On This Day: 21 November 1705

On this day in 1705, Thomas Bowrey received what was probably a response to the petition he handed to Queen Anne a few days earlier.

The response was an appointment with the Attorney General the following Monday, 26 November. At this time, Edward Northey was Attorney General and he was one of the signatories of the invitation. Another signatory was Simon Harcourt, Lord Chancellor. The third person to sign was Sir John Cooke a leading government lawyer at the time. The note appears to be in Northey’s hand.

It would appear that the petition had been taken very seriously indeed. It was still nearly two years before the union of England and Scotland for which the case of the Worcester was an important push factor. This, rather than the validity of Bowrey’s claim for compensation, may have been the reason for the meeting especially as the owners of the Worcester never received the compensation they sought.

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