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Inward Despatch and Letter Books – H Volumes

From the 1830's until around the time of the First World War, Government records were kept in large copybooks.  Any loose materials, such as incoming letters and despatches were bound up into volumes.  A number of these volumes were destroyed or badly damaged by fire and/or water in the Town Hall fire of 1944 and the Secretariat fire of 1959. Those identified as too fragile and at risk of further damage were closed to researchers in 2010.  Closed Volume in this series is H3.   

It should be noted that the letters in these volumes are scanned in the order they have been bound, are not necessarily in date order and a number of the books are incomplete.  To reduce handling and unnecessary stress on the volumes blank pages have not been scanned and not all pages are legible either due to fading, damage or due to the way that they have been bound.

NB: The C series of volumes are copies of a large number of the inward miscellaneous letters in the H series of volumes up until 1851.  They have been scanned as they are in excellent condition and the handwriting is generally a lot more legible than in the original letters.  There are 25 numbered pages in volume C1 which are blank ready for letters to copied in but for some reason this never occurred.

NB: Work on scanning these volumes is ongoing.


pdfH20. Legal Letters Stipendiary Magistrate - Part 1 - pg 1 to 140 - 28 October 1863 to 17 April 1866.pdf23.84 MB

pdfH20. Legal Letters Stipendiary Magistrate - Part 2 - pg 141 to 293 - 21 May 1866 to 30 June 1868.pdf30.18 MB

pdfH20. Legal Letters Stipendiary Magistrate - Part 3 - pg 294 to 451 - 28 July 1868 to 5 April 1878.pdf32.06 MB



While every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy the Jane Cameron National Archives does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in these records.

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Copies of government records may be used freely for private research and educational purposes.  If material is to be used for commercial publication, exhibition or broadcast the written permission of the Jane Cameron National Archives must first be obtained. Whenever material from the Jane Cameron National Archives is reproduced in any form or in any medium, the user must acknowledge the Jane Cameron National Archives as the source and give all document references.  For non-government records it is your responsibility as the user to ensure that copyright is not infringed and any infringement that does occur is your responsibility.