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REPORT OF THE LORDS OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS
ON DRAFT OF INSTRUCTIONS FOR HUGH PALLISER THE GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IN AND OVER THE ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND THE COAST OF LABRADOR, ETC.
[Extracted from Privy Council Minutes of 25th April, 1764.]
P.C. 2. Vol. 110, pp. 413-414.
Your Majesty having been pleased by your Order in Council of the 11th of this instant to refer unto this Committee a Report from the Lords Commissioners for Trade & Plantations together with a Draught of Instructions prepared by them for Hugh Palliser Esqr whom your Majesty has been pleased to Appoint Governor and Commander in Chief in and over your Majesty's Island of Newfoundland and the Territories dependant thereon in America The Lords of the Committee in Obedience to your Majesty's said Order of Reference, this Day took the same into their Consideration, and do find that in the said Draught the said Lords Commissioners have made no Alterations from the Instructions given by your Majesty to Thomas Graves Esqr the late Governor of the said Island, except in the following respects (Vizt)
That they have omitted the Second Article, and in the room of it have inserted Articles 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. which respect the Regulations your Majesty has been pleased to approve in Order to be Incorporated into this Draught for securing to the Subjects of his most Christian Majesty that Fishery on the Coast of Newfoundland, to which they are entitled by the Stipulations of the late Definitive Treaty of Peace in Common with your Majesty's Subjects within the Limits therein described; And that they have likewise Omitted the Sixth Article requiring the Governor to Assist your Majesty's Subjects in the removal of their Persons and Effects, the Object of which Article no longer exists.
The Lords of the Committee upon mature Consideration of the said Alterations and Additions, are of Opinion, that the same are not only proper but necessary to be made in the said Draught of the Instructions, except only such part of the third Article as directs that the Fishing Season shall be understood to expire on the 30th of September, which the Commee are of
Opinion ought not to be understood to expire on any limited Day, but to continue so long as the Subjects of France shall be Actually employed in Fishing and drying Fish; Their Lordships have therefore thought proper to alter that part of the said Article by leaving out some Words and inserting others which will make the same run as follows (Vizt) "To chuse their Stations there during the Fishing Season according as they shall respectively Arrive in the said Harbours, and to occupy such a space of Beach as shall be proportioned to their number of Boats so long as the said Subjects of France shall be Actually employed in Fishing and Drying of Fish agreably[sic] in these respects to the Treaties of Utrecht and Paris and the established Practice in consequence thereof."
With this Additional alteration the Lords of the Committee do agree humbly to lay the said Draught of Instructions before your Majesty as proper for your Royal Approbation.