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LORDS OF TRADE TO PRIVY COUNCIL COMMITTEE FOR PLANTATION AFFAIRS.
PRIVY COUNCIL RECORDS, 1 / 60. B. 10.
C.O. RECORDS, 195 / 10.
Pursuant to your Lordships Order of the 19th of May 1773, we have taken into our consideration the humble Petition of John Agnew of Sheuchan, and Associates in the County of Wigtown in North Britain, humbly praying, that His Majesty would be graciously pleased to grant unto them all Mines, Minerals, and Metals already discovered in the Island of Newfoundland, and on the Coast or Country of Labrador, between the River St Lawrence and Hudson's Streights, at a certain limited distance not exceeding Sixty Miles from the Sea, or flowing of the Sea-water on any part of the said Coast of Labrador, under such reservations and restrictions, as have been usual on like occasions. Whereupon we beg leave to report to your Lordships,
That the proposition contained in the petition, which your Lordships have referred to our consideration, does not in the general view of it appear liable to objection; we beg leave however to observe to your Lordships, that the description of the limits, within which the petitioners propose the Grant to be made to them, appears to us, so far as it regards the Labrador Coast, to be attended with some difficulty; for, as on the one hand the proposing the River Saint Lawrence as the Boundary to the South is not sufficiently precise; so, on the other hand, by extending the Grant Northward to Hudson's Streights, they will take in a very large part of what has been already granted to the Hudson's Bay Company, who are intitled by their Charter to all Mines and Minerals within the Territories granted to them But we see no objection to your Lordships advising His Majesty to grant to the Petitioners all Mines and Minerals, which either have been, or shall hereafter be discovered by them or their Associates within the Island of Newfoundland, and upon the Coast of Labrador between the River Saint John's and the Southern Limits of the Territory granted to the Hudson's Bay Company; etc. . . .
June 3rd 1773.
Reports of the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations upon the Petition of John Agnew and his Associates praying a grant of all the Mines &c. in the Island of Newfoundland and upon the Labrador Coast.
Received 9th June 1773.
Ditto Referred to Committee.
3rd July 1773 Read at the Committee and the Attorney and Solicitor General ordered to prepare the draft of a Grant.