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Historical Records of New Zealand

Memorial of W. Moreran

Memorial of W. Moreran.

To His Excellency Lachlan Macquarie, Esq., Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Territory of New South Wales and its Dependancies, &c., &c.

The humble petition of William Moreran most humbly sheweth—

That your petitioner, having, through Your Excellency’s clemency, obtained an emancipation, and being by calling a seaman, is desirous of obtaining his living in that way, Mr. Isaac Nicholls wishing to engage with your petitioner to go to Macquarie Island in procuring skins and oil, and petitioner being page 417 some time since ingaged in Mr. Blaxcell’s brig Cumberland, obtained Your Excelleny’s leave for that purpose, he again most humbly prays Your Excellency will be pleased to allow him to proceed on the present voyage, as your petitioner as no other means to support himself.

And your petitioner will, as in duty bound, ever pray, &c., &c.

The above petitioner have engaged himself to proceed in my brig Endeavour, provided it meets His Excellency the Governor’s aprobation.

Isaac Nicholls.

Sydney, 7th October, 1817. In the absence of His Excellency the Governor, I approve.

James E. N. Hirn,

L. Governor. Sidney, Oct. 28th, ’17.