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DUFF TO DARTMOUTH,
REPORTING ON WITHDRAWAL OF GARRISON, ETC., FROM YORK FORT.
COL. COR. N'FOUNDL'D. VOL. 7.
14th November, 1775.
Captain Parker, Commander of His Majesty's Sloop Martin, who has been stationed this Summer on the Coast of Labrador, having, in pursuance of my Directions to him, made a very strict and particular enquiry respecting the establishment of the Blockhouse called York Fort on the said Coast, and procured Letters containing the Sentiments and opinions of the principal Adventurers in the Fisheries there with regard to the same, which, with Captain Parker's own opinion thereon, concurring that this Blockhouse is not, at the present period, of any Moment to the Settlers in Labrador; and on my considering what a small Number of the Military are now left in Newfoundland; I have thought proper, My Lord, to cause the people who composed the Garrison of the aforementioned Blockhouse to be withdrawn, the small species of Ordnance Stores which remained in it to be brought to
St John's, and delivered into the charge of the Ordnance Store-keeper there, and the Cannon with their Carriages, together with the Building, to be secured in the best Manner possible during the ensuing Winter, and untill your Lordship shall be pleased to signify His Majesty's pleasure in what manner the same are to be disposed of. This Matter My Lord, I have not failed to communicate by Letter to the Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces in North America and the Governor of Quebec, to whom I have given a particular Account of the Steps I have taken therein. I am, with the greatest Respect,
Most Obedient and most
The Right Honorable The Earl of Dartmouth.
Endorsed: Portsmouth 14th Novr. 1775.