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LORDS OF TRADE TO LORDS OF THE COMMITTEE
UPON MEMORIAL OF CAPT. RICHARD GRIDLEY.
B.T.N.S. VOL. 37, p. 253.
To the Right Honble the Lords of the Committee of His Majesty's Most Honble Privy Council for Plantation Affairs.
MY LORDS,—Pursuant to your Lordships Order on the 31st of December 1762, we have considered the Memorial of Richard Gridley a reduced Captain of General Shirley's first Regiment of Foot, now on half pay, praying that His Majesty would confirm to him by grant his possession of the Islands of Madelaine in the Gulph of St Lawrence Where he alleges to have made an Establishement, and improved a considerable Fishery for Seals and Sea Cows; and we beg leave to report to your Lordships, that tho' we think that all possible encouragement ought to be given to every usefull undertaking of this Kind, and that the petitioner may have merit in the improvements he has made, yet, as His Majesty has not thought proper to establish any Form of Civil Government in the Lands and Islands comprized within the Commission of the Governor of Newfoundland, it does not appear to us to consist with propriety to make for the present the grant prayed for by Captain Gridley.
most obedient & most
Nov r 25th 1763.