Canso. West of England people to come in the Spring with many ships. New Englanders have many trumped-up grants of Indian lands in Nova Scotia, which cannot be improved by present claimants. Wants instructions. Hopes to be able soon to give an account of the country.
Arrived in October, but unable to proceed to Annapolis, as navigation of B. of Fundy impracticable; and, after landing at Canso, forced to return. Will set out again in the Spring. After all that has been done at the court of France, the priests and Jesuits will remain an obstacle to our happiness, especially Vincent and Felix, governors of Minas and Chignecto. Will publish the King's gracious intentions, but the best argument will be a reinforcement of troops. Garrison at Annapolis only five weak companies; cannot detach any force against them. Three companies should be brought from Placentia, and works strengthened. Population computed at above four hundred families, and very prolific. French have been fishing at Canso with guard, best fishing in the King's dominions. Presents for the Indians should be sent on forthwith. Surveyors for N. S. to mark out the King's woods, a matter of time and expense. Many grants of land in disputed territory between New England and N. S. are especially in favor of the President of this college, and many Indian grants never properly sanctioned.1
(signed.) R : Philipps
Jan. 3. Boston.
Philipps to Josiah Birchett, Secty to Board of Admiralty.
To explain Capt. Smart's failure to land him at Annapolis. Boston. Long delay in preparing to sail, but with all care and two of the best pilots on board, it could not be effected, to Philipps' expense and disappointment. Desires commissions for proper holding of Admiralty courts. Col. Gardner to wait on B. for the purpose.