EXTRACT FROM G. SIMPSON'S LETTER FROM LACHINE TO D. A. SMITH AT
Lachine, 27th July, 1852.
. . . . “ Herewith you will receive a commission appointing you a justice of the peace for the Province of Newfoundland, an appointment which I trust may prove of benefit not only to the Company's interests, but to the Community at large, by enabling you to enforce obedience to the laws and to maintain peace and good order. It would be proper that you should be sworn into office, and a document was to have been drawn up by the Attorney General to enable Mr. Hardisty or Captain Hoffman to administer the necessary oath, but has not come to hand in time to be forwarded by this opportunity. You may, however act under your commission without being sworn, but it is just possible that, in a case of importance, a technical legal objection might be raised on that ground, but such a difficulty is not likely to arise immediately, and next year I hope to forward the necessary documents to have you sworn in . . . .”
(Fm. Simpson's correspondence, 1st April, 1852-31st December, 1852, p. 99.)