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ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS AUTHORIZING GOVERNOR OF
TO MAKE GRANTS OF LAND IN THE ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND FOR PURPOSES OF CULTIVATION.
C.O. 195. VOL. 17.
1st June 1817.
V. Adml. Pickmore
His Majesty's Government have had under consideration the representations which have from time to time been made to them as to the distressed State of the population of Newfoundland and being most anxious to devise means by which some supply of provisions may in future be secured to the Island independent of Foreign supplies; and it having been represented that notwithstanding the ungenial climate and Soil of that Colony it might nevertheless be possible to raise many articles of subsistence and especially Potatoes if Lands were granted for cultivation. I have to signify to you the Commands of His Royal Highness The Prince Regent that you should immediately upon your arrival in Newfoundland take measures for ascertaining those parts of the Island in which cultivation is most likely to be attended with
success and that you should proceed to make Grants of the same to any individuals who may be desirous or willing to engage in the cultivation taking care always that the Grants made be not beyond the means of the individual to cultivate and that a small quit Rent per Acre be reserved for the use of His Majesty.
I have the Honor to be &c.