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GOVERNOR KEATS TO R. ALSOP, JR., ACKNOWLEDGING MEMORIAL AND GRANTING PRAYER OF SAME.
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NFD. Volume 24, p. 408.
Fort Townshend, Saint John's, Newfoundland,
23rd September, 1813.
I have received your Memorial of this day stating the inconvenience and injury to which your connections have been formerly exposed by the Irregularities of which you complain and praying that I will grant such authority as may seem to me necessary to enable you to build without being subject to insult or to be dispossessed of your buildings—In reply to which I inform you that conformable to the tenor of His Majesty's instructions No person is allowed to take possession as private property of any part of the Coast of Labrador where there are no Canadian possessions nor to form any sedentary establishments thereon, except only such as shall produce annually a certificate of their having fitted out from some Port of Great Britain, conformably to the Act of the 10 and 11th of William the third. Being so qualified, you are authorized and privileged to erect Stages and other conveniences for the Fishery, on any vacant part of that Coast, which cannot be proved to be private property, and to continue in possession of the same so long as you shall continue to carry on the Fishery thereon and if any person shall exact from you any rent for an unoccupied spot, to which he can produce no title he will have acted contrary to Law.
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I am, Sir,
Your most obedient servt.,
R. G. KEATS.
Mr. John Alsop. Junr.,