PROCLAMATION BY GOVERNOR BYRON
FOR PROTECTION OF MORAVIANS.
BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE HONBLE. JOHN BYRON.
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Island of Newfoundland, the Coast of Labrador &c.
WHEREAS His Majesty was pleased by an Order of Council May 3rd 1769, to encourage the Unitas Fratrum and their Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel among the Heathen to make a Settlement on the Northern Coast of Labrador for the purposes of Civilising and Instructing the Savages inhabiting that Coast, and to permit and allow certain Persons in Trust for the Unitas Fratrum and its Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel, to occupy and possess during His Majesty's Pleasure, a certain quantity of land in such part of Esquimaux Bay on the Coast of Labrador, as they should find most suitable to their purpose. AND WHEREAS His Majesty did at the same time Order that the Governor or Commander in Chief of Newfoundland for the time being, do give them all reasonable Assistance and Support, in forming the said Establishment, and in His Majesty's name to warn all Persons from molesting and disturbing the said Settlers. AND WHEREAS certain Persons, who are Members of the said Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel have purchased the Jersey Packet, whereof Francis Mugforth is Commander, Burthen about eighty tons Square sterned Boston built, in order to go this year to the Coasts of Labrador to converse with the Esquimaux, and to try to bring them to a peaceable temper, and to look out for such parts on, or near Esquimaux Bay, as may suit best for the purpose of Establishing a Mission of the Unitas Fratrum, and to that end have engaged some Missionaries to go on board the said Jersey Packet for the laudable purposes aforesaid.
These are therefore to certify to all Persons whom it may concern, that this Establishment is undertaken and formed under His Majesty's Express Direction and Authority, whose protection they are under. And all Officers, Civil and Military, and all other His Majesty's Subjects within my Government, are hereby strictly charged and required not to give any interruption or hindrance to the said Mission, but that they do afford the said Brethren all friendly Assistance for the Success of their Pious Undertaking, calculated for the benefit of Mankind in general, and for the Kingdom of Great Britain in particular. GIVEN under my Hand this 21st of April 1770.
(Sgd.) J. BYRON.
By His Excellency's Command.
(Sgd) HEN. STACY.