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REPORT OF THE JUDGE OF THE LABRADOR DISTRICT WITH THE PLACES VISITED 1826-8
St. Johns Newfoundland,
11th December, 1828.
I have the honor to enclose for your Excellency's information, and that of His Majesty's Government, Returns of the number of Civil Actions tried in the Court of Civil Jurisdiction established for the Labrador District within the Government at Newfoundland for the years 1826-1827 and 1828.
In forwarding these Returns to your Excellency I beg to state that they by no means afford an adequate view either of the number of cases of complaint that have been decided, or set at rest,—or of the extent of litigation that arises between the parties resorting to the Labrador Coast.
Your Excellency is aware that the Season for taking fish and securing the produce of the Fisherman's labour is both short and uncertain; there are consequently numerous cases of complaint, or dispute, that arise of much importance to the parties, but which they rather forego, than by leaving their Fishery incur the risk of losing the whole produce of their voyage.—Under these circumstances I have, whenever it has been in my power to do so, visited the different establishments, had the litigant parties before me, heard their complaints, and, by my advice, very commonly reconciled their differences without interfering with their labours.
I have &c.
Signed: WILL PATERSON.
Endorsed . . . . Letter from Judge
Return of the number of civil actions tried in the Court of Civil Jurisdiction established for the Labrador District within the Government of Newfoundland, 1826.
Place where the Court was holden: Rigolett, Mullins Cove, Tub Harbour, Dumplen Island, Cape Charles.
Return of the number of civil actions; etc. 1827.
Place where the Court was holden: Grady Harbour, Dumplen Island, Tub Harbour, Indian Island, Indian Tickle, Cape Charles.
. . . . The Court visited the following places where there was no business for its consideration viz.: Frances Harbour, Indian Harbour, Indian Island, point North, Mullins Cove, Rigolett and Cuff Harbour.
Return of the number of civil actions; etc.
Place where the Court was holden: Tub Harbour, Dumplen Island, Grady Harbour, Seal Islands, Frances Harbour, Cape Charles, Henley Harbour.
. . . . The Court visited the following places where there was no business for its consideration viz.: L'Ance a Loup, Forteau, Indian Tickle, South East Cove, Long Island, Indian Island, point North, Rigolett, Kinnamarsh, Cuff Harbour, Indian Harbour and Mullins Cove.
Signed: WILL PATERSON,
Judge of the Labrador District Court.