[Editor: The official advertisement for ships to carry convicts in the Third Fleet to New South Wales, published in The London Gazette (13-16 November 1790). This followed a notice placed in October 1790 for proposals for the same task.]
Navy-Office, November 15, 1790.
The Principal Officers and Commissioners of His Majesty’s Navy do hereby give Notice, That on Thursday the 18th Instant, at One o’Clock, they will be ready to treat with the Owners of such Ships in the Service of the East India Company, as are not likely to be taken up for the Two ensuing Seasons, or other Persons, for conveying 2000 Convicts, or any Part of that Number, to the Settlement at New South Wales, on the Conditions and under the Regulations to be seen at this Office.
The Court of Directors of the East India Company have consented that the Ships which may be engaged for this Purpose may proceed to Bombay and load Home with Cotton upon private Account, under the Inspection and Direction of the Company’s Servants at that Settlement, provided such Cottons are sold at the Company’s Sale, subject to the usual Expences (the Company’s Duty only excepted) and provided the said Ships do not interfere with any other Part of the Company’s exclusive Commerce.
No Tenders will be regarded, unless the Parties, or Agents for them, attend, nor will any be received after Twelve o’Clock on the Day of Treaty.
The London Gazette (London, UK), number 13256, 13 to 16 November 1790 [“From Saturday November 13, to Tuesday November 16, 1790”], page 690