British Colonial Developments, 1774-1834

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QUEBEC: ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS TO GOVERNOR FREDERICK HALDIMAND, 29 March 17791

. . . Whereas by the second article of Our Instructions to you the Governor of Our province of Quebec, We have thought fit to direct that any five of the members of Our Council for that province shall constitute a Board of Council for transacting all business, in which their advice and consent may be requisite, Acts of Legislature only excepted, in which case you are not to act without a majority of the whole. And whereas it is highly fitting and expedient that no misrepresentation of Our royal will and pleasure in this instance should continue or obtain, We do hereby direct and require that this article shall not be understood to delegate authority to you Our Governor to select and appoint any such persons by name as you shall think fit to make such quorum, terming the same a Privy Council, or to excuse you from summoning to Council all such thereunto belonging as are within a convenient distance.--On the contrary that you do take especial care to preserve the constitution of Our said province free from innovation in this respect, to which intent you shall communicate this Our royal will and pleasure to Our said Council, that so the trusts, powers and privileges which we have thought fit to vest in them by Our general Instructions may by this express signification of Our purpose, be in future ascertained and confirmed.


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GRENADA: HENRY DUNDAS TO LIEUT.-GOVERNOR NINIAN HOME, 5 October 17922

. . . The present situation of the Assembly of the Island of Grenada is an object that next claims your particular attention. From the enclosed, and other representations which I have received, as well as of the temper and dispositions of that body, as of the general wishes and desires of the inhabitants, it is judged expedient that you should dissolve the present, and call a new Assembly, in order to give energy to the different branches of the Legislature, and to cultivate that harmony between them which is so essential to the prosperity of the country and to His Majesty's interests. In taking this step you will be guided as to the time, by an attention to the convenience of the

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Printed in Shortt and Doughty, part ii, pp. 704-5. (Sir) Frederick Haldimand was a Swiss soldier of fortune who had distinguished himself in the Seven Years War. He had been appointed to succeed Sir Guy Carleton as Governor of Canada in 1778.
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C.O. xo2/:6, pp. 86-89. Ninian Home was Lieut.-Governor during an anxious and turbulent period and he was killed in 1795 in an attack upon a camp of French insurgents.

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