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(Enclosure referred to in No. 68.)
Mr. PINSENT TO SIR T. O'BRIEN.
Supreme Court, Judges' Chambers,
St. John's, Newfoundland, 15th February, 1889.
SIR,—Referring to my conversation with your excellency touching the Labrador boundary line, when you informed me flat no change had been made in the commission or royal instructions, I have the honour again to suggest the desirability of a more definite description of that boundary.
The reasons are fully set out in my letter of May last to Governor Blake.
I would only add that no question or dispute arises in this matter between the dominion of Canada and Newfoundland.
The former has defined its line in official maps, and with that there is no fault to be found on the part of Newfoundland. The difficulty lies in the imperfect and insufficient description of that part of Labrador annexed to this colony, causing an apparent hiatus between Newfoundland Labrador and Canadian Labrador.
There appears to be no necessity for anything more than a definition by the imperial government of the jurisdiction of Newfoundland, made so as to include the territory not claimed by the Dominion and corresponding with the limits described in the Canadian maps.
I have, &c.,
ROBERT J. PINSENT.