(B) SUBMITTED BY NEWFOUNDLAND.
SECRETARY FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR TO GRAND RIVER PULP AND LUMBER COMPANY.
Department of the Interior.
Ottawa, October 10th 1902.
I am directed to inform you in reply to your letter of the 4th instant that your letter of the 24th July last, in which you stated that Mr. d'Aigneaux wished to open a store for traffic at the Western End of Lake Melville, somewhere between the Hamilton and North West Rivers, and asked to be informed if Lake Melville was in Canadian territory, and where the boundary line between Newfoundland and Canada runs, was referred to the Deputy Minister of Justice. He has advised this department that under the Imperial Act of 1825, (6 Geo. IV. Cap. 59, s. 9) so much of the coast of Labrador as lies westward of a line to be drawn due north and south from the bay or harbour of Anse Sablon inclusive as far as the 52nd degree of North Latitude with the land of Anticosti, etc., was re-annexed to Canada, and he considers there was given back to Canada all the Labrador coast except the strip of coast from Sandwich Bay to Anse Sablon. He also thinks that the term "coast" does not include the whole of an inlet like Hamilton Inlet which extends under that name and as Lake Melville and Goose Bay, for 150 miles from the sea. It is therefore his opinion that if goods are landed within the territory belonging to Newfoundland they are entitled to be carried to their destination within Canadian Territory without the payment of Newfoundland duties.
I am to express regret for the delay which has taken place in giving you the above information. Your letter has been referred to the Surveyor General and if he or the Geographer of the Department can furnish a map such as is asked for in your letter of the 24th of July last it will be sent to you free of cost.
I have, etc.,
(Sgd.) P.G. KEYES,