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Registres du gouvernement britannique à Annapolis Royal, 1713-1749




Minutes of H. M. Council, 1736-1749.7


     Then the Board desired as there were two wanting to complete the list to thirty six as they were before that His Honor would please to accept of two shares for himself in consideration of the pains and trouble he had taken to encourage all profitable discoveries in the Province, which he having consented to, his name was added to the foregoing list for two shares.


     Ordered that the Deputy Surveyor be directed to layoff fifty thousand acres from the lands on the south side of the Bason of Chignecto to be erected into a township hereafter to be called Norwich in the county of Norfolk, and likewise fifty thousand acres from the lands on the south side of the Bason of Menis to be erected into a township by the name of Harrington in the county of Southampton and the Secretary was directed to prepare a scrawl of each Patent to be laid before the Board.


     Then His Honor moved that as the number of sitting Counsellors was diminished to five, by which they were obliged by a constant attendance to swear in another Member, and recommend Edward How Esq Commissary of the musters at Canso as a very proper person, having been serviceable to the Province on many occasions and had served many years the Government in several honorable employments as High Sheriff, Justice of the Peace, and Captain of Militia, which motion was unanimously agreed to by the Board and said Edward How was desired to take his place at the Board, after taking the several Oaths as by Law appointed making the declaration and the Oath as a Counsellor for the equal and impartial administration of justice in all causes come before the Council. Adjourned.


     At a Council held at the Honble Lieut Governor Armstrong's house in the Garrison of Annapolis Royal on Saturday the 28th August 1736

Present
His Honor the Lieut Governor of the Province
John Adams Esq
William Skene Esq
Henry Cope Esq
Erasmus James Philipps Esq
Otho Hamilton Esq
Edward How Esq


     The scrawl of a Patent for the lands and mines at Chiconecto being read the same after some amendments was approved of and the Secretary was directed to make out a Patent in form for said land against Monday. Then adjourned


     Monday the 30th of August 1736 Met according to adjournment the same Members being present


     The Patent for the lands on the south side of the Bason of Chiconecto now called Norwich in the county of Norfolk fairly drawn out on parchment was read and approved of by the Council and signed and sealed in their presence.