With respect to the Colony of Newfoundland, I have been able to obtain no
information whatever, except from sources open to the public at large. The
Assembly of that Island signified their intention of making an appeal to
me respecting some differences with the Governor, which had their immediate
origin in a dispute with a Judge. Owing, probably, to the uncertain and
tardy means of communication between Quebec and that Island, I received
no further communication on this or any other subject, until after my arrival
in England, when I received an Address expressive of regret at my departure.
I know nothing, therefore, of the state of things in Newfoundland, except that there is, and long has been, the ordinary colonial collision between the representative body on one side, and the executive on the other; that the representatives have no influence on the composition or the proceedings of the executive government; and that the dispute is now carried on, as in Canada, by impeachments of various public officers on one hand, and prorogations on the other. I am inclined to think that the causes of these disorders is to be found in the same constitutional defects as those which I have signalized in the rest of the North American Colonies.