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ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS PASSED UNDER THE ROYAL SIGN-MANUAL AND SIGNET FOR HUGH PALLISER,
AS GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IN AND OVER THE ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND, THE COAST OF LABRADOR, ETC. DATED 6 MAY 1765.
C.O. 324. Vol 9, p. 44.
Additional Instruction to Our Trusty and well beloved Hugh Palliser Esqr Our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Our Island of Newfoundland, and of the Territories dependent thereupon in America. Given at Our Court at St James's the tenth day of May 1765 and in the fifth Year of Our Reign.
Whereas it hath been represented unto Us, that several of Our Subjects, Inhabitants of, or resorting to Our said Island of Newfoundland under Your Government, have, upon various unwarrantable pretences, possessed themselves of, and do claim as their private property large Tracts of Land commodious for the Fishery, lying within the several Harbours and Rivers upon the Coast of Newfoundland, and the Islands adjacent thereto between Bonavista and Point Riche, to the great prejudice and discouragement of the Ship Fishery, not Only of Our Subjects in general, but also of the Subjects of the Crown of France, allowed by Treaty a concurrent Fishery within the Limits aforesaid; In order therefore to put a stop for the future to such irregular practices and unwarrantable Claims, to prevent all vexatious and expensive Litigations amongst Our Subjects, and to avoid Disputes between them and the Subjects of France, It is Our express Will and Pleasure, that You do not upon any pretence whatsoever allow any exclusive possession to be taken, as private Property, of any Lands, Rivers, or Islands in the northern parts of Newfoundland between Bonavista and point Riche; taking especial Care, that such Ships, as shall resort to that part of Our said Island for carrying on the Fishery, do chuse their Stations as they respectively arrive, and do take up and Occupy, subject to Your Control, such Space only of Beach as shall be proportioned to the Number of their Boats, conformable to what hath been prescribed by an Act passed in the 10th and 11th Years of King William the third, in respect to those parts of the Coast which were in possession of Our Royal Predecessor at the Time that Act was passed.