THE UNITAS FRATRUM TO SECRETARY OF THE HOME DEPARTMENT.
HOME OFFICE RECORDS 42/5. DOMESTIC. GEORGE III.
9 July, 1784.
Governor Campbell having intimated before he sailed that there was no intention that Terra Labradore should be again annexed to the Government of Newfoundland, we make bold to address your Lordship on this subject.
There are no Europeans settled upon the coast of Labradore but perhaps a few Fisheries, and the three mission settlements made by the Brethrens' Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel among the Heathen in Consequence of an Order of the Privy Council.
At the time that Labradore was annexed to the Government of Canada, we were apprehensive, that is* would be out of reach in every point of view, and that the missionaries could have no immediate Communication with, or be under the Inspection of, or enjoy the protection which might at any time be requisite from, that Government; and experience has evinced what we apprehend to be true. We have made during this period, application to the Governors of Newfoundland, and been happy to find them always ready to attend to our requests on account of the missions, and to do whatever was in their power, as far as their commission reached; to protect the worthy people who have settled upon that inhospitable Coast, merely for the benefit of the poor Esquimaux.
Being always glad to be under an established Government, and to be within the reach of protection; We will only add that we are humbly of opinion, that it will be of real utility to Terra Labradore, if it be brought under the jurisdiction of Newfoundland, and should it be found proper to re-unite those two countries, it will be a matter of thankfulness to the missionaries settled there.
If the Governors of Canada were instructed to send a word, as it is there called, to the Indians connected with them, not to molest the Esquimaux nations, they might meet with on their hunting parties, it would possibly answer the good purpose, and be sufficient as to everything the Governor
of Canada could do in regard to Labrador, except it might be added, to forbid the Indians under the Canada Government, on or near the River St. Lawrence to go upon the Labrador coast.
We are, My Lord,
Your Lordships' Most obedient humble servants,
BENJAMIN LE TROBE.
July 9th, 1784.
[Written on a slip of paper attached to the foregoing letter.]
As my Lord is here, I wish you would find out from him what has been done, as I am desirous of seeing Banks before he leave Town, which will be at one. If I am later, I shall be greatly disappointed for I want something from him.
9 July, 1784.
Messrs. La Trobe and Huttons.