CO 194/92 [Reel B539]

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Newfoundland 1835. Vol. 3 (Public Offices)

Admiralty

4-5

29 Jan 1835

G.R. Dawson

R.W. Hay

Conveys the Admiralty= s desire that authority over the naval premises in Newfoundland should be given over to the Naval Commander-in-Chief. Lays out the conditions under which the Governor may make use of the storehouses.

6-6v

21 Feb 1835

J. Barrow

R.W. Hay

Informs Hay of the receipt and transfer of a number of correspondences regarding the naval premises.

8-9v

11 Jul 1835

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G. Grey

States the Admiralty= s intention of disposing of the naval premises, if necessary, by renting them to the government. Outlines various expenditures related to the premises.

10-10v

12 Jul 1835

Wood

G. Grey

Notes that the admiral of the Halifax station has been tasked with responding to complaints of encroachment by French fishermen from St. Pierre against Fortune Bay.

12-13v

22 Jul 1835

Wood

R.W. Hay

Discusses the fate of the naval stores in Newfoundland and the remuneration of the captain to whom they had been charged.

14-15

20 Jul 1834

Cdr Bartholomew Bonifant (St. John= s, NL)

Robert Dundas, Storekeeper General of the Navy

Attached: Transmits a survey report on the location of the naval stores. Requests remuneration for the duration of his charge of the naval stores.

16-17

23 Jun 1835

Cdr Bartholomew Bonifant (St. John= s, NL)

Robert Dundas

Attached: Acknowledges the Admiralty= s request for a half-yearly report on the contents of the naval stores. Discusses the issue of his remuneration.

18-19

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Attached: The report on the contents of the naval stores.

Commander in Chief

21

9 Jun 1835

??? B could be Ripley Beaucast [or Seward]?(Horse Guards Palace)

R.W. Hay

A very faint document that appears to deal with the state of the Newfoundland garrison.

23-24

3 Jul 1835

??? B could be Ripley Beaucast [or Seward]?(Horse Guards Palace)

G. Grey

Discusses the state of the Newfoundland garrison. Informs Grey that troops have been dispatched to complete the Veteran Companies. Notes Glenelg= s opinion that the garrison should A wear an imposing appearance.@

25-25v

3 Nov 1835

??? B could be Ripley Beaucast [or Seward]?(Horse Guards Palace)

R.W. Hay

Forwards a copy of a letter regarding the arrangements for appointing someone to fill the Governorship in the event of the Governor= s death or incapacitation.

26-27

9 Oct 1835

Lt.Col. William Sall (C.O., St. John= s garrison)

Maj.Gen. Lord F.R. Somerset

States that Haly= s commission to act as temporary Governor has passed to him upon Haly= s death. Requests that Somerset inform the Governor and relevant authorities of the arrangement.

29-29v

21 Nov 1835

??? B could be Ripley Beaucast [or Seward]?

(Horse Guards Palace)

Stephen

Conveys that measures have been taken by the Secretary of War to ensure that the Newfoundland Veteran Companies will be at full strength in future.

Council Office

32

24 Apr 1835

Bathurst

R.W. Hay

Transmits Des Barres= commentary on several of ex-Governor Cochrane= s despatches regarding his complaint case. Requests any further information in support of the Governor= s dispatches.

34-41v

18 Apr 1835

A.W. Des Barres

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Attached: Des Barres= remarks on Cochrane= s correspondence regarding his case.

42

9 Jul 1835

Bathurst

G. Grey

Transmits an amended Council document approving the report of the Council on Des Barres= petition.

Board of Trade

45

18 Feb 1835

T. Lack

R.W. Hay

Informs Hay that the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs has taken up the issue of the high duties on British fish in Spain and Portugal, and that officials at both courts will be directed to make appeals on the subject.

47-47v

11 Mar 1835

T. Lack

R.W. Hay

Claims that the duties being charged to British fish in Oporto, Portugal violate the Treaty of Commerce. Advises that Lord Aberdeen appeal to the Duke of Wellington for the government to take action on the matter.

49-49v

24 Sep 1835

B. Hume

G. Grey

Acknowledges the receipt of a letter regarding the issuance of bills of health to vessels in St. John= s harbour. Notes that the Board approves of the Governor= s actions and that the issue will be brought before the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury.

Foreign Office

52

20 Apr 1835

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A brief note stating that Backhouse has presented papers regarding the French fishery to Hay.

54-54v

5 Jun 1835

Backhouse

R.W. Hay

Forwards copies of the Foreign Office= s correspondence with the Law Officers of the Crown regarding British rights to the French coasts of Newfoundland.

56-56v

19 Jul 1835

Backhouse

Advocate, Attorney, & Solicitor General

Forwards a letter from the Board of Trade regarding British rights to the French coasts. Requests that opinions on the matter be forwarded to Viscount Palmerston.

58-67

12 Jul 1834

T. Lark

Backhouse

Attached: The Board of Trade= s letter outlining the various rights of French and British fishermen in Newfoundland as stated in the Treaties of Utrecht, Versailles, and the Paris treaties of 1783 and 1814.

68-68v

30 May 1835

J. Dodson, J. Campbell, R.M. Rolfe

Viscount Palmerston

Reply of the Advocate, Attorney, and Solicitor General to Backhouse= s letter of 19 Jul 1835. In their opinion, France maintains exclusive fishing rights to the parts of the Newfoundland coast mentioned in the various treaties.

70-70v

8 Jul 1835

Backhouse

G. Grey

Conveys Palmerston= s opinion on the French encroachment into Fortune Bay, stating that the matter should be resolved by the Admiral in command of the nearest naval station, and must be resolved by the British government rather than the French.

72

28 Oct 1835

T. Strangeways

R.W. Hay

Forwards the account of a British representative in Florence of a conversation between Monsignor Capaccini and Bishop Fleming regarding the latter= s interference in Newfoundland= s politics.

74-74v

10 Feb 1835

J. Stephen

Glenelg

A very sloppy note to Glenelg which appears to deal in some way with Prescott= s relationship with Bishop Fleming.

76-76v

11 Feb 1835

T.C.M.

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A brief note stating that the author has inserted a sentence in another letter expressing Glenelg= s request that Bishop Fleming and Rev. Troy be removed from Newfoundland.

77-83

10 Feb 1836

Colonial Office

T. Strangeways

A letter from Glenelg= s office detailing the civic and political disruptions caused by Bishop Fleming and several of his subordinate clergymen and the numerous attempts by Prescott and various Secretaries of State to neutralize his negative influence.

85

15 Oct 1835

E.H. Seymour

Viscount Palmerston

Encloses Aubin= s account of the correspondence between Capaccini and Bishop Fleming. Views the correspondence as affirmation of the Catholic Church= s efforts at reducing Fleming= s political interference in Newfoundland.

87-90

13 Oct 1835

T. Aubin

E.H. Seymour

Attached: Details the Catholic Church= s reaction to British pressure regarding Fleming= s interference and the meetings between Fleming and Capaccini. Notes that the meetings have met with mixed success.

91-103

Various

Bishop Fleming

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An extract from one of Fleming= s letters. Fleming complains of hostility from a certain bloc of Catholics and of efforts to nullify his influence in the colony. Describes various conflicts with judicial officers, particularly Judge Boulton.

105-106v

9 Oct 1835

Monsignor Capaccini

Bishop Fleming

Replies to Fleming= s assertions about the treatment of his congregation and the prejudices against the Catholic community. Informs Fleming that he will have his letter translated and laid before the Pope.

Home Office

108-108v

11 Jul 1835

S. Prenlapps (Whitehall)
(could be Prenlapps, could be Bultipps)

G. Grey for Lord John Russell

Replies to letters from the Governor regarding the possibility of transporting several mentally unstable individuals to England for care. Relates Lord Russell= s statement that it would be impossible without a much more detailed account of the individuals and their circumstances.

110

16 Sep 1835

S. Prenlapps (?)

R.W. Hay

Transmits a letter and petition from Bishop Fleming for the consideration of Glenelg.

112-113

4 Jul 1835

Bishop Fleming

Lord Duncannon (House of Lords)

Attached: Accuses the colonial government of failing to answer to the interests of the Catholic community and of exercising prejudice against them. Describes the expiry of the lease on the Catholic chapel in St. John= s and outlines his plan to build a stone cathedral.

114-115v

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Bishop Fleming

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Attached: Fleming= s memorial to King William. Complains of the special privileges given to Protestant churches and, conversely, of institutional prejudices against the Catholic community.

116-116v

20 Nov 1835

S. Prenlapps (?)

G. Grey

Conveys Russell= s statement that it is not within his power to allow the transfer of the mentally unstable prisoners of Newfoundland to Great Britain.

Law Officers

119-120v

10 Aug 1835

R.M. Rolfe

Glenelg

Gives his opinion on the matter of Boulton= s sentence against Parsons, claiming that Boulton should have treated the contempt of court in such a way as to allow Parsons a trial.

Ordnance

122-122v

7 Jan 1835

A. Byham

R.W. Hay

Informs Hay that the Ordnance Board has decided to remove Collins, the deputy storekeeper, and replace him with Mr. Winter.

124-124v

21 Jan 1835

A. Byham

R.W. Hay

Notes the receipt of the Archdeacon= s memorial requesting a grant from the Ordnance lands and that the Board has no objection to the grant.

125-125v

10 Dec 1834

E. Wix

Lt.Col. John Oldfield

Attached: Wix= s memorial. Requests a further grant of land from the Ordnance yard to facilitate carriage access to the site of the new church.

126

10 Dec 1834

Lt.Col. John Oldfield, RE

E. Wix

Attached: Notes his receipt of Wix= s memorial to the Board. Regrets that Wix did not make his appeal earlier, as part of the land in question has since been put to use for other purposes.

128-129

11 Dec 1834

John Oldfield

J. Malcaster

Attached: Transmits Wix= s memorial. Outlines the advantages which the new church will bring to the area and discusses the need for space to accommodate the entry and exit of carriages.

130

11 Dec 1834

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Attached: A plan of the area in which the church is to be built.

131-131v

4 Feb 1835

A. Byham

R.W. Hay

Transmits several reports regarding the transfer of lands to the Ordnance Board.

132

27 Dec 1834

John Oldfield

J. Malcaster

Encloses copies of various documents and correspondences regarding titles to the Ordnance lands.

133

26 Dec 1834

J. Crowdy

John Oldfield

Attached: Informs Oldfield that the Governor will delay the completion of the titles to the Ordnance lands until direction can be received from the Secretary of State regarding the construction of a jail and penitentiary on those lands.

134

10 Dec 1834

John Oldfield

Colonial Secretary

Attached: Transmits documents related to the delays in transferring the Ordnance lands and the status of lands in Placentia and Ferryland.

135-135v

5 Jun 1820

R. Crew

A Respective Officers@

States that certain lands have been granted to the Governor for the purpose of cultivation with the understanding that not buildings are to be erected on the lands, which will remain the property of the Ordnance Board

141-141v

17 Jul 1835

A. Byham

R.W. Hay

Informs Hay that the Master General of the Board requests the extension of instructions on the alienation of Crown lands in the vicinity of Ordnance establishments to Newfoundland, which had previously been exempt.

143-145

26 Aug 1835

G. Butler

R.W. Hay

Notes the receipt, from Oldfield, of a plan of St. John= s depicting various proposed and completed constructions. Conveys the Master General= s opinion that the Ordnance should continue to control lands which may be needed for the future defenses of the colony, but that certain allowances may be made.

146-147

11 Jun 1835

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An extract from a letter of the Commanding Royal Engineer to the Inspector General of Fortifications discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the position at Signal Hill.

149-150v

25 Oct 1835

G. Butler

Geo. Grey

A very faint letter from Butler that appears to deal with rights to lands around the Military Works in Newfoundland and the concentration of the military at Signal Hill.

151-154

14 Dec 1835

A. Byham

Geo. Grey

Byham= s letter. This document is so faintly printed that it is illegible.

155-155v

13 Jun 1835

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An extract from the Commanding Royal Engineer= s letter to the Inspector General of Fortifications regarding the Governor= s apprehensions about the removal of troops to Signal Hill.

Treasury

158-158v

3 Jan 1835

J. Stewart

R.W. Hay

A letter detailing the Treasury= s deliberations over exempting Cochrane from liability for the sums drawn from the Military Chest during his last years as Governor.

160-160v

27 Feb 1835

J. Stewart

R.W. Hay

Notes that the Comptroller of the Stationery Office has been authorized to transmit the stationery required for the year to Newfoundland.

162-163

13 Mar 1835

J. Stewart

???

A very faint letter from Stewart to an undecipherable recipient. At least part of the letter appears to deal with ex-Governor Cochrane= s payments into the Military Chest.

164

12 Mar 1835

J. Stewart

RW. Hay

Another faint document. Stewart is apparently replying to a letter written to him on the 5th of the present month. Beyond that, few details are legible.

166-168

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Thus appears to be an inventory of the stationery used by Governor Cochrane= s Secretary in 1827

169

30 Jul 1835

J. Stewart

???

Another document too light to decipher.

171-171v

8 Aug 1835

J. Thimble and C. Boucher

Colonial Office

The authors= reply to a letter inquiring about the proceedings of the Attorney General of Newfoundland against Cuddichie. Notes that the defendant has been allowed an appeal.

172-172v

13 Aug 1835

J.S. [Stewart?]

Mr. Murdoch

A brief note discussing Cuddichie= s appeal and the likely outcome of the case.

174-175

14 Aug 1835

J. Stewart

G. Grey

Discusses several issues to be communicated to Glenelg for the information of the Governor of Newfoundland. Among those issues are Broom= s and Shipard= s pension requests and the availability of a fund for the defraying of the colonial expenses.

176-180

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Glenelg= s Office

J. Stewart

conveys a despatch from the Nfld Governor giving details of the particular service of Messrs. Broom, Philpard, & Carter who have requested a gratuity when their positions were discontinued. Claims that Glenelg would like to comply to their requests, but fears that it would set a precedent in which the Colonial Legislature would expect the parent government to provide pensions for colonial officers.

181

24 Aug 1835

J. Stewart

???

This document is nearly illegible. However, it may be a transmission of Glenelg= s opinion as stated in the above letter.

183-183v

27 Aug 1835

J. Stewart

G. Grey

Illegible.

185

28 Aug 1835

J. Stewart

R.W. Hay

accompany= s the draft of a despatch on the subject of the late Parliamentary vote in aid of the [???] of that colony

187-187v

20 Aug 1835

J. Stewart

R.W. Hay

Illegible. Possibly regarding the claims of the late Mr. Villiers.

189-191v

24 Jul 1835

???

Lords Commissioners of the Treasury

Reports progress on the issue of the apparent overpayment of H. Villiers= salary after correspondence with his brother E. Villiers. States that E. Villiers has been unable to explain the discrepancy in his brother= s accounts. Discusses the payment of the sums due from Villier= s estate.

193

13 Oct 1835

J. Stewart

R.W. Hay

Submits a letter from the Stationery Office regarding the expenses for procuring the colony= s annual stationery supply. Requests that Prescott be ordered to make payment.

194-194v

5 Oct 1835

J. Church

J. Stewart

Informs Stewart that the stationery, the cost of which came to 22.7.10 pounds, was shipped aboard the A Dewdrop@ on 19 Mar 1835.

197

26 Oct 1835

J. Stewart

Stephen

Replies to a previous letter from Stephen, indicating that the Treasury would allow Garrett= s allowances to be paid from the civil expenditure grant.

199-199v

21 Nov 1835

J. Stewart

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Informs the recipient that the Treasury has no further comments on an act regarding the issuance of monetary notes for the payment of expenses currently under consideration of the Colonial Parliament. Notes, however, that Prescott should not give his assent to such acts without consulting the Treasury.

201

10 Dec 1835

E. Stanley

G. Grey

Transmits a copy of a report from the Commissioners of Audit regarding the accounts of Hyde Villiers and Mr. Baillie.

202-203

3 Dec 1835

Auditors

Lords Commissioners of the Treasury

Attached: A letter from the Auditors outlining the confusion regarding Mr. Baillie= s instructions to make a payment from Villiers= account. It is noted that, since Baillie claims not to have received the instruction, it is necessary to forward new directions.

Miscellaneous Offices

206-206v

25 Nov 1835

M. Freeling (Office of Postmaster General)

G. Grey

Responds to letters to the Postmaster General regarding the delay of dispatches aboard private ships. States that the Post Office has no control over the masters of private vessels and can do little more than to hold those masters accountable for their delay.

208-210v

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A The Respectful Memorial of the undersigned Inhabitants of His Majesty= s Island of Newfoundland.@ A memorial headed by Bishop Fleming attacking the conduct of Chief Justice Boulton. Among other issues, Boulton is accused of violating the Royal Charter through the introduction of various rules and regulations to the Supreme and Circuit Courts.

Index

211-217

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The index of correspondences for this volume.

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