house called Bellair on the island of St. Peter's for 2000 livres. Note: In French, en français.


17 Dec. 1716

Mr. Bubb,

De Madrid

Monsieur le Marquis de Grimaldo

Copy of a letter sent regarding the conflict between Cleeves and Tulon. The case is presented in general terms and a complaint placed about the case. Note: In French, en français.


? Dec. 1716

Capt. Lemesurier

French King

[enclosed with above] Translation of the memorial of Capt. Lemesurier begs to the King to free him. He was jailed in Bilbao. This was delivered with Mr. Bubb's papers.


3 Jan. 1717

Mr. Secretary Methuen


Extract of a letter. Methuen states that the Biscayners had no right to meddle with this matter, you have all authority to release Lemesurier, and demand that the fish be returned to the captain.


9 April 1717

Mr. Alexandre Valiers

Lords of Trade

Demands that the Lords take all the documents presented by Mr Tulon and make a decision regarding Tulon.


29 March 1717

George Lewen


Demands that the Lords not allow the illegal practices of Mr Tulon to be suffered, he was a former subject of France, took French passengers and carried on an illegal trade.


12 July 1714 and the note in English is dated 9 March 1717

Moody in 1714 and Taverner in 1717


Proclamation relating to the cession of St. Peter's to the English: "A tous les habitants françois." The British King has allowed the French to sell their houses and things, you are also welcome to swear an oath of allegiance which we will deliver with pleasure later. Signed by John Moody, and a note in English signed by William Taverner, in London.


12 July 1714

Capt. Taverner


A list of the inhabitants in St. Peter's and places adjacent: Tulon, Belorme, Mellion, Coupoux, Beaux, Plasey, Labott, Loyal, Gollia, Gaudin, Lionois, La Force, Mahois, Aubin, Gautell. They took the oath on 12 July 1714 in the presence of Moody and Taverner.


1 Feb. 1717

Mr. Bubb

Mr. Methuen

Relates to the unjust incarceration of Lemesurier. The Captain in Bilbao was released and the fish returned.


24 Nov. 1716

Burchett, Admiralty Office

Popple, Board of Trade

The Heads of Enquiry are forwarded to you. They were transmitted by Capt. Hagar of the Rochester.



Capt. Hagar


[enclosed with above] The answers to the Heads of Enquiry for 1716.



Capt. Hagar


[enclosed with above] State of the fishery for 1716. (Pages 168v-172 are blank)


15 April 1717

Burchett, Admiralty Office


Two warships will be sent to Newfoundland. Capt. William Passenger of the Newcastle will command it. Please forward the Heads of Enquiry.


20 April 1717

Jonathan Campbell

Lords of Trade

Concerns the affairs of Capt. Moody in Placentia.


Nov. 1715

Mr Hodges, Judge Advocate of Placentia

Duke of Marlborough, Stanhope, Mr. Poultney

[enclosed with above] Moody's Defence. Reports and details the history of the garrison in Placentia from Moody's point of view. Provides a case for the continuation of providing Placentia with supplies and money. Moody was placed in a position of having to provide subsistence to his men because of the lack of provisions and clothing sent from home. Hodges made Moody aware of all the letters against his conduct. Moody sent a pair of the wooden shoes that his men were forced to wear and an account of all the wants and misery. He was also forced to maintain 30-40 women during the last winter season. Moody prays that he be made aware of all charges against him in the future.


13 May 1717

Burchett, Admiralty Office

Mr Popple

He has sent the letters from Methuen and Addison as well as the Heads to the Commander of the Newcastle.


4 June 1717

Charles, Carkesse, Custom House London

William Popple, Sec. Board of trade

Concerns the customs officer in Newfoundland not being able for years to send accounts for want of a Court of Admiralty.



Custom House


[enclosed with above] Account of liquor and goods exported for Newfoundland from plantations in North America between 1713 and 1714. Contains the names of the plantation, the port, the ship's names, the masters, when it was exported and what goods were exported.



Custom House


[enclosed with above] Account of goods that have been imported into Newfoundland from any plantations in America, between 1714-1715.



Custom House


[enclosed with above] Account of liquors and goods exported for Newfoundland from any plantations from 1714 to 1715.



Custom House


[enclosed with above] Account of liquors and other good exported for Newfoundland from any plantations in North America, from 1715 to 1716.


27 Feb. 1717 (rec'd) June 6 1717 (Primer'd)

Mr. Frankland, Consul of Bilbao

Lords of Trade

Endorsement only, letter missing. "Memorial from Mr. Frankland Consul at Bilboa [sic];, relating to a ship loading of fish seized there."


March 5 1716

Capt. Taverner

Lords of Trade

Reply to the allegations against him made by David Archibald, Thomas Young and William Cleeves. Relates to the stages at St. Peter's, salt to make an experiment of the herring fishing, Mr Tulon, and his trip to Placentia.


4 Sept. 1717

Mr. Addison


Endorsement only, letter missing. "...relating to the complaints of Weston, Cleeves and Tulon, about fishing at Newfoundland."


1 Oct. 1717

Capt. Passenger, Newcastle in St. John's


Letter detailing the problems of the fishery on Newfoundland. New England carried away 1300 men. Capt. Passenger had given bond to ships. States that in order to fight drunkenness in this place, rum should be at five shillings a gallon but New England ships sell it at two shillings. He also states that there isn't a man in Newfoundland nor has there ever been a man fit to govern. Suggest that a man of integrity and honour needs to be in charge to govern.


21 Feb. 1717

Burchett, Admiralty


The Dragon, commanded by Capt. Thomas Scott (commodore) and the Rye Capt Thomas Whorwood are going to convoy to Newfoundland. We are requesting the Heads of enquiry. The Rye will proceed first to protect the fishery in Newfoundland as requested by the merchants of Bideford.


20 Oct. 1717

Capt. Passenger, Newcastle at sea


Newfoundland is under no form of government at all, Placentia and places adjacent excepted. Not one of the New England ships supposed to sail back with me followed. William Keen, New England merchant, said that Nfld would be ruined were it not for the New England merchants. Note: This letter is written in colourful language and contains more information on rum trade between Nfld and New England.


8 Oct. 1717

Capt. Passenger, Newcastle in St. John's


New England trade, bonds given, has been busy taking complaints for abuses done over the winter.


24 Feb. 1718 (rec'd) 3 March 1718 (read)

Earl of Sunderland


Endorsement only, letter missing. Refers to the Memorial from Col.Philips, Governor of Placentia.


17 Aug. 1717

Mr. Addison for King George

Colonel Richard Phillips

Document appointing Colonel Richard Phillips as Governor of Placentia. Take over men and garrison in Placentia and govern in all duties and manner in the town of Placentia.


25 Aug. 1717

Mr. Addison for King George

Martin Purcell

Appointing him to the rank of Lieutenant Governor of Placentia.


12 March 1717

Capt. Burchett, Admiralty

Mr. Popple, Board of Trade

Has forwarded the Heads of Enquiry to Capt Scott of the Dragon, and has entrusted him to the matter relating to the New England trade. When Capt. Passenger of the Newcastle returns to Great Britain, he will forward an account of the fishery.


29 July 1717

Medows, Bruce, Merrill, Richards, Comptroller's Office

The King

These gentlemen were asked to give instructions and advise concerning the garrison in Placentia. They haven't received any Muster rolls for a long time. However, they advise the immediate sending of provisions and clothing to Placentia, sending captain Passenger to give an account of the garrison, Moody should obey Capt. Passenger, Moody should return to Great Britain and settle his accounts. One Captain should be sent to take over the garrison and look after the four companies there, which should amount to 208 men, now. They suggest to build a smaller garrison in Placentia closer to the harbour.


March 27 1718

Capt. Phillips


Endorsement only, letter missing. "...relating to his better in health and ready to attend the board in relation to his memorial."


24 April 1718

W. Lowndes, Treasury Chambers

Lords of Trade

Concerns Capt. Taverner.


26 April 1718 (rec'd) 29 April 1718 (read)

Col. Phillips


Endorsement only, letter missing. "Second Memorial from Col. Phillips relating to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland."


13 May 1715

James Stanhope, Whitehall

Capt. Taverner

The payment of Capt. Taverner for his survey of Newfoundland.


2 Nov. 1715

James Stanhope, Whitehall

Lords of trade

Top portion of the letter is a copy of a letter sent to the lords on the 30 may 1715. It concerns the issue to Capt. Taverner of the amount of 217:13 pounds for his services. The king has continued the service of Capt. Taverner and an allowance should be settled with him. The sum of 20. a day should be paid to Capt. Taverner. With another letter at the bottom dated Nov. 2 1715, reminding the Lords of the letter previously sent. And a last note on page 225 stating that these letters were sent to certify that Capt. Taverner is the King's surveyor for the coasts of Newfoundland, dated 8 April 1718 [1717].


(1715?) 20 May 1718 (rec'd) 27 May 1718 (read)

Captain Taverner, on board the Delore


Captain Taverner's second report on Newfoundland's coast from Placentia Bay west to the St. Peter's, Fortune Bay, Hermitage Bay. Submitted in the form or a journal. Mentions many harbours and places. Describes resources (furs, timber, agricultural ) and inhabitants. In Cummings bay, at the Isle Ogeron (Oderin?), there is one woman whose husband left her called La Force. She has a very fine plantation beach enough for 20 boats a strong fort, built on a little island, all their houses surrounded with palisades, a good flock of sheep and goats. "In her garden the largest and heaviest ears of wheat that ever I saw in my life, very good rye, and all sorts of roots, cabbages..." Note: A fascinating document with a lot of detail of this nature [see complete transcript with annotations]



Capt. Dehaldy


This appendix to Taverner's report is a summary of information received from Capt. Dehaldy (a Basque captain about the west coast of Newfoundland).



William Taverner



[enclosed with above] "An Account of ships belonging to France at St. Peter's in the month of Aug. 1714."


20 May 1718 (rec'd)

William Taverner


[enclosed with above] "Some remarks of Captain William Taverner's Surveyor of Newfoundland." A summary of his dealings with Governor Moody during his survey.


June 1714



[enclosed with above] A letter from Moody to Capt. Taverner with instructions about the French, on p.248. Copy of the oaths given to the French inhabitants. Note: contains a French document. This document is also available at p.159.


20 May 1718

Capt Taverner


Endorsement only, map missing. "New chart or a new map of Newfoundland from Cape St. Mary's to Cape Lahunn (LaHune) Surveyed by Capt. Taverner."


16 June 1718 (rec'd) 15 Aug. 1718 (read)

Capt. Passenger


Appears to be Passenger's "Answers to the Heads of Enquiry." Note: a difficult document to read because some of the pages are very faint.




Capt. Passenger


[enclosed with above] State of the fishery for 1717. A very rudimentary list of number of fishing ships, sack ships, ships from America. Number of by-boats, masters and servants, quintals of fish, and number of inhabitants. He totals it to: 2822.


9 Oct. 1718

Burchett, Admiralty

William Popple

Burchett is alerting Popple of the fact that the Lords have written to Capt. Passenger and Capt. Wade about some matter relating to the fishery.


23 Jan. 1718


Lords of Trade

The imposition of stops to Custom's forces the masters of ships to lose his place as fishing Admiral in the same season.


21 Aug. 17?

Richard Withall, James ?, and Thomas Smith in Bay Bulls

Thomas Scott, Commander of the Dragon

Dispute over the right of Captain Robert Advent of Dartmouth to act as Fishing Admiral in Bay Bulls.


25 Aug. 1718

Capt Thomas Scott, Dragon, in St. John's

Richard Whithall, James Peryman, Thomas Smith

Appoints them Fishing Admirals.


10 Feb. 1719

White, Armstrong, Richards, Frankland, Office of Ordnance


The freight ships to Newfoundland demand 20 shillings a ton to freight the materials necessary to build a redoubt at the entrance of the harbour of Placentia. They propose that it could be shipped as ballast.


16 Feb. 1718

Ben Skutt, Mayor of Pooole


This concerns the transportation of limestone and other material to Placentia.


20 Feb. 1719

John Buck, Bideford


Limestone for a redoubt at Placentia.


21 Feb. 1719

John Burrell, mayor of Exeter, Exon


Merchants think that stone from Portland might be cheapest. They propose George Buck and John Benson to carry limestone. But most of the vessels from this region could not carry limestone.


27 Feb. 1719

Edward Fairchild, Mayor of Barnstaple


He has consulted the merchants from this port, in regards to carrying limestone, and found that none are bound to Placentia this year.



John Linthorne, Admiral


According to the acts of parliament, this master has kept a journal of his visits at Placentia. He writes the number of warships, merchant ships and Brigantines at Placentia. As well as the number of stages men at employ, Train fats, boats, and Quintals of fish.

This volume continues on the next reel B209.


16 Nov. 1718

Thomas Scott, Dragon in Lisbon River


The abuses of the Fishing Admirals, drunkenness and debauchery of fishermen. It would be of service if some of the inhabitants were trusted to "the Peace for the Administration of Justice..." Sealing and fur trapping is a valuable commerce after the fishery is done.


14 Oct. 1718

Thomas Thompson, St. John's Harbour


He is bound for 500 pounds for his trip to Boston, taken by Commodore Scott.


3 Oct. 1718

John Stevens, St John's Harbour


Bond for 500 pounds before sailing for Boston.


4 Oct. 1718

Edmond Freeman, St. John's Harbour


Bond for 500 pounds before sailing to Boston.


20 Sept. 1718

Capt Thomas Scott, Dragon in St. John's Harbour

The Masters of New England ships and vessels

Copy of a letter sent to the New England masters. It regards complaints about the New England trading ships taking away men. He will not suffer that the ships remain for any longer than necessary in Newfoundland.


16 Feb. 1719 (rec'd) 9 April 1719 (read)

Commodore Scott


[Enclosed with above] State of the Fishery for 1718.


24 Nov. 1718

Mr. Burchett, Secretary for the Admiralty Office

Mr. Popple, Secretary of the Board of Trade

Forwards a letter from Capt. Scott, Commander of the Dragon from Lisbon.


8 Nov. 1718

Capt. Scott

Secretary Burchett

[Enclosed with above] Because of a possible break with Spain, he made Lisbon the point of rendez vous. The ships now designed for Spain intend to go to Italy. He has to stay here for a while, the ship needs to be caulked and the furnaces repaired. Talks about the New England ships, the Bonds. Alerts the lords of an illegal trade of wines, brand , and oil in the British ships bound to France, Spain and Portugual.





[Enclosed with above] State of the fishery. Note: A very rudimentary list.


18 may 1719

Burchett, Admiralty Office


The Swallow, Capt. Chaloner Ogle and the Seahorse, Capt. William Martin; Ogle is the Commodore. Please forward the Heads of Enquiry.


5 June 1719

Burchett, Admiralty Office


Further instructions should be sent soon as the convoy is almost ready to depart.


5 June 1719

John Moody, Commander at Placentia

Lords Justices

Representation regarding the repayment of the lands that he purchased in due form from the French at Placentia in 1713.


11 July 1713



[enclosed with above] Copy of orders from Lord Dartmouth giving permission to sell the houses that the French leave behind. Copy of orders from Queen Anne regarding the French. A list of French lands and tenements purchased at Placentia from Col. John Moody, in the year 1714. Total amount of 1687:10 pounds.


29 Sept. 1713

Pontchartrain, Fontainebleau

DeCostebelle, Plaisance

Letter received from Mr. DelaFaye. It relates to the transfer of the fort and town of Placentia to Great Britain. He is sending the Article 13 of the Peace treaty. Note: In French, en français.


29 Sept. 1713


Mr. DeCostebelle, Governor of Plaisance

Order to give Placentia to Great Britain. Note: In French, en français.


4 Aug. 1719

Delafaye, Whitehall


He is sending a bundle of papers in relation to the fishermen of Guipuscoa (Spain) who claim an ancient right to fishing in Newfoundland. He asks that the Lords provide their opinion as to their claim.


4 Aug. 1719

Col. Stanhope, San Sebastian, Spain

Secretary Craggs

[enclosed with above ]Extract of a letter introducing and explaining the document that follows.


5 Aug. 1719

States of Guipuscoa

Duke of Berwick

[enclosed with above] A letter relating to their fishing rights (libre pesca de el Bacallao) at the Port of Placentia. It mentions the Treaty of Utrecht. Note: In Spanish


17 Aug. 1719

Mr. Harris


Endorsement only, letter missing. Concerns the discovery of Newfoundland and the Castle of Gambia and the limits between the French and English in North America.


Aug. 20 1719



Informs that about 10-15 ships fish between Port Riche and Placentia. Several ships from Cape Breton come to fish in the remote and obscure harbours on the Canadian side but it would be impossible to know exactly, due to rocks and fog.


14 Aug. 1719

Delafaye, Whitehall


The Lords have asked him to send the letter that the States of Guipuscoa have sent Stanhope and refer the subject to you.



Joseph Antonio de Yarza, Miguel de Aramburu, etc.


[Enclosed with above] Copy. Refer to the Article 15 of the treaty of Utrecht and demand that they be allowed their natural rights of fishing. Note: Document in Spanish


1 Oct. 1719

Col. Gledhill


Proposes the cutting of a road linking Placentia and St. John's since it takes 6 weeks to get to St. John's by ship (245 miles by sea but only 75 by land). Includes a simple hand-drawn map of Newfoundland. On p.309


13 Oct. 1719

Capt. Ogle


Describes the fishery, fur trading and the seizing of ships for illegal trading. Mentions that the inhabitants of Newfoundland are left to themselves, recommends Mr. Keen, a merchant who have lived here 15 years, Mr. Edwards in Carbonear, Mr. Sheppard at Bonavista, might also be good to take office here.





[Enclosed with above] Copies of bonds given to masters of New England ships.





[Enclosed with above] State of the Fishery for the year 1719.


30 Oct. 1719

Mr. Keen, St. John's


Mr Keen will report all activities in the port of St. John's. Admiral Courts are not respected. He witnessed bonds given to New England Ships. "In absence of the men of war , we have neither justice or religion and every man does what he [wants] without control."


4 Jan. 1720

Craggs, Whitehall


"I am to signify to your lordships His Majesty's pleasure that you lay before the House of Commons the Account they have addressed for in the enclosed resolution."


21 Dec. 1719

Paul Jodrell, Lord Privy Council


Lords have to present the number of ships that have been fishing between 1710 and 1719 in Newfoundland and St. Peter's.


8 Jan. 1719/20

Robert Hales, King's Council

Lords of Trade

The petition of John Moody, the purchase of houses at Placentia, and the reimbursement of his costs for the upkeep of the fort. They are requesting the boards counsel on this matter.



John Moody


[enclosed with above] Petition of John Moody relating to the land he has there and that is seized.


19 Feb. 1720 (rec'd and read)

Robert Bellenden

Lords of trade

Certificate relating to brick and stone for the building of the fort.

The documents between p.332 and 337v, are part of a report sent by Richard West in relation to a case at Indian Bay.


23 Feb. 1720

George Skeffington, Court at St James

Court of King George

Petition of an inhabitant of Indian Bay in Newfoundland. Aks that he may be allowed to carry on his salmon fishery without molestation. This petition bears a note at the bottom signed by Craggs, referring the case to the Lords.


2 March 1720

Richard West


He has found that Skeffington's request is not inconsistent with the articles 10 and 11 for the encouragement of the trade.




King George

Copy of the petition also on p.332.


13 march 1720

John Moody


The gout has stopped him from attending to the Lords. He forwards Councillor West's impressions of his case.


10 March 1720

Richard West


He rules that Queen could not dispose of lands granted to the Crown by Treaty but because she entered regular agreements with the French Crown, she was by the Law of Nations to do everything in her power and therefore should pay reparations to the French for their lands and houses.


16 March 1720

White, Richards, Wheate

Lords of Trade

Ask for the location of the New Fort to be built and whether it comes in conflict with Col. Moody's land.


14 Oct. 1719

Capt. Ogle, Commander of Swallow at Sea.


A similar account found at 311-312v, relating to the state of the fishery, fishing admirals, cutting trees, fur trapping, and the recommendation to appoint justices of the peace in Nfld.


Aug. 1719

John Smith


6 Bonds issued to ships from Piscadoway and Boston for 500 pounds to return to New England.


24 Oct. 1719

Commodore Ogle


Scheme of the Fishery for the year 1719"


11 Jan. 1720

Burchett, Admiralty Office


He sends Capt. Ogle's observations on the fishery and the Scheme of the Fishery.


14 Oct. 1719

Capt Ogle


[Enclosed with above] Copy. Similar letter found at p.312 and p.343.



Capt. Ogle


[Enclosed with above] Account of the fishery for the year 1719.


4 April 1720



The St Alban is commanded by Capt. Francis Percy and a frigate of twenty guns sent to convoy. Please forward the Heads of Enquiry.


1 Nov. 1720

Delafaye, Whitehall

Lords of Trade

Sends a copy of a letter sent from Mr. Secretary Craggs to Col. Gledhill, Lt. Governor of Placentia.


3 July 1720

Gledhill, Placentia


[Enclosed with above] The distressed state of the garrison, General Philipps came to transport the garrison to Annapolis Royal leaving 40 men here. Pirates are attacking ships and burning fishing crafts.


27 Sept. 1720

Gledhill, Placentia

Lords of Trade

A very strange and cryptic letter about some items that may be brought to perfection in this part of Newfoundland.





[enclosed with above] A note about a French ship in the region that pretends to have been drove here by distress, containing wine, salt and bread. 250 tons, 32 pairs of cannons.

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