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1-1v Dec. 31, 1770 Lords of the Admiralty (London) Hillsborough (London) Cover letter for an enclosed letter from Byron concerning the use in constructing the fortifications of men from the warships stationed in St. John’s
3-3v Dec. 6, 1770 Byron (London) Stephens (London) Concerning use in constructing fortifications of men from warships stationed in St. John’s
5 Dec. 31, 1770 Byron (London) Hillsborough (London) Cover letter for an enclosed schemes of the British fisheries and account of the French fisheries of that year
6-7 No date       General scheme of the fishery and inhabitants of Newfoundland in 1770
8 No date     General account of the French fishery at Newfoundland in 1770
9-12 Jan. 3, 1772 Dunn (London)   Observations and remarks on the necessity of establishing Officers of the Customs at Newfoundland
13 Jan. 23, 1771 Lords of the Admiralty (London) Hillsborough (London) Cover letter for a list of the names and rates of warships to be stationed this year in Newfoundland
15 Jan. 23, 1771 Lords of the Admiralty (London)   List of English ships intended for Newfoundland
17 March 15, 1771 Office of the Ordnance (London) Hillsborough (London) Instructions on who to employ as labourers for the fortifications to be built at St. John’s
19 April 10, 1771 Hillsborough (London) Lords of the Admiralty (London) Redirected copy of the previous document (see p. 17)
21-21v April 11, 1771 Boddington (London) Pownall (London) Further instructions concerning the building of fortifications at St. John’s; mentions complaints of the inhabitants of Quidi Vidi
23 Feb. 12. 1699 Blathwayt (London) Lillburn (London) Document defining pay for soldiers working on fortifications at St. John’s (enclosed in Boddington’s document, pp. 221v)
25 April 12, 1771 Pownall (London) Boddington (London) Cover letter for enclosed directions given in respect to the men to be employed as labourers at the harbour in St. John’s
27 April 17, 1771 Lords of the Admiralty (London) Hillsborough (London) Letter requesting new and/or additional instructions (if required) concerning Byron’s annual voyage to Newfoundland
29 April 20, 1771 Hillsborough (London) Lords of the Admiralty (London) Reply to previous document; contains no new instructions for Byron
31-32 May 4, 1771 Hillsborough (London) Byron (London) Instructions for Byron to be carried out immediately upon his arrival in Newfoundland; reference to the Sea-Cow (Walrus) fishery at the Magdalen islands
33-34v May 16, 1771 General Conway (his secretary?) Hillsborough (London) Argument in favor of the extra allowance for sodiers employed at the harbour in St. John’s
35-35v May 16, 1771 Hillsborough (London) Byron (London) Concerning extra allowance for soldiers and sailors
37 May 16, 1771 Hillsborough (London) Officers of the Ordnance (London) Request seeking clarification on the matter of extra allowance
39-39v May 22, 1771 Officers of the Ordnance (London) Hillsborough (London) Board of Ordnance recommend that Gen. Gage makes the final decision concerning the allowance for the labourers
41 May 23, 1771 Hillsborough (London) Officers of the Ordnance (London) Hillsborough’s approval of the previous document’s recommendation
43 May 23, 1771 Hillsborough (London) Byron (London) Cover letter for documents concerning the issue of an extra allowance for the labourers at St. John’s harbour
45-45v June 2, 1771 Byron (Plymouth) Hillsborough (London) Report concerning the events ( and damage to ships) during the voyage to Newfoundland
47 June 5, 1771 Hillsborough (London) Byron (Plymouth) Cover letter for a letter to Debbieg; includes reference to the recent birth of a son to the Queen
49 June 9, 1771 Byron (Plymouth) Hillsborough (London) Update of Byron’s plans for sailing to Newfoundland
51-52 Sept. 30, 1771 Byron (St. John’s) Hillsborough (London) Response to letter of May 4, 1771, (see pp.31-32) concerning the Sea-Cow (Walrus) fishery at the Magdalen Islands; cover letter for document below
53-56 Sept. 2, 1771 Inhabitants of Quidi Vidi   Copy of claims by the inhabitants of Quidi Vidi for their indemnification in case of damage there; contains certificates
57-58 Sept. 30, 1771 Byron (St. John’s) Hillsborough (London) Cover letter for documents concerning French fishing encroachments and documents concerning the allowance and condition of the labourers at the St. John’s harbour
59-59v Aug. 14, 1771 D’Angeac (St. Pierre) Byron (St. John’s) [In French] Complaints about the violent measures used by two English vessels in taking 10 French "chaloupes" and sending the 30 fishermen, who were fishing in the canal between our islands, back on-board one "chaloupe" without any sail. This cruelty I cannot think came from your orders but was the act of bad individuals.
61-62 Aug. 16, 1771 Bennett (Burin) Byron (St. John’s) Complaints about French fishing encroachments at Burin
63-64v Sept. 4, 1771 Byron (St. John’s) D’Angeac (St. Pierre) Apology (and justification) for the violent measures taken to prevent the French from fishing in the channel between St. Pierre and Newfoundland. (see pp. 59-59v)
66-67 Aug. 9, 1771 Debbieg (St. John’s) Byron (St. John’s) Concerning the allowances of labourers building fortifications at the harbour in St. John’s
68-69v Aug. 9, 1771 Byron (St. John’s) Debbieg (St. John’s) Argument for raising the allowance of the labourers at St. John’s harbour
70-71 July 30, 1771 Gage (New York) Byron (St. John’s) Denial of the proposal to raise the allowance of labourers at St. John’s harbour
72-73 Sept. 7, 1771 Debbieg (St. John’s) Byron (St. John’s) Order to immediately inform the labourers that their allowance will not be raised
74-74v Sept. 7, 1771 Byron (St. John’s) Gage (New York) Confirmation of Gage’s orders against raising the allowance of the laborers at St. John’s
76-76v Nov. 14, 1771 Byron (Portsmouth) Hillsborough (London) Update of Byron’s whereabouts and activities; cover letter for enclosed documents
78-79 July 30, 1771 Merchants of Fogo & Twillingate Byron (St. John’s) Petition expressing deepest gratitude to Byron; no particular request made, just a general suck-up letter.
80-81 Oct. 23, 1771 Merchants, Traders & Adventurers at St. John’s Byron (St. John’s) Petition for Governor’s support in getting rid of plans to establish a customs house (they preferred a Naval officer)
82 Feb. 5, 1771 Byron (London) Hillsborough (London) Cover letter for enclosed schemes and accounts of the British and French fisheries
83-84 No date     General scheme of the fishery and inhabitants of Newfoundland in 1771
85 No date     General account of the French fisheries at Newfoundland, St.Pierre-Miquelon, Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Grand Banks
86-86v March 2, 1772 Byron (London) Hillsborough (London) Cover letter for Court papers concerning the sentencing of John Quinlan
88-89v Oct. 3, 1771 Court Proceedings (St. John’s)    Court papers describing the trial of John Quinlan, who was convicted of murder (and given the death sentence) for throwing his crewmate, John Bugden, overboard in mid-June, 1771
90-91v May 6, 1771 Hillsborough (London) Shuldham (London) Cover letter accompanied by instructionss and advice concerning all pressing issues (fortifications at St. John’s, the customs house, the Quinlan case, etc.) in Newfoundland
93-96v July 6, 1772 Shuldham (St. John’s) Hillsborough (London) Letter in which Shuldham notifies Hillsborough of his arrival and the events at Newfoundland; contains a list of orders that he intends to establish
97-97v June 6, 1772 Parker (Placentia) Shuldham (St. John’s) Excerpt from a letter from Parker concerning the events at Newfoundland (ie- the arrival of a New England ship)
99-103v July 30, 1772     Series of proclamations concerning various issues pertaining to life and work in Newfoundland; including excerpts from letters from Parker (Egmont at Placentia), Hawker (Allborough, at Trinity); Lester (at Trinity) concerning French fishing encroachments
105-105v Sept. 2, 1772 Dartmouth (London) Shuldham (St. John’s) Letter concerning French fishing encroachments at Bonavista; Shuldham is informed that the French have a right to fish in the harbour at Placentia
107-107v Aug. 8, 1772 Shuldham (St. John’s) Hillsborough (London) Cover letter for enclosed State of the Garrison
109 July 16, 1772     A return of the detachment of the garrison at Placentia in 1772
111 July 23, 1772     A return of the detachment of regiment and garrison at St. John’s in 1772.
113 June 23, 1772     A return of the company of the 1st battalion at St. John’s in 1772
115-126 Sept. 30, 1772 Shuldham (St. John’s) Hillsborough (London) Detailed physical description of the fortifications at Placentia
127-127v Enclosed in Shuldham’s letter of Sept. 30     Map of the Harbour at Placentia and the surrounding area
128-128v Aug. 22, 1772 Parker (St. John’s) Shuldham (St. John’s) Reports presence of cannon guarding the harbour at St. Pierre; thinks this may be in violation of treaty terms
130-131 Nov. 25, 1772 Shuldham (aboard Panther) Dartmouth (London) Cover letter for a court documents concerning the trial of Mary Power of Trinity
132-134v Oct. 6, 1772     Court documents describing the trial and crime of Mary Power, a woman accused of murdering her husband; Power, who was pregnant at the time of the trial, was sentenced to death.
136-138 v Dec. 2, 1772 Dartmouth (London) Shuldham (London) Description of the condition of the harbour and fortifications at St. John’s; cover letter for a General State of the fishery
140 No date     General State of the fishery and inhabitants of Newfoundland in 1772
141 No date     General account of the French Fishery at Newfoundland, St. Pierre-Miquelon, St. Lawrence and off the Grand Banks.
142-153 July 19, 1772     Account of ordnance, carriages, small arms, ammunition, and Stores at Newfoundland in 1772
154-156 Aug. 1772     Account of the remaining ordnance stores at St. John’s
158-191   Lt. Roger Curtis (Naval officer, served in Otter  sloop assigned to the Labrador station)   An extended account about Labrador, its people (Indians, Eskimos and their customs), its fisheries and wildlife, its weather and its landscape; recommendations to encourage inland trade as well as fisheries in and adjacent to Labrador

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