British Colonial Developments, 1774-1834

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Richard Cadman EtchesMerchant- London
John HanningGentleman-Dowlish Devon
William EtchesMerchant-Asborne Derbyshire
Mary Camilla BrookTea Dealer- London
William EtchesMerchant- Northampton
John EtchesMerchant- London
Nathaniel GilmourMerchant-Gosport Hants
Nathaniel PortlockCaptain of the King George
George DixonCaptain of the Queen Charlotte

We are, my Lord, your Lordship's most obedient humble servants,

WILL. DEVAYNES.

NATHL. SMITH.


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A BOMBAY EXPEDITION TO NORTH WEST AMERICA, 17 September 17851

HONBLE. SIR AND GENTLEMEN,

Having some time ago resolved in sending two vessels on discoveries in the tract recommended in Captain Cook's voyages to the consideration of the honourable the East India Company from China along the coast of America, and having adopted his plan of commerce also for assisting us in defraying the expense of the vessels, we take the leave of requesting your honourable Board's support towards carrying our plan into execution.

As the result of the present undertaking may probably prove beneficial to the honourable Company, not only as tending to discovery but more particularly to their commercial interests, we have a most perfect confidence that in this political point of view your honourable Board will patronize the Expedition with that liberality which an object of such magnitude merits.

On our parts we mean to spare no expense on the outset in furnishing the best vessels in India with complete crews of Europeans and to be officered by gentlemen of the first abilities in the marine profession. Still however the protecting hand of Government will be indispensably necessary in the commencement of our plans towards rendering them so complete as to preclude all risk of disappointment.

The management of this concern being entirely under Mr. Strange, he as a Company's servant will of course collect every information which may hereafter tend to any future views which the honourable Company may have to commerce in those seas. Any instructions also which your honourable Board may be inclined to give relative to

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Bombay Secret and Political Consultations, 1785, pp. 268-70. India Office Library.

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