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PIRATES – The London Gazette. London: Edw. Jones, 22-25 January 1699. No. 3563.
PIRATES – The London Gazette. London: Edw. Jones, 22-25 January 1699. No. 3563.
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PIRATES – The London Gazette. London: Edw. Jones, 22-25 January 1699. No. 3563.

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PIRATES – The London Gazette. London: Edw. Jones, 22-25 January 1699. No. 3563.

A very rare mention of Captain Kidd in Boston. The London Gazette was the official paper of record in England and had the best coverage of piracies but even so mentions of William Kidd in America are extremely rare. In full: “And besides these three [James Kelly, Joseph Bradish, Tee Wetherly], and Capt. Kid and Capt. Davies taken some time ago, there are at this time 15 or 16 more in the Gaol of this place.” Soon enough both Kelly and Kidd were repatriated to England for trial and execution. This issue also details that Kelly “for several years committed Pyracies in the South Seas, and afterwards being on board the Mocha Frigat in India, murdered Captain Edgecombe the Commander, and debauched the Seamen, then turn’d Mahometam and served the Mogul….” Also that pirates Joseph Bradish and Tee Wetherley attempted to take refuge with some remote Indians but these gave him up to the New Englanders for a “Reward of 300 Pieces of Eight.”

Two pages, folio (297 x 164mm). (Toned, pale dampstain.)

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