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PETITION OF MERCHANTS FOR SUPERINTENDENT OF FISHERIES ON COAST OF LABRADOR.
C.O. RECORDS, 42/37, p. 659.
To the Right Honourable Lord George Germain,
One of His Majesty's principal Secretaries of State.
The Petition of the Merchants concerned in the Fisheries on the Coast of Labradore—on behalf of themselves and their Correspondents in Canada.
That ever since the said Coast has been put under the Government of Quebec, no notice has been taken thereof, nor has any steps whatever been taken for the protection and encouragement of said Fisheries. That for want of a Super-Intendant or some person with proper powers for the above purposes and to prevent or settle disputes that naturally arise and which are more frequent where there is no legal authority the produce of those Fisheries has been gradually reduced, and is now only about one third of what it was some years ago.
Your Petitioners are of opinion that any Person vested with proper powers to reside for two Months in the Summer on the above Coast would sufficiently answer the purposes they have in view And they humbly pray your Lordships will take the same into your Consideration, and recommend such an appointment—which will prove the most effectual means of promoting and extending the Fisheries on that Coast.
And your Petitioners as in duty bound; &c.
Endorsed: Petition of the Merchants
concerned in the Fisheries on the Coast of Labradore.
R. 3rd July 1778.