No. 255.
Mr. Woodbury to Mr. Bayard.

Sir: I forward twelve affidavits of respectable fishermen of Gloucester laying the foundation to show that the Canadian authorities have this year, without notice, radically reversed their administration of laws toward American bait buyers and others. That thereby some of our fishermen have been entrapped and seized is well known to you. I retain a duplicate set, for use in case a suit is brought for a penalty of $400 against an assumed master of the D. J. Adams, which the customs authorities allege has been incurred.

I have sent these in the expectation that, in the varying phases these Canadian assaults on our commerce assume, these facts may be useful to the Department, if not in the matter of the D. J. Adams.

I have, &c.,

CHAS. LEVI WOODBURY.
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[Inclosure 1.]

I, Frank Foster, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last fifteen years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limits of the coast for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: Shelburne, Digby, Grand Manan, Bliss Island, Argyle: and further says not.

[l. s.
FRANK FOSTER.

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public
[Inclosure 2.]

I, Zebulon Tarr, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last thirty-one years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait, we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limits of the coast for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: Canso, Cape North Bay, St. Anne, Margaree: and further says not.

[l. s.]
ZEBULON TARR.

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public.
[Inclosure 3.]

I, John Collins, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last thirty-seven years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limits of the coast for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: Canso, Georgetown, Yarmouth, Digby, Cape Negro, Tusket Island, Scatari, Sydney, Louisburg, White Head; and further says not.

[l. s.]
JOHN COLLINS.

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public.
[Inclosure 4.]

I, Jesse Lewis, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in course of my calling during the last forty-five years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limits of the coasts for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: Yarmouth, Cape Negro, Halifax, [Page 509] Shelburne, Liscomb, Country Harbor, White Head, Canso, La Have, Liverpool, Bans-berry Harbor, Souris, Georgetown, Charlottetown, Manepeck: and farther says not.

[l. s.]
JESSE LEWIS.

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public.
[Inclosure 5.]

I, George H. Martin, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last 23 years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring withing the three-mile limits of the coast for such purposes was required to report at the nearest custom-house or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: Digby, Brier Island, Tusket Island, Pubnico, Barrington, John’s Island, Shelburne, Liverpool, Margaret Bay, Dover, Prospect, Cat’s Harbor, Isaac’s Harbor, Liscomb, White Haven, Cape Canso, St. Peter’s Bay, Louisburg, Judique, Sydney. St. Anne’s Bay: and further says not.

[l. s.]
GEO. H. MARTIN,

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public.
[Inclosure 6.]

I, James T. Simpson, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last fourteen years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limits of the coast for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: Digby, Campobello Island, St. Andrews, Bliss Island, Grand Manan, Beaver Island, St. Mary’s Bay, Yarmouth, Cape Negro, Shelburne, Cape La Have, Sambro, White Head, Canso, St. Peter’s Bay, Arichat, Louisburg, Sydney, St. Anne’s Bay, Port Hood: and further says not.

[l. s.]
JAMES T. SIMPSON.

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public.
[Inclosure 7.]

I, Simeon McLoud, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last fourteen years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limit’s of the coast for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast viz: Wood Harbor, Green Cove, John’s Island, Rayton’s Island: and further says not.

[l. s.]
SIMEON McLOUD.

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public.
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[Inclosure 8.]

I, Nathaniel P. Smith, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America; on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last thirty-five years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limits of the coast for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned on?. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: Digby, Brier Island, St. Andrews, Campobello Island, St. John, New Brunswick, Weymouth, Yarmouth, Argyle, Pubnico, Barrington, Gaspe, Cape Negro, Shelburne, Liverpool, Dover Harbor, Lunenburg, La Have, Prospect, Sambro, Halifax, Beaver Harbor, Country Harbor, White Head, Canso, Sydney, Arichat, Louisburg, Charlottetown, Georgetown, Souris, Cascumpec, Port Daniel, Ship Harbor; and further says not.

l. s.]
NATHANIEL P. SMITH.

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public.
[Inclosure 9.]

I, Thomas Jones, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last fourteen years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limits of the coast for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: Digby, Brier Island, Campobello Island, St. Andrews, Beaver Harbor, Bliss Island, Head Harbor, Yarmouth, St. Mary’s Bay, Grand Manan, Cape Negro, Shelburne, Liverpool, Dover, Halifax, Canso, Sydney, Jeddore Harbor, Ship Harbor, Louisburg, Georgetown, Souris, Chaleur Bay; and farther says not.

[l. s.]
THOMAS JONES.

AARON PARSQNS,
Notary Public.
[Inclosure 10.]

I, Scott Geyer, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last twenty-five years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limits of the coast for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: Grand Manan, Head Harbor, Campobello Island, Beaver Harbor, Digby, Bliss Island, Brier Island, Barrington, Cape Negro, Prospect, Cape Canso, Gut of Canso, White Head, Halifax, Liverpool, Shelburne, Georgetown, Souris, Charlottetown, Malpeque, Chaleur Bay; and further says not.

[l. s.]
SCOTT GEYER.

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public,
[Inolosnre 11.]

I, Edward Cantillion, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last thirteen years have entered many places and ports of Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

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I farther say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limits of the coast for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: Grand Manan Island, Digby, Brief Island, St. Mary’s Bay, Green Cove, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Liverpool, Cole Harbor, Dover, Arichat, Canso, Bedeque, St. Anns, Sydney: and further says not.

[l. s.]
EDWARD CANTILLION,
Schooner Sylvester,

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public.
[Inclosure 12.]

I, Jeffrey P. Gerroir, of Gloucester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on my oath do say I am a fisherman, and in the course of my calling during the last fourteen years have entered many places and ports in Nova Scotia for the purpose of buying bait to be used by the vessel I was on in the deep-sea fishery.

I further say we were always freely allowed to purchase what bait we wanted, and before this year I never heard of or knew an instance where such vessel lying to or anchoring within the three-mile limits of the coast for such purpose was required to report at the nearest custom-house, or to make entry there, or was warned off. I have been in at the following places on that coast, viz: St. Andrews, New Brunswick; St. John, New Brunswick; Digby, Yarmouth, Barrington, Shelburne, Liverpool, La Have, Lunenburg, Halifax, Dover, Arichat, Canso, Bedeque, St. Anne, Sydney, Port Hood, Louisburg, Charlottetown, Souris, Georgetown: and further says not.

[l. s.]
JEFFREY F. GERROIR.

AARON PARSONS,
Notary Public.