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Letter of John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, 1749 Aug. 4.

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Duplicate Whitehall 4th August 1749. Sir In consequence of the agreement between the Crowns of the England & Spain by which it was stipulated that all hostilities in the Ametican Seas, should cease between the two Nations, six weeks after the King of Spain's Accession to the Preliminary Articles on the 28th June 1748. which Term consequently expired on the 9th of August following: His Catholick Majesty has been pleased to direct a general order to be sent to all his Governors, requiring them to make Restitution of all English prizes taken after the said 9th day of August 1748, as will more fully appear by a copy of the said general order, which I herewith transmit to you, authenticated by a Notary Publick; I have His Majesty's commands to signify His pleasure to you, that you do give publick Notice of the said Catholick King's said general order to all His Majesty's Trading Subjects under your Government, & likewise that you do assist to the utmost of your power, all His majesty's subjects who may have any Claims on this occasion. I am Sir Your most obedient Humble Servant Bedford P.S. You will likewise receive herewith inclosed a Translation of his Catholick Majesty's general order to his Governors. Govr. of Virginia.

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