The Labrador Boundary

Privy Council Documents

Volume III

[1 Aug.,





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No. 238.



B.T. NEWFOUNDLAND. VOL. 20, p. 66.

By His Excellency Hugh Pallisser Governor and Commander in       Chief in and Over the Island of Newfoundland the Coast of       Labradore and of all the Territories dependent thereupon.

      Whereas a great many Vessels from his Majestys Plantations Employed in the Whale Fishery resort to that part of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Coast of Labradore which is within this Government, And as I have been informed that some apprehensions have arison* amongst them, that by the Regulations made by me relating to the different Fisherys in those parts they are wholly precluded from that Coast.
      Notice is hereby given that the King's, Officers Station'd in those parts, have always had my Orders to protect Assist and Encourage by every means in their power, all Vessells from the Plantations employed in the Whale Fishery coming within this Government And pursuant to his Majesty's Orders to me, all Vessells from the Plantations will be admitted to that Coast on the same footing as they ever have been admitted in Newfoundland; The ancient Practices and Customs Established in Newfoundland respecting the Cod Fishery under the Act of Parliament passed in the 10th and 11th years of William 3d Commonally* called the Fishing Act, always to be Observed.
      And by my Regulations for the Encouragement of the Whale Fishers they are also under certain necessary Restrictions therein Prescrib'd permitted to Land and Cut up their Whale in Labrador, This is a Liberty that never has been allowed them in Newfoundland because of the Danger of Prejudicing the Cod Fishery carry'd on by our Adventurers Ships And by Boat Keepers from Britain Lawfully Qualified with Fishing Certificates according to the aforementioned Act, who are fitted out at a very great risque and Expence in Complying with the said Act, Therefore they must not be liable to have their Voyages overthrown or rendered Precarious by any means, or by any other Vessels whatever. And—
      Whereas great Numbers of the Whaling Crews ariving* from the Plantations on the Coast of Labrador early in the Spring considering it as a lawless Country were Guilty of all sorts of Outrages before the arival*

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of the Kings Ships, Plundering whoever they found on the Coast too weak to resist them, obstructing our Ship Adventurers from Britain by sundry ways, Banking amongst their Boats along the Coast, which ruins the Coast Fishery And is contrary to the most Ancient and most strictly observ'd Rules of the Fishery, and must not be suffered on any Account, also by destroying their Fishing Works on the Shore, Stealing their Boats, Tackle, Utensils, Firing the Woods all along the Coast and Hunting for and Plundering the poor Indian Natives of the Country, by these Violences, Barbarities, and other Notorious Crimes and Enormities, that Coast is in the Utmost Confusion, and with respect to the Indians is kept in a State of War.
      For preventing these practices in future Notice is hereby given, That the Kings Officers in those parts are authoriz'd and strictly directed to Apprehend all such Offenders within this Government, and to bring them to me to be Tryed for the same at the General Assizes at this place, And for the better Government of that Country, for Regulating the Fisherys and for protecting his Majestys Subjects from Insults from the Indians, I have his Majestys Commands to Erect Block Houses and to Establish Guards along that Coast.
      This Notification is to* put up in the Harbours in Labrador within my Government.
       Given under my Hand at Saint John's in Newfoundland lst August 1766.

By Order of his Excellency

      Note.—The above was published in the papers at Boston for the information of all concern'd.

                In Govr Pallisser's Letter of 6 Janry 1769.
Read Janry 24 1769.

      D. in Bayne and Brymer's Memorial infra.



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