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Historical Records of New Zealand


page 136

In conformity to the first article of the Convention of 28th October, 1790, between our court and that of London, (printed copies of which you will have already received, and of which another copy is here inclosed, in case the first have not come to hand) you will give directions that his Britannic Majesty’s officer, who will deliver this letter, shall immediately be put in possession of the buildings and districts, or parcels of land, which were occupied by the subjects of that sovereign in April, 1789, as well in the port of Nootka or of Saint Lawrence, as in the other, said to be called port Cox, and to be situated about sixteen leagues distant from the former to the southward; and that such parcels or districts of land, of which the English subjects were dispossessed, be restored to the said officer, in case the Spaniards should not have given them up.

You will also give orders, that if any individual in the service of British subjects, whether a Chinese, or of any other nation, should have been carried away and detained in those parts, such person shall be immediately delivered up to the abovementioned officer.

I also communicate all this to the viceroy of New Spain by his Majesty’s command, and by the royal command I charge you with the most punctual and precise execution of this order.

May God preserve you many years.

The Count Florida Blanca.

Aranjuer, 12th May, 1791. To the Governor or Commander of the port of Saint Lawrence.