p. 1162 C
DUFF TO CARLETON,
RELATIVE TO WITHDRAWAL OF GARRISON AND STORES FROM YORK FORT.
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND, VOL. 6.
15th September, 1775.
I am to acquaint your Excellency that on my leaving England I received His Majesty's Commands that the Garrison of Seamen and Marines, now doing duty at the Blockhouse called York Fort, established on the Coast of Labrador, should be withdrawn upon my return from my Station, and in case I should be of opinion; that the Continuance of an establishment of this kind, should be of publick advantage, I was instructed upon the present Garrisons being withdrawn, to place in the said Fort a non Commission Officer and a few private Men of the Detachment of Troops, now doing duty in the Island of Newfoundland. In consequence of these Commands, immediately on my Arrival in this Country, I directed Captain Parker of His Majesty's Sloop Martin, one of my Squadron stationed for the Superintendance of the Fisheries on the Coast of Labrador to endeavour to procure me the Sentiments and opinions of the several Merchants and Traders there on the above matter, that I might be the better enabled to form a proper Idea of what should be most necessary to be done for the protection and interest of His Majesty's Subjects engaged in the aforesaid Fisheries, particularly such of them whose employments require their Residence in Labrador during the Winter. Captain Parker accordingly has furnished me with Letters from the Principal Merchants concerned in the different Fisheries upon the Coast of Labrador, saying that a Garrison in York Fort during this Winter would not contribute to the protection and safety of the Winter residenters on that Coast, and his own opinion concurring therewith, and considering what a small number of the Military is now left in Newfoundland, I have not thought it necessary to send the party above mentioned, but have given Orders for the Garrison now in York Fort to be withdrawn, and have directed the Cannon to be secured in the Blockhouse, and the other Ordnance Stores to be returned into the Charge of the Ordnance Storekeeper at this place.
I am, with great Regard and Esteem,
Your most obedient humble servant,
His Excellency Guy Carleton, Governor, &c. &c.