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SAMUEL SPARROW ~ 
18TH-CENTURY CAPE BRETON ISLAND 

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TRANSCRIBED DOCUMENTS


APPENDIX TO THE TRANSCRIBED DOCUMENTS


HISTORY OF SAMUEL SPARROW'S 
DEBT WITH J. F. W. DESBARRES 

YEAR

DESCRIPTION

1784, October 4

The ship Blenheim - with Perry, Asfield, the principal officers of the new government, and settlers - departed from the Downs (England) for Louisbourg (Cape Breton)

1784, October 16

DesBarres departs Falmouth (England) by packet for Halifax

1784, November 5 

The ship Blenheim arrives at  Louisbourg (Cape Breton) where they remained c. 1 week

1784, c. post November 12 to December 17

The ship Blenheim arrives at the coal mines in Spanish River (Cape Breton) in November [Where they wintered in temporary huts. Others wintered at Point Edward (Cape Breton) with the stores. The Hermione frigate from Halifax assisted]

1784, November 14

DesBarres arrived in Halifax (Nova Scotia) where he contacted the Commissary of the General's Department regarding provisions for Cape Breton

1784, December

DesBarres arrived in Isle Madame (Cape Breton) 
1784 Mary Cannon, of Falmouth  (New Brunswick), applied to Samuel Sparrow, Merchant of Halifax, for an assortment of different kinds of merchandises, proper for supplying the Estates of Lieutenant Governor DesBarres , at Pettitcoudiac and Memramcook ( New Brunswick) and for some other Goods, for the use of the said Lieutenant Governor DesBarres and his Family which Sparrow would furnish on April 7, 1785
date? J. F. W. Desbarres applied to Sparrow to supply his Cape Breton Government with building materials, provisions, and money to pay workmen
Spring, 1785 DesBarres arrived in Sydney

From Halifax, c. 1785

Sparrow supplied DeBarres with the building materials, provisions, and money to pay workmen, for the construction of the public works of Cape Breton Island, for which he charged a commission.
1785, April 7 Sparrow supplies Mary Cannon with articles worth 115 1p (Account #1) as well as, on a later date, other articles worth 757 14s (Account #2)

(Date?)

Having abandoned his affairs in Halifax, and leaving the collection of his Halifax debts to others, Sparrow arrived in Sydney, seeking payment for the bills which he held. 

1785, July 19

DesBarres applied to Governor [Parr] for a letter of Credit for use with any [Halifax[ merchant for the purchase of provisions

1785, September

DesBarres alarmed that the provisions from Halifax from the Commissary of the General's Department had not arrived
1785, c. 1 October- 31 December, Sydney Governor DesBarres paid Sparrow as per voucher (Debt: 432 2 6)
1786, October 19, Sydney Governor DesBarres drew a Bill (Debt: 547 18 2 = 493 2 5) on the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in favour of payment to Sparrow
1786, October 20, Sydney Governor DesBarres drew a Bill (Debt: 40 17 1 = 36 15 5) on the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in favour of payment to Sparrow

1786, October 28, Sydney

Governor DesBarres acknowledged his unpaid debt for what Sparrow had provided to the colony in c. 1785. Prior to October 28, 1786, he had also converted the impressions and plates of the Atlantic Neptune into a pledge or security for payment to Sparrow [i.e. if the Board ever tendered and paid him for the plates - he wanted 5,000 ] for a part of the debt.
1786, December 19 Governor DesBarres issues a Bill (Debt: 493 2s 5d - provisions) on the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in favour of payment to Sparrow
1786, December 19 Governor DesBarres issues a Bill (Debt: 36 15s 5d - building materials) on the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in favour of payment to Sparrow
1787, Halifax Samuel Sparrow vs J. F. W. DesBarres, Supreme Court of Halifax (Debt: 4041)
1787, July 24, Sydney Governor DesBarres issues a Bill (Debt: 375 7 9 = 337 17 0 - provisions) on the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in favour of payment to Sparrow

At Sydney, April 14, 1788

Sparrow noted that for bills in his possession he, as a creditor, was owed near 5,000 for provisions, lumber and cash which he had supplied DesBarres
1787, October 30, New Brunswick New Brunswick Sheriff  ordered to attach the New Brunswick Estate of J. F. W. DesBarres (Castle Fredericke in the Township of Falmouth and Menaudie in the County of Cumberland) as per Sparrow lawsuit (5 1/2 rights of farm and marsh land - this meant that Sparrow's suit had placed restrictions on the tenants and had attached DesBarres grain and cattle). [In one summary, DesBarres states that Sparrow had attached his Peticodiac Estate for the entire 4041 suit]

1788, October 28, London

Sparrow was in London, attempting to get payment for the DesBarres debt. He  had also relinquished all his Halifax concerns.

1788, November 3, London

Sparrow was in London, where he noted that the protested DesBarres bills he held totalled 3103 14 10 [that included 493 2 5 + plus 36 15 5 + 337 17 0 + 17 other bills] + interest and other charges for which, at the time, he had only charged DesBarres a commission. 
1789, April 16, London Sparrow, in London, was arrested for 400 on a bill endorsed by him for DesBarres
1789, August 4, Town Sparrow receives news that the Admiralty Office will not purchase the Des Barres plates that Sparrow has in his possession

London,  November 14, 1791

DesBarres provided an accounting of his expenses as Lieutenant Governor for the period 1784-1787.

1793, January 7, South Lambert

Sparrow letter to Treasury concerning Governor DesBarres [1785 voucher] of 432 2 6
Pre - 1793, February 15 [perhaps between 1789-1793], London An arbitration decided that the claims of Mr. Sparrow against DesBarres were unfounded
1793, February 15, London Desbarres demands a trial upon, among other things: "Complaints of Samuel Sparrow, through Harrison & Co. Sparrow was a trader, who having sold articles to the government, seized DesBarres property for payment" 

London, November 7, 1793

Treasury finally approved DesBarres expenses as Lieutenant Governor for the period 1784-1787.
1794, January 16, London The Treasury approved Desbarres expenses were declared before Pitt. As to what was authorized as owing to Sparrow, it was  2116 8 10 or c. 1/2 the 4041 0 that Sparrow was claiming

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