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From the court book The Records of Placentia from the
The following are excerpts only
Note - William is the signature of His Royal Highness Prince William Henry.
Public notice was given to all the inhabitants to attend on Thursday next at the hour of 11 o’clock to take the oaths of Allegiance & Supremacy & no complaints being produced the court adjourned until Thursday.
Thursday 10 August 1786
The Court met & the following people were sworn in.
Mr. A. Wilson J.P.
Edward Burk RC Priest
Saturday 12th August 1786
The Court met and the following people were sworn in & those who could not attend or were at sea were ordered to attend next court day.
Sworn in this day
J. Lambe ?
It was ordered that all the young men, sons of any inhabitants above 12 years of age attend and take the oaths, no complaints being presented, the Court adjourned until Tuesday.
Court House at Placentia the 4 of September 1786
We whose names are hereinto subscribed do bind ourselves to pay annually during our residence in this place the sums of money against our names respectively expected toward the support of a clergyman to commence from this day.
Thomas Saunders Esq. 5,5,0
Subscribers names towards building a Church at Placentia the 22 day of August 1786
Prince William Henry 52,10,0 His Royal Highness
No complaints being presented the court was dismissed and they being informed that a final Quarter sessions of the peace would be held 20 ins by His Majesty’s Justice of the Peace.
I do hereby order Alexander Wilson Esq. Ch. Justice to receive the licence ? Money & to be expended by him or any other Chief Justice for the time being, and to be laid out only for the repairs of the Court House and Jail, by order of his royal highness.
At a Court held this day
Henry Harvey Esq. Surrogate
The Court being opened it was ordered that all complaints should be made in writing.
Dispute between William Collins and one of his servants.
Dispute between John Baggs or Boggs and Thomas Roach
Some other Complaints were made which were found to be too frivolous to be mentioned.
John Brown J. Peace
By an order of the Magistrates of this Town, the protestant inhabitants were requested to meet, to take into consideration his Excellency J. Gambier Esq. letter respecting a missionary for this place, bearing date Fort Townsend St. Johns Newfoundland 26 September 1803, and being met they unanimously agreed as follows.
Placentia 4th November 1803
We the undersigned Protestant inhabitants of this town, do bind ourselves to pay unto the missionary being a regular Clergyman of the Church of England appointed by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel the sums of money annually against our names expressed.
Francis Bradshaw 5, 5,0
The original sent to His Excellency J. Gambier Esq. Governor.
Francis Bradshaw J.P.
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