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Capt. Ellis Brand to Admiralty—12 Mar 1718/9
Letters – Brand to Admiralty—12 Mar 1719
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ADM 1/1472 Lyme Virginia Mar: 12: 1718/19
This comes to Acknowledge the receipt of those Lordships Orders for my takeing Any Ships Or Vessels
belonging to the King of Spain which came to me the 7th Jan(?)
Since I wrote you my last for February given you an Acct of our haveing distroyed the pirate Tach and
his crew harbouring in No Carolina And bringing the Sloop and his effects into this government, I have
talks with the Governor as likewise with the judge of the court of Admiralty in Order to proceed
Against them As Usual in the like causes which was granted me
I cannot Omitt given there Lordships An Acct of the Very extrodinary proceedings of the Government of
North Carolina when the Court of Admiralty in Virginia was sett to proceed Against the pirates goods.
A Lawyer Appeared for them and put in a plea Against the the jursidiction of this court, as likewise
setting forth that I had by force takeing - from The Lords Proprietors lands a parcel of Sugars Cocoa
cotton slaves &c
I shall now Acquaint there Lordships that during the time I was in North Carolina I was att the
governers [Charles Eden] house,
that when I applied myself to him for a parcell of Sugars and Slaves that did belong to Tach, he
Order'd the Marshal to deliver the Slaves, And the Naval Officer the Sugars to me, Nor doe I know of
Any Violence or Ill treatment Either himself or Any of the Inhabitants did meet with during this time.
I was in there government from any person under my command, when I left Bath Town the governer went
into the next County with me. I thought att our parting my conduct had been such the time I was in
there government that it would not allow'd of such base and seunditous reports as they are now pleas'd
to give out.
They are getting severall depositions to send home to my Lord Cartright and the other Proprietors
Against me. I hope when I arrive in England I shall be able to Justi? My whole proceedings the time I
was Amongst them And beg no reports of theres may effect me att there Lordships board till such time
as I come home and then I shall humble submitt to there Lordships judgment.
The court has Over rul'd there plea as to the jursidiction of the court and proceeded against them,
the goods being perishable they are Order'd to be sold.
by the Next Opportunitie I shall give you an account of the saele of goods; upon the Tryall of the
pyrates it was found there sugars was taken sometime in last August in a ship from Martinicoe bound to
old France [Rose Emelye?].
I am now About heaving the Lime down and fitting her for the sea. I am
your Most Obedient
humble Serv To Comm: