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DARTMOUTH TO LORDS OF THE ADMIRALTY,
SIGNIFYING THE KING'S PLEASURE THAT GOVERNOR SHULDHAM SUPERINTEND FISHERIES ON COAST OF LABRADOR AS WELL AS THOSE OF NEWFOUNDLAND.
C.O. (51) VOL. 120. 1274. ADMIRALITY.
Whitehall, 16th June 1774.
Lords of the Admiralty.
I have not failed to lay before the King Your Lordships' Letter to me of the 9th of last Month, desiring to know His Majesty's Pleasure, whether you should make any Alteration in, or addition to the Instructions under which Commodore Shuldham sailed last year to New-Found-Land.
Since the date of that Letter a Bill has been under the Consideration of, and has passed both Houses of Parliament, by which the Coast of Labrador, made part of the Government of Newfoundland, by the Royal Proclamation of the 7th of October 1763, is re-annexed to the Government of Quebec.
In consequence of this Regulation, when the Act shall have been passed, all Authority on that Coast given to Commodore Shuldham, in his Capacity of Governor, will cease: But it is the King's Pleasure that he do, as Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Ships employed for the Protection of the Fisheries, superintend those on the Labrador Coast, as well as those of Newfoundland; and that he do, in a particular manner, give all possible Encouragement & Protection, as well to the Seal & Sea Cow Fisheries, as to the Cod Fisheries carried on by the King's Subjects from this Kingdom, on such parts of the Coast, as are not claimed as private Property, under regular Canadian Titles; and that he do also protect and countenance, as much as in him lays, the Establishments, formed under the King's Authority, by the Society of the Unitas Fratrum to the Westward of the Straits of Belle Isle.
I am, &cc
Endorsed.—Drat to Lords of the Admty
Whitehall, 16th June 1774. Entd.