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COMMISSION PASSED UNDER THE GREAT SEAL OF GREAT BRITAIN,
APPOINTING RICHARD EDWARDS TO BE GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IN AND OVER THE ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND.
PATENT ROLL 19 GEO. III, PART 3. NO. 15.
Richard Edwards 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 Trust and Welbeloved Richard Edwards Esquire Greeting Whereas We did by Our Letters Patent under Our Great Seal of Great Britain bearing Date at Westminster the fourteenth Day of March in the Sixteenth Year of Our Reign constitute and appoint John Montagu Esquire to be Our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Our Island of Newfoundland and of 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 and Madelaine 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 Ye 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 Richard Edwards 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 Richard Edwards to be Our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Our said Island of Newfoundland and also of the Islands of Madelaine in the Gulph of Saint Lawrence as also of all Our fforts and Garrisons erected and established in Our said Islands of Newfoundland and Madelaine as aforesaid And Wee 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 and Sign Manual or by Our Order in Our Privy Council And We do further give and grant unto You the said Richard Edwards 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
[Then the same as in Commission to Rear-Admiral Robert Duff of April, 1775, ante page 475, line 10, to page 476, line 39.]
And We do hereby require and Command all Officers Civil and Military and all other Inhabitants of our said Islands 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 shall devolve do take upon him the Administration of the Government of Our said Islands 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 Richard Edwards shall and may hold and enjoy the Place of Our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Our said Island of Newfoundland and of 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 and Madelaine as 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 this first Day of April
By Writ of Privy Seal.