Subseries ss1 - Warrant books

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Warrant books

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CA PCA RG8-s3-ss1

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  • 1812-1891 (Creation)

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1.5 m. of textual records

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Warrant books were composed of treasury warrants which were monies paid by the treasury of the Government of Prince Edward Island. The monies were paid out to individuals and companies for the rendering of a great variety of services to the government such as delivering mail, teaching school, and building roads and bridges, and to pay for numerous government functions such as supporting the disabled. Individual ""warrants"" consisted of the number of the warrant, the person or company receiving the money, usually a brief explanation of the reason for the payment, and the sum to be paid. The full text of the yearly Warrant book was printed as an Appendix in the journal of the Legislative Assembly as part of a detailed listing of Public Accounts for the year in question. This practice continued until 1876 when instead of printing the warrant book itself, there were several listings under Public Accounts; the "Warrants Issued for the Following Services", "Expenditure by Warrant", and "Warrants Unpaid". Beginning in the 1891 Journal of the Legislative Assembly, warrants appeared to be subsumes into the "Report on Public Accounts". Warrant books may no longer have been produced after 1891.

The sub-series consists of 31 volumes of Warrant books and several pages of text. These pages appear to be an account of warrants in the years of 1821 and 1823 which were being challenged or in need of explanation and verification. Volume 31 appears to be a record kept by the Deputy Provincial Treasurer of warrants delivered to the Provincial Treasurer for payment. It spans the years 1881 to 1891. Information documented in these volumes includes: date, name of individual(s) warrant was made out to, warrant number, amount, and, in case of volume 31, the Deputy Provincial Treasurer's initials.

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Volumes 17 and 25-31 are oversize

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