Sketch of the proposed site of the Basilica-Cathedral land grant, adjacent to the Fort Townsend military site.
This sketch is entitled 'Fools and Mummers'. In the 19th century in St. John's, it was customary in Newfoundland during the Christmas festivities for people to dance through the streets dressed in outlandish costumes and disguised in various ways. On their way they would engage in rough horseplay, slapping at passers-by with whips or inflated bladders. The St. John's artist John W. Hayward depicts such a scene in St. John's during the 1850's, with the "fools" chasing and threatening those nearby, with the Basilica-Cathedral as a background.