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In the 1820's there was a growing desire to expand the number of Districts and thus expand the access to courts and other services that were centered in the District seats. This petition below is one example and mentions a similar petition effort in nearby Prince Edward County. The Prince Edward petitions of 1828, 1829 and 1830 are available on this web site.
Source: Civil Secretary's Correspondence, Upper Canada Sundries, LAC, RG 5 A1, V 70, 37085, C-4614, on line at heritage canadiana, starts at image 472
© Randy Saylor, transcribed Mar 2016.
|The Petition [abbreviated]|
14 January 1825
To his Excellency Sir Peregrine Maitland .. Lt Governor ... Upper Canada ...
The petition of the undersigned inhabitants of Hastings County in the Midland District
Humbly Sheweth that whereas from the present extent of the District aforesaid and the remote situation of the Court House from this County, the inhabitants thereof are annually subject to serious inconveniences and expenses in having to attend Courts at the Town of Kingston which occasions a journey of 60 to 90 miles and frequently a detention of a fortnight ... your petitioners therefore feel justified in renewing at the present time an application which has been made at several former periods for a division of the District aforesaid and the forming of a new one to be composed [of in the] County of Hastings comprising the Townships of Sydney, Thurlow, Rawdon, Huntingdon, Marmora, Madoc, the Mohawk Tract, Hungerford, Elziaer which District so constituted should have for its Metropolis the Town of Belleville.
The petitioners would remark that in all former applications upon the present subject there has been included in the territory proposed to complete the District the eastern range of Townships in the District of Newcastle and one or more Townships in the County of Prince Edward. However as similar exertions are making in the County of Prince Edward it is incompatible with our present proposal to include any of the Townships of that County and also deem it equally proper to leave out all Townships connected with the District of Newcastle ... that in the event of a District being formed ... the inhabitants thereof would consent to such increase in taxation as might be sufficient to defray the expense of erecting the necessary public buildings ...
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