p. 618 C
COMMISSION PASSED UNDER THE GREAT SEAL OF THE
UNITED KINGDOM APPOINTING SIR ERASMUS GOWER
TO BE GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IN AND OVER THE ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND.
PATENT ROLL. 44 GEO. III. PART 6. NO. 8.
Sir Erasmus Gower Knight
Governor and Commander in
Chief of Newfou*dland and the
George the Third by the Grace of God
of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King Defender of the ffaith To our trusty and welbeloved Sir Erasmus Gower Knight Vice Admiral of the White Squadron of our fleet Greeting Whereas we did by our Letters patent under our Great Seal of our United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland bearing date at Westminster the Twenty seventh day of May in the forty second year of our reign constitute and appoint James Gambier Esquire to be our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over our Island of Newfoundland and Islands adjacent as also of all our fforts and Garrisons erected and established or that should be erected and established thereon 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 and 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 Sir Erasmus Gower 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 Sir Erasmus Gower to be our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over our said Island of Newfoundland and the Islands Adjacent including the Islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon as also of all the fforts and Garrisons erected and established in our said Island of Newfoundland and the Island adjacent including the said Islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon as 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 herewith given you or by such further powers Instructions and authorities as shall at any time hereafter be granted or appointed you under our Signet and Sign manual or by order in our privy Council And we do further Give and Grant unto you the said Sir Erasmus Gower
[Then same as in Commission to Rear Admiral Sir Richard King, ante p. 567, line 3, to p. 577, line 44.]
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 on 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 this 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 Sir Erasmus Gower shall and may hold and enjoy the place of our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over our said Island of Newfoundland and the Islands adjacent including the Islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon as also of all our forts and Garrisons erected and established in our said Islands with all and singular the powers and authorities hereby granted unto you for and during our will and pleasure.
In witness etc: Witness etc: the thirty first day of May.
By the King himself.