Situation unchanged since last dispatch. The French have sent deputies to sue for pardon; and promise to pay damages for allowing the pillage of Alden's sloop. If they have to leave the country, it will be as the Jews marched out of Egypt, with their own and with what they can borrow. Best plan is to build forts among them either to overawe or protect them. Then they will settle down. In order to establish civil government, the Govr. and Council have resolved themselves into a court to meet four times a year. The notion that martial law alone prevails here, hinders settlers from coming into the country. Sloop with detachment for Canso wrecked on the way but no men lost. Another sloop was sent at once with provisions and took them on. The fishery is not likely to be disturbed this summer.
Complaint against the officer of the B. of O. at Annapolis. He has been fraudulently drawing supplies. P. knows he ought not to complain when he has power to punish, but wants to have as little as possible to do with "People of such Vile and wicked principles." The insolent conduct of this gentlemen has hindered the civil government. Government sloop arrived only three days ago. No time for survey of eastern coast this summer. P. and the Engineer intend to go direct to Canso and prepare a plan for the fortifications of it. Not one carriage in Annapolis that will stand once firing: nearly one entire curtain has crumbled down this summer. Board urged to make necessary repairs.