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




86Nova Scotia Archives.

1732.

of Scarcity, and not to obstruct the freedom of trade." Some Indians have threatened or ill-used the person employed to prepare the timbers and raise the house. All interference with this work strictly forbidden. Indians to be reminded of article of peace: quoted; to the effect that the tribe is held responsible for outrage committed by any member of it, and no private revenge is to be taken in any quarrel between English and Indians; but it shall be judged according to British law.
(signed.)
Wm Shirreff Secy. L. Armstrong        




Sept. 11.
Annapolis.

Armstrong to Belcher. [115
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Has a plan for settling the province. Our troubles proceed from the influence the French have over the Indians, which will be maintained as long as the English employ the French to sell their goods to the Indians. The French keep us at a distance, make the Indians depend on them, engross the whole management of the fur trade and run away with the profits. If the French were cut off from these advantages, the profit would go to the Indians, who would thereby be bound to us by the strong ties of self-interest. Plan is to erect truck houses at St. John's river, where the most important tribe lives, on the same footing as that at St. George's: at the expense of the government of Massachusetts, as no money can be raised for the purpose In this province. A. will do all in his power to assist. Has given directions and instructions to Mascarene, (who has been employed in negotiating the peace with the Indians) as a person fit for the business, to wait on B.
(signed.)
Wm Shirreff Secy.1 L. Armstrong        




Nov. 15.
Annapolis.

Armstrong to Aldridge. [117
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How, J. P. has complained from Canso that Aldridge has divested him and the other J. P.'s of all authority and taken the entire government upon himself, alleging that he has the

1. Below: “N. B. thus far sent home."