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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Proclamation Establishing Essex County

Proclamation

The Statutes of the Province of Upper Canada, together with such British Statutes, Ordinances of Quebec, and Proclamations, as relate to the said Province.

Revised and printed for and published By: Hugh C. Thomson and James MacFarlane; Revised By James Nickalls, Junior, Esquire, Barrister At Law. Kingston, U.C. Printed By Francis M. Hill.

Graves Simcoe Proclamation:

“George the Third, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth. To all our loving subjects, whom these presents may concern:

Whereas, in pursuance of an Act of Parliament, lately made and provided, passed in the thirty-first year of our reign, and of authority by us given for that purpose, our late province of Quebec is become divided into the two provinces of Upper Canada and Lower Canada, and our Lieutenant Governor of the said Province of Upper Canada, by power from us derived, is authorized in the absence of our right trusty and well beloved Guy, Lord Dorchester, Captain General and Governor in Chief of our said Province of Upper Canada, to divide the said Province of Upper Canada into districts, counties, circles or towns and townships for the purpose of effectuating the intent of the said Act of Parliament, and to declare and appoint the number of representatives to be chosen by each, to serve in the assembly of the said province: Know ye, therefore, that our trusty and well beloved John Graves Simcoe, esquire, our Lieutenant Governor of our said Province of Upper Canada, in the absence of the said Governor in Chief, hath and by this our proclamation doth divide the said Province of Upper Canada into counties, and hath and doth appoint and declare the number of representatives of them and each of them to be as hereinafter limited, named, declared, and appointed; that is to say:

That the first of the said counties...”

That the seventeenth of the said counties be hereafter called by the name of the county of Suffolk; which county is to be bounded on the east by the county of Norfolk, on the south by lake Erie, until it meets the carrying-place from point au Pins unto the Thames, on the west by the said carrying-place, thence up the said river Thames until it meets the northwesternmost boundary of the county of Norfolk.

That the eighteenth of the said counties be hereafter called by the name of the county of Essex; which county is to be bounded on the east by the county of Suffolk, on the south by lake Erie, on the west by the river Detroit to Maisonville's Mill, from thence by a line running parallel to the river Detroit and lake St. Clair, at the distance of four miles, until it meets the river La Tranche or Thames, thence up the said river to the northwest boundary of the county of Suffolk.

And know ye also, that our said Lieutenant Governor hath also declared and appointed and doth hereby declare and appoint, that for the purposes of representation ... and that the county of Suffolk and the county of Essex, severally bounded as hereinbefore is described, shall together send one representative, that is, the said counties of Suffolk and Essex shall and may be represented together in the said house of assembly by one member; and that the said county of Kent, as hereinbefore is described, shall and may be represented in the said house of assembly by two members; of which our loving subjects and all others concerned are to take notice, and govern themselves accordingly.

In testimony whereof, We have caused these our letters to be made patent, and the great seal of our said Province of Upper Canada to be hereunto affixed. Witness our trusty and well beloved John Graves Simcoe, esquire, our Lieutenant Governor of our said Province of Upper Canada, and colonel commanding our forces in upper Canada, at our government house in the town of Kingston, this sixteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, and in the thirty-second year of our reign. J.G.S.”

[Signed] WM. JARVIS, Secretary