A History of the Whale Fisheries, from the Basque Fisheries of the Tenth Century to the Hunting of the Finner Whale at the Present Date.

p. 178, [don’t know that this is relevant but worth checking—books here may refer to account books ]: … as they claim to know the procedure of the former company having their in their possession, they are first in the field and "that the design manifestly tending to the increase of nayjgation, and the benefit of all His Majesty’s subjects, it is humbly hoped, will receive countenance and encouragement."