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Registres du gouvernement britannique à Annapolis Royal, 1713-1749

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their side: "fail not in Complying With These Orders Least You be Cast for Your Contempt and Default"

Annapolis, Aug. 23, 1740.
P. Mascarene

Mascarene to St. Poncy.

As St. P. has resided so long in the province, he cannot be ignorant of its constitution, "considering the free Conversation you have all along entertained with the English," or of the repeated orders and proclamations regulating the calling of missionary priests. He must know that parishes must obtain the Governor's permission at Annapolis, before they can bring in a priest. "It is therefore deemed in you a high Piece of Contempt to go & take Possession of any Parish in any Part of the Province after having had your dismission from hence Obtained a Passport according to your request & your Repeated Protestations and Promises of desire of leaving it, & a Positive order not to Exercise your function in your Journey out of it nor can your Excuses be Reckoned other than evasions to cover an Intent of bringing trouble & Commotion in this Province wch may draw the Ruin of Those Inhabitants who Shall entertain & Support you therein." St. P. is ordered to leave the province and not to exercise his missionary function in any part of it.

Annapolis, Sept. 22, 1740.
P. Mascarene

Order to Deputies of Chignecto Regarding St. Poncy. [404

Preamble rehearses provisions of Art. 14 of the Treaty of Utrecht; habitans free to exercise their religion subject to the laws of G. B. "Notwithstanding the Rules and Methods frequently Prescribed & Published for their obtaining of Priests to Reside amongst them Several of their Districts or Parishes & Particularly that of Chiconecto have in contempt of all Said orders Applyd for Priests otherways than Directed & Receiv'd & Entertain’d them." Government has certain


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