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H. PRESCOTT TO EARL OF DURHAM.
Government House St. Johns
Newfoundland 16th July 1838.
I have the honor to acquaint you in reply to Your Excellency's letter of the 1st of June that the internal state of this Island is tranquil. The Legislative Session commenced on the 20th ulto. and satisfactory addresses were presented in answer to my opening speech.
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The coast of Labrador attached to this Government has but a very scanty fixed population. There is not any Court established for the Administration of Justice, or Magistrate, or Custom House Officer; but as I receive no representation on the subject I presume that little practical inconvenience resulsts from these deficiencies.
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Having given Your Excellency this general idea of our state, I shall be happy to afford fuller information on any points which may appear to Your Excellency to require it.
I have the honor to be
Your Excellency's most obedient
The Right Honble
The Earl of Durham, G.C.B. &c. &c. &c.