them. Collector here a. good officer, but salary is small and necessary expenses great; should have a shallop and be on the same footing as most N. England collectors. P. has appointed naval officer pro tem. capable and of good character; and has taken his bond for £500.
Duplicates or copies of papers sent on Sept. 27, again enclosed. Company sent to hold Canso till the return of the fishermen in the Spring. Sees daily the greater need of convincing the inhabitants that this is an English province. Plans of forts transmitted; estimated cost £3000. Hopes for supplies and instructions in the Spring.
Letter goes with master of sloop, "John," cast away (with detachment for Canso) on Grand Manan. Boudre's sloop will sail for Grand Manan in a few days for detachment. Major Armstrong sails this day in Cawley's schooner with rest of detachment for Canso.
(signed.) Ar Savage.
Dec. 28. Annapolis.
Philipps to the Board of Ordnance.1
Plans submitted for securing province no doubt very different from those first projected by the Board. French have increased and become insolent: disregarded proclamation that they must swear allegiance or quit the country. Board may cut down estimates, but they must see that the measures first proposed are inadequate. P. aware how impolitic it is to urge expense upon a government; but feels it his duty to do so. Expense really trifling and the present engineer (Mascarene) can make £50 go as far as £500 under the old system. Two