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HOLLOWAY TO COTTRELL.
INQUIRY FOR SIR WM. SCOTT'S OPINION RE SEIZURE OF THE AMERICAN SCHOONER "MALINDA."
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NFLD. VOL. 20, page 152.
Durant's Hotel, Albemarl St.,
Piccadilly, 11th May 1809.
I had the honor of enclosing in a letter to you the 24th Jany. last a “parcel of Papers from N° 1 to N° 8, which relate to a seizure of an American Schooner named the Melinda made on the Coast of Labrador by Lieut McKillop, Commanding His Maj's Schooner Adonis, and sent by him to St. John's for adjudication, but the Vice Admiralty Court there not having Jurisdiction over the Coast of Labrador, the Vessel alluded to has lain ever since in St. John's Harbour waiting for some steps to be taken by Government in her behalf. It was too late in the Season of 1807 after her arrival at St. John's to have sent her to Quebec, and the last Year the said Vessel was not in a state to go thither with safety— These circumstances together with the aforementioned Papers will shew that the Seizure was a proper detection of illicit Trade carrying on at Labrador, and that the steps pursued by the Captors were proper, who had no other means or alternative of bringing this business to a legal Decision, in which Letter I solicited you to move their Lordship's to direct that these Papers might be laid before Sir Wm. Scott for him to decide on the hardship of the case, in order that the Captors may be exonerated from any Consequences that might possibly accrue from this unavoidable delay. And beg leave to know before I sail for Newfoundland, the result of Sir Wm. Scott's opinion.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient humble servant,
Sir Stephen Cottrell Knt,
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