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1-3v 9 March, 1776 [cabinet, in London] Gov. Montagu Instructions on how to deal with the French in Newfoundland
5-6v 27 May, 1776 Gov. Montagu Ld. George Germain Describing his arrival and initial activities as Governor
7v-8v 27 May, 1776 Adm. Montagu   [enclosed with 27 May] Report on the state of Fort William
9-9v 6 Aug., 1776 Ld. George Germain Gov. Montagu Description of a case where a man has been deprived of his salt cargo; request made of the Gov. the review the case and assess what should be done.
11-11v 12 Nov., 1776 Gov. Montagu   Description of a case where three men were capitally convicted on 15 Oct. past; one given a free pardon, two others reprieved until word from the King’s court
13-29v 12 Nov., 1776 Gov. Montagu   [enclosed with 12 Nov.] Detailed transcript of the case mentioned above; charges revolved around the forgery of Bills of Exchange
31-35 12 Nov., 1776 Gov. Montagu   [enclosed ditto] description of his arrival to Newfoundland; mentions the state of the fishery, American pirates/privateers, navy and convoys. Request for some small cruisers to help protect the Banks. Officials dispatched to recruit for Newfoundland regiments. French defense of Halifax military ship against American privateers.
36-36v 12 Nov., 1776 Gov. Montagu   [enclosed ditto] Proclamation allowing the French residents of St. Pierre and Miquelon to supply themselves with lumber from Newfoundland to rebuild and repair houses, wharves, stages, and fishing craft, but expressly forbidden to abuse this privilege by engaging in illicit trade.
37-38v 12 Nov., 1776 Mr. Finch   [enclosed ditto] French-English merchant dispute at Greenspond
38(I) 12 Nov., 1776     [enclosed ditto] State of the English Fishery for 1776
39-39v 12 Nov., 1776     [enclosed ditto] General Account of the French Fishery in Newfoundland for 1776.
40v-64v 12 Nov., 1776 Edward White (storekeeper) and Richard Bollard (Clerk of the Cheque) Gov. Montagu [enclosed ditto] Account of arms ammunition and stores received at St. John’s from Aug. 1775
66v-57 12 Nov., 1776 Baker Gov. Montagu [enclosed ditto] account of stores and ammunition at Placentia from July 1775
68v-69 12 Nov., 1776   Gov. Montagu [enclosed ditto] Present state of Fort William
70-70v 20 Jan., 1777 George Germain Gov. Montagu Complaints of the mistreatment of French subjects in Newfoundland
72-72v 21 Jan., 1777 George Germain Gov. Montagu Royal decision on the case of Forgery listed above (pp. 11-29v)
74-75       Memorandum of regulations lacking in Newfoundland; i.e. provisions for orphans and prisoners, wage regulations
76 Feb., 1777 Gov. Montagu   Hugh Palliser’s reluctance to alter a recent Act
77 5 Feb., 1777 Gov. Montagu   acknowledgment of receipt of a circular from 5 Nov., 1776 regarding the Form of Mediterranean passes
79 5 Feb., 1777 Gov. Montagu George Germain [enclosed with Feb. 5, 1777] letter of thanks regarding the Royal decision received on Jan. 21, 1777
81-82 5 Feb., 1777 Gov. Montagu George Germain [enclosed ditto] report on the investigation of the maltreatment of French subjects to Greenspond; the complaints were "unjust"
83-83v 5 Feb., 1777 Finch Gov. Montagu [enclosed ditto] report by Finch on the investigation into the complaints at Greenspond
85-85v 5 Feb., 1777 Finch Gov. Montagu [enclosed ditto] more on the Greenspond situation
86 5 Feb., 1777 Maurice Spencer   [enclosed ditto] 20 June, 1776; original complaints that were laid about mistreatment of French at Greenspond, accompanied by a sworn statement
87-89v 5 Feb., 1777 Admiral Wheen   [enclosed ditto] 20 June/ 2 Aug., 1776; examination of Thomas Barnes regarding the complaints at Greenspond (transcript included)
90-92 5 Feb., 1777 Admiral Wheen   [enclosed ditto] 20 June/ 2 Aug., 1776; Examination of Joseph Pimer regarding the complaints at Greenspond (transcript included)
93 5 Feb., 1777   John Phillips [enclosed ditto] 9 Oct., 1776; Response to a court summons requesting jurors
95-96 5 Feb., 1777 Admiral Wheen Gov. Montagu [enclosed ditto] Examination of Thomas Wait regarding the complaints at Greenspond (transcript included)
97 5 Feb., 1777 Admiral Wheen   [enclosed ditto] 6 Aug., 1776; Examination of Capt. Theault regarding the complaints at Greenspond (transcript included)
99 5 Feb., 1777 Admiral Wheen   [enclosed ditto] 2 Aug., 1776; Examination of William Donland regarding the complaints at Greenspond (transcript included)
100-100v 5 Feb., 1777 Admiral Wheen   [enclosed ditto] 24 Aug., 1776; Examination of Harry Hawkins, John Edwards, and James Lerritt regarding the complaints at Greenspond (transcript included)
102-103 5 Feb., 1777 Admiral Wheen   [enclosed ditto] 22 Aug., 1776; Examination of Julien Benoist regarding the complaints at Greenspond (transcript included)
104 26 Feb., 1777 Gov. Montagu   Letter of thanks regarding the Royal pardon of Lawrence Dalton.
106-107 12 March, 1777 Gov. Montagu George Germain States that the troops in Newfoundland are unhappy and rebellious. Requests more funding for the Garrison.
108- 12 March, 1777 Gov. Montagu George Germain [enclosed with above] Refusal of four men to act as jurors; Montagu requests the "opinion of the Attorney" on what to do about it.
110-110v 20 Feb., 1777 Samuel Gridley Mr. Cumberland [enclosed ditto] Report that the Magdalen Islands fishery has been disrupted this year by two New England schooners; description of some walrus habits.
112 21 Feb., 1777 George Germain Gov. Montagu [enclosed ditto] Letter stating that attached is a copy of the Royal pardon for Lawrence Dalton, convicted of Forgery.
115-116v 26 June, 1776 Robert Pringle Gov. Montagu [enclosed ditto] Report on the garrison at Fort William; various inconveniences are affecting the troops. Says that a barrackmaster is needed.
117-117v 24 Aug., 1776 Robert Carter (Ferryland)   Gov. Montagu [enclosed ditto] Carter is concerned that Montagu appears to think that the Isle of Bois which stands at the entrance to Ferryland Harbour was captured by the French in 172. This is not correct. The island has been equipped with artillery since 1743, when Capt. Thomas Smith, Governor of Nfld, provided artillery from the warship Princess Mary. Carter provides an inventory of the artillery which remains.
118-119 21 Sept., 1776 Jonathan Bandsnell (sp?) Gov. Montagu [enclosed ditto] Report on the battery at the Isle of Bois; gun platforms have been neglected and are basically useless.
120-120v 8 Oct., 1776 James Escott John Phillips [enclosed ditto] Letter stating that the prosecution of criminals in Newfoundland is made difficult by the existing legal system, leaving many to go free.
122 10 Oct., 1776 William Newman (?) John Phillips [enclosed ditto] Stating reasons for declining the request for his to act as a juror.
124 10 Oct., 1776 - Russell John Phillips [enclosed ditto] Letter accepting a position on the jury.
126-126v 18 March, 1777 Gov. Montagu George Germain Request for protection of William Thomas’ ships when they go to Labrador.
128-128v 27 March, 1777 George Germain Gov. Montagu Acknowledges the receipt of the above letter; protection seems to be granted
130-133v 11 June, 1777 George Germain Gov. Montagu Mentions the trouble caused by American privateers on the Banks; some details provided about assaulted vessels. Discussion of a case in which John Cox and Lawrence Hallahan have been sentenced to death.
134-135v 2 Aug., 1777 George Germain Gov. Montagu Instances of privateering have decreased since the last letter, so the fishery is doing better than was expected. Success of the seal season in northern Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the salmon and cod fishery of Fogo. Success of the Fishing Treaty between the French and English.
136-136v 24 Aug., 1777 George Germain Gov. Montagu Death of Major Barrett. Short battle between a British sloop and a privateer; sloop wins. Brief discussion of the privateer actions around the Banks at the beginning of the season.
138-139 27 Nov., 1777 George Germain Gov. Montagu Everything has been fairly quiet since the end of Oct.; less privateer action than at the beginning of the season. Regrets that there will be no report of the Fishery this year. Completion of a fort on the south end of the harbour mentioned; needs guns.
140-151v 14 Oct., 1777   Gov. Montagu [enclosed with above] Court record from Oct.. Variety of charges from theft to murder against various people.

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