In my post of July 10, 2014 titled “A 1848 Group Land Petition from Waltham, Sheen, Mansfield & Chichester,” I shared about a petition that was done by the citizens of those townships.
I found the petition at the Library and Archives in Ottawa in 2012 but the film was very dim, fuzzy and my copies were not great. I was unable to read all the pages but managed to at least transcribe one of the documents which is the petition signed by the settlers.
Well, I found another copy at the Archives of Ontario on the York University campus in Toronto and this copy was much better so I was able to get more documents.
The petition is still hard to read but you will find a few changes to the post I have mentioned above, where I attempt to read the names again. I will not repeat the petition here but add more documents. There was another letter, and the jacket of the court document.
- Canada Land Petitions
- “W” Bundle 5, 1848-1850
- RG 1, L3, Vol. 540 (a)
Petition of the inhabitants of the Township of Sheen
For reduction in the price of land
The only good
Land in the Township lies along (on the left side of the page)
Agreably to the returns of Mr. Joseph Macon the Surveyor who has been employed in the subdivision and laying out the Arable part of the Township of Sheen, it appears that the settled partion thereof, which is the line of Chichester between the Ottawa and the base of an elevated and rugged range of Hills, which traverses the Township along Downey’s Creek to the foot of the Deep reach, and thence along the immediate banks of the Ottawa in front of Sheen. This tract is however of limited extent containing only eighty five lots, averaging about 100 acres each, and is in many places uneven and of inferior quality besides, that the merchantable timber has been almost totally cut away in the extensive lumbering carried on in that section of the County of Ottawa.
The above description of the land in Sheen, would apply equally to the Township of Waltham, Mansfield and Chichester, wherein the land fit for settlement (and which is in Chief part settled by squatters as in Sheen_ extends from the Ottawa back some two or three ranges to the base of the chain of Mountains above mentioned.
C.L. O. Surveying Department
Montreal 7 June 1848
As specifications of the surveyed parts of these Townships, are new prepared for the _____ it would be desirable (should a reduction of price be deemed advisable) that the new rate should be fixed upon in time to appear in the list of lots advertised for sale.
The price of land in the old surveyed Townships on the Ottawa, Litchfield included which adjoins Mansfield, is  per acre. The lands in the Grant Calumet and Allumette Islands have been advertised at the same _____. The price suggested by the Petitioners is 3f per acre.
Right side of the jacket
1434 W4 Report of the W172 Commissioner of Crown Lands.
Referred to the Committee of the Honourable the Executive Council.
C.L.G and other signatures.
Note: There is very faint writing below – unreadable.
The left side of the Jacket. Note: This is very dark….
__________________28 June 1848
The committee [recommends] that the price of the land in question be reduced to the rate of 3 shillings per acre.
Approved in Council 1 July 1848
___________________7 July 1848
The Committee 19 July 1848
The Assistant Commissioner is in doubt whether he is to consider _____minutes above referred to ____the price of land, as confined solely to the Township of Sheen or as comprising also the Townships of Waltham, Mansfield and Chichester.
As the Report state the land in those three Townships to be of similar quality to that in Sheen, and where fit for settlement ____, chiefly occupied by squatters also.
The committee are of the opinion that the price of land should be priced to the __________in Sheen of three shillings per Acre.
Approved in Council 22 July 1848.
_____________________C.C.L. 25 July 1848
I wish the documents were easier to read, I gave it my best try.
When I visited Ontario and Quebec in 2012, I really tried to dig into the records to try to get as far back as possible for the Sheen and Chichester area or Pontiac County for that matter. I believe this is one of the oldest documents for the settlement of the area.