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20 March 1793

Speech of Lieu-Gov. Wentworth on opening newly elected general assembly.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 15


8 April 1790

Draft of an address of the Assembly to the King, enclosing charges of impeachment of the two Puisne Justices of the Supreme Court, and praying that a court may be established in Nova Scotia for their trial.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 16


29 November 1787

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 17


3 December 1787

Draft addressed to the govt. on the Administration of Justice in the Supreme Court

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 18


9 April 1790

Draft of an address of the Assembly to the Lieu-Governor, stating the impropriety of allowing the Puisne Justices to execute their office while impeached, and again requesting their suspension.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 19


28 April 1791

Copy of a letter from Col. Lawrence to the Speaker of the House of Assembly relative to the impeachment of the judges. Message from the Privy Council giving notice to the House to send all the proofs and charges they have against the judges. Why he (Lawrence) has removed from London to Kensington Square.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 20a


4 July 1791

Copy of a letter from Col. Lawrence to Uniacke. Non-departure of packet-boat carrying last letter leads him to give summary of that letter. When he sees Cumberland again will urge that Naval Office case be laid before Dundas, new Sec'y of State.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 20b


16 August 1791

Copy of a letter from the Speaker to Col. Lawrence. In receipt of letters of tenth March and fourth April, which have been laid before the House. House recommends general objects to Lawrence's attention; a free port at Halifax becomes more necessary with the increasing American duties. Answer of Gov't to subject contained in previous letter to Cumberland would be welcome. Speaker's suspicions that Gov't might remove whale-fishers were well-founded; conditions of removal offered by Gov' to whalers through Parr. "This is a fatal blow aimed against this province and if pursued will be universally considered as an act of highest injustice". £100,000 property depends on the success of this fishery. Lawrence's best endeavours are solicited. Appropriation of £200 to payment of judges' prosecution. He hopes that Assembly's new system of economy will restore the credit of the province.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 20c


16 August 1791

Copy of a letter from the Speaker to Cumberland. In receipt of his letter on 27 Feb., which was laid before the House, who request his best endeavours to procure answers from Govt. On the subjects previously recommended to his attention. Emphasizes the need for a free port, and of inducing Govt. to give up project of removing Dartmouth whalers. Letter continues in strain similar to that of Uniacke to Lawrence (no. 20). Regrets that he bears so large a share of the provincial debt, but assures him that the province will soon be able to pay.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 20d


3 October 1791

Copy of letter from the Speaker to both agents (Lawrence and Cumberland) stating that nothing of consequence has happened since last dispatch, and enclosing Journals of the last sessions of the legislature.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 20e


2 November 1791

Copy of letter from Col. Lawrence to the Speaker. In receipt of letter of 16 Aug. Instructions regarding money matters. No further information as to the outcome of Judges' case. Cannot pursue other matters without Cumberland's cooperation which has not been offered.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 20f


30 November 1791

Copy of letter from the Speaker to Lawrence and Cumberland advising them of the death of Lieu-Gov. Parr on 26 Nov.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 20g


15 August 1791

Copy of a long report made by the Speaker (Uniacke) to Lieu-Gov. Parr on the whale-fishery, and transmitted to the Sec'y of State and Lords of the Treasury. Before offering suggestions as to removing whalers, will discuss past and present interests of whalers. History of the Nantucketers. Possibilities of persuading Starbuck and Folger to move other Nantucketers to Dartmouth and thence to Great Britain. Urges this plan rather than that of moving Dartmouth colony to Milford Haven.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 20h


18 February 1792

Copy of letter from Col. Lawrence to the Speaker. The charges against the Judges now being investigated before the Privy Council. Miserable defence, vindicating them of corruption but admitting their ignorance.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 20I


15 March 1790

Examination, before the Assembly, of Wm. Lyon, merchant, on first article of Judges' impeachment. Signed.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 21


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