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Vessels with Emigrants for America


Edinburgh, September 7, 1775.

We are well informed that the Right Honourable Henry Dundas, Esq˙, Lord-Advocate for Scotland, had, last week, a meeting with the honourable Board of Customs, concerning the impropriety of vessels being cleared from any port of Scotland with emigrants for America, and proposed that orders should be issued by the Board to all the inferiour Custom-Houses, enjoining them to grant no clearances to any ship for America, which had more than the common complement of hands on board; and that this was immediately complied with, and orders issued to all the sea-ports accordingly; a most salutary measure, and which may prevent the destruction of a number of thoughtless and ill-informed people.