Addenda: November 1694

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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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November 1694

Nov. 15.
Bay of Bulls,
1,329. Captain Christopher Hogge to Lords of Trade and Plantations. I enclose my reply to your enquiries as to Newfoundland. The weather has been so thick and foggy that I could give you no better account. Signed, Chr. Hogge. ½ p. Enclosed,
1,329. I. Answers to heads of enquiry as to Newfoundland. (1.) The planters in Newfoundland number 1,000, all souls included. (2.) They are obliged to import all subsistence. (3.) They do not destroy the woods, and there is plenty of timber left in proper places. (4.) They do make use of ships' rooms, in the ships' absence, and so force them to hire room. (5.) The boat-keepers and inhabitants do great damage to stages. (6.) They have no fishing craft from New England. (7.) They have little or no sustenance from the land. (8.) The Adventurers and inhabitants together employ 1,000 boats, and sent home last year 100,000 quintals of fish and 1,000 tons of train-oil. (12.) About 100 ships' men are left behind yearly. (15.) The French number about 800 souls. (20.) Placentia is well fortified, and the harbour made almost impregnable. The remainder of the answers are practically the same as under date of 15 December, 1692. 4 pp. [Colonial Papers, Vol. LXVI., Nos. 101, 101I.]