The following petition was published in the 10 March 1792 issue of the Royal Gazette, and Miscellany of the Island of Saint John. Although historically important, it is not the circumstances surrounding the petition that is of interest to genealogists but the list of names of the residents affixed to it.
A total of three petitions appeared in the Royal Gazette of that date, all of which have been reproduced on my website. Because of the similarity of both the petitions and the subsequent responses from Lieutenant Governor Fanning, I have elected NOT to reproduce all three of Lt. Gov. Fanning's responses. A copy of one of the responses (as well as the source reference for these petitions) can be found with the Cherry Valley-Vernon River petition.
To his Excellency Edmund Fanning, LL.D. Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's Island of Saint John, and the Territories adjacent thereunto, in America, Chancellor of the same, &c. &c. &c.
May it please your Excellency,
We, the Inhabitants of the several Settlements of Hillsborough River, Bedford Bay, Savage Harbour, and Saint Peters, beg Leave to express to your Excellency our extreme Regret at Hearing certain Complaints to have been exhibited against you, and three other Officers, to his Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, injuriously representing your Excellency's Administration to have been factious and arbitrary, and those other Gentlemen to have so grossly misbehaved in their respective Offices, as to bring his Majesty's Government in this Island into popular Hatred and Contempt, and particularly stating that the Administration of Justice, since the Restoration of the Chief Justice from his late Suspension, has been partial, and made subservient to the Views and Hopes of this pretended Faction of your Excellency; and that great Dissatisfaction prevails through the Island, from the arbitrary and oppressive Proceedings of the Officers of Government.
On being made acquainted with so unexpected an Occurrence, we should do much Injustice to our own Feelings, and withhold from your Excellency that Tribute of Gratitude we owe you, if we omitted the Opportunity we now have of contradicting those base and injurious Assertions, assuring your Excellency, that a general Satisfaction pervades the Island with your Ecellency's Administration, and entire Approbation of the Conduct of the other Gentlemen complained of. The fair and impartial Administration of the Law, since the Restoration of the Chief Justice, we particularly mark as a Circumstance highly flattering to our future Expectations.
John McDonald Angus McDonald Alan McDonald Angus McDonald Ronald McDonald Roderick McKinnon Alan McDonald Alexander McDonald Donald McDonald Angus McDonald Donald Grant Angus McKinnon John McKinnon Hugh Gillies Peter Gillies Martin McGillivra John McGillivra Donald Gillies Donald Gillies William Gillies Duncan Gillies Alexander McDonald Alexander McMillan Donald McMillan John McMillan Hugh Morrison Murdoch McKay Alexander McDonald Donald McCormack Charles McDonald Angus McDonald John McDonald Neil McPhee John McPhee Archibald McPhee Donald McPhee Donald McDonald Donald McGra John Fraser Alex. McEachran Lawrence Barret William Baker William Campbell Ronald McDonald John McDonald Neil McDonald John McCaskel Gallian McKinnis John McKinnis Angus Campbell Allen McDonald Malcolm McKindrick Hugh McEachran John McEachran John McEachran Allan McDugald Robert McKinnis Angus McDonald Archibald McDonald Angus McDonald Donald McDonald Angus McPhee Edward Willare Lauchlin McDugald Duncan McDugald Hugh McDugald Angus McKinnis Allen McKinnon Alexander McKinnon John McKinnon Neil McKinnon Alexander Curry Duncan Curry Allan McDonald John McDonald Alexander McDonald Angus McDonald Alexander McDonald Donald McVarish Alexander McDonald John McMillan John McPherson John McIntire John Cumming Angus McCormick Charles McKinnon Angus McDonald Roderick McIntosh Hugh McNab John Cameron Angus McDonald John McDonald Donald McDonald Hugh McGillivray Angus McGillivray Donald McEachran John McGillivray John McIntosh Donald McIntosh John McDonald Lauchlin McDonald Donald McGillivray John McDonald Alexander McDonald Allan McDonald John McDonald Donald McDonald Ronald McDonald James McDonald Ronald McDonald Barny McCrossen John McAdam Adam McAdam Donald McAdam Alexander McAdam John McGillivray Donald McGillivray John McGillivray Angus McDonald John McEachran Lodovick McDonald Hugh McDonald Angus McEachran Donald McEachran Allan McDonald Alexander McDonald Allan McDonald Angus McDonald Roderick McDonald Donald McDonald Lauchlin McDonald Hugh McDonald John McLellan James McIntire Donald McIntire Donald McLellan
With one Hundred and Thirty others that could not be inserted in this Page.
Centre d'études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson, Université de Moncton: Microfilm F-1326.