Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | March 1, 2016

Artifact of the Week. James Begg Justice of the Peace, Roxborough Township, Log Book, 1865 to 1873


Justice of the Peace, James Begg’s Log Book of law-breaking in Roxborough Township, Canada West, 1865 to 1867; Ontario, 1867 to 1873.


The first page in James Begg’s Log Book:

Oath of Evidence.

The evidence  you shall give touching the matter in question shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

So help you God.

First case:  The complaint of Lazarus Fink of Montreal province of Canada pedlar taken this 22nd day of March in the year of our Lord 1865 before me James Begg Esquire one of Her majesty’s Justices of the Peace he maketh oath and saith that on Monday the 20th instant in the hosue of Mr. Fredman Indian Lands Max Moses did felonioulsy assault and beat the said Lazarus Fink in the injury of his person.

Signed Lazarus Fink, in Hebrew.

Sworn before me at Rosborough in the year of our Lord 1865 and 22nd day of March.

The above case was tried before John McCrae and James Begg on the 31st day of March the following witnesses were sworn Mr. Haggart, A.C. Munroe and the plaintiff and defendant so nothing satisfactory ___ could be found from them the case was adjourned until the 3rd of April and summons issued for George Truax and a warrant for Mary Fisher.

The parties appeared when Mary Fisher said George Truax were sworn the whole of the evidencne was of a contradictory nature except A.C. Munroe.

The Court Convicted Max Moses to pay a fine of $2 and costs which amounted to $10.10 which was paid by the defendant.  He appealed.


This rare insight into early Canadian justice was donated to the Museum in 2014 by Ron Begg.

scan0003From a World War I era postcard.








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