p. 1926 C
[Enclosure 2 (Appendix No. 11) in No. 774.]
LETTER FROM GOVERNOR MILBANKE TO GEORGE HUTCHINGS.
DATED 15 OCTOBER, 1790.
THIRD REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO ENQUIRE INTO THE STATE OF THE TRADE TO NEWFOUNDLAND. [ORDERED TO BE PRINTED 17 JUNE 1793.] p. 207.
I Have considered your Request respecting the Alteration which you wish to make in your Storehouse, near the Water Side ; and as it appears that the Alteration will not be any Ways injurious to the Fishery, you have hereby Permission to make it. As to Alexander Long's House, which has been built contrary to His Majesty's express Commands, made known to the Inhabitants of this Place by my Proclamation of the 13th of last October, it must and shall come down. The Pretence now set up, of its being intended for a Craft House, serves rather to aggravate than extenuate the Offence ; for by the Confession of your Tenant to the Magistrate, who forbad him to go on with the Work after it was begun, as well as to me, when I viewed the House on Saturday last, no such Use was to be made of it, as he said it was intended only as a Covering to his Potatoe Cellar, though there is a compleat Chimney, if not Two in it, and Lodgings for at least Six or Eight Dieters. I shall embrace this Opportunity of warning you against making an improper Use of any other Part of (what you are pleased to call) your Ground ; for you may rest assured, that every House or other Building erected upon it hereafter, without the Permission (in Writing) of the Governor for the Time being (except such Buildings and Erections as shall be actually on Purpose for the curing, salting, drying, and husbanding of Fish, which the Fishermen from any Part of His Majesty's European Dominions, qualified agreeable to the Act of the 10th and 11th of William the Third, and the 15th of George the Third, have a Right to erect, without asking Permission) must unavoidably be taken down and removed, in Obedience to His Majesty's said Commands. And it may not be amiss, at the same Time, to inform you, I am also directed not to allow any Possession, as private Property, to be taken of, or any Right of Property whatever to be acknowledged in, any Land whatever, which is not actually employed in the Fishery, in Terms of the afore-mentioned Acts,
whether possessed by pretended Grants from former Governors, or from any other (no Matter what) unwarrantable Pretences; therefore it behoves you, with all possible Dispatch, to employ the Whole of the Ground which you now lay Claim to in the Fishery, lest others should profit by your Neglect, and make that Use ohich the Lslature of Great Britain intended should be made of all the Land in this Country, and wt which no One has a Right to claim it as his own.
The Sheriff will have Directions about the Removal of the House above mentioned, which you will no Doubt assist him in executing.
I am, &c.
To George Hutchings, Esq.
No. 777. C
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM DUKE OF PORTLAND TO SIR JAMES WALLACE, GOVERNOR OF NEWFOUNDLAND,
DATED WHITEHALL, 9 MAY, 1795.
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND, VOLUME 14, p. 211.
The bad consequences which you state to result from the People employed in the Fishery having contrived to remain in the Country instead of coming home as the Act directs, now become a considerable Grievance, and therefore it is the more necessary that you should take such measures as you shall judge most effectual for enforcing the Act in this Particular.
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