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COMMISSION FROM GOVERNOR COCHRANE TO CAPTAIN PATERSON
TO BE JUDGE OF THE LABRADOR COURT.
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND. Volume 35, page 379.
L.S. George the Fourth by the Grace of God, of the
(Signed) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,
Thos. Cochrane. Defender of the Faith.
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting.
KNOW YE that We having taken into our Royal consideration the loyalty, integrity, and ability of our trusty and well beloved William Paterson, Esquire, Captain in our Royal Navy and Companion of the most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, have constituted and appointed him the said William Paterson, Judge of our Court of Civil jurisdiction in and for our Coast of Labrador from the entrance of Hudson's Straits, to a line to be drawn due North and South from Anse Sablon on the said Coast to the 52nd degree of North Latitude, and all the Islands adjacent to the said Coast of Labrador, and which are annexed and appendant to the Government of Newfoundland with jurisdiction, Power and Authority to hear and determine all Suits and Complaints of a Civil Nature arising within any parts or places of the Coast of Labrador within the limits before mentioned, or the aforesaid Islands adjacent thereto, in pursuance of the provisions contained in a certain Act of Parliament passed in the fifth year of our Reign and intituled “An Act for the better administration of Justice in Newfoundland and for other purposes” To have, hold, execute and enjoy the said Office unto him the said William Paterson for and during our pleasure, together with all and singular the rights, Profits, privileges, and Emoluments unto the said place belonging in the most full and ample manner, with full power and authority to hold the said Court of Civil Jurisdiction at such places and times as the same may and ought to be held within our said Coast of Labrador and the Islands adjacent.
IN TESTIMONY whereof We have caused these our letters to be made patent.
WITNESS His Excellency Sir Thomas John Cochrane Knight,
our Governor & Commander in Chief in and over our
Island of Newfoundland and its Dependencies, the 2nd
day of January, 1826, in the Sixth year of our Reign.
By Command of His Excellency the Governor,
E. B. BRENTON.