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COLONIAL SECRETARY E. D. SHEA TO MATTHEW FORTESCUE, Esq.
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND. Volume 57, page 299.
9th Sept., 1880.
His Excellency the Governor is informed that a letter has been received from you stating that disturbances regarding rights of property were likely to arise in Hamilton Inlet from certain expressions alleged to have used by the Governor during his visit to that locality last year; and that you thought that the presence of a Ship of War would be required there.
I am to acquaint you that His Excellency holds you guilty of dereliction of duty as a Justice of the Peace in having failed to communicate the information to the Government instead of to others; and I am to request you to forward me by first mail your Report on all the circumstances of the case.
E. D. SHEA, C.S.
10th Sept. 1880.