MC295: JAMES BROWN PAPERS
Dates of creation: 1813-1870
45 cm of textual records and 3 reels of microfilm
Biographical Sketch / Administrative History
James Brown, the son of James Brown and Janet Douglas, was born on 6 September
1790, at Glamis near Dundee, Scotland. He arrived in New Brunswick in
1810 as a sailor on the brig Hector of Dundee. He abandoned the ship
in St. Andrews and worked as a labourer on farms and in the woods for several
years until he was able to buy land at Tower Hill, St. David Parish, Charlotte
County. His "rocky farm" remained his home and a major interest for the rest
of his life. He also taught school for a number of years.
In 1817 he married Sarah Sherman. They had ten
children, of whom four sons and three daughters survived. Sarah died in 1839
and three years later Brown married Catherine (Cameron) Gillespie, a young widow
with an infant son. They had eight children, of whom four sons and three daughters
James Brown was a practical man with strong beliefs
in the dignity of the common man, and the virtues of honesty, hard work and
self improvement. He had received a basic education in the common schools of
Scotland and in his words "a tolerable training in the habits of industry."
He was brought up as a Presbyterian but as an adult joined the Universalist
Church in St. Stephen. He was also a strong supporter of the temperance
movement. However, in spite of his dislike of "trappings" and his long hours
of work, he very much enjoyed his family, his political encounters, gatherings
of friends, good food, music and poetry - especially that of Robert Burns. His
contemporaries commented on Brown's qualities of tolerance and wit and these
are evident in his writing.
Brown's public career covered more than thirty
years. Issues of particular interest to Brown included roads, railways,
the development of the educational system, easier acquisition of land by immigrants
and the poor, and increased participation in government.
He first contested a Charlotte County seat in
the general election of 1827. He was unsuccessful, but ran again in the election
of 1830 and won the seat. He was re-elected in 1834, 1837, 1842, and 1846.
During this period he was appointed Supervisor of the Great Road from St. Andrews
to Fredericton (1838-1842) and government member of a commission to survey and
report on New Brunswick agricultural practices (1849). All of these assignments
required travel throughout the province.
In 1850 Brown was defeated in the general election
but was appointed to the Legislative Council. In 1854 he resigned from
the Council to contest his old seat. This time he won and was appointed Surveyor
General and later to the Board of Works. In 1856 he resigned with the
Fisher Cabinet and did not contest the ensuing election, probably because of
health and financial difficulties. However in 1857 he was again elected
and returned to his posts of Surveyor General and member of the Board of Works.
As Surveyor General, he was able to implement the system of purchasing land
grants by labour on the roads. He saw this as a help to poorer settlers
as well as an incentive to immigrants. During the 1850s he was also involved
in the restructuring of the University of New Brunswick, and drafted the Parish
School Act of 1859. A scandal in the Crown Land Office erupted in the
spring of 1861. A Legislative committee enquiring into the matter, found
dubious practices on the part of some employees and some members of the Legislature,
but Brown's honesty was not seriously questioned.
Brown was defeated in the election of 1861 and
was almost immediately appointed as a special Immigration Agent to lecture in
Great Britain on opportunities for immigrants in New Brunswick. He was
also one of the commissioners of the New Brunswick Exhibition in the 1862 International
Exhibition in London, England.
Following this trip Brown retired to his farm
at Tower Hill. At the request of his neighbours he contested the elections
of July 1864 and February 1865 as an opponent of confederation but was unsuccessful
in both attempts.
He died on 18 April 1870.
Swift; "James Brown," Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. IX, page 86
Lillian M.B. Maxwell; "James Brown," Maritime
Advocate in Busy East, November 1950, page 9-13
Scope and Content
The two major components
of this collection are diaries, 1813-1816, 1838-1842, 1855-1870, and correspondence,
1838-1869. There are also speeches, essays and poetry written by James
Brown, and a number of documents relating to his political career.
The diaries were kept primarily as a record of
work. The first diary shows an established pattern. Brown described
the weather, work done, with whom and for whom, money received or spent, trips
and provides some personal comments. If he made a major change in his
work, he was likely to begin a new diary. He went to work in Maine for
a few months in 1816 and mentions keeping a diary there, but reverted to his
old diary on his return to Charlotte County.
The diaries of 1838, 1844 and 1855, cover periods
of time spent on work assigned by the New Brunswick government - as supervisor
of roads and bridges and as a commissioner to examine the schools - and are
detailed enough to form a basis for official reports. However, Brown had
no particular aversion to including personal matters or general observations
and all of these diaries contain much that would not appear in his final reports.
In 1856 he resolved to keep a diary on a more
regular and unified basis. At the same time he explained his method of
making brief notes as he went about his daily tasks and then writing them in
his diary as he found leisure to do so. From this time his activities
as a politician, family man and farmer were recorded in the same diary.
References to farming can be found throughout
the diaries and letters. The diary of 1863-1870 describes daily work on
land that Brown cleared fifty years earlier. Some of his theories on agriculture
can be found in a speech to the Charlotte County Agricultural Society (MS7/2);
and in sections of A Report on Agriculture in New Brunswick by Johnson.
Correspondence, 1838-1869, includes letters to
and from Brown, his family, friends, constituents and members of the government.
Many contain both personal and political or official matters. For this
reason, and because it is useful to use the letters in conjunction with the
relevant diary entry, they have been arranged in a straight chronological order.
The number of family letters is relatively small
but they do provide a vivid picture of Brown and his family. Most of these
letters are from the period of his second marriage to Catherine Cameron.
The correspondence of January - March 1861 contains
a number of letters to Brown as Surveyor General and his replies, and provide
a glimpse of the variety of issues encountered in that office.
The correspondence of August 1861 - June 1862
covers his trip to Great Britain. Many friends in New Brunswick gave him
letters of introduction and asked him to call on relatives in the old country,
therefore this section contains a good deal of information which is of genealogical
Appointments of James Brown
Surveyor General of New Brunswick, 4 December 1854
Surveyor General, 14 March 1855
Executive Council, 14 March 1855
19 January 1813 - 6 January 1816: Describes work on farms in Charlotte
County and on his farm at Tower Hill, weather, trips, expenses, January 1813
- April 1815; summary of activities, April 1815 - January 1816
23 April 1838 - May 1842: Record of work as supervisor of the Great Road
from Fredericton to St. Andrews, including inspections, finances, and general
comments on construction of the road.
8 July 1844 - 26 December 1844, 1845, 1846: Inspection of schools in Kings
and Westmorland Counties and a few in Saint John. Occasional records of school
inspections in Charlotte County, 1845, 1846.
25 May 1855 - 30 July 1855: Inspection of roads and bridges for the Department
of Public Works.
3 May 1856 - 6 June 1856 (7 loose sheets): Roads and bridges, Charlotte
2 November 1856 - 31 December 1857: Trip to New York, re-election to the
Legislature, Surveyor Generals' Office, farm, family activities, health.
1 January 1858 - 1 January 1859: Trip to New York, re-election to the
Legislature, Surveyor General's Office, farm, family activities, health.
1 January 1859 - 31 December 1859: Trip to New York, re-election to the
Legislature, Surveyor General's Office, farm, family activities, health.
1 January 1860 - 1 January 1861: Trip to New York, re-election to the
Legislature, Surveyor General's Office, farm, family activities, health.
1 January 1861 - 25 December 1862: Trip to New York, re-election to the
Legislature, Surveyor General’s Office, farm, family activities, health; Crown
Land Office investigation, visit of Prince of Wales, lecture tour of the British
Isles as special Immigration Agent, visits to Brown and Cameron relatives in
Scotland, and to families of a number of New Brunswick settlers; the International
Exhibition in London.
27 December 1862 - 25 December 1869: Retirement, family, farm, comments
on Confederation and other political topics.
26 April 1839, A.W. Rainsford to James Brown. Financial matters; Public Works.
9 February 1940, Margaret Thompson (daughter), St. Stephen, to James Brown.
31 July 1841, George S. Hill, St. Stephen, to Col. Thomas Wyer, St. Andrews.
Accuses Brown of spending money meant for the Woodstock road on other roads.
3 August 1841, James Falconer, Glamis, Scotland, to James Brown. News of Falconer
family and other friends in Scotland.
27 September 1841, Josephus Moore, Saint David, to James Brown. Concerning schoolmaster,
14 December 1841, Joshua Knight, Pennfield, to James Brown. Describes his problems
with timber leases; political comments.
15 January 1842, John Nisbett, St. David, to James Brown. Politics.
16 January 1842, D.W. Jack, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Requests support for
bill to increase compensation of County Treasurers.
16 January 1842, Samuel McCurdy, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Asks help in obtaining
government allowance for teaching Madras school.
17 January 1842, James Garrett, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Concerning payment
20 January 1842, James Albee, St. Stephen, to James Brown. Asks for support
for a petition for a mill privilege on the St. Croix.
20 January 1842, James Brown to Samuel Dunham. Concerning a land grant to Dunham;
24 January 1842, Patrick Clinch to James Brown. Plans for a newspaper
at St. Andrews.
25 January 1842, A.W. Smith, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Promises his support
in upcoming election; comments on The Standard, St. Andrews.
6 February 1842, T.B. Wilson, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Road to St.
8 February 1842, T.B. Wilson to James Brown. Politics.
10 February 1842, G.F. Campbell, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Mail to Robinston,
14 February 1842, Jacob Reed, St. David, to James Brown. Has not received timber
licence. 1915 February 1842, James Allanshaw, St. Andrews, to James Brown. State
of the Digdequash bridge.
15 February 1842, James Allanshaw, St. Andrews, to James Brown. State of the Digdequash bridge
7 March 1842, James Ross, St. David, to James Brown. Complains of trespassers
on his timber lands; personal.
8 March 1842, A. Wedderburn, Saint John, to James Brown. Immigration policy
and expenses; personal.
14 March 1842, C. Thomson, St. Stephen, to James Brown. With enclosure for George
15 March 1842, George MacKay, St. Patrick, to James Brown. Opposed to an English
loan and to Lt. Gov. Colebrooke's policies; election issues.
17 March 1842, G.M. Porter, St. Stephen, to James Brown. Objection to new regulations
for granting timber permits.
19 March 1842, Joseph Walton, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Need for economy
in government; opposition to Colebrooke's plans.
11 January 1843, L.A. Wilmot, Fredericton, to James Brown. Asking support in
Legislature; proposed Parish School Law.
24 January 1843, Ebenezer Bugbee, Milltown, to James Brown. Would like commission
as Justice of the Peace.
February 12, 1843, James Brown, Fredericton, to Catherine Brown. Family and
15 February 1843, Joshua Knight, Pennfield, to James Brown. Comments on bills
before the Legislature.
16 February 1843, J. Wilson, Chamcook, to James Brown. Advocates a bill restricting
imprisonment for debt.
22 February 1843, James Brown, Fredericton to Catherine Brown. Family and personal
27 February 1843, Andrew Hay, Tryon, Charlotte County, to James Brown. Asks
payment for road work; comments on system of road inspection.
13 March 1843, Andrew Hay, Jr., Seymore Township, Upper Canada, to James Brown.
Wants help in collecting a note due to him; little work to be had in his area.
14 March 1843, James Brown Jr., St. David, to James Brown. Family and neighbourhood
31 March 1843, James Brown to Tristram Moore. Report on Legislative session.
21 June 1843, Thomas Wyer, St. Andrews, to James Brown. General.
20 November 1843, L. Rainsford to James Brown. Concerning Smith's petition (bridge
6 January 1844, James McKenzie, St. James, to James Brown. Concerning petition
of Flora McKenzie for teaching allowance.
29 January 1844, D.W. Jack, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Enclosing petition
for increased salary as Country Treasurer.
4 February 1844, Samuel Watts, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Asking for copies
of the Legislative debates; general.
11 February 1844, John Wilson, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Fish bounties.
15 February 1844, J. Kay to John Wilson. Returns petition (for bounties
on fish) with Deer Island signatures.
15 February 1844, C.R. Hathaway, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Comments on current
legislation, fish bounties, expense of preventing spread of disease.
17 February 1844, Ruth McFarlane, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Enclosing petition
for a Pension.
21 February 1844, Edward Kelly (or Kelby), St. Stephen, to James Brown.
Would like appointment as a Magistrate.
22 February 1844, Reverend Skeffington Thomson to James Brown. Recommends appointment
of John Grimmer as Justice of the Peace.
22 February 1844, James Hill to James Brown; concerning a land petition.
22 February 1844, Daniel Sullivan, St. Stephen, to James Brown. Strongly opposes
Edward Kelly, tavern keeper, for magistrate; county politics.
23 February 1844, Josephus Moore, St. David, to James Brown. Reports on
state of the bye roads in the parish.
24 February 1844, John Carlyle, Pennfield, to James Brown. Enclosing petition
of daughter for teaching allowance.
24 February 1844, Josephus Moore, St. David, to James Brown. More on state of
the bye roads in the parish; political dangers to his position as Justice of
26 February 1844, J. Woodward, Saint John, to James Brown. Need to regulate
26 February 1844, D.W. Jack, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Comments on
29 February 1844, G.M. Porter, St. Stephen, to James Brown. Comments on legislative
assembly; timber leases.
29 February 1844, Amos Hitchings, St. Andrews, to James Brown. On petitions
for repair of the Waweig Bridge; preaching in Maine.
29 February 1844, James Brown to A. Buntin (copy). Comments on the imprisonment
of reporters Hill and Doak by the Legislature, the Bankrupt Act, and a bill
for the election of parish officers.
1 March 1844, Margaret Brown Thompson to James Brown. Family and neighbourhood
5 March 1844, William Todd, St. Stephen, to James Brown. Asks information
on new legislation affecting mill reserves.
7 March 1844, Samuel Watts, Waweig, to James Brown. On repair of Waweig
8 March 1844, James Hill, St. David, to James Brown. Wants an Order of
Survey - but not until spring.
9 March 1844, Reverend Skeffington Thomson, St. George, to James Brown.
Comments on the death of James Allanshaw; appointments to the Council; state
of Waweig bridge.
10 March 1844, James Brown Jr. to James Brown. Family and farm.
12 March 1844, S.V. Thomson, St. Stephen, to James Brown. Political comments.
17 March 1844, John Wilson Chamcook, to James Brown. On shipping; duty
on Maine timber.
18 March 1844, J. Scott, St. James, to James Brown. News of Brown's family,
the Foster family and Leonard Scott's visit to "our friends in Ohio”.
19 March 1844, Janet Brown, St. David, to James Brown. Family and School.
23 March 1844, R.M. Andrews, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Concerning a petition;
duty on cordage.
27 March 1844, D.D. Morrison, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Political comments;
people discouraged by extra import duties.
30 March 1844, Albert Foster, St. David, to James Brown. On moving to
30 December 1844, Albert Foster, Aroostook, Maine, to James Brown. Description
of Aroostook and St. David people living there; finances.
1 January 1845, Anson Chandler, Calais, to James Brown. Asks Brown to obtain
a grant of land for him.
29 January 1845, Josephus Moore, St. David, to James Brown. Concerning a timber
licence for Josiah Moore.
31 January 1845, John Magill, St. Patrick, to James Brown. Asks government support
for building a fulling mill.
1 February 1845, James Brown to John McIntosh. Concerning a school teacher,
Alex Dunn, in Charlotte County who was really a notorious scoundrel named McFee.
4 February 1845, Josephus Moore to James Brown. Politics; return of bonds.
8 February 1845, James Brown to James McKenzie. On payment due to Flora
McKenzie for teaching.
10 February 1845, A. Reade, Fredericton, to James Brown. Note regarding
papers on The African School, Saint John.
22 February 1845, George MacKay, St. Patrick, to James Brown. Comments
on appointment of A. Reade as Provincial Secretary; condition of the Stillwater
Bridge; excessive charges by magistrates and other officials.
24 February 1845, W.F.W. Owen, Campobello, to James Brown. Supports Mr.
28 February 1845, Josephus Moore, St. David, to James Brown. An account
of his involvement with the Musquash Mill.
10 March 1845, Joseph Walton and R. Walton, St. Andrews, to James Brown.
Comments on the Reade affair; politics.
27 March 1845, A. Reade to James Brown. Arranging meeting in St. Stephen.
9 June 1845, James Boyd, St. Andrews, to James and Mrs. Brown. Invitation
to daughter's wedding.
26 August 1845, Thomas Wyer, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Politics.
19 September 1845, Thomas Wyer to James Brown. Election talk
9 July 1846, William End, Bathurst, to James Brown. Politics.
24 July 1846, School trustees, St. David, to the Lieutenant-Governor. Recommend
back pay for Thomas Haverty, former schoolmaster.
26 September 1846, J. Garcelon, Oak Bay, to James Brown. Speculation on
4 April 1847, James Brown to Catherine Brown. Family and personal.
4 February 1849, The speaker of the Legislature to James Brown. Invitation to
9 December 1849, James Brown to Catherine Brown. Describes work with Professor
Johnson on his report on agriculture in New Brunswick.
14 December 1849, James Brown to Andrew Brown, a brother in Scotland.
20 March 1850, James Brown to Robert Brown (son). On legislation before
the house; personal.
20 January 1852, James Brown to Catherine Brown. On arrival in Fredericton.
20 November 1854, John Campbell to _______. On Brown's re-election as
20 December 1854, ______ to James Brown (?). Concerning the King's College
16 May 1855, James Brown to Catherine Brown. Fredericton activities; personal.
27 June 1855, Mark Tracy, Wicklow, Carleton County, to James Brown. Concerning
work on roads.
9 July 1855, A.H. Gilmor to James Brown. Recommends [D.W.] Jack of Charlotte
County for an appointment.
8 August 1855, C.L. Hatheway, Maugerville, to James Brown. Report on the
8 August 1855, P. Clinch, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Offers to print
an essay by Brown on opportunities for immigrants in New Brunswick.
9 August 1855, P. Clinch to James Brown. Offers to print an essay by Brown
on opportunities for immigrants in New Brunswick.
16 August 1855, William Durant, Saint John, to James Brown. On Crown Lands
3 September 1855, Rufus Shaw, Wakefield, to James Brown. Agricultural Society
report on farms for sale and need for farm labourers.
9 October 1855, James Cookson, Kingston, to James Brown. Agricultural
Society report on farms for sale and need for farm labourers.
22 January 1856, James Brown to Deputy P. Mazerall. Investigation of complaints
13 February 1856, J. Watt and 5 others to James Brown. On state of the bridge
over the northeast branch of the Digdequash River.
16 February 1856, Mr. and Mrs. Macpherson to James Brown. Invitation.
24 February 1856, Anne Brown, St. David, to James Brown. Family and school news.
1 March 1856, Alex T. Paul, Secretary of the Charlotte County Agricultural Society
to James Brown. Concerning a petition to the Legislature.
5 March 1856, O.B. Stevens, Saint John, to James Brown. Concerning a petition
to the Legislature.
28 March 1856, Walter M. Buck, St. Andrews, to James Brown. Has prepared
a large scale map of Grand Manan.
4 April 1856, James Brown to the Hon. J.R. Partelow. Enclosing account for expenditures
in Parish of St. David.
16 April 1856, I.R. Miller to James Brown. Bill.
28 April 1856, James McBride, St. Stephen, to James Brown. Wants appointment
20 May 1856, Walter M. Buck, St. Andrews, James Brown to Lieutenant-Governor
Manners Sutton (copy). Declines invitation.
May 1856, James Brown to Lieutenant-Governor Manners Sutton. Resignation
of the Office of Surveyor General.
6 November 1856, A.H. Gillmor to James Brown. Personal and political.
31 October 1858, James Brown to James Brown Jr. On dangers of intemperance.
25 March 1859, James Brown to James Brown Jr. On dangers of intemperance.
15 September 1859, James Brown to Catherine Brown. On Scottish gathering in
Saint John; personal.
18 January 1860, James Brown to Catherine Brown. Describes trip to Fredericton;
gives direction to work on farm.
4 February 1860, James L. Farley, Glassville, to James Brown. Concerning
a petition for additional mill lands.
26 August 1860, James Brown to James Brown Jr., family activities; questions
about family and farm.
9 September 1860, James Brown to William Gillespie, Stepson. On end of
Session; Prince of Wales' encounter with Orangemen, in Kingston (Ontario).
17 October 1860, L. Donaldson, St. Andrews, to James Brown. On provision
for immigrant families.
21 November 1860, James Brown to Catherine Brown. Family and finances.
24 November 1860, James Brown to Thomas Hastay. Needs further information
on his land.
24 December 1860, Joseph Wetmore, Richibucto, to James Brown. Asks support
for a county appointment.
1 January 1861, Charles Walker, Dumbarton, to James Brown. Concerning title
of land acquired from an alien.
4 January 1861, Walter W. Buck, St. Andrews, to James Brown. On dismissal
by London Office from position as engineer and surveyor on the St. Andrews and
Quebec Railway; Asks for government work as surveyor.
4 January 1861, Thomas Sime, Moncton, to James Brown. Protests survey
ordered of lots on the Indian Reserve, including the school lot.
5 January 1861, George Boardman, Milltown, to James Brown. On obtaining
information and specimens of New Brunswick birds for the Smithsonian Institute.
7 January 1861, H.M. Garden, St. Andrews, to James Brown. On his sudden dismissal
from the St. Andrews and Quebec Railway.
8 January 1861, Hugh Anderson, Sheffield, to James Brown. Concerning trespassers
on his timber lands.
14 January 1861, John Taylor to James Brown.
Comments on local and personal matters.
19 January 1861, Edgar Whidden, Calais, to James Brown. Postage bill.
21 January 1861, Benjamin Williams, St. George, to James Brown. Asks payment
for building bridge and also a return of duties on mill machinery.
21 January 1861, Alvin Brockway, Manner Sutton, to James Brown. Asks payment
for work on bridge.
24 January 1861, Walter W. Buck, St. Andrews,
to James Brown. Referring to letter of 4 January 1861.
25 January 1861, A.H. Gilmor, St. George, to James Brown. Digdequash bridge
and related problems.
25 January 1861, John Hagerty, New Canaan, to James Brown. Asking for survey
of land; comments on advantages of the railroad.
26 January 1861, James Brown to Catherine Brown. Travel to Fredericton;
28 January 1861, Z. Chipman, St. Stephen, to James Brown. On A.H. Gillmor's
lumbering operations and need for additional lands.
28 January 1861, John Livingston, Saint John, to James Brown. Asks that
the quantity of Crown Lands advertising given to the Colonial Presbyterian be
29 January 1861, James Brown to Messrs. Prescott and Lawrence, Charlotte County.
29 January 1861, G.F Thompson to James Brown. Asking date of council meeting
30 January 1861, John S. Hay, St. Stephen, to James Brown. Personal; bill
2 February 1861, James Brown to John and Alexander Morton. Problems with the
2 February 1861, James Brown to Thomas Hastey on cost of land grant in
cash or labour.
2 February 1861, James Brown to George Ewart. Amount owning on land and
various ways of paying.
2 February 1861, James Brown to Mr. Peel, St. Stephen. Transfer of grant from
John to Alicia Peel.
2 February 1861, James Brown to William Wilson. Grant will be ready in about
2 February 1861, James Brown to John Fleming. Amount due on grant.
2 February 1861, J.E. Moore, Moores Mills, to James Brown. James Love
has received his land.
2 February 1861, James Brown to Thomas Sime. Reply to letter of 4 January
1861; Survey doesn’t not include school lot.
4 February 1861, Thomas E. Smith, and Son,
Shediac, to James Brown. On grant to Lauchlin McKinnon.
1861, William Murdock, Saint John, to James Brown. Approves Brown's
"Essay on New Brunswick as a Home for Emigrants".
5 February 1861, Chipman and Bolton, St.
Stephen, to James Brown. Business.
5 February 1861, John Stockford, Brighton, to James Brown. Receipt for
money paid Stockford and Stephen Craig for building bridge.
6 February 1861, James Brown to Benjamin Williams reply to letter of January
21, concerning payment for bridges.
6 February 1861, James Robertson, Moncton, to James Brown. Requests for
payment for Crown Land advertising in The Westmorland Times.
6 February 1861, William Smart, Pleasant Ridge, to James Brown. Concerning
land grant for son.
7 February 1861, James Brown to Thomas E. Smith on grant to Lauchlin McKinnon.
9 February 1861, Francis Hibbard, St. George,
to James Brown. Land grant for Martin Boyle.
9 February 1861, James Brown to George A. Boardman. Has little knowledge
9 February 1861, James Brown to Edgar Whiddon, Calais. Postage.
9 February 1861, James Brown to Hugh Andrew. Comparison of a land lease
and land grant.
9 February 1861, James Brown to James Robertson. Has certified his accounts
for Crown Land advertising and sent them to the Audit Office.
9 February 1861, J.J. Fraser to James Brown. Notice of meeting of the
Fredericton Society of St. Andrew.
10 February 1861, John Taylor, Harvey, to James Brown. Personal; news
of Brown's family in Scotland.
10 February 1861, John C. Brown, St. David, James Brown. Family.
11 February 1861, Thomas E. Smith and Son, Shediac, to James Brown. Concerning
payments on McKinnon's land.
12 February 1861, James Cassidy, Moncton, to James Brown. Asks help in
obtaining position as Customs Officer.
12 February 1861, Edgar Whidden, Calais, to James Brown. Received payment for
13 February 1861, James Brown to William Smart. Reply to letter January
6, explaining procedure for obtaining grant.
14 February 1861, William McLean, Dear Island, to James Brown. Asks pension
for Sarah Greenlaw, an old soldier's widow.
14 February 1861, Thomas Smith, St. David, to James Brown. Concerning
a petition to reimburse his father's estate for expenses in building a bridge.
15 February 1861, James Brown to James W. Farley, Glassville. Will lay
his petition for mill lands before the government.
16 February 1861, James Brown to Archibald McCullam. Supports his application
for position of census taker.
16 February 1861, James Brown to William McLean. Warrant issued for Sarah Greenlaw's
16 February 1861, Thomas O'Kelecher, Saint John, to James Brown. Asks
cancellation of grant.
16 February 1861, James Brown to J.R. Russell. Has received his certificate
of occupation and improvements; none received from Harvey Bishop.
18 February 1861, John Carlyle, Pennfield to A.H. Gillmor. Concerning a land
grant to the late John Boyd.
18 February 1861, W.T. Rose, St. Stephen, to James Brown. Note concerning
a petition for the extension of the Saint John - St. Stephen
18 February 1861, James Smart, Dumbarton, to James Brown. Please send
him copies of the debates of the Assembly.
18 February 1861, James Brown to T.E. Brewster, Hillsborough. Has petition
from Joseph A. Tingley; no labour returns for David Jr. or Isaac Tingley.
19 February 1861, E. McNichol, Saint John, to James Brown. Asks pension
for widow of Neil McNichol, Revolutionary soldier.
19 February 1861, David Smith, St. David, to James Brown. Concerning land
grants in his neighbourhood.
19 February 1861, James Brown to C. Watters, Solicitor General. Finance.
20 February 1861, Thomas Hastay, St. James, to James Brown. Concerning
disputed ownership of land; account of transactions.
20 February 1861, Simon Hebert, Edmundston, to James Brown. Asks consideration
of petition before the House.
20 February 1861, Pollycarp Gallant, Shediac, to James Brown. Concerning
22 February 1861, John P. Ogden, Petersville, to James Brown. Has received
22 February 1861, Coburn Burpee, Sheffield, to James Brown. Invitation
to a meeting of the Sheffield Division (Temperance Union?).
22 February 1861, James Smart, William Smart, Robert Stewart and Joseph Newell,
Dumbarton, to James Brown. Asking for a weekly mail service.
23 February 1861, Robert Matheson, St. James, to James Brown. Asking for
survey of his Land.
23 February 1861, James Brown to William Cameron and family, St. George.
26 February 1861, George Maddox, Wicklow, to James Brown. Concerning title of
land purchased from Cornelius Gamben.
28 February 1861, James Brown to Alvin Brockway. Concerning payment for building
bridge. Reply to letter 21 January 1861.
1 March 1861, William Smart to James Brown. Concerning the Rollingdam Bridge.
2 March 1861, H.M. Garden to James Brown. Asks for position in Crown Land Office.
4 March 1861, Dr. Gove, St. Andrews, to James Brown. On railroad finances.
4 March 1861, James McBride, Brockway, to James Brown. Asks Brown's help
in obtaining a position as emigration agent or other government position.
4 March 1861, James Kinderd to James Brown. Wants money for roads and
bridges, Queens Ridge.
4 March 1861, Magnus Green, Grand Manan, to James Brown. Supporting a
petition to remove the post office from Woodward's Cove to Northern Head.
4 March 1861, John Taylor, Harvey, to James Brown. Invitation to Brown's to
lecture on any subject except universalism.
4 March 1861, John Carlyle, Pennfield, to James Brown. Concerning a land petition
of James Ellis, 1858.
5 March 1861, Cochran Craig, Grand Manan, to James Brown. Opposing petition
to remove post office.
7 March 1861, J.J. Robinson to James Brown. Notice of Legislative Committee
8 March 1861, William Elder, St. Stephen, to James Brown. On reported irregularities
in the Crown Land Office. Believes in Brown's integrity, but he should
make facts public.
8 March 1861, Andre Cushing, Saint John, to James Brown. Complains about
Crown Land Office procedures.
10 March 1861, J.E. Moore, Moore's Mills, to James Brown. Comments on
Crown Land Office; his confidence in Brown; outlines new procedures he thinks
would solve problems.
11 March 1861, James Brown to M.G. McCreedy. Instructs him to open new
road to lots of Dennis Buckley and neighbours.
11 March 1861, Robert V. Hanson, Maces Bay, to Brown, Gillmor, McAdam, and Chandler.
Asking appointment of Robert McLellan as J.P. for Le Preaux; have no parish
12 March 1861, James Robertson, Moncton, to James Brown on Crown Land printing
16 March 1861, James Brown to James Kindred. Has received letter 4 January
16 March 1861, James Brown to John Carlyle. Status of Kierstead and Stewart
16 March 1861, James Brown to S.T. Gove. Reply to letter of 4 March 1861.
Railway bill is before the house.
16 March 1861, James Brown to James Robertson. Acknowledges receipt of letter.
16 March 1861, James Brown to R.V. Hanson. Reply to letter of 11 March
1861. New settlers of Lepreaux not assessed and therefore can't vote in
coming election; lower part of parish should elect for them at least a road
supervisor and three surveyors.
16 March 1861, James Brown to Cochran Craig. Will lay his letter before
16 March 16, 1861, James Brown to Magnus Green. Will lay his letter of
4 March 1861, before the house.
16 March 1861, James Brown to William Smart.
Reply to letter of 1 March 1861, concerning Dumbarton Bridge.
18 March 1861, James Brown to Reverend William Elder thanking him for his encouraging
19 March 1861, John Walsh, Saint John, to James Brown. Supports appointment
of John Bradley as J.P.
20 March 1861, Thomas O'Kelecher to James Brown on land transactions of M. O'Kelecher,
20 March 1861, James Brown to John C. Brown, St. David, on investigation of
the Crown Land Office.
21 March 1861, James Brown to John Earle concerning labour return.
25 March 1861, W.H. Steeves to James Brown. Memo of money spent on roads
in Charlotte County.
25 March 1861, John Y. McConnell, Bailey Settlement, to James Brown. Application
27 March 1861, James A. Hartley to James Brown. Asks payment for work
done as Deputy Surveyor.
29 March 1861, Alexander Sinclair, Flume Ridge, to James Brown. Sends
payment for land.
29 March 1861, James Brown to James McBride. No position as immigration
agent open. Advises him to keep his job as schoolmaster.
30 March 1861, James Brown to Alexander Sinclair. Enquiring as to what
land a payment was received for.
30 March 1861, James Brown to John Y. McConnell. Land applied for is assigned
30 March 1861, James Brown to Robert Matheson. Reply to letter of 20 February
1861. Cannot order survey of granted lands. If the parties
agree they may hire a deputy surveyor.
30 March 1861, James Brown to Thomas Clark, James Cristie, and John E. Ganong,
Saint John. Received petition.
30 March 1861, James Brown to James A. Hartley. Will lay his letter before
the house; detailed statement required.
22 August 1861, James Brown, Halifax, Nova Scotia, to James Brown Jr. Description
of first stage of his trip to the British Isles as Immigration Agent; Family
and farm matters needing attention.
30 September 1861, Honorable Samuel L. Tilley to James Brown. Comments on Brown's
travel plans and proposed lectures and a copy of said letter by Brown.
5 October 1861, James Brown, Forfar, Scotland, to Catherine Brown. On visit
to his brothers, Andrew and David at Dundee, Scotland.
14 October 1861, James Brown, Glammis, Scotland, to John Taylor, Harvey, New
Brunswick. Describes visits to Taylor's family in Draffinn and to his
brothers in Dundee.
28 October 1861, James Brown, Glasgow, Scotland, to Honorable S.L. Tilley. Report
23 November 1861, Honorable Samuel T. Tilley, London, to James Brown. Is pleased
with the success of Brown's first lectures; describes his meeting with Gladstone
3 December 1861, James Brown, Clommel, Ireland, to Honorable S.L. Tilley, London.
Report on lectures in Ireland.
16 December 1861, James Brown, Kilkenny, Ireland, to Honorable S.L. Tilley.
Please direct mail to Dublin.
24 January 1862, James Brown, Edinburgh, Scotland, to Honorable S.L. Tilley.
On progress of lecture tour.
15 February 1862, Honorable Samuel L. Tilley, Fredericton to James Brown.
Directions for lectures. Brown has been appointed to the Committee in
charge of the New Brunswick Exhibit in the International Exhibition in London.
23 February 1862, James Brown to James Brown Jr. Mail is extremely slow;
has not heard from Tilley in three months. Plans for rest of tour.
23 February 1862, Arthur H. Gilmor, Fredericton, to James Brown. On the
legislature session and friend in Fredericton.
3 March 1862, James Brown, Edinburgh, to Honorable S.L. Tilley. Lectures
are very successful; please write and send newspapers; funds nearly exhausted.
5 March 1862, Richard Wright, Liverpool,
to James Brown. Sends last money authorized by Tilley.
5 March, 1862, James Duncan, Kirkbuddo, Scotland, to James Brown. Is forwarding
mail; Andrew Brown's grandson has died.
6 March 1862, Richard Wright, Liverpool, to James Brown. Has received
authorization from Mr. Tilley to advance funds as needed.
13 March 1862, James Brown, Berwick on Tweed, to John Cudlip, Saint John, New
Brunswick, (copy). Thanks him for very useful letters of introduction.
19 March 1862, James Brown, Melrose, to James Duncan (copy). Mail arrived;
19 March 1862, James Brown, Melrose, to Richard Wright (copy). Received
money; will not finish lecture tour in time to be of much help with the exhibition.
22 March 1862, James Brown to Editor of the Haddington Courier (copy).
Has not received copies of the paper with lecture notices and essay.
22 March 1862, James Brown, Galashiels, to Honorable S.L. Tilley (copy - J.C.B.).
Apologizes for anxieties of his previous letter. Has received letters
and funds; cannot attend opening of Exhibition.
22 March 1862, Richard Wright, Liverpool, to James Brown. On International
Exhibition in London.
23 March 1862, James Brown, Galashiels, to Catherine Brown. On death of
her father and grandmother in St. George; travel plans.
24 March 1862, Richard Wright, Liverpool, to James Brown. Mr. Thomas Daniel,
one of the committee, will organize the New Brunswick Exhibit. How much money
was appropriated for the exhibit?
24 March 1862, David Croul, Haddington, to James Brown. Newspapers were
sent to Edinburgh.
26 March 1862, Handysides and Henderson, Glasgow, to James Brown. Ship
sailing to Saint John, New Brunswick, in May with emigrants from Fair Isle.
Other emigrants can be accommodated.
26 March 1862, James Brown to James Duncan. Direct mail to Aberdeen.
26 March 1862, James Brown, Edinburgh, to Richard Wright (copy - J.C.B.).
Does not know how much was appropriated for the Exhibition, but the New Brunswick
exhibit should be respectable.
31 March 1862, John MacMillan, Fredericton, to James Brown. News of the
New Brunswick legislature. Sends newspapers.
2 April 1862, James Brown, Aberdeen, to David Croul. Received papers.
4 April 1862, James Brown, Aberdeen, to Handyside and Henderson. Will
mention their ship in his lectures.
8 April 1862, Handyside and Henderson, Glasgow, to James Brown. Will mention
their ship in his lectures.
9 April 1862, James Brown, Banff, Scotland, to William Dallas. Has met
13 April 1862, Arthur H. Gilmor, Fredericton, to James Brown. Comments
on legislature; falling out of Charlotte County members over molasses tax.
14 April 1862, John W. Cudlip, Fredericton,
to James Brown. General comments
15 April 1862, Captain Charles A. Thompson, Eligin, Scotland, to James Brown.
Returns papers left at his home.
19 April 1862, James Brown, Montrose, to David Luckie. Thanks for hospitality.
19 April 1862, James Hogg, Fredericton, to James Brown. Comments on legislative
session, newspapers, and American Civil War.
21 April 1862, William Gillespie, St. David, to John C. Brown. Family matters
(Also appears in MS4/16).
24 April 1862, Honorable Samuel L. Tilley to James Brown. On the death
of Mrs. Tilley, the London Exhibition.
26 April 1862, Andrew Inches, Fredericton, to James Brown. Comments on
Gilmor, Taylor, and Fredericton acquaintances.
27 April 1862, James Brown, Dunkeld, to Charles Inches. Returns Bible packed
by mistake. Thanks for hospitality.
28 April 1862, James Brown, Dunkeld, to John Steven. Lectures in Scotland.
29 April 1862, James Duncan, Kirlbuddo, to James Brown. Forwards mail; illness
in Andrew Brown's family.
2 May 1862, James Brown, Perth, to Richard Wright. Please send £50 to Glasgow.
3 May 1862, James Brown, Perth, to John Mann Sr., St. George. On visits
to Mann's relatives at Loch Tay and vicinity (McVane, Mann, Dewar, and Cameron).
5 May 1862, Fernie Brothers, Liverpool, to James Brown (for Richard Wright).
Sending bank order and mail.
5 May 1862, James Brown, Glasgow, to James Duncan. Please forward mail to Dumfries.
5 May 1862, Alex Taylor, Draffinn, Scotland, to James Brown and John C. Brown.
Has received letters from his brothers in New Brunswick; Andrew Brown's grandson
5 May 1862, James Brown, Glasgow, to Richard Wright. Has not received
6 May 1862, James Brown, Glasgow, to Fernie Brothers. Has received bank
order and Mail.
6 May 1862, James Brown, Glasgow, to postmaster at Perth. Directions for
7 May 1862, James Brown, Glasgow, to Robert Shires (copy). List of lectures
given, subject covered, evaluation of tour, shipping agents contracted.
9 May 1862, Honorable Samuel L. Tilley, Fredericton, to James Brown. Brown
should plan to be in London for the Exhibition as soon as possible; thinks lecture
tour successful; personal.
14 May 1862, Thomas Daniel, London, to James Brown. Must be away in August.
Can Brown be in London during that period? Has spent £180 - does not know
how much was contemplated.
12 May 1862, Thomas Daniel, London, to James Brown. On New Brunswick's
display at the International Exhibition. Will Brown write a short account of
the province to be printed for distribution?
16 May 1862, James Brown, Stranraer, to Thomas Daniel. Will meet Daniel
and Richard Wright in Liverpool to discuss Exhibition?
16 May 1862, James Brown, Stranraer, to Catherine Brown. Visit to Breadelbane
and Loch Tay (Cameron, Mann, and McVane homeplaces); progress on tour.
17 May 1862, James Brown to James Duncan. Directions for mail.
17 May 1862, James Brown, Stranraer, to Alex Taylor. Comment on a poem
by John Taylor of Harvey, New Brunswick. Thanks to the Taylor family for
17 May 1862, James Brown, Stranraer, to John McMillan (surveyor general of New
Brunswick). Report on tour; description of the Isle of Arran,
the McMillan homeplace.
17 May 1862, James Brown to Richard Wright. Plans to meet Thomas Daniel
and Wright in Liverpool on 24 May 1861.
22 May 1862, John Mann, St. George, to James Brown. Hoping he will visit relatives
at Breadelbane and Loch Tay especially Miss McVane; family news.
26 May 1862, William McClure, Wigtown, to James Brown. Received parcel.
27 May 1862, James Brown, Liverpool, to John Bennett, New Brunswick. Thanks
him for letter of introduction to friend at Newtconstewart - Very successful
lecture and pleasant visit.
5 June 1862, James Brown, Grantham, England, to Arthur H. Gillmor (draft copy).
Report on tour, evaluation, London visit. Daniel had completed arrangements
and Brown was required only to inspect exhibit and go over accounts.
14 June 1862, J.B. Hancock, Newark, to James Brown. Book not found in hotel.
16 June 1862, James Brown, Doncaster, to Captain John Mowet (St. Andrews).
Visit to relatives of Mrs. Mowet (Guthrie, McDowell) at Stranraer, Scotland.
18 June 1862, James Brown, York, to Edward Seeyle, New Brunswick. Would
be possible to petition Queen for settlement of a Loyalist claim but it
would be useless unless claim was definite, well documented, descent proven
and claim valuable.
N.d., John Mann Sr., St. George, to James Brown. Death of Catherine Brown's
father, William Cameron and her Grandmother [Jane] Dewar. Asks Brown to
visit Breadelbane (probably enclosed in Gillmor's letter of February 23, 1862).
15 February 1863, W. Henry Thompson (grandson), Liverpool, to James Brown, Tower
Hill. Has obtained his Masters Certificate and expects to be given command
of the ship Squando owned by Messers. DeWolf and Co.
26 February 1863, Arthur H. Gillmor, Fredericton, to James Brown. On Legislative
session, railway bill.
14 March 1863, Mr. and Mrs. S. Barber to James Brown. Invitation.
1 August 1863, John Taylor, Harvey, to James Brown. Death of Mrs. Ritchie’s
brother in Battle.
23 February 1864, A.H. Gillmor, Fredericton, to James Brown. Kinnear and
Gillmor settled again in the old quarters; would like Brown to visit them.
17 October 1864, G.S. Grimmer, St. Stephen, to James Brown. Concerning certificates
relating to the Battalion [Charlotte County Militia, Third Battalion].
17 October 1864, James Brown, St. David, to John Bennett. Nature of brownies
in Celtic folklore; inspection of local school; defeat in recent election.
28 October 1864, Leonard Scott, New York, to James Brown. Discusses publication
of his poems; plans to dedicate them to Brown.
1 October 1865, James Brown, St. David, to A.H. Gillmor. Description of
house and farm; death of two grand-daughters; comments on confederation and
railways, a typescript of above.
3 January 1866, A.H. Gillmor to James Brown. Arguments against confederation
16 January 1866, A.H. Gillmor, Fredericton, to James Brown. Is sorry that
Brown has not been well; suggests visit to Fredericton. Illness of Mrs
6 February 1866, James Brown, St. David, to A.H. Gillmor. On abusive article
by Mr. Livingston in The Telegraph and his reply; personal and family news.
4 July 1866, James Brown, St. David, to A.R. McClelan. Received the notice
of his appointment as road supervisor and has inspected the roads.
4 November 1869, James Brown, St. David, to Asa Coy. Report to Board of
Works on Roads.
10 September, n.d., The Lieutenant-Governor and Lady Barbry to James Brown.
Invitation to dinner.
14 March, n.d., H. Hatch to James Brown. Paid Brown's subscription to
Charlotte County Agricultural Society.
N.d., H. Hatch, St. Andrews, to James Brown. On the Charlotte County
N.d., A.P. Miller to James Brown. Concerning job application of
his son-in-law, Mr. McNally.
Letters of John Carleton Brown, 1861-1862
22 August 1861, John C. Brown, Halifax, to sister Annie. Description of
trip from St. David to Halifax. Includes draft of said letter.
13 October 1861, Janet D. Carter, St. David, to brother, John C. Brown.
Family and neighbourhood news. Enclosure: John Mann, St. George, to James
Brown. Directions for reaching the Mann homeplace at Loch Tay, Scotland.
22 October 1861, John C. Brown, Dundee, to cousin, David Brown, Montrose, Scotland.
Thanks for hospitality, report on lecture tour.
30 October 1861, John C. Brown, Glasgow, to John E. Moore, Moores Mills, New
Brunswick. Description of trip from St. David, New Brunswick to Glasgow.
15 November 1861, John C. Brown, Dublin, to Alexander Taylor, Forfarshire, Scotland.
Thanks for hospitality; travel news.
19 November 1861, John C. Brown. Notes for letter home; Probably incorporated
in letter of 24 November 1861.
24 November 1861, John C. Brown, Cork, Ireland, to Janet D. Carter (draft).
Description of Dublin; Dublin Zoological Garden; the Blarney Stone; the countryside;
travel in Ireland; lectures.
28 December 1861, John C. Brown, Dundalk, Ireland, to Janet D. Carter (draft).
On Christmas in Ireland; visits to Brown family in Montrose, Scotland.
9 January 1862, John C. Brown, Belfast, Ireland, to John Gillespie, New Brunswick.
On travel; visit to Robert Burn's home.
20 January 1862, John C. Brown, Paddington, Scotland, to a brother (draft -
incomplete). Description of Dunfermline, Scotland - ruins, churches, grave
of Robert Burns.
29 January 1862, John C. Brown, Edinburgh, to sister, Sarah Moore (draft).
On adventures in Edinburgh.
19 February 1862, John C. Brown, Fifeshire, Scotland, to a sister (draft).
Descriptions of travel in Scotland; personal.
21 February 1862, John C. Brown, Fifeshire, Scotland, to a sister, Annie Brown
(draft). Travel and personal.
8 March 1862, John C. Brown, St. Andrews, Scotland, to half-brother, William
Gillespie (draft). On Dunfermline Abbey and Robert Bruce.
9 March 1862, Sarah and Sandy (John A.) Moore, St. David, to John C. Brown.
Family news; description of a Charlotte County ‘ruin’.
21 April 1862, William Gillespie, St. David, to John C. Brown. Family
13-31 May 1862, John C. Brown to Sandy Moore. Rough draft of a letter
began on the Isle of Arran and continued in London. Describes travels
in Scotland; St. Paul's Cathedral, The House of Commons, and the International
Exhibition in London; 28 pages.
N.d., miscellaneous notes.
Family correspondence, after 1870
Ansel Brown to James Brown Jr. (father), n.d. (after 1870)
24 November 1884, Gillmor Brown to Kate Brown (sister). On her engagement to
John K. McKenzie.
2 February 1890, Gillmor Brown to Catherine (Brown) McKenzie. On death of their
mother, Catherine Brown.
N.d., John Wilson and 84, others to Sir William MacBean Colebrooke. Regarding
grant of money to build a bridge at Waweig.
N.d., James P.A. Phillips to Sir William Colebrooke. Regarding establishing
an agricultural Periodical.
N.d., Ruth McFarlane to Sir William Colebrooke. Regarding pension as a widow
of an old soldier.
N.d., John Porter to Sir William Colebrooke. Regarding land in York County.
22 January 1842, Dugald Clarke to Sir William Colebrooke. Regarding pension
in revolutionary war.
3 February 1842, John Wilson to Sir William Colebrooke. Regarding land on South
3 February 1843 John Porter and George M. Porter to Sir William Colebrooke.
Praying for refund of money paid as penalty under an act regarding seaman which
30 November 1843,
Mary C. Foster to Sir William Colebrooke. Asking for payment for teaching school.
20 January 1844, William Smith to Sir William Colebrooke. Regarding balance
overpaid on 30,000 feet of lumber.
23 January 1844, Isabella Coullter to Sir William Colebrooke. Regarding payment
for teaching school.
29 January 1844, James Gillis and John Grimmer to the Legislative Council. Praying
return of money paid under an act relating to seamen which was disallowed.
2 February 1844, Alexander Campbell to the Legislative Council and the House
of Assembly. Regarding money paid for lease of Crown Land which was forfeit.
2 February 1844, Albert Foster to the House of Assembly, and 2 February 1844,
Albert Foster to Sir William Colebrooke, regarding bankruptcy.
2 February 1844, Marks, John to the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly.
Regarding forfeiture of crown lands.
6 February 1844, Joseph Read and 26 others to James Brown, M.P.P. Regarding
bye-roads, St. David.
10 February 1844, Mercy W. Nichol to Sir William Colebrooke and to the House
of Assembly. Asking continuance of pension as widow of a revolutionary soldier.
17 February 1844, Ruth McFarlane to the Lt. Gov. Colebrooke, the Legislative
Council and the Assembly. Asking for a pension as a widow of a soldier of the
22 February 1844, Tristram Moore and 140, others to the Assembly. Praying for
a grant of money to build a bridge over the Waweig River.
25 January 1847, Richard McFarlane to the Legislative Council. Regarding renumeration
for the loss of a mill reserve.
28 December 1848, Thomas Haverty to Lt. Gov. Head. Asking payment for teaching
school in 1841.
7 February 1850, Thomas Bowser to Lt. Gov. Head. Asking payment for teaching
school in St. Stephen.
29 February 1856, John Wheaton and 140, others to M.P.P.'s John McAdam, James
Boyd, Arthur Hill Gillmor and James Brown. Asking £15 in which to build a stone
26 December 1860, Alex Morton, James A. Morton to Lt. Gov. Manners Sutton. Asking
for a survey of land.
9 March 1861, Levi Richardson and 98, others to Brown and McAdam. Asking money
to build a road in St. James Parish.
8 January 1866, Isaac Garcelon to Lt. Gov. Arthur H. Gordon. Concerning money
paid for an island in Charlotte County.
Speeches and notes for speeches
25 January 1859,
Speech on Robert Burns (incomplete); Mechanics Institute, Saint John.
12 February 1862, Lecture on New Brunswick (Immigration); Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire,
N.d. (after 1860), Speech on farming; Charlotte County Agricultural Society.
N.d., Draft speeches on Education.
N.d., Draft speeches
on The Broad Scotch Language.
N.d., Draft speeches and papers on political topics.
N.d., Speech on the Poets.
N.d., Draft essays on the Orange Lodges; contains copied portions of reports
IX 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5, from the Edinburgh Review, VOL. LXII, A. and C. Black, 1836, 471-522.
Poems by James Brown
"The Deil's Reply to Bobert Burns," 1859, copy by Catherine Brown McKenzie from
the original manuscript.
"The Deil's Reply to Robert Burns," with an account of its composition by Maxwell
Vessey. The Daily Gleaner Fredericton, 1935.
"The Deil's Reply to Robert Burns." A slightly different version printed
in a Richibucto newspaper, 1898.
"The Loyalist of 1783," by Norval, attributed by family to James Brown.
Documents relating to schools
Report on schools
by James Brown, 1852.
Report on common schools, 1845.
Petition of school trustees of Parish of St. David to Court of General Session,
Charlotte County, 1826.
Return of Charlotte County Grammar School for the year 1844, by D.I. Morrison.
Grammar School Classes and Studies with books read since 1 August 1844, [Saint
Parish of St. David, finances, 1845.
Number of Parish schools, by county, n.d.
Grammar school arrangements, n.d.
Rocklynn Academy, Saint John, New Brunswick, Prospectus, n.d.
Note for a newspaper article on the Parish schools by Brown, n.d.
Circular to School Teachers, 1845.
Miscellaneous documents relating to Public Works
a bridge over the Digdequash River in the Parish of Dumbarton, Charlotte, 9
Return of moneys expanded on the Great Road from Fredericton to Miramichi by
George L. Hatheway, including receipts, 1860.
Account of expenditure, repairing wharves on the Saint John River. Report
of repairs required, made by James Kennedy, 25 June 1867, 28 October 1867, 2
Warren C. Bull and George W. Hovey and others of Newburgh Settlement, Northampton
in reply to W.T. Baird's petition to Atty. General. Regarding stopping up the
public road, 31 May to 10 June 1859, 2 documents.
Ferguson Rankin, John Mecham and other merchants on the North Shore regarding
the government's intention of employing the steamer "Rothsay Castle" on the
North Shore run, 22 May 1869.
Thomas Leach to Asa Coy on the subsidy the "Rothesay Castle", 16 July 1869,
6 October1869, 2 documents.
Memorandum of the Executive Council and correspondence relating to dispute with
Lt. Gov. Manners Sutton and the resignation of council, 6 May – 2 June
Material relating to the Surveyor General's Office
Notes on Crown land
cases decided by council, 1855.
Notes on Crown Land cases decided by Council, 1857.
Document concerning land of Michael McGlinchy, Maugerville, 1850, 1851.
Surveyor General's railway pass (photocopy of ivory disk).
Documents relating to the legislature
Notes on the address
to the Governor General, ca. 1844.
Notes on the Legislative Session, 1847.
Journal of the House of Assembly, unbound, James Brown copy, 1847. Enclosures:
“Report upon the Accounts of the Provincial Treasurer and the Provincial Deputy
Treasurers for the Year 1846,” and “Tables shewing the Principal Articles Exported
from the Port of Saint John & its Out-Bays, from 1819 to 1845, both years inclusive,
The estimated Value, in Pounds Sterling, of the Imports and Exports of New Brunswick,
from 1828 to 1845, both years inclusive; and the Numbers and Tonnage of Ships
built in the Province, from 1834 to 1845; both years inclusive, complied by
M.H. Perley, Government Emigration Agent, January 1847”.
Note: Due to the fragile nature of the original the microfilmed edition of the
Journal of the House of Assembly, 1847 was scanned. The content
herein included is the same as that of the original. Enclosures found in the original were also scanned and included following those scans made from microfilm.
References to Journal and Debates, 1858.
Draft of a highway bill, n.d.
Miscellaneous accounts and receipts
Payments to James
Brown for Board of Works, 1855, 1858.
Travel expenses, 1861.
Personal expenses, Charlotte County.
St. Andrews and Quebec Railway
government finish line, 1855, [N. Smart].
Specifications for a bridge, St. Stephen Branch railway, 1866.
Programs, announcements and miscellaneous documents
Appeal to the Voters
of Charlotte County, 12 December 1842.
Appeal to the Voters of Charlotte County, 24 May 1866.
Program, Mechanics Institute, 25 January 1859.
Poster, speech on immigration given at The Mechanics Lecture Hall, Carlisle,
Newspaper commentary on James Brown and other members of the Legislature, copied
by James Brown from the Loyalist, Fredericton, 6 March 1843.
Muster rolls, 1st Battalion, Charlotte County Militia
Brown family genealogy by Honorable James Brown, written in, 1847. Copied
from the family Bible by Catherine Brown McKenzie.
"A Son of Bonnie Dundee," by Marguerite C. Neal, 19 January 1945. On James
Brown and the family at Tower Hill.
Notes on the descendants
of James Brown (from various sources).
Letter from Charles W.B. Maxwell to Mrs. Wedekind, 26 March 1978, on family
history and the use of the Brown farm at Tower Hill as a Blueberry Experimental
Directions for finding
the Monument to James Brown and the farm at Tower Hill.
Copy of marriage
certificate - John McKenzie and Kate Brown, 1884.
Advertisement - The
Beaches, Richibucto, 1883 (hotel owned by John C. Brown).
"The Honorable James Brown," by Lillian Maxwell, Saint Croix Courier,
28 December 1950.
"Honorable James Brown, Surveyor-General," by Maxwell Vessey, Saint Croix
Courier, 7 February 193_.
Kent Northern Railway, opening of the road and the ball given by the builder
and operator, John C. Brown. Moncton Daily Times, 10 November 1883.
"Brown Brothers Were Active in Railway Construction," Daily Mail, Fredericton,
26 May 1933, [John C. Brown, Wilmot Brown, David A.W. Brown and Gillmor Brown].
Social activities, Verna Brown and Marguerite McKenzie, Bessie Marks, 13 June
"Border Militia, 4th Battalion, Charlotte County in 1866," The Sun, n.d.
Poem "Max to Gladys" (by J.C. Brown?)
Poem "Canada, My Canada," by John C. Brown, Montreal Herald, 16 December
Sgt. F.I. Brown - Victory Bond sale.
Catherine Cameron Brown, wife of the Honorable James Brown.
The children of James and Catherine Brown, ca. 1900. Includes John C., Mary
Margaret (Maxwell), Catherine (McKenzie), David A. Wark, Wilmot Gillmor, (Ann
is missing -- in California).
Henry Maxwell family, St. Stephen.
Catherine Brown McKenzie.
Verna Brown (daughter of David) and Marguerite McKenzie (daughter of Catherine),
Verna Brown and Marguerite McKenzie.
Catherine Cameron Wekekind and Ken Wright, 1976. Bride and groom with
Carolyn Mildred Edgecombe (daughter of David W. Brown) grandmother of the bride.
Photograph of Marguerite in dining room of the McKenzie house at Rumford, Maine.
Brown McKenzie’s home at Rumford, Maine.
Catherine (Kate) Brown McKenzie’s
home at Rumford, Maine
Birthday card for Catherine Brown; New Brunswick Post Office account for May-June
1867 (Photocopy); obituary of Catherine (Kate) Brown McKenzie, the wife of John
Kenneth McKenzie and daughter of the Hon. James Brown, who died at Rumford,
Maine, 19 September 1931 (Catherine Brown McKenzie was one of the first members
of the Church of our Father, Universalist, at Rumford, Maine); Report of a committee
investigating the proposed establishment of a house for fallen women at Saint
John, date 8 March 1861
Poem entitled “The Loyalist” by Norval, copied by Catherine (Kate) Brown McKenzie
(5 pp.) dated at Fredericton, March 1845; James Brown’s handwritten account
of his life and family history, dated 6 September 1847; and newspaper clippings
Manuscript copy of Universalist Society, St. David Constitution, signed by James
Brown, Jr., and dated 27 February 1840