CO 194/66 [Reel B-690]

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Newfoundland 1823 - Sir Charles Hamilton

3-8

8 Jan 1823

Gov. Hamilton

R. Wilmot
(Under Secretary of State)

On the matter of T.B. Rendellís complaint that Hamilton blocked his appointment as Dep. Naval Officer of Nfld (see previous volumes) He disavows any intention "to set up the Governorís claim to the patronage of the Naval Office". He then presents his side of the affair, and how it began. Supporting documentation (below)

9

12 Sept 1819

T. B. Rendell

Gov. Hamilton

Requests appointment as a Notary Public.

11

25 Aug 1787

Arch. Buchanan

Thomas Follett

Buchanan appoints Follett Dep. Naval Officer at Trepassey, on the authority granted him by Gov. Elliott to appoint deputy officers

13-13v

23 Aug 1819

T. B. Rendell
(St. Johnís)

P.W. Carter

Informs Carter that he has been superceded as Dep. Naval Officer, having been appointed 1 May last by R.H. Noble, the Naval Officer

14

24 Aug 1819

Peter W. Carter

T. B. Rendell

Carter does not feel he has been superceded by Rendell

15-18v

n.d.

?

?

A lengthy letter by an unspecified author to an unspecified recipient discussing the Rendell Affair.

19

8 Jan 1823

Gov. Hamilton

R. Wilmot

Further on the Rendell Affair; has just recovered his papers & records from the Customs Office.

21-22v

18 Jan 1823
(recíd 20 Jan)

Gov. Hamilton

Lord Bathurst

Transmitting a petition (at the request of Samuel Codner, Teignmouth) from the inhabitants of St. Johnís concerning the education of the poor, and remarking that he sees no need for more then has been already done, referring to an existing school. He suggests that if the petitioners so wished, they could take up the product with their own monies.

23-24

n.d

[a delegation of citizens from St. Johnís]

Lord Bathurst

A Memorial urging support to establish a new school; rationale & estimated expenses

25

20 Jan 1823

Mr. Le Geyt, Governorís Secretary

R. Wilmot

Asking for the legal position on appointments of Notaries Public on behalf of Hamilton, for a legal case he is in against Mr. William Dawe over such a matter.

27-28v

18 Feb 1823

Gov. Hamilton
(London)

R. Wilmot

Returning a proposed Bill for the judicial system in Newfoundland with his remarks and opinions on it. Comments on the state of the trade, and how unexpected buoyancy in the trade reduces the likelihood of bankruptcies and makes judicial change less urgent. Includes comment on need for judicial services where American & French fishermen frequent the coast; ref. to lack of judicial services on Labrador coast

29-30v

17 Mar 1823

Gov Hamilton
(London)

Lord Bathurst

Explaining the circumstances in which he had stripped Mr. Dawe of the office of Notary Public (Daweís behaviour in 1818, interfering with the efforts of the military to combat a fire in St. Johnís; he was "either mad or drunk") , from which arose a Mr. Daweís lawsuit against him. Having won the suit, but finding Mr. Dawe bankrupt and thus unable to pay the legal fees, Hamilton asks Bathurstís permission to pay the fees out of Rents, as he would have done for such an event in a surrogate court.

31

25 Apr 1823

Gov. Hamilton
(London)

R. Wilmot

Transmitting, per Bathurstís request, the book containing the "Return of the Establishment of the Island of Newfoundland".

33-42

5 May 1823

Hamilton
(London)

R. Wilmot

Giving his observations, as directed by Lord Bathurst, on an anonymous pamphlet "written with all the rancour and malice of personal enmity" containing accusations against Hamilton. Suspects it is the work of Mr. Dawe. Hamilton proceeds to address and refute each accusation. This takes Hamilton into a discussion of the various civil duties and responsibilities of the governor and commander-in-chief of the warships at Nfld, the functioning of the surrogates, the administration of Nfld, etc.

43

n.d.

Hamilton

Wilmot

Transmitting official documents as proof to corroborate his assertions that the Rev. Blackman was never rated an Able Seaman during Hamiltonís service in Nfld. And also mentions something about "the Exchange of Coals for Candles before the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury".

45

1 May 1823

Samuel Inman

?

Certifies that Mr. Charles Blackman was borne on the books of HMS Francis Drake as one of V Adm Hamiltonís [?]

47

15 May 1823
(Recíd 16 May 1823)

Hamilton
(London)

R. Wilmot

Transmitting a document from the Audit Office concerning money charged for labour and materials in building a Vegetable and Root house.

49

n.d.

Messr Partridge & Hanigan

?

Extract of the bill for constructing the root & vegetable house

51

15 May 1823
(recíd 16 May 1823)

Hamilton
(London)

R. Wilmot

Enclosing an account of the Greenwich Hospital Dues collected in Newfoundland in 1821.

54-54v

18 May 1823

Hamilton
(London)

R. Wilmot

Discussing charges brought against him of corruption ("misappropriation of public Resources")

56-56v

30 May 1823
(recíd 31 May 1823)

Hamilton
(London)

R. Wilmot

Giving Wilmot the opinion of the Attorney General concerning the complaints arising from the Commission of Oyer and Terminer.

58

5 Jun 1823
(recíd 5 Jun 1823)

Hamilton
(London)

R. Wilmot

Before boarding ship to return to Newfoundland, he leaves Wilmot with a memorandum requesting Bathurstís advice on a few matters

60-60v

[5 Jun 1823]

Hamilton

Bathurst

Memorial listing a number of subjects on which he seeks the advice of Lord Bathurst (e.g., payment of police constables of St. Johnís)

61-62

18 Jun 1823

Hamilton

Lord Bathurst

Responding to Bathurstís doubts as to whether he should return from Newfoundland so soon, before the Winter, when the Chief Justice is still so new in his appointment.

63-63v

10 Jun (?) 1823

Capt. D. Buchan
(HMS Grasshopper, St. Johnís)

Gov. Hamilton

Report the violent deaths of a Native man and woman in Badger Bay, shot by "two of our people early this Spring". Lacks details but expects to learn more from Mr. Peyton, "one of the offenders". Since this happened, Mr. Cull and a few of his men came across more natives, including an old woman with two daughters who are now under Peytonís care and who is bringing them to St. Johnís. Buchan hopes this will induce the government to renew efforts to protect the natives

64

10 Jun 1823

D. Buchan

Hamilton

Reporting the death of Assistant Commissary General William Lane.

65

10 Jun 1823

D. Buchan

Hamilton

Reporting the arrival of the new Chief Justice, Mr. T. A. Tucker, who arrived 17 April from Halifax in the Chebucto Trader.

66-66v

28 Jun 1823

Capt. D. Buchan,
(Grasshopper
)

Hamilton

Reporting the arrival of John Peyton and three female natives, one of whom is ill with a lung disease and will most likely die; also includes document describing legal steps taken in response to the murder previously mentioned of the two natives

68-68v

18 Jun 1823

John Peyton Jr., Magistrate

Captain David Buchan

Peytonís account of the capture of the natives in March and April by William Cull; enclosed letter concerning the three Native women - a mother and her two daughters - who were given into his care after the murder of their two relatives. Wants to return them to Bay of Exploits in order to establish contact with their people; proposes gifts

69-69v

18 Jun 1823

D. Buchan

J. Peyton

replying to Peytonís letter; will take every step to assist, including lending services of the Grasshopperís surgeon, Mr. Wall

70-71v

28 Jun 1823

D. Buchan

J. Peyton

Further Correspondence: instructing Peyton to bring the three women back to their tribe, "with the least possible delay". Also, containing a 2-page list of gifts for natives. Peyton must leave word where he can be reached in case Governor Hamilton wishes to contact him about the natives

73-77

20 Jun 1823

Richard Alexander Tucker, Chief Justice.

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A record of the court case against the murders of the two aborigines.

79

26 Jul 1823
(recíd 19 Aug 1823)

Gov. Hamilton
(St. Johnís)

Lord Bathurst

Takes advantage of a merchant ship departing for Scotland to report his arrival in St. Johnís the day before in HMS Ranger, after 33 days at sea.

81

26 Jul 1823
(recíd 19 Aug 1823)

Hamilton

Bathurst

Further defending himself against an anonymous pamphlet signed "Britannicus" making accusations against his public conduct.

83-84v

24 Jul 1823

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Copy of the Newfoundland Mercantile Journal, a St. Johnís newspaper: commercial advertising, news from Europe, West Indies, South America, a column on the pamphlet making accusations about Hamilton, shipping clearances in various harbours

85-85v

29 Jul 1823

Hamilton

Bathurst

Reporting on the resignation of Mr. Westcote as Attorney General, and making a plea on his behalf to consider giving him the fees he had requested in October 1822, or else some other kind of remuneration; letters are enclosed (see below)

87-87v

26 Jul 1823

Westcote

Hamilton

Westcote expresses his readiness to resign, as Bathurst is apparently considering someone else to fill his position.

89

28 Jul 1823

Hamilton

Westcote

Hamiltonís reply to Westcoteís letter, asking him to confirm if Westcote is in fact tendering his resignation in that letter.

91

28 Jul 1823

Westcote

Hamilton

Westcote confirms his resignation from office.

93

21 Oct 1823
(recíd Dec. 1823)

Hamilton

Bathurst

Transmitting a report by the Commanding Royal Engineer of the state of the Fortifications at St Johnís.

95-100

8 Oct 1823

Maj. G. G. Lewis

Hamilton

the Royal Engineerís report on the state of the Fortifications at St. Johnís.

101

21 Oct 1823

Hamilton

Bathurst

Transmitting a claim by Charles Browning ("calling himself the heir of the late Lord Baltimore) to the province of Avalon.

103

13 Oct 1823

Mr. C. Browning

Hamilton

informing Hamilton of his departure for Baltimore, Maryland; if Hamilton needs to get in touch, he may contact his son, Charles Calvert Browning

105

21 Oct 1823

Rec: Nov 1823

Mr. Charles Browning

"My Lord"

Enclosing his petition to the King, and requesting that [Bathurst?] present it at the first convenient opportunity.

107-108

11 Oct 1823

Mr. Browning

?

Notification of Mr. Browningís claim to the Province of Avalon" based on alleged will of "Charles Lord Baron of Baltimore", dated 17 Nov. 1750 and the original grant by James I to Sir George Calvert in 1620

109

16 Oct 1823

Hamilton

Mr. Browning

Acknowledging receipt of Browningís letter, promising to transmit it to Bathurst, but admitting nothing to his claimís on the province of Avalon.

111-112

Oct 11, 1823

Mr. Browning

Bathurst

Another copy of Browningís memorial to "Lord Barthurst" on his supposed inheritance.

113

22 Oct 1823
(recíd Nov 1823)

Mr. Browning

King George IV

The Petition of Charles Browning to the King on the issue of his supposed inheritance.

115-115v

1 Nov 1823
(recíd 29 Nov 1823)

Hamilton
(St. Johnís)

Bathurst

Confirming that he had carried out Bathurstís instructions, and requesting further instructions concerning the charges against Mr. Carter, Surrogate, which the Chief Justice was instructed to look into as soon as someone could be found to represent Mr. Holdsworth.

117-120

25 Oct 1823
(recíd 29 Nov 1823)

Gov. Hamilton
(St. Johnís)

Chief Justice Tucker

Reporting that due to the tremendous workload in the Court at that time, and due to the suffering of his health from fatigue, he asks that the Carter vs Holdsworth case be delegated to someone else.

121-121v

1 Nov 1823
(recíd 29 Nov 1823)

Gov. Hamilton
(Fort Townshend, St. Johnís)

Bathurst

Acknowledging receipt of two of Bathurstís letters (of 30 June and 6 September), requesting feedback on the "General Instruction" and on the Newfoundland Bill, and promising to give them his fullest attention at the earliest possible convenience.

123

1 Nov 1823
(recíd 29 Nov 1823)

Gov. Hamilton
(Fort Townshend, St. Johnís)

Bathurst

Acknowledging receipt of a letter of 31 July enclosing copy of the Order-in-Council of 21 July, imposing duties on American ships and cargoes entering British Ports in the Americas.

125-126

1 Nov 1823(recíd 29 Nov 1823)

Gov. Hamilton
(Fort Townshend, St. Johnís)

Bathurst

Acknowledging receipt of letter "stating the opinion of the Law Offices as to the invalidity of the Commission of Oyer and Terminer". He reports the impact this has had on a court case involving said commissioners. He points out that the commission was similar in form to that issued by Capt. Drake in 1750 "and acted under for 72 Years"

127-127v

1 Nov 1823(recíd 29 Nov 1823)

Gov. Hamilton
(Fort Townshend, St. Johnís)

Bathurst

Replying to Bathurstís letter of 30 August, he says that while he is not inclined to give Westcote ("the late Attorney General") the remuneration he asks for on the basis of his work, yet in consideration of his wife and family, and their financial difficulties, he feels that a remuneration should be given to Mr. Westcote, for their sake.

129-130v

20 Nov 1823
(recíd 29 Nov 1823)

Gov. Hamilton(HMS Ranger, at sea)

Bathurst

Transmitting his General Account for the Treasury for the year 1823. Includes summary of certain expenditures (repairs to Government House, cost of maintaining prisoners, cost of maintaining "three Native Indian women brought to St. Johnís", cost of removing paupers from the Island). The balance of Crown Rents remaining in his hands is £2773 / 15 / 10 3/4.

130v-139

20 Nov 1823

Hamilton

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A detailed account of the expenditures and revenues for 1823

140

2 Nov 1822

James Reilly, Master Carpenter

Capt. David Buchan; Jonas Barter and John Lang

An invoice for repairs to the Government Wharf amounting to £35.

140v

2 Nov 1822

Jonas Barter & John Lang

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Receipt confirming payment of £35 for the repairs to the wharf

142-143

17 Oct 1823

John Peyton

Gov. Hamilton

Statement of expenses for the maintenance of three Native women, amounting to £51.15..4, followed by a receipt for payment

144-145

10 Oct 1823

C.F. Bennett

Gov. Hamilton

Statement of costs for articles supplied as presents to the three native women, amounting to £46.2..9, plus a receipt for payment

146

20 Oct 1823

John Broom, Chief Magistrate

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for additional salary to the Chief Magistrate authorized by Lord Bathurst, amounting to £150.

147

20 Oct 1823

James Blaikie

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for additional salary to one of the Junior Magistrates authorized by Lord Bathurst, amounting to £125.

148

20 Oct 1823

Peter W. Carter

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for additional salary to one of the Junior Magistrates authorized by Lord Bathurst, amounting to £125.

149

20 Oct 1823

John Bland

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for additional salary allowed to the High Sheriff amounting to £123.

150

20 Oct 1823

John Stark

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for the salary of an additional clerk to the secretary amounting to £60.

151

20 Oct 1823

Joseph Beacon

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for the salary of the Master of the School of Industry at St. Johnís amounting to £60.

152

20 Oct 1823

Mrs. S[usanna?] Warne

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for salary as Mistress of the Female School of Industry at St. Johnís amounting to £40.

153

20 Oct 1823

Mary Loveys

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for salary as Assistant to the Female School of Industry at St. Johnís amounting to £20.

154

20 Oct 1823

Rev. George Williams

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for "performing Divine Service" at Bay Roberts according to the rites of the Church of England"; £15.

155

Oct 20 1823

James Bell

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for "performing Divine Service" at Fogo according to the rites of the Church of England"; £15.

156

20 Oct 1823

Thomas Walley

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for "performing Divine Service" at Greenspond according to the rites of the Church of England"; £15.

157

20 Oct 1823

Samuel Wolfrey

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for "performing Divine Service" at Mortonís Harbour according to the rites of the Church of England"; £15.

158

20 Oct 1823

Thomas Gayler

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for "performing Divine Service" at Bonavista according to the rites of the Church of England"; £15.

159

20 Oct 1823

Joseph Templeman

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for the amount for "collecting and abstracting the Returns of the Fishery and Inhabitants, Imports and Exports, for the year ending 30 June 1823"; £30.

160

20 Oct 1823

John Bland

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for the amount paid by the government "for the passages of Paupers from the Island" since Oct 10 1822, amounting to £603..7..7.

161

31 Oct 1823

John Bland

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for the amount paid by order of the court for medical aid to paupers, amounting to £39..7..0.

162

17 Mar 1823

Mr. Thomas (Treasurer to the Committee for the Relief of the Poor)

Capt. D Buchan, Senior Naval Officer
(On behalf of Gov. Hamilton)

A receipt for the amount paid for the relief of the poor during the coming winter, amounting to £204..18..7.

163

9 Oct 1823

W. Warner

Gov. Hamilton

A receipt for the amount paid for medical and surgical care of pauperized patients, amounting to £128..17..0.

164

27 Nov 1823

Gov. Hamilton

Bathurst

Transmits the book containing the "General Return of the Island of Newfoundland"

166-170v

28 Nov 1823

Gov. Hamilton

Bathurst

Transmits the "Returns of the Fishery and Inhabitants and of the Exports and Imports of the Island of Newfoundland for the year ending the 30th June 1823". This does not include the Cod Fishery for 1823, which was most abundant. The seal fishery, while down from last year, still produced 200,000 skins and 2,300 tons of oil. He also offers some thoughts on the Americans; to his knowledge, they have never taken advantage of their rights by the Convention to dry & cure their fish in the unsettled harbours between Cape Ray & Ramea, nor have they any fishing vessels on that coast. Instead, they engage in illicit trade, thanks in part to the proximity of the French islands of St. Pierre & Miquelon (Hamilton had one of his cruisers stationed at Burin over the winter to discourage this). He transmits a petition from Messrs William & Henry Thomas, merchants, for a grant of Land, and his opinion on the matter (this will benefit development of commercial agriculture. William & Thomas apparently have contract to supply army & navy with meat & provisions. But smaller garden lots benefit the fishery more because fishermen will more self-sufficient in food. Quit rents help generate revenue to cover costs of paupers). He also transmits a memorial from a Rev. Dr. Scallon, Bishop & Head of the RC Church in Nfld, begging reference to Hamiltonís letter of Nov 19 1819 (here enclosed). He also encloses a paper concerning the Benevolent Irish Society, founded 17 years earlier "for affording relief to the Poor", which now asks for permission and aid in the establishment of an Orphanage in St. Johnís.

172

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"The Return of the Fishery and Inhabitants Island of Newfoundland for the year ending the 30th June 1823"

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"Additional particulars of Information relative to the Islands of Newfoundland for the year ending the 30th June 1823" district by district; (everything and anything, from number of churches to cost of provisions in summer & in winter, level of wages, whether goods paid for in cash or in kind, account of salmon & herring fisheries, account of seal fishery

[173?]

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"Account of the Goods Imported into the Islands of Newfoundland in the year ending the 30th June 1823" followed by "Account of the Goods Exported from the Island of Newfoundland in the year ending the 30th June 1823" (British Europe; Foreign Europe, West Indies, British America, product by product

174-176

n.d.
(recíd by Hamilton on 8 Oct 1823)

William Thomas and Henry Phillips Thomas

Gov. Hamilton

Petition for a grant of 100 acres of land. Memorialists have lived in St. Johnís for 22 years; each want 50 acres "on the White Down for the purpose of cultivation" Describe their role in developing agriculture, the economic benefits to the community, how agriculture can prevent pauperism, the high cost of developing a farm. Advantage of owning the land vs high cost of renting for farming (cheaper; could grow more, be more beneficial). Would help them fulfill govít contracts for fresh beef if they had a place to feed cattle. Farms give employment (they hire forty people outside the fishing season)

178-178v

22 Oct 1823

Thomas Scallon, RC Bishop

Gov. Hamilton

Petition. Emphasizes his many expenses. Suffered an attack of apoplexy, ordered to seek change of climate. Went to New York City. Return to Nfld for winter would threaten his health. Seeks therefore to go to Italy, to convalesce as per his Doctorís opinion. Needs financial assistance (points out that his predecessors received govt subsidies)

180-180v

19 Nov 1819

Gov. Hamilton

Bathurst

Cover letter for [a previous] memorial from Rev. Dr. Scallon requesting an allowance; Hamilton is supportive.

182-183

12 Oct 1823

Patrick Morris, President of the Benevolent Irish Society

Gov. Hamilton

Petition requesting permission and aid in the establishment of an Orphanage in St. Johnís. Some discussion of the need for such an asylum

184

13 Oct 1823

Mr. Curtis, Secretary of the Benevolent Irish Society

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Extract of Minutes of a meeting of the Benevolent Irish Society, including a tally of subscriptions raised for the proposed orphanage (full oist of names and amounts pledged).

186-187

30 Nov 1823

Gov. Hamilton(HMS Ranger, Spithead)

Bathurst

Announcing his arrival in England, after a mere two weeks at sea. Explains why he sailed before receiving any additional despatches. Emphasizes the difficulty that the Nfld winter climate poses to his health; "I felt too the less repugnance in leaving Newfoundland ... after a most abundant Catch of Fish, which had produced a comparative prosperity (with former Years)" Expects less need to assist paupers as a result

188-189

30 Nov 1823

Gov. Hamilton(HMS Ranger, Spithead)

Bathurst

Discussing the proposed Newfoundland Bill being considered by Parliament; as soon as he has synthesized the reactions of various inhabitants of Newfoundland with whom he consulted, he will pass it along. However, he doubts that the people of St. Johnís will favour the Bill ("I was surprized to hear that the most clamorous of that party amongst whom a desire for changes had originated are now most violent against the intended Regulations"). Strong objections to the power this will give the Chief Justice. Also, he encloses a letter from the Chief Justice requesting that the Surrogate Courts be reopened (having been suspended), with which Hamilton complied.

190-191

14 Nov 1823

Chief Justice Tucker

Gov. Hamilton.

Asks Hamilton to reopen the Surrogate Court in this district (St. Johnís), which Hamilton had suspended, giving various reasons (including Tuckerís inability to deal with the resulting accumulation of cases)

192

n.d.

Hamilton

-

Faint & Illegible (see Index below, p. 200); authorizes a payment drawn "on Drummonds" for the premium of Bills on England (i.e., the cost of using Bills of Exchange)

194

n.d

Hamilton

-

Recommends that Sir James Kempt be authorized to hire a vessel at £1500 a year, but will provide more details if needed. Sir George Cockburn agrees with Hamilton.

Index to Sir C. Hamiltonís Correspondence 1823

197-200

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Hamilton

-

A summary of the yearís correspondence.

Admiralty

203

2 July 1823
(rec'd Jul 2 1823)

John Barrow

Wilmot Horton

Transmitting certain returns pertaining to the Island, as per the commands of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

205

24 Jun 1823

G.I. Hampson (?)

-

Received the amounts of a bill of exchange for proceeds of the Triton, "a Derelict"; £273..17..5.

206

8 Jul 1823

Croker

Wilmot Horton Esq

Transmits three letters from Capt. Buchans of the HMS Grasshopper addressed to Hamilton since his departure and which arrived since Hamiltonís departure for Nfld.

Agent

209-210

26 Jun 1823

Robert Gurilt (?)

Robert Wilmot Horton

Reporting that Mr. Colclough died 10 Feb. 1822, and his pension was paid up to that point. This occurred before Gurilt became Agent for the Island of Nfld

Board of Trade

212-212v

14 May 1823

Francis Laek

R. Wilmot

Regarding the duties on the importation of Spirits into Nfld from the Channel Islands; existing regulations are contradictory, some say duty free, others stipulate a duty.

214-214v

26 Mar 1823

Robert A. Gray

Mr. J. Dennison, MP

There being a bill up for consideration to amend the laws of Nfld, he asks that the duties on spirits be reviewed while they are on the topic, because existing duties are not consistent.

Home Department

217-218

19 May 1823

H. Hobhaite (?)

Wilmot Horton

As the Commission of Oyer and Terminer was ruled invalid, he is looking into the application for the remission of the sentence of transportation passed on two convicts (James Wade & James Lanigan being held aboard HMS Ganges hulk at Chatham) by that commission.

219-220

June 1823

H. Hobhaite (?)

R. Wilmot Horton

Asking, in light of the invalidity of the Commission of Oyer and Terminer, that the King grant a Free Pardon to James Wade and James Lanigan, who had been sentenced to transportation by the court constituted by that commission.

221-221v

19 Jul 1823

H. Hobhaite

R. Wilmot Horton

Directed by Mr. Peel (Secretary, Home Dept) to transmit a warrant for the discharge of John Holden, who was transported last April to New South Wales in the ship Commodore Hayes under sentence from the Commission of Oyer and Terminer. Peel points out that this is the third such case involving crimes, the sentences for which would have been fully warranted. Clearly, Peel is impatient with the way things have unfolded because of technical legal errors in Nfld

J. Stephen

223-224v

26 Jun 1823

J. Stephen

R. Wilmot Horton

In compliance with Hortonís directions, He has perused Hamiltonís despatch to Bathurst of 26 Oct 1822, and Mr. "Westcottís" memorial, and the several bills Westcote submitted as Attorney General of Nfld. Hamilton claims Westcoteís salary is sufficient; Westcote claims he is entitled to earn extra income from fees. Much depends on details that are not made available, and Stephens therefore requests more information.

225-225v

10 Dec 1823

James Stephen

R. Wilmot Horton

An appraisal of Mr. Browningís claims as Lord Baltimoreís heir to the province of Avalon, claiming that there is insufficient information to form an opinion, and a complete review of the documents underlying Mr. Browningís title would need to be undertaken, "especially the charter of King James the first".

Treasury

227

5 May 1823

George Harrison

R. Wilmot

Authorizing Hamilton to charge the expenses of his legal defence against Mr. Dawe to the Crown Rents now in his hands.

228

3 July 1823

J.C. Herries

R. Wilmot Horton

transmits a report of the Comptroller of the Armyís Accounts on a letter from Gov. Hamilton with an estimate of the expense of the works required for Government House in St. Johnís; request Bathurstís opinion "as to the necessity & propriety of sanctioning this Expense"

229-229v

31 Dec 1823

J.C. Herries

R.W. Horton

Transmitting a return received on customs, and recording the amount and rate of duties on each article in each year; also, a return "of the sum given ... for the Sufferers at St. Johns Newfoundland by the fire of February 1816 stating the names of the parties and the amounts paid and in what currency"

230

n.d.

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"An Account of the total Expences of the Customs Establishment in each Year" (1813-1822 inclusive) and an account of fees received by each officer in addition to their salaries (includes names, position, salary, expense, fees collected) [see printed version below, p. 254)

231

n.d.

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"An Account of all Duties received by the Customs" (1813-1822 inclusive) distinguishing the amount & rate of duty on each article, (including the relevant pieces of legislation by which the duty was charged, the commodities imported)

232

21 Nov 1823

E. Stewart and J. Whishaw

The Lords Commissioners of H.M. Treasury

Transmitting "a return of the Distribution of the Sum given by His Majesty for the Sufferers of St. Johnís Newfoundland by the Fire of February 1816", paid by Gov. Pickmore (see printed copy below, p. 277)

234-239

11 May 1823

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Further Correspondence: the aforementioned return, enclosed by Stewart and Whishaw. Includes names of individuals as well as groups and people who provided services & assistance. Note the payments to people who provided freight & victualling for "Distressed Persons" (numbers given, not names) sent to Ireland or England

Miscellaneous Offices

241

n.d.

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A financial plan proposed for establishing eleven schools in the Island.

243-243v

n.d.

The Newfoundland Society for Educating the Poor

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Printed document: "Proposals for Instituting A Society for the Establishment and Support of Schools in Newfoundland". Includes a rationale based on the importance of Newfoundland, its growing population (except "the Western coast ... ceded to the French"). Failure of "moral improvement" to keep up with growth; current deficiency of schools. Therefore propose creation of the Society (names of those on organizing committee)

244

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A list of vice-presidents of "The Newfoundland Society for Educating the Poor".

House of Commons

246-249

16 May 1823

J. H. Ley and A. Doniton (?)

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A resolution to review for the past ten years the finances (revenues, expenses, charges, etc) of the Nfld govt, in its various divisions.

250-251v

24 Feb 1824

R. J. Wilmot Horton

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Printed document: "Papers Relating to the Island of Newfoundland" This is essentially a Table of Contents or index of papers which appear below, pp. 251-286.

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1823

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No 1. A return of the total amount of the income of the Governor of Newfoundland in each year for the last ten years.

252v-253

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No 2. An account of the total amount of Government rents in Newfoundland, and the Fines paid on renewal of leases, for the last ten years (note names & occupations provided for each lease plus description of the property).

253v

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No 3. A return of the amount received as Customs in Nfld for the last ten years.

253v-254

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No 4. An account of the total expenses of the Customs Establishment, in each year for the last ten years.

254v-267v

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No 5-18 inclusive. Copy of the account of the receipt and expenditure of [each] governor of Newfoundland in each year for the last ten years. Note lists of people to whom bills of exchange were made out

268-272v

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No 19-28 inclusive. A similar account for the Sheriff for the same time. These lists identify all the surrogates, disbursements

273-273v

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No 29. An account of the total amount of legal fees, fines, penalties and forfeitures collected (and by whom) since the passing of and agreeable to the 49th Geo. 3. C. 27. S. 16.

273v-274

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No 30. An account of all sums received for licenses, district by district.

274

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No 31. An account of all sums received for duties or fees upon probates of wills and letters of administration and how the same applied.

274v-276

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No 32. An account of the total amount of "Droits of Admiralty" received in Nfld for the last twenty years (include vessels captured, with some details, in war and condemned; also flotsam & jetsam found and condemned)

276v

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No 33. Copy of a letter from the commissioners of the Sixpenny Duty to John Barrow, transmitting an account of the amount of all monies received for the use of Greenwich Hospital from the Fishermen.

277-278v

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No 34. An account of the distribution of the sum given by his majesty for the sufferers at St. Johnís Nfld by the fire of Feb 1816.

279

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No 35. Further account of the application of the balance.

279v-282

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No 36. An account of the names of all public officers, civil and military in the island of Newfoundland in 1822, the description of office, the amount of salaries, allowances, and fees received by each, whether paid by G. Britain or by the Island, and whether the Duty is performed in person or executed by Deputy with the names of all such deputies.

282v

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No 37. A return as far as relates to the Navy Office of the names of all public officers, civil or military, in Nfld.

282v

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No 38. An account of the number and rate of British ships of war on the station of Nfld, in the last summer, and the number and rate of ships of war now on the station.

282v

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No 39. An account of the number of naval officers of each rank who have been invalided on the Nfld station, in each year since the peace.

283

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No 40. An account of the Naval officers of each rank promoted on that station in the same period, and the names and length of services of those promoted.

283v-286

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No 41 Copy of the report or memorial to the Right Honourable the Secretary of State for the colonies dated in December 1822, from a committee of the Inhabitants of St. Johnís. This is a response to the proposed Newfoundland Bill. The memorialists focus on recent events which may have shaped Parliamentís perception of Newfoundlandís legal condition and needs. They also provide a survey of Nfld history, emphasizing the way in which the fishery was dominated for profit by a few merchants, the effects of the constant drain of capital, the unfair advantages given to the French & Americans, the arbitrary nature (even when well-intentioned) rule of the naval governors, the governorsí dependence for advice on self-interested people, the inability of the fishery alone to support the growing population, the need to develop agricultural potential, the importance of St. Johnís, the need for local government

286

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No 42. Copy of the appointment of Richard Alexander Tucker, esq, to the Office of Chief Justice of Newfoundland.

289-290

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"The Merchants and Ship Owners Trading from ... Teignmouth to ... Newfoundland and ... Labrador"
[many names]

Lord Bathurst

A petition describing the difficulties of Newfoundland trade and asking for government to ease some of those difficulties, such as with trade duties, and also with the competition created by granting fishing rights to the French (who are subsidized) and Americans. [The petition is difficult to read because of the physical size of the petition; each frame carries either the left half or the right half of the page, so that only half a line appears on a frame, then carries over to the next frame before returning to the first frame for the next line]. The petition claims that upwards of ninety vessels with more than 2,000 mean are carried to the fisheries (they claim the "Bank Fisheries") each year, more than any other port. The petition also raises concerns about the system of law and jurisprudence which is undergoing modification in Nfld

291-292v

(recíd 14 Jun 1823)

John Bastard

 

Asks him to communicate the substance of our conversation this afternoon. Appears to indicate that Bathurst supports Holdsworth and his agent (Mr. Miller) in his legal wrangle with the Surrogate in Ferryland. Asking for original documents back while he will ensure that he gets copies, with the originals to go to the Chief Justice in Newfoundland for the investigation of Holdsworth vs Carter.

293-293v

n.d.

Wilmot Horton

Capt. Bastard

A list of the original documents transmitted between the two men regarding the Holdsworth vs Carter case.

294-295v

23 Dec 1823

John Bastard

Wilmot Horton

Further correspondence relating to Chief Justice Tuckerís investigation of Holdsworth vs Carter.

296

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A scrap of paper on Holdsworth vs. Carter; a letter should be written to Tucker "referring to these parts of the correspondence".

297

n.d.

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"Your Lordship"(Bathurst?)

Indicates that Tucker had been unwilling to take up the investigation of Holdsworth vs Carter "on account of the connection between his family & that of Mr. Carter". Thatís why Bathurst directed the Attorney General to proceed with the investigation

298-301

20 Dec 1823

H. Holdsworth(Dartmouth)

John Bastard

Response to several of Bastardís letters; discussing Bastard the on-again-off-again (and thus quite vexing) nature of the Holdsworth vs Carter investigation, and burden it is putting on him.

302

11 Oct 1823

Tucker (St. Johnís)

Dawe

Copy of a letter from Tucker to Dawe discussing his instruction to inquire into the charges against Mr. Carter.

302

12 Oct 1823

Tucker (St. Johnís)

Dawe

copy of a letter from Tucker to Dawe telling him that he must address his application to the Governor.

302-302v

14 Oct 1823

Tucker (St. Johnís)

Dawe

copy of a letter from Tucker to Dawe discussing his instructions from Bathurst via Hamilton to begin the inquiry as soon as someone can be found to represent Mr. Holdsworth. He says that he finds him (Mr. Dawe) and Mr. Simms acceptable representatives, and will therefore commence the inquiry when his health and workload permit Ė not promising when that could be.

302v

25 Oct 1823

Tucker (St. Johnís)

Dawe

copy of a letter from Tucker to Dawe discussing how he feels it would be improper for him to enter into these proceedings, due to a connection between himself and Mr. Carter, and the delicacies of the case.

302v

10 Oct 1823

Dawe (St. Johnís)

Tucker

copy of a letter from Dawe to Tucker informing him of a letter from Wilmot Horton to Capt Bastard about the Holdsworth vs Carter case, and asking if he (Tucker) has received any further instructions on the case.

302v-303

11 Oct 1823

Dawe (St. Johnís)

Tucker

copy of a letter from Dawe to Tucker confirming that he and Mr. Simms are in fact authorized to appear on behalf of Mr. Holdsworth.

303

13 Oct 1823

Dawe (St. Johnís)

Hamilton

copy of a letter from Dawe to Hamilton, referring to a previous letters, and informing him that he might further instruct the Chief Justice (Tucker) that he and Mr. Simms are authorized representatives of Mr. Holdsworth.

303

13 Oct 1823

Le Geyt (Govís Secretary)

Dawe

copy of a letter from Hamiltonís secretary to Dawe, replying to his letter by referring him back to the Chief Justice, who has been given full instruction, he says.

303

14 Oct 1823

Dawe (St. Johnís)

Tucker

copy of a letter from Dawe to Tucker writing back after having been referred by Hamilton asking when and in what manner he plans to proceed with the inquiry.

304-305v

12 June 1823

Francis Forbes

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"Additional remarks on the matter of complaint Holdsworth against Carter"; a summary of the complaint. Points out that the surrogate courts are about to be abolished, and seems therefore to suggest that the matter not be pursued

307-308

14 Apr 1823

Sam Codner(Teignmouth)

Lord Bexley

Asking for support on the plan to establish new schools in Newfoundland; Codner had acted on Bexleyís suggestion (at a previous meeting) to organize a petition to Lord Bathurst (which he did). Hasnít heard anything further, though they are ready to proceed with a model school in St. Johnís, they even have a Master ready to take charge, a Rev. Marsh of Colchester (this letter is basically a request for support of this initiative)

309-310

17 Jul 1823

Samuel Codner

Robert Wilmot Horton
(Under Secretary of State)

Summing up the requests of the Newfoundland School Society, and thanking him for his patronage and support (viz., a grant of land on which to build schools and residences; that school masters & mistresses be allowed passage on warships sent to Nfld; that local govt be instructed to support the schools

311-312

Jul 1823

[Wilmot Horton?}

Sam Codner

A draft of a letter, stating that Bathurst is willing to grant the requests of the Newfoundland School Society, as outlined by Sam Codnerís former letter.

313

22 Jul 1823

W.E. Cormack

John Barrow
(Under Secretary to the Admiralty)

Writing on and enclosing a sketch and short account of his trek traversing the island of Newfoundland in September & October 1822, the first so done by a European; intends to reside in Nfld & continue his work, including investigating the "state of the Red Indians"

315

22 Jul 1823

W.E. Cormack

Bathurst

Cover letter to Bathurst transmitted through Barrow explaining his trek and his intentions to continue his work

318-320v

30 Apr 1823
(recíd 4 Jun 1823)

James Dobie, Surgeon, RN
(London)

Bathurst

Encloses some papers "relative to that important Island Newfoundland". He also includes support for the "gallant, rightly deserving, and very meritorious officer Sir George Cockburn", having served with him as surgeon in his ship during the expedition to the Chesapeake river, and reporting also on the expedition itself. His perception of Nfld is of an island that can support a much larger population than it now does (letter is faint, difficult to read). Appears to promote the development of Nfld by making it the destination for the transportation of convicts (319v), using timber ships returning to Quebec empty, in ballast; convicts can be used on development projects such as roads

322-323

12 Feb 1821

James Dobie(Egeria, St. Johnís)

Sir G. Cockburn

A petition is about to be sent from Nfld to England, urging that Nfld be placed on the same footing as other colonies. Discussing the Island and the Islanders, their wants and possibilities. Concern for security (prone to fires, some of which in the past "was intentionally done"); advantages of naval justice (only system available to all parts of coast); the lack of roads to permit communication in winter; potential for "the shores of this Island [to support] a Million souls"; agricultural potential would undermine need to smuggle; capacity of American for smuggling, and to compete in foreign markets; Americans engage in whaling as well

324-328v

10 Sep 1823

James Dobie(Egeria, Trinity Harbour)

Sir G. Cockburn

A personal letter. Describes his experience that summer up on the Northeast Coast (Fogo, Twillingate), the naval officers assigned there, the inhabitants, the friction with the "Red Indians, a set of people running wild in the Woods", and the lack of success in establishing contact with them. People speak of them "with terror" and Dobie notes that the "Micmac or Canadian Indians .... have always considered it a duty to murder the Red Indians" Dobie is convinced that the best chance of discouraging the Micmac from hunting the Indians would be to urge Catholic clergy to take a more active role in intervening with Micmac behaviour, together with offering rewards for apprehension and good treatment of the Indians. Mentions that the Micmacs come to Nfld from Canada for oil and furs, and to St. Pierre for religious service. Proposes stationing small vessels in Bay of Exploits to intercept and contact the Red Indians when they take their canoes to offshore islands to collect eggs. The letter continues in this vein at some length

330-330v

3 June 1823

Francis Forbes

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Remarking on the letter from Dobie to Bathurst. He says that the only new idea put forward is that of using convicts as labourers for building roads in Newfoundland, but that he claims is impracticable, as they may easily escape. Fishermen live on the coast "in small detached societies of a few families"; convicts can easily head into the woods and avoid recapture until they can make their way to a remote harbour, take some boats and get away

332-332v

1 May 1823

Anna Desbrisay

R. Wilmot

A widow asking whether the baptisms of the undernamed are registered in the Colonial Office as she understands that Baptismal registers are sent there from Nfld (Sarah Maria Desbrisay, daughter of Capt. Thomas Desbrisay, R.A. & wife Sarah; born SJ, Nfld 28 Apr 1793. Anna Elizabeth Mary Desbrisay, d. of Lt.Col. Thomas Desbrisay, R.A. and Anna his wife, b. at Colombo, Ceylon on 18 Apr 1803). She recently became a widow and needs certificates of baptism for her children to receive pensions from government

334-334v

17 March 1823

Joseph Dutton(Liverpool)

R. Wilmot

Acknowledges receipt of a copy of the amending the laws of Newfoundland, and of the great interest and concern of the merchants of Liverpool who trade with Nfld, and who now have an opportunity to comment on the bill.

336

May 1823
(recíd 9 May 1823)

J. Dutton

R. Wilmot

Merchants of Liverpool would like to know whether the aforementioned Bill is likely to pass and whether it will be amended in accordance with the advice of the Poole merchants.

338-338v

27 May 1823
(recíd 3 June 1823)

J. Dutton(Liverpool)

R. Wilmot

Expressing concern over delay in the aforementioned Bill.

340

24 Jul 1823

Joseph Dutton

R. Wilmot

Asking for a copy of the aforementioned Bill, and encloses the advice of his agent in Nfld on the subject of "Servants wages to the Fishery which seems to be a certain subject of Dispute"

342-342v

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Joseph Duttonís Agent

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Remarks upon the Newfoundland Bill, concerning Servants wages

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345-361

10 Jul 1823

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Printed copy of "A Bill for the better Administration of Justice in Newfoundland, and for consolidating and amending the Laws relating to the said Colony". Main points and pages follow.

345

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The King may institute a supreme court, to be held by a chief justice.

345v

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The King may institute district courts, held by single judges.

346

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The courts will have clerks and other officers.

346

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Civil cases will be dealt with on a summary basis.

346v

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Civil cases exceeding a sum of forty shillings may on request of any party involved be given over to a jury trial.

347

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Where there is no jury, and the case is appealable, the evidence is to be recorded.

347

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Parties in district court cases may appeal to the supreme court.

347-347v

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Cases not meeting the criteria of forty shillings, but considered peculiarly important by the judge, shall also have their evidence recorded.

347v

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Parties in the supreme court may appeal to the King in Council, regulated by Charter.

347v

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Judges may authorized proper persons for certain ministerial acts.

347v-348

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Judges may permit suits pending before them to be removed to a more convenient court.

348

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The Chief Justice (or those appointed by him for that purpose) has sole power of granting Probate of Wills, which must be received by executors of a will before administrating the effects of the deceased.

348

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The Chief Justice may authorize the Registrar or Clerk of the Supreme Court to get and look after the effects of the deceased (in a manner directed by the Chief Justice).

348

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The Chief Justice shall have the power to appoint guardianship of children and incompetents.

348-348v

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The Chief Justice is to hear and determine revenue causes, appeals to which may be made in the High Court of the Admiralty.

348v

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Relating to insolvencies, and their handling.

348v

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Insolventís estates, if necessary, to be vested in the public funds.

348v-349

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Relating to the distribution of the insolventís estates.

349v

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Chief Justice to settle forms of process, and appoint fees for the courts.

349v-350

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Regulations for the opening of the courts, and removal of records.

350-350v

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The Governor of Newfoundland to appoint a Surrogate Court at Labrador. Related: Repealing 51G.3.c.45.; stat 49G.3.c.29

350v

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Courts of Sessions to be held, and their authority extended.

350v

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Justices to grant licenses at a cost of £5.

350v-351

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Statutes repealed: 10 & 11 Will.3.c.25; 15 Geo.3.c.31; 26 G. 3.c.26; 29 G.3.c.53.

351-351v

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Kingís subjects have free trade to Newfoundland.

351v

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No alien to bait or fish in Newfoundland; proviso relating to treaties.

351v

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Who can dry their fish on the banks of Newfoundland.

351v

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Easing restraints on ships of the fishery.

351v-352

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Ships carrying (also) goods other than those of the fishery shall be under the usual restrictions.

352

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Ships are not to empty ballast into the harbour.

352

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Persons having fishing rooms may continue according to their custom.

352

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Annoying or stealing seans (i.e., seines) or nets not allowed.

352

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Regulations on the meshes of seans and nets.

352-352v

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Regulations on employing seamen or fishermen.

352v

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Regulations on employers, wages of seamen and fishermen from them, and penalties for non-compliance.

352v

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Employers obliged to produce a contract in case of dispute.

352v

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Fish and oil liable to payment of wages and bait.

352v-353

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Penalties on seamen and fishermen absenting their tasks.

353

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Prohibiting trade with foreign states.

353-353v

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Penalties on illegal trade.

354-354v

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Officerís of Royal Ships may detain suspect vessels, and what to do if suspicions are confirmed.

354v

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The King (in council) may give orders to the Governor to fulfil any foreign treaty.

354v

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Penalties for persons refusing to conform to the directions of the Governor; also their application, and limitations.

354v-355

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Recitation of stat 51 G. 3.c.45.

355

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Mode of registering Deeds and giving certificates thereof.

355v

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Deeds not registered within a certain time to be void.

355v

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All boats must be marked with the ownerís name; also penalties for effacing such names.

355v

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Bills of Exchange declared subject to the custom of Bills of Exchange in England.

356

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Dogs to be prevented from running at large, and owners held liable for all damages incurred by them.

356

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Regulations on passengers to Newfoundland.

356v

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57 G.3.c.51 repealed.

356v

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Concerning marriages, and their validity.

357

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No marriages between those of close blood shall be valid.

357

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The supreme administrator (e.g. the Governor) shall appoint a Registrar of Marriages, with an office for registering marriages.

357

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Wedded persons must deliver a certificate of their marriage, and a fee of 2/6 within 12 months.

357-357v

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Form of the Certificate

357v

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Marriages must be performed with two witnesses, under penalty of £100.

357v

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The Registrar shall number and enter the certificates in a book, or Register.

358

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The registry shall be taken as evidence that said marriage indeed exists.

358

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Penalties of neglect of returning certificates to Registrar.

358

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Penalties on Registrar neglecting to enter certificates.

358

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On neglect of Registrar in making yearly duplicate, or preserving original certificates.

358-358v

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Penalties, how to be recovered and applied.

358v

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Provision for Quakers Jews.

358v-359

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Citizens of St. Johnís to assemble once a year, to form a committee to recommend bye laws to the Chief Justice.

359

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Bye laws to be enforced by fines.

359

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In absence of a committee, the remainder shall act.

359

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Committee to levy a rate on all property permanently held in St. Johnís.

359

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A book of rates to be kept, and open to all at stated times.

359v

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To prevent doubts about right of voting and election, first comittee to make book of Rates.

359v

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Rates to be enforced by action in the name of the Committee.

359v

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Application of rates.

359v

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Committee to keep proper books, to be submitted at each annual meeting.

359v

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Abuse of money or office to be punished.

359v-360

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The King may extend a committee to other towns, should they wish it.

360

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Boundaries of St. Johnís defined.

360

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Lighthouse at St. Johnís to be regulated by the committee, and a duty waged upon vessels arriving at port.

360

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Committee to appoint pilots for St. Johnís

360-360v

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Hospital in St. Johnís to be under management of the Committee, and supported by deduction from wages of semen employed in the region.

360v

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Proviso in case other districts wish to benefit from the hospital.

360v

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Further Proviso where those entitled to benefits of the hospital canít be fit in.

360v

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The Committee may recover the duties through a legal action, in any court.

360v

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Committee to have a clerk, and keep an office in St. Johnís.

360v-361

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Manner of recovering Penalties.

361

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Limitation of actions.

361

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General Issue.

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363

23 July 1823

James Obern (?) & Joseph Hume

Robert Wilmot Horton

Would like to see the return of the £10,000 appropriation granted to Newfoundland.

"M"

366

2 Sept 1823

J. Wm. Molloy

R. Wilmot Horton

Acknowledging receipt of a letter, and promising to comply with Bathurstís commands therein.

368

2 Jan 1823

R. Wilmot

Captain Thurstin (?), RN

Informing him that he relinquished balance of salary as Surrogate when he left Nfld

"R"

370

8 Jan 1823

T. B. Rendell

R. Wilmot

Reference to a letter of 31 December, regarding Rendellís dispute over the position of Naval Officer. Asking who he should speak to about the £45 he feels is owing him.

372-372v

23 Jan 1823

T.B. Rendell(Shaldon)

R. Wilmot

Informs him to expect a petition from the merchants of Teignmouth, regarding certain grievances regarding the trade. Theyíve been advised to submit it to the Colonial Office first, rather than sending it to the House (of Commons)

374-374v

23 Jan 1823

T. B. Randell(Shaldon, Devonshire)

R. Wilmot

Reply to Wilmotís of 10 Jan.; will make no further claim on Gov. Hamilton once he gets the amount owing him. He seeks the Vice Consulship of Figueira in Portugal in lieu of the Naval Office. He is supported by the merchants of Figueira and the Portuguese Consul General in London

375-375v

13 Feb 1823

T. B. Randell

R. Wilmot

Further on Rendellís desire for the Vice Consulship; feels Wilmot owes him support because of his disappointment in the affair over the Naval Office

377-377v

27 Dec 1823

R. Tucker
(Chief Justice, St. Johnís)

R. Wilmot

Defending himself against a Mr. Hume using reports of his legal decision that were published in newspapers (below) to confirm his competency for the job. He proclaims himself ready to resign if any "respectable Member of my Profession" will declare him incompetent after reading those newspapers.

379-389v

various dates, 1823

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Various newspaper clippings with articles describing his handling of a number of difficult cases.

"W"

391

15 Mar 1823

Matthew Warr[en? Partial signature because letter is torn ]

Lord Bathurst

Transmitting a petition from the merchants of Teignmouth who trade with Newfoundland.

END OF VOLUME