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SUPREME SURROGATE'S WARRANT,
BY GOVERNOR DUCKWORTH.
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND. VOLUME, 21, p. 73.
By His Excellency, Sir Thomas Duckworth,
K.B., Vice Admiral of the Red, Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Island of Newfoundland, and its dependencies, &c. &c.
Whereas by an Act of Parliament passed in the forty-ninth year (1809) of His Majesty's Reign intituled “An Act for Establishing Courts of Judicature in the Island of Newfoundland and the Islands adjacent; and for re-annexing part of the Coast of Labrador, and the Islands lying on the said Coast to the Government of Newfoundland,” it is enacted that it shall be lawful for the Governor of the Island of Newfoundland from time to time to institute Courts of Civil Jurisdiction, to be called Surrogate Courts in different parts of the Island of Newfoundland and the Islands adjacent, as occasion shall require, with full power and authority to hear and determine, in a summary way, all suits and complaints of a civil nature arising within the Island of Newfoundland, and on the Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, and on the Islands and Seas to which Ships or Vessels repair from the Island of Newfoundland for carrying on the fishery, and on the Banks of Newfoundland, and in Great Britain or Ireland, which Courts shall respectively be Courts of Record, and shall determine according to the law of England, as far as the same can be applied to suits and complaints arising in the Islands and Places aforesaid, and the said Courts respectively shall be holden by a Surrogate to be appointed from time to time by the Governor of the said Island, and shall have full power and authority to hear and determine all suits and complaints cognizable in the said Courts.” Be it known that by the authority vested in me as Governor of the Island of Newfoundland and its dependencies, I do by these presents institute such Surrogate Court to be holden, as need shall require, in any part of the Island of Newfoundland or Islands adjacent, or Coast of Labrador, and appoint you Thomas Coote, Esquire, Supreme Surrogate, to hold the said Surrogate Court in the manner directed by the Act of Parliament above recited, and according thereto to hear and determine all suits and complaints cognizable in the said Court.
Given under my Hand and Seal at Fort Townshend,
St. John's, Newfoundland, this 26th day of
July, One thousand eight hundred and ten.
J. T. DUCKWORTH.
To Thomas Coote, Esq.,
Hereby appointed Supreme Surrogate
of the Island of Newfoundland &c.
By Command of His Excellency,
R. C. SCONCE, Secretary.