Document ReferencePl C 35
TitleEvidence before the Committee on the State of the Nation taken on Friday 6 February 1778
Date6 February 1778
Extent88 ff
Content DescriptionDetailed evidence provided by Mr Alderman Wooldridge, Mr Hake, Mr Long, Mr Creighton, Mr Olive, Mr Shoolbred and Mr Payne pertaining to; ships captured since the start of the war with the American colonies; the value of ships trading between Britain, Africa, and the West Indies, including the value of their cargoes of sugar, rum and slaves; the procedure of insuring ships at Lloyds Coffee House; American privateering ships; the effect the war has had on trade with the West Indies, Africa, Newfoundland and elsewhere; the rise in the cost of insurance for shipping and in sailors' wages; the effect of the war on the fishing trade in Newfoundland and the three-way trade between Britain, Africa and the West Indies; and the establishment of a whale fishery off the coast of Africa.

Taken from Mr Gurney's shorthand notes.
Terminsurance, shipping
insurance, Lloyds Coffee House
naval actions, capture of ships
maritime vessels, value of
trade, sugar
trade, rum
trade, slaves
slavery, slave trade
colonies, West Indies
colonies, Africa
wars, effects of
fishing, Newfoundland
fishing, whaling

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA40591Lloyds Coffee House, London
NA40592Great Britain; Committee on the State of the Nation
NA40593Shoolbred; - (fl 1778); Mr; slave traderfl 1778
NA40594Olive; - (fl 1778); Mr; engaged in the Newfoundland fish tradefl 1778
NA40595Payne; - (fl 1778); Mr; cargo furnisherfl 1778
NA40596Creighton; - (fl 1778); Mr; merchant in the West Indian tradefl 1778
NA40597Wooldridge; - (fl 1778); Mr; aldermanfl 1778
NA40598Hake; Abraham (fl 1778); Mr; secretary to a society of underwritersfl 1778
NA40599Long; - (fl 1778); Mrfl 1778
NA40600Gurney; - (fl 1778); Mrfl 1778
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