CO 194/151 [Reel B674]

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Contents of Document

1857: Offices & Individuals (continued from previous film)

498v-504v

19 Oct 1857

M.H. Perley (St. John, New Brunswick)

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[ ] A printed report on the various French fishing stations on the Newfoundland coast and the catches yielded by them. The beginning of the report (to p. 7 of the report) is on the previous reel; this reel begins at p. 8 of the printed report and continues to p. 20, followed (below) by additional extracts from documents – all printed

505-506v

19 Oct 1857

M.H. Perley (St. John, N.B.)

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Part of a memorandum on the British population of the east coast. Notes the low population (1,040) of the area and the relative inefficiency of their fishery, owing in part to the lack of regulations or enforcement. Notes the presence of several Gaelic families on the west coast. States the presence of small-scale agriculture in the region.

507-508v

2 Mar 1852

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The appendix to the printed document. Contains an abstract (in English) of the French emperor’s decrees regulating his subjects’ cod fishery in Newfoundland.

509-512

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The returns of the French fisheries on various coasts for 1857; also "abstract return of British population and Fisheries" (p. 511-512)

513-513v

23 Dec 1857

??? (Confidential)

A. Bannerman, Governor of Newfoundland

Encloses documentation received by the Earl of Clarendon, the Secretary of the Foreign Office, from Mr. Perley (identified here as the British Commissioner under the Reciprocity Treaty with the USA) during his recent visit to Western Nfld and invites the recipient offer comments.

515

10 Dec 1857

T. Hammond

H. Merivale, Under-Secretary for the Colonies

Attached: Approves of Secretary Labouchere’s draft of a dispatch to be sent to the Governor of Newfoundland regarding the fishery.

516-517

28 Dec 1857

T. Hammond

H. Merivale

Informs Merivale that he has laid his letter before Clarendon. Responds to Gov. Bannerman’s reference to the claims of American newspapers that Perley had been sent to Newfoundland on "a special mission" regarding the proposed convention between British and French fishing interests. Informs Labouchere that those claims have been falsely made.

517v-518

30 Dec 1857

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This document appears to be a note outlining Perley’s activities at the French fishing stations.

520-521

11 May 1857

T. Hammond

M.H. Perley

Attached: Replies to Perley’s belief that he will imminently be deployed to observe the French and American fisheries on the rivers of Newfoundland. Discusses the details of the assignment. Informs him of the rejection by the Newfoundland legislature of a proposed Anglo-French fishery convention.

522-522v

29 Dec 1857

T. Hammond

H. Merivale

Notes the receipt of thanks from the French government for aid given to one of its frigates. Forwards a letter to be laid before Labouchere recommending that the French thanks be transmitted to Governor Bannerman.

524-524v

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Walewski

Cowley

Attached: The aforementioned letter from Count Walewski to Lord Cowley requesting that Bannerman be made aware of France’s gratitude. [Note: This document is in French.]

Miscellaneous

526-528

8 Jul 1857

Little & O’Brien [Members of the Executive Council]

H. Labouchere

Informs Labouchere of the Admiralty’s renewed contract with Cunard for the use of several steamers to convey mail. Details several issues regarding the route of the mail steamers. Requests assistance from the Imperial government for the establishment of a direct route to Newfoundland.

529-530

10 Jul 1857

H.M.

C. Trevelyan

Forwards Little’s and O’Brien’s letter and asks that Trevelyan will forward Labouchere’s request to the Treasury to assent to the creation of a direct mail route.

531-532

22 Jul 1857

H.M.

Little & O’Brien

Informs the recipients of Labouchere’s endorsement of their request to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury.

533-534

25 Jul 1857

Little & O’Brien

H. Merivale

The authors register their thanks to Labouchere for his acting on their request for a direct mail route to be set up.

535-536

22 Aug 1857

Little & O’Brien

Labouchere

Appears to discuss an issue regarding the availability of steamers to carry the mail for the agreed-upon sum.

537-538v

27 Aug 1857

???

C. Trevelyan

Encloses a letter from Little noting that the estimated cost for establishing the mail route is around 14,000 pounds.

539-540

3 Sep 1857

T.F.E.

P.F. Little

Informs Little that the Treasury is fully aware of the desire of the Newfoundland government to establish the aforementioned route, but that they are unable to grant any more money than their previous promise of 3000 pounds.

Board of Trade

542-547

7 Mar 1857

J.E. Tennent

H. Merivale

Acknowledges the receipt of communications between the Foreign Office and the Colonial Department regarding Mr. Rücker, minister of the Hanseatic League, and his request for duty-free admission to British North America. Discourages the acceptance of the Hanseatic request on the grounds that they are not based on any rights awarded by treaty. Notes several shortcomings in the tariff system in North America, particularly regarding Newfoundland.

548-548v

27 May 1857

A.H. (or A.Bd.)

H. Merivale

Advice for Merivale on how to deal with "this Letter"; that the Hanse minister is to be told that the North American colonies will not accept the inevitable loss of income from dropping trade duties, but that local authorities will be consulted to accommodate some of his requests.

549

14 Jul 1857

A.H. (or A.Bd.)

Blackwood

Requests that a number of documents be laid before the Secretary of State.

550-551v

23 Jun 1857

???

Blackwood

This document is difficult to decipher, although Blackwood appears to be informing the recipient–possibly a representative of the Hanse–that a request for duty-free privileges in the North American colonies cannot be granted.

552-552v

30 May 1857

Labouchere’s Office (???)

"The Officer Administering the Gov. of Newfoundland"

Transmits a letter sent to the Privy Council for Trade regarding the requests of the Hanse, and an extract of the Council’s reply.

553-553v

6 May 1857

J.E. Tennent (Committee of Privy Council for Trade)

H. Merivale (Colonial Office)

Attached: Forwards a letter from the Board of Public Works in Dublin regarding a treaty between France and Britain over Newfoundland fishing rights. Requests that Merivale appeal to Labouchere to forward information to the Board.

554-554v

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Labouchere’s Office

J.E. Tennent

Informs Bennett that the proposed Fishery Convention between France and Britain has fallen through.

555-555v

14 May 1857

Labouchere’s Office

J.E. Tennent

Notes the failure of the House of Assembly in Newfoundland to accept the Convention.

556-556v

18 Apr 1857

E. Hornsby

Secretary of the Board of Trade

Informs the Board of alterations to an agreement on the importation of British fish into Russia, and of the conclusion of a treaty with France regarding the Newfoundland fisheries.

557-558

29 May 1857

J. South

H. Merivale

Informs Merivale of the passage of two acts for the construction of one lighthouse and for the repair of another. Asks that the acts be forwarded to Her Majesty for confirmation. Notes that he will send further information on a proposition to levy tolls on ships benefitting from the Cape Race lighthouse.

559-563

12 Jun 1857

J. South

H. Merivale

Discusses the receipt of Act No. 219 of the Newfoundland Legislature, an amendment of an act to incorporate the New York, Newfoundland, and London Telegraph Company. Discusses various concerns that the act of incorporation may create a monopoly on the telegraph industry in British North America.

564-564v

26 Jun 1857

  1. Bd.

Labouchere

Discusses the aforementioned incorporation act. Claims that Labouchere cannot rightly refuse to allow the passage of the act in Newfoundland. Briefly outlines the P.E.I.’s objection to the acts on the grounds that it will create a monopoly.

565-567v

20 Aug 1857

T.H. James

H. Merivale

Replies to Merivale’s letter regarding the lighthouses. Notes the difference of opinion between the various reports on the subject. Approves the construction of a dwelling house for the light keeper, but refuses to sanction the building of a road to the lighthouse. Approves of the hiring of a third light keeper at Cape Race. Notes that the potential of using "pyrotechnic signals" at Cape Race is being explored. Discusses the matter of imposing tolls on ships benefitting from the use of the lighthouse.

569-575v

3 Apr 1857

A. Gordon

Secretary of the Board of Trade

Discusses the findings of Mr. Jenkyn, the former Resident Engineer in Newfoundland, regarding the state of maintenance and fitness of the Cape Race lighthouse and its associated structures. Questions the necessity of building a road to the light house.

576-578

22 Aug 1857

T.H. James

H. Merivale

Encloses printed copies of an Order in Council authorizing the colonial government to collect dues from vessels benefitting from the use of lighthouses. Conveys his superiors’ requests for various documents associated with the lighthouse.

579-579v

31 Aug 1857

Labouchere’s Office

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A circular address indicating that tolls levied on the use of lighthouses are to be forwarded to the Board of Trade.

580

16 Jul 1857

C.C. Greville

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A decree made before the Queen in Council outlining the circumstances in which naval traffic will be required to pay a toll for benefits derived from the Cape Race lighthouse.

581-582v

29 Sep 1857

J. South

H. Merivale

Forwards a series of printed forms regarding the Cape Race lighthouse and requests that they will be forwarded to Governor Bannerman.

583

5 Nov 1857

Labouchere’s Office

A. Bannerman

Informs Bannerman that the form, which were mentioned in a previous letter, have been enclosed to him.

584-584v

17 Oct 1857

J. South

T.F. Elliot

States that he has received Bannerman’s dispatches, but that no vouchers in support of the disbursements for the Cape Race lighthouse have been forwarded to his office. Transmits "a few queries" from the Privy Council of Trade and requests that Labouchere instruct Bannerman to forward the vouchers.

585v-588

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Attached: A form containing the Privy Council of Trade’s questions regarding the various vouchers in connexion with the Cape Race lighthouse.

590-591

19 Nov 1857

T.H. James

T.F. Elliot

Informs Elliot that a proper examination of the accounts associated with the Lighthouse cannot be conducted until more information is presented. Requests vouchers for each of the different payments. Inquires as to the apparent early payment of the principal light keeper’s salary. Also requests a certified copy of the lighthouse contract.

Treasury

593-593v

27 Mar 1857

H. Merivale

C. Trevelyan

Notes that the Lords Commissioners have received a letter regarding the possible purchase of fish from Newfoundland to be used in experiments to produce manure in Britain. States that the Treasury believes the idea would best be left to private enterprise.

594-605

17 Apr 1857

J. Wilson

H. Merivale

Informs Merivale that the Treasury has considered a letter from ex-Governor Darling and the enclosed report of the Executive Council’s passing of an act allowing the government to issue Treasury notes of lower denominations. Discusses the Governor’s commentary on the act, as well as various other acts of the Legislature and Executive Council. Outlines, at length, the Treasury’s objections to the passage of the bill and to the efforts of the colonial government "to effect an economy upon the public debt." Conveys the Treasury’s opinion that the principle behind the bill is "unsound and objectionable."

605v

18 Apr 1857

???

Labouchere

Argues against a possible veto of the act, stating that he would like to see "further reference to the colony" before a judgement is made.

606-608

28 Apr 1857

T.F. Elliot

J. Wilson

Informs the recipient of Secretary Labouchere’s opinions on the aforementioned act to issue notes in smaller denominations. Notes that while the act was passed, it contains provisions preventing it from coming into effect until it receives the approval of Imperial authorities.

609-610

28 Aug 1857

Labouchere’s Office

Governor Darling

Acknowledges the receipt of information from the Executive Council regarding the plan to issue new monetary notes. Informs Darling that he will be notified of any developments in the Colonial Department’s opinion about the act authorizing the notes.

611-611v

4 May 1857

J. Wilson

H. Merivale

Informs Merivale that while the Treasury objects to the aforementioned act’s passing through the government of Newfoundland, they will not give it a veto.

612-612v

4 May 1857

J. Wilson

T.F. Elliot

Notes the Treasury’s deep reservations about the act, regardless of Labouchere’s refusal to disallow its passage. States that the Lords of the Treasury "would greatly regret if it should be sanctioned by Her Majesty."

613

5 May 1857

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A brief note stating that the act in question is scheduled for allowance the next day.

614-614v

15 May 1857

H. Merivale

J. Wilson

Informs Wilson that Labouchere has no intention of disallowing the act.

615

16 May 1857

C. Trevelyan (Treasury)

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States that the Paymaster General has been instructed to forward 300 pounds to Gov. Darling for his passage to England.

616-617

24 Jun 1857

J. Wilson

H. Merivale

Transmits several documents in connexion with the Executive Council’s act to continue a previous act which allowed the Queen to levy certain duties in Newfoundland. Concurs with the Privy Council of Trade in stating that the act should not be confirmed.

617v

29 Jun 1857

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The page appears to be divided into two notes, neither of which has any obvious context. The first note seems to begin mid-sentence, and the second appears to discuss an unspecified act, possible either the duties or note denominations act.

618-618v

18 Jun 1857

J. Booth

Secretary of the Treasury

Transmits several copies of minutes from meetings of the Lords of the Privy Council for Trade. Informs the Secretary that the Lords object to the act for extending the royal duties on imported goods receiving confirmation.

619-622

16 Oct 1856

Stanley of Aldeway

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Attached: Documents and minutes pertaining to the Newfoundland act for granting the Queen the right to exact duties on imports to Newfoundland.

623-624v

16 Jul 1857

Labouchere’s Office

A. Bannerman

Informs Bannerman of the opinions of the Treasury and Trade boards, as well as of the Colonial Office, on the duties act.

625-625v

6 Aug 1857

J. Wilson

H. Merivale

Replies to Bannerman’s inquiry about the amount he is to draw to cover his transportation from the Bahamas to Newfoundland. Informs Merivale that the Treasury is willing to allow Bannerman to draw up to 300 pounds.

626-626v

22 Aug 1857

T.F. Elliot

J. Wilson

Notes Labouchere’s concurrence with the Treasury’s allowance of the 300 pounds to cover Bannerman’s transportation costs.

627

28 Aug 1857

G. Arbuthnot (Treasury)

???

Instructs the recipient to issue the 300 pounds allotted to Bannerman.

628-628v

26 Sep 1857

C. Trevelyan

H. Merivale

Further documentation indicating the Treasury’s assent to funding Bannerman’s transportation. Returns the difference of 50 pounds to Bannderman.

629-629v

30 Sep 1857

Labouchere’s Office

A. Bannerman

Informs Bannerman that the Treasury has relieved him of some of the expenses in establishing him as governor, and that charges to the Patent and Crown offices and fees to the High Court of the Admiralty should be remitted as soon as possible.

630-630v

15 Oct 1857

C. Trevelyan

H. Merivale

Requests that Bannerman’s outstanding fees of 41.13 pounds will be transferred to the Naval Funds. Requests Labouchere’s opinion as to whether or not the fees should be paid from the Imperial funds.

631-631v

21 Oct 1857

C.Fortescue

C. Trevelyan

Conveys Labouchere’s opinion that Bannerman’s outstanding expenses should be paid out of the Imperial funds, since they were incurred in the service of the public.

632-632v

22 Oct 1857

C. Trevelyan

C. Fortescue

Informs Fortescue of Mr. Cunard’s proposal to establish a steamer route between Liverpool and St. John’s. Requests that Labouchere will inform the Governor of Newfoundland of the expense details.

633-634

23 Oct 1857

C. Fortescue

A. Bannerman

Transmits Cunard’s letter to Bannerman and requests that he inform Labouchere whether or not the colonial government will attempt to apply the 4000 pounds already voted for the establishment of a mail route toward the proposed steamer route.

635-635v

28 Dec 1857

H. Merivale

C. Trevelyan

Transmits a copy of a minute of the Executive Council of Newfoundland in which the councillors reject Cunard’s proposal to establish a steam route from Liverpool.

636-637

19 Oct 1857

J. Cunard

J. Wilson

Attached: A copy of Cunard’s letter to Wilson in which he gives his opinion about the establishment of a direct line of communications between Newfoundland and England. Notes that, while convenient, the link would be costly to maintain. Claims that he is nonetheless willing to undertake the project, which would operate at a heavy loss.

638-638v

6 Nov 1857

C. Trevelyan

H. Merivale

Conveys the Treasury’s request that Labouchere inform them whether or not Governor Bannerman has made a payment into the Treasury Chest for the duties levied in Newfoundland.

640-640v

11 Nov 1857

Labouchere’s Office

A. Bannerman

Inquires about the aforementioned payment of duty monies into the Treasury Chest.

War

641-641v

2 Jul 1857

B. Harris

H. Merivale

Notes that he has laid a dispatch from the acting governor of Newfoundland before Lord Paun--- regarding attempts to procure a portion of the St. John’s wharf for use of the local government. Requests that Merivale will inform Labouchere that the War Department cannot sanction the appropriation of the wharf.

C

643-644

13 Feb 1857

R.W. Childs

Labouchere

Brings Labouchere’s attention to the case of his client, H.A. Emerson, which he complains has been neglected by the government of Newfoundland. Outlines Emerson’s 25-year career as Solicitor General and his subsequent release from that position. Requests that Labouchere will use his influence to move Emerson’s case forward.

645-645v

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J. Ball

R.W. Childs

Informs Child that Labouchere refuses to interfere in the case until information regarding the date and nature of Emerson’s application to the Governor-in-Council can be made.

646-647

9 Mar 1857

R.W. Childs

Labouchere

Outlines the avenues used to Emerson to bring his application to the attention of the governor and of the alleged obstacles to the reception of his case. Asks Labouchere, once again, to consider Emerson’s case.

648-649

19 Mar 1857

Labouchere’s Office

R.W. Childs

Informs Childs that Labouchere has no ability to influence the proceedings other than by transmitting a copy of their correspondence to the governor.

650-651

30 May 1857

R.W. Childs

Labouchere

States that Emerson has never been informed of his requirement to be present at the Council’s proceedings on his case. Requests, in light of Emerson’s suspension, that the suspension be overturned, or, if necessary, a new trial begun.

652-653v

16 Jun 1857

Labouchere’s Office

R.W. Childs

Transmits a letter from Emerson to the Colonial Secretary. Notes that Labouchere is willing to take any appropriate steps to aid Emerson, but that he cannot comply with the requests of Childs’ letter. Notes that Mr. Little, the Attorney General of Newfoundland, is presently in England. Forwards Little’s address.

654-655

22 Jun 1857

R.W. Childs

H. Merivale

Childs’ letter to Merivale. While this document approaches illegibility, it is clear that it deals with the circumstances of Emerson’s case. Presumably, Childs is petitioning the colonial government to reconsider Emerson’s suspension.

655v

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A series of scrawled notes. As the Attorney General is mentioned by name, it is probable that the notes are somehow connected to the previous letters regarding Emerson.

656-657v

7 Jul 1857

C. Fortescue

R.W. Childs

Informs Childs that since the colonial authorities have declined to reassess Emerson’s situation, there is nothing else that Colonial Department can do to aid him. Notes that Labouchere’s answer is final.

D

659-659v

4 Sep 1857

A.W. Des Barres

H. Merivale

Informs Merivale that he has arrived at his destination from Newfoundland, which he has departed on sick leave. Outlines his intention to seek out medical and surgical advice regarding a serious injury he received earlier in the year. Forwards a medical certificate from Dr. Whitfield and requests an additional six months leave to allow him to recuperate in "Florence or the Southern parts of Europe."

660

2 Sep 1857

E. Whitfield

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Des Barres’ medical certificate, signed by Dr. Whitfield.

661v

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Initialed "M."

Labouchere

Ruminates on the difficulty of Des Barres’ situation and the unpleasant possibility that granting his leave–which amounts to nearly a year–may not be feasible.

662-662v

14 Sep 1857

Labouchere’s Office

A.W. Des Barres

Informs Des Barres that Labouchere intends to communicate with the Governor of Newfoundland before considering his application for leave.

663-663v

14 Sep 1857

Labouchere’s Office

A. Bannerman

Informs Bannerman of Des Barres’ situation and requests a report on the feasibility of granting him the six months extension.

664-664v

7 Nov 1857

Labouchere’s Office

A.W. Des Barres

States that the Executive Council’s view that the extension would be injurious to the efficiency of the courts. Conveys Labouchere’s regrets at having to refuse Des Barres’ leave extension.

665-665v

28 May 1857

A.W. Des Barres

The Governor

Des Barres’ initial application to the Governor for medical leave. Cites his service record of more than forty years at the Colonial Department and thirty-three years on the Bench as reasons to favour his request. Transmits the medical certificate from Dr. Whitfield.

666

10 Jun 1857

J. Kent

A.W. Des Barres

Informs Des Barres that he has been granted four months leave from the colony.

667

5 Aug 1857

J. Kent

A.W. Des Barres

Notes that Mr. Hayward has been appointed Acting Assistant Judge in his stead.

668

5 Aug 1857

A. Bannerman

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Bannerman’s certification that he has consulted the Executive Council and decided to grant Des Barres the requested leave.

669-675v

7 Sep 1857

C.H. Darling (Gov. of Jamaica)

Labouchere

Writes regarding an event that occurred during his tenure as the governor of Newfoundland, in which several deserters from the Spanish vessel "Angel" were allowed to remain in Newfoundland. Notes that they were not incarcerated, on the advice of the Attorney General. Goes on to discuss the subsequent political and diplomatic communications between English and Spanish authorities in great detail. Claims that his treatment of a Spanish envoy was not meant to convey any disrespect or insult.

677

3 Nov 1857

Francisco Martinez de la Rosa (Madrid)

Capt. Sturny (?)

(translation) Acknowledges the receipt of Darling’s letter, noting that he is satisfied by the enclosed explanation of his conduct.

678-679v

15 Nov 1857

A.W. Des Barres

Labouchere

Acknowledges the receipt of Fortescue’s letter. Regrets that the Executive Council has refused his extension. Appeals to Labouchere personally, claiming that the appointment of Mr. Hayward as Acting Assistant Judge should alleviate the difficulties associated with his departure. States his belief that Labouchere is in a better position to judge his situation than the local authorities.

680

17 Nov 1857

V.L. (?)

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This document appears to be the final page of a note. Though the earlier pages are not present, it can be inferred that the note deals with Des Barres’ request for medical leave, as it notes a minute of the Executive Council in which that issue is discussed. There is a postscript stating that Labouchere "had better abide by first decision."

681-682

20 Nov 1857

C. Fortescue

A.W. Des Barres

Conveys Labouchere’s refusal of Des Barres’ second application on the grounds that the Executive Council have precedence in matters of internal affairs.

683

12 Nov 1857

T.S. Howard

Labouchere

Informs Labouchere that he is another of Des Barres’ doctors. States that Des Barres has contracted a disease of the eyes, which will require approximately six months absence, preferably spent in a warm climate.

E

635

7 Oct 1857

H.A. Emerson

Labouchere

Encloses copies of correspondences relative to his ongoing case. Requests that those copies will also be forwarded to Governor Bannerman.

686

16 Oct 1857

C. Fortescue

H.A. Emerson

Informs Emerson that Labouchere has forwarded the documents to Bannerman, but that he is unable to do any more in support of his case.

686v

17 Oct 1857

???

A. Bannerman

Transmits Emerson’s correspondences.

687

3 Oct. 1857

H.A. Emerson

A. Bannerman

Brings the circumstances of his case to the attention of the Governor.

688-688v

3 Jul 1857

H.A. Emerson

J. Kent

Requests that the Council will proceed in its deliberations on his case.

F

690-690v

4 Jun 1857

David L. Foggo (Minister of Abercrombie, Fifeshire)

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States that the Tempest has not been heard from since its departure, but that French vessels have discovered fifty-six people from a wreck in the Atlantic, whom they have since moved to St. Pierre. Inquires as to whether or not the Colonial Department has any further information on the wreck, whether it is the missing ship.

692

13 Jun 1857

Labouchere’s Office

D.L. Foggo

Informs Foggo that no information has reached the Department about the 56 individuals to whom he refers, but that he will be notified if anything is heard.

693-693v

2 Aug 1857

T.homas Ford (Somersetshire)

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A letter written regarding a friend who died in Fogo, Nfld. The only detail that can be discerned is that the author is requesting some sort of information, possibly regarding the recovery of a property.

694

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Instructs the recipient to reply to Ford’s letter.

695-695v

18 Aug 1857

C. Fortescue

T. Ford

Informs Ford that Alexander Bannerman is the present Governor of Newfoundland and that he resides in St. John’s. Recommends that Ford employ a professional agent if he intends to pursue the recovery of his property.

G

697-697v

14 Apr 1857

F.N. Gisborne

H. Merivale

Informs Merivale that he has returned form exploring the mining districts of Cornwall and Devonshire, where he has been gathering information to put to use in Newfoundland. Claims that he has reason to believe there are substantial mineral resources in Newfoundland.

698

6 May 1857

A.H.

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A brief note that appears to allude to a scheme by Gisborne to lay electric telegraph cable in Newfoundland.

699-700

Various

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An extract from the "Manchester Examiner & Times." The first page of the extract shows a piece of plate presented to Gisborne by the inhabitants of St. John’s in honour of his efforts to establish a telegraph line in the province. The plate is decorated with symbolic and stereotypically "American" images. The remainder of the extract consists of testimony by prominent public figures from the colony in support of Gisborne’s work.

702-703v

11 Nov 1857

P.J. Little

C. Fortescue

A letter discussing the benefits and costs of extending communications lines from Newfoundland to Great Britain and the United States. Notes the high costs of Cunard’s proposal to establish direct steam routes with England.

704-704v

11 Nov 1857

P.J. Little

W. Martin

Discusses the proposed details of Cunard’s plan, noting that it did not necessarily meet his expectations. Suggests that any questions regarding the finer details of the proposal should be directed to C.J. Bowring of Liverpool.

M

706-707

12 Apr 1857

W. Martin (Liverpool)

Sec. of State to the Colonies

Martin offers himself as a person who can supply "valuable information on the vexatious question now pending on the Fisheries at Newfoundland". Appears to outline his various occupations and travels (since age 13, has been fisherman, planter, storekeeper, clerk, merchant firm agent). Touts his personal connections with Judge Des Barres and the Archdeacon. Concludes by explaining that his letter was meant as "a preliminary introduction."

708

28 Apr 1857

J. Ball

W. Martin

Conveys Labouchere’s thanks for Martin’s offer of information.

709

3 Sep 1857

E.McCabe, P.P. (Dublin)

R.H.

Requests to know, on behalf of one of his parishioners, if one Patrick Matthews, who volunteered for the Newfoundland Company, is still alive.

710

12 Sep 1857

H. Merivale

E. McCabe

Informs McCabe that the Governor has been instructed to look into Matthews’ status.

711

12 Sep 1857

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A. Bannerman

Requests that Bannerman look into McCabe’s request. The author does not appear to sign his name, though it seems possible that the letter is from R.H., to whom McCabe’s inquiry was addressed.

712-712v

9 Nov 1857

C. Fortescue

E. McCabe

Informs McCabe that Matthews is still alive, and holds the rank of sergeant in the Royal Newfoundland Company.

N

714-714v

4 Jun 1857

???

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A nearly illegible note which makes mention of a petition forwarded to the Colonial Office from the House of Assembly at Newfoundland.

716

17 Jul 1857

Labouchere’s Office

Morris

Notifies the recipient that the attention of the appropriate offices has been brought to a recent memorial to the House of Assembly.

717

17 Jun 1857

Labouchere’s Office

Offices Administering the Govt of Newfoundland

Requests information as to the results of the petition to the House of Assembly for the settlement of a claim by the late claimant’s son. Requests to know which ships were taken by the legislature in relation to the claim.

718

6 Aug 1857

Labouchere’s Office

Morris

Forwards a letter from the Governor of Newfoundland regarding William’s attempt to settle his father’s affairs.

719-719v

27 Aug 1857

Morris

Undersecretary of State for the Colonies

Discusses his progress in settling the claim, as well as the method by which it will be repaid.

721

14 Sep 1857

H. Merivale

Morris

A rather sloppy letter to Morris. Merivale appears to inform him of a complication or difficulty in William’s claim.

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721-729v

27 Apr 1857

M.H. Perley

Labouchere

A lengthy letter to the Secretary of State. The author’s writing is a little difficult to parse. It appears, however, that the author has been engaged in reviewing documents at the Colonial Office regarding the fishery at Newfoundland. Much of the document concerns itself with describing the level and type of fishing activities in various areas and alleged infractions against the treaties with France.

731-731v

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H. Merivale

Strachey

Merivale’s reply to a brief note questioning the reasons for Mr. Perley being denied correspondence with one of the governmental departments. Some sections of Merivale’s reply are very difficult to read.

732-732v

14 May 1857

H. Merivale

M.H. Perley

Conveys Labouchere’s thanks for Perley’s examination of papers regarding French participation in the fishery. Notes that the Secretary would like his future communications addressed to the Foreign Office rather than the Colonial Department.

733-733v

20 May 1857

H. Merivale

E. Hammond

Encloses Perley’s correspondence with the Colonial Department for the information of the Earl of Clarendon. Notes that Perley has been thanked and directed to address his future dispatches to the Foreign Office.

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735-735v

25 May 1857

J. Stark

Labouchere

Discusses the French presence in the Newfoundland fishery. Relates a conversation he had with the late Admiral Hamilton, who was then Governor of the colony, in which he alleged the French secretary had deceived the English negotiator while working on the Treaty of 1819.

736

6 Aug 1857

H. Merivale

E. Hammond

Forwards a copy of Stark’s letter for the information of Lord Clarendon.

737-739

29 Aug 1857

Labouchere’s Office

A. Bannerman

Informs Bannerman of Stark’s claims regarding the deceit of the French secretary. Notes that such an account, of an event occurring more than forty years ago, is likely to have been made in error, but that it must nevertheless be investigated. Requests that Bannerman will inform Stark of the receipt of his letter by the Colonial Department.

Index

740-742

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The index of correspondences for this volume.

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