Sends St. P. the passport required. Surprised to find that St. P. must spend three or four months at Minas. M. knows that there are not many opportunities of getting into French territory from this place and so does not wish to limit the duration of his visit; but, as there are as many of his profession as "we" judge to be necessary for the habitans, St. P. is not to settle, or to exercise his office in any part of the province, but to withdraw as soon as possible to French territory. The contrary may prove disadvantageous to the liberty which the habitans have hitherto enjoyed. Has received what he believes to be a reply to M.'s rejoinder touching the religious controversy. Has not had time to read it, but when he does, he will not fail to make the comments necessary.
Informs them that war has been declared here with Spain. To regulate their conduct accordingly. Would have sent them the proclamation, but it is long and in English and they would not understand it. "Le Sieur Bellhumeur" knows the contents and can inform them about it, as well as about other things touching the King's service, of which M. has spoken.
(signed.) Wm Shirreff Sec.ry.P. Mascarene.
P.S. His compliments to "Monsieur de la Goudalaye." Will he excuse him for not writing at this time? Bellhumeur can tell him that M. has scarcely a moment to himself.
May 13. Annapolis.
Mascarene to Cosby.2
As the King has signified that war is to be declared against Spain in all the governments of America, M. sends C. one of the proclamations, to be read, "and Proclaimed in the most Solemn manner that this place is Capable of to morrow the
1. This and the preceding seven letters are written in French. 2. The Hon. Alexander Cosby Esq. Lt. Gov. of the Fort and Garrison of Annapolis Royal and Commander of Maj. Gen. Philipp’s Regiment.