Fonds - Arthur Holdsworth fonds

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Arthur Holdsworth fonds

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  • Variations in title: Previously known as Arthur Holdsworth Papers [microform] 1705-1773
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  • Microfilmed [198-] (originally created 1705-1773) (Creation)
    Holdsworth, Arthur

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1 microfilm reel

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Arthur Holdsworth (1668-1726), fishing captain, ship owner, and merchant, was born in Dartmouth, Devonshire, England, son of Arthur Holdsworth (1624-1690). Holdsworth died in 1726 while mayor of Dartmouth.

Holdsworth was involved in the Newfoundland trade and became admiral of the harbour of St. John's in 1700, a position which he held periodically for ten years. During his tenure, however, he did not preside over any courts or meetings. In 1711, he stopped sailing to Newfoundland and managed his firm from Dartmouth.

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Acquired by the National Archives of Canada in 1955.

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Fonds consists of records of the purchase of land and fishing rights in Newfoundland from Joan Burrows, Joan Churchward, and John Aylward; power of attorney from Christopher Arthur (1730); affidavits of John Summers and Arthur French, regarding the detention of the ship Happy Return (1742),and of John Gale, Peter Cutler and Alexander Findlator, regarding the seizure of The Hampshire (1745); and a letter from Charles Walley, St. John's (1773).

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Acquired from the National Archives of Canada, now Library and Archives Canada.


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    Biography, scope & content notes are courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

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    Created - May 15, 2013

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