The Evening Advocate, 1924

September 5, 1924

More Tory Vindictiveness
A Competent Official Dismissed
Without Cause

Dear Sir, On the 20th of July I received a notice from the Department of Posts and Telegraphs that my services as Postmaster at Gooseberry Cove would be no longer required after the 31st of July, just eleven days notice. No reason was given for my dismissal at such short notice. I read a letter sent to a friend of mine, from Hon. W.J. Woodford, Minister of Posts and Telegraphs, stating ‘that Mr. W.H. Seward performed his work faithfully and well, and there was no complaint of file against him. That the Government made changes years ago when Mr. W Flynn had the office.”  About 25 years ago when Mr. Johnson, now Judge Johnson, represented Trinity District, Mr. W. Flynn was postmaster at Gooseberry Cove.  If I remember correctly, Mr. Flynn published something in the papers which was strongly objected to by Mr. Johnson. I was at Black River working at the time, Mr. Johnson wrote and asked me if I would take the post office, I replied stating he could give the office to my wife in my absence. The salary then was $1.50 per quarter certainly the job was not worth taking from anybody. My wife and myself held the office for 12 years. Then the Tory Government took it from me and gave it to Mr. Flynn. He kept the office four years in the Tory Government and three years in the Liberal Government when Mr. Halfyard represented the district and was Minister of Posts & Telegraphs. The office was not taken from Mr. Flynn to give to me. Mr. Flynn resigned his position as postmaster, as he intended to leave the country to reside with his daughter at Boston; and had all arrangements made to leave the country, but for reasons best know to himself he changed his plans and remained home. Five persons made application for the office, and as my wife and myself experience on post office work, my application was accepted.

Therefore, it is a barefaced falsehood and misrepresentation to state that the office was taken from Mr. Flynn and given to me. Mr. Flynn held the office three years under the Squires Government, and I was appointed when Mr. Flynn resigned. The Tory’s around here are sending all kinds of misleading stories to Mr. Mitchell, the defeated Tory candidate, and to Mr. Woodford, the Minister of Posts & Telegraphs, and these men who were going to give everyone a square deal do not take the trouble to find our whether the reports are true of false, recommend the dismissal of honest, trustworthy and efficient officials. Did the public ever hear of such indecent treatment to a public official. I was given eleven days’ notice. But I have informed Mr. Woodford that I should have received three months notice, otherwise I should be paid a quarter’s salary in lieu of notice. This I demand, and this I will get, if we have any British justice in this country. The people of Gooseberry Cove protested against my dismissal, and petitioned the House of Assembly for my reinstatement, but the request of the people, characteristic of the Monroe Government, was treated with contempt. Now, Mr. Woodford, as you have stated that I did my work faithfully and well, and now you know that the office was not taken from Mr. Flynn to give to me, if you will not undo an unjust act and reinstate me in my office will you willingly pay me the salary that is my just right, for an unjust dismissal? 

W.H. Seward
Ex Postmaster
Gooseberry Cove
August 26, 1924

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Transcribed by Valerie Johnson, October 2019

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