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Petition of Don Manuel Martines y Aguiar, 1750 Oct. 25.

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(Oct 25, 1750) To the Honble. Thomas Lee Esqr. President Manuel Martines y Aguiar Master & Supercargo of the Portugues Vessel called St. Peter. Capt. Verissimo de los Santos which sailed from Lisbon (with his Catholick Majesty's Permission) to Cartagena in the Spanish West Indies, & from thence has returned with the Register intended for Cadis: Your Petitioner humbly shews that having given Security to the Royal Officers of the Contadoria in that Port according to the Customs of Spain delivered the Effects on board the said Vessel to the said Capt. Verissimo de los Santos & likewise to John Kelly appointed by the Owners of the Vessel as Capt. for the Navigation of the said Ship, who reciprocally signed a Receipt for the said Cargo to be delivered in the same Manner as received in the Place of the Vessel's loading But being by Distress of Weather, obliged to enter the Port of Norfolk in the said Vessel, which by your Honour's Permission has been reviewed & found incapable of Proceeding it's Voyage, your said Petitioner being in Duty bound to act in every Shape, for the Interest of the concerned of the said Cargo of the said Vessel & do his utmost for the quick & safe Dispatch of those Effects to Europe, & by your Honour's permission to charter a Vessel or Vessels for the said End. Declares that the said Capt. Kelly under different Pretexts endeavours to make himself absolute Master of the said Cargo & assuming the sole Power, intends to charter a Vessel in his own Proper Name in Order for to carry the said Cargo to Lisbon notwithstanding that your Petitioner has given Security to the Royal officers of the Contadoria in Cartagena for the safe Delivery of it at Cadis. Therefore he humbly beggs your Honour will di- F43 6 665