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Circular letter from the Privy Council of England to the colonial governors
England. Privy Council
February 13, 1696
Volume 01, Pages 458-459

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[B. P. R. O. Colonial Entry Book. Vol. 100. p. 376.]
CIRCULAR LETTER FROM LORDS OF THE PRIVY
COUNCIL TO THE GOVrs IN THE PLANTATIONS 13 FEBRUARY 1695-6.

After Our very hearty commendations

Wheras the Lords spirituall & temporall with the Commons assembled in Parliamt have by their late Address represented to His Majesty the obstructions that will unavoidably accrue to the trade and navigation of this Kingdome by an Act lately passed in Scotland for erecting a company to trade from thence to India Africa and America a copy of which Act and the Address of the Lords and Commons with Her Maj. gracious answer thereupon You will receive from the Commrs of his Maj. Customes together with a letter from the said Commrs recommending to your care the vigorous execution of the several laws made here in England for the security of the Plantation trade And to see that the Officers of the Commrs of the Customes within your government do strictly pursue their duties according to the said Laws & further reminding you of what is by the said laws more especially required at your hands for the better securing the Plantation trade to this nation Wee have received his Maj. com̄ands to let you know that his Maj. being very sensible how prejudicial the said Act past in Scotland may be to the trade & commerce of this Kingdome as well to his Maj. Plantations as to other parts his Majesty expects from you not only a strict performance of what is recom̄ended to your care by the Comrs of the Customes in their said letter as the best means to remedy the said inconveniences for the present but that you also use your utmost endeavours that the Laws of Trade and Navigation of this Kingdome may. be duly and strictly executed within your government as well by what countenance and assistance you may give to the Officers of the Comrs of the Customes in this behalf as by all other ways and means whatsoever that you may use whereby the ill consequences of the said Act past in Scotland to the trade and navigation of this kingdome may be avoided in all which his Maj expects a strict compliance from you according to your duty as you will answer the contrary And so Wee bid you very heartily farewell From the Councill Chamber at

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Kensington this thirteenth day of February 1695-6 in the eighth year of his Maj. Reigne

Your very loving Friends
MONMOUTH
STANFORD
TANKERVILLE
DURSLEY
PEMBROKE C. P. S.
DEVONSHIRE
DORSETT
BRIDGEWATER
JOHN NICHOLAS.