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Halifax January 2d 1802
I am strongly importuned by [?W. or Mr] James Sutherland the only magistrate residing at Sheet Harbour, and by the settlers there to represent to your Excellency the very [necessitous & alarming?] situation of 3 Indian Families aboriginies of Sheet Harbour, consisting in all of 22 [heads?] (vizt. Lewis Cope, his Squah & eight Pappouses, with a bedridden Grandmother of 80 years old - Peter Cope, his Squah & 4 pappouses - Eleanor Cope / the widow of Paul Cope who was drowned 2 years ago/ & 4 pappouses/ - They have not a gun, and many are so naked that they run the risk of perishing with the cold, when they go to cut a stick to burn -- [many?] have no [provisions?] whatever
Mentions names of heads of three Mi'kmaw families, numbers of children, and describes their situations.
Retrieval no.: Commissioner of Public Records — Mi'kmaq and Government Relations series Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 Vol. 430 No. 104-105
Nova Scotia Archives — https://archives.novascotia.ca/Mikmaq/archives/
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