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COMMISSION PASSED UNDER THE GREAT SEAL OF GREAT BRITAIN
APPOINTING JOHN BYRON TO BE GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN- CHIEF IN AND OVER THE ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND, THE COAST OF LABRADOR, ETC.
PATENT ROLL. 9 GEO. III, PART II, NO. 1.
John Byron Esqr
GEORGE the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain ffrance and Ireland King Defender of the ffaith &c To Out Trusty and Welbeloved John Byron Esquire Greeting Whereas We did by Our Letters Patent under Our Great Seal of Great Britain bearing date at Westminster the Ninth day of April in the ffourth Year of Our Reign constitute and appoint Hugh Pallisser Esqr to be Our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Our Island of Newfoundland and all the Coast of Labrador from the entrance of Hudsons Streights to the River Saint John which discharges itself into the Sea nearly opposite the West End of the Island of Anticosti including that Island with any other small Islands on the said Coast of Labrador and also the Islands of Madelaine in the Gulph of Saint Lawrence as also of all Our fforts and Garrisons erected and established or that should be erected and established in Our Islands of Newfoundland Anitcosti and Madelaine or on the Coasts of Labrador within the Limits aforesaid for and during Our Will and Pleasure as by the said Letters Patent relation being thereunto has may more fully and at large appear Now Know You that We have revoked determined & made void And by these Presents do revoke determine and make void the said recited Letters Patent and every Clause Article and thing therein contained And We reposing especial Trust and Confidence in the Prudence Courage and Loyalty of you the said John Byron of Our especial Grace certain knowledge and meer Motion have thought fit to constitute and appoint and by these Presents do constitute and appoint You the said John Byron to be Our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Our said Island of Newfoundland and all the Coast of Labrador from the Entrance of Hudsons Streights to the River Saint John which discarges itself into the Sea nearly opposite the West end of the Island of Anticosti including that Island with any other small Islands on the said Coast of Labrador and also the Islands of Madelaine in the Gulph of Saint Lawrence as also of all Our fforts and Garrisons erected
and established or that shall be erected and established in Our said Islands of Newfoundland Anticosti and Madelaine or on the Coasts of Labrador within the Limits aforesaid And We do hereby require and Command you to do and execute all things in due manner that shall belong to your said command and the Trust We have reposed in you according to the several Powers and directions granted or appointed you by this present Commission and the Instructions either herewith given You or by such further Powers Instructions or Authorities as shall at any time hereafter be granted or appointed You under Our Signet or Sign Manual or by Our Order in Our Privy Council And We do further give and grant unto You the said John Byron full Power & Authority from time to time and at all times hereafter by Yourself or by any Other to be authorized by You in that behalf to administer and give the Oaths mentioned in an Act passed in the ffirst Year of the Reign of King George the ffirst entitled An Act for the further Security of his Majesty's Person and Government and the Succession of the Crown in the Heirs of the late Princess Sophia being Protestants and for extinguishing the hopes of the Pretended Prince of Wales and his open and secret Abetters And in an Act passed in the Sixth Year of Our Reign entitled "An Act for altering the Oath of Abjuration and the Assurance and for a amending so much of an Act of the seventh Year of her late Majesty Queen Anne entitled" an Act for the improvement of the Union of the two Kingdoms as after the time therein limited requires the Delivery of certain Lists and Copies therein mentioned to Persons indicted of High Treason or Misprision of Treason to all and every such Person and Persons as You shall think fit who shall at any time or times pass into Our said Islands or shall be resident or abiding here or upon the Coasts of Labrador within the Limits aforesaid. And We do by these Presents give and grant unto You full Power and Authority to constitute and appoint Judges and in cases requisite Commissioners of Oyer and Terminer for the hearing and determining of all Criminal Causes Treason excepted according to Law and for awarding Execution thereupon with all reasonable and necessary Powers Authorities ffees and Privileges belonging thereunto and Justices of the Peace with other necessary Officers and Ministers for the better Administration of Justice and keeping the Peace & quiet of the said Island and Coasts aforesaid.
[Then the same as in Commission to Hugh Palliser of 9th April, 1764, ante page 413, line 30, to page 414, line 33.]
And We do hereby require and command all Officers Civil and Military and all other Inhabitants of Our said Islands and the Coasts and Territories or Labrador and Islands adjacent thereto or dependent thereupon within the Limits aforesaid to be obedient aiding and assisting unto You in the Execution of this Our Commission and of the Power and Authorities herein contained. And in case of your Death Our Will and Pleasure is that the Person upon whom the Command of Our Ships under Your Command shall devolve do take upon him the Administration of the Governmt of Our said
Islands and Territories as aforesaid and Execute Our said commission and Instructions and the several Powers and Authorities therein contained in the same manner to all intents and purposes as you Our said Governor and Commander in Chief might or ought to do for and during Our Will and Pleasure And We do hereby declare Ordain and Appoint that You the said John Byron shall & may hold execute and enjoy the Place or Our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Our said Island of Newfoundland and all the Coast of Labrador from the Entrance of Hudsons Streights to the River Saint John which discharges itself into the Sea nearly opposite to the West End of the Island of Anticosti including that Island with any other small Islands on the said Coast of Labrador and also the Islands of Madelaine in the Gulph of Saint Lawrence as also of all Our fforts and Garrisons erected and established or that shall be erected and established in Our said Islands or Newfoundland Anticosti and Madelaine or on the Coast of Labrador within the Limits aforesaid with all and singular the Powers and Authorities hereby granted unto You for and during Our Will and Pleasure In Witness &c Witness Ourself at Westminster the Thirteenth day of May
By Writt of Privy Seal