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William Gooch Esq'r His Majesty's Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia To Edward Barradell Esq'r Judge of the Court of Vice Admiralty in the said Colony  Whereas I am empowered by the Lords Commissioners for Executing the Office of Lord high Admiral of Great Britain and Ireland Pursuant to an Act of Parliament made in the thirteenth year of his present Majesties reign to Issue forth and Grant Commissions x (see the side) x or Letters of Marque at the request of any British owner or owners of any Ship or vessel to any person or persons whom such Owner or Owners shall nominate to be Commander or in case of death successively Commanders of such Ship or vessel, for the apprehending Seizing and taking the Ships vessels and Goods belonging to Spain or the Vassals and Subjects of the King of Spain or others Inhabiting within any of his Countries Territories and Dominions and such other Ships Vessells and Goods as are or shall be lyable to Confiscation pursuant to the respective Treaties between His Majesty and other princes States and potentates and to bring the same to Judgm't in His Majesty's high Court of Admiralty in England or Such other Court of Admiralty as shall be lawfully authorized in that behalf for proceedings and Adjudication and Condemnation to be thereupon had according to the Court of Admiralty and Laws of Nations.  These are therefore to will and require you forthwith to Cause a Commission or Letter of Marque to be Issued out of the Court of Vice Admiralty of this Colony unto John Copeland Commander of the Ship called the Happy Burthen about Two hundred Tons mounted with Ten Carryage and Six Swivel Guns and Navigated with twenty five men, to Set forth in Warlike Manner the said Ship called the Happy whereof the said John Copeland is Commander and to apprehend Seize and take the Ships Vessells and Goods belonging to Spain, or the Vassalls and Subjects of the King of Spain or others Inhabiting within any of his Countries, Territories and Dominions and such other Ships Vessells and Goods as are or shall be lyable to Confiscation pursuant to the respective Treatys between His Majesty and other princes States and potentates according to His Majestys Commission and Instructions aforesaid.  And you are to insert therein a Clause enjoining the said John Copeland to keep and Exact Journal of His proceedings and therein particularly to take notice of all prizes which shall be taken by him, the nature of Such prizes the time and place of their being taken and the value of them as near as he can Judge; As also of the Station Motion, and strength of the Enemy as well as he can discover by the best intelligence [illegible] can get; of which he is from time to time as he shall have opportunity to [submit?] an account to the Secretary of the Admiralty [and?] to keep Correspondence with him by all opportunities that shall present provided always that before you Issue such [Commission?] Security be given thereupon according as Directed by His Majestys Instructions to that Lord Commissioner [of?] the Admiralty a copy whereof remains with you  The said Commission to Continue in force till further Order.  For which this shall be your Warrant. Given under My hand and the Seal of the Colony at Williamsburg this 13th day of August in the [thirteenth?] Year of His Majesty's Reign Anno q Dom 1742.  + or bottom of Margin at the request of any British owner or owners of any Ship or vessel to any person or persons whom Such Owner or Owners shall nominate to be Commander or in case of Death [successively?] Commander of such ship or vessel
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William Gooch Esq'r His Majesty's Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia To Edward Barradell Esq'r Judge of the Court of Vice Admiralty in the said Colony  Whereas I am empowered by the Lords Commissioners for Executing the Office of Lord high Admiral of Great Britain and Ireland Pursuant to an Act of Parliament made in the thirteenth year of his present Majesties reign to Issue forth and Grant Commissions x (see the side) x or Letters of Marque at the request of any British owner or owners of any Ship or vessel to any person or persons whom such Owner or Owners shall nominate to be Commander or in case of death successively Commanders of such Ship or vessel, for the apprehending Seizing and taking the Ships vessels and Goods belonging to Spain or the Vassals and Subjects of the King of Spain or others Inhabiting within any of his Countries Territories and Dominions and such other Ships Vessells and Goods as are or shall be lyable to Confiscation pursuant to the respective Treaties between His Majesty and other princes States and potentates and to bring the same to Judgm't in His Majesty's high Court of Admiralty in England or Such other Court of Admiralty as shall be lawfully authorized in that behalf for proceedings and Adjudication and Condemnation to be thereupon had according to the Court of Admiralty and Laws of Nations.  These are therefore to will and require you forthwith to Cause a Commission or Letter of Marque to be Issued out of the Court of Vice Admiralty of this Colony unto John Copeland Commander of the Ship called the Happy Burthen about Two hundred Tons mounted with Ten Carryage and Six Swivel Guns and Navigated with twenty five men, to Set forth in Warlike Manner the said Ship called the Happy whereof the said John Copeland is Commander and to apprehend Seize and take the Ships Vessells and Goods belonging to Spain, or the Vassalls and Subjects of the King of Spain or others Inhabiting within any of his Countries, Territories and Dominions and such other Ships Vessells and Goods as are or shall be lyable to Confiscation pursuant to the respective Treatys between His Majesty and other princes States and potentates according to His Majestys Commission and Instructions aforesaid.  And you are to insert therein a Clause enjoining the said John Copeland to keep and Exact Journal of His proceedings and therein particularly to take notice of all prizes which shall be taken by him, the nature of Such prizes the time and place of their being taken and the value of them as near as he can Judge; As also of the Station Motion, and strength of the Enemy as well as he can discover by the best intelligence [illegible] can get; of which he is from time to time as he shall have opportunity to [submit?] an account to the Secretary of the Admiralty [and?] to keep Correspondence with him by all opportunities that shall present provided always that before you Issue such [Commission?] Security be given thereupon according as Directed by His Majestys Instructions to that Lord Commissioner [of?] the Admiralty a copy whereof remains with you  The said Commission to Continue in force till further Order.  For which this shall be your Warrant.  
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Given under My hand and the Seal of the Colony at Williamsburg this 13th day of August in the sixteenth Year of His Majesty's Reign Annoq Dom 1742.   
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William Gooch

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William Gooch Esq'r His Majesty's Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia To Edward Barradell Esq'r Judge of the Court of Vice Admiralty in the said Colony Whereas I am empowered by the Lords Commissioners for Executing the Office of Lord high Admiral of Great Britain and Ireland Pursuant to an Act of Parliament made in the thirteenth year of his present Majesties reign to Issue forth and Grant Commissions x (see the side) x or Letters of Marque at the request of any British owner or owners of any Ship or vessel to any person or persons whom such Owner or Owners shall nominate to be Commander or in case of death successively Commanders of such Ship or vessel, for the apprehending Seizing and taking the Ships vessels and Goods belonging to Spain or the Vassals and Subjects of the King of Spain or others Inhabiting within any of his Countries Territories and Dominions and such other Ships Vessells and Goods as are or shall be lyable to Confiscation pursuant to the respective Treaties between His Majesty and other princes States and potentates and to bring the same to Judgm't in His Majesty's high Court of Admiralty in England or Such other Court of Admiralty as shall be lawfully authorized in that behalf for proceedings and Adjudication and Condemnation to be thereupon had according to the Court of Admiralty and Laws of Nations. These are therefore to will and require you forthwith to Cause a Commission or Letter of Marque to be Issued out of the Court of Vice Admiralty of this Colony unto John Copeland Commander of the Ship called the Happy Burthen about Two hundred Tons mounted with Ten Carryage and Six Swivel Guns and Navigated with twenty five men, to Set forth in Warlike Manner the said Ship called the Happy whereof the said John Copeland is Commander and to apprehend Seize and take the Ships Vessells and Goods belonging to Spain, or the Vassalls and Subjects of the King of Spain or others Inhabiting within any of his Countries, Territories and Dominions and such other Ships Vessells and Goods as are or shall be lyable to Confiscation pursuant to the respective Treatys between His Majesty and other princes States and potentates according to His Majestys Commission and Instructions aforesaid. And you are to insert therein a Clause enjoining the said John Copeland to keep and Exact Journal of His proceedings and therein particularly to take notice of all prizes which shall be taken by him, the nature of Such prizes the time and place of their being taken and the value of them as near as he can Judge; As also of the Station Motion, and strength of the Enemy as well as he can discover by the best intelligence [illegible] can get; of which he is from time to time as he shall have opportunity to [submit?] an account to the Secretary of the Admiralty [and?] to keep Correspondence with him by all opportunities that shall present provided always that before you Issue such [Commission?] Security be given thereupon according as Directed by His Majestys Instructions to that Lord Commissioner [of?] the Admiralty a copy whereof remains with you The said Commission to Continue in force till further Order. For which this shall be your Warrant. Given under My hand and the Seal of the Colony at Williamsburg this 13th day of August in the sixteenth Year of His Majesty's Reign Annoq Dom 1742. William Gooch