PROCLAMATION BY GOVERNOR SHULDHAM
RESPECTING SETTLEMENTS OF THE UNITAS FRATRUM IN LABRADOR.
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND. Volume 5, page 198.
By His Excellency Molyneux Shuldham, Esq.,
Governor & Commander in Chief.
WHEREAS His Majesty in Council has been pleased to Grant unto the Unitas Fratrum and its Society, for the furtherance of the Gospel among the Heathen, a parcel of Land on the Coast of Labrador for the Establishment of a Mission among the Esquimaux Savages: And WHEREAS it has pleased His Majesty in Council to permit and allow the Missionaries of the said Unitas Fratrum to Extend their said Settlements to the Southward and Northward of their present Location, and to occupy and possess, during His Majesty's Pleasure, such Tracks of Land as may be found necessary for the purposes of the undertaking; provided such Tracks shall not exceed one hundred thousand Acres to the Southward of Naine, and one hundred thousand Acres to the Northward of Naine; and that the spots so to be chosen by the said Missionaries for their settlements be such as may in no respects interrupt or annoy the Fisheries carried on upon the said Coast of Labrador; Therefore be it known unto all men, that their said Settlements are under His Majesty's immediate protection. And I do hereby strictly enjoin all His Majesty's Subjects to live in Amity and Brotherly Love with the said Settlers, and the Native Savages inhabiting that Country; in no wise whatsoever molesting or disturbing the said Mission or those who shall settle with them. And I do require that all His Majesty's Subjects who shall come upon the Coast of Labrador do act towards the Esquimaux Indians agreable to the Proclamation Issued at St. John's the 24th June 1772, respecting the Savages inhabiting the aforesaid Island and Coast.
Given under my Hand at London,
By His Excellency's Command,
17th March 1774,