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Registres du gouvernement britannique à Annapolis Royal, 1713-1749

Minutes of H. M. Council, 1736-1749.49

the Rest of your Brethren at St. John's and to communicate to them Every Particular that Hath Passed in This our Conference.

     We Esteem it an additional favour you should so do and do Promise him a Hearty wellcome as we are certain it will be a great Pleasure to our chiefs to see and hear one of you Talk to them, Personally, as to our Behaviour it shall as we have already said be Peaceable and friendly and we chuse Rather to Dye Than forfeit our Words and Take up arms against the English It being Impossible for us to Live without Their assistance as we have already Signifyed.

     As I have already Told you war was not as yet Proclaim'd Between the two Crowns of Great Britain and France yet Notwithstanding as it may Happen and as the Custom is upon The Advice Thereof to proclaim it in this as well as in his Majesty's other Provinces. I have thought Proper that you may not be Surprised at the Hearing of Such News to Acquaint and assure you that the Proclaiming of War here is not in the Least Intended against the friendly Indians and Inhabitants of this province but only for their Information to be upon Their Guard to Prevent any Damage that may Happen to them by those Whom we Esteeme and Proclaim Enemys.

     We approve of your Method and promise as we have Already said to Live with you and all The English in friendship and we Thank you for your kind Information which we shall Duely observe.

     The Conference being Thus Ended they took Their Lieve And Gave their Hands as a further Token of their Sincerity and Embark'd along with Edward How Esqr on Board the "Montague" Schooner Employed as aforesd in his Majesty's Service for the River St John.
Extract by his Honor the
Presidents Command
Wm. Shirreff, Secy.        


At a Council held by order of the Honble Paul Mascarene Esq President and Commander in Chief &c at his own house in the fort of Annapolis Royal on Friday the 12th October 1744

His Honor the President
William Skene Esq
Erasmus James Philipps Esq
Otho Hamilton Esq
Edward How Esq
John Handfield Esq
Edward Amhurst Esq