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REPORT OF THE COLLECTOR OF REVENUE ON THE COAST OF LABRADOR, 1864.
COLONIAL, OFFICE RECORDS 197/39. JOURNAL OF THE ASSEMBLY.
Report of the Collector of Revenue on the Coast of Labrador, within the limits of this colony.
Receiver General's Office,
October 26, 1864.
In handing you herewith for the information of His Excellency the Governor, the report of the Collector of Revenue at Labrador for the present year, I take the liberty of calling special attention to some circumstances connected with Messrs. W. Fruing & Co., at Woody Island, Straits of Belle Isle, as regards their payment of duties last year.
After some considerable objection and delay, they consented to pay (under protest) by draft at 90 days on their firm at Jersey. This draft was returned to me protested. The reason assigned that the establishment was not within the jurisdiction of the Government of Newfoundland. The Attorney general took the case in hand and instituted proceedings against them, the result of which was (although the case did not come into Court) payment of the amount of the original bill and all costs under written protest. Copy of which I enclose. The duties for the present year were likewise paid “under protest.”
I will be glad to be instructed by His Excellency how I am to act in the future in collecting duties at Woody Island. Is it within the jurisdiction of this Government? And in the event of Messrs. Fruing & Co. taking proceedings against me can they sustain their action?
I have, etc.,
(Signed) J. BEMISTER.
Hon. Robert Carter,
Acting Colonial Secretary.