Responsible Government in Prince Edward Island: A Triumph of Self-Government under the Crown

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APPENDIX NO. 4.

DESPATCH (CONFIDENTIAL) FROM LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR SIR DONALD CAMPBELL, BART., TO EARL GREY, DATED GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, 1 JUNE, 1848. ORIGINAL MS. COLONIAL OFFICE, 226/73. My Lord:

[Abstract] [Reply to letter of 12 November last, asking whether Responsible Government should be established in Prince Edward Island. Has made every endeavor to secure reliable information.]

Your Lordship is aware that the whole of this Island with the exception of about 12,000 acres reserved for sites of towns, etc. was granted by the Imperial Government in tracts of 20,000 acres each, to individuals having claims for public services, and others who possessed influence with the Government of the day, upon certain terms of settlement. In order to fulfill those terms to secure their lands from forfeiture, efforts were made on the part of many of the grantees to introduce the required number of settlers (being in the proportion of 200 to each township of 20,000 acres) within the time prescribed by the condition of their grants, not with the view of giving them their locations in fee simple, but of retaining them as tenants. The settlers thus brought to the Island consisted almost entirely of the labouring classes, chiefly from the Highlands of Scotland. In the meantime other grantees who failed or neglected to pursue a similar course (and these formed the great majority) knowing that their lands had been rendered liable to forfeiture, disposed of them at nominal prices to persons, who, speculating upon the forbearance of the Government, in abstaining to enforce the original conditions of Settlement, held them with the view of reaping large profits from their sale at some future period. Few would sell in small allotments except at prices beyond the ability of the emigrant to pay; others would only grant leases for a short term of years,--

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION 3
  • Contents 5
  • Foreword 7
  • Chapter I - THE BEGINNING OF REFORM 9
  • Chapter II - RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT A TOOL OF PARTY POLITICS 19
  • Chapter III - THE POWER OF THE PURSE AND THE TRIUMPH OF PRINCIPLE 37
  • APPENDIX NO. 1. 85
  • APPENDIX NO. 2. 86
  • APPENDIX NO. 3. 91
  • APPENDIX NO. 4. 100
  • APPENDIX NO. 5. 108
  • APPENDIX NO. 6. 111
  • APPENDIX NO. 7. 117
  • APPENDIX NO. 8. 122
  • APPENDIX NO. 9. 125
  • Bibliography 130
  • Index 132
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