CO 194/152 [Reel B698]

Page

Date

From Who(Where)

To Whom (Where)

Contents of Document

Newfoundland 1858: January-May Despatches

Governor Sir A. Bannerman
January to May, Vol. 1

2-3

-

-

-

This document appears to be a record of transmissions from Governor Bannerman. Many of them regard various acts of the Legislature.

3-7

-

-

-

Another record of the Governor’s transmissions.

8-9

-

-

-

These records appear to be transmissions sent to New Brunswick.

10-11

-

-

-

Transmissions to Nova Scotia.

12-12v

-

-

-

Transmissions to Prince Edward Island.

13

5 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H, Labouchere

Notes that he has received Labouchere’s confidential instructions, which he will lay before the Council.

14

5 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Acknowledges the receipt of various dispatches and circulars.

15

7 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Forwards a schedule of addresses from himself and former-governor Darling to the Secretary of State during the year 1857.

17-30v

Various

-

-

Attached: The schedule of dispatches from the present and previous governor to the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

31

1 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Transmits lists of the members of the Executive and Legislative Councils.

32-33v

-

-

-

Attached: The lists of the members of both Councils.

34-37

2 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

This document is heavily overwritten and darkly printed. Bannerman appears to be forwarding a list of leases granted to various individuals. Discusses some of the Legislature’s concerns about the legality of the leases and seeks clarification on a number of issues which, he claims, are "ill understood" in the colony.

38-44

-

-

-

Attached: A lengthy document detailing the aforementioned leases.

46-46v

15 Feb 1858

H. Merivale

Sir R. Murchison, "Prof of Practical Geology"

Forwards an extract from one of Bannerman’s dispatches, as well as a sample of ore from a lead mine near Placentia Bay.

47-48v

26 Mar 1858

Labouchere’s Office

A. Bannerman

Registers concern over mining rights to a vast amount of land that appear to have been granted to Mr. Bennett. Requests a record of any previous leases to Bennett, as well as a record of any similarly large leases to other individuals.

49-50v

4 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Discusses a review of the dispensation of justice in the colony as requested by Labouchere. Discusses the manner in which the House of Assembly grants allowances to judicial officers.

51

4 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Informs Labouchere that the plans for the construction of the dwelling at Cape Race contained an error. States that the Clerk of the Board of Works will forward an amended plan.

52-52v

2 Jan 1858

John Sheene (?)

Colonial Secretary

A document describing the errors enclosed in the initial specifications for the building of the structures at Cape Race.

53-53v

3 Feb 1858

Labouchere’s Office

A. Bannerman

Requests that Bannerman forward documents clarifying an alleged discrepancy between the specifications and the actual drawings for the Cape Race dwelling.

54

5 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Informs Labouchere that he had no intentions of requesting action from the government about the reduction of the Governor’s salary.

56-56v

5 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

This document is heavily overwritten, making it difficult to read. Bannerman appears to be attempting to clarify the intent of a document written in the absence of his legal advisor, possibly regarding the Cape Race construction.

58

5 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Forwards a copy of Mr. Prendergast’s report.

59-59v

-

-

-

Attached: Part of this document appears to have been cut off. In addition, it is very dark, and sloppily written. It is possible that this document has something to do with the Cape Race lighthouse developments.

60-83v

5 Oct 1857

J. Prendergast

J. Kent

Attached: Prendergast’s lengthy report on the various coves and harbours, both British and French, and their lighthouse establishments, throughout the island. Contains lists of French harbours and the number of vessels and occupied fishing locations at each.

84

18 Mar 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

E. Hammond

Transmits a "limited copy" of Prendergast’s report for the information of the Earl of Malmesbury.

85

13 Mar 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

A. Bannerman

Acknowledges the receipt of Prendergast’s report.

86-88v

5 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Discusses the practice of fixing the value of currency in Newfoundland, which was begun by Sir Thomas Cochrane, and which Bannerman claims was illegal. Notes that while he will not trouble the Imperial government on the matter, he intends to bring it before the local authorities.

90-90v

19 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Encloses a letter from Admiral Hamelin, the Minister of Marine at Paris. Informs Labouchere that he has received word of a French corvette’s recent arrival at Brest, where its commander is likely to be promoted.

91-92

19 Dec 1958

Admiral Hamelin, Minister of Marine, and of the Colonies

A. Bannerman

Hamelin’s communication acknowledging that the commander of the corvette La Serieuse has delivered Bannerman’s letter. Thanks Bannerman for his high praise of the commander and for "the exceeding kindness" shown to him during his time on the Newfoundland coasts.

93-94v

21 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Transmits a minute of a meeting of the Executive Council, in which they decline to make any proposals for a new Fishery Convention with France. States that he will peruse the confidential documents sent by Labouchere regarding the present state of the fishery.

95-96

-

-

-

The first page of this document seems to be missing. The document appears to be a note regarding the dispatches sent to Bannerman about the fishery. It also makes mention of Perley and his report on the status of the French fishing establishments. While the notes appear to be undated, they were almost certainly written after Stanley’s replacement of Labouchere as Secretary of State for the Colonies.

97-98

22 Jan. [1858]

A. Bannerman

H. Merivale

Left side of letter is buried in the margin and the overall the document is too dark to read. It appears to be about reaction to the convention with the French

99-101v

15 Jan 1858

J. Kent

-

This document seems to be a report on the proceedings of a council held between the Governor, Attorney General, Colonial Secretary, and others. Bannerman presented a confidential dispatch from the Colonial Secretary (dated 16 Dec. 1857) indicating that the French were determined not to leave the fisheries question in its present unsettled state; expect Br. Govt to find out what colony of Nfld wants. Letter describes Council’s response

102-103

28 Feb 1958

H. Merivale

E. Hammond

Encloses a copy of a reply to one of the Governor’s previous dispatches for the information of the Earl of Clarendon.

104-105v

25 Feb 1858

Various people (Cabinet ministers? Merivale is one)

E. Hammond

Forwards copies of several documents and replies for the referral of Clarendon, all of which seem to pertain to Perley’s fishery reports.

106

2 Feb 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Encloses copies of the speech with which he opened the latest session of the Sixth General Assembly.

108-109v

29 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

-

Attached: Bannerman’s speech to the General Assembly. The text is nearly unreadable, as large blocks of text appear to be blotted or obscured.

110

13 Mar 1858

Labouchere’s Office

A. Bannerman

Acknowledges the receipt of Bannerman’s speech.

111

18 Mar 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

E. Hammond

Encloses a copy of the Governor’s speech for the information of the Earl of Malmesbury.

112

21 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Acknowledges the receipt of various dispatches and circulars.

113

2 Feb 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Same as above.

114

3 Feb 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Transmits the journals of proceedings for the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly for the period between 28 Jan. and 1 Feb.

115-118v

15 Feb 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Transfers a number of documents regarding the wreck of the Spanish brigantine Plata near Trepassey. The documents consist of a letter from the Spanish consul to the Governor demanding an investigation into the magistrate at Trepassey, Bannerman’s reply to the consul directing him to the proper channels for pursuing his complaint, the Consul’s dissatisfied reply, Bannerman’s second reply, the magistrate’s reply to the Consul’s charges, and numerous other documents.

119-134

14 Jan 1858

Marquis of Caballero (Spanish Consul at St. John’s, Count of Villahermosa)

A. Bannerman

Attached: The very lengthy letter from the Spanish Consul to Governor Bannerman with details of the complaint. Plata was out of Havana in ballast with gold on board. Crew & captain got ashore, but some money was plundered while captain & crew were seemingly being cared for ashore. Captain secure assistance of JP George Simms to guard the rest. Much of this subsequently disappeared. The Consul calls for an investigation into the alleged negligence of the magistrate.

135-139v

16 Jan 1858

A. Bannerman

Marquis of Caballero

Attached: Gives the Consul the account of events at Trepassey as have been related to him. Assures the Marquis that his claims have been taken seriously and that he has applied to the proper channels, but notes that the Governor has little influence over such proceedings.

141-142

16 Jan 1858

Marquis of Caballero

A. Bannerman

Attached: Asks that Bannerman take time to reconsider his case. Accuses Bannerman of refusing to offer the proper assistance to the Consulate in dealing with the matter and notes that the captain and his crew will be ordered to embark for Spain.

143-143v

9 Feb 1858

A. Bannerman

Marquis of Caballero

Attached: Notes that his initial reply to the Marquis’ solicitations for assistance appear to have reached the Marquis after his above reply, leading to some confusion. States that he feels it is beyond the authority of his office to give the Consul the sort of aid which he demands.

145

27 Jan 1858

Marquis of Caballero

A. Bannerman

Requests that Bannerman give his permission for the captain to be "set at liberty."

147-148

28 Jan 1858

Marquis of Caballero

A. Bannerman

Notes the anger of the Spanish authorities over the arrest and attempted tribunal of the captain of their wrecked vessel and demands to know the nature of the tribunal and the reasoning of the local authorities for arresting a citizen of Spain.

149-149v

30 Jan 1858

W.I. Corn (Private Secretary to the Governor)

Marquis of Caballero

Informs the Marquis that the allegations against the magistrate at Trepassey, as well as the correspondence with Bannerman, has been forwarded to Magistrate Grieve, whose response has been enclosed.

151-152v

29 Jan 1858

L. O’Brien & W. Grieve

A. Bannerman

The authors give their legal opinions regarding the Consul’s charges. They state that they arrested the captain to ensure his conveyance to the Court House, where he refused to be sworn and was therefore detained. They go on to state that by instructing the captain to refuse the oath, the Consul interfered with the exercise of their legal authority.

153-153v

30 Jan 1858

Marquis of Caballero

A. Bannerman

Contests that claims of O’Brien and Grieve, but thanks Bannerman for replying to his addresses. Regrets that no satisfactory settlement could be made and notes that he will transmit copies of their correspondence to his superiors.

154-156v

1 Feb 1858

Marquis of Caballero

A. Bannerman

Complains about the conduct of Magistrate Grieve who, he claims, responded to the captain’s refusal to be sworn under the British court on the grounds of his allegiance to the Spanish monarch by exclaiming "Damn the Queen." Inquires as to whether or not such actions are punishable by British law.

157-158

2 Feb 1858

W.I. Corn (Private Secretary to the Governor)

Marquis of Caballero

Informs the Marquis that Grieve, in addition to being a magistrate, is the President of the Chamber of Commerce, and is a highly respected citizen, and that the Governor has taken his improprieties very seriously. States that an investigation has been launched regarding Grieve’s actions.

159-159v

3 Feb 1858

Marquis of Caballero

A. Bannerman

Informs the Governor that he is not satisfied by his responses and that he would have preferred a direct explanation from the Governor regarding both Grieve and the detention of the Spanish captain.

160-161

3 Feb 1858

W.I. Corn (Private Secretary to the Governor)

Marquis of Caballero

Replies to the Marquis’ previous letter, stating that the Governor has initiated an inquiry into Mr. Grieve’s conduct, but that he believes the Consul must have been misled. Also notes the that the proceedings have been complicated by the Marquis’ own actions, since he has refused to allow either the captain or himself to give evidence to the courts.

162

6 Feb 1858

W.I. Corn

Marquis of Caballero

Notes that the Governor has just received the Marquis’ letter of the 3rd of February, but has nothing to add to the previous reply.

163-163v

2 Feb 1858

Walter Grieve

A. Bannerman

Related to the Spanish complaints; defends himself against the charges against him

164v

-

-

-

A brief prefatory note introducing Grieve’s letter to the Governor.

165-166v

-

-

-

A very dark document which appears to be a list of the owners or part owners of the "La Plata."

167-172v

22 Jan 1858

H. Merivale

Colonial Secretary

Most of this lengthy document is too dark to pick out. The less obscured sections, however, discuss the "La Plata" wreck, the detention of the Spanish captain, and the various allegations of the Marquis of Caballero, the Spanish consul, against the magistrates of Newfoundland.

173

24 Dec 1858

G. Simms

-

A document signed by Magistrate Simms regarding the "La Plata." Due to the darkness of the document, it is unclear whether or not this has anything to do with the Marquis’ criminal allegations against him.

175-176

5 Jan 1858

Marquis of Caballero

-

This document appears to be the Marquis’ acknowledgment and discussion of the allegations against Mr. Simms, the Magistrate of Trepassey.

177-178v

-

-

-

A scrawled document that appears to outline the events following the wreck of the "La Plata" and the Consul’s protests and charges associated with the treatment of its captain.

179

-

J. Devereux

-

The testimony of J. Devereux regarding the courtroom incidents.

180-182

-

B. Robertson

-

Robertson’s testimony.

183-187v

-

T. Moore

-

Moore’s testimony.

187v-189

-

R. Devereux

-

R. Devereux’s testimony.

189v-191

-

D. Waddleston

-

Waddleston’s testimony.

191-194v

-

John Simms

-

John Simms’ testimony.

195

-

James H. Simms

-

James H. Simms’ testimony.

197-201

10 Feb 1858

Larence O’Brien, Walter Grieve, A. Shea, Robert Pronse (commissioners investigating the Plata case)

John Kent, Colonial Secretary

Outlines the Consul’s charges against Magistrate Simms, specifically that he did not properly account for those materials that survived the wreckage and that he mishandled the situation by apprehending the captain and demanding that he testify under oath. The authors discuss the depositions and testimonies of various witnesses to the Court House proceedings.

202-203

21 Jan 1858

-

-

A document from the Union Bank of Newfoundland. The document is very dark and poorly written, making it impossible for it to be accurately deciphered. Nevertheless, there appears to be some mention of the proceedings against the Spanish captain and of the money salvaged from the wreck of the "La Plata."

203-203v

17 Feb 1858

Twill (Bank Manager)

W.I. Corn (Private Secretary to the Governor)

Another very dim document from the Union Bank. Like the previous letter, this document appears to be concerned with the sum of nearly 10,000 dollars recovered from the shipwreck.

204-204v

29 Jul 1858

H. Merivale

Lord Carnarvon

A brief note to Carnarvon, apparently regarding the legal actions being undertaken regarding the "La Plata."

204v-205

29 Jul 1858

???

???

Document is indecipherable. Appears to be another note, probably in reference to the above events.

206-207

4 Aug 1858

H. Merivale

???

A series of scrawled notes from Merivale. They appear to deal with a difference of opinion of some sort between members of the Imperial government.

207-208

11 May 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

A. Bannerman

Document is nearly illegible due to the darkness of the print. It obviously deals with the "La Plata" incident and the Consul’s complaints, but the exact context is unknown.

209-211

11 Aug 1858

H. Merivale

A. Bannerman

Same as above.

212-212v

16 Feb 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Discusses the rate and method of payment for the Governor’s salary, which had recently been reduced to 2000 pounds.

213

-

-

-

Attached: A printed excerpt noting that all salaries and monetary transactions in the colony are to be paid in sterling.

214-223v

-

-

-

"His Excellency Sir Alexander Bannerman, the Governor of Newfoundland versus The Honorable Thomas Glen, Receiver General." A document detailing the disagreement between the Governor and the Receiver General over the payment details of his salary.

224v

-

-

-

A very brief note outlining the basic details of the previous document.

225-228

15 Mar 1850

House of Assembly

The Earl Grey

Copy of an address of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland to Grey outlining the history of payment methods in the colony since the Legislature’s acts of 1832.

229-230v

20 Dec. 1850

Romilley & Cockburn

The Earl Grey

Acknowledge the receipt and perusal of various documents delivered to them and come to the conclusion that all monies paid in the colony must be sterling.

233

22 Mar 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

Merivale; Ld Carnarvon

Requests that the recipient look over an enclosed document and submit his answer to the question it contains.

234

15 Apr 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

A. Bannerman

Transmits copies of the opinions expressed by the Law Officers of the Crown regarding the payment method of Bannerman’s salary.

235

17 Feb 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Transmits copies of the Newfoundland Royal Gazette containing his speech opening the latest Legislative session, the addresses of the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council, and his replies.

236-237v

6 Feb 1858

-

-

Attached: The aforementioned copies of the Gazette containing the various addresses and replies.

238

15 Mar 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

A. Bannerman

Acknowledges the receipt of the speech and other addresses.

239-241

18 Feb 1859

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Notes the late arrival of the Halifax mail packet. Outlines and endorses Mr. Grieve’s complaints against the Spanish Consul. Encloses documents explaining Grieve’s case and the Consul’s refusal to comply with the local authorities in allowing the captain to give evidence at the Court House.

241v

-

C. M.

-

A brief note outlining the complaint against Grieve, his rejection of that complaint, and his counter-complaint against the Marquis of Caballero.

242-243

16 Feb 1858

Walter Grieve

A. Bannerman

Further correspondence about the wreck of the Spanish ship Plata at Trepassey

244-244v

15 Feb 1858

H.W. Hoyles

Marquis of Caballero

A copy of Hoyle’s letter to the Consul. Hoyle, representing Mr. Grieve, threatens to pursue legal action against the Marquis if he continues in his unsubstantiated claims that Grieve dishonoured the Spanish queen.

246

15 Feb 1858

Marquis of Caballero

H.W. Hoyles

Informs Hoyles that his contention with Grieve is between the British and Spanish governments, and that he has no right to interfere unless he has been charged with doing so by the appropriate authorities.

247-247v

22 Mar 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

E. Hammond

Forwards documents pertaining to the "La Plata" incident to the Earl of Malmesbury and requests his opinion on the proceedings.

248

19 Feb 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Encloses documents regarding the proposition of Mr. Cunard to establish direct steam communications with the colony.

250-250v

18 Feb 1858

P.F. Little

A. Bannerman

Advises Bannerman to apply to the Imperial government to be informed whether any contract has yet been signed with Mr. Cunard.

251-251v

22 Mar 1858

H. Merivale

C. Trevelyan

Informs Trevelyan of Bannerman’s application for details on Cunard’s proposition and the status of any contracts.

252

18 Feb 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Acknowledges the receipt of several dispatches and circulars.

253-253v

23 Feb 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Acknowledges the receipt of several documents. Follows up on a previously received dispatch, noting that the Executive Council has decided against attempting to obtain "ten or fifteen" London policemen for the colony, as the Assembly would probably reject their salaries.

254-254v

30 Mar 1858

H. Merivale

L.R. Mayne

Informs Mayne that the police officers are no longer needed. Expresses thanks to Lord Stanley for his trouble.

255

5 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Transmits journals of the proceedings of the Legislative Council and House of Assembly.

256-257

5 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Forwards documents relating to the owners of a vessel at St. John’s requesting compensation from the British government for services tendered.

258-261

26 Feb 1858

P. Rogerson

H. Labouchere

Attached: Applies for compensation for damages sustained to his vessel, the brig Jessie, while en route to England, and for aiding a distressed American packet ship.

262-263

-

-

-

Attached: Document is illegible. Appears to be another document regarding Rogerson’s claims.

264

-

-

-

Attached: An account of the damages and losses sustained by the vessel.

265-266v

4 Mar 1858

P.F. Little

A. Bannerman

A scrawled note pertaining to Rogerson’s claims and the damages sustained by the Jessie.

267-268v

5 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Napier (British Minister at Washington, DC)

Forwards documents outlining claims of Messrs. Rogerson, Merchants. Rig Jessie was on its way to Nfld when it fell in with the American packet ship Northumberland which was sinking. They rescued the crew & passengers & returned with them to Cork, Ireland . Owners want compensation for expenses, including compensation for the "loss of a voyage to the Seal fishery" Bannerman cannot determine damages before the vessel arrives at Newfoundland.

269-269v

8 Apr 1858

H. Merivale

J. Booth

Encloses documents for the consideration of the Privy Council regarding Rogerson’s claims for compensation.

270-270v

23 Apr 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

A. Bannerman

Informs Bannerman of the opinion of the Privy Council for Trade that Rogerson’s compensation claim should be answered by the American government, not the British.

271

4 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Acknowledges the receipt of numerous dispatches and circulars.

272

12 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Forwards the Receiver General’s document enclosing a return of the reprints of British copyright works imported into the colony for the year 1857. Apologizes for the lateness of the return, which had been misplaced.

273

1 May 1858

H. Merivale

C. Trevelyan

Transmits copies of the Governor’s previous dispatch and its enclosures.

274-281v

16 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

A lengthy personal address to Labouchere on the issue of the Fishery Convention. Bannerman discusses how the Convention was made a political issue by various parties in Newfoundland, the contents of Perley’s report, the presence of the French frigate "Serieuse" on the coasts of Newfoundland, and various other issues. He concludes by requesting that he be given a year’s time, in which the fishery situation would remain as is, in which to consider the Convention. At the end of that period, a decision would be made as to whether or not to come to an agreement.

282

11 Dec 1764

-

-

Attached: An extract from Chief Justice Reeves’ "History of the Government of Newfoundland," in which the French fishery and presence at St. Pierre and Miquelon is discussed.

283

1 May 1858

H. Merivale

E. Hammond

Transmits a copy of Bannerman’s dispatch for the information of the Earl of Malmesbury.

284-284v

22 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Attached: Bannerman’s update regarding the status of the "Jessie," which arrived at St. John’s and soon departed to participate in the seal fishery.

285

24 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Forwards reports from the commander of the Royal Engineers and the Surveyor General regarding requests for various maps and plans of construction undertaken in Newfoundland.

286-286v

22 Apr 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

Sir Benjamin Harris, War Office

Transmits copies of the aforementioned reports sent by Bannerman.

287-289v

27 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Transmits a number of documents for the information of the Lords of the Privy Council for Trade. Included amongst the documents are act for the construction of a lighthouse on the western coast and a table of the distances between the various lighthouses on the island.

291-293

-

-

-

Attached: Copies of the lighthouse documents mentioned in the previous dispatch.

294

1 May 1858

J. Booth

-

Encloses the various lighthouse documents, which had been sent with the intention of receiving advice from the appropriate officials in the Imperial government.

295-295v

27 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Encloses dispatches regarding the requests of the Hanseatic League for duty-free trade status in Newfoundland. Endorses the suggestions contained in those dispatches.

296-296v

26 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

Receiver General

Requests to know the result of any conversation that has taken place regarding the status of the Hanseatic towns, and if any decision has been made by the Legislature regarding them.

297-297v

29 Mar 1858

Glen, the Receiver General

A. Bannerman

Discusses the developments regarding the Legislature’s stance on the Hanseatic towns. Due to the dimness of the article, the details of this discussion are difficult to pick out, although it appears that the Legislature rejected the suggestions. Notes that shipping from Britain, the Channel Isles, and British North America is now treated on the same footing as shipping from the United States.

298-298v

30 Apr 1858

H. Merivale

E. Hammond

Forwards Bannerman’s correspondence with the Receiver General for Malmesbury’s information. Confirms that the Legislature has refused to allow the Hanseatic towns any further trading privileges.

299-300

27 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Forwards the entirety of his correspondence with the Spanish Consul, as he has been informed that the Consul has done the same in reporting to his government. Proceeds to outline the legal aspects of the "La Plata" incident.

301-302

13 Mar 1858

Marquis of Caballero

A. Bannerman

The Marquis appears to be complaining to Bannerman of a summons served to him by Grieve, possibly for his refusal to withdraw or substantiate his complaints against him. The Marquis states that he cannot be tried under a foreign tribunal, as he is an official of the Spanish government.

303-304v

15 Mar 1858

W.I. Corn (Private Secretary to the Governor)

Marquis of Caballero

Informs the Marquis of Bannerman’s intention to submit the whole of their correspondence for the consideration of the Imperial government. States that it is beyond the Governor’s power to prevent Grieve from seeking legal recourse against the Consul.

304-305

16 Mar 1858

Marquess of Caballero

A. Bannerman

Discusses the transmission of their correspondence to their respective monarchs. States that since they obviously disagrees with his position regarding the incident, there is no option but for him to defend himself in the British courts.

306-307v

17 Mar 1858

W.I. Corn (Private Secretary to the Governor)

Marquess of Caballero

Informs the Marquess that Governor Bannerman is solely responsible, as the representative of the Queen in Newfoundland, for the manner and course of communications with him as the representative of the Queen of Spain.

308-309v

15 Mar 1858

Marquess of Caballero

A. Bannerman

Document is relatively difficult to pick out. It appears as though the Marquess is explaining that, as Spanish consul, he cannot be charged or called to testify before a local authority.

310

19 Mar 1858

Marquess of Caballero

A. Bannerman

Informs Bannerman that he has received a copy of the Royal Gazette describing a proclamation made by him regarding an American vessel wrecked off Burin. Notes that he will be forwarding a copy of the document to the Spanish government for consideration.

311

19 Mar 1858

W.I. Corn (Private Secretary to the Governor)

Marquis of Caballero

Forwards copies of another proclamation regarding ships wrecked off the coasts of Newfoundland, adding that Bannerman would like the Consul to forward that document along with the previous proclamation.

312

-

-

-

Attached: A copy of the latter proclamation, with contextual notes.

313

20 Mar 1858

Marquis of Caballero

A. Bannerman

Thanks Bannerman for the proclamation. Notes that it will be useful in performing his duties as Consul, but that it will not be sent to Spain.

314-316v

26 Mar 1858

P.F. Little

A. Bannerman

Suggests, as per Bannerman’s request, that any further correspondence with the Marquis should simply be acknowledged and forwarded to the Imperial authorities, as the incident has become complicated by legal matters. States that the matter of Mr. Simms should be explored by an inquiry, about which he regrets the Marquis’ lack of cooperation.

318-318v

1 May 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

E. Hammond

Forwards copies of the Consul’s proceedings and Bannerman’s correspondence with him for the information of the Earl of Malmesbury.

319

29 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

H. Labouchere

Encloses various sundry documents.

320

18 May 1858

-

-

A brief note. Practically illegible, although it mentions Prendergast’s report.

321-321v

-

Little, Kent, Robinson, Simms, Hogsett

A. Bannerman

"Report of the Commissioners on the Constitution of the Superior Courts of This Island." The report describes a number of reforms to the Judiciary which have been proposed by the Commission.

323-326

-

-

-

"Financial Statement on the Affair of the Colony of Newfoundland for the Year 1858."

327-329v

-

-

-

"A Bill For Granting to Her Majesty certain Duties on Goods, Wares, and Merchandise Imported into this Colony and its Dependencies."

331-333

-

-

-

"Abstract of the Returns of the Population, &c., of Newfoundland, 1857."

335

24 Aug 1857

T.R. Crockwell

J. Kent

"Report of Thomas R. Crockwell, Esq., on the Protection of the Fisheries from Point York to Blanc Sablon." Notes that he expects an enormous influx in the number of French fishermen in Newfoundland should Napoleon III make a public proclamation on the voidance of the Convention of Jan. 14th, 1857.

337-339

-

C. Young

J. Kent

"Report of Mr. Caleb Young, on the Protection of the Fisheries at and around Belle Isle."

341-345

-

M.J. Kelly, Acting Superintendent of Fisheries

J. Kent

Kelly’s journal and report, made while patrolling the Labrador coast and the Straits of Belle Isle aboard the "Alice" in 1857.

347-355v

5 Oct 1857

J.L. Prendergast

J. Kent

"Report of J.L. Prendergast, Esq., on the Protection of the Fisheries, &c., on the Coast of Labrador and the French Shore."

357-358

22 May 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

E. Hammond

Annexes a note made by Bannerman on page 11 of Prendergast’s report.

359-359v

30 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Informs Stanley that he has just been informed of his appointment as Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies. Discusses various documents addressed to Labouchere before he had knowledge of the change in administration.

360

30 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

In response to Stanley’s of 1 March 1858, he encloses a letter from the Post Master-General of Nfld containing information requested by the Postmaster-General.

361

30 Mar 1858

W.L. Soloman (? Name is partial at bottom of page)

J. Kent

Cover letter; enclosures deal with local charges for registration of letters sent to the United Kingdom; those charges are well established

363

30 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Transmits the Journal of the House of Assembly for the previous year.

364-364v

30 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Acknowledges the receipt of a medal commemorating the wedding of the Princess Royal and Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia. States that an account of the marriage will be preserved in the colonial archives and expresses gratitude on behalf of the colony.

366

30 Mar 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Acknowledges the receipt of numerous dispatches from both Labouchere and Stanley.

367-368

13 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Transmits a petition to be forwarded to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury on behalf of Mrs. Bethune, who has been left to care for five children following the death of her husband, who was Sub-Collector for Carbonear. Recommends her case for favourable consideration.

369-369v

-

S. Bethune

Lords Commissioners of the Treasury

"The Petition of Sarah Bethune of Carbonear, in the Island of Newfoundland, Widow." Bethune’s request for financial relief for the care of her family, which has been destitute since her husband’s death. The document is very dark.

370

17 May 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

C. Trevelyan

Transmits the copy of Bethune’s petition to be forwarded to the Lords of the Treasury.

372-372v

2 Jul 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

A. Bannerman

Requests that Bannerman will inform Bethune of the Treasury’s statement that they have no power to comply with the requests of her memorial.

373-379

13 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Forwards slips cut from several newspapers regarding individuals he would like to bring "under the consideration of the Colonial Minister," as per the request of Stanley’s circular. Discusses Perley’s report on the fisheries, the promotion of the French commander Mezieres, the negotiations regarding the Fishery Convention with France, and several other issues.

380-380v

7 May 1858

Lord Carnarvon

F.O.

Attached: A short note regarding Perley’s report and the French fishery in Newfoundland. Much of it is illegible.

381

Various

-

-

Attached: The four newspaper clippings referred to in Bannerman’s address of 13th Apr.

382-383v

-

-

-

A collection of documents and addresses to previous Governors and other officials, most of them regarding the French fishing presence in Newfoundland waters.

385-387

10 Jul 1858

Viscount Palmerston

Count Sebastiani

Palmerston’s note to the French ambassador. The note centers on efforts to delineate the waters between St. Pierre & Miquelon and Newfoundland, and to come to an agreement regarding rights to those waters that does not violate previous treaties.

389-390

13 Apr 1858

-

-

Document is mostly illegible. Appears to be some sort of note, possibly regarding the fishery.

391-392v

31 May 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

E. Hammond

Encloses documents from Bannerman on the fisheries question. Requests the opinion of the Earl of Malmesbury.

393-394v

17 Jun 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

A. Bannerman

Difficult to pick out. Appears to further discuss the issue of the French fisheries. Notes that no changes have occurred to the rights of the fishermen.

395-396v

14 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Discusses his replies to a circular distributed amongst the Governors during Labouchere’s tenure as Secretary of State for the Colonies. States that he does not view the Governor’s presence in the colony as an absolute necessity, noting that there are regulations in place in Newfoundland for the appointment of an Acting Governor in the event of the Governor’s temporary absence.

397

14 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Acknowledges the receipt of several dispatches and circulars.

398-398v

13 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Transmits copies of two acts passed by the Colonial Legislature, one regarding the incorporation of the Commercial Bank, and the other regarding the attempted currency amendments.

399-399v

24 Apr 1858

P.F. Little

-

Discusses the act to alter the valuation of certain monetary denominations in the colony of Newfoundland.

400-401v

24 Apr 1858

P.F. Little

-

Discusses the act to incorporate the Commerical Bank of Newfoundland.

402-402v

-

J. Twill

A. Bannerman

Discusses the act to alter the valuation of currencies. Expresses his desire that the act will be passed without a suspending clause.

404

25 May 1858

R.B. Lytton

-

Transmits the two acts of the Legislature, requesting that they will be laid before the Queen in Council.

405

-

-

-

A brief note describing the aforementioned acts (an act to amend an act for establishing legal value of certain British & other currency; an act to incorporate the Commercial Bank of Nfld.

406

14 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Informs Stanley that the government of Newfoundland approves of the request contained in one of Labouchere’s circulars that prepayment of all postage be made compulsory.

407-407v

6 May 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

Secretary of the Post Office

Transfers a copy of Bannerman’s address of the 14th April regarding the compulsory prepayment of all postage dues.

408-413v

7 May 1858

Lord Stanley

A. Bannerman

Informs Bannerman that the Office of the Postmaster-General has been given a copy of his address. Discusses at length the current postal arrangements in the colony of Newfoundland.

415

15 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Transmits the journals of the proceedings of the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council.

416-417

19 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Discusses the receipt of a letter from a Mr. Stark accusing the French secretary of deceit against the English negotiator during the efforts to resolve the Fishery Convention.

418-418v

-

-

-

Attached: An extract from Chief Justice Reeve’s history of Newfoundland.

419-421

26 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Informs Stanley that the Executive Council has resolved to enter a contract with Mr. Wier for the delivery of the mail packet by steamship. Notes that the contract is subject to Imperial approval.

422-424v

-

-

-

Attached: "Liverpool and Newfoundland, and Newfoundland and United States, Mail Contract." A copy of the articles and terms of the contract entered into by the Executive Council. Signed by A.M. Wier and Secretary J. Kent.

426-427

2 Jul 1858

E.B. LeMon

A. Bannerman

Transmits a document from the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury stating that the Treasury cannot consent to funding the aforementioned mail contract.

428-428v

27 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Transmits documents from the Shipping Registrar pertaining to the registration of a vessel belonging to Prince Edward Island. Requests Stanley’s opinion on the matter.

429-430

26 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

T. Glen

Discusses the attempts of the P.E.I. vessel to register in Newfoundland. Transmits various documents regarding the issue.

431

15 Mar 1858

John S. Bremner, Custom House, Pr Edward Is.)

The Registrar Shipping of Nfld (St. John’s)

Attached: Document is very difficult to decipher. The letter appears to concern a vessel (Conqueror) previously registered in PEI and now registered a second time in Nfld as Contest; requests formal confirmation of change of registry

432

17 Mar 1858

J.S. Bremner

The Registrar Shipping of Nfld (St. John’s)

Attached: Encloses a copy of the registry for the brig Contest to allow the recipient to record the information in his own registries.

433

-

-

-

Attached: The registry information for the "Contest".

434

-

J.S. Bremner

The Registrar Shipping of Nfld (St. John’s)

Further correspondence about the brig Contest

435

18 Mar 1858

J.S. Bremner

The Registrar Shipping of Nfld (St. John’s)

continued discussion on the registration status of the Contest. Appears to inform the recipient that there is no further action that can be taken until a court decision is made.

436-436v

16 Apr 1858

P.F. Little

J. Kent

Document is very dark and difficult to pick out. Little appears to discuss the registration history of the "Contest" and the cancellation of a registration certificate for the "Conqueror."

437-437v

21 May 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

C. Trevelyan

Forwards the correspondence relative to the registration of the vessel. Requests, for Bannerman’s information, the opinion of the Board of Customs.

438

21 Jul 1858

Lord Stanley’s Office

A. Bannerman

Transmits the Board of Customs’ report.

439-440v

27 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Discusses the large grant of land to Mr. Bennett, which has come to the attention and reconsideration of the House of Assembly.

441

21 May 1858

unsigned

-

A short opinion regarding a Crown lawyer presiding in a Committee of the Legislature and gaining thereby.

442-447v

5 Apr 1858

-

-

"Report of the Select Committee on the Grant to C. F. Bennett, Esq. Of Land in Placentia and Fortune Bays." The report begins by claiming the grant represents an illegal act of great injustice to the people of the colony.

449

27 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Acknowledges the receipt of several dispatches and circulars.

450

28 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Transmits the journals of proceedings for the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council.

451-452

28 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Appears to discuss the various acts for the laying of telegraph cable and for establishing communications links between Newfoundland and England, and Newfoundland and the United States. Transmits a copy of a correspondence on the same subject.

453-453v

19 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

J. Kent

Attached: Encloses an application from Mr. Brooking which is to be laid before the Council. Notes his disappointment that a lot of ground has not yet been chosen for the Newfoundland side of the proposed telegraph link. Forwards a dispatch received from an unnamed sender which he requests will be laid before the Council.

453v-454v

24 Apr 1858

A. Bannerman

J. Kent

Attached: Discusses the letters of Brooking and Shea regarding the telegraph line, as well as the apparent obstacles that have arisen to its construction. Expresses his belief that the line would be of great benefit to the people of Newfoundland.

455

27 Apr 1858

A. Shea

J. Kent

Informs Kent that he intends to withdraw his objection to Brooking’s desire to construct the telegraph building at Bay Bulls.

456

17 Jun 1858

E.B. Lytton’s Office

A. Bannerman

Acknowledges the receipt of documents pertaining to the building of the telegraph office.

457-458

3 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Parts of this document are too dark to be legible. The document appears to discuss rights to resources, trade, and the fishery in and off the coast of Labrador.

459-459v

31 May 1858

S.L.

-

A note or extract. Document is practically illegible.

461-461v

18 Jul 1809

Gov. Holloway, Nfld

J.H. Craig, Governor- General, at Quebec, Canada

Copy of a letter in which Craig was informed about the grant of rights to the coast of Labrador to the government of Newfoundland.

463-463v

-

-

-

Attached: "Copy of 14th Section, 49th, George III, Cap. 37."

464

7 Jun 1858

Secretary of State for the Colonies

Secretary of State for Trade

Informs the Trade Secretary that the Governor of Newfoundland was in error when he claimed that two lighthouses had been built in Newfoundland territory, without permission, by the Canadian government.

465-465v

8 Jun 1858

Secretary of State for the Colonies

Secretary of State for Trade

Recognize rights of the Nfld government to Labrador north of 52 degrees lat. But declines to define remainder of boundary beyond what is said in the governor’s instructionst.

466-466v

11 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Transmits documents for the information of the Lords of the Privy Council for Trade. A post-script discusses the discovery of documents from the Inspector of Lighthouses, which Bannerman notes he will require more time to review.

467-467v

28 Jun 1858

E.B. Lytton’s Office

A. Bannerman

Transmits a letter with enclosures from the Secretary of the Board of Trade regarding the Cape Race lighthouse. Requests that the documents will be forwarded to the Board of Works in Newfoundland.

468

13 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Encloses a number of addresses congratulating the Princess Royal on her recent marriage to the prince of Prussia. Requests that Stanley will present them to the Queen.

469-469v

-

-

-

Attached: The congratulatory address of the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly to the Queen.

471-471v

30 Jun 1858

E.B. Lytton

A. Bannerman

Informs Bannerman of the Queen’s appreciation of the address.

472

11 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Forwards an address from the House of Assembly which, he notes, was passed during the last session of that body.

473

4 Jun 1858

-

-

A brief note recommending a simple acknowledgment be given in reply to one of Bannerman’s letters.

474

10 May 1858

Shea

A. Bannerman

Asks that Bannerman will forward the enclosed address to the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

475-475v

14 Jun 1858

E.B. Lytton

A. Bannerman

Acknowledges the receipt of the Assembly’s address regarding the Fishery Convention.

476-476v

18 Jun 1858

E.B. Lytton’s Office

E. Hammond

Forwards copies of the address for the information of the Earl of Malmesbury. Notes that Lytton concurs with the address’ sentiment.

477-478

-

-

-

Attached: The address of the House of Assembly on the Fishery Convention.

479

13 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Forwards duplicates of the journals of proceedings of the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly.

480

13 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Forwards a copy of the address with which he closed the Legislature.

481-481v

12 May 1858

-

-

Attached: A copy of a reprinting of Bannerman’s speech in the Royal Gazette.

482

8 Jun 1858

A. Bannerman

Secretary of State for the Colonies

Acknowledges the receipt of Bannerman’s speech.

483

13 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Acknowledges the receipt of several dispatches and circulars.

484-485

13 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Discusses the contents of the House of Assembly’s address. Notes that it is inevitable that the address will eventually be made public.

486-486v

??? May 1858 (precise date buried in margin)

-

-

an extract from the House’s address to the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

487-487v

-

E.B.

E.B. Lytton

Discusses the origins of the Fishery Convention during Labouchere’s tenure as Secretary of State for the Colonies. Invites Lytton to comment.

489

25 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Acknowledges the receipt of several dispatches.

490-494v

26 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Discusses the arrival of the "Hero," a vessel of 400 tonnes, at St. John’s, possibly pertaining to the registration issues previously mentioned. Goes on to the discuss the visit of Admiral Fleming to the St. John’s Navy Yard.

496-496v

26 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Discusses several alleged misstatements in former-Governor Darling’s letters, dismissing the notion that those error were of much consequence or importance.

497-500v

24 Apr 1858

Chamber of Commerce

Lord Stanley

Document is illegible. Some reference is made to Governor Darling, possible regarding the supposed errors in some of his dispatches. Other parts of the document appear to deal with construction projects or repairs, as they make reference to a number of buildings.

502-502v

11 May 1858

L. O’Brien

A. Bannerman

A scrawled letter from O’Brien. Appears to discuss several addresses of the Chamber of Commerce. Notes that he refused to sign the above address of 24 Apr 1858.

503-503v

15 Nov 1858

E.B. Lytton

Governor Darling (Jamaica)

Forwards a copy of the Chamber of Commerce’s letter, claiming that it pertains to alleged errors, presumably those in Darling’s previously-mentioned addresses to Labouchere.

504-505

Oct 1858?

E.B. Lytton

A. Bannerman

Acknowledges receipt of his dispatch of 26 May. Informs Bannerman that he has forwarded the Chamber of Commerce’s address to Darling.

506-507v

26 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Encloses copies of dispatches from the Preventive Officer at Port aux Basques , along with copies of the minutes of a meeting of Council, concerning protection of the fisheries by the Navy. Discusses the contents of those dispatches. Regards protection as :chimerical" – two boats at C. St. John & Belle Isle are not armed. Notes that several French warships have departed St. Pierre and are headed northward, possibly to patrol the fishing waters. C-in-C at Halifax (Sir Houston Stewart) has been informed; desires a firm response

508

17 Jun 1858

-

E.B. Lytton

A brief note requesting that Lytton offer any information available to him regarding documents transmitted from Newfoundland.

509

25 May 1858

Glen

Nfld Governor

Forwards copy of telegram received from a Customs Preventive Officer at Port Aux Basques, 23 May 1858; concerns a French cutter present on coast from Port au Port to Port au Choix, telling fishermen they cannot catch herring

510-511v

21 May 1858

J. Kent

-

Council has formally asked Governor to request admiral of N. American station to provide protection for the coastal fishery and prevent friction between British & French fishermen on the coasts of Nfld

511-512

1 Jul 1858

E.B. Lytton’s Office

E. Hammond

Encloses the documents forwarded by Bannerman regarding the removal of fishing vessels from Port au Port by a French cutter.

513-514

23 Jun 1858

E.B. Lytton

A. Bannerman

Acknowledges the receipt of documents pertaining to the Port au Port incident. Notes that no opinion can be found regarding a complaint contained within another of Bannerman’s enclosed documents.

515

27 May 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Transmits duplicates of the journals of proceedings for the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly.

516

1 Jun 1858

A. Bannerman

Lord Stanley

Acknowledges the receipt of dispatches and circulars.

Index

517-524

-

-

-

The index of correspondences for this volume.

End of Volume