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GOVERNOR PALLISER TO CAPT. JNO. HAMILTON, SURROGATE FOR LABRADOR,
TO APPREHEND THREE MEN, SERVANTS TO Mr. NICHs. DARBY., FOR A MURTHER COMMITTED AT CHARLES RIVER THE LAST WINTER.
RECORD BOOK. Volume, 4, page 51.
By His Excellency Hugh Pallisser, &c., &c.
Whereas due Information hath been made before me, that sundry Quarrels & Affrays happen'd during the last winter amongst some Crews at a place called Charles River on this Coast of Labrador, particularly amongst a crew of Four Men Named Benj. Bishop, Thos. Peterson, Jno. Furnix & Wm. Fermeaux, & from the said information there appears very strong and probable grounds for suspecting that one of them Named Wm. Fermeaux was Barbarously Murther'd by some of the rest, You are hereby authorised and required to search for & apprehend the said Benj. Bishop, Thos. Peterson, and Jno. Furnix, wherever they may be found, & safely secure and convey them to me at this place, in order to their being sent to St. John's, to be try'd at ye General Assizes for the said murther, & such of them as you may not be able to apprehend before I leave this place, you are to secure them till you return to St. John's yourself; For which this shall be your Warrant. In the Execution of which, all His Majesty's Officers and Subjects are hereby required in the King's Name, to be aiding and assisting to you Jno. Hamilton Esq. my Deputy or Surrogate on the South Coast of Labrador.
Given under my Hand & Seal in Pitts Harbour, Labrador, 9th day of August, 1767.
By order of His Excellency,
Benj. Bishop, Is now at the Isle of Bois.
Thos. Peterson, Do.
Jno. Furnix, Do.
Wm. Fermeaux. Is the man suppos'd to be