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LETTER FROM SECRETARY OF STATE re APPLICATION OF NEWFOUNDLAND LAWS TO LABRADOR.
5th July, 1841.
With reference to my letter of the 2nd of last March acquainting you that the Memorial enclosed in your letter of the 25th of February preceding, which complained of an attempt of the authorities of Newfoundland to levy duties on the Labrador Coast, would be referred to the Governor of the Colony for his Report, I am desired by Lord John Russell to inform you that the Report which has been lately received from the Governor gives His Lordship no reason to doubt that the Labrador Coast, as a dependency of Newfoundland is subject to the same laws, whether fiscal or otherwise, to which every part of the Island is amenable; and that, although from the imperfect machinery of the Collection, some parties on the Coast of Labrador
may have evaded the duties, no payment has been exacted that was not strictly due.
I have, etc.,
(Sd) R. VERNON SMITH.
C. HUNT, ESQ.