four months to reach A., to say nothing of the risk. Passenger's will be delayed, "Unless they are Dispos'd To Take the Grand Tour." Another grievance is that vessels from up the Bay go to New England and Cape Breton without clearing from A. or Canso "the only Two Ports of This Province." This done in little vessels by the French inhabitants, who become carriers for the Boston traders. It will lead them to disregard this place, the centre of government, "Where on all Occasions we would Oblidge Them To Resort to." Has not been able to master the regulations of the Act of Trade but writes to P. that "you may Act your Part in What Belongs To you and Please to Advise me What is Proper for mine." Refers to "Our Good frind Captain Wybault" to give an account of "Our Transactions & Our way of Liveing Here."
(signed.) Wm Shirreff Sec.ry.P. Mascarene.
Mascarene to des Enclaves.1
Reason for not writing before, merely lack of time; always glad to correspond with gentlemen of des E.'s profession, who comport themselves in an honorable manner during their residence in the King's dominions. This may be seen by M.'s proclamation and letter to the Deputies, the purport of which des E. may not know; these will prevent him doing anything to the prejudice of himself and of the inhabitants. The King of Great Britain is supreme in this province and recognized as such by the King of France. All living here must recognize his supremacy also, and do nothing contrary to the laws of G. B., which do not admit the jurisdiction of the Church of Rome within the King's dominions. Hopes that he shall not have to revert to des E.'s conduct. Ends politely.