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1783  14 Jul
New York

    212. Archibald Cunningham to Chas. Whitworth, enclosing copy of Jas. Courtney's letter from Shelburne, which will tell him a little about the place.  Holograph
Overleaf: abovementioned letter, 1 July above.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 948 No. 212


1783  1 Sep
New York

    226. List of necessaries which the Commander-in-Chief has accorded to the provincial corps going to settle in Nova Scotia. Second list of necessaries not delivered.  

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 948 No. 226


1783   Sep

    248. Part of return of disbanded men, women and children of the Duke of Cumberland's regiment.  

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 948 No. 248


1783   Sep

    249. Opinion of 14 officers of the Duke of Cumberland's regiment that they should appoint an agent according to the Governor's rather than Lord Charles Montague's recommendation.  
Overleaf: Memorandum of different articles wanted. Signed.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 948 No. 249


1784  13 Mar

    261. Letter making Gideon White attorney for Philip Anglin to take up 1000 acres of land in Nova Scotia.  Signed etc.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 948 No. 261


1784  15 Mar

    264. Nathaniel Whitworth to his brother Charles, on Charles' embarking on business in Nova Scotia. ''Finding you dispos'd to settle in business in the Province of Nova Scotia, I would from what little knowledge I have of that Country recommend Port Rosway alias Shelburne as your place of residence, where you will establish a House under the firm of Messrs. Charles & Nathl. Whitworth, to commence the business thereof I have advanc'd two thousand Pounds Sterling, with the addition of two thousand Pounds more upon Credit from the House of our correspondence Messrs. Champion & Dickson merchants in London, the whole amount of which I have order'd to be Ship'd to your address in Halifax or Port Rosway if a conveyance offers, as early as possible after receiving my Orders;
    Your own knowledge and experience in the business we are entering into, renders it totally unnecessary for me to give any directions respecting any one branch thereof, the principal obstacle that at present occurs is that of accomodating yourself a store, but I would feign hope should you be a loss, that my very particular friend John Miller Esq. Depty, Collr. at Shelburne will have it in his power to furnish you with a place suitable, but should you have no other alternative I am convinc'd our mutual friend Capt. Gideon White will with pleasure oblige you in any requisition on that head.
    The next thing that I have to recommend to your most particular attention is that of being punctual in your correspondence and regular in your remittance...I shall inform you on my Arrival in England of the usual Credit given to Merchants in America, which will be a guide to you in your remittances; but at any time, should you have a quantity of Specie by you, by all means procure Bills (which you will always do at a discount) and forward them p. first conveyance, and not wait the expiration of the time we are credited; I would always avoid if possible in our importations exceeding the amount of the Credit we have ask'd for, should we be fortunate, I would rather lessen than increase it, and by degrees hope we shall be establish'd entirely on our own Bottoms; never fail writing our friends for Insurance whenever you send for Goods.
    As all transactions whatever in the line of business are on our Joint concern, you'll please give me Credit for one half the sum advanc'd viz. two thousand Pounds and of all other Monies you may collect on my Account.''
    ''I would not recommend you to be too hasty in entering into the fishery, rather wait the result of other People which will enable you to determine whether it will be an Object; should you have any concerns in that line before my Arrival, I think the American Market will be the most eligible as you may Judge from the fluctuating Prices here, and at the Windward Islands.
    In point of building I think you should not be in two great a hurry, unless Miller has made a purchase of a Water Lot, in that case, I think you had better immediately set about it, but you will be better able to Judge when you arrive on the Spot, I think its more than probable youll be able to purchase a Store already compleated, as many people have reduc'd themselves to the last shilling in building, and have not at present wherewithal to support themselves.'' Encloses invoice of rum he has sent; he is to remit the Messrs. Lane, Son and Fraser in London. g. Brinley, G. Townsend and T. a. Coffin are in Halifax and will be of service. If he cannot collect any cash from debts owing he may call on Dr. Prince or either of the Debloises. Postscript. Holograph.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 948 No. 264


1784  3 May

    272. [Copy of] receipt given by Gideon White for articles issued from the military stores for the 2nd battalion of the Duke of Cumberland's regiment.  

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 948 No. 272


1784  16 May

    274. John McPherson to Gideon White, reporting their arrival and difficulties. ''We arrived here in a passage of 3 days & were much pleased with our views of settling but find ourselves much disappointed by the conduct of the Surveyor that came along with us. I can in the first place prove that he is incapable of the business he has undertaken, & secondly he intends to push in as many people as he thinks proper to draw lots with us, such as the Captn. & Mate of the Transport &c. he talks of giving them water lots & will give us none, he has made the most confused tedious piece of business in laying out the Town I ever saw, his conduct is insufferable, if it had not been for the assistance of a Gentleman here that understands surveying & my own help he could have done nothing hitherto, he says his instructions from Government leavs him at liberty to act as he pleases & that he will not give us water lotts till he has an order from the Governor or Surveyor General for so doing.'' Asks White to procure the order. Sends McDonald's compliments. Holograph.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 948 No. 274


1784  24 May

    277. Part of letter to Nathaniel Whitworth apparently from his brother Charles. He has been detained in Halifax by illness and the slow sale of rum, but will sail for Shelburne at the first opportunity, since he has word of the arrival of his goods there. I have sold only five Puncheons at 3/6 the Purchaser Payg. The Duty; I have exposed it to Public Sale several times, but nobody inclin'd to Purchase, and as my Business at Shelburne is of so much greater Consequence, shall leave the Rum with Mr. G. Dobloise with instructions to sell it, if Possible, and Proceed with all Posible Dispatch there, and as I am told the Duty on Rum is not Pay'd at Shelburne and will be taken of[f] here upon reshiping, if on my Arrival there find it will answer shall send for it. Capt. Cocken will look after goods until his return; Cocken has a store which Charles may rent.
    ''With respect to your outstanding Debts in this Province I'm sorry to say cannot give any flattering Accounts of, I have only seen Miller & Hart the former I am told has mortgaged his house and everything he has, a very fine five Hundred Acre Lott excepted, which lies near Shelburne, and which I am advis'd and mean to Lay hold of upon my Arrival, the latter in great Distress the Day I was in Shelburn he declair'd he had not a Shilling to Purchase a loaf of Bread. he has got a Grant of a very fine lott upon the left hand side going up the Harbour of Shelburne, where by the Assistance of some of His Friends (he being originally a Rope Maker) is building a Walk for Carrying on that Business...Our friend Capt. Gid White is here he intends going to Shelburne with me but I believe will not Settle there, as the Lands for both Battallions of the D of Cumberlands Regiment is taken up at a Place call'd Chedabucto about thirty Leagues to the Eastward of this, which Place I believe he intends to make his residence.'' Incomplete. Holograph.

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 948 No. 277


1784  20 Jun

    288. 1. Return of the disbanded officers and privates, with their wives, children and servants, of the Duke of Cumberland's regiment settled at Chedabucto, with the number of acres of land allotted each. Signed.
2. List of loyal refugees on board the Argo, going from East Florida to Chedabucto. Copy.  

White Family Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 948 No. 288

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