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EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM DUKE OF PORTLAND TO SIR JAMES WALLACE, GOVERNOR OF NEWFOUNDLAND.
RECORD BOOK, ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND, VOLUME 14, p. 229.
Whitehall, 14th May, 1796.
I take this opportunity previous to your returning to your station at Newfoundland, to signify to you His Majesty's Pleasure upon some points which require your immediate attention. The most important of these is what you mention in your last Report upon the state of your Government, namely that the same spirit amongst the Merchants still continues of evading the Act of Parliament by staying behind themselves, and encouraging the Men they employ to do the same, to the injury of His Majesty's Service, by preventing their becoming Seamen and returning to serve in the Navy. To prevent as much as possible the further progress of this growing Evil, I am to direct you to exert your utmost vigilance and authority in enforcing the Provisions of the Act of Parliament in this behalf, and to take such other means as you shall, upon the spot, judge to be most effectual for discouraging a practice so detrimental to the Navigation of this Country.
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I am, &c. &c.
Sir James Wallace.