WILMOT HORTON TO GOVERNOR HAMILTON
REQUESTING INFORMATION IN REGARD TO COAST OF LABRADOR.
C.O. 324. VOL. 95.
16 May 1825.
Vice Admiral Sir C. Hamilton
Mr. Hume intends to oppose the proposed Annexation of a part of the Coast of Labrador to Lower Canada on the ground that it has the effect of transfering a considerable population from one code of Laws & system of Government to another without their declared acquiescence— This objection will be made in the House of Commons to-night, & it is therefore desirable that you should immediately furnish me in writing with such information as shall enable me to state upon your Authority what is the nature & extent of the Population in that part of the Coast which it is proposed to annex to Lower Canada, & especially how far it is in it's habits & occupations a resident or a migratory population—
I remain &c.
R. W. HORTON
P.S—My own impression is decidedly that the population is wholly migratory & occupied in Fishing— RWH.