DATED 25 JULY, 1785, PASSED UNDER THE ROYAL SIGN-MANUAL AND SIGNET, FOR FREDERICK HALDIMAND AS CAPTAIN GENERAL AND GOVERNOR IN CHIEF OF THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, OR TO THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE SAID PROVINCE FOR THE TIME BEING.
C.O. (QUEBEC 1768-1787, VOL. I.)
Additional Instruction To Our Trusty and Welbeloved Frederick Haldimand Esqr Our Captain General and Governor in Chief of Our Province of Quebec in America, or to the Commander Chief of the said Province for the Time being. Given at Our Court at St. James's the Twenty fifth Day of July 1785. In the Twenty fifth year of Our Reign.
Whereas it will be for the General Benefit of Our Subjects carrying on the Fishery in the Bay of Chaleure in Our Province of Quebec, that such part of the Beach and Shore of the said Bay, as is ungranted, should be reserved to Us, Our Heirs and Successors ; It is therefore Our Will and pleasure, that you do not in future, direct any Survey to be made or Grant passed for any part of the ungranted Beach or Shore of the said Bay of Chaleure, except such parts thereof as by Our Orders in Council dated the 29th of June and 21th July 1785, are directed to be granted to John Shoolbred of London Merchant and Messrs Robin Pipon and Company, of the Island of Jersey Merchants, but that the same be reserved to Us, Our Heirs and Successors, together with a sufficient quantity of Wood-Land adjoining thereto necessary for the purpose of carrying on the Fishery ; The Limits of such Wood-Land so to be reserved, to be determined upon and ascertained by You and Our Council for Our said Province of Quebec, in such manner, as from the most Authentick Information shall appear to you and them most Convenient and proper for that purpose ; It is Nevertheless Our Intention, and We do hereby Signify to you Our Will and pleasure, that the Free Use of such Beach or Shore, and of the Wood-Lands so to be reserved shall be allowed by you or any person Authorized by you, to such of Our Subjects as shall resort thither for the purpose of carrying
1 Canadian Archives, Q. 26 B. p. 228.
on the Fishery, in such proportions as the Number of Shallops he or they shall respectively employ may require ; provided that if any Fisherman who shall have permission to Occupy any part of the said Beach or Shore and Wood-Land for the purpose of the said Fishery, shall not during any One Season, continue so to Occupy and Employ any part of the said Beach and Shore and Wood-Lands so allotted to him, you or any person authorized by you as above may and shall allow the Use of such part to any other Fisherman who shall apply for the same, for the purpose of carrying on the Fishery—
And whereas it may be necessary to Establish local Regulations to prevent Abuses as well as disputes and Misunderstanding between the Fishermen resorting to the said Beach or Shore, It is Our Will and Pleasure that you by and with the Advice and Consent of Our said Council, do frame such Regulations as to you shall appear necessary to Answer those Salutary purposes, and transmit the same to Us thro' One of Our principal Secretaries of State for Our pleasure therein by the first Opportunity.1
[1 The first Ordinance passed relating to these fisheries was that of 28 Geo. III., cap. 6, “For regulating the Fisheries in the River St. Lawrence in the Bays of Gaspe and Chaleurs, on the island of Bonaventure and the opposite shore of Percé” Ordinances Made and passed by the Governor and Legislative Council of the Province of Quebec, 1795. p. 153 also, Ordinances, 1763-91, p. 216.]
No. 948. C
INSTRUCTIONS TO GOVERNORS OF QUEBEC (AND LOWER CANADA), 1786-1839.
Vide Vol. II, pages 850, 877, 882.