p. 1074 JOINT
LORD DARTMOUTH TO GOVERNOR SHULDHAM
C.O. Records, 5/251.
Domestic Despatches, p. 280.
Whitehall 9th March 1773.
It having been represented to the King that several of His Majesty's Subjects, have, with a laudable view to promote the trade and commerce of the Kingdom, been at considerable expence in making establishments on the
coast of Labradore to the north of the streights of Belle Isle, for the purpose of carrying on the Seal and Salmon fishery, and therefore that it is equally just and expedient that such persons should be secured in their possessions, as far as the nature and interests of the Fishery in general, upon that coast, will admit; I am commanded by the King to signify to you His Majesty's Pleasure, that such of His Majesty's Subjects of Great Britain, or Ireland, who have taken, or shall hereafter take actual possession in any of the rivers and Bays on the coast of Labradore, or to the north of the Streights of Belle Isle, and who have erected, or shall hereafter erect Houses and Warehouses, and have made or shall hereafter make other permanent Establishments with a view to carrying on the Seal and Salmon Fisherys be protected in such possessions, 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 Labradore; but you are to take the greatest care that the proprietor or proprietors of such fishery posts, do not claim or occupy any greater extent of the shore within the Rivers and Bays on the said coast, than you in your discretion shall judge necessary in proportion to the number of Vessels and Men employed at the said Posts.
I am &c.