Petition of Enoch Robertson, 1719 July 14.
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To the Honble Alexander Spotswood his Matys Lieutent Governor of Virginia Enoch Robertson Master of the Ship Mermaid of Leverpool Humbly Sheweth That his said Shyp is now laden with pitch and Tarr bound for Liverpool, and should have been ready to clear before the Embargo had he not had the misfortune to run aground in his passage from Nansemond River where he laded. That since lading the said Shyp he is advised that an Act of Parliament is lately passed in Great Britain whereby no Bounty money is to be allowd for the Pitch and Tarr after the 29th of Septemb Except such as shal be packt up in barrells of 31-1/4 Gallons neat & sett for Cordage That yr Petr has been obliged to take on board the greatest part of his Lading in barrells of a less Gage, it being very unusual to purchase such as are of the Contents aforesaid. That if yr Petr shal stay for the departure of the Convoy he may in all probability lose the advantage of the Bounty money wch is the greatest encouragement the Merchants have to purchase that Commodity and if lost will be in the ruin of his Voyage. That besides yr Petr Ship is unsheathed and having layn already a along time in the Country is become Leaky by means of the Worm and is daily like to be in more dangers thereby And besides the said Convoy can be of little safety to yr petrs Shyp Since he must separate therefrom in the mouth of the British Channell where (if there be a War) it is most probably the danger of the Voyage is Wherefore yr petr prays Leave to clear his Shyp and proceed on his Voyage without waiting for the Convoy And he shal pray &c