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GOVERNOR COCHRANE'S COMMISSION TO WM. DICKSON
TO BE SHERIFF OF THE COAST OF LABRADOR.
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND. Volume 35, page 381.
L.S. By His Excellency Sir Thos. John Cochrane
(Signed) Knight, Governor, &c.
WHEREAS by an. Act of Parliament made in the fifth year of the Reign of His Majesty King George the fourth intituled “An Act for the better administration of Justice in Newfoundland and for other purposes” it is declared and enacted that it shall and may be lawful for the Governor or, Acting Governor for the time being to institute a Court of Civil Jurisdiction at certain parts or places on the Coast of Labrador, or the Islands adjacent thereto, and that the said Court shall be holden by a Judge who shall be appointed from time to time by the Governor or Acting Governor of Newfoundland and shall have a Clerk and such other Ministerial Officers as the Governor or Acting Governor shall appoint. AND WHEREAS I the said Governor have by virtue of the power and authority so given unto me by the said recited Act of Parliament, instituted such Court of Civil Jurisdiction, as aforesaid, and have also appointed a Judge of the said Court; AND WHEREAS it is necessary and expedient to appoint a Sheriff for the said parts and places on the said Coast of Labrador, and the Islands adjacent thereto, and within the Jurisdiction of the said Court. Now THEREFORE by Virtue of the said Power and authority and also by Virtue of the said power and authority unto me given by His Majesty's Commission unto me directed, bearing date at Westminster the 20th day of August in the 6th year of His Majesty's Reign, authorising and empowering me to appoint the necessary Officers and Ministers for the better administration of Justice and keeping the peace and quiet of the Island of Newfoundland and its dependencies, I the said Governor, do by these presents nominate and appoint you William Dickson, Esquire, to act and be Sheriff for all posts and places of the Coast of Labrador, and the Islands adjacent thereto under and within the Jurisdiction of the said Court. To hold, exercise, and fulfil all & singular the powers, duties, and functions belonging to and incident to the said Office of Sheriff within all parts and places of the said Coast of Labrador and the Islands adjacent thereto as aforesaid, And to enjoy, receive and take all &
singular the rights, profits, privileges, Emoluments, Fees & perquisites unto the said office belonging or in any wise appertaining from the day of the date of these presents and thenceforth during pleasure.
And I do by these presents commit unto you the said William Dickson, Esquire, the custody of the aforesaid parts and places of the said Coast of Labrador and the Islands adjacent thereto with the appurtenances so that you render to His Majesty's use His Majesty's due forms, and answer touching all other His Majesty's dues, and fulfil all other matters concerning the said Office of Sheriff as you ought and may be thereunto lawfully required and enjoined.
Given under my hand & Seal at the Government House, St.
John's, Newfoundland, this 18th July, 1826. in the
seventh year of His Majesty's Reign.
By His Excellency's Command,
E. B. BRENTON.