touching Shipps now in the Country inductive to their
Addressing his Excy that he would be pleased to Suffer the
Same to be cleared do therefore offer to the Consideration of
the house the following Reasons, to the End if the house thinks
them Sufficient & propper they may joyne with them therein.
First it is reprsented
That if the [shipps gett home, his Maty] will get his Cus-
2. The Seamen [may be serviceable] to his Maty when got
3. The Worme [may endanger their Shipps] by staying
in the Country besides provisions [are very scarce here.]
4. That if the Shipps [should] be stopt to go in a Fleet
together there are but two Londonners of any force, and the
rest ly Scattered in other ports.
5. It is observed that shipps that Sumer here do usually
stay till the next Spring, by reason of mens falling sick in the
Country. Signd p Ordr
Hen. Denton Cl. Concil.
The above Message being read in the house and considered
Voted nemine contradicente that W Bladen Clarke of this
house go up to their Matys honble Councill with the following
By the House of Burgesses May the 2d 1696.
Upon perusall of the Message delivered this house by the
Clarke of the Councill relating to Shipps in the Country, We
humbly desire the Opinion of the honble Councill if the said