From the Merchants of Liverpool

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Tuesday, December 5, 1775.

A Petition of the Merchants in Liverpool, whose names are subscribed, was presented to the House, and read, setting forth, That the British Islands in the West-Indies, and the Island of Newfoundland, have been hitherto supplied from the Continent of North-America with wheat, wheat meal, bread, and other articles of provision; which supplies are, by the present disputes with America entirely withheld from the numerous inhabitants of the said Islands; and that it is impossible to ascertain the quantities necessary for the sustenance of so many Islands, already abounding with people, daily increasing by the arrival of fresh supplies of Negroes, and where the heat of the climate renders every article of provision liable to speedy decay; and, therefore, praying that the Petitioners may have leave to export wheat,

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wheat meal, biscuit, bread, and pease, to any of the British Islands in America, or that such other relief may be; granted as the House may judge needful.

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.