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ORDER OF HIS MAJESTY IN COUNCIL,
APPROVING DRAFT OF INSTRUCTIONS TO RICHARD EDWARDS AS GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF IN AND OVER THE ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND.
C.O. 5 VOL. 31.
At the Court at St James's
the 5th of May 1779.
The King's most Excellent Majesty in Council.
Whereas there was this day read at the Board, a Representation of the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, Dated the 27th of last Month in the words following—Vizt
In Obedience to Your Majesty's Commands signified to Us by Lord George Germain, One of Your Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, We have prepared and herewith humbly beg leave to lay before Your Majesty a Draught of Instructions for Richard Edwards Esquire, Rear Admiral of the Blue, 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 depending thereon in America. In this Draught we have omitted the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th and l6th Articles, and part of the l0th and 19th articles of the last Draught, as containing Regulations for securing to the French their Concurrent Fishery, which, We humbly conceive, are now no longer proper to be continued; and we have inserted an Article Nº 72, empowering the Governor to receive and take, for the use of Your Majesty, the tenth part of all Metals, Ores and Minerals extracted from certain Mines in the said Island of Newfoundland, and to pay and deliver the same to such Person or Persons, as may be appointed, by the Lords of Your Majesty's Treasury; likewise an Article Nº 71 requiring the said Governor to carry into strict Execution an Act of Parliament passed in the Sixteenth Year of Your Majesty's Reign for the prohibition of all Trade and intercourse, with several of Your Majesty's Colonies, therein mentioned; which two Articles are conformable to what Your Majesty has already approved; These are the only material Alterations in the present Draught from the Instructions given to Your Majesty's late Governor.
His Majesty taking the same into Consideration, was pleased, with the Advice of His privy Council, to Approve of the said Draught of Instructions, and also of the Alterations made therein, from the Instructions given to the late Governor, and to Order, as it is hereby Ordered, that the Right Honourable Lord George Germain, One of His Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, do cause the said Instructions (which are hereunto annexed) to be prepared for His Majesty's Royal Signature.
Endorsed: Order in Council
5th May 1779.
Approving the Drat of Instructs for Richard Edwards Esqr Govr of Newfoundland.