One of Messrs Garland’s Trinity dealers was put
into gaol the other day, on a charge of breaking into a store (W.
Verges) & stealing there from, molasses & one barrel of pork. It is
well that he is caught, as it will have an excellent effect on others
& particularly should he be condemned. Be as it will he must remain in
goal till the circuit court opens in October. The Sally’s upper works
are getting bad. We have patched her up so as to go with safety one
spring more to the ice, & then she must next fall or summer get a
thorough repair. The Anna too, had many little jobs to finish, & the
interior of her cabin is yet to be fitted up. The Swallow is now under
hand & our builder Newhook declares that her stern was scandalously
handled in Poole. Justice he say’s was very far from being done. We
shall do just as much as will make her safe for another spring’s ice
hunting, but we might fail in making sale of her at a fair price this
fall. In consequence of not being furnished with the necessary bread,
we give up the idea of sending the Anna into Placentia Bay & by the
way of keeping servants employed, which we cannot get rid of, till
their times are up, we may probably next month send her to the
northern to cut a load of timbers, or a good frame preparatory to
another ice hunter for the spring of 1832.
26th August bags of fine bread remaining 59 bags of
corn bread J.B. & G.G. remaining 33
Total amount of are Trinity Collection of fish to
this day & which you will say is sufficiently frightful.
2630 ½ - 192 ½ - 58 exactly 4538 qtls less then if
it was to this date last year
From Heart’s Content we have recd 766 qtls made and
Every kind of bait seems to have forsaken us
otherwise the planters would yet get a little fish, & particularly on
the Catalina ground.
The enclosed bill for £34.15 sterling Honor grant
on John Rogers, please receive & place to the credit of Robert Grant
of Trinity, on your Poole books, & advise him in the fall.
For your information we enclose a copy of a short
letter we wrote Mr. Bremner yesterday.
We cannot help reverting again to the subject of
your complaint respecting the vessels for we confess we do not feel
very easy under the imputation of extravagance which you have applied
to us through the medium of the ship’s master.
Always having had the interest of your trade at
heart, we have felt anxious, perhaps over anxious to see your vessels
appear respectable & in a fit state to keep pace in some degree with
your neighbors; and if you deem this extravagance & condemn for such a
feeling, then we are doubtless open to your sensor and as to the
Louisa Hanh. in particular, she is the best fish vessel & perhaps the
fastest sailer that comes to the island, and further she as for years
been generally destined to contend with our powerful neighbors in
carrying the first fish to market and would it not be most
preposterous to keep such a vessel as this short of canvas, cordage or
any other necessary and after all we have given her, look at the
Dolphin, with whom she has so often to grapple & you will find that
your vessel is not provided with so many sails as she neither does she
spreads so many yards of canvas, by something considerable, and we do
not think Messrs Garland have lost anything through their liberal
plan, whatever your trade may have suffered by it. However, for the
future you may rely on it, we will give them nothing but what they
cannot go to sea without, as it is your intention to furnish them with
all the real necessities in Poole.
Source: Trinity Historical Society