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No. 213.

PALLISER TO LORDS OF TRADE

GIVING ACCOUNT OF HIS PROCEEDINGS TO ESTABLISH FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH THE ESQUIMAUX INDIANS.


B.T. NEWFOUNDLD    VOL. 18. T. 1.

    MY LORD,—In Obedience to His Majesty's Commands to send your Lordships an Account of my Proceedings, and of the Condition of Affairs of the Islands and Territories under my Government.
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    In Obedience to the 13th and 14th Article of His Majesty's Instructions for endeavouring to Conciliate the Affections of the Esquemeaux Savages on the Coast of Labrador without the Streights of Bell Isle, and to Introduce a commerce with them; before I left London meeting with a Man Named Hans Harven one of the Brothers of the Moravian sect who has lived some Years amongst the Savages of Greenland, and talks their Language, which very probably is the same with the Esquemeauxs, and finding in him a Strong disposition (to a degree of Enthusiasm) to undertake to introduce some knowledge of Religion amongst those Savages I Encouraged him in it, and to come out here, where I have also encouraged some Merchants to send a Vessel with him to that Coast, (having none of the Kings to Spare this Season) and in case he should be able to Converse with those Savages, I have furnished him with a writing to be explained and distributed amongst them, to serve as an Introduction to Encourage them to Trade with us, a Copy of which is here Inclosed mark'd G* and I have Promiss'd the Merchants, that if he meets with any thing to Encourage them to send to that Coast the next year for Trade and Fishing, I will send a King's Ship to Countenance and protect them, and the Moravian if he can be of any use.
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                         I am
                              My Lords
St. Johns Newfoundland        Your Lordships
1st September 1764.                     Most Obedt and Most
Humble Servant                   
HUGH PALLISSER.   

Endorsed: Rt Honble the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations.

* This writing is Palliser's Proclamation of 1st July, vide supra, No. 6.

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