From the Merchants and Traders of Chester

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Wednesday, November 22, 1775.

A Petition of several Merchants and Traders, within the City of Chester, trading to Newfoundland, was presented to the House, and read, setting forth, That, for several years past, the Petitioners have commenced and now carry on a trade from the Port of Chester to the Island of Newfoundland, which is daily increasing, and likely to become a beneficial branch of commerce; and that, by the laws now in being, no bread, biscuit, flour, or pease, can be exported from Great Britain to Newfoundland, for the use of the fishery there, save from certain ports, and from thence certain limited quantities only are allowed to be exported; and that, in consequence of the unhappy differences between Great Britain and her American Colonies, the inhabitants of Newfoundland, and the seamen employed in the fishery there, have been, and are, greatly distressed for want of proper supplies of bread and other necessary provisions, which they used to receive from the continent of America; and that the Petitioners find that they cannot prosecute their said trade with equal advantage with the other parts of this kingdom without permission to export bread, biscuit, flour, peas, and other provisions; and therefore praying that the Petitioners may be permitted to export such quantities of the said articles, from the Port of Chester to Newfoundland, and for the use of the fishery there, and to have such other indulgences for the benefit of their trade as to the House shall seem meet.

Ordered, That the 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 Pooh, and also the 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; and also the Petition of the Merchants trading to the West-Indies, whose names are thereunto subscribed on behalf of themselves and others.

The Orders of the Day being read;

Resolved, That this House will, upon Friday morning next, resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House, to consider of the Petition of the Merchants and Traders of the Town and County of Poole; and also the 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; and also the Petition of the Merchants trading to the West-Indies, whose names are thereunto subscribed, on behalf of themselves and others; and also the Petition of several Merchants and Traders within the City of Chester, trading to Newfoundland.