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Colonial Office Records

Letter Regarding Behavior of Capt. Thomas Lloyd
while Commander of St. John's Garrison

Transcribed letter-by-letter from the Colonial Office
194 Series, volume 3, page 166B, reel B-206




Decleration of the Chief Inhabitants of St. Johns Harbour Setting forth the Behaviour & Practises of Capt. Lloyd, whilst Commander of the Garrison in Newfoundland.

Recd. 23 Decembr. 1704
Read 9th Janry. 1704


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The Fort and Service of ye Said Capt. Thomas Lloyd did Continue to Commande any Longer. upon which Complaints their full Resolution was made known to ye Comodore who was obligd to Suspend him from his duty and Office and Take him home to Answer to their complaints; we ye Chief Inhabitants belonging to this Harbor do declare This to be Just and True being dayly wittnesses of Their ill Treatment by him: And wheras many Comanders of Ships nowRideing in our Harbor have given their hands to a Testimony for Capt. Thomas Lloyds good behaviour. we know it was done with great inAdvertency and with out Consideration or ye bad consequence as many follow there on, as many of them have already with Regret Confessd, not one on Ten of Those men being known to ye Said Capt. Thomas Lloyd, who were Surprised in Setting Their hands out of a Comiseration to his condition, rather than out of any due. ? and we all regard to his Testimony. And Further as he hathheaped Together many mens names that live in foraigne Harbors and Coves whereby To Streangthen his Testimony, be it Likewise known that These men are altogether Ignorant of his behaviour and of his ill practices Amongst us; The principle Inhabitants of St. John’s Harbor where all These his misdemeanours were Committed, who have lived with him for these three years last past Together and have remark’d and severely found to ye Contrary, all these Things being Justly weighed by your Honours, we humbly beg and pray such care may be taken that this man above others be not sent back amongst us, but such men as may be just so ye Service in particulor and To ye Jn. house of Trade in Penoral? that we may live at peace and quietness in our calling with out any Slavish? fear of any Tyrannical Cersonts? bear sway Over us; and we Shall pray. and Praying do attest and Freely Subscribe our names To ye above meantioned Truth and Decleration.


  [the following comment in other handwriting]

Tohereas Capt Thomas Lloyd hath heaped together many Names of Planters, boatkeepers & Servants whereby to Swell up his Testimony & make his bad case seem tolerible. Be it known, that if any of these hands signed to this Paper, are sabsented to his, that he hath forged the same.
  Robert Bonger
Josph. Pemberton
Richard Colswoarthy
Archd. Cumings
John Collin
Wm. Pickering
James Benger
Thomas Gruchy
Dilbert Jane
John Marshall
John Cock
Will. Chnerk?
Thomas Hawkins
Francis Pearse
John Burton
John Tucker
Simon Dhew
?d ?illson
John Adams
? Ware
Willam Clarck

Contributed by Steve Nicklen (January 2003)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (January 2003)
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