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Details of CO 318/74
Reference: CO 318/74

Commissioners of Legal Enquiry in the West Indies, unnumbered volume. Appendix to Berbice report. Papers [manuscript] relating to 39 cases of complaint about the administration of justice, as follows:

  • Mrs S M Fraser: case of claim for maintenance from her husband;
  • James Innes, colonial secretary: seeks clarification of his duties and advise on recovering debts;
  • Robert Douglas: charges against lieutenant governor;
  • Arabella Robinson: oppressive sentence of the court in 1821 on a 'negro named Thomas';
  • Robert Semple: his involvement in a particular case and wish to retire;
  • four memorials from Mr Walker: 1) debt due by a Mr Keene; 2) unjust decision of the Court of Civil Justice; 3) case of sentence on a 'negro belonging to the Winkel Department'; 4) his inability to execute a judgment against a debtor;
  • L Cohen: neglect of duty by fiscal;
  • Simon Fraser: complaint against 11th article of the regulations of the Court of Justice;
  • Nieuwerkerk & Cameron: complains that governor has refused to accept their security to prosecute an appeal;
  • W Katz: complains of a case being delayed by the governor;
  • Sally 'a slave' and her six children: complains that they have derived no benefit under the will of P S McGregor, who had bequeathed to them their freedom;
  • Sarah Stewart: complains of an undue administration of the effects of the late James Fraser;
  • Elizabeth Wishrop Gaymer: complains that a slave owned by her child, a minor, has been sold by the man she cohabited with without her consent;
  • Arabella Robinson: claiming her freedom;
  • second case of Mr Cohen: complains of heavy fine for selling rum;
  • 'the negro Aligan': claims his freedom under the will of Mr Jones;
  • 'the Colored Inhabitants of Berbice': complain of various grievances and disabilities under which they labour;
  • Nelly Adair and her children: claims their freedom and certain bequests under the will of Hugh Adair;
  • 'the Indian woman Kaatje Timmerman': claim against the executor of the will of Johannes Timmerman;
  • Peggy Hagbourn: states that she purchased from Thomas Jones, who was considerably indebted to her, a slave who was her own child; The child was subsequently claimed by one of Jones's creditors, and sold; Peggy Hagbourn's claim was dismissed on the grounds that as a slave herself she could not hold property;
  • two memorials from K Francken, first marshal: 1) claiming right to attend and perform execution sales of property; 2) rights of making official copies;
  • J T Matthews: seeking readmission to practice at the bar;
  • Roderick McKenzie: complaint against bill of costs against him;
  • Kitty Rawlings: has been declared by the Court of Justice to be entitled to her freedom, but complains that she is too poor to pay for letters of manumission;
  • E H Schneider: claim against the Criminal Court;
  • H D Obermuller: judgment against his female ward in Holland;
  • Mary Dromgoole: relating to Mr Walker's second memorial;
  • Hughe Inglis: maladministration by officers of the Orphan Chamber;
  • William Scott Griffier, Orphan Chamber: irregularities in the practice of the department as to wills, the time of service of members, and the making up of accounts;
  • K Francken, first marshal: seeking revision of tariff of fees;
  • Inhabitants of Berbice: complaint against the lieutenant governor.

Date: 1828
Related material:

For further records relating to Berbice see CO 111

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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