British Colonial Developments, 1774-1834

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strike soundings on its bank; cruisers on this station therefore can only be counteracted by strong convoys; as our trade is almost periodical, such convoys will be liable to the risks attending long passages, such as separation, accidents, sickness, etc. The Mauritius now kept quiet for want of means to fit out their cruisers, aided by the assistance of the Cape, will become a nest of pirates, secure and unattackable amongst their own rocks.

Whatever tends to give to France the means of obtaining a footing in India is of consequence to us to prevent; it would be idle in me to say anything more to point out the consequence of the Cape than to say that what was a feather in the hands of Holland, will become a sword in the hands of France. I have endeavoured to be as concise as possible, therefore where I have not expatiated give me credit; if you want any farther information I am ready to give it, having been four times there and amongst the latest from it. . . .


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PROPOSALS SUBMITTED TO THE EAST INDIA COMPANY FOR OPENING A NEW TRADE IN THE NORTH PACIFIC, I7851

At a Court of Directors held the 29th April 1785.

The Chairman acquainted the Court that several persons had applied to Government for leave to trade from the North West Coast of America to the islands on the coast of Asia and to Japan, which had received the countenance of His Majesty's Ministers. The Chairman laid before the Court certain proposals for their consideration; the said proposals were read entitled

Proposals for establishing a trade between the North West Coast of America and the islands on the coast of Asia; also additional proposals.

Ordered, that the said proposals be taken into consideration on Tuesday next the 3rd May, and that the Company's Counsel and Solicitor do then attend.

A proposal for establishing a trade to the North West Coast of America and the islands adjacent.

A company of merchants have entered into a subscription for sending out two ships loaden entire with the manufactory and produce of this country, to sail through the streights of Magellan, or round Terra del Fuego to the Pacific Ocean-to attempt to open a friendly intercourse with the natives on the North West Coast of America and

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H.M.S 494/5, pp. 359 ff. Copy of Minutes of the Court of Directories.

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