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REPRESENTATION OF LORDS OF TRADE TO COMMITTEE OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL,
REPORTING UPON RECONSIDERATION OF THEIR REPRESENTATION OF 24TH JUNE,1772.
B.T. NEWFLD, VOL. 33, p. 247. 1773. March 2nd.
To the Right Honorable the Lords of the Committee of His Majesty's most Honorable Privy Council for Plantation Affairs.
Pursuant to your Lordships Order of the 19th day of December 1772, we have taken into our consideration, an humble Representation of this Board to His Majesty, dated June 24th 1772, respecting the case of the Landholders in Canada, proprietors of Seal-fisheries on the Coast of Labrador and their Lessees, as also, of the possessors of certain Seal-fisheries on that Coast under Grants from the Governor of Quebec, and having conferred with His Majesty's Governor of Newfoundland, on the subject of the Seal-Fisheries carried on upon the said Coast of Labrador, we beg leave to report to your Lordships,
That, we have in pursuance of your Lordships Order reconsidered the propositon made for reannexing to the Colony of Quebec, such part of the Coast of Labrador as lies between the River St. John and the Streights of Belleisle, with the Islands thereunto belonging; and having conversed with His Majesty's Governor of Newfoundland on the subject of the Seal-fishery carried on upon the said Coast of Labrador, we are clearly of opinion, that the regulations which have been made for the encouragement of the fisheries for Cod and Whales, are in their present state, incompatible with that permanent residence and continued possession which are essential to the Seal and Salmon fisheries; and that those fisheries cannot be relieved from the loss and detriment which the proprietors of the different Posts upon that Coast complain of, whilst the regulations abovementioned are continued in force: It was not however upon this ground altogether, that we recommended the re-annexing to Quebec that part of the Coast described in the Representation abovementioned; for when it appeared, upon examination, that a great part of it was claimed as private property under Grants from the Government of Canada, and, that His Majesty was bound by Treaty to admit those claims, the consideration of Policy was out of the question; and His Majesty could
not, as we conceive in justice, warrant the enforcing any regulations, which both in their nature and principle were subversive of those Rights.
We beg leave however to acquaint your Lordships, that those claims do not appear, upon further examination, to comprehend all the Coast between the River Saint John, and the Streights of Bellisle, and that they extend no
further than the Anee*des Espagnols or Bay Phellippeaux; what therefore lies to the Eastward of that limit may, in our opinion, very properly continue within the Government of Newfoundland, and the dis-advantage in point of fishery of re-annexing the remainder to the Government of Quebec, (if any,) will be the less as by far the greater part of it, is rocky and inaccessible, and therefore can be of no use to the Cod-fishery.
Most obedient and most humble
March 2d 1773.