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Series consists of numbered and unnumbered (private and confidential) despatches, together with their enclosures, received by the Governor-in-Chief from the Lieutenant Governors. The series is arranged by colony and includes the following sub-series: Despatches from the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland, 1837-1857; Despatches from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, 1820-1877; Despatches from the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, 1823-1854; Despatches from the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, 1820-1854; Despatches from the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, 1821-1841. In addition, there is a sub-series Replies to Dalhousie's circular despatch, 1821, which includes information forwarded to the Governor-in-Chief from various colonies. A variety of subjects are discussed in the despatches, reflecting the particular interests of each colony. These include: include militia and defence, immigration and land questions, public works, Indian administration, canals, clergy reserves, border relations and boundaries with the United States, the Madawaska Settlement, the Bay of Fundy canal, fisheries.
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In order to protect the fragile originals, records in this series have been microfilmed and the originals withdrawn from circulation. The microfilm must be used for consultation and copying rather than the originals. Further details are provided in the relevant sub-series descriptions.
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Finding aids that relate to the contents of specific sub-series are described in the entries for those lower levels. See also the finding aids cited in the fonds-level description. Although they were prepared many years ago according to an arrangement schema which has been superseded, those finding aids continue to have descriptive value for records in this series. (Papier)
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