Convinced that seat of government must be removed to the eastern coast. This such an out of the way place that a ship will not come here in a thousand years that is not sent express. The survey expected by the Board cannot be made without a sloop. Intends to appoint Mascarene on the boundary commission. He can make the survey at the same time.
(signed.) R Philipps
May 30. Annapolis.
Philipps to Caleb Heathcote, Surveyor General in N. A.
Any disorder here occurred before his arrival, and arose out of party quarrels. Collector's deputation had the assistance of a guard from the Lt. Governor. Collector a very diligent officer and does not need Philipps' countenance.
(signed.) R. Philipps
June 3. Annapolis.
Philipps to the Marquis de Vaudreuil, Governor of Canada at Quebec.
Formal notification of his arrival and official position, and request to appoint boundary commissioners. His one desire is to obey instructions and keep the peace. Must send several copies of this by various routes, to make sure of one reaching its destination.
Situation in regard to the French unchanged. Neighboring French Governors assisted by the priests trying to draw off the inhabitants. If left to themselves, they would conform to the English wishes, but they are told that the promise of enjoying their religion is a chimera, and that they will be denied their priests, like the Irish Catholics. English settlers might be induced in the spring to take up the lands the French intend to forsake. Danger to be apprehended from Indians, if French leave. As Nicholson's convention referred to