British Colonial Developments, 1774-1834

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Act into execution according to the Instructions conveyed to them in His Lordship's letter of the 6th of April last transmitting the said Act.

Ordered that a letter be written to the Right Honourable Lord Sydney accordingly.


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CAPTAIN NELSON TO PHILIP STEPHENS 21 March 17991

SIR,

Last night I received a letter (of which the enclosed is a copy) the contents of which cannot but give me uneasiness. Since May 1785 I have been continually harassed by my exertions in suppressing the illegal [trade] which was carrying on between the States of America and the West India Islands where I was stationed.2These people seem determined to go lengths which must be very unpleasant to me unless supported by Government. I feel happy that I never made a seizure whilst on that station without the advice of the Attorney- General or the Chief Law Officer of the Crown, where the case might happen and in this particular, I had the opinion of the Attorney- General and King's Proctor of Barbadoes, the Attorney-General and Senior King's Council of the Leeward Islands (where I was obliged from circumstances already known to their Lordships to carry) to sanction my proceedings.

I trust their Lordships will think that under such advice I could not be supposed to err in stopping the vessel, but that on the contrary I should have been guilty of neglect of duty had I suffered her to trade unmolested which she had repeatedly done since the peace (under false colours and papers). I hope their Lordships will take my situation into their consideration. . . .


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REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE FOR TRADE ON ANGLO-AMERICAN COMMERCE, 28 January 17913

...For these reasons the Committee are inclined to think that it may be advisable for Your Majesty to consent to open a negotiation with

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Admiralty 1/2223.
2
Evasions were common. Later by an American Intercourse Act of 1794 ( 34 Geo. III, cap. 35) West India Governors were indemnified for permitting breaches of the Navigation Laws during the previous year.
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Report of the Privy Council Committee for Trade and Foreign Plantations, on the Commerce and Navigation between His Majesty's Dominions, and the Territories belonging to the United States of America, prepared by Lord Hawkesbury, pp. 98-101. Charles Jenkinson, first Lord Hatckesbury, had been President of the Committee for

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