Bailiff encounters resistance on Peter’s Road

Jim Hornby
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Also in the news that week was a tragic double drowning accident where two brothers died

The Islander, June 17

For the past few days the weather has been exceedingly hot--the thermometer, in the shade, yesterday, was up to 90.

The Islander, June 17

PETER’S ROAD. The people of this Road [Lot 63] are becoming notorious. It is on this Road that the Anti-Rent Association had its infancy; on this road, it was said, a cannon was placed to give Sheriff McFarlane or any Bailiff a warm reception, should he have the hardihood to go there to collect rents. And only a few miles from this Road, Sheriff Smith lost his horse, and nearly lost his head; and now, a few days ago, another scene has taken place.

Mr. Charles Reily, a Bailiff from the Georgetown Small Debts Court, went on Peter’s Road with an execution [order] to collect a small debt, at the suit of R.D. Westaway, who, by the by, makes the best cider in the country. It is said the debt was due for the last two or three years for seed grain, & c. He put up for the night at the house of John Weatherby, against whom the order was. [Next morning Reily discovered that] the harness of his waggon had been cut up into inch pieces, the pieces were found a short distance down the Road, where it is said the collection of rent will be resisted; and now, it appears, the collection of honest debts, for seed grain, & c.. A most cowardly act to injure the Constable’s property; his harness was worth three pounds.

It is a poor picture of a settlement, that after the people get seed to sow and plant, and after some years the creditor wants his pay, his messenger is in danger of his life and property when he goes to ask for compensation. Verily, Peter’s Road is on the “high road” to fortune. (VERITAS.)

The Islander, June 17

The Battery or Barrack Square--much to the annoyance of a large number of our citizens--was sold by auction, by Messrs. J. & T. Morris, on Tuesday last. This beautiful property was put up and sold in twenty-one lots of various sizes. Along the sea-face, commanding a magnificant view of our noble harbor, a carriageway or esplanade has been reserved, sixty feet wide, connecting with Water Street at one extremity, and with Sydney Street at the other. Two streets running at right angles with Sydney and Water Streets, and extending from the former to the latter, one forty feet and the other seventy feet wide, have also been reserved.

The purchaser of each lot is bound to erect a two-story building thereon, and there is every probability that, ere the lapse of many years, this will be by far the handsomest, if not the most aristocratic portion of our city. The whole plot comprises about three acres and a half, for which the handsome sum of £5,464 has been realized.

Jim Hornby: The sale of the property that had been Fort George’s Battery and Barrack Square was controversial. Within 30 years, Dundas Esplanade was the most fashionable area of town — named for the current Lieutenant-Governor and the broad carriageway that swept around that corner of the Harbour. It was also exclusive — only six substantial lots were established.

The Protestant, June 18

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. On Thursday eve last, a party of boys belonging to Dunstaffnage went to bathe near Apple Tree Wharf, after which two sons of Mr. John Stewart of St. Peter’s Road, and two of Mr. A. Miller, went out in a row boat to amuse themselves, the evening being at this time fine, and the water calm and beautiful.

But they were not more than three chains from the wharf, when that sudden and boisterous squall caused the boat to drift and toss about. The boys having short poles instead of oars, became exceedingly alarmed. Alexander, the younger of Mr. Stewart’s sons, said he would jump out and make for the shore; having done so, it was seen by the others he must be lost if not assisted. The elder brother, aged 18 years, sprang out to his aid, and sad, sad to relate, the two brothers were drowned.

Mr. Miller’s sons were left in the boat, which drifted to a point of land that juts out from the shore some five or six chains, and were saved. Search was at once made for the missing bodies by a number of neighbours, and next morning, a little after sunrise, they were found only a few feet apart.

To-day (Friday), the same [Stewart] family met with another bereavement in the death of a daughter, after a few days’ illness, aged 17 months.

The Vindicator, June 22

THE VOLUNTEER BAND Will perform every THURSDAY EVENING, on Hillsborough Square, from 7 o’clock until 8 p.m., and will continue to do so until further notice, weather permitting. (R.[obert] Galbraith.)

J.H.: Galbraith’s Band played the jolly popular melody “Dixie,” a song from blackface minstrelsy that caught on during the American Civil War. It was both the anthem of the Confederacy, and the favourite tune of President Lincoln.

The Monitor, June 23

POLICE COURT. Michael Walsh, licensed tavern-keeper, Grafton Street, Queen Square--serving non-boarder on Lord’s Day. 40 s. or 1 mo.


Jim Hornby’s column, “1864: The Way We Were: gleanings from Charlottetown’s newspapers,” is in The Guardian every Monday in 2014 (on holiday Mondays when there is no paper, it will appear on Tuesdays). It contains excerpts from newspapers of that era, as well as Hornby’s comments on what he has found. It is presented in celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Charlottetown Conference. Contact the author at

Organizations: Anti-Rent Association, Georgetown Small Debts Court

Geographic location: Water Street, Sydney Street, Fort George Charlottetown Hillsborough Square Grafton Street

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