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PALLISER TO THE LORDS OF TRADE,
REPORTING ON HIS EXCLUSION OF VESSELS FROM PLANTATIONS UPON COAST OF LABRADOR IN FAVOUR OF BRITISH SHIP FISHERS.
COL. COR. NEWFLD. VOL. 2.
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When the King's Ships arrived on their Stations this Year, upon the Coast of Labradore, they found between two and three hundred whaling Vessels from the Plantations, great Part of which were employed fishing for Cod and carrying it over to the French Ships in Newfoundland, also destroying the fishing Works belonging to English Fishers there, and in the North part of Newfoundland, firing the Woods, and doing every kind of Mischief, to prevent and discourage English Adventurers from going to that Coast; also in Hunting and Plundering the poor Indians on that Coast; the King's Officers immediately put a Stop to all this, and sent them away a Whaling; then our new Ship Adventurers, from Britain under this Protection went to work, and have succeeded beyond Expectation, taking amazing Quantities of Cod, but they were too late this Year for the Whale. I think proper here to refer your Lordships to my Letter of the 30th October last upon this Subject, and farther to observe, that the Abundance and Quality of the Cod, at Labradore, so far exceeds that at Newfoundland, that if Ships from the Colonies are admitted to carry on that Fishery, none can be employed from Britain, which must soon cause the Ruin of the British Newfoundland Fishers, and prove of the same Consequence, as if American Vessels were admitted to carry on the Newfoundland Fishery, that is, the whole will be conducted by Men and Ships that would never see Britain; and that grand Nursery for Seamen be wholly lost to Britain, and center in America. This is what the Act called the Fishing Act has hitherto in some Degree prevented; the footing I have put the American Vessels on for this Year on the Labradore Coast, is contained in the inclosed Notification I have published, to which I beg leave to refer your Lordships.
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I am with great Respect,
St. John's Newfoundland
21st October 1766
most obedient Servant,
|To the Right Honble the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations London
Endorsed: Copy of a Letter from Hugh Pallisser Esqr , Govr of Newfoundland, to the Lords Commissrs for Trade & Plantations, dated St. John's Newfoundland Octr 21. 1766.