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"Not more requisition orders?"
"No, sir. Execution.
Governor Weatherby Swann and the clerk[src]

This man was a clerk who served as part of the East India Trading Company under Lord Cutler Beckett aboard the HMS Endeavour in the late 1720s. In 1729, during the War Against Piracy, the clerk was present in Lord Beckett's cabin speaking with Governor Weatherby Swann. The clerk informed Swann of the East India Trading Company's recent mass executions at Port Royal.


Early life[]

Not much is known about the EITC clerk's early life. A man of English descent, at some unspecified point of his life he became a clerk. As a clerk, the man was hired by the East India Trading Company to work under Lord Cutler Beckett aboard the East India Trading Company Armada's flagship the HMS Endeavour during the War Against Piracy.[1]


Shortly after the East India Trading Company's mass executions at Port Royal in August 1729, the clerk was stationed inside the HMS Endeavour in Lord Beckett's own personal cabin. He spoke with the former Governor of Port Royal, Weatherby Swann, at the latter's desk as Beckett's aide Ian Mercer talked with the Lord himself on the nine Pieces of Eight.[1]

After the clerk handed Swann a pile containing several files and sheets of paper, the Governor asked in an annoyed tone if it was more requisition orders, but the clerk corrected him, telling him it was actually executions and inadvertently informing Weatherby of the mass executions at Port Royal. It was right as the clerk said "executions" that the newly promoted Admiral James Norrington drew his old ceremonial sword.[1] His further fate is unknown.

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