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Royal Gazette, and Miscellany of the Island of Saint John
Saturday, February 25, 1792
To his Excellency Edmund Fanning, LL. D. Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty’s Island of Saint John, and the Territories adjacent thereunto, in America, Chancellor of the same, &c. &c. &c.
May it please your Excellency,
We, his Majesty’s dutiful and loyal Subjects, the INHABITANTS of PRINCETOWN AND COUNTY, having been informed that certain Charges, of a criminal Import, have been exhibited by Mr. John Hill and Mess. Cambridge and Bowley, Merchants of this Island, against your Excellency, and others his Majesty’s Officers of this Government, and particularly setting forth, that the Administration of Justice, since the Restoration of the Chief Justice, has been partial and violent, by Means of which the Prosperity and Settlement of the Island have been greatly retarded, and his Majesty’s Government sunk into popular contempt.
On receiving this Information, we think it our Duty and a Piece of Justice we owe your Excellency to embrace this Opportunity of assuring you, in this public Manner, of our hearty and sincere Approbation of your Excellency’s Administration, the Administration of Justice, and the general Tenour of the Conduct of the Officers of this Government.
We desire Leave further to observe, that since your Excellency took upon you the Administration of this Government, we have experienced no Grievance but what has proceeded from the Failure of the Proprietors in Settling their Lands, by which Means the greatest Part of the Island is kept in a waste and unpeopled State. This is a Grievance severely felt, and, we hope, when the Affairs of the Island come under the Consideration of his Majesty’s Ministers, they will apply some Remedy to so great an Evil.
We particularly desire to thank your Excellency for the Method, adopted since your Arrival here, of chusing our Representatives, whereby we have been relieved from the Necessity either of Travelling from our Homes to a great Distance at inclement Seasons, or be deprived of the Privilege of giving our Suffrages to those we would wish to represent us in General Assembly.
Jas. Woodside, jun.
Benj. Warren, sen.
James Woodside, sen.
Hugh Montgomery, jr.
Hugh Montgomery, s.
Malcolm Ramsay, jr.
John Ramsay, jnn.
Wm. Bearsto Warren,
George B. Warren
Tho. Coughlin, sen.
Tho. Coughlin, jun.
John Power, Sen.
Alex. M’Kay, jun.
With many others, that could not be conveniently inserted in this Sheet.