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ral Amherst; and were unanimously of Opinion that the said order of His Majesty, a copy of the said Law, and also of the former Opinion of the Council, should be transmitted to the General; and that His Excellency should be informed of the present Situation of the French Accadians in the Province, who had not yet surrendered, and their danger to the Settlements; and that it is their present unanimous opinion that the said French Accadians cannot, by the said Royal Order and the said Provincial Law, be permitted to remain in the Province, and the Council did Advise that this their Opinion may be submitted with all deference to the Consideration of His Excellency General Amherst.
J. BELCHER.      
      J. DUPORT, Sec. Con.


To the Honorable Jonathan Belcher*, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty's Province of Nova Scotia.

The Humble Address of the House of Representatives of the said Province met in General Assembly —

      That previous to the commencement of the present war, the ancient Inhabitants of this Province, who called, or had been taught to call themselves neutrals, were expelled on account of their refusing that allegiance due from subjects to

    * Jonathan Belcher was second son of Governor Belcher, of Massachusetts. He graduated at Harvard, Cambridge, and was educated for the profession of the law. He afterwards went to England to complete his studies, where he became a member of the Society of the Middle Temple. He received the appointment of Chief Justice of Nova Scotia in 1754. Soon after assuming that office he urged upon Government the necessity of calling a Representative Assembly, being of opinion that the Governor and Council, under the Governor's commission and instructions, did not possess the power of passing ordinances for levying taxes. The early enactments of the Legislature, which form the groundwork of the statute law of Nova Scotia, were prepared by him. Chief Justice Belcher was President of Council, and administered the Government of the Province on the death of Governor Lawrence in October, 1760. He died at Halifax in 1776, aged 65, leaving a son and daughter. The House of Assembly allowed a pension to the daughter until her marriage. His son, the Hon. Andrew Belcher, was for several years a member of Council. He was father of Vice Admiral Sir Edward Belcher, distinguished for his nautical surveys on the coast of Africa and the Arctic seas. Sir Edward was born at Halifax, and educated at the old Grammar School, in Barrington street, under the Rev. George Wright. — N.S. Council Minutes; N.S. Almanac, 1776; Chief Justice Belcher's Letters among N.S. Archives.

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