to be sent to Piziquid and Cobequid for the same purpose. Wishes to use only methods of gentleness and justice. Will be glad to see one or two of the deputies as soon as possible, to make the usual reports. Mangeant must inform him in regard to the King's rents, what he has received and what is still due, paying over what he has at present, in order that all may be laid before the Council. Has written also to Bellehumeur on the same subject. Wishes to preserve the peace and do justice to all. Bearer will give the public news:-- France had not declared in favor of Spain by February last and did not seem inclined to do so. It will be to the interest of the habitans not to render themselves suspects, since the people of New England would ask nothing better than to take possession of lands cleared and ready to receive them.
Refers to their old acquaintance. Informs B. of his arrival and sending proclamation to Mangeant. Wishes him also to give an account of the King's rents (as both he and Mangeant have been employed on this business together.) Wishes one or two deputies to come to A. and report on the condition of the habitans at Minas, Piziquid and Cobequid.
(signed.) Entered by His Hon.s Order. Wm Shirreff Sec.ry.P. Mascarene.1
The enclosed to be read and posted up in the most public manner, that no one may pretend ignorance. If not one of the deputies, anyone whom it reaches, is to publish it. Expects the deputies of this river "aprez les fêtes."
(signed.) Wm Shirreff Sec.ry.P. Mascarene.
1. Below this signature is a note: N.B: that a letter upon the Same Subject was Sent to Cansoe; Directed to Edward How Esq. to be there Published." 2. Marginal note “Monsr. Bourg." 3. Above Shirreff's signature “A Messieurs les Deputez de cette Riviere D'Annapolis Royalle ou a celui ou ceux d'entre eux entre les Mains de qui la presente Sera remiseA Annapolis Royalle.