SKEFFINGTON’S SALMON FISHERY. REFERRED TO LORDS OF TRADE, 23 FEBRUARY, 1720.
C.O. 194, VOL. 6, f. 332.
To George King of Great Britain in Counsel.
The Humble Petition of George Skeffington Inhabitant of Indian Bay in Newfoundland, Humbly Sheweth
That your Petitioner hath for about Twelve Years past Improved the Salmon Fishery in two or three Rivers or Brooks to the Northward of Cape Bonavista ; and hath at very great Expence and Labour near fforty miles up the Country cleared Lands of the wood, and the said Rivers or Brooks of rocks and stones and other obstructions ; built houses, Stages, ffatts, Works and other Conveniences for catching and Curing Salmon, which said Brooks or Rivers were never before Imployed frequented or occupied by any person whatsoever, and far distant from any place where any ffishing Ship hath used to fish.—
Your Petitioner therefore most humbly prays, that he may be incouraged and protected in carrying on the said Fishery according to the Intention of the Act made in the 10 & 11th of King William the Third for Incouring* the Fishery of Newfoundland, That he may use occupy and enjoy all such houses, Stages and other works made by him for taking and Curing of Salmon without molestation or hindrance from any persons who may by fraud or force disturb him in the quiet possession thereof ; and that he may hold and possess all those Conveniences he may hereafter make or build for taking and Curing Salmon in Such Brooks or Rivers as have never before been used by any other person in such manner as to your Majesty in your great Wisdom shall seem meet.
And your Petition shall pray, &c.
At the Court at St. James's 23d : February 1719/20.
His Majty having been moved upon this Petition is graciously pleased to refer the same to the Right Honble the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations to consider thereof, and report their Opinion what his Majty may fitly do therein, whereupon his Majty will declare his further Pleasure.
Reference from Mr. Secretary Craggs of the 23d Febry 1719–20 upn ye Petition of Mr. Geo. Skeffington to his Majesty praying to be protected in ye Improvement he has made (with great Expence) in the Salmon Fishery at Newfoundland.
Recd from Md Joshua Gee.
|Recd Febry 24th
Read Do. 25th
Ref. to Board of Trade.
C.O. 194, VOL. 6, f. 334.
To the Right Honorable the Lords
Commissioners for Trade and
In Obedience to your Lordships Commands, I have perus’d and consider’d the Annex’d Petition of George Skeffington, and humbly certify to your Lordships, that I am of Opinion that the prayer of it is not Inconsistent with the Act made in the Tenth and Eleventh year of King William, for encouraging the trade to Newfoundland.
I am, My Lords,
Most Obedient and
Most humble servant,
March 2d. 7 .
Copy of Petition of Geo. Skeffington. (Copied on f. 332.)
Mr. West's Report upon Mr. Geo. Skeffington’s Petition relating to a Salmon Fishery at Newfoundland.
Dated March 2d1719.
Recd March 2d Read Do 10th 1719/20.
Report on Mr. George Skeffington's Petition. Dat 2d Mar 7,