Newfoundland 9 Legal British Acts grouping from 1806 to 1849
Place Published: London
Publisher: British Government
Date Published: 1806 to 1849
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
#1. 16th July 1806. An act for allowing, until the First Day of August One thousand eight hundred and seven the Importation of certain Fish from Newfoundland and the Coast of Labrador, and for granting a Bounty thereon. Georgii IV. Regis. London, Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan
#2. [1st Aug. 1808]. An act for allowing, until the First Day of August One thousand eight hundred and eight, the Importation of certain Fish from Newfoundland and the Coast of Labrador, and for granting a Bounty thereon. Georgii IV. Regis. 7-1/4 x 11 inches. 4pp -188
#3. [15th June 1810] An Act for reviving and further continuing until the Twenty-fifth Day of March One thousand eight hundred and eleven, several Laws for allowing the Importation of certain Fish from Newfoundland and the Coast of Labrador, and of certain Fish from Parts of the Coast of His Majesty's North American Colonies, and for granting Bounties thereon. Anno quinquagesimo Georgii III. Regis, Cap. LXXX. 11-1/2 x 6-5/8 inches. 2 pages. -514pp. 4to, disbound. Light type show through on reverse otherwise, near fine condition. O'Dea, A.C. Bib. of Newfoundland, no. 304
#4. [27th June 1817] An Act to regulate the Celebration of Marriages in Newfoundland. First edition, scarce. 11-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches. 2 pages. -510 ; 28 cm. Hand-written reference note on front, otherwise very good+ condition. At head of title: Anno quinquagesimo septimo Georgii III. Regis. Cap. LI. "Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 2 May 1817." O'Dea, A.C. Bib. of Newfoundland, no. 330a. The issue of marriage law in Newfoundland was raised initially in the late eighteenth century when local church officials became increasingly concerned about the custom of common-law marriages. Court records indicate that the practice of common-law marriages had been a problem for the courts for some time. Although the act of living common law without the benefit of clergy appears to have been practised for some time, it was not until the number of instances increased that church and legal authorities demanded legislative action to enforce marriage law and properly designate clergy to perform the ceremony. The application of English marriage statutes to Newfoundland was, in their view, a very important question since it had repercussions for the "chastity of parents" and the "legitimacy of children." They concluded that the English Marriage Act did not extend to the island, only the principles of English law. Marriage, they suggested, is a divine institution, and as such did not require a specific form of celebration. Newfoundland Governor Francis Pickmore (c1756-1818) was adamant, and decided that legislation was the only way to curtail marriages by Dissenting clergy, at least where Church of England clergy were available. As a result of his representations, in 1817 the first Marriage Act, an imperial statute, was passed. Quoted from An article of the journal Newfoundland Vol. 19, No.2, Studies 2003
#5. 3rd June 1824]. An Act to Repeal Several Laws Relating to the Fisheries Carried on Upon the Banks and Shores of Newfoundland, and to Make Provision for the Better Conduct of the Said Fisheries for Five Years, and from Thence to the End of the Next Session of Parliament. First edition. 11-1/2 x 7 inches. 7 pages. -459. Disbound. Some age-toning, otherwise, very good+ condition. Anno Primo Georgii IV. Regis. Cap. VIII. O'Dea, A.C. Bib. of Newfoundland, no. 362c.
#6. 17th June, 1824. An act for the better Administration of Justice in Newfoundland, and for other purposes. First edition. 11-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches. 14 pages. -602 Disbound. Very good condition.
"Anno quinto Georgii IV regis." This Judicature Act of 1824 instituted the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and defining its power and limitations.
#7. [1st August 1832]. An act to continue certain Acts relating to the Island of Newfoundland, and to provide for the Appropriation of all duties which may hereafter be raised within the said Island. Anno primo Gulielmi IV. Regis, Cap. LXXVIII [1st August 1832]. First edition UK. 11-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches. 2 pages -754pp. Very good condition. At first the Supreme Court had a single five-year term: Judicature Act, 1824, s. 36. Its initial term was then extended by 10 Geo. IV. C. 17 (1829). It was made permanent by this act..., 2&3 Wm. IV, c. 78 (1832). O'Dea 403
#8. 1842. An act for amending the Constitution of the Government of Newfoundland Victoriae Reginae. At head of title: Anno quinto & sexto Victoriæ Reginæ. Cap. CXX. p.-1380 now separated and in fine condition. ; 32 cm. Revisions to the Newfoundland's Constitution which established an appointed upper Legislative Council and elected lower House of Assembly. Sir Thomas Cochrane was Governor of Newfoundland 1825-1834 and faced many political battles not unlike what caused the Upper and lower Canada in the 1837 & 1838 rebellions. The political battles came to a head in 1842, when the British government tried to end the turmoil by amending Newfoundland's constitution. To quell opposition to the governor and the Conservative elite, the Colonial Office decided to amalgamate the assembly and council into a single legislative body with this 1842 Act. While this significantly restricted the power of the elected members of the assembly, it failed to bring political peace. A new generation of reformers, led by John Kent and others, continued to attack what they saw as an authoritarian system of government.
#9. [24th May, 1849] An act to confirm certain acts of the legislature of Newfoundland respecting the rebuilding of the town of St. John's Newfoundland, : and to enable the said legislature to make other provisions respecting the rebuilding of the said town. 11-1/4 x 6-3/4 inches. 2 pages. -218 Near fine condition. At head of title: Anno duodecimo Victoriae Reginae. Cap. XXI. O'Dea, A.C. Bib. of Newfoundland vol. 1, no. 531, p.111
Very Good. Item #8958