At a Council held by Order of the Honoura ble Lawrence Armstrong Esqr the Lt Govr of the province at the Secretarys Office on fryday the 5th Day of July 1734 at 9 o' the Clock A. M.
Major Paul Mascarene William Skeen Esq Wm Shirreff Secretary
Henry Cope Esq Eras : James Philipps Esq Otho Hamilton Esq
His Honrs Direction for Representing the state of the Province & an Address to His Majesty on th emarriage of the Princess Royal with the Prince of Orange.
The Secretary Acquainted the Gentlemen of the Comity that His Honour the Lt Governor of the province had Directed him to lay before them for their Consideration a Writting Certified by Capt Christopher Aldridge to be a True Copy of a Paragraph of a Letter from his Excellency Governor Philipps in Order that they might Conformable thereunto Draw up a Representation, Directed to His Majesty, of the Present State of the Province And the Danger that Canso Will be Exposed to in Case of a War with france. As also an Address to His Majesty upon the Happy Mariage of the Princess Royall with His Most Serene Highness the Prince of Orange, both to be signed by himself And Officers and so transmitted home
The said Paragraph being Read, Adjourned to Consider thereof, till 10 'o the Clock to Morrow A: M.
Saturday the 6th July 1734 The same Members having Mett According to Adjournment, They Adjourned to Henry Copes Esqr Where the said Paragraph being again Read, The Comity Desired Mr Shirreff to wait upon the Governor to know what Advice he had Recd from Cap.t Aldridge in Relation to the present State of Canso and the Behavior of the french at Cape Breton being Desireous to know all the particulars Necessary for their Assistance in Drawing up the Representation Required In  In Answer to the said message; His Honour said that he had Recd no Advice from Capt Aldridge Only that the ffrench at Cape Breton seemd more Shey than formerly, Which may give Suspicion of their Designes in Case of a War; That we all know the Defenceless