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COLONIAL

CORRESPONDENCE


Letter from Lt. Gov. Macarmick to the Lords of His Majesty's Treasury, Along with a list of "Refugees from the United States of America" and the Fees owed by them to various Officers of the Cape Breton Council in regard to Land Grants, 28th December 1789: included in a pack of mail sent 25th October 1793

Transcribed by Janice Fralic-Brown

 

Copy Wm Macarmick                                                                           Sydney Cape Breton
                                                                                                                 28th December 1789

            My Lords

                   I have the honor herewith to transmit to your Lordship two Lists containing Accounts of half fees which have arisen in this Government on Grants to Loyalists and disbanded Soldiers from the Year 1786 to the present time. --
            The Amount during Lieutenant Governor DesBarres administration was laid before me in Council by the resident Officers who were concerned in passing Grants during that period and as no Document appeared to show that those fees had passed -- I could not refuse giving the necessary Certificates for the same agreeable to the King's Instructions; But to obviate any inconvenience to the several Officers who then acted and are now absent and to secure to them individually their just and proper right -- I have given one general Certificate for the whole Amount of half Fees to my Agent and particular Certificates to the respective persons who now hold these Offices, taking from them Obligations to be Accountable to any others who formerly held them and are intitled to the Fees.
            It is but very lately that I have been able to obtain an authentic Table of the Fees taken in Nova Scotia by which I am directed to govern myself until one shall be formed for this Government. --- This have occasioned the long delay in bringing forward the half fees on Grants to Loyalists and disbanded Soldiers but in future they will be transmitted regularly as directed by His Majesty's Instructions.
            I cannot help remarking to your Lordships that during a period of four years these Accounts of Fees contain the greater part of the Emoluments which having arisen in the respective Offices in this Government -- a circumstance of real and serious concern to the Officers whose greatest dependence rested on the hopes that something considerable would arise by way of perquisites in the Exercise of their Official Duties and atone for the very small Salaries which Government (supposed) from that Consideration thought proper to allow on this Island.
            But it is fully Evident that their Expectations have failed -- and in a place like this where Every necessary of life is one hundred per Cent dearer than in England -- the situations of respectable Officers are very and truly distressing.

                                                                        I have the honor to be with the utmost deference and respect
                                                                                                                             My Lords
                                                                                                                 Your Lordships
                                                                                                                 most obedient and humble servant,

                                                                                                                 (signed) Wm Macarmick

Account of Half fees on Grants of Land made by order of His Excellency Lieutenant Governor Macarmick in Council to sundry Persons who have taken Refuge in this Government from the United States of America, Reduced Officers and Soldiers between the 24th of Dec 1787 and 7 of Dec 1789.

Proprietors Names Governors Secretarys Registers Surveyors Auditors Atty Generals Surveyr
of Woods
Total
Francis Murphy 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 4 2 3 18 4
Christopher Markes 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 1 ~ 3 15 2
Abraham Cuyler 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 6 ~ 4 10 2
John Maloney 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 2 ~ 3 16 2
Robert Grant 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 1 ~ 3 15 2
Gregory Grant 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 1 ~ 3 15 2
Joseph Ferris 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 1 ~ 4 5 2
George Moore 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 1 ~ 3 15 2
Ranna Cossit 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 10 ~ 4 14 2
Tremain & Stout 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 1 ~ 3 15 2
Francis Owens 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 1 ~ 3 15 2
Alexr Ross 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 1 ~ 3 15 2
Bard Ebz: Powers 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 1 ~ 3 15 2
Ann Peters 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 10 ~ 4 14 2
Andrw Peters 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 3 ~ 3 17 2
Samuel Peters 1 15 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 5 ~ ~ 10 ~ ~ 6 8 ~ 7 6 ~ 2 ~ 3 16 2
  28 ~ ~ 9 ~ ~ 4 ~ ~ 9 ~ ~ 5 6 8 6 ~ ~ 2 6 2 63 12 10
Sydney 6th December 1789. The foregoing Account amounting to the Sum of Sixty Three Pounds 12/10 Halifax Currency was examined in Council and approved of.
                                                                                                                  signed D. Mathews P.

Proprietors Names Governors Secretarys Registers Surveyors Auditors Atty Generals Surveyr
of Woods
Total
Henry W. Perry 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Alexander Haire 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Terrence McCoristine 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Thomas Jinner [?] 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
John Storey 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
John Smith 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
William Brown 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
William Day 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
John Aymor [?] 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Nicholas Deane 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Thomas Lloyd 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
John O'Brian 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
John Richards 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Henry Roberts 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
John Shannahan 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
John Cameron 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Edward Hickey 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Donald McGregor 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Donald McGilvray 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
David Taitt 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Thomas Uncle 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
William Plant 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
John Martin 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
Smith Woodruff 1  15   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   5   ~ ~   10   ~ ~   6   8 ~   7   6 ~   1   ~ 3   15   2
  42  ~   ~ 12   ~   ~ 6   ~   ~ 12   ~   ~ 8   ~   ~ 9   ~   ~ 1   4   ~ 90   4   ~

Sydney 16th Decem. 1789. The foregoing Account amounting to the sum of Ninety Pounds 4/~ Halifax Currency was examined in Council and approved of
(signed) D. Mathews P.

Source: Colonial Correspondence, Cape Breton; C.O. 217, Vol. 109, pp. 165, 166.


Contributed by Janice Fralic-Brown
Page written 13 May, 2001

 

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