CO 194/94 [Reel B540]

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Contents of Document

Newfoundland 1836

Vol. 1 : January to June (Governor Prescott N.’s 1 to 42)

3-9v

4 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Transmits a copy of a letter from Mr. Martin, a member of the House of Assembly and magistrate for St. Mary’s. Notes that St. Mary’s, a Catholic district, has recently become unruly due to the agitation of "an ignorant and bigoted priest," Mr. Duffy. States that Duffy erected a wooden church on land that was refused to him and, after being refused access to local trade as punishment, led the congregation to the harbour and destroyed a flake. Prescott requests, since the colonial vessel is being discontinued, that a light frigate bearing a detatchment from the Veteran Companies embark for St. Mary’s to restore peace.

11-17v

22 Dec 1835

J. Martin

J. Templeman

Attached: Martin’s letter relating the incidents with Father Duffy. Requests the drawing of an arrest warrant on Duffy and the dispatch of peace officers aboard the colonial vessel. Some of the pages of this document are very faded.

19-24

27 Mar 1835

H. Boulton

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Attached: The testimony of W. Lusk before Judge Carter. States that he was placed in charge of the fishing rooms of Slade Ellson & Co., which were badly damaged by members of the Roman Catholic community of St. Mary’s.

25-28

4 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Informs Glenelg that Garrett has arrived in Newfoundland and was given a commission to act as Sheriff. Transmits a copy of a letter from Hogsell. Complains of the inefficiency of the mail system, which has yet to deliver letters sent in October.

29-30

1 Jan 1836

A. Hogsell

J. Templeman

Expresses his disappointment and regret that his appointment by the Governor has been superseded by Glenelg. States that he will accept the Clerkship of the Southern Circuit Court, despite its inadequacy, out of the need to provide for his family.

31-31v

5 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Transmits a copy of the rules and regulations adopted by the Supreme Court.

32-32v

6 Feb 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

States that the Crown will accept the Supreme Court’s regulations.

33-34v

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Judges Boulton, Des Barres, and Brenton

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The rules and regulations introduced by the Supreme Court.

37-38v

7 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Forwards a letter and a memorial that Judge Brenton had requested to be laid before the Treasury regarding about 40 pounds of unappropriated money in his possession. Endorses Brenton’s petition on the basis of his excellent character and record of service.

39-40

5 Mar 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Notes that he has received Brenton’s memorial requesting full salary during his leave of absence. States that, while he has no doubt of Brenton’s deserving of such an exception, it would establish a troublesome precedent for other public officials.

41-42v

4 Jan 1836

E.B. Brenton

Lords Commissioners of the Treasury

Attached: "The Memorial of Edward Brabazon Brenton, one of the Assistant Judges of the Supreme Court of the Island of Newfoundland." Requests that he be allowed to receive full compensation from an unclaimed, reserved balance, for an absence from his post due to sickness.

43-44v

4 Jan 1836

E.B. Brenton

H. Prescott

Attached: Brenton’s letter to the Governor requesting prefacing his memorial and requesting that it may be forwarded to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury.

45-46v

11 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Transmits a correspondence between two members of the Council. Notes that, as Governor, he did not consider it within his authority to act on the matter. Laments the dissolution of peace in the colony.

47-49

7 Feb 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Affirms Prescott’s opinion that it is not the Governor’s duty to regulate the correspondences of judges. Notes that any inconvenience arising for the judges who wrote the aforementioned correspondence will be responsibility of those judges, and not of the Governor.

50-51v

7 Feb 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Rebukes the judges of Newfoundland for assuming the designation of "Their Lordships" without the consent or information of the Crown. Requests that Prescott refuse to address them in that manner, and that a copy of his letter be sent to the judges, along with Prescott’s urging that they revert to the ordinary form of address.

53-57v

5 Jan 1836

J. Dunscomb & W. Thomas

J. Templeman

Attached: A letter bringing Prescott’s attention to the judge’s appropriation of the new form of address. Also discusses a petition received from a Roman Catholic defendant requesting permission to nominate a member of the Roman Catholic community to represent him in court.

59-62

29 Dec 1836

E.M. Archibald

J. Dunscomb, W. Thomas, & P. Morris

Conveys the judges’ reply to the petition of the inhabitants of Harbour Grace requesting that Duffy be permitted to choose his representatives from the Roman Catholic community. States that the judges wholly reject their requests and admonish the three recipients for failing in their duties as justices of the peace by allowing their objectivity to be compromised by the petitioners.

63-66v

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The Roman Catholic Inhabitants of Harbour Grace

The Chief and Assistant Judges of the Supreme Court

The aforementioned petition by Catholics at Harbour Grace on behalf of Reverend Duffy. The petitioners complain that there are not enough Roman Catholic barristers and justices of the peace to represent their community.

67-67v

8 Jan 1836

J. Templeman

Judge

Encloses a letter addressed to his office by two members of Council. Notes that the Governor will not offer his opinion on the matter therein, but has forwarded the document to the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

68-70

11 Jan 1836

Judges Boulton, Des Barres, & Brenton

H. Prescott

The judges’ letter notifying Prescott that they have received Dunscomb’s and Thomas’ letter. Transmits the petition received from those individuals. Notes that as they have taken the same judicial oaths as Dunscomb and Thomas, they do not feel obliged to give their opinions as to the propriety of their actions.

72-72v

24 Dec 1835

J. Kent

E.M. Archibald

Forwards a petition of the citizens of Carbonear to be presented before Chief Justice Boulton requesting that Duffy be permitted to choose a Catholic to represent him in court.

74-76

6 Dec 1835

E.M. Archibald

J. Kent

Informs Kent that the judges refuse to have anything to do with the petition on the grounds that it constitutes an attempt to influence opinion on the upcoming trial.

78-78v

12 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Informs Glenelg that he opened the sixth session of the Legislature with a speech that will be reported in the Island Gazette.

79

6 Feb 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Acknowledges that he has received Prescott’s letter, with which a copy of his speech was attached.

81-81v

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Attached: Prescott’s speech to the Legislature detailing the various acts suspended or rejected by the Crown.

82-82v

12 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Encloses copies of a deposition made regarding the recent turmoil at St. Mary’s.

84-85

5 Feb 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Acquiesces to Prescott’s request for a ship of war from the nearest naval station. Agrees that the events at St. Mary were intolerable and must be dealt with firmly.

86-88

28 Dec 1835

P. Carter

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The testimony of R. Butt, constable, before Judge Carter regarding the events at St. Mary’s.

89-90v

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P. Carter

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The testimony of W. Brig regarding the incident at St. Mary’s.

91-93

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P. Carter

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The testimony of W. Heaney.

94-95

28 Dec 1835

P. Carter

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The testimony of J. Simpson.

96-102

28 Dec 1835

P. Carter

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The testimony of J. Martin.

104-104v

25 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Encloses a Treasury certificate for thirty pounds, to be used in the payment of a pension.

105

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Attached: A certificate indicating the payment of thirty pounds into the Military Chest by Governor Prescott.

106

Mar 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Encloses a letter from the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury regarding Prescott’s deposit into the Military Chest and outlining "a more regular course of proceeding" in future cases.

109-109v

25 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Informs Glenelg that an Order in Council referred to in his previous letter was not contained within the document which that letter addressed.

110-110v

18 Feb 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Concludes, since the Order in Council was directed to Newfoundland on 5 November, that the Order was lost in the mail system. Notes that he will have a duplicate sent to the colony as soon as possible.

113-114

26 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Fears that the October and November mail has been entirely lost during the transit from Halifax and England respectively.

115

18 Feb 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Forwards duplicates of official dispatches sent during October and November.

117-118

26 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

States that 22.7.10 pounds, the amount of the stationery provided for the Secretary’s Office, has been paid into the Military Chest. Requests that the stationery bill and the Bill of Parcels be sent earlier in the season.

119-120

23 May 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Discusses several details pertaining to the dispatch of the stationery bills. Notes that the Treasury has complied with Prescott’s suggestion for the sending of a detailed account of expenses.

121-122

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Attached: The requisition form for stationery to be supplied to the Secretary’s Office in Newfoundland.

123-123v

26 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Forwards copies of an address from the citizens and merchants of Port-de-Grave, as well as his reply, to Glenelg. The address, as Prescott explains, is in support of Aaron Hogsell.

124-124v

22 Feb 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Acknowledges the receipt of the petition. Notes that since his decision has already been made regarding the appointment of Sheriff, there is nothing more for him to add.

125-126

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Attached: The petition of he inhabitants of Port-de-Grave. The undersigned request that Hogsell be reappointed as High Sheriff in reward for his years of service to the British Empire.

128

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H. Prescott

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Attached: The Governor’s reply to the petitioners. Prescott promises to forward their requests to Glenelg but informs them that he cannot comply with their requests.

129-130v

29 Jan 1836

H. Presecott

Glenelg

Forwards a statement from the Chamber of Commerce regarding the increase of Portuguese trade duties. Also notes that a report has been drawn on the unusually large number of French vessels at St. Pierre. Notes that only one ship of war could be provided for the protection of British fishing interests for the current season.

131-132v

26 Jan 1836

The Chamber of Commerce

Glenelg

Attached: "The Memorial of the President, Vice President, and Members of the Chamber of Commerce of Saint John’s, Newfoundland." The memorialists complain of high duties on British fishery products in the Portuguese markets and of the strength of the French fishing fleet at St. Pierre.

133-133v

29 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Informs Glenelg of the death of Mr. Broom.

134-135v

20 Feb 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Informs Prescott that he may draw 350 pounds from the Treasury on behalf of Mr. Broom, which had been awarded in compensation for the abolition of his office. States that the Treasury has agreed to pay Judge Carter’s salary until March, after which point, if the Legislature does not provide their own funds for his salary, his duties will cease without allowance or pension.

137-137v

29 Jan 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Forwards a letter from Garrett to Glenelg.

138-139

26 Feb 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Discusses Garrett’s letter, which is a response to the aforementioned petition. States that since he has already stated his decision regarding the High Sheriff’s office, there is no need to reopen the matter. Expresses relief that the petitioners do not appear to harbour any personal grudges against Garrett.

141-142

28 Jan 1836

B. Garrett

Glenelg

Garrett’s letter of reply to the various memorials against his appointment in favour of Hogsell.

143-147v

Various

Various

Various

Attached: Copies of documents to and from Garrett regarding the memorials in support of Hogsell. Attempts to dispel any doubt as to the propriety of his appointment as High Sheriff.

149-150

29 Jan 1836

J. Templeman

Glenelg

Encloses a copy of an index of the acts of the Colonial Legislature for Glenelg’s reference.

151-154v

Various

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The return of unanswered Colonial Department dispatches received between 1 Jul 1834 and 30 Jun 1835.

155-155v

6 Feb 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Encloses an address from approximately 250 inhabitants of Harbour Grace in support of Aaron Hogsell.

156-157

7 Apr 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Informs Prescott that he has already given his position on several similar petitions, and that there is no need of him to continue replying. Notes that Prescott has not indicated whether or not he has complied to a request within the petition to recommend Hogsell for the consideration of the House of Assembly.

159-160v

25 Jan 1836

The Inhabitants of Harbour Grace

H. Prescott

The petition of the inhabitants of Harbour Grace requesting that Hogsell’s case be reconsidered. The petitioners also request that Hogsell’s situation may be brought before the Assembly for consideration.

161-162v

15 Feb 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Forwards a letter from various merchants and prominent citizens of St. John’s. Notes that a copy of the petition has also been forwarded to the Chief Justice, who may make any pertinent remarks.

163-164

28 Jul 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Notes that he has received the merchants’ letter, but not the petition to which it refers. Attests, based on the contents of the letter and of Prescott’s own opinions, that he has no doubts as to Boulton’s ability to effectively administer justice in the colony of Newfoundland.

165-166

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J. Sinclair

H. Prescott

A preface to the aforementioned letter to Glenelg, which is a reply to a petition to the King regarding the dispensation of justice in the colony. The letter contradicts that petition and vouches for the effectiveness of Judge Boulton and the judicial system.

167

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H. Prescott

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Prescott’s reply to the letter of the merchants and other citizens. Informs them that he will lay their letter before Glenelg, but that the petition alluded to has not passed through his office.

169-172

8 Feb 1836

The Undersigned

Glenelg

The letter of the merchants and citizens of St. John’s to Lord Glenelg. The undersigned attest to the strength of the judicial system and call into question the characters of the petitioners.

173-175

24 Feb 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Discusses the sale of the Naval Stores remaining at the Dockyard, the proceeds received from that sale, and the reimbursement paid into the Colonial Treasury. Discusses an issue pertaining to his planned renewal of the lands.

177-177v

21 Apr 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Encloses a letter of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty expressing their approval of Prescott’s disposal of the Naval Stores.

178-184v

24 Feb 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Encloses copies of "The Patriot," which contains a letter signed by Bishop Fleming. Notes his recent estrangement from the Bishop and proceeds to detail the contents of the letter. Recounts the death of a Catholic soldier, who had been subjected several times to court martial and demotion, and the subsequent agitation of the Catholic community, who formed a mob near Fort Townshend following the soldier’s funeral, and were ultimately dispersed by Father Murphy.

186-190v

20 May 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Acknowledges the receipt of Prescott’s and McLean Little’s letters on Fleming. Describes his previous hopes that Capaccini’s admonition would curb Fleming’s political interventionism. Admits the failure of this route and states that he has addressed the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs regarding an appeal to the court of Rome.

192-192v

7 Feb 1836

Lt.Col. William Sall (CO, St. Kjohn’s garrison)

H. Prescott

Encloses documents from Major Law, the commander of the Royal Veterans Companies, and Lieut. Grant regarding the aforementioned incident at the Roman Catholic funeral.

193

7 Feb 1836

Major Law

Geoffries [?]

Attached: Document illegible.

193v-194

7 Feb 1836

J. Grant

Major Law

Attached: Document illegible.

194v-195

9 Feb 1836

J. Templeman

The Commandant

Conveys the Governor’s request that the commandant inform Major Law of his approbation of the events that unfolded during the funeral.

196-196v

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Several pages of "The Patriot," containing letters from Fleming and others condemning the actions of the government and of the military during the funeral incident.

197-197v

11 Mar 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Transmits copies of the journals of the Council and Assembly for the sessions of 1834 and 1835.

199-199v

11 Mar 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Informs Glenelg that copies of several statutes of the Imperial Parliament have been received for the aid of the Governorship.

201-201v

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C.M.

Stephen

A note conveying the order that copies of the Parliamentary statutes be conveyed to various colonies.

203-204v

24 Jun 1836

Glenelg’s Office

A. Spearman

Asks that a request be forwarded to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury for a commission to send copies of the Imperial Parliament’s new acts to Newfoundland.

205-205v

12 Mar 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Sends a copies of an address from the Assembly and his apply to its contents.

206-207v

14 May 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Confirms receipt of the Assembly’s address and concurs with Prescott’s decision to divulge information regarding the sum of colonial aid funs voted upon by the Imperial Parliament. Notes, however, that Judge Carter’s salary will not continue to be paid from the Parliamentary vote.

209-209v

6 Feb 1836

T. Bennett

H. Prescott

Notifies Prescott that many aged officials are presenting applications for pensions and allowances. Requests any information as to whether or not the Imperial Parliament has set aside money for such purposes.

210-211

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H. Prescott

The Assembly

Prescott’s reply to the Assembly’s aforementioned requests. Notes that while the salaries of certain officials have been provided for, it is unclear whether or not any of the 5000 pound grant may be reserved for pensions.

213-214v

16 Mar 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Transmits the second petition of McLean Little, along with McLean Little’s correspondence with the Acting Secretary.

215-220v

11 Mar 1836

M. McLean Little

H. Prescott

McClean Little’s memorial. Describes his previous memorial and an unanswered letter to the Secretary of State. Describes the harassment and antagonism directed toward him by his fellow Catholics, particularly Bishop Fleming and Rev. Troy. Claims that without protection from the British government, many genuinely loyal Catholics will be driven from the colony.

221

14 Mar 1836

M. McLean Little

J. Templeman

Asks Templeman to forward his memorial to the Governor, who may then forward it to the Secretary of State.

221v-222

14 Mar 1836

J. Templeman

M. McLean Little

Returns McLean Little’s petition so that he may make a copy, which will be forwarded to the Secretary.

222-223

15 Mar 1836

M. McLean Little

J. Templeman

Requests that the Governor will inform him as to which part of his petition prevents him from giving it his approval.

223-223v

15 Mar 1836

J. Templeman

M. McLean Little

Informs McLean Little that the Governor has refused to comment on his objection.

224-224v

15 Mar 1836

M. McLean Little

J. Templeman

Forwards a copy of his petition. Requests that his previous letter be forwarded to the Secretary in addition to the copied petition.

225-230v

4 Apr 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Writes to Glenelg regarding communications from the Board of Ordnance. Discusses the military value of Signal Hill and the relocation of the garrison. Discusses the letter of Mr. Byham and discusses the possibility of a barrack being built in the vicinity of Fort Townshend. Requests that the fort reserves be restored to the government on the abandonment of the two forts.

231-232

24 Jul 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Informs Prescott that the decision as to the fate of the forts has yet to be decided, but that he will keep Prescott’s suggestion in mind. Forwards copies of correspondence with the Board of Ordnance.

233-234v

7 Jun 1836

Glenelg’s Office

R. Byham

Attached: Forwards Prescott’s communications with Glenelg regarding the fate of the lands around Forts William and Townshend.

235-237v

7 May 1835

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Attached: Discusses Prescott’s correspondence with his predecessors. Speaks at length about the military and civil benefits of keeping a detachment of troops at the forts.

239-240

5 Apr 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Informs Glenelg that he has received a reply from Dr. Fleming to a previous letter. Forwards a copy of the letter along with other items of correspondence with Fleming.

241-241v

28 Mar 1836

J. Templeman

A. Fleming

Attached: Informs Fleming of Prescott’s forwarding of their correspondence to Glenelg. Expresses his desire to peace with the Catholic community.

242-244

29 Mar 1835

Bishop Michael A. Fleming

H. Prescott

Attached: Discusses the strained relationship between the government and the Roman Catholic community. Adopts a conciliatory tone.

244v

28 Mar 1836

J. Templeman

Bishop Fleming

Attached: Forwards a copy of the Secretary of State’s address to Prescott regarding the memorial of Lord John Russell.

245-245v

29 Mar 1836

Bishop Michael A. Fleming

J. Templeman

Attached: Conveys his thanks to Prescott for transmitting his correspondences.

247-252v

11 Apr 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Discusses legislation that has passed the assembly to dissolve the House at the end of the session. Notes that an amendment to the bill was accepted, delaying the dissolution until 1838. States that he has decided to dissolve the House of Assembly at the end of its current session. Outlines his reasoning and asks for Glenelg’s assent.

253-256v

8 Apr 1836

J. Bennett

H. Prescott

Discusses the possibility of dissolving the Assembly and the various issues that complicated the Assembly’s efforts to fulfill its duties. Ends with a request that Prescott will decide in favour of a dissolution.

257-257v

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H. Prescott

J. Bennett

Informs Bennett that he has already decided to dissolve the Assembly after the present session. Urges Bennett to see to it that any financial matters under consideration are concluded.

259-259v

11 Jun 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Approves of Prescott’s decision to dissolve the Assembly.

261-262

12 Apr 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Transmits the petition of Mr. Willoughby, the superintendent of the Newfoundland and British North America School Society, for a piece of land near the pre-existing school house, which is to be enlarged. Also forwards the petition to the Board of Ordnance. Gives his endorsement of the request.

263-264

29 Jul 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Informs Prescott that he has been authorized to grant the land to Willoughby.

265-266

3 Jun 1836

Glenelg’s Office

R. Byham

Attached: A forwarded letter informing Byham of Glenelg’s desire that the Ordnance will authorize the land grant.

267-268

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M. Willoughby

H. Prescott

"The Memorial of Mark Willoughby, Superintendent of the Newfoundland School Society." Informs Prescott of the Society’s intention to enlarge the St. John’s Charity School and requests that a portion of land adjacent to the school may be granted to accommodate the new construction.

269-269v

6 Apr 1836

Walker

J. Templeman

Informs Templeman, as per Prescott’s request, that, in his opinion, there should be no objection to granting the requested land to Willoughby.

271-272v

14 Apr 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Forwards a communication from Capt. Bonifant of the Royal Navy regarding a piece of land for sale from the Ordnance grant.

273-274

30 Sep 1835

G. Butler

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Attached: A letter indicating that the Ordnance would be willing to sell the plot in the vicinity of Fort Townshend to Bonifant, for 150 pounds, as it is unlikely to be required for military purposes.

275-276v

30 Jan 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Informs Prescott that he has been told by the Ordnance Board the order to sell the lands to Bonifant was given erroneously, and that an order has been given to cancel the sale.

277-279v

3 Jun 1836

Glenelg’s Office

R. Byham

Informs the Ordnance Board that since the land requested by Bonifant is not required for military purposes that authority over it should revert to the Crown. Requests that the proceeds from the sale, if completed, be transferred to the Receiver General. Requests that authority over the lands, if unsold, be transferred to Governor Prescott.

280-280v

15 Apr 1836

Harbour [?]

Glenelg

Encloses the reports of the Chief Justice and High Sheriff regarding alterations to the jail at St. John’s.

281-282

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H. Prescott

Glenelg

Proposes consulting the House of Assembly and the Council on an unspecified matter regarding the jail. Requests copies of several documents to distribute to the two bodies.

283-284v

10 Jun 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Discusses Boulton’s report on the jail and praises his alterations to the jailing system. Assents to Prescott’s proposal and forwards some of the requested documents.

286-293

8 Apr 1836

H. Boulton

Glenelg

Attached: A faint, almost illegible document, which appears to be Chief Justice Boulton’s report on the changes made by him to the handling of affairs at the St. John’s jail.

294v-295

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Attached: A table, possibly connected with Boulton’s letter. The text is difficult to pick out, though it appears to be a return of expenditures of some sort.

296v-297

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Attached: This document appears to be a return of the costs of daily food rations at the St. John’s jail given the current level of provisioning.

298-304

Various

H. Boulton

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Attached: A collection of documents, most of which appear to be brief notes or correspondences from Boulton. Few of them are legible enough to discern much detail, but many appear to be relevant to the jail.

306v-309v

Various

B. Garrett

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Attached: A similar collection of documents and commentary from Garrett. Presumably, this is Garrett’s report on the changes introduced to the jail at St. John’s.

311

9 May 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Acknowledges that he has received a large number of dispatches from Glenelg, which are numbered in a column in the left margin.

313-315

21 May 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Informs Glenelg of the arrival of the frigate Rainbow, on which troops were to embark for St. Mary’s with the intention of restoring order. States that the offenders have given themselves up willingly, probably under the influence of Bishop Fleming. Transmits copies of his speech to the Council, a proclamation regarding the intended deployment, and an inflammatory letter from Fleming in The Patriot.

316

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H. Prescott

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Attached: Prescott’s speech to the Council, in which he announces that troops will be sent to St. Mary’s to apprehend those responsible for the incident of the previous December.

317-317v

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H. Prescott

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Attached: The Governor’s proclamation that a war ship and soldiers will be dispatched to St. Mary’s to aid in the dispensation of justice.

318-318v

10 May 1836

Bishop Fleming

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Attached: Fleming’s letter, which appeared in The Patriot. While Fleming condemns the destruction caused by the mob at St. Mary’s, he lays heavy blame on the government for their manner of dealing with the incident. Exhorts the accused to turn themselves in at St. John’s.

319-319v

25 Jun 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Affirms Prescott’s handling of the St. Mary’s incident and of his proroguing of the House of Assembly.

322-323

24 May 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Presents two memorials from Labrador settlers. on the regulation of the Newfoundland salmon fishery. Explains that, in addition to the salmon fishery, the memorialists raise the issue of Labrador being subjected to the laws of Newfoundland, despite not being represented in the House of Assembly. States that the memorialists request that Labrador be ruled by the Governor of Newfoundland and given seats in the House.

324-326

29 Jun 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Replies to the petitions. Notes that the petitioners are under the mistaken impression that Labrador is ruled by the King in Council, when it is, in fact, under Newfoundland’s jurisdiction. States, however, that the request for representation is valid. Instructs Prescott to inform the petitioners that their requests will be favourably directed to the House of Assembly and Council.

328-329v

18 Sep 1835

Merchants, Planters, etc. of Esquimeaux Bay

H. Prescott

Attached: The first petition. Protests the authority of the House of Assembly to impose laws upon the settlers of Labrador. Raises the issue of Labrador’s lack of representation in the House.

330-332v

15 Sep 1835

Proprietors and Occupiers of Salmon Fisheries

H. Prescott

Attached: The second petition. Raises similar issues as the previous.

334-334v

26 May 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Transmits a Treasury return.

335

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Attached: The return, stating the number of allowances granted "upon the abolition or reduction of offices." The return is marked "Nil."

337-337v

26 May 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Encloses an order on a London mercantile house on behalf of the Treasurer of the Navy.

338

26 May 1836

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T. Poitten [?]

Attached: The order forwarded in Prescott’s dispatch.

341-341v

27 May 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Acknowledges that he has just received a number of Glenelg’s dispatches.

343-343v

31 May 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Forwards details of an enquiry into property left by John Connor. Notes that Connor’s estate was barely sufficient to provide for his funeral.

344-345v

23 May 1836

J. Stark

J. Templeman

Attached: Replies to the Under Secretary of State’s request for information on Connor’s property, which has been clamed by his uncle, J. Kearney. The last pages of this document are essentially unreadable, though it can be assumed from the previous document that Connor’s property was very limited..

347-349

16 Jun 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Encloses letters from the President of the St. John’s Chamber of Commerce regarding the appointment of a Brazilian Vice Consul and the delivery of the Halifax mail packet.

351-353v

15 Jul 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Informs Prescott that the appointment of a Brazilian Vice Consul will not be considered until the individual, Mr. Job, makes the proper requests. Refuses to state a position on the Halifax mail packet until he has heard the opinion of the Postmaster General. Forwards a copy of a circular dispatch to the colonial governors from 1825.

355-355v

6 Aug 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

An extremely sloppy letter from Glenelg. The document appears to be informing Prescott that the letter regarding the Halifax packet has been forwarded to the Postmaster General.

357-357v

13 Jun 1836

Bennett

Glenelg

Attached: The first letter of the Chamber of Commerce. Informs Glenelg of the appointment, by the Brazilian Consul in London, of a Vice Consul at St. John’s to exact fees from British ships en route to Brazil. Claims that such actions are excessive and illegal.

358-359

16 Jun 1836

Bennett

Glenelg

Attached: The second letter of the Chamber of Commerce. Requests that measures be taken to allow ships carrying the Halifax packet to stop off at St. John’s.

361-361v

18 Jun 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Informs Glenelg that he sees no objection to a proposed arrangement regarding the transfer of property by Austrian citizens in the colony of Newfoundland. Forwards Simms’ opinion on the issue.

362-363v

17 Jun 1836

J. Simms

J. Templeman

Replies to a request for information. The document is very fain, but it can be assumed to be Simms’ consideration of the aforementioned arrangement with Austria.

365-365v

20 Jun 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Informs Glenelg that Capt. Lavard, of the French corvette "Cuirassier," is present at St. Pierre "to ascertain the correct foundings of the Banks of Newfoundland." Notes that he has assented to Lavard’s request to make astronomical observations from Newfoundland.

367-368v

24 Jun 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Transmits copies of two of the weekly reports on troop strength in the colony. Notes that there are still deficiencies in the garrison which should be remedied as soon as possible.

369-369v

30 Jul 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Acknowledges Prescott’s letter on troop strength in the colony and forwards copies of his correspondence with the General Commanding in Chief, who has moved to bring the garrison to its full complement.

371-372

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Attached: The two reports on the strength of the colonial garrison.

375-376v

25 Jun 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Transmits a letter from Bishop Fleming. Objects to Fleming’s rhetoric, but recommends favourable consideration of his request for an allotment to build a church, residences, and schools.

377-378v

30 Jul 1836

Glenelg’s Office

R. Byham

Forwards the documents relative to Fleming’s land request. Notes that Fleming’s first choice of land has been designated for other purposes, but that Glenelg sees no issue with granting Fleming lands in the second area of his choice.

379-382

21 Jun 1836

Bishop Fleming

Glenelg

Attached: Fleming’s request for land on which to build the church and schools.

382v-384

23 Jun 1836

Bishop Fleming

Glenelg

Attached: Registers his surprise at being denied the grant of lands from the Barrens. Notes that he would be willing to settle for the other plot, and that he sees no reason for the denial of that request.

385-386

24 Jun 1836

J. Templeman

Bishop Fleming

Informs Fleming that neither of the plots mentioned in his address are under the power of the Colonial Department. Informs him that a request has been made to the Board of Ordnance that a plot of land be granted to him.

387-391

28 Jun 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Forwards the seventeen acts of the last session of the House of Assembly. Describes and comments upon several of the acts.

393-396v

31 Aug 1836

Glenelg

H. Prescott

Discusses Prescott’s remarks on the aforementioned acts of the House of Assembly.

397-397v

28 Jun 1836

H. Prescott

Glenelg

Forwards a petition mentioned in one of his previous dispatches to the Colonial Office.

399-401v

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Inhabitants of St. John’s

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Attached: "The Humble Memorial of the undersigned Inhabitants of the District of St. John’s." This document is faint and difficult to read, but it appears to regard one of the acts of the last session of the Assembly. Prescott’s reply, in which he states that the memorial will be forwarded to the King in Council, is included at the end of the document.

403

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Inhabitants of St. John’s

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Attached: Another, more legible, copy of the aforementioned memorial.

Index

404-411

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The index of correspondences for this volume.

End of Volume