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30 November 1787

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 37


10 March 1790

Copy of thirteen articles of impeachment preferred by the Assembly against I. Deschamps and J. Brenton, the puisne justices of the Supreme Court, for high crimes and misdemeanours in their office.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 38


6 March 1793

Certificate under seal of the Lord Mayor of London, to an annexed affidavit of Roger Martin. Enclosed in No. 52

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 39


6 March 1793

Affidavit of Roger Martin of the Inner Temple, that annexed papers are true copies of the originals. Enclosed in No. 52

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 40


February 1792

Copy of the answers of Deschamps and Brenton to the thirteen articles of impeachment preferred by the Assembly against them. Endorsed "for Mr. Lowten." Enclosed in No. 52

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 41


8 July 1791 (1793)

Copy of deposition of Wm. Thomson, Prothonotary, in support of the defence of the Judges. Supplementary to No. 41

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 42


11 July 1791 (1793)

Copy of deposition of Jas. Gautier, Justice of the Peace, regarding a case used in trial of the Judges. Supplementary to No. 41

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 43


13 July 1791 (1793)

Copy of deposition of Jas. Clarke, Sheriff. Supplementary to No. 41

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 44


18 July 1791 (1793)

Copy of deposition of Jas. Winniett, prothonotary (deputy). Supplementary to No. 41

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 45


4 May 1792

Letter from Col. Lawrence to the Speaker. Decision of Judges' case not yet made public. Copy of Erskine's letter to Lawrence. Signed.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 46


6 June 1792

Col. Lawrence to the Speaker. Privy Council decision on the Judges' case not yet made.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 47


3 August 1792

Col. Lawrence to the Speaker. Privy Council has given decision, acquitting the Judges of all the articles of impeachment. He hopes he will soon hear from the province.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 48


11 August 1792

Col. Lawrence to the Speaker. Has enclosed copy of report of the Privy Council on Judges' case, which he cannot understand. Criticism of various clauses. Assembly's influence in the province will be ruined if they allow this decision to pass. Enclosure: No. 50 Report of the Privy Council

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 49


1 August 1792

Copy of Report of the Privy Council on the case of the puisne justices. Twelve articles deal with questions of corruption, partiality and ignorance, on which the Committee "see no ground" for advising the King "in any respect to censure the said… Puisne Justices". (Enclosed in No. 49)

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 50


4 July 1792

Col. Lawrence to the Speaker. Sends, on same sheet of paper, Mr. Lowten's bill of costs as Solicitor in the prosecution of the Judges, amounting to £276.1.7, which he has no means of paying. Success of Cornwallis in India now adds to the popularity of the administration.

Reference: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 volume 302 number 51


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