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E. D. SHEA TO MICHAEL KNIGHT.
GOVERNMENT RECORDS, ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND. Volume 56, page 226.
5th June, 1874.
I am directed by the Governor to acquaint you that His Excellency in Council has appointed you to take the Census (under Act of last Session) for the Northern Division of Labrador extending from Red Bay exc.; and also on your way to the Labrador to take the Census on the Western Coast of this Island from St. John's Island to Quirpon end. and on your return to St. John's in October, from Quirpon, inc. to Cape John. Mr. Jonas Purchase has been appointed to assist you in the performance of the work in question.
You will perceive by the Act 20th, Vict; Cap 7, that you are to be sworn before a Justice before commencing the work in question, and that each Clergyman officiating within the limits assigned to you will have to receive a
copy of your returns, or so much of the returns as may be included within his sphere of labour, before having them revised by the Revising Magistrate, Judge McNeil.
Your former employment in the same or similar work in 1869 will doubtless be of service to you in carrying out the instructions of the Government in this matter, and should Mr. Stephenson seek any information relative to
taking the Census in the Straits you will please furnish him with your advice thereupon.
I have, &c.,
(Signed) E. D. SHEA.
Michael Knight, Esq., &c. &c.
[There is a similar letter of the same date to Stephenson for the South part up to Red Bay.]