Transcripts of two memorials relating to fishing rights off the coast of Newfoundland presented by (i) 'the committee of merchants trading from London...with the island of Newfoundland', with an accompanying letter, to Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Prime Minister, 11 Jan 1814, lettered 'No 2', and (ii) 'the merchants engaged in the [fishing] trade from Poole to the island of Newfoundland', to the Lords of the Treasury, , lettered 'No.3'.
Memoranda on Newfoundland fishing rights
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- ReferenceGB 96 MS 637
- Dates of Creation1814
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description2 items
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Administrative / Biographical History
The island of Newfoundland is situated off the eastern coast of North America between the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean, and is one of the four Atlantic provinces of Canada. Claimed as an English possession in 1583, British sovereignty of the island was recognised in 1713 by the Peace of Utrecht. During the nineteenth century, the population was swelled by labourers brought over from Britain to work in the fisheries, which were the main industry of Newfoundland. In 1855, the island was granted self-government.
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Bought at Hodgson's sale of 23 Oct 1964 (lot 551).
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12½" x 8"
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
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