Date Published: 1862
Binding: No binding
NEWFOUNDLAND COLONY PREMIER HOYLES SIGNED LETTER RARE
3pp. letter, flat size 9-1/4 x 7-1/4 inches folded to 4-5/8 x 7-1/4 inches.
St. John's Nfld. Mar 18, 1862.
Dear Sir. His Excellency the Governor handed to me your note of the 5th January. I have searched the probate records of the Supreme Court and find that in May 1848 [or 1858?] the will of Jonathan Hickman of Grand Banks Fortune Bay was duly proved and administration granted to his son James. The property left by him was about 1600 £ in the English funds a dwelling home, trifling personal property. I have no doubt this is the same person as the family are well known and there is no one else to whom the description can apply. I enclose a copy of the will. The charges incurred are 21/1 stg. You can pay this amount to Mr. George P. Mellidge of Boston Merchant on my account. From H. W. Hoyles HM Atty. Gen. to: D.J.A. Jewett Marblehead, Mass. USA
Last page with name of recipient was glued to a manuscript book, otherwise, very good condition.
Sir Hugh William Hoyles (1814-1888), was a politician and lawyer who served as the third premier of the colony of Newfoundland. Hoyles was the first premier (Prime Minister) of Newfoundland to have been born in the colony, and served from 1861 to 1865. He was Chief Justice of the Newfoundland Supreme Court 1865–1880.
Jonathan Hickman (1747-1847) Planter of Grand Bank Fortune Bay Newfoundland was a fisherman and pilot. The family in 1763 settled at Grand Bank. In 1765 Hickman is reported to have served as a pilot with Captain James Cook during the time he spent surveying the south coast of Newfoundland. He is also reputed to have been Cook's pilot in the Trinity Bay area; the town of Hickman's Harbour in that bay was named after him. Hickman was one of the founders of Methodism at Grand Bank and contributed £15 to the building of the first Methodist church in the town in 1816; that was a substantial amount at that time, demonstrating his success as a planter. Will of Jonathan Hickman from Newfoundland will book labeled, "Registry of Wills 1846," pages 135 & 136 probate year 1848. The original Will of Jonathan Hickman, Planter of Grand Bank Fortune Bay Newfoundland , Canada is held at The National Archives, Kew
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