They allege a grievance, and pass over Philipps' indulgence in extending their time. All this the effect of the proclamation. French think Philipps alone responsible for it instead of the British Government. They should have been told this eight years ago: but now is a good time to establish the King's authority.
This letter by Major Armstrong received. Philipps thought man.of·war was at Canso. Capt. Smart had orders to stay there before P. left London. Sent to C. B. to obtain redress and has despatched men under Armstrong with arms, ammunition and provisions to take possession of the fort they are erecting, to hold it till their return in the Spring. Sloop proceeds with part of the force; schooner remains with Armstrong until store-ship arrives, Recognizes importance of Canso: win do what he can for them. Armstrong win allot them beaches and garden-plots to be confirmed formally by P. later.
Lieut. Jephson long confined1 in the garrison, starving with family of small children, pay being garnisheed for debt, is delivered to A. at latter's request as prisoner, to go with him to Canso, as easier to live there. Jephson must be forthcoming when wanted.
(signed.) R. Philipps
Oct. 24. Annapolis.
Philipps to Commissioners of Customs.
Two quarterly accounts and one register transmitted. Trade considerable, by four or five sloops from Boston, bringing English woollens and W. Indies goods for furs and feathers. Value £10,000. French settlements up the Bay carry on clandestine trade with C. B. Garrison too weak to prevent
1. For want of the legal number of officers to hold a general court-martial and give him a regular trial.