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LABRADOR COAST.

No. 953.

EXTRACT FROM “CONSIDERATIONS OF THE RIGHTS AND INTERESTS OF THE ADVENTURERS IN THE LABRADOR FISHERY.”1

BY JOHN CARTWRIGHT.


Paragraph 108.

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5th —That all the land backwards through the whole extent of every sealing post, to the distance of one mile from high water mark, shall be accounted
* 'Tis probable that it will rarely happen that cod-fishers should thus interfere with Sealers ; for, if a post be advantageously situated for both fisheries, the first occupant will undoubtedly erect works for, and carry on, both ; so that it may possibly be thought unnecessary to leave the posts open in this respect to any other than the first proprietor.

Wood of a tolerable size is scarce in this country : so that 'tis reasonable he who has the property in the soil should not be obliged to accommodate the cod-fishers further than is necessary ; as they can repair to the unappropriated places for timber and plank for boat building, masts, oars, &c.
as part of such post and belong in full right to the proprietor : except that a right be reserved of cutting wood for the use of His Majesty's Ships or Forts ; and a general right of free passage to all through every uninclosed part of the same ; and excepting also that a right be reserved to any *cod-fisher of erecting upon and adjoining to the same, every building and work necessary in the cod-fishery, and of cutting wood sufficient for such buildings and works upon the shore, and for fuel ; but nothing more.† But the Seal-fisher being proprietor of the soil, that his necessary works and erections shall not be encroached upon, or interfered with, by those of the cod-fisher ; nor he be any way obstructed by him in the execution of any part of his business.

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1 This manuscript was enclosed in a letter by the author, dat [sic] 23 March, 1774, to the Earl of Dartmouth, Secretary of State for the Colonies, for his consideration in relation to the government of the coast of Labrador. (Can. Arch., Dartmouth Originals, Vol. XIII.)

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