fishing post frequently in the course of the summer, punishing small offences according to Law, and bring up all atrocious Offenders in the Fall to be tried. And this mode might be followed until a better could be adopted for regulating the affairs of that Coast. At present the Committee are not sufficiently informed of the situation of things in that quarter to qualify them to propose a better plan than this temporary expedient, which would in the mean time shew the Fishermen and others, that Offenders will not escape unpunished.
24 May, 1788.
| The question of concurrence was put, and carried unanimously in the Negative adjourned, May 1st.
The same Members except the Chief Justice, Judge Fraser and Sir John Johnson met & humbly submit the above to Your Excellency's consideration.
By order of the Committee
(signed) HENRY HOPE Lt. Govr. & Chairman.
No. 320. N
EXTRACT FROM REPORT INCLOSED IN A LETTER WRITTEN BY ADAM LYMBURNER, QUEBEC AGENT IN LONDON, TO THE RT. HON. HENRY DUNDAS.
C.O. RECORDS 42/88, pp. 139/45.
It would be extremely necessary to have an armed schooner about 100 Tons Burthen . . . . stationed in the Gulph of St Lawrence to protect the fisheries from the depredations of the Americans—this Vessel should be entirely under the direction of the Governor of Lower Canada—and the Master have the powers of a Justice of the Peace . . . .
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The Labrador Coast has been under the Government of Quebec since the year 1775. A Superintendant of that Coast was appointed in 1778, but neither the Governor of that Province nor the Superintendant have had it in their power to make or enforce a single regulation or rule for that Coast as they had no Vessel under their direction to carry the Persons necessary to see their orders properly put into execution.
Endorsed: In Mr LYMBURNER'S of the 1 July 1791.