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EXTRACTS FROM MR. D. A. SMITH'S LETTER
DATED AT CARTWRIGHT, SANDWICH BAY, 5TH NOVEMBER, 1863, TO MR. THOMAS FRASER ATLONDON.
(HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY CORRESPONDENCE.)
I learn from Messrs. Hunts people that the Collector of Customs appointed by the Government of Newfoundland called upon them in August last, and that after an attempt to resist his demand, they were at length compelled to pay duties on the goods imported by them this season. The collector did not proceed to Esquimaux Bay, but is said he intends doing so next year, with the view of exacting duties there also. I have however been informed by Captain Hamilton of H.M.S. “Vesuvius,” stationed on the Labrador coast for the protection of the fisheries, who visited North West River on the 13th Sepr. that that post is not within the portion of the Labrador under the Government of Newfoundland, and that it is very doubtful whether Rigolet is subject to that Colony—indeed he appeared to be of opinion that both stations must be held to be within the limits of the Company's Charter but of this the board will be better able to judge in which case duties cannot be levied on goods imported at these posts. The only other trading post the Company have on this Coast is Kibokok, where the amount of business transacted is very trifling.