Place Published: Cornwall
Publisher: Upper Canada Government
Date Published: 1825
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
12.5" x 8", near fine condition.
Land Board Eastern District Cornwall manuscript document
[Front of document]
Ld. B. E.D. For report. Original authorities forwarded to York 6th Aug. 1825. No. 1 not approved of
Land Board Eastern District Cornwall
6th Aug. 1825
Return of location of lands now vacant and grantable submitted for the approval of His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor [ie, Sir Peregrine Maitland] at York.
No.1: Names of Applicants, Eliza McDonell of Cornwall, wife of Donald McDonell, Esq., Lt. Col. Of the Glengarry Militia, & daughter of the late ensign Ranald McDonell, of Cornwall, UE Loyalist. Lot 24, 200 acres, 1st Concession, Osgoode Township. A difficulty appears on the location. By the plan in the office, Daniel Truesdell is located on the Broken Front of Lot 24 taking in so much of the said lot in the 1st Concession as makes up 200 acres---thereby leaving a residue to the said lot 24 in the 1st Concession of about 136 acres only.
No. 2: Delia Anderson, of Cornwall, spinster daughter of Joseph Anderson, Esq., of the same place, UE Loyalist. No. 26, 200 acres, 7th Concession, do. [ie, Osgoode Township.] Clear of difficulty.
No. 3: John Mattice of Osnabruck, son of Adam Mattice of Cornwall, a UE Loyalist. No. 11, 200 acres, 2nd Concession, Russell Township. Clear of difficulty.
SGO, 25th Aug. 1825. For the Surv. Genl., [signed] S. [=Samuel] Ridout, Jos. Anderson, G. Wood.
His Excellency the Lt. Governor is pleased to confirm the locations Nos. 2 & 3.
Gov’t House, 26th Aug. 1825.
By Command, [signed] Hillier [=George Hillier.]
The process for Land Grants in Upper Canada was greatly impacted by the influx of the United Empire Loyalists form the 1780's and on. A British-style settlement, complete with a balanced constitution, common law and free and non-military earned land tenure. Land granting was considered the first business of government and this document is thus an important and informative original source one signed by prominent Upper Canadians in 1825, George Hiller and Samuel Ridout regarding land grants in the Cornwall district.
Samuel Ridout (b. 1778; d. 1855). Son of Thomas Ridout. Sheriff of the Home District from 1815-1827 and Registrar of Deeds. He sat on the board of the British America Fire & Life Assurance Company and in 1824, 1827, 1829, 1834 and 1838 was Director of the Bank of Upper Canada
HILLIER, Major GEORGE,
Sir Peregrine Maitland, was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, in 1818 and George Hillier (a military friend of Maitland whom he served with in Europe) took up duties as his civil secretary.
Hillier was also Maitland’s chief counsellor. His position was the more important because Maitland, in spite of his personal and physical remoteness, exercised his full authority over every detail of his administration. Hillier’s position entailed no formal power but offered great possibilities for wielding influence. Depending upon a number of circumstances – ability, force of personality, intimacy with the lieutenant governor, and mastery of detail.
Near Fine. Item #4342