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

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June 1.

Hamilton to Charles Dentremont. [175

Encloses Governor's order to be read and explained to the Indians of Cape Sable. It concerns a robbery committed on an English sloop by nine or ten Indians at Piziquid. Indians bound by their honor and the treaty of 1725 to make restitution. Hopes D. will try to make them take measures to avoid the consequences of these actions.
Otho Hamilton Sec.
July 8.

Armstrong to the Secretary of State.

In his last (of Nov. 22nd, 1786) explained all proceedings regarding de St. Poncy. A strong petition from the inhabitants to have him officiate during the winter. The lateness of the season and no means of deporting him being at hand and his own submissive behaviour induced A. and the Council to allow him to remain during the winter, with some restrictions, as per minute No.1. On the 19th of April last, Lt. Amhurst's house burnt down (with much loss of property) by an incendiary, his bound servant, a boy named Isaac Provender, who is now a prisoner; but there is no gaol, and "his confinement grows very troublesome to the Garrison." Has consulted a New England lawyer how far he could be proceeded against, as he is within the years of discretion: his answer marked No.4. Still at a loss what to do with him: Council not empowered to try for capital crimes nor to inflict condign punishment upon such offenders. Wishes for instructions. Next relates to "a Villainous Robbery perpetrated by a few Rascally Indians at Piziquite" on Stephen Jones' sloop; No.5 is an account of it. Circular letters sent by A. to all the Indians in the province: and to the deputies of Minas and Piziquid in accordance with the aforesaid minute.
Entd by me Otho Hamilton Sec. L. Armstrong

N. B. One of the same tenor and date written to the Board of Trade, except one paragraph stating that in accordance


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