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COMMISSION PASSED UNDER THE GREAT SEAL OF GREAT
BRITAIN APPOINTING SIR RICHARD GOODWIN KEATS
TO BE GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IN AND OVER THE ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND, THE COAST OF LABRADOR, ETC.
Dated 18 March, 1813.
PATENT ROLL. 53 GEO. III. PART 8. N 16.
Sir Richard Goodwin Keats K B
Governor of Newfoundland
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 well beloved Sir Richard Goodwin Keats Knight of the most honorable Order of the Bath Vice Admiral of the Blue Squadron of our ffleet 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 ffourth Day of June in the ffiftieth Year of our Reign constitute and appoint Sir John Thomas Duckworth Knight of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath to be our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over our Island of Newfoundland and Islands adjacent and 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 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 Sir Richard Goodwin Keats 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 Richard Goodwin Keats 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 and all the Coast of Labrador from the River Saint John to Hudsons Streights the Island of Anticosti and all other the adjacent Islands the Islands of Madelain excepted according to the Provisions of an Act passed in the fforty ninth Year of our Reign intituled "An Act for establishing Courts of Judicature in the Island of Newfoundland
and the Islands adjacent and for reannexing part of the Coast of Labrador and the Islands lying on the said Coast to the Government of Newfoundland" as also of all our fforts and Garrisons erected and established in the said Islands of Newfoundland Anticosti and the Island adjacent or on the
Coast of Labrador within the Limits aforesaid 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 our Order in our Privy Council And we do further give and grant unto you the said Sir Richard Goodwin Keats 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 Sir Richard King, ante page 576, line 5, to page 577, line 45.]
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 to* 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 Richard Goodwin Keats 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 and all the Coast of Labrador from the River Saint John to Hudsons Streights the Island of Anticosti and all other adjacent Islands the Islands of Madelaine excepted according to the Provisions of the said Act passed in the fforty ninth Year of our Reign entituled "An Act for establishing Courts of Judicature in the Islands of Newfoundland the Islands adjacent and for reannexing part of the Coast of Labrador and the Islands lying on the said Coast to the Government of Newfoundland" as also of all our fforts and Garrisons erected and established in our said Islands with all and singular the Powers and Authorites hereby granted unto you for and during Our Will and Pleasure
In Witness & Witness &c the eighteenth Day of March.
By Writ of Privy Seal