CO 194/70 [Reel B-692]

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Newfoundland 1825 Sir C. Hamilton & Sir Thomas Cochrane

Sir C. Hamilton

4

6 Jan 1825

Hamilton

Bathurst

Requesting instructions for the sentencing of two men, a robber and a murderer. Chief Justice Tucker has doubts about certain technicalities, such as "how much of the Criminal Code of England extended to Newfoundland"

6-19

27 Dec 1824

Tucker

Hamilton

Lengthy and detailed correspondence arising out of the sentencing of the two aforementioned criminals (William Armstrong, a soldier of the 81st Regiment stationed in St. Johnís found guilty of robbery; James Lahey, a fisherman, for murder). Concerned by delays in carrying out sentence, delays necessitated by governorís absence (such sentences require governorís presence). Concerned whether all English statutes apply to Nfld; Tuckerís predecessor, Forbes, thought so. Has found precedents for executions among his predecessors (Forbes, Colclough). Further discussion of legal issues arising out of jurisdiction (cases of forgery, for instance)

20-20v

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Undated, unsigned letter regarding what Bathurst has decided concerning Cochraneís salary and allowances, the size of his staff, instructions to report on the state of "the Government house" and to make an estimate for a new one. Treasury will make no estimate for Nfld as it is assumed that revenues generated there will cover administrative expenses.

21

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Undated, unsigned; Cochrane to be provided a schooner

23

24 Jan 1825

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"Enc[lose]d letter from Mr Carter enc[losin]g several documents to rescue his character from accusation preferred against it."

24

27 Jan1825

Hamilton

Norton

Regarding the permission of the Public officer to draw Bills on the Agent of the Island in the absence of the Governor in order to cover administrative expenses.

26-26v

16 Feb 1825

Hamilton

Bathurst

Recommending two enclosed petitions from Mr. Templeman and Mr. Stark to Bathurstís attention. Briefly describes the merits of each manís case for patronage, based on past service. Also concerning accusations of abuse of public money levelled against Hamilton; seeks exoneration since no evidence was ever presented

28-29

24 Feb 1825

Hamilton

 

Concerning the size of the administrative staff at Nfld based on past experience and advice on appropriate salaries and allowances (more on Templeman and Stark); annotations indicate that Hamiltonís suggestions were passed on to Cochrane

30

25 Feb 1825

Hamilton

Bathurst

Transmitting the Returns of the Fishery & Inhabitants, Imports & Exports of the Island for the year ending 30 June 1824. Notes that the returns are incomplete (those for Trepassey and for Fogo had not been received in time to incorporate into the report)

30

(recíd 26 Feb 1825)

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Return of Exports from Nfld for year ending 24 June 1824 (shipping, commodity by quantity or volume, from which district to: British Europe, Foreign Europe, West Indies, British America, United States)

30v

(recíd 26 Feb 1825)

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Return of Imports; similar breakdown (points of origin, destinations, nature and quantity of commodity, etc)

31

(recíd 26 Feb 1825)

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Return of the Fisheries & Inhabitants for the year ending 30 June 1824.

34-34v

(recíd 23 April 1825)

Hamilton

Horton

Having seen Cochraneís appointment in the Gazette, he asks whether he should give him all official documents now, or when he receives his commission. Questions regarding the proportion of the governorís salary that Hamilton will receive, since he served for part of the year

36-36v

29 April 1825

Horton

Hamilton

Regarding his salary, and the end thereof.

38

18 May 1825

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Hamilton

"Information resp: Island of Autriste [?] & other parts of the Coast". [no text]

39

21 May 1825

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Hamilton

"Enclosed some original papers respecting that part of the Labrador Coast which it is proposed to annex to Canada". [no text]

40-41

31 July 1825

Hamilton

Bathurst

Responding to correspondence from Bathurst via Horton regarding his salary, and the arrangements for the ending thereof, with which he is dissatisfied. Apparently Hamilton was to get paid this year as Lieut. Governor, and he feels he should be paid as Governor for the period before Cochraneís appointment took effect

41v

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Further Correspondence: A note on Hamiltonís letter regarding his salary. Apparently it was a clerical error to designate Hamiltonís salary as that of a Lieut. Governor. The second page of the letter appears after the frame displaying p. 42

42-43

13 Aug 1825

Hamilton

Bathurst

Regarding the Crown rates, an account of which he is sending. Explains why it is late. Explains how the shift from war to peace, together with the disastrous fire in St. Johnís, caused significant decline in revenue from Crown rates

45-46

13 Aug 1825

Hamilton

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Account of the Crown Rents received in Nfld, amounting to £2773..15..10 3/4

47

25 June 1824

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Receipt for money received from Hamilton authorized by Bathurst 14 June 1824, amounting to £256..11..1.

48-51

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The legal costs incurred by and now charged to Mr. Dawe, amounting to £256..11..1

52

18 [Jul]y 1825

J. A. F.

Hamilton

A bill for a "large boiler complete" of £5..3..10

53

30 June 1824

Hamilton

Westcote

Receipt for £250.

54

25 Oct 1825

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A note regarding the governorsí salary.

56-57

3 Sept 1825

Hamilton

Horton

Further Correspondence regarding his pay. Insists that Lord Bathurst has misunderstood his situation and the true nature of his income

58

4 Sept 1825

Hamilton

Horton

Regarding the balance of Crown rents, which is in his hands.

60-60v

24 Sept 1825

Hamilton

Horton

Defending his right to his salary. Summarizes increased expenses of governors since they became year-round residents of Nfld during Pickmoreís term

62-62v

10 Nov 1825

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A memo on Hamiltonís "much discussed" salary. Two pages; memo appears to continue on to at least a third and now missing page

63-63v

29 Oct 1825

Hamilton

Horton

On the coming of Mr. Bland, the former High Sheriff, with the Rents.

65

16 Nov 1825

Hamilton

Horton

Asking him to thank Bathurst for his consideration of his claims, and further saying that the balance of the Rent account in his hands shall be paid immediately to the Agent of Newfoundland.

67

7 Dec 1825

Hamilton

Horton

Forwarding his request and the answer from the Agent concerning the funds to be paid to him.

69-69v

6 Dec 1825

Robert Gwill

Hamilton

Further Correspondence: Replying to his claim to a portion of the salary that had been paid to Cochrane, that he had not yet received instructions yet from Horton, and could not thus comply.

Sir Thomas Cochrane

73-74

19 Jan 1825

Cochrane

Horton

A considerably damaged letter, whose remainder seems to address the issue of Hamiltonís salary.

75

10 Feb 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Transmitting a letter "from the Bishop of Nova Scotia relative to the Church Establishment upon the Island of Newfoundland"

77-78v

8 Feb 1825

John Inglis

Cochrane

the aforementioned letter. Nfld is part of Inglisí charge; he understands that the Church Establishment in Nfld is "insufficient at present" and so Inglis offers advice and suggestions on how best to strengthen the Church of England establishment in Nfld. Inglis would like to visit Nfld in hopes that this will strengthen the position of the Church there, but his income is limited and he hopes Cochrane can help

79-80

13 Feb 1825

Cochrane

Horton

Letter is quite faint. Cochrane appears to be upset that the number and/or kind of warships needed in Nfld will not be assigned, and that his ability to do his job will presumably suffer as a result. Possibly this in response to the aforementioned letter regarding the schooner (see above, p. 21)

81

22 March 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Submitting a few points about Nfld on which he would like Bathurstís commands before he goes.

83-85

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Cochrane

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Further Correspondence: the questions posed by Cochrane, with brief answers alongside. Many deal with legal and administrative points

87

8 April 1825

Cochrane

Horton

Acknowledging Bathurstís commands regarding certain additions to the house of the Sheriff.

89-90v

8 April 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

A request for, and list of, replacements for old furniture in the Government house. Hamilton has assured Cochrane that these items are really necessary "to complete the deficiencies and replace the furniture that is worn out and decayed in the Government house at Newfoundland" (stove, chairs, bedding, etc)

92

11 April 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Asking what salary should be given to the judge which the judicature Bill empowers him to appoint.

94

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A memo to draft a letter concerning the salary of the proposed judge. Part of the letter is bound into the margin of the volume; it looks as though the intention was to pay the judge on par with others, but a final decision must await Lord Bathurst.

95

23 April 1825

Cochrane

Horton

On the purchase of a vessel for Newfoundland, and the expenditures calculated thereto. Notices to go into newspapers for tenders to supply a vessel . Various options appear to be considered (purchase, hire); possibly in Nova Scotia? Possibly Isle of Wight?

99

25 April 1825

Cochrane

Horton

Has received the enclosed from Mr. Cunard

101

(recíd 26 April 1825)

J. Cunard

Cochrane

the aforementioned enclosure; wishes to withdraw his initial tender and replace it with another to fit out a vessel

103

23 April 1823 [sic?]

J. Cunard

Cochrane

An offer to supply a brig for service in Nfld (about 150 tons, crew of twenty officers and men, fully fit out, for £2,300))

105-105v

6 May 1825

Cochrane

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Will a decision soon be made concerning the proposed vessel. The person who made the offer intends soon to return to Halifax

107

2 June 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Asking for an interview with Lord Bathurst.

109

9 June 1825

Cochrane

Horton

Inclosing a letter from his secretary, Mr. Brenton; one of Brentonís clerks is "similarly situated".

111

9 June 1825

Cochrane

Horton

Requesting a full length picture of the King as is usually given to Governors on their first attending to their Government.

113-114

9 June 1825

Cochrane

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Adding his voice to that of his friend, Sir John Beresford, on some issue. The actual issue is not identified

115-116v

21 July 1825

Cochrane

Horton

Having no further business for the time being, he intends to go to [Dieppe?], notifying them in case he needs to be contacted, and telling them to do so when the time for his departure is known.

117-118

(recíd 22 July 1825)

Cochrane

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Another letter explaining is decision to depart briefly

119-120v

26 July 1825

Cochrane

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Enclosing a rough estimate that accompanied the plan of the house for Newfoundland, and discussing that plan "for enlarging the present miserable wooden Building" as well as another to replace it with an entirely new wooden building. Defends the need for a larger building in a climate where so much time is spent indoors. Should consider a stone building. Points out that the Nfld merchants mention that they can insure the wooden buildings in St. Johnís but at very high premiums.

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A memo; Cochrane took some plans in order to make an estimate. Should a copy of the estimate without the plans be passed on to Treasury?

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"Estimate of Sir. T. Cokraneís [sic] House" Search of the records finds no precedent for this case. Reference to Cochraneís having taken away the existing plans

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A note questioning why Cochrane should want a better house than his predecessor.

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a memo inserted between p. 126 and 126v: "this business respecting Sir T. Cochraneís house must go forward ... Lord B[athurst] would wish to [?] a house suited to its purpose"

126v

14 Jan 18??

John Baxter(Admiralty House, Devonport)

Sir Thomas Cochrane

An estimate, amounting to £8449

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An estimate labelled "Carpenterís Work", amounting to £3219"1"6

128-128v

26 July 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Asking that the colonial vessel attached to Nfld be empowered carry a pendant and thereby not be required to pay dues on entering an English ports it may enter; also requests that the commander of the vessel be empowered by Customs to make seizures and also to be able to delegate that authority to others.

130-131

29 July 1825

Cochrane

Horton

Indicating his arrangements and preparations for departing for Nfld from Plymouth. Concerned that he has not yet received any formal authorization to assume his duties in Nfld

132-133

29 July 1825

Cochrane

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On his taking up his office, and the delays and impediments thereto. The delays to his departure cause unnecessary inconvenience and expense to the ships and troops intended to sail on the vessel that will transport him to Nfld

134-135v

4 Aug 1825

Cochrane (HMS Romney, Yarmouth [?])

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A gale has forced them to take shelter, delaying their departure further. He takes the opportunity to write asking him to recommend his plans for building his house, and to start quarrying the stones and preparing the woodwork for it. Further justifying the amenities of the proposed house on the grounds that the climate requires spending much time indoors (reference to a billiard room)

136-136v

6 Aug 1825

Cochrane (HMS Romney)

Bathurst

Finding in Hamiltonís letter book a dispatch to Bathurst concerning the sentencing of a murderer and a robber, and finding no answer, he draws Bathurstís attention to it.

138

13 Aug 1825(recíd 15 Aug 1825)

Cochrane (Devonport)

Bathurst

Acknowledges receipt of Bathurstís letter of 30 July, respecting the pension granted to Mrs. Ann Westcote. Will remit the amount from Crown revenues in Nfld

140

17 Aug 1825(recíd 19 Aug 1825)

Cochrane (Devonport)

Horton

Acknowledging receipt of the blank blue books transmitted to him for making up various returns for the year 1823.

141-142

30 Aug 1825

Cochrane (Romney, "Cove")

Horton

(faint) Planning to sail tomorrow, with all the troops on board, wind permitting, and this last letter carried by the morning post. Questions regarding the house.

143

31 Aug 1825

Cochrane (HMS Romney; Cove of Cork)

Bathurst

Asking whether the council that has been appointed to assist him is to wear the uniform recently appointed for colonial officers, as the existing regulations currently restrict its use to the Chief Justice.

145

11 Sept 1825

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(Downing Street)

Cochrane

Replying that the uniform is not to be worn by the Newfoundland Council.

147

31 Aug 1825

Cochrane (HMS Romney; Cork)

Bathurst

Acknowledges receipt of Bathurstís of 5 April, appointing Mr. Hyde Williams [Villiers?] to the office of Agent for Newfoundland with a salary of £300 to be paid out of the colonyís revenues.

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31 Aug 1825

Cochrane (HMS Romney; Cove of Cork)

Horton

Has received Hortonís of 27 August, together with Bathurstís dispatch and his commission as Governor and Vice-Admiral, and instructions under the Royal Sign Manual, and three printed Acts of Parliament. Indicates that he has requested that Messrs Maude (Westminster) make payment to Mr. Adam Gordon of £557. 3/-

151

31 Aug 1825

Cochrane (HMS Romney; Cove of Cork)

Bathurst

reiterating what he wrote to Horton in previous letter; adds that the Romney shall sail on the "forenoon" should there be enough wind.

153-154v

11 Oct 1825(recíd 1 Nov 1825)

Cochrane (Fort Townshend, St. Johnís)

Bathurst

Arrived here on 7 October; landed and sworn in the day after. His council was formed of R. A. Tucker, Judges DesBarres and Malloy, & Lt Col Burke, the C.O. of military forces in Newfoundland. A problem arose when swearing the members of council in, because Burke is Catholic, so they were dispensed with (cites precedents in Lower Canada). Asking for instruction on Burkeís right to vote on the Council. The majority of Nflders being Catholic, he thinks it best to keep Burke on, especially since he expects to find him useful for advice.

155-157

26 Nov 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Sending an account current for the year ending 20 Oct for rents of lands leased or granted, with receipts etc., and discussing other minor financial matters. Has drawn bills on Sir Charles Hamilton because he still has money from rents from last year in his hands (including a bill in favour of the Nfld School Society as per Bathurstís authorization). Notes that the Crown rents as indicated by Sir Charles Hamilton in his return of 10 May 1824 (almost £1,250) "would fall far short of the sum requisite to meet the yearly charge upon this fund". The actual expenditures exceed revenue by £1,200 even without several "contingent expenses" such as medical expenses for the hospital. Offers advice. Hopes soon to propose a plan to reduce expense of the hospital

160-162

October 1825

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the aforementioned account of rents received "for lands leased and granted".

163-165

26 Nov 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Hamilton informs him that Bathurst thinks it best to keep his and Cochraneís accounts distinct, and so Cochrane transmits the documents necessary for that purpose, including those of the former Sheriff, who will soon head off to a post in Portugal. Some discussion of the Sheriffís accounts

167

29 Nov 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Transmitting a report by the C.O. of the Royal Engineers of the status of the fortifications.

169-173

7 Nov 1825

Lt.Col. G.G. Simms (?)

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The report on the state of the fortifications, magazines and storehouses at St. Johnís

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7 Dec 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Complaining about a great many expectations on him, and less power to fulfill them, on becoming Governor of Nfld. "A general impression appeared to prevail that I had brought with me power for the amelioration of the state of the Colony..." Romney had scarcely anchored than representations of great distress "assailed" him. Requests for relief, threats of famine in Bonavista and Fogo, destitution, etc. etc. Defers a detailed opinion on the causes of this state of affairs, but does mention the very bad catch of fish on the northeast coast this year, and very low prices on the market for fish, and "unprecedented" high for provisions. Goes on at length on "pernicious" consequences of extending relief rather than forcing people to support themselves. Make-work projects on roads, bridges, "and removing the filth and nuisances from this hitherto most Filthy Town" etc. Cochrane seems pleased by the progress made in cleaning the town up. Laissez-Faire thinking makes him wary, but he was persuaded of the accuracy of the claims, and "yielded to the entreaties", etc.; steps he has taken, etc. He encloses a number of letters sent to him on the matter to make his point.

182-185

23 Sept 1825

Archdeacon George Coster(Bonavista)

R.A. Tucker

Detailed account of the poor conditions in Bonavista. Planters are getting rid of employees; widespread destitution of the people (worse than previous year), its effects, and things needed to ameliorate it. Time approaches to settle debts and accounts; he anticipates fraud by the poor, oppression by the well-off. Local magistrate lacks "sense, justice, or mercy". Need for an independent magistrate (such as himself)

186-187

11 Oct 1825

C.B. Brenton (Secretary to the Governor)

Archdeacon Coster(Bonavista)

Response to Costerís letter to Tucker; apprehension over the distress of the people at the coming winter, and their inability to provide for its endurance. Governor approves of Costerís concern; encourages him to assist in dispensing relief. Requests update on conditions; will there be enough provisions in Bonavista for the winter (if not, Governor might send relief shipment)

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15 Oct 1825

Archdeacon Coster

C.B. Brenton

(Extract) describing the nature of the distress expected in Bonavista over the winter. Total lack of supplies. No boats arrive with provisions, only in ballast. With adequate supplies, people could head into the woods and cut woods to pay for provisions. No one here will take a chance and speculate that this will work. Perhaps some government work in exchange for wood? Suggests other public works -- Bonavista lacks a court house, a gaol, a school (better to earn relief than to receive hand-outs)

192-195v

18 Oct 1825

George Coster

C.B. Brenton

More of the same, having had time to think and confer with his neighbours on the likely extent of the distress, containing also a list of articles and their expenses for "a moderate winter stock for an average family."

196-197

19 Oct 1825

George Coster

C.B. Brenton

Extract of a letter, describing "the best mode of relieving" the distress.

198-202

25 Oct 1825

C.B. Brenton

Coster

A response to Costerís suggestions. Coster failed to be specific about the actual quantity of provisions needed in Bonavista to ease distress or the number of people needing assistance. Governor therefore sends only the quantities of provisions identified in the margin. More will be sent if Coster can provide precise details before winter sets in. No pork has been sent because Governor "does not conceive that to be an essential requisite of life"; to send it would be to encourage expectations in subsequent winters. Potatoes sent in kind rather than money (which would favour the better off); he assumes there is enough fish available to feed people. Approves of the idea of make-work project but Governor "conceives... that this method of affording relief must have its limit"; such work is merely a "palliative"; supplies sent are intended simply to "lower the market" and make provisions cheaper. Instructions to "fix a cash & credit price"; take care not to provide people with more than they need or they will sell it to their "more necessitous brethren". Governor believes that destitution is caused not by "unavoidable Circumstances" but "by great improvidence on the part of the fishermen, or an injurious encouragement of extravagance on the part of the Merchants & Planters". Requests detailed analysis of the causes of the "present distress"

204-207v

31 Oct 1825

Coster

Brenton

extract of a reply thanking the Governor on behalf of the people of Bonavista. He is unable to calculate the number of people probably needing relief "without exciting expectations in the people". Wonít have details until accounts are settled, which always occurs late in the season. Reaffirms seriousness of impending destitution. Concedes the Governorís point on pork, though he points out that what he had recommended was appropriate for a "Labouring Man having hard work to do & his family". Dry summer has reduced local crop yields. Quantity of fish available "will not be adequate to the most moderate winters consumption." Why fixed cash prices wonít work; why credit "must be given to every one"

208-214

3 Nov 1825

Coster

Brenton

Here he identifies the causes of the distress of the people of Bonavista: poor fishery (very poor compared to many previous years), and its consequences; poor seal fishery (details); the break-up of a major mercantile firm, "the only one in the place of the kind"; failure of several smaller firms; the poor harbour discourages anyone from filling the commercial vacuum. Only an improved market and cheaper provisions will turn things around. How people are trying to cope. The relief requested is indeed necessary. How Coster proposes to distribute relief; what has been sent is insufficient and so more is needed

216-216v

9 Nov 1825

Brenton

Coster

Replying with the Governorís instructions, and description of the quantity and nature of supplies to be sent, and how they will be sent.

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7 Nov 1825

Brenton

The Inhabitants of Tilton Harbour

A letter from the Governor responding to a memorial for aid to the distress of the people of Tilton Harbour, declining (for several reasons) to comply with sending aid. Blames "great improvidence on the part of some, as well as want of honesty and integrity on the part of others in fulfilling the engagements they had entered into with the Merchants who had been in the habit of supplying them on the faith of the produce of their fishery". Does not accept completely the complaints against them from the firm of Slade & Cox and from Messrs Robert & John Slade but nevertheless seems sympathetic to their decision to withhold supplies. Believes inhabitants have enough potatoes and fish to tide them through the winter and that this "is fully equal in quality to what the greater part of the poor in England, and better than persons of the same class in Ireland, have to exist on." He allows that anyone in genuine distress may employ themselves as woodcutters for the Government, to be supplied through the winter.

221-222

17 Oct 1825

Brenton

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Proclamation to establish a Government make-work program for those unable to find employment, in place of aid over the winter, for 50 individuals; terms and conditions; 4-person committee set up to administer the program (Lt.Col. Lewis, T.H. Brooking, William Thomas, James Clift; later joined by Patrick Morris, John B. Bland, William Vallance, C.F. Bennett).

223-223v

5 Dec 1825

T.H. Brooking, J.B. Bland, P. Morris

Cochrane

there are a lot more then 50 people applying and judged fit for the aforementioned program, and asking leave to continue taking them in, above the 50 person limit.

225-225v

28 Dec 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Transmitting the general Return of the Fisheriess, Inhabitants, Imports and Exports for the year ending 30 June 1825; no one available at Trepassey to provide estimates, so the numbers used are based on past years

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Cochrane

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State of the Fishery for the year ending June 1825

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Cochrane

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"Additional Information" about Nfld (numbers of ministers, churches, denominations, schools, wages paid to fishermen, how paid, prices of provisions, how paid, all district by district)

228

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Cochrane

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Account of the Seal fishery, 1 July 1824 to 30 June 1825

229

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Cochrane

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Account of the Salmon and Herring fishery, 1 July 1824 to 30 June 1825

230

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Cochrane

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Account of imports into Nfld for year ending 30 June 1825

230v

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Cochrane

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Account of exports from Nfld for year ending 30 June 1825

231-231v

28 Dec 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Forwarding a copy of the Attorney Generalís report in response to Bathurstís request of 26 April 1825, relating to a situation described by Thomas Latriffe in a letter to Bathurst

233-238

21 Dec 1825

James Simms

C. B. Brenton

the aforementioned report. Delayed by need to await arrival of John Murray. Rejects Latriffeís version. Something to do with an alleged will by Daniel Scanlon who died about 22 years ago, leaving a widow and two sons. Brief summary of the careers of the two sons. Focus is on Daniel Jr., who became master of a coasting schooner and main support of his mother. The merchants in St. Johnís and Ireland with whom he dealt. Scanlon and his schooner disappeared on a coasting voyage to Fortune Bay in 1809. Mother continued to live in Scanlonís property, drawing on her sonís accounts with the local merchants. Dispute is over debts left when the mother passed away

239-239v

28 Dec 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Acknowledging the order that the British metallic currency is to be the circulating medium in all the Colonial Possessions of the Crown.

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Printed copy of the proclamation of the aforementioned command by the Governor to the Island.

242-247

28 Dec 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Transmitting information regarding the enquiries contained in an earlier dispatch from Horton, with the enquiries on the left of the page, and the information on the right. The inquiries concern past and recent practice regarding grants of land, crown rents or quit rents generated by such lands, settlement duties paid by grantees, quality of the land granted, estimated value per acre of the land granted, maximum and minimum size of land grants

248-248v

28 Dec 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Acknowledging receipt of Bathurstís of 24 Nov 1824 with new protocols and instructions for the officer administering the colony and the officer commanding the military

250-250v

28 Dec 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Acknowledging receipt of the instructions regarding the division of the business of the Colonies between the Undersecretaries of State; acknowledges receipt of copies of the several new pieces of legislation relating to Nfld and the fisheries

252-256v

29 Dec 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Forwarding a list of persons to be considered for appointment to the Council; includes their names and the positions they hold in Nfld. Discussion of the rationale behind their selection

258-261

29 Dec 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Acknowledging receipt of a Royal Charter of Justice under the Great Seal for establishing a Supreme Court of Justice in Newfoundland. Comments on the Chief Justiceís opinions regarding its implementation (see next). The need for adequate water transportation for the justices, their being few or no roads. Implications for number of warships on station in Nfld; need for Admiralty to be given appropriate instruction

262-265v

26 Nov 1825

Tucker

Cochrane

Regarding the Royal Charter of Justice, with suggestions for its implementation. Organization of the judicial districts; changes to the duties of the magistrates; a period of transition is needed; scheduling of sessions

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Printed copy of a proclamation by the Governor of the Royal Charter of Justice

268-269

29 Dec 1825

Tucker

Cochrane

Suggesting that a judge been sent to Labrador at the commencement of the Fishing season, giving reasons why.

270-271v

19 Dec 1825

Cochrane

Bathurst

Regarding the salary of the Ecclesiastical Commissary, and how it is to be accounted; salaries of surrogates during remaining period of their tenure. Arrival of Mr. Basteed, who is to be the new Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court.

273-276v

28 Oct 1825

C.B. Brenton

Robert Gwilt
(Agent for Nfld)

Explaining the Life certificates signed by the Governor to enable the different officers of Government to receive their salaries.

Index to Sir C Hamilton & Sir Thomas Cochraneís Correspondence 1825

279-280v

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Index to Hamiltonís Correspondence

281-286v

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Index to Cochraneís Correspondence

End of Volume 70