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The Records of British Government at Annapolis Royal, 1713-1749


Minutes of H. M. Council, 1720-1742. 57

   
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the Indian Prisoners here were treated with all Humanity & Kindness till by Some Articles of Peace with the Salvages in General they might with Security be Releas'd, being made to Understand at the Same time That if any of his Majestys Subjects were Murored near this Garrison or any Shott fired against it, without giveing timely Notice of it Reprisalls should be Made upon the Prisoners in our Keeping; And Whereas Notwithstanding the promises made by them & the Threats Made here of Reprisalls; Some of the Very Indians who had Signed the Instrument above Mentioned were Guides and Actors Amongst those who on the 14th of this Month Barbarously Murthered a Serg.t of this Garrison 1 and then Openly Attack'd our Partys and the Garrison itself and were the Means of Another Man's being killed and An Officer & three private Men Dangerously Wounded & of the fireing [79] Fireing of two English houses & the takeing of two men of this Garrison with a woman & two Children who have been Since Releas'd out of their hands by the french lnhabitants
 





     It is our Oppinion that Since all the kind Usages this Barbarous people have Receiv'd Seames Reather to Render them more Inhuman and Treacherous, It will be for his Majestys Service the Security of this Garrison and English Subjects Inhabiting about it, to make Reprisalls by the Death of One of the Salvage prisoners in Custody, to Deter them from any farther Outrage when they will Ly Under the fear of Loosing Nine more Still left in our possession
 


     At a Council held. at the Honourable L.t Governour John Doucett's house in his Majestys Garrison of Annapolis Royall on Thursday the 16th of July 1724 P. M.
 

Present The Honourable Lievt Governor President
Major Paul Mascarene
Hibbert Newton Esq
William Skene Esq
William Shirreff Esq
 
 




     The Honourable L.t Governour being Informed by M.r William Winniett that Father Charlemagne y.e Priest of this

1. See Murdoch I, 409
 


             

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