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| Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:53 pm Post subject: Musquatt of the Bounty claims his wages...
|An amusing snippet:
|Navy Office, 9th March 1793
To the Secretary of the Admiralty,
In answer to your letter of the 5th instant, enclosing a Petition from William Musquatt, a Seaman, who, by the Sentence of a Court Martial was adjudged to suffer Death for being concerned in running away with His Majesty’s Armed Vessel the Bounty, but has since received the King’s Pardon, praying to be paid his Wages for her, and you having signified the directions of the Right Honorable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty that We report to them whether there is any instance of a Seaman under similar circumstances being paid his Wages, We desire You will please to acquaint their Lordships that the following are the only cases that bear any similarity to the One in question.
Viz Chesterfield …… Lieutenant Couchman stands discharged 6th December 1748.
Per Order of Admiral Osborne – and his Wages paid to his Executor. The Lieutenant was hanged for Mutiny
Jackall Cutter. A Number of her Men stand Run 5th December 1779 with the Cutter, and their Wages remain unpaid. A Court Martial was held the 20th January 1780 to try the Officers and Company for the same, and as their Lordship’s Order of the 1st February 1780 directs the payment of the Cutter to the time of the Court Martial, there is an exception to the payment of these Men’s Wages, who run away with the Cutter.
We are, Sir, your very humble Servants...
Alas there is no trace in the box about the decision of the Admiralty and if he got his wages or not.