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Newfoundland 1828 Volume 2: Public Offices and Miscellaneous

House of Commons

4-4v

29 Feb 1828

J.H. Ley, Clerk, H. of Commons

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Resolutions of the House of Commons concerning accounts to be made of the finances of Newfoundland for the years 1823 to 1827.

6-9v

12 June 1828

R.W. Hay

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A printed account of the expenses of the civil establishment and courts of Nfld & Lab, and an account of the net revenue of Nfld & Lab, and an account of the expenses incurred, and estimates for erecting and completing Public Buildings, exclusive of Military Works, in Nfld. (For 1823-1827, inclusive). [Contents follow]

6v

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"Civil Expenditure of the Island of Newfoundland for the Year 1823"

6v

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ditto 1824

7

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ditto 1825

7

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ditto 1826

7v

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ditto 1827

8

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"Statement of the Gross Revenue of the Colony of Newfoundland, from Oct 1822 to Oct 1827."

8v

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"An account of the Expenses incurred and the Estimates for Erecting and Completing the Public Buildings (exclusive of Military Works) in the Island of Newfoundland, from the Year 1823 to 1827, both inclusive."

10-10v

6 June 1828

Ley

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A resolution of the House of Commons concerning a return of all civil and criminal cases tried in the Circuit and Supreme Courts in Newfoundland and the Labrador coast

Admiralty

13-13v

23 Feb 1828

Barrow

Hay

Replying to the wish of the Colonial Secretary that Dr. Morris, a naval surgeon, be granted leave to return to Newfoundland; the request is declined

15-15v

19 April 1828

Barrow

Hay

Cochrane has requested two copies of any charts made of Newfoundland under the authority of the Admiralty; only one copy will be provided

Agent

18-18v

29 May 1828

Gwilt

R.W. Hay

Requesting directions regarding bills drawn on him by Tucker, as President administering the Island in the absence of Gov. Cochrane.

20-20v

9 June 1828

Gwilt

Hay

Requesting the necessary information concerning the commissions of several clerks, which appointments have been requested by the commissioners for auditing the Public accounts.

22-23v

20 Nov 1828

Gwilt

Hay

Seeks advice about what to do with a surplus remaining in his hands of the Grant from Parliament for the salaries of officials in consequence of vacancies that have opened within the Civil Establishment.

Colonial Agent

25-25v

8 Aug 1828

Mr. de Villiers

Hay

Concerning arrangements for shipping government stationery to Nfld

27-27v

30 Dec 1828

de Villiers

Hay

Regarding his income (only £300, no allowances), and the public money in his hands (there is none – the colony’s expenses have either been advanced from his private funds, or are now outstanding debts against the colony in his name).

Commander in Chief

30-31

5 March 1828

[name illegible](Horse Guards Palace)

Hay

Advice on civil-military authority of the Governor; Gen. Hill advises that the governor should give orders to the C-in-C of military forces, who will then give orders to specific officers in his command

Board of Trade

33

4 Aug 1828

Thomas Laek [?]

Hay

Forwarding a letter from Mr. Mortimer, a merchant of Liverpool, asking whether there will be a duty imposed on all goods arriving at Nfld after 1 July

35

26 June 1828

William M. Mortimer

President of the Board of Trade

the letter expressing concern about the possibility of a new duty on all goods arriving in Nfld after 1 July.

Foreign Department

38

9 Jan 1828

Backhouse

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"Legal opinion on practice resorted to by the American Fishermen of drying fish on the Magdalen Islands. vide Lower Canada."

Home Department

40

5 Aug 1828

William Peel

Horace Troiss

Transmitting a letter to Sir George Murray from a Mr. John Niven, claiming that "Gold ore is to be found in the Island of Newfoundland."

42

1 Aug 1828

John Niven

"Sec. of State"

Niven plus two others (Han’l Much & William Jenkins) claim to have found what they believe to have been gold ore while on an excursion in Nfld; close to a harbour where a ship could receive the gold. Details of testing the sample ore

Treasury

45

9 Feb 1828

W. Hile

[Hay]

Having received an estimate for the construction of a new Gaol at Nfld, at upwards of £25000, they cannot sanction the said building.

47-48v

15 March 1828

George N. Dawson

Hay

Asking the Governor to make explanation for his apparent deception of the Board regarding the expenses likely to be incurred in the building of a new Government House, which was originally estimated at £8778..18..1, but whose costs of since risen to a £19470..18..42. Consent will be withheld to continue with the work until answers are provided

49-49v

27 Feb 1828

R. Byham

Hile

Supporting documentation on the cost over-run in constructing the new Gov’t House

51-52v

23 Feb 1828

G. Mann

R. Byham

More documentation regarding the high costs of Gov’t House

54-54v

4 Dec 1827

Lt. Col. Vigoureux, Commanding Royal Engineers

General Mann

Some of the explanation for the unexpected additional costs

56-56v

Jan 4 1826

Lt. Col. Lewis, Commanding Royal Engineers

Sir Thomas Cochrane

His letter conveying the updated estimates of building the new Gov’t House

58-59

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Henry Vigoureux

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an itemized account of articles and stores demanded for the completion of Government House.

60-60v

14 Feb 1828

G.G. Lewis

Colonel Ellcombe

ditto; indicates that labour costs of imported artificers and local people was also higher than expected

62-62v

25 March 1828

George N. Dawson

Hay

Regarding the estimate for works and repairs necessary at the Court House, Sheriff’s Quarter, and Gaol. Treasury is anxious to clear up the discrepancies

64-65

25 April 1828

George N. Dawson

Hay

Regarding a small ad valorem duty to be imposed on all goods entering Nfld, to support the civil establishment; Lords of the Treasury agree with the measure and will order Customs to prepare a Bill

66-66v

25 April 1828

George N. Dawson

Hay

Regarding Cochrane’s request to perform various repairs on public buildings in St. John’s, which the Commissioners have authorized in the minimum amount, and order him to make a report at the end of the year.

68

12 May 1828

George N. Dawson

Hay

In reply to Cochrane’s suggestion that a Savings Bank be established in Nfld, the Treasury disagrees and does not think it expedient to establish such a bank

70-70v

19 June 1828

George N. Dawson

Hay

Regarding a demand for fixtures for the Governor’s House at Nfld.; Treasury wants more information

72

25 April 1828

R. Byham

Hill

Transmitting the letter regarding the demand for fixtures

73-74

21 April 1828

R. Porrett

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The Chief Clerk under the Principal Storekeeper’s office, concerning fixtures for the new Gov’t House; the rationale for the expense

76

30 May 1828

Byham

Hill

Desires support for the request

77-78

21 April 1828

Porrett

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an extract of a list of objects required.

80

5 July 1828

George N. Dawson

Hay

Conveys the approval of the Treasury for repairs to the roof of the old Government house conformable with the estimate transmitted.

82-82v

5 July 1828

George N. Dawson

Hay

Cochrane is to produce a new estimate, omitting all unnecessary expenses, and substituting cheaper materials where possible, stating that is shall be "clearly understood that no further sums should be expended than those which have been already sanctioned".

84

22 July 1828

J. Stewart

Hay

Transmitting Treasury’s approval of continuation of work on the new Government House, to save what has already been expended, but to suspend the Stables, Outbuildings, and Iron Treasury.

86

30 Aug 1828

Stewart

Hay

Treasury does not feel justified in granting Mrs. Green, widow of the late Fort Major of the Island, her request for an extra pension.

88

19 Sept 1828

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A note, regarding a memorial respecting the order of the Board of Customs requiring payment of duties be made in British Money or Dollars at 4/4 each. Vide Nova Scotia Miscellaneous 1828.

89

28 Nov 1828

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A note regarding furniture for the New Govt House. Vide General Miscellaneous 1828.

90-90v

16 Dec 1828

Stewart

Hay

Regarding Tucker’s requests for salary adjustments for his service in Cochrane’s absence; Tucker has a strong case.

War Office

93

19 Feb 1828

L. Sulivan

Hay

Brenton has requested Half Pay plus his income as Acting Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of Nfld.; more information is requested

Colonial Audit Office

96

22 Feb 1828

G.W. Brande

Hay

Asking that Cochrane return an account sent to him by Bathurst, as well as any receipts and other explanatory information alongside.

98

26 March 1828

Brande

Hay

Sending the account requested of Nfld’s revenues for 1823 to 1827 inclusive, which has heretofore been delayed due to the account of the Crown Rents, which has only recently become available, for 1827.

100

21 April 1828

Brande

Hay

Requesting that Huskisson send any directions he may have given the Govt of Nfld, in order to guide their audit of the latter.

102

25 April 1828

Brande

Hay

Sending, as requested, a copy of a statement of salaries for which credit is taken in accounts of the application of the crown rents in the colony.

104

25 April 1828

G. Panario

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the itemized statement of payment for salaries (judicial, civil, ecclesiastical)

105

17 July 1828

Panario

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A statement of pensions being paid out of the Revenue of Nfld.

106

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Panario

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Abstracts from the accounts of the Government of Nfld of the revenue and expenditure of the colony from 21 Oct 1825 to 20 Oct 1827.

Miscellaneous Offices

108-109

13 March 1828

G.R. Robinson, Sam Codner, Percival White

Huskisson

Regarding the efforts of the Nfld School Society; requesting financial support for said efforts, invoking past benevolences of the Government in making their claim.

110

26 July 1823

Horton

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Copy of a letter confirming the support of previous administrations for the Newfoundland School Society

111

30 June 1824

Horton

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Copy of another letter, much the same

112

17 March 1828

Mr. Willoughby

Hay

Asking that he lay before Huskisson a letter from the Honorary secretaries of the Nfld School Society

114

13 May 1828

Whitmore

Hay

conveying an account of the Customs Establishment

116

13 May 1828

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"An account of the Establishment of the Officers of Customs at Newfoundland" (what port, rank of officer, salary now, proposed salary)

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119

11 June 1827

William Bell

Sec. of State George Murray

Asking whether J.W. Molloy was ever a Judge for the Crown, and whether he now lives within the Britain or its Empire.

121-122

1 Sept 1828

G.W. Busteed

[J. Stephen Jr.]

With the death of his wife, and his failing health, and having to care for eight young children, he asked (and received) of Mr. Tucker of leave of absence to return to Ireland to place his children in the care of relatives. However, a question has arisen over the wording of his commission whether he is permitted to leave the Island.

123

14 Oct 1828

J. Stephen Jr.

Hay

Stephen asks Hay to take a look at Busteed’s request, as he really does not know him, though "his Case seems a very melancholy one, and I have no doubt you will be glad to give him a lift"

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126

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Sir J Coffin

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"Letters respecting protection to his interests in the Magdalen Islands. vide Lower Canada C".

127-127v

12 March 1828

I. F. Church

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In an action at law which is to be tried at the Assizes in Exeter on 18 March, he needs proof of Brenton’s having been appointed a judge in Nfld.; they cannot find the appointment gazetted in the London Gazette

Mr. R. Carter
[The dispute between Robert Carter and Henry Holdsworth goes back at least to 1822; documentation can be found in CO 194 vols. 65, 66, 68, 70, 72 and 73]

130-131

9 April 1828

Robert Carter

Huskisson

A memorial following his removal from office, due to his appointment not having been sanctioned by Bathurst. Defending himself against charges which lead to his dismissal. [ten enclosures follow]

132-135v

22 Feb 1822

Holdsworth

Bathurst

A memorial from Holdsworth enclosed with the above, accusing Carter of injustice and oppression.

138-139

10 Aug 1822

Hamilton

Bathurst

transmitting and discussing Carter’s reply to Holdsworth’s memorial.

140-144

3 Jan 1826

J. William Molloy

Cochrane

regarding the charges brought against surrogate Robert Carter, rendering his verdict against Carter in the negative.

146-157

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Carter

The Governor

Responding to Molloy’s report of his case.

159

12 Oct 1821

Carter

Hamilton

Hamilton’s comment upon the behaviour of Mr. Miller (who it is alleged Carter persecuted) which appears to sanction Carter’s manner in proceeding with him.

161-162

21 Nov 1825

Carter

Andrew Moreson, JP; John Broom, JP.

Affidavit of Carter, sworn before the latter JPs.

163-163v

12 Sept 1820

Bathurst

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letter from Lord Bathurst as to the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Nfld.

165-166

18 Dec 1822

(29 Dec 1822)

Elias Randell

Nicholas Brooking

Affidavit of Elias Randell, sworn before Brooking. Also, an attached account of legal fees.

167-167v

2 Jan 1827

C. Ayre

Judge DesBarres

transmitting the minutes and report of Molloy’s examination into the conduct of Carter.

167v-168

2 Feb 1827

Des Barres, Paterson

Clarke

Giving their opinion on the above.

168-168v

3 Feb 1827

Clarke

Judges
Des Barres & Paterson

Requesting further information on a number of specific points.

169

3 Feb 1827

Des Barres and Paterson

Clarke

Saying that they do not feel that the particular circumstances to which he alludes has been conclusively proved.

169-169v

13 Feb 1827

Clarke

Des Barres & Paterson

asking for clarification: do they mean that the allegations of Carter, or the charges against him, are not conclusively proved?

169v

21 Feb 1827

Des Barres and Paterson

Clarke

in conformity with the above, they insist that what they meant was that the papers purporting to be examinations of witnesses produced at the investigation appear to contain so many conflicting opinions that they are unable to discover the proof which they consider might be required to substantiated the complaints against Carter.

171

6 June 1826

Bathurst

Cochrane

Insists that since Carter’s name was stricken from the Commissions of the Peace, he is unable to sanction his appointment by High Sheriff Buchan as Deputy Sheriff of Ferryland.

172-172v

12 Aug 1826

Buchan

Brenton

lamenting the loss of a fine deputy sheriff.

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176-176v

11 May 1828

Danly

Huskisson

Wants him to consider a case "of considerable hardship".

Mr. Dawe

179-180

7 Jan 1828

Dawe

Horton

Regarding the promise that had been broken to appoint him Solicitor General of Nfld, and of the position of great hardship which he has thereby been put into. Asking for justice.

181-181v

7 Jan 1828

Dawe

Horton

Hoping that his previous offer to send him to New South Wales (which he had turned down at the time in favour of a position in Nfld) might serve as a sign of his claim to remuneration for his services at the time, and now asking that the consideration owed him and never fulfilled either through Nfld or NSW, might be given him in the form of a gratuity. Asks Horton to pass a memorial to Huskisson in which he states his case

183-183v

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Dawe

Huskisson

The memorial that he had requested Horton to represent to Huskisson.

184

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Grand Jury for the Northern District of Newfoundland

Judge Molloy

an extract from the address of the Grand Jury to Molloy, at the first sitting of the circuit court of that district, enclosed with the above memorial as a demonstration of the esteem in which he is held by law-makers of the Island.

185

28 June 1827

Tucker

Dawe

Copy of the original; confirms Tucker’s "entire satisfaction" with his conduct in performing his duties.

186

30 June 1827

Des Barres

Dawe

a third enclosure to the memorial, in which a Judge of the Supreme Court offers his favourable opinion of Dawe

188-189

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A note which maintains that Dawe’s memorial is "incorrect in many particulars"; details

190-191

19 June 1828

Horton

Dawe

Saying that he will gladly wait on Mr. Murray with whatever information he would need in considering Dawe’s request for compensation.

192-193v

4 July 1828

Horton

Hay

Discussing Dawe’s complaint regarding the broken promise of appointment as Nfld’s Solicitor General.

194-194v

16 June 1828

Dawe

Horton

Having despaired of ever receiving his appointment, he asks for at least some form of compensation, as he has neither the means of going to Newfoundland, nor the means to bring his wife home from there.

196

16 June 1828

Dawe

Horton

Claims to have identified "a valuable branch of commerce" in Western Ireland that "would give employment to many thousands of that unfortunate people". No details to indicate what that "branch" might be

198-199

18 June 1828

Dawe

Horton

Stressing that he in no way intended of complaining of his conduct towards him, instead thanking him for his kindness and honourable conduct.

200

24 June 1828

Dawe

Hay

Not having heard any reply to his Memorial, he asks that Hay recommend it to Murray’s notice.

202

25 July 1828

Dawe

Murray

The abovementioned memorial, asking that he be granted sufficient remuneration out of the funds of Newfoundland to defray the expenses of himself and his family establishing themselves in New South Wales.

204

25 July 1828

Dawe

Horton

asking for aid in convincing Sir George to grant him and his family a passage to New South Wales.

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207

17 March 1828

Mrs Friedrich(Buckingham Street, Strand)

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Mrs. Friedrich asks whether Mr. Dawe is "Attorney General for Newfoundland" and, if so, whether he has been paid [sounds as though Mrs F is owed money by Dawe]

209

29 Nov 1828

Lord Famham

Murray

Asking that a letter that he received from Mr. Busteed be passed on.

211-212

2 Sept 1828

Busteed

Lord Farnham

the aforementioned letter, regarding his "severe domestic affliction", and requesting that he be permitted to return to England to see to it, and appoint a deputy in his absence (and not lose his office in the process). Saying that the Earl of Rode will join with him in any exertion he would be willing to make to George Murray on his behalf.

214

14 July

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"Mrs Green ... Claims to an extra allowance"

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216-217v

28 May 1828

Hamilton

Hay

Expresses surprise to have received a request to return a salary he earned up to 18 Sept, after Cochrane’s commission had come into affect on 20 Aug (1825). [£333..12..5]. Goes into lengthy details why he is entitled to any extra money

218-218v

2 June 1828

Hamilton

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In reply to "yours" of 28 May, he references Lord Bathurst’s letter of 25 Nov 1825 to confirm his interpretation and entitlement to the extra salary

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221

1 Oct

A. Latham

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A note saying enquiring "if the produce of a french Colony in Africa landed from a British vessel for reshipment . . . be subject to duty" . [vide Lower Canada]

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223

March

William Miller, master, RN, late of HMS Genoa

Hay

Asking whether the Governor’s yacht for Nfld now being refitted at Deptford has been appointed a commander yet.

224-224v

24 March 1828

Patrick Morris
(St. John’s)

Huskisson

Seeks information about the bill that is being considered by Parliament to regulate the movement of passengers to North America

226-229

25 March 1828

Morris

Huskisson

Regarding his request of yesterday for an interview to discuss his opinion on the Passenger regulation Bill being considered. Discussing said bill.

230-230v

11 April 1827

Morris

Hay

Expressing disappointment at being denied an interview, when he greatly wished to discuss suggestions for "ameliorating the condition of the Inhabitants of Newfoundland"

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233-234

9 Sept 1828

John Niven

Secretary of State for the Colonies

Offering to provide some mineral ore from Nfld as a sample, referring to his letter sent to William Peel and the Colonial Dept.

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236

22 March 1828

Mr. Robinson

Lord F. L. Gower

Desires a response to the memorial from the Chamber of Commerce of St. John’s to the Colonial office requesting that warships be stationed in Nfld to protect the fishery.

238-239

21 May 1828

Robinson

Hay

Asking him if he might send returns, and also concerning duties which the Govt is considering imposing.

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241-242

8 July 1828

Joseph Templeman

Bathurst

Asking that he support the enclosed memorial, sent in 1825, for an increased salary, as the current one is inadequate to support his family in so severe a climate and where cost of living is high.

243-243v

15 Feb 1825

Templeman

Bathurst

his original memorial, aforementioned and enclosed. Templeman was Clerk of the Office under Governors Keats, Pickmore & Hamilton, at which point he was nominated Secretary to the Governor. It would seem he did not get this but was re-appointed Clerk, and apparently he’d like the salary increased

Index

247-250v

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Index of Miscellaneous Correspondence for 1828

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