Findings of Land Commission of 1860 denied

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FEB. 12-18

The Islander, Feb. 12

THE FARMERS' BANK. Every Subscriber of Shares in the FARMERS' BANK is hereby notified to enter his Shares at the Office of the Secretary, at the Lecture Room of Rustico, in the course of one month from the date of this notice, according to the 25 articles of the Act of incorporation of said Bank, as to be ready for definitive regulation as soon as the assent of Her Majesty the Queen, that we expect soon shall be received. Feb. 12, 1864. Marinux J. Blanchard, Sec.

Jim Hornby: Incorporated by act of the legislature in 1863, the Farmers' Bank of Rustico had initial capital of £1,200 - the smallest amount ever for a chartered bank in Canada.

The Examiner, Feb. 15

THE LAND QUESTION No. 7. The Land Commission has, indeed, as respects any directly beneficial effects, been totally inoperative; yet good appears to be at length arising from it, for the people, seemingly disgusted with the delusions which have been passed upon them, and tired of waiting, are prepared to redress themselves; and should enrolments take place generally throughout the Island, as that which was lately made at Murray Harbour, they will be not much longer doomed to the hardships and degradation of serfdom.

So is it equally clear that King George the Third was, by his advisers, betrayed into a gross violation of his constitutional obligations to his people, when, by the grants he made of the public domain of Prince Edward Island, he alienated it from the people: and long as it is since that violation took place, the people's constitutional right to have it rectified has not yet been cancelled by the lapse of time; and redress is now, at this distant day, as much due to them from Her Majesty Queen Victoria, through Parliamentary action, as it was from King George the Third himself, the actual instrument of the public wrong.

J.H.: The Land Commission of 1860 spent a considerable amount of time and money analyzing the Land Question, but its findings were denied due to proprietorial influence in Britain. Murray Harbour was credited as the place where frustration over the leasehold system crystallized into tenants organizing across religious and political lines. Whelan refers to the longstanding argument that the landlords had not fulfilled conditions respecting settlement and payment of quit-rents that went with their large land grants in 1767, so their estates should be forfeited to the Crown and distributed to the people who had cleared the land, the tenant farmers. But the British government was neither prepared to go so far back for a solution nor take such radical measures against the landed gentry.

The Vindicator, Feb. 17

MEETING OF THE LEGISLATURE. It appears from a Proclamation in the (Royal) Gazette that the Legislature of this Island will not meet until the 16th of March. This is more than a month too late. The Legislature should be at their business the first week of February. When the roads are bad in Spring, when the Country Members must wallow through slush and mud, is not the proper time to legislate. Every year we see Country Members leaving Charlottetown before the end of the session, because they must attend to their farming operations, we have seen Bills then smuggled through their various stages, and many Acts are passed in indecent haste in consequence of the late season at which the Legislature is too often called together.

Ross's Weekly, Feb. 18

BURGLARY. The store of James DesBrisay & Co., dry goods merchants, was forcibly entered on the night of Friday last, through a back window, and coppers to the amount of £2 11s. 6d., together with homespun cloth purses, combs, & c., were stolen. To effect an entrance the thief cut away part of the lower sash, and removed two panes of glass.

On Saturday a boy named John Fennessay, about 18 years of age, said to belong to Tignish, but at the time in the employ of Mr. W. Dodd, was arrested for the burglary, as a piece of the homespun cloth missing was found in his bed, and the coppers were found stowed away in the hay-loft of Mr. Dodd. At the Mayor's Court Fennessay was proved guilty, and sentenced to six months imprisonment. The bearing of Fennessay before the court showed him to be a hardened young scamp.

J.H.: Both William Dodd's and James DesBrisay's stores were on Queen Street opposite Queen Square.

Ross's Weekly, Feb. 18

For a week past we have had several falls of snow, but the first real snow-storm of the Winter occurred on Tuesday night, when nearly a foot of snow fell on the level, and on Wednesday it was knocked by the high wind into fantastic heaps, blocking up the roads in all directions.

Organizations: The Land Commission, Office of the Secretary, Bank of Rustico James DesBrisay Co. Court Fennessay

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Murray Harbour, Canada Country Members Britain Charlottetown Tignish Queen Street

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