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From the Master, Wardens, and Commonalty


Thursday, February 29, 1776.

A Petition of the Master, Wardens, and Commonalty, of the Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol, under their common seal, was presented to the House, and read, setting forth, That the British Colonies in the West-Indies have been usually supplied from North-America with great quantities of bread, flour, rice, Indian corn, live stock and other provisions; and that, during the present situation of publick affairs, the said Colonies will be greatly distressed unless a supply is sent from this kingdom: And therefore praying the House to take the premises into consideration, and to apply such remedy as shall appear fit and necessary.