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The Records of British Government at Annapolis Royal, 1713-1749




Governor's Letter-Book, Annapolis, 1719-1742.103

Armstrong to Belcher. [158
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Doubts not that B. has heard of the brigt. “Baltimore" from Dublin in the harbour of Tibogue, by the "Tusketts Islands near to Cape Sables," and of all the passengers and crew dying except one gentlewoman who was robbed by the Indians “& giving us this dismall Accot:" Understands from Charles Dentremont and Peter Landry of Pobomcoup that "one Jonathan Ridge or Rich of Marble Head" was seen to come out of that harbor and is suspected of having taken some of the vessel's sails and rigging. Wishes B. to make enquiries and if possible recover the things set forth in this declaration for the benefit of the owner. Has examined the gentlewoman, and though there may be room for suspicion, there is no evidence to disprove her statements. She intends to wait on B. herself, and will no doubt "Enumerate to you the Whole" of her misfortunes. A. being apprehensive of murder, has written to Chief of the Cape Sables Indians, and sent them a copy of some of the articles of peace. Ridge or Rich is said to have sent the Capt.'s journal (i. e. log) with a letter to a gentleman in Boston. He may upon examination, give B. better information.
(signed.)        
 



1736.
June 19.
Annapolis.

Armstrong to Sec. of State.1 [159
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A.'s duty to inform S. of S. of a melancholy accident to a June brigt. called the “Baltimore" bound from Dublin to Annapolis, Maryland, with eighteen persons on board; Richard White, master, and Andrew Buckler, sole owner. Cargo valued at £12,000 besides £1500 in gold and silver, if the so-called Mrs. Buckler's statement is true, copy whereof is enclosed. Statement to this effect: "Baltimore" sailed from Dublin, Oct. 7th, 1735 and through stress of weather on Dec. 15th, was driven into Tibogue Harb., near Cape Sables; there all died

1. It begins "May it Please Your Grace." The Secretary or State (south) at this time was the Duke of Newcastle, "Permis," so ridiculed by Horace Walpole. It is said that he had a closet full of unopened despatches from the American CoIonies.
 



June 19.
Annapolis.