On This Day: 2 June 1710

On this day in 1710, Thomas Bowrey showed one of his proposals to Samuel Sheppard in the presence of John Hungerford. This particular proposal was for taking a usefull island in the East Indies from the French, reducing the pirates of Madagascar and Muscat and doing other considerable services for the advantages of this nation.

Sheppard said that it was not the right time for such a proposal because of the manpower shortage due to the war.  England (and from 1707, Great Britain) and been involved in the War of Spanish Succession against the French and Spanish since 1701.

In 1707, Bowrey had sent the same proposal to Peregrine Osborne (the Marquis of Carmarthen, vice-admiral and Tory politician). Like many of his schemes, he was reluctant to let it drop.

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