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THE PIRATES OF LUNDY

though we used every argument in our power to prevent him. He replied that the island was his, and every vessel that passed it and did not pay him the same compliment as was paid to the King's forts he would fire on her. He talked to us about his contract for exportation of convicts to Virginia, and often said that the sending of convicts to Lundy was the same as sending them to America; they were transported from England, it mattered not where it was, so long as they were out of the kingdom."[1]

  1. Chanter, Lundy Island, 1877. Besides Mr. Chanter's History, my authority is Mr. R. P. Chope's articles on "Lundy Pirates" and on "Benson" in the Hartland Chronicle, 1906.