Declaration of Captain William Higgins regarding the Rose

Scope and Content

Declaration made by William Higgins, Master of the Rose , on 16 Nov 1741, before Samuel Martyn, public notary of London, that the damage sustained by the Rose and its cargo of sugar and other goods was by reason of bad weather on its voyage from Jamaica to London, and not by neglect of captain or crew, and that the loss ought to be borne 'by the merchants and freighters interested' in the vessel, and not by Higgins 'or any of his mariners'. Seal and signature of the notary public. With an attestation dated 18 Dec made before George Champion at Guildhall by Giles Driskill, chief mate of the Rose and Joseph Baggley, carpenter, testifying to the truth of Higgins' account.

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Acquisition Information

Bought from Stanley Smith in 1964.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

12½" x 7¾"

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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