Published February 06, 2008
By His Excellency Sir Alexander Bannerman, Knight, Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over the Island of Newfoundland and its Dependencies.
Whereas it appears by the Verdict of the Jury on an Inquisition of the Coroner, held on the body of Isaac Mercer, late of Bay Roberts, Fisherman, that on the night of Friday, the 28th day of December last, at Bay Roberts aforesaid, the said Isaac Mercer was, by some person or persons at present unknown, murdered: And whereas it is no less especially necessary to the ends of Justice than essential to the protection and safety of the lives of all Her Majesty's Subjects, that the perpetrators of such horrid crimes should be detected and brought to Justice; I do, therefore, call upon all Her Majesty's faithful Subjects to aid and assist the Ministers of Justice in discovering and apprehending the person or persons concerned in committing the said murder: And for the speedy detection of whom I do hereby offer a Reward of One Hundred Pounds Sterling to be paid to such person or persons (except the person or persons who actually perpetrated the said murder) who will give such Information as will lead to the apprehension and conviction of the said murderer or murderers: And I do further promise to recommend unto Her Majesty, for Her Royal and Free Pardon, the person giving such Information, although he be an accomplice in the said murder, provided he be not an actual perpetrator of the aforesaid crime.
Given under my Hand and Seal at the Government House, at St. John's, in the aforesaid Island, the Fourteenth day of January, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-one, and in the Twenty-fourth Year of Her Majesty's Reign.
By His Excellency's Command,
John Kent Colonial Secretary