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May 1790

Sunday. May 2nd: The Birds taken at Mount Pitt being found very sufficient to Supply every person, orders were given not to shoot any Birds on the Island during the continuance of the Mount Pitt Birds.

Friday.14th: A Council was held by the Lt.Governor & all the Commission'd Officers, to take into consideration the present reduced state of the Provision Store & to consult upon what measures were most proper to be pursued in Order to preserve Life until such time as we might be releived by some supplies arriving; & bring the Season round that we may expect some releif from the Crops which the ground already clear'd & clearing may produce; all which having been duly consider'd, the Ration of Provisions was reduced to the following quantity 3Lb of Flour, 1 1/2Lb of salt Beef or 17 Oz. of Pork & 1Lb of Rice or Calavances pr week to each Man and Woman: To Children more than 1 year old half the aforementioned Ration & to Children under 1 year 1 1/2 lb of Flour & 1 lb of Rice pr week; At which allowance there remain in Store 17 Weeks Flour, 16 Beef & Pork together & 21 of Rice & Calavances together: The Parties for Birds were now view facsimile

increased & allowed to bring in as many as they thought proper there not yet appearing to be the smallest decrease in the numbers.

Saturday 22nd. A Practice being made known which several of the People going for Birds had, of destroying them for the sake of the Egg after they had taken as many birds as they as they wanted to carry away & leave the Birds laying about so as to become a nuisance round the hills, the Parties were not allowed to go out till 3 in the afternoon & to return by 10 at night, these Birds were now so plenty that the People could get as many as they wanted & the practice which of destroying & throwing away the Bird having been put a stop to, they seldom brought in any but those with the Egg in them, letting the other go again after taking them; Our People generally return about 8 O'clock loaded, they have between 3 & 4 Miles to go for them to Mount Pitt & the hills about it.

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