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Report from the Committee On the Petition from Dominica, respecting losses by the Fire at Roseau

11/05/1808

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R E P O R T. THE COMMITTEE, to whom the Petition of the Council and Assembly of the Island of DOMINICA, by their Agents, on behalf of the Suf- ferers by the Fire in the Town of ROSEAU, on the late Invasion of that Island ; was referred ;— and to whom the Report which, upon the 27th day of July, in the last Session of Parliament, was made from the Committee, to whom the Petition of the Council and Assembly cf the Island of DOMINICA, by their Agents, on behalf of the Sufferers by the Fire in the Town of ROSEAU, 0N the late Invasion of that Island; was also referred ; — HAVE, pursuant to the Order of the House, examined the Matter of the said Petition: To prove the Allegations whereof, The said Report was read ;— And, JOHN ROBINSON, Esquire, one of the Agents of the Council and Assembly of the said Island, delivered in the following Statement:— The Committee of the last Session having directed the Agents to apply to the Commissioners of the Legislature of Dominica for further proofs to specify the Amount of Losses by pillage or property afloat;— A supplemental Report of the said Commissioners states the impossibility of obtaining specific proofs; for, during the fire, which they state to have been occasioned by the wadding of our cannon, the male white persons, and free persons of colour, were absent, actually employed in the defence of the Colony, and the town was deserted by the females and slaves, no person whatever left to stop the progress of the flames ; nor were there any perfons at liberty to do so; that when the house was burned, the furniture and merchandize shared the same fate, whether the property of the proprietor or renter. That from the evidence which appeared before them, they firmly believe that the loss by pillage did not exceed ten per cent, of the whole. In their letter they state, that they did not in their former Report notice any pro. perty afloat, nor was any such claimed as lost. They correct a clerical error in 223. A the
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