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No. 662.

MEMORANDUM ON DISTRUBANCES RESPECTING RIGHTS OF PROPERTY LIKELY TO ARISE IN HAMILTON INLET.



Page 258, No. 6 RECORD BOOK, 1874 to 1883.

Sept. 4th, 1880.                 
Government House,   
Sept. 4th, 1880.
Present:
His Excellency the Governor.
Attorney General.
Col. Secretary.
Receiver General.
Mr. Winter.

        His Excellency laid before Council a memorandum stating he had been informed of a letter received from Mr. Matthew Fortescue, J.P., Rigolet, saying that disturbances respecting rights of property were likely to arise in Hamilton Inlet from some expressions said to have been used by the Governor during his visit to that locality last year, and that the presence of a Ship of War would be required. It was ordered hereafter that Mr. Fortescue be informed that he was guilty of a dereliction of duty as Justice of Peace in having failed to acquaint the Government instead of others, and that he be requested to report on all the circumstances of the matter in question by first mail. The Council were of opinion that the information was not sufficiently authentic to warrant their advising that a Ship of War should be sent. But as in course of her cruise one of the Ships of War now here may call at Hamilton Inlet, the Captain should be instructed to impress on the people that all disputes respecting rights of property must be tried before the Supreme Court, and that neither he (the Captain) nor any other Justice of Peace had any authority whatever to interfere between the occupants and claimants of land or water privileges.

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