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Lovernor d'is S. J. Bonham

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6. 34 Execution.

My Lord,

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Desireed. JHIV 27

2

1859/ ictoria, Hongkong,

16th. May.

May, 1850.

I have the honor to report

to Your Loudship that His Excellency

the Governor

in Council confirmed on the

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24 the ultimo the sentence of death which

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paped by the Supreme Court on the persons of the Chinese Koong. Aryard, Sony, Archung and Leo Asei, charged with and convicted of Piracy with Stabbing and __ Wounding, at the last Criminal. Sessions 17th of the same month, in

held

on

the

stice, who was

consequence of the Chief Justicen

summoned to attend at this founcily,

specially

?

board, being of opinion, that their quilt

clearly proved, and that there

- The Right Konorable The Earl Grey,

cocre no

LOR

extenuating circumstances in their favour,

and therefore

resolution

of

ompliance with the

do com

the Council, these Criminals

suffered the extrême furnalty of the Law on

the

morning of

the 1th instant:

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respects,

Year Loutships,

Most Obudient,

Humble Servant;

11. Ha

Lieutenant Governor admonishing

the Government.

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Patty

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My Lord,

&

1850

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Bretoria, Hongkong,

16TH.

May, 1850.

reply to Your Lordship's Dispatch N° 169 dated 1th March last,

accompanied by certain Enclosures, I hav the honor to forward for Your Lordship 3

nation the unclosed. letter, No. 13 information

of this

date, from the Auditor General, having

to Dr. Gutzlaff's statement. that

inference to Dr. G.

" he had twice paid Income. Tax due upon

between April

his Salary

April 1842 and June

18.44", attached to which

of a.

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the copy of

communication from the Auditor General to 25" Gutzlaff, dated. 6th January, 18471 and. I trust that the explanation afforded.

Kaine upow

upon this point will _

by Major

The Right Monorable. The Earl Grey,

Je,

Je.

.....

prove satisfactory.

"I have the honor to be,

With the highest respects,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient; - Humble Servant,

Lieutenant Governer administering,

1/50.8/0

szul uti

Treasury

Annex st

the Government.

:

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the

N13.

Sir,

Ap

5

er

Audit office, Houghtong

16

May, 1850-

With reference to harl brey's seeportch

N=169 dated 12th March last, I have the hour

to inform you

whatever

92

that there exists no evidenez

of 38 butzlaff having paid any -

amount of

Inenne tay twice over.

the

Be the

contrary I should state that on the 18th November

1846 it was neccreary to surcharge that hentleman in the sum

of £19. 17-6, which balance against

him alore from the circumstance of his having

a second time drawn the sum

the

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of € 21.9. - for Wages of the Chinese writers to. of his department for the mouth of May 1944. org. in the first instance from the Comminariat Chest, and again from the Colonial Treasury for the whole of the

Honorable,

Major General Staveley, C.B.,

Lieut : Governor administering the Governments.

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Quarter ending June 30t following- On the 24th February 1845 F2

hu

remains no

3. hutzlaff

on

paid to the Colonial Treasurer the suni

1461. 10.7

T

of

which #59. 19.0% was due for theome

- as, leaving £4.11.6 to be deducted from £21.7. - overdrawn, and thus a surcharge-

already stated.

was recovered

I observe that &e butzlaff has forwarded.

copy of his letter to me гору

of the

of

the 4th clammary 1847- but not of my reply thereto which I have

the hour to annex as combodying all the required :formation on the subject, and showing that

92 butzlaff's

case did not meet with the neglect, wither from my predecesor, or myself, which the tome of his communication to Sir Charles Trevelyan,

would seem

to imply.-

92

I would further beg to observe that ful explanations as to 32 Gutzlaff's account were rendered in the replies to a paper of queries from

the Audit Boards, dated 114

rek

on

Mumch 1846, and consequently there

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fresh matter to be submitted

I have, to,

the present rccasion.

(Signed) W. Laine

Auditor General_

✓ True Maky)

Melonials Sentary

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A ss of 1850.

Inclosure No] in Gesp:

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NE

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N-166.

A

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Victoria

Audit office Posting

Houghtong, 6th January 1867.

In reply to your letter dated I have the honor to inform you

was co

therein referred to evas

late anditon

the 45t buitent,

4*

that the matter

carefully investigated by the

Generals, who, finding

indebted to the Public in the sum

that

you

of € 19 ~ 1766, in

accordance with his instructions surcharged you with that account, and further

ther in

antiver

to

queries from the Audits Board on the subject-

-

of the £31.9. - (twice acecived by you), transmitted to rugland a full statement on the subject

a

together with a copy of your

Copy of your letter dated 2nd betober last, and of the vouchers attacked trérets.

These

despatches

were sent by the last

October Mail and until further instructions received I do not consider myself qustified_

are 1000V

Rev2 20 Butzlaff,

tc.

&c.

General to The Lieut. Letter from the Auditor

بال

Income Tax que

he had twice paid the Gutzlaff's assertion that Governor, respecting,

Salary

On

Kid

1842/ and June. 1844.

16th May, 1850.

beliseen Afril

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in es immediately troubling the Commissioners,

on at all currting the subject, unler you have prech matter to

urge.

"Beg however to remart as

a

regards

arts some

Memoranda by your

accountant, at foot of the recount puniched by the Colonial Freaser,

that the amount dive by you for venue Tax on The the 30th of June 1944, was £59. 19.0% and not £40.1.1/1⁄2, and further with reference to the Statement funished by Mr. 97. Commissary beneral : Miller (which exactly conceponds with the Jacasuer's

account) that the sum of £ 21.90- is the only amounts of which there any of the papers, and is no accounted for by the Commissioners "Cubiting the Public Avenuts._

1

The sums

is no

no information in required to be

for

which appear to have been received from you, viz.

are placeed at your credit as follows-

For a refund.

#

Jenue Jay

leaving at your Credit

//

£ 641 70-

614107

£ 1251747

+

± 64′′ 70

W

59 1194 03/4

£124. 60/4

11 6 7/4

which deducted

from

8

£21 Ju-, unaccounted

for by you leaves the sum

leaves the sum of £14. 17.6, actual

amount due by you to Her Majesty's borommet,

With reference to the

Amount

suppose

of 112

Με

Martin's scceipt, in which you expose £21.9.- to be included, as a refund, that bentleman must

(vas

I apprchend have been under a mistake, the whole amount lese only Statlab as shown, at the time due for bicone Tay. Of this informal

nal document there is no register in the Treasurer's Office, and I should

and I should imagine

that

your proper course is to Communicate with Mr Martin on a so

subject with which

he must be well acquainted, and which from ats informality

rather the

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appearance of a private than a Public tranzaction and therefore not, legitimately, recognizable officially...

I returne herewith the vasions documents forwarded. with your communication of the 4th octants, and should you still ic

be desirous of transmitting this elabrate case for the consideration of the Commissionen for Auditing Public Accounts, you will I trust do me the farms to enclose them to

Aue

fr

that

puupore, when rendered mune

regible and intelligible

I have, Ve.., (Signed) W. Crine

A.G.

apy

Tave fory

(Sagued) W. Caine,

Auditor heverl

Iceceived us communication from Bchutzlaff

no

on this eulject subrequent to the date of t : letter.

(Signed) W. faine.

Yo. 41.

fudicial

So I forconsid? 2 Auf yão

My Lord,

6183 Arug or y

registered.

JUN 23

Low

1850) ictoria, Hong kong,

ug

17th May, 1850.

I have the honor to report to

5

Your Lordship that in compliance with instructions left by His Excellency

one

Excellency the Governors

Indian and 24 Chinese Convicts under

sentence of transportation

were

yesterday.

Houstong, 10th May 1850.

Глис

(True fopy)

Mani

Colonial Secretary-

sent to "Singapore on board the barque "Sir Edward Ryan." The charge for passage and rations agreed upon with the owner of the vessel

is 30 Dollars per head, or

in the aggregate, equal to £. 156, 5. C.

50 in

$750

The usual legal documents

requisite for their detention at Singapore

were transmitted at the same time to the

Honorable Colonel Butterworth, Governor

s

The Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

yo,

se

Auditor General:

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of the Straits' Settlements, and I beg to

annex ch

of the 25 Convicts

descriptive List of

for Your Lordship's information.

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect, Your Lordships,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

Lieutenant Governor administering, the Government.

Mr. Merimle

Send to the

Spouse

Treasury

statery

That Lord Ge

"ak. 25/7

The exponed.

2

cm 1325

Annex Nall

any

6183. Hong Horry

in Ch. Juculyon H. CB.

KUTE

Jadin

WHames Baal Great

2

30

ит

441 17 May

Six

2 Aug

10

I am dixited by lool Grey

the transmit to you,

for for the

Considivator of the Lords

Treasury

Commiforovers of the Fundury

the Copy of a Despibh with it's

the Offian enclosure from

Administering the Goot of

Hong Hong, reporting that

one

Ludian and 24 Cherise

Convrits, under sentence of

Transportation, have been sent

Singapore

ра

bound the

Bargine Fir Cuaid Ryan'

at an

aggregate Cost of £ 156.5.0. and I am to

request that

to you

will state

to their Lordships

And

4

this

Gerry is of spinion

That the expenditure which

has been incurred.

en

this account should be

Savetrived.

Мне

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The

Gov. 6103.7 Houphing

JM

Offer Administering

the

God of Hong Kong

10285

Eontered

220.

23 Dec50 дес

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I here to achumolidge the reuph

MINUTE MR Paris

1850 DECR

20.

MBElliot

of your Berpeth Mast of the 17".

Merivale Malawes

20

Earl Grou

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may lash reporting that one Suction and 24 Chinese Cenoits

Under sentinel of transportation

Singapore had been conveyed to

brand the Per Eluard Ryan,"

and I have to signify to you

my approval of the expenditure

which has been recurred

вовим

on this account amorenting to

the

Surn of £156.5.0.

there

Descriptive List of the Indian and 24 Chinese

tga

James

Country

L

Nos.

Profession or Trade

Crime.

+

Prisoners under Sentence of Transportation:-

Term of Transportation Gate of Sentence

7 Years - 15th 9ee? 1849

Height

Feet In:

General Description

4 114 Large mark on left check

15 Years - 15# gee 2 1849 5 542 Tur eats on the forehead -

Jone

China 30

41

Stone Cutter Corlic

Larceny - Robbery with how-

for

15 Year!-

30

Corlic

تم کو

میر کو

Robbery with Arms-

Stabbing with Intent.

29. Seller of tobneer Burglary and Larceny -

hion

Carpenter Hawker Piracy-

Piracy -

-

J

#

54 dark complexion-

15 Years-16th Febr. 1850 55 Cross cut on

#

#

"10 Years. 15 Years- 15 Years- Life

15 #

Life

28

24

22

Boatman

#

39

Boatman Piracy-

29

Stone Cutter

Robbery with Arms-

22

Cow Keeper

Robbery with Arms-

38

#

Burglary and Larceny -

10 Gears

#

#

Hawker

E.

Intonio Francisco India 21

Win Arking Chun Krearm Jung - Arteon Wong-hyow

Low thenong

hing

Chow seen Nurk - Anjane Lam nom chune

More; Ahbook, alias Wong Arbrek

Mow:

Chnong Ahfakt

Some tiver fook

hung Archuch

L

chri

Cheang, you Chan Chu hing Zic thymm Sung

Guns Arkeen Liz Are how hehow

L

the. Archong Fung Arhung

Tam Ayour Chan Arice

Infork

ill

Chow Arying Cheong Arzung

#

#

#

#

32

30

35

29

28

Bontman Piracy-

seller of Fish Piracy -

Seller of Fish Piracy-

Seller of

Trader

of Fish Piracy- Piracy-

Boatman

Bontman Piracy- of Pork Piracy-

Jeller

30. Seller of Fick Piracy--

29

24

Bontman Piracy - Boatman Piracy- Bontman Pinney-

Dont builder Burglary and Stabbing

Victoria, Hongkong, May 14th, 1850.-

#

#

40

28

#

#

#

34

Puacy-

#

#

Life

Life

15 Years

Life.

Life

Life

Life

Life

Life

Life

Life

Life

Life

Life

(True Copy)

15 spil.

#

#

15

16

#

24

#

#

#

forehead. 5 2/line cuts on the head. 5 04 One sear upon

the head.

55 A sear between the 56 Fair complexion-

5

to to to Yo

544

55

eyes-

right foot and head

quall scar on right.

mclined to be greyheaded -

53 Fair Complexion -

5 0/2 Front upper teeth prominents. 5 61⁄21⁄2 Small mole on under lip - 56 Slightly pockmarked- 5 8 Might

Jean Fre

left eye.

56 Fair complexion-

5 3 cut on back of head.

right.

5 | 41⁄2 Jeep Lear oveL 5 172 sear on upper lip-

5 4h Top of left

car elit.

5 5/1⁄2 Two cuts on right

CAL

car

5 6 deeply pockmarked __ 5 2 Fair Complexion-

56. Mole

upon left cheek. frow

4 11% Two Cuts on

H.

12

Remarks

(Signed) W. 4. Mitchell

offg. Sheriff.

tetonial keretary-

Inclosur

sure_ in Despatch

No Hl of

1850.

42.

"Judicial

Letter latent to

Adm 27-31 July/50

4.2.

My Lord,

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M

6184. Jiong Kong.

Nesideren 25

Victor Houghong,

18th May, 1850

13

compliance with instructions contained in your Lordship's Deepatch N970 of

No170

5th March last, I have the honor to transmit herewith the Patent appointing Mr Hulme

Judge of the Vice Admiralty Cont at Houghing accompanied by a Return of the amount of Fees received by the Judge of the said Court- from 17th April 1867 to 25 May 1850.

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

Descriptive.

Duplicate.

J

List of 25.

Convicts transported to

1850.

Singapore.

on-

"the 16th May,

!

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The Right Hourable, Tien Karl Grey,

Lieutenant Governor

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administering the Government,

to

tc.

१०.

Mr. Meinale

ward the Petent in the Admin

W. B. Hanutton.

1850

MINUTE

JULY

MR. Jadis

29

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MrElliot M&Merivale

MR Hawes

Earl Grey

W.M.

In 242. 18 May

30

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1709. Admwelty Hong Honey 6184 for

14

318m4y/60

With reference to your

Weller

of the 26 of Felmary lock

by Earl Grey Save created by Ear

Transmit to you

hermitte

to

The Letters Patent appointing

Mr Halmie Judge of the

Vice Admuretty Couch h Hong Hong accompanied

by a Ratione of the amouch

of Fees received

владе

by the Judge

From the 17 of April 1867.

to the 2d May 1850.

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Governor Bonham, $. C.B.

No 211.

Forwardedla! 1850 Mr. Smith:

R

M&Merivale

NOVE

Laruaues 27

Earl Grey

W.M.

Si

28 Neyse

I have to acknow.

tedge the receipt of Lieutenant Governor

Staveley's despatch, N. 42, of the 18th of

May best; and in returning herewith the Letters Intent under the heal of the High Court of hemically, appointing

W!! Hulme to be

Judge of the Vice Adinally Const

15

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at

to acque

that the Lords

the

have stated to

then it does rest

appear

that

Ruy

Justimment.

acessary session

further Stamp is

Wat

lieve

(Signed) Robt Dundas Cay,

Registrar

Return of the amount of Fees received by the Judge of the Vice Admiralty Count of Houghong. from

the 17th day of April 1847 to the 2nd day of May 1850-

17th April to 31th December 1847-

122 January to 31th December 1848.

1849

to 2nd May.

1850

$

9176- 16

2476

4216 11

270 0 104 111

£_104 / //

of

which the

sum of £15. 7. 6 was recived by 113 Charles Molloy Campbell while Acting Judge from sott November 1847 to 16th June 1848.

(True Copy)

-Colonial Secretary-

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The

N43.

Miscellaneous.

My Lord,

30 0

1

1850

17

Victoria, Honghong,

18th May.

1850.

In continuation of His Excellency The boremors Despatch N.30 - of 20th April lasts, I have the hour to acknowledge the receipt of the following despatches on the

12th mutant:

briginals

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12

No 1641 to 171, - the Cast of 10th March, 1850-

Separate of 22nd February, 1850 -

Circular of 282

Duplicates

Military, No 12, 13, and. 14. -

Right Honorabie, The Earl Grey

&c.

1

I have the hour to be,

With the highest respect Your Lordships.

Mat Parient. Hum Me Strenut

Lieutenant Governor,

fc.

administering the Government.

RA

Return of the

amo u M

of

the Vice Armirally

Fees received by the furge

17th April 1

"Court at

1830.

long long, from

may

No 42 of Inclosure. No 2 in Desp.

1850:

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No. 44.

Financial.

Johond B3?

50

My Lord,

Desistant JUIN 25 1850

Victoria, Hongkong

18th May, 1050.

I have the honor to enclose

for Your Lordship's information a list. of Leases of Crown Lands which were f

put up for sale by Public auction on the

17

th

Instant. From this List it will

be perceived that out of the whole number of 18 lots but 8 were. purchased, advance on the upset price

and that an advance on

18th May.

The Lieut. Gov.

Victoria, Hongkong, 1850.

to

The Earl Grey

N43.

Received

Acknowledging

inor,

rece

ipt

of Despatches to N17/ th March, 18508.

of 12.

wvas

made

ow one.

of them only. The

aggregate

annual Pental derivable from these & lots

is

F. 131441.

I have the honor to be

With the highest respect,

The Right Honorable The Earl Grey,

&c.,

Je,

so.

Your Lordships,

Most

Mr Elect

ak. 25/7

2.FF.1977

¡

Most. Obedient,

Humble Servant,

.......

ны

Lieutenant Governor administering

the Government

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of drawing up the List. It is oversight requested that the abood correction be made in

This No. should be 350. The General's Office, at the time

occurred in the Surveyor

therefore

othe

copy

sents

"Colonial secretary.

the Original Despatch Sr. 441. Magne

with

21 it. June, 1950.

NB.

20

2

187.A. No bidder

3

63

Z.T. Buck

4

47.4 Chin Aping

Land Lease Sale. 17th May, 1850.

order 12 of Lot

of Jali

Ne

Inland

Purchaser

187 W. Morrison

Content in

Upict Square feet Uununl vient

£. d. 42.

53549143

5354 9143

Huochi dominat

£

914.3

35478 bl 72 647 2

4500/24 10

155 0

5

47 B. No bidder.

4500 | 12|| 410

в

47C. No bidder

4500 12 4 10

7

8

9

47D-to bidder 205 G. Guddell 205.4 M. Duddi?C

4500 124 10

10

205B. No bidder

2925 561

2232 4

5915 10 14 7

4.1

//

205C to bidder

12

14

15-

249.A No bidder

15

205D

Chemy Assow

205 E No bidder

269 Le Amay

4390 7193 2910 557 5631 10 43

557

4500 1250

1350

4500 12 50

16

370

to bidder

4500 12 50

17

270 A to bidder

18341

Ng Apron

X

True Copy)

4500 1250

5512 1500 1500

Total Annual Rent ± 13/4x1

(Signed) Chas: Fiber. Cleverly, Surveyor General

Telmial Secretary-

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Vo.

45.

Miscellaneous

четвор

Mrs Lord, My

Regilend

·JULY 25 1850

221

A Dictéria, Hongkery,

est 23rd May, 1856:

I have the honor to forward

the enclosed letter to Your Lordship' s address accompanied by a Petition to Her Fr2_ Majesty The Queen, which I received

from Mr. William Tarrant, with a- aquest that they might be sent

Ano

by the

by

Mail which will leave this tomorrow.

I have the honor to be,

"With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient,

Humble Servant,

:

F

The Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

Lieutenant. Gove mor administering

the Government .

Yo,

&e,

So.

ずった

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Mr. Merimle

The best thing I can do to bring this sulyget back to y

to forward you

the principal features

rezzo mb

Sei seps. Mindi

cate

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22

6187. Hong 750.

King

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Mrr Merivale.

The case

of Tarrant was for a long time undespored

nt of

of . The delay arose for the want,

information to enable Lord Gray it. Hence it was necessary

King

lico

sufficient

to deal with

to refer to Honey

necesary to refer

three times before the case could

be settled. But I do not see that such delay

as

improves M. Tarraut's position. He had been

distinctly informed

the 2

- 1867 / see the

"Oct. 1847

Surreyor General's Letter in 7349-91849) that this

abotlihed from

proceeding

Office of Clack of Porestry the 30 of the preceding

which, in this Country

should consider

rather

treal sharp, but which perhaps the local authorities from personal aquaintruce with Tarrants

J

conduct and character might not think a dissipal) but that abduction cons

severe dis.

by this Office

nut formally sauctioned until the

Λ

7 April 1849.

There is no Would have been conveyed

no doubt that Lord Grey

sanction

d cartier if it had been

thought necessary to do so, but I see no why his Lordship's approval of the abolition of the Office should have been separated from the rest of the question:

nearly

I am satisfied that

as much delay to the Governor Lord Grejs

various

Rece

recurred in

signifyz

in

hang trọng, Horng

other reductions at

yet I know of

that Celony

/720

ہے

similar cistance either in

elseshere of the reduced Officer

and the arrival in the Colony of the Secretary of State's despatch conpiniez such altition. It appears to me

therefore, that fo Mr Tarrant can

scarcely

the foregoing

reasons,

have his application complied with without departing from the usual practice.

this appeteer request for compensation for

23

abrupt dismissal, which has in fact been resand

dionipat,

see 1585 / appears to me to carry

749

streaky / se

rather more

weight in it _: but I rely

mul

FINE

na Bonkarn's judgment, and justice

Guerns that unless the

Ze-ce

any

indulgence

being granted to Tarrant, which he certainly

has not done,

one of

I should doubt the propriety this person's case special favor.

f making

reserve

was abolished.

so they

claiming salary for the interval beteilen

the intimation that his office

I send these papers till you retion to Town

are not pressing.

AB.

Request/50.

I

agree with it. Blackwood. It don not

appear to me that this petition alters the case. No Bonham.

must

be the party to decide whether to Javrant deserves.

or employment in some other office. Hi

reinstatement

of salary is, I comes with her Markund.

claim for areas of salary

untength.

thinking,

1.4

Stainle

4m. 13

Menen

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pence

24

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I am not autre of any other case in which No Tarrant use inshord, Except that

imotord, Except that out I which the present memorial auser. He charged Major Caine with extortion practised through his ration

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agents if not by himself. The for. (Sir) Baires) had him indiclede for à conspiracy against Major, Time suspended him fonction

Caine : 2 at

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ffice. The indictment came to the perecesings again

a thing,

Jamant were disapproved of: hat in

the mean time his spre had her abshished, and it is against

ther

that be how appeal, rightly supporting,

I have no doubt, that the abolition

blaw at himmal (. But

lize meant as a

the difficulty of interfering in his favour in that (not to theak of Sir / Davies) Lostlity (Wein) MM. Donkan hou aluzys shes such abstained from sazing anything

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Sir: I have receives

MGen. Staveley's

your Despatch N.45 of the 23. May forwarding

a

Letter from Mr. William Tarrant addressed to

initia Petition

а

myself, met a

to the Queen praying, Her Majesty

toorder the

payment of his Clarin

to certain Lalary in respect

his office of Registrar

орвит

of heeds at strong and also to grant Compensation for the loss of his said Office?

You will aquon't

M. Tarrant that I have

laid

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8

26

laid his Petition

before the Queen, and

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that her Majestop ons pitused to receive it

but

very gracusely that for the reasons

stated in

Despatit

my the 28 Febr

N. 167 of

lust, it has not been

in

my power to advise

Her Majesty to make any further Order

Mereupon.

have ty

My Lord

bictoria, Hongkong

20th May 1850

In my

letter to the

aadress of W. Under Secretary

Merrivale of December last

of accompanying Copy of this Excellency Governor Bonkanis reply to my Solicitors uitimation of the return to this folony of the Comprador who had been Jiulty of

Jiulty of so much extortion in the name of Major fame ваше I stated for your Lordship's

The Right Honourable The Barl Grey

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te

Le

Downing Street

information

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information that unless redress was afforded for the serious injury inflicted

on me,

I

should be constrained to appeal to Her most Majesty

notice

or

grazion

cr

to Parliament It has been with extreme pain that I have Wceived, arkice of your Lordship's continued opinion that further payment of Salary Compensation may not be mave, and I greatly deplore the necessity of bring compelled in justice to myself to solicit your Lordship to lay before Her Majesty the Petition which accom -panies this letter.

I that the would fain hope

manner in which

I have stated my

case

will

:

will induce

Lordship

matter in a

27

to wires the your different light, and in confident reliance on your Lordship's sense of Justice I make bold to pray that

Lordship will deem t to

to recom

your

it fit

mm

mend Her

to

INE

my

Majesty to accese prayers

I have the honor to be

My Lord Your Lordship's

most obedient

humble Jervant W, Jan aut

It appears presumptions in me to take the liberty of pointing out, that, according to your Looship's present

decision

!

decision, I am punished with

an

abrupt dismissal from Her Majesty's Servrie

account

proven

of

nor

of a charge

investigates

neither

Had your Lordship's

your

pleasure as to your confirmakin the nominal abolition of my Office been notified to me before the end

of

the

the Fran

for which the pay of the Office

had been included in the folonine Estimates, I Should

have had less

Wason

to

complain,

but having been previous by informed by Governor Davis that the Majesty had graciously confirmed my appointment, had looked upon the informal

notice of

of a Subordinate

Laving reference

freer as hav

to ulterior arrangements

and

!

28

and in no way

to vitiate

my

intended

claim for

the full pay of the Office

Lordtlife

Shaved

e your decision be favou

u able

to

me

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29

To the Queen's most Excellent Majesty

The humble petition of William Tarrant

of Vretoria. Houghing

Kay it please your Mapsty

Your . Majestif's humble Petitioner in the performance

of duties in your Majesty's service laid a statement before the Government of this Colony of certain extortions practised and attempted by Chinese residents in the Major William Caine, Colonial secretary

and

name

of

Your Majesty's Petitioner was thereupon falsely

I groundlessly charged by the said Major Caine

with conspiring

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30

conspiring to injure his character and reputation and in consequence of

such charge was suspended from Office pending the pleasure of your Majesty's Government

After a lapse of nearly two years the pleasure

was made known to him of your Majesty's Government in the following. Coromial Office, Victoria, Hongkong 14 June 18.17

"Fir

terms

I am directed by His Excellency the Governor " to inform you

that a despatch has been received by " the present Mail from the Right Honourable the " Earl Grey confirming the abolition of the Office of "Registrar of Deeds in the Land Department and "authorising the payment of the Salary due to you from "the date of your suspension (5th August 1847) to that

the abolition of the Office

on the 30th of the following "Month, and the arrears in question will be paid "your applying for the same at the Colonial Treasury.

"of

I have, &c

on

Signed

Signed

M. Carine

Colonial Secretary

31

L+

And

your

Majesty's humble Petitioner complains of the hardship thus inflicted on him by such a small

bein

award of pay, such award being at total variance with the spirit of the published regulations of your Majesty's Colonial fivil Service, which is of the following tenor, -

1* If the Secretary of State for the Colonies disapprove of the suspension of any functionary, such functionary shall receive the full pay of the Office from which he was suspended, for the full time that he shall have waited to know the pleasure of the "Home Government, even although another Person

•have been receiving to to this effect-

the half pay of the Office during

such periva

or words

may_

And your Majesty's humble Petitioner has pointed out in Memorials to the Colonial Office the hardship thus inflicted

licted on

on him, and has drawn

attention

in

32

attention to the fact that the Office of Registrar of Deeds is only nominally__ abolished, the duties of the said Office being still performed under a different denomination such duties of necessity arising through the operation of an Ordinance enacted to provide for the registration of Deeds affecting.

immovable Property

in this Colony, which Ordinance is still in full force and virtue -

And your Majesty's humble Peḥtioner Craves reference to the correspondence annexed showing the reasonableness of his application for payment of Salary for the whole time that he waited to know the pleasure of your Majesty's Government, and he humbly but earnestly implore's your Majesty to order payment of the same, namely for a period of One Year and three quarters or thereabouts, in addition to the One Month and Twenty seven days for

or which payment is already ordered

And your Majesty's humble Petitioner further prays compensation for an abrupt dismissal from your Majesty's Service, in which he has been

many

33

many

years in this trying Climate to the serious injury of his health, as testified in the following extract from a letter written in 1843, and addressed to the Head of the Department to which your Majesty's Petitioner was then attacked "I am to inform you that Mr Tarrant having been long

in the employ of Government in which he has lost his health, and having

been Zealous and attentive in the

1

very

-discharge of his duties His Excellency (fir Henry Pottinger/ would wish every reasonable indulgence shown to him and would sanction, etc, et

signed, Richard Woosnam

Offf Sep & Colonial Secretary_ And in conclusion your Majesty's Petitioner would humbly pray that the circumstances of his case might be taken into consideration, whereby it would be seen, that Your Majesh's Pektioner has been subjected to severe

Through the simple performance of a bounden duchy. And your Majesty's humble Petitioner as duty bound will ever pray.

William Tarant

injury

in du

Fictoria, Honghong

Hongheng 20th May 1850.

34

clam

Letters addressed to the Petitioner.

Wouncil

Office, victoria, Hongkong, 5th August 18417

4

I am directed to inform you that this Excellency the Governor has this day with the advice of the Executive forneil resolved

what transpired with reference to

010

the

grounds of

to yourself in the Magistrate's fourt on the 27th and 29th Welting, to suspend

from your Office under the Land Department pending the pleasure of ther Majesty's Government; but I am to acquaint

are allowed to state in writing any

you

ou

you that

you which you may have to

аедис

matter

our exculpation.

unge in your

ur own

Signed

-

am

...

Ld, A, Mastro

fluck of Councils

Extract from Letter dated 3th January 18/18.

His Excellency considers it desirable

the instructions

Five Months after

Suspension.)

That you

Should awart

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I

:

the Right Honourable the Bare Grey whose decision be looked for by the next Mail"

(nearly

vigned

Wilaine

35

may.

Colonial Secretary

-

Colonial Office, Victoria, Hongkong, 29. Nov 1848 Sixteen Months I fir, I have the honor to ucknowledge after suspensions) Jake and to inform you

Lute, and to inform you by directiong felley of this of this Excellency the Governor that no instructions have been received from the Colonial Office by the present Mail relative to your suspension from Office

your

nearly a year and a half

I have to

Signed W. Laine

Colonialdeet

Colonial Office, Victoria, Hongkong 23 Ice 1848

early suspension,ysis, Iam directed by his Excelleney

the Governor to enclose for your information

the accompanying

36

accompanying extract of a despater from the Right Honour able the Earl Grey, dated 10th October last.

"

Dam He

Extract

digired W. Caine

Colonial Secretary

You will acquaint W. Janant that I have received " his communications of the 19th August 18417

19th August 1847 and 23rd July

"last,

and

that he will receive an answer to his letters as soon as I have obtanied the necessary information for

• that purpose.

time extract

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Petition

N46. Financial-

My Lord,

resutar JULY 25

1850

Victoria, Houghtong,

34

24th May, 1150.

With reference to His belleney The Governor's Deepatch 137 of the 26th Ultions, I have the honor to enclore herewith the

· Certificate signed by the lecting Trenemer and examined by the Auditor, stating that the Honorable Mr. Mercer has received Salary_ up to this date at the rate of £900 per

Annum.

The Right Honorable, The harl Grey,

I have the horior to be, With the highest respect, Your Lordships,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

M. Star

Lieutenant Governor administering the Government.

&c.

&c.

Jag kan mo sana a

B. 25/7.

Mm pr 25

38

Cola

Polomial Treasury.

May the 24. th 1850. I hereby certify that the Honorable

M. W. Mercer, Esquire Colonial Treasurer, has received Salary at the rate of s Ninchundred Pounds Sterling per conne

tramur

to this day inclusive, and that Jncome Tax has been deducted therefrom:

CINES

Examined

Auditor General

Acting Colonial Treasurer.

JD

39

147

Financial.

30fuly/

$0

Nige

Wht wat her 6179

ато

My Lord,

of 19

RECEIVE MY25

pastoria, Houghing, 24th May, 1850-

With refercues to paragraph 4

His Excellency the Governor's Despatch 1237 the 26th ultime, I have the honor to

inform your Lordship that I have appointed Mr. George Wittingham faine Treasury

temporary

Clerk in the Colonial Trea-

at a Salary of £200 per annum and on the conditions mentioned in the paragraph above referred to..

The Right Hourrable, The Earl Grey,

tc.

tc.

I have the how to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordship's,

Mort Obedient

Humble Servant,

//

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Lieutenant Governor

tc.

administering the Govemment.

M. Menirle

Vide 6179.

AK. 25/7.

szalmer

24

:

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N48.

rycentive.

My Lord,

7028. Hong song

RECEIVER

AUG. 22

1850

"Corret."

40

• Victoria, Houghong,

3rd June, 1850.

I have the honor to submit for your

Lordship's information a Roeclamation- which I

on the recasion of the Birthday of Her Mort

bracions Majesty. The Queen to eightien. Onsoners confined in Jail.

The 16 first named were released im compliance with the wishes of His breelleney. The

Governor

expressed to me before this

before his departure to the North: the 2 latter, James Whitton and- William Vance,

Case AUTOJ

wer

Military Prismers whose

brought by M. Bonham under your Lordship's special notice in despatch P2/11 of 28th November 1849, and His kneelleney having

The Right Honorable, The harl Grey.

pilll

to.

tc.

Menirle

Jide 6179.

AB. 25/7.

szul met

40

N° 48.

Eycentive.

Ansed 2P

Sept- Xm 16

The

My Lord.,

RECEIVER

AUG. 22

1859

"Corrit,"

لوگو

• Victoria, Honghong,

3rd June, 1850.

I have the honor to submit for your

Lordship's information

iesued on

Πι

information a Roclamation which I the 25t ultimo, granting a free Pardon

2.

the rccasion of the Birthday of Her Mort- Gracious Majesty,

The Queen to eighteen

confined in Jail ._

The 16

teen Prisoners

first named were released in

compliance with the wishes of His bxcelleney,

Governor

The

expressed to me before his departure to the North: the 2 latter, James Whitton and

William Vance,

case was

avec, were

Military Rismers whose

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brought by Me Bonhame under your Lordship's special notice in despatch. W'll of 28th trember 1869, and His Sxcellency having

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Right Honorable, The harl Grey,

to.

to

left them at my dieporal I thought that

this recasion was the best

these men.

the best fitted to liberate

I beg to add that the

were not

beg

they

allowed to remain in the Colony but sent

the Jail on brand a Veisela preceding

from

to America..

The Chief Justice

WOAI

consulted

on the subject of the liberation of all the above

18 Prisoners, and fully concurred in

propriety of this

Aucasuse.

I have the hour to be,

the

With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

Lieutenant Governm Administering the bevernment.

41

Mr Eliol.

received a

che was

of the

Formally

The Military Convicts, Whitton & Vance, has Pardon from The Queen, whic forwarded to the Colony by the Mail, 19th of June. The Governor was at the same time desired to cause it to be formal explained to these men that the Pacton was granted on condition that they did not return to the United Kingdom during the residue of them respective sentence. E. Ju

22. Aug

Tennington

Will you

4

H. Condos fo

Lan K. Jouars will, of

and Friday's despitel fronding

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2

38.2678

I think that it will be enoughe to acknowledge the ecceipt of this Despatele

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Entered

Governor Bonham, C.B.

MINUTE

Mili

litary

No 16.

1850

MRElliot 25.

M2 Pennington 29

Warl Grey

Mawes

Sp

confined in Jai.

at

Hong Kongin

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7028

43

PROCLAMATION.

The Honorable Major-General Williant Staveley, Companion of the Most Honorable Military Order of the Bath, Lieutenant-Governor of Hongkong, admi- nistering the Government in the absence of His Excellency The Governor, on the occasion of the Birthday of Her Most Gracious Majesty, and in virtue of the Powers delegated to him under the Royal Signet and Sign Manual, is pleased, in the name and on the behalf of THE QUEEN, to grant a free Pardon to the following eighteen Prisoners, namely:-Chow-Ashui, Chun-Alan, Choi-Assu, Leong-Arfie, Chun- Ahoan, Ung-Arkum, Foong-Arfoon, Chow-Arshu, Kun-Arkum, Tam-Arpo, Leong- Aryui, Lie-Archan, James Sennett, Edward Bridges, Malcolm Robertson, Chun- Ashow, James Whitton, and William Vance, at present confined in the Gaol of this Colony under sentences of the respective Courts of the Colony and of Courts Martial held therein. They will be liberated on the 24th instant.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN,

W. STAVELEY, Lieutenant-Governor, administering the Government.

Given at Victoria, Hongkong,

this 23d day of May, 1850.

By Order,

W. CAINE, Colonial Secretary.

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49

Financial.

Copy to Fready for information

My Lord,

in

AUG. 22

44

1955 Wictoria, Hongkong

کر

4th June, 1850.

In consequence of Mr. Mercer

th.

a Sure

Survey

to

proceeding to England, I directed to be held on the 24th ultime, of the Monies the Treasury Vault and bheets previous Mr Rienacckor assuming charge of the Colonial Puosury; and I have now the hover to transmit for Your Lordship's information the Report of the Members of the Board, certifying that the amounts found by them

in the

Vault and in the custody

Colonial Creasures,

agree

shown by his Books .

The Right Henerable

The Earl Grey,

So,

so

custody of the

with the Balances

I have,

V

M. Elish

I have the honer to be,

With the highest respect, Your Lordship's

Most Obedient

Lieutenant

Copy to breast for infor

Dr. Halkerworte

Wit 22 Aug 750

Draft may be preparest.

2.7.23/2

Humble Servant,

at Governor administrong the Government.

the

Gov. 7029. Hong Kong

Sirf Trevelyan KCBS

Treasury

DBZ Kathon

Nathanth 24

Mileniale

24.

N*Hawes 25

Earl Grey

22

1.1.

Mag June 1/30

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ад

7029.

кав

Sir.

Entered

ol

30th Aug. 1850

45

I am directed by

rail Grey to transmit!

to you for the information "The Lords Comin? of

of

the Reasury

the copy

the

of a blespatch from Officer Administering the Government of Hong Kong, enclosing

a Report of

the Board

of Survey of the Hands in the Colonial Chests on the 24th February

last

Jaunte

!

Proceedings of a Board of Survey held at the Colonial Creasury of Hongkong this the 24th day of May 1850, pursuant to order of the Konorable the Lieutenant Governor Edmunistching the Government

The Honorable Major W. Caine.

Members: { Charles ft. George blegerly, Esquire.

Robert Ridnaecker,

The Beard having, ascertained the exact boins existing in the treasury bheets, found the same to be as follows,

46

Public Monies. §

In the Strong Vault.

treasurer's Chest. __

#

Private Property

in

the Strong Vault.

Rupees. Cash.

Spanish Mexican Sterling Coins.

Totab.

Dollars.

Dollars.

2.

d

£

д.

44727

"

7480

341|13| 10|| 6,000

4

1,397 75 215 0124 8594 14

8,877 75 556 13114||6,8594 14

3,8481⁄2 1272

Cotal 48,57521272.

1,400/4 1,284 11,289 20 4,489 57|252|11|24|3,668| 8 64

|

Grand Cotal. - 49976 4 2,556 11,289 20 13,367 32 809 5 2 19,527 12 8

Amounting to ten thousand five hundred twenty seven Pounds, twelve shillings and eight Ponce éterling, and

that the abovementioned sums agrée with the Balances as showns in the Treasurer's Books.

they certi

certify

/

Crue Copy)

Colonial Beretary

Maine (Ligned.) Char. It In Cloverly

thas

R.Mienaccker.

No. 50.

Financial.

Copy to Sectors for information 28 Auf 450

My Lord,

7030, trong trong

RECEIVED

AUG. 22

1850

447

Victoria, Hongkong,

14th. June, 1850.

I have the hener to forward

for Your Lordship's information and that of the Lords Commissioners of the Croasury,

]

copy of a Bond for £2,500, by Mr Robert Rienaecker, with four sureties, as

Acting

treasurer during the absence of the Honorable

Mr. Mercer.

Mr. Ricnaecker was also bound

to the Queen in March last in

£.1600,

the

fum

of £. 1000, as Acting Chief bleck in the Colonial Breasury.

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient,

Humble Servant,

:

The Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

c

&a,

Jo.

Lieutenant Governer administering

the Goverment

The arrangements for executing the Reitity of Fearmer during her Merecise wit 22a ffe WW Elect. Transmit a Copy of this despratite tofits Enclosure to the Treaans

on with be

e found in Gov Bontram's Deap it

MW. Helke worth

Draft may

be prepares

7.78.25/2.

So. - 7030 4 Kong

вы

Entere

каз

Sirb. Trevelyan KeB

Treasury

Halkouth 24

24

125

27

W.

+

N50. June 1/50

7030

Sir,

48

D.S: 28 Aug /50.

Jam directed

:

by Earl Grey to travernit to you for the information of the Lords Commn of the Treasury the accompanying Copy of a Despatch from the Officer Administering the Lovement of Stong Frong, forwarding a Copy of the Bond which has been exconted by M. Reqnaccker, who has been appointed

- acting

7

acting hensuer of

the Island during the absence of the

Treasurer, Willercer.

Jamte

:

Copy

49

Know all men

• by the presents that :

William

we, Loseph Frost Edger, Major Caine, Jacob Phillips, John Burd, and. Robert Julius

Frederick Quilhelm

Pheodor Lorenz Louis Rionaccker, of Victoria in the Island of Hongkong,

Esquires,

are held and

firmly bound

the

unto the Sovereign Lady Victoria, by Grace of God, of the United Kingdom. of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, in the several sums of "Five Hundred Sounds each of lawful money of Great Britain, to be paid to Her Majesty, Her Heirs and Successors, for the payment of which five several. Eums of Five Hundred Sounds to be well and truly made, We and each of Us for himself, bind Ourselves, Our and every of Our heirs, executors and administrators

firmly by these presents . aled with "Our heals and Dated at Victors, Hongkong, this fourteenth day of Jung One thousand eight hundred and fifty

-Whereas the above bounder Robert Julius Frederick Guilhelm Checoder Lorenz Louis Rienaceker has been appointed. Acting Colonial treasurer in the Beasury of the Island of Hongkong, abere bounder Joseph Frost Edger, Major William

Chine, Sacol.

Jacob Phillips and John Burd have

and the

this

Guilhelm Theodor

agreed to execute this obligation as suretics of the Said Roboch Julius Friderick Guilhelm Lorenz Louis Ricnaocker, NOW the condition of

obligation

"the fait, Robert tion is fuck that if the said Inlices Rederick Quilhelm theodor Lorenz, Louis Ricnaccker shall and do from time to time and at

of his said office,

and execute all and;

so to

regard

ave times during the continuance well and sufficiently perfum Singular the duties of the said Office, and shall and do faithfully obey suck orders and directions in the said office, as he shall from time to time exceive from the Governor of the said belony of Hongkong, or from the officer for the time being charged with the administration of the said Government, or other person duly authorised to give orders and directions in thes respect, and shall and will well and truly pay and apply all such sums of money, bills, notes, drafts, cheques and securities for money as

shall from time to time be entrusted to his hands as such Acting Colonial treasurer, or with which he shall become justly chargeable such Acting Colonial treasurer, according to such directions as he shall received from the said Governor of the said Colony of Hongkong or from the officer for the time being charged with the administration of the said Government, or other person duly authorized to give orders or directions in that behalf, shall at all times when required produce true and correct accounts of the receipt and payment of all such sums of money, bills, notes, drafts, cheques and securities for money as shall to come to the hands of sim the laid Robert Julius Frederick Guilhelen such Acting as such te (Rector Lovenz Louis Rienaccker.

ad

, and do and

lend

away

with

50

Colonial. Treasurer as aforesaid, together with proper and sufficient vouchers for the due application thereof, and shall not in any wise take to his own use, or embezzle, make misapply, neglect to account for, or by his wilful neglech lose hazard, any such sum or sums of money, bills, notes, drafts, cheques or securities as aforesaid, or

and shall and do when duly

or

any part thereof, called upon at the expiration or other termination of his office, deliver up to the person duly authouse " to receive the same, all books, papers, documents, and accounts relating

to the said office,

and de

and shall pay to the person duly authorised to received the same, the balance (if any) remaining, in the hands of and due from him the said Robert Julie's Frederick Guilhelm Cheodor Lorentz Louis Mienaccker. And also do and shall at all times during his continuance in

the said office, ach and conduct himself with fidelity integrity and punctuality in and conceming the matters and things which shall be entrusted to him, as such Acting Colonial Creasurer a s aforesaid, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue. Signed sealed and Delivered) in the

presence of

R. B. Therard. L. d'Almada efactio.

P. Cohen C. Churlstrup.

True Loky

I. S.

J. F.

Rdger. [L. §. Maine I. Phillips L.. S. John Burd I. S. R.Meenaecher, L. S.

A

CoConcal Secretary.

IFT

to 50 of 1850.

Inclosure in Despatch

N251. Miscellaneous

My Lord,

70.

31.

51

Tiết Hong Vương

-Victorian, Houghtong,

REC

AUG. 22 1850

15th June, 1850-

With reference to my

my. Despatch 143.

hover

of the 18th May, I have the bowen to acknowledge the receipt of the following Deepatches on the 13th Instant-

No

No 172 to 177, the last of 14th April, 1850.

3rd

Circular of Circular of 18th

-April-

I have the honor to be, With the highest respect, Your Lordship's,

Mort Obedient Humble Sawant,

Copy of

لمات

Bord

for

Mr

£2,500, executed by

as Acting Treasurer of

Riendecker, with is Suraties,

Hongkong.

th

14

June,

/850.

The Right Honnable, The Karl Grey,

Lieutenant Governor

administering; the Government.

tc.

tc.

tc.

i

Mellor

WW 22 Aug 750

Mr. Blac Reword.

1/2 H 2

N52.

Legislative

My Lord,

RECEIVED

+52

7022 Đong Mong

Victoria, Arughing,

AUG. 22

1856

15th June, 1850-

"I have the honor to actuowledge the

receipt of your Lordship's Deepatch 12176 of the 18th April- last, enclosing the Aryal Warrants

13

of

the

apprinting Gavid Sardine, and Joseph Frat helger, Requires, Members Legislative founcil of Houghing. -

In obedience to Her Majesty's

Commands, these Gentlemen

un were sworn 112 and took their Seats yesterday, at a

by

me,

meeting of the Legislative Council, which I caused to be summoned for the purpose; and the Public was informed accordingly

Government

by " Notification

Notification in the Govers

Gazette..

The Right Honnable,

The Earl Grey,

tc.

tc.

&c.

E

C

Mi Elliot

Putty?

U 14 22 Aug/20

7. H. 23/J

I have the hour to be, With the highest respect, You Lordships,

Most obedient

Humble Servant,

M. Staveley

Lieutenant bovemen administering the boremment,

!

No. 53.

Civil.

bbrir eshtape.com

My Lord,

53

7033 Hong Kong,

Victoria, Hongkong,

AUG. 22

1850

17th June, 18.50.

In reply to Your Lordships Despatch No 175 of 13th April lact, respecting an extension of leave of absence to Mr. Lena, I have the honor to state that,

reference to Despatch Nr. 108 of 28th December,

I conclude that Mr. Lena's healthi

18491

needs

а ти

much longer change than that he had obtained leave for here; and, as his constitution has altogether suffered to a

his ten years

very

' residence in

Mr.

great extent during China, I feel that I am only urging Bonham's sentiments when I respectfully

recommend his being removed to some __

appointment.

congenial

in a

climate more co

Che Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

Ke,

&c.,

se

than this has proved to hind.

Mr. Lena, during, draw L. 150 per

his absence, is entitled to

ANNAAN,

the moiety of his salary,

to the

and the other half is at present a saving Government, his duties in the Registration

Office being, as a temporary measure, performed by Mr. Grand-Pré, 4th black in the Colonial

Secutary's Office

720

Under these circumstances, I have

hesitation in recomme

in recommending

that the six

months additional leave applied for by Mr. Lona ghould be granted to him.

Mr. Elliot

Shave

the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Lordships,

Your

Should Whenas

of

application

If the 's Aport for to moutht wetension

his leave be answered in the affirmative & the Governor to inform

Br Hawes.

Ithank'so certainly, but I

Despatch alludes to the probability that M. Ze was will have to retire with in

observe that the Governor de bir

Means

that could be gra compaction

hrosene &

will

nted him from

the meant

f the Lex

to to

Most Obedient,

Humble Servant,

-Governor administering

the Government.

Entered

· Lena 279714 Ithoug So 7033

the Officer Administering

"the Sovemment

Mong công

54

N199

:

MINUTE

WR McElliot

W Verivate M&Haires Bard Grou

hest AUG

Sir,

25

2. Sept. Aug / 50.

Refering to your

the

Despatch No. 53, of

17 June, I have acquant you have

to

that I I

granted to M. Lenar of the Registrar benerals Wept, thong thong, move

an

heave

latention of

libsence granted to him by Love Bonham, for six months. Communiong from the expiration his present leave

on

the 28th Nov. neat.

I have t

...

N54.

Indicial.

Copy batieas for consert. 6 Nor/ou

Dreft met (n. 8716

5 My Lord,

(1)

55

7.4 Long Hong

-Victoria, Houghong,

RECEIVER

AUG.22

1850

19th June, 1250-

I regect to have to report to your

of.

-Lordship the death of Mr 7. Inith, Deputy

Registrar of the Supreme Court, which reeuned at

Mação on the 17th Instant, leaving,

understand, a wife and 3 children

unprovided for -

KJ

I

tota

totally

treaney,

I have

this one

In consequence of this

abolished the situation of Clert to the Supreme

Court, and appointed M. W. H. Alexander, the holder thereof, Deputy Registrar in the some of the

late Mr Smith_

By this measure it will be perecived_

that I have carried into effect the instructions contained in paragraph 8 of Your Lordchip's despatch.

The Night Honorable,

The hart Spey

fe.

to.

tc.

:

N.165 of the 23th February, 1850 -

The Salary attached to the office of

and

Deputy Regiction was £350, mud that of (fork to the Court £300 per

I have thought

it better to leave the amount to be

Mr Alexander for his

amount to be a reigned.

New

to

appointment to the

decision of His kneellency the Garrner

from the North..

return from

I have the honor to be,

With the righest respect

Your Lordship's,

Most obedient,

hi

Humble Servant,

Lieutenant Governor Amministering the Government.

56

N55.

Misceliancous-

Copy of Enclosure to W. Walitian. Dauffto

with 2603

7005

RECEIVED

My Lord,

AUG. 22

1855

57

Entrar only

-Victoria, Honghong,

20th June, 1850.

I have the honor to acknowledge the_

rencipt. of your Lordship's Despatch. 15th of 11th April, respecting

omne

property left by

the

William S. Wentworth, a Clert in the brdnance

office- here, and directing the amount thereof "to be remitted to England for the bonefit of his Mother Mrs Watcham, and in reply thereto Ibeg. to forward- cory of a letter from the official_ administrator of Intestate Estates, from which it will be perceived that in consequence of circumstances detailed therein, it is out- of my power at present to comply with Your Lordship's instructions.-

The Right - Honorable, The Earl Gacy,

the

The Lieut. Governor

19th June, 1850.

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The Earl Grey.

Received

N54.

Reporting abolition of

the office

appointment If We W.

Supreme Court, and

Clark to the

Seputy

Smith, deceased.

A. Abxander as Registrar, in lien of Mor

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и второстепен

and the hang.

the thee Befending Registianship outject to the Decision of the abolition of the Office of thanks to the Supreme Count

Approve

of its holder WAlexander h

Bonkau

ww us to Salary

}

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This whitiches

d Java

сизли

23

7. H.

Gizy

tc.

Jo.

tc.

I have the honor to be, With the highest- repeat-, Your Lordships, 1. Most Obedient

Humble Sewant,

Lieutenant Governer,

Government. Administering the Sevemment,

Send a Copy of this Desp: and of its endvere to Mit Watcham with op 13apil

reference to M. Hawes hetter

JW Halhes worth

Draft may

تے

Wib: 2.2 Aug 750

be prepared, but

send the Bclosure

7.7.13/8.

my

No. 13.

квородя

Cay

58

Court House, Victoria,

Hongkong,

18 June, 1850.

I have the honor to acknowledge

St.

receipt of your

th

letter of 14th inst. No 154,

enclosing a copy of a Despatch from the

Honorable the Earl Grey, No 174

it

Right

of 11th April lact, and its enclosures, instructing

to cause the property left by you

a son

of Mrs Matcham to be remitted to England for

her benefit should she prove to be legally

entitled to it.

From the enclosures in

Lord Grey's

Despatch, it appears that the Estate refered to is that of William S. Wentworth, lately a

the Ordnance Office here.

Clark in

As it is usual for the Court to give- instructions as to the disposal of the residue of all Intestate Estates, I considered it necessary to apply by Pitition for directions, expecially,

as the document. feuwarded as a proof of the identity of William S. Wentworth and William Watcham is only a copy, and therefore not

sufficient, evidence to remain on the records of

if the identity

the Court, and as, even as proved, Mrs. Watcham

were.

hold

as mother of the

deceased would only be entitled to one seventh of the residue, as it is believed that the _____ deceased left three brothers and three sicters, and Jam

now instructed to let the matter

an now

stand over until an answer is received to a

a

letter I had previously written to M? Wentworth,

and forwarded through bapt " Loyd, R. N.,

in

- gentleman referred to in the correspondence found

the

of the deceased, as a friend

depositories of the deceased,

in the confidence of the family.

I have, fe,

(Signed) Rebt. Dundas Cay,

Registrar.

the Honble. Major baine

Colonial Lecretary.)

True Copy

Maini

Colonial Scutary

:

Suplicates. Te 56.

t-

Executive.

2

My Lead

Lord,

t

Victoria, Hongkong,

20th June, 1850.

I regret to have to report to

Your Lordship that disease has of late

the Coops broken out amongst the

in

the

th

59

garrizon with such extreme severity that the sick list of Her Majesty's 59 Regiment, which

gave

instant, showed 109

on

61men on

the Ash

the 18th and between

the 16th and the last mentioned date 7 died,

including

-7

and child. the cases

∞ 10oman ar

of sickness amongst the beyton Rifles have also increased from

om.

5 from the 12t

24 to 45 from

to the 18th of the month.

it meer seary

Under these circumstances I thought

to convene a special meeting of

The Right Honorable The Earl Grey,

Ko.,

So,

Se

60

the Executive Council pesterday, when I brought to their notice the necessity of withdrawing

Military guard over

about a mile and a

the

the Naval Stores, situated.

half from the Barracks,

and of substituting a body of Police in stead. The Council fully

in the

concurred with

their

me

ants and 12

the propriety of this measure, and it was decided that a force of 2 Sergeants benstables should be engaged for this purposes.

It will be in Your Lordship's recollection that a provision, similar in

nature and extent, and under circumstances

made in Auquet,

identical, was made in

nearly identical,

1848

and received Your Lordship's approval__

in

Despatch No 80 of 6th December

the same

year

The accompanying

of

letter, which

I addressed to the Senior Naval Officer the station, will show that I have

confidened in the efficiency of the

on

every

I

measures

have adopted for the protection of

the

Naval Stores, and I have therefore to request

Your

Leedship's sanction for this temporary

augmentation to the Police Force during present unhealthy

unhealthy state of the Roops .

have the honor to be,

the

With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

Lieutenant Governer administering, the Government

:

Copy.

61

Ya.157.

Sir,

In

Victoria, Hongkong),

19th June, 1850.

consequence of the sickness and

w con

mortality now unhappily prevailing in the

garrison of Angkong, I feel myself moch

reluctantly compelled to inform you

will be

the quard

nece Stary

ober

that it

to withdraw the Croops composing

the Naval Stores at West Point,

ow the 24th. Sust, at 6' A.M., and as a similar

its

2

ts

Incasure was adopte.

adopted in 1848, under equally unfortunate circumstances, Spurpose Lending

liew of the Military Guard a Police For

Force of Sergeants and 12 fonetables, who will, I imagine, afford full and complete protection to Her Majesty's Stores at that post, and in thes hope I and the more fanguine from the fact that, upon the former

Captain Cronbridge, R. N.

Sencir Naval Officer.

Hongkong?

the former occasion,

rongtong,

The Lient: Governor

20th Jone, 1850.

sto

/ Inclosure.

Dup: 1:56.

The Earl Grey.

Received

in consequence

Naval Stores at Wast Point, the Military guard from the

Reporting withdrawal of

Sickness

in their stad.

Polices Force entertained sanction for a temporary

requesting this Lordship's amongst the Trooks, and

62

neither robberies nor

nor de

depredations of any kind

werd committed during a period of nearly;

months, whilst

3

I guarded by a Police Force of the strength I am proposing on the present

occation.

The Superintendent of Police will receive such suggestions as you may deens proper to offer for the protection of the stores,

and all further steps which

you may

necessary for their better security will

yourself.

resh with

anticipated that

Bof.

consider

courte

that this

Incasured c

the Coops

will

only of a temporary nature, as

be replaced

over

the Naval Stores at West

Point the moment their state of health will

permit my doing

Jo

I have, 80.

(Signed) W. Staveley

Lieutenant Governor administering

& Governments

True Copy).

Manie

Colonial Sicretary.

the

F

No. 57%.

Miscellaneous.

My Lord,

RECEIVER

Regulations,

SEP 27

1850

In

Victoria, Hongkong,

and.

7 July,

1850.

In accordance with the Colonial.

Regulations, I have the honor to transmit herewith a Schedule of the Despatches

which have been addressed to the Right Honorable the Secretary of State for the Colonies during

the half year ending 30th

" year ending 30th Jand, 1850 .

I have the honor to be,

Your Lordshifes,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

M. Staveley

Lieutenant Governor administering

the Governments

The Right Honorable

the Earl Grey,

&c,

So

Se

62

de

peither robberies nor

depredations of any kind

werd committed du

during a period of nearly

3

of

months, whilst quarded by a Police Force the strength I av proposing on the present

occation.

and

The Luperintendent of Police will

receive such suggestions as you may deens proper to offer for the protection of the stores, and all further steps which necessary for their better security will of course

you may

consider

only of a temporary nature, as the Croops will

be replaced

over

the Naval Stores at West

Point the moment their state of health will

permit my doing

Lo

I have, &0.

(Signed) W. Staveley

Lieutenant Governor administering

the

True (opy).

Manie

Colonial Sicretary.

overnments.

No.

No6. 57.

Miscellaneous .

!

:

RECEIVER

SEP 27

1850

In

Victoria, Hongkong,

2nd.

July, 1856

My Lord, Regulations, I have the honor to transmit herewith a Schedule of the Despatches which have been addressed to the Righte

In accordance with the Colonial .

Honorable.

the Secretary of State for the Colonies during

the half year ending 30th fund, 1850.

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordship's,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

M.Staveley.

Lieutenant Governer administering

The Right Honorable

The Earl ly

Grey,

So,

the Government

theve these despatchies all arrived?

2013

- All have arrived and have been duly regraben

Putty

30 Leff 50

WH

1

¡

Schedule of Despatches.

63

transmitted by the Governer of Hongkong

to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, during the half year

No. of

Date

Desp: Desp:

1.

Jany.

2.

3.

4.

5.

سلام کر

کی کو

of

ended 30

ne, 1850.

the June,

Subject of Despatch.

24. Cransmitting

th

No. of

Encl:

Schedule of Deepatches

addressed to the Secretary of State for the Colonies during the year 1844

myth. With reference to Despatch N.G1 of 29th September, 1844, reporting upon

10th

th

14

15th

the circumstances which

gave rise

to the action brought against the Honorable W. Rapier, and recommending the subject to His Lordship's- favorable consideration

Cransmitting Returns of a

"arms, ammu

nition and Ordnance and Barrack Stores at

Hongkong,

as called for by His Lordship's Circular, Military, of 4th August, 1849, and reporting

thereon

4

Eransmitting Quarterly Returns for

One.

2.

6.

the Quarter ended 31th December, 1849. 4.

Cransmitting copies of Minutes

of

the Executive and

Legislative

Councils of Hongkong for

the

half year ended 31 th December,

2

1849.

Jo of Gate

Date of

Desp: Deep:

Subject of Despatch.

F.

6. Jan 22 ? Reporting examination of monies

the Colonial Chests on the

26th. December, 1849

8.

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9.

#

10.

11.

12.

#

/

/

in

No. of

No. of Date of Desp: Desp:

Enel :

Separate Janz. 30

One.

th.

24

Enclosing Returns

of

of the Revenue

26

th.

th

and Expenditure of Hongkong, for the year ended 34th December,

1849, and reporting

thereon

Transmitting copy of and reporting,

ow

on Ordinance No. 1 of 1850, entitted "An Ordinance for

the better

administration of Justice Criminal Proceedings before the Supreme Court, and for improving "the Law of Evidence

Acknowledgin

receipt of Trepatokis

3.

One..

to No. 153 of 9ff receipt of bur, 1849. None..

28th Forwarding copy of a Despatch addressed to Viscount Palmerston, reporting delivery by the Imperial Commissioner to the Macão - authorities, of the head and hand of the late. Governor Amaral

29th Acknowledging receipt of His Lordship's Despatch No 153 of 16th. November, 1849, relative to the Hongkong, Club-house...

30th Reporting that 15 months leave

of absence on sick certificate has been granted to Mr. Comclate Chief Clerk in the Colonial

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None.

Creasury, to proceed to Europe. One.

Subject of Despatch.

Enclosing Memorandum of Offices. aboliched during the year 1849, and _

referring to former Despatch Separate of the 27th December, 1848.

13. Feb. 14th With reference to Deepatch No. 11 of

19th January, replying, to the Queries contained in Mefers. Simpson and Cobb's letter respecting Inland Lot Nr. 16, ow which the Clubhouse stands, and

14.

15.

16.

#

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4

enclosing paper by the Colonial- Creasurer on the subject.

et. of

Encl:

64

20th. With reference to Despatch N. 12 of

30th

the January, forwarding memorial to the address of the Governor from Mr. Comel ate, Chief Clerk in the Colonial Creasurer's Office, praying that he may be allowed either to retire on a small pension, or be employed Europe, instead of being compelled. the expiration to return to China

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of his leave of absence

ed in

23. Forwarding copy of Despatch P.

22 to Viscount-Palmerston, enclosing

official correspondence between the Macao Council and Sew, on the final delivery of the head and hand

Senhor Amaral...

One.

25th Acknowledging receipt of Despatched

Nos. 154 and 155, and Military Nos. No. 11 of 21th November, together

with Sundry letters, the last dated

th. December, 1849.

17

2.

2.

None.

No. of Gute

Deep: Desp:

17.

18.

Separate

19.

20.

of

Subject of Despatch.

Go.

Encl:

No. of Date of Desp. Desp:

Subject of Despatch.

March 15th Acknowledging receipt of Despatch

Military No. 11 of 21th November, 1849, relative to repairs to the Barracks at Stanley, and transmitting correspondence passed on the subject with the Major General Commanding .

#

#

21.

#

19th.

Forwarding a Memorial from Mr John Burd to His Lordship's address, claiming additional compensation for a house and godown removed. by Government

ent in 1844.

20th Enclosing Extract of a Deepatch addressed to Viscount Palmerston respecting the comparative salaries received by Consular Officers and the Clerks in Mercantile Establishments in China:

21th Cransmitting letters from Mr. Hyland Deputy Posh Master General, claiming compensation for destruction of furniture by the falling in of ceiling in the Post Office, in September

1849.

020

Kansmitting copy of and reporting Ordinance No. 2 of 1850, entitled An Ordinance to provide for the more effective carrying out of the treatics

Britain and between Great Britain and China, in

so far

のえ

One.

F

5.

as relates to Chinese subjects within the Colony of Hongkong. " . One .

26th Acknowledging receipt of despatches N=-=

156 & 157, the lust of 5th January,

reef 5th.

1857. None.

1.

ધર્મમાં

22. March 27th Forwarding copies of Comparative

Statements thowing Estimated and

23.

24.

Actical Revenue and Expenditure of Hongkong for the year ending 31th December, 1849.

F

Cransmitting Annual Account of the Colonial Exeasurer for the

i for the year

ending 31th December, 1849, and Annual Return showing Balances

in the Colonial Chests on the first and last days of the same Governor's Certificate

so.

Enct :

65

2. の

year, with

2.

attached

the

28th Forwarding Requisition by

Colonial Surgeon for a supply of medicines for the bivil Hospital,

2=

for 6 months, commencing 14. Nevr. 1850 3.

25. April 2d Cransmitting the Blue Book of

Hongkony for 1849, and reporting on the state of the Colony .

26.

27.

1376

16.

Reporting 10 months leave of absence on sick certificate granted to Mr. Holdforth, Sheriff and Assistant Magistrate, and appointment of Mr. Mitchell to officiate in his room 3 .

Books

transmitting list of required for the use of the Chief Magistrate's Office, and recommending the Statutes at large

that a copy of

DA-

portion there of be also forwarded to the Colony...

One.

No. of Gate

of

Deip: Desp:

Subject of Despatek.

28 : April 16th Reporting 18 months leave

29.

30.

31.

#

32.

33.

34.

35.

*

th

of

absence

ce on

sick certificate, granted to the Rev. Mr. Stanton, Colonial Chaplain, to proceed to England, and appointment of the Rev. Mr Moncrieff to officiate during"

his absence.

19th Forwarding,"

accounts of the colony for

the financial year ending 31th March, Letter from 1880, with a letter from the treasure- explanatory of the same.

20th Acknowledging receipt of Despatcher from Mos. 158 to 163, and Military

the last of 20th February

it

Nos. 12 to 14, the last of 1850, together with bircular of 314 + January.

22th Replying to His Lordship's Despatch

th.

Military No. 14 of 20th February,

William Leslie, late of

respecting

the Hongkong.

Police.

transmitting Quarterly Returns for the Quarter ended 31st March, 1850..

25th.

23th Replying to Despatch No. 159 of

January, relative to an action for £. 155 brought against

brought against the Hon.

th.

W. Napier.

24th Reporting his approaching departure

on a tour

8

eyo.

Enel:

3.

7

+

الان

None,

38

2

30th

on the

the

One.

No. of Date of Telp: Desp:

Subject of Despatch.

Encl.

sanction to the appointment 66

the

36. April 25th. Applying for

37.

26th

th

of a

an

per

additional Chinese Clerk in

Chief Magistrate's Department on £.100. annend, and to the addition of £.30 to the salary of Mr. Power of the Su General's Office.

the Surveyor

Reporting be and of absence for 18 months on sick certificate granted to the Honorable W. C. Mercer, Exqpt, Colonial Creasurer, to proced to England, and arrangements made for the performance of his duties and thou of the Registration Office .

By the Lieutenant Governor. Reporting assumption of Government"

departure of Governor Bouham

to the Northern Ports.

39. May 4th. Reporting exccution on

کو کی

ار کر

16

th

3 Chinese convicted

Stabbing and wounding?".

None.

2.

None.

the 14t

2th May,

of Piracy

with

None.

Replying to His Loudship's Gespatch 5. 169 of 12th March, relative to Dr. Gutzlaff's statement that he had

his salary twice paid Income taxe

between April 1842 and June 1844. 2:

17th Reporting transportation of 1 Indian and 24 Chinese Convicts to Singapore

the 16th.

18th

on

th. Instant

Enclosing the Patent appointing. Mr. Hulme

Judge of the Vice Admiralty Court, together

with a statement of Fees received by

officer,

that

as called for by His Lordship's Despated No. 170 of 5th. March.

One.

2.

40.

4.

None.

41.

tour of inspection to the Northern Porte None.

Reporting arrangements made in the treasury for the performance

of Mr. Cometate's duties, absent on leave None.

42.

Zesp:

No of Gates of

Desp:

Subject of Despatch.

No. of Encl:

No. of Date of Gesp: Desp:

Subject of Deepatch.

I

so. of Encl:

67

43 . May 18th. Acknowledging, receipt of Despatched

44

45.

46.

کی امیر

47

#

to Nr. 171 of 12th March, 1850? .

None.

Enclosing list of Leases of brown land put up to auction on the 17th instant. Ond.

Forwardin

Forwarding

a

letter from Mr. William

Parrant to His Lordship's address together. with a Petition from the same to Her Majesty.

24th Enclosing the Certificate of the Acting, Freasurer stating that Mr Mercer has received salary up to this date..

#

With reference to paragraph No. 44 Governor's Despatch No. 37 of 26th April reporting appointment of Mr. George W.

temporary

Caine, as

Ereasurer's Office..

48. June 3rd Announcing

49

#

so

51.

th

th

Free

Clerk in the Colonial

Free Pardon granted to 18

Prisoners on the

Birthday.

cocasión)

sion of Her Majesty's

Reporting Survey held on

in the treasury

the Monies

Vault and Chests

ow

the

One.

None.

52. June 15th Acknowledging, receipt of His Lordships

53.

54.

55.

کو کر

Despatch No. 175 of 13th April, and

reporting that David Jardine and

F. de

J.

have been surin in

Edger, Esquires, have been

Members of the Legistative founcil of Menphony None.

Replying to His Lordship's Despatch

No.17

175 of 13th April,

relative to anw

extension of leave of absence to Mr. Lena. None.

19th Reporting abolition of the Office of blesk

to the Supreme Court, and appointment of Mr. W. H. Alexanker as Defirety Registion= in liew of Mr. Smith, deceased..

20th. Acknowledging receipt of Despatch

56.

#

#

One

occasion of Mr. Mercer's departure to England One.

14th Feansmitting copy of a Bond to the Raven

15th

15th

for L. 2,500 executed by Mr. Rienavcker

with 4 sureties as Acting Creasurer of Hongkong. One.

th.

f

Acknowledging receipt of Despatches to No. 177 of 14th April, together with birculars of 3Rd.

3rd 1ether with

1850...

and 18th April,

None.

No.

6. 174 of 11th April, and enclosing a letter from the official Administrator of Intestate Estates, respectinge Watcham's application for

Mr.J.

Love)

property left at Hongkong by her late

son Mr. Wentworth.

Reporting withdrawal of the Military guard from the Naval Stores at that Points, in consequence of sickness

the Proops, as

amonget

and requesting

His Lordship's Lanction for

temporary police force entertained

in their stead. !

folonial Secretary. Colonial

None.

One.

line.

No. 58.

Financial.

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Copy to legend fent for me

محجبا

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My Lord,

T.

SEP27

1850

Com

127 Victoria, Hongkong,

god. July,

68

1850.

I have the honor to submit

for Your Lordship's information, copy of a Memorandund which I received from

some dep

the

Auditor General relative to some deficiency on 25 Reams of foolscape paper

in weig

weight received frond

use

· from the Colonial Agent for the of this Government for the year 1849-50

of

A together with the Report of a Board

Survey which I caused to be assembled for the purpose of examining the Stationery in question.

From the latter document Your

Lordship will perceive that this paper does not correspond with the Invoice, either as to weight or quality, and that; it is not at all

The Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

&o

де

mclosure in Gespatch

4057 & 1880.

Fransmitted

fiche duke

Ses patches

Junes, 1850. the Laif year using 3010 State for the Cols niet ducking Honor all the Loretary of of Hongkong to the Right the Governe

E.

:

suited for the purposes for which it was intended,

Under these circumstances, I beg

that Your Lordship may be pleased to issue

instructions to the Colonial &

Agent, for the mowry

difference in cost, as recommended by

of the difference

recovery

the

Auditor General and the Members of the Board

of Survey

"Survery; and

and to prevent

a recurrence

of a

similar caued of complaint, it would be desirable. to direct particular attention to be paid to the

3rd

37 paragraph of suggestions from the Braid

as to the future supply of paper to this bolony.

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respecty

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient,

Kumble Servant,

M. Slay

Lieutenant Governor administering

the Government,

J

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Mr. Merivale.

Agents General.<

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28/9.

July

1850.

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The Earl

b 58.

Greep

9 Inclosures.

Received

Forwarding Report

On-

Year 1849-50.

the Colonial Agent for the

some- Stationery supplied by

Gov. 8001. WKing

Geo Baillie Esq.

Nievi

Agent Gen for [rown Colonies.

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1850 OCTR

Sir.

MB

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158. July 3/50

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Jam directed by

Earl Grey to transmit

for your information the accompanying Copy

the

of a Despatch from Officer adminidering the Government Song Thong forwarding. a Memerandum from the Auditor Gen!, together with the Report of a Bool

of Servery on

Board

ohe

Stationery supplied for the use of

be

Colonial Government;

for

for the year 1849/50. Love Grey desires Lord

will call

that you upon the Parties pour whom the Stationery in question was purchase

the

either to afford a Salisfactory explanations of difference between the

tween

Paper supplied by New and that mentioned in the Invoice, or to

refund the difference

value.

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Samte

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Govern Bonham C.B.

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rough of your Dispatch 458. of the 5th of July lach extoring

the I

3

Report of Board of Levrey which you had apucated

Suway

for the qructure of examining

seuntouch the Flationery sent ouch for the

Jute.

of your hate for the Jean 1849.50.

Stanssit herewith the

а

алмира

Copy of a letter adduped

the Agish Given of the Comptroller of Stationery

explaining the deficiening

the

to

in

bright of the Paper, and Stating that an abstemench of £3.6. 8. will be allowed.

71

72

in the mesh account.

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Audit Affies,

Auditor General's Memorandum cubmitted

the

information of the Honorable The Lieutenant Governor administering the boranment. _

appears by the buries of Stationery for

the

the

Year 1849-50 that the Government is charged for 25% terms of Forleap as weighing 20th each, but the paper received does not corceronil with the burries, the reams

actually weighing only 18the sach; it is therefore

neemmmended that a Survey

should be

respectfully

held spor

it, and a certificate forwarded to the Agent general in order that the difference in price may "be scorrered, and brought to azement.

are

The

cases in which this Stationery was packed

charged to the boremment at £5.1.3, it is therefore suggested that they be sold by Publie Question, and the amounts realized, and also bought to the credite of the Government.

Hughing, 27 June 1950.

True fory

Colonial Secreta

Ligne M. Carine

Auditor General

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73

Sir,

Government Offices, Victoria,

Hongkong, 29th June,

1830.

In accordance with the instructions

conveyed in your letter No. 165 of aesterday?

date to our

informs you

address,

have the honor to

that we assembled today at the

Auditor General's Office, and proceeded to

inspect the foolscap paper alluded to in the Memorandune of the Officer

eer at the

head of that. Department; and the result

of our inspection is the following, whicks

bug to submit for

the consideration of

AVË

the Honorable the Lieutenant Governor

administering, the Government

اپور

the 25

That we soeighed 3 of the

-Reames of foolscap paper stated in the

The Honorable

Major faine,

Colonial Secretary.

7.

the

Invoice to weigh 20 lbs each, and found their respective gross weights to be tbs. 17. 1008,

or on an AVCI A

the 16. 12 of the 17, or

2 rack, the mark

17.07.2

18 the for cutting.

Dully. That this paper

averago,

the cover

woad mana

lbs.

showing

manufactured

( by Ruse and Curners) in 1847, is of an

inferior quality

and v

very weak, and, in our opinion, thickly glazed for the purpose of

covering its weakne

weakness.

the ink

rious en

it

therefore

when written upon, and we

consider it entirely useless for the purposes

for which it was

originally indented

origi

namely for Despatches to the Secretary of State, and Accounts.

3odly.

We beg to remark that,

it is very

ito

consequence of the dampness prevailing this climate, it is desirable that the paper sent out to this Colony) should-

always be strong, durable, and

recent manufacturd .

.

+

We perfectly agree

with the

74

suggestions of the Auditor General as to the advisability of recovering, through the Colonial Ayoub in England, the difference in the price charged for the weight of the foolscap in question, carrying

the amount

to the credit of the Hongkong Geocamment

And we

further

concur in the recommendation

that the empty boxes alluded to in the Lame Memorandumd be sold by Public Auction, and the proceeds paid into the Creasury

We be

to add that we also

ched 3 of the 50 Reams sent out stated

weighed

to weigh lbs. 16 each, and ascertained their

gross weights to be tbs. 14. 9oz., lbs. 14.90z., respectively,

Abs. 14.9oz

lbs. 14.1005,

OV OW WOW AVEJA

average

each reamed. This paper, (Coles'),

marked

:tured in 1848, and is ma

was ma nu.

manufactured

of the most

ow

the cover to

u

igh lbs. 16.

weigh

We beg to return the Auditor

neral's Memorandum.

General's

We have, &c.,

(Aigned.)

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My Lord,

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175

SEP27) Victoria, Hongkong,

1850

3rd July, 1856.

I have the hener to

the

of this

forward herewith an Indent of Stationery required for Government for the

year

ALO)

o

1851-52,

and trust that Your Lordship will

how the

the secestary

issued to the Colonial_

orders tops to cause the

Agent for its early transmission to this Colony.

&

above-

In subsuitting the aberr

Indents, I beg again respectfully to call. Your Lordship's attention to the subject of my Despatch No. 58 of this dato,

that the Statione

in order that the

The Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

se,

yo.,

&e.

Stationery

sent out

may

Therriale

be of good and substantial quality.

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respects,

Your Loudships,

Most Obedient,

Humble Servant,

Lieutenant Governor administering

28/9.

المجروع 100

Vy

Governor

the Government.

Memorandum.

Stationery recommended to be

76

ordered from England by the next Mail for

the several Departments of the

ude

of

Government of Hongkong for the year 1851-52

Description.

Foolscap paper, 20 the_

Do.

Do.

16.

"

Dan Draft, 12-1 white.

Blotting paper, Envelopes, Official

Extra size

Do.

Jo.

Note.

Red, tape Pencils, H.-

Sealing

wax, Indian

Steel! pens, Assorted.

Quantity.

25 Reams.

25

25

5

3000 in No.

300

2,000

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20 Packets

2. Dorew.

10 the

15. Groft.

2 dozer papers.

Note. Of all other kinds of Stationery not mentioned in this memorandum, there are sufficient ow hand to last through the year.

Andet fiffier, Maughong (signed) M (acce

27

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Anditor General.

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Colonial Secretary

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Copy on Despatch

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Stationery for the

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for the year 1851/12 and dam to

ал

desive that you

will ascertain and

report

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1

repert how for the

Sufflies now required

are in lacess or

diminution of these

9

of previous year.

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the supply

of Stativery required fo

the Service of that

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1851. 52, in

accordance with the

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57

The

My Lord,

SKP.27

1850

Victoria, Hongkong, 4th July 1850.

I have the honor to report

to Your Lordship that Mr Suith, the widow of the late Deputy Registrar to the - Supreme Court, applied to this Government assistance towards defraying

for

5

como pecuniary

3

the passage of herself and I childrew to

Van Diemen's Land, whither she is

desirous of proceeding, in order to

being

her

• join

ascare)

of

relatives and friends ; and be the destitute condition in which she was

placed by the death of her husband, I thought it proper to bring her case under the consideration of the Excention fou sect. fonnect On fully considering the impoveristied

Right Right Honora "The Earl Grey,

So,

So.,

ble

so.

80

and children, and and

situation of herself faithfulness and diligence

the

and diligence with which her

late husband performed the duties of his office, as appears from the letters of the Chief - Registrar of the fouch herewith

Justice and It

6

me in

attacked, the Council concurred with the propriety of allowing her L.100 from the Colonial Funds, as a gratuity to enable her to proceed to Vaw Diemen's Land.

Previous to voting the above sums, the Council had before them the correspondence that passed between this Government and the Colonial Office on the subject of the_ £.100 granted to Mr. Smithers, widow the late Police Inspector Smithers, to defray the passage of herself and one child to

of

and in 1848, which grant was approved

by .

Your Lordship in Despatch Nr 101 of

th

24th July, 1849.

considering

Under these circumstances, and)

also that the death of Mr. Mr.

the

11.

102.

Smith has caused a saving Saving

to the Government,

I trust for Your Lordship's approval of

: grant in question.

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

پر مصرة کے برو

avele

Lieutenant Governor administering

the Government

M. Memile

approves

the grant this should go to the

Tessary stating that his dudelit recommend & Low Gray

sand

The Expenditure

yu:

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allound

bjor Ho

it in the former case upred b.

The Lieut.

4th Jul, 1850.

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Governon

The Fark Grey.

N6o.

2. Inclosures.

Received

to Mrs Smith, wisow

Reporting grant of

$100

Registrar

to Van Diemen's Land... Infray the passage of herself and three children

the Cate Deputy of the Supreme Court, to

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am directed

by Earl Grey to travemit

to you for

the consideration

of the Lord's Comment of

the Treasury

accompanying Copy of

ablespatch, with its Enclosures, from

the-

Governor of Stony hong

reporting that, with the concurrence of his founcil, he had

Counsel

granted to Mr Sunch

the

the late

The Widow of Deputy Registrar of Supreme burt, Gratuity of £ 100, to

a

the

Govenia

enable her to proceed with her dire children to Vantiemen's hand

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of Frenemy you stake that Lord Grey is of opinion that

This

the payment of Gratuity should receme the sanction of the

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41

and, considering

testimony which,

the

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to the lite bed fitte,

high

Lear

Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Corint at Hary

82

Harry,

and the impoverished

state in which his Jarilg

left,

I have to

signify

to you my approval of

the payment which has

his Weslow

been made to have of

дио

£100 to enable to groceed

with her Children the

Pare Decimens Landl

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Copy

Diar General,

83

Monday, July 124 1890.

As requested, I forward

Memorial from the

the widow

of the late Mr.

Fred. Smith, Deputy Registrar of the

Supreme Court

If anything can be done for the

relief of the Memorialist, I am sure you will be only too happy to do so.

Sentirely agree with Mr Cay

in the testimony he bears to the character

the late Mr. Smith.

true

Yours faithfully (fiques ) John Hulme .

Copy

Colonial Seriting

of

(Copy).)

Chem

84

Sir

of

Court House, Victoria,

Hongkong, 29 June, 1850.

I have the honor to enclose a

Memorial, addressed to the Honorable the Lieutenant Governor by Mr. Smith, widow the late Frederick Smith, Deputy Registrar, praying for assistaned for hewalf and family in the destitute circumstances in which they ard left,

, in the hope that

you,

4.

head of the department, will be

induced to forward it

I have much pleasure

i 110

testifying to the excellent manner in which Mr. Smith performed the duties of Deputy Regietrar during the five years he held that Office; in that long period Land single day

that he was a

not aware that be

The Honble. The thief Justice.

The Bungalow.

85

}

and his

absent except pou sickness, steadiness and trustworthy diligence

beyond all praied.

I have, te

∞ are

(Signed) Rebt. Dundas fay

Cone (opay.)

Registrar.

olonial.

Secretay

No. 61

J'inancial.

2

Evelouse to Trend 18/50

My Lord,

FIVEL

SER27

1850

Victoria, Hongkong.

9th July, 1856.

I have the honor to enclose

herewith, for Your Lordship's information and that of the Lords Commisionens of ther Majesty' " Creasury, copies of the Quarterly Abstracts for the quarter ending 30 June, 185.

Changes in the holders of Offices and appointments in the Colony of Hongkong

2.

3.

th

Additions to Salaries and Allowances

in the Colony of Hongkong

Creation of new Offices and appointments

in the Colony of Hongkong.

Ryments of an unusual description

and for extraordinary

The Right Honorable

The Earl

So,

Grey,

Se

Services.

@

L

have been sactioned

I have the honer to be,

With the highest respect, Your Lordships,

@

Most Obedient,

Humble Servants

Lieutenant-Governor administering

& Government

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the

M. Merivale

All These appointments but one

The

Cexception is that of Mr. Alexander appointed Elpat Prezistian ofthe Suqueme Coust

dead.

Wthe delay

See 2004. The applands

in confining

the absence ofthe Governor's reput repor Mayer Queral. Staweley'=

Appointment

See 7034

Send this to the

Treasury

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deviated by Rail Grey

to havsmit to you for the

anformation of the Lords Commissioners of

the

from

the

Treasury

: following Ratuous rusvid

the Officer Administering

Ther

the Gook of Hong Hong Jon

the

30% of Leve

Carter ended. 30

to quartin

10750.

in the Holders of

1 Changes in

Offices and

lepponitur ents

2. Additioned to Salaries and Allowances

3. Creation of new offices and

грироги appombments_

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4. Payments of an unusual

Services

chiscrepition

and

for extremileriary

Ihme

CHANGES in the HOLDERS of OFFICES and APPOINTMENTS in the Offices of HONGKONG, for the Quarter ended 30

OFFICE.

Name of the Officer who formerly held the appointment, and annual Salary.

Name of the Officer who is now appointed, and annual Salary.

If appointed by Her Majesty's Government in England, date of au- thority of the Secretary of State.

If newly appointed by the Governor date of authority.

If promoted from another Office or Government situation in the Colony, description of former ap- pointment.

the June,

Date of Governor's Despatch respecting the Change of office or appointment, or the new appointment.

18.50.

Column for Remarks.

Colonial treasury. Treasurer.

Hon. W. C. Mercer. R. Rienaecher

£.

goo.

Col.

to

L. 600.

107 of 26 April, 1850. in

treasury.

87

the acting) appointinents

bot. Shay's letter Na Acting Chief black No. 37 of 26th April, 1870, in the Col: Beasury have

ariter

from the treasurer

18.0

Do.

Acting Dr. Clerk.

and the Chief Clerk

Do

being absent in

W. Caine. £200

Jo. Nr. 144, 24 May

th.

England on sick

R. Rienacker. £452.10 J. Hare. £350.

Chief block.

2nd. Clerk. J.

J. Hars. L.300. G.M.

Registrar General. Hon. W. C. Mercer. C. May.

Supreme Court

Deputy Registrar Freak. Smith M. H. Alicander

L. 350.

No 47 of 24, May, 1880. certificates.

Gort: Notification Superintendent No.37 of 26th April, the duties of Registrar 26 April, 1890. of Police.

1897.

Col. Rey's letter block of Court No. 54 of 19th.

th.

£300. $

Sr. 159 of 17

June, 1891)

June, 1890.

are

5 performed by Mr. May in addition to those of superintendent of Police, without any

extra Kalary

Wr. Inrith died at

Macas on

Jend.

the

17th.

1

Hindustani and

E. L. Lança. D. R. faldwell.

L.50.

Malay Interpreter .

£.50.

Colonial Chaplain Rer. V. J. Stanton. Rev. E. &. R. Moncrieff-

مجھے

3. 700

£.390.

Ool: Secy's

No.83 of 16 Apr. 1850.

Col: Secy's letter Assistant Superintendent No.113 of 26 Apr. 1850

of Police.

letter

M

Mr. Lança pesigned on the 12th Apreb.

No-28 of 16 April, 1890. The Rev. Mr. Stanton

is absent in

on

England

sick certificate.

Chief Magistrate of Police

Hindustand and

Malay Interpreter.

Sheriff and

Assistant Magistrato .

E. L. Lança. I.R. Caldwell.

£. 100.

£.100.

C. G. Hold forth. W. H. Mitchell

f380.

8.700.

Col: Secy's letter & Asistant Superintendent

13 of 26 Apr. 1850 of Police.

Col: Secy's letter No.

74 of 30 March, 1850.

Mr. Lança resigned the 19th April.

سمجھے گی

No 26 of 13th April, Mr Holdforth is

No.

1887.

abeent on sick Certificate .

* Note. Mr Mexander's previous appointment of Clerk of Court is abolished, and he will for the future perform the duties

of Deputy Registrar, the salary there of remaining in abeyance until the return of the Governor,

draw at the rate of his former salary

pensing which he will only

Copy

now in the North of China,

(Signed) Maine

Auditor Genera C

Colonial Scenter

OFFICE.

ADDITIONS to SALARIES and ALLOWANCES in the Offices of HONGKONG, for the Quarter ended 30

Name.

Date of Appointment.

Original Salary.

Present Salary.

Acting Creasurer. R. Rrenacker 25

th

May,

Do.

Acting Chief bleck. I. Hare.

the June,

Date from which increased Date and description of Authority for

Salary drawn.

the

increase.

1830.

Column for Remarks.

88

1850. L.4.52.10 £600. 25th May, 1880 Colonial Secretary's letter Vibe Governo's des patcher

No 107 of 26th April, No. 35 and 37 of 24th.

pros and 26th April, 1880.

£300.

£380

Do.

1890.

1

ка

Ligued, Maine

Auditor General.

Cueppy

Secretary

Colonial Loritory.

L-

....

CREATION of NEW OFFICES and APPOINTMENTS in the Offices of HONGKONG, for the Quarter ended

Name.

Annual Salary.

Date of appointment and of authority from the Governor.

Date and description of the authority or instruction (if any) from Her Majesty's Government in England, in consequence of which the appointment was made.

30

th.

June,

Date of the Governor's Despatch to Her Majesty's Government in England, respecting the transaction in cases where no previous authority may have been received.

1857..

89

Column for Remarks in any particular case, and for the statement of any special circum-

stances.

OFFICE.

:

Nit.

Crue Copy

(Signed) Maine

Colonial Secretary .

Anditor

5 General

י -

PAYMENTS of an unusual or special Description, and Payments on Services amounting to £200, incurred without previous authority from Her Majesty's

Secretary of State, for the Quarter ended 30

Description of Service.

Amount.

To whom paid.

th

June,

Date and description of the authority or

Date of authority from instruction (if any) from Her Majesty's Government in England, in consequence of which the payment was made.

the Governor.

1850.

Date of the Governor's Despatch to Her

Majesty's Government in England respecting the transaction, in cases where no previous authority may have been received.

90

Column for Remarks in any particular case, and for the statement of any special circum-

stances.

Nil___

(Signed) We

W. Jaine,

Auditor General.

Cone tipy

Conial Secretary

secretary.

91

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Financial.

enforme

SWED

68227

185J

Victoria, Hougtong,

15th July, 1850.

My Lord, I have the bown to thanumite to

Your Lordship the Acerunt Current of the "acting Colonial Treasurer for the quarter ending 30th June 1850, together with, the 102@ 24 - requisite Vouchers in support of the same.

The Report of the Board of Survey.

No25

the Funds in the Colonial Treasury held on the 12th Instant, is also herewith enclosed for your Lordship's information.

The Right Honorable,

The harl Isney,

to

to

I have the honor to be,

With the highest-respect,

Your Lordship's

Meet Obedient

Humble Servant,

Lieutenant Governor

Ye.

administering the Govermente

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directed by

karl Grey to transmit

to you for the information of the Lords Commm of the Treasury

the Account

Current, with the accompanying

Vouchers,

of the Acting Colonial Treasurer at to

Bong

Kong - for the Guards ended 30 fine last_ together with a Report

of the Board of Survey of the Funds

remanung

92

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Elman

causing in the foromal Chest on the

14 July.

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93

Deposits .

Receipts.

Land Revenue.

-3723.14.104 17,542 15 8 1⁄2

Hongkong. Account of R. Rienaçcker,

all Monics received and paid. on account of the Colonial

-Consulates in China, during the period from 104

of all

Balance 12th April, 1850 : Public Monies. £13819.0.93

Cotal.

£.

S.

d

+

Quarter from the 1th April to 30th June, 1830- Acting Colonial Creasurer of Hongkong, in respect Government, Iber Majesty's Diplomatic Department and April, 1850, to the thirlioth of June, 1850.

Salaries.

Fixed Provisional Establishment temporary.

Allowances.

Office Contingencie.

94

Lotal.

£.

A

d.

Establishments. - 5502|0|8|113184

Hospital,

Revenue Services, exclusive of Establishments. Administration of Justics;

Rent exclusive of Lands.

Licenses..

Caxes.

Fines, Forfeitures and Kes of Courts.. Fees of Offices...

Sale of Government Property;

Reimbursement in aid of Expenses incurred by

Special Cercipts

Government : 18 2

825 16 8

420

Price and

Rent

Jails,

504 118

729 124

184 3 52

269 11 62

54

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Cransport.

Bridg

6147

Cotal Colonial Revenue

2,963165

Deposits available.

Deposits not available.

309

44562/24

1610

60

20860 1464

that the foregoing

Works and Buildings.

Roads Streets and Bridges

3 2 6 132 7 02 6:768 16 61⁄2

1st

125

22 30114141⁄2

22

254

1/4/45

9

1/ 25462 102 13

8 91

Cotal Colonial Expenditure. 7,631 17

Superintendent of Brade.

Colonial Services..

Deposits not available.

on fet

Balance

-1/2631617

3,375 15 8 4639

July, 1880. Public Monics .__482|14|84

7%

2 3

99 11 103/14

Deposits not available. _ 3668 8 67% 8490 3 3

8 | 1131|b|4|| 3|2|6|132

do

do.

do.

20.860 1464

I Robert Rienaccker do solemnly and sincerely declare

as

-Colonial Creasurer of Hongkong from 14th April 1850 to

the panko conscientionely believing

the panks to be Correct.

Declared and Subscribed before me, at Victoria,

Xongkong, this day the thirteenth of July, 1850.

(Signet) William Pedder.

is a trud and correct statement of my Account 30th June, 1856, and I make this solemn declaration

(Signed) R. Ricnaceker

True Copy ! 6.

Colonial Secutary.

:

Nr. 62 of 1890.

Inclosure No I in

Deep:

:

95

Return of Land Revenue recived during the quarter

Leave Lands-

ended 30th June 1850-

during the Mouth of April

J:

9:

Land not leared " from Villages

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May

Inne

during the Month of April-

F:

Fees on grant of Leases

May June

during the month of Aprile

Deposits on lands sold-

VALA LU

35

7

133 4 10/2/2

613 11 92 782 4 4 1⁄2|

1673

173

417

91103064

218

Hongkong.

Quarter ended 30th. Colonial Creasurer, for the Account of the Acting ]

7 June, 1850.

J!

during the mouth of May_ -June-

|

9 1991⁄2

146 11 4 32

Total £ 825,16, 8

right hundred and twenty five pounds sintien Shillings and right pence Sterling-

Victoria, Houghing, July the 10th, 1850.

(Taue fopy)

(Signed) R. Rienaceker,

Acting Colonial Treasurer.

foloniat Sconetary

7

96

Return of Rents exclusive of Lands recived during the quarter ended 30th June 1850-

Markets

during the month of Cepsil _ _146|17|6

on Buildings

May

Inve

during the mouth of April-

Jo

May I Альте

146 17 6

104 3 14 397 18 44

1084

108 11

150 22/8

Total £120.00 0

4

Four hundred and twenty Pounds Sterling.

Victoria, Houghing,

Inly the 10th, 1850.

(Signed) R. Rienaceter

(Tine (opy)

Acting Colonial. Treasurer.

felonial Secretary

LI

Return of amounts received for Licenses

during the

97

quarter ended 30th June 1850-

Opinn

Ofives. Sealevs

May.

Jo

Inne

Spirits

Stone Quanying

during the

during the month of April

during the mouth of April.

१:

June

the month of April

May

12.7 18

91134

118 15 0337 100

11 17 5 437 10

42510

31 10 5

43150

Imme

37 13 0 123 13 10

Total ₤_5044411ed

Five hundred and four Pounds eleven Shillings and eight.

pence Sterling._

Victoria, Hongkong,

July the 10th, 1850.

(Signed) R. Rienaecher,

Acting Colonial. Treasurer

(Shue Copy)

Meloniatr

lonial keretars

98

Return of Taxes received during the quarter ended

Poliec Accesement

during the month of April 234|16| 2

go

May

357 14 10

J?

June

13714

Total

f

129 12 4

Seven Hundred and twenty mine pounds twelve shillings

and your pence Sterling

Victoria, Hougtong,

July the 10th 1850-

(True (opy)

(Signed) R. Rienacehör

Acting Colonial. Treasurer

folonial Secretary

}

r

99

Return of Fines, Forfeitures, and Fees of Courts received during

the Quarter ended 30th June 1850-

Fines

From the Chief Magistrate

#1

Marine Magistrate

-Superintendent of Poliec

517 bź

192 11174

2/8

#

C. May, heof as Justice of the Pence

Fines

bb 1581⁄2

Forfeitures

From the Chief Magistrate

Superintendent of Police

Fees

From the Supreme Court-

35/2

5119

5 15 2

82170

27/2

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...Chief Magistrate .___Marine Magistrate

/ 14 4/4 1/1 13 672

Total__£___184.3452

One hundred righty four Pounds three Shillings and fire

pence half penny Sterling.

(Signed) R. Rienaceker

Acting Colonial. Treasure

Victoria, Honghong,

July the 10th, 1850-

(Jane (opy)

folonial

test

100

Return of Fees of Offices received during the quarter

On Marriages.

#

#

Burials

ended 30th June 1850-

Registration of Boats.

J.

Hawker

official Signatures. Registration of Deeds -

Two Hundred and Sixty

and six henee

54

31 150 36 19 2

171 13 7/2

26 2 11 197 16 61⁄2

22 14 2

12/8

Total L Stq_269,11,6/2

mine pounds Eleven Shillings

half penny Sterling.

Victoria, Hong Kong, July the 10th, 1850

(True Copy)

(Signed) R. Rimaceker

Acting Colonial Treasuréz

Basis

.....

onial Secretary.

..

101

Return of Sums received on the sale of bovernment. Property during the quarter ended 30th June 1850-

On

Inland Lot 1262

For old building materials

resumed by Government

54

Five pounds four Shillings and two pence Sterling -

Victoria, Honghong,

Anly the 10th, 1850 -

(Signed) R. Ricnaceher,

Acting Colonial Treasurer.

(True Copy)

کے سے

Colonial

olonial-Secretary

F

102

Return of Sums received as Reimbursements in Aid of Expenses incuned by Government during the quarter ended 30th June 186

Clothing stoppages from the Police Force

Siek Stoppages.

"

same

1850.

500

11 19

Expences for removing materials of two ruinous houses

paid and recovered by the Superintendent of Police. 1211

Total ₤181 240

righten Pounds and two Shillings Sterling.

Nictoria, Hongkong,

(Signed) R. Rienaccher

Inly the 10th, 1857.

Acting Colonial Treasurer

(Lace (opy)

Colonial Secretary.

!

Return of Special Receipts during the quarter

ended 30th June 1850.

Superannuation contributions of the European,

Police frice

£

103

6147

Six pounds fourteen Shillings & Seven pence Sterling.

Victoria, Hanghong,

Inly the 10th, 1850-

Love

(Jan (19)

thy)

(Signed) R. Rienaccker,

noting Colonial Treasurer.

+

folonial Secutary

i

1. _

F

104

Return_ of deposits available received during the

quarter ended 30th June 1850.

Income Tax from Officers &c. of the Colonial_

Government, and diplomatic separtment 190 98

Superannuation Contributions

from_

F:

11273

Total # Stq: 309, 16. 10

£

Three Hundred, and nine pounds sixten Shillings

and ten pence Sterling.

Nietmia, Honghay,

July the 10=, 1850.

(Signed) R. Rienaceker,

(Jane Lopy)

Acting Colonial Treasurer.

Colonial Sentary

105

Return of I eposits not available reecived during

the marter ended 30th June 1857-

R.D.

Sundry Intestate estates from R. 9. fay

Official administrator

_ I __ for transmission to the Seamen's Strepital

in London

411594

299/2

Total = tg 44 x 5,632

b

Forty-four pounds five Shillings and six pence-

three farthings sterling.

Victoria, Houghong,

Only the 10th 1850.

(ligned) St. Pienaceker

R.

(Jane (opy)

Acting Colonial Treasurer.

felonial Secretary.

Return of Salaries, Allowances and Contingencies paid during the quarter ended 30th June, 1857.

: His freellency The Boomer Colonial Secretary

Treasurer

Jalaries

-

Allowance

Office

Fixed. Posicional Establishments temptary

1050

2

3826

75076

106

Total

Contingencies £. . .

20841/08 10 10

1

Clark it Council's

Harbour Master

Registrar beneral

Police Rate Collectas.

403132

Auditor

75

Surveyn

General.

26710

25

207

Judicial

heclesiastical-

Educational

=

24

996

28

1600

37 10

140

Medical - Colonial Jurgeon. 150

Hospital

Police and Barts

Total £

#

#

6326

#

#

116 2

|

31010

2476

32/0.

#

81276862

3

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#

#

ہم کو

22 105 772 17 11/

176 405 108

441 3 119 1

303171

317

12.15

138 4

106

#

37 15 22

269 1810

29 10 10

30.126

0101638 10 10

126

141 162

225/0

175

3210

693 1680187

55020 8 1131 6 4 5 26 1827 18 4768 16 62

Sin thousand seven hundred and sixty eight pounds

Sixteen Shillings and Six pence half penny Sterling. _

(Signed) R. Ricuncoker,

Nietnia, Houghtong, July the 10th, 1850.

Acting Colonial Treasurer

( True (opy)

:

Colonial Secretory

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L

Return of sums paid for Revenued Lervices cxclusive

of

107

during the quarter ended 30

June, 1850.

Establishments de

Incidental Expenses in collecting Police pates

at the Vill.

Villages.

Fifteen shillings sterling.

th

July; the

Victoria, Songs the 10

"/1850. }

Signed)

R. Keenace ker

Acting felonial Ennende

Excase

2 tl

lanial

Secretary.

!

Return of sums paid ase of Administration of 108 Justice), ( exclusive of Establishment), during the Quarter ended 30th.

Witnesses.

ne., 1850.

be June,

Compensation for being detained to give evidence.

Interpreter.

for services in the case the Queen &. Steele.. Criminal Punishments.

68

168

25

Cotal L. stg 1259

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and nine)

pened Sterling.

Excention of 3

3 Criminals.

Cwelve Sounds fire Shillings

Victoria, Hongkong, July the 10th, 18650.

E

rue

Mopy.

(Signed) R. Ricnaccker.

Acting Colonial

Conial Treason

fitmust

·lonia C. Secretar

Secretary

Return of sums paid the Quarter ended 30th.

on account

7 June, 1856

-Government Civil Hospital .

109

of Hospitals during

Provisions and Medical Comforts for Patients.

Mcdicines.

Fuel and Lights.

Incidental Expenses.

15 281⁄2

/

14 42

4126

18 0

Cotal £. etgr

22

77

and Rever

2 two Pounds, Leven Shillings

leventy 21

Pened Sterling.

Victoria, Hongkong,

July the 10th 1807.

}

Copy.

(Ligned.) R. Riinaecker, Acting Colonial

Concal Ereasu

treasurer.

Polonial

Secretary

3

Return of

Police.

a

of sums paid "/% of Police and fails, 110 during the Quarter ended 30th

Rations for European Police Constables

blothing

and Accoutrements

Purchase and repair of Boats . Veterinary and Farriery, Articles.

Imago.

Oil and

Candles .

Incidental Expenses ._

fails.

Provisions, etc, for Prisoners.

Bedding, and other necessaries

Fetters and tools,

bil for Jacks.

Incidental Expenses.

ne, 1850:

of June,

stg):

1483

102:1

39 18 102 37107

99 3150

10 14

16 15 10

1146

119

115 101⁄2

9149 91141⁄2 4 642181 186 |

Cotal L. Stgr Lgz

301 14 42

Three hundred and one Sounds fourteen Shillings and four

pence halfperny sterling

Victoria, Hongkong,

July, the 10k 18.50.

rue

Copy.

Signed 1 R. Ricnaccker

Acting Colonial

Colonial Locutory,

treasurer.

Return of Rents paid during,

Police.

30th

June, 1856.

the Quarter ende111

Central Police Station for 3 months, to 31th May, 1850. £52.1.72 Police Station at Show kewand.

Hospital.

3.15.

55 16 72

Government fivil Hospital for 3 months to 31th May. - 15 126

Cotal £. stq

Estg/

912

Seventy-one Pounds, nine

half penny sterling.

Shillings

and one and

July the

Victoria, Hongkong,

the 100t:s

1850.

Mic

Signed, R. Riennerker.

Acting Colonial

Colonial Creasurer.

olonial

Tre ta

L

Return

of amounts

amounts paid

on

account

+ of Cransport 12

during the Quarter ended 30th June, 1850.

Travelling Expenses of Officers and other

Co Mr. Charles Molloy Campbell, late Acting, Cha

Chief

Justice, grant of his expenses from and to Calcutte. 254 6 2

two hundred and

fifty, four Pounds, six Shillings

two pined Sterling

aird

Victoria, Hongkong

July

the 10th. 18.50.

Signed !

R. Rienaceker

Acting

deling Colonial Creasu

лие

C

opy.

olonial.

folimat - Loubory

Return of sums paid ase of Works and Buildings during

the QQuarter ended 30th.

# June,

1890

113

New Works.

E

Supply of water to Government Offices and proposed

Government House,

Skylight and fittings for Supreme Court,

Report and Estimato No. 9 of 1847 . -

Repairs Be

Materials 80 for Flagstaff.

Repairs to Central Police Station, construction of cells, Boat house and

stables for

Lamo.

16 3

52

F

53

17

- £. 2 × 2 × 6

#

2.

Repairs to Bungalow on Hospital Hill. 10 = 8 = 4

Protecting Albany Godowns.

کلم

مر الله

Cotal £. stq:

One hundred and two Pounds, thirteen

mine Pence Sterlin

Victoria, Hongkong,

10th.

Sterling

July, the hot, 18t

1887.

}

true Copy

48 15 10

102

139

Shillings

>

and)

(figned) R. Rienace ker

Acting Colonial Preasurer.

Colonial Secretary,

Return of sums paid af of-Roads, Streets and

Bridges during the Quarter ended 30

30th. Bridges during

Roads.

#

# June, 1887.

1850

New: From Aberdeen to Stanley, ase of Report and

Estimate No. 1 of 1847.

Implements for Convicts employed on Roads

3917

Repair, te.

20

Roads.

59 18 10

Bridges.

at the

Wongneichung Valley ;

37

10

"Cotal L. Stgh-

97

21"

Stone arches to two small, Bridges

Vinety,

Modding

seven Pounds eight Shillings

Victoria, Hongkong,

July

the 10th. 1881.

1

(Signed)

810

and ten Pence,

R. Riinacchin

Acting Colonial Preasurer:

olonial Secretar

1

+

1

Return of amo

" amounts paid

on account of Her

of Her Majesty's

Diplomatic Department in China, during, ended 30th June, 1890. 7

Advance on account

-do.

during the month of April. -

May). June..

-

Balance of present Quacter's amount in

the Quarter

359

115

122ź

200156

1702

12 18 102

Cotal L. starling; (263 6 7

One thousand two hundred and sixty three Bounds,

s and Leven Pence ster

Shillings

Sterling

Victoria, Hongkong

the 10th July

1890.

Live

(Signed) R. Runace her

Acting Colonial Rismenor

Colonia C &

Cemal

Lecreta

...

Acturn of Amounts paid for Consular Services,

30th.

during the Quarter ended 30

the June,

ne, 1890.

116

ва

Canton Consulate

Amoy :

do.

Forchow foo - do.

Ningpo

do.

Thany had.

do..

1405 2

4

206 3

4

52

605

1107 Cotal L. Sta?:

"Stg) : 3575

3375 15

Chree thousand three hundred and seventy five Pounds,

7

fiften Shillings and eight Ponce sterling

Victoria, Hongkong,

July the 10th, 1850 (

(Signed) R. Reinaccker. Acting Colonial Prasadar

Tove Lopory

olonca &

Leere

tary

1

1

Acturn of Deposits not available paid during the Quarter

ended 30th June, 1857.

Church Subscriptions Balance.

Intestate Estates.

"

#

}

B. Wentworth

E. Lewis.

A. Lander.

M. Callender.

J. Gomes..

$34

#

4

2"

/

13.3 ź

2n8

19.

3

447-9

117

47 14 2 2014

5.14.81⁄2 51

Cotab L. stg :

Shillings

Ninety-nine Pounds eleven the

Ninety three farthings storting

Victoria, Hongkong,

}

July the 10th, 1850.

:

17

99 11 102/2

and ten Pencèr

Signet / R. Renaceker

Acting Colonial

Crease

casurer,

Cine Copy

:

olonia ( Secretary

+

A

Procu

eedings of a Board of Survey held at the Colonial Treasury of Mongkong

pursuant to order of The Honorable the lieutenant Governor administering the Government "

Members { has of George Bleverly Esquin

The Honorable Major William Came.

{has

Roberts Runacuer

The Board having ascertained the exact boins, existing in the Ireasury chests, found the same to be as follows, viz.

Public, Monies in the Strong Vault

Treasurers Chest

118

Spanish Mexican Meting Total

Caine.

Supees. Cash Solars

28727.

295% 1548

*

7480 208 7.2 4.400..

Total.... 200223⁄414 | 1548

Private Property in the Frieng Tault.

11

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430.75 302.149: 47.1 14.8% 7010.75 511 113|| 4,82,1 14.84

/ 400% 12.84 | 112.80.20 4480 20 252. 12% 3668 8. 02

Grand Total 30423/2 2832 11.289.20 12.408 95 763 13 2 8400 3.3.

Amounting to Sightthousand four hundred and ninety Sounds Lice Hhillings and three pencesterling.

Jictoria Mongkong

July the first 1850. -

fai

5

:

топконд

N65.

Miscellaneous-

SEP27

1850

119

-Victoria, Houghtong,

15th July, 1856.

With reference to my Seepatch

L

1251 of the 15th line, I have the how to acknowledge the receipt of the following Deepatches on the 10th Instant_

1978 to 180, the last of 11. May 1850. of 12th May

Circular

I have the honor to be,

With the highest-respect,

Your Lordhips,

Most Oberent

Humble Servant,

E

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The Right Nongable, The Karl Surey

&c.

&c.

to.

Livtenant Governor.

administering the Government

1

то

130

No. 64. Executive .

SEP27 1350

120

Victoria, Hongkong,

19th July, 1850.

My Lord, Your Lordship that I returned from Shanghae zesterday, from which date I have re-assumed charge of the Government of this Colony

I have the honor to inform

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

The Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

So,

Je,

Se

Most Obedient, Humble Servant,

19tratame

:

Ratly for future reference.

Ats=2019.

mm 1.30

4810

No. 65. Miscellaneous.

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No

My Lord,

SLP27

1850

Wictoria, Hongkong,

th

19th July, 1850.

421

In compliance with the Colonial

lations I have the honor to transmit

Regulations

to Your Lordship Lists of Members of the Executive, and Legislative Councils 12. Mongkong, for the half year ending 30th.

f

June, 1850.

of

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect, Your Lordship's,

Your

Most Obedient,

Humble Servant,

Johtam

The Right Honorable

the Earl Grey,

Yo, yo yo

A

:

$

:

Mumith.

At 2014.

:. T..

122

Return of Members composing, the Executive

Council of Hongkong.

www

Name..

Whether holding

Date of Gate of

and what

Date of any

Appointment. Confirmation. other bivil or

th

th

Military Office.

Honorable Majin General 27th January 17th November, Leutenant Governor

William Staveley, C. B.

1848.

1849.

and Commanding,

Her Majesty's

the

th

Croop!

sin China !

Honorable. Major Williand 11th January, 29th November, Colonial Secretary

Caine.

1844.

184.5.

and Auditor

Honorable Alexander

Robert Johnston, Eige Esqre.

General. Major unattached.

29th June, 24th August, Secretary to Her

th

1846.

1848.

Majeety's Plenipotentiary and Chief Luper- intendent of

British Eade in

China .

Victoria, Hongkong

$1856

19th July,

La Almada father of

Clock of the Executive Connect .

!

t

7

}

Return of Members composing the Legislative Connect of Hongkong

Date of

Date of

Name.

123

Whether holding any

and what other

Appointment. Confirmation Civil or Military

th

Office.

Honorable John Walter 10th.

Hulme, Esqre.

1844.

*June, 29th November, Chief Justice and

1845.

Judge of the Vice

Admiralty Court.

Honorable. Paul Joy 31th July, 29th November, Attorney General,

Morting, legs

1844.

1845.

Honorable. Williand Chomas 24th August, 12th January,

Mercer, Esq. c.

1848

treasurer and

Receiver of Colonial

Revenue ( Absent

9849.

!ow

leave )

Henerable David Jardine, Esq. By Queen's Marrant Justice of the Pence

th

dated. 12th April, 1850.

Honorable. Joseph Sock

Do.

Do.

Edger, Esore.

Victoria, Hongkong,

19th July,

189700

Do.

She Ahmada father

влада

the Legislation fenport.

Clash of the

-

1245

No. 66.

the only

Financial.

(58727)

1

Victoria, Hongkong,

Eve boligent sent to avenelain the fort

Vade Trend, unstitched, 18 Nov / 50.

Sard

Nr. 2.

My

Lord,

1850

20th

# July, 1850.

I have the honer to forward

Requisition for blothing and other articles

of the Colonial Police

ecessary for the und

Zuring the

may

var 1851, and beg that instinctions year

be issued to the Colonial Agent for

their early transmission to Hongkong.

At Return of the articles in store),

which have been taken into account in preparing

the above

Requisition, is annexed Lordship's information.

for Your

I have the honer to be

With the highest respect,

The Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

&o.

Jo.,

Je

Your Lordship 2,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

Istiham

to the

To Colonial Avent to ascertain the coth, and

ватьс

to saution it.

2819.

Ann

Vom 130

Gov. 8009. H Kong

Geo Baillie Eogr

Agent Gen for frown Colonies.

wm.

1850 OCTR 2

Sir,

2

125

BS. 10 OCH/50.

I am directed by Why

Earl brey to direct you

to ascertain and report

to

for his Lordship's

me for

information what would be the cost of supplying The Clothing Tocher

ر

Artutes enumerated in the accompanying Requisition, which are

required for the use of the Police Force at Hong Kong.

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а

trong động

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accompanying lify of e

litter from

the Colonial

Agent General acomprimis

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by a Requisition from Governor of Hong, Hong

Ster

for a supply of clothing and equipments for

the

Police Force in that Celony

Jon the

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950. and Sam

5 year 1850.

to requish that you will

more the Loras Commises: of the Treasury to issue

issue the

necessary directions for the

purchase and

thesment

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Gor. 2009 G Hong Kong Jy.

of

these listicles at the

cosh specified

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Agent Generals litter_

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Entered

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3 Jan 51.

to goren

With refereve to

Ser.

MINUTE

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of the 20

of July

Despith 266

466 of

lach I have the lever to acquaint

you

that directions have been

given on the preparation and Transmission of the Suschale

the

off to required to complete ele

Clothing of the other Force ab Hong Hory to the end of the Jean 1851-

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Police Department,

Honghong

Victoria,

18th July, 1850.

Requisition for Police Department.

that the undermentioned, antieles

of

I certify birthing and equipments are required from England for the Police Service, being the authorized supply for the periods under specified_ ._

For Year 1851.

1. 63. Yards Blue Cloth to make Jackets and Trousers for 27 Men, European Face-

2. 266 yards 30-mch wide. Blue Camlet. to make Jackets and Trousers for 57 men, European

and ridian Frees-

3. 60 yards of Blue Camlet, to make cackets

"Chinen Police -

for

4. 98 Blue Cloth. Caps with white metal "Crowns ?

5. 98 Oil- Skin Cap-covers-

b. 81 Pairs Boots-

7. 81 Pairs of Phoes-

8. Materials to make 20 pairs of Boots and 20

Pairs of Shoes Thris

9. 1605 White metal Buttons-

10. 104. Black serge Streks-

11.

321 Hrok, and byes for Jacket Collars - 12. 105 Pairs white embroidered. Collar-badges

numbered

from

3 to 107-

13. 105 Pairs of white embroidered Collar- badges

in circles, mumbered from 3 to 107-

14. Linings 48. for Jackets -

15. 12 Police-Lanternas

16.

For eightien mouths ending 3965. 1851.

31

108 yards Blue Cloth to make frekets and

Soucers ofor. 57 Men Bidian Force-

Respectfully submitted . Prani's May

Superintendent of Police

Approved,

Stan

Goverun 4c..

129

Buttons

Police

i

Return of Materials for and clothing in stre and showing

Blue cloth for camlet fronchets White Metal Irekets and Trousers for burgreans & Betions

Department.

130

the total quantity required for Police Service for Year 1857.-

Blue Cloth Caps

Casulet An cachets

Stocks fachines Force Books and byes

Pairs of

Pairs of

Borts

Shoes

Full complement required for year Jeduct Articles in Store

1851

107

107

1605

107

107

107

29

50

9

6

10%

24

331

Total required for Year 1851

78

57

1605

98

101

101

104

24

321.

or

1

hyplanation

a4

68 yards of Blue Cloth in Stae sufficient for 29 Suits ._ Europeans for 1849, and specially for 2 Indians ofor 1848 ; sec. Requisition_ 11 Suits for Europeans made, arising from Changes in the Force, not clothing for

1848 one died and the other left the service; see Requisition from the quantity sent out from England being more than acquired,

230 yards of Camulet in store, sufficient for 50 suits. 120 Mark Police in 1849 and 1850; being contrary to Custom, nankin was England, allowed 55 yards of Camlet for / Suit, in that for 1850

ench

man was 43 yards, causing a surplus in two

years By Return of 26th of March 18419, 11 Caps appear

to be in to replace others lost while in the execution of their duty._

By same Return bpairs of Boots, bpairs of Shoes and

Victoria, Houghtong, 18th July, 1850.

tivo 1.to

to Articles in Store-

44's yards arise in consequence of materials being drawn for 28 and accompanying Returns date 26th March 1849, and there being only entitling the remainder to Blue clotting for 1869. The 2 bedians entitled to for making clothing, 10th Nov = 1849. The remaining 231⁄2 Yard arising "the Indian Police being emall men -

chinese arise from Camlet being drawn for making Jamers for substituted : in supply for year 1849, the calculation made in the calculation was &' yards; upon-an average the quantity used of 110 yards-

store for year 1857 but two have been issued to Polive Constables

3 Stocks appear as in store for 1851.

(Signed)

Charles May-

(Trece (spy)

Superintendent of Police.

Colonial Secretary.

No 66 of 1850.

Inclosure No. 2 in Despi

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No. 67.

Executive.

208

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Further to for: 242-14 Maypos.

My Lord,

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131

27 Victoria, Hongkong,

1859

22nd.

July,

1850

In reply to Your Lordship s

Despatch No 179 of 6th May last, I have the honor to state that the number of

be transported

Chinese Prisoners who

Ina

from honed to Labuan will probably not. exceed thirty annually.

The maintenance

at this Colony

per

costs

the Go

of each Convict

Government £.6.1.8

annum, and if the expense of Bedding

Clothing be included, I think the total

and Clothin

It

expense ought

not to exceed 2.7.10 per

annum. The other

the other points alluded to in

Sir

Your Lordship's letter to For James Brooks

entirely of a local nature that I

are so ente

The Right Honerable

the Earl Grey,

&c.,

&e.,

&c.

Duplicate.

Return of

Materials

and other articles in

for Police clothing

Störe

18

th July,

1850.

Mr. Merco ale

have

no means

thereon.

of forming any judgement

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect;

you low

Your Lordship's,

6 which day to re for y

I have made a praces of the corespondence

As do Ellist will not to much longer ahent, I founded this to hard pay at

once

hir Zasshit

is the comidued by

on this subject

which is annoyed, I to

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I much doubt whether

of reuse of formu un establishment, it with be expedient to

He custody of to limited a

Tumber

Chine convicts at Labuan hat The unident of the

defined till

subject

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I hardly think that the proposed measure can be worth while. The Labuan Coût do not want Convict generally, but a body of about 50 or bo uceful laboring Convicts, on the other hand the Gout of Hong Kong bay not actually in custody any body of Prisoners from whom these could be selected. It melcly has about 30 fresh Convicts per annum, of whom it is by no means certain that all would be of the description wanted at Labuan. And at all events 50 men could neither be a gecat

Colony relief to one

a great accession to the other,

If the measure were entertained at all, it might be desirable to begin by ascertaining from the Archipelage Company whether they would wish to employ the Convicts. But for the foregoing reasons

the I am inclined to think that the Plan

be dismissed.

may

nor a

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the scheme

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which to beat

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which

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Precis of the sec ces firmatecces

8010 Hong Kong. Gov.

133

proposed Facsportation. a uimited 5959 } Labuan Number of Chinese Concrets from Hong 5960

Mr. Merivale.

to Labuan.

BB. 128750.

king to

Gov. Bowham.

30 A2/49 Nov. /49.

C

On

on the 30. Nos /og Governor

Bonham proposed for Lord Grey Consideration that Labuan st'ould be appointed one

the places of transportation for

Chinese and Asiatic Convicts

from thong Kory. The Gov.

made this proposal because the expense of concering

Chiicete

to the Straits settlement,

Convicts to this

was considerables, and because Whose Settlements were not

particularly adapted for their reception

Lord Grey to Gov. Bonda. Governor Bonham was

4

Zel

informed in ausner that the

Labuan would be Governor of

Consulted on the subject, that

The result should be commu:

nicated to him.

Lord to

1 Gray 6. Gary Labuan.

F205/50.

Sie t. Brooke was therefore

J.

referred to.

Se J. Brooke to Lord Grey. 4 Feb. /50.

on the same

Lord Grey

which

day

Alis

writing

02

The Carl Grey.

Lovernor Bonham 22nd July, 1850.

Victoria, Hongkong,

167

to His

likely to be transported

of Chinese Convists

1179 of 6th May,

Lordship's Despatch

sulyject to Si J. Brooke the

also

Governor was addieping

it

Lord

"He Grey, the said that wanders taudi that Governor Bonham had

proposed that Chinese Convicts should be hausported from Hong Kong to Labrean, he, Sie

I. Brooke recommended

adoption of

the

the necasue as

likely to be advantageons to the Settlement, & more economical

"tion the labor at present

"Remployed.

On receipt of this

spicion Lord Grey directed Sir James

Brooke to report what we lay maxus of providing for the probable number of Consists sale custody offttee Conirets at Labean, for their superintendence a for the various incidental

to contrd I

&

services necessary direct the labor of the presoners, & how for those objects could be secured without entailing

larger amount of reppecediture then the Settlement world be able to afford.

At the same

time his Lowship enquired of

Giverna Bonham how many

Lord Grey to Goving Labuan.

May. 1850.

6 May

L'. Grey to Gor. Berkom.

16 May 150

134

Convicts he probally would have occasion to read annually to Labuan.

Bonham to Lord Grey Gur.

22 July. No 67.

750

Gr. & Labeian (from Sing ahen

28. Mag. 50

Governor Borham and that the number would probably Not as card thirty annually.

He added that the maintenance

rach Convict at Hong Kong Cost the Gost annually

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1. 8 8 with the bedding & Hothing expenses attey ther Not less than £7, 10 per avenues.

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To Lord Greyjo srequeries

"Attie 6 Mag.

Sir Jacues Brottle

stated distinctly that he

counidered Labecon to be

made a

benefited by being Mation for Chinese Convicts from Hong Kong, but that

be should wish the number at first to be limited to 100 prisoners in order gradually to by the practical effect of the arrangement.

L

"the litterise suggested that the

dis unkley the Coal

Conint labor might be freed both efficient & mappensive, vancegerents made advantagenes alike to the E. R. Company, the Settlement.

Mr. Scott the Officer

&

Officer Rome. the Gotch. in the Labuanto dord Grey.

2 May

Administering the Got in

Su Y. Broske, informed

abrence of

Lord Grey in the 2 oplast May.

that a Gang of

a

Gang of 50, a 60 Chinen

Concrets would be a boon, the

present supply of

labor, nominally

Cheap, being mot expensive

the L番

from it's wefficiency, pleopical viability of the Malay

to conterinced laborines exceployment..

Λ

the deserved that pon his

with Sie f. Brooke

Conversations with Si

He believed sin facer did not contemplate Labuar being

converted into a percal seltenent & that his object was only to scare the services of 50, a

Gut works.

60 convicts on

Mr. Scott added that the

semission oftheat neccaler of

Convicts is not give any

incase

1850

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mecrease in the Garison, then $35 да

retra prison accommodation Would be easily and rapidly

prepared. A Small mierdase in the Police force W. probablyghe necessary, which we be generally advantacions to the Colony, othe estra aspense more than Compensated for bytice Sheep labor of

the Concrets.

The question as to sending

Labuan seenes

220w

a few Conseils from thong kong to

ready for solection, no further Cotorical information appearing requisite = If Lord Grey should decide on seting upon this ruggen.

estion made

Bonham,

upon their saliect by Gor. Borkuun,

it is probably be advisable to

Appieze

the Treasury of, & Macin Nasi sauction for the repense Which will be minund in the Memoral the prisoners from

one

Colony to another. Pachakr also it might be with while

!

views

R. to visor the E. Q. Company of the intention of Gost with a vicar to then iping noces to theen acent to avail himselfsta suvices of the Convicts.

d

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640 (49)] Gov. Hong Kong.

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Susy I forr Labuan.

5966.

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James Brooke. Katz NEV

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Saving had render my

Consideration the dispitities

granelf

hie James

from yourself and Brooke on the subject of

Bonham

Constituting Labuan

Station for Chinese Convicts

али

From Hong Kong, Jame

not prepared at present

preoperation.. to entertain the proponit

The limited number of

Men required at Labuan,

and the small

Волу Borly of

Prisoners in custosty

ab

Harry Hang, from which

Lebourers could be sebited,

do rich appear to me to

afford the meous, either of

e

Web:if to one

Colony

of

benefit to the other, sufficient

to justify the expens

which much much be

nicured in forming

Establishment-

Whe

there

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137

:

No. 68. Miscellaneous

My Lord,

COP27

1350

138

Victoria, Hongkong,

23

ely, 1856.

2 July,

the

th

I regret to report to Your Lordship the death of the new Governer of Macao, Senhor Da Cunha, who died on the 6th instant, having only assumed charge of his Government copy May . A expery of the offersal - of his decease, addressed to mo Council of Government, is enclosed for Your Lordship's information.

Reports

on

were at first

ar

29

suncement

announce

by the

current that

he had been poisoned, but a post mortem

examination

been made, it was

having been

ascertained that he had died of chronic

enteritis, from

gastro-enteritis,

The Right Honorable

the Earl Grey,

&c.,

&o.,

&e:

om which

which disease he

139

be had suffered for a long period.

I see no cause to apprehend

the disturbance of the perfect tranquillity reigns at Macas, where

which at present reigns

there are two Portuguese vessels of

anchor, a third with

also, as

have for

troops

ow

war

war at

board being

I understand, expected. Rumours some time prevailed that aggressive against the Government of China contemplated by the late Governor,

measures a

were

( but the short period which has clapsed return from the Consular Ports

since

my

has prevented my obtaining any very this subject : definite information on this

should, however, anything transpire prior to the departure of next month's mail, I shall not fail to afford Your Lordship all the intelligence in my power:

I have

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient,

Humble Servant,

Stane

F

F

Copy-

Translation.

Government of the Rovince

140

1

of-Macao, Times, and Solor_ General Department-

NI

Most Mustrious and Most-heellent fir,

This Council. have to perform the

painful duty of reporting to your Excellency the death of the Meet beellent. Goremon of this Province, the Councillor Pedro Alexandrino da Cunha, which rreurred here at half pust, thee, s'clock in the afternoon of the 6t Instant, after an illnen of hardly twelve hours duration.-

By this fatal event the Bovemment of the Province has again.

devolved upon this Council,

and they hasten to assure

Mine

Your Sweelleney that

they desire nothing than to maintain

the same

friendly relations which have hitherto

The Most Mustrious and Most kreellent-

Samuel beorge Bonham, Governor of Houghing.

How long

Governon Bonhame :

2320 Jules, 1856.

to

The Earl Greep.

No be.

/ Inclosures.

Received

Reporting the 8th Instant, of

the death,

on-

Senhor

Da Cunha, Governor of

Macao.

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мер

3

s

Mr. Meinale.

Gouma Berkam ill naturally have reported this

done so, a cobley

treat to Led Palmerston, but if,

Test have

of its suclorure

on requery,

aupotch

would be sent to the 7.0.

20/9.

subsisted between the Authorities of this Lettlement, and those of your Colony, for the increase and prosperity of which this

Council entertains the most sincere and angions wish.

God preserve your Excellency

Moreno, 8th July, 1850.

:

(Signed) Seronimus, Bishop of Maçar

#1

#

Joaquin Antonio de Moraes farmcino- João Tavares de Almeida.

Miquel Pereira Simreus. Inze. Francisee de Oliveira Thomaz. Jozé de Freitas -

Joze

lastro.

-(True Translation) (Signed) L. d'Almada e fastis

(True Copy)

Maine.

Colonial Secretary-

:

141

89 af

Inclosure in Despatch

1850.

:

{

N69.

Miscellaneous.

po 142

My Lord,

142

RECEIVED

OCT.26 1850

Victoria, Honghong,

1th August, 1850.

In obedience to ster Majesty's instinctions I have the houn to trammit to your

Lordship-

Copies of the Mucinutes of proceedings in the Executive, and. Legislative. Conncils of this Colony for the half year ending 30th June, 1850.

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordship's,

Most Obedient

Husable Servants,

in charge of

Letter from the Council

the Govern=

of that Settlement. -

Senhor In Cunha, Governor

the death of His Excellency ment of Macas, reporting

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Judy

1850

The Right Honorable. The Earl Grey,

Yc.

to.

Yo.

:

Lure-

in

Despatch

Inclo No 68 of 1850.

N69. Miscellaneous.

No 142.

My Lord,

142

RECEIVED

OCT.26 1850

"Victoria, Houghong,

1th August, 1850.

In obedience to ster Majesty's instinctions I have the honor to transmit to your Lordship_

Copies of the Minutes of proceedings in the Executive and. Legislative Conncils of this Colony for the half year ending 30th June, 1850.

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordship's,

Most Obedient

Husable Servant, Pratam

=ment of ma cas, reporting His Excellency

in charge of the Govern=

Letter from the Council

the death

that Settlement. -

enhor Da Cunha, Governor

July,

1830.

"

The Right Amorable. The Earl Grey,

&c.

Yo.

Str. Ellist.

There is nothing

new in these minutes.

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144

170.

Financial.

Coby to Trends forland" 6 Forfor

And Wee/50 N 214.

My

8716. Hong Song

RECEIVED

OCT.26

1350

Lord,

Victoria, Hongkong,

1th August, 1850.

With reference to Despatch

No 54 of 19th June last, from the Lieutenant - Governor, I have the honor to report to your

Lordship

that Mr W. H. Alexander : having been in the Service of the Croww at this Colony for nearly 5 years, I have considered it only just to that gentleman to fix his Salary at the same

rate as

was

enjoyed by hit

:

The Carl.

bbq.

Governor Bonkam 12th August, 1850.

Gracy.

2 Enclosures.

Received

Transmitting copies of

Minutes of

the Executive

for the half year ending

and Legislative Councils,

30

June,

1850.

The Right Honorable

The Earl

Grey,

Xe.

1

predecessor, vir:

£350

for

Annn.

I have the honor to be, With the higheth respect,

Your Lordship's,

mosh obedient Stumble Servant,

Britan

4. Ch. Luelyn

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I am directed by Real

Gury to any

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Eurismich the

You for the consideration

145

of the Lords Concurrisss : of

iny the Treasury the Copies of two

des petites from the leting and the Gorenia

of Hong Hong reporting the abatte of Mer Ft Smith, Definity Registrer of the Supreme Court of that Colony,

mah which

and the anangenuat

сполучниква

has been made for the

apporistement of his succesen by which swing of £300 will in be effectedt - and. I

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to request that yo

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their Loreships

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Ent 214.

2 Dec/50.

146

Then to achnowbage the

receipt of the Govenia Starley's abspeated 2.54 of the 19 of June and of gearen

of Augush

oreve 270. of the 105 lash, and I have the convey

Convey

to you my apprunal of

the abolition of the selectin of Click to the Supreme Corest, and of the besportivesh of lv 10. 4. Alexander to the office of Deputy Register Bacaul of the death of he Smith, at a Selary of £350

Jun

than

h

No 71.

Financial.

Copy to homit Be for Raport

Aus?, 18.

A hout by

My Lord,

147

87717. Hory. rong

Victoria, Hongkong,

RECEIVED

OCT. 23

1850

1th August, 1850.

4.

In paragraph 41 of my

Despatch Nr. 79 of 23th August, 1849, Your Lordship's notice

I brought

-brought under Your

No.

a peculiar case of hardship which led me to reduce the rental of Marine lot M. 67

L. 120. 6. 2. to its upset price, £51.11.2,

from

iw

: preferenced to its total resumption by this Government . This reduction was sanctioned in Your Lordship's reply,

No.

156 of 21th December last ; and I had hoped

that the

the

owner

to would have enabled

arrangement.

there of to continue to hold it, but. the Lot having been entirely

the Buildings

on

consumed by firo in March last, Mr.

The Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

So,

So,

So.

ļ

Strachan has thus sustained a still further

loss, and from pecuniary difficulties is unable

On m return from

to re-erect theme. Out

On

my

from the

Neith, I found a letter from that. gentleman awaiting me, a copy of which is herewith forwarded for Your Lordships information

this

case,

in acce

Under all the circumstances of

I do not

accepting

feel myself

warranted

of the Lot above

the resumption

alluded to, without previously obtaining

sanction of Your Lordship ; but I beg

recommend Mr. Strachan's case to

favorable consideration .

the

to

to You

be

Should Mr. Strachan's prayer-

granted, I am informed by the. Surveyor General that the ground at present.____ comprising Marine Lot Nr. 67 would, in all probability, if offered for sale in small allotments, bring at auction the upset price at which it has been fixed, and about equal

Nort

148

pays.

to the sum that Mr. Strachan

I have the honer to be,

With the highest respects,

Your Lordship'

Most Obedient,

Humble Servant,

:

Robert Strachan

Lot No 67, held by

Lau

Att. 28/10

7. 11. 2/10.

24

74

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Gouren Boreham CB.

1850

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Share to acknowledge the

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Eugh of the 1th of benguet last

APR Sadis MB Elliot

Waderivale AFE

vives

East Grey 18

enclosing

A

application from

Mr Strachan to be allowed

to relinquish a Lot oftent

(2.67 jatial be boter an Heng Hong, Аму

and under

all the cerceiies tenies of this case to I have to authorge

the accede to ten

you Shrochaus request by

resuming the

Land

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Victoria, 1th June, 1850.

Sin.

your

recollection that,

in ceprit of last year

and subsequently, I

It will be in

prayed. His hycellency the Governor to make remmcption of Marine Lot 167.

the subject.

After a conversation which. I had the. hover of holding with. His kreellency on the su of this lot and the losses which had fallen

Me

Me a

there from, I addressed you

letter on

the

13th of August last, the second- last paragraph.

of which I would

skich. I would now quote.

With. His hyelleney's sauction. I might

"retain the property another-

year.

or so

"reduced rental of £51.11. 2, wore

His

at the

at this

e at

"Speellency led to offer. it to me

this sum

7tt、;

"though I would prefer making the direct

The Honorable Mr. Caine,

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To Majn.

2.

c

&c.

to.

:

:

prezent lose

if the retaining it for any- "time, would probably throw any further impediments in the property up then

way of giving

now exist

the

His hycellency reduced the anmal

rent of this

this lot.

b

from £120, 6, 2 to £51, 11, 2.

The rental. which I was enabled to receive from

this

the property did not amount, to even. sum. From Zire which happened in March

a

last, I have, since that time, not been in

the receipt of any rental whatever..

Under these circumstances I would

the

now again pray His hxcellency to be good enough. to make resumption of this lot on

part of For Majesty's bovernment, and thus reliever

from a heavy annual loss.

Her

Muc

I have &c. Ye. (Signed) Robert Strachan,

(True Copy)

Mame

Celmial Secritay

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3718. Nous doug RECEIVED Victoria, Houghing,

OCT.26

1850

5th August, 1850

I have the hover

onor to re

to report.

that some

5nk month ago a deputation of Juctives of

the fence waited on me and represented_ the expediency of creeting, a tread-mill within- I the dail, for the purpose of giving employment. to such of its inmates as might be sentenced. to this kind of labour. On comenlting the

General regarding the possibility of

F

Surveyor

one here, he informed me that

constructing one.

it was very difficult to obtain the necessary materials at Houghtong,

would make enquiries

but stated that he

on the subject

On the 2nd Instant Ireecived

a

report from that officer on the proposed work

The Right Honorable;

The Earl Grey,

te.

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&c.

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complete with the few exceptions mentioned.

iu Mur

fleverly's letter..

I have the how to be, With the highest respect,

Your Lordship's,

Most Obedient,

Humble Servant,

which I beg to

to anner,

om which you

and from

Lordship will perceive that the requisite. ___ Machinery for the tread-mill cannot be procured in this Colony, and that the whole had better be sent for from England. Should this proposal, therefore, Lordship's approval, I hope that instructions

may

meet with

your

be issued to some

competent person

e

to procure and send out to Houghing-

treadmill

General's letter.

I am

ah

deccribed in the Surveyo

unable to form any.

idden of

the cost of the Machinery in quection ; but point full information will be

ML

this

readily obtained at home: and with respect to the freight, it will., I believe, amount- merely to a trifle in excese of the outlay incurred for the purchase of the tread= mill__ at all events it will be both

cheaper and better in

en

every respect that

the wheel should be sent from England-

I

Refk to Elonial felt, Imorgt. The Home

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Then outhhis

28/0

Governor Bonham

5th August, 1858.

to

The Earl

Grey.

1 Inclosure. No 72.

Received

England, is be approved by His the measure

same be sent out from recommending that the the Hongkong Jail, and

of a treadmill within Relative to the erection.

Lordship..

29

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153

4.

Gry

to transmit to

to you

for the consectisation of Secretary

Geo: Grey the Copy of a

cherpatch with its enclosure

pone the Govenia

of

The

Hory Hory representing exfredemcy of cricting Fread Mill, and the difficulty of gracuving on the Island the requisite Materials for its construction,

and Save to request thin

Jou

will state to Sir Geo:

Grey

that before taking

any stip

in the matter

A

his Leveeshop would be glad to be Javored with

Luoveyou the opinion of the Surreyen General of Pusons

repen the proposal of

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the consideration of the Lords Commifcorions of the Freasury

the Copy of a Desfentit from the Gnema of Henry thing representing the expediency

of erecting a treadmill within the fail, and the cliffrently

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of obtaining the surfing

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Materials fits construction

on the Soland

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Garl Grey 13

to Thread.

3 hory 57.

Draft with Gow. Oph 54-11 anys.

Сору.

10 March 1857. (In H.0.0200.)

your Despatch A. 72 of the 5th of August last. requesting that a tread =

-wheel might be procured and sent out

I have

to the Colony, to acquaint you

that

the subject leas not escaped attention, but inquires has led to some

of which I shall nor communicate to you the result.

2. First Senclose herewith a Report for

the

the chairman of the Directors of Prisons, coretaining the partiontin and estimated cost of a Tread - Wheel. Reondly, I and you

I a letter from the Phary stating that their Lordships would not shilst to the supply object of the article, but pointing out that in

the climate of Hong

Hong

it may probati

be viewed to a great extent as experimented

their

and conveying

désire Lordships Léciro therefore that the expense might be kept

within

es smil 157. (2931)

156

within as moderate limite as possible

Having been led by this letter and by other considerations which had suggested Mervectors, to doubt

whether the objects

of the Justices at Hong Kong might not

be better met-

by

compler kind of

Hard- labor Machine which has come into very general use in the Prisons of this Cocentry and been much approved, I regnested the Charman of the

Directors

Directors of Prison to fevenish a fanttor Report, of which I

ales enclose a

серд

for your information.

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3. It is possible

hove

that you may ii view the application of the power to grinding Corn or some other such neeful purpose, for which

only

Gread wheel, admitting of combined

labor, might be suited;

fat otherwice the smaller Hand-Mackine would appear to write the advantages of cheaper

easier

25. April

(In H 0.3819)

157

easier transport, and

the means

of exselly

suiting, each man's

task to his strength and intended degree of purilement

4. I shall be glad therefore if you will

the

consult on

subject with the Justices of the Place from whom the propoval originated, and with the Swarezon General who appears to have considered

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the subject, and will

u me

informa

which

of these Mactiona

You may

you

be led to

kem

deem the best for Hong Hong, and the

number

size or mis

which would be

wanted.

Sheaves

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Copy.

N31.

Sir.,

In

158

Surveyor General's Office, Victoria, 2nd August, 1850.

год

His breelleney the beveruor- having directed.

me to prepare plans for the construction. Tread-wheel for the Prison here, I beg

to inform you

that I have done

20;

before proceeding further with the dr

or w

making I wish

you

other

ars

of a

leave

but

drawings

:s angements for the work

would have the kindness to

draw the attention. of His Excellency The Governor to the following circumstances

connected with the proposed service.

His hxcellency is aware.

of the extreme

difficulty, if not impossibility, of manufacturing ironwort- here either cast or wrought suitable requisite machinery. I was in hopes that I might have found some old ironwork.

for.

the

The Honorable Major W. laine,

Colonial Secretary

159

from condemned. Ships, such as the cogged_ wheels and pants, &c. in a patent- windlass

winch_ or jiberane,

01.

those in a common

and a

these

applying as circumstances would- allow, but I regret to say I cannot find_ sufficiency of them which can be made

a

to work together

together so as to produce any-

satisfactory result. even

of the

for the mort direct. nction, in applying the power to any useful purpose; I am therefore of opinion that the cheapest and most satisfactory mode to adopt would be to procure the whole of requisite machinery from England, direct- from some one of the manufacturers

in the habit of making such articles, (with the latest improvements).

are in.

who

I am of opinion the power should be applied for sawing, light, timber, not of larger scantling than one foot, and of circular and vertical saws be provided: some simple

, and a set

simple arrangement for making.

light and Common rope, and perhaps for bruising or crushing rice. n

oil-mut.

or

the common-

It would be quite possible for

лис

to construct all the word-work here, but-

sion even.

I am also of Opinion_ be sent from England.

that had better

as it

, as it will be better

put together, and the machinery may applied thereto

in.

more suitable

and the whole formed at lee expense

be done here for.

it can

however,

be

manner,

thain

there

are

portions,

of the wheel that might be done. here, such as the sheathing and the treads of the steps, also the steps or approaches to and from the wheel

A wheel suitable

for

th

ten men

ruged with the

would be large enough, or say 18 feet long, and if possible the whole arranged steps or approaches and general machinery 30 by 30 feet; and it would

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be necessary to have a plan forwarded_

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with the Materials, which should be properly

marked, or numbered to caresspond with.

the drawing.

c.

I have. Yo (Signed 4) Chas: Liben. Cleverly

Surveyor. Generali.

(Fine (Copy)

Maini Colonial Secretary-

i

No. 73.

Financial.

8719. Hong song

My Lord,

RECEIVE

OCT.25

3850

160

Victoria, Hongkong,

6th.

August

A, 1850.

I have the honer to acknowledge

the receipt of Despatch No . 168 of 28th. February last, and to inform Your Lordship that, in consequence of Mr Molloy Campbell, (late Acting. Attorney General), having -

drawn a

Bill in favour of a third person

allowed

for the amount of passage mency to him by this Government, as detailed in

th. December, of

my Despatch No. 118 of 27 1849, I did not feel myself justified

authorizing

the sum

cale

lied in

for

the treasure to dishonor it

the

of $115 received by hind in

Larkins and ordered-

and ordered by Your

Regina V.

Lordship to be deducted.

to be deducted out of the said .__

The Right Honorable The Earl Grey,

So,

so.

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passage money) then due to hind : I therefore_ fear the

attempt.

to recover this sum is

almost futile. . Mr Campbell is at the Mauritius, and should Your Lordship

please,

a

letter might be sent to the Governor

of the Mauritius

but

evew

then

the subject from home,

residence on

of rese

any change of

the part of Mr. Campbell would probably render such referened of no avail

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

Stratum

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161

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Governor Bonham-

6th August, 1850.

to

The Earl

Received

173.

Gray.

Despatch No 168

Acknowledging recoift

287

"Regina v. Larkins " Campbell in the case received by Mr C. M. at Stongkong of the Fees recovery

prevented the re

circumstances which

February 1850, and stating

Mr. Whit

If Lord Grey Miniks, Conespinsence

Can

proper

I suppose

Maste

to purse.

the reclamen

Murgh the Gr

I am not den

Mauritiios M. Caughot holas

M. Carupbell, acting torney-General clearged

(levey. Aff. 28.

Post-office phosecution.

decumed, it

vii conduction

is supposed, Hat accause The Post Office

dras not

162

- * branch of the local Government; his services to it were not covered by lis Salary, but might fairly be charged for by Gees. Lord Gely, however, directed that he should refund the money.

When these Instructions arrived, mi Campbell

Mi had left the Colony, but the Gour said that he would deduct the amount out of a much larger sum which was

lying in the Treasury due to Mr Campbell for Passage. money. Lord feez approved. turns out that Si Cambod

It now

In Campbell

due to his

brew a Bill for the whole sam for Pasage, and that the Sour (very properly, I think) did not dishonor the draft which he had thus drawn in ignarance of any claim against him.

to Mauritions, Mr Campbell has gone

but

have since proceeded elsendon I infer from the Government

may and is not,

as

language, in the Public service, Jam disposed to think, therefore, that the best couree is to acquiesce in the Governors advice that the claim should be dropped. 7.71290

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My

Lord,

RECEIVER

OCT.2

1859

In

o

Victoria, Hongkong,

6th August, 1850.

ssing, myself the honor acknowledging. Gespatch N. 165 of 23rd February 1850 ( which arrived

of

during my

I have to

the

absence in the North),

to Your Lordship

express to your

great satisfaction that I derived

from its perusal.

In Enclosure No 4 of my

2774

Despatch Separate of the December 1848, Irecommended that the Salary of the Cheef Magistrate should be increased from £900 to £1,000 per annum, and that

The Right Honorath

The tarl Ae-

Carl G

Grey,

He

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that of the Assistant Magistrate and Sheriff be reduced from £700 to £600. At the present moment Mr Holdforth, the Assistant Magistrate and Sheriff, is absent from the

Colony

his duties

by

sick leave, and

are

Mr Mitchell

being performed

the

half salary, namely £350

per

annum.

This arrangement

cannot therefore be carried into

effect.-

In the mean time

the great

increase

Considering to M? Hillier's duties since

the passing of Ordinance N/

of 1849, creating

Court of

Petty Sessions, which hat

a C

the power of

Court of Requests when the amount

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in dispute does not exceed 50 Hollars, I have at his earnest and frequent solicitations passed to him, from the 12t of the current month, the proposed addition of £100 per

per annum

to his present Salary, on the distinct understanding that should this increase not meet with the approval

of your Lordship, he will refund the same to the Treatury.-

the merits

of

and qualifications of this Officer I have already

recorded m

my

opinion, which, added to the

numerous

reductions made

in the Civil Departments (amounting to £4,480) since my assuming Office, will

I trust induce

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Your Lordship

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to view

this case favourably,

and considerately

Sanction the

increase recommended to the

Salary of Mr Hillier..

I have the honor to be, With the highest respect, Your Lordships,

mosh Obedienti

Humble Servant,

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to approval. I have kept this until I could look again into the various arrangements on the Civil Service recommended in the

Door 118 Governor's great Despatch of 2741

on that subject: and I should wit here now to recommezed that the present incre ght be informes be approved. The Teasury might be

Go that the seasons assigned by the hammer for his proceeding a fepeds to Lord Grey quite sufficient and that this Lordslief. proporcs to signify his approval of sance unless there Lordships see any object It will be seen that the Governor- has been gratified by the expressions of satisfaction in Lord Grey's Despialcil of the 23 of February last, which I am sure.

werd well mérited.

2. H. ?

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ljefen.

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Lord Grey stepsonas

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that the Salary of the Magiobrale Krosold be The Gover

Magistrate dininistied

increased by Glor

$100 to that

the total Expenditure would remain

naltered.

He nowe.

lect the accuction in the

he could not at the present

but that the

the Principal

Aft's Salar

laims of

1st: bsequent

have become so much

Measures that he has

mereased by de

felt bound to opant him the

proposed

IncreaLC

£100,

- subject

of

that

J

:

the evorapanying coffey

er

the

of a further despath subject, from which their

Lunships will percent

not

that while it has been

Found practicable, at

present, to effect the

propored reduction in

вр

the Salary of the Apestuct

Vast Gourver

Bonham has made the

addition of £ 100 fun

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to thick of the

Chuif Magideste.

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you

I am to requech that, will state to the Fuels

Commifer.

Lands

that the

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167

Reatores

assigned by

the

Gode for his proceedings

in this instance appear

The

Lorse Grey quite sufficient,

and that his Lorceslich geopoes

to signify his appenal of the same, unless their Loraships should see any objection_

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ruipt of your Des petik R74 of the 6th of August lest,

168

and under the conccines tours

represented by you there

to go

the

convey, my autherly for the

immediate increase of the Salary of the

Chief Magistrate from

£900 to £1000 a

year, or

the understanding that

repon the return of lu Holdforth to resume the

duties of his office as Assistant Magistrate,

thick Guillemen's emotie.

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My Lord,

ECEIVED

OCT.26 1850

Victoria, Honghong,

6th August, 1850.

I have the hour to advise your Lordship: that on the 175 July last, sine Chinese were convicted in the Supreme Court of this folony, of

Piracy with stabbing and Sentenced to death .. 5 the bincentive founcil recembled on the 12 pretant case into consideration, and the Chief

to take their

factice, as the pudge presiding at the trials, having been, according to the Colonial" Regulations, Summoned

unanimously resolved that the sentence be Commuted to transportation for life.

to attend, it

MAI

2. Under ordinary circumstances, the fonneil

being

unanimous 01

the recasion, I should not

have thought it neecuary

The Right Aonable, The roulxcy,

&c.

to

Yo.

to trouble your Lordship

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at length with

my

AÇA LONI

for

on extending

the

Royal Clemency to these Convicts; but as the

subject. of Percey in this quarter has of late engaged much public attention in hugland, it appears that I should fully explain

to me to be proper

the motives by which I have been returted,

Munc

ties was

of opinion

especially as the Chief Inition

that the sentence of death should be carried inte excention.

3.

the transaction can

I enclose the Notes of the Chief Justice taken at the trial, from which, however, but- few particulars attending be gathered, and nothing from which it is possible to measure the degrees of culpability of the several Convicts. The forets of the case, however, I find on reference to the depositions taken before the committing Magistrate, simply there :_ The plundered Junke belonged

and was the

are

property of trading

to a port in China, and Chinese Subject ; she had been on a=-

C

voyage

to

the Straits of Malasca, and on her

return was attacked on

Chinese Junk in which

the bth Inne by another these Prismes, off

were these

the Coast of Aainan, some 300 miles distant

from

this Bland: none

accusers o or

neeuzed,

of the parties, either

were in

any way connceted

of the

with the British Government, and none

property plundered on the recasion belonged to British Subjects, or to others residing under it's protection.

4.

To my

for taking away

mind the most justifiable

Cause

the lives of these men would

have been the permazion that doing

}

deter others from

20 would

the Commission of similar

crimes, and, had the offenders been British-

subjects, or had the outrage

been committed in

the vicinity of this Island, or British property

molested, I should, I confize,

been in

any way

have been disposed to permit the sentence of the

Law to take its course on some

of the Priemers

[

171

:

at least.

But it appeared to me that under

the circumstances, the excention of these men a

Hougtong, when

at

1

times as

A M

many

Individuals.

Mone

of the parties

were

Lubijcets of

5.

Before meeting my

Conncil. I gave the

the British Croon, and when the Pinney

committed, as I have already observed, on

the

Coact of Hainan at such a distance from the

ormin

Colony could have but little effect towards the accomplishment of this object. ._ It likewise

ahpeared to me that

if

in this instance the

• Sentence of Death was carried out, it might from a most inconvenient, precedent for future occasions; for, situated as we me

impossible that

MD ARCANI

here, it is by

wve

may

have, at

some time or other, one hundred Conviets under

we could not

number

a M

Carry

of

sentence of death under similar circumstances. It is clear, My Lord, that ont. Sentence of Death on such Prisoners, and yet, if there mine had been excented, it would be difficult to afford any substantial reason why excention, under like circumstances, should not be done on tem

:

whole question my mort anxious consideration, and cxamined the depositions closely with.

a-

view of carrying out the sentence on perhaps two

thrie, should it appear

12

appear that

Any

of the Prisoners had taken a more active part than the others; and from these I found that the

I found that the first thre Prisoner, Chun Akteup, Chun, Ahteut, and Lei. thorng. had certainly made themselves

lune

copicuous them the reet. I them forwarded the Judge's Notes, the Magistrate's Depositions, with a memorandum of my Members of the Council that they might

177172

to

the

have

full time to understand the merits of the question, before it was formally brought before them for

disenssion.

6.

On the jet Instant the Conneil met when I addressed them to the effect, that the

care was me

had

of a most serious nature, any of the parties been inhabitants

mort serious nature, and that,

kland,

or any

of

part of the pirated property

this

bam

proved to belong to British Subjects, or had the Piracy been

a

even committed within a few miles

of the folony, I should not have felt the same doubt about carrying out

stood, if

the the case

creasion to

carry

out the sentence; but an

we were on this

out the sentence, we might

as

at no distant period be called to act in a

manner where the

where the piratical act might

similar

have taken place upon any part of the 2,000

Miles

of

Const between this place and the

or even ni

the

Gulf of Pecheli, off Japan, Coast of falifornia: should the Council, however,

consider that the Law ought to take its course,

I begged

they would at mee

acference to

my

Lay

20

without

particular views; should the Members be unanimonily of opinion that the whole of the Prisoners ought to die, I would

further consider the matter, and in case it

MAJ

considered advisable that

172

only the three

first mentioned should suffer, I should be satisfied to coneur in that determination. the whole quection when it was

found

17

again gone into at length, that the three prisoners above

alluded to, Chun Akteup, Chun- Ahtent, and Liv thorny.

were

only 18, 19, and 21 years

of age respectively, which, being brought to the notice of the founcil, it unam monely accolod. that it would be proper to communte the

the Sentence of Death to that of Transportation for Life on the whole of them.

7. I would respectfully call your Lordship's attention to the defence made by the Prisoners,

that they had themselves been seized at

my

different times by Pirates, as I think it is entitled to consideration; for it must be bone in mind that if the defence be true, it would under the circumstances stated have been totally out of their power t

procure witnesses to prove it to be so,

it to be 20, the offence being said to have been committed 300 miles

ff.

ow were

the 6th June, while the prismass apprehended on the 19th of the same mouth, and third in the 17th July.

S.

I by

no means desire it to be

understood that I find fault with the mode in which this trial has been conducted; but I certainly do think that our Courts

are

very

ill-adapted to diepore of questions of this sort at all; and, it is therefore, in my opinion, vincumbent on the

Mine

conforming authority to be

on

than ordinarily cautions such recasions,

ives his

his sanction to the execution

before he gives

Auch

similarly situated with the Prisoners.

one, M

in hurope,

In cases similar to the present every means would have been tatton both by the Government and the Public to ascertain what degree of truth

was to be attached to the defence of the prisoners : in this holong

we have

4

:

no means

173

of doing so; and, on the whole, I

think the safest plan to dispose of question of this nature, when complainant and defendants are

all Chinese and unconnected with this other British Colony, would, as a

M Alty

any

- general rule,

ge

be to hand the parties over to the Chinese Authorities.

The

sure would

Mucazie

Mn my

in

my judgement afford

the Prisoners as satisfactory a trial as under the

relieve the

Circumstance it is possible for them to obtain in this Colony; and would boromments from the bruther of maintaining numerous convicts which in time may prove source of no inconsiderable embarrassment the State.

and would morcover relieve

the

I have the hown to be, With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most obedient

Humble Servant,

Strakam

t

Mr. Ellich.

The Gu

one on two of the Hong Kong Newspapier are much difs ales price of élemence питого

I appirehoord there world have been an

proceedings!

without reason, on the part of

in piracy affairs.

My denvale

В дейсі

J

who are ready to find fault with Gu

th

Had he tittler a

different decision

notery here, and not

Prose plisons

Jett. 25/10

that the fiven. conclusions, and Kat

deisein in adoptiel, with the

4-77-4

adria of his faucil, hald But the last peargrifte

jetente

Chinese

accused of

, нали идит

Jone

The art

Hong Kong might

ལ་ད་( སྩ

surrendered for trial to the Authinition of the

it crest

S v J t

Chinese Expire. - There good dond

hundends of Miles from

h

*

"ford with there antiities,

FL

770

The Earl Grey.

Governor Bonham. 6th August, 1850.

Victoria", Hongkong,

/ Inclosure.

No75.

Received

Reporting commutation-

off

the Sentence of Death

passed

of transportation for

with stabbing, to that

convicted of Pracy

9 Chinese.

life.

174

8721 Hong

kong.

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2

Ar to the first point I jusum

with Ellist the forence's conduct

will be append.

The second

is one of very feat

the

the position un

importaive comidering

are at present assuming in

China seas·

were

it)

(as the for. umed som

If the question merely

whether

w

ace

Hong Kary

است

G

read

marine price of

в град

to constituto

arters for the

quar

all that

usion,

and

in discriminates all cases

to try

Here

of hiray

comonetted by Chinese on

:

T

!

Chinese along the coast of that

peat Empire

hich may

to our copicare,

ansurr

спричале

thought I suppose the

must a bit the attempt world t

h

wiseld

too gigantic to succeed,

Bat

The letter course would be, as the for

Be

days, to hand Hem on

Fnrnment. Bul

that this is the care here. He for.

are

witmus calls himself a tails.

175

" working at Malacca "which in

an actual presion 1'the appuhend

E. I. C.

Mir

421

Reuse Whul

loading with Deilist ford

at our ports, whether actually

o est, & bund

Chinese port, and piratically

their out

fu

C

k

am not satisfied

srived off the latter

L

hought by the

pirates into Hory koy. I ful

Jays

the

perparty plundered war

rot British,

L

fort

mm

differing from the

hot cutaing

party conceived

une connected with "the British Fren

It may

one of

I so. But, the deforento

A

says this orful sailed from Penary,

сти

from Malacce, om from Sincapore:

I support the touched at all three :

much Levitation im

forumon view of

the cars :

calche the facts an faithe Explained

it is

difficult to comes with him

tel such matter shared hav

سے

bun Landed our to the Chinese

authorities, howzers difficult the

:

:

Maining a fair trial night parse.

Amm 01.

о

A.4. Vhe Frsi perendip

be afferred Lupferbend. Shmely kumle m

so broadly

impling.

is

&lated.

the hatin be caires

in the last parupaple, - viz: thest when complainants & Defenderet Chinese & uncommuted with H. King

Mist. Colony, they shi? and

bunda

erre

at lale

to Chinese Canthiumities. As

geanal cute, termining the right afous to by sparnish then, dan inclined to the Consideation, the limited. A

it descia,

Vessels un deuffere be condensed in an

and

To hand.

8721 Hory/how

176

Certainly approve the commutate of the capital sentences in this

Call

bean toepels and Exemeteade

effels ausgatory?

The

se, with Regard to tanilager mut" express my opin = that it. stuinly on be desciable to leave the

fences of Chinese against their fellows

countrymen to be dealt with

us tunch

possible by then national tribunds,

the same.

Five of

time considering

If encouraging

Commerc

the pent in

by zehehing

{

Jurney

it a be necesing before decisi se regarded

adipht the policy recommended by ferests.

as m

not affecte

affecting

177

ائی

in.

While the circumstance of

God at the core of his despatch the pirates hauf

have come clear underite

understanding

af

to the lottery

02

which the

The casel

earned the sepel

And exptured into

to be dealt with funded. a strong additional season for

our own tribunals on be distingu

porn those to be handed

over

k S

Chinese authorities, wintf out at Inme time the circumstances adverted to

by Mr Merinde who w seem to he

made

a cake which can hardly

Mere dealt with

is

heing

9.4

8.721. Hong Hory

unior Bonbane CB.

Gremio

V NIITE 4

B Jalis

is that

Mones

Ec

2.

I have to acknowledge

weight of your Despatche R75 of the 6th of August

hys-of

lash reporting

the licum:

istances under which

heads

178

you

with the advice of

your Council, comumented

the sentences of cleatte Jessed upon hime Churise who had been evictect

Supreme

of Roney in the Couch of Harry Hong,

Transportation for life-

to

Penturely approve of the

in adoptect

Course which you

with respuel to these mer_

and Icarus your

ratty

P

3. Ne

which

is the opinion you express at the close

of of your

des path with reference

to the disposal of offenders,

not being British Subjects, resorting to Harry Hory,

The

arterial could be

chisevible to leave the

offeures committed

Chinese

by against their

follow Countrymme to he

death with as much as

possible by

their Naterial

Tribinals, but before

adopting the policy you

Recorerend, it would

I conceive be highly necessary, considering de quch unmportance

the

pages a question of

magnitude, dire quines

consel considerature. It

4 As far А бат

41

underland the Evidence

transmiths with

your

Ausf. it seems that the vesel in question sailed home a British port

of encouraging

by the

179

saging Comment.

the repression of Piracy,

to have some clear under:

as to the primische

Standing

er

which the

cases to be bath witte by

очет очен

Fretienals should

be distinguished frome

there to be havded over

to the Chinese buthorities 4. That the course of

Juacuding should be clearly obfined appers

to be the more

mmpany,

Јовние р as Jobsene from

the 1990s than tinted enclorex in

attabad & writhed her

others : (Malacce, his copore

а бен

Penary

are

mentioned)

^

the

in the case

dispatch that are of

infortul out

now

now

the

Deponents states that

although trund allemmales the Repel sailed from

for Chinese port. The Penang, while other

Witrupes depox that

they were they

were natives of

at least of the crew,

thus detained

Who ичи

hathen

Malace and Singapore, by the pirater, besten

from which I conclude working at Malacca, I

this she touched at all

presume

ar

4

subjut of

the E. 1. Company.

And

thue Ports - Sh appears Cartly the fir als brußt

therefore

that in the

present instance the

Vipel was loading ot

кре

finals bought the whil wit Arry Kory

Mary

British fort.

Muon all

there

с

спик

the case

but to hand

have here the

180

have beere the case, and

unless the facts to which 16th Chinen there adverted admit of

anthaiter. It is of peel further explanation, I

importern that commene

to & from British ferti

in there was shureth

Manch

ал

perturbed gamiil

finary, although it may

C

wt I canied on in

own Ports, whitter actually circumstances, although Bilish and vesels. And

our

a

with British Goods on not, was bound for Chinese Fork, and privatically seized off

is or tre that this was heither a Ditish she

non camed British port, I amas salisfied that

the litter & brought by the Ditish forement

the Pirates rite

Henry Korey. "Resuming such to

4

have

Lose 10

in the matter a

ار میلیار

sombr

difficulty & you

Concurring with

that the offenders should in the present in

instruce

have been handed

even

to the Chinese buthorites.

while the

whether this preling of security

Im would a sufficiently

eviluce

ti

A

maintained, if such case, adduced on social would

we regard

ба

of Chinese scenes to have made this

pizidichin inshad of

hij

more

Mall with

by

the

a

case which can has

hardly

non effutive patice of be regarded Expland, is a sensus

wholly unconcerned

I hav

J

unong it the

ри

offer ribes

it the most astiatle

tion, which

догол

Verdeize

as resh

as

affecting British Interests,

the accumstances of the

Peistes having

carried the

1

Sipel they had captured will emoth you fully

riito l

a

Hong Hong, afforded to consider.

Thong additional

meson for it's being

there death with

Share

ри ри

Bat it must h

Extremely difficult to

1

amin saply at the truth in judicial deeley with

I plainly

Such cases

perein, & make full allowson for the costarapen: which the concionach of this uncertaint marcons you. It is no doudi a hed wil, but it is one

to which ar an Expond

шан

lef in all

жити а вер

aldempte to stallist.

pidicial author's our

rahii

on bisital hachin

an haught

with whom un ac

181

regions.

in contact in this fact in contact in distant

And I am ad auser that

of the wuld

then is

any

weason for

supponing that piskie inced

h

le mon satisfacting or safely

ashinished in sunt casey

If in Chinese authorities.

نے

On the which therepe

I am distored to think

this case was rightly salt

with: and to state that t Abbagh I to put thich

where a

wither to on

British fort

apel bund from a foot

Withi as the

El Ci dependeries in alai предский

hought by alleged pirates

into Hamy Koy, is in Eigen.

ドラゴン

that the

the offnes

inquired into

m

there

&

should

if anfang trial shared bren Munchang

adjudicated by the count of

ил

Het Wony. But the

sabest is of los much

subject 1

Covequence

down an

<

me to lay this

breemptory

& fermanent hubs until

it has her hom

Lan

helly ром

considered by from???.

I presume of as

that much пл

C

case is not

aM

sanded & falling in any

wxy

within art. 1x of the

Maty 11843

Private.

M. Menivale.

182

This sketch has been prepared by

M : Jordis entirely on the chances of it; being of any

any use to you, and if you should find much to reginize alteration or addition,

exsily, make a fair Capy of any back to serve for

tol can la

thing you may

the Draft.

send us

a ves back

M. Jadis has drawn my attention

to two former papers placed herewith 600 and 632, and to Article 9 of Fir H... Treaty with China, and I therefore forward the to you, but I do not myself see that they

would alter the views taken on the present question.

Z FE

م

.

m. Jar

let a fair Copy moide of the Draft.

Will you how be

st

A

Entered

Gov: Bonham. CB

7

Bong Hong truy

IMINUTE

V

w Havens

Min

dates

11

п

fain(),

for considhuction,

q out of tich

th. Winning

skateted by i sadie, and sicke

Sir,

WS. 12 Nov 150

I have to acknowledge

the receipt of your despatiti No 75 of the 6 of August last reporting the

Circumstances under which you

had, with

At advice of your

Council, commuted the Sentences of Death passed

has bem complitat sentences of

I de Mariah.

ZH.

|| Nort

upon mine Chinese who had been convicted

of tervey in the Supreme Court at Stong Thong, to Fransportation for life.

2.

183

183A

1

!

the

2. Lappiove of course which you adopted with respect

to these men.

3. The opinion which

you express at the

close of your despatch with reference to the disposal of offenders not being British Ledgects resorting to Stony Kong,

a

rasses a question of magnitude which requires careful consideration. It certainly would be desirable to leave the Offences committed by Chinese against their Jellow Countrymen to

be

be dealt with as much

ao

possible by their

National Tribunals, but before adopting the policy you recommend

it would be I conceive be highly necessary, Considering the great importance of encouraging Commerce by the repression of Pracy to

as to the

have some clear under- -standing prinaple

on which

the cases to be dealt

with by

our own

Tribunals should be

distinguished from

those to be handed over

во

4081

to the chinese Authorities

4. As far

as I

¿

understand the evidence

transmitted with your Despatch, it seems that the Vessel in question sailed from a British Port, and visited two

others / Malacca, Sencopon; and To

Penang

ave

e-mentioned)

although bound ultimately for a Chinese Port. One at least of Crew, who were thus

the

detained by the Prates had been working at Malacca, I presume Subject of the

as

East

184

5

:

East India Company

And lastly, the Pirates brought the vessel into Hong Kong a British

Port

these

5 Under all circmustances, althong

it be true that this

was neither

а

British

Vessel, nor carried

British Goods, Iam

not satisfied that the British Government

was so whe

wholly unconcerned

an the matter as to

have rendered it the

most advisable course

to hand over

te case

to the Chinese Auctionties,

I

It

ما

185">

i

This

of great importance

that Commerce to and from British Porks

in these seas should

be regarded as protected aganist Porary, although intransce

it may not be carried

that commerce

on in British Nesveld she be protected against firing

Aband Whecker dris

pecting of Security would

be sufficiently maintained, ipsuch cases were -regarded as of Chinese jurisdiction, instead of

beng dealt with by

the

more effective justice of Strigland, is

a serious question

whuch

A

which

your opportunities

of knowledge will

enable

you fully to

Consider.

66 That it must be latremely difficult to arrive safely at the

brith

dealing

ш

Judicial

with such cases

Splainly perceive, and make full allowance for the embarrefoment

which the consciousness this incertainty

of

occasions you.

It is

a great evil,

no doubt a

but it is one to which

must necesarity bet

ase ase bafooled more

or

j

8

9 186

less

experienced

А

of

in all attempts by Is" podbicial

to cotattish judicial

to exercise jurisdieth authorities over native

Pasties with whoun 18th subti

sate are

brought into

Contact in distant

Н

region. Aus Sam

suot aware that there

at any

reason for supposing that justice

move

would be satrefactority Safely administered by the Chinese Auchouties.

On the whole.

men

of barbarous Ir civilized

ниш

# But it is absolutely желерту

that by come meant or thier the offences committed by such /wersons

to the inj

in

commmu

st be brought under the

checked ty cognizance of crimination

Vnnals nor am

therefore, Jam disproved of opind that

to think this case

rightly deale

was righ

with

I mome

with; and to state

that when a Vessel bound wither to or

From

a

Port in 14. this,

or the E. S.Company's

Dependencies, is brought

by alleged Perates

into Hong Kong it is proper that the offence

should be enquired

ip a

ints there and of trial should become

necessary, adjudicated

by the Court of

on

и

that glory. But the

subject is

of too much

Consequence for me

to

I

F

to lay this down as a peremptory or permanent rule until

it has been more

fully considered by

yourself, & you have reportant for the the views

8. Spresume of

Course that such a

case is not regarded

as

way

falling

in

атр within Article

IX of the Treaty of

1843.

I have ser

which after food to considerand

You may adept

t

(N

187

¡

W

Su8p1/50

138

na vs.

Regina

th

Wednesday, 17 July, 1860

Chun Akteup.

Chun Ahteut

Lei Ahoon

Ahoong.

Lum Ahlo.

Kung Ahshing

Apsed.

Wong Ahsri Chun Ahyou.

Wong Ahngow. Wong le chang

Piracy with Stabbing. Mr. Attorney General, calls,

Meece. Ahland, who, being sworn, states ; I am a native of Sunning . On the 4th of June, I was on beard Chun Ahtuck's vessel sailing

was

from Penang . On that day our wessel- attacked by five Pirate boats . The five pirate =

.

boats

Came-

The nine-

others

alongside of

prisoners

us, and took

care, ow

were on the 6th

our

vcfeel..

board. I and

the 6th of June, taken on

1

¦

!

189

board.

one

of the pirate boats. We remained

there till the

th.

17

d. On the 11th of fund this

prate boat attacked another boat -

the rice:

junk

More 0

the harbour. There

was

another

pirate boat with us when we made the attack.

woerd Ow

All the prisoners beat that. I was, A

board the same-

great many

board the rice junk

Mers

on

were killed. I saw

them killed. I and the others belonging to Ahtuck's sessel, when takes on board the pirate= boat were

put down below and the hatches

fastened. After the firing, had ceased, when

the rice

junk

AVAA

attacked,

we were.

let out, and then it was we saw the rice

junk had been taken.

jjunk

Jam

Morce- tse tuk, being sworn, states ; a nation of Sunning . On the 14th of June

I was at sea on board Chun Attuck's vessel.

us.

On that day five pirate boats attacked un

Prisoners are nine

of the

men

I was

taken on board

board one

w

the 11th.

of the pirate boats. Con

of June, this pirate boat in- company with another of the pirate

attacked another

te boats

vessel, the rice junk

now in harbour. Several men on board the

rico

5 junk were killed. . I saw them killed.. I, with others belonging

to Ahtuck's vefset,

when taken on board the pirate boat were put down below and the hatches fastened . .

We

place

vero released after the firing which took

the attack of the rice boat had

ceased.

being sworn, states ; I and

Laeng Ahts00, being

A

tailor. I work at Malacca. On the 11th.

June I was on board the rice

harbour, belonging

junk

now in

belonging to Chook ching ho . We :s vere bound from Malacca to bong-

with a

rice and

cargo of $1,000.00. the junk

paddy,

mooi,

value

worth several

tvas sor

hundred Dollars. We were attacked

5 by

190

beats, having

two pirate Coats,

INC ID.

having

CAL

board about 80

us and then

they first fireat us and

boarded us.

the

men who boarded us

ers are nine

were all armed. The prisoners

of the

men.

Leveral of the

crew and

and passengers

& overboard, others were

of our boat jumpet:

forced

:

everboard . they killed four, and

I was cut

ow

the head, (shews wound).

A great deal of blood flowed from the

wound . The last two witnesses on board

022

vefeeb

Lum Ahyun, being

the 13

th

were

put

of June.

Wong mook heese,

AM

a resident

being

swoon, states;

of Malacca . Some evidence.

Identifies prisoner. I saw Laong Aktioo

the head, but I cannot say by

cut on

whons. Our resel

o'clock, A. M.

was attacked about of or &

Daniel Richard, Caldwell, Assistant

Superintendent of Police, being sworn, states, About the 19th of June,

himself to be the

a maW

stating

to be the master of the rice-

junk

now in

sworn, states; I and

a resident of Malacca . Gives similar

evidence . I identify the Prisoners . Lact

witness

board; Isaw him cut on

avas on

the head. I cannot say by whome . I was also cut on the foot . They took our

vessels

away. Several of our

our crew were

put

020

and sent adrift.

board a pirate boat without a rudder,

harbour came to the Police

Station, and complained that several men

were

away

begging ried of hind, and taking it by force . I sent Constables off with the mand

boat to the rice jur

in a

the time was

was

k. The junk at.

lying a great way out . The

afterwards brought into harbour. I then went on board. I asked. the man in

of the vessel if there was

a

any

OVAL ONZ

charge.

board

who did not belong to her. He said no, _

they

mew fails

were all his crew. None of the anything against this statement . As I was

leaving

have

A.

the ressel, he acked me to let hime

Constable to protect him from the

people at-night He said he should land:

his

cargo

the next day, as

he had already

sold it. I left a Constable with him. I

Lune Ahlo.

saw the prisoner 6 o'clock the same

CAN..

same evening

and told me

ow

board. About

nine Chinamer

that they had escaped

rice junk. That the

from the rice this junk

wvere

meis on

board

pirates. They said that

their ( complainants ) rice junk had been sized by pirates on her way from Singapore

that they

and

were taken

on beard a pirate boat,

afterwards transferred to the rice boat

now in harbour, which had also been taken

by the pirates. All the

rice

e junk, twenty five

men on

in number,

board the

were

:

191

identified by the Chinamen who had

given

rice

a

me

information . On searching the

junk I

found several arms, and saw

large quantity of blood several parts of the refeet.

deck and in

-Case for the prosecution closed!

Defened.

"the priemers severally state that they had been seized at different times by pirates.

Verdict. Sentence.

Quilty

Death

(Signed) John Walter Aulmu

Chief Justice.

hy.

Com fer Manis

Colonial Secretary

t

bought.

on show the following morning : Nine only of whom, ( the prisoners at the bar),

were

6751858.

Inclosure. in Despatch

192

яр

Extract from a Treaty between Her Majesty and the Emperor of

dated 8

Cheria it October 1843.

Article IX.

lawless natives

of

China,

offen=.

having committed crimes or

= cev

shall

their own

against

inst their

ее

и

flee the English ships of

to Hong Kong

Government

/

or to

Naw

English Merchant ships, for refurge,

they shall

if

discovered by

the English Officers, be handed

over

at once

Officers for

or

re

if, before

made by

to the Chinese

treal and peenishment; such diservery

be

the English Officers.

it

Chief Justice's Notes

W

Chinese convicted

the trial of 9

Pirkay

of

with stabbing.

He

1975 July

1850.

11

1

193

it should be ascertained or

sexpected by the officers of

the Government

of

China whither

such criminals and

have feed,

a

shall be made

offenders

communication

ade to

English Officer,

the ward

be

the proper

in order that

aiminals and rigidly bearched

offenders

or admission

proof guilt, delivered

may

serijed, and,

on

of el

their

sailor, or

any

his

caste

like manner,

or

up.

soldier or

if any other person, whatever

country,

the Crown

санте

wubject of whall, from any pretence, devert, fly

who is

a

of England,

or on

any

or excape into

the

the Chinese

o'r sailor

/

territory

or other

be apprehended

person,

and

such soldier

shall

confined i

the Chinese Authorities, and sent

to the nearest British Consular

or other Government Officer.

in neither

or

и череде

case shall concealment

be

afforded.

のの

No 76.

Miscellaneous.

My Lord,

FCEIVED

OCT.25

350

194

Victoria, Hongkong),

18th.

st, 1850.

4 August, 10

With reference to Deepatch M

th

63 of the 15th July, from the Lieutenant- Governor, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the following Despatches

the 8th Instant.

Nov. 181 to 183, the lack of 14th June,

Military Nr 15 of 11th June, -Circular of 10th May,

Circular

of 29

th.

#

خود

June, 1830.

I have the honer to be,

"With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient,

The Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

Se.

So,

So.

Humble Servant,

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RECEIV

Nagy.

Miscellaneous.

OCT.26

1850

Copy to Maroffice 6 to 150. for unformation

My Lord,

y hous

195

Victoria, Hongkong, 13th August, 1850.

I have the honor to acknowledge

the receipt of Your Lordship's Despatch

of 29th May lact, relative to

No. 183

th

Francis Balfour, a Pensioner of Her- Majesty's 98th Regiment of Feet, and to

state in

reply

that on

inquiry it appears this

mand was subsisted in the Police Force of Hongkong only up to the 3rd December, 1847,

and not to the 31th December, 1848, as

stated in my Despatch Nr. 72 of July, 1849.

21th

I have the honor to be,

The Right Honorable

The Earl Greyp

So,

Se

With the highest respect,

Your Lordship',

Most Obedient,

:

Humble Servant,

18ham

Mr. Wil

:

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7. H. 28/60.

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Earl Grey

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tered

6 Now/50.

196

With reference to No Merivales litter of the 31% of May

Sandin

of may lash

Som directed by Earl Grey to

transmich to you

the Copy

the

of a Despatch from Gorena of Hong Hory

Reporting that Feramis Balfour, a Pentioner of Al Mis.

90= Regt. of Frost, mat

Ragh,

subsisted in the Police Here

of this Colony up to the

8, at Beer: 1847. and rest to

2

The 31 kun 1848. as stabiel.

iin his previous despetat

ей

of 2,07 July, 1849.

2

1

No 78.

Financial.

}

My Lord,

197

370+ Hong Song

RECEIVED Victoria, Hongkong,

OCT.26

1850

19th August, 18

1850.

ain to trouble,

I regret to have again

re

Your Lordship with a further concepondence. which has taken place between the Crustées

Copy to Leads

of proposed

with Dreft

2'

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of St. John's Cathedral and suyself, whereby

you

will

See)

that these

- gentlemen have now

mades a demand for L. 1,224, which they allege to be due by Government,

2.

I trust.

my reply to the Crustões

mo

such

will satisfy Your Lordship that claine does exist, either legally or equitably, and that granting any further assistance towards paying the debts due by the fathemat rests entirely at Your Lordship's discretion.

The Right Honorable The Earl Grey,

Je,

Je,

&e.

3.

C

There

are two items in the charge which

require some remark from myself, the first

account

of the lower amounting

to L

on)

697.18.4.

This erection was commenced upon the 11th. January, 1850, although the Rustões

of

were made

ted on the 1th December, 1848, with the

acquainted

contents

of Your Lordship's Despatch No. 55 of 9th September, 1848, to the effect that,

Her

Majesty's Governmen

inment cannot sanction

any further issued of public money for this serviced." On no account, therefore, I recommend that this item be admitted by Your Lordship

caw

as entitled to consideration. The other item

is

to

the architect's commission, amounting £. 416 . The architect was Mr. Surveyor General Cleverly : I desired him to state to

me in

in writing

nds ow

how he became employed, and the

a)

which he expects to be paid ground. commission. I forward copy of his explanation = for Your Lordship's information . It is clear that Mr. Eleverly undertook to build the Church

No. 3.

1

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!

198

3

from the

with the sanction of my predecessor, and correspondence attached to his explanation, Iinfer

that Sir John Davis must have considered) him entitled to some remuneration for his trouble in proposing the plans, specifications,

and completing the building, hir

working drawings,

John Davis is however

er now in

England,

land, and would no doubt be able to speak as to his intentions if applied to .

4. I have already expressed my opinion that ;

legally speaking, the trustees have no clairie whatever on the

the Government; swetheless, seving that the subscriptions from private sources have amounted to L. 3272 . 11. 7/4, whereas the donation by the Government is only L. 4,600; that there is now no chance of being able to raise the funds required to

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pay off &

the debt of the Church, and until it bos

clear of debt, the edifice cannot be consecrated, Shave considered it my duty,

my duty, at the expross desire Sustees, to again bring the matter to

of the

to Your Lordship's

:

notice. I

I may

moreover add that, as the sum

of $2,000 a £ 416. 13.4 sterling is due to

Contractors and Workmen who are clamorous

for their dues, which cannot with any show of decency be kept from them, I have it in contemplation at the request of the trustees to pass

an

Ordinancd authorizing that body to raise

this

for the purpose of liquidating this portion

sund for

of

"the debt, the amount to be secured on

Pew Rents. This is an

the

is an alternative to which

find

I would regret to fiich myself compelled to resort, inasmuch as the annual amount of

Pew Rents will not more,

than suffice

to

keep the Church in repair, and to pay other

incidental expenses.

:

5.

OW

Your

the 25th.

I think it right to adviso Lordship that the present Church Crustees were appointed to their office of lact April, and that 5 of them and entirely distinct from those whose communications to

r

1

199

my address I forwarded to our Lordship

Your in Despatches Nr. 27 of May 1848, and No 54 of the samd month, 1849.

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respicat,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient Humble Servants,

Bahun

5.

P. S

received a

23rd 27d.

August, 18.50.

Soned writing the fouzeing. I have

letter from Mr Campbell, one of the Church Crustees, of which I beg to enclose a

4. 4. for Your Lordship's information. This

Copy

munication does not appear to me to alter

commun

the encrits

of the

the trustees have

ease)

1 for I cannot admit that

any

claim on

the Government

recognised by the terms of

beyond that recognised by

Ordinance No. 2 of 1847, namely

£.4,600;

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which has been paid;

that Mesars:

Dent t

anore

I find No 5.

especially as I find

+ fo, Treasurers for the Church_No 6.

th. March,

Committee, werð iw a

letter dated. 4.

1847, one week before the passing of the Ordinanced, expressly informed that the Charch

was to cost

L.6,959, being no doubt L. 4,600 to be paid by the Governments and L. 2,300 by the Community), -

the

- provided for in the Ordinance, which is

farther proved by the copy of the Reond herewith Naif.

am

Enclosed, original of which, I and informed by

Mr Surveyor General Cleverly, was placed in the foundation stone by Sir John Davis, whow

laying

the

same, on the 11th March, 1847.

1968.

j a

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8924, trọng trong

1850

appears to me that the Governor has met this application very property According

to the Ordinance N 2 of 1847, the

a

201

Church should be constructed

agreement was strat at the lost of £ 6959, whereof

the Government

were to pay two chords, and the Public the

The Church has now been built

remainder.

but at an expense of £7622 without the charge for the Tower, and the Architect's Commission, отварог ork 8.736 including them bock.

maintain that the

The Trustees

engagement between them and the Government was based upon Correspondence which took place, Sindohumblaves promised that the Government would contribute two thirds

but not more, under

than £6000,

amy

ва

1844, wherem

the expense

circumstances

on which a frentar.

by the Members

ами они

of

was

Sared

the Church Committer

meing to the public that the Governe had engaged to give £6000 provided the

Pictoria

Jonghong,

Governor Bonham

19th August, 1850.

to

The Earl

Grey.

No 78.

7

Inclosures.

Received

Transmitting Correspondence

respecting

a

claim for

£1224, made by the

Trustees

of

St John's

Cathedral against

Hey

Majesty's Government.

i

202

the Community subscribed to 3000. On the as being the Contract on faich of

this promise the Committee sext to work and obtained plans and Estimates,

benny the Contract on which theyreties,

rely.. nor

nove

and still rely

second

- nor do they appear, at

which were sanctioned by the least from these Papers to have issued any fircular to the public, which I think

bound to do, announcing

ement sanctioned by the

greatly

Home Govt until one came in at a reduced rate amounting to the sun abord they were mentioned if to 6959. The Governor then altered

ал

arr

arrangement Government and by haw

the

on this subject.

k b

Ordinance / 11March 1887 / authorizin. I imagine that the Estimate of t6959 was

a

Serin

equal to Louble the

the Subscriptions" provided such a very low one probably too low, and hence

passed

him to grant "amount of

ksboo grant did not exceed £4000. One would suppose that this Ordinance made patent to

the Colo

Colory would,

every body

supersede any previous

the Trustees

were

compelled twice to solicit the Secretary of State to grant more

and were refused.

Bowever

monly would naturally the Building has gone on and is understanding not but with a Debs of £ 863. The Trushedd

actually ratified, but the Fustees insist

the negociation with Sird Davis

on

in

1844

finished

this situation

on

the bout

prefer afland Being

the Trustees prefer allarin

of t 1.224, which they make out in this

manner

:

anner: They say that the Church having cost € 8736, the lovemment if bound to contribute two thirds, or £5,824 the difference, or £2.912

and the Community

more

203

The kovemment, however, having only hard the Architect's Commission. The other a £4600, they say £1,224 is expected about the Architects Commission. The other a Now Has clann is I think fairly

Claim arising from the fact for the first time disclosed in these Papers, that the Governor who refers to theilly met by Claire arising

the Sittings required in the Church for the Sovemment Sewants, the Military

-718,

Ordinance

of 1847 as the Contract with the Public, and

Subscriptions received

observes that

any

Subsequenity to the passing of

78

to the passing of that Law and for pee seats, amount to could not bind the Government to any 18 more than the whole Church can hold.

of this be so, and the bovenor seems to payment beyond what was therein promised:

There are

Corroborate it in his answer to die Trusteet

and

however two claims the Public who pay for their sittings, and which perhaps hord Grey may think entitle who have probably

think entite who have probably been the Chief Contributors one i towards the erection of the Church, to move favorable consideration.

the have in fact given more than they promised to do, seem entated to some relief which may perhaps be best given by sanctioning the Ordinance the Govenor proposes to fave for the payment of a debt of t 416

ija

sue

due

:

:

:

due to the Contractors and Some Workmen.

it seems clear from the Correspondence

;

M Hawes

This is

to me a

manner in

very

antalis

204

satisfactay

Mrith respect to the Clawn of the Architect conespondence, and reflects little recht on the

which puttie Mesisus was performed et Borg Kong in the early years of its pornment. I

the Instees Pay; is plain tal fort did,

between the Rev. Mr. Stanton and the Colonial Borg kirg Secretary that the Govenor did not view

of the Church as a

Love Work the erection and that he meant that the Architect

of

as a

should be paid a Commission independently

his Salary

public Officer. It was a very innonal arrangement for the Governor to have made, and one

me for which he ought to have obtained the sanction of the Secretary of State, but having been entered into faith must I

conclude be kept woh him.

Imanded for unist's consideration.

7.7.8.31/10.

2

B. 31 act 7/50.

trice

41

poncise that fiting station was intrailed should Лижите

amy protein

I added by Cort and this without precaution

[the period when the expagerment

21

use to to held complete.

421

Sie the basis pot an

Estimate of # 6950, and immedially paper

an ordinance to raise his awhitech at work Estimah "1

2/3 of this sum, and set

on

the shength of this

although he must han bren

pefully ausre prone sony Day! Experience that

the ritimati

the work are likely to round

and Hal disputes were certain to ause

that

to the excess. Accordingly the expense did

сесер

at

very

·

!

Consituati

exceed the estimats, although the

trustees I think plainly make out thet ho

worth of comequence are

in it.

Contained

Алин

Jone byond atal wome Had these her ate the

A

fact on ucard.

I muist

Jay

I there & wrink

1724 HK

+3

fronment bound to make up the reficiency

here claimed. In the contract on the fact of

fost un absolch :

abohch: 2/3

2/3

the white amaint;

leaving 1/3 to Jubcription. The mistake as li

The Estimate could in

no degue afful that. contract.

But then the question arises,

March/4 what were the Trustees about in

when the Adiname was passed fixing the fat contribution at 4600 ? I that there were

Inter then is chear, though, it is said most of the present

are hew ones.

tid they Erasashah agaiich the divious tending

9

this abinance to Enath forrnment to

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2053

shich out of its engagement? Ast the least. They say they

were

quits satisfied with Sir / Baris! stlement that the work was

"Estimated "at 6950

andelement

with which to one would hawken

salishid fu

an instant is

his owher

Locket had hen concerned. I think

Merefen they wi'm gedreven wanting

in

careful attention to the matter Expe them asefitcreate de caid) liepetans a did not only pedest

the interest of their Suhailen. And I suppore they were semith of this :

fr

on

two subiequent occascom

(May 140

J

K.-

1658 it hit and May 149 1677 H.K.

they memorialized fort on the cubical

9

these expenses, & on neither

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ventured to chasp it with

beach if faith

an

They say indeed now

a

They do now.

that additiona

Evidence has trampired, hat it seems

plain that this Evidence whe

within their nach before.

Jouy

ин

cqually

On the whine therefen, alltast that fort should stand in

must call a questionalh parition towards there who have contributed for religious pufores as Hong Kong, I think the forrnors nfual may

I adhered to, and mainly

6).

206

this Carl fround, that I'frey runh pusure from the tone of former applications on this subject that

the contract whe understood at H.K. and for. Donham understand it.

and that the charpe of breach of faith is now for the first time altamed by change of trustees.

after a

2. As to her Clearly, claim the Evidence seems to me quiti insufficient

It seem to

corn to understand it.

me

Mel MN Cleonly

uninhook the work on bir). Oncid

circation without any

ar

part of

his orin

hesitation

any duty,

duty, and

72'; HK

that he now makes this application

only meause he suhequently discomed

a comespondance from which it seems

спортни

по

thal Sim). Davis contemplated Extra- remuneration to ho Pope is that Sentleman Lathen employed. Best

no mans sure that I am by undust and this rights. Sir;. Savio himself seem to me

The only person who could chas it up.

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3. The Instees urge.

by strong ayament (apparently)

A

in

207 4 The fact that after the Church upe in the main completed, formment mad a

reguilement of nearly trice the amount

7 accommodation which (they say) Lather originally stipulled, for Schives & ther puthi sentuts. But here it breomer recpany to umack on the extreme defectiornifi

1

of the material. crammitted to us.

The letter of the Dingas Major to

it upreme is mas are not annexed, are any

scrap of

Corespondrace from which we night

judy of the pounds of this additional

the manner in

which

requirement

it whe mail, or (still mon

(still mon important)

The manner in which it was recei) by the Trustees who ought to have purtected the interests of their suhaite.

Cu to

this last head therefo

I think Lord fry can only say What he must lean wholly out account an aqument expecting which he has ten furnished with no material whation to Enath him to amuir al

ajudgment. the opportunity shared I taken of lointing out to do Bonham the alchich muching which exists that, when a case of finame

And

1208

a care incotring questions of put

for

faith is submitted to the state decision, the domments Shwesh

Jew

с

them

the

cacfully conmined with to accertain what portion of shused le trammiths, and

sclution canfully mas and arranged.

One reason,

I suppore,

In the wasichath civil estellishment kept up in such Chommes as

in,

Hory Kay, Rearmy

that it is duirath the Reas should retain contest our experition there, which control the measury cannot Exercise without Rt kerdesh- which the civil Estellishment is bound

& more

Especials

to furnish.

Put I think

26th

her & in Ceylon when there is est

1

Enough attention

on

the fall of

the

of their duty.

subordinat Apartments to this portion

Iconem

Am 0.31

he

The.

conem in general with M Merivale, but I think the charges for the tower of the Architect clearly madmissible

The Cutter

if

ге

сбал

ifle more

more wher

exper

It did. lead to the preatect abe

in penta

for Bonham

Entered

py of this Draft to Secas " 21 hops

M Merival Nov. 5/50

MM Hann

Eael pey

(as

"

11 14

As this deall contains Writ ufusal of al present

8724 Hong Kong.

215.

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4 Dec150.

I hair to ack I'

Som desh. No go d

Re

209

19th Augent last; embosing

a farther conespondence

When the huntres

Wani Catheral and

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Jouself.

As this cover pondace

comer Infor

me, apparently, willer found for the

shiell nursary to send then it hucpore of Maining my

to the Maring, hot with resume to the last parapept it may

of a person hololf in well fund offere

in the pube Conhibition it may not be Jewire were to be allowed to receive extra remunerat work of this kind admitted to have been done in least in the home of his official duty, quite apart du petafe de as will to transmit

quest" as to the sufficiency of the funde nouite In the purpose I count danst hit Cleverly's reces if this comes "Sie! - Davis's havf sanctioned it (if he did to which dore no I think clearly appear ]

can make no difference as he had min ::uthority to set while the rules of the public bewie

hom

any

Abuta

If it com beta

this

9.5

shown that the accomodat" required for the fort has been excreased.

" food ground for making either an additionals pant on a yearly allowaner Mittating

e a

the concert with this hashared

Any hu

Hm)

opinion on the matten instord it it; I must

cheur that the infinuation

it contains is so very

imperfet

ат

to under

!

it difficult for

те

65

amir at any Afiniti conclusion. Were it not

for the delay which such

a

farther upreme unld

create, I shared ham pufact

to declined repasing my opinion at all & required

the Cansmision of additional

1 papers. But I When

it will be better to not

to protract the discussion

this

I

can

manner

Li

ри

7

Therese only Umind fou

that when

account &

questions of

• que subraithed for the

& mon

Expenditure

decision of

BM for.

Experially such as

appear

to incohere the public faith,

210

ment mon care should h

likens in the proper sachments

o quer formment to which and methodire the recessary information than appear to Lanhen the cas

instance.

in this

with mard to the

left

main question, it is by this coverpronome in

in a

my ansahifacting date.

I do not undusland on

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What found Sir ). Puis,

athe Laving phoned the

for to contributing

& the

Extent of

hurie the amount

an ordinance soferent af pens without

suhaited, paped.

at

!

fixing the wartent of

sum so to a conhibald al

биль

tur their o

+ without main of

ни

the whimah, though it theffing this

wont be so well kn

when it in this pate

!

:

though it would hardly havebeen overlooked

Except in hat matter

such

that Estimates my

Λ

equel

alom.

ropererend the wal cost

fusal

a

hiilding. I am art

surpriced therefor that the

Junkies refer to the original

agreement dulacations

Sie Ihn Marin

9

as not having

ben adeguatics camed into

Excaution by the adinance.

of Mat for the next

of Matty alaraa nterestin

hobia gitant

211 (

But the Justers appear

not to notice one important

point

m

This part of

the case.

This croinance une paped

ar

Cong ago as May 1847

well known

and use of couse will

Vi

to the Drustees (for

assume that there what

thet fecird Iunters.

at. Bey

んど

L

alteste

by whom

appoisted & what fac

they took in the concern

are matter

matter of

which

d

am est informed) It done and appear. that they mail any komontrance, or printed out bel farther

Sarne might still bh nquired from 18thi fort.

1

They left the matter (as

I underland their sucupon

to state) Whitly to Tir).

Fairs. If they did 10,

their relianu on

ин

The estimate

use no doull very misplaced,

quita

hed I think it in goats

не

not

their succupon cannot

now be permitted to take

кама

buith

: the question at the famil

what

What the former

abandoned it-

Justes

+ n

When Gotted

I to End All facher

appear at Val time to have

ben satisfied that the Worl

fort had pulfitted what

use comidued to hit

ин

arginal intention. There

reglected to make at the proper time

}

212

could to as end to similar

claim, if they were permitted

po I laid muids at one tim

Wanted

Larged at anither as closed at one tiim, and respened at another trait

the toy in compense of

unexpected exigenies Zanz

occured.

I therefore apre comidining

with

при

this claim

(a is I Lan countly assumed stated the farts)

So in ufcting

inaschritt,

of

the Junties ar ina

and that the pheope of die 18.

must now

h

I regained as

salified by the Ardinance.

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agne

with

8m farther

Thinking Bel for the

nasome fun by jouself,

Eun independall &

There

1.

I Lawhere stabi,

Atifet

!

213 3

class the MW Clearly aught

could not I unin

мир

liablit to intribution an

regard so much of the Exup

of Experditure as

421

occasioned by the Dover.

я

caund remmend

the Lord (on of

1.

Зланир

to Janction the payment

of dr Clearblys Commission.

It appean clear to me

the contention of

^

an colific to which the Coul

for! wae to contributi an

lp than 2/5 of the Expense

ин

A

work of such a

1

Lai

+ The sutury which he receiver I wonder ben called on to fesomit

umple renommerath for his labours during

the whole time which he can without undue sent clearts to business, so that he

right

lan

profesional

have

has to extra pay for any sees per =

no classes

Jefore the

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any,

+ justice to hav

perform

as fact of

his Pficil duty.

Jmen

if

Bris

A

+

formed by him for the Good, least of It therefine sir Whe al n... it appears from the safet papers Muita pust of the labour on with this chuim is founded was performed during this regulere offic wal home of official duty. - l'offic

had mash any arrangement

+ It appears from Stere papers, that

In Extra

remuneration 4

sim, I should regard such

an any

ent as the

amorjement Whe

hich

it use the impspille für St.

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No Clevert admits that fruit at Ki fort to sanction least of the work for Wh-extron remament is now acted for was

performed by him in the forme poten

titul bunder

A

The umount

un

ven hard.

Mis saluxy as

ample remunerat for the dest of the areole time which without wadue exect th he can to bariness.

Line

do

But

cannot say that I pind

any

hapen befor

Chunly Lad meind

this in the

Evidence of

mc. I W

any

Mommie

other to this effet

I combus

بر

Ze umed Zan said 10.

Put it seems

on the cochary

(infer from M Clurely's lither that he answhisk

This work by fir) Bani's diction

withnet

and

any

such perfect,

that his claims

only

Lis Lavr

anies from

Laming

discoured celain compons.

of restarting the termen on

which

it was perfond thatch Othe

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214

+

+

fu

come additional contribut

The shonqul pound,

towards the cost of the Church was by the Mustus in their

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Eetter appean to me bh,

the guat increase allept

the

to Lan When place in the demands on the fall of

Each fort for sittinge Church, thenby Riminishing

in the

their form of partitally letting

seats. But this is

unforhenaks

the

very

should be Employes in

18441

This is quite insufficient

Endence

on

wricht pound

such an application

applications. This

todd

subest on which I

am

left with the least amonal

of information. Von Renta It seems that fail of

This additional demand

anies from the crstinere,

• The Bigade

hart hom

Major letter of 11 Nr. 18484

Juded by the Muster :

but to whom this letter

use addressed

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Schedule of Geepatekis addressed to and reecived from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, relative to the excation of a Church at. Hougtong-

1844.

Lord Stanley in deepatch 18 of 5th March, stated that St. Ms. Government would contribute two thirds of the whole

of

expense...

Sir John Davis in Scepatch N.13 of 7th Sune, reported that Mr. Stanton seemed to think that one third of the expence amuight, carcity be aired in the Colony from private contributions; that a very adequate Church could be exceted for £9,000. Government should not contribute more than £6000. Expenditure exceeding.

£9,000,

excess must be borne by the Community.

LordStanley in Deepatch. 137 of 24th September,

considers £9000 a very large

Jun

for a Place of

t

2.

1

Worship

sinchip. for the Church of Rugland Population of Houghtong; and before sanctioning, any requires Plans and butinate

outhay,

Sir. Icher Davis in Despatch.-1957 of 16th August, alludes to this despatch_ of 7th home (N°/3) and states that a letter has been written to the Church Committe

intimating £6000

that Government will contribute

44000 toward the erection of the Church-.

1845.

January

Lord Stanley in this despatch. 1973 of 7 Hammary appears to sanction the

expence; but requires that Plans and retimates be sent home ..

Sir John Davis in Depatch 1.35 of 16th March, acknowledges acceipt of Lord Stanley's Despatch- 1237 of 34th September 1844, and states that the Building of the Church has not been commenced, and that the has announeed that Goverment

I will give

No A

and towards its erection unless with

a

220

previous sauction of Plans and Estimates

Lord Stanley in despatch - 19133 of 20th Auguet, alludes to Plans left by Mr. Gordon at Hongkong, and desires their transmission to hu

hugland.

Sir John Davis in Despatch. N2116 of 25 August alludes to Mrz Hardwick's Plan, estimated to

cost in hugland £7000. It will probably cost lese at Houghing.

Lord Stanley acknowledges receipt of the above seepatch on 2nd December 1845 (N°171), but not word is said about the church. Speak only of the bovemment. House and bort Offices.

te to

#

Plan

Sir. John Davis in Deepatch. 12/14 of 24h betober reports that Are Gordon, previous to his departure for England, sent in a and Elevation for a Church, and stated that the Repense would be about £11,000.

Š

:

of

1846.

Mr Scoretary Gladstone in despatch M.28 20th February, acknowledges receipt of Sin John Davis's despatch. No 11444 of 24th October 1845, and states that Mr. Bordon's Plan for £11000 and that of Mr. Hardwick for £2,000

found to be

expensive. Encloses Mrz

Are

Hardwick's Plans, and dezires to be furnished with detailed retimates of the bxpense of ___ completing them, according to the actual price of Work at Houghing, beremment. will contribute 2/3.5 of the whole expense, provided. they are sutiefied that such proportion is not than is warranted by the recasion, and that it would be expended in such a manner as to afford sufficient.

ficient accommodation Government must nevertheless reserve

tine

to be

their

final judgment on the proportion contributed.

by the Publice, until further information shall. have been obtained. In the mean time,

preparations

are

to be made ofor

ade for Commencing

221

the excetion of the Church, and the retual

execution of the work

may be undertaken,

even

a-

provided the Inhabitants show such. disposition to contribute thereto as to reuder this measure

- possible on the understanding specified.

24

Sir John Tavis in Despatch. 12/ of 2th February called Lord Stanley's attention to the greate want of a church here, and stated that the Ordnance Department could creet a suitable - for $7000, two thirds of which sum to be defrayed by the Colony, the remaining that being contributed by the community.

me

To which- Scepatch_W-Gladstone replied by

P40 of 28H

of 28th April, etating that the hac given the necessary authority and instructions on the subject.

the subject in his despatche

No 28 of 20th February 1846.

E

Sir John Davis reported in Deepatch A60 of 22nd May, that Mr. Hardwick's plan

one

was

the

he had stated in despatch P21, to be too difficult of execution; and that he had directed

We Cleverly to prepare a Plan (to crt: £1,300). Me The site may perhaps be levelled, but ___ L'overnor does not feel justified in commemeny the building, under the qualified sanction_ conroyed in Mt Gladstone's Despatch 23 of 20t February. Community have subscribed- £2,726, of which sum however, only £1379 thas been paid. Boverun would be glad to

высо be authorized to commence the building of the Church, on the Chaplain guaranteeing to prealize £3,000, if required.

Sarl Grey replied in deepatch #34 of oth October and authorized the commencement. of the Church as designed by M. fleverly, sum not exceeding 2/130% of the whole amount to be contributed from the Colonial Treasury

a

M

the

266

express understanding that the

thind at the least be subscribed

remaining

by the private Community .

Sir John Davis in Deepatch. 1131 of

18tt

November forwarded another Plan by. M= Gordon for. £6.959.8. 3 and stated that in consequence of harl Grey's conditional assent to the commencement of a expensive church, he should not hesitate to adopt the

plan

now transmitted,

a more

two

third

of the

expence, (£4,639 % 12,2), being contributed

Government.

by

Lord they conveyed his entire approval

of this

measure in despatch_ 1262 of 2nd Lebmary, 18467.

1848.

Governor Bonham in despatch. N27 of

30th May recommends a further grant_

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of £ 694 - 120 on the part of Goremment towards the completion of the Church -

Lord They in Despatch- M 55 of 9th September

155

declines to sanction the sum above stated.

1849.

the

Governor Bonham in Icepatch. 154 of 24th May, 1849, forwards an application from the Trustees for an additional brant of 2010 towards the completion of the Church.

Lnd brey in Sespatch. 1157 of 11# Auquet,

declines neee

aceeding

thereto.

-Note-_ Sir Henry Pottinger in despatch 1-19 of 4th September 1843, stated that he suppred the total expence of a suitable Church, if created at the Public cost, would not exceed £5,000.

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Colonial Secretary

(Copy:1

to

223

st, 1850.

Hongkong, 13 th August,

His Excellency S. G. Bonhand bequing,

Governor of Hongkong, &

aki

You

are already

iw i

dy award

Ye

llies

of the difficu

of

which we are involved from the

want

funds to complete the fathedral Church of St. John in this fity.

Secretary

When addressing, the Colonial

on May 17th, 1849, our for decessees do not appear to have been award of the

eng

original understanding, and engagement which existed between K. M. Government and this Community : the facts, which have recen

Recently

the facts, however,

they come to our knowle

induced us to trouble

knowledge)

the

you again upon and we do so in the full porsuasion

subject, and

that, after

an attentive pemusal of the

shall lay before you,

Ave

we

papers which -Excellency will view the

Your

the matter in the stame

:

2.

light as we do. We boy to refer you to the

following

Documents.

No. 1 is a

copy of a letter dated 25.

May),

1844, from Sir John Davis, late Governor of

this Colony Colonial Chaplain, stating that H. M.

to the Reverend Vincent Stanter,

Government would

+ would pay towards the erection of a Church the double of what the Community

would subscribe.

No. 2 is a letter dated July

8th, 18441, from

the Colonial Secretary, the Honor. F. W. A.

Bruce, stating that His Excellency, the Governer in Coincil undertook, on the part of H. M. Government, to contribute a sum two-thirds of the expense of

not excee

exceeding building a fhurch, but mentioning

time, that, should the cost exceed

H. M. Govern

more)

at

the same

L, 9,000,

ment would not contribute

than £. 6,000.

Nr. 3 is a fiscular

Jalz, 1844,

Car and subscription

paper, dated 10

th

1844, issued by

the remaining

formed

in

224

-members of the Church Committee,

to the community

18442, intimal

intimating funcil

on

that the however in fyreneel had engaged, in the part of H. M. Government, to give a grant of £.0000 towards the erection of a Church,

provided the community subscribed L. 3.000. letter dated 24. January, 18117,

No. 4 is a

from the present folonial Secretary, How : Major (a ene), intimating,

money

the

where the

subscribed) by the Community

was to

be deposited, confirming agains the engagement.

ናፈ

the part of Hb. M. Goot, and stating that, in the event of there being any surpless

after

the completion of the Church, it was to at the disposal of subscribers,

be placed again

these papers explain clearly the nature of

the contract and

engagement

4 entered into

t and the Community.

between B. M. Government and

mush

and we ena

6 presume

that, between 1844 44.

and 1847, H. M. Government was fully.

made a

inted with the character and

acquainted

|

et

particulars of the undertaking ) . That (oytract

and no.

nothing

one side,

- is clearly binding upon both parties, and but the now-fulfilment of it on the could justify the violation of it

On

it on the other.

Our the faith of this engagement, &

subscription paper

was circulated, and

a

and it appears to us that the

view, and it

money given,

Community have, in all particulars, fulfilled their part of the agreements . the (surch,

when completed, will cost, according to Statement A herewith, the sum of

of £.8736:

of this sum H. M. Gpvernment is bound to contribute. L. $824, and the fugemunity L.2,912. but the Government having only paid £ 4,600, has stile to make good L. 1224.

the Community hand already paid. mow than £. 2,912, ( their proportion),

L. into the Colonial Creasury; but according to Major Caine's letter of 29. January, 1847,

ou

the excess

ought to be again placed at this disposal of the Subscribers. Ne, however,

225

entertain hopes that the Community will allow this excess to be appropriate. d. towards de praying. the expense of an organ,

bells and a

flock,

all of which are wanted, and

are wanted, and the former

all of which

essentially so, for the proper eclebration of- Divine Service in so a

small a community. this, where it is

a

very

co

v

is

as

- very difficult to procure singer,

In the above statement, we have included

moderate, commistion to the architect for

his valuable, fervices, to which we consider him

clearly entitled . You will observed by a lotter from the How . F.. A. Bruce, sout herewith, that the erection of the Church was not

was

.

utton. ut cook, and

losed, a Governmons

originally considered, a that, in consequence, the gratuitous services of the Surveys General nere

Surocyo

refused. Such, Sir, is a plain statement of facts,

corroborated by decuments, and we know of nothing that has since happened that can affect, is

in the flightest degree, the compact entered into by the respective parties.

1

226

1

We have now to

refor Your Excellency to Ordinance No 2 of 11th March, 1847, by which Sir John Davis fixed the Government grant at only £. 4,600. The plan of the Church selected by Sir John Davis was -. prepared in the Lurveyor General's Office,

estimated to coch L. 10,354.3.4, and

and Extimate

design along with

W. E.

and

this

-were sent home in 1845

with several others, to the Right

How.

E. Gladstone, K. M. Secretary of State

for the Colonies. Mr. Gordon, who was

thew

Surveyor General, gave in an Estimate to Sir John Daves of only L. 6960, the original design of the Church being in all respects

· the same, with the exception of the Chancel

being taken away!

away, and

there by diminishing

the length of the Church by 10 or 12 feet,

which certainly would not entail so large-

a reduction as

L. 3394; and we

imagine

that it was in consequence of a larger

not being supposed to be required, by

Sir

Lum

John Davis, that the Ordinance No. 2 of 1847

which was even Estimate

amount stated in

AvaA

- fixed upon, and

L. 60 loss thaw Mr. Gordon's

When the present Surveyor General,

entered upon his duties, and be

before the building

of the Church

was commenced, he pointed

omissions

out several mistakes and

in Mr.

hw

Gordon's Estimate, and informed fir John Davis that, in his opinion, a Church according to the design

chosen could not be constructed

for the sum mentioned; and Colonel's Aldrich and Phillpotts of the Royal

bagincent.

eens,

to whom the plans

submitted, were

were

successiorly

Lir

• the same opinion.

of

he Davis, however, did not think proper

John

to alter the Ordinancd or the design, and the

Architect was ordered to

5 proceed with the building. Accordingly, advertisements for linders wow issued, and the lowest of several

wat

L. 3000 above the Estimate. A second

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advertisement

the same result, clearly showing

for Couders

ders was attended, with

the the insufficiency

ow

the work

of the betimate. Under these circumstances,

the Architect was ordered to carry

sonid

he

by piece meat, when, after sauce delay, obtained a fontract for the foundations, and subsequently another for the Brickwork and

both of which were approved : by John Davis, although upon both a loss occurred,

anticipated.

ad. was

Sir

that

It would appear that the community were not consulted as to the design, and they know mrothing of the above facts; the only information they received was, that contained in the fircular of 10. July, 1844, and in the

Ordinanced, from

- pow the tenor of which they

could

the Church was estimated

only suppoed that the Church.

to cost £.6900, that the Government

prepared to pay

that they L.2,300

£. 4,600, or two-thirds, and

would have to

or ond

have to pay

- pay the res

third. It

remai

remaining

was not until the

Church was somewhat advanced that Crustees

were

227

appointed, and it was only at a

later period that they found out that L. 6900

was

of

• quite inadequate for the completion o the building. Up to this time Sir John Davis had assumed the whole management;

agement; and; it appears to us that the Community have season:

H. M.

to complain of the cousse adopted by Government in this respects,

in this respect, inasmuch as, in the events of the cost of the Church exceeding the amount of £. 6,900, (and, as has been

no

legal claim We

stated, the lowest tender did so to the extent of £. 2000), they would havd upon Government to supply the deficiency cannot suppose, however, that H. M. would allow the Community,

under

меня

1. Germant

any--

circumstances, to suffer by the acts of H.M.

Servants, especially of one holding suck high and extensive powers

4.4

H. E. Sir John Davis,

Li

John

We would also beg Your Excellency's

attention to the fact that the design of the

r

1

Church, chosen by Sir John Davis, has been streetly have been made, with the exception of the

adhered to, that no additions whatever

upper small windows at the sides of the building, which were considered

were considered absolut

necessary for ventilation, and which, therefor, Sir John Davis sauctioned. And we would) further beg to remind Your Excellency that the int

interests of H. M.

1. Government have all along been watched

by the Custees, four

over

out of six of whom, (exclusive of the

(hairman), are annually appointed

Governor.

We

may

Excelloney's notice that, H. M,

the

as

the

228

free seats for the use of the ponor classes of

community. The whole number

640; but,

The whole number of seats is

as will appear from statement B

herewith, 16. M. Government lay claims to 718,

that is 78

Inord

than the Church contains . It

appears, therefore, that the Community occupy their Leats, (amounting, according

to the present...--

one

arrangement, to 167 ; considerably less than third / merely on sufferance, that for each seat, they, (and they only), are required to pay 5 dollars, (upwards of £.1), annually, and that they

by the

further

for the

also be permitted to bring to Your

M. Government, is making grant of £.6,000, only stipulated for the accommodation of + 250 private soldiers, and yet, by the Brigade Major's letter of 11 th Decr., 1848,

room is

th.

• required for 385. Afterwards, by Ordinance)

No. 2 of 1847, the Crustees

es are re

required to reserve)

one third of the whole sittings in the Church

a

liable to be taxed to an ind

the necessary repairs

indefinite

алд

extent

necessary repairs and expences of the whole Church . The unfairness of this last cnactment is

to apparent, that we cannot believe that it expresses the intention's

the intentions of H. M. Government, and

we shall therefore hope that Your Excellency will take the subject into sorious and favorable

subject into your

consideration, and have the Ordinance altered

accordingly.

As ma

tters now

stand, it is plain.

0 for the interest

that it would have been mor

1

17..

of the Bumunity to have built a Church for their

wunts, and for which L. 2000 would have been more sufficient .

owi

than

We feel satisfied that neither Your Excellonay

M. Governmen

nor H.M.

facts

ut has been a warê) enment

of all the

and particulars which, Crustees, we havd

as

felt it our duty to bring before you.

Our acceptance

of that trust makes it obligatory upon us to 200

original intentions of all parties

that the

faithfully.

are)

carried out, to watch over the interests of both M. M. Government and the fommmunity, and

· doing

and in so

we cannot doubt that we shall have the

countenance and support of Your Excellency.

(signed)

(")

We have, &c.,

C. T. R. Moncrieff, Acting Colonial Chaplain & Chairmand of trustees.

of

A. M. Crevor, Lt. Colonel.

Flever

Chan St. 200. Claves ly

F

(ligned.)

(")

Robh : Dundas Cay.

229

A. Campbell, Creasurer.

(")

Cho: D. Neave.

Įsips the aboud, considering it to mexit the consideration of Government from

Statements contained in it.

(Signed) Paul Sterling,

a trustee of Att

Live Copy

several

& Attorney Gonceal.

е

Colonial Secre

beutary

t.

:

14.

:

230/

(1.)

15

Dear Sir,

(Copy.)

House,

Government Honor,

25 May (44.

I cars undertake to say

that H. M.

Swornment will pay 2/3rds of the expense of

the

Church, i.c., whatever is subscribed, they

will pay twice the

recommend

amount in addition. I

your getting

eis

the subscriptions

without loss of time, and I should like to

sec ajour plan and estimate .

You's truly. (Signed) J. Fr. Davis.

Rev ? N. Stanton.

Coos Copy

Signed)

Crue Copy's.

C. C. R. Moncraff

Chacimand of Eustees.

Secretary

folipial Coutury

!

B

(2.)

Copy.

231

No.14

Gentlemew,

Colonial Office, Victoria),

1844.

(Hongkong) July 8th. 18on

I am directed by His Excellency,

a

the Gwerner in Council to state, with referenced

to the subject of your letter of the 2? Instant, that, in consideration of the great

I want

of-a

proper plaid of machip, arising from the defective Condition of the mat shed in which divino servic is at presents conducted, His Excelloney will,

part of Her Majesty's Government,

undertaker, on the

ow

to contribute a sund not exceeding

.

two thirds of

the expense of building a Church .

It must be distinctly understood that,

should the cost record E. 9ovo, the

exceed

Government

will not contribute more than the sum of £6,000,

the recess must be bound by the Community.

Reverend V. Stantow A. Anderson, Esq.

1

:

:

18...

Space

accommodation

suuch be received for

for the

of 250 poldiers, for their officers, and for those employed by the Government

the fivil Departments.

iw

His Excellency desiris ono to infound that the site will be immediately to the south of the matched

you

as soon as

the

now in und, and that,

proposed plan is ready,

it

must be submitted to His Excellency for his approbation. No interments will be allowed

to take place either in the body of the Church

of

the ground reserved around it

I have the honor to be,

True Copy

Gentlemen,

Your

obt. humble Servant

(Signed) Kederick W. A. Bruce

Colonial Secuitary,

(signed) C. C. R. Moncrieff

7

(Copy)

(3.)

19

232 9

Extract from fircalar dated 10. July 1844

His Excellency, the Governor in Council has engaged, on the past of Her Majesty's Government, to grant L. 6,000 towards the exection of a Church in this lewe, provided that the Public fubscribe to the amount of

£. 3000, and in the same,

any...

-Sames, proportion to grant sus less than P. 6000, being the

$.6000,

of voluntary subscriptions.

Subscribers

02.

announ h

requested to add

their names to the accompanying

make payment to some ond

list, and to

of the Members

-Secretaries.

of the Committer a Soutards.

Crae Copy

(Signed) C. C. R. Moncrieff, Chasiman of Crustées.

Crue (op5/

Chairman of limiters.

True Sopery

Maco

Colonial Secretary

Concal

itar

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(4.)

No. 35.

Copy

233

Colonial Office, Victoria,

Hongkong, 29th January 1947

all the

Laud directed by Ibis Excellency the Governed to informed you that it will be necessary to deprect in the Beasury sums subscribed for the Church, such being in accordance with Her Majesty's Instructions, oule that, of the

which further lay down as a

amount to subscribed, payments will be made, towards the Church in the proportion of ond third of the sum total of the outlay, Mer Majesty's Government paying the other two thirds of the expenditure ; and, in the coont

of any surplus remaining of the subscriptions, after the completion of the building, it will be placed at the disposal of the subscribers.

Revd. V. Stanton,

Colonial Chaplain.

The treasurer will be instructed to

geant you a receipt on the delivery, to his charge,

of the sums in

Erue Loky

question.

(

I have the hover to be

Lis

u

Your moet obedient Servant, (Signed) W. (aine

Colonial Secretary.

Approved

(signed) Alex. Matheson. by Dond thatheson.

(sigd) E. P. R. Moncrieff

Chairman of trustees.

Crae Copy.

Colonial Secriter

11

4

Samuel Rawson . by A. C. (rooms.

M. Miller.

A. Fletcher.

by D. Hetcher.

for Henry R. Barker.

M. F. Bevard.

J. F

Edger.

Robt: Bundas

P. L. Checady

3rd. Feby. 1847

(Copy.)

(5.)

Dear Sir,

234

Land Office, Victoria,

August 20th 1844.

I havd to acknowledgo the receipt of

copy of Resolutions passed by the Church Committe,

requesting

no ( Resolution 9) to provide the

necessary drawings.

It is probable the gentleines of the

Committes may imagine

that this work will

be placed on the footing of a Government works,

aid

therefore

under the superintendence of the

officers of this department; suck, however, is by

no meaNS

the case.

vernor has

His Excellency, the Governor

neverthic less accorded one

permission

undertake the

superinten

15

tendence of the building,

and should the Committees do mes

to appoint me, it will be

ony

To the Revd. N. Stantow,

Secy . to the Church Committeer.

the honor

endeavour to

pavo

F

b to their

carry out the work in every), respect satiefaction, but I should fool obliged by

your intimating,

my

to

(ttee)

to the gentlemen of the farmmitter

that they should, on receipit with that

receipt of

this explanations, reconsider their selection=

True Sopsy.

Believe me,

Dear Sir,

Very sincenly Gours (Signed) Sohn Pope.

Aigned 1 LEA

Con

EAR. Moncrieff.

Chairman of Trustees,

Copy

Climat

Colonial Secre

beretary

(6.)

ворор

No 257.

235

Victoria, August 27 th 18444.

5.1841.

My dear Sir,

In reply to your

letter of the

*. Inst.

containing a request from the gentlemon

of the Committer that the Building of the Church

the

should be superintended by Government,

the answer I communicated to

Governer adheres to the an

your reebally; namely, that he does not consider it

aw act of justice towards Mr. Po por to call upor hind to execute it as a

Government

ment work. Of con

"course,

a certain superintendence would be exercised on the part of the Government, as a principal subscriber, but it will not be of such a

a nature as to disperse with the

employment of aw architect to prepare the cooking

plans, specification 80, and direct the cook.

Reverend Vincent Santos.

I. semain

My dear Fr,

You took

(Signed) Frederick W. A. Bruer.

True Copy

(Aigued) E. C. R. Moncrieff Chaumar of Einsteck

Bons Copy

Colonial Secretary,

Erustees.

:

:

A.

236

Cost of Church when completed . L. 8320

Architect's Commission . - 416 £8736 Amount paid by Government . £. 4,600 by the Community. 2912

do

do by

Amount still dus),

В.

Goot.

by

1324 88.736

By the Colonial Secretary's letter of 1844,

258

free seats required for soldiers, increased by the Brigade Major's letter

of 11th December, 1848, to- Leats required for the General and other officers, per Brigado Major's letter of 11th. Deer. 1848.

By Ordinance 2

of 11 March

for Governor 7

1847

385

109

Celonial Chaplain 4

For the power classes of the farmmunity

one!

third of the whole number of

seats, 640,-

being 78

2.13

Required by Government 9718

than the Church

feats more

True Topy

contains.

Conial Secretary

!

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to 78 of 1850

Inclosure to / in Desp:

Copy. No. 220.

237

Colonial Secretary's Offier,

Geatlomew,

Victoria, Hongkong,

the

19th August, 1850.

I and directed to acknowledge the

receipt of your letter of the 13th Iuctant, relative to the financial embarrassments of alt. John's Church, and calling upon this Government

pay up B. 1,224,

which

ent to

you allego to be still the ground

due to the Church Crustees, on the

und that

this Government agreed in 1844 to pay towards

mount

the erection of a Church double the subscribed by the community, provided

Rev. C. C. R. Moncrieff, B. A. Chairman).

Neting

Colonial Chaplain .

How . P. J. Sterling, Esq.

Lieut-:-Colonel. Crevor.

that

Chas. St. Geo. Cloverly, 619. Crustees of Saint John's

R. D. bay, Esq.

A. Campbell, 849.

C. D. Neaver, Esqre.

Cathedrab.

Majesty's Government

It John's Cachedral, representing that Hey

from the Trusters of

Letter with Enclosures

are

indebted to the

Building

Jun

of £1224.-

Fund in

the

13. August, 1830.

3

the sum to be paid by Government did not execed L. 6,000. Chis

agreement: His Excellency fully

admits, indeed, it is clear beyond doubt

the correspondened attached to

your

4. pones

letter; and,

had the community subscribed, L. 3000 beford

the passing of Ordinance No. 2 of 1847, dated 11th March, he would concur with

you in thinking that the Government had made it self liable for double that amount; but, if you will have the goodness to refer to the Ordinance, it will, bei found from the preambles that, at that dato, the Community could only have subscribed L. 2,300;

Sir John Drois's undertaking to contribute two thirds of the expense of the Church was

and as

.

dated searly 3 years before, it must be

conclude. concluded that, when the Ordinance was

1 passed, this was the total amount of subscriptions that could have been then expected from the community. His Excellency is therefore of opinion that, in granting &. 44600 for the Church, this Govenment has performed all that

caw

be legally required

238

of it ; for it cannot be admitted that sums subscribed subsequently to the passing of the Ordinance, and part

part of which have even been

collected in the Church itself, since its completion,

can

2.

bind the Government to any further payment

this accounts.

: shed to the Governor by.

From a paper famished to the

Mr Lawveyor General Cleverly, it appears that the

of the

ment of

total expenditure on account

Church and

for sums dice to Contractors, when the Church, was opened on the 11th March, 1849, amounted tö L. 6,471 ab. 10,

timd,

there

- 6 .10, thus showing) that, at that

Avcrò

ample funds in the hands the Crustees to pay all that was a

absolutely

due; but, since that dale, further outlays

02

amounting

to

account of painted windows, &c, amoun Z. 1,150 = 1410, and for the erection of a lower ; with the Architect's commission, amounting to £. 1/13 x 18 x 44, have been incurred. Thes

£..2.264 132, ands

Je,

sums

· conjointly aggregates

"

it is partly to liquidates theid claims, His Excelling

1

presumes this demand, has now been made on Government . As regards the lower, (costing) 2.697 - 18.4), the Governor certainly

not re

cannot

called) cal

allow that Government is in any way ow to contribute towards its crection, the expense having been incurred subsequently to the Church Crustees being informed that the Right Honorables the Secretary of State for the Colonies would) recognitze the claim. With reforowed to the painted windows, yo, they having been ordered) before the deficiency in the Church Funds was clearly apparent, This Excellency fools disposed to view this change

favorably, Frons paper marked L, submitted by yourselves, it appears

A,

Inore)

that the whole expenditure

.

on account

of the

Church has amounted to £. 8,736, and the

Sums

by

· paid by Government and subscribed,

individuals, before and fined

and since the passing of

the Church Ordinaned, to L. 7,872 a 11-7, this

leaving the Church in debt L. 863-8.4%. If from this sum be deducted £. 697 - 18-44-

f 18.4, for

2

239

the cxpenses of the lower, (and for the crection

" which the trustees were in

of whic Government

formed the

before of

iment would not contributes, even

there remains a sum

it was commen

smmenced),

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L. 165.10 due ow

the Church, which it may

be

inferred there will be no difficulty in obtaining.

3.

Although, as already stated, His Exceltorey

is by claim to the

no means

rend:

prepared to recommen your ent in the way you

Government in

haver

a claim to

seen fit to bring it forward, still he is willing to admit that the Crustees may have the liberal consideration of Govern

consequencd of the larger

ded to the

is affade de

is

se) a

Government, in

accommodation that

- garrison than

was stipulated

His

for; and, therefore, assuming the liabilities of the Church to be still L. 863.8.14,

will agains

Excellency

of the

the case,

: submit the circumstances

together with a copy of your

Pike

letter,

for the further consideration of the Right

Honorable the Secretary of State for the Colonies, but, to prevent future micapprehensing

he

would remind

you

that the payment of

any additional sums ow account of the Church

rests entirely with the Home Government, and that two claims of a similar nature have already been refused.

I have, JC.,

(Signed) B.(aind

Colonial Secretary.

Copy

(olenial Secuitary)

med 1... - - - --

t

240

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Dr.

The Crustees of St. John's Cattedrab, in account current with Building Fund.

t as

To Government Grant

per Ordinance. £.

s.d. G.

1.

4600

1,861 17

No 2 of 1847, dated 11th. March... To Subscriptions from the Community

paid into the treasury on the date of passing the Ordinance, 11 the torch, 1847 1,861 Amount of Subscriptions paid into the

heasury prom March, 1847, to the opening of the Church, 11th March, 1849. Amounts collected on opening,

the

Church, 11th March, 1849. Subscriptions sined opening the Chunch to presents date.

Balance now due to Contractors and

others.

853 17

110

12 6/2/2

br.

12

s. d.

$805186

66584

241

d. By paid sundry parties for body of the G.

346 14 7 3272 11 7

863844

Church .

:Internal fittings, &c..

windows, crow-work, &c. pond

Glass w

England

Fixing 30.

Do.

Sundry services connected with above ..

Contract for completion of Enver ..

£8,320..

Architect's Commission upon L. 8,320.

997

14816

4179762218

697184

416.

Cotab.....

8,736

(True Copy)

True Copy

(signed) Maine

Colonial Lecutary.

Colonial Secretary.

Cotal,

8736

(signed) Chas: St. George Cleverly.

Surveyor General. 16 August,

1890.

L

4 78 4 1850.

Inclosure to 2 in Desp:

.}

(Copy)

bepy.

Sit

Victoria, Hongkong,

242

17th August, 1950.

consequened of Your Excellency s

conversation with me relative to

the

charge

made by the Crustees of St. John's Cathedrals for

payment of Commission to (myself) their

Architect, and as

imagine)

that it

Your Excellency appeared to

it was aw

irregular item in the account, (the Architect being at the time the Surveys General, and a paid servant of the Colony), I take the liberty of addressing Your

Excellency on the.

my

views

on the subject, in explanation of regarding it

When the creation of the flurch

lvad

first-contemplated, Architects were invited to send in designs, and terms or charges for Superintendence, and a Committer was appointed

To His Excellency.

Samuel George Bonham, Esquire, C. B.

Ze.,

So.,

&o.

Letter

from

Secretary

St John's Cathedral,

to the Trusteed

the Colonial

in re

reply

A Enclosure

August, 1880.

2.

די

:

to arrange preliminary matters.

Your Excellency will perçoien pous the Crustees letter and the copies of correspondence

attacked thorets, that the Committee wished to

be made

with the views acquainted with the

Government in the the

of the

event of the successful

Architect being a public servant, and how to act should such be the case,

@asd, one

of the

competing Architects being Mr. Pope, an officer in the Surveyor General's Department ; who, with the sanction of Sir John Davis, sent in his proposals .

Accordingly, the Chairman

Chairman wrote and

official letter to the Government, requesting,

that the

gratuitous services

of Mr. Pope might be giver . A copy of this letter I attack hereto.

the answer by the fglonial Sevesting, Secretary, copy of which I herewith enclose, appears to clear 1 ( L. beg. Your Excellency will very have the kindness to note it specially); as it is therein set forth, that the contemplated

service is not A

243 I work, that-

Government work,

Government being large subscribers, an officer of their would superintent

superintend the work in a certain degree; but, that the Architect complayed for the preparation of the plans, specifications, working drawings, should be appointed by the fommittee, who, in the event being & Public servant, could not in

aid wor

of his

juetico

be called upon to execute such services as

a

Government-woock.

I must here explain to Your Excellency that Leons not award that this corresponden

had taken place, as

falaeo, and tras condi

dence)

consequently ignorant of the facts therein stated ; that I was directed by Sir John Davis to prepare the requisites plans, specifications and sonking drawings for the erection of the building,

knowledge

with his entere

and I did so

and concurrence).

I admit that much of my public-

but I do not imagine

time was occupied,

Your Excellency will consider that a bar-

Le

to my sceciving the commission to which, ins the opinion of the Crusters and others, Lawr justly entitled, by the decision of the Government, at the period when a Public

Officer's services were

first applied for .

remark

I may here be permitted to remar

}

244

I have alluded, whether the service executed,

ca w

be considered a

strictly

etly be

work,

Government

1 or, as in the opinion of the Crustees, it should be esteemed a separate and

distinct service : in the former Ishould

r caso,

be sorry to advance claim to which Your

-Excellency may not think me

i

that mind is not a

singular case; no

public

in

officer is

is ever called upon to undertake

special sevices is other Department,

any

a for the Public in

in general, without receiving

special payment; one officer performs

the duty of another during receives his halfpay

orow,

the Milit

his absence, and

in addition to his

Military officer receives additional

pay for executing Civil works; and all ___

Government professional

mew are

for any services not

services not exclusive

their Department.

pard extra

exclusively belonging to

In conclusion, Ebeg to submuch

it to Your Excellency, to determino, after the perusal of the several letters to which

the latter, Strust

you

Your

justly entitled .

will kindly

recommend the application to the favorables

consideration of Her Majesty's Government.

I have, &0.,

Ees.

(Signed) fleas. St. E60. Cleverly

Surveyor Esmoral.

line

Que Copy71

Colonial Secretar

Secretary

General.

!

(Copy.)

My dear for

245

th

Victoria, August 24th 1844.

It has been the expectation and is

the with of the gentlemen of the fommitter, that the Government should superintend the building of the Church.

Ibey therefore to prefor the request that His Excellency the Governor will be

pleased to to order it .

I would desire to explain that the

application made

made for the assistance of Mr.

Pope

was

only

Ow

the supposition that such

assistaned would be given by him

as ar

officer

of Government

Strust you

will excuse он

ony

Dow

presenting the request in this general forums

and will

favo

with an

aw Anitver

I may lay before the Caumittee.

The Honble. F. W. A. Bruce,

True Copy

کیسے

Believe me, &c.

which

(Signed) Vincent Stanton .

KueCopy

(signed) M.Caine.

Colonial Secretary . Colonial Secutary.

(Copy.)

246

No 259.

27th,

My dear Sir,

Victoria, August 27, 1844.

In reply to your letter of this

24th. Instant, containing a request from

the

&

gentlemen of the Committee, that the building of the Church should be superintended by Government, the Govenor

I.

adheres to the answer I communicated to

Mr.

you serbally; namely, that he does not

consider it an act of justice towards Pope to call upon him to execute it as a

Government work. Of

course

a certain

superintendence would be exercised on

the

part of the Government as a principal subscriber, but it will not be of such a nature as to dispense with the employment of an architects to prepaced the working, plans, specification, &C., and direct

Reverend Vincent Stanton.

!

the work.

I

remain, JO.,

(Signed) Frederick W. A. Bruce.

True Copy

(Signed) M.Caine.

Cone Copy.

Colonial Secretary

Manne

Colegial doritary

2

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247

!

nclosure to 3 in Best:

4.78 $

1850.

(Copy)

C. His Excellency

nd

248

Hongkong, 22th August, 1850

S. G. Bonham, Esquird,

Governor of Hongkong,

My dear Sir,

I trust

fe

&c.

you

will forgine the liberty. I take in addressing you personally on. the subject of the folonial Lecretary's Official letter of 19th instant, addressed to the Crustics of

_

4. John's Cathedral; the absence of the Chairman

St.

of

the Crustees and

the short intervals till the

despatch of the Mail, render it impossible to

call a meeting at presents, and yet .

much consequenced

it is

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of so

that there should be no

misunderstanding at home of the question at

issue,

that Jeannot refrain,

as an individual

trustee, from offering a few explanations on

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certain points in that letter, which I fear might otherwied lead to micapprehension.

St

appears to me that there must.

Letter

from

h... was

stances

explaining

Mr Cleverly

the

under

circum=

Architect of

employed

which

af

St John's

Cathedral, and then

grounds

on

expects

which he

for his Sowices.

remunerationn

*

17th August, 1850.

2.

that

be a mistake in supposing the sum of £4600

tvas

fixed upor in the Ordinancd

04

doubt, that, had a correct estimate been

double

the

at that time,

amount at that time subscribed by the Community, for the Surowyor General's statement, enclosed in Major Caine's letter, it appears that

only

L. 1861.7"

/

toas as

then paid into the

Creasury, considerably less than their proportion of that sums, and this is further shown by the provice at the end of Section 1 of the Ordinance itself; but I would submit that this sund of £. 4,600

4,600 was named, as a

about two-thirds

of the erroneous Extimate of Mr. Gordon, then Surveyor General; the Government, as originally agreed upon, throwing the responsibility of

the rema

remaining

though

third upon

the

mmunity,

not then subscribed. We are bound to

admit the perfect fairness of this arrangement

at the time,

Davis having

been

Sir Johns misled by Mr. Gordon's Estimate, the extreme inaccuracy of which we

we la

aplained in our

former letter, and there seems no reason to

249

" giver in

the limit would have been fixed

at £. 6000, instead

there

of £. 4000; indeed,

for departing frond

would have been no reason

the

original agreement, for, protected by the proviso in Section 1,

Section 1, that no issue

was to be

made from the leacury till one third of the

whole estimated coch was raised by subscription

the treasury, Government

and

lodged

เล่

were in

nont would

have been as safe in leaving the community to make up L. 3000, their proportion of L. 9000, as they

leaving them to supply the deficiency from £. 2,300, their proportion of L. 6900, and it is reasonable to suppose that the community, who, under qua

man,

many- have since )

unfavourable circumstances, contributed upwards of £. 3,000,

have done so at an earlier period,

would

had it

been required of thom . By the statement, it would seem that, in March 1849,

the sum

of £. 110. 12.6± was collected in the Church,

J

250

[

but it does not appear to one that the dates of

the subscriptions, or the mode of collecting them, affect

the question . The collection in Efrurch and subsequent

subscriptions

cass

only be looked upon as laudable

efforts on the part of the community to fulfil

their part of the agreement, and to meet the proviss in the Ordinancd referred to.

to in

With respect to the expenditure objected

having been

paragraphs No. 2, as

since the Church

Was

been incurred

opened, it must be borne

in mind that, in the extreme destitution of a place of worship in the felony, the Church was opened without windows of any kind, except painted cotton stretched on light

light wooden frames, quite insufficient to exclude either sun or rain in

a

climate like this; that crow

was

frame-work

absolutely necessary, whatever kind of

glass was used; that plain transparent glass would have rendered the building, perfectly useless, under a blazing sund, such as we in this Colony . The Crustões

.

have

are

advised

by

!

competent authorities that the differenced between

the

coneet kind

common.

of stained glass

and that

adopted would not exceed £.50 or £. 60, especially

as part of it was a

donation. It must also be

recollected that by far the greater proportion of

the Architect's commission, vif. L. 323, was

vis:

dus for the work then paid for. The chief objection, that regarding

-

the lower,

with respect to this, I would beg

passed

that the Ordinance was,

appointed to carry

out a

and

remains:

to remind your

the Crustees

certain pland fixed upon

by the Governor of the Colony and approved of by Her Majesty's Government; that that plan

included the lower, and that Mr. Gordon's Estimate and the Ordinance both contemplated

its erection . It would appear, therefore, that

our

: predecessors would not havd been fulfilling their duty had thing

consented to leave the

they

in a mutilated state : disputes might

building in

have

arisen as to the part of the plan to be

left out; some might have thought the

:

6.

Chancel unnecessary, others the lower, and others some other part of the plan; but the simple duty of the Rustees

upow

was to

to carry out the plan

put into their hands, leaving the responsibility

the shoulders of those who selected it . cannot, therefore, admit that the Church

We

was

- finished when opened, or that there werd

ds in

ample funds

in the hands of the Custers to

pay all that was due.

: willing

With these explanations I am perfictty

to leave our

our

cause to the equitable

judgement of the authorities at home,

251

that, the more all matters connected with it

are examined and inver

investigated,

the

More

request and.

reasonable will appear the request claine that we have urged upon you Her Majesty's Government.

I have, Je,

Signed) A. Campbell.

Lime Copy

E

Ow

the

grounds now - for the first time laid before

them, feeling certain that a sense

will preclude the idea of refusing and I am sure that

Lam

of justice

our

elain,

" my fo-trustees would

express the same confidence,

02

were there time

opportunity to consult them. It is the wish

of myself,

as

it is,

and

I am sure, of all the

Crustees, to represent the case in a true and

an

impartial light, and we are persuaded

Macm

Secretary

Colonial Secre

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and

н

4:5

Inclosure to 4 in Desp:

No 78 $

1850.

:

(Copy)

The Honble. Major W. Caine) Colonial Secretary, Hongkong

We have the honor to tender

undermentioned sum

252

the

you

of Spanish Dollars,

being the amount subscribed by voluntary

contribution towards the erection of a Church

in this Cown.

We

are directed by the Committée, appointed by the Subscribers, to place these funds in the hands of H. Majesty's Government

for

this

hand

express purpose, and we

you

beg

now to

the amount of Spanish Dollars Lever Chousand Nine Hundred and Ninely

and eleven Cents, ($7,990. 11), being the

sum subscribed to this date, and we

in the

further

course

of a

amount.

short time to add a

:

hope

We shall feel obliged if you

Letter

from.

M? A.

Campbell, commenting

072-

Enclosure A

2.-

22nd August, 1850.

!

(Copy)

253

could inform

the

amount

sunt re

required for the

No. 76.

Colonial Office, Victoria,

4th March, 1847

erection of the bhurch, including the Government

grant, and the probable period when the building may be completed..

We have, ye, (figned) Dent &

Hongkong,

4th

March, 1847.

Creasurers, &C.

True Jopy

Copy.

Main

Colomal

Secrets

tary.

utleinew,

Hongkong,

I have the honor to acknowledge,

the receipt of your letter of this date enclosing

and order

for Spanish Dollars 7990.11,

by you

being the amount received by

account of subscription to the Church

The sum

for which the Church

is to be built has been estimated at £.6959;

it is likely to occupy two

years in building ). I and directed by His Excellency

the Governor to inform you that aw Ordinaned

is

being passed, giving power to the subseridon to the Church to elect Crustees, in whose

.

hands, together with other on the part of

the Government, the

Mosers. Dent & Co.

management of the

Freasurers to the Church Subscription.

Hogy had a ma

:

Church will be eventually placed.

I have, &o,

(Signed) "W. Caine)

True Copy

(opory)

Colonial Scoretary

Mawis

Colonial Secreta

(Copy)

Record.

254

The foundation stone of this, the first Protestant Episcopal Church ever erected on the confines of China to the worship of Almighty God through Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and dedicated to St. John the Evangelist,

laid

ow

t, was

3

the 11th day of March, 1847, in the 10 t . year of the Reign of Our Most Gracious Socreign Lady, Queen Victoria, by His Excellency Sir John " Francis Davis, Baronet, Governor and Commander Chief of Hongkong, and Vice Admiral of the same, Her Majesty's Plenipotentiary in China, &c, Be, in the peesoned of

in

The Honorable Major General D'Aquilar, C. B. Honorable Major Caine, Colonial Secretary. Honorable A. R. Johnstow .

Monorable E. M. Campbell, Acting Attorney Generie Reverend V. Stanton, Colonial Chaplain . Major Aldrick, Cornmanding, Royal Enginer,

t Argent, A.D. (

Lieutenant

AB

Charles St. George fleverly, E19. heryer Generat John Pope, bdg. Cleck of Works

The structure was designed, and is to be executed by Charles St. George Cleverly, Eeg, Surveyor Soneral .

Estimated Expenditure . _ Z. 6,960.

Frue

Copy

May

60.0.0

Digned ) J. Fr. Tavis .

Covernor,

Colonial Soritory.

&o,

1.

Duplicate.

N.79.

Executive.

My Lord,

J

Victoria, Hongkong,

255

20th August, 1850.

The Major-General Commanding

Laving brought to my notice

on

the

the Ultims that the Sickness amongst

29th

the Ceylon Rifles

in addition to

th

that in Her Majestyß

Her Majesty's 59th Agiment

had attained such

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height

the former corps had them 75

that

men

in Hospital, and having requested

me to relieve the

garrison

arrison from

the entry of guarding the Jail, I

accided to his wishes,

at once

and donated the Superintendent of

The Right Honorable

The Carl Grey,

Yo

to.

te.

...

Police to supply

aw

Acting Sergeant

and 6 Indian Constables for the purpose of performing this duty

An

This measure

will entail

additional monthly expenditure

1 £9.17.8

on the Colony, which I

trust the retuonning

health

Y

the

un =

garrison may soon render

necessary; the sickness, however, which has latterly so unhappily prevailed, rendered its adoption insperatives, and I have therefore

по

doubt that it will meet

Your Lordship's entire approval._

I have the hover tibe,

во

With the highest respect,

Your Lordshift,

most obedient

Hambl Servant, JustLune

256

!

257

Separate.

RECEN

OCT.

1850

Victoria, Hongkong,

21th August, 1850

Gify to Treammy for consud: 6 Najsu

226-

29 Seb

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PWO

Lod My

I think it my duty

to bring to your Lordship's notice that, in consequence of my unavoidable absence at Shanghae

for 2 months and 22

days,

the

Lieutenant-Governor, Major-General

Staveley, was put

was put to some extra

it is not in

not in my

expense, which it is power in any way to him.

It

to make good

to happened that, during

absence from

the period of my

The Right Honorable

The Earl Grey,

Aa

fe-

fc.

20th

Governor Bonhane

• August, 1850.

The Earl

Grzyp.

Dap: 1.79.

Received

Reporting

hire

of

1 Sergeant

additional to relieve the

and 6 Indian Constables

consequence.

Jail guard, in conse

of sickness amongst the

Troope

1

1

258

the Colony, the anniversary of the Queen's Birthday occurred, which

it is

usual

to

celebrate by

an

entertainment

Entertain

to the principal

people of the Colony. It also happened that the Governor- General of the Philippine "Islands with his suite arrived,

and it was

course requisite

of to show him and his Staff

a

certain degree of attention;

and, under these circumstances,

I

am

induced to ask your

Lordship if it would not

proper that some

be made

be

allowance should to the Lieutenant-

Governor from the public funds

for the extra expenses

which he has this feen

Subjected.

to

exceeded

a

month, I should not

have troubled your Lordship

on

the subject, but it having been protracted for

much longer

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period than had been anticipated; ever to recurs again,

is likely

or is

has induced me to refer this

question for your Lordship't

consideration.

Your Lordship will observe

1

that I have caused this letter to be recorded Teparate", as the application I have made in favor of General Staveley, is totally unknown to that officer.

I have the honor to be, With the highest respect,

Your Lordship's,

most obedient

Humble Servant,

19mham

Häd

my

absence not

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the circums

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Received

Separate ...

The Earl Grey.

Governor Bonham-

21th August, 1850.

allowance from the

Suggesting grant of.

the

Some

public funds to Lieutenant Governor, Major-General Staveley,

for extra expenses

incurred

off

during

the absence

the Governor at the

North.

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2

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Earl Grey

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259

6. Nov/50

I am directed brawl Grey

to transmit to

o you for the

Consideration of the Loras

Treasury Commipseniers of the Frectang

the Copy of a Despath from

the

7 Goven a of Hory, Hory

suggesting

ttch sonu

allevame should be

дел

prouted to Major Genet Sterely for entra expenses

him alre

incurred by him

during

his hamienistration of the

Govt.

in the absence of

Goura Bonham ; and

1 you will

Sam to request that

state to their Lordships that

4

under the carcinustamies

represented & consediving "Whit General Steaky

revived no

Salary

Reting Grumor,

d

would recensement.

Ford Grey would

that a reasonable frem

should be allowed

Public

from the Funds to much

the expenses to which

he has been subjectes.

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Share to acknowledge the

sight of your berpeth meshes Sefecate of the 20th of August last suggesting that some allorance should be granted to Majin Geveal Party

entra

account of the expense to which he was subjuted oluring your Reusvoids the above from Horry Merry-

Iancur in the

in the propreity

of relieving General Staile

from any pucaminary loss to

beev

which he may have, expored in

his capacity of th. Govenia,

babes

buch as you

dlo resh state the

време стримно Nature or amoreat of the expenses

incurred,

I can only authorize you to grant him

Such allervauch as

годом

May

consider reasonable,

reporting to me the amount

and the grounds You estimats it_

There

on which

on

N80. Miscellaneous.

My Lord,

8221 Tony hony

RECEIVED

OCT.26

1850

261

Victoria, Houghing

22nd August, 1850-

Under the impresion that the work may be of use in the folonial office for reference,

I have the honor to trammit herewith two copies

of

of . 4 Digest and Inder of all the Ordinances the Honghong Government to the close of 1849, compiled by Mr William Jarant._ I have the hown to be,

With the highest reepeet,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

The Right Honorable. The Earl Grey,

&o. &o

fo.

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The work has been already received, Vachniste

проду

Putley

with bird Greys

886

Dupli

N81.

Military.

--

262

by Lord.

Victoria, Hongkong,

23rd August, 1850.

From my Despatch

1.79 of the 20th Instant Your Lordship will have learnt that

the men

were

in

Я пого

кого че

Vince

w

the

to

59th Regiment

very sickly state, and regret to report that, the middle of may last,

no

this Regiment has lost in

less than 8

2.

men by disease.

87 men

This unfortunate subject

of course

is of

The Right Honorable The Cal Grey,

Earl

te

to purely Military,

de.

..

2

263

that

no

doubt the major-

General Commanding in China

will

make full reports. If all that has taken place connected there witts, to the proper authorities in England; but I deems it duty, with reference to your Despatch Military 1.6 24th May 1849, to bring the

following facts to your Lordship's notice..

3.

the

my

It appears that

on

the

N.1.

20th June Cast, immediately after the

in

disease broke out

the Garrison, Major-General Staveley applied to the Senior Naval officer (Captain Tronbridge) to permit him to

send some

the

of the sick of

board the

59th Regiment

"Minden", (an old 74 gun ship), used

as

w

Store-ship, which Captain

Tronbridge refused to accede to,

on the

with the major-

a

compliance

request

grounds that

major-General's

disobedience of the

would be

a

osters of the Naval Commander-

-in-

Chief; and so

far

no blame can be attributed to Captain Tronbridge; but, my Lord, I would with great deference beg to call

вед Your attention to the serious inconvenience and expense to which Her Majesty's Service has been subjected всего

subjected in consequence

of this order, for it is admitted by Captain Troutridge in his letter of the 21th June 1850, "that if I had urged the request, he should have complied therewith"," meaning that he would have

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264

accided to the request made by

me

in

the

summer

of 18491

for allowing 100 Sick Voldiers to be placed on board the "Minden"; and it is therefore evident the Nepel could

at that time have

received that number, had not

the order alluded to, prevented

the wishes of the

|

his meeting Major-General..

4.

consequence of this

Order and the inability of Captain Tronbridge to allow the

59th Regiment to be

men

taken

the 59

on

~

board the "Minder", the major General has been

repel (the compelled to hire "Coromandel"), for their reception, thus causing the Government

an expense of £1,000, the sum

1.

stipulated to be paid for the tessel for two months from the

the distant, the date no

19

the troops were embarked in

5.

the 20th

But it is not on

which

her..

the

score of expense alone that I bring this subject directly before Your Lordship._ Between of June, the date of the major-General's application to Captain Trombridge, and the 19th Instant, when the troops

were embarked on board this "Coromandel", no

less than

of

71 men have met their death. _ It is

the 59th Regiment

far from my

intention to

have

it inferred, that all these

men

have died in consequence

of the "Minden not being allowed

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265

to be available, but I am

Strongly

impressed with the belief that,

of them might

at least some

have been saved, had they,

when first taken ill, been

removed on board Ship.

6.-

Naval

I am not aware

what

Ship's "Reynard" from the North

Mo

the 19th Ultimo, the

greater part of the Crew of that Vessel прав

has been accommodated board the "Minden" without its

having been found necessary to

remove

any of the Stores from her; but even if it had been requisite

to remove

stowed

Commander-in-

Chief

am

could have indused the

to issue under the circumstances

the

and which Captain Trubridge

is of

order to which I allude,

bound to obey;

Course

but I have no hesitation in

saying that the

main deck

the "Minden" was in

is at this day

1849,

and

capable of

receiving 100 mew, for it is

within

эту

knowledge that

since the return of Her Majesty's

on

Some of the Stores

her main deak,

I

assured by the Assistant Commissary General that the greater portion, if not the whole, could have been placed

in

the Government Stores on shore: at all events they could have been stored in the Barrack from whence the new would have been removed, and, if

that measure had been considered objectionable,

i

dry and safe warehouses could

have been hired

on reasonable

terms for their reception..

I think, my Lord, chat

of

this Statement of facts will show that the main deck the "Minden" might and ought to be made available for the accommodation of troops

during

the hot season of the

year, and while the inconvenience

attending

and

opposite course is

matter to your

fully and painfully before me,

I bring the

Lordship's notice.

8.

Enclosed I have the

honor to forward copy of the

Communication made to me

by Captain Tronbridge in 1849,

No2.

3

alluded to in his letter to this Major-General, of the 21th June

1850.-

266

I have the honor to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordship's

most obedient

Humble Servant

;

M B.

23rd August, 1850. I beg to add for your Lordship's information

an

abstract of the Deaths in the

garrison from the Ith may to the present date.

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267

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In

8.4.

268

4,1850.

Hongkong, &t. August, 18.

reply to Your Excellency's lotter of this date, with reference to Despatch

th.

(Military No 6), of 244th May, 1844, from Lord Groy, relative to an old ship of u

being

rendered into a this harbour, and e-

war

floating Barrack in

enquiring

whether, in

consequence of the said Despatch I had

made

any requisition for such resech

the Senior Naval Officer

lw

these

b to

waters,

and if so, begging you might be favoured

with a

α

соннее

copy of the correspondence connectech, there with, I have the honour to inform Your

-Excellency that I applied to the Senin

Naval Officer on this subject

on the 20th.

fund last, and received a reply, of which.

His Excellency

S. G. Bouhan, C. B.

J

Governor Bronham

232 August 1830.

Actorca, Mongkong,

to

The Earl

Gusy.

Sup. 181.

Received

3 Inclosures.

by the Military Department

Reporting hire of a Vessel

Convales

for the re

reception of

ce n ts

f

the

597

"Minden" being mades

difficulties in the

Regiment, in consequence

¡

available for this Service...

&o.,

Se.,

Jo

:

¡

2.

the accompanying document is a

With

copy. regard to the latter part

in

of the Senior Naval Officer's letter, which he places at my disposal 12 beds on board the Hospital ships Alligator, I bey to inform Your Excolloney that he subsequently informed me that this accommodation would be required for

- purposes.

naval

True

I have, &o.,

(Signed) "W. Staveley

Major General Commanding

the troops.

Que Copy

Maine

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Colegial beertany

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Sir

(Copy.)

E

269

Her Majesty's Ship Amazon,

nes, 1850.

Hongkong, 21 June,

I have the honor to acknowledge

the receipt of your letter of the 20th instant,

desiring

to

be informed if any

instruction has

"

been received relative to the Minder," or if any accommodation could be afforded for Convalescents in that ship or the Alligator.

the

I have the honor to state in

reply that I have not heard of any intention part of the Lords Commissioners of Admiralty, nov of His Excellency the

ow

the

Commander-in-Chie,

Chief to

to appropriate the "Minden to that purpose. In my reply last summed to His Excellency Governor Bonhand on the same subject, I stated, after

The Honble.

Major General Williams Staveley

Cornmanding, H. M. Forces in China

.

1

H.

pointing out the objection to the Minden"

being used to accommodate Froops, and

hino

forwarding Naval Coneman.

acopy of an order of the

of

Commander-in-Chief, that,

- Chief, that, if he

still urged the request, I should comply

therewith."

I communicated this to His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, and I

received in return

you

an extract.

a

letter of which I send

I have consulted Dr. Bankion as

ats in the

to the accommodation of fonvalescente

lescents in "Alligator," and and happy to inform you that

at present 12 beds

ship

caw

Ow

the main deck of that

be appropriated for that purpose.

I have, &c.,

(Signed) &.N. Croubridge)

Captains and Senior Naval Officer.

True Copy (signed) N. Staveley

Fue for y

:

Major Goul. Commanding

Mame

Colonial Secretary.

Copy of an Extract

signed) C. N. Vroube

(Copy.)

270

E. N. Coubridge, Captain H. M. l'Amazon

In return to

& Sent. N. Offt in China,

letter No. 10.

to your No. 10 of the

you

23 of last month, wherein state that you had informed His Excellency the Governor

100 new

of Hongkong, that, if he urged his request that

of the 95th Regiment might be accommodated on board the Minden,

board the Minden", "you would give the secoftary directions for them to be received, I acquaint you that the Mindon is not to be appropriated, to the reception of Croops,

under

any

circumstances;

such

to

a preceeding would be attended with great inconvenience, and with dan

danger board her, and it

the valuable stores on

is not likely that there would at

any

timo be difficulty in hiring Merchant vessels at Hongkong) or Whampoa, should it become sucessary to send the

Troops afloat.

Crue Extract :-

(Signed) W. Staveley.

Major General Commanding,

Love

Copy.

:

Coloniab

1.

Betary

Shore

7

Sir

(Copy)

Her

271

Majesty's Ship Amazon, Hongkong, 22nd June, 1847

On the receipt of Your Excellency's

letter of the 21th inst, relative to the accommodation of 100

100 него

of the 95

th.

Regiment on board the Minden, I made as to the propriety of complying

every inquiry

with the wish of the Honorable the

Major General.

of 20

so

find a street order from

from His Excellency the Naval Commander in Chief, to late a date as April last, not to allow even the frows of Her Majesty's ships to be received there, except in the case of great necessity, a copy of which I

His Excellency S. G. Bonhand, C. B. The Governed of Hongkong,

&

Her Majesty's Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of China .

F

have the honor to enclose. I am also

understand that last

year

10 givens to Commodore Plumridge)

refused permission for the Roops to occupy the Minden . Of this, and of the Commodore's reasons for the refusal, Your Excellency will -probably be award by Documents in Office.

I would also mention that the Minden being the Dépôt of valuable, stores, it is very ofsential that the should be strictly guarded from accidents of fire and theft, and as few Chineed boats as possible allowed to communicate, and that, by having hoops on board the Minden, greater facilities will be afforded for stealing the stores, which ard, at the best, but imperfectly

guarded.

Having

drawn

Your Excellency's

abundaned of

attention to these points, as well as to the

of there being

circumitance of

ar

ressels at Whampoa that might be taken

use for

the ace

P4

accommodation of the Croops,

Ace

272°

as has been the custond heretofore, I will only add that, should our Excellency see. fit to urge your request, I will giver the necessary directions for the accommodation of the said Croops on board the Minden .

I have, &o,

(Signed)

E.N. Croubridge.

Captain & Senior Officer. Thue fipy

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Hastings, at Thongkong,

8th. Spail, 1849.

is

sony

desire that the

Minder should not be occupied

as a

Receiving this for the frew of any of Her Majesty's ships, cxcept in the cast of great necessity, such as a this being

It compelled to clear out her hold, &c.

my

direction that

is

5 you govern yourself

accordingly, and produce this order to any

Captain who may require you his ship's company

to receive

board the Minden

Signed) F A

Mr. Joseph Mitchell

Master Commanding

4. A. Collar.

Rear Admiral and

der in Chief.

Commander

True Copy.

I. M. Stow Thip Mindew.

Maino

Colonial Scoritory

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Abstract of Deaths in the garrison of :

Victoria from 1th.

May to 23

237.

August, 1857.

1850. Months.

Gun Lascars.

-European Force. Ceylon Rifles and Strength Deaths

"Yet of f

iw

Strength

on Death's of the such month each mouth each mouth

each month.

in

May.

yoy

&

359

7

June .

697

9

зуб

4

373

608

403

+

41

2

557

87

14

124.

July

[9312) August

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During the past week the admissions into Hospital and deaths have decreased, and the health of the troops is certainly improving;

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8727. Song sony

RECEIVED

OCT.26

My Lord,

1850

On my

275

-Victoria-, Houghing,

23rd

320 Auquet, 1850.

return from the Northward

I found the Report of the Committee to inquire into the landed tenure of the Colony awaiting my arrival - and I had hoped to have had it in my

to

my power forward it to your Lordship by this Mail,

I find however that I shall be unable to do so- but your

which leaves tomorrow.

Lordship may confidently expect it by

next.

The Right Monnable, The Earl Grey,

the

I have the honor to be, With the highest arspret Your Lordship's,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant, Bertam

Yo.

Yo.

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20/10

Mr Mercer the Chairman ofthe fommittér

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Afferd wessel informele

loor when the Rapott.

Comes under Coresider

19th force.

I haut his fine

bri to be get

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N83. Miscellaneous.

* Olace informed 4 hot 150.

My Lord,

276

8750 Aong song

Victoria, Houghing,

R

RIVER

OCT.26

1850

23rd August, 1850-

"I have the honor to acknowledge

the

25#

receipt of your Lordship's Deepatch. 1178 of 25 April last, and to state in reply thereto, that_ inquiries having been made at Canton through- 91⁄2 Bowring, I learn that I'm decushlias is a well educated person and in all respects fitted_ for the appointment of Peruvian Vice= Consul at Hongtong. - I am, however, apprized that.. M= Ilias is not at present in China having left for Lima on the bt Instant, whence it is posible

The

may return.

return after a few month's absence.

I have the honor to be, With the highest respect,

Your Lordship's,

Most Obedient

Stumble Servant,

The Right Ammable, The Earl Grey,

to

&.

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277

With reference to Lord

Foldis brory's letter of the

18% of April losh Jan My Earl Grey duvited to acquaint you

for the information of Discount Filmerston, thick,

having revived a report

on the subject frome

the

Govt. of Hong Kong Lordship

his

is not aware

here to the

of any objection

Confirmation of the appoint.

much of Don Jesus Elias

as Teruvian Vice Consul in

that Selanda

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RECEIVE

(01:25) Nictoria, Hongkong.

1850

2327

23rd August, 1850.

278

With reference to Circular. Instructions dated Downing Street-

9th February 1847, I have now the honor to advise our Lordship. that two of the Newspapers

published in this Colony.

have

recently changed

owners and

I

Editors.

2

Fir John Davis in

his

Despatele of the 24th April 1847, transmitted to Your

Your Lordship

The Right Honorable The Earl Grey,

fo

Ve_.

2.

*

3.

3

279

his views of the

Periodical Pres

of the Colony at that period.

was

the w

The Hongkong Register"

owned and edited

by Mr John Cairns. That

gentleman quitted the Colony some time since, and the Press has become the property If Mr Robert Strachan. This paper is stated by Sir John Davis to have been printed almost exclusively for the

one

of.

purposes of our principal houses of agency; but this I

do not believe to be

Cate

now the

It seems to be conducted

with fairness and honesty of purposes, and is, I understand,

taken in and read

bj

the

same. Description of persons

as support the "China mail"," but it has not so extensive

a

the

4.-

Corculation in England

latter paper.

The "Friend f

as

China"",

heretofore owned and edited by Mr John Carr, has recently been transferred to Mr Williams Tarrant, as person formerly in Eovernment Service, and who, it will be within Your Lordship't recollection, has recently sont home

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complaining of his having been dismissed from public employment.. During the

was

the time this

under the mona

Paper

management of the Care, it was generally

very

abusive in its observations towards the officers of the

280

local Government, to which it

was

at times

+

always opposed; it nevertheless,

contained articles of

Since, however,

Some values. -

it has been published by its present Editor, it has levelled

all sorts of abuse and scurrility against the local officers, especially at the Military. At the request of the Major- General Commending I have consulted the Attorney. Sheral

ого пото

tome

of

its articles, and Mr. Sterling

has informed me that they are certainly libellous;

but for reasons

with which

it is not necessary here to trouble Your Lordship, I have seen fit to allow them to pass unnoticed. _ Mr Carr had for some months been

-F

attempting to dispose of the "Friend of

China's without success,

which accounts for it's coming

into the posession of a person

of the description of the present Editor, who assumed the Editorial Chair on the 3rd July

Mr Tarrant arrived

last. -

in

as

China some years since

Steward of the Ship "John Layard, and it

is my belief

is

that the days of the "Friend of China" will not be many.

5.

To enable Your Lordship

~

to understand the tone and temper of the "Friend of China,

half I have directed hat erzen of its latest iques be forwarded to the Colonial Office, vir Southampton..

to

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6.

I have the hour to be, With the highest respect,

Your Lordship's

most obedient

Humble Servants,

Mbahun.

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Mr. Ellist

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The Govern

M.

galt. Colonies were by leciclon directed to freesist this Office from tenie to ternet with information con

characters of the Rerspapers published.

Mix

Concer

Their

Government : bud & affirchord the instruction is not

Complied with very pur

Fruppose this mayla,

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I have little doubt that the Governor acted pradently in not instituting prosecutions aprinst a low Newspaper which he describes as likely soon to die out for want of mean The Despatch (would seem to be only sent for information. Put by

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not march matred. The libellous acknowledge of his & Day articles intriner in this pinper. entirely approve

9.29

Separate.

The Earl Grey.

Governor Bonham

23rd August, 1850. Victoria, Hongkong,

Reporting

Received

W

the "Friend

"Register" . Newspapers.

of China"" and ""Hongkong

:

out

Bonham CB.

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RECEIVED NOV 25 1850

So long ago

285

Victoria, Houghong,

29th August, 1850.

as the 17th December last,

Sinformed your Lordship

a Committee to enquire

that I had appointed.

into the state of the

landed tenure of this Colony generally, as well

as into the cases

of alleged hardship complained

of by certain individual land holders; but it's

was not until

my

return

on

action from the North, the 18th Ultimo, that I acceived their Report.

f

reason

of this delay will be found in the Committee's Letter, which with the Minute.

- of the Members respectively, I have now the honor to submit for your Lordship's information.

2. Your Lordship

The Right Honorable, The Earl Grey,

Jam

will see, I am

sorry

to

te

Vc.

&c.

286

say, from a perusal of the Committee's report, that the Members have been unable to come

to

any unanimous conclusion

on

the

appear te

are not

important subject submitted for its consideration; nevertheless, sufficient will I think appear to, chew that the grievances complained of es general

or so obvious as they had been represented to be previous to the question having

been entered into by the Committee.

3. From Mr Mercer's Minute

other reasonable Mcaus

any.

your.... Ladship will perceive that, notwithstanding the Committee, by advertisement in the Publie Papers, and by every invited the Public to submit to them complaints or representations that they might have to make, either in regard to the subject generally or to their own interests in particular but. Eleven individuals, of whom

one alone. is Chinese, availed themselves of this privilege.

my

4. In Committee I requested them to bring to my-

letter of Instructions to the

motien

individual

any

cases

coming before

them during the progress of their invectigation. in which the amount of Land. Tan sight

A4

cases

of six

Leen

extravagant, and worthy of special consideration: they have agred to submit the individuals, and suggested- that a reduction be made in their

respective rents to the

amount of £270 per

aunum.

The items

comprised in this sum will be found appended to Mr Surveyor beneral fleverly's

Minute.

5. In former Deepatekes on the subject of landed tenure I have already expressed my-

opinion

that none of the present holders have any equitable right, to demand, a reduction, having purchased their lands at- publie- auction, not only at one sale but at many- and having been, therefore, of ncccrcity fully

I

4

aware

of what they

wvere

doing; and I confess

the Precedings of the only Eleven claims,

that after perusing Committee, seeing that

reprezenting 43 lots of ground__ twenty-two m michalf of which

are the

the property of

one

Claimant - have been prezented to it, and considering the grounds on which thee elainas founded, I am thoroughly extefied_ that

of the inhabitants have

Arc

Mone

any equitable

claim to reduction in the rates

of ground

rent that they respectively pay. "All that

this subject, however, is so

I could say

Mo

fully embodied in Mr-Mercer's Minute, attached to the Reports, that I beg respectfully to refer your Lordship to that. Document.

6. Janney to this Despatch some Papers that I have caused to be made out, which

place before your Lordship the

will at mee

once

manner in which all lands in the Colony came into the possession of the present

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237

occupants, the description of persons by schome.

-

they are owned, - as well as

the amount

of Rent

paid by them respectively. By Document

marked A

your

Lordship will observe that the Chinese Population hold but a very small-

portion of the land rented in the Colony, and that they, indeed, only pay £1574.8.4. I bring this

On

this to

this

account

Your

Lordship's

particular notice, because it has been held

the Colony that respectable Chinese

in the

deterred

se are-

from resorting to it by the present_ high rate of ground rent, and I shall presently show that on this neemnt the Chinese

account

within the Town do not

head

per

per annun

do not pay

Chincze living

pay sist

Shillings per

and that those without

more than 1974. To prevent_

misapprehension. I would here remark that throughout this

Despatch. I have

term Foreigner to every

applied the

resident not Chinese; under that term, therefore, will be included_ British and other Europeans, Americans,

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Macas Portuguese, Indians, 4o. -

7.

Inclorure B will inform your 1922. Lodchip the claims that have been made

ofor seduction by individuals holding ground under. leases dated antecedently to the 22 Janmay

of the applicants, the

1844-the

Mames

amount that they respectively pay, as well as

the

the

amount of reduction recommended by Committee.. I allude to the 22nd of January

1844 in particular, because before that date

all lands

werc

from the

held by permission from

by

local Government, the terms to be settled Her Majesty's bevemment at a subsequent period. These parties may therefore say that, had they foreseen the conditions that have since been imposed, they would not have taken the land at all _ a

position that cannot be maintained by those who have taken land after that date, sinec which all lands have been disposed of by Public

288

Auction. Nevertheless, of the first named_ clace, your Lordship will steve that only four

individuals have

are conce

any-

forward with complaint, and that, out of there, the claims of only two have been entertained by the

Committee..

p23. 8. Inclosure C is a list.

Indmure. C is a list of the original lessees who have come into possession of

Linee

possession of land- January 1844, and who have purchased-

their lots at auction at various times sinec that date, and shows that of this class only six Foreigners and one Chinese claimed-reduction. The Committee has recognized the claim of four of the Foreigners, and I am happy to semark, of the only Chinese

124. 9. Incloure D shows the number of

Aesignees holding tands from riginal purchasers. This, My Lord, is a class of persons

whom I cannot deem entitled to any

consideration whatever :- they have generally bought their properties at suuch less than they cort the original holders; who, had they been

aware_

of the possibility of a reduction. being made. in the land rento, in all probability would not have disposed of them at all... To enable Lordship to understand these

mention

cases, I will

Your

an instance : Lots NZ 291, 292, 293,

-

and. 294, which adjoin each other, were formerly the property of Mr Shelley; he laid out a considerable sume in improving the ground and rendering it available for building, and had he remained in the felony, would probably have erceted a dwelling-house thereon. This

Gentleman, however, quitted the Colony- on the 25th May 1847, and the

by public auction on the ground was sold

the 28th July 1849 to

M. Duddell, for £1.0.10, on the condition_

the

arreais

of rent, viz. £ 2.9% 10.-

of his paying

Mr. Inddell now in 1850 requests that the

be reduced. The

land rent

may

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remarks apply to mang

the same

9

289

other claims under the same

head with nearly

deque

of force; and I would here observe that out of the eleven Individuals who have made

claims to a reduction of rent on 43 lots, Mz

Duddell is the

Monier

22, or more of 22,

tham

mie

half of there lots..

10.

In

Paragraph 6 of this despatch I have

observed that oily £1,574, 544 is annually-

Chinese_._

contributed to the Land Tax by Inclosure E is a Return of the Houses occupied by Chinese but owned by Foreigners, and shows that lands on which there stones are

-

built pay

an annual rent of £1,973," 14 " 1 . - The total rent therefore paid for land recupied. by Chinese within the City of Victoria may

вс taken at. £ 3,547. 19. 5, annually. M. May, the Superintendent of Police has cetimated. that the Land for which the above sum is paid, is recupied by 1381 Houses, and affords

10

accommodation to 13,636 Chinese; so that each Mates..9.1464.

House pays

£2.

Females : 2.5/0.

114

#

children 1865

pays an annual ground scent of father, each individual about 5/2, and, if children

on

be excluded, each adult 6/0% for the ground which he resides. The above mentioned stonces,

no

observed, are within the

within the City of Victoria,

already observed, are

Mr. May estimates, (huelozie E'), that outside

it's limits, in the Villages and on the Sea Coast,

are 963 more Stonces, occupied by 5,018 Chinese.

there

These pay

an

annual ground rent of £276,8-9,

1. c. 5/1/17 house and 1/3 for each individual. . _ In the

1.2. 11.

of the

Blue Book of 1849, the Chinese Population of

Island is returned at 28,297. This Estimate

-

the

includes Chiese in European employ, and Bont population, neither of which

of which are considered in above calculation. Your Lordship will forther oberve from Mr. May's Report that the number

of

Houses occupied in Victoria in 1846 amounted

and

to 734, paying a Police Rate of £ 1688, 18.1, : that in 1850 the number of Houses of the same description

was 1620 paying a Police Rate

of £ 2,605, 16.7. - the rate of 5 per

290

The Police Rate is a tax at-

the Annual rental of

cent

on

each house; it has steadily increased during the

#1

past five years, which is mainly to be attributed-

of Houses intended to be recupied._

to the erection

by

No. 26.

in

Males..18,765. Females.. 4,673.

Children. 4,861.

Chinese tenants ... This fact must be taken,

tolerable proof

im sexy judgment, as a tolerable

as

my

proof that, so far

the Chinese are concerned, they themselves do not

they have any ground of complaint..

conceive they have

11. Enclosure I shows that the Balance

of the land tax at present amounts to £7,789, and that the land for which this sum is paid is occupied by 349 Stouses and affords accommodation to 1,210 Foreigners,

each House pays

on an a

average

^

that

little above

£22 per year, and each recupant between £ 6 and 7. - This would undoubtedly be a exorbitant tax on

the Foreign

inhabitants,

a very

were

it one among many others; but I must remind Your Lordship that, with the exception

12

291

of the Police Rate above mentioned, - a tax squal in all places, - Foreigners residing at. Houghtong

are

absolutely fice from every species of taxation

even such as me

whatever, even

ueually imposed

u

the inhabitants in other Colonies; paying neither Wines and Spirits, Tobacco, Horse and

tages, or

Carriage other minor and verations ones._ They

me, moreover, not charged with Income Tax,

are,

which the Government Servants are

subject.

of

12. Enclosure Ce is a Memorandum the Rents paid annually by twenty parties, being the largest. Contributors to the Land Tax; but it must be remembered that the properties therein referred to comprice counting Houses with.

accommodation for warehouses dwelling

:lling house

for

Mumerous

Clerts, extensive

the string of goods, separate houses for the partners, as well as houses built on speculation let- for hire. _ Thus, for instance, Meur Dent 4 for property. an annual ground rent of £787.13-4,

paying

fos,

N27.

!

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!

comprises four large

houses

ses on

are

separate

occupied by

by the Assistants in the Firm

allotments, three of which partiers and one to the number of ton, and a

a sumL

of £ 102 is

voluntarily paid by them for 4 lots of land which they do not occupy, simply to prevent buildings being crceted thercon which would overlook their premises. The second on the List, is the property of Mer's Jardine Matheson & fi aud be described as containing a large

may

mansion for the partners of the Horse;

Lame

hill, their

a-

former

Bungalow on the residence; a most imposing edifice recupied by 12 Accistants, and need as a Counting House, and a Patent Slip estimated to be worth- £6,000, with extensive warchouzes, together with 26 Chinese Houces, each paying a rent to the loudholder of about £20 per

of about £20 per annum.

In another locality the Firm has five large houses which

me

rented to Merchants and

Storekeepers at about £250 each per annum.

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in

in which

Mr Guddell, the next on the list, is simply a speculaton, although he denies the facts in his letter to the Committe; and his mode of proceeding with be understood, on reference to Paragraph 9, shewing the manner in he purchased. Mr Shelley's ground : this is also particularly referred to im. M. May's Report... The above 20 Firms pay annually £5,747, of which that portion recupied by themselves and let to Foreigners pays

£4.914, leaving Balance of £2,875 to be paid by 93 Foreigners owning 171 lots of land which are occupied by Foreigners.-

13.

in

A

a.

nearly all

This is all the information that I

have to offer on the subject. ._. The conclusion

I have

come to is, that Foreigners in Houghong, although they undoubtedly pay a very large- sum for their land, taxed higher than British Subjects elsewhere.. It is a self-imposed tax also, and, ( save the

are not overtaxed,

02

Police Rate), the only

re

292

they pay. It's collection

is easy and corts but little, and if the rates be: materially reduced, recourse must be had

to other Colony. This

Mean

revenue

of the

of upholding the

only be done by the imposition

ean

of Taves on minor articles of consumption, which will be both

and troublesome im

expensive

realizing, and will subject. the inhabitants generally to much inconvenience in an objectionable supervision, from which they at present entirely free..

14.

however, at no

I think it likely, kowers

period that

mentioned

some

are

at no distant

of the 20 Firms above

may probably

remove their

retablishments; but in that

Case

their removal

will not be in consequence of the Land tay that they pay, but because they find maintaining separate establishment, in this Colony does not compensate in

any way for the expence it entails. With the exception of the trade

a

:

im Opium

Commerce

there is

for the large Stouses little

- here, which cannot be equally well, if not better, carried om at Canton and

Thangha... Air Shipping has now

nominally

neeces to only five Ports, but, in reality small versels, Lorehas and others, frequent

any

Ports they see fit to the Southward of the Yang-teze- Kiang. _ I do not see, therefore, any - good reason why Chinese Merchants, whose

Means

of carriage and

are

conveyanec confecredly inferior to our own,

should come to Houghing for articles which, if required,

would be undoubtedly supplied to them with

-

their

greater facility at their own Ports. Their sole object in doing so would be to defraud

Government of its duties. These, however, generally so small

as to render the attempt not worth the risk. The same

are

e same may

be said

cause

of the rapports, for there can be no good why Chincee Merchants should import. Sea_ and a few other articles into Houghing for

3

sale, except. it be, by emuggling,

to save

293

the

duty, which being ales comparatively low, is not either worth the attendant risk. Hence, I think that as a

Dépôt for Chinese Merchants to

17

recorte to, for the purpose of purchasing huropean- Manufactures, or of disposing of their own, creept

in a case

-

of misunderstanding with the Chinese. Authorities,_ Hongkong will never be of that

importance

ала

Trading Port that on its

anticipated it would prove

formation it was But, notwithstanding I am

of opinion that

Houghtong will never be that Emporium_ which it was predicted, it would be, the Colony

other respects.

is

is of great importanec in many That it is by

Mo means

wholly without

1849, no less

commerce, and is of much utility to the Trade of China- generally, is sufficiently proved by the fact that, during the part year than 896 square rigged Nessels, of an aggregate burthen of 293,711 Tous, showing

of 196 Vessels and 64,893 tous over

an increase

the preeeding

1

Year, entered the Port; _ for the smaller traders and warehouse-Keepers, there will always be

business by

Mo means

insignificant, and looking

at the houses in which these latter reside and

the

style

in which they live, it would seem

that their dealings from

quarter or other,

must be considerable and remunerative. I cannot therefore admit that the reduction of

the Ground Rents to one-half of what any of

pay, could have the effect of

them now

to

indueing them either to remain in, or quit. the Colony; and with respect to the Chinese, considering the small sums that they pay ofor their ground, I think they have nothing

to complain of in any way, now, as far as my experience goes, after making enquiries in all quarters, do I find that they do complain.

15. In the 7th Paragraph of the Committe's letter (huelozure #2), it is represented that a difficulty exists in disposing of landed-

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property in consequence of the inability of the Lesces to transfer a subolivizion of their lots._ I referred the quection for the adries of Attorney General, and enclosed are his observations

thereon. In

my opinion it would be well that parties should be allowed to dispose of

portions of their properties, as recommended by Committee; but the

be

concession

the

might nevertheles open to much abuse. For instance, any party

having a house exceted on a

large lot of ground

might be desirous of getting rid of a part of the ground, because it is useless to him. The "Governments might not be disposed to take

a

surrender of the portion, because, in

consequence of its size and other eircumstances, there would be no chance of any other person so situated might

taking it. _ A,

cton

it. A proprietor

make a sale of this portion of the loud to

Sonic Man

of et

straw, by which he would be relieved from any further claim on the part of

the Government, while the individual to whom

20

it was sold,

solih, having no property in the Colony, might quit it, leaving the Government without

cans of enforcing its just claim.

MEANI

5.

any

16. Your Lordship will observe that Meers Stuart and Davidson, (knelozure No218),

· recommend the entire abolition of the present- ground Rent, and that

Love

system of

:assessment be substituted ._ The Opinion of these gentlemen is entitled to much weight on

every account, from their intelligence and

nonesty of purpose,

given

their

and I have in consequence

suggestion every

consideration in

my power; but I confere I cannot recomment - that their plan should be adopted... My reasons for disagreeing with them

as

munch the came

are much

those advanced by Messrs. Mereer and Smith, but. I am principally opposed to their plan,

because it

most

appears

unfairly

Πι

to

Me

that it would bear

those who have improved

their lots, and would also render an

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295

the

2/

inquisitive interferenec in the affairs of Chinese settlers absolutely necessary. This could only take place through the instrumentality of a venal and corrupt crew

of -Native Police officers, I am satisfied,

and would in the end, little to relieve those settlers

to which they

17.

Jann

are a

du

from

the tagation

at present liable.

In conclusion, I must remark that

the sentiments I have expressed

AUL MWare

in this Despatch are at variance with there I have advanced in former

ther

ones on the subject.

To this I can only observe that; what I them

wrote I believed to be the

ther residence in the

care

the Colony

but that

a

further

Colony and a more intimate knowledge of it's real state, together with the circumstance that so few claims have been made ofor a reduction in the land rent, although all feasible

le means have been resorted to, to induce persons faneying forward, have

themselves aggrieved, to come

bed me to alter my opinion; and I again

repeat that I am

AJ

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satisfied that so far

the Chinese Population is conccrued, it is im way affected by the present rate of Crown

no way

Rent, while, as already observed a few Pounds

one way or

the other in

the rent

E a

of a house, -

and on this the Crown Rent must ultimately

-fall, _ will not, in my judgment, be the ___ cause of any Foreigner either resorting to on quitting the Colony

I have the hown to be,

With the highest respect,

Your Lordships,

Most Obedient

Humble Servant,

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I presume this Paposh.

Men Merivale

Tenure of Hong Kong. for the Corsic

26 NW-W

Land Brand?

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the

Landed

will be refered

Repert

the

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Governon Bonham- 29th August, 1850. Victoria, Hongkong,

تما

The Eare Grey.

28 Inclosures.

No.85.

Received

inquires into the

the Committee appointed to

Transmiting Proceedings of

Canded

reporting there on.

tenure of Hongkong, and

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Seuss it pe lemnt

Ich mach sech

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Land Both 10366

Govern Bonham

Foronded by

Her Sadis 31 Dec.

120-2

Non Ellish

Er Murale i Nur Huwes!

Lord

Sad Grey

N.D. a

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Copy

to Land

Copy of this

123 le sent to the

No 222.

2 Januarypt

Ihan the hou in to achostalge

the receipt of your

Despatite

NO5 of the 29 of Angush lish

bravomsitting, together with octer Documents, the Report of the Committee appointed

to enquire into the state of of the Landed Tenure of

Commitin, for their Hong Hong.

information,

in

suport. 7. H.//ang

2 In their

jouch Report I find that the Committe Love anded the following

have

Spurious Finch that it

would be impotitie to supply

by Jush sources any of Texation any deficiency of Reserve

:

Resetting from

are a

alteration

298

:

In the Land Revenue_

that

Secondly - Which under exist =

my

with

encumstances it world-

be advantage

utogeens

to

adopch the premiiple that

in future the Compulation on the Sale of Leases.

should beon not, as at

present,

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on the amorch

of Rent to be reserved, but

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the premium to be graid

for the Lease

Thirdly. Which, with reference to the eleven Complaints brought before their, reductions of Rent should be made to the

estub of £370

10. the Pontet

in the

of the Colony being in

aggregate nearly £11.400. and

hotly that Jacilities

should be given for abercations, and subolivialing existing Holdings-

3

" Repon the above points the

Committee came the me

Сани

renarenines conclusion_ Иналигин

4. The grounds uston Which

Conebatted the suggestions you

of the non-official member

of the Committee, with

reference to the abolition of the Crouse Rents, and the

substition of a Fan

Paspartys

you

eve

#

and the reasons

adrance In Modifying

the opinion you formerly expressed on this subject

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appear to mere satisfactory

and Inown proceed to

Communicate to ge

on the

Cenele scores at which I have amined after a careful Consideration of the Papers

before

те

5th. I am prepared to

али

views with

adopt youn regard to the end evenpresting of attering the preseuch

scale of Perits, and who the

lenanimous recommendation

per of the Committee upon Indindual cases, as

detailed in the Sepante minute of the Surveyor

General

299

Сам

General, cases which case only be property decided by Hussons Gropiussuing a local

huntedge

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6th Buch with respect to the

headle of Competition to be adifted in future Sales, I

see no reason to modify the opinion which I communicatat

водои

to you in my Despatch $ 109. of the 15th of April 1049. hawvely, that, as a

a general Mule, the sale of property

at a pack rent is necessarily

ди

in the nature of a Sale Credit, and encourages sperabitive qurbeses Commensurate less with

the actual capitat of the

with

Purchasers than theer

i

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:

3

¡

anticipators, and altho

Partlingly the deliberate judgment

admuch that

of the Official and noon.

Official Members of the

Committee is entitled to

much weight, Save decidedly of perion that, air froture, beddings fou

Crown Lands should not

an

be in the Jome of advance of Chants bich that any such property should be offered on luse al a

Moderate to be oleternicried

Cerere

by the Geren

Surveyor

al

that the Competition should

be in the aereat to be

+

paid down by

Parties

as

a

obtains it

300

ebuering to quercase the

влении

love

7th On the question of affording Crown Lefeces the power of alienating portions of their Lands, Jame of opinion thich such a messure, if purperty

Guarded against the

Anconveniences so

uces suggested

and the Attorne

by you

!

be

very

fremmin for the

Cure at the gent to

Jeserved

General, would be desirable. It is a

Jabgarh which Jame

quite prepared to extrush to the discretion.

of the local Gover

4 Goronments

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=

present

bee

The question has hun hought before

me si a

bery Complete manier

and I cannot conclude

without expressing my approval of the whole of you proceedings in this difficult matter_

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Schedule of Enclosures attached to Governor Bonham's Despatch No 85 of 29th August, 1850, transmitting "Proccedings of the Committer appointed to inquire into the Landed Tenure of Hongkong/

Encl : No. 1 . ___ Letter from the Colonial Secretary appointing

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Committee to investigate and report

a

of land in the bolony.

2

3.

on the tenure

5th October, 1849.

Letter from the Committee appointed to investigate. the Land tenure of the Colony, stating

as of the Colony, stating those points ou

which they had beew able to arrive at a unanimous opinion .

Minutes by Mr Mercer attached to the letter

the Land Committee.

18th May, 1850.

of

18th.

May, 1880.

4. - Minute by Mr. Cleverly, respecting the tenure of

land in the Colony, with remarks on the claims to reduction

the March, 1850.

of rent preferred by 11 Landholders.

7

5. - Letter from Mr W. Scott with Enclosures, respecting

Marine lot No. 56 and Inland lot Na 80.

31th October, 1849.

6 . _ Further letter from Mr W. Scott with Enclosures,

regarding

7.

&

9.

Inland Lot No. 80.

20th.

November, 1849.

Memorial from the Administrators to the betate of the late thomas McKnight, respecting Inland Lot Nr. 44.

30th October, 1849.

a

Letter from the Rev. Fr. Antonio Felicianis, regarding

portion of Irland Lot Nr. 50.

37th October, 1849.

ofland

Letter from Mesers: Dent & 6. regarding 6 lots of land

held by them.

16th November, 1849.

Ench : N0 . 10 .___. Letter from Messrs: Blenkin, Rawson & Ce

18.

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land for sale in

respecting the mode of measuring Lob No 53854. the Colony, and referring

to

30th November, 1849.

Letter from Mr Maxter regarding Marine lot. Nr 44.

No. 30th November, 1849.

JA.

12. - Letter from Mr. G. Guddell, representing, on behalf of Mr. R. N. Beauvais, the high rental of lot No. 9 A 21st November, 1849.

13.

14.

15.

Letter from Mr. G. Duddelt, expresenting the high

contal; of sundry Pots hold

Letter

by

him.

1st November, 1849.

- from the Rev. Ith Legge regarding

Nos. 110 and 191A.

Inland Lots

116th

the January, 1890.

_ Letter from Chow Noard representing high

rentab of Inland Lot Nr 220:

17th January, 1858.

16. - Letter from Mr. W. Davidson on behalf of Mr.

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17.

#

#

7o.

6. heir, with respect to Inland Lot 37° 101.

C.

21th January, 1850.

Memorandum by Mr. Smith, on the tenure of land

Aprib,

1850.

18 . _ Letter from Messrs. Davidson and Stuart

19.

reepecting the land tenure of the Colony.

18th May, 1830.

Observations by Mr Hillier on the subject of the

tenure of l

of land in Houghing ! 15th November, 1849 .

20. __ Observations by Mr John Burd on the Land tenure

of the Colony.

31 Ft. October, 1849.

21. __ D. Abstract by the Surveyor General of lands leased in Hongkong, showing the nature of the leases and the description of persons by whom they

aro

held.

10th August, 1890.

22 . - B. Memorandum by the Lawego-General of Original Lessees holding ground previous to January 1844, who hand

requested reduction of Rent. 10

the August, 1890.

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Snel : No. 23. - C. Memorandum by the Surveyor General, of Original

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Lefees holding Land subsequent to January 1844, who

have requested reduction of Pont.

10th August, 1858.

302

244 . _ D. Memorandum by the Surveyor General of Assignees

holding lands from Original lessees who have requested reduction of Rent.

10th August, 1870.

25. -

E . . Return of houses in Victoria, showing description of property, by whom vecupied, and the proportion of ground rent paid thereon.

20th: August, 1858.

26 . ___ I . Report by the Superintendent of Police and

Officiating Registrar General, showing average amount of ground wut paid by Chinese residing in the City of Victoria, and the Villages throughout Haugkong.

212th August, 18.80. 27. - G. Return by the Superintendent of Blice and

Officiating Registrar General showing amount of Rent paid by 20 of the largest landholders in Hongkong, with

28.

marks attached

Remar

26th.

August, 1830. Opinion of the Attorney General on the 17th. paragraph of the letter from the Land Committer, relative to inability of frown Lessees to transfer a subdivision of

their lots.

Angust, 1880.

Secretary

Colonial Secre

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No. 287

Copy.

Gentlemen,

303

Colonial Secretary's Office, Victoria, Hongkong, th. October, 1849.

5

The tenure on

which land is

held in this Colony having been for

Lome

time a subject of consideration by Her Majesty's Government, His Crucellency the

has received instructions from

Governor

the Right Honomble the Secretary of

to foun

State for the Colonies to:

a

Committee

for the purpose of making the necessary

The Honorable W. C. Mercer Es of:

Colonial treasurer .

Esqpe.

Chas : St. Geo. Cleverly';

Surveyor General.

J. W. Smith, Esq.

Assistant Commissary) General

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W. Davidson, 649:

C. J. F. Stuart, Etqps.

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investigation and

investiga

tion and report. With this view

His Excelloney has directed me to request

that

ou

you

will, by acting as such Committer, give your assistaned towards the object question .

2.

in

Your principal task will be to

report on the landed tenurò generally,

where individual cases come to

aid

our notice

6 your

in which the amount of t

of rental paid scoms

ant and worthy of special consideration,

extravagant

you will

will represent the to, stating

there,

the extent of

the reduction which would propose

3.

you · propozo on cach lot.

прой

to such representations His Excellency will willingly give his best attention, and

sion shall coincider with

where his own opinion

yours,

will have pleasure

· pleasure in recommending

to the. Home Government that your suggestions be received and adopted.

4.

It

appears to His Excellency that

where the riginal purchasers of land have, within the period of, say, the last six years,

transferred,

whether imme

their property

immediately or indirectly,

:wners, such cases

to the present

- present owners,

are not entitled to so much consideration

for

original

the holders

reduction of rental, as those where the purchasers or early transferrees of the land at the present time.

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in mind

aro

It will be necessary that you

bear

amongst other points that the

Ishould inhabitants of this Colony, (or

perhaps say in strictness, the European portion of themd ), have not beer called upon to pay

any

which is not su

tax beyond that of the Police. Rate, the amount, derived from

om which sufficient than a third of the expenses of

to meet, snore than a third of

the Police Establishment; that the conditions

1844

of all sales of land prise to the,

· year subject to the approval. of Her Majesty's

were lu

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Government ; that of this fact the purchasers

at the time of purchase ; and that

werd award at the time

Her

For Majesty's Government has recently, in

consequened of complaint from the landowners themselves, giver permission to all who may) choose to avail themselves there of, for the extension of the term of lease frond 75 to 999 year

6.

His Excellency

directs

mo to

offer

another subject for your consideration and. opinion, namely, whether it would or would not be for the real interest of the Colony, which

cannot but regard

as identical

Government, to reserved

This Excellency with the interest of the Government, in all future land sales a portion only of the price in the found of rental, the competition

at the public sales being made to turn, not on

the

amount of rent alone, but in some measurd on the premiums offered for what would in

fact

:

be a beneficial lease

*

Letter from Mr. A. Campbell,

forming Enclosure No. 2

I enclose for your information

305

extracts

of Despatches frou Lord Grey and from the Colonial Government, which will serve to show

the views of the authorities here and at home

will have

on

certain of the points which you

to consider, and. I call your

attention to the

Colony

letter from a gouttemaw resident in the listing

ni Governor Bonham's annexed. letter

Despatch No. 18 of 144 February, 1849.

8.

The Surveyor General shall be directed to give you all the information which his Department, may be able to afford. ;

on your applications, the Heads of other Departments to which you may find it necessary to have recourse for information,

shall receive similar instructions.

I have, &o.,

and,

Digned) Bifaznd,

Colonial Secretary.

true (o137

Colyncal Secretary

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Extract frond His Excellency Governor

th.

Bonhand's Despatch No. 89 of 15th November, 1848, to the Right

"

6.

Right Honorable the Carl.

Grey.

Your Lordship in Despatch No.

32 of the 4th May, 1848, has decided various reasons that the present rates

should remaire as

they

1 for

are, and I am with

& justied

great respects fully satisfied of the of the conclusion that has been arrived at,

vil:

that the presents holders have-

020

equitable right whatever to demand a poduction,

as

they purchased the lands at publics

auction, not only at one sale. but ab

and were

werd

doing.

many

therefore fully aware of what they

But, as

I have before observed, with

a view to the ultimate benefit of the Colony

I am persuaded that some reduction in the

existing rates should be made.

7.

The objections to this proposal

are-

the loss which must inevitably

inevitably be sustained

by Government of a part of its already very limited Revenue, and the difficulty that

cent which

cxists of making any arrangement

would be considered an advanta

advantage by the

Land-holder themselves, and equitable to the

Public generally.

& The only practical plan that has

been

suggested to me to remedy the evil, is a general reduction of rates of from

25 per

20 to

per cent ther

throughout the whole Colony;

but it appears to me- that this would not

afford relief where it is most, required; a

reduction say of 20 per

cent

-being), in many

instances, absolutely unnecessary,

while in

others, where proprietors have purchased land

at

aw

this amount

absurdly exorbitant rate, this

of reduction

would not be deemed sufficient. If, therefore, Your Lordship should, ond

further consideration, be disposed to admit

307

that a reduction in

the rates is.

necessary,

>

I would

that a Committee

on

respectfully suggest that:

should be appointed to examine and report.

the state of the landed tenure of the (glony),

generally,

as also

ow each individual case in

a)

which it might be enabled to show that: reduction of rent, was imperatively called for,

and that

on

thes Re

Report such relief should be

;

ted to the present holders as might appear

granted.

to Your Lordship proper and desirable, and a new rate also fixed for the rents of land

is at present available to the Government,

which

9.

evidence

Jobserve,

my Lord, that in the (c) given before, the select. Committee of the House of Commons last year, c that a reduction of Land-pent would not

cause

it is held

and eventually a deficit in the Revenue . Of

this I am by

confident, as I

no means to con

much doubt whether the other sources

local income would increased to

to any

of

extent

10.

in consequence of any reduction of ground-rent that, might be sanctioned . At the same time I

that unless

feel certain for the relief of the present landholders, the revenue derivable, from the land will continue to decrease, as many of them will, as soud have already done, abundow their lots altogether.

some measures be adapted

10.

I

In support of this view of the case, now enclose for Your Lordship's information, a Return of all the Lands that have been leased) sined this folony has been established, which shows

that 630 lots

and 3 1⁄2

feet

measuring) 200 acres, 3320 yards have been alienated by the

ment at an annual rent of

Governme

L. 15,699 -19,- and that 130 lots, measuring

5G acres, 3844 yards,

have been

£.4,300

abandoned, whereby a loss of £. 4,300.

has accrued to the Government, being about 27 per cent, or

one

rather more than

quarter of the whole landed Revenue

of the Colony. "

true Extract...

(Signed) Mfarne.

Colonial Secretary.

Price Repry

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Approximate . Return of Lots of Land that have been number leased at the different rates fixed by the Committee of 1844, each class, their content and annual rent, the number abandoned rent, and the probable Reverse derivable from the remaining

Rate fixed-

Annual

Acreage. Rent.

No. of Acreage Lots

Lots resumed,

leased at

any time in the Colony of Hongkong, showing the the number of lots leased at particular later, the number in forfeited to Government, their content, the consequent loss of

02

lots for the year

~ 1848.

Consequent loss

no

Remarks.

310

Denomination

Lots.

No. by the

of Committee.

of Rent.

Lots.

Z. s. d. A. Y. J.

G.

d

resumed.

et. Y. F

L

d.

#

Marine .

No. 1 Class.

2

3

Le

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#

26 160

124 120

35100

85 80

48 60 9940

14 3318

121 340

26

4 229

|2539

6 6

6979 1764 26

43.580 3

1782 1

8321561⁄2

7

9263

235

11

32

1,893

5434

430817

622

8 31994 977 5

3

4337

8

115

کی

3

16

1270

21⁄2 11917

9

33266

317

1610

12

1023 // 3

943088

306

9

4.

town Lots

wvere

705611

212 14 4805 /

685

3

9

6220

13 6342

#

42313217.

6 3192 4

184

ش

گاه

#

G

79

Farm.

Lots not rated.

Rectal

9

11

Deduct Lots remmed 130

Resumed rein

7

2

427113 364142

|4151 | 4

758

11⁄2

11⁄2 16 3299

6

که

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2

27 1467 4

14 2056

47 47107 1,550 0

4000

10

were

Some of the Marine Lots first sold at Public Auction, the upset price being £. 20 per 24 lot. The remainder were either leased at the

rates, or sold by auction at that upect price.

All Inland Lots

07

average.

were either town Suburban. - put up at £.20 per quarter of an acre,

4 and Suburban Lots at ₤.5.

per

acre;

this

was disapproved

1% of by H. M's Government, and the

Government, and the new rate was "fixed by Committee in 18411.

147

10

Chis

comprises the markets and those lots granted to

Public Institutions,

630

200 332031⁄2 15,699 19 593844

130 59 3844

4,3000

lo

4,300 06

btal remaining

500

ghat.

0996

099

... ♦

149

431032

11399

186

Eve Copy (Signed) Maine

Colonial Secretary

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(Signed) Chaches sigeriflicerly

Surveyor General.

Conia ( Secretary.

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Copy.1

No JJ

Financial.

My Lord,

311

Victoria, Hongkong,

13th December, 1848.

With reference to my Drepatches

of the 15th and 30th ultime, No. 89 and 98,

I have now

respectively, I havd

a further.

the honor to enclose

memorandum on

the subject of

mentioned

the concluding paragraph of the first mente Despatch.

The present Memorandand shows, already stated, that 130 lots of land have reverted to Government. In my former Despatch I stated that at our time the_

Rom the lands annual quit-pent derivable from amounted to L. 15,699. I am now fully

Latisfied that 49 of these lots of land, giving

a nominal pent

The Right Bonorable The Earl Grey,

se

L. 142.5, were en

if 2.1425,

were entirely

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- fictitiously purchased, - in other words that they,

a

J

& purchased on speculation for resale. On 27, indeed,

deposit was paid, but the parties refused, whor

they found they could not re-sell them to advantage, to take out Leases; and abandoned them entirely.

On the

were

remaining 22 lots no deposit was paid

now.

any Leases taken out for the same reason. Souce

that calling the Rents that would

it appears to mer

havd been payable on these Lots, ( had the purchasers fulfilled their

the rents due on

- agrements), fallacious, the amount of

these

49

vif. L. 1425, should

lots, vit.

be deducted from the

1. from the gross rent

rent

4 of £. 15699. This will

leave £14,274 as the highest rate of annual rental

that has ever been wally derivable from the belony,

there still remain 81 lots to be accounted

for that

have reverted to the Government, and which afforded aw annual rent of £. 2,879. Of these, 5 Lots

yielding

an annual rent of £. 185 have been

"

resumed by the Government for

1

312"

76 lots. These 76 lots were fairly and honcetly

purchased,

and have been made use

paid on them; but in

Iw

not progressing in the

айлен and rent

of, and

consequence of the Colony expected

way

that it was

:

to do, the proprietors have requested permission to abandew them, preferring to relinquish them altigth, to continuing to pay the present high rate of quit rent : Should Your Lordship therefore consider that the loss sustained by the Government ought to be

the 76 lots alone, and assuming the

calculated

ow

highest total amount of quit rent to have been

the 76 lots be L. 2694,

14, and that rents

14274, and

#w

it seems that the loss sustained by Governments, by partie's abandouing their lands, amounts to about 19 9 in the concluding

per cent, instead of 27, as reporte d

No. 89.

paragraph of my Despatch of 15th Novruber, No.

its own

purposes, .

Joue Popy (Signed) Milaine

Colonial Secretary.

the

and this sum must be deducted from L. 2,879,

which leaves

aw anu.

annual loss of £. 2,694

I have, &C.,

(Signed) I. G. Bonham)

S.

Tone Sopy

Colonial Secretary

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Memorandum.

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as

regarding

the 130 forfeited: 80,

lots of Land, Chown in the approximate Return, 38, 4. farming

&c,

Inclosure No. 5 in Despatch No. 89 of the 15th. November, 1848, from His Excellency Samuel George Bonham Esquire, C. B., Governor of Hongkong), to the Right Honorable, the Earl Grey, Secretary of State for the Colonies .

Lots.

[ 5 Lots which paid Rent

were resumed for Goot : purposes.

viz . 2 for the Court House.

2. for Cantonments.

1 for a Road.

Annual Rental.

L.

£. s. d.

185 13. 11 ź

76 Lots paid Rents. - 2694.2.22

27

Lots paid Deposit only 1,029, 5.1 49 22 Lots have paid nothing 395-19-8

Cetal 130

{

2.879-16-2

142.5.4

Carrie

Cotab L. 4305.0.1/

9

Of the above 81 Lots, exclusive of five resumed for Lovernment puspores, were allotments having houses thereon, viz:

the

3 forward 9

the

:

?

X

Originally supposed

to have

Lota

Albany Godowns, ( still standing). $12,000 9 forward.

The Alban A small

"Bungalow

with some improvement to the land,

( materials of Bungalow sold

by Governm.

inment.

f

Small out-offices, (still standing). ) Bungalow. ( still standing)_ Bungalow. (now in ruins) __

Large Bungalow, and a row cottages. (Bungalow still.

anding - materials of Cottages sold by Government) Large House - ( Materials sold. by Government :).

stande

Imall Bungalow still standing.

of small chops. (material/ allowed to be removed by tenant. ) ___}

A row

Two other Lots had been

2300

3500

4,000

500

10000

10000

200

5,000

improved

the

400

2

o

levelling and reclaiming ground from the sea...

Eivo lots had

improvements

affected by levelling sites for houses.

8,000

2

thus

314

Of those lot's that have reverted to Government,

and which have paid Rent, -

5 were resumed for Government purposes. improved by Buildings . in the ground

aff

63

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#

unimproved.

81 Cotal that have paid Ront

(Signed), Chas St. Ger. Hleverly

Surveyor General .

Memorandum.

of the sale of the Materials of some

of the

Buildings that have reverted to the Government,

as marked in thes

margin.

L.

1 for,

J. d. 5442

11 f

Materials of the Bungalow sold

"。 Materials of the Collages sold for, 24 [ Materials of the large honed sold for 89.15 - 10

Cotal. Nett proceeds £. 119 a 11 " 8

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(Ligned ) M (aine

Cotab $52,900

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Colonia & Secretary.

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Extract from Earl Grey's Despatch No 109 of 15th April, 1849, to His Excelloney Governor Bonham .

3.

It is not without reluctance that

I contemplate

any

Inay

alteration, the immediate

be to diminish the present

The question

effect of which Revenue of Hongkong

has become to

questions however

+ that it is impossible

urgent

to postponed its settlement, and it is clear

that

any attempt to maintain the existing

rents, if they be really excessive,

really excessive, would in the

fatal to the progress, and

and be more fatal

consequently to the Revenued of Hongkong)

than

A.

any

immediate loss could be.

to

Under these circumstances Chave no alternative but to authorize you constitute the forumittee of inquiry which

you

havd proposed, both with respect to the general questions of reduction in the rates of rent, and as to the cades of of alleged

hardship, submitting the result for my

before any final steps

final steps and taken . And

consideration

you

7

will

avail yourself of this opportunity to suggest to the Committee whether it would not be aw improvement in the

reserve in

system of land sales to

futuro a proportion only of the price

in the shape of rent, the competition at the

public sales being made to turn, not on the __

amount

rent but

but on

of rent,

the premium offered

for what would in

sfact

be a ben

beneficial lease .

5

7.

hope

In conclusion I have to express my

that if the result of the appointment of the

proposed Commission

local Revenue), you may

be a diminution in the

have it in

your power

- some mode in which the deficiency

to suggest.

may be met."

Crue Copy

Maine

Crue Extract.

(Signed) Maine

Colonial Secitary.

Colonial Secretary

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No 85

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Victoria, Hongkong,

18th.

In reply to your

2.May, 1880.

letter of 5th October

Committed to inquire Land tenure in this Colony,

last, requesting us to act as a

into the subject of Land tenure in

wve

must

t ficct capress our regret that the nature :

or

I members

of the question, joined to the absence, sickness occupation at various times of the different of our committed, has prevented us for to long a peried from bringing

2.

our

tion to a conclusion.

investigations to of further regret

is a cautè 0

unable to

are MNA

to

us we.

regret to us that

the whole

agres unanimously

subject submitted to us

3.

our

ow

We have therefore resolved to notice in this

the points on which we all entertain

- reply the points

the same views ; and the several opinions of the

be found

individual, members of our Committee will be

M.

The Honorable Major W

Caind

Colonial Secretary

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and report

Committee

Secretary appointing

Letter from the Colonial

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to investigates

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the Colony.

the tenure

5th Ictober, 1849.

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recorded in

4.

to devise

their

respective Minutes attached herets.

We are convinced that it would be impolitic

deficiency

any

taxation to meet any

fresh source of taxa

in the Revenue that might

event of Government adopting any tyston of Land tonuer

.

occur in

the

alteration in the

Regarding the suggestion made in Lord Grey's Deepatch No. 106 of 15th April, 1849, that a portion only of the price

in the forew of Rental might be reserved in ·

future Land sales, we venture

to submit our opinion that the plan would not now

be advantageous

6.

the

under the

un

Land tenure.

present system of Land

With reference to that part of your letter where

we are called on to report on individual cases coming

to our notice in which the amount of rental seems

ent and wo

extravagant

worthy of special confideration","

we have agred that the following

cades

be submitted

ent to the extent

ument

to the attention of Governmen recommended in the Lurveyor General's Minute, to be found amonget those above referred to. Marind Lot

No. 44, Inland Lots Nos. QA, 51, 80, 101, 139 and 220.

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have agreed to Another point which we

the Gourmer

represent to His Excellency

is the

ov id

3

difficulty which at present exists of disposing of

landed.

( property in consequence of the inability of

Lessees to transfor a subdivision of their Lots, In

onany

cased several houses

be con it may be

wenient for

are

built in one Lot, and

the own.

owner) to

to dispose of a

portion or portions of it. Under the present system

he is unable to effect this. We would therefore

recommend that such sales and tra

transfers be...... permitted and fuck titles granted by Govenment

The restriction now felt would this be removed, and enhanced value be given to property in the Colony.

aw en

8.

As already mentioned, the above are the

only points on which we have been able to arrive

at

3

aw unanimous conclusion, and for fuller remarks on the general subject that has been laid befor

us we

beg to refer to the Minutes of the Members вод, of the Committer transmitted how with.

letters. 9.

Me als bey to forward the varians

documents that have come

before

us in the

L

courto

of our inquiry, for the purpose of being

placed on record

in

your office.

We have, &c.,

(Signed) W. C. Mercer.

Chat: St. Leo. Cleverly Jno. W. Smith

Wal: Davidson.

Charles J. F. Stuart .

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Minute attached to the letter of the Committed

appointed to investigate the terms of Land-

tenure in

ak

opiniot

Hongkong.

We have had ample time to form

01

the sub

subject which, by Ibis

Excellency's direction, has been submitted to

us; nor

have we omitted gucans to invite

any

complaints or representations, but have

reasonable mod, both by

adopted every

b, aut

advertisement in the public prints,

and by

private intimation, to make it generally knows to Landholders and others that

tenure

information or suggestion regarding the tenan

of land would be readily received and

considered

by

us

I confess that having been long dissatisfaction expressed

on has at various

aware that dissatis

times been

which Land in this

of with the system

Der

A

was

Colony is hold, I

prepared to find substantial grievances

?

8.

laid before

us, and remedies solid and)

sational proposed . But when of the

many

Lessees of frown and most of these tarrily, coming forward to address the fommitter, when frous these elever the t-matter of representation

subject is simply and truly that they

Grown Land

Lands, Isen clever only,

what

they voluntari

oluntarily

to pay pay, and when of

brought to notice

by

azor disinclined

undertook to

all the lots of ground

these eleven,

Denh

one on

only,

( the property of Messrs. Dont Haz ), seems

to have

@

shadow of

reason

for the reduction

of its rental, I must be permitted to doubt

that the causes of dissatisfaction

gravely

have had other than

an

imaginary

от

distempered foundation, and Imuch

equally

be allowed to infer that that general dissatisfaction no longer cxists.

Itake it that the object of our Committed is mainly to ascertain whether present systems of "Land Conard

the

operates

to the disadvantage of

the co

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commercial

relations of the felony; and I a fermer that, in considering this point of the subject,

have to deal with the question _Arv

100)

Chinese traders prevented by the high

Land Rents from resorting

rate of

f

Hongkong

the lar

larger

to

Chat native traders of

class have not settled

settled among

among.

any

belity is

tw

I aus ready to admit, but that the cause is to be found, partly the obstacles opposed by the officials of

the mainland, and in a

degree called for

and sanctioned by the XIIL " Article of our Supplementary treaty with China; partly in the insecurity of the adjacents waters from piratical depredation; partly in the bad named at one time indiscreetly bruited after being groundlessly affixed to the island and its government; and

partly

thy in the disinclination of the Chinese

of to avail themselves of probable benefits,

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which were not clearly

seen by

by them, and

which, at the first occupation of the island,

sanguine spirit of the community

the

led them considerably to coerrate .

Committee

At a meeting of our femmi

it was endeavoured to show that the high Land Rents did actually press heavily

upon the Chinese inhabitants, and it was

suggested

that the

requisite, calculation

would prooo this. The calculation was

the

made, and it appeared that, in that part of the Chinced Cown which paid highest Ground-pent,

of this

impute "

shillings per

g

the

Arenas

average proportions

• burder was about thirty

annum to one house! Che

conclusion could not be draww,

be draww, for

as wvaS

thew remarked, the crowded, manner in

which Chinese line together, forbids the ideo

that

in suck

a house

any one person living could feel the weight of such a tax, or

that the tenant or proprietor of such

2

321

house could be prevented by that tax from

ow his property. realizing good profit

I kn

that with some Europeans in the felony. Chinese house property

is a soured of very

large

inconsiò, and believe such to be the case

with Chinese proprietors also; while Shave

no reason to think that amongst any class

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of Chinezo, whether they be respectabler

the lower order of labouring

shopkeepers

от

Coolies, is house or

lodging

-rent exorbitant.

rather

But if it were, it plainly rest, with the proprietor to reduce his profit, then with the Government to forego its revenue, which, as ever where it falls Shown above, falls lightly

the most

A scheme, which I cannot but

characterize

us tis

COCI

my opinion visionary, favorable point of view, has at

in it's most favorable.

our

Onectings

been

ted and advocated,

suggested

by two members of our Committen. This

scheme is to abolish

:ther the Land)

altogether

?

.

Te Madhe vessels

6.

Rent Roll, and to derive a revenue

w

from:

a)

percentage the value of real property,

fixed by

a W

uab asse

The most

assessment.

4 prominent objection to such a proposition is the deficiency of

the Colonial Income which would result from it, the

Inorè

ex

expectation being that not than a half of the present Land

revenue would be obtained by it. But in

addition to this ve

very

aw

valid

by.

cause)

for its

rejection, I ausoppreed to it because it disturbs

existing order of things. System of

which

lue can

and would substitute

but

quees at

the

we

working and hope for the benefit, while me know as a certainty the acknowledged. disadvantages which would spring from

it

I and opposed

te as a

operate.

who had

to it because it would)

burden and improved their

: penalty

ew

those

the

their lots of ground,

for the improvement the heavier being

greater

the burder, and it would have a direct

tendency to discourage similar

I am

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improvement for the future

opposed to it, becau I think that although many, (especially)

those who made the Land sales

κι

basis

CAMLD

of speculation), might regierd it with satisfaction, many would have fair for complaint ; and it is better and less

of

liable to objection that whatever cause dissatisfaction may

lez

arise should have

been embraced oxluntarity) by the public

itself,

than

now with the

originates now

recommendation

I and

of a Committee arbitrarily) appointed

6. I am opposed in a measure irresponsible. I am

to it because it would necessitate a more

practical interference with the Chinese inhabitants than under the present systein,

and the

with the

more

these

ard

left to themselves,

= greater favor will they regard I am opposed

opposed to it

Colony. I am

would

Q

the

to it because it

and inten

intending settlers

give present and

nows notion,

Dangerous

of the unstable

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&

disposition of the Government ; for they would sur

surely rather remain in, or recort to, the island, with a knowledge of what is truly to be exacted from them, than with a constant uncertainty of the

the amount for which their residence in the plaid will

make them liable.

I can in fact honestly say, that

Ecould not

I give

vo a serious

thought to a

scheme so speculative,

property

were

my

own the

to be affected by it, and I cannot

therefore recommend the trial of the exficrement to the Government.

Whether this folony

to advance, remain stationa:

is a

is destined

Stationary, or retrograde,

fject which other circumstances

subject than an investigation of Land Conard ard likely to control, and which it is therefore beyond the power of our Committed to recoled ; but I would wish to point out some

few facts which in the ordinary discussions of

the

3239

- question seems to me to be commonly)

overlooked: first,

as concerns

itself of our inquiry

the matter

it should be remembered

that at the sales of land no premiumd, a

in other Colonies,

Mad

Exquired, that the

competition was public, and that the offer of the high

}

is

high,

annual pent, where the rent

was the act of the landholder

the transaction to recur

self, who, were the

himself,

with a private person in the courses

usual busine

business,

of his would scarcely think of

a cancellation of the bargain; secondly,

it should be borne in onind that the

Police Cax

the Colony,

more than

@

the only one impoced a pow

and that it meets but little

third of the expened of the

Police Ined, which is confessedly

too

not

• great for the purposes of its establish.

mont; and lastly that the Govern

Governure.

has for the past three years been gradually

reducing the strength of the Civil

.:. :

10.

Departments, till they have been

they have been pronounced

qualified to judgo,

by those who alone are

to be brought nearly to as limited a scale as is consistent with the proper working of a Colony far removed from

pond home,

inimical to health, and liable to be placed

at any

time in a

position when the

of means of officient

want

administration would

result in inconvenience, and

Serious embarrassment-

perhaps

To conclusion would strongly

recommend that

no alteration be now

made in the Land Tenure, save as

the minor points detailed in

vez

regards

the letter

of the fommittee to which this Minute

is attached ; and I would

under

I would faim ordinary supervision of the

fain hope that

the ordina

Government, which can have

no

other

object than the promotion of the interests

entrusted to its card, the natural. course

of events may improved by degrees the

.. . . .. .

commercial health of the Colony

any

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more than

more

experimental measures,

violent or cap

benefits to resalt prons which problematical.

18th May

(Signed)

1890.

rue

a Copy

11.

the

and at best

W. P. Mercer

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Acue

Colinjal bow hey

Inclosu

sure No 3 in Despatch

485 f

1850.

:

Minute.

325

{

Chere

are so many

many objections, both legal

- and otherwired to any great change being

made:

Grown Lands, that I

in

the existing tenure of frown

fear any plow the Government night shover

to adopt would not please all parties; in fact

it would merely shift the burden from those

who pay large rents to those who now

comparatively small ones;

in

pay

theso latter would..

consequence cry out at the

Measure;

injucties of the

they bought upon the faith that

they should pay

many

certain sum only, and

a ce

in consequence may have expended mere.

money in buildings

buildings than they otherwise would round-rent had been higher. Churs.

if their ground-r

- ground-rent

be

complaints would be

that they

just as rifor

as at

6. feresont,

-they would proceed from a different .

except

party, and who would have

ve more cause and

so than the

right on their side for doing

Leaseholder paying, high rents, who

present

the Land

attached

Minute by

Mr. Mercer,

to the

letter

Committle> .

18th M

1850.

my

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326

have placed the burden upon their own)

Shoulders.

Ido not think that

dification

any mode

of the present temurd could be carried out; such as a reduction of a percentage upon all lands; the unequal pressure would still be the same;

special cates no doubt que

sight reduction upon

and

any

receive consideration,

these would

of coured

be appreciated by the individual, but it

would be difficult to say where to stop.

questionable whether

a

It is very

reduction of even

of over 50

1

per-cent would be of much service, or tend to the prosperity of the Colony. I do not think

is wanted. At the time these

pents were

houses let at an

such relief. high rents extravagant price, but now it is not so, and

paid

ound rent cannot

the

person paying a high ground afford to let his house at the same rate as his neighbout perhaps who pays a small ground rent, and thus it frequently happens that houses under these circumstances remain

untenanted for a long period; and it is

uly in

only

such cases where. Ithink consideration ought

to be

so as to equalize

the rate.

Would it not be practicable for the

givero lo

brown to forego it's rent

charge

ch

when the tenant'

finds it impossible to let the premises built

and; I mention this with reference upon the ground;

to Mosers. Harker & Co's premises, which have

now

been untenanted

for nearly 2 years; they

-find it impossible at present to sell the

property,

have derived no

still hand to

to pay a large .

am

benefit from it, but

count of rental which

of rental

no doubt they will try to fix upon a purchaser,

whenever he

may appear, and perhaps the knowledge of this deters some parties from offering

or at any rate entails a heavy loss upon the proprietors

and renders the sale.

1. year after year

r More

difficult

A total change of the land tenurð I

the only plan

ne is

imagine such as

4 giving

the land in

that can

fee

be adopted,

and a ba a nominal

rent, and then to make up the deficient Reveune

4.

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by assessed taxes, as proposed by Mr. Davidson .

It would perhaps . facilitate the sale,

of property

in sections or otherwise, as the original

proprietor might give

his own bill of sale, as

in mercantile transactions, and with a proper. reguetry and check upon such, with a certificate to

ment, would be of

prove title, 80, from Government

advantage

to the present tenants, many of

whom havd sold portions of the ground originally,

leased to them by Government

by Government to several individuals,

but only

one naw can)

actual title deeds, viz :

of

course hold the

the Leaed from the fsgrond. I disagree with some of the Committer

that property

will become much more valuables

r

F

In

and wer

date 17th October

to

our

advertisements under

October and 1th. November, 1849, to Landhold y

02

others, requesting information or any

statements

selating to Land, the following parties, being frown tenants, sent statements regarding

their Land

Mrs. 183. From W. Scott, Esqp: upon I No. 80

No. 4.

and M. Nr. 56.

From Administrators of the late C.

Lots 44, 143, 143A. Mc Knight upon

and 208

No. 5. From Rev. Antonio Felician; upon

NoC . From Mesers : Dont to. upon

Lot 50.

Lots 51,

134 to 137 inclusive, and 137. From Blenkin Rawson of Co. upon Nor

No. 7.

in

future years;

and

if a tax is to be levied, I

53 and 54.

&g

think it should be established in the first

instanced at five per

a

in

-Cent instead of two and

half, so that the Gorcenment be not crippled

the first few years of the trial, and then, if

the scheme appears

to answer,

the rate may be

reduced lower and lower each

year.

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L

N° 8 . From A. Carter, Eq, upon

Marine Lot No. 44.

Nr. gr.

NG. From Mr. R. N. Beauvais uper Lot Naga No.1. From Mr. G. Duddell upon M. Lot's Nos. 81,

68 A, 25, 29, 29, 30, 30.A, I. Lots Nos.

A

204, 219, 291, 291 A, 292, 292 3, 293, 294, 30, 340, 339, 138, 35, and F Lots 1 and 8.

+

6.

No. 12. From Rev. Dr. Legge upon Lots N : 110

and 191 A.

No. 13. From Show Avans upon I. Lot Nr. 220. No. 14. From C. Kerr, 819. upon I. Lot. Nr. 101. making a total of 43 lots, of which no less

belong to one individual.

than 22

In the information of the Committer I shall refer to each Lot, and cxplain any peculiar circumstances which may regarding it, that

a just

Estimate

have arisen

be

may

arrived at before the Committees take upon themselves

any of the eases to the favorable

to recommend

.

a view to a reduction

consideration of Government, with a of Kent.

1th. Mr. Scott, Inland Lot No.80. Mr. Scott

grounds his claim

his claim for a

a

reduction of rent from

frent

the

led

average

to the upset price upon the supposition

that the Lan

& Committen of

1843-4 were

alluding

actray by the entry in the Office books allude

t; such was not the case, and

igrant,

: indeed it signified but very

signified but very little whether it

to the

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7.

was stated to be a lous or granted by the Land

Committee.

; and

the reason that the two are

combined in the Blue Book report is that a

the Committee;

is granted by

portion alluded to was however, by Dr. Young's statement it appears

that Sir S. Pottinger granted him that that he might particular piece of ground

establish

a

Dispensary

thereon; he did not

do so but sold it for $500, and as soon as

Sir H. Pottinger heard of it he decided that Dr. Young had forfeited his title and had no

right to sell, and it

mittée

Committed

thereon, he

was u this decision the

upon

acted; and as Mr. Scott had built

to keep the ground

was allowed to keep the

ound at the

average price of land sold at the auction

January, 1844.

of

All the boundaries of Lots throughout

the Cownd were

were nece

necessarily changed

regular plan of the Streets was

when a

approved of,

for the addition made to the original lot

and

Mr. Scott

tt

did not pay rent until he

was

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actually put in poseession of it; he objects however

to on

to the assesment

the whole Cot being taken at the average of the July 1844 sale, instead of the

upset price,

but under

with hind, and

the circumstances of the

agred ur.

if

only

grant or loan I must disagree

there

is

any

hardships in it I conceived it can obliging him to pay the

be im obe

land

d added to the

portions of land

average price for the

original. Lot; the so

exclusive of the portion added at Dr Young's

request, comprise

an area)

end of 8467 sup : feet, which, at the difference between the upset if calculated at the

and average priced, would make a reduction of

L. 11. 14. 3 upon the Lot

I do not see the reason

: reason of appending Mosers.

Lena and Pedder's statement; it was never denied)

that the

nd was ever.

er giver

to Jr. Y

· ground

by Lieut. Sargent.

measured by

tr. Youny,

އ

Mr. Scott, Marine Lot No. 56. The same

remarks the foregoing are applicable to this

Lot

as

degree; all Lots

in a certain degree;

oncasured that a new

Survey

were so im

imperfectly

was demanded; in

Commow

with all other Lote

Y

i

ow

1

:

the sea shore I

measured this, and defined the line of high

water mark, and I did not perceive that any débris had been collected on the adjoining

the belief that high

ch water mark

lot to lead to

Avas

any degree from what it had been

changed in

ages before;

with regard to the frontage, I measured what I conceived to be the line claimed, or the probable boundary, between himself and Mr. White.

No 4. Administrators of the late C. Mr Knight. I. Lot 44.

Mr. M2 Knight purchased the property allused to in 1843, not 1842. It is stated that Mr.

Gordon

assured him that, if the adjoining

out, it would be in large bui

land

was allotted

that,

large building or suburban, Lots, I cannot imagine the Surveyor Soneral saying because, in the first placd, a survey was being mader

at the time, and nothing was definitely fixed until Her Majesty's Government

January, 1844, and seex

secon

secondly,

positively forbad any grants of suburban Lott

There is a

fice

and uninterrupted night

.

:

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10.

of way to the said Lot,

to the paid Lot, one direct

through the West

Atreet, Capingshawd, a steep street, the other via

Kollywood

Road,

a carriage drive.

carriage)

From West Street, there

was a

feet left for access to the Lob, which

own

space of 25×40

ground, at his

special request, he bought at auction, and is

now called No. 1432, so he could not have had

to pull downd the house, vide paragraph 6. The Lot

is certainly

bounded

on

two sides by Chineed houses;

but had. Mr Mr Knight, at the time of

of the

establishments of the town, chosen to remove his .

residence, which

Avas

then on

built, he might have done so

only very partially

easily,

and

handsome profit upon it; but he went on

a)

effected

building year after year,

and no doubt expended a considerable

sum thereon; but I maintain that

in January 18441,

when it was known that the Chinese Cown would be

і

removed to his neighbourhood, he might, if he had chosen, have sold his land at a remuneration price. Lot No. 205 adjoins 44, and was

• purchased in December, 1845, at the upset price nearly ; I do seot think that

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single point has bees brought forward to induce the Committee to propose a peduction of Rent. No. 5. Lot No. 50. This Lot has a Roman Catholic

bhurch, Parsonage

and a private residence erected

thereow, and I believe

as recommendation for a reduction

of rent upon the portion containing the blurch and Parconage has been submitted to the home Government. N... _ Dent & Co. Lots 51, 139, 134, 135, 136, 137.

_

The

first

two lots and

remainder included in the

used

aro

portions of the

& garder, and

are not

for any other purposes, and thus it appears

a

largo rental for such a

" for such a purpose. The rule laid down for the assessment of "Land formerly called suburban was, that unavailable, building ground should only pay L. 2

2 per acrò, and the whole of No. 51 was then considered available, but No. 139 is not so, certainly, and the upset pried of L. 25.4.3 should not have been fixed,

I think upon this a fair

so

less,

claind for reduction is made out, but, neverthele at the sale it produced £.31.14.11. At present the land would never sell for building locations,

J

12.

and it therefor rests with the Committee to say

how

- far in their opinion the rent should be reduced, as it

‹ is oner

onerely used

for

ornamental

6 purposes.

The other lots 134 to 137 inclusive are above the upset

price, but the locality is a good

cod one, and I believe the

houses

No. 7.

• give remunerating rents.

Blenkin Rawson & Co. Lots 53 and 54.

It would be quite impossible to please all parties in the

meaturing of ground; and it was that with, in

the first instance, when Lots were

ve given, which

caused to much confusion in the lown, and rendered

а

new design

and

Survey necessary. Messrs. Blenkin

and Rawson complain that a portion of the ground)

is unavailable; the same

that

ht be said of every

Slot

might be ever was sold in the Cown, nor do I know a

level spot for a hundred feet deep from the Queen's

C

[

to these

331

13.

particular Lots, a reference to the measurement

is sufficient; they adjoin each other, and ond has a

is

depth of our hundred feet, the other of fifty only

one

I do not think the mode

reurement unjust of measuremen

in

the least; had they chosen, the houses could have been

arranged otherwitd, and made to occupy the whole

ground, as is dous in several parts of the lowrs, where .

the front of the house is entered

the rear from another

ow

one road and)

from the firsh story.

No. 8 . A. Carter, Eegre. Marine Lot No. 4444.

At the time of sale or previous to it, the special -

ے

peculiarities of the Lot might casily have been pointed out, when it would have been in His Excellency s power to alter the upset price; the_

office

had no power to do so, and as Mr. faster saw both the plan and

ground previous to the sale,

the

and

these

·Road, anywhers; every

Lot must be cut.

away

in a

thought necessary

to

circumstances were not mentioned, it

anake a special

special price

F

:

: certain degred to form a level for the hoved to stands

on, or if it was thought

unadvisable to do so, it

might be formed into terraces, and so render the whole effective . Co prove that some consideration was

.

• given

was not

for the Lot other than the cctablished, one .

Alluding .

to paragraph 44, it is stated that there is a certain in prout of his house only available for garden

area in

:

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332

5

the same ground; the

snay

be sack of all the Lots in the lowr, except in Capingshas; there are but

few

instances where substantial or

dwelling

houses have been built upon the line of high water

mark; all are more or

having similar

r avaI

less removed there from,

lent

for which an

equivalen

ground

rent is paid ; some parties upon such

whares,

is

havd exceted sheds, or occupy this area as others form it into gardens, and it does not 4 follow that, because a certain number of squarò feet sold, the whole is to be occupied by houses. The

certainly of a peculiar but unavoidables

Let is

shape, and, if a reduction is to

should not

not go so far

be made, I

as Mr. Carter, and proposed

first the entire abatement of rent upon

the front

area stated to be unavailable for building; and the

figure C. F.G. FI. in Cown Lot

▲ D.E.E., and

rate : all I can think Mr.

" Carter has any right to ask for is abatement upon the ▲ D.B. F.,

for M

Marine purposes it may justly

be said

to be unavailable; therefore, if the triangle alone,

which contains 14527 feet,

were

placed in

the

14,527 @ L. 40

Cown lot rate, the rental would stand thus: -

S.

£. 40 for 1025

28,000 @ L.,

42,527

ا

#

129

£

4

521

216.5.8

7

3

Z. 268

Present Rent. 337-7 Reduction . L. 69

O..

#

according to Mr. Carter it would stand thus:

5,400 total reduction.

3

@ L. 40 for 11,025 ft. - L. 52-1-4

14.527 @ 8.40 for

8,000

"

14,000 @ £.1 for 129 ft.

42527

Under these circumstances, and

coincided with Mr.

29

113 " 3

L. 194.

t. 6

-7

5.5

if the Committee,

ater's views and recommended

farters

his proposal, Lack whether or not the whole rentals throughout, should not be reduced

would

any of the adjoining proprietors rest until

a similar reduction were made to their rental,

and would not the adjoining, proprietors complain?

for 10000 feet less the rent would

side for

on one side

be

7

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:

16.

L. 71 less, and for twien the area of the other the rental

is

only £. 79 more : the cases in the town would be still

Moid

o glaring, for several pay

now even,

with the present

rental, for similað areas, double the rate of this Lot

I think therefore

it would be unjust to the

other Croww tenants if any other reduction than that.

: named by mo were made; at any

or

rate for the presents,

unless a general. reduction is proposed throughout the lown,

No.G. R.N. Beauvais. Lot No. 7. A.

I think perhaps a reduction of Rent might

be recommended in this case;

the back pact of the Lot is very steep and rough indeed, and could, not be, rendered accessible from the Queen's Road; and as it could only be built upon to form a level with Hollywood Road, I advise that an area of 4,815 feet be assessed a

L. 20 per 11,025 feet, which

at

would ena ke the rental

₤.20 upon the whole L. 43. 16.82, instead of. L. 50. 5. 82,

Imust here remark that there is another Lot nearly

adjoining under similar circumstances, but the proprietor)

has made no claim for reduction : the Lot is Nr. 71.

N° 11. Mr. G. Duddell . M. N2.87.

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333

I think that, considering the great distancd

the Lot is from the presen ́t Cown, and that it is

-nearly isolated, all the lots that were purchased at

I and of opinion the same time having been

un giver ups,

a/

am

reduction might fairly be asked, and for the future. every Lot beyond Messrs. Edger to pay £1

recommend

for 155 feet, instead of for 129, as at present, lown

Lots to be reduced in the same proportion,

20 per cent.

Marine Lots 50, 51, 60, same as above.

I. Lot 285, same as above.

Marine Lots 68 and 68a.

Icertainly

Lay

cannot advise a reduction on

Lots, there being houses built

upon

Lots

these

adjoining, a

the

and

the proprietor do not claim a

do not claim a reduction of rent ;

locality is a very good.

very good one, close to the Chineed lowrd; the proposed landing placd would have been of no material benefit to

to him ; it was intended for the use

neighbouring population. Certainly a chip

to up upon waste ground

ground is covered at

: high

of the

was broker

nearer Cowrd, but the said

water, and there foro unsaleable, therefore

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It was

19.

334

clearly

owen

fault about the Verandahs ;

Lot, but still, he purchased it : vide his remarks upon

in the Notification granting, permission for the erection

s of

"Verandahs over the footpaths, &c, partie's desirous

doing

so were directed to apply for informa

of

apply for information, &c, at the

Office, where the regulations regarding them might be seen,

Inland Lot 219, called the fircalar Buildings,

is in oud

of the best positions

in

the

neighbourhood, and is

quite

equal to a Marind Lot, as no Lots will ever be sold

iw

front of it, high water coming Bick

close up to the Road.

+ for the excessive competition of a Mr Mc Swyney, who afterwards transferred the Lot to Mr. Duddell, the

Lot would have been sold to Chinamon, who were moch

anxious to obtain it; the upset price

upset price was L. 24-14-174,

and it was knocked down

L.67 knocked down for L. 67. 4-1/4; in

palliation of his buying this Lot Mr. Duddell

No. 35 and Gi

ho

saps

was smarting at an enormous outlay upon another Lot,

he knew perfectly, or ought to have known the peculiarities of that loh, its rooky and irregular

was apparent to all, and therefore he must

state, as it was

have

anticipated that a large expenditure would be

necessary, and further, he was warned regarding the

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were surrendered, but

the Lot. I know it has been found difficult for Mr. Duddell to let these houses, and, after the damage they sustained in the Cyphoon, they finally he took them back upon a petition to that effect. I think this Lot might be reduced to the upset pried.

Lot 2044, is situated on Hollywood Road, at the_-_-

commencement

+

of Capingshand from the bastward, and in

a good locality for Chinete or Indian residents; the rent

is

; nevertheless high.

A

Lot 291a. This Lot is on

the Queen's Road, opposite

position no doubt

Mofers. Lindsay's, and its position

stated that it was run

& good; it.

up about seventy five per

cent above its upset price, when, of necessity, it was

at this time Mr Duddell had several Lots in

is.

bought, his

possession, and I imagind could not require any more,

except for speculative purposes.

Lots 292

all situated

A

and 30

are in his occupation, and being

together, the whole are rendered available for

various purposes; 292a is considerably above the

upset price, but I see no cause for advising a reduction

E

20.

of rent.

Lots

291, 292, 293 and 294 werd intended, for residened for

a

а днего

Mr. Shelley; a terrace of houses and other additions werd contemplated, but abandoned; for a farms the rent is very high indeed, and it being so occupied, and the cultivation of vegetables and

of vegetables and grass of great advantage to the Colony, I am of opinion the Committee might pray for a reduction upon these, so long as they are used for farm purposes only, say a charge of

per acrd . The lowest portion of the lot is upwards of 200 feet above the sea.

In alluding

to his tenants upon

lot No. 292s, Mr.

!

Guddell, speaks of squatters; I may here remark

that most

of them

them and a

a pest to the place, the seum

of the whole population, and the sooner they

off the Island, or compelled to rent houses

are driven

frond

Crown tenants the better it will be ; first, because thieves

bonds

and vagabonds

a

trifle

enore pe опоге

tenant to pay

will find no resting place,

resting place, and others

ciet, and enable the

· respectable, will assist,

: pay his ground

rent to

vernment.

Governmer

I urge upon the Committee, to advise the

discontinuance

No.

of having squatters .

3352

Lot A. 30 might be converted, if necessity demanded,

into a

very

suitable location for

a

various residents, in

addition to its occupation as a yard ;

it is surrounded

1 frontage

quite

by sheds for cattle, horses, &c. The lot has at a street entering upon the Queen's Road, and is

thereto as Wellington Street, to which he refors.

as near

the

rent no doubt

is

high for

back yard,

as he calls

to

it, but as it is building ground and comprises an area)

of 20,000 super: feet,

and is let at the upset price,

I think a reduction should not be requested.

Lot

340.

I consider he has no claims to reduction;

it is well situated, the house being just above the

Queen's Road, which was obtained

and was

was obtained for less than it cost,

has also a frontage

nearly new; it has also a

Queen's Road, and

ow

the

access to the house by the Gough

stops ; the rent is only 8.10.10.7%.

Street steps;

Marine Lots 25, 29, 29a, 30 and 30a, are situated

in Victoria East, opposite the old Protectant

see no cauce)

Burial ground; Sean 1.

a

10 for

20com

mending

rent ; Mr. Suddell prevented

reduction of rent ;

J

22.

the

several Cheramor from purchasing, and new begs for reduction ; he certainly did not require land, and I agree with hind he must have had both

Sagres

a latent diccard in the brain and aw

for land, particularly when there is co

its resale.

cularged bump

on probability of

These lots, like all other Marine or Cown lots, must

be improved before they

ca.w

be built upon; they.

ard

lower than the Queen's Road, but, if he wished to improve them, he onight take pattern from his neighbours, who occupy similar ground to advantage. Lot 138. Mr. Suddell night have occold this lot to advantage, had he wished to do so; the apest

the presents rent L. 38. 13. 22,

price

Ava S

4. the

L. 31.41

which I do not think at all high, as it a buts

Wellington Street, which Mr. Suddell appears to

appreciate to much, and comprises upwards of a

an a

quarter of an

acre).

Lots Nos. 35 and 9, before alluded to, see I. Lot 219.

I doubt very much even,

to his request, and

w

and gavd

ment acceded

if the Governmen

the Land at a peppercorn

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7

3363

rent upows

I find it casier to let, the re-

de

rent, if he would each lot being B. 12. 17.

Farm lots 1 and 8. I think the Committes, might

refer to the remarks of Mr. Duddell applying to Farm land without the precincts of the town ;

protection and facility of access could be y

together with a

several

very

low pent,

to

if

· given, I think it very

likely : forms would be established, and

planting and agriculturen flourish, to the manifest benefit of the whole population; in fact the road

was made in a

in a great degen

round the Island

having that for its object, as will be seen

reference

sporence to Sir John David's Trepatched Iland Lot 339.

by

see no cause to recommend

сегод ану

reduction upon thes, and I cannot understand how

he

was necessitated to accept it, seeing,

the offer for the purchase himself. -

he made

It will be perceived that Mr. Guddell,

without exceptions, acks for reduction on all his

lots, 22 iw num

sed he has a

ber, but of the whole Iean only.

la claim for such a

reques

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apow Marine 81, I. Lot 219, 291 @ 294.

No 12 . I . Legge - Lots 110 and 191a.

.

aff other lots upows

places of Public worship

which are erected

are rent

1 free, of course

these will be also, vide Rev. F. Felicianis, Lot N.50.

Chow Avaw or

No. 13

fron this appears a

- Ming:

Ming; I. Lot 220.

hard

case);

the Lot adjoins that

of Mr. Duddell, and was run up to its present high

-

price by the former proprietor of Nr 219; both Lots

had the same uptet price, but this

reached

one rea

a higher price than the other; the rent

L. 78.4.2,

£.78.

4.2, and although

although there

of this

are 10 houses

it, the tenant complains that he cannot even- the ground rent from the ponts be receives

evew

0120

ow

pay

from the

occupants of his houses. I think the upset price

be charged

this

in

case as in No. 21.

·219.

onight be

N. 14. C. Kerr, Lot 101. Upon this Lot, also, I

think a

the

: fair clain for compensation is made out ;

Ed is hardly available for

& ground

more

than one

house, and, as it cannot be used for the purposes of trade, and considering the heasy outlay

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a

srecessary to render it available), Sam of opinion reduction might be advised to the upset price, as

the neighbouring, Lots have all been resumed, and as at that sum the tenant might be induced to retain the Lot, be enabled to rent the house thereon,

and not let it go to ruin, and

finally yields its to the Government, worthless.

ony

No.

In conclusion, I refer the Committee to

letter to His Excellency the Governor, date d

10

th.

N° 18 of 18th July, 1849, "regarding, costain Lots

" f Land

that should be inquired into with a

" view to a reduction of Rent.

(Signed) Chas : St. Leo: Cleverly Surveys General .

Surveyor General's Office,

Victoria, ijth March, 1850.

True Copy.

Ma

Colonial Secretary.

J

26.

List of Lots upon which a reduction of Rent.

recommended

Presents Proposed Reduction.

Lot.

Rent

I. d.

Rent.

£ I. d. £.

by the Committee,

I. 80 83 5 102 11 11 73 11 143 Upon

Remarks.

aw areD

is

of 8.467 feet; afsected assassed at £. 30 instead

dof 2.45-5475.

1281⁄2 31 2 2 Supposed

Lup posed to be entirely unavailable

for building; assessed at 10/- instead of £. 20. £.20.

3.139. 31 14 1

9.51 76

8 10 102 12 11 73 15 11 Upon.

actested at

aw aud

of 45,200 feet; 18. instead of 2.20.

M. 44 397 7 3 268 70 69 0 3 Upow 14,527 feet; assessed

3377

as

Eown lot instead of Marine .

50 5 82 43 1682 6 90 Upon 4,815 feet; assessed at

A 50

I. JA

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24 14 2 53 100

I. 220 7842

J. 101 59 6

5969

34

815 de of

4

24 195

£. 270110

£.20

instead of £35.

to the upset price.

to the upset price .

Cotal reduction.

(digued) Chas. St: 200. Cleverly

True Copy.

Maine

بیجھے۔۔

Colonial Scoutery.

Copies.

(Letter 1.)

Gentlemen,

make

in this.

Hongkong,

-/ 338

31st. Octr. 1849.

As the Committed appointed to

into the tenure of land

investigation into the

this Colony, I beg permission to submit

the following

to your consideration which I consider

cases in

myself-aggrieved .

having been certain that sooner or

later

me

and

an opportunity would be afforded see for

obtaining redress,

to take up any

You

I have hitherto declined

lease on this account.

5 during the first four

aro aware that, during

years of the felony's

of the Colony's existence, it was

impossible for any recupant of land,

whatever his claim was,

th. Kouble. W. C. Mercer, Eure-

C. St. G. Clearly, J. M. Smith,

M. Favidson,

во для

6 fort Stuart,

"

to get a

a clear

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title to it at the time: _ the island was

-

eeded to the (rown 26th June, 1843, and the only existing titles were what might might not be registered at the Land Of by the successive Officers appointed to that Department.

I the one

CA E D

Office

I have to complain

of & Marine Lot having, in consequence of

W

due record not appearing

Office

been

in the Land the_Land

annual

remeasured, and the annus

rentab advanced, from £.42.10, the

ment exhibited to

• assessment

339

me at the annual rental of 1844, also

bles dif

involving

the rate.

a considerables

differenced

ind

of

I have prepased statements these grievances, which I now beg to for your

inclose, and leave the matter

decision.

No. 1 relates to Marine Lot No. 56.

Inland Lot No. 80,

2

+

and if doubts exist on

your

minds on

:

me

in the book

being

called ow

at the Land Office when I purchasett

the

ground, to upwards of 2.70.

an

of an

In the other case, in consequencd

in the Land Office

erronçons ent

entry

Book, ( which I did not see untib the Parliamentary Blue Book was

published in 1848),

aw inland piece

of ground, which was

and

granted improved

in 1842, is charged to

d in

-occupied

any point, I solicit the fron-of

to satis

-satisfy them either

personally or by the witnesses nowherd

whom I

Pan.....

produed.

I have, &.,

(Signed) Mr. Scott.

Crue

Copy.

To

Conial Secretary

A

d. L. 1-2-

1

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Statement No 1.

relating to

340

W. Scott's Marine Lot No. 56.

About the 20th March, 1842,

purchased from Mr. Holgate the Marine Lot 1° 56 for the sum of £2000 ; it

was at this time cleared but not

built upon, and for

01

some time the most

with

the Queen's Road, wr

Westerly Loh the natural beach on one

one Sido

side of it.

Previous to completing the purchase

for the

I went to the Government Office, for

purpose of ascertaining that I cons correctly informed

a s

to the

particulars,

I found that I had been so in

and

all respects.

Mr. Stewart, then Secretary

Creasures to the Superintendent,

me

and

handed

what he told me was all the record

they had; this was a

Lish of all the

Marine Lots that had been sold

or geautolls

- up to that time, and I found the Lot in

Question

tion

the last on the list, with the

rental G. 42.10 a

L.

against it :- satisfied

with this, I completed the purchase .

Ow the

29

the March 1842,

@

Gort : Land Committee, of which bolk.

the head, was

18th.

Malcolm was and about the 8th or 18

gut

gentlemen

0.18

Blue Book. pp. 3788379.

of

appointed, April, that

any

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me, and, without

came to me, an

Solicitation, told me

Emight tward, as Goot:

Imight take H

more to Westward, as

feet mo

not reserving

was

that piece of ground as

they originally intended.

This additional 44 feet

was

thereupon macked, by inserting a stone,

which boundary

retaining

was adhered to in

wall which I built

the

against

the Queen's Road. I was deprived of this

4 feet in consequence of there being no

the Land Office of its having

record in

T

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341

7

nted to me, and s

me, and Lam

beers granted

informed

by Mr. C. E. Stewart that this Committe

left no record of their proceedings.

The allotment to the Westward

ented to Mr.

to Mr. White in

granted

exchange

in la

for land to Eastward of Messrs. Lindsay

by Government,

д

flo's House resumed

aut

immediately

the

Spot

became

a

depository for all the Earth excavated. in the neighbourhood ; by this the original

tide-marks were obliterated, and

consequently there existed no means

equitably remeasuring

it had been ne

particularly

necessary,

0s

there

of

the Land, if

which I deny,

there exists in

the Land

Office a Diagrand of its original shape

and measurement.

I have hitherto takes no

вдив

measures to obtain redress, but some

correspondenco has passed

between Mr.

Cleverly and

amyself on the subject,

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:

8.

without

any satisfactory

termination.

I would, in conclusion, beg to point ent that if the principle of romeaturing be justified, and is my case, it will,

Marine Lots

adopted, as in

Cat

(nominally I presume), nearly double the Revenue pom moct of the Marine

Lots on the Island.

My claim is that the original ground-rents of this Lot be adhered to

and, if it appears

there

2) tvas an

any

addition

made to the first allotment, as it was

only

in one direction

any

extra rent

Should be proportional, taking

the

Diagrace in the Land Office as a guido

(Signed.)

W. Scott.

Mungking, 31st Orto, 1849.

Pone Copy

Colonial Secretary

Statement No. 2.

relating

to

Mr. Scott's Inland Lot No. 80.

342

The Lot of Land which forms the

subject of the following statements, was granted by Shir Henry Pottinger to Dr Peter Young, about the middle of March

1842.

After Sir Henry Gollinger pöturned

in

from the North is that year

three Grants of land in the

he made only

manner

adopted

by Mr. Johnston previous to his arrival, the first

was to the late Mr. Mercer, the

Lecond was to Mr. C. E. Stewart, the third,

to Dr. U

was

Younz.

granted

is

the lot in question.

ted to him in consideration of advantage he was conferring

the advantage he was con

I

on the

(olony) by establishing a dispensary)

therein.

Dr Young, at the time... he

:

10.

343

obtained the

some time

· ground, and for afterwards, intended to build a

and dispensary upon

intention, he spent in

the ground, nearly

it

house

, and, with this

clearing and preparing 500 Dollars.

Or reflection, however, he considered

osition was not a suitable one

that the position for the purpose, Diepentary

ow

and established the-

the Queen's Road, selling

the ground to me in the August following

In January

the

1844, he purchased from Government a piece of ground in that locality, on which he has built his____

Dispensary, thus fulfilling the pledge to

Sir

as

Henry Pottinger, (of any was

to

injury

a

giver/

and that without

lie revenue. He certainly

Dispensary, to the public public

upow

was not called

u

to abandon the

ground with its improvements, if he could

do better, and iw

solling the property, he

only did what Mr. Charles Stewart was

י

[

Blue Book.

380

allowed to do with his, whenever a purchaser

appeared for it.

All Government regulations

were

ment

complied with, and in obedience to Governm Notification dated 10th April, 1843, as

land was still in

addrefeed

a

his

name,

Dr. Young

the

letter to the proper officer stating

his pretensions to the land, which seemed

satisfactory, as no objections

claim.

was raised to his

Centered on possession of the land

immediately after its purchase, and 1th of March, 1843,

I had built

my pe

07

I inhabited

it at an

a

by the

house

expense of $1100,

right continuing unquestioned, (officially to this day), up to January,

Sargent

:t

105

The lot,

as laid out by

1844.

Lieut.

about the 20th March, 184.2, was

fect squard,

Streets

but in 1844 when the

were altered, narrow additions

were made to it on two-sides

by the

·

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12

Government, and I was thon informed that Committee sitting at the time had found something amiss with regard to Dr. Young's daim to Loh 20. Cheir Report is published)

in the Parliamentary Chind Blue Book

of

which I was first

affecting the

1847, pp. 378, on perusing made aware of the causes a

"

Lot, seamely that it is there is falsely stated to haver been

: granted by a Land Committer

as a

loans to Mr. Young for a dispensary .

Sbey to pefer you

to the accompanying

copies of correspondened with

Government,

this

intimates that His

two letters dated 1845 regarding) piece of ground: the reply from the Kom: Col: Lecy Excellency Sir John Davis, after cxamining the claim did not see fit to set aside the decision of the Land Committee of

subject, and taking the

18441

070

the

records of the Land Office for his quide, I do not see how His Excellency]) could

come

to

any

344

other decision, but, under the

circumstances, as

about the early

there

were irre.

entries in

irregularities

еди the land

t

was

office

books, it is to be regretted. I was not made acquainted with the grounds for

Mis

Excellency's decision, when I could

have defended my right

If you will.

+

easily

will have the

to refer to dates, you

more

goodness

will find that the

occupied

purer of ground was granted and exempir

before any

which cass

Jr.

Land Committee

was a

appointed

be proved by the testimony of

To Young), ( and I believd Mr. Johnston),

also by

who

Lieut : Pedder and Mr. Lena,

having been

were witnesses to its har

measured by St. Sargent before the

appointment of Land Committed, on which point they are confirmed from

of Bo Young's having

the circumstaned

left for Macao by a ship sailing 22nd March

on the

I

The date

of the

the first Land

29th.

appointment is 2G

instructions

est Land Committee's

the March, 1842, - their

" and being " to finally define

mark off the limits of all locations that

ttee

hand yet beon fald, or granted this fommitte interfered with the land so far as to give addition of 10 feet

of-10

the lot 105 X 115

Fr.

aw

Blue Book.

p. 379.

in and direction, (making - feet square), which they

did. at Ir Young's request, conveyed to the

Committee

by

St. Pedder, and which Stake

com

to have been a recognition of Dr. Young's

claim to the ground.

Sir Henry Pottinger and Sir John

founded their

Davis seem both to have

objections to

my....

-claim on this entry

in

the Land Office, and I cubmit that, if it is proved to your satisfaction that the

entry

is erroneous,

their decisions ought

to

be recommended to be reversed, particularly

RA

was entere

entercly out of

the "Report" itself the reach of inhabitants of the Colony,

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345

15.7

until printed by order of the Committer of

. House of Commons, that the proceedings of

the Committed here were

doubted

i no

werò un

unfair cannot be

explanations were asked to

- supply deficiencies at the Land Office, and our interests were so nearly affected although

wve tveŁO

& to submit to its deliverance)

compelled

without, knowing how it had been arrived

at

After had been informed that there were difficulties existing in regards to this lot, I was informed by th

Mr.

Cleverly at an accidental meeting, that if chose to pay the aver

coloured ow

age of lots similarly

the Land Sale at the

the mass at

of January 22?, Imight retain the lot,

but that otherwise it would be put

there was

up to auction : of

Courtd)

nothing for it at that time, but to -

Submit; the sale was

as

to take places i

day

two ; it most undoubtedly

would

1

1

I

turn one out

of my hourd, and Shad

to the

other to go to .

average

Let was aftowards assesseds

of £.45

for 105

1

at which the

was at upwards

feet square, instead of

at £. 20, a pentab of £. 83.5.10%, which

I have paid ans

lly since 1843.

My claim, therefore, is that the

allotment be assessed at £.30 p 105 foot.

Square, and not the

feet

erroneous

assessment. .

h

and Mr. Lena

adopted by the Government : Shave to add that both Dr. My will shritly lease the Colony

: Young

, and it is

desirable that your Committee should

receive their evidence with as

as possible.

evidence with as little de

delay

Ligned) W. Scott:

Hongkong, 21th Oct 1849.

Cond Colonial bertany

To

своро

(Letter 2.)

Gentlemen,

contained in

Hongkong,

346

20th Novr. 1849.

In support of the representation

my

communication dated 31th

the

ultime, I now beg leavd to submit to you onclosed declarations of Dr. Young and of Mr.

Lena which I trust will be sufficient to

prove to you that the

Lot 80 was

E grant of Los

onado anterior to the appointment of the Land Committee of 29th March, 1842, and

that

thereford the entry referred to by the Committed

of that date as standing in the Book of the

the least of it, Land Office, is, to say

it, erroneous.

I cannot help bringing to yours

-notice the peculiar unfairness that was shown to me in the (then secret) Report of the last.

The Hon. W. C. Mercer, Esq.

в.

C. St. Gy. Cleverley.

I W. Smith,

M. Davidson,

C. J. F. Stuart,

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Lott

ard

Land Committee . Numerous unimproved :recommended to the favourable considerations of

This Excolteney Sir Henry Pottinger), because the

parties had expended large sums of money on others ;

way Mosers. Jardino, Matheson & fo..

in this

allowed to retain ten unimproved.

are)

Lots. Mosøn.

unimproved Lots.

Gibb, Livingston & fa, because they had spent $4,000

on one lot,

aro

allowed, if they choose, to retain

seven others, and I, after, by the Committee's ourd

Showing, having spent $0,000, (it was nearer

the

recommend to be deprived of an

$12,000, but they

never

applied to

me oni

Subject), they

improved lot.

lot upow

which nearly £1,600 had

been spent in improvements and

without any

building,

od reason

reason than a

other assigned

factitious entry that, it is evident, could have

inserted

been invalid for a purpose.

have little

With

I

" respect to Marind Lot No.56,

I am unwilling to apply to say. Jams

more to

to Mt. Holgate,

who could

& give

ole

: the subject, and all other parties

evidence have left the Colony i

G

would, however submit that although the Committee appointed by

th

347

notice dated 29th March ;

pursuant to notice dated 22nd March, left record of their proceedings, it is no

no

fault of mine,

and Land prepared to make affidavit that that Committee not only confirmed md in the possession

of 80 feet frontage, but added four fort additional,

in evidened of which it will be found that the retaining wall against the road is exactly that length.

Perhaps it may

not be consistent with

I satisfied the knowledge of your committer, but Sam I am correct in stating that at the time the lot in question was being cleared and formed, if Mr. Holgate had applied for 150 feet in place of 80 feet it would at once have been

same terms,

ow

"granted

I on

the

if no Government reserve intervenid the lino required . Witnes the number of lots

that lapsed to the frown becaused the holders did not think it worth while to improve them, besides

others that were allowed to be retained after

I

period had expired,

on

the

the parties undertaking, to

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build on these,

As in

the

caled

of the late Mr.

Webster whose ground

drent is L. 20, and Mr.

£30

Pedder 10ho pays about L. 30 for valuable sea-

frontages .

I have, &c.,

Aigned/

Frue Five fitory Copy

W. Scott.

olonial Secreta

ical bocetary

1

348

Copy. 1

Declaration of Dr. Peter

Young.

I have read over the statement made

by Mr. Mm. Scott in

regard

d to Inland Lot

No. 80, and have to declare that, as far as Land

iw

concerned, it is correct in every particular; with regard to my fulfilling the obligation supposed to be involved in the quection, as to establishing,

a

be added that this

Dispensary, it might be

done to an extent not contemplated by Sir

Henry Pottinger,

was

as I had two Dispensaries

established for a a considerable period, commencing

with 1842, in different quarters of the Cown .

·

The circumstances attending the

so

of the lot are the mo

Ending the granting

I came to Hongkong carly in March,

1842, and applied, through the late Mr John

Robert Morrison, to Kir

Kenry Pottinger for the a housd and dispensary,

lot in question, to build and Mr Morrison having

Henry Pottinger

accertained that fir

was disposed to geant my request,

349

I waited on His Excellency) myself. I had an interview with him in presence of Mr. D. L.

Burn, and as

words

werd -

nearly

as I can recollect, his own

the

I am moet willing to grant you land for the purpose you requird it, inasmuch as I

#

congiber your object will be a benefit to the felony.

and tell Mr.

In Johnston, who will

& give you

register it in the Land

Office. "

"an order to faptain Mylius to register it in

went on to say that, like other

to-day

You can go

Sir Monny

:ect to all future

grants,

rules and regula

M. Gent

iw

Loar to

the Land would be subject to all

regulations of S. M.

I have seen the copy of Land Office entry Blue Book regarding this piece of ground, Dr. Young for a Dispontary", and "granted by Land-

Committee." both these entrees are inconsistent with

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the truth, besides the words "Loan" and Land Committer

iw

such a case are nonsense.

The Land Committee was not in existence

1

?

I have to add that, in accordance with

Sir Henry's directions, the piece of ground

measured

was

off by Mr. Sargent for

Sargent for one immediately

Mr. Pedder and/

after the grant, in presence of t

+

to

4 forthwith.

H

1

Mr. Lena, also that I had a contract.

entered into for clearing the ground and building a

that

retaining wall, and smoney was paid for work completed previous to the formation of the Committee, by whom I now find it said

that the Lop

was

granted.

As appears

in Mr. Scott's statement,

in

aut-me

this fommitter did grant

a small

y law

addition of 10 feet to the lot, but this

+ for the entry.

Scarcely

account

Victoria, Hongkong,

th.

"Soter Young

(Signed) Peter

10th November, 1849.

1849.5

Sue fopy

at

the time of the grant, which cars

seare

scarcely

be

called a Loan, as it was intended and made use

of for building immoveable property thereon.

·lonial Secretary.

do'l

Cope.)

Declaration of Mr. A. Lena .

The undersigned

has to declare that in 1842 he

resided with Mr. Pedder in a house situated about the present position of the Victoria Cheater, and in March of that year he was present when the piece of ground :immediately behind the present Club-house

measured in the usual manner as a

was

a grant to Dr. Young ! Attye,

at was made with.

Contract w

He was also present when a

a to

a

Chinese, for clearing and levelling the ground, (which was very rocky and much encumbered), was made. He further recollects that Mr. W. Scott was also present at the time, and that he afterwards left for Macao in the Schooner "Shimavera", which vessel, on reference to : the Books at the Harbour Master's Office, left

the 22nd. March, 1842.

Witness

my

the

020

hand, this 17th November, 1849 .

(Signed) A. Lena

.

I returned to Macas with Mr. W. Scott

ito

the above mentioned vessel.

(Signed) Peter

Young

Crae Copy;

Conial Secretary

Copy).

350

Extract of Letter to Mr. Carrant, 11th April

5° from Mr W. Scott.

1845

In reply to your personal inquing as to my

objection to pay the rent which has been asseford, upow Inland Lot No 80, Shave to state that; under the circumstances in which the lot is

placed, there is a considerable overcharge the rentab; and that I consider myself en

to a w

iw

entitled

assessment of rental at the apset rate, and claire that the ground be placed

id be placed on a footing

groused of the same period; where, as in

footing with

my

case,

conditions have been on the part of the tenant regularly fulfilled.

In 1842, Sir Henry Pottinger

three grants,

one

to

the

gnate

Mr. C. E. Swart; one to the late

Mr. Mercer and one to Dr.

5. Young, the lot which I

now poses. In the books of the Land Office San told this Lob is entered as "Lont for a Dispensary,

and the

mittée,

ittee ., considering my appropriation

Committer,

:

!

10%

of the Lot as irregulad, proposed that the rentab

on

that account should be what is

is now demande D;

but, believing my right to the ground to be unquestionable, Iquestion the proceedings of the Committer on this point, and contoud that, unless they had other reasons for doubting my tittle, I should have been allowsred

an o

opportunity of defending, my right

before they determined on

remain in

taxing

to the land,

it with a

a

heavy

additional pental, in consequence of what I must confider and can • prove to be an irregulov entry in the books of the Land Office. I was however allowed to

- possession of the lot unquestioned, from August 1842 till this time, and have never had any official intimation of my claim being disputed,

I yet officially inforned why the rental

nor am

has been assessed at the average rate of the auction

sales of January 1844, it having been granted,

A., cleased and occu

measured,

upied in 184.3.

am

of the

Saw told that no measurement of th

ground appears in the Land Office books, which

tends to invalidate

my

claine to it ; for this Lam

+

not to blame, nor should it be raised asan that the ground

for I am prepared to provd

regularly

o

351

objection

was

measured by the Assistant Land Officer

who

then Acling, St Surgent of the 18th Regiment, rebe is now here and ready to

measurement;

ready to confirme

-conférried his Ican also proved it by Mr. Lena's evidence, who

was present on the occasion, and I have it in writing from faptain Mylius, the Land Officer,

that he had desired Mr. Meek to enter an addition

of 10 feet to Young's lot, all showing that, though there.

have been irregularity, it

may

Seems confined to the Book kept by Mr. Mock

in the Land Office .

Crue

Jipy

Colonial heretary :

t

*

1. Copy

1

No. 315.

352

Sir,

Colonial Office, Victoria, Hongkong, 17th July, 1848.

In reply to your letter to the address of Mr. Carrant, of the 11th April lact, relativo

to

5 your lot No. 80,

wherein u consider

you.

"youralf"

evercharged on the rental of the commanded to acquaint you)

t your that, after as examination into the whole of your case,

Руски

ow the rental of the said lot, Sans

careful

His

that

of

Excellency the Governor does not consider

you

have established

any

claim to the decisions

"the Land Committee of 1844 being

and that decision must consequently.

fored .

set aside,

remain in

to the extra portion of ground pard to the

With regard

which was added to your lot, and which it appear

that you

were not placed in possession of before

last November, the Surveyor Generals will receive

instructions not to charg

W. Scott, Esqpe

-charge cont for, previously

i

to its bein

P

As

onade over to

to you by the Land Office:

C...

I have, yo

(Signed) I. Caine)

в

Acting, Colonial Secretary

to the rent cannot be suffered

I to remain

any longer

in arrear,

the

Revenue

Collector of the Resound

has received orders to apply for payment.

Cone

Aigned / MC

opy

Colonial

Secre

tar

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Further letter with Enclosures regarding buland

from Mr W. Scott

(Copy) (Letter 4.)

353

To the Commissioners appointed to inquire

into the Cenurò of Land under the Crown Leases in the Colony of Hongkong.

The Humble Memorial of William Gallimore

Mc Knigh

ht

and Charles May, Administrators of the Estate of the late Thomas McKnight means

Showett,

deceased.

That the late Thomas Mr Knight, Navab:

Storekeeper

Morcksoper in and for the said folmy of Hongkong,

Colony

some time in the

to year

env thousand eight hundred and forty-two became possessed by purchase of a Lot of Land registered

d as Inland Lot No. 44, and, acting on

an

as

assuraned then giver hind by Mr Gordon the Land Officer, at that period, that he should have free and uninterrupted right of way from the said Lot to the Queen's Road, proceeded to erect a residenced for himself thereon, and at a very heavy expense.

That at the time he so bought the land

i

I

'

{

and commenced building, the adjoining

bcew

apportioned into lots, and the said Mr.

land had not

Mr Gordow also

assured him that when the said land was allotted out,

that it would be in la

large building

or suburtian lots, and

that suck apportionments would not be allowed to

interfere with his right of way,

ay, nor would his privileges

as first settler be encroached upon

Ad

That at the time there-

neighbourhood of any description,

Sown was

Avero J10

buildings in the

and that the Chineze

then located in what now forms

" forms the centre of "

the Town of Victariw, and a considerable, distance)

?

said Inland Lot No 444.

That, subsequently, to wit in

4

354

land in Taiping thaw was put up for auction by the Government, forced to purchase the respectivo lets bounding his property on each side, in order to preserved the valuable buildings afore said from depreciation, as, if he had not done so, there would have been Chinese houses within three feet of the door and windows of his residence, and also he would have had to pull down, the house,

as the entrance to it was

said

through the lots adjoining, which,

consequently, he was obliged to buy

That, althou

", although

at the time he bought the said

lot No 44, it was well worth the ground rent payable

from the

it, yet.

in July 1844, the

Chinese Town was, in accordance with the Government Notification to that effect, removed from its former site to Cai-ping- shaw, where it at present remains.

That the said Inland Lot Nr. 44 is situated

Bright

valuables

in the middle of the present Chinees Cown, and that the said Thomas Mỹ Knight, deceased, having building erected thereon, and which he had occupied

o for two years, was, when the

his family

as a residence

with

now it, together

Nos.

together with the adjoining lots Nth 143,

σκ

143a and 205, are to depreciated in value, that the whole of the paid 3 lots, although they have been improved upon at an immense expense, and added to the residencò aforesad

aro

commonly knoww (collectively) as the Brook (ottage) property, will not, owning to the disagreeable vicinity

Chinese houses, let for the annual,

That the

I ground rent .

of the

• ground rent payable annually

the said lots Nos. 44, 205, 143 and 143 a

amounts to L. 91.7.6.

00)

Your Memorialists, therefore, respectfully submit

the above facts to your

consideration, and,

taking into consideration the peculiar

circumstances of this property, they think

that they,

1, in their representation character

they,

of Administrators to the said late Chomas McKnight's Estate,

are entitled to have

x

considerable reduction of the ground rent payable on the lots aforesaid allowed to

them, and trust & you will be pleased to

make a strong

recommendation to this

effect; with the perfect confidoned of having

their claime justly investigated and reported,

Your Memorialists will ever

Your

pray, &c,

Signed, W. G. McKnight

(Copy)

Fo

(Letter 5.)

355

Victoria, 31th October, 1849.

The Monble. W. C. Mercer,

Charles St. Gea (leverly, E14.

I.. W. Smith, Esq.

W. Davidson, Esq.

b. J. Fr. Stuart, Etq:

Gentlemen,

I beg to avail myself of your

Notification of the 17th inst : to bung under

your

notied the present application, in

the hope that it will meet

and concurrence.

your support

I beg to call.

your

attention to that.

Charles May.

Oct. 30

30th.

1849.

True Copy

Maine

·Conial Secretary.

portion of Inland Lot No. 50 whereoid the Catholic Church and

Missionary

Residence stand, for the whole of which I pay yearly into the Colonial Creasury

of £. 58.7.52 as ground

the sum

rent . As this portion of the Lot is used

and VilpnagramDENNA ZAKE.

I

.

exclusively for

Divine Service and the

Religions Instruction of Her Majesty's Catholic Subjects residing

in this Colony,

I venture to solicit that I may be allowed

to hold it at a nominal quit rent :

the sund

In conclusion I beg to add that Spay to Government for lands

held by mo for the support of my

mission, including

the above lot No. 50,

amounts to L. 217-19 · 3 for

8.217-19.3

annum.

Cousting that this applications

may not be considered presumptuous on

any part,

Sbeg

(Signed)

true

Cone Copy

to remain, &c,

Fr. Antonio Feliciani!

Procurator of the Missions

of

the Sacred Congregation "De Propaganda Fide

in

China

Colonial Scritory

1

1

356

Enclosure No 8 in

Despatch

Mo 85

1850

:

ן

Copy.

(Letter 6.)

the Committer

for investigating

the Cenard

of Land in Hongkong.

Gentleman,

We beg

leave to lay before you

a.

357

statements relative to certain land in this Cours

held by us, being lots

135, 136,

year

a

1842

137

numbered 51, 134,

now num

and 139.

At the

400

lot of ground

commencemen

of

the

purchased from Major (aine

with a small:

a small Bun

ground with a

it, for the sund

built upon

Dollars.

Bungalow

of Five thousand

The extent of this land included)

the whole of that comprised in the lots

above mentioned. The

arrangement for

the

purchase was made upon the faith that

Major faine had at the time absolute -

right and title to the land.

having

been.

is

question, it

granted to hein by Capt : Ellist,

For. Antonio Feliciani, regarding

Letter from the Reverend

a

portion of Inland Cot N. 50.

31th October, 1849.

2.

H. M's the Superintendent of trador,

QA Q

small compensation for losses sustained in the Cyphoons of 21. and 26. July, 1841. Major

-Caind, being still in the Colony, will no

doubt

testify

to this, if required .

We believe the land was

du

в

registered excordingly in the books of the

Land Office,

lot.

It

and

tvax.

placed

as a

suburban

was at that time wholly unsuitable

for building purposes, ( and

portion

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3 358

levelling the ground, and built the house now

knoww

RA

"Green Bank."

Sir Henry Pottinger arrived in

Longkong in August, 18441, and aftumed)

Despatch

" Wide Blue the Government of the felony. In his Dropatal

to Lord Stanley

Book, p. 391.

stated.

dated 23

Iwas only

"to my going"

June, 1843, her here 24 hours previous

to the northward with the

expedition, but during that time I directed " all further grants

or sales to be discontinued,

and allowed fapt. Elliot's arrangements

a considerable

is so still, particularly

the south

"

Ow

part of No. 51, and part of 139 and 1344,

near

the Roman Catholic Church). Major

Caine expended

a.

a

considerable sum in clea

clearing

space of the large boulders of stone, and built the Bungalow before

out

alluded to.

Immediately after the conclusion of

er purchases from that officer, Mr. G. E. Braine, (then senior partner in Chind of

our Firm), proceeded in further clearing and

to remain

as

I found them " Subsequently, however, on returning

to the Colony, Sir Henry Pottinger directed that a considerable portion of the lot

4. granted

to Major Caine should be marked off and divided into other lots, for public competition ; and, accordingly,

that part

now numbered

134, 135, 136, 137 and 139,

tvas

put up

to sale by auction, when Mr. Braine, in

order to retain for the Firm what

they

1

.

.

·

24.

had already actually paid for, found it

necessary to bid for each lot, and which were

knocked down to him at high

accordingly

rates, o

owing

to competition .

Sir Henry Pottinger permitted the

remainder of the original lot, (now No. 51),

to be held by us, pending

the decision

the Committer which he appointed to

investigate.

that, as

claims.

that Committee

of

tee recommended)

*

, as we had built extensively,

Loc......

should be permitted to retain it, which

His Excellency

AVAL

an annual rent to

1

to L. 410 a 44-6,

Amount expended $20,000, ide Blue Book, p. 406. The amount now

-pleased to confirm ; actually expensed

but in doing so he directed that the land,

instead of being classed

das suburban, should

be placed in the list of Lown lots, and be

chargeable,

ble with enhanced rent accordingly

the

is,

proceedings Bungalow for

a

consequenced of all these

that for land and a small

which

Ave

bonâ fide purchase,

paid. £5,000, as

we have

1.

now to

is nearly $40,000.

pay

359

Gowrnment, amounting

al to about £.110

equal

f2.

acro ! and this too, while the Buildings

upow

the two lots No. 51 8137

are noth

riated to Crade but consist of as

appropriated

Family Residence and Stables only, surrounded by a Gardow,

Gardew, and the lot's

havd a few

134, 135 and 136

have.

China

shops, which were built in order to

conforme to the wishes of the Government,

that there should be houses on both sides Wellington Street. This property of Wellington

not like.

likely

interest.

12

original coch with

to pay its original

Your Committee may probably

consider that

wve

might have refraine's from

bidding for the lots put up to sale; but our

as ent

Sam

to this is, that, reply

very largo had been expended upon Building), and

to its

in laying out the ground according to original dimensions, we were reluctant

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6.

to risk the deterioration of the property by other partie's locating, upon it, while at the same time we, like most others in the Colony, anticipated an early rev

revision

of the terms

of land tenure.

the

iw

impolicy of taxing land which is unsuitable for building, and employed only for ornamental purposes, at the high rates before specified, much be fully apparent the fact that, (with the exception of the small space fronting

the houses in Spring Gardens), there is not another gardew in the whole town of Victoria West, notwithstanding all the recommendations of the Colonial Surgeon

and others as to

the benefit to be derived from the planting of trees and shrubs.

ہے؟

circumstances

nous

laying all the foregoing

before your Committee,

are induced to hope-

that you

1

we

will not

merely recommend a material reduction of

r-

-the annual pent upon

question, but that

to suggest

you

the grou

7

360

nd iw

will also fee cause

such alterations in the Land

tenure for the future, that inducement

may be given to carry out the recommendation, of the Colonial Surgeon in the formation of plantations and gardens.

We are, &

Hongkong,

November 16th.

&O,

(Signed) Dent

7

18.49.

C

ue...

& 70.

Colonial Storstory

Indo

sure Nog in Despatch

No 85 f

1850

F

...T

1

(Letter 7.)

361

Canton, 30th. Noor. 1849.

The Honble. W. P. Mercer, Eeg:

bhas : St. George Cleverly, Esque. Committee for inquiring J. W. Smith, Esq:

Charles J. Fr. Stuart, Esq. Walter Davidson, b19:

Gentlemen,

into the Land Conund

of the Colony of Hongkong.

f

We beg to bring to the noties

in the mode of

the Committee a

measuring

a grievance in the the Lots of Land in the Iland

of Hongking, which in our opinion presses

most unjustly on the purchaser, who has no

voice in

-regulating the size of the lots, but

is compelled to take them

as measured

by

the Surveyor General, though a great part

may

be perfectly useless to him . We think the position in which we ourselves. are placed by the purchase of the 2 Inland

Lots numbered 53 and 544 will show

the Committed the grounds of our complaint

Letter from West Bant He

In them

regarding

b lots

f

Land held

16th Nov? 1849.

4

2

These lots are on

hill

02

the precipitous side of the

the south side of the Queen's Road

opposite Spring Gardens, lot 54 being measured 100 feet

in de

leet and lot

and lot 53 50

· feet

depth from the Queen's Stoad . On a

portion of the first

Measuring

we have built

a-

house

about 50

fect in depth, and on

the other 6 Chinese shops measuring say

25 feet

4

and

say 50 feet

the whole of the remainder,

in the No. 54 and 25 feet

in

No. 53, making a total of 7500 square fect is, owing to the precipitous nature of ground, perfectly unavailables, the Sill where the cutting

the

Ceases

being actually above

the roofs of the Chinese shops,

and above

the first floor windows of the two-story

house. We

the

may mention, as a

proof of

impracticability of making the remainder of these lots available, that the whole of

the earth in Spring Garden's

from

the

was excavated

spot on which the buildings

stand, and that,

as to

ever

362

if land was so valuable

to justify the expence of a deeper cutting,

there is no available spot where the soil could be transferred.

We bought these lots with the object

the establishment of

solely of preventing

might have been

what mig

a nutand

occupiers of the Marine loss

i we

to

had

the

aro

option in the purchase of naming the quantity

of square feet we

either

required

or were)

willing to level and excavates, and the Committer will see from the above

Statement that,

not ow

our rent

being calculated

the

the space occupied, but

surface as registered in the Land Office,

we are

paying

rent on

u just

double the

be

quantity of Land that is now or can hereafter made available to us. The amount rent of lot No. 54 is

loh No. 53

lo

of Na

L27-

8.9

13. 14.41⁄2

and 100 tabmit that the half of that

we

.

amount, or in other words, the rent of the ground actually occupied, would be fair and equita

Our object, however, in addressing the

Committee is le

less with

with a view

view of bringing forward a claim to a reduction of rent, (however equitable it might be ), than to draw their attention to what, in our opinion,

is a most

just mode of

et

unjust

We have, &o.,

measurement.

1 Blenkin Rawson &

(Signed: ) Blen

ис

hy.

Conial Secretar

Secutery

C.

(Copy) (Letter 8.)

Sirs,

Hongkong, 30 th Nove

363

30th 1849.

With reference to your Notification dated 104,

"inst

I beg to lay before you the following particulars in connexion with the lease held by myself for Marine lot 44.

The lot of ground in question, tinted

in the accompanying plan, containing as per

d yellow

Jea su 20.

- ment of Lease 42, 527 square feet, was put up at the Land sale held the 9th July, 1844, at the upset price of £. 335, and knocked down to me at £. 337. 7. 3, one

other party only having bid for it against

mo.

At that time all the adjacent premises colored.

pink in the plan

not place my

were

crected, and I therefore.

I therefore could

house further

my house

in advance than where it

is now situated, as per line. A B, and, ouring,

any

to the

other position.

angular formation of the lot, not in than, at a right angle with the eastern boundary BC, without making a still

house

1. greater sacrifice of ground From this circumstance, there is between any

and

the water, a space IDK B, upwards of 5,400

H

364

ann

: square feet, only available. for garden, charged with the

nual, rent of upwards

of upwards of L. 42, whilst the triangular space of ground within the lines DFF is shut, out

from the advantage of a Marind lot, though charged

£..50

with rent as such, and thus pays L. 50 per

per annum

over and above the rate it would be liable to as a Town

lot, to which class it more,

: properly belongs .

The upset price for Marine lots was, I believe, obtained from the average sale prices of lots 100 feet water

parallel frontage, going back to the road, running almost,

or frontage,

and which depth of lot, I to generality of cases, will be found to have giver an average of not 7 feet from north to south.

with the water

think, in the

"not over 150

44

The eastern boundary running north and south of Lot 14.

measured

to the lot as originally is 330 fect. Beus, owing being considered Marine lot from high water mark to

a

the road side, and the road not being continued in a

line

with the formation of the harbour, and therefore not parallel

5 frontage of the Lease,

with the water

-

as in most all other

Marine lots, - I am charged with the Marine lot rate for

a piece of ground CFGHI that, had the Road been

continued in a line with the harbour, would also only

have been a Cown lot, and I should not have been taxed

with more, ground rest for the road-side - house, because

it was at the north side of the road, than houses situated at the south side of the road.

ath will be observed, from the plan that,

taking away

the triangle DF. F' and the piece CFGH, I am still. left a Marine lot of 100 feet frontage, almost, the exact size and contents of my neighbours, but. about. 5,400 square feet of which

were unavailable

for building, ground when the lot was sold. As the upset price of the land per square foot was fixed upon the average purchase price per lot, marked out as -nearly right angular as they could be, and bought with no useless angles

useless angles unavailable. I conceive that the ground within the lottors A.GHB is the just formation and size of the lot to which that upset price is applicable.

therefore unavailable for building on,

I would respectfully, therefore, submit for your consideration, with reference to the tenure of my lease for Lot

M 44:-

:

3

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H

14h

"

The recommendation of the entire abatement

of

that " portion of Rent at present applicable to the ground IDKB, which was unavailable for building on when offered for sale by Government."

ondly. "The placing of those portions of the original Lot

comprised within AIFF and CFGH on

the terms of a Towns _lot", " and with reference to the tenure of land in

square foot, based upon the early purchases, consideration, it appears to me, ought

365

some.

ought therefore to have

been had for localities, and the formation of lots, since,

marked out, might

whilst a lot, as

originally

be

well worth the price obtained by competition, from

the position and capability of the available building

of land in general bought

subsequent to the adoption of an upset, price, which question

also bears particularly upon my

3rdly.

Leate.

" Whether the upset prices

ow correct data and a

Avere

a fair principle. "

originally based

All the original purchasers of land bought

$ Lot, without particular reference to the number

4quare feet therein. And their buildings

of

would doubtless

be influenced as much by the formation and capability for building thereon, the accommodation they had in view, as by the location and the then present, sife. They had

every advantage, the lots being convenient shape), and in situations where

circumstances

marked out in

many enight create a competition that would

not occur elsewhere . In regulating an upset price pet

J

ground or squard feet, being materially increased, the

lot and still less

one at a

at a distance

adjoining dear in comparison, if bought

of square foot, from

snight a

at the same rate

it not only be incapable of

increase in available building ground, but being.__ encumbered with angles which increaed the number

of square feet chargeable with the upset price. As a proof that the upset price

heavy per square

Avas

foot for my lot, I may instaned the circumstance of all my neighbours in Spring Gardens paying much under the upset price at which my

lot was

put up p. square foot . Many of the lots as originally

to which Rent is paid, I bought, and according

apprehend have been materially increased by

reclamation from the harbour . Thus, though the

be

J

:

rent.

= f. &quare foot might be high according to the measurement of. lease, it is probable that it was

the

capability of reducing that rate by adding to the available -building ground, that enabled the purchaser to pay the higher rate for

rate for that portion included in the Lease,

whilst, in

is the case of my Lot, I was not only

unable to add to my available

le ground, but upwards of 12 per cent of the Government

was wh

"overnment measurement

wholly unavailable, and a

large portion of Marine rate, though

the remainder taxed with Marine rate,

strictly speaking, only chargeable with Cown lot rate.

In conclusion, I beg to call

your

attention

to the fact that, assuming the premises built on my lot were let at the highest rontal Ibelieve that was obtainable when such accommodation

ground rent

was scarce and wanted, after paying ground there would be left 5% interest for outlay of capital, which was moderate, whilst taking the

rent at what they will only bring at present, if

they

caw

be let at all, they will not produce 50°

fr cent of the ground rents. As this ground rent

was

the

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upset price of Government, and has always been considered as in liew of all other taces and assefements, it is evident it acts most unjustly

on individuals and

injuriously towards the Colony,

which the

Lined, when, from circumstances over Lesees of the ground have no control, their property

becomes untenanted, they are still liable for what

in truth was

assessment

or

only

intended to be such taxes as occupa

in liew

of a

" an

cupation would

only have justified or created; a principle of levying : taxes which, whilst it imposes a burden on Landlords when they are least able to bear it, must check the investment of capital

in

shape.

the Colony in any at

all cases

Setting aside, therefore, all

of individuals

hardship in Leases and Tenure of Land in the Colony,

I respectfully submit that the principle of raising fund by aw excessive ground rent in liew of all other system

of taxation is calculated to,

is calculated to oppress the more

the affairs

Ed, and thus opcrates every day

of the Colony and depressed,

mord

against

as

Every day the

a reaction, and in times of prosperity it

does not fairly tax those who ought to be taxed, or

2. yield.

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To the

(Letter 9.)

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"Victoria, Hongkong,

21th. November, 1849.

the

Committer investigating

Land Conure of this Colony

Gentlemen,

Ebeg to lay claim for &

reduction of the present high pont of Lot

A. : it is indeck without exception

No. 9 A.

онед

being

of the worst lots in the Cown, but

a.

little central, and the mania

building being

for

in its prince, this lot was

deemed desirable and accepted by me

at its upset rentab, in compensation for

certain

und in

cestour ground south boundary

the Cantonment.

is one.

hundred and

feet above it's Nuth frontage

The

theity

it is a

huge mass of rocks and springs,

notwithstanding

Shave spent thre

and

thousand dollars in improving it, it now

searccly brings in sufficient to pay

the

regarding Marine lot N. 44.

Letter from Mr. A. Carter,

30th November, 1849.

to 85 of 1830.

nclosure Noll in Despatch

2

heavy) ground pent:

The whole lot save the north-

frontage and about

and about thirty feet deep is useless, in consequence of its declivity and

rocky

structure; so much of it is unavailable

view will condemn the lot

that a single

and demand for

this case merits.

hands to ask for

merits.

that reduction

Crusting to your

judgement, Ileave the matter in

better

your

me what the case

I am, &o,

(Signed) for Capt R. t. Beauvais,

Cone Copy. Maine

Guddell.

olonial Secretas

Secutory

369

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helo

Zure

No 85

No 12 in Despatch

J 1850.

Copy.

To the

(Letter 11.)

370

Victoria, Houghing,

jh November, 1849.

-Committer Investigating

the Land Tenure of thi

felony

Gentlemen,

Marine Let P281, Fifty feet-square_

situate at the for Weet of Victoria, distance half

the centre of the Town,

a

Mile from the ce

by

me at the auction sale

of

AVAJ

purchased

Crown Lands in

Ireember 1845, and, uotwithstanding its distance-

from the Town, its upset price.

rate as the most

this

Launc

147769

·

after the

the same

sible Marine Frontages

cligible

at

auction the whole of the sea-shore adjoining

this Lot and the Inland Lots on the opposite side the

Road

sold; in fact, so great-

Was

the

competition at the sale, and the impression being that the surrounding Lots would be built upon

1.

Letter from Mr G. Buswell

representing

behalf off

high rental of Cot to ga.

Mr R. N. Beauvais, the

21th Noon 1849.

2.

immediately, I made a small advance and- Marine Let Pol became mines. Is a matter of course all my neighbours were about to build-, I took the lead and commenced; unfortunately, I found on after inspection of the Lot that With Boundary

Sea

tor Ste

my

Twenty feet in the

beyond high water mark=; nothing daunted-,

I commenced a wrought. Stone foundation; caution and the exposed sea frontage demanded _ the Thousand

Pile

or more to be driven, before laying a stone, Earth was excavated and

the work

progressed, Barth

brought to fill in the Lot, and to my surprise,

my

EMAI

when very foundation. Fifty feet square complete, my neighbours had not yet begun; I flagg'd too; too late, the foundation=

AVAI

sorrow

completed and neeleee; found out to my the irremediable error had committed; time rolled on., squatting was prohibited, Money

too valuable to

go

WAS

with a building suitable to the Foundation, In hopes of catching for Tenants the disturbed Chinese Iquatters, I built four ties.

-storied wood Houses, but to no

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purpose,

the

AJ

Tabular Statements hereunto auneved, will shew.

toas

surrendered; alas

All the adjoining Property for me! I cling to my outlay, and sunt dearly am I paying therefore. I pray you will consider. the unjustuere of the upset value being fived for

this isolated sea

Frontage;

the

the same brice as

Frontages immediately in the vicinity of shipping

and Commerce.

the

Marine. Letes N60, 50 and 51, I bought

sole; ee great

at the same

and so

• sanguine this fine.

was the competition,

that

were we that our

Commerce would increase

however, luckily,

I

dich nest build ; highteen months rent and Fees

was

my

Fine on

this job.

On Inland. Lot. N285 the same.

Marine Lot N68, One Hundred Fort

square, was

me in December 1844,

bought by ane

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and surrendered to bøvernment preparatory to buying the aforementioned Lots . Iu

In

I

Consequence_

over one-

of the unnatural Rent at which it was held, it having run up at the said sale to Hundred Porends per annum, undoubtedly moing to the few Marine Lots then offered for competitia.

The imponer reclaiming from the sea about. Thirty Feet

ovements, a Sea Wall, anch

by-

filling in, surrendered with this Lot, cost. me One Hundred Pounds and the year's Rent, and Law suit connected therewith, another one_

Hundred Pounds.

Marine Lot. N. 68.A., Fifty feet square, is the hautern half of the surrendered. Marine Lot. No68, and was bought by

me at a sale of Crown Leases, March 1846. I was entirely seduced anto buying this Lot; thus, there was as bid of

inte

for

it whatever, and being under the impression that Her Majesty's Govemment, would build dircetly the Public Landing place said to adjoin it, and

the Lot having been considerably improved since

its first sale in 1846.4, ( and that at. ༩འ་ tempted me to buy

me to buy it at the only price

cort. too),

at which

it could be bought; the upset price, so unfairly

fixed at one and the

Lane

rate

on

the whole of

the sea Frontages in Victoria, without reference

to locality.

from

2 may

be imagined,

Its distance from Business when Irelate, I beached and broke a ship-up

waste

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Land situated several Lots nearer Town; the

lot remained idle for some time; at length- having

the wreek quantity of surplus Timber from

a

alluded to, I built two two-storied Brick Houses

on the Lot, but unfortunately in so doing, from want of timely notice from the Road Surveyor, I built the Verandahs of the eaid Houses in some

way

irregular, and they were pulled down by the Police, and the Building so defaced

ced, remain tenantless.

is a burden and

being so for from the Town, which is not likely to progress for the precent . This Lote is a hardship to me,

and Spray you

with alleviate it's

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pressure.

Marine Lot. No 68 is fifty feet square, the adjoining Lot west of 68 A, bought by me, and afterwards sumendered with the lose set forth in the annexed Table; this is another instance

my infatuated high- expectations of the Colony.

of

Inland Lot. N.319 is an oblong on are of Forty-five. Fret by eight right, bought by me in December 1844, after unprecedented contested. bidding, for two hundred per cent

cent upon its original. overrated upret rental. The only circumstances

in

- palliation of my buying this Lot at such

price, are,

the Lot

was

A

airy and perfectly level,

with one Rock, mely to clear off it, before building

could be commenced; this, to me a

small

мелена

capitalist; emarting at the time at

my

outlay to clear the mountain off du land let 1.35, then under performance, combined with the great demand of or Stonces, and the facilitics this

Houses,

Lot

offered to speedily excet them, together with. the faste of having been outbich on all other lots "day, hurled me forward to the pinnacle

the same

at which it was kurcked down to me; having

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got it, and at such a Rent, no lost; the buildings

were

time was to be

Commenced, finished,

and tenanted, but, how illusive, barely a spear clapsed before the Sonants fled to other Houses

hich had risen

far

away,

risen up like a dream

- and concentred in a Town. The Houses were

up

void, vagrants plundering

even to the fastenings from

fastenings from the doors and Glase

from

the Window sashes; the

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Grates were

stolen; subjected_ thus is House property in

Houghing, in defiance of Police and Law, and the Landholder, in addition to rent and taxes, must pay a private Watchman to protect- his useless property; so it is. Having mortgaged this Lot to a friend for one thousand Gollars, at ten per cent, I was compelled to hold on until Irepaid_ the Money; the Buildings were much

damaged by the Typhoon in 18468

Afterwards, in November 1848, hope entirely

and Scummenced sufficient

beref

me

resolution, and surrendered the lot to the Crown.

-A reference, to the Mmey Columus aunered, will pistare this hardship in its true light. Da consequence of requiring a Sailor's Home, I have by petition obtained back the lot your Goremment, repaired the Buildings, and put suy seamen into it, so loath is one to relinquish his oron. I pray your interesesion specially in this case,

ofor a reduction of the

enormous rent on this Lot.

Inland Lot N.204 is a equore of sixty

me in March 1846;

to seventy feet, bought by it is perched at the. Top of a flight of steps called. Publie Road, and is located in the St. Giles of Houghing; having no better recommendation, it remains unimproved _ ; it is retained by me in consequence of having paid Four years ... rental thereon, and in anticipation that,

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(as it deserves), it will share in the meditated reductions of Ground Rent; otherwise it must be

surrendered.

Inland Lot 1.291 A. is an oblong Fifty

fect by one Hundred feet, bought in betober. 1866, this Lot, when purchased,

Moraze or Swamp;

it lies

very

was a

low, and the mountain rises

abrupt round it, there was

high and

only Two acres put-

up for competition on this occasion; and in consequence of Lot 291, (an eight of an here),

about Seventy- being the beet, why,

it was mun

лер

five per cent, above its upset. annual rent-, at- which price I, of necessity, bought it. I must

admit that

на

now

литен

I have expended so much m in this Lot and carry on- my profession on it

m

e, but_

Alve,

it is of considerable advantage to should I voeate it, I much. fear it would

barely return me my

rental, it being situated at the outskirts of the Cantonments some distance from the centre of the Town ; on this Lot also .').

I

11.

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reduction.

Are

Inland Lots AZ 291, 292, 293, and 294

al

-ground- artificially enclosed for agricultura purposes, comprising six cores; the first improvements

on this ground

interest. I have

were made by MWz Shelley, where

acquired by purchase. I am at present occupied planting Vegetables, Inces, and brasses, and shortly intend building a Fann House

M

Bungalow on "Michelle. Brove", so called; it is

-

situated at the back of Victoria, higher up the Mountain than bought at the

any

Was

other Lauch yet sold; it upset price at Public Auction in March 1846, there being no unzucecceful competitor, but why? its upset. priec should have been fixed at: it's presents rental. I cannot infer, the Land being in Lreality and surface for inferion to Farm Lott me and others at one Pound per here, add to which its height, and acclivity, rendering artificial inigation indispensable, and most expensive; at the present moment, with only two Labourers

sheld by

and a Watchman - this Land, rent included, is

are expense to me

of You Shillings per

diem

hitherto it has yielded reothing, in forst

until

to grow

the rent is reduced it is folly to attempt to

any

thing for sale, for the cost of production will exceed the Market value of the ratiele produced, tenfold. I beg to urge consideration as its sucrits decerve; in fact the

this case on your

promotion of agriculture within this Colony demands the most earnest attention of the Govemment,

for

with a

few good market-Bardens in. the should not again

possession of Ruropeans

terrow-stricken, at

the

we

вс

report of the "Chinese having

the

streped on cupplies." The cultivation of Grasses our Inces is most desirable, for Dry-

Inland Lot 12292 A. is

for

sealm tre

have

the

in the

upset rentals.

My

the adjoining Lot to 1991.4, (bought, at the same sale), of similar dimensions, and at an advance of about Fifty per cent on statement, relative to P991. I is applicable to this

and execpted that three shops in the-

Lot,

lave

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recupation of Chince, have been built. hercon at an large outlay, moving to the necessity of driving piles for foundations, draining the Land, to.

The rents of theee shops have hitherto been

paid to the Mortgages for interest on his Lown, and

they have reverted to me,

they are barely sufficient to cover the heavy annual Brown Rent

M

this Lot, and I pray the Committee, will knowing

the proverbial penury of Chinese Tenantry, to urge a

reduction on this Lot,

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all Profits

to

to

accrue hercoût

must be wrected from such tenantry, whore misery be thus depicted. The Shop PD on this Lote

may

Covers an area

of Fiften feet by thirty feet, the yard

Rives, and outhonds thereto belonging

Aven

cover a

of fiften fest by twenty feet, total area Fiften fect by Fifty feet, and there is one Rome over the shop, within the precincts where of pozitively

dwell and

carry M

meredible mass

their calling the following

of human beings, viz Master Tailor, Wife, and Children, and 18

Workmen.

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Master Miniature painter, Wife, and Child and-

an Assistant.

Book Binder and an Assistant-

Three Barbers, Lodgers, and innumerable-

Cooks, Water Carriers and Visitors.-

The Shop No2, a Cabinet Araker's, adjoining is

similarly inhabited; in fact, this remarkable hoarding together of people is universal; in the Chinese parts of are much more crowded; it has

the Sown the houses

outes are

repeatedly fallen to

1129

Lot, as sheriff's Auctioneer, to

Arrears

sell up apparently respectable. Thes keepers for of Rent; I have invariably found a number of Partions chinaman in connected: it is most rare to find any

Businese without a number of Partners in these Shop, the lowest ancuials feed from the

the same Bowl as

their Martow. The result of these sales is of there sales is

generally, First, the Respected head of the Department absconded, the shop found

crammed with fictitions packages,

labelled Bones, false

bo

bottomed cases,

baskets, and

Sars superficially filled : in reality gutted- of any - article it ever contained of value ), though it is most

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14.

questionable if ever the strek execeded a Pedler's Pack, which had been thus quaintly arranged for outward shew; I have repeatedly, on view of one of these shops, anticipated a sale would amount to Hundreds of dollars, where cenes

only have been the reecipts; Coolies, Servants, Boatmen and a few- Loudholders for one half the Chinese community.

formo The other half Brokers, Pedlers, Contractors, Women, and the above depicted. Shopkeepers are tenantry to huropease. Loutholders, and it is from such a clase that a large amount of the present high acr expected to be reecived; there is another class I have. omitted; that is the squatters, who pay a small sent. to the Crown, add their mite toward the Police Tax, and while subjected thus, they are content; but when the Land is offered them at the fired rentals, they leave the Colony to return no more, this simple circumstance is the most conroborative

of any that the

upset rentals are fived to high.

rents are

Inland. Lot. P30, truly is it named,

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15.

for it is in a deep blen surrounded by high-

by high and mighty Hills; this Lot. was bought by me in Jannay

1tke

present year; it is situated immediately at the back of Lots Az291. A. and 292.A., bounded.

the North and hast by Roads that are not yet formed. I applied to brvomment for this Lot to my present residence for the purpose of

anney

to

folding Sheep and other stock; Cattle and Fairy Keeping

being

MIL

·

Me

of to

the numerous

recupations in

u

which I

to enable me to cam

ed to

of necessity engaged

sufficient money to pay my Crown Rents; this Lot, when purchased

110

by

me, was one

of the very

of

wost

dezeription, nothing but nooks, swamps, and springs, my outlay has been very great, to sender it what, at best it ever with be, "a buck yard, for it certainly has us frontage to a thoroughfare; ~ notwithstanding. But breause this Lot happens to be on a preallel with the Land in Wellington.

ра Street classed at one Hundred Pounds per acre. Inland Lot N30 isolated with mountains around it, disconnected with. Wellington or any

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other street, is classed therewith, and the rental

of Forty eight. Sounds eleven shillings and six pence fixed thereon, at which rate and

allowed to recupy this Lot.

Aut

other all

Inland Lot. k30 should have been rated

according to the degree of its approximation to the Lots in Wellington Streets, (a good long street, secol in the Colony, with transverse. Ronds in

and every

as an a

a very

every direction),

allowance made for its inutility; except

adjunet. to Lets NZ 291 hand 292 A- This

a

is

hard care to payeuch a rental of 'n back yard!

Inland Lot. No340, this is a small picec

of bround bought by

of a Lender made by

me in May 1849, in consequence

me to this bovemment to purchase the Coolie stand thercon erceted; this Lot is very steep and cooky, in fact there is

not a

piece of Table Land ten feet square in the Floor of the Coolie stand to level for which Building

Building a slice

it,

was cut out of part of the mountain; it is certainly to be expected

*

that

now and them expensive cuttings into the mountains will fall to the lot of Landholders in

Stoughing, and, another heavy items of expence is,

carrying. Rreks off the Lots to the sea

shore;

any-

improvement of Inland. Lot 12340 must be

attended with there

expenses,

and then a flight of

steps must be its entrance, it is so

rocky;

with such drawbacks,

you

very

steep..

and

must consider

this Lot overrated, and I pray a reduction.

Marine Lots No 25, 29, 29 A., 30 and 30 4: there are situated further

than

are Ally

further away from

the Town, Sast

Marine Lots Weet, there has been

110

Marine Town Lots sold since 1843, (three excepted).

I did not settle here until 1844, conseque

14

miered the first sales. Marine Lots situated between the Western Market and Weet. Boundary

Town Lots, all others of the Cantonment are suburban these Lots 1225, 49, 29.A., 30, and 30A,

are

|:

are situated on the other side of the. Cantonment, Victoria Proper; and the Cantonment

far from

KENNE VERDE

:

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om the

the

preventing intermediate buildings being exceted, entirely disconnects the racter suburbs from Town, making the distance between, lonely at Night and monotonous in the day. The first of there Marine Lots, 1:25 I bought second-hand with the Buildings on it; the others at a Crown there had been sold before and year; surrendered; I really cannot tell why I brought these latter Four Lots, they are for the mat part

sale this

Lite_1.95,

still void; anneration to the Marine Lot. P.25, combined with

or an

a-

latent disease in the Brain,

enlarged Bump there for Land, must-

have been the cause

To my blame, I admit

that myself like others, buy Lots as depicted in the Colored. Inawings of the Land Office without inspecting the Land. Marine. Lots 1925, 29, 29 A.

30, and 30.A., one and all,

are seven or

eight feet

below the level of the Queen's Road, the footpath where of, day by day falls into them for

retaining Wall; and, what is worse than

of

want

this,

a

the Sea at High water comes

within fiften feet

am

of the said forthath, yet am

to the

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I said to enjoy

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boundary of Fifty fect from the said footpath

Sex . On one occasion I remember I felt much aggrieved that I refused payment of Rentma Lot similarly situated, and when sunemonced before the Court, in reply to

Lo

my-

རྒྱལ་པོ་

nagument that at the Brown sates I bid for not water, His Honor the Iudge silenced me by deciding that I had more than I bargained for.;

I had the Water and the Land under the water

about with every these Let's are the Beach, and

tune

Levey.

bale; they are neither Water of Land under the water.

may

I beg that it

be represented that, if I carry - Ground from the distance to make

the distance to make these Lots, that

a consideration should be made therefore. As well as in respect of its suburban Lreality.

Inland Lot 12138, situated opposite

a.

"Pedder's Hill; circumstances connected with- Theatre, induced me to pay

me to pay Seven Hundred- proposed Tollars for this Lot to a Land speculator: it was them

21.

a heap of Rocks; speaking of a heap of rocks, and clearing them from a picos of ground, is quite

another thing; Jassine

ALLME you

you my temper is quite ruffled owing to repeated. broils and strife with. Kincse workmen in this Colony, and this Lot has of trouble to me; it has added more

becu a sea.

than

in one

wrintele to my forehead;

forehead, all my improvements on Land have been effected by myself and Labourers; I could not afford to pay for the services of an architect ; mostly from Publice spirit Serceted a Theatic on this Lot, which, with fittings &c., has cret one thousand Pounds. Blad am I to say

that it has been liberally supported_ atevery performance therein, which have been half a dozen, got up by amateurs, mostly for charitable purposes; It cannot be expected to pay in the present infant state of the Colony. I am

to relate too that a Racket. Court, built at outlay of nearly One Thousand Gollars, on this Lot adjoining the theatre, was totally destroyed

Lorry

all

by

the last Typhoon, to my great love and the

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dicappointinent of the Publie, who much needed this invigorating amusement.

I pray a considerable reduction of the rent. of Inland Lote 19138, which is very high, owing to the competition at its sale, and it's high upset prien;

this I trust will be granted, that I may be enabled to continue this, the only public place of amusement in Houghing.

im

the Lot,

Inland Lots 1235 and 9 are situated_

but as both lots were

the Cantonment at the fort of the General Hill; TP 35 is my property, the Lot 19 that of a friend! bought together, are situated together, and were built on together, the complaint of the me is the complaint of the other, and my friend being about, I beg to represent his hardship I bought these Lots in July 18144,

and

My

no2.

the first Land sale after my arrival in this Colony; I was an unsuccesful competitor at = this sale for what few good Lots were put up.

was on

and-

the

points of quitting the Auction when

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there. Lots were offered; the bystanders said they_

ATIC

were do

An

bad Lots; I did not imagine they bad as they turned out; I requested the Auctioncer to put them down to me at the lowest rent precible; this was the high fixed rate inspection of the Lots after becoming their punehaver, I was betrayed as to then Rocky Mature, their bace being covered by the loose Loam which And fallen from the bencral's still.

the General's still. The dimensions

of

these. Lots are the Hundred and seventy-six

feet

on

the Queen's Road and fifty feet deep into Rocky Mountain - such

WAJ

1 my infatuation

that I commenced cutting the Brow of this hill, and not before three hundred. Poud

and

my

Friend's money had been

of my own

had been expended, did. I

feel the heart daunted; having thrown away

sum,

other

Lumi

this

followed

in succession,

the me

me to

to redeem the other. It is impossible for

describe the amount of Labour, Money, Time, and brief there Lots cost me ; seareely had fifteen- ofeet of the Hill's summit been out.

away

when

Rocks of the

worst possible description

38.1

2

protruded themselves the whole length of the Lots,

their condensed nature, positively they

and such

Was

would not. yield. to stel. The Contracten fled,

Stundred and

fifty

Pounds

was

onc

expended for Firewood_

to burn the Rocks, and night and day for

months

together did this well-remembered Public Auisance- continue; at length, the plans of the Buildings

altered, two

iotic

wings, about- thirty feet each, having

been burnt to the level of the Queen's Road, the Centre.

remaining elevated ten feet above the Road; the

very

back wall of the

of the Buildings

in

M. Au

many places of

were

is formed of the Rock itself; plans nceezeity disearded, and a superstructure built- according to circumstances; after getting as high.

• the first floor, another stive was cut out of the mountain, and a stone retaining wall, and

range of

Cook= Honzes built therein, one hundred

This undertaking

and seventy-six feet long.

greatly impoverished me, and I now regret my Friend, the owner

of Lot 9, advancing six Thousand

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Gollars to complete the work; Three Thousand dollars

on my necount and three thousand Gollars on his own, without

without which the Edifice would have

remained unroofed, a monument

at this

stage

them ran ALL-

of my madnes:

of my

other two contractors had fled; one of

consequence of a spring isening from

the Mountain and undermining a portion of the back wall of the Building, which, on another

recasion, in a wet season,

wet

seasons, fell in, and since

rebuilding, the spring continues and is conducted through the Parlour by a surface drain. The horrors connected with these Lots are indescribable; believe me, when the edifice, was completed, it considered unsafe, and a Verandah ordered to be built to each wing; this cost an hundred Pounds; in less than one year after,

was removed and

was

the flat roof

#put

another

other Three

a new tiled one

on in its place; poor Pil, to alleviate his

рот Friends woes, tok a two years Lease of St Ng 19 at Six Hundred Dollars per annum, has regularly paid his twelve per cent buterest on the Loan and

sec accomp? Police Certificate

382

finally returned it; not one third of the two years' rental paid by

me to

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has isened from the whole range; it has been fitted

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once or twice since for incoming Tenants, and now at

this

moment it is entirely empty

Six meant. Houses, day by day gutted by on grants"

not a lock, bolt or factening remaining, a perfect ruin, hopeless, helpless, I know not what to ask

the Public Co I cannot act from

in relief; fill my

a.

MWIL

to

Coffers but. Sclaim commiseration and

- pepper-com rent to repay my toil, tc.

Farm N1, as its number indicates,

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;

thee

I believe, the first. Farm sold in the Colony Europeans I think need note grumble at £1 per vore

игоренко for tolerably level bround_ if within two or Miles of the Town; for with their superion= agricultural knowledge and Machinery, they might outvie the Chince of the opposite shore, notwithstanding the greater cheapucer of their Rents and labour.

i

F

3832

t Forms

put up

to auction at the

request

of the Chinese, who at the Crown cales shrunke

from

om

the heavy upset prices; huropeans breame the purchasers, and now hold Four-fifths of

Farm Land sold.

of the

Farm Land at a greater distance than two or three Miles from the Town is at present worthless, in consequence of the want of protection, and even at some future period, if be afforded_,

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necessitated to accept the Lot at its present high rate; Serge a reduction thereon in ~

игде consequence of its application, inland locality, and unavailable position, to. -

Inland Lots N=275, 276 and 39, and

dent on each.

other are Lots I have long since surrendered; having poid from I have not been

in

mrotected, only a very low rent can consequence of the additional

expense of

the

are

inland caniage. The above remarks applicable to Farm 128 also.

Inland Lot. N.339. this is a small

me in May 1949, in

me to this

me

pice of bround bought by consequence of a Tender made by Government to purchase the Corlic. Stand thereon. erected; it is similarly situated to Inland Lot - 1:30, and has no available frontage: Lowever, requiring the Building for a smithy, I was

ou one

a

to two

years

long jobber-

I have not

sold a single lot of Ground, save once, at

He special request of Messrs Dent. Ife and the bonus received therefore was barely

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equivalent; gets, on retrospection, it is - evident. Inever could have built on all Lots, unless perhaps I meditated erceting buildings of the worst possible clare, of which this Town is already too crammed-

In

will

conclusion, Imort carnestly decire

you consider the foregoing facts collectively, taking into consideration the large sum of Money myself, a a most humble individual,

334

29.

paid into this Treasury; bearing in mind that

the hope of the reduction of Rent

has alone buoyed

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of earning

which hope every

now craved

up hitherto and cheered

very

been surrendered; and now, that it is

me

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£. T

2

10

36141

840

p of

When

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Cost

of

of

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511

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meditated to resume to more

Land, unless

speedy relief is administered_, I shall of necessity become so large a Crown Sebtor that confinement in the Rison must be

the mode of liquidation. I have, to

(Signed) G. Guddell.

(Jane (opy)

Colonial houtary

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13 1010

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50.

I certify that the man mentioned below

Name

Description

Date of Conviction

Chief Magistrates office,

Victoria, Houghtong, 24th November, 1849.

was convicted and sentenced as

offenec

against his

Mate_

Sentence

expressed _.

By what Magistrate

335

1849

On 13 November 1849, at Victoria

la roque

and Vagabond; found

in a certain unsecupied to be imprisoned for three-

Lum Akchaong Chinese Beggar trember 13 dwelling house in the Canton

True Copy

Bazaar, for an unlawful purpoze, to steal the glaze from the windows of the said dwelling-house

To

mouths with hard labour

Chief Magictrate

(Ligued.) I. Mellius, Chf. Clert-

folonial Secretary-

185 A1850.

nclosure No 13 in

Despatch

:

386

(Copy:)

(Letter 12.)

Victoria, 14

* January,

1850.

To the fommittee appointed to make investigation

into the tenure of Land in this folony .

Gentlemew,

I ans requected by the Missionaries of the London Missionary Society

Society resident is

Ronghong to inform you that they have instincter me to apply to the Directors of their society for directions as to the propriety of their me

a

ma

aking

application to the Government of this Colony for

remission of the ground ront paid for the

which Union Chapel stands in Holly-

sites on

wood Road, and the Chapel of the Society,

in

the

Bazaar. As some months

As some months must clapse

Lower Bazaar.

before

· from England,

an answer is received from have to beg that, the delay

application may

delay in making suck and not be considered as prejudicial

:

of sundry lots held by him.. representing the highs rental Letter from Mr I suddell

1th November, 1849

:

to it, if it shall hereafter

Lam,

Gentlemon,

be mados.

On behalf of the Missionaries of the

London Missionary Society,

Your (Signed) James Legge

obcdient Servant,

The How : W. C. Mercer, Esq.

Chas. St. George Cleverly, Esq. J. W. Smith, Esq. M. Davidson, Esq.

and b.

b. J. F. Stuart, Esq.

Lue

Copy

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Main Colomal fruitary

.

1

(Copy) (Letter 19.)

387

Hongkong, 1775 January, 1850

Gentlemen,

Swish to bring to your

notice

the

high rate very high,

rato of annual.

annual rent or inland

ow

ew

my

name: the

lob No. 220, registered

lot was

,

aw

there

originally put up to auction at an annual rental of £. 24-14-2, and as

very great competition, it was rund up

soas ve

to G

4.2.

£.78-4

On this

the re

I cannot

ground I built tom houses, which yielded a fair rentab, but now is so little, business in Hongkong) I c. let them at one fourth of their former rental : the consequence

is

I am quite

acry high rate of

W ber

unable to pay such a

ground rent . Ethereforo beg you

will take

Co Honorable W. C. Mercer and Members of Committee appointed for the wise

of the Land Conurd of

the

e Colony

regulation

·

i

my

case into

consideration, with a

(Copy)

(Letter 14).

your

of the ground

ound pent

vicio to the reduction

to the

upset price) .

If this be done Ishall be able

to retain the lot and pay the pent regularly; otherwice, Ishall be obliged abandon the lot with all improvements upon it and seek

in another

country.

ony living

I have, &o,

Chow-tloan .

(Signed in Chinese) (how

F

C

Que Apry

Conial Secretary,

to

To the Committee

388

Hongkong, 21th January,

appointed to investigate.

Gentlemen,

1850.

the Land Conur of Hongking.

I beg leave to lay before you

the

following statement baving reference to Inland

t at the Land sale in 1842, for

Lot No. 101

bought

which I pay a yearly rent of £59.6.10. This

تا

nearly double the upset price, caused principally

by the biddings of Mr. Patrick Stewart of Macao. Several. lots adjoining

minê svcre-

to Mr. Stewart at high

he

nover

knocked down

rates, the rent

of which

they reverted to Governmen

paid, and they revorted to

unimproved.

The lot No. 101 is ow

the hill side, was

having a water course running

rocky and unevew, having

very Rocky

through it's centres, and cost

it's centre, and cost upwards of $4,800 to level, and prepare the ground for building. The

whote

the above sum, amouxe

to

outlay, including

to $10,400. The lot is not in an

eligible position,

and not at all to for trade, and I trust

• you

will

recommend a

be made in the

carly rent,

considerable reduction very

rent, the

more particularly

when

you

consider the sum expended in

levelling and planting

planting the ground for exceeds

what has been laid out on similarly situated

lots, thou

though

hold at a com

mparative low rent.

Jam, &c, (Signed) Crawford. Kerr,

by his Attorney

Copy

Free fipy

ہتے۔

Wal : Davidson .

Colonial Secret

Memorandun

The

on

389

the tenure of Land.

arrangement of the Committee of each member shalt

being that the views

be given separately upon this question, I venture to submit an expression of my opinion that the present system

(stem could

not now be advantageovely altered or amended;

an

to the

ing to

opinion formed after considering best of my ability all the circumstances

which have been advanced on

While admitting

the subject

of

the existence

several cases in which excessive rent is paid, it must be borne in mind that there are many others

the reverse, much under the present

quite

or m

marketable value of the land; and

to shake

has

transpired

๑.

to

average or aggregate is

nothing

no

my belief that the

amount of these land-sents

is otherwise than fair and equitable, considering,

the

absence of all taxation excepting for potice rates,

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: the

are

peculiar advantages under which people and the material

• permitted to settle here,

fact that the tenure required no expenditure

of purchase money in advance).

An equalization of land rents is

course wholly

wholly impracticable; the

of

idea)

wery

of

it would be scouted as absurd in the extreme .

Parties, therefore, subject to

cessions rentab

to an excessive reminded of the fact that

must simply be reminded

their bargains.

were, not only

not only voluntary,

were,

deliberately effected under a

390

at the formation of the Colony has, I believe,

been

boor striitly fulfilled; while the Civil

Establishments

were

placed upon

a more)

extensive scale than would have been the

case but for the indications of

of comm

commercial

prosperity which the result of these very

sales must have been the breand

Y

dealing

but

system of public fairness to

competition which, in common

all

: parties, ought to be inviolable. Land

would not have been bought

at the time either

unnecessarily or for than its prospective

More)

value, notwithstanding all that has been

urged

with respect to the interference of land jobbers ; and, if the prospects under which these

effected have not been realized,

purchases were effected

is in no de

the failurd Government,

degren

because eve

attributable to the

every obligation contemplated

land

of producing.

Great caution should be used in with the cases which have been

specially noticed by the Committe, so as to prevent the creation of a dangerous precedent:

Some of these

cases are

ones,

certainly very

hard.

but I cannot see how they could be relieved without disturbing

the

e genera

principles of tenure, and thus give to endless difficulties of n

rise

a serious nature.

I would rather recommend a

a règ

adherence to the present system

rigid

in the

Come

belief that it is better to let things to their proper level in the natural conser events, than to fores them by the

of

application of extraneous remedies.

The presumed advantage

which

the Government might derive by making as present sacrifice of rental is

speculative; for, looking

merely

in to the circumstances

of those allotments which have already been surrendered to the frown, Scannot

see that

any

one

of them would have

been retained under a diminished rental

to forty per cont at least ;

of from thirty to forty

nor do I conceive that a similar diminution

would be attended with better success

*

prospectively; and, if I am right in this

assumption, the arguments

that both the

Revenue and the Colony generally

would

"such were

the

be ultimately benefited if such case must be regarded as utterly fallacious.

is no

With respect other source of taxation by

to the Revenue, there

which a

deficiency in the amount of land rents could

be

equitably made up;

up; and as to encouraging

с

nothing

immigration

tion thōre

is nothin

any

391

now to prevent

new comor from acquiring

:

land at

the current value of the day. If the

found too high, upset pried be found too accommodated to the existing

things.

let it be

existing order

; and I think there are

order of

г

very few

at an

who would not prefer purchasing annual rent than by the immediate payment of Capital. The risk of the purchase becoming advantageous with the Government than the purchaser,

s is mori)

who, while nominally unable to surrender his land, has never I believe, been-

yet, actually prevented from doing so.

A sufficient protection against the exercise of jobbery might perhaps be afforded by the exaction of one years rent in advanced,

and, even in

the event

a

of a

surrender, the

Government would be merely placed

its

land.

in

original position with respect to the

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The substitution of an equitable

ajeofement on the value of landed property

has been

suggested

as a means

of curing

the

C

inequalities of land rents; but even an

admitting

that the serious legal difficulties in the

be overcome

by the

way

of such a plaw might be total abolition of rents, I could not concur in

recom.

mending its adoption, simply because it

would still operate unfairly, not only

imposing the heaviest burden upon

in

those

who had expended most in advancing the interests of the Colony, but in

de

discouraging

the improvement of property prospectively,

while, moreover, a

thus supersede

one

·

compulsory tax would

of voluntary origin .

From the few instances of appeal made

to the Committee, I am induced to believe that

the

majority of land holders

are not

dissatisfied

with the present system of tenure. No general combined effort to change the system has

02 cor

taken place either by public meetings

or

J

392

otherwied, since the question has been submitted to local scrutiny, but the appeals have boo

confined to individuals who have either been unfortunate enough to make bad bargains, or rest their claims upon comparatively,

technicalities which do not

affect the

general principle of the question at issue. Commissuriat, Hongkong,

26th

April, 1850 .

Frue.

(Signed) Ins. W. Smith.

Copy

A.C.E.

colonial Secre

tare

:

Inclosure 1017 in Despatch

راه

85 برای

1850.

Copy.

393

}.

5th October, 1849.

The Honble. My

Sir,

Hongkong, 18th May,

Major Willm faind. Colonial Secretary.

Hongkong.

1850.

The Committee appointed to consider

and repect on the Land Cenure of the Colony having been unable to come to a ananimous

decision except

on

a.

minor

few points of mu

that the opinions

have agreed that the

importance, have

the

of the member on & general question should be recorded in separate. Minutes, and

in accordance with that

Now

-

tvere

arrangement

rent we

beg to offer the following remarks.

By your

letter to the Committee, they

informed that the principal, task will,

be to report on the Land Conure generally,

and this we conceive has not been

: fully

Memorandum by

the

tenure

Mr Smiths,

of

Card.

26th April, 1850.

না

accomplished in the letter of the Land

" your address.

In the various points embraced in

Committee to

18th. May, 1850.

that letter, we fully

but

we are decidedl

concur,

6 decidedly

18th May, 1850.

of opinion that the evils sought to be remedied

are

of greater extent than

partial changes

ii a

cas

be cured by a four System of Land Conure

found in its working to be defective.

In recommending to the favorable

consideration of His Excellency the several cases before us . of excessive Land Rents,

which

Came

and as shown in the

· Joint letter of the Land 18th May, 1880. - following up the request

Committer, we did so, following up

contained in

theso. being

remove

5th

- your despatch abond referred to,_ 5. October, 1847.

of extreme hardship .

cates

At the same time, to meet and entirely

the

complaints of Land owners, whose

ground rents, from the state of the felony, mach

be considered excessive, estimation, materially, if at all affect the

ve, could no

could not, in our--

seal interests of the foliny, no premanent beneficial

effect

could result therefond,

noi cau ive

394

look

upon the remission of a few hundreds of Funds

annually, to some land ownert, as

object of the present inquiry.

the end or

We concerned the objects for which the

present Committee was formed, and of a

important character :

еггогд

We are of opinion that the diminution-

of Land Revenue for the last few years, and the

prospect of further

considerable reductions

that more has been attempted indicato very clearly that

to be collected than the Land

and, So

long

Qd

this

can

afford to pay

over-taxation exists,

prceperity in the felony cannot be looked for

It should be borne in mind that the

trade with Chine is carried on at the Ports of Canton and Shanghan, the one wincly (90)mily

the other nine hundred (900) miles distant,

while the Revenue is collected in a

Colony

to the Land-owner and

golding little or nothing to the Land

Payer of Paxes, by way of trader, and that the

395

proceeds of this taxation made up by Land routs,

Fines, Hos and Forfeitures,

Police Caxes, Licenses, Fines, Fees and it

ts made to Police

with the exception of payments

Constables,

are not ex

expended d on the improvement

of the Colony, but go to mech the Salaries and

"Allowances of Officers forming an expension local Government, to support which the

Residents and called upon to pay a sund

about £.25,000 annually.

During the year

of

1848 the

· ground rents

amounted to £. 12,616, while the amount

collected for 1849

giving

was only £. 10295. After

the subject the most maturo deliberation),

100 most strongly. recommend this mode of

Revenue to be abolished, and a

raising

System of assessment to be substituted, similar in

th

i.

principle to that set forth. " in a letter from 15th Novr. 18479. Mr. Hillier which camd before the Committer,

in the

If we take the estimated value of property bolony, as shown by the Books in the Land

Office, -and deducting the value of that unoccupied,

on

tax,

which we would not prepose to booy any

we arrive at a sun

f

£320,000

three

hundred and twenty thousand pounds of

an annual income

occupied. property, which, if assessed at two percent (2%) would yield. of £.4.400.

By this computation,

substitute for a

uputation, we propose to Land amounting,

a Pax

Cave on Land

accraze for the last two years to, say

on ar

L. 11,400

an afsessment on property to the extent of - 4400 khowing a deficit of

-

3.5,000

which deficit we think might be met by as reduction in the expenditure .

In mosting this subject of reductions of expenditure, it seems to us so intimately, connected with the matter of inquiry and the progress of the folony,

excused for having

we trust we

shall be

done so, and it having been

mentioned, to avoids misconception, we would) not wish to be understood

stating the

Sum of £. 5000 the limit to which reduction

J

might be carried.

that this

We are most sanguind hange of system would operate beneficially on the Colony, and we are led to entertain strong hopes that in a few years the Revenur thus

obtained would leave a surplus to be applied for the general improvement of the settlement. We have, yo,

(Signed) Wal : Davidson.

Irue

Some fipy

Charles .

l

J. F.

F. Stuart .

Colonia ( Secretary

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397

1849.

(Copy) (Letter 10) Hongkong, 15 November (1024

The Committee

appointed to enquire into the

Land Cenaro of the Colony.

bentlemen,

As you

have invited all persons

interested in the welfare of

umunicate to

wol fure of this Colony their opinions

you

120

to

reforned to the subject of your future deliberations, the following observations

submitted, merely the desultory

are lu

as

remarks of a person who has boow long

resident in

the Colony,

not as the result

or

of

of deep or longthened

lengthened consideration, laborious pesearch . It is hoped severtheless that they may not prowd unacceptable.

by

The questions to be determined Leens to be the following ; firstly, whether the present system of land

you

tenuird be.

injurious to the intercets

injurious

f

Cand tenure

and Stuart respecting

Letter from mess? Davidson

the

18th May, 1850.

of the Colony.

2...

ov ne

the Colony; and tcondly, how, if injurious, it may be advantageously altered, and still. yield to Government the same or the same amount of.

4. of revenue as at presents The questions whether the

mearky

revenue derived

fromd land bear a pornicious proportion to

houdland the whole revenues of the Colony), (the wealth of the community consisting not only of land and houses but of

moveable stock),

and whether the whole revenue

the whole revenue be disproportionate

to the means

of the contributors and to the necessary capense of an efficient government, thoughs moch wuthy of Consideration, do not appear to fall well within the limits chalked out for your inquiry). Lehall there

Schall thereford restrict my

conformity con

remarks in con

the case.

kept

The end and

in view during

with this view

during your

of

t to be steadily

object

deliberations is,

it is conceived, the welfare and prosperity

398

of the Colony ; to this standard mush alb things be applied, and

the

welfare

and

prosperity of the Colony must undoubtedly

consist in the individual we

prosperity of its inhabitants. Hongkong

the

Lo

valleys

farò

Yard and

3.

is a collection of hills,

between which may

be

Parable

occasionally found a few patches of ara

lavd.

Po

Possibly

under certain circumstances

much more than these few patches might

but

evew

be brought under cultivation, and corw yield a rent,

5 for all practical purposes the island be considered barren. The

onay

Colony much therefore be exclusively - commercial . Its wealth and prosperity

must consist, not in it's natural and the labor

6 productions the

to them, but in applied to thems

production capital and labor of honest, industrious and frugal inhabitants, applied to commercial purposes. If it

rise into importancd at all, it must

4.

ين متلقاة.

be by becoming a mark for the exchanges of

Q

- portion of the Eastern world: a

convenient

a da

safe and asylum for merchants of all

nations; and also, it is hoped, a luminous

spot, whence

may

be shed

Chine and

the neighbouring nations the rays of

Christiani

and its ever-attendant

nh means

civilization. Every honest persons possessing) independent of support, or who card here procure for himself the necessaries of life by labor, and a bond all- possessed of capital for the employment of others, may be soclcomed to the Colony as

above en

an addition to its wealth and

every person

prosperity, such person subtraction from

every Ruck,

and the departure of every

be lamented as a se

as a

may the same.

The problems which, on the cession of Hongkong to Great Britain, the felonial Minister teams to haod considered himself. called upon to solve was, how to attract

to the

new

399

Colony the greatest number of

such settlers as have been last alluded:

to, so as to derive

the la

largest

amount

revenue, and at the same time prevent

ver

the islands from becoming the undisturbed resort of pirates, which it was

1 very likely to become from it's

om its - position and the circumstances of its recupation.

supposed solution of the problend

Che

was

the

present systens of land tenure, which it hoped might make taxes nunccessary;

doas

and provide

Liv

the

simplesh mode

the expences of Government:

This systems.

teus is as

for

follows

At certain times chosen by the Goovenment,

lots of ground are put up to public auctions,

at as

cepset annual pental : the person who bids the highest in advancð of

in advance of this rentab is made lesser for a term of years.

first 75 years; it may

termo was at

Chis

may now

be extended at the option of the leseed to

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6.

999-years, which,

ad

the world

may probably

be

not last quite so long as 999 years, may

considered

for

all practical purposes as little differing from an assignment in perfictuity

Let it be supposed that Lots

this

No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3, of the same reab worth, are put up for sale in upset pental of £. 20 a

at aw

a.

year .

Imanner,

Loh

No / possesses no particular value in the ages of the purchasers

- purchasers and sells to At at

eyes

the upset rental; No 2 factitious value in the

a

2, possessing eyes of soner, sells of £5.10

to B at an advance of

the

10 a

xapeat

ow

more

upset pental; and No. 3, being highly prized, sells to C at a further

advaned of £.10

a.

year

: and suppose.

for ground pent; and as

long)

400 ers the demand

for houses bears sucks proportion to the

supply as to a

afford

6. this, he will be

satisfied, and A and B will have made,

an

extraordinarily good speculation. But

ill or the sappily

should the demand fall

increase, so that B

ordinary profits

в

can

only jush realize

ground

in addition to the

rent, C must inevitably lose by the crack

that B formerly

amount of the excess that B

me to pas

gained, and to it must come to

B. when A car

can on

only

obtain common

with

profits.

Should the demand continued to lesson or the

supply to increase,

tenant does not

C will find that his

pay

to hind so much

altogether as he pays the Government for

ground pent ; he will lose all interest on

capital he has

Cour Le

the

each purchaser to erect on his lot buildings

precisely similar. Each expects of to realizer for the money laid out on his ground the ordinary profits of capital,

besides the

sum paid

· paid to

Government

exponded,

and some.

thing besides; and his property being

under fuch circumstances

utterly

unsaleable, will be glad indeed; to makos

I.

PREDA

8.

a present of his house and

one

and ground to any

who will take it ; but of course no one will be to forlish . He will then offer them to

to

the Governments, who will also pofuse receive then, and tell him to stick to his

bargain and pay up his pont : If he be

a man who has invested his all in the

and who has no income

from

building, other sources out · of which to defray his

constantly recursing,

the

loss by payment of ground rent, he will be reduced to beggery if he remain in the

fo

Colony), and

will therefore without doubt, choose the

alternative left him and pemore from

do to

it altogether, abandoning his property

its fate .

.

If a private landed proprietor had an estate tenanted on long lease by

twenty a thirty families who cultivated,

Loud twenty

or

" it for their support, paying their sent

regularly, and by

the

occurren

of some

4019

unforeseen circumstance the estate became

so that

much less production than before, if the tenants continued: for any length

time to pay the rents they had contracted

of

to

pay, the poorest of them must at once be reduced to want, and the richer be soon

brought to the same condition, it is probable that he would, as a pruden

Ed

rather allow them to remain on

paying rent

for

A man

his land

it at its true valud,

no one else could ultimately,

seeing that give him more,

imately

than drive them by the

pressurd of count to seek their living in some other placd.

the Government, fearful,

(perhaps groundlosely so,) of the permanent reduction of the revenue, acfuses to

to resume

any ground, though surrendered with substantial buildings upon it . Wêre Lots allowed to revest to Goncise

Govemment at the will of the Lessed, the mischief,

>

10.

however serious, would in time pomedy itself

in a

the

a great degree, though at the cost in first instaned of the persons who abandoned

would be resold at the pental

them : they

it was estimated the

the

they would bear in thew state of the market, and

"the market, and ground rents

loch, until

would thus find their

stopped by the upset price ; after which

abandoned lots woulds cease to be repurchased

until the demand rose.

If the more letter of the

be considered, there

be

agreement

caw no doubt that.

all lessees of unprofitable lots having

their

o

ww beds,

the

taying

ma de

ict, mush

"lie is thens," and have therefore no legal

right

t to complain; at the same time it may be remembered that the law looks lenweitly upon the breach of grosely improvident bargains. It is said to be

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legal

oneself.

and valid contruct to make

mesely, the voluntary sland of another

:

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for life ; but for the breach of such as

likely, small damages would.

contract it is

be recovered. At all events, in the

£"

Cale

in question, to enforce the payment of ground sent for land the owners of schich

willing by the abandonment

there of, to become sufferers by the loss of the wholes of the money they have laid out upon it,

thought, be well made to

cannot,

anch, it is though.

square with the welfare and prosperity of these individual fottlers, nor consequently will that of the Colony itself.

But it on

may

be said that the

different prices must

assumption of three lots of similar

value selling ab

ing

that they would

be erroneous, for that

naturally sell at their true market

a bly

value; that No. 3 would not have

sold for £.40, had it not advantages

4 possessed)

over No. 1, equivalent to the

WOSZEŃSYAW

12.

L. 20 additional rent paid for it. The truth of the assumption is not necessary to the argument. If we suppose that when the demand for houses

'es Avas

1 greatest a certain number of lots were sold at their thes

value, and that, some time afterwards when the demand had lessened, other lots werd

also sold at their palue at the time of

sale, (which every

one

knows is what

precisely

actually took place), the result is the same. The first dapposition however

is not encre An A

oncroly

ssumption, but

a w

ond to

illustration of what really occurred.

It is impossible for any form a correct judgement of what will to the annual value of any households property for a long terms of years, (certainly

bo

not for 775 years),

much less cars he do so in

cvcw iis an antient

city, enach

city,

Land how

built;

was sold when not a

Hongkong.

house was

roads wire not, I believe, formed

even ow

403

13.

- paper. On the other hand, the merchants through whows the trade of China

had been carried ow

up to that time, had

tow and Macao; and,

been driven from Captow

anticipating but little security for themselves or families at any ond of the

newly opened ports of Crudo, belicoe d that their head - quarters would in

be at

tvere

-

future

events,

Honghong; and, at all coen

: glad for the present to secure

themselves

an

for

Lany price

asylum there, at speedily as possible . Lots of

and as speedily

under

ground having been put up sparingly such circumstances, and Speculation being

at the time rife by

of adventurers already

the antici

reasow

of the influx

in the Colony

ted arrival of many

anticipated arrival

and

того,

of

believed, would be drawn to

who, it was believed,

China by the opening of its trader, it

was little matter

tter for

wonder that lands

sold at enormous pentals; and that

14:

many

not present where eligible lots were sold, had afterwards to pay for them, in addition

to the

" ground pent, very large premiumis to Speculators, absolute mon

mew o

of straw, who

had shortly before monopolized them; and

when it was found out, year after Year, that

a pesidence at

Hongkong

was anything?

but favorable to the transaction of business

the mainland, was

not exact

very expensive, and

trade were

on

cenetly free of taxation, from which residents at the fine ports of trade exempt, and moreover that the advantage of security to person and property

there prosessed

to pender it a

it was no

was not

d in to superior a degree

a. D

a quection of much importance .

• greater matter

7 for

wonder that

became

the value of land at Hongkong "Imall and beautifully less", that the first purchasers at high

rents would

joyfully hand abandoned their propertif,

they have got

could they have

t back a small

portion only of what then buildings them; and that souid did abandon

bi denied that not a

404

cost

15.

в

thousands of pounds worth of property rather than be subject to further loss by the payment of ground pent. It will hardly a few of the original settlers, Europeans as well as Chinese, have that found themselves compelled to desert the folony.

Under the present systows of

tenure, the lessed of a parcel of grounds

cannot divide his lot and sublet it in

Amall

to as to render

to Government

ument looks

portions to others his devisees divetty responsible to for the ground seat. The Gover for payment to the original lessee, and) does not regard

d the defaults of the sub-

lessies. This seems to be disadvantageous,

by presenting the cxpenditure of mancy by small capitalists on plots of grounds of size suited to their means. & fices of

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ground about tow or fifteen fock by twenty thirty is frequently sufficient for the purposes of a Chinese trader . (Chinezo Mandarins,

the tax to be paid by shops, 14 to the number of rows of tiles

in

estimating proportion

ww

ortion it

the roof). The present

present loss

news

are, it is

believed, too large in many cases for ther requirements of the purchasent

it may

Regards

ds Chinese holders of land, be deemed a disadvantage of the present node . of collecting the ground rent, (though not one inseparable from the system of temure), and not so

as it ma

may appear

trifling a disadvantage

to those

old un

unacquainted

with Chinezo habits, that the lesserbes to take his rent to the folonial Creasury

as it falls due, instead of having, it at his

option to pay receive it to

to

a

collector sent round to

give a Chinaman as little

trouble as possible, is a

.

a good way of making

him contented . He would proba=

1 probably, here,

rather pay

4057

more to a collector, than less if to the Rreasury :

obliged to take his

obliged Many have but.

a pa

money

vague idea where the Beasury

dat the

is ; and when they find it, they find.

fame time wo

exactly what is

o great facility for discovering, what is required of thom . In Chino, if the taxes be taken to the Creasury of

the district, the expenses of collection and saved to the contributor. Lastly, it would

be well if the mode of transfer of property by Chines to Chinced forms.

were somewhat more

assimilated

a

The advantage derived from

the

present - Systond scoms to be facility, of collections of the

reve

enue, inasmuch

the contributors are com

as

comparatively few,

and

no visit.

the taxgatherer need pay them no The coils of the present

present mode of that

jush

collection have been

Mode

I now complained be altered, the

of, and if the Superior facility of this systeão

Aber a

18.

to the nonsubdivision

of

:ther, kave in regard to

the lots, (which also been complained of as as disadvantage), will have vanished?

disadvant Witherto considered the sum

I have

paid annually to Government by the lossen of

each parcel of ground

termed; but it

may

as rent,

fo

Ao

it is

be doubted whether it

has any right to such a named . Land does

not

mecessarily produced any

rents, and until

its productivences or unproductiveness, or that

"land similar in all respects, has been

of law

tested, it cannot be certainly said that it will afford pent. Rent is the surplus produce above the cost of production. If a

gnaro от

a

barons piced of land belonging

0200)

to

another, build a house costing thousand) pounds, the market rate of interest being)

right and

the cost

and he cannot

hive

Quotes

cost of repairs four per cent; find a tenant who will

than one

pay...

hundred and twenty

pounds a apar for his houses, it is obvious

y

406 19

that he cannot afford to pay any ground-sent

at all to the owner

caw a

of the land; though be

afford to pay all that he gets beyond

-

this fum. But it has been shown that whoe lands here were

b estimate could

bought, no just

have been formed as to whether

would not

red would or wou nd

ground

any

lah

of

afford permanent .

rent ; in fact it turned out that lots for

which the

highest

hesh rentals were bid.

dvere)

in some instances the least valuables. It

was

the

= greatness of the demand, caused

above described, that raised

Had

every

one.

the pries.

as

tted to build where

been permitte

armitted

he liked, and a pent been afterwards

the lands, the proportional

A on

assessed

:cents would now be

payments

from what they

ard. There

axry different

of

are do on cans

determining whether the total sum accncing

in

from aents fraid to Government eis their present unequal proportions

suno

is more! O

less than the the natural rents of all the ccupied

of the

20.

land; it is probably, much for cont on the

seventeers per

the so-ca

21.

407

assessment of the annual value of

more,

being about

rw

those lands and

au

anual valid.

so-called ground-rents seem in

to be nothing but a

real

& property,

a

their

superincumbent

buildings ; untenanted property remaining

fact.

very unequal tax upow

always

untaxed.

and such Ishall consider

theme to be while proposing,

the following

remedy, the besh Scan devise, but which, it is hoped, may be improved a pow by

Some wiser

person

Spropose them :

1ptly. That the option be given

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for

15 NOW,

all, to the present lessees, to hold

their land in for Simple : ( this, I suppose, is

the legal terms), and that all lots disposed of

iw

ted on that tenure.

future be granted

q ndly.

that the amount

of

revenue at

precent derived by Government from lands now demised by Gorcemment, but hereafter to be held fee simple tenard, as well

AS

the revenue to be derived from lands to

a

be in futurs granted, be levied by a

rate

this

The benefits which it is su

supposed :

are,

very simple schoner will con for firety, equalization of taxation; secondly,

encouragement to capitalists to inocch

the Colony

and thirdly,

in

a

money

a more obvious

identification of the interests of the peoples and their representatives, the Govern

Government. ofalo real property in the Colony is about sixty, seven thousand pounds, perhaps somewhat less ; the land revenued is about, clcoew thousand five hundred pounds a year, o

the estimated annual value of a

or a s

has been before sacks, a little more than

Seventeen per cent on that

ly values.

& yearly

of

.

all lands now demised were held on:

If all

the new tonurd, this would of

the rate to be levied on:

course)

be

them in future) :

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22.

23.

Ch

if only a park

this

were so helds, the rate to be levied

s fach would be determined is like

prons the proportions borne by the sum of the former ground rents to the sam the present

annual

of

-assessment of suck

part. The pater to be levied

CW

lands sold

hereafter would be seventeen per cent, and it would not be fair to reduce this rate, unless a corresponding reduction were made in the burthen bound by all other lands, whether such burthen existed in the shapor of an asse sement rates or of a fixed Government ground rant.

Let then all the real property, of the

Colony, not held on lease, be assessed

F

periodically, say vocry three of fir years. Let the Justices of the Seven be ex officio Commissioners of the tax ; lot them choose

the community

ono

assessor;

inst undue

pous among and decide all appeals against assessment . With the assessor so appointed,

lot the Surveyor General

408

and the Superintendent

of Police be joined ; and let the latter be also collector, or joint collector. From his

knowledge of the inhabitants and the

the number of on pome

localitics, and

men-

his command for the protection during

ah

transit of the money collected, the -- Superintendent of Police has greater facilities than any other person for the collection of

of - revenue; and in the performance. of his duties as Assessor and Collector he

would

я

acquire much information as to persons and places to

which would be essentially,

his

useful to him in the performance of

is such the same system

police duties. This

as that

+ pursued in England for the collection of the Land tax, though the Land tax itself

fixed annual Rus

2

differs in being a fixed

which does not fluctuate with the value

of property; placed on each county, and the Commissionen

A certain amount of tax is

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24.

409 25

of Land tax for that

by

MEANS

County

County determind and collect,

the

of Assessors and follectors,

proportions each landholder shall contribute .

With regard to future sales of land, let

and

the ground

as well on

-

be marked off.

paper

Assessor's Officed,

to be

DJ OW

in convenient lots,

opew to view at the

the ground itself. Let

5

a

the lots be put up at a

a-dollar

of Lay

nominal price

aw acres, and be sold to

the highest bidder, subject to the

tax of seventeen per per

to the assessed

cent ; the purchase

money being paid at oned,

before delivery of the title ; and let the lots to purchased be free from assessment for one year from the

date of purchase .

Eo

.

To prevent theculators fons emonopolizing land and pom buying, up the lots fo resale,

transfer of ground be made by the

let no

first purchaser until the assessors, or a quarums диогно of the Commissioners, shall havd viewed the

loh for transfor, and shall have

e given

their

H

certificate that, in their estimation, the direct purchaser from Government to purchase &

for his

bonk fide, for

purpose of

Own Ate)

and not for the

mere speculation, without due improvement of the ground; failing, such

certificater, let the ground) revert to Government Further, let the Ascefens Commissioners have the power at all times, after, say one year

has clapsed from the

Assessors

purchase of unimproved lots, to view

от

such lots, and determined, at the option

of the proprietor, that the

ground

& revert to

arbitrary

out, or be taxed on an a

nent,

Governmen

assessment, to be fixed by them. This, it is believed, would effectually, stop the speculation for which many had to pay dearly

The transfer of all lots should be

-tered

registered

records

I in the Assessors Office, the sends - which should be open to the public without fer; and the Chinese should be permitted to

of

lodge there for security, any

native documents

26.85

which,

in addition to the English found of transfer,

consider necessary for the due

they might

security of their title to the

ground.

Into the tax to levied might of

dient, be

if expedien

merged

rates". This is a tax

Saving

afford :

ho

410 2%

must therefore seek a house with

the original rent of hundred pounds

a lower rent; that is, one

which added to the tax is one

mights of course,

a year.

the present

A Police

upow

the estimated

annual value of houses and lands, and it, in truth, identical with that proposed to be ubstituted for the present ground rents,

that it is collected, in the first instaned from the tenants - ( the land tax in England, is collected in the same way). ) But, though so-collected, it is obvious that it must be ultimately, paid by the proprietor, If a person reside in a house for which he

land,

pays

sum is

one hundred pounds a ajear,

зна

what he

Five

car a

and this

Afford for house

pont, if a Pax of Fico pounds a year be imposed, he will have to pay for his house

One hundred and

five pounds a year,

ds more than he can

which is five pounds

mor

He is thus inconvenienced, but not

pecuniarily

taxed. The classes above him

Aro

similarly affected; until the proprietors of houses bearing the highest pents find that they

must either reduce their rents or

lose their tenants. they will of

of course

prefer to do the former : those with houses lower in the sealn

mush then do the same; and so, rents will

find their former level, and the tax will fall wholly on the landlords.

reab

But though the police tax and the

: & property tax would be paid by the samo

persow, and are in

effect identical, there are

wot

onany cogent reasons why they should

To

to levy both

a Incasure which

remain, as at present, separate . froms the tenants would be

the

: Chinese could hardly be made to understand now, and which therefore

C

28.

"I cause much mision

might

nception and mischio,

schof

With a population such as that which Hongkong

visits from the

pom the

made, may be not

now presessos, domiciliary Collector, as at present made, may Little useful is charking) crime

crime. Che

apportionment of the first payment of a portion of the whole, revenid

a

among

the

a

numerous small tenauts of a proprietor, instead of leoying the sun total from the proprietor himself, may be considered

les

burdensome, or at leach less liable to create dissatisfaction which, whether just on unjust, is always to be avoided if possible.

And in

iw au

any municipal arrangements

to be made, the amount

hereafter to

amount of tax

paid by each householder would form

aceful standard by which to

of vot

by which to regulate as

further

list of voters or electors. No

aw

establishment is needed for the collection of both taxes separately than now exists for the collection of the Police rates

the "Pelion rates" lengly

41129

The losses that Mação has recently, Sustained, calculated, to ponder it a loss favorite place of residener than formerly the establishment of sleans communication with that place, with

+ place, with fanton, Ham

-king-ondon,

and, it is hoped, with the East feast of

fam China ; the destruction of the most

Dable

of the picratical fleets; and the attention now draww in England

d to the anomalous

W

a W a

tab.

attempts

state of our Colonies; all render the prount time propitions fo improvement. In the opportunity may

AN

rile

hope that so good

not be lost,

leave, VO,

Signed)

C.B. Hillier.

Hitting

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(Copy) (Letter 3.)

Gentlemen,

statements ou

412

Victoria, Hongkong,

31th October, 1849.

With reference to the notice requiring

the su

ubject of the Land tenure in

this Colony, I beg respectfully to offer the following remarks

The high price at which Land is and has been purchased at the froww sales, and

consequently the rate at which it is hold by the tenant is the primary soured

of the evil

and I would submit for your

of; and

complained of ;

consideration the feasibility and propriety with

which the following, suggestions might be adopted, wit

" the

-

on

1 fair

That,

as the local Government fix the value of the

Croww lands at such a price as it deems W. C. Mercer, Elg..

6. St. Geo. Cleverly, Eupe. J. W. Smith, Exgpe. W. Davidson, E19. C. J. F. Stuart; Eq.

4

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3

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observations by hot Hillier

MA

tenures of land in Hong= the subject of the

= kong..

15%

# November 1849.

1085 & 1850.

Inclosure No 19 in Despatch

413

and reasonable; and, as that is the upset price when the lots or portions of ground are put up to public competition, Isubmit that the sund at

be knocked down,

which any lot of ground may should only be demanded by Government for the

space of one year from the date of the sale, after

should be held at the upset.

which the

& ground

Five

price, with the addition of Frio thillings, being

necefeary to effect as sale.

the sum

this

Bay Incans, u where several, ( parties are competitors for the same piece of ground, cach one enjoys the opportunity of bidding, and though the sum at which the sale may be effected, may at times be nous, still,

still, as this burden would

enormous,

the purchaser

only have to be borne for one year, would be enabled to improve his ground .

Though, at first sight, this plaw may

appear detrimental to the

Government, still

Govern

experienced will prove it's advantages

present system ; as buyers would

over

the

carry out

their intentions when award that they

are not

saddled with a ruinous rent for 75 or 999

years, instead of abandoning, their purchase

At present, land jobbers.

are in the

lots, and)

habit of running up the price of lots,

as, in the

prejudice their talo

very materially, as, in event of any lot, thes pried of which they bid up, being knocked dower to them, they moroly pay the deposit and throw it up . Government would decidedly gain by refusing to take their bids, as bona fide purchasers

: fide purchasers would then

become the owners at reasonable, rates, and the

Government, instead of receiving, a forfeit, would

annually

receive

the rent; many of the_

residents have abandoned their views, in

consequened of this practice, and Chinese intending to become settlers have been compelled

to go

до

elsewhere.

True Copy

I have, &fo.,

Aigned)

John Burd.

Colonial Secretary

2

4

Observations by Mr John

Burd

the Land tenure

of the Colony.

31th October, 1849.

nclosure No 20 in Despatch

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1085 of 1850.

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A.

Memorandum showing the amount of Rent payable as per Blue Book return ending December, 1849,

1849, describing the Original Lessees of Land held previously to January 1844, ( when sales werd conditional and subject to Her Majesty's pleasure), of Original Lefsees subsequently to January 1844, ( when lands were sold at Public Auction), and of Assignees of Leaves up to the present date, 10th August, 1880: also showing the amount of Rent paid by those parties who have applied for a reduction of Rhont, and the amount of reduction recommended by the Committee.

Merchants.

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Individuals, Freignersze.

d. $.

Original Lessees of Land held previously to 1844. 2691 6. Original Lessees subsequently to 1844 . Aseignees of Leases.

£

Lots resumed since Blue Book return of 1849.

C

Total as per Rent Roll.

Additions to the Rent Rolb since

Amounts on which Reductions reductions have

been requested.

recommended by

the Committel..

Chinese.

Fotal.

s. d

£.

s.d.

£.

S.

d.

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1. d. L.

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3981

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85102 185

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117:13 £ 11249 3

344

3132

414

10

£.153

Brus. Sopy

Colonical Secretary

(Signed) Chas. St.

Surveyor General .

Chas. St. Geafleverly

the Blue

Book return of 1849, to 25th June, 1850

Surveyor General's officer so.

Victoria, 10th August, 1850.

:

B.

L

L

Original Lessees holding ground previously to the 22nd January 1844, (by which Land was disposed of by the Local Government conditionally, and subject to the confirmation of Her Majesty's Government), who have requested a reduction of Ruit Rent

No. of the of

Letter

Lot

Holder.

Annual Rent.

Merchants.

L.

I. 80 M. 56

W. Scott.

6

I. 51

51. 50

12

W. Scott.

Dent & Co.

Individuals, &c.

F. Feliciani..

191a J. Legge..

Surveyn General's Office, Viethic, 10th August, 1830.

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d.

835102

513

13/

75 1760 176 810

52

58

7 459

3981

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CommitteR.

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d.

11 143 Upon

73 15 11 Upon

85102

Remarks.

w of 8467 feet assessed at £. 30, instead of £.45.5.71⁄2

aw drew

an area

of 45,200 feet, assessed at 10/) instead of £. 20:

415

True Copy

(Signed) Chas. St. 20. (leverly

Surrey or General.

Gonial Secretary,

T

Holder.

Merchants.

the Committee,

Original

Lessees who have come into the possession of Land since 22° January, 1844, (since, which date all lands have been put up for sale by auctions), who have requested a reduction of Quit Rent .

ro of No. Letter. Lot

of

Reduction-

Annual Rent recommended by

Remarks.

d.

F.

d.

b

14

A

9

y

1.134

135 136

137 139

53

54

M. 44

I. 101

NI81

684

29 A

29A

30 30A

I 204

Dent & Co... Dent & Co.

Blenkin & Co.

C. Kerr.

Individuals, &c.

R. N. Beauvais.

G. Duddell.

G. Duddell.

Dent & Co.

416

43

10

Dent & Co.

50

Dent & Co.

59

48

3 ź 14

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2

3114

//

Blenkin & Co.

A. Carter.

13

4

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27

337

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92

24 19

50

5

8/4/

20

15

6

9

0

2 Supposed to be entirely unavailable for building. Assessed at 10% instead of £.20.

Upon 14,527 fect. Assessed as lown lot instead of.

To the upeet frico).

Marine).

Upon 4,815 feet. Asessed at L.20 instead of £.35.

Duddell

21/100

24

3

12

Duddell.

20

12

Buddell..

20

12

Guddell.

20

12

Guddell

8

4

291A

Buddell.

35 3

130

Duddell.

48 11

b

339 340

Duddell

2

Duddell.

10

35

Duddell.

12

F

Buddell..

4

о

Duddell..

3

10

Chinese .

13

I. 220

Chow Foan.

78 4

2

53 100

To the upset price.

10614

185 | 0 | 10

Surveyor General's Office,

Victoria, 40th.

8 tagur 8, 1880

(signed) Chas. At. 200. (Powerly

Surveyor Gondial!

}

Colonial Secretary

:

:

}

I

D.

Assignees holding Land from Original Lessees by whorn they have been transferred to precent occupants, who have

reduction of Quit Rent:

No of

of No. of Letter Lot.

4

4

4

Holder

Individuals, &e.

I. 44 Administrators of Mc Knight,

now C. C. Willson.

143 C. C. Willson,

143A 6. E. Willson.

205 | Surrendered.

M. 25 Duddell & Attim.

I. 219 G. Guddell.

291 G. Duddell. 292 G. Duddell.

2920

293 294 138

Annual Rent.

d.

34

5

5

614

314

40164

674

414

2

16

29

2

Duddell.

15

10

Duddell

32

5

G

3813

2

Guddell.

Reduction

-recommended by the

Committič.

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d.

Remarks

K

requested

417

12

110

Duddell.

Legge.

Surveyor General's Office, Victorias, 10th August, 1850.

16 83 295 18 104

True Copy.

Colonial Secutary.

( Ligned / Chas. St. Goa (avesty,

Surveyer General.

Abstract of Enclosures B, C and D,

Showing, the Lots of Land, on which a reductions of Quit

rent. has been requested, and the amount of reduction recommended by the Committee.

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Merchants.

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s. d.

£

Individuals, Foreigners, &c.

s.d. S.

Chinese-.

6213 2ź

67112 10

3117 295 18 104

Cotals.

907

0

Original.

inal Lessees previously to 1844. 335 7 92 Original Lefices since

Assignees of Leases.

Surveyn General's Office,

Victoria, 10th,

1850

Reduction) Wcommended.

Betal

L

s. d. L

3981.

sd

85102

1850 10

Remarks.

7842 1,061 4

295 18 104

71⁄2 669 19 02 78 4 2 1755 3 104 270 11

Crue Topy

418

(signed) Chas. Sh.Gec. Cleverly,

Surveyor General.

Conial Secretary

Socutary

TAL. -

No.16.

E.

Police Department, Victoria,

Hongkong, 20th August, 1880;

Nominal Return of the number of Houses in Victoria, showing whether Land owned by Fowigners or Chinese, also whether occupied by Freigners or Chinete, the proportional amount of Ground Rent upon each description of property, and the population

Remarks.

419

The Total Chines Population in Victoria according to beneus return compiled in March 1850 was 13,087 13087 The Houses owned and occupied by bhincee, (for instance Lower Bazaar and 6358 2,050 1552 9860 Caipingskan), contain

Caipingekan), contain more inhabitants then those houses

more inhabitants than those houses rented from Europeans the latter being chiefly business houses, and the former in addition containing

the Fotab. 3547 19

3547 19 5 9464 2310 1862 13,636 families of the cocupants.

The Chinese Population does not include: Chinese Servants in

No.

By

of

whom

By whom

Proportion of Ground

Fotal

Houses.

Rent extimated from Detailed Population . Assefament for Police Rate:

Population.

owned.

rccupied.

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d.

M

F

C

475 Foreignent

Chincte.

1979 14 1 3,206 260 310

3796

дов

Chinese bhinete. 1,574

54

1381

349

Freigners Foreigners gay sy

10

761 221 228

1133796

True Copy

1210

M

European employ

$ viz. 2098. 2,279. 883 male & 887 female children.

Signed) & May, Superdt of Silice & Off J. Rezr : General .

of

Colonial Secretary:

(Copy)

F

No. 17.

Lie

Census & Registration Office,

Victoria, Hongkong,

21

August,

et, 1850.

420

Nos.

In reference to returns Nr. 15 16 16, laid before His Excellency the Governor, relating, to ownership and occupation of house by foreigners and Chinced, the respective populations of each and the cxtimated amount of ground

ent paid for each description of property,

(which, I consider it necessary to remark, was

without having any

having any knowledge

compiled without.

or idea

of the object of requiring the informations), that by verbal direction of His Excellency, the Governo I have the honor to report thereow, in referenced a statement that Chinew from the heavy-

id-rents are deterred from resorting

ground-rents

to

to the

Colony as residents, showing that it is only

The Honorable

Major William (xino)

Colonial Secretary

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421

necessary

to offer the following particulars to cxhibit the thorough fallacy of such an assertion 1th from the average amount of ground rent

paid for each house and by each person in the City of Victorio

There

Are.

475 houses occupied by 3,776

Chinese, owned

by Foreignew, at a total

6 ground rent, (estimated from the Ascessment of Police Rate) of £. 1973 - 14 -1, which shows that the

proportion of ground-rent for each house is L.14.3 41,

and

5

5 4

I for each person is 10.3% per

there 706 houses owned by Chines

are

and occupied by 9,860 Chinced, at a total

ground rent of £. 1,574 = 5.4, showing that

the

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for each house is L. 1

rund-rent

rent for

e ground.

3. 41⁄2 per

and for Estimating the ground

for each person 3. 450

rent

1a14a71

annun

from the whole number of houses occupied by Chineed, vis. 1381, and the entire Chinese population in tour of Victoria, viz. 13.636, the proportion

each hoved is L. 2.11 -42 of ground rent

for

and

- for each person 3/21⁄2 per annum. 2ndly. From rent paid for cach house, and cultivated land ront by each inhabitant of the Colony exclusive of fity of

villages Victoria

Lotal

Amoun

count

of ground-rent per

annund for Village Rent: £217. 19.6 Total amount of cultivated.

· ground rent per

there.

are

963

annurrd.

houses in

581943

Total L. 276 "8" G

8.9

Villages, with a total

population of 5018, the Government rent for each hould being 3/14, and for each

1744 pes

perlow 11

anur að.

3rdly. From the increase in the number

of

to

houses in Victoria, (being 5/8 ts Chinese houses), the increase of population, and the yearly increase of Police Rate, which is derived froms - assessment on landed property.

Hi

Periods.

No. of houses Police occupied by

Chinese

Census of

Cate

Chineze & Freigners.

&

SD

inhabitants in Memarks

Victoria

d. Year Population

Six months ending

3084

6 June, 1845.

657.

1845 19,260

1848.

734 1688 181 1846 13,714

Year 1847.

961 2060 262 1847 11056

ending $1848.

1358 2,379 0 24 1848 9,466

th.

30

# June 1849.

1,525 2,563 11 11⁄2 1849 15,257

1897.

1,620

2,605 167

Aceading to new

assessment for year 1,740

ending 30th June, 1887.

to

Chinese

Lervanto

employ of Foreigners not included

Population

in preceding

includes

Cculations.

The Census was estimated previous

65 1849 - for 1849, compiled from returns by each Chineto householder ; in

the

furnished

e year 1845

6.

46 447, the fixed population was greatly

increased

the above

by labourers, ( included) in the a

return), who resided in mat sheds; the

estimated number of latter for 1845 was 10000 ;

at the present time there

ère are not 100

:

persons

422

living in mat sheds in the district of Victoria .

kly.

make

From the avidity with which bhinet

ainst their

arrangements apparently against interest to secure the posession of Land for

instances incidente

definite periods, in four coming to my knowledge,

are n

many

more,

ncidentally

and I believe there

Chinese have built substantial

Chinetd houses upon the agreement that the

property reverts to the European Landowner at

the expiration of thre

viz.

spars wif

Inland Lot No. 199, Queen's Road East, 6 houses.

#

211

Dr. West, 6 Jo.

Street. 4

72 Wellington

Jo.

3

171

172

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the three last lots built about 12 months back,

and Lan

I am aware

of

two recent instances in

which, notwithstanding the offer of a Chinam

to pay Ground hower and give up possession.

ound-rent,

- rent, build a substantial.

and the other in 10

5 years

art and

mais

in one case in

years, the Eumpens

:

:

.

landowner refused the offer, notwithstanding,

that the

:ound

ad continues unbuilt upon.

It is

Scarcely necessary

to express

my personal conviction, ( acquired from minute knowled,

a)

knowledge of the changes in Victoria

during the preceding 52 years, arising from the

nature of my duties),

that

as de

regards

do the

Chineto populations the fity of Victoria has

1

improved and is

improving in wealth and

is i

respectability, and the aftortions, that thinose

to Victoria in

are deterred from resorting consequenced of the cxccssion ground-rent, it

a

fiction hazarded without deco inquiry,

suit particular viewd.

I have, &c.,

(Signed) Charles May Superdt of Police &

Offz, Registear Gonorab

Tue. Copy

Colonial Secretary

is

to

7

423

T

Inclosure No 26 in Despatch

Je 85 &

1850.

(Copy)

G.

No.18.

Retum showing the Amount of Rent. paid for Lots owned by 20 largest payees of Ground Pent, showing the amount estimated for such portion occupied by Chinese, and the amount for portion occupied by Foreignent.

424

I

Istab

Na of

Names of Proprietors.

Lots

Amount

Proportion of Proportion of

Ground Rent Ground Rent

held. of Ground upon portion upon portion

Rent. of lot used of lets used by

by Chinees. Foreigners.

1242 1469

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1144032

Dent & Co.

$6

14

737 1242

Jardine, Matheson, & C.-

6

688 158

G. Duddell.. A. Carter, & C.--

25

621

17

10 248

9

6. Ripley & Co. C. Larkins. Lindsay &

Co.

Chas. E. Hewart.

Jamieson, Edger, & Co.

Scott y bo.

во

R. Strachan..

Rev. Fr. A. Feliciani..

Gibb, Livingston, & Co-

Oriental Bank. turner & bo.

I. White

Macvicar & Co.

Fletcher & Co.

Blenkins, Rawson & Co

Hongkong Club.

3

3377 3201610100

265

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44

8

5

254 10

7

24521

2

226

4

8

222 1803

6815

14

218 17 44

b

216 131

(3

210 1412

204 11 112

193

6

5912112

574 11 72 111⁄2 373 7

9

3681

25

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27

192 16 12 48

170

150

13

3

141 312

128

8 8 é

10102833

97 5747 10 102 833

11 42

442

101⁄2

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254 107

24521

222114

154

232

1829

3

191 13 183 29

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1441612

170

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127

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0 4914 9 10Ź 049

Chinese residing in

General, showing average amount in ground rent paid Police and Officiating Registrar.

Report by the Superintendent

by

City

Ą Ectoria and

this

th

illages throughout. Hongkong.

21th August, 1850.

Over

Summary.

20 Foreigners owning 77

lots wholly

or

partially occupied by Foreigners, as per

9102

Return Nr. 18, pay ground rent per annumaat. 4,914 9

93 Foreigners owning 171

Lots wholly or

partially occupied by Foreigners, pay

per annum.

a

2 ground rent por

Total Groused Rent for European Houses .

022

2,875

7.789101

Census and

Registration Office ;

Victoria, Hongkong, 26th August, 1856.

(Signed)

Charles May

Superintendent of Police und

Offg. Registrar General .

true

opy

Copy

Dr. Deni

lonial Secretary.

425

.

(Copy)

No. 19.

Pleturn giving a description of properties owned by Messrs:

Description

of Lots.

and No.

M. 3

Situated at

who pay

the largest

1

Annual Annual Rental

Annual Rental accading occupied by

Owned by ground to assessment Chinese according, Rent. of Police

Rate.

f

sd.

Queen's Road. Dent & Co. 129 10.

625

to Assessment of

Police Rate.

5.

Do.

Do.

58 12 2

625

I 32

"

293A

294A

295

51.

24

25 3

Do.

Do.

Myredham St.

Do.

32 13

20

6 2

176 8 10 333 176810

3336

59.

Caine Road.

Jo.

sy

362 300

134

135

#

Wellington St.

43 109

Do.

50 142

136

59 17 32

137

Do.

Do.

48 114

2

M. 3.

444 34

2

A splendid Mansion, occupied by one of the Partners; the Godowns used for the Stowage of Opium and Greasurd.

426 A splendid Mansion, purchased for F. 6.250 in 1848, repaired at a great cost,

"Keying House " : it adjoins the principal landing place, and is the residence of about 10 of the assistants of the Firm, the fittings expensive scale ; part of the house becupied as office or counting hou do, the godowns used for stowage of Europe and India Goods.

known as

arð) ƒn (5)

1.32 these four lots being situated immediately opposite to the

purchased by Messrs. Dent & Co., to prevent

2931

lot No. 3, were

- 2941) any Buildings being created thereon; it is now a vacant piece - 295 of ground turfed. and planted with trees.

1.37.

extensive

Iwelling house of one of the portiers; it has a splendid and - sive garders attacked, considered the finest in the Colony; the house is built in a most expensive style, there is also a Bungalow

on this lot sometinies occupied by visitors.

Dwelling

house of one of the partners, with a large space of

the residence of the Governor, I paid

ground attached.

1: formerly

1. 9 Rent 2.625 per annund). The extensive grounds attacked to

it are.

· partly

converted into a

1. 134. Sixteen Chinese shops

1.134.

*

a Garden :

and built upon these Lots, constantly

. 135) occupied by Carpenters, &c, each shop paying at the rate

136. £25 per

+ 137 {

anstaan),

of

Stables to contain about 15 Horses belonging to the partners

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I

aftictants of the Firm

I

1. 139 Wellington St. 159. Myndham St.

Dent He.

31

34. 52. Su kun pus. Sardine Mathein

ip 205

1375

I.

29.

Do.

Go.

230 871⁄2 1375

M. 10. Queen's Road-

Do.

104

I. 81

PA

812 Sukumpa.

Do.

78 19 35 1441⁄2

8

Do.

15 13

46.

M 25

29

A

Wongneichung.

• 29^ Queen's Road. G. Buddell.

30

#

30A

40164

2012

12

20 2012

2012

950

+

675

sy

10

22 10

20

1.139

Both these Lots.

4159 { "the

the garden.

I join

Lot 51 to enlarge

427

A very large and splendid mansion, built at great cost, ared occupied by 12 of the assistants in the Firms; part of the house this M. 52. occupied as counting house; a patent slip is constructed on

ground, at a

of about 2. 6200 ; extensive Godowns are also built on this lot for the stowage of general cargoes.

cost

a view

top

A house, separated pour the last lot by a public road, built on

of a low hill,, commanding,

sing. of the whole harbour and most I. 29 expensively built, for the residence of the partners; there is also &

large Bungalow built on this lot, former residence of the partners.

Five houses built on this Lot, and let to Merchants and Hore keepers

M. 108 Five

Rat.

aw

at an annual rent of about £.250 for each house.

built on these lots, and

1. 81. Twenty six Chince shopt

ure)

- 812 rental of about L. 20 each per annum. 146. A small bungalow

alow is built on this Lot

M.25 Purchased

29th

02

speculation in 1849, having

pay

ad

been

4 29 surrendered in 1848 to Government by the Chinese, who, 1.29%) at the time Hongkong was first established, did extensive business Timber dealers, and had their Timber stoned

"

30

av

" 30° in these Lots.

M. 65. Queen's Rond. G. Suddell. 124 16

7

68A

Do.

Do

I. 30

122 10

9

30

428

This lot was purchased by the late Mr. McKnight, Naval Storekeeper, from the original purchaser, and

original purchasar, and after expending upon it upwards of £. 2.700, having 7 shops built on a small portion of the M. 65.) lot, was sold, after his demise, by public auction, and was purchased

by Mr. Duddell, for L.4.3.4, more on.

than with a view to speculation than with build upon it . The rent derived from the 7 shops is barely sufficient pay one half the ground pent.

Two Chinese chops built on this lot; let at about L. 20

39.68A por

annun

for both.

Three Chinese shops built on this lot; let at about M.81. 2. 37 per annum

for the whoter.

A to

A lot of ground purchased by Mr. Buddell for the purpose 1. 30. of training horses,

of training horses, rearing, poultry, pigs,

ing poultry, pigs, cows, sheds, &c.

1.30.

There

are

three houses, (one large and two middling )

built on this lot,

very

1.35. been untenanted. Z much out of repair a

and have

Government tendered £. 200 premium for this lot to Mr. Duddell, before any houses were,

built thereor, and the offer

404

refused.

m

Do.

Do.

20 15

Jo.

48

37

10

35

Do.

Do.

12.

80

Z. 138. Wyndham St. G. Duddell.

38 13 2ź

10584

84

A

204 205

Caipingthaw.

Do.

گا

205A

4

#

219 Queen's Road.

Do.

67

13368

میرگاه

291

2

292 baine Road.

Do.

89

25 16

293

294

15 10

32 5

29/A

Queen's Road.

Do.

292A)

339

Do.

Do.

1340

335 3

100

29

%%%

10

10 110

2

85

15

15

ཧ་

138. A theatre is built on this lot, also on speculation.

204 (Bought

429

on onere speculation, this being the part of the town rostly occupied and owned by Chinese inhabitants : the two last 05. A lots were purchased within the last six months.

205.

: about Circular buildings : six chops built on this ground, gielding .

for three, the others being untonanted.

219 2.75 per

291.

annum)

Known as Shelley's Gardens & Michell Grove, levelled, enclosed, laid out and planted by Mr. Shelley, at an enormous expense ; purchased for a trifling amount by Mr. Guddell, on speculation, now converted into pleasure ground. Am 293 . " Archery blub "is formed here who have built a substantial 294 . Bungalow, for which, and the Archery Ground, they pay

rent of F. 25.

292.

#

an annual

291 A. The Auction Mart is built on this Lot ; so are also three-

about L. 62.10 per Chinese shops, the latter

5 yielding

292.A.

339.

auntino.

These 2 lots were

formerly occupied by 2 Coolie stands, erected by Government, afterwards sold to Mr Buddell; 340. bought on speculation. One is used as a Farriery, and ond

ist let to a Carpenter.

:

Sukunpw. G. Duddell.

4

8 Hoong hoong lo.

Do.

Census and Registration Office

Victoria, Hongkong, 26th. August, 1850.

4

10

430

Dent & Co., Mcsers: Jardine, Matheson & Co, and Mr G. Duddell, ▸ amount of Ground Rent:

Remarks.

P. 1. ( Farm lots bought in hopes of disposing,

8.

- 8 . to the Chinetd to some advantage.

|

(Signed) Charles May

Superintendent of Police &f OffJ Registrar Sineral

Crue fipy

се

.

lonia l Secretary

&

coutery

1085 û 1850.

Inclosure 1027 in Despatch

431

!

་་

?

Opinion of the Attorney General on paragraph If of the letter from the Land Committee dated

18th.

May, 1850.

his lease

The Crown lessee unless prohibited by

enay

make sub-leases ; this being

10

house property is similarly circumstanced here.

as in all towns in

England. If in any case.

the Crown be willing to adopt, the under-tenant.

as

its immediate lessee it can do so, (supposing there be no liens or encumbrances attaching

to

the head lease), in its own discretion, by accepting

a surender in writing of the head lease, and

then granting.

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two leases of the original lot as

apportioned by the two tenants, but in

or in

any

other

doin

doing

way interfering with the title created by the first lease, the danger will arise

of interfering with the securities and remedies

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of unregistered cncumbrancers or creditors having

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about to obtain executions.

True Copy

(signed) Paul Sterling

Colonial Seccotary.

August, 1851

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Registrar General, showing of Police and officiating the Superintendent

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Opinion of the Attorney General

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this 7th Paragraph

! the letter how the Lands Committee; relative, to inability of Crown Lefsees - to transfer a subdivision their lots.

August, 1850:

Inclosure No 28 in despatel No 85 / 1850 11850

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1850

giong Kong Gen. Staveley

Volume 2? May to August

May4 39 Chinese Pirates.

Executed

Reports

that three Chinese Pirates were on the 1th May in conformity with their conviction of sentence.

May 14

May 20

May 23

восто Military

May 16 40. Dr Gutzlaff, 1649 Meront 1.

March

Actin. Despatch

Encloses a report

on the

from the Auditor General surcharges made on Dr Gustaff in 1848 on account of

account of income tax. Encloses

:

May 17 41 Chinese Convicts.

a list of 24 Chinese and one

Indian,

Convicts that have been sent to

H

Singapore by the This Sir Ed Repan", the charge

for passage be is £156.5.0.

1850

Gen Shaveley

May 18 42 Mr Hulme.

N170 March 5.

Ackerd. Despatch

Encloses the Warrant for appointing Mr Hulme, Proge

the Admiralty Court, also statement of the amount (₤104nds! Fees received from April 17 1847 to May 2 18501

Way 10 45 Despatches.

43

Refers to the

Despatch N 30 April 20.

Acker. receipt of Despatches

May 18 44 Crown. Lands.

Emilops

a list of Leases of Crown Lands put up to Auction, out of 18

Lots only & were sold.

May 23 45 Mr W Tarrant.

Encloses

Green from

a Memorial to the Queen Mr W Tarrant relative to his claim for compensation and his abrupt dismissal from Office.

Mary 24 46 Mr WT Merrer-

Refers to the

Dispatch Dr 37 April 26.

Encloses a

Certificate of the Salary of MW Tercer having "been paid up to May 24, at the rate of goo per annum & that income tax has been deductio

1850

Gen Staveley

May 24 47 MGW Caine.

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434

3

Refers to the

Despatch & 37 April 26.

Reports his appointment Mr GW Caine as "temporary Clerk in the Treasury Salary £200.

of

June 3 48 Prisoners.

a

Encloses

Proclamation dated May 23

Free Parlanting to eighteen Prisoners

in consideration of Queen's birth day.

June 4 49 Treasurer

the

Equtores

proccedings of a Board of Survey

on

the Treasurers Crest on the 24th of May

June 14, 50 Mr R. Rienaecker.

Encloses

the surety bond (duly signed) for Mr R Rienacker as

Treasurer.

Inne 15 01 Despatches.

June

acting

Refers & his

Despatch & 43 May 18.

N Ackn receipt of Despatines.

June 15 52 Legislative Council.

N176 April 13.

Acker Despatch

Reports that Mr De Jardine and Mr JF Edger have assumed their duties in the Legislative Council -

.

435

Junu 17 53 Mr Lena.

1850

Gen Staveley

& 175 April 13.

1850

Gen Stavely

4

ontinued

July 237

July

Chidy, 3 20 Stationery.

an

Preport of

AcknR Despatch

Recommends

extension of six months to

Mr Lena's leave of absence.

June 19 54 Mr F. Smith.

N165 Feb7 23

Arkn Despatch

Reports the death of Mr. F. Smith, Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court and hig

appointment of Mr 2018 Alexander

to the v

• vacancy.

June 20 55 MrWS Wentworth.

D 174 April 11.

Ackn. Despatch

Reports that some

legal process is necessary before. Transmiting to England the projectly

The late WI Wentworth,

June 20 56 Health of the Garrison.

Reports that

disease has broken out among the troops and that he had withdrawn the Military Guard- from the Naval Stores and sudstituted a Police force.

July 2 37 Despatches.

Editores

a. Schedule of the Despatches to the Colonial Office for

M

A

July

the half year ending June 30.

A.

Encluses the Board of Survey

on the Stationery sent out, shewing the Paper to be very deficient in weight & quality,

Chudy 3 og Stationery Free Ding Despatch.

59

Refers to the

Exuloses a requisition

for a supply of Stationery for

a

1051-12

az

"dequests that it

may be of good quality.

July 4 60 Mrs Smith.

Refers & his

Despatch N54 June 19.

Reports the circumstances under which £100 has been grantic to the widow of My Smith,

in order

to enable her & proceed with her family to Van Dieman's Land

July 9 61 Appointments.

returns

alterations

Emlores

of all appointments,

Salaries & for

the quarter ending Chine 30.

July 15 62 Measurers Accounts. Encloses

the Accounts of the Treasures for the quarter ending some 30,

Together

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1

436

July 15 62

ontinue.

1850

Gen Staveley

a

together with the report of Board of Survey on the Best

Mily 15 63 Despatines.

July

6

Refers to his Despatch N 51 June 15.

"Ackn" receipt of Despatcher,

1950

Sir SG Bonham

July 19 64 Sir SG Bonham.

Reports his

return to Hong Kong and the resumption of his Government

the 18 July.

on

July 19 65 Councils,

Enstores

lists of the Members of the Executive and Legistative Councils for the half year ending June 30.

July 20 66 Police Clothing.

a

Encloses

requisition for the Police Clothing for 1851 accompanied by

a Hore

accant

July 28 67 Chinese Convicts

22

N179 May 6.

Ackn Despatch

Reports

on the

proposition for sending the Labuan and calculates the number, Chinese Convicts from Hong Kong to

that might be to sent, at 30 and the expense of

рет

annam

their maintenance in the Colony is about £7.10.0 each per annum.

July 29 68 Governor of Macao.

Jaty

an

Emcores

Official report of the Governor of Macas on the 6th of July,

had

he

only aparmed -ment on the 29th May

apormed the Govern.

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1850

Sir SG Bonham

Aug 1 by Councils.

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69

Ang yo

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Encloses minutes of the Executive and Legislative Councils for the Kalf year ending Vine 30.

MWH Alexander.

Despatch

Refers to the

54. June 197 Reports having

fixed the Salary of

MwJ

Alexander at £350 per annum.

Any 1 71 Mrr R Strachan. Arken Despatch

N 156 Dec. 21. 1849

a Letter

Encloses a

from Mr R Shachan requesting to be allowed to give up to the Government the Marine Lot of Land need

Any 5 72 Tread Mill.

B

J

a

by

him,

The erection

Tread Mill having been recommended by the Oustices the Peace, he requests (if the proposition is approved of,) that the Machinery for such a purpose may be sent out.

Ang 6 73 Mr M Campbell.

Auken Despatch

N168 Feb 7 28 and N 118 Dec 1849

regers this

Reports the departure

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Ang 6 73

1850

continued For SG Bonkarn

437 !

of Mr M Campbell for the Marities and that there is little probability of recovering the amount he has overdrawn.

Aug 6 74 Magistrates Salaries.

Aiken Despatch

d8 165 Feb 23 and refers to his Despatch, separate, Dec. 28. 1848.

Reports having increased Mr Hilliers Salary from st 400 to £1000 per

Ang 6 75 Chinese Pirates.

Ang 12 76

Reports the

case of nine Chinese Pirates having been convictio &f sentenced to death by the Supreme Court and explaims his reasons for having

commuted their Sentence

to transportation for life.

Despatches

Refers to the

Despatch IS 63 July 157

Acken receipt of Despatches.

Aug 18 77 Francis Balfour.

Anders Despatch

N8 182 May 29 and refers to his 1872 July 20

1849.

Reports that Francis Balfour quitted the Hong Kong, Police Force in December 1847

not 1848.

and

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1850

Sir SC Bonham

Aug 19 78 St John's Cathedral.

fr

10

Encloses

correspondence with the Trustees of St John's Cathedral

who clann

а

further sum of

£ 1224. from the Government.

Explaims the na

Zare

of the claims they put forward and his reasons for resisting

them as untenable.

Any 20 79 Health of the Garrison,

Refers & his Despatch N 56 June 20.

In consequence of the increased sickness among the Troops, he has been obliged to relive the guard at the Sail by Police Constables.

Cury 21 8 General Staveley Any

Reports that General Staveley had been put to some extra expense

during his abministration of the Government and recome A him. an allowance being

Aug 22 80 Mr W Tarrant.

JP

recommends

Encloses

2 copies of the Ordingnees, Hong Kong, compiled by M

Warrant

Any 23 01 Health of the Garrison.

Cleken. Despatch Military

Aug 23 81

continued

1850

Sir PG Bonham

438

11

Military No16 May 24 1849 and refers to his 8879 August 20.

Reports on the encreased sickness among the Froops and the

off Deaths "Complaims of an

number

the Admiral's prohibiting the sick

an Order

of

The Upper Deck

incurring

Fivos

of

or for the

troops sumpying, store Ship, this

the "Minden H

an expense.

this", besided the Cop

hive of a Ship,

many lives.

Ang 23 32 Tenure & Land.

The report

on the tenure of

the Committee Land will be forwarded by the next Mail.

Aug. 23 83 Don I Elias.

Jipa

araft

N178 April 25.

Austin Despatch

No objection to Don Ilias,

as Peruvian Consul.

Any 23 Newspapers.

Reports on

the Newspapers published in the Colomy,

Any 26 84 Military Convicts.

bound Military

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439 END

1850

Sir S G Bonham

Any 29 85. Venure & Land.

& Despatch N

men

OL

Refers to his Dec. 17, 1849. The following Gentle- having been appointed Committee to investigate and

report on the tenure of

Land in the Colony Viz Mess * W & Merect, G Cleverly, I W. Smith, W. Davidson G Cleverly that, incloses copy and CG Sheart,

their instructions,

Encloses

a very detailed

report on the result of their enquiries into the tenure of Lond

me states his own views

ano

on the subject.

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