Nova Scotia Archives

Au cœur de l'Acadie

Registres du gouvernement britannique à Annapolis Royal, 1713-1749

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Merchants who trade with the French and Indians inform us that the demeanor of both towards the English has much altered of late; the first do not hesitate to declare publicly that they have the promise of assistance from France in retaking the province; the latter being thereby encouraged, have attempted to commit depredations. At the first declaration of war, the French and Indians will fall upon Canso, and besiege this place by land, while their privateers will cut off our supplies; but Cape Breton will be supplied, as it has been all along, by the French of this province, via Baie Verte and the harbors on the eastern coast. Canso "in a Much more Deplorable State.& Condition than Annapolis Royal”; several merchants have already retired from It. Hope his Majesty will consider their representations.

"Signed by the Govr & Council and ye Officers both Civil and military &c."
Wm Shirreff Sec.ry.        

July 13.

Address to the King.

Formal congratulations "on the Happy Marriage of the Princess Royal with His most Serene Highness, the Prince of Orange." Though by reason of their remoteness, they may be the last to testify their joy at the great blessing this alliance will bring to the Protestant interest, they are not the less mindful of those great heroes, particularly William III, "who so Gloriously Mentain'd the Cause of Liberty and Religion." Such an alliance the only solid basis on which the happiness of his subjects can stand. They offer their earnest prayers for the long life and happiness of the bride and groom, and for "such a Glorious Offspring as may in Imitation of your Majesty and their Illustrious Ancestors of both houses Defeat the Hopes of all Tyranny and Arbitrary Power."

MEMO: Signed by the Gov. and Council and all the officers both civil and military: but the only actual signature is,

Wm Shirreff Sec.ry