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Governor's Letter-Book, Annapolis, 1719-1742. 125

Council what a Prejudice such a Grant will be to his Majesty's said Garrison and his Other Subjects of that Place;" and advises that the matter may be reconsidered by the Council and the grant passed and the patent made out in due form.
Aug. 6.

"As to what Relates to any of the Surveyors in particular I presume I am only to Regard your Commands; and concluding what I've thus Said to be my Duty I therefore am with Great Submission & Respect.
Wm Shirreff Sec.ry. Willm Shirreff1

Armstrong to Shirreff. [193

Has received S.'s of the 6th inst, Points out that there is no precedent for re-assembling Council, to re-consider a matter once assented to; has never been done during his term of office, Is sorry S. calls the action of the Council crude and undigested. Points out how such reconsideration will discourage settlers, especially after a survey, which can only be made in this country by fitting out a vessel and hiring hands to protect the surveyor against the Indians,-- a matter of great expense -- and that grants which form a title must always precede a survey, for no one would think of going to the expense of a costly survey of land to which he would after all have only a precarious title. As to the remonstrance from the officers at Canso, A. should expect it to be addressed to himself and to come from the commanding officer. Has heard recently from him and he makes no mention of the matter. Therefore cannot imagine that the founding of a township of H. M.'s Protestant subjects up the bay can affect the garrison injuriously. It is the King's desire to have the province settled; and this is all the more necessary in view of the great increase of the French population. Renews his instructions. "I Doubt Not you Will Proceed to form a Patent According to my former Orders Conformable to His Majesty's Instructions."
Registered Wm Shirreff Sec.ry. L. Armstrong

1. Not in Shirreff's hand.

Aug. 8.


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