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TitleA record of the extraordinary proceedings of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland : in the arrest and imprisonment of Edward Kielley... and subsequent arrest of the Honorable Judge Lilly and the High-Sherriff (B.G.) Garrett, Esq.) for, (as the House has it!) "breach of privilege!!"
PublisherJ.W. McCoubrey
Place of PublicationSt. John's, Nfld.
Date1838
DescriptionThis is a record of events which were of immense importance to the British Empire, as they clearly defined the limitation of the power held by British colonial Assemblies. In 1838, Newfoundland House of Assembly member John Kent accused Dr. Edward Kielley of violating Kent's rights as a member of the House of Assembly by threatening him and calling him a liar during an argument between the two. Kielley was brought before the House, and having used language offensive to the House and Kent in trying to explain his actions, was illegally jailed without trial. Keilley was released from jail several days later, and upon hearing of this, the House then had both the judge and high sheriff responsible for his release arrested. Governor Henry Prescott stepped in to diffuse the situation by temporarily proroguing the House, with the final result being that in 1843, the Privy Council in Great Britain denied colonial Assemblies the right to commit citizens for contempt of House privileges.
SubjectNewfoundland and Labrador--Politics and government--1763-1855
Newfoundland. House of Assembly
Denial of justice--Newfoundland and Labrador
Physical Description73 p.
Bibliography NoteIncludes bibliographical references.
Local Call NumberJL 554 P7 R4 1838 Rare
TypeText
Resource TypeBook
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
Record NumberCNS-B0568
CollectionCentre for Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books
RepositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries. Centre for Newfoundland Studies
LanguageEng
SourcePrint text held in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies
PDF File(11.32MB) -- http://collections.mun.ca/PDFs/cns/ArrestofKielley1838.pdf
CONTENTdm file name122663.cpd