An autograph letter signed by James Brenton, to an unknown recipient. (Likely though, to be someone, perhaps a solicitor, dealing with his financial affairs) as it requests that Prize money &c that are due to his deceased son should be used to pay off some of his own outstanding debts.

Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Single sheet, large 4to. size written in one neat hand save for a few notes at the bottom of the page, has been folded.


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In this letter, Brenton is seeking to confirm that (as per a previous correspondence) outstanding prize money and wages that were due from the Navy to his now deceased son who was on board the “Raison & Africa”, should go towards paying Messrs. Forman & Grassie. He also states that since sending the first letter he has learned that there was a balance ñstill due upon the Costs of Prosecution before ye King & Council from Judge Deschamps and myselfî. This being the case he asks it to be paid ñfrom what you may receive from me and transmit an Account Stated that I may be enabled to receive from Judge Deschamps his proportion as we have yet no account from your house of what you have received & paid in that behalfî. Both Judge Deschamps, and Assistant Judge Brenton were implicated in the late 1780’s in the ñJudge’s Affairî. ñLawyers among the Loyalist refugees newly arrived from the American colonies launched a campaign to impeach Deschamps and…Brenton, accusing them of incompetence and bias. The Assembly investigated but Lieutenant-Governor John Parr and his council cleared both judges and dismissed the allegations as ñgroundless and scandalous.î The complaints resurfaced in 1790 and the Assembly voted to impeach Deschamps and Brenton for ñhigh crimes and misdemeanours.î The Privy Council of the British government reviewed the allegations and, in a 1792 report, exonerated both judges and condemned their detractors.î(see: The Courts of Nova Scotia). It is entirely possible that the payments that Brenton is hoping to make are related to that attempted impeachment.