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No. 252.


               Volume 4, page 22 (reverse)
Pitts Harbour, Labrador,    
14th Aug., 1767      

      Your letter of the 2nd October, 1766 and 18th May, 1767 in favour of several Persons therein Named (Inhabitants of Quebec) to hold Posts on this Coast for the Fishery, I did not receive till this Day.
      The exceeding confused state in which I found things on this Coast in my coming to this Government, occasioned by great numbers of the most abandoned People from all the Colonies resorting to it, all considering it as a Lawless Country, and all disputing, quarrelling, contending & obstructing each other, has produced so many outrages and disorders, that the most vigorous measures, and the utmost endeavours of the King's Officers in those parts, have not yet been able to reduce them into any tolerable order, or to enforce the Fishing Laws, this, together with the difficulty of preserving Peace between such People and the Natives who are the most Savage of all Savages, a Tribe of about Five Hundred of which are come down and now encamped under the protection of the King's Ships at this place, so that I am now so fully engaged, that I have only time to say in Answer to yours, that your request cannot be granted, and for the reasons must beg to refer you to the inclos'd Memorial from the Merchant Adventurers, and my declaration in answer thereto, explaining the footing upon which the Fishery is Established, and as it must remain until ye King shall please to order it otherways, all which I wish to be understood, and made as Publick as you think proper to make it for the information of the People of your Government, and also, that they may know that I shall always have the utmost pleasure in rendering any services that I can regularly do, to any Person worthy of your recommendation, notwithstanding some inconsiderate New Settlers in your Province, endeavour to be as troublesome to me in England, as they are here; for detecting and putting an end to their infamous Clandestine Schemes in combination with the French, and for enforcing the British Laws, for supporting the British Fishery and Navigation, upon which the Nations Marine Strength and security so much depends.

I am,                                  
With great regard,          
Sir, &c., &c.  



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