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EXTRACTS FROM REPORT OF MR. E. RENDELL TO GOVERNOR PRESCOTT,
RELATIVE TO HIS PROCEEDINGS ON THE COAST OF LABRADOR—1840.
WHITE PAPER, IMPERIAL HOUSE OF COMMONS:
Ordered to be printed 18th March, 1864, p. 4.
“As may be expected, on such a length of coast, disputes will arise amongst the people, to adjust which they have no one authorised to resort to, which oftentimes gives rise to the worst of feelings, and leads to disastrous consequences; but beyond this, the commission of crime is not unfrequent, and that, too, of the blackest die. A man is going at large there at this moment who murdered his wife last winter, and during last summer two attempts at murder were made. These circumstances, alone, are sufficient to show the necessity for establishing a Court to punish and repress offenders.”
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“The extensive sale of spirits without license or payment of duties by Nova Scotians and Americans who resort to that coast, is much complained of; they carry a cheap, bad article, with which they supply the servants in the fishery, to the great damage and injury of their employers, who have not the slightest remedy against the evil; thus the revenue is defrauded, and the fishery injured at the same time.”