At a Council held by Order of the Honourable Lt Governor Lawrence Armstrong at his Own house in His Majestys Garrison of Annapolis Royall on fryday the 27th of September 1734 at 4 o' the Clock P. M.
Present His Honour the Lieut Governor of the Province
Wm Shirreff Secretary Henry Cope Esq
Eras : James Philipps Esq Otho Hamilton Esq
Ens.n Sam.ll Cottnam's Letter in Relation to Clandestine Trade laid before the Board.
His Honour having Signified That he had Received a Letter from Ensn Samuel Cottnam at Mines Giving An Account of a Clandestine Trade carried on by Some persons there Noways Qualified, And Desiring Whether he Should take And bring any of them in, His Honour laid that parragraph of the Letter before the Board for their Advice and Opinion thereon
Which being Read, the Board upon Consideration thereof Desired to know what his Instructions Directed in Such Cases; The Which, with the Laws for Trade & Navigation being Ordered to be laid before them for their perusal, His Honour then Adjourned the Board to Consider further thereon till 9 o' the Clock to Morrow Morning
the Board's Opinion thereon.
Mr. Peter Blin sent for, further information his, Acceptance of an Order.
Being Mett according to Adjournment and the said Instructions And Laws being Considered, It was, after Debate, Agreed, That His Honour the Governor Should Authorize and Impower Ensn Cottnam to Enquire After the Clandestine Traders and to bring them and their Vessells Whether Aliens, forreigners or Subjects into this Port for a farther Enquiry thereof; A motion  A Motion being made, That as Mr Peter Bline, who with others, had petitioned the Board the 4th of September 1732 upon the Same Subject, That it would be proper he Should be sent for Which being Agreed to he Came Accordingly, And being Asked Sevl Questions And particularly Whether he knew any of Clandestine Traders, He answered in the Affirmative And gave An Account of One Bently of Charlestown in New England, Munier, an half Indian, And Chatteneuf a frenchman Son