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MINUTES OF THE COMMISSIONERS,
RESPECTING CARTWRIGHT'S APPLICATION FOR GRANT OF FISHERIES.
C. O. 391/80. MINUTES OF THE COMMISSIONERS FOR TRADE AND PLANTATIONS.
18 February, 1773.
Their Lordships took into further consideration Mr. Cartwright's Memorial relative to the Seal & Salmon Fisheries on the Coast of Labrador and praying to have a grant of a certain district of that coast, in order to the carrying on the said Fisheries and Mr. Pinson of Dartmouth and Mr. Noble of Bristol, in partnership with Mr. Pinson, attending a memorial of those gentlemen respecting the said Fisheries and suggesting regulations with regard thereto was presented and read; and their Lordships having fully examined into and deliberated upon the nature and circumstances of the said Fisheries, were of opinion. That actual residence and continual possession were essentially necessary to the carrying on the Seal & Salmon Fisheries on the Coast of Labrador. That such of His Majesty's subjects of Great Britain and Ireland, who have taken or shall hereafter take such actual possession in any of the Rivers and Bays on the Coast of Labrador to the North of the Streights of Bellisle and who have erected or shall hereafter erect Houses and warehouses and have made or shall make other establishments necessary to the carrying on the Seal & Salmon Fisheries, ought to be protected in such possession, provided such persons do for the future annually fit out from Great Britain one or more ship or ships to be employed in the Cod Fishery on the said Coast of Labrador, and provided also that the greatest care be taken, that the Proprietors or Proprietor of such fishing Posts do not claim or occupy a greater extent of the coast within the said Bays and Rivers than shall be absolutely necessary in proportion to the numbers of vessels or men employed at the said Posts.
Ordered, that the Draught of a Representation to His Majesty be prepared conformable to the above Resolutions.