In reply to their request for permission to sow their fields and a guarantee that they may reap the harvest, or at least retire to C. B. Reminds them that P. has extended the time for them to make their submission in. As he has written to Court about them, and has received no reply, a final decision must be deferred. Assures them that as far as lies in his power, they shall enjoy their possessions &c, unless he receive positive orders to the contrary.
Charles Ribicheau has represented that one deputy is insufficient. Inhabitants therefore empowered to elect three others as well, to carry out the instructions of the Govt. One will he enough to send to receive orders. The names of those who refuse to obey to be sent to the Govr. Expenses of the deputy on his journey to Annapolis to be paid by the inhabitants; those who refuse are to appear before the Governor and give their reasons.
Deputies of Minas having been examined in the matter of Alden's sloop, wish twelve deputies instead of three, as a preliminary to making satisfaction. Power given to increase their number. Those who do not submit to their decisions will have to do with the Governor. Three deputies sufficient to send. Entitled to money from the inhabitants for their travelling expenses.
(signed.) R. Philipps
1. In French: countersigned: "par Ordre de son Excellence et avec l'avis du Conseil du roy. Ar. Savage Secretaire." 2. Proclamation: in French: countersigned: "par Ordre de son Excellence Ar Savage Secretaire. 3. Proclamation: in French: countersigned: Par Ordre de son Excellence par et avec l'avis du Conseil du roy. Ar. Savage Secretaire