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Minutes of the Board of Trade of England [Extract]
England. Board of Trade
July 21, 1697
Volume 01, Pages 477-478

[B. P. R. O. B. T. J. p. 166.]

Whitehall July the 21st 1697
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The Commissrs for Transportation attending to know what resolution was taken by this Board about the fifty Convict Women now in Newgate mentioned in Mr Vernon's letter of the 1st of this month were acquainted that some Answers were yet expected from the Agents of some Colonies who had been writ to upon that subject but that they should be again called for and a speedy resolution taken therein, But soon after a letter from the Agents of Barbadoes being brought to the Board, that and all the others relating to that subject which have been received during some days last past were laid before their Lordships and read, viz: from the Agents or Merchants of Barbadoes Jamaica the Leeward Islands Virginia and Maryland New England and Carolina And none of the said letters giving any proper encouragement for the sending any of those Women to any of those Plantations, except only to the Leeward Islands And their Lordships remembering that the agents of New York have likewise verbally declared their opinion that it would not be fit to send them to that Province, They thereupon ordered a Representation to be

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drawn to lay before the Lords Justices their opinion for sending them to the Leeward Islands according to the tenure of the forementioned letter of the Agents of those Islands.