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EXTRACT FROM MR. D. A. SMITH'S LETTER
DATED AT CARTWRIGHT, SANDWICH BAY, 22ND JULY, 1863; TO THOMAS FRASER AT LONDON.
(HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY CORRESPONDENCE.)
With respect to the Notice issued by the Government of Newfoundland which appears in your letter of 6th May, I fully agree in opinion with the Board, that it would be, if not illegal, at least unjust to levy duties on the Labrador for the purposes mentioned in the Document referred to, and I shall follow in the matter the course pointed out by the Board. I would however take the liberty of remarking, that as American traders will be equally subjected to the payment of duties on all articles not exempted by the Reciprocity Treaty, they will stand precisely on the same footing as resident merchants and Traders. The act of the Newfoundland Legislature adopting the Reciprocity Treaty expressly declaring that “similar articles being the growth, produce and manufacture of the United Kingdom, British North American Provinces, or of the Island of Prince Edward, or the Channel Islands shall be admitted Duty Free, notwithstanding any law to the contrary.”