In accordance with what has been done in England and all the English colonies, proclamations have been issued here ordering that "every master of Vessell of what kind soever who should have any Provisions on Board should be Oblig'd to give bond that he should land & dispose of said Provs in ye Ports or Places belonging to ye Dominions of his Brittannick Majesty & not out of ye Said Dominions & that to Discharge his said Bond or Obligation the said Master should bring & produce proper Certificates from ye Places where he had landed & disposed of ye said Provs." Both the habitans and Indians to be notified of this regulation, which is to their advantage, "as thereby Care is taken to hinder in these times of Scarcity that strangers may not be provided for preferably to those who” are British subjects. Hopes that P. will act honestly and prevent fraud in buying provisions from masters of vessels.
Has received D.'s letter per Jacques Molaison: glad to know that D. has received and published what M. sent him. Will not conceal from D, the report that vessels having given bond go to "your parts" and unload part of their grain, which can then be easily taken out of the province. M. knows D.'s family to be men of honor and cannot persuade himself that they would stoop to fraud, and not hinder others from disobeying the government's orders. Vessels which go trading or fishing must call here "& make their Report before they
1. This is apparently intended for Charles Dentremont of Pobomcoup, as appears from the next letter; but it is strange that Mascarene or his secretary should not know the name, or make such a slip.