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1828 Petition for Prince Edward County to become a District
1830 Petition for Prince Edward County to become a District
See the lengthy preamble on the 1830 web page. In 1831, after the third petition,, Prince Edward County became a District.
There are 3 petitions found so far for Prince Edward County to become a District. They are in 1828, this one in 1829 and in 1830. All are transcribed and on their own web page.
This petition was assembled by gluing several pages together in a long scroll. The partial text of the petition itself is followed by several pages of signatures in four columns each and they are transcribed below as assembled. Signatures can be a challenge to transcribe. Let me know if you think I have misread some and I will double check.
© Randy Saylor, transcribed Mar 2016.
Source: Civil Secretary's Correspondence, Upper Canada Sundries, LAC, RG 5 A1, V 92, 50845-8, C-6866, on line at heritage canadiana, starts at image 1328
The Petition - this is similar to the 1830 petition and only the main points are reported below.
... And that your petitioners have for several years past petitioned the legislature of this province, praying that the said County of Prince Edward might be set off from the rest of the Midland District & formed into a separate & distinct District that a Bill to this purpose has several times passed the House of Assembly … has not been sanctioned by the other branches of the Legislature
That the said County is a peninsula … is entirely separated from the rest of the Midland District by the waters of the Bay of Quinte which at all times difficult & dangerous to cross …
That the Town of Kingston where the courts are held & all the District business is transacted, is upwards of 70 miles distant from the upper extremity of the said County – that Magistrates, Jurors, Witnesses, Litigants and all others … are obliged to attend … the costs attending suits are charged on the said town of Kingston … proved ruinous to the parties concerned …
That crimes and misdemeanors frequently are overlooked & go unpunished ….
That the population of the Midland District is about 30 000 souls & that of the County of Prince Edward is about 10 000 souls …
That the amount of taxes paid yearly by the whole of the Midland District is about £2000 and the amount of taxes paid annually by the said County is about £700 …
That the amount of money borrowed & expended in building the present jail & court house situated in the Town of Kingston is about £4000 … and a just amount must be paid by the said County …
… petitioners pray that an act may be passed setting off the County of Prince Edward … into a separate District by the name of the District of Colborne ….
|Source: Civil Secretary's Correspondence, Upper Canada Sundries, LAC,
RG 5 A1, V 92, 50845-8, C-6866, on line at heritage canadiana, image 1328|