Lot 302: Manuscript document, one page, 7 x 11.5, January 29, 1695. Unsigned British document concerning the slave trade. In part (spelling and grammar retained): "Wee the Merchants tradeing to Virginia & Maryland doe Certifye that wee were first directed to have a fleet bound thither to be ready to sayle ye first of December last & afterwards…to be ready to Sayle the Last of ye to December and that before ye to last of December all our Shipps were Cleared out at Gravesend and all of them now in ye Downes & have been for Some tyme past Some almost two Moneths and that as yet wee can heare of noe Convoy onely Capt Wager in ye Woolwich where he is apointed Comodore whoe was not come into ye Downes last Munday." Scattered creases and a couple small repaired tears, otherwise fine condition. Mentioned in this document is Charles Wager, later First Lord of the Admiralty, who was assigned as captain of the 54-gun HMS Woolwich in 1695. These merchants evidently expected to be part of a trade convoy led by Captain Wager and the Woolwich; the result in this particular case is unclear, but in 1696, Wager moved to the 'Greenwich' and commanded a small squadron for convoying the tobacco trade home from the Chesapeake Bay coast of Virginia and Maryland.
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