From the Proprietors of Plantations

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Friday, April 26, 1776.

A Petition of the Proprietors of Plantations in the British West-Indies, Merchants in Glasgow, and others, trading thither from the River Clyde, was presented to the House, and read, setting forth, That the inhabitants of the British Sugar Colonies have formerly been supplied with large quantities of flour and grain from, the Continent of North-America, from which supply they are now cut off by reason of the present interruption of commerce with America;

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and that the quantities of wheat, meal, flour, bread, and biscuit, now allowed by law to be exported to the said Colonies, and from the Port of London only, will be greatly insufficient for the sustenance and use of the Sugar Colonies, during the continuance of such interruption: And therefore praying the House to take this matter into consideration, and to grant permission for exporting the above kinds of provisions from the Ports of Greenock and Glasgow, to the West-Indies, and to give such other relief in the premises as to the House shall seem meet.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the consideration of the Committee of the Whole House, to whom it is referred to consider of the Petition of the Merchants and Traders of the Town and County of Poole, (praying to be permitted to export Provisions and other necessaries for the use of the British Fishery carried on at Newfoundland, and the places adjacent,) and of the several other Petitions referred to the consideration of the said Committee.