CO 194/47 [Reel B-682]

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Date

From whom (where)

To whom (where)

Contents or nature of the document

3-4

5 Jan., 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, Wells Somerset

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter concerning the erection of a wharf and fuel store in St. John’s.

5

6 Jan., 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, Wells Somerset

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter concerning privateering against Mediterranean & Adriatic ports controlled by the French (Naples, Ragusa, Tuscany, etc.)

7

6., Jan., 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, Wells Somerset

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter confirming that Holloway had received the new that the Court of Denmark had declared war on Great Britain.

9

6 Jan., 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, Wells Somerset

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter concerning the appointment of commissioners for the sale of Danish ships. Document includes the names of the commissioners.

11

6 Jan., 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, Wells Somerset

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter concerning a letter sent to Holloway form Viscount Castlereagh dated the 23 November, 1807.

13

6 Jan., 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, Wells Somerset

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter acknowledging that Holloway had received Castlereagh’s letter banning ships belonging to the Emperor of Russia. The letter also placed a general embargo on vessels belonging to the Emperor of Russia.

15

6 Jan., 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, Wells Somerset

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter acknowledging that Holloway had received Castlereagh’s estimates of charges for Newfoundland between the first January to the 31st of December 1807.

17-17v

16 Feb., 1808

Gov., J. Holloway, London

Edward Cooke

In this letter, Holloway wishes to know why money, allotted by parliament, for Newfoundland, had not been applied to the specific objects for which the money had been intended.

19-19v

19 Feb., 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, London

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter requesting a raise in salary for governor of Newfoundland.

21

4 April, 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, Wells Somerset

Edward Cooke

Letter confirming the receipt of Cooke’s letter concerning the importation of goods from the United States to Newfoundland.

23-23v

9 April, 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, Wells Somerset

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter concerning fortifications in St. John’s and Placentia Bay. Also, mentioned is the financial relationship between Newfoundland and the United States, and the possibility of war between the Britain and the States.

25

27 Feb., 1808

Thomas Tremlett, Chief Justice, St. John’s

Gov. John Holloway

[Enclosed with above] Letter stating that Colonel Murray had received an official dispatch stating that "differences existing between Great Britain and the United States of America, were not likely to be amicably adjusted". Also, the letter advises the inhabitants of Newfoundland to be on guard in case of attack from the U. S.

27-28v

27 Feb., 1808

Thomas Coote, Chief Magistrate

Gov. John Holloway

[Enclosed with above] Letter stating that an embargo had been placed on all American vessels. Letter also discusses preparations for the defence of Newfoundland such s organizing the inhabitants into corps or companies for defensive action.

29

9 April, 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Wells Somerset

Holloway’s Son

Letter requesting the return letters from Newfoundland.

31

10 May, 1808

Warne’s Hotel Conduit

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There is only a part of the end of a letter.

33-34v

20 May, 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Warne’s Hotel

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter concerning the treatment of Indians, the relationship between Europeans and the Natives, and ways of civilizing the original inhabitants. In this letter, Holloway makes a few suggestions that might help to improve relations between the two groups: 1) commission paintings that represent Europeans presenting the Natives with blankets and gifts. 2) Give Natives European goods and trinkets as a conciliatory gift for past wrong-doings. 3) Do everything possible to civilize the Indians.

35-35v

30 July, 1807

Gov. John Holloway, Fort Townshend

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[Enclosed with above] Proclamation concerning penalties for harming or creating bad relations between Europeans and Natives.

37

25 May, 1808

Gov, John Holloway, Warne’s Hotel

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter concerning fortifications in Placentia.

39

3 June, 1808

Gov, John Holloway, Warne’s Hotel

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter requesting that the salary of the Mr. Lionel Chanay, former clerk of the surrogate court, be continued until the supreme court is established in Newfoundland.

41

3 June, 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Warne’s Hotel

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter asking Castlereagh to take note of Mr. Thomas Cooke. Cooke wrote a book, as a record, of the all the lands and possessions of town and vicinity of St. John’s. Holloway requests that Castlereagh award Cooke some money and notice in return for his efforts.

43-43v

11 June, 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Warne’s Hotel

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter concerning Orders form His Majesty in Council. The letter does not state what the orders were in reference too.

45-45v

14 June, 1808

Gov, John Holloway

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter concerning past requests from Holloway, to Castlereagh. Holloway wanted Castlereagh to approve five hundred more troops for the defence of Newfoundland.

47-47v

20 July, 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Isis (St. John’s)

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter noting that the inhabitants of Newfoundland weathered the winter season rather well. Holloway also mentions that the number of people involved in the fishery in 1808 was much smaller than in past years, due to "the ports of Portugal being shut and the uncertainty of Affairs with the United States".

49

20 July, 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Isis (St. John’s)

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter announcing the return of troops to Newfoundland under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Murray. Letter also states that the regiment had not been successful at recruiting and that the regiment was "little stronger than last year".

51

20 July, 1808

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[Possibly enclosed with above] Document entitled "Return of His Majesty’s Forces under the Command of Lieut. Col. John Murray, St. John’s Newfoundland".

52-53

20 Sept., 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Fort Townshend

Viscount Castlereagh

Report on the state of the fishery during the summer of 1808. Holloway also states the uncertainty of a market to sell the fish too was a factor in the fewer number of fisherman. Holloway also recommends that fish from Newfoundland be sent to Lisbon and Gibralter to feed the Spanish and Portugese armies there. He also mentions that the merchants in St. John’s are concerned about over-stocking the market. Also, due to the embargo on the United States, Holloway feared that the price of provisions would rise dramatically. The price of bread had already increased substantially.

54

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[Enclosed with above] Document entitled "Return of the Fishery and Inhabitants of Newfoundland for the Year 1807".

55

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[Enclosed with above] Document entitled "Imports into Newfoundland between the 11th day of October 1806 and 10th day of October 1807".

56

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[Enclosed with above] Document entitled "Exports of the Produce of the Newfoundland Fishery between the 11th October 1806 and 11th October 1807".

57

20 October, 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Fort Townshend

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter stating that Holloway had paid the salaries of the officers of the Supreme and Surrogate Courts as well as the commander of the St. John’s Loyal Volunteers.

60

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[Enclosed with above] Copy of Holloway’s account with the His Majesty’s Treasury.

61-68v

18 Nov., 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Isis (Spithead)

Viscount Castlereagh

Letter detailing Holloway’s orders as to where ships, carrying fish from Newfoundland, were headed. There was confusion over which ports were closed. Letter also recommends that land leases not be granted in Newfoundland, even though Holloway’s predecessors had recommended the opposite. Land leasing had become common practise despite the fact that it was illegal. Letter also discusses the embargo on the U.S, the price of provisions, the act for the establishment of court, relations with the Indians, rations for the volunteers at St. John’s, fortifications, ships rooms, and the discovery of coal at St. Georges Bay.

69-71

26 July, 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Isis (St. John’s)

Lieut. J.W. Sprott, Commander of HMS Herring

[Enclosed with above] Appendix A. Holloway commands, by the orders of J. Macbean, that Sprott sail to the Bay of Exploits to protect the Native Indians there, to give them a painting, to gather information about them, and to open up friendly relations with them.

71v-72

30 July, 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Isis (St. John’s)

Lieut. J. W. Sprott, Commander of the HMS Herring

Letter stating that if anyone should try and steal the paining that Holloway had given the Indians, they should be arrested and brought to St. John’s where then would be tried. If convicted, the offender would be sent to St. Domingo.

72v-73

22 Oct., 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Isis (St. John’s)

Lieut. L. W. Sprott, Commander of HMS Herring

Holloway commands Sprott, under orders by J. Macbean, that Sprott should sail back to Exploits Bay to bring more gifts for the Native Indians.

75v-76

June 1808

Gov. John Holloway

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[Possibly enclosed with Holloway’s letter to Castlereagh, of the 18th November, 1808. The letter references Appendixes A, B, and C however only Appendix A was present immediately following the letter of the 18th November, 1808.] Document entitled "Appendix B". It is an account of the goods purchased for the Native Indians of Newfoundland. It is most likely the list of articles which Lieut Sprott delivered to the aboriginals at the Bay of Exploits.

77v-78

Undated

Gov. John Holloway

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[Possibly enclosed with Holloway’s letter to Castlereagh, of the 18th November 1808. The letter references Appendixes A, B, and C however only Appendix A was present immediately following Holloway’s letter of the 18th November 1808] Document entitled, "Appendix C". It is an account list for rents raised from lands leased in 1807 and 1808.

79-80

10 June, 1808

Viscount Castlereagh

Gov. John Holloway

Extract of a letter from Castlereagh to Holloway. This letter responds to many of Holloway’s requests made in 1807. Castlereagh approves the allotment of rations for the St. John’s Corps, as well as funds for a court house at Harbour Grace. Among other things, he discusses relations with the Indians of Newfoundland and allotment of gratuities for various services.

80v-81

17 Oct. 1808

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A calendar for the Courts of Azize, Thursday, 1st of September, 1808. Document records one case; that of Patrick Duggan against Daniel Laughlan for assault and battery.

82

12 Sept., 1808

Gov. John Holloway, Fort Townshend

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Proclamation by the command of J. Macbean. Document states that no leases may be granted or building erected, other than for the sole purpose of carrying out the fishery. Grants will not be given for any other reason.

82v-83

23 Sept, 1808

Gov. J. Holloway, Fort Townshend

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Proclamation by the command of J. Macbean. Document demands a survey of ships rooms be completed and a registry of ships rooms compiled for inspection at the Court House at St. John’s.

84-85v

21 Oct., 1808

Capt. George Ross, Royal Engineers

Gov. John Holloway

Document entitled, "Report upon the State of the Fortifications at St. John’s Newfoundland". The report discusses fortifications at Signal Hill, Forts Townshend and Williams.

88-88v

5 Feb., 1808

John Lewis Mallet, Audit Office, (Somerset Place)

Gov. John Holloway

Request for instructions from Lord Castlereagh concerning payment of Nathan Parker, commander of the Royal Volunteer Corps at St. John’s.

90

16 Feb., 1808

George Harrison, Treasury Chambers

Gov. John Holloway

Letter concerning the Memorial of M. Stewart, the Deputy Paymaster.

92

27 Jan., 1808

David Thomas, Accountant General

Pay Office

Letter concerning the reservation of a house at Fort William for the Deputy Paymaster.

94-95

25 Nov., 1807

T. Stewart, Pay Office, St. (John’s)

David Thomas, Accountant General

Letter requesting the reservation of a house at Fort William for T. Stewart. At a criminal trial it had been revealed that a plot had been hatched to rob the paymaster. Stewart felt that the public money should be housed at the fort for safe keeping from the "low Irish".

96-96v

17 Feb., 1808

Joseph Tounsel

Edward Cook

Letter concerning money for a new church at Trinity Bay.

98-98v

24 Feb., 1808

W. Fawkener

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Document entitled, "At the Court at the Queen’s Palace... The King’s Majesty in Council". Document addresses the request of merchants at Poole, England to import goods through the United States.

99-100

24 Feb., 1808

W. Fawkener

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Document entitled, "At the Court at the Queen’s Palace... The King’s Majesty in Council". Document empowers the Governor of Newfoundland with the right to import any necessary materials from the United States.

101-102

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Gov. Holloway

Document empowers the Governor of Newfoundland with the right to import any necessary materials from the United States.

103-103v

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[Enclosed with above] This document is an example of the license that allowed ships to import goods from the United States into Newfoundland. It is a "Form of License" in which a government official would fill in the blanks with the correct information.

105-106

12 March, 1808

Alexander Anderson, Chief Clerk to the Naval Store-Keeper, (Halifax)

Lord Castlereagh, Secretary of State

Letter concerning the memorial of Alexander Anderson. Anderson is applying for the Office of Secretary.

107-107v

5 April, 1808

George Harrison

Edward Cooke

Letter concerning the Ordnance’s refusal to issue tools to Colonel Murray for "contingent works". Ordnance insists that these works cannot be properly executed without supervision from the Engineers Department.

109

20 Dec., 1807

Colonel Murray

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[Enclosed with above] Extract from a letter from Colonel Murray concerning tools for contingent works.

111

10 April, 1808

Mr. J. Reeves

Edward Cooke

Letter concerning relations with the Native Indians.

113

19 April, 1808

R. Neville, (South Street)

C. Stewart

Cover letter for enclosed documents.

115

18 April, 1808

General Morse, Inspector General of Fortifications, (Westminster)

Earl of Chatham

[Enclosed with above] Morse adds to his report by endorsing the recommendations he has received from Capt. Ross concerning the need to improve the fortifications at Newfoundland.

117

8 June, 1808

W. Fawkener, Council for Trade, (Whitehall)

Edward Cooke

Letter recommending steps be taken to improve relations with the Native Indians of Newfoundland

119

3 June, 1808

Gov. J Holloway

Stephen Castlereagh

Letter requesting money to buy goods to give to the Native inhabitants of Newfoundland.

121

23 Nov., 1808

George Harrison, Treasury Chambers

Edward Cooke

Letter concerning payment of salaries for the officers of the Supreme Court.

123-123v

20 Dec., 1808

Mr. Tremlett, (St. John’s)

Viscount Castlereagh

Cover letter for enclosed documents concerning the rules of court.

125-127v

20 Dec., 1808

Mr. Tremlett

Mr. George Harrison, Treasury Chambers

Letter concerning the enrollment of deeds and mortgages.

129-130v

14 Sep., 1808

Mr. Tremlett

(St. John’s)

Gov. J. Holloway

(St. John’s)

Letter recommending changes to the Jurisdiction of the Court (For example, keeping of a public register, extending the power of the Courts in Labrador, charging extra fees, etc.).

131-131v

May, 1804

Supreme Court

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Letter stating the regulations concerning debts owed to fishing suppliers, specifically Cooke and Travers. (Legal case concerning boat keepers and suppliers in Conception Bay).

133

31 Dec., 1808

Harrison

Edward Cooke Esq.

Cover letter requesting a new vessel and the opinion of Lord Castlereagh.

135-135v

23 Nov., 1808

Maj. Gen. Moore

Lords Commissioners of the Majesty’s Treasury

Letter requesting the delivery of a new vessel (with reasons given) in place of the old vessel (HM Schooner Fanny) for use by the garrison at St. John’s

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