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1775, June 21. Somerset House Desbrisay to Dartmouth, applies to be appointed to Granada or any other Government. Encloses memorial.
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The memorial, of same date, enclosed, offers to raise a battalion of 500 men for service in America,
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1775, July 18. Dublin.-Lord Ligonier to Desbrisay. Is unable to assist him with Dartmouth, not being acquainted with His Lordship. Recommends him to apply to Sir Joseph Yorke.
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1775, July 24. Charlottetown.—Thomas Wright to Dartmouth. Governor Patterson has a memorial to present on his (Wright's) behalf, relative to his situation as chief surveyor of the island; the injury he and his family would sustain by removal, the expense he has incurred, &c. It is endorsed “Nova Scotia ” through error.
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1775, July 27. Somerset House.-Desbrisay to Dartmouth. Has been informed by Callbeck that Patterson does not intend to leave the island this year. That means a loss to him (Desbrisay) of half the Governor's salary and perquisites, and with no salary attached to his office of Lieutenant Governor and personal fortune, it would be miserable to go to a desolate island; asks leave, therefore, to remain for a year in hope of obtaining & Government or he would raise a battalion of 500 men at his own expense, on condition of being appointed to the command, naming his own officers to be selected from half pay. Is unhappy that Lord Ligonier is not acquainted with His Lordship; encloses his letter (see 18th July).
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1775 ().—Memorial by Desbrisay for a salary to him as Lieutenant Governor. There are two copies.
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1775 (?).-Memorial of Desbrisay offering to raise a Company to consist of a Captain, three lieutenants and one hundred men to be employed for seven years in making public roads, he to be captain without pay and to select the three lieutenants.
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1775 (?).-C. Greville to Dartmouth (?). The training of Peter Stewart in the profession of law; he is a large landed proprietor in St. John's Island, has expended a considerable sum in the cultivation of his property and has sent out nearly 200 people who have been settled above two years. Apologises for mentioning Stewart after having recommended Grant. If appointed, Government will not have a more proper person in its pay from his qualifications, which are detailed. [The letter is without date or address. It was written in answer to inquiries as to Stewart's fitness for the office. Lord Dartmouth was Colonial Secretary from August, 1772, to January, 1776 ; Stewart was
appointed Chief Justice in 1775, which is most probably the date of the letter.]
1776, March 20. Leicester Square.-- Patterson to Dartmouth. His confidence in His Lordsbip's kindness to preserve him and his family from ruin. All his business is stopped at the Treasury and it appears as if it would rest there or be determined against him. Asks for His Lordship’s mediation and will call to explain more fully.
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1776. “Observations on the Island of St. John in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; chiefly setting forth the advantages that must arise from the settlement of it to Great Britain, and offering some Reasons why at the juncture it may prove particularly advantageous to give it extraordinary encouragement, &c." From the situation of the island it can never be a manufacturing country but must always" tempt the inhabitants to run into trade and the fishery.” The ill-treatment of the inhabitants and especially the Indians by the New Englanders, who obtained the furs of the latter by giving them rum and a bad imitation of wine. The advantage to Great Britain of trade carried on from St. John's instead of from New England, especially during the present state of the Colonies. If Government held out encouragement, many loyal people from New England would fly there for safety. The error in the first establishment of a separate Government in 1769, providing for the salaries of the officials from quit rents, as in nearly seven years these did not amount to as much as would pay them for a year and a half. Proposes that the island should be put olì a footing similar to the other American Colonies, giving the officers salaries sufficient to support their respective ranks. The paper is endorsed, “Gov. Patterson's Observations on the Island of St. John.” It was probably written in London,
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Undated. “A Description of the Island of St. John, in the Gulph of St. Lawrence, North America.” The description is in a bound MS. volume, the information given in tabular form, with note of the quality of the land in each lot, the boundaries of which are given, a list of proprietors being at the end.
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IN DE X.
“A. Z.,” letter signed, 326.
letter from, 119.
general James, 545.
American Act, 51.
West Indies, 541.
the King's ships, stores, &c., and
unwarrantable combinations and
undertakings in America, 50.
meetings in any of His Majesty's
Acts of Parliament-cont.
Prohibitory Act, 280, 416, 472.
568, 569, 572.
troubles in America and asserting
Britain over the Colonies, 265.
Colonies, 38, 39.
in America, 51.
45, 51, 52, 65, 203, 242, 364, 495.
44, 46, 47.
the several, 35.
submit to, 314.
of Trade and Navigation, 29.
[John or Samuel], 216, 239, 304.
- of powerful wrangling abilities,
390; referred to, 352, 364, 376,
Stamp Act, 27.
Samuel, excepted from pardon, 321,
captain Thomas, kindness of, 119.
270, 286, 296, 397, 419, 433, 434, 442,
directions to be sent to, 81.
the “ Gaspee,” to be recalled, 88.
509, 531, 532, 543.
Judge of, in St. Vincent, 538.
importation of slaves to Virginia
from, 113, 121.
colonies in, 141.
memorial of, 484.
slave trade, 236.
barrack master of, 459.
mayor of, ill-treatment of, 422.
regard to a Pennsylvania Act, 104.
ment of a colony west of the, 75.
Rev. -, 314.
- bis letter to merchants of
his letter to the Indians, 310.
- surrender of, 387.
Allison, Dr., his scheme, 50.
the English colonies in North America),
- for, 340.
Acts of Parliament, 295, 297.
by non-juring bishops, 483.
all power lodged in congresses
insurrections in, 35.
— to be seized, 374.
- commissioners of, 152. See also
- due to England and English
both sides, 166.
flour and grain exported to England
treaty with, 457, 461.
war in America alluded to, 52,
on the produce and manufac-
menced by Gage, 307.
150, 256, 276, 326, 331-2, 352,
422, 448, 457, 470.
in, to be prevented or dis-
by French and Spanish ships,
candidates and recommendations
Mr. Fuller's plan of accommo-
plans of accommodation or schemes
reconcile the mistake over the
scheme for union by represen-
thoughts on American com-
“An opinion,” 193.
Ambrose Serle's sketch of an
Dr. Smith's thoughts on the
Mr. Burrow's “cool dispas-
permanent union, 270.
-- measures for pacification, 334.
- MS. of 90 pages on American
future government, 398.
captain Stanton's thoughts,
- Rev. Thomas Rankin's proferreil
Joseph Galloway's additional
- a brief inquiry into the causes
question, “ What is to be done with
America ? ” 451.
&c., collected by the Royal