(which indeed could not otherwise have been composed nor kept up for want of other Brittish Subjects) they must be without Grounds, Since we can each of us Answer to our Consciences, that we have Acted in our Said Capacitys with a due regard to the Liberty and Property of the Subject and the Peace and well being of his Majesty's Province, and have never been wanting in sending proper Representations of the State of it to which We humbly Referr, and have to the utmost of Our Capacity and Power Endeavoured to Discharge our Duty by an Equall and ImpartiaIl Administration of Justice in all Cases which have been laid before us, Having never had any advantage or Salary for Our Acting as Members of his Majesty's Council for this Province."
(signed.) Eras. Jas PhilippsL. Armstrong Otho HamiltonP. Mascarene John HandfieldJohn Adams Edward AmhurstWillm Skene John SlaterWillm Shirreff Wm Shirreff Sec.r
In reply to How's request of June 29th, for two more Justices of the Peace at Canso, Francis Cogswell "admitted of, but not the Other Because of his Occupation Only." As the character of the men at Canso and their manner of life are unknown to the Governor and members of the Council, S. sends one commission for Cogswell and three blank "to be filled up in such persons Names whose Business and Characters may be Suitable to the Intent and Dignity of Such a Commission." Power given to How and the other J. P.'s to fill out the blanks: the names of those chosen to be sent to the Governor.