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




Commission Book, 1720-1741.185

Royal Proclamation regarding Spanish Pirates.

Many outrages by Spanish ships upon English traders, in spite of the fact that the two countries are at peace, and that orders to cease hostilities have been issued to the Spanish Colonial governors. All plunderers with or without commission are to be considered as pirates. They are believed to receive secret encouragement and protection at the West Indian ports where they fit out. All British subjects so plundered are to declare at first seaport their losses, which are to be regularly investigated by the vice-admiralty court of said port. On the arrival of any of the King's ships, the governor is to deliver the declaration to commander, who is then to proceed to the port where the goods were taken and get satisfaction or conduct reprisals according to the general orders. Ample notice of this to be given.
(signed.)
Holles Newcastle        
 



Reinstatement of an Outlaw.1 [68

Insolent conduct of Etienne Rivett to the Government, in stirring up the savages to depredations. In consequence, His Excellency has outlawed him and confiscated his estate. Rivett has appealed, shown that the information is false and malicious, attested by fifty-five of the principal people of Piziquid. On this consideration, and since he has comported himself peacefully and was the chief means of inducing the inhabitants to take the oath of allegiance, he is formally reinstated.
 





Annapolis, Sept: 21, 1731.
(signed.)
L. Armstrong.        
 

Armstrong to Alex’r Bourg of Minas. [70

In reply to Bourg's petition for grant of land, urging Philipps's promise, a minute of Council is enclosed: to the effect that notice should be given to the persons who dispute

1. Marginal note: "Act of Indemnity In favour of Etienne Rivet.”