p. 1553 C
EXTRACT FROM MR. M. FORTESCUE'S LETTER
DATED FROM RIGOLET, LABRADOR, 12TH AUGUST, 1881, TO MR. W. ARMIT AT LONDON.
(HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY'S CORRESPONDENCE.)
“. . . To add to failure of the Fishery, I am sorry to say, some vessels have been permitted to leave Newfoundland with the Measles on board, which of course spread amongst the people, here, and whole families have been and are now completely prostrated with it, and in some cases totally incapacitated from attending their salmon nets, which of course had tended to reduce our returns, I have had two of our men laid up also, but they are now nearly convalescent, several deaths have however occurred amongst the Newfoundland fishermen, and one or two amongst our planters.
“I have written the Colonial Secretary for Newfoundland but I do not suppose they will pay much attention to my letter, as the only thing they seem to care for, is to squeeze as much money as they can out of the Labrador Coast, and give no returns for it, I have serious doubs in my mind whether they have really a legal right to collect duties from us here, but of course I shall continue paying them under protest, till I have authority from you to discontinue doing so . . . ”