From the Merchants of Dartmouth

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Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the table.

A Petition of the Merchants of Dartmouth, in the County of Devon, engaged in, and carrying on, a trade and fishery to, and at the Island of Newfoundland, was presented to the House, and read, setting forth, That the unhappy differences now subsisting between Great Britain and her American Colonies, having occasioned the latter to withhold the usual supplies of bread, flour, and other provisions, which they have hitherto afforded to the inhabitants of Newfoundland, and to the great numbers of seamen and fishermen annually engaged in catching and curing fish at that Island, and on the banks, — the prices of those necessaries of life have been this season enhanced near three times their usual rate, to the ruin of many, and the great loss of all those who are obliged to purchase such articles in Newfoundland; and that the quantities of bread, flour, and pease, allowed by law to be exported from the Port of Dartmouth for Newfoundland, being very inadequate to the necessary consumption of those articles, it will be impossible for the Petitioners to carry on any trade and fishery to that Island the ensuing season, unless they have power for exporting such quantities of those articles as may be sufficient for supporting not only the people immediately employed by them in their respective trades, but also great numbers of inhabitants of that Island, and others who annually resort thither to cany on the fishery; and that the Petitioners cannot, with any degree of precision, ascertain what quantities of each of the said articles may be necessary for those purposes, but they conceive great disadvantages may possibly arise from their being stinted, and no inconveniences likely to accrue from their having liberty to export to the said Island such quantities as their future advices therefrom may make them judge necessary: And therefore praying, that they may have liberty to export from the Port of Dartmouth for the Island of Newfoundland, any quantities of bread, flour, and pease, without stint, or to give the Petitioners such other relief in the premises as may be judged necessary.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the table.