GN 2/1/A [Box No. 3]

Volume 10 (1783-1785)

A number of the individuals appearing in this volume have biographical essays in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
a resource which is available on-line. No such biography exists for Gov. John Campbell, but those who appear in the DCB include Aaron Graham (Campbell's' secretary), Rev. Edward Langman, John ClinchCharles Garland, John Waldron, Richard Hutchings, Richard Routh,
Robert Pringle, and the Baron de Espťrance (Governor of St. Pierre & Miquelon)

Page

Date

From whom (where)

To whom (where)

Contents or nature of the document

1-2

17 Sept. 1783

John Campbell

LeBaron Delesperance, Governor of St. Pierre and Miquelon

Campbell grants permission to the inhabitants of St. Pierre and Miquelon to cut wood at the Bay of Despair this season in order to rebuild the houses that were destroyed during the war. He also expresses gratitude for the civilities shown to the English vessel which was forced into their port. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 60-61)  

2

17 Sept. 1783

John Campbell

Capt. Farnham, HMS Winchelsea

Campbell informs Farnham that he has allowed the inhabitants of St. Pierre and Miquelon to cut wood at the Bay of Despair and that they should not be interrupted. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 62)

3

26 Oct. 1783

John Campbell

Lt. Col. Pringle

Pringle is informed that the ground on which he had built the storehouse that was recently destroyed by fire, belonged to a fishing room and that he should not reconstruct any buildings on that land until the matter can be looked into by the fishing admirals when they return next spring. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 63)

3-4

27 Oct. 1783

John Campbell

Lt. Col. Pringle

Campbell indicates that he will soon sail for England and that he has enclosed the signals which will be in effect as of the first of Jan. 1784. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 64)

4-5

28 Oct. 1783

A. Graham for Campbell

Capt. Henry Nichols, HMS Echo

Nichols is appointed Surrogate for the district between Cape Race and Cape Ray. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 65-66)

6-8

28 Oct. 1783

John Campbell

Capt. Henry Nichols, HMS Echo

Seven detailed instructions for Nichols to follow as Campbell's surrogate. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 67-69)

8-9

28 Oct. 1783-
28 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

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Same instructions given to the following naval officers, dates ranging from 28 Oct., 1783 to 28 Sept. 1784: Capt. Thomas Farnham HMS Winchelsea Cape Race to Cape Ray, Capt. George Robertsen HMS Thisbe Cape Race to Cape St. Francis, Capt. Jonathan Faulkner HMS Proselyte Cape St. John to Cape Raye, Capt. George Lumsdain Sloop Merlin Cape St. Francis to Cape St. John, Capt. Alexander Edger HMS Leocadia Cape Race to Cape St. Francis, Lieutenant Michael Lane brig Lyon Cape Bonavista to Cape St. John. Capt. Faulkner and Capt. Nichols are mentioned in both 1783 and 1784. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 70)


1784

10

19 April 1784

Henry Nichols, HMS Echo, St. Johnís

The Admiral, Vice Admiral, & Rear Admiral at St. Johnís

Orders to hold a court looking into the fire at St. Johnís which destroyed the store and wharf belonging to Lt. Col. Pringle and which property allegedly was previously a fishing room. They are also to look into any other "encroachments that have been made on the fishing ship rooms" in St. Johnís.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 119)

11

19 April 1784

Henry Nichols

Mr. Cullin

Cullin received the same order to hold court as did the Admirals of St. Johnís. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 71)

11-12

19 April 1784

Henry Nichols

to 10 men

All are ordered to attend the court. One of the ten is George Hutchings. The D'Alberti transcript mentions only Hutchings and not the other nine. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 72)

12

19 April 1784

Henry Nichols

Capt. Mackelean, Chief Engineer at St. Johnís

Mackelean is given orders to attend the court. A copy of this letter is also sent to Nicholas Lechmere, the Ordnance Storekeeper. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 73)

13

19 April 1784

Henry Nichols

Mr. Wood agent to Mr. John Warrand

Wood is ordered to attend the court. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 74)

13-14

22 April 1784

Richard Cullin, Fishing Admiral

Henry Nichols

Cullin cannot attend Nichols in person and so he sends Nichols the proceedings of the court. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 75)

14-18

21 April 1784

Richard Cullin, Admiral

Mr. Whileway, Rear Admiral

 

Proceedings of a Fishing Admirals Court: 14-15) Testimony of Samuel Justham and Andrew Barnes. 16) Testimony of John Marshall and William Penny. 17) Testimony of Bernard Nurse. It was unanimously decided that the store built by Lt. Col. Pringle and the house built by Alexander McClure had both been built on fishing shipís rooms. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 76- 80)

18

22 April 1784

Henry Nichols

Richard Cullin Admiral of St. Johnís harbour

Nichols approves of the court's proceedings. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 81)

19-22

22 April 1784

Henry Nichols

Vice Admiral Campbell

Campbell arrived on the island on 4 July; Nichols submits the proceedings of the fishing admirals court held on 21 April. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 82-86)

22-27

7 Oct. 1783

Aaron Graham for Gov. Campbell

 

The appointment of John Clinch as JP for the district of Trinity; a detailed summary of Clinch's powers and responsibilities is included. "The like Commission to Robert Forsyth and Moses Cheater for the Island of Fogo.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 87-93)

27-29

4 Oct. 1782- 2 Sept. 1784

   

A list of the JPs serving in Newfoundland between 1782 and 1784. Robert Forsyth and Moses Cheater (Fogo). Alexander Wilson and John Brown (Great and Little Placentia). Robert Carter, William Carter, and Henry Sweetland (Ferryland, Renews, Capelin Bay, Cape Broyle, "Brickas" [Brigus]). John Waldron (Fortune Bay). Nicholas Gill, Dewes Coke, George Williams, & Archibald Buchanam (St. Johnís). Charles Garland, Robert Gray, and Conway Hergington (Conception Bay).

29

16 Jan. 1784

William Morrice, Secretary (SPG)

 

The Reverend Walter Price of Dartmouth has been appointed missionary to St. Johnís (replacing Rev. Edward Langman).  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 94-95)

29

19 June 1784

Nicholas Geare, Register

 

Confirmation of the ordination of Walter Price as a priest of the Church of England. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 96)

30

19 March 1784

George Gretton for the Bishop of London

 

Walter Price swears that he will conform to the rules of the Church of England. Mr. Gretton testifies that Mr. Price made this oath in his presence. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 97)

30-31

23 March 1784

Bishop of London, Hatten Garden 

 

Walter Price has been appointed missionary at St. John's in place of Rev. Langman "(whose conduct has for some time been very reproachable)". (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 98)

31

23 March 1784

William Morrice, Secretary

Governor of Newfoundland

Walter Price has been appointed missionary at St. John's in place of Rev. Langman "(whose conduct has for some time been very reproachable)". (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 98)

32-33

2 June 1784

Benjamin Keen, West Teignmouth, Thomas Tucker, George Heath, and Mary Heath

 

As executors, they have appointed Mr. Aaron Graham of London as attorney in charge of the estate of the late William Keen. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 99-101)

34

28 May 1784

Lord Sydney, Whitehall

Gov. Campbell, Nfld

He sends Campbell a copy of a letter to the Gov. of Nova Scotia, directing the Chief Magistrate upon the island of Cape Breton to permit any person authorized by Governor Campbell to load and carry away coal for the use of the troops in Newfoundland. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 102)

34-35

28 May 1784

Lord Sydney, Whitehall

Gov. Parr, Nova Scotia

Parr is to inform the Chief Magistrate of Cape Breton to allow any person authorized by Gov. Campbell to load and carry away coal for the use of the troops in Newfoundland. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 103)

35

2 Sept. 1784

Gov. Parr

Gov. Campbell

Governor Parr has directed the Chief Magistrate at Spanish River to allow the supplying of coal for Newfoundland. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 104)

36

5 July 1784

John Campbell, Salisbury, SJ

 

Campbell appoints James Elford as Lieutenant Governor of the garrison and town of St. Johnís. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 105)

36

27 July 1784

John Campbell

Fishing Admirals, St. Johnís

They are to take three of the oldest inhabitants of St. Johnís and survey the ground and cove where Lt Col Pringle had his wharf, and which the Fishing Admirals Court determined last April was a fishing room. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 106)

37

14 April 1784

Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Halifax

Gov. Campbell

Doctor Ogden has been appointed by Sir Guy Carleton to serve in Newfoundland.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 107)

37

31 July 1784

John Campbell, St. Johnís

Maj Gen. Campbell, Halifax

Gov Campbell states that while he agrees that Ogden is a good person, Sir Guy Carleton has no authority to appoint people to Newfoundland, therefore Governor Campbell cannot accept Ogden's appointment. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 108)

38

3 Sept. 1784

Maj. Gen. Campbell

Gov. Campbell

Since Gov Campbell did not accept the appointment of Mr. Ogden, Maj. Gen. Campbell has given orders for Ogden to return to Halifax. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 109)

38-40

no date

14 Merchants & Agents of Conception Bay

John Campbell

Petition indicating that a dispute has developed between the planters and those who signed petition. The merchants and agents claim that they have set the prices of fish and oil based on those in St. Johnís and Trinity, even though it costs them more to collect their debts. However, the planters refuse to accept the set prices. They ask the Governor to settle the dispute. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 110-112)

40-42

no date

23 Planters & Inhabitants of Conception Bay

John Campbell

This petition maintains that the price of set in St. John's for fish and oil are in fact prone to fluctuation ("exceeding Variable") and they therefore seek a more equitable method of arriving at a fair price for their product. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 113-115)

43

no date    

A statement saying that "three of the boat keepers met Mr. Linthorne at the governors house and after a little conversation agreed to return with him to Conception Bay" and to settle the dispute without giving the Governor any further trouble.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 116)

43

13 July 1784

William Bevil Thomas, St. Johnís

John Campbell

Thomas claims that everyone else has given up their claim to a plantation in St. Johnís, owned by his father, and asks that he be put in possession of the said plantation.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 117)

44 no date James Stokes, SJ Gov. Campbell Gov. Campbell arranged with Nicholas Gill to comment on the merit of Thomas' petition. Stokes, who has Power of Attorney in the matter, inidcates that Mr. Thomas (the father) wishes the plantation be given to his son William Bevil Thomas provided a "material compromise" can be reached between father & son.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 118)

44

31 July 1784

James Stokes, St. Johnís

Gov. Campbell

When William Bevil Thomas first petitioned the governor last August, the father requested that a decision be postponed until a compromise could be worked out. This was done over the winter, and Stokes now indicates that Thomas wishes the plantation be given to his son.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 120)

45 no date     The history of "Bennets Cove" (as the property causing the dispute was known) is provided, begionning with the grant of the property by Charles II to William Bennet, through the hands of several other owners, until finally we arrive at William Bevil Thomas. (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 121)

45-46

7 Aug. 1784

Graham for Gov.  Campbell

John Livingston, High Sheriff, Nfld

Orders that William Bevil Thomas be placed in possession of the plantation which previously belonged to his father.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 122)

46-48

8 Aug. 1784

4 individuals of Port de Grave

 

An indenture made 22 Sept 1783 between William Anthony Senior & Henry Anthony, boatkeepers of Port de Grave, on the one part, and William Pico & Elias Pico, originally of Jersey but now of Port de Grave, on the other part (now entered into the records in Aug 1784). The Picos acquire permission to use certain fishing rooms.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 123-125)

49-50

14 Aug. 1784

James Rows, Renews

John Campbell

Rows submits a petition claiming that he is the rightful owner of fishing ground that his father had left him. The land had been granted to his father in 1732 by Capt. Thomas Smith of the Dursley Galley. Rows' property is now being threatened by Mrs Clemens and her son, who have encroached upon it. Robert Carter, JP at Ferryland, adds a testimonial in support of Rows poetition.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, pp. 126-128)

51

27 Aug. 1784

John Campbell

Capt. Edgar, HMS Leocadia

Edgar is directed to look into the matter and if Mrs. Clemens is not entitled to the premises by the Act of Parliament, then he is to place Mr. Rows in possession of the said fishing room.  (See D'Alberti transcript, Vol. 2, p. 128)

51-54

1 Sept. 1784

Charles Garland, Harbour Grace

John Campbell

Garland claims that the petition of John Delaney to Gov. Edwards avoided providing a full account of the story behind his trial. Garland explains that Delaney was accused by Valentine Delaney, who was executor of the late Timothy Delaney, of having borrowed money from Timothy Delaney and then subsequently stolen the notes confirming the debt. John D. also stole other property ofg value while Timothy D. was asway. The thefts were discovered after Timothy D. died. The jury unanimously found John Delaney guilty. Garland supports their conclusion.

55

23 Aug. 1784

   

Copy of the verdict of the jurors regarding the case of John Delany. List of jurors, 12 names.

56-57

12 Aug. 1784

Richard Cullin & 8 other merchants of St. Johnís

John Campbell

The merchants of St. Johnís, trading from Great Britain, object to the fact that American traders are discharging cargoes in St. John's. They are able to undercut the cost of flour, bread etc. which St. John's merchants import from the British Isles. They thought that trade with the USA was forbidden. They ask that Gov. Campbell put a stop to the trading going on with the United States.

57

10 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

Officers of the Customs

The brig Liverpool, Mr. J. Davers master, arrived from New York, has not been allowed to enter the island. Campbell states that trade in certain American commodities by British-owned vessels is legal, and if the brig satisfies the legal conditions defined by the Order-in-Council, then she must be allowed entry the island.

58

31 Aug. 1784

Michael Lane, Lion, Fogo

[Gov. Campbell]

Lane has arrived at Fogo and sends Campbell two letters concerning the French on the North Coast. Lane hopes to prepare and submit a "Plan" of the harbour at Fogo.

58-59

25 Aug. 1784

William Abey, Fogo

[Moses Cheater & Robert Foprsyth, JPs, Fogo]

Abey has retirned from Goose Cove where he began setting up a shore station with which to conduct seal, furring & cod fishery, but was stopped by a French officer who threatened to seize his "Boat & Craft" if he did not leave. He therefore returned to Fogo to bring the matter to the attention of Forsyth & Cheater

59-60`

28 Aug. 1784

Robert Forsyth, Moses Cheater (Fogo)

Michael Lane, brig Lion & "Surrogate in this North District"

Stating that the French subjects employed in the fishery between Cape St. John and Cape "Normand" (Norman) and under the protection of a French 44-gun ship have violated the Treaty of Utrecht by preventing English fisherman from carrying on their fishery in that region. They mention Adey's complaint; they mention Mr. Fores's agent at Sops Arm who was dispossessed of his property. They ask Lane to take steps to protect English fishermen. 

60-61

12 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

Lt. Michael Lane, Lion

No settlements are permitted by recent peace treaty beyond Cape St. John; any that have been set up must be removed. [doesn't really address French interference with English fishermen]. Issues a proclamation [below] to be published at Fogo

61-63

10 Sept. 1784

Aaron Graham for Gov. Campbell

 

Proclamation: Citing relevant articles of Treaty of Versailles, signed 3 Sept 1783, setting relations on the Treaty Shore between French & English fisherman. The boundaries of the Treaty Shore are hereby revised. British subjects may not maintain any fixed settlements on the Treaty Shore; same goes for the French. British subjects must not harass or interfere with the French fishery [but doesn't specifically say that British subjects cannot fish on that coast]. Proclamation to be sent to every part of Nfld.

64-65

10 Sept. 1784

John Caddy, Chief Engineer Newfoundland

John Campbell

Duke of Richmond ordered that all of the buildings he ordered from the previous year are still to be built. Caddy wonders if Gov. Campbell still objects to the ordnance store being built in the location which was deemed part of the fishing rooms.

65-66

14 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

Capt. Caddy, Chief Engineer Newfoundland

Governor Campbell states that he still requires that the ordnance store not be rebuilt where it once was.

66-67

8 Sept. 1784

 

John Campbell

A petition signed by seven inhabitants of St. Johnís complains that a plantation owned by Elliot Elmes blocks a pathway which previously was open to the public by which barrows of fish could be carried; it also blocks running water which is now diverted into the house & cellar of one of the petitioners. They ask that the path & stream be restored

68

18 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

Richard Cullin Fishing Adm. & James Rich, Fishing Vice Adm.

Campbell orders them to hold a court to look into the petition and the claims made against Elliot Elmes.

68-69

9 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

Elliot Elmes

Elmes is to stop building until Gov. Campbell can investigate the complaints made against him.

69-74

21 Sept. 1784

Richard Cullin Fishing Adm., James Rich Fishing Vice Adm.

 

Results of a Court: they conclude that Elmes was indeed blocking the public path and the running water and that he should return it to the way it had always been. Testimony of a number of fishermen, the evidence confirming that the path and stream had always been there. [William Gaden, Peter Prim, Barnard Nurse*, Joseph Kavanagh, James Holmes, John Marshall*, John Livingstone] (* = signed with his mark)

74

21 Sept. 1784

Gov. Campbell  

Garrison Order: "Tomorrow being the anniversary of the kingís coronation it is to be solemnized by the garrison in the usual manner."

74-75

21 Sept. 1784

Owen Sullivan (his mark), St. Johnís

John Campbell

Sullivan complains that he shipped John Sherlock as a boat master in March but that in May Sherlock "Eloped" from that service, leaving Sullivan in great distress. Sherlock is now in Bay Verds. Sullivan wants Sherlock charged £6 for "sundry necessarys" that he consumed.

75-76

21 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

Charles Garland, J.P. Harbour Grace

Based on Sherlock's shipping paper, Campbell accepts Sullivan's complaint and orders Garland to charge Sherlock £6 for not completing his service to Sullivan.

76

21 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

 

Clark is directed not to take any more fish and oil from Patrick Handling, of Portugal Cove, until he provides proper security for payment of Handlingís servants' wages.

76-77

21 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

Charles Garland

John Holihan, "Shoe maker" of St. John's, complains that William Lilly, Charles Morgan, and Robert Gray owe him nearly £10; Garland is to see that their debts to Holihan are paid. Owen McCarthy, who also owes Holihan money, must pay his debt. Finally, Garland is to see that the conditions of an agreement of Nov. 1782 between Holihan and Timothy Collins "respecting a skiff" are complied with.

are all ordered to pay Thomas Harrigan, of Conception Bay, the money he is owed.

77-78

20 Sept. 1784

9 Planters and Boat Keepers of Conception Bay

John Campbell

Petition complaining that the inhabitants on the North Shore of Conception Bay have suffered heavy losses because of dogs attacking their cattle and destroying their fish. They ask that they be allowed to kill any dogs perpetrating these acts.

78-79

22 Sept. 1784

A. Graham for Gov. Campbell

 

Proclamation: Allowing the inhabitants on the north shore of Conception Bay to kill any dogs that attack their cattle or destroy their fish.

79-80

24 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

Robert Carter

William Boswell, James Lumsecraft, John Swinston, and William Collier of the brig Elizabeth and Kitty, at Ferryland, claim that they had been illegally released of their duties by the brig's master. Carter is to investigate and ensure that everyone abides by the contracts that were signed.

80

25 Sept. 1784

John Campbell

JPs Dingle, Clinch, Garland, Carter

Circular: A Surrogate will be sent to Bay Bulls to hold court there between 1 and 28 Oct. to settle all disoutes "respecting the Fishery in that District". [As this was a circular sent to JPs not only of Bay Bulls but also Harbour Grace, Trinity & Ferryland, the surrogate will presumably visit all of those districts.].

81

17 Sept. 1783

Graham for Campbell

Henry Brooks, Bay Bulls

John Driscol was obliged to let James Brown, his servant, go for lack of provisions & necessaries to carry on the voyage. Brooks refuses to let Driscol pay the wages owing to Brown out of the fish caught thus far, even though Justice Dingle issued a warrant attaching the fish specifically to pay Brooks's wages. Brooks is ordered to pay those wages or have Driscol pay the wages out of the fish caugfht by Brown.

82

10 Oct. 1784

Graham for Campbell

 

About 2 acres of land below Fort Townshend is granted to the soldiers of the 37th Regiment for use as a garden "to enable them to raise Potatoes and Vegetables for their Own use."

83

10 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

Lieutenant Governor of St. Johnís

Campbell strictly enjoins the men and people belonging to the St. John's garrison not to engage in the fisheries or to interfere with the fishery, nor to take for themselves any beaches, stages or cookrooms. A copy of the order is to be hung in Fort Townshend and another in the court house.

84

10 Oct. 1784

Graham for  Campbell

 

Aboit an acre of land just below Fort Townshend is granted to the detachment of Maj. Huddlestone's detachment of the Royal Artillery "to raise Potatoes for their Own use.".

85

12 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

Justice Dingle, Bay Bulls

If Patrick or Thomas Leoly are capable of paying John Quinn the amount owing on their promissory note to him, then they are to do so, but if they cannot, then they should pay what they can & to give their best security for the rest.

85-86

12 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

Alexander Wilson and John Brown, JPs Placentia

Wilson & Brown are to look into a complaint made by Jane Kelly of Little Placentia. Mrs. Kelly claims that she lived with John Cullin near 14 years but that in 1782 he turned her away without paying her the wages which had been agreed upon. They are to see that the agreement is honoured; if the matter is serious enough for the governor's involvement, then they should submit any evidence to him for a decision to be made next year.

86-87

 

William Jennings, Renews

John Campbell

William Jennings has petitioned that he be put in possession of a plantation which was left to him by his uncles John and Thomas Flood and possessed until the French took the island [1762?]. After that, he was not able to build a fishery so Gov. Montagu granted a "Patten" (petition?) to Holdham Bromley for twenty boat rooms, even though he keeps only three boats. Jennings requests possession so he can rebuild his fishery. Six men confirm that Jennings was the rightful owner of the plantation.

87-88

12 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

 

The JPs of Renews are requested to look into Mr. Jenningís petition. If they find that Bromley has more room than he needs for his fishery, then Jennings will be allowed to build on the plantation.

88-89

13 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

John Levingston, High Sheriff

Orders to stop the constructions of houses and huts near the water in St. Johnís harbour until the Governor has inquired whether or not the ground is meant for the use of the fishery. In particular they are to have the frames ("skeletons") of two structures and the building of another to be dismantled immediately.

89-90

 

William Priaux, Conception Bay

John Campbell

Priaux complains that he is unable to develop a property in Bamhead, Conception Bay for which he has papers; William Batten on his mother's advice claims the land and every time Priaux stakes the property out for building, Batten & family pull the stakes out.  Justice Gill subsequently informed Mr. (Aaron) GRaham that the matter had been settled to mutual satisfaction.

91

15 Oct. 1784

Graham for Gov John Campbell

 

He hereby orders that the fishing room mentioned above, near Port de Grave in Conception Bay, must be occupied as agreed upon by the parties concerned.

91-92

30 Sept. 1784

John Hine, St. Johnís

 

William Thomas was directed (see below) to return small arms issued to Messrs Noble & Pinson for the defence of Temple Bay in Labrador. Hine explains that they'd like to keep those arms, explaining that "the native Indians have for some Years past resorted to our Settlements in great numbers & during the last Winter remained there." Hine concedes that "in general they appear peacable & Friendly" but they detect "a Disposition to be otherwise" and they therefore request that they be allowed to keep the arms "for the defence of our people against any Attack," especially once the warships leave the coast for the winter.

92-93

10 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

Officers of Ordnance, St. Johnís

Campbell indicates that he will comply with Hineís request.

93-95

24 Mar. 1784

Lord Sydney

Gov. John Campbell

Two acts of parliament had been passed: one for punishing deserters & mutineers, the other for the better payment of the army. These two acts are explained.

96-97

23 3 Aug 1784

John Campbell

To officers of the Royal Artillery, Ordnance, Engineers, Acting Clerk of the Cheque

A 2-page list of bonds issued for arms & ordnance delivered in 1779 and 1780 to various merchants around Newfoundland for the defense of their harbours during the recent war. These were to be returned upon termination of the war.

97 23 Sept. 1784 Campbell William Thomas, St. John's A postscript to the above table provides a copy of Campbell's letter to Thomas, asking that the arms & ordnance issued to Noble & Pinson be returned to the Ordnance Officer by 1 Aug 1785 or the bond will be forfeit.

98-99

30 Aug. 1784

John Campbell

Baron de L'Espťrance, Governor, St. Pierre &  Miquelon

Explains that, although permission was granted last year for the French to cut timber in Bay D'Espoir with which to rebuild homes destrioyed during the war in St. P & M, a permission which was extended through this summer, nevertheless this is not permitted by the peace treaty except within the Treaty Shore and cutting on the South Coast must therefore stop.

99

16 Oct. 1784

20 principal inhabitants of St. Johnís

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A petition by 20 prominent individuals stating that the addition made to the house of James Winter is of no annoyance to the fishery.

100-101

15 Oct. 1784

John Caddy, Chief Engineer

John Campbell

Caddy states that since Gov. Campbell ordered that the ordnance storehouse ordered by Lt. Col. Pringle not be built, the boats, sails & rigging of the boats employed by the Ordnance must now be kept on the beach and that a man must be constantly stationed to watch over it to prevent their theft. Caddy urges that the storehouse be allowed to stand untl next spring, when he may have received permission to rebuild it elsewhere, there being no money allowed for such construction this year.

101-102

18 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

Capt. Caddy

Campbell has reviewed the fishing room where the ordnance building was built and since it is not being currently used for the fishery the building may stay until next spring.

103-104

5 Oct. 1784

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An agreement signed by John Campbell and Abraham Hingston giving Hingston the use of the navy storehouse on the South Side of the harbour, and outlining the terms of the agreement. Signed in the presence of Archibald Buchanan, naval office & Aaron Graham, Secretary.

105

21 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

John Dingle, JP, Bay Bulls

Capt. George Robertson, HMS Thisbe, presided over a court in the case of Driscol vs Brooks, in which James Brown had been discharged from Driscol's service, only to have Brooks take possession of Driscol's fish without allowing Brown to be paid (see above, p. 81). A jury of merchants determined that Brooks should give up enough of Driscol's fish to pay Brown. But Brooks persists in refusing to do so. Campbell orders Brooks to pay Brown's wages or have enough of his effects confiscated to pay those wages & Brown's passage to England or Ireland, "Agreeable to the Conditions of his Shipping Paper."

106-109

18 Oct. 1784

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An indenture between John Rogers "Captain in His Majesty's late Newfoundland Regiment" and six men of St. Johnís (Rev. James O'Donnell, Andrew Mulleny, Garrett Quigley, William Burke, Edward Cannon & Luke Maddock) for a property (land, gardens, fruit trees, structures, etc). Witnessed (?) by John Cummins & John Harris

110

26 Oct. 1784

Nicholas Gill & George Williams, JPs

Gov. Campbell

An account of costs incurred that season by the gaol for the keeping of prisoners (£432..18.6)

111

21 Oct. 1784

Dewes Coke, George Williams, William Gaden, Richard Hutchings, and Andrew Thomson

John Campbell

Commissioners of Oyer & Terminer declare that Sarah Spry of Harbour Grace was found guilty of the murder of a bastard child. Law stipulates a death sentence but since no evidence could be found other than the confession of Mrs. Spry the petitioners recommend mercy.

112-113

23 Oct. 1784

Aaron Graham for Gov Campbell

-

Sarah Spry is pardoned of the above mentioned murder charge.

113

21 Oct. 1784

Nicholas Gill, Dewes Coke, George Williams, William Gaden, Richard Hutchings, and Andrew Thomson

John Campbell

Commissioners of Oyer & Terminer declare that George Clark of Greenspond was found guilty of carrying away and concealing sundry goods belonging to a French brig LíActiffe and was sentenced to death but because of circumstances arising during the trial the petitioners recommend mercy.

114

23 Oct. 1784

Capt. Le Pomelle, LíActiffe brig

John Campbell

Officers of the brig l'Actiffe (Capt Le Pomelle, Louis Guillon, 2nd Master, & Francois Gouillor, Surgeon) also asks that the life of George Clark be spared.

115-116

23 Oct. 1784

Aaron Graham for Gov. Campbell

-

George Clark is pardoned of the charges made against him.

116-117

26 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

John Lees, Barrack Master, Newfoundland

In accordance with the directions of Lord Sydney to the gov. of Nova Scotia, vessels are to be chartered in the spring to receive coal at Spanish River sufficient to the needs of the garrisons in St. John's and Placentia.

118

26 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

Mr. Lees, Barrack Master

Orders to purchase eleven hundred hogsheads of coals for the use of the garrison.

119

21 Oct. 1784

Nicholas Gill, Dewes Coke, George Williams, William Gaden, Richard Hutchings, and Andrew Thomson

John Campbell

Commissioners of Oyer & Terminer declare that Thomas Adams of St. Johnís was found guilty of stealing goods from the ship of William Wood and was sentenced to death but because he appeared before the court and gave back the goods they ask that his life be spared.

120-121

23 Oct. 1784

Aaron Graham for John Campbell

-

Thomas Adams is pardoned of the charge of stealing.

121

20 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

Justice Carter

Sends him a petition concerning a land dispute, in Ferryland between Henry Sweetland and Stephen Moore. Carter is to look into the matter.

122-128

26 Oct. 1784

Aaron Graham for John Campbell

-

Orders given by Governor Campbell regarding the Fishing Admirals Court that was held on the 21st of April. The court heard cases involving land disputes regarding the fishery including the case involving the ordnance storehouse built by Lieutenant Colonel Pringle and the path blocked by Mr. Elmes as well as other cases of the same nature.

129

23 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

John Dingle, Bay Bulls

William Spurrier, Naval Officer between Cape St. Mary and Cape Pine

John Waldron, Naval Officer in Fortune Bay

Campbell appoints John Dingle Naval Officer at Bay Bulls.

130-133

26 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

Mr. Lees, Barrack Master St. Johnís

Gov Campbell has received a memorial from garrison officers indicating that the troops complain that the fuel supplies for the garrison are inadequate. Campbell gives Lees a list of fuel allowances for the garrison.

133-134

26 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

-

Giving permission to John Brophy of St. Johnís to build a fishing room on the south side of the harbour.

134

27 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

Lieutenant Governor

Stating that once Governor Campbell leaves for England the command of the island will fall to the Lieut Gov. Directs which signals are to be observed at Amherst Tower, after the first of Jan. 1785. These have been sent and the Lt Gov should only tell them to the commanding officer.

135-136

23 Oct. 1784

J.P.s Nicholas Gill and George Williams [Approved by John Campbell]

-

A summary of fines and forfeitures administered that season totalling nearly £400.

137-138

28 Oct. 1784

Aaron Graham for John Campbell

-

Proclamation: prohibiting the destruction of birds on the Funk Islands except with the permission, in writing, of a magistrate.

138

28 Oct. 1784

John Campbell

all magistrates in the island of Newfoundland

all the inhabitants of Newfoundland are to be allowed "full liberty of conscience and the free exercise of all such modes of religious Worship as are not prohibutted by Law"

139

18 Oct. 1784

Merchants of Harbour Grace

John Campbell

The merchants of Harbour Grace petition that they need a Notary Public and they recommend William Lilly for the position. (ten signatories)

140

23 Oct. 1784

Aaron Graham for John Campbell

William Spurrier, Junr.

William Spurrier is appointed Naval Officer between Cape Pine and Cape Chapean Rouge


1785

141-144

23 June 1785

John Dingle, Bay Bulls

Aaron Gragam for John Campbell

James Bryn of Bay Bulls complained that he was mistreated by Dingle; Dingle explains what occurred and his actions.

144-146

20 June 1785

Elias Coomb, John Gull, William Clapp, and David Hearn, Bay Bulls

John Campbell

These four men stated that Mr. Bryn refused to whip a prisoner. They further maintain that corporal punishment should be used but they also do not believe in the abuse of power. They also state that they sent a letter with their account of what happened.

146-147

20 June 1785

Elias Coomb, John Gull, William Clapp, and David Hearn, Bay Bulls

John Campbell

They state that if the magistrate had not insisted that Bryn whip the prisoner then the said prisoner would "have been discharged unpunished which we have too great reason to think would be attended with the worst of consequences."

147-148

16 July 1785

John Campbell

-

Richard Brooks shipped Thomas Tobyn to serve Henry Brooks between April & Oct 1785. Justice Dingle has directed Henry Brooks to employ Tobyn in accordance with the shipping papers or pay him his wages.

148

21 March 1785

George Younge, War Office

Officer Commanding His Majestyís Forces in Newfoundland

Stating that he sends an order concerning the crime of desertion which has been a problem within the army.

148-149

10 March 1785

George Younge, War Office

-

The orders concerning the crime of desertion. Those convicted by a general court marshal of desertion will suffer death.

149

28 July 1785

John Campbell

-

the Orders concerning the crime of desertion are to be posted within the corps of the garrison.

150

3 Aug. 1785

John Campbell

Fishing Admiral and Rear Admiral, St. Johnís

Orders to inquire into a dispute between Robert Nichols and Misters Newman and Roope concerning a plantation near Maggotty Cove.

150-151

9 Aug. 1785

John Campbell

The Worshipful Bench of Justices

Stating that Corp. John Watts of the 37th Regt had been absent from duty and during his absence he was harboured by Mrs. Kennedy of St. Johnís. The justices are ordered to look into the situation.

151

10 Aug. 1785

John Campbell

Gov Danseville, St. Pierre &  Miquelon

Gov Campbell states that he had apprehended John Sheldon, master of the brig Joyce of Dartmouth for his violent actions against the French brig L'Espiegle. He also states that he will do everything in his power to continue the good understanding between the two nations.

152

-

John Campbell

Capt. Farnham, Winchelsea

Directs Farnham to forward the enclosed letter for Governor Danseville.

152-153

10 Aug. 1785

John Campbell

-

Granting Edward Dunsterville for Misters Hearne, Truve and the Penryn Newfoundland Company, some land in Cape Broyle Harbour. Capt Edgar, HMS Leocadia, confirms that the land was vacant. A diagram at the bottom of the page describes the land and the harbour.

153-154

11 Aug. 1785

John Campbell

Lt Gov Elford

Campbell requests a report of provisions purchased by Elford for the use of the garrison.

154

12 Aug. 1785

John Campbell

-

G[arrison] O[rder]This being the anniversary of His Royal Highness the Prince of Walesís birth day, it is to be solemnized in the usual manner by the artillery and infantry of the garrison."

154-155

15 Aug. 1785

Capt Alexander Edgar, HMS Leocadia

John Campbell

Edgar looked into the case of Mr. Bryn, the constable who refused to carry out a whipping.  It is apparently customary for constables to whip delinquents. Bryn was therefore ordered to admit that he was wrong and to whip another delinquent. Bryn refused, stating that he took an oath never to flog anyone. Edgar therefore refers the case to Governor Campbell.

156

30 Oct. 1784

George Younge, War Office

John Campbell

Governor Campbell had refused to appoint Mr. Oyden as Hospital Mate to the garrison, claiming that Campbell is not subject to orders issued by Sir Guy Carleton whose jruridiction does not extend to Nfld, But the troops in Nfld are a detachment of a regiment under Carleton's command, and Ogden is therefore to be appointed to that position.

157

18 Aug. 1785

John Campbell

-

Garrison Order: Orders appointing Mr. Oyden as Hospital Mate.

157

24 Aug. 1785

John Campbell

-

Garrison Order: Orders to repair the doors of the sally ports. Soldiers are ordered not to throw any dirt or rubbish in the ditch.

158-162

26 Aug. 1785

John Campbell

-

Court held at the Governors House on 26 Aug. 1785. 158-162 Sgt Thomas Greenhalgh of the 37th Regt sent men to cut hay for his milk cow but the men of William Gaden stopped them saying that it was Gadenís land. Edward Power (a cooper), Duncan Campbell (a mason), William Summers, John Morton, William Gaden (merchant) and Peter Bahin all testified. It was determined that Gaden had no right to stop Greenhalgh's men from cutting the hay.

163

1 Sept. 1785

John Campbell

-

Notice stating that the trial of felons will be held at the court house in St. Johnís on the 26th of Sept..

163-164

2 Sept. 1785

John Campbell

John Livingston, High Sheriff of Nfld

[Canceled] Edward Mannix claimed that he bought some feathers and that William Keen and Robert Gill were forcibly carrying them away. Mr. Swingston is ordered to take the feathers until the matter is figured out.

164-165

13 Sept. 1785

John Campbell

-

Appointing Dewes Coke, George Williams, William Gaden, Richard Hutchings, Richard Routh, Nich Lechmere, and Thomas Dodd commissioners with the power to hear all cases except those of treason.

165-166

14 Sept. 1785

John Campbell

-

Proclamation: the inhabitants of the northern part of the island have treated the native Indians "with the greatest inhumanity and frequently murder them." All civil and military officers are ordered do their best to bring those guilty to justice.

166

14 Sept. 1785

John Campbell

Bench of Justice

Ordering that the licences for public houses be distributed in Sept. as is done in England, and no longer in March or April.

167

21 Sept. 1785

John Campbell

-

"Tomorrow being the anniversary of the Kings Coronation it is to be solemnized by the garrison in the usual manner."

167

24 Sept. 1785

John Campbell

-

Orders for Major Huddleston to purchase and deliver twelve months provisions for the garrison at Placentia.

167-168

23 July 1785

Extract of a letter from H.M. Consul at Cadiz [Published by order of Governor Campbell]

John Campbell

Stating that the Spanish have made a truce with Algiers, and that this means that Algerine cruisers will most likely now head out into the Atlantic and intercept Portuguese, America, and other trade. These cruisers have stationed themselves from Cape St. Vincent to Cape St. Mary and they believe they have also gone to the western islands and off of Cape Finisterre. They ask that Gov Campbell notify people of the possible danger.

168

1 Oct. 1785

G. Lumsdaine, Petty Harbour

-

The meadow ground owned by Elizabeth Watts of Maddose Cove doesn't  interfere or hinder anyone from operating a fishing stage in that cove. Yet some have attempted to take her land, ostensibly for fishing when in fact they only want to set up a public house. Lumsdaine gives orders that Mrs Watts' property rights are to be protected.

168

1 Oct. 1785

G. Lumsdaine, Petty Harbour

-

The ground petitioned for by John Chafe at Petty Harbour is good for carrying on a fishery and that there are no claims to it since it has never been occupied before.

169

1 Oct. 1785

G. Lumsdaine, Petty Harbour

-

John Conney, Richard Mean, James Mayrah, and Richard Welsh refused to pay William Way for the bait that he supplied them. This is to order that they pay for the bait.

169-170

1 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

-

Regarding a land dispute in Trepassey between Daniel Pennell and Edward Coombs; Capt. Farnham, Surrogate, looked into the matter. Campbell decided that Pennell took up more land than was required and that Coombs should be allowed to use the plantation.

171

1 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

-

Following investigation by Capt Farnham, HMS Winchelsea and Surrogate, Michal Fitzpatrick is granted permission to use unoccupied ground in St. Maryís Bay.

172-178

-

John Campbell

-

Appointing Nicholas Gill, Dewes Coke, George Williams, Archibald Buchanan, Richard Routh, Thomas Dodd and John Livingston J.P.s of St. Johnís. Their duties are explained in detail. At the end, Campbell indicates that Nicholas Gill's name was removed from the list on 6 Oct. for refusing to serve as a magistrate unless he was also appointed Keeper of the Rolls.

178

10 Aug. 1785

John Campbell

John Lees, Barrack Master

Lees is to purchase enough coals for the garrison's needs for twelve months. He is to purchase the coal from the merchants here in St. John's because the cost of coal at Spanish River has been increased with additional charges to the point where it is cheaper to purchase locally.

179-180

1 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Nicholas Lechmere

Nicholas Lechmere is appointed High Sheriff of Newfoundland.

180-181

3 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

-

John Chafe is allowed to use certain ground on the south point of Petty Harbour.

181

18 Sept. 1785

Robert Carter, J.P. Ferryland

-

Concerning John Hector, a negro slave belonging to the schooner Desmond who had escaped and was subsequently apprehended. Hector ran away because the schooner captain had flogged him. Hector was "very sulky" in answering questions. Robert Carter requests payment of over eight pounds for expenses in dealing with Hector. Hector had belonged to the schooner captain, Capt. Warn and consigned to Mr. McGlashen, merchant of St. John's.

182

3 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

-

Governor Campbell wants two of the J.P.s of St. Johnís to look into the charges and see how much they believe Robert Carter should be paid.

182

3 Oct. 1785

-

-

The J.P.s determine that Robert Carter should be paid only a little over two pounds, based on what the costs would be in a similar situation involving a deserter.

182-183

3 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Robert Carter, Ferryland

Mr. McGlashen is ordered to pay Carter two pounds, three shillings, and four pence for expenses incurred in dealing with the escaped slave.

183

4 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Nicholas Lechmere, Ordnance Storekeeper St. Johnís

Giving Lechmere leave for England as long as he appoints someone to do his duty while he is away.

183

6 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Nicholas Gill

Campbell tells Gill that he has removed him as a magistrate.

184

10 Oct. 1785

Major W. Orcher Huddleston

John Campbell

Asks Campbell to agree to the request of Lieutenant Laings.

184

7 Sept. 1785

Lieutenant Laing, R.A.

Major Huddleston

Lieut Laing, Royal Artillery, requests six months leave to England to attend to "Private affairs".

184

11 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Major Huddleston

He will grant Lieutenant Laing six months leave in England.

185

11 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Lieutenant Saings

Granting Lieutenant Laing six months leave in England.

185

8 Oct. 1785

J.P.s of St. Johnís

John Campbell

Stating that James Cunningham who is under a sentence of death for having forged and uttered a Bill of Exchange, is in a state of insanity. Recommend clemency.

186-187

11 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

-

Gov. Campbell pardons James Cunningham.

187

8 Oct. 1785

J.P.s of St. Johnís

John Campbell

They believe that James Phillips who is under a sentence of death should be pardoned, that he is "less guilty" than the person who testified against him.

188-189

11 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

-

Gov Campbell pardons James Phillips, charged with stealing and carrying off goods from the stores of Messrs Robert Newman & Co. of St. John's, merchants..

189-190

10 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Nicholas Lechmere, High Sheriff, Nfld.

Orders to put Michal Colbert of St. Johnís in possession of the premises of John Langsworthy as was stated in Langsworthyís will.

190-193

24 Oct. 1783

John Langsworthy

-

A copy of Langsworthyís last will and testament, making Michael Colbert his executor. Signed by Samuel Jusham and Maurice Morrisey. Langswrothy signed with an 'X'

193

10 Nov. 1784

Nicholas Gill

-

Samuel Jusham and Maurice Mormisey appeared before Mr. Gill stating that they were present when Mr. Langsworthy signed his last will and testament.

193-195

22 March 1785

Henry Stephens, George Gostling, John Grine, Deputy Registers, London

-

As Michal Colbert was named in Mr. Langsworthyís will, he should be given Langsworthy's effects and be required to pay his debts.

195-196

13 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

William Carter

William Carter os appointed Naval Officer for the port of Ferryland; the like commission gven to Alexander Willson of Great and Little Placentia

196

15 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

-

Capt. Caddy receives permission to occupy the apartments on the left hand of the entrance into Fort William.

196

18 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Robert Gill, William Keen

Gov Campbell cannot comply to their request of 12 Oct..

197

19 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

J.P. Placentia

William Saunders reports that Mr. Landeyan [or Landergan], a "Romish Priest" of a "very violent and turbulent spirit" and who has given "great unterruption to Mr. Bink a regular and sober Man of the Catholick persuasion" should be placed on the first ship bound for England.

197

14 Sept. 1785

Nicholas Gill JP & Nicholas Gill Haye Clerk of the Peace

William Gaden

Gaden is ordered to stop £8 from the wages of Lawrence Kennedy to cover specified fines and charges.

198

20 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

-

Campbell deletes £5 from the fine so that less than £2 needs to be collected.

198

20 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Mr. Danseville, Governor of St. Pierre and Miquelon

Governor Campbell states that he sends Governor Danseville a copy of the Vice Admiralty court case involving the brig Joyce and LíEspiegle and that the money will be paid to any persons who are authorized to collect it.

199-201

8 Oct 1785

22 individuals

John Campbell

The individuals have filed a complaint against Rev. Balfour. They claim they are the proper proprietors of a building at Carbonear being used by him as a place of worship. The case went before Mr. Henry Nichols, Gov. Campbell's surrogate (see below).

202-203

20 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

J.P. Harbour Grace

A Court of assembly was held at Harbour Grace on 8 Oct. 1785. Gov Campbell approves of the way in which Capt. Nichols conducted the proceedings and he does not think that Mr. Balfour "should have attempted to perform divine service in a building belonging to private persons without having first obtained permission."

204

21 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Bench of Justices

Application had been made to Messrs Robert Gill and William Keen for the amount of the fine applied by the court in the case of the Funk Islands. They claim they never heard from the Governor. Gov Campbell informs the justices that he has in fact responded to Gill and Keen. [See above, p. 196]

204

21 Oct. 1785

Thomas Wakeham, William Dwyer

-

Thomas Wakeham and William Dwyer on behalf of themselves and their wives agree to abide by the decision of Henry Chafe and John Jefferies, boatkeepers of Petty Harbour in the matter of an executors' administration.

205

22 Oct. 1785

Aaron Graham for John Campbell

-

Gov Campbell thinks that it is desirable for the military and civil branches of the Ordnance at St. Johnís to have their own gardens. He grants the commanding officer of the artillery use of ground to create a garden.

206

22 Oct. 1785

Graham for Campbell

-

Edward Cannon requested permission to take over unoccupied ground at Glan Cove 2 leagues north of Cape Race in order to carry on a fishery. Campbell grants permission.

207

22 Oct. 1785

Graham for Campbell

-

Based on report of Capt Lumsdaine, HM Sloop Merlin, Misters Robert Newman and Company of Dartmouth are given permission to take possession of ground in Maggotty Cove in St. John's harbour.

208-210

23 March 1785

Lord Sydney

John Campbell

Concerning an Act of Parliament "for punishing mutiny and desertion, and for the better payment of the army and their quarters," as well as new articles of war established for the better government of military forces; Campbell is authorized to convene courts martial to try and punish any military personnel guilty of violating said regulationhs. The document goes into considerable detail about the composition of such courts martial and the procedures to be followed.

211

17 Oct. 1785

Graham for Campbell

-

Following report of Capt Nichols, HM Sloop Echo, William Lilly is granted land on the south side of Harbour Grace to carry on a fishery.

212

17 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

William Lilly, Harbour Grace

William Lilly is appointed Notary Public for Conception Bay.

213

22 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

John Dingle, Bay Bulls

Henry Crockwell and his servant Daniel Byrn are each to appoint someone to arbitrate their dispute. If Crockwell refuses, thern Dingle is to order him to pay Brym the balance of his wages.

213

25 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

John Dingle, Bay Bulls

Mr. Byrn [Could be the same Byrn but here he is a master and in the first dispute Byrn was the servant?] is in violation of the 15th Act of Parliament [Palliser's Act]; no employer may advance more than half  his wages to a servant. Byrn must pay James Morrisey half of his wages. Mr. Byrn will also be prosecuted for a breach of the Act of Parliament.

214

24 Oct. 1785

- -

The property of Thomas Wakeham and William Dwyer has been surveyed and decisions regarding the precise division of the property between the two have been made. This was signed by John Jeffs (his mark) and Henry Chafe and witnessed by John Chafe.

214-215

28 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Robert Bulley

Robert Bulley is appointed Notary Public for St. Johnís, Petty Harbour, and Torbay.

215

28 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

William Spurrier

William Spurrier is appointed J.P. for St. Maryís.

216

28 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Maj. Huddleston, C.O., troops at Newfoundland

Campbell will sail for England on the following day. As a result, command of the troops and garrison will fall to Maj. Huddleston. Campbell also includes the signals for Amherst Tower which shall be observed after the first of Jan. 1786.

216-217

28 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Bench of Justices

Campbell orders that the Court of Vice Admiralty is to be held at the court house and that the court house should not be used for any other purpose.

217-218

28 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

-

Memorandum: the Grand Jury had represented to the Bench of Justices that the number of public houses in St. Johnís were too many and that they recommend they be reduced to twenty four. Campbell agrees that they should be reduced but only to forty.

218

28 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Nicholas Gill

Gill is ordered to deliver the Record of the Court of Sessions "now in your possession" to Dewes Coke, who is now the Keeper of the Rolls.

219-223

29 Oct. 1785

Aaron Graham for John Campbell

-

A Fishing Admirals Court was held on 21 Oct. to resolve a dispute between Messrs Newman and Roope, and Robert Nickels concerning a fishing room in Maggoty Cove. (220-221) Testimony of John Ellis and Nicholas Gill. (221) Capt. Lumsdaine, HM Sloop Merlin & Capt. Henry Nicholls, HM Sloop Echo. It was decided that the land should be turned over to Newman and Roope for the use of the fishery but that Nickles will keep flakes & premises built on the "said Kings Ground" at the King's pleasure.

223-224

29 Oct. 1785

John Campbell

Mr. Hinckston, St. Johnís

Orders Hinckston to take charge of the victualling store, blacksmith's shop, brewhouse crane and Kings Wharf until His Majestyís Ships return; nobody is permitted to make use of the wharf.

224

29 Oct. 1785

William Penney, Thomas Palmers, Sebastian Radmore -

At th erequest of John Harvey, agent & factor for Newman & Roope, they surveyed and evaluated the premises on the land divided between Newman & Roope and Robert Nickels. They conclude that N&R should pay Nickels £106. Witnessed by Mr. Field and James Gill.

225

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1786

226-233

1 April 1786

George III

-

John Elliot is appointed Governor of Newfoundland. His duties and responsibilities are described in detail.

233-239

2 July 1786

Netlam Tory, Sops Arm White Bay

-

Tory explains that for twenty four years he has carried on a fishery for Richard & Netlam Tory of Poole without any problem. This year, four of their vessels had arrived when they and their winter crew were stopped by French vessels, including a French sloop of war. Tory describes what happened in detail (confiscation of property, train oil, fish; occupatioh of a salmon fishery) and states that the French had no right to stop them as they were not in French territory. He asks Elliot whether he has the right to fish in White Bay.

239-242

-

Gov Elliot

Netlam Tory, Sops Arm White Bay

Governor Elliot states that by the Treaty of Peace the English could not have "fixed settlements" on the French coast and since Tory was in fact on the French coast he is ordered to leave.

243-244

12 April 1786

Aaron Graham for John Elliot

Capt. Harvey HMS Rose

Capt Harvey is appointed Elliot's Surrogate in all harbours he should visit.

244-247

12 April 1786

Graham for John Elliot

Capt. Harvey

Seven instructions outlining the duties of Capt. Harvey as Surrogate.

248-249

21 July 1786

John Elliot

Robert Carter, Ferryland

Gov Elliot has received Carter's letters of 19, 20, 25 May 1785. Elliot is pleased by the tranquility Carter reports in his district. Elliot does not wish to make any changes regarding the commission of the Peace but he may require more details of Maurice Kervan should he apply to Elliot concerning seizure of his effects. Thanks Carter for his efforts to discourage desertion.

249-250

23 July 1786

John Elliot

Robert Bollard, Placentia

Elliot approves of Bollardís measures for maintaining protection of Placentia following evactuation of Lt. Hornden, and steps to arrange for suitable ration of firewood & candles. Bollard is to send him an account of the state of the fortifications and a return of the ordnance stores at Placentia.

250

23 July 1786

John Elliot

Capt. Reynolds, HM sloop Echo

Elliot sends Reynolds a copy of a petition from Patrick Murray, boatkeeper of Tilton Harbour, and copies of correspondence from Lord Sydney, Gov. Campbell's reply & Lieut. Lane's report concerning a dispute between Murray & William Keen.

251-252

[1785?]

Patrick Murray

Lords of the Admiralty

Murray claims that for 20 years he kept a fishing room in Tilton Harbour and that in 1784 it was given to William Keen without Murray being asked and that Keen then came seeking rent.

252-253

8 Feb. 1786

Lt Michael Lane, Deptford, Lion brig

Gov. Campbell

Lane indicates that neither Keen nor Murray applied to him in their dispute but confirms that Murray carried out a fishery the previous year on the spot that is being disputed.

253

6 Feb. 1786

Lord Sydney, Whitehall

Gov Campbell

Sends Campbell a copy of the petition that Murray sent to the Lords of the Admiralty

253-254

9 Feb. 1786

John Campbell, Berkeley Square

Lord Sydney

Campbell will send a copy of the petition to his successor.

254

3 Aug. 1786

John Elliot

Major Schene, Quebec

Elliot has received Schene's letter describing a deserter from the 44th Regt; this will be sent to the magistrates in Harbour Grace and other places around the island.

255

24 Aug. 1786

John Elliot

Nicholas Lechmere, High Sheriff Nfld

Lechmere is ordered to send people to Funk Island and bring back anyone who is killing birds without permission.

End of Volume (no separate "Letters" section in this volume)