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Petition from Fort William Garison
in St. John's, September 1704

Transcribed letter-by-letter from the Colonial Office
194 Series, volume 3, page 163b, reel B-206.


To all Persons to whom these Presents Shall Come Greeting

We the present Sergeants and private Centinells belonging to the Company of Souldiers in her Majestyes Garison Fort William in St. John's Harbor in Newfound-Land, do to the best of our knowlidge, freely attest that the Reverend Mr. John Jackson our present Chaplaine for whom we have a Sincere love and Venerable Esteem, is a person of known integrity of an honest Principle according to the Church of England, of a good behaviour of a sober peaceable life and Conversation and hath Ever since he came here amongst us, Considering the great distance he some-times is obliged to live from us, and the great care and paines he taketh in his duty at the Church and over all the Harbor, we do highly approve of his performance, and where as for severall weighty & good reasons set forth in our Petition to Comodore Bridge we did revolt from Capt. Thomas Lloyd our late Commander In Chief, with full Resolution never to serve or Obey his comande any more, we do sincerly attest that if the said Capt. Thomas Lloyd, or any other, should accuse our Chaplaine the Reverend Mr. John Jackson to be an aletter or any wayes an encourager of this our Revolt from the Commande of the said Capt. Thomas Lloyd (untill our full Resolution was made known to the Comodore that we woald all desert from the fort and service) if the said Capt. Thomas Lloyd must continue to Commande.

Therefore if any such accusation should be put up Against him we do solemly protest that it is altogether false and of malitious intent against our Chaplaine Mr. John Jackson, being our owne Voluntary Act. and deed. In wittness where of we have freely set our hands.

Sept. ye sixeenth in the year of our Lord 1704

A true Copy wittness our hands
James Bromfield
Johnathan Barggery

the following signatures appear in the left margin of the letterthe following signatures appear in the right margin of the letter
John Chambers Serg.John Harris
James Bromfeild Serg.John Knight
Johnath BarggeryJohn Plock
Wm. ToddWm. Jacobs
John Barnes CorperelWm. Hunter
John CowderLawrance Violett
George RockfordArgass Mackloud
Backley CowellAbraham Turner
Robert MonroThomas Williams
Wm. HudsonJohn Robson
James MackdugttOwen Hurley
John BarnesLawrence Nowland
Rich AshleyPeter Wild
Thomas KirkemJohn Sherman
Richd. JohnsonCa?ence Wallings
Thomas LaribeyGarratt Fitsgarrull
Wm. WebbJohn Badly
James BowmanRichd. Oliver
Richard MillorJoseph Drew
John Pelton?John Henly
Thomas JohnsonJohn Mowden
John JordanGeorge Lockett
Edward RawArcheyball Taylor
Wm. ConnorJames Morly
Henry JefferyJohn Anderson
Richd. NewmanJohn Jones
George BawdAndrew Dagg
Henry LaffierJoseph Williams
Joseph VioletWm. Worthington
Christopher McoodJohn Downe
John MackrableJohn Robson
John MexanderWm. Roe
Robert GillmoreJohn Tiliard



Page transcribed by: Steve Nicklen, December, 2002

Page Revised by Ivy Benoit (December 30, 2002)
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