p. 1792 C
MEMORIAL OF INHABITANTS OF NEWFOUNDLAND.
& W. I., 1677-1680, p. 483
1301. Representation of the inhabitants of Newfoundland to Lords of
Trade and Plantations. They have never in their former petitions designed
the least prejudice to fishery or navigation they desire only the security of the
King's property, the advancement of his Customs, and encouragement of
the fishery in general. If the King do now make a full settlement of the
country, they desire that their servants may be brought to them yearly by
freight or hire, according to the practice of the fishing ships, but they conceive
it necessary and for the good of all that, as by the violence of the Western
Adventurers they have been forced to disperse to twenty different places,
the King should reduce them to four, viz., Trinity Harbour, St. John's,
Ferryland, and Trepassey, or such other harbours as the Lords may think fit.
Thereby not only will the Colony be easily governed, but also enabled to
oppose the French, provided St. John's, which is a place easily fortified, be
one of the places assigned to them. The inhabitants are willing, for the
greater satisfaction of the Western Adventurers, to contain themselves within
their present number and possess only their existing stages, provided that
their children, as in time they increase, be permitted to erect stages and get
an honest livelihood by a trade which is so advantageous to the Kingdom.
Signed, William Downing. 1 p. Endorsed. Read 21 Feb. and again 26 Feb.
1679-80. (Col. Papers, Vol. XLIV., No. 27.)