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THE STATE OF THE LABRADOR COAST IN 1855.
EXTRACT FROM “REPORT OF AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE COAST OF LABRADOR BY THE GOVERNOR OF NEWFOUNDLAND DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, 1905.”*
The special attention of Government was called to Labrador by a petition, dated Hopedale, 1st July, 1855, which was signed by all the members of the Labrador Moravian Missionaries, and sent through the London Secretary to the Colonial Office, to be forwarded to the Governor of Newfoundland: “To beg your Excellency most humbly to protect the poor Exquimaux on the coast of Labrador against selling or handing in to them rum or other spirits.” The Governor replied to the Secretary of State that he could give no precise information on the subject, and added, “That the introduction and sale of spirits takes place upon that coast to a considerable extent there can be no question; but even if its sale were contrary to law, the law would, unfortunately, be a dead letter, since, although the coast is included in the jurisdiction of the Government of Newfoundland, it is not, and has not for some years past, been under the operation of any organization for purposes either of revenue, police, or administration of justice. This state of things has not failed to receive the consideration of the local Government, and I trust that before the conclusion of the year some steps will be adopted with a view to its improvement.”
* App. to Journal House of Assembly, Nfld., 1907, p. 367.