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Registres du gouvernement britannique à Annapolis Royal, 1713-1749

Minutes of H. M. Council, 1736-1749.27

You shall not let for gift or other causes but wen and truly you shall do your Office of Justice of the Peace in that behalf and that you take nothing for your Office of Justice of the Peace to be done but of the King and fee accustomed and the costs limited by the statute and you shall not direct nor cause to be directed any warrant by you to be made to the parties but you shall direct to the proper Officers of the said Province or other theKing's Ministers or other indifferent persons to do execution thereof.
Signed Otho Hamilton
Sworn before me at Annapolis Royal 28th of March 1740 in Council
Signed P Mascarene        

     At a Council held by order of the Honble Paul Mascarene Esq President at his own house in His Majesty's Garrison of Annapolis Royalon Wednesday the 23rd of April 1740 at eleven o'clock A. M.

His Honor the President
John Adams Esq
William Skene Esq
William Shirreff Esq
Erasmus James Philipps Esq
John Handfield Esq
Edward Amhurst Esq

     The Board having approved of Mr. John Hamilton to act for and to assist Mr. Sherriff the Secretary in taking the Minutes and writing the transactions of the Council, took an Oath of secrecy as follows.

     I. J. H. do swear that I will to the best of my skill and knowledge take the Minutes of Council as an assistant to Mr. Shirreff the Secretary and that I will not divulge nor make public the vote or opinion of any particular Member of the Council nor make known any affairs transacted in Council – So help me God.
John Hamilton        

     Then the President communicated to the Board a letter from Mr. St. Poncy late Missionary Priest for the French inhabitants of this river signifying his design of departng out of the Province by way of Mines and therefore praying a passport in case of a war with France, he asked the advice of the Council as to the space of time that should be allowed him, which being considered it was voted that he should have the space ofthree months from the date hereof to retire to the territories of France.

     Then John Adams Esq desired that upon the dispute between him and Paul Mascarene Esq as President of this Board, that as he appealed to His