British Colonial Developments, 1774-1834

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Company by their supra cargoes shall take the said ships respectively into this Company's employ as freighted ships and load them home to London with such quantity of teas and other China goods as the supra cargoes at China shall judge may be safely and conveniently brought in them to Great Britain, at a freight of £13 per ton, to be computed in like manner as such tonnage is computed to other of the Company's freighted ships. . . .

[In the event of any outrage being committed by the adventurers or their agents against the natives of Japan or China or any territories within the limits of the Company's trade, or in case of any dispute arising prejudicial to the Company's trading interests, the adventurers shall make such satisfaction to the natives concerned and to the Company as the supercargoes at Canton may determine, including the payment of a fine not exceeding £2,000.]


17
THE CHAIRMAN AND DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY TO LORD SYDNEY II August 17851

East India House.

MY LORD,

The Court of Directors of the East India Company after due investigation of the scheme proposed by Mr. Richard Cadman Etches to send an adventure to the North West Coast of America to procure furs to be disposed of at or near the Japanese islands, having agreeable to the wishes and recommendation of Government agreed to grant a licence to trade within the Company's limits under certain limitations, conditions and restrictions which the Court thought necessary, and communicated to Government--Mr. Etches has since delivered a list of the names of the persons concerned in the adventure (a copy of which list is underwritten)-and have informed the Court that the ships King George, Captain Portlock, and Queen Charlotte, Captain Dixon, are ready to depart on their voyage, they therefore wish to have the licence and deed of covenants perfected as soon as possible. A draft of it has been prepared (of which a copy is sent herewith) but before the business proceeds further, the Court of Directors wish to be informed whether this licence is approved by His Majesty's Ministers. The Company have no other view than to forward an undertaking encouraged by Government as what may be advantageous to the public.2

____________________
1
H.M.S. 190/13, p. 247. Thomas Townshend, Viscount Sydney, had been Secretary at War in Rockingham's second administration in 1782, and Secretary of State for the Home Department under Shelburne later that same year. Since December 1783 he had been back at the Home Department under Pitt.
2
Licence was similarly granted by the South Sea Company which held the monopoly of trade off the west coast of America.

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