Document ReferencePw2 Hy 1034
TitleCopies of two letters from John Rogers, London, to Lord Dartmouth [later 1st Earl of Dartmouth]; 6-18 Dec. 1710
Date6 December 1710-18 December 1710
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionCopy of letter from John Rogers, London, to Lord Dartmouth [later 1st Earl of Dartmouth], 18 Dec. 1710; provides information regarding the sale of slaves [subjects of the King of Portugal] by the commander of the 'Aurengzeb'; says that he was a passenger on its voyage from East India; remarks on the capture of a ship presumed to carry pirates, and the seizure and sale of its cargo; reports on the poor rations which were available on the ship and the numbers who died from starvation or food poisoning; says that the ship was carrying food as part of its cargo; states that Captain Stacey refused to allow access to these provisions until they were forced to cannibalise their own dead crew mates, as was done on Captain Henny's ship; says that such incidents are the result of merchant vessels 'turning piratts'.

Says that Captain Stacey was tried at the Old Bailey for causing the drowning of his ship's carpenter, John Buckland; reports that Buckland committed suicide rather than starve; says that Stacey is outward bound for the East Indies; believes that only those intending to become pirates would serve under Captain Stacey.

Copy of letter from John Rogers, London, to Lord Dartmouth [later 1st Earl of Dartmouth], 18 Dec. 1710; says that he has presented a relation of the 'unjust proceedings' of Captain Edmund Stacey aboard the 'Aurengzeb' to Mr Lewis; says that Stacey's ship is 'cleard at Gravesend'; says that he has information on another individual who has sold subjects of the King of Portugal as slaves.
Termmaritime vessels, merchant ships, 'Aurengzeb'
courts, Old Bailey
suicide, of British sailors
trade, with India
medical conditions, starvation
medical conditions, food poisoning
cannibalism, by British sailors
crimes, piracy
slavery, slave trade, subjects of Portugal

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA29864Stacey; Edmond (fl 1710); Captain; merchant sailor; accused of piracyfl 1710
NA29865Henny; - (fl 1710); Captain; merchant sailor; accused of piracy and cannibalismfl 1710
NA29866Buckland; John (fl 1710); -; carpenter of the 'Aurengzeb'; committed suicidefl 1710
NA29444Lewis; Erasmus (1670-1754); Mr; M.P. for Lostwithiel, Cornwall; secretary to Robert Harley from 17041670-1754
NA29828Rogers; John (fl 1710-1712); provided information on illegal tradersfl 1710-1712
NA29827Legge; William (1672-1750); 1st Earl of Dartmouth; cr. 1711; secretary of state for the south 1710-31672-1750
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