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The Guardianship of Abraham Bussey
Be it remembered that on this seventeenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one before the Honorable Edward Brabazon Esquire Acting Chief Judge, the Honorable Augustus Wallet Des Barres Assistant Judge and the Honorable William Paterson Acting Assistant Judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland came Robert J. Pinsent and Robert Prowse of Port de Grave Merchants and William B. Row of St. Johns in the Island aforesaid Esquire and did acknowledge themselves jointly and severally to owe to our Sovereign Lord the King his heirs and successors the sum of Two Hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be levied goods chattels lands or tenements.
The condition of this obligation is such that if the said Robert J. Pinsent and Robert Prowse do and shall well and truly perform and discharge all the duties which appertain and belong to them and each of them as Tutors of the Person and Curators and Guardians of the estate of Abraham Bussey the infant son of the late George Bussey of Port de Grave aforesaid deceased then this recognizance to be void, otherwise to be and remain in full force virtue and effect.
[signed] Robert Prowse
[signed] Robert Pinsent
Taken & acknowledged the
[undecipherable signature here]
Bond Robt Prowse and others
To the Honorable the Judges of the Supreme Court of the Island of Newfoundland
We the undersigned Executors of the last will of the late George Bussey of Port de Grave Planter deceased pray that your Lordships will be pleased to grant us Letters of Guardianship to Abraham Bussey, his son, a minor and legatee under the said will in order to our being impowered to Lease a certain property in terms most advantageous to the parties concerned in it as set forth in our memorial to your Lordships dated the ? June last.
We have the honor
Rob't Jn? Pinsent
The Memorial Robert John Pinsent and Robert Prowse of Port de Grave, Executors to the Will of the late George Bussey of Port de Grave aforesaid, Planter
That your memorialists are directed by the will of the said George Bussey ? of a certain premise situated at Port de Grave aforesaid unto a Abraham Bussey his son (who is now a minor 12 years old) when he shall have attained the age of 21 years the said George Bussey came into possession of the premises on the death of his father, John Bussey who left it to him by will at the same time directs him (George Bussey) to keep them leased for the purpose of paying his Annuitants, one £5? & the other £1? per annum. In consequence of the premise having being destroyed by fire We your Memorialists are unable to let the period on a building lease for a shorter term than 21 years, at £7 per annum. which sum of course shall have to pay to the Annuitants under the will of the late John Bussey, grandfather of the present minor, and We apprehend that on his (the minor) attaining his majority (and the premise being then much improved by the Tenant who will now take? the Land) he may endeavor to set aside the Lease we should now give. We therefore pray that your Lordships will be pleased to authorize us to let the ground in the terms proposed so that our lease may be binding on the minor, it being the best that can possibly be done for all parties concerned, and the only way in which the first Claimants the annuitants can be placed in the receipt of the yearly stipend.
And as in duty bound we shall ever pray.
Rob't Jn? Pinsent
Port de Grave, Newfoundland
Estate of George Bussey
4 July 1831
? Pinsent & Prowse
Contributed by C. Haynes Sept 2004
Transcribed by Norma Elliott Sept 2004
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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