CO 194/40 [B-679]

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Jan., 1798

Vice Adm. Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

cover letter for General return of the fishery and inhabitants of Nfld. for 1797

5

Jan., 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

General return of the fishery for 1797

6

Jan. 9, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Enclose letter from Col. Thomas Skinner (see next)

7

Dec. 7, 1797

Skinner

Duke of Portland

Inform that supply ships didn’t arrive. Supplies are short. Requests provisions A.S.A.P.

9

Jan. 31, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Reminds Portland that the concerns of the chief of Naval Forces are also his concerns as Governor of Newfoundland.

11

Jan. 24, 1798

Committee of Nfld Trade for the Ports of Dartmouth and Exon

Waldegrave

Inquiring about convoy from Ireland and Lisbon. Request naval protection for harbours and banks of Nfld. Last years protection was not sufficient. Concerned with French.

12

Jan. 31, 1798

Waldegrave

Portland

Request for increase in troops and frigates for defence of St. John*s harbour.

13

Feb. 3, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Request information on distribution of books with Acts of Parliament for Nfld.

15

Feb. 3, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Encloses a copy of a letter from a captain of one of the ships sent around the Magdalen Islands and Nfld.

17-34

Jan. 10, 1798

Captain Crofton

Waldegrave

Report on cruise around Nfld., along Labrador, and around the Magdalen Islands. Took repossession of Temple Bay in Labrador on 21 Aug., 1797 after French destroyed it. Contact with Eskimo. Report on U.S. ships trading in the area. Interruption by U.S. in British salmon fishery. Indians in St. Georges Bay. Bad condition of Indians in Fogo. Calls for aiding and civilizing. Report on emigration of people from Nfld to U.S. Report on St. Pierre and Miquelon and French in the area. Canter military at St. John*s.

35

Feb. 6, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Encloses a letter from Col. Thomas Skinner at St. John*s, Nfld.

37

Jan. 15, 1798

Skinner

Waldegrave

Report that a ship with the sixth Regiment of the Irish Brigade set for Halifax arrived at Placentia on Jan. 14th. Short of supplies, request for provisions.

39

Jan. 18, 1798

Fred Warren

Waldegrave

Encloses a letter from Skinner on scarcity of provisions in Placentia. Answer to Skinner by Warren subject to Waldegrave*s approval.

41

Jan. 17, 1798

Skinner

Warren

Report on provisions. Fearing an enemy attack.

43

Jan. 18, 1798

Warren

Skinner

Answer to Skinner. Supplies will be there as soon as weather improves.

45

Feb. 7, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Report on burial place adjoining church of St. John*s. Overcrowding calls for expansion.

47-48

Feb. 8, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

Report on donations received with respect to the church.

49

Feb. 19, 1798

William Morrice

Waldegrave

Letter of thanks for help in church*s problem.

51

Feb. 25, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Request that Governor of Nfld be given the right to order a court martial.

53-54

Aug. 14, 1797

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Extract from letter (14 Aug., 1797) requesting power to order a General Court Martial.

55

March 9, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

Report that officers of the Royal Nfld. Regiment are not legally qualified to sit as members of Courts Martial.

57

March 9, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

Note on the need for the above problem to be remedied.

59

March 14, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

Encloses a letter from Waldegrave to the Chief Engineer of Nfld relative to the fortification at St. John*s.

61

March 18, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

Encloses letters received giving an account of a fire on 23rd of March at Fort William.

61

March 18, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

P.S. request for medicines destroyed in fire.

63

March 23, 1798

Skinner

Waldegrave

Report on fire at Fort William and damages done

65

March 24, 1798

Warren

Waldegrave

Refers to letter on Jan. 18th. Report on fire at Fort William.

67

March 4, 1798

Skinner

Warren

Report that provisions will hold until more are sent.

69

March 24, 1798

Robert Bollard

Waldegrave

Encloses a letter that Bollard wrote to Barrack Master General.

71

March 24, 1798

Bollard

Major Delaney

Report on fire and damages. Waiting for a survey to determine full extent of damages.

73

March 24, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Informs of contacts with Archbishop of Canterbury and Society for the prop. of the Gospels. Requests for donations for erection of church in St. John*s.

75-82

May 16, 1798

Whitehall

Draft to Waldegrave

Informs that subject of fortification of Nfld. has been referred to the Board of Ordinance. Informs of administration of Justice surrogate courts to be appointed. Includes estimates for supplies for 1798.

83-84

June 11

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Complains of the manner in which Chief Justice in Nfld. doesn’t remain on island. Encloses a Certificate of Payment of Annual Salary to Chief Justice.

85

 

Waldegrave

  Certificate of Payment

87

June 12

Waldegrave

Duke

Report that he paid Chief justice and submits recommendations for new Chief Justice.

89

June 13, 1798

Whitehall

Draft to Waldegrave

Recognizes Waldegrave*s complaint of Chief Justice. States that the Chief Justice should constantly reside in the settlement.

91

June 16, 1798

Whitehall

Draft to Waldegrave

Copy of a circular letter, Feb. 1765 on command and distribution of troops.

93

June 19, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Refers to letter on Chief Justice that he has to stay in settlement.

95

July 10, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

Informs on arrival of the Latona on 3rd and of the Kitty arriving on the 24 of May. Report on high price of fish sold to the West Indies.

97

Sept. 28, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

Encloses letters and asks instruction on how to reply to request*s made by Captain Coffin. Crofton*s report on Magdalen Islands and the Americans there.

99

July 11, 1798

Isaac Coffin

Waldegrave

Informs that he has been granted the Magdalen Islands and requests the usual protection.

101

July 11, 1798

Coffin

Waldegrave

Extract of a letter from Coffin. Informs that Magdalen Islands were given to Lord Dorchester as far back as 1788. Asks for protection from Americans and other poachers.

103

Oct. 18, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Reply to letter from May 16, 1797 giving permission to have surrogate courts on the island. Report that those have been instituted already.

105-106

Oct. 18, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Reports arrival of money for troops and supplies. Recommends use os a smaller silver coin.

107

Oct. 18, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

Reports that there was no mention of fees that were sent. Inquiring showed that the late Chief of Justice took then as his right and property.

109

      List of letters of Administration granted by the late Chief Justice Coke for the years 1792-95. Shows fees paid.

110

Oct. 20

Waldegrave

Duke

Informs that Waldegrave has paid the salary to the Chief Justice and the Officers of the Supreme Court of Judicature.

112

      Shows a receipt for payment to the Chief Justice of Nfld.

113

Oct. 20, 1798

Richard Routh

Waldegrave

Declaration of the Chief Justice that he did not receive of derive any benefit from the fees paid to the Supreme court of Nfld.

115

Oct. 20, 1798

Routh

Waldegrave

Inform that he received his payment from Waldegrave as Chief Justice.

117

Oct. 20, 1798

Henry Phillips

Waldegrave

Phillip*s receipt for his salary on balancing the District of St. John’s accounts.

119

Oct. 20, 1798

Phillips

Waldegrave

Phillip*s receipt for fees due to him as sheriff.

121

Oct. 20, 1798

Andrew Maloney

Waldegrave

Maloney*s receipt paid him as Marshal of the Supreme Court.

123

Oct. 20, 1798

William Feeman

Waldegrave

Feeman*s receipt paid him as Gaoler and crier of the Supreme Court.

125

Oct. 20, 1798

Leonard Chancey

Waldegrave

Chancey*s receipt paid him as Clerk to the Surrogate Court at Harbour Grace.

127

Oct. 20, 1798

    Distribution of the Licence money for this year.

129-132

Oct. 29, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Lays before the Board of Control a survey of the Victualling stores at St. John’s provisions have been found spoiled.

133

Oct. 25, 1798

Members of Royal Nfld Regiment

Waldegrave

Survey of stores at St. John’s.

135-138

Oct. 30, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Waldegrave is at sea. He doesn’t have accounts for fishery for 1798. Says this years catch won*t be as good as last years but will be better than foreign catches. States Nfld. trade was dreadful this year.

139

      Invoice of a cargo of fish from Griana. Sales of Griana’s cargo.

140

Nov. 8, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

At sea. Says he gave permission to return to England. Chief Justice assures he will return in Spring.

142

Oct. 11, 1798

Routh, Chief Justice

Waldegrave

Requests a return to England in Winter. Promise to return to Nfld. in Spring.

144

Nov. 12, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Submits papers for inspection; informs that he will pay the sheriff fees due to him.

146

Oct. 20, 1798

Henry Phillips, Sheriff

Waldegrave

Informs of reduction in his fees and requests the full balance be paid.

147

1798

    Receipt.

148

 

Phillip

Waldegrave

Memorial of Henry Phillips, High Sheriff. Asks for a change in fees.

150

Oct. 23, 1798

Routh

Waldegrave

Recommends Phillip*s memorial. Doesn’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be paid.

152

Oct. 24, 1798

Phillip

Waldegrave

Mention of fees again.

154-156

Dec. 8, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Refers to fees alotted magistrate of Nfld.

157-158

Dec. 8, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

Refers to defence of St. John*s. By no means complete.

159

Dec. 12, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke

Encloses letter which should have been in letter for Oct. 29.

161

Oct. 25, 1798

 

Waldegrave

Estimate of Provisions necessary for the ensuing year.

163

Oct. 24, 1798

    List of remaining provisions in stores in St. John*s.

164

Dec. 26, 1798

Waldegrave

Duke of Portland

Encloses copy of letter from Phillips who was appointed Vender Master for provisions.

166

Nov. 22, 1798

Phillips

Waldegrave

Informs of disposal of condemned provisions. Encloses prices for some supplies.

168

Nov. 7, 1798

Phillips

Waldegrave

Account of Sales.

170

      Miscellaneous papers.

172

March 13, 1799

Whitehead

E. Ramus

Inform that the ship Kitty from Plymouth has gone to Nfld. under British convoy.

174

May 21, 1799

Fred Mackenzie

John King

Informs of receiving letter of the 18th. Encloses one from Mr. Bollard of March 24 1798.

176

June 16, 1799

John Jeffrey

Duke of Portland

Submits a representation of the merchants of the town of Poole. Concerns Nfld. trade.

178

June 15, 1799

above merchants

Duke

Informs on welfare of trade and fishery in Nfld. Reports on Chief Justice Coke*s bad health, recommend Mr. Routh.

180

July 4, 1799

Ben Lester

Duke of Portland

Reports on Routh who has been appointed but doesn’t have things settled away.

182-184

Oct. 13, 1799

Rufus King

Duke

Mentions Treaty of Peace 1783. Complains of actions of others allowing Americans to dry fish at certain areas.

186

Sept. 16, 1799

Isaac Coffin

Rufus King

Reminds King that Magdalen Islands are his and that he is exercising control of it.

188

Oct. 3, 1799

Samuel Howard

Waldegrave

Refers to Treaty of Peace and the re establishment of estates on Nfld.

190-191

      Claim from Commonwealth of Massachusetts for estate in Nfld.

199

Oct. 11, 1799

    Claim by Abigail Howard for estate.

201

Oct. 25, 1799

Waldegrave

R.Reid

A receipt for building a new church in St. John’s

204-207

Oct. 19, 1799

Skinner

Waldegrave

State of Fortifications at St.John*s.

209

      Fees received to pay Royal Nfld Regiment.

211

Dec. 26, 1799

Rufus King

Duke

Informs that Treaty of Peace forbids him of further settling question of estates.

213

Oct. 16, 1799

Rufus King

Samuel Howard

Informs of compensation for loss of estate.

215

Oct. 3, 1799

Samuel Howard

Waldegrave

Claim to land.

217

Oct. 16, 1799

Routh

Howard

Disputes claim saying that it was settled in 1718 with that family.

219-225

Oct. 16, 1799

Commonwealth of Mass.

Waldegrave

Number of testimonies to ownership of land.

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