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No. 610.

AFFIDAVIT OF EDWARD MITCHELL.



IN THE MATTER OF the Enquiry into the New-
foundland Territorial Rights on the Labrador.

Labrador, Hopedale, to wit:

      I, EDWARD MITCHELL of Adlatuk Bay, near Hopedale aforesaid, make oath and say as follows:

      My father belonged to Dartmouth, England. He came to this country about eighty years ago as a servant to the Messrs. Hunt, an English firm then doing business in Sandwich Bay, and he resided on the Labrador until his death in 1871. He always recognized Newfoundland jurisdiction and laws as being in existence on the Labrador. I am sixty years of age. I am a fisherman, hunter and trapper. I have been into the interior about thirty miles trapping. I have been trading with schooners for years and payng revenue to the Customs of Newfoundland. I have always recognized the laws of Newfoundland as governing me and the people on this Coast. I have always been a resident of the Labrador, but a citizen under the jurisdiction of the Government of Newfoundland. I never heard of any Canadian officer or anybody form the Canadian Government ever seeking to establish a right down here. I have never obeyed any Canadian laws, fishery or otherwise.

(Sgd)   EDWARD MITCHELL.  

SWORN before me at Hopedale aforesaid
   this 26th day of August, A.D. 1909.

          (Sgd)  F. J. MORRIS,
Judge of Court of Labrador.

[1927lab]

 

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