Fonds - Michael Gill fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Michael Gill fonds

General material designation

  • Textual record

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Variations in title: Previously known as Letter respecting the condemning of the sloop Diligence, signed by Michael Gill [text] 1756
  • Source of title proper: Title based on contents of the fonds

Level of description


Reference code

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


Physical description area

Physical description

2 cm of textual records

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

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.

Custodial history

Scope and content

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.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

No restrictions

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Associated materials

Related materials


Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions



Level of detail


Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created - April 30, 2013

Language of description

  • English

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres