[Editor: An advertisement for tenders for the transportation of convicts to New South Wales. Published in The London Gazette, 15-19 March 1791.]
Navy-Office, March 18, 1791.
The Principal Officers and Commissioners of His Majesty’s Navy do hereby give Notice, That on Wednesday the 23d Instant, at One o’Clock, they will be ready to receive Proposals from 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 Four Hundred Convicts 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.
The Ships are to be ready to sail in the Course of the Month of May next.
No Tenders will be noticed, unless the Parties, or Agents for them, attend, nor will any be received after Twelve o’Clock.
The London Gazette (London, UK), number 13291, 15-19 March 1791 [“From Tuesday March 15, to Saturday March 19, 1791”], page 169