Addenda: January 1676

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 17, 1699 and Addenda 1621-1698. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1908.

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January 1676

Jan. 27.
1,139. Copy of a Charter to the West Country Adventurers for the fishery of Newfoundland. Confirming the previous charters of 10 Feb., 1634 and 26 June, 1661, under certain restrictions of non-residence, and adding other laws for its better government, viz.: That no planter be permitted to build or to cut down wood within six miles of the shore, nor take up the stages and places of the fishermen. No more seamen are to be taken out than required, and every fifth man is not to be a seaman. No vessels are to leave England before March. The Mayors of the Western Ports are to take bond of the ships' masters for fulfilment of these conditions; and, as there is now no Court Martial in England, offenders in Newfoundland are to be reported to one of the Secretaries of State. 16 pp. Endorsed, Recd. 7 Dec., 1676. [Colonial Papers, Vol. LXV., No. 36.]