New Brunswick. Commission to Examine and Report Upon the Casual Revenue Accounts for 1831, and the Five Following Years.

Abstract: Report from Commissions for examining into Accounts connected with Crown Land Office, from the Year 1831 to 1836, Inclusive, 1840

Though an Act of Assembly was passed in 1837 creating this commission, it was not until March of 1840 that the report was actually tabled. It is unclear whether the commission worked for three years; the earliest date mentioned by the Commissioners in reference to their own work is a preliminary report in January of 1839. The final report itself is quite brief but, in 1840 and 1841, various supporting documentation was published in the Journal of the House of Assembly, most notably a list of accounts for which further information from the Crown Lands Office was requested.

The members of the Commission, Messrs. Botsford, Partelow, and Wilmot, made it clear that through their forensic accounting investigations, they found some significant "deficiencies of credit". They note that there were some questionable payments made to deputies during the years 1831 to 1836, but were dispensed under the "requisite authority". So, even though they were extravagant payments, as also noted by then Lieutenant Governor Sir Archibald Campbell, the investigation of the payments went no further.

The Commissioners were less reticent to report on two areas where malfeasances was clearly committed. The first involved illegal timber transactions under the Commissioner of Crown Lands, Thomas Baillie, which largely took place between 1831 and 1834. The timing was a mitigating factor as far as Baillie himself was concerned, as he was in England during those years, though there is no explanation given why a person of his political stature was absent from his constituency for three years. The second area of clear negligence, if not illegality, concerned the Receiver General. The report recorded that between June of 1834 and December of 1835, a deficiency of £6 400 was detected, "an occurrence," the Commissioners add, "we cannot avoid remarking, we consider incredible."

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