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




Governor's Letter-Book, Annapolis, 1719-1742.87


same authority on the spot as the Govr or the Lt. Govr, He has taken a much greater power upon himself than either Philipps or A. ever did. Armstrong always applied to whatever civil magistrates there were, viz. “The Justices of the peace and a Committee of the people at Canso" when the Council could not act with him. Surprised that he should presume to alter the established method of proceeding, unless he have special orders, which should be produced. Government devolves on the President of the Council, in the absence of the Govr and Lt. Gov. Aldridge is to sit as president at all meetings upon civil affairs, but not to assume entire control "lest by Your So Doing you frighten or Discourage the Settling of that place, the least appearance of a Civil Government being much more agreeable to Inhabitants than that of a Martial."
(signed.)
Wm Shirreff Secy. L. Armstrong        
 
1732.

Armstrong to Justices of the Peace at Canso. [119
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How complained against Aldridge in letter of Sept. 23rd as latter had taken on himself the public administration of affairs. Governor has no intention of altering the method of government. Has written to A. whom they are to respect both as commandant and member of the Council. Hopes A. will not interfere unless need arises for military assistance. The J. P.’s and committee are not to exceed their powers; cases beyond their powers are to be reported in writing to the Governor-in-Council. They are also to keep a register, transmit extracts therefrom annually, to be preserved in the provincial records: and also to make returns of the trade at Canso to be embodied in the Governor's annual report to the Board of Trade. Would have sent new commissions but did not know what vacancies had occurred.
(signed.)
Wm Shirreff Secy. L. Armstrong        
 



Nov. 15.
Annapolis.

Armstrong to Belcher. [120
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Received B.'s of Oct. 9th. Proposition for a truck-house made only because A. had confidence in B.'s devotion to the
 



Nov. 15.
Annapolis.