CABINET MINUTE, 30 April 17901
Whitehall. Present: The Lord Chancellor, The Lord Privy Seal, Duke of Richmond, Duke of Leeds, Lord Chatham, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Grenville.
Upon consideration of the information which has been received from Mr. Meares of the detention and capture of several British vessels at Nootka Sound on the coast of America,2 and of the circumstances of that transaction, as also of the papers which here have been delivered by Mr. del Campo relative thereto;
Your Majesty's servants have agreed humbly to submit to Your Majesty their opinion that Your Majesty's Minister at the Court of Madrid should be instructed to present a memorial demanding an immediate and adequate satisfaction for the outrages committed by Mr. de Martinez; and that it would be proper, in order to support that demand, and to be prepared for such events as may arise, that Your Majesty should give orders for fitting out a squadron of ships of the line.
CAPTAIN MEARES: EVIDENCE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE FOR TRADE, 27 May 17903
...Q. Had you any reason to suppose that you would be permitted by the Government at Japan to trade in their territories?
A. We had, for we conceive the Empire of Japan to consist of a number of Islands. The great Island Niphon is under the immediate inspection of the existing Government but the other surrounding Islands are under the command of great Lords who are nearly independent of the principal Government. We received information of____________________