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Penhallow, John (1692-1735) [Privateer document for outfitting ship]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01412.32 Author/Creator: Penhallow, John (1692-1735) Place Written: Portsmouth, New Hampshire Type: Document signed Date: 15 September 1780 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 28 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Cosigned by Joshua Wentworth, John Langston, Jacob Treadwell, Nathan Sherburne, Woodbury Langdon, and W. Gardner. Describes the privateers' prize division between parties.

Full Transcript: Portsmouth Sept. 15 1780. Whereas Thomas Martin & George Wentworth as Agents hath bought and fitted for Sea a Certain Ship called the Diane and bound on a Cruize, Against the Enemies of ...the United States of America under the Command of Capt. Thomas Manning and lays ready to Sail the first wind -We the underwritten owners in equal Shares of one tenth each, engage our selves Severally, our heirs Executors, Administrators & Assigns, to pay unto the said Martin & Wentworth our full proportion of their just Account for purchase & outfitts immediately on their accounts being exhibited in the above proportions
And we furthermore engage to pay, indemnify the Sd Agents any C[text loss]es, or damages that may herafter appear & accur[text loss] on the above Cru[text loss] the same pro-portion, in wi[text loss] for which we have hereunto sett our hands the day [text loss] your above written.

John Penhallo
Josh. Wentworth
John Langdon
Jacob Treadwell.
Nathan Sherburne
Woodbury Langdon
W. Gardner.

[docket]
[text loss]vestors Engagements
to the agents Septt
1780
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People: Penhallow, John, 1692-1735
Wentworth, Joshua, 1742-1809
Langdon, John, 1741-1819
Langdon, Woodbury, 1738-1805
Sherburne, Nathaniel, 1754-1799
Treadwell, Jacob, 1736-1787
Gardner, W., fl. 1780
Wentworth, Joshua, 1742-1809

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PrivateeringMaritimeRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryFinanceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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