12th September, 1779. LETTER FROM GOVERNOR EDWARDS TO LORD GEORGE GERMAIN.
See page 1177 infra.
SIR E. GOWER TO ADMIRALTY.
Vice-Admiral Gower to the Secretary of the Admiralty.
Isis, St. John's Harbour,
Newfoundland. 14th September 1804.
I beg you will acquaint the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that having received information from the coast of Labrador, that the American fishermen have resorted thither in vast numbers this season, I despatched Lieut. Morrison on the Queen Charlotte hired cutter to that coast, for the purpose of making enquiry into the conduct of the Americans, and receiving any complaints the British fishermen might have to make against them. Lieutenant Morrison accordingly, on his return from this service delivered me the representations he had received from the British merchants carrying on the fishery there, copies of which, as well as of the Lieutenant's letter to me on this subject, I have the honour to transmit you herewith to be laid before their Lordships, the whole of which seem to suggest the necessity of stationing a frigate or sloop of war on that coast, during the fishing season, to enforce the due observance of the third article of the Treaty of Versailles on the part of the Americans.
I have the honour also to enclose herewith for their Lordships' information a copy of Lieutenant Morrison's report of the British Fisheries in those harbours on the coast of Labrador which he visited as well as his answers to certain queries respecting the American Fishery on that coast.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient humble servant,
Note in different hand.
Approve of the steps he has taken; direct him to station a sloop there for the protection of the fishery and conclude that in his capacity of Governor, he has transmitted copies of these papers to H.M. Secretary of State.