Philip Dumaresq's Commission
The Commission given by Governor Belcher of Massachusetts to Captain Philip Dumaresq, of Boston, commander of the Young Eagle, Letter of Marque of 20 Guns. Dated 1739
Jonathan Belcher, Esq, Capt General and Governor in Chief in and over his Majesty's Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, in New England, in America; and Vice Admiral of the same. To the commander of the ship Young Eagle of Boston. Greeting. Whereas his Sacred Majesty, George the Second, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc, etc has been pleased by a warrant under his Royal sign, to authorize and empower me to issue forth and grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal to any of his loving subjects, or others who shall apply to me for the same, and whom I shall deem grateful in that behalf. For Privateer Ships or vessels of war, for apprehending, seizing, and taking the vessels or goods belonging to the King of Spain, his vessels or subjects or any inhabiting within His Countries Territories, or Dominions within the West Indias.
And forasmuch as your ship is mounted with 30 guns, and otherwise armed and equipt, and furnished for the service above mentioned. You having made application to me, that you may have Licence and commission to attack, take, and make prizes of, the Ships, Vessels, and Goods, belonging to the King of Spain, his vassal and subjects.
Reposing, therefore, especial trust in your Loyality, Courage, and good conduct, I do, by these presents, accordingly, authorize empower and commission you, the said Philip Dumaresq, as Captain and Commander of the said Ship. And with the said company to her belonging, to appropriate, seize and take, the Ships, Vessels, and Goods belonging to the King of Spain, his vassals and subjects, in what place soever you may chance to meet them within the West Indias. Your ships company are hereby commanded to obey you their Captain. Yourself, in the execution of this Commission, are to observe and to follow the orders and instructions herewith given to you.
And I do hereby request all Governors and Commanders of any of his Majestie's Territories, Islands, Provinces or Plantations, where the said Captain and Commander shall arrive with his Ship and men; all Admirals, Vice-Admirals and Commanders of his Majestie's Ships of War, and others who may meet him at Sea - Also all officers and subjects of the friends and Allies of his most Sacred Majesty, to protect him the said Captain and Commander, with his said Ship and men, and the prizes he may have taken, and freely and quietly to allow him to pass and repass without giving or suffering him to receive any let or hindrance. But, on the contrary, giving to him all needful succour and assistance.
- Given under my hand and seal at Arms, in Boston, the 24th day of August, in the year of our Lord 1739, and in the thirteenth year of His Most Sacred Majestie's reign.
- J Belcher
- Governor of Massachusetts Bay, and of New Hampshire, in New England, in America