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         [16 March,
1772.]    


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No. 110.

Newfoundland.

COMMISSION PASSED UNDER THE GREAT SEAL OF GREAT BRITAIN,

APPOINTING MOLYNEUX SHULDHAM TO BE GOVERNOR AND     COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IN AND OVER THE ISLAND OF     NEWFOUNDLAND,   THE   COAST   OF   LABRADOR,   ETC.



PATENT ROLL 12 GEO. III. PART II. NO. 7.


Molineux Shuldham, Esqr
Governor of Newfoundland

George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain ffrance and Ireland King Defender of the ffaith &c To our Trusty and Wellbeloved Molineux Shuldham Esquire Greeting Whereas we did by our Letters patent under our Great Seal of Great Britain bearing date at Westminster the thirteenth day of May in the ninth year of our Reign Constitute and appoint John Byron Esquire 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's 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 [E]rected and Established in our Islands of Newfoundland Anticosti 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 had may more fully and at large appear  Now know you that we have revoked determined and 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 Molineux Shuldham 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 Molineux Shuldham 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 Johns which discharges itself i[n]to 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

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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 Coast 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 Molineux Shuldham full Power and 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 first year of the Reign of King George the first 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 Abettors and in an Act passed in the sixth year of our Reign Intitled An Act for altering the Oath of Abjuration and the Assurance and for amending so much of an Act of the seventh Year of her late Majesty Queen Anne Intitled An Act for the Improvement of the Union of the two Kingdoms as after the time therein Limitted require the Delivery of certain Lists and Copies therein mentioned to Persons Indicted of high Treason or Misprison of Treason to all and every such Person and Persons as you shall think fit who shall at any time or time's pass into our said Islands or shall be resident or abiding thereon upon the Coast 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 Priviledges belonging thereunto and Justices of the Peace with other necessary Officers and Ministers for the better Administration of Justice and keeping the Peace and Quiet of the said Islands and Coasts aforesaid

[Then the same as in Commission to Hugh Palliser of 9th April, 1764, ante page 412, line 31, to page 413, 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 of Labrador and Islands adjacent thereto or Dependant thereupon within the Limits aforesaid to be obedient aiding and assisting unto you in the Execution of this our Commission and of the Powers 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

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shall devolve do take upon him the Administration of the Government 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 Molineux Shuldham shall and may hold Execute and Enjoy the place of 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 Johns 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 shall be Erected and Established in our said Islands of Newfoundland Anticosti and Madelaine or on the Coasts 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 Sixteenth day of March.

By Writ of Privy Seal.   

[1927lab]


 

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