Collection/Fonds
Peter Hessel collection
Description Level
File
Format
textual records
Collection/Fonds
Peter Hessel collection
Description Level
File
Scope and Content
1. Photocopy of a 1-page handwritten document (and a transcript) of a document the original of which is in the National Archives under Upper Canada State Papers, R.G.1, E3, Volume 53, p. 194. “Council 23rd July 1839. Related to No. 2 below.
2. 5-page transcript of a handwritten unsigned draft document, the original of which is in the National Archives under Upper Canada State Papers, R.G.1, E3, Volume 53, pp. 187-193. “In Council 23rd July 1841”. Refers to a report of the Executive Council of Nov. 5, 1823 which recommended that “a township be set apart and planned under the direction of the McNab for settlement”, etc. “... The report made by Mr. McDonnell who was sent to inspect the township in 1830 shows forty settlers on different lots ...” “McNab represents the expense which he incurred in bringing out the twenty nine families from Scotland at 100 pounds per family = 2900 pounds. The expense of bringing 36 families from Montreal at 20 pounds per family = 720 pounds [total] 3600 pounds”. “He states that he settled these people on his own lands by which the Council understands him to refer to the 5000 acres which ... was the allowance to a field officer ...” “... it appears that 850 acres of land have actually been granted by patent to McNab”. ... pine timber rights ... “... respectfully recommended that the lands settled by McNab be values under the direction of the Comm’r of Crown Lands as if in a state of nature and that the settler on each lot be permitted to purchase the same at such valuation, on the same terms . . . as have heretofore been in use.” McNab is to submit an account of “his actual outlay ...” as in the opinion of the Council (the account) is rather a general estimate or average than an account of actual expenditure”.
3. Photocopy of the above handwritten unsigned draft document.
4. Photocopy of a handwritten draft report, pages 195 to 198, by the Executive Council, dated July 28, 1839, signed by W. Allan. Original in the National Archives under Upper Canada State Papers, R.G.1, E3, Volume 53. “The Executive Council have carefully examined and considered the remarks of the McNab ... of the 23rd inst.”. The Laird had complained that the Council “imtends depriving him of his lands, altogether between 4 and 5000 acres, for any trifle of pine timber that may be upon the Crown Lands ...” This document should be fully transcribed.
5. Photocopy of pages 59-60 of “McNab — The Township” by Peter Hessel, re the Allan Report and the Laird’s reply to it. Francis Allan was Crown Land Agent for the Bathurst District (in Perth). He was “instructed to report” by Lord Sydenham, Governor General of British North America, in July 1840. The Allan Report was signed on November 4, 1840.
Notes
The complete Allan Report and the Laird’s reply to it are reprinted in Dugald C. McNab’s “The Last Laird of McNab” (pages 119-132).
Accession No.
1994 0021
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