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COLONIAL SECRETARY E. D. SHEA TO FRANCIS C. BERTEAU.
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND. Volume 57, page 380.
10th Sep. 1881.
I have your letter of the 24th ulto, on the subject of present and probable future distress at Labrador, particularly at Sandwich Bay and Hamilton Inlet and suggesting that Mr. Fortescue of Rigoulet and Mr. Sawe of Sandwich Bay be authorized to expend limited amounts for relief on Govt. A/C.
The Government while much regretting the necessity, concur in your suggestion, and you will be good enough to communicate if possible with these gentlemen on the subject arranging that they may expend a sum not exceeding four hundred dollars in all for such relief. You will probably be able to judge best in what proportions this sum should be divided between them. Our opinion is that from $240 to $280 (two hundred and forty to two hundred and eighty dollars might be the amount to be expended by Mr. Fortescue and from $100 to 120 dollars by Mr. Dawe, but this division is subject to your discretion if you have an opportunity of communicating with them. Lest you should be unable to do so I am writing to Mr. Fortescue and Mr. Dawe that if they do not hear from you on the matter they can disburse the above amounts, the provisions to be given as stated by you at cost price and actual charges.
I am, &c.,
(Signed) E. D. SHEA, C.S.
Francis C. Berteau, Esqr.,
Sub Collector, Labrador.