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LETTER, W. FAWKENER TO EDWARD COOKE,
TRANSMITTING DRAFT OF ISTRUCTIONS FOR VICE-ADMIRAL HOLLOWAY AS GOVERNOR OF NEWFOUNDLAND.
COL. COR. NEWFOUNDLD, VOL. 23.
Office of Committee of Privy Council for Trade
Whitehall 28th of May 1807.
The Observations made by Admiral Gambier and Vice Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower, during the Periods in which they were Governors of Newfoundland, respecting the Instructions they were furnished with, for their Conduct in that Trust, induced the Lords of the Committee of Council for Trade to revise those Instructions with great care.—Lord Visct Castle reagh will observe that many of the Alterations proposed by these respectable Officers cannot be effected without the Interposition of the Legislature, and that the Remainder are of sufficient Importance to render it desirable to have the whole attentively considered by the New Governor on the Spot, before they are adopted: On framing the accompanying Instructions therefore to Vice Admiral Holloway whom His Majesty has been pleased to appoint to the Government of the said Island, regard has been had to the Change of Circumstances that has taken place within the last few Years, and the Admiral's Attention is called to the Observations of his two Predecessors; These Instructions so altered I am directed to transmit to you for the Information and Consideration of Lord Castlereagh, and to request you will call
his Lordship's Attention to the 2d Article thereof, by which the Governor is directed to cause a Survey to be made of the Harbours, Bays and Coasts situated between Cape Bonavista and St John, because, if that shall be approved of, it will be necessary that proper Authority should be given to the Governor to employ a competent Officer, with proper Assistants, and to hire a small Vessel for that purpose; and it will also be necessary that proper Directions should be given for defraying the Expence to be incurred in carrying that measure into Execution.
The Lords of the Committee are further of Opinion that it may be adviseable that the Governor should be furnished with a Warrant authorizing him to permit the Importation into Newfoundland from the United States,
of such Articles of Provision as may now be lawfully imported, for the whole Year, instead of confining such Importation to the Fishing Season only, as is the Case at present.
I herewith inclose a Schedule of such Papers as in the Opinion of the Lords of this Committee it may be proper to communicate to the Governor, for the purpose of assisting him in his Enquiries on the several Points to which by the Instructions he is particularly called on to direct his Attention.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient humble Servant,
Edward Cooke Esqre