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Royal Africa Company document commenting on British expansion in Africa, 1749
(Catalogue ref: T 1/337/51)
Source 3a

To the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury

The humble Memorial of the Royal African Company of England

Sheweth

That Whereas a Sum not exceeding Ten Thousand Pounds, was granted to his Majesty, in the last Session of Parliament; to be issued and applied towards the Support of the Trade to Africa, in such manner as his Majesty should judge proper; And Whereas the Right Hon.ble the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, in Parliament assembled, have humbly addressed his Majesty, that he will be graciously pleased to give Such Directions for preserving and securing the Forts, Castles, and Settlements upon the Coast of Africa, as his Majesty, in his Royal Wisdom shall judge proper; ......

Source 3b

Your Memorialists, the said Company, out of Duty to His Majesty and both Houses of Parliament, and from a just Sense of the Value and Importance of the Forts and Castles, to the British Trade and Plantations, as well as to Your Memorialists, and from the Urgent Necessity there is, for an Immediate Supply of Recruits of Men, Stores, Provisions, and a proper Assortment of Goods to defray the Necessary Charges on the Coast; Do hereby take the earliest opportunity of humbly tendring their Aid, Service, and Assistance for the more easy, and effectual Execution, of the Purposes intended by the said Parliamentary Grant and Address as shall by his Majesty be thought necessary or expedient
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