A Petition to the Right Honourable the Lord Viscount Say and Seale
(Given in: T. Bushell. A Brief Declaration of the Severall Passages in the Treaty Concerning the Surrender of the Garrison of Lundy Formerly Commanded by Tho. Bushell, Esq., Governor Thereof for His Majestie, London (1648) 25 p.)
We the Inhabitants of the Counties of Devon and Cornwall, & neerest borderers upon the Island of Lundy, do in all humility certifie your Lordship, that Mr. Bushell, since his abode in the said Isle in the times of the late war, hath been so far from oppressing us in any kinde, that he hath been a means of some advantage to us by keeping the said Island, and your Lordships inheritance out of the hands of some persons who (we are credibly informed) would have made use of it to the prejudice of these and other parts of the Kingdom. And further, we are bold to certifie your Lordship, that the said Mr. Bushell hath adventured great sums of money to recover the deserted and drowned Mines of Commartin, which is strongly reported to be very hopefull by his means, and by his continued industry may prove very exceeding advantagious to the common good and to these Western parts in particular; now in regard some of our neighbours, to whom he is indebted for certain sums lent to further him in his noble & great design, to recover the said Mines; having received this annexed Letter from the said Mr. Bushell, & fearing that they & we would be deprived of so good a neighbor, and so industrious for the publike good, do hereupon humbly intreat your Lordship (if it may stand with your convenience and good liking) still to admit of his continuance in the said Island, that so by his care & charge we may live secure, and by his knowledge, and active diligence, bring the great work of the said Mines, from hopes, to certainties. This is our humble request in his behalf, if it be not in the matter of it prejudiciall to the State, or disadvantagious to your Lordship.
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George Cary, Rector of Clovelly
William Greenaway, Minister
Nic. Shapley, Sen.
Nic. Shapley, Jun.
Aughter Lyle, Sen.
Aughter Lyle, Jun.
George Mungoy, Curate
Jo Baud ???
Jo. Lynthorne, alias Loy
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