R. A. TUCKER TO GOVERNOR COCHRANE.
DUPLICATE DESPATCHES, ST. JOHN'S, NFLD, FROM 1818-1827.
29th December 1825.
In consequence of there not having been any Surrogate at the Labrador for some time past I have reason to think that many disputes will arise at the opening of the next Fishery respecting the property usually deposited there during the winter, as it has been very much the practice of late for the person who arrives first to take forcible possession of every article to which he has or believes himself to have any sort of claim. I would therefore beg leave to suggest to your Excellency the propriety of directing the Judge of the Labrador to proceed thither at the very commencement of the Fishing season, as I am satisfied that his presence there, at that period, will have a powerful tendency to redress that lawless disposition which the circumstance I have already adverted to has occasioned. In other words I conceive that it will be necessary for Captain Paterson to leave this place about the 10th of next June and to continue at the Labrador until the latter end of September. He will of course be obliged to visit several different Harbours, and it will consequently be requisite that there should always be a Vessel in readiness to carry him from one Port to another.
I have the honour to be,
Your most obedient humble servant,
(Signed) R. A. TUCKER,