Fonds - Michael Gill fonds

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Michael Gill fonds

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  • Variations in title: Previously known as Letter respecting the condemning of the sloop Diligence, signed by Michael Gill [text] 1756
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2 cm of textual records

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(1699-1773)

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Michael Gill (1699-1773), magistrate, merchant and militia officer, was born in Charleston, Massachusetts, the son of Michael Gill, Sr. He died in St. John's in 1773.

Michael Gill, Sr. was a mariner and merchant, who was trading with Canada and Newfoundland as early as 1698. He was also involved in trade with the southern British colonies, the West Indies and the Mediterranean.

The oldest son, Michael Gill, Jr. emigrated to Newfoundland in 1721 with his brothers, James and Nicholas. Their firm became one of the more successful mercantile firms involved in the Newfoundland-West Indian trade. Michael Gill became Justice of the Peace (1773), and a judge on the Vice-Admiralty Court. In 1757 he organized a militia to reinforce the garrison at St. John's during the Seven Years War (1756-63), becoming its first lieutenant governor.

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Fonds consists of an autograph letter signed, Port of St. John's, Newfoundland, Oct. 30 1756, by Michael Gill, Commissary, certifying that George Nixon, master of the sloop Diligence, who landed a cargo of lumber from Piscatataqua, could not proceed from the harbour with his vessel as it was condemned. The cargo included a large lumber shipment of oak planks and maple boards, quite likely for shipbuilding for action in the French and Indian war.

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Created - April 30, 2013

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