here in preference to Nova Scotia, where it will be out of the power of Government to prevent American oil from coming here free of duty, and from its near situation to the Massachusetts, will be a cover to a great deal of American property and whaling vessels, besides the disadvantage of the nursery of seamen being in America, from whence it will be difficult to get them in case of a war.
Your memorialists further request they may have permission to go round the Cape of Good Hope, where they are credibly informed there are great numbers of whales, and as the fishery at the Brasils has been carried on about 10 years, the whales from the great numbers killed and wounded begin to be wilder, which in time will make success more precarious; but could they obtain permission to go round the Cape they have no doubt of success.
Your memorialists likewise request that the duty of £18 3/- per ton on American and all other foreign train oil may continue, as an inducement for the Nantucketers to settle here [i.e. instead of in Nova Scotia],1 and for the encouragement of the seamen to go in this fishery, we recommend that the harpooners, boat steerers, and line managers be protected in case of a war.
Your memorialists submit this plan for your Lordships' approbation, if anything more, or different, from what is above suggested, should be thought necessary to guard against frauds and impositions respecting the bounty which they pray for, or against clandestinely importing American or other foreign oil they will very readily conform thereto. . . .
NEWFOUNDLAND FISHERY: REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE FOR TRADE, 17 March 17862
. . . And the Committee having perused and considered a representation of the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, made to His Majesty King George the first in 1718 which gives a very full account of the state of the Newfoundland fishery previous to that____________________