11th September, 1765. DISPATCH FROM PALLISER TO LORD HALIFAX.
Vide PART VII. No. 222, page 946.
PROCLAMATION BY GOVERNOR BYRON
FOR PROTECTION OF NATIVE SAVAGES.
By His Excellency the Honbl. JNO. BYRON,
Governor and Commander-in-Chief in
and over the Island of Newfoundland,
the Coast of Labrador, &c., &c.
Whereas it has been represented unto the King that his subjects residing in the said Island of Newfoundland, &c., instead of cultivating such a friendly intercourse with the savages inhabiting that Island and Coast of Labrador as might be for their mutual benefit and advantage, do treat the said savages with the greatest inhumanity and frequently destroy them without the least provocation or remorse. In order therefore to put a stop to such inhuman barbarity and that the perpetrators of such atrocious crimes may be brought to due punishment it is His Majesty's Royal Will and Pleasure that I should express his abhorence of such inhuman barbarity, and I do hereby strictly enjoin and require all His Majesty's subjects to live in amity and brotherly kindness with the native savages of the said Island of Newfoundland and Coast of Labrador. I also command all officers and magistrates to use their utmost diligence to discover and apprehend all persons who may be guilty of murdering any of the said native Indians, in order that such offenders may be sent over to England to be tried for such capital crime as by the Statute of the 10th and 11th of William the 3rd for encouraging the Trade of Newfoundland is directed. Given under my hand at St. John's this 5th day of July 1769.
(Sgd) HEN. STACY.
By His Excellency's Command.