Bermuda, 1808 : Despatches : List; Memorial; Correspondence; Returns 1808
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- CO 37/63/1. Forwards a return of Ordnance and Ordnance stores needed for Bermuda. No. 68, folios 3-6. 11 Jan 1808. CO 37/63/2. Forwards an official account of the 'ill-judged' attempt on Baracoa by a detachment of the 99th Regiment. No. 71, folios 7-8, 13-19. 15 Jan 1808. CO 37/63/3. Reports issuing a proclamation prohibiting the exportation of provisions [except for salt fish] from Bermuda. No. 70, folios 9-12. 15 Jan 1808. CO 37/63/4. Forwards a copy of the military accounts for the quarter ending 24 September 1807, as the original had been lost when a French privateer chased Lord Hobart's packet ship [not included in volume; original said to be with 1807 correspondence]. No. 72, folios 20-21. 28 Jan 1808. CO 37/63/5. Forwards an abstract of the military accounts for the quarter ending 24 December along with his account current [not included in volume]. No. 73, folios 22-23. 28 Jan 1808. CO 37/63/6. Reports the death of Henry Tucker who was the former Secretary, Provost Marshal and Receiver General. Explains Henry Tucker Jr has been appointed to act in those positions and is well qualified to fill the posts. No. 75, folios 24-25. 8 Feb 1808. CO 37/63/7. Reports appointment of Tudor Hinson to the Council due to the vacancy left by Henry Tucker's death. No. 76, folios 26-27. 8 Feb 1808. CO 37/63/8. Reports purchasing twenty barrels of flour and fifteen puncheons of rum. Encloses a certificate respecting the prices and quality, and a return of the provisions received by the Commerce. No. 77, folios 28-33. 10 Feb 1808. CO 37/63/9. Forwards the naval quarterly accounts for 1 October to 31 December 1807 [not included in volume]. No. 78, folios 34-35. 12 Feb 1808. CO 37/63/10. Reports the arrival of five companies of the 99th Regiment from New Providence. Explains there were only 51 soldiers due to the 'unhealthiness of that climate and the loss they sustained at Baracoa'. No. 79, folios 36-37. 17 Feb 1808. CO 37/63/11. Reports that 'the present aspect of affairs in America strongly indicate a rupture with that government and the system of procrastination which is apparently adopted in regard to the negotiations with Mr Rose and the continuance of the embargo furnish additional arguments for that apprehension'. No. 80, folios 38-42. 6 Mar 1808. CO 37/63/12. Reports the arrival of the 13th Regiment of Foot. Reports that 80 of the 111 men were ill with ophthalmia. Reports the need to build more barracks due to the high cost of renting out houses for troops as well as the low cost and availability of rum in the town. Encloses a return of the forces under his command. No. 82, folios 43-46, 49-51. 29 Mar 1808. CO 37/63/13. Responds to various Bermuda despatches. Colonial Office draft no. 2, folios 47-48. 9 Apr 1808. CO 37/63/14. Reports on the movement of the French fleet, effect of the American embargo on Bermuda, and the 'warlike' message of the President to Congress on 25 February. No. 82, folios 52-53. 30 Mar 1808. CO 37/63/15. Sends a list of the bills drawn on the Treasury on account of the military expenditures between 25 December 1807 and 24 March 1808. No. 83, folios 54-55. 31 Mar 1808. CO 37/63/16. Comments on a proposal to raise a Regiment of 600 Blacks, which was 'stated to have originated in the anxiety of the Legislature to get rid of the Black population, and that they intend purchasing up the slaves hiring them out for a certain number of years and then manumitting them on condition of their quitting the island'. Requests a detailed statement of the political situation on the island. Colonial Office draft No. 3, folios 56-57. 11 Apr 1808. CO 37/63/17. Forwards a return of the provisions received from the transport Betsy. Also encloses a statement of the quantity of provisions remaining in store on 11 April. No. 83, folios 58-63. 13 Apr 1808. CO 37/63/18. Reports a plan to raise a Black corps of six hundred men for service in the West Indies. Explains that the ultimate objective was to remove the Black population from the island. No. 85, folios 64-66. 20 Apr 1808. CO 37/63/19. Forwards an abstract of the military accounts for the quarter ending 24 March and his account current [not included in volume]. No. 86, folios 67-68. 30 Apr 1808. CO 37/63/20. Forwards the naval quarterly account from 1 January to 31 March [not included in volume]. No. 87, folios 69-70. 2 May 1808. CO 37/63/21. Reports learning that the a demand made by the United States that France should revoke or soften her decree of blockade against Great Britain had been refused by Bonaparte. Colonial Office draft secret and confidential, folios 71-72. 7 May 1808. CO 37/63/22. Forwards a copy of the Governor's speech given at the opening of the Legislature and the responses from the two Houses. No. 88, folios 73-84. 12 May 1808. CO 37/63/23. Acknowledges the receipt of Bermuda despatches Nos 81 to 88. Colonial Office draft no. 6, folios 85-86. 6 Aug 1808. CO 37/63/24. Reports the difficulty surrounding his attempt to appoint William Smith as Treasurer due to the death of Henry Tucker, who died while the House was prorogued. Comments on the conduct of the House of Assembly. Encloses correspondence had with the Speaker of the House of Assembly James Tucker, the opinion of the Council concerning the matter, a statement of the Governor's proceedings with the assembly, and a printed copy of 'An Act for the better Regulating the Treasury of the Islands of Bermuda'. No. 89, folios 87-120. 18 May 1808. CO 37/63/25. Reports the purchase of flour and encloses certificate as to its quality and price. No. 90, folios 121-123. 25 May 1808. CO 37/63/26. Reports the receipt of a petition from 'several free people of color subjects of His Majesty in the Islands of Bermuda praying relief against the operation of an Act for regulating the emancipation of slaves and to disable Free Negroes and Persons of Color from being seized of real estate'. States that the act appeared severe and should be repealed. Also asks for more details concerning the number and situation of slaves, free coloured, and white inhabitants of Bermuda in light of his previous proposition to create a Black corps. Colonial Office draft no. 4, folios 125-126. 31 May 1808. CO 37/63/27. Forwards the minutes of the proceedings of the late House of Assembly [not included in volume]. Unnumbered, folios 127-128. 17 Jun 1808. CO 37/63/28. Reports purchasing 220 barrels of flour for the use of British troops. Encloses a certificate respecting the price and quantity of the flour and the time it is calculated to last. No. 91, folios 129-132. 25 Jun 1808. CO 37/63/29. Forwards a minute from the Attorney General concerning the measures the Governor could take to appoint a Treasurer after the House of Assembly's refusal to appoint a Committee to qualify the Treasurer appointed by the Governor. Also encloses a copy of 'An Act for the better Regulating the Treasury of the Islands of Bermuda'. No. 92, folios 133-141. 27 Jun 1808. CO 37/63/30. Reports asking Sir John Warren to send a man of war to the Bahamas in order to get money due to a scarcity of money in Bermuda. No. 93, folios 142-143. 1 Jul 1808. CO 37/63/31. Sends a list of the bills drawn on the Treasury on account of the military expenditures between 25 March and 24 June. No. 94, folios 144-145. 4 Jul 1808. CO 37/63/32. Forwards a memorial from merchant Stowe Wood proposing the encouragement of trade between Canada and the West Indies via Bermuda. Unnumbered, folios 146-154. 10 Jul 1808. CO 37/63/33. Comments on alleged irregularities in the proceedings of the House of Assembly. Encloses Council minutes and two addresses from the House of Assembly to the Governor concerning their choice of James Tucker as speaker. No. 95, folios 155-166. 16 Jul 1808. CO 37/63/34. Comments further on his proposal to establish a Black corps in order to rid the island of its Black population. Encloses a duplicate of his despatch No 85, a resolution of the House, and an extract of a Legislative report and an extract from Thomas Malthus's essay on population. No. 96, folios 167-192. 16 Jul 1808. CO 37/63/35. Reports the need for flour for British troops. Makes general comments concerning the store. Notes being unable get money from the Bahamas, and the resulting consequence to the military chest. Reports the use of a schooner for government purposes. Reiterates the need for barracks and a hospital for the troops.
Encloses a letter from the Navy Office concerning the purchase of a schooner. No. 97, folios 193-199. 18 Jul 1808. CO 37/63/36. Acknowledges the receipt of various Bermuda despatches. Comments on the purchase of a schooner for government use. Colonial Office drafts nos. 8 and 9, folios 200-203. 8 Oct 1808. CO 37/63/37. Reports purchasing 220 barrels of flour for British troops. Encloses a certificate respecting the price and quantity of the flour and the time it is calculated to last. No. 98, folios 204-207. 27 Jul 1808. CO 37/63/38. Reports that
a detachment of the 99th Regiment consisting of 46 men has arrived from Jamaica. Explains they were the remains of a party captured during the unsuccessful attempt on Baracoa. No. 99, folios 208-209. 29 Jul 1808. CO 37/63/39. Acknowledges the receipt of a despatch of 10 April 'enclosing an Order in Council respecting the carrying into effect the Act for the abolition of the slave trade and an order directing the Collector or Chief Officer of the Customs to provide and protect all African Negroes who may become forfeited under the late act'. No. 100, folios 210-211. 31 Jul 1808. CO 37/63/40. Method of obtaining provisions for British troops in Halifax and Bermuda. Colonial Office draft no. 5, folios 212-213. 4 Aug 1808.
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