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No. 448.                                        N

30th January, 1781—PROCLAMATION BY GOVERNOR EDWARDS

AGAINST MOLESTING MORAVIAN SETTLEMENTS.



Vide, Part VIII C, No. 425. p. 1306.



No. 449.                                        N

15th May, 1784—PROCLAMATION BY GOVERNOR CAMPBELL

AGAINST MOLESTING MORAVIAN SETTLEMENTS.



Vide, Part VIII C, No. 426. p. 1307.



No. 450.                                        N

LA TROBE AND HUTTON'S REPORT TO LORD SYDNEY.


C.O. RECORDS 194/35.

MY LORD,
      We beg leave to lay before your Lordship the following relative to the Mission Settlements upon the Coast of Labradore, established by the Church known by the name of Unitas Fratrum and its Society for the furtherance of the Gospel among the Heathen; in consequence of two orders of the King and Privy Council one in the Year 1769 and the other in 1774.
      The Society for the furtherance of the Gospel among the Heathen gave, for several years, an annual report to the board of Trade and Plantations of the state and progress of the Mission, to which we refer your Lordship.
      The first settlement was formed in 1770, and Was called Nain; the second a degree North of Nain in 1776, and was called Okkak; and the third a degree south of Nain in 1782 and called Hoffenthal or Hopedale.
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      The Journies of the Esquimaux in former Years to Chateau Bay and the European settlements in the South, were attended With unhappy consequences such as theft, drunkenness, murder, &c. On these accounts Government found proper to prevent their visits to the South, and Mr., now Sir, Roger Curtis being sent thither by Governor Shuldham, desired them in the Governor's name to stay at home. That very Year a Company of 200 that went to the south, perished either at Sea in a Storm, or those who reached the shore died of Sickness or hunger. This order of Government had the desired effect, and they have been contented at home until the year 1782.
      The Missionaries have withheld from them the use of Strong Liquors.
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      The Missionaries also withheld from them Guns, and Gunpowder, and offensive weapons of all sorts; not only for the safety of their own persons, but of the Esquimaux themselves. All this had the wish'd for effect, but in the summer 1782, a few of the leading Esquimaux got a strong desire to go to the South, they went, and staid there some time, were kindly treated by the officers and others and returned with Guns, powder and Ball, and having received plenty of food and liquor, they brought such an account back, that the rest imagining they would be fed in like manner, the whole Nation were ready to go to the South, etc. . . . . The Missionaries agreeable to the regulation made by Sir Roger Curtis, sent Letters with them to the Officers.
      These and other considerations, which we need not mention, make us humbly request, that instructions may be given to the very worthy Governor of Newfoundland to direct the officers and others on the Coast, not to encourage, but to prevent as far as in them lies, the Esquimaux from coming to the South.

      We beg your Lordship's attention to this request, etc.

(Signed)          BENJN   LA   TROBE.
JAMES HUTTON.       
    No. 32 Fetter Lane. May 26th 1784.

Endorsed: 26th May 1784. Messrs La Trobe
      & Hutton. R. 28th. Copy transmitted
      to Governor of Newfoundland, 28th May
      1784.

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