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No. 806.

DISPATCH FROM EARL BATHURST TO GOVERNOR KEATS.



Downing Street,              
1st April, 1814.
SIR,
        I have received and laid before the Prince Regent your Dispatches to No. 18 inclusive and as the period is now approaching at which your presence will be required in Newfoundland, I have to signify to you the Commands of His Royal Highness on the various points which you have submitted for consideration.
        The Grants of Land which have been made by you under the authority conveyed to you in my despatch of the last year have received the necessary confirmation. I approve entirely of the conditions which you have affixed to them, and of the moderate fine which you state to be the condition of their renewals. I have only further to impress upon you the necessity of regularly collecting once a year, previous to your departure from the Colony, the Quit Rents which you have thought it necessary to impose lest in a Society constituted like that of Newfoundland, any delay in claiming this payment should be construed into an Intention to abandon it.
        It is not the wish of His Majesty's Government to adopt any harsh Measures with respect to those who have occupied lands by encroachment but it is at the same time impossible to admit the right of such occupiers to retain what has in the first instance been unjustly possessed, without some acknowledgment of His Majesty's rights. I am therefore to instruct you to resume all tracts of land of this description, and to grant them again to their present occupiers upon their expressing their willingness to accept them under the same terms under which you have been authorised to make grant to others.
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I have the honour to be,     
Sir,               
Your most obedient humble servant,
(Signed)  BATHURST.     
To Sir R. G. Keats, K.B., etc., etc.
October 1813 to October 1814.
pages 205, 206, 207, 208-12.

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